Evodia Garnacha 2015
Calatayud is a fairly innocuous and rural region of Spain. As far as the eye can see the hills and plains are blanketed with head-pruned vineyards, primarily Garnacha. Just to the north of Calatayud is Campo de Borja, Navarra and Rioja Baja so this sea of Garnacha is a small part of a wider ocean. Much of the inexpensive and pleasurable Garnacha sold in the US comes from these regions in Spain and Eric Solomon was an early pioneer and proponent. Years ago while working on a project in Calatayud, Eric Solomon met Jean-Marc Lafage and Yolanda Diaz. Yolanda is a native of the region and knows the terruño of Calatayud better than anyone. Jean-Marc is the very talented winemaker and consultant from the Roussillon just across the border in France. Together they "discovered" a unique village in Calatayud, Atea. At 1000 meters above sea level it is the highest elevation village in the whole DO. Even more interesting is that the soil here is black schist, the same soil one can find in the Priorat and in Maury where Jean-Marc owns an estate by the name of Saint-Roch. This unique terroir and the old vines of Garnacha rooted in it, are the origins of Evodia.
April 2016 Bremer's Staff Pick
his month’s staff pick has been chosen by Garry – longtime Bremer’s employee. His pick, Evodia by Altovinum, has been a longtime favorite of his.
April 2016 Bremer's Staff Pick
his month’s staff pick has been chosen by Garry – longtime Bremer’s employee. His pick, Evodia by Altovinum, has been a longtime favorite of his.
Terra d’Oro Amador Zinfandel 2015Tasting Notes This savory Zinfandel displays vibrant aromas of rich, spicy clove and big, generous fruit with hints of vanilla that entice the nose. An abundance of plums and flavors of dense, juicy blackberries excites the senses with a round mouthfeel of well-integrated tannins on the finish. This wine is rich and powerful, and incredibly well-balanced. The Terra d’Oro Amador Zinfandel is enjoyable on its own, and especially complements anything barbecued. Vineyard & Varietal Information At Terra d’Oro, Zinfandel is what we do best. Shallow topsoils, granite hardpan, hot summer days, and cool summer nights make a fabulous home for our favorite varietal. Hand selected every year from our prestigious Amador vineyards, Terra d’Oro Amador County Zinfandel is the flagship of our Zinfandel program. We head train and spur prune the Terra d'Oro vineyards for optimum sunlight and controlled crop. Winemaking Information At Terra d’Oro, our Zinfandel vineyards are carefully handpicked and brought to the winery for processing. After being put into a hopper, about fifteen gallons of juice per ton of grapes is removed. The grapes are then destemmed and crushed and the must is sent to tanks where it is left to cold soak for up to three days. This allows a primary extraction where water acts as a solvent and breaks down the cell walls of the grape solids, extracting flavors, color, and aromas. The fermentors are drained and returned three times, resulting in more extraction than merely pumping over the tanks. After gentle tank pressing, the wine was aged in a combination of Hungarian, French and American oak for 16 months. Bremer's April 2017 Staff Pick This month’s staff pick has been chosen by Garry – longtime Bremer’s employee. He liked his pick, Terra d'Oro Zinfandel from the first sip.
