Wine Bunker offers the opportunity to gain insights to wineries from all over the globe. Our guests are invited to experience unique wine flights which are highly curated by the Bunker Commander, Travis Wallace. You can also enjoy wines by the glass, enjoy a bottle in the unpretentious and cozy wine lounge while listening to a favorite vinyl, or take a bottle or two home to pair with your next meal or dinner party. With over 200 wines and an ever-changing selection, there will always be something delicious waiting for you at this wonderful, local wine bar.
Wine 101 podcast with Keith Beavers is something Kathy and I recommend to anyone who wants a fun experience learning about wine away from the Wine Bunker. Except for his fascination with Star Wars (I did like the first three until I discovered those were actually four thru six...still like them, just hella confused) I believe his style and approach is much similar to mine. Wine is fun! Learning about wine should be fun and accessible. Wine 101 is fun and accessible.
Keith occasionally takes the opportunity to push for a name classification for sparkling wines from America. Much like Champagne, Cremant's, Prosecco, etc., he feels we should have an identity and options for American Sparklers...kind of like a fireworks thing. I'm here to help promote his thoughts. Although his suggestion is to focus on Traditional Method American bubbles, I threw in an American Pet Nat too because, why not...there are no rules yet!
May is the month of Mother's Day...also the month of my mom's birthday. There was a pretty good representation of Italian population in the little Southeast Kansas area my mom grew up in. She told me once; she learned just enough Italian to know when the older ladies were talking about her and had learned one phrase to shut them down.
While I can't exactly remember the phrase, I know it wasn't the politest retort in the world and the spunk with which I'm sure she said it pretty well sums up my mom! When she wasn't busy shutting down the nonsense, she did learn to make some damn good sauce! Speaking of damn good sauce...these are some pretty damn good Italian white wines to celebrate all the mothers out there!
May also has Cinco de Mayo. Many don't realize it isn't Mexican Independance Day (that is in September) but rather the date in history Mexico's victory over the Second French Empire at the battle of Puebla in 1862. A major morale boost at the time.
What does this have to do with Spanish wines...nothing. I was just trying to tie in Mother's Day, Cinco de Mayo, and hence Spanish and this is a really weak argument but some really good Spanish wines. Senor por favor perdoname!
Jeff Healey could sense the question in the air and leaned into his microphone to let the patrons of the Double Deuce know who just calmly laid down a can of whoopass in the movie, Roadhouse. Patrick Swayze may have made all the ladies swoon, but Jeff Healey laid down some tracks! Not even able to see what was taking place (Jeff is blind) he knew what was taking place.
Having lost his sight as an infant, he taught himself how to play guitar at three-years-old and adopted his trademark style of playing the guitar flat on his lap. The Bunker isn't as rowdy as the Double Deuce and the Commander is far from Patrick Swayze, but that doesn't stop us from celebrating the amazing talent of Jeff Healey. This flight is random! The bartender or Commander will blindly grab three white wines for those of you adventurous enough! Guess all 3 varietals for 50% off the flight!
The weather is warming up and it is time to start showing a little skin. BEWARE...the first exposure of skin should be light (the Commander doesn't head this warning and calls it his Scottish Tan)! These wines were treated the same way, just a littler skin contact to get a little color and each to a different degree. We start with two wines with light red skin contact (rose) and finish it off with a light white skin contact (orange) wine.
Grenache Based Blend
"I know a guy who's tough but sweet. He's so fine, he can't be beat. He's got everything that I desire. He sets the summer sun on fire. I want candy. I want candy. Hey. I go to see him when the sun goes down. Ain't no finer boy in town. You're my guy, you're what the doctor ordered. You're so sweet, you make my mouth water. I want candy. I want candy.
Hey. Candy on the beach, there's nothing better. But I like candy when it's wrapped in a sweater. Someday soon I'll make you mine. Then I'll have candy all the time. I want candy. I want candy. I want candy". Just like the guy in Bow Wow Wow's song...these wines have a little sweetness to them!
Touriga Franca/Touriga Nacional/Tinta Roriz/Tinto Cao
April showers bring May flowers...what do Mayflowers bring? Pilgrims! Here are three red wines with some floral characteristics (and not so much black hats/white bonnets, missionary positions, and musket loaders).
What is your favorite movie line to quote? Are you sure you actually know the line or do you know what most of the others out there think the line actually is? I had this same issue when writing up this list of new flights. In the "Dalton" flight, I almost ended it by saying, "Dalton, you son of a bitch" because I have a group of friends who use that line all the time. I looked up who said it for sure because I assumed it was Sam Elliott's character, however I found out I was wrong.
Not only was it not Sam Elliott, but the line doesn't exist! Which brings me to the "I am your father line. Often mis-quoted as "Luke, I am your father". My head exploded like the Death Star...that actually happened right? These wines are all Cabernet Franc which is the father grape of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Hondarrabi Beltza, as well as a few others. "Merlot, I am your father!"
Ray Charles is considered by many of his contemporaries to be a musical genius, and although I am not a contemporary (you don't want to hear me sing) I agree. His bluesy and integration of shrieks, growls, slides, and rhythm influenced many to come after him. His love for music came early (age of three) learning to play boogie woogie style music on an upright piano at the local cafe.
He began to lose his eyesight at the age of five...and becoming completely blind at the age of seven as a result of glaucoma, but never lost his "vision". His mother found a school who would accept Ray and his teacher, Mrs. Lawrence, taught him how to use braille music, a difficult process that requires learning the left hand movements by reading braille with the right hand and learning the right hand movements by reading braille with the left hand, then combining the two parts.
This flight is to honor a true legend who fought through obstacles of race, death, and blindness. His personality shines through in one of my favorite Ray Charles quotes, "live each day like it's your last, 'cause one day you gonna be right." This flight will be three random red wines pulled by the bartender or the Commander. Guess all three varietals and get 50% off the flight!
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