WEEKLY WINE TASTING – APRIL 22

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This week at our FREE weekly wine tasting, we’re featuring four stunners, including *suspenseful, foreboding music* …… THE PRISONER.
It’s less scary than it sounds, we promise.
Keep scrolling to learn more about these beauties, and as always, if you can’t make the tasting in person, you can still snag the deals online!

highly-rated red with spiced mocha aromas and juicy berry flavors!

James Suckling rated this 94 points, and for good reason! Intense, full-bodied, and silkily textured.

THE PRISONER is a top-rated wine out of California. The only thing scary about this wine is how delicious it is! It’s plump and jammy with a fantastic structure. It starts with aromas of spiced mocha, and delves into deep cherry, cinnamon, and black pepper flavors.
Next up, we have the Rose Rock Pinot Noir out of Oregon. Rated 94 points by James Suckling, it’s intense, full-bodied, and silkily textured. Definitely a cellar-worthy choice!
Next up is a well-priced red with the Orin Swift E4 Red Wine. Its aromatic notes hit you with white pepper, tobacco, and black currant. It has a silky texture, round fruit flavors, and a hint of vanilla on the finish
Our white for the week is the Southern Right Sauvignon Blanc. Priced at under $14, it’s worth grabbing a case of this beauty! With a heady mix of lemon curd, verbena, and fleur de sel, this is a perfect springtime white.
We hope to see you Saturday from 3-6 for our free tasting! If you can’t make it, you can always shop our weekly specials online!

 

BIODYNAMIC WINES – What Does It Mean?

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WHAT'S A BIODYNAMIC WINE-
The natural and organic food industry has been booming in recent years, as consumers become more health-conscious. The wine industry has been no exception to the organic food trend, and there are now a plethora of certified wines on the market: organic, sustainable, no added sulfites, practicing organic, vegan, Biodynamic, and more. For wine enthusiasts, the benefit of these wines is not only in the earth-friendly and health aspects, but in the superior taste afforded by these organic methods.
However, the different labels can be as confusing in wine as they are in food. Complicating the issue further, different countries have their own certification and standards.One of the strictest certifications is Biodynamic wine. Established in the 1920s by Austrian philosopher Rudolph Steiner, Biodynamic wine is part of a holistic viewpoint on agriculture. Biodynamic agriculture is similar to organic agriculture, but includes spiritual and mystical perspectives. For example, days on the Biodynamic calendar are split into four categories that coincides with the four elements of Earth, Fire, Air, and Water. Biodynamic wines cannot contain manufactured additives – they must be all-natural to be certified Biodynamic.

The Biodynamic composting method is an important part of Biodynamic wine beliefs. The horn is a traditional symbol of abundance, so Biodynamic winemakers stuff compost into cow horns and bury them around their vineyard. Biodynamic certification organizations have strict standards for composting materials.
 Many winemakers use Biodynamic methods for the health of their crops and for the supposed improved taste that’s a byproduct of these Biodynamic methods. This makes sense – healthier crops would seem to produce  better-tasting wine. That being said, there’s no consensus as to whether Biodynamic wines taste different or better than other organic wines. Biodynamic wine enthusiasts contend that their wines not only taste better, but make a difference to the well-being of the planet.
Mora’s carries a few great Biodynamic wines.
The Gemtree Bloodstone Shiraz is well-priced with exceptional flavor.
The Zind-Humbrecht Gewurztraminer has intense flavors and a gorgeous finish.
Whether you’re intrigued by the spirituality and mysticism that goes into Biodynamic winemaking, or just want to try something different, we recommend giving one of our Biodynamic wines a try.
FURTHER READING:
http://winefolly.com/review/biodynamic-wine-guide/
http://www.demeter-usa.org/

FREE Weekly Wine Tasting – Week of March 31

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This week at our free weekly wine tasting, we’re featuring four “hidden gems” – fantastic wines on sale for under $17!
Keep scrolling to learn more about these beauties, and as always, if you can’t make the tasting in person, you can still snag the deals online!

show-stopping Australian red!

fresh, light, springtime Austrian white!

