What's New in January

Welcome to 2012

2012 is upon us and so it is time to look toward what’s new for the New Year.

Cider Explosion
Over the past few years we’ve been expanding into the ciders of northern Spain and the Basque Country. First we introduced Isastegi from the Basque Country, then Trabanco from Asturias, and in 2011 we crossed the border into the French Basque Country for Bordatto. In 2012 we’re going even further. First we will see the release of Basandere, Bordatto’s “Wild Women” counterpart to Basa Jaun. But we’re not stoping in the Basque Country: classic French ciders from Brittany and Normandy are also on the agenda.

Under Flor
Viva la #SherryRevolution! As the #SherryRevolution marches on we have many new sherries joining our cause. Bodegas Grant’s La Garrocha Oloroso is reporting for duty, La Cigarrera is “pulling out the big guns” with the release of their VOR Amontillado and Manzanilla Pasada, and Cesar Florido is launching his secret weapons: his delicious Fino and very old Palo Cortado.

Cocktails Contest
This month we will be judging the submissions for the 2011 Cocktail Contest: Sweet Wines of Jerez. Stay tuned for the results and the 2012 contest announcement in February.

2011 Cocktail Contest: Sweet Wines of Jerez

Our 2011 Concoction Contest is complete. We are judging submissions this month and the winner will receive a hand painted porron from this year's guest artist. Here are the last submissions:

Sauntering Gentleman
by Alan M. of Blue Ribbon Downing St. Bar in New York, NY

1 oz Sierra PX sherry
¾ oz Luxardo Bitter
¾ oz Zucca Amaro
½ oz Sierra Amontillado 1830 VV
1 dash angostura
Stir all ingredients together with ice, pour into a chilled coupe top with float of lagavulin scotch (be sure to pour slowly over back of a spoon to float on top, about .15 oz, just enough for aromatic purposes)

Java Pyrat
by Abe K. of Blue Ribbon Downing St. Bar in New York, NY

2 oz Pyrat Rum
½ oz Sierra PX sherry
½ oz Fair Trade Co. Cafe Liquor
1 Dash A.B. Smeby Bittering Co. Chai and Rye Bitters
Combine all ingredients together, pour over ice in a rocks glass