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Meinklang Konkret Weiss | Meinklang Konkret Rot

We are most delighted to introduce Meinklang Konkret Weiss (White) & Meinklang Konkret Rot (Red) to our ever growing natural/native wine section.

Our natural/native wine section is an abundant playground of unique and delicious wine, consisting of:

>  Natural Wine – Any wine (red, white, rosé, orange, sparkling, etc.) made with minimal human and mechanical intervention, native yeast, hand harvested, and as un-fooled around with as possible.

>  Orange Wine – Extended skin contact white wine resulting in a more complex, fuller bodied, increasingly interesting white wine with a darker hue (almost orange).

>  Pétillant Naturel / Pét-Nat Wine – Natural sparkling wine made without adding sugar or yeast to achieve bubbles, often using méthode ancestrale.

The winemakers at Meinklang have mastered the art of gently guiding their grapes and terroir into making incredible wine.  Instead of the winemakers muffling the voice of grapes and terroir, they naturally coax the wine into producing a symphony for all your senses.

Meinklang wines grace many of the finest Vermont wine lists for good reason – they are craveable and responsibly crafted.  Vermont definitely has an affinity for our European alpine cousins and these wines will only become more popular as more people drink Meinklang, expand their palate, and enjoy natural expressions of wine.

  • Meinklang Konkret Rot | Natural red wine | $31.99
  • Meinklang Konkret Weiss | Natural red wine | $31.99

Konkret Rot / Red

  • Region:  Austria>Burgenland>Neusiedlersee
  • Soil profile:  Sandy loam soils.  This site’s soils are locally also described as cool soils.
  • Character:  deep, elegant, subtle
  • Grape varieties:  90% Sankt Laurent, 10% Blaufränkisch
  • Food pairings:  Roasted beetroot with walnut sour
    cream and chard salad
  • Alcohol:  13.5%vol
  • Filtration:  unfiltered
  • Additives:  none (vegan)
  • Certified:  Demeter & Austria Bio Garantie

Konkret Weiss / White

  • Region:  Austria>Burgenland>Neusiedlersee
  • Soil profile:  Sandy loam soils.  This site’s soils are locally also
    described as cool soils.
  • Character:  deep, elegant, subtle
  • Grape varieties:  Field blend of Red, Yellow, & Gewürztraminer
  • Skin contact: 21 days
  • Food pairings:  Confit monkfish in orange oil served with chorizo sauce, sweet peppers and a lemon and black pepper risotto
  • Alcohol:  12.5%vol
  • Filtration:  unfiltered
  • Additives:  none (vegan)
  • Certified:  Demeter & Austria Bio Garantie

We could say so much about Meinklang, we suggest you grab a bottle, pour yourself a glass, and spend some time exploring their website to learn about their concrete shaped eggs, family and farm, biodynamic and vegan friendly practices, Demeter certification, and so much more!

Below is a sample of what you’ll find on their site:

Q:  Why do some of your wines and juices contain small crystals at the bottom of the bottles?
A:  These are tartrate crystals which form from the wine’s acid and settle in the bottom of the bottle. They can be small individual crystals or larger clusters. Tartrate crystals are a sign of natural maturation, since the grape juice is not stabilised chemically with metatartaric acid or physically by being cooled down to a very low temperature. That is why we actually consider these completely harmless tartrate crystals a sign of quality.

Q:  Are your wines vegan-friendly?
A:  Absolutely! Insofar as possible, we make our wines without using additives and we also completely avoid fining agents derived from animal products such as egg white, fish bladder or gelatine. Firstly, that is because we value the wine’s natural character and believe that animal products have no place in wine. Secondly, these substances often stem from the waste of intensive animal farming, which we do not wish to support at all.

