The first Fire Sale went over so good we decided to open more boxes and try it again! Grapes and Tastes has been unpacking boxes by the hundreds and we don’t want to move all of that back up to our regular location once they are finished with renovations. So, we are having our 2nd Fire Sale. Selected wines will be in our “Fire Sale” barrel and will be up to 30% off. This sale will run until they are gone. Please remember to find us on the back side of the building (Echo Plaza) at W63 N134 Washington Avenue – You will see a banner hanging above the entrance. The hours are Tuesday-Thursday Noon until 8:00 pm and Friday & Saturday Noon until 9:00 pm, sometimes open even earlier or later – when open the OPEN sign in the window of our regular location will be lit up. See you soon!
Due to the fire that occurred on Monday, February 4th, we will be temporarily relocating to the “wine cellar” in our current Echo Plaza – you will need to drive a bit further and seek us out – take the south drive down behind the building and we are located towards the north end underneath CVS Pharmacy – the temporary address is W63 N134 Washington Avenue.
We should be able to serve our first glasses (well plastic cups) of wine starting Friday evening February 22nd at 5:00! Come join us – we miss you all!!! We may not have all of your favorite selections at that time, but will continue adding to our stock in the days ahead.
The Spanish Wine Tasting that was scheduled for Monday, February 25th has been postponed. We will let you know when we reschedule this fabulous event!
For now these will be our hours – Friday, February 22nd 5:00 – 9:00; Saturday, February 23rd 12:00 – 9:00; Sunday, February 24th – Closed; Monday, February 25th – Closed; Tuesday, February 26th 12:00 – 8:00; Wednesday, February 27th 12:00 – 8:00; Thursday, February 28th 12:00 – 8:00; Friday, March 1st 12:00 – 9:00; Saturday, March 2nd 12:00 – 9:00
Also, mark your calendar for Sunday, March 3rd from 2:00 – 6:00 pm – Ozaukee Cares will be having a benefit fundraiser at the Bridge Inn in Grafton, featuring Alex Wilson Band and Katz Sass!
As you may have heard, Grapes and Tastes was damaged during the fire that occurred at Rich’s Restaurant next door to us. The fire was called in at 10:20 pm Monday, February 4th. I was on the scene shortly after 11:00 pm and stayed until it was safe for us to go into our businesses to access the damage. I was interviewed on Fox 6 at about 4:30 in the morning on Tuesday.
It appears that we will need to be closed at least through the end of February. We want to thank all of the firefighters who worked so hard in the cold to keep the damage at a minimum – Cedarburg, Grafton, Thiensville, Mequon, Port Washington, Saukville, North Shore, Jackson, Fredonia, Waubeka, Newburg and Slinger. We want to thank the reconstruction crew from Paul Davis in their assistance with the process of getting everything back to normal. We will sadly miss all of our dear customers at Grapes and Tastes during this time, but cannot wait to have everyone back when we are up and running again.
Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to Jim Joyce and all of the staff at Rich’s Restaurant. The fire has just been devastating to them and all of their customers “family”. The customers will deeply miss the good hot meals and family that they had at Rich’s. Hopefully, we will all be back up and running in the near future!
You can come see us at several outside events that we have lined up:
Grafton’s Cool Blue Winter Frolics will be held on Saturday, February 9th and we will be there selling mulled wine to keep everyone warm. There are a lot of fun events scheduled at the Winter Frolics including musher dogs. See the link below for more information:
Tuesday, February 12th we will have a wine tasting at Mrs. Spyder’s Biker Patch located at 109 S. Park Street in Port Washington for the Port Washington KISS of Indulgence Ladies Night Out from 4:00 – 8:00. For more information you can go to facebook.com/msbikerpatch
Saturday, February 16th we will have a wine tasting for the Port Washington Chamber of Commerce held at Country Inn & Suites in Port Washington. For more information see this link:
If anyone would need to reach me you can call me at 262-744-0188
Stop in to Grapes and Tastes to have a sample taste of Old Sugar Distillery’s Queen Jennie Sorghum Whiskey! This is a preview of this whiskey and will be available for sale in the next several months. We are also again fully stocked with the other Old Sugar products – Honey Liqueur, Cane & Abe Freshwater Rum and Americanaki Ouzo.
Queen Jennie is made from 100% Wisconsin sorghum. It is aged in small charred oak barrels from Minnesota. Less sour than a bourbon and less harsh than a rye, Queen Jennie Sorghum Whiskey has a unique character deserving of its name.
When the 18th Amendment passed and the U.S. “dried up”, a few people kept Madison well supplied, though no one equal to the acclaimed “Queen of Bootleggers.” Celebrating her spirit of ingenuity and audacity, we bring you the original Wisconsin Sorghum Whiskey. Raise your glass, tip your hat, and toast to The Queen!
Please stop by our “new” tasting bar to have a sample of any of the Old Sugar Distillery products.