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Roberts Burns Night or Roberts Burns Supper is a day to celebrate the life of Scotland’s famous poet and most beloved Robert Burns. Robert Burns Night is celebrated every year on January 25th, a day to celebrate, drink some scotch and smoke a cigar.

There are five regions of scotch: Speyside, Highlands, Lowlands, Islay and Campbelltown.

Islay

Scotch whisky made on Islay or Ìle in Gaelic the southernmost of the inner Hebidean Islands located of the west coast of Scotland. Islay scotch is best known for its peaty, smoky whiskies.

Kilchoman Loch Gorm: Is named after a famously dark peaty loch overlooked by the distillery. Loch Gorm is matured exclusively on oloroso sherry casks. Orange peel, cloves, caramel, spices, fruite cake and citrus make up the nose. The palate is a balance of spicy richness, cooked fruits, chocolate, brown sugar and peat smoke.

Ardbeg: is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. It does not flaunt the peat, but rather gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance

Laphroaig: Laphroaig 10 Years Old Islay Single Malt Scotch is an all-malt Scotch Whisky from the remote island of Islay in the Western Isles of Scotland. Laphroaig, pronounced “La-froyg”, is a Gaelic word meaning “the beautiful hollow by the broad bay”

Caol Ila: After many years maturation in oak casks, this single malt has been double-matured in dark Muscatel cask wood, hand-selected to complement the whisky’s sweetly fruity, smoky intensity.

Glen Scotia:  This Double Cask is matured in the finest first fill bourbon barrels before being finished for up to twelve months in Pedro Ximenez sherry casks producing this outstanding single malt whisky that provides the perfect balance of rich spicy fruits, overlaid with the characteristic sea spray and vanilla oak finish for which the house of Glen Scotia is famous.

Highland

Highland single malt are whiskies produced n the highland reign of Scotland. Highland distilleries primarily produce single malt which is made from 100% malted barley.

Dalmore: has a rich, golden amber color. It is filled with a fruity aroma with notes of orange, dark plums, chocolate and marzipan. The taste explodes with hints of citrus, Christmas cake, coffee and cinnamon. The finish is oaky with a touch of vanilla.

Highland Park: is a combination of the best barley malted over peat fires, which is then merged with unique spring waters of the Orkney Islands. The whisky is aged for a minimum of twelve years that shape its rare and very distinctive character.

The Ardmore:  The Ardmore Legacy celebrates the distillery’s unique location on the fringes of the Highlands, offering a lightly peated liquid that is sweet and uplifting. Nose of heather honey with hints of cinnamon and toffee bonbon, very subtle hints of peat smoke. On the palate creamy vanilla spice gives way to more overt Smokey charcoal notes.

Shackleton: Shackleton Blended Malt Scotch is based on the spirit supplied to the 1907 British Antarctic Expedition, expertly crafted using a selection of the finest Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskies. With a nose of vanilla, toffee apple, cinnamon and ginger. Taste of dark sugar, sweet dried fruits and glazed pineapple. With a finish of hot mulled wine, praline chocolate and a final whisper of bonfire smoke.

Compass Box:  has a bonfire-like smokiness on the nose with a peatiness that is by turns tarry and medicinal with hints of autumn leaves. A powerful smokiness and peatiness follow, accented by hints of ripe cherries, plums and spice.

Speyside

Single malt scotch whiskies distilled in Strathspey the area around the River spey in Moray, Badenoch and Strathspey in northeastern Scotland.

Cardhu: is a soft, smooth Speyside single malt acclaimed for its elegant style and silky texture. Finest malt barley , pure spring water from the Mannoch hills, slow traditional distilling and skilled maturation in oak.

The Singleton: Our 12 year old single malt scotch whisky is matured in a high proportion of American oak casks with a small portion of European oak casks to balance the liquid. The result is an easy to enjoy single malt with fresh fruit aromas, a sweet honeyed palate and a creamy lingering finish.

Benromach:  It opens with a rich sherry aroma with touches of fruit and nut chocolate, delicate spice and green apples following along. With water, this Scotch takes on a nutty tone with touches of charred oak, malt, pineapple, and kiwi. On the palate you will savor notes of juicy raspberries, brambles, sherry, creamy malt, and light peat. Add water to experience this Scotch at its fullest, with toasted malt, delicate peat smoke, and a lingering sweet sherry taste. The finish is extremely smooth and sensational.

New Years Champagne Specials by Gates Circle

 

 

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 Champagnes 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.

 

Christmas Wine and Liquor Gift Baskets

Call us now to order yours – (716) 884-1346

Need a quick Holiday gift idea? How about a wine gift baskets? Gates Circle Wine & Liquor near you in Buffalo NY has premade gift baskets ideal for upcoming holiday events. Choose from four premade wine baskets, three premade champagne baskets or build your own wine or liquor basket.

 

Pre-made Wine baskets include: 3 bottles of wine from the same winery, 1 Gates Circle reusable carry bag and 1 bottle stopper or 1 glass charm package.

