The holidays are right around the corner and we have a list of the top 5 gifts that your loved ones will be sure to adore.
Let’s Get to Gifting
Corkcicle Cigar Glass This glass is a Whiskey lover and Cigar lover’s dream. Part rocks glass part cigar rest, Cigar Glass lets you hold your drink and cigar in the same hand at the same time without all the awkward finger fumbling, so you are free to sip and puff at your leisure.
Etched Globe Decanter A new spin on serving spirits. Turn this globe spirits decanter east to west or west to east and admire the rich hue of your prized port, cognac or wine. As you spin the decanter, its precious contents will also aerate to open up the flavor and allow the aromas to develop.
Wino Sippers – S/2 Some call it genius. Others call it revolutionary. The brilliant Wino Sipper features a built-in glass straw, perfect for sipping your favorite beverage. It’s compact design fits securely in the palm of your hand – No more losing your grip on fragile stemware!
Slant Feliz Nauti-Dog Cutest gift idea yet (see the photo above)! Get this stemless wine glass for yourself or give them to dog lovers as a personal housewarming or Christmas gift they are sure to love for years to come.
Bottle Holder – Cheery Cub Add a little cheer to your holiday decor! Display your wine in this playful, light-hearted polar bear holder. This festive and playful wine holder works with all standard bottle shapes…A gift anyone would love.
With these gifts you’ll be sure to impress, but if you’re looking for even MORE gifting inspiration this Holiday season, Head over to our gift guide page to find the most perfect gift yet!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Time for yummy food, family, friends, and fun. This holiday season we thought we’d help you out with a list of our favorite wines to pair with the delicious Turkey you’re cooking up this year.
Red Wine and Turkey Pairings
Let’s start of with a list for our red wine lovers.
Iter Pinot Noir California This red wine will have people begging for another glass. It is a solid, oak aged California Pinot with plenty of fruit that is a necessity to have on the dinner table this holiday season.
Kudos Pinot Noir Willamette, 2017 This Pinot Noir has plenty of red plum and cherry notes to pair with any and everything at your table this holiday season. You and your loved ones must give Oregon Pinot Noir a try this holiday!
White Wine and Food Pairings
Don’t worry lovers of white wine, we didn’t forget about you!
Grey Rock Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough For the white wine drinkers who need to wet their palate before the main dish arrives, make sure your glass is full of Sauvy B. This bottle, a light and acidic Sauvignon Blanc, will not only pair fantastically with your big Thanksgiving dinner, but it will keep you from feeling weighed down before you get to the main course.
Luquet St Veran Vers les Monts You must save a spot at the dinner table for this unoaked, fruity Chardonnay this year. Before, during, or after dinner – it’s good at any point with soft cheeses or to help enhance any fruity flavors on the table!
Neethlingshof Chenin Blanc Our final white wine we recommend at your table this year, this South African white is full of peach and apricot and hints it will add a refreshing twist to your turkey, especially if you have other glazed dishes on the table (like ham).
Looking for even MORE wine pairing insporation for the holidays? Head over to our holiday entertaining page to make sure you’re prepared for the best holiday season yet!
Just when we thought there would never be a better pairing than Peanut Butter and Jelly…Skrewball comes out with Peanut Butter Whiskey.
Peanut butter lovers everywhere are in for a treat with Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey, a trend that has been popular for Southern Californians for awhile but is now gaining more distribution across the nation.
Who would have thought the bold taste of whiskey would pair so well with the taste of rich, creamy peanut butter. If you haven’t had a chance to try this surprisingly good and sweet treat, not only do we recommend it but we recommend doing it fast, before they run out.
We will advise you that a night with Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey is likely to get a little nutty… it is 70 proof after all.
Our customers are even giving feedback on what to do with this whiskey:
” This is the best! Try it with cranberry or grape juce for a “peanut butter & jelly drink” or a chocolate liquor for a peanut butter cup treat.” ~Facebook Fan Eve
” It is Yummy! Thought it sounded weird, but we added Rumchada and we also tried adding Kahlua.” ~Facebook Fan Dorothy
” Y’all. Use this to make a White Russian. You won’t regret it I promise.” ~FB Fan Juli
Looking for even MORE information on this hot new trend? Check out our Skrewball Peanut Butter Whiskey page on our website to purchase your own bottle today!
