Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: May 27 – June 3, 2015: Last Tasting Day of May!

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“These wines are deeply discounted for one week. We feature a wide variety of wines in a wide price range
so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.” -Rich

Cowhorn Syrah 58 2010 Red California Wine

Cowhorn Syrah 58 2010–$38.24 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 06.03.15)
94 points Wine Advocate Oct 2013 issue 209
“When in praising Cowhorn’s 2010 Syrah 58 for my Issue 202 report I wrote that “it may well gain in intrigue, stimulation, and ultimate satisfaction,” I hardly anticipated what another 13 months – or else, a very lucky choice of bottle! – would bring, when I again encountered this wine last July. Ripe plum and cherry, beef blood and game, juniper berry and incense, allspice and pepper, are deployed with head-turning aromatic intensity and vibrant, persistent juiciness. There is a polish to the tannins here as well as a sense of lift (at 13.4% alcohol) that you’ll seldom encounter in young Syrah, and the finish now approaches kaleidoscopic interactivity and complexity. This is going to be awesome to follow through at least 2022, and I hope half expect well beyond that. And needless to say, it represents a rare value.”

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Patrick Piuze Chablis Terroirs de Chablis 2014 White Burgundy Wine

Patrick Piuze Chablis Terroirs de Chablis 2014–$22.209 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.03.15)
Review for previous vintage:
91 Points – International Wine Cellar, July/August 2013
“Bright pale yellow. Musky aromas of grapefruit, lavender and yellow rose. Densely packed, ripe and penetrating, with good cut and texture but also a saline umami quality to the flavors of grapefruit, lemon, pear and flowers. Finishes with very good salty mineral persistence. I enjoyed this terrific village wine with a yellowtail carpaccio.” -Stephen Tanzer

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Vigneto Saetti Lambrusco Frizzante Salamino di Santa Croce 2010

Vigneto Saetti Lambrusco Frizzante Salamino di Santa Croce 2010–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.03.15)
“Deep red/purple in color. Frizzante. Intense aromas of red berries, clay and minerals. Bright and crackling on the palate with a crisp, dry finish.” -The Importer

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Wachter Wiesler  Bela-Joska Blaufrankisch (Eisenberg) 2012

Wachter Wiesler Bela-Joska Blaufrankisch (Eisenberg) 2012–$16.14 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.03.15)
The winery named this Blaufrankisch after the family fathers Bela Wachter and Joska Wiesler.
Matured for 13 months in large wooden barrels (500 – 3000 liters).
Typical earthy-minerally flavour with a hint of white pepper underscored by plenty of dark berries. As an all-around food companion, this wine goes right to the heart of every epicure.

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Barbet Domaine de Billards Saint Amour 2013 Red French Wine

Barbet Domaine de Billards Saint Amour 2013–$16.14 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.03.15)
92 Points – Vinous, February 2015
“Bright violet color. A heady, seductively perfumed bouquet evokes red berry preserves, incense and smoky minerals, with a suave Asian spice nuance in the background. On the palate, juicy, sharply focused raspberry and bitter cherry flavors flesh out and gain sweetness with air. Pure, focused and energetic Saint-Amour, with excellent finishing clarity and length and silky tannins that sneak in late.” — Josh Raynolds

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Zanotto Fermo Bianco da Tavola Italian White Wine

Zanotto Fermo Bianco da Tavola–$9.34 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 06.03.15)
“100% Glera, the grape used in Prosecco. This is a bright, clean and clear white wine with precise aromatics. Lemony. Long finish. Very stony.” –The Importer
Food Pairings: Try the Fermo Bianco along-side linguine with sage and butter, smoked-salmon crostini, or even lychees in coconut milk. You won’t be disappointed!

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: May 20-27, 2015: Try TriVin Wines!

