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Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the difference between Liquor and a Liqueur?Liquor is simply the common name for any distilled beverage. To become a liqueur, a base liquor (i.e. grain spirit, brandy, rum) is sweetened with the addition of fruits, flowers, plants, or pure juices to achieve a minimum sugar content of 2.5%. This infusion of sweetness and flavor is the primary factor that makes the two categories so distinct. Though you will often see flavored liquors, these flavors are added rather than infused, further separating them from liqueurs. Both categories can be of equal potency, with some liqueurs going as high as 110 proof. Therefore, alcohol percentage is not a distinguishing factor. Cordial is another name for a liqueur, so keep that in mind to reduce confusion!
Buffalo’s Best Liquor Store of 2016 AwardGates Circle Wine & Liquor has been named the best liquor store in Buffalo, New York by Buffalo Spree magazine. Gates Circle Wine & Liquor carries an excellent selection to accommodate all tastes with both efficient and friendly service at reasonable prices. Buffalo Spree awards local retailers based on public polls and an expert panel, ensuring the community’s involvement in selecting the most deserving winners. The winners represent a premium selection of local merchants that have worked hard to earn your business. Gates has been a long favorite in Elmwood Village and Delaware district communities and is glad to be serving you and providing you with your favorite beverages for over 70 years. “We wanted to thank and those who voted as well as the panel of judges. We are looking forward to giving back to the community with the events that we support, such as Buffalo Zoo’s Wines in the Wild fundraiser” said Lesle Heubach, owner. Buffalo Spree is an award-winning monthly magazine written for the community of Buffalo and Western New York. They provide articles and features on arts, entertainment, fine dining, as well as information about local history, events and people.
When You Are Looking for Wine Tastings Near Me in Buffalo – Come to Gates Circle
When You Are Looking for Wine Tastings Near Me in Buffalo – Come to Gates CircleWhen You Are Looking for Wine Tastings Near Me in Buffalo, Gates Circle features some of our newest and most popular Wine & Liquor Tastings in Buffalo at our tasting bar. You can taste these fine wines and liquors before you buy them. This Friday from 4 to 7 pm join us to taste Jose Cuervo Especial along with their Margarita Mix. Great products for those summer barbecues and get togethers. Jose Cuervo Tequila is one of the best selling tequilas we carry. And on Saturday from 3 to 6 pm, we’ll be featuring the new Three Cord Bourbon from Steel Bending Spirits, Inc. Their NY State rep, Michael, will be joining in to do the pour. And buying these during the tasting will get you 10% off the regular price. Throughout the summer we will be featuring various locally produced wines and liquor products as well as internationally renowned producers that we think you’ll like. Please see our Wine Tastings and Spirits Tastings on the Events Calendar to confirm the schedule and see what we’re featuring that day. Perfectly Tuned Taste Just as a three chord progression is at the root of the blues, music is at the core of Three Chord Blended Bourbon, a whiskey infused with a harmony of rich taste, complex structure, and smooth finish. Three Chord is a unique blend of up to 12-year-old bourbons finished with our trademarked process of tonal vibrations called ‘Perfectly Tuned Taste.’ Like the feeling you get when you hear that perfect song, you’ll know Three Chord Bourbon is right with that first sip. Make your own music with Three Chord Bourbon. Jose Cuervo Especial is a joven Tequila – a blend of reposado and younger tequilas. Especial has a light gold hue with sweet and pleasant agave notes. The flavor is sweet with a hint of oak and vanilla and the finish is well-balanced, short, and smooth.
About Gates Circle Wine & LiquorWhen You Are Looking for Wine Tastings Near Me in Buffalo Gates Circle Wine & Liquor is Buffalo’s leading Bourbon and wine destination, providing the very best products available. We feature Wines and Liquor from across the US and around the world. We offer an unbeatable collection of small batch bourbons, scotch, whiskey, and artisan gin. Our wines are from all major regions in the world and across hundreds of grape varietals. We offer one of the largest assortments of New York State wines from the Finger Lakes and Buffalo area. Our staff are highly trained to assist you and make your shopping experience as memorable as possible. We can easily find the perfect item to compliment your dinner party or relaxing evening.
