We have a wall full of whiskey gifts, including some unique, rare and hard-to-find whiskeys. Look to the West wall, just through the Hobbit hole, for some tremendous whiskeys.
Booker’s Rye is really the crown jewel, recently named “World Whisky of the Year” for 2017 by Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. It’s aged 13 years, and beat out 1,240 new whiskies for the honor, by being “simply a staggering example of magnificent rye showing exactly what genius in terms of whiskey actually means.”
Whistle Pig 15-year Rye is the distillery’s oldest whiskey, aged in repurposed bourbon barrels before being finished in new barrels built from oak grown on its own Vermont farm.
Or, go for Whistle Pig 12-year Old World Rye. What they mean by “Old World” is that it’s finished in old Sauternes, Madeira, and Port barrels.
We love Michter’s, and had the pleasure of some of their premium offerings at Maxie’s Michter’s Whiskey Dinner in February. You can find them here, including Michter’s Barrel Strength Rye and Michter’s 10-year Bourbon.
Maxie’s also hosted a High West Whiskey Dinner this year, and we have a few of their creative blends, including Midwinters’ Night Dram (rye finished in port and French oak barrels), Yippee Ki Yay (rye aged in vermouth and Syrah barrels), and Campfire (a rustic, smoky blend of bourbon, rye and scotch).
Plus, we have rarities from some big names, including Knob Creek 2001 14-year Bourbon, Wild Turkey Master’s Keeper 17-year Bourbon, Redemption 7-year Barrel Proof Rye, Jameson 18-year Irish Whiskey, and Laphroig Lore Scotch.
‘Tis the season for whiskey. We’re tasting our very own single barrel selection today, along with a fine red wine, at our Free Friday Tasting, 4-6 p.m. Stop by for a sip!
Black Shoe Hospitality Single Barrel 1792 Bourbon – We’re on our third single barrel selection, because we love having our name on a bourbon. We picked this one out specifically to be a crowd-pleaser – it’s easy-drinking, yet complex – great to drink alone or in a cocktail.
It’s a tawny caramel color, and hits you with sweet honey and vanilla, and then some orange and spice. It finishes nice and woody, but not too oaky. It’s bottled at 93.7 proof, so a little hotter than usual but smooth enough that you can still enjoy it straight.
Portada, Winemaker’s Selection Tinto Red, Red Blend, Lisboa, Portugal 2011 – This is a deep, dark wine with rock-solid structure you’d expect from a more expensive wine. Plum and berry fruit flavor is balanced by lively acidity. Very pleasant, and elegant, with a medium body. It’s a Wine Enthusiast 90-point Best Buy, if you’re into that sort of thing.
This is a great reminder of the value of Portuguese wine and its lesser-known varietals (it’s a blend of Tinta Roriz, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Caladoc, Castelão, Pinot Noir and Touriga Nacional).
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
12 Beers of Christmas
12 Beers of Christmas • 36.00
A dozen assorted, sought-after holiday brews. This is our most popular set, and a great gift for the craft beer lover in your life – or just a nice box to bring a long to a party! Beers may be subject to availability as we get closer to the big day, so pick up a pack soon!
Great Lakes Christmas Ale
|Bell’s Christmas Ale
Shiner Holiday Bock
|Southern Tier 2X XMAS
Abita Christmas Ale
|Anchor Merry Christmas, Happy New Year
|Rogue Santa’s Private Reserve
Sierra Nevada Celebration
|Point St. Benedict’s Ale
Victory Winter Cheers
|Anderson Valley Winter Solstice
Bourbon, It’s Cold Outside • 65.00
Our Black Shoe 1792 Small Batch Bourbon, two whiskey tasting glasses, and a flask in a crafted wooden box.
Brandy Old Fashioned Kit • 50.00
Make ’em the way you like ’em with this bartending kit. A bottle of Korbel Brandy, bitters, sugar, cherries and a muddler to mash it all together.
4 Bottles • 85.00
Four bottles of wine in a vintage metal carrier.
2 Bottles • 45.00
Two bottles of wine in a vintage metal carrier.
Coffee Gift Set with Black Shoe + Valentine mugs
Coffee Gift Set • 22.00
2 bags of Valentine coffee, 2 Black Shoe + Valentine travel mugs
Sparkling Gift Set • 35.00
A bottle of Bubz in a bucket! With a stick of rock candy, and a Champagne stopper, because sometimes we don’t finish the whole bottle.
Wine & Chocolate: That’s Just What I Wanted
Wine & Chocolate • 16.00
My only two weakness! Argh, how did you know! A bottle of red and a local Indulgence chocolate bar, wrapped up and ready to go.
We pulled the cork on the very first wine of the vintage year 2016 yesterday. Beaujolais Nouveau is traditionally released on the third Thursday of November – it’s an unofficial kickoff to the holiday season. A signal that says “It’s time to drink some wine.”
Stop by and try one of the big names in Beaujolais Nouveau, plus a delightful Italian white for Thanksgiving, at our Free Friday Tasting, 4-6 p.m.
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, Gamay, Beaujolais AOC, France 2016 — This wine was hand-picked Gamay grapes just a few short weeks ago. Beaujolais producers started a tradition of racing from the region (which is technically in Burgundy) to bring the first wines of the harvest to Paris.
This is a bright, fresh wine that benefits from a bit of a chill. The timing couldn’t be better: it’s a great balance for Thanksgiving food. Fruity and light, it’ll refresh you when you’ve had too much turkey and cranberry sauce.
