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Andover Classic Wines dba Andover Liquors Grand Wine Tasting: A Case of Winners

February 1, 2013
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We had a great showing at our recent
Winter Grand Wine Tasting 2013.
Thanks to everyone who came and enjoyed the wines with us!
Out of nearly 40 wines, a case of
Twelve wines shone through as the victorious winners…
Try a bottle of each to receive a special case discount of 20%*

Or get 10% off on 6 wines from the tasting for a limited time only!*

*Offer expires Saturday, 2/9/13

Without further ado, here are the winning wines:

Feraud-Brunel 2009 Cotes-du-Rhone Villages … $16.99

One of the top Rhone producers, Feraud-Brunel has crafted one of our favorite Cotes-du-Rhones from the 2009 vintage.  It is at once quite ripe and yet very focused, with a graphite edge taking over quickly and harnessing the ample core of cherry, loganberry, and blackberry fruit flavors. The long, lavender-tinged finish courses along nicely with ample drive. 91 Points from Wine Spectator.

Ontanon 2009 Ecologico Rioja… $12.99

This certified organic 100% Tempranillo comes from a third generation winemaking family in the southern part of Rioja who have pioneered  organic winemaking in Spain.  Bright cherry and raspberry fruit flavors combine with a subtle element of sweet spice.  The well-structured mouthfeel and fine-tuned acidity give it some ageing potential but it is incredibly drinkable now.  This wine is food-friendly and pairs well with a variety of cheeses and cured meats as well as roasted pork, chicken, and vegetable dishes.

Pradio 2010 “Priara”  Pinot Grigio… $16.99

This Italian gem comes from a single vineyard in the Grave del Friuli where major yield reduction and meticulous grape selection have created a very classy expression of Pinot Grigio.  Totally unoaked, this straw yellow wine carries the beautiful mineral overtones from the gravelly soils of the vineyards through to the glass.  The nose is inviting and complex with notes of apples, pears, and flowers.  Several different yeasts were used, and this combined with partial malolactic fermentation (converting tart malic acid into softer lactic acid) and a long resting on noble lees (spent yeast cells) imparts the wine with a supple roundness.  This fresh, well-balanced wine with a very long finish is a wonderful example of Pinot Grigio from an excellent vintage.

Santa Cristina 2010 Toscana… $12.99

This Tuscan blend of Sangiovese and Merlot is approachable and fruit-laden.  Boasting cherry, raspberry, and floral aromas and flavors.  The finish on this straightforward red is not too complex, but it is tasty, refreshing, and moderately long.

Covitoro 2011 Cermeño Tinto Joven… $12.99

With a red vivid cherry color, this is a structured and well-balanced wine from Toro in Spain.  This young wine (“Joven” means young) is 100% Tinta de Toro, a local clone of Tempranillo.  There is ample fruit and structure here with tasty and persistent aromas and flavors of black and red fruits. It‘s the perfect everyday wine that comes to life when paired with tapas, lunch, dinner, and good company.

Murietta’s Well 2010  “The Spur” Red Blend… $23.99

A big, bold blend of 48% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Petit Verdot, 23% Malbec, 5% Syrah, “The Spur” celebrates the art of blending by combining the best grapes the vineyards have to offer to handcraft the most interesting and sumptuous blend possible.  This wine displays aromas and flavors of black cherry and blueberry, with hints of chocolate, anise, spice, and toasted oak.  Mature tannins and balanced acidity lead to a smooth, lingering finish.  Pair with roasted or grilled meats, red sauces, or rich cheeses.

L de Lyeth 2010 Merlot… $12.99

Sonoma County’s maritime proximity provides the stable, mild climate that is perfect for the production of premium Merlot.  This medium-bodied Merlot fills the front of the mid palate with fresh summer strawberries, blackberries, and plums.  The fine tannins are nicely integrated into the wine, making it approachable upon release and ready to drink now.

Li Veli 2010 Primonero… $10.99

An Italian blend of handpicked Primitivo (50%) and Negroamaro (50%) grown in clay and limestone, this is an incredible value wine.  It shows a deep ruby red with purple nuances in the glass. A delicate flowery bouquet follows fine and intense aromas of fresh fruit.  The hint of sweetness is balanced by the fresh acidity creating a soft and rich mouthfeel. Soft tannins and ripe fruit linger on the long finish.

