Three New Apéritifs

Cardamaro Amaro

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From Piemonte, producer Giovanni Bosca uses wine from his estate as the base for this amaro. He then infuses the wine with two very curious ingredients — cardoon, which is a relative of the artichoke, and Blessed Thistle. The resulting spirit is less bitter than many amari, with a smooth, nutty, candied winter spice quality to it.

 

Cocchi Barolo Chinato

 

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A glass of Cocchi’s Barolo chinato is not a vinous experience you’re likely to soon forget! In addition to quinine bark, rhubarb, gentian and a final addition of somewhat secreted spices, including cardamom seed, are added to this pleasantly bitter tipple, which ranks up there with Fernet Branca as the world’s best digestivo.

Bonal Gentiane-Quina

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Bonal Gentiane-Quina, once nicknamed “ouvre l’appetit” (the key to the appetite), is a delicious aperitif wine that has been in production since 1865. It is made by infusing gentian root, herbs from the Grande Chartreuse mountains, and cinchona (quinine), in a Mistelle base, producing a wine that is known for its complexity. It is traditionally enjoyed neat, on ice with a twist, or in many classic mixed drinks.

Spirits Department Update 2/23/11

Pinnacle Whipped Vodka  now in 1.75L bottles!

Attention all fans of Pinnacle Whipped Vodka, this great item now comes in large 1.75L bottles. Perfect for your next party or get-together, Pinnacle Whipped sure does the trick!

 

Also, for all you Irish Whiskey fans out there we got our hands on a new (to Lukas) Whiskey called the Irishman Original Clan.

Rich amber color. Finishes sweet with a remarkable smoothness and style that makes this an instant Irish classic.

  • 70% Irish Malt Whiskey
  • Unique old Irish Pot Still blend
  • Triple Distilled
  • Matured in American Bourbon Casks
  • Distilled & Blended in Ireland

Also coming soon, we will carry the CASK STRENGTH EDITION!

Coming Soon in Spirits

  • Burnett’s Orange Cream Vodka
  • Burnett’s Limeade Vodka
  • Revel Stoke Whiskey

 

Wine Hits of the Weekend!!! Feb 19th

Thank you to all that came out Saturday, and helped put these products on the Hits of the Weekend List.  This weeks winners are as follows:

1st Place: Excelsior Cabernet Sauvignon ($7.99)

2nd Place: Raymond Collection Field Blend ($10.99)

3rd Place: Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc ($8.99)

4th Place:Line 39 Petite Sirah ($8.99)

5th Place: Frank Family Zinfandel ($24.99)

Yummy!!!  We had such a great line up this week we hope you enjoyed it.  Please let us know what you thought and if you have any suggestions.

 

It’s Raining Beer!!!

It truly is a glorious sunny day today, and what better way to celebrate then with a BEER. We are excited to announce that we received 12 great NEW BEERS today! Some of them are rare finds while others are just exciting, tasty, and different. Come on down and pick a few out before they are gone.


