A New Years Eve Eve Toast

by Jonathan Gaby on December 30, 2017

We always love to have you as our guest to celebrate the wide variety of occasions throughout the year, St. Patrick’s Day, the Kentucky Derby, just to name a few. The one celebration we love to host is that of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

As it turns out this year, New Years Eve falls on a Sunday and according to our antiquated ordinances we aren’t legally allowed to be open on Sundays, no matter what festive occasion it is.

But, that’s okay because we’re open all day and night tonight (Saturday December 30, 2017) to help you find that special bottle or two, or six or twelve (please inquire about our half-case and case discounts!) to ring in the new year with friends and family in your private parties!

And, starting at 6pm we will be offering our guests (that’s you!) complimentary hor d’oeuvres and food.

At 8pm we’ll have a champagne-ish toast for all our guests, friends, and patrons. So, please come and visit us to get your New Years Eve started a little early and on the right foot with great food and great beverages with Capital Cellars!

Whiskey Wednesday: Bottled in Bond Features

by Jonathan Gaby on December 13, 2017

Today is Wednesday, which means we highlight bourbons that we think you might want to try. We always want to help you in your quest for that next favorite bourbons. This week we are featuring bourbons bottled in bond! Come enjoy a flight for $20 from 5-8pm

Whiskey Wednesday - Bottled in Bond - Willet Old Bardstown, Old Grand-dad High Rye Mash Bill, Henry McKenna 10 Year, E.H. Taylor Small Batch

What exactly is “bottled in bond” bourbon? Well, the term denotes meeting special requirements, that the bourbon be:

  • the product of one distillation season (January-June or June-December)
  • produced by one distillery by one distiller
  • aged for a minimum of 4 years in a federally bonded warehouse
  • bottled at 100 proof

This is all part of the Bottled in Bond Bourbon Act in 1897 and was established to protect the quality of bourbons in America from poor quality and to provide a standard for bourbons.

Willet Old Bardstown
“The nose is “Fun Dip” candy, that sugary stick dipped into cherry flavoring. The palate is a cherry hard candy, an oily mouth feel, vanilla caramel candies and notes of oak. This is the best value in Bourbon for 2016.” – Willet Bourbon

Old Grand-dad High Rye Mash Bill
“Old Grand-Dad was a distiller named Basil Hayden who made his name by distilling a bourbon whiskey made with a higher percentage of rye. Basil Hayden passed along the art of distilling to his son and then, in turn, to his grandson. It was the third generation distiller, Colonel R.B. Hayden, who honored his grandfather by naming his justly famed whiskey “Old Grand-Dad.”” – Beam Suntory

Henry McKenna 10 Year
“This high proof, Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon was named for Henry McKenna, the Irish immigrant who adapted his family’s whiskey recipe to work the grains he found in Kentucky. Henry McKenna is the longest aged Bottled-in-Bond available today, resting in the barrel through 40 Kentucky seasons. Critics agree that this is perfectly balanced Bourbon.” – Heaven Hill Distillery

E.H. Taylor Small Batch
“As founding father of the bourbon industry, Colonel Edmund Haynes Taylor, Jr. left an indelible legacy. His dedication to distilling began at the close of the Civil War when he purchased O.F C. Distillery. There, he developed innovative techniques that are still in use today. Made by hand, this Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey has been aged inside century old warehouses constructed by E.H. Taylor, Jr.  Barrels are evaluated and selected to create a perfect blend of distinctive character that is like no other. This bourbon is a true sipping bourbon that honors the uncompromising legacy of E.H. Taylor, Jr.” – Buffalo Trace

Mark Your Calendars: Pappy Van Winkle Drawing December 12th

by Jonathan Gaby on December 11, 2017

We’ve heard rumors. Rumors that we are holding our next Pappy Van Winkle drawing tonight, or this week. These rumors are patently false and border on #fakenews. We’re writing this post to correct the story and set straight the record.

Mark your calendars. Add this to your iCal program. Write this on a Post-It Note and stick it on your monitor at work. Write this on your mirror in the bathroom (don’t use a sharpie).

Our next Pappy Van Winkle Drawing is going to be held on December 12, 2017 at 7:00PM at 227 W. Broadway in Frankfort.

What’s going to be drawn? We can’t share it with you yet, but make sure that you’re there to find out for sure.

