Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Although it has a lot going for it, when most people
think about Kentucky, it comes down to two things: Thoroughbred
horses and Bourbon whiskey!
It seems they have always gone together, so the
founders of Pinhook Bourbon thought it was about time someone followed
through on the idea.
They developed a whiskey dedicated to the risky
practice of "pinhooking" - an old Southern term for the shrewd purchase of
very young thoroughbreds in hopes of them becoming champion runners.
It is an art form, and the best pinhookers are
brilliant speculators with powerful gut instincts honed by years of
experience and a deep knowledge of horseflesh lineage.
Pinhook Bourbon is led by Sean Josephs, a certified
sommelier and the proprietor of the acclaimed restaurants Char No.
4 in Brooklyn, and Maysville in Manhattan. Both of
these restaurants are recognized American whiskey temples. Click the links
provided to see what I mean.
Sean is teaming up with Bourbon Lane Stables in
Versailles, Kentucky, where successful yearly pinhooking has
become a way of life.
Together they will dedicate each release of Pinhook
Bourbon to a specific racehorse - an actual thoroughbred who is actively
competing. Since they manage dozens of stakes winning horses, another
winner will feel right at home!
Pinhook's first release is paired with the Graded
Stakes winner "Bourbon Courage", and Wine World is honored to have been
selected as one of the very few retailers across the country to offer this
inaugural batch of only 3,480 bottles!
They plan to release at least two separate bottlings
each year for the next two years, with what the company hopes will become,
"a highly collectible stable of exquisite bottles" to go along with the
exquisite bourbon inside of course!
Lovingly handcrafted and aged in Kentucky, Pinhook
Straight Bourbon Whiskey has in its DNA the richness of the soil, the
warmth of goldenrod, the softness of the air and the character and manner
of Kentucky horse country.
Each bottle harnesses the spirit of the pinhook - a
little daring, based on a profound understanding of quality. Here's what
you can expect inside:
Bourbon - $41.99: Pinhook's grain bill consists of
75% corn enhanced by more than 20% rye for a great spicy flavor, and
rounded out with malted barley for a smoothness that can't be beat!
It produces an exceptionally rich and balanced bourbon.
Bottled at 90 proof, it offers glinting copper notes and a warm, honey
undertone. It delivers an elegant, deep taste from start to finish.
Horse racing and bourbon - the essence of Kentucky -
now bottled and available to you...
Only at Wine World!
Old Westminster is a family establishment, owned
and operated by the Baker family. They provide a unique, wine-centered
experience in a hands-on winery that is producing exceptional wines.
The property is situated on a rocky plot of ground
just south of historic Westminster in the Maryland countryside, and it is
here that they hand-craft their distinctive wines.
These wines include a classic Bordeaux-blend and a
fabulous single vineyard Chardonnay, both of which we now have on our
They also offer Albariņo, Sauvignon Blanc, a
Syrah-Merlot blend and a single vineyard Cabernet Franc. If you are
interested in any of these wines, just let us know! That's how our shelves
get stocked after all!
These wines reflect no singular style - instead the
Bakers' only mission is to ensure balance and allow the wines to reflect
their vintage, and they believe these wines set the tone for a future of
crafting benchmark wines in the state.
From what they've accomplished coming out of the
starting gate, we think they've really got it going on, and we expect them
to show us some great things in the coming
Here's a bit about the Old Westminster wines that you
will find on our shelves today:
Chardonnay - $27.99: This is the wine that none other than Al
Spoler of "Cellar Notes" called "...the best Maryland Chardonnay I've ever
tasted. Very reminiscent of White Burgundy...". High praise
The grapes for this magnificent Chardonnay are from the
Pine Grove Vineyard perched atop a sandy bank overlooking the Chester
River on Maryland's eastern shore. They are whole-cluster pressed and
cool-fermented, with 75% in stainless and the remainder in new French oak.
For added richness and texture, it is kept on its lees for over 6 months
and stirred regularly before any blending is
The aromas are bright and youthful, enhanced by a 1%
inclusion of Albariņo. It offers hints of guava, dried apricot, ripe red
apple and toasted almonds with a palate that is refreshingly soft and
smooth yet with enough acid to keep it lively. This intricate wine closes
with a mineral note that is as surprising as it is delightful. You're
really going to like this one!