Gates Circle Liquor Store Expands its Japanese Sake SelectionOver the past few weeks Gates Circle Liquor Store in Buffalo, NY has expanded its Japanese Sake offering to now include more than 30 products to choose from. You can order them online and have delivered to your door in 1 to 2 hours. For those looking for something a little different, Japanese Sake is an ideal option. Sake is one of two key national drinks from Japan and is delicious, unique and aromatic. It’s becoming more and more popular. Sake is light and dry, an excellent accompaniment to Japanese cuisine, and contains as much variety and interesting features as any other types of wine. Our selection includes Sakes that customers regularly ask for as well as some interesting items with a distinct taste from different regions across Japan. Here a few of our Sakes:
Bunraku Nihonjin No Wasuremono Yamahai Junmai SakeLayered, Expressive, Light, & Smooth This traditionally made sake has a very unique nose filled with chocolate, cream, and wool elements. Talk about a smooth and soft sake! This brew has different faces at different temperatures. Out of the fridge look for ripe rich fruit tones, including kiwi, and when it gets closer to room temp behold dryer elements that are more layered such as steamed rice, creamy pâtés and potatoes. Buy this now
Joto Yuzu Citrus SakeCrafted by the Fuij Brewery in the town of Izumo, Joto Yuzu is a blend of sake and Yuzu juice from Yuzu fruit that is grown locally. The Fuji Brewery was founded in 1939 and is managed by the 3rd generation of the Imaoka family. Buy this now
Hizo Otokoyama Special Junmai SakeBrewed using a blend of Hinohikari and Yumetsukushi sake brewing rice. It is robust, rice-forward, crisp and refreshingly dry. Pairs well with hearty cuisine. Buy this now
Order Sake OnlineYou can now order all of these online with our handy online portal that includes write-ups and tasting notes on each item as well as size and pricing.
Have your order delivered in 2 hoursAnd if you live in the Buffalo area, we provide local delivery within 2 hours. Orders over $75 are free while smaller orders over $25 have a $5 delivery charge. Simply fill in your local ZIP code when you are ready to Check Out of our online shopping cart and our portal will confirm that you are in one of our delivery areas and include the local delivery service to your door.
Wine Store Near Me in Buffalo – Look No Further than Gates CircleWhen you are looking for a Wine Store Near Me in Buffalo – Look No Further than Gates Circle. Gates Circle Wine & Liquor in Buffalo has a great selection of products being featured this month on the tasting bar. For our wine tastings, we will be featuring wines from Johnson Estate Winery, 21 Brix Winery, and Midgard Winery, all from western NY. When we hold our tastings, which are from 4 to 7 pm on Friday’s and 3 to 6 pm on Saturday’s, you’ll get 15% of those wines while the tasting is on. We also have liquor tastings throughout the month as well. This month, we’ll be tasting products from Black Button Spirits and Saint Lawrence Spirits. These both are great local NY state distillers with products very popular with our customers. Both distillers regularly bring out new products as well create limited edition specialty products based their customer’s interest. Both use locally grown grains for across NY state. And as a special event for our customers, we will be holding “Sauvignon Blanc Day” at the end of the month. Held on Thursday, we will be tasting ½ a dozen of our Sauvignon Blanc wines from around the world and offering our customers a 20% discount all day or our entire selection of Sauvignon Blanc wines when you shop in the store. We carry more than 50 Sauvignon Blanc wines and this is a great chance for you experience the difference in taste from the main growing regions around the world. To see view the schedule of upcoming availability, please see our Tasting event schedule. About Gates Circle Wine & Liquor of Buffalo, NY Gates Circle Wine & Liquor is Buffalo’s leading wine and liquor destination, providing the very best products available. We feature products from both NY state and around the world. We offer an unbeatable collection of both every day and exceptional wines from California, Europe, and locally grown here in NY state. At Gates you will always find wines that can tease your palate and fit your budget. For pairing ideas and recommendations, please see one of our staff. We always here to help!
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