Organic Artisan Spirits
Journeyman is excited to offer handcrafted artisan spirits with a focus on whiskey. Based in Three Oaks, Michigan, the Journeyman Distillery is one of few certified organic distilleries in the United States.
Their decision to have an organic distillery was largely a personal one and a decision that came rather easily. Several years ago Journey founder Bill Welter decided to make a more conscious decision about what he was consuming and where was his food coming from.
In an effort to support local organic farmers the Distillery buys only organic grain that is grown by family farmers in the great Midwest. The concept is simply an extension of his desire to support the idea of eating with a sense of place.
They produce all organic spirits produced without the use of synthetic fertilizers, artificial pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, growth hormones, or genetically modified organisms.
Certified by MOSA (Midwest Organic Services Association), Journeyman Distillery is committed to providing users with a "grain to glass" experience, paired with savory ingredients to deliver a taste unmatched by other distilleries.
Aged in small batch barrels for increased concentration of flavors, and bottled at 90 proof, the distillers' attention to detail appears in every sip. Each label features original artwork, and each bottle is hand-sealed with wax.
As you can imagine, artisan whiskeys made with this level of dedication are in high demand and very short supply.
For this reason, Wine World is placing a strict "One Bottle per Customer" restriction on the extremely limited number of bottles we have been able to procure.
We're not being obstinate... we just know there are several of you who would love to try these whiskeys, and we want to be fair to all of you!
While strict business sense would say to simply raise the price in order to regulate sales, Elizabeth insists on staying true to her pricing structure, and she simply won't allow it!
This limit is her way to be fair to everyone... but you'd better not dawdle! So, while they're here, these fine organic whiskeys are available priced at just $43.99:
"Buggy Whip" Wheat: The Featherbone Factory, where all Journeyman whiskeys are distilled, dates to the 1800's, and was once the center of actual buggy whip production in the area. So when they were deciding on a name for this notoriously smooth whiskey, "Buggy Whip Wheat Whiskey" won the day!
Made of 100% organic wheat, the first scent is powerfully grainy. Its deep copper hue is from its time in charred oak barrels, which also provides sweet tastes that range from toffee and caramel to white chocolate and hazelnuts, with hints of leather and even a slight earthiness. The finish is buttery smooth, closing with a warm pure grain pleasance.
"Ravenswood" Rye: An organic rye whiskey made with an unusual blend of Minnesota rye and Michigan wheat - and no corn at all! It offers spicy grain aromas leading to a rush of sweetness on the palate with plenty of vanilla from aging in a 15 gallon white oak cask. Notes of citrus and baking spices, and a curious yet intriguing hint of tar on the finish adds to its complexity.
"Silver Cross" 4 Grain Whiskey: Equal parts Rye, Wheat, Corn, and Barley, the Silver Cross is truly a medley of unique flavors. Aged in small casks the Silver Cross has an incredible mouth feel and body. It is a true whiskey lovers dream with a blending of the sweet luscious caramel essence of corn whiskey to satisfy the bourbon fans, the spicy red fruit and pepper of rye, the rich malty earth notes of barley for the Scotch aficionados, with the silky smooth finish of wheat whiskey.
Get them while they last...
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New from Sonoma!
Copain Wines "Tous Ensemble"
Pinot Noir, 2012
To any who have visited Sonoma, and particularly the area in and around Healdsburg, you already know of the region's beauty. Tucked between three lush valleys, nestled in the heart of wine country, Healdsburg combines small town charm with the ambiance of a European countryside.
Just 65 miles north of San Francisco, the area is in a perfect zone for growing Burgundy and Rhône varietals, so it is no surprise the area is dotted with wineries. One of them, the Copain Winery, is perched on a hill overlooking the serenely beautiful Russian River Valley.
This is the source of our featured wine this week!
Winemaker Wells Guthrie discovered early on that his taste in wine gravitated toward Europe in general and France's Rhône Valley in particular. So much so, he picked up and moved with his new bride to the region to learn from the best.
For two years, Wells apprenticed for esteemed winemaker and living legend Michel Chapoutier.
During that time, Wells was deeply inspired by the traditions and practices of French winemaking, not to mention the European attitude that wine is an essential part of life.
Now at Copain, he creates wines that are firmly rooted in California, yet with the sensibilities of the European wines that so moved him.
He is as committed to crafting these elegant, nuanced wines as he is to building a legacy that will be passed down to his daughters in the great tradition of European winemakers whose estates have been in the same family for generations.
Today, we'd like to introduce you to Wells' exceptionally well made Pinot Noir, aptly named "Tous Ensemble", French for "All Together".
2012 "Tous Ensemble" Anderson Valley Pinot Noir - 29.99: Harvested from several parcels within the Anderson Valley, the 2012 Tous Ensemble offers delicately perfumed aromatics of spice and floral notes to frame the soft supple body.
It showcases flavors of just-ripened red fruits - cherries, raspberries, and cranberries - and rich earth. It was crafted to hold its bright acidity, making it a very food friendly wine, and it exhibits a long and elegant finish.
