Vin-ettes

Summer 2016 Brought To You By: Casey Kern

Inside This Issue

Summer Top 20 Sellers
Brewery Double Feature

Featured Spirit
Recipe: Fresh Herb Grilled
Shrimp & White Bordeaux

This month’s theme is delicious wine! Now, I suppose that is the theme every month, but I couldn’t narrow it to down to just one region or style. Like a mom, I don’t choose favorites;
I love all of my wine children equally.

You’ll find all the major categories below, and I’ve even marked the organic wines with this symbol (*). You’re welcome!

 

 

 

Red

Sentinelle de Massiac Minervois*
Languedoc, France
Unoaked blend of Syrah & Carignan. Medium-bodied, lightly earthy with distinct black fruit flavors. ($11.98)

Domaine Puig-Parahy “Georges”
Cotes du Roussillon, France

Earthy Carignan-dominated cuvee consistently earns 90+ scores from the wine press. Drink now ($12.98)

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True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon
Paso Robles California
This Cab overdelivers with lots of cassis & dark berry fruit, the perfect amount of oak and smooth, silky tannins. ($19.99)

Pedroncelli Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley, California
Total crowd-pleaser Pinot Noir from family-owned estate in CA’s famed Russian River Valley. ($17.98)

 

Edra “Grullas de Paso”
Ribera de Gallego, Spain
“Bordeaux” via Spain. This is a killer deal in the category of dry, robust red wines. Do not miss out on this. ($14.98)

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Bagordi Graciano Crianza*
Rioja, Spain
A rare Rioja made from 100% Graciano. This grape imparts deep color, rich dark fruit, and a full body. ($17.98)

L’Effet Papillon
Cotes du Roussillon, France
Soft, silky summertime red, this reminds me of fresh blueberries & black raspberries. So good. ($14.98)

 

 

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Vrai Cailloux Bordeaux Blanc
Bordeaux, France
Soft, fruit-forward summer white with just a hint of melon on the nose.  Sauv. Blanc-Semillon blend. ($11.98)

Cono Sur Reserva Especial Chardonnay* & Sauvignon Blanc*
Casablanca Valley, Chile
Respected organic estate producing shockingly high value wines. Why decide? Try both! ($10.98 & $11.98)

La Chapelle Picpoul de Pinet
Languedoc, France
Light & zesty, dry Mediterranean white is an ideal summer aperitif and perfect companion for seafood. ($9.98)

Pepiere Muscadet “Clos de Briords”*index
Loire Valley, France
Dry, crisp, minerally white from French Atlantic Coast seriously may be the best deal in the house. This producer really is that good. ($17.98)

Donhoff Riesling QbA
Nahe, Germany
You should really drink m ore Riesling.  Try this “entry level” from one of Germany’s top producers. Off dry, with notes of white peach. ($21.98)

 

 

Rosé

Martinshof Zum Martin Sepp*
Wienvertel, Austria
Light, crisp, dry Austrian rosé made from 100% Zweigelt. Love the liter bottle & the pop top! ($12.99)

Couer Esterelle
Provence, France
Perennial staff & customer favorite.  Light & dry with that classic Provençal soft coral pink color. ($12.50)

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Copain Tous Ensemble
Mendocino County, California
This elegant cuvee of 100% Pinot Noir from highly regarded Copain Winery sells out every year! Vibrant and fresh, with crisp red fruit flavors. ($23.98)

Mas de la Dame*
Provence, France
Classic dry rosé from the heart of Provence in Les Baux. This slightly richer style is made by 2 very talented female winemakers. On sale now! ($14.98)

 

Sparkling

Gerard Bertrand Brut Rose
Limoux, France
We are in love with this bubbly pink blend of Pinot Noir, Chenin, Blanc
and Chardonnay from Bertrand. ($19.50)

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Bertha Cava Brut Naure
Penedes, Spain
Small handmade production, very high quality producer.
One of the best deals in methode champenoise wine, period. This is my personal favorite. ($15.98)

 

 

Marguet Elements*
Champagne, France
Grand Cru Champagne from Marguet’s vineyards still plowed by horses in Ambonnay. 66% Pinot, 34% Chardonnay. Certified organic/biodynamic. ($47.00)

 

Brewery Double Feature

 

Kent Falls Brewing Company
An American Farmhouse Brewery
Location: Kent, CT Founded: 2014
Beers Released: 64 (# from BeerAdvocate.com)

 

Currently Available at Kent Wine & Spirit:

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Ales For ALS IPA – 500 ml bottle – $6.50
Brewed with a variety of experimental hops. Delicious!

