Presenting a Pair of New
These beers are here to right a great
They truly are the "Local Option", but not just
because of the brewery's name. Local Option Bierwerker is based
in Chicago, but they are such a small brewpub, they can't keep up
with the demand.
So they did what many small breweries with big
production are forced to do... they contract the brewing out to a
larger brewery - in this case Pub Dog Brewing in Westminster,
See... this really is the Local Option! But for so
long, the beer has not been available in our own market!
That's the great injustice I was referring to!
But now, that has all been made right. These Local Option
brews are among the newest beers to hit our shelves, and are some of
the more singular craft beers we offer! There's really very little
to compare them with!
These original recipes will win you over with their depth
of flavor and the way the components all work together to make a
truly exceptional glass of beer.
Here's what you'll find from Local Option at Wine World
"Morning Wood" ($8.99/500 ml) is a hybrid "Oak-Aged Coffee Ale"
offered at 7.3% ABV. The fresh American oak used during the aging
process, and Dark Matter's "El Salvador San Jose" pulp-natural
coffee, drive the aromatics. That's right, they use real coffee, not
This deep amber colored, medium-bodied, and
extraordinarily well-balanced ale is unique! The taste of coffee is
followed by a freight train of caramel, and notes of vanilla with
some oaky tannins as well. The sweetness of the malt is balanced by
the roastiness of the coffee, and the tannins leave a lightly dry,
woody bitterness that you can't get from hops alone.
Morning Wood's taste is delicate and should be
appreciated by beer drinkers of all palates.
Local Option "Dampf
Loc" ($8.99/500 ml) is an all-barley, warm
fermented "California Common" style ale. It uses lager yeast,
but is fermented at warmer temperatures which gives it an intense
Inspired by an obscure brew called "Dampfbier",
originally crafted by medieval peasant inhabitants of the Bavarian
Forest, the name literally means "Steam beer". During the
fermentation process generous amounts of foam and surface bubbles
burst in the tank, giving the illusion that the fermenting
beer is boiling or "steaming".
Local Option took up the task of brewing Dampf Loc as a
modern interpretation of its Teutonic predecessor, creating an ale
that is true to its roots and unmistakable in character.
It's a hazy, light amber in color, with hints of caramel
malts and earthy hops on the nose. The beer is very malt-forward on
the palate, with big notes of fresh baked biscuits and a bit of
roasty caramelization to lend a touch of richness. And at 5.3% ABV,
it's quite sessionable!
Now Marylanders can get these unusual but extremely great
tasting beers, conceived in Chicago by Local Option, but contract
brewed right here by Pub Dog in Westminster.
Pick them up on your next visit...
Only at Wine World!
Wine with a
They say everything's big in Texas, and its dry
arid climate and hard scrabble soils might just make it the next big
thing in wine!
The McPhersons have been a pioneering family in grape
growing and wine making in Texas for over 40 years. The family
patriarch, Dr. Clinton A. "Doc" McPherson, is one of the "Fathers"
of the modern Texas wine industry.
In 1976 Doc, a Chemistry Professor at Texas Tech
University, and Bob Reed founded Llano Estacado Winery in Lubbock,
one of the first post-Prohibition Texas wineries.
Today Doc remains one of the state's prime grape growers
and was the first in Texas to plant Sangiovese in his Sagmor
Vineyard while his son Kim has taken over in the cellar.
The McPhersons believe in "planting to the land" so their
focus is on Rhone, Italian and Spanish varietals produced in the
Sagmor, Lost Draw Vineyards, and other areas of the High Plains.
Wine World is happy to have this winery be the first
representative of the great state of Texas to grace our shelves!
The wine itself is a Silver Medalist at this year's Los
Angeles International Wine Competition. Here's a little bit of what
you can expect from it:
2013 McPherson "Tre
Colore" - $16.99: This wine is a blend of three Rhone varietals -
two reds and a white! A special blend of Carignan (27%), Mourvedre
(62%) and Viognier (11%), this light bodied, easy drinking wine has
aromas of cedar, black pepper and dried cherries and other
rebellious berry characteristics.
A perfect summer red, this approachable wine is rich and
smoky with bright, juicy flavors of cherry and cranberry with modest
tannins, a smooth finish, and an overall charmingly soft
Get your first taste of a Texas wine by picking up a
bottle of McPherson "Tre Colore" on your next visit!
World Style in
When Italian family heritage met Mendocino
vineyards, a new tradition of winemaking was born. Brutocao Cellars
celebrates their New World tradition today with small batch
handcrafted wines from award-winning vineyards in Mendocino
Winemaking traditions often begin around the table, and
Brutocao Cellars' roots go back four generations to a dinner table
in Venice, Italy. Chief among these traditions is respect... respect
for the land and for those who work it.
