New Wine and Beer

Simple Life Chardonnay, California, $12.99

Enjoy this "new-world" Chardonnay that is brimming with tropical fruit, orange zest, apricot and floral aromas. A vibrant, lively acidity perfectly frames the lime, tropical fruit and orange blossom flavors and fresh-cut pineapple finish. This medium bodied white is crisp, elegant and an inviting expression of Chardonnay's true fruit nature. Pair with spicy sushi, shrimp scampi or savor on its own! 


Simple Life Pinot Noir, California, $12.99

Garnet in color with aromas of luscious cherries, nutmeg and savory herbs. Bright flavors of cranberry and ripe plum intermingle with sage and warm baking spices. Notes of vanilla from 100% French oak aging provide a lovely background for the complex and supple tannins. This wine has perfect balance between its dark fruit character and lively acidity, which makes it an easy pairing for a variety of foods.


THE Dark by Consentino, California, $15.99

Comprised of 60% Petite Sirah and 40% Petit Verdot, THE Dark is full of inky hues and deep aromas of juniper and spice. The lush, velvety texture is full of blackberry, cassis and plum flavors with a long finish that holds just a touch of chocolate. Ideal companion with beef short ribs and lamb and equally as delicious to enjoy after dinner over some rich cheeses. 


Ray's Station Merlot, California, $16.99

This Merlot captures the essence of Mendocino wines; strong, vibrant and packed with scents and flavors reminiscent of the ripest black cherries. French oak induces hints of spice and bold, supple tannins offer strength and concentration throughout the wine. Age worthy for five years yet ready to drink now.


Stone Ruination Double IPA 2.0, – 8.5% ABV - 12oz 6pack Bottles for $12.99 - Gartner
Stone Ruination IPA was the first full-time brewed and bottled West Coast double IPA on the planet. For the second incarnation they dry hopped and hop burst it to squeeze every last drop of piney, citrusy, tropical essence from the hops that give this beer its incredible character.  Definitely one you need to drink! 

Pipeworks Raspberry Truffle Abduction, 10.5% ABV – 22oz Bottle for $11.99 – Gartner
Imperial Stout with Raspberries & Cocoa Nibs added.  Nose was dark malt, vanilla, chocolate, fresh raspberries. Tasted a bit sweet, with flavorful raspberry notes and well integrated vanilla and chocolate. Finished a bit sweet, but is delicious!

Pipeworks Just Drink It Dummy, Double IPA, - 9.0% ABV – 22oz Bottle for $7.99 - Gartner
Pours a cloudy orange with a beige head and aroma of hops and resin. Taste is bitter up front, lots of hops, citrus, resin, and caramel with a bitter, dry, long finish. Delicious DIPA

Myths and Legends Kamacuras, Wheat Ale - 7.3% ABV – 22oz Bottle for $7.99 – Chicago Ave only
The abundance of wheat provides a slight haze coupled with a slightly sweet, bready malt character. The hops give this wheat beer a strong citrusy flavor and aroma, with hints of pine and stone fruit. This one is definitely up my alley! 

Shiner Oktoberfest - 5.7% ABV -  12oz 6 pack bottles for $7.99 - Gartner
Pours a medium amber color. Aromas of roast malts, caramel, and a touch of spice. Flavor has a nice smooth sweet roasted taste.  So raise your stein to tradition and enjoy this utterly classic brew.

Short’s Autumn Ale,– 6.5% ABV – 12oz 6 pack bottles for $11.99 - Gartner
This ale has a medium body, amber color, and full flavor. This beer exhibits a wonderful balance of malty sweetness and floral hop bitterness. Overall, a good beer for the style, complete with a nice profile, some light complexity, and just overall good flavor for the style.

Dogfish Head Pumpkin Ale, Spiced Beer,  – 7.0% ABV – 12oz 4 pack bottles for $9.99 - Gartner
Body is bold orange, of pumpkin. Taste is pumpkin, but also spices and vanilla. Pretty good and one of the better seasonal beers!  Warms in the pumpkin finish.

Revolution Oktoberfest, – 5.7% ABV – 12oz 6pack cans for $9.99 - Gartner
Pours a beautifully clear dark-honey amber. Tastes of thick bread, sweet caramel, slight hints of toffee, white and black pepper, vague suggestions of earth and wood oils. A bit of a floral tinge at the finish. Very smooth.  Overall I enjoyed!

Southern Tier Warlock, Imperial Stout,– 10.0% ABV – 22oz bottle,  - Gartner
Imperial stout brewed with pumpkins the Warlock is brewed to enchant your palate on its own.  The aroma is pumpkin spices, earthy, chocolate. The flavor is roasty chocolate pumpkin pie. Earthy at the end and suttle hops. Overall quite tasty!

Southern Tier Pumking, Spiced Beer, – 8.6% ABV – 22oz Bottle for $6.99 - Gartner
Pours a deep clear golden orange amazing aromas of pumpkin spice and pie crust. Great pumpkin flavors with nutmeg graham cracker and a warm finish. Overall, this is an outstanding example of a pumpkin beer.