We Are Open! Wine & Spirits & Candlelight, How Romantic: Noon to 6-ish today, tomorrow who knows

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Mora’s is helping to brighten up the spirit of  rt 25A , we will open for business on a limited basis by candlelight, cash is prefered but we can handle credit cards if we have to. We’ll open from noon to about 6 ishish tonight and then play it by ear. All are welcome to stop by and complain about LIPA.

Saturday Tasting Archive:Come Hell or High Water, We are Ready Oct 27

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We are equipped for ANY storm and you should be too:
* steel yourself at our wonderful weekly tasting Saturday from 3 to 6.
* then lay in supplies, and I don’t mean bread, milk or gas, I mean important stuff.
* then if you are really brave join us at our Monday French Wine Dinner which is ON unless the building blows away. There is room but final count is Saturday at the latest before Ron goes food shopping

Here’s the line up for our tasting today, see you at 3:

Inama Soave Classico Vin Soave 2011 See details

Inama Soave Classico Vin Soave 2011

89 Points – Wine Spectator, October 2012 SAVE 15% AT TASTING TODAY
“Smoky, with a base of minerality and flavors of grapefruit, melon and blanched almond as well as a persistent thread of ground cardamom and ginger. Features good density and a fresh finish. Drink now through 2015. 18,500 cases imported.” -Alison Napjus

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011 See details

Dog Point Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough 2011

93 Points – Wine Enthusiast, August 2012 SAVE 15% AT TASTING TODAY
“Complex on the nose and richly textured in the mouth, this wine delivers it all. Hints of struck flint and wild onion accent grapefruit aromas, while the flavors range easily from pink grapefruit and red currant to delicate herb shadings. It’s full without being too full, with a potent yet refreshing finish that seemingly lingers forever.” -Joe Czerwinski

Koyle Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2009 See details

Koyle Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva 2009

88 Points – Wine Advocate, February 2012 SAVE 15% AT TASTING TODAY
“The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva contains 10% Malbec. All of the wine was aged in used French oak for 12 months. Cedar, tobacco, violets, meat, black currant, and blackberry aromas set the stage for a savory, ripe, spicy, medium-bodied wine that can be approached now but will continue to drink nicely for another 4-5 years. It is an excellent value.” -Jay Miller 

“The grapes were picked in selected lots, coming from three areas in Colchagua Valley: Los Lingues, Apalta and Lolol. The vineyards are carefully pruned, with stringent canopy management and a green harvest. At optimum ripeness, the grapes are hand-picked and brought to the cellar for sorting. Intense ruby red color, the aroma is all about ripe black cherry, dried herbs, tobacco and dark coffee flavors. Plenty of freshness, the palate is all about red berries with a welcome note of elegant and fine tannins and a long and balanced finish. The wine can be cellared for up to five years.” -The Winery


Cartlidge & Browne Merlot North Coast 2009 See details

Cartlidge & Browne Merlot North Coast 2009 SAVE 15% AT TASTING TODAY

“The Merlot carries the same complex flavor package as Cabernet Sauvignon, but generally has supple, mellow tannins. Notes of black fruit and briary characters on the nose. The palate will find black cherry and a lush mouth feel and well-integrated tannins, leading to a long finish of spice and berries. This wine is so well balanced with excellent acidity that it will perfectly pair with a number of foods. Will be particularly delicious with encrusted tenderloin or grilled spare ribs with smoky barbeque sauce.” -The Winery


Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Vines Lodi 2010 See details

Klinker Brick Zinfandel Old Vines Lodi 2010

“With an average age of the vines at 85 years and yields below 3 tons per acre, this wine has aromas of fresh blackberry, raspberry, pepper and cedar. Showing exceptional balance on the palate, there are rich flavors of berry pie with a long, lingering finish.” -The Winery


L'Ecole No. 41 Estate Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla 2007 See details

L’Ecole No. 41 Estate Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard Walla Walla 2007

93 Points – Wine Advocate, August 2010 SAVE 20% AT TASTING TODAY
“The dense purple 2007 Perigee Seven Hills Vineyard Estate is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and 10% Cabernet Franc aged for 22 months in 40% new French oak. It presents a nose of pain grille, pencil lead, mineral, violets, black currant, and blackberry leading to a wine with superb volume and concentration, impeccable balance and loads of savory black fruits. It will easily evolve for 5-7 years and provide prime drinking from 2015 to 2027.” -Jay Miller 

