Wednesday, July 30, 2014

New Website, New Products

We're showcasing lots of "new" this week, starting with our web site. Our totally revamped web site allows you to search our inventory. If you're a Bottle Club® member and logged in on the web site, you can see our Bottle Club® prices.

Registration at jcanals.com is free, and there is no obligation to purchase anything. To register, if you're an existing Bottle Club® customers who receive our twice-weekly emails:
1.    Go to www.jcanals.com and select Lawrenceville or Woodbridge.
2.    Click on “Login” in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
3.    Once on the Login page, enter your email address in the appropriate box, then click the “Forgot Password” link.
4.    Follow the Set/Reset Password instructions you receive in an email.

For anyone not in the Bottle Club®, or anyone else not currently receiving our emails, you will need to create an account, as follows:
1.    Follow steps 1 and 2, as listed above.
2.    At the Login screen, click the “Create an Account” button.
3.    On the “Create New Account” screen, complete all fields and click the “Create Account” button.

If you're having any issues with our new web site, please let us know by using the Contact Us feature, at the bottom left of the Home Page.

What Else Is New

Hennessy VS Shepard Fairey Edition

Shepard Fairey is a contemporary street artist who created the Hope poster for the 2008 Presidential campaign. other works are on display at the Smithsonian, MOMA in New York, and other museum collections.

"My inspiration for this limited edition design was based on the legacy of Hennessy as a brand. To me, Hennessy has always been about Quality, Authenticity, Tradition, and Elegance."

"When I look at the history of Hennessy and how the eaux-de-vie are saved for years and built upon, I see a connection to the way I work as an artist. I've developed, experimented, come up with techniques that I've then pushed and pushed and refined." - Shepard Fairey

This collector's edition is available in very limited quantities.

Blue Chair Bay Banana Rum

From down on the waterline in Barbados comes Blue Chair Bay Rum™, beach made and beach aged for when you want to kick back and let time fly. The Banana flavor is the latest addition to the rum section.

Beringer Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Not exactly new, but we got this amazing summer white wine at such a great price that we wanted to highlight it.

The Beringer Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is an enticing wine with aromas of kaffir lime, nectarine and honeysuckle. The palate has a pleasing mouthfeel, notes of lemon zest, tangerine, and a bright acidity carrying into the finish.


Regularly $16.49, we have this in the Bottle Club® for only $10.98.




Svedka Peach

Another summer staple is a juicy, ripe peach. SVEDKA bottled that flavor, and it's available at Joe Canal's in Lawrenceville and Woodbridge.

Here's a quick mid-week cocktail.

1 part SVEDKA Peach
2 parts cream (or milk)

Pour the SVEDKA peach and cream (or milk) into an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously. Strain into a rocks-style glass that's been filled with fresh ice. Garnish with a peach wedge.

For a twist on this cocktail, make it in a blender.


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Four is the New Three

Among our domestic wines, the Ménage à Trois brand has been a top-seller. The name actually comes from the fact that they use a blend of three different grapes in each bottle. Red or white, single varietal or blend, Ménage à Trois hits the intersection of quality, price and value just about perfectly. New to Joe Canal's is Ménage à Trois Midnight.

From Ménage à Trois: "Midnight represents the dark side of Ménage à Trois—it’s our most intense expression yet, a passionate blend bursting with dusky aromas, an extraordinarily deep color, and rich, ripe black fruit. Don’t be shy—turn out the lights and savor the pleasures of the dark."

"For this special wine, our winemakers wanted to create a truly uninhibited blend— something deeper, darker, and bolder than ever before. In true Ménage à Trois style, they decided that ‘more is more,’ and crafted a blend of not three—but four—grapes! Merlot adds a plush, velvety texture, Cabernet Sauvignon offers elegance and power, Petite Sirah lends inky intensity and Petit Verdot imparts a deep violet color and concentrated fruit. To round out the flavors the wine is aged on French and American oak. The result is a wine that leaves an indelible impression. It’s mysterious and dark, soft and sensual—just like Midnight."

