Bounty Hunter Wine & Spirits in Napa Valley has made it our business to track down the hottest wines the world has to offer and serve them via our catalog, our Wine Bar & Smokin' BBQ in downtown Napa and on our website. Our blog provides a unique, insider's view into what we do every day...taste wine, visit our winemaker friends, tour wineries, attend events and of course, stop to enjoy the simple things in life...food, friends and wine.
1 T olive oil
4 (4 ounce) pork loin chops, 1 inch thick
3 tsp. salt
2 tsp. cracked black pepper
1 onion, cut into strips
1 C water
Rub chops with 2 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper, or to taste. In a skillet, heat
oil over medium heat. Brown pork chops on each side. Add the onions and water
to the pan. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn chops over, and
add remaining salt and pepper. Cover, and cook until water evaporates and
onions turn light to medium brown. Remove chops from pan, and serve with onions
Nothing makes our job as Bounty Hunters more fun than getting a
peek behind the curtain at an exciting new winery. Last week our buying team
had the pleasure of meeting with Will Harlan of Promontory Estate. He
gave us a tour of his family’s winery under construction and a tasting of
recent releases, which we will be thrilled to offer you in September.
Promontory Estate is an isolated little canyon high above
Yountville and Oakville, and is just to the south of Harlan Estate as the crow
flies. It’s one of the rare outcrops of metamorphic rock in the typically
igneous, volcanic Napa Valley. The vineyard produces a wine of power and
intensity that the Harlans tame with a 4 year-rest in French oak vats before
bottling, a method reminiscent of a top Barolo estate.
The 2009 and 2011 wines were stunning, world-beating examples of
Cabernet Sauvignon of uncommon beauty. Bill, Will, and winemaker Cory Empting
have exacting standards, and it shows. Thanks for letting us in for a sneak
preview of this project!
always led the charge, and was the first Japanese Whisky registered in the
United States, beginning in 1961. Since then, there have been massive
billboards in Times Square, and Suntory’s classic “jug” style bottle was a
staple on liquor store shelves through the 1970s. There was a bit of a decline,
as whiskey sales in the US lost ground to Vodka in the late-1970s and through
In 2003 began
an unparalleled surge in popularity thanks to the film Lost in Translation. Bill Murray’s dead-pan, stoic
performance has been revered, but that fictional tale is not the first to
feature actors and celebrities from the UK and US endorsing these fine drams.
Now the brand is omnipresent, be it the legend that is Yamazaki 18 year old or
the subtlety found in Hibiki Harmony, you likely know something about Japanese
Coppola likely found inspiration from her famous director father and his series of ads for Suntory extolling the virtues of
whisky and friendship with another film legend, Akira Kurosawa. Perhaps seeing Sean Connery go from disheveled to perfectly pressed after a glass of
Suntory Crest was the muse for Mr. Murray’s performance.
such as the one featuring a cartoon, bobblehead-like Duran Duran singing “The Reflex” might spark your interest. Perhaps a
little ad-lib by the incomparable Sammy Davis Jr. would prove Suntory Whisky is of your class. Maybe a glass
of Suntory on the rocks drunk to the jazz jams of my man, Ron Carter, on the bass, is your ideal soundtrack for relaxing times.
We have our hands on a few great Japanese Whiskys, click here and check it out for yourself.
There’s something about authenticity that sets certain
products and people apart. Authenticity greets you like your puppy at the door
when you come home, it embraces you like a warm blanket. At Bounty Hunter
we are drawn to authentic personalities: originators, rebels, those who think
outside the box. It’s part of what has set us apart in what we do. We always
look beyond the surface, to the story behind the story. That’s one of the
reasons we’ve always been fans of Wild Turkey Distillery.
Wild Turkey is humbly authentic… and that starts with the
people: the Russell family, and their patriarch, Jimmy. A man who will proudly
tell you he has been making his way to the distillery every day for 62 years.
He’ll be the first person to greet you and shake hands at the visitor’s center,
and for those occasions possible, he’ll lead you into a barrel warehouse to
sample individual barrels of bourbon. He’s a natural storyteller and at 82 he
is as quick-witted and sharp as anyone 60 years his junior. He, along with son
Eddie and grandson Bruce, still run the day-to-day at the distillery,
overseeing its production and quality control.
It’s funny to watch this video, introducing Oscar-winner
Matthew McConaughey as the new “Creative Director” for the distillery, and see
him ask Eddie Russell if there was a time his dad said “Here you go, son” and
hand over the reins. Eddie replies “it hasn’t happened yet”. It’s a moment that
ends in laughter, and is a reminder this is a brand that IS truly authentic. An
icon that has been built over the last six-plus decades on the backs of hard
work, dedication to craft, and holding oneself to the highest standards
possible. At the end McConaughey says “we’re not for everyone, and that’s
okay”. We can get behind that!
One of the fundamental truths of the wine world that has
taken root (pardon the expression) is that place does indeed matter. Like cheese,
coffee and many agricultural products; that which comes from one place does not
taste like a cousin from somewhere else. In viticulture, this is known as terroir, the unique combination of
variables that merge to form a specific site. Sunlight, exposure, soil types,
even factors like wind direction come into play to give a vineyard its voice.
