Monthly Archives: December 2016

Looking For The Perfect Gift?

In a panic yet?  Apollo has got your back!  Whether you are going to a party or shopping for that person that has everything, Apollo has the perfect gift.  The holidays are a time for great experiences with family and friends.  Apollo has the largest selection of fine and unique wines that can amplify the special moments of the holidays.

If you have a spouse or parent that literally does not need or want for anything, a great bottle of wine is the perfect gift.  This is the time to break out something unique or adventurous that your much too practical spouse or parent would never buy for themselves.   Apollo is stocked to the gills with unique and special wines, beers, whiskies and cordials that is sure to please anyone and everyone.  I’m here to simply guide you towards some great wine ideas that are unique yet delicious!

Do you have a discerning wine collector in the family?  Apollo has several collectible and age worthy wines that are sure to please the most discriminating collector.  Whether it is one of our 100pt wines we have in stock, or that rare, cost is no issue Burgundy.  Apollo has it in stock for that last-minute shopper.  We also have tons of great value wines from small and artisanal producers from around the world that is sure to please any taste.

Looking for something to pair with Prime Rib?  Apollo has everything from Artisanal bargains from Spain to rare and historic Bordeaux offerings.  Looking for new world and modern?  Apollo has several great offerings from some of the best producers from California and Washington.  Gems from Australia also pair well with prime rib and Apollo is loaded with rare bargains from down under.

Serving turkey or ham?  Apollo has unique beauties from Germany and Alsace that pair perfectly with white meats, as well as wonderful small producers from California and New Zealand.

Most people don’t usually buy a wine just for dessert.  Make this holiday different!  Apollo has a huge selection of dessert wine and Port that will serve to finish off that wonderful meal with family or friends.  Also, don’t forget New Years.  We have a huge selection of sparkling wines from around the world that can break you out of the norm in style.

Apollo truly does have the perfect gift for anyone.  We have expert staff, and a huge selection.  We also have free gift-wrapping and can deliver too!


By |December 18th, 2016|Wine Blogs|Comments Off on Looking For The Perfect Gift?

German Wines Make a Great Gift!

Yes, I know there is a smoking deal coming up at Apollo for Italian wines, but do yourself a favor and toss a few German wines in your cart too.   Great beer is often equated with Germany for good reason,  but wine is another one of Germany’s prominent exports and should not be overlooked.

Currently German wines have a mixed reputation in these parts.  Some equate the wine as simple, sweet wine that is uncomplicated and fine as a low alcohol “quaffer”.  Others view German wine as the world’s most elegant and pure white wines in the world!  My view is of the latter, in fact prior to the 1900’s there were arguably only two countries in the western world that were deemed worthy: France and Germany.

The history of German wines date back to Roman times when the Romans had a garrison in Trier to beat back the Germanic tribes on the other side of the Rhine.  The Romans needed a steady supply of wine and transporting it from France or Italy or across the Vosges mountains proved to be too expensive.  Thus winemaking began in earnest with the Romans and many of their methods are still used today.  During medieval times the vine spread east coinciding with the eastern spread of Christianity.  Because of this, churches and monasteries played an important role in grape growing reaching the peak production in the 1500’s and controlling most of the land under vine.  During this time quality rather than quantity became important and German wines were established as being some of the finest in the world.  When Napoleon became ruler, he took most of the vineyards away from the church and broke the vineyards into parcels and many people formed cooperatives.  This, coupled with beer gaining in prominence produced market changes that drove German wine down the road of making much more wine, but of lesser quality.  This carried into the 20th century and still damages the reputation of German wines.

Despite this, there are many German producers making truly incredible Riesling than range from floral and aromatic to flinty and mineral laden.  The flavors and characteristics can change but all of the top-flight wines have Germany’s signature finesse and tremendous balance between fruit and bracing acidity.  This acidity is what makes the wines of Germany often copied but rarely matched.  This is because of the delicate balance of the climate, soil and topography in Germany.  German climate is generally too cold to grow top wines, but because the factors of the river, steep slopes facing the sun, slate soils and German ingenuity, wines are able to ripen to near perfection while still being bright, crisp and aromatically pure wines in the world.

German wines found in these parts are usually of the sweeter style but are beautifully balanced.  Some of my favorites:

  • Pauly Bergweiler Noble House Riesling ($13): The Bergweilers believe that the most important asset of the estate is its vineyards.  Extensive care, handpicking of the grapes and intentionally low yields have kept this estate among the top producers in the world.  The Noble House wine is actually a blend of Rieslings from some of the very best vineyards in the Mosel Valley.  Bergweiler makes wines from each of these vineyards but they are much more expensive.  By blending grapes from these top vineyards, he is able to use some of the very best Riesling grapes in the world, yet make a consistent low cost wine.  In my opinion, this is among the very best value Riesling I can find.
  • Urbans-Hof Ockfener Bockstein Spatlese ($39): Named fof the patron saint of German winemakers, St. Urban.  This winery was founded in 1947 but really started booming in the 1960’s.  In the 1980’s Hermann Weiss started investing in some of the very top vineyards in Germany, including Ockfen.  Ockfener Bockstein is considered a Grand-Cru Vineyard.  Located on a 50 degree slope so the sun’s rays have more direct contact with the vines.  The soils are filled with hard, gravelly slate which also retain heat.  Most importantly the hill is topped with an extensive forest that retains water and allows the water to drain slowly to the subsoil of the vineyard.  The combination of these factors make Ockfener Bockstein the most refined wines they make.  For a taste of a top-flight Spatlese, this wine fits the bill and costs significantly less than many other of the great Mosel Spatlese wines out there.
By |December 10th, 2016|Wine Blogs|Comments Off on German Wines Make a Great Gift!