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast, December 2010
“Tart and leafy, this is still resolving into a fully integrated wine. It already shows balance and depth, with a mix of plum, fig, black cherry and cassis fruit, a streak of sweet chocolate and hints of baking spice. From a great vintage, this has the balance and stuffing to age, but if you can’t keep your hands off it, decant.” -Paul Gregutt


Great Lakes Distillery Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit 90 Proof See details

Great Lakes Distillery Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit 90 ProofSAVE 10% AT TASTING TODAY

“We start with Lakefront’s Pumpkin Lager -based on a recipe from Thomas Jefferson! It’s made with real Pumpkin and Lakefront Brewery makes the only pumpkin lager in existence. Carefully distilled in our pot still, we then aged it in a combination of new and used Bourbon Barrels. This aging mellows the spirit which is then bottled at 90 proof. Bottles are hand dipped in pumpkin orange wax and hand numbered.” -The Distillery

“Generic in name, but definitely not in flavor, Milwaukee’s Great Lakes Distillery takes Lakefront Brewery’s Pumpkin and Spice Lager beer and distills it into Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit. The bottle is a seriously limited edition and is decidedly hard to track down, but it’s well worth the effort. Walking the savory side of the pumpkin line, this spirit is Fall personified. Musky, with that distinct pumpkin funk and a gentle dose of almost bourbon-like caramel – not surprising given that the spirit is aged in bourbon barrels. A lug of malty sweetness lingers from the lager it’s made from, this is the stuff Autumn dreams are made of. Mellow and smooth enough to drink straight, but this is a bottle that will easily sneak its way in to plenty of morning coffees, not to mention more than a few Hot Toddys. Raking leaves never ended so well.” -foxnews.com

It’s the Great Pumpkin: Oct 27 tasting try the…

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Great Lakes Distillery Seasonal Pumpkin Spirit 90 proof

We’ll be pouring this whiskey-like substance distilled from a Pumpkin ale neat for the connoisseurs and with hot cider for everyone else, along with our regular line up of six exciting wines with our favorite wine consultant BIll Butzky from Martin-Scott Wines Ltd, and I do mean Ltd. Be forewarned, you may wobble a bit after all that.

A French Wine Dinner with importer, negociant & raconteur extraordinaire Mike Affatato:at Restaurant Bliss Monday October 29, 2012

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I’ve known Mike Affatato for over 20 years and his passion for wine just grows over time. He decided wine was his life and had an epiphany, as he likes to say and has never looked back. Although born and raised in the Three Village area his maverick streak has led him to stike out on his own as an importer of fine artisanal French wines made by producers as fanatical about wine as he is. He has a good representation from across France and he will break from his exhaustive schedule long enough to guide us through five courses of Rob’s  fabulous French cuisine at Restaurant Bliss matched to six of Mike’s fabulous French wines. Reserve now. Here is some background on the various suppliers

Caroline Bonville

Mas Karolina Cote de Rousillon and Cotes Catalanes
Originally from the Champagne region, the parents of young Caroline Bonville moved to Bordeaux in 1974; Caroline received her master’s Degree in Enology and Viticulture from the Université de Bordeaux in 1993 then went abroad for work, in Walla Walla, Washington. Here, she trained as a wine maker and worked at Château Ste. Michelle; she was then poached to South Africa where she landed a wine making job. Poached yet again, she landed this time in Saint-Emilion. Finally, when a close friend bought land in Roussillon – and Caroline visited – it became instantly clear to her that she would move here permanently and make the wine she’d always dreamed of.

Cotes de Catalanes blanc:
50 year old vines. 2/3 Grenache Gris, 1/3 Macabeu. 2 hectares, 8,000 bottles produced per year. Low yield of 30 ha/hl. Indigenous yeast, aged in oak on its lees. Unctuous, thick, rich, complex, long with dried white flowers and hazelnut nuances.

