Cabernet Sauvignoncabs range from medium to full-bodied and have high tannin content. rich flavor includes ripe berry, tobacco and sometimes green pepper. blends well with other grapes to soften the cabernet. pairs with: red meats, heartier red pastas, lamb, strong cheese and dark chocolate.
Malbecmalbec is argentinas signature grape. malbec is medium to full bodied with ripe fruit flavors such as plums and blackberries and is jammy. tannins are a bit tight and makes it rustic but yet versatile. pairs with: tomato-based sauces, spicy mexican and cajun, indian fare.
Merlota soft, medium-bodied red wine with juicy fruit flavors (such as plums, cherries, blueberries, and blackberries mixes with black pepper tones). the tannin levels are fairly low. pairs with: poultry, red meat, pork, pastas salads.
Pinot Noirthe toughest grape to grow. pinot noir has a lighter color and a lighter flavor. flavors of sweet red berries, plums, tomatoes, cherries, and sometimes a wood like flavor (depending on the growing conditions). pairs with: poultry, ham, lamb and pork.
Sangioveseitalys most commonly planted red grape. sangiovese is the grape used for chianti and chianti classico wines. wines are medium to full-bodied with tannins being from medium soft to firm. flavors may include cherry, plum, strawberry, cinnamon and vanilla. will have medium to high acidity. pairs with: chicken, red meat, fish, lamb, pork, pastas stews and well-aged cheese.
Shiraz (australia) /syrahaustralias spicy, big red wine. has firm tannins but are smooth with flavors of black cherry, blackberry, plum, bell pepper, black pepper, licorice, chocolate, and smoke. pairs with: grilled meats and vegetables, wild game, beef stew and meat pizza.
Tempranillothe grape for spains rioja wines is medium to full bodied with lower acidity and fruit flavors. flavors can include plum, cherry, and strawberry and earth pairs with: pork and grilled or roasted foods.
Zinfandelwhite zinfandel is made with the zinfandel grape but the grape skins are quickly removed after they are crushed. this causes a pink/rose colored wine. zinfandel has a rich, dark color with medium to high tannin levels and a higher alcohol content. zinfandel flavors can include: raspberry, blackberry, cherry, plums, raisins, spice and black pepper and oak. white pairs with: poultry, ham, lamb and pork. zinfandel pairs with: red or white meat, fish tacos, spicy food.
Chardonnaychardonnay grapes have a wide range of flavors from the buttery flavor from oak to the crisp fruit flavors of apple, pear, tropical, citrus and melon from stainless steel. if you are looking for a big buttery chardonnay, look for ones that have been through malolactic fermentation. pairs with: (oaked) poultry, pork, seafood, and cream or butter based dishes. pairs with: (stainless steel) guacamole, garlic, salads, grilled shrimp, and curry dishes.
Gewurztraminerdoes well where the climate is cooler. flavors include honey, spices, rose, pear, citrus and minerals pairs with: asian dishes or spicy bbq or chicken wings.
Gruner-veltlinerone of austrias dominate white grape varietals this grape has higher acidity levels and has fresh green aromas of juicy tropical fruit. pairs with: almost anything.
Rieslingriesling wines can be dry to sweet and well as light to full bodied. taste of apple, pear and peach with citrus and tropical tastes. they pick up mineral flavors from the soil. german rieslings can put in categories such as kabinett, spatlese, auslese, etc to show the grapes ripeness level at harvest. pairs with: almost anything.
Pinot Grigio/ Pino Grisa crisp white wine that is to be consumed early. pinot grigio is fairly acidic. flavors range from melon to pear and often tropical or citrus flavors. pairs with: seafood, light pastas , cheese and crackers.
Sauvignon Blancsauvignon blanc is light to medium bodied white wine now associated mainly with new zealand. has a light to medium-body is crisp and refreshing with notable acidity. has a wide range of flavors herbal, grass, hay and mineral along with citrus and tropical flavors. pairs with: artichoke dip, veggies , creamy sauces, salads, thai food, fish and poultry.
Champagne And Sparkling Winechampagne and sparkling wine is a true category of wine. many of these wines are a blend of grapes such as chardonnay, pinot noir or pinot meunier. to be called champagne the wine must be from the champagne region of france but many other regions and countries make great sparkling wines.
Beerthe bottle shoppe is proud to carry over 50 varieties of import and hard to find beers at a price that you will find very reasonable. we carry a wide variety of lagers, pilsner, ales and much more. and while we cant let you drink one at the bar, we do have beer tastings on most friday nights. be sure to check the events page to see when the next tasting is!