Announcing In-Store Wine Education Classes!!
We are thrilled to announce monthly educational wine tasting classes for wine lovers! The theme will vary each month and will occasionally have a guest speaker. Each class is $35 per person, is limited to 20 people per class and takes place from 7-8:30PM. Next one up? December 18th!
Dec 18th - Wine Class: Navigating a Wine List & Communicating what You Like in a Wine - Kim Wallace, Reveler Beverage Wine Director, Advanced Sommelier/WSET Advanced
Thursday House Bear Brewing Mead Tasting
House Bear Brewing, out of Newburyport, is all about exploration, seeking interesting flavors wherever they find them: in their gardens, kitchens and brewery. Whimsical people at heart, with a wide palette for fantastic flavors, House Bear’s brews feature unusual flavor combinations, off-beat names, and labels that resemble the things they hold dear, like monster or bee-movie posters, or comics. They source their honey from responsible apiaries, mostly from Billerica, MA, but also from Ipswich and a few specialty varietals from Mount Airy, Maryland. If you haven’t tried mead before, this is a great place to start!
We will be tasting:
World War Bee – mead fermented with lemon and lemon verbena, this is their lemonade style mead! A pleasant balance of tart and sweet, your summer lemonade has grown up. Pair with any kind of fish dish: cod, tilapia, haddock, fish tacos, ceviche, as well as a creamy cheese. Cheeses to consider: creamy goat cheese (like Humboldt Fog), Brie, Triple Crème.
Paradise Unpaved – passion fruit-prickly pear mead. Tart passion fruit and sweet prickly pear create a tropical flavor that will definitely transport you to the beach no matter what time of year it is! Pairs well with spicy foods, red meat, bleu cheese. Cheeses to consider: Gorgonzola, Roquefort, Stilton.
Bloody Joe – A bloody mary mead! Definitely a must-try, like no other mead we’ve ever seen. A little spicy, a little salty, definitely tomato – if you like bloody mary’s you will enjoy this for sure. Try this with any dry, aged cheeses such as parmesan or mozzarella or any other cheese that is traditionally served with tomatoes.Learn More
Thursday: Berkshire Mountain Distilling
Reveler is excited to welcome Berkshire Mountain Distillers back to the tasting bar! Established in Sheffield, MA in 2007, Berkshire Mountain Distillers (BMD) was the Berkshire’s first craft distillery since prohibition. BMD uses regional materials in many of their products, creating a line of award-winning, truly authentic artisanal spirits. Their products have received numerous high accolades, including Gold Medal Wards from the Beverage Tasting Institute and San Francisco Spirits Competition. Come on in and try some for yourself!
We will be tasting:
Ice Glen Vodka - Handcrafted in small batches, they blend their finest quadruple distilled grain-based spirit with their celebrated water, known for its purity. BMD then uses a proprietary charcoal filtering process to create a vodka of exceptional sipping quality.
Greylock Gin - Handcrafted in small batches, their proprietary blend of seven botanicals, packed into a gin head suspended over a pot still, infuses the distillate with its unique essence bringing a London Dry style gin of excellent quality.
Ethereal Gin - Handcrafted in small batches, Ethereal is a true gin-lovers gin. Brimming with 14 botanicals and balanced flavors, it is bold yet sublime. Ethereal is a limited edition gin, its recipe and label color changing with each batch.
Ragged Mountain Rum - Made from molasses in the traditional pot style. It is triple distilled and aged in once-used bourbon barrels. BMD’s small batch method allows them to utilize only the finest fraction of spirit, creating a full-bodied rum of great sophistication and complexity.
Berkshire Bourbon - Handcrafted in small batches using local corn sourced from a farmer two miles from the distillery. After meticulous fermentation and distillation, only the finest cut of spirit is selected to be aged in virgin American white oak barrels.
