Red, White & Brew: Boone’s Wine and Spirits raising a glass to summer
Editor’s note: The Red, White and Brew weekly feature will highlight drinks from local liquor stores. This week’s drinks can be found at Boone’s Wine and Spirits in Eagle.
I grew up about 30 minutes north of the Willamette Valley in Oregon. Back then, I wasn’t into wine and neither was Oregon. In 1970, there were five wineries. Today, there are over 700 wineries producing some of the best pinot noir in the world.
One such winery is based in Dundee Hills and produces The Guide Pinot Noir. The Guide is a blend of several great vineyards from around the Willamette Valley. Savory, fruity, juicy and smooth, it drinks nicely on its own or with an array of dishes. Aromas of dry cherry and blueberry on the nose move on to chocolate covered cherry and hints of vanilla finishing with soft silky tannins. The Guide is $17.99 on Boone’s shelves.
By Jeff Anderson
This week for a white, I am highlighting a region that has been making sparkling wine for longer than anyone else in the world. No matter the occasion, whether it be a graduation, birthday, anniversary or just a night on the couch watching your favorite show, a bottle of bubbles is always a great choice.
Cremant de Limoux has been made by the monks in the foothills of the Pyrenees mountains in southern France since around 1531, more than 100 years before Champagne started producing sparkling wine.
Jean Babou’s Elegance Brut Rose is an excellent example with lively bubbles, bright fruit and a dry finish. It’s perfect to sip by itself or with appetizers, snacks and shellfish. It is made with Chardonnay, chenin blanc and pinot noir in same style as Champagne with secondary fermentation in the bottle. In Limoux, you get exceptional quality without the high price. Grab Elegance Brut Rose for $15.99 at Boone’s.
By Jeff Anderson
And Brew: Why Pick 1, Pick 4
Have you seen our newest addition to our beer selection? The best part is that it’s not just one beer — it’s a Pick 4. You can grab high end craft brews to test out and find your favorites without committing to the whole four or six pack. Here are a couple brews you can find in Pick 4.
Almanac Beer Co. Foedre Friends beer is a mega collaboration from Cerebral Brewing, Our Mutual Friend Brewing, Allegory Brewing, Modern Times, Schilling Beer Co., Good Beer Co. and Fremont Brewing Co. This beer is a pale lager aged in oak foedres and dry hopped with Colorado cashmere and sabro hops and regional malted barley, oats and wheat.
This pale lager is well balanced and bursting with tropical hop aroma. It finishes pleasant with slightly fruity flavors consisting of pineapple, tangerine and coconut with a light bitterness. The oak foedres contribute to the overall complexity of the style. It is perfectly executed and my favorite spring and summer season beer of the year. Grab this from the Pick 4 section only. It’s $17.99 in a four pack (of your choice) or $4.99 for a single can.
And because it’s a Pick 4, I can’t just pick one beer to highlight. So, let’s talk about one more: Old Nation’s M-43 NEIPA (New England IPA). This brew hales from Williamston, Michigan. It is dry hopped with calypso, simcoe, citra and Amarillo hops.
M-43 has a rounded juiciness and light bitterness. It’s creamy and smooth with flavors of orange, mango and pineapple. This brew is a great “entry” level NEIPA for someone unfamiliar with the style, but it’s also a must-have for any NEIPA lover. Old Nation’s M-43 can be found in Boone’s Pick 4 section or for $14.99 as a four-pack of its own.
By Josh Pipkin