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Our Top Rosé Wines

Rosé is here to stay! No longer an afterthought for winemakers and wine drinkers alike, rosé is now recognized as a serious style of wine to be enjoyed in the most casual of settings. Dry, light and refreshing for warm summer days, a glass of rosé evokes picnics on the beach, polo tailgates and leisurely dinners in the backyard.

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The crisp and lean style of rosé allows lighter dishes, such as grilled fish served with fresh garden salads topped with goat cheese, to shine without fear of being overpowered by the wine’s weight.

On the flip side, the light nature of rosé is a lovely counterpart to richer dishes. It’s a thirst quenching wine to serve with a spicy rack of barbecue ribs, carne asada tacos or spicy Pad Thai.

Think pink, drink pink, and enjoy this slice of sunshine in a glass!

– Joanna

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2014 Matthiasson Rosé
Napa Valley, California

Ethereal, delicate notes of peach and rhubarb are present in this austere rosé, best enjoyed with grilled salmon.

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2014 Alexander Valley Vineyards ‘Dry Rosé of Sangiovese’
Alexander Valley, California

An Italian grape grown in California! Bright strawberry notes are met with super refreshing acidity. Serve with roasted pepper hummus and chips.

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2014 Calcu Rosé
Colchagua Valley, Chile

A French style of rosé made in Chile, the Calcu features 50% Malbec, 40% Syrah, 10% Petit Verdot grapes and pairs best with barbecue ribs.

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2014 Commanderie de La Peyrassol Rosé
Provence, France

A classic! Light watermelon notes and mineral tones from the region that made rosé a household name, enjoy with grilled shrimp.

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2014 Château Valcombe Rosé
Ventoux, France

A wonderful Grenache based rosé from the Rhône, dry with a hint of strawberry, serve with grilled artichokes with a pepper aioli.

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2014 Auguste Bonhomme ‘Rosé de Loire’
Loire Valley, France

Another great find from the Loire Valley, featuring Gamay and Grolleau grapes with notes of red currant, enjoy with your favorite cheeses.

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2014 Mastroberardino ‘Lacrimosa’
Campania, Italy

Raspberry, pepper and rhubarb notes are plentiful in this hearty rosé, serve with grilled zucchini and artichokes.

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2014 Schloss Gobelsburg ‘Cistercien’ Rosé
Kamptal, Austria

A blend of Zweigelt and St. Laurent, this rosé teems with minerals, the slightest hint of watermelon and has a wonderfully refreshing finish, serve with a raw beet salad.

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Château Montaud Rosé
Côtes de Provence, France

A classic Provence rosé, refreshing acidity meets bright strawberry notes, serve with chicken salad.

 

 

Sipping Rum, ‘Agricole Rhum’, and Rhum Clément of Martinique

It’s summertime, and for many, summer time is ‘rummertime’.

Here in Rhode Island, with our rich seafaring history and traditions, ties to colonial trade (both illicit and fair), naval presence, specter of piracy, and general saltiness, rum is a natural choice for the hot summer months.

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Most people have at least one rum cocktail that they break out when the sun is still up at 7:00 pm. Mojitos are very popular these days, and a ‘Dark & Stormy’ (dark rum mixed with ginger ale & lime) has been something of an unofficial state cocktail for some time.

Mixing Rums

In general, the rums people choose for mixing may be light or dark in color, but are most often relatively sweet. It’s sugar, of course – and more specifically, molasses – that lends these saccharine and heady qualities to the spirit, and also what makes these rums such good mixers.

Spiced Rums

Many rums are also spiced, adding vanilla and cinnamon flavors to the already sticky spirit. When mixing with cola, ginger ale, or other sweet/tart mixtures, these rums do quite well, adding a warmth and lushness to the mix. Alone, however, they can be cloying and overwhelming, and you’d be hard pressed to find someone who enjoys a glass of straight rum on the rocks.

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Rhum Clément – Select Barrel

Sipping Rums – Try Agricole Rhums

So what about sipping rums? Is there something out there that would be suitable for sipping over some rocks on a hot summer evening? Of course there is! They are called ‘Agricole Rhums’ (Rhum with an ‘h’, as they are most often produced in French speaking countries), and their distinction lies in how they are processed. Where most rums are made by fermenting and distilling molasses, which can then be colored, spiced, or (in the case of our famous New England rums) aged in oak, Agricole Rhums eschew molasses for a much more direct method.

