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Bourbon and Barbecue: SOLD OUT!

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Our ticketed event, “Bourbon and Barbecue,” is sold out.  Look for more events coming this Winter!

 

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Hold the Salt! Hold the Lime!

 

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We don’t need lime for what we’ll be sampling!

Join us for Tahona Talks:  An Evening with

Patrón Spirits Company

We are hosting a casual and FUN open house where we’ll be tasting the entire Gran Patrón line (Platinum, Burdeous, Piedra) and the Roca Patrón line!

 

 

Albert Lees will be on hand cooking up some wood-fired delights to pair with our tequila tastings.

Sign up today for your seat! Advance tickets only and are $25 per person.  We have just a couple seats left!

For more information, see Becky Turner or email [email protected]

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2013 XA by Albet I Noya

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This is a great example of a wine being fruity but not sweet! Apricot and citrus are nicely integrated with a soft acidic backbone. Crisp with a hint of richness makes this is a great Spanish white that is easy drinking and very crowd pleasing! You will not find grapefruit notes in this wine.  We are always looking for unique wines that over-deliver for their price point and this is definitely one of those wines!

 
Xarel-lo is a variety of Spanish white grape grown in the region of Catalonia. With Macabeo and Parellada, Xarel-lo is one of the three traditional grape varieties used to make the traditional method sparkling wine Cava.

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2011 Can Blau

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Can Blau is produced from a blend of Samsó (Cariñena), Garnacha (Spanish Grenache), and Syrah. The wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 9 months and the end result is a gorgeous red that has complex aromatics or with ripe black fruits, licorice and spice. On the palate the wine is fresh, flavorful, big and fruity and it finishes with notable yet soft tannins. Another gem from Spain and the Juan Gil portfolio.

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2009 Tridente Tempranillo

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91 Points from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate

If you like rich and chewy wines…this is a MUST TRY! Aromas of toasty oak, graphite, balsamic, incense, and black fruits are followed by a dense, powerful Tempranillo from the great 2009 vintage. It’s a great value for a rich and savory wine! Big flavors of espresso, mocha and dark cocoa.  Simply put:  it’s YUMMY!

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Irish Whiskey Time!

We have a vast selection of Irish whiskeys to peruse.  Our selection covers the gamut ranging from single malts, peated, blended and aged Irish whiskeys.  Two of our favorites include the line up of Paddy Irish Whiskey (original, Bee Sting and Devil’s Apple) and Kilbeggan.  The former is great for mixing drinks (see recipes below) while Kilbeggan is more of a sipper.

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Beer Styles Explained

 

Craft beer is fun beer.  Just ask me!  It’s dynamic, fluid (literally and metaphorically), and there’s always something new that a brewer is experimenting with.  If you’re dipping your big toe into the craft beer segment for the first time, you might find this webpage helpful (see link below).  Even if you and your palate are well versed in craft brews, this guide is great to geek out on!  Craftbeer.com goes so far as to educate us on proper glassware for the various styles of beers.  Check it out!  BT

http://www.craftbeer.com/beer-styles

 

 

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Fact or Fiction: Is There a Shortage of Bourbon?

As the bourbon and rye buyer, I can attest to the fact that obtaining certain brands are near impossible to get for our store.  Weller is no longer available and neither is Sazerac Rye.  Other brands like Buffalo Trace, Blantons, Eagle Rare…  we get them when we can.  It’s not for a lack of asking for them!  I’ll spare you the Pappy Van Who saga.

Some of Minnick’s points are interesting.  Age statements (or the removal of) lead to us to surmise that the big boys of bourbon are changing their strategies for the future to satiate the supply chain.  It will be interesting to see how the bourbon market plays out in the next few years and who’s left.

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From Whisky Advocate’s Fred Minnick, February 27, 2015

“There is a Bourbon Shortage”

When I agreed to take the affirmative for the bourbon shortage argument, the words of Four Roses master distiller Jim Rutledge echoed in my mind: “We are having trouble meeting demand.” There’s a thought that the bourbon shortage is a bunch of bull mess smelling of marketing foul. But Rutledge is the one guy in this business I trust above all. His words are the golden truth.

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