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Tampa BYOB

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

FitVine Wines Available in Tampa, Fl

Posted by Tom Kisthart on

Please note we are out of stock on the Cabernet until around Feb. 28th 2017 due to supply issues in the state. 

We've picked up a lot of new customers since we started carrying FitVine Cabernet & Chardonnay. There's is a whole lot of buzz online about this brand. 

Here's the lowdown from Fitvine:

FitVine wines have higher antioxidants, no residual sugar yielding less carbohydrates and calories, and less sulfites. Our wine is double filtered & cold stabilized to remove impurities and all our grapes are pesticide free. FitVine wines are full-bodied, great tasting clean wines.

We stock them at our store on Gandy Blvd. in Tampa and are able to ship within FL at a flat rate of $12. We ship to many other states but rates vary. Please use the links below to purchase from us:

FitVine California Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

FitVine Chardonnay California 2014

Stay healthy! 

Email Newsletter: French Wine Tasting Tonight!

Posted by Tom Kisthart on

Hello everyone,

Hope you're having a great week so far. Anyone notice that the water in the neiborhood smells like chlorine this week? That probably is a pour excuse for me to substitute with wine. Starting to catch up to me. 

I really hope you can make it to the tasting tonight. The lineup is solid. We'll have 11 wines open with some cheese so the cost is $10 per person tonight. Stop by between 6:00 and 8:00. More on tasting below.

New beer arrivals

Funky Buddha Strawberry Shortcake has arrived, it's a wheat ale with strawberries and vanilla added. Also new from the mighty FB is the return of Nib Smuggler which is their cocaine themed chocolate milk porter. We're also supposed to have some barrel aged goodness from Anderson Valley Brewing and Weyerbacher arriving either later today or Friday, not sure. Boy are we making a killing selling our pulp wine shipper boxes to what appears to be hardcore beer nerds for whatever reason. Have no idea what you guys are doing with them but we have them. A fresh shipment of the following bottle sizes will be arriving tomorrow: 1, 2, 3, 6 and 12. Hope you all have permits for sending yeast samples around the country or whatever it is you're doing.

Back to the tasting

We're starting off with two Muscadets (I know you now know that these are anything but sweet) both single vineyards one from 2015 and the other from 2012. It's interesting to see how the acidity has softened on the 2012 compared to the sharp acid of the 2015. I can see the 12 aging great for another five years (it's $12.99!) and the 2015 for over a decade. Branger 'Terroir Les Gras Moutons' 2012Landron 'Clos la Cariziere' 2015

One of the most slept on wines in the store is Gros Noré Bandol Blanc 2014. You can't buy Bandol Blanc like this anywhere for fifteen dollars except at Craft & Curd. Bandol is a region within Provence that's mostly known for their rosés but also reds and whites which can be exceptional. This is made up mostly of the grape Ugni Blanc which goes by Trebbiano in Italy. It's also used as one of the main grapes in Cognac production.

The last white is a Chardonnay that I think most people can appreciate: Domaine Cordier Saint Veran 'En Faux' 2013. It comes from the more southern part of Burgundy called the Mâconnais where other value wines like Macon Village come from. A wine from the village Saint Veran will typically be better than your average Macon Village because it's a more specific place. Remember in Burgundy it's all about narrowing down the place as much as possible.

We're starting off the reds with a beautiful cru Beaujolais from the appellation of Fleurie. This one from Clos de la Roilette is not as floral as some other wines from the appellation, it's actually pretty big and dark fruited for a Beaujolais. It's from one of my favorite importers Louis Dressner. Heading up to Burgundy proper we're pouring the great steal of 2016 from Domaine Lecheneaut. Their Morey-Saint-Denis (that's the village where it comes from) for just $35!

So Wine Spectator magazine puts out their top 100 wines of the year list around this time every year. Saint Cosme Cotes-du-Rhone 2015 made the list at #43 with a 91 point rating. It's a really solid Cotes-du-Rhone for $13.99. It's not a really complex wine (maybe more so with time) it's all about the structure - the tannins, acidity and sleek mouthfeel are all well balanced. I highly recommend picking some up.