An Agricole Rhum is made by pressing freshly harvested sugarcane and allowing the collected juice to ferment naturally, after which it is put through a single, gentle distillation, and finally aged for a period of time in oak to mellow. The result is a fascinating interplay of flavors, sweet married with citrus fruits, cocoa flavors intertwined with spicy notes of cinnamon and cardamom, and a unique vegetal aroma reminiscent of freshly mown grass and black tea.

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Clément Rhum – Premiére Canne

How to Enjoy Agricole Rhums

When young, these rums make a vibrant and daring Daiquiri or ‘Ti Punch (the traditional drink of Martinique).

When aged, these rums hold their own alongside some of the finest cognacs & whiskies in the world. The barrels soften the spirit and the rum, in turn, draws out some of the best qualities of the oak (vanilla, nuttiness, and toast).  Mixing aged Agricole Rhum into a classic cocktail (like a Sidecar) in lieu of whisky is a real treat, and brings out a wonderful interplay of flavors.

It’s the older rums that are made for sipping, either neat or with a few ice cubes, on your front porch swing. After sitting in oak for many years (often 3  and up to 20!) the resulting spirit is not at all sticky or saccharine in nature. They live and breathe in the glass just like a fine Scotch, and can make a hot summer evening pass by in the blink of an eye.

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Our friends at Rhum Clément have been making Agricole Rhums for generations, all in their family, and the results are well worth seeking out.

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Rhum Clément – Canne Bleue

Check out their ‘Premiére Canne‘ white rum, with its sharp & snappy herbal flavors, and also ‘Canne Bleue‘, a single varietal white rum made from one type of blue sugarcane. More nuanced than its brother, Canne Bleue has zesty notes of orange peel and bittersweet cocoa.

We also like their ‘Select Barrel‘ and ‘V.S.O.P.‘ rums, aged for several years in oak, for their seductive vanilla & toffee qualities.

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Rhum Clément – V.S.O.P.

Whether you mix or sip, make this summer one for trying something new with some Agricole Rhum from Martinique.

It’ll be the next best thing to actually being there.

Stop by Bottles to browse our selection of Rhum Clément and fine sipping rums.

– by Liam Maloney

Top 10 Thanksgiving Wines Under $20

Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday! We believe that wine transforms a dinner into a feast, and is the thread that binds your family and friends together. After tasting thousands of wines throughout the year (a tough job), this Top 10 Thanksgiving Wine List is hand-selected to complement your Thanksgiving feast, all without breaking the bank. We hope that you enjoy these wines in both good health and company this season.
 
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Top Ten Thanksgiving Wines under $20
1. Lander Jenkins Chardonnay $13.99 – Beautifully made Chardonnay with a kiss of oak and buttery richness, but not overdone. Great by itself or with lighter/first course dishes.
2. Valckenberg Gewurztraminer $14.99 – A classic Thanksgiving pairing! Dry style wine loaded with tropical fruit flavors that will stand up to anything on the table.
3. A to Z Riesling $14.99 – A beautiful wine in a beautiful bottle. Delicious, dry and refreshing studded with peak of summer fruit flavors and loads of zippy lemon.
4. Grandial Brut $9.99 – Our new favorite sparkling wine! A tremendous value, this dry style Brut loves to party!
5. Belleruche Rhone White $13.99 – Rich, savory and a great alternative to Chardonnay. A perfect pairing with squash dishes, sweet potatoes and yes, Turkey!
6. Laetitia Pinot Noir $19.99 – Unapologetically smooth and rich. This has been a year-round favorite and is sure to please everyone at the table.
7. Nicolas Pinot Noir $9.99 – An overachiever, light and elegant. Classic French style Pinot Noir with bright fruit flavors and a light engaging personality.
8. Antigal Uno Malbec $17.99 – A full bodied alternative to Cabernet. A big boastful wine with blackberry, mocha and vanilla flavors make you and your guests take notice.
9. Pesquie Terrasses Rouge $16.99 – Earthy and smooth, this Rhone Red is an excellent choice for those that like dry spicy wines. Pair with anything you’d put gravy on.
10. Foretal Beaujolais Village $14.99 – A traditional Thanksgiving pairing! Light and bright wine with tart cherry and cranberry flavors with hints of cinnamon and clove.
Cheers & Happy Thanksgiving!
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