Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Join us in the Audi Legends Suite!

It’s here…the smell of the grass, the color of the dirt, the crack of the bat. That’s right, baseball season has officially begun and we’re putting on another Bounty Hunter exclusive event. Clear your calendar and join us on Saturday, April 26th, as we watch our beloved Giants take on the Cleveland Indians.


We will be back up in the Legends Suite for this game, and we've dialed in a special treat for you. Along with your suite ticket, we’ll have an amazing selection of liquid delights from our 2014 Spring Catalog along with a full spread of all your ballpark favorites. Arrive early to the enjoy the suite amenities and you can look forward to receiving a 1954 replica World Series Ring to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the 1954 Giants (limited to the first 20,000 fans). To sweeten the deal, you’ll also receive a limited edition etched bottle of the 2011 Bounty Cabernet Sauvignon to take home.

Suite seats are limited, so please call or email your Wine Scout today to secure your place before it’s sold out. It doesn't get much better than Bounty Hunter and baseball, so step up to the plate and reserve your spot in the lineup!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Dirty Dozen 12 Bottle Pack


The Dirty Dozen - Spring 2013

Tired of playing Russian Roulette with your weekly wine purchases? Frustrated that your buddies keep walking into your cellar and end up pulling out the gems you were saving for a special occasion? Well we've got the prescription for what ails you! We scoured the world's best regions and came back with twelve stunners with a true focus on "taste-per-dollar." It's the ultimate roundup, and with ground shipping included, you can always count on Bounty Hunter to deliver the goods. Whether it's your Tuesday night wine, or the sixth cork popped at your weekly poker night, this is one gamble that will pay off big!




Price: 

Net item - no discounts apply



'11 Agriverde "Piane di Maggio" • Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Oh, my. This got our attention in a big way. A sexed-up entry of purple fruits and violets yields to warm earth and fleshy fruit tannins on the finish. An absolute nobrainer for the bargain hunter.


'10 Ridge Runner Cabernet Sauvignon • California Not many Cabs in this price tier actually taste like Cabernet, but we'd argue you'll find your happy place here. Bing cherry and fresh herbs get a little iodine and mineral note on the finish. Your steak will thank you!


'10 Li Veli "Orion" Primitivo • Salentino Zinfandel's Italian cousin offers many of the same familial traits when treated the right way: warm, generous fruit, a supple texture and a finish laden with ample spice notes.


'11 Rio Lento Tempranillo-Syrah • La Mancha The Spanish are absolute masters at cranking out delicious reds for a pittance. This juicy little number dances across the palate with red berries, purple fruits and supple, polished tannins. You'll be back for more!


'11 Caparzo Sangiovese • Toscana We wish every value-priced Italian red tasted like this! Briary black fruits, chocolate and spice are packed into a round, satisfying mouthful of Tuscan red. Your pizza oven just found a new friend.


'10 Roi De Colline • Côtes du Rhône Among our favorite locales for value, a sexed-up Côtes du Rhône from a ripe vintage is always a solid bet for a house wine. Blackberry and blue fruit flavors get a little pepper dusting to remind you of its bloodlines.


MV The Messenger "Telegram Number Two" • California This fleshy little sex bomb turned heads from the moment we cracked it. Bright and plump with plenty of flesh on the finish, your decision about a go-to house red just got a whole lot easier.


'11 Marotti Campi "Luzano" Verdicchio • Castelli di Jesi As bracing as a brisk breeze off the Adriatic, one of Italy's most underrated regions delivers the goods. Bright lime blossom, almond and sea spray flavors swirl in a cool and delicious balance.


'11 Newport Arms Shiraz • South Eastern Australia Value-priced Aussie reds needn't sacrifice guts and gumption. This Shiraz brings structure and nuance to complement its sunny disposition and delicious, ripe red fruits. Here's your call to arms!


'12 Streamside Chardonnay • Napa Valley Napa Chard for this kind of money? Oh, yeah. And it’s as clean as a Montana stream with no oak to compete with its beautiful pear, lemon zest and citrus accents. Here's a stream worth a refreshing dip.


'10 Trim Cabernet Sauvignon • California A few Napa Cab veterans found some great Cabernet, put some perfume and glitter on it with a batch of ripe Syrah and sent it out to embarrass the competition on stage. Lo and behold, it's looking magnificent.


'11 Telmo Rodriguez "Basa" Blanco • Rueda One of the cleanest and most refreshing wines that we've encountered this year, the Basa blend is pure precision. Green apple, citrus zest and melon rind sing in harmony. This needs to be invited to your next pool party.


Shipping inclusive prices not applicable in AK, HI, MA and PA 
(for these states, a $45 shipping CREDIT will apply to the total shipping charge).



Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Moments


As the dust settles and I return to my daily routine, I look back at the Triples Alley experience with a great sense of awe. I've been to dozens of games, seen amazing plays, and even sipped on some spectacular wine at the ballpark. But the moment I will never forget is walking along the field with a Giants’ staff member and dirtying my boots with the dust of champions. A few feet from this Giants team, this legendary, World Champions Giants team. The stands are full, everyone is waiting for the MVP ceremony to begin and I feel like I’m part of the action.  Looking up, taking it all in, I cemented that moment forever into my mind and my baseball loving heart.

Jared Seitzer, a Bounty Hunter Wine Scout, during the field walk.
As I settled into my seat, midway up in section 103, the MVP ceremony began. I was prepared for Buster and his family to be there in attendance, but I wasn't prepared for the other 4 Giants MVP’s who joined him on the field; Jeff Kent, Kevin Mitchell, Willie McCovey and Willie Mays.  I cheered and clapped and smiled, honored to be at the best ballpark in the country, celebrating a fantastic player and the legends before him. I wasn't the only fan moved by these men on the field.  All 42,000+ fans were on their feet.  Having that moment too, as the Giants’ motto from last season rang true, “Together We Are Giant.”
Customers making the most of their moment in the outfield.

If you weren't able to join us, we will be heading back to AT&T Park in August and hope to see you there!  Give your Wine Scout a call for more details.

-Summer Olson Stubblefield
Event & PR Manager




Friday, April 5, 2013

San Francisco Vintners Market at Fort Mason


When our friends at the San Francisco Vintners Market called and asked if we wanted to sponsor the springtime event again, we jumped at the chance. Last year we had prior commitments during both their spring and fall event, so we were excited that our calendar was free the second weekend in April. This will be our fourth SF Vintners Market we’ve sponsored and wanted to freshen it up a bit,  so we put our heads together and came up with the idea of having an exclusive Napa Valley Rocks Section. With a little help from the Napa Valley Vintners, we have put together a very special section.

Here are the featured wineries in our Napa Valley Rocks Section:


If this event is new to you, it’s definitely worth checking out. It’s a great “try it before you buy it” styled tasting weekend with nearly 200 wineries and their wines on hand for you to taste, learn and enjoy. In addition to our Napa Valley Rocks section, we will be sampling our Bounty Hunter Spirits in the reserve room. Admission to our Napa Valley Rocks Section will require either the Reserve or the Cult ticket. Hope to see you next weekend at Fort Mason! If you can’t make it, catch up with us at the Craft Spirits Carnival in June.

--Summer Olson Stubblefield
Event & PR Manager

Friday, March 29, 2013

An Afternoon with Steve Beal


Whenever we have the chance to spend a few hours tasting with and learning from Steve Beal we jump at the opportunity. You might ask yourself, who is Steve Beal? Steve Beal is the Senior Master of Whisky for Diageo as well as brand ambassador to Lagavulin, Talisker, Johnnie Walker, Bulleit, Bushmill’s and more and he is the top distilled spirits expert in the US. His vast wealth of knowledge comes from years of experience working in top distilleries along side master distillers helping to develop new products. He has been a judge in the annual San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and serves on the Board of Directors of the US Bartenders Guild Master Mixologist program. Even with all his experience, it’s his easy going personality and willingness to share his knowledge that has earned him respect from members of the spirits industry and whisky connoisseurs.

During our recent afternoon with Steve, he guided us on a tasting journey through Scotland. Starting in the Highlands we tasted our way through to the lowlands and finished off with the smoky island malts. Having a tasting setup in this manner really showcased the broad range of styles available. With a table covered in great bottles, we felt like kid’s in a candy store. Choosing a favorite was a difficult task, but highlights include the hard-to-find Talisker 18 Single Malt Whisky which can be found in our upcoming catalog, Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition Single Malt Whisky which has become a favorite at our wine bar and a gem from the little-known Glenkinchie Distillery which will be making an appearance on our website soon.

We could have easily spent several more hours more with Steve asking questions and listening to him recant stories about the how the industry used to be, but will have to save that for next time. Speaking of which, Steve will be with us at the Craft Spirits Carnival at Fort Mason in San Francisco on June 15th and 16th if you want to pick his brain about spirits and sip some great stuff. We look forward to seeing you there.  


--Justin Moulton  
Spirits Manager

Friday, March 22, 2013

Introducing Bounty Hunter Rare Wine &... Spirits?


Yes, it’s true. We’ve changed our name from Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Provisions to Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Spirits. As fans (and consumers) of high-proof goods, we know how hard it is to find a trusted source for some of the world’s best bourbons, scotch, tequila, etc. That’s why in 2009 we started working with distilleries, importers and distributors – both in our back yard and around the world – to provide a selection of spirits to compliment our wine program. Much to our surprise it was a pretty big success and has grown to be a large part of the offerings in our catalog and on our website. We thought it fitting that the name of the company should mirror our selections, thus a name change was in order.

