Wednesday: Surprise Wine Tasting

Who says Wednesday can't be wine night? This bonus tasting will feature delicious wines from Washington state, Spain and even the UK! Plus we have an exclusive tasting of the Ace of Spades Champagne!! Kick off this holiday week by trying something for everyone. We will be tasting:

Armand de Brignac Champagne Brut Ace of Spades Gold - Champagne, France
In the tiny Champagne village of Chigny les Roses the Cattier family, producers of Armand de Brignac, have owned and cultivated family vineyards since 1763. Today, the elite Champagne house remains independently-owned and run by the family with a staff of fewer than 20 people. Continuing with rich, old world traditions of Champagne blending, the Brut Gold is a trio of vintages from some of the most lauded terroirs in the region, resulting in a prestige cuvée that expresses vibrant fresh fruit character and layer of complexity. It drinks as an elegant, creamy Champagne with apple blossom and spice notes leading to finely meshed flavors of ripe white cherry, whole-grain toast and spun honey. This Brut in a gold-foil bottle was made by the Cattier house for rapper and mogul Jay Z's Armand de Brignac Empire brand with the "Ace of Spades" logo. This is a tasting exclusive you won't want to miss!

Hush Heath Winery Balfour 1503 Brut Classic Cuvée Extra Dry - Kent England
With a history dating back to 1503, the exquisite Tudor-framed Hush Heath Manor has been the family home of the Balfour-Lynn's since the 1980s. The estate’s winemaking era began in 2002 when Richard Balfour-Lynn planted his first vineyards on these clay-rich soils. Today, 37 acres are planted of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay. Hush Heath is the only English vineyard dedicated to the creation of rosé and sparkling wine with the aim to produce wines of world renowned quality that stands on its own as a modern classic. This blend consists of 64% Pinot Noir, 32% Chardonnay and 4% Pinot Meunier. A fresh, fruit-forward style, the nose is clean and fresh with lemony acidity, crisp lemon balm and dried herbs. The palate balances mellow richness with taut acidity and creates a friendly tension between those poles. There is abundant apple fruit, both tart and sweet with a dry, clean finish.

Browne Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2015 - Columbia Valley, Washington
Andrew Browne is the first to tell you he's a tastemaker, not a winemaker. Andrew carefully and deliberately selected vineyards, winemakers and cellar masters committed to world class wine production to represent the best of the Columbia Valley. Inspired by his late grandfather, Browne makes every decision with a commitment to premium Washington state wine of uncompromising quality. This blend of 97% Chardonnay and 3% Viognier has light aromas of toast, melon, sweet oak and vanilla that lead to silky and sleek stone topical fruits. A long finish wraps up with notes of crème Brûlée, Asian pear and lemongrass.

North by Northwest Winery Red Blend 2014 - Columbia Valley, Washington
North by Northwest Winery represents wines made from inland grape growing appellations of the Columbia River Basin of Oregon and Washington. Their winemakers have developed strong, creative relationships with growers and fellow winemakers in the Columbia River Appellation and throughout the northwest vinicultural region, leading to this innovative project. North by Northwest is a unique lens for capturing the essence of terroir from this new emerging winegrowing region. This red blend is near equal parts Syrah and Merlot with the balance of Cabernet Sauvignon. Aromas of blue fruit, vanilla, cherry and herb lead to full-bodied, robust fruit flavors, chocolate and softened tannings.

Pendulum Columbia Valley Red 2014 - Columbia Valley, Washington
Pendulum is a premier Columbia Valley Red Blend, a mix of Rhone and Bordeaux varietals determined by the choicest fruit each harvest produces. The 2015 Red is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The aromas are quite reserved, with notes of vanilla, berry, plum and wood spice. The palate brings plum, cranberry and raspberry flavors backed by lightly grainy tannins. This umami-evoking wine will pair well with nearly any food but suggested pairings include anything off the barbecue or chocolate!

