Staff Pick of the Month
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
So don’t miss out! Buy it in store or online now for $14.99 a bottle.
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.
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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
Buy it in store or online now for the Vintage Card price of $17.99 a bottle! (Regular price $20.99)
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
Pick up a bottle today or buy it online for $15.99, it might become your favorite too!
Bremer’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.“
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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!
Scaia Garganega/Chardonnay: Picked by Tim
“Fresh and agreeable with a sustained acidity. Well-balanced softness and tang make it both inviting and
~ 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