Tasting notes: A gorgeous garnet color in the glass, this luxurious blend wraps you up in a velvety embrace. Voluptuous blackberry and plush spiced plum flavors seduce your palate, while hints of mocha and exotic spice linger on your lips like a stolen kiss. Silky and smooth with a long, powerful finish, you’ll wish Midnight could last forever.

Only $9.99 in the Bottle Club®.

Monday, July 28, 2014

The New jcanals.com

Late last night, the all-new Joe Canal's web site came on-line. With its sleek, modern look, added features and  improved functionality, we think the new web site will be your new BFF.

If you've bookmarked the old site at www.jcanals.com, that will still link you to our new site. However, you will first be directed to a decision page, where you'll choose either the Lawrenceville or the Woodbridge store.

Click here for direct access to the Lawrenceville site.

Click here for direct access to the Woodbridge site.

Probably the first thing you'll notice is the fact that you can now browse our inventory. Nearly every product is available for on-line viewing, and the entire inventory will be available shortly. You MUST be a member of the Bottle Club® AND you must register at jcanals.com to see the Bottle Club® prices for our inventory.

Registration at the new jcanals.com is both easy and free.

You'll access whatever information you're looking for through our Home Page. The pull-down menus will link you things like the Growler menu, Events calendar, party-planning tools, and, of course, this blog. There are also links on the left side of the Home Page, for direct access to our weekly coupons, current sale ad, and more. In addition, you can click on of the rotating images on the Home Page for a link to that particular area. And you can toggle between the two stores via the Stores tab.

If you see something that we can do better with the web site, or if you encounter a challenge, please let us know via the Contact form, under the Customer Service tab. Every web site launch is something of a process, rather than an event, so we expect to tweak the site over the next couple of days.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Grab Bag

We made it to Friday, meaning it's time for our weekly round-up of news, events, and new products. The big news is that we will soon be rolling out an all-new web site. Still located at www.jcanals.com, the web site will have a fresh, sleek and modern look, with easier navigation and more features.

Events

Lawrenceville: We have our regularly scheduled wine tastings this weekend. Please stop in for the free tasting on Friday, from 4-6pm, or Saturday, from 2-4pm. The tasting menu is here.

Woodbridge: We're also on our regular wine tasting schedule for this weekend. Please join us on Friday, 4-6pm, or Saturday, 1-3pm.

Tonight, we also have our final Founders specialty tapping of the month. We'll tap a keg of Curmudgeon Old Ale at 6pm, right after the wine tasting ends.

Looking ahead one week, we have a special Cutty Sark "Cutty Back" tasting next Saturday, August 2, from 1-4pm. The Cutty Back is Cutty Sark Scotch whisky with PBR, and it's also known as the Hipster Grenade.

Save the Date! We're busy setting the details, but we're having a Scotch dinner, featuring The Macallan, on Thursday, October 2.

What's New

We've received 9 new (or new vintages) Bordeaux wines. At one end of the price scale (but still high on the quality scale), we have the 2010 Château Le Grand Moulin Grande Réserve Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux.

It's Merlot (70%) with supplementary Cabernet Franc (25%) and Malbec (5%,) offering this wine a ruby ​​color and a nose of red fruit which is backed by the wooded roasted notes. A smooth entry follows a well structured palate, with silky tannins marked by wooded persistent finish. Pairs nicely with grilled beef or cheese.

Scored at 90 points by Wine Enthusiast. Available for only $9.96 in the Bottle Club®.


Looking at the more age-worthy Bordeaux, we have the 2010 Chateau Malartic Lagraviere Pessac-Leognan. This wine rated 93 points from Wine Spectator, 94 from both Wine Advocate and Wine Enthusiast, and 95 from James Suckling. From the James Suckling review: "Impressive nose with leather, dark polished fruit and flowers. Wonderful mouthfeel with soft silky tannins and beautiful texture. Really well put together. Powerful and rich with loads of fruit and ripe tannins. Very ripe."

