Tonight Downtown Frankfort is coming alive with our next Downtown Frankfort Concert series, presented by United Bank. Tonight we will hear the band, Lions of Mercury and enjoy friends and family’s company along with all that Downtown Frankfort has to offer, and that means especially Capital Cellars’ wine, bourbon, and food pairings!

Capital Cellars Concert Weekend Wine Tasting - Fontana Candida Frascati - Italy, Two Vines Gewurtztraminer - Washington State, Big Smooth Old Vine Zinfandel - California, Cono Sur *Organic* Cabernet Sauvignon Chile

We would love to see you at our Capital Cellars Concert Weekend Wine Tasting from 4-7pm at our shop located at 227 West Broadway! Here’s some more information for you about Lions of Mercury and the wines we have selected to taste.

Lions of Mercury

lions of mercury band logo

The Lions of Mercury is a local band that formed in the winter of 2014. Its been blue skies and cherry pies ever since. Together we’ve changed at least two or three lives with rock n roll music while playing a nice mix of rock and jam band covers mixed in with a rapidly growing repertoire of original music.  An awesome rock band playing 70’s funk, rock and jam music on a mission to change the world with sweet grooves.

The Lions of Mercury are:

  • Kris Shera – electric guitar
  • Zack Preston – percussions n such
  • Kelly Sparrow – trombone n such
  • Dan Dutton – saxophone
  • JCFL – Bass
  • Jonathan Keeler – Keys

The Wines

Fontana Candida Frascati – Italy
“Fontana Candida Frascati is the most popular Frascati in the world and has been a staple of Roman culture for almost 2,000 years.  The grapes for this dry, clean wine are grown in the porous, volcanic soils located in the Frascati commune near Rome. Rich in potassium, this soil produces plump flavorful grapes. Fontana Candida is the only Frascati producer that uses cold filtration and cold bottling to preserve the wine’s flavor and clarity. This easy-to-drink wine pairs well with salads, pasta, veal, chicken, vegetable soups, mild seafood dishes and mild cheeses.” – Fontana Candida

Two Vines Gewurtztraminer – Washington State
“This fruit-forward wine showcases classic Gewürztraminer characteristics of lychee, dried apricots and hints of rose petal. Subtle spicy-sweet fruit flavors linger through a bright, refreshing finish.” – Two Vines

Big Smooth Old Vine Zinfandel – California
“Bursting with aromas of luscious black cherry, blackberry with hints of toasted coconut and Tahitian vanilla. Silky smooth on the palate with flavors of boysenberry and pomegranate reduction. A powerful body with a satin-like finish.” – Big Smooth Wines

Cono Sur *Organic* Cabernet Sauvignon Chile
“This bright, clean intense ruby red blend boasts good aromatic intensity with notes of cherry and red fruits. Hints of chocolate, coffee, spices, olives and tobacco can also be found. It is a full-bodied wine with fat, smooth tannins best paired with red and white meats, cheeses, nuts and sauces.” – Cono Sur Wines

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A Solar Eclipse Wine Tasting – Aug 17th

by Jonathan Gaby on August 17, 2017

A total solar eclipse is a rare cosmic event where the moon passes in front of the sun in orbit. This year, and on August 21st the Solar Eclipse will occur.

Solar Eclipse Wine Tasting: Firesteed Pinot Gris - Oregon, Horseshoe Bend White Jester (White Blend) - KY, Elk Creek Merlot - KY, Duplin Scuppernong NC

In Kentucky, it’s said that Hopkinsville will be a prime location to view the Solar Eclipse and even we’re said to be able to see the eclipse as well. In fact, astronomers and meteorologists alike have plotted the course of the best viewing spot and many states on the route are prime wine producing states.

We here at Capital Cellars think it would be a great time tonight to taste wines that are from those states!

Firesteed Pinot Gris – Oregon
“The 2014 Firesteed Piot Gris’ Pear blossom and Crenshaw melon aromas meld with flavors of tropical fruit and citrus.  Mouthwatering and enticing, its bright acidity and broad texture entwine throughout the wine’s lingering finish.” – Firesteed Cellars

Horseshoe Bend White Jester (White Blend) – KY
“The ultimate sunny day porch sipper. Nice floral notes, light acidity, and a lemon/lime lemonade zest to it.” – Horseshoe Bend Wines

Elk Creek Merlot – KY
“Aged in 100% French oak for 24 months, our Elk Creek Merlot has a dark, ruby purple color, aroma of warm chocolate, taste of rich plum, and layers of both vanilla and spice. Medium bodied and low tannins.” – Elk Creek Wines

Duplin Scuppernong – NC
“This most famous variety of Vitis Rotundifolia is the oldest wine made in America. No southern dinner would have been complete without this delicious sweet wine.” – Duplin Winery

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Wine Tasting for Aug 11, 2017 – Great Wines Under $15

by Jonathan Gaby on August 11, 2017

We have made it to the weekend! Our staff hopes that you have an exciting weekend planned with friends and family. Maybe you’re having a BBQ or friends over for dinner. Whatever you have planned, we hope that you will include us in your plans!

