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Meet the Guys at Bucket Brewery!

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Bucket Brewery is one of Rhode Island’s newest craft breweries. Watch Liam’s visit to their new Pawtucket brewery, learn how they got started and what beers they’re currently brewing. You’ll also be happy to find Bucket Brewery Growlers in our beer coolers!

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Tastings Saturdays 10-5
Tours Saturdays 2, 3, and 4

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Meet the Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. – A Rhode Island Distillery

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Get a backstage tour of the Sons of Liberty Spirits Co.,  Rhode Island’s second newest distillery since the 1800s. Mike Reppucci, Sons of Liberty owner/distiller, showed our store manager around the distillery. Learn how they make their great single malt American whiskey, Uprising, and welcome in their seasonal winter release, a Pumpkin Spice Flavored Whiskey that uses local Rhody pumpkins. A winner of the World’s Best Whiskies!

Visit us to shop local, and for a full selection of Sons of Liberty spirits: Uprising Whiskey, Pumpkin Whiskey, Loyal 9 Vodkas, and more.


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Pinot Camp 2013 – Eric Taylor Goes to Oregon!

A few weeks ago we sent Eric Taylor, General Manager at Bottles, to Pinot Camp in Oregon. Oregon Pinot Camp is a three day immersion into the Oregon wine world. He had a blast and took amazing photos (and we got a week of peace & quiet). Check out our video and more photos below!

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First day at the Argyle Winery in Dundee, Oregon. Along with producing the classic Oregon Pinot Noir, Argyle winemakers also produce delicious Chardonnays and sparkling wines.
Lena, the 100-year old ghost that haunts the Argyle farmhouse, which doubles as a tasting room for guests!
Eric attended and video chatted the store* from the Oregon Chardonnay Alliance (ORCA) Crab & Chardonnay Picnic.
*We have wine tastings every Saturday, so stop by and try!
The first day of Pinot Camp workshops started in Elk Cove Vineyards with a walk through the valley and a history of the Oregon wine industry and Pinot Noir.
Goats roam around the vineyards and help keep the weeds and grass at bay.
He also attended a grape growing workshop where he learned about all of the manual labor that goes into producing quality grapes.
Above are the original Pinot Noir vines planted in Oregon from 1966 — still alive and kicking today!
Campers had a really interesting “Soil Into Wine” tasting with 6 different wines from the 3 types of soil in Willamette Valley: Volcanic, Marine Sedimentary, and Windblown.
 Each soil type leads to a different tasting Pinot Noir. Volcanic soil creates softer, more tannic wines with high-toned fruit aromas. Pinot from Marine Sedimentary soils are earthier with heavier tannins and darker fruit tones. Windblown soil (which is most common in the region) creates mixed berry, cedar and exotic spice flavor with a rounded tannin structure.
An example of Volcanic soil lead by winemaker Alex Sokol Blosser.
Campers tried oak aged wine and talked about closures; the cork versus screw cap debate. To test which was better, they tasted the same wine from 2005 – one corked and the other screw capped. Eric was shocked to find out that they were exactly the same, with hardly any difference! 

On the last evening, Pinot Campers were treated to a traditional northwestern style Alderwood Salmon Bake at Stoller Vineyards.
Salmon is splayed out on wood frames so it will slow roast evenly over a large outdoor fire. It takes approximately one hour to bake completely, but is the tastiest, most unique flavored salmon around!
Of course we experience lots of rain, or “liquid sunshine” as it’s called in Willamette Valley.
Luckily Eric had his boots ready!
It was a truly enlightening experience! The wines were extraordinarily great throughout the region. The comradery and spirit of all the wineries was amazing. We will forever be a fan of Oregon wines!
Visit our wine store in Providence for a great selection of Oregon wines!

Newport Vineyards Tour – Rhode Island Wineries

Rhode Island wine! Nick, the Bottles Wine Manager, paid a visit to Newport Vineyards in nearby Middletown, Rhode Island (we’re a wine store in Providence, RI). John Nunes gave Nick a tour of the vineyards and winery, followed by a visit to their tasting room to try their impressive selection of wines.

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Thomas Tew Rum – Drink Rhody Rum!

Thomas Tew Rum - Rhode Island Rum Distillery

Thomas Tew Rum is made by the Newport Distilling Company in nearby Newport, Rhode Island. Watch the tour and overview of how their barrel-aged rum is made, with Brent Ryan, master distiller. Brent was kind enough to give us the behind-the-scenes tour of the distillery. Watch, sip, and enjoy!