Sustainable farming practices weren't just a fashionable
idea in Italy; they were a way of life born of necessity and a
healthy respect for the natural order of things.
When the Brutocao family came to the New World, it was
only natural that they would combine their passions and become grape
growers and winemakers. Today, the family still blends their Italian
heritage with their rural agricultural lifestyle to make some
amazingly dense and flavorful wines.
They released their first wine with the 1980 vintage, and
on the label they chose the Lion of St. Mark, modeled after the lion
on top of St. Mark's Cathedral in Venice as their symbol of family
tradition and quality.
That quality comes from the location of their 400 acres
of vineyards in southern Mendocino County and from family traditions
handed down over generations around the dining room table. That's
what family vineyards are all about!
Today Wine World is proud to offer these beautiful
California wines with an Old World flair:
2010 "Quadriga" Red
Blend - $24.99: This Double Gold medalist (Tasters Guild
International Wine Competition) is a proprietary blend of 45%
Sangiovese, 33% Primitivo, 11% Barbera and 11% Dolcetto.
With aromas of spice cake, boysenberry and blueberry,
this unique blend exhibits white pepper & dark fruit flavors
followed by a long satin finish. Reminiscent of traditional Italian
field blends, but with richer, brighter and more fruit-forward
flavors, the velvety smooth texture of this delicious wine pairs
well with everything from casual dining to your fanciest meals.
Tuscan" - $29.99: Brutocao's sixth release of this
"Uber-licous" award winning wine is a lovely Tuscan blend of 70%
Sangiovese and 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wonderful aromas of dark fruit and cedar lead the way,
followed by succulent flavors of blackberry, cigar, earth and
vanilla spice, enlivened by traditional Sangiovese acidity. This
classic combination will bring out the Italian in any dish!
Pick up these wonderful reds on your next visit...
Only at Wine World!
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
It takes a lot to get Hayden this excited
about a wine, but we have to agree, the man knows how to pick a
Presenting the sixth vintage of this particular Napa
Cabernet from 30 year veteran David Ramey - a talented wine artisan
who is held in the highest esteem as a true innovator and an
industry revolutionary. More than 3 decades ago, he led the way
toward natural winemaking methods that embrace the importance of
terroir, and creating distinctive wines of unique
Ramey Wine Cellars is dedicated to creating high quality,
handcrafted wines with balance and richness, and doing so with
respect for the land. It's about harmony - the marriage of Old World
methods with New World innovations to produce wines that are bold,
sensual, and in perfect balance.
These ideals are seen in this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon,
harvested from some of the choicest vineyards in the Napa Valley.
Fruit from St. Helena, Oak Knoll, Yountville, Diamond Mountain,
Rutherford and Mt. Veeder are all represented, and each offers its
own input to the final blend.
No less an expert than Robert Parker had this to
Cabernet Sauvignon is a spherical wine with all of its elements
in place. Mocha, espresso, blackberries, incense and graphite all
come together in a wine that impresses for its exceptional overall
balance. White flowers, cloves and asphalt all develop later,
lending an element of exoticism that is simply compelling. 94
This vintage is already sold out at the
vineyard, and Hayden had to work his contacts hard to be able to
acquire this wine for us. He is very proud to put it on Wine World's
shelf priced at just $59.99!
Its anticipated maturity is from 2016 to 2030, and it
will be amazing if you can wait that long! This is a highly
allocated wine, and we don't anticipate it being here for very long
at all, but while it's available, we know some of you will want to
know about it - perhaps thinking ahead to Christmas even!
(Note to Santa: I've been very good this year!)
If this is a wine that you think you'd be interested in,
ask Hayden or one of our other helpful team members about it on your
"25 Ans" Bas-Armagnac
Armagnac is a county located within the
southwestern region of France known as Gascony.
This overall region goes from just north of
Bayonne in the south, up the Atlantic coast to the Médoc, follows
the Gironde river inland nearly to Toulouse where the boundary heads
due south to the foothills of the Pyrenées Mountains at the Spanish
This enormous land mass contains some of the
greatest wine growing areas in the world. Names like Margaux,
Saint-Estéphe, Pauillac and Sauternes spring to mind.
Geography is very important here. In France,
they have a different philosophy toward growing winegrapes than you
will find in California.
