Liquor World Traveler

GREETINGS BEER, WINE & SPIRITS LOVERS!

Kent Starr, Liquor World, Fayetteville, ARWelcome to the December Edition of the Liquor World Traveler.

We've got several new and very holiday celebration-worthy wines that have just arrived. Come visit us and we will be happy to help you find these or other options for your festivities.

Holiday shopping is fun and easy at Liquor World. The Holiday gift packs are arriving daily! Remember they cost no more that the standard bottle price (without the gifts!)

Call us at 479-587-0480 for holiday party planning. We're here to help!

Warmest wishes to you all during this holiday season.

We appreciate you,
Kent Starr



We've got a very great array of wines from around the world in this Wine of the Week series, including some great choices for your Christmas and New Year's Eve celebrations.

In 1850, Aaron Bird of the Sazerac House Bar in New Orleans created this iconic cocktail. To taste it is to taste the culture that only exists in the Big Easy. A nice, warm winter's drink.

The Hennessy Sazerac

2 1/2 oz Hennessy Cognac
1/8 oz Absinthe
1/2 oz Simple Syrup
5 Dashes Peychaud's Bitters
Garnish: Lemon Twist Glass: Rocks

Add Hennessy Cognac, simple syrup, and bitters to a mixing glass with ice and stir until chilled. Strain into a rocks glass that has been washed with absinthe. Garnish with a lemon twist.

Recipe and photo courtesy of hennessy.com


Gift Packs: We have so many gift packs arriving daily, including Belvedere Vodka, Absollut with glasses, Basil Hayden's Bourbon with copper shaker, Baileys with glasses, Rum Chata tumbler gift set, Courvoisier Cognac, Kahlua, and the list goes on! It's fun and easy shopping at Liquor World.

Always Something New: We've got a wide array of travel size premium spirits 3 packs.

Other Gift Ideas: In addition to the gift sets, we have shelves and shelves full of other great gifts for you to browse. Do come check it out.


3 NEW New Wines Just in from Revelry Vintners

Founded in 2005, Revelry Vintners is a progressive producer of premium wines, highlighting the viticulture and dynamic quality of Washington State's Columbia Valley, and building a tradition of excellence. All great wines for your holiday celebrations.

Revelry Chardonnay
Washington State

This balanced Chardonnay offers aromas of pears, apples, minerals and a touch of white pepper and pineapple. On the palate this wine is clean and bright with more apple and pear flavors and a touch of tropical fruit. The oak is very well integrated giving the wine a richer mouthfeel. The refreshing finish will make you ask for more!

The Chardonnay grape thrives in Washington's loam and sand soils - deposits left from the Missoula floods. These soils help influence flavors that are both rich and developed, yet that are also anchored by flinty flavors of mineral and stone fruit. This Chardonnay spends 16 months in stainless steel and 4 months in French oak. This is delicious Chardonnay.

Revelry Merlot
Washington State

The Merlot grape is responsible for establishing Washington State as one of the preeminent growing regions for Bordeaux varieties the world over.  It was also the initial and most influential variety in the founding of Revelry Vintners.  Merlot is all about balance, silky smooth mouthfeel, and well rounded flavors, that when done right linger on and on.  Revelry sources their Merlot across the Columbia Valley, finding sweet spots for the grape on consistent soft grades, with moderate heat and good air drainage.  This is the sole recipient of American Oak barrels in their lineup of wines, as Merlot tends to be accepting of the big sweet flavors that those barrels impart from their firing.  This wine is a crowd favorite. 

Reverly the Reveler
Washington State

This is a Bordeaux style red blend. 'The Reveler' has embodied a non- traditional approach to blending. Each vintage is uniquely its own, the only rules being the wine is comprised entirely of only the original Bordeaux varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot - and each release is better than the last. 'The Reveler' is a rich and dynamic wine, with layer after layer of flavor. 

 


Burly Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa Valley, California

The name for BURLY originates from founder Hank McCrorie’s college football days, when he was dubbed “Burly Bear” by the local paper. The nickname stuck among his teammates and given the bold nature of this wine, is more than a befitting tribute.

