Carolyn’s First Tasting of the Year…

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The winter has gone on far too long. The wine reserves are low and my perk is poking. I need to get some fun wine out there. So Rich and I looked through the cellar at some old and new favorites and found SIX that we think you will love…..

 

Old Poodle Dog Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014 Red California Wine 750 mL
Old Poodle Dog Cabernet Sauvignon

COHO Wines, one of Napa Valley’s acclaimed red wine producers, announced the launch of its Old Poodle Dog label back in 2012.  The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon still comes from a selection of premier vineyards in the Coombsville, Yountville and Diamond Mountain appellations. Every year has brought more and more accolades to this Winery and this special wine…

“This first release of Old Poodle Dog encompasses everything I love about Napa Valley Cabernet,” said Gary Lipp, owner of COHO Wines. “It’s authentic and delicious. We make it with the same standards, practices and fruit sourcing we use for our COHO wines. The only difference is lot selection. Old Poodle Dog is a blend of the most approachable and imminently drinkable barrels in our cellar. It’s a very affordable Napa Valley Cabernet. So far the response has been overwhelmingly positive.”

$40.79
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Covenant Red The Tribe Kosher for Passover California Red Wine 750 mL

Covenant Red The Tribe Red Blend

The Tribe is what happens when a few good winemakers decide that it is possible to create a beautiful wine that is also Kosher!  For more information about this Winery and wine, check out our Kosher Tasting Blog post

Wine Spectator 92 points – Jammy and plump, with black raspberry and sassafras aromas and deep blackberry cobbler, pepper and clove flavors. Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Drink now through 2024. 400 cases made. -TF.December/2017

Wine Enthusiast 93 points – This lovely blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Grenache is hearty and robust, with lavender, garrigue, black pepper and cinnamon aromas. Its velvety texture gives way to rich blueberry cobbler flavors peppered with firewood smoke notes, recalling a winter’s night..December/2017

The Tribe wines are made with the new flash-detente technique that allows us to flash-heat our grapes straight out of the vineyard. We never heat the wine. Both white and red wines are barrel fermented with native yeast.

$32.29
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Alain Girard Sancerre Rouge French Red Wine 750 mL

Alain Girard Sancerre Rouge

I thought it would be fun to transition from the whites to the reds with something that sounds like it should be white but is red!  Girard’s Sancerre Blanc is famous.  This beautiful Pinot Noir deserves to be just as famous!
“This domaine, which dates from 1875, was run by Alain Girard until 2007, at which point his two sons, Anthony and Nicolas, took over. The property extends over 31 acres, only five of which are planted to Pinot Noir … This Sancerre Rouge is 100% Pinot Noir; elegant and subtle, it has bright fruit, soft tannins, and crisp yet balanced acidity.” – The Importer
$21.24
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Damilano Nebbiolo d'Alba Marghe Italian Red Wine 750 mL

Damilano Nebbiolo d’Alba Marghe

Ah! for those of you who, like me, love the Produttori del Barbaresco Langhe Nebbiolo, this is a must taste!  Beautiful, less expensive, and the recipient of some great reviews, this might become another “go-to.”

88 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2013 “The 2011 Langhe Nebbiolo Marghe is a terrific wine that shows the bright intensity of the Nebbiolo grape framed by fresh notes of cherry fruit, rosebud, polished stone and licorice. The wine goes down easily and refreshes the palate thanks to its balanced acidity. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016.” -Monica Larner

$16.14
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Ah….Petit Chablis…the sweet light of the hill.  I love this wine for so many reasons.  First of all it is a French Chablis which is under $20.00.  Secondly, it sings on limestone, pear, and all the beauty of a steely Chardonnay.  Finally, it’s bright, soft, vibrant, and light;  all the things I wish for in life(and spring…and summer…).  This is simply wonderful!
$14.44
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Osprey's Dominion Pinot Gris White Long Island Wine 750 mL

Osprey’s Dominion Pinot Gris

Any list of my favorites is going to contain at least one terrific Long Island Wine.  This Pinot Gris has been poured at the shop before, but I think it is wonderful for this time of year.  It’s light, it’s fruity, but it’s got alot going on….just like the earth in early spring.

