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Staff Pick of the Month

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.

May 2014 | Casal de Tonda Dão Tondela Grilos 2010

vt_grilos_d_o_dao_sul_lusitaniatradition_1Bremer’s May staff pick of the month has been chosen by employee, Wieslaw Mamon. Wieslaw worked with Heritage Wines for 10 years until Bremer’s acquired Heritage in 1999. He has been an employee of Bremer’s now for 15 years and has tried many wines over his lengthy 25+ years of involvement in the wine and liquor industry.

Wine Spectator has rated this wine with 89 points describing it as “a ripe and sinewy red, with dark plum, dried cherry and black currant flavors, featuring some tarry notes. Mocha and spice details show on the broad finish. Has power in reserve. Drink now through 2016. 45,000 cases made. –KM”.

Stop in and pick up a bottle or buy it online for $7.49.

April 2014 | Cavicchioli 1928 Italian Sparkling Malvasia


Bremer’s staff pick of the month has been chosen by employee, Ken Smith. Ken has been greeting and helping customers at Bremer’s Wine and Liquor for 3 years, and was a faithful customer himself, before joining the team.

Ken’s staff pick is Cavicchioli 1928 NV – a lightly sweetened sparkling wine that would make a perfect compliment to your appetizers on Easter dinner. And the bottle artwork is perfect for Spring. According to the Winemaker – “The Cavicchioli Sweet Sparkling White is produced from Malvasia grapes grown on the Emilian hills. This is a light straw-yellow wine, with a persistent and creamy froth and a fine perlage. Its perfume is aromatic, intense and highly characteristic. Enticing aromas of peach and apricot give way to delicious juicy fresh fruit flavors complemented by a balanced sweetness on the palate. The light sparkle adds a creamy texture and refreshing crispness to the mouthwatering finish.”

A limited supply of Cavicchioli 1928 is available at Bremer’s Wine and Liquor for $12.99.

This wine is no longer available.

March 2014 – If You See Kay Red Blend 2011

if you see kayMarch’s staff pick was selected by Bremer’s employee Taylor Bremer. Taylor is part of the fifth generation of Bremer’s to work at Bremer’s Wine and Liquor and has been a full time employee for three years. Not only does Taylor like the eye-catching label artwork on this Italian red wine, but the wine itself is very easy to drink.

“The If You See Kay red wine pours a devilishly dark, deep blood red that verges on becoming black. Take and sip and she hits you with a bold and sensual combination of dry raspberries, juicy blackberry jam, plums, zesty cocoa nibs, and a bit of spice and rock ‘n roll attitude with moderate tannins and a pleasing acidity,” states the Winemaker. “The graphic image of Kay [on the label] as a tattooed woman on a motorcylce perfectly captures the “wide-open throttle” approach to winemaking.” This wine would make for perfect conversation at any gathering.

If You See Kay is available at Bremer’s Wine and Liquor for $19.99.

This wine is no longer available.

February 2014 | Valentine’s Day Picks

February 2014 | Valentine’s Day Picks

Instead of one staff pick this month, we bring you many, all  geared toward this month of romance and gifts. We invite you to try something new this Valentine’s Day. Our staff has selected a nice variety of chocolaty, lovingly- labeled, and perfectly tasteful wines for your celebration.

Merritt XTC $19.99. Also available in 375ML for $11.99. A sweet, grape wine with natural pomegranate flavor added.

Lakewood Long Stemmed White $8.99. This semi-dry NY wine has notes of tangerine and grapefruit and hints of crisp apple on the palate.

Lakewood Long Stemmed Red $9.99. This NY state wine offers a bouquet of fruit, vanilla and plum. It’s a drier wine with hints of cranberry.

Sweet Baby Red $11.49.

Mommy’s Time Out Delicious Pink $8.99. Fresh and fruity.

Relax Pink $9.99. This rosé has tastes of strawberries, raspberries and cherries.

Thousand Islands Winery Cocoa Island $14.99. This wine tastes of chocolate and cherry.

Kinky Pink liqueur $14.99. A naughty infusion of super premium vodka distilled with succulent mango, blood orange and passion fruit.

Fifty Shades of Grey Red Satin $16.99.

Fifty Shades of Grey White Silk $16.99.

Tequila Rose liqueur $18.99.

Chocolate Box – Dark Chocolate Shiraz 2010 $19.99

Pleasant Valley Chocolate Lab – $8.99

ChocoVine – Chocolate Flavored Red Dessert Wine – in Espresso, Raspberry and Whipped Cream $8.99

Godiva Chocolate Liqueur – starting at $11.99 (375ml)

Pinnacle Vodka Whipped Chocolate – $14.99

Van Gough Dutch Chocolate Vodka – $28.99

Three Olives Chocolate Vodka – $21.99

January 2014 | Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico 2011

ruffino-chianti-classicoThis Italian wine, selected by Bremer’s new Marketing Director Cara Scott, is a perfect, light Chianti with just enough bold flavor to linger on your pallet.

With vibrant ruby-red coloring, and a clean, light berry flavor due to being fermented in stainless steel tanks, this wine is easy to drink. Here’s how the Vineyard describes this Chianti: “Fruity and harmonious, the taste reveals velvety tannins and an elegant texture. A long and persistent aftertaste characterizes this wine. Characterized by notes of sweet violet, red berries and wild cherries with slightly spicy undertones. The finish reveals hints of aromatic herbs.”

For just $14.99, you can pick up Ruffino Aziano Chianti Classico 2011 at Bremer’s or buy it online.

December 2013 | Chateau De Brondeau Bordeaux 2010

Chateau de Brondeau

Co-owner, Tim Bremer has selected December’s Staff Pick of the Month – Chateau De Brondeau Bordeaux 2010.

A Bordeaux wine is unusual in that its created by blending 3 different grapes— primarliy Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet France. “Chateau De Brondeau is a red Bordeaux that features notes of plum skin, cherry preserves and fig wound at the core, while roasted wood spice and anise hints flitter around. It also displays an echo of mocha.”

This wine holds a 90-point rating by Wine Spectator and is available at Bremer’s for $17.99.

This wine is no longer available.