October Staff Picks
Products priced for 750 ml bottles unless otherwise noted.
Clark: Presqu’ile Vineyards Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir 2015
I just had the opportunity to visit Presqu’ile and was blown away by this property. Everything about it, from the vineyards to the caves, winery to the tasting room, five star+ hospitality, this is a first-class operation that I fondly call Pristine Presqu’ile. I had the opportunity to taste the full line-up of wines. They all share a true representation of the place from where they come and the Presqu’ile commitment to produce incredible wines. One of the stand-out wines is the 2015 Santa Maria Valley Pinot Noir, sourced from 50% Bien Nacido Vineyard, 30% Presqu'ile Vineyard, 20% Solomon Hills. This vintage is showing beautifully, with earth, fruit and spice. It’s ready to drink. Enjoy with charcuterie, artisan cheese, grilled meats, and it’s beautiful with seared Ahi tuna.
Henrik: Domaine de Terrebrune Bandol Rosé 2017
I am so happy that wine consumers are really learning that Rosé is not just a hot summer day wine. I’m just as happy that they are beginning to see that Rosé wines are not all sweet and pop-like. The fact is, Rosé wines are perfect for year-round enjoyment. My pick is a blend 50% Mourvèdre, 25% Grenache, 25% Cinsault, all varietals that make world class red wines, and complex food friend rose. Enjoy with oysters on the shell, other delicate fish and seafood, and salads. Tip: Keep this wine in mind to serve at Thanksgiving. It’s a perfect Thanksgiving pairing.
David: Nicolas Feuillate Brut Reserve
Wine Spectator Rated 91. The cuvee composed of 20% of the Chardonnay that brings elegance and delicacy, 40% Pinot Noir, for roundness and structure and 40% of Pinot Meunier for fruitiness. It has a pale gold color, and those beautiful abundant tiny bubbles. I love the aromas and flavors that remind of pear, apple, almonds and hazelnuts. It is fresh, smooth and balanced. Enjoy with lobster and cream sauce, sole morel mushrooms, chicken brochettes with citronella. It’s also perfect for sipping any time.
Chris K: Fonseca, Bin 27 Ruby Porto
As we begin to see the signs of fall, it is those cooler nights that remind us that winter is coming. One of the things we enjoy this time of year is a nice ruby Porto. Fonseca Bin 27 is a longstanding favorite and one that can be enjoyed up to 6 weeks after opening. The classic Port is made from one of the Duero Valleys most iconic producers, and can easily be enjoyed as desert or paired with various cheeses, cigars or roasted nuts.
Roberto: Pessimist Paso Robles Red Blend by Daou 2015
The thing I like most about this blend is it is ready to drink now. It consists of 37% Syrah, 27% Zinfandel, 31% Petite Sirah and 5% Tannat and Grenache. I enjoy the dark fruits, spice box, vanilla bean and sweet oak in its full-bodied, nicely balanced, mouth-filling style. Enjoy with a fat, juicy center pork chop or a well-marbled ribeye right off the grill.
Tristan: Bell Reserve Chardonnay 2016
When I began searching for an October wine pick, my goal was to find something that would help capture the essence of autumn. Something that would mimic cool breezes and the change of color in the leaves. I found it all inside a bottle of Bell Reserve Chardonnay. Its old meets new world style compliments its versatility. Flavors of golden apples and pears combined with subdued nutty, creamy textures make it perfect for an end of the year white wine. We all love Bell around here, mainly for their big Napa reds that they have (deservedly) hung their hat on, but this Chardonnay is special. And what time of the year is more special than Fall in Arkansas?
logan: Vina Robles Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
Fall is nearly upon us and for me that means evenings sitting outdoors and of course, red wine! Vina Robles Cabernet Sauvignon is a personal favorite and my go-to for this time of year. This estate grown cabernet sauvignon from Paso Robles delivers rich flavors of dark fruit and black cherry that are balanced by a long and complex finish. It would pair well with most grilled red meats, but could just as easily be enjoyed by itself on a beautiful autumn night!
