Throughout history, some of the greatest
discoveries have been made by pure accident; trying to accomplish
one goal sometimes leads to unexpected and amazing results! It is my
personal belief that "Flash Détente" is one such
There has long been an issue in the making of
wine where wild yeasts will grow on the outer skins of the grapes as
they are hanging on the vine. When harvested and put through the
de-stemmer and crushed, those native yeasts go along for the
If a winemaker is trying to craft a specific
flavor profile by using a specific yeast strain, these wild yeasts
can introduce undesired phenols during the fermentation process
that, while not altogether bad, will detract from the goal he is
trying to obtain.
So, it may well be that, in an effort to
"neutralize" these yeasts, the process of flash détente was
Yeasts are not very hearty at temperatures
above 125 Fahrenheit, preferring a temperature in the 75-85F degree
range (sometimes even cooler!). Flash Détente is an all natural and
organic pre-fermentation process that simply involves quickly
heating and cooling the skins of the fruit before beginning
While it did achieve the goal of killing off
the unwanted yeasts so the desired strain could do its work
unimpeded, the winemakers quickly realized the side benefits:
incredible color extraction was made possible, greater flavor
density was achieved, and much better tannin extraction from the
grapes was realized.
This process is also effective at reducing
pyrazine compounds and the aromas associated with rot and mold.
(These compounds are detectable in concentrations as low as 2 parts
per trillion!) This is especially handy during cool, damp vintages,
when mold and rot are a problem in many vineyards and, in some
cases, when late-maturing grapes don't have the chance to ripen
Flash extraction has been around for more
than 10 years and used in Europe, South America, Australia and
elsewhere, so it's not exactly a new process. But its use in the
United States has only recently been tried. So it's new for
The process involves a combination of heating
the grapes to about 180şF and then sending them into a huge vacuum
chamber, where they are cooled. The cells of the grape skins are
burst from the inside (and an audible pop, pop, pop can be heard).
This allows for better extraction of anthocyanins and skin tannins.
Also, the pyrazines have a very low boiling
point, so they are blown off as steam at the same time!
this takes place before any alcoholic fermentation, the more bitter
tannins, particularly seed tannins, aren't extracted. Seeds don't
contain water, so they don't explode in the Flash Chamber! Then
everything is cooled to about 82F.
From this point on, the winemaking takes a
more traditional track. The grapes are crushed and soaked, the juice
is inoculated with the desired strain of yeast, and nature takes it
Some tasters believe that flashing the wine
will bring more intensity out, but at the expense of complexity, so
sometimes a winemaker will blend the "flashed" grapes with other
"unflashed" fruit to get just the profile he's after. More often
than not, they will ferment the juice separately, and then blend
them after the wine has been aged so they have more control over the
As American winemakers have more time to
experiment and become proficient with this new process, the wine
drinking public can expect to see some amazing benefits heading our
way. One such pioneer is Mark Albecht of Roots Run Deep Winery in
St. Helena. He is the self-described "Owner, Operator, Janitor,
and CEO" of Roots Run Deep Winery!
Founded in 2005 with the promise of producing
unparalleled wine from the Napa Valley at prices everyone can
afford, Mark sources his fruit from the best producers in
Yountville, St. Helena, Rutherford and Carneros wine
A 20-year veteran in the wine industry, Mark
was instrumental in the creation, strategic planning and marketing
of many successful wine brands and brings that passion to Roots Run
Deep. His philosophy is that great wines can be affordable, and he
is dedicated to producing wines that can compete with $50+ wines for
a fraction of the price.
Wine World is happy to announce the arrival
of a great Cabernet Sauvignon from this winery called:
Cabernet Sauvignon - $36.99: This dense Napa Valley Cab is rich
and complex, but still has incredible finesse. A rich, bold,
terroir-driven blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet
Sauvignon from select micro-blocks displaying abundant spice,
floral, and dark red fruit aromas, enveloping the palate with a
tight structure, toasted oak, velvety tannins, red cassis flavors,
and a persistent finish.
"Hypothesis" is available at Wine World today,
and we certainly hope that you will give it a try. Don't be
afraid to compare it to some of the more expensive occupants of
your cellar during this holiday season, and be prepared to be
Well, You're Right... It
Making the whiskey is a bit tricky, but once it's
made aging it to perfection is a snap! Especially with this
innovative new product...