Novellum Chardonnay 2015Someone once made an unflattering comparison between Chardonnay and a part of one's anatomy best left unmentioned, saying, "everyone's got one, no one wants to hear about yours." Sadly Chardonnay is a victim of its own success and frequently a punch line despite being one of the most highly esteemed wines in its guise of Grand Cru Chablis or Montrachet. We are not claiming that Novellum is like these auspicious wines but we will argue that for its price you can hardly find better. For many years we worked with a cooperative in the Languedoc to make Novellum from a special site that in most years had some botrytis, giving the wine weight without resorting to oak. Since that time we've moved the project to the Roussillon where Jean-Marc and Eliane Lafage have some Chardonnay planted near the Mediterranean that makes a remarkably complex and mineral version of the variety. There is no botrytis here so we resort to a small percentage in barrel - usually less than 20%. The remainder of the wine is aged in tank on the lees of Viognier. It remains one of the best values in Chardonnay that you can find. Bremer's March 2017 Staff Pick Bremer’s March staff pick has been chosen by co-owner, Tim Bremer. He has an extensive background in the wine industry and a great love for wine. When he is not busy at work in the office or helping a customer find the perfect wine, he is probably out on the golf course enjoying the weather. Tim certainly loves a great French wine and when he tried Novellum Chardonnay, he was not disappointed. It is a great wine to enjoy as the weather begins to warm up. If his recommendation alone isn't enough to convince you... it's also rated 90 pts by Wine Advocate! So what are you waiting for? Stop by and pick up your bottle today.
Familia Zuccardi Serie A Malbec 2015The Zuccardi Serie A range demonstrates the richness and diversity of Argentina's many micro-climates and soils. Serie A stands for "Argentina Series" as the way of expressing our most representative grape varieties by recognizing the best growing regions specific to each, and selecting top vineyard sites along the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Intense and lively red-purple color. Intense red ripe fruit aromas such as prunes and cherries, with black pepper and tobacco. Can also detect chocolate, cherry liqueur, and spicy notes. Soft and velvety entry, firm tannins, with a lovely, juicy finish. Bremer's February 2017 Staff Pick Chosen by Amy, Bremer’s Wine and Liquor’s Marketing Director. When Amy isn’t busy searching for the next great product to feature online or out front helping a customer, she is probably talking about Syracuse Basketball… especially this time of year. Rich, full-bodied reds have become her favorite and when she spotted the label on this wine she just had to try it. From the first sip she knew it was going to be a great one. Stop by Bremer’s Wine and Liquor and pick up a bottle to see for yourself. (We hear it goes especially well with cheering on your favorite basketball team).
1000 Stories Gold Rush Red 2014The California Gold Rush was a period of courage, bravado, and curiosity. It was with these characteristics in mind we created 1000 Stories Gold Rush Red. Grapes chosen from the golden valleys and hills of California were combined to create this bold, adventurous testament to that intrepid spirit. We selected a combination of new and used bourbon barrels for this Seasonal Release. This rich wine presents flavors of black fruit, cloves, pepper and vanilla. Bremer's January 2017 Staff Pick 1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel Gold Rush Red – chosen by Brittany, an employee with Bremer’s Wine and Liquor for a little over 2 years. When Brittany isn’t busy helping customers, she is probably talking about her puggle Diesel or reminding you that her birthday is this month. This past year, red blends have been her go-to varietal and as soon as she tried this one, she couldn’t help but add it to her list of favorites. Stop by Bremer’s Wine and Liquor and treat yourself with a bottle of this delectable pick (and remember to wish Brittany a Happy Birthday).
Ménage à Trois Silk 2015Lose yourself in the sensual pleasures of Ménage à Trois Silk - a smooth, seductive red blend that caresses you with every sip. With its bright, red ruby hue in the glass and alluring fragrance of dried violets and berries, Silk beckons, promising an unforgettable experience. Succulent cherry and ripe raspberry flavors mingle with delicate hints of rose petals and toasty spice, and glide gracefully across your palate like liquid silk. Seamless and lustrous, Silk is the lavish, luxurious encounter you've been craving. BREMER'S OCTOBER 2016 STAFF PICK Ken, an employee at Bremer’s for over 5 years, has chosen October’s Staff pick, Ménage à Trois Silk. When he is not working or trying new wines he is probably around town shooting his next great photograph for SMITH Imagery , a photography company he runs with his wife. In fact, we got him to shoot the photographs we used to feature his delicious staff pick that is a perfect pick for Fall! So check out his pick (and SMITH Imagery while you’re at it), you might find yourself falling for both.
