Wine and Beer (and Food!) Tastings for 3/4/16

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We are headed to Spain this week to taste Garnacha’s. Spain is known for Garnacha which is usually full of fruit flavor. This Friday we are featuring four wines from around Spain and a special offering of Spanish food.

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CampoViejo Garnacha Rioja, 2013 $9.99 (14% ABV) – It is very bright and lively, with a nose of strawberry, raspberry, cherry, and blackberry backed with notes of violet and lilac. Subtle notes of sweet spices and toast enhance and wrap the fruit. It is soft, silky, fresh and intense.

Bodegas Ordonez Zerran Montsant 2011 $14.99
50% Garnacha, 40% Mazuelo, 10% Syrah
Dry red Jorge Ordonez de Montsant is made from the Grenache, Carignan and Syrah from old vines, 50 years on average, located in clayey and calcareous soils with slate areas at an altitude of between 500 and 600 meters above sea level.

Vega Sendoa El Chaparral Navarra Old Vine Garnacha, 2012 $14.99
Bright red. Suave raspberry and cherry preserve aromas are compelling and sexy. Musky herbal and floral qualities add complexity to the nose but fade into the red berry aromas, which continue on the palate. Deep, sweet and pure, with strong raspberry and blackcurrant flavors repeating on the finish. This could easily pass for a serious southern Rhone wine and is one incredible value.

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Navaherreros Madrid Garnacha, 2012 $19.99
Navaherrerros is a red wine made from grenache grapes from every vineyard in the estate. Through different soils, orientations and microclimates, it expresses San Martin de Valdeiglesias’ terroir. The ages of the vines range from 40 to 80 and planting densities from 1,900 to 2,200 vines per hectare.

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In keeping with our Spanish theme, we are excited to welcome in a representative from Paella at Your Place. They will be providing us with two dishes of Paella (one likely vegetarian). If you are unfamiliar with Paella (wikipedia.org) is a Valencian rice dish with ancient roots that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near Albufera lagoon on the east coast of Spain adjacent to the city of Valencia.[4] The dish is widely regarded as Spain’s national dish, as well as a regional Valencian dish; Valencians regard paella as one of their identifying symbols.

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Cheeses for Friday
Saint Rocco Triple Cream Brie
Solera Mahon
Solera Andanzas Manchego
Jarlsberg

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Our Cider tasting now has a face. Join us as we welcome Blake’s Hard Cider, located in Armada, MI. all info blakeshardcider.com
Flannel Mouth (6.5% ABV) – Blake’s Flannel Mouth is made with a wide array of late season table and dessert apples. This succulent combination gives it a sweet flavor than finishes incredibly smoothly.
El Chavo (6.5% ABV) – At Blake’s Hard Cider Co., we like spicing things up. That’s why we put dimmers on the lights in our Cider House. And it’s why we created this sweet, heated blend of habanero pepper, mango and our famous Blake’s apples.
Beard Bender (6.5% ABV) – Blake’s Beard Bender is a 100% natural hard cider. It’s funny – when nothing’s added, you taste the true characteristics of the apple. Not for the faint of heart, Beard Bender packs a punch not expected from hard cider. Derived from a variety of Bittersweet and Bittersharp apples. Beard Bender is tart, crisp and amazingly drinkable.
Wakefire (6.5% ABV) – a comforting blend of Michigan-grown cherries, orange peel and our famous Blake’s apples.

Now Hiring

Our busy season is beginning, and we are looking to fill several positions throughout the store. We are currently hiring part time in our Deli, Alcohol, and Cashier departments.

Now Hiring! We are looking to fill several positions.

Part Time Cashier – We are looking to fill a position, up to 20 hours a week.
-Our front end is a face paced environment, must be able to stand on your feet for the duration of your shift.
-Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs. on a semi-regular basis.
-Must be able to communicate well with customers.
-Must be able to work some nights (We close at 8 p.m., usually leave by 8:30 p.m.)
-Must be able to work a weekend day, and some holidays.
-Must be at least 16 years of age, over 18 preferred.

