Thursday, August 18, 2016

Please join us on Saturday August 20th for a tasting of Broken Shed Vodka from 4-7pm


Broken Shed Vodka
750ml $32.99
Broken shed vodka is a premium vodka made from new Zealand. It is naturally smooth with no sugar or chemicals added. This vodka is made up of 60% water, which comes from the springs of the Southern Alps! The other 40% comes from the highest quality distilled spirit - which is Whey.Or in other terms - Milk honey!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Leblon Cachaça Tasting Saturday Aug 13th, 4-7pm

Leblon Cachaça $27.99
Starts out sweet, like the rum, and then explodes into a whole bouquet of...something. A bit smoky, a bit vegetal - it doesn't taste quite like tequila, but it's got that little extra something that makes tequila not quite as well-behaved as the other liquors. It's rich, robust, and unabashed. Like rum, but...bigger

Ingredients in The Leblon Caipirinha Cocktail:
2 tsp Sugar
half Lime, cut in wedges
2 oz Leblon Cachaça

1 Lime wheel

How to make The Leblon Caipirinha Cocktail:
In a shaker, muddle the lime and sugar or simple syrup.
Fill with ice and add the cachaça.
Shake vigorously and pour (unstrained) into a rocks glass.
Garnish with a lime wheel.

Weekly Wine Tasting - Saturday August 13th 2016 1-4pm

Weekly Wine Tasting
Saturday, August 13th 1-4pm
With Peter Ravetto of
Quintessential Wines

New Age White N.V $10.99
New Age White is a light yellow-green colored wine, with fruity and floral aromas of great intensity.  Balanced acidity leads to soft, semi-sweet and slightly effervescent flavors and mouth feel. It is an extremely refreshing, vivacious and sensual wine.

Real Compania Garnacha 2015 $9.99
This Garnacha is very elegant and complex, with an aromatic intensity that includes a wide variety of fruit (cherries, strawberries and raspberries are most prominent). The nose follows through to the palate, which is redolent of fresh fruit, soft and elegant, with a long, fruity finish.

Leda Truffle Hunter Barbera 2014 $10.99

Ruby red in color, this Barbera shows ample red fruit on the nose. It has silky tannins that give it a smooth mouthfeel. This “easy-to-drink” wine has a freshness and approachability that makes it a great wine for even the casual wine consumer.

Elsa Bianchi Malbec 2015 $10.99
This Malbec is red-violet in color, with aromas of plums and black cherries and a subtle, smoky scent. The beauty of Malbec in Argentina is its ability to combine a rich, weighty mouth-feel with a soft silkiness normally associated with lighter wines. Elsa Malbec takes the promise of the nose through to the palate, with dark fruits that mimics the aroma. The soft, supple palate and smooth tannins lead to a round and harmonious finish.

Beer Tasting - Friday August 12th from 4-7pm

Friday Night Beer Tasting
from 4-7pm
with Peter from
Thomas Hooker

Hop Meadow IPA 6pBTL $9.29
A blend of cascade, centennial and simcoe hops give this beer a citrus aroma and piney finish. Balanced but complex. Refreshing!

Defiance IPL 4pBTL $9.29
Defying conventional wisdom, this brew possesses the robust hop character of an India Pale Ale but finishes like a lager. Bursting with Citra hops, this beer is the best of both worlds.

Honey Berry 6pBTL $9.29
An ale brewed with the happy duo of sweet Connecticut honey and natural berry flavors.

Dopplebock 4pBTL $9.29
Hopped with German and Czech hops and fermented with Bavarian lager yeast, this traditional doppelbock blends an extensive amount of select dark malts to achieve its rich and creamy character. A malt lovers dream!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Wine Tasting - Saturday August 6th 2016 1-4pm

Weekly Wine Tasting
Saturday, August 6th
With Christopher Lawther of
Hartley & Parker
Select Brands

Principe Pallavicini Poggio Verde Frascati Superiore 2015 $14.99
Bright, brilliant straw yellow. Broad and intense nose with notes of blossoms and tropical fruit. Full, soft palate with lingering aftertaste.

Montonale Lugana 2015 $19.99
Great easy drinking white, good citrus notes and slight minerality on the nose. Palate was ripe orange citrus with slight white peach and light pineapple. Medium plus acid, medium body and long finish.

Terredora Dipaolo Rosato 2015 $14.99
Bright salmon pink in the glass, Terredora Dipaolo’s Rosaenovae projects earthy, dusty aromas of red currants, fennel and cherry skin. Fresh on the palate, notes of ripe figs mingle with oranges, dried herbs and a dusty soil expression. This wine alternates waves of licorice-tinged fig and plum fruit, spicy volcanic minerals, cinnamon and dried rose petals. The structure of the wine ensures that it will be delicious for late summer enjoyment and will easily carry you through the coming year.

Produtorri Del Barbaresco Barbaresco 2012 $ 34.99

A graceful and detailed red, marked by ripe cherry, strawberry, floral and tar flavors, with the fruit intensity persisting on the finish, showing excellent length. This is well-integrated and just needs time for the tannins to soften. Best from 2018 through 2030. WS-93pts
Friday Tasting
Scott Valley From

Charter Oak Brewing

Brown Ale 6pkbtl $10.29
The 1687 Brown Ale pours a rich dense brown shade with a faint citrus aroma. This brewery uses both malted and roasted barley in this beer for a total of seven types of barley which allow for a wonderfully complex taste, yet well balanced.  Of particular surprise is just how clean this beer finishes, leaving no residual on the tongue. Interestingly enough, the 1687 Brown Ale also enjoys a very light mouth feel and at 5.5% ABV it enjoys a year round spot at the bar.