Casal Garcia RoséBecause of its freshness, Casal Garcia Rosé is particularly agreeable in friendly and relaxed atmospheres. Ideal as an aperitif or to accompany hors d'oeuvres such as garlic prawns, Italian dishes, such as Bolognese or carpaccio, and grilled fish. Bremer's September Staff Pick Rhonda, our resident food and wine-pairing guru, has chosen our September staff pick. Rhonda has been with us at Bremer’s for 13 years now and when she recommends a wine, we know it’s going to be good. Both Vinho Verde and Rosé have been gaining popularity lately, so Rhonda decided to pick the best of both worlds and go with Casal Garcia Rosé Vinho Verd. Put your trust in Rhonda and give her pick a try! She suggests it with a salad or as an aperitif and it is sure to go well with these warm September days.
NEW AGE WHITE 750MLNew Age White is a light yellow-green colored wine, with fruity and floral aromas of great intensity. Balanced acidity leads to soft, semi-sweet and slightly effervescent flavors and mouth feel. It is an extremely refreshing, vivacious and sensual wine. Grape Variety: 90% Torrontes and 10% Sauvignon Blanc Winemaker Notes The fruit is hand picked followed by crushing, cooling of crushed grapes, and pressing. Fermentation begins by inoculating with selected yeasts. Halfway through the fermentation process, the wine is centrifuged (spun) to halt fermentation, creating a slightly sweet, semi-sparkling wine. Serving Hints Should be served well-chilled as an aperitif or dessert. Also tastes great with spicy Thai, Indian, Chinese or Japanese cuisine. Bremer's August Staff Pick For the last full month of summer, Tony has chosen a perfect summer white for our August staff pick. Tony started at Bremer’s 7 years ago and has over 30 years of experience in the wine and liquor industry. You might find him cracking a joke, but his recommendations are seriously spot on. So give his pick, New Age a chance… you won’t be disappointed.
The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc 2016DISCOVERED IN NEW ZEALAND We sought our Sauvignon Blanc in not one but two of New Zealand’s best vineyard sites – Marlborough and Martinborough – for complexity and zest. AROMAS/FLAVORS Aromas of zesty lime, grapefruit, and passionfruit with a touch of fresh green herbs. A refreshing and vibrant palate with core of sweet fruit leading to a long and juicy finish. PAIRING Ideally-suited to shellfish, salads, citrus-sauced dishes, ocean voyages, and park blanket reconnaissance. WINEMAKING Grapes are destemmed, pressed, and cold-settled overnight before cool fermentation in stainless steel tanks – no oak – to capture fruit purity; the wine then ages on its lees to add weight and richness. LOWER CARBON FOOTPRINT Lightweight glass, local sustainable printer, certified sustainability practices in the vineyards and winery. Bremer's May Staff Pick This month’s staff pick has been chosen by Taylor Bremer, part of the 5th generation of Bremer’s to work at the store. 99.9% of the time Taylor chooses a wine because he is drawn to the label, and his pick, The Seeker Sauvignon Blanc , is no exception. Enjoying drawing himself, it is no surprise he is drawn to the illustration on this bottle. Beyond the look, he likes the taste even better!
Matua Sauvignon Blanc 2015Refreshingly good! This is classic Marlborough Savvy, with bright aromatic herbal notes and a complete array of aromas the style is famous for. Think sage and fresh mint, followed by delicious tropical fruits. This year, the palate has vibrant citrus and pineapple flavours with great length and structure. This is a real doozie. Bremer's May Staff Pick Bremer’s May staff pick has been chosen by Merritt Bremer IV, a part of the fifth generation to be a part of Bremer’s. Recently, Merritt has been trying many different Sauvignon Blancs and just in time for summer! His favorite has stayed Matua Sauvignon Blanc. With his recommendation and at only $10.99 per bottle, how could you go wrong?
