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The Woman Behind Apothic Wines | Debbie Juergenson

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Welcome to our Women of Wine Program where we celebrate the women behind our favorite wines. Our first feature is the winemaker behind Apothic Wines, Debbie Juergenson!
Debbie started her career as an analytical technician, with training as a geologist and researcher, and approaches winemaking like a true scientist. Her industry hallmark is her love for, and undeniable skill with, wine blends. Her incredibly popular Apothic creations arguably started the craze for California blends that continues unabated.
 

Her bold and captivating blends come from using only the most distinctive California grapes. From vintage to vintage, the character and flavor of the individual varietals guide the shape of each blend.

Each vintage, she lets the grapes guide the way from the vine to the cellar, crafting a collection of unforgettable wines, including Apothic Red, White, Dark, Crush and a limited selection of seasonal releases.

“I strive to tell a story with each blend of Apothic,” Debbie explains. “Whether it’s one of drama, intrigue or romance, the wines of Apothic are truly original.” Debbie has certainly succeeded. To celebrate the woman behind the wine, take $1.00 Apothic Wines at Payless Liquors until April 21st.

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Hangar 1 Rosé Vodka: A Refreshing Alternative to Wine

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You love hanging out downtown with friends, great food, and that clear stuff AKA vodka. But what do you do when it’s the middle of the afternoon and you need to lay low till evening and you’re not too fond of wine? Hangar 1 has the answer you’re looking for.

The genius innovation is rosé vodka. You heard me right. This great refreshing alternative to wine is a mix of a unique blend of Hanger 1 Vodka and California rosé wine. Perfect for drinking with a group of friends in the afternoon and just in time for the sunny days ahead of us!

Hangar 1 works with vineyards and farms to source the grapes and fresh ingredients. Their inspiration for rosé vodka came from the local Golden State wine culture and that’s something they wanted to celebrate. This truly is a first-of-its-kind beverage.

The taste is a bit floral with notes of crisp apple, sweet pea blossoms, and a hint of oak on the nose, with a silky and soft mouthfeel finishing fresh with hints of cranberry. Hangar 1 has provided a few hand-picked recipes here for you to enjoy, including the Rosé Spritzer.

 

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Compare Bourbon Barrel-Aged Wines at Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration!

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Interested in attending Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration but wish there would be wine?! Well, you’re in luck! We’ve been receiving quite a few questions regarding wine and we’re here to clear things up.

There will be wine poured at the event. There will be bourbon barrel-aged wines to compare with their non-barrel aged equivalent. Who knows, you might discover that you prefer barrel-aged wines! This will give you a chance to understand more about the kinds of wines you enjoy.

Bourbon barrel-aged wine has soared in popularity since its official inception in 2014 and many brands have hopped in on the trend. This isn’t quite the first time that winemakers have used bourbon barrels in winemaking, however. Modern bourbon barrel winemaking is all about boosting flavor and richness. “When we use bourbon barrels to finish a portion of the wine, we introduce a different, more intense set of aromas and flavors that would be less pronounced in traditional wine barrels.”

At the event we will have (among others):

  • Apothic Inferno Bourbon Barrel Aged
  • Apothic Red
  • Apothic Dark
  • Federalist Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel
  • Federalist 1776 Series Zinfandel
  • Federalist 1776 Series Chardonnay

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Join us for an extraordinary night of bourbon tasting and learn more about the fine art and nuances of distilling and more. Check out our working list of distilleries attending Indy’s Premier Bourbon Celebration and Get your tickets here.

Mondavi Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon

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Robert Mondavi’s vineyards are what one could categorizer as the very niche category of “grape paradise”. With sunshine and fog living in perfect equilibrium, it’s no surprise that these wines are notorious for their quality. The slow and drawn out process of growing the pribourbon-aged-cabernet-sauvignon-btze winning grapes pays off with their depth and purity of flavor. Mondavi himself spoke to the immense impact that the location of his vineyard has on his wines, “there is no secret: great wine begins in the vineyard.”

This particular vineyard’s notable history began in 1968 when Robert Mondavi developed a dry oak-aged Sauvignon Blanc called Fumé Blanc. It became so popular that it is now synonymous with Sauvignon blanc, thus began the incredibly astronomical success of Robert Mondavi’s wines and vineyard. From the Fumé Blanc came a number of incredible wines, but today the subject is none other than the Robert Mondavi Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon.
A member of Mondavi’s Private Selection, this wine is nothing short of what you’d expect from such a notorious name in this industry. It is pleasant to all your senses. Visually, its deep red color is perfectly matched to the deep warm smell we are initially greeted with. The toasty smell is paired sweetly with vanilla and brown sugar. Our mouths are watering even before our first sip!