It's the brainchild of Rick Wasmund in conjunction
with the Copper Fox Distillery. Together they continue to blaze new
trails in the American whiskey landscape!
Wasmund's Barrel Kit provides a uniquely creative
opportunity for the casual or professional mixologist, the creative
aspiring chef, or the true whiskey connoisseur to age and season the
spirit to your personal taste preference!
This is the first do-it-yourself whiskey aging kit
designed for home use, and it has everything you'll need to convert
the raw "white dog" spirit into elegantly matured sipping
Each kit includes:
- A brand new two-liter American White Oak mini-barrel,
"toasted" to perfection and ready to use.
- Two 750 ml bottles of cask strength (124 proof!)
spirit. Choose your preference of:
Malt Spirit - Combines the best of the grand tradition of single
malt whiskey with creative and unique innovations for aging and
flavoring that result in a special spirit that has no peer.
Spirit - A remarkable double pot-stilled rye whiskey made with
an extraordinarily generous amount of smoked malt. The mash bill is
2/3 Virginia rye and 1/3 Virginia Thoroughbred hand-malted
- Detailed instructions and a FAQ sheet!
Barrels are intended to be used for multiple fills, and
the layers of flavors and complexities they bring to bear on the
spirit evolve a bit with each use.
The first time out, the new oak will age the spirit more
like bourbon, which law dictates must be made with a virgin barrel.
With subsequent fills, the oak influence shifts to a more "scotch
And Copper Fox is the only distillery in North
America to hand malt their own barley, and the only distillery in the world to
use apple and cherry wood smoke to flavor the malted
Their single-batch copper pot still produces only
about 50 gallons per run, and the spirit is non-chill filtered to
preserve the complete flavor and essence of the barley
Bottled at 124 proof, ready to go into your
barrel for aging, there's just nothing like it! Imagine the
satisfaction and the bragging rights as you treat yourself and
your friends to a whiskey that you finished
Wine World has a limited number of these kits on
our shelves right now priced at $104.99. If you are a whiskey
lover - or perhaps you have one on your shopping list - this kit is
just what you're looking for!
Savor the journey!
at Wine World!
Pogue "Masters Reserve"
Pogue Bourbon has a history dating back to the
years following the Civil War. In 1876, the original Pogue
distillery, Kentucky registered distillery No. 3, was established in
Maysville, Mason County, Kentucky, very near a site often said to be
the location of Kentucky's first distillery.
Prior to Kentucky's statehood, Maysville was part
of old Bourbon County, Virginia, where pioneer distillers discovered
that the Indian corn and limestone water of the region made a
product of mellow character and distinguished flavor.
Today, the bourbon-making tradition is carried
forward by fourth and fifth generation Pogues using the original
Pogue recipe under a time-honored and fixed formula. The current
base of operation is located in the very same plot of land in
Maysville, where they are proud to offer superior quality,
small-batch bourbon and rye spirits that represent the prestige of
the Pogue name.
Old Pogue Master's Select is a small batch, 91
proof, handcrafted Kentucky straight bourbon whisky. Old Pogue was
the flagship product of the original H.E. Pogue Distillery in 1876
and is also the first product released by the modern Pogue
Here's what Robert Parker had to say about it
earlier this year:
"...this sensational effort is a fiery,
full-bodied bourbon with a medium amber color as well as lots of
vanilla, smoke, marmalade, spice and caramelized citrus notes. Very
aromatic, rich and heady, but not overly hot, this is a superb
He then awarded it 95 points!
For some true old-time Bourbon enjoyment, whether
you prefer yours neat or with a small amount of ice or water, pick
up a bottle of Old Pogue Master's Select at Wine World, priced at
Tiramisú from Italy!
Italians are masters at knowing what's important in
life - good food, good friends and good times. Their passion for living is
reflected in their impeccable fashion sense, iconic art and architecture,
and especially in their delectable cuisine.
When it comes to cooking, Italians have an incredible
knack for blending the finest ingredients to create icons of
gastronomy. A perfect example is Tiramisu - a dessert developed long
ago in Treviso, Italy that combines ladyfingers soaked in espresso with
mascarpone cream and cocoa powder.
The taste was deliciously tempting and the recipe
quickly spread to the United States where its popularity exploded.
