Which, if you were wondering, is sort of like morphin’ time. Happy Valentine’s Day, Cape Cod!
Cranberry Liquors is celebrating – especially today, the great month that is February. If you haven’t yet, swing by and check out our awesome selection of wine. Why should you?
From $8 Rioja to $50 Rosé, our wines from all over the world are 20 percent off.
So if you’re a bit stuck on flowers, or don’t have the time to laminate that card you were making, we have some grape ideas.
GRAPE IDEA #1
If Your Heart is in Cham-bles…
Make a pink drink that will leave Rosé looking shameful.
If you are looking for a great way to soirée this evening, my go to idea is Champagne + Chambord.
The nice thing about cassis is its ability to compliment a white or sparkly wine. Buy a small bottle of that stuff -heck, even a miniature bottle (aka a nip) and *bam*! You’ve Lagasse’d that drink and officially kicked it up a notch.
(FYI, we gift wrap – for free! We also have the coolest blank cards you’ll find in Harwich Port for a buck. They were designed with these days in mind… just in case you don’t have the time, we’ve got you covered.)
Enough about the raspberry drink that is my favorite…
GRAPE IDEA #2
If you’ve got plans this evening or are waiting around for a dinner reservation, I highly recommend taking your date to peruse the aisles!
Even without our Winter Wine Sale one of my favorite things to watch is any couple making their way through our selection.
Think you know your valentine? Watch that person consider our selection. The way in which a nervous date spouts off everything they know about a varietal… we’ll leave you alone to lurk, but let’s just say, you can learn a lot from shopping wines.
(Did you forget reservations? This is your reminder if so!)
GRAPE IDEA #3
If you are alone this evening, welcome to the club! Come on by, where we can ameliorate your woes and remedy that thing we call loneliness. Maybe you’ll bump into that person you’ve been stalking on Facebook!
Jokes aside, we have determined, with countless repeat customers over the year, your plans for this evening can be a visit to your favorite spot. It’s an inexpensive way to enjoy something together…
You are never alone with Cranberry Liquors <3!
GRAPE IDEA #4
Obscure Strongbad Reference
If you are dating a teetotaler, we carry cigars and other things that fit inside an envelope (but don’t buy her scratch tickets… in case you are reading this dad…)
As I mentioned earlier, we’re here for you today and everyday, Cape Cod.
May George Thorogood wail louder than the wind as you read this: “Who Do You Loooooove?”
Oh! That reminds me! Best of Cape Cod is coming soon and we’re going to need your vote!
It isn’t very often at all that we taste a new family of wines and decide to bring in all of the wines we taste. Usually, one or two stand out. One or two are, frankly, ‘duds.’
That said, we’ve selected some of our favorites to tell you more about: the Casale del Giglio family of wine.
Not so with the new (to Cranberry Liquors) wines from Casale del Giglio. Located 50 kilometers south of Rome, Casale del Giglio has been making red and white mono-varietal wines for almost 20 years.
So without further ado,Cranberry Liquors is pleased to introduce our favorite, most recent favorite: Casale del Giglio
C.Liquor’s 5 Out of 5
A blend of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Sauvignon and 20% Trebbiano Giallo grapes*. This elegant blend reveals a fruity, lightly aromatic yet mineral nose, confirmed on the palate by a pleasing crispness and a lengthy finish. Satrico is a very drinkable white blend. Great with appetizers and fish dishes.
his white wine is produced exclusively from Chardonnay grapes cultivated in densely planted rows (over 4,000 vines per hectare) and harvested in early September. A low yield per vine ensures that the grapes will be rich in sugar without losing crucial acidity. This wine reveals acacia flowers, peach and banana on the nose. Serve with grilled fish dishes or white meat casseroles. This chardonnay is authentically and varietally on point, which is a lot to say about your tried-and-true chardonnay.
