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 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.
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
Did you know that Story Hill BKC…
… is an award-winning WINE SHOP with more than 325 wines, craft spirits, and beer.
… is the closest liquor store to the ballpark, conveniently located off I-94.
… features 20 tap beers, focused on craft American brews, all available for growler fills.
… pours 27 wines by the glass, and will open any bottle when you buy 2 glasses.
… serves all wines just $12 above our shop price, for the best wine prices in any bar or restaurant.
… is listed on Carol Deptolla’s Top 30, and Yelp’s Top 20, of Milwaukee restaurants.
… is available every Monday for fully private events.
… accepts dinner reservations for parties of any size, Tuesday through Saturday.
We’ve got a few new, limited edition beers hitting our taps to get you ready for a great weekend. Check out these rare brews whether you’re joining us for brunch, Happy Hour or dinner, to fill a growler, or just to enjoy a beer – and finish Beer Week strong!
Check out our beer menu by clicking here for the latest, including Central Waters Central Quadder Belgian Quadrupel, Ballast Point Watermelon El Dorado Imperial IPA, and Great Lakes Rally Drum Red Ale.
Goose Island Fassinator
Brewed at, and in the special series honoring, the fabled Chicago brewery’s original facility at Fulton & Wood, Fassinator is a one-time-only Blonde Doppelbock. A fresh American take on a classic German style, you’re supposed to say it like Arnold (and drink it with caution – it clocks in at 8 percent).
6 tulip / 16 growler
Dogfish Head Beer to Drink Music To
As the Official Beer of Record Store Day, this is an “Analog Beer for the Digital Age.” A golden orange Belgian-style Tripel, it’s brewed with orange peel, green cardamom, peppercorns and vanilla. Request a song and enjoy a glass!
9 small tulip / 29 growler
Founders Pale Joe
Many beers incorporating coffee are heavy stouts, but this is Founders’ Pale Ale, a light, golden ale, with the additional of fruit-forward coffees. Brewed with coffee roasted in it’s hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
6 tulip / 15 growler
Karben4 Dragon Flute
One of Madison, Wisc.’s best upstart brewers, three-year-old K4 set out to “Make America(n Pale Ales) Great Again!” A combination of Mosaic and Centennial hopes creates a balanced beer not as aggressive as an American IPA, but certainly not as passive as an English Pale Ale.
7 pint / 14 growler
Sauvignon Blanc, K Vintners, Columbia Valley, WA 2012
We’ve got a superb Sauvignon Blanc that’ll help you move into the sunny days of spring. Lime and herbaceous notes lead to crisp mineralogy and acidity. It’s a light and brisk wine, with a classy complexity that will impress your guests and go great with food, whether you’re cooking brunch, lunch or dinner.
This is from the rockstar group of winemakers behind Kung Fu Girl riesling and Velvet Devil merlot, and they know how to make a great cool climate wine (and Wine Enthusiast gave it 90 points, if you’re into that sort of thing).
Now at the wine shop $14 / bottle (reg. retail $20)
We know “rockstar” get thrown around a lot, but… just take a look at these guys.
Welcome the newest members of your family with a gift set to carry on a cocktail tradition: Moscow Mules. Packed up in wooden crate, it’s got the local ingredients and copper mugs to make a couple of your favorite spicy, refreshing drinks.
Included is a bottle of Black Dot Vodka, crafted in Madison, Wisc. at one of the Midwest’s oldest distilleries, from corn, yeast and water (i.e., gluten-free). It’s the “Swiss Army knife of spirits” – used here at Story Hill BKC, and at Blue’s Egg, to craft our version of the Moscow Mule (the Bluemound Buck, on tap) and all those Bloody Marys. It’s made right here in Wisconsin – and easily beats that dingy fowl Frenchie vodka.
Mix it with a few bottles of Belfast Ginger Beer, handcrafted in Janesville, Wisc. and pour it in a couple of copper mugs, and you can hang with the cool kids.
One of our most popular gift sets, the 12 Beers of Christmas is a great present for the beer geek in your life, or to pick up and bring to a holiday party. The 12 Beers of Christmas – we filled a handcrafted wooden 12-pack with one dozen selections of craft beer’s ultimate holiday brews. Currently includes, subject to availability:
- 1 bottle Black Dot Vodka
- 3 bottles Belfast Ginger Beer
- 2 copper mugs
- Available in the Shop at Story Hill
- 60 + tax
Southern Tier 2XMAS Double Spiced Ale
Shiner Holiday Cheer Dunkelweizen
Breckenridge Christmas Ale
Lakefront Holiday Spice Lager
Anchor Christmas Ale
Rogue Ales Santa’s Private Reserve
Bell’s Christmas Ale
Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
Potosi Holiday Spice
Point St. Benedict’s Winter Ale
Great Lakes Christmas Ale
Abita Christmas Ale
Available at the Shop at Story Hill
36 + tax