Wine Tasting - Wines Under $15 - Manifesto 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, CA, Domaine de la Patience 2015 Chardonnay (unoaked), France, Tormaresca 2014 Neprica, Italy, Bogle 2014 Petite Sirah, CA

Perhaps you’ll be coming to our Friday Wine Tasting from 4-7! You are invited of course! We also hope that you’d consider one of our bottles of wine or bourbon to accompany your BBQ or dinner!

Here’s what we’re tasting tonight. All wines are affordable bottles at less than $14.99 a bottle!

Manifesto 2015 Sauvignon Blanc, CA

“Light, bright, and beautiful, our Sauvignon Blanc is your perfect summer date. Notes of green apple, wildflowers, and honeydew melon are balanced elegantly with rich minerality. Bright acid on the palate creates a lovely tangy apple flavor. Enjoy chilled with fun folks and good food.” – Manifesto Wines

Domaine de la Patience 2015 Chardonnay (unoaked), France

“Pale yellow in the glass with a tart, fruity nose and dynamic mineral scents. The palate opens with crisp citrus and peach flavors that are boosted by vibrant acidity and heady minerality.” – Jenny & François Selection

Tormaresca 2014 Neprica, Italy

“Note a ruby red color with a nose that’s very fruity in character, with dark with light spicy notes of licorice. The mouth presents a wine of good structure, soft, elegant, and with a savory mineral character as well. The notes of red fruit return on the lengthy finish and aftertaste.” – Tormaresca Wines

Bogle 2014 Petite Sirah, CA

“Petite Sirah is known for its concentration and intensity, the 2015 vintage is no exception. Inky purple in the glass, this deeply colored wine resonates with juicy blueberries and hints of freshly turned earth. Succulent and savory notes of dark berries and roasted spices create a supple and mouth-filling texture. Aging in American oak for 12 months captures and concentrates the flavors, leading to a finish with chalky and chewy tannins laced with vanilla, toasted brown sugar and dark cocoa.” – Bogle Winery

We’d love for you to kick off your weekend with us from 4-7 on Friday, August 11, 2017!

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We love it when it cools off a bit from our warm and hot summer climate. It means that we get to enjoy a little more time on the porch and deck, and it’s a little more comfortable out on the sidewalk of our shop. We love to see our customers enjoying each other’s company with a wine or bourbon glass in their hand and maybe even bit of food to nibble.

Spanish Wine Tasting - Soto Del Onatil 2015 Viura, Brisios 2014 Tempranillo, Honoro Vera 2015 Garnacha, Borsao 2013 Berola Blend,

This evening on August 10, 2017 from 4-7 we will be tasting all Spanish wines to compliment the slight change in seasons. This is a complimentary tasting, so come see us and experience
some wines from Spain!

Soto Del Onatil 2015 Viura

“Complex and toasted aromas with fresh, vibrant fruits give way to spicy lime, spicy and vanilla toasted oak flavors, fresh acidity, and a refreshing spicy finish. Recommendation: Pairing with lighter meals; goes perfectly with salads, sea food, Japanese, Peruvian, cheeses and more.” – The Spanish Vineyards

Brisios 2014 Tempranillo 

“It is a fruity wine, which tries to express the primary characteristics of the variety Tempranillo from our Estate. It is reinforced by a small wooden step which typically takes around four months. This wine is fruity, creamy and juicy on the palate, fresh with sweet and ripe tannins, that become very pleasant , without hard tannins surround.” – The Spanish Vineyards

Honoro Vera 2015 Garnacha

“It exhibits greater aromatic complexity, richness with mineral and blueberry notes leading to a savory and spicy wine nicely balanced and very easy to drink.” – Bodegas Ateca

Borsao 2013 Berola Blend

“Intense cherry red color. Remarkable aromatic complexity with memories of black fruit and balsamic and toasted touches. Warm and gentle in the mouth, with soft but persistent tannins in perfect balance with the alcohol.” – Bodegas Borsao

We’d love to have you join us for our Spanish wine tasting on Thursday August 10, 2017 from 4-7! We hope to see you there!

