Rebirth of Regionals
Kinsey "Cask Strength" Whiskey
Did you know that prior to Prohibition, both Maryland and Pennsylvania were known for making their own style of whiskey? It was a proud time in the heritage or our region.
Throughout the 1800's, Mid-Atlantic farmers would use their excess grain to produce high quality spirits, and though the flavor profiles were similar in these areas, they were not the same. Each had its own hard-to-describe, yet undeniably present nuance that it added to the taste and each earned their own flock of loyal fans.
Some people say these differences stem from the influence of the soils where the corn, barley and rye was grown, while others swear it's got more to do with the water, but stylistically, they were some of the finest whiskeys available. Something called Monongahela Rye was highly prized around the world!
But then came Prohibition, and as distilleries were boarded up, the high quality whiskeys that had been produced were quickly replaced with a cheapened and poorly blended version cranked out by bootleggers eager to cash in on the region's reputation. It got so bad that even after the 18th Amendment was repealed, that reputation never quite recovered.
This is the profile that fit Kinsey Distilling. In the years leading up to Prohibition, the Kinsey Whiskey brand grew quickly from 2,000 to 20,000 barrels winning gold medals at expositions from New Orleans to San Antonio. Yet when Jacob G. Kinsey revived the distillery after Prohibition, the wide-spread acclaim was never to return.
While his Kinsey Whiskey became a very popular brand in the local region with an easy drinking taste profile that was popular at the time, it was not enough to sustain them. The brand was sold to Continental Distilling who continued to produce and market their version of Kinsey Whiskey until the distillery closed for good in the late-1970's.
Thankfully today we are seeing a resurgence of interest in these original regional flavors as craft distillers strive to faithfully reproduce them. Robert J. Cassell is one such Master Distiller. Born and raised near the original Kinsey Whiskey Distillery, along the banks of the Schuylkill River near Linfield, PA, he is a Pennsylvania craft distilling pioneer!
Working from the New Liberty Distillery in Philadelphia, his goal is to carry on the great whiskey making tradition of Pennsylvania, and for their first offering, they wanted to pay tribute to famous Pennsylvania whiskies of yesteryear. Robert searched far and wide for any remaining whiskey stocks that could be blended to create the easy drinking style of post prohibition Pennsylvania Whiskey.
He now hand-blends and hand-bottles every drop of Kinsey Whiskey, making it available for whiskey enthusiasts everywhere. Now for the first time, Wine World is proud to present his "Cask Strength" line - a 7-Year aged 100% Corn Whiskey and his top of the line Rye Whiskey, both bottled at 57.5% ABV (115 proof).
Kinsey 7 Year Old Cask Strength Whiskey - 42.99/375 ml: This pale amber 100% corn whiskey is aged for 7 years for exceptional smoothness and amazing flavor. It features a bright entry with prominent floral, semi-sweet vanilla notes. The "quick" finish boasts hints of honeycomb, caramel corn and mineral notes. It is surprisingly smooth at 115 proof!
Kinsey Rye Cask Strength - 42.99/375 ml: The dark burnished copper color teases the eye, tempting the taster to invite it inside. The attack is subdued with grassy notes and a mid-palate that brings a very pleasant rye spiciness with sweet malt undertones. There is a mineral note mixing with light floral highlights on the finish, and again, the smoothness is a sweet yet welcomed surprise at this strength.
Mr. Cassel is currently sourcing additional whiskey stocks to create a full range of Kinsey Whiskies, and the New Liberty Distillery is hard at work distilling original whiskies and exclusive limited edition spirits that will represent an exciting new generation in Pennsylvania Whiskey.
It is their intention that the Kinsey Cask Strength programs will be offered twice each year, in July and again in November, so we will always have something new to look forward to!
Pick up your bottle of Kinsey on your next visit, because when it comes to having the newest and the finest products that you are looking for...
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Clown Shoes Beer!
A Ratebeer "Top 100
Breweries in the World"!
Clown Shoes Brewing is an award winning, if slightly irreverent, brewery in Ipswich, Mass. They have a great talent for good fun and great beer!
