Thursday, February 7, 2019

-This Week's Tastings-
Thursday, February 21st-Winemaker Jean-François Mérieau FromVignoble des Bois Vaudons
Friday, Febraury 22nd-Communal Brand Wines
Saturday, February 23rd-High West Whiskey

This Thursday We Welcome
Jean-François Mérieau FromVignoble des Bois Vaudons

The Vignoble des Bois Vaudons estate has been run by the Mérieau Family for four generations. After studying in Amboise and Boudreaux then training at renowned vineyards in Sancerre and Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Jean-François Mérieau took over as winemaker in 2000. Since then, Jean-François has committed himself to rediscovering the soils, continually pushing himself to discover new ways to express the old vines and rich landscape of the estate. In addition, they also farm sustainably and organically. We are thrilled to have Jean Francois with us for this tasting pouring two of his wonderfully expressive wines.

Merieau, Gamay Le Bois Jacou 2017
Over the decades, Beaujolais, made from Gamay, has seen a surge in quality as well as its reputation. Jean-François believed this was a thrilling time to show the Loire Valley’s take on the varietal. The result is a bottle that expresses the characteristics of the grape with a style and expression all its own. It delivers an abundant amount of red fruit with a minerality and acidity bringing structure. It’s fresh and juicy and is a wine that will be difficult to stop at just one glass.

Jean-François Mérieau, Touraine Pinot Noir Les Hexagonales 2013
In addition to his estate wines, Jean-François operates as a négociant buying fruit from several neighbors to make varietal wines under the Hexagonales label. This botte is fermented and aged in tank preserving the crunchy red fruit typical of Pinot Noir grown in the Loire Valley. It’s dry and crisp and an absolute delight.

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

This Friday We Welcome
Nick from Communal Brand Wines Pouring Two Boxed Wines & A California Cab

Domaine Moutard-Diligent, Herisson Gamay
This boxed wine is comprised of 80% Gamey and 20% Pinot Noir and it hails from the Coteaux Bourguignons, an AOC region that covers all of Burgundy. It's soft with juicy red fruit, a hint of spice and just enough tannin to add structure

Le Temps Infini Malbec 2016
Our second boxed wine for this tasting is made from 100% Malbec. The goal of the winery was to produce an honest and original expression of the grape at an affordable price. By all accounts, they succeeded, It’s full and flavorful with just the right balance of fruit and earth.

Grapesmith & Crusher Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Washington is the number two wine producing state in the US, behind only California. But despite that fact, the wines from the region don't get the same attention as the Golden State. This is especially true with Cabernet Sauvignon which is Washington's most widely panted grape. Cabernet  from the state tend to be more approachable, highlighting fruit and displaying softer tannin. Grapesmith & Crusher Cabernet, also known as the "typewriter wine", is a full-bodied cab with dark fruit, cassis, pepper. A solid cab at an affordable price!
A 10% discount applies to these wines when purchased during the tasting.

ThThis Saturday We Welcome 
High West Whiskey
6-8 PM

Located in adventurous Park City Utah, a 19th century mining town, some 40 minuets from Salt Lake City is the High West Distillery, producers of craft spirits with quality ingredients and a personal touch.  High West uses sourced whiskeys, and their own distillation is in a traditional copper pot still.  A relatively young distillery, founded in 2006 by David and Jane Perkins, High West has the distinction of being the first legal distillery in Utah since 1870. Their choice of location and name (High West) was deliberate and focused because of their dedication to preserving and promoting the American West.

High West Double Rye

High West American Prairie Bourbon

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

Featured Spirits Section
GlenDronach Single Malts

We have added 2 scotches to our whisky collection from the GlenDronach Distillery.

Hidden away in the north-east corner of Scotland, the Forgue valley,
deep in the East Highland hills, is where, we find the GlenDronach Distillery.  For almost 200 years, since 1826, these Master Distillers
have been producing heavy and robust spirits, matured in sherry casks. GlenDronach profiles itself as:

 The whisky produced has been recognized for their deep color and rich flavor profiles, which range from sweet fruity flavors to dry and nutty notes.

GlenDronach Original, Aged 12 Years
 The 12 year is a richly sherried malt matured in a combination
of Spanish Pedro Ximenez and Oloroso sherry casks. The color is an
inviting deep amber-red gold.  On the nose we get a creamy vanilla,
some hint of ginger, and even a spiced mulled wine and pear.

On the palate is where we get some real excitement. We get a full
mouth feel, warm with rich oak and sherry sweetness. We also get
some spiciness with medium length and a dry finish. The ending is long, full and firm and slightly nutty.

The GlenDronach Peated
 In contrast to the traditional, non-peated character of
the GlenDronach, this particular whisky has, unusually, been distilled
using peated malted barley. The GlenDronach ‘Peated’ pays homage to the peat historically used to dry the malted barley in the traditional floor matlings during the early days of the distillery. The subtle peated notes in this intriguing expression complement the classic GlenDronach Highland character and the  rich sherry notes drawn from the wood. (GlenDronach says it best, therefore, the previous paragraph was taken from their site).

The color of the peated is a beautiful harvest gold. Also aged in sherry casks we find that there is subtleness to the smoke we find in the Peated. The peat influence gives a smouldering charred wood character filled with freshly ground barley and hints of vanilla

On the tongue, we get some oak spice, barley and white pepper all complimented by the peat flavors. The subtle peat notes complement the palate by giving a delicate depth and
dryness of glowing campfire embers.

There are two nice single malts that will go a long way to warm the inner you on a cold winter’s night!

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Featured Spirits Section
Game of Thrones & White Walker

To honor and celebrate the final season of the HBO series Game of Thrones, Johnnie Walker has introduced White Walker.

The NEW limited edition blend will remind both Walker and Game of Thrones fans of winter. The smartly designed white bottle utilizes thermochromic ink to give fans a frosty surprise message when frozen. With flavor notes like caramelized sugar, vanilla and fresh red berries, White Walker by Johnnie Walker is delicious. The new blend is best served ice cold, inspired by the White Walkers beyond The Wall.

The Limited Edition White Walker by Johnnie Walker made a nationwide icy launch in October 2018 and will be available while supplies last.

Army of the Dead White Walker Scotch Whisky Cocktail
  • 1.25 oz White Walker by Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky
  • 5 oz Coconut Soda
  • Lemon Wheel
  • Mint Sprig
  • Glass: Highball
  • Ice: Regular ice
  1. Add 1.25 oz White Walker by Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky and 5 oz coconut soda in a highball glass.
  2. Add ice to the glass.
  3. Stir for 2 seconds.
  4. Garnish with a lemon wheel and mint sprig
*Some information was extracted from the Johnnie Walker Scotch website*
Johnnie Walker White Walker
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