Thursday, May 26, 2016

Gin O'clock

Usually gin evokes thoughts of summertime… 

G&Ts by the pool, greyhounds at the beach, cookouts, maybe a taste on the back nine… We think the fresh pine, spice and mint aromas can also dream up snow days, ice-skating and a relaxing game night by the fire. 

Gin truly is a year ‘round spirit!

We’ve got some fantastic gins in stock whether you lean toward the citrus-forward style (like our spirits buyer), or a juniper-bomb take a look at our selection, you’ll find something great! 

We are also working on a couple of things that will hopefully come to fruition later this year, so stay tuned! 

Here are a few of our favorite Gins that can be bought right here at Bounty Hunter Wine & Spirits:

FEW Breakfast Gin Illinois

Made from midwest grain, and distilled with Earl Grey tea, which perfectly complements the juniper and citrus notes, the Breakfast Gin will liven up any martini!

Brooklyn Gin New York

Hand-crafted in small batches in a small copper still that produces about 300 bottles per 3-day run, this citrus-forward London style with a heart of juniper is dry, crisp and well balanced.

Botanica Gin

Herbaceous juniper, fresh grapefruit and coriander pop on the nose, while bergamot and spicy cassia dominate the palate. This is the ultimate cocktail gin, perfect with tonic or as a classic martini. 

Try out your bartending skills with these fun cocktails:

Rosemary Gin & Tonic 
courtesy of PUNCH 

Gin Spritz
courtesy of FOOD52

The Harrier
courtesy of Food & Wine

E N J O Y! 

- The Bounty Hunter Team 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Wine To Water



For the last month and a half Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ has been pouring Wine To Water Cabernet Sauvignon by the glass in efforts to help get clean water access in countries around the world. For each glass that is purchased at the restaurant, we are donating a dollar to the organization. 

Wine To Water is an organization that is very much near and dear to our hearts. Our On-Premises Wine Director, Jared Seitzer, actually volunteered for the organization a few years back and had the privilege of going on their first outreach trip to Cambodia. 

"My wife and I travelled through Cambodia and SE Asia 2 years prior and immediately fell in love with the people and culture.  However, we also saw the poverty and people drinking out of the Mekong River, and brushing thier teeth in the water as trash floated by.  We met a 14 year old boy who became our tour guide for a few days on a river tour, and I asked him if money was no object what did he need.  He immediately said clean drinking water.  More people are sick in that region from polluted water/sanitation than anything else… especially children since their immune systems aren’t strong enough to fight the bacteria.  The other thing he said was transportation (he meant bicycles) to get the sick to the local hospitals and clinics.  Sounded about as basic as it can get to me, so I wanted to help in someway… I later found out about Wine To Water and that was that; especially since I’m in the Wine Business." 
  - Jared Seitzer

What is Wine To Water?

Wine To Water is a non-profit organization that is committed to serving in community to provide clean water to those in need. They work with local people from Cambodia, the Amazon, Dominican Republic, East Africa, and Nepal to name a few, and use local materials whenever possible. 

Why Wine?

"Wine symbolizes wealth, celebration, and community in western culture. Our mission is reshaping the face of aid by using all three in an entirely new way."

Why Water? 

"Nearly 663 million people lack access to clean water and another 2.4 billion people lack access to adequate sanitation. We are devoted to fighting this crisis."

Since Wine to Water started in 2003, they have been able to provide over 400,000 people from 24 countries with access to clean drinking water. 

Please help us give back to the world and help get clean water access to countries in need. 

Water is a necessity in life. Our country is so fortunate not to have to worry about a limited supply. Let's take a step back from our busy lives and think about the other billions of people out in the world. What do they need?  How can we help them? What small step can we take that actually would be a huge leap for another person? 

If you find yourself in Bounty Hunter Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ, order up yourself a BBQ platter and a glass of Wine To Water Cabernet Sauvignon and think about all the lives you may be saving with just one act of kindness. 

To learn more about Wine To Water and to volunteer and get involved please click here.

