Looking for a special wine for your special someone? Look no further, we’ve done the work and picked out some delicious wines that are perfect for Valentine’s Day. Check out our list below, there is sure to be someone you will fall in love with.
*Not all wines are available for purchase online. While supplies last.
-Apothic Crush $10.99 ~An alluring blend of Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir. This limited release red wine blends red fruit flavors with notes of caramel and chocolate for a luscious yet velvety, smooth wine experience.
–Apothic Red $10.99
-Chocolate Shop Red Wine $9.99
–Cupcake Red Velvet $9.99
-Little Black Dress Pinot Noir $8.99
-Love Noir Pinot Noir $9.99
–Menage a Trois Red and Rose $10.99
–Menage a Trois Silk $12.99
-Taken Red Blend 2013 $29.99 ~ 92 points/James Suckling, 90 points/Wine Spectator ~ A blend of 60% Cabernet and 40% Merlot. Dark garnet red with purple hue. Intense aromas of ripe blackberries and blueberries, crushed graphite and earthy notes, underlying deep tones of dark chocolate and espresso with hints of vanilla and toasty French oak.
–The Crusher Petite Sirah $11.99
–The Dreaming Tree Crush $13.99
–The Seducer Red Rendezvous $11.99
–Barefoot Bubbly Pink Moscato $9.99
-Castello Banfi Rosa Regale $18.99
-Yellow Tail Bubbles Red Moscato $8.99
-Yellow Tail Bubbles Rose $8.99
New York State Wines
Who says the treats are just for kids on Halloween? We’ve made a wine and candy pairing guide to help you enjoy All Hallows Eve with your drink of choice.
Halloween is quickly approaching! But don’t get too scared…. yet!
We’ve got what you need; from vampires to friendly ghosts and skeletons to to black cats,
you are sure to find the perfect wine or spirit for your Halloween gathering!
–7 Deadly Zins
–Carnivor Cabernet Sauvignon
–Petite Petit Syrah
–Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon
–Ravenswood Old Vine Zinfandel
–Three Brothers Skirt Lifter
–Old Soul Pure Red
–Old Soul Old Vine Zinfandel
–Old Soul Pinot Noir
–Old Soul Chardonnay
–Old Soul Cabernet Sauvignon
Bourbon is America’s ‘Native Spirit,’ and maybe that’s why it has become so popular. Everyone loves an authentic ‘made in America’ product. But it’s not just American’s who are falling in love with Bourbon…it is now exported to over 100 nations around the world. So whether you enjoy it neat, on the rocks or in an Old Fashioned, raise your glass this month to Bourbon and its American roots!
You may have heard the saying that all bourbons are whiskey, but not all are bourbon. For a whiskey to classify as bourbon it must be made in the U.S. While any state will do, most are made in Kentucky. In addition, its mash which is that mix of grains from which bourbon is distilled must comprise at least 51 per cent and no more than 79 per cent Indian corn. Most recipes use about 70 per cent corn, which gives it its nickname corn whiskey.
Besides corn, the other grains used in the making of bourbon include malted barley and either rye or wheat. Some Kentucky bourbon makers say the limestone spring water in that area of the state lends bourbon its distinctive flavor.
Bourbon must be aged at least two years in a new, charred oak barrel made from American White Oak. But many types of bourbon are aged four years or longer. Bourbon gains its color and much of its flavor from barrel aging. The charred wood provides caramelized sugars that add flavor to the whiskey. The barrels can only be used once for bourbon so many become furniture or firewood. Others are used for aging soy sauce, while most end up in the United Kingdom for their Scotch whiskies.
Bourbon barrels are stored in large, multi-storey warehouses called rick houses. The wood barrels expand and contract based on the weather outside which eventually penetrates these rick houses. Hot weather causes the pores of the wood to open up more and impart their flavor. The result is barrels on the top floor will have a slightly different flavor than those on lower floors.
Most distillers make their bourbon between 80 and 100 proof. This means it contains 40 to 50 percent alcohol by volume.
Bourbon 101: National Bourbon Day
Living gluten free can be tough! There are so many different opinions on what is and is not safe to eat for people with Celiacs disease. And the confusion doesn’t end with food! Trying to figure out which types of wine and liquor are gluten-free can be even more confusing!
In most cases all wine is considered gluten-free because it is made with grapes. However, there are exceptions to this rule because of certain aspects to the winemaking process. For example, the paste used to seal barrels to age wine may contain flour or wheat. This may cause someone with a high gluten sensitivity to experience a reaction. Other wines may include preservatives or dyes, which contain gluten. The lesson here is to take caution when trying any new wines and if need be contact major wine manufacturers and ask if their wine is gluten-free.
As far as liquor goes, while some people believe that everything that has been distilled is gluten-free, there are others that are wary of this claim. And there is a reason. Everything affects each person differently. Some people can drink liquor distilled from grain (such as whiskey), while others have serious reactions. The Celiac Sprue Association suggests playing it safe and only drinking alcoholic beverages made without ingredients containing gluten, such as vodkas (not distilled from grains), tequila, rum and ciders.