Q:  Why are some of your wines orange in color?
A:  This is because we leave our white wines to macerate on the skins during fermentation, i.e. the wine is fermented together with the grape skins, just like a red wine would be. This is the most traditional method of white wine making, which helps the wine to remain stable without additives. Since we also add very little sulphur, if any at all, the wine takes on a slightly deeper colour. These traditional and natural wines offer a completely new spectrum of aromas and therefore make wonderfully complex food wines.

More online at:   meinklang.at

2017 Thanksgiving Week Information – Holiday Hours | Special Beer Releases | Wine Sale & Tasting | Upper Pass Cloud Drop DIPA | Black Friday BCBS | Lawson’s Double Sunshine | Heady Topper | Beaujolais Nouveau

Thanksgiving is here and we have a cornucopia of information for you!

We know many of you are getting requests to bring hoppy VT-ness back with you to family and friends we make it easy!

The Bevie is your locally owned, independent source for all your liquid needs!

We are proud to offer competitive pricing, personal service, and the largest selection in Vermont.


Adjusted Retail hours for Thanksgiving Week:

  • Monday – Wednesday | Retail Store 10a-9p
    Redemption Center 10a-5:30p
  • Thanksgiving Thursday – CLOSED
  • Friday | Retail Store 10a-8p | Redemption Center 10a-3:00p
  • Saturday | Retail Store 10a-8p | Redemption Center 10a-4:45p
  • Sunday | Retail Store 11a-6p | Redemption Center CLOSED



~ Tuesday 11/21 ~

Retail Store 10a-9p | Redemption Center 10a-5:30p

  • 10a Beer Release:  Cloud Drop DIPA – 2 /4PK per person
  • 3-6p FREE Citizen Cider Tasting


~ Wednesday 11/22 ~

Retail Store 10a-9p | Redemption Center 10a-5:30p

  • 10a Beer Release:  Heady Topper (limit as the quantity of people dictates)
  • 2-5:50p FREE Boyden Valley Wine/Cider Tasting
  • 3-6p FREE Thanksgiving Fine Wine Tasting
    • Chehalem | Pinot Gris
    • Francine et Olivier | Chablis
    • Anthony’s Road | Dry Riesling
    • Ruet Chiroubles | Beaujolais (Gamay)
    • Three Wine Co. | Old Vine Zinfandel
    • Ex Umbris Owen Roe | Syrah
  • No 8 pm Heady Topper release!

~ Thursday 11/23 ~



~ Friday 11/24 ~

Retail Store 10a-8p | Redemption Center 10a-3p

Beer release information below will change and be updated as trucks arrive and we know exactly what we are getting!

  • Lawson’s Double Sunshine, Sip of Sunshine, and Super Session #8 Release – Double Sunshine will go FAST! 10a release!
  • 10a Black Friday Beer Release – limits will be one bottle per person, while supplies last, some will go quicker than others.

    • BCBS / Bourbon County Brand Stout  Beer $9.99 – 1 bottle of stout per person (super limited!) as supply is limited, and 1 bottle of Goose Island Barrel Aged Barleywine $12.99
    • Good Measure Yankee Ingenuity Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Dark Saison
    • 14th Star Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
    • Frost Beer Works Heavy Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
    • Firestone Walker Parabola Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
    • Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee Barrel Aged Quad
    • Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
    • Sierra Nevada Trip in the Woods Barrel Aged Cocoa & Coconut Stout
    • Great Divide Barrel Aged Imperial Yeti Stout


~ Saturday 11/25 ~

Retail Store 10a-8p | Redemption Center 10a-4:45p

  • 10a Beer Release:
    • Lawson’s – Double Sunshine – 1 bottle to the first 24 people in line, Sip of Sunshine and Super Session #8 release
    • Alchemist Heady Topper (limit as the quantity of people dictates)
    • BCBS / Bourbon County Brand Stout  Beer – 1 bottle of stout per person to the first 12 people in line.
    • Fiddlehead Second Fiddle DIPA – if we get it! 🙂

~ Sunday 11/26 ~

Retail Store 11a-6p | Redemption Center: Closed

Buy Spooky & Seductive Halloween Wines

Dark & luscious wines are perfect for Halloween… here is our spooky and seductive wine list to haunt or tantalize the alive or undead!