"Clown Shoes"... what a name! And a bit of a funny story!
It was the brain child of Gregg Berman and some of his friends, who agreed that, while clowns can be a bit creepy, their shoes are always hilarious. Who doesn't smile when thinking of clown shoes?
But originally, the name was intended to be used for someone else's beer! Here's how:
Several years ago, the Alstrom Brothers of Beer Advocate made a collaboration beer with Dogfish Head to celebrate the 2010 Extreme Beer Fest. The brew was a nut brown ale, and BA held a contest for their members to come up with a name for it. Gregg and his pals offered "Clown Shoes" thinking it would be a reminder for everyone to seek out the humor in life and to have fun on your journey through it.
It was perfect, and they just knew they would win!
It didn't even get an honorable mention! (That beer became known as "The Wrath of Pecant" and is still in limited production by Dogfish!)
Having lost the contest, Gregg was doing a slow burn, but it spurred him to decide to create his own beer and call it Clown Shoes! It was intended to be a lark... a one time deal for a home brewer to enjoy with his buds more than anything else. It certainly wasn't meant to start a brand that would one day be named to the list of the "Top 100 Breweries in the World"!
Clown Shoes produces a wide range of beers, focusing on beer styles which they say, are "under represented in America, or are in desperate need of a shake up. Our mission now is to produce beer without pretension while being free and a little crazy. We hope you enjoy the beers".
So do we, because we've recently brought in some of their biggest sellers, available in 4-pack 12 oz cans or 22 oz bottles. We're even working on getting some draught in our Growler Station, so be sure to check that out as well!
Here's a little about the beers that you can now find at Wine World:
"Clementine" Belgian Style White Ale - 8.49/4-Pack: Light-bodied and crisp, this is a terrific White Ale with plenty of zest! Hazy in appearance and healthily carbonated, it utilizes Chambly yeast to energetically shape its wheat malt base. Incorporated in the brewing process is Clementine, sweet orange peel, a hint of Coriander, and Summit hops. 5.9% ABV.
"Tramp Stamp" Belgian Style IPA - 9.49/4-Pack: Like a stamp on a tramp, this beer is about not so subtle seduction. Soft but complex malts, Chambly yeast, sweet orange peel, and Columbus, Amarillo, and Centennial hops have merged to create a bodacious Belgian IPA. 7% ABV.
"Chocolate Sombrero" Mexican Style Chocolate Stout - 9.49/4-Pack: Roasted dark malts plus extra chocolate malts plus ancho chili plus cinnamon plus vanilla extract plus a chocolate loving, beer drinking, Clown Shoes wearing, multi-limbed, gorgeous and glorious Mexican wrestler on the label. That's the recipe for a Chocolate Sombrero! 9% ABV.
"Space Cake" Double IPA - 7.99/22 oz: It's named "Space Cake" for Pete's sake... You know it's going to be over the top! It's a Double IPA utilizing citrusy mosaic hops and an immaculate west coast style malt backbone, and it's not for the faint of heart!
Now, we've heard of a different kind of space cake on a visit to Colorado not too long ago. We wanted to put your mind at ease... while botanically the hop plant is a not-too-distant cousin of cannabis, we have it on good authority that there is no weed included in the recipe for this Space Cake! It does have 9% alcohol by volume however!
"Undead Party Crasher" American Imperial Stout - 10.99/22 oz: In a world full of uncertainty, hardship, and people trying to hold the new guy back, do we need the undead and trademark attorneys too? Clown Shoes says, "No, die, monsters, die!".
Formerly known as "Vampire Slayer", forces of darkness brought about a change in the name of this beer, which was released to celebrate Clown Shoes' 2nd anniversary, but it still sports signature dark malts, holy water, and malt smoked locally with hickory and ash. 10% ABV.
Be sure to check out the Clown Shoes on your next visit, take some home and give them a try!
Finally Available in Maryland, and
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The "Heisenberg" Collection
by Blue Ice Vodka
Fans of the hit TV series Breaking Bad will immediately recognize the name "Heisenberg" - the malevolent alter ego of Walter White, humble high school science teacher turned meth kingpin.
