Happy New Year

Happy New Year from The Wine Source!

With gratitude for 2022 and hope for 2023, we wish you the best, Baltimore! Below is a collection of a few year-end staff picks and pro tips to ring in the new year.

Lauren Loeffler - Wine Department

Mouzon-Leroux "l'Incandescent" Rose de Saignee Extra Brut NV ($99.99) 100% Pinot Noir that sees 28 hours maceration and 30 months on the lees - this is a Champagne ready to take on a bone-in ribeye.

Regalis Caviar Baerii ($79.99 / 1oz. ) : ...why not kick off the new year in style with something briny and absolutely luxurious? Check it off your bucket list for 2022 and 2023.

Kasimir Bujak - Wine Department

Famille Dupont Cidre Cydon ($20.99/750ML) Delicious Normandy cider made from a 60/40 blend of Apples and Quinces. A perfect melding of sweet, funky, tart and fruity, at only 5% alcohol.

Andrew Sayers - Wine Department

Sabine Godme Rosé Champagne ($49.99 | SALE: $39.99): Ripe and fruity aromatics with a dry and refreshing finish. Truly stunning. Nothing else even comes close at this price!

Brabander Gouda ($29.99 / lb) : Complex yet crowd-pleasing cheese with amazing texture.

Dan Zetlmeisl - Wine Department

Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs Brut ($44.99 | SALE: $35.99) - Traditional method sparkling wine made from California chardonnay. Toasty and delicious.

Cigar City "Jai Alai" India Pale Ale ($19.99/12-pack) Crisp and hoppy with bitterness balanced by a malty backbone.

Basil Hayden Kentucky Straight Bourbon ($44.99 | SALE: $39.99) Sweet and strong...great for mixing or sipping.

Zingerman's Creamery Pimento Cheese Spread ($8.99) Spicy and spreadable- perfect for crackers or slamwiches!

Sheena Callage - Wine Department

Tenimenti Spinanti Sisto V Pecorino Spumante ($15.99) This makes think of citrus and minerality effortlessly waltzing in a sunlit blossoming orchard. Delightfully easy!

Callie Cinque - Cheese/Wine Departments

Waris-Larmandier Racines de Trois ($64.99 | SALE: $49.99) This wine looks fun AND tastes fun. It’s true grower champagne that’s drinkable, balanced, and downright delightful. 

Avonlea Clothbound Cheddar ($24.99/lb) Nutty, a little bit sweet, savory and satisfying. A fun texture and a good pairing for cold/any weather.

Fangst Danish Freshwater Trout ($8.99) Complete with an herb garnish on top when you open it, this tin selection feels and tastes like more of a centerpiece to the meal than a last minute aside.

Kit Zirschky - Cheese Department

Bollinger Champagne ($89.99 | SALE: $69.99)

Acetaia San Giacomo Panettone ($49.99): Dense, buttery bread with a hint of fruit, and a Champagne that could be described much the same way. If leftovers exist after New Year's Eve, we'll make Panettone French Toast for New Year's brunch. (With more Bollinger, naturally).

Caitlin O'Connor - Cheese Department

Spanish Gordal Olives ($17.99/lb)

Colston Bassett Stilton ($29.99/lb):

What I really want to do on New Year's Eve is stuff olives with blue cheese and have a martini. Gordal olives stuffed with a classic blue - Colton Bassett Stilton - feels right!

Drew Smoker - Beer Department

Peter Lauer’s Fass 17 Neuenberg Riesling ($54.99) 2020 was great for one thing and one thing only… Mosel Riesling. This Riesling shows a beautiful texture and a core of stony minerality - pairs well with joy or tears, victory or defeat… you decide!

Will O'Brien - Beer Department

Taittinger Champagne ($69.99 | SALE: $55.99) A superb and fairly priced classic Champagne that never disappoints.

Domaine Dupont Calvados Cream ($24.99 | SALE: $19.99) We have all heard of Bailey's, but, for an alternative and unique warming cream liqueur, try this fabulous Calvados-based cream liqueur from the renowned cider and Calvados producer, Dupont.

Downeast Winter Blend ($9.99 /4-Pack) Don't feel like mulling your own cider? This delicious, unfiltered cider has all the classic mulling spices already there, cinnamon, nutmeg and finished on toasted oak chips to round it out.

DLC Fresh Apple Cider ($8.99/Gallon) Only available during apple season, try this final batch of delicious fresh pressed cider from Distillery Lane Ciderworks Farm in Frederick MD. Excellent on its own as a refreshing non-alcoholic option, or warm things up by adding spices and bourbon!

Paul Gresko - Beer Department

Saison Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux Belgium ($12.99/750ML, $8.99/375ML)

Meredith Dairy Marinated Sheep & Goat Cheese ($10.99)

Chorizo el Rey ($39.99/lb)

This classic Belgian ale from Brasserie Dupont only comes around once a year and is a perfect pairing for food. When it comes to food, there is nothing better to me than a nice crusty loaf of bread slathered with marinated feta and topped with some delicious chorizo. Cheers! 

Andrew Thorp - Wine Department

Faniel et Fils 'Agapane' ($39.99)

Not the prettiest of labels, but great wine!

Dayna Palmer - Wine Department

Domaine Bechtold Pinot Gris 'Comme un Rouge' Grand Cru Engelberg Pinot Gris 2020 ($39.99)

Alsatian Pinot Gris made like a red: macerated with its skins. Pours the most gorgeous color of amber-pink. Blood orange, grapefruit & dried lily.

Jed Jenny - Beer Department

Drie Fonteinen Cuvee de Miel ($44.99/750ML)

Over recent months we've had access to some extremely rare offerings showcasing the innovation at Drie Fonteinen. Cuvee de Miel is a special treat incorporating honey at 2 phases in the process. Be sure to let this one open up, warm up, and breathe for the best expression.

Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale ($19.99/15PK)

It's sometimes too easy to overlook the classics. Robust in flavor but not too heavy, Dale's is such a satisfying hoppy beer, great for all occasions, and you get 15 of them!

Phil Romero - Beer Department

Chateau del ISH Non-Alcoholic Sparkling White ($23.99/750ML)

Using Pinot Blanc and Silvaner grapes, this lovely non-alcoholic bubbly is the perfect way to ring in the new year for those looking to abstain. Off dry, tart, with a nice level of acidity.

Matthew Supik - Beer/Wine Departments

Valdespino VOS Palo Cortado ($45.99/500ML)

Jamon Iberico de Bellota ($199.99/lb)