Anatomy of a Great Home Bar

Building your own home bar can be a daunting task. With an endless number of spirits to choose from, deciding what deserves a spot on your shelf isn’t easy, but we are here to help. Just add the spirits listed below to your collection and you will be off to a great start! Want a Manhattan? You already have the whisky and sweet vermouth, just add a bottle of bitters. Does a Negroni sound good? All the ingredients are here. Need to mix up some margaritas for Taco Tuesday? Use the tequila and curaçao, and just add some limes and simple syrup. What about a Martini, a Boulevardier, or a Spritz? Check, check and check. Whether your hopes are to have a well-rounded collection, suitable for a variety of guests, or to have a solid bar to start with when following along in your next cocktail recipe book, this selection is for you. Pop in and see me and we can discuss! Read More

Wines for Entertaining a Crowd

This is the season we gather together for parties, open houses and special dinners. If you have family, friends and coworkers coming over, it’s not always the right occasion to break out your most prized bottles of wine. That’s why we’re providing your go-to list of wines that are high quality and will please a wide range of preferences while remaining affordably priced.  Read More

Our Buyers Top Picks for Thanksgiving!

It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As you start planning your menu, you might also want to consider what wines you’ll serve alongside those heaping platters and casserole dishes. Check out the following recommendations from our trusty wine buyers- they have something lined up for every possible entree, and a few suggestions for dessert too! All of these bottles and more are conveniently located together at the center of the store, so you won’t waste any of your precious time on the hunt. Hurry in to cross off the most important item on your shopping list! Read More

Glen Keith 24 Year Old Single Barrel Single Malt Scotch – the newest edition to V&T’s hand-selected cask program!

Since we started our single cask program several years ago, we have brought back some deliciously unique whiskies from Scotland to a very appreciative audience. Casks from The Isle of Arran, Glendronach and Caol Ila distilleries were devoured with gusto, so with our supply all but exhausted in early 2016, I made another pilgrimage back to Scotland to hunt for more great malt whisky. My journey took me to the little town of Pitlochry in Scotland’s southern Highlands to meet with Des McCagherty of Signatory Vintage at the tiny Read More

New Scotch Malts

Here are our latest newcomers!

Sanaig Single Malt Scotch – Kilchoman’s Master Distiller John MacLellan may be gone, but his legacy lives on in this new regular release from Islay’s farm distillery. Sanaig, named after a rocky inlet close to the distillery, is predominantly Oloroso sherry cask-dominated and takes up residence on the shelf next to the bourbon barrel-aged Machir Bay. Fans of Kilchoman (myself included) will be very pleased with this new offering. It is classic Kilchoman: the peat, smoke and earthy malt components are all there, but with added depth and dimension provided by the sherry casks. Notes of toffee, stone fruits, herbaceous smoke, vanilla ice cream sandwiches, mocha and salty sea breeze are blended beautifully, creating a soft, elegant and very moreish dram. Read More

Starlight Distillery Vine & Table Hand Picked Single Barrel Bourbon

Ted Huber has been distilling a long time. While many of today’s craft distillers were running around in diapers, Ted was running spirit through the imported German still at his family’s farm in Boden, southern Indiana. The Huber family have been farming this land since 1843, when Simon Huber emigrated from Baden-Baden in Germany, bringing with him his extensive knowledge of farming and winemaking. Ted Huber cut his teeth in fruit production and winemaking and later decided that he should begin distilling the fruits of his labor into brandies, carrying on the practice as his ancestors did in Germany. It was 2001 when Ted fired up his still for the first time, and since then his brandies have won critical acclaim. Producing a world-class spirit on a small scale takes a lot of skill and perseverance, but it’s the attention to detail that Ted, Jason Heiligenberg (Master Distiller at Huber) and his closely knit team have put into their work that really shines through. Read More

Tribute to Jon MacLellan

I write this with a heavy heart. This was one of the last casks that Jon MacLellan selected before he passed away on Easter Sunday after a long battle with cancer. Jon was the Distillery Manager at Kilchoman, and I had the pleasure of meeting him on my first trip to Islay back in 2012. Read More

Tradition runs deep in Armagnac

Damian and Brendan are on the hunt to find some great wines for the store and have been doing a terrific job seeking out well-made and well-priced vino from lesser-known producers; meanwhile Jordan and I have been attempting to do the same for our French brandy section. It was while I was flipping through a small French wine importer’s catalog a few weeks ago that I came across a reference to Château de Lacquy Armagnac. Read More