Hooker Mountain CSA Farm & Vermont Distillery Tasting | 3:00 – 5:00 pm Sat 03/02

Come and try the delicious world of Hooker Mountain Farm at today’s free tasting!

All Hooker Mountain Farm spirits are distilled and bottled at the Randolph family’s sixty-six acre farm in Cabot, Vermont. From 3:00 – 5:00 pm on Saturday, March 2, the Hooker Mountain crew will be on hand to tell you about their farm-to-glass, sustainable approach to distilling in the Green Mountain State.

Sample any of the current Hooker Mountain libations available at the Beverage Warehouse:

  • Woke Milk & Coffee Liqueur – Made with beans from Pam & Jim Frohn of Mari Juliza Coffee Co., Newport, VT.  Rum with pasture-fed milk, coffee, and VT maple syrup. 18.5% ABV | $24.99 750ml
  • Poor Farm New England Style Rum – A New England style run from the heart of Vermont.  40% ABV | $22.99 750ml
  • Spruce Forest & Garden Gin Style Spirit – Dry forest spirit made with fresh spruce tips.  40% ABV | $34.99 750ml / $24.99 375ml
  • Spirited Cider Apple Cider Cordial – Rum with sweet apple cider. 20% ABV | $26.99 750ml

(prices do not include tax/deposit)

Read more about the Hooker Mountain CSA Farm at: hookermountainfarm.com

Zero Gravity brewery Tasting | 3:30-6:30 PM FRI 03/01

Zero Gravity Brewery Tasting reminder!

Zip over to the Bevie for the zestful zymurgy ofZero Gravity Brewery happening 3:30-6:30 PM today!

In addition to some of their lovely flagships beers might be acquainted with, we have a special drop of 40 Thieves Double IPA, and a special guest appearance of Easy Wine Session IPA for our growler bar… zounds!!

  • Easy Wind | SessionIPA | 4.9% ABV ***Growler Bar Only!***
  • 40 Thieves | DoubleIPA | 8% ABV
  • Conehead | IPA |5.7% ABV
  • Green State Lager |Pilsner | 4.9% ABV
  • Keller | Dry HoppedLager | 4.9% ABV

La garagista | Ci Confonde | Petillant Naturel Rosé | Sparkling Wine of Vermont

La garagista | Ci Confonde | Petillant Naturel | Rosé Sparkling Wine of Vermont | $33.99 – 1 per person, per day 🙂 

Every time we get a message in a bottle from our dear friends at La garagista, we are thrilled to be able share the fruits of their labor with you.

Very limited amount of this highly sought after Ci Confonde Petillant Naturel Rosé exists so get this enchanting, enthralling, and ever-so-delicious expression of Vermont terrior while you can.

From the bottle:

 (Chi•con•fond•ay) It confounds us.  Surprises.  Dumbfounds.  Slays.  Bedazzles.  Staggers.  Shakes.  We’re feeling a bit bedazzled by petillant naturel, an old-style first fermentation in bottle.  Our Ci Confonde Rosé is bottled shortly after harvest, and left to finish its frothy alchemy under the cap, creating a fine bead of pearly effervescence.  Hand-harvested and unfiltered, this alpine sparkling hails from our vineyards in the northern climate of Vermont.

– Deidre Heekin & Caleb Barber

Read more at: http://www.lagaragista.com/

Lawson’s Finest Liquids Tasting & Release 3-5PM Fri. Feb. 22nd!

Lawson’s Finest Liquids Tasting & Release 3-5PM Friday March 22nd!

Maximum excitement abounds because Lawson’s is coming to town!

Come on over to the Beverage Warehouse, talk and hang out with special guest Chuck about Lawson’s Finest Liquids, and try special beer while it lasts – supply will be limited!

Lawson’s Finest Liquids beer tasting & cans for sale (while they last!!):

  • Above the Clouds | 5.1% Golden Ale
  • Space in Between | 5% Undefined Ale
  • Sip of Sunshine | 8% Double IPA
  • Super Session #2 | 4.8% Session IPA

Trattoria Fibbiano Tuscan Winemaker Tasting & Sale | FRI 02/15 4-6PM

Trattoria Fibbiano Tuscan Winemaker Tasting & Sale | FRI 02/15 4-6PM

We are most delighted to host a specialty Trattoria Fibbiano Italian winemaker tasting Friday, February 15th from 4-6PM!

Come over and learn about the rolling Tuscan hills, Fibbiano’s respect for the land and dedication to preserving it, and what goes into making their amazing traditional and contemporary style wines.

Everyone should always have an extra bottle or two of Italian red or white in their stash, so take advantage of our -10% tasting discount and be ready for any occasion or meal!

