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Father’s Day gift ideas that will make pops proud!

Not sure what to get dad this Father’s Day? Our Spirits Department has a few ideas! And you know what else – many of the items on the list are DEEPLY discounted! Hurry on in because (1) these discounts won’t last forever (2) Father’s Day is Sunday!

Scotch Whisky Gifts for Dad

Father's Day Gift_Scotch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Macallan Edition No. 2 750ML: On sale for $79.99 through 6/20 (reg. $129.99)
Glenmorangie 10 Year 750ML: On sale for $29.99 through 6/20 (reg. $41.99)
Glencairn Whisky Glasses: $15.99 each
Gift Bag: $1.99

Kentucky & Colorado Whisk(e)y Gifts for Dad

Father's Day Gift Whiskey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basil Hayden’s Bourbon 750ML: On sale for $29.99 through 6/20 (reg. $43.99)
E. H. Taylor Small Batch 750ML: On sale for $33.99 through 6/20 ($39.99)
Maker’s Mark 1.75L: On sale for $39.99 through 6/20 (reg. $55.99)
Crystal Tumblers (set of 2): $13.99
Stainless Steel Glacier Rocks: $21.99
Gift Bag: $1.99

Elkins Whiskey Father's Day Gift

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Elkins Colorado Whisky 750ML (Elkins Distilling is Estes Park’s first legal distillery): $30.99
American Flag Flask: $14.99
Gift Bag: $1.99

Father's Day Gift_A.D. Laws

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A.D. Laws Secale Straight Rye Whiskey, Molly’s Single Barrel 750ML: $69.99
Stainless Steel Glacier Rocks: $21.99
Gift Bag: $1.99

Vodka Gifts for Dad

Father's Day_Absolute Vodka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Absolut Vodka (80 Proof) 1.75L: On Sale for $22.99 through 6/20 (reg. 32.99)
Host Martini Freeze Cooling Cups (set of 2): $18.99
Party Swords (50 count): $1.49

Ketel One Arnold Palmer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ketel One Vodka, Arnold Palmer Collector’s Edition, 750ML: $22.99
Golf Ball Ice Mold: $6.99
Gift Bag: $1.99

Tequila Gifts for Dad

Casa Noble all 3 tequilas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Casa Noble Crystal 750ML: On sale for $25.99 through 6/20 (reg. $35.99)
Casa Noble Reposado: On sale for $29.99 through 6/20 (reg. $49.99)
Casa Noble Anejo: On sale for $39.99 through 6/20 (reg. $59.99)
Gift Bag: $1.99

All prices limited to stock on hand. Molly’s Spirits reserves the right to limit quantities. Prices are subject to change.

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gluten free hard seltzer comparison

Hard Seltzers Made Easy

gluten free hard seltzer comparison

These bubbly beverages seem to be everywhere these days and with summer on its way, they aren’t going away anytime soon. But what makes a hard seltzer a hard seltzer?

There is a difference between hard seltzers and malt beverages. Hard seltzer is made like beer but cane sugar is fermented instead of malted barely, and the flavoring comes from real fruit.  As frequent hard seltzer consumers, the Molly’s Marketing Department decided to look into the options we have at the store, and it was during our exploration that we discovered what’s NOT in hard seltzers is just as important as what’s in them.  Our top three picks contain no artificial flavors and no gluten. We’re also digging the 12 oz cans they come in, making them perfect companions for summer activities whether you’re planning to hit the trail or park a seat on the patio. Mix with your favorite spirit to create a fruity, bubbly cocktail! You can find our hard seltzer collection chilling (literally, they are chilled and ready to go) in Cooler #7.

Here’s a breakdown of our top 3 hard seltzer picks:

1) Truly Spiked & Sparkling

Truly Spiked & Sparkling is a gluten free spiked sparkling water and does not contain any liquor or spirits. The alcohol comes from fermented cane sugar and a hint of fruit. No artificial flavors or sweeteners.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Colima Lime, Grapefruit & Pomelo, and Pomegranate
Packaging: 6pk and 12pk 12oz. cans & bottles. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s
Nutritional facts per 12oz.: 100 calories, 2 grams of carbs, 1 gram of sugar, gluten free, 5% ABV (we reached out to Truly for the sodium content, but haven’t received a response)
Price: $8.49/6pk | $15.99/12pk

2) White Claw Hard Seltzer

White Claw Hard Seltzer delivers a fresh surge of refreshment using what they call a proprietary BrewPure™ process. This gives White Claw the cleanest, gluten-free alcohol base possible. To keep it pure, no crystalline fructose, dietary fiber or preservatives are added; only natural flavors, nothing artificial.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Black Cherry, Grapefruit, and Lime
Packaging: 6pk 12oz. cans. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s
Nutritional facts per 12oz: 110 calories, 4 grams of carbs, 20mg sodium, 4 grams of sugar, gluten free, 5% ABV
Price: $8.99/6pk | $16.99/12pk

3) SpikedSeltzer

SpikedSeltzer is a non-malt beer made from purified water and all natural ingredients. The fresh fruit flavors are derived from cold-pressed citrus essence from a variety of fruits. Fermentation of this citrus essence and sugar naturally produces 6% alcohol (the highest ABV in our hard seltzer group). With no wheat or barley, SpikedSetlzer is gluten free.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Cape Cod Cranberry, Valencia Orange, West Indies Lime, and Indian River Grapefruit
Packaging: 12oz. cans. Molly’s currently only carries the canned SpikedSeltzer variety 12pk
Nutritional facts per 12oz.: 140 calories, 25mg of sodium, 5 grams of carbs, 5 grams of sugar, gluten free, 6% ABV
Price: $18.49/variety 12pk

Here’s how our favorite sparklers stack up against each other:

gluten free hard seltzer comparison chart

If you are looking for a low calorie malt beverage…

Henry’s Hard Sparkling

Not to be confused with Henry’s Hard Soda, Henry’s Hard Sparkling is a low-carb spiked sparkling water malt beverage with natural flavor.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Lemon Lime and Passion Fruit
Packaging:  6pk bottles
Nutritional facts per 12 oz.:
Lemon Lime: 93 calories, 2.9 grams of carbs, 4.2% ABV
Passion Fruit: 92 calories, 2.6 grams of carbs, 4.2% ABV
Price: $8.99/6pk

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer

Smirnoff Spiked Sparkling Seltzer is a premium malt beverage crafted to remove the gluten, and made only with natural flavors.

