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!