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Top 9 New (Winter) Wines

Even though the weather can’t make up its mind about what season we’re in, we’re drinking like it’s winter. Because we live in New England. And it’s February. And winter foods make such great wine partners. Here are the new bottles our wine Manager Kate brought in to pair with Taco Tuesdays, winter feasts, and everything in between.

Girasole Montepulciano d’Abruzzo  Italy

During the cold months, a sturdy Montepulciano hits the spot for a couple of reasons: It’s dark, comforting and easy to understand. And it needs nothing more than a good book and a roaring fire, or your favorite pizza and a binge-worthy movie at home. This fellow doesn’t want any aging, rather it is meant to be consumed young and fresh. Its flavors of bright, red fruits like cranberries and Bing cherries, have a lovely peppery finish. $9.99

Alphonse Dolly Chardonnay France

Chardonnay is a good winter white because it doesn’t need to be served super cold. Dolly’s Chardonnay tastes like apple pie, lemon curd, and toasted nuts. It’s creamy and satisfying, especially with a good homemade soup or roast chicken.  $12.99

Rosa del Golfo Primitivo Italy

Basically, Primitivo is Italy’s Zinfandel. The grapes in this wine are grown way down in the heal of the boot where it’s very, very hot. They develop lovely lush flavors of dark cherries, blackberries, and little spice from some gentle oak aging. This wine loves Sunday roasts, lamb, or any other meaty braise or stew.  $13.99

Valdelana Agnus Spain

A classic, awesome value wine from Spain. This family-run vineyard has been making wine since 1583, and their centuries of experience shine through in the wine. Enjoy this rustic and slightly spicy Tempranillo with all your favorite winter foods like stew, chili, steak, and roasted vegetables. $13.99

La Val Albarino Spain

A brand-new, single vineyard, killer Spanish white from Rias Biaxas, the birthplace of Albariño! Albariño is a dry Spanish grape that has flavors of citrus zest, orange blossoms and tart apples. It doesn’t see a lick of oak aging, so it’s light and easy-drinking and will pair perfectly with cheese platters, seafood, and healthy winter salads. $14.99

Garsea Ribera del Duero Crianza Spain

Once again proving that great wine doesn’t have to be expensive, we present this elegant Crianza. It’s predominantly Tempranillo, with a little Tinta de Pais (a light table grape) from very old vines. Juicy, fruity, elegant and refined, it makes a great choice for pizza or taco night with the fam. Also makes a killer mulled wine! $14.99

La Guardiense Janare Greco Italy

Some of the most interesting and un-sung Italian whites are from the region of Campania. Greco is the house grape for everyday drinking in Naples, Positano, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast. It’s an ancient Roman grape that makes a richer style of wine. Think flavors of peaches, lemons, and pine nuts. Excellent with seafood, fresh pasta, and fresh sauces to brighten your winter mood, like pesto or a garlicky tomato sauce. $14.99

Tre Monti d’Albana Italy

We are super excited about this new addition from Tre Monti, one of our favorite organic vineyards! Tre Monti is in the vicinity of Bologna and Parma, in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, known for its crisp, dry whites. Tre Monti makes this fun, frizzante wine with natural yeasts and minimal intervention. It’s a little cloudy, fresh, unique, and fruity, and perfect for mid-winter weekend celebrations, especially when served with creamy pasta dishes. Pass the Parmigiano! $18.99

La Boutanche Weiss Germany

Natural wines continue to be all the buzz in the wine world these days. They’re the bottles made with naturally occurring yeast and minimal intervention from the winemaker. This blend of Muller Thurgau, Kerner, and Riesling grapes is made by a well-known German winemaker, Andi Knauss. It’s a good ol’ fashion fruit cocktail of kiwi, lime, pineapple, and peaches in a bottle. La Boutanche already has a cult following in LA and NYC, so we are happy to host them here in little Rhody! $19.99

Cheers!

