Picture yourself eating a handful of red raspberries, drinking a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade, or sipping on a glass of fine wine. Those sour, tart, and acidic flavors you are currently imagining are what make sour beer taste quite different from traditional beers. These flavors, which are unique to sour beers, are the product of time and the right mix of microorganisms. This weekend we will have some of the best examples of aged sours from our library.
Petite Sirah is not a more "petite" version of Syrah, it's a distinct grape variety. Petite Sirah was created by botanist Francois Durif in Montpellier, France around 1880. The grape is a cross between Syrah and the even more rare: Peloursin. It's loved for its extraordinary deep color and full-bodied flavors of blueberry, chocolate, plums and black pepper.
San Diego based Alesmith Brewing Compay's Decadence Anniversary Ale was originally brewed in 2005 to celebrate their first decade in business. Their brewers had such a great time creating the beer that they decided to brew a new rendition of Decadence each year. This weekend's tasting flight is a "vertical", showcasing their Anniversary Ale each year from all the way back to their 2011 release through their 2014 vintage.
For such a geographically small country, Belgium sports quite an impressive number of beer styles - and delicious ones at that! Belgian beers are primarily ales with a heavy emphasis on malts and a lot of fruity yeast flavors. These styles are so popular that many American craft brewers have adopted them as their own. This week's tasting features four Belgian style ales made by craft breweries in the United States.
Many centuries ago, French vintners discovered that if you blend Grenache with Syrah and Mourvedre (GSM), you could produce a delicious, food friendly and easy drinking style of wine. Once vintners in other countries found out about these blends, many soon followed suit, creating their own GSM blends with the unique characteristics that their area provided. Come in to compare the originator's versions with some from California that are made from the same basic blend.
In California, you know the abundant sunshine is going to produce ripe grapes every year. So while we don't have as much vintage to vintage variation as areas that aren't blessed with our climate, there are still subtle differences between vintage years. For this tasting, we have selected all Cabernets from a single vintage year, 2009, so you can compare different wines that were all created with the same weather conditions so you can see the difference other factors make in the taste of the wine.
American strong ale is a broad category used to describe ales of 7.0% ABV or higher. Beers in this category may be classified as double India Pale Ales, barley wines, or old ale depending on the style. If bottle conditioned and stored properly, strong ales can improve for several years, in some cases eventually obtaining sherry-like notes.
In a state known mostly for theme parks and ocean beaches, Florida's Cigar City Brewing has become a major attraction for those who appreciate and seek out excellent beer. Capitalizing on the Latin culture and tobacco-manufacturing history of Tampa Bay, Cigar City highlights those strengths on its labels and in its beer names and recipes, also it reflects the sensibilities and ingredients of Florida.
Cigar City is brand new to the Southern California Market, so be one of the first to try a flight.
Zinfandel is a wine varietal truly made famous by California. Planted in over 10 percent of all Californian vineyards, the Zinfandel grape is an important player in the California red wine industry, creating a big, ripe red wine that can come with some of the highest alcohol content of any red wine on the market (up to 17 percent). Due to the hot sun of California, many Zinfandels have come to be known for their jammy, fruity characteristics.
Breweries use adjuncts during the brewing process to impart flavors that don't normally occur in unflavored beer. The most popular adjuncts are coffee and cocoa, but some breweries take things a step further. This weekend we have put together a flight featuring different styles of flavored beer.
Santa Barbara County possesses a wide range of microclimates that produce a wide range of Syrah styles. The cooler, western part of the Santa Ynez Valley produces wines with bright red berry flavors, whereas the eastern, warmer part produces wines with lusher dark fruit flavors. And the Santa Maria area produces its own unique styles, typically with high acidity, which makes them very food friendly. Come in to taste the wide variety of flavors that Santa Barbara Syrahs offer.
By blending wine from different varietals into the same bottle, a winemaker has the ability to craft a wine that best meets their style and taste requirements. Blending also gives rise to some interesting combinations of flavors that are unobtainable from any single varietal wine. We have recently received many new blends, so stop by and see why blended wines are so popular!
In the 19th century, British brewers started adding extra lupulin (hops) to beers, to insure they withstood the long journey around the Horn of Africa, to the colonized regions of India. Today, the use of hops in beers has evolved far beyond its original preservation function. The bold flavors and increased bitterness that the hops provide have turned hoppy beers into one of the most popular beer styles.
