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October Club Selections
$12.99 regular $11.69 club
HENRI PETIT BOURGEOIS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018
HENRI PETIT BOURGEOIS SAUVIGNON BLANC 2018 There are many styles of Sauvignon Blanc and this one from the Loire Valley in France is a very popular one. If you are not a fan of the popular New Zealand style you should try this one. Miner-al and floral elements typical of Loire whites come through nicely here. It matches well with so many things…including goat cheese.
$12.99 regular $11.69 club
COUSINO MACUL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
There are many wines produced in Chile and this winery is on the forefront of the affordable South American wine wave. This fresh and elegant 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wine is perfect for autumn drinking. This Reserva is flavorful, mild-mannered and never heavy. This makes it a perfect accompaniment on the dinner table.
$16.99 regular $15.99 club
EVODIA GARNACHA 2017
There is never any disappointment when drinking this wine. Garnacha aka Grenache is a great
$11.99 regular $10.12 club
HESS PANTHERA CHARDONNAY RUSSIAN RIVER 2016
According to the winemaker Dave Guffy “the word Panthera is believed to be of East Asian origin, meaning the yellowish animal or golden yellow. We have crafted a striking golden-yellow Chardonnay that is opulent in style and beautifully textured. This inaugural vintage offers yellow stone fruit aromas that lead to delicious flavors of peach, white pear
SKYSIDE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
HESS COLLECTION ALLOMI CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
This Napa Valley Cabernet is made by the same winery that makes the Panthera Chardonnay (see above). Although labeled as a Cabernet, this wine will interest those who like blends; it consists of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Sirah, 4% Malbec, 2% Petite Verdot and 2% Merlot. It received great accolades including 90 Points from Wine Spectator which points out that it is “ a solid, juicy style, with bramble accents and earthy grip carrying dark currant and plum fruit flavors. Fresh savory notes add more energy to the finish. The fruit is unencumbered by toast. Drink now through 2025”. It may be wise to get a few extra bottles to see how it develops over time.
COULY-DUTHEIL CHINON ROUGE “LA COULEE AUTOMNALE” 2016
Do you want a bit of a changeup in your red wine game? Want to try a Cabernet that is not Sauvignon? This is a Cabernet Franc from the French region of Chinon located in the Loir Valley. This winery has a great reputation and graces some of the best tables in France. The Wine Enthusiast says “pure fruit gives this wine a fresh character. It is warm, lightly tannic, bursting with rich berry fruits and acidity. With its soft texture, the wine is likely to be ready soon”. Don’t miss out on a wine that the winery says can be kept for 3-5 years. The Baden region that this wine comes from is just a few miles from the French border, in Germany’s southernmost region. Joachim Heger and his work have revolutionized the potential of this ancient wine region. Heger practices sustainable farming and the wine is put into “big oak bar-rel + neutral
HIPPOLYTE REVERDY SANCERRE 2018
White wine should not be relegated to only the summer and Sauvignon Blanc to only the hottest months. This wine is made in the Loire Valley, France from the aforementioned grape. According to the importer Kermit Lynch it is possible the Hippolyte Reverdy’s family has been making wine since the 1600s! This is really fantastic wine. Per Kermit Lynch it is “very pure Sancerre aroma, generous, fresh, without grassy edges. The palate is expansive and the finish is dry and lipsmackingly good. One of the things I love about it is that it leaves on the lips, not the palate, not the throat, but on your lips, a fresh little lemony whisper which makes it a fabulous com-plement to simple fish dishes”.
GLENDALOUGH ROSE GIN
Gin can be a polarizing spirit. Lucky for us we live in an age where juniper isn’t the only defining quality of Gin. This Rose Gin is only one of the choices available from this English distillery. The distillery focuses on for-aging for ingredients, making them an unusual producer. This Rose gin is a re-distillation of their Wild Gin (the one with foraged ingredients) with added fruits, flowers and spices; along with that they add rose petals. They use three different types of roses to achieve complexity: Wild Rose from Wicklow mountains, fragrant Heritage roses, and Damask Rose. Once they have slowly distilled it, they infuse the gin with more rose petals in order to give it the color. This gin of course is not just for summer or a Gin and Tonic. It would be great in any drink that would let floral notes shine.
TRIGNON MUSCAT BEAUMES DE VENISE 2010
The increasing popularity of sweet wines such as some Rieslings, Moscato d’Asti and others means that it is certainly time to talk about this wine. The grape here is the beautifully aromatic Muscat Petit Grains. It produces a well-balanced white wine in the Rhone region of Beaumes de Venise. This wine can be consumed as an aperitif—it is certainly light enough in
LUSTAU FINO JARANA NV
Sherry is one of the most misunderstood wines in the world. Most people think it is a sweet-ish wine that someone’s grandmother used to drink. While it is true that a lot of grandmothers did drink some sweet Sherries, the fact is that Sherry ranges from very dry to very sweet. There is a Sherry for every occasion and every meal. Sherry comes from the region of Jerez in southwestern Spain. The method of making sherry is complex and so are the flavors. This particular one is made from the Palomino grape in the town of Jerez de la Frontera. The Lustau company has a stellar reputation for its range of sherries. This particular offering is “fresh, mineral and pungent on the nose with almonds and bakery notes. Dry and crisp, yet rich and with a full finish”. What can you pair this with? Lustau recommends fresh seafood as well as smoked fish. Putting it together with the classic Spanish Iberico ham would work. We think one of the tastiest snacks is drinking this Fino while nib-bling on Marcona almonds.
One of the most important aspects of making drinks and serving wine is temperature. We don’t often think about temperature unless the temperature is in some way not right.
Think about the cube of ice you need for the shaken martini or the block of ice you need for the summer party punch. Either way you want ice that is pure, clean and brilliant.
While at many other places you are buying ice made by someone else, at Towne we have our own icehouse. We make our own beautiful ice.
The ice is available in cubes. Not only is Towne your source for fine spirits, excellent wine and craft beer of all types, we are the place to ensure that all of those things are at the right temperature.
Ice. Ice. Baby.
Towne Liquor Store
Established in 1948, and still family owned, has been the premier supplier of excellent wine, beer and spirits in South Eastern Connecticut. We are located close to both Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun casinos. We provide a great selection and can also advise you on your spirited beverage needs.