For those that received and enjoyed our fall and winter magazines, you are in for a treat. We will be releasing our Spring/Summer magazine very soon, but before we do, we would like your thoughts. Let us know what it is you would like to see in our magazine, or just give us your thoughts on the past versions that have gone out. If two heads are better than one, than… You get the idea. Thanks for the input.
Why is it that when we see something on sale we immediately assume there is something wrong with it? More specifically, why does that question seem to make more sense at a wine shop than at a grocery store? To help ease your troubled minds I thought it appropriate to address any questions in relation to this matter.
As you all already know, there is nothing like a GOOD sale… It is safe to say we all shop sales as much as we can because who really wants to pay $4.99 for a package of double stuffed Oreos when you could be paying the same for two packages. The same is true for wine… We know that Kendall-Jackson Chardonnay at $14.99 is a good deal, but at $10.98 it is even better (expect this price some time in the next couple of months). But what about the wines that we don’t recognize; are those still good? To answer your questions as simply as possible; yes! There is nothing wrong with the wines that we currently have on sale, it’s just a matter of figuring out what kind of sale it is. Read More about Why is this Wine on Sale? Is there Something Wrong with it?
As some of you may remember, we had a number of themed tastings throughout 2013. They usually took place once a month with about 24 or so bottles being poured. The Collective Nic has decided to build upon this idea, but instead of having only one weekend dedicated to a particular theme, we will have a whole month dedicated to it instead. The new tastings won’t be as big, but by spreading them out, the new format will allow more people to partake; we know how busy things can get when you are trying to make it to soccer practice and dance recital. In addition to the tastings, we will also be putting together a seminar-style class for each month’s theme. Because of space limitations, these classes will not be open to walk-in customers and are only available to those that sign up for them (15 people MAX). Classes will be free of charge, unless otherwise stated, and will take place on either a Thursday or a Friday night.
Here is a list of the themes for each month.. Read More about 2014 Tasting (and Seminar) Series
Mezcal is an amazing spirit that remains fairly mysterious. There seems to be a persisting association with tequila – and it is made from agave – but the difference is extreme. The price tends to be a little extreme too, so it is no wonder that people shy away from fine Mezcal.
The best association, with a known category, is with Islay Scotch Whisky. The smoky characteristic is what most people immediately think of when ‘Islay’ is mentioned and the same should be so for Mezcal.
At this special tasting event world class, single village Mezcals will be sampled and discussed along side a familiar selection of Islay Whisky.
The tasting will take place on Friday, November 8th.
To whom this may concern,
The truth is that Bourbon, like single malt Scotch, is getting harder and harder to come by, becoming more expensive, or a bit of both. This is not the case because production is slowing down, but because demand is growing. I can remember a time, even in the 6 years I have been working here, when we would get a mixed case of Pappy Van Winkle bourbons, a case each of the Rip Van Winkle bourbons, a six-pack of the Eagle Rare 17yr, and etc. (or more commonly known as the Antique Collection). But times have changed and with each passing year our allocation of the Antique Coll. bourbons is getting smaller; last year we received a total of 12 bottles mixed and matched between all the different bourbons. We still haven’t received our allocation yet, but we are crossing our fingers that it is as “good” as last years. Unfortunately this sad tale isn’t about the Antique Coll., but instead about WL Weller 12yr. Read More about A Letter in a Bottle
Our annual Oktoberfest Beer Tasting is just around the corner, this Saturday from 1-5pm to be exact, and it’s going to be better than ever. With over 35 beers to sample from that will pair brilliantly with the fatty brats and sausages that we will be grilling, this is an event not to be missed. As always this is a FREE event so the more friends and family members you bring, the more fun we will all have. Hope to see everyone there!! PROST!!