Hugh Hamilton Wine Tasting

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This past weekend famed winemaker Hugh Hamilton led a delicious wine tasting with his wife, Pam, at Mystic Wine Shoppe. The Hamilton family has been beyond kind with us; sharing their time, passion and wines with us and our customers over the years. We continue to be grateful for their friendship and look forward to working with them in the future. Hugh Hamilton Wines will ALWAYS have a spot at Mystic Wine Shoppe!

Check out our gallery of photos below.

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Remember – you can join us every Saturday for wine tastings and every Friday for beer tastings.

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What Is Riesling?

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What is Riesling? Riesling is one of the great white wines of the world. Riesling is named after the German white grape varietal of the same name. Although it grows in many countries, the best and 60% of the world’s total production comes from Germany, while the Niagara Peninsular in Canada also produces world class Riesling.

What Does Riesling Taste Like? The many flavors of Riesling include apple, pear, quince, apricot, peach and nectarine. A fine minerality and a balanced acidity are important components of this wine. Styles vary from bone dry to dessert style. Usually, the drier styles favor the apple and pear flavors while the sweeter tend more towards apricot and nectarine.

What Makes Riesling Special? The vineyard locations are very important to the quality of the Riesling grape. The grapes have to fight against short growing seasons, shorter daylight and much cooler temperatures than most other grapes. Because of this, the best vineyard sites are those with southern exposure on the steep banks of the Rhine and Mosel rivers. These banks are quite steep, contain deposits of slate under the topsoil and need to be harvested by hand. The grapes benefit from both direct sunlight and light reflected off of the river. The slate underneath is heated by this combination and adds additional warmth to the grape vines. The coolness of the northern latitude helps to provide the racy acidity for which these wines are known.

Common Styles.

  1. Trocken which is very dry.
  2. Halbtrocken is a medium dry wine.
  3. Kabinett implies wine of normal ripeness.
  4. Spatlese is a wine whose grapes were picked late so that the grapes are riper than normal thus providing a sweeter style wine.
  5. Auslese a wine made from late picked grapes selected by the ripest bunches making for a sweet wine.
  6. Beerenauslese comes from individually selected late harvest grapes. Higher quality and much sweeter than the others. A dessert wine.
  7. Trockenbeerenauslese is the ultimate dessert wine. The grapes stay on the vine until they shrivel like raisins. They are loaded with sugar and flavors.
  8. Eiswein made from grapes that freeze on the vine then are picked and pressed immediately. Very intense flavors.

*Typically, the sweeter the wines, the lower the alcohol content. Most German wines vary between 8-10% alcohol, while a typical French wine is around 12-13%.

How Long Will the Wine Last? Once opened, the wine drinks well for a couple of days then loses most of its flavor rapidly. The sweetest wines will keep longer as the sugar acts as a preservative.

Food Pairings: Freshwater fish and fresh seafood pair very well with Rieslings; a particularly good match is Salmon. Also, foods such as Thai, Indian and Chinese go very well with Riesling.

Stop into Mystic Wine Shoppe and let our team help you pick out the perfect Riesling for your special occasion!

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Harpoon Flannel Friday

flannelNow that fall is in full swing, it’s time to get out those flannels and enjoy a cold brew!
There’s nothing better than a light breeze through an open window on a crisp autumn day. With the company of family and friends and the hum of the football game in the background… how could we possibly make a Sunday afternoon any better? By opening a bottle of Harpoon Flannel Friday.

This Hoppy Amber Ale is Harpoon’s tribute to the quintessential season of change. A bright hop aroma from late hop additions plays with its strong malt backbone. Amber hued, medium bodied, with hints of citrus and pine, this ale is made for the crisp days (and nights) of fall.

This hoppy brew will signify the end of summer and make you wish fall would never end. Celebrate the season change with this beer in hand and don’t forget your flannel!

 

 

The Perfect Summer Margarita!

IMG_8547Who’s ready for an easy to drink (no mixing necessary) margarita? If your hand is raised up high, we can guarantee, you’re not alone! We have discovered a local hand-made margarita that is to-die-for!

