Friday, August 22, 2014

Friday Grab Bag

We head into the weekend with our regular collection of events, news and more.


Lawrenceville will have a regular wine tasting today, 4-6pm. Click here for the tasting menu. Tomorrow, from 3-5pm, we have a special tasting of Bacardi Mango Fusion. Click here for details.

Click here for the Lawrenceville Events page, where you can read about upcoming tastings for wine, Drambuie and Dewar's.

The latest event on our calendar is a special appearance, on September 12, by Christina Milian, who will be promoting her Viva Diva infused Moscato wines.

Woodbridge will host its regular wine tastings this weekend, Friday 4-6pm, and Saturday, 1-3pm. The tasting menu is the same each day; click here to see it.

We'll be very busy over Labor Day weekend as well. Look for wine tastings on Friday, 8/29, 4-6pm, and Saturday, 8/30, 6-8pm (special time). In addition, look for a tasting of Senor Sangria on Friday, 2-4pm, and a Cutty Sark "Cutty Back" tasting on Saturday, 1-4pm.

Click here for the Woodbridge Events page. Note that we've also added a Sobieski Vodka tasting for Saturday, September 6.


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New Products

Now that the industry shut-down week is over, deliveries have resumed. These items are now in stock, or are about to arrive.

Ciroc Pineapple: So new it's not even on the official web site. The 750ML size should arrive next week, with 1.75L and 375ML sizes expected in mid-September. CÎROC Ultra-Premium Vodka is crafted from fine, succulent French grapes, distilled a fifth time at the Distillerie de Chevanceaux in southwest France. These specially selected grapes create the distinctly fresh and smooth taste of CÎROC Vodka.

Heartland Spice Trader Shiraz Cabernet: This is a very dark glass
of juicy and delicious red. A burst of intense primary fruit greets the palate with blueberries, blackberries and currants. These powerful fruit notes can engulf the uninitiated, but waves of spice can be discovered by seasoned flavor explorers.

Time in barrel permits a softening of the wine’s structure. It also offers a complex expression of the fruit and helps the exotic notes of spice to be discovered.

Shiraz [58%] and Cabernet Sauvignon [42%].

Ripped From the Headlines

We've all seen pictures like this one from the Prohibition era:
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Those days might be making a comeback in a Philadelphia suburb, in PA. Click here for the story.

Craft Beer

Bury the lede? Not us. Craft beer people, click here for information on a special sale in Lawrenceville.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Viva Diva in Lawrenceville

The Viva Diva, Christina Milian, will appear at our Lawrenceville store on Friday, September 12. The specifics of the event will be announced shortly.

Within the next couple of days, the Viva Diva Mango, Peach, Pineapple-Coconut and Strawberry Moscatos will be available in Lawrenceville. These wines all originate in Italy's Piedmont region. They start with a high quality sweet, slightly sparkly wine and infuse it with natural flavors.

Christina Milian, the multi-talented phenomenon whose resume includes film, television, theater and music, her Mother and manger, Carmen Milian and publicist, Robyn Santiago, share in ownership of the brand.  The brand has been recognized for taste, quality and price point.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Beer Season, No Reason

In other messages and postings, we've noted that the beer calendar doesn't align with the regular calendar. And while enjoying a spring seasonal during a February snowstorm is an excellent foreshadowing device, we've heard that some of us just don't want the summer to end.

The best answer is to grab your Pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers now, and hold them until the weather really turns. Some of us (blogger looks into the mirror here) don't have that kind of will-power, so we'll just enjoy the new seasonal brews now.

This is a brief list of the Fall seasonal brews that are currently available both in Lawrenceville and Woodbridge. Seasonal offerings are typically produced in limited quantities, so we suggest calling to confirm that we still have what you're looking for before taking a special trip.

Brooklyn Oktoberfest
Curious Traveler Jacko
DuClaw 31 Pumpkin Ale
Fegley's Devious Imperial Pumpkin

Harpoon Octoberfest
Long Trail Pumpkin Ale
River Horse Hipp-O-Lantern

Sam Adams Fall Variety Pack
Sam Adams Oktoberfest
Shiner Oktoberfest
Southern Tier Pumking

Southern Tier Warlock
Terrapin Pumpkin Fest

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin

Each store will also have other Fall Seasonal brews that are not listed here, so come on in and see what's new.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Under $10, rated 90 Points

Many wine shoppers prefer highly rated, value priced wines for everyday enjoyment. Whether it's the health benefits or the way that wine complements a meal, an excellent weekday wine find can be elusive. As always, Joe Canal's is here to help. Today, we introduce Château Le Grand Moulin Grand Reserve Cotes de Bordeaux Blaye 2010.

