Staff Pick of the Month
The Holidays are quickly approaching and we know sometimes it can be hard to pick a wine to go with your Holiday meal that will please everyone. That’s why we took the time and had our staff pick out which wine they would bring to their Holiday dinner. So, whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the New Year, or any other Holiday there is something for you!
Bread and Butter Pinot Noir | Picked by Ken
Bread and butter are flavors and aromas that develop through the winemaking process either through the use of oak fermentation and aging or malolactic fermentation (MLF). Both affect flavor, aroma, and texture in the finished wine. As winemakers, these are our “bread & butter” techniques in the cellar – that which we depend on to craft great fruit into great wine. Our goal is to enhance and compliment, through winemaking, what happens in the vineyard. Like the preparation of a great meal, a chef must start with great ingredients, but the mastery in the kitchen will separate a good dish from a great one.
Big Smooth Zinfandel | Picked by Merritt
Our 2014 vintage is a dynamic blend that truly showcases what California Zinfandels are all about. Lively aromas of blackberry, purple basil, and cocoa draw you in as the fragrance of roasted almonds emerges. The oak aging is highlighted in this robust blend through hints of molasses, dried blueberry and raspberry. With the Merlot adding mid-palate structure and the Petite Sirah contributing to a well-rounded and velvety feel, this wine has not only a memorable start but an impressive nish as well. This wine is the perfect accompaniment to roast quail, beet and feta salad or apricot marinated lamb chops.
Clean Slate Riesling | Picked by Tony
The fresh, balanced taste of clean slate is achieved by carefully selecting grapes from vineyards throughout the Mosel. The steep blue slate slopes of the Lower Mosel give the wine its minerality while the Middle Mosel provides a hint of spice to complement the characteristic fresh peach flavors of the Upper Mosel. Ripe peach flavors balance ripe acidity, hints of lime and characteristic mineral notes.
Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon | Picked by Josh
Columbia Winery Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas of ripe black currant, plum and cedar. This rich full-bodied wine is well-structured with firm tannins and ripe dark fruit flavors of blackberry and black currant layered with notes of toasty oak and cocoa. Try Columbia Winery Cabernet alongside hearty stews, roasts or wild game meats.
Harken Chardonnay | Picked by Rhonda
This rich Chardonnay exhibits a classic profile of tropical fruit and Bosc pear alongside warm oak aromatics. The luscious palate suggests crème bruléeand buttered toast, and finishes with fresh acidity.
Jean-Marc Brocard Chablis Sainte Claire | Picked by Eric
Jean-Marc Brocard’s Chablis expresses the pure quality of the chablisian soil brilliantly. Jean-Marc Brocard uses all his know-how to reveal the mysteries and share the pleasures of this complex soil. The result is a pure, mineral and concentrated wine, typical of its appellation.
Josh Cellars Legacy Red | Picked by Brittany
Aromatic blue fruits and brown spices delight the nose, most notable the fresh plum and blackberry fruit. The wine is dense and juicy, with bakes plums and dark cherries, layered with roasted almonds and hazelnuts, finishing long with fine, soft tannins.
Swedish Hill Glogg Wine | Picked by Taylor
This spicy and aromatic red wine is made with an extract imported from Sweden which contains cinnamon, cloves, cardamon and ginger.
Warre’s Warrior Port | Picked by Garry
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 Antigo, Warre’s finest quintas in the Pinhão and Rio Torto valleys that produce Warre’s classic Vintage Ports. The firm’s head winemaker, Peter Symington, selects lotes of particularly rich and fruity Reserve Port to set aside for maturing in oak casks in the lodges at Vila Nova de Gaia. When the wines have reached perfect maturity, they are bottled to produce the award-winning Warre’s Warrior, one of the finest Ports available for everyday drinking. Food pairing suggestion: Warre’s Warrior is delicious served at the end of a meal, for example with rich, nutty or chocolate desserts, as well as strong cheeses. Although usually served at room temperature, Reserve Ports are equally delicious when served slightly chilled in hot weather.
Gundlach Bundschu Mountain Cuvee | Picked by Tim
A Bordeaux-inspired blend for everyday life that’s soft, lush and smooth but never sweet. Dangerously easy-drinking, this Merlot and Cabernet-based red wine offers balance, food-friendly structure and approachability. It’s crafted for everyday enjoyment in Sonoma Valley.
Vignetti Del Sole Pinot Grigio | Picked by Amy
A lighter-style Pinot Grigio with plenty of fruit and a nice crisp acidity. This popular Italian white has a nose of lemons, green apples and almonds. With no oak, the wine shows the best of the Pinot Grigio varietal flavors. Well-balanced with a fresh, clean finish.
Ken, an employee at Bremer’s for over 5 years, has chosen October’s Staff pick, Ménage à Trois Silk. When he is not working or trying new wines he is probably around town shooting his next great photograph for SMITH Imagery, a photography company he runs with his wife. In fact, we got him to shoot the photographs we used to feature his delicious staff pick that is a perfect pick for Fall! So check out his pick (and SMITH Imagery while you’re at it), you might find yourself falling for both.
“Looking forward to exposing our softer side. It’s time for you to be delighted by our bright, red ruby gaze, and alluring fragrances of violets and berries. Be captivated by our silky smooth cherry and ripe raspberries, with such a delicate touch of rose petals and toasty spice, you’ll experience a thrill like no other.”