Where our vineyards might grow many different
varieties, the French tend to concentrate on whatever grapes grow
best in the soils and other natural factors that exist in the
This is what differentiates "varietal wines" from
"regional wines". A bottle of French wine
rarely ever mentions the type of grape on the label, but always
refers to where the wine was made.
It is up to the consumer to understand that a
"White Bordeaux" will be predominantly Sauvignon Blanc, or a "Red
Burgundy" is a Pinot Noir. And of course other grapes from that
region are very often blended into the wine. This is what gives
each its own identity.
So now we come to Armagnac.
We know it is the name of a county, but Armagnac
also lends its name to a grape brandy from the region. Its closest
relative is Cognac, another grape brandy made about 100 miles north
near (surprise) the town of Cognac!
Even though it is related to and often
confused with Cognac, Armagnac is very different with regards to its
grapes, terroir, distillation, élevage, blending, aromas, tastes and
textures. In truth, France's two finest brandies made from wine are
not very much alike at all.
Located in the heart of Gascony among so many
famous wine regions, Armagnac might feel as if it got shortchanged.
The soils here are sandy and contain a high level of iron, making
them far less suitable for growing Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot
It is broken up in to 3 separate areas as seen in
the map above. Bas-Armagnac, the lowest in elevation, has the
sandier soils and is the chief production area for Armagnac
brandies, while Haut-Armagnac, the highest, grows hardly any grapes
The middle ground called
Ténarèze is more limestone and clay with some sandy soils mixed in.
They offer their production more to the Côtes de Gascogne and Floc
de Gascogne wines than to the distillation of brandy.
Centuries of trial and error have shown that
the grapes that do best in this region are some of the lesser known
varietals of Baco Blanc (the principal grape of the region), Ugni
Blanc (sometimes call Rolle), Folle Blanche and the somewhat better
While you may find wines on the market made
from these varietals, the vines tend to produce high acid, neutral
flavored grapes with a fairly low sugar content, usually
resulting in low alcohol wines of around 10% ABV or so.
These attributes make them much less desirable
for the table. But the French found the solution by making
Brandies are made from distilling wine -
raising the temperature of the "mash" to the point where the alcohol
vaporizes but the rest of the solution remains liquid. The vapors
are then directed away from the main mixture and cooled, allowing it
to condense back into a liquid!
This is the same basic process used for making
all spirits, with the only difference being the ingredients used to
make up the "mash". The hard part comes in having
the right equipment and knowledge to bring it all together to make
something truly special!
In the late 19th century, a man named Prosper
Delord, who was one of the few with a great deal of knowledge of the
process, recognized an opportunity and started a company as an
He would travel the region with his old pot still
towed behind his 2 cows, visiting the farms of friends and neighbors
throughout the Bas-Armagnac region, and for a fee, he would distill
their wine into what they called "Eaux-de-Vie" (waters of
He used a particularly slow single
distillation process that was key to the flavor of the final
product. Then the farmers would store the brandy in their own
barrels until it had aged properly... a matter of years! The
resultant spirit took on the name of the region,
Over the years, Prosper's reputation grew and
grew until it became impossible for him to keep up with the demand.
In 1925, his son Gaston took over the family business, but he had a
Lacking his father's wanderlust, and owning some
20 hectares of prime (1st Cru) vineyards in the heart of the
Bas-Armagnac, he established the company as a permanent site where
he could distill and sell his own brandy.
This afforded him much better control
over the entire production, allowing him to make a far superior
The Delords don't use any pesticides or
fertilizers on their vines, and their sandy soiled vineyards still
produced very high quality fruit. This is also the rule for the
other growers whose fruit ends up in Delord Armagnac.
He also continued using the same single
distillation process at low temperature, which enables more flavors,
fatty acids and character to remain in the spirit. This is now part
of the legal character of an Armagnac.
He also had worked out an
excellent recipe for his mash: 70% Ugni Blanc for a great
foundation, 20% Baco for full roundness, 5% Colombard for some
herbal notes and 5% Folle Blanche for its floral
And finally, he would include 10% Gascon oak in
his barrels to give good tannins, darker color and beautiful spices.
He also aged his Armagnac longer than the law requires, knowing that
the older it is, the smoother it becomes. (The original cellar still
holds some of Prosper's Armagnac from 1904!)
This is the recipe used today by
great-grandsons Jerome and Sylvain as they carry on the family
tradition. They have established a reputation for quality that is
Wine World is proud to be able to offer you
to opportunity to own your own bottle of this eaux-de-vie. Aged for a minimum
of 25 years, it has been called France's most natural and complex
Bas-Armagnac "25 Ans d'Age" - $79.99:
Elegant on the nose with peppery and spicy notes, it is the
palate upon which this Armagnac will unveil its true self with
a complexity of cocoa and spices, well blended tannins, vanilla,
walnut and cinnamon. Its finish is long and silky with a
delightful biscuity essence. Simply a great Bas-Armagnac
If you're a fan of great brandies, then you are
the person we were considering when the decision was made to offer
this world class Armagnac on our shelves!
