Cork 'n Cap Press
September 2016
This Issue:            Grape Jelly                      Fun Facts                    Wine Special of the Month                         
     New $99 Wooden Crate Special                   Our New Wine Club Sixpack        
 Cork 'n Cap  904 Lansing Ave.  Jackson MI 49202    517-784-0687
 Open 10am - 7pm Monday Thru Saturday
So You Already Have A Pantry Full Of Grape Jelly.  Now What?
Home wine making season is in high gear and that brings back memories of sneaking a sip from the secret barrel of hooch in your grandfather's basement.  This rewarding hobby has come a long way from the days of ceramic crocks and balloons on cider jugs.  Don't know where to begin?  Drop in to Cork 'n Cap for everything you need to get This year's harvest from grape to glass.   Even if you don't have your own grapes but want to get in on the action, we have a wide variety of grape wine kits and fruit concentrates in stock and ready to go. Looking for a career change?  Keep in mind that nearly every professional winemaker began their career as an unpaid amateur.
Our Current $99 Wooden Crate Bordeaux
Here is our latest in a series of wooden crate Bordeaux cases and we have received great feedback on our new one from Château Saint-Martin.  Winemaker Jean-Pierre Placidi has been in charge at the Château since 1990, when he took over from his parents. Jean-Pierre is a firm believer in the fine traditions of Bordeaux and the grape balance in this blend (45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc) reflects this. The Saint-Martin vineyards lie on clay-limestone slopes in Massugas, not far from the major hub of Bordeaux.  Available by the bottle for $9.99 or in the fabulous wooden 12 bottle crate for just $99, which works out to just $8.25 per bottle in the case.
Wine Special Of The Month:
Essay Dry Chenin Blanc
No, that doesn't say "blended with a touch of Vinegar", that's the Southern French Varietal Viognier.  "Essay" is a clever play on words: "SA" is a common way of saying "South Africa" in its country of origin.  This wine is dry but fresh and fruity with white peach, citrus, and green apple flavors, and would go great with cream pastas or spicy foods.  Just $10.99 per bottle or $112.10 per case of 12, while supplies last.
Wine Club Sixpack #63 Is Now Available
Looks like Summer is going to continue for at least a couple more weeks so we thought it would be fun to put another dry French rose with our usual assortment of whites and reds.  As always, this sixpack comes in our reusable, partitioned, eco-friendly six bottle bag and contains well over $70 worth of wine for a special price of $49.99. When you bring the empty bag back in, you receive a club discount on six bottles or more of any of our regularly priced in-stock wines.  Our sixpack club has no rules and no obligations,  just a good value collection of specially selected wine. The next one will be ready soon.  Visit our  Wine Sixpack Club Page for the details on this sixpack or the next one as soon as it becomes available.
Jack's Cork 'n Cap Wine Fun Facts
Each month I will explore a a wine topic and provide you with information you may not know and will hopefully find interesting.  If you have a question you would like to have me explore in future issues of this feature, feel free to reply to this email.
Everyone has at least one "kitchen drawer" that contains everything that you don't know where else to put.  While digging for something else, like a pair of scissors or a garden hose gasket, I stumbled across this newspaper article in the picture on the left that dates back to early 2001.  It tells about Antonio Todde, who was at the time the oldest living man in the world.  "Just love your brother and drink a glass of red wine every day".  I believe this was the first time I heard about the connection of red wine and longevity.  Not surprisingly, it goes back a little longer than that. 
The Greek poet Eubulus (360 BC)  in his play "Semele or Dionysus", has Dionysus say: "Three bowls do I mix for the temperate: one to health, which they empty first, the second to love and pleasure, the third to sleep. When this bowl is drunk up, wise guests go home. The fourth bowl is ours no longer, but belongs to violence; the fifth to uproar, the sixth to drunken revel, the seventh to black eyes, the eighth is the policeman's, the ninth belongs to biliousness, and the tenth to madness and hurling the furniture."
Mr. Todde didn't quite make it to his 113th, but we should raise a glass and "Salut" one of the people who brought the health benefits of red wine back to our attention.
“Men are like wine – some turn to vinegar, but the best improve with age.”
― Pope John XXIII
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