2011 "Channery Hill"
Red Blend - $27.99: This classic right bank Bordeaux blend consists
of 50% Merlot blended with 30% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon
that had been allowed a few extra weeks of hang time. Perhaps this is
where the extra intensity comes from! The grapes were destemmed and
single-berry hand sorted on their way to the fermentation
The juice was aged for 18 months in French oak prior to
blending, and bottled with minimal racking. We suggest you decant this
wine to allow it to open fully, and to remove any light sediment that may
When you pour the wine, its deep ruby color immediately
grabs your attention. The aromas are packed with red fruit, anise and
toasted hazelnut. On the palate, it offers moderate acidity, medium
weight, sturdy yet silky tannins, and a round, balanced
For those who enjoy really well made wines, and also
enjoy the idea of supporting local productions, we can whole-heartedly
suggest you give these wines a try.
Pick up a bottle or two on your next visit!
at Wine World!
New from Washington
Two Vintners "Boushey Vineyard" Grenache Blanc
This is a wine we first encountered in Wine Enthusiast
Magazine as it was reviewed by Paul Gregutt, a contributing editor who
specializes in wine of the Pacific Northwest.
It is made in Washington State's Columbia Valley, in a
sub-region known as the Yakima Valley, by two very talented individuals -
Morgan Lee and Donavon Claflin. They are the winemaker and assistant
winemaker, respectively, at Covington Cellars in Woodinville, but they
have been making wines under their own label since 2009. They call
their joint enterprise "Two Vintners".
Through their years of work, they have met and
befriended many grape growers and other wine professionals. One of them is
Mr. Dick Boushey who has been tending his vineyards in the Yakima Valley
AVA for more than 3 decades.
His grapes have been used to produce some of the most
critically acclaimed Washington wines, and winemakers proudly proclaim the
name of his vineyard on labels of their vineyard designated
The Boushey Vineyard has recently been named among the
top 10 vineyards in Washington State, and in fact Dick was named 2002
"Grower of the Year" by the Washington State Wine Commission! With that
kind of pedigree, it's no wonder that he only sells to a short list of
So imagine such exquisite fruit in the hands of
extremely talented winemakers, and you can begin to see some of the allure
of this wine.
For the making of their highly acclaimed white wine,
they selected the Rhône varietal Grenache Blanc for its citrus and or
herbaceous notes. To this base wine they blended in a small amount of
Roussanne for its rich flavors of honey and pear, and full body. The
combination is pure magic!
Here's an excerpt from the review by Paul
2012 Two Vintners
"Boushey Vineyard" Grenache Blanc (Yakima Valley) - $29.99:
"Still young and slightly spritzy, this excellent wine includes 8%
Roussanne. One third was fermented in neutral oak; the rest in stainless.
It's a flavorful, bracing wine with melon and citrus in the forefront.
Racy and fresh, with excellent focus and length, it finishes with a brisk
hint of salinity." 90 points - Paul Gregutt, Wine Enthusiast
As many of you continue to seek out quality "ABC" wines
("Anything but Chardonnay"), we are very happy to offer this
wonderful alternative, and to those who have not overloaded themselves on
Chardonnay's many charms, we would still like to recommend this wine as a
great tasting change of pace that we believe you will fall in love with at
The most well known of all the Irish whiskeys is
Paddy whiskey. But less well known, is the fact that this delightful
whiskey was named after a gregarious sales representative for Cork
Patrick J. O'Flaherty was born in Cork in 1850,
the eldest son of Daniel O'Flaherty and his wife Anne Long. He was
presumably influenced by his mother's family, who were pub owners,
as he decided to join the Cork Distilleries Company as a travelling
salesman in December 1882. His salary - a mere Ģ150 a year!
The Cork Distilleries Co. was founded in 1877 and
had a number of distilling sites in the Cork city area. The
distillery used the finest local grown barley and pure water from
tributaries of the river Lee to distill world class whiskeys.
