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Octomore 4.2 Comus/167PPM has arrived!!

May 3rd, 2012 No comments



Islay scotch…for me, it has always conjured the sensations of a slow walk along the ocean at dusk. The first sip is like the cool touch of sea spray on my face; the swallow, like the fading heat of the sun as it terminates beyond the horizon. Hrmmm…i could really go for a dram about now…

But I digress.

I’ve always liked products that push the limits of their genre and the Octomore series from Bruichladdich is no exception. I do wonder just how far Mr. McEwan can push the phenolic volume of this series before we’re drinking pure iodine. Regardless, the peat in all the Octomores has been huge, distinct and unexpectedly elegant.  Is elegant peat oxymoron of sorts? Perhaps. But it illustrates the ability of deft balance to bridle the strongest of peats.

Comus is the latest special edition Octomore. It continues the theme of wine finishes begun by Orpheus. In Comus, we find a disparate pairing of characteristics. On the one hand we have Octomore 4 with it’s 167 PPM bringing waves of briny peat…on the other, former Chateau d’Yquem barrels imbued with sweet tropical fruit and acid to keep the sweetness from being too cloying.

I was lucky enough to have someone provide a bottle to sample and I can only say “Wow!” The last Octomore I had the pleasure to try was the second release, which was fantastic. The Comus was simply outstanding…the strangest part was how well the briny peat and rich d’Yquem married to each other. The nose has the signature Octomore characteristics…big peat…brine…leather…yet there’s more. The d’Yquem slowly reveals itself…showing beautiful fruit and honey. The palate does things in reverse…drawing you in with sweetness at the tip of your tongue then returning with a grassy peat. Man, this stuff is fantastic…it’s a smack in the face followed by a soft caresse…followed by another smack. It’s not right that it’s in a frosted white bottle…because it really deserves a leather studded bottle the way it plays with your senses.

Unfortunately, the Comus is going to be extremely limited…but if you happen to be in the neighborhood drop in @ Linwood Wine for a taste. I’d be happy to share this rare treat. I’ve got about 690ML left as of day 2….make that 640ML….


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Or-G Anyone?

January 11th, 2012 No comments

A blend of ultra premium French Vodka mixed with a combination of persimmon, papaya, mango, and lime.  An Or-G filled with these flavors is sure to be a delightful presence on the palette.

If you need a GOOD reason, here’s why: at only $24.99, it’s definitely worth a try!

Quick and Tasty Sangria Recipe

July 3rd, 2011 No comments

Quck Down and Dirty Sangria

Sangria…I don’t know that I can think of a better summer wine for the masses. Fruity, easy drinking and refreshing but a bit of a project to put together. I can’t tell you exactly how many people have asked me for a  sangria recipe…I can only tell you I’ve been asked so many times I’ve got about 10 variations memorized. Just about every version involves chopping fruit and a mix of multiple libations.

I seem to get 2 reactions when I start laying out the recipe for a tasty sangria. I get the studious note taker, jotting down each step as if it were an integral part of a final exam, or the Million Mile Stare. I know it’s over once I get the stare and reach for the nearest bottle of prepared sangria…the only cure for the Million Mile Stare. I’ve always thought there had to be some happy medium…the ease of prepared, but the refreshing fizz of fresh made. It would seem serendipity had a solution in mind.

We’re always popping a bottle of something or another at the shop. As chance would have it, there happened to be an open bottle of Vina Borgia Garnacha open as I was sipping my Boylans Orange Soda. It’s a simple enough conclusion and a truly tasty one at that. Boylans Orange Soda and Vina Borgia Garnacha makes a helluva sangria with a cool fizz to cool the bones . It couldn’t be simpler.

1 part Vina Borgia Garnacha

1 part Boylans Orange Soda

The result is a purple hued potion that anyone is sure to enjoy. It’s customizable on the spot also! Like it sweeter and lighter? Add some more soda. Like it stronger and less sweet? Add a bit more wine. Either way, it’s 2 ingredients that you’d do well to have at any summer gathering. Finally, can we say affordable? A bottle or Vina Borgia is $6 bucks!! Combine that with 2 bottles of 12oz Boylans @ $1.75 each and you’re at a grand total of $7.50 for about 1.5 Liters of sangria goodness.

I hope you’ll give it a try…but if you’re in the neighborhood, drop in and I make you a bit to taste.

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3 Fantastic Wines at a Fantastic Price at our 6/3/11 Tasting

June 3rd, 2011 No comments


Join us as we sample three fantastic wines from Bodega Elena de Mendoza. These three wines are perfect summertime sippers, on sale for just $6.98 per bottle! Bottles are open from 5pm to 8pm Friday, 6/3/11. Hope to see you there!

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Simmone-Febvre Chablis and Norton Ridge Pinot Noir

May 27th, 2011 No comments

Tasting for Friday May 27, 2011 from 5:00PM to 8:00PM
Come on by and give these 2 a try!!!

Simonnet-Febvre Chablis 750ML 2009

Wine maker notes
Maison Simonnet-Febvre produces and vinifies grapesfrom the four “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée” abbreviated either as AOC or AC: Petit-Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru and Chablis Grand Cru. The vineyards of Chablis are world-renowned for their white wines of fresh, mineraly almost steely bouquet, with an ample, generous and zesty fruit palate. The vineyards are exclusively planted with the Chardonnay varietal, on unique limestone soils, rich in marine fossil deposits from the Jurasic era.


Norton Ridge Pinot Noir Russian River 750ML 2009

Wine maker notes
Norton Ridge is a winemaker project. Each varietal is made by a different wine maker from fruit sources of his or her choosing. The expression is theirs and the integrity is guaranteed. These wines always over perform and the no nonsense handwritten labels are an exercise in “no pretense”. We hope you enjoy.

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Coppola Tasting

May 13th, 2011 No comments


We are tasting the Coppola Claret and Alicante Bouschet…. Come on by and give them a try! If you need store location or directions call us at 201-944-5504