 

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Whiskey Wednesday – Choose Your Bourbon

by Jonathan Gaby on August 8, 2017

We have to admit. Sometimes it’s hard for us to choose the bourbons we want to feature for our Whiskey Wednesday event at Capital Cellars. We’ve chosen Ryes, we’ve featured full strength cask bourbons, and now, we’re stuck.

whiskey Wednesday Choose your Bourbon

We can’t decide what to feature.  We’re going to feature them all. Yes, every bourbon we have behind our bar and on our menu will be featured. How?

We’re going to do a buy-one-get-one half off pours of bourbon. (the second pour must be of equal or lesser value.)

With over 100 bottles behind our bar, we’re sure that you will find something you like or have not tried yet.

And for our wine drinkers, we’re going to offer a great Australian wine, “Molly Dooker” for $10 a glass. This is a premium wine that we haven’t found anywhere else. From Australia, this is a fruit forward and enticing wine that you really need to taste to believe.

Molly Dooker Wine

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Get Stir Krazy on Friday at Capital Cellars!

by Jonathan Gaby on August 3, 2017

The summer is winding down with children going back to school and the climate getting a little cooler, but not much! Are you ready for the weekend? Perhaps you might be going to shop around during the 127 Yard Sale? We are getting ready for another exciting weekend downtown with a concert coming up on Friday!

Get Stir Krazy at Capital Cellars

 

Stir Krazy Lights up the Downtown Skyline!

Tonight, the United Bank Concert Series features Stir Krazy. Stir Krazy is a dance band based in Frankfort. They say, “The Stir Krazy band originates from central Kentucky, and has what it takes to entertain any size crowd! The experienced musicians that make up this band have been honing their skills for a lifetime. The entertainment experience that you will have will have you asking for more…but most importantly have you on the dance floor till you can’t dance no more!”

Who is Stir Krazy? Stir Krazy includes:

  • Tim Riggs, Lead Vocals
  • “J” Hamon, Bass, Vocals
  • Marty Young, Keyboards
  • Rob Peters, Guitars, Vocals
  • John Brown (White Chocolate Thunder), Drums, Vocals

You can find out more about them by going to their website. The concert starts at 7:00PM on the steps of the Old Capital!

Wine Tasting

As always, we are going to have our wine tasting. We have some great wines picked out but I can’t share them with you yet. It’s a bit of a surprise. Will you have tasted them before? The only way to know for sure is to come out and see us on Friday!

Food and Fun

What goes great with a downtown concert? Of course, a nice juicy burger from the grill, or a plump brat boiled in beer and onions and then cooked on the grill. And what goes well with a burger or brat?

Beer! And we have a wide variety of micro breweries to select from as per the usual.

Come on down and have fun, some food, and see your friends on Friday!

 

Wine Tasting for August 3, 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on August 2, 2017

This Thursday we decided to have a little competition. We’re putting Kentucky wines to the test with some wines from way across the country, California.

Wine Tasting for Capital Cellars - Smith-Berry Chardonnay, Chloe Chardonnay, Lover's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon, Slow Press Cabernet Sauvignon

We’re tasting only two varietals. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. One red. One white. Your job is to tell us which is better, wines from our ole Kentucky home, or from that place all the way on the other side of the country. We’ll start pouring at 4pm and stop right at 7pm, unless there’s more call to taste. We hope to see you there!

Smith-Berry Chardonnay

“This full-bodied oaked Chardonnay spends 12-14 months in both French & American Oak giving it a buttery mouth feel.  With tasting notes of vanilla, melon and apricot.  The finish is creamy with enough acidity to keep it bright.” – Smith-Berry Winery

Chloe Chardonnay

“Chloe Sonoma County Chardonnay is crafted from grapes grown primarily in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. Chloe winemaker Georgetta Dane has highlighted the structure and depth of this fruit by using new and used oak as a secondary presence, rather than the focus, to showcase ripe, clean flavors of fresh citrus, apple and pear, with notes of creamy butter and a hint of vanilla. The resulting wine is exceptionally well-balanced with sophisticated intensity, a creamy mid-palate and long finish. The opulent, rich flavors coaxed from the grapes with soft oak integration is achieved through a combination of stainless steel and oak fermentation. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was aged on oak, resulting in an elegant California Chardonnay with a silky finish.” – Chloe Wine Collection