Paddy's area covered a territory stretching from Youghal to Mallow
where he sold the rather unwieldy named "Cork Distilleries Company
Old Irish Whiskey".
As Paddy travelled from pub to pub by train and
jaunting car, he always drew a crowd, as it became well known that
this most generous of fellows would always stand you a
This was an ingenious way of ensuring everyone
got a taste for the Cork Distillery Co's Old Irish Whiskey and put
pressure on the publicans to keep it in stock. When they ran low on
stocks, they wrote to the distillery asking for another case of
"Paddy Flaherty's whiskey".
The name stuck so much so that in 1912, Cork
Distilleries officially changed the name of the whiskey to Paddy
Wine World is proud to offer the original, and
two new offshoots, all at a great sale price:
$23.99 $19.99: This distinctively
rich, golden colored whiskey has fresh and lively aromatics with a
complex interplay of nutty malt, woodland fragrances and spice, with
hints of honey and vanilla. The taste is soft and mild, with a
distinctive mellow maltiness, a touch of sweet oil, spiciness - and
again those back notes of honey, vanilla, toasted wood. It finishes
with a sweetness gently fading, mellow malt and mild woody notes
that pleasingly linger.
$23.99 $19.99: The nectar of the
night! Paddy Bee Sting is dripping with real Irish honey flavor and
a soft finish. It's the shot that gets things flowing. Get stung by
the nectar of the night.
Devil's Apple -
$23.99 $19.99: One Bad Devil's
Apple! Paddy Devil's Apple has a bite that wakes the night with
crisp apple flavors and a devilish cinnamon kick. Just one shot can
turn a good apple bad.
Pick up one or all three on your next visit! Erin
Only at Wine World!
Amazing New Red
Amis Petite Sirah, 2008
Deux Amis, French for "two friends", is a
partnership between winemakers Phyllis Zouzounis and Jim
Six years of working together in the wine
industry with many a late night relaxing over a glass of Zinfandel
after a long day on the crush pad, found the two friends envisioning
their own winery. The dream became a reality with the 1987
That year, Deux Amis produced one hundred cases
of Zinfandel from one vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley. Today, Jim
and Phyllis produce over 1500 cases of wine from grapes grown in
Sonoma County's Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys.
Deux Amis began by specializing in producing
outstanding Zinfandels. It is the varietal that comes with the stamp
of Sonoma County firmly imprinted upon it. Their secret was to blend
a small amount of Petite Sirah into their Zinfandel for added depth
Then in 1995, Deux Amis added Petite Sirah to its
bottle offerings. The fruit comes from the Vyborny Vineyard in
Alexander Valley. The positive responses of those who sampled this
delicious wine from the barrel convinced them to bottle a small
amount of Petite Sirah separately.
Wine World has now made this incredibly dense and
flavorful wine available to you on our shelves. Here's a brief
description of what you expect from it:
Amis "Vyborny Vineyard" Alexander Valley Petite
Sirah - $27.99: This inky wonder offers
inviting aromas of smoky oak woven with ripe dark plum, vanilla and
just a hint of spice. As the tannins soften and the wine opens, the
intense flavors reveal the beauty of this wine. Concentrated dark
cherry, boysenberry, blackberry and rhubarb merge with the smoky oak
and vanilla notes to create a well integrated and balanced taste
sensation in your mouth!
This Petite Sirah presents another option when
looking for a robust wine. Try it with hearty fare like beef stew,
cassoulet, puttanesca or even a rich chocolate dessert.
Why not pick up a bottle on your next
Only at Wine World!
Brau Brewing Company
For those who believe nothing good comes out of
Washington D.C. these days, Wine World proudly presents DC
That's right! The capital of the United States of
America now has a beer to call its own!
Brandon Skall and Jeff Hancock, two D.C.
residents who, sharing years of experience in both brewing and
beverage distribution, decided to join forces to change
They wanted to create a brewery whose products
would be available in local stores and taps outside of its site of
production. That hasn't happened in D.C. in 60 years!
That's why they combined their knowledge and
passion to found the DC Brau Brewing Company.