We can’t wait to see you there!

A Special Wine Tasting Fundraiser for The Kings Center

by Jonathan Gaby on December 8, 2017

We know that you love to drink great wine that you can’t find any where else in the region. That’s why you come here to Capital Cellars. Sometimes though, we also know that we should give back to the community and support other organizations that strive to make this city a great place to live, work, and play.

Therefore, we’ve partnered with The Kings Center for a paid fundraising wine tasting event tonight, Friday December 8th, 2017.

If you don’t know about the good work that The Kings Center does, this will be a perfect time to learn more.

Volunteers of the Kings Center will be guest wine servers for a free tasting and to sell bottles of wine.

Members of the board will also be on hand to share with you about the work they do as a community center in the heart of Frankfort serving children, adults, and the community at large. They’ll be set up to accept donations as well.

As this is a recognized 501(c)3, your donations are tax exempt, so this is a perfect opportunity to make a year-end gift.

You’ll be glad that you came to this event to taste wine and do a little good for the community. We hope you’ll come.

In fact, RSVP to this event on Facebook Here:

RSVP to the Facebook Event!

Whiskey Wednesday – Brown-Forman Edition

by Jonathan Gaby on December 6, 2017

This week’s Whiskey Wednesday features brands from our friends at Brown-Forman. Brown-Forman, headquartered in Louisville, KY owns Jack Daniel’s,  Woodford Reserve, Old Forester, and Cooper’s Craft bourbons, and also Sonoma-Cutrer wines.

Whiskey Wednesday - Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style, Old Forester Classic 86 proof, Old Forester 100 Proof, Jack Daniels Rye Whiskey

This Whiskey Wednesday will feature Old-Forester and Jack Daniel’s bourbons. These bourbons have been on our mind recently and we know you’d love to have the opportunity to taste these bourbons yourself!

If you’d like to reserve your spot, click the button below to purchase a ticket.

Reserve your Whiskey Wednesday Ticket

Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style
“This 115 proof expression is the third release in our Old Forester Whiskey Row series and celebrates the brand’s continued distillation during Prohibition. For 13 years, the production, transport and sale of alcohol was strictly prohibited. However, Old Forester was granted a permit to continue distilling on Louisville’s Whiskey Row. The 115 proof expression represents a barrel sample that company president Owsley Brown I would have batched at the beginning of Prohibition.” – Old Forester Bourbons

Old Forester Signature 100 Proof
“A favorite of bartenders, Signature 100 Proof honors the legacy of founder George Garvin Brown, who put his signature on every bottle. And this bourbon is definitely one he would be proud to have his name on today.  Handpicked from select barrels, Old Forester Signature 100 Proof is a rich, complex bourbon. Spicy and robust, Signature is bottled at 100 Proof to maintain its distinct character and full flavor profile.” – Old Forester Bourbons

Old Forester Classic 86 proof
“Created in 1870, Old Forester is the only bourbon continuously distilled and marketed by the founding family before, during and after Prohibition. At 86 proof, Old Forester delivers a genuine bourbon experience, with rich, full flavor and a smooth character that is ideal for sipping neat, on the rock, with a splash of water or in a classic cocktail.” – Old Forester Bourbons

Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye
“Introducing rye whiskey made Jack’s way. Crafted with our 70-percent rye grain bill, natural spring water from our own Cave Spring Hollow, and Jack’s time-honored charcoal mellowing process, Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye is a whiskey that could only come from Lynchburg, Tennessee. Master Distiller Jeff Arnett and the whiskey makers of the Jack Daniel Distillery have created a unique rye that’s undeniably spicy and complex yet sippin’ smooth. It might be one of our first new recipes in over 150-years, but if you know Jack, you’ll know Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Rye.” – Jack Daniel’s Whiskey


Last of The November Wines Tastings

by Jonathan Gaby on November 30, 2017

Can it be? It’s the last day of November and tomorrow will be the last month of the year! We’ve seen a lot of action this year and we’re looking forward to a December filled with fun, festivities, and a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Wine Tasting - Line 39 Chardonnay, SIMI Merlot from Sonoma County, Chateau Tour de Tourteau Cotes du Bourg, Benchmark No. 8 Brown Sugar

Today we’re going to feature some new wines that might go well with any of your get togethers, parties, or even a nice quiet, relaxing evening after shopping or running the kids around.

