August 11, 2022
Get Ready for a Bustling Twin Cities Weekend!
There are festivals unfolding left and right: IndiaFest all day Saturday at the State Capitol Grounds, Nershfest at Inbound Brewing, the Downtown Minneapolis Street Art Festival, and so much more. Once you've done the hard part (figuring
out your social calendar), rest-assured knowing that NLW&S has the perfect beverage for any occasion! It's also time for bountiful veggie harvests, leading to lovely libations.
Summer Harvest
Farmers' Markets are in full swing. Let's have some fun and use all those delicious fresh vegetables — our favorite solution is undoubtedly harvest craft cocktails!
Corn Vixen
1.5 oz Reposado Tequila
1 oz Lustau Fino Sherry
.75 oz Champagne Corn Cob Syrup
Lemon Twist, for garnishing

Add all ingredients into a rocks glass with ice and stir to chill. Garnish with a lemon twist.
Instructions for Champagne Corn Cob Syrup: Combine 1 cup sugar, 1 cup water, 2 cups flat sparkling wine, 3 corn cobs, and 3 cracked cardamom pods into a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 30 minutes. Let cool, then fine-strain into a container. Refrigerate and enjoy for up to a week.
Caprese Cocktail
Use the fruits of your labor! Try making tomato water as the base for a super-tasty, refreshing Caprese Cocktail

1.5 oz Norseman Vapor infused Gin
.5 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
.5 oz Simple Syrup
1 oz Tomato water
1 pinch of Pink Himalayan sea salt
3 Basil Leaves ripped and shaken
Skewered Garnish:
1 Fresh Mozzarella Pearls
1 Cherry Tomato
1 Basil Leaf
Sink - 1 dash of Balsamic Vinegar
Instructions for Caprese Cocktail: Tomato water - cut up the tomato and strain through cheesecloth or fine mesh. It should be an opaque clearish liquid (not red). Next, rip three basil leaves and throw into your shaker. Add gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, the tomato water and Himalayan sea salt. Give it a brief shake. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a dash of balsamic vinegar and the skewered cherry
tomato, mozzarella pearl and basil leaf.
Indian Spirits We Love
"In the spirit" of IndiaFest, we're featuring our favorite Indian spirits on the shelves!
Hapusa Dry Gin
"Hapusa" (juniper in Sanskrit) is a uniquely Indian gin distilled with foraged Himalayan juniper and local botanicals. Let your taste buds roam - from the Himalayan pine forests, to the banks of the Hooghly River, and the spice farms of Goa.
Rampur Select Single
Malt Whiskey
Rampur is a hand-crafted whiskey from India's oldest distillery, aged in oak in the Himalayan foothills. The region's polar opposite climate conditions - with the high temperatures of the famous Indian summer speeding up the aging process - lend added flavor, dimension and depth.
Paul John Whiskey
These Paul John Whiskeys,"Brilliance" and "Bold," are made from 6 Row Barley and distilled with water from Goa, sourced from rain-fed underground tables of water. The barley is grown in the Himalayan foothills, resulting in higher protein and tannin levels that lend a distinctive robustness. "Brilliance" is matured in bourbon casks and left unpeated. "Bold" is a peated whiskey made of 100% malted barley and aged in bourbon barrels for more than 6 years. "Bold" is a perfect alternative for Islay Scotch drinkers.
Friday Tasting Table
August 12, 4 - 8 pm
Join us for a free, outdoor wine tasting this Friday, led by Eleanor
of Rootstock!
6oz Pour - Wine Education Class
The World of Wine -
A Perpetual Tasting
Sunday, August 14, 3 pm
($60 per ticket)
Join us in our cellar for an educational extravaganza led by Doug Hultgren of 6oz Pour.
To reserve your seat, click the link below!
New Items This Week
Untitled Art Seltzers ($16.99)
Lupulin Campfire Munchies $18.99)
Lupulin Oktoberfest Marzen Style Lager ($10.99)
Schell's Oktoberfest ($8.99)
Fulton Moon Howler ($14.99)
Fair State festbier ($11.99)
Fair State Thank You For Not Discussing The Outside World ($11.99)
Fair State Hack The Gibson ($14.99)
Humble Forager Coastal Sunshine ($18.99)
Omission Ultimate Wheat Ale - Gluten Reduced ($10.99)
War Pigs Variety 12-Pack ($23.99)

Old Duff Single Malt Genever ($52.99)
Herb Garden Lemon Verbena and Juniper Gin ($49.99)
Sweethaven Tonics ($14.99)
Amaras Mezcal Verde ($32.99) 
El Destilador Tequila Reposado ($32.99)
Jack Daniels Single Barrel Select ($56.99) 

2019 Three Wine Company Gather Red Blend ($15.99)
2020 Ocnautic Cabernet Sauvignon ( $15.99)
BioKult Naken Pet Nat ($21.99)
2019 Chai de Bordes Bordeaux Blanc ($11.99)
2011 Chateau Belle-Vue Le Chateau ($76.99)
2021 Rousseau Feres Touraine Noble Joue Rosé ($21.99)
2021 Cantele Negroamaro Rosato ($19.99)
2021 Mahu Sauvignon Blanc ($11.99)
2020 The Language of Yes Syrah ($44.99)
2021 The Language of Yes Granach ($44.99)
2018 Chateau Les Conquetes Bordeaux Superieur Rouge ($13.99)
2021 Commanderie Bargemone Rosé ($21.99)
2021 Feudo Montoni Nerello Mascalese Rosé di Adele ($27.99)
Staff Picks - What to Drink This Week
Try these special, staff-selected wines!

