Halloween and New Contest…

October 23, 2011

Yeah, it’s that time of the year again… Time to brace for the little monsters and prep for grown-up Halloween parties.  So, are you prepared? (Have you gathered supplies for your Pumpkin Ale Bread yet?!? Stocked up on your Halloween beer? Readied your costume?)


Ok, forget the costume question lest Bruce decides to don one of his monstrosities… Yeah, definitely skip the costume.

Mercifully… Onward…

Rumor has it that Da Gizz is conniving a new contest for Halloween, but at this point he’s mulling over its nature. Until we finalize the contest, the best way to get insider info is to stop in the store. (To find Harwich Spirits Shoppe, just click on the “About Us” button above.)

Shaking by the racks,

Three cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Next Up, Hurricane Katia?

September 1, 2011

Hey,

Cisco the Harwich Spirits Shoppe blogging cat here…

So is Hurricane Katia next for the Cape?

Given the computer models for its track, at this point it certainly doesn’t look like it. Not even close. But if Irene taught us one thing, it taught us to be prepared… (Search this site for beaucoup references to ‘prepare’.) And, considering the approaching Labor Day weekend, now would be the ideal time to stock up.


Just a couple of cats content by the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Don’t Forget!

May 23, 2011

As regular readers of this blog already know, our second annual Memorial Day Yard Sale and Potluck is coming up a week from today. We do this because Massachusetts state law prohibits liquor stores from selling on this particular holiday, so why not use the outdoor space for something fun, like a yard sale? And to attract more customers, why not offer free food?

Yes, there will be snacks to share with all the buyers–maybe cookies, maybe burgers, maybe hotdogs, maybe maybe other things. We don’t know yet, because it’s all the vendors who will be providing the pot luck, and they ain’t talkin’! But I can tell you this: last year there were all of those things and more! So if you’re a vendor, don’t forget to bring something yummy to share. And if you’re a shopper, be sure to stop by before all the goodies (both edible and buy-able) are gone!

And in order to lure you into our yard sale clutches, I’ll leave you with an easy and delicious recipe that one of last year’s vendors brought: Portable S’mores:

  • Take one full-sized graham cracker and break it in half in the middle.
  • Place two squares of a plain chocolate bar (Hershey’s or other brand) on one half of the graham cracker
  • Cut a large marshmallow in half and place both halves on top of the chocolate
  • Top with the other half of the graham cracker.
  • Wrap loosely in aluminum foil.
  • Now make 11 more just like that.
  • Place each packet over hot coals for approximately 5 minutes.
  • Open carefully and enjoy.
  • Serves 12.

Take it from a cat who knows; these things are incredibly delicious!

See you a week from Monday!


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Month of May Sale!

May 3, 2011

Hey! Cisco the blogging cat here… The following is from Da Gizz…

The month of May is SALE month. Six bottles receive a 25% discount unless the items are already ‘on sale’. This is a chance to stock a home wine rack at huge discounts. All sale items are from in-stock items. We have many great wines that other stores only wish they had. These wines can now be yours @ fabulous prices.

Also, everyone remember our Memorial Day yard sale and family (???) cookout. We supply the fire and condiments.

Here comes the summer… Brace yourself!

Two cats blogging by the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Three Wines on Sale Just in Time for Valentines Day

February 12, 2011

Ain’t they pretty… Each 750 ml of heaven… So what have we got???

  • Ecco Domani Pinot Grigio (750 ml) 2 for $23. Regular price $13/bot
  • Latitud 34 Cabernet Sauvignon (750 ml) 2 for $20. Regular $12
  • St Hallett Faith Shiraz (750 ml) 2 for $30. Regular $18/bot

Ecco Domani is your nice reliable Pinot Grigio, it’s a dry white wine with clean and crisp finish.

Latutud 34 comes from Argentina. It’s a good inexpensive choice for people who prefer dry full bodied red wines.

St Hallett Faith Shiraz comes from Barossa Valley in Australia. It’s a full bodied Shiraz with intense notes of dark berries and long structured finish. And when I say “full bodied Shiraz” I actually mean that it’s a full bodied style of Shiraz. As you probably know Shiraz in general is not as dry and full bodied as say Cabernet or Merlot. But if you compare Faith Shiraz to mass produced yellow tails… Well, let me just say that it’s a much more “serious” wine of higher quality.

The red wines described above will benefit greatly from being breathed, especially Cabernet. Open the wine, pour it in a glass and let it sit for half an hour to 45 minutes.

And there you go… All you need for Monday… Are you prepared?

