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Posted by Tom Kisthart on

We put together this list of Tampa restaurants that will let you bring your own bottle of wine for a fee. Remember to 1. always buy the wine from us. 2. Tip your server as if you purchased the wine from them. May want to call ahead to confirm. Info is accurate to the best of our knowledge.

In no particular order:

Pane Rustica 

$15

Elevage 
$25

Haven
$25 for normal 750ml, bigger $45

Mise-en-Place
$30

Sakana Sushi
$15

Spain Restaurant & Toma Bar 
$15

Restaurant BT
Not allowed

Roster & The Till 
$20 for the first, $25 for the second, $30 for the third, etc

The Refinery
$15

Ruth Chris Steakhouse (Westshore. Locations may vary)
$15

Charlies Steakhouse
$20

Seasons 52
$30

Noble Rice 
$25

Edison Food & Drink Lab 
$20; if you buy one there, its waived, 1bottle limit per table of 4

Cena 
$20

Osteria Natalina
$20

Yummy House South
$0

Ava 
$15

Byblos
$30

On Swan
$25

Donatello Italian Restaurant 
$35

717 South
$20

Timpano Italian Chophouse
$25

220 East 
$10

Shula's Steakhouse 
$25 (usually don't charge)

Columbia Restaurant (Ybor) 
Not allowed

Bavaro's Pizza (downtown Tampa) 
$0

Fabrica 
$15

Fly Bar & Restaurant 
$15

Eddie V's Prime Seafood
$25 per bottle

Ocean Prime
First $0, second and third $20 each, no more than 3

The Capital Grill (International Plaza) 
$25 per bottle

Ulele 
$20

Cafe Dufrain
$15

Malio's 
$25

Del Frisco's Grill 
$25

Anise Global Gastrobar 
$20

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Wine Shipping Boxes Available In Store

Posted by Tom Kisthart on

For some reason sales of our shipping boxes spike during Tampa Bay Beer week. Who knows. We're all stocked up and shouldn't sell out. This year we're making some styrofoam shippers available as well. If you need to place an order for 10 or more boxes please send message beforehand. Here's the sizes:

Pulp 1 bottle $3
Pulp 2 bottles $4
Pulp 3 bottles $5
Pulp 6 bottles $6
Pulp 12 bottles $10
Styrofoam 6 bottles $13
Styrofoam 12 bottles $16

This Month's Hot New Arrivals

Posted by Tom Kisthart on

We're always taking advantage of the great deals available to us. Here's some of this month's top arrivals at big savings: 

92 Points Wine Enthusiast 
92 Points Wine Advocate 
92 Points James Suckling 
90 Points Jeb Dunnuck
93 Points James Suckling 
92 Points James Suckling 
92 - 94 Points Wine Advocate 
93 Points James Suckling 

2015 Red Burgundy Arrivals

Posted by Tom Kisthart on

From our email newsletter so please excuse the irreverence: 

2015 Red Burgundy

Burgundy is a hell of a drug man. The 2015s will set you back some serious money but compared to Bordeaux I don't think Burgundy is overpriced yet. Unless your some crusty British man that can't live without purchasing their preferred clarets to lay down each year there are good alternatives to Bordeaux. Napa is king of the Cabernet world (I wouldn't say that with such conviction if top Bordeaux was a fourth of the cost. The price makes it irrelevant. If we really felt so inclined most of us could splurge $200 - $350 for a top Napa Cab and be alight. Most of us couldn't justify spending $1200 on a single bottle regardless of financial position). I'd even say that Rioja or top Chianti Classico make for good alternatives to Bordeaux - hope I didn't break anyone's monocle with that statement. But Burgundy man, there is only one Burgundy. Sure Willamette, Sonoma Coast and Santa Barbara are making world class Pinots but they ain't Burgundy Jack and never will be. People spend entire lifetimes obsessing over these vineyards. Rudy Kurniawan ripped off an entire industry and is doing 10 years for the stuff.

Here's Master of Wine Jeannie Cho Lee on the vintage:

The best red Burgundies are at a different level. They are sensual, seductive and ripe – a true hedonist’s wine. The nose is intoxicating, with its exuberance and exotic sweet spices and ripe berry flavors; but it is the intensity, concentration and the lingering finish that suggests they will age and evolve beautifully over the coming decade or two.

Dugat Py - I literally got lucky in scoring these bottles from a top cult producer. Saturday I was scrol
ling through all 10,555 skus from my main distributor as I do at least once a month and noticed them. After my order arrived on Monday they were all gone. To my rep Ian you owe me at least half your commission on these.

Bernard Dugat-Py Bourgogne Rouge 2015 $69.99 
Dugat-Py Bourgogne Cuvee Halinard 2015 $84.99
Dugat Py Gevrey-Chambertin 2015 $149.99
Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvée Coeur de Roy 2015 $169.99
Dugat-Py Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2015 $229.99

Next up another impeccable domaine:

Meo-Camuzet Fixin 2015 $59.99 
Meo-Camuzet Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Boudots 1er Cru 2015 $189.99
Meo-Camuzet Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Murgers 1er Cru 2015 $189.99
Méo Camuzet Nuits-Saint-Georges aux Argillas 1er Cru 2015 $169.99 
Méo Camuzet Vosne-Romanée les Chaumes 1er Cru 2015 $189.99

Meo-Camuzet Echezeaux Grand Cru Les Rouges du Bas 2015 $469.99 (1 bottle available)

Plus this guy: Mugneret-Gibourg Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots 2015 $139.99

And I want to mention two 2014s from this excellent winery at discounted prices because change of importer:

Jean Grivot "Les Charmois" Nuits-St-Georges 2014 $59.99
Jean Grivot 'Clos de Vougeot' Grand Cru 2014 $179.99 

I hope to score some 2015 Grivot next month. The Charmois will probably be at least a hundred bucks in that vintage.

If you have any 2015 Burgs on your wishlist let me know and I'll try to sniff out for you. Email Tom@craftcurd.com. 

Hot Deal Alert - John Anthony Napa Cabernet

Posted by Tom Kisthart on

It's rare that we get offered such a great deal on premium Napa Valley Cabernet, a category not known for bargains. John Anthony is a small family operation that specializes in making great wines from select vineyards in Napa. John's father is Tony Truchard, founder of the famous Carneros winery. 

I've had several Cabernets recently at double the price of this gem that are not drinking as well. Our price is $15 to $25 lower than what you will find online. Be sure to pick some up while it is still available:

John Anthony Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2013 $44.99 

94 Points James Suckling 

"Fascinating wine with a superb intensity of blackcurrant and blackberry character. Medium to full body, a dense center palate and fine and silky tannins. A beauty. Drink in 2018."