Friday Fish & Free Friday Tasting

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.

Free Friday Tasting: Rosé, Chianti, Cab

Join us this evening for a Free Friday Tasting, today from 4-6 p.m. We’ll be sharing free tastes of these wines on Saturday as well, 12-3 p.m.

Vino, Rosé Sangiovese, Washington State 2016 — Charles Smith is the former rock band manager turned rockstar wine producer. Inspired by Italian Rosés, Vino Rosé has bass notes of red berry and stone fruit, with juicy, plump cranberry and pomegranate flavors to finish. Shop $11

Cecchi, Chianti, Italy 2015 — This family is known in the famous Tuscan region for winemaking with freshness and structure. This one is quick off the start with fresh fruit and a hint of spices. A very versatile wine, for everyday drinking or pairing with dinner, especially barbecue. Shop $12

Salentein Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Uco Valley, Argentina 2014 — Classic Cab, but an Argentinian expression that brings dark fruits, black pepper and blackcurrant. Meaty mouthfeel with a lasting finish, great for steak with chimichurri. 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.

Free Friday Tasting: Portuguese Red, Italian Red, Sauvignon Blanc

Join us this Friday, Feb. 2, for a Free Friday Tasting, today from 4-6 p.m. We’ll be sharing free tastes of these wines on Saturday as well, 12-3 p.m.

Tangent, Sauvignon Blanc, Edna Valley, CA 2014 — From a cooler climate than your Napa Sauv Blancs, this one has crispy acidity and an aromatic, herbaceous nose. Green apple and lemon zest with a slight minerality. Harvested from different blocks of the family’s Paragon Vineyard, originally planted in 1973, and then blended to the winemakers’ liking. A natural match for seafood, or for sippin’ on its own. Shop $12

Castello D’ Alba, Douro, Red Blend, Portugal 2015 — Ready for this? Tinta Roriz (a.k.a. Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, and Touriga Nacional come together to show red fruits and spice coming together in the bottle. The is a fresh wine, medium-bodied, but it’s a foodie at heart. Smooth palate, balanced acidity, and fine tannins. Shop $13

Albino Rocca, “Rosso Di Rocca,” Nebbiolo Red Blend, Barbaresco, Italy 2014 — This is a stylish, racy Piedmontese wine. Because it’s a blend, it can’t be called a Barbaresco, which has to be made solely from Nebbiolo. This one is rounded out with some Cab Franc and Barbera. Expect a whole lotta dark cherry, blackberry and bitter chocolate. Medium-bodied and juicy, with a slightly sticky finish that lingers. Great value at $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.

Free Friday Tasting: Riesling, Cabernet, Zinfandel

Join us Friday, Jan. 26 for a Free Friday Tasting, today from 4-6 p.m. We’ll be sharing free tastes of these wines on Saturday as well, 12-3 p.m.

Pacific Rim, J Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA 2015 — Can a Riesling be “big?” This one will send you soaring like a hummingbird with huge floral aromas and bright citrus fruit. But it brings you back to Earth with a somewhat dry finish. Shop $10

Armador Odfjell, Cabernet Sauvignon, Maipo Valley, Chile 2014 — This is definitely a “New World” Cab. Ruby to purple in color, with fresh fruit and berries. This vintage in particular, might make you think of strawberries. It also boasts sophisticated vanilla, cocoa, and earthen notes. Very well balanced; fresh tannin; long finish. Shop $11

Pietra Santa, Zinfandel, Central Coast, CA 2011 — “Old Vine” doesn’t technically have to mean anything, but in this case, it means a mix of 40+ year old vines, including a small block planted at this estate in 1905, which leads to very developed flavor. Red cherries, blueberries, with a peppery finish. 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.

Free Friday Tasting: Sparkling Rosé, Pinot Blanc, Tempranillo

Join us this evening for a Free Friday Tasting, today from 4-6 p.m. We’ll be sharing free tastes of these wines on Saturday as well, 12-3 p.m.

Rivarose Brut, Sparkling Rosé — What if your favorite Rosé was also a sparkler? This one blends Rhône varietals (Syrah for vibrant fresh fruit and Grenache for substance) for an elegant balance of raspberry and sweet spice. Great for appetizers, or desserts. Shop $13

Brooks, Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, WA 2016 — We like the crisp, mineral finish of Pinot Blanc, but this one has creamier fruits that might entice Chardonnay drinkers. Medium-bodied, hits on lemon, peach, and melon notes, with a spicy snap to the finish. Shop $12.

Bodega Numanthia, Termes, Tempranillo, Toro, Spain 2014 — Dense and layered fruit, with nutty, vanilla notes. Very concentrated juice from 30-year-old vines at high elevation give a great starting point for a fruit-forward yet balanced wine. It’s all happening. $18 in the shop; discounted from $22.

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.

Support Stepping Stone Farms

Join us for dinner on Tuesday, June 20, 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. UPDATE: Thanks to your generosity, this evening contributed $1,067 to Stepping Stone Farms.

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 reservations@storyhillbkc.com.

Spring in Europe

Join us Monday, May 1 for a European-themed four-station tasting dinner. “Spring in Europe” celebrates the food, drink and culture of Europe. Enjoy beer and wine pairings from Bofferding and Domaines Vinsmoselle. Menu includes…

  • Cheese Display: Apricoit Onion Tart, Cherry Turnover

  • Chicon Au Gratin Toast: Endive, Carr Valley Gouda, Uphoff Ham

  • Duck Bratwurst w/ house sauerkraut, pickled mustard, pretzel roll

  • Capon Spaetzle: Black Pepper Spaetzle, Capon Caper Demi

  • Assorted Petit Fours: Apricoit Onion Tart, Cherry Turnover

$60 for an individual; $100 for a couple. Every guest will receive a free gift bag, and be entered into a raffle for a grand prize of a $50 gift card. Includes gratuity; tax not included. Call Story Hill BKC at 414-539-4424 or email reservations@storyhillbkc.com for reservations.

Free Friday Tasting: Whiskey & Wine

‘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!

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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.

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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

Holiday Gift Packs from Story Hill BKC

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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

Deschutes Jubleale

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.

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4 Bottles • 85.00

Four bottles of wine in a vintage metal carrier. 2_wine

2 Bottles • 45.00

Two bottles of wine in a vintage metal carrier.
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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.
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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.

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