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From Wigle Whiskey

 

From the birthplace of American Whiskey, Wigle Whiskeys celebrate the Western Pennsylvania tradition of "Monongahela Rye".

 

Throughout the 1700 and 1800s, Pittsburgh was the epicenter of American Whiskey production. By 1808, Allegheny County was producing half a barrel of whiskey for every man, woman and child living in America!  At this time, Americans drank a spicy, earthy Rye Whiskey called Monongahela Rye.

 

At the height of Whiskey making in Western PA, there were 4,000 documented stills. Today, Wigle Whiskey is the only whiskey distillery in the region and was the first distillery in the city of Pittsburgh since Prohibition.

 

Wigle (originally pronounce "VIE-gull, but now said as "wiggle") is named for a good-natured man who was sentenced to hang for his unsinkable love of whiskey. In 1794, German immigrant Phillip Wigle defended his right to distill in a tussle with a tax collector.

 

He unwittingly helped spark the Whiskey Rebellion, which pitted Western Pennsylvania distillers against George Washington's troops. (George is known to have been quite a prolific producer of rye whiskey himself!)

 

Since March, 2012, Wigle Whiskey has been working to restore a Pennsylvania tradition championed by these rebellious distillers. They make spirits much the same way Wigle and his friends did when Pittsburgh was the center of American Whiskey - with a copper pot and local ingredients.

 

Each production is handcrafted beginning with local, heirloom and Certified Organic grain milled on-site, mashed and distilled in a traditional copper pot still to deliver the most robust, flavorful whiskeys, and Wine World is very happy to be able to offer a trio of these fine products to you:

 

Small Cask Series Rye - $46.99:  This is one of America's few pot-distilled Rye Whiskeys. The current bottling is from Batch #4, which completed its 13-14 month aging, and was removed from the barrel and bottled this past September 22nd. It consisted of the marriage of nine 15-gallon barrels, yielding 887 bottles at 84 proof. Now that's a small batch whiskey!

 

The making of this Rye was a "Grain-to-Bottle" production, beginning with organic, heirloom grains that farmers within 300 miles of the Distillery deliver to their door. Wigle then mills, ferments and double-distills each batch on site. They believe it to be the spiciest, most robust rye on the market!

 

Organic Wheat Whiskey - $46.99:  This whiskey is made from organic grains that are milled at Wigle, then distilled in small batches in a traditional copper pot still to preserve the sweet, mellow character of the heirloom wheat grains. Each batch is barreled in small 10 and 15 gallon charred oak casks for about a year before it is hand bottled.

 

Being a craft production, no two batches are exactly the same as they each reflect the evolving terroir of Western Pennsylvania from year to year as well as the proclivities of the distiller at the time it was crafted.  A silver-medalist at the 2014 American Craft Spirits Competition, this singular Wheat Whiskey offers notes of salted caramel, malt, cinnamon and vanilla.

 

Landlocked Spiced - $35.99:  We're not really sure how to categorize "Landlocked". It doesn't fit the federal definition of a Rum because there is no sugarcane or molasses used... instead, Wigle uses pure Pennsylvania buckwheat honey in this uniquely inland approach to the famous island spirit!

 

Since there is no federal definition for distilled honey it falls into a "no man's land" with a taste that lies somewhere between a rum and a brandy on your palate! Call it a distilled mead if you like, but that still won't be a sufficient description.

 

Made from scratch and pot-distilled, Wigle has infused this unique spirit with whole, organic botanicals - roasted orange peel, cocoa nibs, whole vanilla beans and cinnamon - to complement the buckwheat honey's distinctive character, redolent of smoky earth and rich aromatics. The result is a spirit with a vanilla nose and a complex body of pepper, cocoa and fig. Sip it over ice or mix in your favorite rum or brandy cocktails for a distinctive new taste!

 

We know that you are constantly looking for the newest and finest products available, so be sure to check out these "Rebellious Whiskeys" on your next visit to Wine World!

 

Wigle Whiskeys

 

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Call of the Wild

 

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Kenwood Vineyards

"Jack London" Wines

 

Since its founding in 1970, Kenwood Vineyards has been committed to producing varietal wines of excellence which reflect Sonoma County's finest vineyards in character and style.

 

Nestled in the western hills of the Sonoma Valley, Jack London Vineyard is one of these vineyards. Situated in a natural bowl well above the valley floor, set facing the dawn, this vineyard enjoys full sun while the valley below remains shrouded in lingering fog.

 

In the heat of the afternoon the vineyard's grapes bathe in the shadow of Sonoma Mountain which stands 1000 feet above the vineyard to the west, protecting them from sunburn. The red volcanic soil is moderately fertile, but thin and well drained.

