USA Wines and Spirits to Enjoy

Some USA Wines and Spirits you Need in your Life

 

USA wines and spirits are flourishing. There’s never been a more exciting time to drink what’s made in your backyard or across the continent. When we think USA wines, we think fresh and diverse. USA wines are constantly expanding in terms of style, and we’re especially enamored of the more unique blends winemakers are trying (like the Edelzwicker listed below). There’s also plenty of delicious experimentation happening around spirits, from whisky made in the Rockies to Vermouth made in Brooklyn. The strong artisanal approach and innovative spirit found in USA wines, liquors, and liqueurs are demonstrated in the following picks from sales associates Erik Guzinski and Marcarthur Baralla, and sales managers Sara Sparks and Bambi Ray.

Greenhook Ginsmiths Beach Plum Gin Liqueur $49.99
This is essentially sloe gin made with Long Island beach plums instead of sloe berries. Whole fruits (pits and skins included) macerate for 6 weeks, then are pressed to extract a lovely, decadent elixir. Plums, raisins, blackberries, and a healthy dollop of spice are on the nose and palate. The cocktail opportunities are endless with this sweet and savory gem! – EG

Bloomer Creek “Tanzen Dame” Edelzwicker – 2013 $19.99
A pioneer in organic and natural winemaking, this Finger Lake “Tanzen Dame” is a versatile white blend of Gewürztraminer, Riesling, and Grüner Veltliner. So aromatic and fresh, this USA wine will quickly become your new Finger Lakes favorite. – MB

Ezra Brooks Straight Rye Whiskey $23.96
I’m excited about this fun and affordable rye, which is just the right price for your next cocktail experiment. Wafts of cherrywood and banana hover in the glass. The palate finishes with a touch of grain and nuttiness. Darn good deal. – SS

Vicario Monk’s Secret Herbal Liqueur $45.96
Fans of European herbal liqueurs rejoice! Now we have a delicious and groovy nostrum made in the USA. Abundant with layers of herbal and earthy delights, the flavors begin minty and sweet, but the finish is complex and lengthy. Was that thyme? Oregano? I will happily contemplate the “secrets” of this concoction any day! – BR