We don't always think of Portugal when you think about wonderful summer wines. But the Vinho Verde White and Roses are refreshing and crisp wines. Vinho Verde is an ideal wine pairing for salads, seafood, and Asian cuisine, and can be served alone or as an aperitif.
Vinho Verde is Portugal’s northernmost wine producing region. It’s located on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula in northern Portugal. The White Vinho Verde wines are made with a blend of several grape varieties including Arinto, Azal, Trajadura, Loureiro, and Alvarinho. And the Red grape varieties include Alvarelhão, Amaral, Borraçal, Espadeiro, Padeiro.
Here are our two favorites:
Ciconia Vinho Verde: 88 Pts Wine & Spirits Magazine - Very lively, with pineapple and peach flavors that are fresh, clean and snappy. Features mineral and cream on the finish. (Grapes: Arinto, Avesso & Azal)
Lima Vinho Verde Rose Encostas: The aromas are fairly bursting with fresh red berries, such as strawberry and raspberry along with more subtle notes of citrus. (Grapes: 75% Souzao, 15% Borraçal and 10% Espadeiro)
A relatively new bottler on our shelves is also one of the best on our shelves, and with the new year they have released a new bourbon.
"To date, every release of our bourbon has been a marriage of casks produced in the same distillation season. We do this to highlight different production styles, aging techniques and age expressions. To commemorate the new year we have created one special blend- Barrell Bourbon New Year 2017 Limited Edition. We combined 5-13 year old barrels from several different states, which were distilled and aged using different techniques. We had one goal in mind, to make the most captivating, delicious bourbon we could. We hope you will toast with us to good fortune and the promise that the new year brings.
"A selection of 5, 7, 8, 9 and 13-year old Straight Bourbon Whiskey barrels
Separately distilled in Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana
Aged in Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana
Crafted and bottled in Kentucky
117.0 proof cask strength bottling
Aged in American white oak barrels"
We have neve made it a secret that we love the offerings of Barrell Bourbon. This newest offering from them knocks it out of the park, though. Claiming the award for 2017 Best Bourbon from the San Francisco Spirits Awards.
Batch 011 is distilled and aged in Tennessee but crafted and bottled in Kentucky. It is bottled at Cask Strength: 114.8 proof.
According to Barrell, "Raw honey drenched Bing cherries atop toasted sweet corn pudding. Hearty Russian Rye toast soldiers sprinkled with sea salt slathered in maple butter and summer fruit compote. The rich and flavorful grains plunge into soft creaminess and recollects state fair caramel popcorn in the finish, belying the 114.8 proof heat."
Riesling wines are great anytime but they are especially refreshing as chilled, summer sippers! We are featuring a classic German Riesling, the 2015 Heinz Eifel Shine Riesling. It has brisk, clean flavors of citrus fruits and apples and pears as well. The slight sweetness is perfectly balanced by a nice crisp tartness. The Shine earned an 87-point rating from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
The Radius Riesling shows how superbly well Riesling has adapted to Washington State. The Radius shows a very similar taste profile as the Shine and both wines are excellent with Asian and Indian cuisines or just by themselves as great aperitifs. Both wines are great values as well!
Sparkling wines from Spain known as Cava are some of the most versatile wines around! They are light, crisp, very flavorful and very reasonably priced. They are great for wedding toasts or for casual parties, they go well with appetizers, Asian food and especially shellfish like clams and mussels. Cava is also perfect for mimosas or any other drink calling for sparkling wine.
The Conde de Caralt Cava is perfectly typical with a fresh perfume of cut flowers and citrus fruits with hint of toasty yeast in the finish. The Rondel Platinum Cava is more of a premium product with the typical nose and flavors plus a much longer finish and more body and structure.
Sauvignon Blanc is originally from France but now it is grown all over the world in a myriad of styles. Here we compare a classic, Old World Sauvignon Blanc from Touraine in the Loire Valley to a New Worlder from New Zealand. The Pure Loire Sauvignon Blanc beautifully expresses the terroir of where it was grown; it shows minerality, crispness, and scents of fresh white flowers.
The Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand expresses the bolder aspects of New World winemaking; the wine bursts with bright citrus juice notes, orange peel, and tropical blossoms. The 2015 recently earned an 89 point rating from the Tasting Panel Magazine.
We are featuring two wines from two of the greatest grilling cultures in the world; Argentina and Australia! Both countries know their grilling and they make wines to match their grilled cuisine. The 2014 Phebus Mendoza Malbec Reserve earned 88 pts. from Wine Enthusiast Magazine and the 2014 Red Knot Shiraz from McLaren Vale in Australia earned 90 pts from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Both wines are big bold and spicy and will go great with your next grilling adventure!
