Thursday Codigo Tequila Tasting

We're excited to have AJ from Código 1530 Tequila behind the tasting bar for the very first time introducing their line of agave spirits that just arrived at Reveler this month! In addition to what is listed below, AJ will be pre-selling a few of their higher mark tequilas and offering tastings of them.

We will be tasting:

Blanco: Superior quality, hand selected, fully-matured agave, which ensures that with each harvest, Código’s agave’s Brix level meets their high standards. This Blanco is unrested, never touching a barrel, so that the rich flavor of agave can be fully appreciated. Earthy, mineral character that balances the citrusy sweetness beautifully. 

Rosa: Código 1530 Rosa begins with the purity of their Blanco, then is rested for 1 month in uncharred Napa Valley Cabernet French White Oak wine barrels. The result is a refined spirit with a natural color as beautiful as its taste. Rosa has rested just long enough in their Cabernet barrels to enrich the natural agave juice, without overpowering its delicate botanical balance. Leads with bright agave character and finishes with the soft red wine notes of Cabernet with a mildly floral finish.

Reposado: This Reposado combines the purity of their Blanco and the elegance of their aging process. Aged for six months in the finest Napa Valley Cabernet French White Oak wine barrels, Código 1530 Reposado embraces the agave-driven flavors of Los Bajos tequila, with subtle hints of many of the signature flavors found in whiskeys. Bright, sweet agave notes with the added complexity of vanilla, toasted caramel and subtle cocoa powder. 

Rosa Reposado: Código 1530, the first brand to produce a naturally pink-hued tequila by resting their pure Blanco expression in the finest French white oak Cabernet wine barrels, created Código 1530 Tequila Rosa Blanco. Rosa-Reposado is a special edition twist to that original. This Limited Edition Código 1530 Rosa-Reposado tequila started its aging process in the finest French white oak Cabernet wine barrels, then finished in Spanish Sherry wine barrels to add extra character and a soft, sweet finish. 

Barrel Proof Anejo: Aged for more than 2 years in the world’s finest French White Oak Cabernet barrels, it’s one of the smoothest Barrel Strength Tequilas in the market. Subtle caramelized vanilla and dark chocolate notes, swirling with toasted oak aroma. Soft on the palate with no throaty burn. 

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Friday Beer Tasting with the Founder of East Rock Brewing Company

You will not want to miss this tasting! Reveler and East Rock founders go way back, having worked together for many years, so we are thrilled to welcome Tim Wilson, the founder of East Rock, to the tasting bar this weekend. Having just started officially distributing in MA earlier this year, he will be introducing for of their incredibly clean and flavorful German-inspired offerings.

We will be tasting:

Lager (5.2% ABV): Familiar, yet different, this versatile German-style Helles is the pinnacle of Bavarian brewing and the daily drinking beer of its people. Simply crafted, yet extremely drinkable, this humble lager is prized for its delicate balance of subtle malt and mild bitterness. 

Pilsner (5.2% ABV): East Rock combines pilsner malt from a fifth-generation maltster and hops directly imported from family farms in the Hallertau and Tettnang regions of Germany, producing a hop-forward take on the world’s most popular beer style.

Key Lime Kicker (4.2% ABV): A Radler-style citrus lager made with a hint of key limes and natural key lime flavor. A perfect beer for summer and these sweltering weekends!

Passionfruit Gose (4.5% ABV): This is East Rock’s take on the classic Gose-style using a clean fermenting lager yeast to reveal a subtle tartness and soft mouthfeel created during the kettle-souring process. Their restrained use of sea salt, coriander, and passionfruit lend a pleasing complexity to this decidedly crisp and refreshing beer.

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Friday Classic Wine Tasting with Ross Cohen

Come and meet our favorite foodie, Ross Cohen with Classic Imports! 

