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Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Dinner

Bottles Fine Wine and Farmstead are excited to present A Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Dinner with Julian Van Winkle III and Chef Matt Jennings. Sold Out!

Tickets sold out very fast for this evening of spectacular bourbons and dining with special guest Julian Van Winkle III.

Lucky attendees will be lead by Julian through a tasting of four Van Winkle expressions: the twelve, fifteen, twenty, and twenty-three year old bourbons. The evening begins with a cocktail reception, delectable treats and a chance to chat with Julian before sitting down to a four-course dinner and tasting. Julian and Matt will present each bourbon and course of the evening. We will also have a few additional surprises throughout the evening.

Julian Van Winkle III is a third generation producer of premium bourbon at Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. He is the winner of the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional.
Matt Jennings of Farmstead is a two-time finalist for the prestigious James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef Northeast” award, has been named one of America’s “Most Sustainable Chefs” and was selected as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s “Big thinkers, changing the way Americans eat.”
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Buffalo Trace Bourbon Review & Guide

Buffalo Trace Bourbon

Currently featured in-store is Buffalo Trace Bourbon, with many Bourbon brands from the famous Kentucky-based distillery. Watch the video to for Liam’s review and recommendations on different Buffalo Trace Bourbons and his favorite cocktail recipes.

One of the largest and best known Bourbon distilleries in Kentucky, Buffalo Trace has won Distillery of the Year and stands as the oldest distilling site in the U.S.  The distillery is also known for making:  Pappy Van Winkle, George T. Stagg, Thomas Handy Rye, E.H. Taylor, W.L. Weller, Sazarac Rye, Blanton’s, Eagle Rare, Elmer T Lee, Buffalo Trace and many more brands.

Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Buffalo Trace Vanilla and citrus nose with perfect balance and complexity of corn, spice and rye flavors.  An unbeatable everyday Bourbon. 

Elmer T Lee Bourbon Whiskey

Elmer T Lee Butterscotch, clover and leather nose with a big rich body and flavors of fruits, honey and vanilla.  Long warm finish.  A wine lover’s Bourbon! 

Blanton's Buffalo Trace Bourbon Whiskey

Blantons Vanilla and honey flavors amid the strong caramel with a bit of spice lurking in the background from the addition of rye.

Eagle Rare Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey Review

Eagle Rare 10 Year Aromas of coconut crème brulee, buttery nuts and brown spices with dry, yet fruity flavors layered with chocolate, figs and nuts.  Very long finish.

Buffalo Trace White Dog Bourbon Rye Whiskey

White Dogs Unaged expressions of the mash bills used to make some of Buffalo Trace’s best Bourbons and Ryes.  Use them to make unconventional cocktails like White Manhattans or age them yourself!

WL Weller Wheated Bourbon Whiskey Review

W.L. Weller A “Wheated” Bourbon, meaning the distiller replaced the typical rye with wheat in the mashbill.  Regarded as a best buy from several trade sources and the folks here at Bottles.  $16.99 Read More >>

Holiday Gift Guide: Wine, Beer, & Spirits Enthusiasts

Have a fine wine, craft beer, spirits, or cocktail enthusiast on your Christmas list this year? Watch this video for gift ideas that will please your gift recipient. From wine and custom gift baskets, to custom wine bottle engraving, to fun nip ornaments, Bottles has you covered. Also, find out Joanna’s picks for the perfect gift wines. Visit us at our Rhode Island wine store for convenient gift wrapping options!

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Gifts Under $25
Nip Globes The curious cocktails enthusiast you know will love this selection of fine spirits encased in a festive clear ornament just for the holidays. Standard $9.99 or Premium $14.99
Wine Gift Baskets Red or White? Choose one of these budget-friendly wine gift baskets that include tasty treats as well! Just $19.99 each.