Lover’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon

“Lovers Leap Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant Bordeaux-style wine offering an earthy bouquet, giving way to currant, tobacco and spice. French Oak adds a vanilla finish. This is THE wine for people who love rich reds. All Kentucky grown fruit.” – Lovers Leap Winery

Slow Press Cabernet Sauvignon

“Slow Press Cabernet undergoes malolactic fermentation and is then aged in American oak barrels for 9 months. This process delivers bold, concentrated flavors of dark fruits, blackberries and cassis, with notes of tobacco and leather. Its robust structure and firm tannins grip the taste buds, leaving a velvety finish.” – Slow Press Wines

It’s always great to experience new bourbons from around the state and around the region. We are really excited about the opportunity to present a new bourbon to you for Whiskey Wednesday, August 2nd Edition.

Whiskey Wednesday - Belle Meade Straight Bourbon Whiskey Belle Meade 10 yr lf Single Barrel Belle Meade Cognac Finished Bourbon

We’re offering flights of Belle Mead Bourbon from 5-8pm and we’ll be waiving the restaurant fee for bottles of wine in the store as well as buy one get one half off glasses of wine from our wine by the glass menu.

Introducing Belle Meade Bourbon

Belle Meade bourbon is made at the Nelson’s Green Briar Distillery located in Nashville, TN.  It has a an interesting history, which we’ll share with you here.

Belle Meade Bourbon was one of about 30 different labels that Charles Nelson produced in the late 1800’s. It differed from most of his other products in that it was produced in conjunction with a third party, Sperry Wade & Company of Nashville, TN. Sperry Wade & Company was formed by the Sperry and Wade families who were instrumental in making the Belle Meade Plantation a world famous horse farm. Sperry Wade & Company contracted Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery to create bourbon, rye, corn, & Tennessee whiskies bearing the Belle Meade name and soon Belle Meade Bourbon was the toast of the town. Belle Meade Bourbon became known as a great value and top quality product and was sold from 1878 until 1909 when Tennessee adopted state-wide Prohibition and production came to an end.

You can visit the website for the distillery and bourbons here:

Belle Meade Bourbon

Nelson’s Green Briar Distillery

Belle Meade Straight Bourbon Whiskey

  • High-rye Content (30% rye).
  • 90.4 proof is the ideal sweet spot for depth of character.
  • Small Batch – 4 barrels per batch.
  • A proprietary blend of barrels aged 6-8 years.
  • Never chill-filtered to retain maximum flavor.

Tasting Notes

  • Nose: Maple syrup and caramel with floral fragrances and a citrus zest.
  • Palate: Caramel and vanilla with bold rye spice and hints of apricot.
  • Finish: Long, smooth finish with mellow cherry and plum notes accented by cinnamon, all without the burn found in other 90 proof bourbons.

Awards

Winner: Double Gold Medal at the 2015 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. 

“The Double Gold designation is awarded to the very few entries that receive Gold medal ratings by all members of the judging panel. These are among the finest products in the world.”
– San Francisco World Spirits Competition

Winner: – Outstanding Gold, 2015 Spirits of the Americas Competition
Winner: – Made In The South Awards 2013, Garden & Gun Magazine
Winner: – Top 3, Best Bourbons In America, Maxime Magazine
93 Points – Tasting Panel Magazine
91 Points – Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Belle Meade 10 yr Single Barrel

  • High-rye content
  • Never cut to proof and bottled at true Cask Strength
  • Comes from one exceptionally flavorful barrel
  • A minimum 9 years of aging
  • Never chill-filtered to retain maximum flavor

Tasting Notes

Every barrel of whiskey is different, an adventure all its own. That’s the beauty of a single barrel whiskey.

Awards

95 POINTS Distiller.com

Belle Meade Cognac Finished Bourbon

  • A proprietary blend of barrels ranging from 6-9 years old.
  • The blend is then rested to finish in XO Cognac that were used for 12 years.
  • High Rye Content (30%)
  • Non-chill filtered
  • 90.4 Proof

Tasting Notes

  • Nose: Crème brûlée, red apple and a touch of cinnamon.
  • Palate: Vanilla, caramel, dried orange, baking spices and a soft alluring medium bodied mouth feel.
  • Finish: Long finish mimicking the palate with notes of toasted cedar and hints of allspice.

