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La Garagista Wine | Vermont Rouge | Loups Garoux


We are delighted to announce the delivery and release of La garagista Loups~Garoux vin.

If you have yet to dive into the delicious world of esoteric wines La garagista hand crafts, now is your chance.  Deirdre and Caleb are winning hearts and palates over around the world with the small batch wines made in Barnard, VT.

Enjoy the vin whilst you are able in addition to pictures from a trip I made to ‘le garage’ earlier this year!  – Jason, Wine & Beer Mgr.

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We are delighted to announce the delivery and release of La garagista Loups~Garoux vin.

If you have yet to dive into the delicious world of esoteric wines La garagista hand crafts, now is your chance.  Deirdre and Caleb are winning hearts and palates over around the world with the small batch wines made in Barnard, VT.

La garagista Loups~Garoux Vermont Rouge
2015 | 12% ABV | $33.99

*** Because of the limited availability of this wine, it is limited to 1 bottle per person, per day ***


From the bottle:

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


Vermont Rouge = Red Wine

Loups~Garoux is the French name for mythical wolf creatures that are not cursed, but blessed.  One is born a Loup-Garou and can turn at will. They are elegant, dark wolves to behold and remind us of other mythical creatures like those in the legends of the Black Wolves of the Chateauguay, the wild alpine terrain that defines our homefarm and vineyard landscapes.  Loups~Garoux speak of the woodland and are mercurial in nature.  Hand-harvested and unfiltered, this red wine hails from our alpine vineyard in Vermont on the edge of a lake, grown among wild purple aster and white fleabane.

– Deirdre Heekin & Caleb Barber


Questo vino e vivo! ~ This wine is alive!

Chateau de Brondeau | Bordeaux Supérieur 2012

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Chateau de Brondeau – Bordeaux Supérieur 2012 | Vin extraordinaire for $19.99


For more than a century, Château de Brondeau belonged to the Audy family, and Marie-Claude Audy, wife of Bordeaux wine merchant Dominique Méneret, inherited the estate in 2001. In 2011, the property was sold to Mr. Francis Vuile, a former AOC Cognac producer. Sitting on the banks of the Dordogne River, the estate is nestled in a jewel box of groves that seem to watch over the 32 acres (13 hectares) of vines.

The vineyard is in close proximity to the production facilities and the home. The site is densely planted – 2,400 vines/acre, or 6,000 vines/ha – on alluvial soils, with 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard is trained traditionally with selective grassing over to retain the richness of the terroir.

Winemaking Philosophy:

The grapes are sorted before transfer into cement vats adapted to the size of individual vineyard parcels, all equipped with an effective temperature control system. During fermentation, the cellar master performs several small daily pump-overs, and macerations do not exceed 20 days. When the wine is run off, multiple tastings enable the isolation of several separate lots. The wine is aged for approximately 15 months in vat using French oak staves. This preserves the freshness of its fruit and does not allow wood notes to overpower the wine. Blending takes place several months before bottling, which generally happens more or less in early spring, depending on the vintage, after fining and a light filtering.

Wine Description:

Château de Brondeau hugs the Dordogne river, nestled in a jewel box of groves overlooking 22  rolling acres of estate vineyards. The Château de Brondeau Bordeaux displays consistent quality  year after year; a wine that offers characteristic freshness, silkiness and balance.  Manually harvested and fermented in cement tanks, this Bordeaux requires 12 months of aging before bottling. The wonderful presentation and attractive price make this an excellent value for any lover of Bordeaux.

Tasting Notes:

Deep ruby in color, the Château de Brondeau Bordeaux is clear and fresh with a dense, expressive nose. Round and fleshy on the palate with flavors of fresh red fruit and chocolate, it offers excellent balance with a long, lasting finish.