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Giovanni Sordo Barolo 2010 Italian Red Wine

Giovanni Sordo Barolo 2010–$23.99 SAVE 20%! (on sale through 05.27.15)
93 Points – Wine Enthusiast, October 2014
“Fragrances include crushed rose petals, red berry, leather, spice and smoky mineral. The straightforward palate is quintessential Nebbiolo, displaying crushed black cherry accented with white pepper and clove balanced by firm, supple tannins. Drink 2016–2025.” — Kim Oliver

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Finca Flichman Paisaje de Barrancas Mendoza 2012 Argentina Red Wine

Finca Flichman Paisaje de Barrancas Mendoza 2012–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.27.15)
93 Points – Wine Enthusiast, August 2012
“This blend of Syrah, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon is sultry and sexy‚ like a club dancer. Flashy, brash, deep in color and big in flavor, this has flavors of wild berry, chocolate and cola, with a toasted note. An incredibly ripe wine.” -Michael Schachner
89 Points – International Wine Cellar, March/April 2013
“(a blend of 55% syrah, 35% malbec and 10% cabernet sauvignon): Good medium-deep red. Mellow aromas and flavors of plum, currant, mocha, milk chocolate and game. Suave and fine-grained, with harmonious acidity giving shape to the middle palate. Finishes with firm tannins and good grip and length.” -Stephen Tanzer

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Esser Merlot Monterey County 2013 California Red Wine

Esser Merlot Monterey County 2013–$12.74 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.27.15)
91 Points – Tastings.com, August 2014
“Medium blue violet ruby color. Savory aromas and flavors of spiced berries, hint of smoked meat, pan grille, and turned earth with a lightly tannic, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting medium-length finish with earthy tannins and moderate oak. A youthful grippy merlot.”

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Bodega Cartuxa E A White - White Portuguese Wine

Bodega Cartuxa EA White–$10.19 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.27.15)
“70% Loureiro and 30% Alvarinho. On those nose there’s a minerality and steeliness to the wine. Tighter aromas of pear, Granny Smith apple are more pronounced and the riper white stone fruit of the Loureiro takes more of a secondary role. Great underlying, balanced acidity on the palate. The Alvarinho adds a wonderful roundness and richness and fills out the palate beautifully. The fine minerality of this wine sits nicely below the surface and the finish is lingering and moreish.” -The Winery

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Reguengos Tinto Cooperativa Agricola de Reguengos Monsarz Red Portuguese Wine

Reguengos Tinto Cooperativa Agricola de Reguengos Monsarz–$8.49 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.27.15)
90 Points – Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2013
“The cooperative of Reguengos is now a major force in the region. This wine, named after the hilltop town of Reguengos, is a powerful, condensed wine. It has dark black fruits, solid tannins and a smooth texture. Full-bodied and worth aging. Drink from 2015.” -Roger Voss

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Aveleda Vinho Verde White Portuguese Wine

Aveleda Vinho Verde–$7.64 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.27.15)
“Aveleda selected the Loureiro, Trajadura and Arinto grapes from the best vineyards in the region. When the ideal maturation stage is reached, the grapes are brought to Aveleda where they are cooled before being pressed at low pressure. The fermentation, in stainless steel tanks, is carefully controlled at temperatures of 16-18ºC. The careful temperature control during the winemaking process produces a wine that is slightly citrine in color, clear and bright. It’s a well balanced wine with a fresh and fruity aroma and a soft, silky finish. Ideal as an aperitif, with fish, seafood or salads.” -The Winery

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: May 13-20, 2015: Paul’s Picks

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so have a look there is something for everyone. They have all been fully taste tested as well.” -Rich

Plungerhead Dry Creek Zinfandel 2013 California Red Wine

Plungerhead Dry Creek Zinfandel 2013–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.20.15)
91 Points – The Tasting Panel, May 2015
“Fragrant floral and berry notes followed by pretty violet and black cherry flavors, dotted with black pepper and earth. Great acidity showcases the rich, ripe, aromatic fruit and upheaves the structure as well as a tigh fitting corset: sexy and alluring.”