We think this is a wonderful value, at only $69.99 in the Bottle Club®.

Among our domestic wines, the Ménage à Trois brand has been a top-seller. Red or white, single varietal or blend, Ménage à Trois hits the intersection of quality, price and value just about perfectly. New to Joe Canal's is Ménage à Trois Midnight.

From Ménage à Trois: "Midnight represents the dark side of Ménage à Trois—it’s our most intense expression yet, a passionate blend bursting with dusky aromas, an extraordinarily deep color, and rich, ripe black fruit. Don’t be shy—turn out the lights and savor the pleasures of the dark."

"For this special wine, our winemakers wanted to create a truly uninhibited blend— something deeper, darker, and bolder than ever before. In true Ménage à Trois style, they decided that ‘more is more,’ and crafted a blend of not three—but four—grapes! Merlot adds a plush, velvety texture, Cabernet Sauvignon offers elegance and power, Petite Sirah lends inky intensity and Petit Verdot imparts a deep violet color and concentrated fruit. To round out the flavors the wine is aged on French and American oak. The result is a wine that leaves an indelible impression. It’s mysterious and dark, soft and sensual—just like Midnight."

Tasting notes: A gorgeous garnet color in the glass, this luxurious blend wraps you up in a velvety embrace. Voluptuous blackberry and plush spiced plum flavors seduce your palate, while hints of mocha and exotic spice linger on your lips like a stolen kiss. Silky and smooth with a long, powerful finish, you’ll wish Midnight could last forever.

Only $9.99 in the Bottle Club®.

After those wine reviews, we'll close out this section with a new craft Bourbon, from New York. Joe Canal's is introducing Widow Jane Bourbon.

Widow Jane produces the finest Bourbons and whiskeys, sparing no expenses, cutting no corners, making no compromises, using no genetically modified corns, grains, yeasts, or enzymes.

As great whiskey distillers throughout the world — from Kentucky to Scotland — have long known, it takes sweet water from tough rock to make great whiskey. And, that’s what Widow Jane Whiskey, distilled in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, is all about.

This 7 year whiskey is aged to perfection. It drinks like a 20 year bourbon with its deep cherry notes and light tannic finish.

Aroma: Butter, Cream, Toffee
Front: Cherry Wood, Olive Oil
Mid: Orange
Finish: Burnt Orange and Spice

Priced at $34.99 per 375ML bottle.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

We're Offering More!

More new products, that is. Our buyers have the difficult task of selecting new products for our stores, and they're almost always spot-on. Earlier this week, we featured new beer deliveries, so today we'll preview some news wine & spirits items. And as always, we receive more products than we can review, so please ask one of our store team members for assistance in finding all of the new items.

Sauza 901 Tequila

For a super smooth, triple-distilled premium tequila experience that is a cut above the rest. Every bottle of 100% agave Sauza® 901® is carefully crafted using only the finest blue weber agave. 140 years of tequila-making history and one of the greatest creators of our time come together for a distilling process as unique as the bottle in which it’s served.

As a longtime tequila lover, Justin Timberlake developed a heightened interest in the spirit on a trip to the tequila heartland of Jalisco, Mexico where he was inspired by the craftsmanship that goes into cultivating a fine tequila.

During his visit, Justin was struck with the idea of connecting with his fans by uniting the passion he has for his craft with the art and dedication that goes into every bottle of premium tequila. He set out to tell the story in a way that fully embodies his creative and hardworking, yet easygoing lifestyle. The result is an incredibly smooth premium tequila named for the time when the night gets interesting - 9:01 p.m.

Sauza 901 is available in the Bottle Club® for only $24.99.

