Well, it looks like the weather Gods are finally smiling on us this weekend which is perfect since this weekend is the beginning of a great summer lineup we have planned for weekend wine tastings. To kick us off, Steve Wynn will highlight some amazing French and Austrian wines tonight, including two Rosés to get us in the summer mood. Tomorrow, Marc will be features wines from Southern French producer Gerard Bertrand. Come join the fun!
Not only do I love Austrian and French wines on their own, but I also love that all of these wines will pair wonderfully with typical backyard summer barbeque fare. Grilled seafood, salads and burgers will all sing alongside great finds.
FRIDAY June 8th 4pm-7pm
French & Austrian Favorites with Steve Wynn
Les Rocailles Apremont Savoie $17.99
Commanderie de la Bargemone Rosé $19.99
Steininger Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé $18.99
Jalits Eisenberg Blaufrankisch $19.99
Les Tetes Bordeaux Superieur $19.99
The wines of Gerard Bertrand from the Languedoc in Southern France have been great sellers here at Wakefield Liquors for years. Their rockstars have always been their Rosés. He will have a white and a red too, if Rosés aren’t your thing.
SATURDAY June 9th 2pm-5pm
French wines with Marc
Gerard Bertrand Gris Blanc Rosé $14.99
Gerard Bertrand Cote des Roses $17.99
I am very curious to see how wines in a can do this summer. They are light and convenient but consumers have been pretty skeptical so far. Do you drink it right from the can or pour it into a glass? Will it taste tinny?
If you don’t want to go out on limb and purchase one for yourself, we’ll be sampling them throughout the beach season so keep reading your “After the Vine” to find out he dates once get into the heart of summer!
New wines have been coming in fast and furiously lately. Today we will introduce a pair of new South African wines, a French Cahors, and a new vintage of a summertime favorite of a year ago.
FRIDAY June 1st 4pm-7pm
New French and South Africans with Jeff
Gouleyant Sauvignon Blanc $11.99
Storm Point Chenin Blanc $14.99
Storm Point Red Blend $14.99
Mas des Etoiles Petite Etoile Cahors Malbec $17.99
While we will still be having our weekly Saturday wine tasting, we are pleased to have a special guest star from our friends at Sons of Liberty come and introduce their new craft cocktail. Loyal 9 Vodka Lemonade is made with fresh lemonade and their locally produced vodka. Pictured above is myself enjoying one on Easter morning while my son searched for eggs in the background. It was a great way to start the holiday!SATURDAY June 2nd 3pm-5pm
New Sons of Liberty Vodka Lemonade Craft Cocktail
If any of you have driven on route 4 in the morning or late afternoons over the past three days you’ll also have come to the stark realization that the beach-goers have infiltrated South County. Summer is upon us! And after enduring such a cold, miserable spring, I think we’ve earned it.
Nothing signifies a Holiday weekend like Abramo at a tasting. Come see his selections to keep your summer cookouts going strong all season long. He will be featuring a new red wine at the store from the hottest grape growing region of Southern France, Gres de Montpellier.
FRIDAY May 25th 4pm-7pm
French wines with Abramo
Sutto Prosecco $12.99
Chateau de L’Enclos Entre-Deux-Mers $14.99
Goulyant Rosé of Malbec $11.99
Eloise Cabernet Sauvignon $11.99
Domaine Guizard Gres de Montpellier $17.99
The good weather is supposed to continue today so we’re going to showcase some wines in a can to embrace the beginning of beach season. See for yourself what the hippest packaging in wine is. Remember, Wakefield is known as the Brooklyn of the North!
SATURDAY May 26th 2pm-5pm
Wines in a can with Jeff
Stella Pinot Grigio 187ml 4pk $11.99
Amble & Chase Rosé 187ml 4pk $19.99
Underwood Pinot Noir 375ml $6.99
There’s going to be quite a bit of celebrating going on this weekend in South County. First, congratulations to all the Graduates of the Class of 2018 at URI. Second, best wishes to the Royal Couple, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Remember, if you would like to join them in the celebration, we are not open at 7am tomorrow morning so plan your Mimosa and Bellini purchases accordingly!
