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A Larry Home Companion: Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Friday, March 17, 2017 4:17:44 PM America/Los_Angeles

Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhuit!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from your friends at Metro Liquor Brentwood! We may have just the thing to put you in the spirit of the day!



Hugely popular! Well actually, Jameson Irish Whiskey is the most popular Irish whiskey on the planet earth! Rated 95 point in, infamous whisky critic, Jim Murray’s popular, Whisky Bible! The family motto on every bottle of Jameson is “SINE METU,” without fear, and after two or three shots of Jameson that my friend is exactly what you will be!




You may have heard of the Black Bush but have lost many a night’s sleep, thinking about it! What is it, you may have even pondered, where can I find this Black Bush? Well let me tell you this; it is one of the finest elixirs a man or woman can aspire to consume! It is Irish whiskey of the first order! A rich, dark blend of triple-distilled single malt, aged in Oloroso sherry casks for 10 years then blended with the finest grain whiskey known to man. Perhaps it’s time to go out and get a bottle or two!




Mitchell & Son Green Spot is one of few “whiskey bonder brands” to survived into the 21 st century. The family had a small store in the heart of Dublin and in 1867 started selling a range of whiskey under their “spot brand name.” The name originated from the family practice of marking casks of different aged whiskey with a spot of paint. There was blue spot, red spot, yellow spot and green spot but today only green and yellow still exist. Green Spot is the Brigadoon of Irish whiskey! For several years, Green Spot was rumored to exist but nobody on this side of the Rockies had ever seen a bottle, until one dark and stormy night while hunkered down in a dowdy bar in Vancouver, I spied a bottle! It was love at first sip!




Made from a mash of malted and unmalted barley, then triple distilled using the Signature Powers Pot Still and matured in American bourbon barrels and first fill Oloroso Sherry butts, a glass or two will have you believing in the little people!



--Larry Arnold, Senior Metro Product Consultant

Posted in A Larry Home Companion By Larry Arnold

The Week in Alcohol, March 17

Friday, March 17, 2017 12:12:29 PM America/Los_Angeles

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The Week in Alcohol, March 3

Friday, March 3, 2017 8:10:36 PM America/Los_Angeles

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White wines you need to try!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 3:22:30 PM America/Los_Angeles

By Doug Sloan

Put down that glass of Chardonnay! Forget about trendy Sauvignon Blanc! Take your taste buds on a white wine adventure!

Zuccardi was founded in 1963 by Alberto Zuccardi. In those times, he began planting vines in Maipú (province of Mendoza), experimenting with an irrigation system of his own creation based on a method used in California. By September 2007 Decanter magazine was acknowledging José Alberto and Sebastián Zuccardi as being among the five most influential personalities in the Argentine wine scene.

Zuccardi Serie A Torrontes (132035) $16.90 shows a delicate and unique nose, full of white flowers, roses and lemon blossoms. As it opens in the glass it captivates with notes of mature white fruits and citrus zest. Like a rich Sauvignon Blanc it is well structured with a lively acidity but remains centred around the aromatic intensity and remarkably rich finish.

Moschofilero is an aromatic white grape with a pink/purple skin and quite spicy flavor and bright acidity. Grown throughout much of Greece and primarily in Peloponnese where it is traditionally used to make a dry and bold wine with much spice and perfume. It is characterized by a “rose garden’ bouquet and is usually paired with fresh fruit or fruit-based desserts.

Grown in their Mantinia vineyards in the Pelloponesian Penisnsula south west of Athens Boutari Moschofilero (177154) $18.00 boasts an intense floral and fruity bouquet dominated by aromas of white rose, melon and citrus. The flavours are a medley of orange blossom, grapefruit with subtle hints of tangerine.

Dick & Shona Lancaster purchased their 7 acre Naramata Bench vineyard in 2000 and got to work right away planting more vines. By 2006 they had built Black Widow Winery and released their first single vineyard wines. Today their production averages 2,200 cases/year – all from grapes grown on the Naramata Bench within a short walk of the winery.

An off-dry Okanagan Valley blend of Schonburger, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris wine grapes Black Widow Oasis (506907) $19.75 exudes a medley of ripe tropical fruitiness. Honeyed melon, kiwi, lychee and pretty strawberry and rose petal flavours overflow on the palate.

Fontanafredda is the single largest contiguous estate in Piedmont, Italy with over 305 acres of land, including 210 acres of vineyards in the Serralunga, Barolo and Diano d’ Alba communes. All estate vineyards are farmed without the use of chemicals, and the property is home to a bio-natural reserve, a safe and sustainable refuge for a wide array of local flora and fauna.

One of Italy’s most fashionable whites Fontanafredda Gavi (224709) $22.35 is made from 100 percent Cortese wine grapes and renowned for its acute dryness and fresh, flinty acidity. It has a full, delicate, elegant bouquet which brings flowers and fresh fruit to mind – lemons, lilies of the valley and green apples. Bright and sassy on first sip, it develops a chalky minerality as it warms up on the tongue.

A hybrid grape developed specifically for Vancouver Islands coastal climate, grown in their vineyard outside of Mill Bay, Unsworth Vineyards Vintner’s Selection signifies a wine of exceptional quality and distinction, crafted from hand selected Cowichan Valley fruit. This limited release wine highlight the exceptional character of Vancouver Island’s unique terroir.