Trattoria Fibbiano Wine Tasting:

Fonte delle Donne | IGT Toscana | 50% Colombana – 50% Vermentino | $17.99 reg. / $16.19 on sale!

Le Pianette | IGT Toscana | 70% Sangiovese – 30% Colorino | $14.99 reg. / $13.49 on sale!

Casalini | Chianti Superiore DOCG | 90% Sangiovese – 10% Ciliegiolo | $17.99 reg. / $16.19 on sale!

L’Aspetto | ITG Toscana | 50% Sangiovese – 50% Canaiolo | $31.99 reg. / $28.79 on sale!

Ceppatella | Terre di Pisa Sangiovese DOC | 100% Sangiovese | $47.99 reg. / $43.19 on sale! 100 YEAR OLD VINES

read more about Trattoria Fibiano at www.fattoria-fibbiano.it

Wines We’re Drinking: Madloba

Skin contact can be a magical thing. Especially when it comes to a particular wine made in the most natural of ancient methods, in a tiny corner of France. That wine is MADLOBA, and it’s what we’re drinking this week.

Domaine des Miquettes | Madloba | $50.99

Let’s get one thing clear. Madloba could be called an orange, an amber, or a skin-contact wine. Yeah ok, I know – that doesn’t seem all that clear! The wine is *literally* a little hazy…and it’s in a category that seems to defy definition.

This beautiful golden liquid from Domaine des Miquettes is made from the white grape varietals Marsanne and Viognier. The deep copper color comes from the grape skins and seeds, which are left in contact with the pressed juice for an extended time (6 months!). The fermented juice is then aged a further 6 months in clay amphorae buried in the cool ground. This ancient winemaking technique produces a liquid gold with the texture, body and tannin of a light red wine plus the fruit and minerality of a white wine. Stylistically unique, with a savory, richly textured mouthfeel, this is a special bottle worth trying – especially if you’re new to skin-contact wines.

The name “Madloba” is Georgian, and it means “thanks”. If your New Year’s resolution is to expand your wine knowledge, or just to try new things, check this one out! You’ll thank yourself.

Madloba - Domaine des Miquettes Orange Wine
Photo by Paul Varricchione @varricc

In the glass, Madloba catches the light and glints like pennies; like the last rays of sunlight angling across a shadowed beach. It smells like an escape to a warm summer afternoon in a Mediterranean grove. You’re surrounded by nectarines, yellow plums, apricots and oranges, plus swirls of ginger, quince and almond blossom. The first sip startles your palate, flooding your tongue with tart orange pith, snapping your head up with snappy acidity that’s like a plunge into a cold pool after a sauna, leaving a lingering texture of fine chalk baked in the sun. As the wine warms slightly, the scent takes me back to early mornings in my mom’s garden, when I would wander through the flowers and stick my nose deep into the glowing orange-throated yellow “Charles Darwin” old English roses.

My husband, who is very particular about the wines he likes, couldn’t stop drinking this stuff. It’s a treat, but oh man…what a treat!

Terracotta amphorae at Domaine des Miquettes, These are tinajas, imported from Spain, but they are buried in the Georgian-style in a sand-filled pit near the domaine (image credit: vortexdugosier.blogspot.com)

Domaine des Miquettes was created by Paul Estève and Chrystelle Vareille in 2003 in Cheminas, a small village located on a high plateau in the northern Rhône. Paul and Chrystelle took over the farm from Paul’s family and turned one of the small farm buildings into a cramped and low-tech wine-making facility.  In total, the domaine consists of five hectares.

At an altitude of around 350 meters, the vineyards are planted on a steep hillside with soils of granite mixed with mica & schist and an east/southeast exposure. Both of the Domaine des Miquettes vineyards are certified as organic farms. The vineyard rows are worked throughout the year with either a tractor or horse drawn plough, which is used on the more difficult terrains.

All harvesting is done by hand and the fermentations occur with natural yeasts and little or no temperature adjustments. All of the wines are made sans soufre – without the addition of sulfur.

During a visit to the republic of Georgia years ago, Paul and Chrystelle were inspired to make wine in the ancient tradition, using clay amphorae buried in the earth. They built a “chai” dedicated to these buried clay jars, and use them for the vinification and maturation of the red and orange wines they call Madloba.

Oh! And the fun label? That comes from a trip to Georgia as well, when Paul got INTO an amphorae and had to be pulled out. He and Chrystelle have truly immersed themselves in making this style of wine, and I consider myself incredibly lucky to have been able to try their wine here in frozen Vermont this winter. If you come into the Bevie, ask for Kate or Jason and we’ll direct you to this orange gem!

Cheers & happy imbibing,                                                                                                                                     Kate

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