First up we have the Gemtree Bloodstone Shiraz out of Australia. Rated 89 points, this velvety-textured, elegantly layered wine is sure to be your new favorite. Its nose bursts forth with an array of diverse flavors, from violet to marshmallow to cocoa. The flavor is juicy with hints of dark chocolate and coffee, and ripened by a bite of licorice. It ends with a gorgeously long finish. On sale for $16.99 this week, you have to try it out!
Next we have another Australian Shiraz, the Mr. Black’s Little Book. This masculine wine has aromas of smoked bacon, black pepper, and juicy currants. The flavor is full-bodied and dependable: strong tannins with a nice zip of acidity.
Next up is the Gruner Veltliner, a delicious white out of Austria. Rated 88 points, it’s a perfect springtime wine for dinners al fresco. Flavors of green pear dance down your palate, met by softly spiced citrus notes. On sale for $11.04, we say get a case and drink it till summer!
Finally we have a lovely, classic French red. A perfect pairing to hearty dinners, it has a refreshingly light body with fruity and peppery flavors. On sale for $11.04!
We hope to see you Saturday from 3-6 for our free tasting! If you can’t make it, you can always shop our weekly specials online!

 

Whiskey and Girl Scout Cookies – A Match Made in Heaven!

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This month’s Whiskey Wednesday is a doozy! Not only will we be featuring some of our favorite American whiskies, Zach will be sampling TWO signature cocktails, and our food pairing is…. drumroll please… delicious Girl Scout cookies!
We’ve always believed that cookies, cakes, and pies are the best food to pair with whiskey, and the Tagalongs and Samoas we’ll be sharing with you are the perfect complement to these delicious American whiskies!

 

FREE WHISKEY TASTING

First up we have a quintessential American Bourbon. Simple, classic, and effective, this three-grain bourbon is equal parts spicy and smooth. Made in small batches and aged in charred oak, it’s a perfect streamlined whiskey for you traditionalists.

Next we have the Gunpowder Rye, a whiskey whose flavor is as its explosive as its name. Distilled in small batches and aged in copper pots, this spicy whiskey is big and bold. It has a tinge of malt, with a long, chocolate and vanilla finish. Definitely goes great with our Girl Scout cookies!

Next up is a truly unique whiskey that you HAVE to stop by and try. The Beer Barrel Bourbon is aged in second-use Dragon’s Milk beer barrels. This lends a smooth, biscuity flavor to the whiskey, with gentle toffee and caramel notes on the finish.

Last but definitely not least is a smooth, herbal whiskey tinged with sweet honey flavors. The West of Kentucky Bourbon has an earthy, herbal nose. Its flavors are dripping with honey, molasses, allspice, and smoky charred oak, with a long and flavorful finish.

We hope to see you Wednesday, but if you can’t make it, you can shop all these fine American whiskies online!

Spanish Wines for Under $20!

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This week at our free weekly wine tasting, we’re featuring our favorite Spanish wines, and all are on sale for under $20!
Keep scrolling to learn more about these beauties, and as always, if you can’t make the tasting in person, you can still snag the deals online!

mouth-watering red on sale for $11!

juicy, elegant white with a silky texture, on sale for $15.29!

First up is a gorgeous 90-point Spanish red on sale for just under $19. 100% Tempranillo, it begins with a highly perfumed nose. It has broad, deep fruit flavors that are balanced nicely by tangy minerality. It has spicy, floral finish. If you’re not a fan of sweet wines but still like a ton of flavor, this one’s for you!

Next we have a highly-rated red on sale for $15. The Launa Seleccion Familiar is rated 91 points, and for good reason! Espresso, smoke, and licorice flavors dance down your palate, but this wine is kept lively and fresh by a bright note of acidity.
Next up is a gorgeous 90-point red on sale for $10!! The Bodegas Filon red is dark and juicy. Its fruit flavors are strong and bold, with a tinge of bitter chocolate on the end. It’s pleasantly sweet, with an energetic finish. This is an incredible deal, snag up a case or two when it’s on sale this week only!
The deals aren’t stopping - next up we have another great red for $11. This Petit Verdot Luzon is going to be your new favorite red, with its mouth-watering fruit flavors spiced up by an electric zing of black pepper. Layered with juicy cherry and moody licorice flavors, the finish has a hint of cherry on the end.
Our final red is the 91-point Gancedo. An absolute steal on sale for $16.99, you HAVE to stop in to try this one. It has deeply textured flavors of cedar, rose petal, Asian spice, and juicy cherry. Beautifully balanced, it’s definitely cellar-worthy.
Our Spanish white this week is the Nora Albarino, is vibrant, strong, and packed with flavor. With a silky texture, it has rich pear flavors tempered by honeysuckle and chamomile. It rides into a long, fresh finish.

