Lieb Cellars is an 84-acre sustainably farmed vineyard located on the North Fork of Long Island, 80 miles east of New York City. Lieb was founded in 1992 and debuted their first line of reserve wines in 1999 under the direction of Australian-born winemaker Russell Hearn, with the Pinot Blanc and the Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine quickly gaining national recognition. The next year, they opened their first tasting room on the North Fork of Long Island in Mattituck, NY. As wineries do when they become more popular, Lieb Cellars began to expand production, and, in 2004, introduced the Bridge Lane series: lighter, fruitier “every day” wines at more affordable prices. Today, we will highlight these whites and rosé, a perfect way to wind down the summer. (As my kids will tell you, only 12 days left until school.)
Mike Cook, Lieb Cellars Director of Wholesale will be here to discuss the winery and everything Long Island wine.
Friday from 4-7
Bridge Lane Wines from Long Island
Bridge Lane Chardonnay 2013 $14.99
Bridge Lane Rosé 2013 $15.99
Bridge Lane White Blend 2013 $18.99
Saturday from 2-5
with Jimmy Black of Alpha Distributing
Stray Dog Chardonnay 2013 $12.99
Stray Dog Unleashed Red Blend 2012 $12.99
Stray Dog Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 $12.99
Lobstah White Blend 2013 $11.99
A portion of sales of Stray Dog wines goes to the Rhode Island ASPCA and its mission to save lives.
Saturday from 4-6
Will Willis of Bully Boy Distillers of Boston
Will Willis of Bully Boy Distillers of Boston will be here to showcase some of their small batch whiskeys and rums.
Perfecting the recipe
Since red sangria became a massively popular summer drink a few years ago, customers constantly bombard us with the question, “How do you make Sangria?” Of course, there is no wrong way to make it. Mix some red wine with fruit and whatever you have in your liquor cabinet and there is a good chance that you will enjoy it.
We wanted to come up with a signature recipe for the town of South Kingstown to savor. After two hours of mixing different concoctions, we had a winner:
Wakefield Liquors Signature Sangria
1 750ml bottle Lab Portuguese Red
1 cup Sprite
1/2 cup Hiram Walker Triple Sec
1/2 cup Christian Brothers Brandy
Mix in a pitcher, chill, add ice and sliced fruit
On Saturday, August 10th, we will have it ready for you as you come off the beach.
Come see how we did!
As the summer heat continues in South County, so does the revolving door of special guest stars. Newcomer Doug D’Auria from Winebow Imports with be highlighting a diverse mix of wines from all over the world on Friday. On Saturday, Marc from MS Walker will showcase new Bordeaux.
Also on Saturday, we welcome our neighbors to the west, Grey Sail Brewery from Westerly. We love to support the local brewers, distillers, and growers. Come in from 4-6 and see how good the local elixirs can be.
Living in a beach community, we have always tried to offer beverages that are friendly to the beach-lovers and boaters in the region. Box wines have come a long way in their quality and selection. Aluminum beer bottles keep the liquid colder, longer. And the influx of microbrews in cans have all made our alcoholic beverages more environmentally friendly for the outdoors. Now, Underwood Wines from the Union Wine Company in Oregon has introduced 16 ounce aluminum cans. I have yet to try them but there is a very good chance that I will imbibe in them this Sunday. I will type up my notes for a future issue!
Friday from 4-7
Portuguese favorites with Fatima from Best Beverage
Quinta da Aveleda Loureiro/Alvarinho $8.49
Aveleda Douro White $7.99
Casal Garcia Vinho Verde Rosé $6.99
Charamba Douro Red $6.99
Avaleda Follies Red $9.99
Saturday from 2-5
(Jeff will be at the Jimmy Buffett concert at Great Woods)
Phil will highlight wines for a fun-filled afternoon with friends
Domaine les Hautes Noelles Muscadet 2013 $13.99
Vieux Clocher Cotes-du-Rhone Rosé 2013 $10.99
Doamine les Hautes Noelles Gamay 2013 $13.99
What better way to kick off a beautiful weekend at the beach than with Champagne and Rosé? Especially when the beach will be hosting the Rhode Island Philharmonic! So before you head over to Narragansett Town Beach tonight, stop in and grab a chilled bottle for your evening enjoyment and see what we have to offer.
we will highlight some new French wines from Importer Louis/Dressner.