"The vineyard of Château Le Grand Moulin is perfectly located in Saint Aubin de Blaye, in the heart of the appellation known as “Blaye Côtes de Bordeaux”. We use traditional Bordeaux wine varieties to produce Blaye-Côtes de Bordeaux, Côtes de Bourg and Bordeaux wines."

"Merlot, planted on gravelly soils, bears a smooth and fruity wine with a slightly smoky accent. Cabernet gives the tannin, as well as aging capacity to our red wines. With Cabernet, planted on cool sandy-silty terroir, our wines obtain their entire aroma thanks to aromatic ripening which precedes physiological ripening."

This vintage is 70% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec. The Merlot and  Cabernet offer 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.

The 2010 Château Le Grand Moulin Grand Reserve Cotes de Bordeaux Blaye rated 90 points from Wine Enthusiast. Their review: "A wine that’s straight down the line, firmly structured and with solid fruit for the future. There is weight and richness, a sense of power waiting to show in the future. With its density, anticipate aging this wine for at least 6–7 years."

Pair with grilled beef or cheese. Only $9.96 in the Bottle Club®.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Football Mixology

Football season is here, even if we have plenty of summer left. But alongside the Pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers, your football spread (at home or tailgating) gets better with Joe Canal's. Try these recipes in the pre-season, so they'll be perfect once the games count!

Sherry Cobbler

An old-school choice that's still delicious..

1/4 oz Simple syrup (buy pre-made, or one part sugar, one part water)
3 oz Lustau Dry amontillado sherry
2 Orange half-wheel (1 for the drink, 1 for garnish)

Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake brutally (this will muddle the orange) and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Pierce another orange wheel with a straw and insert both into the drink. (Note: If using a sweeter sherry, use less sugar in the simple syrup.)

Vodka Grape Sparkler

A Bobby Flay recipe.

2 pounds fresh red seedless grapes, plus 1 cup sliced
1/2 cup clover honey
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup Tito's vodka, very cold
1 bottle Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut Rose sparkling wine, very cold

Blend the whole grapes, honey and lemon juice in a blender until smooth. Blend in batches, if necessary. Drain the grape mixture into a pitcher. Add the vodka and sliced grapes. Cover the pitcher and refrigerate until cold, at least 1 hour.

Add the rose to the mixture just before serving and serve in red wine goblets.

Passing Game Punch

1 1/2 cups Tequila Avión Silver
6 cups pineapple juice
1/2 cup orange juice
1 to 2 cups fresh fruit, sliced
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1/2 cup agave nectar

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher with ice and stir well. Serve in a tumbler with ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday Grab Bag

Your blogger will be unavailable tomorrow, so we'll get into the Grab Bag a day early this week.


In Lawrenceville, we have a fun weekend planned. On Friday, we have a Bacardi Cuba Libre tasting, from 4-6pm. It's not just a rum and cola, so click here for the details. We have our regular, free wine tasting on Saturday, from 2-4pm. Click here for the menu. Also from 2-4pm, we're hosting a Miller Lite Original White Can promotion (no tasting). Click here for details.

In Woodbridge, we have our regular wine tastings on Friday (4-6pm) and Saturday (1-3pm). Click here for the menu.


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Ripped from the Headlines

Basically, one man reviews every beer label introduced to the market in the US. Click here for the story.

Other Products

Since this was shut-down week for most of our suppliers, very few new products arrived. That means it's a good time to highlight our cheese selections.

We carry an extensive range of Di Bruno Bros. products in both Lawrenceville and Woodbridge. Cheese, crostini, meat, and cheese spreads are all part of the DiBruno Bros. line. These are perfect to pair with wine, beer and Scotch, or to enjoy on their own.

As we often do, we posted a recipe yesterday for Grilled Portobello and Feta on the Lawrenceville Facebook page. The Feta is Lawrenceville's featured cheese, priced at only $4.99.
Click here for another delicious Feta recipe, courtesy of DiBruno Bros.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mid-Week Mixology

Since Wednesday Mixology didn't really work, we had to come up with a better name. Mid-Week Mixology it is, then. Unless you have something else in mind.

Here are a couple of rockin' recipes, courtesy of David Rudd, resident mixologist and Floor Manager at our Woodbridge location.

Summer’s White

As summer winds down, this pale cocktail is the perfect cocktail to catch the last long rays of the dog days of summer.  4 parts Porton™ pisco, 2 parts Tuaca™, one part agave nectar, the juice of ½ lemon and one spoonful of crème of coconut into an iced shaker for 12 counts.  Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a twist of lemon.


This is sometimes called “The Working Man’s Margarita”, maybe that’s why I like it.  It’s really not fussy, but it’s deeply satisfying when summer is getting to me.  2 parts Blanco tequila (I like Milagro™ Silver), the juice of ½ lime, grapefruit soda.  Build the drink in an iced high ball glass with a salted rim.  See what I mean?  Easy.