Billecart-Salmon Champagne Tasting

October 2014

There are many ways to spend a Monday evening after a dreary day at the office, but we reckon spending it with a glass of sparkling wine from the oldest continuously family-owned Champagne house in France is near the top of the list. Clement Calleja, Billecart-Salmon’s brand ambassador, was kind enough to spend his evening with us, sharing the story of the label and the family behind it. Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve and Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé have long been staff favorites, and from the turn out, a lot of you enjoy it just as much. Until next time, here are some pictures to tide you over. Try not to get thirsty.

Featured Products:
Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve

Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé

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Marc Mondavi Wine Dinner at Oliver’s Restaurant

October 2014

California wine legend Marc Mondavi blew into town earlier this month to a chorus of a million corks being pulled over the unmistakable sound of an epic guitar solo. He was a perfect gentleman, and as expected, incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. The Mondavi Family is credited with bringing worldwide recognition to the wines of Napa Valley, and for good reason; their bottlings are absolutely stellar. The Charles Krug winery is the oldest winery operating in Napa Valley, carefully overseen by Marc Mondavi, his brother Peter Jr., and their father, Peter Sr.

If having one of Napa Valley’s favorite sons in town wasn’t reward enough, Oliver’s Restaurant once again set a new bar for area cuisine, creating a menu that excelled both in presentation and flavor. The dishes were a perfect compliment to the wine, with nary an odd combination in sight. The staff at Oliver’s Restaurant are gracious hosts, exceptionally accommodating, and perhaps more importantly, quick to refill empty glasses. If you were able to attend, we’re pleased to have been able to share such an exciting evening with you.

Featured Products:
Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc

Charles Krug Pinot Noir

Charles Krug Merlot

Charles Krug Generations

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T. Edwards’ Wine Dinner at CoCo

September 2014

If your memory stretches back to September, you might recall a fantastic evening you spent at CoCo Bar & Bistro sampling excellent wines provide by T. Edwards. These wines almost certainly paired outrageously well with the multi-course meal prepared by the talented staff at CoCo, and you went home feeling reinvigorated and ready for life’s myriad challenges. If none of that sounds familiar to you, we’ve put together this handy photo gallery to jog your memory. If you’re still at a loss after browsing, we may have to consider the possibility you did not attend. Next time!

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Dierberg Chardonnay

Three Saints Pinot Noir

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Suzy-Q’s Bar-B-Que Shack

June 2014

For our 3rd Annual Bourbon & BBQ event, Gates Circle Wine & Liquor returned to Suzy-Q’s Bar-B-Que Shack, a fantastic smokehouse you’d think was ripped straight out of the south and deposited near the banks of the Niagara River. If you missed the event, or you’ve never paid Suzy a visit, grab yourself some pulled pork and pour a glass or two of whiskey. We recommend Smooth Ambler Rye, and maybe a little Smooth Ambler Straight Bourbon to switch things up. These whiskies both come from West Virginia, perfectly illustrating that great American spirits don’t have to come from Kentucky.

If by now you’ve run out of pulled pork, perhaps give Suzy-Q’s another visit and grab something, anything, with the smoky flavor you can no longer live without. Also, provided you’re ready to put the Smooth Ambler back in the liquor cabinet, you might consider moving on to Jefferson’s Reserve Very Old Bourbon, or even Calumet Farm Bourbon, just to remind yourself how good the stuff from Kentucky can be. Once you hit the dessert course, bring it back home with some Catskill Provisions New York Honey Whiskey, an infusion of real wildflower honey into Finger Lakes Distilling Rye. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Featured Products:
Catskill Provisions Honey Whiskey
Old Scout Bourbon
Old Scout Rye
Jefferson Reserve Bourbon

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Oliver’s Restaurant Wine Dinner

May 2014

Oliver’s Restaurant continues to demonstrate that it may not even be possible to get a bad meal while you’re there. Each of the dinners they have graciously hosted with Gates Circle Wine & Liquor have featured diverse, interesting, and most importantly delicious menus with dishes that perfectly compliment the evening’s wines.

Polaner Selections generously donated their time to have a drink with us, presenting several wines of superb quality and character. When Domaine de Trevallon decided to clear out the rocky deposits on their property with a judicious application of dynamite, it might not have occurred to them when their vines were first planted in 1973 that they would soon be making some of the most highly regarded wines in Southern France. Gerard Boulay, with a winemaking heritage dating back to 1380, surely knows a thing or two about doing things the right way with minimal human interference. His wines are produced with naturally occurring yeast, and his Clos de Beaujeu Sancerre is bottled without filtration. Moulin Touchais’ cellars have been carefully managed by eight generations of the Touchais family, and their wines are only released after a minimum of 10 years aging. The 1981 vintage Chenin Blanc is a superior wine that has matured gracefully.

All of these wines and more are available locally at Gates Circle Wine & Liquor and nationally at gatescircleliquor.com.

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Mas de Daumas Gaussac Rose Frizant

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