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60 Days of Rosé #11 | Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé | #LOU

60 Days of Rosé #11 | Peyrassol Côtes de Provence Rosé | #LOU | $14.99

Peyrassol Provence Rose Lou 2017 Beverage Warehouse of Vermont

If you’re looking for a perfectly dry, everyday Provence rosé without the higher price that Chateau de Peyrassol commands, their #LOU rosé is the answer!

A blend of Cinsault, Grenache, and Syrah, this Provence rosé is a perfect apéritif. #LOU is a soft, fresh pink color, and leaves a trail of gooseberry, raspberry and white blossom in its wake.

The delicately spicy nose reverberates on the palate with red berries and peach, and transitions to brighter, more more citric tones on the finish.

What’s also awesome is that you can drink this wine without worrying about a sulfite headache! Peyrassol adheres to strict organic guidelines in the vineyard, eschewing synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides for natural methods. The wines are a beautiful expression of the region’s clay and limestone terroir, capturing the very essence of Provence: fresh, refined & elegant.

Peyrassol Provence Rose Lou 2017 Glass Beverage Warehouse of Vermont

Taste with the Owner!! Von Trapp Brewery Free Tasting | FRI 6/22 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Taste with the Owner!! Von Trapp Brewery Free Tasting | FRI 6/22 4:00 – 6:00 pm

Whether you prefer your beer light or heavy, hoppy or sweet, smooth or bold, von Trapp Brewery has something to satisfy your palate! Owner Sam von Trapp will be in the house to answer all your questions as you enjoy a heavenly libation.

Sam von Trapp - von Trapp Brewing Tasting Beverage Warehouse

60 Days of Rosé #10 | Jenny & Francois Selections | “Gaspard” | Organic Touraine Rosé | $16.99

60 Days of Rosé #10 | Jenny & Francois Selections | “Gaspard” Organic Touraine Rosé | $16.99

This organic wine is gorgeous from start to finish! The intense salmon pink sunset hue and playful label will catch your eye, and when you pop it, all your other senses are rewarded. The nose is precise and angular, like a well-cut diamond, with an appealing steeliness. Swirling around and above that core is a perfume of nectarine, peach, and green strawberries, with light hints of toasted cashew and dried apricot.

Take a sip, and your mouth is filled with mouthwatering fuzzy nectarine and peach pit notes, backed by super high-toned acidity. The only problem with this wine is that it’s hard to share! If you must share though, this wine pairs incredibly well with BBQ’d pork, grilled chicken & peaches, or spicy duck.

Jenny & François is one of our favorite natural wine importers, and Gaspard is a Jenny  & François Selections house label. This means that the grapes are sourced from a winemaker in France’s Loire Valley, who makes the wines to their specifications.

From jennyandfrancois.com:

Gaspard Rosé

  • Age of Vines: 30 to 40 years
  • Soil: Clay and Limestone
  • Varieties: Pineau d’aunis, Cabernet Franc, and Gamay
  • Yields: 45 hl/ha
  • Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested, pressed immediately and fermented traditionally, resulting in a light extraction of color.

Shelburne Vineyards Capsize Rosé and White Wine Cans – Free Tasting! FRI 5/18 3:30 – 6:30 pm

Shelburne Vineyards Capsize Rosé and White Wine Cans – Free Tasting! FRI 5/18 3:30 – 6:30 pm

When the sun is out and you need cool, refreshing cans o’ wine to accompany your outdoor fun, local winery Shelburne Vineyards has you covered!

Join rockstar winemaker Ethan Joseph on Friday, May 18 at the Beverage Warehouse for the Vermont launch of their brand-new CAPSIZE ROSÉ in cans! Grab your opportunity to taste this crispy fresh & fruity rosé for the first time, along with the smooth & refreshing cans of Capsize white blend.

Shelburne Vineyards - Capsize Rose cans - Beverage Warehouse tasting
Four cans of Capsize = 1 liter of wine for you and your friends!!
Ethan Joseph Winemaker at Shelburne Vineyards and Iapetus Wines
Ethan Joseph, Winemaker at Shelburne Vineyards and Iapetus Wines

Be sure to follow the adventures of Capsize wines on Instagram!

From www.shelburnevineyard.com/capsize:

We’re not knocking your candle-lit dinners or sliding into an Adirondack chair with your favorite bottle of wine on a warm summer night. Don’t get us wrong, we love those things too.

But we’re Vermonters, which means equal parts relaxing and roving. And it’s clear that your favorite bottle of wine isn’t following you to the top of Mt. Mansfield or rowing you out to the center of Lake Champlain.

Sustainably grown, damn good Vermont wine. Anywhere.

Where do Capsize Wines come from?

From the east bank of the Champlain Valley, on the sunny Shelburne slopes in the brave little state of Vermont. The grapes are grown and wines are crafted by the team at Shelburne Vineyard.

Why “Capsize”?

We’re a wine for people who live life adventurously, who head out to the wild like true Vermonters. We also know that any excursion isn’t much fun without a bit of controlled chaos. That’s why our motto is “If you flip the boat, the cans will float”. If you need a fun and refreshing break from your journey, we’ll be there.

Is wine in a can as good as wine in a bottle?

We believe it is. It should theoretically be more stable than wine in a bottle, because there is virtually no risk of the wine developing a fault due to the lack of oxygen exchange that a cork allows.

How should I drink it?

