October Beer Club: Iowa

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Weekends-at-bronziesThe Veil Brewing Co.
Weekend at Broznies
Richmond, VA

Citra DIPA with a bunch of pineapple purée added.

ABV: 9% alcohol / volume
Beer Style: Hoppy


Veil_Brewing_Co_Dirt_Nap_Bottle_ShotThe Veil Brewing Co.
Dirt Nap³
Richmond, VA

Dirt Nap³ is a triple dry-hopped DIPA with Mosaic, Citra, Nelson, and Galaxy hops. Incredible depth of flavor showcasing the best hops from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. There are concentrated notes of Melon, grapes, passionfruit and pineapple.

ABV: 8.8% alcohol / volume
Beer Style: Hoppy


Veil_Brewing_Co_Sunshine_Sorbet_Tastee_Bottle_ShotThe Veil Brewing Co.
Sunshine Sorbet Tastee
Richmond, VA

Sunshine Sorbet Tastee returns! This smoothie-style, sour ale is a brewed with milk sugar and conditioned with peach, pineapple, and passionfruit. It tastes like a summer cocktail slushy, tropicana fruit juice and sunshine in a glass.

ABV: 5.5% alcohol / volume
Beer Style: Sour, Tart & Funky

ABOUT THE VEIL BREWING COMPANY:
Founded in April 2016, The Veil Brewing Co. focuses on hop forward beers, high gravity and barrel aging, lagers, wild ales and spontaneous fermentation. They are dedicated to quality and strive to provide a unique drinking experience through all of their beers. Check them out on Untappd, or learn more about their company here.

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October Bubbly Club Iowa

Bubbly Wine Clubgerard_bertrand_cuvee_thomas_jefferson_BottleGérard Bertrand
Thomas Jefferson
Cremant de Limoux Brut
France

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

The Chenin and Chardonnay grapes bring texture and balance, with the Chardonnay also providing the fine bubbles. The Chenin adds vivacity and enhances the impressive longevity of the Cremant. This wine reveals a beautiful, golden yellow robe. It has a complex, aromatic nose with hints of white flower, honey, green apple and toast. It is crisp with elegant structure on the palate, where the fine texture of the bubbles complements the wine naturally.

Varieties: Chardonnay, Chenin, Pinot Noir, Mauzac
Analysis:
12.5% alcohol / volume
Appellation: AOP Crémant de Limoux, France
Serving Temperature: 50ºF
Pairing: Enjoy as an aperitif or with goat’s cheese (Cabecou, Pelardon, Rocamadour), and sweet desserts.

VINIFICATION AND MATURING:
The grapes are harvested early by hand, in order to retain a good level of acidity. Upon arrival at the winery, the fruit is immediately pressed in a pneumatic pressing machine. The must is transferred to the vats for alcoholic fermentation, using the same process used for still wines. The wine is then transferred to sealed bottles for fermentation, in accordance with the champagne method. To finish, the winemakers will disgorge the bottles and perform the traditional dosage, which is very precise in order to keep a real freshness and wine balance.

SPECIAL NOTES:
Limoux is the area where sparkling wine originated. In 1531, the monks of Saint Hilaire discovered the first wine with bubbles. Situated in the foothills of the Pyrenees, these vineyards benefit from the cool conditions required to make sparkling wines of quality. This exceptional quality had even found an echo across the Atlantic at the White House. Indeed, Thomas Jefferson, was Limoux’ greatest admirer, and he discretely cultivated his love for France and for Limoux sparkling wine. Actually, wine from Limoux was the only sparkling wine to be found in his personal cellar. –  Gérard Bertrand Winery


gerard_bertrand_cremant_rose_825Gérard Bertrand
Heritage Cremant de Limoux
An 825 Brut Rosé
France

BUBBLY WINE STYLE

This wine is beautiful, salmon-pink in color with glimmering reflections. The nose has a complex bouquet with long-lasting aromas of red fruit (such as strawberry and raspberry), backed with hints of toasted bread. The bubbles are delicate with an extraordinary vivacity on the palate, with a rich, indulgent texture.