Analytical Data:

  • Vineyard name:   Château de Brondeau
  • Vineyard size:  23 acres
  • Soil composition:  Clay, Silt, Sand, and Gravel
  • Elevation:  8 feet
  • Vines/acre:  2,400
  • Yield/acre:  0.2 tons
  • Harvest time:  Early October
  • Bottles produced of this wine:  48,000
  • Varietal composition:  100% Merlot
  • Fermentation container:  concrete
  • Maceration technique:  Pumpovers
  • Length of maceration:  21 days days
  • Malolactic fermentation:  Yes
  • Type of aging container:  Cement vats
  • Length of aging before bottling:  12 months
  • Alcohol:  14.5 %
  • Residual sugar:  0.4 g/L
  • Acidity:  3.5 g/L
  • Dry extract:   19.0 g/L

Mas Carlot | Les Enfants Terribles | 2012 | Nimes


Mas Carlot | Les Enfants Terribles | 2012 | $16.99

I don’t shy away from big, luscious wines during the summer, I enjoy full bodied wines all year.  The Mas Carlot 2012 is becoming one of my ‘go-to’ wines because of it’s superb lushness for under $20.


I usually drink this satisfying wine from Nîmes (southern France) after a long day at work when I’m craving an affordable luxury.  A wine that can span a meal from a main dish such as slow roasted lamb or duck with raspberry sauce, to desserts like chocolate cake.

Mas Carlot is on the heavier side of a medium to medium heavy bodied wine but not flabby or overly sweet at the end which makes it great by itself or with a dessert.  It has structure and softness at the same time so It doesn’t ‘need’ anything but plays well with food.

– Jason

From domaineselect.com:


Under the Provençal sun, Mas Carlot is a beautiful oasis of rustic charm. Its foundations date back to the 17th century, with extensive renovations made in the 19th century, yet the presence of ancient Roman ruins suggests that this land was also being farmed at least 2000 years ago. Paul-Antoine Blanc, owner of Paris’ famous Le Pied de Cochon restaurant in Les Halles, first fell in love with the property in 1986. Paul sold the restaurant and moved here to Bellegarde, tending to the renovations of the winery and cellars. His daughter, Nathalie, followed him two years later after finishing her studies in enology and was transfixed by her new surroundings. She eventually fell in love with Cyril Marès of Mas de Bressades, literally the boy next door, and today, she runs the 75-hectare domaine. Energetic and passionate, Nathalie is regarded as one of the most talented winemakers of the Costières de Nîmes.


  • Product: Mas Carlot Les Enfants Terribles
  • Formats available: 750 ml
  • Appellation: AOC Costières de Nîmes
  • Country: France
  • Raw materials: 60% Mourvèdre, 40% Syrah
  • SoilType: Rolled pebbles colored by the red clay of Costières
  • Exposition: South-east facing slopes
  • Average Yield: Mas Carlot limits yields to around 45hl/ha, which is one-third below what the appellation allows
  • Vinification: The Mourvèdre and Syrah are fermented separately.
  • Region: Costières de Nîmes
  • Average Of Vineyards: Vines are up to 60 years old
  • Elevation: Vines are planted to 70 meters above sea level.
  • Duration And Aging Method: The Mourvèdre and Syrah are aged for nine months, half in tank and half in barrel.
  • Alcohol Content: 14%
  • Production: 3,000 cases


Julius Treis | Winemaker Tasting | Friday, May 20th, 4-6p – FREE Bottle Signing & Samples


Wappen_Treis_WeinIt is not everyday you get to meet, hang out with, and sample wine with a worldclass winemaker so take advantage of a very special evening at the Beverage Warehouse!


Join us Friday, May 20th, from 4-6p for FREE bottle signing  & samples with Tobias, Julius Treis winemaker extraordinaire.


Julius Treis wines exude spring.  Especially Riesling wine.  Riesling gives you light floralness with a touch of sweetnessDornfelder (you gotta come in and try it!) is soft, rich, red wine with a not-overbearing structure, perfect for warm days and cool nights.



We are muchly looking forward to this tasting, we hope to see you enjoying wine and chatting with an acclaimed European winemaker!

