Red, Wine & Brew Is Here For You

There is a little beverage store in Chesterland, Ohio that you would never know was there unless somebody told you about it. The outside does this little town gem no justice. It’s not until you step inside and see all the wonders the store holds behinds its doors. The place is huge and you can literally find any kind of beer, wine or cigars that you want or can think of.

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This store is called Red, Wine & Brew and was started four to five years ago with only three employees. The three employees were its owner Sam Shah, his father Anil Shah and their friend Bob Patel. They are still there today greeting everyone with a smile as they walk in the front door.

“Customers are our number one priority,” owner Sam Shah said. “There are many people that have been coming here since we opened and we wouldn’t be where we are today without them.”

Over 800 Cigars

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Since the place opened Shah has expanded his store a couple of times over the years. Whenever a space became available next to his store he was able to add it on and bring in more products so customers could have more variety to choose from. The store is a giant maze now and if a new customer doesn’t get the tour they offer of the place (just an overview of where stuff a located at), generally a newbie can get lost quickly.

Over 6000 Wines

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Today the store boasts over 6,000 wines, 2,000 beers and 800 cigars. It is all broken down by import beer, domestic beer, import wine, domestic wine, big bottles of wine and a cigar area. There are roughly ten employees who work there now that are just as helpful with the customers as the original three are. Every Friday and Saturday the store hosts a moderate wine tasting so customers can try different wines and beers plus learn about them from the stores assistant manager Alex Bossard.

Over 2000 Beers

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Bossard is the stores “wine guru” and knows a ton about wine. He is there Tuesday thru Saturday to help customers with different brands and varietals of wine. Wine is Bossard’s hobby and you can tell by the way he talks how much he loves his wines.

The store mainly promotes its self by word-of-mouth and recommendations from past and current customers. They give out business cards to customers when they make their purchase and ask them to hand them out to their friend. Shah has also placed ads in local papers such as the Scene and Chesterland News. Plus, they have taken out ads in West Geauga’s sports teams brochures.

Red, Wine & Brew has a website but it’s not totally functional yet. They have done a decent job getting the word out about the place yet they could do so much more. It truly is a diamond in the rough. I highly recommend checking out for all your beer, wine and cigar needs.

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Holiday Spiced Wines

Tis’ the season for giving and receiving presents, food, fruit cake, gift baskets, holiday cheer and love. People often forget what this holiday is all about which is spending time with your loved ones and giving thanks for everything that has happened over the past year. What better way to spend the holiday then with nice a glass of spiced wine while sitting around the Christmas tree (or menorah if you’re Jewish)? I was able to find some nice wines that that can bring holiday cheer to anyone in a wine glass.

Ferrante Celebration Spice Wine

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Ferrante Celebration Spice:

It’s a sweet festive grape wine spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove or natural flavors. The wine can be enjoyed with a cinnamon stick or citrus fruits. It is made in Harpersfield Township, Geneva, Ohio and is only released during the fall and winter months. The information above was taken from the Ferrante Winery’s website.

The wine tasted great but I wouldn’t eat it with dinner. I enjoyed it more as a night cap so the flavors were able to cultivate their own tastes and didn’t compete with the flavors from the food. I found the bottle for only $7.99. It is a corked top so I wouldn’t let it sit too long once it’s opened. I put some wine in the fridge and it was enjoyable warn or cold.

Brotherhood Spiced Wine

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Brotherhood Spiced Wine:

The tradition of mulled wine in our country goes back to before the Revolution, when it was quaffed piping hot in taverns, inns and homes. Brotherhood’s Holiday Wine carries on this colonial tradition. Its moderate sweetness is balanced with tartness. Holiday is a versatile wine. It can be served piping hot (but do not boil) in a pitcher or punch bowl or chilled over ice. The winery is located in Washingtonville, New York and is the oldest winery in America operating since 1893.  The information above was taken from the wine label on the bottle and from the Brotherhood Winery’s website.

I really liked this wine a lot. I prepared my glass with ice cubes so it had a slight chill to it like the label said. It was perfect. The ice didn’t water down the wine but mellowed out the spices so it wasn’t overpowering. I didn’t drink it with food so there weren’t any other flavors competing with the wine. The bottle only cost me $7.99 and was totally worth it.

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Naughty & Nice:

It is the newest seasonal release from the Duplin Winery and is a delicious white Muscadine wine. It is sweet and fruity wine that is enjoyable alone or with fresh fruits and sweet desserts. The winery is located in Rose Hill, North Carolina and has three other holiday wines to try such as Christmas Eve, Christmas Wine and Just Naughty Wine. The information above is taken from the Duplin Winery’s website.

First off I would just like to say I am not a fan of white wine. I got to admit though for a white wine it was very enjoyable. I drank a glass with strawberries and chocolate to eat and it paired perfectly. I give it two thumbs up for anyone who like sweet white wines. I was able to buy the bottle for $9.99.

These wines can be purchased at your local beverage store or grocery store but only for a limited time. Once they are gone, they are gone until next year so stock up fast. The state of Ohio mandates these prices that I have mentioned in my article. If you live in another state, prices may vary.