A fabulous deal for $15.29!

We hope to see you Saturday from 3-6 for our free tasting! If you can’t make it, you can always shop our weekly specials online!

 

Our Favorite Italian Wines for Every Budget

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This week at our free weekly wine tasting, we’re featuring a curated selection of fine Italian wines for every budget. If you only have $10 to spend on wine this weekend, we’ve got one for you! If today was payday and you want to splurge, we’ve got one for you!
Keep scrolling to learn more about these beauties, and as always, if you can’t make the tasting in person, you can still snag the deals online!
First up is our “splurge” – though in the realm of wine splurges, this one is pretty affordable, and on sale for under $43. The Damijan Prelit Italian red is painstakingly crafted by its winemaker, Damijan Podversic. The nose is rich and layered, with cacao, smoke, and spices. The palate mirrors that structure, with a delicious balance of fruit, acidity, and tannins. There’s a slight earthy tone that transports you back to the terraced vineyard, with Podversic bottling wines by the light of the waning moon.
Next is another fine Italian red. The Kaltern Pfarrhof is a total steal at under $18/bottle – it’ll be one of your new favorites. The nose is like a freshly picked berry patch, full of strawberry, cherry, and raspberry aromas. The flavor is elegant, with an abundance of tannins that lead to a long, satisfying finish.
If you want a little sparkle in your life, definitely pick up a case of the Medici sparkling red. At $10 a bottle, it’s definitely in your budget! Rated 91 points by reviewer James Suckling, you can’t miss out on this one. It’s dry, fresh, and harmonious – not one of those cloying, overly sweet sparkling wines. Light and lively, it matches perfectly with your summer dinners on the patio.
And finally, if you’re in the mood for a good white, we’ve got you covered. The Langhe Arnes white is a perfect springtime wine for sipping in the park on a romantic picnic. Its fruitiness is well-balanced by hints of chamomile. The flavor is bright and lively – like a beautiful spring afternoon!
We hope to see you Saturday from 3-6 for our free tasting! If you can’t make it, you can always shop our weekly specials online!

 

FREE St. Patrick’s Day Whisky Tasting!

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The Leprechauns have taken over Mora’s and are hosting a FREE St. Patrick’s Day tasting with some of our finest Irish whiskys!
The true Irish and Irish-at-heart are already planning their St. Patrick’s Day plans. Stop by the shop from 4-7 on this most hallowed holiday to share a dram or two with our very own RichO’Mora. See the full lineup here, and keep scrolling for more info!
First up is Green Spot Single Pot Irish Whisky. (Say that ten times fast after a few fingers’ worth!) This whisky has won a whole slew of industry awards, and for good reason. Its nose has bright, aromatic oils with a background of toasted wood. The palate is full and spicy, with bright green apple sharpened by a hint of cloves and toasted oak. The finish is long and full of spices and barley.
If you’re a Jameson fan, you can’t miss out on the Jameson Black Barrel Reserve. It’s definitely recognizable as a Jameson whisky, but the flavors are deeper, richer, and more concentrated thanks to the toasted & charred bourbon barrels in which the whisky ages.
The Redbreast Single Malt Irish Whisky won a WHOPPING 96 points from Jim Murray, and the Gold Medal from the World Whiskies awards. Aromatic and warm, it’s classically gorgeous. Ginger, nutmeg, honey, cinnamon, and lemon zest dance down your palate, with each sip feeling like being embraced in a warm, fuzzy hug. A blast of pepper cuts through and leads to a warm, licorice finish.

Next, The “Writers’ Tears” whisky is sweet and light, like the tears of James Joyce as he labored over the umpteenth draft of “Ulysses.” The nose has hints of apple, vanilla, and honey with a gently spiced, butterscotch flavor. A perfect introductory whisky for those new to the spirit!

Finally, we have a delicious Welsh whisky to round out the tasting. Penderyn Madeira Aur Cymru is lush and creamy. Aromas of grape jelly and cream start it off, and lend themselves to sweet, toasty baking spice flavors. Sweet and delicious!
We’d love to see you on St. Paddy’s Day for our free Whisky Tasting!

 

Italian Wines with Donato!

