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
Introducing Sanitas Brewing and new wines from Chioccioli
March 28, 2017
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
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)
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
Cellar Fine Wines Partners with Beer Producers Shebeen and Powder Hollow
March 30, 2016
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
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
Baracchi Wine Dinner July 9 at Grill 37
June 24, 2015
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
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.
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.
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.
Perc Coffee Liqueur Wins Gold
March 20, 2015
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.
Saxtons River Distillery CT Launch Generates Media Buzz
December 3, 2014
Introducing Sapling Liqueur
October 27, 2014
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.
Benedetto Barcchi in CT
August 29, 2014
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
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
Phelps Creek’s Bob Morus in Connecticut
July 10, 2014
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
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.
Guest column for Connecticut Beverage Journal
May 1, 2014
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
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
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.