December 17, 2017

Chaos Mountain Tasting!

Chaos Mountain BrewingWe’ve got another Virginia brewery featured this week for our Thursday tasting: Chaos Mountain Brewing!

The 3 brews offered in six-packs have been on our shelves, Cheeky Monkey, Mad Hopper, and Squatch Ale, but we’ve added their 4 Mad Chefs and Agents of Chaos. Will, their brewer, will be with us to answer any and all questions, as well as bring some not yet available in bottles to spread the word about upcoming selections and some that will be available for keg purchase right here at Tinnell’s!

Be sure to stop by between 4PM and 7PM to taste the Chaos that is Brewing…

Devil’s Backbone Tasting!

Devil's BackboneWe are lucky enough to have Brian come down from Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company to tell us all about the stories behind the different brews. We will be sampling the classics we keep in store; Gold Leaf Lager, Striped Bass Pale Ale, Vienna Lager, and Eight Point IPA, so be sure to come find out what the buzz is about!

We will NOT be sampling their Pumpkin Hunter because… they sold out of 11,000 cases. We only have a few six-packs left… Oh my!

We’ll see you 4PM-7PM on Thursday, September 18th, for some local beer!

Something New, Something Old, And Something Else New

Time for some more beer!

Boulevard Brewing Company Tank 7 Farmhouse AleA Special request from one of our customers, we have Boulevard Brewing Company’s Farmhouse Ale Tank 7, which is only rated a 99 out of 100pts on ratebeer. Here’s what they have to say:

“Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickity. Here at Boulevard we have fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in that very vessel. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.”

Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial StoutHeavy Seas makes some delicious beer, and we’ve added their Imperial Stout, Peg Leg. “This full-bodied imperial stout pours an opaque mahogany color with a tan head. Its smell is dominated by notes of roasted coffee beans, with a slight hint of chocolate, but Simcoe and Fuggles hops add complexity to the aroma. The roasted barley is detectable in the taste, and this complements the bitterness from the Warrior hops—balancing out the sweetness from the load of malts used in brewing Peg Leg. A creamy mouthfeel makes this a smooth, utterly drinkable beer.”

Founders Brewing Company Red's Rye P.AAt another whopping 99pts comes Founders Red Rye PA: “Serious hop bitterness, along with an unyielding grapefruit bouquet from the Amarillo dry hop, balances the malty richness of four varieties of imported Belgian caramel malts. Pours a spectacular crimson with a creamy tan head. A generous addition of rye malt accentuates a spicy, crisp finish.”

There you have it! And we have it, open and cold, from 4-7!

Hardywood, Unibroue, and Newcastle!

Welcome to this week’s line-up of brews; some from Richmond, VA, Canada, and the good old UK.

Hardywood Virginia BlackberryFirst, we have Hardywood’s Blackberry. A Belgian wheat beer brewed with a touch of rye and a massive addition (over 1,000 lbs. per 40-barrel batch) of plump, ripe blackberries grown by Agriberry in Hanover County, Hardywood Virginia Blackberry offers an assertive fruit character while remaining extremely refreshing. Ruby hued with the bright aroma of fresh bramble berries, this beer’s pleasantly gentle body leads to a rather dry, rounded fruit finish, making it irresistible on a hot summer day.

Unibroue 17 Grand ReserveNext, a trip to Canada for 17 Grand Reserve. Unibroue has this to say “Inspired by the great Belgian brewing tradition of Trappist monks established over the centuries, Unibroue 17 was first brewed in 2007 to celebrate our brewery’s 17th anniversary. However, the overwhelming success of this specialty brew made it obvious that we could not let such a great ale slip into the anonymity of retirement. As testimony to its remarkable flair profile which increases in complexity as it ages, the original batch bottled in 2007 was awarded an international platinum medal three years in a row, and the prestigious title of “World’s Best Dark Ale” when it was well past three years in the bottle! So in 2011, we proudly brought back this French Oak aged, bottle refermented dark ale, with the “Grande Réserve” appellation as a fitting endorsement of it’s exceptional quality for aging. Brewed only once a year, in limited quantities, and individually numbered “brasseur” bottles, this is truly a flavorful delight for the specialty beer enthusiast.”