The owner of Rustic Spirits (from Boston) pours his heart and soul into every batch of his tasty Margarita drink; making every batch by hand.

This is not your typical pre-mixed margarita drink! It’s very smooth with  just the right amount of tart and tequila. We are lovers of margaritas, often opting to mix our own cocktails, but this bottle tasted just as if we had done just that. Highly recommended to all our margarita lovers!

Plus, this makes a great house warming gift!

 

4th of July Drinks!

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With 4th of July quickly approaching we wanted to get your feeling extra patriotic!  Check out our Five 4th of July drinks/shots below to give you some great ideas for a fun-filled weekend!

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– 5 ways to make your holiday weekend a little more festive –

Red, White, and Blue Pina Colada

Watermelon Moscow Mule

Red, White, and Blue Strawberry Jello Shots

Layered 4th of July Drinks

4th of July Punch

The liquor(s) needed for the drink recipes can be found at Mystic Wine Shoppe!  We also have a fantastic array of summer beers and wines for your holiday needs!

 

 

The Perfect Red Wine!

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From the Columbia Valley Wine Region comes The Huntsman Cabernet from Ross Andrew Winery.  Our marketing consultant, Taylor, has labeled this her favorite go-to red wine, and with smooth flavors of vanilla, raspberries and plums, why wouldn’t it be.

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“This wine is dangerously delicious! It’s the perfect addition to any meal… no matter if it’s lunch, dinner or breakfast (just kidding) this easy-to-drink red wine is perfect for any occasion.  My dog even loved it!” – Taylor

 

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From the winery: The Huntsman Cabernet Sauvignon is our answer to packing as much Cabernet Sauvignon into an everyday wine while maintaining just enough softness to make it match with everything or nothing. Ringing in at 96% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot.

Pick-up a bottle at Mystic Wine Shoppe!

Favorite Summer Beers

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Looking for the perfect summer brew? We have you covered at Mystic Wine Shoppe!

Here are just a few we’re loving!

  • Long Trail Brewing Summer Ale: a golden ale remarkably light on the palate with a soft malt character and a distinct citrus hop aroma.
  • Maui Brewing CoCoNut Porter: a robust dark ale with hand-toasted coconut & hints of mocha.
  • Landshark Lager: a refreshing, island-style lager brewed with a complex blend of hops that deliver a distinct taste.
  • Newburyport Brewing Das Kölsch: brewed in the style first only brewed in Köln, Germany. Crisp, clean, and cold.
  • Peak Organic Summer Session Ale: traditional summer wheat beer marries a West Coast pale ale with dry hops that add a citrusy aroma.
  • Wachusett Brewing Blueberry Ale: a slight aroma of blueberry balanced by a subtle flavor fermented into this delicious wheat ale.
  • Jack’s Abby Sunny Ridge Pilsner: a sunshine hue, herbal noble hop nose, and a dry finish. An elegant balance of pilsner malt with a blend of European hops.
  • Shock Top Lemon Shandy: a lemon shandy made with real California lemon peels and a hint of sugar to deliver a bright and unmistakable Shock Top taste.
  • Allagash Little Brett: bursting with pineapple and notes of bread crust and fresh cut grass, a mild tartness nicely balanced with a pleasant hop bitterness.
  • Hell or High Watermelon: a classic American wheat beer that undergoes a traditional secondary fermentation using fresh watermelon.
  • Sam Adams Porch Rocker: a tart and refreshing crispness of a golden lager with a blend of lemons to create a fresh squeezed tangy taste.
  • Harpoon Big Squeeze Shandy: sweet with a hint of tartness, a light-bodied clean citrus that is nothing but refreshing.
  • Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin, from California,  is an easy-drinking tart ale that tastes like summer with its citrusy hops.
  • Shipyard Brewing Summer Ale, from Maine, is a traditional American wheat beer with an inviting color and mellow malted wheat flavor.
  • Sam Adams Summer Ale, from Boston, is a crisp and tangy brew with refreshing lemon peel and a hint of pepper from rare Grains of Paradise.
  • Sierra Nevada Summerfest, another from the west coast is crisp, golden and incredibly drinkable flavor of spicy and floral hop character.