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

Five Different Wines from Five Different Regions

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This week, we’re featuring five different wines from five different regions! Journey along with Mora’s as we taste delicious wines from Oregon, Washington, New Zealand, California, and Germany!
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!
Boom Boom Syrah out of Washington
Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc out of New Zealand

 

First up is the Astrolabe Sauvignon Blanc out of New Zealand! Rated 90 points from Wine Spectator, it’s crisp, fruity, and exceptionally smooth. Zesty flavors of lime mix with nice gingery notes – would be fabulous with Thai or Asian food!
Next we have a standout, cellar worthy German white. Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Riesling is a 95-point Wine Spectator “Cellar Selection.” Extraordinarily light and nicely dry, it has tasty grapefruit flavors with a sharp mineral edge. If you’re a riesling fan, you need to try this one out.
Oregon Pinot Noirs are having a moment, and for good reason! The Stoller Pinot Noir is entirely state-grown with an excellent flavor for an excellent price. Rated 91 points, definitely pick this one up this week when it’s on sale!
Next we have a BOOM! Literally. The Boom Boom Syrah from Washington State lives up to its name. 90 points from Wine Spectator and on sale for under $15, you need to pick up a bottle or stop by for a taste! Deep, rich cherry and tobacco flavors are softened by lavender notes on the finish. Works excellently with rich, meaty stews or roasts!
Finally, we have the Four Vines Biker red out of California. Under $14 and rated 90 points, it’s a real gem! Edgy and dark, with rich cherry pie and maple bacon flavors, it’ll make your mouth water. Light and airy on the mouth with a huge boost of flavor, it’ll be one of your new favorites.
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!

The new German classifications: It’s not all Qualitatswien mit Pradikat anymore

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grosse gewaches GG TastingA few years ago the old (circa 1971) German wine classification got an update designed to take into account terroir which is an important European concept regarding a sense of place. The VDP has created the system of Grosse Gewachs or Grand Crus of Germany. These are the same folks that gave us the old Qualitatswien mit Pradikat rules which were base on purity laws governing the grapes used and winemaking methods.

       The Grosse Gewachs or GG wines are generally dry wines from the top vineyard sites and a wonderful GG tasting is conducted every year in Weisbaden, shown in the photo here, were the new vintage of these wines are carefully scrutinized by the who’s who of the wine world. The sense of place and the consensus on one vineyard being better than others with special identifiable character is much subtler than the straightforward kabinett-spatlese-auslese system which we are familiar with and gurantees ripeness levels, grape variety, apellation and vintage.

Mora’s will be tasting one of these Grand Crus Sat Feb 25

The Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt Goldtropchen “GG” 2014 rated 95 points and cellar selection by Wine Enthusiast.

Reichsgraff Kesselstat GG

Mora’s Presents: Fun Wines that AREN’T Going to Win an Academy Award

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As the Academy Awards approach us, we got to thinking of Mora’s cool selection of wines with awesome pulp-movie labels. Not only do they taste great, they look pretty cool on your shelf!
Keep scrolling to learn more about these fun wines, and an extra wine that’s great to eat with popcorn – because it tastes LIKE popcorn!
WINES THAT PROBABLY WON’T WIN ACADEMY AWARDS
– DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY MORA’S –
THE AWARD FOR BEST BIKER CHICKS:

Misfits Wine released Cycle Buff Beauty wine to wide acclaim. Rated 90 points and on sale for an affordable $18, it’s full of dark fruit and cola flavors that are sharpened by a hint of black pepper. It usually sells out pretty quickly, so make sure you snag a bottle now.

THE AWARD FOR BEST FEMME FATALE:
Beware of the alluring blonde on the front of this label – she looks innocent, but she’ll seduce you, beat you over the head with a frying pan, rob you blind, and drive off in her trailer. The wine, on the other hand, isn’t so bad. Rated 90 points by International Wine Seller, it starts with delicious aromas of cassis, berries, and spice. The flavor is round and sweet, with a little hint of pepper. A great wine for an excellent price!
THE AWARD FOR BEST HORROR FILM:
Deep on the bottom of the ocean lives a terrifying creature that will crush the ship and soul of any unsuspecting sailor that dares cross its path. The only way to cope with this horror is by pouring yourself a generous glass of the Some Young Punks “The Squid’s Fist” wine. It starts with an expressive bouquet and has strong, bold fruit flavors with a long, zesty finish. Described by its reviewer as “dangerously gluggable,” you won’t want to miss out on this gem!
THE AWARD FOR BEST R-RATED FILM:
Don’t be distracted by its racy label – Naked on Roller Skates is delicious enough to stand (or skate) on its own. Rated 90 points by Vinous Media, it’s fully of juicy, deep flavors of fruit liqueur and chocolate. It finishes with smooth tannins and a satisfying length. *Moras is not responsible for any unclothed-on-rollerskates activity that results from drinking too much of this wine in one sitting.
THE AWARD FOR WINE TO DRINK WITH POPCORN:
Drink this wine with popcorn because it TASTES like popcorn! Rated 94 points,This is a true wine geek’s wine it is amazing. The current vintage is 2006, it is aged in BARREL for 4 YEAR before botling. The slow oxidation gives it the character of an aged Graves with amazing flavors or popcorn, toasted nuts and dried fruits. Definitely a wine of contemplation. Enjoy it at your Oscars party as you place bets on who’s going to wine Best Picture!

