Beer and Wine Department
Beer and Wine Weekly Update, November 3, 2014
By Josh Downs, Beer and Wine Manager
The colder weather of late fall in Vermont is upon us. The cravings for rich stouts and deep red wines are beginning to outweigh those for lighter ales and crisp white wines. This shift in preference is already apparent here at City Market. Cabernets are flying off the shelves, and seasonal stouts and winter ales are already starting to pop up from various breweries. The seasonality of beer is a little strange. Summer beers were out before the temperatures reached the 70’s and Pumpkin Ales hit the shelves in July, both of which seem a little out of season. But the beer world moves at a fast pace. Thankfully, the colder climate of Vermont makes the timing of the winter releases seem more fitting. Some local breweries are switching up their winter seasonal selection a little as well, which is always exciting. Long Trail has put Hibernator on the backburner in order to put out “Sick Day” IPA, and Harpoon is putting out a Ginger variety of their UFO series. Both are delicious new twists on old favorites. Look forward to these and more as we move into winter time in the beer and wine world!
October Wine Picks for Under $10
Fall is officially here, and what better way to enjoy it with a couple of fantastic wines from Bordeaux, France. Both wines featured this month are from Chateaux de Legarde, which is the largest organic vineyard in Bordeaux, covering almost 450 acres. The wines are also Non-GMO Project Verified, so you can feel good about drinking them!
Les Hauts de Legarde Blanc-Sec is primarily Sauvignon Blanc, giving it a bright floral aroma with notes of citrus, apple and pear. This blend is well balanced with a slight minerality on the finish. It is great when paired with seafood, especially grilled salmon, and salads. Les Hauts de Legarde Rouge is a fruit forward blend, with notes of black currant and blackberry. A slight smokiness carries you straight through to a lightly oaked finish. It tastes great alongside pork, red meat, rich pasta dishes, and cheese.