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Our Staff’s Weekly Curated Picks

Far West Cider – Sharing is Caring

This table cider is meant to be shared with friends and loved ones, making it an apt addition to your holiday gathering. Sharing is Caring is a blend of American, French and UK grown apple varietals producing a full, crisp, apple flavor while leaning towards dry with some esters from the yeast bubbling up some tannic character and light carbonation. The mélange of apples whip this cider to 8.1% alcohol and is again, best shared.. but we won’t tell anyone if you decide to keep this delicious cider for yourself.  

Chateau Barouillet: Splash Pet-Nat | Bergecrac Blanc | Bergecrac Rouge

Located 50 km east from Saint-Émilion, the Barouillet family has been growing grapes for at least 8 generations in Pécharment, Monbazillac and Bergerac. Having just obtained biodynamic certification, this winery is consistently pushing the biological approach by working in accordance with the lunar calendar and cultivating vintage after vintage of some of the finest wine to come from the region. Bergecrac Blanc, a blend of 30% Sauvignon blanc, 30% Sauvignon gris and 20% Sémillon, 20% Chenin has refreshing vivacity and is reminiscent of grapefruit and highlights floral aromas such as honeysuckle or wisteria. The Bergecrac Rouge, a 25% Malbec, 25% Cabernet sauvignon, 25% Merlot, 25% cabernet franc blend is liquorice and light red fruits such as blackcurrant, suggest a round and fruity mouth supported by a beautiful freshness. And the Splash Pet-Nat, 100% Semillon, is fragrant, lively and richly textured on the palate bubbly with notes of lemon and lime, fresh apple and a touch of cut grass.

Redwood Empire Cask Strength Selections:

Pipedream Bourbon | Lost Monarch Whisky | Emerald Giant Rye

Have you ever had a whiskey so good that you wish you could drink it straight from the barrel? Well, good news; drinking something labeled “Cask Strength” is as close as one can get to literally busting a hole in the side of a cask and drinking the deliciousness within. With that in mind and in an effort to save their casks from the ravaging hordes of barrel-busting whiskey enthusiasts, Redwood Empire has released their Cask Strength selections of Pipe Dream Bourbon, Emerald Giant Rye and Lost Monarch American Blend. The Pipe Dream, with its deep golden hue, offers a nose of toffee, cherry, soft leather with a palate of cherry cola, honey, butterscotch and pecans. The Emerald Giant, gleaming with burnt orange color, is delicate herbal tea, soft cinnamon and dried orange peel with dark chocolate coffee beans, warm spice finish. And the Lost Monarch is vibrant with earthy, mint chocolate ice cream, warm spices, dried apricot and a white pepper finish.

Jeni’s Cranberry Crumble

We all look forward to Jeni’s limited edition Holiday flavors, but cranberry pie in ice cream form?! Cranberries are a winter delicacy that are often forgotten about, yet they deserve a place in your desserts. Jeni’s uses the tartness of cranberry sauce and combines it magnificently with cream, cinnamon-brown sugar streusel, and walnut crunch. Sweet, tart, and nutty! Enjoy with a hot cup of coffee or a glass of amaro after a delicious holiday meal.

Our Staff’s Weekly Curated Picks

With Nouveau season in full force and Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’ve got you covered with this week’s festive picks to help you celebrate!

Trademark Brewing | Talking Hands

This beer isn’t sugar on my tongue but it has quite the delicate aromas and flavors typical of Italian pilsner. There is a wide and wonderful world of pilsner with: German, Czech, American and now even West Coast Pilsners are a thing, there’s seemingly an infinite number of hands in the pilsner brew kettle. So what makes an Italian Pilsner? Simply it is a German style pilsner with a specific dry hopping of noble hop varietals. It’s grassy, herbal and clean. In Talking Hands, Tettnang and Saphir hops are the star providing a wonderful aroma of herb, lemon zest and soft spice while the body is light, lean and balanced. Slapping harder than Talking Heads rhythm section.

Finback | Fat Mango

I am very excited to keep getting these beers from Finback in the shop. Fat Mango is a collaboration with Interboro (Brooklyn!) and is brewed with mango, coconut sticky rice and lactose and hopped with Falconer’s Flight, Mosaic and Citra. As advertised the mango is around in the flavor of the beer with some coconut peeping in the aroma.. the sticky rice? Well that seems to be in the body in a brawl with the lactose, giving it some great cream meets citrus in the flavor. Sometimes lactose seems to throw IPA’s off for me but here it definitely adds to the fruit as well as the overall flavor of the brew. 

