Tuesday, September 23, 2014

A Perfect Pair

We usually highlight one new product every Tuesday in our Bottle Club® email. This week, however, we're showcasing two new wines from the same producer. These are outstanding wines at amazing price points, and both will make any meal that much more enjoyable.

Terredavino is a top Italian winery. Located in Barolo, in the heart of the Langhe territory, with a unique philosophy: only wine from Piedmont, only DOC and DOCG wines.
In their words: "We are a winery surrounded by the picturesque vineyards of the Langhe district, one of the most renowned vine growing areas of the world. However, we are more than just that, we are an agricultural firm without peer in our region. We encompass over 5,000 hectares of vineyards cultivated by over 2,500 growers. This gives us a unique basis of immense proportions which allows us to produce at a very high quality level that often reaches the peaks of excellence. We offer a vast range of wines, spanning from those names known throughout the world to small locally known niche products."

Our New Product is the Terredavino Barbera d'Alba. The Barbera grapes for this distinctive wine come from the heart of the classic zone for Barbera, in the magnificent hills surrounding the city of Alba, in the Langhe of Piedmont.

Winemaking is totally traditional, with a 10-day maceration on the skins and a controlled fermentation at 25-28°C. Malolactic fermentation immediately follows, in steel, and the wine is then given a brief bottle aging.

The nose is fruity, intense but refined, with lovely notes of dried plum and vanilla. Dry, smooth, very full and harmonious on the palate.

The Terredavino Barbera d'Alba is available at only $14.96 in the Bottle Club®.
The Terredavino Roero Arneis was the featured product in today's Bottle Club® email.

The pre-eminent growing area for Arneis is the Roero, the area of magnificent hills on the left bank of the Tanaro river. Here, the calcareo-siliceous soils encourage the development of perfumed, elegant wines.

After a gentle pressing, the must is given a cultured-yeast fermentation for some 10 days at 16-18°C. A final crucial step is a brief maturation in the bottle to further improve the structure of the wine and the complexity of its bouquet.

The wine is a deep straw yellow with greenish highlights. The nose is generous, crisp, and refreshing, releasing aromas of blossoms and green apple. It's dry, full-bodied, and balanced on the palate, with savory flavors and an appealing, subtle style.

Only $9.96 in the Bottle Club®.

Monday, September 22, 2014

"Thank You" from Joe Canal's

Customer Appreciation Weekend at Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville and Woodbridge was a great success and a lot of fun. The first and largest "Thank You' is directed to you, our loyal customers. Whether you showed up for the opportunity to dunk an employee, to taste some great wine, or just to do your regular shopping, we're glad that you came to Joe Canal's. Thanks are also extended to our employees, especially the good sports who took a dunking for a great cause. We also thank our industry partners for their help in ensuring the success of the weekend.

In Lawrenceville, some employees made it an early Halloween.
We had unannounced tastings, including Sterling Vineyards wines
And we tasted fine wine, like the Caymus 40th Anniversary vintage
With your help, we also raised money for the Autism Research Institute, by dunking employees like Senior Wine Manager Brandon Bartfalvi
We'll have more pictures and stories as they become available.




Friday, September 19, 2014

Customer Appreciation Weekend Meets the Friday Grab Bag

Today is the start of our three-day Customer Appreciation Weekend. We have special events, extra discounts, free food, raffle prizes and lots of fun scheduled for today, tomorrow and Sunday. Now the format of this blog post is the Friday Grab Bag, but it's really a celebration of our thanks to you, for your continued loyalty.

Customer Appreciation Weekend Events

We offered a full preview of the schedule for both stores in yesterday's blog post. Click here to see that.

To see the schedule for the Lawrenceville location, please click here.

To see the schedule for the Woodbridge location, please click here.

After this weekend, both stores move back to the regular wine tasting schedule. Currently, the only variation from that will be on Saturday, October 18, in Woodbridge. We'll have a tasting of B & G wines that day.

New Products

Contucci Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2009: 94 points from Wine Enthusiast, and an Editor's Choice. Their review: " This is a classically crafted wine made by one of Montepulciano’s most historic estates. It has an alluring bouquet of violet, rose petal, cassis and nutmeg. The palate delivers an intense wild-cherry flavor layered with white pepper and cinnamon, all impeccably balanced by firm tannins and vibrant acidity."

Made from 80% Prugnolo Gentile, 10% Canaiolo Nero, 10% Colorino, aged in oak barrels for 2 years.

Only $22.96 in the Bottle Club®.


