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Laherte “Ultradition” Champagne Brut Rose

Laherte “Ultradition” Champagne Brut Rose

We (Ivars & myself)  have a thing for varietal Pinot Meunier at the shop.  So, this is like our liquid candy. This rockstar small producer practices organic and biodynamic viticulture.  The elegance of this Champagne happens to be super approachable for a cornucopia of Autumn fare.

Notes of raspberry lollipop, sweet herbs, & liqueur de rose will sing with a dish like pumpkin ravioli with sage and parmesan.

Pumpkin Beers

Did you find your Gourd!!

With the arrival of fall, the season is here for pumpkin beer.  Pumpkin beers are all too often given a squishy review and that’s because it’s easy to make a glove bomber of beer when all else fails.  The magic comes when there is a development of spices between cinnamon, glove, ginger and notes of vanilla to perfectly extract the pumpkin essence into a flowing and grandeur pour.

For the next two months we will see many examples of pumpkin beers on the shelves.  We’ve done the smashing work to ensure your next six-pack is full of sugar, (pumpkin) spice, and everything nice.  One disclaimer: We didn’t include delicious variants of some of these beers because they’re generally impossible to find — and what the hell’s the fun in that if you can’t drink it?  But if one of the specialties does make to the shelf we will certainly let you know.

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin Beer

Need a little heat with your gourd.  There are habanero peppers and Saigon cinnamon in this brew to accentuate the spicier side of pumpkin spice. At 6% alcohol, it’s a nice beer to end the night if you don’t want something sweet.

Elysian Brewing, Night Owl Pumpkin Ale

This is one hell pumpkin stout goes down so easy it’s almost spooky! Night Owl is brewed with both pumpkin puree and pumpkin juice—along with spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. A deep amber color and lots of pumpkin bewitchingly good.

Dogfish Head, Punkin

For the lighter affair of pumpkin this has a nice balance of malt and pumpkin notes on the nose which lead into a hint of brown sugar blend with spices to give a malt sweetness and caramel finish.

Samuel Adams, Pumpkin Batch

Pumpkin Saison is the style of this one using a Belgian yeast character with white pepper blend with mace, nutmeg and cinnamon spices. The flavor is loaded with pumpkin pie spices but no malt character rather woody, earthy hops, and a touch of pumpkin gourd to the finish.

Downeast, Pumpkin Cider

There always needs to be a twisted in a good story.  Correct it is not beer but rather a cider from the east coast made with apples, pumpkin, and chai. It’s sweet but satisfying.

Bristol, Venetucci Farm Pumkin Beer

We mustn’t forget the great local beer that shows up in October.  This baby is made from hand picked pumpkin, roasted and smashed locally which adds just that special touch of wow!!  A wonderful subtle touch of spice, pumpkin flavor and note of malt.

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Summer is Approaching!

Summer is Approaching!!

What comes to mind when you think of the month of May? The Kentucky Derby? Cinco de Mayo? Mother’s Day? Memorial Day? Indy 500? The kids are going crazy because school is almost over? And will there be another snow day in May? All these ideas, hopes and dreams provides balance with the universe and bring us happiness, joy and great times with others. We must remember that we are living together and need to support each other by continuing to make our home a better place.

With that being said, Sovereignty Wines is going to do something special for Mother’s Day weekend. As a token for every lady who comes into the store you will be presented with a Tulip as a thank you, in the spirit of paying it forward we encourage you to also take a Tulip and give to someone else of significance in your life and help us promote happiness.

Let us not forget about the first weekend of May with the Kentucky Derby followed by Cinco de Mayo. Please but forth your party hat’s and get ready for some weekend fun.  It is time to enjoying Woodford Reserve Whiskey gift set for Mint Julep’s at a visionary value of $30.30 and/or pick a bottle of perfectly vision value $20.20 of a Espolon Blanco or Reposado Tequila for the patio margaritas.

Now to the memory, we must not forget the real reason of Memorial Weekend this is a time to remember the men and women who have served this country and lost their lives. We thank them and all who serve and have served. Thank You!!

Last but not least get ready to have some fun picking from the new Rose’s in 2020 with some great mix and match deals for the month of May.



