Beginner’s Guide to Charcuterie, Cheese, and Wine

Ready to step up your hosting game? Read on for 3 perfect pairs for your next Charcuterie and Cheese Board!

 
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First things first - charcuterie - we know it really means "the branch of cooking devoted to prepared meat products, such as baconhamsausageterrinesgalantinesballotinespâtés, and confit, primarily from pork." Thank you Wikipedia! However, for the purposes of this guide, let's be real, what's all that delicious meat without cheese?! And wine?! 

MARGERUM Riviera Rosé & Vermont Creamery's Smoky Pepper Jelly

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This Rosé out of Santa Barbara, CA is a Grenache-Syrah based pink and packs some serious prestige for its price point. With a little effervescence out of the glass this rosé is dry, crisp, and refreshing, with notes of strawberry, honeysuckle and rose petals. The Riviera Rosé is great on its own and pairs well with Vermont Creamery's Smoky Pepper Jelly: Sweet meets heat in this blend of pleasantly spicy pepper jelly with subtle notes of hickory wood smoke. Add your favorite prosciutto and you’re set!

BROADBENT Vinho Verde Arinto & Kerry Gold Cheddar and Summer Sausage

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Vinho Verdes are typically a simple white wine, meaning 'green wine', a reference to its youngness and freshness, usually displaying a bit of effervescence. The Broadbent isn't too hard to find and you can impress your friends by letting them know that Vinho Verde is a region in northern Portugal and not a grape varietal. ;) Pair it with Vermont Summer Sausage. 

Shooting Star Blaufränkisch, Washington & Salami 

 
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This is a great and unusual red at a fair price point. Be sure to let it open up for 30 min or so before enjoying. Because this red has a light body with raspberry, blueberry and modest earthiness along with soft tannins it will pair perfectly with salami - the easiest of all charcuterie meats. While choosing your Salami don't be afraid to pick up a Salumi because Salami is actually just a type of Salumi!!!

You'll want to add a your favorite crackers, some fresh fruit (think thinly sliced strawberries, grapes and apple slices), olives and jam spread.

And now for the big secret! Choose a wine you love and pair it with your favorite meats and cheeses and you will have your Ultimate Charcuterie and Cheese Board! It's really all about enjoying your favorite flavors and time shared with friends and family! Share your perfect #CharcuterieandCheeseBoard on Instagram and tag #acmeliquorstore to get featured!

 
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Summer Peach Manhattan

It's the peak of Peach Season in Colorado, do it up right with this Summer Peach Manhattan!!!

Summer Peach Manhattan

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 Large Ripe Peach, skinned & sliced into wedges
  • 2 oz. Peach Schnapps
  • 3 oz. Four Roses Bourbon
  • 1/2 oz. Sweet Vermouth
  • Ice 

Method:
Using a blender mix Peaches & Schnapps until smooth, strain if desired.

Pour Peach & Schnapps mixture into a cocktail shaker filled with ice

Add Bourbon & Vermouth and shake vigorously

Pour into a chilled glass and garnish with sliced peaches.

 

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Oppose Clark's Market 3.2 Liquor License!

We need your help! If you live in or visit Crested Butte please sign the petition to show town council that your are OPPOSED to Clark's Market's application for a 3.2 Liquor License in Crested Butte.

You can also find a physical petition to sign at:

Mountain Spirits Liquor Store on #ElkAvenue
The Wine House at the Four Way
Treasury Liquor Store in #MtCrestedButte

If you can please attend the August 20th town council meeting at Town Hall to show your support for LOCAL Liquor Stores!!!!

 

Details:

Clark's Market in Crested Butte is trying to circumvent a new law taking place in Colorado in January 2019 that will allow grocery stores to carry full strength beer EXCEPT those stores that are within 3,000 feet of an existing store.

However, BY APPLYING FOR A 3.2% OFF-PREMISES ALCOHOL LICENSE, next week in Crested Butte, they will automatically be allowed to transition to full strength beer in January 2019, breaking the 'spirit' of the new law designed to PROTECT Ma and Pop stores.

