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Irish Beer, Here!

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St. Patrick’s Day is THIS weekend and let’s face it, drinking delicious stouts, ales and lagers of Ireland is a tradition.  With flavorful beer brands such as Ohara’s, Killian’s, Smithwicks, Murphy’s, and Guinness there is no shortage of festive Irish beers to choose from.  Stop by Mystic Wine Shoppe and grab a few delicious Irish Beers to sample at your St. Patrick’s Day festivities.

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Not feeling the Irish beer? How about some Irish Whiskey!

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Still not seeing green? Here are a few cocktail recipes that will get you in the spirit.

Have a safe holiday weekend everyone! Your friends at Mystic Wine Shoppe 🙂

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Valentine’s Day Gifts You’ll Love

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We know that Valentine’s Day can be a tad bit stressful. From not knowing if flowers, candy, or champagne are the right gift to knowing if you should plan for a night-in or a night-out, there are a lot of decisions to make. We can’t help you with all the details, but we can help you find a great bottle of champagne or sparkling wine to cheers your loved one to. Check out our recommendations (below) that will impress any valentine out there.

We also have great gift baskets for sale too!

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  • Gruet Brut Rosé: A beautiful garnet in color, this Rose NV has a delicate, fine mousse and rich, fruit flavors. This full-bodied sparkler starts with floral and berry aromas which introduce flavors of cherry. raspberry and wild strawberry, finishing delicately with zesty acidity.
  • Francis Coppola Sofia Blanc de Blancs: Fruity and refreshing, Sofia Blanc de Blancs is a rare blend of Pinot Blanc, Muscat, and Riesling. Mellow flavors of apples and pears are topped by a hint of citrus and honeysuckle. Elegant in character, this wine is lightly textured and vibrant through the finish.
  • Royal Provence RivaRose: A gorgeous bottle of Provence rosé with a fine and elegant sparkle. The nose offers up a fresh, soft scent of strawberry, raspberry and a little cherry. The mousse is mouth filling and fine. Flavors of red berries and a little spice. Delicious and refreshing.
  • Flama D’Or brut: Fresh and pleasant. Well balanced, good structure and well integrated carbonic elements. Pleasant aftertaste of medium intensity, where the aromas of nose and mouth are repeated harmoniously.
  • Li Veli PRIMEROSE: Bright pink with salmon and raspberry reflex; fruity bouquet, with delicate red fruit and flower notes; in the mouth it is balanced, pleasant and full, with a fresh acidity. Fruity aftertaste.

Looking to make Valentine’s Day extra special with a certain little question? Pick-up an extra special bottle to celebrate with –

  • Cristal Brut: White peach and acacia blossom aromas accent the flavors of poached apple, gingersnap biscuit, pastry cream and spun honey in this harmonious Champagne. The satinlike mousse caresses the palate, while firm, focusing acidity drives the lasting finish. Drink now through 2030.
  • Dom Perignon: Dom Perignon only creates vintage wines; it is an absolute commitment. Only the best grapes of the most exceptional years are used, making each vintage distinct. It is the perfect embodiment of the Power of Creation – an act of creation that elevates the mind and enlightens the world.

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Stop by our Champagne Tasting on Feb. 13th and try a few of these delicious champagnes. Thanks for reading!

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Cocktail Of The Month: Sweetheart Cocktail

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Valentine’s Day is just next week!  What are you treating your sweetie too? We suggest making our special concoction that is SO EASY to mix up, yet has a very special feel to it. We used Flama D’Or Rosé Brut in our drink, as it’s reasonably priced and has notes of dark red fruits on the nose with a beautiful, dry finish.  Affordable and delicious =perfection!

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Ingredients:

  • Flama D’Or Rosé Brut
  • Frozen Cherries
  • Sugar and honey for the rim

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Directions: This one’s an easy one!

  • Choose a fancy glass
  • Dip rim of glass into honey and then into sugar (see photos below to see how to do it)
  • Drop in 3-4 frozen cherries (or berry of your choice)
  • Poor in Flama D’Or Rosé Brut to the top
  • Make a glass for you and your sweetie and enjoy!