From Left to Right:
Mikkeller It’s Alive – Belgian Wild Ale – RateBeer: 97 – BeerAdvocate: B+ – It’s Alive! is Mikkellers answer and tribute to the trappist beer Orval. It’s Alive is an easy-to-drink beer, with a lot of hops. The color is amber, the foam is high, white and dense. The potent Brettanomyces culture makes It’s Alive continue to develop in the bottle.
Emelisse Barleywine – BeerAdvocate: B- – A barleywine on the lighter side. This barleywine is a nice introduction for those not looking to push their palate too far. Best served slightly chilled. At over 10% Alc. expect sweetness upfront with a bitter finish.
Tournay Black – Foreign Stout – RateBeer: 91 – BeerAdvocate: B+ – Tournay Black is a beer, refermented in the bottle, with an alcohol content of 7,6%. It contains only natural ingredients: water, four malts, two hops, yeast and sugar. We select special malts and very traditional hops to give it a powerful, long flavour in the mouth and a quite a strong hint of bitterness. This is a beer that will really appeal to Stout lovers!!
Mikkeller Black – Imperial Stout – RateBeer: 97 – BeerAdvocate: B+ – The strongest beer in Scandinavia. This imperial stout is the craziest, wildest, strongest beer from Mikkeller to this date. Not for sissies…….! Sample it fresh or store it for many meny years to come!
Tournay Blond – Belgian Tripel – RateBeer: 86 – Beeradvocate: B+ – Tournay is a golden white beer with 6.7% alcohol content. It is refermented in the bottle and made from only natural ingredients: water, two malts, four hops, yeast and a little sugar for the fermentation in the bottle. Unfiltered and unpasteurised. Tournay is a very well-balanced beer, the flower hops used during the brew giving it a slightly dry, bitter aftertaste.
Haandbryggeriet Haandbakk – Norwegian Sour Ale – RateBeer: 99 – BeerAdvocate: A- – The first wild yeast-fermented beer brewed in Norway for over 100 years. Aged in oak barrels for 2 years.
Tournay Saison Cazeau – RateBeer: 83 – BeerAdvocate: B+ – Saison Cazeau is a light white beer, refermented in the bottle, with 5% alcohol content. As well as the Pilsen malt and two hops which give it a really nice bitter flavour, Saison is laced with elderflowers which make it really refreshing. The elderflower only blooms for three weeks, which means that production of our Saison is very time-limited.
Emelisse Espresso Stout – RateBeer: 96 – BeerAdvocate: B – The Emelisse Espresso Stout is enhanced by a blend of fine Italian espresso beans used in the brewing process. It boasts a blend of 90% Arabica and 10% Robusta, which combine to give the Emelisse Espresso Stout an extra spicy, full-bodied palate.
Amager Batch One – Danish Barleywine – RateBeer: 97 – BeerAdvocate: B+ – With this special brew, Batch One, we dared to experiment with combining our usual devotion to a solid malt profile with the addition of American aroma hops. Batch One is an American-inspired Ale characterized by its vast, full body and generous use of hops. In the glass, it has a reddish-brown colour with a coppery glow, and a beige-coloured head leaves a nice lacing behind. For this brew we have chosen to only use the noble Simcoe hop, both for boiling and the following dry-hopping. The hops give the beer its fresh citrus-like character and impart a solid bitterness to balance the sweet caramel malt.
Het Alternatief Bitter Truth – Belgian IPA – RateBeer: 89 – BeerAdvocate: B+ – This is a far hoppier beer than the smell would imply. Creamy mouthfeel with a proper level of carbonation. Good aftertaste but it is not as bitter as most DIPA’s. It also doesn’t linger as long.
Fantome BBB Dark White – RateBeer: 95 – BeerAdvocate: A- – This brew pours a hazy copper/orange color with a soft beige head. It smells sweet with a bit of tart and spicy malty aromas. The taste is balanced with peppery seasoned flavors as well as malt and hops. Dark fruits like cherry and fig are present and a little bit of must comes through. The sweeter flavors linger in the end. It’s medium in body and quite tasty and drinkable.
Saint Somewhere Pays Du Soleil – Saison – RateBeer: 91 – BeerAdvocate: B+ – Brewed with Palmetto berries and whole Hibiscus flowers. House saison yeast strain along with a dose of wild yeast at bottling add to the complexity.

New Wine Items Hit Lukas!!!

 

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R Collection field blend: This full bodied blend of Cabernet sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel is a new Lukas favorite.  The raspberry, cherry and blueberry aee sure to please any palate.

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Line 39 Petite Sirah:  If you are a fan of bogle wait until you try this.  This North Coast California wine is grown on the 39th parallel which gives the wine a zesty mix of cherries and tannins with a smooth finish of oak and tobacco.

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Budini Chardonnay: This wines motto is “Built upon dreams of individuals not institutions”. A portion of each bottle of this well balance wine is donated to the Dominio del Plata Scholorship foundation helping Argentina winery workers receive a great education.  If you are looking for something new and you like a simply oaked chardonnay with a smith buttery finish, then this is the newest wine for you.

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Line 39 Sauvignon Blanc: Do you like a clean well balanced Sauvignon Blanc? Discover Lake County fruit, with full flavors like lemon and orange chris this is sure to be a new favorite.

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Castillo de Monseran Garnacha: Are you looking for a new jammy wine that is a steal? Check this new addition out from Spain.  This new Garnacha will blow you mind not only because of the awesome flavors but the great price.

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Punkt Genau Sparkling Gruner Veltliner: If you are looking to try something new but you don’t want the same old sparkling, try this. The taste of freshly pelted apples, exotic fruits and a super long finish makes anything a reason to celebrate.

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Gustav Lorentz Riesling: Since this is a riesling from Alsasce it will be much dryer than the usual German riesling.  If you would like to try an amazing dry wine with great balance and acidity this is a must have.

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Forefront Cabernet Sauvignon: This wine produced by Pine Ridge Vineyards is the newest addition to our extensive Cabernet collection.  With a unique pairing of Cabernet and Syrah, this bottle is full bodied and juicy, showing beautiful blackberry and cassis flavors with hints of toasty oak.imageAstoria Lounge Prosecco:  Whether attending a trendy social gathering, dining our just relaxing this bottle is for you.  The soft bubbles release aromas of bright citrus fruit with a silky texture on thr palate.

If you have any other questions about any of the products mentioned or otherwise please stop by or give us a call.  Our well versed Wine department would love to help you.

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