Varieties: Chardonnay, Chenin, Pinot Noir
Analysis:
12.5% alcohol / volume
Appellation: AOP Crémant de Limoux.
Serving Temperature: 50ºF
Pairing: Perfect served as an aperitif, or accompanied with delicately smoked fish, both savory, sweet or spicy dishes, or even with red fruit desserts.

VINIFICATION AND MATURING:
The grapes are harvested when their acid-sugar balance reach their best. The fruit is transferred to the winery and immediately pressed in a pneumatic pressing machine. In addition to the reinforcement of the perception of freshness and balance, the dosage is very precise. The Pinot Noir grapes are not macerated, in order to preserve their color. The must is transferred to the vats for an alcoholic fermentation, using the same process used for still wine. After the malolactic fermentation in the vats, the wine is blended and then transferred to the barrels to mature for 8 months.

SPECIAL NOTES:
Gérard Bertrand reveals the history of the great terroirs of the South of France. The first written trace of the Abbey of Saint Hilaire date back to 825. The Abbey is located near Limoux and is famous for having housed the monks who discovered the secrete of effervescent wines. Gérard Bertrand Winery

ABOUT GÉRARD BERTRAND WINERY:
Now in the fourth generation of winegrowers, in 1987 Gérard Bertrand took over the family business at Domain d Villemajou after the unexpected death of his father. Five years later, Gérard founded the Gérard Bertrand wine company to develop a range of wines from the South of France. Today, the Gérard Bertrand group is comprised of 15 different wine estates. Since 2002, Gérard Bertrand has been committed to biodynamic viticulture, as it allows him to reinforce the balance of the vine and its environment. Learn more about his story here.

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October Sweet Club Iowa

Sweet Wine ClubRobert-Mondavi-Private-Selection-Naturally-Sweet-Pinot-NoirRobert Mondavi Private Selection
Naturally Sweet Pinot Noir
California

NECTAR WINE STYLE

The Naturally Sweet Pinot Noir is made sweet naturally by pausing fermentation early in the winemaking process, so 100% of the sweetness comes from the grapes’ naturally occurring sugar. This means the wine is made with no added sugar, and it is also lower in alcohol to offer a more thoughtful indulgence.

The wine shows off rich color, fruit-forward aromatics, and exceptionally soft tannins. There are notes of black cherry, plum, and raspberry, followed by notes of vanilla and spice due to the judicious oak aging.

Varietal: Pinot Noir
Analysis:
9% alcohol / volume
Food Pairing: Grilled steak, barbecue brisket sandwiches, or spicy Thai dishes.

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with a sharp cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

ABOUT ROBERT MONDAVI WINERY:
Robert Mondavi built his winery in Northern California in 1966, planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and other key grape varieties to create some of the world’s finest wine. Today, Robert Mondavi Winery produces critically acclaimed, top-rated, world-class wines adored by industry experts, master sommeliers and consumers alike. Robert Mondavi Private Selection captures Roberts 26 years of legendary winemaking expertise in a different way to seek depth and substance. By balancing longstanding traditions with a forward-looking approach, the winery is able to explore what wine can be, not just what it “ought” to be to offer the most flavorful of wine experience. Learn more here.

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Sugar-Sweet-Wine-Wine-Bottle-ImageJaM Cellars
Sugar Sweet White
California

NECTAR WINE STYLE

This soft, sweet, delicious Californian Moscato has just the right kiss of sweetness. It is super fruity and refreshing with a lower alcohol content. There are notes of honeyed citrus blossom, lush peach and sweet Meyer lemonade with a bright and refreshing finish.

Varietal: 100% Muscat
Analysis:
8.5% alcohol / volume

Serving:
Chilled straight from the fridge, or kept cool in an ice bucket
Food Pairing: This wine pairs well with a variety of flavors:

  • Have a little salty-sweet moment with your favorite bag of potato chips (nothing fancy).
  • Look for something spicy such as a Spicy Pad Thai, or Kung Pow Chicken.
  • Take a bite of bitter with pickle, or a batch of Parmesan Crusted Brussel Sprouts
  • Double down on dessert and pair with your favorite sweet treat.

WineStyles Wine and Cheese Pairing: Sweet wines from our ‘Nectar’ section pair well with an herbal or spicy cheese. Learn more about our wine and cheese pairings here.

