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Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay & Sauvignon Blanc

Jack Cakebread founded his first vineyard in 1973, producing 157 cases of Chardonnay. Today Cakebread Cellars owns 982 acres spread over 13 sites throughout the Napa Valley and more recently, a site in Anderson Valley.

Village Beer & Fine Wine is proud to carry Cakebread Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine maker feels that the Napa Valley is “ideal for cultivating Chardonnay.” Cakebread feels the varied terrain of southern Napa allows them to “craft a rich, elegantly structured Chardonnay that drinks beautifully on release, but ages well in bottle.”

The winemaker notes: “Our 2011 Napa Valley Chardonnay opens with fresh, creamy aromas of ripe pear, apple and citrus, with light butter, yeast and spicy oak tones adding complexity.  The wine’s rich, focused, green apple, melon and guava flavors are nicely balanced by fresh acidity and a piquant mineral tone.”

Cakebread describes their  2011 Sauvignon Blanc as “wonderfully fresh and aromatic, with bright scents of pink grapefruit, gooseberry, melon and green apple.  On the palate, the wine is medium-bodied with rich, vibrant citrus (grapefruit and kiwi), honeydew melon, spice and mineral flavors balanced by excellent acidity and a long, refreshing, mineral/chalky finish reminiscent of a fine White Bordeaux. ”

Cakebread Cellars posts recipes on their You Tube channel regularly that they feel are good pairings for their wines. This month Cakebread features a Pesto Crusted Salmon by Chef Philippe Boulot of the Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon.

New Craft Beer arrivals include fall seasonals

Summer is winding down and Village Beer & Fine Wine is prepared. Our shelves are already stocked with fall seasonal craft beers. If you’re a fan of the pumpkin beers we’ve got Shocktop Pumpkin Wheat, Post Road Pumpkin, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale and Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale. If pumpkin is not you’re style, try Flying Dog Octoberfest Marzen, Brooklyn Octoberfest, Shiner Octoberfest or Becks Octoberfest.

New this month, we have Fat Tire Amber Ale in cans. Also from New Belgium we have Shift, a lightly-hopped pale lager and in a 12 pack we have Red Hoptober. Other 12 packs currently in stock include: Sam Adams Harvest Collection and Octoberfest, New Castle Werewolf, Magic Hat Autumn Sampler, and Sierra Nevada Tumbler.

Widmer Brothers Gluten-Free Omission Beer

Omission gluten-free Pale AleAfter years of experimentation Widmer Brothers Brewing co. has released a gluten-free craft brew called Omission Beer. According to the brewery, these “handcrafted beers are made from barley, hops, water and yeast…using a proprietary process to remove gluten.

Widmer Brothers offers two Omission Beers. The first, in bold yellow bottles, is a traditional lager they describe as “light and approachable” with an “aromatic hop profile”. Omission Lager weighs in at 4.6% ABV.

For something with a bit more kick, Widmer Brothers also offers a Pale Ale, “amber in color” with a “floral aroma…complimented by caramel malt body.” Omission Pale Ale contains 5.8% ABV.

If you’ve got a gluten sensitivity, or just looking to try something new, stop by Village Beer and Fine Wine and pick up a six pack of Omission Beer.

While each batch is tested please keep in mind that the brewer does offer this disclaimer:
Product fermented from grains containing gluten and crafted to remove gluten. The gluten content of this product cannot be verified, and this product may contain gluten.

If you’re concerned, the Omission website offers Test Results page on their website where you can see the gluten content of the specific batch you’ve purchased.