Disclaimer: Please don’t drink until you’re 21 years old. If you do drink, please don’t drive!

Red Wines For $6 And Under

I know in the past I have talked a lot about beer on my blog so I thought I would change it up a bit and go over some red wines that won’t hurt your pocket book. Fall is the season for pumpkin beer and hayrides. Winter is the season for a nice glass of wine while curled up in a fuzzy blanket next to a roaring fire.

FishEye Wines

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FishEye Shiraz 2010:

The wine has a variety of tastes including ripe blackberries and blueberries with spicy black pepper on the nose. The wine pairs well with barbecued baby back ribs with macaroni salad or jerk chicken with brown rice and black beans. The wine has many different varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Moscato, Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc. The wine has also won many awards like the Best Buy, 2010, Beverage Tasting Institute. For more information check out the FishEye Winery website plus, this is where I got the information above.

I found this wine very nice to drink with pretty much anything you eat. It has a great dark red color and has no bit after taste. I opened a bottle and then reclosed it after having a glass or two. After a couple of days I poured glass to go with my dinner and still tasted as good as when I opened it. I found the bottle for $4.99 and felt it was worth every penny.

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PKNT Pinot Noir 2009:

The wine is a sensual, elegant and fruity wine with hints of strawberries and cherries. The wine is ideal to drink on its own or to accompany a variety of salads, fish and lightly seasoned meat. This wine comes from their USA PKNT Silver Collection. Other wines include in the collection are Sauvignon Blanc, Rose, Chardonnay, Carmenere, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz Carmenere. For more information on the check out the PKNT Chilean Wine website plus, this is where I got the information above.

I found this wine to be very delightful to drink especially for an imported wine. The dark red color was inviting and the wine had great legs. I poured myself a glass of this wine and having a drink there wasn’t any bite. I left the bottle alone for a couple of days and poured myself a glass a few days later and it still tasted as good as it did when I first opened it. I was able to buy this bottle for $5.99 in most wine stores.


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Lost Vineyards Tempranillo:

This wine is from Spain and doesn’t have much information about it on its website. From what I could find is that it is from one of the most sought after wine growing regions in Spain. The Tempranillo wine comes from the Calatayud region of Spain. For over 2,200 years this region has been cultivated to produce Spain’s finest Tempranillo grapes. It really doesn’t talk about what you can taste in the wine or what to pair it with. I think they did that so that the consumer will buy it to try it to make up their own opinions about it. For more information check out the Lost Vineyards website plus, this is where I got the information above.

I found this wine to be OK. It wasn’t bad if you need a decent red wine in a pinch for a dinner party or a wine to cook with. The first glass I poured for myself had a huge bite. After a couple of more glasses of wine the bite mellowed out. I would not recommend leaving this wine alone for a couple of days because when I did that and then came back to drink it, I couldn’t. If you open the bottle, please drink it within that night/day. The bottle only costs $3.99 and it’s not bad but there are better ones.

Most of these wines can be purchased at your local beverage store or grocery store. The state of Ohio mandates these prices that I have mentioned in my article. If you live in another state, prices may vary.

Disclaimer: Please don’t drink until you’re 21 years old. If you do drink, please don’t drive!

Pumpkin Beer Is Not For Everyone Part Two

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Al, Madison and I had very different opinions on how the beers tasted and what we thought of them. I am going to run down what the brewers said about their beers and what we felt about the beers.

Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale: It is an amber-colored ale that is brewed with a bounty of fall favors like vine-ripened pumpkin, allspice, cloves and nutmeg. Together with a touch of wheat, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale has a smooth, lightly spiced finish. It pairs well with beef dishes and seasonal soups.*

Al’s opinion: “It’s not terrible but it gives you an aluminum taste in the back of your mouth after a second.”

Madison’s opinion: “No smell.”

My opinion: “There is a bit of a pumpkin skin after taste and kind of waxy.”

Pumking: It is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from which they return forever changed! Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape.**

Al’s opinion: “Someone made pumpkin pie with water and made this beer.”

Madison’s opinion: “It’s like someone scooped out the entire pumpkin pie filling and mad a beer with the leftovers.”

My opinion: “After you take a sip the taste hits you immediately and you can breathe out the flavor.”

Ichabod Pumpkin Ale: Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. A rewarding complement to many dishes, Ichabod pairs well with autumnal foods such as poultry and root vegetables.***

Al’s opinion: “Not that great.”

Madison’s opinion: “Slight pumpkin taste.”

My opinion: “Tastes like lightly fermented pumpkin bread.”

Post Road Pumpkin Ale: This beer is available at the beginning of August through November. Pumpkins are blended with barley malt. Hundreds of pounds of pumpkins are blended into the mash of each batch; creating a beer with an orange amber color, warm pumpkin aroma, biscuit malt center and crisp finish. It pairs well with holiday dinning.****

Al’s opinion: “Not bad. Tastes like a sweet light beer.”

Madison’s opinion: “Has a nuttier flavor with a slight nutty after taste.”

My opinion: “Smells like roasted pumpkin seeds.”