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Custom Bottle Engraving
The gift of wine can be taken to the next level with a custom message artfully engraved directly on the bottle. Starting at just $10 plus the cost of your choice of wine, beer, spirits, or even bartending tools and glassware.
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For Her
Gift Wine Get her the best wines from our extensive collection. Shop from the Select Bottles wine list, or look for the little red bows in our store. We gift wrap! 
Wine for Two Have her enjoy a romantic basket of wine for two this holiday season. Includes red wine, two wine glasses and tasty bites. 
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For Him
Etched Flask Customize a flask with an engraving of their name or initials! Starting at just $10 plus the cost of the flask, shaker, or even whiskey bottle.
The Gift of Whiskey Choose from our wide selection of bourbon & single malt scotch. We have everything from classics to esoteric finds.
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Corporate and Client Gifts
Engraved Wine Bottles Send a personal message this Christmas with an etched wine bottle. We can also engrave your logo! Starting at just $10 plus the cost of the wine of your choice. 
Customized Gift Baskets From $20 to $2000, let us help you create a wine, beer, or spirits gift basket that will wow your gift recipient.
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Whiskey Lover
Whiskey Club Perfect for the serious whiskey lover and collector. Your recipient will receive one bottle of high quality whiskey every month. $59.99 a month for 1 bottle of whiskey. 
Bottles Gift Card Let them choose their next coveted bottle of bourbon, single malt, scotch, or rye whiskey. For any amount.
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Wine Lover
Cabernet Basket Easily please the wine enthusiast in your life with this Cabernet Sauvignon Gift Basket. Complete with chocolates, tea, and a wine guide.
Wine Club Give the gift that keeps on giving! This monthly wine club has 3 levels to choose from, tailored to each wine lover & budget. Starting at $29.99 per month for 2 bottles of wine.
Select Bottles Let the discerning wine lover you know enjoy a world-class wine. Browse the Select Bottles wine list for hard-to-find, highly renowned wines. 
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Beer Enthusiasts
Local Beer Bucket For the serious craft beer geek, get the Local Beer Bucket. With 3 local New England craft beers, this gift will put a big smile on any beer fan. $40 Read More >>
Bottles Gift Card Know how selective they are? Let them choose what they really want, from one of the best craft beer selections in town. Read More >>
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Custom Gift Baskets Choose from a world-class selection of bartending tools, artisanal bitters, and hard to find aperitifs, cordials & vermouths to create a custom basket.
Engraved Bartending Tools Engrave shakers, wine keys & more! Create a personalized gift that they will appreciate for years to come with Bottle engraving services. 

Boulevardier: Bourbon Cocktail Recipe

Boulevardier Bourbon Cocktail Idea

Learn how to make a Boulevardier cocktail as part of the Bottles Bourbon feature happening in our Providence store. With only 3 ingredients (Bourbon, Campari and Vermouth), this is an easy drink ideas for holiday parties!  Contact Us

This cocktail with a goofy name is a variant on a Negroni, a classic cocktail made of equal parts gin, Campari, & sweet vermouth. In a Negroni, you are seeking balance in the components; bitter Campari tempered by sweet vermouth, with the gin adding punch and floral overtones to the whole.

With a Boulevardier, you replace the gin with bourbon, and raise the ratio of the bourbon a smidge. This results in a sweeter cocktail, and I find it helps to tame the bitterness of the Campari more so than just gin & sweet vermouth. It’s a brilliant drink to have before dinner, as the bitter-sweet flavor and slightly acerbic finish of the Campari will get your gland salivating and ready for the meal at hand.

how to make bourbon cocktail

To make a Boulevardier, try the following ratios:

Ingredient List
* 1.5 Pt. Bourbon
* 1 Pt. Campari
* 1 Pt. Sweet Vermouth
* Lemon Twist

Stir well over crushed ice & strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon.

As with any cocktail, the levels of Bourbon, vermouth, or Campari can be adjusted to make the finished drink more or less bitter or fruity, as suits your fancy. This is a great recipe to play around with, and something very easy (yet elegant) to put in front of guests.

Try our other Bourbon Cocktails:

Find more videos and cocktail ideas on our YouTube channel and our Cocktail Recipe Page.

