Dec 29, 2015 1:25:16 PM
Sep 18, 2015 12:11:25 PM
Boom Sauce. The name really says it all, but we’ll say more just for fun. Launched this summer by Lord Hobo Brewing Company as their flagship, Boom Sauce is a big, blended hoppy ale that clocks in at 7.5%. Using a carefully selected mix of three different hoppy ales, founder Daniel Lanigan and his team have crafted some seriously unique and refined liquid sure to satiate even the most hop hungry palate. Starting with, for lack of a better word, a boom, the first thing to hit the tongue is IBUs and a lot of them. Even the heartiest IPA drinker will notice the above average intensity of that initial bite, which is awesome. The following gulps will take you on a journey of subtle complexity. Commonplace notes of citrus, grass, and pine resin are accompanied by less traveled flavors of phenol, earthiness, lightly charred oak, cracker, toffee, melon, and pineapple. Just in case you forgot the name, however, this beer finishes big and bitter. With big hops, light to moderate malt, and virtually nonexistent alcohol heat despite the ABV, this guy just hopped (get it?) to the top ten list for locally produced IPAs. Coming from someone well versed in the local hop water, this is a noteworthy achievement. With Dan Lanigan boldly declaring his ambition to produce Alchemist and Lawson’s Finest caliber beer that you can actually buy in a store, it’s quite clear that, after downing a few of these, he is not taking that statement lightly. That is only good news for the Boston beer scene. Come in today and grab a four pack of tall boys, normally $14.29. This week only, though, enjoy a sweet 15% discount ($12.15) and decide for yourself where it stands next to the Elite IPAs. Boom Sauce! I just wanted to say it one more time. Don’t judge me.
Sep 17, 2015 1:28:48 PM
We invite you to stop by and view "Pat's Gift Baskets" located in our Weymouth and Cohasset Stores-you can choose to make a selection from gift baskets that are displayed year round or pre-order any item that you see and/or we can custom design for your gift giving needs. Our gift ideas can take you from the festivities of a holiday season to the celebration of a new beginning and all your special occasions throughout the year. The possibilities are endless! We feature non-alcoholic gifts as well.
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Sep 17, 2015 12:27:41 PM
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Aug 14, 2015 1:27:59 PM
The date of this email happens to coincide with the 19th anniversary of my hiring at Curtis. It’s been quite the ride, it has. There are enough anecdotes to fill several years’ worth of posts, most of which mirror the evolution of the modern wine industry. For now, let’s stick to the one thing that hasn’t changed since the onset of my reign: finding wines to offer you that tell their own unique story of people, places, history, and culture—all whilst tasting delicious on their own or in the company of food and friends. Oh, and at prices that emphasize the gentler role of the artisan, minimizing the markup that subsidizes the bullying demeanor of marketers and hucksters.
I wrote about this winery’s sauvignon blanc a couple of weeks ago. The vacated spot where a generous inventory once dwelled tells me that you liked it. A lot. What if I were to alert you to the fact that the winery’s red is even more appealing, and despite costing a few bucks more, is an even BETTER BARGAIN than the white? Here’s the deal:
Anthony Hamilton-Russell created the Southern Right label 21 years ago with multiple aims in mind. He wanted a pinotage that was serious and age-worthy, combining the distinctiveness of South African fruit with the refinement of a European wine from a classic region like Burgundy. Given the sordid history of pinotage, this was a formidable task. Developed by one A.I. Perold at Stellenbosch University in 1925 by crossing pinot noir with cinsault a.k.a. hermitage (pino-tage, get it?), this unlucky variety has endured many aesthetic and practical disasters. To wit: overcropping for mass production, poor hygiene practices in cooperage, the apartheid-era ban on South African exports to the U.S., and most deviously, a grape ester found in all fermented beverages that especially affects pinotage, sometimes causing aromas of banana, paint, and a barnyard-like pungency that’s most unattractive. Anthony believes that as an early ripener, pinotage is best suited to cool climates and stony, clay soils. A careful vigilance is kept on yields, grapes are harvested at full maturity, then fermented and aged 10 months in 100% French oak barrels. About 9% of the final blend includes cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, malbec, petit verdot, and syrah.
The result is world-class; a yin-yang thang of fully ripe, wild raspberry fruit cohabitating with savory tannins and an earthy, minerally complexity. Perfect for current drinking, this wine has the density and structure to age for many years to come should you lose some in the cellar. I love it!
THE SOUTHERN RIGHT PINOTAGE IS PRICED $26.99 ELSEWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES. WE SELL IT HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS FOR $19.99 (SAVINGS OF 26%). THIS WEEK THROUGH AUGUST 21 IT’S JUST $15.99 PER BOTTLE (20% OFF OUR REGULAR PRICE). BUY A CONVENIENTLY PACKAGED CASE OF 6 AND GET ANOTHER 20% OFF! THAT’S $76.75 OR $12.79 PER BOTTLE. OUTRAGEOUS.