Part Time Deli Clerk – We are looking to fill several positions in our Deli, up to 20 hours a week.
– Our deli is a fast paced, hands on environment, must be able to be on your feet for the duration of your shift.
-Must be able to communicate well with customers.
-Must be able to work some nights (We close at 8 p.m., usually leave by 8:30 p.m.)
-Must be able to work a weekend day, and some holidays.
-Must be at least 18 years of age.
-Experience with a slicer is preferred, but not required.

Part Time Alcohol Clerk – We are looking to fill a position in our Wine and Beer Department. This shift is for Tuesday evenings and Saturday afternoons, with an opportunity for more hours as needed.
-Must be able to stand on your feet for the druation of your shift.
-Must be able to communicate well with customers.
-Must be able to work some nights (We close at 8p.m., usually leave by 8:30 p.m.).
-Must be able to work Saturdays, and some holidays.
-Must be at least 21 years of age.
-A basic knowledge of Wine and Beer is preferred.

For further information, contact Sharon (cashier), Tim (Wine) or Mike (deli) at 513-474-9167.
Email: produce@countryfreshbeechmont.comhiring

Wine and Beer Tastings for 2/26/16

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Friday’s Wine Tasting
4:00 to 7:00 PM
The last Friday in February will feature wines further south. Two are from east of Rome, one from around Naples and the last from the heel of the boot.

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VillaGemma Cerasuolo D’ Abruzzo Rose wine, 2014 $9.99 (ABV 13%)
http://www.masciarelli.it
Austere and important, Montepulciano D’Abruzzo Villa Gemma Rosso provides an unprecedented interpretation of this great autochthonous vine, helping it to be included in the map of the world viticulture that counts.

Tavignano Barbarossa Lacrima di Morro d’ Alba, 2014 $13.99
http://www.tenutaditavignano.it
From the aromatic black “lacrima” (teardrop) we get a strongly perfumed wine, easy to identify for the captivating flower tones. Drink it when it is young, taking advantage of its joyful nature.

Mastro Aglianico Campania, 2014 $14.99
http://www.mastroberardino.com
The grapes chosen for this delicious wine bestow fruitful aromas of strawberry, cherry and blackberries. On the palate, the wine has a soft, texture and medium body with flavors of strawberry and cherry

Celebration LXXIV Primitivo Di Manduria, 2010 $19.99
www.tinazzi.it
Ruby red color, enriched with garnet reflections. Generous perfume, which recalls plums and ripe red fruits. This wine has a velvety texture, dry and spicy.

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Cheeses for Friday
Red Apple Green Onion Cheddar
Stella Fontinella
Guggisberg Colby
Butterkase – Deli

We will feature Rivertown Brewing Company on Friday
all information courtesy rivertownbrewery.com

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Roebling Vanilla Espresso Porter (ABV: 7.9%, IBU 25) Roebling Imperial Porter brings together Cincinnati coffee, Ugandan vanilla beans and raw, organic turbinado sugar into a big, rich, chocolate, espresso infused brownie of a beer that is as innovative as its namesake.

Lil Sipa Session IPA (ABV 4.5%, IBU 55) Think of this beer as the one you drink when you want the kick in your face punch of a Double IPA, but not so much the knock you down blow that the higher alcohol of a Double IPA serves up.

Soulless Scarlet Sour Ale (ABV 5.4%, IBU 22) A sultry, voluptuous, scarlet hued ale brewed to seduce with velvety, sweet notes of toffee and caramel paired with a provocative lactic finish all wrapped up in a racy, estery bow

Death Russian Imperial Stout (ABV 11.7%, IBU 38) Death offers up a warm, high gravity, chocolate malt, roasty, rich embrace only to displace this mirth with a virulent, balanced kick of heat on the back pallet.

Now Hiring

Now Hiring! We are looking to fill several positions.

Part Time Cashier – We are looking to fill a position, up to 20 hours a week.
-Our front end is a face paced environment, must be able to stand on your feet for the duration of your shift.
-Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs. on a semi-regular basis.
-Must be able to communicate well with customers.
-Must be able to work some nights (We close at 8 p.m., usually leave by 8:30 p.m.)
-Must be able to work a weekend day, and some holidays.

Part Time Deli Clerk – We are looking to fill a position in our Deli, up to 20 hours a week.
– Our deli is a fast paced, hands on environment, must be able to be on your feet for the duration of your shift.
-Must be able to communicate well with customers.
-Must be able to work some nights (We close at 8 p.m., usually leave by 8:30 p.m.)
-Must be able to work a weekend day, and some holidays.
-Must be at least 18 years of age.
-Experience with a slicer is preferred, but not required.