Carlos Serres Rioja Reserva 2011 - Rioja, Spain
In 1896 Frenchman Carlos Serres established one of the first wineries in Haro, the heart of Rioja. The winery is one of the longest established houses in Rioja and was key to the development and success of the region. Today, the Bodega remains family-owned and operated and is one of only a few centenarian producers in Rioja. A complex and elegant aroma of mature ripe black fruits, vanilla and cinnamon spice. Full body, excellent and lovely freshness with textbook Rioja reserva flavors of plum, cherry and tobacco. High level of juicy tannins and a long, fresh and aftertaste. Perfect to accompany all kinds of grilled, stewed or roasted meats, fine delicatessen, sirloins, game dishes and strong cured cheeses.

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Thursday: Horizon Spirits Tasting

It is time to get into the spirit! We are excited to showcase some amazing gift ideas or holiday showstoppers. Come join us at the tasting bar as we kick off the holiday weekend with these special spirits. We will be tasting:

WhistlePig Whiskey
A band of dedicated Rye enthusiasts transformed an old Vermont dairy farm into a Whiskey-making paradise. WhistlePig began when the farm was purchased in 2007 and with the help of Master Distiller Dave Pickerell, they discovered an incredible stock of 10 year old blending Whiskey in Canada that was being profoundly misused. That initial stock is what kicked off the adventure and today WhistlePig is some of the most sought-after cult American Rye. WhistlePig is constantly exploring, improving and innovating their whiskeys. We will  be tasting:

FarmStock Rye Crop No. 002 - The latest of WhistlePig products showing farm-based innovation and the next step in achieving FarmStock's 100% Triple Terroir vision - whiskey distilled from their grain, proofed with their water and aged in their custom Vermont White Oak.  This batch is up to 32% Vermont grain-to-glass.

10 Year Straight Rye Whiskey - Rye Whiskey stock from Alberta, Canada aged in new American oak with a bourbon barrel finish, then hand-bottled on its own. This is the most awarded Rye Whiskey in the world. We have 750mL and 50mL sizes available.

12 Year Old World Cask Finish - This 12 year-old Rye Whiskey is a marriage of whiskeys aged in New American Oak and finished in Port (7%), French Sauternes (30%) and Madeira casks (63%).  A must try, staff favorite!

Spade & Bushel 10 Year Irish Whiskey - The Connacht Whiskey Company is an Irish-American enterprise and the Spade & Bushel 10 Year is their first release. A limited release, only just 5,000 with each half bottle individually numbered. Triple distilled in copper pot stills coming straight from the barrel, it is bottled at a cask strength of 57.5% to ensure the most flavor possible, showing beautiful caramel tones and a rounded burst of flavor. This won Gold Medal and the Irish Whiskey Awards 2016.

KLEOS Mastiha Spirit - KLEOS Mastiha Spirit is Greece's first luxury spirit brand and the world's first super-premium Mastiha liqueur. The raw ingredient, Mastiha (mas-tee-hah) is a sap from the Skinos tree that grows only in 24 villages in the southern part of the Greek island of Chios. Mastiha is known as the "diamond of spices" because of its rarity and the ancient world's "super ingredient" due to its variety of healing properties. KLEOS is made by hand in small batches via a distillation of the rare Mastiha tears and addition of Mastiha essential oils. Balanced enough to be consumed on the rocks with a wedge of lemon or as the ultimate cocktail ingredient, you won't want to miss this!

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Thursday: McCrea's Candies

Reveler is excited to have Hyde Park's McCrea's Candies at the tasting bar! Samples of their irresistible caramels will be provided throughout tastings this weekend. A scientist with a background in chemistry and an abiding appreciation for natural ingredients, Jason McCrea is a man with a simple idea to make the best caramel in the world - nothing less. Jason cooked his first batch of caramel in his home kitchen using a wooden spoon, a few pots and pans and a candy thermometer. Now he has the early 20th century retooled classic wrapping machine built in Springfield, MA so flavor and texture are no longer varied from batch to batch. This allows Jason to concentrate on innovative flavors and recipe improvements. We will be sampling:

Black Lava Sea Salt - Rich, creamy caramel with crystals of Hawaiian blacks sea salt.

Tapped Maple - Long-lasting caramel sweetened with pure New England maple syrup.

Classic Vanilla - McCrea's original caramel generously infused with sweet, aromatic vanilla.

Rosemary Truffle Sea Salt - Fresh-from-the-garden rosemary mingled with imported truffle sea salt.

