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Staff Pick of the Month


Bremer’s 2017 Holiday Staff Picks

Looking for the perfect wine to serve at your holiday dinners? Or maybe you’re looking for a hostess gift or something for the wine-lover in your life. Even if you’re just looking for a nice wine to enjoy while you wrap presents, we’ve got the perfect picks for you!

bremer's holiday staff picks

A to Z Wineworks Chardonnay | Enjoy with a piece of apple pie or with your lobster or crab at Christmas Eve dinner.
The 2015 A to Z Chardonnay has primary aromas of tangerines, lemon curd, white flowers, apricots, lime zest, kumquats, honeydew and wet stones. As the wine opens, aromas evolve to include beeswax, nutmeg and honey over time. A juicy and succulent attack has floral and citrus flavors while the mid-palate mirrors the aromatics with a burst of flavors offering tremendous depth balanced by perfect acidity and concentration

Domaine des Trois Versants Muscadet |Pairs well with shellfish, making it the perfect wine for your Italian Christmas Eve feast of 7 fishes.
The Domaine des 3 Versants Muscadet offers crisp, lively citrus and mineral flavors and a bouquet reminiscent of the sea.

Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling | The perfect wine for Thanksgiving dinner or a Christmas Ham.
This entry-level Loosen Bros. Riesling embodies the elegant and racy characteristics of steep, slate-soil Mosel vineyards at a very reasonable price. It is a bright, vibrant, fruit-driven wine made with grapes from contracted growers throughout the Mosel River valley who work very closely with brothers Ernst and Thomas Loosen to achieve excellent quality and superb concentration in every vintage.

Meiomi Pinot Noir | Goes great with turkey, or a great gift for the red wine lover on your list.
Meiomi is a high style Pinot Noir that is shaped, more than anything else, by the fruit sources that lay the foundation of the blend. A pure bred enjoyment wine, built to accommodate any pairing from food to friends. Unifying California’s most noteworthy coastal areas opens the door for a dynamic and opulent wine that is ready to enjoy whenever you are.

Ménage à Trois Decadence Cabernet Sauvignon | A decedent new Cabernet that is the perfect hostess gift to bring to any holiday gathering or treat yourself and enjoy a glass while wrapping presents!
Welcome to the world of Ménage à Trois Decadence. Here, inhibitions disappear as we indulge your passions and arouse your senses with kisses of exotic dark chocolate and the flavors and aromas of goose-bump-giving black cherry and blackberry. Then, they all mingle with lavish vanilla spice on your palate before climaxing into a smooth, exquisite finish — leaving you forever wanting more. So, we ask again, dare you desire Decadence?

Mulderbosch Faithful Hound | A great gift for the dry red wine lover on your list.
The wine’s appearance is marked by a vibrant, dense and purple hue. The nose exhibits berry fruit aromas of mulberries and blueberries, subtly framed by vanilla spice and earthy notes.

Gentle structure and finesse combine to make the 2014 so attractive. It has good weight and richness, with layers of flavor, yet there is a really classic element to the fine grained tannins, providing a moreish, savory finish.

Noble Vines 446 Chardonnay |Pairs well with seafood on Christmas Eve or with pasta and cheese sauce on Christmas Day.
446 Chardonnay exhibits appealing aromas of ripe pear, pineapple and melon. Medium-bodied with a creamy mid-palate, this delightful wine offers flavors of peach and coconut, with hints of lemon and toasty vanilla spice.

Pacificana Chardonnay | A new Chardonnay that is the perfect gift for the dry white wine lover on your list.
Pacificana showcases classic California styles for a new generation of wine enthusiasts. It embodies the bold, pioneering spirit of the California landscape and those who call it home. 100% barrel fermented, this 2016 Chardonnay balances between oaky, buttery richness and fruity crispness.

Ruffino Prosecco | Pairs well with fish for Christmas Eve dinners or perfect to pop open on Christmas Morning for Mimosas or for your New Year’s Eve celebrations.
Ruffino Prosecco is fruity and fragrant with clean notes of citrus, pears and apples along with slight hints of hawthorn, wisteria and elder. Fine bubbles caress the palate, while intense flavors of apples and peaches give the wine a pleasing finish. Enjoy Ruffino Prosecco on its own or mix it into a favorite cocktail. It’s also delicious served with pizza, fish, shellfish, or white meat dishes

The Opportunist Shiraz | Pairs perfectly with a Christmas ham.
An aromatic bouquet of ripe fruits, cherries and blackcurrants, with notes of freshly ground coffee, dark chocolate, peppermint, liquorice and subtle pepper. Thick and smooth with good balanced fruit weight.