Petit Manseng ($18.99)
A unique if not obscure varietal, the wine is intensely aromatic, fruity and spicy on the nose, fresh, crisp and flinty on the palate. An exquisitely structured wine which bows out on a seductive, fruit-filled finish. Like all good whites, this one pairs well with your favorite fish dinner. If you enjoy the adventure of discovering something new, Petit Manseng is your next stop!
Petit Verdot ($18.99)
Usually a minor player in certain red blends, this 100% Petit Verdot is a deep crimson wine which displays an intense, lingering aroma of red berry fruit, cherry, myrtle and juniper. Elegant and full-bodied, with rich velvety tannins, the wine presents a spicy, white peppery finish. Very good with oven roasted meats. This Petit Verdot = a red blend built for spicing things up.
Mater Matuta ($52.99)
A red blend of Syrah 85% and Petit Verdot 15%. A deep, dense, ruby-red wine which displays outstanding personality both on the nose and on the palate with its aroma of coffee beans, violets, ripe black cherry, coriander, nutmeg and cinnamon. Silky and seductive, but perfectly supported by fine tannins and a pleasing astringency. Mater Matuta Lazio Rosso delivers a long, lush finish. Mater Matuta is a fine wine as a crowning touch to any gourmet dinner.
If you’re in the mood for trying something new, give this wine family a closer look. As they say at del Giglio:
The future of Italian viticulture relies not only on consolidating the image of its traditional wine producing zones but on its ability to produce top quality wines at favorable prices in areas whose potential is still relatively unexplored.
Hopefully this post finds you warm in a wonderful way on this breezy (dare we say chilly?) day.
Stop in and check these out for yourself, quick before they all fly off the shelf!
For one, Cranberry Liquors is having a wonderful sale month. When you don’t hear from us online, usually we blame this on the fact that we’ve been busy! Our worldfamous Winter Wine Sale has been only greatness and success.
Best part about our wine sale? There is no “picked over” clearance section on our month long sale. In other words, we don’t stop buying the things we need …and neither do our customers.
In other words, your size is still available (not just the XS and XXL’s!) Don’t know your size? We do. It’s seven hundred and fifty milliliters. Yes, we are that good.
All kidding aside, the sale is coming to a close – and soon! The staff at Cranberry Liquors is ready to make your discount dreams come true and didn’t want you to forget about the great deal that stretches our dollar through the blustering, blistering winter months.
Pro-tip? Make it fun and include champagne or wines you typically wouldn’t, alongside one or two of your favorites!
TL;DR: The Days are getting longer finally(!) and Cranberry Liquor’s Winter Wine Sale is almost done fulfilling it’s purpose.
…E.G. getting you, me and the rest of Cape Cod through the otherwise trudge-of-a-sludge we call the month of February.
Not to mention, the ides of March are mere days away, folks.
But enough about Caesar and weather we can’t help but forage through… stop by Cranberry Liquors and get any regular sized wine at a steal – 20% until closing time, 2/28/19.
A while back, I posted a pretty lengthy read detailing the different wines from Spain, a little known powerhouse in the wine industry.
Similarly to Spanish wines, Portuguese wines have historically been overlooked as well. There are the few customers I know who swear by certain inexpensive varietals specific to Portugal.
From Madeira, to Douro, to another unpronounceable-yet-cool grape varietal, Portugal literally has hundreds of “types” of grapes… sometimes even within the same vineyard.
Also, lest we forget, the wine known as port; the fortified wine (read – concentrated, like orange juice before you add the water to the Creamsicle content within the can) was invented because of Portugal’s excellent grapes.
Cranberry Liquors invites you to “Forget what you know about Portuguese wine”
because you are likely missing out on some awesome bottles. Plus, this time of year can be budget -challenging on an island that is 3/4th’s of the way shut until May. (Insert clever Winter Wine Sale marketing here. 20%! All February! Get your wines, here. Drive in, call in… jk)
TLDR: If you want really, really good, “Old World” wine on a scamp budget, I would lead you by the hand to our Portuguese wines.