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Friday: A Classic Wine Tasting

Whether you are traveling, hosting, or just meeting up with loved ones this holiday season we have the wines for you! Showcasing some fantastic classic varietals, we have a little bit of everything for this wine tasting. Great with food or on their own, these wines will be sure to please. We will be tasting:

Attems Venezia Giulia Pinot Grigio 2017 - Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
The world famous Attems wines are grown in Italy's renowned Collio DOC in the northeastern part of the country, bordered by the Alps to the north and Adriatic Sea to the south. The Attems family winemaking lineage dates back nearly a millennium, with records dating back to 1106! Just shy of 900 years of wine production later, Attems aligned with Marchesi de' Frescobaldi, one of Italy's most revered wine families. This wine is a very luminous, light straw yellow. The nose is inviting and well-defined, releases crisp citrus scents that alternate with ripe peach and mango notes further enriched with elegant floral impressions. With a stony underpinning of kiwifruit, nectarine, graphite and spice flavors, this wine has a balanced freshness.

J. Christopher Sauvignon Blanc 2016 - Willamette Valley, Oregon
J. Christopher Wines is a small winery located in Oregon's Northern Willamette Valley. Their wines are handcrafted in small lots following biodynamic practices and are sourced from some of the best vineyards in the state. Although not widely planted in Oregon's Willamette Valley, Sauvignon Blanc is ideal for the area's climate. Made in the clean, fresh style of France's Loire Valley, this wine is fermented in stainless steel and does not go through malolactic fermentation. The result is a classic, highly aromatic Sauvignon Blanc with perfect ripeness and excellent acidity. The 2016 shows fruit flavors of green apples and pink grapefruit with a delicious herbal note.

Flowers Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2016 - Sonoma Coast, California
Husband and wife duo Walt and Joan Flowers purchased acres on the northern Sonoma Coast in 1989 to establish Flowers Winery. Flowers Winery produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA which are farmed to Flowers' specification by their own crews. Flowers farms responsibly by harvesting by hand, using 100% native fermentation and making wine with minimal intervention. The 2016 is pale ruby purple colored with a pronounced red currant and cranberry-scented nose with hints of rose hips, raspberry leaves and dried herbs. Medium bodied, delicately fruited and with beautifully pure cranberry and earth flavored layers, it has a firm frame of grainy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing with an herbal lift.

Hall Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014 - Napa Valley, California
Hall Wines is located in Napa Valley and employs organic small-vine viticulture, precision winemaking, wild-yeast fermentation and micro-block blending to fully extract the purity and quintessence of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The Halls have a strong respect for the environment and a commitment to cutting edge technology to yield the highest quality grapes in their 300 acres of vineyards. Dark and rich with explosive dark berry, mocha, licorice, cedar and crushed rock, tilting toward herbal underbrush notes on the finish but never losing focus on the fruit. Bright, focused acidity tempers the ripeness and underlying richness.

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Friday: St. George Spirits

Reveler is thrilled to welcome St. George Spirits to the tasting bar for the first time! Since St. George Spirits was founded in Alameda, California in 1982, they've grown from a dedicated eau de vie distillery into a diverse operation that makes a range of craft spirits. St. George's pledge is to craft quintessential spirits to delight hedonists and genius bartenders alike - and when consumers taste their spirits, they hope that the character and quality of what's in the glass will convey what they're all about. Reveler has featured their products in various Staff Spirits Tastings and we are excited to be able to have a fuller tasting presented. We will be tasting:

Raspberry Liqueur - With a luxurious mouthfeel and just the right balance between sweet and tart, it's a show-stopper. Available in 750 and 375mL bottles.

Baller Single Malt Whiskey - A Californian take on the Japanese spin on Scotch whisky. Crisp and dry with a touch of malt sweetness, the smoky finish lingers and builds with each sip.

B&E American Whiskey - The second release under the Breaking & Entering label, this American Whiskey brings together bourbon and rye that head distiller Dave Smith sourced from Tennessee and Kentucky and then blended with some of their homegrown California malt whisky.

Botanivore Gin - Botanivore, their "botanical eater," is comprised of 19 different botanicas all working together. Herbaceous, fresh and elegant.