The oak tree display on the label is not only a symbol connecting the McCrorie’s childhoods – Hank growing up surrounded by the beautiful southern oaks of North Carolina and Bernice the sprawling oak trees at the family ranch in Northern California – but also embodies the intrinsic flavors of tannins and oak, balanced by the beauty of its velvety, rich and flavorful layers.

Balanced, powerful, and structured, our 2010 BURLY Cabernet Sauvignon “Special Selection” delivers dark fruit and chocolate. Spices and graphite play in the elegant nose. A complex, rich mouth coating tannin structure shows the longevity potential. Wonderful now, this wine will continue to improve for many more years.

The grapes for this wine came in small-berried, deep black-blue, and loose on the clusters. Following a five day cold soak, the fermentation took 7 days followed by a 14 day extended maceration. The wine was then pressed and transferred to small French Oak barrels for aging. The wine was bottled in summer 2012 after 20 months of maturation in barrel and further aged in bottles for 2 additional years. 91 pts. Wine Spectator

Prisoner Saldo ~ Zinfandel
California

Saldo is the prototypical Zinfandel, produced from a blend of some of California’s most renowned Zinfandel vineyards and regions. Their select growers include historic vineyards in Napa, Sonoma, Lake Amador, Mendocino, and Contra Costa counties. The word “Saldo” is of Latin origin often referring to “from here and there” or in this case, representing our sourcing of Zinfandel from regions “here and there” across Northern California. This rich wine displays aromas of black fruits and baked blueberry pie with a dense concentration of flavor and smooth tannins with a peppery finish.

This velvety wine is a blend of 85% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah and 6% Syrah. Saldo has a dark ruby color and opens with bold aromas of black fruit, blueberry pie, juicy plum and hints of mulling spices. The entry is rich and full, with an inviting mid palette that has concentration and density backed by lively acidity. The texture is soft and velvety, with smooth polished tannins that linger harmoniously. The finish is long and persistent with notes of toffee, roasted coffee beans and a subtle hint of vanilla spice. 90 pts Wine Advocate

Seghesio Home Ranch Zinfandel
Alexander Valley, California

In 1893, newlyweds Edoardo and Angela Seghesio purchased their first home in Alexander Valley. As winemaker for the most prominent winery in Sonoma County, Edoardo recognized great vineyard potential surrounding the modest home. In 1895, he planted the Home Ranch vineyard and began the Seghesio tradition of Sharing Uncommon Ground. 91

Tasting Notes: Blackberry, raspberry and other brambly fruit characteristic of Alexander Valley. "Graham crust" undertones typical of the Home Ranch terroir. Subtle hints of oak, briary acidity and soft, ripe fruit tannins.

85% Zinfandel, 15% Petite Sirah 91 pts Wine Spectator. Another gem from Seghesio.

Melee Grenache from Tuck Beckstoffer California
100% Grenache

Melée Grenache showcases how great Grenache can come from California. Sourced from two unique steep hillside vineyards, one in the central coast and one in Mendocino, this wine offers a kaleidoscope of aromas emerging from the glass. Hints of baked summer fruits, white pepper, lavender, underbrush and dry aged meats lead to an incredibly focused, yet elegant, balanced and graceful mid-palate. The finish is a blockbuster that exudes both power and finesse. This is truly a wine for the ages.

Anthill Farms Campbell Ranch Vineyard Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast, California


This vineyard is located a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, near the tiny town of Annapolis, and is farmed by Steve Campbell. At approximately 750 feet above sea level, it sits right at the boundary of the marine layer, ensuring that the cool, coastal climate delays ripening well beyond the warmer vineyards to the east. The fourteen-year-old vines grow on sandy, low-vigor Goldridge soil, which helps reduce yields to near two tons per acre.

