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.
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.
Grand Marnier is a cognac based liqueur flavoured with orange peel. The closely guarded family recipe of Grand Marnier combines top-quality Cognacs that have been oaked up to 10 years with the essence of wild tropical oranges. After aging, blending and a final maturation in oak casks, the smooth amber liqueur has perfected its mellowness and complexity. Well known as a stylish drinking experience, served in a snifter or on the rocks, it’s also used to enliven premium cocktails, everything from margaritas to cosmopolitans and many more.
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
El Dorado County, California
This new bottling is from a vineyard site on old, deep volcanic soils and an elevation of 2900’. Tightly spaced, head trained vines planted on an old apple orchard just east of Placerville. Whole cluster fermented and aged in a combination of puncheons and tanks. Bottled unfined and unfiltered with a mere 20ppm of sulfites.
The aromatic character of this wine shows what are, for me, classic El Dorado County Mourvèdre plum & citrus peel aromas. There’s a note of freshly tilled soil in there as well, common from these volcanic soils. Plum skin flavors, savory, thyme, mushroom, black tea and a bright acidity. Everything wraps up in a long finish with fine tannins. Suitable for a wide variety of meals. A worthy addition to our line up, and a more flamboyant cousin to our Cedarville bottling. -Winemaker's Notes
An aperitif with a smooth and full-fruity taste with a more tannic mouthfeel.
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.
Bugey, Savoy, France
Gamay & Poulsard
2016 marked the last of the drought years and like last year, overall quantity was down, but that naturally pushed the quality level up significantly. Low yields generally help to produce wines of impressive depth and concentration. As with years past, we sourced Chardonnay from marine influenced areas up and down the California coastline where the cool influence of the Pacific Ocean moderates warmer temperatures for optimal growing conditions.
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