Cantina Zaccagnini 2011 Pinot Grigio… $15.99

This classic dry Italian Pinot Grigio is pale yellow with green nuances and a very delicate bouquet.  The aromas of fresh citrus and peach pit are extremely pleasant. This is a very fine, elegant wine with excellent freshness and a well-balanced finish.

Donati Family Vineyard 2007 Merlot… $17.99

This award winning Merlot has aged for a few years and is developing into an incredibly complex and beautiful wine.  Aromas of coffee and cocoa lead to cherry and cassis notes.  Aged for 20 months in barrel, this is a mocha and cinnamon-inflected Merlot with cherry fruit on both the nose and palate, plus hints of leather and cedar box on the finish thanks to the few years of bottle age.  The tannins are well integrated and balanced by bright acidity.

Marchesi di Barolo 2011 Barbera del Monferrato… $12.99

This amazing value Barbera is a dark, succulent red wine that exudes black cherry, blackberry, and violet aromas and flavors. It is pure and focused, with a long aftertaste of sweet fruit, flowers, and spice.  Drink now through 2016. 90 Points from Wine Spectator.

Tonjum Cellars 2011 “Different Drummer” Pinot Noir… $14.99

This palate-friendly, crowd-pleasing Pinot Noir has dark berry, cherry, and ripe plum aromas. It has delicious flavors of strawberry, raspberry, and cherry cola on the full and rich palate, picking up savory hints of oaky spice on the lengthy finish.  An easy-drinking and affordable Pinot Noir not to be missed!

Cheers!

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Our Favorite Wines of 2012

December 27, 2012
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Our Favorite Wines of 2012

So many wines, so little time!

At the end of each year we put together a list of some of the best wines that we have had the privilege of tasting over the course of the year.

Given the abundance of great wines out there, it’s never easy to decide on a few favorites,
and with more and more fantastic wines available on the market every day, it’s only getting harder to narrow down the list.

But we put our heads together, made the tough calls, and came out with a phenomenal list! We hope that our wine notes will inspire you to stop in and try some of the wines for yourself, and get for your loves ones this holiday season.

To check out the list, Click Here!

Buy one of each and you’ve instantly got a mixed case of our favorites and you’ll receive a 15% discount!

Cheers, and Happy New Year!

Andrea DiFiore, Wine Manager & Store Manager
Maggie Griset, Assistant Wine Manager

Andover Liquors’ Fall Grand Tasting: The Winning Wines

November 14, 2012

A big thanks to everyone who came out to our Fall Grand Tasting!

The lineup was fantastic, but six wines stood out as the top sellers.

Over 400 people cast their votes, and the Top 6 Wines Are…

#6- Laporte “Le Bouquet” Sauvignon Blanc…$15.99
#5- Foppiano “Lot 96” Petite Sirah…$11.99
#4- Chateau Les Arqueys Bordeaux…$11.99
#3- Lechuza Garnacha…$10.99
#2- Saint Andre de Figuiere Rouge…$12.99
#1- Penya Vin de Pays Rouge…$10.99

All these wines (and more gems from the Grand Tasting) are still available at Andover Liquors.  If you didn’t make it to the tasting or can’t remember what these wines were like, come on down to Andover Liquors!  Our knowledgeable staff is more than happy to help you find the right wine for every occasion.

Cheers, and thanks for tasting!

Andover Liquors’ Thanksgiving Highlights

November 12, 2012

Here are a few of Andover Liquors’ favorite wine picks for Thanksgiving!

White:  Ponzi 2011 Pinot Gris:    $14.99

Quince, magnolia, nutmeg, pear, vanilla and green apple are just a few of the layered aromatics in the nose. The palate is key lime pie, white peach, honey and minerality within a brilliant frame of acidity.  Honeysuckle and orange blossom waft throughout and carry through to a satisfyingly juicy & persistent finish. A perfect companion for turkey, appetizers, and a wide variety of cheeses!

Red:  Walnut City 2010 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir:   $21.99

This small production Oregon Pinot Noir is a great addition to your holiday table. Purple flowers, dried herbs and wet earth open the bouquet, gradually giving way to tart cherry, raspberry and rhubarb. Bright acidity and tart red fruit dominate the palate, with hints of dried herbs and nutmeg.  Pair with your main dish, apple pie, turkey leftovers, or enjoy it by itself!

