Wednesday, 24 January 2018 15:20

Wines and Pasta

Written by Scott Clark

Matching wines with pasta immediately makes you think Chianti, Sangiovese and Pinot Grigio, and why not? Italian pasta simply comes to life when paired with its national soulmate, Italian wine. When it comes to choosing the perfect wine and pasta match, your choice in color and weight of the wine should be guided by the flavors and ingredients in the pasta – what’s in the sauce, whether the cheese is pungent and rich or mild and sweet, whether the pasta is filled with any ingredients, and what meats are used to accompany the dishes.

Let’s start with the most popular, and most common style of pasta – tomato sauce. The combination of tomatoes and complementary ingredients like basil, extra virgin olive oil, parmesan cheese and garlic give you the perfect palette to pair with crisp dry whites like Pinot Grigio or Arneis or aromatic, flavorful red wines. The acid in tomatoes pairs well with slightly tangy wines. For reds try a cherry-scented Nebbiolo or savory Dolcetto. Try to avoid big, ripe reds like Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz as the acid in the sauce may make them taste harsh and could enhance the tannins.

Our Picks: 

  • White: Bollini Pinot Grigio, Bongiovanni Arneis
  • Red: Renato Ratti Ochetti Nebbiolo, Luigi Einaudi Dogliani Dolcetto

Pastas including the herbal, garlic and cheese of pesto combined with fresh basil makes a lovely match with light-bodied, soft reds or crisp dry whites. Try Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese or Barbera.

Our Picks: 

  • White: Ca Montini Pinot Grigio
  • Red: San Crispino Chianti Classico Reserva, Patrizi Barbera D’Alba

For pasta served with rich, creamy sauces like carbonara made with prosciutto, eggs and parmesan (no cream!), a rich Italian White or buttery Chardonnay from California makes a perfectly complementary match. 

Our Picks: 

  • White: Tenuta Rapitala Piano Maltese (Sicily), Belcreme De Lys Chardonnay

Cream sauces with mushrooms make a great match for either rich, full-bodied white wines like Chardonnay, or fresh, vibrant reds like Aglianico or Sangiovese (Especially those from Montilcino)

Our Picks: 

  • White: Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay
  • Red: Donna Chiara Irpinia Aglianico, Villa Poggio Salvi Brunello Di Montalcino

Pasta with cream sauce and seafood is delicious with fruity whites like Pinot Grigio, Prosecco and Vernaccia, or fresh reds like a Valpolicella. 

Our Picks: 

  • White: Tommasi Pinot Grigio, Mionetto Prosecco, Fontaleoni Vernaccia di San Gimignano
  • Red: Allegrini Valpolicella 

Pasta is one of those meals that really loves wine, so take time to experiment a few different combinations to find you own personal favorites and enjoy the pleasures of a harmonious match of flavors.

Friday, 24 November 2017 11:36

Bourbon Bash 5.0 at Liquor Depot!

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Yup. It's that time of year again!

When & Where:

    • Saturday, December 9th at our Simsbury location
    • Saturday, December 16th at our New Britain location

Here's what we'll have.

Multiple tasting stations will be set up around the stores offering a chance to sample Selections from our Single Barrel Select Program. Selections available for taste include Bourbons, Canadian Whiskey, Irish Whiskey, Scotch Whiskey, Tequila and Rum. All of the selections are from single barrels which have been chosen by our tasting committee. The tastings will begin at Noon at both events.

Raffle Tickets will be handed out at the tasting tables. Around 1:30 we will begin a raffle, with the winner having the first option to purchase one of our highly allocated Whiskey Baskets, which will include but is not limited to, Old Rip Van Winkle, Pappy Van Winkle, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Michter 10 & 20yr., Elijah Craig Cask & 18 year.

Friday, 13 January 2017 17:00

3 New Single Barrel Selections

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1993 Balblair Single Cask #3420 Highland Single Malt Scotch

This offering marks Liquor Depots first foray into choosing a single barrel (cask) of Single Malt Scotch. We are excited about our selection and know you will be once you’ve tasted it. This offering comes to us from Balbair Distillery in the Highland District of Scotland. The distillery was established in 1790 and has an impressive track record in producing well aged exquisite tasting Scotches.

Balblair whiskeys are uniquely Vintage, Their bottles are not marked with an age statement, but simply with the year the whiskey was laid down. Every year, Distillery Manager, John MacDonald, tastes, judges and selects straight from the casks, and at exactly the right moment when the balance between the age and the character of the whiskey is just right, he has it bottled. Occasionally Balblair will offer a single cask which has been judged to be very special indeed. These casks represent the finest and most exclusive expressions of Balblair; each cask selected displays unmistakable Balblair style, yet with subtle nuances of taste and character which make it truly unique.

balblair barrel stack

Liquor Depots Selection, Cask #3420 was laid down in 1993, and bottled in 2016, making it a true 23 Year Old Single Malt. The Whiskey is Non Chill-filtered and bottled at 108 proof. The Whiskey is bright golden in appearance. This is a full bodied malt with distinctive aromas of cloves, bananas, butterscotch and green apples. Hints of coconut and honey can also be detected. On the palate it is sweet and spicy with hints of butterscotch and tropical fruits. The finish is full bodied and long lasting. Ask to try a sample during your next visit, you won’t be disappointed.

