LocalFest This Saturday

Shawnee Hills Wine Trail

Don’t forget about LocalFest this coming Saturday at our Fairview Heights store! LocalFest is a free public sampling running from 1-4pm that celebrates the best beer, wine and spirits our region has to offer!

Wineries include: Illinois Cellars, Villa Marie, Alto Winery, St. Genevieve, St. James, Stone Hill, Crown Valley, Von Jakob and Owl Creek.

Owl Creek and Von Jakob will also be featuring their ciders.

Breweries include: Une Annee, Two Brothers, Five Rabbits, Crown Valley, Great River, Destihl, Metropolitan, Excel, Urban Chestnut, O’Fallon, Schlafly, and 4 Hands.

Distillers include: Crown Valley, Mastermind, Grand Rivers

And we’re proud to guest-feature Stil630 and Spirits of St. Louis. These guys don’t distribute in Illinois, but we carry them at our Missouri stores! This is a great opportunity to get acquainted with these great craft distillers.

The Meltdown food truck will be on hand to sell tasty, tasty grilled cheese sandwhiches and gourmet soups. Their menu can be found here.

This is the first time we’ve gathered all of this local talent in one place! Please come on out and help us celebrate their efforts to bring better drinking to the Midwest!

This Saturday from 1-4pm at Randall’s Wines & Spirits in Fairview Heights
10800 Lincoln Trail
Fairview Heights, IL 62208

Rinaldi Moscato D’Asti “Bug Juice”

bug_juiceNow Available in Fairview Heights!

Made from 100% moscato d’Asti, the bouquet is delicate and intense with aromas of fruit (apple, peach) and spices (sage). The palate is sweet and smooth with lingering aromatic persistence. A refreshing and pleasant wine, perfect for brunch, picnics or poolside.

“Each year, one of the finest Moscatos comes from Rinaldi, and the fabulous label and hilarious reference to ‘bug juice’ only adds to the fun. This light-bodied, low alcohol (4-5%) Moscato is bursting with notes of honeysuckle, lychee nuts, peaches, mangoes and spring flowers. The intoxicatingly intense aromatics are followed by a wine with some residual sugar, although that component is well-balanced by the wine’s acidity and freshness. These Moscatos are best drunk in their first 6-9 months of life, so drink this Bug Juice up immediately. “

- Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 92 pts

 

Great Deal on a Classic Aussie Shiraz at Fairview

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Yalumba Y Series Shiraz 2010

The Yalumba Y Series of quality wines salutes our proud history of viticulture and winemaking in South Australia. Significantly, the individual icons on each label reflect the labours, inventive thinking and aspirations of all at Yalumba.

This Shiraz depicts our coopers toiling in our cooperage crafting magnificent oak barrels, a proud Yalumba tradition in a wine world that has precious few of these truly gifted artisans.

The 2010 Yalumba Y Series Shiraz is deep crimson red in colour. It displays aromas of boysenberry and ripe cherry, complemented by a hint of cinnamon oak. The palate shows a core of sweet fruit that make this variety so beloved. Flavours of boysenberry and ripe cherry continue with a moderate level of tannin, full body and hearty finish. A perfect accompaniment for Mediterranean inspired pizza.

89 points- The Wine Spectator (May 31, 2012) “Lithe, with a pepper character informing the dark berry and current flavors. All lingering effortlessly on a velvety finish.”

 

Control Pisco now at Fairview

control_piscoControl C is a premium Pisco from the Limari Valley in Chile. Once home to the Diaguitas, indigenous people dating back to the 8th through 16th century whose culture centered on the worship of the Sun, the valley basks in sunshine on average 300 days per year.

The clear, sunny skies coupled with the best Pedro Jimenez and Muscat of Alexandria grapes from the region give Control C its delicate flavors and aromas, making it the perfect emblem of one of the most beautiful landscapes in all of Chile.

Control C is distilled 3 times in copper alembic stills. It is crystal clear, with a fresh, herbaceous aromas and a touch of citrus. On the palette, Control is soft, round and creamy and has a long, clean finish.

Italian Wine Tasting Feb 13 in Fairview

Italy is for Wine Lovers!

6:00, Thursday, Feb 13 at Randall’s in Fairview Heights.

Italy is home to the oldest wine-producing regions in the world and is the world’s leading producer of wine. Grapes grow in abundance across the nation, and this has led to a staggering amount of native varietals and styles. Join us on Thursday, February 13th for a small taste of some of the variety Italy has to offer. From sweet to dry, still to sparkling, we’ll sample just some of the variety Italy has to offer.

Nivasco Brachetto

Riondo Moscato d’Asti

Renato Ratti Dolcetto D’Alba

Ciacci Piccolomini Toscano Rosso

Allegrini Palazzo Della Torre

Renato Ratti Nebbiolo

Admission for VIP Members and their guests are free, but we do require reservations. Call 618-394-9800 to Reserve.

