Every month, our Beverage Directors will bring you their knowledge & passion for all things sippable. Here's what our experts are enjoying in September!
Every month, our Beverage Directors will bring you their knowledge & passion for all things sippable.
These are the experts to approach. Ask them questions about ideal pairings, hostess gifts, and even collecting. They are here to help!
Here’s what our experts are enjoying in September:
Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine
Poduttori del Barbaresco 2010
“It is no secret that I have an unabashed love and enthusiasm for most things Italian; The food, the wine… my husband! I fried beautiful local eggplants for dinner the other night and paired it with a 2010 Produttori del Barbaresco. The pairing was fabulous. The super-bright and somewhat tart flavors of cherry, strawberry and rhubarb shot through the richness of the eggplant. The finish was silky and satisfying with just a smack of spice. This lovely bottle is available everyday for $37.49.”
Ca’Furlan Prosecco Cuvee Beatrice 2010
“Something I always reach for, regardless of occasion or weather, is bubbly. Something very tasty and well within our budget is Ca’ Furlan Prosecco Cuvee Beatrice. It’s $11.69 and tastes every bit as good as many wines twice the price. Small, happy bubbles deliver notes of lemon custard, lime soda and a whiff of brioche. This is a good one to keep in the fridge for unexpected company.”
Wrath Fermata Chardonnay 2012
“Since starting with Straub’s two months ago, the number one wine that stands out for me is Wrath 2012 Fermata Chardonnay from Monterey, California. It is a little bit of a splurge at $32.99, however, it is hands-down the best Chardonnay I have ever had from California. The best way that I can describe it: Happiness in a glass!”
Certified Sommelier, Certified Specialist of Wine
Shania by Juan Gil
White or Red 3 Liter Bag-in-Box
For Sara’s inaugural pick, she’s decided to get a little controversial…
“It was originally a challenge just to convince people that screw cap wines could actually be really good, and now I’m telling you to give box wine a second glance. Don’t think about Franzia, don’t even go there. Shania (pronounced SHAH-nee-yah, not like the country singer) has a lot going for it.
First, and most importantly, it’s delicious. And will stay that way after opening far longer than any bottle will. Because of the anti-oxidizing bag inside (no air enters the bag), unfinished wine will not decline in quality like that of opened bottles. These wines are meant to be drunk young, so no need for bottle and cork here. Secondly, the wine is produced by Juan Gil. The Gil family has been making wine in the southeast region of Spain since 1916, that’s 4 generations of winemaking! Finally, it’s a terrific value. A 3 liter box is four bottles of wine. Straub’s price is $19.99, so when you do the math it comes to $5 per ‘bottle’.
Shania White Wine (Garnacha Blanca) – Herbaceous and citrusy on the nose. Low acidity; finishing with melon and apple notes. Easy drinking and perfect for those last weeks of summer.
Shania Red Wine (Monastrell) – Dark ruby in color with aromas of blueberry and ripe cassis. Bright and fruit forward but not jammy. Fine tannins and a savory finish. Drink with basically anything grilled or roasted.
Don’t forget to recycle the box!”
Certified Specialist of Wine
Webster Groves Store
Crossfork Creek Cabernet 2011
This wine has elegance and structure. Dark fruit, earthy tones and a solid balance of acid and tannins
Schafer-Frohlich medium-dry Riesling 2010
Don’t let Riesling scare you. Wine nerds love the good ones. Schafer-Frohlich has peach, lime, nectarine, and wonderful minerality. A great intro to wonderful Rieslings.
Formation Pinot Noir 2011
This is a great every-day pinot that has wonderful fruit and a medium body. It’s affordable wine from Central California.
4 Hands Resurrected IPA
6 pk cans $10.99
When it’s smoldering hot outside, it’s always been hard for me to find a beer that is refreshing, much less an IPA; but 4 Hands Resurrected IPA is that beer. The Mosaic hops flood your nostrils with passion fruit and pineapple as soon as you open the can (yes I said can!) The pineapple continues on the palate while also introducing orange, grapefruit and a slight piney bitterness to the mix before finishing crisp and leaving you longing for more. Enjoy this during these last few weeks of summer.
The Rule Cabernet Sauvignon 2011
“Holy Twizzler Batman!” The aroma of this Cabernet explode with red licorice, black cherry, and vanilla. The palate continues the red licorice theme and introduces a light smoky flavor that adds a nice depth to the wine. While I think this wine will age beautifully, I say buy a nice steak from our butchers and crack this bottle open.
To try the best vodka in the land you don’t have to travel to Russia or Poland or France. Instead I suggest you jump in your car and head to the Vodka making powerhouse of Pontoon Beach, Illinois… wait– what?! …that’s right, in my opinion there is no other vodka on the market that is as smooth and clean tasting as Mastermind Vodka. Being hand made in small batches with midwestern grain insures that the quality is unparalleled. Try it straight up or mix with Fever Tree Tonic water and a splash of fresh squeezed lime juice for a real treat.