We keep pouring new Italian wines on Fridays and you keep loving them so let’s try it one more time. Good friend Marc will be here to highlight wines from Vias Imports out of New York.
FRIDAY May 18th 4pm-7pm
Italian wines with Marc
Aragosta Vermentino $9.99
Colosi Bianco $10.99
Damilano Barbera d’Asti $14.99
Cantele Salice Salentino $12.99
There’s no better way to start Graduation Day than with a Peach Bellini. Try the original Harry’s Bar Bellini from Venice where it all began and get a jump start to your day.
SATURDAY May 19th 2pm-5pm
Graduation Gift ideas with Kerri
Cipriani Bellini $12.99
Arrumaco Verdejo $8.99
Laurent Cabernet Sauvignon $12.99
Please join us for an Evening of Grapes and Grain to benefit women’s athletics at URI.
The event is this Saturday, June 11th from 5-8pm on the lawn of the President’s house on campus. The fundraiser features over 100 wines picked by the staff of Wakefield Liquors and microbrews from around the region. Local restaurants will be there to pair their creations with our elixirs. It is always an exciting night out and benefits a great cause. For more information, please go to their website or follow this link:
URI GRAPES & GRAINS
Once again, thank you for your patience, during our parking lot renovations, this past week. For those of you who ventured in, it was a challenge at times, to figure out how to get to the front door. In the end, we have a fresh black sealcoat with brightly painted white lines. Hopefully it will make the lot safe and clean for years to come.
Charles Smith Wines
In 2006, Charles Smith created Charles Smith Wines: The Modernist Project, which centers around the trend that most people generally consume wine without delay. The intent is to create wines to be enjoyed now, but with typicity of variety (Merlot that tastes like Merlot) and true to the place of origin. The wines are full of flavor, balanced, and approachable.
Friday, June 3, 4-7pm
Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2014
Eve Chardonnay 2014
The Velvet Devil Merlot 2014
Regular Price $12.99
Special Price $10.99
Saturday, June 4, 4-6pm
Yellow Tail Beers
A leader in the world of the every day win drinker, Australian-based Yellow Tail is now dipping its toes into the beer industry. They are being test marketed in Virginia and here in Rhode Island. Come in and give your input!
Sometimes our weekend get-togethers are planned weeks, even months, in advance. Other times I get a call on a Friday morning from a good friend to see if he can highlight some French and Italian wines with a special guest. And when it’s Abramo making the call, of course we say yes.
He will be joined by Francoise Jacob, Brand Ambassador to his southern French and Italian wine portfolio. She was supposed to be in New York on Saturday but she’s sticking around to visit the good people of Wakefield.
Saturday, April 2, 2-5pm
Jole Prosecco $13.99
Solis Trebbiano D’Abruzzo $12.99
Petit Paris Bergerac $14.99
Domaine de Moulin-Pouzy Bergerac $17.99
Pujol Izard Vieilles Vignes Minervois $15.99
Saturday, March 26, 4-6pm
Stony Creek Brewery
Al Burch, Sales Manager for Rhode Island, will be here to showcase the beers of Stony Creek..
The Stone Creek Story:
Stony Creek Brewery believes this is the time for Connecticut craft beer. And our small, ambitious team is doing their part to contribute creative, high-quality beers that inspire people across the region, and invest in a bright future for the state.
Our modern brewery is a sight to be seen, with a stunning indoor/outdoor taproom, game pit, dock access, and a first-hand look at our canning and bottling lines right from the taproom.
Our team is a mix of ambitious and dedicated local residents, working alongside some of the industry’s most talented transplants that now call Connecticut their home. Together, we aim to make the best, highest-quality beer in the region, and introduce new craft beer drinkers to flavors that are both familiar and new.
Stony Creek is something the entire community can rally around, whether you root for local entrepreneurship, great craft beer, or both. We can’t wait to see you there.