ABOUT JaM CELLARS:
Second-generation Napa Valley vintners, John and Michele (the “J’ and “M” in JaM) are the master-minds behind JaM Cellars. After a decade of crafting ultra-premium wines in the Napa Valley, the husband & wife team decided to launch a line of super-approachable wines that could be enjoyed anytime. Learn more about their story here.

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October Collector’s Wine Club: Iowa

Collectors Wine ClubBarolo_Via_Nuova_DOCG_Wine_BottleE. Pira e Figli
Barolo Via Nuova DOCG 2018
Nebbiolo
Piedmont, Italy

BOLD WINE STYLE

This classic Barolo blend combines structure with elegance and complexity, emphasizing the particularities of each vineyard site. Though a bit timid when first opened, some time in the glass (or decanter) will reveal Via Nuova’s alluring ethereal floral and fruit perfumes. This wine is clear and lively garnet red in color. It is dry, savory and harmonious; soft in flavor but full with a lasting persistence due to the tannin.

Analysis: 14% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Nebbiolo, certified organic grapes
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Vineyard: Terlo and Liste in Barolo, Ravera and Mosconi in Monforte d’Alba, and Gabutti and Baudana in Serralunga d’Alba
Yield: 450 kg/ha
Aging: Aging for 24 months in lightly toasted 30% new French oak barriques
Average age of vines: 30 years
Acidity: 6.37 g/L
Production: 4,500 bottles
Soil: Calcareous clay, Sant’Agata marl (sandstone)
Average Altitude: 340 m (1,115 feet) above sea level
Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature with daily punch downs and pump-overs
Harvest: Mid-October
Cellar: E. Pira Chiara Boschis, Barolo
Bottling: Aged an additional 1 year in bottle
Release: Spring, 3.5 years after harvest
Critical Acclaim: 

  • James Suckling 94 pts. – 2018 vintage
  • Wine Advocate 94 pts. – 2018 vintage
  • Vinous Media 94 pts. – 2018 vintage
  • See previous vintage scores here.
Chiara_Boschis_E. Pira & Figli_Vineyard_and_winery

© Chiara Boschis, owner of E. Pira & Figli

WINEMAKER NOTES:
Via Nuova (New Road) was the name of a small vineyard on the edge of the historical center of Barolo, the name coming from its proximity to the road (new at that time) connecting Barolo to Novello. All that remains today of the road is a small walking path through the vineyards. The wine was produced as a single-vineyard Barolo for many years until, in 2010, this small Cru was incorporated into the larger Terlo subzone. And so, as a sort of homage to tradition, Barolo Via Nuova is now produced as a blend of 6 different vineyards: Terlo and Liste in Barolo, Ravera e Mosconi in Monforte d’Alba and Gabutti and Baudana in Serralunga d’Alba. – E. Pira e Figli


Barolo_Mosconi_DOCG_Wine_BottleCollectors Wine ClubE. Pira e Figli
Barolo Mosconi DOCG 2018
Nebbiolo
Piedmont, Italy

BOLD WINE STYLE

Garnet red in color, this wine is complimented by open perfumes of flowers and mature fruit with some spicy notes. This is a long-lasting wine of power and concentration with firm, velvety tannins.

Analysis: 14% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Nebbiolo, certified organic grapes
Region: Piedmont, Italy
Vineyard: Mosconi (a single-vineyard property acquired in 2009) in Moforte d’Alba
Yield: 450 kg/ha
Aging: Aging for 24 months in lightly toasted 30% new French oak barriques
Average age of vines: 30 years
Acidity: 6.37 g/L
Production: 4,700 bottles
Soil: Calcareous clay marl soils from the tertiary period, with areas rich in calcium carbonate and iron
Average Altitude: 400 m (1,312 feet) above sea level
Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature with daily punch downs and pump-overs
Harvest: Mid-October
Cellar: E. Pira Chiara Boschis, Barolo
Bottling: Aged an additional 1 year in bottle
Release: Spring, 3.5 years after harvest
Critical Acclaim: 

  • Wine Advocate 96 pts. – 2018 vintage
  • James Suckling 94 pts. – 2018 vintage
  • Vinous Media 94 pts. – 2018 vintage
  • See previous vintage scores here.