Warning: three out of four of the remaining reds may have some herbaceous / green pepper notes. Some people find this appealing, others may tolerate and some will despise it. We've come to rely on our reds always being ripe and devoid of these flavors. They exist. The first being a Cabernet Franc from Chinon which is a region in the Loire Valley known for this grape. This is what a typical Chinon will taste like, appreciate it for that if nothing else. Then we're pouring the first of two Corsican wines. The 2011 has some of those green notes while the 2012 is riper. This is vintage variation, it's natural. A wine like Meiomi Pinot Noir doesn't vary much from vintage to vintage because it's an industrial product. It has no soul and will chip away at yours. [Yes, we do carry Meiomi at the amazingly low price of $16.99]

The Antoine Arena 'Carco' Patrimonio 2012 which is a bit riper probably due to a slightly warmer, dryer year is also really savory and a bit earthy. It's made with native Corsican grapes that I proudly have no idea how to pronounce.

We're finishing up with a Bordeaux from the right-bank appellation of Fronsac. The Kermit Lynch website says it's all Merlot but it seems like it also has some Cabernet Franc in it which is typical of wines from this area. Drinking great with six years age on it now. Château Haut-Lariveau Fronsac 2010

Thanks for reading especially today. I struggled to write this email - not feeling my best. Hope to see you tonight after my third caffeinated beverage of the day.
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Five Wines You Need In Your Fridge For Takeout

Posted by Tom Kisthart on

Put down that bottle of Cabernet and let me give you some tips that will enhance your eating pleasure. You can't cook every night so you need to be ready when you end up coming home with something from your favorite spot.

Bubbles

Most Champagne is overpriced and most cheap stuff is undrinkably nasty. What many don't realize is that you can get some serious bubbly, if you know where to look, for between fifteen and twenty-five dollars. Bubbles will compliment nearly any food you throw up against it. Seriously. Not that I encourage eating at McDonald's but I haven't found any other type of wine that actually goes with it. Eating something with spice, the bubbles and acid will sooth and nurture it. Nothing is more versatile. RecommendedJo Landron Atmospheres Method Traditionnelle NV  & Raventos i Blanc l'Hereu 2013.

Muscadet 

No not Muscat, Moscato or anything like that. Muscadet is an area in France's Loire Valley that produces dry, crisp, strikingly mineral white wines. Consumer confusion of what it actually is has helped keep prices low. You can find some of the best examples of the region for under fifteen. These are seriously good wines and many of them are organic. The traditional pairing is oysters but feel free to gulp some with sushi. Do yourself a favor and pop a bottle of Muscadet with anything from Big Ray's Fish Camp. You're welcome. Recommended: eagerly awaiting arrival of Domaine de la Pépière next week.

Rosé

White Zinfandel is not rosé. It's a disaster. Find yourself a nice dry bottle of rosé preferably from the South of France but many other places make good stuff. You know what rosé goes really good with? Florida. Yet still, NYC drinks more rosé in the month of August than we drink all year (probably true if you exclude Miami). Rosé is the runner-up to bubbles for food pairing versatility - plus it has a better shot at pairing with steak. If you haven't indulged in some fish tacos with rosé recently well what the hell are you doing with your life? Recommended: Triennes Rosé 2015 & VieVité Rosé Côtes de Provence 2015.

Beaujolais 

Again I'll bash what gives it a bad rap: Beaujolais Nouveau. If you like the taste of sulphur and bananas in your wine, have at it. If you want something that smells like delicate perfume mixed with fresh berries and gentle spice, seek out a real bottle of Beaujolais. If you find a good producer (ask your trusted small wine shop if you don't know) then one labeled as Beaujolais Villages (or simply Beaujolais in some cases) can do. Even better, seek out what is called Cru Beaujolais, you'll know it by the additional name of the village on the label such as Morgon, Fleurie our Moulin-a-Vent. Yes, this is red that you can keep in your fridge. Take it out like 20 minutes beforehand to bring up the temperature a bit. Eat it with everything. Bathe in it. RecommendedJean-Paul Brun l'Ancien Beaujolais 2013. More Beaujolais options coming soon.

Riesling

I shouldn't have to keep saying this but not all Riesling is sweet. Even if it is sweet, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Some of the best wines in the world are Rieslings with a bit or a lot of sweetness. I want Thai food with Riesling, I want curry. I want anything with a little or lot of spice. Then I want more. Get started with some crispy duck. A good alternative (although quite different) is Gruner Veltliner from Austria. Recommended: Von Winning Riesling 'Winnings' Pfalz 2014. I'm a Riesling slacker, we can do a better job at getting more great ones in...

Now go out into the world and explore.