Mme & Mssr Yves Girardin

Château de la Charrière SANTENAY
Domaine Yves Girardin, or “Château de la Charrière”, is comprised of nearly 20 hectares in Santenay, Savigny-les-Beaune, Chassagne-Montrachet, Pommard and Beaune: 16 hectares in Pinot Noir, 4 hectares in Chardonnay. Yves’ father had been a viticulturist in Santenay since the 1960s, which is when young Yves discovered his passion for vines. In 1981, the family estate was divided amongst Yves and his 3 younger siblings. Vincent Girardin – the youngest – is widely known today as a quality Négociant, buying fruit from many great chardonnay producers throughout Burgundy, and more recently, down in Beaujolais. Yves is the eldest and uses only his own Domaine fruit – no purchasing, no négociant activity. Wishing to broaden and diversify his range of appellations, Yves recently purchased vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet and Pommard, extending his current production. It was in 2003 that he’d purchased the Château de la Charrière – his ancestors’ domain – which is now completely renovated and modernized, and whose name adorns his labels. The reds here have great depth and purity; the Blancs (Santenay and Savigny-les-Beaune) are outstanding; they have more power, richness, complexity, class and breed than most Meursaults and Pulignys that we’ve tasted. The whites here are amongst the favorite wines in our entire portfolio…quite a statement.

SAVIGNY-LES-BEAUNE “Les Vermots” blanc &

SANTENAY 1er Cru “Maladière” rouge

Alain Laubie & Priscilla Gimeno

Château La Grace Dieu des Prieurs SAINT EMILION GRAND CRU
In the Laubie family for generations, Alain Laubie today is responsible for the classic wines made here, in traditional style, faithful to the profile that makes this particular appellation so globally appreciated and respected.

Built in the 19th century on what was the ruins of an ancient convent, Château Grace Dieu des Prieurs (“Thanking God by Prayer”) is impossible to miss as it is at street level, to the left or north side as one enters the once-fortified medieval village of Saint-Emilion. A jewel of just 7 hectares, Grace Dieu’s vines are on an important plateau between Pomerol and Saint-Emilion, bordering Château Cheval Blanc just to the northwest, on a complex soil of crushed iron and quartz gravel, planted at 90% merlot and 10% cabernet franc.

The soil is manually turned over four times per season to avoid using herbicide, the harvest is done manually and the wine is aged for 24 months in French oak barrels of which one third is new.

These are not Garage Wines; the style here is classic and elegant, yet dense in flavors, rich in color, body and length. The balance and breed are exceptional; 2009 is wine abundant in character, density and purity; worth noting is their 2007 which is surprisingly generous and full, with great floral notes on the nose, minerality and smoke, earth flavors on thepalate and an unexpectedly long and rewarding finish

“Young Vasco”

DOMAINE CHAMFORT   Cotes du Rhone Villages

Young Vasco, born in Paris of Portuguese parents, started his young adulthood co-managing his parents’ two hotels. Never feeling quite right in the hospitality field, he had the yearning early on to leave the city and learn wine making in the south of France. His first wine making ventures were as an employee in Condrieu, then in Provence and Gigondas, before learning that Domane Chamfort, in Sablet, was available. In 2007 he purchased the entire property.

Now completely independent, Vasco runs the 21 hectare operation and overseas all cellar work. Obsessed with finesse and balance, his wines nonetheless are not shy on color and power. We are serving Vasco’s Vacqueyras (ten-hectare parcel) made of mourvèdre, grenache and syrah, taken from older vines on heavy quartz soil, northwest of his domaine, on steep sloping vineyards facing southwest. Similar in color, density and taste to the Rasteau, this offering goes one step further with a tighter, heavier mouthfeel, subtle bouquet but a middle palate that would shame many expensive reds, with its myriad of complex flavors, undefinable class and breed and impressive finish. This wine recently scored a 93 point rating from Wine Advocate.

