Weekly Wine Picks

Weekly Wine Picks

Your Weekly Wine Picks are Here! This week we have several new great wines to tell you about that just arrived at Taylor’s Wine Shop including the “Disciples” from Crane Assembly along with the Water Witch from Krupp Brothers, Caderetta 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington and one of our Best Sellers, Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters Red Wine Blend! These are fantastic wines you will not want to miss, so go ahead and stock up!...
Your in Luck! 10% Off Select Brews.

Your in Luck! 10% Off Select Brews.

Get Lucky when you Shop at Taylor’s this Month! Our March Beer Feature is Ireland which means we are Discounting Select Brews from Ireland for the entire Month. Just Look for Craft Brews Marked with a Shamrock and Save 10%! Mark your Calendars for our St. Patrick’s Day Celebration! Saturday, March 17th, 10am – 9pm Wear your green and head over to Taylor’s this Saturday. We will have Carolina Shamrock Ale on draft for $3 all day. Make sure to look around for the Shamrocks and Save 10% on Select Craft Brews. We will also be raffling off a special bottle of the 2013 Dark Island Reserve. Tickets are $2 and the drawing will be Saturday during the celebration. You do not have to be present to win. See store for tickets. Delicious Brews to Try this Month: Take 10% Off these Brews! (While supplies lasts). Conway's Irish Ale ABV 6% – 37 IBU A pint for Pa Conway! Our co-owners’ grandfather and policeman who’d likely uphold that an Irish Ale with full-bodied caramel malt flavors is just the ticket. Arrestingly smooth with a rap sheet of toasty biscuit and caramel malt flavors. Murphey's Irish Stout ABV 4% – 34 IBU A uniquely smooth, creamy and wonderfully pallatable full bodied stout flavour with roasted chocolate and coffee undertones and a ‘biscuity sweet’ pure malt aroma. Innis & Gunn Kindrid Spirits ABV 6.1% – No IBU Smooth Scottish Stout meets Tullamore D.E.W. triple distilled Irish Whiskey barrel staves in a unique aging process to create a beer packed with dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla flavour with hints of oak. Founders Brewing...
What is Carmenere?

What is Carmenere?

  What is Carmenere? If Malbec is Argentina’s “signature” red grape varietal in the minds of most wine drinkers, then Carmenere is Chile’s. OK then, we now know that its the name of a specific grape varietal, what else? Just like Cabernet, Merlot and Malbec, Carmenere is from the Bordeaux region of France.  Today though, if you were to ask a sommelier to name the grapes allowed to be blended into red Bordeaux, they would probably name Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot… no Carmenere.  That’s because the phylloxera, a root louse that kills the vine, wiped out all the Carmenere in Bordeaux in the late 1800’s.  Many considered it extinct. Today the grape thrives in Chile and is capable of making outstanding, food-friendly, delicious and age worthy wines.  When French vintners took their grape cuttings over to South America, Carmenere got mixed in with Merlot because the leaves and grapes look very similar.  Looks the same, but tastes very different, especially when not allowed to come to complete ripeness.  The fruity flavors of Carmenere are similar to Merlot too, but under-ripe Carmenere and be very green and herbal. Through DNA tasting in the early 1990’s it was discovered that much of “Merlot” in Chile was actually Carmenere.  Today this phoenix of a wine grape is propagated, grown and vinified as a unique varietal makes some wonderful wines, because when fully ripened (it ripens later than Merot the green beean and bell pepper notes evolve into delicious nuances of peppercorns and savory dried herbs.  Imagine a cross between Cabernet Franc and Merlot and you’re close to...
I Pledge Allegiance to the Beer..

I Pledge Allegiance to the Beer..

I Pledge Allegiance to the Beer… “We the People of the United States, in order to brew a more perfect beer, establish drunkenness, ensure an honorable cheers, provide enough so we don’t have to make a late night beer run, promote general welfare of all, and secure the blessings of brews to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of Beer.” Established in 1885, President’s Day is a day to celebrate all past and present Presidents. Originally, it was created to honor this nation’s great OG President: George Washington himself. It is only fitting that on the day originally created to celebrate George Washington we honor his love of beer. Ole’ Georgie loved him some Porter. He brewed his own beer and even had his own super special recipe. Nonetheless, Washington was not the only president to favor the malty fermented remains of earthly grains. Our 14th national leader, Franklin Pierce, loved beer so much he died of cirrhosis of the liver (so maybe too much?). Thomas Jefferson brewed fifteen to twenty gallons every few weeks, Lyndon B Johnson enjoyed a can of Pearl beer and was notorious for drinking while driving, James Garfield was critiqued for keeping a keg of beer on campus and when asked about it he claimed he used it for “medicinal purposes,” and Barrack Obama brought back brewing in the White House to create his own special brews. Grover Cleveland attempted to squelch his love for beer by cutting back to just four a day. He made a deal with his running mate at the time for...
Sparkman Winery Dinner

Sparkman Winery Dinner

Sparkman Winery Dinner March 15th, 6:30pm at Midtown Grille On March 15th, 6:30pm we have a special wine dinner featuring Sparkman Winery with owner Chris Sparkman at Midtown Grill, North Hills. Tickets are $100 per person, all inclusive. Seating is limited. Buy...