 

Together, the micro-climate and soil enable the fruit to slowly mature, achieving impressive intensity and depth while maintaining structure and balance. With exclusive rights to the grapes, Kenwood has produced many award-winning wines from these historic red lava-terraced vineyards for more than 30 years, each one an expression of singular vineyard character.

 

This week Wine World proudly features two of these wines - the "Jack London Vineyard" Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon, both from the 2011 vintage. These wines combine bold, concentrated fruit with uncommon focus, harvested from vineyards carefully terraced under Mr. London's own supervision.

 

In 1903, when Jack London first discovered the charms of the Sonoma Valley, he purchased 130 acres of what he called "the most beautiful, primitive land to be found in California". By his untimely passing in 1916, he had grown the property to more than 1,400 acres.

 

The dramatic wolf's head logo on the bottle was Jack London's bookplate logo for many of his novels, and is used here as a fitting embellishment to the character of these unique wines.

 

Today, celebrating its 38th vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon, Kenwood Vineyards continues the ongoing relationship with the Jack London Vineyard, continually evolving farming and harvesting practices to achieve optimal grape quality in the wines that bear its name.

 

Now fully planted, the vineyard encompasses 72 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, 32 acres of Zinfandel, 15 acres of Merlot, and 5 acres of Syrah. The superb quality of Jack London Vineyard wines has made them both consistent medal winners at wine competitions and among the most successful single-vineyard series in California wine history!

 

So let us now introduce you to a pair of these wines:

 

2011 "Jack London" Zinfandel - $17.99:  Located on Sonoma Mountain, the influence of this vineyard's red volcanic soil combines with the fruity characteristics of the grapes to produce an excellent, very distinctive Zinfandel.

 

Blended with 6% Syrah, the flavors from these vineyards exude fruity aromas of raspberry and fig combined with subtle notes of vanilla and white pepper. Delicate well-structured tannins provide an elegant mouth feel and a long finish.

 

2011 "Jack London" Cabernet Sauvignon - $29.99: Cabernet Sauvignon thrives at Jack London Vineyards due to the optimum balance of warm morning sun and gentle cooling afternoon breezes, in combination with well-drained, deep, rich soils. The resulting wine from this Sonoma Mountain appellation has rich mouthfeel, as well as powerful aromatics and fruit flavors.

 

Blended with 9% Merlot from select blocks within the same vineyard, this wine is deeply complex, offering aromas of dried cherries and black raspberries combining with scents of thyme, sage and a touch of mint and vanilla. The wine has a rich, full-bodied mouthfeel with an excellent finish, and should continue to evolve over the next several years.

 

With so much going for these wines, we hope you will consider investigating them for yourself on your next visit...

 

Jack London Wines

 

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"Tier de Garde"

  

Southern Tier Brewing Company

 

Belgian Style IPA from

Southern Tier

 

There's something about the coming of Autumn that just begs for a really tasty Belgian style ale. The fruity and spicy esters that emanate from these brews are so warming and comforting, they make the transition from summer's heat a lot easier to get used to.

 

Of course, I'm not quite ready to give up on all of those wonderfully hoppy beers I enjoyed all summer long; it's just too soon! That's why Southern Tier Brewing's "Tier de Garde" is such a great crossover beer for right now!  It's a cross between an American IPA and a Belgian Trippel!

 

This third entry to Southern Tier's line of Belgian style experiments is made with malted barley and wheat, some great citrusy hops and even some grapefruit peel for extra depth of bittering flavor. Fermented with a traditional Belgian Ale yeast, the combination of ingredients brings about a sensational bitter and spicy, peppery flavor.

 

For a special treat, pair it up with some spiced seafood, a hearty stew, or even a fine aged cheese. This beer is a natural with the bolder flavored foods we enjoy at this time of year.

 

As you pour this copper colored ale it offers up a thick white head of foam just bursting with sweet Southern Tier  - Tier de Gardearomatic goodness. The wheat leaves a cloudy haze to the appearance, and there's a bit of yeasty sediment visible. Pour softly if you want to leave it in the bottle, but for the rest of us, a soft swirl should incorporate the solids quite nicely!

 

The body is surprisingly light and the taste is much more intense than you probably imagine. You notice just how dry and effervescent the beer is on your palate as you enjoy an estery, floral note and even a hint of apricot and pear on the aftertaste. And with 8.1% ABV, the alcohol only adds to these flavors!

 

To catch all of these aromatics, Southern Tier suggests pouring to a Tulip or stemmed glass, but of course this is entirely up to you! Whatever glass you have handy is usually the right glass for right now!

