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New Beers!

January 26, 2012 in New Beers

North Coast Acme IPA
89 RATING
Brewed by: North Coast Brewing Co. California, United States
Style | ABV: American IPA | 6.50% ABV
What a mouthfeel! Very rich, smooth, full, complex. Loads of malt sweetness up-front, some toasted notes, with some major alcohol presence. All of this is underlined by some fruity esters and a well-balanced citrus/flowery hop characteristic.
89pts GOOD Rating from The Beer Advocate

Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
96 RATING
Brewed by: Great Lakes Brewing Company Ohio, United States
Style | ABV: American Porter | 5.80% ABV
One of the best tasting porters ever! Starts out with roasty malts, a tiny hint of dark fruits, and then finishes with a hint of coffee/hop bitterness that makes it perfectly balanced.
96pts WORLD CLASS Rating from The Beer Advocate

Green Flash West Coast IPA
100 RATING
Brewed by: Green Flash Brewing Co. California, United States
Style | ABV: American IPA | 7.30% ABV
Very biting hop attack. Big finish with a shining-through of the bread crust malts. Herbal and leafy cones with an outstanding spice component and mild acidity. Nice prominent alcohol. Top-notch flavor.
100pts WORLD CLASS Rating from The Beer Advocate

Wine & Beer Tasting Saturday 1/28/12 4-6pm

January 25, 2012 in Tasting

SATURDAY TASTING
Wine ~ Beer
January 28TH 2012
Saturday from 4-6pm
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WINE

David Arthur Sauvignon Blanc 2009
87pts Wine Spectator
Refreshing and straightforward, highlighted by fresh herb, apple, tangerine and mineral flavors.

Hahn Chardonnay 2010
Refreshing, ripe and vibrant with juicy green apple, pear and citrus.

Razor’s Edge Shiraz Grenache 2008
BEST BUY and 90pts Wine Spectator
It’s round in the mouth and exceedingly supple, picking up intriguing dusty spice, cocoa and coffee notes on the finish.

R Collection Lot 7 
Field Blend 2009
Balanced, full-bodied with raspberry, cherry, and white pepper.

Magnificent Wine Co. 
Merlot 2007
90pts Wine Spectator
Lithe, supple and elegant, with pretty red plum, rhubarb and spice.

Turn Me Riesling 2010
88pts Tastings.com
Vibrant with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and crispness.
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BEER

Moosehead Lager

Avery New World Porter
88pts Beer Advocate

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
88pts Beer Advocate

New Wines

January 24, 2012 in New Wines

RAYMOND R COLLECTION LOT 7 FIELD BLEND 2009
APPELLATION: CALIFORNIA
NEW WINE
The Field Blend is a unique wine made from seven varietals, with the core five being Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. The result is a well-balanced, full bodied wine overflowing with tangy raspberry, cherry, blueberry and white pepper.

DAVID ARTHUR MERITAGGIO 2008
APPELLATION: NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
NEW WINE
A dark ruby red color with a light magenta hue offers aromas of plum-cherry, baked strawberries, and red currant followed by notes of earth and spice, notably sage, mace, and hints of lavender. The entry is velvety and fine grained in tannin texture and has a moderate acidity that carries long across the palate.  A luxurious finish carries flavors of cherry, toasted oak and star anise.

DAVID ARTHUR SAUVIGNON BLANC 2009
APPELLATION: NAPA VALLEY, CALIFORNIA
NEW WINE
A light pale straw color with a tint of green, offers aromas of ripe kiwi and lemongrass followed by hints of fresh oregano, thyme and hints of lightly toasted hazelnuts and almonds. The palate is focused and broad with flavors of pineapple and honey dew melon.  Great mineral acidity with a crisp and long finish.

Vodka Pasta Soup

January 21, 2012 in Specialty Food

All Rothschild Pasta Sauces are on sale now! Save $2 on each jar!

1 1/2 lbs. Ground beef or turkey
1 cup Onion, chopped
1/2 cup each Red pepper and green pepper, chopped
1 tsp. Garlic
1 15-16 oz. can Beef broth
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 cup Uncooked macaroni or other small pasta
1 jar Robert Rothschild Farm Vodka Pasta Sauce
1 cup Water
Brown ground beef or turkey, onions, peppers, and garlic in a saucepan. Pour in beef broth, add Italian seasoning, and bring to a boil. Turn heat to simmer for 10 minutes. Return to a boil, and add pasta. Cook for about 8 minutes. Add Vodka Pasta Sauce and water. Simmer for approximately 10 more minutes.