Line 39 Chardonnay
“Our Chardonnay is a rich, medium-bodied wine with hints of oak and lush tropical and stone fruit flavors on the palate. Crisp and refreshing, this wine can be enjoyed with a variety of fish and chicken dishes or all by itself on a warm summer afternoon.” – Line 39 Wines

SIMI Merlot from Sonoma County
“Our 2014 Sonoma County Merlot is deep garnet with a ruby edge. The nose is a compelling mixture of sour cherry, blackberry, and red plum with cocoa, clove, and earthy hints of cedar, bay laurel, and smoky bacon framing the bright fruit. On the palate, bright red fruit, red plum, black cherry, blackberry, and wild berry meld with light toast, vanilla, and a hint of fresh, sweet herbs, while spice lends depth and weight. The wine finishes with toasty oak and spice. 87% Merlot, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Malbec” – Simi Winery

Chateau Tour de Tourteau Cotes du Bourg
“The harvests are mechanical and followed by a 20-days maceration in stainless-steel vats. The bottling is carried out at the Château two years after the harvest. Château Tour de Tourteau has an intense robe with deep garnet-red hints. The bouquet is powerful, intense, with candied red-berry fruits aromas, ending with dry fruits and tobacco notes. On the palate it is fleshy, mouthful and it reveals robust tannins.” – Grands Vins de Gironde

Benchmark “Brown Sugar” Bourbon
We’re offering a bourbon to sample along with our wines. While this is a flavored bourbon, verging into being a liqueur, we wanted to highlight this as an option for when you’re making cocktails at home to add a new dimension to your drinks.


Whiskey Wednesday – 1792 Bourbon

by Jonathan Gaby on November 29, 2017

Capital Cellars has always been a destination place for Bourbon fans and aficionados alike to come and try and buy bourbons from around the state. Lately, we’ve noticed that people are coming from all over to see what makes us so special.

Whiskey Wednesday - 1792 225th Anniversary Bourbon, 1792 Small Batch Bourbon, 1792 Single Barrel Bourbon

This evening from 5-8 pm we’ll showcase one of our favorite bourbons, from 1972. We’ll showcase the 1792 225th Anniversary, the 1792 Small Batch, and the 1792 Single Barrel bourbons for Whiskey Wednesday!

1792 225th Anniversary
“Tasting notes for this bourbon describe it as having “an intricate aroma consisting of spices, toffee, and subtle fruity notes. The taste is oaky and bold, with notes of butterscotch, vanilla, almonds and rich honey. The finish is smoky and dry with a lingering yet smooth spiciness.” – 1792 Bourbon

1792 Small Batch
“Sophisticated and complex. A distinctly different bourbon created with precise craftsmanship. Made from our signature “high rye” recipe and the marriage of select barrels carefully chosen y our Master Distiller. 1792 Bourbon has an expressive and elegant flavor profile. Unmistakable spice mingles with sweet caramel and vanilla to create a bourbon that is incomparably brash and bold, yet smooth and balanced. Elevating whiskey to exceptional new heights, 1792 Bourbon is celebrated by connoisseurs worldwide.” – 1792 Bourbon

1792 Single Barrel
“In order to create this unique bourbon, the finest barrels are selected and tasted from the best aging warehouses. Only those barrels deemed “exceptional” are then bottled individually, one by one. This preserves the distinct character of each barrel. This superior bourbon has flavors of rich butterscotch and caramel notes, delicately balanced with hints of fruit of toffee.” – 1792 Bourbon

We’d love to have you in our shop today to sample these bourbons. You’ll get 1 oz of each bourbons for $20!

And if wine is more your thing, we always have buy one get one half off of our wines by the glass menu and no restaurant fee for other bottles opened in the store!

Capital Cellars Pappy Van Winkle Report – Nov 21, 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on November 22, 2017

Capital Cellars held our first Pappy Van Winkle Drawing of the year yesterday on November 21, 2017. Last night, Pappy hopefuls lined up from the door of Capital Cellars and stretched all the way down Broadway, past the Ky Coffeetree and Completely Kentucky all the way to Serafini’s restaurant.

