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.
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…
Some say that in order to have light, you must also have darkness.
In order to have great kindness, for instance, an equally present and ever-daunting evil must also be. ‘Yin’ requires ‘yang’, and this balance is recognized through time. This idea of balance is older than the internet, older than Jesus… it’s as plain as theory gets.
Take, for example, what we know about human “psyche”. We understand that humans are social creatures. The social aspects of technology – in their various forms and applications – have taken a toll on our social nature.
We do take advantage of these platforms. From Facebook to spiritofharwichport.com, new technology is a fabulous way to stay connected to our customers.
You can always reach me (Joe) via text, for example.
We, in turn, reach out with remarkable moments that tend to effect a little towns like ours. Things like C.Liquor’s [secret] Winter Wine Sale.
We are happy to take your questions. Conversely, we love wacky requests and great suggestions (black vodka, for example.)
All of this is facilitated by social media. But at what cost? Hopefully, we haven’t forsaken “personal touch.” In other words, we always look forward to the good conversations we can have at Cranberry Liquors.
Captain Cranberry manning his post at the counter.
Despite all that is new and digital, there is something to be said about the life-changing people you meet face-to-face for that thing we all crave: a little humanity!
Arriving back to the start of the year is strangely, seemingly expected with its wide open calendar. Nature serves as a reminder that like spring counterbalances autumn, even the (sometimes dreadful) winter has a purpose in this equilibrium.
Like the initial blanket of snow, it is as if the New Year plants a winter seed, seeing if it cannot emerge victorious come springtime… bringing with it the bloom of new challenges and, ultimately, accomplishments.
On behalf of all of us at Cranberry Liquors, thank you for 2018. We wish you a wonderful 2019.
PS: When you have flat champagne tomorrow, we have a great way to use it! Cheers!
PPS: We will be open until 8PM tonight, if not later ! Tomorrow Liquor stores are CLOSED.
Rather than getting caught up in the semantics, we’ll jump right to the point…
Christmas is an awesome time of year when you know how to shop for wine and liquor. And beer, can’t forget beer…
So if you’re feeling a little bit like you’re not “The Gift Whisperer” this year, or you’re not going to live up to the hype of years past…
Everyone loves a great time. Shopping for a great time is also an excellent time.
We’re pretty sure that if you don’t know your gift recipient’s drink of choice, ~~you’re fired~~ you don’t have to get them anything after all!
(Actually, that is why God invented gift cards… for the people who truly know what giving is, look to those who give the gift of gift cards.) And if you’re ready to trust your senses, come to our Christmas Wine Tasting! We’ll be doing all sorts of fancy stuff… like pouring wine and drinking it (you have to be 21 to play, however.)From left to right
Chateau de Sentenay Merseault $63
Tenshan White Blend $19.99
Les Pagodes de Cos Bordeaux $71.99
Burgess Cellars Napa Cabernet Sauvignon $51.99
Tomorrow is December 22… come have an awesome experience at Cranberry Liquors this weekend, starting at 1:00 PM.
Starting tomorrow, the days start getting longer! See, your evening just got better didn’t it?
Unless you hide under a rock (I do, often. It’s quite comfortable…) you may have noticed that construction in Harwich Port’s Center is not complete(!!!)
Sufficed it to say, Cranberry Liquors and the gang on Route 28 are giving it our best despite the circumstances. This time of year is sort of everyone’s “hurrah” before hibernation (if this isn’t your first winter on Cape Cod then you know I am referring to January.)
Cranberry Liquors is (drum roll) …
Having a baby! Just kidding, just kidding.
One more time.
Cranberry Liquors is (drum roll) …
having our biggest sale ever this weekend!
This weekend (Friday through Sunday) November 40th through December 2nd (ends on Sunday night or when my dad sells his whole store off on Friday night.)
Who- WHAT -Huh?
At Cranberry Liquors, we call it customer appreciation.