If you would like to donate  "a drop in a bucket," please click here

The Bounty Hunter Team 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Cheers to the Graduating Class of 2016!

The gown is on, the cap fits just right, cameras are flashing, flowers are being carried and the excitement is all around.

College Graduation, a day to celebrate the culmination of years of lectures, essays, projects, and of course late night cramming sessions.

A proud moment for a parent and child, each taking a step back and sighing with relief as they look towards the future.


Wine and Spirits are a great way to celebrate the efforts of our graduates and gift them something to remember! 

Our Wine Scouts have put together a list of bottles that are sure to excite your graduate. Let’s clink those glasses together and celebrate their hard work. 

Bubbles to toast the grads! Schramsberg is a Napa Valley institution and a wine many believe to be our Valley’s first foray in to competing for bubble-supremacy with our Champagne counterparts across the pond.  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate graduation than to gift a bottle of bubbles made in a traditional method but which finds itself in a new world."
 - Alan Lewis, Wine Scout 

NV Krug Grand Cuvee

"Charles Krug was the very first winery to produce commercially in the Napa Valley and has primarily been owned and operated by the Mondavi family for nearly a century; having been passed down from one generation to the next. It’s a wine that exemplifies family tradition here in Napa and would be very appropriate to commemorate your own family tradition. I recommend gifting one bottle to celebrate the graduation and one bottle to open when they get their first job!!"
- Lee Reinsimar, Wine Scout 

2012 Pursuit Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

"This is one of those wines that should be enjoyed with family and then left on the mantle of a graduate as a constant reminder to always chase down their dreams and a wish from the parents that all their future Pursuits be successful!" 
- Chelsea Slody, Wine Scout

Aberfeldy 12 year Single Malt Whisky Highland

"The golden dram!" 

"I like to go Single Malt or Armagnac/Cognac on these. It gives a new grad an introduction to drinking beyond what they’re used to in collegiate partying.  A gift that says; “Welcome to the World!”

- Micah Rochelle, Spirits Buyer

Delord 25 year Bas-Armagnac

"Imagine your college’s library in a glass and you’ll be circling around the spirit of this Spirit! Rich with well-developed flavors and aromas of leather fig and toffee, this is a complex spirit that is a great introduction to the world of brandy. Celebrate the next step in life with a “next level” spirit!"
- Micah Rochelle, Spirits Buyer

Hazelburn 12yr Single Malt Whisky Campbeltown

"Age and experience, but still a playful exuberance.  What could be a better whisky for a newly-minted graduate? From the incredible Springbank distillery in Campbeltown comes this approachable, easy drinking 12 year old Irish whisky. The exploration into the finest things in life is just starting. They might as well get off on the right foot!" 
- Micah Rochelle, Spirits Buyer


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Mother's Day

Mom, mother, mama, madre, mum, ma, there are so many different ways to say that one word we learn at the very beginning of our life. The bond between a mother and child is something to cherish, just like a fine wine!

With Mother’s Day literally around the corner, we thought it was a good idea to put together a last minute idea for all the wine loving families out there.
From the wise words of Ilse Chun, one of our Wine Scouts, “If mamma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy…”

Our #1 pick for Mother’s Day is the gift that keeps on giving, every month to be exact! 

Wine Scout Approved!

“We taste thousands of wines each year to select a handful to go into your special club- that just so happens to fits your palate.

We offer the very best of Cali Wines: (Cali Connection), Killer Cabs, maybe Club Pinot for the Pinot lover, or the SILVER SPUR WHITE ONLY Club: for ladies who love white wine (and white teeth).

Perfect for her next Book Club night or for routine, nightly relaxation, as a member, she will also enjoy deep discounts on re-orders and BH brands!”

Want to sign your mom up? Click here.

Friday, April 29, 2016

A Night with Charlie Garrison

We were so excited when Charlie Garrison of Garrison Brothers Distillery said he would be our next guest in The Bounty Hunter Distiller Series. Garrison Brothers is the first bourbon distillery to come out of Texas, and boy is it a good one! The night was filled with stories, laughter, and of course a lot of bourbon sippin’. 

