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Champagne: All the Best Bubbles for your Celebrations!

At the Bevie we love bubbly! Our French Champagne selection is extensive and fully-stocked with in-demand bottles including Veuve Cliquot and Moet & Chandon, plus grower Champagne from small family-owned estates. Our prices are competitive, and this is a no-shenanigans list…we have these bottles in stock! Whether you want lightly-sweet fizzy rosé or Brut Nature (a.k.a zero dosage a.k.a no added-sugar) bubbles, we’ve got it.

Check out our full list of available Champagnes.

Vintage White Burgundy: 25% Off this November!

If you’re a fan of Grand Cru and Premier Cru white Burgundy, this is your lucky month! Until the end of November, these special wines from France are on sale for 25% off.

Last updated on: 11/18/2018

These coveted bottles have been slumbering safely in our wine cave, resting at a perfect 55 degrees and awaiting your corkscrew. White Burgundy (aka some of the best Chardonnay in the world) is lovely paired with soft cheeses, roast turkey & gravy, a juicy ham, or even a less “conventional” main course such as lobster (yum), making them the perfect occasion wines for your holiday table. They’re ready to pop and pour now – no need to cellar these babies!

The wines listed below are all 25% off the tag price from today until November 30, 2018. For some bottles, that’s a savings of over $75!! To take advantage of this limited sale, simply come into the Beverage Warehouse and let us know which bottle or bottles you’d like. We’ll retrieve them from the wine cave, and you’ll be good to go! You can also call us at 802-655-2620 or email info@beveragewarehousevt.com to reserve particular bottles.

Available quantities of each wine are noted below, and we’ll do our absolute best to update this list as bottles sell. There are only one of two bottles of some of the Grand Cru and single-vineyard bottlings, so reserve yours soon!

Vintage Jean-Marc Pillot Grand Cru and Premier Cru White Burgundy – 25% off this month!
  • Jean-Marc Pillot | Burgundy | Côte de Beaune – Chassagne-Montrachet | “Les Vergers” | Premier Cru | 2005 | Regular price $79.99 – on sale for $63.99  #3015 – 5 bottles
  • Jean-Marc Pillot | Burgundy | Côte de Beaune – Chassagne-Montrachet | Les Vergers “Clos Saint Marc” | Premier Cru | 2004 | Regular price $99.99 – on sale for $79.99 #3052 – 1 bottle – RESERVED
  • Jean-Marc Pillot | Burgundy | Côte de Beaune – Chassagne-Montrachet | “Les Caillerets” | Premier Cru | 2005 | Regular price $99.99 – on sale for $79.99  #3017 – 2 bottles
  • Jean-Marc Pillot | Burgundy | Côte de Beaune – Chevalier-Montrachet | Grand Cru | 2005 | Regular price $379.99 – on sale for $303.99 (save $76!) #3022 – 2 bottles
The beautiful vineyards of Burgundy, France

About Jean-Marc Pillot:

Jean-Marc Pillot is the fourth generation of his branch of the Pillot family to tend vineyards in Chassagne-Montrachet. He joined his father, Jean, in 1985 to learn the craft of “vigneron”. After six years of working side-by-side, Jean-Marc assumed the direction of the domaine in 1991 with the assistance of his wife, Nadine, and his sister, Beatrice. Of course, his father, Jean, remains by his side rendering advice and valuable assistance in the vineyards (often while he is tending the garden in back of the chai!). Jean-Marc has instituted several changes at the estate, the most prominent of which is the construction of a new cave. Of equal importance, Jean-Marc expanded the amount of vineyards under cultivation and has made subtle modifications in vinification and elevage to place his own “mark” on this estate which now covers approximately fifteen hectares with an annual production of, more or less, 60,000 bottles.

