Sunshine, Moonshine, Good Times, Boogie

With apologies to the Jacksons for the title of this post, we’d like to announce a fun free tasting today, Sunday December 12 from 4-6pm at the wine store.  Colin from Kings County Distillery will be by to pour samples of his Moonshine made right here in Brooklyn.  The flask-style 200ml bottle makes a great stocking stuffer.

Pair a bottle of this spirit with Max Watman’s book, “Chasing the White Dog:  An Amateur Outlaw’s Adventures in Moonshine” from Greenlight Books right across the street and you’ve got a great holiday gift.  White Dog is a tale of the history of prohibition and the science of distilling with an edge-of-your-seat courtroom scene and even a diversion into amateur stock car racing.

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Lobster Claus!

This Friday from 6-8pm you can catch Lobster Claus outside Greene Grape Provisions.  He’ll be fresh off his flight and ready to snap photos with you.  Jasper Hill Cellars will also be visiting with samples of Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and Landaff cheeses and the wine store just up the street will be breaking out some of our more expensive bottles and be pouring tastes of some delicious burgundies.

Neighboring businesses on Fulton will also be providing treats or special offers as part of FAB Fridays on Fulton.

Lobster Claus will also be visiting Provisions December 17 from 6-8pm.  Catch him while you can.

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Mistakes Were Made

Join us tonight, Friday December 3 from 5-8pm at the wine store to taste a very special sparkling wine!

How do you get the flagship vintage sparkling wine from a top french estate for less than $20 in December?  Buy it in October. By mistake.

For 2 years now, we’ve been on the trail of the champagne-method sparkling wines from J. Laurens, a domaine named by the Financial Times of London as one of Limoux’s top 3 sparkling wine producers.  In the US, Laurens offers two sparkling wines.  An affordable non-vintage ‘Cremant de Limoux’ brut and a vintage ‘tete de cuvee’, Les Graimenous 2008 from Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc grapes with a touch of Mauzac and Pinot Noir.  The estate’s showcase wine, Les Graimenous received the top rating of three stars and a ‘coup de coeur’ (meaning the tasters fell in love at first sip) from the french Hachette guide in 2011.

In October we thought we’d be pleased to have the non-vintage brut on our shelves under $20 so we made a reasonable offer, which much to our delight was accepted by the importer.

When the wine arrived, we opened it for the staff and immediately wished we had bought twice as much.  The verdict was unanimous:  notes of toast, apricot and green apple in a full mousse made for a “yummy” wine.  And no one could believe the price.  Turning the bottle around, we realized with a sinking feeling why the wine far exceeded our expectations.  Instead of the entry-level nonvintage, we had been sent the 2008.  Still gripping our champagne glass, we picked up the phone to confess the mistake and disgorge our ill-gotten gains.  Good news, the importer said.  We thought you were buying the top cuvee, not the nonvintage – so we’ll honor the price and you can keep the wine.  In that same spirit of generosity, we’re putting the 2008 on the shelf at the same price the non-vintage was going to be.

We don’t expect to be able to recreate this happy accident (we already asked and got a ‘let’s talk in the New Year’) so get the 2008 Les Graimenous Cremant de Limoux from Domaine J. Laurens $17.50 ($14.88 a bottle for 12 bottles or more) while you can.  The price is 20% off the normal price and lower than you can find the brut non-vintage wine in New York.  To order, call us at (718) 797-9463 or order online.

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Spanish Wine Tasting Tonight

Tonight at the wine store from 5-8pm, our resident Spanish wine enthusiast, CJ, leads you through three fantastic reds.  Sample Valderiz Ribera 2008 ($18.75), Barahonda Monastrell 2009 ($14.00) and Ludovicus Terra Alta 2009 ($13.50).

These spanish wines demonstrate the range of wines to come from the varied terrain of Spain.  The Valderiz Ribera 2008 ($18.75) comes from the Ribera del Duero, the northern plateau on the Duero river.  There winemaker Tomas Esteban grafts old vines to turn Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo) into a subtle and more fruit friendly style of Ribera wine that sees 6 months of French oak.

From Southeastern Spain near Jumilla, the arid wine country of Yecla produces medium and full body wines like Barahonda Monastrell 2009 ($14.00) with hints of black pepper and full tannins. This 100% Monastrell wine is deep purple in color and sees no oak adding to its youthful and fresh spirit.