Football season is finally HERE! We have all the spirits to boost your team spirit. Game plan: draft us in your tailgate supply starting lineup, and read on for the ultimate side dish recipe
MVPs – Most Valuable Products
There’s no better pairing than that of football and beer. Make sure you pack your coolers and fill them with your favorite classic drafts to get you through game day.
Whether you’re tailgating with friends at the stadium, or from the comfort of your own home, if your crowd is large enough – you might want to grab a keg! Take a look at our Guide to Kegs to learn everything you’ll need to grab the right keg of beer for football season.
Meet the New Tailgating Choice in 2019: Hard Seltzers
Hard seltzers weren’t just all the rage for summer. We’re predicting they’re going to be popular all year long – and that includes tailgating season! But many people are still asking “Why are they becoming so popular?”
Well, most hard seltzer options are actually a healthy alternative to other beverages! Many products in this category actually have lower calories and carbs than other drink options. And have you been scared by the news saying there were shortages on your favorite hard seltzer brand? Don’t worry! Our teams are constantly restocking your favorite flavors of White Claws at Total Wine & More!
A New Spin on the Classic Football Recipe: The Bloody Maria
Get up: It’s Game day! Most people would say a Bloody Mary is the perfect tailgating choice. Well, we have a second option to consider. A tangy and refreshing Bloody Maria is sure to awaken your senses. Watch this quick clip and learn how to mix it!
Are you making a list, checking it twice and still finding yourself in need of some inspiration? At Total Wine & More, we have beer, cocktail and wine accessories that can satisfy friends and family of all stripes, from the hopivore to the cocktail master.
When it comes to enjoying beer, one of the most important elements (besides the beer itself) is the glass in which it’s served. Our Libbey Craft Brews Set features six different glass styles, including the classic Pilsner, English pub, Belgian Ale, craft pub, Porter/Stout and wheat beer glasses. While some may dismiss the importance of the beer glass, aficionados will tell you it’s an integral part of the drinking experience. Take the famed Pilsner glass: Its long, tapered shape shows off the color and carbonation of a good Lager, while helping maintain the beer head for a nice, frothy top. The same can be said for the tulip-shaped Belgian Ale glass and its narrow, flared top, which keeps the head frothy and locks in aroma.
For any mixologist in the making, a set of copper mugs is essential. To many, the Moscow Mule is the cocktail of the moment, and with its rise, the copper mug has exploded in popularity. Though the mug may have started as a marketing gimmick to sell vodka stateside in the 1940s, it has become a beloved part of cocktail culture. So it makes a great gift, which is made even better when coupled with a good vodka. For those who wish to up their gift game, we recommend Summum and Knight’s Hall, our two top vodkas for 2016.
While it may seem daunting to shop for dedicated wine lovers, our great selection of accessories makes it easy. The Original Rabbit Corkscrew is the standard-bearer in the corkscrew department. Famous for its ability to remove a cork in less than three seconds, this award-winning corkscrew can face off against the most difficult corks. In addition to corkscrews that help get celebrations started, we also offer accessories to keep them going. Our Champagne Re-corker keeps bottles fresh and bubbly, and also gives red and white wines an extra two to four days of life after opening.
So let us help you check items off your list before your family comes to town. Stop by your local store and pick up some fun accessories tonight, or find the gifts you want to give online, and we’ll have them ready for you to pick up in just one hour with in-store express pickup.
Ten years ago we opened our first Florida Total Wine & More location in Tampa. Today, there are 25 Total Wine & More locations in Florida, and we are still growing. In honor of our 10th anniversary, we wanted to take a moment and thank all of our loyal Florida customers for welcoming us into your community.
Our Tampa store, the first in Florida, taken the morning of our Grand Opening on August 30, 2005.
It has been a pleasure serving the Florida communities that we are a part of. In honor of our 10th anniversary, we’re throwing a state-wide celebration September 3rd through 7th. You’ve let us be a part of your celebrations for 10 years, now come and be a part of ours!