Flavors found at Molly’s: Orange Mango, Cranberry Lime, and Watermelon
Packaging:  6pk 12oz. cans. Canned variety 12pks are also available at Molly’s.
Nutritional facts per 12 oz.: All flavors: 90 calories, 1 gram of carbs, 0 sugar, 4.5% ABV
Price: $7.99/6pk | $15.49/12pk

And there you have it folks! We hope this helps you and your quest for your go-to summer 2017 beverage!

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Laven-berry prosecco cocktail

Top 7 Easy Summer Wedding Cocktails

Summer wedding season is quickly approaching! For those with impending nuptials, are all your ducks in a row? If one of your last boxes to check is finalize your signature cocktail or your entire bar menu, then this blog post is for you. If you’re newly engaged or know someone tying the knot, the following cocktails are also perfect for bridal luncheons, engagement parties, or even a night of wedding planning.  But the most important takeaway is this – Molly’s delivers to special events!  Our event planning team has over 30 combined years of experience! We’ll help you accurately estimate how much alcohol you’ll need and assist you in picking out the right wines, spirits and beers for your event all while keeping you within your budget! We will also work directly with your venue (if you have one) to ensure a pain free delivery process for you! Click here to get started!

But now back to the cocktails. As always, we’re following the trends over here and floral, herb-inspired cocktails are in! Not only will they look pretty in pictures, but these refreshing cocktails will have your guests drinking like royalty! We’ve included a little something for everyone in our top 7 summer wedding cocktail list. We’ve got bubbly, tequila, bourbon, vodka, and more! And make sure to check out #7. It’s a Molly’s original that’s already made its way into 5280 Magazine!

Grapefruit and Sage Mimosa

Grapefruit and Sage Mimosa

2 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice
A sweet sparkling wine (we used Martini & Rossi Sparkling Rosé)
A few fresh sage leaves
A wedge of grapefruit for garnish

Directions:
Tear a few sage leaves and place at the bottom of the glass. Add about 2 ounces of grapefruit juice and top off with sparkling wine. Garnish with additional sage leaves and grapefruit wedge.

Berry Happy together Sangria

Berry Elderflower Sangria

1 bottle Sauvignon Blanc or dry white wine
3/4 cup Elderflower liqueur
2 fresh peaches, sliced
5-6 fresh strawberries
6 fresh raspberries
1 small bunch of fresh white grapes

Directions:
Stir ingredients in a pitcher or carafe. Allow fruit to soak in mixture for 15 minutes– or longer if desired. Serve in an ice-filled glass. Garnish with micro marigolds.

Peach Basil Moscow Mule

Peach Basil Moscow Mule

A few pieces of fresh basil
1/4 lime
2 oz peach vodka
6 oz ginger beer

Directions:
Fill glasses with ice. If you have copper mugs that’s awesome, but any cocktail glass will work! Add 2 oz of peach vodka and 6 oz ginger beer. Squeeze in 1/4 of a lime and then add a couple pieces of fresh basil. Stir all of the ingredients together.

Bourbon Mint Lemonade

Bourbon Mint Lemonade

1/2 oz bourbon
1/2 oz limoncello
8 0z (1 cup) lemonade
4-5 fresh mint leaves

Directions:
Muddle mint leaves in glass and add a couple of ice cubes to release their flavor. Mix in bourbon, limoncello, lemonade and stir. Garnish with a few mint leaves.

Elderflower Mojito Cocktail

Elderflower Mojito Cocktail

1 oz Elderflower liqueur
1 oz rum, white
10 fresh mint leaves
1 1/2 oz lime juice
1 1/2 oz simple syrup

Directions:
Add the rum and mint leaves to a mixing glass. Muddle the mint leaves lightly. Pour the elderflower liqueur, lime juice and simple syrup into the mixing glass and stir. Pour into an ice-filled glass and garnish with edible flowers if desired.

Cucumber Margarita

Cucumber Margarita

4 slices of fresh cucumber
1 lime wedge
1 oz lime juice
1 1/2 oz tequila
1 oz triple sec
Tajin seasoning to rim the glass – chile peppers, lime, and sea salt

Directions:
Place 3 cucumber slices (skin removed) in glassware and muddle. Add 1 ounce of lime juice, 1 1/2 ounces of tequila, and 1 ounce triple sec and stir. Add tajin to the rim and garish with a cucumber slice and lime wedge

Laven-berry prosecco cocktail

Molly’s Laven-berry Prosecco Cocktail

1 lemon slice
1 rosemary sprig
A few fresh blackberries
1 1/2 oz lavender gin (we used Colorado’s Lee Spirits Lavender Gin)
1 oz blackberry liqueur (we used Leopold Bros’ Rocky Mountain Blackberry Liqueur)
Prosecco to top off

Directions:
Combine lavender gin and blackberry liqueur and stir. Top off with prosecco. Garish with a lemon slice, blackberries, and a rosemary sprig.

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The Best Wines for Summer – It’s Rosé Season

Suns Out, Rosés Out! It’s time to rejoice in the official wine of summer – the rosé!  This trendy pink drink comes with its own catchphrases like “Rosé All Day” and “Yes Way, Rosé” and even recently made headlines for its availability in 40 ounce bottles!

And there’s a reason for the hype, the hashtags, and the memes so we’re going to dive into the pink world of rosé. Your guide to a rosé-filled summer is here, and it’ll have you saying “New Day, New Rosé”.

Rosé basics (although rosé is anything but basic)

Rosé is a category of wine – just as white and red are categories. Its name comes from the French word for pink.

Rosé happens when the skins of red grapes touch wine for only a short time (anywhere from 2 hours to 20 hours). The longer the grapes’ skins are left sitting in the wine, the darker the color of the finished rosé.

There are three ways to make rosé: maceration, saignée and blending. The maceration method is when red wine grapes are let to rest, or macerate, in the juice for a period of time and afterward the entire batch of juice is finished into a rosé wine. The Saignée (“San-yay”) method is when some of the juice is bled off during the first few hours of making a red wine and put into a new vat to make rosé. This method is very common in wine regions that make fine red wines such as Napa and Sonoma. And the blending method is when a little bit of red wine is added to a vat of white wine to make rosé. It doesn’t take much red wine to dye a white wine pink, so usually these wines will have up to 5% or so, of a red wine added. This method is very uncommon with still rosé wines but happens much more in sparkling wine regions such as Champagne.

The primary flavors of rosé wine are red fruit, flowers, citrus, and melon, with a pleasant crunchy green flavor on the finish similar to celery or rhubarb. Of course, depending on the type of grape the rosé wine is made with will greatly vary the flavor.

Rosés range in taste from dry (not sweet) to sweet depending on grape. Pink doesn’t always equal sweet!

The suggested serving temperature:45 – 55 degrees F / 7 – 10 degrees C.

