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Staff Pick of the Month


July Staff Pick | The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc

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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

Read more about the wine here.

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

June 2016 | Matua Sauvignon Blanc


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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

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

May 2016 | Domaine Lafage Centenaire


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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

So don’t miss out! Buy it in store or online now for $14.99 a bottle.

April 2016 | Evodia by Altovinum 2014


TAltovinum Evodiahis month’s staff pick has been chosen by Garry – longtime Bremer’s employee. His pick, Evodia by Altovinum, has been a longtime favorite of his.

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

Read more about this wine here.

Stop in or buy it online for only $9.99!


 

March 2016 | Elouan Pinot Noir

elouanBremer’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

Buy it in store or online now for the Vintage Card price of $17.99 a bottle! (Regular price $20.99)

February 2016 | Coppola Diamond Collection Claret

Coppola Diamond Collection ClaretBremer’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

Pick up a bottle today or buy it online for $15.99, it might become your favorite too!

January 2016 | Apothic Red

apothic red blendBremer’s first staff pick of 2016 has been chosen by Brittany, who started working here a little over a year ago. When Brittany isn’t busy gracing our Facebook page or helping customers, she is probably reminding you that her birthday is this month or trying a new wine. Over the past year she has begun to branch out from her usual varietal, Syrah and has found many wines that have caught her attention. Out of everything she has tried, Apothic Red has stayed her go-to red blend. Stop by and pick up a bottle, you might find yourself coming back for more!

“A masterful blend of rich Zinfandel, smooth Merlot, flavorful Syrah and bold Cabernet Sauvignon creates layers of dark red fruit complemented by hint of vanilla and mocha.

Buy it in store or online now for only $10.99 a bottle!

Bremer’s Holiday Staff Picks

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 Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or the New Year, or any other Holiday there is something for you!

holiday staff picks

Scaia Garganega/Chardonnay: Picked by Tim
“Fresh and agreeable with a sustained acidity. Well-balanced softness and tang make it both inviting and
intriguing.”
~ Makes an excellent aperitif and pairs well with Fish with a light sauce.

Don & Sons Pinot Noir: Picked by Eric
“When poured, our 2012 Don & Sons Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir displays an inky ruby color in the glass. A highly perfumed bouquet evokes wild strawberry and dried tea leaves, with complicated nuances of Tahitian vanilla and violets. Sweet, supple and graceful in the mouth, the silky texture and lively tart raspberry flavors take shape on the palate. It expands nicely on the finish, leaving behind orange marmalade and notes of toasted cloves.”
~ Pairs well with vegetable bruschetta and roast pork

19 Crimes Red Blend: Picked by Garry
“Intensity resides within each pour of this blend. The bright hues of dark berry fruits shine as the strong vanilla aroma rises from the glass. Flavors of chocolate and cedar spice are accomplices in a finish that is soft, fruity, and fresh.”
~Pairs well with Brisket, try this mouthwatering recipe for Sweet and Sour Brisket

Cupcake Black Forest: Picked by Ken
“A dark, decadent red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Verdot and Petite Sirah. The barrel aged Cabernet Sauvignon provides the powerful but elegant backbone and structure while the Merlot adds the dark berry nose and luscious mouthfeel. The Zinfandel adds a particular spiciness that you can only grow in California. PetiteVerdot, a winemaker’s best friend, always makes a blend taste better and adds a pretty floral aroma and purple hue while the Petite Sirah seals thedeal with its inky color and round tannins. ”
~Use to make this delicious Red Wine Cranberry Relish

Ferrari-Carano Fume Blanc: Picked by Tony
“Ferrari-Carano’s 2014 Fumé Blanc is a delicious wine with aromas and flavors of yellow peach, pear, quince, Meyer lemon, mango and fruit cocktail. This wine has bright acidity and crisp freshness from the cool, stainless steel tank fermentation, while the subtle oak character from barrel aging adds body, complexity and depth.”
~ Pairs well with seafood and spicy cuisine.

Graham’s Six Grapes: Picked by Josh
“This full-bodied, luscious wine is drawn from the same vineyards as Graham’s Vintage Ports. Blended from two or three years’ harvests, the wine is an average of five to six years old when bottled. It follows the Graham’s Vintage style very closely, although it has softened more quickly by being matured in oak casks rather than in bottle. Its extremely rich fruity style makes it a truly superb, rare and appealing Port.”
~ Use this to make this mouth watering recipe for Chicken with Port and Figs

Plungerhead Zinfandel: Picked by Brittany
“The 2012 Lodi Zinfandel is dark garnet in color with some wonderful old vine character aromas. There are notes of blackberry fruit, spice cake, fresh tobacco, white pepper, and fresh strawberry. In the mouth, you experience flavors of dried cranberry, blackberry, blackstrap molasses, brambly Zin fruit, toasted walnut, and hints of mocha laced cappuccino. This blend finishes with notes of dark chocolate, dried cherry, vanilla from American oak, and deep toasted hazelnut from French oak.”
~Pairs well with Asian style short ribs and homemade lasagna.

Primus Cabernet: Picked by Rhonda
“Generous and juicy flavors of cherry, raspberry and blueberry are complemented by subtle notes of oak. A smooth silky texture and fine – grained tannins add balance providing a beautiful and lingering finish.”
~Pairs well with all meats, tomato based pasta sauces and flavorful, hearty dishes.

