Taste the Best Wines of the Summer Tonight

by Jonathan Gaby on September 21, 2017

With summer on it’s way out and the fall in full swing, we thought it would be a great idea to welcome the fall with the best of summer! Our lovely and talented store manager, Annie LaForge, has gone to our sales data to pull the best selling wine of the summer for a wine tasting tonight!

Wine Tasting - Mulderbosch 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rose, South Africa Tiamo 2015 Pinot Grigio, Italy *Organic* Red Guitar 2015 Tempranillo, Spain Illusion 2014 Red Blend, CA

Any of these wines your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

Mulderbosch 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rose, South Africa
“A bold pink color, this Cab-based rosé starts off with juicy aromas of red cherry, plum and muddled strawberry. It’s fruit forward in every sense, with similarly intense red-fruit flavors that abound on the fleshy palate. Ample acidity keeps it all fresh, while pleasant hints of plum skin and currant unfold on the finish. Drink now.” – Mulderbosch Wines
Tiamo 2015 Pinot Grigio, Italy *Organic*
“Tiamo Pinot Grigio has fresh rich aromas of apples and pears with hints of citrus that fade into a floral bouquet and on the palate it is bright and fresh with wonderful fruit flavors.” – Master Wines
Red Guitar 2015 Tempranillo, Spain
“Red Guitar sources traditional grape varieties that are authentic to the region: Garnacha (Grenache) and Tempranillo. Blended together each vintage in equal portions, our winemakers craft a fruity and concentrated wine made in a vibrant “New World” style. Sourced from vineyards, some of which are 80 years old, the gnarled vines deliver complexity and structure.” – Red Guitar Wines
Illusion 2014 Red Blend, CA
“The wine exhibits a rich deep burgundy hue with a perfect clarity. The aromas are a compendium of opulent chocolate and cocoa, with black currants and plums. The palate explodes with rich mouthfilling blackberries, black currants, plums and dark fruit. The long, seductive finish is filled with hints of black licorice and has firm, round, yet supple mouthfilling tannins.” – Peirano Estate Vineyards


Whiskey Wednesday – Rye Whiskeys

by Jonathan Gaby on September 20, 2017

At Capital Cellars, we pride ourselves in the ability to showcase a variety of bourbons to you our valued customer. Tonight we will feature rye whiskeys!

Whiskey Wednesdays Rye Whiskeys Rabbit Hole Rye Bulleit Rye Russel's Reserve 6yr Rye High West Rendezvous Rye

This tasting consists of .5 ounce pours of each whiskey for 15$
We will still offer buy 1 get 1 50% off glasses of wine and no restaurant fee on bottles

All About Rye Whiskey

Many of the rules for production are similar to Bourbon.

  1. Must be 51% Rye and the rest can be other grains.
  2. Needs to be aged in brand new charred American Oak Barrels.
  3. The same upper limits apply for distillation apply as Bourbon, not to exceed 80% ABV
  4. The same rules for entering barrels applies as well, not to exceed 62.5% ABV.

To be considered Rye Whiskey, it does not have to be produced in the United States however. Canada actually has a long standing tradition of using Rye in their Whiskey.

Rabbit Hole Rye

There is a boldness to our 95% Rye Whiskey. Kentucky distilled and aged, with a brown sugar nose and spice that jumps on the tongue. Great with a splash of water, but breathtaking in classic cocktails like the Old Fashioned.

Rabbit Hole Distilling

Bulleit Rye
Russet in color, with rich oaky aromas. The taste is exceptionally smooth, with hints of vanilla, honey, and spice. Finish is crisp and clean, with long, lingering flavors.
Russel’s Reserve 6yr Rye
Master distillers and premier whiskey makers Jimmy and Eddie Russell have brought nearly 100 years of combined experience to artfully crafting Russell’s Reserve 6 Year Old Rye. Bottled at 90 proof, this uniquely smooth, hand selected small batch rye has a crisp, lively taste that they believe to be the perfect six-year-old rye.
High West Rendezvous Rye
Great neat, with a little water, or on the rocks. The high rye mash bill also makes Rendezvous Rye perfect in one of the classic cocktails made with rye, like a Manhattan, an Old Fashioned, or a Sazerac.