We’ve got wine that is friendly to both your wallet and your palette.
My reasoning? Similarly to the highly underrated wines from Spain, wines from Portugal are:
1. Dominion controlled ( hence the D.O.C. on certain labels.)
2. Highly undervalued
3. The best and freshest wine on the market, especially if your palette is privy to Old World Wine.
1. Dominion controlled. What does it mean?
Like tequila, or anything that is awesome, certain precautions must be taken to ensure a standard of excellence.
Similarly to tequila, Portuguese wine is classified by region as well as preservation (age) status. Without quality control there is no standard of quality!
2. Highly Undervalued
Most of Spain’s grapes get exported to chi-chi countries like France. In this same way, because Portugal wines are less “cool”, much more emphasis is placed upon the wine quality… as opposed to say, the label around the bottle.
3. Wines hailing from this part of South America are as fresh as Bel-Air’s Prince.
Vino Verde – if you haven’t heard of it, get familiar! I recommend them highly to our white wine drinkers. Vino Verde is the Portuguese equivalent to a French white table wine. Dry (but not too dry) and not sweet.
But onto the red wines! Cranberry Liquor has selected 4 of our best, least expensive wines from Portugal.
Starting at the top of the alphabetical list we’ve got
Colossal, by Casa Santos Lima
At 10.99 a bottle, it is hard to screw this decision up… From Wine Spectator:
“Colossal Red Reserva 2014 is made from a blend of three different grapes: Syrah, Touriga Nacional, and Alicante Bouschet. Alicante is often found as a blending grape in wines from the Rhone Valley in France.
Click the image for more info on this wine!
Touriga Nacional is a typical Portuguese grape, also used in Ports, and Syrah is a modern choice to use as part of a blend in Portugal. In fact you could look at this wine as a Portuguese homage to a Rhone Valley red!”
Rated at 1 point higher than the coveted 90 points, this Colossal Riserva is not to be missed.
Prefer a fruitier wine? I get it, I love my perfume because it smells like blackberries and raspberries. I definitely fall into this category.
As a result, I would steer you to the Paxis red blend. This wine is another 90+ points wine (actually, all four of these wines are.) This vintage (is an awesome flipping vintage) is older and may appreciate a ride in your decanter. Sediment aside, the un-corking of such a vintage is worth the wait.
Last two? A D.O.C. “Dao” by Grilos (a personal favorite), which is often compared to French Burgundy, except without the French Burgundy price tag.
Also, we have LAB, a highly recommended vintage and varietal with a blend of grapes native to Portugal.
IMPORTANT STORY-time: Once I had a customer who was determined to buy “French Pinot Noir” and I’d be damned if I let the challenge beat me. It turns out, French Burgundy is another way to say “FRENCH Pinot Noir”.
If you liken yourself to a good pinot noir, a lighter, fruiter red wine that can stand on its own, unaccompanied by an entrée you are probably going to have your mind blown by an Old World red “table wine.”
Why might I suggest this? Considering the facts that:
Old World Wines lack the “stringency” (or bitter/ makes-your-mouth-go-mlah taste) that certain domestic reds have.
This has a lot to do with the aging and barreling process of these wines… without calling any of our domestics out, or, to put it another way…
Maybe your 12 dollar red just got replaced by a more pleasing 12 dollar red “table” wine from our Portuguese underdogs, if only because the varietal of grapes is such a better buy for the money…
And if you’re wondering how I can make such an assumption about that ~ let’s assume you aren’t stuck in your ways (no shade!**) ~ perhaps consider what I said before regarding “dominion controlled” territories and the consequential regulations therein. As lame as it is for the winemakers, these regulations prevents marketing ploys from trumping good quality… at least, for now.
(**my mom may be French, but I see her drinking La Vielle Ferme!)
Maybe the best way to put it is like this:
If it seems too good to be true, it may just be from Portugal…
To quote a CLiquor store owner: “Holy smokes Batman, it’s less than a week from Thanksgiving!”
