oktoberfestOktoberfest is in full swing! Rock out with your stein out, and choose an Oktoberfest beer for your punch this week!

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Jack’s Wine Picks of the Week: 9/20 – 9/27
OR while supplies last!

2016 Materra Chardonnay
California-Napa Valley (Oak Knoll District)

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2016 Materra Chardonnay bursts with aromas of bright citrus orange, honeysuckle, papaya, guava, toasty vanilla, jasmine and lemon meringue. Nice crisp acidity meets the palate up front that is very complimentary to the balance of fruit with oak. Additional flavors of lime zest, granny smith applies and tropical fruits gracefully make its presence throughout and meets the creamy middle to a clean lingering finish. Oak aged for 8 months in 40% new French oak and 60% neutral with only 1% going through malolactic fermentation. This Chardonnay pairs well with fruit salads and desserts, grilled fish, barbeque chicken, linguine and clams, semi-soft and hard cheeses and dishes enhanced with almonds, cashews or lemon. Enjoy now and up to 3-5 years.

Retail: $28.99
On Sale Thru 9/27: $19.99

2014 Simi Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
California-Alexander Valley

Winemaker’s Note: Simi 2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is deep, dark garnet in color with a ruby edge. Toasty oak frames and adds depth to dark fruit aromas of blackberry, plum, and black cherry, leading into intriguing notes of cocoa, cassis, pepper berry, and cedar. Black fruit dominates the entry followed by plum and black cherry with a spicy, lifted mid-palate. A bit of peppery cassis leads the finish with some roasted coffee notes and supple yet firm tannins.

The Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is incredibly food friendly and not a puzzle to pair with. It will bring out the best in grilled steaks with roasted mushrooms, Moroccan spiced lamb, and braised duck breast with carrot purée.

Retail: $23.99
On Sale Thru 9/27: $20.99

Vape TricksAlways wanting to push the envelope, Prairie has released Vape Tricks. This kettle-soured ale is conditioned on cherries for about a month before release.

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Jack’s Picks of the Week: 9/13 – 9/20
OR while supplies last!

2015 Carne Humana Napa Valley White Wine
California-Napa Valley

Winemaker’s Notes: The Carne Humana White Blend is co-fermented and barrel-aged as a single blend. It is pale straw with brilliant green hues, has intense fruit aromas of citrus blossom, melon, pineapple and guava with hints of flint or wet river stones. Crisp and dry on the palate with a focused acidity, hints of minerality and tropical fruit highlights. It is medium-bodied with a long, fresh finish.

Retail: $19.99
On Sale Thru 9/20: $16.99

2015 Michael Chapoutier Bila-Haut
France-Cotes du Roussillon

Winemaker’s Note: Deep garnet red. Aromas of black cherry. This wine is fleshy, well-structured with the warm and savage of soils of the Roussillon area.

91-93 Points Robert Parker: The jaw-dropper in the lineup was the quality of the 2015 Haut Cotes de Roussillon Villages les Vignes de Bila Haut. While the entry level wine from this estate, the quality here is incredible, especially at the price point. Made from 50% Grenache, 40% Syrah and 10% Carignan from a mix of the estate’s terroirs, aged in concrete tanks and stainless steel, it offers a rich, concentrated and serious feel to go with fabulously pure notes of blackberries, black raspberries, crushed rock and melted licorice. Thick, unctuous and luxuriously textured, this will certainly be the greatest vintage of this cuvee to date. Range: 91-93

90 Points Wine Spectator: This has finesse, with an iron core surrounded by blackberry, cassis, plum and garrigue flavors. Full tannins offer structure, with details of olive and bay leaf that linger into the savory finish. Drink now through 2020. 60,000 cases made.

Retail: $14.99
On Sale Thru 9/20: $12.99

IMG_1986’Distorted Farmhouse Pale Ale’ combines the elements of a soft and hazy IPA with a farmhouse ale back drop. Brewed with oats, spelt and lactose + hopped with Simcoe, Citra, Centennial and Pacific Gem. Read More

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