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Whisk(e)y Fest is HERE!

Bottlerocket Whiskey Fest 2016Free whiskey tastings at Bottlerocket every day in February from 5-8pm (except for the 7th & 14th. Those are from 3-6).
And let everyone know you are here by posting using the hashtag #tastetherocket! We promise to re-post the best photos!



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With our 2016 class series "The Truth About…", Bottlerocket is looking to answer some of those
burning questions you've always had — but were afraid to ask — about the world of wine and spirits.

Each class is $40
Group Discount: $32 each class (with purchase of 4 or more tickets)
Buy The Whole Series for $28 per class

The Truth About Unfiltered Wines – Uncover the What, Where and Why
Featuring Rob Mann, estate director and winemaker for Napa's Newton Vineyard
February 10th
6:30 - 8:00pm
TICKETS

Join Rob Mann, one of Napa Valley’s most talented winemakers, for an evening
of straight talk about winemaking. To filter or not to filter? In recent years it’s become the subject of
debate among wine lovers, especially with the growing interest in natural wines. Learn the
secrets of filtration, the process, the benefits and drawbacks in person with the winemaker for
Napa’s Newton Vineyards and an Unfiltered Wine Champion. Taste for yourself – side by side– the
difference between his filtered and unfiltered chardonnays as well as a variety of his
sought after bottlings.

Eight Reasons Japanese Whiskey May Change Your Life
February 23rd
6:30 - 8:00pm
TICKETS 

First it was Pappy. These days the brown spirit du jour seems to be Japanese Whiskey. There
is no denying it’s popularity at the moment – just look at the empty shelves compared to two
years ago. And the fire is only growing. Whisky Bible declared the Yamazaki Sherry Cask 2013
to be the one of the world’s best whiskies. In this class we will taste a variety of
Japanese Whiskies against benchmark whiskies from other parts of the world.

The Truth About Vines: Is Older Really Better?

Featuring Lucas Lowi, estate director of famed Spanish winery Bodega Numantha
March 1st
6:30 - 8:00pm
TICKETS

Join a visiting luminary of Spanish wine, Bodedga Numantha’s estate Director Lucas Lowi, to
dig deep into the truth about a little understood descriptor: “Old Vines.” You have seen the
words “made from old vines” on a bottle at a restaurant or wine store. You may have heard
the expression, “the older the berry, the sweeter the juice”. But when it comes to vines, is
older better? Taste your way through some very special old and pre-phylloxera wines from
Numanthia’s renowned winery, guided by a true expert.

The Six Secrets Of Perfect Chocolate Pairings
March 23rd
6:30 - 8:00pm
TICKETS

Much like the unfortunate pairing of champagne and wedding cake, chocolate and wine are
often mistaken for friendly bedfellows. Pairing chocolate and wine can be tricky, as the sugars
and tannins in chocolate can overpower wine, making it seem harsh and bitter. Join us for a
delectable evening of chocolate served with excellent chocolate-friendly pairing that will
impress your friends..or lovers!

The Hidden Truth About Ratings
April 5th
6:30 - 8:00pm
TICKETS

While we truly respect the tastemakers out there rating our wines and spirits, we will use this
hour to explore the value of the numbers game for you. In a blind tasting format, we will pit
wines both highly rated - and not - against each other. You will have the opportunity to
exercise your tasting skills, don your critic’s hat, and declare the winners.

Sinful and The Sweet: The Truth Behind Dessert Wines
April 19th
6:30 - 8:00pm
TICKETS

Think sweet wines are only for the unsophisticated palate? Think again! Some of the best
wines in the world are as sweet as they are complex. Have you ever tried a Sauternes or a
Port? How about a Vin Santo? If not, now’s your chance! Get the lowdown on why these
wines were considered so highly desirable by royalty, why they are some of the most
expensive wines in the world, and the craft behind making them. And no - it's not as simple
as “just add sugar.”

Tequila vs. Mezcal Smackdown: The Truth About Agave, The Worm
& The World Beyond The Margarita
May 3rd
6:30 - 8:00pm
TICKETS

The United States is the number one importer of Tequila, and Mezcal is close behind. We love
our margaritas, but these two spirits, made from the heart of the blue agave plant, can offer
so much more than a chaser for your nachos. Do some side-by-side sampling of these
distinctively different spirits and then create a cocktail with your favorite!

The Truth About Organic, Biodynamic & Natural Wines
May 13th
6:30 - 8:00pm
TICKETS

More and more winemakers are making a conscious effort to be more environmentally
friendly when it comes to their winemaking practices. And while we certainly understand the
label “organic” as it pertains to our food, what does it mean for our wine? For that matter, what
the heck is sustainable and biodynamic? Let winemaker Michael Smeltzer help uncover the
truths behind the labels and how these practices impacts the cost, flavor and health benefit of
what goes into the bottle.

What The Hell Are Bitters? Discover The Truth Behind The Cocktail Sidekick
and How To Make Them
 
Date - TBD
6:30 - 8:00pm
TICKETS

It’s been said that bitters can turn any cocktail into a craft cocktail, so it’s no wonder a slew of
small-batch bitters companies have sprouted up alongside the cocktail boom. While it’s fine to
buy the coolest new bitters from THE local wine shop, (ahhem!), why not get the low-down on
how to make them yourself with the folks from Brooklyn’s Own, Industry City Distilling?
Hands on and punctuated by abundant tastes, become an instant insider mixologist.

The Six Wine & Cheese Pairings Everyone Should Know
Date - TBD
6:30 - 8:00pm
TICKETS

Some wines are divine with cheese. Many aren’t. Pairing the two is not as easy as many
assume. The world of cheese is huge and the number of wines with which to pair them is
nearly infinite – and not all of them work together. Some red wines, for instance, can be a bit
too tannic or bold to match with most cheese. We’ll help you learn some classic pairing
guidelines so you can confidently put together a cheese plate to wow your guests (or just
you). Did we mention there will be cheese? 


Have an idea for a public event?

Bottlerocket's Eclectic Salon brings writers and performers to the store to meet customers, discuss ideas and taste wines.
Past guests include Billy Collins, Danny Meyer, Dr. Ruth, Judith Jones, Kiki & Herb, Jancis Robinson, Amy Sedaris and more.