Previous Vintage: 89 Points – Wine Advocate, June 2015 “The 2013 Pinot Gris Reserve is unoaked. This is a very respectable expression of Pinot Gris, solid in the mid-palate, juicy on the finish and showing more than a little tension. It has a dark and burnished feel to it, but it is quickly enlivened by the nice acidity on the finish. For the very reasonable price, it should easily exceed expectations if you prefer your wines on the crisp and steelier side. As it warmed and aired out, it just got better. There were 145 cases produced.” -Mark Squires

$13.59
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Well, there you have it!  The rundown on our April 7th tasting.  I hope you get a chance to stop by…..

Passover 2018 Special Wine Tasting: International Wines Kosher for Passover (We’re not in Kansas anymore…)

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“Why are there so few kosher wines as good as that?” Leslie asked.  “I grew up in Kansas drinking Manischewitz.”

No.  It’s not a joke.  The Leslie who asked that fateful question is Leslie Rudd of the venerable Rudd Vineyard in California during an invitational tasting.  The question was posed to presenter Jeff Morgan, who had just done 10 years at Wine Spectator.  His first assignment was to write on Kosher wines for Passover.  He found that “Kosher” didn’t have to mean boiling or sweetening.  He proposed that with some great Napa Cabernet Sauvignon grapes the two could turn out the best Kosher wine in, well, forever.  That said, a year later the two were following their dream with the creation of Covenant.  To keep Covenant Kosher, they needed a fully observant cellar.  They approached Herzog Wine Cellars who agreed to help and began making wine.

From the start the wine was well-received on the basis of it’s quality….not it’s quality as a Kosher wine….but it’s pure quality as wine.  You see, Jeff found that the grapes could be flash heated immediately taking away the need to boil the juice.  These wines are barrel fermented with native yeast.  They are serious wines on their own merit!  These wines were so well-received that in 2008,  Jeff, Leslie, and their Winemaker, Jonathan Hajdu, left Herzog and started making wine independently.  In 2014, they built a winery in Berkeley.  Sweetest of all is that in 2013, Leslie, whose spiritual roots had strengthened with his journey decided to make wine in Israel as well as the states.  He joined with Winemaker Ari Erle to begin Convenant Israel.  This makes Covenant the only American winery to be creating in both countries.

We share the story of Convenant, not because it is the most important, but because it shows so clearly a destiny to create.  What they have been a part of appears to be a worldwide effort to pull together grapes, passion, and Spirit to create brilliant wines.  And this is always a beautiful thing!

 

Our Sunday Tasting Wines:

 

Ch Fourcas Dupre Listrac-Medoc  Kosher French Bordeaux Red Wine 750 mLCh Fourcas Dupre Listrac-Medoc Kosher French Bordeaux Red Wine 750 mL

Rated (91-93) Wine Advocate  April 2016

“The 2015 Fourcas-Dupre offers plenty of blackberry and boysenberry fruit on the nose, a touch of brine here, a subtle marine influence that lends it complexity and personality. The palate is medium-bodied with a juicy opening, a melange of red and black fruit, taut and quite linear with plenty of freshness and tension on the finish. This is a well-crafted Listrac that punches well above my expectations. Hopefully it can retain this level after its élevage – one to keep an eye on.” -Neal Martin
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Covenant Red The Tribe Kosher for Passover California Red Wine 750 mL

 

The Tribe wines are made with the new flash-detente technique that allows us to flash-heat our grapes straight out of the vineyard. We never heat the wine. Both white and red wines are barrel fermented with native yeast.