A week from today, people across America will be celebrating the most American thing since High School prom night: Thanksgiving …
Fortunately, we’ve got some excellent wine pairing suggestions, as well as other great information regarding the upcoming holiday.
That’s right folks, we are T Minus 6 Days away from school vacations,in-laws and spending frenzies.
[This is your (THAW THAT TURKEY) warning.]
In years past, sweet whites, inexpensive reds and those all-year-friendly roses have been hugely successful, to both our customers and our own guest’s delight. We also have that which refuses to die: the beaujolais nouveau.
Wine Suggestions – Thanksgiving 2018
This year, not only do we have suggestions for your holiday meal, but I got Joe the owner to write them! Then, all I had to do was build a post and add some images to this post.
In the time it took to write the post, that post died when our website crashed. Fortunately, Joe’s reviews were sent to me via email.
In a nutshell, what I wrote yesterday made the point that these wine suggestions aren’t picked out of a hat.
We find a great wine
We get a great price on said wine because we buy a lot when we find good wine.
We can then offer same wine to our customers at an equally excellent price.
Because we paid less, and we want you to have great wine, everyone wins.
tl;dr: In all seriousness, the selection a store makes is what makes a store great.
Without further ado, Joe’s Word…
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier Blend ($12.99) What started out as an experiment at Pine Ridge Vineyards has long been recognized as a successful white wine blend enjoyed by many and highly recommended at Cranberry Liquors.
A food-friendly wine, CB+V (their designation, not mine) pairs well with turkey and all the trimmings. It presents ripe fruity flavors which are balanced by a natural acidity thus complementing your meal, not competing with it. At $12.99, the Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier presents a unique and sophisticated alternative to typical white wines served for Thanksgiving Day dinner.
Dr. Loosen Riesling ($11.99) If you’re not feeling in an experimental mood, Dr. L’s Riesling is the go-to white wine for your Thanksgiving.
Long a traditional favorite, the fruity sweetness of Riesling goes with turkey like cranberry sauce does.
If your serving wine to folks who aren’t typical wine-drinkers at mealtime, this is the can’t-fail choice.
If you prefer a drier wine but don’t want to abandon the Riesling motif, Cranberry Liquors also has the Dry Riesling ($13.99) and Red Slate Dry ($15.99) from Dr. Loosen as well.
As mentioned before, rosé has evolved from “all day” to “all year,” and can be an excellent compliment to your bird.
Red Wine Pairings
All winery information listed at the end of this post!
The Crusher Pinot Noir ($10.99) The Crusher (who doesn’t like saying “The Crusher”?) is a California vinted and bottled pinot noir that exhibits all the classic elements of a great pinot at an excellent price: Bright, strawberry rhubarb on the nose and moderate tannins to deliver a nice, long finish. The winemaker’s tasting notes even describe a taste of cranberry in its flavor profile. What better red wine to serve with turkey?
Folie a Deux Zinfandel
($17.99) For the wine drinker that likes a good cabernet with a good steak, the Folie a Deux Zin provides a robust, full-bodied red wine experience for your Thanksgiving. Jammy berry aromas give way to mocha and cedar.
Medium tannins, and a round mouthfeel make this a wine which will stand up to turkey or pork.
Just in case you are doing something a little different this Thanksgiving.
*Cue applause track*
If you can’t take Joe’s word for it, take mine.
If you can’t take my word for it, take LeVar Burton’s.
Reading Rainbow (or best gif ever)
If you trust no one (not even LeVar?!) We will be tasting the wines listed below tomorrow, Saturday November 17 from 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM. (click here for that information…)
Additionally (rather, before I forget) can I interest you in my all time favorite drink? If none of the above appeals to you, drink what I’ve never heard anyone refuse to!
If you are beyond lost in our aisles (and not dancing like Levar and crew,) please ask for help!
