The Tasting Table
Friday, June 21st at 4:00:
This weekend, Wine World is having a summertime extravaCANza featuring some great session beers!
What's a session beer? Beers that are lighter in alcohol so you CAN enjoy more of them during the "session"!
Hey, it's hot out there, and we get thirsty! But if you don't cut back on the ABV's, you CAN end up with a whopping headache! Or worse!!
Session beers fill the bill! They are lighter in alcohol, but rich in flavor! And since we're on the go during the summertime, we like our beer to be ready to go too!
Lightweight aluminum cans chill down quickly, don't break when they bump into each other in the cooler, and compress so they are easier to pack out with us when it's time to go!
So here come the cans! Ready for summer, and whatever the season holds in store for us! Here's what we're tasting this week:
21st Amendment "Hell or High Watermelon" - $9.99/6-pack: Like Lady Liberty, 21st Amendment stands for independence and perseverance. In the pursuit of innovative beer, there is no obstacle too great. No journey too long. No fruit too gigantic!
This American wheat beer is brewed with real watermelon, for a flavor that's surprisingly crisp, dry and refreshing - summer in a can. This seasonal brew is a classic American wheat beer which undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon to produce a straw-colored, refreshing beer with a kiss of watermelon aroma and flavor! 4.9% ABV.
21st Amendment "Bitter AmeriCAN" - $9.99/6-pack: If you'd been rocketed into space against your will, you might be a little bitter too. Bitter American is the long-overdue tribute to unsung, unwitting heroes everywhere - including space monkeys!
This American session ale packs a lot of hop and malt flavor into a refreshingly lower-alcohol brew, making it the perfect beer to have on hand when you have a little history to make. This extra pale session ale has lower alcohol but all the flavor and hop aroma you expect from a much bigger beer. Give one, or three, a try! 4.4% ABV.
Brasserie Lefèbvre "Blanche de Bruxelles" - $7.99/4-pack 16 oz Cans: The "Witteke" is a typical beer from Belgium's past! It was characteristic for farm-based breweries, where the craft brewers of the day used the best ingredients from their own harvest.
Blanche de Bruxelles owes its natural cloudiness to the presence of wheat (40%). During the boiling process, natural aromas are added - coriander and dried orange peel. You will note its freshness and refinement upon tasting. Typical for this extraordinary white beer, it is not filtered, and if served correctly, it presents a glass of cloudy beer with a white foamy head. 4.5% ABV.
Uinta "Sum'r" Organic Summer Ale - $9.49/6-pack: Citrusy and thirst-quenching, this refreshing golden ale is highlighted by the use of unique hops. Appealing Sorachi hops, an uncommon hop from Japan with lemony aspects, is balanced with lighter malts. Citrusy, fresh, clean... Sum'r Organic Summer Ale pairs well with the season! It is an easy companion to most foods on the summer grill, such as chicken, fish, and burgers. 4% ABV.
Uinta "Wyld" Organic Extra Pale Ale - $9.49/6-pack: A lighter bodied pale ale, this EPA is aggressively dry hopped to showcase fresh hop flavors and aromas. It begins with a slight malt flavor with subtle sweetness. Then the hop character pounces, with citrus and pine notes. It finishes dry with an infusion of sweet hoppiness. (Happiness, too!) 4% ABV.
Also this Friday at 4:00:
* Remember, when you purchase any of the featured wines during our tasting events, you will receive a 10% discount or the super-discounted sale price, whichever saves you more!
Closing Out Maryland Wine Week!
This is the final weekend of Maryland Wine Week, so we hope you will join us to sample some of the lovely wines produced locally.
Today, we will sample some wines produced by...
Located in the rolling hills of "horse country" just north of Hunt Valley, Basignani Winery has been producing a variety of wines using traditional cellar methods and old world viticulture since opening in 1986.
Emphasizing quality over quantity, their wines are unfiltered, reaching their full potential while preserving their character.
Wine World invites you to join us during Maryland Wine Week, and to enjoy this sampling of Basignani wines!
NV Vidal - $14.99: A delicious German style sweet white wine with subtle hints of honeydew melon and fresh crushed grapes!
2008 "Piccolo" Red Blend - $10.99: Piccolo is a 50/50 blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Done in the Bordeaux style, this wine is dry, smooth and elegant. Big on flavor but soft on tannins, this red blend will fit just about every palate!
2007 "Marisa" - $9.99: A red "vineyard blend" of Foch, Chambourcin and Chancellor grapes. It is very fruity and somewhat reminiscent of a Beaujolais, but with more structure!
