Thursday: Scarpetta Wines - Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy

Reveler is thrilled to welcome Amber Crown, the Northeast Sales Manager for Scarpetta Wines, to the tasting bar to pour a delicious lineup of their wines! Scarpetta is a Friulian-inspired brand created by Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and former French Laundry Chef Lachlan 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. We’re sure you’ll recognize the classic pig label from bottles around the store.

Amber Crown has spent over ten years in the wine and hospitality industry in New York and New England. Amber joined the Scarpetta team in early 2018 based in New York and is now excited to be representing the wines from her new home base in Brighton. She has studied with the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, most recently sitting for the Level 3 Advanced Certification with WSET this spring. Come meet Amber and try some of Scarpetta’s delicious and affordable wines!

We will be tasting:

Timido Vino Spumante Brut Rosé (NV) - 100% Pinot Nero, this rosé is bright pink in color with aromas of red berries and fresh cut flowers that leap from the glass. The palate is crisp and dry with flavors of strawberries and a touch of herb. It’s a tasty one!

Prosecco Brut DOC 2017 - Scarpetta’s Prosecco comes from Grave del Friuli, Italy’s newest DOC region for Prosecco. DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata and is the main tier of Italian wine classification. This wine is light, refreshing and dry...and vintage dated! A vintage-dated Prosecco is a pretty rare find.   

Pinot Grigio 2018 - The majority of the Pinot Grigio grapes come from the best sites in Friuli-Venezia Giulia with 30% planted on “Ponca” soil in the Colli Orientali on steep hillsides. The combination of the Grave and Calli Orientali produce wine that has body, bright acidity, and a crisp, clean minerality. You may have grabbed a glass at Blue on Highland!

Frico Lambrusco - Lambrusco is the quintessential sparkling aperitivo of the Emilia-Romagna area of Italy and an already great wine option! Frico Lambrusco is new to the store, showing vibrant and fresh with a hint of sweetness and a pleasing tart finish. The best part? It’s in a can so it will pair great with a charcuterie plate on-the-go!

Frico Rosso 2016 - This 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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Thursday: Craft Collective Beer Tasting

Reveler is excited to continue our tasting series with Craft Collective! This week our Craft Collective Ambassador will be taking us on a trip around New England, tasting selections from Rhode Island’s Proclamation Ale Company, Vermont’s Four Quarters Brewing and Connecticut's Beer’d Brewing Company.

We will be tasting:

Proclamation Ale Company, Derivative: Citra Pale Ale - Warwick, RI
Proclamation Ale Company originally opened in West Kingston, RI in 2013 and three years later moved to Warwick, where the brewery remains today. The brewery is 15,000 sq feet with space designated for barrel aging, a wood cellar for sour and wild ales and a tasting room featuring a small retro video arcade. The Derivative: Citra is a single-hopped Pale Ale with notes of mixed citrus, pineapple, dankness, and earth.

Four Quarters Brewing, Phaze American IPA - Winooski, VT
We first debuted Four Quarters in our Beer Club and have been impressed with each beer we have tried from them since. Four Quarters is a 10 barrel brewery specializing in sours, stouts and hoppy beers. Founded in March 2014, Four Quarters embodies the cycle of life, the journey that each ingredient makes on its way to your glass. The logo shows the moon phases, which encapsulates this cycle. The hope is that by thoughtfully crafting each and every beer with this cycle in mind, as well as the purpose of every ingredient used, the brewery can pass to its drinkers not just a glass of delicious brew, but its passion, love and thankfulness for all things in the natural world. The Phaze American IPA is hazy orange in color, with aromas and notes of tropical fruit before a bitter pine finish.

The Beer’d Brewing Company, Dogs & Boats Imperial 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 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. Their Dogs & Boats Imperial IPA is big and juicy featuring Citra and Mosaic hops across a dried out malt backbone.

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Friday: Litchfield Distillery - Litchfield, CT

Reveler is excited to welcome Litchfield Distillery back to the tasting bar! David and Jack Baker grew up in the water-bottling business, with Crystal Rock Bottled Water. They decided to take their education in family-owned business and open a distillery in their home state of Connecticut. Litchfield Distillery refers to themselves as Batchers in honor of the early farmers of northwest Connecticut, a region that became known for its ample yield of wheat, corn and barley. Today, Litchfield takes the best ingredients that their local farmers have to offer and distill fine craft spirits, one batch at a time. Come on in and try our neighbor's bourbon!

We will be tasting:

Batchers’ Straight Bourbon Whiskey - Traditionally aged in #4 charred barrels, the Straight Bourbon Whiskey displays an amber color, releases notes of butterscotch and vanilla with a slight peppery finish. This smooth and balanced whiskey won Silver and Bronze at the 2016 and 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Batchers’ Double-Barreled Bourbon Whiskey 10-Year - This 10-year bourbon is bottle proofed to 88 and then re-barreled to invite a delicious bouquet of caramels, vanillas, fruits and spices that linger and evolve on the palate.

Batchers’ Vanilla Bourbon - Straight Bourbon whiskey is infused with Bourbon-Madagascar vanilla extract and a vanilla bean is added to each bottle to invite further flavor development as the bottle rests. Aromatic and well-balanced, this is a great sipping bourbon as well as a great addition to cocktails.

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Saturday: Arctic Summer Spiked Seltzer - Worcester, MA

Reveler is excited to welcome Arctic Summer spiked seltzer to the tasting bar! This is a brand made for people to gather round and enjoy the warm weather. Contrary to popular belief, not all “fruit flavors” are created equally. The natural fruit flavors and essences Arctic Summer uses in its recipes are proprietary to Polar Seltzer, who has been working on perfecting the recipes for generations. The goal was to create a spiked seltzer the same way real seltzer is made: effervescent, crisp and full of fruit flavor. Not heavy, not sweet or syrupy, Arctic Summer spiked seltzer captures the joyfulness of bubbles with the relaxed session drinking that 5% AVB affords. Crafted as a collaboration between Harpoon Brewing and Polar Beverage, Arctic Summer is naturally gluten-free (not processed to be gluten-free). Come on in and try some!

We will be tasting:

Pineapple Pomelo - Sweet, tropical flavors balanced by a pink citrus note.

Ruby Red Grapefruit - Bright and crisp, never bitter.

Raspberry Lime - Jammy notes of raspberry with a refreshing lime finish.

Black Cherry - Rich and dark notes of fruit with a crisp finish.

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