Willamette Valley, Oregon
A biodynamic treasure from the Willamette Valley, Montinore has created a luxurious Pinot Noir without too much interference. Pour and aerate to get aromas of ripe cherries and fragrant rose petals. The palate consists of juicy pomegranate, wild strawberries and baked allspice. Drink this Pinot Noir with coq au vin, sage and honey basted quail or a roasted pork with a cranberry glaze.
(Organic & Biodynamic)
Cannonau (Grenache, Garnacha)
In a region dominated by co-op's, Mora e Memo stand outs for its sensitive farming and modern technology. Heady aromas of dried flowers and red berry awaken the senses of this island wine blown by the wind and kissed by the sun and sea.The palate offers balance and elegance with herbaceous fruit tones of black berry, plum, cassis and ground coffee beans polished with soft tannins. Go Mediterranean and pair with fiore sardo cheese, lamb ragu over pasta or any meat cooked over an open flame which is an art form in Sardinia.
Old Grand-Dad has been around forever for a reason. This is the kind of stuff your own grand-dad would have exclaimed, "That'll put hair on your chest!" as you took your first drink. Big and brawny, this bourbon is not for those of faint heart. It gives you a strong whiff of heat with orange peels, cinnamon and clove spices, leather and roasted nuts. It's got a big bite and a nice heft to its body with creamy toffee sweetness combining with rye spiciness for a long warm finish.
Let this air out in your glass for a while or add a little water to soften it up. At 100 proof, this is a perfect bourbon to use for different winter-time cocktails like the Hot Toddy or a Spiked Apple Cider.
***Bottled In Bond means that this bottle of bourbon follows federally regulated production methods. (Hooray for Government sanctioned booze!) That means the whiskey must be the product of one distillation season made by a single distillery. It also must be aged in a federally bonded warehouse under US government supervision for at least 4 years and must be bottled at 100 proof (50% alcohol by volume). And finally, the product's label must identify the distillery where it was made and bottled.
Among the native wildflowers found in the Alps are the Queen Charlotte and March Violets. Elegant in its simplicity, this authentic Crème de Violette captures their fragrance, vibrant colors, and taste. Enjoy this liqueur in classic cocktails such as the Blue Moon or Aviation, or as an ingredient in continental cuisine. -Importer's Notes
Etna Rosso, Sicily, Italy
Nerello Mascalese & Nerello Cappuccio
Grown in the volcanic soil of the Etna valley, Etna Rosso is macerated until fermentation naturally finishes then aged in oak barrels for a year. Needless to say a great amount of time and care goes into this wine and it shows year after year. Perfectly ripe red fruit and a garnish of spice shine on the palate balanced with appropriate acidity, smokey minerality and soft tannins on the finish. This wine pairs perfectly with tomato based dishes. So whenever you open a bottle think margherita pizza, tomato basil bisque, even a fine ragu.
In 1997, the former geophysicist, Tito Beveridge, opened the first legal distillery in Texas outside of Austin and began producing Tito's Handmade Vodka in pot stills he builds himself from his own design. Beveridge is one of a growing cadre of American distillers handcrafting world-class vodkas using artisan techniques and micro-distilling technology. While distilling in small batches requires that he invest considerably more time and effort, it affords Beveridge greater control over the process.
There are scores of variables that directly affect the character and taste of a vodka. For example, Tito's Handmade Vodka is made entirely from high-grade corn. But like other commodities used in distillation—grapes and barley malt to sugar cane and blue agave—the quality of corn is subject to such factors as soil composition, the balance between sunny and cloudy days, and the amount of rainfall at the beginning versus the end of the growing season. Change necessitates that Beveridge remain intimately involved in every step of production. He personally examines the grain, tests the water and assesses each batch as it ferments. Beveridge builds his own stills so they can't be replicated by others.
When you get a bottle of Tito's Homemade Vodka, trust that it couldn't be made by anyone else on the planet. Fortunately for mankind, Beveridge has a firm grasp of the tiller. His luxurious, character-laden vodka has a medium-weight, satiny-textured body and a crisp refreshing aroma. Its initial entry is pleasantly warm without a trace of harshness or excess heat before it gradually fades into a slightly sweet finish.
Tozai 'Living Jewel' Sake is produced in Kyoto's ancient brewing town of Fushimi, known for its abundant supply of pure, pristine, and soft water from many of the nearby mountains. The label image represents a Japanese "koi" whose vibrant colors and shimmering scales have earned them the moniker "living jewels." Aromas of white grape, anise, and a hint of sweet rice are quite complex in this Sake. The same flavors come rushing through the medium-bodied palate which has a slightly creamy texture followed by a hint of white pepper and fresh herbal notes. The long, clean finish makes this a great sipping sake as well as a companion to baked herbed salmon, grilled lobster, and light poultry dishes. -Distiller's Notes