Announcing In-Store Wine Education Classes!!

We are thrilled to announce monthly educational wine tasting classes for wine lovers! The theme will vary each month and will occasionally have a guest speaker. Each class is $35 per person, is limited to 20 people per class and takes place from 7-8:30PM. Next one up? August 21st!

Aug 21st - VARIETAL EXPLORATION SERIES: Chardonnay and Pinot Gris across Three Different Regions - Kim Wallace, Reveler Beverage Wine Director, Advanced Sommelier/WSET Advanced

Sep 25th - VARIETAL EXPLORATION SERIES: Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends across Three Different Regions - Kim Wallace, Reveler Beverage Wine Director, Advanced Sommelier/WSET Advanced 

Oct 23rd Wine Additives: Fact from Fiction - guest speaker Alison Dunn of Oz Imports, WSET Diploma

Nov 20th - Thanksgiving Wine & Food Pairings - guest speaker Ross Cohen of Martignetti Companies, WSET Advanced

Dec 18th Wine Class: Navigating a Wine List & Communicating what You Like in a Wine - Kim Wallace, Reveler Beverage Wine Director, Advanced Sommelier/WSET Advanced

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Thursday: Reveler Cocktail Tasting

Join our staff for a look at one of our featured cocktails! You may have noticed our cocktail stations lining the windows - here’s a chance to try one out! We will be recreating the Horse Cart, a riff on a traditional Sidecar cocktail. A Sidecar is traditionally made with cognac, orange liqueur plus lemon juice. The Horse Cart calls for Bourbon, orange liqueur and Amaro with lemon juice. A refreshing twist for anytime of the year. Be sure to pick up a recipe card!

In addition to the cocktail listed above, we will be tasting each of the base spirits as well:

Pinhook Straight Bourbon Whiskey, Bourbon County - Midway, KY
Every year, Pinhook releases a new bourbon and rye, each connected to a promising young thoroughbred horse. The whiskey in each release is the best expression of their barrels at that moment in time, and they blend and proof each release to be as unique as the horse on the label. While there is no possible way to know if the horse on the label will go all the way to the Kentucky Derby, they are confident that there is no gamble on the quality of what’s inside. This Bourbon County whiskey is bottled at 95.5 proof and has a vibrant burst of ripe pear and baked apricot up front, which seamlessly gives way to toffee, dates and vanilla bean. A lingering and lifting finish of cinnamon, cedar and peppercorn round out the complex, exceptionally balanced expression. 

Clément Créole Shrubb - Martinique 
On the island of Martinique, Homère Clément purchased a foreclosed sugar plantation in 1887, at the height of the sugar crisis. He transformed one of the island’s most prestigious sugar plantations into a producer of world-class Rhum Agricole. Clément had his quality estate grown sugarcane harvested to extract first-pressed aromatic and flavorful sugarcane juice to distill pure rhum. Homère mimicked the distillers of the great Armagnacs of his native France to perfect his method of rhum production, known today as Rhum Agricole. The Créole Shrubb is a blend of the finest white and aged Agricole Rhums, married with macerated Créole spices and sun-bleached bitter orange peels. A staple of Caribbean culture, Créole Shrubb is the “secret ingredient” frequently used by celebrity chefs and creative mixologists around the world.  

Bully Boy Distillers, Amaro - Boston, MA
Brothers Dave and WIll Willis created Bully Boy Distillers, inspired from the pre-Prohibition vault their grandfather had on their family farm. The vault served as an inspiration for everything to come: the connection between the farm, their family and Bully Boy Distillers. Bully Boy has become extremely popular in craft bars and restaurants throughout the state since their inception. The Bully Boy Amaro is a riff on the classic bitter liqueur. It took Bully Boy two years and hundreds of batches to arrive at this recipe. This batch is a combination of over twenty six different botanicals, all of which contribute to the patchwork of flavor and aroma. There is just enough sweetness to make it all work, and at 58 proof it’s soft enough to sip neat but robust enough to use in cocktails.

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Friday: TGIF Wine Tasting

It’s a wine-kind-of-weekend! We’re kicking it off with two wines from Rutherford, California and two from customer-favorite Italian, Scarpetta! With two reds and two whites, there is a little something for everyone with this lineup. All wines are great on their own but are also extremely food friendly. Hope to see you there! 

We will be tasting:

Long Meadow Ranch - Rutherford, California
Long Meadow Ranch is owned by Ted, Laddie and Christopher Hall. Long Meadow Ranch owns 90 acres of organically farmed vineyards in the heart of Napa Valley. On the floor of Napa Valley, Rutherford Estate is home to 74 of the 90 acres, growing Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. The soil is a mineral-rich benchland that is now home to vineyards, fruits and vegetables, beehives and even a flock of egg-laying chickens. Long Meadow Ranch wines are renowned for their elegance and balanced style, under the direction of winemaker Justin Carr. 

Sauvignon Blanc 2018 - Long Meadow Ranch’s Sauvignon Blanc undergoes a small fermentation in stainless steel barrels before aging on the lees. The 2018 vintage shows lemon bergamot mint, lime zest, and citrus blossom on the palate that combine with mouthwatering acidity to showcase a crisp, clean and elegant wine. The blend of early and later picked blocks bring in more mature aromas of lychee and fresh apricot, creating a crisp, clean and elegant wine. This wine will pair great with goat cheese, seafood and prosciutto!