The taste is just as delicious as one would imagine. It’s as if the Earthy scent of this red has been liquefied, sprinkled with the finest spices, and aged in the greatest bourbon barrels on the perfect vineyard! Among the traditionally delicious cabernet sauvignon taste, there is a mix of ripe blackberries and tart black cherries.

This is truly a bottle you need to reserve as soon as possible from your local Payless. It’s not every day that you find a wine that will taste just as delicious with ribs as a charcuterie board!

When Bourbon met Zinfandel

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A Zinfandel should have characteristics like a full bodied fruitful taste with smoky notes and a subtle toasted oak finish.

bottleGreat news! 1,000 Stories brings these great qualities and more to their premier Zinfandel. What makes their Zinfandel so attractive, their unique aging process. Batch #001 of 1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel is produced in small batches similar to premium bourbon, giving it an exceptional taste and inviting aroma.

What started as an experiment became an opportunity to live out a passion. Charlie and Bob, owners of 1,000 Stories, believed that by fermenting wine from a small parcel of premium Zinfandel and then maturing it in bourbon barrels, they would achieve the distinctive taste complexity they were looking for. After acquiring old bourbon barrels from a distillery in Kentucky, Charlie and Bob were able to fulfill their dream and now share their story in each bottle of 1,000 Stories.

1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel was bottled on October 29th, 2014. This date signifies the merging of two American stories, the post Gold Rush arrival of the Zinfandel grapes to California and the new Bourbon barrels, now being made from American oak. Some of the barrels used at 1,000 Stories are 13 years old, having once made the highest quality bourbon.

So, what exactly can you expect from this Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel?

The taste can be described as, a well-balanced blend of dark fruity spices with distinct charred vanilla notes and a subtle smoky finish. The deep and rich purple color can be attributed to the intense mix of the raspberry and black pepper spices. And of course, the warming finish is a result of the custom maturing in the aged Bourbon barrels, which leaves you with the matchless taste promised from 1,000 Stories Winery.

Don’t miss out on the exceptional taste of 1,000 Stories Bourbon barrel-aged Zinfandel, available in your local Payless Liquor Store. You can also visit the Contact Us page to reserve a bottle now. Cheers!

La Crema Wine

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La Crema Winery is located in the Russian River Valley of California and has been making Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, & Pinot Gris since 1979. Now a part of the Jackson Family Wines red-winter-wine-packowned by sisters Laura Jackson-Giron and Jennifer Jackson, La Crema handcrafts their wine to ensure balance and intense fruit flavors in very bottle.

The Russian River valley is ideal for producing balanced wines. The first few vintages at La Crema winery were devoted to learning the ins and outs of growing grapes and winemaking in this cool, windy climate. Now, careful canopy management and hand harvesting assure ripe and undamaged grapes. Director of Winemaking, Elizabeth Grant-Douglas then uses artisan winemaking techniques that bring out their distinct flavor.

To ensure La Crema wines stay true to both the varietal and the region, the wine-making teams uses traditional wine-making techniques. They whole-press their Chardonnays before they are fermented and aged in French oak barrels. Before fermentation, the Pinot Noir grapes are cold-soaked in open-top fermenters for five-eight days then aged in both new and used French oak barrels.

Studies have shown that adults who drink light to moderate amounts of alcohol may be less likely to develop heart disease than those who do not drink at all or are heavy drinkers.

Researchers have suggested red wine, in moderation, has long been thought of as heart healthy. The alcohol and antioxidants may help prevent heart disease. February is American Heart Month and we’ve teamed up with Jackson Family Wines for Payless Has Heart. 10% of the proceeds from the sale of all Jackson Family Wines will be donated to the American Heart Association this month.

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Join us Thursday, Feb. 25 for a Payless Has Heart tasting at our Brendon Way store in Zionsville. Grady and Big Joe from 1070 the Fan will be there from 6-7. The wine tasting begins at 5. And stop by your favorite Payless location anytime this month and purchase La Crema or one of the other wines from the Jackson Family Estate and help the American Heart Association this month.

 

Fiftieth Reserve

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This Sunday many eyes will be watching the Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. This is the golden anniversary of the Super Bowl and to commemorate this achievement, Freemark Abbey along with leading winemaker, Ted Edwards, were ECM304096selected to create a one-of-a-kind, limited release wine. Fiftieth Reserve is a 2013 Napa Valley Bordeaux-style red wine. It was sourced from pedigreed single vineyard sites from the honored Spring Mountain.

Fiftieth Reserve has rich, dark fruit aromas of dark cherry, Bay leaf, and other herbs. On the palate, ripe boysenberry and Santa Rosa plum are accompanied by a hint of milk chocolate.

The blend of Fiftieth Reserve is 67% Merlot, 14.3% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 5.7% Petit Verdot. The wine was aged in premium French oak barrels for 18 months. The life span of this wine if stored in a proper cellar is 20+ years. So drink now or save it for Super Bowl 70.