Philippe Gimmonet

Champagne Gimmonet-Gonet “Brut Tradition” NV (Le Mesnil-sur-Oger)
beautiful pale gold, fine bead and good mousse, ever notice if you look up at the inside of a glass of champagne the bottom of the layer of
foam looks like a crystal chandelier if the light hits it right.
The nose has nice doughy elements with citrus and tree fruit. On the palate the wine has some weight and limestone notes with lots of liveliness and an excellent finish.It has pinpoint balance and is a steal at this price. This is a fine “small marque” Champagne or “RM” Champagne which stands for “recoltant manipulant” or made by the grower. That means estate Champagne from all domain fruit, which is NOT the norm. The norm especially with the Big Brands (e.g. “Agent Orange”) is all purchased fruit. The house of Gimmonet-Gonet is literally the marriage of Pierre Gimmonet, scion of the eponymous Champagne house and his wife Anne Gonet whose familly controls Grand Cru Chardonnay vines atop Le Mesnil. It is surely a marriage made in Champagne heaven and the fruit of their labors is offered at a ridiculously low price.

Limited release Arran Single Malt: “Devil’s Punchbowl”

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“The Devil’s Punch Bowl (available at Mora’s online store) is a limited edition expression of The Arran Single Malt inspired by the glacial hollow Coire na Ciche whose sinister presence dominates the north-east coast of Arran. Master Distiller, James ‘Lucifer’ MacTaggart, has been to hell and back to select only the finest casks for this demonic masterpiece. Each cask has been chosen to contribute a specific characteristic and through the dark art of blending these whiskies have conspired to create an elixir of exceptional complexity and finesse.

Bottled at natural strength and without chill-filtration, The Devil’s Punch Bowl is a testimony to the consistent superior quality of The Arran Malt across each year of production. For your elucidation the numbers of every cask, hand-picked for this bottling, have been listed on the inside of this box. Dare to meet the devil and savour the astonishing array of aromas and flavours on display.

• Multi-Vintage release of The Arran Malt
• Named after a stunning landmark on the Isle of Arran
• Limited Edition of 6,660 Bottles Worldwide
• Bottled at Natural Cask Strength 52.3%
• Unique vatting of 24 Arran casks – Full details (Cask Number, Year of Distillation & Cask Type) printed on the inside lid of the gift box
• Based around stunning 1996 Sherry Butts
• Includes 2006 Peated Arran Barrels
• First-ever combination of peated & un-peated Arran
• Non Chill Filtered & No artificial colouring

For pics and a great review: http://www.jewmalt.com/arrans-devilish-new-limited-release-the-devils-punch-bowl/

For Official Distillery Notes: http://www.whiskyintelligence.com/2012/06/the-devils-punch-bowl-chapter-no-01-scotch-whisky-news/

Saturday Tasting Archive: Oct 20th Australia, Argentina, California, Chile & Italy

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We have a nice line up reds… and some sweet justice for dessert

Redheads Studio Yard Dog White 2011

88 Points – International Wine Cellar, July 2012
“(43% chardonnay, 28% semillon, 20% pinot gris and 9% sauvignon blanc, all raised in stainless steel): Pale straw. Zesty, high-pitched aromas of lemon and lime zest and white flowers. Dry and precise, with lively citrus and orchard fruit flavors that show good clarity and lift. Finishes tangy and dry, with good cut and subtle spiciness.” -Josh Raynolds

William Cole Pinot Noir Albamar 2010 See details

William Cole Pinot Noir Albamar 2010

86 Points – Wine Spectator, December 2011

“Sleek, with fresh cherry and red currant fruit laced with a subtle vanilla streak. Ends with a bright finish. Drink now. 5,000 cases made.” -James Molesworth

Maipe Malbec Reserve Mendoza 2010 See details

Maipe Malbec Reserve Mendoza 2010

90 Points – Wine Advocate, December 2011
“The 2010 Malbec Reserve spent 12 months in French oak. Cedar, Asian spices, incense, cherry cola, and assorted black fruits set the stage for a spicy, concentrated, layered Malbec that offers excellent value. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.” -Jay Miller

Katherine Goldschmidt Cabernet Sauvignon Crazy Creek Alexander Valley 2010 See details

Katherine Goldschmidt Cabernet Sauvignon Crazy Creek Alexander Valley 2010

“The thirty acre Crazy Creek Vineyard lies just east of the town of Geyserville in the renowned Alexander Valley wine region. Its old, low vigor vines consistently produce Cabernet Sauvignon with more power and depth than typically found in the appellation. Stylistically, Nick strives for full body and power in the mouth with wood behind the fruit. Few single vineyard Cabernets are offered at such a reasonable price. Blackberry, black pepper, and plum flavors enveloped in sweet oak. Round and fleshy middle palate, with nice concentration and good structure. Finishes with silky tannins and a hint of spice.” -The Winery

Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino 2005 See details

Le Ragnaie Brunello di Montalcino 2005

93 Points – Wine Advocate, April 2010
“The 2005 Brunello di Montalcino captures an attractive middle ground between modern and traditional styles. Sweet scents of oak lead to ripe, succulent cherries, sweet roses, licorice, tar and smoke as this deceptively mid-weight, firm Brunello opens up in the glass. Waves of flavor continue to develop in the glass, balancing the tannins with great class. The only thing that seems a touch out of balance is the oak, but bottle age should help. This is a captivating effort from proprietor Riccardo Campinoti. I can hardly wait to see what future vintages bring. The 2005 Brunello was made exclusively from the estate’s holdings at Le Ragnaie, close to Poggio Antico, and among the highest-elevation vineyards in Montalcino. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022.” -Antonio Galloni 

91 Points – International Wine Cellar, July 2010
“Bright medium red. Highly perfumed nose is textbook sangiovese from the southeastern portion of Montalcino, displaying pretty redcurrant, sour red cherry and floral aromas along with a hint of sexy vanillin oak. Enters bright and fresh, with flavors of sweet spices, tobacco and earth and some obvious sweet oak. Impeccably balanced and long on the aftertaste. Though owner Riccardo Campinoti also owns a vineyard called Petroso and other vines in the Castelnuovo dell’Abate area, this ’05 Brunello is made only with grapes from the Le Ragnaie vineyard, as the grapes of Petroso suffered from rot, and he hadn’t yet bought the vines in Castelnuovo in 2005.” -Ian D’Agata


Shinas Estate Sweet Justice Moscato 2011 See details

Shinas Estate Sweet Justice Moscato 2011

“Sweet Justice Moscato is an Italian style sparkling white Wine produced in north-west Victoria. This new addition to the Shinas Estate Boutique wine collection is sweet, low in Alcohol and is perfect for any occasion.” -The Winery

Saturday Tasting Archive Saturday Oct 13, 2012:Australia and California with Paul from Opici

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Paul is our main wine dude and always shows up with great wines. Here’s the weekend line up
Eberle Viognier Mill Road Vineyard Paso Robles 2010

Eberle Viognier Mill Road Vineyard Paso Robles 2010

91 Points – Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, March 2012
“Intensely fragrant with a more than generous measure of juicy, tropical fruit at its heart, this flowery, wonderfully-well focused Viognier is weighty and rounded but is always fresh and alive. It gets high scores for its definition, precision, balance and length, but sheer likeability is first on its list of achievements. Viognier is not always a wine that takes to aging, and this one may not get that much better over time, but it is so well put together that it will be absolutely delicious for several years to come.”

Tess Winery Red and White Blend Napa Valley

At Tess we ascribe to the belief that winemaking excellence is less about technique or numbers and more about preserving the essential taste of the vineyard. We also think that exceptional wines are crafted when we spend as much time as possible in the vineyards. This wine is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petite Verdot, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc aged for 10 months in neutral French oak barrels. It is a delightful, refreshing wine that showcases the sweet bright fruit of strawberry, raspberry and watermelon. The texture is surprisingly rich and balanced by crisp, clean acidity. Serve Tess chilled!

McManis Family Vineyards Merlot 2010

Deep purple color, with youthful bright hues characterize this wine’s appearance. The aromas feature ripe dark red fruits; boysenberry, loganberry and blackberry. A bouguet of toasted oak with hints of milk chocolate compliments the aromas. On the pallet the ripe fruit flavors give the wine a delightful brightness and a distinct fruit forward orientation. The oak flavors provide a rich creamy texture that is free of astringent tannins. The finish is lengthy and full of toasted oak that lingers with a suggestion of mocha and coffee.