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This week at our FREE weekly tasting, we’re featuring Italian wines with one of our favorite wine consultants, Donato.
Keep scrolling to learn more about these beauties, and as always, if you can’t make the tasting in person, you can still snag the deals online!
Langhe Nebbiolo - a bright and modern red
Manero Red – A perfect everyday drinking wine- on sale for $10!
First up is a delicious red from Fattoria del Cerro. The Vino Nobile di Montepulciano is highly-rated across the board. Ripe, flashy, and opulent, it’s a great showpiece wine to bring to impress your in-laws. It has a fragrant, fruity aroma, but its flavor profile has surprising hints of mushroom and earth. If you’re having a dish with meat and mushrooms, this wine is the perfect pairing!
Next up is a slightly more modern, spicy red from Produttori del Barbaresco. It’s lean and clean, with bright fruit flavors sharpened by pepper and anise. Snag a bottle to spice up a delicious pizza pie for a high-low date night!
Next up is a kinder, gentler red: the 2014 Manero. It begins with floral and citrus aromas that develop into a full body with a savory finish. A really delicious wine, rated 93 points by reviewer James Suckling. On sale for $10, so snag a case!
Next up, we have another deep, earthy, mushroomy red. The Malma malbec is earthy and savory, yet also has a full body and juicy flavors. Wine reviewer James Suckling recommends drinking it now, and for $11 a bottle, you can’t miss it!
Finally, we have a great Italian white, the Greco di Tufo. Rated a whopping 95 points, It’s the perfect wine for spring! It has layered flavors of honey, dried lemon, and apples. Don’t let these sweet-sounding flavors deter you – this wine is very rich and deep with a long finish! A total steal at $17 a bottle!
We hope to see you Saturday from 3-6 for our free tasting! If you can’t make it, you can always shop our weekly specials online!

 

Wines that ROCK!

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Today, we’re featuring wines that ROCK!
We’re showing off some of our favorite wines made by rockstars – Roger Earl from Foghat and Maynard James Keenan from Tool, to be exact!
Foghat wines hail from Paso Robles in California. Foghat Cellars is a partnership between Roger Earl of Foghat and Tally Vineyards in Paso Robles. Roger is very involved in making the Foghat wines, but when he’s not touring with Foghat or making wine he lives right here in Setauket, where our shop is located!
Maynard James Keenan is best-known as the lead singer of metal band Tool, but is quickly gaining notoriety as an excellent winemaker! He owns Caduceus Cellars/Merkin Vineyards in Arizona. Their highly sought-after wines often sell out – we have very limited quantities!
WINES THAT ROCK!
A total classic of a cab at an excellent price! It has a rich palate with flavors of currant and cassis.  With a nice, long finish – and on sale for under $20, you can’t miss out!
This great Chardonnay has a deep, rich palate without being too heavy. Its refreshing tropical fruit and citrus flavors are warmed up with hints of vanilla and caramel. On sale for a total steal!
EXTREMELY LIMITED STOCK! This is an excellent blend - 45% Grenache, 40% Syrah, 15%Mourvedre. The vineyard changes this blend every year, so snagging one of our very few bottles might be your only chance to try it out!
EXTREMELY LIMITED STOCK! A hand-picked blend of  80% Nebbiolo and 20% Barbera. Caduceus Cellars’ team are total wine nerds, and they handpick and sort each and every grape that goes into each wine.
 
An enticing and gorgeous wine, its reviewer described it as a “Mountain Goddess.” This is one of Caduceus’s flagship wines. It’s made from 100% Arizona fruit – like bottling up Arizona desert and vibrant sunshine and pouring it into a glass!
EXTREMELY LIMITED STOCK. This fantastic red has grapes sourced 100% from New Mexico. Big, meaty, and bold, it pairs excellently with beef and barbecue.

Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez with our Big Easy Wine!

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Get out your King Cake and beads – it’s almost Mardi Gras! 

MARDI GRAS with MORA'S

Fess Parker’s “Big Easy” wine is a favorite for daily slurping. Inspired by New Orleans, it’s a substantial, meaty red that’s excellent paired with traditional New Orleans cuisine like gumbo!

This fantastic wine starts with complex, layered aromas of ripe fruit, smoked meat, and pepper. The palate is full of juicy fruit flavors sharpened by spicy notes and smooth dark chocolate. Its finish is long with chocolatey tannins.

Mention this post to receive 15% off a bottle of this fantastic wine – bring a bottle or two to your Mardi Gras party, or snag a case to drink year-round!

Want to try it out in person? Don’t miss our flash tasting happening this Friday!

Mora's Flash Tasting