 

And right now is the right time to enjoy this fantastic Belgian Style IPA. Priced at just $9.49/750 ml, be sure to pick up a bottle or two on your next visit!

 

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94 Point Wine!

  

Esporao

 

Brenden Scoops the Trades!

 

When you hear about a wine that has just been awarded 94 points by a publication as prestigious as Wine Enthusiast, most of us who enjoy really good wines get quite interested. 

 

But many of us are also somewhat guarded because the prices of these wines generally reflect that high quality rating.

 

However, this is not always the situation!

 

In the case of the 2011 vintage of "Assobio Tinto", a vibrant red wine from the Douro region of Portugal, it came down to a matter of who got there first! And to Wine World's credit, that person was our own Certified Specialist of Wine, Brenden Bichy!

 

You see, as our import wine buyer, part of Brenden's job is to taste and evaluate the products that each of our suppliers bring to our door in hopes of having us put them on our shelf to present to you.

 

I know... it sounds like a really tough job, and somebody's got to do it!

 

But if you do it correctly, it's really not that easy, and Brenden rejects a lot more wine than he picks up.  His palate is one of the reasons that Wine World's selection is as great as it is.

 

But we also have to factor in the value aspect as part of the overall evaluation of these wines.

 

Some time back, Brenden was offered his first taste of Assobio as part of a routine part of his day. I've seen him in action, and when he comes across something that is above the norm, he'll get a certain look on his face...his head tilts a little, and he kind of smiles with his eyes.  If you know what to look for, you can tell he has a really good wine in his hand from across the room!

 

That's the look he had when he nosed this one, and it only got better when he tasted it. The order was placed immediately.

 

2011 Esporão "Assobio" Tinto - Produced from the premium grape varieties Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca, this wine Assobio Tintoexpresses the vibrant aromatics and flavors of these traditional Douro varieties. It also shows off their potential when properly blended to produce well balanced and well structured wines.

 

In the glass, it appears a deep ruby color with purple glints along the edges. Its nose is powerful, full of red berry fruits and spice notes, and the elegant palate highlights these fresh fruits on delicate tannins. This seductive red wine is both balanced and complex with a finish that leaves you wanting another taste!

 

It wasn't until several weeks later that the good folks at Wine Enthusiast were offered a similar opportunity to evaluate this wine. That's when they gave it their 94-point assessment and pronounced it one of the Best Buys of 2014! 

 

Of course, by this time Brenden's order had already been placed - well before their rating could affect the price! That's why Wine World can offer this wine at the unbelievable price of just $15.99!

  

If you'd like to pick up a bottle of Assobio at this amazingly low price, you'd better move quickly... it won't last long!

 

Nice job Brenden! Again!!

 

This is just one example of what we call the Wine World difference, and we do it every day!

 

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Brewery Ommegang

 

"Valar Morghulis"

 

Ommegang presents the latest in the collaboration series of beers from the hit HBO® series...

 

Game of Thrones

 

Through its first four seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO, and it has just spawned the newest beer in the "Game of Thrones" collaboration between HBO and Brewery Ommegang.

 

Fans of the show took part of a Facebook poll to determine this beer would be an Abbey Dubbel Ale, and its name would be "Valar Morghulis". In the world of Westeros, this name translates to the foreboding phrase "All men must die."

For its crest of arms, it is perfectly represented by the "two-headed" coin given to Arya Stark by one of the "Faceless Men of Braavos" - legendary assassins with the ability to change their appearances at will.

 

Valar Morhulis is familiarly presented by Ommegang corked in the 750 ml bottle format, a proffer to its Belgian heritage. As its crown is laid bare, unsheathed from its wire cage, someone in the crowd shouts "Off with his head!"

 

While it is true in Winterfell that the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword, in this arena the man who made the purchase is entitled to remove the cork!

 

Valar Morghulis

As he does so, rich aromas of caramel, toffee, ripe fruits and dark candi sugar scorched by dragon fire permeate the atmosphere, taunted by a magical hint of clove... though no actual spice has ever touched the brew.

 

As it pours out, you notice it possesses a deep chestnut brown color from a carefully crafted mixture of specialty malts. You also notice an amusing paradox:  a persistent and creamy tan head!

 

The taste is delicately balanced with rich malty sweetness, caramel and just enough bitterness from fiendishly clever additions of Hallertau, Spalt and Apollo hops to balance out its malty backbone, disguising its inner strength of 8% ABV.

 

A surprisingly dry finish is light on the tongue, which belies the initial aroma. And thus his quest is closed.

 

Valar Morghulis is available now at Wine World priced at just $10.99/bottle, only while our limited supplies remain. Don't delay, because as you know...

 

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