Stop into any Florida Total Wine & More September 3-7 for tons of tastings, events, and more with your favorite wine, beer and spirit brands. For a full list of events, click here.
Join us in raising a glass, show us how you celebrate! Share your celebration photos, a story, or even a selfie with your favorite Total Wine team member. Show us how Floridians celebrate! For more information, or to submit your #RaiseAGlassFL photos, click here.
No matter how you choose to celebrate, we hope you have enjoyed our service over the past 10 years. We have truly enjoyed all of you welcoming our service and products into your homes. Here’s to the fun times we’ve had, and to another 10 amazing years. Cheers!
Total Wine & More is thrilled to be opening ourthird store in Las Vegas, Nevada!
The new store will be located at 5720 Centennial Center Blvd in Centennial Hills — join us for our Grand Opening festivities starting Thursday August 20th at 4:00 P.M. (Clickhereto see more about our store and all of the Grand Opening activities).
This is our 4th store in Nevada,and our 118th store in the nation. We’re looking forward to finally settling inCentennial Hills, and even more excited to be members of this lively and growing neighborhood.
Total Wine & More will be donating a portion of our Grand Opening weekend sales to benefit Opportunity Village, a not-for-profit organization serving children and adults in the southern Nevada community with intellectual disabilities to enhance their lives and the lives of the families who love them. Through vocational training, community employment, day services, advocacy, arts and social recreation, citizens with severe disabilities are able to find new friends, realize future career paths, seek independence and community integration and unleash creative passions.
Love craft beer? Make sure to visit the Brewery District for 32oz and 64oz growler fills of fresh craft beer, with a great local selection! You can even see our growler menu online before stopping into the store at www.totalwine.com/whatsontap.
Make sure to “Like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on all the upcoming events and latest product arrivals at our newest store in Nevada.
Share your experience at our Grand Opening events on social media with the hashtag #totalwineGO. Our social team will be sharing the very best experiences and photos to our social accounts.
Total Wine & More is thrilled to be opening our first store in Altamonte Springs, Florida!
The new store will be located at 160 East Altamonte Drive in the Marketplace at Altamonte, across from Burlington Coat Factory — join us for our Grand Opening festivities starting Thursday July 2nd at 4:00 P.M. (Click here to see more about our store and all of the Grand Opening activities).
This is our 24th store in Florida, and our third in the greater Orlando area. We’re looking forward to finally settling in Seminole County, and even more excited to be members of this lively and growing neighborhood. We already can’t wait to get involved and start giving back to the amazing Altamonte Springs community!
Stop by the store July 2-5 and join us in supporting the The Seminole Cultural Arts Council — Total Wine & More will be donating a portion of our Grand Opening weekend sales to benefit the council.
Make sure to “Like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on all the upcoming events and latest product arrivals at our newest store in California.
Already planning on joining us for our Grand Opening events? Share your experience on social media with the hashtag #totalwineGO. Our social team will be sharing the very best experiences and photos on our social accounts.
There’s a lot of history along El Camino Real, the historic route that once connected the Spanish missions along the California coast. It’s called Highway 101 now, but it’s still the main artery connecting the Central Coast wine regions.
We headed south down Highway 101 from Paso Robles, threading our way through green hills towards the ocean. We stopped in the Edna Valley where, if you sit high on a hillside, you can see the Pacific. We were at a funky little compound that houses one of Sextant Winery’s tasting rooms.
We enjoyed tasting Sextant’s crisp, clean 2011 Edna Valley Chardonnay, and their rich but balanced Wheelhouse Zinfandel and Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. We had a nice surprise here, too.
We drove on to Santa Barbara County, which has earned its place in American wine lore as the venue for the famous (or infamous) movie, “Sideways.” This dubious distinction aside, the region also produces some of the country’s best Pinot Noir and Syrah. The ambience here is rural but up-scale, with small towns such as Lompoc, home of the famous Wine Ghetto that we didn’t get to visit because these hot young “garage” wineries are only open for tasting on weekends. (Note to self — schedule next visit Friday to Sunday).