WINEMAKER NOTES:
The most recently acquired parcel, the famous Mosconi Cru in Monforte d’Alba was purchased in 2009. The vineyard’s particular heavy clay soil (in some areas calcium carbonate and iron give the soil a reddish-gray color) lends considerable structure to this wine, making it a Barolo ideal for aging. – E. Pira e Figli 

Chiara_Boschis_Barolo_Wine_Cellar

© Chiara Boschis, owner of E. Pira & Figli

ABOUT E. PIRA E FIGLI WINERY:

E. Pira e Figli is a key player in the history of Barolo. The Pira family, whose members have been vignerons since the seventeenth century, started producing and bottling wines by the 19th century, and received immediate praise for their work. 

In late 1980, the Pira lineage came to a tragic end with the death of the legendary, Luigi (Gigi) Pira (one of the last remaining winemakers to carry out the pressing on foot and the production without the support of any technical means). The estate was then sold to the Boschis family, who had deep family ties with the Pira family. By the end of the 1980’s, Chiara Boschis took the reins of the winery, becoming one of the first women producers in the Langhe. She quickly became a ‘Superwoman’ of the region with her daring and innovative decisions – garnering much acclaim from international publications.

Since 2010, Chiara has been joined by her brother, Giorgio, who shares her same great passion for work in the vineyard and in the cellar. Learn more about their story here.

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Donatella_Colombini_Rosso_di_Montalcino_Wine_BottleCollectors Wine ClubDonatella Cinelli Colombini
Rosso di Montalcino

Sangiovese
Tuscany, Italy

BOLD WINE STYLE

This wine is “Brunello’s younger and smiley brother”. Obtained from the same Sangiovese grapes and the same Montalcino area, but designed to be consumed sooner. This young red wine is very intense and brilliant ruby red in color. The nose is fine, rich, and well expressed; there are notes of ripe small red berries, spices and dark flowers, such as violets. The palate is full, harmonious and pleasant. The tannins are silky and well balanced by the richness of the fruit. The persistence is pleasant and lengthy.

Analysis: 14% alcohol / volume
Varietal: 100% Sangiovese
Serving: Serve at a temperature between 60.8ºF-64.4ºF, in a balloon shapes wine goblet. Those who wish to open and drink immediately will find it useful to use a decanter.
Food Pairing: Versatile and perfect for the table. Opt for important first courses, roasts, tasty cheeses and cold cuts. This wine requires food that is intense in taste, but not too fatty or greasy.

Critical Acclaim: 90-91/100 from some of the most prestigious international wine magazines 

ABOUT THE VINEYARDS:
The vineyards at Casato Prime Donne are cultivated following the organic regime and cover a total of 16 hectares, three of which are always designated to the production of Rosso di Montalcino. These vineyards are on the northern, and coolest, area of Montalcino, on a hill about 225 m. above sea level, where the soil is made up of clays and sea sands. Each vineyard is divided into 6 small parcels and contain about 5,000 vines per hectare. The grapes are cultivated with the spurred cordon method, and the average production is about 6 tons of grapes per hectare.

HARVEST AND VINIFICATION:
The grapes are harvested by hand between September 15th and October 10th (depending on the climate of the year). The clusters are chosen right in the vineyard and then the berries are selected on an automatic sorting table where two women work. Generally the grapes for Rosso di Montalcino arrive first and then those for the Brunello. To learn more about the vinification process, click here.

Donatella Cinelli Colombini_Women_Staff_Vineyard

© Photo from Donatella Cinelli Colombini

AGING:
After the racking/separation of the wine from the lees, the Rosso di Montalcino begins its aging in oak barrels around February. The oak barrels are chosen according to the characteristics of the vintage – from 5 to 40 hl in size – with or without toasting.  Duration of barrel aging also varies according to the wine, and can go for some months. As for home aging, aim for 3-4 years, and not much more. Keep the bottles lying down in a dark and cool place to keep the Rosso di Montalcino perfectly harmonious and pleasant, rich in taste with soft tannins and great finesse. 

ABOUT DONATELLA CINELLI COLOMBINI WINERY:

Donatella-Cinelli-Colombini-cantina-storica-Fattoria-del-Colle-640x640

© Owner, Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Born in 1953 to a family of producers of Brunello di Montalcino, Donatella Cinelli Colombini founded her own estate in 1998 comprising of Fattoria del Colle in Trequanda and Casato Prime Donne in Montalcino.