Friday from 4-7
Champagne and Rosé with Marc
Heidsieck Brut Blue Top Champagne $42.00
Pommery Brut Rosé $65.00
Billette Rosé Bouquet de Provence $14.99
Chateau La Gordonne La Chapelle Rosé $32.99
Saturday from 2-5
New Frenchies with Phil and Jeff
Well, this is pretty exciting stuff! The Boston Pops concert on the Esplanade has been moved up a day to tonight. Fireworks celebrations across the Northeast have been pushed back to Saturday. As of press time, South Kingstown’s are still on for tomorrow and the Bristol parade is going on as scheduled. Be prepared to get wet.
Here is what we have going on in our neck of the woods.
Thursday, July 3rd from 5 PM – 8 PM
Tito’s Vodka from Texas
Come see what everyone in the Vodka world has been raving about.
Saturday, July 5th from 2 PM – 5 PM
New Spanish wines with Jim Moore from Vineyard Inc.
Let me tell you one thing. Unless you have ever been to Florida in June, you cannot possibly know how hot it actually is. Adults and children alike need refreshments to get through the day. At Universal’s Islands of Adventures, the best place for a pint is Hog’s Head Pub in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. While adults can imbibe in an icy brew, children get to savor Butterbeer, the popular elixir at Hogwarts.
While my soon-to-be 9 year old wasn’t a big fan, it was amusing to see him bellied up at the bar with a frosty one.
I hope all is well in the Ocean State. I will be back at the WL on Tuesday to help with all your summer party needs. As for now, there are plenty of chipper Wakefield Liquors employee to assist you with your selections. Cheers!
Not surprisingly, in close to 20 years of retail (almost 15 of which have come here) I have amassed a few pet-peeves. Towards the top of the list has been when customers ask, “Do you have Yuengling?” “Not available in Rhode Island,” I would respond, trying not to look agitated over the constant questions about the nation’s oldest brewery that, until recently, has not been available. It arrived at bars in the Ocean State on draft two weeks ago. On Monday, it will come to liquor stores. Their traditional Lager, Light Lager and Black and Tan will finally be here for beer lovers across the state. We look forward to seeing you.
And don’t forget Father’s Day this Sunday! We have a great selection of single batch bourbons, single malt scotches and artisinal tequilas for that great gift idea.
Well, it finally looks like we are going to have a summer-like weekend from start to finish. And that is great news for those of you who are going to attend URI’s Grapes & Grain, an evening to benefit women’s athletics at the University. This is the fifth annual event, where you will enjoy a wide selection of fine wines and specialty beers provided by Wakefield Liquors, and select foods from area businesses, along with a silent auction of unique items and getaway experiences, and special entertainment. If you would like more information about the event, ask me on Friday or click on the following link: http://advance.uri.edu/programming/events/athletics/grapesgrain.htm
As far as what is going on in the store, Carolyn from CSCS Imports will be here on Friday, highlighting new wines from Argentina and Chile.
On Saturday, Weekend Phenom Phil will showcase some new favorites we have come across. Have a great weekend!
At Wakefield Liquors, you can tell that summer is right around the corner from the fact that people we haven’t seen in nine months have been showing their faces around town. (And in the store.) We welcome you back to South County! There are many new wines, liquors, and beers in the store so feel free to ask your friendly sales associate for a new recommendation.
Another way to tell that summer is here is the fact that limes are gracing our front counter!
To help usher in the ceremonial beginning of summer, our friend Holly from Martignetti Companies of Rhode Island will feature wines from the Folie à Deux winery in Sonoma. On Saturday, Brian Martin from Johnson Brothers will showcase new Italian whites and a duo from Greece.
Folie à Deux Wines with Holly
Friday, May 23
4 PM – 7 PM
Italian & Greek Wines with Brian
Saturday, May 24
2 PM – 5 PM
Friday, May 23, 4-7pm
Folie à Deux Winery
Folie à Deux, based in Sonoma, produces first class wines from vineyards throughout Sonoma that bring out the best in each grape varietal. Try them and I guarantee you will be impressed.
Russian River Chardonnay 2012 $16.99
Alexander Valley Merlot 2010 $16.99
Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 $24.99
Dry Creek Zinfandel 2011 $16.99