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Newsletter Archive 1/27/2017

Posted by Tom Kisthart on

What's up party people!

Hope you're well and looking forward to a crazy or peaceful weekend. I'm going for the latter.

We're open today until 8:00. Gasparilla Saturday we're open 11AM to 6PM. Yup, one hour early for anyone who wants to pre-game...Or post-game depending what you're getting into. There should be no issue getting to this side of town - you might want to avoid Bayshore. Don't worry about any parking issues, I'm guarding the lot like the grumpy old man I am. Debauchery will be kept to a minimum in the store. I promise not to be drunk before 4:00...Maybe 2. Can't make any promises for my wife.

So we're still pouring that Maple Bacon Coffee Porter from Funky Buddha. I want to be sure we have enough to serve here so no more growler fills are available. If you happen to come into the store tomorrow to buy something and are looking for a growler fill as well, I may be able to accommodate depending on supply. Please don't call asking if we can fill growlers simply because we don't have a phone. Anyone have something I can use to scrape our phone number off the front door? I'm serious.

After 5:00 tonight we have wine or beer flights paired with chocolate available.

The chocolates are from Raaka out of Brooklyn and you get 3 pieces of each of these flavors: Bourbon Barrel Aged, Ghost Pepper (it's not that bad) and Cabernet Sauvignon.

The 3 dark beers (2oz pours) they're paired with are Maple Bacon Coffee Porter, Omnipollo 'Selassie' and Prairie Christmas Bomb! If the MBCP kicks the substitution will be FB So Excited, I'm Scared. The cost for the beer and chocolate flight is $12.

If you prefer to do the wine and chocolate flight the 3 wines are Elouan Pinot Noir (Oregon), Amado Sur Malbec and Volunteer Cabernet. Same chocolates. The cost for that flight is $18. All the wines are also available to purchase by the glass. Stop by anytime today if you'd just like to taste the 3 reds.

The Elouan is made by Joe Wagner, the Caymus wiz-kid who sold Meiomi (just the stinkin' label) for $315 mil. He's been reinvesting some of that money into new brands that are growing fast and we're beginning to carry all of them. The name of his parent company is Copper Cane and I'm working on putting a tasting together of those wines (including some Belle Glos) in the near future. The other two that we carry from him are Quilt Napa Valley Cabernet and Boen Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. If you like Belle Glos Dairyman, the Boen has some similarities. By the way we're down to our last 3 bottles of 2014 Dairyman. 2015 Las Alturas will be here on Monday.

The Amado Sur Malbec is the best Malbec I've found for under $15 recently. It scored 93 points with wack job critic James Suckling.

We're down to the last case or so of the 2012 Volunteer Napa Valley Cabernet available to us. It's a steal at $25. The winery simply can't hold that price while keeping the fruit from Napa so changes are coming. Sorry to see it go. Speaking of good value California Cabernet, that B.R. Cohn Silver Label at $17.99 was popular at the tasting last week. Still have some in store right now and more coming next week.


So we had 4 customers come in today just to purchase something called FitVine. It's supposedly supposed (do not question my grasp of the English language) to be cleaner wine or something like that. Whatever the case, I'm just happy to carry something that brings that many people into the store. There are times when we don't have 4 customers all day (not because of you, dear reader, I know you shop here weekly). My point is that when I see brands that have a lot of buzz online and not much distribution my curiosity is peaked. Hence, next week we will start carrying bottles of Mimosa and Sangria. Never thought we'd carry Sangria. Never thought I'd do a lot of things. Sample for yourself next Wednesday. The brand is called Miami Cocktail Co and the reviews online look great. Probably a few days too late cause that's just what you may need this Sunday. In other news, catch me working the midnight to 3AM shift on 7th Avenue in Ybor Saturdays.

Make that five Fitvine customers today, another just came in. We only have 1 bottle of Cabernet left until Tuesday. Chardonnay is still here. I'm totally going to get my ass kicked by some female cross-fitter this weekend.

Look for other new wine arrivals next week. Not sure what's coming as far as beer yet. Next Friday Mike with Opici will be pouring wines and acting crazy like the good ol' times. Jessica will be out of town so it will be just us two obnoxious Long-Islanders.

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