Freemark Abbey began in 1886, when Josephine Tychson established the original winery along Route 29 in St. Helena where Freemark Abbey still stands. Tyschson is one of the firm women winegrowers on record.  The name of the winery was created in 1939, when the three owners – Charles Freeman, Markquand Foster and Abbey Ahern – combined their names to form the “Freemark Abbey.” Ted Edwards has been a winemaker at Freemark Abbey since 1985. He was named partner in 1992 and is now Director of Winemaking.

You can pick up a bottle of Fiftieth Reserve at select Payless stores or contact us on our form to reserve your bottle. Cheers to Super Bowl 50!

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label Brut

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Founded in 1772 by Philippe Clicquot-Muiron, Veuve Clicquot played an important role in establishing champagne as a favored drink of the upper class throughout Europe.  Philippe owned a number of vineyards decided to establish Clicquot House wines.  When he passed in 1805, he left his widow, Barbe, in control of a company. Madame Clicquot became the first woman to take over a Champagne house. The French word for window is Veuve.

bouteille-champ_yellow-prodBy 1866 Veuve Clicquot had become both a substantial Champagne house and a respected brand. Recognized by its distinctive bright yellow labels, the wine holds a royal warrant from Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label has grapes from 50 to 60 growing areas. They include approximately 55% Pinot Noir, 20% Pinot Meunier and the remainder Chardonnay. Each grape helps ensure the structure, round out the blend, and provide a balanced wine’s elegance & sophistication.

The appearance of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label looks beautiful. A golden yellow color adorned with a foaming necklace of bubbles.

On the nose, it begins with hints of white fruits, followed by vanilla and brioche. Note the fine balance between the fruity aromas coming from the grape varieties and the toasty aromas following the ageing in the bottle.

On the palate, the initial sip delivers a combination of freshness and forcefulness which is synonymous with Yellow Label. This is a classic Brut Champagne.

Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label is an ideal aperitif or companion to a white meat, white fish or pasta dish.

You can purchase a bottle of Veuve Clicquot at your favorite Payless store for just $39.99, perfect to ring in 2016!

Hess Select Chardonnay

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California. It’s the state that brings us major motion pictures and television shows. It’s the state that’s home to many of our favorite actors, entertainers, and celebrities. Yes, Hollywood is important, but so is Monterey. Because Monterey brings us wine. Specifically, Hess Select Chardonnay.

14_HSCH_MC_BttlThe 352 acre Shirtail Creek estate vineyard located in Monterey, California is the home to this classic wine. With the cooling fog, Pacific coastal breezes, and moderate temperatures, the climate is ideal for growing Chardonnay to produce wines with tropical notes and crisp acidity. Here, the growing season is longer than most places, allowing the grapes to evolve with many different layers of flavors that separate this as a Central Coast wine.

Hess Select Chardonnay is a new take on the most popular wine around. The signature lemon-lime flavor of chardonnay is combined with apple flavors, tropical notes, and just a hint of toasted oak to keep the wine in balance. Its natural acidity is the perfect complement to the complexity of flavors. Hess Select Chardonnay is crisp and clean while still being original and exciting.

Pairing well with a variety of meals and being able to stand along, this one-of-a-kind chardonnay is perfect for the holiday season! Parties, family gatherings, and celebrations alike, Hess Select Chardonnay promises to be a hit. Try it with your Thanksgiving dinner. Then again after a long day of shopping on Black Friday. After that, you’re almost guaranteed to want it at the rest of your parties leading up to the holidays. And even on New Year’s Eve. Any excuse to drink Hess Select Chardonnay will do.

You can pick up a bottle of Hess Select Chardonnay for just $9.99 at the majority of our locations or contact us to reserve your bottle! Come by today!

2012 Rombauer Chardonnay

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Sitting on a tree covered knoll overlooking the Napa Valley is Rombauer Vineyards which was founded in 1982 by Koerner and Joan Rombauer.  The winery features caves that extend for over a mile into the hillside and they provide a constant temperature and humidity which result in optimum conditions for aging Rombauer wines.

TRombauer Vineyards Chardonnay Carnerosheir unique style of Chardonnay has developed over time with select vineyards from the Carneros region. The cool climate and clay soils offer ideal conditions for their Chardonnay grapes.

The 2012 Rombauer Carneros Chardonnay was aged for ten months in American and French Oak. It is a soft yellow color that will darken with age. You’ll notice bright, vibrant tropical fruit aromas flowing from the glass while underlying grapefruit and lime add depth and character to the aroma. The palate features layers of cantaloupe, pineapple and vanilla. A mouthwatering finish leaves you wanting another sip.  And the flavors only develop further as the wine ages.

