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Flor De Vetus

flor-de-vetusOur featured wine for March hails from Spain’s Toro region, in the province of Zamora. Wine has been made in the region since the 1st century BC, when ancient Greeks taught Celtic tribes.

Bodegas Vetus launched in the Toro in 2003. The winemaker tries to preserve the traditions of the region, while introducing new modern subtleties.

On our shelves you’ll find Flor De Vetus. Wine Advocate rates Flor De Vetus 92 points:

“100& Tinta de Toro (Tempranillo from Toro) full bodied, complex and dry, it offers up notes of white chocolate, black cherry and blackcurrant fruit. It represnts a stunning value.” – Wine Advocate

The winemaker describes this as “a fresh and gentle wine that showcases another form of the Tempranillo’s character.”

Flor De Vetus is aged for 9 months, half in french and half in American oak barrels.


Time to get Sour! (Beer & Cider)

sour-bottlesFor March we’re featuring an interesting selection of sour craft brews. The intentionally acidic and tart taste of a sour brew comes from allowing wild yeast strains or bacteria to develop. A sour beer can take months to ferment and can years to mature.

La Folie Sour Brown Ale 2015 from New Belgium Brewing Co is one of those beers, spending three years in oak barrels. According to the brewer the beer “is sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry, and plum-skin notes.”

New Belgium warns, this is “not a beer for the timid, La Folie is a sour delight that will turn your tongue on its head.” The folks at Beer Advocate approve, with well over 3,000 votes resulting in a score of 95.

From Spain we have Sidra Urbitarte, a Basque Cider. This is a non-sparkling cider, made by Urbitarte, a traditional family owned cider house in the Aralar Mountains of Basque Country. The cider makers describe Urbitarte as having a “fresh acidity with complex tart and musty flavors,” that will appeal to fans of Belgian sour beers and lambics.

And from Woodchuck Hard Cider Cellar Series, we’re featuring Sour Cherry. Woodchuck says this product has been 4 years in the making, as they experimented with as many as 10 blends. The cider is made with sweet tart dried cherries from Michigan, and cherry juice from Belgium. Woodchuck says this is a one of a kind concoction, that a different crop of cherries would have different results.

Check out this video from Woodchuck for a look at the making of Sour Cherry:

Beer and Wine Specials for March 2015


  • Boulevard unfiltered wheat beer 6 pk. bt.  Reg. price $9.99   Sale $8.99
  • Bengali IPA 6 cans  Reg. price $15.99  Sale $14.99
  • Blackened Voodoo 6 pk. bt  Reg. price $12.99  Sale $11.99
  • Steel Reserve 12 pk. cans  Reg. price $7.99  Sale $6.99


  • From Portugal -Ciconia Vinho Verde Reg. price $11.99 Sale $10.99
  • From Spain – Figaro Tinto Reg. price $13.99 Sale $12.99
  • From France – Eve Viognier Reg. price $14.99 Sale $13.99
  • From South Africa – Ruders Chenin Blanc Reg. price $15.99 Sale $14.99

Craft Beer and Fine Wine Tasting for March 2015

  • Saturday, March 14 from 4-7pm – Jeremy from Constatine wines will be sampling Truth from Napa Valley, Sincerite from France and Worthy red.
  • Friday, March 20 from 4-7pm – Jailbreak brewery from Laurel, Md. will be pouring Scoville IPA and The Punisher.
  • Saturday, March 21 from 4-7pm – Eric from Olney will be tasting from their wine portfolio to include “For your eyes only Cabernet Sauvignon”.
  • Friday, March 27 from 4-7pm – DuClaw from Baltimore will be sampling their new collection of craft beers.
  • Saturday, March 28 from 4-7pm – Boordy Vineyards of Hydes, Md. will be pouring wine from their Icons of Maryland series.

