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


Keeping it Fresh – Adeplhi Rare Scotch Whisky Selections

The choice in Scotch whisky has never been better. Despite what you may hear about shortage of stocks, our shelves have never been fuller with really good and interesting malts. However there is one area that was lacking when it came to our selection, and that was single cask, cask strength expressions from independent bottlers. Over the last few years I have been presented with numerous options of malts to line our shelves, but more often than not I rejected the offers due to quality and taste and also due to an important element: the price to value ratio of the product. Read More

Best Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner

Top wines for Turkey Day!

The mad rush is on to prepare for Thanksgiving, and while you’ve probably got your turkey picked out and the green beans at the ready, have you found the perfect wine to accompany the feast you’ll work so hard to prepare? If not, don’t fret- just stop by Vine & Table, where our wine staff have spent hours coming up with their top recommendations for Thanksgiving Day wines. All of these bottles 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


Fuenteseca Tequila, the work of Enrique Fonseca, a legend within the agave world.

Back in April, our customers were treated to something very special when we introduced Fuenteseca Extra Anejo 7 Year Old Tequila to the store. I had tasted a sample of this earlier in the year and was absolutely blown away by the depth and complexity of this old agave spirit and knew that lovers of fine tequila were going to go nuts over it- as were lovers of Scotch, bourbon, and other brown spirits. And I was right, because after a few short weeks our supply had completely dried up and people were begging for more. So I contacted Jake Lustig in California (Jake is the importer of Fuenteseca) to see about getting a second shipment for Indiana. What I got a few weeks later was a small box with a half dozen small sample bottles filled with very old Fuentesecas for me to try. Talk about hitting the jackpot! Read More

Freigeist Beer Indianapolis

The Surprising Free Spirits of Freigeist

When it comes to the beer business I take my job very seriously. I work hard to stay up to date on the newest releases and breweries that arrive in our state on a seemingly weekly basis. I study the history of the craft and try to predict where beer is going next. Overall, I feel that we at Vine & Table have a pretty good handle on the state of the industry. I have come to accept, however, that there will always be great surprises. As of last summer one of our best surprises by far goes by the name of Freigeist. Read More