UPDATE: Our Argyle Winemaker Dinner has SOLD OUT. We are thrilled to host our first-ever wine dinner with Argyle Winery’s Nate Klostermann on Monday, July 15.
Born and raised in rural Wisconsin, Nate moved to Oregon to join Argyle and learn about luxury winemaking. He became Argyle’s head winemaker in 2013, carrying on and developing the label’s signature sophistication in Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, and Sparkling. This is the only Wisconsin wine dinner Nate will make it to this year! Argyle is a longtime favorite at Story Hill BKC, frequently a glass-pour and an easy recommendation for servers and the shop.
Snacks and reception wine start at 6 p.m. to will be followed with a 4-course Argyle wine-paired dinner. $100, includes tax and gratuity. Tickets available online below or at Story Hill BKC, 5100 W. Blue Mound Rd., Milwaukee, WI.
Here’s what the chefs are working on…
• Brut Sparkling, a reception wine paired with snacks
• Nuthouse Riesling, paired with a Milk-Stewed Turkey Salad
• Reserve Chardonnay, paired with Chanterelles & Corn
• Pinot Noir vs. Reserve Pinot Noir, paired with Grass-Fed Tenderloin with Escargot Duxelles
• Rosé Sparkling, paired with Oeufs à la Neige, a dessert of meringue floating on crème anglaise
We’ve got options for wine gifts, whether you’re looking for a host gift, a stocking stuffer, a decanter, or a big brand name bottle to cherish.
Here’s a gift that says “I want to share some wine and good times with you.” A couple of bottles — Route 152 Central Coast California Pinot Noir and Greystone Cellars California Petite Sirah — and a couple of glasses in a vintage-style four bottle carrier, with an always-helpful wine opener. 60.00
You can pick up the Route 152 Pinot Noir or the Greystone Petite Sirah packaged with a locally produced Indulgence chocolate bar — our “Wine & Chocolate” set — for just 18.00
Story Hill BKC is home to a wine, beer, and spirits shop with an impressive selection. We’ll help you find interesting beverages at a good price for your next party.
Story Hill BKC is available for completely private events through the day on Mondays. Private lunches or evening events can host 50 seated guests or 80 guests for a cocktail reception. Contact 414-336-1005 or [email protected]. Food and beverage minimums for events at Story Hill BKC start at $1000 at any time of day on Mondays, and may vary based on the date.
Story Hill accepts dinner reservations in our main dining room for parties of any size Tuesday through Saturday. The Private Dining Room at Story Hill BKC accommodates parties of 8 to 14 diners, and can be reserved for brunch, afternoon cocktail parties or Happy Hours, or dinner parties. Contact 414-539-4424 or [email protected].
Sign up for or share that you’re a member of our Best Guest Club, and earn points toward rewards for every dollar spent on your party. Earn $10 credit to spend on yourself for every 140 points earned.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.