Casato Prime Donne is about a 40 hectare property on the northern slope of Montalcino. This estate has belonged to the Colombini family at least since the end of the 16th century and was originally used by Donatella’s maternal forefathers for hunting and to host brides for their honeymoons.

The last three generations, the farm has been passed from mother to daughter – it belonged to grandmother Giuliana Tamanit, then mother Francesca Colombini, now Donatella Cinelli Colombini, who will give it to her daughter, Violante. Donatella has given this location a special meaning, as it is the first winery in Italy to be all female staffed, a flagship for women who work in wine. She has received countless awards and international success for her achievements within the industry. Learn more about their story here.

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October Cheese Club: Iowa

Cheese Clubtomme-saint-georges-cheeseTomme Saint Georges
Midi-Pyrenees, France

Named after the town where it is made, in the Midi-Pyrenees region of France, this washed rind, pasteurized, sheep’s milk cheese is a cross between a traditional tomme and a sheep’s milk alpine cheese. The paste is moist and creamy, and the flavor starts with notes of toasted bread and finishes richly with notes of sweet cream, chives and leeks. The flavors are complex and exciting. 

WINE & CRAFT BEER PAIRINGS:
Pair with any of the wines from our October Wine Club Selections. For beer, look for a light or pale ale or lager. 

WINESTYLES: Bold
BEERSTYLES: Crisp & Clean


buenalba-romero-cheeseRomero Fino-Buenalba
Toledo, Spain

Made from raw sheep’s milk and aged for a minimum of 4 months, this cheese sets itself apart from other cheeses, as it has rosemary in the paste of the cheese (while most others only have the rosemary on the rind). The flavor is more subtle and less astringent, the rosemary perfumes the cheese beautifully. It is creamy in texture with a slight sweetness and a smooth lingering finish. Try some shaved on a ham sandwich, then warm in a sandwich press.

WINE & CRAFT BEER PAIRINGS:
Pair with any of the wines from our October Wine Club Selections. For beer, pair with a dark ale or porter.

WINESTYLES: Silky or Bold
BEERSTYLES: Malty or Fuity & Spicy

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Casal Da Coelheira Terraços Do Tejo Red

Azores_Beef_Stew_with_PotatoesMOLHA DE CARNE (Azores Beef Stew with Potatoes)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3.5 lbs sirloin tip roast cut into large pieces (about double or triple the size of regular stewing meat)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 small can of tomato paste (5.5 fl oz)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground allspice
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 6 white potatoes chopped into large pieces

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Cut the beef into large chunks.
  2. In a large bowl add the white wine, beer, tomato paste, salt, paprika, allspice and whisk until well combined. Add the bay leaves and cinnamon stick.
  3. Add the meat to the bowl and mix well to cover all the meat pieces. Cover the bowl with a plastic wrap or put place the entire contents into a ziplock. Store in the fridge for at least two hours or even over night.
  4. Place a large pot on the stove and add the meat contents to the pot. Add the onions and garlic and bring to a slow boil for 30 minutes covered.
  5. Remove the lid, add the water and cover again. Simmer for 2 hours.
  6. Uncover, add the potatoes, mix well, cover and continue to simmer for 30 minutes.

© Recipe courtesy of Nelson Cardoso of Photos & Food.

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Bold wine Style logoCasal da Coelheira_Terraços do TejoCasal da Coelheira
Terraços do Tejo Red
Tejo, Portugal

BOLD WINE STYLE

Deep red in color, this wine has a lively aroma with ripe fruit. On the palate, despite its youthfulness, the tannins are presented but well rounded and accompanied by a good structure. It makes for a very tasty wine, easy for daily consumption but with lots of personality.