Aug 7, 2015 1:22:34 PM
2012 KUENTZ-BAS ALSACE BLANC
Ah, Alsace. The forgotten region. I can say that because I am guilty of neglecting these wonderful, underappreciated wines more than anyone. Whenever we open one for an in-store tasting or a wine class, people dig it so much that bottles fly out the door as if they had sprouted wings. Then it’s out of sight, out of mind for another few months as the focus shifts elsewhere.
And that is truly a shame, for Alsace wines have so many things going for them. They are virtually the only appellation-level wines in France that feature the grape name on the label. There is a higher concentration of organic producers in Alsace than anywhere else in France (or the world for that matter). Compared to their Teutonic brethren across the Rhine River, the wines are generally drier and more full-bodied. There are many family-owned domains that have been in production for over a century or more. Perhaps the best news of all: to drink wines from Alsace at the dinner table will provide a uniquely flexible symbiosis with a variety of meals.
Which conveniently brings us to this week’s selection. Kuentz-Bas was first farmed in the late 1700’s, with true, focused farming commencing in 1895 with the marriage of--you guessed it!—the Kuentz family and the Bas family. Purchased in 2004 by the high-quality Jean-Baptiste Adam domain, these guys have been going from strength to strength the last decade. The Alsace Blanc is about the best introduction I can offer to sample the region’s delights: a blend of 60% sylvaner (responsible for limey acidity), 20% auxerrois (broad richness), and 20% muscat (floral perfume) that harmonizes to near-perfection. The grapes come from vineyards planted in clay and limestone that range in age from 25 to 45 years and are located at some of the highest altitudes in Alsace. The nose is staggering: a matrix of oranges, limes, and flowers of all sorts. The bone-dry, smoky, citrus-tinged flavors are simultaneously fresh and highly concentrated; soothing like a long-term relationship and spicy like an affair. The gastronomically inclined will find it enormously satisfying with baked fish, tandoori chicken, oysters, or a summery pasta salad (don’t hold the tomatoes).
BELIEVE ME, YOU WILL WANT AT LEAST TWO.
Aug 4, 2015 2:52:19 PM
The newest release from Harpoon Brewery's highly acclaimed 100 Barrel series is here and it is a home run worthy of Big Papi himself. Collaborating with Will Meyers of Cambridge Brewing Company and the nomadic Anders Kissmeyer of Kissmeyer Beer and Brewing, Harpoon's Jaime Schier jumped at the opportunity to be a part of Kissmeyer's Nordic Saison project. Essentially, Mr. Kissmeyer has been travelling the globe with his Nordic Saison recipe, stopping off at select craft breweries to challenge brewmasters to infuse their local magic into his already great base brew. The results have been nothing short of amazing and this latest New England inspired iteration is no exception.
With an abundant array of earthy botanicals, locally sourced honey, and dried cranberries, this beer invokes a sensation of strolling through wildflower meadows surrounding the local bogs New Englanders are proud to call home. As the vigorous effervescence escapes the bottle into the recommended stemmed tulip, the elegant aromas of healthy Belgian yeast esters fill the air enticing one to imbibe with great haste. Don't rush, though, as this is truly a beer to be enjoyed by all the senses. Please just sit back in your favorite patio chair, aim it towards the last gleams of light coming off the setting summer sun, and appreciate this magnificent ode to New England summers and all they have to offer.
Harpoon 100 Barrel Nordic Saison is always an exceptional deal, but for this week only, enjoy an additional 15% off. Unfortunately, like the warm weather of the Northeast, Nordic Saison is limited and fleeting quickly. Come in today to enjoy great savings on easily one of the finest releases to hit shelves this year.
Jul 21, 2015 3:12:59 PM
Before the name of this wine gets anyone too excited, this is NOT a paen to the Confederate flag or the politics of immigration. It’s merely a little blurb about the return of a vinous prodigal son. In honor of its comeback, I am also offering it to you at a price we haven’t seen since the 90’s.
This is a fantastic interpretation of sauvignon blanc. It hails from one of the most beautiful places I’ve been fortunate to visit on planet Earth, the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, behind the fishing village of Hermanus located at the tip of Africa. Appropriately translated as “Heaven and Earth”, this most southerly of wine regions has it all going on: vineyards planted in both the famous Table Mountain Sandstone and clay-rich slate soils, and a cool maritime climate (less than 2 miles from the Atlantic) which helps insure physiological ripeness in the grapes.
As for the wine itself? The nose is pungent; an open-air stand of citrus, ginger, flowers, and pepper. The palate shows some herbal hints lurking beneath the mouthful of lemon and grapefruit flavors. The overall impression is one of edginess and tension buffered by a rich texture. Francophiles will be delighted to taste more of the Loire Valley than New Zealand in its juicy depths (if one must draw the inevitable and tiring comparison), though in actuality, this stands on its own as a strikingly original example of the quality South Africa can offer at unbeatable prices.