And finally, 45 miles south of Barcelona, the town of Batea in Terra Alta rises 1300 ft above the Mediterranean at the same altitude and temperature as its neighbor, Priorat. The warm climate allows the old vines to fully ripen and produce fruit forward reds with good structure and elegant body. The Ludovicus Terra Alta 2009 ($13.50) is a classic Terra Alta D.O. blend of garnacha, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon with a wonderful share of Tempranillo that contributes succulence to the wine. Aged for 3 months in both American and French oak there is no mistaking the vanilla, dark fruit, and mineral tones with a hint of dark chocolate on the nose.

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Raise a Glass to Baked!

Tonight, Tuesday Nov. 16 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the wine store at 765 Fulton, we’re pouring some sweet sparkling wine as an aperitif to a book signing by Baked, the Red Hook bakery that supplies us with our wonderful brownies, peanut butter krispy bars, cupcakes and granola!

Stop in and sample our Musva Moscotel sparkling wine and then walk across the street to Greenlight Books where you’ll be able to sample desserts from Baked and hear from the authors Matt and Renato about their new book, Baked Explorations.

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Meet Your (Port) Maker!

We’re thrilled to welcome Joao Roseira, winemaker and owner of Infantado Ports, to the wine store from 5-7pm tonight, Friday, November 12.  Joao will be pouring his ruby, tawny and vintage 2004 ports for your tasting pleasure and Provisions will be providing blue cheese samples to pair.  Ports make a great after dinner drink especially around the holidays.

Since we opened, we’ve carried Infantado ports.  The first estate-bottled port producer in the Douro, Infantado has blazed a trail for independent port producers and is creating a whole new heritage and legacy.  Their ruby port shows dark, rich plum-like flavors and an elegant touch of sweetness.  The tawny brings nice nuttiness and flavors of chocolate and tobacco.  And the delicious 2004 vintage port drinks like a fine wine with layers and depth.  Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Joao and hear what goes into crafting such high quality ports.

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Not Ray’s Jay-Z Pizza Boxes

As reported on Grub Street, Jay-Z is marketing his new book, “Decoded” by publishing pages from the book on items located at places mentioned in the book.  One of the places, fellow Fulton Street business “Not Ray’s Pizza” was rumored to have pizza boxes with the page printed and after staff lunch we can confirm the rumor to be true.   To make the marketing even more meta, we show the box pictured with Medici Ermete Solo Lambrusco 2009, a fine accompaniment to pizza.

Note that if you want the special box as a souvenir, you should ask for it specifically!

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Michel Gassier Nostre Pais 2007

Given the opportunity to offer this red Southern Rhone wine from the blockbuster 2007 vintage at $15 (25% off the original price of $20), we bought it all.  When you taste it, you’ll see why (and you’ll also see why despite the fact that we haven’t put the wine out yet, we’ve already sold quite a bit – to staff!).

If you’re not familiar with the 2007 vintage in the Southern Rhone, google it.  You’ll find uniform agreement that growing conditions made this “the vintage of a lifetime” producing “excellent wines” of “exceptional value.”  True to form, Gassier’s Nostre Pais 2007 brings a nose of truffles, licorice, earth and blackberries and a long, rich, full-bodied texture with ample but softened tannins and what one critic called “an overall impression of opulence.”  The wine arrives just in time for the cold weather dishes it will complement so well.  Roasts, braises, lamb & beef stews – all perfect partners for this delicious red.

If you read last week’s email on Gassier’s Nostre Pais Blanc 2008 ($15), you know that this buying opportunity came to us thanks to the producer changing representation in New York right at the end of this vintage.  But as always we don’t ask for blind faith, come join us on Friday and taste the truth!

Michel Gassier Nostre Pais 2007, $15 a bottle/$13.50 on 12 bottles or more.  To order, call us at (718) 797-9463 or order online.

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P&H Soda & Syrup Company

Handmade in Brooklyn, P&H syrups are the syrups for soda geeks and control freaks.  Soda geeks will be thrilled that Chef Anton Nocito crafts delicious syrups in flavors like hibiscus, lime, cream soda and ginger using all-natural ingredients and his finely tuned palate (the ginger comes with a touch of lemon making it lively and refreshing).  Control freaks will appreciate the fact that using a syrup to jazz up your seltzer means that you can use a little or a lot and adjust to exactly fit your taste.  Bespoke soda!

Come meet Chef Anton and try his P&H flavors with seltzer this Saturday, November 6 from 2-5pm at Provisions.  Then stop by the wine shop from 5-7pm where we’ll be playing around with P&H syrups in cocktails featuring LiV Vodka, a Long Island vodka made from 100% potatoes.

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