92 Points Wine Spectator December 2017

“Jammy and plump, with black raspberry and sassafras aromas and deep blackberry cobbler, pepper and clove flavors. Syrah, Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Drink now through 2024. 400 cases made.” -TF.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast December 2017

“This lovely blend of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah and Grenache is hearty and robust, with lavender, garrigue, black pepper and cinnamon aromas. Its velvety texture gives way to rich blueberry cobbler flavors peppered with firewood smoke notes, recalling a winter’s night..”

$29.99
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Tabor Adama Storm II Kosher for Passover Israeli Red Wine 750 mL
“Tabor winery is situated in the heart of the fertile Galilee. Our vineyards and winery lay in the foothills of Mt. Tabor. This unique location provides an ideal climate for growing grapes, as well as different soil types. These factors, and our highly skilled and dedicated team, help to make tabor wines special; wines that exhibit the natural grape aromas and flavors. A bottle of Tabor will always enhance your gatherings and special moments.
The 2013 Storm – Adama II is an equal blend of Petite Sirah and Cabernet Sauvignon, aged for 12 months in 50% new French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. Elegant and caressing in texture, this doesn’t have quite the personality of the Thunder, also reviewed this issue, but it has layers of complexity, with some dried herbs, gravel and cement. Like its sibling, it has moderate tannins in support of the fruit and a lingering finish. There is also an earthy, somewhat cooler feel to this, largely affecting the Cab, I suspect. It gives this a different feel than many ultraripe Israeli wines. In any event, it is a complete pleasure to encounter just now. It should hold nicely for several years at the least.”–the Winery
$20.39
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Tabor Adama Sauvignon Blanc Kosher for Passover Israeli White Wine 750 mL
Tabor Adama Sauvignon Blanc Kosher for Passover Israeli White Wine 750 mL

“This Sauvignon Blanc plot is 30 years old and is one of the country’s older vineyard blocks, if not the oldest. This plot receives extra care and attention. The vineyard is planted in rich chalky soil in the Kfar Tabor area and its old, goblet-shaped vines are treated with meticulous care and limited irrigation. These low-yielding vines produce the best Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the country. This warm region is unique to growing Sauvignon Blanc and is the main factor influencing the richness in flavor of this particular wine.”–the Winery

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Bartenura Moscato Provincia di Pavia Kosher for Passover Italian White Wine 750 mL
Bartenura Moscato Provincia di Pavia Kosher for Passover Italian White Wine 750 mL

Kosher for Passover “Crisp and refreshing, semi sweet, with lingering pear, tangerine, nectar and melon flavors on the finish. Perfect with dessert or fresh fruit, or sipping poolside.” -the Importer

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Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Kosher for Passover California White Wine 750 mL

Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc Clarksburg Kosher for Passover California White Wine 750 mL

Ripe and fruity Chenin from California. Light body and emminently quaffable.

$7.99
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We invite you to join us at our Kosher wine tasting at the Shop on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 3-6PM.

 

 

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The hottest ticket in January: Mora’s Annual Single Malt Scotch Dinner 2018

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A glass of spirits in the oak barrel

Why attend our Scotch Dinner?

  • Taste 11 Single malt Scotches including exclusive bottlings only available at this event
  • 5 course menu paired to 7 of these scotches prepared by Chef Eric Lomando
  • Scotch expert Mike Clayton will guide us through the tasting
  • Mike is the boss so he can do what he wants and he’s bringing a bag of swag to giveaway to attendees: free bottles of Deanston and Bunnahabhain 12, golf bags, molds for ice spheres
  • many of the scotches are very limited bottlings: Tobermory 21, Ledaig 18&19, Deanston 18&20,  Bunnhabhain PX cask finish is sold out nationally and only  available to taste and purchase at this event.
  • seating is limited to 75 guests. follow this link for tickets http://www.moraswines.com/shop/Annual-Single-Malt-Scotch-Whisky-Dinner-Orto-Restaurant-Sunday-January-28th-2018.html

Weekly Wine Tasting – Week of August 11

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This week at our FREE weekly
wine sale and tasting, we bet that you
can't pick just one favorite.