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We wish a lovely Valentine’s Day,

Your friends at  Mystic Wine Shoppe

 

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Our Holiday Gift Guide

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! But it can also be stressful and leave you not knowing what to give to everyone on your list. To help reduce your stress, we’ve come up with a Holiday Gift Guide that should help you find the perfect gift for everyone.

Scotch & Whiskey:

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  1. Whistle Pig | The Boss Hog IV: This the IVth edition of The Boss Hog, The Black Prince, is a tribute to the great spirits of Europe. This is the first Rye Whiskey ever finished in Armagnac casks, straight from France. The result is extraordinary. A fine balance between American power and French sophistication. There’s nothing else like it. Learn More
  2. The Dalmore | 18 Years Old: Dalmore’s stunning 18-year-old Highland malt is as rich, fruity and spicy as you could ever want from a Dalmore. Kudos to Richard Paterson for creating another veritable chocolate orange of a whisky – a surefire hit, and great for the colder months. It is aged for 14 years in American oak, followed by three years in Matusalem sherry butts, before a final year in sherry butts. Learn More
  3. The Dalmore | Cigar Malt: Dalmore Cigar Malt was discontinued in mid-2009, causing uproar among all right-thinking, cigar-smoking whisky fans. This dram used to sit above the 12, and below the 15 in terms of both the price-point, and the age-profiles of the whisky that went into the blend, but the new version is a little different. Learn more
  4. Johnnie Walker Sampler Set: Includes 4 bottle sampler (200 ML each) of the best of Johnnie Walker. Including Johnnie Walker Black, Johnnie Walker Gold Reserve, Johnnie Walker Platinum and Johnnie Walker Blue.
  5. Johnnie Walker Blue | Small & Large:  Their rarest blend. This isn’t a whisky for beginners. It’s challenging and an acquired taste, but like the finest rewards in life is worth it. Blue Label is made from a few exceptional whiskies with powerful flavors. Each bottle is precious.
  6. The Macallan Rare Cask Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey: Crafted to showcase complexity and depth, Rare Cask is drawn from the broadest spectrum of casks, 16 different types, ever identified by the Master Whisky Maker.

Fines Wines:

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  1. Double Back | Cabernet Sauvignon | Napa Valley: This wine is a blend of McQueen, Bob Healy and Lefore vineyard fruit, aged 22 months in 73% new French oak. Alluring aromas of macerated cherries, scorched earth, coffee, barrel spice and dark chocolate are followed by supple, focused, concentrated dark-fruit flavors. It brings some tannic heft that will benefit from time in the cellar.
  2. Caymus Special Selection | Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 | Napa Valley: Exhibits a delicious, up-front core of juicy dark berry, blackberry, black licorice and creamy, toasty, vanilla-scented oak. Appropriately tannic and structured, this is made in a style you can drink now or cellar for up to a decade. Drink now through 2026.

  3. Revolver Wine Company | The Stash Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 | Napa Valley: Very limited production – only 50 cases produced of this sought-after wine. Cedarwood, spice box and black currants seduce the nose followed by a pallet of powerful layers of rich fruit and dashes of vanilla. 18 months of 100% French oak aging. ‘The Stash’ will truly enjoy a bit of decanting when served at a young age.

  4. Silver Oak | Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 | Napa Valley: Notes of dill, herb and vanilla bean-scented oak lead to an elegant array of dark berry, herb, cedar, gravelly earth and underbrush flavors. The tannins cling a bit, but this is an enjoyable and approachable youngster, with a track record for aging. Drink now through 2028.
  5. Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis | Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 | Napa Valley: Opens with inviting aromas of dark cherry and berry fruit, cassis, sweet vanilla and a hint of olive. On the palate, the wine has a smooth entry with a rich mouthfeel and lingering aftertaste of black cherry and dusty cocoa. Blend: 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Merlot, 1% Petit Verdot

  6. Antica Cabernet Sauvignon | Cabernet Sauvignon 2013| Napa Valley: A beautifully elegant, stylish Cabernet Sauvignon from the Antinori outpost in Napa Valley, their 2013 has a dense ruby/purple color, a beautiful, sweet kiss of pure blackcurrant fruit, licorice and forest floor. Full-bodied, but with creamy texture, sweet, beautifully integrated acidity, tannin and alcohol, this is an impressively well-crafted wine that’s drinkable now, but should evolve nicely for another 15-20 years.

