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Staff Pick of the Month

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.”

Stop in and pick up a bottle now for $17.99 or buy it online today!

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.”

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

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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! 

Stop in and pick up a bottle – on sale now for $12.99 or buy it online today!

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.”

Stop in and pick up a bottle – on sale now for $12.99 (from $15.99) or buy it online today!

November 2014 | Conundrum Red 2011

conundrum-redBremer’s November staff pick has been chosen by Rhonda Carter. After working at Bremer’s now for 11 years, our customers look forward to coming in and seeing Rhonda’s friendly face behind the counter. And since she has been part of the Bremer’s team for so long, her wine suggestions are always spot on.

Conundrum Red is quite the quandary; almost floral on the nose with velvety chocolate flavors and silky smooth tannins that add richness and complexity. A non-traditional blend of proprietary California red grapes make this an intriguing wine. Wine Spectator has rated Conundrum Red 2011 88 points – “This is pleasantly grapey and easy to enjoy, with tiers of raspberry, wild berry, boysenberry and blackberry flavors shaded by spice and mint. Ends with a long, fruit-driven finish. Drink now through 2019. 62,500 cases made.”

Stop in and pick up a bottle for $19.99, or buy it online today!

October 2014 | Meiomi Pinot Noir 2012

meiomi-pinot-noirCara Scott has been working at Bremer’s as their Marketing Director for almost a year, and before that worked with Bremer’s indirectly as their Account Manager at MPW Marketing. Cara has been very fortunate to try many wines over the past two years yet Meiomi still ranks #1.

Market Watch magazine recently named Meiomi “Wine Brand of the Year” in it’s “Leaders 2014” edition  and this wine also holds an impressive list of past rated vintages. The 2012 is rated 88 by Wine Spectator, describing it as “Bold, ripe and vibrant, with expressive huckleberry, boysenberry and blueberry, this is as unbridled as you might expect for a 2012, but deliciously complex. Drink now through 2020.” 

Next time you want to impress your dinner guests, pick up a bottle of Meiomi Pinot Noir or buy it online for $21.99 from Bremer’s Wine and Liquor and tell them it’s a Bremer’s pick!

August 2014 | Martin Ray Chardonnay Russian River Valley 2013

martin-ray-chardonnayBremer’s August staff pick has been chosen by Eric Bremer. As the youngest of Bud Bremer’s 7 children, working at the store was an integral part of Eric’s life while he was growing up. In 2006, when Bud decided to retire, Eric returned to the area and began working at Bremer’s again as part of the fourth generation of Bremer’s to own Bremer’s Wine and Liquor.

Martin Ray Chardonnay past vintages have been highly rated and it’s a matter of time for this new vintage to find ratings equally as high. According to the winemaker, this wine features “Perfectly balanced aromas of baked apple, creamy vanilla yogurt, citrus, tropical toasted coconut and floral notes delight the nose and continue as flavors in the juicy, round mouth.”

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

June 2014 | Excelsior Chardonnay 2013

exelsior-chardonnayBremer’s June staff pick of the month was selected by Tony Forte. Tony has been a Bremer’s employee for 5 years, and has been part of the wine and liquor industry for 29 years. Tony selected Excelsior Chardonnay as his pick, which is perfect for summer-time sipping.

Wine Spectator has rated this wine with 85 points describing it as “Plump and easy, with pear and green apple notes and a light hint of piecrust on the finish. Drink now.” Robert Parker also gave it 85 points stating, “The 2013 Chardonnay is missing some vigor on the nose but offers light wilted petal notes with time. The palate is simple but nicely rounded in the mouth with a light, agreeable peachy finish. This is a decent quaffing Robertson Chardonnay. Drink now.”

Stop in and pick up a bottle or buy it online for $7.99.