Well Sony Pictures Television and 21st Century Spirits have just released the first of three special edition bottles of "Heisenberg" by Blue Ice, with distinct graphics and infamous quotes.
The inaugural bottle is "The One Who Knocks" - a reference to one of Walt's more insidiously revealing rants to his wife Skyler, revealing his truly bad-assed nature, after she expresses her fears for his life from the bad guy drug lords out there!
The scene goes something like this:
Skyler (deeply concerned):
"If you're in trouble, we go to the police... If it's either that or you getting shot when you open your front door... You're not some hardened criminal Walt, you're in over your head. That's what we tell them; that's the truth... Let's both of us stop trying to justify this whole thing and admit you're in danger."
Walt/Heisenberg (somewhat PO'd):
"Who are you talking to right now? Who is it you think you see? Do you know how much I make a year? I mean, even if I told you you wouldn't believe it. Do you know what would happen if I suddenly decided to stop going in to work? A business big enough to be listed on the NASDAQ goes belly up - disappears! It ceases to exist without me!
No, you clearly don't know who you're talking to, so let me clue you in. I am NOT in danger Skyler... I AM the danger! A guy opens his door and gets shot, and you think that of me?? No...
I am the one who knocks..."
The way he says it, it can send a chill up your spine! I know it loses a lot in translation so here's a link to the clip on YouTube! Watch it for yourself and you'll see what I mean!
Now that's pretty bad ass, you gotta admit! And if this is the opening salvo for this new collection by Blue Ice Vodka, you've got to be intrigued!
"The One Who Knocks" is a handcrafted potato based American vodka. It could come from only one place... Idaho - home to the luscious Russet Burbank Potato.
It's made using water sourced from the largest volcanic aquifer in the country. And they don't add sugar to boost the alcohol; it's kept pristine and all natural, certified gluten-free, and Non-GMO.
They use continuous column distillation, combined with a patented 5-stage filtration process making it among the purest products in the marketplace.
This has led to a gold medal at the 2014 San Francisco Spirits Competition, and 94 points from the Beverage Testing Institute who incidentally rated it to be the #1 American vodka! Even Wine Enthusiast got on board awarding it 92 points!
Executive Producer and Creator of "Breaking Bad", Vince Gilligan says:
"The Dude had his White Russians, the Blues Brothers had their Night Train... and now Heisenberg has his very own Blue Ice Vodka! I'm counting on our fans to use it in the creation of a great many delicious cocktails. I'm getting thirsty just thinking about it."
Blue Ice Vodka was designed for the vodka purist, with a refined palate. It easily matches every occasion, whether on the rocks, as a long drink, or in a more creative cocktail!
"The One Who Knocks" has arrived at our door, and Wine World is proud to offer you this first-in-the-series from the Heisenberg collection at the amazing price of $24.99. The other two entrants will be introduced later in the year.
Also in order to be fair to all of our customers and let everyone have a chance to buy it at this price, we are implementing a strict limit of 1 bottle per customer.
Sorry EBAY... not this time!
"The One Who Knocks"
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Surprising New Scotch!
SIA Blended Scotch Whisky
Carin Luna-Ostaseski is the proud founder of SIA Scotch Whisky, a delicious, new, fresh and modern spirit that will challenge your stereotype about Scotch. (It's pronounced "SEE-a".)
The obvious question is "How does a Creative Director in the "virtual" world - designing websites, mobile applications and digital products - end up creating a remarkable new Scotch blend"?
It started with a night out with friends, where she was offered (and refused) a Scotch Whisky. Thinking it would be too strong, heavy and smoky tasting, and believing that Scotch is an acquired taste, she had already made up her mind that she wouldn't like it.
Her friend starting quizzing her on some of her favorite foods and beverages, and based on those simple parameters, suggested a specific Scotch. More on a dare than desire, she gave it a try.
Her Scotch stereotype was instantly shattered, and she realized that there really is a brand out there for everyone - particularly those who didn't know they liked Scotch Whisky... at least not yet!