The domaine is dominated by its production of white wines but there are important cuvées of red wine produced here as well. Vineyard holdings are spread throughout the village of Chassagne with subsidiary parcels in Puligny, Santenay, Meursault and Remigny (to the south). This breadth of real estate enables the Pillot family to produce a stunning range of wines that put on brilliant display the intricacies of terroir in this southern tier of the Cote de Beaune. The estate’s jewels are its premier crus blancs (Baudines, Chenevottes, Macherelles, Vergers, Morgeot, Caillerets, La Maltroie and Champs Gain) and premier cru rouges (Macherelles, Morgeot, Clos St.Jean), all within the boundaries of Chassagne Montrachet. 

The vines in most parcels are between 25 and 50 years old; in certain instances the vines are considerably older, reaching the 100 year mark in Clos Saint Jean and Clos Saint Marc (within the cru of Vergers). Traditional viticultural practices are used in the vineyards. Both Cordon de Royat and Guyot Simple pruning and training systems are employed. The spring and summer months are the time for intensive work in the vineyards to control the size and quality of the harvest, the work including de-budding and canopy control. The vineyards are plowed and no herbicides are used.

Harvest is manual. The white wines are almost all fermented and aged in barrel, with a regimen of 10% to 30% new oak (the degree depending on the structure and importance of the wine). The wines are aged on the fine lees for twelve months and then are racked out of barrel into stainless steel tanks to clarify and settle naturally for an additional six months. The extra aging avoids the necessity to cold stabilize the wine.

Complimentary Ferrari-Carano Wine Tasting Friday 9/28!

Founded in 1981, Ferrari-Carano, located in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley in Calfornia, is the dream and hard work of Don and Rhonda Carano. Decades later, this family-owned and operated winery continues to make remarkable wines, vintage after vintage.

Drop by the Beverage Warehouse this Friday, September 28, from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and enjoy free tastes of wines in the fantastic Ferrari-Carano portfolio! Read on to check out more about the six wines that Cathy from Ferrari-Carano will feature this Friday.

Old vine Zinfandel at Ferrari-Carano
Old vine Zinfandel just starting to bud at one of Ferrari-Carano Estate’s vineyards

Ferrari-Carano’s many Italian wines honor the family’s spirit of Italy, their Italian heritage, and their philosophy of celebrating life. This tradition is carried on by a winemaking team that notably includes three female winemakers: Sarah Quider, Rebecca Deike, and Christy Ackerman.

Earlier this year, Jason and Kate from the Bevie visited Ferrari-Carano on their trip to Napa & Sonoma, and were treated to an incredible tour of the vineyard, winery and cellar…where the acoustics were fantastic!

Learn more about the Ferrari-Carano family, history and wine portfolio at www.ferrari-carano.com.

Jason and Kate enjoying a fabulous tour and tasting at Ferrari-Carano!
Jason and Kate enjoying a fabulous tour and tasting at Ferrari-Carano!

The famous boar at Ferrari-Carano's historic estate!

The famous boar at Ferrari-Carano’s historic estate in Sonoma County.

WINES AVAILABLE FOR SAMPLING AT THE BEVERAGE WAREHOUSE TASTING ON 9/27:

2017 Pinot Grigio
What’s the difference between Pinot Grigio and Pinot Gris? Answer: nothing, it’s the same grape. In France it’s Pinot Gris and in Italy it’s Pinot Grigio. And Ferrari-Carano is Italian, so it’s Pinot Grigio the Ferrari-Carano label! Speaking of labels, this wine is one of the first wines to bear a new seal guaranteeing that it’s made from certified sustainable grapes grown in Sonoma County. This wine is created when you take grapes from the Ferrari-Carano vineyards right along the river in cool-climate Russian River Valley and ferment them only in stainless steel — a crisp, clean, refreshing, light-bodied wine with a lot of sass, and delicious with aromas and flavors of white peach, honeyed citrus, kiwi-lime, lychee, orange blossom, apricots and Meyer lemon. This Pinot Grigio’s concentrated aromas, flavors and refreshing acidity linger to the finish. Read more…