Smoke and Peat Bourbon Whiskey - BMD starts with their gold medal award-winning Berkshire Bourbon, once it has been aged to perfection, then transfers it to casks that have been freshly emptied of Islay single malt Scotch. They let their bourbon finish in these heavily peated and smoked casks for just the right amount of time. The resultant whiskey is sure to please, perhaps even bring together, two typically different types of whiskey drinkers.Learn More
Thursday Wine Tasting with Hangtime Wine Distributors
Joe from Hangtime Wine Distributors will be joining us to pour a versatile lineup. Whether it’s for everyday consumption, a party, or a gift, today’s tasting has you covered. Bordeaux, Barolo, Old Vine Tempranillo and value-driven California Cabernet Sauvignon will be featured!
We will be tasting:
Château de Cranne, Bordeaux Rouge 2016 - Bordeaux, France
The vineyards of Château de Cranne are located in the terroir of the right bank of the Garonne River and their wines are certified organic. The result of their work is oriented to the authenticity and singularity of the soils. Their objective is to produce quality in a coherent and balanced system; the Château worked with ECOCERT (an independent certification body), which guarantees the transparency of the process and the proof of their efforts. The winemaking process and methodical approach are ongoing efforts in their vineyards: they do not use chemical products or selected yeasts; the wine fermentation is done at low temperatures; and the wine transfer (separation of the wine and sediment) is performed in anaerobic areas, allowing them to make a soft clarification. A generous, intense and fruity nose of strawberry, raspberry and black currant follows a rounded mouthfeel that is rich, but well balanced and with a long finish. Tannins are firm, but well rounded. Generous and fruity, this wine will develop well.
Fernando Principiano, Barolo Serralunga d'Alba 2015 - Piedmont, Italy
Principiano's Barolo Serralunga comes from two crus: Lirano, and the younger vine portion of Boscareto, the historic vineyard that abuts the famous Francia. In the 2015 vintage, there will be no single cru bottling of Boscareto from Principiano, so all the grapes are going into the Barolo Serralunga. This wine shows a beautiful light ruby color in the glass, with faint hints of brick red. The nose is deep and complex, with cherry, red fruit, rose and sandalwood combining in a balanced expression of classic Barolo. The palate shows the ripe nature of the 2015 vintage with quite open and approachable fruit, and once again that note of sandalwood and spice.
Terrai, OVT Old Vine Tempranillo 2016 - Cariñena, Spain
Terrai “OVT” (Old-Vine Tempranillo) is made from 100% Tempranillo berries grown on vines aged 30 years and older. Older vines give better wine than younger vines as they produce a lower volume of more concentrated, more flavorful berries. Maturation for OVT is 3 months (roble style) in French and American oak barriques. It is a flashy, bold red with a healthy ruby-purple color and big fruity aromas. The palate is full bodied and potent, with sweet tannins and delectable touches of strawberry, cocoa, muscovado sugar and coffee.
Shannon Ridge, Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 - Lake County, California
Shannon Ridge is a family-owned vineyard and winery located in Lake County, California. The vineyards are certified sustainably farmed, thus producing the finest fruit possible. Their mountain grown fruit offers their winemakers a full flavor profile from which they create these robust food-friendly wines. This Cabernet Sauvignon offers blackberry and dried cranberry characters with notes of pepper and allspice. The lengthy finish shows hints of cedar along with ripe fruit and toasted oak.Learn More
Friday Glendalough Distillery Irish Whiskey & Gin Tasting
Reveler is excited to have our good friends, Ireland’s own Glendalough Distillery, back at the tasting bar. Known as “The Garden of Ireland,” Glendalough is an ancient glacier valley that is renowned for its beauty and 6th century monastic settlements founded by St. Kevin of Glendalough. Monasteries like Glendalough were the birthplace of distilled drinks. Glendalough Distillery was founded by a group a friends from Wicklow and Dublin with a passion for reviving the heritage of craft distilling in Ireland. After years of questioning why there weren’t more craft distilleries in the birthplace of the practice, they quit their day jobs and together built a distillery near their favorite spot in the Wicklow Mountains, Glendalough. Perfect to celebrate the holidays, come on and try some phenomenal Irish spirits.