Wine brands: 19 Crimes, Apothic, Honoro Vera, and Laroche,

 

Pre-made Champagne basket includes: 1 bottle of champagne, 2 champagne glasses, 1 Gates Circle reusable bag and 1 champagne cork remover.

Champagne brands: La Marca, Segura and Bohigas

 

Customized Wine & Liquor Gift Baskets

Customize 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.

Gates New York Wines for Thanksgiving

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gobble Gobble!

Thanksgiving is almost here. Here are some hand selected wines that go great with Thanksgiving dinner. Wines from France, Italy, California, Oregon and New York.

 

New York

Boundary Breaks Vineyard: The Riesling grape offers plenty of acidity. A small amount of residual sugar in the finished wine can rein in the effects of acidity and round out the experience of the wine.

Johnson Estate Freelings Creek Reserve Sweet Riesling: A medium sweet Riesling – but the sweetest in Johnson ESTATE’s portfolio of estate-grown Rieslings.  Crisp, light with bright floral and lime zest aromas.

Arrowhead Chardonnay: Introduced by a welcoming vanilla on the nose, luscious 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.

Liten Buffel Quast Vineyard Pinot Noir Wine: Made with whole cluster pressing and foot crushed. Wild ferment, Pressed at cap fall Aged in old wood and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Liten Buffel 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.

 

Califorina:

Cline Pinot Noir: Bright red fruit characteristics emerge along with deep color, lush body, touches of vanilla and spearmint followed by delicate strawberry flavor. This is a food-friendly wonder child that can stand

 

Oregon:

Boedecker Cellars Pinot Noir Willamette Valley 2015: A gorgeous, vivid nose reminiscent of purple flowers, dark cherries and stones with hints of cedar. This has lush, juicy fruits and a beautiful line of acidity that goes on and on to a lovely, layered, flavorful finish.

 

 

French

Domaine Victor Sornin Beaujolais Lantignie Nature:  (100% Chardonnay) this cuvée comes from a single-vineyard called “Les Monthieux”. It is fermented with native yeasts. The aging without oak barrels allows the cuvée to keep all it fruitiness.

Chateau Maris Rose 2017: Its roundness is driven by a lovely acidity. Flavors of tart fruit on the finish. This is a dry, berried wine that pairs beautifully with a plate of prosciutto and ripe summer tomatoes.

 

Domaine Roger et Didier Raimbault Sancerre Wine: draws it freshness, citrus aromas and floral notes from the sauvignon blanc grape variety. Made from grapes grown on limestone and clay-limestone stone.

 

Gilbert Picq Chablis Dessus la Carriere Wine: A ripe and ever-so-mildly exotic nose is comprised by notes of citrus, ginger, mineral reduction and yellow orchard fruit. The round, generous and intense flavors display unusually good delineation in the context of what is typical for the vintage while delivering fine length on the very dry finish.

The Julienas Tradition: is a superb example of how enjoyable well made Gamay can be, the nose is classically bright red fruited with added notes of dried herbs, especially thyme, along with a dusty cocoa note. The palate has wonderfully supple tannins that really give the fruit and good twang. There’s loads of black cherry and ripe raspberry to keep you interested and a great length of flavor.


Anne Pichon “Sauvage” Grenache Noir Wine: 
Handcrafted production from Anne and Marc Pichon’s Domaine Vignobles Pichon at Mormoiron, Vaucluse. 100% Grenache Noir aged in Oak Barrels.

 

Italy

Statti Gaglioppo Italian Red 2016: The respect of the original and typical fruit produces a wine of a rare elegance and pleasantness. The right witness of a land hidden into his own richness.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall into the season by shopping local, From outstanding ciders distributors like: Kite and String, Nine Pin, and Becker Farms. On sale now for the month of October!!

 

Gates Circle Wine & Liquor will have their top Buffalo winery and distillery products on sale on Thursday September 27th all day! Wine and Liquor tastings will run from 1 pm to 7 pm on a great selection of their products. Gates has one of the largest selections from the Buffalo, NY area and has found plenty of customer interest in their products.  “It’s a great selection from our local producers” states Matt Heubach, Manager of Gates. “Each one has its own unique style and by tasting a selection from each producer side by side, you get the opportunity to discover Buffalo’s best!”

From the Black Button Distillery
As a New York State Farm Distillery, Black Button Distilling is deeply committed to crafting high quality small batch spirits with New York State grown and produced ingredients. Over 90% of our ingredients are grown or produced in New York State. At Black Button Distilling, we are dedicated to supporting New York State agriculture and the responsible stewardship of our natural environment.