Ponchita by the racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


17 Degrees, Blowing Like a Bustard, and Mission Control, We’ve Got Chupas and then Some!!!

February 9, 2011

Yup,

That’s right… In Harwich, we’re freezing our tail sections off. Why I’ll bet it’s so cold that you’ve completely forgotten Valentines Day… We’re just trying to cover your six boss…

Back to the cold… This is post number 203… Think of all that nice warm weather we’ve shared over the last couple of years and even taken for granted… Not any more… It’s a stinkin’ 17 degrees out there, and that’s not the worst of it…

There’s something you non-Cape people don’t quite understand about the “Land of the Cod” – we have chupacabras.

Yes, yes, yes… We also have your ubiquitous zombies, ghosts, bigfeet, and politicians, but nothing is a pip on a cold windy night like the chupas pounding on the back door and stomping on the roof. Though I do remember one particular blow-up after the lights were out and the doors were locked… The the wind was wailing (just like tonight), and the temp wasn’t fit for man nor beast…

As usual, the chupas were pounding away… (If memory serves me right, Ponchita and I had snuggled in with a nice pilfered white wine, some Slim Jims, and Frank Sinatra on YouTube…) And then the pounding stopped, and instead was replaced with a mean, shuffling, struggling sound – a surreal donnybrook in the making. Now, I’ll tell you straight up… I don’t know what started it… But I do know this much – all the denizens of SyFy were duking it out round and round ye old HSS. And without a doubt, the politician was winning. (Don’t quote me on this, but the pol looked like Mike Dukakis dressed up like Fozzy Bear.) So the brawl went on and on… Ponchita and I raced from window to window to watch the melee like children of old, buzzed on eggnog and sugar, racing from window to window to spy Saint Nick (or at least watch him crash and burn.)  Let me tell you something brother, I don’t care if you’ve been intimate with five movie starlets all at the same time whilst wearing Mickey Mouse ears… You simply haven’t lived until you’ve witnessed “Mike D./Fozzy B.” drop kick a squawking chupacabra over the rooftop and into the cold darkness of the local “Quickie Mart” all to the syrupy strains of Sinatra singing, “My Way”. But so it went… Frankenstein got kneed in the “you know whats” and did a superb imitation of a groin-injured Michael Jackson doing his damnedest “Thriller” moves all the while sucking on a sour ball. A bunch of the ghouls actually held down “Billy the Wolf Boy” and gave him a mohawk. And so it went… Ah, what a night…

But for right now, it’s a cold, windy Cape Cod night, and the chupas are pounding… Where’s “Mike D./Fozzy B.” when you need him,

Smiling by the racks…

Two cats blogging…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.


Valentines Day!!!

February 6, 2011

Hey,

Cisco the HSS blogging cat here… Take a gander… I have a few Valentines Day ideas…

Cisco suggests...

While they’re all good, you might pay special attention to the White Flowers Sparkling Riesling on the right.  Sure, it sounds like it’s a sweet sparkling, but in actuality, it’s very dry. (I tried it one night after the store was all locked up and Da Gizz was gone!) White Flowers is from the Pacific Rim winery, a Washington state establishment that enjoys cool climates and as a result produces the characteristic Riesling grapes and wines. Yum… At $20/bottle it’s a sure-fire hit. And it probably would be the perfect match with a bouquet of flora from Amy at White Flowers Flower Shop. (After all, they are directly across the street from us at 571 Main St (508 432-5540).)

Then we have the old faithful Korbell Sparkling Rose (which is also dry) for $15 and Cristalino Sparkling Rose. (Pssst… Consider the Cristalino… At $10/bottle, that is an exceptional dry Spanish wine!)

But not all things of amore are vino, no matter what Bruce says… Katy’s pendants are hand made with love, $30 each…

So there you go, just a few of the gazillion ideas we have here at the Harwich Spirits shoppe… And if anyone asks you how you came upon these great tips… You just tell them that you have an “in” with Cisco, the “Pepe Le Pew” of felines…

See you by those alluring racks…


Wine Glossaries

* Nat Decants: A thorough glossary from Natalie MacLean, noted wine writer, speaker, and judge.
* eRobertParker.com: “The Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines”
* GLOSSARY of Wine-Tasting Terminology (Version 1.4 – Jan. 1995): A thorough collection of definitions from Anthony Hawkins.

Beer Glossaries

* ratebeer: Now that’s a straightforward name!
* beer-pages: Roger Protz and Tom Cannavan say that “it’s all about beer”.
* alphaDictionary.com: A fine collection of Beer dictionaries.