In Time for Hanukkah
Golan Heights Winery
Wine has a sense of place, and one can sense the region, in its flavor, aroma and color: Wine incorporates a place's culture, language, smalls and people.
The Golan Heights Winery invites you to savor the Mediterranean with a special gift set they've assembled for the holidays. This set includes 2 bottles of their magnificent 2012 vintage of Mount Herman Red Wine, and to go with them, lovely pieces of crystal stemware etched with their name and logo.
About the wine...
It is grown in Galil, Israel's northernmost and finest wine apellation. The vineyard is located in the cold climate and high altitude of Golan which allows the fruit a longer hang time for full development of its sugars and complete ripening for depth of flavor.
A blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Petit Verdot, Mount Hermon Red is a dry wine that exhibits cherry, plum and spice notes, alongside hints of fresh herb and black pepper.
With good body and satisfying flavor, it makes a great everyday red wine, but is especially delightful through the holiday season. (Kosher Lamehadrin Kosher for Passover)
Wine World has a limited number of these gift sets priced at an incredible $27.99!
At this price, they won't last long, so hurry into Wine World and claim yours today!
Another Gift Idea!
From Chef & Sommelier
The right wine glass can enhance your enjoyment of any glass of wine, and Elizabeth recently discovered a very distinctive line of glassware from the folks at Chef & Sommelier that really drives that point home!
It took her by such force, she decided to put them on the accessories shelf here at Wine World.
They are from the "Open Up" line, and that's exactly what it does for your wine! As you gently swirl your glass, its unique shape seems to collect the aromas just inside the rim, ready to deliver the full impact when you raise it to your nose.
The Chef & Sommelier range of stemware is manufactured using a "soft glass" material they call Kwarx®, a revolutionary material developed by the group's research center. It combines strength, brightness and transparency.
Designed for restaurant use, these glasses are incredibly resistant to the harsh conditions of that environment. The highly resistant material means less breakage!
They are completely dishwasher safe, and after laboratory testing of over more than 2000 industrial washings, these glasses remain bright with a never ending sparkle wash after wash.
Plus the material is completely transparent so a wine's full range of color can truly be appreciated.
Each glass holds just about 16 ounces (if you were to fill it to the top), and can be used for either red or white wines.
This is restaurant quality stemware being offered at a department store price! But since this is something new for us, Elizabeth is putting special introductory prices on them! They are normally 16.99 each, or 99.99 for a full set of 6, but while they last, she is selling them for 12.99 apiece, and 74.99 for the set!
We invite you to take a look at these glasses on your next visit, take one in your hand and admire the way it looks as you hold it to the light! Then think about whether there's someone on your shopping list that would be delighted to receive this stemware as a holiday gift! It might even be you!
Only at Wine World!
Here's One to Watch, and to Discover!
Presenting Le P'Tit Paysan
Le P'Tit Paysan is the brain-child of winemaker Ian Brand - perhaps an example of a "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"! For starters, he's actually from Connecticut!
After earning a degree in Environmental Science at Middlebury College in Vermont, and a stint in the Peace Corps, he found himself in Utah working for the Wildlife Department, living out of his truck and counting trout along the Colorado River! Well, some counting, and a lot of riding white water rapids! You see, Ian is a bit of an adventurer!
That sense of adventure eventually drew him to Santa Cruz, CA where he picked up on another passion - surfing! I bet you thought I was going to say "Wine", but in truth, Ian wasn't much into wine in those days! Instead, wine seemed to find him!
Loving to surf, but needing to eat, Ian answered an ad for a job on the bottling line at Bonny Doon Vineyards. The year was 2003 and this is where fate set this young man's life in motion!
With his background, he quickly worked his way off the line and into the lab, and his ability to learn and apply new ideas soon led him to the cellar - where the fun happens!
Bonny Doon is an unusual winery. They don't just make wine in the traditional sense... they like to experiment with all aspects of winemaking.