We source all our corn, wheat, rye and barley locally from Edgewood Farms in Groveland, a nearly 1,600-acre farm due south of Rochester in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of New York. We also source dairy cream for our famous Bespoke Bourbon Cream liqueur from New York State farms and our apple cider for our Apple Pie Moonshine from LynOaken Farms in Medina. They are the foundation of the quality of Black Button’s fine small batch craft spirits. We strongly believe that great bourbon is not just made but grown. And great high quality natural grown ingredients are paramount to making great bourbon whiskey. Sadly, New York State loses a family farm every three days. These farms are the roots of our American culture: they produce the food we eat, the milk we drink and in turn, the air we breathe.

Featured products will be available for tasting from 4 to 7 pm

About Lockhouse Distillery
Lockhouse Distillery is the first distillery to operate in Buffalo, N.Y. since prohibition. Nestled in the Historic Cobblestone District we produce six flagship and two seasonal spirits. Our dedication is to producing spirits that are high quality and distinctive both in cocktails and on their own.

Featured products will be available for tasting from 1 to 4 pm

 

Learn about the TommyRotter Distillery
The Tommyrotters’ Club was a band of rebellious artisans in the early 20th century who broke rank from the Arts and Crafts Movement to create for creation’s sake. They sought adventure, mischief and inspiration in nature. Honoring their industrious spirit of back, hand and heart, Tommyrotter Distillery crafts small batch spirits in Buffalo, New York’s historic Hydraulics manufacturing district.

Featured products will be available for tasting from 4 to 7 pm

 

From Arrowhead Springs Vineyard
We produce wines from our vineyard on the Niagara Escarpment that reflect the thoughtfully chosen soils and climates from which they emanate. We respect our surroundings, maintain good stewardship of the land, uphold our commitment to the principles of sustainable farming and seek a deeper understanding of the natural living systems around us and our vineyard.

Great wine starts in the vineyards.  Cluster thinning, leaf removal, shoot thinning and balanced pruning all lead to grapes that are balanced, flavorful and optimized for winemaking.  Traditional wine making methods are employed to create wine reflective of our terroir, with minimal intervention.

We produce wines from our estate Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Chardonnay, Riesling and Vidal Blanc, as well as grapes purchased from local vineyards. Featured products will be available for tasting from 4 to 7 pm

Chateau Buffalo Ciderhouse & Winery
They produce small batches of many wines at Chateau Buffalo. Featured products will be available for tasting from 1 to 4 pm

When 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.

Wine Store Near Me in Buffalo Gates Sauvignon Blanc WinesWe 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!

Gates Circle Wine & Liquor has their entire Sauvignon Blanc wines on sale on Thursday August 30th for 20% off! Gates has one of the largest selections available in the Buffalo, NY area and has found that Sauvignon Blanc wines are the second most popular white wine they sell.  “From 4 to 7 pm we’ll be holding a wine tasting with 6 wines from around the world to give our customers an opportunity to taste the difference between various wine growing regions” states Matt Heubach, Manager of Gates. “We find Sauvignon Blanc wines to be an eclectic group getting more interest lately from our customers. Over this past year, we have expanded our line to cover most Sauvignon Blanc regions from around the world.”

 

Sauvignon Blanc Around the World

Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety that originated from Bordeaux, France. The grape gets its name from the French words sauvage (wild) and blanc (white) due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France. It possibly a descendant of Savagnin. Sauvignon Blanc is planted in many wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. Based generally on its growing area, it can produce tastes from mild with a honey dew and grassy or straw-like taste like that produced in California and Chile to a more citrusy wine from New Zealand. Besides France, its widely planted in Australia, Canada, Chile, New Zealand, and South Africa. Here in the US, its widely grown in California and Washington State.

 

Sauvignon Blanc wines being tasted at Gates Circle Wine & Liquor

 

Some new world Sauvignon Blanc’s, particularly from California, may also be called “Fumé Blanc” which is a marketing term coined by Robert Mondavi in reference to “Pouilly-Fumé”.

 

Depending on climate, the flavor can range from aggressively grassy to sweetly tropical or citrusy. In cooler climates, the grape has a tendency to produce wines with noticeable acidity and “green flavors” of grass, green bell peppers and nettles with some tropical fruit, such as passion fruit, and floral notes such as elderflower. In warmer climates, it can develop more tropical fruit notes but risk losing a lot of aromatics from over-ripeness, leaving only slight grapefruit and tree fruit  notes such as peach.

 

Sauvignon blanc, when slightly chilled, pairs well with fish or cheese, particularlygoat cheese. It is also known as one of the few wines that can pair well with sushi.

 

Featured wines on our Tasting Bar

Kono Sauvignon Blanc – New Zealand

Echeverria Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Wine Chile

Nederburg The Winemasters Sauvignon Blanc Wine – South Africa

Charles Krug Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc – Califonia

Clos de la Grange Touraine Sauvignon – France

Movia Sauvignon Blanc 2012 – Slovenia

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Over 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:

Gates Circle Liquor Store Expands its Japanese Sake SelectionBunraku Nihonjin No Wasuremono Yamahai Junmai Sake

Layered, 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 Sake

Crafted 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 Sake

Brewed 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 Online 

You 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 hours

And 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.