Rosé pairs well with SO MANY foods – fin fish, shellfish, white meat, cured meat, hard cheese, soft cheese, greens, and exotic spices like turmeric, ginger, saffron, and cumin.

Just like summer can’t last forever, the vast majority of rosés are made to be consumed within 1-2 years which is why the rosés you’ll see below are from 2015 and 2016.

Rosé is produced in every major country and is made of nearly every grape variety – both red and white. The Molly’s Wine Team has chosen a few favorites out of our ENTIRE section of rosés for our guide. These hail from France, Spain, Austria, the good ol’ U.S. of A., Chile, and South Africa. Let’s travel through the various regions together!

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France

Rosé wines of France mainly come from Provence and Languedoc-Roussillon, both located in Southern France. French rosés are dry and the blend usually includes Grenache (fruity) and Syrah (savory). Fun facts: Provence is the world’s largest wine region specializing in dry rosé! The Center for Rosé Research, located in Provence, is the only scientific organization dedicated to studying rosé wine and supporting improvements in rosé quality and diversity. Wine Folly has dubbed rosés from Provence the “little black dress of pink wines”.

Saint Roch les Vignes Côtes de Provence Rosé 2016

“This blend of Cinsault (50%) and Grenache (50%) has everything a Provençal rosé should: delicacy, dryness and drinkability. It smells of bright red berries, and the palate is lively and full of crisp, food-friendly acidity.” — Importer

Region/Appellation: Côtes de Provence
Country Hierarchy: Provence, France
Grape/Blend: 50% Grenache, 50% Cinsault
Price: $14.98 | ON SALE: $12.98
Enjoy: With fresh berries while soaking in a hot spring

Château Montfaucon ‘Les Gardettes’ Rosé 2016

“Refreshing and crisp with hints of peaches, raspberries and violets, this easy drinking dry rosé is meant to be enjoyed casually in a jovial spirit.” – Rodolphe de Pins, Château de Montfaucon

Region/Appellation: Montfaucon
Country Hierarchy: Rhône Valley, France
Grape/Blend: Cinsault, Counoise and Grenache
Price: $12.98 | ON SALE: $10.98
Enjoy: While getting your daily dose of green vegetables (who said that can’t be fun?!)

AIX Rosé 2016

“An elegant rosé with layers of complexity and a fresh personality. Beautifully balanced with bright fruit flavors, delicate floral notes, and a long finish reminiscent of a clear, warm day in Provence, this delicious rose is as captivating as a gentle refreshing summer breeze – it seduces you like a bright sunny day. Sublime happiness in every sip. Enjoy chilled.” – Maison Saint AIX

Region/Appellation: Coteaux d’Aix-en-Provence
Country Hierarchy: Provence, France
Grape/Blend: 60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Cinsault
Price: $16.98 | ON SALE: $13.98
Enjoy: Overlooking the water with a glass of AIX Rosé in one hand and a good book in the other

Domaine de Beaurenard Côtes du Rhône Rosé 2016

“Fruity with ‘pep’, class and a nice mineral support. A frank attack with pleasing roundness, present fruit balanced by a delicate structure found by the mineral presence.” – Domaine de Beaurenard

Region/Appellation: Côtes du Rhône
Country Hierarchy: Rhône, France
Grape/Blend: Grenache, Syrah Juice, and Cinsault
Price: $18.98 | ON SALE: $16.98
Enjoy: At a backyard BBQ

Moulin de Gassac Guilhem Rosé 2016

“A pleasant, intense, floral and mineral nose and well balanced palate with freshness combining red currants and berries. This rosé is ready to drink now, and should be consumed within a year to enjoy its fresh fruitiness to the full. Enjoy as an aperitif or with a meal.” – Mas de Daumas Gassac

Region/Appellation: Pays d’Herault
Country Hierarchy: Languedoc, France
Grape/Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Carignan
Price: $12.98 | ON SALE: $10.98
Enjoy: While enjoying a late lunch after tackling your weekend to-do list

Chãteau du Rouët Côtes de Provence Cuvée Réservée Tradition Rosé 2015

“A refreshing blast of rose petal aromas give way to crisp minerality loaded with notes of cherry blossom, raspberry and strawberries. This classically dry Provençal rosé has a fruity palate and a long, rich aftertaste.” – Chãteau du Rouët

Region/Appellation: Côtes de Provence
Country Hierarchy: Provence, France
Grape/Blend: 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, and 20% Syrah
Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $15.98
Enjoy: While sharing a cured meat plate with your bestie

Château de Paraza Cuvée Spéciale Rosé 2016

“A pleasing nose with notes of strawberry and redcurrant. On the palate the wine is wild, round, and well-balanced, with a lot of crisp. Pure freshness.” – Château de Paraza

Region/Appellation: Minervois
Country Hierarchy: Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Grape/Blend: 50% Syrah, 50% Grenache
Price: $13.98 | ON SALE: $11.98
Enjoy: With takeout from your go-to sushi place and a little Netflix binge

Spain

The most popular Spanish rosés are Tempranillo (savory) and Garnacha (fruity)-based rosado wines from Rioja, but Spain hosts a range of rosé wines. Jumilla is located on the Mediterranean coast of south-eastern of Spain and produces quality rosés from the Monastrell (savory) grape variety.

Ostatu Rosado 2016

“Pale salmon, bright color with pinks reflections. Aromas of fresh fruits (strawberries), with a fine and elegant expression. Very fresh and balanced in the mouth, slightly oily and with dimension. Great balance of flavors, fruitiness and warmth.” – Ostatu

Region/Appellation: Rioja Alavesa
Country Hierarchy:  Spain
Grape/Blend: 70% Tempranillo, 27% Garnacha and 3% Viura
Price: $17.98 | ON SALE: $15.98
Enjoy: With a make your own pizza date night

Bodegas Muga Rosado 2016

“Aromas of red currant and strawberry, and flavors of bright red fruit, orange and flowers. A very easy wine to drink” – Bodegas Muga

Region/Appellation: Rioja Alta
Country Hierarchy: Rioja, Spain
Grape/Blend: 60% Garnacha, 30% Viura and 10% Tempranillo
Price: $18.98 | ON SALE: $15.98
Enjoy: Poolside with a plate of sliced mango

Bodegas Olivares Rosado 2016

“The blend of Monastrell and Grenache gives richness and structure to this fresh, fruity rosé. You’ll find floral and red fruits on the nose and in the mouth. It is fruity, fresh and balanced.” – Bodegas Olivares 

Region/Appellation: Jumilla
Country Hierarchy: Murcia, Spain
Grape/Blend: 70% Grenache, 30% Monastrell
Price: $10.98 | ON SALE: $8.98
Enjoy:
By the campfire, although you might want to transfer into a different vessel before you set out on your adventure (should you decide to brave it and bring the glass bottle, it is a twist off so no need to worry about a cork screw)

Austria

Rosé wine is produced in all of Austria´s wine-growing regions, Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt are two significant grape varieties used in Austrian rosés.  Zweigelt is characterized by bold cherry flavors and a slight herbaceous bitter note on the finish making rosé wines fruity while Blaufränkisch typically produces wines rich in tannin and sometimes exhibiting a pronounced spicy character. Niederosterreich (Lower Austria) is the largest wine region in Austria followed by Burgenland.

