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Volte Face Vinho Branco and Reserva

nov-wine-webOur featured wines for November, the mysterious Volte Face, comes from the Alentejano region of Portugal.

The first of this pair, Volte Face Vinho Branco, was featured in the Washington Post. Vinho Branco is made from Antaõ Vaz, one of the most sought after grapes in the region.
The Washington Post rates Vote Face Vinho Branco “Excellent”, with tasting notes that include:

“Flavors of white flowers and talc are backed up by rich textures of lanolin and beeswax. Delicious. There is also an excellent red at the same price.”

That “excellent red” is Volte Face Reserva, our second featured wine for the month. Volte Face Reserva is what’s known as a rare red blend.

Either of these wines will pair well with your Thanksgiving turkey or ham.

Ommegang and Lindemans Gift Sets

thrones-lindemans-gifts-webWe have two attractive craft beer gift sets just in for the holiday season.

From Brewery Ommegang we have a new Game of Thrones inspired box set. These Game of Thrones gift sets can be tough to get a hold of. Ommegang has even launched a beer finder on their website to help fans locate them!

This year’s Game of Thrones box set contains the all new Valar Dohaeris Tripel Ale.

Ommegang says this belgian style tripel:

“pays homage to Arya’s season-long struggles within and around the House of Black and White.”

The brewer explains the names of these brews,  “Valar Dohaeris,” High Valyrian for “All Men Must Die,” the traditional response to “Valar Morghulis” meaning “All Men Must Die”.

Which brings us to the second beer of the set, a re-release of Valar Morghulis Dubble Ale. The set comes with a beautiful glass, and each bottle design includes Arya’s two-headed coin.

If the beer lover in your family isn’t a Game of Thrones fan, but like beer with a fruit twist, consider the Lindemans gift set.

These two low-alcohol (2.5%) Lambics are brewed with fruit, cutting the sour lambics with just enough sweetness.

Lindemans Framboise

Brewery tasting notes: “Powerful raspberry aromas with a hint of caramel and a slightly sour finish characteristic of lambic beers.

Lindemans Pêche

Brewery tasting notes: A fresh fruit beer that is golden in colour. It has a bright and full-bodied flavour as well as a nice balance between the sweet taste of the peach and the sourness of the lambic.


Cider and Wine Tasting for November 2016

  • Saturday November 12 from 4-7 pm.  Masha of Dionysis Wines will be sampling the exotic Volteface red and white wines.
  • Friday November 18 from 4-7 pm.  Eric will be pouring wines from his distinguished  portfolio,  such as Souverain Chardonnay, La Marka Prosecco and the Prophecy wines.
    **With the purchase of 2 La Marka Proseccos 750 ml, get one FREE La Marka wine box! Quantities are limited.**
  • Saturday November 19 from 4-7 pm.  Bold Rock Cider Tasting!

Craft Beer Arrivals for November 2016

  • Dogfish Head Flesh & Blood IPA 6Pk Bt
  • Fireside Chat Winter Spiced Ale 6Pk Can
  • Brew Free Or Die IPA 6Pk Can
  • Alpine Duet IPA 6Pk Bt
  • Elysian Space Dust IPA 6Pk Bt
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA 6Pk Bt
  • Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout 6Pk Bt
  • Anderson Valley Hop Ottin IPA 6Pk Bt
  • New Belgium Ben & Jerry 6Pk Bt
  • Evolution Delmarva Pure Pils 6Pk Bt
  • Evolution Multipack 12Pk Bt
  • Flying Dog Azacca Imperial IPA 6Pk Bt
  • Flying Dog Bee Beer 6Pk Bt
  • Full Tilt Baltimore Pale Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Bear Republic Racer 5 Ipa 6Pk Bt
  • Bear Republic Big Bear Black Stout 6Pk Bt
  • Uinta Hop Nosh Ipa 6Pk Bt
  • Dominion Baltic Porter 6Pk Bt
  • Kona Pipeline Porter 6Pk Bt
  • Kona Island Hopper 12Pk Bt
  • Devils Backbone Adventure Pack 12Pk Bt
  • Hofbrau Hefe Weizen 6Pk Bt
  • Crispin Original Hard Cider 6Pk Bt
  • Lindemans Holiday Gift Pack
  • Sam Adams Winter Lager 6/12Pk Bt
  • Sam Adams White Christmas 6Pk Bt
  • Sam Adams Winter Classics 12Pk Bt
  • Heavy Seas Winter Storm 6Pk Bt
  • Heavy Seas Boatload IPA Sampler 12Pk Bt
  • Blue Point River Ave Sampler 12Pk Bt
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration 6/12Pk Bt
  • Sierra Nevada Snowpack 12Pk Bt

Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon – Thorn Clark Barossa Winemakers

Our featured wine for October is a wonderful Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia. The 2013 Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon from Thorn Clark Barossa Winemakers. This family owned operation has been around for six generations.

Thorn Clark have a reputation for high quality affordable wines, and Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon is no exception. The wine maker describes this wine:

“A varietal palate with primarily dark berry fruit characters and dried herbs. French oak spice adds to the complexity of the wine. The palate has long elegant tannins which balance the fruit and oak weight well. “

Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon has been rated highly, including a 91 pt score from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Their note’s include:

 “Aged in French oak, it reveals leafy black currant notes intermixed with wood, damp earth, and spice. This supple-textured, delicious red is best consumed in its exuberant youth … over the next 2-4 years.”

Rubaeus Pure Raspberry Ale – Founders Brewing Co.

rubaeusOur featured beer this month is Rubaeus Pure Raspberry Ale from Michigan’s Founders Brewing Co. The founders of Founders learned early on, that if they were to make it in this business, they had to brew big unique beers. Getting bold with their brews took Founder’s from near bankruptcy to one of the top ranked breweries around.

To create Rubaeus, Founders adds raspberries at multiple stages of the brewing process. Founder’s describes Rubaeus as the “perfect blend of sweet, tart and refreshing.”This easy drinking beer weighs in at 5.7% ABV, so be careful! For fans of fruit beer, Rubaeus is reviewing well, with a 97 point score on RateBeer for the style.

Beer and Wine Tasting Schedule for October 2016

Please join us for our complimentary Wine and Beer Tastings.

  • Friday Oct. 14 from 4-7 pm.  Terra will be sampling the wines of Oyster Bay from New Zealand
  • Friday Oct. 14 from 4-7 pm. Beer samples from Stone Brewery!
  • Saturday, Oct. 15 from 2-5 pm.  Mindy, of DuClaw Brewery from Baltimore, will be tasting their  new fall beers.
  • Friday Oct. 21 from 4-7 pm.. Danielle of Jailbreak from Laurel, MD will be pouring the brews.
  • Saturday, Oct. 22 from 4-7 pm.  Eric of Gallo Distributors will be sampling Dark Horse Petite Syrah. A perfect wine for the cooler weather.
  • Friday Oct. 28 from 4-7 pm.  One of our favorite Wine Reps., Lynette will be sampling from her portfolio.
  • Saturday, Oct. 29 from 4-7 pm.  Patrick from Elite, will be sampling some highly rated wines for the Holidays!

Craft Beer Arrivals for October 2016

  • Angry Orchard Knotty Pear 6Pk Bt
  • Boulevard Dark Truth 4Pk Bt
  • Boulevard Sixth Glass 4Pk Bt
  • Devils Backbone Pumpkin Hunter 6Pk Bt
  • Duclaw 865 Coffee Stout 6Pk Bt
  • Founders Rubaeus Raspberry Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Green Flash Soul Style IPA 6Pk Bt
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA 6Pk Bt
  • Lancaster Milk Stout 6Pk Bt
  • Magic Hat Night Of The Living Dead 12Pk Bt
  • Nanti Seltzer Cranberry 6Pk Can
  • Nanti Seltzer Grapefruit 6Pk Can
  • Nanti Seltzer Lemon Lime 6Pk Can
  • Red Hook Hook Pack 12Pk Bt
  • Smuttynose Old Brown Dog 6Pk Bt
  • Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale 6Pk Bt
  • Smuttynose Robust Porter 6Pk Bt
  • Southern Tier Choklat 4Pk Bt
  • Stone Delicious IPA 6Pk Bt
  • Stone Enjoy By Tangerine IPA 6Pk Bt
  • Stone Ruination Double IPA 6Pk Bt
  • Stone Wassie Pilsner 6Pk Can