For more information on Omission beers here’s a video from Widmer Brothers:

Beer & Wine Specials for September 2012

Wine Specials:
Friday Monkey Chardonnay – Reg. $13.99  Sale $12.99
Terrapin Station Box Wines & Bottles from Maryland – All 10% Off
Sofia Blanc De Blancs – Sparkling, California – Reg. $21.99  Sale $19.99
Jam Jar Red, South Africa – Reg. $15.99  Sale $14.99

Beer Specials:
Shiner 102, 6 pk bt – Reg. $8.99  Sale $ 6.99
Schlitz 12, pk cans – Sale $7.99
Allagash White, 4 pk bt – Reg. $13.99  Sale $12.99
Lindemans Black Cherry, single bt – Reg. $14.99  Sale $13.99

Click here to download a PDF of this month’s beer and wine specials and a coupon for your next visit.

Wine Tasting Schedule for September 2012

Sept. 8 from 12-6pm  Gilles Benoit Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 & Val de Salis Viognier 2011, France

Sat. Sept. 15 from 12-6pm  Ciconia Reserve Red and Vinho Verde, Portugal

Sat. Sept. 22 from 12-6pm  Cline Zinfandel 2010 and Viognier  2010, California

Sat. Sept. 29 from 12-6pm  Shiraz’s of Australia

2009 Falesco Merlot, Italy

Our featured wine this month is a Merlot from Italy. Brothers Riccardo and Renzo Cotarella of Falesco Winery, say they “have always paid attention to Merlot as we are convinced that few other territories can allow this variety to express its potential.” They feel that their vineyards “in the hills around Orveito”, in southwestern Umbria, are especially suited to the task.

According to the winery “Falesco Merlot, which is aged for six months in small French oak barrels, has a very deep colour. The scents are wide, rich, soft and spicy and the aromas are noble, well balanced and harmonious with an extremely long lingering finish.”

Wine Advocate scores the 2009 Falesco Merlot 92 points. Calling it “one of the finest wines I have ever tasted from Falesco. It is a decidedly firm, vibrant Merlot that stands in stark contrast to the super-ripe, obvious Vitiano Rosso. Here the fruit is wonderfully precise and elegant. Jammy blueberries, blackberries, cinnamon, leather and crushed rocks are woven into a beautiful fabric. The French oak is layered very nicely, adding depth and flavor, but never overpowering the wine.”

Oskar Blues – Deviant Dale’s Pale Ale

Its been ten years since Oskar Blues became the first US craft brewer to can its own beer, using a table top machine, sealing one beer at a time. They’ve come a long way, expanding their brewery this year, raising their production capabilities to 300 cans a minute.

Oskar Blues has also added a new beer to their line-up of canned craft beers, Deviant Dale’s India Pale Ale.

The brewery describes this new IPA  (8% ABV, 85 IBUs) as having “aromas of citrus, grapefruit rind and piney resins with a copper ball-of-fire color and inscrutable finish. The 2011 GABF Silver Medal Winner (American IPA Category) is the Devil incarnate with untold amounts of malt and hedonistic Columbus dry-hopping.”

Averaging 4 out of 5, from well over 300 reviews on BeerAdvocate.com, and 99/100 from RateBeer.com, Deviant Dale’s seems to be pleasing the hop heads.

Not sure about the can? According to Oskar Blues “the modern aluminum can is lined with a water-based coating so beer and metal never touch, there is no exchange of metallic flavor.” Currently, Village Beer and Fine Wine has 4 packs of Deviant Dale’s IPA in 16 oz cans, and Dale’s Pale Ale and Mamas Little Yellow Pils in six packs of 12 oz cans.

If you’d like to learn more, a video from Oskar Blues Brewery on their brewery expansion and Deviant Dale’s IPA:

Beer Arrivals for August 2012

Dogfish Head Chateau JiahuNew on our shelves:

  • Oskar Blues Deviant Dale’s IPA
  • Omission Handcrafted Pale Ale (gluten free beer)
  • Omission Handcrafted Lager (gluten free beer)

Back in stock:

  • Hoegaarden
  • Dogfish Head Chicory
  • Stout & Chateau Jiahu
  • Blue Moon Summer Honey Wheat
  • Magic Hat Circus Boy
  • Stone Arrogant Bastard
  • Kona Koko Brown
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