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Waterbrook Malbec Reserve Columbia Valley 2012 Washington Red Wine

Waterbrook Malbec Reserve Columbia Valley 2012–$16.99 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.20.15)
Waterbrook Malbec Reserve 2011 Review:
92 Points – Wine Spectator, December 2014
“Sleek and expressive, light-footed but brimming with plum, spice and savory herb flavors, coming together with polish on the long, open-weave finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,497 cases made.” –HS

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Tait The Ball Buster 2012 Red Austrailian Wine

Tait The Ball Buster 2012–$15.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.20.15)
90 Points – Wine Advocate
“Blended of 75% Shiraz, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Merlot, the 2011 The BallBuster is deep garnet-purple in color with fragrant black currant, crushed black berry and violet aromas plus hints of black pepper, mulberries and spice box. Full-bodied with a good amount of toast and vanilla flavors coming through to compliment the black fruits on the palate, it has a medium level of rounded tannins and lively acid, finishing long. Drink it now through 2016+. ” -Lisa Perrotti-Brown
88 Points – Wine Spectator
Crisp, bright and appealing, with cardamom and white pepper overtones. Finishes with notes of blackberry and fine-grained tannins. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Drink now through 2016. 15,000 cases made. -HS

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Scott Family Chardonnay Dijon Clone Arroyo Seco 2013 White California Wine

Scott Family Chardonnay Dijon Clone Arroyo Seco 2013–$14.44 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.20.15)
“Our 2013 vintage has opulent aromas and rich flavors of dried apricot, tangerine, crisp Golden Delicious apples, creme brulee and roasted macadamia nut. Partial malolactic and 50% barrel fermentation impart body and enhance complexity of aromas and flavors. The wine has crisp acidity, a full mouth-feel and a long, silky finish.” The Winery

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Aime Roquesante Cotes de Provence Rose 2014 French Rose Wine

Aime Roquesante Cotes de Provence Rose 2014–$10.19 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.20.15)
“Produced from a selection of the best varietals, Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah. This wine expresses the aromas and typical flavors of the Viduaban vineyard. The combination of an ultra-modern winery and traditional wine marking technique ensures perfect quality control and preserves the authentic character. Salmon color with pronounced rose shades. Powerful bouquet, with aromas of red fruits and cut grass. Full and powerful on the palate with a pleasing acidity. Spicy and balanced, very fine Provencal bouquet.” -The Importer

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Chocolate Shop Chocolate Red Wine

Chocolate Shop Chocolate Red Wine–$9.34 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.20.15)
“Imagine the finest red wine infused with indulgnt dark chocolate to create a decadent wine experience – truly the best of both worlds. Chocolate Shop, the ultimate “Chocolate Lover’s Wine” is a deep, ruby red wine blended with rich, velvety chocolate. Inviting aromas of black cherry and dark chocolate combine in the glass and continue on the palate surrounded by hints of cocoa powder. Nuances of sweet red wine lingers on the smooth finish. Chocolate Shop provides you with an indulgent wine experience like no other.” -The Winery

Weekly Wine Sale & Tasting: May 6-13, 2015: Vision Wines with Ted

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Shinas Estate The Executioner 2009 Red Austrailian Wine

Shinas Estate The Executioner 2009–$25.49 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.13.15)
“The Executioner is a blend of Shiraz 55%, Cabernet Sauvignion 43% and Viognier 2% it’s produced from our premium vineyard and is our Flag Ship wine. Due to extremely light grape yields from The Executioner Vineyard, only 6 barrels of Shiraz and 4 barrels of Cabernet Sauvignion were produced. The Executioner is a wine worth dying for, production is so small it’s a crime punishable by death.” -The Winery

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.Domaine Cabirau Serge & Nicolas Maury Sec Cotes du Roussillon 2012 French Red Wine