The wine is ready to be enjoyed now, but will also benefit from aging over the next five years.
If you are thinking about a nice Pinot Noir to serve with your upcoming Easter celebration, this wine would certainly be a welcome addition to your table.
From the Land of Eire!
Glendalough "Double Barrel"
Ireland's first craft distillery gives you a new whole new style of Irish whiskey. A single grain whiskey, aged first in American Bourbon barrels and finished in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks.
The aim of Glendalough Distillery is to recapture Ireland's lost heritage of great spirit production and create new, exciting and contemporary brands, and this "Double Barrel" blasts the cobwebs off the whole category of Irish whiskey!
It's a new and unique style of light and floral whiskey distilled in a Coffey still (invented in Ireland!) from a mash bill of Irish malted barley and corn. It spends three and a half years in American oak first-fill Bourbon barrels before being finished for six months in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks.
The Bourbon barrels impart deep, robust chocolate and caramel notes, while the Oloroso casks lighten the palate with fruitier notes and touches of nutty tones.
With both barrels being oak, you get that beautiful vanilla thread you'd expect to run through an Irish whiskey. Both barrels are porous too, allowing Ireland's temperate, maritime air to make its impression.
Here's an idea of what you can expect:
Glendalough "Double Barrel" Irish Whiskey - 29.99: The nose is slight but undoubtedly rich with dark fruit - cherry, raisin, fig along with floral lemongrass and a touch of nutmeg.
The taste is sweet and creamy on the palate, with butterscotch, honey and peppercorn bringing along sweet Bourbon Cask notes with dried fruit returning through notes of maraschino cherries and a pinch of brown sugar.
The finish has lingering notes of ginger spices with a faint glimmer of almond to end a complex Irish Whiskey from start to finish.
Any time is the right time to enjoy Ireland's first and finest craft whiskey! Erin go Braugh!
Get it today at Wine World!
Stags' Leap Winery
"The Investor", 2012
In 1893 Horace Chase, who had made his fortune investing in the gold and silver mines during the California gold rush, embarked in a new venture - winemaking in Napa Valley.
Mr. Chase found the perfect volcanic rock and rich clay soil in which to plant vines and build a home, creating the estate that ultimately inspired the creation of the Stags Leap appellation.
Inspired by the three varietals planted on the historic Stags' Leap estate, "The Investor" is a red wine that beautifully blends together the unique flavors and expressions of Petite Sirah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
And the 2012 vintage allowed winemaker Christophe Paubert to allow his creative juices to shine, resulting in a powerful, yet approachable assemblage with significant fruit presence.
The Merlot contributes fresh red berry aromatics and a soft, velvety texture to balance the power of Petite Sirah, which adds concentration, tannins, spice and blueberry flavors. The Cabernet Sauvignon further increases the final blend's complexity and depth.
The majority of the Petite Sirah fruit comes from the Stags' Leap estate and grapes from a diverse selection of northern and southern Napa Valley vineyards are also selected to broaden the wine's floral and spicy characteristics.
The Merlot is grown in Oak Knoll and Yountville, neighboring appellations in the southern part of Napa Valley, and a combination of estate and southern valley floor Cabernet Sauvignon fruit makes up the balance of the blend.
Wine World is extremely proud to offer you this legendary wine at a very special introductory price that may just tempt you to become an "investor"!
2012 Stags Leap "The Investor" Red Blend -
52.99 38.99: Meet the inaugural release of "The Investor" - Captivating for its fresh, lush Napa Valley fruit, elegance and classic balance, The Investor brims with bright red fruit, blackcurrant, plum and blackberry.
A savory, herbal flavor, with hints of spicy vanilla bean, sweet tobacco and sandalwood, add depth and complexity. The tannins are firm, but velvety, and this red blend is impressive for its power, finesse and integrity.
Pick up your bottle of The Investor at this very special introductory price on your next visit!
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Just in from Spain!
2012 Borsao"Tres Picos" Garnacha
Situated in Campo de Borja, Spain - the heart of the "Garnacha Zone" - Bodegas Borsao is carrying on a centuries old tradition of winemaking.
The earliest written records date back to 1203 and the Monastery of Veruela where monks had an essential role in the development of vinegrowing and winemaking in the region.
Their mountain vineyards, situated at an altitude of 1,800 to 2,000 feet above sea level, were developed on stony, slimy soils rich in clay and limestone, that historically made great wines.
The concept of terroir was unknown to those early winemakers, who believed the beauty of the area could be tasted in the items they produced there.
The diversity of microclimates and soils enriches the nuances of the impressive Garnacha vine-growing assets of this land, giving it the nickname "The Empire of Garnacha"!
This grape accounts for more than half of the wine produced here, and fully 40% comes from vines that are between 30 and 50 years old.
The production is not high, but the wines are held in high esteem due to the structural and aromatic complexity they yield. In fact, Robert Parker lists Borsao on the Wine Spectator list of "Top 100 Wineries of the World"!