92 points Antonio Galloni: Anthill's Pinot Noir Campbell Ranch Vineyard is striking, but it is also a bit compact. Sweet tobacco, autumn leaves, mint, white pepper and dried cherries are all nicely layered in the glass. This is one of the more delicate, subtle wines in the range. Sweet floral and spice notes linger on the feminine finish. (AG) ? (2/2014) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Ruby-red. Aromas of dark berries, cola, licorice and minerals, with a spicy quality adding vibrancy. Rich and broad but lively on the palate, offering sappy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors plus hints of anise and candied flowers. The densest and most powerful of these Anthill pinots this year, but in no way a heavyweight. Finishes sweet, strong and long, with echoing licorice and cola notes.

More new wines that have just arrived at Liquor World just in time for the holidays!

Sbragia Gino's Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel
Sonoma, California

Sbragia Family Vinyards is a small, family-owned winery making limited, individual lots of wine from grapes grown in select blocks of their favorite vineyards.

Gino's Zinfandel is a blend of three family vineyards in Sonoma County - Italo's, Gino's and La Promessa Vineyards. The selection of Zinfandel, Carignane and Petite Sirah represents a traditional blend my Father, Gino, made each year. The 2012 vintage is full of lush ripe red fruit. It has a core of sweet red currant and strawberry. Good acidity and a bright finish make this a great match for many foods.

Sbragia Gino's Dry Creek Home Ranch Chardonnay
Sonoma, California

The family vineyards are my father’s legacy and Adam and I get so much joy from crafting wines from our Home Ranch. A mix of stone and tropical fruits – peaches, pears, mangoes, pineapple – is evident in both the aromas and flavors, along with hints of honeysuckle and roasted almond. The wine wears its oak well, with the toasted marshmallow and vanilla flavors I love in Chardonnay. The lively acidity keeps it balanced and bright, with a finish that lingers long on the palate.




Two new wines in from De Lille Cellers

DeLille Cellars is a boutique artisan winery located in Woodinville, Washington. In 1992, the winery pioneered its Chaleur Estate Rouge and D2, both blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. The team at DeLille believed that blending Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the traditional style would create wines in which each varietal would contribute its own attributes and would create classically structured wines in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, wines that showcase the purity of fruit that defines Washington State terroir, a “first growth” wine from some of the oldest vines in the state.

DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate
Columbia Valley, Washington State

An exquisite Bordeaux style blend. Exhibiting a classically substantial nose of ripe black cherries and blueberries with toasted spices, lavender, pencil snap, and anise, this vintage is stunning. It has all the concentration and structure expected from Red Mountain with a solid core of blueberries, chocolate, fennel and vanilla oak nuances. The finish is seamless and unending. 


DeLille Cellarss D2
Columbia Valley, Washington State

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: As to the reds, Delille’s 2010 D2 is billed as the second wine of their Chaleur Estate blend and is comprised of 60% Merlot, 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot that spent 18 months in French oak. It displays classic aromas and flavors of black currants, wild herbs, plum sauce and Asian spice to go with a fleshy, full-bodied texture on the palate. Rich, voluptuous and well-constructed, it could certainly be consumed now, yet will be even better in another year or so and shine for over a decade. Drink now-2025. Making their wines in a Woodinville facility and pulling grapes from a number of eastern Washington AVAs, DeLille Cellars was founded in the early nineties and is a reference point estate. The wines are made by Chris Upchurch, with help from Jason Gorski and Louis Skinner in the cellar. They’ve split up the brand into two different labels: Doyenne for all Rhone-styled blends, and Chaleur Estate for their Bordeaux blends and straight Cabernet Sauvignon releases. Both 2010 and 2011 are incredibly strong here, and with regards to the Doyenne releases, represent some of the best wines I’ve tasted from them. (6/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: (60% merlot, 34% cabernet sauvignon, 4% cabernet franc and 2% petit verdot): Dark red. Sexy aromas and flavors of dark berries, cocoa powder, mocha and brown spices. Sweet and vibrant in the mouth, with terrific flavor definition and lift. The very long finish features sweet tannins and an exhilarating light touch. There are 2,600 cases of this wine. (12/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator: Fresh and inviting, with a layer of crisp tannins making room for the vibrant currant, boysenberry and sage flavors, lingering on the expressive finish. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2014 through 2018. (5/2013)

Mira Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay
Napa Valley, California

Mira is the Latin root of miracle, and our logo is the symbol for a good harvest. Each year we harvest by hand the best blocks from acclaimed vineyards in the most celebrated wine-producing region in the world – Napa Valley. Mira wines are hand crafted, all natural, and a true expression of what the vines produce from year to year.