Domaine Cabirau Serge & Nicolas Maury Sec Cotes du Roussillon 2012–$22.09 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.13.15)
Rating for 2011 vintage
93 Points – Wine Advocate, January 2014
“With the advent of a new appellation for showcasing Maury vines in dry wine, Dan Kravitz elected to blend fruit from his oldest Grenache vines – previously bottled pure under nicknames taken from his vineyard collaborators (most recently vineyard manager Serge Soulatge and winemaking collaborator Nicolas Burger) – with other cepages as required by the new appellation’s rules, so that the Cabirau 2011 Maury Sec Serge & Nicolas ends up coming close to the typical encepagement of this estate’s Cotes du Roussillon bottling. It also comes pretty close to the most unbelievable value I can recall from a region where red wine values are legion! New this year, too, is that the young wines underwent their malo-lactic transformation in two and three year old demi muids. The nose here is the epitome of schistic Maury in its smoky (no doubt to some extent reductive) evocations of crushed stone, smoked meat, resinous herbs and black tea allied to sweetly-ripe, succulent profusion of cassis, black raspberry, and blueberry. There is a wonderful sense of polish here allied to underlying firmness as well as almost electric energy. Mouthwatering salinity adds to the irresistible appeal of a torrential finish rushing across a bed of stone, from which you pick yourself up eager to savor and explore the next sip. Don’t miss a chance to follow this through at least 2020!” -David Schildknecht

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Katherine Goldschmidt Cabernet Sauvignon Crazy Creek Alexander Valley 2012 Red California Wine

Katherine Goldschmidt Cabernet Sauvignon Crazy Creek Alexander Valley 2012–$18.69 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.13.15)
“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

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Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d'Aix en Provence Rose 2014 French Rose Wine

Commanderie de la Bargemone Coteaux d’Aix en Provence Rose 2014–$16.14 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.13.15)
Rating for the 2013 Vintage:
90 Ppoints – Wine Advocate, May 2014
“A perennial favorite, the light pink/melon-colored 2013 Coteaux d’Aix en Provence rose gives up pretty notes of mineral water, melon rind and orange blossom to go with a medium-bodied, refreshing and lip-smacking good palate. Enjoy this hot summer day quaffer over the coming summer months. – Jeb Dunnuck
88 Points – Wine Spectator, June 2014
“Offers a piercing feel, with bergamot, peach and white cherry notes laced with sandalwood and tea accents, followed by a fresh finish. Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Cabernet Sauvignon, Carignan, Vermentino, Sauvignon Blanc and Ugni Blanc. Drink now. 21,340 cases made.” -James Molesworth

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Chateau Landerau Bordeaux Blanc 2012 French White Wine

Chateau Landerau Bordeaux Blanc 2012–$15.29 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.13.15)
This Bordeaux Blanc is a blend of 50% Sémillon, 40% Sauvignon Blanc and Gris, and 10% Muscadelle.
2014 GOLD MEDAL – Concours Mondial du Sauvignon
2011 GOLD MEDAL – Concours Bordeaux AOC Entre-Deux-Mers

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Walnut Block Collectibles Sauvignon Blanc 2013 New Zealand White Wine

Walnut Block Sauvignon Blanc 2013–$12.74 SAVE 15%! (on sale through 05.13.15)
“Fresh and pure, the nose displays floral, lime zest and subtle herbaceous characters. The palate is lively and well fruited with a juicy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish. Classically flavoured and easy drinking.” – Sam Kim – Wine Orbit

Mora’s May Single Malt Scotch of the Month Club: Craigellachie 13 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

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Craigellachie
13 Year Old Single Malt Scotch, 92 Proof
Speyside, Scotland

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The Distillery: “The Craigellachie distillery was built in 1891 by Craigellachie Distillery Co. Limited, a group of blenders and merchants led by Alexander Edward… During the years that followed ownership passed to Peter Mackie (in 1916), the Distillery Company Limited (in 1927) and SMD (in 1930). The transfer to SMD marked the beginning of a period of stability for Craigellachie; apart from a reconstruction in 1964-65 during which the number of pot stills was doubled, relatively little happened at the distillery. Then, in 1998, the Craigellachie distillery was sold to John Dewar & Sons – owners of MacDuff and Aberfeldy and themselves part of the Bacardi drinks conglomerate… Craigellachie produces quite some whisky, but it isn’t a ‘high profile’ distillery by any stretch of the imagination. In fact, the nearby town of Craigellachie and the Craigellachie Hotel are probably more famous than the distillery.”

