Skytop top 5 wine & spirits

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Thank you for checking out our top 5 wines & spirits for the Fall & Winter season. One of the many perks of our job is we get to taste, learn, and appreciate all the products we sell in our store. We spend countless hours looking for those hidden gems and outstanding products to share with all of you. What could be better than passing all this knowledge and “hard work” onto our customers and formally rank our 5 favorite wines and spirits for the upcoming colder months.

And just so you don’t think we just pulled these names out of a hat, here is how we scored our products…

Value – Can’t pick all $100 bottles of wine. Does the bottle we pick reflect the price tag it comes with or is it even better? Good way to give all of our products an even playing field

Quality – Goes without saying overall quality of the product, taste, care put into making a perfect wine or spirit

Bottle – Sounds silly put a big part of the “experience” of our favorite beverage is the bottle it comes in. The label, weight & shape of the bottle, overall quality of the package.

Our panel consists of the owner, store manager, main inventory manager, and occasionally customers wondering what we’re doing sampling 30 different bottles of wine!

Top 5 Wines

Harken Chardonnay:

Indulge in the rich flavors of our Chardonnay, where a luscious palate of crème brûlée and buttered toast perfectly blends with the warm oak aromatics. The fresh acidity and subtle hint of Bosc pear balances the richness, leaving your taste buds tantalized and longing for more. Come, experience the ultimate pleasure of savoring our delicious Chardonnay.

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Domini Veneti Appassimento:

Appassimento, the method used to produce Passito wines, is unique to the Veneto. It’s when grapes are picked and laid in the sun on mats to dry and concentrate. (It’s the same way the great Italian Amarone wine is made!) This added richness and depth is rarely found in a wine this price—and certainly is rarely accomplished so successfully! With notes of cherry and vanilla, this wine is full and round, but with soft tannins. Have it with meat dishes and also old cheeses!

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Four Vines Zinfandel:

Located in California’s Lodi region, our vineyards are between 30 to 50 years old. Here our ancient, head-trained vines yield only a few grape clusters; each with small, intensely flavored berries. As a result, Four Vines Old Vine Zinfandel is bold in both flavor and body.

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Stoneleigh Sauvignon Blanc:

The Stoneleigh range consists of distinctive, elegant, fruit forward Marlborough wines that reflect the unique terroir of our stone-studded vineyards. Started by nature, our philosophy of minimum intervention in the winery ensures that the vibrant flavours of Stoneleigh are captured in each and every bottle.

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Gnarly Head, Limited Edition, 1924 Whiskey Barrel Aged Red Blend:

Crafted with rich, dark fruit aged in Premium Whiskey Barrels, this liberal wine is layered with aromas of warm vanilla, juicy raspberry and a subtle hint of maple syrup, with notes reminiscent of Whiskey: golden caramel, gentle spice and toasted oak. This lush Red Blend has balanced acidity with plush tannins and a sweet, lingering oak finish.

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Top 5 Spirits

Mi Campo Blanco:

Orange blossom tea underscores threads of honey and sweet orange, balanced by subtle white pepper notes.

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Breckenridge Bourbon:

Our award-winning, high-rye Bourbon Whiskey is aged for a minimum of three years, in charred, new American oak barrels, and blended to reveal the unique qualities of the Bourbon Whiskey. Deep, honey-amber hue with pronounced aromas of butterscotch, candied orange and apple; dry cacao and brown sugar envelop the tongue as the spirit lingers with notes of vanilla and white pepper.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Pumpkin Spice:

A very pumpkin forward cream liqueur with notes of candy, caramel, cream and a gentle spice finish.

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Azteca Azul Reposado:

After being pulled from a 200 L. barrel, it's no surprise this tequila has a sweet, cooked agave character bursting with oak, that is unlike any other. Notes of sweet honey, vanilla and toasted almonds harmonize beautifully with the spicy oak flavors & hints of chocolate that come forward on the finish.

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Denizen White Rum:

The flavor is spicy and dry, only slightly sweet, with a medium-long finish. It definitely has some heat to it that reminds you you’re drinking rum. You can also taste the vanilla and oak that indicate it spent some time in wood.

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