Posted: February 21, 2014


2012 Bench Chardonnay | Russian River Valley, $19.99
Production: 1000 cases

Sensory Notes: The 2012 Bench Chardonnay has a pale straw hue, with a nose that promises green apple and chalk. The mouthfeel is surprisingly viscous for a wine with no malolactic fermentation. Zesty acidity is balanced by layers of lemon and Gravenstein apple.
2012 Bench Pinot Noir | Sonoma Coast, $21.99
Production: 5200 cases
Sensory Notes: Bright ruby color, this wine offers intense floral and raspberry aromas. In the mouth the wine has a good intensity with darker earth flavors and bright raspberry fruit. Fine tannins add structure and balance to a long finish.

2011 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon | Alexander Valley, $21.99
Production: 2,500 cases

Sensory Notes: The 2011 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon is dark garnet in the glass, due in no small part to its long hang time and no sunburn. The nose carries aromas of cranberry with firm tannins that complement the firm structure, offering a long finish that lingers on the palate.
Madrigal Story: Since the late 1930's, three generations of the Madrigal family have farmed some of Napa Valley’s finest vineyards. The family history is a constant source of inspiration, and guides us in our wine making now. We value the long relationship we've had with the land and the people here, believing that the combined wisdom of the folks who’ve been here for generations and a deep appreciation of these vineyards can be tasted in our wine.
Zinfandel 2010 | Napa Valley  $23.99: Prepare the grill for this zesty, peppery Zinfandel! Lightly jammy, with undertones of strawberry and clove, this wine is the perfect fit for barbequed ribs.
Petite Sirah 2009 | Napa Valley $35.99: Not be mistaken with the Syrah grape, our Petite Sirah is what put Madrigal Family Winery on the map. Rosy nose with underlying licorice and black pepper, this fruit forward wine is a great accompaniment to wild game dishes.
Merlot 2010 | Napa Valley  $25.99: ’Sideway’s’ eat your heart out! This plum and cassis laden Merlot is bringing Merlot back in style! Drink this with a gorgonzola cheeseburger, topped with crisp bacon and you’ll never forget about Merlot again.
Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 | Napa Valley $29.99: With elements of smoky raspberry, bing cherries and a touch of tobacco, this Cabernet Sauvignon will brighten up any meal. Paired with a peppered steak and this wine truly shines!
Sonnet #63 Red Blend 2006 | Napa Valley  $63.99: All things get better with age, and age indeed has softened this wine to bring out the caramel, vanilla, and dry meadow characteristics. Known as our engagement wine, this blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petite Verdot will sweep you and your lover off your feet.


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Featured Wines to Fit Any Valentine's Day Budget:

Posted: February 6, 2014

1.  L. Aubry Fils Brut Rose Champagne

      91pts Wine Spectator ~ This sleek rosé displays a streak of minerality and refined texture, supporting flavors of wild strawberry, smoke, lemon peel and aromatic herbs. Fresh and focused, with a mouthwatering finish. $61.99

2. Elio Perrone 'Bigaro' Rose

       Delicate, delicious & perfectly balanced! Wonderfully intense, with notes of ripe raspberry, peaches & rose petals.Slightly sweet & light, slightly sparkling with creamy bubbles. $22.99


3. Chateau Routas 2012 Coteaux Varois en Provence Rose

       Firm and savory, with plenty of stony notes to the mineral, dried berry and white pepper flavors. Light and refreshing on the finish. Drink now. $15.99


4. Flowers 2010 Pinot Noir Somona Coast

      Dense without being weighty, this Pinot shows a tight core of dried dark berry, plum and raspberry notes that are well-focused and persistent, ending with a burst of wild berry and briny seashell notes. $52.99

5. Tournon 2010 Shiraz

      91pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate ~ Brilliant, dark ruby color. The nose is deep with black fruits and pepper aromas. On the palate, this Shiraz is supple and greedy with silky and elegant tannins. $13.99


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Affordable French Wine for the Coming Burgundy Shortage