Cabernet Sauvignon “Farmstead” 2017 - Black cherry, violets and dried herbs showcase the classic aromas of this Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The palate is bright and fruit forward with cassis and layered with red and blue fruits. Soft and juicy on the entry, it has a supple mid palate and a soft, long finish. This wine can cellar up to ten years and will be an excellent pairing with any grass-fed beef, lamb or roasted game!

Scarpetta Wines - Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
Scarpetta is a Friulian-inspired brand created by Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and former French Laundry Chef, Lachlan Mackinnon-Patterson. Stuckey and Patterson traveled to Friuli several times a year looking to import local regional foods and recipes to their American restaurant, Frasca, based in Boulder, CO. Their wine production started with 50 cases of old vine Friulano produced to be sold at Frasca. The project slowly expanded to include more varietals within their portfolio, with the brand expanding outside of the restaurant and across the U.S. The ultimate goal of Scarpetta is to make affordable, everyday wines of great quality.

Frico Friulano 2018 - 100% Friulano, this wine shows aromas of fresh cut white flowers and crisp apple. The palate is clean and crisp with a zesty, white grapefruit flavor. The Frico Friulano was featured in Reveler’s Wine Club this summer and was a fan-favorite! Friulano is one of the few wines that can stand up to challenging pairings like green beans, artichokes, cabbage and Brussel sprouts.

Frico Rosso 2016 - The Frico Rosso 2016 Tuscan blend is based on a blend of Sangiovese and small amounts of the indigenous grapes Canialolo, Clegiolo and Colorino. A nice balance of crisp tart cherry and deep herbal notes, this wine pairs well with grilled meats, hard cheese, salami and is perfect for pizza or pasta night.

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Saturday: Weekend Wine Tasting

Let’s keep the wine weekend rolling! We have some fabulous wines, showing two Brut Rosés - a Champagne Brut Cuvée and Cava Brut Reserva - alongside an Oregon Pinot Noir and a Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon. Come on and try some!

We will be tasting:

Champagne Moutard Père & Fils, Champagne Brut Cuvée Prestige Rosé (NV) - Champagne, France
Champagne Moutard is a small, family-run estate in Buxeuil, in the Côtes des Bar. The family has been tending to the clay and limestone soils since 1642 and first started producing wine in 1927. With just over 20 hectares of vineyards, Moutard Champagne showcases the rich and aromatic qualities of the Côtes des Bar terroir. Centuries of Champagne production have allowed Champagne Moutard to strike an artful balance between showcasing the specificity of the Côtes des Bar soil, imparting fruity aromas and mineral notes, while also becoming skillful blenders that consistently produce quality Champagnes. The Prestige Rosé is 55% Pinot Noir, 30% Chardonnay and 15% Champagne Buxeuil Rouge, essentially a blending of locally produced red wines. The wine is fermented in large vats, blending 40% new vintage and 60% reserve wine, before aging for a minimum of three years. This Brut Rosé has an orange-pink hue, with blooming red fruit, dried fruits and brioche on the nose. On the palate, more dried fruits mix with red berries, grapefruit and old rose. A round mouthfeel leads into a nicely fresh and tasty finish.  

Pere Mata, Cava Brut Reserva “Cupada Rosé” (NV) - Catalonia, Spain
Pere Mata crafted wines and consulted for larger producers for years before deciding to strike out on his own in 2000 with Grower Champagne as the model. He opened his winery Mata I Coloma on a five-hectare farm in the heart of the Penedès, Catalunya. Mata’s commitment to quality has been noted by many as he, along with a handful of other small Cava growers, are at the forefront of a similar revolution in Cava quality that Champagne has experienced over the past 20 years. All of the work is organic and done by hand, with the wines spending at least two years on lees. The Cupada Rosé is an exciting and rare, 100% Monastrell rosé with zero dosage. Several Cava rosé sparkling wines use Monastrell to perfect the pink color and give some structure, but not many are single varietal. Monastrell is also known as Mourvedre, and is a meaty and full-bodied red wine. The aromas are full of dark fruit, with violet flowers  and herbaceous aromas of black pepper, thyme and red meat. The Cupada Rosé is elegant, snappy and bright with just the slightest hint of red berry spice.

Holloran Vineyards, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2014 - Willamette Valley, Oregon
Holloran Vineyards have been growing and producing their wines since 1999 in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. They emphasize low yields and careful hands-on management of the vines to produce wines that express the unique characteristics of their vineyard sites, including the older vines that were planted in the early 1970s. Their certified organic grapes are de-stemmed and fermented in small lots, using indigenous and cultivated yeasts. Fermenters were punched down twice daily by hand, with gentle pressing, before aging 20 months in 10% new French barrels. The 2014 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir provides very ripe flavors. Rich aromas of blackberry and boysenberry with a hint of orange peel. The palate shows broad, ripe, deep flavors of red and black fruit, with silky tannins framing the finish. 

Two Mountain Winery, Yakima Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 - Yakima Valley, Washington
Brothers Matthew and Patrick Rawn own and operate Two Mountain Winery, drawing on the experience of four generations who have farmed the rich soil of the Yakima Valley. Two Mountain Winery believes top quality wine begins in the vineyard. They contribute their talents and expertise to growing the best grapes the land has to offer - defining a sense of place and expressing the unique characteristics of the land. The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon is 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 4.5% Merlot and 4.5% Syrah with 100% of the fruit sourced from Copeland Vineyard. The wine spends 22 months in French and American oak, 55% of which is new. This vintage showcases aromas of coffee, dark fruit and cedar combined with flavors of dark berry, currant, charred oak and velvety tannins before a lingering finish.

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