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DEFALCO'S NEWS

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: NOVEMBER 1st IS NATIONAL LEARN TO HOMEBREW DAY & OUR CLEAR LAKE STORE GRAND OPENING PARTY!

We've been searching for the right day to celebrate our new location in the Clear Lake area.  With Saturday, November 1st being declared "National Learn To Homebrew Day" by the Brewers Association, we decided to combine the two celebrations!  This is just too good to pass up!  We've been scheming for some time with the Foam Rangers to have a bodacious bash at DeFalco's Central on Stella Link for that day.  So, we will be hosting another "Pros Versus Joes" brewing contest.  This month's "Pro" is Aaron Corsi of 8th Wonder Brewing.  Our "Joe" is Rich Goeggel of the Foam Rangers.  Show up and make sure to harass these guys.  We're sure they deserve it for something. BTW We'll be offering 15% off ingredients to anybody who wishes to brew on site that day (bring your rig. . .such as it is!).

In the spirit of "Learn To Homebrew Day," we are making a special offer for this day only: Do you have a friend that is just dying to learn how to make beer or wine?  Bring your friend in on November 1st and we will not only give them $15 off of which ever starter kit they would like (5 - 6 gallon beer or wine kits), but we will also give you a $15.00 gift card just for bringing them in!!!

Psssttt!!!  We'll be offering some other special pricing that day to coincide with the Grand Opening.  Look for details later in the week.

NOW WE ARE TWO!  CLEAR LAKE STORE IS OPEN!

After over a year of searching, purchasing, building out and outfitting, we are finally open!  The address is: 16532 Sea Lark, Houston TX 77062.  Phone (281) 486-1141. Our hours will be:

Monday: Closed
Tuesday - Friday: 11 - 7
Saturday: 10 - 5
Sunday: 12 - 4

We're very proud of our new shop.  Drop by and say "Hi!"

ARRIVED! FALL DESSERT WINES!

Every fall Winexpert releases their very popular dessert wine kits.  These releases produce spectacular dessert wines with a minimum of effort.  Here's what this year's line-up offers:

Chocolate Raspberry Dessert Wine (a.k.a. - "Port") - $104.99
This wine brings together notes of rounded cherry, plum, and bright raspberry with rich chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Excellent on its own or with any dessert, or serve with toasted nuts or shortbread.  Makes 3 gallons - no water needed.  We've made this before & it is delicious!
Oak: Toasted
Sweetness: 7
Body: Full

Blackberry Dessert Wine (a.k.a. - "Port") - $104.99
Bright blackberry notes, lingering tannins and a gorgeous deep hue. An excellent match for intense cheeses, roasted nuts and especially chocolate desserts.  Like the Chocolate Raspberry Port, this makes 3 gallons - no water needed, and it is also delicious!
Oak: Toasted
Sweetness: 7
Body: Full

Island Mist Merlot-Ho-Ho
- $74.99
Round, fruit forward Merlot with notes of orange, cranberry, spice and cloves.  Sure to warm you on even the coldest days, enjoy this wine at room temperature or slightly warmed garnished with a cinnamon stick.  Makes 6 gallons.
Oak:  None
Sweetness:  Sweet
Body:  Light
Alcohol:  6.5%

We are limited to the inventory on hand, as these are pre-order only kits.  We have a few extras, so if these sound appetizing, we suggest you act now!

Also new in the shop are Winexpert's latest offerings: Island Mist Skinny Mist Wine Kits. What's that you say? These wine kits are fruit infused and anything but skinny on flavor! We've paired the refreshing notes of fresh fruit with crisp and juicy varietals for an incredible taste that's less than 80 calories per serving. So go ahead and enjoy, these Mists are skinny jeans approved!

SLIGHT WHITE TROPICAL RIESLING
Slight on calories, bursting with flavors of sweet, juicy pineapple and mango paired with the refreshing citrus notes of Riesling.

LEANER TRAMINER PEACH GEWURZTRAMINER
Flavors of freshly picked peaches against a backdrop of crisp and subtly floral Gewurztraminer. Lean on calories, mean on taste.

MERLITTLE MERLOT BLACKBERRY MERLOT

Merlittle calories, merlots of flavor. Round, fruit-forward Merlot gets a juicy infusion of succulent blackberry.

P.S. By the way, the sign on the photo has been "photoshop-ed".  Any signage must comply with local civic association deed restrictions, so we're flying under the radar now with an indoor banner by one of our windows.  One more hurdle to clear!

FEATURED BASIC BREW RECIPES FOR OCTOBER

Hopefully we'll see the heat break this month.  To that end we are going with some very dark beers for our October Featured Basic Brew™ Recipes:

Smoked Porter
Imperial Stout
Black Crack Imperial Stout

NEW 2014 WINEXPERT SELECTION LIMITED EDITION LINEUP ANNOUNCED!

This year marks Winexpert's 25th Anniversary of their Limited Edition progarm! This milestone provides an opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward to the future.  In honor of the 25th Anniversary, Winexpert is reintroducing four of your favorite wines plus a special anniversary blend, aptly named Triumph. Triumph is a blend created especially for our consumers and is a celebration of the achievement which defines this Limited Edition program. We hope you'll enjoy celebrating this milestone with us.  And, oh, yes. . . Each kit comes with coordinating labels.  The only way to insure that you can get in on these wonderful wine kits is to pre-order the kits.  We will not be able to order any more of these kits after December 6! As the expression goes, "Act now to avoid disappointment and future regret!"


