Everything Wine And More

Jeramy Torrance
May 13, 2013 | Jeramy Torrance

Time To Start Thinking About Summer Sippers

 After a long anticipated wait, the sun has finally broken through the clouds and made all of the dreadful snow disappear. In commemoration of this joyous occasion, I would like to talk about some summer sippers! It may be a little early to call it Summer yet, but that does not mean you can’t break out the lawn chairs and enjoy a drink or two with friends. To deviate slightly from the last entry, I would like to talk not only about wine but about beer and spirits as well.

Starborough Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand ($13.99)

So you came to visit Everything Wine and More, you approach the back of the store and find yourself staring at a bright green mountain of wine. The reason we have a mountain of it is because we grabbed as much as we could. This astoundingly crisp Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect representation of what makes the New Zealand style popular in North America. The best way to enjoy this wine is with a bucket of ice (to keep it cool, not to put into the wine), a handful of close friends, and a beautiful afternoon. The wine is grassy and clean, with bright acidity and a citrusy finish. We usually have a bottle open during our sale events, so I would strongly recommend you come down next sale weekend and give this one a try.

Bulldog Gin – London ($38.29)

When it comes to cocktails, I am absolutely in love with the Gin and Tonic. I have my favorite places to go grab one and I have my own personal recipe for making them at home. Your supermarket tonic water does not vary much by brand; it’s a bubbly clear liquid that tastes awesome when mixed. Selecting a good Gin, however, can be a daunting task. One can always fall back on the Bombay Sapphire or Tanqueray, but life is all about choices so why not try something new? This gin smells refreshing, like cut cucumbers and when you pour it into the glass it shines like liquid diamonds. It makes a very distinct and unique G&T, and I strongly recommend it.

Now for my recipe to make the best G&T: Start with 3 large ice cubes in a highball glass, pour in 1.5 oz. of Gin, fill to half an inch below the rim with tonic water. Now garnish the drink with a lime. Before drinking, try rimming the glass with the lime, squeezing the fruit into the drink and dropping the wedge into the glass then give it a quick stir (I normally just use a finger or a straw). Now drink like an adult, no straws allowed.

Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc – Alsace, France (6pack bottles for $12.99)

As I said before, it’s getting to be patio time. Personally, that means it is time for beers with friends. I adore this wheat beer for its refreshing and fruity qualities. The town the beer is produced in sits near the border of France and Germany, so I always like to joke that it is German beer inside a French bottle. The flavor is well-rounded with citrus on the nose and the palate. I would drink it anytime, anywhere; with or without food. It is reasonably priced for the quality, considering some German and Belgian six-packs can boast a 17+ price tag.

That brings an end to my second installment. If you have any thoughts on what you read, leave a comment to let me know what you think. Also, don’t forget to come visit me in store sometime. As much as I can write about wine, I have a lot more to say than what you find here. I love talking to people about wine, spirits, and beer so come have a chat with me!

Time Posted: May 13, 2013 at 10:10 AM
Jeramy Torrance
May 2, 2013 | Jeramy Torrance

Good Wine Doesn't Have To Be Expensive

I started my adventure into the world of wine back in August of 2012. Since then I have gone from never thinking to touch the stuff to now searching for various bottles to suit different occasions. As a newbie wine drinker and buyer, I understand the difficulty that comes with trying to purchase a new wine. Without knowing exactly what is in the bottle, how can you be confident that what you are purchasing will be to your liking? Now imagine that scenario, walking into a store with 1500 bottles staring back at you.

I would like to make the task of buying a new wine easier by lending my experience to instill confidence in your purchase. If you are anything like me, you find it hard to justify spending a lot of money on a bottle of wine, but some people would like to think that cheap prices mean cheap wines. I am going to go through a list of great value wines that I have discovered and would like to share with the world.

Beso de Vino Selecction Syrah/Garnacha – Spain $11.99

If you have ever visited our store and spoke to me in person, there is a high probability that you have heard me say this is the best $12 wine you can buy. To this day I still hold that belief, as this wine continues to delight everyone I recommend it to. A blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Garnacha, this wine has a lovely smell of blueberries and black cherries. The finish is soft with no harsh edges, perfect for a quiet get together with friends and family.

Trivento Mixtus Malbec/Shiraz – Argentina $9.99

Throughout the store we boast a large selection of wines at the 9.99 price range. After exploring most of what we have to offer, this is the one that stands out the most to me. It has the lovely nose of a Shiraz; fruity with a touch of spice. On the tongue, it is very fruity and medium bodied with a clean finish. Very approachable, and with a light tannin structure that gives it the character to be paired with light fare.

Dr. Loosen Riesling – Germany $15.99

For the white lovers out there, I have one final gem to talk about; Dr. Loosen Bros Riesling. A couple of weeks ago, I went through my WSET Level 1 Certification to help teach me a bit more about wines. During the class, we tasted through probably fifteen to twenty different wines with this one included in the set list. Absolutely golden on the tongue is the only way I can think to describe this wine. Chill it to about 13 degrees and drink it on the patio, you don’t even need a glass (Don’t worry, I promise I won’t tell anyone). It is an off-dry wine, but do not let that scare you away. If you can handle a little sugar, I strongly recommend you give it a try!

Time Posted: May 2, 2013 at 8:54 AM
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