The cool-climate Santa Rita Hills region is where we put on our tasting caps, enjoying exceptional (and highly-awarded) Pinot Noir and Chardonnay with Alvin in the Melville Winery tasting room.
We tasted great Pinot Noir at Melville — l. to r. Bruce Cotanch, Cris Cotanch, Deb Lapmardo (TWM Wine Supervisor in Phoenix) and Chuck Lapmardo.
Just a little further up-valley we chatted with Hollie at Dierberg and Star Lane Winery. The owners grow fruit in both the Santa Rita Hills and warm-climate Happy Canyon, where they own a staggering 8,000 acres of this newly-recognized AVA that’s actually warmer than most of the Napa Valley. Dierberg’s wines have earned big scores and an international reputation: the 2007 Dierberg Syrah Santa Ynez Valley was served to some of the world’s most exalted dignitaries at the 2012 NATO Summit.
Our favorite destination was the charming and funky little town of Los Olivos. Historic buildings and old store fronts have been converted to tasting rooms, art galleries and shops, but there’s still evidence of the cattle ranching that’s been a mainstay in this valley for generations.
We had a killer lunch, too, at Sides Hardware and Shoes – A Brothers Restaurant. This converted hardware and general store is actually a restaurant operated by, you guessed it, two brothers. Their home-smoked Brothers bacon looked like a slab of pork, and the BLT with local Heirloom tomatoes and Basil Aioli was one of our favorite meals of the entire trip.
Jedlicka’s Saddlery, on Los Olivos’ main street, still sells to working ranch hands. (Deb Lapmardo and Chris Cotanch enjoy the ambience.)
We tasted many great wines, including Syrah from Stolpman Vineyards, grown in warm-climate Ballard Canyon on the eastern side of the Santa Ynez Valley, further away from the ocean’s influence.
Across the street, we were wowed by Tensley’s Syrahs, which have received some of the highest scores ever awarded to California Syrah. But you don’t need scores to appreciate the concentration, elegance, and balance in Joey Tensley’s wines.
Joey Tensley was recently named “one of California’s twelve best Syrah producers.”
The very next day, as we reluctantly departed the quirky little town of Solvang to brave the Los Angeles freeways, we read the Wine Advocate’s just-released Central Coast Wine Report 2012. Not surprisingly, many of the wines we’d tasted got huge scores (95 points for Tensley’s Colson Canyon Syrah 2009!), but we didn’t need critics to tell us that this wine region represents the best our country has to offer. It was nice to know, though, that Antonio Galloni agreed with us.
You can bet we’ll be back to enjoy the unspoiled, uncongested, undeniably awesome Central Coast. Cheers!
Posted by Deb Lapmardo, TWM Wine Team member, Phoenix Desert Ridge
We recently had the opportunity to interview Jeff Norman, Master Taster at Jack Daniel’s Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee — he’s one of the few individuals at the Jack Daniel Distillery with the responsibility for ensuring that every drop of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey is up to the same standards that Mr. Jack himself held when he first began making his whiskey in the mid 1800s.
Jeff may have had a leg up on securing this enviable position, his parents collectively dedicated more than 70 years of service making Jack Daniels whiskey before retiring, Jeff’s father, who also appeared in several Jack Daniel’s print advertisements, also include taster on his list of duties.
After receiving his Ph.D. in environmental chemistry in 2003, Norman returned to Lynchburg and started working at the distillery as a still man. Norman has also kept watch over the grains and cave spring water through the fermentation process before more recently being made a quality control specialist. He now spends his days on the master tasting panel, selecting the whiskey that will become Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel and taste testing the whiskey before it’s bottled.
“My main objective in tasting the whiskey is to ensure that it meets our taste profile criteria and that we maintain the consistency that our consumers expect,” Norman said. “If the taste was to change under my watch, I’d have a few million people the world over to answer to.”
We sourced our questions from Total Wine & More team members from across the country, let’s see what they had to ask!
Aside from the charcoal-mellowing process, what sets Tennessee whiskey apart from bourbon?
