Cool Reds for Hot Summer Nights

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What type of wine do you drink when you’re grilling the perfect steak but the weather is too hot for a big, bold Cabernet?

Mora’s has got you covered with a selection of light summer reds for your Memorial Day Weekend barbecues!

Medici Ermete Lambrusco Secco

Medici Ermete Lambrusco

A 91-point Lambrusco on sale for under $12Yeah, we’re serious!  This delicious sparkling red wine is dry, fruity, and fresh in flavor.

PAIRS WITH: light summer salads and vegetables straight from the garden

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Tess Winery Red & White Blend

A delicious blend of varietals aged for 10 months in French oak barrels. Delightful and refreshing with a bright acidity - perfect for those lazy hazy days of summer!

PAIRS WITH: fresh fruit salad and summer watermelon

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PFARRHOF KALTERERSEE 2015

Pfarhoff Kalterersee

A ripe and juicy red full of summer berry flavors. It has a pleasantly full body with elegant tannins. Perfect to pack in a picnic basket on a steamy summer afternoon. Only $20.99!

PAIR WITH: fresh summer pies

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Fox by John Belsham Pinot Noir

Fox Pinot Noir 

A divine 92-point wine thatwe’re offering for $18.99 - $10 below the market price! Silky and seductive, it has fragrant floral and fruit aromas with a hint of spice and cocoa on the palate.

PAIR WITH: hearty grilled salmon steaks

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Paul Mas Pinot Noir

An elegant wine with a fragrant nose and juicy flavor, balanced by just a hint of vanilla and spices. We’re selling it for under $12 - for that price, you can’t miss out!

PAIR WITH: juicy burgers and steaks

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Travel to South Africa and Portugal for Less Than Forty Bucks

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This week at our free weekly tasting, you can get a taste or Portugal & South Africa for less than a cab ride to the airport.From a spicy Pinot Noir to a bright white with lychee and guava flavors, you can’t miss these wines!

If you can’t make it to our free weekly tasting, you can still snag the deals online!

 

Corgo de Regua Douro Vinho Tinto Portuguese RedWe start with a 90-pointer on sale for under $15! The Douro Vinho Tinto is a perfect addition to weeknight dinners. Featuring some of your favorite Portuguese varietals, it’s best when decanted.

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Yonder Hill South African Sauvignon BlancEasy like Sunday morning, this crisp and delicious Sauvignon Blanc is chock full of unique tropical fruit flavor like lychee and guava. On sale for under $14, you’re gonna wanna sip it from your pool float all summer long.

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Quinta da Murta Bucelas ArintoBright, fresh, and totally lovely, this beauty is on sale for under $13.Perfect with spicy Thai food, fresh fish, and light summer pasta dishes, its zesty citrus aromas lead to a bright flavor and long finish.

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Holden Manz Big G South African RedA perfect wine for celebrations! Big, bold, and deliciously juicy, the “Big G” red from Holden Manz is afantastic wine to stock up on for Memorial Day Weekend

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Howard’s Folly SonhadorRated 88 points and on sale for under $17? You HAVE TO snag a bottle. Velvety in texture and with a deep, juicy flavor, it’s perfect for long, lazy dinners under the stars. Pour another glass as the sun sets over the horizon.

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Lothian Vineyards Pinot NoirHighly rated across the board, you can’t go wrong with this delicious Pinot Noir (on sale for under $22!). It has the requisite juicy berry flavors that are accented by a hint of cinnamon and spice to keep things interesting. 

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Mora’s Rose Sale for Mother’s Day

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Mother’s Day is this weekend, and mom deserves something really special.

At Mora’s, we think that the only thing better than Mother’s Day roses is Mother’s Day rosé – which is why we’re having a sale on some of our favorites.  Pick up a bottle for mom and treat yourself to one, too!

Aime Roquesante Rosé

With a powerful flavor and hints of herbs, this wine is perfect for a mom who likes her rosé flavorful but not too sweet. On sale for $11.04, it’s definitely budget friendly – leaving you enough cash to get mom a bouquet of flowers, too!

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Whispering Angel Rosé

Described by its reviewers as “irresistibly pink,” “drinkable is an understatement,” and “should be in everyone’s cellars. You can’t miss out on this favorite - it’s on sale for under $20!

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Wolffer Estate Rosé 

Fresh and vibrant, this rosé is sure to be a warm weather staple. Its crisp acidity and lively peach and pear flavors complement your favorite summer meals; perfect to enjoy poolside! On sale for $15.29!

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Palmer Vineyards Merlot Rosé

Made right here on Long Island, this crisp rosé is beautifully balanced with just a hint of spice. Pairs gorgeously with mom’s favorite Thai food! On sale for $14.45.

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A Sojourn to France with our Favorite French Wines

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This week at our free weekly tasting, travel with Mora’s to the bucolic vineyards of the French countryside.

We’re featuring a great selection of fine French wines to get your summer started right. From a deliciously powerful Sancerre to a dense, herbal Margaux, we’ve got all your French favorites covered.

If you can’t make it to our free weekly tasting, you can still snag the deals online!

See our weekly deals – up to 15% off!
Chateau Marsac Seguineau Margaux

A fantastic 90-pointer, this deep and sexy wine is sure to make a place on your table. With seductive flavors of cherry and plum deepened by a whiff of tobacco, this is the Catherine Deneuve of wines. Its herbal notes keep it fresh and crisp – a not-too-heavy red perfect for warmer weather!