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Steal These Bubbles

That’s what it’ll feel like when you taste the 3 bottles we’ve selected as this year’s top value sparklers. They deliver so much quality, flavor and enjoyment for what you pay that you’ll feel as if you’ve stolen them right off our shelves.
Our Prosecco Of The Year in the Under $15 category is the gorgeous, authentic AD-47 from the Veneto region in Italy. It’s round and creamy and eminently drinkable. It even has the traditional Prosecco closure for added charm. (Don’t let the cork intimidate you. Open as you would a traditional still wine: Gently move the fastening string to the side and insert the auger. Just be sure to move slowly and gently – and absolutely be sure the bottle is cold – and directed away from the crowd.) $10.99
Our Under $15 Cava Of The Year, made by the Bohigas family in Spain, arrived at Bottles only a few months ago. We were taken immediately with its story (the small winery is still family owned and employs only 14 people) and its flavor: Lots of zip and extra bubbly, which means we love it for celebrations, and for mixing in sparkling cocktails. $14.99
Our French Sparkler Of The Year in the sub $15 category is one of the store’s all-time best sellers. The Grandial Brut wins again for its tried and true consistency in delivering absolutely lovely flavor and buckets of festivity to any occasion. And its new(ish) counterpart, the Grandial Rosé, is equally as fetching, with a whisper of sweet and a delightful fizz. $9.99

Cheers to you and yours, whatever you may celebrate!

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The Beer & Spirits Lover’s Gift Guide

There’s only so many times you can get them the same old, same old. Surprise and delight the beer and spirits lovers on your list this year with a variation on their favorite theme. 

Insta Hot Toddy Kit 

Because everyone needs a warm pick-me-up this time of year. Kit contains a glass mug engraved in-house at Bottles, 50ml each of Bulleit and Maker’s Mark bourbons, local & raw Aquidneck Honey Straws, a bag of Bigelow’s English Teatime, and a chocolate-dipped pretzel, because who doesn’t like a chocolate-dipped pretzel. Shop in-store or call to have one set-aside for pick-up or delivery statewide. $19.99  

Beer Me! Gift Set 

A hearty beer with sweet ‘n savory fixins: contains a bottle of Samuel Smith’s Oatmeal Stout, a beer mug engraved in-house at Bottles, a chocolate-dipped oreo and locally-made Sweet Twist trail mix. Shop in-store or call to have one set-aside for pick-up or delivery statewide. $19.99 

Engraved Bottle of Bourbon (or Scotch, or Rye, or Gin…you get the drift) 

Give us your message and we’ll engrave it onto their favorite bottle. Say something sweet or something salty (we don’t judge) for a truly one-of-a-kind gift. Ask a team member for details or visit LINK www.theengravedbottle.com. Starts at $39.99 

3-Month Beer Of The Month Club Membership 

It’s the gift that keeps on giving. Beer newbies and long-time aficionados alike will be thrilled with each month’s package of 3 unique beers accompanied by detailed tasting notes, pairing recommendations and a recipe. Visit here to find out more. 3-Month membership starts at $88+tax. 

A Bottle of Private Barrel Bourbon  

You can’t buy them anywhere other than at Bottles, which means you really can get the bourbon-lover-who-has-everything something they’ve never had before.  And you can do so without breaking the bank: our Private Barrel Selection starts at $34.99. Call or visit for current inventory. Maker’s Mark as shown, $74.99.  

Tastings of Over 300 Whiskeys  

Give them the ultimate gift – the gift of choice. Our sister bar The East End on Wickenden Street in Providence has over 300 whiskeys, all available by dram and pour. A gift certificate in any denomination you choose means they can select the bottles they want to taste – all paired to the restaurant’s award-winning cuisine. Call (401) 433-9770 or visit The East End online. 

And if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, come on in or give us a jingle and our team of passionate, in-the-know beer & spirits buyers will help you select the perfect, tasty gift. 

 Happy Holidays!  

