Wine Tastings...

 


California Wine Tasting

Friday August 21st  7-9pm     Cost TBD   

No Reservations Will be Necessary

Details Forthcoming for this informal wine tasting, presenting a variety of grapes from different regions in California.


Sake 101-  Thursday, October 1st-> World Sake Day!

Stay tuned for details for this informative presentation by Sake Expert, Donna Creese!

 

Beer Tastings...

 What a Beer Wednesday Growlers

Special keg tappings for growler fills

Wednesdays starting @ 4pm

 

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National IPA Day

IPA Tap Takeover

Thursday August 6th 7-9pm

Info posting soon!

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Liquor Tastings...

Friday’s Free Samples!   3-6 pm unless otherwise noted!

July 31st-  Painted Stave Distillery, Smyrna, DE

August 7th – Olmeca Altos Tequila

August 21st-  Copper Fox Rye


 

Overview of Rum Styles-  A Walk Around Tasting

Friday August 7th  7-9pm  $15pp

Check out our Line Up!      No Reservations Necessary!

We’ll also have tasty treats from Mario’s Pizza, Cherry Hill Plaza/Elkton!


 

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Wine News...

WINE OF THE WEEK: 16 July 2015

Le Petit Pont 2014 Pays d’Oc Reserve White

Full Price $8.99 — ($7.64 @ mixed case discount)

The hot days of summer have set in and nothing else will alleviate this oppressive heat like an ice bucket full of cold wine aside a hammock in the shade. Petit Pont is poised perfectly to take that role and run with it; clean, unoaked, wine for all summer occasions.

This blended white (see below for the blend of this blended white, it’s a blended white delight) is lightly floral, grapefruit zesty, and cleaned up with a stony mineral finish. At this price, why not?

50% Vermentino, 40% Colombard, and 10% Chardonnay


 

WINE OF THE WEEK: 9 July 2015

Domaine Belle 2012 Cuvee Louis Belle Crozes Hermitage

Full Price $31.99 — ($27.19 @ mixed case discount)

If you like Syrah, Domaine Belle means business. Their white wines will give a solid white Burgundy a run for it’s money on any day of the week, while their reds are primo examples of Northern Rhone Syrah at its best.

Cuvee Louis comes from vineyards with white (kaolin) clay soils, stressing the vines enough to create a wine chock full of classic smoky minerality, flower petals, pepper, and black fruits.

Drink it now or by 2020, methinks you shan’t be disappointed.


 

WINE OF THE WEEK: 15 June 2015

Jean Paul Champagnon 2010 “les Moriers” Fleurie

Full Price $19.99 — Club Card Special $13.99 

Sometimes mistakes work against us and sometimes they work in our favor. The mistake in question, and in our favor, here comes down to a simple label design. A winery will often work with multiple importers, sometimes altering their label design slightly to suit an importer’s aesthetic preference.

When a winery accidentally sends Importer X’s label to Importer Y, Importer Y finds themself in a position of needing to move through inventory to get back on track with the right label (or send it back which is an arduous process). And when Importer Y needs to fix problems like this, they will often cut prices dramatically. And you had better believe I love when that happens.

Champagnon’s Fleurie is great example of just how good simple, hand harvested, non-manipulated Gamay makes for great everyday wine. Clean, pure fruit structure of black and blue berries with an overlay of the classic violet and lavender aromas I associate with Fleurie. I’ll take advantage of a winery mistake like this any day.


WINE OF THE WEEK: 3 June 2015

Chateau Arnaud Bordeaux Superiore

$14.99 ($12.74 @ mixed case discount)

When one thinks Bordeaux, an image often conjured is that of classed growth wine selling for obscene amounts of money at international wine auctions. Let us not forget the delightful wines simply referred to as “petit chateau.” These wines are everyday reds made from Merlot, Cabernet, and the other classic grapes of the region, which will do just as well on your table this week as they will if cellared properly for five to ten years.

Chateau Arnaud is a mid-weight red with earthy red fruits, dried herbs, balanced with savory notes so often eschewed by bulk brand wines. After all, it’s not just about the fruit flavors in wine.

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WINE OF THE WEEK: 19 May 2015

Envinate 2013 “Albahra” Garnacha Tintorera
$19.99 ($16.99 @ mixed case discount)

Envinate is a wine making venture of four co-conspirators who came together at enology school in Alicante, Spain. Finding alliance through wine making philosophy, they graduated and took to consulting with a goal of expressing grape and place before winemaker.

To achieve this they are using old barrels or concrete instead of new oak, wild yeast for spontaneous fermentation, minimal sulfite additions, and often without fining or filtering which sometimes leaves natural, totally safe sediment.

Their wine “Albahra” is made with the grape Garnacha Tintorera which is the local name for what is actually Alicante Bouschet. If you’re already a fan of red Burgundy, earthier styles of Pinot Noir, or lighter weight Nebbiolo then this is a must try. If you fancy yourself a true fan of authentic Spanish wines, then you should also consider this a must try.