Pale Ale 6pkbtl $9.99
The Royal Charter Pale Ale beer enjoys a citrus nose and is designed to be a sessionable beer. The beer starts off a well-balanced ale with plenty of malt backbone and the hops become 'alive' on the back end.  Unlike the typical west coast styles, the intensity of this full flavored hop does not become any more robust with each sip or pint, but rather remains stable.

IPA 6pkbtl $10.29

Charter Oak's IPA pours with a full head of foam and a rich amber shade. As you bring your glass up to your mouth, one can not help but enjoy the aroma of the citrus, floral, and piney from our fresh, finishing hops. Indeed, a familiar nose for most American west coast India Pale styles. Once the liquid reaches your tongue, the hops are loud and clear and as this IPA reaches the back of your palate, the hops only become more flavorful and intense.

Variety 12pkbtl $18.99

Beer Tasting - Thursday August 4th from 4-7pm

Thursday's Tasting
Dean from
Boulevard Brewing Co.

Tank 7 - 750ml $9.49/ 4pkBTL $10.99
A straw colored, light to medium bodied beer with an earthy, spicy, grapefruit aroma and flavor, a soft, sweet malt flavor and a prominent hop bitterness.

Tell Tale Tart 4pkBTL $10.99
The subtle acidity of Tell-Tale Tart is answered by a soft, biscuity malt character, making this a sour ale that suggests, rather than announcing its tartness. Beginning with a bracing sharpness at first sip, the ale mellows on the palate to a smooth and faintly lingering finish.

The Calling IPA 4pkBTL $10.99

The Calling is an undeniable IPA. It's also our most heavily hopped beer ever, bursting forth with unmistakable tropical fruit and pine hop aromas and flavor supported with a slightly sweet malt character, tapering to a crisp, dry finish.

35 years of Paella tradition celebrated

      Doing a traditional paella makes the meal an all day affair, but one that the entire family pitches in to help out with. Some go shopping for the produce and seafood, others set to chopping wood for the fire. This year I was given one of the most crucial tasks: supplying the wine. The actual cooking is all done on an open fire started several hours beforehand to get a bed of coals laid to ensure a proper cooking temperature.

    Creation of the paella itself has always been the responsibility of my uncle. When following his method, there are absolutely no cut corners. He even makes the broth from scratch that same morning! Two copper pans were placed on metal tripods (specifically built for my uncle for this purpose), and rice and stock were added. As the rice begins to cook, two people circle around the pans gently placing clams, mussels, lobster, shrimp, chorizo and chicken into the pans. Before long the pans begin to look like a mosaic of shellfish, with everything arranged to not only taste good, but look good as well. In a family where everyone thinks themselves a great cook, no party is complete without lighthearted teasing, and calls ring out from the deck to the firepit, reminding the cooks that the family would like to eat sometime before midnight.

    Ordinarily Italian wine takes precedence at a family meal, but in keeping with the theme of the day, Spanish rosés covered the table, and before the paella even came together in the pan, wine began to flow freely. On a sunny day with the temperature reaching the 90s, some cold rosé was needed, especially to those of us manning the fire!  

    By the time the cooking is done, darkness has begun to fall and rosé is flowing. With great ceremony, the two massive pans are set on the table, columns of steam wafting up from the rice. We open bottles of txakolina, the crisp, wonderfully effervescent Basque wine that goes down perfectly on a hot night and toast to my uncle, to each other, and to the day. Plates are loaded up and everyone digs in. It is, as it has been every year since i can remember, a delicious success.

  No one is quite sure of how the tradition of the annual paella party came into being, but for the past 35 years it has been a highlight of my family's summer.

- John Maggi
Harry's wine staff
(He's the tall good looking kid with the glasses)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wine Tasting - Saturday July 30th 2016 1-4pm

Weekly Wine Tasting:
Saturday, July 30th With 

Todd Umbach
V2 Wine Group Vice President of sales East Division

Dry Creek Vineyards

Chenin Blanc 2015 $16.99

At first swirl, aromatics of white pear, pineapple and banana spring forward from the glass. On the palate, the wine is refreshing with flavors of ripe tangerine and peaches. The mouthfeel is lively, but rich and has a subtle creaminess.

Sauvignon Blanc 2015 $16.99

On the nose, This wine presents aromas of honeydew melon, ripe pear and some floral notes. On the palate, flavors of Meyer lemons, tangerines and mineral notes come through with a slightly creamy, but lively finish.

Zinfandel 2014 $24.99

This vintage presents enticing aromatics of raspberries, cranberries and a hint of toast and pepper nuances. On the palate, you’ll experience flavors of black cherry, cranberry and spicy dark chocolate. The wine is complex, but does not burden the palate with too much of any single character - everything is in balance and carries the right amount of finesse. The tannins are silky and smooth with refined notes that please the senses.

Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 $24.99
The 2012 vintage is a true standout. This impeccable wine displays wonderful aromatics of cherry, black currant and black olive notes. Additional airing reveals dried floral, allspice and hints of nutmeg and juniper. The palate is full-bodied and fleshy with excellent tannin and structure. The wine is silky and smooth with superb balance - something we work tirelessly to achieve. The finish lingers on showing great texture and charm.