We wanted to make it a little simpler for those living the gluten-free lifestyle, so we did the research and put together a list of gluten-free products available in our store.*
–1911 Vodka: Made from apples grown in NYS
–46 Peaks Vodka: Distilled from potatoes
–ADK Vodka: Distilled from locally grown corn
–Ciroc, Ultra Premium Vodka (Plain Only): Distilled from French Grapes
–Life of Reilley Vodka (Original, Raspberry and Vanilla): Distilled from NYS corn
–Luksusowa Vodka: Distilled from potatoes
–Tito’s Vodka: Distilled from yellow corn
–1911 Gin: Made from apples grown in NYS
–ADK Gin: Distilled from locally grown corn
–1911 Ciders: Made from apples grown in NYS
–Woodchuck Ciders: Made from apples
*Please take caution when trying anything new; people with a higher sensitivity to gluten may be affected differently than others. For complete information on how each product is made, please contact the manufacturer directly.
There are several theories behind the origin of the Mojito, but we do know it gained it’s popularity in the 1930’s in Cuba. It has become a summer trend for those long hot days and has grown so popular that there is now a National Mojito Day on July 11th.
This always refreshing drink is easy to prepare, but also leaves room for creativity. Make sure to celebrate this National Mojito Day with an authentic mojito or mix it up. Try any of these variations or let your creativity run wild and create your own recipe!
Authentic Mojito Recipe
Fresh Mint Leaves
Blend the mint leaves with sugar, add a bit of fresh-squeezed lime juice and mash gently with a muddler. Pour the white rum over the mixture and stir a little in order to melt the sugar. Fill the glass with ice cubes and sparkling water. For a nice decoration add fresh mint leaves and 2 slices of lime.
Variations on the Mojito
Mexican Mojito: with tequila instead of rum
Virgin Mojito: without alcohol
Dirty Mojito: with dark spice rum, brown sugar and key limes
English Mojito: with gin and sprite instead of rum and soda
Mojito Royal: with Champagne as a substitute for soda
Malibu Mojito: flavored with coconut
Pomegranate Mojito: with pomegranate juice
Having trouble deciding which wine to drink with your 4th of July meal or any summer BBQ? Share and save this pairings cheat sheet! Anytime you need recommendations stop into Bremer’s Wine & Liquor and talk to our knowledgable staff!
Is it that we celebrate the end to a great year; the successes, the births and marriages, promotions and special moments? Or is that we celebrate and welcome a new year; the unknown, the opportunities to come, and the surprises and achievements of the future? It is a true celebration either way.
However you choose to celebrate this year, and no matter the reason you choose to celebrate, your beverages should reflect the sophistication of you and your guests. You may need Champagne enough for an army or one special bottle to pop when the clock strikes midnight.
Choosing a bottle of sparkling wine is not a simple feat- there are so many choices to choose from. Sparkling wine is a “celebration” drink that many rarely drink more than a couple times a year so there is a lot that we don’t know about it. For example, did you know that Champagne is only technically called “Champagne” if it is from the Champagne region in France? A bubbly, or sparkling wine that is made in an alternate region may be called Prosecco (Italy), Cava (Spain), Sekt (Germany and Australia) and Spumante or Asti Spumante (Italy).
There is also confusion about the difference between a Brut sparkling wine, and the scale on which bubbly are sweeter versus dry. Like all still wines, a dryer sparkling wine normally has lower sugar levels. The driest would be a Brut Natural, Brut or an Extra Dry. And while a Dry is a nice happy-medium, and the most common choice in Champagnes and sparkling wines, Rose and Dulce are much sweeter, as they contain higher levels of sugar and are growing in popularity with the non-traditional wine drinker.
And if it’s not a “sparkly”, pop-the-cork kind of evening you are looking for, Bremer’s offers plenty of drink recipes for any New Years crowd. Whether you’re staying at home hosting an intimate gathering, a large house party or heading out to visit with friends and family we have everything you need for stocking up. Don’t forget our 15% discount on cases of mixed sizes and brands of Champagne and wines, and a discount of 10% on cases of mixed brands and sizes of liquor. And when you wake up in 2015 and find you have bottles that are not used or opened from your celebration, Bremer’s will accept your returns in original condition.
October is Breast Cancer awareness month. The color pink is displayed throughout neighborhoods. It’s shown as national and local sports teams rally with pink uniforms and ribbons. Walks and runs raise money for support while industries and businesses nationwide stand behind finding a cure. The wine and spirits industry is also supportive in their role of Breast Cancer awareness and Bremer’s Wine and Liquor is proud to carry wines that are being “corked” for a cause and a cure.
