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October is Virginia Wine Month

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We hope to add even more wine tastings with Virginia Wineries to our tasting schedule in October, but you can go ahead and count on these!



Fincastle Vineyard & Winery

Nestled in the Great Valley of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Fincastle Vineyard & Winery produces wines using traditional Bordeaux small scale techniques. From the vines of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Chardonnay come wines pressed gently and aged in oak. After 10 years in the planning, David, Georgia, and their son, Richard opened Botetourt County’s first farm winery in 2003 with a special emphasis on quality and not quantity. According to the Virginia Wine Guide “Fincastle’s 2001 reds are beautifully handcrafted blockbuster wines, dark, lush and intensely flavored.”

Built into the hillside by our farmhouse, the winery is a gravity-fed operation, thus insuring the completely natural handling of the wine. The unique construction of the winery utilizes top-level in-ground primary fermentation storage, below which are three levels of barrel storage, providing for the downward flow of wine during racking.

The vineyard can be seen from the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 100. A simple desire to “do something with the land” has blossomed into a thriving vineyard where once there were only cows and hay.

AmRhein’s Wine Cellars

All 2014 Wines are ESTATE-GROWN!! AmRhein’s Wine Cellars is a multi-award winning winery with a multitude of White and Red grape varietals produced!

CrossKeys Vineyards

CrossKeys Vineyards is a beautiful 125 acre Estate situated in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Here we produce a wide array of award winning, estate, grown, produced, and bottled wines. Surrounded by the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains, CrossKeys Vineyards is the perfect setting for a relaxing day trip, romantic dinner, grand wedding, and everything in between.


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Vinho Verde on SALE through Labor Day!

Vinho Verde is a grape varietal, grown in the “Vinho Verde” region of Portugal. Other wines can come from this region in Portugal, such as Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional and even wonderful blended Roses. But most commonly, this region is known for their production of Vinho Verde, white wine. Vinho Verdes are known for having lower alcohol by volume (8-9% ABV), making them easier to drink in the Summer Heat. Vinho Verdes are also known for having a slight bit of effervescence and vibrant acidity. Maybe not technically speaking, but for Americans, Labor Day is the perfect time to enjoy Vinho Verde!


Conveniently, On Sale Now

for your enjoyment! 

Save $1.00 off all Vinho Verde through Labor Day (or while supplies last).

Mr. Bill’s Wine Cellar will be OPEN LABOR DAY 11am-3pm

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2014 Pumpkin and Oktoberfest Beer has Arrived!

For some people, this is a long-awaited season in the craft beer world. And its finally hit for 2014! We have new Pumpkin Ales and Oktoberfests arriving each week. We’ve ordered in the traditional favorites like Virginia’s Alewerks Pumpkin and Blue Mountain Spooky, Regional beers like Heavy Seas oak-aged Pumpkin ales from Maryland, Schlafly’s Pumpkin Ale from Missouri and Bell’s Octoberfest from Michigan, and Southern Tier’s Pumking and Brooklyn’s Oktoberfest out of New York. We will also research new beers popping up for the first time this year and order those in too! Its hard to know what will arrive and when, so feel free to email us or call (we’re faster on those than Facebook) and we’re happy to answer any questions we can for you.



Bell’s Octoberfest

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Crafted as a flavorful session beer, Bell’s Octoberfest Beer is perfect for a week-long wedding celebration in Germany or the start of the Michigan autumn. As with Bell’s Lager Beer, Octoberfest spends a full six weeks maturing in the fermentation vessels. Unlike its cousin, Octoberfest trades in the assertive hop presence for a focus on a light caramel malt note, lending body without too much sweetness.

Alcohol by Volume:  5.5%
Original Gravity:  1.056
Shelf Life:  6 months
Dates Available:  Late summer seasonal



Alewerks Pumpkin Ale

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Spiced Ale

This amber colored ale is loaded with Pumpkin pie aroma and flavor. It actually does taste like Pumpkin pie! At 7.3% ABV, it will keep you warm on a cool

Autumn eve.

Pale, Crystal, Munich and Biscuit malts. American Fuggle hops. Pumpkin, spice, brown sugar.



A quick touch on Ales vs. Lagers

Technically Speaking….

  • Ales- the yeast ferments at the top, so ales are referred to as “top fermenting.” Ales also ferment at warmer temperatures.
  • Lagers- the yeast ferments at the bottom, so lagers are referred to as “bottom fermenting” and have less yeast derived flavors. Lagers typically have a more clear expression of the grain and hops.




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Wine and Chocolate Pairing | August 15. 2014

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Puppie McCloskey, of International Wine Cellars

will pour wine samples and pair with Baylee’s Best Chocolates!


The Wine Lineup-

  • Serrus Viura – A dry white wine from Spain. Has the oomph to stand up the chocolate and make your taste buds happy! 
  • Albardiales Tempranillo – from La Mancha. Fresh, intense blackberry flavor just waiting to grab a chocolate accompaniment. 
  • Pocas Tawny Port- Its simply a classic port-chocolate match up you must try!


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About Baylee’s Best Chocolates-

Baylee’s is Roanoke’s own Chocolatier! We make our chocolates, confections and custom molded bars right here in our shop at West Village of Roanoke, Virginia. To make our confections, along with the finest European chocolate, I use real fruit, fresh figs and nuts, quality flavorings and the best vanilla and cream. The result is chocolates with thin shells and creamy fillings. You can taste the difference!


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