We will be tasting:
Rose Gin - The newest product from Glendalough! To make this very special, small-batch gin, Glendalough completely rebalances their Wild Gin recipe and redistills it with extra fruit, flowers, spices... and of course, a lot of fresh rose petals. Three varieties of rose are used: the rare and elusive Wild Rose from the Wicklow mountains, large fragrant Heritage Roses, and the ancient prized Damask Rose; all of which come together to make this a naturally pink and very floral gin. Given the delicate nature of petals as an ingredient, this gin is distilled even slower and more gently than the wild botanical gin with vapor distillation playing a bigger part in extracting the essential oils and flavors. After distilling, it is further infused with even more roses to deepen the flavors and of course, the lovely pink hue. This is not “just another pink gin” - far from it! The depth and complexity really needs to be tasted to be understood. Floral, fragrant and flavorful, it is some of the best, most interesting gin made and comes after a lot of experimenting with plants, fruit, spices and flowers.
Wild Botanical Gin - A full-time Glendalough forager scours the mountains around the distillery for wild plants, and what they pick goes fresh into the still within hours of foraging. Then, the wild botanicals are painstakingly slow-distilled to tease out delicate flavors in very small batches of less than 250 liters.
Double Barrel Whiskey - Upon its release, the whiskey won double gold at The World Spirits Competition in San Francisco. American oak Bourbon barrels bring sweet honey and smooth vanilla notes, and the Spanish Oloroso barrels layer on dried fruit and nutty flavors. It is an Irish whiskey that might make you think twice about Irish whiskey!
7yr Old Single Malt - Inspired by the seven hard years that St. Kevin spent in the wild and the “city of seven churches,” he came to build at Glendalough. By swapping barrels with 5 Lamps Brewery’s Black Pitts Porter, the finish brings the single malt to incredible depths. Made with roasted chocolate barley, it amplifies the malt notes while layering on rich, dark flavors.
13yr Old Single Malt - This winner of World Best Irish Whiskey is the first, and only, Irish Whiskey released with a Japanese mizunara oak finish. Their Japanese mizunara comes from Hokkaido, the rugged, most northern island of Japan. Mizunara amplifies much of what is already there while layering on more vanilla smoothness, sandalwood notes and even a bit of coconut.Learn More
Friday Wine Tasting with Classic Wine Imports
Friday’s wine tasting with one of our favorite wine salesmen, Ross from Classic Wine Imports, features some iconic producers in the lineup, notably Billecart-Salmon and Muga, which you won’t want to miss! Additionally, a stellar, tiny production Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon from Andrew Will Winery and a dry, old vine Moscatel from southern Spain are must tries!
We will be tasting:
Champagne Billecart-Salmon, Brut Rosé (NV) - Champagne, France
Truly one of the great Champagne houses, Billecart-Salmon is a medium-sized, family-owned property, founded in 1818 by Nicolas François Billecart and Elisabeth Salmon in the village of Mareuil-sur-Ay. The Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé famously stands tall among the rosé cuvée of the most famous Champagne houses. Billecart-Salmon has earned its reputation as a perfectionist, demanding nothing short of excellence, shrouded with a bit of a mystery as it approaches the firm’s 200th celebration. The house style, whether non-vintage, vintage, or deluxe cuvée, has been a perennial favorite among sommeliers, but in particular the rosé could very well be the favorite.
This lovely Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé Champagne has a bright inviting Coho salmon color with tiny bubbles and a lively mousse. The aroma is alive with a zesty red berry nose of raspberry, strawberry, black cherry and plums, enhanced by aromas of fresh cut flowers with hints of roses, spices, minerals and chalk. Incredibly flavorful, it enters the palate with a dry and crisp, decidedly elegant style; the red fruits zing in the mouth, with refreshing acidity. The perfect blend of 50% Chardonnay, 35% Pinot Noir, and 15% Pinot Meunier is a tasty treat that has a long exit highlighting the creamy texture with a lingering persistent finish. Without question, Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé is a great food Champagne that will pair perfectly with a multitude of food dishes. It’s a must-have wine for the perfect Christmas dinner or to ring in the New Year.