Newcastle WerewolfThen, we jet to Scotland for a blood red ale: Newcastle Werewolf. “Formidable Beast”. What better way to toast the fall than to have a bottle of this formidable, dual character brew. At first smooth with mellow overtones of sweet berry fruit, a bite of bitterness suddenly cuts through, long, deep and lingering. Brewed with Rye Malt, it is naturally “blood red” in colour. Unlike the mythical wolf-like creature said to roam the bleak moorland surrounding Newcastle, this is real, so consider yourself warned!

Hardywood HoplarAnd finally, back to the old VA with Hardywood’s Hoplar:

Hardywood Hoplar follows the wood-aging tradition of the earliest India Pale Ales, which were matured on oak. Rather than oak, we’ve selected the delicate wood of a fallen Virginia Tulip Poplar, which was TreeCycled by CitiWood and toasted for use in this hearty IPA. While this Poplar can no longer rustle in the wind or give shade, it is able to offer balance to the bright citrus and pine character from heaps of Cascade, Columbus and Summit hops with subtle notes of caramelized vanilla. And the tree was hoppy.

In the mid-1800s, when the early IPAs were being shipped in wooden barrels to thirsty British colonists in India, our Tulip Poplar was a mere sapling on the outskirts of Richmond, Virginia. On September 18, 2003, this towering Poplar prevailed to the fierce Hurricane Isabel and fell on Bell Creek Road. Richmond-based CitiWood Urban Forest Products helped us transform the wood from this fallen Poplar into custom designed flavor- and aroma-enhancing infusion sticks. Post fermentation, Hoplar is dry-hopped with a generous helping of whole-flower Cascade hops and conditioned on the toasted Poplar.

Hardywood Hoplar is mahogany in color with a hearty, tan head and offers an aroma of grapefruit brûlée and pine needles, as well as delicate vanilla toffee and a hint of campfire. Medium- to full-bodied with assertive (100 IBUs) yet delightful hop bitterness, Hoplar is balanced with ample caramel malt backbone. A bit of earthy tannin from the Poplar harmonizes with the resinous hoppy character, which dissipates into a lingering finish. We believe this tree’s spirit lives on in Hardywood Hoplar, and hope that the finished product rouses your spirit.


So there you have it; today’s selection of mostly new, and one fantastically aged, beers for this week. Come down 4-7 to taste them!


Saturday Tastings Kick Off with ONEHOPE Wines!

ONEHOPE LogoCalling all wine lovers who have a heart for charity! With donations becoming an “in” thing again, we thought you should get more out of the cost, like, say, a delicious wine. Enter ONEHOPE wines. We’ve brought in the 7 varietals available, and will grab up the red blend when it’s released later this month, so it’s time to taste!

Seven wines made by Robert Mondavi Jr. and a group of seven co-founders, who used to be Gallo reps, with several important causes near and dear to their hearts. So here’s the line-up:

The first 3 wines they produced when they started in 2007 were married with the causes that linked the whole group together: AIDS, breast cancer, and autism. What varietals are the most popular coming out of Napa, Sonoma, and Central Coast? Merlot, Chardonnay, and Cab! (respectively) Throughout the years they’ve added Pinot (Noir) for Paws, Sauvignon Blanc, the green grape for the environment, the all american grape with tough skin, Zin, for our troops, and sparkling Brut to end childhood hunger. And if you are concerned about where the money goes, ONEHOPE donates half of their proceeds to nonprofits that meet a list of 13 criteria; they’ve done the homework so you can free your conscience one glass at a time.

We’ve conveniently stacked these new wines at the end of the wine island, as well as sprinkled them throughout the sections. The sparkling and Chardonnay have become cold box staples, and this Saturday, September 6th, our new beverage manager, Andrea, will happily open them up for you to get a chance to sample. This will be kicking off SATURDAY TASTINGS as she pulls out the cork on new and different bottles in the store.

So like them on Facebook, and join us Saturday 12-3 to pick your favorite cause and wine!

September Wine of the Month

Happy Labor Day!

Now that September is here, it’s time for a new wine of the month; I know it will be hard to beat last month’s choices, so hopefully you like these California selections!

Ancient Peaks Winery’s estate Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, tucked beneath the peaks of the Santa Lucia Mountains just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean with fault lines running right through, providing five distinct soil zones. It resides in the historic Santa Margarita Ranch, which was first planted to vines by Franciscan missionaries in 1780. The ranch is one of the oldest continuously operated cattle ranches in the state of California. Their practices have earned SIP (Sustainability in Practice) Certification for Margarita Vineyard, including deficit irrigation, natural cover crops, wildlife corridors, rotational groundwater usage, wetlands preservation and the use of compost tea in place of synthetic fertilizers. They also manage vineyard pests naturally by promoting habits for native predators.

