ANDI’S BEER CORNER – APRIL 4

ANDI’S BEER CORNER – APRIL 4

ANDI’S BEER CORNER The craft/micro -brew world is always changing.  Keep an eye on this section so see Andi’s most exciting and newest additions. Celebrate North Carolina Craft Beer month by taking 10% off any size single and 15% off make-your-own 6 packs for the entire month of April! Now check out what in Andi’s Beer Corner this week: Blake’s Hard Cider, Armada MI Cyser ABV 6.9% Available in 22 oz. bomber $12.99 One of the biggest misunderstandings in the cider world is the definition of a “cyser.” Cidermakers understand it to be the combination of apple juice (cider), honey, and yeast. It’s very similar to a mead which is commonly referred to as honey wine. There’s a lot of gray area here because a cyser really does fall into the category of a mead but there are some differences. Mead is produced in a very similar way to wine and even uses the same yeast as wine during the fermentation process. Cysers, despite the added honey ingredient, stay true to the cider making process. You can think of cyser’s as variants of both a cider and a mead. This one from Blake’s showcases the bee crisis on our planet by donating a portion of sales from each bottle to the Honeybee Conservancy. The Conservancy offers Sponsor-A-Hive projects to organizations such as schools and community centers to educate people on bees and allow them to connect with them in a way that highlights their importance to the earth. This Cyser is made with apple blossom honey and has hints of bergamot and jasmine. A very unique take on a...
BOTRYTIS WINES

BOTRYTIS WINES

WINE EDUCATION: BOTRYTIS WINES Many of the world’s best dessert wines (and few of the ones we tried the other night) are made by botrytis effected grapes.  We talked a little bit about it at the tasting, but if you were unfortunate enough to not have been at our past dessert wine tastings or didn’t get the full story, here’s the skinny on how these amazing wines are made. All about the ‘Noble Rot’ – Botrytis  Botrytis cineria is fungus that can grow on many types of fruit and produce given the right conditions.  For most farmers and growers, these conditions are dreaded unless you are trying to make a dessert wine.  Moist, damp and conditions can cause the mold to form on grape clusters.  When conditions remain wet cool for too long, the fungus will progress to the point where it ruins the grapes and is known as grey rot.  When warmer and drier weather follow the damp conditions that cause the the onset of the fungus, it is kept in check and develops into what dessert wine producers pray for – “Noble Rot.” Grapes that have been attacked by the Noble Rot fungus are responsible for many of the world’s most famous dessert wines – Sauternes, Tokaji, Trokenbeerenausle, Australian Stickies… So how do rotten grapes ending up making wines so delicious and sweet?  The fungus does two things to the grapes. 1) When spores of the botrytis fungus land on grape berries germinate, they grow filaments, whose tips exude an enzyme that dissolves tiny holes in the berry’s skin and allows the filaments to work their way...
Wine, Fritters & Book Signing – April 21

Wine, Fritters & Book Signing – April 21

FREE WINE TASTING, FULLY LOADED FRITTERS FOOD TRUCK AND KEITH HALL’S BOOK SIGNING EVENT! APRIL 21ST, 6PM – 9PM AT TAYLOR’S WINE SHOP FRITTERS, FICTION AND FINE WINE! We have an exciting evening planned for this Friday night, April 21st, 6-9pm at Taylor’s Wine Shop. Fritters (the Fully Loaded Fritter food truck), Fiction (Local author Keith Hall will be signing and talking about his new book), and of course we’ll have Fine wine, Free to taste and glasses for sale to go with your fritters. STEELTON A NOVEL is a fictional account of a Pennsylvania steel town in the mid 1950’s. (www.SteeltonNovel.com) The book is available in paperback through Amazon and all major on-line channels, and e-book download on Kindle. Paperback copies will be available for sale during the wine tasting. As he plans his civilian life after his Army hitch, Korean War veteran Harry Burger aspires to escape his family’s row home hard by the imposing steel mill. The obvious choice, returning to his union job, is not for Harry. He wants to join the emerging middle class as a professional. His younger brother, Tim, enjoys success without seeming to work for it – a mystery to Harry. Hidden behind the ordinary, the routine, an unlikely alliance of partners in crime is providing Tim with plenty of cash: a politically powerful businessman; an enigmatic police chief; a government employee who controls a vast liquor business, and a small-time hoodlum who squeezes a living on the fringes of organized crime. A sprawling steel mill and the proud town that surrounds it binds the residents together as they make their decisions...
ANDI’S BEER CORNER MARCH 28

ANDI’S BEER CORNER MARCH 28

CHECK OUT WHAT’S IN ANDI’S BEER CORNER! MARCH 28TH, 2017 The craft/micro -brew world is always changing.  Keep an eye on this section so see Andi’s most exciting and newest additions. Just a reminder… For the entire month of March we are taking an additional 20% off all bombers! Bombers are 22 oz. singles commonly used by a brewery to showcase a special or limited release beer. Rather than committing to a 6 pack, bombers are a great way to try something new. Larger than a single 12 oz. beer, they are easily shared. Yet smaller than a 40 oz. beer, they can be enjoyed alone. Most people associate this larger bottle with heavier styles of beer like porters and stouts or something that has been barrel aged. Nowadays breweries are using bombers as a format for all styles of beer! Now check out what in Andi’s Beer Corner this week: Bell’s Brewery, Kalamazoo MI Oberon Wheat Ale ABV 5.8% Available in 6 pack bottles $11.99 March 27th was the official release day of Oberon, the summer seasonal from Bell’s Brewery. It was first brewed and released in the mid 90s and has since developed a huge following especially in Michigan, the brewery’s home state. Each year’s release date is a state holiday called Oberon Day with events starting at midnight. The biggest drive for such a positive reception, aside from the taste and quality of the beer, is to celebrate the end of a long Michigan winter and the beginning of a highly anticipated warm season. Everything about this beer evokes a summertime feel right down to its...
Maynard James Keenan Sampler Pack

Maynard James Keenan Sampler Pack

Maynard James Keenan Sampler Pack (Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards) A fan of Tool and its frontman Maynard James Keenan? And/Or his wines? Grab six of his fantastic wines in this 6 bottle sampler pack at a great price! You get one bottle each of: Caduceus Nagual de la Naga (Italian varietal red) Caduceus Primer Paso (Cote Rotie style red) Caduceus Anubis (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petite Sirah blend) Merkin Shinola (Italian varietal red) Merkin Chupacabra Red (Cotes du Rhone style red) Merkin Chupacabra Blanca (Dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc white blend) $218 suggested retail value, Taylor’s 6-pack Sampler price just $180. Save $38! All bottles 750ml...