MASTER DISTILLER LANCE WINTERS NAMED A JAMES BEARD FINALIST
March 2018 | The James Beard Foundation has nominated St. George master distiller and president Lance Winters for a 2018 James Beard Award. Lance's nominination—in the category of Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional—is a tremendous honor for the whole distillery. We are raising a glass to the Foundation and all the other finalists, and looking forward to seeing you all at the Awards Gala in Chicago on May 7!
A JAMES BEARD NOD FOR MASTER DISTILLER LANCE WINTERS
February 2018 | The James Beard Foundation has announced its 2018 semifinalists, and for the third year running, St. George master distiller and president Lance Winters has made the list in the category of Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional. This honor comes just as Lance is marking his 22nd year at St. George, and caps a remarkable decade of new releases and growth for the distillery. Lance reacted to the news by saying, "The greatest honor that can ever be bestowed upon anyone is the company they keep. Based on that, I've been winning for years." It’s hard to argue with that, but a James Beard Foundation Award would be pretty sweet, too... so please keep your fingers crossed that he advances to the next round!
RELEASE NEWS: ST. GEORGE 35TH ANNIVERSARY WHISKEY
November 2017 | In celebration of 35 years at the vanguard of the American artisan distillation movement, we’re excited to share St. George 35th Anniversary Single Malt Whiskey. This whiskey is the result of decades of craftsmanship, diligent treasure hunting among our own barrel reserves, and painstaking blending.
St. George 35th Anniversary Single Malt Whiskey is comprised of eight of the most venerable barrels in the St. George single malt library, ranging 6–18 years old. The blend includes whiskey that Lance and Jörg distilled in 1997 (the fourth barrel of St. George Single Malt Whiskey ever laid down). Also of note is our use of six French oak finishing barrels that came from one of our favorite California dessert wine producers. “Using their barrels to finish our single malt has been a dream of mine for almost 19 years,” says Lance. “I hope that after tasting our 35th Anniversary Single Malt, you’ll understand why.”
We finished a portion of our Lot 12, 14, and Lot 15 releases in these casks, included some of our Lot 17 in the blend, and also incorporated a wildcard: St. George single malt aged in a Tennessee whiskey barrel, then finished in a Bourbon barrel that had previously held St. George California Agricole Rum. Dave included this barrel in the blend precisely because it was an outlier, saying “As with jazz, sometimes it’s the unexpected notes that are most memorable and engaging.”
On the nose, St. George 35th Anniversary Single Malt Whiskey opens with notes of cherry cola and a touch of coffee. Over time, these aromatics give way to walnut baklava, with a dose of mandarin orange, stone fruit, and rose geranium. On the palate: dried fruit and more cola, with grain, cocoa, and a hint of black pepper. The finish is rich and creamy, with warm baking spices and the lingering sensation of Sauternes.
This special anniversary release is limited to only 771 hand-numbered and signed bottles—making it a collector’s item for true connoisseurs of American single malt whiskey. Bottles will begin to roll out in California in mid-November (sometime after November 15), and will pop up nationally at a handful of select bars, restaurants, and spirits shops through the holiday season. Due to the extraordinarily limited nature of this release, this is will be a very tough bottle to find.
RELEASE NEWS: LOT 17 OF ST. GEORGE SINGLE MALT WHISKEY
October 2017 | Lot 17 of St. George Single Malt Whiskey is starting to roll out!
St. George Single Malt Whiskey is one of the most respected and sought-after single malts among American labels. With demand stronger than ever, we expect interest in Lot 17 to far eclipse availability. That said, we hope that the information below will help you find a bottle of your own.
If you’re in California…
Due to the limited nature of the release, we will not be pouring Lot 17 in our tasting room here at the distillery.
However, our California distributor has picked up its order of Lot 17, and bottles will begin showing up at spirits shops, restaurants, and bars this week (mid-October). Bottles will continue to roll out throughout this fall as orders keep reaching our California distributor.
We don’t have access to retailers' real-time inventory, so unfortunately, we aren’t able to pinpoint where and when bottles will be available.
As always, we suggest you begin your search by contacting your favorite brick-and-mortar spirits specialty shops to let them know of your interest. As a reminder: The onsite shop at the distillery (Heads, Hearts & Tails) is a separate business, so it’s best to contact them directly with questions. You could also try larger chain retailers that specialize in or carry spirits (such as BevMo, Total Wine, Mollie Stone's, and Whole Foods); with past releases, it has typically taken longer for bottles to reach larger stores than independent retailers.
If you’re in another state…
Bottles of Lot 17 will start landing outside California in mid- to late October and will continue to roll out throughout the fall. In our experience, bottles don’t fly off the shelves quite as fast in other states as in California. Since we don’t have access to real-time inventory, we cannot confirm who will have bottles available when. As always, reaching out to your favorite local spirits specialty shops is always a good first step.
Wherever you are, we're grateful for your interest and support, and hope that this information will help you in your search. If you need additional assistance, please contact us and we’ll try to help further if we can.
NORTH BAY FIRE RELIEF
October 2017 | Thank you to everyone who came by the distillery for a tour or tasting this past week. By donating all proceeds from your visits, along with matching funds, together we were able to raise $14,000 for the Redwood Empire Food Bank and the Napa Valley Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. Every visit here helped go towards those in need, so we’re more grateful than ever to everyone who came by. And to all those affected by the fires: We are heartbroken for your losses and sending love your way.
