While following clues to try and locate a libation of unobtainium status, Jack was led to an architectural landmark in the Lake Helen Florida Cemetery called the Devil’s chair. Of course when he heard that a nearby brewery, Red Cypress, was brewing a bright and citrusy IPA with blood orange he had to make a detour to try it. So while searching for one treasure he discovered another and made it the beer of the week.

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Jack’s Picks of the Week: 1/17-1/24
OR while supplies last!

2013 Mommessin Pouilly-Fuisse
France-Burgundy

Winemaker’s Notes: Light golden to greenish yellow. A floral bouquet with ripe apple and citrus fruit flavors. A rich, silky mouth feel and a hint of almonds on a long smooth finish. This wine goes well with shellfish, fish, quenelles, white meats in cream sauce, poultry, and sweetbreads.

Retail: $29.99
On Sale Thru 1/24: $25.99

2012 Quinta do Crasto Reserva
Portugal -Douro

Winemaker’s Notes: Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines shows a complex aroma, with the fruit and the oak very well integrated and revealing spicy nuances. Intense and deep on the palate. The firm tannic structure gives great balance to the wine, with a long and lingering finish.

94 Points Wine Spectator: Powerful, rich and refined, with a lithe mouth-feel and flavors of boysenberry, sandalwood, macerated cherry and damson plum. Very mineraly as well, featuring loads of spicy notes on the well-structured, lingering finish. Elegant. Drink now through 2022.

93 Points Robert Parker: The 2012 Reserva Old Vines, Crasto’s familiar brand, is easily the best intersection of price and quality in Crasto’s 2012s, although that is frequently true. It comes awfully close to being the best wine, too. It is a very fine performance in this restrained year. It was aged for 18 months in barriques (85% French). With more depth and persistence than any of the other bottlings Crasto submitted this issue, excepting only the Vinha da Ponte, it shows nice depth for a 2012, fine structure with persistence and tension on the finish and that crisp, invigorating air that Crasto’s 2012s display. It is a creature of the vintage–but a very pretty creature it is. It is not as lush as some entrants in this brand or as deep, but few have had this lively feel to them. It is pretty delicious, too. It will be approachable young, but give it a couple of years if you can. It should also age well, given its acidity and real backbone. It is perhaps noteworthy that Crasto cut out three southern-facing vineyards from the blend this year, and also added in most of the fruit that would otherwise go to Maria Teresa, another of its specialty wines.

Retail: $39.99
On Sale Thru 1/24: $31.99

This week you get to taste the rainbow of Mikkeller Hallo Ich Bin Berliner Weisse beers! Pick your favorite for the beer of the week!

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Jack’s Picks of the Week: 1/10-1/17
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2017 Yalumba Unwooded Chardonnay
Australia-South Australia

Winemaker’s Notes: Medium straw in color with green hues, the aromatics are reminiscent of blossoms, pepper and an exotic hit of loquat. The palate of this Chardonnay is understated and refined, it begins quite full and creamy with a touch of nuttiness from the bâttonage. As it grows, the palate shows purity, with zingy citrus notes of limes and lemons. Freshness with a lovely lip smacking acidity gives this wine length and a clean pure finish. Try with pan fried haloumi with lemon and parsley or chickpea, zucchini and carrot pancakes with a green mango salad.

Retail: $12.99
On Sale Thru 1/17 : $10.99

2016 Austerity Pinot Noir
California-Santa Lucia Highlands

Winemaker’s Notes: This elegant and opulent Pinot Noir features aromas of cranberries and graham cracker with earthy overtones. The palate reveals ripe red fruit flavors complemented by balanced tannins and a long, lingering finish.

Retail: $16.99
On Sale Thru 1/17: $13.99

Jack always appreciated that there was an amazing Belgian style Quadruple just down the road in Ocala. Balanced, smooth, with notes of dried fruits, and a tad boozy. Perfect.

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