Whiskey Wednesday Welcomes the Frankfort Bourbon Society

by Jonathan Gaby on September 13, 2017

Whiskey Wednesday is our way of showcasing and highlighting bourbons new and old. This evening Whiskey Wednesday will be the official kickoff to the Frankfort Bourbon Society, and we are featuring a wide variety of bourbons

Join the Frankfort Bourbon Society

Tonight you can sample bourbons from Capital Cellars and join the Frankfort Bourbon Society!

The bourbons we will feature are:

  • Rock Hill Farm
  • E.H Taylor Barrel Proof
  • E.H. Taylor Rye
  • Jim Beam Distiller’s Masterpiece
  • Angel’s Envy Cask Strength
  • Peerless Rye
  • Barterhouse Bourbon
  • Bulleit Rye
  • Bulleit Barrel Strength
  • Bulleit 10 yr

We invite you to come be a part of the fun and festivities! We also invite you to join the Frankfort Bourbon Society! To join, download this form and bring it with you tonight from 5-8 at Capital Cellars!


Friday Wine Tasting: Canned Wine? (Sept. 8th, 2017)

by Jonathan Gaby on September 8, 2017

Tonight, we continue to showcase new wines in our store. This time, we’re highlighting wines that aren’t packaged in bottles, but cans!

Wine Tasting: Canned Wines: Essentially Geared 2016 Chardonnay, CA Allow Wine Works 2016 Everyday Rose, Central Coast CA Friction 2014 Red Blend, Paso Robles CA

Canned wines, while different taste really quite good. And, with the benefit of a can it takes less energy to produce and can be more portable. Think about outdoor events, camping trips, and other events where portability is key. Cans reduce waste and don’t require a corkscrew to open.

We hope you’ll visit us at Capital Cellars from 4-7pm on Friday September 8th!

Essentially Geared 2016 Chardonnay, CA

Visit their website at Essentially Geared Wines

Alloy Wine Works 2016 Everyday Rose, Central Coast CA

Visit their website at Allow Wine Works

Friction 2014 Red Blend, Paso Robles CA

Visit their website at Field Recordings Wine


New Wines for Thursday Night – September 6th 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on September 7, 2017

Part of our tastings that we offer our customers, who are really our friends, family, and neighbors, is that we get to showcase wines that you have come to love and wines that are new and exciting. We’re happy to showcase wines that are new to us at Capital Cellars this evening!

Wine Tasting for 09-07-2017 | Prime Cuts 2016 White Blend, South Africa Picket Fence 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley CA Komodo Dragon 2014 Red Blend, CA Carmenet 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, CA

Come to Capital Cellars from 4-7pm to taste these new wines! We’d love to have you and know what you think of them. We hope to see you tonight!

Prime Cuts 2016 White Blend, South Africa
“This wine is alive! Prime Cuts is a sensational white. You’re immediately attracted by the jasmine, lemon flowers, bright and citrusy overtones on the nose. The palate is a bright, textural thing of joy that reflects the sandy soils of its terroir. Packed with tangy fruits and lovely blossom notes. Masses of bright, textural bang on the finish.”

Picket Fence 2014 Chardonnay, Russian River Valley CA
“The 2014 Picket Fence Chardonnay is classic Russian River, with citrus blossom, hints of ripe stone fruit, crème brûlée, and a bright balanced acidity. Lightly toasted French oak enhances the structure and spice, coalescing into a round juicy wine with an attractive lingering finish.” – Bronco Wine

Komodo Dragon 2014 Red Blend, CA
“Full bodied with vibrant flavors of black cherry, clove, and toasty oak. Complex and concentrated. Pairs well with roast duck, stuffed pork tenderloin, roast leg of lamb with rosemary and garlic, smoked ham.” – Bronco Wine

Carmenet 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, CA
“With a dark, rich, red color, Carmenet Cabernet Sauvignon presents a complex bouquet of berries with hints of chocolate. The palate rounds out with spice and vanilla and ends with a smooth, lingering finish. This Cabernet Sauvignon is delicious with beef, pasta, spicy foods, cheese and lamb.” – Bronco Wine

Whiskey Wednesday – Frankfort Bourbons

by Jonathan Gaby on September 6, 2017

The month of September is dedicated to celebrating the history and heritage of Bourbon! Bourbon is the signature beverage of Kentucky and we can’t think of a better place to start than to highlight the bourbons that are made right here in Frankfort.