Rombauer wines are consistently ranked high in the wine trade journals. Many of the finest restaurants throughout the country include Rombauer wines on their list and feature them by the glass.  And you can find your bottle at select Payless locations or you can reserve your bottle online by using our Contact Us form.

Cheers!

Fine Cognac By Law

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This just in at Payless Liquors! This week we welcomed a great-value to our shelves. Hardy VS Fine Cognac- Red Corner is a creamy blend made with spirit aged in Limosouin oak for 5 years.

Aging Requirements

Did you know that a spirit must meet a required minimum of 2 years to be recognized as a cognac by law? Hardvy VS meets those requirement with an added 3 years, just to make sure. Some would even consider it to be extremely “youthful”, hence the short aging process.

History of Hardy

Hardy Cognac has a rich history that dates back to 1863. They are well known for their hardy-vs-fine-cognac-red-corner-cognacquality cognacs as well as traditional production methods. Each bottle can be recognized by the familiar rooster logo and the evident traditional recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation.

Cognac Characteristics & Flavors

Each bottle is an elegant pale color with golden reflections. The nose has a sweet honeyed aroma with hints of plum, creamy caramel and mixed nuts. On the palate, Hardy VS is very smooth with tones of toasted oak and dark fruit flavors. The harmonious blend of cognacs from the best regions around the world, also offers a balanced freshness and floral notes. The finish is long with a slight floral exit.

Reserve Now

At just $19.99 a bottle, Hardy VS Fine Cognac won’t last on our shelves for very long. We encourage you to reserve a bottle here on our website today.

Cheers!

Dom Pérignon P2: A Timeless Change

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Dom Pérignon has established themselves as one of the most well-known luxurious champagne brands in the world. The bottle, the taste, the color, everything is extremely iconic.

The Second Pléntitude

Enter Dom Pérignon P2.The Second Pléntitude offers the renowned champagne in a sleek and sexy update. The process of developing the change was extremely hush-hush and only a few journalist and retailers were initially let in on the secret.

“The Ultimate Champagne” is an energetic and different expression of the classic Dom Pérignon Vintage. P2 is all about magnetic energy and is symbolic of Iceland’s glaciers and minimalistic landscape. It’s a product of time and dedication. The highly acclimated champagne 1998 vintage brut wine was given a score 98 by Wine Spectator Magazine. The magazine recognized P2’s “mouthwatering and persistent” flavors. It’s among the post priced, yet most popular wines sold from the region.

Tasting Notes

An intense, full bouquet with sweet notes of honeysuckle, citrus and hints of toasted almond. It has a major focus on the dark, salty and mineral flavors. On the palate, the vintage is characterized by an edgy, yet embracing aroma. The layers of ripe blackberry and dried apricot are graced with exotic spice. The finish is smoky and continues with energetic tones for an all-out balanced taste.

How to Enjoy

Purchase P2 to celebrate an anniversary, promotion or even the purchase of a new home. Age to save for the perfect occasion or serve right away, chilled.

The Dom Pérignon P2 will be featured in our new Charlie’s Pick Collection, which will feature the finest products at Payless Liquors. You can purchase this product in select stores or reserve a bottle here on our website.

Cheers!

3 Wines for Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! Payless Liquors is the perfect spot to find top rated wines that won’t break the bank. This year we have complied a list of wines to help you find a bottle for celebrating with the love of your life or with your closet girlfriends.

Fifty Shades of Grey Collection

The much anticipated movie adaptation of the ever popular, Fifty Shades of Grey book series now has a collection of wines inspired after the phenomenon. The first bottle in the collection is White Silk. It’s a balanced, easy to drink white wine with an intense floral scent. On the palate, enjoy rich notes of crisp grapefruit, lush pear.

The second wine in the collection, Red Satin is a blend of Petit Sirah and Syrah. It has intense flavors of smoke, oak and eucalyptus. Hot on the nose and the palate, subtle black cherry and caramel flavors cool down the heat.

Enjoy this collection of wines with your gal pals on a dinner and move night to see the premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey on February 14th. .

1,000 Stories Zinfandel

Produced in small batches, 1,000 Stories is sourced from Mendocino County. Each lot is started with a traditional aging process in American and French wine barrels. The next step I its aging process is the introduction of the wine to bourbon barrels. The bourbon barrel aging creates a new flavor profile of warm vanilla, spices and caramel. In the final step of the process, the blend is transferred to old bourbon barrels from Four Roses and Heaven Hill to complete the aging process. It’s a wine like you’ve never had before! It’s represented as a dark plum color with hints of vanilla, berry and smoke in the aroma. The taste is similar to jam with strong notes of plum. This wine is perfect to enjoy with your love paired with a quiet night in on Valentine’s Day. He will certainly appreciate notes of bourbon.

To purchase these wines, stop by a Payless Liquors store near you, or reserve a bottle on our website.

Cheers to a Happy Valentine’s Day!