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/