2007 "Erik's Big Zin" Zinfandel - $12.99: Dry, tremendously fruity and 100% red Zinfandel! This wine is very well balanced with a little spice and a solid finish! At 14.5% ABV, it's a pretty big wine too!
NV "Marisa" Dolce - $13.99: This semi-sweet red wine is a first for Basgnani Winery! It is a sweet version of their traditional hybrid blend "Marisa" that we told you about just a moment ago! Try it with something spicy or sweet... or chocolate!!
This Saturday, Starting at 1:00:
Fruit and Wine Blends
Our final tasting in celebration of Maryland Wine Week offers a unique taste combinations of fresh fruit juices blended into natural grape wines, balanced to enhance the flavors of both!
Please plan to join us this afternoon to taste these amazing flavor sensations from...
Far Eastern Shore Winery is a family-owned, boutique micro-winery located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, in the historic town of Easton.
Here, they produce less than 200 cases of each of their wines annually. They actually take the time and care to hand-fill and label each and every bottle!
Join us this Saturday for a taste of these lovely fruit juice and wine blends. It's truly a taste sensation!
"Autumn Swan" Blanc - $14.99: Made with white cranberry juice on a Pinot Gris base, this wine bursts with the sweetness that has made white cranberry a unique and popular flavor in juice. This wine is very easy to drink and is perfect for backyard barbeques and sharing with friends.
"Swan's Blush" - $14.99: Strawberries on a White Merlot base. The medium-pink grape wine lays the groundwork with its exuberant strawberry notes, tangy acidity, and crisp, delicate finish. The natural, fresh and lively strawberry flavor weaves in a pleasant sweetness for an immediate and delicious sensation.
"Ruby Swan" Rouge - $14.99: The jewel-like fruit of the luscious pomegranate gives this wine its unique flavor and color and melds perfectly with the full bodied Zinfandel base. It displays an enjoyable balance of rich fruit and natural acidity, making it highly drinkable and refreshing. Cheers!
"Black Swan" Rouge - $14.99: Blackberries combined with Cabernet Sauvignon is a no-brainer! The natural combination of slight tart acidity with pleasant sweetness that makes blackberries so appealing is perfect with the robust and lively Cab found at the heart of this wine. The balance of berry fruit, natural acidity, plump sweetness and just that touch of zingy edge makes this a uniquely interesting, drinkable refresher.
"Wild Swan" Rouge - $14.99: Here's a special blend of wild field berries blended seamlessly together with delicious, juicy Shiraz. Just imagine the way that blueberries, strawberries and blackberries go with the plummy, jammy flavors of the Shiraz. Perfection, with an exquisite balance of refreshing fruit and acidity!
Also at 1:00:
A Taste of Luxury!
Presenting a totally new approach to luxury vodka, brought to you by...
From the land of the midnight sun...
Spirits of Gold AB is a global trading house for marketing and sales of ultra premium spirits... primarily its core asset: Karlsson's Gold Vodka!
The company was established 2006 as a joint venture between the Bjäre farmers who are responsible for the creation of the raw materials, and some of the people behind the launch of Absolut vodka in USA!
If all of this sounds tantalizing, just wait until you taste the product so special that it launched all of this excitement! We'll see you this Saturday at 1:00 to offer you not just a taste, but an amazing sale price too!
Karlsson's "Gold" Vodka -
$32.99/$29.99: This is the flagship product of the Karlsson Vodka line! It is made with a blend of seven distinct varietals of virgin new potatoes from Cape Bjäre, Sweden. For the curious, they are: Solist, Gammel Svensk Röd, Princess, Sankta Thora, Hamlet, Marine and Celine. These raw ingredients are rare and expensive, but they offer such valuable flavor elements and body to the final product, they are worth every krona!
In fact, they are given only a single pass through the copper lined continuous column still, else too many of these desirable attributes would be stripped away! They skip the filtration process for the same reason, which is another reason that Karlsson must use the purest water available and maintain a pristine environment throughout the process!
After each varietal has been distilled, the individual spirits are combined by Karlsson's master blender in precise amounts to produce the full-bodied, rich and distinct viscous mouth-feel and taste sensations. That's how this product is crafted to be unique among other vodkas on the market today!
Karlsson's Gold was designed to be served neat, on the rocks or in a martini where its subtleties are more easily discerned, but experience has shown that a bit of fresh cracked black pepper creates an amazing taste sensation! And, of course, it makes a unique base for your favorite cocktails.
The folks at Karlsson invite you to rediscover vodka and elevate your drink experience!