Ancient Peaks Winery

2013 Sauvignon Blanc

Paso Robles, California

Ancient Peaks Sauvignon Blanc

The 2013 vintage comes from Margarita Vineyard, where the vines occupy rocky sedimentary soils that vary in density, elevation and exposure.

An authentic Sauvignon Blanc that reflects the cooler growing conditions, Ancient Peaks offers refreshing aromas of pear, gooseberry and citrus with a suggestion of jasmine and mineral. A full palate unfolds with rounded flavors of peach, grapefruit and guava. Notes of lime zest add lift to a clean, quenching finish. 100% Sauvignon Blanc that ages 4 months in stainless steel.

Club price: $12.99 (Regular price: $14.99)


Ancient Peaks Winery

2012 Merlot
Paso Robles, California

Ancient Peaks Merlot

Merlot excels at the estate Margarita Vineyard and has been a mainstay in their small family of wines since day one. Here, ancient sea bed soils combine with a long growing season to yield a Merlot with silky dark fruit flavors and a luscious texture, resulting in what has become one of the Paso Robles region’s most notable Merlots.

The 2012 has won the gold medals for “Best of Merlot” at the Central Coast Wine Competition and the San Francisco International Wine Competition, where it was also awarded 90pts.

This blend of Merlot 85%, Malbec 13%, and Cabernet Sauvignon 2% was aged for 18 months in a combination of French (65%) and American (35%) oak barrels, 25 percent of which featured new oak.

A Cab-lover’s Merlot, the 2012 presents ample aromas of blueberry and plum with hints of vanilla, tobacco and baking spice. The palate is round and velvety, offering flavors of cherry, blackberry and mocha. Notes of oak and cinnamon join plump tannins on a rich, juicy finish.


Club price: $14.99 (Regular price: $16.99)


Be sure to pick yours up and join us Friday (September 5th) to taste these new wines!

August send-off with delicious brews

August is nearly gone: can you believe it? Sounds like the perfect excuse to taste some brews down at Tinnell’s!

Blue Mountain Full NelsonWhether you’re making the best of labor day weekend on the water, or love to use cans for target practice, this canned pale ale is the perfect pick. Bursting with local hop flavor, Blue Mountain’s flagship Virginia Pale Ale features their own farm-grown Cascade variety hops as one of the key ingredients. A strong malt backbone gives this ale a rich taste and vibrant copper color, while the generous addition of hops contribute a pronounced bitterness and floral, citrus aroma.

Foudners Double TroubleFounders only makes good beer, and this week we’re sampling their 100pts rated Double Trouble! This imperial IPA was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops will get you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front pair with a malt-balanced backbone and a smooth, bitter finish. With 9.4% alcohol, this four-pack will get you there!

Abbaye Val-Dieu Grand CruNext at only 98pts (wow!) we have Val Dieu Grand Cru, a Belgian Quadrupel style beer brewed by Brasserie de l’Abbaye du Val-Dieu in Aubel, Belgium. The newest masterpiece from the Val-Dieu brewery; a very complex and full-bodied beer with a long aftertaste. The brewmaster advices to cellar the beer for a year for it to unfold its full potential. Good news: ours is coming up on a year old!

Samuel Smith's Organic Chocolate StoutAnd now for a cult favorite: Samuel Smith’s Organic Chocolate Stout! Rated 97pts, this stout is the perfection of chocolate in beer. Brewed with well water (the original well, sunk in 1758, is still in use with the hard water is drawn from 85 feet underground), the gently roasted organic chocolate malt and organic cocoa impart a delicious, smooth and creamy character, with inviting deep flavors and a delightful finish – this is the perfect marriage of satisfying stout and luxurious chocolate. Now available in four-packs as well as singles!


So come welcome in the oncoming September with a an open palate!


We’ve got live crabs!

Live Softshell CrabsThat’s right, you heard us; we’ve got live softshell crabs here at Tinnell’s.

They come from Duppie Garnett in Water View, Virginia, where they lived happy lives in the Rappahannock River.

It doesn’t get any fresher than that!