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E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone

Rich, bold, and packed with flavor:  we kind of can’t believe that we put this one on sale for only $13.59.
Layers of savory olives, smoky earth, and dark fruit dance across your palate. It’s what you’d sip in a packed dance hall in the heart of the Belle Epoque era, eyeing a beautiful can can dancer from across the din.

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Montagny Premier Cru La Grande Roche

This wine is pure France. Traditionally crafted and fresh - no wine trends or new-fangled production methods here. Just aclassic French white made of the highest-quality grapes.

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La Port Due Caillou Sancerre

Crisp and clean, this elegant Sancerre begins with an aromatic nose. Is that a hint of tropical fruits? Maybe a little tinge of vanilla? The palate is bold enough to stand up to your favorite buttery French cuisine – bring on the escargots! 

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We’re in a New York State of Wine

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Long Island is known for many things, some more accurate than others (we don’t all have that “Lawn Guyland” accent, you know!). Did you know that the East End of Long Island is replete with very fine vineyards and wineries? New York wine is having a moment, and wines from Long Island are a big part of this Empire State wine resurgence. 

Mora’s carries a wide selection of fantastic Long Island wines, and we’re proud to have a great relationship with many of the vineyards out east. Today we’re featuring some of our favorite Long Island wines – and all are under $25!

 

Palmer Vineyards Sauvignon Blank

 

Palmer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

This light, clean white is full of zesty citrus and elegant mineral flavors. A great summer white for sipping poolside! 

PAUMANOK 2012 Chenin Blanc

Paumanok Vineyards Chenin Blanc

Crisp and juicy, this Chenin Blanc’s strong acidity makes for a zesty and refreshing summer drink. Paumanok Vineyards is famed for its fine wines and pitch-perfect winemaking process.

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Jamesport Cabernet Franc

This is a fantastic red: deep, juicy, and full of flavor. Its nose is tinged with cedar and clove spices, with ripe fruit flavors on the palate.  

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Osprey’s Dominion Malbec

A dense and well-balanced red, this has layered flavors and aromas of spice, blueberries, and earth tones. Pleasingly full-bodied with lush tannins, this is a perfect wine to bring to a party or keep for yourself!

Weekly Wine Tasting – Week of April 29

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This week at our FREE weekly wine tasting, one of our favorite wine consultants will be at the shop, showcasing a fantastic selection of Italian wines.
From a rich, spicy, and intense Barbaresco to a fresh, light Prosecco - you’re not going to want to miss out this week!
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!

A wine like a beautiful Italian movie star

A refreshing white that’s sure to become a summer staple!

First on the list is a gorgeous show-stopper. Like a beautiful Italian movie star from a Fellini film, this Barbaraesco from Ca’del Baio Vineyards simply shines. Its color is a bright garnet red with sun-dappled tinges of orange. The nose is a blend of fruity cherry and a bite of pepper and licorice, with a warm, smooth flavor.
For those who like a little bit of sparkle in their life, the Canevari prosecco is a perfect choice. On sale for under $14, you can’t miss this one! Light, refreshing, and dry, its harmonious flavors of florals and bright citrus dance down your palate. Fabulous to bring to a party!
Next up is the Pfarrhof Italian Red. Full-bodied and layered with subtle flavors of lush fruit and nutty almonds, this is a total steal for under $18. An excellent wine to enjoy with your favorite Italian meal!

Finally we have an intense Italian white, the Montezemelo Langhe Arneis. With an aroma resplendent in florals and ripe fruits, it’s pleasingly fresh and bright in flavor. A definite summer staple!
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!

Whisky Wednesday for April

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It’s the most wonderful time of the month – time for our FREE spirits tasting! This month we’re hosting our favorite single malt scotch expert Steve Hall (and some incredible single malt scotches, of course). We hope to see you on Wednesday, April 26 from 4-7 at Mora’s!
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!
Ron Burgundy has the right idea!
First up is a fantastic 10-year whisky from Speyside. The Benromach 10 is aged for nine years in ex-bourbon and sherry casks, and matured for one in ex-Oloroso sherry casks. The resulting whisky is complex, creamy, and layered. Its fruit, nut, and cinnamon aromas are well-balanced by bramble fruit and sherry flavors on the palate. It does have a moderate peatiness, so if you’re a peat fan this is definitely one to try!
Next up is a sweet, smoky Islay scotch – the Gordon & MacPhail Cask Strength is a collector’s favorite. Lively and full of peat and flavor, it’s easy to see why! Resplendent with fruit aromas and flavors, it develops nice smoke as you enjoy it. This exclusive whisky is one to treasure.
Next is the Gordon & MacPhail Miltonduff 10. This beauty’s sweet cereal flavors are balanced by a spicy, grass-like edge. It goes down easily – not too smoky or harsh. The perfect whisky to enjoy with friends (if you feel like sharing).
Finally we have the Gordon & MacPhail Mortlach 15. This Speyside whisky is delectably sweet – have it for dessert and tell everyone you’re on the Whisky Diet! Light in body, caramel and malty in flavor, it’s delectable as a post-dinner treat.

If you can’t make our free tasting, be sure to snag all the deals online!

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!