 

WHISKY WEDNESDAY – Tasting Scotland’s Finest!

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When was the last time you got to taste some of Scotland’s finest whiskys (Kilchoman, Lagavulin, Glenmorangie) for FREE?
Mora’s Whisky tasting event is taking place on February 22nd from 4-7 PM at the shop. We’re featuring a hand-picked selection of fine Scotch whiskys.
Keep scrolling to see the selection, and if you can’t make it to the tasting, you can always snag the deals online!
First up we have Lagavulin 8 year 200th Anniversary single malt. Light in texture but with a HUGE taste! Warm and smoky all throughout, with excellent polish and depth. if you like smoke in your whisky, you have to give this one a try.
Next is Glenmorangie Highland Single Malt Scotch. Spirits reviewer Jim Murray rated it a strong 94 points and said that it’s a “whiskey of uncompromising aesthetic beauty from the first enigmatic whiff to the last teasing and tantalizing gulp.” An enigmatic aroma leads to a rich and deep flavor profile with a beautiful finish. A great, moderately priced choice for your collection.
Spicy, rich aromas lead to warm, sweet flavors and a toasty finish. It’s perfect for a cold winter’s evening, and goes well with (or as!) dessert.
Finally we have the Kilchoman Bourbon Cask Whisky.
This is a highly exclusive whisky – ONLY available for sale in New York! This tasting is one of your only chances to try it out!

This Week – Fantastic South African and Portuguese Wines on Sale!

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Get your passport ready! This week at our FREE weekly wine tasting, we’re offering up some incredible wines from South Africa and Portugal – and they start at just $12.75 a bottle!
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!
great Portuguese red for everyday dining.
delicious Portuguese white perfect with your favorite fish dishes!
The star this week is the Lothian Vineyards Pinot Noir out of South Africa. Highly rated across the board, it’s a lighter Pinot Noir with an airy bouquet and great definition. Flavors of bright strawberry and cherry end with a beautiful finish.
Next up the Audacia Stellenbosch Cabernet Sauvignon, also out of South Africa. On sale for a total steal at $16, this beauty can’t be missed.
We have a Portuguese white up next, the Howard’s Folly Sonhador Alvarinho. The nose begins with a rush of floral and citrus notes, and the palate is rich and textured. Zesty and tangy but also weighty, it would be fantastic paired with a big swordfish steak topped with beurre blanc.
Next we have a Portuguese red that’s always an incredible bargain. The Corgo de Regua is a great “everyday” wine, and at $14.44, it’s definitely affordable. A trusty companion to most of your favorite dishes!
We end this week with a Portuguese white on sale for $12.75! What a steal! The Quinta da Murta is fresh and bright, with tropical aromas on the bouquet. It pairs excellently with your favorite Asian and Indian foods!
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!

 

Tax Refund Season! We Say: Invest in Wine!

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It’s tax refund season!! What are you going to do with that sweet refund check?

We think that you should spend at least some of it on wine. It’s a good investment –  whether you’re storing it in your cellar, or saving it for a fun night with friends.

We’ve compiled a list of our favorite extra-special “splurge” wines just for you – and a few “save” wines if you’re trying to be more fiscally responsible!

 

SPLURGE
DOMINUS ESTATE
100 points. This Napa Valley red was rated 100 POINTS by reviewer Robert Parker- a very rare rating indeed! Parker called it one of the most profound wines in esteemed winemaker Christian Moueix’s history. This beauty had a very low yield of only 3,500 cases.
It has earthy, masculine aromas of cedarwood and soil. The flavor is singularly pure and intense. It’s a 40-year wine – buy it now and to open at your 100th birthday party, or your grandchild’s wedding!
PLUMPJACK CABERNET SAUVIGNON
Rated a whopping 96 points by Wine Advocate, this gorgeous Napa Valley red is a true investment. A big, classic Cabernet Sauvignon, it starts with layered aromas of blackberry, cassis, and a hint of camphor. The textured flavors are bold but not brash, and it ends with a nice, long finish. It’s delicious now but its prime is in 10-15 years – definitely cellar-worthy, and we recommend getting a case!
SAVE
FLORA SPRINGS TRILOGY
This Napa Valley red is highly rated and a real steal for the price. Described as a “wow wine” by reviewers, its plum, licorice, and blood orange flavors leap from the glass. It’s not too loud or flashy, though – elegant, polished, and refined, it’ll drink well for the next twenty years!
CHALK HILL ESTATE RED:
 
 
Dense and dark, this delicious red is packed with ripe flavors.  Cardamom and cassis on the bouquet add an exotic hint of spice. Layered fruit and cocoa flavors accompany a lush texture – this one will age spectacularly.