Stop by the shop on Saturday from 3-6 to try them out!
From a Spanish stunner to not one, but TWO Italian sparklers, you don’t wanna miss out!If you can’t make it to our free weekly tasting, you can still snag the deals online!

 

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Mora’s Grand Tasting – #ThrowbackThursday

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It’s #ThrowbackThursday – you know, when everyone posts photos on social media of themselves when they were younger, thinner, and better looking.(Hey, no judgement, we looked a lot better in the early 90’s, too).

Today we’re throwing back to last October and our first annual Grand Tasting event at Madiran the Wine Bar! It was totally amazing – all of our favorite wine reps, delicious apps, and general merriment.And guess what? Our second one is coming up in October, and tickets are selling like hotcakes! Make sure to get yours now. 

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Weekly Wine Tasting – Week of August 4

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Olá, Amigos! At this week's weekly wine sale
and FREE tasting, we're headed to Portugal!

Stop by the shop on Saturday from 3-6
to try these Portuguese stunners!

This week, we’re featuring some of our Portuguese favorites! Starting at just $10/bottle, you don’t want to miss out. If you can’t make it to our free weekly tasting, you can still snag the deals online!

TAKE ME TO PORTUGAL! >>

Mora’s July Spirit Tasting

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Mora’s is having a FREE Monthly Spirit Tasting on July 19 from 4-7 – and you’re invited!

LAGAVULIN: This limited edition 8-year single malt Scotch whisky is a special 200th anniversary bottling – when it’s gone, it’s gone. Don’t miss out on your chance to sample its light, pleasing aroma and layered, smoky flavors!

DON JULIO ANEJO CLARO: An incredible, crystal clear Anejo tequila. It starts with a lively aroma of citrus fruit and caramel notes. The flavor is sublime: fresh honey with notes of peppercorn, lemon and tobacco. It ends with a long, clean finish!

BLADE & BOW BOURBON: Fruity but not too sweet, warm but not too toasty – this new Kentucky bourbon is one to remember. It’s aged using a unique Solera system. 

 

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Mora’s FREE Monthly Spirits Tasting! July 1

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Yeah, that’s right.
We’re daring you. 

If you’ve ever said, “Eh, I’m not really a gin person,” we DARE you to say that after trying our Monkey 47 Gin at our  FREE Monthly Spirits Tasting. This spectacular spirit is sure to convert any gin skeptics out there!

This Monkey 47 Gin is super special. A good third of its forty seven hand-picked ingredients hail from Germany’s Black Forest. Masterfully distilled, the resulting spirit is a showstopper. It has a distinctive juniper flavor, layered with elegant tones of herbs and Asian spices.

Master reviewer Robert Parker says it’s the best gin he’s ever tasted! Want to try it for yourself?

Stop by our FREE Spirits Tasting on July 1 at the shop, or snag the deals online!

Click here to see the full lineup!
Jameson Caskmates Irish Whiskey

Jameson never disappoints. This gem from the Emerald Isle is finished in stout-seasoned whiskey casks. The resulting flavor has notes of cocoa, coffee, and butterscotch – totally delicious and dessert-worthy.

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Aberlour 12-Year Single Malt Scotch

A classic single malt Scotch whiskey. It starts with a robust and aromatic nose, and has a creamy flavor with almonds and spices. With a satisfying finish, you’re not gonna want to share this one. Hide it in the cupboard when company comes over.

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Omeca Altos Plata Tequila

Rated 92 points, it’s hard to find a better tequila for your summer parties. Refreshing and citrusy, with a zingy hint of jalepenõ spice running through it – get that margarita blender ready!

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Smooth Ambler Contradiction Bourbon

American as apple pie… or bourbon. This gold medal-winning Bourbon is a unique blend of wheated bourbon and rye bourbon. The result is a delicious whiskey perfect for sipping with your pie a la mode.

