There are many excellent reasons why Jack has a pet alligator. One such use is reaching treasure in a booby trapped tomb. And after procuring that treasure a Veltins Pilsner is the perfect thing to quench the thirst that was worked up in getting said treasure.

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Jack’s Picks of the Week: 3/14-3/21
OR while supplies last!

2014 Trimbach Gewurztraminer

Winemaker Notes: Trimbach Gewurztraminer is a bright pale gold color. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, lychee and rose petals. The taste is rich, intense, luscious and well balanced with a dry, spicy finish.

93 Points Wine Enthusiast: The aromas are rather shy on the nose — there is just a mere floral whiff. The palate is dry and lets us see subtle varietal aromas: golden peach, a touch of honeysuckle spice, a hint of jasmine, aromatic orange zest. This is a restrained, streamlined and elegant varietal expression. Drink now through 2030. Esprit du Vin.

92 Points James Suckling: This is extremely rich and beautiful yet balanced and bright with spice, aniseed and dried orange. Full-bodied and flavorful. Delicious. All in balance. All the production of Trimbach’s gewurz went into this.

90 Points Wine Spectator: Linear and finely knit, this offers fresh acidity throughout and flavors of cantaloupe, orchard blossom, nectarine and pickled ginger, underscored by clean-cut minerality that defines the finish. Not a powerhouse, but very elegant. Drink now through 2021.

Retail: $24.99
On Sale Thru 3/21: $21.99

2014 Yangarra Estate Vineyard Shiraz
Australia-McLaren Vale

Winemaker Notes: This wine is all about texture. The meaty blueberry hint is sometimes like prosciutto or other dark charcuterie meats; the figgy base tones provide a solid base flavor, the cleansing natural acidity working with the tannins to draw the finish out to a delicious taper with a long aftertaste where those cherries evident in the bouquet re-emerge, sinuous and more-ish.

93 Points James Suckling: Dense and layered Shiraz with loads of ripe fruit, yet remains vivid and lively. Full body, velvety tannins and a long, savory finish.

Retail: $26.99
On Sale Thru 3/21: $22.99

Time to line up for some 3 Fonteinen Beersel. Beersel Blonde is brewed with barley, wheat, Saaz hops, water, and beet sugar. This beer is unfiltered and undergoes secondary fermentation in the bottle. It has a slightly-sweet taste, with a delicate bitter aftertaste.

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From now through the end of March we will be selling bottles of Orval at a discount and on March 24th we will be raffling off some great Orval themed baskets and having an Orval day toast! Every purchase of Orval earns you an additional chance to win one of these wonderful items. You do not have to be present to win. As always proceeds from the sale of Orval go to support the abbey and their charities.

About Orval Day

Orval Day 2018 is Saturday, March 24, 2018

(Orval Day 2019 wll be Saturday, March 23, 2019)

On March 26th, 2016, and March 25, 2017, devotees of Orval Trappist Ale – and even some folks who hadn’t tried it yet – convened upon their favorite bar to celebrate one of the world’s unique and highly-respected beers. Orval was the first Brett beer to land on US shores, and has become the favorite beer for many star American brewers. ( “Brett” – brettanomyces – is a yeast variety that adds appetizing, sharp acidity and dryness.) Orval sells one beer, brewed to exquisite perfection within the walls of Notre Dame d’Orval Monastery in Belgium. It’s delicious when it leaves the brewery, but also evolves in the bottle for five years or more.

We had over 150 accounts participate in the March 2016 Orval Day, and about 12,000 bottles were sold; Orval 2017 was even bigger than 2017! Thanks to all who participated.

Orval Day 2018 will be Saturday March 24, 2018. For each bottle of Orval sold in the US in March 2018, Merchant du Vin will donate fifty cents to MAP International, providing lifesaving medicines to people in need around the world. A one-dollar cash donation to MAP provides $80 worth of medicine!

Jack’s Picks of the Week: 3/7-3/14
OR while supplies last!

2016 Hess Shirtail Ranches Sauvignon Blanc
California-North Coast

Winemaker’s Notes: This wine is loaded with aromatics of grapefruit and lemongrass with a hint of lime zest in the background. Refreshing acidity and citrus notes lead into a racy mouth that boasts notes of fresh fig and jasmine. This is a great warm weather wine with ample acidity and will pair nicely with a wide variety of dishes.

Retail: $13.99
On Sale Thru 3/14: $11.99

2016 Hess Shirtail Ranches Pinot Noir
California-Central Coast

Winemaker’s Notes: This wine has volume, a big luscious mouthfeel, followed by layers of cinnamon, cherry, and raspberry. Hints of vanilla and beautifully soft tannins highlight the deep cherry jam and vanilla evident in this intense, darkly colored Pinot. The mouth-filling taste is like velvet, demonstrating what gentle handling can do for this variety.

Retail: $19.99
On Sale Thru 3/14: $16.99

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