That event was the catalyst that started Carin on her love affair with Scotch and led to the creation of SIA!
She became an avid student of Scotch and the beverage industry, immersing herself in the business, working as a bartender, asking a lot of questions and getting a lot of doors closed in her face. She spent time with distillers and other of industry professionals who were generous to share their time and expertise.
When conceptualizing the blend, she conducted blind tastings of hundreds of different single malts, researched distillery methods and shared early blends with Scotch Whisky virgins and enthusiasts alike, seeking input from every point of view. SIA's flavor profile was actually conceptualized by these people!
Carin likes to say "It is truly by you and for you. This is YOUR Spirit."
A perfectly balanced blend of 50% Speyside 40% Highlands and 10% Islay malts, SIA is distilled in Scotland and matured, blended and bottled at 86 proof by third-generation crafters Douglas Laing & Co in Glasgow.
This is a new, fresh and exciting Scotch Whisky created specifically to appeal to a modern palate. The striking amber color of clover honey, SIA awakens the nose with citrus and spice and opens the palate with the smoky vanilla crunch of a crème brulée. The finish is long, smooth and refreshing with hints of hazelnut and toffee.
Winner of the Double-Gold medal at the 2014 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, SIA is a delightfully easy-to-enjoy Scotch, whether sipped neat, on the rocks, or mixed in cocktails!
"With great pride, I've channeled my love for creating experiences and products and have created something that people can actually touch, smell, hold, and taste. SIA will challenge your stereotype about Scotch."
- Carin Luna-Ostaseski
Elizabeth is proud to be one of the first retailers in the state to offer the newly-released "Mullenweg Edition" of SIA priced at just 45.99!
If you're a fan of great tasting Scotch, or perhaps you just haven't discovered it yet, pick up a bottle on your next visit!
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Now in Stock!
"Party on the Patio"
Wines on Tap!
The new law allowing Wine World to fill bottles of wine from our taps is now in effect, and we are ready to roll with our "Party on the Patio" line of wines! From the early returns, our only challenge is to keep our stock up to meet demand!
Elizabeth has procured several cases of "Wine World" wine growlers that she is offering for just $3.99!
These are resealable, reusable, and earth friendly bottles with swing-top stoppers that you can refill as often as you like at our growler station for just $9.99/Liter!
The law for wine is identical to our beer growlers:
- the container must be sealable,
- have an identifying mark of the seller,
- carry a federal health warning statement required for alcohol containers,
- display instructions for cleaning the container and
- have a label stating that the consumer is responsible for cleaning it.
Elizabeth wanted to kick things off with some fun wines designed for summertime enjoyment, so she challenged the wine team to come up with some unique ideas with an emphasis on fun.
She is reassigning 2 of our 30 taps to dispense only these special proprietary blends made exclusively for Wine World!
Enlisting the assistance of an experienced winemaker, we believe the team has not just met the challenge, but knocked it out of the park with a pair of blends that have to be tasted to be believed!
First up, we have a white wine called "Cherry Limeade White Sangria" inspired by the famous flavor introduced at Sonic!
This bright fresh fruity wine delivers the perfect blend of light cherry flavor with a big splash of limeade! It's is all about summer refreshment on the patio or lounging poolside. Escape the heat of the summer with this amazing blend! 12% ABV.
And if you're ready for an entirely new concept in red wine, you've got to try our mind-blowing blend we're calling "Not Your Momma's" Merlot (also 12% ABV)!
This wine starts with a medium-bodied base of luscious Merlot, known for its fruit flavors and cocoa notes, and transforms it with a secret blend of spices designed to mimic the creamy smooth flavor of Sarsaparilla! Just imagine - a root beer flavored Merlot!
Or better yet, taste it... it's incredible! Served icy cold on a hot summer's day, you're on your way to the perfect Patio Party! And you can even take it to another level by adding some Mercer's Wine Ice Cream for the ultimate float. Your taste buds will be dancing!
