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
Are you just entering the ever intriguing and can-be-complicated “world of wine?” For anyone interested in what makes one wine different from another, or if you have ever wondered what those numbers listed next to certain bottles on the shelf are in Bremer’s Wine & Liquor, please read on.
Often enough, upon entering any wine store and or when researching wines online, what you see, even before the tasting note, is a rating. Numbers such as 88, 92, 93… and without knowing what the rating IS, where the rating comes from and why it’s important can be confusing.
These ratings are given to a wine from the numerous editors and panels of qualified wine critics from publications whom, like us, love wine. They love wine so much that they have based their careers and their lives around seeking out the best wines produced in the world. They speak a language we don’t understand, have studied specific regions and the practices of winemaking, in other words, they eat, sleep, drink and of course, write about wine.
The editors from these publications taste thousands of wines each year, on and off premise, within the specific region of their expertise. The longer these ratings panels have been around, and the more frequently their tasting notes and ratings seems to gain public agreement, the more respected they are.
The wines that are tasted have been submitted or have been specifically purchased for review. Wines are blindly tasted without knowing the vineyard, name or price. Tasters are told the grape varietal/region and the vintage only. Many wines are re-tested at a later time to confirm the tasting notes and rating.
Along with the number rating, some publications also develop Best Buys, Best Values and annual Top Wines of the Year lists. When a wine that Bremer’s carries makes it to these lists, it is also noted along with the number rating online and on the shelf.
Here is a list of some of the publications we subscribe to, promote in our store and what their ratings mean:
95-100: Classic; a great wine
90-94: Outstanding; superior character and style
80-89: Good to very good; wine with special qualities
70-79: Average; drinkable wine that may have minor flaws
60-69: Below average; drinkable but not recommended
50-59: Poor; undrinkable, not recommended
95-100: Superb. One of the greats.
90-94: Excellent. Extremely well made and highly recommended.
85-89: Very good. May offer outstanding value if the price is right.
80-84: Good. Solid wine, suitable for everyday consumption.
Wine Advocate by Robert Parker
96-100: An extraordinary wine of profound and complex character displaying all the attributes expected of a classic wine of its variety. Wines of this caliber are worth a special effort to find, purchase, and consume.
90-95: An outstanding wine of exceptional complexity and character. In short, these are terrific wines.
80-89: A barely above average to very good wine displaying various degrees of finesse and flavor as well as character with no noticeable flaws
70-79: An average wine with little distinction except that it is a soundly made. In essence, a straightforward, innocuous wine.
60-69: A below average wine containing noticeable deficiencies, such as excessive acidity and/or tannin, an absence of flavor, or possibly dirty aromas or flavors.
50-59: A wine deemed to be unacceptable.
Wine & Spirits
95 to 100: superlative, rare finds
90 to 94: exceptional examples of their type
86 to 89: highly recommended
80 to 85: good examples of their variety or region
85-89: Very Good to Excellent
70-74: Below Average
95-100: (A+) Outstanding, a must buy
90-94: Outstanding, an outstanding purchase
85-89: Worth buying
96-100: Exceptional. A profound and emotionally moving wine that exemplifies the very best attributes of its kind. These are the world’s great, iconic wines
90-95: Outstanding. A wine of remarkable personality and breed that is well worth seeking out
85-89: Excellent. A strong wine with true character that provides highly enjoyable drinking. This is the sweet spot for values and everyday wines that won’t break the bank
80-84: Average. A wine with no flaws, but no distinction
75-79: Below Average. A wine with at least one noticeable flaw
Below 75: Not worth your time
Other note-worthy ratings panels are Pinot Report, Connoisseurs Guide, The Wine News, Decanter, James Halliday, and Burghound. You can sign up to receive the ratings and reports from these publications directly or online at their individual websites.