Bauer at Night: The Boston Wine Festival’s Opening Night

When I first started working here, I knew that this crew is passionate about booze… but let me tell you, I didn’t realize how well they drink it too. Last Friday, for one of my first nights on the town with Howie, John, and Sue, we headed down to the Boston Wine Festival’s Opening Night at the Boston Harbor Hotel. It was a serious preview to one of the longest running and best wine festivals in the country.

A little foreground: we are big supporters of the Boston Wine Festival, celebrating it’s 25th year under the direction of our friend Chef Daniel Bruce.  The festival runs from January through March and includes over 50 wine tastings, dinners, and seminars on a variety of varietals (!) and topics. In addition to teaming up with Chef Bruce to choose some of wines that are featured, Howie hosts a few of the dinners as well. And if you like something you taste, you know who’s gonna get it for you – good ol’ Bauer.

An obligatory blurry picture of Howie and John on their ??th sample

An obligatory blurry picture of Howie and John on their ??th sample.

But back to the main event: Opening Night is a little different than the other events. It featured tasting tables that previewed wines to be featured in other sessions, and an amazing buffet spread from Chef Bruce’s kitchen. In addition to a flute of Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut welcoming us in the reception, there were eight tables pouring phenomenal wines and what seemed like twice as many tables of amazing food. Our favorite wines of the night were 2009 Bernardus Estate Marinus Meritage (Carmel Valley), a powerful and finessed Bordeaux-blend; and 2009 Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese, a wildly refreshing Riesling that balanced full sweetness and fruit with a perfectly dry finish. We finished off the night with a bottle of Chateauneuf-du-Pape at the bar… but that’s a whole other story.

It was an incredible event and just a precursor of what’s to come. I highly recommend you check out one or more events happening this year – you can browse offerings and buy tickets at www.bostonwinefestival.net. Check back for more updates on the festival and other fun things we find out about!

Cheers,
Jeff

 

 

Twelfth Day of Christmas: 2010 Antinori Tignanello, $79.99 (Over 25% Off!)

On this, the last day of our Christmas sale, we want to give you something truly special. Tignanello (or “Tig” as we lovingly refer to it at Bauer), the legendary super-Tuscan from Antinori, will be $79.99 for one day only, marked down from $110. It’s our Christmas gift to you.

tignanello-98-09_12Tig is a truly luxurious experience, perfect for a holiday meal or gathering. “An intense ruby red in color, the aromas of the wine are characterized by a powerful varietal expressiveness, with ample notes of red fruit, raspberries, and liquorice. On the palate, the wine, still very young, immediately shows firm tannins with much polish and finesse as well, along with a balancing, tonic acidity and savory mineral notes which add length and persistence to the finish and aftertaste.” (Winemaker’s tasting notes)

A few reminders on the fine print: sale prices will be LOW and only available for one day each. Promoted products are available at the special price in-store only (no delivery), but we’ll gladly include them in a delivery order if your other purchases meet our minimum for your delivery zone.

Thank you for your patronage and friendship throughout the year. Merry Christmas, we’ll see you soon!

Cheers,
Jeff

Eleventh Day of Christmas: Glenrothes Single Malt Scotch Sampler, $29.99 (25% Off!)

If nothing has grabbed your attention yet, this should be it! Glenrothes, a fine Speyside Single Malt Scotch producer, makes a very handy sampler containing three different expressions of their scotch in 100mL bottles. We normally sell them for $39.99, but today only we’re taking 25% off to $29.99.

20130607glenrothesHere’s what the gift pack contains:

(1) Glenrothes Select Reserve
(1) Glenrothes 2001
(1) Glenrothes 1998

This is a great way to try their different scotches before marrying yourself to an entire bottle, but trust me… all three are a good catch. With the special price on these, it’s a no-brainer.

A few reminders on the fine print: sale prices will be LOW and only available for one day each. Promoted products are available at the special price in-store only (no delivery), but we’ll gladly include them in a delivery order if your other purchases meet our minimum for your delivery zone.

Stop by to pick up this fun holiday treat (or last-minute gift) today, and be sure to look for our final day tomorrow…

Cheers,
Jeff

Tenth Day of Christmas: Don Julio Blanco Tequila, 20% Off!

