Featured April Beer:

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Burnside Brewing Co. “Sweet Heat”

A very unique and savory wheat ale with an addition of 200 pounds of Apricot puree, then dry hopped with imported Jamaican Scotch Bonnet peppers. Spice level varies per batch. – brewery description
$5.50 a bottle

When Burnside Brewing Co. opened its doors in 2010, the vision was concise. Focus on easy to drink beers that accompany and enhance the culinary experience. Brew master Jason McAdam is a creative trendsetter in brewing, bold enough to take risks and smart enough to leave a creative impression on your taste buds.

Bigardo 2015

Bigardo toro
Toro, Spain
$23 / $131.10 / $234.60

The wine is supple and luxurious, yet has the acid backbone that makes it a great partner for roasted meats and grilled asparagus with romesco sauce. Aromas and flavors of dark fruits, licorice, balsamic reduction, and baking spices. The supple tannins are the perfect balance on the long finish. 100% Tinta de Toro (aka Tempranillo). Kiko Calvo, owner & winemaker at Bigardo, is a rebel, or bigardo, breaking that tradition by creating wines that express Toro’s unique terroir.  Kiko farms organically, harvests by hand and lets the wines evolve naturally in the winery. Enjoy this ‘new Spanish’ wine from a true artisan. We love it, and we are sure you will too!

Casar de Burbia 2013

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Bierzo, Spain
$16 / $91.20 / $163.20
The sweetheart of the Spanish-wine-loving world is currently the excellent Mencia-based wines from the now popular Bierzo region. Unfortunately, these wines are becoming so popular that prices are rising on what used to be a value-driven region. Worry not! The tasty Casar de Burbia is a spectacular Mencia example at a Tuesday night price. A dark and dense purple color while the nose is intensely fruity with plum overtones. On the palate, the wine is rich, with nuances of smoked meat, black pepper, and a touch of forest floor, with a smooth and mellow finish and well-integrated tannins. Enjoy this wine over the next few years with anything meat or mushroom that has seen fire, smoke, or marinades.

Les 3C du Domaine des Forges 2012

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Anjou, France
$17 / $96.90 / $173.40

Rich, textural and lush, yet spicy and savory, this Anjou red wine is half each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. And the result is a wine that beguiles the mind and palate for such a modest price. Lovers of un-oaked, not-sweet Cabs will revel in this great example of food-friendly French wine. And the story is lovely:
“Les 3C” is for the 3 first names in C of the estate: Claude, the grandfather and Corentin and Camille, the grandchildren. This cuvée comes from the winery’s best soils on the high plateaus of St Aubin de Luigné. This is a blend of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon that is made either in Anjou Rouge or in Anjou Villages depending on the vintage. Will cellar for another 6-8 years. Pair with red meats such as rib steak, grilled game and strong cheeses.

Massimo Clerico Costa della Sesia Ca’ du Leria 2013

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Alto Piedmont, Italy
$20 / $114.00 / $204.00

Light, bright, rustic. This Italian red is inviting and smooth with a tart raspberry elegance that lasts. Clerico is one of a tiny handful of producers in the DOC of Lessona, where he grows mainly Nebbiolo but also Vespolina and Bonarda. The wines are traditionally crafted, with long fermentations and aging in large, mostly old, barrels. The Costa della Sesia Rosso “Ca’ du Leria” is 50% Nebbiolo; the other half is Vespolina and Bonarda. Aging gracefully (and can even lay down for a few more years), it’s hard to imagine a better wine for a casual Italian meal of just about anything actually.

Cantine Fratelli Bonelli Gutturnio Superiore 2015

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Emilia Romagna, Italy
$11 / $62.70 / $112.20

Fresh thorny berries, smoke, dry herbs and sage envelope this delicious medium-bodied red. Made with 60% Barbera and 40% Bonarda, half ages for 4-6 months in large Slovanian oak casks, and the other half matures in steel. Gutturnio is the most typical Piacenza wine, and it can be vinified and bottled only in this area. This wine dates back to the Roman Empire as its name derives from an engraving on a wine cup fond on the river Po banks near Piacenza, precisely “Gutturnium.” D.O.C. Colli Piacentini in 1967, and from 2011 it has its own specific Denominazione di Origine (D.O.C.). Such a food friendly wine that can be paired with multiple cheese and charcuterie accoutrements.