For fans of this remarkable dessert, we happily present
Tiramisú Italian liqueur. Hand-crafted in Italy using quality decadent ingredients, Truffini Tiramisú
liqueur tastes every bit as delicious as its namesake
Truffini Tiramisú -
$23.99: Experience the authentic Italian liqueur that conjures the
unique flavors and aroma of ladyfingers soaked in espresso coffee,
mascarpone cream, and cocoa powder. Tiramisú is created with the same
careful attention to the unparalleled quality that has become the mark of
artisans throughout Italy.
We'd like to suggest that you pick up a bottle on your
next visit, and have it on hand as we enter the holiday season.
It is sure to be a hit with everyone's celebrations!
From Austin Hope
The Hope Family Wines is located in the heart of
California's Central Coast in the town of Paso Robles. They source
the grapes from a number of vineyard sites throughout the diverse
appellation and seek a variety of flavors to make this
Because of their success, Rhône varietals are
becoming increasingly popular in the Central Coast, and Zinfandel
has been a staple in Paso Robles for almost 100 years.
Wine is best made when a winemaker has choices. This
philosophy is evident in the Troublemaker. Inspired by varietals
that flourish in this distinct growing region, and by craftily
blending wines from multiple varietals and vintages, Troublemaker is
an opportunity for the winemaker to really strut his stuff!
The majority of the wine comes from 2011 vintage, with a
remaining portion coming from 2010. The younger wine brings forth a
youthful vibrancy and freshness while the base vintage adds
complexity and structure that completes the wine.
Syrah serves as the backbone of the wine, setting the
stage with a fruit-forward style and full body. Sweet and bright red
fruit flavors from the Grenache blend with the rustic and lively
flavors from Mourvčdre and Petite Sirah. Zinfandel adds that
signature zing that completes the blend.
6 - $17.99 - This multi-vintage offering is truly a Paso Robles
blend, consisting of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvčdre, Petite Sirah and
Zinfandel in a wine designed to combine elegance and
Dark ruby in color, it displays robust aromas of ripe
black cherry, vanilla, nutmeg and tobacco. On the palate, the wine
is full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel. Vibrant flavors of red
berries and strawberry are layered with pepper, cocoa and anise.
Displaying structure and balance, it will age beautifully.
Troublemaker is crafted with pleasure in mind. It
inspires those bored of murky red blends and captivates those who
seek unique and interesting wine.
We hope you will check out a bottle of Troublemaker on
your next visit!
Only at Wine World!
Celebrating the esteemed art of
blending, this 2010 Meritage called "Symmetry" captures the
essence of the Alexander Valley, where well-drained rocky soils
combine with warm, sunny days and cool nights to provide ideal
With 40 years of experience growing classic
French grape varieties, Rodney Strong selects their best Cabernet
Sauvignon, Merlot and other traditional Bordeaux grapes from the
hills that overlook the valley.
Select areas within each vineyard are hand
harvested individually, fermented separately, and aged in the finest
French oak barrels. After about six months, each lot is tasted and
graded, and only the highest graded wines are considered for
The blend is then assembled, and the wine is
returned to barrels to facilitate flavor integration. The wine is
aged an additional 12 to 18 months, depending on the vintage, before
bottling. When it emerged, it was truly the stuff of legend! It
manages to be at once harmonious, concentrated and elegant!
- $49.99: This luxurious wine greets you with an opulent
bouquet of blackberry, cassis and sweet spices. The
flavors unfold on the palate in layers of black fruits, dark
chocolate and spices, lasting through its lingering finish.
This mouth-filling wine is rich and silky in
texture, and has the structure to accept several years of
evolution in the cellar. It is a wine to be
Elizabeth has been able to procure a small
allotment of this highly prized and strictly allocated wine, but for
those who can move quickly, it is available on our shelf now, so
this wine can join your collection.
Calistoga, California is the northernmost town in
the Napa Valley - home to the Frank Family Vineyards.
Its origins go back to 1884 when the winery
was first established as the Landmark Winery. Landmark became an
icon of its day, and you will still find some of the original
sandstone structures still standing on the site.
The massive stone edifice is considered an
archetype of California's wine country. It appears on the National
Register of Historical Places and is listed as a Point of Historical
Interest in the state of California.
Later it changed hands to become Kornell
Champagne Cellars under wine legend Hans Kornell, where the winery
secured its reputation with sparkling wines. This legacy is carried
on today by current owners Richard and Connie Frank.
