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Weekly Update August 18: Social Media, New Releases, Craft Beer Alerts!

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     Ken & Norm’s Liquors is now back on Twitter with a whole new set of Staff Picks, Wine Reviews, and New Release Alerts.

New Wine Releases

     We continue to bring in as many spectacular wines from around the world and this week is no exception!  Just like Malbec that burst on the scene a few years ago as a single varietal, so too is happening with a few other grapes that have usually been components to regional blends: Albariño from Rias Baixas, Espania; Carricante and Nerello Mascalese from Sicily, Italia.  We now have:

  • Vionta Limited Release Albariño 2011, Rias Baixas, Spain
  • Kentai Albariño 2010, Rias Baixas, Spain
  • Tascante Buonora Carricante Bianco 2012, Sicilia, Italy
  • Tascante Ghiaia Nera Nerello Mascalese 2010, Sicilia, Italy

     Not to be outdone by the release of new varieties, the NxNW Winery hasNXNWCHARDONNAY2012
delivered a chardonnay from a little-known area of Washington’s Columbia Valley: The Benches of Horse Heaven Hills AVA*.  This 2012 vintage is hand-picked, whole-cluster pressed and slow fermented on-the-lees° for five months in barrels coopered of 80% American oak and 20% French oak.  Luscious and long on the palate with a cornucopia of tropical essences finishes with creamy vanilla and notes of smooth toffee.    Our Price: $12.99

*AVA = Authorized Viticultural Area.  The governing bodies of wine-making in the USA has recognized an AVA as having qualities necessary for wine grape production.

°Lees = The remnants of yeast cells after primary fermentation is complete.  The material can either float about or settle.  This imparts a creamy mouthfeel and a biscuit-like flavor.  The longer a wine rests “sur-lie” (French), the more intense the effect.

Craft Beer Releases

     Many of our favorite breweries are at the peak of releasing new batches as Oktoberfest draws nigh.  Available NOW from Ken & Norm’s, we are offering 750ml bottles of:

  • Stone Brewing Co. of Escondido, CA’s “RuinTen IPA”deschutesblackbuttexxvi
    • 10.8% ABV, 110(!) IBU
  • Deschutes Brewing of Bend, OR’s “Black Butte XXVI Birthday Reserve Porter”
    • 10.8% ABV
    • Special Note: Best AFTER 06/16/2015
  • Indeed Brewing Co. of Minneapolis, MN’s “Mexican Honey Imperial Lager”
    • 7.2% ABV, 17 IBU
  • Ommegang Brewery of Cooperstown, NY’s “Wild at Heart – Brewmaster’s Obsession Series American Wild Ale”
    • 8% ABV

Staff Picks:

  • Sergey’s Pick: McNab Ridge Cab Sauv 2012, Mendocino County, CA
  • Kate’s Pick: Anderra Sauv. Blanc, 2013,  Chile

  • Jason’s Pick: Still the Henry McKenna 10yr Single Barrel

Updated: August 20, 2014 — 3:44 PM

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