Solstice – 500 ml bottle – $6.99
A slightly tart, dry hopped farmhouse ale.

Alternate Worlds Gose – 500 ml bottle – $8.99
A sour style gose with funky citrus notes and sea salt.

Lime Zest Gose – 500 ml bottle – $8.99
Light & super refreshing, brewed with lime zest & salt.

-Limited availability while supplies last-

 

 

New-Belgium
New Belgium Brewing HQ in Fort Collins, CO

New Belgium Brewing
America’s 4th Largest Craft Brewer
Location: Fort Collins, Colorado
Founded: 1991
Beers Released: 114 (# from BeerAdvocate.com)

 

Currently Available at Kent Wine & Spirit:

Fat Tire Amber Ale – 6 pk bottles – $9.99
Their iconic flagship balances toasty malts & fresh hops.

Citradelic Tangerine IPA – 6 pk bottles – $9.99
Fresh, crisp IPA made with Citra hops and Tangerine peel.

Ranger IPA – 6 pk bottles – $9.99
Amber colored IPA with bright citrus and pine notes.

Heavy Melon – 6 pk bottles – $10.99
Crushable ale brewed with juicy watermelon & fresh lime.

-Now available year round-

 

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Kings County Barrel Strength Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Crafted in very small batches in Brooklyn, this barrel strength bourbon is aged for 2 to 4 years and bottled at an impressive 120 proof.  Big, bold, and rich, the woody spice balances the high ABV quite well.  The mashbill contains 70% organic NY state corn and 30% malted barley.  200 ml bottle – $24.99

 

 

 

 

Recipe: Herb Grilled Shrimp & White Bordeaux

Ingredients:

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  • ½ cup Vrai Caillou Bordeaux Blanc
  • 1 lb. of shrimp, cleaned & peeled
  • 1 tsp. each of fresh chopped basil, parsley, thyme & oregano
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 package of cherry tomatoes
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • About a dozen wooden skewers

Directions:

  1. Arrange shrimp & cherry tomatoes on pre-
    soaked skewers and place in a large tupperware.
  2. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Add wine, all herbs,
    garlic and butter to tupperware. Close the lid and
    shake to combine. Refrigerate for atleast 30 min.
  3. Fire up the grill and cook skewers about 3-5
    minutes per side until shrimp turn opaque pink.

Serve with a chilled glass of Vrai Caillou and enjoy!

 

By Casey Kern
July 2016



Pretty In Pink

Every spring as the mercury rises people start to crave that pretty pink wine style called dry rosé.  Made in a variety of different styles, in nearly every major wine producing region, there’s no reason not to drink pink! So, without further delay, let’s get into some rosé before the Hamptons drink it all!

Wouldn’t mind visiting Copain Winery in Healdsburg, CA.

Rosé has been a staple of southern France for centuries, where they produce & consume more rosé than any other region in the world.  In sunny, magical Provence, most wines are made from a cepagé (or blend) of Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Carignan. The classic style is pale salmon in color, fresh, crisp, bright & dry. Within Provence itself, it’s worth seeking out the ageworthy Mourvedre-based wines of Bandol and the exquisitely fresh, minerally wines from the tiny appellation of Cassis.

In Sancerre, equally elegant dry rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir. Let’s not forget Champagne either, where exquisite pink bubbly is made from a cepagé of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier, and Chardonnay. For more great bubbly (at a more modest price) look no further than the Methode Champenoise sparkling rosé from Alsace and Limoux.

Meanwhile, American wineries are crafting fine dry rosé from coast to coast. Some California and Oregon producers emulate the Sancerre style offering cuvees made from 100% Pinot Noir, while some use a blend of grapes similar to those in Provence. Others still, including wineries in New York state are using Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and even white grapes like Chardonnay and Riesling.

View of the Clos St. Magdeleine Estate in the seaside paradise of Cassis.

Elsewhere in the world, Spain & Italy produce many fine rosado/rosato wines, often slightly darker hued and fuller in body. Even Austria offers up some racy, fresh, bone dry, and utterly quaffable rosés.

Check out some of our favorites below and keep an eye out all summer long as we add to our roster of 35+ dry rosé wines. There is no such thing as too much rosé!

 

 

By Casey Kern
June 2016