The Wine Lover’s Gift Guide

There’s nothing that wine lovers love more than more wine. Here are 5 unique gifts for all budgets that’ll deliver just that, and then some:

Under $20

The Wine Lover’s Emergency Kit
The oh-so-chic Pampelonne French Wine Spritzer, an Engraved Stemless Wine Glass, Locally-Made Biscotti and a Chocolate Oreo to the rescue. Shop in-store or call to set one aside for pickup or delivery. $19.99

UNDER $45

A Personalized Bottle of Wine
Make their favorite bottle even more special by engraving it with your personal message. Ask a team member for details or visit The Engraved Bottle. Starts at $39.99
Custom Wine Baskets
What’s better than their favorite wine? A basket filled with it. Have a team member build your basket today or visit here for inspiration here As shown: $43.00.

UNDER $100

3-Month Bottles Wine Club Membership
Allow them to learn about wine in the comfort of their own home, with our sommelier-selected, limited-production, unique wines. Each monthly package of two wines is accompanied by insightful, detailed tasting notes, pairings, recipes and special discounts. Visit here to find out more. Three-month memberships start at $87+tax

THE SPLURGE

Give them an unforgettable experience with this Bottles-led, luxurious, 4-day insider’s trip to the famed North Fork of Long Island Wine Country. They’ll enjoy VIP-status, dinners with winemakers, hands-on experiences and behind-the-scenes tastings. Download our brochure here for complete details on the trip, including accommodations, inclusions, and pricing, and to make your reservation.

Still haven’t found what you’re looking for? We have thousands of bottles in store, and in-the-know team members to help you select the perfect gift. Come on in – we’d love to help you!

Happy Holidays! 
-Team Bottles

Alex’s Beer & Cider Picks for Thanksgiving

For all you beer and cider lovers out there, here’s a mix of styles – some light and crisp, others rich and creamy – that are great this time of year. Whatever you’re eating on Thanksgiving, the bottles listed were made for sipping alongside the most anticipated meal of the year.
Allagash White
An American take on a traditional Belgian brew. Crisp, clean and hints of oranges and coriander. The citrus notes will pair beautifully with your savory bird and the tart cranberry sauce.
4pk – $9.99 ; Each – $2.75
Dogfish Head Vanilla Oaked World Wide Stout
This stout is brewed with “a ridiculous amount of barley” and aged in oak barrels with real vanilla beans. Rich, complex and roasty – this deep, dark selection from Dogfish is a perfect replacement for dessert, or will complement a warm apple pie with vanilla ice cream! It’s Worth. Every. Single. Penny.
4pk – $38.99; Each – $9.99
Mayador Sidra Natural
This dry, still sidra (Spanish cider) is a great introduction to the style. It’s a traditional, funky cider that is fermented in chestnut barrels and unfiltered (so the floaters are to be expected!). It’s slightly sour, so I recommend opening this bad boy with the sage stuffing or the cheese and crackers you’ll pick at before the turkey timer goes off.
750ml – $7.99
Snowdrift Cornice Cider
A thirst-quenching mix of vanilla and star fruit flavor. This originally-tart cider is aged through the winter in whiskey barrels, bringing the once-sour apples to a calm, warm, mapley finish. Dangerously delicious and a knockout when had with the sweet potatoes or butternut squash laden with brown sugar and butter.
500ml – $8.99
Happy Thanksgiving!
-Alex
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Our Thanksgiving Staff Picks

To say our team is obsessed with picking out the perfect wine to take home to our family and friends on Thanksgiving Day is an understatement. The options are almost too plentiful to manage, and the pressure to find the bottle that’ll please opinionated Aunt Olivia and finicky Uncle Phil is on. Months are spent on this quest. Months. But we’re happy to do it – it’s wine after all! Here’s what our epic obsession has led to this Thanksgiving of 2018. We think you’ll find something that’ll make you, too, the hero of the table. 

(And if you’re looking for a wider selection, visit us in store and look for the sign of the turkey: these small orange “turkey tags” are a sign of a perfect Thanksgiving wine!) 

