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Phelps Creek receives high marks from Wine Enthusiast

May 3, 2017

Our partner Phelps Creek Vineyards recently received ratings of 90+ points for five of their wines from Wine Enthusiast:

Phelps Creek 2014 Lynette Chardonnay – 92 Points

Sleek and distinctive, this is loaded with snappy flavors of lime, green melon and wet stone. The fermentation in French oak (20% new) brings a lick of butterscotch to the finish.”

Phelps Creek 2014 Cuvee Alexandrine Pinot Noir – 91 Points

Elegance and finesse are the touchstones here, with the scaffolding to age for decades. Tight and precise, it shows pomegranate and red-berry fruit, stiff and potent tannins, and plenty of supporting acidity.”

Phelps Creek 2014 Columbia Gorge Pinot Noir – 91 Points

Lovely strawberry and cherry fruit comes with light touches of sweet spice. It’s a pretty wine, yet does not sacrifice power.”

Phelps Creek 2015 Sauvignon Blanc – 90 Points

For those who like a tangy lip-smacking style of Sauvignon Blanc, this is spot-on. Green melon, lemon, lime, grapefruit and green apple are all in play. It’s a classic palate-cleansing food wine.”

Phelps Creek 2015 Gorge Crest Gewurztraminer – 90 Points

Subtle aromas suggest light talc, acacia and calla lily, while in the mouth this is soft and smooth. Overall it’s just plain pretty, with details of apple and apple skin.”

CFW now representing Peel hard sodas statewide

April 27, 2017

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We have expanded our partnership with Peel Liqueurs and are distributing their new line of hard sodas throughout CT. More info.

Introducing Sanitas Brewing and new wines from Chioccioli

March 28, 2017

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Winemaker Enrico Chioccioli visited Connecticut to introduce new wines from his family vineyard in Tuscany. This Beverage Journal article covers his visit, and the launch of our newest beer partner, Sanitas Brewing from Colorado.

Photos from fall trade tasting

December 2, 2016

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Thanks to all who joined us for our fall tasting in our warehouse! See more photos on the Beverage Journal website.

Spanish wine dinners in Norwalk and Westbrook Nov 16 & Dec 15

November 10, 2016 (Updated December 10, 2016)

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This fall, we are thrilled to be partnering with Bistro Mediterranean in Norwalk and Westbrook for a pair of Spanish wine dinners. At $45, these are a great deal! The first dinner took place in Norwalk on November 16 and was a wonderful evening (see photos on Facebook). The next dinner will take place in Westbrook on December 15 (originally scheduled for November 17).

Thursday, December 15, 6:30pm
704 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT
(860) 577-5054 to RSVP
Presented in partnership with Madison Wine Shop

Menu:

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Cellar Fine Wines Partners with Beer Producers Shebeen and Powder Hollow

March 30, 2016

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We are thrilled to have expanded our portfolio offerings to include beer, starting with fantastic Connecticut producers Shebeen Brewing and Powder Hollow Brewery. Learn more about this partnership in the April issue of the Beverage Journal.

 

 

 

Water’s Edge Launches Food & Wine Series Nov 16 with Baracchi, Saxtons River Distillery

November 9, 2015

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The beautiful Water’s Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook is kicking off a new wine and food series Monday, November 16 at 6:30pm, with Benedetto Baracchi of Baracchi Winery and Vermont Maple Spirits from Saxtons River Distillery.

Guests will also have the chance to sample a wide variety of the resort’s award-winning food by Chef Adam Ladd and Pastry Chef Tom Sullivan. Tickets are $25. Each ticket also acts as a voucher (or coupon) for 20% off coupon on dinner Mon- Thurs excluding holidays. Call (860) 399-5901 to reserve. Tickets available at the door as well.

Learn more about this event and new additions to our portfolio in our November newsletter.