Our guests started out by grabbing our Bounty Hunter Texas Tea, a special concoction we made with the 2015 Garrison Brothers bourbon,(see recipe below) a refreshing if not spicy way to start  mingling amongst ourselves. Our chefs prepared small bites including pimento cheese, pork sliders, and mini sausages. Barbecue with bourbon? Never can go wrong there! 

Once everyone had settled in and had their cocktail, it was time to get down to business. We started with the 2015 Garrison Brother Texas Bourbon. Like wine, bourbon has a specific way to smell and taste correctly. Charlie explained to smell a bourbon correctly, to get all the aromas that it has to offer, you must put your nose in the glass and breathe in very deeply through your mouth. This allows you to smell the bourbon rather than the alcohol. Now comes the tasting, you first want to warm up your palette by putting a little of the bourbon in your mouth and letting it sit there for a few seconds. After that, your palette will be relaxed and ready to taste.

As the bourbon was being sipped Charlie started talking about some of the basic fundamentals of Bourbon and the history as well. Here are some interesting facts that we learned:

The ABC’s of Bourbon
A: Bourbon is uniquely American
B: Must be aged in a brand new white American oak barrel
C: Must be a minimum of 51% corn
D: Must be distilled at no more than 160 proof/80% alcohol
E: Must be entered into barrel at no more than 125 proof
F: Must be bottled at no less than 80 proof
G: Must be genuine, nothing added to it but water

As the night went on another bottle of bourbon was passed around. This time it was the Garrison Brothers Bounty Hunter Barrel Selection, which our Spirits Buyer bought exclusively for us. This one was definitely the favorite among the guests, and many ended up buying bottles at the end of the evening.

Before the night ended, Charlie explained how he and his brother got into the bourbon business, and it all started with Charlie’s sister in law saying “With as much bourbon you guys drink, you should be making it.” Right then and there the Garrison Brothers Distillery started. A couple years later in early 2006 the Garrison’s got their distiller permit and officially became the first bourbon distillery built outside of Kentucky and Tennessee since prohibition. They also were the first legal whiskey distillery in Texas and the first organic grain distillery ever.

The night was a huge success and we thank Garrison Brothers for coming to good ol’ California and sharing their journey with us.

If you would like to purchase a bottle of Garrison Brothers click here.

Want to make your own Bounty Hunter Texas Tea? Here’s how:

Bounty Hunter Texas Tea
2 parts 2015 Garrison Brothers bourbon
1 part lime juice
Black pepper
Fresh chopped Texas Tarragon, steeped in the bourbon

Top off with ice and ginger beer

Monday, April 25, 2016

7th Annual HALL Cabernet Cookoff

This weekend Chef Nick and the Bounty Hunter team (from our Wine Bar and Smokin’ BBQ flagship restaurant in downtown Napa) participated in the 7th Annual Hall Cabernet Cookoff at Hall Winery. What a beautiful Saturday in the valley to have a barbeque cook-off. The sun was shining, the vineyards were vibrant with color and the people were ready to eat!

Not only did the attendees get to sip on some delectable wines and tasty barbeque, but also got to support a handful of local charities. Each of the 13 chefs partnered with a local charity and competed to raise money and awareness for that cause, including:
  •             Bounty Hunter Smokin’ Barbeque and Napa Humane Society
  •          Brix and JDRF
  •          Ca’ Momi and Do It For the Love
  •          The Grill at Meadowood and Community Resources for Children
  •          Harvest Table St. Helena and Boys & Girls’ Club of St. Helena
  •          Intercontinental Mark Hopkins and Grace Cathedral
  •          Kara’s Cupcakes and The Napa Valley Vine Trail 
  •          One Market Restaurant and Collabria Care
  •          Paula LeDuc and St. Helena Hospital
  •          Sift Dessert Bar and Girls on the Run
  •          Sacramento Experience and Food Literacy Center
  •          Winery Chef’s and Cope Family Center
  •          Feast Catering and Erika Van Giesen Foundation

This year, there were five celebrity judges, including Duff Goldman from The Food Network. Every chef did a fantastic job cooking up food for the event’s roughly 800 guests. Although we didn’t document everyone’s dishes we snagged a couple of pictures of our own dish in between the hustle and bustle of guests. Chef Nick and the Bounty Hunter team prepared a dish that was out of this world, Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Pickled Collard Greens and Stone Ground Grits topped with a Crystal Aioli.