Robert Oatley Tempranillo King Valley 2009

87 Points – Wine Spectator, March 2011
“Firm, succulent and appealing for its spicy dark berry flavors, riding easily over a bed of fine tannins. Drink now through 2013. 2,000 cases imported.” -Harvey Steiman

Roots Run Deep Hypothesis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2010

92 Points – Wine Enthusiast, December 2012

“We have been dreaming of and contemplating how we would produce our reserve cabernet sauvignon for years. Through trial and error, educated guesses, and hypotheses we discovered that barrel fermentation and fl ash détente were the keys to uncovering what we had long been searching for. Our goal was to produce a wine with incredible structure, depth of fruit, and complete oak integration, without being overdone. This cabernet sauvignon is rich and complex, but still has incredible finesse. We believe our reserve cabernet can go up against some of the big boys in the game, but don’t take our word for it and decide for yourself! Drink. Think. Hypothesis!” -The Winery


Tait Shiraz Basket Pressed 2005 See details

Tait Shiraz Basket Pressed 2005

93 Points – Wine Advocate, October 2007
“Tait has been establishing a track record for hedonistically rendered wines at consumer friendly prices for several years. The 2005 Basket Pressed Shiraz comes from a 60-year-old vineyard with yields of 1 – 2 tons per acre. The wine was aged in 20% new French oak and the balance one- to two-year-old American oak. Opaque purple in color, it delivers an array of scents including pain grille, pepper, sausage, blueberry, licorice, and chocolate. Thick and rich, this opulent Shiraz has a velvety texture, complex flavors, and a very long, sweet finish. It will benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring and will provide pleasure through 2025.” -Jay Miller

In the spirit of Fall: Pumpkin spirits from two craft distillers

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Corsair Pumpkin Spice Moonshine Great Lakes Distillery Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit

Corsair Artisan Distillers Pumpkin Spice Moonshine 85 proof
Moonshine is back in a big way and Corsair Artisan Distillers, a relatively new small distillery out of Kentucky, is making some of the best out there. So when they added ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and pumpkin to their pot still’s vapor basket and redistilled the whole mess to pull all the flavors together, it was a safe bet that it’d be tasty stuff. The best paid off, with the white dog whiskey taking on savory-sweet pumpkin notes and all the sophisticated spice of a perfectly made pumpkin pie. One whiff reveals those spices and oddly, a distinct tint of nutty brown butter. The flavors last all day too, building and layering with each swallow. It seems a shame to mix it, but the rich warmth shines in almost any whiskey cocktail – making for a surprisingly tasty Sazerac or Manhattan– and saving a bottle for when the snow flies and eggnog starts sounding tasty is a distinctly good idea.

Great Lakes Distillery Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit 90 proof
Generic in name, but definitely not in flavor, Milwaukee’s Great Lakes Distillery takes Lakefront Brewery’s Pumpkin and Spice Lager beer and distills it into Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit. The bottle is a seriously limited edition and is decidedly hard to track down, but it’s well worth the effort. Walking the savory side of the pumpkin line, this spirit is Fall personified. Musky, with that distinct pumpkin funk and a gentle dose of almost bourbon-like caramel – not surprising given that the spirit is aged in bourbon barrels. A lug of malty sweetness lingers from the lager it’s made from, this is the stuff Autumn dreams are made of. Mellow and smooth enough to drink straight, but this is a bottle that will easily sneak its way in to plenty of morning coffees, not to mention more than a few Hot Toddys.  Raking leaves never ended so well.

Recipes

Pumpkin Hot Toddy: 1 or 2 oz Great Lakes Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit, 1 Tablespoon honey, 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, 1/4 cup boiling hot water
combine all ingredients in a 6 oz coffee mug, stir well to dissolve the honey and enjoy.

Pumpkin Manhattan: 1&1/2oz Corsair Pumpkin Spice Moonshine, 1/2 to 3/4oz sweet vermouth, dash of Angostura bitters, marashino cherry
stir Moonshine, vermouth & bitters over ice, strain into martini glass, garnish with cherry, serve straight up

Pumpkin Sazerac: 2 oz Corsair Pumpkin Spice Moonshine, 1 teaspoon simple syrup, 3 dashes Peychaud bitters, Absinthe (or Herbsaint), lemon peel, ice, 2 old fashioned glasses or simply good sized rocks glasses
Fill one glass with ice to chill it while in the other glass you; muddle the bitters and simple syrup then  add the Pumpkin Moonshine and stir
Dump the ice from glass 1,  swirl a splash of Absinthe (or Herbsaint) in the glass and dump. Add moonshine-syrup-bitters mixture, rub rim and garnish with lemon peel. serve straight up