-Ménage à Trois Wines
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Rhonda, our resident food and wine-pairing guru, has chosen our September staff pick. Rhonda has been with us at Bremer’s for 13 years now and when she recommends a wine, we know it’s going to be good. Both Vinho Verde and Rosé have been gaining popularity lately, so Rhonda decided to pick the best of both worlds and go with Casal Garcia Rosé Vinho Verde. Put your trust in Rhonda and give her pick a try! She suggests it with a salad or as an aperitif and it is sure to go well with these warm September days.
“The cherry color reveals that this is a very fruity rosé vinho verde, characterized by fresh notes of strawberry, cherry and berries.”
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For the last full month of summer, Tony has chosen a perfect summer white for our August staff pick. Tony started at Bremer’s 7 years ago and has over 30 years of experience in the wine and liquor industry. You might find him cracking a joke, but his recommendations are seriously spot on. So give his pick, New Age a chance… you won’t be disappointed.
“New Age White is a light yellow-green colored wine, with fruity and floral aromas of great intensity. Balanced acidity leads to soft, semi-sweet and slightly effervescent flavors and mouth feel. It is an extremely refreshing, vivacious and sensual wine.”
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This month’s staff pick has been chosen by Taylor Bremer, part of the 5th generation of Bremer’s to work at the store. 99.9% of the time Taylor chooses a wine because he is drawn to the label, and his pick, The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc, is no exception. Enjoying drawing himself, it is no surprise he is drawn to this illustration on the bottle. Beyond the look, he likes the taste even better!
“We sought our Sauvignon Blanc in not one but two of New Zealand’s best vineyard sites – Marlborough and Martinborough – for complexity and zest.
Aromas of zesty lime, grapefruit, and passionfruit with a touch of fresh green herbs. A refreshing and vibrant palate with core of sweet fruit leading to a long and juicy finish.” -The Seeker Wines
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Bremer’s May staff pick has been chosen by Merritt Bremer IV, a part of the fifth generation to be a part of Bremer’s. Recently, Merritt has been trying many different Sauvignon Blancs and just in time for summer! His favorite has stayed Matua Sauvignon Blanc. With his recommendation and at only $10.99 per bottle, how could you go wrong?
“Here at Matua, Sauvignon Blanc is pretty special. That’s because back in 1974, we produced NZ’s very first Sauvignon Blanc. 10 years later, we were making it in Marlborough. Now, Marlborough Sauvy is world famous for its unique, fresh flavours. For this wine, we’ve chosen grapes from across Marlborough, giving you the best crisp and tropical flavours Marlborough has to offer all in one sip!” -Matua
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Bremer’s May staff pick has been chosen by co-owner, Eric Bremer. As a part of the fourth generation to own Bremer’s, Eric enjoys helping customers pick out the perfect wine. When he’s not busy working, he loves to spend time outdoors and Domaine Lafage Cotes Du Roussillon Centenaire Blanc is the perfect wine to enjoy on a warm and sunny day!
Robert Parker gives it 91 points saying, “With beautiful minerality, stone fruits, saltiness and citrus blossom, the 2014 Côtes du Roussillon Centenaire Blanc (80% Grenache Blanc, 20% Roussanne) is medium-bodied, fresh, crisp and pure. It’s a year in, year out, spectacular value that should not be missed.” Read more about the wine here
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Robert Parker from Wine Advocate gave Evodia an outstanding 90 points rating. “This blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Syrah aged in concrete and demi-muid is a custom cuvée from importer Eric Solomon. Made from very old head-pruned vines that are not irrigated in pure slate soils, some of the vines are close to 100 years of age. This is really an amazing wine for the price. It is a fruit bomb, so those not wanting flavor, or in search of wimpy wines need to consider a light beer. Deep ruby/plum purple, with loads of blueberry and black currant fruit, underlying crushed rock notes and some floral scents are all present in this remarkable wine, which is simply incredible!” -Wine Advocate
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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 spending his days off on the golf course, Tim enjoys helping customers find the perfect wine. While he does not usually prefer Pinot Noirs produced in Oregon, Eluoan Pinot Noir has quickly become one of his favorites. So give it a try, his recommendations never disappoint.
“This 2014 Elouan Pinot Noir is richer and more full bodied than what is typical of Oregon Pinot Noir, which generally is very lean. Ripe cranberry, sweet cinnamon and fresh cherry create an inviting bouquet, with a subtle earthiness. The palate shows texture and weight with firm acidity that carries the flavor through…” Read more from the winemaker here
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Bremer’s February staff pick has been chosen by Amy, who has been working for Bremer’s Wine & Liquor for just over 8 months as their Marketing Director. In her short time here, Amy has quickly developed a love for wine, after Syracuse Basketball of course. Trying a different wine every time she buys something has become a habit and when the winter months approached, reds quickly became her go-to. The striking package caught her attention first, but once she tasted Coppola Diamond Collection Claret, she knew she would be coming back for more.
“Our prize offering, the ultra premium Claret, sports a label that honors the first Cabernet Sauvignon blended in a Bordeaux style by Gustave Niebaum in 1910. Claret is a term originally coined by the British to describe Cabernet-based wines. This Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc blend is alluring and sophisticated; it is memorably lush with a tapestry of smooth tannins and succulent flavors of wild berries, plum and anise. Borrowing tradition of European wineries, we add gold netting to bottle to signify outstanding quality of wine.” -Francis Ford Coppola Winery
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