We could hardly keep up with the demand, as soon as we put plates down, they were gone within seconds!

The praise that Bounty Hunter received was fantastic and multiple guests couldn’t resist and had to come back for seconds! We are very proud to say that Chef Nick and The Bounty Hunter team won awards and a glorious amount of money for our chosen charity, the Napa Humane Society. 

  •          Best Food and Wine pairing: Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Hall Sauvignon Blanc
  •         The People’s Choice Award + $8,500 for Napa Humane Society 

Congratulations to Chef Nick and the Bounty Hunter team, and Congratulations to the Napa Humane Society!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Fisher Vineyards - The Best of Both Worlds

On top of Spring Mountain road, just above the town of St. Helena, lays Fisher Vineyards; a small, family-owned winery with acres and acres of vineyards surrounded by luscious forests and wildlife.

Bounty Hunter was lucky enough this week to be hosted at the winery to explore the grounds, and taste their delicious wines.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the winery’s dog, Sake, an Akita who was as sweet and friendly as he was big! After Sake had his share of us petting him, we walked up to meet Cameron Fisher, the young scion of the Fisher family, and the guide for our tour.

As we hiked up the pathway, Cameron explained to us that Fisher Vineyards, which was founded by her parents in 1973, was fortunate enough to straddle two growing regions: Napa Valley and Sonoma County. The Napa Valley Estate fruit is sourced from the Coach Insignia, Cameron, Lamb Vineyard and the RCF Vineyard. The Spring Mountain Estate fruit (on the Sonoma side) comes from the Wedding Vineyard, Whitney’s Vineyard, Mountain Estate Vineyard, and the Hidden Terrace Vineyard.

Atop the mountain, the views of these vineyards, and the Valley below, are breathtaking. Everywhere you look you see vineyards and clusters of trees in between.

After the tour of the vineyards came our much anticipated tasting:

2013 Mountain Estate Chardonnay
·      100% Chardonnay, aged 18 months in French oak barrels (35% new)
·      Hints of honeydew melon, lemongrass and vanilla on the nose
·      The palate shows flavors of lemon and honeyed apple expanding the palate for a nice smooth finish

2012 Mountain Estate Cabernet
·      76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc, 9% Merlot, 3% Petite Verdot
·      Aged 21 months in French oak barrels (85% new)
·      Well balanced with medium tannins
·      Sweet red cherries and rose petals on the finish

2012 Coach Insignia Cabernet
·      81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Merlot, 3%Petit Verdot, 2%Cabernet Franc
·      Aged 21 months in 100% French Oak (95% new)
·      A juicy palate with flavors of blackberry and dark cherries, with a hint of tobacco and espresso
·      Layered tannins with a supple finish

2012 Lamb Vineyard Cabernet
·      100% Cabernet Sauvignon
·      Aged 21 months in French oak barrels (100% new)
·      245 cases produced
·      Dark cherries, plums and spices on the palate
·      Velvet texture and elegance on the finish

Altogether, the wines were excellent with silky textures and smooth velvety tannins.

After sipping on some delicious wine, we got a little surprise from Cameron’s sister, Whitney, who is co-founder of Mad Fritz Brewing Company in St. Helena. Whitney shared her 2015 Ambassador Golden Ale, inspired by the extended Fisher Family their loyal Ambassadors. Brewed with water from Fisher Vineyards and aged in Chardonnay French oak barrels, this French- Style saison is a golden delight on the palate!

A huge Thank You to Fisher Vineyards for a wonderful day. Our wine team is excited to be selling your wine and sharing our great experience with our customers!

Have we enticed you to try this Spring Mountain beauty?  Pick up a bottle of the 2012 Coach Insignia Cabernet Sauvignon here.