Whatever the situation allows. If hiking a ridge trail, glasses are going to weigh you down. If relaxing on your back porch, pour it out. It tastes great either way!

The wines taste best when served icy cold.

What sort of wine is it?

It is comprised of two Hybrid varietals: Louise Swenson and LaCrescent. Louise gives the wine it’s refreshing and bright characteristics. The LaCrescent gives it that distinct, delicious fruit aroma. All of the grapes that go into our wines are grown and hand-harvested in Vermont.

How much wine is in a can?

Each can is 250mL, which equals 8.5oz. That is almost two glasses of wine! Capsize is sold in 4-packs, and 4 cans equals 1 liter of wine. That is one and a third standard bottles!

Where can I get it?

Wherever Shelburne Vineyard wines are sold [like the Beverage Warehouse in Winooski, of course!].

Wineslush! A new, refreshing way to enjoy wine this summer

Wineslush: The Really Chilly, Icy Wine Mix!

Just in time for the heat waves of summer, a fun new product has arrived at the Bevie! Wineslush mixes are an easy way to turn an affordable bottle of wine into a new experience. Just combine the pre-measured mix with one 750 mL bottle of wine and 6 cups of water (see our wine suggestions below!), then stir and freeze! Thaw for a bit before serving…unless you want to eat it with a spoon and get brain freeze!?

Each mix makes twelve 8 oz. servings of deliciousness. Check out all five unique flavors! At just $9.99 per 11oz mix, Wineslush also makes a great gift!!

Wine Slush wine slushies mix Beverage Warehouse VT

Blackberry Sangria
Blackberry Sangria will remind you of summer time! A delicious “southern” flavor. Just add 1 bottle of dry red wine and 6 cups of water and then freeze!

Our wine suggestions: Cabriz Red Blend; La Mateo Rioja

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Tropical Mango Wineslush
This product takes wineslush to the next level. A great mango flavor sure to cool down any hot summer day. Combine contents with 3 cups of white dry wine and 6 cups of water, stir and freeze. Thaw 30 to 45 mins and mix with whisk.

Our wine suggestions: Montefresco Pinot Grigio; Famega Vinho Verde

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Sangria Wineslush
This mix is a major fan favorite! Combine contents with 6 cups water and 3 cups red or white wine, stir and freeze. Thaw 30 to 45 mins before serving, and mix with whisk. Serve and enjoy!

Our wine suggestions: Cabriz Red Blend; La Mateo Rioja; Montefresco Pinot Grigio; Famega Vinho Verde

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LemonDrop Wineslush
This one is bright, juicy and refreshing, like a lemon drop should be! Combine contents with 6 cups water and dry white wine, stir and freeze. Thaw 30 to 45 mins before serving, and mix with whisk. Serve and enjoy!

Our wine suggestions: Montefresco Pinot Grigio; Famega Vinho Verde

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Peachy Keen Bellini
Perfect for a fancy brunch or bridal shower! Combine contents with 6 cups of water and 1 bottle dry champagne or white wine. Stir well and freeze. Thaw 20-40 minutes before serving.

Our wine suggestions: Cavicchioli 1928 Prosecco; Montefresco Pinot Grigio; Famega Vinho Verde

 

 

60 Days of Rosé #10 | Les Chemins de Bassac Isa Rosé | Côtes de Thonges

60 Days of Rosé #10 | Les Chemins de Bassac Isa Rosé | Côtes de Thonges | $17.99

The weather is looking absolutely perfect for Mother’s Day this Sunday, and what better way to complete brunch than with a beautiful bottle of French rosé? We highly recommend Les Chemins de Bassac “Isa” Rosé… for you AND your Mom 🙂

Made with Grenache, Mouvedre and Syrah grapes that are certified organic, this light ruby-salmon stunner tastes like a basket of perfectly-ripe strawberries, raspberries and cherries. It’s balanced on the palette, with medium body, a smooth mouth-feel and a crisp, dry finish.

At $17.99, it’s an affordable way to show your Mom how awesome she is, and what great taste you have!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More info on Les Chemin de Bassac from wonderful natural wine importers Jenny & Francois Selections:

Isabelle and Rémy Ducellier took possession of this 19th century estate in the mid-nineties and have been producing a stunning array of wines ever since. The Chemins de Bassac vineyards are 100 meters above sea level and located near the village of Puimisson, which is 12 km north of Béziers, hence the vineyards benefit greatly from the nearby Mediterranean Sea.

www.cheminsdebassac.com

Certification: Certified Organic, Ecocert & NOP.

Age of Vines: 15 years

Pruning Method: Eight-bud double Cordon de Royat

Soil: Limestone & clay, large stones across well-drained topsoil

Varieties: Grenache Noir, Mourvèdre and Syrah

Vinification Method: The grape bunches are completely destemmed and each variety is vinified separately in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to preserve the freshness of the fruit and all of the individual flavors and aromatics. The saignée method is utilized in making this cuvée and the final blend is racked statically. Fermentation lasts for a month at temperatures below 20° C. The wine rests in tank until early spring when it is bottled and released.

Tasting Note: A light ruby-salmon in the glass, it is fully loaded with depth, complexity and personality. On the palate rich, lively strawberry, raspberry and cherry flavors are present. It shows impressive balance, medium body, a smooth mouth-feel and a persistent, crisp, dry finish.

Pairing: Grilled fish dishes, as well as hearty garden salads and summer pasta dishes.

Les Chemins de Bassac Isa Rose Wine Label