C.Liquors celebrates all sorts of ways this time of year, and nothing it is very difficult to surprise us with your recipe or familial tradition.
Wednesday, November 2018
Thursday: Legally, liquor stores are required to be closed!
Friday: Back to normal, open at 9:00 AM until 10:00 PM.
Regarding the additionalseasonalholidays, we will post them as soon as this one is over!
For more information on the wines being tasted tomorrow: See event
Some may ask “What’s new?” and others may ask “What now?!”
Never fear – C. Liquors is here.
A few years ago I had a customer tell me I would love Burning Man and should consider going. I should have listened to him! Last night I was reading about the upcoming Burning Man Festival August, 2018.
Today, Burning Man is not as it was. Once known to some as the cool hippy music and art festival in the middle of the desert. it was a little-known festival famous for leaving no mark: as in, all festivities left no litter, structures or art in commemoration.
Today, not very different from Coachella or even Lollapolooza, more people know it as a social gathering for celebrities and other elite. What caught my eye in this article was not the obscene amount of money, man-power or produce (crates of eggs? In the desert?). #ew
Rather, I was curious about the alcohol being served at the tents of this celebrity chef, cooking for Silicon Valley attendees.
400 cases of Whispering Angel (as well as Dom Perignon) are on this celebrity chef’s menu.
Four hundred cases. For those of us who cannot count (watch me do this math wrong!) that is 3600 hundred bottles. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
Like Burning Man, Cape Cod is often at full capacity this time of year. If you are one of the lucky people on the beautiful island we call Cape Cod today, please note these things:
This weather is oh-so-typical. Finnicky gray skies, rainy forecasts and ruined outdoor plans all come part and parcel with our little pied-à-terre of lush, beautiful forests, deer ticks and cranberry bogs. You are getting the full Cape-Codder experience.
Speaking of Cape Codders, you’re better off playing local favorites. Plus, Dark and Stormy’s are sort of played out.
Mostly, if you are bumming out really hard about that cancelled nautical experience on Cape Cod today, making lemonade out of those lemon wedges isn’t all that hard! The Italian girl in me is screaming “make a sauce,” and the French girl in me is screaming something fatalistic involving red wine.
If you haven’t already poured through our selection (see what I did there?) may I suggest the Orin Swift?
We still have Mercury Head, Papillon (which means butterfly in French) and the Palermo in stock.
We also have the Machete – a head turner and an excellent bottle.
At $47.99 for a 750ml bottle, the Machete is Orin Swift’s more affordable buy.
This Wednesday is screaming red wine to me, but we do have Whispering Angel Rose as well. At 750ml, for 21.99 and 350 (split) for $13.99.
If that is more up your alley, you are more than welcome to try to make those rose gummi bears you saw on Pinterest.
Either way, Cranberry Liquors hopes you enjoy the beautiful gray skies Cape Cod has grown to love!
As you busy yourself trying to salvage your day today, Cranberry Liquors invites you to be a local today. What might that mean?Besides making the most of a grey day on Cape Cod?
What Cape Codders Do On Rainy Summer Days – Including but not limited to:
Drinking red wine because you can.
Sitting in your car at the beach
Complaining about this gosh-forsaken weather
Enjoying the day off
Taking a long drive… nowhere in particular (believe it or not, the roads should be clear as the majority of the population may or may not be at the grocery store)
No, only the important years. And this year happens to be an important one! Why, you might ask?
Because of the way the holidays stacked up, from Easter to Cinco De Mayo, and the fact that they cancelled spring this year, we’re pretty sure everyone needs a restful, seriously excellent weekend.
Without further ado, we’ve got Mother’s Day ideas for the mom who likes her pink wine, to the mom who likes her margarita with triple sec and extra salt.
2018 Wines for Mom
Other than for you to move out of her basement, what does your mom really want?
Rosés are still it, guys.
Things to know:
Do they like:
– dry or sweet (white or pink) wine?
– Domestic or Imported (California or French / Spanish / Italian?)
