My name is Hadley Douglas and I went three weeks without drinking before I just couldn’t take it any more. My doctor told me the occasional cheat day on alcohol was necessary for mind and spirit, so this past Sunday I gloriously partook in a Bantam Rojo.
This doesn’t actually count as a new inventory item for us, but it is a new obsession for me. It’s Bantam’s local apple cider, aged with sour cherries and pink peppercorns. I get it – on first glance that sounds a little gross. But it was love at second sip (not the first because the first sip was so unexpected that I wasn’t sure what was going on). Light and refreshing, it was tart but sweet but dry but fruity but spicy – doesn’t that make total sense? Haven’t you missed my tasting notes soooo much? I had it at brunch and it was perfect.
Other actual new inventory items include a reload of Charles Smiths’ high end selections. We’ve backed off from Charles’ lower end wines because now you can find them everywhere, but we’re still big believers in his high end collection. The guy makes some killer wine, and it’s strikes just the right line between making you think about every sip, while also being surprisingly quaffable. From left to right these are:
- 2009 K Vintners “The Hidden” Syrah $87
- 2011 K Vintners “Motor City Kitty” Syrah $43
- 2011 K Vintners “The Boy” Grenache/Mourvedre $57
- 2009 K Vintners “Stoneridge Vineyard” Cabernet Sauvignon $52
On the opposite side of the price spectrum, we’re loving the newly arrived 2012 Dona Silvina “Fresh” Malbec for $17. It’s unique because it sees no oak aging and is meant to be enjoyed young, like right this very second. The wine shows lots of notes of violet and is an intense bright purple, hence the lovely label.
Exciting beer stuff this week includes Lost Abbey “Deliverance” American Strong Ale, Allagash “Hugh Malone” Belgian Style IPA 2013, Uinta Brewing “Oak Jacked” Imperial Pumpkin Aged in Oak, and Founders Brewing “All Day” IPA 12-pack cans. Don’t forget that we are fully-loaded on all sorts of unique pumpkins and fun Oktoberfests. There is no excuse to have something boring in your hand while watching football this weekend!
There are lots of great tastings this weekend too. Of particular note is tonight’s UGCH tasting with the Bread & Butter wines you all have been loving and lots of Bourbon, and Friday’s UGSE tasting with Jerry from The Wine Pro who will be opening….SEA SMOKE. Yes, you read that right. Scholium Project wines last Monday, Sea Smoke this Friday. This has been a pretty baller week.