James Beard Award Finalists at Bottles by Sickles
The James Beards Association announced their 2020 finalists this morning, an esteemed list recognizing the best in American culinary arts and hospitality. In addition to the regional nominations for best chef, baker, bartender, et. al, this year the James Beard Association has a category celebrating the best in Beer, Wine, and Spirit making. At Bottles we already have two nominations for sale, congratulations!
André Hueston Mack – Maison Noir Wines, McMinnville, Oregon. Since opening day this producer has been a favorite of the Bottles team. André Mack, former Head Sommelier at Per Se, collaborates with Pacific Northwest grape farmers to source and blend for his wines. We just sold the last of the Love Drunk Rose at Bottles, so been on the lookout soon for the new vintage. In the meantime the ever popular OPP Pinot Noir is a light value for that style, and the Horseshoes and Handgrenades is a lively blend of Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot.
Drew Kulsveen – Willet Distillery, Bardstown, Kentucky. No secret that Bottles stocks rare and potent American Whiskeys, but this particular bourbon may have slipped your attention. That is because the team keeps it behind the register, on a pedestal. And now the James Bear Association has put it on a pedestal, too. Amongst all of the great whiskey coming out of Kentucky, this was the only producer recognized. Well deserved, because at a strength of 47% it finishes smooth with notes of caramel, vanilla, and citrus. Honorable mention to the beautiful copper-pot shaped glass it comes in.