We’re always so thankful (and excited) when Hugh Hamilton personally comes to Mystic Wine Shoppe (from Australia) to host a wine tasting.  This weekend was no exception, and we had a great turn out for our Saturday tasting with Hugh. We encourage you to visit the Hugh Hamilton Wines website to learn more about their delicious wines, which can only be found at Mystic Wine Shoppe (out of the US)… How lucky are we?!

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A new season is upon us and we’re excited to announce our first local BREWERY SPOTLIGHT! We carry many craft brews and want to make it easier for you to decide which beers to take home. This week, we’re featuring the amazing Newburyport Brewing Co. out of Newburyport, MA

Newburyport Brewing Co.’s doors have been open since 2012 and we absolutely love carrying their line of delicious brews. Their brewery aims to capture the essence of Newburyport’s quaint seaside character across a line of the highest quality, best tasting, craft beer products.

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This brewery is also known for all-natural beers for people love music and the great outdoors. They host many events with local businesses like Metzy’s Cantina on Thursdays and you can also enjoy live music in their Tap Room!

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Newburyport Brewing is kid and dog friendly, too! This past weekend, we stopped by Barks n’ Brews, a fundraising event they hosted with Sweet Paws Rescue. We love how involved they are in their community and we hope you’ll sip local and try out the array of beers we carry by them at Mystic Wine Shoppe.

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Try out their year-round beers:

  • Melt Away Sessions IPA
  • Plum Island Belgian White
  • Newburyport Pale Ale
  • Greenhead IPA
  • Maritime Lager

Or their special small batch series available on draft in their Tap Room:

  • Joppa Grande
  • Double IPA

Happy Drinking!

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Who’s ready for football season to begin?! We’re celebrating the Pats opening week with our custom “Go Patriots” cocktail. It’s our custom cocktail of the month and we’re pretty excited for this easy-to-make and extremely tasty (and colorful) cocktail.  Ready to make your own? Follow our instructions below and head into Mystic Wine Shoppe for your liquor needs.

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Ingredients: We did two variations for this cocktail so you can make both or just one… its your choice!

  • Triple Eight Cranberry Vodka and/or Triple Eight Blueberry Vodka
  • Soda Water (we used regular soda water but flavored soda water would be delicious as well)
  • Frozen cranberries and blueberries (we found a bag at Whole Foods)
  • Patriots cups or attire and a winning attitude!

Lets get mixing:

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Step 1: Pour about a shot of Triple Eight Cranberry Vodka and/or Triple Eight Blueberry Vodka into a cup ice (both vodka flavors have beautiful coloring and smell divine)

Step 2: Add soda water of choice

Step 3: Add frozen berries

Step 4: Get ready to cheer on the Pats (check out their schedule here)

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Remember… have fun with it!  We added frozen berries to the drink as well as using festive drink flags.   (Click here to learn how to make your own)

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We hope you enjoy this delicious custom cocktail! Enjoy the Patriots season and please stop into Mystic Wine Shoppe for all your beer, wine and liquor needs. We have a large variety of everything and can usually get something (if we don’t have it) at your request.

Thanks for reading along 🙂 Cheers

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champagne collageProsecco and champagne are the two sparkling wines most commonly associated with celebrations! They are both similar and different in several important areas. To help you understand the difference between the two we’re breaking down each one below  –

    • Prosecco
      • Come from the Italian regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia, is made from the Glera(Prosecco) grape with up to 15% other white grapes allowed.
      • It is available in three different styles, spumante(sparkling), frizzante(semi-sparkling) and tranquillo(still wine).
      • It is produced using the Charmat or bulk method where the wine undergoes a secondary fermentation in large steel tanks.
      • Prosecco typically has a lighter mouthfeel and more subtle flavors than champagne.
    • Champagne
      • Comes from the Champagne region of France although many fine sparkling wines from other countries borrow the name.
      • Champagne uses three main grapes which can be blended in combination or produced singly. The grapes are Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
      • The types include Blanc de Blanc, Blanc de Noir and Rose and several other less common types. Several different styles ranging from bone dry “brut” to slightly sweet “Demi Sec” are produced.
      • The secondary fermentation occurs in the individual bottles requiring more time and attention than Prosecco’s bulk method.
      • Flavors are usually more pronounced than those of Prosecco.

We hope this helps you understand the difference between Prosecco and Champagne. We love each one and think either one would have worked well for viewing the recent eclipse. Stock up now for the next solar eclipse due in 2024!

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Our last blog post (7 delicious rosé cocktails) inspired us to create our very own Rosé Cocktail!  This refreshing cocktail was created for hot summer days and cool nights with family & friends.  We had a blast mixing up this concoction and think you will love it. Grab the recipe below and start mixing up the Mystic Wine Shoppe Rosé Grapefruit Cocktail today!

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  • Ingredients:
    • Grapefruit Vodka (we used Belvedere Grapefruit Vodka)
    • A bottle of Rosé (we used Esprite Gassier)
    • Italian Blood Orange Soda (we used Villa Italia from Trader Joe’s)
    • Club soda
    • Optional: Fresh lime, Grapefruit and mint

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  • Directions: for one serving
    • Mix together a shot of Grapefruit vodka, 1/2 cup of Italian Soda, 3/4 cup of Rosé and add in a splash of club soda – all ingredients can be increased or decreased depending on how strong you want your cocktail
    • Add ice (if you want to get fancy with your ice cubes check this out)
    • Optional: squeeze a lime wedge and grapefruit wedge into the cocktail
    • Add mint and grapefruit wedge for garnish

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We hope you enjoy this delicious cocktail! Stop into Mystic Wine Shoppe and let us help you find the perfect Rosé for this cocktail (or any other cocktail you may be craving.)

Keep watching for next month’s cocktail!

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It’s rosé season people and we’re loving all the creative and clever cocktails that are popping up everywhere. We searched the internet high and low and rounded up some amazing rosé cocktails for you and your friends! All you have to do is choose your favorite recipe and head on into Mystic Wine Shoppe to grab all your cocktail mixing ingrediants!

Seriously, rosé + additional booze is the ultimate hot summer day concoction and we hope you find the perfect cocktail you love!

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Rosé cocktail recipes we’re loving –

Let us know your favorite rosé cocktail!

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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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reisling

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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