Wine Tasting for July 21, 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on July 21, 2017

We sure hope you enjoyed the Bourbon tasting we held last night with Rabbit Hole Distillery! Well, we sure enjoyed hosting them! We return to our wine tasting for Friday, which is a Downtown Frankfort Concert night, sponsored by United Bank

Wine Tasting: Eve 2015 Chardonnay (Charles Smith Wine) Mirabello 2014 Pinot Grigio Zuazo Gaston 2014 Rioja Tempranillo Zinphomaniac 2014 Old Vine Zin

This evening we are sampling:

Eve 2015 Chardonnay (Charles Smith Wine)
Created from 100% Chardonnay from Ancient Lakes, Charles Smith “Eve” Chardonnay is fermented on lees with partially native yeast and aged for five months on lees in used oak barrels. The result is a shimmering, brilliant, green golden colored wine offering notes of guava, aromatic pear and tangerine. The medium bodied palate is clean and crispy with additional notes of green apple, pear and light cinnamon spice. Bold mineral notes runs through the long, satisfying finish.

Mirabello 2014 Pinot Grigio
The rise in popularity of Pinot Grigio (also known as Pinot Gris) wines over the past decade has led to this particular grape varietal being planted in many countries around the world in enormous quantities. These grapes range in color from grayish blue to lilac and amber, and with many shades in between. However, they are most prized for their wide range of flavors and aromas, and their relatively high level of ‘transparency’, or the ability to put across elements of their terroir in the bottle.

Zuazo Gaston 2014 Rioja Tempranillo
90% Tempranillo, 5% Mazuelo, 5% Graciano 14 month barrel aging. Bottled unfiltered for us. Dark ruby/garnet color. Firm, well-integrated tannins are coated by thick berry fruit. Some liquorice and candied fruit meld with subtle oak notes in the nose. Very serious wine for the money.

Zinphomaniac 2014 Old Vine Zin
With tempting aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and spice, Zin-Phomaniac is a complex, full-bodied wine with juicy, approachable flavors of ripe blue-purple fruit and dark semi-sweet chocolate. A kiss of vanilla and a touch of brown baking spice add depth to the long, satisfying mouth feel.

About the Bands:

Kentucky Wild Horse
Kentucky Wild Horse takes its name from an old eastern Kentucky fiddle tune played by Wolfe County fiddler Darley Fulks (1895-1990) who possessed a vast repertoire of pre-Civil War tunes. Kentucky music from the 19th century down to the present, especially its fiddle and banjo traditions, has been our love and our inspiration.




Stone Soup

Stone Soup first formed back in 2001…we’ve changed quite a bit over the years, but now we really have a rockin line up. We still dish out regular helpings of classic rock and rockin blues. Come get you some! 🙂 We play a mix of classic rock and rockin blues from the 70’s to the 90’s. With 3 lead vocalists, things stay interesting and the dance floor packed!


Will You Go Down The Rabbit Hole?

by Jonathan Gaby on July 19, 2017

Capital Cellars is proud to announce that instead of our normal Thursday evening wine tasting, we are hosting Rabbit Hole Distillery for a special tasting of their bourbons.

Bourbon Tasting - Rabbit Hole Bourbon

About Rabbit Hole Bourbon

From their website:

“Most good stories begin in a similar way, “there was this girl…”. Heather, Kaveh Zamanian’s now wife, introduced Kaveh to bourbon and he switched from Scotch to bourbon. They have been working on the Rabbit Hole distillery for over five years now, and are just now getting their bourbon to market.”

Located in the heart of NULU neighborhood of Louisville, Rabbit Hole distillery is built on Kentucky’s rich distilling heritage with a clear view of the future. Our spirits start with the finest grains, local cooperage, state of the art facilities and veteran master distiller of over 35 years and modern tastemakers. In the end our goal is to make singular, exceptional spirits that are true and pleasing. Follow the Hare™ and experience a new expression of Bourbon, Rye and other innovative American spirits.

