Thursday February 3rd, 2022
Happy Lunar New Year, Black History Month, Olympic Games, Groundhog Day,
Let's Celebrate it's February!
This Week: In honor of Black History Month, we turn our gaze to the Black-owned & operated distilleries represented in our store. Our favorites are featured below. Stay tuned for our upcoming features on Black-owned wineries.
As you watch the Olympic games, be festive and grab a bottle of Baijiu! Our suggestion is the Ganbei Baijiu - a celebratory Chinese spirit that is crisp and full-bodied, with subtle earthy notes of stone fruit & elderflower. 'Ganbei' is Mandarin for 'cheers,' and hopefully there are plenty of cheers-worthy, celebratorial moments while watching the 2022 Olympics!

Baby It's Cold Outside
-February Wine & Chocolate Survival Kit-

Nothing lifts your mood faster than a curated combination of wine and chocolates, especially when the chocolates are free. Sip on Buehler's fourth generation, family owned Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, enjoy refreshing Prosecco from Biagio in Italy, and delight in the Salted Caramel morsels from local chocolaterie Droolin' Moose.

This kit makes the perfect gift for loved ones to enjoy a romance filled evening, or a cold weather pick me up on a Netflix night in.

Just $49.99
Available for pick-up, no preorder necessary

The Wine Workshop is launching three new Somm Kits! These kits include three wines (discounted) and an educational video featuring the beloved Jason Kallsen.

Winter Reds
Famille De Boel - Assiégés Côtes du Rhône
Jeff Runquist - 1448 Red Blend
Viña Maquis - Cabernet Franc Gran Reserva

Winter Whites
Bernard et Christophe Richel - Savoie Apremont
Tomada de Castro - Rías Baixas Albarino
Au Bon Climat - Santa Barbara Chardonnay

L'Idiot of Languedoc
Maison Ventenac - Colombard Marie
Maison Ventenac - Grenache Le Paria
Maison Ventenac - Merlot L'Idiot
Ten To One
Ten to One Rum wants to bring the conversation of rum into the future, beyond its complicated history to create a compelling and creative narrative of Caribbean culture with the world. Drawing on the rich heritage found in the island life he grew up in, Trinidad native Marc-Kwesi Farrell created ultra-premium rums to challenge how people experience, taste and talk about rum. These are not the rums of the sweet, slushie daiquiri-ed past, but rich, flavorful rums for your favorite cocktails or to be sipped with friends.
Du Nord
Du Nord Social Spirits was started by Chris Montana, a former lawyer, and his spouse Shanelle in Minneapolis. They started with gin and vodka, expanding into other spirits and liqueurs along the way. Their spirits sales support their Du Nord Foundation which helps to fight racial inequalities and builds economic justice, helping entrepreneurs and business leaders of color. Du Nord wants you to "Do Good While Drinking Better".
Uncle Nearest
Owner and CEO Fawn Weaver created Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskeys to build on the legacy of the many who taught Jack Daniels how to make whiskey. Nathan "Nearest" Green started distilling whiskey for a reverend while still a slave, and continued right through abolition on the Call Farm in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Many believe he is the man who perfected the "Lincoln County Process" which requires whiskey to be filtered through maple charcoal prior to aging. And while Uncle Nearest is no longer with us, his great-great-granddaughter is a master distiller in the company, blending whiskey for a new generation.
Revel Avila
As a hand-tended farm to bottle company, Revel Spirits aims to provide for the farmers and Jimadores that work with them and support the larger community in the Morelos region of Mexico - a region with ideal volcanic soils, humidity, and elevation for growing delicious agave. Their 100% agave spirits are grown out of the traditions of Tequila, utilizing the rich history and knowledge of the distillers in the region. Revel Avila is a hybrid spirit - a slightly smokey tequila. They roast and steam the tequila - combining Mezcal and Tequila making processes. Micah McFarlane, CEO, and his partner chef Hector Ruiz created this line of agave spirits to spread their love of agave and Mexico and support their philanthropic goals, giving back to provide "Positive Social Consciousness"
Cocktail Of The Week:
Bizzy Izzy

