Every month, Delaware Today heads to a local establishment to taste-test libations. Our favorites will make a splash here.
5 West Girard St., Wilmington
402-9463 • girardcraftandcork.com
Having a premium spirits, fine wine and craft beer store practically in your backyard is never a bad thing. When I moved to Wilmington, I was excited to explore the various wine labels sold inside Girard Craft & Cork. Instead of shopping the typical selection at a poorly lit and blandly designed liquor store, I was happy to peruse a range of varieties hailing from different regions and price brackets in an upscale atmosphere. Girard Craft & Cork allows the connoisseur in all of us to emerge when shopping for beer, wine and spirits (the store even offers regular wine tastings and wine club program). As a bonus, sister store Faire Market & Cafe is right there to provide a perfect cheese pairing or meal addition. The wine my partner chose for a recent dinner was the Dogajolo Toscano Rosso I.G.T. Produced in the Tuscany region of Italy, this red wine is 70 percent sangiovese and 30 percent cabernet and other varieties. This combination lends itself to a light taste backed with a full body; it’s soft but bold, easily drinkable but complex. Its fruity taste pairs well with white meat like chicken, as well as roasts and grilled meats. It’s a wine that will make any dinner guest ask, “Where did you find this?”
—Meg Ryan, Associate Editor
829 N. Market St., Wilmington
250-4280 • stitchhousebrewery.com
Author Douglas Adams once famously noted that he loved deadlines, especially the whooshing sound they made as they went past. So as a lifelong ink-stained writer all too familiar with editors asking for work that’s maybe a little late, it was almost against my professional code of conduct to pass up the Blown Deadline IPA on the menu at Stitch House Brewery. Copper in color, this potent (7.5 ABV) India pale ale comes with fragrant and tasty hoppiness on the front end, finishing clean and far less bitter than many of its IPA peers. That extra alcohol punch merits some good judgment on your part if you are, as I was, enjoying a brew with lunch (the Smoked Chicken Salad, made with grapes, dill mayo and arugula on ciabatta). Fortunately, Stitch House’s friendly staff are happy to pour up a half-pint, as a full pour might put you in too good a mood for that afternoon budget meeting. Happy hour (4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday) is a different story, where Blown Deadline is a featured selection, and a toast to those unfinished tasks might warrant a full pint.
—Scott Pruden, Executive Editor