 

 

 

Phelps Creek Dinner at Cafe Routier

October 15, 2015

On Tuesday, October 20th, Jonathan Wadman of Phelps Creek Vineyards will be hosting a wine dinner at Cafe Routier in Westbrook. Jonathan will be joining us from Oregon’s Columbia River Valley where Phelps Creek creates stunning Pinot Noirs and incredible whites that are so good, they may just change what Northwest wine is famous for.
Cafe Routier has been a major supporter of these wines since we first introduced them to Connecticut. This wine dinner is several years in the making, and we couldn’t imagine a more exciting menu. Please join us! Learn more about this event and our fantastic new line of wines from California in our October newsletter.

 

 

 

Baracchi Wine Dinner July 9 at Grill 37

June 24, 2015

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Benedetto Baracchi of Tuscany’s Baracchi Winery will be visiting Connecticut next month and hosting a wine dinner at Grill 37 in Pomfret on Thursday, July 9. The dinner will feature 5 Baracchi wines, including the Pinot Nero, which was recently named the top Pinot Noir from Northern Italy by Vivino.

The menu will include:

  • Prosciutto wrapped shrimp with grilled peach and arugula salad with raspberry balsamic reduction
  • Sautéed mussels with shaved fennel, tomatoes, chorizo and fresh herbs
  • Confit duck ravioli with shallots, morel mushrooms with a brown butter sage sauce
  • Smoked pork belly and wild mushroom risotto with sliced filet and crumbled gorgonzola
  • Tiramisu

Guests will be greeted with a pour of Faire la Fete and enjoy the following Baracchi wines during dinner: Astore Trebbiano, O’llilo, Smeriglio Merlot, Pinot Nero, and Ardito. Perc Coffee Liqueur will be poured with dessert.

Find more information about the Baracchi wines on our Baracchi Winery page, and in this fantastic preview by Connecticut Magazine.

Call (860) 315-5640 to reserve. $65pp plus tax and gratuity.

 

 

 

Marotti Campi Wine Dinner June 15 at Fornarelli’s

June 1, 2015

For more than a century, the Marotti Campi family has been growing and making fascinating wines in Italy’s Marche region, specializing in indigenous grapes. In some cases, they are one of very few vineyards growing these delicious varietals, and have helped save them from extinction. For instance, several of their wines are made from the Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, which has an incredible floral aroma and is only grown by 3 producers in the world.

Come meet Lorenzo Marotti Campi and sample these wines paired with recipes passed down the from the old country at Fornarelli’s Ristorante. The Wine Thief will be on hand to take orders. At just $49 per person, this wine dinner is an incredible value. Call 203-745-5677 to reserve.

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Wine Dinner at Bar Sugo June 2

May 15, 2015

If you love fresh, simple Italian food and captivating wines with great stories, this wine dinner at Bar Sugo on June 2 is for you. Danny Keefe of Curious Cork Imports will be sharing wines from France, Sicily, and northern and southern Italy paired with five incredible courses sourced from local farms. Danny has long and deep relationships with the producers and is a gifted storyteller.

Call Bar Sugo to reserve: (203) 956-7134.

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Perc Coffee Liqueur Wins Gold

March 20, 2015

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We were thrilled (though not at all surprised) to learn that Saxton River Distillery‘s Perc Coffee Liqueur won gold at the prestigious San Francisco World Spirits Competition.  SRD’s Sapling Maple Bourbon previously won gold at the 2011 competition.

 

Paolo e Noemia d’Amico Wine Dinner at Rustica

January 8, 2015

UPDATE: Due to weather, this event has been rescheduled for Monday, February 2nd at 6pm. Unfortunately, Guillaume Gelly and Riccardo Bertocci will no longer be able to host. Cellar Fine Wines Portfolio Manager Jillian Simms will guide you through the wines in their stead. Please contact Rustica at 860-526-9021 to reserve your table for the new date.

Please join us for a Paolo e Noemia d’Amico wine dinner on Monday, February 2, at 6pm at Rustica Ristorante.

Rustica recently got a nod from Connecticut Magazine as an “Expert Pick” for Best Italian in the state, so we can’t imagine a better place to showcase these Italian wines which have received accolades from VinItaly, James Suckling, Robert Parker, Condé Nast Traveler, and more.