The first ever African-American to pen a cocktail book was Tom Bullock in the year of 1917 — a time when bartending was a desirable job reserved nearly exclusively for white men. The Bizzy Izzy is a refreshing Sherry-focused cocktail to enjoy this February!
1.25oz Oloroso Sherry
1oz 100-Proof Bourbon
.5oz Simple Syrup (or Demerara Syrup)
.5oz Pineapple Juice
.5oz Lemon Juice
3oz Soda Water
Maraschino Cherry and Pineapple, for garnishing
First combine Sherry, Bourbon, Syrup, pineapple, and lemon juice into a shaker. Shake vigorously to combine, then strain into an ice-filled glass. Top with soda water and garnish with cherry and pineapple.
Staff Picks: What to Drink This Week
Things our staff thinks you should drink!

2018 Brown Estates House of Brown Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California - $23.99
Brown Estates Winery is the first and only Black-owned winery in Napa. In 1980, the Brown family purchased and rehabilitated an abandoned ranch in the eastern hills of Napa Valley and began growing and selling grapes to some heavy hitters in Napa. Their three children officially established the Brown Estate label in 1996. Most well-known for their Zinfandel, this Chardonnay is no sleeper! Pineapple, starfruit, and guava with secondary notes of flowering star jasmine, orange blossoms, and traces of honeysuckle, lemon verbena, and meringue. Light, crisp, elegant, and juicy on the palate with a bright, yet round mouthfeel. Made from sustainably grown wine grapes with small amounts of naturally occurring and added sulfites.

2018 Jean-Paul & Benoit Droin Chablis - $38.99
This Chardonnay from the Droin brothers (one of the greatest producers in Chablis) always overdelivers for the price. The 2018 is drinking perfectly, showing a little more richness than it usually does due to the ripeness of this epic Chablis vintage. Pretty aromatics of honeysuckle and lemon jump out of the glass. The medium bodied palate shows great minerality with yellow apple notes and a long finish. Great for aperitif and an easy pair with shellfish or a roasted chicken. 

2018 Avalanche Rouge, Valais Switzerland - $29.99
This new addition to our shelves is also another installment in our great global Pinot Noir collection. Made from 100% Pinot Noir grapes sourced from limestone vineyards high in the Swiss Alps, this wine exhibits bright, cherry flavor and abundant spice. Its overall impression is clean, precise and refreshing. Although initially soft and inviting, the tannic core maintains through the finnish.

2020 Vina Maitia 'Weon' Carignan, Maule Valley - $16.99
When people start insisting Chile is the "best value in wine," I typically zone out and turn my thoughts to red blends of the Loire Valley or Rosso's of the Piedmont. However, the delicious value of this Carignan is undeniable. The secret weapon could well be David Marcel, a French winemaker who moved to South America to be with his Chileño bride. This organic Carignan comes from 60-year-old vines, and the juice is fermented with native yeasts in cement vats — creating the perfect balance of black fruits, peppery spice, and umami notes of earth and mushrooms. This Chilean Carignan made from heritage-old vines is proof that you CAN have it all, on any budget!

2015 Lunaria, Coste di Moro, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, Italy - $18.99
This full-bodied red wine is part of the 'Lunaria' series from the progressive co-operative winery, Cantina Orsogna. Dedicated to a true expression of "place" for grapes native to the East Central Italian region of Abruzzo, the Co-op is a collective of local grower/producers and is fully Organic and certified by Demeter as Biodynamic since 2005. This wine, currently being swirled in my glass, is 100% Montepulciano (not to be confused with the Tuscan hilltop village of Montepulciano, which is famous for its proprietary Sangiovese clone known as Vino Nobile) fermentated with native yeasts and aged in a combination of oak and stainless steel for 4 months before bottle aging further in the cellar. The result of this 2015 vintage is an expressive wine wafting with aromas of black cherry, and toasted oak. The palate is rich in black fruit, cocoa, vanilla, and cinnamon. It is all held together by tannins that are grippy yet supple. The finish is long and satisfyingly fruity. This is one of those great finds where you declare while drinking it, "Wow! I can't believe this is under 20 bucks." Highly recommended. Enjoy this wine with cured meats and aged hard cheeses.
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Cheers everyone!
-The Team at North Loop Wine & Spirits