The Franks acquired the property from Kornell
in 1992, and set about the task of taking a great winery and making
it even better.
Today they have established vineyards in Pope,
Capell and Chiles Valleys, Rutherford, Carneros, and along the Vaca
Mountain range on the eastern side of Napa Valley - some very prime
real estate for wine growers!
Frank Family Vineyards wines are produced in
small quantities and currently sold only at the winery and a handful
of select restaurants and wine shops. Fortunately, one of
these "select" wine shops is right in your back yard - Wine
That's right! Wine World has been selected to
represent the Frank Family Vineyards to the good people of Harford
County, and we are honored to be able to present their wines to you.
Presently on our shelves you will find the
following opulently exclusive
Pinot Noir - $37.99: This amazing wine has a bright ruby core
and opens with aromas of black cherries, raspberry and spice. As the
wine opens, floral notes reminiscent of hibiscus flower and
potpourri blossom in the glass. The palate is fleshy, loaded with
fresh berry flavors and lush savory notes that lead to roasted
chestnuts and toffee flavors. The tannins are refined and provide
elegance and structure.
2010 "Napa Valley"
Cabernet Sauvignon - $51.99: The gorgeous dark and dense
magenta hues give sense to this wine's concentration and power. The
bouquet is loaded with intense aromas of cassis, hints of dry
mission figs, and ripe plum compote that mélange in harmony,
enhanced by cedar and leather scents. The palate is lush with savory
dark fruit and a hint of sweet oak and black pepper. The wine is
well structured with soft tannins that envelop the
These wines are offered in limited quantities to
select locations around the country because they are simply that
If you are looking for some great selections for
a special dinner, or perhaps a great gift idea for a wine lover that
you'd like to impress, these wines will surely fit the
Ask one of our team members about them on your
at Wine World!
At the end of the 18th Century a man named Don Juancho
Nieto Meléndez was a true student of the distilling arts. I mean, he
literally studied the processes employed at that time, and
experimented with ways of improving both the methods and the
He was fascinated by the subtle complexities of the many
environmental factors that affect the rum-making process, such as
the weather and humidity of the tropics. He was particularly
interested in artisanal production methods that, in spite of
remaining relatively constant, were capable of yielding a wide
variety of distinctly different outcomes.
In order to understand the various flavors that could be
obtained, he would sample an exhaustive array of exotic liquors and
rums. He carefully studied the "gold standard" production methods
employed in Jamaica, while also drawing inspiration from the islands
of the Antilles, discovering and improving upon many of their
distillation and aging secrets.
But a student is only as good as his application of the
methods learned to improve his own productions.
He would observe the slow work of the sugar mill and its
traditional method of crushing the sugar cane, and imagined the
endless variations he could create by combining different cane
juices in his rums.
In time, his secret and astute combinations of
ingredients, wood barrels and honeys would yield the robust and
complex product that he had always been searching for.
The result was a rum that combined an unmistakable
character and body with irresistible and subtle aromas, the
triumphant expression of his untiring search for a spirit that would
go on to captivate the world under the name Ron Diplomático.
Wine World is proud to now offer you a pair of these
Ańejo - $15.99: At 4 years of age, this is the youngest of
the Diplomático family. It shows brown sugar on the nose, with cocoa
powder, raisins, caramel, sweet milky coffee and oaky spice, and has
a creamy texture without being heavy or overpowering. The
medium-full palate develops exactly as the nose would suggest, with
chocolaty raisin fudge, sweet milky coffee again and the oaky spices
emerging to tingle at the edges of the tongue. A well-made and
extremely well-balanced spirit.
Ańejo Reserva - $21.99: Rich and full, with golden syrup,
Demerara and a hint of treacle. This 8 year old rum has reassuringly
weighty oak in the background on polished mahogany notes. Hints of
cinnamon, over-ripe oranges or orange liqueur and bitter dark
chocolate emerge on the back note. This rum has an amazingly smooth,
gentle texture with a chocolaty velvetiness on the palate, with
creamy oak spice and citrus notes counteracting the syrupy
sweetness. A sweet cocoa caress, with shimmering spices.
If you are a fan of well made artisan rum, or if you'd
like to taste the true flavor of this type of rum, you owe it to
yourself to give the Diplomático line a try!
a bottle on your next visit!
at Wine World!