Botani, Sierras de Málaga Moscatel Old Vines 2017 - Andalucía, Spain
From Spanish luminary Jorge Ordóñez, Bodegas Jorge Ordóñez Málaga, located in Ordóñez’s hometown, was founded in 2004. A partnership between Ordóñez and the Kracher family of Austria, the winery was founded with the goal of resuscitating the centuries long tradition of winemaking in Málaga, which was destroyed by the phylloxera plague in the 19th century. It was Jorge’s dream to champion his home region and restore it to its former glory. The winery has more than accomplished its goal by producing the Spain’s first and best dry Moscatel de Alejandría, Botani, and by reviving the tradition of unfortified sweet wine making in Málaga.
Muscat of Alexandria is the oldest variety in the Muscat family and one of the few remaining genetically unmodified vitis vinifera cultivars remaining in the world today (the Phoenicians transplanted this grape from Alexandria, Egypt to Málaga approximately 2,800 years ago). The vineyards in Málaga are the most extreme in all of Europe: the mountainside vineyards are planted at inclinations of up to 70°, and there is no terracing, ladders, or mechanization to assist with the harvest. Comprised of 100% Muscat of Alexandria, Botani Old Vines Moscatel is characterized by expressive aromatics of lychee, fresh stone fruit and white flowers.
Bodegas Muga, Rioja Reserva 2015 - Rioja, Spain
Founded in 1932 by husband and wife team ,Isaac Muga and Aurora Caño, the Muga Family is synonymous with tradition and the skill of an artisan. Three generations have now contributed to the history of this Rioja cellar. Bodegas Muga is the only winery left in Spain that uses only oak throughout the entire process of elaboration of their wines. Muga has its own cooperage, directly importing American and French oak. The winery manufactures about 2,000 barrels each year.
The Rioja Riserva is aged for 24 months in barrel, then a minimum of an additional 12 months in bottle prior to release. Initially, you can find notes of red fruit aromas such as blackberries and reminders of spices. This is all well balanced by smoked aromas from its time in wood which had received a light-to-medium toasting. A subtle vanilla pod aroma comes through with roast coffee nuances and a smooth, mellow approach, with tannins wrapping the sides of the mouth with hints of menthol.
Andrew Will Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 - Columbia Valley, Washington
One of the great historic Washington houses, Andrew Will was founded by Chris Carmada in 1989. Back then, their first ‘winery’ was essentially a walkway between two adjoining roofed structures as they made wine there for the first five vintages. Chris named his winery for nephew Andrew and son Will, and the family and winery subsequently moved to Vashon Island in 1994, and has been there since. Chris started his winery by sourcing from two of the most famed vineyards in Washington, the Champoux and Ciel du Cheval Vineyards. Today, they source all of their grapes from their Two Blondes Vineyard as well as those two historic vineyards.
Sourced from Two Blondes Vineyard and Champoux Vineyard, this Cabernet Sauvignon shows good range on the nose from black tea to milk chocolate to crème de cassis. The wine has a silky mouthfeel with mocha, anise, crème de cassis and black olive tapenade flavors. Decadent and elegant, this is a beautiful wine made by Will Carmada.Learn More
Saturday Copper & Kings Brandy, Cordial, & Cocktail Tasting
We are excited to welcome Nick from Copper & Kings, out of Louisville KY, back to the tasting bar this weekend! Copper & Kings uses traditional copper pot-distillation to forge non-traditional craft-distilled, natural, pure pot-still American brandies influenced by American whiskey and American music. Their products are non-chill filtered, with no added sugar, boisé (powdered oak, shavings or infusion), other flavors, synthetic chemicals or caramel colorants creating an unadulterated , authentic, natural flavor, nose and color. They adopt a “low & slow” distillation philosophy to express fruit intensity, concentrated flavors, aromas, and a velvety finish. Copper & Kings feels the art of brandy starts in the vineyard or orchard, and they source classic brandy varietals – (French) Colombard, Muscat d'Alexandrie and Chenin Blanc – largely from the Central Valley and Central Coast regions of California. They demonstrate that American oak, particularly that found in a used bourbon barrel, is a perfect medium for brandy maturation. American oak is high in lactones, which when toasted release more linens and vanillin to provide warm, buttery, woody, vanilla and coconut flavors. Born in the heard of the Bourbon world, these brandies and cordials are truly unique plus Nick will be featuring a cocktail, as well - you won’t want to miss this tasting!