Buy online Corsair Pumpkin Spice Moonshine Great Lakes Distillery Pumpkin Seasonal Spirit

For more about the distilleries go to

Great Lakes Distillery http://www.greatlakesdistillery.com/

Corsair Artisan Distillery http://www.corsairartisan.com/spirits/

Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards in stock now, extremely limited

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Our supply of the Arizona wines from  Caduceus Cellars and Merkin Vineyards, owned and operated by Maynard J Keenan had completely been cut off about a year ago, and is only sold from the winery now. BUT, we just got a tiny allocation from the winery! The creator of Tool, Maynard G. Krebs has released just 35 cases for the whole New York/New Jersey market and being big supporters we got a “generous” allocation of 8 cases. One Tool fanatic with money could wipe that out with one order. Anyway, check out the Caduceus Anubis, Caduceus Nagual de la Nalga, Merkin Chupacabra and Merkin Shinola for sale at the shop or here at the website.
Mr. Keenan is a pioneer of Arizona wine and had the vision, perserverance and money to sink into an unexplored wine region. He’s basically fighting the extreme desert climates and javelinas of this region to produce line up of rugged wines (mostly red) that generally feel like big, rustic Tuscan wines. Here’s a brief summary of the line up available to us:

2010 Caduceus Cellars Nagual de la Naga*
About 70% Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot and about 30% Sangiovese and Tempranillo
all sourced from the Bonita Springs vineyard, Graham County, AZ
Tasting Notes: A dusty hue of red plums, red licorice with a subtle hints of oak & plump tannins

2010 Caduceus Cellars Anubis**
Essentially Cabernet Sauvignon with about 20%Petit Sirah, Syrah and a touch of Malvasia Bianca, yes that last one is a white grape, for those of you from Rio Linda. Sourced from the same vineyard as the Nagual, see above
Tasting Notes: Honeyed toffee and cherried leather in a cone of oak

2011 Merking Vineyards Shinola***
This is a blend of: 25% Sangiovese, 25% Dolcetto, 25% Refosco, 25% Primitivo sourced from the Luna Rosa vineyard in New Mexico

2011 Chupacabra****
A blend that varies from year to year, the mystery beast “Chupacabra” is also know as the shapeshifter. It is a blend of: 42% Petite Sirah, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, 8% Viognier sourced from California vineyards
Tasting Notes: A purple hued, Mocha covered pomegranate with black plums and black raspberries, focused coarse tannins round out a medium finish

*Nagual de la Naga: Nagual-in Mesoamerican religions it is a personal guardian spirit that resides in an animal. Naga-in sanskrit means cobra or king cobra
**Anubis- The egyptian god of mummification often depicted with the head of a jackal
***Shinola-the opposite of s**t, though apparently difficult for some people to distinguish
****Chupacabra- Also known as the shape shifter but literally “goat sucker” in Spanish, a mystery beast that strikes at night and kills livestock, vampire style. Might be extraterrestrial or it might be a coyote with really bad mange.

Caduceus Cellars and Vineyards, general information
158 MAIN STREET, JEROME, AZ 86331 | MAIL: P.O. BOX 905, JEROME, AZ 86331
WWW.CADUCEUS.ORG | TASTINGROOM@CADUCEUSCELLARS.COM | TEL: 928.639.WINE | FAX: 928.639.3519 | BASIC INFO: 928.634.3444

Important links.
http://www.caduceus.org/ winery website, funky annoying flash but good mission statements and stuff on the spirit of each wine.

http://speakeasypr.com/news/2012/04/12/caduceus-cellars-merkin-vineyards-spring-releases/ 2012 press release on the new wines

http://www.azstronghold.com/centennialwines.html Arizona Stronghold Vineyards website

Mora’s Fine Wine Columbus Day Sale $14.92 can be a very good price

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Columbus Day Wine Sale at Mora’s Fine Wines! 1 day only

Mention this post, or the facebook post or our tweet and get any wines regularly priced between $14.99 and $19.99 for $14.92, today only.
This offer is for any bottle or bottles of still wine for sale at regular price. It does not apply to any sparklling wine, special orders, spirits or gift items