ROSÉ WINE TASTING – April 7

ROSÉ WINE TASTING – April 7

FREE Rose’ Wine Tasting April 7th, 6:30pm – 8pm at Taylor’s Wine Shop The Rose’ wines are in full bloom! April is Rose’ month at Taylor’s Wine Shop and what better way to celebrate than with a Free Rose Wine Tasting on April 7th, 6:30-8pm! This is a great way to “Try before you buy” since All Rose Wines are on Sale all April! The Rose’ wines are in full bloom! Rose’ Wine Sale and Tasting All month long for April all dry Rose’ wines are on sale 10% off bottles 1-5 15% off bottles 6+ 20% off remaining 2015 vintage Rose’ Friday’s Tasting Wines Cyprus Anderson Valley Rose’ of Pinot Noir $15.99 Fresh, crisp and raucous, it exudes a cavalcade of fresh blueberry, cherry, watermelon, rhubarb and currant. Made by they Brack Mountain family owned winery, the fruit for this lovely Rose’ comes from the Anderson Valley area of Sonoma County. Domaine de Paris Provence Rose’ $14.99 One of our favorite Rose’s last summer, the Domaine de Paris is back and we think even better than the 2015 version. The Domaine de Paris Cotes de Provence is an elegant and flavorful dry rose wine made from a complex combination of Grenache 40 %, Syrah 30 %, Cinsault 20 % and Carignan 10 % grapes. It has a pale, pink colored body and the nose is dominated by varietal fruit aromas of stone fruits, strawberries and raspberries. The palate is refreshing and smooth, with a hint of spiciness and a lingering finish. Chapoutier Bila-Haut Rose $14.99 Another favorite from last year that is absolutely outstanding for 2016. Sourced from...
ROSÉ WINES

ROSÉ WINES

LEARN ABOUT ROSÉ WINES WINE EDUCATION: Rosé Wines April celebrates Rosé Wines at Taylor’s Wine Shop, and if you cannot make it to our tasting this month, you can learn all Rosé wines right here! Rosé has become incredibly popular and exploded in the US market over the past couple years, but most of us don’t know how rosé is made or where some of the most consistent rosés comes from. “Pink wine happily spans the colorspace between red and white wine, in a way, rosé is more like a state of mind.” – Wine Folly All about the Rosé Wines  Rosé has become very popular in the US over the past few years, especially during the warmer spring and months of the year. In France, it now eclipses the sale of white wine! It also happens to be the perfect wine for sipping poolside, at a backyard barbecue or a Parking Lot Party! Suffice it to say, rosé has become incredibly popular, but most of us don’t know how rosé is made or where some of the most consistent rosés comes from. So if white grapes make white wine and red grapes become red wine, are there pink grapes for rosé? How do winemakers create wine with a pretty pink color? It’s all about skin contact! When grapes, no matter their color, are juiced, the juice that runs out of the fruit is clear. Wines receive their color not from the juice but from the juice’s contact with the skin of the grapes. As the skins and the juice soak together the color from the skin bleeds into the juice, giving...
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...