We have three familiar varietals for our Free Friday Tasting this week — Cab, Chard, Sauv Blanc — and one seriously fun Spanish red — Montsant! We’re trying them from 4-6 p.m. today. We’ll be back pouring samples of the same on Saturday, 12-3 p.m.
Niner, Chardonnay, Edna Valley, CA 2015 — This is from a spot just 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean, and it has plenty of coastal personality and balance. Silky body with warm bread, stone fruit, and caramel. The winemakers stirred up the lees while it was in the barrel (about a 1/3 of which were New French Oak), which amplifies cream notes and pear flavor. Regularly $19; Special Tasting Price $16.
Tangent, Sauvignon Blanc, Edna Valley, CA 2014 — Definitely worth a shot if you like French and New Zealand style Sauvignon Blancs and want to branch out a little. You’re in the ballpark of green apple and grapefruit, lime and lemon zest. Slightly herbal, mineral finish. Like high-end athletic clothes, you’re going to want it on a hot day. Shop $13.
Llenca Plana, Montsant, Spain 2016 — Made from Carignan and Grenache, just like the much more expensive Priorat region, this has a medium body but is still quite powerful. Red and dark fruits, good acidity, and a long-lasting finish. Just plain fun to drink. Shop $16.
Alias, Cabernet Sauvignon, California 2016 — Great for when you just gotta grab a Cab. Quaffable. Medium body, dark berry fruit, violet color. A straightforward oaky Cabernet, it’s a meat-and-potatoes selection, and a no-brainer pairing for… meat and potatoes. Shop $10.
Join us for dinner on Tuesday, June 26, to support Stepping Stone Farms, a non-profit horse rescue and therapeutic facility in Franksville that serves the needs of people in the South East Wisconsin area.
We’ll contribute 20% of food sales that evening to Stepping Stone Farms, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
We’ll also feature a “wine pull” – one mixed mystery case of red wine, and one mixed mystery case of white wine, available for $20 per bottle. You get what you grab, if you’re enjoying it here or at home, while supply lasts. Wine pull proceeds go entirely to Stepping Stone Farms. Make your dinner reservation by calling 414-539-4424 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
We have a couple of favorite styles from a couple of favorite producers for this week’s Free Friday Tasting, today from 4-6 p.m. We will not host a tasting with the same wines on Saturday.
Hess, Rosé, Shirtail Ranches, CA 2016 — As you might know, Hess crafts a collection specifically to serve in restaurant and to pair with a wide variety of foods. Rhône-style varietals in this pale Rosé give you all the cool strawberry flavors you’d want. An elegance and style in the finish that skews toward savory. This could go with our Butter Lettuce salad or the Crayfish-smothered Walleye. Shop $12.
Sokol Blosser, Pinot Gris, Willamette Valley, OR 2015 — You’d expect this to be light and crisp, with faint minerality, and it is… but also ripe-ripe-ripe, from the hottest year ever in Oregon. Fresh, balanced, and firm, with apple and pear fruit flavors touched off by citrus on the top end. A tasty, all-purpose crowdpleaser. Shop $16.
Il Bastardo, Sangiovese, Tuscany, Italy 2014 — This one is fun, and a good excuse to swear while you drink (“What, Ma, I’m just reading the label!”) Bright, ripe cherry and berry fruit round out a little as it opens up. That juicy fruit and easy-going tannins make this great for a quick family meal of pizza, burgers, or spaghetti. A great value for getting at some food-friendly Sangiovese without the Chianti Classico price tags. Shop $10.
We’re tasting wine this Friday from 4-6 p.m., but forgoing the Saturday tasting because its the annual Bluemound Business Association’s St. Patrick’s Parade!
Le Contesse Brut Prosecco — Here’s a lively and delicious sparkler grown in sustainably and organically farmed sites in Italy’s famous sparkling wine D.O.C. The winemakers use “one single gentle fermentation” with the intent of lower natural sulfites and a fresher tasting wine. Floral, zesty, apple and pear. Shop $12.
Terra D’Oro, Chenin Blanc-Viognier, Clarksburg, CA 2016 — This will be great for longer days coming up with Daylight Savings. Bright, delicate Chenin Blanc meets the body of Viognier. Grapefruit, mango, lemon and a hint of spicy. Well-balanced with a a crisp acidity makes it a great for late afternoon sipping and pairing with food. Shop $12.
Bodegas Atalaya Laya Almansa, Red Blend, Spain 2016 — Here’s something really interesting: a blend of Garnacha Tintorera (a.k.a. Alicante Bouschet) and Monastrell (more often called Mourvèdre). These dark fruits, often used to bring depth and tannins to lighter reds, shine here on their own. Particular Spanish heat, soil, and elevation help produce a complex, structured wine that still boasts bold fruit, elegance, and easy enjoyment. Shop $12.
If you’re in on Saturday and want to try these wines, just ask!
Join us for a meet-and-greet with Al Young, brand ambassador of Four Roses Bourbon, on Thursday, March 15 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Mr. Young has been with Four Roses for more than 50 years in various roles, including distillery manager. Young is a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, a historian of the 130-year-old Four Roses brand, and a legend in the Bourbon industry. Story Hill is the ONLY shop he is visiting on this trip!