Manhattan Cocktail Recipe for the Holidays

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As part of the Bottles Bourbon feature, here is a simple but delicious Manhattan cocktail recipe made from our recommended Bourbons, Vermouths, and Bitters. All of the bourbons and drink ingredients in this blog post are available at our fine wine, beer and liquor store in Providence, Rhode Island. Contact Us

A classic cocktail, Manhattans are easy to make, easy to drink, and can be simply modified to suit one’s taste. The hallmark of a Manhattan is cold, cold Bourbon, whose toasty, oaky vanilla notes are being balanced by the vermouth’s sweet herbal flavor, with the bitters holding to sweetness in check & the cherry adding a touch of fruit.

In perhaps the simplest method, a Manhattan can be broken down as follows:

Ingredient List
* 2 Pts. Bourbon
* 1 Pt. Sweet Vermouth
* 1 Dash of Bitters
* Garnish with a Cherry

Stir over crushed ice & strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

The particular Bourbon (or Rye!) is up to you, as is the brand of vermouth & bitters. I like to make my Manhattans with Eagle Rare (when I’m feeling fancy) or W.L. Weller Special Reserve, both from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Kentucky. Eagle Rare is a Bourbon that exhibits pronounced flavors of fruity cherry in the finish, and is therefore well suited to a Manhattan. W.L. Weller is a wheated whiskey, meaning that a portion of wheat has been added to the corn & grain before distillation. This softens the whiskey, and makes for a very light & refreshing cocktail.

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For Vermouth, I very much prefer Dolin Rouge. It’s less sugary sweet than many of its counterparts, with a delightfully full, herbal flavor. When mixed with bourbon & Peychaud’s Bitters (a true American original, lighter & more floral than Angostura bitters) you get a killer combination.

The great thing about cocktails like the Manhattan is that you can alter them to be stronger or weaker, more or less fruity, sweeter or drier, as your taste or the occasion dictates. They can also be made in advance, left in a pitcher in your fridge, and doled out as necessary – saving you lots of time mixing when company is over.

Try our other Bourbon Cocktails:

Find more videos and cocktail ideas on our YouTube channel and our Cocktail Recipe Page.


Wine & Beer Gift Baskets

Here at Bottles Fine Wine, we offer wine, beer & whiskey gift baskets to provide your family, friends or clients with a wonderful token of appreciation! Designed to meet any budget, a gift basket is a great idea for easy, stress-free holiday gift giving. All of our gift baskets are hand selected and wrapped by the folks at Bottles in Providence, Rhode Island. Keep scrolling down to browse a range of ideas for wine and beer gift baskets we can make for you.

We are more than happy to create custom gift baskets. Click on the link for details.
Introduction Beginners Wine Gift Basket Rhode Island
Intro to Wine Gift Basket
For those just starting a new appreciation of wine, or for those who are interested in learning more.
Avalon Cabernet Sauvignon, 2 Red Wine Glasses, Wine Wheel, Tasting Notebook.
Red Wine Gift Basket Budget Providence
Red Wine Gift Basket
A budget-friendly Red Wine gift that all wine enthusiasts will love!
Avia Pinot Noir, Choice of 3: Chocolate, Crackers, Wafers or Popcorn.


