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Cocktails in a Bottle via BTL SVC

It's always 5-o-clock...and it's always Happy Hour somewhere! And what makes us really happy is discovering delicious cocktails for anytime, anywhere sipping — whether it’s celebrating with family and friends or just decompressing after a stressful day (i.e., every day!). Thanks to the amazing artisans at BTL SVC, you don’t need a fully stocked bar or a degree in mixology to create premium drinks. They offer a classic selection of cocktails — made with the finest ingredients — in… Read More

How To: Select a Scotch Whisky

Tomorrow, March 27 is World Whisky Day! In honor of this glorious holiday, we'll be offering 20% off all of our regularly priced, imported Whisky! (Read: no Bourbon this time!) And now a lesson in Scotch Whisky.... Scotch simply cannot be purchased blindly. In fact, Scotch Whisky (no "e") is a love-hate relationship for many, if you are whisky averse, run the other direction. If you are a whisky fan, then this is your lucky day. But how does one properly pick a great bottle? That… Read More

Club 90 and 10 Under $10 Blow Out Sale!

If there was ever a time to stock up on multiple bottles of time, it's now! Our quarterly wine sale is happening now. For one week only, our present Fall 10 Under $10 and Club 90 wines are making room for our Spring collection. For one week only, receive 25% off your initial bottle purchase and take an additional 10% off when you buy 6 or more bottles! 10 Under $10 Bristol Farms & Lazy Acres White Select Bristol Farms & Lazy Acres Red Select Couveys Chardonnay Contrade… Read More

Let’s Celebrate Galentine’s Day!

Galentine's Day - an unofficial holiday that in our opinion, is equally as fun and lighthearted as its predecessor. Created by the fictional television character, Leslie Knope of NBC's sitcom, Parks and Recreation, Galentine's Day is all about "ladies celebrating ladies."And for our favorite food blogger, Corey, aka, Miss Foodie Problems, it's all about gathering together with her favorite girlfriends and sharing cocktails, delicious treats, and a good time. For Miss Foodie Problems'… Read More

Celebrate the Super Blood Wolf Moon with BF…

There is absolutely no reason for increased concern about the coming 'super blood wolf moon' on the evening of January 20 and early morning of January 21. In layman’s terms, we're going to have a total lunar eclipse. The sun, earth and moon will be in a straight line for a short time, while the moon is also near perigee, the point in the orbit of the moon at which it is nearest to the earth. Very basic science but also very exciting to behold, since it is a rare occurrence. As much as you’d… Read More

6 Winter Whisk(e)ys to Wet Your Whistle

Winter is here to stay for a while, and let’s face it; sometimes a cozy sweater just doesn’t cut it. If you’re looking for ways to warm up from the inside out, look no further than these beautifully smoky and smooth whiskeys (and whisky) to wet your whistle and sip on alongside some friends, all from the comfort of home. But first, a brief lesson... what exactly is the difference between whiskey and whisky? It mostly comes down to where the liquor was made. Whisky without the “e”… Read More

Wine Wednesday: Folkway Proprietary Red Revelator

Dark fruit and sweet-savory spice are central themes in this generous, soft-edged Bordeaux-esque blend. In the nose, on the palate and through a plush, lingering finish, its rich notes of dark berries, black cherry, black and red currant and black fig seem steeped in layers of mocha, toffee, cedar, clove, mace, leather and black tea. Juicy fruit and polished tannins combine to keep the opulence dinner-friendly, so it is ready to enjoy. A blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc, 14%… Read More

Wine for the Weekend: The Calling Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

The Calling Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 91 points Wine Spectator 2015 Here is another unbelievable Pinot find that can adorn your table, make a great stocking stuffer, a surprise gift under the tree or a simple indulgence while cooking the holiday feast. Fruit of this vintage was sourced from several locations in the Russian River Valley, each vineyard site contributing critical, unique aspects to the complexity of the resulting wine. Vineyards located in the warmer end of the Russian… Read More

Get Into the Holiday Spirit(s): Cocktailing 101

This year, impress your friends and family with a delightfully boozy line up that’s complete with time-honored classics as well as trendy newcomers. The perfect wet bar is filled with sparkling mixers, fruit and olive garnishes, and of course, ice! These featured spirits and cordials serve as an awesome base for some festive cocktails that are guaranteed to get the party started. What you’ll need: highball glasses, cocktail glasses and a cocktail shaker. Bitter is Better At… Read More

Wine Wednesday: Tamber Bey Napa Valley Unoaked Chardonnay 2016: 90 points Wine Spectator

This luscious Chardonnay is aged in 100% stainless steel, hence the term ‘unoaked’. The primary aromas are dominated by banana and pear, and then evolve into apple and white flower notes. In addition to its classic fruitiness, there is a mineral layer and a little bit of yeastiness that adds complexity. The finish is long, with apple and white peach notes. This beauty will match deliciously with your holiday feast! This wine is primarily from the same Dijon Chardonnay Clone that is in… Read More

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