Fat Bastard: These French wines (sourced in Languedoc-Roussillon) will once again support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, by continuing their dedication to help raise awareness and funds for the breast cancer cause. During the months of September and October, FAT bastard will donate 25 cents for every bottle of FAT bastard sold in restaurants and retail locations, up to $40,000. FAT bastard wines will distribute the 2014 proceeds to both national and regional organizations. This is the 12th consecutive year that Fat bastard wines have supported this cause. You can find the Fat bastard Chardonnay 2013 at Bremer’s for $9.99.
RELAX Pink (from the RELAX Riesling family) is a fun, fruity Spanish Rosé with fresh aromas of strawberries, raspberries and cherries. It is beautifully balanced with a refreshing crispness and soft, round finish. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, RELAX® Wines is working to beat breast cancer. Every time you share #RELAX4TaTas on Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest – or when you upload a photo on the RELAX Facebook page – RELAX wines will give $1 to Save the Ta-Tas Foundation, a non-profit organization that raises money for breast cancer research and awareness. RELAX Pink can be found at Bremer’s for $9.99.
Chateau St. Jean winery has teamed up with 9-time Grammy Award winner artist, Sheryl Crow in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Chateau St. Jean will donate $1 for every bottle of wine sold (up to $100,000 total) through October 31, 2014, to breast cancer charities. The winery and Crow are also launching the Notes of Hope program to rally for the cause. Consumers are encouraged to participate and share in the Notes of Hope program by visiting the website www.ChateauStJean.com where they can select a Notes of Hope inspirational digital card to share with loved ones via social media channels. You can buy Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauv. for $10.99, Chardonnay for $12.99, “Bijou” Chard. for $10.99 and Fume Blanc for $10.99 at Bremer’s.
Little Black Dress wine is a proud sponsor of National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., a foundation that is dedicated to early detection. Their mission is to increase awareness that early detection of breast cancer saves. During the month of October a portion of all Little Black Dress wines purchased by the bottle or glass will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Bremer’s carries Little Black Dress Cabernet, Chardonnay, Diva White, Merlot, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, and Riesling for $9.99 and Pinot Noir for $8.99.
Sutter Home: Since 2001, Sutter Home for Hope has raised over $900,000.00 to help support breast cancer research, treatment and education programs across the United States. Text “HOPE” to 89800 to be entered to win a limited edition pink Sutter Home jersey. For every text received, Sutter Home will donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, up to $50,000. Recognized as one of the leading breast cancer organizations in the world, the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) mission is to help women now by providing help and inspiring hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education and support services. Bremer’s Wine and Liquor carries most types of Sutter Home wine in 1.5L and 750ml size.
HandCraft wine has the ‘HandCraft Cares’ initiative, which donates money ($100,000 in 2012) to support breast cancer research, prevention and awareness. This program was launched to encourage and support positive change. Bremer’s carries HandCraft Chardonnay for $8.99 and HandCraft Petite Sirah and Pinot Noir for $9.99
Purple Cowboy wine is a proud supporter of Tough Enough to Wear Pink – an organization dedicated to breast cancer awareness and research and brings attention to the need for early detection and a cure for breast cancer. Purple Cowboy Trail Boss Cabernet Sauvignon can be found at Bremer’s for $10.99.
Pour for a purpose with Sweet Revenge, a wild strawberry “sour mash” liqueur (which happens to be bright pink in color). Sweet Revenge donates $1.00 for every bottle sold to Brides Against Breast Cancer, which is a national non-profit organization that tours the country raising funds through its “Nationwide Tour of Gowns” bridal shows. Proceeds from the shows benefit people affected by cancer and contribute to programs and services for cancer patients, their families and caregivers. Visit Bremer’s drink recipes to view some “proud, pink drinks” made with Sweet Revenge. Pick up a bottle today at Bremer’s for $19.99.
The “buzz” at Bremer’s right now is New York State Riesling! September 1st kicked off the Finger Lakes 2013 Vintage Riesling Launch! Bremer’s Wine and Liquor is proud to be part of this state-wide event in support of our great New York State Rieslings. Visit us this month for one (or all) of our many New York State Riesling tastings and find out why the Finger Lakes is quickly becoming recognized as one of the world’s most exciting Riesling producing regions!
Did you know…
Finger Lakes Riesling Quick Facts:
-The Finger Lakes region is home to 850 acres of Riesling
-They produce 220,000 cases of Riesling per year
-The average producer makes 2-3 styles of Riesling wine a year.
-The Finger Lakes is home to over 200 Riesling brands
-Riesling is a grape that prefers a cool climate which helps it develop its strong acidic backbone. The acid helps the wine maintain its complexity and balance.
-A long growing season is required for the grape to express its personality. The natural conditions of the Finger Lakes soil allows the grape to slowly develop its flavors and aromas and exhibit its regional charm.
-Riesling is a hardy grape and prefers soils that are well drained and contain shale. The Finger Lakes shallow soils and beds of shale produce wines with steely minerality, natural acidity, liveliness and balanced alcohol. The shale allows Riesling to express its terroir and is evidenced by the mineral characteristics found in drier styles of the wine.
Facts found at RieslingLaunch via Finger Lakes Wine Alliance