They come in two sizes, prime and jumbo, and are good for the gettin’.

Hooray Beer! And Cider!

This week we will be tasting a few things that seem to have been forgotten… and a brand new dry cider!

Rogue Dead Guy AleFirst up is Rogue Dead Guy Ale; if you don’t know, now is the time to find out! “In the style of a German Maibock, brewed using our proprietary Pacman yeast, Dead Guy Ale is deep honey in color with a malty aroma, rich hearty flavor and a well balanced finish.” “Deep reddish amber hue. Generous toasty malt aromas and earthy hops follow through on a moderately full-bodied palate with fruity accents and a long spicy hop finish. A delicious hybrid style with bock-like maltiness but ale-like hopping.” –World Beer Championship Judges (Who are we to argue with them?) 92pts ratebeer

Epic Hopulent IPANext, for our lovers of hop, and with 98pts on ratebeer, Epic Hopulent IPA:

Hopulent IPA is a big beer with lots of complex malt flavor and excessive hops. This beer will have changes to the grain bill and seasonal hop changes. The character of Hopulent IPA is over the top, too much of everything—a real HOP HEADS DELIGHT!

Unibroue La Fin Du MondeAnd now, for a triple: Unibroue’s La Fin Du Monde. This triple-style golden ale is mildly yeasty with a complex palate of malt, fruit and spice notes followed by a smooth, dry finish. With 99pts on ratebeer, it’s hard not to love!

Blackthorn Dry CiderAnd for our gluten free folks, a dry imported British cider: Blackthorn. We recently switched from Strongbow because they are now producing and exporting cider made for the “American” palate; that is to say, sweet. That’s all well and good, but a proper dry cider this is! They press English bittersweet cider apples to deliver its distinctive crispness.

So join us 4-7 to sample what may turn out to be your new favorite!

Spanish Summer Saturdays Continue

All Spanish wine is 10% off… and if you’re a Wine of the Month Club member, this is a fantastic day to stock up! Why? Previous months are not only $2 off (standard member price), but 10% off on top of that! Wines such as LZ, Basa, Aloja, Veleta, Tierras Guindas, and more! And if you buy at least a case (12 bottles) you get ANOTHER 10% off. Can you believe it? Don’t worry; if you’re not a member, you can fill out an application and immediately cash in on the savings!

Alvear Pedro Ximenez de Anada 2011This weekend exclusive includes the mind-blowing Alvear Pedro Ximenez de Anada 2011. Robert Parker gave it 100pts, a perfect score, and has this to say:

“Alvear’s 2011 Pedro Ximenez de Anada is the most amazing Pedro Ximenez I have ever tasted. It may also be one of the first to be vintage-dated. The grapes were hand-harvested in September, then allowed to dry in the sunshine until they began fermentation, which is ultimately arrested by the addition of spirits. The wine spent six months in large American oak prior to being bottled. It is an amazing effort that looks like molasses. Notes of macerated figs, chocolate and caramelized tropical fruits emerge from this full-bodied, unctuously-textured wine. While sweet, it has enough acidity to balance out its richness. This astonishing 2011 Pedro Ximenez will last as long as any reader of this newsletter.”

What price does he list this as? $100-238… Our price? $23.99. Go ahead, indulge, because Spanish Summer Saturdays gets you 10% off!

Most of you were rained out, or simply vacationing, so we’re going another round with “Drunken Goat” from Murcia;

Semi-firm pasteurized goat cured for 48-72 hours in Doble Pasta red wine. A pure white, sweet and smooth paste with a lovely violet-hued rind. Delicately grapey, with a gentle, pliable texture and mild, fruity flavor.

If you passed on the Quicos last week, we’ve literally sweetened the deal: chocolate covered Quicos. These corn kernels are soaked in water, then roasted or fried to make them super crunchy and addictive. To seal the deal, they’re also coated with chocolate and sprinkled with sea salt.

So let your Spanish flair spark you to make it a spectacular summer (all three of these will pair together sumptuously) before it ends!

Wish you had a keg this weekend? We’ve got extra!

Tinnell's Keg ProgramThat’s right, we’ve got a few cold kegs that we’d love to highlight your summer BBQ or pool party! There’s the awesome summer hit Parkway Factory Girl 1/4, and the delicious Roanoke Railhouse Track 1 Amber Lager, in both 1/2 and 1/6! Someone else’s change of heart can be your event upgrade; we’ve got tubs and taps so get ’em while we got ’em!