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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!

Save the Bay’s 2nd Annual "Taste of the Bay"

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Bottles was honored to support Save The Bay’s second annual Taste of the Bay event yesterday at the beautiful Save The Bay Educational Center. Save The Bay has dedicated themselves to protecting and restoring our Narragansett Bay, including nearby coastal waterways and shores. This year, the Taste of the Bay annual meeting and celebration has grown to include many of Rhode Island’s favorite food and drinks.

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Eric was excited to share local wines from Sakonnet Vineyard in Little Compton, RI.
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Lots of local Rhode Island breweries were there, including Narragansett in Providence,
Foolproof in Pawtucket, Grey Sail in Westerly, Revival in Providence,
and Sons of Liberty Distilling Company in South Kingstown.
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Guests enjoyed delicious food straight from the Bay, including lobster sliders
and freshly shucked oysters and clams! And our neighbors from Whole Foods Waterman Street brought beautiful fresh flowers to the event!
Desserts were delicious and provided by our friends at Sin Bakery in Providence
and The Cupcakerie in Cranston.
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Bucket Brewery Growlers at Bottles!

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We’re excited to welcome Bucket Brewery craft beers to our store! Until now, Bucket Brewery was only available in restaurants around Rhode Island, but now you can get them at Bottles in growlers. Bucket Brewery is a local brewery located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and only a hop, skip and a jump away from our Providence liquor store.
Hurry up and get your Bucket Brewery growlers before they’re gone!
Bottles is next to Eastside Marketplace, get directions here.
Watch our visit to Bucket Brewery!

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Vodka: A Global History Seminar and Tasting

Vodka is defined as an odorless, colorless, tasteless alcoholic drink in the United States, and is not much of a challenge for bartenders to mix. However, if you don’t make a cocktail with it, vodka exists as a very pure spirit, where noticeable differences in aromas and flavors arise with different vodkas.

With this thought in mind, vodka became the star of the most recent Bottles event: Vodka: A Global History: Seminar, Tasting and Book Signing. On a warm spring evening, attendees gathered at Waterman Grille‘s Riverview Room, set on the banks of Seekonk River in Providence, Rhode Island. Folks tasted 5 vodkas from around the world as Patricia Herlihy and Eric Taylor talked about the history of vodka.

Patricia Herlihy is professor of history emerita at Brown University and its Watson Institute for International Studies, where she taught Russian and Soviet history. She is the author, most recently, of Vodka: A Global History. Eric Taylor, Bottles General Manager, is an enthusiastic vodka connoisseur whose favorite part about his job is education.

“I came into vodka through the back door. I studied temperance first, and then I saw the light. This book is the product of my conversion,” began Patricia at the start of the seminar.

The tasting was organized geographically, starting from Russia and then moving westward to Poland, Scandinavia, and finally to North America. Along with light appetizers, guests sampled Hammer + Sickle, Chopin, Finlandia, Hanger 1, and last but not least, Loyal 9 by Sons of Liberty Distilling in South Kingstown, Rhode Island. For an engaging history of Vodka, we highly recommend reading Patricia’s book, Vodka: A Global History.

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Greenvale Vineyards in Rhode Island

Bottles supports local wineries! Watch our video about Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth, RI, which is not far from our wine store in Providence, Rhode Island. Nick, our Wine Manager, got a behind-the-scenes tour of the beautiful coastal vineyards and the wines with Nancy Parker Wilson, the 6th generation to own and operate Greenvale Farm. Learn more information about Skipping Stone White, Pinot Gris, and Cabernet Franc in addition to Greenvale’s history.

Greenvale Vineyards is a small-grower winery next to the Sakonnet River, and near Newport.

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Greenvale has regular tastings and tours, so pay them a visit if you’re in the area! The location is beautiful, and you won’t be disappointed in the quality and range of wines offered at the tasting room.

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Skipping Stone White is a popular seller, and a wine unique to Greenvale with its combination of two grape varietals: 90% Cayuga and 10% Vidal Blanc.

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Greenvale was first a farm, and has been in the same family since 1863. Only recently in the 1980’s were grapes planted for wine-making.

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Greenvale’s Vidal Blanc is a lovely aromatic wine and a French/American varietal hybrid. Enjoy this fruit-forward wine with rich cheeses or your favorite spicy dish.
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