And just as you can recognize a friend or relative’s voice without actually
seeing them speak, so it goes with grapevines. In the best instances, and with
a bit of experience, you can taste a wine’s birthplace in the glass.
In probably its most extreme form, Burgundy is the queen of
geography and place. Over hundreds of years, parcels have been broken down and
broken down again, each time resulting in smaller designations and blocks based
on unique vineyard characteristics. For example, while 10 different winemakers working
with Echezeaux fruit may have different techniques and strategies resulting in
10 different wines, they should all fundamentally taste like Echezeaux. California is no different (don’t let the French tell you
We recently had the good
fortune of attending a tasting at Robert Mondavi winery showcasing wines from
the historic To Kalon vineyard in Oakville. Our winemaking team here at Bounty
Hunter works with To Kalon fruit – along with Paul Hobbs, Tor Kenward,
Alpha-Omega, Robert Mondavi, Opus One and Far Niente, among others.
vineyard is largely split between the Mondavi portion and Andy Beckstoffer’s
blocks, only a narrow country lane separates the two. The vineyard doesn’t know
it’s split. As such, while the five wines showcased had different
personalities, it was clear that they were siblings. What they shared in common
was more pronounced than what they didn’t. Such is the magic of place.
We undertook our Waypoint project some years ago as an
homage to place. When choosing a vineyard site to make wine from we will not
sign a contract unless the property has consistently demonstrated a commonality
across the producers buying its fruit. It’s not a marketing ploy… these are
places with history farmed with exacting care by some of the best in the
Tierra Buena has been under vine on Spring Mountain since
the late 1800’s, a formidable track record anywhere. Oakville Ranch claims some
of Napa’s most expensive fruit for the very real reason that people recognize
its inherent quality and will pay for it. Somerston is basically a mini-valley
unto itself, a sweeping property of more than 1,200 acres with personality to
spare. Lee Hudson’s Chardonnay grapes are some of California’s most coveted, a
testament to the land and Lee’s farming standards.
We believe that our Waypoint single-vineyard selections can
truly stand among Napa’s finest. And having a great winemaker in Tim Milos
(hello, Parker 100-point club!) doesn’t hurt either. We chose these sites with
the distinct purpose of controlling everything from bud break to farming and
letting the wine speak to the place it was born and raised.
There is a lot of romance in the wine industry around the
concept of Single Vineyard designate wines.
But there’s also a lot of science and history to back it up. If you haven’t had a chance to try our
Waypoint series of Cabernets, Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Zinfandel, we think
you’ll find them as excellent representations of their home vineyards (and
often at a fraction of the price compared to their single vineyard siblings.)
We’d also love to know what your favorite Single Vineyard
wines from other producers are in the comments section below.
What are Bordeaux
Futures, and why should I buy them?
The Wines of Bordeaux are the most collectible and age-worthy red wines of
Europe, and historically have appreciated in value over time, especially in the
most coveted vintages. Pre-paying for the wines “en primeur,” 2 years before they arrive stateside, is your
opportunity to procure the wines at the lowest possible price.
For example, 2009 Leoville-Barton sold en primeur for around $99. Today the wine is typically available
for around $125. Buying the wine as a future ensures you’re getting the optimal
price, and failing a dramatic decline in the euro or sharp decline in demand
for a vintage, it’s the smart way to collect Bordeaux. This price advantage
becomes more pronounced over time. A bottle of 1990 Château Leoville-Barton
cost about $25 as a future; today the same bottle sells for $165, an almost
Why Should I Buy 2015 Bordeaux Futures?
2015 was an outstanding vintage on the Southern Médoc, and on the right
bank. It’s not as uniform in quality as 2009 or 2010, but reaches the same heights
at the best properties. Today we have a very good $USD/euro exchange rate, at
$1.12. Pricing is looking very attractive. For example, 2010 Château Haut-Brion
currently sells at an average price of $1,000 per bottle. Our futures price on
the 2015 model, a comparable wine, will likely come out around $550.
Why Buy Bordeaux
Futures At Bounty Hunter?
Bounty Hunter Rare Wines & Spirits has been making customers happy with
our commitment to elite customer service for over 22 years.We’re also importing the wines direct from merchants in Bordeaux,
delivering pricing that is at least 25% lower thanretailers who are forced to buy their wines from distributors. Thus
you’re guaranteed the best of all worlds: perfect provenance, and execution at
an optimal price.
Okay, I’m ready to start
purchasing Bordeaux futures. How should I get started?
Once you’ve made the decision to
start purchasing futures, it is important to have a good buying strategy. After
all, there are many things to consider when purchasing futures, such as which
producers to select, when their wines are available for a future purchase, how
much will be available and at what price. Like with most investments, it
all starts with a budget in mind, a goal for your investment and someone with
their finger on the pulse of the market who can help you develop a rock solid
strategy to meet your goals (even if your goal is to drink some incredible
Our Wine Scouts are up to speed with the latest information from
industry experts, insiders and the word on the street, to help you put together
a strategy that will reward you for years to come.
Simply give us a call at
800.943.9463 and one of our Wine Scouts will be there to get you started.