In fact, we will be debuting d’Amico’s Atlante Cabernet Franc at this dinner. This striking wine is one of the finest in our portfolio, and we look forward to sharing it with the guests on January 26! View the full menu below.

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Saxtons River Distillery CT Launch Generates Media Buzz

December 3, 2014

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We’d like to extend our thanks to everyone who joined us and Christian Stromberg of Saxtons River Distillerywhen he visited Connecticut last month to launch his Sapling line of Vermont maple spirits and his Perc coffee liqueur. Each event was packed, and the mediatook notice as well. Christian appeared on Better Connecticut, and was interviewed by the Bristol Observer.

 

We’re so glad to see these distinctly New England products catching on. They are available at package stores all over the state. The latest bars to stock them areEli’s on Whitney in New Haven (stop in for a coffee martini!) and Plan B Burger Bar. Ask for a Maple Manhattan, Vermonter, or Perky Pumpkin at any of their locations throughout the state.

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing Sapling Liqueur

October 27, 2014

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We are thrilled to be introducing Sapling, Saxtons River Distillery‘s line of craft Vermont maple spirits, to CT. Saxtons River Distillery founder Christian Stromberg is from Terryville, CT, so bringing his creations into his home state is especially meaningful. He will appear at three launch events in early November. All are free.

Wednesday, November 5 from 5-8pm at Birch Hill Tavern, 1320 Manchester Rd, Glastonbury: Sapling Liqueur spirits tasting with Saxtons River Distillery founder Christian Stromberg.

 

Thursday, November 6 at 7pm at Divine Wine Emporium, 275 W Main St Niantic: Sapling Liqueur spirits tasting with Saxtons River Distillery founder Christian Stromberg and performance by singer James Maple, winner of Album of the Year and Best Singer/Songwriter at the 2014 CT Music Awards. RSVP required: (860) 691-1053ken@divinewineemporium.com Share this event on Facebook!

 

Friday November 7, 4-7pm at Liquor Depot 687 W Main St, New Britain, CT. Sapling Liqueur spirits tasting with Saxtons River Distillery founder Christian Stromberg.

 

Stromberg’s family came to New England from Lithuania in 1906, where they had a tradition of distilling. He was born in Terryville, CT, and grew up in Connecticut. When he moved to Vermont, he became interested in maple syrup production and realized the care that went into syrup was similar to distilling, so he drew on his roots to start Saxtons River Distillery. In addition to his maple Sapling Liqueur line, the distillery also offers a coffee liqueur, Perc.

 

While maple spirits are not an entirely new concept, Sapling Liqueur is noteworthy not only for its New England character, but also because virtually every other maple whiskey or liqueur on the market is synthesized. Sapling contains the real thing.

 

Benedetto Barcchi in CT

August 29, 2014

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We were thrilled to have Baracchi winemaker Benedetto Baracchi in Connecticut this week for a sold-out event at Divine Wine Emporium in Niantic, and meetings with many of our favorite retailers. For more photos visit our Facebook page.

 

Phelps Creek in Hartford Courant, Chicago Tribune

August 7, 2014

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Phelps Creek Vineyards is featured prominently in a story about Oregon Chardonnay that appears in today’s Hartford Courant as well as several other major newspapers.

The article beautifully describes how Oregon chardonnays fit into the larger chard landscape and highlights Phelps Creek’s 2012 vintage:

“Perhaps more cerebral than hedonistic; its pleasure is thinking about its pleasure, the dynamic way the high-note flavors of lemon curd, white spice and minerals flit over its richly textured, creamy feel in the mouth. Its length surprises with its persistence, closing after a long while with tangy acidity.”

Wine Seminar with Stewart and Athena Boedecker

July 30, 2014

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Phelps Creek’s Bob Morus in Connecticut

July 10, 2014

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Bob Morus, owner of Phelps Creek Vineyards in Oregon’s Colombia River Gorge, visited Connecticut last month. He shared his award-winning wines with retailers and hosted a wine and cheese pairing at Thames River Wine & Spirits. Click here for photos.