Warre’s Warrior Finest Reserve Port | The perfect gift for the Port-lover in your life. Or, the perfect treat after any holiday dinner!
Warrior is the oldest brand of Port in the world, having been shipped continuously since the 1750’s. The name Warrior was branded on the casks of Warre’s finest Reserve Ports since the earliest days of the firm. The traditional style has been maintained over the years and it is today a classic full-bodied wine with wonderful richness and balance. Warrior is drawn from Quinta da Cavadinha and Quinta do Retiro, Warre’s finest quintas in the Pinhão and Rio Torto valleys that produce Warre’s classic Vintage Ports. Warre’s Warrior is delicious served at the end of a meal, with chocolate, chocolate desserts, as well as strong cheeses and nuts.

October 2017 | Conundrum Red


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Our October staff pick was chosen by Rhonda, an employee at Bremer’s for 14 years and the person we all go to for food and wine pairings. Rhonda’s pick, Conundrum Red is a wine she first tried when she brought it to her sister’s house for a family gathering. Some drank it alongside roast beef, others had it with burgers and it was a big hit all around! Rhonda suggested it would also be very good with an assortment of hard cheeses. So, as we are going into the season of holiday get-togethers, pick up a bottle of this red wine that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

“A rich, dark red, it offers aromas of ripe berries and plums, warmed by a hint of cocoa. Dried fruit and the taste of chocolate-covered cherries come through on the palate, while a wisp of smokiness makes this wine – created from dark red varietals including Zinfandel and Petite Sirah – the perfect complement to grilled meats and full-flavored dishes.” -Conundrum Wines

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September 2017 | Torres Celeste Crianza


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Bremer’s September staff pick has been chosen by Tim, fourth generation co-owner of Bremer’s Wine and Liquor. While Tim certainly loves the warm summer months, the cooler temperatures that September brings allow for a delicious glass of red wine. And that is exactly what Tim found in his pick, Torres Celeste Crianza. Filled with flavors of “cherry and red plum” this is the perfect wine to enjoy while the seasons begin to change.

Recommended by Tim AND backed with an 88 point rating from Wine Spectator, you can’t go wrong with this wine.

“Cherry and red plum flavors mingle with tobacco, toast and light earth notes in this polished red. Light tannins and fresh acidity lend a lively balance. Drink now through 2020. 5,000 cases imported.” –T.M., Wine Spectator (October, 2016)

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August 2017 | Luna di Luna Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio


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Keeping in mind that summer is still in full swing, Tony picked a white that is so refreshing and full of fruit flavors it’s begging you to drink it during this hot August weather. While you will often catch Tony joking around, with his 30+ years of experience in the wine and liquor industry, you can trust his recommendations are nothing to kid about. And by the way… did we mention this bottle is only $8.99!?

“Bright straw in color with delicate aromas of tropical fruit and a crisp, persistent finish. The fresh aromatic character of Luna di Luna Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio showcases beautifully the true characteristics of the hillside vineyards of Tre-Venezie.” -Luna di Luna Wines

Stop by and pick up a bottle or buy it online for only $8.99.

July 2017 | Root 1: Sauvignon Blanc


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July’s staff pick belongs to Taylor, a member of the fifth generation of Bremers to work at the store. Taylor loves a good Sauvignon Blanc, and as soon as he saw Root:1 Sauvignon Blanc’s label artwork he had to try it (especially when he saw the great value it is at only $10.99!). And it did not disappoint… with notes of citrus and clean finish this is the perfect wine to enjoy all summer long.

“An elegant and crisp wine with citrus notes and a fresh, clean finish. Root: 1 Sauvignon Blanc is an exceptionally versatile food wine that pairs perfectly with chicken Caesar Salad, grilled fish, seafood, and creamy pasta sauces.” – Root:1 Wines

Stop by and pick up a bottle or buy it online for only $10.99.

