August 22, 2017

Foggy Ridge Cider Tasting!

Foggy Ridge CiderThe past few weeks we have featured Virginia beer, and left the cider folks out, so this week we have Sue from Foggy Ridge Cider! She will join us 4pm-7pm and will be pouring samples of Serious Cider, First Fruit, and Sweet Stayman. Now’s your chance to find out why Virginia apples make the most superb hard cider!

October’s Wine of the Month: Virginia Wine Month!

October is Virginia Wine Month! Hooray! I know most wine connoisseurs will groan, but Virginia’s wine has been steadily improving. The best selections remain far above the Wine of the Month’s promised price ceiling, but there are still some I dug up for you all.

Horton Vineyards are in Gordonsville; a mere 17mi NE of Charlottesville. Wine lover and entrepreneur Dennis Horton began his winemaking venture with a small home vineyard in Madison County in 1983. After researching in the Rhone valley, he and longtime business partner Joan Bieda acquired 55 acres for the beginning of Horton Vineyards in 1988. From there they continued to plant European grapes well suited for our warm Virginian summers with humid conditions that favor growing grapes with thick skins and loose clusters. Horton’s Tannat won gold in the Governor’s Cup this year, so we should delve into their other varietals!

Horton RkatsiteliHorton Vineyards

2013 Rkatsiteli

Orange County, Virginia

Still very rare in the U.S. but one of Horton’s most popular wines, Rkatsiteli produces an aromatic white wine redolent of orange zest and honeysuckle.  This varietal is native to Georgia, and is the most widely planted grape in Russia, thus the image of St. Basil’s Cathedral on the back label. The nose is cloyingly sweet, yet the bright fruit on the front of the palate gives way to a citrusy mineral finish. Its light to medium light body makes it a delightful surprise. Just say R-Kats!

Club price: $13.99

(Regular price: $15.99)

 

Horton Cabernet FrancHorton Vineyards

2013 Cabernet Franc
Orange County, Virginia

The red that is best suited for Virginia’s climate, Bordeaux varietal Cabernet Franc is the perfect choice for the month of October.

Aromas of violets and tar combine with spicy oak flavors in this robust wine. Horton Cabernet Franc is the first produced in the United States using the traditional blending variety, Tannat. The result is a wine with a firm structure and a spicy finish. The wine is 100% steel fermented and then barrel aged (new and once used American & French oak) for 18 months.

The nose is fantastic and pulls you in. Strong spice and soft tannins make this a mellow red, and with a balanced acidity, it’s perfect for the fall. Horton calls this their “pasta wine,” and I’d have to agree!

Club price: $12.99

(Regular price: $14.99)

 

Andrea Shank

Beverage Manager

Tinnell’s Finer Foods

540.345.7334

aeshank@gmail.com

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’.