Thursday: Evening Wine Tasting

With these warm temperatures, it’s time to cool down! We will be tasting a selection of wines that may add a nice twist to your evening or next cookout. We have a classic Provence rosé as well as three Italian wine cocktails - all of which have been flying off the shelves since we debuted them. Come on in and try something refreshing! 

We will be tasting:

Triennes, Méditerranée Rosé 2018 - Provence, France
In 1989, two iconic Burgundians - Jacques Seysses, founder of Domaine Dujac and Aubert de Villaine of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti - at long last discovered Domaine du Logis de Nans in the Var, east of Aix en Provence and 18 miles from the Mediterranean. The estate was renamed Triennes, as a reference to Triennia, the festival for Bacchus, which was held every three years during Roman times. Triennes has been producing wines with respect for the environment and terroir while always in search of elegance. They use simple and traditional winemaking methods, without cosmetics. The 2018 Rosé is principally Cinsault (60%) blended with Grenache (15%), Syrah (15%) and Merlot (10%). The grapes are harvested at night so that they are cool upon arrival in the winery and pressed after a few hours of skin contact before fermentation at low temperatures until dry. This rosé shows aromas of strawberries, pomegranate spritz and a hint of vanilla, with crunchy-fresh sour red grapefruit on the palate that mellows with a creamy edge: Bright and summery!

Canella - Veneto, Italy
The Canella winery was founded in 1947 after World War II by Luciano Canella. The brand and family come from the heart of the Conegliano appellation and Canella continues to be a family run and operated winery. At the inception, Luciano had searched for the best wines to match his mother’s cuisine and decided to create a state-of-the-art winery specializing in Prosecco. His craft was perfected in the 1970s - a revolutionary decade for Italian viniculture, which saw DOC quality criteria increasingly replacing quantity parameters. Today, the Canellas are considered Prosecco pioneers, as well as a brilliant example of Venetian creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Their avant-garde winery combines hi-tech innovation and the best of tradition, wine-making quality and stylish packaging.

We will be tasting:

Canella Bellini - Bellini, inspired by the famous pink cocktail, is composed of two parts sparkling wine, one part white peach juice and pulp, and a few drops of wild raspberry. The key to Canella’s cocktail is fresh, quality Prosecco, white peaches picked when ripe, carefully selected raspberries and no artificial flavoring. Less than 80 calories per serving, this is a classic aperitif with a memorizing peach fragrance.

Canella, Veneto Rossini - Strawberries from sunny Basilicata meet Veneto’s Prosecco in this aperitif. 70% Canella sparkling wine and 30% juice and pulp of Candonga strawberries are mixed in state-of-the-art autoclaves. Fresh strawberry aromas leap from the glass with the sparkling wine offering subtle notes of apple, pear and white flowers. The palate is balanced by ideal acidity on the finish. Low in sugar and calories, this is also recommended in low-calorie and low glycemic diets!

Canella, Blood Orange Mimosa - A wine cocktail made from sparkling wine and the juice and pulp of all-natural, crimson-fleshed Sicilian blood oranges. The finest cultivars are orchestrated to achieve the best combination of flavors, fragrance and color for the Blood Orange Mimosa; the dark-hued Moro, the sweet Tarocco, and the tender Sanguinello. Light, fruity and refreshing, this is a juicy thirst-quencher.

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Thursday: Berkshire Mountain Distillers - Sheffield, MA

Reveler is excited to welcome Berkshire Mountain Distillers back to the tasting bar! Established in Sheffield, MA in 2007, Berkshire Mountain Distillers (BMD) was the Berkshire’s first craft distillery since prohibition. BMD uses regional materials in many of their products, creating a line of award-winning, truly authentic artisanal spirits. Their products have received numerous high accolades including Gold Medal awards from the Beverage Tasting Institute and San Francisco Spirits Competition. Come on in and try some for yourself! 

