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.
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
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
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.
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:
"our EFFORTS ARE GOING TO BE ADROPINTHEBUCKET, BUT IF WE WOULD HAVE NEVER TAKEN THAT STEP BECAUSE IT WAS TOO BIG OF A PROBLEM, THEN WE WOULDN'T BE ANYWHERE RIGHT NOW."
-DOC HENDLEY, FOUNDER
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.
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."
"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!!"
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
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!"
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!"
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
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
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
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
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
Fresh chopped Texas Tarragon, steeped in the bourbon
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!
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
Hunter Smokin’ Barbeque and Napa Humane Society
Momi and Do It For the Love
Grill at Meadowood and Community Resources for Children
Table St. Helena and Boys & Girls’ Club of St. Helena
Mark Hopkins and Grace Cathedral
Cupcakes and The Napa Valley Vine Trail
Market Restaurant and Collabria Care
LeDuc and St. Helena Hospital
Dessert Bar and Girls on the Run
Experience and Food Literacy Center
Chef’s and Cope Family Center
Catering and Erika Van Giesen Foundation
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!
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.
Food and Wine pairing: Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Hall Sauvignon Blanc
People’s Choice Award + $8,500 for Napa Humane Society
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
·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
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.