Friday, August 21 Tasting, Yelp Review, Daquiris, and Classic Manhattan

Believe it or not back to school has arrived. Whatever happened to summer break being from Memorial Day to Labor Day? It’s very true that school seems to start earlier every year, but that’s no reason for us to stop soaking up the sun. Maybe we can’t take our luxurious beach vacations or leave the country, but let me remind you here in Boulder we are spoiled by 300 days of sunshine. With that half-full outlook in mind, this week’s FREE in-store tasting is packed with wines that give you reason to keep the party going. We start with a NEW Rosé that is bound to have you feeling like it’s the middle of July and finish the night out with some boxed wine that is beyond perfect for that Labor day or end-of-summer camping trip. Stop by tonight from 5-7 as we keep the summer rolling. See you tonight!

Château des Deux Rocs 2014 Pré
mices Rosé- Reg. $17.99 SALE $14.99

Jean-Claude Zabalia, one of the Languedoc’s most talented winemakers, spent over twenty years at Saint Martin de la Garrigue before striking out on his own to start Château des Deux Rocs. Like any new venture undertaken by a seasoned veteran, Jean-Claude did his homework. This wine is clear pink with bright reflections. On the nose it has intense aromas of strawberry, cherry, spice, and licorice. On the palate it has a beautiful volume with fresh acidity and lots of berry fruit. The fruity finish is supported by hints of licorice.

Jack Tone from McManis California White Box- Reg.$19.99

The Jack Tone White Wine is light straw in color. The nose is a cornucopia of fruit that includes peach, pear, lemon and lime. Rich, full and creamy describe the tactile sensation of the wine in the mouth. Flavors of sweet pear and apple mingle with citrus notes. This is one of the go-to camping wines for most of the Pettyjohn’s crew. Pairs amazingly with night skies, campfires, and end-of-summer denial. A very cool blend of Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Muscat.

Fuori Strada 2013 Organic Sangiovese 1L Pouch- Reg.$15.49 SALE $13.49

Produced by Monte Bernardi’s owner/winemaker Michael Schmelzer, Fuori Strada is Italy’s first organically farmed, certified vegan friendly Tetra Pak wine. Aside from using less energy to produce, less weight and less waste, Fuori Strada is donating 1% of sales to 1% For The Planet, which funds non-profits dedicated to the pursuit of environmental sustainability. The wine is dry yet fruit-forward with notes of dried cherry, plum, and blackberry on the palate. Soft and light in tannin with bright acid make this a great food or sipping wine. This pouch is the real deal.

Le Paradou 2013 Grenache- Reg. $12.99 SALE $9.99

New in our French Favorites display, this wine is a real steal! Made from 100% Grenache (75-year-old vines) and aged seven months in concrete tank, it offers up a naked expression of Grenache with meaty black cherry, pepper, dried Provencal herbs and earth all soaring from the glass. Medium to full-bodied, brilliantly pure and fresh, it has enough tannin to allow it to evolve gracefully for 3-4 years. It’s a knockout value and this crowd-pleaser should not be missed! 90pts. Robert Parker!
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YELP Review              8/8/2015
“I’ve been going to Pettyjohn’s for over 2 years now, and I love them.  All of the employees actually know and care about the locals who come in.  Great selection and decent prices.   Sure, there are slightly cheaper places in Boulder, but why not support a local business with people who want to know about your day, or even come visit you at work because, again, they’re about community.  Plus the dog policy is amazing, bring your pup to meet London, the cutest Golden ever!  Also, ask about the rewards program, it pays off in spades.”

-Drew E.

Thanks Drew E., you rock! Do you share Drew’s sentiment? If you do,

please Find us on Yelp  and let everyone know!

Pineapple Upside Down Cake Daquiri
What You Need:
  • 1 cup freshly frozen pineapple chunks
  • 2 large fresh strawberries
  • 2 splashes naturally sweetened pineapple-coconut or coconut sparkling water (Like La Croix)
  • 2 handfuls crushed ice cubes
  • 1 oz whipped cream vodka
  • ½ oz pineapple rum
Get Cooking!
  1. Muddle (or mash) the strawberries and spoon into the bottom of a glass.
  2. Add the remainder of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Carefully pour the pineapple mixture over the strawberries.
  4. Enjoy!
Weight Watchers Info
*WWpts= 4 pts per serving* *WWpts+= 5 pts per serving*
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 cocktail Calories: 184 Fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 42 Fiber: 2 Protein: 1

Classic Manhattan

This recipe serves one. The proper ratio of rye to sweet vermouth is 2:1, so you can easily scale up this recipe to serve to a crowd.


  • 2 ounces rye whiskey (I prefer Wild Turkey 101 proof or Rittenhouse 100 proof Bottled in Bond; see Notes)
  • 1 ounce sweet vermouth (the red stuff; Martini and Rossi is widely available and good quality)
  • 1 – 2 dashes Angostura bitters (I like bitters so I always use 2 dashes, sometimes more)
  • maraschino cherry for garnish (preferably one with a stem; optional)


  1. Fill mixing container half full with ice.
  2. Add ingredients.
  3. Using a long-handled spoon (a bar spoon is ideal) stir vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds.
  4. Strain into a cocktail glass (preferably one that’s been chilled).
  5. Garnish, if you wish, with a maraschino cherry (I often omit a garnish)

Why Stir Rather Than Shake?

Note that the recipe directs you to stir the drink.   There are three reasons for this:

  1. It makes the drink cold.
  2. Stirring with ice somewhat dilutes the drink, which adds volume and an important dimension to the final flavor.
  3. When you shake, you introduce tiny air bubbles into the drink, which (until they dissipate) gives the drink a somewhat “cloudy” appearance.  Many Manhattan aficionados prefer the crystal clear look that stirring imparts.  You can shake if you want – I often do – but your drink will be cloudy.  (By the way, you should always shake a drink containing any citrus juice, because citrus is difficult to incorporate into a drink merely by stirring, and because the inclusion of citrus juice means the drink will never be crystal clear anyway.)

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