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Jameson Black Barrel

Classic Jameson (would you expect any less?), but with more developed and pronounced flavors – concentrated spice, nutty tones, and hints of vanilla.

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Monkey Schwarzwald Gin

Distinct juniper flavors are layered with elegant tones of herbs and Asian spices. One of the most delicious gins on the market!

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This Father’s Day, Get Dad What He Really Wants

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This Father’s Day, Get Dad What He Really Wants. 

At our FREE Monthly Spirits Tasting on June 15 from 4-7.

“Dad, this rum is as old as you!” Well, not quite, but it is pretty old. (Just like dad! Just kidding. Don’t tell him we said that).

This is Gosling’s family reserve recipe – the ultimate sipping rum, reminiscent of a fine Scotch or cognac. Enjoy its luscious, complex flavor while enjoying dad’s company. 

These bottles are hand-packaged with care – definitely a great gift. 

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See the rest of our whiskey deals below!
Have you ever tasted a rum that’s rated a whopping NINETY SIX POINTS? Seriously, a sip of this is worth the price of admission (and in case you’ve missed it, the price of admission is FREE).

It’s hard to overstate how awesome this rum is. Dark amber with a medium body, it’s not a rough-and-tumble pirate rum – quite the opposite! We love its smooth, round taste and elegant finish.

And it’s on sale for under $20? Seriously. Best Father’s Day gift ever. 

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Jefferson’s is great for the dad who’s a bourbon enthusiast but also for the dad who’s just getting into bourbon (what’s taken him so long?!).

For this whiskey, Jefferson’s takes four straight bourbons of different ages and marries them together, meaning layers and layers of delicious flavors.

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How to become dad’s favorite kid: get him a bourbon that was AGED ON A BOAT. You can’t get a cooler gift than that. 

Jefferson’s Ocean Bourbon is packed into barrels, brought onto a ship, and rocked gently by the waves as it travels five continents.

This dark, rich, and complex whiskey sells out quickly – we’re lucky to have a few bottles, so snag yours now!

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This elegant Irish whiskey is a great gift for the dad who wants to try something different.

With clean, bright citrus on the nose, it has malty, vanilla flavors. Well-balanced and slightly sweet, it’s a kinder, gentler Irish whiskey. 

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Weekly Wine Tasting – Week of June 2

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What do Joan Jett and this week’s wine tasting have in common? CHERRY BOMB! At Mora’s FREE Weekly Wine Tasting, Saturday 5/27 from 3-6 PM, we’re featuring a selection of great summer wines, including a fresh rosé that’s bursting with ripe summer cherry flavors.

This week at our free weekly tasting, we’re featuring an awesome selection of summer wines, most of which are under $20.From that cherry-packed rosé to a bright Chardonnay, to a pure Pinot Noir, you can’t miss out!

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!

Rojac Istra Refosk

With strong acidity and an elegant finish, this Slovenian wine is a gem that you can’t miss out on. On sale for under $16!

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Indie Rosato Rosé WineThis cherry-packed rosé screams “summer.” With juicy fruit flavors and a crisp, refreshing finish, you’ll want a case to last you through Labor Day. 

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Next up is the Pip Sonoma Coast. This bright and lively white has been described as the “perfect Chardonnay” by reviewers. It’s slightly oaky, with an emphasis on acidity and freshness. On sale for under $16 this week! SHOP NOW >>

Tenuta La Favola FravolatoThis Sicilian wine is exquisitely crafted and perfectly balanced. On sale for $17, it’s a great one to try out!

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Bourgogne Pinot NoirThis delicious and pure Pinot Noir is aged in concrete for 8 months. Its winemaker applies organic and biodynamic wine principles to his wines, making for an eco-friendly offering.

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As an on-theme bonus for this week, enjoy this vintage video of Joan Jett & the Blackhearts playing “Cherry Bomb!” They don’t make ’em like they used to!