Oh, and we also have an amazing Mead - honey wine - on tap for you! You have to taste it to believe it! Little known fact: Mead was the origin for the term "Honeymoon", because the bride's father was to keep the happy couple supplied for a full month following the nuptials! Yep, it's that good! Call it "Liquid Love"!
We will change things up periodically with ever newer and more creative unique, fun flavors designed to be perfect for any party or picnic. Our wine team is already dreaming up enticing new taste experiences!
It's going to be a great summer with these wines becoming available this week!
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Wine Ice Cream!
The Hottest Cool Treat in Maryland!
Exclusively at Wine World!!
In what has to be the biggest "scoop" of the season so far, Elizabeth has entered into an agreement with the makers of Mercer's Wine Ice Cream and is now the only retailer in Maryland to carry these fantastic products!
Situated in Oneida County, in the very heart of New York State, Mercer's Dairy is known for their quality products throughout upstate NY. They have been building and maintaining their reputation for over 60 years!
They produce 27 traditional flavors of ice cream, four flavors of sherbet, three flavors of fat-free, no-sugar-added ice cream - and their most recent creation... Mercer's Wine Ice Cream!
Let's be very clear from the beginning - this is NOT "wine flavored" ice cream... this is ice cream made from actual wine!
Be prepared to show your ID when making a purchase, because it is not for sale to minors!
Mercer's Wine Ice Cream is an unprecedented, unique creation: adults-only ice cream available that has received both national and international recognition.
Today, we are happy to announce that wine ice cream is available in Maryland, and Wine World is the only place where you can get it!
We've currently got 6 flavors including some red, some white, some blush, and even a port!
- Peach White Zinfandel - Sweet celebration! This sensational ice cream is a handpicked White Zinfandel, distinguished for its fruity undertones and pleasant finish, blended with succulent peaches!
- Riesling - Simply chic! This one is made with a dry Riesling wine, prized for its fruity, crisp, effervescent quality and well-balanced taste.
- Red Raspberry Chardonnay - Classic elegance! Think of an oak-aged Chardonnay, known for its delicate nose and buttery smooth taste, and paired with fresh red raspberries.
- Sparkling Strawberry - The Strawberry is simply bubbly! They've uncorked a sweet champagne and paired it perfectly with ribbons of sparkling strawberries. Now if that doesn't tempt your taste buds, nothing will!
- Cherry Merlot - Sophisticated! For this ice cream Mercers has chosen a Merlot wine recognized for its plum and black cherry undertones, and accentuated it with plump Bordeaux cherries!
- Chocolate Cabernet - Rich... a chocolate lover's dream! This decadent ice cream unites a Cabernet wine filled with dried cherry and cassis notes with Mercer's renowned chocolate ice cream, filled with bits of bittersweet chocolate morsels! Mmmm!
- Port - Inspiring. For this original creation, they sought out an award-winning Ruby Port appreciated for its luxurious, heavily-body flavor and velvety smoothness. Being an ice cream only makes it better!
These are the most innovative new wine product on the market today, and they've got to be experienced to be believed!
Mercer's Wine Ice Creams have now arrived, just in time for the heat of summer, priced at just 6.99/pt. Look for them in the freezer right by the check out counter on your next visit!
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Great News for Coffee Lovers!
Now You Can Custom Grind Your Coffee Beans!
As we've constantly stated throughout our history, Wine World's goal is to be your favorite beverage store! This is what drives everything we do!
In keeping with that spirit, we expanded our horizons to include some of the finest coffees we could find.
After all, coffee is one of our favorite beverages, and we know that's true for many of you as well! That's why several years ago, Elizabeth began offering Counter Culture coffee beans here at Wine World!
These folks have a different way of bringing coffee to market: sourcing incredible handmade coffees directly from farmers and cooperatives around the world, and roasting them precisely to bring out the unique flavors that represent their origins.
More recently Elizabeth also brought in beans from Rare Bird Coffee Roasters to augment our selections of coffees for you to discover and enjoy.
Between these two suppliers, we now offer coffees that are exceptional and unique, offering distinctive qualities of varietal and origin.
Not long ago, we invited some of these folks to do an in-store tasting to offer you a chance to learn more about their various coffees. It was quite enlightening.