Patrick, from Bellevue, Washington
JN: While bourbons and Tennessee whiskey share some similarities, the biggest differences are the charcoal mellowing process (which you mentioned) and our pure, pristine cave water. We make our own sugar maple charcoal and allow our newly distilled spirit to trickle through ten feet of it. This process smooths and polishes the spirit before going into the white oak barrels for maturation. Even before the mellowing process, our uniqueness rises from the cave spring water we use to make Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey. It’s the same source of water Mr. Jack found and used many decades ago.
How do you describe the characteristics/flavor profile of Jack Daniels to consumers?
Eric Yetman, from Potomac, Maryland
JN: Jack Daniel’s whiskey possess aromas and flavors consisting of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch and oak. We use our own hand-crafted, white oak barrels that have been toasted and charred on the inside. This toasting and charring process caramelizes sugars naturally found in white oak trees and releases warm, rich flavors, colors and aromas from the oak. (Think about toasting a marshmallow over a camp fire or toasting a thick slice of artisan bread and you get an idea of the process that produces our flavors, aromas, and colors.)
I’m sure you get to try many different cocktails made with the Jack Daniel’s line – any favorites you can share? What’s the most unique use of Jack Daniels you’ve encountered?
Greg, from Potomac, Maryland
JN: My favorite is Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel on the rocks (two rocks to be exact) – that’s as fancy as I get. The most unique use? Every pour is unique in its own way.
What are the day-to-day duties/responsibilities of a Master Blender/Taster? There has been a recent proliferation of flavored whiskies (Jack Daniel’s Honey as an example) any comments on this trend?
Chad, from Phoenix, Arizona
JN: As Master Taster my duties include ensuring the consistency of Jack Daniel’s remains constant. I do this by tasting batches of whiskey and individual barrels to ensure the whiskey is mature enough to bottle. I also keep a discerning eye on the barrels as they mature in the rick houses – this helps me to ensure the whiskey is pulled out at peak maturity.
What’s the secret to the longevity and consistency of Jack Daniels?
Joel, from Tustin, California
JN: We haven’t changed the time honored tradition of crafting Jack Daniel’s whiskey. Mr. Jack came up with the recipe many decades ago and we didn’t see a need to change anything. People have come to expect a very certain flavor profile and quality from Jack Daniel’s, and we strive each and every day to craft the whiskey the best way we know how.
Is it true that all Jack Daniel’s employees get a free bottle with every paycheck?
Paul, from Tustin, California
JN: You’re close. The employees get a free bottle every month. No one misses that day of work!
Any new items you’re thinking about doing?
Drew, from Laguna Hills, California
JN: We are always thinking about new ways to please our friends around the world (i.e. Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey), and we do have a new expression coming out this fall. We are very careful not to offer anything unless we are sure it’s going to be a hit. Rest assured – Jack Daniel’s will always be made the same way.
What’s your drink of choice when you’re not working?
Ryan, from Northridge, California
JN: Jack Daniel’s Single Barrel on the rocks.
What are you trying to achieve with Green Label and in your mind, what differentiates it from other JD items?
Dean, from Brea, California
JN: We are offering our Jack Daniel’s friends another way to enjoy our Tennessee whiskey. Green Label is a great whiskey, and it’s a bit less mature than Black Label meaning it’s not as intense in flavor and aroma. Some people prefer this flavor profile, and we’re glad to offer it to them.
What is the maximum amount of time it would take for the Jack Daniels Black Label to mature in the barrels? Or what has been the longest time recorded for maturation?
Tom, from Columbia, South Carolina
JN: Due to our changing seasons it takes Jack Daniel’s Black Label approximately four to five years to mature by working in and out of the toasted and charred white oak barrels. During this maturation period, rich notes of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch and oak are intensified as the seasons pass. We treat our whiskey like fruit on a tree. It’s not ready when a calendar says so. It’s ready when it tastes like it should, and I am the lucky person to determine that!
Many thanks to Jeff for his time and great answers for our questions!
Are you in the Seattle area? Come meet Jeff in-person and have a bottle of Jack Daniel’s signed!