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Phil 2011/3/4

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Phil 2011/2/11

Altovinum Evodia Garnacha from Spain


This is a 100% Garnacha from the mountain village of Atea in the Calatayud region of Northeast Spain. This wine doesn't see any oak, which allows for the bold yet extremely bright fruit flavors to come out. It’s juicy, with flavors of red berries with really interesting spiciness and little to no tannin. Jessie and I had this one with Italian sausage sandwiches and it’s spice notes were a perfect pairing with the Giardineria peppers. This one would certainly pair nicely with some hard Spanish cheese and olives, a nice cut of beef or whatever you're whipping up this chilly weekend. You’ll find this in the Spanish section on the top shelf in Chanhassen, and in aisle 2 the Spanish aisle in Bloomington. This wine is only $9.99 but packs flavors of a much more expensive wine. Have a great weekend!



Phil 2011/1/17

Appleton Estate V/X Rum Review

Tyler Opitz

Let me start off by saying this is the best value rum I have ever tried.  I, like most, had only experienced Bacardi and Captain Morgan and they had both suited me fine, up until this point.  The benefit of the Appleton Estate however, is its balance and ability to accentuate other flavors that are blended with it.  The rum itself “is a blend of 15 different rums, all aged between five and ten years in used Jack Daniel’s oak casks. (” This creates very balanced rum that has an amber color right between white rum and dark rum.  The smell from the V/X is sweet with brown sugar and maple being the forefront of what I noticed.  However it has also been described as having “strong fruity notes of banana and orange peel, as well as molasses.  There’s a bit of a coppery scent riding on top of the other smells as well.  On the whole, the nose is full and powerful, very Jamaican. (” The taste however, was very different.  It wasn’t overly sweet like Captain Morgan sometimes can be, but was instead fruity and nutty with some of the vanilla/sugar coming through.  I would recommend this rum to anyone trying to find something new that works incredibly well when mixed, (it’s slightly too harsh to be a sipping rum) but still won’t break the bank.  At around 20$ bucks it does just that.

Try some of these recipes

Jamaican Mule                                                                         

Fill a lowball glass with ice

1.5 oz Appleton Estate Rum

Fill with Ginger Beer (Located at Cheers Wine and Spirits)


Elusive Redhead
1 ½ oz. Appleton Estate V/X Jamaica Rum
3 oz. Bloody Mary Mix (Try using your normal favorite or Zing Zang bloody mary mix located at Cheers)


Jamaican Ecstasy

In a highball glass, pour rum and cranberry juice over ice. Slowly add orange juice and garnish with an orange wedge.
1 ½ oz. Appleton Estate V/X Jamaica Rum
2 ½ oz. Cranberry Juice
3 ½ oz. Orange Juice


Classic Mojito

Add mint, ice and sugar into a Collins glass and muddle.  Then add the rum and lime juice and top with soda water.

1 teaspoon powdered sugar
Juice from 1 lime (2 ounces)
4 mint leaves
1 sprig of mint
Appleton Estate V/X Rum (2 ounces)
2 ounces club soda


Phil 2011/1/10

Clos Du Val Napa Valley Cabernet

I often hear people say "This is a great food wine" or "This wine needs food". I never fully understood that statement until I tried Clos Du Val, make no mistake if you wanted to pour yourself a glass of this Cab, sit, sip, enjoy, and relax you could do so without hesitation. However, after my first glass I started to crave a good grilled steak, maybe even with a little char. Clos Du Val is very well structured, and has a surprisingly approachable complexity. This Cab has a deep, deep purple color and a spicy bouquet. On the palate I got dark fruit notes of blackberries and a long lingering spicy finish with some slight anise to it. More of a medium body for a Cab (This was an 06' vintage so it was still fairly young), and was aged in French oak barrels rather then the bolder American oak barrels. All in all I give Clos Du Val Napa Cab a thumbs up and will defiantly be taking this one home again especially when summer grilling season is back.




Phil 2010/12/1


As you may have noticed all of our blog postings are submitted by a few folks at Cheers. Well we wanted to open up our blog to the entire staff so we invited everybody to review products from Cheers' vast inventory and submit that review for our blog. Below you will find our first submission from Chris G.
Now, to get the full effect you need to know a few things; everyone at cheers has their REAL name and their Cheers nickname, Chris G. was at one point the third person named Chris at Cheers so we named him “Vista” to alleviate confusion. This way we had “Chris”, “Chris 2.0”, and “Chris Vista”, eventually it got shortened simply to “Vista.” Vistas wife is Mrs. Vista, his kids are the little Vistas… you get the idea. Well for thanksgiving the (adult) Vistas enjoyed a bottle of Argyle reserve Pinot Noir 2007. So here you are, Vista review 1.0:
Here is my first wine review….as someone who typically drinks cheap wine I’m not very good at this, but hopefully I will get better with more practice.

Mrs. Vista and I had a bottle of 2007 Argyle Reserve Pinot Noir. Since I haven’t had much experience tasting good wines, I decided to compare and contrast it to one of the Vistas’ typical house wines (Barefoot Pinot noir, but I won’t tarnish Barefoot’s good name for the purposes of this review). Once I had them side-by-side the differences were remarkably noticeable. Everything about the Argyle was better….the color, the aroma, and especially the taste. Even though I’m not able to necessarily articulate what I liked about the Argyle, it was like night and day next to my house wine. The house wine looked, smelled and tasted cheap and generic, almost like grape juice compared to the better wine; the Argyle had a pretty ruby hue and had a bit of an oaky aroma. We tasted primarily cherries and black cherries; it was slightly spicy but not overpoweringly so. As someone who typically buys with the attitude “the $8 bottle is just as good as the $30 bottle”, I must admit that when given the opportunity to compare the two, it is quite obvious that you get what you pay for, at least in this case.