Beringer The Waymaker: The Waymaker represents the best of the Paso Robles region. The foundation of the Waymaker is Syrah, a varietal that demonstrates great richness and generosity from Camatta Hills. Cabernet Sauvignon comprises the majority of the balance of the blend, and lends great depth of fruit as well as lifted spice notes. The Waymaker was aged in a combination of seasoned oak barrels with a small amount of new oak for 17 months to both round and soften the tannins and bring in some additional spice notes. The excellent 2012 vintage delivered warm and dry conditions, perfect for the inaugural release of this wine.
Serving suggestion
We invite you to explore this full-bodied wine, which has enticing flavors of blue fruits accented by floral and dusty notes.

At present, we have limited stock in both stores, at $18.99.

Ripped from the Headlines

We recently discussed the troubles at Balcones. Click here and here for updates. Like so much else, part of the battle is on Twitter, where two hashtags are trending, #NoChipNoBalcones and #isupportchiptate. If you want to get your bottle of Balcones before the lawsuits interfere with production or distribution, we have Baby Blue, Brimstone and Rumble in stock.

Happy International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Customer Appreciation Weekend Update

At Joe Canal's, we thank you for your patronage every day of the week. But sometimes, we want to be a little more obvious about it, which brings us to this year's Customer Appreciation Weekend. There will be special events, extra sales, food and fun all weekend, at both the Lawrenceville and Woodbridge stores.

In the last couple of days, we've made some additions to the schedule. These additions include:
-raffle drawing for Philadelphia Eagles tickets (Lawrenceville only)
-tasting and bottle signing, Villa Massa Limoncello (Friday, both stores)
-Free tasting, Dewar's and Highland Honey (Saturday, Lawrenceville only)
-balloon pop discounts (added to Woodbridge; already on the Lawrenceville schedule)
-the dunk tank charity in Lawrenceville is the Autism Research Institute
-the dunk tank charity in Woodbridge is the Woodbridge Domestic Violence Response Team

The following will go on each day in Lawrenceville:

-A 10% discount on purchases of a half-case (6 bottles, 750ML) or more, of wine, non-Bottle Club® wines. Mix & Match or same.
-A 5% discount on the purchase of six bottles of spirits (750ML size), non-Bottle Club® items. Mix & Match or same.
-A 10% discount on the purchase of craft beer in 750ML or 22OZ bottles, non-Bottle Club® items. Mix & Match or same. For the discount to apply, the minimum purchase is 12 bottles.
-Coupon for a Free bag of Crostini with the purchase of a block of cheese (spread purchases are not eligible).
-Raffles and giveaways, including a pair of tickets to a Philadelphia Eagles home game! No purchase necessary to participate.
-Balloon Pop Discounts all weekend. These discounts will exclude any Bottle Club® items and cannot be combined with any other discount.

In Lawrenceville, Friday only: High-end tastings, while supplies last, starting at 2:00pm
--Dom Perignon
--Johnny Walker Blue Label
-Free tasting, Villa Massa Limoncello, 4-6pm; bottle signing by Sara Massa
-Free tasting, Drambuie, 4-6pm
-Free tasting, Stoli Vodka, 6-8pm

Saturday only:
-Free Hot Dogs, 1-3pm, while supplies last
-Charity Dunk Tank. Sink a Joe Canal's employee, at $1 per ball toss,to benefit the Autism Research Institute, 10am-3pm
-Free tasting, Dewar's and Highland Honey, 2-4pm
-High-end tastings, while supplies last, starting at 2:00pm
--Caymus
--Dalmore Cigar Malt




Sunday only:
-High-end tastings, while supplies last, starting at 2:00pm
--Silver Oak, Alexander Valley
--Abelour Abundah

The following will go on each day in Woodbridge:

-A 10% discount on purchases of a half-case (6 bottles, 750ML) of wine, non-Bottle Club® wines. Mix & Match or same.
-A 5% discount on the purchase of six bottles of spirits (750ML size), non-Bottle Club® items. Mix & Match or same.
-A 10% discount on the purchase of craft beer in 750ML or 22OZ bottles, non-Bottle Club® items. Mix & Match or same. For the discount to apply, the minimum purchase is 12 bottles.
-A coupon for a free bag of Crostini with the purchase of a block of cheese (spread purchases are not eligible).
-Raffles! Items being raffled off include a Sam Adams umbrella, a space heater, used Bourbon barrels and coolers. No purchase necessary to participate in the raffles.
-Mixed drink kits for sale.
-"Blind" wine tastings. you won't know what you tasted until the "reveal".
-Balloon Pop Discounts all weekend. These discounts will exclude any Bottle Club® items and cannot be combined with any other discount.