Keep your money local, support your favorite Crested Butte Liquor Stores!

 

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Sobon Estate Wine Tasting Friday the 27th

Join us this Friday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM for a complimentary wine tasting with Sobon Wine Estates.

Shenandoah Vineyards in Plymouth, CA, was founded in 1977 by Shirley and Leon Sobon. They moved from Los Altos, California, where Leon was a Senior Scientist with the Lockheed Research Lab. Leon's gift for home winemaking led him to leave Lockheed and begin a new career as a Winemaker. 

The selection of a winery site in the Shenandoah Valley of Amador County was well researched. Leon and Shirley and their six children moved to the old Steiner Ranch, outside Plymouth, CA, planted a vineyard, and converted the old stone garage to the Shenandoah Vineyards winery. 

Learn more about Sobon Wines
 

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The BeesKnees Fig Cocktail featuring Spring 44 Gin
BeesKnees Cocktail featuring Spring 44 Gin

Check out this amazingly refreshing cocktail concoction created by one of our customers. Thanks for sharing Dara!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 diced fresh figs (now avail at Safeway)
  • Spring 44 Gin 
  • Thai basil
  • Ice

Simple syrup:

  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 1/4 cup local honey

Method:
To create your own simple syrup: 
Add water to a small saucepan with honey and figs
Bring to a boil while smashing fig parts and stirring
Remove from heat and let sit 10-20 minutes
Strain solids and reserve for other recipes

Spring 44 Distlling


Cocktail: 
Fill a wine glass with ice
Add 1 1/2 oz spring 44 gin
Top with 1 oz (or to taste) simple syrup
Stir and garnish with fig and basil, syrup will last 1-2 weeks in the fridge

 

Have a recipe you'd like to share? Comment below and we'll get in touch!

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Oskar Blues & Cigar City Brewing July 12th

July 12th 4-6PM with Oskar Blues and Cigar City Brewing come together for a complimentary tasting at Acme Liquor Store in Crested Butte. Join us! 

 

Oskar Blues THE ORIGINAL CRAFT BEER IN A CAN.

In 2002, our funky little Colorado grown brew-pub started stuffing our huge, voluminously hopped mutha of a pale ale in a can (Dale’s Pale Ale). That not only began the craft-beer-in-a-can craze, but has grown to add a brewery to the hills of Pisgah National Forest in Brevard, NC and another in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, TX, in 2016. Cans keep beer fresher, longer by eliminating the damaging effects of light and ingressed oxygen while being infinitely recyclable and portable…taking them where your next soul saving adventure takes you.

Cigar City Brewing out of Florida -

In a state known for theme parks, Cigar City Brewing has become a major attraction for those who appreciate and seek out excellent beer. It opened with a flourish and spread its reach quickly, appealing to both hardened beer geeks and brew novices with eyebrow-raising flavors and commitment to quality. Capitalizing on the Latin culture and tobacco-manufacturing history of Tampa Bay, Cigar City highlights those strengths on its labels and in its beer names and recipes. Many of the beers it produces – Jai Alai IPA, Improv Oatmeal Rye India-Style Brown Ale, Cubano-Style Espresso Brown Ale – reflect the sensibilities and ingredients of Florida. One of Cigar City Brewing’s most sought after beers is a special release called Hunahpu’s Imperial Stout. The 11 percent ale is aged on cacao nibs, Madagascar vanilla beans, ancho chiles, pasilla chiles, and cinnamon.”
– John Holl, The American Craft Beer Cookbook

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William's Cellars Wine Tasting

Friday June 29th join us at Acme to taste a local, family owned Colorado Winery - William's Cellars out of Cedaredge, Colorado. 

Nestled into the beautiful mountain-side of the Grand Mesa, Williams Cellars produces wines people are guaranteed to enjoy.  We offer a variety of wines, each with a palatable and distinctive flavor. The low-intervention practices, the local artwork incorporated into the labels, and the passion for wine making make for unforgettable wine-tasting experience.   

Willam's Cellars Wine Tasting