Varietal: Aragonês, Syrah, Castelão
Region: Tejo, Portugal
Analysis:
13.6% alcohol / volume
Total Acidity: 6.10 g/L
pH: 3.64
Total Sugar: 0.9 g/L
Soil Type: Sandy
European Vegetarian Union: Vegan
Serving Temperature: 60ºF-64ºF
Pairing:
Pasta and white or red meat
Longevity: Drink now or keep it until the end of 2025
Winemaker: Nuno Falcão Rodrigues

WINEMAKING NOTES:
Destemming, maceration and fermentation with temperature control, malolactic fermentation and filtration.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Located at parallel 39 North, Casal da Coelheira Estate has been benefiting from the Mediterranean climate for over three generations. For years, they have been committed to producing the best and most innovative wines within the Tagus River wine region. While the winery has seen many upgrades to their production and winemaking technology over the years, the facade at Tramagal remains the same – showcasing a traditional Portuguese facility with timeless architecture and impressive white and yellow walls. Learn more about the winery here.

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Casal da Coelheira White

Pan,Of,Garlic,Prawns,,Top,ViewGAMBAS AL AJILLO (Garlic Shrimp)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 10 frozen shrimp 16/20 count, heads on
  • 1 teaspoon table salt for shrimp brine
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 8 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • ½ teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika (pimenton)
  • 4 parsley sprigs + leaves for garnish

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Defrost shrimp by soaking them in cold tap water for 30 minutes.
  2. Twist the heads off of the shrimp.
  3. Using kitchen shears, peel the shrimp by cutting along the backs. Devein them.
  4. Sprinkle the shrimp with the cornstarch and mix thoroughly. Wash the cornstarch off of the shrimp.
  5. Pour 1 cup of water in a small bowl. Add the salt and stir thoroughly. Add the shrimp and let stand for 15 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, peel and coarsely mince the garlic.
  7. Finely mince the chili pepper.
  8. Chop the parsley – medium coarse.
  9. Heat a 10″ pan over medium high heat.
  10. Once the pan is heated, add olive oil.
  11. Once the olive oil is heated (it should be shimmering), add garlic and chili pepper
  12. Once the garlic is brown, add white wine.
  13. Once the white wine evaporates and the mixture thickens, add smoked paprika.
  14. Add shrimp. Cook about 1 ½ minutes on both sides until shrimp are opaque and firm.
  15. Add parsley and stir.
  16. Serve in a medium bowl. Garnish with parsley leaves.
  17. Enjoy with a beverage of your choice. (hint hint)

© Recipe courtesy of 2 Food Trippers.

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Crisp Wine StyleCASAL-DA-COELHEIRA-WHITECasal da Coelheira
White
Tejo, Portugal

CRISP WINE STYLE

The nose is very fresh with notes of kiwi, lemon and lightly smoked. The palate continues to show a fresh profile, with a well balanced acidity and a persistent taste.

Varietal: Verdelho, Fernão Pires and Arinto
Region: Tejo, Portugal
Analysis:
13.1% alcohol / volume
Total Acidity: 6.59 g/L
pH: 3.21
Total Sugar: 0.6 g/L
Soil Type: Sandy
European Vegetarian Union: Vegan
Serving Temperature: 48ºF-50ºF
Pairing:
Fish or Seafood
Longevity: Drink now or keep it until the end of 2025
Winemaker: Nuno Falcão Rodrigues

WINEMAKER’S NOTES
Destemming, pneumatic pressing, cold settling, fermentation temperature control, cold stabilization and filtration.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Located at parallel 39 North, Casal da Coelheira Estate has been benefiting from the Mediterranean climate for over three generations. For years, they have been committed to producing the best and most innovative wines within the Tagus River wine region. While the winery has seen many upgrades to their production and winemaking technology over the years, the facade at Tramagal remains the same – showcasing a traditional Portuguese facility with timeless architecture and impressive white and yellow walls. Learn more about the winery here.

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October Wine Club Pairing Recipe

Spaghetti,Alla,Puttanesca,-,Italian,Pasta,Dish,With,Tomatoes,,BlackPORTUGUESE STYLE SARDINE SPAGHETTI

INGREDIENTS:

    • 2 tbsp olive oil
    • ½ red pepper finely sliced
    • 1 medium red onion, finely sliced
    • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
    • ½ cup of olives, sliced
    • 1 cup (18 small) cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
    • 2 tbsp tomato paste
    • ½ red chili pepper without excessive seeds, sliced
    • 1 tin of sardines
    • basil leaves, to taste
    • 200 grams of dried spaghetti
    • black pepper
    • lemon zest
    • ½ cup of white wine/lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:

    • Place a big frying pan over a medium heat, add the olive oil and a drizzle of the sardine oil. When hot, add the bell pepper and cook until slightly soft.
    • Add the red onion and garlic and sauté for a further 2-3 minutes.
    • Add the olives and let everything slowly fry until it reaches a softer texture.
    • Move the ingredients to one side of the frying pan and if necessary add another splash of olive oil and lightly fry your cherry tomatoes and basil leaves.
    • Once the skin of the tomatoes start wrinkling, combine it with the rest of the pan, and add our chili pepper and the sardines, breaking it into smaller pieces.
    • Add zests of one lemon and a splash of white wine or lemon juice to deglaze the pan and bring all those flavors together. Let it sizzle for another couple of minutes.
    • While you wait, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. 
    • Once the pasta water is boiling, begin cooking your spaghetti. Following the recommended instructions. For “al dente” pasta, remove from the water a minute early to taste. 
    • Add the tomato paste and half of a cup of the pasta water into your sauce. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for 3-5 minutes. The starch from the pasta water will help the sauce to bond with the spaghetti. Try the sauce and check if you need to adjust the salt or add another splash of pasta water. As some of the ingredients already contain salt, extra salt may not be needed.
    • Drain the pasta and add it immediately into the saucepan and gently combine everything.
    • Serve the finished sardine pasta into two pasta bowls and add some freshly grated black pepper and Parmesan cheese on top (we know that this goes against the rules but as cheese lovers we think that cheese goes well with everything. Who invented this silly rule anyway?).

© Recipe courtesy of We Travel Portugal.

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CASAL-DA-COELHEIRA-REDBold wine Style logoCasal da Coelheira
Red
Tejo,Portugal

BOLD WINE STYLE

Intense color, resulting from a skin maceration prior to fermentation. The aromas are intense with berry notes and red fruits – strawberry and raspberry – combined with a slight floral note as violet. In the mouth it is with great elegance revealing a very gastronomic wine with good body, fruit and a well balanced acidity.

Varietals: Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouchet, Touriga Franca
Region: Tejo, Portugal
Analysis:
13.0% alcohol / volume
Total Acidity: 7.8 g/L
pH: 3.20
Total Sugar: 0.6 g/L
Soil Type: Sandy
European Vegetarian Union: Vegan
Serving Temperature: 46ºF-50ºF
Pairing:
Drink as a starter, or pair with salads, pasta, fish or seafood
Longevity: Drink now or keep it until the end of 2024
Winemaker: Nuno Falcão Rodrigues

WINEMAKING NOTES:
Destemming, crushing, maceration and fermentation with temperature control, malolactic fermentation, partly matured in American oak, filtration.

ABOUT THE WINERY:
Located at parallel 39 North, Casal da Coelheira Estate has been benefiting from the Mediterranean climate for over three generations. For years, they have been committed to producing the best and most innovative wines within the Tagus River wine region. While the winery has seen many upgrades to their production and winemaking technology over the years, the facade at Tramagal remains the same – showcasing a traditional Portuguese facility with timeless architecture and impressive white and yellow walls. Learn more about the winery here.

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September Beer Club: Iowa

BeerClubLogoSamuel Smith‘s
Variety Six Pack with Glass
Yorkshire, UK

This month, our Beer Club members will enjoy six of Samuel Smith’s flagship, style-defining 12 oz. beers, plus a Samuel Smith’s branded glass.

Smith_VarietyPack_with-glassIncluded in Variety Pack:

  • Organic Pale Ale
  • Nut Brown Ale
  • The Famous Taddy Porter
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Imperial Stout
  • Organic Chocolate Stout
  • Samuel Smith’s Glass

pale_ale-2020Samuel Smith’s
Organic Pale Ale
Yorkshire, UK

Brewed with well water (the original well at the Old Brewery, sunk in 1758, is still in use, with the hard well water being drawn from 85 feet underground), the best barley malt, yeast and aromatic hops; fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ to create a full, rounded flavor and after-taste.