Whiskey Wednesday - Blanton's Single Barrel Bourbon - Buffalo Trace Distillery Baker's 107 - Jim Beam Distillery OCD#5 - Glenn's Creek Distillery  Eagle Rare Bourbon - Buffalo Trace

From 5-8 pm on Wednesday come sample the following bourbons. We will have .5 ounce pours of each for $15 Glasses of wine will be buy 1 get 1 50% off from 5-8 and no restaurant fee on bottles of wine!

Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon – Buffalo Trace Distillery
“In the winter of 1881, Albert Bacon Blanton was born into one of the first families of bourbon history. At the age of sixteen, he started work in the Distillery as an office boy and fast became a leading pioneer in the development of bourbon. From the time he was made company president in 1921 until his retirement in 1952, his Distillery expanded from 44 to 144 buildings to become the largest Distillery of its day. During that period Colonel Blanton created his very special and limited supply of bourbon – his private reserve – handpicked and stored in what now is known as the famous Warehouse H. Although Colonel Blanton died in the spring of 1959, his legacy lives. Introduced in 1984, Blanton’s namesake bourbon was the first ever Single Barrel Bourbon sold commercially. The Single Barrel Bourbon is the first of its kind.” – Buffalo Trace Distillery

Baker’s 107 – Jim Beam Distillery
“Named after Baker Beam, grandnephew of the legendary Jim Beam, Baker’s® Bourbon honors the family’s long history and love for distilling.

Baker’s Bourbon is distilled at a lower proof and barreled & aged in small batches, allowing the bourbon to pull more toasted nut, fruit & vanilla flavor from the barrel wood.  Today, Baker’s is still made using this very technique & is aged only in our most select rackhouses for a robust bourbon flavor with a silky, smooth finish.” – Beam Suntory

OCD#5 – Glenn’s Creek Distillery
“OCD #5 is made completely on site from cooking to bottling, and distilled using our custom pot stills. Our maturation process is more labor intensive, but we think it is worth the extra effort. Our aging process is designed to make the flavors as soft as they are pronounced, leading to a smooth and enjoyable experience. This is our most popular bourbon and the staff favorite. We are sure the you will find this to be a bourbon unlike any other!” – Glenns Creek Distillery

Eagle Rare Bourbon – Buffalo Trace
“Eagle Rare Bourbon Whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years. Every barrel is discriminately selected to offer consistent flavor but with a seemingly individual personality. Eagle Rare is a bourbon that lives up to its name with its lofty, distinctive taste experience.” – Buffalo Trace

We’d love to have you to taste these great bourbons from our great city!


Concert Wine Tasting and Welcome September!

by Jonathan Gaby on September 1, 2017

August is history and we are now welcoming September! Soon, we’ll see the leaves on the trees on the old capitol lawn change color, the temperatures get a little cooler, and, maybe the Pumpkin Spice Latte will come out too!

Wine Tasting, Thomas Henry 2016 Chardonnay,  Sonoma County CA, Thomas Henry 2012 Grenache, Bennett Valley, Sonoma County CA, Santa Marina 2016 Pinot Grigio, Italy, Jester's Peach Wine, n/v Kentucky, Bent Penny Band

Meanwhile, we are going to welcome Downtown Frankfort Concert Series audience members to our first wine tasting of the month. The concert features the Bent Penny Band, which you can find out more by reading to the end.

Thomas Henry 2016 Chardonnay,  Sonoma County CA 

“Green apple and pear are complemented by tropical fruits with a hint of lemon custard.  Richly textured and concentrated with balanced acidity that drives a lingering finish. Although perfect on it’s own, this chardonnay is delicious with shellfish like crab, lobster, and prawns prepared in a buttery, cream sauce.  Perfect with a simple roasted chicken and pasta or risotto.” – Thomas Henry Wines

Thomas Henry 2012 Grenache, Bennett Valley, Sonoma County CA

“The Thomas Henry Grenache is a perfect every-day wine and boasts a savory spice, dense tannins and a lovely floral aromatics. Hints of mission fig and dried strawberry support the lovely layers of spice! Pump up your pizza night with this Grenache! Try chanterelle mushrooms with fontina or Bacon with Smoked Gouda Cheese!” – Thomas Henry Wines

Santa Marina 2016 Pinot Grigio, Italy

“A light, straw gold color with a nose of an elegant, delicate bouquet. The palate presents a delicious, refreshing, distinctive, fruit up-front, taste. Beautifully balanced with a crisp, exceptionally clean finish. Superbly complements seafood, poultry, veal dishes and pasta.” – Chatham Imports

Jester’s Peach Wine, n/v Kentucky

This is a new, fresh out of the winery from Horseshoe Bend wine, that’s aged in bourbon barrels for around 90 days. Its one you should give a shot and try!