It’s a Coin Flip This Year

It’s a Coin Flip this Year
Spring will be arriving soon and the chilly grips of a snowy winter will be gone and forgotten. March is a month that we typically see two sides of weather early cold and late warmth (or we hope that is the case). Time will only tell which happens this year so instead I have chosen to look at both sides of the coin. First I would like to give thanks to all of you who enjoy this column and your patronage to Sovereignty Wines as well as my wonderful staff that are always happy to help with you during your visits to the store.
Coole Swan Irish Cream 
If you haven’t yet tried Coole Swan you are in for a treat. A true Irish Cream made in Dublin this is a success story that begins with dairy farmers. After 231 attempts of the perfect blend of five all natural ingredients; cream, Belgium white chocolate, Madagascar vanilla, cocoa from the Ivory Coast of Africa and of course a single malt Irish whiskey triple distilled and specifically made for Coole Swan by Jamison. Coole Swan’s flavor is both smooth and original. Perhaps the best way to enjoy Coole Swan is simply chilled or over ice. However, if you want to give your cup of coffee or hot chocolate a boost it blends in just like real cream (because it is). See what everyone is talking about and make sure you have a bottle on hand for St. Patrick’s Day. In the spirit of 2020, please when purchasing this cool treat during March 2020 let us know you know that this is on sale during the month for a “Perfect Vision” price of $20.20.
La Colombera Derthona, Timorasso 2017
It’s back and better than ever and you thought 2016 was great. Hold on to your britches, we have a limited availability of this but if you had the chance of tasting this last year then this baby is even bigger with just a touch less acid than the 2016. I can hardly wait to lay down two bottles and to drink them in the coming years.
Here is a grape that was nearly extinct during the 1970’s but has come back and made a strong resurgence. Timorasso is the grape variety that best represents the hills around Tortona, Italy (Dertona is the old name for city), as this white grape was born here. It can be considered as a noble or ancient variety, that has similar characteristics to a Chenin Blanc or Savennieres and has the tendency to botrytize (noble rot) which can give the wine a slight mandarin note to accompany the full, minerally, fleshy flavors. This wine is structured and elegant, capable of aging for a surprisingly long time in bottle. On the nose the young wine shows notes of white peach, honey, acacia, and tea blossom and after a few years or so the wine develops smoky and mineral notes.
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More Holiday Cheer…

The Holidays Continue!


So hear we go…it’s only the second month of the year and we’re going into it with another wave of holidays!

We hope everyone is off to a good start to a new decade! We have so many things to look forward and if you thought the holidays were behind you, think again.

We have Super Bowl Weekend at the doorstep of the month and a great time for margarita’s and cold beers. I wouldn’t be surprised if Cupid shoots a few arrows early in the month for some football weekend madness pricing on beer and tequila. Stop in to see what the pricing madness will be all about!

Speaking of Cupid, Valentine’s Day falls on a Friday. Ladies and gentlemen this is going to be one to remember. When love is the air and our hearts and thoughts are filled with bubbles of LaLuca Prosecco but if you’re really looking to spice it up a bit then go for that bottle of Dom Perignon. We carry these delicious bubbles (and many more!) all year long so you can enjoy them not only on Valentine’s Day but any day you need a helpful mood setter.

Wow, this month is getting even better!! Presidents’ Day follows Valentine’s Day for an extra-long weekend. How do we get so lucky, man this 2020 vision…I mean year thing is great. Now we can sit back and enjoy a hearty bottle of Mauro Molino Langhe Nebbiolo 2018 that is elegant, velvety showing hints of flowers and fruit with subtle tannins a sensational glass of wine that is perfect to sip on with your partner.

The madness keeps going because with the next big event on Bourbon Street, we have Mardi Gras. We may not be in New Orleans for the occasion but Fat Tuesday is great day to stock up on Bourbon and Whiskey. Who knows we may be waist deep in four feet of snow needing some hot toddy’s to sip on and warmup from the chill of winter air. It seems my vision is getting clear with 2020 and it clearly stays, stop by Sovereignty Wines for all your holiday needs!


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Thank You…

Remember When…

It’s been 12 years of owning Sovereignty Wines and 19 years of being in the liquor industry. The last five years I have seen a world wind of changes.

Twenty years ago in Colorado Springs you didn’t have coffee shops on every corner or drive thru coffee shops open 15 hours a day for that matter. You didn’t carry a water bottle around with you everywhere you went. If you told people you had a “mother” in the cupboard nobody knew what you were talking about. Twenty-five years ago we had made our own kombucha and friends would open the refrigerator at the house and look at the organic kombucha mother and say “what the @#$%# is that thing alive?” Back then I just called it fermented tea and made a batch every week. Today it is has become more popular than soda drinks. If only I saw this future trend years ago I would be making some kombucha bucks today!

More and more people are dazzled by the fancy drinks at the bar and they want to recreate it at home with family and friends. Then when recreating that drink at home they find out that all those ingredients get pricy and most of the mixers are not even alcohol based. Now the fun begins for someone like me, because there are so many different mixers from different parts of the country and world I can help you find which mixer is good for a specific drink. Also, what is the sugar content, how many calories does it have, can it be used for more than one type of mixing? I literally could have a shop filled with nothing but non-alcoholic mixers.

Today we are in the midst of a seltzer, agua fresca, still-fruit pure drink frenzy (many of these seltzer’s are brewed as beer but differently to naturally reduce the sugar and alcohol). At least once a week, I am seeing or hearing about a new cocktail, low calorie drink or even wine in a can. I feel the timing of the products is not only due to millennials being largely wine and spirits consumers but the fact that many people want to have a single serving drink rather than a large bottle of wine.

Even technology has its effects on how people do their shopping at stores. We have begun taking the advice of total strangers on social media and the latest wine app, but sometimes that wine app rating is just too good to be true and you go home with a wine that was dry as a bone when you wanted sweet as candy.

That is why a destination store like Sovereignty Wines has given grace to all the categories. We connect to the fun spectrum of all sprits with stories, ideas, food pairing and personal feelings that is not necessarily the case at big box stores.