You can read more about them here and at their website

The Bourbons

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

“Bourbon is an act of faith. The barrel builds a strong foundation of vanilla and wood. Atop that, we bet on an unorthodox, four-grain mash promising spice and honey and a fresh apple breeze. When we first poked the thief into the darkness of the barrel, our faith was rewarded: a whiskey of remarkable maturity and self-possession, with spice on the front and custard in the finish.”
Mash Bill
  • 70% Corn
  • 10% Malted Wheat
  • 10% Honey Malted Barley
  • 10% Malted Barley

Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey

“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.”
Mash Bill
  • 95% Rye
  • 5% Malted Barley
Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in PX Sherry Casks
“We take Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a wheat mash bill, aged in alligator char. We transfer it to casks that have been used to perfect sweet, dark Pedro Ximénez sherry. The resulting whiskey is refined, balanced with a long cascading finish.”
Mash Bill
  • 68% Corn
  • 18% Wheat
  • 14% Malted Barley
Come meet John Coffee who is with Rabbit Hole Distilling for a unique bourbon tasting event. We’ll begin at 4pm on Thursday July 20, 2017 and end when we’re done!


With bourbons being harder and harder to come by, many of our loyal customers and bourbon aficionados have had to make hard decisions.

Whiskey Wednesday - Evan Williams Single Barrel  Henry McKenna 10 yr Single Barrel Bottled in Bond Old Bardstown Bottled in Bond Four Roses Single Barrel Larceny

Which bourbon am I going to use as my go-to drink? What’s going to be my staple at the bar at home?

We hope to introduce you to some newer bourbons that might fit that bill. We’d like to present to you:

  • Evan Williams Single Barrel
  • Henry McKenna 10 yr Single Barrel Bottled in Bond
  • Old Bardstown Bottled in Bond
  • Four Roses Single Barrel
  • Larceny

And, as a special treat, we are going to be switching our Thursday wine tasting from wine to a Bourbon Tasting featuring our new friends from Rabbit Hole Distillery, in Louisville.

Join John Coffee from Rabbit Hole to sample some pretty impressive bourbons! We will taste:

  • Rabbit hole bourbon4-Grain Bourbon
  • Rye
  • Sherry Cask finished bourbon.







And for you wine folks, we’re having buy one get one glasses of our wines by the glass menu wines and no restaurant fee for bottles enjoyed in store.


Wine Tasting for July 14th, 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on July 14, 2017

We hope you enjoyed our Thursday evening wine tasting yesterday! We tasted wines from Kentucky Wineries and hopefully, you’ll want to visit those wineries soon!

Wine Tasting: Mulderbosch 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rose - South Africa Domaine du Haut Bourg 2015 Dry Muscadet - France Veglio 2014 Dolcetto D'Alba - Italy (naturally low tannins and histamines!) Root:1 2014 Carmenere - Chile

Tonight, we’re presenting wines with an international flair. These wines are coming from all over the world. You don’t want to miss this weekend’s wine tasting!

Mulderbosch 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Rose – South Africa
“First released in 1999, Mulderbosch Rosé was one of the very first of its kind from South Africa. At a time when most Rosés where a byproduct of red wine fermentation, Mulderbosch launched a varietal Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé issuing from specially farmed vineyards specifically to produce Rosé fruit. On arrival at the cellar, these early picked, specially selected grapes where vinified in the same manner in which an aromatic white wine would be, with the aim of producing a fresh, aromatic style of Rosé.” – Mulderbosch Vineyards

Domaine du Haut Bourg 2015 Dry Muscadet – France
“Several important critics have rated this Muscadet Cotes de Grandlieu wine highly: Wine Enthusiast gave the 2013 vintage a score of 90.  Ranked second for number of awards won among wines from this region: the International Wine Challenge awarded the 2013 Gold and the Concours General Agricole Paris awarded the 2005 vintage Gold.” – Domaine du Haut Bourg

Veglio 2014 Dolcetto D’Alba – Italy
“The grapes for this particular wine are harvested on land treated only with natural fertilizers, producd with extreme care in hygiene and purity, and stored in meticulously cleaned steel barrels.  Veglio Dolcetto d’Alba  is a charming dry red that is also soft and fruity.  Naturally low tannins and histamines. Best while young, the pleasant notes of plum, raspberry, and strawberry will be welcoming to the palate. Pairs well with pizza, pasta, lasagna, and everyday meals.” – Divinio Wholesalers

Root:1 2014 Carmenere – Chile
“Deep red in color with gentle tannins and rich flavors of plum, blackberry and spice. Root: 1 Carmenere pairs well with pasta dishes, vegetable soup, spicy entrees, and grilled meats. Its unique versatility is a perfect match for ingredients such as garlic, bell peppers, fresh herbs, and eggplant.” – Root:1 Wines

Don’t Forget!
Capital Cellars Farmers Market BrunchThis Saturday, July 15th, 2017 we are hosting our next Capital Cellars Farmers Market Brunch! We have sourced all our ingredients from local farmers from the Franklin County Farmers Market making this weekend’s offerings truly local!