We are thrilled to have him stop in the shop to share some stories, talk about the Bourbon industry, and sign some bottles. We hope to see you there!
One of our favorite days of the year! Join us to watch the annual Blue Mound Road Business Association’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade starts at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 and finishes up just past our front door. We’ll have an outdoor bar with Bloody Marys and green beer — hope to see you here!
Note: Blue Mound Road will be closed at 1 p.m., so keep that in mind when you’re parking. We serve Brunch ’til 2 p.m., and then it’s $2 off Tap Beer and Tap Cocktails inside until 6 p.m., with our Happy Hour menu available from 3-5 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m.
Here’s what we’re trying this Friday for our Free Friday Tasting, 4-6 p.m., and again on Saturday, 12-3 p.m. Stop by and stock up for your Oscars party — shop’s open until 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and closes at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Rivarose Brut, Sparkling Rosé — We keep coming back to this light, dry Rosé sparkler for its versatility — enjoy it before, during, or after a meal, lounging around or at a party. Floral and fruity, but still very clean, evocative of Mediterranean elegance. Shop $13
Nisia, Verdejo, Rueda, Spain 2015 — We’ve featured this delicious Spanish white on our restaurant by-the-glass list. Like some Chardonnays, its got bread and citrus on the nose, and a fatty mouthfeel, without the yawning oakiness. Citrus flavor and bright acidity brings back a fresh finish for pairing with your mezze plate. Shop $20
Zolo, Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2016 — Dark, inky color and rich, full body you’d expect from an Argentinian Malbec. You might get blackberries, coffee, violets, and blueberry pie. Great quality for the price, this wine would probably improve for years… but waiting in the hardest part. Enjoy now! Shop $12
We taste a selection of wines on Fridays from 4-6 p.m., and again on Saturdays from 12-3 p.m. Stop by the shop for a taste, whether you’re passing by or enjoying a meal. Here’s what we’re trying this week…
Le Paradou Viognier, France 2016 — Rich gold color, clear and bright. Flowery nose with stone fruits — think peach. Fresh and balanced with a citrus-like acidity and crisp minerality. This would be great with seafood, but could also find a match with fruity desserts, creamy mac-and-cheese, or grilled veggies. Shop $11.
Piedra Santa, Zinfandel, Central Coast, CA 2011 — This Zin shows the quality of the Cienega Valley, with black cherry and dark fruits balanced by warm oak flavors. A little bit of herb and spice on the finish make it a great match for grilled meats, or a decadent dessert (and we have a few of those at Story Hill BKC!). Shop $12.
Bieler Père et Fils, La Jassine Red, Côtes du Rhône Villages, France 2015 — A Rhone-style Red Blend that will keep you warm, or at least improve with a slight chill — like coming inside and taking off your cap and scarf to sit down to a nice roast dinner. Full-bodied yet smooth, it features dark fruits with notes of leather and chocolate. Shop $18.
We’re honored to announce the next beer dinner in our Bar Bites series, featuring Lakefront Brewery, which has been making great beer in Brew City for more than 30 years. Since the brothers Klisch rolled out the first barrels of Riverwest Stein, Lakefront has grown and evolved into a beloved Milwaukee institution.
On Monday, March 19, enjoy a 5-courses paired with Lakefront beer at Story Hill BKC starting at 6 p.m. $60 plus tax and gratuity ($75 total) includes dinner, reception, and beer pairings. We’re planning to feature Happy Glamper, Double IPA, Single-Hop Amarillo IPA, Maibock, 30th Anniversary (a bourbon barrel-aged eisbock), and a My Turn series beer.
For the first Friday of the season, February 16, we’re cooking up Pan-Fried Perch for dinner, dusted in polenta, with a potato rösti, apple beurre blanc, and Central Greens Red Rambo micro greens. That’s what we mean by “Upper Midwest.” Also, on the regular dinner menu, a German-inspired Catfish Schnitzel. We pound it out nice and flat, panko crust it, and pan-fry to perfection with pickled veggies, remoulade, and watercress.
And if you haven’t given up wine, our Free Friday Tasting is in effect as usual Feb. 16 from 4-6 p.m., and again on Saturday, Feb. 17, 12-3 p.m. Here’s what we’re trying this week.
Michel Chapoutier, Bila-Haut Rosé, Pays D’oc, France 2016 — a lightly fragrant rosé, with notes of strawberry and pear. Light and peppy on the palate, with a refreshing acidity and lip-smacking finish. Ready to go right now. Shop $11.
William Hill, Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast, CA 2015 — Easygoing, yet no pushover. Enjoy with grilled or roasted meats, obviously, but this would do fantastically well with any dish including mushrooms. Cassis and currant — the dried berries up front — with brighter, fresher berries on the finish. Shop $14.
Colonia Las Liebres, Bonarda, Mendoza, Argentina 2013 — Perhaps you’re not hip to Bonarda (also known as Charbono in California), but it is definitely worth checking out, especially if you like Malbec. This is an Italian varietal planted in the same famous Malbec region of Argentina. Lots of dark fruit, richness, spice. Full-bodied, but balanced by an acidity that keeps this deep, dark wine approachable. Shop $12
Enjoy our Free Friday Tasting, whether you’re buying a case or just in for a taste, 4-6 p.m. at Story Hill BKC.