Today, many of you have the day off. Or at least our children do so by default, many adults are home. So when that time of day inevitably occurs when you just need to get out of the house, stop on by and browse for your Easter selections.
As you enter the wine room there is table of recommendations for your Easter ham featuring off-dry Rieslings and fruit-forward Pinot Noirs and spicy French and Spanish reds for lamb. But as I always say, the most important thing is to pair your food with a wine you enjoy. We are here if you have any questions and look forward to helping you out this weekend.
And keep in mind, we will be closed on Easter Sunday.
Saturday, March 26, 4-6pm
Sons of Liberty Distillery
Mike Reppucci, Head Distiller of Sons of Liberty, will be here to showcase his creations.
Mike will also be introducing his new Limited Edition Release:
Battle Cry finished in Oloroso Sherry Barrels
At the beginning of January I encouraged all of you to try a new grape varietal in 2016. I was so impressed with everyone’s open mindedness that I thought I would try something else this month. So for Lent, give up your ubiquitous, generic California red blend and try a new one.
Red wine being poured into glass
Nowadays, when people think of red blends they typically go towards the rich, slightly sweet Apothics and Menage a Trois of the world. Many times, they think that the blending of several grape varietals is a new concept. Of course, that is wholly inaccurate. Bordeaux and Tuscany have been making blends for hundreds of years. In California, as in most wine making regions, the name of the grape on the label only has to make up 75% of the wine. Many times, other grapes are used to round out the flavors of the predominant grape.
So next time you come in, check out the table at the entrance of the wine room. I have selected a variety of unique and well-made blends for you to try.
Friday, February 19, 4-7pm
To get us in the red blend spirit, Donna will present to us today two Rhone blends that are a favorite of mine. (And a rosé blend too!)
Vigneau-Chevreau Vouvray Cuvée Silex 2013 $24.99
Couly-Dutheil Les Chanteaux Chinon Blanc 2014 $32.99
Domaine le Clos des Lumieres Rosé 2014 $14.99
Domaine le Clos des Lumieres Cotes du Rhone 2014 $14.99
Domaine la Guintrandy Visan Cotes du Rhone 2012 $18.99
I think it’s safe to say that this is most everyone’s favorite weekend of the year. Especially when the two best holidays fall on back-to-back days of each other!
Men, please remember to grab a bottle of bubbly or Pinot Noir along with some flowers for that special someone. And on Monday, enjoy a pint of beer or a glass of scotch while reminiscing about all of our country’s great leaders.
To help us all get in the loving mood, and keep us out of the cold, good friend Abramo will be here with Jemma Roberts from Bordeaux Vineyards to highlight some French and Italian wines, perfect for that night by the fireplace with your loved one. This will be a great prelude to Valentine’s Day as Abramo will have delicious macaroons to pair with his selections.
Sutto Prosecco $13.99
Chateau Beau-Puits White Bordeaux 2009 13.99
Chateau Des Trois Moulins 2009 $14.99
Chateau La Magnotte Bellevue Medoc 2009 $16.99
San Maurizio Moscato d’Asti DOCG $13.99
Saturday, February 13, 2-5pm
Ines, Export Manager of Castelfeder Winery & Steve Wynn
The Castelfeder Winery was founded in 1970 by Alfons Giovanett, who had attended the renowned wine school in San Michele all’Adige.
The small private winery originally lay in the center of Neumarkt/Egna in the south of Alto Adige and processed mainly red grapes of the Lagrein, Pinot Noir and Schiava varieties.
In 1989 the founder’s son, Günther Giovanett, took over the management of the winery and at the same time, relocated the operations to the small village of Kurtinig/Cortina in the very south of Alto Adige.
The purchase of new vineyards and close collaboration with other winegrowers in the area offer Günther new possibilities of producing great wines through careful selection of the best production areas and focused cultivation of choice varietals; a job he performs with enthusiasm.
A true family business with the goal of producing outstanding wines in a special region of Italy.
Pinot Grigio 2014 $22.99
Kerner 2014 $26.99
Vernatsch Schiava 2013 $21.99
Laggrien 2013 $24.99