Wine Tasting for June 22, 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on June 22, 2017

A Summer Wine Sampling

We’d like to wish you a happy solstice, or welcome to the first days of summer!

This Thursday we are presenting to you a variety of wines for your tasting enjoyment. These wines a perfect for the summer and range from a light, sweet wine, to the lighter reds.

We have selected for you:

  • Fattoria Montellori 2012 Chianti
  • Shine 2014 Riesling
  • Evesham Wood 2015 Pinot Noir
  • Wente Riva Ranch 2015 Chardonnay

Let’s get summer started with these wines for tasting! Come on in from 4-7pm today, (Thursday June 22, 2017) at Capital Cellars on 227 West Broadway.


Louisville Bourbon, Right Here in Frankfort!

by Jonathan Gaby on June 21, 2017

It’s Whiskey and Wine Wednesday at Capital Cellars. Every Wednesday we highlight bourbons and wines for your enjoyment. We’re almost through with the week. What is better than enjoying wine or whiskey heading into the last half of the week?

Whiskey Wednesdays - Bourbon Angels Envy, Blade and Bow, Bulleit Bourbon, Old Forester

This week’s Whiskey selection features bourbon distilleries located in Louisville that are just now opening their distilleries. So, while you may be tempted to head to Louisville on an expedition for the next bourbon fix, you can make the short drive to Capital Cellars to enjoy these bourbons.

From 5-8pm we are offering these bourbons in a flight for $15:

  • Angels Envy
  • Bulleit Bourbon
  • Blade and Bow
  • Old Forester 100 proof

And, if bourbon isn’t your thing, remember that we always offer buy one get one half off glasses of wine from 5-8pm from our wine by the glass menu and we will waive the restaurant fee from 5-8pm on any bottle of wine served in our store.



Capital Cellars hosts Bill Samuels, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of Makers Mark Distillery, to celebrate the release of our own blend of Makers Mark Private Select, Capital Cellars 2017 Blend, on June 26th, 2017 from 6:00-8:00PM.

Capital Cellars is proud to be a part of a pilot program with Makers Mark where select businesses, individuals, and organizations are invited to create their own version of Makers Mark by selecting a combination of ten different barrel staves. Rachael Peake, proprietor of Capital Cellars, worked with the staff and distillers at Makers Mark to select a unique combination of finishing staves to add to the cask strength bourbon.

Peake chose: 1 stave of Baked American Pure, 2 Staves of Stave #4 Seared French Cuveé, 1 Stave of Makers 46 Stave, and 4 staves of Roasted French Mocha. According to Makers Mark, there are ten finishing staves, giving the Makers Mark a possible 1,001 expressions of Private Select.

Tasting various bourbons finished with the different staves. Rachael Peake with the Bourbon Mafia wearing the staves selected. Rachael with members of the Bourbon Mafia wearing a the staves. The staves are placed in the bourbon barrel. The bourbon barrel is sealed with staves inside, ready for finishing.

The Capital Cellars 2017 Select was then aged in Makers Mark’s limestone cellars for finishing.

The aging process has now finished and we are now pleased to announce that Bill Samuels., Jr will be our special guest as we deliver our pre-sold bottles to customers and bourbon aficionados in the region. Bill Samuels, Jr., as President of Maker’s Mark, took a little-known regional bourbon and made it one of the world’s most well-known and popular brands.

Capital Cellars has hosted notable bourbon figures, like master distillers Elmer T. Lee (Buffalo Trace), Harlan Wheatley (Buffalo Trace), Brent Elliot (Four Roses), Chris Morris (Woodford Reserve), and bourbon personalities like Michael Veach and Chuck Cowdery.

Bottles of the Makers Mark Private Select Capital Cellars 2017 blend bourbon will be available for pre-sell on Capital Cellars’ website, Bottles will be sold at $74.99.

Buy Your Bottle Now

Customers will be able to pick up their bottles at the June 26th event. Samuels will be on hand to sign bottles if customers would like their bottle signed.


BARDSTOWN, KENTUCKY (May 30, 2017) – On June 1st of the year 1792, the Commonwealth of Kentucky joined the United States of America. Barton 1792 Distillery is releasing commemorative bourbon to mark the occasion. This 225th Anniversary Bourbon is a one-time only release available for purchase in Kentucky only.

Capital Cellars is pre-selling bottles of this new bourbon, available online here:

Reserve My Bottle

A distinct batch of barrels were hand selected especially for this commemorative release. These barrels aged for 10 years at Barton 1792 Distillery before being bottled at specifically 92.15 proof. This special proof is a nod to the year 1792 and to Kentucky being the 15th  to join the Union. The dark blue neck band on the bottle and back label are a salute to the official state seal.

This bourbon will be unveiled at the Barton 1792 Distillery private 225th Anniversary Party on June 1, where the Distillery is celebrating 225 years with fellow Kentuckians, elected officials and state tourism representatives.

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.”

This is the sixth limited edition release of 1792 Bourbon expressions, the 225th Anniversary Bourbon joins previous releases of High Rye, Sweet Wheat, Port Finish, Single Barrel and Full Proof Bourbons. The 1792 225thAnniversary Bourbon will be available at retail in Kentucky starting in June, including the Barton 1792 Distillery Visitor Center. Suggested retail pricing is $35.99 for a 750ml bottle.