  • Chronic Cellars | Sofa King Bueno | $19.99
  • Chronic Cellars | Purple Passion | $13.99
  • Shannon Ridge | Playtime | $9.99
  • Killibinbin | Seduction | $13.99
  • Alma Negra | Black Soul | $14.99/$17.99
  • Shooting Star | Scarlet | $11.99
  • Owen Roe | Sinister Hand | $26.99
  • Orin Swift | Machete | $43.99
  • Bogle | Phantom | $17.99
  • Micheal David | Freakshow | $18.99
  • Micheal David | Seven Deadly Zins | $14.99
  • Shelburne Vinyard (Vermont!) | Harvest Widows Revenge | $16.99
  • 19 Crimes | The Banished |$12.99
  • Ravage | Red Blend | $9.99
  • Cryptic | Red Blend | $13.99
  • Ménage à Trois | Red Blend | $12.99
  • Besieged | Red Blend | $15.99
  • Apothic Dark | Red Blend | $10.99

La garagista | Vinu Jancu | Vermont La Crescent | $36.99

La garagista | Vinu Jancu | Vermont La Crescent | 12,5 alc./vol. | $36.99 / 750ml

It is our great pleasure to announce the latest release of craveable wine from La garagista…  Vinu Jancu.

From the vino vessel:

La garagista:  n.  one who makes wine in a garage; one who works in a garage; one who uses all parts of a garage.

Vinu Jancu

Vinu Jancu is an old Sicilian name for white wines made in an orange wine manner.  This style has a deep nobility with a long history in the Eurasian production areas of Armenia & Georgia, but also found in Italy, Sicily, and other alpine areas of Europe.  The white wine grapes are treated like red grapes: the juice ferments on the grape skins and remain sur lie long afterward, taking on more color (hence the orange), tannin, texture, and aromatics.

This Vinu Jancu is made from La Crescent, a descendant of Muscat de Hambourg, and grown on the hills and valleys of Vermont.  Hand-picked and hand-sorted, this honest, unfiltered wine was crushed traditionally and fermented on native yeast at our cantina, and remained sur lie for the winter in glass demijohns.

– Deirdre Heekin & Caleb Barber / Visit us at lagaragista.com

Questo vino e vivo! ~ This wine is alive!



La garagista | Ci Confonde | Petillant Naturel | White Sparkling Wine of Vermont | $33.99

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

Art of the vine… passion of the heart… delight of the senses…  La garagista wines continue to delight us and our friends every time we are blessed with them.

We are jubilant with the latest La garagist vin to grace our shelves – Ci Confonde.  This sparkling gem will only be around for a short time, so get yours 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 White is bottles 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/

30 Days of Rosé | #21 | Fess Parker | Pinot Noir Rosé | 2016 | Santa Rita Hills | California

30 Days of Rosé | #21 | Fess Parker | Pinot Noir Rosé | 2016 | Santa Rita Hills | California | $16.99 sale!

We are most pleased to highlight the Fess Parker Rosé during our cheery and delicious Rosé promotions!

Pinot Noir Rosé is one of the more broadly recognizable varietals, and the award winning wine crafters over at Fess Parker have done a superb job.

In an age where family run business are frequently turning over their business to large corporations, not only does it feel good to support this multi-generational family endeavor… but it’ll make your visceral senses feel good as well!

From fessparker.com:


Our Pinot Noir Rose is always a crowd pleaser!  The perfect Spring and Summer wine this light-bodied, refreshing wine is perfect served with charcuterie, grilled salmon or pork tenderloin, but can certainly be enjoyed on it’s own.

