Thursday: Notch Brewing

Reveler is delighted to welcome Salem's Notch Brewing to our tasting bar! Notch Brewing was launched in 2010, named after the slang for tallying your number of drinks each evening. Notch wanted to explore how session beer could fit in with the United States' hoppy beer infatuation. It was the first brewing company in the U.S. to focus exclusively on session beer styles from the Czech Republic, England and Belgium. Eight years later they have proved that consumers like options and that session beer is a great one! Come on in and give our northern neighbors a try! We will be tasting:

Session Pils Czech Pale Lager - The Czech Republic brews varying strengths of Pilsner and the most popular is the 4.0% ABV version known as Desítka

Slanted & Enchanted Hoppy Lager - All German in its construction, including a hop profile only Germany can produce. This is the first beer Notch brewed in their Salem brewery

Dog & Pony Show New England Pale Ale - Originally released over three years ago on draft, Notch's most popular tap room beer finally finds its way to a can

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Thursday: Wine Tasting

Come on in and un-wine (yes, we did that)! We have a great selection of some lesser-known European varieties and a signature California Cabernet Sauvignon. With an eye on the holidays around the corner it's fun to try something new! 

Müller-Catoir Scheurebe Trocken M-C 2016 - Pfalz, Germany
Now in their ninth generation, The Müller-Catoir winery has been family owned and operated since 1744. Wines are made 100% from their own vineyards' harvest and are highly refined and elegant with notes of minerality and uncompromisingly unique. Müller-Catoir was a pioneer of reductive winemaking in Germany. The estate began an organic conversion in 2007 and implemented a gentle crush, long skin contact, slow gentle pressing, with fermentation at warmer than customary temperatures in stainless steel. Scheuebe is widely regardedas the most successful of the many German grape crossings that emerged in the 20th Century. It is most commonly produced as varietal white wine that may sit anywhere on the sweetness spectrum, from bone dry right through to lusciously sweet. This Scheurebe is "Trocken," which translates to dry, displaying blackcurrant and herbal flavors with grapefruit, lemon and honeysuckle characteristics. 

Quinta de Chocapalha Castelão 2015 - Lisboa, Portugal
Originally acquired in the 1980's, the 110 acres of nearly abandoned vineyards discovered on the estate date back to the 16th century! The family immediately embarked on an investment program to replant and regraft the vines with the thriving varietals of the area, both indigenous and international. In 2000, the new plantings reached optimal maturity coinciding with the debut of Sandra Tavares da Silva, the youngest daughter, as winemaker. This single varietal wine comes from the oldest vines in the estate. It is radiant purple in color with an alluring nose of fresh raspberries, ripe cherries and subtle nuances of cocoa. Richly fruity, it has dense blackberry flavors that lead to silky tannins. The supple body attributes great balance and elegance to the palate.

Smith & Hook Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 - Central Coast, California
In the mid-1970's, husband and wife Nicky and Gaby Hahn established Hahn Winery and Smith & Hook wines on two neighboring ranches-turned-vineyards in Monterey County. Today Smith & Hook continues to produce its signature varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. Hand-crafted by winemaker Paul Clifton, the wine echoes the pioneering spirit of the Hahn Family and their commitment to Monterey winegrowing. This vintage shows deep plum, black cherry and vanilla on the nose. Full-bodied, with an impressively round mouthfeel and integrated tannins that carry through to a smooth finish, this wine shows flavors of black fruit, roast beef and black pepper.

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Friday: Fixx Chocolates

TGIF! Reveler is thrilled to have Nikki Coady and her Fixx Chocolates back at the tasting bar! Fixx Chocolates is an assortment of unique, rich and superb creations that aim to elevate your candy bar experience. From peanut nougat and bacon to candied jalapeños to a classic caramel and sea salt, Fixx will introduce you to an intoxication of flavors that will reinvigorate your love for chocolate! Originally starting operations in Boston, Fixx Chocolates now calls Salem home. With the holiday season now right around the corner, you won't want to miss this! We will be tasting:

Abby's - darker milk chocolate with dark caramel and sea salt
Bud's - peanut butter nougat with roasted peanuts and sea salt
Nikki's - peanut butter nougat with apple wood smoked bacon and maple caramel
Chelle's - cashew nougat with roasted cashews and caramel
Mike's - almond with Morello cherries
Andy's - praline crisp with passion fruit jelly

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Friday: Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