George Dickel Single Barrel, Canal's Family Selection

The Canal's Family Selection (CFS) series has been a great way to bring you upscale bourbons, whiskeys and other spirits at affordable prices. With a Single Barrel bottling, every bottle comes from the same one barrel, making each one truly unique. 

Our newest CFS is the George Dickel Single Barrel Tennessee Whisky. Charcoal mellowing and George Dickel's unique aging process form a smooth, premium whisky that stands in a class all by itself. A perfectly balanced, rich and silky taste with hints of vanilla, spice and charcoal.

As with any Single Barrel bottling, this is available only in limited quantities, priced at $49.99.

Skyy Infusions Georgia Peach

A ripe, juicy peach is a signature of the summer, especially in New Jersey. But while we're the Garden State, Georgia is the Peach State. Now in Lawrenceville, and soon in Woodbridge, the Peach State will meet the Skyy.

Infusion. It means mother nature stuck her finger in the vodka and stirred in delicious, all natural flavors.

Made from real Georgia peaches and accentuated with hints of apricot and light spice. Get all the juicy peach flavor, but none of the fuzz.

Only $15.99 in the Bottle Club®.

Domaine du Bouscat Bordeaux Superieur Wine

We're always looking for a well-rated wine that's priced so that we can enjoy it every day. The Domaine du Bouscat Bordeaux Superieur rated 88-90 from Wine Advocate, and comes in under $10!

Domaine du Bouscat Caduce is the entry level wine for Domaine du Bouscat. The wine is produced from an 8 hectare vineyard that is planted to 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Malbec and 5% Cabernet Franc. On average, the vines are 37 years of age.

The vinification of Domaine du Bouscat Cauduce takes place in unlined cement vats. This follows a 3-day cold soak at 12 degrees Celsuis. The maceration lasts for an average of 25 days and is punctuated with regular microbullages. The wine of Domaine du Bouscat Cauduce goes through a unique aging process. The wine is aged on its post malolactic lees for four months in vat before it’s transferred to a unique combination of new and used French oak barrels.

From the Wine Advocate review: "A blend of 70% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Malbec and Cabernet Franc that hit 13.5% natural alcohol, it reveals abundant white chocolate and black currant fruit intermixed with hints of tapenade and underbrush. It is a ripe, medium-bodied, exuberantly fruity, delicious, seductive wine to enjoy over the next 3-4 years, possibly longer."

Priced at only $9.96 in the Bottle Club®.

We'll include more new items in tomorrow's Grab Bag blog post. One other important note: we're rolling out an all-new jcanals.com within a matter of days. The new site will be easier to navigate and include more information (like inventory) that before. Keep checking www.jcanals.com for the latest!


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What's For Dinner? Find Out Here!

At our house, we're always looking for simple, tasty new recipes to try. And we also want to pair them with something we carry. Fortunately, our industry partners offer us a lifeline, and we'll share some today.

The Monti Francis

Courtesy of St. Francis Winery, this is a simple and fruity sandwich to satisfy any palette.

Ingredients:
2 slices flat bread
2 tsp cream cheese
4 spinach leaves
2 strips bacon
2 slices grilled peaches
2 slices cheddar
1 egg, beaten
2 Tbs butter, for sauteing

Preparation:

Heat butter on med in skillet. Spread cream cheese inside each slice of bread. Assemble with ingredients then dip into egg. Place in skillet and saute until brown, flip.

Pair with St. Francis Sonoma Chardonnay, only $11.09 in the Bottle Club®.

Boston Lager Potato Salad

Perfect for when you need to bring something to a neighborhood cookout.Courtesy of Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

Ingredients:
36 ounces (4 1/2 cups) Samuel Adams Boston Lager
1 ½ pounds Yukon gold potatoes
1/4 cup diced red bell pepper
1/4 cup diced celery
2 tablespoons chopped scallion, white and light green parts 
2 tablespoons diced red onion
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon drained capers

In a large pot, bring the lager to a boil over high heat. Immediately reduce the heat to medium so that the beer simmers. Add the whole potatoes, let the beer return to a simmer, and cook for 20 to 22 minutes or until fork tender. Drain and set aside to cool for about 10 minutes or until cool enough to handle, but still hot.