We continue to ask how we can expand, create and challenge ourselves and make you, the customer, happy with everything that’s new in the beverage world. We aim for thoughtfulness in the store and everything around it.

Thanks for being our customers all these years!



Grape News

Have you heard about the Grape News at Sovereignty Wines??

More than any other season, summer seems to require drinking crisp white wines such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc. However, there are other choices from other places than New Zealand, Italy or California. During the summer, lightness and a refreshing simplicity trump almost any other consideration.
What’s often overlooked are how Pinot Blanc, Vino Verde and other user-friendly whites while also being serious. The wines are often intense without being too acidic or sharp, ripe and fruity but sensitive versus pairing with food.
Selbach Oster, Pinot Blanc 2016
A nice bright, mineral and balanced white wine from Germany. The Selbach family has been making wine in the Mosel Valley for over 400 years, these wine makers have it down. Sweet nose with notes of fruits, pineapple and pears. Apples take the lead on the palate that finish with hints of ginger and salty lemon curds. Grilled fish and fish chowder would pair well this wine.
Nortico, Alvarinho 2018
Really a grape called Alvarinho, say what… did you say Vinho Verde??? It is an Alvarinho grape that is very comparable to Vinho Verde but richer and higher in alcohol. The wine is delicious young, but can age as well. Speaking of age these sustainably grown vines are planted from 1910 – 2005 in granite soil. The wine has a creamy citrus oil, lime, and yellow apple aromatic note that is balanced on the palate with a nicely spiced throat tickler of lychee, orange zest and minerality.

Enjoy sharing the moment with friends and family.

Summer Fun

Keeping Summer fun and Relaxing
Ah … summertime. With the hot weather comes the usual round of outdoor activities — and that includes picnics, barbecues and backyard parties made better by the longer days and lingering sunlight. After all, you don’t want a drink that’s best served inside a dark, quiet bar. You need a drink that transports you to a shaded veranda overlooking the ocean, or a rooftop patio as the sun sets (Denver Bronco colored skies).

Speaking of fabulous summertime sipper, there’s no better drink than the Italian Aperol Spritz. It’s the perfect drink to sit outside and enjoy the warm Colorado summer nights with friends and family. Aperol is an apertif, bright orange in color. It has a unique taste with infusions of select ingredients including bitter and sweet oranges and many other herbs (including rhubarb) and roots in perfect proportions.

Excuse me but here is an even simpler Italian cocktail and it’s combined into one bottle. Hello party…let’s go party!!!

Everyone please meet the wonderful Giuseppe Cipriani Bellini from the Venzia Italy. The first Bellini created by Giuseppe Cipriani was at the legendary Harry’s Bar where many of the day’s famous guests flocked to for relaxation, comfort and what else good food and drink. The original recipe was a combination of gently stirring two parts Prosecco and one part fresh peach puree into a chilled flute. NOW you can enjoy this world famous cocktail, the hero of leisurely brunches and relaxing afternoon barbecues by simply chilling the bottle and popping the cork!

Have a great summer!
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We Are Going To France!!

As Colorado weather breaks into summer, few things beat a refreshing rosé or classic French white. It’s far too soon to make general pronouncements about France’s 2018 rose vintage. But if this is any indication of what’s to come, then hold on and enjoy a wild ride!

Moulin de Gassac, Guilhem Rose 2018, Organically Grown
As always, this is equal parts Syrah and Carignan, grown and harvested fresh just for rosé. After a few hours of fermentation, the juice is pressed off the black grape skins, giving it a just-right amount of color and structure while allowing the juice to retain all of its natural freshness and vibrancy.

It’s a beautifully transparent salmon pink that sparkles in sunshine. Aromas of fresh picked strawberries and crushed red fruits – raspberries and cherries – get a lift from floral accents and a hint of citrus rind. In the mouth, it’s bright and crisp but also fleshy and rich, with loads of ripe berry fruit, a burst of ripe and round watermelon and just a touch of mineral. It fills your mouth with flavor and fun before the tart berry and lightly citric acidity come up on the finish and make your mouth water, leaving you looking for a little bite to eat or another refreshing sip.

Chateau Mourgues du Gres, Galets Dores 2018
Mourgues du Grès is recognized as one of the very best estates in the Costières de Nimes in the Revue de Vin de France. The Rhône River is just a few miles away, and the vineyards are covered with galets, the same round flat stones that are famous in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. The vineyards have been certified organic by EcoCert since the 2011 vintage.

This wine is composed of Roussane 40%, Grenache Blanc 25%, Vermentino 20%, Marsanne 10% and Viognier 5% and is located on North-facing parcels make a “cool” terroir in the Mediterranean climate. The northern exposure is what provides the distinctive freshness and balance to the wine.

Light yellow with golden tints, the wine has citrus flavors mingled with floral aromas (orchid) and a mineral finish. The wine is crisp, fresh and full, the perfect balance between fruit and smooth texture. With its bouquet of white blossoms and citrus fruits, the “Galets Dorés” makes for an excellent aperitif on the patio.