Dustin: Tincup Whiskey
Fall has begun and it's time to find that perfect whiskey for cooler weather. Tincup, an American whiskey is the perfect whiskey for fall weather. Tincup American whiskey is adored for its spicy, cinnamon, apple and nutty flavor notes, which makes it the perfect sipping whiskey for October. It also goes great in a Hot Toddy! There’s a reason it comes with a tin cup top. Pour and serve. It's always better with a friend.
Heath: Jackson Morgan Salted Caramel Liqueur
Autumn is upon us with the rich colors in nature and the rich flavors that delight us this time of year. I especially love salted caramel. Sweet and salty! The Jackson Morgan Salted Caramel does not disappoint. This aromatic cream liqueur is made with Tennessee whiskey infused with natural flavors and blended with real dairy cream. The rich, smooth, salty sweet aroma and flavor make this one of my favorite cream liqueurs. Enjoy on the rocks, in hot coffee, cold brew or hot cocoa. Drizzle over ice cream; mmm! Add vanilla vodka, coffee liqueur and ice and blend in a blender. Serve in a martini glass for a taste of icy, sweet salty caramel goodness.
John B: Yellowstone Limited Edition 2018
For the 2018 release of Yellowstone Limited Edition, Limestone Branch took the wine barrels that were used to make the 2016 and 2017 releases and deeply charred them with a No. 3 char and used them for a third time, to finish the 2018 bourbon. The folks at Limestone Branch took bourbons aged 4-12 years, including some of their own whiskey, and blended them together. They dumped the blended bourbons into the newly charred wine casks and let the mixture marry and finish in them for a bit less than a year. This bourbon brings a heavy dark fruit, vanilla, and oak aroma on the nose. The palate shows as dried fruit, oak, and citrus tones. The finish is long one, with oak and spice notes and a well-rounded, oily mouthfeel. This 101 proof, rich and complex bourbon goes down a bit warm, but as much as it brings in warmth it also brings in deliciousness.
Colin: Savage and Cooke Lip Service Rye Whiskey
When legendary California winemaker Dave Phinney set his sights on the world of distilled spirits with the inception of Savage and Cooke, the entire industry immediately took notice. The moment I tasted Lip Service Rye Whiskey it became an instant favorite for the category. This 3-year-old spirit is aged in charred American oak and finished in French grenache barrels creating the ultimate balance between sweet and spicy. I, for one, look forward to savoring a dram on a cool fall eve. Enjoy!
Josh L: Armagnac de Montal VS
Fall is right around the corner and with the chill in the air, I start reaching for this bottle more frequently. Armagnac, is the original French brandy, made in the Gascony region in the south-western part of the country. This is one of my favorite spirits. Nice notes of vanilla and caramel, with a hint of subtle smoke, this is the perfect spirit for those autumn nights. If you are a fan of brandy, this inexpensive bottle is sure to become one of your new favorites.
Ryan L: Rogue Batsquatch
Where legend meets truth and where the lines blur, somewhere amidst the juicy haze, one tasty beer dwells. A New England style IPA to enjoy while recounting all the various tales that bump and creep in the night with your friends. Some legends say the Batsquatch is always near, lurking, waiting for you to finish the brew. So right on your last drop he pounces… To hand you another Rogue Batsquatch!
Chris A: Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout
Halloween is fast approaching and let’s face it, as delicious as they can be you’ll have had your fill of Octoberfests and pumpkin ales well before you’ve watched Hocus Pocus for the 16th time this month. What’s a lover of both beer and all things spooky to do? Easy: pick up a six-pack of this thriller of a stout. With flavors of chocolate, coffee, faint licorice, and char rising to meet your tongue like the masked killer you thought was dead, this is no trick, Kalamazoo Stout is a real treat! Pair it with costume parties, haunted houses, and being disappointed that nobody in your neighborhood is giving out full-sized candy bars this year. Again.
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