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Red, White and Brew: A sense of place – is it in your drink?

Cary Hogan, Avon Liquors
Red, White and Brew
A bottle of Pietradolce is available for $21.99.
Photo courtesy of Avon Liquors

Buying wine can be a confusing and overwhelming experience, with some wines adding sugar and oak chips, it can be hard to understand and be confident in the quality of the wine you choose. While Avon Liquor carries all sorts of wine, we specialize in small, family estate wines that show a “sense of place.”

What does a “sense of place” mean? The wines we are talking about taste such as the distinctive location and extraordinary terroir where they are grown. The wines express the soils, the altitude, the sun exposure and the struggle the grapes experience in a search for water. The more stress these wines experience, the more compelling and complex they are in your glass.

To illustrate the concept of a “sense of place,” here are our picks for Red, White and Brew.

The Red

The red wine is Pietradolce; an Etna Rosso from Sicily, Italy, for $21.99. This wine is grown on the steep slopes of Mount Etna, and as you can imagine, is a very distinctive area and seemingly impossible place to grow grapes. The soil is the result of the numerous eruptions by Mount Etna throughout the centuries, which gives the wines special characteristics and makes them completely unique.

Mount Etna enjoys a unique microclimate that is cooler than other areas of Sicily. There can be a large temperature swing between daytime and nighttime and this difference produces extraordinary wines with fragrance and finesse.

Michele Faro describes the Pietradolce philosophy: “At the heart of our philosophy is a love for our land which is equaled by the respect with which we treat it. We look to the rich local tradition for all that is best in them. I then combine these with wise use of modern viticulture techniques to give life to our passion: the wines of Etna.”

The White

The white wine is Terlan Alto Adige Pinot Grigio 2017 for $20.99. This is not your usual simple tasting pinot grigio.

In the area of Terlano, wine making tradition dates back more than 2,000 years. Mild Mediterranean type microclimatic conditions impart unique characteristics to the wines. Located in Alto Adige and the Dolomite Mountains in the foothills of the Alps, this high altitude is key to the development of these stunning wines. Vineyard slopes range from over 8,000 feet above sea level and provide perfect conditions to cultivate in and are composed of red porphyritic rocks with high mineral content. Terlan places emphasis on low yields which produce more concentrated fruits, resulting in stunning wines that taste like sparkling minerals.

The Brew

The beer is Einstok Olgero, which is from a unique and distinctive place as well. Einstok Olgero is located just 60 miles south of the Arctic Circle in the fishing port of Akureyri, Iceland. There, the water flows from rain and prehistoric glaciers down the Hlidarfjall Mountain and through ancient lava fields, delivering the purest water on Earth, and the perfect foundation for brewing a deliciously refreshing craft ale and perfectly illustrates the beer’s “sense of place.” A six-pack of Einstok Olgero can be purchased for $10.99.

Come in to Avon Liquor and let us help you find a distinctive beer, liquor or wine that shows you a “sense of place.”