Strawberry Fields Forever: Pennington’s Strawberry Rye Whiskey

We are proud to mark Pennington’s Strawberry Rye Whiskey arrival at the store with these original drink recipes that are already a hit around Taste of RED:

Pennington Recipe

Strawberry Speakeasy

  • 1 oz. Pennington’s Strawberry Rye
  • 1 oz Whisper Creek Sipping Cream
  • 2 oz. Club Soda

Shake content over ice, strain into glass and enjoy.

Pennington Old Fashioned

  • 2 oz. Pennington’s Strawberry Rye
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh muddled (crushed) Strawberries
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 2-3 Dashes Regan’s Orange Bitters
  • Splash Club Soda

Mix together over ice, stir thoroughly and enjoy.

– Recipes courtesy of Mark Williams and Eric Nichols of RED Spirits & Wine.strawberry rye

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Celebrate With 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey


This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate with one of RED Spirits & Wine’s signature Irish whiskey cocktails, featuring 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey:

Whiskey Smash:

  • 2 oz 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 5-7 mint leaves

In shaking tin, lightly muddle mint leaves into simple syrup.  Add other ingredients and shake for 10 seconds. Strain over fresh ice and garnish with express thicket of mint and enjoy.

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  • 1 1/2 oz 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey
  • 1 oz sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 oz Benedictine
  • 2 dashes angostura bitters
  • Orange zest

In mixing glass, stir all ingredients with ice for 15 seconds. Strain neat into double old fashioned glass, garnish with expressed orange zest and enjoy.

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Bastille Week Spectacular


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July 8-13, Save up to 25% OFF on many of the world’s best wines

Stop into the store this week to celebrate Bastille Week at RED and stock up on these incredible French wines. Prices good through July 13, 2013, while supplies last.

Xavier Viognier, 2009   was $20  SALE PRICE: $13.99

L’Aura de Camnon Margaux, 2009   was $50  SALE PRICE: $37.99

Chateau Croix-Moutin, 2009    was $30   SALE PRICE: $21.99

Gregory Hecht & Francois Bannier Minervois, 2009   was $20  SALE PRICE: $14.99

Domaine Faury Saint Joseph, 2010  (Kermit Lynch)    was $40  SALE PRICE: $29.99

Chateau des Capitans Julienas Georges DuBoeuf, 2011   was $20  SALE PRICE: $14.99

Thievenet Grain & Granit Regnie Beaujolais, 2010     was $40  SALE PRICE: $29.99

Saint Cosme Cotes-du-Rhone, 2011  was $17  SALE PRICE: $13.99

Domaine Dupeuble Beaujolais, 2010  was $20  SALE PRICE: $14.99

Domaine des Rosier Moulin-a-Vent Beaujolais, 2011  was $20  SALE PRICE: $14.99

Le Clos du Tue-Boeuf La Butte Gamay 2009   was $20  SALE PRICE: $12.99

Chateau Thivin Cote de Brouilly, 2010   was $25  SALE PRICE: $17.99

Clos La Coutale Cahors  was: $17  SALE PRICE: $14.99

Domaine du Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape, 2009  was $119.99 SALE PRICE: $89.99

Pierre Boniface Caprice des Rocailles, NV was: $25  SALE PRICE: $17.99

Gaubicher & Chaussard “You Are So Fine” Vouvray, 2009  was $18  SALE PRICE: $13.99

Chateau Haut Pommarede Graves, 2009   was $20  SALE PRICE: $14.99

Chateau Beaulieu Comtes de Tastes, 2009   was $25  SALE PRICE: $17.99

Domaine du Prieure Savigny-les-Beaunes 1er Cru, 2009  was $20  SALE PRICE: $16.99

Jaboulet-Vercherre Bougogne, 2011   was $20  SALE PRICE: $14.99

Georges duBoeuf Fleurie Clos des Quatre Vents, 2011  was $20  SALE PRICE: $14.99

Chateau Saint Martin de la Garrigue Bronzinelle, 2009   was $20  SALE PRICE: $14.99

Michel Chapoutier Domaine de Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem Cotes du Roussillon, 2009   was $22  SALE PRICE: $16.99

Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf-du-Pape Rogue  was $100  SALE PRICE: $74.99

Chanson Savigny 1er Cru, 2007   was $40  SALE PRICE: $29.99

Domaine Nebout Saint Pourain 2009    was $20   SALE PRICE: $14.99

Domaine Chignard “Les Moriers” Fleurie, 2008   was $30  SALE PRICE: $19.99

Jean-Louis Denois Brut Sparkling    was $20  SALE PRICE: $14.99

Secret de Cardinale Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 2009     was $50   SALE PRICE: $37.99