Craft Beer Arrivals for March 2015

New Arrivals:

  • Duclaw X9 Coffee Stout
  • New Belgium Slow Rider
  • Woodchuck Hopsation Cider
  • Pure Cider Black Currant
  • The Brewer’s Art Birdhouse Pale Ale
  • The Brewer’s Art Resurrection Ale
  • Heavy Seas Cross Bones Session IPA
  • Jailbreak Scoville Jalapeno IPA
  • J.K.’S Scrumpy Hard Cider
  • St. Bernardus Abt 12 Belgian Abbey Ale

Back In Stock:

  • Woodchuck Sour Cherry
  • Crispin The Saint
  • Crispin Natural Hard Apple Cider
  • Angry Orchard Hop’n Mad
  • Stone IPA
  • Ommegang Spiced Saison
  • Ommegang Hennepin
  • Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale
  • Jailbreak Big Punisher Double IPA
  • Magic Hat Spring Seasonal Golde Ale Single Chair
  • DC Brau Penn Quarter Porter
  • DC Brau The Corruption India Pale
  • DC Brau The Public Pale
  • Southern Tier Ipa
  • Southern Tier 2X IPA
  • Evolution Lot No. 3 IPA
  • Great Divide Titan IPA
  • Butternuts Variety Pack
  • Sierra Nevada 4-Way IPA
  • Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA

Truth 2012 – Red Wine, Napa Valley


On our Highly Recommended shelf you’ll find an interesting MC Escher style label on a red wine from Axios Wines in Napa Valley, called Truth 2012.

The artwork was displayed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) exhibition “How Wine Became Modern”.

The wine is 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot and 21% Carbernet Franc. Truth is aged in French Oak for 15 months.

The wine maker describes Truth:

“This beautiful wine displays a brilliant ruby color with an abundance of dark fruit exploding from the glass…with an intriguing interplay of violets, baking spices, candied orange and licorice. Hints of smoke, vanilla and cedar suggest the delicate presence of oak.”


Maui Brewing Co comes to Rockville


Maui Brewing Co has been handcrafting ales and lagers in Lahaina, HI since 2005. Maui Brewing Co is both a brew pub and brewery. They release their beers in cans for better preservation, quick chilling, light weight and eco-friendliness.

We are excited to add a selection of Maui Brewing Co’s flagship beers to our shelves:

Big Swell IPA
Maui Brewing’s India Pale Ale is brewed with four types of hops and malted barley. According to the brewer the flavor “begins smooth and malty and is followed with a big burst of hop flavor.” ABV 6.8 IBU 82

Mana Wheat
This unfiltered wheat ale is infused with Maui Gold Pineapple. Maui Brewing lightly hops this one “to allow the fruity sweetness of the pineapple to shine through”. ABV 5.5  IBU18

CoCoNut PorTeR
Maui’s approach to Porter involves “six varieties of malted barley, hops and hand-toasted coconut.” Expect the “tastes of dark malt, chocolate and hints of coffee.” The finish is balanced out with “toasted coconut and hoppy spice.”

Bikini Blonde Lager
Bikini Blonde is a filtered “Munich Helles Lager with floral hops and Pilsner and Munch malts.” Maui says if you’re looking for something similar to an American Lager, this their brew for you.

Craft Beer Arrivals for February 2015

 New Craft Beer Arrivals

‏Woodchuck Sour Cherry
‏Lagunitas Capuccino Stout

Maui Big Swell IPA (cans)
‏Maui Mana Wheat (cans
‏Maui Bikini Blonde Lager (cans)
‏Maui CoCoNut Porter (cans)
‏Sam Adams Rebel Rouser
‏Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy
‏Sam Adams Rebel Rider IPA
‏DuClaw Naked Fish
‏DuClaw Continuum
‏DuClaw Euforia
‏Blue Moon First Peach Ale
‏Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

‏Sierra Nevada 4-way IPA
Sierra Nevada Beer Camp

Craft Beers Back In Stock

Franziskaner Weissbier
‏The Mad Elf Ale
Southern Tier Creme Brûlée
DuClaw Retribution
Allagash Curieux

Six Packs
DuClaw Anti-Venom
DuClaw Dirty Little Freak
‏DuClaw Spiced Winter Warmer
‏DuClaw Hellrazer
‏DuClaw Serum
‏DC Brau The Corruption (cans)
‏DC Brau The Public (cans)
‏Sam Adams Boston Lager
‏Brooklyn Brown Ale
‏Wild Blue
‏Flying Fish Exit 4
‏Southern Tier IPA
‏Oskar Blues Deviant Dales (4pk cans)
‏Porkslap Pale Ale (cans)
‏Birdhouse Pale Ale (cans)

12 Packs
‏Ravenbeer Four Poes In One Box
‏DuClaw Variety Pack
‏Southern Tier Super Pack

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