More information is here on our post. Members of our Cru-Club will receive 20% off all brunch items.  If membership is something you’d like to explore, contact us for more information.


Wine Tasting for July 13, 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on July 13, 2017

Well, the weather outside our shop as of this posting is beautiful. There is a light breeze, it’s not too hot, (not too cold either) and the sun is shining brightly in our cellar shop!

Wine tasting - Elk Creek Riesling - Owenton, KY Smith-Berry Chardonnay - New Castle, KY Forest Edge Merlot - Shepardsville, KY Equus Run Mosaic - Midway, KY

And the sun shining brightly makes every Kentuckian start to hum “My Old Kentucky Home”. Come on, we know you were thinking that! Today we choose to taste wines from our very own commonwealth. Many of the wines we will taste are from wineries within driving distance!

Elk Creek Riesling – Owenton, KY
“Elk Creek’s Kentucky Blue Riesling is light, crisp, slightly sweet, well balanced wine. Aromatic and pretty, its light delicacy offers up plenty of flavor with sweet apricot, white peach, honeysuckle, apples and flowers mingling in complex waves. It is low in alcohol with acidity that thoroughly cleanses the palate and finishes with a honeyed richness that lasts a long time.  This wine’s pure fruit, floral aromas and flavors create a delicious pairing for a nice salad or a spicy Asian dish.” – Elk Creek Winery
Smith-Berry Chardonnay – New Castle, KY
“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
Forest Edge Merlot – Shepherdsville, KY
“The medium bodied red is very smooth on the palate. Aged 12 months in Kentucky white oak barrels, it has aromas of ripe plum, red currant, and red cherry with a hint of black pepper. Pair with a bold entree like steak, lamb chops, or pizza and chocolate for dessert.” – Forest Edge Winery
Equus Run Mosaic – Midway, KY
“A sweet table red full of lush and juicy fruit flavors it is enjoyable because of its simplicity and its sweetness makes it very easy to drink. It is a blend of five varietals, enjoyed chilled or as a mixer for fruity sangria.” – Equus Run Vineyards
Don’t Forget!
Capital Cellars Farmers Market BrunchThis Saturday, July 15th, 2017 we are hosting our next Capital Cellars Farmers Market Brunch. We have sourced all our ingredients from local farmers from the Franklin County Farmers Market making this weekend’s offerings truly local!
More information is here on our post. Members of our Cru-Club will receive 20% off all brunch items.  If membership is something you’d like to explore, contact us for more information.


A Brunch Invitation for July 15th

by Jonathan Gaby on July 12, 2017

Capital Cellars is proud to announce the next in our “Farmers Market Brunch” and invite you to join us on July 15th, 2017. We will begin when we open at 10AM and serve until we are sold out.

Our manager and chef, Annie LaForge and Dawn Gogin respectively, have sourced local, fresh produce from the Franklin County Farmers market. When you choose to have brunch with us, you’re choosing to have a truly local experience!


$10 Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats served with cheesy blue corn grits, cucumber-tomato salad, and a homemade biscuit

$10 Veggie Frittata with Spring Onion, Kale, Zucchini, and Heirloom tomatoes topped with Goat Cheese served with choice of country ham or sausage, cucumber-tomato salad, and a homemade biscuit

Small Bites

$5 Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boat (1)

$1.50 Homemade Biscuit with Basil Butter

$2.00 Sausage or Country Ham Side

$4 Cheese Blue Corn Grits


$5 Bloody Marys & Mimosa’s

Bloody Mary Bar – create your own Bloody Mary

Drink & Wine Specials


We are offering a 20% discount to all members of our Cru-Club.  Members of our Cru-Club receive two or more bottles of hard to find, rare, wines a month, plus invitations to exclusive events and member discounts throughout the year.


Whiskey Wednesday – July 11 Edition

by Jonathan Gaby on July 12, 2017

Capital Cellars is well known for our wine, but you should also know that we have a great selection of Bourbon and spirits and is downtown Frankfort’s best place to enjoy a glass of bourbon.

Whiskey Wednesday - Kentucky Peerless Straight Rye Whiskey

This week, instead of our regularly planned flight of bourbons, we are featuring one single bourbon. We recently got this bourbon in from Kentucky Peerless Distilling, a barrel proof Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey.

This Whiskey Wednesday we are featuring this bourbon for just $15 a pour from 5-8pm.

Peerless Straight Rye Whiskey is a well balanced Rye, bolstered by sweet tones of maple, brown sugar and light citrus sweetness. Finish with a hint of oak & no burn on the throat. Due to our carefully unique distilling process, Peerless offers a smooth taste that differs from many other Ryes. Peerless Rye is a palatable sipping Rye to be savored with friends and family.

This rye is a high priced bourbon, retailing here at the store around $100.00 and by the glass it’s usually around $25 per pour.

About Peerless Distilling

“Our roots run deep into the 1880’s through the heart of Henderson, Kentucky. Our ancestor, Henry Kraver, made the famous Peerless Whiskey a regional powerhouse. After ceasing operations during Prohibition, the Peerless label has laid dormant—until now. We’ve revived is legacy, a task that we do not take on lightly. At Peerless, we are dedicated to taking the time to craft seriously superior spirits. We look forward to meeting you and sharing the Kentucky Bourbon and Rye Whiskey we’ve crafted with you in mind.

Through the early 1920s, the Peerless federally-bonded warehouses were used for whiskey storage under the armed protection of the U.S. Government.  During Prohibition, Peerless product was one of the few available by prescription for medicinal use.

The original Kentucky Peerless Distilling was Distilled Spirits Plant number 50.  Today, we are privileged to have that same number. The newly assigned DSP numbers are in the 20,000s. We are very happy to say DSP-KY-50 is our own.” – from Peerless Distilling’s website.

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Mark Your Calendars!

Capital Cellars invites you to brunch on July 15th, where we feature all locally produced food items from the Franklin County Farmers Market.  We will have our world famous Bloody Mary bar with locally sourced produce pickled right in our store! Make plans to join us on Saturday, July 15th, 2017 beginning at 10am and going until sold out!



Wine Tasting for July 7th, 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on July 7, 2017

Well, you’ve made it to the weekend! Congratulations! We always find that when we have a holiday in the middle of the week like we did on Tuesday, we’re all a little out of sorts. Fortunately, we know that you’ve worked hard and gotten through and ready for the weekend!

Wine Tasting - Honoro Vera 2015 Rueda Two Pears 2015 Pinot Grigio Quattro Mani 2015 Montepulciano D'Abruzzo Bogle 2015 Old Vine Zin

What’s great about this weekend is that there is a free concert sponsored by United Bank, weather permitting…

M.A.D. Women

Tonight you’ll be able to hear the M.A.D Women Band perform!

The M.A.D. Women band is a four piece all women band featuring Barbara Allender, Cindy Ray, Kim McCrady, and Amy Jo Madden in a dynamic and wide range of music from folk, to rock, to country!

Wines Selected

Honoro Vera 2015 Rueda

“Rueda is all about the Verdejo grape (with its pear, apple and lemon flavors) but it is often blended with Viura and Sauvignon Blanc, or so it has been since the 1960s. And for good reason: all three grapes are tangy and refreshing.”

Three Pears 2015 Pinot Grigio

“With inviting aromas of pear and baked apple, our Pinot Grigio has fresh and delicate pear and nectarine flavors, rounded out by a lingering, honeyed-sweet finish.”

Quattro Mani 2015 Montepulciano D’Abruzzo

“Bright, lively and perfect for sipping with food or just on its own. Un-oaked, so pure expressions of ripe and underripe red fruits which make for a tangy, delicious everyday wine.”

Bogle 2015 Old Vine Zin

“Greeted with sun-ripened raspberries and freshly ground white peppercorns on the nose, this Zinfandel is saturated with flavors of red berries and cranberries. Laced with a hint of savory herb in the background, the traditional tones of juniper lead to a full and ripe finish, while 12 months of aging in two year old barrels wraps the wine in spicy oak and a touch of vanilla wafer.”

Join Us for a wine tasting from 4-7pm on Friday July 7, 2017 and enjoy the concert on the Old Capital Lawn in historic Downtown Frankfort!

Wine Tasting for July 6, 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on July 6, 2017

We are almost to the weekend with Thursday being called, “little Friday”. Hopefully you’ve been able to get some work done and you’re enjoying the summer climate.

Wine Tasting - Two Mountain 2016 Rose, Rattlesnake Hills, Washington Domaine de la Patience 2015 Chardonnay, France Scarpetta Wines 2014 Frico Rosso Toscano, Italy Clos Siguier 2015 Cahors, France

This Thursday and Friday we’re featuring new wines that we have received from our distributors. Speaking of new, we have a new distributor and these wines are coming from them, Dauntless Distributing.

Wine Tasting Selection:

Two Mountain 2016 Rose, Rattlesnake Hills, Washington

“This Rosé opens with aromas of strawberry, raspberry and hints of floral followed by flavors of cranberry, strawberry and rhubarb with wonderfully firm acid on the finish.”

Domaine de la Patience 2015 Chardonnay, 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.”

Scarpetta Wines 2014 Frico Rosso Toscano, Italy

“With a bright ruby red color, and nose of cherry, cranberry, and subtle spice, this blend hits you with a burst of cherry, Japanese plum, and earthy flavors. A juicy wine with light tannins and moderate in length.”

Clos Siguier 2015 Cahors, France

“Deep purple in the glass with an amethyst rim. Plum, cherry, and blackberry fruit with cool black tea notes dominate the nose. A fruit-driven palate follows and is backed by pounded stones. This medium-bodied red has great minerality, moderate acidity and finishes with silken tannins.  Can be drunk young or aged. A versatile wine.”

We invite you to our wine tasting on Thursday, July 7, 2017 from 4-7pm at Capital Cellars in historic downtown Frankfort!

Whiskey Wednesday – July 5 2017

by Jonathan Gaby on July 5, 2017

We hope that you have enjoyed your July 4th festivities yesterday. Our owner, Rachael Peake, ran in the Buffalo Trace 5k Tuesday morning and our staff enjoyed the day off.

Whiskey Wednesday 07-05-2017 - EH Taylor Small Batch, Russell Reserve 10 year Small Batch, Elijah Craig Small Batch, 1792 Small Batch

Now that it’s Wednesday, we want to post about our Whiskey Wednesday selection for July 5, 2017.

This Wednesday we have selected all small batch bourbons for our featured flight.

Small Batch Bourbons

  • EH Taylor Small Batch
  • Russel Reserve 10 yr Small Batch
  • Elijah Craig Small Batch
  • 1792 Small Batch

About Small Batch Bourbons

In the event that the master blender finds at his disposal several barrels of exceptional bourbon, he can use his discretion to mix content of all or some of these barrels to create perfectly crafted “small-batch” bourbon. This is a standard practice followed by many distilleries including Jim Beam whose popular “small-batch” bourbons include Baker’s, Booker’s, Knob Creek and Basil Hayden.  As a result of the blend, the outcome is an essentially unique beverage that boasts its own distinct personality.

Essentially, when bourbon from several barrels are ‘married’ together on the basis of their ability to complement each other, the product of the union is small-batch bourbon. Another interesting point in the case of small-batch bourbons is the numbers of parent bourbons, which might vary from a minimum of two to a maximum of 80 or more as per the imagination of the master-blender.

Some distilleries label their bottled bourbon with details such as batch number, date of bottling, and number of barrels used in order to help customers comprehend the difference and eventually make an educated choice. It is the batch number that is usually assigned to a particular batch of bourbon to distinguish it from the product of another set of barrels. As a visitor or customer you can use this information to find whether the bourbon in question is a virgin, meaning single-barrel, or a hybrid, meaning small-batch.

But if you are a bourbon lover who is out on a night of experimenting, try both single barrel and small batch bourbon to make your own determination as to which one is best!

If Whiskey isn’t your thing, we will have buy 1 get 1 50% glasses of wine and no restaurant fee on wine bottles from 5-8pm.