After The Vine
September 21, 2018
Our friends up the street have done it again! Beating out renowned Whiskies such as Glenlivet 18yr old, High West American Prairie, and Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select, Sons of Liberty’s Uprising finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry Barrels took “Best in Show” at the 2018 Whiskies of the World Awards. We have plenty in stock so come check out what was judged to be the best.
Congratulations to Mike and the gang at Sons of Liberty!
After The Vine
You can almost see the Love for Learning on their faces! Yes, it was back to school this morning in my household. It brings some normalcy to the otherwise hectic work week. But before we get fully entrenched in Fall-mode, let’s enjoy this last, beautiful weekend of summer! I am already plotting and planning what I want to drink on Sunday; All the things I said I would try over the summer but never got around to buying. I am especially looking forward to the 40 Ounce Muscadet and the Half Seas Bramble Tequila & Grapefruit cocktail in a can.
Drink Something Different!
For many of us, with our children heading back to school at some point next week, this is really the last weekend of summer. Thankfully, Mother Nature appears to be on our side for once this month. So get that back to school shopping done early in the day and then spend some quality time with the family. (With a glass of wine in your hand, of course!)
This Friday Holly and I have selected a variety of wines with little or no relation to each other. Sometimes there is a theme: Wines from a certain region, winery or importer. This is not one of those tastings. You will certainly get to sample something you have yet to try though, and that is what it is all about.
FRIDAY August 24th 4pm-7pm
Cote Mas Rosé (1 liter bottle) $10.99
Sella & Mosca La Cala Vermentino $12.99
Rutherford Ranch Napa Chardonnay $14.99
Sella & Mosca Cannonau Riserva $15.99
Rutherford Ranch Napa Cabernet Sauvignon $21.99
These wines will be the perfect accompaniment to this weekend’s backyard barbeques. So get out there and grill it up. This might be the best weather we’ll have for a weekend until next May!
SATURDAY August 25th 2pm-5pm
Long Meadow Ranch Sauvignon Blanc $17.99
Mantlerhof Gruner Veltliner $11.99
Lucinda & Mille Cabernet Sauvignon $11.99
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.
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:
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
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.