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The Curtis Chronicle

Dec 29, 2015 1:25:16 PM

The Curtis Chronicle

Here is a look at some of the great things that have been happening here at Curtis Liquors in 2015....and a sneak peek into what's to come in 2016! We have so much to be thankful for and so much to look forward to, we can't wait to share it with you!

What's in the Barrel??

Here at Curtis we strive to offer the best products available. We are happy to say that when we stumble across something that is just divine we have to share! Whether you are looking for something for that special gift or to share with family and friends...look no further!

We have purchased barrels of our favorite bourbonsthat you are sure to love! All have been hand selected by our knowledgeable staff and will compliment any palate, all at great prices!

Sale Price $44.99 
100 Proof/750ml
Sale Price $25.99
100 Proof/750ml
Sale Price $49.99
~Double Oak~
90 proof/750ml
Sale Price $49.99
All Sale Prices Effective until 12/31/15

Pat's Gift Baskets

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.

If you would like more information or to place an order, call Pat at (781)331-2345 or email-



Pop the Cork!!!!
With the holiday season upon us, our customers are always looking for a nice bottle of bubbly...well look no further! A fabulous deal awaits you with Bollinger Special Cuvee Brut NV! Normally $69.99 is on sale for $49.99 and we have plenty available...
From one of the few remaining family owned and run Champagne houses, Bollinger's NV is known for its dry and assertive style. This is the most accomplished expression of the Bollinger style, in the ability to recreate year after year, a blend that is constant in style and quality, in its bouquet, body, balance, vinosity and finesse. The high proportion of Pinot Noir helps create a full-bodied toasty character with pear, brioche and praline aromatics followed by apricot, semolina cake and tropical fruit flavours.

Bollinger Special Cuvée is unquestionably one of the finest of all French champagnes, the Bollinger style is distinctive for its full-bodied toasty character derived from a high proportion of Pinot Noir and the inclusion of base wine that has been matured in oak.

Blantons Single Barrel

In the winter of 1881, Albert Bacon Blanton was born into one of the first families of bourbon history. At the age of sixteen, he started work in the Distillery as an office boy and fast became a leading pioneer in the development of bourbon.  Colonel Blanton created his very special and limited supply of bourbon - his private reserve - handpicked and stored in what now is known as the famous Warehouse H. Although Colonel Blanton died in the spring of 1959, his legacy lives. Introduced in 1984, Blanton’s namesake bourbon was the first ever Single Barrel Bourbon sold commercially. The Single Barrel Bourbon is the first of its kind.

A deep, satisfying nose of nutmeg and spices. Powerful dry vanilla notes in harmony with hints of honey amid strong caramel and corn. A medium finish composed of returning corn and nutmeg flavors.

Knob Creek Single Barrel

The extra aging, longer than nearly every other small batch offering, allows our bourbon to absorb more of the sugar from the wood, giving it a richer taste. And treating our American white oak barrels with the highest char level brings out even more distinctive flavor qualities during the aging process.

When it's all done, we take our original Knob Creek Bourbon from barrel to bottle at an honest 100 proof just like it was done before prohibition.

Tasting Notes:

With Color of Copper to medium amber and the aroma of toasted nuts and grain oak, its taste is rich, sweet, woody, full-bodied, almost fruity and finishes long, rich and glowing.

This single barrel bourbon was crafted by Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell of Wild Turkey fame and hand selected by our staff. Together Jimmy and Eddie Russell have over 90 years of experience making bourbon. This Single Barrel Bourbon has been aged more than 10 years and is bottled at 110 proof.
Tasting Notes:
It delivers a balance of rich, creamy toffee and vanilla flavors.


An innovative approach to twice-barreled bourbon creates the rich and colorful flavor of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. Uniquely matured in separate, charred oak barrels – the second barrel deeply toasted before a light charring – extracts additional amounts of soft, sweet oak character.

Tasting Notes:
With the color of deep amber and an aroma with rich notes of dark fruit, caramel, sharp honey, chocolate, marzipan and toasted oak, and taste the full-bodied mix of vanilla, dark caramel, hazelnut, apple, fruit and spices, it finishes creamy with lingering hints of honeyed apple.

Have you ever wanted to know more about your favorite wine, beer or distilled spirit?? Check out our "Backroom" where we do tastings, have special guests and offer courses and seminars!
Here is a look at a few events from this year and stay tuned for our event calendar for 2016...coming soon!
It was a pleasure to have some wonderful guests join us in the "Backroom", for evenings packed full of information, tasty products and most of all fun! We look forward to having both new and returning guests in 2016!

Matteo Toso of Ca'Viola Winery, Joe Godas-Curtis Wine Director and 
Mike Petrizzo-Vias Imports.

Dave Roberts Jr., Rick Curtis and Dave Roberts Sr.
(photos left-right)
Pat Burke, Pat McAuley, Greg Moon, Sean Cornelius, Russ Heisner, Rick Curtis

Things to look forward to in 2016....

~Spring Craft Beer & Wine Tastings
~Ever changing calendar of in-store tastings of all your favorites-check out our website.
   - Meet Special Guests in our "Backroom", while learning about your favorite Wine, Beer or Spirits.
~Great deals on Twitter and Facebook, so be sure to follow us!
~Our 20th Annual Grand Wine Tasting...November 2016

 ....AND SO MUCH MORE!!! So Stay Tuned!!

Weymouth Store

486 Columbian Street

Weymouth, MA 02190

Phone: 781-331-2345

Cohasset Store

790 Chief Justice Cushing Hwy., Rte. 3A

Cohasset, MA 02025

Phone: 781-383-9800

Comments | Posted By Rick Curtis


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.

Comments | Posted in Craft Beer of the Week By Dan Middendorf

Pat's Gift Baskets

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.

If you would like more information or to place an order, call (781)331-2345 or email-


*****Coming Soon***** 

Stay tuned for our online gift shopping!!!

Comments | Posted in Pat's Gift Baskets By Pat DiLillo

Fall Favorites-September

Sep 17, 2015 12:27:41 PM

To order a Pat's Gift Baskets or for more (781)331-2345 and Ask for Pat or email

Stay Tuned for more gifts...they are on the way!

Comments | Posted in Seasonal Gifts by Pat By Pat DiLillo

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!



Comments | Posted in Wine of the Week By Joe Godas


                             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).



Comments | Posted in Wine of the Week By Joe Godas

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.

Comments | Posted in Craft Beer of the Week By Dan Middendorf

                              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.



Hermanus from the top of the Hemel-en-Aarde


Comments | Posted in Wine of the Week By Joe Godas

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.


Joe Godas

Comments | Posted in Wine of the Week By Joe Godas


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.



 Joe Godas

Comments | Posted in Wine of the Week By Joe Godas
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