The original purpose of our stop at Roof Brothers was to locate the violet liquour that Aary had learned about from a co-worker. Having sampled some of Aary’s sugared violets the night before, I was intrigued and knew I needed to purchase a bottle myself. I love the unusual.
While we were there, we asked about the local wine section and were told not to miss their clearance section. As we contemplated what treasures we might have found, we ended up having an impromptu wine tasting as we were offered samples so that we could make a more informed decision.
First up was Brutacao 2010 Zinfandel from Mendocino, California. This was a very full bodied red with just the right amount of tannins.
Next was Montinore Estate 2012 Müller-Thurgau from Willamette Valley, Oregon. This white was reminiscent of a dry Riesling which is one of the grapes from which this varietal was developed.
Our last sample was the Cantina Zaccagnini 2011 Montepulciano d’Abruzzo from Abruzzo, Italy. We were told that the grapevine twigs were tied on each bottle by hand. This red was well balanced and smooth drinking. It was my favorite of the three we sampled.
Our browsing wasn’t limited to just wine and spirits. There was fresh coffee and specialty food items and seasonings. It was quite the experience.
The staff at Roof Brothers was incredible. We were helped by no less than five different staff members. All were so gracious, friendly, and knowledgeable. They even carried our purchases to our car.
We of course came away with a bottle of the violet liquour each. I also puchased two bottles of the Montepulciano as well as a bargain bottle of Hey Mambo 2013 Sultry Red, which I had enjoyed from a previous tasting at Party Town. My biggest score was the bottle of Glisson Vineyards & Winery Dolce Passione. Glisson had closed down a couple of years ago so we thought we’d lost all opportunity to taste their wines. While I am typically not a white wine drinker, I couldn’t resist purchasing possibly one of their last bottles of wine on earth. We haven’t opened it yet, but are looking forward to enjoying this rarity.