Sauvignon BlancFEATURED WINE:  Magali Metenier Val du Loire Sauvignon Blanc

Full Price $19.99 — Club Card Special $14.99

Magali Metenier’s Sauvignon Blanc goes by the unassuming and not terribly glorious Vins de Pays de Val de Loire appellation, but talk about the edge of glory.

Metenier’s vineyards are mere meters from, and share the same soils as, the far more famous (and expensive) Pouilly Fume . This famous Sauv Blanc town is found across the Loire river from the other famous Sauvignon Blanc producing village : Sancerre.

But if we hadn’t discovered all of that and had simply tasted the wine, we’d still be thrilled to have it. The wine is so pure, like honeyed lemon rind initially, but with such minerality and focus on the finish. This is the best Sauvignon Blanc we’ve had so far this year; so hurry, when the 2013 vintage arrives it will be back at $19.99.


FEATURED WINE:  Jean Perrier & Fils 2011 Roussette de Savoiewine-perrier-fils-roussette-de-savoie

Full Price $14.99 —  Club Card Special $9.99

West of Lake Bourget near the Swiss border in eastern France, vineyards planted to the altesse grapes enjoy an idyllic spot in the rolling hills of Savoie. The wine made from this grape is known as Roussette de Savoie and produces an optimal example of a warm weather white wine; it has more character than your average pinot grigio, lighter on its feet than your run of the mill chardonnay, and more interesting aromas than a similarly priced sauvignon blanc.

Aromatics of dried flower petals and lemon oil mix well with the citrus fruit and slight nuttiness that is found on the palate. Pair with the local cheese Tomme de Savoie, crab cakes, or mushroom risotto.

 

Beer News...

The $5 Growler is back!

Check out the first 2 taps on the Growler Board…WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That’s right, the $5 Growler (the 64oz size) fills are back! So as long as we can fill those taps with quality beer, we’re going to keep them flowing. Thanks for visiting!

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State Line Liquors Rated #3 Bottle Shop in the WORLD!

Max's Taphouse (J.M. Giordano / February 14, 2015)

Max’s Taphouse (J.M. Giordano / February 14, 2015)

Feb. 17, 2015 –By Steve Fogelman, City Paper. “Last month, just two establishments in Maryland were honored as “Top Places to Have a Beer in the World” by the crowd-sourced RateBeer.com annual survey. Max’s Taphouse in Baltimore and State Line Liquors in Elkton made the cut, which makes sense, as both are hallowed Free State beer grounds for aficionados. I caught up with the owners of both businesses by phone while they were coincidentally on separate and simultaneous vacations in Florida earlier this month. The traits these businesses share, such as family and dedication to the craft scene, are the underpinnings of their success… READ the FULL ARTICLE at:

(Baltimore) City Paper, News, Arts, Culture, Events, Marketplace

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GROWLER BOARD!

The $5 – 64oz Growler Fill is back! Check the Board for current selection(s).

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What is a “Tap Social?”

Well, a Tap Social is similar to a “Rep Tasting”… a casual get-together for sampling beers from a single brewery and are generally held on Friday afternoons from 4pm to 6pm.  Most of the time we charge a nominal fee to “participate” in this 2 hour social. For that fee, you usually get a free glass along with unlimited sampling! The beers are generously discounted and often the reps will have giveaways on top of it!

Check out our upcoming Tap Socials in the Event Schedule below or click for our complete schedule!

Liquor News...

New Arrivals

Well we have hit the trifecta!!!  These three barrels of whiskey arrived last week and are now available for sale, Crown Royal, Four Rose’s and Russell’s Reserve. 

Crown Royal Single Barrel  $54.99  750ml  This is a Coffey Rye Whiskey from a Coffey still that is among the finest components of Crown Royal and bottled at 103 proof to maintain its richness and                    body. This  is the finest expression of Crown Royal we have ever had in the store!!

Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel  $49.99  750ml  This is a classic example of what Jim Russell wants in a whiskey bearing his name. The barrels have the deep alligator char Jim prefers  and they                           produce rich flavor and deep color. The mashbill of 75% corn, 13% rye and 12% malted barley adds a sweetness to the flavor that marries well with the char. It is bottled without chill filtering and                     at 110 proof to maintain the intensity of flavour. Notes of toffee and vanilla mingle with burnt orange that carry to a big, round, soft finish.

Four Rose’s Single Barrel  $54.99  750ml  Well what can one say about Four Rose’s? Another exquisite expression from our favorite Bourbon distillery. The recipe for this one is OESO which has 75%               corn, 20% rye and 5% malted barley and it produced a fruity whiskey with vanilla and caramel notes that roll into a full bodied finish.


Spirit of the Month

 

 Saint Germain Elderflower Liqueur   $32.99 on sale for $29.99   750ml  

        Make yourself a summer spritzer with some bubbly and Saint Germain!

 

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