Reveler is excited to have Grey Sail Brewing back at the tasting bar! Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island moved onto Canal Street in Westerly in April 2011 and have been brewing great beer with passion ever since. Grey Sail Brewing is southern Rhode Island's premier microbrewery, equipped to produce up to 4,000 barrels of handcrafted beer per year. Make sure to stop by if your holiday travels take you through Westerly! We will be tasting:
Flying Jenny Extra Pale Ale - select specialty malts give this sessionable beer a balanced profile for both hop and malt enthusiasts alike

Pour Judgement IPA - started as a collaboration with Pour Judgement in Newport this nicely balanced IPA quickly became a fan favorite 

Captain's Daughter Double IPA – this juicy Double IPA has minimal bitterness, massive amounts of hops and is effortlessly drinkable

Wheelhouse Series: "SOS "New England Style IPA - all the haze of a New England IPA with notes of papaya and melon

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Friday: Wine Tasting

Whether you're gearing up for Turkey Day or just want to celebrate the weekend, these wines won't disappoint! An amazingly affordable bubbly, aPinot Gris from Alsace, and a famed Douro from Portugal will leave you wanting more.   

Roederer Estate Winery Anderson Valley Brut - Mendocino County, California
Roderer Estate Brut, the first California sparkling wine produced by Champagne House Louis Roederer, builds upon a 200-year tradition of fine winemaking that has made Roederer Champagne among the most sought-after in the world. Roederer's sparkling wines are produced using only estate-grown grapes from the winery's own vineyards. Carrying on the tradition of Champagne Louis Roederer, special oak-aged reserve wines are added to each blend or cuvee. Each year the winemaker selects a portion of the best wines for aging in French oak casks. Aged from one to three years, wines from this reserve cellar are added to the blend, creating a multi-vintage cuvee in the traditional Roederer style, known for its body, finesse and depth of flavor. The grapes used are approximately 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir. This brut cuvee is focused and vibrant, with aromas of light creamy apple, pear, cinnamon and hazelnut leading to effortlessly complex, layered flavors of lemon custard, mineral and almond. 

Domaines Schlumberger Les Princes Abbés Pinot Gris 2015 - Alsace, France
The vineyards of Domaines Schlumberger were originally planted by the Romans and were later controlled by the Prince Abbotts of Murbach, an order of monks in the southern end of Alsace. When the estates of the Abbey were put up for sale after the French Revolution, a local mill owner named Nicolas Schlumberger purchased 20 hectares. Today, Nicolas Schlumberger's heirs own and cultivate a 135 hectare spread located over four miles on the steep flanks of the Vosges Mountains. The Schlumberger vineyards are the largest in Alsace, one of the largest blocks of contiguous vineyards in France, and hold the distinction of owning the largest acreage of Alsace grand cru vineyards. This Pinot Gris has beautiful balance: rich, full and tasty with the nose giving appetizing glimpses of pure, ripe, juicy pear. These flavors blossom fully on the palate and leave a most harmonious picture of ample, Mirabelle plum, quince, sweet almond, orange blossom and dry, but well-expressed pear fruit. Everything happens with ease and the finish is pure and fresh.

Ramos Pintos, Duas Quintas 2015 - Douro, Portugal
Founded in 1880 by energetic vintner brothers Adriano and Antonio, Ramos Pinto is run today by their heirs. Associated with quality bottled wines, Ramos Pinto started operating in the Brazilian market in the early 20th Century and quickly became responsible for half of the wine exported to South America, whilst it was still conquering generations of loyal customers in Portugal and Europe. In 1990, Casa Romas Pinto became part of the Roederer Group, whose history has identical characteristics.  The 2015 Duas Quintas is a blend of 39% Touriga Nacional, 34% Touriga Franca, with the rest a field blend of miscellaneous varietals typical of the region, like Tinta Roriz and Tinta Amarela. This fresh, full-bodied red shows focus, with firm, integrated tannins guiding the plum, wild raspberry and sandalwood flavors underscored by graphite, pepper and spice accents. Aromas of black cherry, tea and underbrush add detail to the long finish.

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Saturday: Top-Shelf Spirits Tasting

With the holiday season right around the corner, it's time to get your spirit on! We will be pouring a selection of some of our more big-ticketed spirits. Whether you're thinking of a nice bottle as a gift, for a holiday meal, or as a treat for yourself - come try before you buy. We will be tasting:

Copper & King's Butchertown Brandy - Distilled using alembic copper pot-stills, 75% of this brandy from Butchertown, KY matures in Kentucky bourbon barrels and 25% in new American oak. If you think you know brandy, think again! If you like Bourbon, you can’t miss this innovation from the heart of bourbon country!

Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky - Made from 100% malted barley and showcasing both Old World and New World whisky-making, with the cask finish adding depth and complexity, Virginia Distillery Company marries whisky made on-site in Virginia with whisky from Scotland 

Redbreast Sherry Finish Lustau Edition – This splendid brand extension was born from a unique collaboration between famous sherry maker Bodegas Lustau and the Midleton Distillery, winning Gold in the Irish Whiskey Awards 2016. This is an unparalleled smooth and yet complex Irish Whiskey.

WhistlePig Straight Rye Whiskey 10 Year - Rye Whiskey stock from Alberta, Canada that has been aged in new American Oak with a bourbon barrel finish, then hand bottled. It is currently the most awarded Rye Whiskey in the world.

Litchfield 10 Year Bourbon - After spending 10 years in the barrel this 111 proof drinks exceptionally smooth with vanilla and caramel notes.

Kavalan Classic Single Malt Whisky - Master Blender Ian Chang works with the humid Taiwanese climate to create whisky that is diverse and complex. Fresh and clean with a rich silk smoothness and hints of tropical fruits, mango in particular.

Kavalan King Car Single Malt Whisky - This was the first expression launched in the name of King Car which is the name of the conglomerate. This single malt is diverse with complex flavors, delicate aromas and multiple layers of background fruitiness.

Jefferson's Grand Selection Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes Cask Finish - After hand selecting forty Suduiraut barrels, refilling them with Jefferson's Reserve bourbon, and extra aging in Jefferson's proprietary "hot box." This complex and truly unique creation combines the sweetness of Sauternes, the woodnotes of both American and French oak, and the grain of premium bourbon.

Glengoyne 18 Year Old - A rich and spicy whisky, with the added complexity that the additional years’ maturation gives. Aging in refill sherry and first-fill sherry casks leads to a pleasant creaminess of caramel, malt, honey and butterscotch.

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Saturday: Wine Tasting

Reveler's Wine Director Kim said it best, "YUM!" If you are a wine lover, you won't want to miss this one. A great variety of Old World wines just in time to get you thinking about holiday travels. 

Michel et Damien Pinon Vouvray Tuffo Sec 2016 - Loire Valley, France
Pinon is a 3rd generation family owned and operated estate now primarily run by Damien and Ingrid Pinon. Wines are made entirely from Chenin Blanc using 100% estate fruit. They have been farming organically since 2007 and only use indigenous yeasts. The clay-calcareous soil allows them to elaborate rich and balanced wines. The average age of the vines are 25 to 30 years and are partly renewed each year. This vintage is golden yellow with an intense and elegant nose of quinces, honey, apricots and white peaches. The mouth is full and balanced, with stone fruit, minerality, vibrant acidity and a hint of residual sugar on the finish.

Domaine de Colette, Régnié Vielles Vignes 2015 - Burgundy, France
Jacky Gauthier is the 4th generation of winemakers starting at 17 when he took over his uncle's estate and bought some additional plots. After his parents retired, he and his wife Evelyn created what is known today as Domaine de Colette. The estate has 14 hectares and is located at the top of Lantignié's highest hill, in the heart of the Beaujolais Cru Village of Régnié. They care greatly about ecology and are well aware that the wealth in their wines is closely linked to their prestigious terroir, therefore they use only organic vinegrowing and winemaking techniques. This deep ruby hued Gamay is extremely fresh and energetic on the nose, displaying spice-tinged red berry and floral scents and a hint of smoky minerals. Vibrant raspberry and bitter cherry flavors are complemented by a zesty blood orange note with a hint of white pepper with supple tannins that blend in beautifully.

Quinta de Raza Dom Diogo Alvarinho 2017 - Minho, Portugal
Quinta da Raza is owned and operated by Jose Diogo Teixeira Coelho and his wife Mafalda Teixeira Coelho. Their 40-hectare estate is located in the small village of Peneireios, which is in the Celorico de Basto sub-region of the Vinho Verde (DOC). The estate has been in Jose Diogo's family since the mid 1880s. Today Quinta de Raza is one of the very few independent wine producers in the Vinho Verde DOC. All their wines are made from only estate grapes, and farming practices are sustainable by using natural and non-synthetic treatments (which is a difficult feat to achieve in a highly humid region). Alvarinho is a citron-colored single varietal wine that fills the mouth with texture, ripeness and a fruit with a floral nose, culminating in a harmonious and persistent flavor. This Dom Diogo Alvarinho is rich and full of ripe white citrus fruits with a sense of concentration from the tense mineral fruitiness and full mouthfeel. 