Liquor Depot Price $97.99

Blanton’s Single Barrel #3

Begins with spicy caramel and vanilla on the nose, with a very pleasant but subtle with little burn. The palate begins with caramel, and orange coating the mouth with a soft but full amount of flavor. A little spice on the back end balances the initial sweetness.  As the spice on the back end of the palate fades away, burnt sugars, caramel, and vanilla take over. This is just as pleasant as the rest of the sip and lasts a little longer than most bourbons.

Liquor Depot Price $46.99

Stranahan’s Single Barrel Colorado Whiskey

Our Single Barrel of liquid gold (Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2014 ) just arrived from Denver, Colorado. Chose in conjunction with Northeast Wine & Spirits. This Small Batch Whiskey is crafted with Rocky Mt snow melt, unchill filtered, unique flavor. Hints of caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate and a light oakiness are some of the hallmark tastes of this unique whiskey.

Liquor Depot Price $56.99

Thursday, 20 October 2016 13:11

Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit Single Barrel

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Kentucky Spirit has the same bottling proof of Wild Turkey 101. The different would seem to be barrel selection and age. Wild Turkey 101 is a bottling of barrels blended together with ages of 6, 7 and 8 years old. Kentucky Spirit is a little older at 8-9.5 years old. And that barrel selection should be good as Master Distiller Jimmy Russell picks them out himself.

The Liquor Depot Single Barrel Selection comes from Barrel #747 Stored in Warehouse N on Rick #3, it was bottled on 6-1-2015 at 101 proof.

The Initial nose of this Single Barrel is heavy Bourbon Spice, followed by hints toffee, butterscotch and cinnamon. The first sip reveals smooth spicy notes, followed by dark fruit and brown sugar with a strong backdrop of wood.  Hard to get more balanced with sweet and savory sitting in near perfect alignment and bolstered by a full body and smooth inviting texture.

Our selection finishes with wood, brown sugar, corn, dark fruit, honey, caramel and mint all lingering together on a nice long slow fade.

Special National Bourbon Heritage Month Price: $44.99/750 ml.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 13:09

Eagle Rare 10-Year-Old Whiskey

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While some in the Whiskey community are warning of the impending aged bourbon shortage, Liquor Depot is doing all it can to ramp up our Single Barrel offerings of great, aged bourbons. We have just received our latest barrel of Eagle Rare 10-year-old. This particular Single Barrel has less of the usual caramel and vanilla, though these are also still there. This barrel of Eagle Rare has more texture than the last barrel, with lots of oak and tannins. The texture is expressed in notes of chocolate, caramel, fruit, and hints of grass and sap. The finish is dry and warming, and rather long. Easily one of our most favorite Eagle Rare Barrels we've ever experienced!

In our continued efforts to bring our customers the best selection of quality aged bourbons we have recently tasted and ordered Single Barrels of 1792 Ridgemont Reserve, our second Single Barrel of Four Roses. We have also blended our own unique Angel's Envy. These Single Barrels should arrive sometime in Late September or early October.

Check back on our Blog or visit our Facebook page for updates.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 13:08

Masterson's 10-year-old Rye

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This 100% rye whiskey is sourced from the same distillery as WhistlePig and Jefferson’s (The one you purchase might depend on which one you can find, as they are all quite limited.) This one sells at a premium to the other two, but shows polish and is nicely rounded. Floral aroma, with hints of spicy wood and cinnamon. Notes of roasted nuts, citrus and vanilla, which are complemented by a bold and spicy undertone. Finish is long and robust, with notes of oak and baking spices mingled with sweet undertones of honey, marshmallow and caramel. This makes a nice sipping rye and is thoroughly enjoyable. Very distinctive!

Thursday, 20 October 2016 13:07

Russell's Reserve Single Barrel

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One of our Best Single Barrel Selection yet! The initial nose is full of alcohol, but quickly mellows to display all of those classic bourbon notes, i.e. dark brown sugar, vanilla, caramelized bananas, allspice, cinnamon, and a just a bit of menthol.

Our Selection is very spicy at the onset with a huge hit of cinnamon that concentrates on the tip of your tongue. Once the heat subsides, the dark brown sugar and vanilla notes emerge at mid-palate. It all comes together at the finish with those baking spices and herbal notes showing up, as well. Long, warming finish with a lingering cinnamon and sweet mint aftertaste. This whiskey reacts well to a drop of water or ice, but is just as enjoyable neat.

Visit the Wild Turkey website.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 13:04

Weller Antique 107 Proof

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A Wheated bourbon with a full-bodied flavor and a balanced palette. The Old Weller 107 (OW107) is a purchase you can feel confident in if you're looking for an everyday sipper. Obviously it is 107 proof, aged for around 7 years, though it comes with no age statement.

Our single barrel offering is very well balanced with sweet fruit notes, strong vanilla currents, and sharp, spicy tones with a cinnamon finish. The profile is similar to the Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year, which is made at the same distillery, the only difference being the age. It is the same mashbill, aged in the same location, and is cut to the same proof.

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