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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 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!
Halloween Tastings of Buffalo Local Favorites at Gates Circle – Unboolievably Good Deals!
Trick or treat yo’self this spooktacular season with unboolievably good tasting! Featuring: Black Button Distillery, The Walking Dead Wine and Albany Distilling Co. Sip on our secret potion! Remember, candy is dandy but liquor is quicker! On Wednesday October 31st @ 4-7 pm, come join us if you dare.
No tricks, just treats! Stop into gates for some unboolievably good deals!! Drink up, witches!#herefortheboos
Customized Wine & Liquor Gift Baskets for ChristmasCall us now to order yours – (716) 884-1346
Customized Wine & Liquor Gift BasketsCustomize your own basket with your selection of wine or liquor – Basket, wrapping with delivery $25 – Basket and wrapping – No delivery $20 Call the store (716) 884-1346 or use our online portal to place your order for our pre-made wine or customised baskets! We’ll have your order ready in 1 – 2 hours.
New Years Champagne Specials – Happiness is a glass of Bubbly!La Vieille Ferme Réserve Rosé Brut Sparkling Wine: Delicate peach core with seductive raspberry hints and fine exquisite bubbles. A first nose of fresh red fruit (raspberry, wild strawberry), giving way to a perfect balance between freshness, acidity and roundness. The notes of citrus (pomelo) and white flowers will allow you to serve this wine for all occasions. A blend of Grenache noir, Cinsault, and Pinot noir. Gruet Brut Rose Wine: a beautiful garnet in color, and has a delicate, fine mousse and rich, fruit flavors. This full-bodied sparkler starts with floral and berry aromas which introduce flavors of cherry, raspberry and wild strawberry. It then proceeds to finish delicately with zesty acidity. Bohigas Reserva Brut Cava: a pale straw yellow in color with golden hues and small, persistent bubbles. The nose is full of white fruit aromas, especially apple and pear, backed by citrus peel, white flowers, and some spicy bakery notes. In the mouth, it is pleasantly acidic with a creamy feeling from the bubbles and the white fruit and spice notes from the nose. The balanced finish harmonizes the acidity and leaves a fresh sensation in its wake. Willm Blanc de Blanc Brut: It is a pale yellow in color with a nice brilliance and persisting mousse. This sparkling wine offers an expressive nose full of fresh fruits, apple peaches and apricots. There is a nice maturity and ripe fruit on the palate with a crisp acidity and good fruity balance. Treviso Prosecco Wine: Sparkling wine with delicate fruity aromas and notes of sweet almonds with the grape variety’s typical bitter finish. In the mouth is fresh and round and quite persistent. Tresa Il Grillo Di Santa Tresa Brut Spumante Wine: gentle bubbles and a fresh fruity nose with hints of citrus and floral notes. On the palate the wine is very well balanced, gentle and soft with a refreshing burst of acidity and spectacular fruity notes. Champagne Montaudon Brut :The nose is initially very expressive, delivering floral aromas, then of ripe fruits such as pear and apple. The attack is clear and straight-forward. It develops a symphony of a fresh fruit taste throughout the experience.The Champagne consists of 25 % Chardonnay, 45% Pinot Noir, 10% Pinot Meunier and 20% Reserve wines. Millesime Andre Clouet Brut Champagne: s mostly Pinot, with 30-40% Chardonnay.”taste: Ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry, mushroom, apple, pear, peach, apricot, lemon, lime, orange, pineapple, kiwi, butter, cream and vanilla Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve: Its blend is made with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier from three different years, sourced from the best sites in the Champagne region. The wine is maturity touched with floral freshness that breathes aromas of fresh fruit and ripe pears. It has s full and accurate flavour combined with a fine freshness and a rich bouquet.
Gates Irish Whiskey pick for St. Patrick’s Day: Teeling Whiskey Single Cask
Teeling Whiskey Single Cask is initially matured in ex-bourbon barrels for the first 12 years before being finished exclusively in ex-White Port barrels from the Carcavelos region of Portugal famous for its beautiful light fragrant fruity flavor. A beautiful straw colour hue. It opens with notes of lemon, cantaloupe, peach, white grapes and wine and a hint of spice on the nose. It offers a rich warm mouthfeel, soft citrus fruits, vanilla and prickly spice on the palate and finishes with a warm toasted wood and toffee taste that is light and very smooth.
There is only one war that matters. The Game of Thrones Great War. And it is here at Gates Circle!
Brace yourselves , Winter is finally here! Celebrate the final season of Game of Thrones with Game of Thrones wine or Scotch. #GameofThrones #WinterisHere #FortheThrone
Red Blend: A blend of six red varietals; Petite Sirah and Zinfandel. Dark Bing cherry, mulberry, vanilla and mocha aromas. Soft, juicy black fruit combines with chewy tannins to provide a full, rich palate. among the finest in the Seven Kingdoms by those who prefer dry, robust reds
Chardonnay: A blend of 90% Chardonnay, 10% Riesling. Stone fruit and white blossoms lead to a rich, creamy palate of peaches, apricots, tangerine, lemon, baking spices and honey, and a touch of oak on the finish.
Pinot Nior: ripe rich fruit flavors and aromas. It is fruit focused with subtle tones of earthiness, vanilla, spice and toasted oak in the background. A smooth inviting finish; tannins are present and well blended.
This limited edition blend brings you right to the Frozen North with an icy white and blue design along with the iconic Johnnie Walker Striding Man now fashioned in armor to fit in among the ranks of the Night King’s forces. Utilizing temperature-sensitive ink technology, fans will be reminded that “Winter is Here” from an unexpected graphic icy reveal on the bottle when frozen.
Enjoy neat and straight from the cold depths of the freezer.
Easter dinner and the best New York State wines – only at Gates Circle
offers smooth butterscotch flavors on the palate. A hint of tropical fruit completes this well-balanced white, with notes of lime and lemongrass adding themselves to the mix toward the finish.
Floral on the nose with spice on the finish. Dry.
focuses on wines made from a natural and sustainable perspective. They allow spontaneous fermentation, add minimal sulfites for stability, use neutral oak for aging, and leave the wine unfined and unfiltered for true terroir expression.
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