Ca'del Monte Valpolicella Classico Ripasso 2013 - Veneto, Italy
Cal'del Monte, the winery and family home are attached to a 17th century monastery in the village of Negrar in the Veneto region of northern Italy. Enthusiastic brothers Umberto and Giuseppe Zanconte manage the estate, which has been in the Zanconte family for generations. The brothers are responsible for all aspects of the winery, from the farming to production and sales. All of the farming is done traditionally and non-certified organic. A blend of 45% Corvina, 35% Rondinella, 15% Negrar and 5% Pelara, this wine shows beautifully dry. A pure red berry/black cherry bouquet with grilled herbs, iris, violet and almond develop on the palate. Despite the depth of flavors, it is silky and warm with a surprisingly elegant mid-weight mouthfeel that finishes with plump fruit and a well-integrated spicy oak kiss.  

Azienda Agricola Plantinetti Guido Nebbiolo 2015 - Piedmont, Italy 
A family-run business on 4.5 hectares of vineyard, called Maso Ronco, the estate produces SOGC Chemme, DOC Nobara Hills Barbera and Vespolina. Their production philosophy is inspired by tradition; it is in the management of the vineyard and winemaking but with an eye to modern technology. Their wines are not the result of commercial compromises, but they offer the consumer a purity of fruit that is determined and honest. Nebbiolo is known for producing powerful, full-bodied, and sometimes mercilessly tannic wines - all while looking as pale as Pinot Noir! Most famously, it is the grape that goes into Barolo and Barbaresco, two of the world's most revered and expensive wines. Made from noble Nebbiolo grapes, the 2015 vintage is vinified with average duration of maceration in order to extract the right body and maintain its freshness when tasted. After a short period in oak barrels, it completes its retirement in the bottle. Very fresh and easy to drink, this wine pairs great with pizza or any tomato-base dish!

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Thanksgiving Wine Pairing

Need help knowing which wines to bring to Thanksgiving? Look no further than this guide! Bubbly goes great with appetizers, the main meal, and dessert and for the price this Crémant de Limoux Brut Les Graimenous completely delivers! For America's favorite Thanksgiving dish, turkey dinner, your pairing friends are Gamay, Pinot Noir, and Zinfandel. All will support the meat and its trimmings without overpowering. For those that like to stick to whites, the Gramona Pendès Gessamí white blend works perfectly for the main course with traditional sides. While our Wine Director Kim handpicked this selection for all of your Thanksgiving food pairing possibilities, we have an amazing selection of other wines to help you customize your wines based off your specific menu. In addition, we have wine tastings from 5-7PM on both Thursday and Friday of this week, this Saturday from 3-5PM, and next Wednesday from 4-7PM. Come on in! Have a healthy and happy Thanksgiving!  

Domaine J. Laurens Crémant de Limoux Brut Les Graimenous - Languedoc-Roussillon, France
This Brut white sparkling boasts intense and complex notes of citrus, dried fruits, honey, and a touch of Granny Smith. A hint of toast on the well-rounded palate finishes with a lingering aftertaste of fresh fruits and lime. 

Gramona Pendès Gessamí - Catalonia, Spain
A blend of Muscat, Gewürztraminer, and Sauvignon Blanc, this white offers aromas of chamomile tea, linden infusions, apricots and peaches. Palate is pleasant, light-bodied and silky with fantastic freshness on the finish. A great balance of fruity and floral.  

Sean Minor Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - California, USA
Medium-bodied with rich aromas of plum, cherry, green tea and a slight clove spice. The entry is lean with rich and sweet cherry and plum flavors framed by vanilla and oak notes throughout the mid-palate. This wine is aged 10 months in 100% French oak of which 20% is new.

Domaine Lignier-Michelot Bourgogne Rouge - Burgundy, France
From 50+ year-old vines, this Bourgogne is perfumed with aromas of ripe black cherry, mulberry, soil and violet on the nose. The ripe, medium-weight palate offers flavors of bright cherry, wild raspberry, on a long supple punch finish. This great Bourgogne that just cries out for duck confit!

Villa Ponciago Fleurie Château de Poncié Le Pré Roi - Burgundy, France
Brilliant color, reflecting garnet and violet nuances. Bouquet, fine and elegant with notes of cherry and blueberry. Palate is extremely expressive with a freshness highlighting the balance between structure and aromatic richness.

Carol Shelton Mendocino County Zinfandel Wild Thing - California, USA
Aromas of black cherry, plum and raspberry fruit combine with a beautiful hint of vanilla-oak loveliness. Smoothly textured on the mouth, very creamy and round, the finish is long with lush jammy fruit.

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