Posted: October 1, 2013

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I rented a house in Auxey-Duresses in 1995. For the month of August, the idea was to be a part of Burgundy for a while, go to the local markets, cook every night, and cohort with the locals. What ended up happening was eating out three meals a day (Burgundy is France's belly after all), touring the vineyards, and taking day trips to see such things as Saint Bernadette under glass, perfectly preserved. Our house was owned by a member of the Prunier clan who seem to own most of the town, and it was standard 16th century stone with a bit of 18th and 19th century thrown in. We did have a dishwasher from the 20th century but could not figure out how to use it. The house was so cold we built fires from vines in the oven outside to stay warm (while drinking 1986 Grand Cru Mazis if I remember correctly). The most famous resident, Lalou Bize- Leroy ( co-owner of DRC) wasn't home but we knocked on the door at Domaine Leroy just in case.
The village of Auxey-Duresses is very small with a typical 15th century Roman style church in the center. To get to the village from the north one drives through the vineyards of Volnay; to arrive from the east one has to drive through the vineyards of Meursault. For centuries the wines and grapes of Auxey were sold as Volnay for the reds and Meursault for the whites because they sold for higher prices...they still do. This practice has been stopped and the wines are now bottled on their own, and both the reds and whites are exceptional values.
Domaine Dupont-Fahn is run by Raymond and they farm land around Auxey as well as more prestigious terroir such as Puligny-Montrachet. The estate produces both reds and whites from Auxey with the white being highly sought after, and the red being a good solid bottle of Burgundy.
Here are the bottles we now have to offer at Capital City Package. Stock up now; hail destroyed hundreds of acres this year, so there is sure to be a shortage.
Raymond Dupont-Fahn Auxey-Duresses "Les Crais" Pinot Noir
The nose is very Burgundy, sort of easy like a Volnay with hints of mineral with red fruits, soft and balanced but with what I call the Auxey crunch on the finish. The wines here tend to have a rustic, old school finish that makes them so enjoyable. This is a steal at this price.
Only 50 bottles remain…$29.99 each.
Dupont-Fahn Meursault "Les Tillets" 2011
This is a very fine Meursault from the well-known vineyard "Les Tillets." While not a Premier Cru the wines tend to be as good as many for a fraction of the price.
Only 6 bottles remain…$49.99 each
Dupont-Fahn Puligny Montrachet "Les Charmes" 2011
This may be Raymond's best white. This wine can stand with the more famous producers in Burgundy and again at a fraction of the price.
Only 5 bottles remain…$62.99 each

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Best Whiskey Selection in Atlanta

Posted: September 26, 2013
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At Capital City Package, we have one of the best selections on whiskey in Atlanta, with over 400 kinds in stock. We have been working hard to deliver the finest selection of whiskies from the world over, from hard to find Scotch like 1946 Glenlivet or your favorite craft spirits from out west, like High West for example. Our newest additions are from India, Scotland, Canada, Kentucky and Virginia (yes in Virginia there is a whiskey). Also, our exclusive Elmer T. Lee barrel recently  scored 90 points from the Whisky Advocate.
 At Capital City, we specialize in single barrel whiskies. Here is how that works;
 Distillery: Hey, Larry how are you doing today?
 Larry: I'm great how are things in Kentucky?
 Distillery: Hey, Larry are you interested in a barrel of whiskey?
 Larry: Send me samples.
[The staff tastes and decides which barrel to buy based on the highest marks it receives from the staff]
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[A little time passes.]
 Distillery: Hey Larry did you like the whiskies?
 Larry; Loved them, send me [enter phenominal cask number here]!
 Distillery: Is there anything else we can do for you?
 Larry: As a matter of fact I need a barrel of Rye, can you guys spare one?
 Distillery: (very long pause)...You know there is a shortage of Rye and before you ask I can't bottle that at Barrel Proof for you.
 Larry: But you will in time...