We will be tasting:

Ice Glen Vodka - Handcrafted in small batches, they blend their finest quadruple distilled grain-based spirit with their celebrated water, known for its purity. BMD then uses a proprietary charcoal filtering process to create a vodka of exceptional sipping quality.

Greylock Gin - Handcrafted in small batches, their proprietary blend of seven botanicals, packed into a gin head suspended over a pot still, infuses the distillate with its unique essence bringing a London Dry style gin of excellent quality.

Ethereal Gin - Also handcrafted in small batches, Ethereal is a true gin-lovers gin. Brimming with 14 botanicals and balanced flavors, it is bold yet sublime. Ethereal is a limited edition gin - its recipe and label color changing with each batch.

Ragged Mountain Rum - Made from molasses in the traditional pot style. It is triple distilled and aged in once-used bourbon barrels. BMD’s small batch method allows them to utilize only the finest fraction of spirit creating a full-bodied rum of great sophistication and complexity.

Berkshire Bourbon - Handcrafted in small batches using local corn sourced from a farmer two miles from the distillery. After meticulous fermentation and distillation, only the finest cut of spirit is selected to be aged in virgin American white oak barrels.

Smoke and Peat Bourbon Whiskey - BMD starts with their gold medal award-winning Berkshire Bourbon, once it has been aged to perfection, they then transfer it to casks that have been freshly emptied of Islay single malt Scotch. They let their bourbon finish in these heavily peated and smoked casks for just the right amount of time. The resultant whiskey is sure to please, perhaps even bring together, two typically different types of whiskey drinkers.

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Friday: Wine Tasting with Reveler’s Wine Director

TGIF! Come on in and try some wines with Reveler Beverage’s Wine Director, Kim! She will be sampling a selection of French and Washington state wines, some new to the store. We’ve got the affordable and delicious table wines you need this summer! We will be tasting a rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

We will be tasting:

Sacha Lichine, Le Poussin Rosé 2018 - Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Sacha Lichine has continued with the family tradition for innovation, by drawing on his wide experience of world winemaking trends and his keen understanding of consumer needs, to create an exciting range of branded wines. Born in Bordeaux and educated in the U.S., Lichine has been involved with wine since his youth. You may have had one of his other rosés, Whispering Angel, but his Le Poussin delivers. Made from a selection of Grenache and Cinsault grown in the Hérault region, between Pezenas and Beziers, this wine combines traditional French winemaking with modern winemaking technology. The 2018 vintage shows floral rose petal aromas on the nose and a dry, well-balanced palate with supple summer fruits and soft tannins. Serve with tuna salads, cold meats and Mediterranean soups.

Jones of Washington - Ancient Lakes of Columbia Valley, Washington
Jones of Washington is a family-owned winery, with vineyards located along the Columbia River in central Washington state. As one of the first families to farm these productive and scenic lands, the Jones watch over their estate vineyards vigilantly and passionately. The Jones family has been farming in the Columbia Basin since 1952, with Jack Jones entering the world of viticulture in 1997 and releasing Jones of Washington’s first vintage in 2001. Jack then teamed up with fellow grape-grower Dick Shaw to create J&S Crushing, a custom winemaking and crushing facility in Mattawa that helps other wineries produce their wines. J&S Crushing now crafts an excess of one million cases per year, of which about 10,000 are produced for Jones of Washington. 

We will be tasting:

Jones of Washington, Sauvignon Blanc 2016 -  Fruit-forward with a round mouthfeel, yet a clean and crisp finish with refreshing acidity. Aromas of lemon and lime zest, green apple and pear, juicy tangerine and green Anjou pears are followed by hints of citrus blossom and apricot. On the palate, the wine remains fruit driven with ripe guava and baked apricot combines with white peach, bright nectarine, fresh lime juice and pink grapefruit.

Jones of Washington, Chardonnay 2016 - Fresh aromas of apple, Bartlett pear and orchard blossoms leap from the glass. Bright with a hint of creaminess, the texture and flavors mirror the nose with lemon zest, toast and subtle vanilla. 