Tasting Notes:

  • Color:  Light salmon hue
  • Aromas:  Rose petal, guava, ginger, cherry, wild strawberry
  • Flavors:  Watermelon, cranberry, Bing cherry, passion fruit, blood orange
  • Aging:  88% stainless steel & 22% barrel fermented and aged for 5 months in neutral French oak
  • Production Notes:  592 cases
  • Vineyard Notes:  57% Parker West Vineyard, 22% Rio Vista Vineyard, 13% Ashley’s Vineyard, 8% Fiddlestix Vineyard all located within the Sta. Rita Hills Appellation


Our Family

When Fess Parker was cast in the role of Davy Crockett in the mid-1950’s, it caused an international sensation and changed his life forever. So too did the purchase of 714 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley change the course of the Parker family’s history.

Realizing the potential of Santa Barbara County as a premium grape-growing region, Fess and his son, Eli, originally set out in 1989 to plant a small vineyard and sell fruit to local producers. But, as Fess’ daughter, Ashley explains, “ Fess is from Texas, so he can’t do anything small. “The Fess Parker Winery and Vineyard now farms almost 700 acres on four vineyards throughout Santa Barbara County.

The characters Fess portrayed, Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, inspired generations of Americans. Throughout the late 1950’s and 1960’s Fess was at the pinnacle of a television career that has an unprecedented impact upon American popular culture. But it was Fess’ entrepreneurial spirit that prompted his leaving Hollywood to go into business for himself. The traits that Crockett and Boone embodied – integrity, resourcefulness and good humor — carried over to Fess’ personal life and formed the foundation upon which the family business was built. First-class hospitality has always been at the core of their ventures, first as hoteliers and eventually with the opening of the winery.

Working as a family has always been a great source of pride and pleasure for the Parker family. Eli Parker began in the family business as assistant winemaker in 1989. After several years of learning the craft at the side of renowned and accomplished winemakers, Eli took the reigns as winemaker himself with the 1995 vintage. A leader of the winery since its inception, it was in 1996 that Eli formally assumed the title and responsibilities of President. In the early 1990’s, Ashley ran the first tastings out of the barrel room and represented the winery at trade shows. In 1998, Ashley became Eli’s partner, working on the public relations and sales and marketing teams. The presence of Fess and his wife Marcy as the founding visionaries of the winery is a vital and enduring one.


Our Story

Driving north along the pastoral Foxen Canyon Wine Trail feels like traveling back to California’s early days. Rolling hills frame vast meadows, deer and wildlife roam free, and pristine landscapes stretch as far as the eye can see. This peaceful environment enticed the late Fess Parker into buying a 714-acre ranch here back in 1988. The Texas-born actor, who played the television roles of Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone in the 1950s and 1960s, had moved his family to Santa Barbara in the early 1960s and begun construction of a blufftop home. When heavy rains caused it to collapse onto the beach, he revised his plans and headed inland.

There, he discovered the Foxen Canyon property, where he initially planned to run cattle, plant a few grapes to sell to other vintners, and establish a small winery. Parker, an only child, dreamed of starting a family business that he could pass on to future generations. He asked his children to join him, and they planted a five-acre experimental Riesling vineyard in 1989. Eli, his son, started as assistant winemaker and spent three years under the tutelage of acclaimed enologist Jed Steele before taking the helm. Eli then planted more vines and started a four-year project to build a cutting-edge winery and tasting room.

Eli Parker and his sister Ashley continue to stay involved as stewards of the family’s vision for the winery while Ashley’s husband Tim Snider serves as President and oversees day-to-day operations. The family’s vineyard is the 120-acre Rodney’s Vineyard, named after Fess Parker’s late son-in-law, at the 400-acre Foxen Canyon Road estate where the winery is located. They also source grapes from Camp Four vineyard in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley, which Parker planted in 1998 as well as vineyards in the cooler Sta. Rita Hills and Santa Maria Valley appellations. Blair Fox assumed the role of head winemaker in 2005. In recent years, the winery has sharpened its focus to produce more small-lot, vineyard-designated wines made from high-quality Rhone and Burgundian varietals, which have won awards in national wine competitions.

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