Domaine du Cassard Blaye Cotes de Bordeaux Blanc Sec, 2010  was $15  SALE PRICE: $9.99

Meyer-Fonne Vin d’Alsace Gentil, 2008   was $20  SALE PRICE: $12.99

Ballade Sauvignon-Colombard 2011   was $13  SALE PRICE: $9.99

Domaine Bernard Baudry Chinon, 2009    was $25  SALE PRICE: $19.99

Domaine de la Collonge Pouilly-Fuisse, 2011    was $19.99  SALE PRICE: $14.99

La Craie Vouvray, 2010  was $22  SALE PRICE: $15.99

Chateau Grand Francois, 2009   was $24   SALE PRICE: $17.99

Chateau St. Martin de Garrigue Tradition   was: $17 SALE PRICE: $12.99

Jean-Marc Pillot “les Grands Champs” Bougogne Blanc, 2009  was $20 SALE PRICE: $14.99

Les Traverses de Fontanes Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011   was $20  SALE PRICE: $14.99

Clos Ste. Magdeleine Cassis White, 2010   was $30  SALE PRICE: $21.99

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Celebrate fall with a bottle of Rib Shack Red

ImageAs the warmer weather ebbs and flows and Halloween is just around the corner, we get to usher in sweaters and jackets and the shift toward those hearty, fuller-bodied reds that just didn’t fit the bill a few steamy weeks ago. The last few 70+ degree days should allow you to be giving your grill a special workout over the next few weeks.

Our wine of the week has been a surprisingly popular wine over the past month. Quite by accident. We carried this wine earlier in the year, but it certainly was not setting any sales records. The first break in the warm weather brought calls for it’s hasty return.

RIB SHACK RED is a red blend from the Western Cape growing region of South Africa. It is a blend of 70% pinotage and 30% shiraz. Medium to full-bodied, fairly plush and round. Dark red and purple fruits with notes of bing cherry, a hint of coffee, a touch of dark chocolate, with a dollop of tar and tobacco rounded out with black pepper and a spicy, smokey barrel finish. RSR pairs perfectly with BBQ ribs (really?), filet mignon with fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt or spicy grilled chicken.

Pinotage was a grape bred out of near necessity in 1925 by South African professor Abraham Isak Perold of the University of Stellenbosch. It is a cross of pinot noir and consult grapes. Pinot noir is tough to grow, but packs in a nice amount of aroma and flavor.  Cinsault is a more reserved, hardy grape that is resistant to disease and a prolific grower. Cinsault was for many years called “Hermitage” in South Africa, hence the blending of the name pinotage. Hermitage is a grape growing region in Rhone, France. Interestingly enough, the first commercial winery to grow and produce pinotage was Bellevue Estate Winery in Stellenbosch.

With such names as Hermitage and Bellevue, how can you not celebrate fall in Nashville with RIB SHACK RED?  Come on in and pick up a bottle this weekend.

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Red, White & Rose: Holiday Three Pack for the 4th Special

Whether you’re putting the finishing touches on your 4th of July cookout plans or just looking for something special to sip while watching fireworks, RED is proud to help you celebrate with this special three pack of “All American” wines from Food and Wine Magazine’s 2009 Winemaker of the Year, Charles Smith.

RED: Charles Smith Wines, “Boom-Boom” Syrah

Let’s not mince words, this is a POWERFUL wine – perfect for pairing with steaks, barbeque and burgers. It’s everything you want from a Washington Syrah. Dark in color, yet bright, fresh and smooth.

The bomb on the label is there for a reason. It’s to warn you that a fruit bomb awaits in the bottle, ready to explode on your palate with dark fruits and baking spices that will stand tall next to even the heartiest meats coming off your grill. For a real treat, try this wine with your favorite dark chocolate, for a truly explosive experience.

Special Holiday Price: $16.99/750 ml

WHITE: Charles Smith Wines – “Kung Fu Girl Riesling” 

If you’re looking for super sweet, sugar-water Riesling, you won’t find it here. This is a wine to change the minds of people that don’t typically drink Riesling.

It’s crisp, dry wine with a slight “zing” and a clean finish. Apricot, peach nectar and orange rind dominate the nose, while the clean finish of white fruit, citrus and a hint of key lime make this the perfect sipper for your late afternoon in the sun.

