Chilly weather calls for a cozy Port! These 1982 and 1977 Porto Manéres Colheitas were aged in wood until their bottle date in 2017. The term “Colheita” when applied to Port means that it is a singe vintage-dated Tawney Port, not to be confused with a Vintage Port. This style produces smooth ports with dried nut and spice flavors and are more rare than Vintage Ports. Cheers!
Great domestic wines can no longer be credited to just the West coast. Paumanok Vineyards was founded in 1983 with a focus on “old world” grapes from North Fork of Long Island. The 2016 Chenin Blanc has tropical fruit note with a cool, clean crispness and the Assemblage 2014 Bordeaux blend is a big wine with black fruits and spice with deep tannins. This East Coast Yin Yang of wine will balance out your weekend. Cheers!
A wine geek’s wine, the Staatliche Weinbaudomäne Oppenheim 2016 Glöck Nierstein Riesling Grosses Gewächs (GG) has both history and taste. The Glöck vineyard is the oldest documented vineyard in Germany, dating back to 742 AD. The 5 acre plot produces a wine with stone fruit and herbal notes as well as spicy minerality. A great wine for Thursday night Asian take out. Cheers!
Purple, rainy skies need a purple, bright wine. A fun wine for a dark day, the Peachy Canyon 2014 Cirque Du Vin is a blend of 35% Syrah, 25% Merlot, 21% Cabernet and a touch of Petite Verdot and Zinfandel. This is a rich wine with black fruits, cola, clove and vanilla notes. Round and juicy, this vintage’s grown season produced mature wine that was then aged in French, Hungarian and American oak barrels for a minimum of 24 months. Taking the stage under $20, this wine ain’t no joke for a rainy Wednesday night. Cheers!
Ridge Vineyards’ ties run deep in California’s winemaking history. This Monte Bello 2014 Cabernet blend comes from vineyards that were originally planted in 1886 with the first official Ridge Monte Bello vintage coming in 1962. A drought vintage, the 2014 is elegant with intense fruit and scored over 97 points. The first Lytton Springs vintage was released in 1972 and has evolved to include both Zinfandel and it’s complimentary varietals. This 2015 blend scored 95 points. Finally, the East Bench Zinfandel was first produced in 2006 and is one of two Ridge wines that is 100% Zinfandel. This is a deep wine with vanilla and oak spices from the use of American oak during aging. Pick one or all for a trifecta of Ridge Vineyards wine. Cheers!
An American in Beaune, Alex Gambal has been making Burgundy wines since 1997. A Chardonnay from Saint-Romain, this wine is grown behind the main slope of the better known Côte de Beaune and is a great value with stone fruit notes and a light mineral finish. For California Chardonnay drinkers, this is a great wine to begin exploring the world of French Burgundy. Cheers!
Looking for a truly unbalanced wine? The Prisoner Wine Co. is certifiable and non compos mentis with this release! Like a bowl of mixed nuts, Derange 2015 is a maniacal blend of Cabernet, Zinfandel, Merlot, Syrah and Petite Sirah which creates an explosive wine with dark, ripe fruits and freshly dug earthiness. If you’re feeling a little disturbed this weekend grab a pizza, bottle of Derange 2015 and restrain yourself, it going to be a crazy ride. Cheers!
Get ready to hOwl at the moon this Friday night! Kentucky Owl Small Batch Rye Whiskey was aged 11 years, bottled in July 2017, released in September and has made it’s way to Delray Beach. It has rich notes of pine, cloves, honey, cinnamon and cedar and at 110 proof it will warm your belly on a cool South Florida night. Cheers!
Brrrr! We have officially hit the 40s, but will it drop down to the 36 degrees?!? Get prepared with Vineyard 36 Napa Valley wines. The 2012 ‘Thirty Six’ Cabernet is a big chewy Cabernet with 5% Cab Franc thrown in to add dark, earthy flavors. The 2012 Reserve is 100% Cabernet and aged for 26 months in French oak. Both are bold but elegant and drink great with a winter day stew or an evening steak dinner. Cheers!
This Knob ain’t no bump on a log! It’s a cool day down by the creek in #DelrayBeach, so warm you belly up with some Knob Creek Kentucky Straight Bourbon or Knob Creek Small Batch Smoked Maple Bourbon. Sip ‘em straight or make an Old Fashioned and hunker down, cuz South Florida is about to feel the chill! Cheers!