Proceeds from the sales of this wine are donated by Hamilton-Russell (the parent winery) to help with the conservation of the Southern Right whales that migrate to Walker Bay during calving and mating season. Like those amazing creatures, it’s always nice to come back to the assurance of the familiar. Welcome home.
THE SOUTHERN RIGHT SAUVIGNON BLANC IS NORMALLY PRICED AT $14.99. THIS WEEK, THROUGH JULY 30, IT’S SELLING FOR JUST $9.99/BOTTLE. FOR HOT WEATHER RELIEF, I’M DISCOUNTING IT FUTHER ON A PURCHASE OF A CONVENIENTLY PACKAGED SIX-PACK: $49.99 FOR 6 OR JUST $8.33/BOTTLE!
Hermanus from the top of the Hemel-en-Aarde
Jul 10, 2015 3:14:21 PM
Let’s see…summer theme? Check. Nautical references (very important on the South Shore)? Yup. Familiar grape varieties? Uh uh. Made in the USA? If California qualifies, then absolutely. Without further ado, here is this week’s offering.
The Boatman is a blend. People often come into the store and say, “I had a really good wine the other night and it was a blend”. They always mean that the wine in question was a blend of grape varieties, which this is. It’s also a blend of vineyard sites, a detail as crucial as the grapes, since different varieties grow best in different places; you know, the soils, climate, sun exposure et al that collectively comprise terroir. Taking care of these seemingly minute and mystifying details are things that separate the Wine of the Week from the highly-marketed, highly-visible, well-known, but ultimately interchangeable brands on the stand-up shelves.
The guys at Brack Mountain Winery source fruit from several different AVA’s—Mendocino, the Sierra Foothills, Amador, and Lodi for the Boatman. The makeup is 40% alicante bouschet, 26% merlot, 23% malbec, 7% cabernet sauvignon, and 4% petit sirah. Black cherries and plums (courtesy of the merlot and malbec?) make their way to the forefront of the nose and palate. There is a bit of spiciness (from the petit sirah?), some tendrils of cedar that entwine the tongue (the cabernet?), and full-on savory, pulpy funk that unquestionably is the contribution of the alicante bouschet-- a rare teinturier; a grape that when crushed, bleeds red without the benefit of skin contact.
All together, the result just works. Think of it as a pop song where all the instrumentalists only play what’s needed to convey the feel of the song. No needless guitar noodling or drum solos but concise, seamless, and impactful rhythm and harmony. This is what I would drink on my boat.
If I had a boat.
Jun 26, 2015 1:38:32 PM
2013 LEEUWIN ESTATE RIESLING ART SERIES (MARGARET RIVER, AUSTRALIA)
Having spent the past few months “on tour” in exotic locales all over Italy, Chile, Argentina, and Spain, it is nice to be home for the summer. Continuing though with the rich and famous lifestyle I’ve grown accustomed to, last week I jetted to Nantucket for a quick lunch date with sisters Simone and Rebecca Horgan, proprietors of the venerable Leeuwin Estate Winery in Western Australia.
Simone recounted the story of her father’s meeting with a Californian wine personality who was trying to purchase the property due to its ideal combination of location and soil for grape growing. The suitor was Robert Mondavi, who after failing in his bid to purchase the land, counseled Denis and Tricia Horgan over the next several years, helping them build their new venture. In 1980, their now-iconic “Art Series” Chardonnay turned heads at a Decanter tasting in London. After that, there was no looking back.
We sampled several wines over lunch including two vintages of the Art Series Chardonnay. It was the first wine however, which accompanied some local oysters that kept drawing me back for another sip. The Art Series Riesling benefits from the Margaret River’s Mediterranean-like climate: warm sunny days ameliorated by cooling sea breezes that allow the grapes to slowly ripen, followed by crisp nights that allow for the restoration of proper acidity levels. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks; the alcohol level is only 12% and the residual sugar is a mere .08%. For perspective, consider that Brut Champagne which is considered dry, can legally sport up to 15% residual sugar!
And how does it taste? Obviously, it’s bone-dry. On the nose, there are hints of citrus fruits, earth, and a whiff of Mosel-like “petrol”, common to Riesling courtesy of the compound we will mercifully refer to as TDN (full name 1,1,6-trimethyl-1,2-dihydronaphthalene). This is not a fault but a GOOD thing because the factors that cause this Riesling reaction are high sun exposure, water stress, and late harvested, low-yield grapes that combined give ripe fruit and high acidity, the hallmarks of great wine. On the palate, there are refreshing flavors of grapefruit that finish with a gentle bite of Granny Smith apple. Aside from the oysters, I drank this with Hamachi crudo (raw yellow tail) and even saved a little for a lime sorbet dessert. Thus, The Summer of Riesling begins. More to follow in the weeks ahead.
THE LEEUWIN ART SERIES RIESLING IS NORMALLY $22.99. WE’RE SELLING IT RIGHT NOW FOR $15.99.
BUY 2 OR MORE BOTTLES AND PAY JUST $12.75 EACH. THAT’S 20% OFF THE ALREADY DISCOUNTED PRICE.