Meinklang Frizzante Pinot Noir Rosé 2015

“This light frizzante made from Pinot Noir shows a lot of fruitness and aromatics. Strawberries, cherries and minerality lead to long slightly bubbly finish. Organic and biodynamic!” – kwselection.com

Region/Appellation: Burgenland
Country Hierarchy: Austria
Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir, Zweigelt & Blaufränkisch
Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $17.98
Enjoy: With Sunday brunch

Pratsch Rosé 2016

“Made from several varieties of organically-grown estate grapes, this Austrian rosé is delicate and dry featuring aromas and flavors of wild strawberries, peach, and pear, backed by crisp, refreshing acidity.” – Winesellers, Ltd

Region/Appellation: Niederosterreich (Lower Austria)
Country Hierarchy: Austria
Grape/Blend: Zweigelt
Price: $14.98 | ON SALE: $10.98
Enjoy: With paella after a day spent on the water

United States

As of August 2016, The United States is currently ranked as the world’s third largest producer of rosé wine (after France and Spain respectively) and is gaining ground as the trend shows its longevity year after year!

Moshin Vineyards 2016 Rose of Pinot Noir

” A dry, refreshing, cool, crisp pink with flavors and aromas of strawberry, melon and hints of spring flowers. 100% Pinot Noir that delivers a juicy and delicious wine – pairing easily with appetizers, fish and good times with friends!” — Moshin Vineyards

Region/Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California
Country Hierarchy: USA
Grape/Blend: Pinot Noir
Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $17.98
Enjoy: At happy hour with friends from the office

Bonny Doon Vin Gris de Cigare 2016

“The ’16 Vin Gris is a bit of a departure from recent vintages, somewhat deeper in color and definitely a bit fruitier than some, though the fruit is perhaps (at least at this stage) more of the dark and brooding variety, particularly suggestive of black currants, Damson plum and rosehips. This wine is all about elegance and restraint. Rosehips, cassis, fraises de bois, citrus rind, with a wonderfully austere stony finish ” – Bonny Doon Vineyard

Region/Appellation: Central Coast, California
Country Hierarchy: USA
Grape/Blend: 49% Grenache, 19% Grenache Blanc, 13% Mourvèdre, 12% Carignane, 4% Cinsaut, 3% Roussanne
Price: $19.98 | ON SALE: $14.98
Enjoy: At a 4th of July crab boil under the fireworks

Chile

Chile’s hot summers, coastal cooling breezes, and moderate rainfall make it an ideal climate for wine grape growing! Most of Chile’s vineyards are located in the Central Valley Region, a large region that contains several smaller valleys like Maule Valley which is where our pick from Chile is produced. Over the past two decades, Chile has seen a massive diversification; wineries, both big and small, new wine regions and plantings of altogether new-to-Chile grapes. The Carménère grape used in the rosé below is now considered the national grape of Chile.

Apaltagua Reserva Carménère Rose

“Rose petal-colored, clear, brilliant and clean, our Apaltagua Carménère Rosé has perfumed aromas of tart red fruit, such as raspberry. With floral notes such as rose, as well as hints of citrus, there is a touch of light balsamic and subtle spice. In the mouth it is fresh and dry, with a medium body and a long finish.” – Apaltagua Vineyards

Region/Appellation: Maule Valley
Country Hierarchy: Chile
Grape/Blend: 85% Carmenere, 15% Syrah
Price: $11.98 | ON SALE: $9.98
Enjoy: On a picnic with a plate of fresh tomato and mozzarella slices

South Africa

Like the United States and Chile, South Africa is classified as a ‘New World’ region. New World wines come from countries that used to be colonies, where winemaking (and Vitis vinifera grapes) were imported. The differences in Old World and New World wines come from winemaking practices (tradition) and from the affect of the land and climate on the grapes (the “terroir”). New World wines are often described as tasting riper, having higher alcohol, having less acidity, and tasting more fruity while Old World wines are often described as tasting lighter, having less alcohol, having higher acidity, and tasting less fruity. The Cabernet Sauvignon is one of South Africa’s most planted grapes and is used to produce the rosé listed below. First released in 1999, Mulderbosch Rosé was one of the very first of its kind from South Africa. This rosé is produced in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s leading wine area with a winemaking tradition that stretches back to the end of the 17th-century.

Mulderbosch Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé 2016

“Bracing mineral aromatics and floral notes are found on the nose whilst the well balanced and vibrant palate features freshly sliced watermelon, Turkish rose water and subtly herbaceous Cabernet Sauvignon flavours. Amplifying its fresh, clean acidity and striking length is a burst of succulent Ruby grapefruit that carries the wonderful ensemble to a pleasant, lasting finish.” – Mulderbosch

Region/Appellation: Stellenbosch /Coastal Region
Country Hierarchy: South Africa
Grape/Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: $13.98 | ON SALE: $11.98
Enjoy: At the annual Labor Day family reunion

All prices limited to stock on hand. Molly’s Spirits reserves the right to limit quantities. Prices are subject to change. Molly’s has an entire section dedicated to rosés (Lane 2, Aisle B)! Swing by and our wine team will be happy to help you find the perfect one!

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Denver Art Museum Uncorked Wines

Denver Art Museum’s Uncorked Reserve Wine Pairings

Molly’s Spirits is a proud sponsor of this year’s Uncorked Reserve 2017. Uncorked is the Denver Art Museum’s spring fundraising event benefiting the museum’s exhibitions and programs. It’s a two-tiered event that includes Uncorked Reserve and the after party – Uncorked AFTERGLO. The evening includes a silent auction cocktail reception in the museum’s Duncan Pavilion, followed by a four-course plated dinner designed by Kevin Taylor Catering featuring exquisite wine and drink pairings with each course. After a live auction, guests are invited to join the Uncorked AFTERGLO party featuring live music and creative treats and cocktails! More information and tickets can be found here.