Delicate aromas of citrus, pear and orange blossom with a hint of spice.  A classic representation from Hyde Vineyard that includes a nice balance of citrus and floral flavors with a clean slate finish representative of the grapes’ origins.  The complexity of the wine results in increasingly diverse flavor characteristics as it sits in the glass. 100% French oak aged, 30% new oak.  Malolactic fermentation in barrel, aged on the lees for 18 months. 100% Chardonnay.  100% Hyde Vineyard, Los Carneros AVA, Napa Valley.

Hyde Vineyard has produced some of the most acclaimed Chardonnay from Napa Valley. It began in 1979 when Larry Hyde began planting in this incredible area of southern Napa Valley with east facing slopes, gentle sun exposure and cool coastal influence. 


Vineyard 7&8 Chardonnay
Napa Valley, California

Beginning with the 2009 vintage, Vineyard 7*8 decided to showcase the unique features of their Chardonnay vineyard with its own bottling and by naming it “Estate”.

Displaying a bright golden color with a light green hue, the 2009 Chardonnay Estate maintains its original freshness. A light haziness provides proof of our non-manipulative approach, guaranteeing all-natural wine quality. The wine shows great intensity and concentration with a lingering finish is reminiscent of the bouquet's strong minerality, a tribute to the Terroir's volcanic soil. Enjoy!

95 points—Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report

91 points—James Laube, Wine Spectator

Dolin Véritable Génépy (Génépi) Des Alpes Liqueur

The elusive Génépy (Génépi) from Dolin is a type of liqueur that has long been sought-after, but only recently become available in the US. Its character is derived from the various alpine shrubs of the genus Artemisia. More commonly known as wormwood, Genepi is an iconic alpine botanical associated with the kingdom of Savoy and the regions in France, Switzerland, and Italy that once made up that kingdom. It's been used for centuries to flavor liqueurs, digestifs and various tonics. The flavor profile falls somewhere in between modern absinthe and chartreuse. While exhibiting significant sweetness, its strong herbal quality keeps it nicely balanced. It makes for an excellent digestif and is a key ingredient in several classic cocktails.

Cocchi Ameicano Biano Aperitif
Italy

Cocchi Americano means much more to Asti than a simple wine made with the infusion of herbs and spices. An aperitif par excellence. Cocchi's is widely regarded as the original Aperitivo Americano, and has been made continuously since 1891 using only natural ingredients.

To aromatise the white wine a secret blend of herbs and spices, to name a few, gentian,  cinchona and bitter orange peels, are added to the wine base which is then steeped over a period of time. In recent years Cocchi Americano has become a cult product in the circle of best sommelier and bartenders of the world.

The complexity of this product is the first thing that surprises you. On the nose you initially detect notes of orange zest, orange flower and elderflower before more mature aromas of baked apple and pear drops emerge. Your palate will immediately appreciate the bitter/sweet balance as more bitter notes mingle with honey and citrus flavors, mainly orange and lemon zest. More wine-like characteristics become evident as the flavors develop into a long, vibrant finish, with the bitter and sweet notes remaining fresh until the end. Serve chilled with ice, a twist of orange peel and a splash of soda.
75cl, ABV 16.5%

Cocchi Rosa Aperitif
Italy

Throughout its history, the house of Cocchi has periodically produced alternative varieties of its Americano aperitif wine.

Here the wine base is a blend of two aromatic varietals such as Brachetto and Malvasia famous for imparting notes of wild rose and summer berries. These are blended with herbs, fruit and spices, most notably gentian, cinchona and citrus like for the Bianco classic version, but with an extra addition of Ginger and rose petals.

Enjoy with soda or tonic and a zest of grapefruit.
A Royale sumptuous edition can be made topping it with Sparkling Brachetto d’Acqui DOCG.


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