Domaine LaFage Côtes Du Roussillon Centenaire Blanc 2015Cuvée Centenaire takes its name from the 100 year-old vines of Grenache Blanc and Gris Jean-Marc Lafage farms just a few kilometers from the Mediterranean on gravelly clay soils. One of the greatest white wine values in our portfolio, the final wine blends these ancient grapes with up to 20% younger vine Roussanne. To make a wine that is both rich and balanced the grapes are harvested in two passes, the first when they just reach ripeness and are still high in acidity and a second pass when the grapes are fully ripe with rich fruit flavors. The wine is then aged in a combination of tank and new French oak barrels. May 2016 Bremer's Staff Pick Bremer’s May staff pick has been chosen by co-owner, Eric Bremer. As a part of the fourth generation to own Bremer’s, Eric enjoys helping customers pick out the perfect wine. When he’s not busy working, he loves to spend time outdoors and Domaine Lafage Cotes Du Roussillon Centenaire Blanc is the perfect wine to enjoy on a warm and sunny day!
Elouan Pinot Noir 2015Elouan is the result of Californian winemaker, Joe Wagner, venturing up to Oregon, one of the world’s renowned Pinot Noir regions, with a goal to produce Pinot Noir with depth of flavor, vibrancy and suppleness. For this wine we brought together fruit from three regions along Oregon’s coast; Umpqua, Willamette and Rogue Valleys, which harmonize beautifully when blended as one. The diversity of these cool climate areas combined with an elongated growing season creates wine with intense structure, while maintaining a vibrant acidity that differentiates it from any California Pinot Noir. Growing Season The 2014 vintage in Oregon was outstanding —the kind we haven’t seen for a long time, with above average temperatures and a very even growing season that led to higher Brix. We see greater varietal intensity in the fruit—more of a ‘ripe Burgundy’ style. Fruit from the Umpqua Valley AVA shows the most intensity while subtlety is seen in the Willamette Valley Pinot Noirs. Tasting Notes This 2014 Elouan Pinot Noir is richer and more full bodied than what is typical of Oregon Pinot Noir, which generally is very lean. Bright ruby red in color. Ripe cranberry, sweet cinnamon and fresh cherry create an inviting bouquet, with a subtle earthiness. The palate shows texture and weight with firm acidity that carries the flavor through. The flavor profile shows red plum, bright cherry, minerality, dusty earth, and a hint of sweet tobacco, creating rustic layers of flavor with soft refined tannins. Food Matching Pork loin, pan-seared salmon, Peking duck or veal with a mushroom sauce. March 2016 Bremer's Staff Pick Bremer’s March staff pick has been chosen by co-owner, Tim Bremer. He has an extensive background in the wine industry and a great love for wine. When he is not busy at work in the office or spending his days off on the golf course, Tim enjoys helping customers find the perfect wine. While he does not usually prefer Pinot Noirs produced in Oregon, Eluoan Pinot Noir has quickly become one of his favorites. So give it a try, his recommendations never disappoint.
Francis Ford Coppola Diamond Series Black Label Claret 2013Our signature red wine, layered with flavors of blackberry, cassis and roasted espresso. Claret is a term originally coined by the British to describe Cabernet-based wines. This Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc blend is alluring and sophisticated; it is memorably lush with a tapestry of smooth tannins and succulent flavors of wild berries, plum and anise. Borrowing tradition of European wineries, we add gold netting to bottle to signify outstanding quality of wine. Read more directly from the winemaker February 2016 Bremer's Staff Pick Bremer’s February staff pick has been chosen by Amy, who has been working for Bremer’s Wine & Liquor for just over 8 months as their Marketing Director. In her short time here, Amy has quickly developed a love for wine, after Syracuse Basketball of course. Trying a different wine every time she buys something has become a habit and when the winter months approached, reds quickly became her go-to. The striking package caught her attention first, but once she tasted Coppola Diamond Collection Claret, she knew she would be coming back for more.