Nouveau Wines

It’s here! It’s here! Thanksgiving, you might ask? NO! Nouveau Day!! That fabulous third Thursday in November where Beaujolais Nouveau hits shelves worldwide and we officially enter the holiday season. A tradition started centuries ago in Beaujolais, France to signal and celebrate the end of wine harvest, these are new wines that are bottled and sold anywhere from three weeks to three months after grapes are plucked from the vine. What makes them so delicious is that they undergo carbonic maceration which leads to fresh, fruit-forward and simply gulpable drinking experience that pairs with any and all holiday-fare. In the past decade or so, American winemakers have joined the Nouveau Day fun and have started producing Nouveau wines prior to the holiday madness. Although these beaut’s are available at all Hi-Lo locations, act fast because after December 31st these wines will be gone! That is, gone until next Nouveau Day…

Doc Swinsons: Exploratory Cask – Smoke On Water Rye

The old expression “fortune favors the bold” springs to mind when thinking of this week’s spirit of choice, because it takes some bold sensibilities to go forward with this creation and the result is very fortunate for us all! Pairing specially made quarter casks once used to age peated scotch, these soaked scotch casks are then gathered up to continue their legacy by aging Doc’s signature Blender’s Cut Rye Whiskey. These age for several months, bringing together flavors of apricots, Italian plum preserves, roasted hatch peppers, cinnamon candies, and wet smoke. A chewy American whiskey that is worthy of a Glencairn glass. Master Blender, Jesse Parker, a man who has always enjoyed a good smokey whiskey, has created something that is truly distinct and the perfect adventure for all whiskey lovers.

Hemera’s Bench Pumpkin Pie with Vanilla Creme Anglaise

Hemera’s Bench is at it again with their delicious pies, but this time, full-size pies! We’re so excited to be carrying their pumpkin pie this holiday season. Hemera’s pumpkin pie is a take on the American classic, but the vanilla anglaise adds a fun new twist. Creme anglaise is a French style of pouring cream custard, which adds an extra creaminess to the pumpkin. Their pies come frozen, so all you need to do is pop them in the oven! Each pie serves 6-8 people. Take the stress out of preparing for holiday get-togethers and family dinners by buying a pie from Hi-Lo! We guarantee, Hemera’s adds as much love as a homemade pie. 

What is Nouveau Day?

Each year on the third Thursday of November, a wine style called Beaujolais Nouveau hits the
shelves worldwide. This marks Beaujolais Nouveau Day, a celebration of this wine, its release,
and its region. It also happens to be our Wine & Spirits Buyer Mike’s favorite holiday!

What, uh, what’s a Beaujolais again?

Beaujolais is a wine region tucked in the Burgundy region in the French alps. They are known for popularizing a method of winemaking called “Carbonic Maceration” which is a winemaking
process that takes place during fermentation to produce fresh, fruit-forward, low-tannin wines.
Carbonic maceration uses whole clusters of grapes in a sealed, carbon dioxide-filled tank to
start fermentation within each grape.

So wait, what’s Beaujolais Nouveau…?

They are the new wines from the most recent harvest, bottled and sold anywhere from three
weeks to three months after grapes are plucked from the vine. Beaujolais Nouveau, made from
the Gamay grape and vinified using whole-cluster carbonic maceration is a centuries long
tradition started to celebrate the end of harvest and, essentially, kick off the holiday season.
Beaujolais Nouveau wines CANNOT be sold before Nouveau Day, however, the same cannot
be said about their American counterparts…

In the past decade or so American winemakers have decided to get in on the Nouveau Day fun
as well, making nouveau-style wines using a myriad of vinification techniques and grape
varieties. Ideal selections for any and all holiday fare, nouveau wines are meant to be drunk in high volume and in good spirits.

Count me in! How can I celebrate Nouveau Day?

Come hang with us at The Counter in Culver City or Long Beach this Thursday, November 17th from 4-9pm as we celebrate Nouveau Day with a very special flight of Nouveau wines! You can also grab some of our favorite Nouveau wines from this season to make them the star of your Thanksgiving and Holiday feasts. Our Nouveau wines are now available at all locations and available online for pick-up and local delivery!

2022 Las Jaras Slipper Sippers Nouveau

Made from a blend of carbonically macerated old vine Valdiguié and co-fermented Petite Sirah and Zinfandel, this year’s Slipper Sippers from Las Jaras in undeniably DELICIOUS. It’s packed with a ton of red and blue fruit – think red plum, blueberry, boysenberry and pomegranate. This wine is fresh, lively, and super crushable. You’ll definitely be coming back for more. And to top it off, its zippy acidity really makes it compatible with all your holiday dishes!

Broc Cellars 2022 Nouveau

Broc Cellar’s 2022 Nouveau is a gorgeous blend of white, rosé and red. The wine is made of 50% Valdiguié, 25% Orange Muscat and a blend of mixed varieties all brought in and pressed during Harvest. It has an abundance of fresh, bright red fruit with notes of cranberry and tart cherry. This wine is electric and vibrant with a mouth-watering acidity and freshness that pairs perfectly with food.

Angeleno Wine Co. Nouveau 2022

This lovely Nouveau wine from downtown LA’s Angeleno Wine Co. is 100% Tempranillo sourced from the Agua Dulce region in Los Angeles County. This wine is fruity, fresh and meant for easy-drinking. It has prominent notes of cherry, cocoa and coffee with an underlying herbal note. On the palate, it has a softer acidity, giving it a lush, smooth mouthfeel.

Scribe Nouveau of Pinot Noir 2022

Based in Sonoma, CA, Scribe Winery has created a fresh and lively Nouveau wine made purely of Pinot Noir. This wine was made entirely through the carbonic maceration method, which has resulted in gulpable, fruit-driven juice. It has notes of fresh plum, orange peel, and wild mint. This glou glou wine is soft, smooth, supple and very approachable for wine lovers and novices alike!