Owner Randall Grahm is sometimes seen as an eccentric, and other times as a mad scientist, but his methods and discoveries were on the cutting edge, and this sense of adventurous experimentation made quite an impression on young Ian. He fit right in!
Two years later, he moved on to Big Basin Vineyard as the assistant winemaker, where he began to establish his own style. With no formal education in oenology, and only his instincts and experiences to guide him, Ian Brand was on his way!
By 2012, he found himself being named by Wine Enthusiast Magazine to its "40 Under 40: American Tastemakers" - their list of the 40 most influential trendsetters under the age of 40 - placing him among an elite list of rapidly rising stars in the wine world!
When asked about how his particular style evolved, he explains "My goal has been to produce wines of place, which is to say, balanced wines that reflect the individual character of their source. I've been happy with how far I've come in pursuit of this goal, but I have many miles left to travel."
He puts a lot of miles on his car searching out and spending time in vineyards. It really helps that he likes dirt roads!
"When looking for vineyards, I use a combination of criteria... we look for shallow, rocky soils, good site selection and proper varietal match with the soil and climate.
"The climate is the most critical influence in producing balanced wine, but it's the soils that lead to interesting or compelling wine. So when searching out new vineyards, I focus on soil, aspect and micro-climate. The often overlooked greater Monterey Bay Area has a plethora of underappreciated, rocky vineyards.
"The farther we looked, the more we found - remote, challenging vineyards, with hard depleted soils, and intense sunlight tempered only by the coastal breeze. Vineyards capable of producing only the most idiosyncratic wines.
"We did not set out to make these wines. We discovered great vineyards at the edge of sensible farming and decided to bring them to light. Our goal as winemakers is to lightly polish the roughest edges and leave the idiosyncrasy intact."
It is here in the back country, filled with individual character, where Le P'tit Paysan wines come to life. He calls them a "village level wine, approachable but off the beaten path".
Wine World now has a trio of these wines on our shelves, and we hope you'll give them a try! Here's a brief description of what we have for you:
2013 Rosé of Mourvédre - 24.99: This wine hails from the San Benito Valley in Monterey County. The soils here are high in calcium and chalky clay over a mica shist substrate. This combination of soils, when applied to Mourvédre, manifests itself in a beautiful minerality, and it comes through very nicely in this blush version of the wine.
You will find lush guava and banana notes among its aromas followed by papaya and watermelon on the palate. These are tempered by a creamy mouth-filling texture, and the wine ends with a dry long lasting fruit finish.
2012 "Jack's Hill" Chardonnay - 24.99: The grapes for this Chablis-style Chardonnay are sourced near Jack's Hill, which Le P'tit Paysan describes as "a geologically distinct, iron-rich granite formation with limestone deposits."
What really separates this wine from other, more generous Chardonnays is that its richness and viscosity are deftly balanced by bright acidity and a palate-cleansing minerality. Look for aromas and flavors of pear, slightly underripe pineapple, citrus blossom, mineral and vanilla cream.
2011 "Le P'Tit Pape" Red Blend - 29.99: This lovely blend of 53% Grenache, 28% Syrah and 19% Mourvédre, grown in limestone rich soils, is fermented with some native yeasts, and is aged on its lees in neutral barrels to extract maximum textures in the mouth.
Wine Enthusiast describes it as a "...delightful southern Rhône-style wine for drinking now. It's juicy and fruity in cherries, red currants, bacon, spices and herbs, with a complex structure of acids and tannins. Easy to drink and upscale at the same time. - 90 points"!
In a 3-Bottle Gift Set!
We would like to introduce you to a German distilling tradition that dates back centuries - the product of generations of extraordinary sensory talent, packaged in a 3-bottle gift set that will certainly delight the recipient.
Each variety of Pür Likör is produced in small batches according to traditional principles and time honored recipes in Bavaria, Germany. That's where the Pür Spirits company crafts spirits of exceptional quality under the leadership of German Master Distiller Franz Xaver Salzgeber - distilling just a few hundred bottles per batch.
