Thursday: Wine Tasting

Happy Weekend! We are starting ours with a wine tasting featuring two Sean Minor wines as well as two Merlots, one from Washington and the other from California. Whether sipping on their own or pairing with food, these comfort varietals are sure to please and warm up your chilly January. We will be tasting:

Sean Minor Chardonnay 2016 - Sonoma Coast, California
Sean Minor founded Sean Minor Wines and Four Bears Winery in 2005 with a passion for producing wines of exceptional varietal characteristics and expressive terroir distinctiveness. Sean Minor Wines’ goal is to make delicious, quality wines that continue to exceed expectations. The 2016 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is a light golden straw hue and displays aromas of apple, pear, tropical citrus and pineapple with subtle notes of cardamom, cinnamon and vanilla spice. On the mouth, crisp vibrant flavors of guava, pear and green apple integrate well with a touch of minerality and a medium body mouthfeel. These flavors linger to provide a full and lengthy finish.

Sean Minor Pinot Noir 2015 - Sonoma Coast, California
The 2015 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir fruit is a blend of Pommard and Dijon clones from carefully selected vineyards within the region. The wine is aged 10 months in 100% French oak, of which 20% is new. Light and lean on the entry, this wine builds up steam and power as it develops in the glass, becoming a robust exploration of rhubarb, strawberry, cranberry and forest floor flavors, buoyed by a gravelly texture and balanced ripeness. The lingering spicy finish is framed by vanilla and oak notes.

Milbrandt Vineyards Merlot 2016 - Columbia Valley, Washington
Butch and Jerry Milbrandt planted their first vineyard in 1997 and in the ensuing two decades, Milbrandt Vineyards have earned a reputation for growing some of Washington State’s finest grapes. These grapes have found their way into many of Washington's most sought-after wines and the Milbrandt name and vineyards are featured on many prestigious labels. The tradition for excellence established in their vineyards is inherent in every bottle of Milbrandt Vineyards wine. Their 2016 Merlot is round and rich with classic aromas and flavors of blackberry, plum, hints of mocha and espresso with a touch of savory dried herb. It has a juicy, ripe entry to a soft, round and fruit driven palate with a hint of vanilla crème on the finish.

Robert Hall Merlot 2015 - Paso Robles, California
Entrepreneur Robert L. Hall’s past success as a savvy businessman led to his 1995 acquisition of land in the Paso Robles appellation and the birth of his wine label. Soon after, the “Terrace” and “Bench” vineyards joined the Hall Ranch enclave. As farmers first, their goal is to nurture the land and coax from it the finest fruit possible from the vineyards on the Hall Ranch - each with its own personality and each expressing unique nuances that strive to capture the essence of Paso Robles. Rich aromas of ripe black cherry accentuated by hints of cedar emanate from the 2015 Merlot. Lush, ruby-red color indicates the level of concentration yielding by the vintage and vineyards. An immediately pleasing red wine with a full body of lush flavors of stewed plums, blueberry cobbler and blackberries with cream. Barrel aging notes of oaky vanilla and soft, silky tannins make this a layered and decadent expression of Merlot.

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Friday: Homegrown Distribution Beer Tasting

Come in as we welcome Homegrown Distribution to the Reveler tasting bar! We will be tasting some local Maine and Vermont brews, as well as one from Chicago. Try some delicious hoppy beers or try something new with a mead and framboise! We will be tasting:

Lone Pine Brewing Company
Longtime friends Tom Madden and John Paul forged mutual passion of beer to make Lone Pine Brewing Company. Lone Pine Brewing focuses their passion to prove that craft beer can inspire a community to make the world a better place. Their motto, “Live well, do good, drink great beer along the way,” reinforces this. After publicly opening its Portland location in 2016, Lone Pine purchased Sebago Brewing Co.’s old production facility in Gorham, ME (last October). The move quadrupled its capacity and opened the door for Lone Pine to filter more into Massachusetts. We will be tasting:
Portland Pale Ale - Lone Pine’s flagship pale ale carries a bright, clean body, with stone fruit and ripe citrus flavors from heavy late addition hopping.

Brightside IPA - This American IPA balances a subtle malt character with smooth, clean bitterness and layers of complex citrus zest, tropical fruit and pine.

Tessellation Double IPA - 100% Mosaic hopped Double IPA stands bright, but with a strikingly soft and rounded mouthfeel. Heavy whirlpool and dry hop additions showcase the complex Mosaic hop aromatics of blueberry, mango and juicy, overripe peach.

Groennfell Meadery Old Wayfarer - Groennfell Meadery brews craft mead out of Colchester, Vermont. Based on an ancient Germanic warrior’s drink, Old Wayfarer is the world’s first Craft Amber Mead. It is brewed with a custom blend of amber honeys, dark natural sugars and German brewer’s yeast, all aged in toasted oak. Complex with notes of Bourbon, molasses and spice, it’s a winter warmer!

Une Année Brewery Framboise - American Wild Ale fermented with raspberry. Une Année Brewery is located outside of Chicago and is an extremely small microbrewery, producing 2000 barrels per year; for perspective, local favorite Jack’s Abby’s production rate is about 900 barrels a week. “Une Année” is French for one year, with the name chosen to reinforce the two main ideas behind the brewery: a focus on Belgian and French style ales, and to produce beers seasonally.

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Saturday: Lookout Farm Brewing & Cider Co.

Reveler is thrilled to welcome Natick MA’s Lookout Farm Brewing & Cider Co. back to the tasting bar! Lookout Farm is one of the oldest working farms in America, established in 1651, caring for over 65,000 trees on their 180 acre orchard. Lookout Farm Hard Cider was established in April 2015 and it wasn’t long before they were encouraged to start a farm brewery. Thus, in August 2017 Lookout Farm Brewing and Cider Co. was born with beers on tap at the orchard’s tasting room. Lookout Farm Hard Cider is a true craft cidery, using their expertise in modern fermentation and traditional aging techniques to produce a uniquely refreshing hard cider. They carefully select the most flavorial apple blends and add the finest ingredients to create a cider that is both exceptional and true to our New England heritage. Come on in and try some of your neighbor’s craft hard cider! We will be tasting:

Flagship Farmhouse Cider - Their pressed blend of apples are fermented with a combination of yeasts, each one adding a layer of flavor and complexity. The final product is filtered, resulting in a golden cider that receives a touch of Lookout’s own raw honey before it is bottled on site.

1651 Oak Barrel Aged - Select cider apples are pressed in small batches, fermented with their house yeast blend and aged in American oak. Pronounced vanilla aromas complement the woody flavor that balances the natural sweetness of the cider.

Hop Up - A carefully crafted blend of hops and select cider apples. Firm yet balanced, showing bright citrus flavors and intense earthy aromas.

First American Cherry - We’ll likely never know if George Washington really cut down his father’s cherry tree, but we do know that Lookout Farm was growing fruit when George became the first American president. First American Cherry was made in honor of George and the generations of farmers who came before us.

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