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Staff Pick of the Month

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.”

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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!


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.

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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.”

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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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February 2015 | Old Soul Zinfandel 2012

old-soul-zinfandelFebruary’s staff pick has been chosen by Ken Smith. Ken normally reaches for sweeter wines, but after working at Bremer’s Wine and Liquor for 4 years, he’s starting to venture into the drier side. Old Soul Zinfandel is his most recent favorite – and it’s a perfect “transition” wine that features plenty of fruit flavor. 

“Our Old Soul Old Vine Zinfandel is harvested from our estate owned vineyards, old vines that naturally lend themselves to producing dense raspberry, blackberry and cherry aromas and flavors that are accented by lush chocolate and vanilla notes. The palate is luscious and round with a silky mouth-feel and a long, enticing finish.” If you’re a sweet wine drinker, Old Soul Zin may help you transition to drier wines. And if you already enjoy a nice bold Red, be sure to add this to your wine-to-try list! 

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January 2015 | Tobia Selección 2009

tobia-seleccionThe first staff pick of 2015 has been chosen by Garry Brombacher. After working at Bremer’s now for more than 14 years, Garry has a variety of wines that he likes to open for a special occasion – Tobia Selección being his most recent favorite.

Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate has given Tobia Selección 2009 a 90 point rating. Ratings panelist and wine taster Luis Gutierrez says, “The 2009 Seleccion Crianza is a blend of 80% Tempranillo, 10% Graciano and 10% Garnacha which comes through as very balsamic, with mint and hints of eucalyptus, very fresh with ripe dark cherries, licorice and spices and a fluid palate, medium-bodied, with good acidity and clean flavors that linger in the mouth. A no-nonsense modern Crianza at a great price. Drink 2014-2017.”

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