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!
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Suffice it to say, we owe it all to our awesome customers. Joe has always brought this idea that all the preparation we do each week is “sort of like throwing a party. I just hope that people want to come.”
I love this attitude!
“Big” weekends on Cape Cod are sort of a big deal for our business… and many, many others on Cape Cod. Yes, traffic can grind to a stop especially even if your air conditioning is not functioning. That said, however, traffic has been trickling in all week long and we think this weekend will be an awesome one from the weather to the windows to the walls (no whammy, no whammy, no whammy!)
Thank you for making us Cape Cod Life’s favorite Liquor Store for the 5th year running. We can’t wait to say hello, to patrons both new and old this weekend.
We’ll be making the most of the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend.
We’ll definitely find a way to celebrate our Brand New Gold Star too, so don’t miss out as we kick off both the Summer of 2019 as well as our shoes. Just as soon as we finish our shift.
Need a last minute gift for the mom’s in your life?
No? Ok, have a good weekend!
No matter which moms you are celebrating Cranberry Liquors wants to give you our best suggestion for this upcoming celebratory day…
Not a wine with a “flowery finish.”
Not a rosé with bouquet in the description.
Buy mom flowers!
Yes, that’s correct, Alex. In soil or cut, fresh cut or freshly potted. Everyone loves flowers. Everyone appreciates flowers, especially if you know them well enough to describe them to a florist. It helps to know if they have an allergy to pollen, but even that is an easy detour.
Personally I like living flowers. Whereas other people can’t keep a plant alive to save their lives (also me, hence cacti…). Others still have a cupboard full of unused vases.
I guess our only suggestion would be to reach her sooner than later, because like any good florist, she’s got to plan ahead for your moms!
Exit the Groupon “experience.”
Chuck the tchotchkes.
Halt the Hallmark ! # Haltmark ™
Jump the fence and cut your neighbor’s hydrangeas! Ok… don’t do that.
In all seriousness, to all the wonderful moms out there, who tolerated raising people in such a crazy, crazy life, we toast to you. Happy Mother’s Day.
Thanks for being mom.
PS: WHY is there so much hype around Mother’s Day, and not Father’s Day? I think people are excited about spring… or maybe it’s because MOMs really are the best. <3
P.P.S. We get it – the 1-800-flowers route is easy. We are locally yo-cal kind of folks (hidey-ho, neighbor!) Also, if you haven’t noticed, the Cape Cod Mall is closing. Support your local businesses, folks!
2. Take advantage of some major savings, as the Winter Wine Sale has been extended through until the end of this weekend (because we work hard for the money too, dammit!)
3. Get your craft down to C.Liquor’s all March and expect to save 20% on your craft beer purchase from big singles display. (while supplies last, of course.)
As we said before, we love our customers. We love our community and want to show our camaraderie through our least favorite months. Thank you for showing us love back by taking this survey and making us champions (no whammy, no whammy, no whammy!)
This is Cranberry Liquors, inviting you to our house this February to share in some of the best:
Promotions (Check out the scoop! Will be updated with more ASAP !)
People you’ll meet on our side of the ocean…
Although February has a tendency to kick anyone’s butt, Cranberry Liquors loves to take the opportunity to shine a little light into those dark, dark places our mind can wander off into…
Without further ado, the game starts February 1st (no, not that game, but #Gopats ).
Instead of getting what you always get, can I interest you in our first CBD brew? At $8 a can, I can almost promise you like many of our best wines, they’ll be scooped up in this first week of February, if not this weekend.
We don’t hide the good vintages (no, not even for you, Uncle Patriots!) so all 750 ML’s are FAIR GAME…
ON-SIDE NOTE: Sparkling wine is included in our Annual Winter Wine Sale.
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)