Hillinger “Secco” Sparkling Rosé  
A stunning wine that gives so many reasons to be excited! For over 7 years,  Austrian producer Hillinger has supported breast cancer research by donating  €10,000 annually via their sales of this pink ribbon “Secco” wine.  So not only is the wine totally delicious and the pairing for the hors d’oeuvres you’ll serve while the turkey is resting, it’s a reminder to be thankful for the strides made in breast cancer research. Did we mention that it’s also organic?!  $19.99 

Tire Bouchon d’Ourea 
This vineyard, situated around the well-regarded Gigondas in France’s Rhone Valley, produces  a killer red blend that punches well above its price. It’s all ripe plums and blackberries accented with black peppercorns and dried herbs. It’ll rock with all those delicious sweet potato sides – and the life-affirming joy that is stuffing.  $13.99 

 

St. Cosme “Les Deux Albions”  
This white is from an estate that was founded in 1570!  Situated in the Southern Rhone of France, St. Cosme always scores high with Wine Spectator, which means it’ll impress the wine connoisseurs at your table  (plus it’s biodynamic and vegan!). Its blend of Viognier, Picpoul, and Marsanne tastes like apricots and wildflowers with a super refreshing salinity that can compensate for under-seasoned food (just in case Aunt Liz forgets to add the salt to the mashed potatoes. Again). $19.99 (Regularly $24.99) 

Harken Chardonnay  
This is the no-brainer, oaky, crowd-pleasing California Chardonnay.  A classic dry palate with flavors of ripe apples, bosc pear, and crème brulée. Perfect with those supermarket rotisserie chicken dinners on a cold night or a big Thanksgiving  feast!  Your relatives who love those iconic “oak-bombs” will thank you for bringing this one.   $14.99

 

Mittelbach Rosé   
Somebody pass the cranberry sauce … or this wine! This deeply-hued rosé made from the Zweigelt grape is punchy with flavors of red cherries and crunchy, tart cranberries.  Simply put, this wine steals the show  when paired with turkey.  You may not even realize the turkey is dry because this rosé  is super  juicy!   $17.99

 

Raisins  Gaulois Gamay   
Here’s a well-crafted, fun alternative to the standard Beaujolais Nouveau that gets released every year.  This Gamay, made in the Loire Valley in France, is fruity and very approachable with a smoooooth finish. Enjoy it with the big meal, or the next day with the beloved Thanksgiving sandwich.  $17.99

 

Maison Albert Pinot Noir  
A Pinot Noir is always a go-to for Thanksgiving dinner, especially when it is organic!  This affordable French Pinot Noir is easy-drinking and light with flavors of tart cherries and cranberries. The vineyards on which its grapes were grown are right  in the Languedoc-Roussillon, near the Mediterranean Sea. I can’t wait to have this with green bean casserole and mushroom dishes!  $13.99

 

Anselmi Ca’Stele  Pinot Grigio  
One of our newest favorite values! This family-owned winery makes an exceptional dry wine that will impress all your finicky Pinot Grigio-loving guests who won’t drink anything else! The crisp and light texture of this wine is a match for salads, but also your delicious, herby stuffing doused in homemade gravy.  $9.99

 

Gouleyant  Cahors   
What really stands out to me about this French Malbec is how smooth it is.  This is a special wine to us here at Bottles and has always been a foolproof classic!  Lush, dark fruits will warm your soul as the cold weather kicks in.  This wine is so versatile and can be enjoyed with any part of a meal, but especially with pigs in a blanket and mini quiche to start the feast!  $13.99

 

Villa Giada  “Tre Ponti” Nebbiolo   
Villa Giada is a favorite  winery of ours, so we decided to feature our  absolute favorite  wine from them for Thanksgiving!  Organic and from a family-owned vineyard (maybe you remember meeting the winemaker  Andrea at our store this  past summer), this is an awesome, classic Nebbiolo from Piedmont.  Small production, exclusively at Bottles, and super delicious! Have this with Grandma’s meat-filled (gizzard) stuffing…or anything else on the table, because sometimes that dish is a little scary.  $19.99