Our loyal patrons know what kind of a hellish season this part of Harwich Port has endured.
Before January makes you shiver, stock your own liquor cabinet! Get your favorites or branch out.
This weekend we will be hosting a “10% Off Everything in Store” Sale.
Wine? 10% off
Beer? 10% off
Liquor(?!!?) Yes, even liquor is ten percent off this weekend…
The only exceptions are legal – *we can’t discount lottery or tobacco.*
It’s ok, we forgive you. Click here for directions
Joe and crew decided to have a 10% storewide sale. Most of all? To thank you.
Thank you for being our customers.
We are beyond excited to have this sale. It’s about time we had a sale to thank our loyal patrons. Come see what’s new and cool, or just bend the ear of whoever you bump into while wandering the aisles.
Throughout Cape Cod (but magnified inside Harwich) you will see people from all walks of life. We have some great people who we would like to extend our best prices.
Cranberry Liquors knows how hard it is to try everyday, especially in the shortest days of the year. Rather then cater to the notion that we all freeze in place until summer, Cranberry Liquors wants to celebrate the great people in our little town.
So come by this weekend! May I recommend Friday night (before someone makes off with all of our fine french wine?)
Not just the yellow tags or the mixed six bottles (wine or beer…)
We’ve definitely never seen another sale like it, and we doubt that it’s been done before.
Either way, please stop by to see the commotion. There is plenty of parking (finally) and the rear entrance (the ‘backtrance’ ) is still a preferred point of entry to our establishment.
Yes, you still have to be 21 to drink. We can’t change the laws but we can crank up the discounts for the people who are old enough!
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
With a new structure casting shadows on our building, Cranberry Liquors wants to:
Thank our patient and awesome customers through this parking lot remodel.
Mention that we muscled through what was a weird summer. Our deliveries being redirected. Yes, the sidewalk was in shambles two days ago, and it was almost our breaking point. Thankfully, the awesome crew that was working that job put our sidewalk back together that same afternoon.
Also, thankfully, our parking hasn’t taken a hit.
However, we fear that our customers might not know that we have two entrances to our store (we have a front entrance and a “backtrance” directly opposite the front door around the building!)
This is the backtrance of Cranberry Liquors
We are SO READY to be back to normal!
When the dust finally settles on the parking lot, we get the feeling that all of Harwich Port will breathe a huge, collective sigh of relief.
So, whether you are looking forward to forty hour weeks instead of fifty plus hour weeks or you are just happy that school is back in session, we’re happy you’re here to enjoy some of the most glorious days that nature has to offer us on this little island.
We will be also doing a wine tasting tomorrow afternoon from 1:00- 6:00 PM (stay tuned for updates here!) Costumes are not mandatory, but always welcome (it is October…)
Just a Reminder…
No matter what time of year it is – spring, summer, fall or winter…
Cranberry Liquors offers a discount of ten percent on six bottles of any (750ml/normal sized) bottles of wine.
If you want to mix a case of your favorite wine, Cranberry Liquors continues to offer 20% on a mixed case. It’s not a secret, but not everyone knows about it.
Does this include every wine?! Yes, with very few exceptions (less than 2% of our product being very, very few fine wine/limited quantity items.)
Cranberry Liquors case dicount
Feel free to call and ask about discounts, pricing or availability. We are definitely still attending weddings on Cape Cod and offer free delivery whenever we can coordinate with you (the more notice the better, but it’s not always necessary.)
Cranberry Liquors is proud to be The Spirit of Harwich Port. We love our patrons (even the ones who aren’t online or on Facebook!)
Tag us @CranberryLiquors if you think you can out-photo this awesome cranberry shot (taken by my dad, Joe :])
If this doesn’t shout Autumn on Cape Cod to you, show us up and tag us @CranberryLiquors – Bank Street Bog, Harwich Port
We’d love to see your best autumnal photos… who knows, lets go viral!