“…The location of the town in the heart of the Speyside region (where the rivers Fiddich and Spey meet) makes it an excellent location for a ‘base camp’ for whisky hunters. The Craigellachie distillery itself (most of it fairly ‘functional’ as it was refurbushed in the 1960’s) does not have a visitor centre, but most whisky tourists will most likely be more interested in that other distillery in Craigellachie anyway; Macallan.” -Caskers, online

The Whisky:  Not your typical Speyside! Some say it’s Craigellachie’s insistence on using “worm tubs” for the cooling, condensing process that contributes to its slightly-left of typical Speyside profile—they’re one of the only distilleries left in Scotland who do. Others say that’s mostly bluster. We say it’s worth trying and deciding for yourself!

Bottling Note: “One of the three official Craigellachie bottlings released in 2014, their 13 year old single malt Scotch whisky handsomely shows off the bold, robust character of the distillery’s output. Oodles of dynamic fruit notes with a distinctive current of smoke running through the middle. Single malt Craigellachie hasn’t been seen much outside of indie bottlings recently, so this is an ace return to our glasses from the distillery!” – Master of Malt, online

Tasting Notes from Whisky Gospel, online
Nose: First thing that comes to mind is that it’s very meaty and chewy, some nuts and cream, struck matches air & fire, light and fresh sulphur – it’s not that harsh sulphur that we often encounter (like in some Glen Scotia for example) and it’s iintertwined with apples and light fruits sweetness and overall a very fresh and gentle nose. With time, the suplhur and fireworks/matches get stronger but still mild and sweet.
Palate: Nuts, malt, sulphur and sweet apples
Finish: Mild burning sensation, sweet apples (and bit of cloves) at first which turns to gentle sweetness.

 

Mora’s May Bourbon of the Month Club Selection From Jefferson’s Reserve, Very Small Batch Bourbon

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Jefferson’s Reserve Very Small Batch Bourbon, 90.2 Proof, Kentucky

The Distillery: “Founded in 1997, Jefferson’s is the brainchild of Trey Zoeller and his father Chet, a famed bourbon historian. They were continuing a family tradition that goes back to Trey’s 8th generation grandmother who was arrested in 1799 for the “production and sales of spirituous liquors.” To personify the brand, they chose Thomas Jefferson — known for his curiosity and experimental spirit. This is a mindset to which Trey has dedicated himself, pushing the boundaries of the definition of bourbon. Upholding tradition, yet always discovering new possibilities.” – The Distillery

“The principal author of the Declaration of Independence and one of the most illustrious founding fathers, Thomas Jefferson was elected the third President of the United States in 1800… After Jefferson retired from public office in 1815, he often tended to the garden that he had cultivated at his Monticello estate. At the time, it was customary for wealthy farmers, including Jefferson, to make their own garden spirits. Each farmer’s spirits were unique and reflected their personal tastes and the local terroir of their farm. Jefferson’s Reserve Very Old Straight Bourbon Whiskey is crafted by Chet and Trey Zoeller in honor of Jefferson and his experimental nature. While the Zoellers were inspired by Jefferson, their own roots can be traced back for generations deep into Kentucky’s bourbon history.” -Caskers, online

The Process: “We make our bourbon in small batches, ridiculously small batches. This enables us to showcase the different flavors that result from the wood in each barrel, as in the case of single barrel bourbons. We maintain the consistency that is found in small batch bottling… Creating very uncommon bourbon is a journey. We seek out new and aged barrels of bourbon from established distilleries that have perfected their art over hundreds of years. Then we do some old-fashioned experimenting, building balance and adding complexity through different selection, agitation and environmental processes until we find the taste Jefferson’s is known for.” –The Distillery

The Whisky: “Our flagship bourbon is where we define the Jefferson’s taste: big and bold with hints of spice, toffee and leather. The Reserve is the perfect marriage of four different recipes of bourbon, one of which is an elder statesman. The result is bourbon that, like Thomas Jefferson, is sophisticated, complex and unforgettable.” –Jefferson’s Bourbon

