Bootblack Syrups and Cocktail Tasting

Get your cocktails ready; we are excited to welcome back Rhode Island's own Bootblack Brand to Reveler! If you want truly unique and authentic cocktail mixers look no further! Born from friends sitting on barstools frustrated by the lack of quality of the cocktails being served, "small batch - huge flavor" drives their product development. The term "Bootblack" represents an ideal from generations' past but firmly rooted in today's culture: To create a product honestly and earnestly with ones own two hands and unbridled enthusiasm. Come on in to taste their creative simple syrups in delicious cocktail samples! We will be tasting:
 
Classic Citrus Tonic – Looking to find the perfect balance to your tonic? Give this simple syrup a shot! The ability to control the amount of intensity gives you the finesse to find the perfect level for your cocktail of choice.
 
Ginger Cardamom Lime - This syrup marries with many spirits including whiskey, rum, vodka & tequila to name a few. Think Moscow Mules, Kentucky Bucks and Rum & Ginger to start or go down the 'rabbit hole' and try Blootblack's 3 Compadres. Oh boy!
 
Cranberry Jalapeno Lime – Looking for something to spice up a Margarita or Paloma? Or take a twist on a gin and tonic or cape codder! This syrup has just enough heat to remind you it's made with fresh jalapeños but not so strong it will overpower your latest creation.
 
Traditional Old Fashioned - take the guesswork out of the bitters/sugar ratio. You can go traditional with your favorite whiskey or mix it up (pun intended) with an aged rum. Or try updating your Manhattan by splitting the Sweet Vermouth with this flavor blast!

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Friday Wine Tasting

Michel Sarrazin, Bourgogne Rouge - Burgundy, France
Welcome to the village of Jambles. Blink, and you'll probably miss it—this hamlet of just 500 residents southwest of Givry doesn't offer much to entice a wandering tourist. Granted, few tourists are as interested in climbing rocks as we are. What makes Jambles (say zhamBLAYe – ask Kim if you are unsure how to pronounce this!) special is its vineyard-covered hills, the source of stunningly noble, high-altitude wines that are truly a vinous world apart from the better-known flatland cuvées of Givry.
 
Jean-Louis Dutraive, Fleurie 'La Tonne' - Beaujolais, France
Domaine de la Grand’Cour was founded in 1969 by fourth generation vigneron Jean Dutraive. Located in Fleurie, the family estate counts 11.5 hectares of Gamay in the appellations of Fleurie and Brouilly.  In 1989 Jean’s son Jean-Louis took over the domaine giving it a new dynamic. Eventually transitioning to organic farming, Jean-Louis found himself spending the majority of his time in his vineyards gaining an understanding of the significance of organic viticulture.  The wines of Domaine de la Grand’Cour are filled with expressive aromatics, texture, depth and flavor. They are as vibrant and complex as anywhere else in Burgundy and unsurprisingly have become absolute cult wines!
 
Ultraviolet Wines Cabernet Sauvignon - California, USA
Ripe notes of blueberry compote, plums, fresh violet petals and currant, a round mouthfeel with hints of blackberry bramble, black pepper and Bordeaux-like earthiness, with bright acidity and velvety, persistent tannin.  Ultraviolet is an homage to the California climate where winemaker Samantha Sheehan grew up, and a pure expression of fruit ripened under the California sun.

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Saturday Wine Tasting

Serge Laloue, Sancerre - Loire Valley, France

Created in the early 1930's by Francois and Simone Laloue, the family farm then grew grapes, grain and tobacco and raised livestock. In 1960, their son Serge took charge of the small plots of vines to concentrate on viticulture and winemaking. Today, the domaine is run by Serge's children, Franck, the winemaker since 1990, and Christine.

Michel et Damien Pinon, Vouvray Tuffo Sec - Loire Valley, France

Pinon is a 3rd generation family owned and operated estate now primarily run by Damien and Ingrid Pinon. About half of their production is sparkling, and the other half still wines. All wines are made entirely from Chenin Banc. They make their wines from 100% estate fruit, have been farming organically since 2007, and use only indigenous yeasts. They have a very minimalistic approach to making their wines- stainless steel fermentations, and sparkling wines on the lees for up to 18 months.

Winzer Krems, Blauer Zweigelt 'Sandgrube 13' - Niederösterreich, Austria

Wine growing in and around Krems can be traced back more than 2,000 years. Due to the mild climate, the quality of the soil and the local wine growers' hard work, Krems and the Wachau developed into Austria’s best wine growing regions.  Ruby red with violet lights, this Zweigelt is a full-bodied, tight red with sour cherry, cinnamon and strawberry scents and flavors. The palate is smooth with mild tannins, velvety mouthfeel and a long, fruity finish. Pairs well with ham, sausages and cold meats, as well as hard cheeses.

Vaglio, Luján de Cuyo Malbec 'Chacra' - Mendoza, Argentina

Vaglio, 'Chango' Red Blend - Mendoza, Argentina

Vaglio is a new micro-winery located in Tupungato created by José Lovaglio Balbo. He produces four single vineyard wines that all focus on micro-climates and minimal winemaking. José is a young winemaker at Dominio del Plata and the son of Susanna Balbo. Each of his wines represent a unique terroir as well as different stages of his life.

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Fall Grand Wine Tasting – Saturday, October 13th from 2-5 PM

Our Grand Rosé tasting last May featured over 25 rosés from around the globe. This fall, we will be tasting over 30 different wines from around the world, so stay tuned for a list of producers within the next couple of weeks. From every day to geek-out wines, plan on having a ball!

New England Charcuterie will be here again  to sample some delicious cured meats!

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