Pelican Brewing, Tuesday!!

This coming Tuesday we are having Pelican Brewing here tasting all their goodies. Pelican has been my #1 go to IPA in the state. It's just a solid, hoppy beer that is super consistent. Over the past few years, Pelican has really taken it up a couple of notches. They are now producing many more styles along with a bunch of single hop IPA's. All are solid. With all the new names that have popped up in the beer scene, let us not forget one of the classics. Big props, this coming Tuesday, March 21st from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. See you then. 

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This Week's Wine Focus:


Paneretta Chianti Classico Reserva

This always seems to be one of my favorite bottles of Chianti. The Reserva from Castello della Paneretta is a rich blend of 90% Sangiovese and 10% Canaiolo. It opens with dark cherry notes and hints of cooking spices. That sun baked fruit and spice continue throughout the mid palate to a beautifully balanced finish. The especially long finish has just the right amount of acid to contrast the dark fruit. This is such a great food wine. Rain or shine, this wine is super satisfying.

Natalino del Prete "Torre Nova"

This is a wine nerds dream come true. It is not that easy, open it and fruit just jumps from the glass type of wine. This is a wine that is slowly lured out of the bottle with time and patience. However, in time, it reveals dark, plummy fruit and delicious earthy notes throughout. Bright acidity and a plush finish await those with patience. It just has a taste of Southern Italy. Even though this is not a wine I would haphazardly recommend to everyone, I find this wine enticing and full of mystery. If your looking for something to really open your mind, give this a try. Taste, decant. Taste, swirl. Swirl again. There will be something different around every corner.