It was the first time many of you had ever tasted the difference between that mass-produced hodgepodge blend of every coffee that's available on the market, and a single varietal coffee from a unique point on the globe! The taste difference was obvious!
But all too often the question was asked "Do you have it already ground, ready for my coffee pot?"
With the idea that freshness is one of the keys to really great coffee, pre-grinding the beans and putting it on a stores' shelf where it might sit for a while would take away from the enjoyment. That's why they only sell us freshly roasted beans.
And that's also why so many of you have continued to buy your regular brand of coffee instead of getting all of the enjoyment possible in your morning cup of Joe!
We didn't like that scenario, and we knew we could do more for you. Now we've got the answer!
Elizabeth now has a professional grade coffee grinder set up in the store where you can custom grind your beans on the spot!
Your coffee is as fresh as possible going into the grinder, and you know with certainty how long it's been since it was ground!
Whether you use a percolator, a drip/filter system, French press or some other method to brew your coffee, there's a setting that will grind your beans to perfection!
Now everyone can discover and enjoy the sensational and varied tastes of small batch coffees from around the world, brought to us by specialty coffee roasters.
It's a great way to start your day, and it's just one more way we try to earn your business every day!
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Return of Rubus!
Stealth Wines Available in Limited Quantities!
Those of you who have been shopping with us for a while may remember a few years back when the combination of a really good vintage and a fairly soft economy came together in a perfect storm for wine lovers. Its name... Rubus!
That year there was a lot of really good wine on the market, but due to the economic downturn, people just weren't buying it, which created a glut of great wine on the market.
Winemakers had to make a decision - either drop the prices on their fabulous famous-named wines, or sell off the extra juice to select negociants to be sold under a private label.
Since many of these famous wineries have spent years building their reputation, many took the second option! They just didn't want to risk sullying their image by lowering their price!
The wine business can really be funny like that sometimes, and when you're in the right place at the right time, it makes a great opportunity to get some fabulous wines at ridiculous prices!
You say you've never heard of a Rubus Winery in Napa? Not too surprising! It doesn't exist!
Fran Kysela, a well known importer-distributor who has some serious contacts in Napa and beyond, is the genius behind the Rubus label. His friends told him of their plans to unload their excess juice and made him an offer that was too good to pass up!
And when Elizabeth caught wind of it, she got in on the action very quickly.
As a result during a short time in the summer of 2010, we were able to offer several cases of the amazing 2007 vintage Napa Cab for under $20 a bottle!
Well my friends, it's happened again!
This time it's from the fabulous 2012 vintage of Cabernet straight from Napa, as well as the 2013 vintage of Old Vine Zinfandel from Lodi!
Most of you know how great the warm weather Napa Valley is for growing Cabernet, but only our true Zinfandel zealots know that Lodi is the center of the universe for their favorite grape!
Here's the crazy part: We were able to buy these wines up at price points that allow us to offer them at insane discounts!
Imagine this Old Vine Zin for just 11.99 and the Cabernet is just $19.99. If you were blindfolded, you'd be unable to tell the difference between it and a bottle we sell for $75!
Such is the world of stealth wine! Here's a brief description of the Rubus wines we currently have in stock.
2013 Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi - 11.99: Produced in the heart of the Lodi AVA from vines that are more than 50 years old. (Some of them are nearly 100 years old!)
Ruby red in color, with red fruit, raspberry, and spice on the nose. This wine is medium in body, with notes of ripe cherry, cedar box, cinnamon, anise, black pepper, and hint of smoke on the palate. It has a long, silky finish.
At this price, this wine will be gone very soon, so don't wait too long! Once it's gone, it's gone for good!
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa - 19.99: While they are very careful to not reveal exactly where the fruit was grown, our information suggests it is from the Stags Leap District - one of the finest micro-regions in the valley!
Powerfully aromatic, with full mature flavors of blackberry, currant and chocolate and just a hint of toasty oak and black cherry. The tannins are refined and polished, allowing the fruit to be the focus.
Do yourself a favor and don't miss out on these wines!
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