“A blend of three Bourbons, aged up to 20 years (though presumably the bulk of the spirit is considerably younger). There’s much more refinement here, more sophistication and nuance. The nose is a bit racy with a little cinnamon character and classic vanilla notes. The body: Ample sweetness but not overdone, more of a creme brulee character with some melted caramels thrown in for good measure. The higher alcohol gives it a better body, with a lovely and slightly smoldering finish that hints at roasted marshmallows. It all comes together, inviting repeated and sustained sipping.” -Drinkhacker, online

Tasting Notes by The Chaps at Master of Malt 

Nose: Gentle, dried fruits, hay, warming, hints of spice, cream,
vanilla. Lovely sweetness.
Palate: Very summery, light and supple bourbon which offers good,
clean delivery, pleasant sweetness, hints of cigar leaf, pepper and toffee.
Finish: Long finish, with good oak integration, a little sweetness
and dry spice lingers.

Won a Gold Medal for Exceptional Bourbon Whiskey from the Beverage Testing Institute in 2012!

 

Mora’s May Vodka of the Month Club: Russian Standard Imperia Vodka

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Russian Standard
Imperia Vodka
St. Petersburg, Russia

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The Distillery: “At the heart of Russian Standard Vodka is the man who created it, Russian entrepreneur Roustam Tariko. Russian Standard Vodka is Russia’s number one premium vodka, and you can find it in more than 80 countries around the world. But Roustam never rests. His relentless pursuit of perfection – vodka perfection – is what drives our people and the production of Russian Standard Vodka.” – The Distillery

The Vodka: “Controlled at all stages of its production, our Super Luxe grade spirit passes through over 200 distillation stages. Our vodkas are all filtered to cleanse the liquid of impurities, and achieve absolute transparency. Russian birch charcoal filters have a catalytic quality, forming esters that help to mellow the taste and bring up the aroma to eliminate sharp burn or bitter notes in the after taste. Our Urals Mountains quartz crystal filtration process creates static electricity that alters the molecular structure to give the vodka a smoother taste. We use silver, which is an effective antimicrobial agent, to further refine our vodka.

“The vodka passes through a final, unique process called relaxation, where the liquid matures and the ingredients ‘marry’ each other for perfect balance, smoothness and final development of organoleptic properties. The relaxation process is critical to the final product; it is where the super molecular structure is built. Few vodka companies relax their vodkas, because it costs time and money…”

“IMPERIA vodka has been crafted to the highest standards to create a pristine Russian vodka for those who enjoy the finer things in life. Produced by the world’s most advanced distillation process and layer-filtered through quartz crystal from the Ural Mountains, IMPERIA is allowed to rest in relaxation tanks for 72 hours before bottling. The result is an exceptionally pure and clean taste with a light herbal aroma and elegant, full body.” – The Distillery

 

Mora’s May Tequila of the Month Club: Trianon Anejo

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Trianon Tequila
Tequila Anejo, 80 Proof
Jalisco, Mexico

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The Distillery: “Our family takes great care to make each of our tequilas the same way we have for generations—by hand. We think that’s the only way to make tequila that captures the true taste of blue agave. So, that’s what you’ll find in every bottle of Trianon: True agave taste with a smooth and satisfying finish. Try all three expressions of Trianon and discover the true taste of tequila for yourself.”

“Our family has been making tequila here in Amatitán for three generations—using the passed-down traditions and techniques that were born here in this region. Now my brother Saul and I are the Maestros Tequileros (Master Tequila Distillers) of the family. We watch over every batch of Trianon Tequila to make sure it captures the taste of a true tequila. Not a single bottle of Trianon leaves our facility without meeting our approval.”

“You’ll find our family’s distillery in the town of Amatitán in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. People around here say that, centuries ago, this was home to the very first tequila distillery. And if you visit, you’ll see why. Amatitán sits at the foot of the El Volcan de Tequila (the Volcano of Tequila), where the rich, volcanic soil makes our Blue Weber Agave grow larger and more luscious than anywhere else. We even use the naturally occurring yeast from the area during fermentation, not synthetic yeast like other brands. It’s like this place was born to make true tequila—kind of like our family.”