In anticipation of this year’s event, we’ve put together a list of the wines being served throughout the evening with tasting notes and suggested food pairings for you to use as a guide for your own entertaining needs! These wines were carefully chosen in collaboration with our supplier partners, and will make an excellent addition to any cocktail or dinner party. Look for the shelf tags at Molly’s indicating the wine is a part of Uncorked Reserve and Uncorked AFTERGLO next time you’re in the store!

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Passed Hors d’oeuvres Cocktail Reception

Meiomi Chardonnay

“Smooth, opulent layers of lemon peel and stone fruit are heightened by sweet smells of crème brûlée, butterscotch, baked apple, shortbread, roasted marshmallow, and spices. The mid-palate is fleshy and rich, followed by a clean, mineral finish.” – Meiomi

Region/Appellation: California
Country Hierarchy: USA
Grape/Blend: Chardonnay
Food Suggestions: Mushrooms, Grilled Watermelon, Feta, and Crab Salad
Price: $13.98
Location: Lane 10, Aisle C

7 Moons Red Blend

“A red blend of seven different grape varietals, 7 Moons is a smooth, easy-drinking, fruit-forward wine. Aromas of chocolate-covered cherries, baking spices, and vanilla bean lead to flavors of strawberry preserves, cherry cola, and milk chocolate.” – 7 Moons

Region/Appellation: California
Country Hierarchy: USA
Grape/Blend: Syrah, Merlot, Petite Sirah,  Zinfandel, Cabernet, Malbec, and Grenache
Food Suggestions: Barbecued Chicken, Lamb, and Caprese Salad
Price: $11.98
Location: Lane 4, Aisle B

Amuse-bouche

Lunetta Prosecco

“From first glance you see a wonderful pale straw color with greenish reflections, fine bubbles and a creamy white foam. The nose is fragrant, with enticing aromas of apple and peach. The palate is refreshing, dry and harmonious, with crisp fruit flavors and a clean finish.” – Palm Bay International

Region/Appellation: Veneto
Country Hierarchy: Italy
Grape/Blend: Glera
Food Suggestion: Sushi, Shellfish, Seafood, and Pork
Price: $9.98
Location: Lane 3, Aisle B

Wine provided in partnership with Palm Bay International.

Salad Course

Starmont Rosé 2016

“The Starmont Rosé displays light red color reminiscent of watermelon or candied apple. On the nose, aromas of citrus, candied strawberries, watermelon and berry fruit. The soft entry on the palate opens to a round and flavorful wine with good volume and weight; bright acidity balanced with abundant strawberry and peach flavors; surprisingly complex and long finish.” – Starmont Winery

Region/Appellation: Napa Valley
Country Hierarchy: USA
Grape/Blend: Bordeaux Blend Red
Food Suggestion: Light Salads, Light Pasta and Rice Dishes, Seafood, Shellfish, Grilled Fish, and Goats’ Cheese
Price: $14.98
Location: Lane 2, Aisle A

Wine provided in partnership with V2 Wine Group.

Entree

Kendall Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014

“Aromas of lush black cherry, blackberry and cassis draw you into this Vintner’s Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Round and rich tannins provide a robust backbone and supple mid-palate. Notes of cedar, vanilla and a hint of mocha linger on the finish.” – Kendall Jackson

Region/Appellation: Sonoma County, California
Country Hierarchy: USA
Grape/Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon
Food Suggestion: Beef and Venison
Price: $16.98
Location: Lane 6, Aisle C

Wine provided in partnership with Jackson Family Wines.

Dessert Course

Villa M Brachetto

“Brachetto is pleasure bottled – a popular light sparkling frizzante wine produced in the Acqui region of Piemonte. It fascinates with its hints of red fruits, especially strawberries. Intrigues with its floral tones, pink hues, and slightly spicy flavors. Satisfies with a pleasant balanced sweetness.” – Molly’s Wine Manager, Scott

Region/Appellation: Piemonte
Country Hierarchy: Italy
Grape/Blend: Brachetto
Food Suggestions: Fresh Berry Desserts
Price: $13.98
Location: Lane 8, Aisle B

Wine provided in partnership with Enotec Imports.

After Party

Sea Pearl Sauvignon Blanc

“A lifted nose showing refreshing herbal notes, snow pea, melon, and fresh guava. Light bodied and refreshing with typical Marlborough flavors of passionfruit, gooseberry, and grapefruit. A pleasing herbaceous thread leads to a long, lingering finish.” – Winesellers, LTD

Region/Appellation: Marlborough
Country Hierarchy: New Zealand
Grape/Blend: Sauvignon Blanc
Food Suggestions: Goats’ Cheese, Feta, Chicken, Seafood, Grilled Vegetables, and Salad
Price: $10.98
Location: Lane 11, Aisle A

Wine provided in partnership with Winesellers, LTD.

Santa Julia Reserva Malbec

“Dark violet with blue hues, Nore of ripe red and black fruits such as cherries, plums, and blackberries. Notes of vanilla, chocolate, and snuff. Medium-bodied flavor, with soft tannins and balanced acidity with a fruity and spicy finish.” – Winesellers, LTD

Region/Appellation: Uco Valley, Mendoza
Country Hierarchy: Argentina
Grape/Blend: Malbec
Food Suggestion: Beef and Venison
Price: $11.98
Location: Lane 11, Aisle A

Wine provided in partnership with Winesellers, LTD.

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Denver A-List’s Best Wine Shop of 2017 Winner!

You guys! We’re blushing!! We’re so honored to be named the Denver A-List’s Best Wine Shop of 2017! Thank you to all of our wonderful customers who voted for us. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for your amazing support. And if you haven’t checked out our wine selection yet, we have over 6,000 bottles of wine in stock from over 20 countries and extremely knowledgeable staff to help you find the perfect wine for any occasion!

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5 Irish Whiskeys for St. Patrick’s Day and Everyday

It’s St. Patrick’s Day – how are you celebrating?  If your plan is to get into the spirit with one of the earliest distilled drinks in Europe, this blog post might help you (I sure learned a lot). Here we’re sharing our Assistant Spirits Manager’s top picks. Andrew’s list is composed of different varieties of Irish whiskey – a single pot still, two single malts (including the only Irish peated single malt whiskey), and two blended Irish whiskeys. These five Irish whiskeys are at various price points which is great if you’re a newbie or well practiced looking for something new to try.