Bent Penny Band

bent penny band photo

Bent Penny Band is a multi-generational band with music genres ranging from Eric Clapton and The Eagles, to Elvis Rock-a-Billy and BPB originals made up of family and friends of different musical backgrounds and generations. These differences allow Bent Penny to bring to the stage a wide variety of musical genres. The band’s success is partly due to tight four part harmony vocals combined with electrifying guitar and piano leads.

Randy – Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Clifford – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Rick – Drums
Garry – Vocals
Scotty – Keyboards
Sherri – Bass Guitar, Vocals
RC – Saxophone
Dave – Sound/Lighting Engineer

Farewell August Wine Tasting – 08-31-2017

by Jonathan Gaby on August 31, 2017

Today is the last day of August and as we are working in the shop stocking wines, putting up bourbons, and prepping food for our dinner service, we are grateful for your loyal patronage of Capital Cellars.

Wine Tasting 08-31-2017 -

As we write this, the aroma of bourbon bacon jelly is floating through the store, dancing between bottles of our wine and bourbons.

Tonight we are featuring a variety of wines from Spain, France, California, and Italy. Read for more information about our wines and we can’t wait to see you tonight at Capital Cellars from 4-7pm on August 31st!

Castillo de Monseran Garnacha n/v, Spain

“Castillo de Monseran comes from the region of Cariñena, in the heart of Aragón and the home of the garnacha grape.

The vineyards are located in the higher areas providing a cooler climate, ideal for the development of fruit flavors. The grapes were shortly macerated and then coolly fermented to make a soft full flavored wine with intesnse color and well-balanced red fruite finish. To be drunck with all meat dishes or slightly chilled with any starter” – Castillo de Monseran

Moulin de Gassac 2016 Guilhem (Syrah & Carignan blend) France

“The Guilhem expresses the Guibert family – “Vigneron” of the Daumas Gassac Grand cru wines – philosophy of farming small hillside vineyards sites in harmony with Mother Nature. Made from twenty five to fifty year old vines on the sunny and stoney slopes of the Languedoc, this wine captures the essence of Southern France.” – Daumas Gassac Wines

Jarhead Read 2011 Red Wine

“The 2014 Jarhead Red offers generous aromas of plum, cherry and spice with a hint of smokiness. A rich, mouth filling texture unfolds with flavors of black cherry, blackberry and cassis. Notes of vanilla emerge on a broad, juicy finish. This boldly flavored wine is a perfect match for classic American fare, such as grilled steak, barbecued chicken and hamburgers.” – Jarhead Read Wines

Riondo Prosecco Spago Negro

“Riondo Prosecco Spago Nero is an authentic sparkling wine that celebrates the easy-living spirit of Italy. This vino frizzante boasts fresh aromas of Golden Delicious apple, pear, and acacia blossom. Its persistent effervescence is followed by a crisp, clean finish. While delicate and fruity on the palate, this prosecco is the perfect choice to either sip by itself or mix to make a bubbly cocktail.” – Riondo

We are excited to see you tonight from 4-7pm at Capital Cellars!

Whiskey Wednesday – Jefferson’s – August 30, 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on August 30, 2017

Today is Whiskey Wednesday at Capital Cellars! We’re so excited to offer you a range of Jefferson’s bourbon today! Jefferson’s Bourbon distills the essence of one of our most famous founding fathers into Kentucky’s signature beverage.

Whiskey Wednesday - Jefferson’s Grand Selection Chateau Pichon Baron Cask Finish, Jefferson’s Very Small Batch, Jefferson’s Reserve Very Old Very Small

We’d like you to come out and sample the best of Jefferson’s from 5-8 tonight! We’ll also have wines by the glass buy one get one half off, and no restaurant fee on our wines enjoyed in our shop!