Two Great New Shochus at Fairview

chiran_hotaru_shochuFairview Heights recently got two new Japanese shochus in stock:

Chiran Hotaru “Firefly”

Shochu made from 83% Sweet Potato, 17% Rice. 25% ABV.

Made to commemorate the beautiful fireflies of the Chiran area in the Satsuma region, “Firefly” delivers a subtly sweet, silky smooth flavors of sweet potatoes. Made from the best Kogane Sengan sweet potatoes, “Firefly” embodies the clean air, beautiful ocean and the rich land that is the Kagoshima Prefecture.

Iichiko “Silhouette” Mugi Barley

Shochu made from 100% Barley. 25% ABV.

Japan’s best-selling genuine shochu. Outstanding aroma combined with excellent body. iichiko is a genuine shochu that further refines the taste of shochu. Drink it on the rocks or with cold or hot water. Enjoy its highly sophisticated flavor.

From shochudistilled.com’s review:

“Iichiko Silhouette may be the cleanest, cleared shochu I’ve tried to date. The scent of Iichiko reminded me of citrus and sake.”

Glenmorangie Companta

glenmorangie-compantaNow available in Missouri and Illinois.

Inspired by Dr Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s head of whisky creation, travels across France’s greatest vineyards and the friends made along the way, Glenmorangie Companta (Scots Gaelic for ‘friendship’) is a refined balance between bold spice and rich, smooth sweetness; the result of a careful assemblage of spirit extra matured in Grand Cru casks from Clos de Tart and those of a lusciously sweet fortified wine from Côtes du Rhône.

On the nose, Companta exudes rich, ‘autumnal’ scents of red berries and damp forest floors, with a hint of fragrant woodsmoke complementing notes of aromatic, nutty oak.

Upon tasting, a spicy palate redolent of cherries and stewed fruits is slowly revealed, as notes of sugared plums, blood orange and rose-hip syrup emerge alongside milk chocolate and brown sugar.

Companta lingers on with a rich, mouth-coating finish.

American Craft Whiskey Tasting, Jan 30 @ Fairview Heights!

Corsair Ryemaggedon

Thursday, January 30, 7:00pm
@ Randall’s in Fairview Heights

Join Mark from BC Merchants in our Fairview Heights Tasting Room to sample some great Whiskeys from some of America’s leading craft distillers.

Oola’s Waitsburg Bourbon

“Highly Recommended” from the Beverage Tasting Group.

Gold Medal Winner- San Francisco’s World Spirits Competition

Corsair’s Ryemaggedon

American Rye whiskey distilled from malted rye & chocolate rye.

Clyde May’s Conecuh Ridge Alabama-style whiskey!

93 Points- Wine Enthusiast93 Points- The Tasting Panel

Roughstock Bourbon

Montana’s first legal distillery since Prohibition!

We’ll also have Dolin’s Sweet Vermouth and learn how to make the best Manhattan!

Cost for the tasting is $10.00, but Randall’s VIPs can attended for FREE.

Seating is Limited, so please call 618-394-9800 to RSVP

Whiskey Advocate’s Craft Whiskey of 2013

Few-RyeFEW Rye, from Evanston, IL was named Whiskey Advocate’s Craft Whiskey of the Year for 2013.

From Lew Bryson’s review: “Although it’s young, the whiskey is well-made and clean in character, not funky and flawed, which still counts for a lot these days. As I said in my review (an 89 score), “Straightforward rye crisps out of the glass in no-nonsense style; dry grain, sweet grass, and light but insistent anise almost wholly drown out the barrel character.” It’s backed up on the palate, where you’ll get more rye, some tarragon and dry mint spice, and then some oak in the warming finish”

FEW also produces a 3-grain bourbon. Handcrafted in small batches and aged in charred oak barrels, it is a bourbon of uncommon complexity.

Both FEW Rye and Bourbon are available at our Fairview Height’s store.

Corazon Anejo Tequila aged in Van Winkle Casks

ripExpresiones de Corazon Barrel-Aged Tequila is a collaboration between David Grapshi, Tequila National Sales Manager with Gemini Spirits & Wine, Harlan Wheatley of Buffalo Trace, Miguel Cedeño Cruzand the tequila master distiller Mario Echanove.

From Corazon’s website:

“In 2010, Corazon acquired the best barrels from the Buffalo Trace Antique Collection ‚Äì including 21 barrels from each category of George T. Stagg, Sazerac Rye 18, Old Rip Van Winkle and Buffalo Trace. Using these award-winning barrels from Buffalo Trace provided its own flavor and unique characteristics to the Tequila. They were then stored in the first row at Casa San Matias aging facility in Acatic, Los Altos Jalisco, insuring the ideal level of air flow to aid in the aging process.”

The Old Rip Van Winkle Anejo spent 23 months in cask and is bottled at 40% ABV.

Available in very limited quantities at Fairview Heights.