Punkin Ale: A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, organic brown sugar and spices. It is released right around September first each year. It pairs well with turkey, roasted duck, lamb, stuffing and dessert dumplings.*****

Al’s opinion: “I like this one. It’s better than the rest we tasted.”

Madison’s opinion: “The after taste stays with you and then it tastes pumpkinish.”

My opinion: “No smell really. A weird twang taste when you first take a sip.”

Small Patch Pumpkin Harvest Ale: Nothing on their Website to reference to because it’s too new to post the facts about. You can find opinions about the beer on other Websites but I’m not posting anything that doesn’t come straight from the brewery.

Al’s opinion: “It’s sweet and cinnamonish and tastes like ass.”

Madison’s opinion: “The molasses over powers the spices.”

My opinion: “Smells line cinnamon and you can taste the molasses.”

St- Ambroise Pumpkin Ale: It just brewed once a year in the fall and distributes a limited amount. It embodies a blend of pale and caramel malt, hops and spices. It’s an original taste made by original people.******

Al’s opinion: “After you let it sit for a while there is a weird taste in your mouth.”

Madison’s opinion: “After taste of raw pumpkin.”

My opinion: “Taste more pumpkin in this one.”

Please remember that these are only opinions that were expressed by each of us. Everyone has one and is entitled to one. I wanted to contrast between what the brewery described and what we thought, but please don’t let it discourage you from trying new beers.

*Content taken from the Blue Moon Brewing Company’s website

**Content taken from the Southern Tier Brewing Company’s website

***Content taken from the New Holland Brewing Company’s website

****Content taken from the Brooklyn Brewery’s website

*****Content taken from the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s website

******Content taken from the Brasserie McAuslan Brewery

Disclaimer: Please don’t drink until you’re 21 years old. If you do drink, please don’t drive!

Yuengling Hits Ohio, Finally

I know I said I would be posting about a pumpkin beer tasting I had with my friends this past week but this a very special week. Yuengling is finally being sold within Ohio borders for the first time ever. I figured if I posted the results from the pumpkin beer tasting next week, it wouldn’t be a big deal.

Yuengling has been owned and operated by the same family since 1829. David G. Yuengling came from Wurttenberg, Germany, and built his home and business in Pottsville, Pa. The original business was called Eagle Brewery. There was a fire in 1831 and a new brewery was built on a different site. In 1873 the brewery changed its name to D.G. Yuengling & Son and four years later D.G. died.

Yuengling Lager

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Over the years the brewery has survived prohibition and family deaths. The beer is so popular the brewery had to decline selling its beer in markets outside of its local area. In 1976 the brewery was placed on the state and national registers as America’s Oldest Brewery. In the late 1990s the brewery purchased two more plants to meet distribution requests by business owners.

The decision was finally made to distribute Yuengling in Ohio about a month ago. Monday was the first day local grocery and convenient shop owners, restaurants and bars had the beer on their shelves ready for sale. Before this happened you literally had to drive to PA to get Yuengling, now you just have to drive to the corner to pick out which twelve pack you want. A twelve pack of Yuengling is being sold for $10.49 which is pretty reasonable considering its three biggest competitors (Bud, Miller and Coors) sell for about $9.99.

I think Yuengling is testing the waters here in Ohio because there are only three flavors available: Yuengling Traditional Lager, Yuengling Light Lager and Yuengling Original Black & Tan. The brewery makes seven different types of beer but, the three in Ohio’s market are by far the most popular.

Since Monday, Yuengling has been flying off the shelves. There are 22 wholesalers distributing the product, and they are having a hard time keeping up with the demand from the Yuengling craze. It’s a good, cheap, full-flavored beer that almost everyone has heard about or tried in other states. The long awaited hype for Yuengling to be sold in Ohio has paid-off.

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Last month grocery and convenient shop owners, restaurants and bars had signs posted stating “Yuengling coming in October.” It created a great word-of-mouth campaign because everywhere you went people were talking about it. When Yuengling hit the Ohio market Monday, the results were phenomenal. One distributer sold about 7,500 cases in a day. Kegs are being tapped out within days not weeks. Grocery and convenient stores shelves are bare by the end of the night. It’s just nuts.

All week long radio stations have been running commercials about Yuengling. Bars and restaurants have been hosting tastings and giving away promotional items. Signs are posted everywhere the beer is sold. Newspapers and TV stations have been running stories about the beer and its sales. Even the internet bloggers and writers have been posting stories and comments about Yuengling in Ohio. Everyone knew it was going to be big but, this has it hit the top of the charts.

For more stories or information on Yuengling hitting the Ohio market, checkout:

Mansfield distributor hires extra help to keep shelves full of Yuengling

Cheers! Stow ‘Can’t Get Enough’ Yuengling

Yuengling Arrives in Ohio After 182 Years

Yuengling distributor gearing up for busy week as beer makes Central Ohio debut

Yuengling beer coming to Ohio

Yuengling beer coming to Northeast Ohio Monday

Disclaimer: Please don’t drink until you’re 21 years old. If you do drink, please don’t drive!