Weekend Wine Tasting

by Jonathan Gaby on October 20, 2017

The weekend is here and that means you’re planning to enjoy a nice quiet weekend at home or with friends around the TV watching sports or out and about with your children

Weekend wine tasting - 2014 Alta Vista Classic Argentina Torrontes 2015 Macon Villages Chardonnay Chronic Cellars Rosé - Pink Pedals Spellbound Petite Sirah

Whether you’re excited for the game, activities with children, or just crashing on the couch watching Netflix, enjoy a glass of wine while doing so! (where appropriate of course.) Come sample some wines that you might find enjoyable for such occasions from 4-7 tonight!

2014 Alta Vista Classic Argentina Torrontes
“Coming from vineyards in northern Argentina at over 1500 meters high, Classic Torrontés has a suggestive explosion of aromas that recall white roses and grapefruit.  In the mouth is light, floral, delicately balanced and with purposeful fresh acidity.” – Alta Vista Wines

2015 Macon Villages Chardonnay
“Dry and easy to drink, lively and charming, this is a fruity wine with a floral scent and a hint of lemon, the Mâcon Villages should be drunk chilled and rather young.  This wine goes very well with a large range of foods including “hors d’oeuvres”, fried or grilled fish, sea food, goat’s milk cheese, poultry.” – Louis Jadot Wines

Chronic Cellars Rosé – Pink Pedals
“Lady Pink rides into town on a fresh summer breeze, and so does this Grenache and Syrah-based Rosé, a bright, crisp, refreshing wine that rolls down a road of watermelon, pomegranate, cantaloupe and cherry Jolly Rancher right to your happy place.” – Chronic Cellars

Spellbound Petite Sirah
“The real star, and a sleeper selection for sure, is the outstanding 2013 Petite Sirah. This wine has an inky, ruby/purple color, notes of cassis, blueberry, blackberry fruit, incense and camphor. ” – Spellbound Wines


Fall Wines for Fall Wine Tasting!

by Jonathan Gaby on October 19, 2017

As the temperature drops in the month of October undoubtedly you’ll be having more gatherings indoors or maybe you’ll want to have a roaring, crackling fire out back with S’mores or a backyard barbecue. For your next backyard barbecue around the fire, or the cozy indoor meal, don’t forget the wine for you and your guests!

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Tonight we feature new wines for our tasting from 4-7pm at Capital Cellars. You know the right wine is key to your event’s success! Great wine is the difference between an event that is so-so, to one that is superb! We do our part in sharing with you wines for you to sample and the make the best decision for your event! Here’s what we’re sampling tonight:

2014 Alta Vista Classic Argentina Torrontes
“Coming from vineyards in northern Argentina at over 1500 meters high, Classic Torrontés has a suggestive explosion of aromas that recall white roses and grapefruit.  In the mouth is light, floral, delicately balanced and with purposeful fresh acidity.” – Alta Vista Wines

2015 Macon Villages Chardonnay
Dry and easy to drink, lively and charming, this is a fruity wine with a floral scent and a hint of lemon, the Mâcon Villages should be drunk chilled and rather young.  This wine goes very well with a large range of foods including “hors d’oeuvres”, fried or grilled fish, sea food, goat’s milk cheese, poultry.” – Louis Jadot Wines

Purple Cowboy Paso Robles Tenacious Red
“Purple Cowboy wines are a tribute to these winemaking, rodeo-riding cowboys. This gutsy Syrah/Zinfandel/Cabernet Sauvignon blend comes from cowboy wine country, Paso Robles, CA. The grapes are sourced from the eastern side of the AVA, which is warmer, drier and produces fruit-forward, full-bodied wines with soft tannins and balanced acidity.” – Purple Cowboy Wines3

2015 Dreamer Late Harvest Sweet Red Wine
” This wine is a quality rosé wine made with Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Aroma displaying notes of of red currant and raspberry. This will perfectly compliment with fruit and light dishes.” – Global Wine House


Great Bourbons for Great Racing

by Jonathan Gaby on October 18, 2017

During the month of October, Keeneland is well underway in their fall meet. The crisp, cool air is perfect for horse racing and enjoying a day at the track! We know that horse racing in Kentucky is the best when paired with a nice cocktail made from Bourbon, or bourbon straight up or on the rocks!

Great bourbons for great racing

We are highlighting bourbons from Lexington that will be a nice addition to a weekend at the track! What are they? Read on more more information about the bourbons we’ve selected!

James E. Pepper 1776 Bourbon
“This bourbon is right at 100 proof and isn’t chill-filtered. The mash bill includes %38 Rye.  You’ll notice a rich bourbon sweetness and Rye spice. Vanilla, Honey, Cloves, and chocolate. Enjoy this bourbon neat, over ice, or in a proper Old Fashioned! This whiskey rocks!” – James E. Pepper Distilling Co.

Pinhook Bourbon
“Hashtag Bourbon is smooth and silky on the palate with notes of crème brulee, toffee, macadamia nuts and maple with a slight spice note. Through a partnership with Bourbon Lane Stable LLC, each unique, limited edition lot of Pinhook Bourbon will showcase one extraordinary thoroughbred’s journey. The bottle’s individually hand-written and letter-pressed label reveals the horse’s statistics and profile.” – Pinhook Bourbon

Bluegrass Distillers Kentucky Wheated Bourbon
“The wheated bourbon’s mash bill is 80% yellow corn, 15% wheat and 5% barley. Being that it is wheated, it has an immense smoothness compared to a ryed bourbon. Ryed bourbon has more of a spice. We get all of our ingredients from Woodford County, KY.” – Bluegrass Distillers

Lexington Bourbon Whiskey
“At 86 proof, Lexington Bourbon combines the highest quality select grains of rye, malted barley and corn with purified water. The rye provides the perfect level of spice, while the malted barley allows the sweetness of the corn to peak through, creating a sensational taste.  The resulting flavor boasts deep aromas of the aged oak with a hint of vanilla.” – Lexington Bourbon


Vanguard Wine Tasting Tonight!

by Jonathan Gaby on October 12, 2017

This week has been all about one thing, Kentucky’s signature beverage, Bourbon. Heading up to this weekend’s Bourbonanza it’s all about the Bourbon. But, we also know that we love our wine.

photo of Clayton Brost, sales rep for Vanguard Wines Clayton Brost, sales rep for Vanguard Wines

Fortunately for you and for us, we have our good friend Clayton Brost, sales rep from Vanguard Wines, to share with you new selections from their portfolio of wines this evening from 4-7 for our Thursday Wine Tasting.

And, don’t forget, you’ll get to meet Al Young from Four Roses Bourbon at our bottle signing and drawing event on Friday, October 13, 2017. We’ll draw promptly at 6PM. Up for grabs is one bottle of the 2017 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Al Young Bourbon!

Well, that’s it for this post. We hope to see you tonight and at our bottle signing tomorrow!


 Capital Cellars, Frankfort’s Bourbon, Wine, and Beer Café and Market will host Al Young, Senior Brand Manager of Four Roses Distillery, for a special bottle signing and drawing for one bottle of Four Roses 50th Anniversary Bourbon on October 13, 2017 at 6:00PM.

Four Roses Senior Brand Manager Al Young

Al Young is a notable figure in the Bourbon industry, having worked for Four Roses since 1967 and wearing several hats, like distillery manager, historian, and most recently Senior Brand Manager. Young has travelled the world raising awareness of the Four Roses Brand.

Four Roses, in celebration of Young’s fifty years of service and his work raising Four Roses’ brand to  a national name brand, the distillery has created and released a special 2017 Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Small Batch Bourbon in his honor.

“We’re proud to host Al Young at Capital Cellars, for a special event before Bourbonanza. At 6:00PM, October 13, 2017 one lucky winner will have the opportunity to purchase a bottle of the 50th Anniversary bourbon and have it signed by Al Young” said Peake.

All Capital Cellars customers will be able to buy other Four Roses bourbons in stock and Al Young has agreed to sign any bottles customers may want to, but Al Young must be prompt in getting to the Kentucky History Center for Bourbonanza at 7:00PM.

Capital Cellars has enjoyed many 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. Owner Rachael Peake has cultivated relationships with many master distillers, executives, and personalities through the years of business.

For more information, you may email capitalcellars@capitalcellars.com, or call the store at (502) 352-2600


High Proof Bourbons for Whiskey Wednesday

by Jonathan Gaby on October 11, 2017

Capital Cellars and downtown Frankfort are excited once again for this years celebration of Bourbonanza! It’s a weekend of spirits, socializing, and making the most out of the weekend on October the 13-14.

Whiskey Wednesday - Capital Cellars - Old Forester 1920 Prohibition bottle 115 proof, Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof 116.8, Maker's Mark Cask Strength 111.6 and Bakers 7yr 107 proof

We are kicking off the weekend early with our Whiskey Wednesday, featuring high proof bourbons! Come see us from 5-8PM for bourbon flights for $20!

Old Forester 1920 Prohibition 115 proof
“Old Forester 1920 Prohibition has a nose of intense medley of cherry preserves, drippy caramel, dark chocolate, thickened maple syrup and seasoned oak spiciness. You’ll taste a dark caramel coats layers of malt nuttiness and sweet graham cracker all warmed by green peppercorn and coriander spice brightened with a hint of cedar. It will finish with a tart apple crispness giving way to a long smoky finish full of toasted marshmallow, chocolate and graham cracker sweetness.” – Old Forester Bourbon

Wild Turkey Rare Breed Barrel Proof 116.8 proof
“The true, bold spirit of Wild Turkey has been captured in this authentic barrel proof whiskey, creating one of the finest bourbons in the world. Uncut with water, Rare Breed is an uncompromised Kentucky bourbon with tones of sweet tobacco and hints of orange and mint, making it a remarkably smooth whiskey legend.” – Wild Turkey Distillery

Maker’s Mark Cask Strength 111.6 proof
“From the barrel to the bottle at 108 to 114 proof, Maker’s Mark® Cask Strength retains the signature front-of-the-palate flavors of Maker’s Mark® – while amping up the oak, caramel, vanilla and spice to create a remarkable new bourbon.” – Makers Mark Bourbon

Bakers 7yr 107 proof
“Burnt brown sugar, toasted marcona almonds, and hints of crème fraîche surface on the alluring nose here. The palate is firm but not overwhelming, with a potpourri of dried stone fruits, spices and a hint of molasses. The above-average finish shows a bit of heat and lots of spice. Baker’s® Bourbon is tasty served neat, but works even better on the rocks.” – Baker’s Bourbon


“Sip into Fall” Wine Tasting – Part 2

by Jonathan Gaby on October 6, 2017

As we continue our “sip into fall” wine tasting week we know that you’re ready for the weekend. There are projects to complete, get togethers to join, and a spirit to refresh. We’d like to be part of your plan this weekend!

Wine Tasting - Capital Cellars - Kings Ridge 2015 Pinot Gris Natura 2015 Sauvignon Blanc Chronic Cellars 2015 Petite Syrah Carnivor 2014 Zinfandel

These wines for Friday, October 6th, 2017 are great for the fall season and will make a great compliment to your weekend activities.

Kings Ridge 2015 Pinot Gris
Lightly tawny in color, with a fresh and enlivening mouthfeel, this is a good pinot gris for salmon, halibut or even swordfish. Pear flesh and skin, white peach and a hint of spice are all in play. – Wine Enthusiast 90 points best buy” – Union Wine Company

Natura 2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Transparent yellow. with a delightfully complex nose of lime and grapefruit blended with herbs such as boxwood.  Citrus and herb notes reappear on the palate. A fresh, bright and pleasing wine with nicely balanced acidity and good persistence.” – Natura Wines

Chronic Cellars 2015 Petite Syrah
“You know what you’re getting with this sassy lady: lots of Petite Sirah with all its sweet cherry, blackberry, blueberry loveliness. But it’s the lingering tannins and traces of fresh cracked pepper and cigar spice that’ll have you thinking about her long after she’s gone.” – Chronic Cellars

Carnivor 2014 Zinfandel
“Big and bold in style, Carnivor Cabernet offers intense, dark fruit aromas and deep, inky color. A plush, velvety mouthfeel frames rich flavors of dark berries, coffee, mocha and toasted oak, all backed by a distinctive smoothness and a lingering, silky finish.” – Carnivore Wines

Now we have a question for you. What do you like most about the wine you drink? What is your favorite varietal? Let us know in the comments below!


“Sip into Fall” Wine Tasting – Part 1

by Jonathan Gaby on October 5, 2017

As the leaves are changing and falling from the trees, we know that you’re enjoying the change of seasons. You love going to tailgate parties, connecting with your friends and family over special events and gatherings.


Wine Tasting - Capital Cellars - Casal Garcia 2016 Vinho Verde Protea 2015 Chenin Blanc Robert Mondavi 2014 Pinot Noir Robert Mondavi 2014 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon

We love the fall season too. It’s the calm before the storm as we are getting going to November and December. Our biggest months. This week, we want to “sip” into the fall season, so join us from 4-7pm to taste wines that will go well with your special event, gathering, or get together with friends and family.

Casal Garcia 2016 Vinho Verde
“It has a citrus color, a clear and slightly effervescent. It is a soft and fresh wine with aroma delicate, fruity, young and balanced.” – Casal Garcia

Protea 2015 Chenin Blanc
“The Protea Chenin Blanc is pale lemon in appearance. It shows aromas of fresh citrus fruit and honeysuckle. On the palate, you’ll find crisp citrus flavor with tangy lemon vibrancy that is matched by more of the nectarine and stone fruit fleshiness in the mouth. Lively with lovely light body and a gentle persistence.” – Protea Wines

Robert Mondavi 2014 Pinot Noir
“Unlike other reds, Pinot Noir grapes prefer the cool northern Coastal California over the warm southern region. Fussy grape, unfussy wine. The color is of a light ruby red with a nose of strawberry, roses, vanilla and you’ll taste notes of cherry and raspberry. This wine will pair well with pot stickers, lamb burgers” – Robert Mondavi Private Selection

Robert Mondavi 2014 Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
“It’s about 2,500 miles from Kentucky Bourbon country to our Coastal California vineyards. But one sip will tell you, it’s one long-distance relationship that was always meant to be. You’ll see a color of deep cherry red and smell toasty vanilla, brown sugar. Taste black cherry, blackberry. Serve with Bourbon glazed grilled ribs, charcuterie board” – Robert Mondavi Private Selection

Whiskey Wednesday – Bourbons from Bardstown

by Jonathan Gaby on October 4, 2017

Bourbon aficionados are well aware that every year Bardstown Kentucky holds a week long celebration of Bourbon in their city, bringing all kinds of food, musical acts, cigars, jazz, and off course bourbon for tasting, dinner, and other events.

Whiskey Wednesday Bourbons - Willet Pot Still Bib & Tucker Elijah Craig Small Batch 1792 Single Barrel

Now that the Bourbon Festival is over, we thought we’d feature some of the bourbons that were there for our patrons to enjoy. From 5-8 come enjoy .5 ounce pours for $20! For you wine people, we’ll waive the restaurant fee on bottles of wine enjoyed in our store and buy one get one half off glasses of wine!

Willet Pot Still
“Nose is “vanilla lemon cake.” The palate is a balance of caramel, vanilla, spices and citrus. I’m not sure if they made the opulent bottle to match the Whiskey or vice versa.” – Willet Bourbon

Bib & Tucker
“Aroma of vanilla, freshly mowed grass and leather-bound books. Notes of sweet fruit, vanilla beans, caramel, dried apricots dominate the palate, and are complemented by a subtle touch of ginger spice. Finish is complex and lingers, with hints of chestnuts and roasted corn.” – Caskers

Elijah Craig Small Batch
“Long before the term Small Batch even existed, our Master Distillers were hand-selecting just the right number of barrels to make Elijah Craig. This expertise and attention to detail give Elijah Craig Small Batch the right balance of rich flavor and full body. Each small batch carries a signature warm spice and subtle smoke flavor. A combination that belongs in any Bourbon fan’s regular rotation.” – Elijah Craig 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.” – 1792 Bourbon

Friday Wine Tasting Feature

by Jonathan Gaby on September 29, 2017

We hope that you’re excited about the upcoming weekend! We sure are! It’s when you relax after a hard weeks of work and children’s activities like sports, dance, and cheerleading. Now, it’s time for you to have your fun!

We will have our wine tasting this evening. Starting here is the best way to get your weekend started. Come out and sample some fine wine, including:

  • Rayun 2016 Chardonnay, Chile
  • Layer Cake 2015 Chardonnay, Central Coast, CA
  • Secret Vines 2015 Malbec, France
  • Crios 2015 Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina

We’ll start at 4pm and end at 7:30.

Continuing on into the evening, Downtown Frankfort will be alive tonight as we welcome another installment of the Frankfort Market, presented by the Frankfort Odd Fellows society. Artists, food trucks, vendors, and anyone who wants to see people and be seen will be downtown checking out what is there to see.

And if that’s not enough, our own Mayor, Bill May, will be joining the band, The Louisville Crashers as they play on the grounds of the Old Capitol Lawn.

With all that’s going on tonight, you’ll sure to find something to get your weekend off to a great start. Won’t you join us?