Saturday, June 7, 2008

Wine & Beer Weekly 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

Importer Merchant Du Vin Website


Matchbook, Dunnigan Hills 2005

The Tempranillo vines grown on the Matchbook vineyard are from cuttings imported from the Pesquera region of Spain. Graciano is the traditional blending grape in Spanish red wines and the vines grown in the vineyard are from cuttings imported from the Ribera del Duero region.

Tempranillo exhibits blueberry, cherry fruit flavors and soft tannins; Malbec adds red apple flavors, richness and length to the mid-palate; Petit Verdot contributes to full flavors in the back palate; and the Graciano adds deep purple color and a touch of spice.

$8.00 / glass

$32.00 / bottle

Matchbook Website

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