Category Archives: Bottles for the Cause

Rum & Smuggling on the Bay!

Last night, Bottles partnered with The Watson Institute at Brown University for a special rum tasting hosted at Save The Bay along the beautiful Narragansett Bay. Brown University professor and author of “Smuggler Nation: How Illicit Trade Made America,” Peter Andreas led us through the history of rum smuggling and it’s pivotal role in the American Revolution.

Throughout the evening we sipped 5 different rums; Don Q Gran Anejo from Puerto Rico, Appleton Estate 12 Year from Jamaica, Clément V.S.O.P. Rhum Agricole Vieux from Martinique, and two local favorites, Thomas Tew from Newport and Bully Boy from Boston. It was a beautiful evening of history and rum…What could be better!

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Bottles for the Cause: RI Community Food Bank’s "Taste of the Flower Show"

Bottles was proud to sponsor Rhode Island Community Food Bank‘s “Taste of the Flower Show” a preview of the Rhode Island Flower Show. There were gorgeous flowers, fantastic local restaurants and food and of course, we brought three of our favorite wines to share! The evening was a great success and helped raise $30,000 for the RI Food Bank!

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Trinity’s Rep’s Red, White & Groove!

This year, Bottles was once again proud to sponsor Trinity Rep’s 3rd annual wine-tasting fundraiser, Red White & Groove! The event was a wonderful celebration at the Pell Chafee Performance Center in Downtown Providence with live music provided by The Superchief Trio and third year students in the MFA Acting program at Brown/Trinity Rep, 3Pile. We also enjoyed wonderful food from local Providence restaurants, including Chez Pascal, The Grange, Nick’s on Broadway, Russell Morrin, and of course, delicious Walrus & Carpenter Oysters!

The fundraiser was a big success with 20% of wine sales going toward Trinity Rep’s artistic and education programming!

Check out photos from the event below and see you there next year!

Delicious cheese and fruit platters paired perfectly with wine!
The guys from Chez Pascal cook up some delicious appetizers! 
The Grange using fresh local eggs in their dish tonight!
Eric Taylor loves The Grange!
Opening act, 3Pile serenades the crowd!
So many great wines…a tough choice!
Gil enjoys some tasty oysters (with a drop of fine scotch!) from Walrus & Carpenter Oysters
Superchief Trio takes the stage and rocks out!
The crowd ends the night with plenty of grooves!
And visit our store!
Bottles Fine Wine – 141 Pitman Street, Providence, RI

Bottles at the 2013 FASRI Beaujolais Festival!

Recently, Bottles was honored to support the French-American School of Rhode Island at their 20th Annual Beaujolais Festival. The theme, Masquerade at Versailles, brought in a beautiful array of costumes, masks, and of course, dancing!

The French-American School of Rhode Island is a “unique educational alternative for Pre-school through 8th grade” where students are immersed in dual-language, French and American programs. FARSI is a fully accredited school by both the American and French government. The annual Beaujolais Festival benefits their programs and curriculum all year long.

Held at the majestic Rhodes on Pawtuxet in Cranston, RI, guests tasted through countless French wines, bid at the Live & Silent Auctions, and enjoyed a fantastic performance by live neo-vaudevillian, tap dancing ladies, Kristen Minsky and The TropiGals.

Check out our photos below!
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Bottles for the Cause at AS220’s Action Speaks Radio!

This year Bottles was a proud supporter of local arts organization, AS220 and their live panel discussion radio show, Action Speaks; Underappreciated Dates that Changed America. For over 17 years, Action Speaks Radio has provided a live venue for the public to engage in thoughtful discussions about history, culture and current events. Panels are recorded, edited and broadcast online and on radio stations across the US. We were happy to provide wine for panelists, staff and volunteers who had helped put each show together this fall season.

Check out more photos below! And be sure to come to their final show of the season 
The panelists reflect on the show’s topic, Las Vegas!

Audience members share their thoughts and questions with panelists.

The show on Pentecostalism, brought in an entire congregation from Truth Tabernacle Church in South Providence, including an organist, a lap steel guitarist, and this woman belting out gospel hits!

A salon-style thank you dinner of locally grown food and wonderfully paired wines.

Lucie Searle, AS220 Capitol Campaign Manager, hosts the thank-you dinner

7th Annual WaterFire Providence Fundraiser

Bottles was very excited to partner with WaterFire for their annual fundraiser at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse this year! Year-round, WaterFire Providence transforms the rivers of downtown Providence into eighty sparkling bonfires, inspiring the community and creatively transforming the city for all to enjoy. The event took place at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in Downtown Providence to great success with silent and live auctions, wonderful food and of course, unique wine pairings!