Fruits of Summer Beer, Cider, and Mead tasting!

We have quite the line-up of fruits (and more) will we sip our way through the still sunny summer!

Bison Organic Honey Basil Beer

Beer brewed with clover honey and fresh whole leaf basil.

Deep copper with amber hues, our Honey Basil Ale is a captivatingly aromatic beer infused with clover honey and fresh whole leaf basil. It is herbaceous, floral and virtually hop-less with soft hints of caramel, a pleasant basil aftertaste, and a crisp, dry finish.

Dogfish Festina Peche SeasonalA refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse, characterized by its intense tartness (some say sour). In addition to fermentation with an ale yeast, Berliner Weisse is traditionally fermented with lactic cultures to produce its acidic (or green apple-like) character. Served as an apertif or summertime quencher, Festina is delicately hopped and has a pale straw color. 

Founder's RubaeusNot another boring summer wheat beer or lemonade shandy—Rübæus is Founders’ way to celebrate the season’s warmest months. Optimizing the flavor of fresh raspberries added at multiple stages during fermentation, this stunning berry red masterpiece is the perfect balance of sweet and tart. No question about it, with a hefty malt bill and 5.7% ABV, this beer is 100% Founders.

Dogfish RosabiThe vivid rose hue of this imperial Pale Ale comes from a combination of Munich and Caramel malts and a touch of red rice from Louisiana, and the star of the show is her go-to ingredient: wasabi. What’s hoppy? … Wasabi. The Japanese root adds bittering and herbal notes similar to hops, with its subtle heat creeping in after the kick of carbonation. 

Foggy Ridge Pippin Gold

  • Pippin Gold is a unique blend of 100% Newtown Pippin hard cider and apple brandy from Laird and Company, the country’s oldest distiller. Pippin Gold is delicious as a dessert cider or sweet aperitif. Some have swooned over peaches soaked in Pippin Gold served with homemade pound cake.


In the Spring of 2011, B Nektar Meadery released an experimental new mead that would change history. Little did wthey know, that the concoction would have a devastating effect on the zombie population that has been plaguing the Earth. When they released this mead to the general public, the lines were out the door. When they ran out, a general panic set in. For the good of mankind, we decided to make this a year-round offering. Apple cider with honey and tart cherry juice. Lightly carbonated.

B Nektar Zombie Killer Cyser

So come taste the line-up, or just the ones you’re curious about, from 4pm til 7pm!

Custom Cheese Platter

Custom Cheese Platter Entertaining a group of cheese-lovers? Or perhaps you just want your spread to be extra delicious for an event? Order a custom cheese platter from the fine folks here at Tinnell’s! We are happy to take your requests, or simply provide the fan favorites. Pictured here, clockwise from the top, are Bayley Hazen Blue, Beemster Gouda, Saint Angel, and Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, accompanied by fresh cut strawberries and juicy grapes.

Doesn’t that sound perfect?

Spanish Summer Saturdays!

Happy rainy Saturday!

Did your weekend plans get dampened? Wine a little bit; you’ll feel better!

All Spanish wine is 10% off, as well as this week’s featured Spanish cheese, aptly named “Drunken Goat” from Murcia;

Semi-firm pasteurized goat cured for 48-72 hours in Doble Pasta red wine. A pure white, sweet and smooth paste with a lovely violet-hued rind. Delicately grapey, with a gentle, pliable texture and mild, fruity flavor.

And since it’s so soggy, we’ll toss in another Spanish feature: Quicos!

These addictive snacks are corn kernels soaked in water, then roasted or fried to make them super crunchy, seasoned with sea salt for the perfect snack!

So make the trek in to snag some deals that make for the perfect accompaniment to curling up on the couch and watching a flick.

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Tasting

At our second edition of Thursday beer & cider tastings, we will be featuring Anderson Valley, Bahl Hornin’ since 1987! That is to say, “Good drinking” in their local language of Boontlinging. Now don’t be thrown by the lingo; Anderson Valley works hard to be self-sufficient with water treatment, solar panels, and even goats. And that friendly creature that is there logo is named Barkley, because deer + bear = beer!

