We’re tasting a two wines that are great for this not-quite-autumnal time of year. A Red Blend to go great with grilling, and a Sauvignon Blanc to savor the last bits of summer. Stop by for a free taste, from 4-6 p.m.
Red Blend, Columbia Crest, Limited Release Gold, Columbia Valley, WA 2013 — Dark, rich, silky palate… what are we talking about? Fresh raspberries, salted dark chocolate… Ready for this? This is a Cabernet Franc-based red blend! The grape is probably best known for often riding shotgun to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in Bordeaux. Here we get to taste what it can be when it grows through a warm Washington State summer, ending on a cool September, with some time in a little French oak.
Sauvignon Blanc, Angeline, Russian River Valley, CA 2014 — This is a great portrait of a Russian River Sauvignon Blanc. You’re going to get a lot of bright, citrusy notes right away, like ripe mango, kiwi, and key lime zest. It’s bursting with fruit flavor, but balanced out by a crisp acidity. This would be great with fish dishes. Or maybe our Elote. So good.
We’re tasting a couple of great go-to wines in the shop today from 4-6 p.m. A Côtes du Roussillon from a very familiar Côte du Rhône producer, and a sweet, straightforward Moscato.
Les Vignes de Bila-Haut, Michel Chapoutier, Côtes-du-Roussillon Villages, France 2012 — If you like fruit-forward wines grown in hot places like Cali or Australia, wines from Côtes-du-Roussillon can be a great intro to French wine. It’s down by the sea, and very close to Spain, where there is a lot of sunshine to give wine fruit flavor and body.
A red blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Carignan, you’ll get blackberry and jammy fruit before herbal, peppery, and earthy notes. R.P. gave it 91 points, if you’re into points, but also called it “another smoking effort that will top anyone’s value list.” It’s a smoking hot bargain! Fun fact: Michel Chapoutier was the first wine producer to use braille on its labels, which it now prints on all the wine it sells.
Moscato, Dante, Reserve, California 2012 — Smooth and simple, this Moscato has a honeyed sweetness. You might get notes of orange blossoms, peaches and lemon candy. Great as a light after-dinner drink or an aperitif for anytime.
We’re getting a little weird with the selection for this Friday’s free sampling, with a couple of out-of-the-box, out-of-the-ordinary wines to try from 4-6 p.m. Let’s taste this California Zinfandel that applies a technique you don’t usually see with wine, and a wine from the Piedmont region of Italy made from a seedy (as in, full of seeds) grape.
1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel-Aged Zinfandel, Mendocino, CA 2013 — We see a lot of beer aged in bourbon barrels; it’s a way for whiskey makers to recover of the cost of their new, charred oak barrels, which can only be used once to make bourbon. While we’ve seen some whiskeys aged in wine barrels, we haven’t tried the inverse – until now. The extra effort gives it a lingering finish to add to a good balance. Warm and engaging with just a touch of vanilla-y bourbon. Dark-colored with a nose of berries and cherries. 91 points, Editor’s Choice from Wine Enthusiast, if you’re into points.
1000 Stories Bourbon Barrel-Aged Zinfandel, Mendocino, CA 2013
Marchione, Grignolino, Asti, Italy 2013 — This one will surprise you. Grignolino is a grape varietal grown in up North in the Piedmont region of Italy. It’s name derives from a word in the local dialect meaning “many seeds,” and the presence of these seeds contribute tannins to give great earth and structure to very lightly colored, fruity reds. A rare find in that it’s a fresh, easy-drinking wine that combines notes of strawberries and raspberries, and an undertow of warm spices, and still express the limestone and clay soil in which its grown. This wine manages to be both rustic and elegant, with a delicate body and fruit that make it a great red for warm weather (and at just 12.5 percent, it won’t bowl you over).
Marchione, Grignolino, Asti, Italy 2013
Whatever you’re doing this evening, swing by the shop to try out some refreshing wine first! We’ll have something to taste every Friday, so you can sip while you shop for the weekend. This Friday, Aug. 12, from 4-6 p.m., it’s Prosecco & Rosé!
Viña Palaciega Rosé, Argentina 2015 — This is a blend from three vineyard areas in Argentina, so of course its made from MALBEC. Hand-picked Malbec from the Uco Valley, Tupungato, and Mendoza went into this wine, for a juicy Rosé with a solid core of ripe strawberry and watermelon notes. This just screams summer, but it would be fun to have on hand for hanging out all year round.
Bellafina Prosecco — This Prosecco is in a Frizzante style – literally meaning “fizzy;” versus Spumante, which means fully “sparkling.” This is a easy-drinking, gently sparkling wine, with smaller, softer bubbles, and it could be a great fit if you’re not into the assault of big bubbles from other sparklers. With notes of apple, peach, and pear, it’s excellent as an aperitif, with appetizers, or with fish dishes.
