Products priced for 750 ml bottles unless otherwise noted.
Clark: Donati Family Vineyards Paicines Central Coast Claret 2014
When days get longer and warmer, I’m a fan of crisp white wines. But not all the time. When I reach for a red, it’s likely to be a blend, or as James Bond refers to the style, Claret. Here’s a blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Merlot, 5% Malbec, 1% Petit Verdot, and 1% Cabernet Franc. Beautiful in the glass, aromas remind me of chocolate covered ripe spring strawberries. The blend really delivers layers that include lots of berry and cherry, cocoa, and a little spicy pepper. This is a wine to pour at a spring party on the patio, and pairs well with grilled ribs, steak, burgers, most anything off the grill. I really enjoy the value price too.
Henrik: Benziger Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
Benziger Family Winery has been a favorite for a couple decades. They are totally dedicated to sustainable and organic farming, and take it one step further with total bio-dynamic farming. This ensures that you’re getting the best of the grape in your glass. The style is very much Bordeaux – bold fruit, spice aromas and flavors define the wine. I like its price point, too; this wine overdelivers at this price. Try it with your favorite grilled protein, and it’s great as an everyday table red.
Maggie: Barth Rene Pinot Blanc Alsace France 2015
The weather is warming up and we can finally make the switch from heavy tannic red wines to white wines! This Pinot Blanc from Alsace is soft and floral with minerality that can be described as rain falling on warm pavement- much like spring. Enjoy this wine with a soft cheese plate, or spicy fried rice- better yet, on your porch basking in the sun.
Roberto: Fortress Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Here’s what the winemaker says: “Fortress Cabernet Sauvignon delivers aromas of dark fruit, mocha and baking spices on the nose. The palate exhibits well integrated tannins that complement the subtle earthy flavors of pomegranate, blackberry and sweet pipe tobacco. With a rich, opulent mouth feel, Fortress is an approachable wine with a silky, lush finish.” I say enjoy it with friends and family at spring and summer grill parties.
David: Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina Riserva 2013
I enjoy this Riserva for its full maturity. It’s at its peak now. It starts in the glass with a bright red scarlet color followed by nice lifted aromas of berry, cherry and plum with spice and pepper notes. This wine is perfect for a very simple dinner of small plates or your favorite pasta with a meat or tomato sauce.
Devin: Querceto Chianti Classico Riserva DOCG 2013
At the heart of Tuscany within the region of Chianti you will find wines from the prestigious rolling hills known as Chianti Classico, identifiable by a black rooster seal that identifies authenticity and quality. This wine opens with aromas of forest floor, spice and black fruit. The palate holds black cherry and white pepper notes with lasting complexity and finish. Pairs exceptionally well with game, fatty meats & poultry, plus hard cheeses and red sauced pizza. Enjoy!
Chris K: Michele Chiarlo, Barbera d’Asti 2016
For over 60 years, Michele Chiarlo has produced great wines from the Piedmont region in Northern Italy. The 2016 Barbera d’ Asti is a long-standing favorite of mine as it is extremely versatile and pairs nicely with various types of fare. I personally enjoy this wine with pasta Bolognese. The medium bodied tannic profile in Barbera highlights a balance of fruit and earth.
logan: Terlan Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2017
Clear pale yellow with a slight greenish shimmer. On the nose, this classic Pinot Bianco scores with crisp notes of pear mingling with aromas of raspberry and lime, plus a touch of chamomile and lemon grass to round off the composition. Body and balance sum up the Pinot Bianco, which intrigues the palate with the fruit of the pear and quince aromas combined with a salty minerality. The wine tickles the tongue and goes on to deliver a persistent aftertaste.
John B: Writers’ Tears Copper Pot Irish Whiskey
Writers’ Tears is a unique vatting of aged single pot still and single malt whiskey. Distilled entirely from pot still and malt, without grain, this is a truly special Irish whiskey. Writers’ Tears is triple distilled, non-peated and matured and aged in American oak bourbon casks. It’s also a Gold Medal winner at the International Spirits Challenge in London. The nose is aromatic with flashes of apple and vanilla, honey and baking spices. The whiskey is soft on the palate, gently spiced with a burst of ginger and butterscotch with background notes of toasted oak. The finish is a pleasant one—not too short, not too long, but just right. Writers’ Tears is an amazing Irish whiskey to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with!
Colin: Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye
Who says you’re beholden to Irish whiskey to celebrate St. Patty’s Day? Step outside your month of March norm with a bottle of Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye. Canadian and Kentucky rye whiskies are perfectly married together and blended with a dash of port to create a whiskey with incredible depth and nuance. With its perfect balance of caramel, dark fruit, and spice, Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye is a whiskey that is meant to be savored and shared alike.
Chris M: Guinness Extra Stout
“As deep as Guinness Extra Stout’s color is its taste. Crisp barley cuts through hops. A bite draws you in, bold flavors linger. Bitter marries sweet. A rich, refreshing taste. Brewed with skill. Built to last.” – Guinness
Josh L: Core Brewing Arkansas Red
Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! Saint Patrick’s Day is around the corner and you need some beer to celebrate. Core’s Arkansas Red is a great choice: an Irish style red ale made right here in our home state. A malt forward, easy drinking beer to bring out the Irish in ya for the holiday. Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Ryan L: Guinness Brewing 200th anniversary Export Stout
“This year marks the 200th anniversary of the first Guinness export from Ireland to The U.S. To commemorate this momentous occasion we brewed this beer, inspired by entries from our 1817 brewing logs. In 1817 Guinness was using black patent malts to give its stouts their deep dark black color. This new brew is complex and smooth with balance of roast and sweet chocolate.” –The Brewer
Chris A: Einstock Icelandic White Ale
It’s March: the birds are chirping and mosquitos are biting while the sun is up, but it can still be quite chilly in the evenings. You need a refreshing brew that goes nicely in any temperature, and listen pal, Einstock Icelandic White Ale is your huckleberry. Brewed with clean Icelandic water, this medium bodied beer has a slightly rustic aroma and tastes pleasantly of wheat, lemon, and candied orange. It will pair perfectly with making up excuses to not go to St. Patrick parties you weren’t invited to, or quiet weeping over your busted NCAA Tournament bracket. THANKS FOR EMBARRASSING ME YET AGAIN, KANSAS.
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