Couly-Dutheil Chinon Rosé  
As if the bottle isn’t gorgeous enough, this rosé is also delicious. Made from Cabernet Franc grapes  grown in Chinon, it has subtle herbaceous notes of rosemary  and parsley with juicy raspberries in the forefront.  This is such a treat to enjoy with a big feast and all the fixings! Spoil your friends and loved ones with this  special bottle.  
$19.99

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Why You Should Care About B. Corp. Wineries

There’s much to love with the A to Z wines. What’s refreshing – besides their very well-crafted, varietally accurate, delicious wine – is that first and foremost they operate as a force for good. Consider these stats:
 
  • 100% of A to Z workers are paid well above the local living wage.
  • Each full-time employee receives full health benefits, paid time off to do volunteer work and tuition assistance to further his/her career.
  • Over 50% of management are women and individuals from under-represented populations.
Because of their dedication to creating a sustainable environment where employees thrive, in 2014 A to Z became the first winery to achieve its B Corporation certification, which puts it in the same company as Patagonia, Ben & Jerry’s, Kleen Kanteen, and many other progressive organizations. Since then, they’ve garnered the B Corp’s “Best For The Word” award, four years running.
 
To attain a B Corp status, an organization must actively and consistently prove that all of its decisions are guided by the goal of operating as a sustainable, healthy business for the good of its workers, the community, all of its suppliers and distributors, and the environment: They must meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and transparency. In essence, they balance purpose and profit, believing that the more successful their business is, the better they can do for the world.
 
And all of this is on top of the fact that their wine really is consistently terrific, which is no surprise given that A to Z was started in 2002 by Oregon wine industry veterans from several of the USA’s most highly regarded wineries, including Eyrie, Domaine Drouhin Oregon, Archery Summit and Chehalem. Their multiple award-winning wines are blends of locally-sourced, Oregon-grown fruit from sustainably managed farms, and we love them.
 
If all of this isn’t enough to get you to try them, we’ve put our line of A to Z wines on sale for the month of September. We want you to put your money where your conscience is, and drink well.
Here’s what’s in store:
 

2016 Chardonnay
They say it’s America’s best-selling unoaked Oregon Chardonnay, and with this flavor, we buy it. It’s full of citrus, honeysuckle and melon flavors, with a rich, ripe and round texture that’s balanced with a crisp freshness. It’s incredibly food-friendly, too. $13.99 compare to $16.99

2017 Riesling
Oh heavens, where to start. Luscious honeysuckle, lime, elderflower and floral aromas lead to mouth-watering honey, limoncello and pear flavors, all richly textured and ready for pretty much whatever food you want to throw at it – we especially like it with spicy dishes. See the bee on that beautiful bottle? That means that a portion from the sale of each bottle will go to support bee health research. $13.99 compare to $16.99

2017 Rosé
Crisp. Juicy. Lip-smacking. Smile inducing. Think ripe strawberries, watermelon, and raspberry mixed with herbal aromas. We’re stocking up on this one for Thanksgiving dinner. $13.99 compare to $16.99.

 

2015 Pinot Noir
What a vintage – it’s widely considered one of Oregon’s best ever. Dark fruit aromas abound out of the glass, leading to red and blue fruit flavors, all balanced with dusty tannins, a juicy acidity and a mineral finish. $17.99 compare to $21.99

2016 Bubbles (Rosé)
A blend of Pinot Noir with a touch of Chardonnay. This lovely sparkler has juicy ripe fruit aromas that lead to raspberry, watermelon and white flower flavors all softened with a hint of creaminess. $13.99 compare to $16.99

2017 Pinot Gris
Mouthwateringly amazing, with peach, apricot, pineapple and lychee aromas meeting citrus flavors, crisp acidity and soft tannins. One of the most versatile food wines in our shop for sure. $13.99 compare to $16.99

Cheers & Enjoy!