We will be tasting:
Butchertown Aged Brandy - This is not your granddad's ordinary, everyday brandy. A blend of distiller selected brandy from reserve casks composed of 75% aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels and 25% in new American oak that is reminiscent of some of the finest Kentucky bourbon on both nose and palate.
Floodwall Aged Apple Brandy - Named for the iconic protective wall that stretches behind their Butchertown distillery in the legendary neighborhood in Louisville, KY Floodwall is a superb blend of superior, copper pot-distilled apple brandy aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels and 250-liter Oloroso sherry casks from Spain. By blending American apple brandy with a minimum age of four years, they have created a full-bodied spirit at 100 proof alcohol strength. Floodwall is non-chill filtered with no post-distillation addition of apple flavor or essences creating a spirit with a beautifully natural apple essence.
Destillaré Orange Curacao - Orange peels and spices are macerated for 12 hours in apple brandy low wine then double distilled with the addition of honey. Additional peels & lavender petals are also vapor distilled at the same time. Vapor Basket botanicals are then macerated in the double-distilled apple brandy for 30 minutes for additional citrus extraction, and some color. The distillate is then aged in a Copper & Kings American Brandy barrel for an additional 3-6 months to add color and polish and soften the spirit. This process harks back to more original, traditional antique curaçaos. Orange blossom honey is infused into the distillate pre-bottling as a back-sweetener as opposed to typical sugar. This is a much less sweet, more balanced version of the larger, commercial curacao’s. Try it out in a margarita or your favorite cocktail for a more balanced, less sweet style!
Destillaré Intense Chocolat - Made with copper pot-distilled American brandy, real Caribbean cacao nibs & honey. During extended maceration in the barrel the natural cocoa butter is released within the spirit. This can cause a natural sheen or even a slight “truffle” in the bottle. Not sweet and syrupy, or thick and sticky, this spirit is very nicely balanced with sweetness from the honey and a faint natural dark chocolate bitterness on the back-end. Deliciously complex with barrel aged brandy smoothness. This is dark chocolate all day long – tip of the tongue through the mid-palate and down the back of the throat; luscious and rich, velvety and silky.
Brandied Cherries - Classic Bordeaux style Maraschino cherries marinated in Copper & Kings American Brandy. Long stem on, pitted, with a dense & meaty texture and a natural deep ruby color with a luxurious sweet, tart flavor. A natural complement to classic cocktails and inventive libations. Delicious with ice-cream & desserts. No Artificial Colors or Flavors. Gluten Free. Preservative Free.Learn More
Saturday Wine Tasting with AP Imports
Bordeaux, Burgundy and Barolo...oh myyyyyyy! That’s right - come in and meet Master Sommelier candidate, Lauren Dadonna, of AP Imports as she walks you through some serious hitters at today’s tasting. If you’re looking for a gift, today’s the day!
We will be featuring:
Domaine Gracieux Chevalier, Crémant de Bourgogne Brut (NV) - Burgundy, France
VEUVE AMBAL is a family-run wine company established over 100 years ago in the heart of the Burgundy region, and is now the largest producer of Crémant de Bourgogne. The talent and dedication of its team has enabled it to become the market leader and specialist of this appellation in France. It was established towards the end of the 19th century in Rully, the birthplace of its founder, Marie Ambal. This pioneering woman developed the reputation of sparkling wines from Burgundy far beyond the region's borders. Today, the company is run by her descendant, Eric Piffaut and his son, Aurélien, who is also involved in the business. Together, they use their expertise and knowledge to continue the family tradition of producing high quality wines.
