Tasting Notes with Jim Beauregard: A short run for Sam's 'bridal' ale
As it happens, the word "ale" comes from the medieval world and is related to the word "bridal." The materials that accompanied the beer describe it as a "unique, beyond-the-registry gift." Can't argue with that — we didn't think to put beer on that list.
Now, you have read about hard ciders recently in this column — an up and coming phenomenon. Angry Orchard is presenting its Crisp Apple cider, complete with recipes. Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Hard Cider 5% abv. This one comes in a can, labeled "naturally gluten free." Gold, with rich Cortland apple aromas. You know how when you bite into a perfectly ripe apple and the juice explodes into your mouth and you say "Wow!"? That's what happens here. The palate is rich, and, as the title says, crisp, like a fall day at the Canterbury Shaker Village. There's just a hint of apple tartness at the finish, noticeable at the back of your mouth that serves to add character to the finish. Yum. You can check out their recipe for "Cider Can chicken" too.
Wine lovers, I have not forgotten you: 7 Deadly Zins, Old vine Zinfandel, Michael and David Phillips, Lodi, California, 2010, $17.99, 15.0%abv. Purple wine, dark core, noticeable red fruit and some berry on the nose. The palate is dry, with rich black and red fruit, pencil shavings, blackberry, medium-plus body, smooth, almost creamy, the palate moves from fruit to herbal at the finish. 86 points.
Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth will host Vintage & Vine, its annual "wine festival in historic style" on Saturday, Sept. 7, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Vintage & Vine 2013 features fine wines from around the world, local and seasonal food from top Seacoast chefs, and an auction of distinctive activities and gifts.
Tickets are now on sale at www.strawberybanke.org. Must be 21 to attend. Grand Tasting admission is $40. Reserve/VIP Admission plus Grand Tasting is $75.
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