Journeyman & Matchbook

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful city situated next to a big lake. The lake was sooo big, some people called it “great”. But this isn’t a story about the lake, this a story about the city next to the lake and the people who lived there. You see, these brave, smart, handsome people were forced to spend a long, cold winter inside their houses; not once getting to enjoy the beautiful city without the dreadful cold touching their very bones. It was sooo cold, people could boil water and watch as it turned to snow outside! Finally, after waiting inside all winter long, the people looked out their windows to see that it was sunny and warm out. Finally, the good people could go back outside! They smiled and cheered, throwing neighborhood block parties and barbeques and all sorts of fun things. But then, a mean weather magician named Tom Skilling told the people that it would rain soon and become cold once more. The people did not like that. Not one bit. What would they do if it was cold and wet outside? How could they spend time with their friends and neighbors? What would they do? Well, just when things seemed their darkest a band of people took to the rooftops shouting, “Take heart! Just because it’s cold and wet out doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Come to The Noble Grape and drink craft spirits and wine with us!” The people rejoiced, and flocked to The Noble Grape, and waiting for them as promised were craft spirits from Journeyman Distillery and wines from Matchbook Vineyards!

That’s right, this weeks tasting lineup includes spirits from Journeyman Distillery on Wednesday and wine from Matchbook Vineyards on Friday!

For our Journeyman tasting, we will be sampling out their Red Arrow Vodka, Road’s End Rum, Bilberry Black Hearts Gin, Featherbone Bourbon Whiskey, and Snaggle Tooth Coffee Liqueur. The Noble Grape was lucky enough to sample through several barrels of Journeyman Distillery’s finest Whiskeys recently and chose what we considered to be the crème de la crème of their Private Barrel Selection. Now we are proud to be the sole seller of Journeyman’s Featherbone Bourbon Whiskey Noble Grape Label! This Whiskey has a nose of butterscotch; the smooth body contains flavors of honey, blackstrap molasses and a hint of spice on the finish. Believe me, it’s good.

Then on Friday, Keli will be pouring Matchbook Vineyards Chardonnay, Chasing Venus Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Malbec, and Tinto Rey. Matchbook focuses on varietals that perform well in the warm Dunnigan Hills climate and their Tinto Rey is no exception. Tinto Rey means Red King. Tempranillo is the king of Spanish red wines and one of the most important red varietals in Matchbook Vineyard. The Spanish varietals Tempranillo and Graciano contribute spicy red berry fruit flavors; Syrah adds rich flavors of black cherry and blueberry; the spicy cedar and tobacco notes are from the cool-weather Cabernet Sauvignon.