The Insider’s Best Bet

As connoisseurs walk by the French section of our store, each and every one gives a reverential nod to one bottle – the Clos de la Roilette Beaujolais. Sometimes they touch the label, sometimes they just let loose a passing comment like ‘that wine is awesome.’ So when we found out that we had a shot at the last 10 cases of the 2011 vintage available to retailers and not reserved for restaurants, we took it.  If only to preserve our street cred with our wine reps.

From a producer and vintage that that made famed wine critic Jancis Robinson crow: “I’m in love . . . go, go and invest heavily in 2011 Beaujolais”, this is truly a beloved bottle.  Juicy, yet elegant with brambly red and black fruits and an unbelievably silky mouthfeel with notes of smoke and spice.  And, in a nice bit of kismet, the label happens to feature a picture of a racehorse that has been on the bottle since the ’60s, perfect if you’re celebrating Derby Day and want an alternative to juleps.

To order Clos de la Roilette Fleurie 2011 ($22.00, $18.70 a bottle with 15{0886acb4f5be58b49bf4e022446f4168c3918f2aad77c1481cecb92c8f2156f3} case discount), call us at (718) 797-9463.pm! Tasting tonight from 6-8

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Caledonia Love

Jumpin’ junipers! Deep in the forests of Vermont, the fine folks at Caledonia Spirits suffuse their Barr Hill gin with a dash of honey for maximum smoothness – easy for sipping, gentle for mixing.

Barr Hill gin will be tasting it at the wine store (plus honey samples!) tonight from 6pm to 8pmWe’re not trying to catch flies but hopefully we’ll see you there.

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Old Tom Gin Tasting Tonight

Started with a small life savings and a fistful of credit cards, the Ransom distillery in Oregon is barely 13 years old. The name refers to the amount of money founder Tad Seestedt needed to become self-employed. Ransom’s Old Tom Gin was developed in collaboration with spirits historian and Brooklyn resident David Wondrich as an attempt to recreate a slightly sweeter, richer style of gin that was popular before prohibition. Produced in small batches by combining a malted barley spirit with corn spirits infused with botanicals, its distinctive color comes from a period of barrel aging. Intense juniper meets candied citrus, earthy cardamom, spicy coriander, and a bourbonish caramel – truly a one of a kind spirit!

Tonight from 6-8pm in the Brooklyn wine store, we’ll be sampling Old Tom Gin in cocktails featuring Bitter Truth bitters.

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Weather The Storm (and V-Day) With Willy Wonka Whiskey

Every February, Kings County Distilling releases a limited edition Chocolate Whiskey. However: after this week’s NY Times article spotlighting this Brooklyn distillery, they’ve run out. Thankfully, we got a case in last week in anticipation of Valentine’s Day, but don’t expect it to last that long! Made using their signature moonshine corn whiskey and chocolate husks from Mast Brothers, it has a chocolatey flavor but no sweetness.

We don’t expect our stock to last long.  To reserve your bottle, call the wine store at (718) 797-9463.

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Prometheus Springs Italian Ice Cocktails Tonight

Join us at the wine store tonight from 6-8pm as we welcome Tito’s Vodka to sample their Texan spirit straight and in Italian Ice cocktails using Prometheus Springs Lemon Ginger, a capsaicin-spiked elixir.

Italian Ice Cocktail

Ounce and a half Tito’s vodka

Half ounce simple syrup

Half ounce lime juice

Half ounce Limoncello

Two Ounces Prometheus Springs

Shake and pour over ice.

Enjoy with a slice of lime.

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Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey

We’ve just got in our allocation of this magical ‘now you see it on our shelves, now you don’t’ elixir.  Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey is distilled at the award-winning Buffalo Trace distillery in Kentucky but its name comes from the famous New Orleans Cocktail.  The wine store has La Muse Verte Absinthe and Provisions has the Peychaud’s bitters you need to make this recipe.

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Spring Cocktail Series

It’s time again for our annual cocktail series!  Every Friday from now until mid-May, stop by the wine store from 6-8pm and sample a different cocktail using spirits from our carefully curated selection.  Schedule so far below:

April 13:  Blackwell Rum in a Goldeneye cocktail

April 20:  Del Maguey Mezcal in a Margarita cocktail

April 27:  Breuckelen Gin in a special cocktail

Saturday, May 19:  Macchu Pisco mixed in Chilcanos, a special concoction of ginger ale, lime and pisco discovered in Peru by our friends at hearthandtable

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McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix Now In Gallons!

If you’re hosting brunch this weekend or just tired of running out of bloody mary mix every Sunday, McClure’s has just the solution. Swing by Provisions to pick up your gallon of McClure’s famous bloody mary mix (only $19.99). Made with McClure’s signature spicy pickle brine, fresh cucumber juice, their secret blend of herbs, and just the right amount of garlic, McClure’s Bloody Mary mix is a lip-smacking libation enjoyable anytime.

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