In Woodbridge, Friday only: High-end tastings, while supplies last, starting at 2:00pm
--Dom Perignon
--Johnny Walker Blue Label
-Villa Massa Limoncello tasting, 7-9pm; bottle signing by Sara Massa

Saturday only:
-Hot dog truck, 1-4pm
-Charity Dunk Tank, 1-4pm. Sink a Joe Canal's employee, at $1 per ball toss, to benefit the Woodbridge Domestic Violence Response Team
-High-end tastings, while supplies last, starting at 2:00pm
--Sassicaia
--Don Julio 1942
 Sunday only:
-Growler discounts. Blindly pick a coupon, with discounts ranging from 5% to 30%
-Free soft pretzels, 12-3pm, while supplies last
-High-end tastings, while supplies last, starting at 2:00pm
--Dominus
--Beluga Gold



The above schedule is subject to change without further notice.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Midweek News

While the headline refers to the new products that we'll outline below, the other news is about our upcoming Customer Appreciation Weekend. Joe Canal's says "Thank You" with our Customer Appreciation weekend, September 19-20-21! Come out for our great service, outstanding selection and unbeatable prices, plus special discounts, free food, tastings of fine wine and spirits, raffle prizes and more!

To see the schedule of events in Lawrenceville, please click here.

To see the schedule of events in Woodbridge, please click here.

Cuttings Red

The Prisoner Wine Company has delivered some outstanding products. Their Saldo was a recent Wine Spectator Top 100, and their flagship wine, The Prisoner, has been at cult status for years. You can now look for their newest wine, Cuttings, at Joe Canal's.

Cuttings is inspired by the age-old method of using cuttings from a vineyard to propagate new vines, this new Cabernet-based blend is unique and special. Cuttings combines the richness, complexity and depth of Cabernet Sauvignon (65%) with the structure and intensity of Petite Sirah (15%) and Syrah (15%), all the while channeling the robust character of Zinfandel (5%).

Powerful and structured, with intense aromas of ripe dark fruit, black cherry and subtle spicy notes of cedar and anise. The palette is rich and dense, with flavors of sweet plum and red berries and complimented with a hint of dark cocoa powder. Polished tannins and integrated French
oak adorn a long silky finish.

Available for $42.99 in the Bottle Club®.

Roca Patron Silver

Roca Patron is sweet - with notes of black pepper, pimpkin and lime tea - to create a more complex finish. It's brilliant, transparent, silver, crystal clear. The nose offers fresh, delicate citrus, a low and balanced alcohol note, and humidity. On the palate, it's smooth and sweet, with humidity, earthy, spiced notes like black pepper, plus a long-lasting aftertaste with cooked agave, light citrus notes, cooked pumpkin, fruits, light herbs and lime tea. 45% ABV.

Available for $55.99 in the Bottle Club®.

We're pleased to introduce a couple of new wines from Terredavino, in Italy's Piedmont region.

Terredavino Barbera d'Alba DOC

The Barbera grapes for this distinctive wine are sourced from vineyards in the heart of the classic zone for Barbera, in the magnificent hills surrounding the city of Alba, in the Langhe of Piedmont.

Winemaking is totally traditional, with a 10-day maceration on the skins and a controlled fermentation at 25-28°C. Malolactic fermentation immediately follows, in steel, and the wine is then given a brief bottle aging.

The wine is a rich, ruby red. The nose is fruity, intense but refined, with lovely notes of dried plum and vanilla. It's dry, smooth, very full and harmonious on the palate.

Only $14.96 in the Bottle Club®.

Terredavino Roero Arneis DOCG

The pre-eminent growing area for the arneis grape is the Roero, the area of magnificent hills on the left bank of the Tanaro river. Here, the calcareo-siliceous soils encourage the development of perfumed, elegant wines.

After a gentle pressing, the must is given a cultured-yeast fermentation for some 10 days at 16-18°C. A final crucial step is a brief maturation in the bottle to further improve the structure of the wine and the complexity of its bouquet.

The wine is a deep straw yellow with greenish highlights. The nose is generous, crisp, and refreshing, releasing aromas of blossoms and green apple. It's dry, full-bodied, and balanced on the palate, with savory flavors and an appealing, subtle style.


Only $9.96 in the Bottle Club®.


Ardbeg Supernova



Supernova was brought back by popular demand in 2010.

 The 2010 expression was out of this world – even deeper, stronger and earthier than the award-winning 2009 edition. Peated to more than 100 parts per million Supernova is the peatiest Ardbeg ever and quite simply heavenly.