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Knappogue Castle 12 Year Old Bourbon Cask Matured Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Price: $48.99

“Knappogue Castle 12 year old, our signature expression, is an exceptional single malt made exclusively from malted barley. Triple distilled one batch at a time in traditional, onion-shaped copper pot stills, the whiskey is then aged in bourbon oak casks for twelve years. The delicate distillation process, along with the moist and temperate climate, yields the distinctive flavor of this remarkable Irish single malt.” – Knappogue Castle

Tasting Notes

Nose: Rich and biscuity with notes of peppery spice
Taste: Mellow and well-balanced with a bright, elegant fruitiness and mild spice flavors
Finish: Medium, clean, and smooth

Irish single malt whiskey must be distilled from a mash of nothing other than malted barley at a single distillery. Malted means the barley has been moistened for a few days to fool the grain into germination and then had its growth halted by heat. I’ll use Knappogue’s process as our guide:

Ingredients
Knappogue Castle Single Malt is made with pure Irish spring water and malted barley. The malted barley is dried in ovens without the use of peat (unlike Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey – see below). This process enables the crisp, clean flavor of malted barley to come through without smoky overtones. The dried malt is then ground and mixed with hot water to extract the sugars. This liquid, called “wort”, is cooled to room temperature. Yeast is added, converting the sugars to alcohol and transforming the wort into a liquid called “wash,” with an alcohol level of 15-20 proof.

Distillation
The “wash” is distilled one batch at a time in onion-shaped copper pot stills – a centuries-old tradition. The first output of distillation is 40 proof. These “low wines” are distilled a second time to increase strength and purity with the center cut of the second distillation used to make single malt. The “heads” and “tails” are removed to enhance the quality. The center cut is then distilled a third and final time, ensuring unparalleled smoothness. After the final distillation process, the spirit is colorless and about 130 proof.

Aging
The spirit is then placed in bourbon oak casks, stored at a relatively consistent temperature, and in Knappogue Castle 12 Year’s case, aged for at least 12 years until the right balance of flavors and mellow appeal is achieved. An expert “noser” samples and selects casks of the finest quality and distinct flavor profile. The whiskey is then adjusted with pure Irish water to the desired proof (80 proof for Knappogue 12 Year).

Did you know? Knappogue Castle Single Malt Irish Whiskey is named after the 15th century castle in Ireland which inspired it, but the word itself has a meaning of its own. Knappogue (pronounced Nah’ Pogue) translates to ‘hill of the kiss’ in Gaelic.

Yellow Spot 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Irish Whiskey

Price: $87.99

“Inspired by the original Yellow Spot whiskey (last seen in Ireland in the mid to late ’60s) Yellow Spot 12 Year Old Single Pot Still Whiskey has been matured for not less than 12 years in a combination of American bourbon, Spanish sherry and Spanish Malaga casks. Drawing from the Mitchell family tradition of importing fortified wines, full term maturation in ex Malaga casks contributes exotic sweet characteristics to the whiskey.” – Spot Whiskey 

Tasting Notes

Nose: Mown hay and cracked black pepper. Red bell peppers, nutmeg, clove oil and green tea. Sweet honey and peaches from the Malaga casks
Taste: Honey sweetness with pot still spices. Flavors of fresh coffee, creamy milk chocolate and Crème Brûlée. Notes of red apples and toasted oak
Finish: Sophisticated and complex. Sweetness throughout with a mix of red grape and dry barley upon exit

Single pot still whiskey is a style of Irish whiskey made by a single distillery from a mixed mash of malted and unmalted barley then triple distilled in traditional copper pot stills. This inclusion of unmalted raw barley in the mash in addition to malt is what makes this style different than single malt whiskey. This unmalted component is said to give single pot whiskey a “spicier bristle” and “thicker texture” than single malt whiskeys. Small amounts of other cereals such as oats or rye may also be used if required. As of 2016, there are only a handful of single pot still whiskeys on the market.

Did you know?  When the Mitchell family entered the whiskey bonding business in 1887, it was at the peak of the Victorian whiskey boom and pot still Irish whiskey was at its summit. The ‘Spot’ brand name originated from the family’s practice of marking casks of different ages with a daub or spot of colored paint with each color representing a particular age.

Connemara Peated Single Malt Irish Whiskey

Price: $41.99

“Unique among Irish whiskeys, Connemara is the only Irish peated single malt whiskey in existence today. Inspired by the 18th century art of drying malting barley over peat fires, Connemara possesses a distinct peaty flavor and aroma, instilling a delicate smokiness and smooth, sweet taste.” – Connemara

Tasting Notes

Nose: Smokey peatiness balanced by heather floralness with hints of honey and oak
Taste: Silky smooth with a honey sweet start, followed by more complex aromas of malt and fruit giving way to the intensifying full bodied peat. A well-balanced yet complex taste with vanilla oak notes
Finish: A long and glorious finish with golden honey notes and deep peat spreading across the mouth and palate. Hints of chocolate vanilla and oak leave a mouth-watering taste

While most Irish whiskeys are tripled distilled, Connemara is actually double distilled to maintain the peat characteristics.

Did you know? Connemara is named after the area in Ireland.

Clontarf 1014 Irish Whiskey Classic Blend

Price: $23.99

“Clontarf 1014 is a bold and smooth Irish whiskey, triple distilled, aged in bourbon barrels and blended to perfection.” – Clontarf 1014

Tasting Notes

Nose: Some grain notes and faint honey and lemon rind
Taste: Sweet, mildly grainy, and peppery; lemongrass and grain features
Finish: Nice citrus fruit notes

Irish blended whiskey is as a blend of two or more different whiskey types, and its production usually includes Irish grain whiskey. Grain whiskey in Ireland is distilled from one or more of the following: corn, wheat, rye and barley. Barley and corn are used to give Clontarf its aroma and flavor.

Did you know? Clontarf 1014 hails its name from the Battle of Clontarf. At the Battle of Clontarf in 1014, High King Brian Boru sent viking invaders tumbling back into the sea and gave his life to achieve a remarkable victory for the Irish over the fearsome vikings.

2 Gingers Irish Whiskey

Price: $18.99
“Smooth, malty, and slightly sweet to start, with a tingle of honey and citrus. 2 GINGERS is a blended Irish whiskey, distilled twice and aged four years in the mild climate at the Cooley Distillery.” – 2 Gingers

Tasting Notes

Nose: Lightly malty nose with some fruit
Taste: A touch of orange, some honey, vanilla, nuts and spice
Finish:  The charred oak of the bourbon barrel gives a smooth vanilla and caramel finish

In order to label a spirit “Irish whiskey”, it must be aged three years. 2 Gingers and Clontarf 1014 are aged just slightly past that at four years.

Did you know? The two redheads who grace the 2 Gingers bottle are the founder’s mother and aunt. 2 Gingers trademarked cocktail is called the BIG GINGER made up of two parts 2 GINGERS Irish whiskey, ginger ale, lemon wedge and lime wedge. We’ve used 2 Gingers in a few recipes of ourselves!

