Thursday, May 29, 2008

Beer & Wine Features

Oatmeal Stout

Samuel Smith

Yorkshire, England

The Old Brewery at Tadcaster was founded in 1758 and is Yorkshire’s oldest brewery. Samuel Smith is one of the few remaining independent breweries in England, and further is the last to utilize the classic Yorkshire Square system of fermentation solely in stone squares.

Oats are in the same family as barley, and a small addition yields great flavor. Popular in the late 1800’s, the last oatmeal stout was brewed before the First World War until Samuel Smith reintroduced this style in 1980.

This beer is created in the classic style. Almost opaque, with an unusually silky texture and complex, medium-dry velvet palate. Bittersweet finish.

$8.00 / 18.7 oz bottle

Syrah / Sangiovese Blend


Coltibuono, Tuscany 2004

Tuscany, Italy, is the home of, among others, Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Carmignano, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, and Morellino di Scansano. This wine is a blend of 70% Sangiovese and 30% Syrah, an unusual mix for Tuscany.

One whiff of Cancelli greets you with attractive red berry, black cherry, and earthy aromas. In the mouth it is soft and fruity, as flavors of black cherry, black raspberry dominate. Mild, sweet earth components round out the palate. Overall it is well-balanced with a pleasant finish.

$6.00 / glass

$24.00 / bottle

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