“You won’t find any automated machinery here. Just hard-working people who believe in making tequila the traditional way—by hand. From when we harvest our blue agave to when a batch leaves our facility for delivery, we do it all ourselves. And what little equipment we do use… well, we often make that ourselves too. Even our labels are hand-painted and polished by a local family business, just like our handcrafted corks and bags. And our signature Triple Bottles are hand-blown by a local artisan, so every one is unique.” –Alejandro Ocampo, Master Distiller

The Tequila: “We age our Blanco a full eighteen months in specially made American and French oak barrels to make Trianon Añejo. Because that’s how long it takes to strike the perfect balance between the taste of oak and agave. We could stop at 12 months like other makers—but by now you know that’s not the Trianon way. Aging longer allows the oak’s rich flavor to reach its full expression, perfectly complimenting the true agave taste of our tequila. With its warm, amber color and sweet aroma, our Añejo is best savored neat.”

“The distilled liquid that comes from our blue agave (we call it ‘juice’) is made up of three parts: the ‘head’ (the top 15%), the ‘tail’ (the bottom 15%) and the ‘heart’ (the center of the batch). We could bottle it all like everyone else, but the truth is that the true taste of tequila comes only from the heart of each distillation. The alcohol found in the head and tail actually gets in the way of taste. So we throw those parts out and bottle only the heart of the ‘juice,’ where the purest agave flavor lies—something major brands cannot afford to do.” –Trianon Tequila

 

World Whisky Day: what it is and why you want in

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I think that, like many of you, I was under the impression that World Whisky Day was a long-standing tradition about which I had just been out of the loop.  Being a relatively recent whisky enthusiast–3 years, give or take–I’m constantly learning about the culture, and this seemed just the sort of obvious celebration that must have a good many years behind it.

So I thought.

So Blair Bowman thought too.

It was 2012 and Bowman was in Barcelona, “I was living in Barcelona as part of my year abroad and noticed some tweets saying that it was World Gin Day. Being a fan of whisky I decided to Google ‘When is World Whisky Day?’ but no results appeared. I then typed in www.worldwhiskyday.com and found it was a dead page. I bought it straight away, set up a Facebook page and a Twitter account, and from then on things have just grown and grown.” (Blair Bowman quoted by Edinburgh Academy, online)  It’s a good thing he secured World Whisky Day as a registered company because it has taken off.  The whisky industry itself is booming, as is the spread of its culture, so the time almost couldn’t have been better for this event.

There were over 20,000 people participating at 200 different locations in the first year alone.  And that’s just working up buzz through social media like facebook and twitter.  The news media in Scotland pounced on it, understandably, and Bowman was inundated with calls for meetings and interviews that first year.  In 2013 it was exponentially bigger, and last year bigger still.

And why not?  It’s such a simple idea: get a bunch of people together, grab a bottle or two of whisky, and taste.  It doesn’t have to be more complicated than that.  And the best part is that people who aren’t usually “whisky people” are generally more open to trying it when they have an event as an excuse.

Mora’s Fine Wine & Spirits will be doing World Whisky Day via a big tasting event at The Country Corner on Saturday, May 16th, 6-9pm.  Last year’s event was a hit and once again we’ll be pouring whiskies from all over the world!  Bowman may have founded the event with an eye for scotch, but at Mora’s we think there’s great whisky to be had from all over, and in all sorts of styles.  Buy your ticket today and you’ll get to taste 30 different whiskies from not only Scotland but also France, Japan, and throughout these United States!

Some of the featured distilleries: 
Ancnoc, Balblair, Benriach, Benromach, Breckenridge, Brenne, Corsair,Isle of Arran, Kentucky Bourbon, James Pepper, Kentucky Distillers, Kilchoman, Koval, Old Pulteney, Smooth Ambler, Stranahan’s, Willett, and more to come!

World Whisky Day sponsored by Mora’s and hosted by The Country Corner: May 16th, 6-9pm
CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Contributed by: Nancee Moes