Exclusive Single Barrels in stock and due to arrive soon:

Henry McKenna "Bottled in Bond" 100 Proof 10 Year Old Bourbon NEW ARRIVAL $29.99
Eagle Rare 10 Year Old Bourbon, if you look at the barrel it is really 11 years old $29.99
Old Forrester Single Barrel, this is the first one in Georgia! $34.99
Knob Creek Single Barrel, 120 Proof killer here! $34.99
Psst! Arriving soon we have 7 more top notch barrels. I don't want to tip off the competition, so give me a call to find out more.

New Whiskies IN STOCK!

Introducing Amrut from India!

This distillery has been on my hit list since a few years back when it garnered Top Whisky of the Year from the Whiskey Advocate. It just arrived in small quantities here in Georgia!
Amrut regular 50%abv bottling $54.99
Amrut Peated 50%abv bottling $69.99
Amrut Fusion $69.99 a blend of India & Scotland drams

Also  new:

Glenglassaugh from Scotland.
This distillery was recently turned on after being mothballed in 1986. These are happy times!
Evolution $69.99
Revival $99.99
23 Year Old $274.99
The A. Smith Bowman Distillery from Sweet Virginia
Truman Cox was promoted to Master Distiller here by Buffalo Trace after working along side Elmer T. Lee and Harlen Wheatley for a decade at Buffalo Trace. The actual still is named Mary. Another interesting fact about the distillery: The Virginia Gentleman is made here!
John Bowman Single Barrel $49.99
John Bowman Small Batch  $31.99
Wemyss of Scotland
We tasted these fine Scotches the other night and the staff went NUTS over them!
Spice King 8 Year $34.99
Peat Chimney 8 Year $34.99
The Hive 12 Year $54.99
Spice King 12 Year $54.99
Peat Chimney 12 Year $54.99
Dunes 29 Year Old $175.99
Heathery Smoke 30 Year $229.99
Red River Big Texas Whiskey $32.99
Pike Creek Port Wood Finish Canadian Whiskey $27.99
Stalk & Barrel Single Malt from Canada $74.99
Masterson's Barley Whiskey 10 Year Old $59.99

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Great French Wine for Summer with Recipe

Posted: September 3, 2013

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Roland Tissier et Fils Sancerre

This beautiful wine hails from the Sancerre area of the Loire Valley, where Sancerre wines originated. This region generally produces fruity, balanced wines with a well-represented minerality thanks to the soil in the area, which consists of marl and gravel. The Roland Tissier at Fils bottle is no different; this wine tastes exactly how Sancerre should taste, making it a beautiful example from this region.

Sancerre is made from Sauvignon blanc grapes, but has some noticeable distinctions from other Sauvignon blancs. Sancerre is generally pretty acidic, and has a nice, assertive mineral profile and lovely citrus notes. Roland Tissier at Fils’ Sancerre is very bright, crisp, and tangy.

This is a great deck wine, and goes fabulously with a late summer meal like grilled vegetables and quinoa.

Recipe:Grilled Vegetables and Quinoa

grilled vegetables recipe

For this recipe, we used asparagus, yellow bell pepper, portabella mushrooms, and broccoli. We did not skewer the asparagus, but you may choose to because it can be tough to keep them from falling into the grill.


1 dry cup quinoa (we used scarlet and white)

An assortment of vegetables, preferably whatever is in season, chopped to about 2-inch pieces.

For the marinade:

¼ cup soy sauce or tamari

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 clove minced garlic

Juice of 1 lime

Salt and pepper


Combine all of the ingredients for the marinade and toss with all the vegetables except the asparagus. Marinate for about an hour, and then make skewers. If using wooden skewers, make sure to soak them.

Rinse the quinoa and cook according to package directions.

Heat the grill to medium-high heat. Grill the vegetables for about 4 minutes on each side or until they get nice grill marks. If using asparagus, toss in olive oil and salt and pepper and grill separately until they are just done. This will depend on the thickness of your asparagus.

Season the quinoa with salt and pepper, and plate your dinner. Enjoy with a nice glass of Sancerre, available exclusively at Capital City Package.




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