All Purpose Vodka - This is the perfect building block for your favorite vodka cocktails. Bartlett pears are the secret weapon delivering a spirit with no overt pear flavor but with substantial body and subtle floral notes.

California Citrus Vodka - This zesty and mouth watering vodka is made from real California-grown Valencia oranges, Seville oranges and bergamot. The result is beautifully aromatic and full of fresh citrus flavor.

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Saturday: Lord Hobo Brewing

Reveler is excited to have Lord Hobo Brewing back at our tasting bar this weekend! Proudly brewed in Woburn, MA they are bringing the New England beer experience to thirsty fans everywhere by creating graft style-defining beers that highlight paramount traits of quality ingredients. Their beers are elegant yet raw, free-spirited yet sophisticated. Lord Hobo believes that beer has a unique ability to bring all kinds of people together, to the Hobos that work hard to earn their small pleasures to royalty, great beer is an accessible luxury to all. We will be tasting:

Glorious Galaxy Pale Ale - This smooth New England-style Pale Ale pours a hazy, straw color. A double-dose of Galaxy hops delivers a silky peach-grape aroma, tropical fruit flavors and an elegant mouthfeel.

Hobo Life Session IPA - Heavily dry-hopped with Citra and rests on 20% flaked oats. Refreshing and bright with notes of lime and grapefruit zest to entertain the palate.

Boom Sauce IPA - Lord Hobo's flagship IPA features six hop varietals and a blend of spelt, oat and wheat. A late hop addition of Mosaic, Falconer's Flight and Amarillo delivers a notable citrus and tropical fruit finish.

Virtuoso Double IPA - A style-defining New England Double IPA that delivers big on juice and haze.

Consolation Prize Double IPA - A full-bodied Double IPA that is heavily dry-hopped with Jarrrylo, Azacca and Mosaic resulting in big notes of pineapple, mango, honeydew with a notable Pilsner malt backbone.

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Saturday: Virginia Distillery Co.

Reveler is excited to have Virginia Distillery Company back to the tasting bar! Virginia Distillery Company is an American Single Malt Whisky distillery located amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia. Virginia Distillery whiskies showcase both Old World and New World whisky making by marrying single malt whisky made on-site in Virginia with aged malt whisky from Scotland. A focus on cask finishing adds depth and complexity to their products. We will be tasting:

Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky - The flagship in its series focuses on finishing in port-style wine casks sourced primarily from Virginia. On the nose dried fruit and raisins are evident, along with the vanilla and barrel spice. The palate displays hints of toffee, cocoa and toasted oak with a soft finish.

Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky - Notes of vanilla, apple, pear and caramel are evident on the nose. On the palate, some creaminess and sweetness from the malt, along with caramelized wood sugars from the oak, melds with a pleasant touch of acidity from the cider barrel. Cider barrels provided by various Virginian cideries.

Chardonnay Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky - Each partner barrel brings nuance and complexity to the whisky, with notes honeysuckle, green apple, lemon and caramel on the nose. Hints of pear and toasted pecans add intrigue on the palate, finishing with a soft vanilla creaminess. Chardonnay barrels provided by various Virginian wineries.

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Sunday: Bloody Mary Mix

Sunday Funday! Let's keep spirits rolling into next week's holidays. We will be mixing up Bloody Mary’s (Vodka), Bloody Maria’s (Tequila) and Red Snapper’s (Gin) at the tasting bar to inspire your holiday brunch libations! This is a great way to be able to try samples of both classic bloodies and some fun twists. Whether you need to spice up your last minute Christmas shopping or are curious how that vodka you've been eying will do, or don’t actually know what a Bloody Maria or Red Snapper is, come on in and try a sample! We will be tasting:

Nantucket Original Bloody Mary Mix - Nantucket, MA

Stout Bloody Mary Blend - Chicago, IL

Berkshire Mountain Distillers Ice Glen Vodka - Sheffield, MA

Hanson of Sonoma Organic Cucumber - Sonoma, CA

Tanteo Habanero Tequila - Miami, FL

Tanteo Jalapeno Tequila - Miami, FL

Tanteo Chipotle Tequila - Miami, FL

Bimini Modern American Gin - Biddeford, ME

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