On the nose Unsworth Petit Milo (610253) $24.10 is reminiscent of ripe pink grapefruit, highlighted with aromas of white peach and lime. The palate reveals depth and richness with flavours of hard lemon candy and hints of guava. Made from 100 per cent Petit Milo grapes, this wine highlights the exceptional character of our region’s unique terroir with elegant aromatics and seductive tropical fruit finish.

Okanagan-based winemaker Matt Dumayne is crafting exceptional wines, working with owners Layne Robert Craig and Brenda Hetman-Craig at 40 Knots Estate Winery in Comox. Veering seriously towards natural, non-interventionist winemaking, the results are as fascinating as they are astonishing.

New and very much in a class of its own 40 Knots L’Orange Schonberger (780221) $35.00 harks back to traditional natural winemaking methods. Using absolutely no additives, this Schonberger was kept on skins for fermentation and aging, creating a white wine with a deeply orange colour, surprisingly brisk tannins, a sturdy structure and immense complexity. Under a nutty almost sherried dried apricot set of flavours, there are undertones of honeysuckle and a bouquet of savoury fennel and olive subtleties.

Posted By Anthony Walsh

Full of Zip and Zing - Red Zinfandel

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 3:19:57 PM America/Los_Angeles

By Doug Sloan

If you’re looking for those pink California wines known as White Zinfandel, you won’t find them here.

Once virtually a California speciality red wine, fine and fruity red Zinfandels are showing up from quite a variety of places, today. Although California wines still tend to dominate the available selections.

In France there is a long tradition of négociants – wineries who have few if any of their own vineyards but acquire grapes or even partially finished wines from independent growers, as well as commercial wineries. Sebastiani & Sons have evolved into one of California’s most dependable négociants.

Pepperwood Grove Old Vine Zinfandel (406132) $11.70 comes from Don Sebastiani & Sons. Made from 100 per cent old vine zinfandel grapes it shows off a medley of berry fruit flavours and aromas – raspberry, blackberry, ripe plum, prune and dried figs are most obvious. Under the fruit, there are tantalizing notes of vanilla and caramel – and at an unbelievably affordable price.

Happiest in hot climates, Zinfandel has only recently been recognized as a viable and vivacious addition to Okanagan wine grape growers’ vineyards. Some of the fruit is even ‘imported’ to Vancouver Island by inquisitive winemakers.

Smack in the middle of the Saanich Peninsula on southern Vancouver Island de Vine Vineyards sits on a south-facing ridge-top, with good exposure and a steady ocean breeze. The soil is shallow clay-loam with plenty of rocks for drainage.

Each year, de Vine Vineyards makes approximately 2000 cases, specializing in organically processed wine. Grapes grown in Oliver B.C. and aged in both French and American Oak give de Vine Zinfandel (75770) $21.49 richness and balance. Black cherry, chocolate and vanilla flavours predominate with a hint of cinnamon and cloves.

Owned by Colleen Ferguson and Janet Watts, Great Northern Vineyards is located on the bench above the Similkameen River in Cawston, in British Columbia’s Similkameen Valley. The soils are predominantly river rock, adding to the mineral complexity shown in this wine.

Kettle Valley Great Northern Vineyards Zinfandel (742791) $21.90 opens up with spicy aromas of black plums and new leather, slides into intense flavours of plum, black cherry and blackberry. The seductive sweetness of that first sip gives way to an earthy spiciness.

Primitivo is one of Southern Italy’s leading red grapes. Its origins date back to the 18th century and to the Dalmatian Coast. At some point it was brought to Puglia in the heel of the boot of Italy. Wine historians speculate that the vines were brought to California around the same time.

According to its winemakers The Layer Cake Primitivo (153221) $23.15 comes right at you with huge inky black fruit, spice and white pepper. Layered and rich in the mouth with jammy black cherries, truffles, espresso and a dense, creamy texture over hints of earth and chalky minerality.

After a lengthy and typical French administrative struggle, Louis-Marie Teisserenc of Domaine de l’Arjolle in the hills Côtes de Thongue, west of Montpellier finally was permitted to plant 4000 root stocks in the sandy limestone soils of De L’Arjolle’s vineyards in 1996.

De L’Arjolle Zinfandel (822825) $25.85 comes from the only hectare of Zinfandel in France. Dark purple red, it is redolent of blueberry and blackberry fruit with subtle notes of liquorice and cloves and interesting undernotes of geranium. And so perfectly dry for a Zin!

Arguably the best balanced California Zinfandels come from carefully selected Napa Valley vineyards chosen specifically for their distinctive terroir imprints, with an emphasis on showcasing the intensity and depth of dry-farmed old vines.

T-Vine Napa Valley Zinfandel (68999) $27.69 oozes elegant cranberry and blackberry dark fruit aromas and flavors, with spicy accents and berry fruit highlights, laced with hints of caramel and dark chocolate.

Located inland of Sacramento along the San Joaquin and Sacramento River Delta, the Lodi valley stretches west from the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Known for its jammy, juicy wines, Lodi is arguably California`s finest Zinfandel country, responsible for nearly one-third of California’s production.

The Old Ghost (815209) $54.99 represents the best Lodi Zinfandel that Klinker Brick produces each year. Brambleberry fruit aromas intermingled with anise, clove and exotic spice, echo previous vintages. Smaller berries harvested from this vineyard block, tend to offer more “skin to flesh,” providing a greater level of smooth yet firm tannin and structure to this wine.

Posted By Anthony Walsh
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