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
#OrvalDay

(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

Jack can’t get enough of Larry’s Latest Sour. Hops in the front followed by a smooth refreshing tartness at the finish, it’s a hoppy beer first and a sour beer second. It is also, the beer of the week.

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Jack’s Picks of the Week: 2/28-3/7
OR while supplies last!

2015 St Innocent Freedom Hill Pinot Blanc
Oregon-Willamette Valley

Winemaker’s Notes: The 2015 Pinot Blanc has almost ethereal aromas of peach skin, white flowers, and jasmine, with hints of vanilla. Very pure and precise flavors of white stone fruit, allspice and an underlying orange/Meyer lemon freshness. Soft and supple on the finish with underlying balanced acidity, the white fruits and spice slowly fade into the finish. Especially good with fish tartare, ceviche, oysters, and diver scallops.

Retail: $22.99
On Sale Thru 3/7: $18.99

2013 Vivanco Crianza
Spain-Rioja

Winemaker’s Notes: The bouquet consists of mature red berries, with hints of smoke, vanilla, and spice. Well-structured in the mouth, this Crianza is expressive and meaty and possesses a good balance of red fruit and toasted flavors. The tannins are mature and lead to an elegant, long finish. Ideal and versatile pairing for a wide variety of Mediterranean cuisine.

Retail: $18.99
On Sale Thru 3/7: $15.99

Just one sip of this Red Hopped Mama conjures up the history lesson we all learned as kids. Everyone knows the story of Captain Shaddock sailing from East India with pummel seeds in tow on his way to the Caribbean to change the face of fruit forever, but Shaddock could have never imagined that his Barbados forbidden fruit would find its way into the beer glass in front of you.

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