I hope you are having a great summer. For those of you who don’t know me, my name is Simone Peterson and I am the Wine Manager at Nino’s Clinton Township Store.
By far the most commonly asked question these past couple of weeks is “Do you carry Not Your Father’s Root Beer?”
Before I pull my hair out—just kidding, the answer is “YES, when it’s available.” Let me fill you in on Small Town Brewery in Wisconsin. Master Brewer Tim Kovac has created this unbelievable beer ale that tastes just like root beer with a kick. It has a 5.9% abv and is the number-one-selling beer in Chicago and Ohio. Before expanding to twenty states, Small Town Brewery was a tiny facility and the demand was huge.
I tried Not Your Father’s Root Beer for the first time a couple of weeks ago, and yes, it tastes just like root beer. You cannot even taste the alcohol. It has flavors of caramel and vanilla with a sticky, sugary, spicy finish. I definitely understand the demand for this new craze.
A comment I hear frequently is “l would like to try getting into red wines but I don’t like the strong tannins and dryness in most of the reds.” That leads to frequent
“Which red wine would you recommend?”
I have two that I like to recommend. These are easy to drink and are neither overly sweet nor too dry. You can even slightly chill them on a hot summer day while entertaining friends in the backyard.
Adesso Cagnina di Romagna, Italy $12.99
Made from 100% refosco grape, it is deliciously smooth with lots of fruit flavors of raspberry and cherries and a mild sweetness at the end.
Goosebump Velvety Red, Italy $9.99
This wine will actually give you goosebumps! It’s a big, bright, juicy red made from the Nero D’Avola grape with a touch of Syrah and Merlot. If you like dry or sweet, you will love this velvety red.
And now for frequent
“Why do I get a wine headache from wine?”
Whether it be red or white, you might get a headache. Usually it is from overconsumption and dehydration. A good way to control this is by drinking two glasses of water to keep you hydrated for every glass of wine you enjoy.