Arnaldo Caprai, Grecante, Grechetto dei Colli Martani DOC, Italy 2012 — Lots of fruit, with melon, peach, and citrus, cut with nice acidity so it’s not cloying. A nice way to switch it up from a Sauv Blanc or an unoaked Chardonnay.
This would be a GREAT choice for your Thanksgiving guests who like fun white wine. If you’re having it as an aperitif before dinner, don’t be surprised if you decide to stick with it through the main course!
One of these wines has a twist, and the other is a straight-shooter. Free Friday Tasting, 4-6 p.m.
Formation, Chardonnay, Monterey County, CA 2012 — What’s the secret as to why this is so good? Well, they use a little bit of Pinot Blanc, for a rounder texture, and Grenache Blanc for a floral character.
That amps up the tropical fruit flavor classic to a Monterey County Chardonnay. You’d expect it to be hot here, and it can be, but the cool water coming off the bay gives it a unique climate. You’ll get apple, melon, and pear.
Evens & Tate Big Squeeze, Shiraz, Australia 2014 — The Big Squeeze is a Big Wine. Well-rounded, with rich, ripe fruit, and some bold American oak.
Sources from several Australian regions, this is straightforwardly Shiraz (“Get yer SHEE-raz, here!”) Dark cherry and plum, with black pepper and spice on the finish.
This is what I want from wine: a white to have while raking leaves, or polishing off the last of the caramel apples. A red for hanging out on Saturday night, watching movies, and taking out pizza. Free Friday Tasting, 4-6 p.m.
Annabella by Michael Pozzan, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, CA 2012 — A full-flavor, medium-body Chardonnay, thanks to time in French oak. Ripe apple, mango, and pear, with a crème brûlée finish and crisp acidity. Owner/winemaker Michael Pozzan named this line in honor of his grandmother.
Cusumano, Nero D’avola, Sicily, Italy — A dark, ruby-red with with a fresh blackberry and plum nose. Bright and juicy, with herbal notes and a hint of cola. A moderately long finish, this is a well-made and a great bang for your buck.
Today, in celebration one of our favorite holidays, we will be tasting some fun wines for all those Halloween parties. These would be great with candy! Free Friday Tasting, 4-6 p.m. 🎃🕸🕷
Poizon — A California Zin with juicy fruit and mocha, this is wine “to die for!” They blended with a little Petite Verdot for balance, and we’re guessing they chanted “double, double toil and trouble” while they did it.
Antidote — Luckily, we’ve got the antidote. This light and crisp Pinot Gris (that’s American for “Pinot Grigio”) is a great contrast to that jammy red. Get in here and get some in your gourd!
Italian sparklers on deck for our Free Friday Tasting, 4-6 p.m.
Mionetto, Il, Prosecco, Veneto, Italy NV — This neatly capped Prosecco is as easy to open as it is to drink. Lightly sparkling in the “Frizzante” style, this opens up to fruity pear and citrus flavors with easygoing acidity.
This is great by itself, but also good for mixing into cocktails – mimosas, anyone?
Cavicchioli 1928, Rosé Spumante Dolce, Modena, Italy NV — As a “Spumante,” this features a full, evanescent foam, with strong flying chains of bubbles. It’s a bright and pale pink “candy” color, with fruity fresh flavor.
A sweet, and slightly spicy, long-lasting finish. Made from 100 percent Lambrusco di Corbara, this is a great cocktail-ing sparkler, or a pair for light pasta dishes.
We’re bringing out a couple of reds for this cooler weather at our Free Friday Tasting, 4-p.m.
Underwood, Pinot Noir, Oregon 2015 — This Pinot aims to be an excellent every day drinker, and it hits the mark. Well-balanced with light strawberry flavor, and herbal forest notes.
Underwood is label of the Union Wine Co., which is very proudly made in Oregon, and boasts one of the most fun online presences of any wine company (just check out their Instagram – it’s a pretty good time). This Pinot was rated 87 points and a Best Buy by Wine Enthusiast.
This is our photo. Check out theirs from their Instagram:
Klinker Brick, Old Vine Zinfandel, Lodi, CA 2014 — “Old vine” isn’t legally required to mean anything, but the idea is older grapes produce lower yield and therefore concentrated juice. In this case, it means a blend from 16 different vineyard blocks with an average age of 85 years.
What you get is dark, sweet fruit flavor with berries and spices on the nose, and a hint of black pepper. A big, hearty Zinfandel with a long-lasting finish.
Our Free Friday Tasting is about to happen in the shop, 4-6 p.m. Here’s what’s on for today…
Pomelo, Sauvignon Blanc, Lake County, CA 2014 — Pomelo is a giant citrus fruit from Malaysia, an ancestor of grapefruit. Think aromas of fragrant orange blossom, and grapefruit, and white peach flavors, and that’s what you’re getting from this refreshing Sauv Blanc by Mason Cellars.
Nimble and light-bodied with high notes of lime zest and passionfruit. Wine Spectator gave it 90 points and put it #40 on its Top 100 last year.
Regio, Malbec, Lodi, CA 2012 — Dark garnet color, with dark plums, black currants, and spice undercurrents. This is a nice alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon, and a great table wine, especially if you’re setting your table with grilled meats or barbecue.
Medium-bodied, with a velvety finish. Lodi’s Mediterranean climate makes a more finesse style of Malbec (versus Argentinian big, blustery styles).