Jefferson’s Grand Selection Chateau Pichon Baron Cask Finish

Thomas Jefferson, our third president, was a wine aficionado. He was America’s first ambassador to France and, while there, fell in love with the finest wines of Bordeaux. Once of his favorites was the Chateau Pichon Baron, an exceptional red wine.

Based on our experience finishing Jefferson’s in creative ways and in various types of casks, we felt strongly that the Pichon Baron wine and the toasted staves of the French oak wine casks would complement our well age, complex Kentucky Straight Bourbon whiskey.

After hand selecting a limited number of Pichon Baron barrels, refilling them with Jefferson’s Reserve bourbon and extra aging them in our proprietary “hot box” environment, we have created a one-of-a-kind whiskey that combines the robust flavors of the Bordeaux, the wood notes of both American and French oak and the grain of a premium bourbon in a delicious, complex and balanced final product.

Jefferson’s Very Small Batch

Jefferson’s Bourbon is made in very small batches. Actually, ridiculously small batches. We take up to four different Kentucky straight bourbon whiskies of different ages and marry them together. Doing this, we get a lot of complexity and balance while maintaining the consistency needed in a bourbon (one of the blends comprising of at least 55% of the total). We wanted to make it big enough for the connoisseur, yet approachable for people just getting into the premium bourbon field.

Jefferson’s Reserve Very Old Very Small

In 1997, when Jefferson’s was first starting out, we found a 15-year-old bourbon that we immediately knew was rich, complex and needed to be brought to market. It was in 2003 that we decided to bring in other bourbons to marry with the original Jefferson’s Reserve. Similar to Jefferson’s, we still use over 50% of that mash bill and add up to 3 more bourbons to create more flavor and complexities. Jefferson’s Reserve is a big, sophisticated bourbon that has a lot of flavor up front, a lot of weight mid palate and a deep, wonderful finish.

Capital Cellars would like to invite you to a special wine tasting with The Woods and Waters Land Trust. The Woods and Waters Land Trust is an organization dedicated to protecting forests and streams in the lower Kentucky river watershed.

woods and waters wine tasting: Mionetto Organic Prosecco Tarima Blanco Santa Julia Malbec Benzinger Cabernet Sauvignon

Tonight, in light of our guests, we will be tasting organically made, sustainably grown wines from around the country. These wines take special care to lessen the impact they have on the environment and the methods they use to grow and produce wines.

Our wine tasting is from 4pm to 7pm on August 24, 2017. We will sample:

Mionetto Organic Prosecco

Founded in 1887 by Francesco Mionetto in the small village of Valdobbiadene, Mionetto has an established reputation for quality, tradition and innovation. In the heart of the Prosecco region, Mionetto produces exceptional wines with consistent national and international acclaim.

Color: Brightly yellow in color
Nose: Delicate notes of elderflower and green apple
Mouth: An explosion of green apple on the palate with refreshing crispness from the delicate bubbles.

Mionetto USA

Tarima Blanco

“Tarima Blanco is a unique white wine produced from three of Spain’s most important indigenous white grapes. Merseguera is indigenous to this part of Spain.

Floral and aromatic, serve crisp whites as an aperitif or with lighter fare. Match with an herb and lemon goat cheese spread, a Thai seafood and noodle salad or garlicky shrimp over angel hair pasta.” – Bodegas Volver

Santa Julia Malbec

Santa Julia Made with Organic Grapes is a range of wines coming from certified organic vineyards and it expresses our goal of emphasizing organic agriculture, peacefully coexisting with the environment.

Color: Violet-intense purple, concentrated and bright.
Nose: A complex nose with varietals notes of ripe, fruits, figs, prunes, jam and raisins.
Mouth: A good body, with sweet tannins and well balanced by acidity. A lingering and complex finish.

Winesellers, LTD.

Benziger Cabernet Sauvignon

“This Cabernet Sauvignon has a graceful yet profound entrance with similar flavors to what we saw last season, with an elegant, juicy entry and berry cobbler, cinnamon and vanilla flavors. Mocha and wood spices unite, layer by layer, to form a finish that is rich with seamless tannins.” – Benziger Family Winery