Special Holiday Price: $11.99/750 ml

ROSE: Charles & Charles Rose 

Charles & Charles is a joint venture between Charles Smith and Charles Bieler – made from 100% Syrah grapes from Columbia Valley, WA. Describing the wine, Smith says, “Remember Jolly Ranchers? Grab a bottle of this wine, open, pour, sniff, swirl, taste. Now…dontchya think that this wine is the way-evolved, been-around-the-world-a-few-times, insouciantly hip, cool-as-the-other-side-of-the-pillow, casually bad a** son of Jolly Rancher?” We don’t think there’s a better description available for this wine or its winemakers.

And if the label looks familiar, it is an abstract print of the American flag created by Nashville’s own Hatch Show Print. This wine was made for drinking in Nashville on the 4th of July.

Special Holiday Price: $12.99/750 ml

About the Winemaker:

It would be an understatement to say that Charles Smith is not your typical winemaker. After spending close to a decade travelling the world managing rock bands, he moved back to the United States and opened a wine shop. In 2001, he decided to move to the Walla Walla Valley and released his first wine later that year. A self taught winemaker, having never taken a class or produced wine for anyone else, Charles is a true artisan.

In 2008, Wine & Spirits Magazine recognized Smith’s K Vintners as its Winery of the Year and in 2009, Smith was named Food & Wine Magazine’s Winemaker of the Year. In 2010 alone, Robert Parker’s Wine Spectator gave 15 of his wines between 91 and 99 points. Smith is an American treasure and we are proud to recommend his wines to you this 4th of July. Cheers!

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Upcoming In-Store Events: July 2, 2012

Please join us for these upcoming in-store events at RED Spirits & Wine:


5:00 to 7:00 – Classic Car Themed Wines: Red Truck, Ferrari-Carrano and Francis Ford Coppola

6:00 to 8:00 – Classic Car “Cruise In”: Join us in the parking lot outside the store for this special evening of classic cars sponsored by 94.5 FM Hippie Radio.


2:00 to 7:00 – Great Spanish Wine Importers: The Wines of Eric Solomon and Jorge Ordonez: Join us as we explore the portfolio of wines from Eric Solomon and Jorge Ordonez at this free tasting event.


5:00 to 7:00 – Pre-Independence Day Tasting Event: “RED White & Rose”: Join us for all your last minute 4th of July shopping needs as we pour some incredible red, white and rose wines that will be a perfect compliment to your Independence Day grilling and fireworks.


Remember that RED will be closed on July 4 in observance of Independence Day, so please join us this weekend for all your holiday needs.



3:00 to 7:00 – “Great Grapes”: Gruner Veltliner, the Refreshing Austrian Superstar: If you have been looking for a crisp and refreshing summer alternative to Chardonnay, join us this Friday for our very first “Great Grapes” tasting series in which we’ll be exploring Gruner Veltliner, the national grape of Austria.  We’ll be pouring a variety of wines sure to meet any budget.  Best part, it’s FREE. So mark your calendars and make sure to join us for this special event. No reservations required.


6:00 to 7:30 – “You Be The Judge”:  Do high ratings and a “Top 100” status translate to better wines…? Join us for this month’s installment of “You Be The Judge” where we put 4 unheralded wines head-to head against an industry favorite and let you decide. Taste for yourself and give us your verdict.

NOTE: Due to the special format of “You Be The Judge,” space is limited. Please email us at or call the store to reserve your spot today. 

As always, thanks for shopping at RED.

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Upcoming In-Store Events: 6/22/2012

Please join us for these upcoming in-store events at RED Spirits & Wine:


3:00 to 7:00 – Skinnygirl Wines and Spirits Tasting: Come meet the Skinnygirl team and taste what all the buzz is about.

6:00 to 9:00 – Live Jazz with Denny Jiosa and Friends


2:00 to 7:00 – Super Saturday Tastings:  Blush Wines, From Dry Sweet Moscato to Bone Dry Roses

4:00 to 6:00 – Mark’s Mixology: Watermelon and Strawberry Daiquiries


6:00 to 7:00 – Mixology 101: The Art of July 4 Cocktails and Ed’s Recommendations for the Perfect Beers for Fireworks.  Due to the special format of this event, space is limited. Reserve your spot by calling the store (646-1400) or emailing us at


5:00 to 7:00 – Classic Car Themed Wines: Red Truck, Ferrari-Carrano and Francis Ford Coppola

6:00 to 8:00 – Classic Car “Cruise In”: Join us in the parking lot outside the store for this special evening of classic cars sponsored by 94.5 FM Hippie Radio.

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