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Staff Pick of the Month


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!

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

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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!

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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

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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

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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!

May 2015 | Chateau Maris La Touge 2011

chateau-maris-la-togueBrittany is one of our newest employees at Bremer’s! With her outgoing personality and vast bar tending experience she is a great addition to our team! When she isnt busy gracing our TV commercials she can be found hanging out with her pet Puggel, Diesel and sipping a glass of Chateau Maris La Touge.

Her staff pick is La Touge 2011. It’s a blend of 85% Syrah and 15% Grenache…it is bottled unfined and unfiltered and is thus suitable for vegetarians and vegans. The nose is ripe black fruits (blackcurrants, elderberries) notes alongside more spicy characteristics (pepper, herbs). The palate is very attractive with firm yet silky tannins. Aromatic, spicy with a fabulously generous weight. Rated 91 points by Wine Advocate, Reviewer Jeb Dunnuck states, “The single vineyard 2011 Minervois La Touge is a smoking effort that gives up perfumed kirsch, toasted spice and licorice aromas and flavors in a medium to full-bodied, voluptuous and textured package. It has a great mid-palate, loads of fruit and a beautifully balanced, layered feel. It will have 8-10 years of ultimate longevity.”

Stop in and pick up a bottle (it’s in our organic section) or buy it online for $14.99!

April 2015 | Don & Sons Pinot Noir 2012

don-and-sons-pinot-noirThis is a new wine at Bremer’s and it’s already Eric’s staff pick! Don & Sons Pinot Noir is perfect to pair with a nice dinner at home, or to drink on its own with friends. This wine has Eric’s stamp of approval and recommendation!

The winemaker notes, “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, leaving behind orange marmalade and notes of toasted cloves. This alluring wine, often seen as the ultimate food wine, is made to pair with a bevy of dishes. Try with vegetable bruschetta, or roast pork loin and morel mushrooms for a heartier meal.”

And with an 86 point rating, Robert Parker states, “The 2012 Don and Sons Sonoma Signature Series Pinot Noir exhibits wild strawberry and cherry fruit, a soft, medium-bodied mouth feel and a delicate, light, elegant style. It is not a big Pinot Noir, but it will provide plenty of pleasure over the next several years.”

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March 2015 | 90 + Cellars Zinfandel 2012

90+-cellars-zinfandelWe have only been carrying this wine again now for a couple of months, but it has quickly become one of Tim Bremer’s favorites! Tim has worked in the wine industry for most of his life and is a true wine enthusiast. His recommendations are highly sought after and always spot on.

90 + Cellars Zinfandel is described as, “Cavernously dark in color giving way to brilliant aromas of blackberries, cola and campfire. Rich and opulently textured, this wine makes a strong impression without being a show off. Serve alongside braised pork with chillies, fettuccini and wild mushroom ragu, or roasted figs with gorgonzola cheese.”

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