Wednesday, September 19, 2018

-This Week's Tastings- 
Thursday, Sept 20th-Australian Wines
Saturday, Sept 22nd-Doc Herson's Natural Spirits

This Thursday We Welcome 
Elish From Little Peacock
Pouring Wines From Austrlia

Point Ormond, Upper Goulburn Marsanne Roussanne 2015 
Marsanne and Roussanne are two grapes very important to the northern Rhone Valley. They are two of the 13 grape varieties allowed in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but they compliment each other so well, they are commonly seen blended together. Marsanne adds a full-bodied structure while Roussanne adds aromatics, honeysuckle and herbal notes. Australia is one of the regions who have discovered the wonders of these two grapes. This bottle, a blend of 60% Marsanne and 40% Roussanne, is round and fresh with flavors of peach and honeycomb and displays wonderful depth and texture. A perfect alternative to Chardonnay!

Riposte The Dagger Pinot Noir 2017 
Riposte is a family owned and run winery which is now led by third generation winemaker, Tim Knappstein. Along with his sons, Nick and Dale, they have developed a "hands on from vineyard to bottle" philosophy. Riposte keeps to a small portfolio of wines concentrating on quality over quantity. The Dagger has a lot to offer. With notes of plum, dark cherry and earth notes, it's a wine with depth and complexity.

Fairbank Sutton Grange Sangiovese 2015 
If you're in the mood for an Australian red but would like an alternative to the usual Shiraz, this savory red from Sutton Grange is probably just what you're looking for. The Italian grape, Sangiovese, was introduced to the Australian market about forty years ago but its only recently that its begun to shine. Located at the southern edge of the Bendigo region, this winery sits at the foothills of Mt. Alexander. The vineyard uses bio-dynamic and organic methods. In addition, only native yeasts are used, harvesting is done by hand and the wine is kept in old French oak barrels. This medium body red has aromas of cherries and fresh garden herbs with soft tannin. Lots of fun!  Works perfectly with roasted or cured meats!

A 10% discount applies to these wines when purchased during the tasting.

This Saturday We Welcome 
Kevin From 
Doc Herson's Natural Spirits 

Doc Herson's Natural Spirits is the first to make American Absinthe in NYC, being that Absinthe was illegal from 1912 to 2007. Founded by Kevin Herson and Stacey Luckow in Harlem in 2012, the two eventually moved to Brooklyn. The red and green Absinthe are both made with natural grains from upstate New York and 11 different botanicals.

Red Absinthe
Mint leave influenced, the nose is a mix of anise and mint. The palate reveals licorice, mint and wormwood with an herbal finish.

Green Absinthe
This hibiscus infused absinthe has wormwood and hibiscus on the nose with a dry refreshing palate and a floral finish.

A 5% discount applies to these spirits when purchased during the tasting.

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Ketel One Botanicals 

The middle of the summer, the days are long it is hot and humid and the desire for a nice thirst quenching cocktail is strong. We are in luck, because this year Ketel One debuted their Botanicals, three low proof spirits, with lower calories, no carbs and a lower proof than other distilled rivals. There are three botanical expressions: Grapefruit and Rose, Peach and Orange Blossom, and Cucumber and Mint. These are new products not flavored vodkas. The Botanicals are made by distilling Ketel One Vodka with fruit and herbal essential oils. In comparison flavored vodkas add ingredients to the grain alcohol but do not distill the flavors into the alcohol.
The fresh taste of each botanical can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. The Botanical Peach and Orange Blossom can be mixed with raspberries, mint, and lemon juice in a shaker - strain into a glass over fresh ice and top with soda or seltzer then garnish with a few fresh raspberries and a sprig of mint. Take the Botanical Grapefruit and Rose top with club soda over fresh ice and garnish with a slice of fresh grapefruit. The Ketel One Botanical Cucumber and Mint is for those who appreciate crisp cucumbers and light tones of fresh garden mint. For the freshest, cleanest, and most crisp taste possible add the Ketel One Botanical Cucumber and Mint with club soda and garnish with a fresh cucumber slice. Any one of the Ketel One Botanicals combined with your favorite mixer will be a welcomed refreshing drink on any warm, humid, summer night. All three of the Ketel One Botanicals are available at Windsor Wine Merchants. The price for each of the Botanicals is $29.99.

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