Gracieux Chevalier is located in the southern half of the Chablis region and covers 56 hectares of vineyards, 45 of which are adjoining. Planted with low-trained vines in Kimmeridgian and Portlandian soils, this Crémant de Bourgogne is produced on the ancient Pérignon farm in Cravant. The Cuvée Gracieux Chevalier is a remarkable blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, and is blended with 20 to 25% reserve wines. The wine is aged on racks for 20 to 35 months in order to impart aromatic intensity. The unique character of the Auxerrois vineyards lends this wine its warm notes of freshly-baked pastries and fleshy fruits such as apricot, peach, cherry and blackberry. Chardonnay brings the minerality and notes of white flowers that characterize a high quality Crémant de Bourgogne.
Domaine Anita, Chénas, Cuvée P'tit Co Les Brureaux 2016 - Burgundy, France
Domaine Anita is a relative newcomer to the vineyards of Beaujolais. Anita Kuhnel started her own estate in 2015 after 15 years in the family business. She is passionate about winemaking and has been involved since the beginning in the production of cellar wines. The Domaine, located in Chenas, operates within 6 appellations (Moulin à Vent, Morgon, Chénas, Fleurie, Beaujolais, Beaujolais-Villages), each located on exceptional terroirs. Sustainable agriculture is implemented on each plot.
On the granite soils, where the Gamay varietal flourishes, Domaine Anita chooses to maintain a high plantation density in order to optimize the quality of the grapes, resulting in smaller fruit with thick skin and rich pulp. From picking to bottling, the identity of each parcel is respected, offering diversity to each wine. Domaine Anita is supported by a tight team of viticultural employees who carry out all manual work. The Chénas Cuvée P'tit Co Les Brureaux releases floral aromas of peony and rose, as well as spicy notes. The mouth is generous and well structured, yet gentle and velvety – a real treat.
Diego Conterno, Barolo 2014 - Piedmont, Italy
To Diego Conterno, wine is passion, interpretation, and art. Wine reflects the identity of a terroir: in this case, the Langhe of Monforte d’Alba. Diego Conterno has been considering the vineyards, the grapes and the wine in this way for thirty years. In 1982, he started a successful enterprise with his cousins Claudio and Guido Fantino, which lasted until 2000. With the new century, Diego felt ready to face new challenges and founded his own winery with his name.
The wines by Diego Conterno are all organic “The 2014 Barolo is a gorgeous wine that will delight readers who enjoy classically built Barolos. Pliant and expressive, with striking aromatic presence, the 2014 is singing today. Spice, orange peel, new leather, flowers and sweet tobacco all grace this very pretty and exquisitely beautiful Barolo from Conterno.” – 92pts, Vinous
Château Grange-Neuve, Pomerol 2015 - Bordeaux, France
Formerly part of the estate of Bourgneuf, the first mention of Château Grange-Neuve was at the end of the 19th century by the grandfather of the current owners. Over time, the vineyard has been enlarged and today it spans 12 hectares situated on the west side of Pomerol. The soil consists of silica on the surface and iron underneath (called “crasse de fer”) which is very typical of the terroir of Pomerol. The entire vineyard was replanted following the great frost of 1956. Château Grange-Neuve is surrounded by Château Latour, Château Bourgneuf, and Château La Pointe.
Comprised of 95% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc from 35 year old vines, the 2015 strikes a beautiful balance between elegance and power. A rich, bold, and concentrated wine with aromas of black fruit, tobacco, flint, and dark spices, all wrapped around full, velvety tannins. A great, well-balanced Pomerol to be enjoyed with your hearty meals.Learn More