Over 125 of you got out on a chilly day for a chance to buy a bottle of the best bourbon in the world. We loved having you here! It was also a special day for the Capital Cellars family because Capital Cellars opened exactly 11 years ago on this date! We’ve come a long way and have a lot of people to thank for supporting Downtown Frankfort’s most unique business that combines a bar, retail, and restaurant operations.

While we had over 125 people vying for a bottle of Pappy, we could only sell four bottles. Who won? Well, they are all pictured above. From left to right they are:

  • Chris Alfaro, 12 year
  • Al Wink, George T. Stagg
  • Jenny Richardson, 10 year
  • Jerry Estill, 10 year

Stay tuned for our next Pappy Van Winkle Drawing by signing up for our email list, and follow us on Facebook!

Thanksgiving Week Festivities!

by Jonathan Gaby on November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving is just a few short days away from us and we’re really excited! There’s nothing like getting together with family and friends, some we haven’t seen all year, to eat, drink, and be merry. There’s turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie. We love that we can watch our favorite football teams play. GO PACKERS!

We have a week’s worth of things to let you know about, so let us tell you about them!

Pappy Van Winkle Drawing

On Tuesday, November 21, at 7:00pm we’ll have our first drawing for Pappy Van Winkle 10 and 12 year and one bottle of George T. Stagg Antique.

You’ll surely want to be there early to make sure you get your ticket and entered in to win the drawing!

Whiskey Wednesday

On Wednesday November 22, we’re having a Whiskey Wednesday! For $20 a flight, you’ll be able to sample new bourbons, including the Resilient 11-12 year blend. This is an excellent opportunity to expand your knowledge and exposure to new bourbons and styles.

Closed Thanksgiving Day

We will be closed on Thursday, November 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. Make sure that you stock up on your necessary wines, bourbons, and craft beers! No one wants a holiday meal without a good red or white wine and a cocktail before or after with friends

Black Friday Wine Tasting

As you wake from your turkey induced food comas to go shop for Black Friday deals, we’ll be here ready for you to take a break and sample new wines, or old wines we’ve had in the past. We just want to let you take a break from your shopping and have some fun with friends and family.

Small Business Saturday

As one of Frankfort’s best small businesses, we hope that you’d include us in your holiday shopping plans. Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy, providing employment to people who live and play here in Frankfort. All day we’ll have special promotions and sales in our store. What’s more, we’ll have complimentary hot cocoa and warm cider while you shop!


Capital Cellars is Downtown Frankfort’s best place to enjoy bourbon, wine, or a cold beer. We’re sure you already knew that! But, did you know that while you’re sipping your corn, enjoying your wine, or clinking glasses with your friends, you can also enjoy a rotating exhibit of local artists in our café area?

That’s right! We strive to bring local artists to our store for you to enjoy while enjoying a beverage or our food. This month, we are proud to welcome three local artists to showcase their art in our store. Here’s more about the artists!

These three artists are dedicated to the style or form of painting called plein air. In French, the term is translated as “in plain air”. In essence, the artist goes where the subject is. She packs up her studio (canvas, easel, paints, paintbrushes, etc), takes a hike out into the world, and sets up her studio wherever she is inspired to paint. You are out of the confines of the studio and you connect to the world in a way that no other method can. Claude Monet was a famous en plein air painter.

Karen Carey

Even when she was in a higher education career, painting was and is Karen’s first love. When she was not at work she often took classes and workshops in her spare time. She has studied or worked with Karen Spears, Gale Hartmann, and Bill Fletcher, to just name a few. She continually strives to find new ways to capture and to share the beauty she sees in the world.

Find out more about Karen, view her paintings, and connect with her on her website at karencareypaintings.com

Betty Beshoar

Betty Beshoar is a retired aquatic biologist and says that her training in this area gives her a unique insight into the landscape paintings she creates. Being out in nature has naturally led her to the plein air approach to painting. She might be deep in the woods to capture just the right subject. Betty is self taught and is both a painter and a fiber artist.

You can find out more about Betty and her artwork by going to her website at bettybeshoarart.com

Bob McWilliams

Bob McWilliams is an artist based in Frankfort. Kentucky is his home state and he is always inspired by the beauty that exists here, especially in Central Kentucky. Using oil and acrylic paints, he is always riding the country roads in search of his next subject. Bob has studied under Bill Fletcher and reads, studies, and sees as much art as possible.

You can find out more about Bob’s works of art on his website at: mcwilliamsartstudio.com