Wine Tasting Menu:

  • Dornfelder Trocken ’14 (RED)

  • Riesling Trocken ’13

  • Riesling Feinherb ’14

  • Riesling Spatlese ‘Alte Reben’ Trocken ’12

  • Riesling Spatlese ‘Mullay Hofberg’ Feinherb ’12/’13

From julius-treis.de:

JuliusTreis-02~ The Vineyards ~

Our vineyards are about 90% in steep and Steilstlagen. We manage our vineyards in harmony with nature and are you still defenseless. Year after year, we are bursting to unpredictable weather to harvest ripe and healthy grapes. By selektionierte Hand picking in several reading passages we harvest the grapes in ideal ripeness.

The Mullay-Hofberg is our leading position in the every year our best wines grow. Innumerable small terraces and dry-stone walls; a steep slope with about 150m height difference; ungrafted, over 50 years old vines; the orientation to South south-east; the blue slate floor.

All together it makes the editing process Knochenjob which would be impossible without idealism and striving for highest qualities.

Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Dornfelder and Pinot Noir are cultivated on slopes and complement our Riesling selection.


JuliusTreis-03~ The History ~

The winery Julius Treis is in Reil on the Moselle and looks back on a long tradition of wine. Since 1684 our family is connected to the viticulture. Each generation loved and
lived viticulture. Today Tobias Treis continues the tradition.

This 5-hectare vineyard has mainly devoted to Riesling. This is grown in the steep and Steilstlagen. The management here is carried out exclusively by hand. A small part of the vineyards in the slopes is additionally fitted with Pinot Blanc, Müller-Thurgau, Dornfelder and Pinot Noir.


JuliusTreis-04~ Tobias & Andrea ~

Tobias –

Since 2008 Tobias Treis gives the wine its own handwriting. The Studied Dipl. Ing. For oenology continues the high quality struts and the family tradition and supplemented it with new knowledge, passion, idealism and innovative ideas.

Andrea –

Andrea works as a biological-technical assistant in a winery in the wine laboratory. As former Mosel wine queen (2011-2012) Andrea represented the Mosel Riesling in the world. In her spare time she is Tobias, since 2011, laid aside organizes events and remains an enthusiastic ambassador for the Mosel wine.


JuliusTreis-05~ Tradition ~

The generations collected knowledge of terroir, peculiarities of vineyards and legendary stories are our little treasures. They are preserved and passed down from generation to generation. This wealth of experience and intuition can be found in our wines again.
So you can taste the origins and fine vintage differences.

Maintaining tradition does not keep ashes but keep embers glowing on.

JuliusTreis-06~ Generations ~

Irma and Theo Treis led together over 40 years the fortunes of the estate. Theo Treis is Tobias Treis advice. He leads the treasury of the estate, in the mature many liquid treasures from more than 6 decades. Irma Treis supervised and cared passionately our holiday guests, Rebstock sponsors and guests in Schöppchengarten.


Underwood Wine Cans | Union Wine Co. | Pinot Noir | Pinot Gris | Rose

underwood-wine-canCanned wine?  Oh hell yeah!

Perfect for any place that doesn’t allow glass and highly portable, Underwood Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris wine cans have been a huge hit for the past year – we’re stoked to announce the arrival of Rosé cans!



Underwood Rosé wine cans are a one time shot to us this year so what we have in stock, is all we’ll get so test drive one and if you like it, stock up!



Union Wine Co. Underwood Wine Cans | All types $5.99 / 375ml


12% ABV | Oregon

Straight from the Rosé City! Drinkable, unpretentious and travel-ready, this is the perfect wine for action lounging, such as poolside shindigs, outdoor music festivals, backyard BBQ’s with friends or anywhere that calls for serious lounging. It’s set to become your favorite spring and summer staple.

Tasting Notes: Strawberry, watermelon, and peach

13% ABV | Oregon

This Pinot works hard for the working people. Telling a truly Oregon story, the wine draws from vineyards across the state. Each site adds its unique mark to the final Underwood blend, which highlights the rich juicy flavors of Oregon Pinot at an extraordinary price. The perfect wine to enjoy anywhere, any day of the week.