June 2017 | Noble Vines 515 Rosé


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This month’s pick belongs to Merritt Bremer IV, a member of the fifth generation of Bremers to work at the store. He doesn’t normally drink rosés, but when he tried this one, it won him over instantly (especially when he discovered it was only $11.99). With just the right amount of acidity and some effervescence, it is the perfect wine to enjoy throughout the summer.

“Noble Vines 515 Vine Select Rosé is made in a dry traditional style, showcasing a bright bouquet of raspberry, watermelon and Meyer lemon. Medium bodied, with a rich mid-palate, this snappy wine has a lively start with flavors of grapefruit and strawberry, then cherry, culminating in a fresh creamy finish.” – Noble Vines

Stop by and pick up a bottle or buy it online now for $11.99.

May Staff Pick | Chateau Ducasse Bordeaux Blanc


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Our May staff pick has been chosen by Eric Bremer, fourth generation co-owner of Bremer’s Wine and Liquor. Eric loves helping customers pick out the perfect wine, whatever the occasion. When he is not busy working, you can probably find him enjoying the sunshine out on the golf course. And his pick, which is a white blend of Semillion, Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc, is the perfect wine to relax with after a nice, sunny day. So what are you waiting for? Stop by and pick up a bottle you are sure to enjoy… especially once the sun comes out!

“Pale in color and streaked with vibrant minerals, Ducasse’s Bordeaux blanc also has a juicy roundness. The combination makes for a wine that is an easy pair with many dishes—from lunch fare to shellfish or enjoy it on its own before dinner.” –Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant

Buy it in-store or online for $13.99!

April 2017 | Terra d’Oro Amador Zinfandel


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This month’s staff pick has been chosen by Garry – longtime Bremer’s employee. He liked his pick, Terra d’Oro Zinfandel, from the first sip.

“This savory Zinfandel displays vibrant aromas of rich, spicy clove and big, generous fruit with hints of vanilla that entice the nose. An abundance of plums and flavors of dense, juicy blackberries excites the senses with a round mouthfeel of well-integrated tannins on the finish. This wine is rich and powerful, and incredibly well-balanced. The Terra d’Oro Amador Zinfandel is enjoyable on its own, and especially complements anything barbecued.” -Terra d’Oro Winery

Read more about the wine here.

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March Staff Pick | Novellum Chardonnay


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Bremer’s March staff pick has been chosen by co-owner, Tim Bremer. He has an extensive background in the wine industry and a great love for wine. When he is not busy at work in the office or helping a customer find the perfect wine, he is probably out on the golf course enjoying the weather. Tim certainly loves a great French wine and when he tried Novellum Chardonnay, he was not disappointed. It is a great wine to enjoy as the weather begins to warm up. If his recommendation alone isn’t enough to convince you… it’s also rated 90 pts by Wine Advocate! So what are you waiting for? Stop by and pick up your bottle today.

Rated 90 Points by Wine Advocate | “A custom cuvee created by importer Eric Solomon, the 2015 IGP Cotes Catalanes Novellum is a smokin’ value that’s made from 100% Chardonnay that spent three months in tank (on Viognier lees) followed by three months in barrel. Tasting like it cost three times the price, it offers lots of orchard fruits, white peach, honeysuckle and a hint of vanilla to go with a medium to full-bodied, crisp, yet still textured and mouth-filling style on the palate. You can’t go wrong at the price and this is a terrific wine to enjoy over the coming year or two.”  -Wine Advocate

Read  from the winemaker here

Buy it in store or online now for only $11.99 a bottle!

February Staff Pick | Zuccardi Serie A Malbec


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Zuccardi Serie A Malbec by Zuccardi Valle di Uco – chosen by Amy, Bremer’s Wine and Liquor’s Marketing Director.

When Amy isn’t busy searching for the next great product to feature online or out front helping a customer, she is probably talking about Syracuse Basketball… especially this time of year. Rich, full-bodied reds have become her favorite and when she spotted the label on this wine she just had to try it. From the first sip she knew it was going to be a great one. Stop by Bremer’s Wine and Liquor and pick up a bottle to see for yourself. (We hear it goes especially well with cheering on your favorite basketball team).

“Intense and lively red purple color. Intense red ripe fruit aromas such as prunes and cherries with black pepper and tobacco. Can also detect chocolate, cherry liqueur and spicy notes. Soft and velvety entry, firm tannins with lovely juicy finish.”
Zuccardi Valle de Uco

Buy it in store or online for $12.99 a bottle!