2017 Fume Blanc
One of the first two wines Ferrari‐Carano ever made over 35 years ago, this Fumé Blanc is comprised of Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Sonoma County. This wine has delicious aromas and flavors of pink grapefruit, lemongrass, lychee, peach, pear, honeydew melon, orange blossom, pineapple, guava and a touch of minerality. The Fumé Blanc has bright acidity and crisp freshness from the cool, stainless steel tank fermentation, while the subtle oak character from neutral French oak barrels adds body, complexity and depth. Read more…

2016 Chardonnay
This Chardonnay delights with aromas of pear, white peach, orange blossom, vanilla, graham cracker and buttercream, perfectly balanced by flavors of Fuji apple, cinnamon, apricot, quince and hazelnut. Lingering creamy and toasted oak notes round out the finish. Read more…

2014 Reserve Chardonnay
The grapes for this wine come primarily from Ferrari-Carano’s vineyard in Napa Valley Carneros. This wine entices with aromas of baked apple, white peach, cinnamon, butterscotch, hazelnut and marshmallow complemented by elegant, upfront flavors of pear, fig, orange blossom, creamy vanilla, graham cracker and caramel toast on the finish. The cool climate of Napa Valley Carneros and Russian River Valley impart their unique finesse to the wine, while the Alexander Valley component adds an intensely rich mouth-filling character. Read more…

2014 Pinot Noir
A beautifully-balanced, ample and refined wine made with grapes from three distinctly different Mendocino County Pinot Noir vineyards. With its velvety texture and bright acidity, this SF Chronicle 2018 Gold medal winner is a perfect representation of the land from which it comes. Aromas and notes of cherry, raspberry, cola, spice and a touch of toast fill the senses, followed by vibrant flavors of complex red fruits and pomegranate with spice notes of cinnamon, cardamom and anise. Warm toast notes of graham cracker and pie crust persist on the soft finish. A velvety texture and bright acidity distinguish this naturally-balanced wine. Read more…

2015 SIENA
Ferrari‐Carano’s Italian heritage is reflected in this 25th Anniversary SIENA, an easy‐sipping, Sangiovese‐based, red wine blend. SIENA has delicious aromas of raspberry jam, bacon, maple, leather and cardamom spice. Flavors of sweet plums and cherries are followed by graham cracker, with more plum on the finish. SIENA has supple tannins and a balanced mouthfeel with lively elegance and depth. Read more…

 

Vermont Vigneronne Krista Scruggs Named a Wine Enthusiast “Top 40 Under 40 Tastemaker” 2018!

We’re so proud that Vermont winemaker and vigneronne Krista Scruggs has been named to Wine Enthusiast magazine’s 2018 list of the “Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers”! Congratulations Krista, from all your friends at the Beverage Warehouse!!

Krista Scruggs 2018 apple harvest
Krista Scruggs, Vigneronne and Winemaker, and the Beverage Warehouse’s Kate Cartwright on an early (very early!) morning foraging windfall apples at Canamack Farms in Grand Isle, Vermont.

From Wine Enthusiast:

Krista Scruggs, Vigneronne, ZAFA Wines

Farm, forage and ferment

It may seem counterintuitive for a native Californian to open a winery in Vermont, but Scruggs specializes in work that lies outside the ordinary. After she assisted Deirdre Heekin at Vermont-based winery La Garagista, Scruggs ventured out on her own to develop this wholly original brand. She uses biodynamically farmed hybrid grapes and sometimes co-ferments them with foraged apples. Her wild-fermented, unfined and unfiltered bottlings debuted in March and drew raves. There seems no limit to her sustainable and delicious creations.

Read more about the Top 40 Under 40 Tastemakers list published by Wine Enthusiast, and check out the other up-and-coming wine, cider and beer makers in America!

More about Krista:

NOTE: ZAFA Wines are currently extremely limited, and not available for retail sale, but stay tuned for more information when her next vintage is released!

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