Wine & Beer Tasting This Saturday 1/21/12 4-6pm

January 18, 2012 in New Wines, Tasting

WINE

MARTIN’S RAKE SAUVIGNON BLANC 2010
MARLBOROUGH – NEW ZEALAND
- 89 rating from Wine Enthusiast.
- Nicely done from the start, beginning with hints of stuck flint and going through some honeyed tree fruit and citrus flavors.
- It’s a touch creamy on the mid-palate, imparting some extra richness.

ROBERT MONDAVI PRIVATE SELECTION CHARDONNAY 2010
CALIFORNIA
- It’s dryish to sweet, with pineapple, orange, buttered toast and vanilla flavors.

JOSEPH ROBERT EPPLER WINES TRADITION ROUGE 2009
CALIFORNIA
- Dark and spicy, with aromas of peppery black cherry, raspberry, smoked bacon and rose petals.
- Bright and tangy on the palate with ripe berry and smoked licorice.
- Tannins are fine and racy to a long finish.

JOSEPH ROBERT EPPLER WINES CAVEDAL ZINFANDEL 2009
CALIFORNIA
The color is dark red, with aromas of raspberry, cherries and pomegranates.
Very fruity on the palate, with flavors of dark cherries, licorice and sweet cocoa.
Rich and lively on the palate, with soft tannins.

ZUCCARDI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2007
ARGENTINA
- 90 rating from Robert Parker.
- Ruby red with purple highlights.
- Intense aroma of red fruits like cherries and strawberries, with spicy, vanilla and chocolate.
- In the mouth it is complex with fruity, refined structure and long finish.

BOLLIG-LEHNERT RIESLING KABINETT 2008
GERMANY
- 91 rating from Wine Spectator.
- Fragrant, showing aromas of elderflower, black currant leaf, apple and slate.
- A bracing structure drives the apple and stone flavors to a lingering conclusion.

BEER

KY BOURBON BARREL
85 POINTS – GOOD rating from The Beer Advocate.

GOOSEL ISLAND 312
- 92 POINTS – EXCEPTIONAL rating from The Beer Advocate.

FOUNDER’S DOUBLE TROUBLE IPA
- 93 POINTS – EXCEPTIONAL rating from The Beer Advocate.

New Wines

January 17, 2012 in New Wines

BOLLIG-LEHNERT RIESLING KABINETT 2008
91 RATING
APPELLATION: GERMANY
Fragrant, showing aromas of elderflower, black currant leaf, apple and slate. A bracing structure drives the apple and stone flavors to a lingering conclusion.
91pts Wine Spectator

TURN ME SWEET 2009
GOLD MEDAL
APPELLATION: AUSTRALIA
Aromas of cracked pepper, raspberry compote, custard and clay with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a tangy tobacco, apple and slate accented finish. A delicious smooth sipper.
GOLD MEDAL World Wine Championships

TURN ME SWEET 2010
APPELLATION: SPAIN
NEW WINE
Nicely balanced sweeter-styled Tempranillo from Spain that is dark ruby in color. The nose shows slight herbal characteristics with deeper and more intense fruit notes. Flavors of berries, dark sweet cherries and a hint of vanilla. Very mild and smooth finish with a fruity and juicy aftertaste.


TURN ME RIESLING 2010
APPELLATION: GERMANY
NEW WINE
Vibrant aromas of lemon, green apple and baked nectarine with a silky fruity-yet-dry medium body and a crisp citrus and grass accented finish. A very nice sipper.
88pts Tastings.com

New Joseph Robert Eppler Wines

January 17, 2012 in New Wines

JOSEPH ROBERT EPPLER WINES
CAVEDAL ZINFANDEL 2009
NEW WINE
The color is dark red, with aromas of raspberry, cherries and pomegranates. Very fruity on the palate, with flavors of dark cherries, licorice and sweet cocoa. Rich and lively on the palate, with soft tannins.

JOSEPH ROBERT EPPLER WINES
NAPA 
CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2009
NEW WINE
Firm, ripe and accessible now, with blackberry, cherry and violet aromas. Full bodied, with ripe berry, espresso and cocoa round and well structured. Chewy tannins to a long, silky finish.

