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Staff Pick of the Month

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
~ 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!

thanksgiving staff picks

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!

September 2015 | Ruffino Orvieto Classico 2014

Rhonda Staff pickOur September staff pick has been chosen by Rhonda who is determined to celebrate summer for as long as possible! And who can blame her? After working at Bremer’s now for 12 years, our customers look forward to coming in and seeing Rhonda’s friendly face behind the counter.  On top of that she always has the perfect suggestion for any occasion; this month’s pick is no exception!

“Orvieto’s fruity and floral bouquet is reminiscent of green apples and meadow flowers. Its smooth, refreshing flavors balance beautifully with the wine’s structure and acidity. This wine ends with a long, fragrant finish with hints of almond.” -Winemaker

Stop in and pick up a bottle for only $9.99 or buy it online today!



Rhonda loves pairing Orvieto Classico with salads and chicken dishes. Check out these two recipes for a Spinach Cranberry Salad and Lemon Garlic Chicken that would pair deliciously with this wine!


August 2015 | Robert Mondavi Private Selection Heritage Red Blend

robert mondavi heritage red blend 2013To round out the summer, this month’s staff pick has been chosen by employee, Tony Forte. He might be a jokester, but he’s serious about this wine! Tony started with Bremer’s 6 years ago, but that’s not where his experience stops. This year celebrates his 30th year in the wine and liquor industry. So before you try it raise a glass of Robert Mondavi’s Private Selection Red Blend to Tony!

Don’t let the celebration stop there! Robert Mondavi’s Heritage Red Blend is an amazing choice for your end of summer barbecues, pairing perfectly with pulled pork bbq and sweet potato fries! “Our 2013 Heritage Red comes from cool-climate Central Coast grapes and has been blended primarily from Syrah and Merlot, with a touch of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah. The wine is fresh and light with a smooth texture.” ~Winemaker

Stop in and pick up a bottle for only $9.99 or buy it online today!

July 2015 | Boneshaker 2013 Lodi Zinfandel

Boneshaker 2013 Lodi ZinfandelThis months Staff Pick is a favorite pick of many of our employees here at Bremer’s. Trying new wines is something we all look forward to and with a label like this one (especially because it glows in the dark!) how could we not try it. And it definitely did not disappoint!

Boneshaker has a full-bodied flavor that is sure to rattle you to the core. “Older vines make bolder Zins. The main source of this Zinfandel, the Bruella Vineyard, is home to vines over forty years old. Sustainably cultivated by Lodi’s Meler family, these vines produce intense, robust Zinfandel with full-tilt flavors. Brick red and deep purple in the glass, with enticing aromatics of dried plums, black cherry jam and a hint of vanilla incense. One sip unveils flavors of blackberry, dark chocolate and licorice. Smooth on the finish with bracing tannins and lingering notes of blueberry and spice. “ ~Winemaker

Stop in and pick up a bottle for $14.99 or buy it online today!

June 2015 | Gnarly Head Authentic Black, Limited Edition

Gnarly Head - AuthenticBlackThis months Staff Pick belongs to Taylor Bremer. Taylor is part of the 5th generation of Bremer’s you can find greeting customers from day to day. Like most creative people, Taylor often chooses his wine by the artwork on the label. Not only does he like the look of this new Gnarly Head Wine, but he really enjoys the taste!

Gnarly Head Wines took a walk on the dark side with this limited release red blend. “Channeling Gnarly Head’s signature fruit-driven style with concentrated black fruit flavors, Authentic Black is a dark, inky Petite Sirah-based blend designed to stand up to the season’s heartiest dishes. Fruit for this new, limited offering was grown in Lodi, California. Choice lots from the harvest were aged on oak for 12 months to craft a smooth, rich blend.” – Winemaker.

Stop in and pick up a bottle (it’s in our blends  section) for $9.99 or buy it online today!