Frances Mayes visit recap 

July 7, 2014

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The Connecticut launch of Tuscan Sun Wines was a huge success! All 5 events with Frances Mayes throughout the state were sold out and packed. Several outlets ran recaps and photos including the Connecticut Beverage Journal, the Plainville Observer, and the Fairfield Citizen.

“Such a fun itinerary,” Frances Tweeted when it was all done. “Loved meeting you all.”

Frances appeared on Better Connecticut when she was in the area, so if you missed her, be sure to watch the video. The Tuscan Sun Wines are now available all over the state. Ask your local store, or for a full list of retailers, click here.

Frances Mayes event schedule

May 8, 2014

Under the Tuscan Sun author Frances Mayes will be in Connecticut May 29-30 to launch her signature Tuscan Sun Wines. See full event details and purchase tickets here.

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Guest column for Connecticut Beverage Journal

May 1, 2014

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Ever wonder what makes Oregon wine so special? Cellar Fine Wines co-founder Jillian Simms, who previously made and sold wine in the Willamette Valley, was recently invited to write a guest column for the Connecticut Beverage Journal. The Phelps Creek Vineyards Estate Reserve Chardonnay and Pappas Pinot Blanc by Boedecker she mentions can be found at Madison Wine Exchange. 188 Boston Post Rd, Madison

 

Tuscan Sun Wines in May issue of Connecticut Magazine

April 18, 2014

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The upcoming issue of Connecticut Magazine will contain a feature on Tuscan Sun Wines. An expanded version of the story is already online! Complete with quotes from Frances Mayes and our own Jillian Simms, the story is an in-depth look at the wines, and even includes original photos.

Tuscan Sun Wines are here!

April 3, 2014

Frances Mayes Tuscan Sun Wines have arrived in Connecticut! There will be several chance to get a sneak preview in April, and the acclaimed author herself will be visiting Fairfield, New Haven, Bristol, and Old Saybrook to promote them May 29-30! Click here for the details, and in the meantime, enjoy this video.

 

Reisling makes it feel like spring

March 7, 2014

There are six great chances to get out and taste wine with us this month. Hope to see you!

Pregame wine tasting

January 28, 2014

When you think of watching football, you probably think of beer. Yet, many classic game day foods pair surprisingly well with certain wines.

On Saturday, February 1, from noon-4pm at Valencia Liquor in Meriden, we will be pouring eight different wines that complement common sports watching snacks, from chili and buffalo wings, to guacamole and chips.

Better Connecticut invited us on today to talk about the tasting.

Serving carefully chosen wines can be a good way to have something exciting for game day guests who may not care about football. Or, if you expect there may not be good drink options for you at the party you’re planning to attend, why not bring some wine to share?

Come taste wines specially selected for viewing parties on Saturday at Valencia Liquor, 1231 East Main Street, Meriden, CT.

Two chances to taste sparkling wine

December 12, 2013

Whether at a holiday gathering, or a New Year’s Eve celebration for two, this is a great time of year to enjoy sparkling wine. We are offering two chances to discover new bubbles from Italy’s Veneto region.

Friday, December 20, at Seaside Wine and Spirits from 4-6pm we’ll be sharing Ruggeri Prosecco Giall’Oro. The crystal clarity, gentle sweetness and minute bubbles make this a sophisticated aperitif or after dinner beverage. 118 Main St, Old Saybrook

Monday, December 23, at Valencia Liquor from 12-4pm, La Montecchia Fior d’Arancio will be available for sampling. This exuberant, sweet, sparkling Moscato is perfect for a celebration or with dessert. 1231 E Main St, Meriden

 

Boedecker and Phelps Creek get high marks

November 6, 2013

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Wine Advocate recently gave the 2010 Boedecker Athena Pinot Noir a rating of 90, the Stewart Pinot Noir a rating of 91, and the Pappas Pinot Blanc an 87. Take home a bottle of the latter from Divine Wine Emporium (275 W Main St, Niantic) or order one at Front Street Bistro (39 Front St, Hartford).

Phelps Creek 2011 Estate Reserve Chardonnay also got a rating of 91 and a very nice review.


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