WHY NOT Wine & Whiskey

“There is no such thing as bad whiskey.  Some whiskies just happen to be better than others.”-William Faulkner 

We’re not the first and definitely not the last to subscribe to this beautiful idiom by Mr. Faulkner. Fourteen years ago I listened intently to a taxi cab driver wax poetic about his upbringing in the Caribbean and his memories of distilling bathtub rum with his father and grandfather. The passion he had was infectious. It reminded me of how I feel about winemaking. The craft is similar yet different. Since then, the idea of distilling spirits has lingered with me. Just like it’s not particularly fun to drink alone, I thought “this will be a lot more fun with friends”. I reached out to wine business buddies that I’ve worked with for years and they said “giddy up.” Through a succession of late nights and early mornings, sitting around half consumed bottles of various liquors trying to figure out what we liked and what we could add to make it unique, the answer was clear that our first spirit would have to be Bourbon. I never like to sit still, so once Straight Edge Bourbon was underway, my mind started drifting to other styles of whiskey. We released Slaughter House American Whiskey in June 2015 and have been humbled by the incredible support our fans have shown.  Rye will be our next endeavor and we look forward to sharing it with you next year. – Dave Phinney

As if the mark he’s made on the wine world hasn’t already rendered us breathless and fascinated, Dave Phinney has honed in on his love and passion for whiskey. We invite you to spend an evening with us and taste for yourself what makes Dave Phinney wine and whiskey so unique.

Join us at the shop this Wednesday, May 18th from 4-7 pm to try Slaughter House Whiskey, Straight Edge Whiskey & Papillon Red Wine. ALL from Dave Phinney. Featured selections will be on sale until May 24th, 2016.

  • 2013 Orin Swift ‘Papillon’, California – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc $70 | Sale $64
  • 2014 Orin Swift ‘Abstract’, California – Grenache, Petit Sirah, Syrah $ 38 | Sale $32
  • Slaughter House Whiskey – 9 year old Whiskey aged in Papillon Barrels $48 | Sale $40
  • Straight Edge Whiskey – 5,7,8 year old Whiskey aged in Mercury Head Barrels $60 | Sale $55

Screen Shot 2016-05-17 at 11.53.12 AMMark your calendars for more MAY TASTINGS:

May 21st – Post Brewery 2-7pm

May 25th– Paolo Scavino – Winemaker & Granddaughter Elisa Scavino will be in Store

May 28th – Rosé all Day – We will feature Domestic & International Rosé 2-7pm



**Summer Hours: 11-9pm Monday – Thursday, Friday & Saturday 11 – 10pm, Sunday 11 -7pm**