Sometimes, family get-togethers need a little “wildcard”. Why not premium tequila? Today, get Don Julio Blanco at $39.99, a big 20% off sale price!

prod_blancoTequila Don Julio Blanco is the base from which all of our other variants are derived. Commonly referred to as “silver” tequila, its crisp agave flavor and hints of citrus make it an essential component to a variety of innovative drinks including margaritas. It can also be enjoyed neat or on the rocks.

A few reminders on the fine print: sale prices will be LOW and only available for one day each. Promoted products are available at the special price in-store only (no delivery), but we’ll gladly include them in a delivery order if your other purchases meet our minimum for your delivery zone.

I can promise you this: bring some tequila to your family holiday party, and Uncle Frank’s stories will get a lot more interesting. Check tomorrow for Day 11… our last two are going to be a blowout.

Cheers,
Jeff

Ninth Day of Christmas: Fizz 56 Brachetto Spumante, $12.99 (30% Off!)

It’s time for some bubbles! Pick it up for tonight or save it for a holiday dinner, but definitely come get it. For Day 9, Fizz 56 Brachetto is 30% off, marked down to $12.99!

download“Fizz 56 Sparkling Red is a very pretty bright ruby red. A showstopper that is not only alluring, but also irresistibly delicious. It is highly aromatic with the hint of candied rose petals and soft berry notes. Tantalizing flavors of raspberry, strawberry and cherry dance on the tip of your tongue.” (Winemaker’s Notes)

A few reminders on the fine print: sale prices will be LOW and only available for one day each. Promoted products are available at the special price in-store only (no delivery), but we’ll gladly include them in a delivery order if your other purchases meet our minimum for your delivery zone.

Stop in for your bubbles and a wine tasting from 4:30-6:30 with Molly from Winebow!

Cheers,
Jeff

Eighth Day of Christmas: “Weekend in Italy” Reds & Whites Case, $110.00 (20% Off!)

Get ready for the weekend – we’re offering two of our best-selling Italian wines at a huge 20% discount today only! These wines deliver unbelievably for the price, and our extra discount brings the price down to a very appealing $110.00. Also, we’ll make an exception today: we will deliver your case, despite the usual “in-store only” fine print on our 12 Days sale.

On to the wines! Get six each of the following:

209624(6) 2012 Villa Marchesi Pinot Grigio (Friuli Grave), Sale $9.99 – A nicely balanced Pinot Grigio with notes of fresh citrus, almond, and white peach. Everything an easy-drinking Pinot Grigio should be!

large-Cantele Salice salentino 09(6) 2009 Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva (Puglia), Sale $11.99 – A strong candidate for the best quality/price ratio in the whole store! 100% Negroamaro, notes of sour cherry, leather, and licorice with lively acidity.

Remember, this case deal is here for one day only. Order today by giving us a call at 617.262.0363 or email howie@bauerwines.com for delivery by Saturday. Check back tomorrow for Day 9!

Cheers,
Jeff

Seventh Day of Christmas: Tomatin 12 y/o Single Malt Scotch, $26.99 (35% Off!)

We’re over halfway through our 12 Days of Christmas Sale now, and we’ve been saving the best for last. Today, get the most ridiculously low priced bottle of single malt Scotch we’ve ever seen. Tomatin 12 y/0 Single Malt Scotch, one day only, marked down from $39.99 to an unbelievable $26.99!

tomatin12Don’t worry about suffering poor quality for price, though. Tomatin 12 is rich and smooth with nice sweetness, notes of apples and pears, and a slight nuttiness from aging in Sherry casks. It has a lingering, oily finish that is the signature of Highland single malts.

Will this bottle of Scotch be the best single malt you’ve ever had? No. This Scotch will be your companion on a freezing winter night after a long and cold commute home when you need a drink that goes down easy, doesn’t require a lot of thinking, and satisfies the palate. Trust us, we’ve been there.

A few reminders on the fine print: sale prices will be LOW and only available for one day each. Promoted products are available at the special price in-store only (no delivery), but we’ll gladly include them in a delivery order if your other purchases meet our minimum for your delivery zone.

This is a must-try, so stop by and pick up a bottle. Don’t forget to check back tomorrow for Day 8!

Cheers,
Jeff

Sixth Day of Christmas: 2010 Pietra Santa Pinot Noir Magnums, $19.99 (Over 30% Off!)