About the Label

The Belle Meade Bourbon label was designed to pay respect to two of the most admired studs from the Belle Meade Plantation. It is almost exactly the same as it was more than 100 years ago.

The horse depicted on the right is Bonnie Scotland, one of the founders of the Northern Dancer bloodline. Some of the descendants of this bloodline include Seabiscuit, War Admiral, Man O’ War, Secretariat, California Chrome, American Pharaoh, and Nyquist to name just a few. 

The name of the stud on the left side of the label? Brown Dick. He never won a race but was famous in his own right and studded out numerous times. Brown Dick’s provocative name was also the reason why the Nelson brothers decided to make a slight alteration to the original label by removing the names of the horses.

 

Wine Tasting for July 28th

by Jonathan Gaby on July 28, 2017

Tonight is a big night for Downtown Frankfort! Not only will The Frankfort Market be downtown with local vendors, artists, and food trucks. Not only will our Mayor and his band be playing at the Old Capital. We will also have our world famous wine tastings from 4pm-7pm tonight!

Wine Tasting - Moulin de Gassac Guilhem 2016 Rose Milbrandt 2013 Riesling Wente 2015 "Riva Ranch" Chardonnay Paxis 2013 Red Blend

Come down, taste some wine, buy some local art, and take in the tunes of the Bill May Band tonight!

Moulin de Gassac Guilhem 2016 Rosé
“Color: Lively, vivid rose pink. Some salmon glints. Nose: Pleasant, intense, floral and mineral. Palate Well balanced with freshness combining red currants and berries tight final. Finish: Splendidly fresh and long, thoroughly “more-ish”. – Daumas Gassac Wines
Milbrandt 2013 Riesling
“Though 2013 was technically an ‘average’ vintage with regard to heat, temperatures routinely reached the high 90s or low 1 00s from mi·d-Juily through August. It also stayed warm late into the even1ing. Both of which are unusual for Washington. However, fall followed with near perfect growing conditions leading to a beautifully balanced vintage of Riesling with classic crisp, mineral characteristics.” – Milbrandt Vineyards
Wente 2015 “Riva Ranch” Chardonnay
“Our Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Chardonnay is a beautifully rich, yet balanced California-style Chardonnay that represents what the Arroyo Seco appellation has to offer. In addition to classic Chardonnay flavors of apple and pear, Arroyo Seco fruit consistently provides aromas and flavors of tropical and stone fruits. 90% barrel fermented, this is a distinctly robust and full-bodied Chardonnay perfectly balanced with ample acidity and ripe fruit character.”- Karl D. Wente, Fifth Generation Winemaker
Paxis 2013 Red Blend
“A delicious wine. Although the palate is quite concentrated, it presents a surprisingly gentle nature. This wine is medium-bodied and brimming with aromas of black cherries, raspberries and the spicy notes. The finish is elegant and persistent.” – DFJ Vinhos

Wine Tasting for July 27th, 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on July 27, 2017

This summer has been great for us at Capital Cellars, with special tastings and events like the bottle signing with Bill Samuels, Jr. This weekend we will be treated to another concert on the steps of the Old Capital with our own mayor Bill May and his band. We know he plays a mean trap (and by trap we mean drums.)
Wine Tasting - Rayun 2015 Chardonnay, Chile Tiamo 2015 Pinot Grigio, Italy Santa Julia 2015 Malbec, Mendoza Argentina Tarima 2014 Monastrell, Spain
To kick off the weekend we’re going to sample a few lesser known wines that you will undoubtedly love!
Rayun 2015 Chardonnay, Chile
Rayun Chardonnay is an aromatic and fruity yellow wine, in which notes of banana and pineapple can be perceived, and delicate floral notes. In mouth it presents a perfect balances between freshness and acidity. ” – Rayun Wines

Tiamo 2015 Pinot Grigio, Italy
“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” – MasterWines.com

Santa Julia 2015 Malbec, Mendoza Argentina
“Colour: Intense red with purple hues. Aroma: Fruity with aromas reminiscent of ripe red fruits like plums, strawberries and blackberries. Flavour: Soft and pleasant with silky tannins and balanced acidity. A well defined varietal character.” – Bodega Santa Julia 

Tarima 2014 Monastrell, Spain
“…The result is a tasty wine that delivers aromas of ripe fruit, toasty oak, raspberries and mulberries followed by focused flavors of black plums and boysenberry with hints of cocoa and smoke, backed by light tannins and lively acidity.” – Bodegas Volver