In conclusion…

Hopefully we’ve provided some insight into the world of Irish whiskey for the novices and for those unfamiliar with these brands. Molly’s has many Irish whiskeys to chose from. You can find them all in Spirits Lane #1. Our staff will gladly help you find the perfect Irish whiskey for you!

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Molly’s Spirits Pull at the Mile High Q & Brew

A little two-steppin’, bbq and booze – sounds like a fun way to spend a Saturday night, right? Well what if I told you it benefited a great cause? I know – it sounds even better! Enter the Mile High Q & Brew at Mile High Station, the annual fundraiser for our neighbor the Tennyson Center for Children. The Tennyson Center provides residential and therapeutic services as well as a K-12 school for Colorado children ages five to 18. Many of these children have been abused or neglected while others are dealing with a variety of learning disabilities, behavioral challenges, and other mental issues. Often seen as a last resort for children who have nowhere else to go, the Tennyson Center is a community of people dedicated to serving children and youth and strengthening families and has been doing so for more than 112 years. The Mile High Q & Brew has raised over $1,000,000 for the Tennyson Center since it’s conception in 2010!

Molly’s participated in this year’s Mile High Country Q & Brew by hosting a Spirits Pull! What’s a Spirits Pull? Bottles are collected, numbered and displayed on shelves. Guests donate an amount (this year’s amount was $40) to pull a number that correlates to a bottle. It’s a guaranteed win for the Tennyson Center and the donor (you can’t loose with booze)! We’re thrilled to say the Molly’s Spirits Pull brought in over $4,000 for the Tennyson Center! This would not have been possible without the generous donations from the following distilleries:

WEAVER’S Spirits, Axe and the Oak, Peach Street Distillers, 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit Company, Deerhammer, Stranahan’s, Blank & Booth Distilling Co., Mystic Mountain, Feisty Spirits, A.D. Laws, Mile High Spirits, Bear Creek Distillery, Woody Creek Distillers, Breckenridge Distillery, Leopold BrosState-38 Distilling, and Rebecca Creek Distillery!

The response we received from these distilleries was amazing! We collected 101 bottles – exceeding our original goal of 75 – and all 101 were raffled off in less than two hours! There’s nothing like coming together for a great cause, and luckily we were able to snap a few photos before the bottles were gone. Check out these brands next time you’re at Molly’s! You can find them to your right when you enter the store!

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Battle of the Boxes Recap

Boxed wine has come a long way from its early days (think Franzia), and its sustainable design holds the equivalent of four bottles of wine making it easy to take anywhere – what’s not to love! To show everyone what all the buzz is about, we hosted a Battle of the Boxes free tasting and contest every Friday during the month of January. These boxed wines battled it out for best box as participants voted for his or her favorite box at the free tasting. And it doesn’t stop there – by voting, tasters were entering for a chance to win a box from the tasting lineup! Who doesn’t love free wine and a little friendly competition!? Below we have a little recap with tasting notes and the winners of each box battle.

Want to know what’s happening next? Our in-store tastings as well as events we’re a part of around town can be found on our website!

Cabernet Box Battle

featuring: Bota Box, Big Green Box, Black Box and Gran Verano Cabernet Sauvignon 

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The Winner: Bota Box, Cabernet Sauvignon

Mendoza, Argentina
“Bota Box Cabernet Sauvignon offers aromas of black cherry and blackberry with a touch of violet and black peppercorn. Medium in body, this wine is supple and juicy with rich flavors of red currant, black fruit compote and spice on the finish.” – Bota Box

Pairs well with: barbecued meats, hearty stews or pasta served with marinara sauce

Big Green Box, Cabernet Sauvignon

Valle Central, Chile
“Our Pepperwood Grove Cabernet Sauvignon is rich and inviting, aromas of blackberry, red currant, dark chocolate and mocha draw you in. Flavors of dried sweet cherry, toasted coconut and sweet leather play against the long finish.” – Pepperwood Grove

Pairs well with: New York strip steak with blue cheese crumble, bbq chicken pizza or a grilled portobello mushroom burger

Black Box, Cabernet Sauvignon

Valle Central, Chile
“Black Box Wines Cabernet Sauvignon displays lovely aromas of black currants, with hints of mocha and toasty oak. Black cherry and chocolate flavors come together with smooth tannins, leading to a soft, lingering finish.” – Black Box Wines

Pairs well with: filet mignon, roast duck, pork tenderloin or mushroom ravioli

Gran Verano, Cabernet Sauvignon

Valle Central, Chile
“This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep and intense ruby-red color with pleasant notes of plums, blackberries and figs. On the palate, it has a juicy flavor with a pleasant, well rounded finish.”  – The Global Vineyard

Pairs well with: beef and venison


Pinot Box Battle

featuring: Big Green Box Pinot Grigio versus Bota Box Pinot Grigio and Big Green Box Pinot Noir versus Bota Box Pinot Noir

Pinot Box Battle

The Winner: Big Green Box, Pinot Grigio

California
“Our Pepperwood Grove Pinot Grigio boasts bright aromas of quince, dried fig and lemon zest. Tangy flavors of green apple combine with tropical notes of guava from the addition of the French Colombard grape. The great acidity in this wine makes it a perfect candidate for pairing with a variety of foods.” – Pepperwood Grove

Pairs well with: fresh crab cakes, chicken Alfredo pasta or a baked brie and warm bread appetizer

Bota Box, Pinot Grigio

California
“Bota Box Pinot Grigio offers lively aromas of nectarine, white peach, and light floral notes. This delightful medium-bodied wine has flavors of ripe peach, nectarine and bright citrus with a refreshing, clean finish.” – Bota Box

Pairs well with: no-fuss dinner entrees like pork stir-fry, grilled chicken salad or adult Mac n’ Cheese with a spicy kick of chorizo. Serve chilled.