Hint: Raid her cabinet (or her Pinterest board) to see what she’s been into.
These are the wines Cranberry Liquors is betting our beer money on this year.
New Rosé 2018
The Mirabeau – (not to be confused with the Miraval rosé), this award winning rosé from rosé land (Provence, France,) this is a well priced, award winning wine. You can read more here (or just read the blog and come visit us at Cranberry Liquors.)
AIX – a french wine also from AIX/ Aix en Provence. Another award winner from that dominion/region in France that seems to churn out the best pink wine there is.
Read about the AIX here – I’m looking forward to this wine in particular.
Both the AIX and the Mirabeau retail at $17.99.
Contenders also include Dark Horse (a California/ domestic), the Mimi and the Apothic Rosé. We carried these wines last year, but prices have come down a bit on these.
Apothic Rosé: $11.99
“Apothic Rosé 2017 features vibrant flavors of strawberry with a hint of raspberry.With a great balance between sweet and sour notes, this wine fully delivers on the profile of Provençal-style Rosés. With a refreshing yet creamy finish, this wine is light in style but dark in nature.”
Dark Horse: $9.99
Tasting notes on this popular wine
“Cinsaut – Grenache – Syrah is a blend of grape varieties commonly grown and blended in southern France. This classic combination is used most commonly to make Provence‘s famous rosé wines, which display crisp, aromatic flavors of berryfruit and spice. The blend is also used to make some red wines, particularly in the appellations of the southern Rhone Valley and in the Languedoc-Roussillon area.”
Do a little shopping, buy something for mom too…
Not bad for Mom’s big day…
And if your mom will go for a beer or a glass of pink stuff, can we highly recommend the Angry Orchard Rose? Honestly, when this cider came out I was pretty confident it wouldn’t sell (thankfully, I don’t do the ordering.)
I was wrong!Angry Orchard made pink sparkly, light and inspired by “Amour Rouge” apples and that pink thing everyone is doing. At $9.50 a six pack, (plus bottle deposit) you’ve got six chances to make mom very, very happy.
For Moms Who Like Beer
We don’t play into stereotypes so we’ll just say this: Moms love beer. All kinds.
A personal favorite (over 5 years and still going strong!) is the Lambic Framboise Raspberry Beer. I remember the first time I had it the man who suggested it (Hi Adam!) said
“It’s just raspberry and hops. That’s it!” And it’s wicked, wicked good.
The other beer that’s great for warmer spring days is the Schofferhofer grapefruit beer. My favorite anecdote about this beer is the time the two 7 foot tall German guys came in speaking as much English as I do Spanish, telling me “this beer is most popular in Germany.” They walked out with the two and a half cases we had in stock.
Grapefruit-y, light effervescent beer that isn’t played out like Corona? Yes please.
Plus, just like the mixed case discounts we offer, mix-a-six pack of craft singles and continue to save ten percent!
Ideas for Mom who Shops
Two Words: Gift. Card.
Make an afternoon of it with your dear little mama.
Buying a C.Liquors gift card makes for three excellent solutions:
– The mom who is seemingly indifferent to “stuff” (hint: if she shops at X-mas Tree Shop, this is not your mom.)
– The mom who prefers “the experience” to the “stuff” (a la’ those commercials for a Groupon app.)
– The mom who is never happy with what you get her
– The mom you have nothing to do with.
Plus, get her a gift card and she can buy her extra super fancy liqueur and neither of you has to feel guilty! You can put $25 toward her 100 yearcognac /Grand Marnier Cuvée du Centenaire (it happens all the time.)
Mom doesn’t drink
Hmm, wish I could help you but… kidding! Come by Cranberry Liquors, give us the scoop, and we’ll have a great suggestion for you. There are plenty of people in Harwich Port who know exactly what your mom wants (they probably know your mom if you’re from here too…)
Note: C.Liquors offers gift bags and other items to make it look like you put all the effort into making their present presentable!