JOSEPH ROBERT EPPLER WINES
TRADITION ROUGE 2009
NEW WINE
Dark and spicy, with aromas of peppery black cherry, raspberry, smoked bacon and rose petals. Bright and tangy on the palate with ripe berry and smoked licorice. Tanins are fine and racy to a long finish.

Chicken Cacciatore with Marinara

January 16, 2012 in Specialty Food

Save $2 on all Rothschild Farms Pasta Sauces!
 
8 Chicken breast halves, skinless, boneless
1 large Onion
1/2 lb. Fresh mushrooms, sliced in halves
4 oz. Whole pimentos, sliced and undrained
3 Bay leaves
1 tsp. Dried whole oregano
As desired, Hot cooked spaghetti
1/3 cup Olive oil
3-4 Cloves garlic, minced
1 jar Robert Rothschild Farm Artichoke Pasta Sauce
1/2 cup Vermouth
1 tsp. Dried whole thyme
2 Medium green peppers, cut into strips

Dredge chicken in flour, shaking off excess. Heat Dutch oven over medium-high heat; add oil and chicken and sauté 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Remove chicken from Dutch oven and drain on paper towels. Add onion and garlic to Dutch oven, sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes. Stir in mushrooms, Artichoke Pasta Sauce, pimentos, vermouth, bay leaves, thyme and oregano; add chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in green peppers and cook an additional 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaves and serve over spaghetti. Yield 8 servings.

Pasta for Dinner

January 13, 2012 in Specialty Food

Quick & delicious pasta for dinner. Rothschild Farms sauces now on sale! Save $2 on each jar. 4 varieties available.

Wine & Beer Tasting 1/14/12 4-6pm

January 11, 2012 in Tasting

BEER

ABITA AMBER
90 POINTS – EXCEPTIONAL rating from The Beer Advocate.

FULLER’S ESB

STONE CALI-BELGIE IPA
90 POINTS – EXCEPTIONAL rating from The Beer Advocate.

WINE

ORGANIC BONTERRA VIOGNIER 2009
- NORTH COAST – CALIFORNIA
Aromas of peaches and cream, citrus blossom and apricot greet you at the glass.
Peaches and cream are a sensory signature of this wine. Fruit flavors of apricot and peach are accented with spice.
The wine is crisp and rich with beautiful elegance and a very long Finish.

MACMURRAY RANCH CHARDONNAY 2009
SONOMA COAST – CALIFORNIA
90 rating from Robert Parker.
      A blend of two-thirds barrel fermented and barrel aged with some aged in stainless steel tanks with wooden staves and the rest totally in stainless steel.
The idea of blending steel fermented juice with barrel fermented wines seems to have produced a freshness and vibrancy.
Bright with notes of orange blossoms, spring flowers, honeysuckle and white peaches, this floral-styled, medium to full-bodied effort will please.

MIDDLE SISTER REBEL RED NV
CALIFORNIA
38% Zinfandel, 34% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, 2% mixed red varietals.
Ripe red and dark berry fruits like plum, blueberry and blackberry.
Sassy dash of black and white pepper with a dollop of crème de cassis.
A huge mouthful of ripe summer berries.
The fruit goes on and on, ending in a luxurious finish.

COLORES DEL SOL MALBEC 2009
- MENDOZA – ARGENTINA
BEST BUY and 89 rating from Wine Enthusiast.
      Smoked meat, rubber, char and leathery darkness are all good aromas for a value-priced Malbec.
The palate is adequately deep and lush, and it maintains pulse and verve while delivering robust flavors of black fruits and herbs.
Meaty and pretty long on the finish, and very good Malbec for the money.

SAGELANDS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2007
COLUMBIA VALLEY – WASHINGTON
Vineyards here give our Cabernet Sauvignon its beautiful, deep garnet color and sweet scents of ripe dark cherry and huckleberry jam, with hints of cocoa, pie spices and sweet, freshly cut pipe tobacco.
The flavors mirror the fruit-filled aromas, with nicely integrated tannins providing supple structure. These long, richly textured flavors culminate in a peppery spice finish.

MIDDLE SISTER SWEET & SASSY MOSCATO NV
CALIFORNIA
Forward fruit and flora aromas of lychee, lemon zest, tangerine, candied pear, peach.
Rich impression entering the mouth with prominent floral notes.
Soft mid-palate; good acidity on the finish.
The fruit notes of peaches, pears and citrus linger.