Anderson Valley Brewing Company Summer SolsticeFirst up, Summer Solstice, before summer gets away from you! “Summer Solstice is a slightly sweet, malty session beer with a creamy mouth feel and clean finish. With hints of caramel in the nose and a touch of spice, it’s become affectionately known as “cream soda for adults”. The unique flavors and superior drinkability make for the ultimate refreshment on a hot summer day.” We have a limited amount in stock, and this is the end of the season, so grab these cans while you, well, can!

Anderson-Valley-oatmeal stoutNext up is the Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout, which is rated 96pts on ratebeer. “The deep ebony color, voluptuous mahogany head and bold, roasty flavors in our Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout are what serious beer drinkers expect from this style. Aromas of freshly baked bread, espresso, chocolate and dried cherries meld seamlessly with rich toffee and chocolate flavors and a creamy mouth feel to create an unparalleled drinking experience.” It’s light enough to make the transition from summer, which makes it a perfectly timed purchase.

anderson valley goseNow for the Gose! This one is rated 93pts on ratebeer. “The Kimmie, The Yink, and the Holy Gose.

Originating in the town of Goslar, Germany in the early 16th century, the Gose style (pronounced “Go-zuh”) was traditionally brewed using salted water and 50% malted wheat and was spiced with coriander and hops.  It was fermented with both traditional yeast and lactic bacteria, giving it a slight tartness, similar to that of a Berliner Weisse.  The brewing of Gose eventually migrated to Leipzig, Germany by the turn of the 18th century and became the most popular style in the region by 1900, only to virtually disappear after World War II brought destruction to the breweries and hard economic times.


With a bright, golden color and tight creamy head, the earthy wood undertones in our Gose develop into a light mineral aroma with a hint of lemon zest and tropical fruit. Before boiling, the wort is kettle soured with lactobacillus, imparting an initial refreshing tartness that gives way to a subtle fullness. Flavors of guava and peach are followed by a slight sea salt dryness and lemon sourness that is enhanced by coriander and post-fermentation additions of salt. The finish is dry, effervescent, and lemon tangy, reminiscent of a fresh sea breeze.”

Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel StoutAnd now, at a whopping 97pts on ratebeer, we present the only beer with exclusive rights to put the Wild Turkey image on their bottles…

“Aged for three months in Wild Turkey® Bourbon barrels, this luxurious stout has a deep ebony hue and a beautiful mahogany head. The woody, vanilla-like notes imparted by the barrels mingle with aromas of fresh baked bread, toffee, and espresso and envelop the rich chocolate and roasted barley flavors with a fine bourbon character.

Our exclusive partnership with Wild Turkey® gives us a world class, consistent source of barrelage, allowing our brewers to explore new frontiers in barrel-aged craft beer. Since its introduction, Wild Turkey® has maintained a distinctive distillation and aging process that gives it a smooth taste and a lingering flavor. They also use differentiated process whereby the bourbon is distilled at a low proof to seal in its flavors. Very little water is added to the bourbon, resulting in a full-flavored authentic taste similar to what one would get straight out of the barrel. Wild Turkey is a genuine drink with a sought after “burn” that comes from its high proof, an attribute fundamental to the brand and critical in maintaining its authentic bourbon characteristics.”

So come on down and see what makes Anderson Valley Brewing Company so fantastic! We will be sampling from 4pm to 7pm.

August Wine of the Month

Celebrate summer in style with these El Dorado selections!


Boeger vineyards

2013 Pinot Gris

El Dorado, California

Boeger Pinot Gris 2013

Boeger is situated in the Sierra Foothills, where Greg and Sue Boeger planted vines in 1973, and is nowadays a fish friendly farming certified vineyard.

Aromas of apricot, orange blossom, Golden Delicious apple and Bartlett pear are backed up by sharp citrus notes of pomelo and yellow grapefruit. The palate is all Meyer lemon, golden raisins and honeydew. Light with just enough acidity.

The 2013 Pinot Gris won the Silver Medal at the El Dorado County Fair this year.

Club price: $12.99 (Regular price: $14.99)


Boeger Vineyards

2012 Zinfandel
El Dorado, California

Boeger Zinfandel 2012

This 2012 Estate Zinfandel is uber-fresh red-fruit mania; tart red cherry, red plum and black currants with very subtle under-current of caramel. The palate is smooth, balanced and slightly tart. Its fruit is luscious without being ponderous.

This wine won gold at the Sunset International Competition and San Francisco this year.