Just Released: Bounty Hunter
Straight Bourbon Whiskey
(now available on our website)
I took on the project of acquiring the rare spirits, and for the last four years I have to admit it’s been a lot of fun. However, with success came more work than one person can handle. So, last year we welcomed Justin Moulton, an accomplished Wine Industry Professional and card-carrying Whiskey Geek, to the Bounty Hunter team. As our Spirits Manager, Justin will help take our spirits program to new heights. As such, you can expect Justin to regularly post here on the blog, presenting new products, sharing progress on new projects, and discussing the latest news in the spirits world.

Along with the name change, we’ve also updated our website to feature our spirits program, showcasing many of the rare, limited and exclusive spirits we have to offer. From pre-WWII Armagnac to Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons to Limited Edition Single Malts from distilleries that no longer exist, you can find these and many more highly sought-after gems in the Rarest of the Rare section of our website. And, just like with our wine program, we also teamed up with some of the top distilleries world-wide, to create custom blends and single-cask selections from the most esteemed rickhouses in the world. Our Bounty Hunter Spirits Selections are carefully crafted by some of the greatest in the business and all wear the Bounty Hunter moniker as our endorsement of their exceptional quality.
Exclusive bottlings for Bounty Hunter Rare Wine & Spirits

Even though the name changed a bit, the core values of the company have not. Honesty, integrity, trust, good living and plain talk are and will always be the cornerstone of Bounty Hunter. We invite you to take a look at our spirits on the website or read through the spirits section in our upcoming spring catalog and rest assured, “if it’s not great, we don’t sell it.” 

--Stefan Matulich, Sales Director & Spirits Buyer

Friday, March 15, 2013

Easter Food & Wine Pairings

There are many reasons to celebrate and appreciate this time of year, from the more serious occasions of Passover and Easter to the less formal, but equally inspiring, Saturday night with friends. The days are growing longer and everywhere there are telltale signs that winter is thawing – spring fever, anyone? Recently, our office chit-chat turned heady and hedonistic, as a friend recounted her upcoming Easter feast.

As she described the menu in great detail and the mouth-watering meal started to come to life, she asked us “What wines should I serve?” After a quick detour to the Bounty Hunter cellar (online), we found some delicious gems to fit the bill. We've decided to share some of our finds to get you started too.

Set yourself up for successful wine pairings with a few broad strokes in mind. Acid, alcohol and tannin all love fat, which is why that marbled hunk of meat goes great with a bold red wine (Joseph Phelps 'Insignia', or Kapcsandy perhaps). Bitter foods, such as bitter greens, will not work well with a tannic wine. They’ll be much friendlier with a juicy, fruity wine instead (Streamside Riesling or Mathis Grenache). Heavy foods require an appropriately weighty wine, while lighter wines lend themselves to more delicate fare, such as a crisp Sauvignon Blanc (Six Sigma for example) will pair beautifully with a citrusy lobster salad.

With the ground-rules set, it’s time to dig in. Thanksgiving may have turkey, but Easter (and spring) is the season of ham, lamb and prime rib. Not to mention, every incarnation of potatoes and vegetables under the sun. Let’s break down why these foods lend themselves to certain wines.

Ham – it’s rich, salty and naturally a bit sweet. While sweetness poses a bit of a wine pairing challenge, look to your wine as a refreshing foil of flavors to lighten things up. Depending on the spices and seasonings employed, a lighter, high acid wine such as the 2010 Louis Latour Marsannay, or the lively 2010 Waypoint Blue Farm Pinot Noir bring an elegance to the table. For those who’d rather sip on a white wine, try a brightly balanced Chardonnay such as the 2010 Waypoint Donum Estate Chardonnay to keep them smiling.

If lamb is the order of the day, rest assured, your wine choice can climb the intensity ladder a few rungs. Lamb is naturally on the gamey side and calls for a more muscular dancing partner. The 2010 Pursuit Campfire Red is a sure-fire go-to, but then again, the sophisticated 2009 Jonata El Desafio de Jonata Red would also be impressive.

When it comes to prime rib, (or beef brisket for Passover Seder), it seems only fitting that a Cabernet grace the table. Perhaps the 2010 Weatherby Red, or we can imagine a bottle or two of 2010 Ehlers Estate 120/80 Cabernet. Mmmm.

No matter the menu, we wish you a successful and fun holiday. Cheers to a Happy Easter, Passover, or any other spring celebration that gathers you and yours ‘round the table this season.