FIRST WEDNESDAY WINE TASTINGS – FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS LOCATION

Please join us at the Randall’s Wines & Spirits store in FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS this upcoming Wednesday, June 3rd., from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM to try some of our most delectable, delicious and sought after wines.

This event will be held on the FIRST WEDNESDAY of each month from 4PM – 8PM. wednesdaytasting-FINAL

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

Bacchus & Bocce Spring 2014

The date is set for our Spring Wine Tasting & Bocce Event. Mark you calendars for April 19 from 6-9pm. The wine list is not set yet but we will have about 40 wines available to taste. Rich LoRusso will be providing appetizers. Cost is $10 per person which includes a complementary Riedel glass. Tickets available by calling any of our locations.
Manchester – 636-527-1002
Jefferson 314-865-0199
North County 314-741-5100
Fairview Heights 618-394-9800

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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.”

 

Orin Swift’s Blindfold Now Available in IL

blindfold_whiteCreated to provide the perfect white wine companion to The Prisoner, Blindfold is bold and intriguing. In establishing our own spin on a white blend, winemaker Jen Beloz and her team sought out interesting Rhone and aromatic varietals that would nicely compliment a classic Chardonnay base. Through partnering with growers who are dedicated to cultivating alternative varietals in their outstanding vineyards throughout California, the result is a wine that is complex and delicious.

Aromatic and inviting, the wine opens up with subtle notes of mandarin and meyer lemon zest, complimented on the palette with delightful flavors of Anjou pear, roasted marshmellow, spiced apple tart and a hint of minerality. The finish is rich and creamy with bright, balanced acidity.

35% Chardonnay, 60% Rhone whites (Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne, Grenache Blanc), 5% Aromatic (Semillion and Riesling).

Aged in 25% New oak (French and Hungarian), 60% Neutral oak, and 15% stainless steel for 10 months.

“Best Cab in the World for $17″ for just $13!

BYQ_JSkIYAAnAP1(In)Famous and influential wine critic Robert Parker tweeted out last week that the 2010 and 2011 vintages of Louis Martini Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon are “The Best Cabernet in the world for $ 17.00.”

We don’t mean to correct someone with Parker’s expertise and knowledge, but Randall’s is actually selling this $17.00 Cab for $12.99 in IL and $13.99 in MO!

It is a very nice Cab for the price, well-balanced for everyday drinking. Come out to our Fairview Heights store this coming Saturday (11/16) to try it for yourself!