Jones of Washington, Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 - Bing cherries, cassis, black raspberry, warm baking spices, mocha, freshly turned soil and a hint of rosemary. Smooth with silky, well-integrated tannins balance with ripe fruit and a slight mineral edge.

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Saturday: Craft Collective Beer Tasting

Reveler is excited to have Craft Collective back at the tasting bar to feature more of their stellar portfolio. This week our Craft Collective Ambassador will be tasting selections from New England as well as some of Queens, NY’s most sought-after breweries. We will be tasting beers from Idle Hands Craft Ales, SingleCut Beersmiths, Definitive Brewing Company, The Beer’d Brewing Company and FINBACK Brewery. Come on in and cool down!

We will be tasting:

Idle Hands Craft Ales, Slate Ale - Malden, MA
Idle Hands was founded by husband and wife team Chris and Grace Tkach. Idle Hands focuses on Belgian-style ales, German-style lagers, and popular IPAs, particularly those that are frequently paired with a variety of food offerings to complement and enhance the flavors. Slate is a flavorful, easy drinking everyday ale. It contains pleasant notes of tropical fruit, melon and citrus, with a crisp, refreshing finish. Whether at a cookout, the beach or on a hike, Slate just might be your new summer sidekick!

SingleCut Beersmiths, WEIRD & GILLY IPA - Queens, NY
SingleCut Beersmiths was founded by New York City native, music-obsessed brewer Rich Buceta, whose lifelong passions led to a place where hops and vinyl could shine side by side. After years of homebrewing and professional stints around NYC, Rich was true to his dream, diving headfirst into the brewing world. Singlecut has grown to be one of the city’s most sought after breweries with a huge array of hoppy beers, as well as some intense and delicious stouts. With distribution hitting the New England market, SingleCut’s popularity has only increased. SingleCut’s WEIRD & GILLY IPA is soft, doughy with slightly tangy malt lying under bright citrus, tropical fruit and mild pine resin; it’s “J-U-I-C-Y”!

Definitive Brewing Company, Definitive Ale - Portland, ME
Definitive Brewing was formed in 2017, and the production brewery and tasting room opened in May of 2018 on the legendary Industrial Way, Portland. Definitive Brewing strives to provide a memorable tasting room experience, culminating in the wide variety of beers offered. Definitive Ale is, shockingly, Definitive’s signature IPA! Dry hopped with Pacific Northwest and Austrailian hops, it is bursting with tropical fruit flavors and aromas.

The Beer’d Brewing Company, One Thing Led to Another IPA - Stonington, CT
Classified as a microbrewery, Beer’d Brewing Company’s 217 gallon, 7 BBL brewhouse allows Beer’d to be creative, agile and hands-on with every ounce of beer produced. Due to the small production size, you can expect several experimental brews a year and different takes on classic styles on a regular basis. Creating beers since 2012, Beer’d Brewing aims to reincarnate the days gone by when beer was produced by someone on your block rather than a multinational corporation. One Thing Led to Another is double dry hopped with a blend of Citra, Mosaic and Idaho 7. The result is a soft IPA bursting with citrus and tropical fruit notes, peach and apricot.

FINBACK Brewery, TELEPHONE LINES German Pils - Queens, NY
After years of homebrewing, co-founders Kevin and Bail decided to officially found Finback Brewing in 2011 and released their first beers directly from the brewery in 2014. Finback’s aim is to make great beer, following their passion for flavor and complexity from quality ingredients and small batch artisanal brewing. Despite their relatively small operation, they have grown a huge cult-following of beer gurus throughout the Northeast. Their beers are now considered some of the highest quality and most sought after. TELEPHONE LINES is a German Pilsner that is dry hopped with Citra. Crisp and smooth, this Pils shows subtle citrus hop character, complexity, and a nice balance between bitterness and fruit.

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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? July 24th!

July 24th How to Blind Taste Like the Pros - Kim Wallace, Reveler Beverage Wine Director, Advanced Sommelier/WSET Advanced

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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