Brewed within the D.C. city limits, this is a
beer that represents a delicious and uniquely American blend of
North American and European techniques and ingredients. A beer that
looks just as inviting in a pint glass as in its handsomely designed
can. A beer that pairs just as well with summer's barbecued bounty
as with a hearty winter stew.
This is a beer crafted in our nation's capital
that reflects the great state of brewing in the United States
Today, Wine World is happy to present this trio
of their finest on our shelves priced at $11.49/6-pack, and
Public" Pale Ale : Brewed in the classic
American Pale Ale style, this beer offers assertive bitterness
backed by C-60 and Vienna malts which lend notes of rich, yet
semi-dry caramel, followed up with a nice white grapefruit and
citrus aroma that begs for a follow up sip. 6% ABV.
Corruption" India Pale Ale : DC Brau's
take on a Pacific Northwest IPA, this beer straddle's the line
between IPA and Imperial IPA. Brewed with Pale 2 row, C-10, Honey
and Victory malts, and exclusively hopped with 40 lbs of Columbus
hops per batch, it has a supportive malty backbone with an assertive
hop presence. 6.5% ABV, 80 IBU's!
Citizen" Belgian Style Pale Ale :
Inspired by the timeless Tripel style ales of Belgium, "The Citizen"
uses a traditional high gravity "Abbey" yeast strain that encourages
the production of highly palatable ethanol notes supported by
Aromatic and Carapils malts. It also exhibits the noble hop
spiciness that is common to most Belgian Ales. 7% ABV.
Pick up a sixer on your next visit and prove to
yourself that good things can still come out of DC!
Felon Jerky Cartel
This product is pure. This product is potent.
This product will blow your mind!
Righteous Felon Jerky Cartel specializes in
producing and trafficking high-potency beef jerky made with illegal
combinations of unique, all-natural ingredients! They like to say
it's "Criminally crafted for the unlawful appetite"!
In today's world, it's rare to find a pure jerky
product that hasn't been mass produced in a factory and stepped on
with preservatives, chemicals, and low-grade ingredients. At
Righteous Felon, things are different.
This is handmade jerky, produced in small batches
to ensure freshness, quality, and consistency.
Their recipes are creative and unique, using only
the highest quality natural ingredients and great tasting Black
Angus Beef that is grown locally at Roseda Beef in Monkton Maryland,
without the use of growth hormones or antibiotics.
Hickory" - $7.99: 1/8th pound of the
Righteous Felon original recipe. The classic hickory flavor
that started it all: This O.G. classic hit the streets in '96
and the jerky game hasn't been the same since!
Guevara" - $7.99: An old jerky recipe
straight out of Cuba, this mild jerky, peppered with chili powders
and cumin, is the torch that leads the rebellion against the
powerful, plastic purveying Jerky conglomerates that currently
control your local truck-stops and convenience store jerky
aisles. This revolution WILL be televised!
Escobar" - $7.99: Pure jerky from the
personal stash of Colombia's most notorious felon himself.
After Escobar's death in 1993, large reserves of the potent product
were confiscated from the kingpin's Medellin compound. However
systemic corruption within the Colombian Task Force caused these
reserves to vanish without a trace... until now!
After 2 decades that illicit hickory flavor cut
with a dose of all-natural Habanero seasoning has resurfaced - a spicy delicacy for those righteous souls
who can take the heat!
So, as you rip open the bag, and the aroma hits your
nose, the flavors touch your tongue, the endorphins fire through
your brain, and the smile is permanently tattooed on your lips,
remember my friend, this cartel's jerky is deadly serious
* Note: A portion of
every purchase directly supports "The Innocence Project" - a
non-profit organization dedicated to exonerating wrongfully
convicted individuals through the use of irrefutable DNA
K Bergerac Blanc, 2012
These wines are another nod to Brenden! He just
keeps finding amazing wines at great prices, and this time he's done
it with an amazing white from Bergerac, just east of Bordeaux.
This is the sister wine of one he discovered a
little while back, which has been one of his "go to" wines for those
who ask for his recommendation for a really nice red wine for a
special dinner, or for a guest!