Apothic Winemaker's Blend Red 2014These varieties come together seamlessly for a fruit-driven wine with fresh dark fruit flavors and jammy red fruit notes. The Zinfandel offers bold dark fruit flavors and spicy notes, complemented by the soft mouthfeel of Merlot. The Syrah adds layers of smooth blueberry, while the Cabernet Sauvignon delivers ripe fruit flavors and a firm structure. This decadent blend is framed by hints of black cherry, vanilla, and mocha. January 2016 Bremer's Staff Pick Bremer’s first staff pick of 2016 has been chosen by Brittany, who started working here a little over a year ago. When Brittany isn’t busy gracing our Facebook page or helping customers, she is probably reminding you that her birthday is this month or trying a new wine. Over the past year she has begun to branch out from her usual varietal, Syrah and has found many wines that have caught her attention. Out of everything she has tried, Apothic Red has stayed her go-to red blend. Stop by and pick up a bottle, you might find yourself coming back for more!
19 Crimes Red Wine 2015Intensity resides within each pour of this blend. The bright hues of dark berry fruits shine as the strong vanilla aroma rises from the glass. Flavors of chocolate and cedar spice are accomplices in a finish that is soft, fruity, and fresh. Bremer's 2015 Holiday Staff Pick: Picked by Garry “Intensity resides within each pour of this blend. The bright hues of dark berry fruits shine as the strong vanilla aroma rises from the glass. Flavors of chocolate and cedar spice are accomplices in a finish that is soft, fruity, and fresh.” ~Pairs well with Brisket, try this mouthwatering recipe for Sweet and Sour Brisket
Ferrari-Carano Fumé Blanc 2015Ferrari-Carano's 2013 Fumé Blanc has delicious aromas of white peach, orange blossom, pear, quince, Meyer lemon and mango complemented by peach, grapefruit, pear and lemon flavors. This wine has bright acidity and crisp freshness from the cool, stainless steel tank fermentation, while the subtle oak character from barrel aging adds, body, complexity and depth. Bremer's 2015 Holiday Staff Pick: Picked by Tony “Ferrari-Carano’s 2014 Fumé Blanc is a delicious wine with aromas and flavors of yellow peach, pear, quince, Meyer lemon, mango and fruit cocktail. This wine has bright acidity and crisp freshness from the cool, stainless steel tank fermentation, while the subtle oak character from barrel aging adds body, complexity and depth.” ~ Pairs well with seafood and spicy cuisine.
Tenuta Sant'Antonio Scaia Garganega Chardonnay 2015Colour: Pale straw yellow with greenish glints. Aroma: White acacia and jasmine flowers, bouquet of citrus fruits such as grapefruit, orange and pineapple, apple, pear and mango and a light touch of banana. Flavour: Fresh and agreeable with a sustained acidity. Well-balanced softness and tang make it both inviting and intriguing. Bremer's 2015 Holiday Staff Pick: Picked by Tim “Fresh and agreeable with a sustained acidity. Well-balanced softness and tang make it both inviting and intriguing.” ~ Makes an excellent aperitif and pairs well with Fish with a light sauce.