It is a blend of 87% Zinfandel, 10.5% Petite Sirah, and 2.5% Cabernet Sauvignon that ages in oak for 16mos, with aging potential until 2023.

With a case production of 428, this Zin is ripe for the taking!

Club price: $14.99 (Regular price: $16.99)



If you are interested in joining our wine of the month club, click here!

Beginning Beer Tastings Thursdays 4pm-7pm

Why should the wine lovers have all the fun? Here at Tinnell’s we are bringing back Thursday tastings but we’re switching it up and offering samples of new beer as it comes to the store. This week we will be featuring the following:

Avery Hog Heaven Dry-Hopped Barleywine-Style AleAvery Brewing Company out of Boulder, Colorado has this to say:

Hog Heaven; Or is it Hop Heaven? This dangerously drinkable garnet beauty was designed to satisfy the most zealous of hop devotees. Intense bitterness and the dankest of dry-hopped aromas are intertwined with a rich caramel candy-like malt backbone. Oink!



Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Apple Cider out of Vermont tells this tell:Woodchuck Hopsation Hard Apple Cider

We start with our original small batch hard cider and infuse cascade hops to impart their sensational pine and citrus aromas. The smooth apple character of our signature hard cider balances perfectly against the bitterness of the hops. Some may just call it hopsational cider.

Hops abound, for the beer drinkers and the gluten free alike! So come on down and try these tasty selections from 4pm to 7pm!


Launching Spanish Summer Saturdays with Aged Manchego “Curado”

Kicking off Spanish Summer Saturdays, we are featuring our Aged Manchego “Curado” from La Mancha. This special cheese is aged for over 12 months, giving it a sharper, nuttier flavor and a firmer, more brittle texture than its younger namesake. Made using traditional methods under strict quality guidelines.

Supply is limited this week, so grab your Manchego before we run out!

Don’t forget; 10% off ALL Spanish wine in the store!

Fresh juicy produce new to the shelves

Woods Farms supplies Tinnell's Finer Foods with local fresh produce, including delicious cherry tomatoes.

Photo credit Woods Farms

This just in: a cornucopia of local produce!

To-may-toes, to-mah-toes, no matter how you say it, we’ve got plenty; Cherokee Purple heirlooms, Mr Stripey’s heirlooms, and German Pink heirlooms, along with homegrown cherry and regular tomatoes, all from Woods Farms.

Speaking of new homegrown Woods Farms goodness, Tinnell’s new arrivals are yellow corn, white corn, bicolor corn, green beans, cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini, blueberries and peaches.

From Four Oaks Farms in Wirtz, VA we now have Bibb lettuce.

We’ve even gotten our hands on coveted Halifax cantaloupes!

And if you can’t get enough of zucchini, Roselawn Acres baked up a fresh batch of zucchini bread, zucchini cakes, and zucchini brownies.

So come on down and support our local farmers with some fresh gorgeous produce!

Spanish Summer Saturdays!

Celler de Capcanes Mas Donis Barrica Garnacha 2012 is a Priorato red blend wine from Spain rated 94 points by Robert Parker made with 70 year old vines and 30 year old wines.Introducing an amazing Spanish red wine with a Summer Saturday Special!

This just in: Mas Donis Barrica 2012, a 94pt rated wine that everyone can afford. Robert Parker had this to say,

“Another baby Priorato, the 2012 Mas Donis, a custom cuvee from Eric Solomon, is composed of 85% Grenache and 15% Syrah aged nine months in both new and used French and American oak. The Grenache comes from 70-year-old vines, and the Syrah from 30-year-old vines. It is difficult to find a better value than this incredibly rich effort. The bouquet offers up a smorgasbord of aromas, including crushed rocks, spring flowers, kirsch liqeur and blacker fruits. Full-bodied with a velvety, voluptuous texture, and admirable opulence, density, purity and texture, it is nearly impossible to believe that something this good could be priced at $12 a bottle. Consume it over the next year.” -November 2013

Now, we can’t give you Mr. Parker’s price all the time, so ours is normally $12.99, but we are launching Spanish Summer Saturdays, which can get you there! Every Saturday, every Spanish wine will be an extra 10% off regular price, in celebration of this fantastic release. In addition, we will feature a new Spanish cheese each week, also 10% off, along with other food products such as olives, almonds, and more. So join us every weekend to tour the delights of Spain; olé!

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