Something Special:  Robert Sinskey 2011 Abraxas Vin de Terroir:   $39.99

This very special white wine vibrates with life; It is a pure, true, and honest representation of the cool 2011 vintage from Robert Sinskey Vineyard’s organic and Biodynamic Sonoma vineyards. The wine has vibrant and bright notes of lime, Asian pear, lychee and minerality with a beautiful mid-palate weight that sings with a broad range of cuisine. This blend is the sum of beautifully crafted parts – full-bodied pear scented Pinot Gris, crisp, melon kissed Pinot Blanc, stone fruit Riesling, and a delicate, aromatic hint of rose and lychee from Gewürztraminer all come together for a wine that satisfies all the senses.  Enjoy with anything!

Cheers, and Happy Holidays!

The Lowell Sun’s “Wine Novice” Pays Andover Liquors a Visit

September 27, 2012
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Andrea has the knowledge & passion to find the perfect wine for your next occasion!

We are proud to announce that Andover Liquors’ own Andrea DiFiore, Wine Manager & Store Manager, is featured in this installment of the Lowell Sun’s “Wine Novice.”   The fantastic video & article highlight Andrea’s passion for wine and committment to helping customers find wines that inspire & delight…

Stop by the store for more words of wisdom from Andrea DiFiore & the Andover Liquors’ staff in person…We’re always happy to help!

To watch the video, Click Here!

Andrea hits the nail on the head when she says, “Our philosophy at the store is to give everyone a pleasant experience. I love it when people ask questions about wine.   No one should be shy about it. It’s a great learning experience.”

To read more of the Wine Novice’s interview with Andrea,

Click Here!

Cheers!

Refresh Your Taste Buds: Our Wine Picks of the Week

August 10, 2012

This week’s wine selections from Andover Liquors are sure to refresh any palate in this summer heat.  We’re featuring a classic (and amazingly affordable!) New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc as well as a full-bodied Tavel rosé to quench the thirst of over-heated red wine drinkers.  There’s nothing quite like Sauvignon Blanc and rosé is the summertime… Cheers!

Sunday Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2011:

Made by the original winemaker of Cloudy Bay, the winery that put New Zealand on the map for Sauvignon Blanc, this typical New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc is beautifully crisp and refreshing.  Bursting with citrus fruits and balanced by herbaceous qualities and minerality, this amazing value has gentle yet firm acidity with a delightful subtlety… $10.99

Chateau de Manissy Tavel Cuveé des Lys Rosé  2011:

This beautiful tangerine-pink blend of 60% Grenache, 30% Clairette and 10% Cinsault is a must-try for any lover of red wine looking to branch out into the world of rosés.  The nose boasts spice-accented aromas of redcurrant and cherry.  The palate is dry, full-bodied, and showcases classic French minerality against a backdrop of fleshy red fruit and a hint of orange zest.  It finishes firm and dry, with  lingering spiciness and excellent structure.  Pair with a wide range of dishes from grilled scallops to burgers… $17.99

Wine Picks of the Week: Stay Cool, Drink Spanish Wines

August 4, 2012

In Spain during the summer months, heat and humidity are par for the course.  With centuries of practice behind them, Spain has lots of ways to beat the heat;  From afternoon Siestas, to refreshing citrus-filled cuisine, and crisp, fresh wines Spain knows how to handle the heat. 

With summer in full-swing here in New England (this is New England, not Spain, right?), I think it is time to offer Spain the sincerest form of flattery and drink what they are drinking.  There are loads of fresh, fun, unique, and well-made  wines coming out of Spain today so it wasn’t an easy choice but we have chosen one white and one red wine  that exemplify Spain’s winemaking style.

Vevi:   This fresh, fun white wine from Rueda, Spain is a blend of the local white grapes Verdejo and Viura.  Lively, pungent aromas of lemon, grapefruit and mineral salts lead to zesty citrus and orchard fruit flavors accented by notes of herbs and white pepper.  This refreshing summer sipper will please Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio drinkers alike!  Enjoy on its own or pair with light cuisine like salads, pasta, poultry, or seafood……….. $12.99

Gaba do Xil Mencia:   This Spanish red, made from the indigenous grape Mencia, displays an excellent perfume of Asian spices & wild black raspberry aromas and flavors. The palate is dry & savory with lush black fruit flavors and hints of violets & spice. This is an outstanding value, and a terrific introduction to the Mencia grape.  Try a bottle with your next burger, BBQ, or pizza!………. $18.99

Stay cool, and Cheers!