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Staff Pick of the Month

June 2018 | Matchbook Chardonnay

June’s staff pick was chosen by Merritt Bremer IV, a member of the fifth generation of Bremers to work at the store.

When asked to chose a wine for a staff pick for June, Merritt immediately thought of Chardonnay. And the Matchbook Chardonnay was a no brainer. Perfect for warm spring days that are just starting to turn into summer as well as cool nights by the first fire of the year. Matchbook Chardonnay is filled with tropical aromas and toasty flavors and is just the right choice for our transition from Spring to Summer.

“Luscious with rich tropical fruit characters, the 2016 Estate Bottled Old Head Chardonnay is a showcase wine for the Dunnigan Hills terroir. This straw colored Chardonnay has tropical aromas of mango and melon complemented by hints of toasty oak. Flavors of crème brûlée are mellowed by pineapple, pear and ripe melon. An opulent Chardonnay that is balanced by a lingering fruit driven finish with lovely notes of butter and toasted marshmallow.” -Winemaker

Stop by and pick up a bottle or buy it online now on sale for only $9.99!

Then try pairing it with this recipe for Panko Crusted Honey Mustard Salmon by Cooking Classy… yum!

May 2018 | Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc

This month’s staff pick has been chosen by Taylor, a member of the fifth generation of Bremers to work at the store.

Like so many of us, Taylor often chooses a bottle of wine by the label artwork and once he saw the illustration on Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc, he knew he needed to give it a try. (The 92 point rating from Wine Enthusiast certainly didn’t hurt either). On his first sip, he knew he had made a good decision… with flavors of cantaloupe and crushed sweet meadow grass and balanced acidity this Sauvignon Blanc is the perfect pick to enjoy all summer long.

“This wine has lifted aromatics of canned peaches, pineapple and elderflower on the nose. An elegant and contemplative palate follows on with cantaloupe, Cape gooseberry and crushed, sweet meadow grass. The finish is long and distinctively Sauvignon Blanc, with linear acidity balanced by creamy mouthfeel and layers of texture. We hope you enjoy the wine – we loved growing and making it.” -Loveblock Wines

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Try pairing it with this recipe we found for Pesto Pasta Salad with Chicken by Spiced: One Dash At A Time.

April 2018 | Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel

This month, our staff pick has been chosen by Tim, fourth generation co-owner of Bremer’s Wine and Liquor.

A new addition to the racks in our store, Tim decided to bring Pedroncelli Mother Clone Zinfandel to Easter dinner this year and it was a big hit all around! Soft and silky, with concentrated berry flavors and hints of black pepper, smoke, and brick, it’s no wonder everyone thought this wine was delicious. And, while it’s a full-bodied wine, this Zinfandel manages to drink light, making it a perfect choice for our transition into spring.

Did we mention it got a tremendous rating of 93 points and Editor’s Choice by Wine Enthusiast?! You can’t go wrong with this pick!

“Our Mother Clone is a classic Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel with aromas of red and black berries and a touch of warm baking spices. The concentrated flavors of raspberry and blackberry combine with vanilla, toasty oak, pepper and a dash of nutmeg. The spicy-berry dynamic so typical of Dry Creek Zin combines smooth tannins and bright acidity which are a hallmark of our style. Enjoy now or cellar for three to five years.” -Winemaker

Stop by and pick up a bottle or order it online now for $16.99.

Try pairing it will this recipe for BBQ Brisket Grilled Cheese with Bacon Jam we found on I Thee Cook.

March 2018 | Château de Lavernette Beaujolais-Blanc

This month’s staff pick has been chosen by Eric, fourth generation co-owner of Bremer’s Wine and Liquor.

While the weather might not seem like it, spring is on its way and this month, Eric decided to pick a wine that is perfect for the transition into (somewhat) warmer weather. Made with 100% Chardonnay grapes, this white is refreshing, but will still stand up to the comfort food the snow has you craving.

“This Beaujolais Blanc is a wine for those in search of immediate pleasure. Fragrant white flowers, full of juicy white fruits, laced with a mineral edge, and balanced by a gossamer acid finish that bewitches and beguiles one’s reason. An untamed dance of seven veils whirls across the palate revealingly and ends with slaked desire.” -Winemaker

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Try pairing it with this easy, fast and delicious recipe for Pork Chops in Creamy Garlic and Herb Wine Sauce we found on!

February 2018 | Francis Ford Coppola Syrah-Shiraz

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Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Collection Syrah-Shiraz, chosen by Amy, Bremer’s Wine and Liquor’s Marketing Director.

A huge fan of all wines by Coppola (especially the Cabernet), Amy was very excited to give their Diamond Collection Syrah-Shiraz a try. Not only is the label beautiful, the wine is delicious! Complex flavors of blackberry, vanilla and bittersweet chocolate along with soft tannins make every sip interesting. It’s the perfect wine to cuddle up with during this never-ending winter.

“Intense plum and clove aromas are the fragrant welcome from our Green Label Syrah-Shiraz. Made from grapes grown in Paso Robles and Monterey, this concentrated and complex wine has soft tannins, along with blackberry and boysenberry flavors layered with notes of smoky bacon, sweet vanilla and bittersweet chocolate.” -Winemaker

Stop by and pick up your bottle or order it online now for $12.99!

Try pairing it with this recipe for Cuban Style Slow Roasted Marinated Pork with found from Lord Byron’s Kitchen.

January 2018 | Chop Shop Cabernet

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Our first staff pick of 2018 was chosen by Ken, an employee with Bremer’s for over 6 years. Ken used to be all about sweet wines, but has recently taken a liking into all things dry. When he first tried his pick, Chop Shop Cabernet, the first thing that popped into his mind was steak. So while it might be too cold to break out the grill (although not unheard of), pick up a bottle of Chop Shop and a nice steak and get cooking! You won’t be disappointed in the pick or the pairing.

“A blend of Lodi and Clarksburg AVAs, this crowd pleasing style results from fermentation in stainless steel, and aging in a combination of stainless steel and french oak. A touch of Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc add some dark, complex nuances to this otherwise juicy Cabernet Sauvignon, and what’s in the bottle is a red that is friendly and versatile, with underlining masculinity and structure.” -Winemaker

Buy it in store or online now for $14.99 a bottle!

Try pairing it with this recipe for Slow Cooker Salisbury Steak we by from Dinner at the Zoo!

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

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