Reserve My Bottle

About Barton 1792 Distillery

Barton 1792 Distillery is part of Barton Brands.  Barton Brands has facilities in Bardstown, Ky., Carson, Calif., and Baltimore, Md. Barton Brands is owned by the Sazerac Company, an American family-owned company based in New Orleans, La. Barton 1792 Distillery was established in 1879 and continues today as the oldest fully-operating Distillery in the “Bourbon Capital of the World.” The Distillery is located on 196 acres and includes 28 warehouses, 22 other buildings, the Morton Spring and the Tom Moore Spring.  Distilling, aging and bottling fine Bourbon whiskey are hallmarks of the historic Barton 1792 Distillery. 1792 Small Batch Bourbon Whiskey is produced at Barton 1792 Distillery. This whiskey is named for the year Kentucky became a state and is the recent gold medal winner at the 2015 Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition. To learn more visit



Capital Cellars will be hosting brunch on May 27th at our location at 227 West Broadway in Downtown Frankfort!


$10 Spinach, Herb and Cheese Frittata with a choice of country ham or sausage, served with cheese and scallion grits

$10 Homemade Cheddar and Dill biscuits with smoked salmon, herb cream cheese, and cucumbers served with cheese and scallion grits


$5 Homemade Strawberry Biscuits with Honey Cream Cheese
$5 Homemade Cheddar and Dill biscuit with Colonel Coleman’s Beer Cheese
$2.00 Sausage or Country Ham Side
$4 Cheese and Scallion Grits
$2.50 Strawberry or Cheddar and Dill Biscuit (2)


$5 Bloody Marys & Mimosa’s
Bloody Mary Bar – create your own Bloody Mary
Drink & Wine Specials


Easter Wine Tasting for April 14th, 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on April 12, 2017

On Friday, April 14th, 2017 Capital Cellars will be tasting wines and celebrating Good Friday with wines that would fit an Easter Theme.

These wines are festive, elegant, and an excellent choice for any Easter dinner table with family, friends, and loved ones.

  • Vigna del Lauro 2015 Pinot Grigio (Italy)
  • Tricky Rabbit 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (Chile)
  • Tarima 2014 Monastrell (Spain)
  • Marietta Christo Lot #2 Red Blend (California)

We’d love to have you from 4:00pm – 7:00pm on April 14th, 2017


Capital Cellars is proud to announce a special tasting featuring Lovers Leap Winery! Come to our tasting and sample a variety of wines from a local winery (Lawrenceburg, KY).

This is an expanded tasting with six wines that you will love to sample and try and add to your wine cellar or rack. We will be joined by a member of their wine making staff at this event so you’ll definitely want to come to this event.

This wine tasting will feature the following wines:

  • Riesling 2013
  • Chardonnay 2014
  • Photo Finish Sweet White
  • Concord 2013
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
  • Win, Place, Show

We hope that you’ll enjoy tasting these great wines and meeting the folks behind the wine making process!


St. Paddy’s Day Celebration

by Jonathan Gaby on March 16, 2017

At Capital Cellars, we take celebrating seriously. And every year for St. Paddy’s day we celebrate St. Paddy’s day in our own way!

Join us at 6:00Pm on March 17th 2017 for our St. Paddy’s Day Celebration featuring food and drink inspired by the Irish!

You won’t want to miss it, because we’ll offer special entertainment by The Irish Hats Original Gutbucket String Band. Our very own Rachael Peake has polished up her pennywhistle and is ready to play along with our favorite jigs and reels they’ve been practicing since yesterday.

We’re going to offer Irish themed food including:

Spicy Guinness beef stew, with sides of confetti corn, fried cabbage, and cupcakes—$10

Proceeds will benefit the Hope Lutheran Church (tips from the band too).

New Year’s Resolution Part 3.2 – January 27, 2016

by Jonathan Gaby on January 27, 2017

Today is January 27, 2016. January is almost gone and we’re looking to February. How are those resolutions shaping up? I hope you’re still doing great on whatever you’ve chosen!

We are doing great keeping our resolutions and we continue our New Years Resolution Theme.

At Capital Cellars, we resolve to help you spend less and drink more!

Many of our customers are budget conscious drinkers and want to watch their wallet. Wine can be very expensive but it doesn’t have to be. There are several wines out there that are great for drinking and are at a great price point.

The Wines

  • Root 1 Sauvignon Blanc $11.99
  • Two Vines Gewurtztraminer $9.99
  • Exem Bordeaux $12.99 (slipped it in!)
  • 3 Girls Cabernet Sauvignon $11.99

Make sure that you come to our wine tasting on Friday, January 27, 2016 from 4-7PM at Capital Cellars in Frankfort Kentucky!

We’ve Made it on Video!

by Jonathan Gaby on January 24, 2017

For years, downtown merchants and local artists have teamed up to showcase both the wares of the merchants and the talents of artists around the region.KECU, or Kentucky Employees Credit Union, leads as sponsor for the event.

While we could type more about this event we wanted to share with you a video that Joanna Hay, principal of Joanna Hay Productions produced and edited by Anna Barnard.

Downtown Frankfort ArtWalk from Joanna Hay Productions on Vimeo.

We’re really glad that the team at Joanna Hay decided to include clips from our shop along with other great merchants here in Downtown Frankfort!