Two great Red Blends from the Old World where blending is a way of life!
2012 Villa Lanata Baccanera, 75% Cabernet Sauvignon and 25% Barbera, from the Piedmont hills in Northern Italy, one of the greatest wine regions in the world! The native Italian grape Barbera gives the wine the signature earthiness of Italian wines and the Cabernet gives the wine the New World ripeness and deep blackberry and blueberry flavors everyone is looking for in a blend these days!
2013 Paxis Red from Portugal. A blend of several indigenous grapes including the Noble Grape, Touriga Nacional which is the most important grape in the blend for Port wine. 90 points from the Wine Enthusiast and it made their Top 100 Best Buys list for 2016. This blend will stun you with its long lasting, deep and complex flavors including red and black fruits, dried figs and tobacco!
One thing that sets Petite Cellars apart from most liquor stores is our Scotch selection, with bottles ranging from crowd pleasers to the most limited top shelf offerings, today that bottle is the Laphroaig 32.
Like the wave-washed granite walls of the distillery, this rare bottle of Laphroaig has acquired a rounded character and exceptional smoothness after lying in the finest ex-Oloroso casks for 32 long years.
Savor Laphroaig 32 Year Old while you can. Moments such as this only come once in a lifetime.
Centuria, from the Latin 'centrum' meaning one hundred, is the name we have chosen for this unique product, as we celebrate a century of rum-making tradition.
Its complex aroma and flavor comes from a blend of the finest rums from our oldest reserves, aged in white oak barrels for up to 30 years. These select rums them become part of our 'Reserva de la Familia'.
The art of the traditional 'solera' system lets us preserve the character of these precious reserves throughout time, and to offer limited quantities of a product which epitomizes our commitment and passion to producing the best aged rum.
Great news! The second volume of the Smugglers' Series from The Arran Malt is here!
According to Arran Malt:
In this Smugglers’ Series Vol.2 ‘The High Seas’ we pay tribute to the exuberant character of those striving to outwit the Government’s representatives in the pursuit of the production of the famed Arran Waters. This dram is a powerful marriage of whisky matured in the finest rum casks with time-honoured peated spirit and a rich layer of first-fill Bourbon barrel adding sweetness and fruit. The use of rum casks in the maturation serves as recognition of Arran’s importance, in years gone by, in the trade of diverse, black market liquor. The resulting liquid is complex, full of character and a perfect tribute to these independent characters of Arran.
: Citrus fruits are at the fore, mingling with smells evocative of the outdoors; a touch of seaweed hints at coastal character. Orchard fruits, white pepper, and a subtle dry note reminiscent of fino sherry make this a complex nose. A hint of burned pine wood is in the background.
: A fizzing mouthfeel with sherbet character. A fresh spearmint note appears and mingles with warm bramley apple pie and ice cream. There is tangy lime marmalade with chilli pepper heat and a whiff of smoke from a just-lit fire of pine logs. The addition of water shows honey dew melon and pear drop sweets.
: Distillery character shines through; notes of apples, citrus and good body are elongated by a backbone of subtle smoke."
The sought after yet hard to find Pappy Van Winkle bourbon makes its way into the wine world with Southern Belle Red from Spain; this wine is aged in Pappy barrels!
According to the winemaker:
"Southern Belle is a blend of syrah and monestrell from the DO Murcia in Southern Spain which is then aged for a period of time in Van Winkle Bourbon barrels. The length of time in Van Winkle barrels varies depending on how many uses they've had, the wine, the year, and many other variables. There is no set formula but I know the wine I'm trying to create and use the barrels as much as needed to get it. I want the wine to have bourbon influence but still maintain its integrity as a fine wine. I don't want a freaky bourbon wine. Bourbon is an element of complexity not dominant. Many people who taste the wine and don't know there is bourbon influence would not necessarily smell or taste bourbon in the wine. I like that. I've been making this wine since the 2005 vintage so I've learned a huge amount about the use of these special barrels and I think this 2014 vintage is the best one we've made. I think with the first couple of wines, we were too discreet with the use of the barrels. The 2014 is more redolent of Bourbon in the aroma yet more subtle in the mouth. My overall goal, as with all the wines we make, is to make a seamless, delicious, drinkable fine wine.
The idea to use the bourbon barrels came over dinner I shared with my buddy Julian Van Winkle at a Southern Foodways Alliance meeting at Blackberry Farm. It was literally as simple as an idea that came up in conversation. Hey, let's do something together. Hey, what about putting wine in used bourbon barrels? Okay, I'll send you some. I don't know if you've ever seen old, used bourbon barrels, but they're ugly. When the winemakers first saw the barrels, they flat out refused to put wine anywhere near them. But, eventually they did and the result is in the bottle."