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.”
~Use this recipe for a traditional Swedish touch.

Swedish Hill Viking Red: Picked by Merritt
“A great dry red wine blended from French Hybrid and vinifera grapes that boasts bright cherry fruit aromas and finishes with a nice touch of oak. A versatile food wine and an excellent value.”
~Pairs well with Beef

Ruffino Prosecco: Picked by Amy
“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.”
~Pairs well with fish or use it to make this tasty Peach and Raspberry Bellini Cocktail

Perfect Picks for your Thanksgiving Gathering

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and we know sometimes it can be hard to pick a wine for this always anticipated meal. That’s why we took the time and had our staff pick out which wine they would bring to Thanksgiving dinner. So, whether you will be sharing it with a small group of people or a huge gathering full of everyone you’re thankful for, you are sure to find something on this list to bring along!

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Black Ink: Picked by Merritt
Blackberry cobbler merges with flavors of black plum and licorice followed by an inky, rich finish in this California blend of Syrah, Merlot, Malbec, and Zinfandel.
~Pairs well with Butternut Squash and Cheddar Bread Pudding, a delicious vegetarian alternative to turkey!

Brotherhood Holiday Spiced Wine: Picked by the Backroom
The tradition of mulled wine in our country goes back to before the Revolution, when it was quaffed piping hot in taverns, inns and homes.This Holiday Wine carries on this colonial tradition. Its moderate sweetness is balanced with tartness.
~Warm it up for the perfect after dinner drink

Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer: Picked by Garry
A fan favorite, this Gewürztraminer is such a flavorful wine with beautiful, expressive fruit and clove spice. This is a lush style of Gewurztraminer with a lot of floral character, yet it still maintains the grape’s natural crisp acidity.
~Pairs well with pumpkin pie and cinnamon streusel

Chateau Ste. Michelle “Indian Wells” Cabernet Sauvignon: Picked by Tony
The Indian Wells Cabernet is our warm climate ripe, jammy “New World” style of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine typifies the Wahluke Slope region with dark fruit aromas and flavors. Syrah added an enhanced richness and concentration.
~Pairs well with cranberry sauce and green bean casserole

Chloe Pinot Noir: Picked by Brittany
The Monterey County Pinot Noir provides flavors and aromas of wild strawberry, plum, and cherries, while the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir complements these fruit notes with spicy clove that adds complexity, richness, and aromas of fresh torn spearmint leaves. The wine was aged in French Oak.
~Pairs well Turkey, both light and dark meat and stuffing

Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon: Picked by Taylor
This bold Cabernet opens with flavors of black cherries and blackberries with a touch of currants and vanilla, complemented by earth and mineral notes. Deep berry flavors lead to a soft tannin cocoa finish.
~Pairs well with cranberry sauce and green bean casserole

Hugel Pinot Blanc: Picked by Rhonda
Alsace is the driest wine region in France with a cool and long growing season giving unique  dry wines with great finesse and unequalled intensity. Delicate, soft and subtle it makes an excellent apertif.
~Pairs well with Turkey, Goose and Pheasant

Jadot Pouilly Fuisse: Picked by Eric
Maison Louis Jadot produces a Pouilly Fuisse with emerald gold tones which reflect a wine of finesse and distinction; the tasting is harmonious, fresh, full of flavors with hazelnuts, toasted almonds, grapefruit and lemon aromas.
~Pairs well with mashed potatos and apple pie

Montezuma Cranberry Bog: Picked by Ken
Our almost world famous cranberry wine has a unique cranberry nose. This wine is well balanced. It starts sweet but quickly balances out and leaves you with a distinctive tartness that is the signature of the cranberry.
~Pairs well  with chocolate desserts or replace the water with this in your homemade cranberry sauce

St. Urbans Hoff Riesling: Picked by Tim
This German Riesling from the Mosel is very lightly off-dry but its so bright and intense that the sweetness barely registers. An elegant, crisp and fruity Riesling with a hint of natural residual sweetness. This wine has the typical light character of the Riesling grape and the style of a classic Mosel Riesling.
~Pairs well with Turkey and sweet potatos

Zaccagnini Pinot Grigio: Picked by Amy
Pale yellow with green nuances; very delicate bouquet, fragrant with very pleasant aromas. Very fresh and well-balanced flavors. With a crisp and elegant finish.
~Pairs well with stuffing and garlic mashed potatoes

October 2015 | Cupcake Red Velvet 2012

Cupcake Red VelvetOctober’s Staff pick has been chosen by Ken, who has been an employee at Bremer’s now for over 4 years. When he’s not greeting customers he’s probably talking about one of his favorite things… the Utica Comets, the weather or his latest venture in photography! You might also catch him talking about this wine, (another one of his favorite things), which he loves to enjoy with his wife after a long day. So give it a try… who knows, soon it might be one of your favorites!

“A deliciously rich blend of Zinfandel, Merlot, and Petite Sirah, our Red Velvet is made up of grapes from some of the finest vineyards in California. This wine shows a heady nose of chocolate, deep rich blackberries, red fruits, and a creamy mocha finish that is unmistakable in its intensity and length. It’s reminiscent of a blackberry chocolate cupcake with a mocha coulis. Enjoy with sweet and spicy Hoison steak, a barbeque bacon cheeseburger or even dark chocolate fondue.”

Buy it in store or online now for only $9.99 a bottle!