The Winner: Big Green Box, Pinot Noir

Valle Central, Chile
“Our Pepperwood Grove Pinot Noir is beautifully crafted, aromas of ripe cherries, baking spices and vanilla are vibrant on the nose. This wine exhibits enticing flavors of cranberry, red raspberry and caramel. Medium-bodied and expressive, this Pinot Noir is made for pairing with your favorite dishes.” – Pepperwood Grove

Pairs well with: grilled pork chops, cheeseburger and fries or a tomato bruschetta for some lighter fare

Bota Box, Pinot Noir

Chile
“Bota Box Pinot Noir offers bright aromas of cherry, blackberry and cocoa. This medium-bodied Pinot Noir has plush flavors of strawberry and cherry with hints of soft, toasty oak, which lead into elegant mid-palate tannins and a clean finish.” – Bota Box

Pairs well with: turkey burgers, wild mushroom pizza, and baked ziti with caramelized onions and goat cheese


European Box Throw Down

featuring: La Vieille Ferme Blanc, La Vieille Ferme Rouge, Ciconia, and Shania Monastrell

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La Vieille Ferme, Blanc

France
Beautifully pale in color, with glimmering highlights. The delicate nose of white flowers, peach and citrus is outstandingly fresh. With a rich, well-balanced attack the palate offers superb tension, elegant floral and citrus aromas, great aromatic persistence and a delicious touch of crispness.” – La Vieille Ferme

Pairs well with: chicken and turkey

La Vieille Ferme, Rouge

France
“Beautiful red color, with purple highlights. With a lot of freshness, this rich and spicy wine offers red and black fruits aromas (blackberry, black currant). The palate is beautifully balanced, crunchy, with silky tannins and a very long and aromatic finish.” – La Vieille Ferme

Pairs well with: pork

The Winner: Ciconia

Alentejano, Portugal
“The wine possesses complexity aromas that suggest spices and red berries, with some toasted notes as result of a short period in oak. That in combination with good structure of bark allows it presentation of very rounded and balance wine in the mouth.” – wine-searcher.com

Pairs well with: pasta, red meats and mature cheeses

Shania, Monastrell

Spain
“Intense deep red cherry color, a juicy, forward red, sporting a mix of cassis and blueberry flavors. Fine tannins and bright acidity with solid length and savory finish.” – wine-searcher.com

Pairs well with: lamb


Pump up the Basses

featuring: Cuvée des 3 Messes Basses Ventoux Blanc, Rosé and Rouge

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Cuvee des 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux Blanc

Rhone, France
“One of my favorite guilty pleasures in the dead of winter is wine that brings me back to the more temperate days of summer. That is why this month (January), 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux Blanc will be a permanent fixture in the beverage fridge. The pretty aromatics of citrus, green apple, peach pit and white flowers are like a mid-winter spa day for the sinuses. You owe it to yourself to turn up the heat and enjoy the fresh flavors of white peach and citrus while basking in the glory of an evening stay-cation. 50% Clairette, 50% Grenache Blanc.” – Molly’s Wine Manager, Scott

Pairs well with: steam jets, dry sauna heat, white meats and seafood

Cuvee des 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux Rose

Rhone, France
“Holy Rose Mania! The amount of Pink goodness that you fine folks have slurped down over the last year is astonishing. In years past, the pulse of Rose consumption was barely palpable, but in 2017 you are rewriting the rules. As Rose supply is on the wane we are having trouble keeping up with your demand. Problem solved – 4 bottles worth of Pink goodness in a convenient 3 liter box.
This January keep your box handling skills on point and drink the pink. This refreshing and crisp rose boasts fresh red berry fruit, hints of kiwi, and subtle citrus on a serious mineral driven platform. 60% Grenache, 20% Cinsault, 20% Carignan.” – Molly’s Wine Manager, Scott

Pairs well with: cured meats and ripe cheeses

The Winner: Cuvee des 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux Rouge

Rhone, France
“The Rouge is the most serious of this boxed trifecta of Ventoux terrior expression. While there is certainly dark beery and plumy goodness presented in this wine – it is so much more. Earth, spice, violets, garrigue and licorice create layers of olfactory and flavor complexity. If your favorite box wine is Franzia Chillable Red please do not purchase this wine – YOU WILL NOT LIKE IT. If you spend time in the French aisle and want a huge Bang for your Box Buck – just say yes to 3 Messes Basses, Ventoux, Rouge. 60% Grenache Noir, 20% Syrah, 20% Carignan.” – Molly’s Wine Manager, Scott

Pair well with: lamb, herb roasted chicken, vegetable cassoulet or white pepper crusted pork chops

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5 Wines To Try This Winter!

Winter weather got you stuck in a wine rut? Molly’s wine specialists are here to help! Here are 5 wines that come highly recommended by one of our wine specialists, Kellie H. Try one (or try them all) and let us know what you think!

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Tasting notes and food pairings from right to left:

Anko Malbec 2013

“Stalky, briary raspberry aromas set up a tannic palate with more burnt bitterness than bright fruit flavors. Tart plum and red currant notes are leafy and peppery, with heat and burn.” – Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Region/Appellation: Cafayate – Calchaqui Valley
Country Hierarchy: Argentina
Grape/Blend: Malbec
Food Suggestion: Beef and Venison

Cune Rioja Crianza 2012

“Bright cherry colour with some violet nuances. In the nose, red berries aromas remain over the oaky and balsamic notes from its ageing in wood. It shows an elegance in the mouth, yet very lively, with some spice back notes and a very balanced acidity.” – The Winery

Region/Appellation: Rioja Alta
Country Hierarchy: Rioja, Spain
Grape/Blend: Rioja Red Blend
Food Suggestion: Lamb

Anton Bauer Pinot Noir Wagram 2014

“Pure notes of red fruits reach the nose: Morello cherry and mulberry harmonize beautifully. Their purity pervades a palate that has the lightest touch: there is something authentic, beautiful and unforced about this. There is a suggestion, too, of herb, moss or undergrowth. This unpretentious winemaking style lets this pure, glorious fruit speak for itself and brings with it a profound sense of honest depth, bountiful earth and full-fruited balance.” –  Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Region/Appellation: Wagram
Country Hierarchy: Austria
Grape/Blend: Zweigelt
Food Suggestion: Pork

 Murrieta’s Well The Whip White Blend 2014

“The Whip 2014 is an elegant and balanced wine, fruit driven with a hint of toasty oak. While this is a Chardonnay and Semillon led style, each grape varietal has a purpose in our blend that I hand select to add elements like structure, texture, floral notes, and acidity. This unique wine showcases juicy fruit flavors of white peach, pear and melon with bright acidity and a touch of sweetness that creates a smooth and creamy finish.” – The Winery

Region/Appellation: Livermore Valley
Country Hierarchy: San Francisco, California
Grape/Blend: Rare White Blend
Food Suggestion: Seafood and Chicken

Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc + Viognier 2015

“The newest release of our intriguing blend delights the nose with a charming bouquet of enticing aromas of fresh Meyer lemon, fuzzy peach, ripe honeydew melon and yellow plum, mingled with touches of citrus blossom and white tea. The clean, vibrant palate enters with juicy pomelo, sweet lychee and honeyed tangerine fruits, balanced by vibrant acidity and hints of yellow apple and key lime pie that last through the crisp and refreshing finish.” – The Winery

Region/Appellation: Napa Valley
Country Hierarchy: Napa Country, North Coast, California
Grape/Blend: Rare White Blend
Food Suggestion: Light Salads and Seafood

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