This week: One Spirit Tasting and Two Wine Tatstings!
This Week's Tastings: Thursday: New York Gin
Friday: Wines for Spring
This Thursday We Welcome
Pouring Local Gin
Greenhook Ginsmiths American Dry Gin 750
Based out of Greenhook, Brooklyn, Greenhook Ginsmiths have been crafting quality Gin since 2012. Their American Dry Gin is made from organic New York State grown wheat. A pine and Juniper nose leads to a bold flavor with zesty lime and just a hint of sweetness.
Greenhook Ginsmiths Beach Plum Gin 750
Beach Plums are indigenous to the beaches of New York and are considered a delicacy for vacationing New Yorkers. Inspired by the traditional English Sloe Gin, these rare and finicky plums are soaked in their American Dry Gin for seven months along with a small amount of Turbinado sugar. The results in a Gin with a rich with deep berry flavor and floral notes. We recommend this for a twist on the usual gin cocktails.
From Maison Cubi
Pouring Light Spring Wines from France and Spain
Cubi Rose 2016 BiB
The delicious and dry fruit driven Cubi Rose is back for 2016! The Rose is a blend of Grenache and Cinsault. The Cubi rose comes in a three liter Bag in Box format (four bottles worth of wine) which is great for parties or for having your own wine on tap. The Bag in box is sealed and keeps the wine fresh 4-6 weeks after the first pour.
Cubi Sauvignon Blanc 2015 BiB
Cubi's Bag in Box Sauvignon blanc is light and easy with tropical fruit and hints of pepper. Great for sipping on a warm day.
Valencia Crianza Castillo De Enguera 2013
The red wine for the evening comes from Valancia and is made mainly from the Monastrell Grape with some Tempranillo in the blend. The wine growing region of Valencia surrounds the city of the same name on the western coast of central Spain. This is a meduim bodied red with savory herbal, as well as red fruit notes. An excellent Barbecue wine!
This Saturday We Welcome
Pouring Local Krupnikas
KAS Krupnikas Spiced Honey Liqueur
Krupnikas is a sweet alcoholic drink made with sweet honey and warm spices. According to legend, it was created by the Benedictine monks in the 1500's. Kas, located in upstate New York, produce their Krupnikas in small batches using local honey and a blend of spices. Enjoy it neat or in cocktails.
Our regional journey of new wines continues with Italy and an exciting new wine from Greece. Working our way north to south, here's our new offerings.
Braida Brachetto D'Acqui 2015 375ml $15.99
What better place to start than Piedmont and an absolutely delicious wine. Brachetto is a grape used to produce sweet, lightly sparkling wines. The Braida, which we sell in the half bottle, offers bright, fresh red fruit with a balanced sweetness. It's also low in alcohol which is a good thing because it might be tough to stop after one glass. For a heavenly pairing, try this with chocolate covered strawberries.
Ronco Severo Pinot Grigio 2014
For those you not familiar wirh Orange wine it results from a process where white grapes are fermented on their skins from anywhere between 5 days to up to year. This results in wine, depending on length of contact, falls somewhere between a white and red wine. Our Ronco Severo Pinot Grigio sees 30 days skin contact producing a deep and complex Pinot Grigio with notes of orange, apple and citrus with a balanced tannic and acidic structure. And unlike most Pinot Grigio, It also has enough grip to hold up to heavier dishes such as curry, grilled lamb chops, and Korean food.
Damilano Langhe Arneis 2015
Moscato Bianco and Cortese, which is used to make Gavi wine, are the stars of Piedmont whites but Arneis is gaining on them. Early on, Arneis vines were planted among the more value Nebbiolo vines. Attracted by the sweet aromas of the Arneis, birds and bees would leave the Nebbiolo grapes alone. Thankfully, the grape gets a little more respect now. The Damilano has a a nice texture with notes of peach and pear and moderate acidity. A wonderful pairing with cheese and light to medium body savory dishes.
Oddero Barolo Rocche Di Castiglione 2011
We couldn't leave Piedmont without offering a new Barolo. Oddero is one of the oldest Barolo houses and under the guidance of its now seventh generation, the winery has been earning some of their greatest acclaim. Although it's best years still lie ahead, given some time to breathe, the Rocche Di Castiglione rewards with a wine that drinks beautifully today.
Acinum Amarone Della Valpolicella 2012
Next we travel a bit south east to Vento, more specifically Valpolicella for the areas star wine, Amarone. Acinum delivers all the classic notes of Amorone. Bold and rich with raisin, black cherry, plum, and chocolate.
Montevertine Le Pergole Torte 2013 $110.99
Our next stop is Tuscany and a very special wine. Montevertine is located in the heart of Chianti where they work almost exclusively with Sangiovese. The Le Pergole Torte is their prestige wine and is produced only in outstanding vintages. Showing great structure and purity of fruit, this wine has been called one of the most refined expressions of Sangiovese in the world. A wine that will definitely reward with extended cellaring.
Polvanera Primitivo "14" 2013
We now make our way south to Puglia for a Primitivo, the Italian Zinfandel. Polvanera vineyards are organically farmed on sandy soils which brings out the minerality in the wines. Their "14" Primitivo sees no oak which highlights the freshness of the fruit. It is smooth with a bit of richness, try this wine with a juicy burger.
La Capranera Campania Falanghina 2016 $16.99
Our most recent arrival from Italy is this delicious Falanghina which comes from Campania in Southwestern Italy. Wonderful aromatics lead to rich flavors of peach, tropical fruit, lime and pleasant acidity.
Faro Giuseppina Etna Rosso Don Pippinu 2013
Our final Italian wine comes from Mt Etna in Sicily. Being a winemaker is a difficult job but with unpredictable weather, sleep slopes, and, oh yeah, an active volcano, Mt Etna winemakers have an especially challenging job. The wines from the area justify their efforts. This Etna Rosso from Faro Giuseppina has red fruit, smoke, light tannin and fresh acidity.
Dio Fili Estate, Xynomavro 2011
Finally we pop over to Greece. The Dio Fili Estate comes from Macedonia and is made from the grape Xinomavro (Pronounced ksee No ma vro) which is one of Greece's most important varietals and shares similar characteristics to Nebiolo. Showing dark fruit, black olive, minerality and a solid tannin structure, this is a full wine which, like Nebiolo, will improve with some age.
I hope you enjoyed our tour of new Italian & Greek wines. If you have questions or comments you can email me here: