Do you love dogs as much as we do? Is your furry friend your companion in just about everything you do? If so, we have a concept for you.
Sundays at Vino are the one specified day of the week for those of you who want to come by, but don’t want to come alone. Maybe you’re just sick of people, we get it. Or, possibly it’s a whole gaggle of gals and their pups? We offer an environment where anyone and everyone will feel comfortable. What's better for your mental health than a bunch of puppies and a few tasty cocktails? We can’t seem to think of anything. Especially when our drink deals are just too good to beat.
On Sundays we offer $20 Bottomless Mimosas, $7 Bloody Marys, a treat or 3 for your pup, and on occasion doggie raffles as well.
During these crazy times, we've come to realize the value of companionship. When our social lives were brought to a screeching stop many people turned to adopting pets, outdoor activities, etc. It's a good thing we're surrounded by so many lakes. My favorite hobby is a lake lap followed by a cocktail or two. Let’s get those endorphins flowing. A little bit of outdoor exercise, fresh air, doggie smiles, and some good old socialization. In the summer we make sure our back deck with a view of Fowler Lake is ready for hang-outs, and that all of our windows are open to catch the breeze.
Is your dog not-so-cool? (We understand.) Stop by for an uncracked case of beer or corked bottle of wine To-Go. Yes, we can.
Feel free to call ahead to speed up the process.
We appreciate you and your doggies support, see you Sunday for Sip&Pup!
By Salina Judkins
During our last bourbon tasting at Vino Etc., I was a number of really good questions. One attendee queried, "What does straight whiskey/bourbon mean? What is a straight whiskey?"
My initial response was, "Well, like many aspects of whiskey and bourbon, the answer is a bit vague...in reality, it doesn't mean anything more than what we today call bourbon."
Well, I was wrong.
Unlike what defines bourbon as a bourbon, an act of congress, in 2016 the United States Government passed a law defining all sorts of specifications around whiskey.
The Electronic Code of Federal Regulations’ Title 27.1(A)(5)(c), current as of April 19th, 2016, governs the “Standards of Identity for Distilled Spirits.”
"To be designated as “straight,” whiskies must conform to the aforementioned standards (distilled at less than 160 proof, stored at less than 125 proof, made from grain) and then they must be stored in the appropriate type of oak containers for a period of two or more years. No other whiskies may be designated “straight.” “Straight whisky” also includes mixtures of straight whiskies of the same type, but they must be produced in the same state."
When looking at the entire legal description, it appears that 99% of all whiskey is "straight".
Everyone in the world knows the brand "Jack Daniels". Indeed, as whiskey history goes, JD was one of the few survivors of the great movement away from the brown elixir - the 60's through to the 90's. But that's a story for another time.
Nathan Green, a freed slave, and head distiller before meeting Jack Daniels, perfected the Lincoln County Process, where whiskey is filtered through sugar maple charcoal prior to aging in charred oak barrels. Nearest took the young Jack under his wing, showing how to make whiskey and utilize the unique filtering process.
Today's blend carrying the Nearest moniker, is a tribute to the man and the process. The mash is held under lock and key and although the ancient formula remains a mystery, hand written notes about ingredients have been found so the current dram is as close as can be expected to the original.
Uncle Nearest 1856 is 100 proof and sourced from numerous undisclosed distilleries and aged a minimum of 7 years.
You can indulge Uncle Nearest at Vino Etc. and try the new offering, Uncle Nearest 1884 Small Batch. Quite good.
A fun topic a lot of people like to think about are food and wine pairings. It's great to cook and drink things that go well together. However, often people feel stuck drinking a wine they don't like in order to pair it correctly with food they are making/eating.
Personally, I love a dry Rose like an Italian rosado like our Pratello or the Stemmari with a steak. One of my favorite wines to have with salmon is not a white wine... it’s actually a Burgundian style Pinot Noir. Burgundian style Pinot Noirs aren't as fruit forward as west coast Pinots and we have a great one in Luc Cholot.
It’s great to purposely pair food and wines together but ultimately remember to drink the wine you like and enjoy it with the food you like.
- Leah Johnson, 2021
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