As your holiday parties and dinners start coming quicker than you can chew, you’re probably wondering what you can bring. Look no further than these 2010 Pietra Santa Pinot Noir Magnums, marked down over 30%, one day only, from $29.99 to $19.99. This smoother style of Central Coast Pinot is fruity yet balanced with a subtle earthiness – a definite crowd-pleaser for diverse palates.

Pinot Noir for web page“Our Estate Pinot Noir is an ideal reflection of our terroir, renowned for growing this finicky varietal. This vintage begins with a beautiful bouquet of subtle lavender and moves to elegant fruit flavors of wild strawberries, raspberries and Bing cherries laced with an earthiness that is synonymous with the Cienega Valley and the surrounding northern Central Coast Appellation.” – Winemaker’s notes

A few reminders on the fine print: sale prices will be LOW and only available for one day each. Promoted products are available at the special price in-store only (no delivery), but we’ll gladly include them in a delivery order if your other purchases meet our minimum for your delivery zone.

Make sure you pick up one of these excellent large-format Pinots before they’re gone! Check back tomorrow for Day 7… we’re just getting started.

Cheers,
Jeff

Fifth Day of Christmas: St. Bernardus Abt 12 Magnum Edition 2013, $35.99 (20% Off!)

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, Bauer wants to give you something better than five golden rings. This extremely giftable and beautifully designed magnum of St. Bernardus’ famous Abt 12 Quadrupel is marked down 20% today only, from $44.99 to $35.99.

photoThe Beer: “St. Bernardus Abt 12 is one of the world’s greatest beers. First brewed in 1946, dark brown in color, with ruby highlights. Perfectly balanced, with a full body and a hoppy bite. Bottle Conditioned, Alc. Vol 10%.”

The Artwork: “The Belgian artist of Italian origin Gianpaolo Amoruso created the artwork for the front label of this year’s St. Bernardus Abt 12 Magnum Edition 2013. He made “Bernardo e Marco” specially for this purpose and the original mouthblown glass art figure is part of the art collection is part of the art of our brewery. Amoruso blows the glass in one piece and the hollow statue is about 35 cm high. The screen printing on the bottle makes it a unique collector’s item and a continuation of our yearly tradition.” (St. Bernardus’ notes)

A few reminders on the fine print: sale prices will be LOW and only available for one day each. Promoted products are available at the special price in-store only (no delivery), but we’ll gladly include them in a delivery order if your other purchases meet our minimum for your delivery zone.

We hope to see you today grabbing one of these before they run out! Check back tomorrow for Day 6’s big deal.

Cheers,
Jeff

Fourth Day of Christmas: 90+ Cellars Reserve Two-Bottle Gift Set, $19.99 (Over 30% Off!)

As we get closer to Christmas Day, the deadline for gift-shopping is quickly approaching. For the Fourth Day of Christmas, get a top-notch gift set from 90+ Cellars containing two of their finest wines for just $19.99. This sale is one-day only; they’ll be back at the regular price of $29.99 tomorrow!

Reserve_gift_set_Nexternal1If you’re not familiar, 90+ Cellars is a Boston-based company that buys overstock wines from producers around the world, labels them with their own branding, and sells them for way below the original sale price. These two wines in particular earned 90+’s “Reserve” designation for being of exceptional quality. Each set contains one bottle each of the following:

“Lot 88″ 2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay - “This Chardonnay hits your lips like a flirtatious slap in the face and that’s why it took two seconds for us to make the call to acquire this bodacious beauty. Harvested from vineyards in the heart of Napa Valley, the wine is barrel fermented and aged in new French oak for more than a year.” (90+’s notes)

“Lot 89″ 2012 Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir – “Made from delicate dark berries picked from vines in the breezy hills along California’s central coastline, this Pinot Noir is proof of the strength of the 2012 vintage. Crafted with a minimalist approach and aged with care in French oak barrels, this wine stopped us in our tracks with its pure loveliness.

A few reminders on the fine print: sale prices will be LOW and only available for one day each. Promoted products are available at the special price in-store only (no delivery), but we’ll gladly include them in a delivery order if your other purchases meet our minimum for your delivery zone.

Don’t wait on this fantastic Christmas gift for any wine lover. Hell, you should probably get one for yourself too! Check back tomorrow for another great deal.

Cheers,
Jeff