Skytop top 5 wine & spirits

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Thank you for checking out our top 5 wines & spirits for the Spring & Summer 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 warmer 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

5. Valore Pinot Grigio:

Straw yellow with greenish reflections. Balanced bouquet with notes of apple, peach and white flowers. Fresh and harmonious on the palate. It pairs really well with fresh vegetables, raw fish and lighter meals. Fish and shellfish are classic pairing partners. Served chilled.

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4. La Coucoute Cabernet Franc:

When Stephane Defraine founded Chateau de Fontenille in 1989 on a site whose wine making history dated back to the 13th century, he aimed to build something to last, that he could pass down through the generations. His daughter Macha, accordingly, went away to school for wine making. There, she developed a taste for the experimental: new techniques that she applies on their ancient vineyard undergoing organic conversion under the sub-label “La Coucoute de Fontenille.”

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3. Twenty Rows Cabernet Sauvignon:

We source fruit from diverse vineyards to create complex aromas and a rich structure for our North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon. The mountain fruit provides velvety tannins and aromas, and flavors of cherry and black pepper with a hint of herbs. The valley floor fruit complements with cherry, plum, and dark fruit flavors. This is a complex wine worthy of savoring!

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2. Nau Mai Sauvignon Blanc:

Unique, exuberant & intense, this Sauvignon Blanc comes from the northern tip of New Zealand's South Island: Marlborough. This wine reveals great notes of bell pepper and fresh cut grass on the nose. The palate gives out pleasant aromas of passion fruit and grapefruit that makes this wine ideal with a white fish in sauce, a crab-stuffed avocado, or a scallop carpaccio.

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1. Frico Rose:

Frico Rosato is a light bodied rose made from the indigenous varietals Sangiovese, Canaiolo, and Ciliegiolo. These indigenous grapes of Tuscany are the perfect foil for a great, light bodied rose. Their natural high acidity, crisp, tart cherry, and herbaceous all create an ideal Tuscan rose.

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Top 5 Spirits

5. Kentucky Owl The Wiseman:

The first permanent release under Master Blender John Rhea, this bourbon has a specific Proof/ABV for something more approachable. The Wiseman Bourbon Whiskey is made from 4 Kentucky Straight Bourbons selected for their individual taste.

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4. Plantation 5 Year Rum:

Barbados rum barrel-aged for 5 years, Grande Reserve is smooth and bursting with vanilla, flambéed banana, coconut, and dried fruit. This is one of the best mixing rums available.

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3. Grind Espresso Liqueur:

Made from medium-roasted Colombian Arabica beans carefully blended with smooth Caribbean Rum, for a finely balanced espresso spirit that can be mixed with almost anything. We hope you like it as much as we do.

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2. Citadelle Gin:

Juniper introduces Citadelle’s signature botanical from the outset, then opens up to bright citrus notes that enhances the juniper berry’s freshness. The finish leans more exotic… long and spicy thanks to touches of pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon.

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1. 818 Tequila Blanco:

Produced in Jalisco, Mexico using a carefully selected blend of highland and lowland agave to create a Tequila Blanco with brilliant clarity, an aroma of citrus, a hint of minerality on the pallet and a smooth finish.

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