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4th of July Vodka Spritzer

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As 4th of July quickly approaches we’re getting more excited for all the upcoming celebrations.  We’re not sure about you, but we have a lot of great cookouts and parties posted on our calendar.  If you’re hosting a celebration you know it can fun, but also a lot of work!  We designed this cocktail with the hostess in mind… easy, refreshing and delicious!

Enjoy this month’s bonus cocktail – 

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 ounces of vodka (we love Titos or Grey Groose for this cocktail)
  • Fresh strawberries and blueberries
  • Soda water

Directions: Mix together and enjoy (easy, right?!)

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What is your go-to 4th of July cocktail?  We also found these tasty cocktails that certainly look tasty, but are nowhere as easy to mix-up.

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Cheers and happy 4th of July!

Father’s Day Gift Guide

Not sure what to get the special Dad in your life for Father’s Day?  From fine wines to high-end Whiskey to everything in-between we’ve got you covered at Mystic Wine Shoppe. Check out our gift guide below –

Collections:

Johnnie Walker Collection Pack

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Bourbon Whiskey:

Jim Beam Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey

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Rhetoric Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Larceny Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Willet Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Scotch:

The Macallan Highland Single Malt Scotch Whiskey

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Irish Whiskey:

Writers Tears & Yellow Spot Irish Whiskey

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Tequila:

Milagro Silver and DonJulio Tequila

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Sombra Mezcal

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Rum:

Mount Gay Origin Series

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Rye Whiskey:

WhistlePig – The Boss Hog

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 Fine Wines:

We carry an array of fine wines… stop in to learn more about all we offer.

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Gift Baskets:

Hit the easy button and grab one of our pre-made baskets –

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Our Team wishes all the Dad’s out there a very happy Father’s Day!

Mystic Wine Shoppe
 

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Shrimp & Grits with Kim Crawford Rosé

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This food and wine pairing are making our mouth water! This is the perfect recipe for your Mother’s Day celebrations and/or spring lunches.

roseKim Crawford Rosé Tasting Notes:  Rosé wines come in a range of colors and can be made from a variety of red grapes.  This particular one is a beautiful deep salmon color that immediately draws the eye.  Part of the reason it has such a rich, sunset shade is that it is made from a combination of Merlot and Malbec grapes, which is a bit unusual.  But the marriage of the two is quite successful.  The nose will immediately tell you it is from New Zealand – it has a grapefruit, almost grassy smell that reminds you of Sauvignon Blanc.  But once you taste it, all thoughts of a disguised white wine fall away.  It is crisp and dry but so fruity that you might think it has some sweetness to it.   You can savor the strawberry and melon flavors of summer while lingering over the mineral and green apple finish.  Serve very chilled next to classic Southern Shrimp and Grits!

 

Shrimp and Grits – an all time Southern Classic

  • Grits:  
    • 2 cups water
    • 1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth
    • 3/4 cup half-and-half
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup regular grits
    • 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
    • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon hot sauce
    • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • To Make: Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil in a medium saucepan; gradually whisk in grits. Reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes or until thickened. Add Cheddar cheese and next 4 ingredients. Keep warm.
  • Shrimp
    • 3 bacon slices
    • 1 pound medium-size shrimp, peeled and deveined
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
    • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/2 cup low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1/4 teaspoon hot sauce
    • Flat leaf parsley for garnish
  •  To Make: Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp; remove bacon, and drain on paper towels, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in skillet. Crumble bacon, and set aside.
    • Sprinkle shrimp with pepper and salt; dredge in flour.
    • Sauté mushrooms in hot drippings in skillet 5 minutes or until tender. Add green onions, and sauté 2 minutes. Add shrimp and garlic, and sauté 2 minutes or until shrimp are lightly brown. Stir in chicken broth, lemon juice, and hot sauce, and cook 2 more minutes, stirring to loosen particles from bottom of skillet.
  • Serve shrimp mixture over hot cheese grits. Top with crumbled bacon and add a sprig of parley.

 

Top photo by: Meca

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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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