Introduced in the United States in the early 1980s, Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur immediately developed a loyal following with mixologists and consumers alike. Nothing quite like it had ever appeared on American backbars. Its brilliant hazelnut flavor and generous bouquet quickly became featured attractions in scores of contemporary classics. Legend has it that at turn of the 17th century an Italian cleric named Friar (Fra.) Angelico created a sweetened elixir out of brandy and wild hazelnuts. Its recipe was handed down for generations until it eventually became the foundation of the now indispensable liqueur. Today Frangelico is made in the Piedmont region of Italy. Its complex and one of a kind character is produced by infusing brandy with a combination of natural flavor extracts that include hazelnuts, cocoa, coffee, vanilla. The liqueur is repeatedly filtered for purity, sweetened and bottled at 48 proof.
The reasons for Frangelico's tremendous success are perfectly evident. The liqueur has an appealing amber hue and a supple, lightweight body. Its generous bouquet is perhaps the most seductive in the business, a wafting affair of vanilla, honey and roasted nuts. The bakery fresh aromas expertly prepare the palate for the waves of chocolate, spicy herbs and toasted hazelnuts. The flavorful finish is warm and relaxed.
Vajra's Langhe Nebbiolo is a pure expression of the grape variety. The grapes come from Barolo vineyards like Bricco delle Viole and Fossati but are under 20 years in age. It's not meant to be a 'little Barolo' but a picture of what the variety is without much winemaking in the way. Vinified in stainless steel and only a small percentage will be aged in wood in powerful vintages. This is a racy and delicious Nebbiolo that showcases the ethereal side of Nebbiolo, the floral and spicy cherry, but also the tannin and power that you love. -Winemaker's Notes
Crafted in Finland using top quality soapstone, Glacier Rocks are a great way to cool your favorite drinks! Unlike ice cubes, they gently cool your drink without diluting them. Made from "soft" stone, these rocks won't scratch glassware. They are also inert so they won't affect the flavor of any drink.
We source the highest quality, hand-picked wheat from the Champagne region of France; the result is in an ultra-premium spirit of unsurpassed character. This spirit then undergoes a series of filtrations and is blended with pure Icelandic water, which has a very low mineral content and high alkaline level; ensuring Helix Vodka a clean, crisp taste. -Distiller's Notes
Michel Nartz is a family-run winery established in the medieval, picturesque commune of Dambach-la-Ville. Today, Gaby & Michel Nartz have decided to bequeath the wine-making to their daughter, Laurence Nartz, and to focus only on the vineyards and their charming 16th century bed and breakfast. Dry in body, your nose will immediately find white flowers, lemon, and peach while the palate has intoxicating flavors of citrus, Rome apple, and a comb of beeswax. Pair this dry guy with sushi, seared scallops, or Pad Thai.
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.
Soft gold in color, this Rye bears aromas of light spices and pepper mixed with a slight fruitiness. The body is big and full and the palate shows a great balance of delicate rye qualities: spring flowers, nutmeg, cinnamon and deep, dark fruits. The finish is crisp and clean, with a burst of sweetness. This is a good example of a straight rye whiskey. Sip it from a shot glass, drink it on ice, and definitely try this one with ginger ale- they were made for one another!
Trapani Province, Sicily, Italy
85% Nero d’Avola, 10% Nerello Mascalese & 5% Frappato
"Ciao il mio nome è Piove." A beautiful wine made in the classic "Cerasuolo", or "Cherry", style. As one may presume, your nose will discover cherries, lavender, and tobacco, while on the tongue flavors of raspberry, plum, and cardamon carry a tuft of soft tannins. Pair this wine with braised oxtails, beef short ribs, or Shiitake risotto.
Petite Sirah grapes are one of the prettiest fruits to look at; the clusters are big and the grapes are big, and the flavor is big — and that is what Petite Sirah is all about. This wine is luscious, juicy and full of life. It is the perfect food wine. Pair it with something substantial; no delicate fish for this one! -Importer's Notes