Ask one of our friendly, courteous sales
associates to show it to you on your next visit!
that time of year again!
out the early arrivals, and keep checking back as the selections
will only continue to grow!
From Hobo Wines
"Parts & Labor"
It is a simple mission.
The ideas and preferences about wine are always
changing, but at Hobo Wine Co. the core and root of what excites
them is a constant. The possibility for wine to create community, to
be history, to tell a story, and to transcend time and place is what
enchants, captivates, and inspires!
Wines that achieve these ethereal qualities are
produced by craftsmen/women with an artisan approach to growing
grapes and making wines. They are Vignerons who raise their vines
and wines with great thought and patience and understanding. And
they are able to instill their wines with personality and character
and a sense of place.
Though techniques vary somewhat from wine to
wine, vineyard to vineyard, and vintage to vintage, the basic
approach is consistent. Hobo believes in unforced wines... in making
the best wine possible.
But there are lines they are not willing to
cross. They believe in minimal processing as a goal, but modern
winemaking as an option. Stylistically, they strive for balance
above all else, but varietal and geographical distinction are also
While Hobo founder Kenny Likitprakong has no
vineyards of his own, environmental sensitivity is important to him.
He establishes relationships with likeminded growers in many areas
of California, and sources his fruit - much of it organic, all of it
responsibly farmed - from them. He then ships it to his winery in
He says that for a long time he has been wanting
to produce a red wine that would fit into the idea of what the
California version of a French bistro wine might be - light on its
feet, great with food, fun and easy to drink, and almost above all
We believe he may have achieved that goal
with a new wine released under his "Folk Machine" line of wines.
Hobo Wines actually produces five distinct labels. This line was
created in 2005 primarily as a home for his Pinot Noir stylings, but
over the years it has become the main venue for his more esoteric
line of wines.
It's the perfect place for his
& Labor" Red Blend - $16.99: As the
name implies, this wine seems almost simplistic in the makeup of its
basic "parts", while the artisan "labor" shows through in its single
greatest attribute - balance!
This premier vintage is a wonderful blend of
Rhône varietals, all from in Mendocino County. It is made of 35%
Carignane from 100 year old organically farmed vines planted in
Redwood Valley, 20% Grenache from McDowell Valley, and 45% Syrah
from the biodynamically farmed Vecino Vineyard in Potter
Carignane is a grape with high acid and tannins,
and offers some wonderfully vinous and vegetal aromas, particularly
when from these older vines. Although it is not the dominant
component of this wine, it does form the backbone, setting the
structural framework with lots of plum and blackberry
Add to this frame just the right amount of spicy
Grenache to lighten the mood and tame those tannins a bit. The
sweetness of this grape also works to rein in some of the earthier
aspects of the Carignane while adding a touch of strawberry and
black cherry that further adds complexity to the
Then tying it all together, the amazing ability
of Syrah to add a sense of place, depth and beauty is brought to
bear as the majority "part" of the overall blend. While adding body
and softening the tannins just another touch, it brings a peppery
spice goodness that entwines the other parts in a ballet of
impeccable balance between acids, tannins, tastes and
In tasting this wine for the first time, I was
struck by how delicate it is, and was then amazed by the way the
various parts unveil themselves, as if slowly stripping away layer
after layer of flavor - first the red fruits...
strawberry, raspberry, cherry... followed by darker currant,
plum and blackberries, while the spice notes remain as the constant
thread connecting one layer to the next.
It was lighter than I expected from the deep
color, and quite lively, kept alert by bright acids, and yet the
structure was undeniable with tannins that, though present, were not
at all astringent or overbearing.
A subtle earthy, leathery backnote was the intro
to a medium length finish that certainly left me smiling! It's hard
to believe all of this is going on in a California Rhône style blend
for under $20!
The sad part of this tale is that, as is the case
with most of Hobo's wines, production was extremely limited. Only
900 cases were produced, and word on this one has gotten out
Elizabeth is trying to lay in as much as she can
get her hands on because quite simply stated, Kenny hit a home run
on this one! We don't expect it to last very long, and
we're going to miss this one when it's gone!
So we'd like to suggest that you give it a try,
and once you confirm for yourself what we already know, set a few
bottles aside to share with special friends and for special