By balancing modern technology with traditional recipes and techniques they produce classic spirits with a very current view on fresh, local and organic ingredients.
Now, just in time for the holidays, we happily present 3 of their finest, presented in 100ml bottles that are as sexy and sleek as the liquid inside. Balanced and sophisticated, they have at their heart the finest and freshest fruit, flowers, berries, herbs and spices.
"Williams" Pear Liqueur - One of the most cherished beverages in Europe, this version is what many consider to be Germany's finest. Handmade from Williams pears at the peak of ripeness, it captivates with its seductive elegance and smooth finish, and has a way of stirring and feeding your senses. Rated ""EXCEPTIONAL" by the International Review of Spirits Awards as it took the Gold Medal!
"Blossom" Elderflower Liqueur - This elixir embodies centuries of refinement and is crafted in accord with ancient practices in harmony with nature. It offers a beautiful golden amber color with rich elderflower, fruit salad and sautéed lychee aromas. With a medium to full-bodied texture, its sophisticated flavors are sweet and fruity with tastes that include spiced peaches, herbs and flowers, finishing silky, soft and sweet. Awarded 93 points.
"Spice" Blood Orange Liqueur - Saving the best for last, "Spice" was named "Liquer of the Year, 2014" by Drink Me Magazine! It offers layer upon layer of fascinating sweetness. This intensely flavorful spiced blood orange liqueur balances the sweetness of the blood orange with the spice of cinnamon and cloves. It is pure pleasure when sipped over ice, but serves as a distinctive accent in cocktails where its intensity stands up well to other spirits and flavors.
This fabulous gift set is available now for the amazing price of just $24.99!
For the uninitiated, the best way to get intimately acquainted with these distillations is to savor them neat at room temperature. You just might forget everything you knew about liqueur!
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Something Extra Special
2009 Cyneth Red Blend
If it is true that "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree" then perhaps the same may be said about grapes on the vine - at least in the case of Hélène Seillan, winemaker for Cenyth and daughter of renowned winemaker Pierre Seillan.
Born in 1987, Hélène spent her childhood in both France and California, surrounded by family and friends for whom winemaking was as much a passion as it was a profession.
As an adult, she followed in her father's footsteps and pursued a career in winemaking, still splitting her time between Sonoma County and Saint-Émilion.
Starting in 2006, she served as assistant winemaker for her father at the family's Bordeaux estate, where she worked on all aspects of winery management showing the same talent, passion and ability as her father.
Formal education provided Hélène with degrees in Viticulture and Oenology from the Institut Rural de Vayres in Bordeaux, and she is applying her education, her life's experience in the vineyards of France and her passion for Sonoma County to define her own style.
Cenyth represents Hélène's mentorship with her father. Applying the knowledge and techniques she has observed and learned from him a lifetime, she has crafted the inaugural 2009 vintage of Cenyth from mountain and hillside vineyards in Sonoma County.
A magnificent Bordeaux blend, its composition is 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot and 7% Malbec. The individual wines were aged between 10 and 12 months on oak before final blending, bottling and cellaring. It has now been released, and is available to you at Wine World today.
Here's what one well known wine critic had to say:
2009 Cenyth Red Blend - $71.99: "Beginning with a brilliant dark ruby color and garnet edges, the 2009 Cenyth shows a nose of black cherry, red currant, mocha, slight peppermint, cigar box, and vanilla notes. It is round and full bodied, with silky tannins and a velvety palate of vibrant red fruits. With a well-balanced acidity, the finish is long and fresh." - 93 points.
Robert M. Parker, Jr.
The Wine Advocate
If you are looking for a special bottle of wine to celebrate the holidays, or perhaps are searching for the exact perfect gift for the wine connoisseur on your shopping list, this bottle would certainly represent an elegant expression!
Unique Craft Spirits!
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!
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"Game of Thrones" Beer!
Ommegang presents the latest in the collaboration series of beers from the hit HBO® series...
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!
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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