Check out the photos from the event below!

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And congrats to the lucky recipient of our personal wine tasting party for 20 guests!
We wish WaterFire Providence the best of luck with their new building and in the years to come!

Congratulations to Joseph Haggard, Winner of the 2013 Providence Cocktail Competition!

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Joseph Haggard at the announcement of his win.

Who has bragging rights as the winner of the Providence Cocktail Competition? Joseph Haggard from The Grange! After an action-packed evening of muddling, shaking, mixing and blending, guests and judges chose their winner from the group of participating competitors. A big congratulations to Joseph, who entered the contest with this stunner of a drink, Cervantes.

Joseph won a night of limousine service from Starlight Limousine with a bar stocked by Bottles, 2 tickets to any show and a $50 gift card at Fete, a “Stirred Set Up” bartender from Cocktail Kingdom, their cocktail recipe & ingredients featured at Bottles (stop by our store to see the display!) and an interview in the “Behind the Bar” column in the November issue of Providence Monthly.

Cervantes Cocktail Recipe by Joseph Haggard


by Joseph Haggard, The Grange

1 1/2 oz Olmeca Altos Reposado Tequila
3/4 oz Becherovka
1/4 oz Agave syrup
1/2 dropper Bittermen’s Elemakule Tiki Bitters

Stir all ingredients in mixing glass with ice until diluted. Strain into 5 oz. coupe glass. Finish by expressing oils from freshly sliced orange over drink.

*You’ll find all these ingredients at Bottles! Visit Us >

Joseph creating his Cervantes cocktail in round one.
The second round cocktail.
Accepting the reward on stage!
Straining the cocktail for attendees!
Check our our Facebook page for more photos from the Competition!

Presenting the Providence Cocktail Competition Contestants!

We’re gearing up for the Providence Cocktail Competition tomorrow night at 7pm at Féte Music! For just 10 bucks you’ll be able to sip 12 signature cocktails from bartenders and at home mixologists and help determine a winner. Plus 6 more secret ingredient cocktails made on the spot by finalists!

For us at Bottles, it’s not enough just to taste the cocktails – we want to make them at home too! Here are the 12 finalists and their cocktail recipes so you can print them out and try them on your own. And be sure to come to Féte on Wednesday, Sept 25th (tomorrow!) to vote for your favorite!

Click on the recipe to download and print! 








Jason Lawrence of Providence Fermentery





And Mateo Mancia, representing his own damn self!


Come on out to Féte and vote for your favorite!

Buy your tickets at the door or online here.
And come to Bottles to pick up all your cocktail ingredients!Cheers!

Brought to you by Bottles Fine Wine and

Providence Cocktail Competition Entry is Open!

Providence Cocktail Competition

Consider yourself a cocktail concocting genius? Enter the Providence Cocktail Competition! As part of the 2013 Providence Cocktail Week held by Providence Monthly, this contest is open to anyone over 21, and includes a great prize package. You’ll just have to read these guidelines, submit a cocktail recipe, and wait to see if you’re one of the 12 lucky competitors! Entries are due Friday, September 6th by 11:59pm, so don’t miss it! Tickets to watch the competition and taste the cocktails are coming soon.

Read More & Enter >

Providence Cocktail Week on Facebook >

Bottles for the Cause: PPPRI Event

Last week, Bottles was honored to be a sponsor for a special event with Partnership for Philanthropic Planning Rhode Island (PPPRI). Taking place at the Aldrich House, one of Providence’s most celebrated historic homes and also the home of the Rhode Island Historical Society, PPPRI colleagues gathered for a networking and tasting reception.
PPPRI’s mission is to increase the quality and quantity of charitable planned gifts by serving as the voice and professional resource for the gift planning community. With over 100 Rhode Islanders in their membership, PPPRI was formed in the spring of 1993 by Susan DameGreene, Richard ELy and Richard LaFleur.
Attendees enjoyed a variety of fine wines and craft beers, selected by expert Eric Taylor, Bottles General Manager. Wines included Sean Minor Vin Gris, Girls in the Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Heitz Cellar Chardonnay, and Edna Valley Vineyards Pinot Noir, while the selection of craft beers included Cisco Sankaty Light, Unita Hop Notch IPA, and Allagash White.
A few days later after the event, Eric was touched to receive a thoughtful thank-you note and letter from outgoing President Joanne Speroni-Woody for helping put together a hugely successful  evening. Eric had also given Joanne a gift of a custom engraved wine bottle, complete with an etched image of the PPPRI logo and a message. This bottle was engraved in-house at Bottles, as one of our special gifting options.
Thank-you Joanne & PPPRI!