ABV: 5% alcohol / volume
Serving Temperature: Around 51ºF
Style: Pale Ale


smiths_bottle_nut brown aleSamuel Smith’s
Nut Brown Ale
Yorkshire, UK

Brewed with well water (from the original well at the Old Brewery) and the best barley malt, yeast and aromatic hops. Fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ to create a relatively dry ale with rich nutty color and palate of beech nuts, almonds and walnuts.

ABV: 5% alcohol / volume
Serving Temperature: Around 55ºF
Style: Ale


smiths_bottle_taddy porterSamuel Smith’s
The Famous Taddy Porter
Yorkshire, UK

Brewed with well water (the original well at the Old Brewery, sunk in 1758), the best barley malt, yeast and aromatic hops. It too is fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’.

ABV: 5% alcohol / volume
Serving Temperature: Around 55ºF
Style: Stout

 


oatmeal stoutSamuel Smith’s
Oatmeal Stout
Yorkshire, UK

Brewed with well water (the original well at the Old Brewery); fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ to create an almost opaque, wonderfully silky and smooth textured ale with a complex medium dry palate and bittersweet finish.

ABV: 5% alcohol / volume
Serving Temperature: Around 55ºF
Style: Stout

 


Imperial StoutSamuel Smith’s
Imperial Stout
Yorkshire, UK

Originally brewed to withstand the abuses of shipping in bad weather to Imperial Russia, this beer was a favorite of Russian nobility whose taste for the finest food and drink was world famous. This Imperial Stout is a rich, flavorful brew. Deep chocolate in color with a roasted barley nose and flavor that has a complexity of malt hops, alcohol and yeast. It is fermented in ‘stone Yorkshire squares’.

ABV: 7% alcohol / volume
Serving Temperature: Around 55ºF
Style: Stout


Organic Chocolate StoutSamuel Smith’s
Organic Chocolate Stout
Yorkshire, UK

Brewed with well water (from the original well sunk in 1758), then gently roasted organic chocolate malt and organic cocoa are added to impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character. This beer has inviting deep flavors and a delightful finish – making the perfect marriage of a satisfying stout and luxurious chocolate.

ABV: 5% alcohol / volume
Serving Temperature: Around 51ºF
Style: Stout


Samuel Smith - Variety Pack

ABOUT SAMUEL SMITH’S BREWERY:
Yorkshire’s oldest brewery, established in 1758, Samuel Smith’s brews a wide range of high quality beer, solely from authentic natural ingredients. The brewery still uses ‘stone Yorkshire squares’ made of solid blocks of slate, to ferment all its ales and stouts and the same yeast strain since the 1800s. They also use oak casks for all their naturally conditioned ales. Innovators in Certified Organic beers, Samuel Smith’s began to ship the first organic beers to the United States in the mid-1990s. Learn more here.

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September Cheese Club: Iowa

Cheese ClubShopshire BlueShopshire Blue
Blue Cheese
Leicestershire, UK

Made of pasteurized cow’s milk, this semi-firm blue cheese is described as a cross between Stilton and Cheshire. Within 10-12 weeks, it forms an orange-brown, natural rind and smooth texture. It has a sharp, strong flavor and a bit of a tangy aroma, with a fat content of 48%. This cheese is vegetarian friendly and has won many medals including silver at the 2014 World Cheese Awards.

WINE & CRAFT BEER PAIRINGS:
For wine, pair with a Port Noir or a Riesling. For beer, pair with any of our stouts or ales featured in our September Beer Club.

WINESTYLES: Silky or Mellow
BEERSTYLES: Malty & Sweet or Fruity & Spicy


Red Dragon cheeseRed Dragon Cheese
Cheddar
Wales, UK

Made from pasteurized cow’s milk, this smooth, firm, tasty cheddar is made with Welsh brown ale and mustard seeds making it a buttery and spicy cheese with plenty of bite, but without being too hot. The mustard seeds give the cheddar marvelous flavor and texture, while the brown ale makes the cheese moist and tangy. This vegetarian cheese is aged for three months. Serve as a table cheese or melted on toast.

WINE & CRAFT BEER PAIRINGS:
Pair with a Shiraz or a Sauvignon Blanc blend, such as our September Wine Club Selection. For beer, pair with a dark ale, such as those featured in our September Beer Club.

WINESTYLES: Silky or Bold
BEERSTYLES: Malty or Fruity & Spicy

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