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White Wine Gift Basket
Perfect for your gift recipients who prefer white wine over red wine.
Avia Pinot Grigio, Stemless Wine Glass, Choice of 2: Chocolate, Crackers, Wafers or Popcorn.
Chardonnay Wine Gift Basket Rhode Island
Chardonnay Gift Basket
Chardonnay Wine fans will appreciate this gift!
With treats, a pair of wine glasses, and De Loach Chardonnay, this is gifting made easy.
De Loach Chardonnay, Watercrackers, Tea Sampler, Chocolate Bar, 2 Wine Glasses, Wine Book.
Rhode Island Wine Store Gift Baskets
 Cabernet Sauvignon Gift Basket 
Is your gift recipient red wine or Cabernet enthusiast? Then we recommend this special gift basket.
Beaulieau Vineyards ‘BV’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Wine Guide, Lindt Truffles, Tea, Chocolate Bar.
Craft Beer Gift Basket Rhode Island
Local Beer Gift Basket
Not every wants wine. For the craft beer enthusiast in your life, try this Local Beer Gift Basket,
which includes Pretty Things Jack D’Or and Horseneck India Pale Ale.
Horseneck IPA, Pretty Things Jack D’Or, Crackers, Beer Book.
Rhode Island Beer Gift Baskets
 Local Beer Bucket
The serious beer enthusiast gift basket: The Local Beer Bucket.
With 3 local New England craft beers in big-bottle size, this gift will put a grin on any craft-beer fan.
Horseneck IPA, Pretty Things Jack D’Or, Moby D, 33 Bottles of Beer Book.
Prosecco Sparkling Wine Gift Baskets
Prosecco Gift Basket
Calling all bubbly fans! This gift basket contains Prosecco and delicious St. Germain liqueur.
Prosecco, Popcorn, St. Germain.
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Wine for Two Gift Basket
What could be more romantic than a bottle of red wine?
This basket comes with 2 Red Wine glasses and extra treats to share with that special someone.
Fleur De Lyeth Red Blend, 2 Red Wine Glasses, Choice of 2: Wafers, Popcorn, Chocolate.

Whiskey, Scotch, & Bourbon Bottle Engraving

Whiskey Engraving: Here at Bottles in Providence, Rhode Island, we offered the combined services of custom glass bottle engraving and a huge selection of whisky, single malt scotch, bourbon, and more liquors to choose from our liquor store. A personalized, etched bottle for a whiskey enthusiast makes the perfect gift for the holidays, a birthday, or a thank-you present, and is a memorable gift that your gift recipient will keep for years to come. Imagine your custom message artfully engraved on a beautiful bottle of scotch or bourbon!

ORDER your engraved item at TheEngravedBottle.com

A bottle of Gentleman Jack whiskey with a clever message in Garamond Italic and colored in silver.
Custom Etched Whiskey Bottle
A bottle of delicious Whistle Pig Straight Rye Whiskey engraved in Garamond and colored in gold. The accompanying rocks glass is etched with our monogram anchor design and date.
Monogrammed rocks glass is a great gift along with a bottle of their favorite scotch or whiskey!
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An etched whiskey bottle with a personalized message makes a memorable gift for family, friends, clients, and for almost any occasion, including birthdays, graduation, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Thank-You Presents, and more!

This is just a portion of our large selection of whiskies that you can choose from! We also carry gin, vodka, cordials, glasses, and barware that can be engraved. For a full item inventory, visit TheEngravedBottle.com.


And don’t forget custom etched flasks! For the recipient on-the-go!


Bonal and Rye Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

Be your own bartender and learn how to make great cocktails with Joanna from Bottles. Bottles is a fine wine, beer and liquor store in Providence, RI. This instructional video shows you how to make Bonal & Rye, a type of rye whiskey cocktail created by San Francisco bartender Todd Smith. Bonal and Rye has only four ingredients, and is juicy, fun, and fresh drink to enjoy at home, with friends, or to impress party guests.

Bonal & Rye

2 oz. Rye Whiskey
1 oz. Bonal Gentiane-Quina
1/2 oz. Cointreau
3 dashes Angostura Orange Bitters
Orange twist, for garnish

Shake, strain, and serve with an orange twist garnish.

bonal rye whiskey ingredients list how to make

Bonal is a dark, delicious aperitif that is famous for stimulating the palate and self-proclaimed as “ouvre l’appetit,” or the key to appetite. An infusion of gentiane (a root) and herbs from the Grand Chartreuse Mountains, Bonal tastes a little like port, but not nearly as sweet. It has a bitter element from the gentiane root and chinchona (quinine).

bonal gentiane aperitif cocktail ideas

Use Bonal in place of sweet vermouth (it’s great in a rye Manhattan), or drink neat or on the rocks with a twist of orange.

You can find these ingredients at Bottles.

rye whiskey cocktail bonal orange bitters

Find more videos and cocktail ideas on our YouTube channel and our Cocktail Recipe Page.