Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Pappy found at Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop

Riverside Liquors & Village Wine Shop isn’t just a store that meets all of your adult beverage needs: When you step to the back of this alcohol wonderland, you discover a cozy space that reps a beautiful cocktail list with unusual items, and a menu full of variety. If you haven’t yet stopped in to check out Riverside Liquor’s selection, rethink that.

There’s everything you could possibly want, including specialty items like pours of Pappy Van Winkle, fragrant walnut liqueur and deluxe Luxardo cherries, as well as the usual suspects like your favorite red and white wines and chilled beer ready for the party.

 Riverside Liquors is located at 1251 King St. Jacksonville, FL.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Pappy Hour In Music City In September!

96 golden tickets to taste Pappy Van Winkle's rare portfolio of coveted brown liquor with the great grandson of the great Pappy himself.

This special happy hour takes place next month at the Music City Food + Wine Festival, whose organizers are the masters of the slow trickle tease, just now releasing this significant nugget for all the potential buyers and fence sitters.

For many bourbon drinkers, Pappy has been the gold standard. One of the few wheated bourbons, meaning softer wheat is used in place of the bite of rye as the flavor grain, it lends itself to longer aging where rich and mellow flavors seep from the oak barrels and make an exceedingly complex product. When bottles are released, it's a feeding frenzy due to limited production to keep the price at a premium.

If you buy the all-in ticket ($500) or the Sunday day pass ($150), you've got a chance to be one of the lucky 96. But you need to buy that ticket before September 7th, so you can get the super-secret email about how to register for the tasting.  

The event itself is Sep. 17-18 on the grounds of the Tennessee State Bicentennial Mall.  For more information on the festival, participating chefs and vendors and tickets, go to musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

A bourbon blast in Louisville

Visiting Louisville? Make time for a stop at the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Created in 1999 by the Kentucky Distiller’s Association, the KBT guides you to nine distilleries that offer visitor centers, tours, and tastings. You can learn about bourbon history (dating back to the late 1700s), Congressional rules for calling a whiskey “bourbon,” and vari-ations in the distilling process that create distinct flavors.

Start at the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience on Louisville’s Whiskey Row, where you’ll enjoy a guided tour through museum-quality exhibits before tasting several well-aged bourbons. Nearby is Jim Beam’s Urban Stillhouse, where you can label a bottle and fill it with bourbon that was produced onsite. Five miles from downtown Louisville, ­Bulleit Frontier Whiskey ­Experience offers tours of its Stitzel-Weller distillery, which dates back to 1935. 

The rest of the distilleries on the Bourbon Trail are scattered through the rolling hills of central Kentucky. While they’re all within 90 miles of Louisville, the road system and limited visitor hours preclude seeing every one of them in one day. However, limo services offer four-hour and full-day tours focused on a single area.

For example, in one day, you can tour the historic Woodford Reserve distillery, explore the glass and wood-plank visitor center at Wild Turkey, sample bourbon at Four Roses, and sneak a peek at Town Branch’s ultramodern glass-walled distillery. Another day, you can tour the Bardstown region, stopping in at Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam’s American Stillhouse, and Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center.

Then top off your trip with an $80 shot of Pappy Van Winkle at KBT-sponsor Old Talbott Tavern.