This Week’s Staff Picks – August 24

This week are a featuring a great variety of products. A fall season beer, a liqueur, a wine and not one but two sangrias. For beer we have Pumple Drumkin beer from Cisco Brewers, for liqueur their is LiDestri’s Pink Lemoncello, for wine there is Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon and finally two Lisa Vanderpump sangrias.

Pumple Drumkin


Fall is almost here so pumpkin inspired beer are starting to pop up again. Cisco Brewers does a great job with their Pumple Drumkin beer, a pumpkin inspired beer that has us excited every year for the Fall. Like a pumpkin this beer has a golden brownish/orange color when it’s poured in to a glass and has a thin foam. On the nose it is very spicy with a complex array of notes including nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, clove and ginger. On the palate it is similar with a very spicy taste and a delicious pumpkin flavor. It has no bitterness and has nice carbonation. At 6.0% it is a good medium bodied ale great for the transition into the fall.

LiDestri’s Pink Lemoncello


While Lemoncello is typically yellow this Lemoncello from Stefani LiDestri (CMO of LiDestri Spirits) comes in a beautiful hue of pink. It is produced here in the USA with the finest ingredients to target the undeserved female market of Lemoncello drinkers. This Lemoncello has 16% ABV and comes in a beautiful lace-covered bottle, perfect for parties and bridal showers. It has a nice citrus aroma and on the palate it is very sweet with a bright finish. This is a great way to add a girly twist to your cocktail or great all by itself on the rocks.

Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon


This is an exquisite wine produced in the famous Napa Valley in California. This Cabernet Sauvignon vintage 2012 was named after the Greek goddess of the hunt, Artemis. This blend was made fromb fruit grown for Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars by independent growers all across the Napa Valley. Each growers grapes lends its personality to the flavor, aroma, flavor and texture of the wine. On top of that a small amount of Merlot grapes and Malbec grapes were blended with the Cabernet Sauvignon to create more complexity. This wine was aged for 18 months in a combination French and American oak. The aroma is filled with plum and black cherry with hints of vanilla. On the palate it begins soft and has plum and ripe mixed berry flavors. It has a medium-bodied mouthfeel with satin-like tannins. A great wine to enjoy with meat dishes or pasta.

LVP Red & Pink Sangria $10.99 each or 2 for $19.99


These two sangrias are a real treat. This sangria comes from the reality persona Lisa Vanderpump. LVP Sangria comes in two flavors Red and Pink. The Red Sangria is produced using Tempranillo grapes from Spain. These black grapes create a spicy and red fruit aroma. On the palate it is similar with its fruity flavors. The Pink Sangria is produced using Grenache and Bobal grapes also from Spain. These grapes are bursting with flavor. The grapes create a rich herbal aroma. On the palate it has cherry and berry flavors that silky and floral. These are great sangrias to enjoy with friends during a nice sunny day.


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