For further information, contact Sharon (cashier) or Mike (deli) at 513-474-9167.
Email: produce@countryfreshbeechmont.com.

Tastings for 2/19 and 2/20

Not only do we have our Friday Night Beer and Wine Tastings, this week we have a special Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting. Read on for details.

Friday’s Wine Tasting
4:00 to 7:00 PM

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For the third Friday in February we visit Tuscany which of course is home to Chianti’s. Although we will feature one Chianti Classico we will also have several other interesting offers.

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Monte Antico Tuscan Red Blend, 2011 $11.99 www.monteanticowine.com
85% Sangiovese, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Merlot

A Tuscan classic! Deep ruby colour with garnet reflections, its elegant bouquet of leather, black cherries, liquorice and plums preludes a medium to full-bodied palate where ripe red fruit, goût de terroir, subtle notes of vanilla and violets harmonize and linger, interlacing with the soft tannins and silky texture. Firm backbone, perfect integration of acidity and fruit, well rounded, medium finish.

Gabbiano Chianti Classico, 2013 $13.99 http://www.castellogabbiano.it
90 points

The moderate use of the wood, the choice of large casks, according to the most classical method, allows the wine to preserve the most natural characteristics of the Sangiovese grape, bringing them into harmony: fruitiness, freshness and the level of tannin.

San Polo Rosso Di Montalcino, 2012 $24.99 http://www.poggiosanpolo.com

Brilliant ruby red in hue. The nose unfolds to reveal aromas of small fresh berries and a trace of maraschino cherry, melded with hints of blackberries and black cherries and followed by a hint of vanilla. It is a very fragrant wine of good intensity, warm and supple, with a medium-structure and balanced tannins. On the palate, the wine is suitably dry and sinewy, yet fresh with a persistent aromatic finish.

Ruffino Modus, 2012 $26.99 www.rufino.com

Delightful hints of tobacco and spice lead to inviting aromas of cherries, strawberries, and plums. This full-bodied wine is rich with refined, silky tannins and a long finish of vanilla and red berry essence that is particularly pleasurable. Modus’ structure on the palate promises that this wine can be aged for many years.

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Cheeses for Friday
BelGioiso Asiago Fresco
Colliers Welsh Cheddar
Fritz’s Muenster
Butterkase – Deli
We will feature Great Lakes Brewing Company on Friday. www.greatlakesbrewing.com

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Conway’s Irish Ale (ABV 6.5%, IBU 25)
Arrestingly smooth with a rap sheet of toasty biscuit and caramel malt flavors.

Alberta Clipper Porter on tap (ABV 7.8%, IBU 40)
It was a dark and stormy Porter, with squalls of dark chocolate and fresh raspberries…

Edmund Fitzgerald Porter (ABV 6.0%, IBU 37)
Brewed in memory of the sunken freighter, with rich roasted barley and bittersweet chocolate-coffee notes.

Commodore Perry IPA (ABV 7.7%, IBU 70)
Dry and well-hopped, with an arsenal of caramel malt flavors befitting the “Hero of Lake Erie.”
We’re throwing you a Saturday curve ball. Join us as we welcome Stone Brook Winery, out of Melbourne, KY (possibly the closest winery, as the crow flys). 2-5 p.m.

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Wines for tasting, all info courtesy stonebrookwinery.com

Black Knight – Blackberry with a kick. Port style, rich and decadent with a hint of brandy. For those who like something a little more adventurous.
• Alcohol 17% by volume

Blackberry – Our Blackberry wine is a sweet wine that is smooth and fruity. This fruit wine leaves a nice finish. Reminisce of the old country days while sipping wine made with fresh blackberries all year long.
• 11% alcohol by volume

Blueberry – This sweetly balanced Blueberry wine is rich, yet bursting with flavor. Finishing full, yet smooth on the palate. Our Blueberry wine can be enjoyed on its own or with mild cheeses.
• 11% alcohol by volume

Raspberry – This Raspberry wine is smooth, yet bursting with flavor. It has an exquisite body that is best enjoyed sipping after dinner.
• 11% alcohol by volume