Peel the cooked potatoes and cut into 1-inch-thick cubes. Transfer the potatoes to a mixing bowl. Add the peppers, celery, scallions, onions, mustard and capers and toss to mix. Let the potato salad rest for about 15 minutes for the flavors to develop and then serve while still warm. Serves 6.


Blueberry Bourbon Cream Cheese Pie

Courtesy of Maker's Mark®, this dessert is perfect for hot summer days, and might just be the second best use of bourbon. (The best use is, of course, to drink it.) The sweet blueberries are perfectly paired with the slightly salty cream cheese, and the bourbon laces it all together in every sweet, summery bite.

Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 2-1/2 hours
Level: Easy

Ingredients:
4 tablespoons Maker's Mark® Bourbon
4 cups fresh blueberries
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup cream cheese, at room temperature
1 pre-baked pie shell

1. Mash 2 cups of the blueberries with the sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of Maker's Mark® Bourbon. Place the berry mixture in a medium pan and place it over medium heat.
2. Bring the filling to a boil, stirring, and boil it until it is thickened and clear, about 3 minutes. Let the filling cool to room temperature.
3. Beat together the cream cheese and the remaining 2 tablespoons bourbon. Spread the cream cheese over the bottom of the pie crust.
4. Stir the remaining blueberries into the cooled berry filling. Spread the berry filling over the cream cheese layer. Chill the pie at least 2 hours, or until it is cold. Serve with lightly whipped cream.

*Note: Pre-bake the pie shell according to package directions at least two hours beforehand to allow time to cool.


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Most Popular Grape

Cabernet Sauvignon is arguably the most popular, and most widely-planted, varietal. For all of the places where it's planted, however, a top terroir clearly is Argentina, especially the high altitude Mendoza region. Today's featured wine, the Antis Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, is a classic example of Argentine winemaking.

Antis Wines is dedicated to producing premium and reserve wines in Mendoza. Argentina. They are located in Maipu, on the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Their philosophy is centered on achieving wines that speak of the land where they are born and crafted. They believe that their task is to recreate and enhance the potential contained in the grapes, using state of the art knowledge, the best materials and latest technology.

In 2002, Antis built a new wine making facility, with a capacity of 300,000 liters in refrigerated stainless steel fermentation tanks, a cave for barrel aging in Bordeaux-style oak barrels and a temperature controlled wine maturation and bottle storage area.
Once grapes have achieved optimum ripeness, they are harvested by hand, and Antis uses only those grapes that are intact. They sort and discard those that are unsuitable for their winemaking standards.

Grapes are de-stemmed and transferred, nearly intact, into stainless steel vats, where they undergo maceration from 21 to 28 days, to extract color and flavor. Alcoholic fermentation is carried out using native yeasts. Throughout these steps, Antis performs four cycles of remontage on every tank each day.

The white wines follow a different vinification path. Malolactic fermentation of the premium wines is carried out in stainless steel tanks and in oak barrels, in the case of the reserve wine. Oak maturation takes place in small French oak barrels from central France; for  12 to 14 months, in the case of the reserve wines, and for six months, in the case of premium red varietals.


Antis Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva is produced from a selected parcel in the Alcuchu vineyard, planted with 15 year old vines. The wine is matured in 50% new small French oak barrels. It has an intense ruby color and and a very aromatic nose full of ripe plum and berries. In the mouth, it shows plenty of fruit flavor, with ripe plum and berries, with hints of cocoa and spice. This reserve wine carries a Bottle Club® price of only $12.96, making it a perfect choice for any day of the week.

In addition to the Cabernet, look for the Antis Reserva Malbec, the Classic Red Blend and the Torrontes.