Division Wine Company, Seeohtoo, Carbonic Red Blend, Oregon - $27.99
After attending our Division Winemaker event, my taste buds were dancing from all of Tom Monroe's delicious 2021 releases. My unexpected favorite was the juicy red blend "Seeohtoo" (CO2 pun), which is vinified using carbonic maceration — a whole cluster fermentation process that amps up a wine's fruitiness while softening its tannins. This blend is 75% Sangiovese and 25% Pinot Noir, and the juicy juice is strawberry forward with subtle spice and earthiness. Meant to be fun, lighthearted and served with a chill, this summertime red is the perfect accompaniment for poolside hotdogs or burgers. Party on! 
- Kat

2021 Rousseau Frères Touraine Noble-Joue Rosé - $21.99
Hailing from the smallest appellation in the Loire and comprised of only 80 acres, rosé from the Touraine Noble-Joue AOC is made up of a trifecta of Pinots; 50% Pinot Meunier, to provide structure, 35% Pinot Gris brings fruitiness and 15% Pinot Noir adds finesse. All the grapes are farmed organically by the fourth generation of Rousseau brothers just south of the city of Tours. Highly aromatic with notes of red berries and violets, it makes a great aperitif and pairs perfectly with summer salads and fish!
- Angie

Champagne R. Pouillon Solera Extra Brut, Maeuil-sur-Ay - $96.99
Born as an experiment to highlight exceptional terrior by minimizing vintage variation, this unique Champagne impresses with complexity and refreshment. Thirty percent of each year's blend comes from a solera going back to 1997. The wine instantly offers up bright and zesty ripe orchard fruit combined with vinous oxidative notes highlighting an oyster shell and saline finish. The deft balance of true depth and seamless freshness
is remarkable. A must try for Champagne lovers.

2021 Feudo Montoni, Nerello Mascalese, Rosé di Adele - $27.99
Feudo Montoni has quickly become one of the shop's favorite Sicilian wineries. Their history dates back centuries, but the philosophy of viticulture has remained the same. "Our wines are manipulated as little as possible by human intervention," says proprietor Fabio Sireci of his family's methods. The winery is certified organic and they only use indigenous varietals, one of which is Nerello Mascalese. Nerello makes an interesting rose as a red varietal that draws elements of citrus fruit, notably blood orange. The 2021 vintage bottling shows pretty aromas of wild roses and strawberries. The palate has a rich vinous quality to it showing pithy blood orange fruit with fermented orange marmalade balanced with sweet tannin.
Try this wine with walleye fillets and summer vegetables.

2019 Tortoise Creek Clarksburg Merlot - $16.99
A great summer grilling wine paired with burgers and smoked meats as well as summer pastas. This wine has a fresh bright nose full of berries and herbs. It is round and full-bodied with rich, ripe flavors of cherry and blackberry. The tannins come in soft on the finish. The grapes are farmed sustainably. This wine does see a little time in a mix of French and American oak, but this does not overpower the fruit's freshness. I think it's time everyone gives Merlot a shot and this is a good one to start with. 

2019 A La Carte, Pinot Noir, North Coast - $17.99
From cool climate vineyards on California's north coast, this is a perfect choice for the "light red" selection of any gathering. This easy drinking Pinot Noir offers enticing aromas of sweet baking spices that lead to a palate of light juicy cherry, boysenberry, raspberry, red licorice and vanilla lifted by bright acidity. Enjoy as a reception wine alone, with appetizers, or matched with light pasta, chicken or salmon dishes for dinner. Cheers!

2020 Granbazán Etiqueta Amber, Albariño, Riax Baixas (Galicia/Spain) -
(James Suckling 93 points) $29.99 
Galicia is the fascinating NW coastal corner of Spain tucked under France and the U.K. with a cooler climate - average temperature 55°F - than hotter Spain. Famous as the end-destination of Santiago de Compostela pilgrims, Galicia is also the source of world-class Albariño grapes resulting in equally delicious wines. Case in point is Granbazán’s Etiqueta Ambar Albariño, the flagship offering of a pioneering winery ahead of its competition. With an aromatic rich nose and the grape’s characteristic honey and peach/ stone fruit profile, this fabulously balanced white wine is overlaid with tropical notes of citrus backed by steely minerality. Enjoy its persistent flavors and long finish; better appreciated when the vine is off-chill. During a once-in-a-lifetime visit to a Galician ocean-side hilltop, our student group experienced fresh sardines grilled over a low open fire while dancing and imbibing the local wines and spirits, inspiring current dreams of a future pilgrimage. But in the meanwhile. . . 
- Karen
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The Team at North Loop Wine & Spirits