Cupcake Black Forest Decadent Red 2014Black Forest is a dark, decadent red blend from Cupcake Vineyards. Dripping with rich, deep flavors of blackberry and dark cherry with hints of spice and mocha, this wine has a long, complex finish. Crafted by winemaker Jessica Tomei with an alluring blend of grapes from California's coastal vineyards, Black Forest is a decadent wine experience to savor unlike any other. Bremer's 2015 Holiday Staff Pick: Picked by Ken “A dark, decadent red blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Petite Verdot and Petite Sirah. The barrel aged Cabernet Sauvignon provides the powerful but elegant backbone and structure while the Merlot adds the dark berry nose and luscious mouthfeel. The Zinfandel adds a particular spiciness that you can only grow in California. PetiteVerdot, a winemaker’s best friend, always makes a blend taste better and adds a pretty floral aroma and purple hue while the Petite Sirah seals thedeal with its inky color and round tannins. ” ~Use to make this delicious Red Wine Cranberry Relish
GRAHAMS SIX GRAPE 750MLDark red colour, with a seductive rich perfume of ripe plums and cherries. On the palate, complex, with a good structure and a long lingering finish. Graham's "Six Grapes" is delicious served at the end of a meal, for example with rich, nutty or chocolate desserts, as well as strong cheeses. Bremer's 2015 Holiday Staff Pick: Picked by Josh “This full-bodied, luscious wine is drawn from the same vineyards as Graham’s Vintage Ports. Blended from two or three years’ harvests, the wine is an average of five to six years old when bottled. It follows the Graham’s Vintage style very closely, although it has softened more quickly by being matured in oak casks rather than in bottle. Its extremely rich fruity style makes it a truly superb, rare and appealing Port.” ~ Use this to make this mouth watering recipe for Chicken with Port and Figs
Veramonte Primus Cabernet Sauvignon 2014Appearance: Deep red. Aroma: Lively aromas of red currant, dried cherry and fig mingle with oak notes of vanilla and sweet spice. Flavor: Generous and juicy flavors of cherry, raspberry and blueberry are complemented by subtle notes of oak. A smooth silky texture and fine - grained tannins add balance providing a beautiful and lingering finish. Bremer's 2015 Holiday Staff Pick: Picked by Rhonda “Generous and juicy flavors of cherry, raspberry and blueberry are complemented by subtle notes of oak. A smooth silky texture and fine – grained tannins add balance providing a beautiful and lingering finish.” ~Pairs well with all meats, tomato based pasta sauces and flavorful, hearty dishes.
SWEDISH HILL GLOGG WINE 750MLThis spicy and aromatic red wine is made with an extract imported from Sweden which contains cinnamon, cloves, cardamon and ginger. Bremer's 2015 Holiday Staff Pick: Picked by Taylor “This spicy and aromatic red wine is made with an extract imported from Sweden which contains cinnamon, cloves, cardamon and ginger.” ~Use this recipe for a traditional Swedish touch.
SWEDISH HILL VIKING RED 750MLA great dry red wine blended from French Hybrid and vinifera grapes that boasts bright cherry fruit aromas and finishes with a nice touch of oak. A versatile food wine and an excellent value. Seasonally labeled as Winter Red. Bremer's 2015 Holiday Staff Pick: Picked by Merritt “A great dry red wine blended from French Hybrid and vinifera grapes that boasts bright cherry fruit aromas and finishes with a nice touch of oak. A versatile food wine and an excellent value.” ~Pairs well with Beef
RUFFINO PROSECCO 750MLRuffino Prosecco is fruity and fragrant with clean notes of citrus, pears and apples along with slight hints of hawthorn, wisteria and elder. Fine bubbles caress the palate, while intense flavors of apples and peaches give the wine a pleasing finish. Enjoy Ruffino Prosecco on its own or mix it into a favorite cocktail. It's also delicious served with pizza, fish, shellfish, or white meat dishes Bremer's 2015 Holiday Staff Pick: Amy “Ruffino Prosecco is fruity and fragrant with clean notes of citrus, pears and apples along with slight hints of hawthorn, wisteria and elder. Fine bubbles caress the palate, while intense flavors of apples and peaches give the wine a pleasing finish.” ~Pairs well with fish or use it to make this tasty Peach and Raspberry Bellini Cocktail
Black Ink Red Wine 2014Black Ink is an ode to fantasy through the arts, portraying elegance with an edge. In a celebration of decadence, juicy blackberry cobbler meets smoky licorice with a hint of spice. The capsule is marked with the allusive squid in a nod to the deep dark red hues within the bottle. Thanksgiving Staff Pick Pairs well with Butternut Squash and Cheddar Bread Pudding , a delicious vegetarian alternative to turkey!