Fifth generation grape growers Steve and Lori Felten are often asked why they gave their winery the unusual name of Klinker Brick. Klinker bricks (named for the unusual sound they make when banged together) grace many of Lodi's historical buildings. These highly regarded bricks were chosen by 1920s craftsmen architects for their distinctive qualities including unique shapes, high density and dark, rich color. High density and dark, rich color also help describe the winery's exceptional lineup of red wines such as their Old Vine Zinfandels made from vines ranging from 40 to 120 years old.
One of the country's most anticipated, and very small scale, new brewing projects has been brought to brilliant fruition in the heart of California's Central Coast. After 11 years as brewmaster at Green Flash, Chuck Silva was fueled by a longing to return to his Central California roots and the desire to create something he and his wife, MJ, could call their own. Come in this weekend and try some of the core beers they have been brewing.
Many people don't realize that high-quality Syrah can age for nearly as long as Cabernet Sauvignon. Like Cabs, as they age, Syrah's become smoother and more complex, with multiple flavor layers. We have some great Syrahs that have been sitting in our temperature controlled warehouse for about a decade, waiting for just this tasting. Take this rare opportunity to experience these exquisite wines.
Fremont Brewery is a brewery located in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The brewery is family-owned and creates small-batch artisan beers. Their beers have quickly become some of the best-selling in the area. The Brewers often use barley and other ingredients from Washington, most of the hops are sourced from Yakima Valleyand water comes from the Cedar River watershed in the Cascade Mountains.
When Eagle Rock Brewery opened its doors in 2009, it became the first microbrewery in decades to base its operations in the city of Los Angeles. This award-winning, family-owned and operated brewery was founded on a belief in producing unique, well-balanced beers-never compromising quality for quantity. As Eagle Rock Brewery continues to grow, this small family of beer lovers still works hard to promote the ongoing development of the LA beer community as well as the remarkable homebrewing community from which Eagle Rock Brewery sprang.
The same trinity of elements, sun, soil and ocean, that inspired the Hope family to move to Paso Robles nearly four decades ago was also the inspiration for this iconic label. Treana makes wines using grapes that flourish in their Paso Robles vineyards as well as other unique regions of the Central Coast.
When most people think of wine, their thoughts go to California, Italy or France, not Australia, on the other side of the world. But most do not realize that Australia is the world's fourth biggest exporter of wines. This is your chance to learn about some of the more exquisite wines from Australia.
With the spring season upon us, we have to make room for all the new spring beers. To do this we must reluctantly remove some of our prized, multi-year aged beers from the library. Our pain is your gain as we will pouring some very special, hard-to-obtain brews this weekend.
In California, more acreage is devoted to Cabernet than any other red wine grape. Cabs from the 2014 vintage are coming in almost daily here at Wade's, so we thought it would be the perfect time to feature a selection of 2014 vintage Cabs. Come try before you buy!
"Hazy IPAs" or "New-England-style IPAs " aren't anything new in beer, but the proliferation of a distinctly and intentionally hazed IPA category has been significant over the past year. Note that hazy IPAs go back well past a decade. They're being made by many of beer geekdom's hottest breweries, as well as by some of the country's newest. So come in this weekend and try the hottest new beer style.
Malbec is Argentina's flagship variety, and the country has the largest Malbec acreage in the world. This variety originally comes from South West France, where it is called Cot and features a hard, tannic style. Due to its intense color and dark hues, wines obtained from this variety were once called "the black wines of Cahors." These easy drinking, value-priced reds are popular both as an accompaniment to red meat and just to drink by themselves.
Lot 40 is crafted in small batches using rye grain in a single copper pot still and aged in virgin oak barrels. This bold whiskey has been perfected through generations of master distillers. This is Canadian Rye Whiskey in its simplest form.
Plymouth is the oldest British gin distillery still operating in its original location. Contrary to the London Dry style that has come to dominate today's gin market, Plymouth Gin continues to be true to its roots and has retained its own distinct character. Produced in a still which has not been changed for over 150 years, it has a subtle yet full-bodied flavor and a slightly subdued juniper.