Swick Pinot Noir 2014

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Willamette Valley, Oregon
$22 / $125.40 / $224.40
Famous, yet under the radar, Oregon-native winemaker Joe Swick farms and purchases from several cooler Willamette Valley sites (Cancilla, Medici, and Fairsing vineyards). The resulting wines are high-toned, texturally lithe, and boast nuances of savory flavors over jammy ones. You’ll find hints of dried black cherries, violet, and sous-bois aromas; on the palate the wine reveals tart black fruits (black cherry, blackberry, black raspberry) and undertones of damp earth, dried herbs, and clove. An excellent Pinot Noir that over-performs and bests more expensive competitors’ offerings. Pair with oven-roasted lamb, rabbit, or savory hard cheeses and olives.

Domaine J. Mourat Collection Rouge 2016

collection-mourat-rougeLoire Valley, France
$16 / $91.20 / $163.20

Are you ready for an oyster wine that is red? This light wine carries aromas of cherry and magnolia blossoms; crunchy, fresh blue and raspberries notes on the palate with a lip-smacking salinity that will prompt you to seek out the closest oyster bar. The grapes are a fun blend of Pinot Noir, Negrette, Gamay, Cabernet Sauvignon. Domaine Mourat is located on the far south-west of the Loire Valley in the appellation Fiefs Vendéens. It was started in 1974 by the Mourat family and is now made up of 67 acres of vineyards managed by Jérémie Mourat, on the hillsides of the Lay Valley between Nantes and la Rochelle — just 12 miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Dominated by a combination of southern exposure, sea breeze, and primarily volcanic soil, the Mourat wines present a balance of smooth texture  and youthful acidity. Pair with… you guessed it! Oysters.

Domaine de Fontsainte Gris de Gris 2016

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 Corbieres, France
$16 / $91.20 / $163.20

“A crystalline salmon color with superb amethyst tints. Fine separate legs run slowly down the glass. Expressive and particularly tonic, the wine immediately gives off notes of raspberry, cherry and freshly picked strawberries – followed by exotic aromas such as pineapple and mango.” – winemaker’s notes. The original domaine was actually built around a thermal spring, which was later named for the local, 12th century patron saint, Saint Siméon; hence Fontsainte—the saint’s fount. Yves Laboucarié’s family has been making wine here since the 17th century. Yves’ son, Bruno, now is the winemaker. Like his father, he believes strongly in the family’s legacy of innovation. Every year, this Kermit Lynch import favorite proves to be a wine fridge staple for industry pros and laypeople alike. Stock up on a case or more without fail! You’ll thank us later, come summertime barbeques, and well into next year when it really hits its stride.

Stift Goetweig Rose Messwein 2016

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Kremstal, Austria
$21 / $119.70 / $214.20
Fine wines have been made at Stift Goettweig since the 11th century. It was, in fact, considered one of the greatest wine producing estates in all of Europe. Famous for their Riesling and Gruner Veltliner, Goettweig produces gorgeously precise and understated wines of finesse and tension. This featured wine is no exception. Originally a Benedictine alter wine (messwein), this rosé from Austria’s Kremstal region is made entirely of… Pinot Noir! This wine is liquid refreshment. It begins with fragrant floral notes, and the initial slight fizziness simply dances on the tongue. The palate is elegant, crisp, and minerally with tart strawberries that continue through the finish. Pair with salad starter courses and with marinated shrimp on the grill.

Domaine Bruno Cormerais Muscadet “Chambaudiere” 2014

chambaudiereLoire, France
$16 / $91.20 / $163.20
For the warmer months, we are fond of these oyster-shell-soil-grown Atlantic coastal wines from the mouth of the historical Loire river valley. The reason why is evident with one sip of this wine from Cormerais. Thirst-quenching on the onset, this beauty unfolds instantly to reveal it’s full self; showcasing suggestions of pear skin, freshly cut hay, lime wedge, and salty brine. Pair with steamer clams or oysters on the half shell or as an afternoon aperitif.

Kientzler Sylvaner 2013

Kientzler_SylvanerAlsace, France
$15 / $85.50 / $153.00

This wine embraces the essence of Spring. It has aromas that are fresh and delicate, with hints of green apple and honeydew melon. The palate is lemon-drop-lively, with subtle notes of fennel and ginger. These flavors blend beautifully together with a bright, nervy finish.
The Kientzler domaine is a small, 5th generation family-run estate whose vineyard consists of 34 acres of vines, of which 11 acres are classified Grand Cru. The winemakers’ passion for dry and gastronomic wines is revealed in each of their vintages.
“Vibrant aromas of white flowers, quince and candied orange peel. In the mouth, enamel-shattering acidity lifts fresh flavors of quince, lemon and lime complicated by a hint of almond. Finishes bright, long and saline, with a repeating lemony note. Another crisp Alsace Sylvaner wine that will pair beautifully with shellfish and smoked fish platters.”-90+pts, Ian D’Agata, Vinous