Even though the red is not exactly "new", we
thought we'd bring it to everyone's attention, in case you hadn't
discovered it yet either!
These wines are made by Katharina Mowinckel, a
young Norwegian equestrian who landed in Southwest France and
purchased the estate in 2002. She stamped the Chateau with her
initial, and never looked back!
Located at one point of the royal wine triangle: Bordeaux
vineyards begin a few hundred meters to the West, and the Cote de
Duras go rolling off to the South. A terroir enabling her to aim for
excellence from the start and Katharina makes no bones about her
"My small volume meant that in order to make it,
I had to head for the top".
This small estate produces small volume that wins
medal after medal, and her wines do not disappoint!
Here is a brief description of the Chateau K
wines presently available at Wine World:
Chateau K Bergerac Blanc - $19.99: This
wine is an absolutely lovely blend of 30% each Semillon, Sauvignon Gris, and Sauvignon Blanc,
with 10% Muscadelle. As you might expect it shows pale, yellow
shades with youthful green reflexes at the rim.
The nose is intense, highly complex and fruity
with lemongrass and passion fruit, highlighted by wonderfully floral
notes of white acacia delivered by the Muscat component.
Fermented and aged in barrels, the palate takes
on a full roundness and delivers a tasty impression of biting into
ripe fruit! It finishes with a persistent and flattering note
to make the experience fully satisfying.
Chateau K Bergerac Rouge - $27.99: This
"Right Bank" blend of 85% Merlot with 15% Cabernet Sauvignon was Brenden's initial foray
into Chateau K wines. He brought it into the store a few months
back, and it has been a non-stop favorite, making us wonder what
else they had!
This Bordeaux blend shows a deep and intense ruby
color with purple highlights. Like Bergerac's most famous son,
Cerano, this wine also has a very big nose! It is full of complex
aromas of black fruits and spices. On the palate, the attack is
supple with the aromatics carrying over to the taste buds.
Its tannins are relaxed and velvety, leading to a fine
and crisp finish that offers a backnote of fruit and oaky vanilla,
making it an excellent dinner selection.
Both of these wines are in stock now, but
only in limited quantities. We don't know how long we
will be able to keep them coming, so we suggest you don't delay -
pick up your Chateau K today!
at Wine World!
to Know "The Wine Coach"
As you may know, Wine World is the proud sponsor of some
outstanding radio shows relating to wine that can be heard on WHFC
(91.1), WBJC (91.5), and WYPR (88.1).
Today, we are happy to announce we have now
joined forces with our good friend Laurie Forster, better known as
"The Wine Coach". She has been our guest at the store a few times,
as well as attending the HCC Wine Expo as our special guest speaker
not long ago, and we have always enjoyed our times
She is a certified sommelier and an award winning
author. Also her husband is a world class chef, so she knows a
bit about the food aspect as well! We find her radio show "The
Sipping Point" to be a breath of fresh air in the sometimes
stuffy or pretentious arena of talk radio, especially when it comes
to the discussion of wines. (We hate that!)
Laurie has a great personality and uses a
combination of wit and wisdom in her show. This "coach" has a way of
conveying complex subjects and concepts in a clear and practical
manner that can really help everyone learn more about wine - and
other adult beverages - from every aspect possible. (We love
This makes her a really good fit along with the
other fine shows that we underwrite: "Cellar Notes"
with Al Spoler and Hugh Sisson, "Word on Wine" with
Jonathan Palevsky and Mary Zajak, and "Wine 101 Radio" with
our own Rachel Herron and Michael Cullison!
It has long been our belief that the more you
know about your favorite beverages, the better prepared you are to
make informed buying decisions, so in an effort to once again do our
part, we are happy to welcome "The Sipping Point" to
It airs every Saturday at 12:00 noon on WBAL
1090 AM, and it also streams live on WBAL.Com. We hope you will take
the time to get to know her, and we look forward to having her visit
us at Wine World in the near future so you can meet her in person.
Stay tuned for more information on that!
Meantime, stay well, enjoy your holidays, and come see us
at Wine World - your favorite beverage store!