Aroma: Big and powerful with peaty, earthy and deep herbal notes.

With the first sniff, encounter deep earthy peat oils and crushed black pepper embedded in the darkest chocolate. Swirl the glass and dip your nose into herbal infusions of juniper, elderflower and agave. Tarry ropes and creosote-soaked elm follow with flowering currants, olives and hot chilli peppers.


Swirl water into the glass, and voyage into the unknown with smoky coal tar, an open box of rolling tobacco, peat moss and roasted malt. A barbecue of smoky charcoal rises above the peat moss, softened by camomile, cedar and heather bloom. A blast of brine, white pepper and smoky asparagus escapes into the atmosphere with a spritely display of gooseberries and greengages.

Taste: Ardbeg challenges the palate with a smoke and salt explosion - hot, sizzling and gristy sensations effervesce and explode on the tongue with a powerful peaty punch. Black and white crushed pepper pop with chilli and chocolate. Chewy sweet rolling tobacco, linseed oil and newly tanned leather roll backwards on a wave of brininess and burst of juicy lime marmalade. Cigar smoke builds up to a crescendo before drying out to bring dark roast earthy coffee, toasted almonds and licorice root.


Finish: Long, deep and powerful, refusing to fade away – remaining warm and drying with tarry peat, cocoa and chilli.

For the whisky enthusiast, Supernova is highly allocated, and priced at $129.99.




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tippy Tuesday

One of the hot, growing categories in wine & spirits is Rum Cream. We're (mostly) all familiar with the Irish Cream category, and the Rum Cream drinks have both similarities and differences. As a general rule, any of these Cream drinks can be enjoyed on their own, or you can use them as a base for a delicious cocktail.

At Joe Canal's, we're pleased to introduced the Tippy Cow Rum Cream line.

Tippy Cow will remind you of tastes you have been enjoying your whole life. Proudly made by Wisconsin cows, Tippy Cow uses only the highest quality ingredients to ensure a perfect flavor experience. Let the Chocolate take you back to your local ice cream shop for a chocolate malt; enjoy Orange Cream and think about frozen orange desserts you ate every summer. Savor Shamrock Mint and remember your favorite Saint Patrick's Day shake, or delight in Vanilla Soft Serve and wish you could eat the cone. Enjoy these classic tastes on the rocks, straight up, or as a base for a variety of cocktails, but be prepared to share as Tippy Cow always draws a crowd!

There are two basic elements to Tippy Cow: Caribbean Rum and real dairy cream.

As we noted, Rum Cream drinks make for great cocktails, and Tippy Cow is no exception. And the best part is that the recipes are really simple.

Irish Hot Chocolate

1 part Tippy Cow Shamrock Mint + 1/2 part Irish Whiskey + 3 parts Hot Chocolate

Irish Mint Coffee

1 part Tippy Cow Shamrock Mint + 1/2 part Irish Whiskey + 3 parts Hot Coffee

Mint Chocolate Moo

1 part Tippy Cow Chocolate + 1 part Tippy Cow Shamrock Mint

Almond Delight

1 part Tippy Cow Chocolate + 1/2 part Coconut Rum + 1 part Amaretto

Vanilla Latte

1 part Tippy Cow Vanilla Soft Serve + 3 parts hot coffee



Tippy Cow is available for only $18.49, and it's certified Gluten-free. Tip a glass, not a cow!


Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekends Update

While our grammar might be less than perfect, that seemed like the best way to address the weekend coming up, and the weekend that just ended.

In talking about the weekend that just ended, we're really highlighting the special appearance of Christina Milian at our Lawrenceville store on September 12.
A long line awaited Christina, and the line stayed strong throughout the two hours she was in-store. However, the line did move well, and she gave every guest her complete attention.

Viva Diva Moscato wines are from Italy's Piedmont region, and are high quality sweet, slightly sparkly wines that are infused with natural flavors of Mango, Peach, Pineapple-Coconut and Strawberry. 
We are all looking forward to the upcoming Customer Appreciation Weekend. There will be special discounts and extra sales all weekend long. Both stores will have free food on Saturday, along with a charity dunk tank that will allow you to try and sink a Joe Canal's employee, for only $1 per ball toss.

In addition, both stores will offer tastings of high end products on all three days. Want to sample Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Dom Perignon, Caymus, or Beluga Gold? All are on the tasting schedule for Customer Appreciation weekend.

Because each store will have unique events, and restrictions will apply in certain circumstances, the best thing to do is check the complete agenda for each store.

For the Lawrenceville schedule, please click here.

For the Woodbridge schedule, please click here.

See you this weekend!