Published in September 2018, prices subject to change

Amrut Rum: A World Best-Seller

Though the Bangalore, India-based Amrut Distilleries has been in operation since 1948, it wasn’t until 15 years ago and the launch their eponymous single malts in Scotland that the international accolades starting rolling in: Turns out that critics and cocktail enthusiasts the world over really, really liked what the company was putting out.
 
For the past eight years the Amrut single malt whiskies have been available to us here in the United States. These multi-award-winning bottles have fans all over the world and have a unique flavor that earns praise from many of our customers. One of our favorite games is to offer the whiskies at blind tastings and watch people’s amazed faces when we tell them they’re from India.
 
The sleeper hit from Amrut, however, is their rum, and we’re featuring two of them this month: both are unique and perfectly suited to both the late summer and early fall evenings we have coming our way.
Amrut Old Port Rum: Made from Indian molasses in the English style, this round, fruity, and lush rum will warm your belly in any of your favorite cocktails. Float it over ginger beer for a ‘Dark & Blustery’ or use in place of a dark Jamaican rum for a refreshing Mai Tai. We like this rum for its vanilla and pistachio/hazelnut notes, and its wallet friendly price. $18.99 thru September 30, 2018, compare to $24.99.
 
Amrut Two Indies Rum: An ingenious blend of pot distilled Indian rum and traditional rums from Jamaica and Guyana. Is the whole greater than the sum of its parts? We like to think so, and you can taste an unusual intensity of flavor in the blend. This rum explodes with flavors of ripe fruit (mangoes and bananas) and baking spices. This is the perfect rum for a warm spicy cocktail or, dare we say, hot buttered rum? $22.99 thru September 30, 2018, compare to $28.99.
Cheers!
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Veteran-Owned 14th Star Brewing

This veteran-owned and operated brewery out of St. Albans City, Vermont is near and dear to our hearts. Founder Steve Gagner began writing the business plan for it on the back cover of his battlefield notebook when he was serving our country in the mountains of Afghanistan. With the help of his best friend and fellow soldier Matt Kehaya, Steve opened the doors to the brewery in 2012. Since then, 14th Star has been pumping out delicious, quality brews with the community and military forces in mind: They are very proud of their commitment to give back to various veteran organizations and the communities in which their beer is sold. And we are very proud to feature their lineup here at Bottles. Here’s what you will find: 
Valor Amber Ale 
14th Star’s flagship ale, Valor is a clean, hoppy amber ale with great crisp flavors and aromas.16oz 4pk – $13.99
Follow Me IPA 
A delicious session IPA brewed with five American and Australian hop varieties. Very crisp and easy-drinking. 16oz 4pk – $13.99
Tribute Double IPA 
If you’re looking for a super piney, super pineappley IPA, this is perfect for you. Definitely a best seller here at Bottles! 
16oz 4pk – $14.99
Maple Breakfast Stout 
A great breakfast oatmeal stout with filled with locally-inspired flavors of Vermont maple syrup and cold brew coffee. 16oz 4pk – $13.99
B72 Double IPA 
All you New England-style IPA fans must try B72! Tons of hops, juicy citrus flavors and hints of tropical fruit. 16oz 4pk – $14.99
Recruit Golden Ale 
Clean, crisp and refreshing. The Recruit is a well-made golden ale for when you don’t want anything too bitter and just want to enjoy the malts. 16oz 4pk – $13.99
Drink well and do good! Cheers!

What’s In The Bottle? A Key To The Symbols You’ll Find On Product Tags Storewide.

It’s an exciting time to be in the beverage industry, especially for our team of buyers who are very cognizant about the quality of what they consume, and the care with which it is crafted. More and more delicious and affordable offerings made using methods that are gentle to the earth – and our bodies – are available to us in Lil’ Rhody. So many in fact that we can’t just relegate them to one small area of the store anymore. That’s why you’ll find new symbols on all of our product tags storewide that communicate various characteristics about how each bottle was made. Here’s what to look for as you browse our shelves:

It’s our hope that the new symbols will lead you to new finds and will help you drink better. Cheers to that!