January 2015
Australian Shiraz Viognier
- $139.99
Riverland, South Australia - This sun-kissed agricultural haven of South Australia boasts ripe examples of Shiraz and Viognier.  The cool waters of the Murray River act as an irrigator for this declared reserve, which lies about 225 km north east of Adelaide.

This Northern Rhône-inspired blend takes the spicy, strong and tannic red grape Shiraz and softens its edge with the voluptuous white grape Viognier.  These wines are a beautiful marriage of black cherry, smoky plum, black pepper from the Shiraz and hints of exotic jasmine flower, ripe apricot and juicy peach from the Viognier.
Sweetness: Dry
Body: Medium-Full
Alcohol: 14%

German Riesling - $135.99
Mosel Valley,Germany - Like scenes from a postcard, the Mosel river winds its way at the bottom of a valley with 700ft slopes draped in vineyards. These steep slopes are treacherous even for the bravest of grape growers, where the Riesling grape is grown in abundance and is hailed as the great grape of Germany.  At 49° latitude north, grapes are at their northernmost limit in terms of cultivation, but the warm sunny southern-facing slopes of this magnificent valley bring the Riesling to its full potential.

Riesling, with its pronounced acidity and ability to mask sweetness, is a grape that is happy in a cooler climate.  Its notable flavors of lemon, fresh apple and limestone will encapsulate you with its tangy acidic kick and the soft, gentle sweetness on the finish to tie it all together. 
Sweetness: Off-Dry
Body: Light-Medium
Alcohol: 10%

February 2015 
Washington State Triumph
- $139.99
Yakima Valley, Washington - Overlooked by Mount Adams and moderated by the Yakima River, this valley is Washington's coolest and oldest wine region.  Despite this honor, its macroclimate allows Bordeaux's (or "Meritage" in North America) three big star grapes to ripen well here.  The Yakima Valley is known for its agricultural abundance, and grapes are quickly becoming recognized as the powerhouses.

This blend of Bordeaux's finest; Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot is proof that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it."  These three friends all work so well together and each contributes their individual strength to the wine.  Cabernet Sauvignon, or "King Cab", brings the structure with his firm tannins and adds complexity with his aromas of cassis and black currant.  Cabernet Franc adds spice, with his peppery nose and red fruit undertones.  Merlot likes to round things out with his approachable plum and cherry characteristics and his softer, rounder body.   Together, they really do create a harmonious blend.
Sweetness: Dry
Body: Medium-Full
Alcohol: 13.5%

March 2015
California Trio Blanca
- $135.99
Lake County, California - Northern California has some of the oldest vineyards on the west coast, with Spanish Missionaries planting back in the 18th century.  Today, the sunny rolling hills of the Lake County are moderated by the cool waters of Clear Lake, the oldest lake in North America.  With all of this history, the land is ideally suited for growing a variety of grapes.

The three grapes that make up this blend are distinct characters indeed.  Chardonnay is the popular and adaptable friend with apple and melon characteristics. Chenin Blanc reflects the soil well in its chalk and citrus aromatics, while its acidity anchors its structure down on the palate.  Finally, lady Muscat with her wildly perfumed nose and distinctive "grapey" flavor gives the blend a refreshingly fun and juicy addition. 
Sweetness: Dry
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 13.5%

April 2015 
Italian Super Tuscan with Grape Skins
- $163.99
Tuscany - There's a reason artists and lovers flock to this area of the world.  Yes, its landscape is arguably among the most beautiful in the world, but more importantly the wine is legendary.  Located at the same latitude as Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, this area of Italy sees warm, sunny summer days and nights where the Mediterranean provides a fresh cooling breeze.  Winemakers have been making wine here since the 8th century BC and have decided to dedicate roughly 80% of the vineyards to red grape varietals.

Super Tuscans are proof that winemakers are also rebels in their own right.   In the appellation of Chianti, where rules limited winemakers to certain grape varietals and practices in order to warrant official status, in the 1970s a few winemakers decided to break the rules and make wines that they decided were of superior quality, and disregarded the limitations.  Coined "Super Tuscan", this full-bodied wine consists of Cabernet Sauvignon and the native Sangiovese, and has firm tannins, notes of cherry and currant and a long finish.  
Sweetness: Dry
Body: Full
Alcohol: 14%

FRESH GREEN HOPS AVAILABLE!

Our regular supplier for fresh, green, undried hops is MIA this year, so after a considerable amount of scrounging, we have come up with a back-up plan.  This year we have Cascades, Centennial, Glacier, & Crystal.  The price is the same as last year: $9.99 for 6 oz.  Obviously, quantities are extremely limited.  Interested?  Click here!

NEW T-SHIRTS ARE HERE!

We decided we wanted a new t-shirt to celebrate our new location, so we've come up with a rather simple, yet elegant, design: monochrome white ink on fabric.  These feature our logo along with the shop addresses and phone numbers.  Choose from: Navy Blue, Green, Maroon.

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