  7. Opus One | Red Blend 2014 | Napa Valley:  The 2014 Opus One exudes subtle aromas of fragrant florals, fresh garden herbs and forest floor that give way to a concentrated blend of red cherry, blackberry and black currant. Fine-grained tannins offer a velvety texture and complex structure that builds to a long, vibrantly fresh finish with a touch of mocha. Enjoyable now, the wine will delight for years to come.Blend: 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot, 2% Malbec
  8. The Mionetto Prosecco Brut DOC | Varied Sizes: Tasty prosecco with an intense fruity bouquet and a hint of golden apples. It is very dry, fresh, light in body and well-balanced.This wine is perfect alone as an aperitif or as a delightful complement to appetizers such as prosciutto or mild cheeses. Excellent as a base for Bellinis and other sparkling wine cocktails.

All scotches and wines can be found at Mystic Wine Shoppe.  Please stop in this holiday season and grab the perfect gift! We also have great gift baskets and charcuterie boards available for purchase, as well. Thank you!!!

New Charcuterie Boards

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Are you searching for the perfect gift? We’ve got a fantastic idea for you… our custom recycled wine box charcurtei boards. Not only are they good for the environment (made from recycled wood) they are fantastic converstation starters.  Head into Mystic Wine Shoppe and check out these fancy, fun and festive boards for yourself.

Small Boards:$15.99 (comes with knife)    Large Boards:$19.99 (comes with knife)

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Shop Our Holiday Gift Baskets

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In need of a hostess, Yankee swap or specialty gift this holiday season?  Look no further… our custom made gift baskets are perfect for every and all gift-giving occasion.  We have an array of baskets to choose from or you could fill out our form and make your very own. It’s super easy and a great way to check off that list!

  • Just a few of our pre-made baskets include –
    • Red & White Wine Combo
    • Ginger beer, Titos Vodka, Bulleit Bourbon and nuts
    • Oyster Bay Wines
    • An array of mini liquor bottles
    • Craft beers

We also have great boxed liquor sets too!

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Holiday Bourbon Whiskey Guide

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We’re in the holiday spirit at Mystic Wine Shoppe! Our store is filled with delicious bourbon and rye whiskeys perfect for sipping on all winter long. Keep reading to check out 6 of our favorites and enjoy neat, on the rocks or in your go-to cocktail!

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  • Putnam New England Rye Whiskey from Boston Harbor Distillery – Offers a sharper, earthy finish that you can only get from Rye and it wraps the whole experience up for an unforgettable silky, smooth whiskey.
  • Nor’Easter Bourbon Whiskey by Triple Eight Distillery – The climate and geography have a noticeable impact on the taste of the bourbon. The distillery’s proximity to the ocean and marine haze (Nantucket is nicknamed “The Grey Lady” ) add a touch of salinity to the bourbon.
  • Rowan’s Creek Bourbon Whiskey by Willett Distillery – On the palate you are treated to sweet caramel, vanilla, dusted in floral notes… Finishing notes of oak and a lingering spiciness.

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Love all things Bourbon and Scotch?! Join us for our FREE Scotch Tasting!! We’ll be giving out these custom rocks glasses while supplies last.

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, December 7, 2017
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm (open house style – stop by anytime)
Location: 901 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA

Have a great holiday season!
Mystic Wine Shoppe

3 Spooky Cocktails

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It’s the spookiest time of year and our staff at Mystic Wine Shoppe is getting in the spirit!  Today we’re excited to share 3 delicious cocktail recipes with you to celebrate Halloween. Stop in and get all your liquor needs… we also carry great pumpkin beers and red wines that would be equally as good for celebrating.

Purple People Eater Cocktail by Homemade Hooplah

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Mr. Hyde Potion by HGTV

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Smoking Skulls Halloween Cocktail by HGTV

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We wish you a safe and happy Halloween!

~ Mystic Wine Shoppe