Tasting Notes: Cherry, blackberry and cola

87 Points & Best Buy
Underwood is fast-becoming one of Oregon’s best values in Pinot Noir. Light and pretty raspberry fruit gains mass and flavor interest with well-integrated veins of stem and earth. It’s nicely balanced and true to variety.  – Wine Enthusiast

13% ABV | Oregon

As do its Pinot Noir and Rosé counterparts, the Underwood Pinot Gris speaks of a journey across Oregon. Sourcing fruit from vineyards spanning the peaks and valleys of the state, this wine is the perfect everyday refresher, making us nostalgic for our long-awaited Oregon summer backyard BBQs.

Tasting Notes: Lemon, apple and pear

Rocca di Frassinello Ornello Maremma Toscana DOC – Outstanding Flavor, Ratings, and Price!

frassinello-ornello-wineI am delighted to highlight Rocca di Frassinello Ornello Maremma Toscana DOC 2012 this week!

My industry friends at
Trattoria Delia
rip through this wine
and once you try it,
you’ll know why.

toscana_map_smornello-italian-wineOrnello instantly takes your senses across the Atlantic Ocean and drops them off in the heart Tuscany.

Breathing in aromas of redcurrants, stewed cherries, and vanilla then letting the earthy, almost balsamic like flavors wash over your palate is an exquisite experience.   Ornello is savory and full-bodied, yet round with supple and velvety tannins.

Savoring Ornello by itself is a treat.  Having Ornello with Pappardelle, Bistecca all Fiorentina, other meat dishes, or even cold cuts and ripe cheese is a memorable culinary experience.

ornello-wine-labelAt only $32.99 a bottle, Ornello is an affordable luxury that you can stun your family or friends with at your next gathering.  Ornello punches way above its weight, it is one of the top 10 wines in the store for under $40.

Distributed by my friends at www.calmontbeverage.com, snag a bottle of Ornello and drink it now, with friends, or toss one in the wine cellar and break into it in case of a stunning wine emergency.

–  Jason, Beverage Warehouse Wine & Beer Manager


From viaswine.com:

The image used on the label represents the “Maremma cowboy” a symbol of elegance and strength typical of Maremma. Still today, Ornello is the name of the wooden lance used to move cattle. The only Rocca di Frassinello wine with Syrah, this wine has a full and rich character with a nice elegance and freshness, typical of the winery style.

  • Owner: Paolo Panerai
  • Winemaker: Alessandro Cellai
  • Varietals: 40% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 20% Syrah
  • Alcohol Content: 14%
  • Production: 50,000 bottles
  • Vineyard Location: Giuncarico/Gavorrano-Grosseto
  • Orientation: South west, South east
  • Elevation: From 40 to 100 m a.s.l.
  • Vines Planted: 1999-2003
  • Trellising: Spurred cordon
  • Vines/Acre: 5,900/Ha
  • Soil: Schist soil and medium mixture rich on clay and skeleton

Maceration on the skins with frequent delestages and pumpings over for 20-25 days. Fermentation using natural yeasts in stainless steel for 15 days at a controlled temperature of 27°C.

Aging Process
10 months in 225 L French barrique, bottle refined for six months.


2012 Rocca di Frassinello Ornello Maremma Toscana DOC – 90 pts.
Wine Advocate, September 2015
The 2012 Maremma Toscana Ornello is a blend of Sangioveto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. It shows a full and voluptuous style although it is hard to recognize the varietal characteristics given the various contrasting elements of the blend. You get the acidity of Sangiovese with the aromatic softness of both the Merlot and the Syrah backed by the natural structure of the Cabernet Sauvignon. Ornello may be lost among the vast sea of super Tuscan-inspired reds, but this wine shows very attractive features nonetheless. -Monica Larner

2012 Rocca di Frassinello Ornello Maremma Toscana DOC – 90 pts.
James Suckling, October 2014
“Cigar box, olive tapenade and Kirsch. Fullbodied and robust with chewy tannins, reflective of the hot 2012 vintage. Drink now.” -James Suckling

2012 Rocca di Frassinello Ornello Maremma Toscana DOC – 90 pts.
Wine Spectator, October 2014
“Taut and dense, showing cherry, mushroom, leather and chocolate aromas and flavors. Fresh and complex, with assertive tannins that need time to integrate. Fine length. Best from 2016 through 2023.” -Bruce Sanderson