A lot of people who wander in plop down and ask for advice on which wine to order. If you want to go straight to the good stuff, ask for Seleccion 12. It’s a blended Spanish red from Castillo de Luzon that was harvested in 2005 — quite a vintage for a $9 glass. This Jumilla (named for that region of Spain, which sits at 1,500 feet above sea level) is incredibly smooth and complex, with hints of anything from licorice to espresso underneath the fruit. If you don’t drink too much of it to focus, you’ll also enjoy the bar code label that conceals thousands of tiny little 12s. Come Friday during Foreign Flick night and drink it by the bottle for $10 off.
The new beer in the fridge is the Real Ale Devil’s Backbone. We’re usually flying in crazy beers from all over the globe, but in this case, the favorite sons of Blanco have come up with a beer that can hold its own against any in the world. This spring ale used to be draught only, and just got bottled for the first time this year. A Belgian trippel, it’s finished with candy sugar made in-house by Real Ale, giving its final touch of alcohol and natural carbonation a kick without the weight of most other 8% ales. You know how all those “lite” beers promise great taste without being filling? Have a beer that can actually follow through on that promise. It’ll either spoil your Memorial Day weekend or make it. Either way … mmm … beer….