We’re tapping Lakefront Brewery’s anticipated Brandy Barrel-Aged Cherry Lager starting at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16. If you like Old Fashioneds, Lagers, and/or Lakefront beer, you’ll really like this cherry delight!
$7/small tulip. We’ll also have Lakefront’s SMaSH Ale on tap and, as always, Riverwest Stein. Let your friends you wanna drink some beer on our Facebook Event.
We’re tasting Rosato & Riesling today, Friday, Aug. 5 from 4 p.m. until 6. And pick up your copy of Wine Spector, which lists our Restaurant Award of Excellence in the latest issue.
Fattoria di Basciano, Rosato di Toscano 2015 — Rosato is what Italians call “Rosé,” and we all know summer is the most fun time to drink Pink! It’s made in Tuscany, just like Chianti, so — you guessed it; it’s 100% Sangiovese. Like much of Italian rosé wine, it’s a deeper, reddish pink with fruity and floral notes. Crisp acidity, yet soft on the palate, so it’s great with food.
Mercer Canyons, Riesling 2013 — Grown up north in the Yakima Valley, where cooler sites allow for deep flavor to develop, this wine still maintains the crispness you’d find in a European Riesling. You’ll taste fresh fruits like peach and tangerine,
with a honey-kissed orangey nose.
We’re hosting eight regional craft breweries at a lively beer-centric tasting event on August 29 at 6 p.m. More of a party than a sit-down dinner, we’ll serve up plenty of our Upper Midwest-inspired cuisine from food pairing stations. Breweries joining us at the Beer Bash include Lakefront, O’so, Surly, Potosi, New Glarus, Point, Hinterland, and Door County.
$50; includes tasting and food pairings; tax and gratuity not included. Call us at 414-539-4424 to reserve your spot! Check out some scenes from previous Bar Bites below…
We’ve added two new salads to our Weekday Lunch menu – a couple of dishes we’ve been perfecting over recent weeks. These salads back up the thinking that “our salads are about the stuff!” (as in, they’re not just a lotta lettuce).
Blackened Whitefish Salad features Great Lakes whitefish, blackened, on top of mixed greens, gorgonzola, oven-dried tomatoes, red onion, French beans (or haricot verts, if you’re really French) and, best of all, shoestring potatoes. We love this salad not only because it fits with our Upper Midwest-style of serving all freshwater fish, but also because it’s a big ol’ piece of the fish!
Smoked Duck & Peach Salad continues some of the fun we had during Peach Week. We cure and smoke Maple Leaf Farms duck breast. It’s sliced and served next to charred Georgia peaches, mixed greens, maple-glazed pecans, and goat cheese, and tossed with orange vinaigrette. Georgia peaches certainly aren’t from our part of the country, but we source for the best quality first. If you’ve never had a Georgia peach, you gotta try this salad to see why they’re the best of the best. This salad is available on our Weekday Lunch, Happy Hour, and Dinner menus. NOTE: We’ve run through all the beautiful peaches, so this salad now features White White Poached Pears.
Weekday Lunch is served Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Our latest Weekday Lunch & Weekend Brunch menus can be seen here.
Smoked Duck & Peach Salad
with charred Georgia peaches and house-smoked duck breast
Story Hill BKC is CLOSED on Mondays, including July 4, but when we reopen again on July 5, we’ll be featuring peaches in specials all week for “Peach Week” here at all three Black Shoe Hospitality restaurants!
We partnered with Tree-Ripe Citrus, which trucks fresh Georgia peaches straight to the Upper Midwest. We source locally for all things doable, but a Georgia peach is one of those finer things in life that can only be created on a certain spot of Earth.
Tree-Ripe Citrus will also be SAMPLING their peaches here on Friday, July 8, starting at 5 p.m.; and SELLING outside on Mondays from 5-7 p.m. (except July 4). Tree-Ripe will also sample at Maxie’s on Saturday, July 9, starting at 5 p.m.; and Sunday, July 10 at Blue’s Egg, starting at 7 a.m.
It’s #NationalBourbonDay, and we’ve got the goods to help you celebrate.
Whether you’re looking for The Oldest Fashioned on tap, to try something new or extremely nice, or to restock the home bar, Story Hill’s the spot to be. We’ll mix them into any drink you like, or enjoy them with some of our fancy ice cubes.
Check out our latest whiskey list for the most current selection of 25+ bourbons,* with almost all of them available to take home from our bottle shop (just make your purchases before 9 p.m.)! In the center of the shop, you’ll find a display of some really special stuff.
* (We’re are sold out of Pappy 12-year, unfortunately!)
Willet Family Estate Bottled 8-year Rye – 89
Russell’s Reserve Single Barrel Rye – 65
1792 Port Finish – 49
Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary – 135