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2010 Domaine de Couroulu – Vacqueyras Cuvee Classique

Our featured wine this month is the 2010 Domaine de Couroulu – Vacqueyras Cuvee Classique. This stylish wine comes to us from France’s southern Rhône region.  Vacqueyras Cuvee Classique from Domaine de Couroulu is regarded as an excellent example of the appellation’s fine wines. This blend of 60% Grenache, 25% Syrah and 15% Mourvedre will not disappoint you.

Wine Advocate gives it 94 pts, describing it as:

“Lots of blueberry and blackberry fruit…with good acidity, terrific focus and unbelievable concentration.”

According to the winemaker, this great summer choice is “an excellent match for grilled ribs, sausages, and steak.”

Beer & Wine Specials for June 2014


  • All Maryland Wines – $1.00 Off-includes Boordy, Linganore, St. Michaels and Knob Hall
  • All Kosher Wines – $1.00 Off
  • All Ports – $1.00 Off
  • Paco & Lola Alberino, Spain – Reg. $26.99 Sale $24.99


  • Boulder Beer Company, Flashback India Brown Ale – Reg. $13.99 Sale $12.99
  • Rolling Rock, 18 pk. bt. – Special Value $15.99
  • Miller High Life, 18 pk. bt. – Special Value $12.99
  • Paardebloem single beer – Reg. $9.99 Sale $8.99

Tasting Schedule for June 2014

  • Sat. June 7 from 4-7pm. Republic National will sample: Diseno Malbec, Anew Reisling, Oyster Bay Pinot Noir & Merlot.
  • Sat. June 14 from 12-6pm.  From France, Le Petit Caboche Rose  and Sauvignon Blanc Menetou-Salon.
  • Sat. June 21 from 4-7 pm.  Ciderworks of Jefferson, Md. will sample their Apple Wines.
  •  Sat. June 28 from 12-6pm.  Sample Shoefly Pinot Noir of Australia and Nals Margreid Pinot Grigio of Italy-90 point  rating  WA.

Breckenridge Brewery Sampler & Widmer Brother’s Best

For May we’re featuring two variety 12 packs. First up, from Colorado we have the Breckendridge Brewery sampler. This 12 pack features 4 of the brewery’s “main line” of beers.

The brewery describes the selections:

Oatmeal Stout – “…a bold, smooth-bodied concoction that oozes dark-roasted coffee aromas and flavors of espresso and semi-sweet chocolate. ”

Vanilla Porter – ” An ale that has all the chocolate and roasted nut flavor of a classic Porter, with an enigmatic surprise thrown in for good measure. ”

Lucky U IPA – “An even keeled ale that goes down clean and refreshing…true to it’s IPA heritage, but also highly drinkable.”

Avalanche Ale – “…a refreshing-but-flavorful, anytime beer. Aromas of pale grains, a semi-sweet middle and a clean-as-Colorado snow finish make this our best-selling beer.”

From Portland, Oregon, we’ve got the Widmer Brother’s Best variety 12 pack. The beers in this variety pack change with the seasons.

The brewer describes the current selections:

Hefeweizen – “Our naturally cloudy flagship brew…bold, clean flavor and pronounced citrus and floral aromas…”

Rotator IPA: Hopside Down – “…the clean, crisp finish of a lager with the hoppy aroma and character of an IPA. Hopside Down is our take on an India Pale Lager…perfect for the warmer summer months.”

Columbia Common Spring Ale – “…mild grassy and spicy hop notes are complemented by a fruity character and clean finish…It’s the perfect beer for spring. ”

Alchemy Pale Ale – “…the perfectly balanced, perfectly hopped ale. Alchemy Ale has a bright, distinct hop character balanced with hints of caramel and a remarkably smooth finish.”

Burgáns Albariño

Our featured wine this month comes to us from the Rías Baixas region of Spain. The region is known for the Albariño grape. In fact, over 90% of grapes grown and wine produced in the region is Albariño.

On our shelves, you will find the Burgáns Albariño from Bodegas Martín Códax. The goal at Martín Códax is to bring authentic Galician wines to the region, and to the world. Burgáns Albariño is named for the slope the winery sits on in the Salnés Valley.

The winemakers tasting notes:

Appearance – “A bright greenish yellow colour with golden highlights.”

Nose – “A uniquely fruity aroma where the variety is clearly appreciated, highlighting hints of ripe apples, apricots, and peach aromas.”

Palate – “In the mouth, it is rich, mellow and well-balanced. The aftertaste is fully rounded and off dry on the palate with juicy fruit flavours, clean acidity and a long, mineral-dominated finish.”

Whether you’re looking for an authentic Galician wine, or nice summer white, Burgáns Albariño won’t disappoint!


Craft Beer Arrivals for May 2014

New Craft Beer 6 Packs:

  • Acme IPA
  • Baba Black Lager
  • WYLD Extra Pale Ale
  • Innis & Gunn Rum Aged Beer
  • Full Sail IPA
  • Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA, and Merry Monks
  • Flashback India Brown Ale
  • Flying Fish Summer Ale
  • Wild Blueberry Lager
  •  Lagunitas Maximus IPA
  • Magic Hat Dream Machine
  • Kona Castaway
  • Mendocino Red Tail Ale
  • Monty Pythons Holy Grail
  • Imperial IPA Pub Dog
  • Dogfish Head 61
  • Schlafly IPA
  • Hopnosh IPA
  • Anderson Valley Summer Solstice

12 Pack Variety:

  • Magic Hat Summer Scene
  • Flying Dog
  • Sierra Nevada 4-way IPA
  • Starr Hill The Life
  • Shock Top
  • Longtrail  Survival
  • Sam Adams Summer Ale

…and more arriving weekly.

Beer & Wine Tasting Schedule for May 2014

  • May 2 from 4-7 pm.  Baying Hound Aleworks  from Rockville, Md.
  • May 3 from 4-7 pm.  Republic Distributors will sample wines from South Africa, The Beach House Wines.
  • May 10 from 4-7 pm.  A Beer tasting of Goose Island Beers.
  • May 16 from 4-7 pm.  Constellation Distributors will sample wines from their portfolio to include Worthy Vineyards and The 75 Wine Company.


Beer & Wine Specials for May 2014


  • Mirrasou Wines – all varietals – $1.00 Off
  • Cupcake Wines – all varietals – $1.00 Off
  • Barefoot Wines- 1.5 lt. all varietals – $1.00 Off
  • Paco & Lola Alberino, Spain – Reg. $26.99 Sale $24.99


  • Shipyard Monkey Fist IPA, 6pk. bt. –  Reg. $14.99 Sale $13.99
  • Shipyard IPA, 6 pk bt. – Reg. $13.99 Sale $12.99
  • New Belgium Paardebloem, single bt. – Reg. $9.99 Sale $8.99
  • Rolling Rock, 18 pk. bt..- Special Value $15.99
  • Miller High Life, 18 pk .bt. – Special Value $12.99
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