Wine World has just received a shipment of Bodegas Borsoa's 2012 bottling of "Tres Picos" Garnacha - a wine that at $16.99, represents a tremendous value in today's market!
The winemaker describes it as...
"Very intense cherry red color with tones of purple. Presents in the nose a great concentration of aromas of ripe red fruit with floral nuances. In the mouth it is a well structured rich wine that evokes tastes of blackberry, plum and tones of leather and vanilla, with a soft and silky tannin."
And speaking of Robert Parker, here's what he had to say while awarding this wine 92 points...
"The terrific 2012 Tres Picos is one of the finest inexpensive, Grenache-based wines made in the world. This full-bodied beauty boasts a deep ruby color as well as loads of strawberry and black cherry fruit, hints of lavender and crushed rocks, sweet tannin, and a broad, savory mouthfeel."
You don't often get the opportunity to enjoy wines like this at a price point below $20! We wanted to get the word out on this wine, because if response is as good as we believe it will be, we want to buy up more of it before it's all gone!
Pick up a bottle on your next visit, and please offer us your feedback on how much you enjoy it! At Wine World, your input greatly influences our buying decisions. After all, you are who we do all of this for!
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Just In from Napa Valley
2012 Carne Humana Red Wine
Named for the 1841 upper Napa Valley land grant, "Rancho Carne Humana", the bold and nuanced character of this wine is a worthy expression of the rich history and diverse soils of the land from where it is sourced.
In the mid-1800's, General Mariano Vallejo granted Edward Bale territory in what is now upper Napa Valley from St. Helena to Calistoga. Bale, a lover of a good libation and a bit of an eccentric, named the land Rancho Carne Humana.
Today, much of California''s best reds come from this region - something Bale would surely be proud of! The gravelly loam soils and warm Napa Valley climate are perfect for producing opulent, richly textured red wines with perfect balance and great showmanship.
The entire valley floor and foothills on either side are home to a high concentration of old vine reds, and it is the fruit of these vines that form the basis of this wine. It is sourced from six vineyards throughout Rancho Carne Humana.
The grapes are carefully selected and used to produce a "field blend", combined together and co-fermented, then barrel aged as a single lot to create a wine with greater depth and integration.
Petite Sirah provides structure, an inky color and chocolate notes. Zinfandel offers its lively acidity and dark red fruit. The firm tannin structure, and violet and anise notes are contributed by Petit Verdot while Syrah lifts the blend with its own rowdy fruit, cured meat and pepper influence.
Merlot keeps the exhuberence in check with a rounded mouthfeel and broad, ripe core, and Charbono acts as the mortar to hold it all together through its spiced cedar and bright, tuned acid.
Priced at 29.99, the bold structure, balanced acidity and firm tannins give this wine tremendous depth, intensity and length straight from the shelf, but also shows the potential to age gracefully.
The 2012 vintage of Carne Humana Napa Valley Red Wine is available on our shelves now. Come claim your bottle today!
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Casamigos is a small batch, ultra premium tequila made from the finest, hand-selected 100% Blue Weber agaves, grown in the rich red clay and cool climate of the Highlands of Jalisco, Mexico.
Imagine if you were going to make a tequila that was just for you... not to sell, but to hold onto to share with your best friends in the comfort of your own home. That's pretty much the story of Casamigos!
Born from Tequila-filled nights with friends, these guys wanted to make the best-tasting, smoothest tequila whose taste didn't have to be covered up with salt or lime.
So that's just what they set out to do!
Working for years with a master distiller in Jalisco, they perfected their process. First, they settled on slow cooking of the agave piñas, roasting them in traditional brick ovens for 72 hours. Most others settle for a 7 hour steaming.
When it's ready to ferment, here again they decided not to rush. They came up with a special proprietary blend of yeasts to produce a consistent, refined flavor, over an 80 hour fermentation process, compared to the industry average of 48!
They held many blind tastings until finally, they knew they got it exactly right!
And so, for the past 5 years, they have been drinking their own tequila with friends and family, never intending for it to be released to the public. This was private... this was personal... this was literally their house tequila!
Fortunately for the rest of us, word got out! And now, we are delighted that tequila connoisseurs and consumers alike can enjoy these award-winning spirits!
Blanco - 46.99: The Blanco rests for only 2 months and is crisp and clean with hints of citrus, vanilla and sweet agave, with a long smooth finish.
Reposado - 48.99: The Reposado, aged for 7 months, is soft, slightly oaky with hints of caramel and cocoa. It has a silky texture with a medium to long smooth finish.
Añejo - 55.99: The Añejo is aged for 14 months and has a beautifully pure and refined complex aroma, with soft caramel and vanilla notes. It's the perfect balance of sweetness from the blue weber agaves, layered with subtle hints of spice and barrel oak, with a lingering smooth finish.
This is quality you can taste! This is quality that is now available at Wine World!