He will be pouring:

Attems, Pinot Grigio 2020 - Friuli, Italy

Attems is a historical producer from Friuli, with a long tradition in wine making and a deep knowledge of the territory. The estate has one of the best positions in the area, with several microclimates that allow the winery to enhance the character of each wine and highlight the unique varietals they cultivate. This Pinot Grigio demonstrates all of the amazing qualities of the Collio region in Friuli Venezia-Giulia: it has superb weight and texture, and is mineral-edged, savory, tangy, and lively. This pinot grigio showcases flavors and aromas or roasted pear, kiwi, candied lemon, and wet stone. The perfect pairing for a meat and cheese board!

Aia Vecchia, Vermentino 2020 - Tuscany, Italy

Located deep in the Tuscan countryside between Bolgheri and Castagneto Carducci, the Pelligrini family has been farming grapes in the hills of Bolgheri for four generations. Fresh, floral aromatics of yellow fruit and yellow flowers, thyme, minerality and subtle salinity. The mouthfeel is fresh and inviting to give enough pleasure for drinking on its own or for pairing with food.

Chasing Rain Wines, Merlot, Red Mountain 2018 - Washington, USA

Phillippe Melka is pretty famous in the wine world. A French-American winemaker, he spent time working at and consulting for iconic properties such as Château Haut Brion, Petrus, Silver Oak, Ridge, Cliff Lede, Hundred Acre and more. His latest project, Chasing Rain, is fairly new to the Massachusetts market. Check out what good Merlot can be in the hands of a world-renown winemaker.

Banshee, “Mordecai” Proprietary Red Wine 2018 - California, United States

Here we go - a $20 red blend that was placed in April’s monthly wine club. This wine is about the oaky layers! Moderate-plus ruby red in color, the nose reveals a vanilla/cedar/coconut flake frame encapsulating red and dark fruits of cherries, plums, cigar box, violets, black pepper, clove and cinnamon. Medium-full in body, the wine's ripe fruit and spicy finish intermingle with structured tannins. Give a 45 minute decant to help soften and enjoy!

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Saturday Oz Wine Company Tasting

Come say hello to Dave Saul with OZ Wine Company! 

He will be pouring:

Eyrie Vineyards, Pinot Gris, Dundee Hills 2019 - Willamette Valley, Oregon

Founded in 1966 by David and Diana Lett, Eyrie Vineyards was the very first winery in the Willamette Valley to plant Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and other related varieties in the region and the first to plant Pinot Gris in America. The Pinot Gris is aged 3 to 4 times longer - more than commercial versions - and showcases a lithe texture and vibrant freshness with the capacity for aging potential. 

Gran Familia, Rioja - Rioja, Spain

It’s getting warmer, yet you want a red with a little nuance and spice, without too much alcohol.  That said, have a look at this 12.5% ABV Rioja. While in previous decades, 12.5% was the normal range for alcohol levels in many red wines throughout the world (even with California Cabernets!), we have seen these numbers push the limits on ripeness over the last 25-30 years or so. For example, it’s “typical” these days to see red wines from Rioja, California, Bordeaux and even some Burgundy easily bat at 14.5%. That said, enjoy this nuanced Rioja as an everyday drink with an easy meal, such as turkey burgers, tapas, or carnitas tacos. 

Tenuta di Carleone, “il Randagio” 2019 – Tuscany, Italy

Founded in 2012, the winery is located in the heart of the Chianti region between the cities of Siena and Florence, the entire property covers approximately 100 hectares and is comprised of woodland hills, small rivers and tiny plains. The property is home to 20 hectares of Sangiovese vines and 10 hectares of olive trees. The Egger family has since restored this ancient hamlet – the Castiglioni (castle), as well as its farmhouse and chapel – and brought Sean O’Callaghan (known to his friends as “il Guercio”, the one-eyed rascal) to join a small artisanal winery producing Sangiovese with a twist. His twist – utilizing organic and biodynamic principles in the vineyard, native yeast fermentations and no fining agents.

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