HEAD DISTILLER DAVE SMITH: 40 UNDER 40 AWARD
March 2017 | It’s not for nothing that Dave is known as our President of Vices…. In recognition of all his accomplishments and contributions, Dave has been named to the San Francisco Business Times 40 Under 40 Class of 2017. Congratulations, Dave!
MASTER DISTILLER LANCE WINTERS: JAMES BEARD SEMIFINALIST
February 2017 | For the second year running, Lance has been honored by the James Beard Foundation as a semifinalist in the Outstanding Wine, Beer, and Spirits Professional category. (Following in the proud footsteps of founder Jörg Rupf, who was a five-time nominee!) We couldn't be prouder to see Lance's creativity and vision recognized among so many other outstanding nominees. Congratulations, Lance!
TERROIR NAMED AMONG TOP 10 TRENDING GIN BRANDS
January 2017 | According to Drink's International's Annual Bar Report, Terroir "now rubs shoulders with our trending royalty" by showing up among some big players on its list of top 10 trending gin brands worldwide!
RELEASE NEWS: ST. GEORGE DRY RYE REPOSADO GIN
October 2016 | Our Dry Rye Reposado Gin is back! If you already know, you know… If not, we hope that this year’s release will be your chance to discover our offering to the gods of wine, whiskey, and gin. We make Dry Rye Reposado Gin by resting our malty, spicy Dry Rye Gin in French and American oak wine casks (10–30 months for this year’s release). The resulting spirit has a robust malt character with piquant spice and the suggestion of stone fruit.
Bottles are starting to roll out to our distributors in California and other states, so get excited! As autumn progresses, we should have a sense of where bottles are landing. Please email us if you need help finding a bottle near you.
RELEASE NEWS: BRUTO AMERICANO
May 2016 | We’re excited to announce the release of our new aperitivo: Bruto Americano! This should whet your appetite…
NorCal, you’re in luck: You’re up first! Our California distributor has picked up its initial Northern California order, so bottles are starting to make their way to local spirits shops, bars, and restaurants. We have also added Bruto as a tasting menu option here at the distillery as of today! (As always, we recommend booking ahead at stgeorgespirits.com/visit.)
SoCal, you’re up next: Bruto should start landing near you in the next week or two. Then onto Illinois, Louisiana, and other states as the Bruto roll-out continues across the country this summer. And if you’re going to Tales of the Cocktail this July, you’ll also be able to taste Bruto at our Tasting Room and Bruto Americano Launch Party!
We’ll update our Bruto web page with distribution info as the roll-out progresses. Bruto is not a limited-run item like our whiskeys, so you can rest assured that bottles should be widely available once orders start to land with retailers state by state. As always, we’re happy to help if you need a hand finding some near you.
DISTRIBUTION NEWS: OH, CANADA! AUSTRALIA! AND OTHER ADVENTURES…
May 2016 | After a way-too-long hiatus, our spirits have returned to Alberta and British Columbia! As this newsletter goes to press, our three gins, vodkas, and absinthe are available in AB and BC via Wirtz Beverage Canada. To our fans in those provinces, thank you for your patience and the warm welcome back.
Meanwhile, our pear and raspberry brandy are heading to Quebec. Either brandy would make a nice digestif post-poutine, post-tourtière, post-pretty-much-anything.
Australia, we’re comin' at ya, too. Look for our Botanivore Gin, Terroir Gin, All Purpose Vodka, and NOLA Coffee Liqueur at Cole’s starting around June.
On the domestic front, we’re in the process of adding Hawaii and New Jersey to the list of U.S. states where we have distribution. We hope to be up and running in both HI and NJ later this summer.
If you need assistance ordering our spirits from one of our distributors or finding our spirits near you, please let us know.
RELEASE NEWS: BALLER SINGLE MALT WHISKEY
March 2016 | We're thrilled to announce the upcoming release of Baller Single Malt Whiskey! Baller is a new St. George whiskey with a very different flavor profile from our beloved St. George Single Malt Whiskey. (Don't worry, that's not going anywhere—Lot 16 is in the works.)
So what's this about a new whiskey?! You can read all about it here.
Exciting, right? We sure think so. Now for some real talk: Due to the limited nature of the release, we will not be pouring Baller in our tasting room. Additionally, distribution will be limited to California only for the time being. (Sorry, friends in other states. We're planning to expand availability to other parts of the country as soon as we can.)
In the meantime, Californians can expect Baller to start popping up in early April (no fooling!) throughout the state. Keep an eye out! If you need assistance, please email us with your zip code and we'll do our best to point you in the right direction.
RELEASE NEWS: BRUTO AMERICANO
March 2016 | Ready for a bigger, better, bitterer bar? Good, because Bruto Americano is coming soon!
Bruto is a St. George take on a bitter aperitivo liqueur. We've been experimenting with recipes for several years now, and after many test rounds (and countless Bruto and sodas), we've finally hit on an aperitivo expression that makes us as proud as it does thirsty.
We're planning to release Bruto in California in May, with other states starting to roll out over the summer. Our next newsletter will have more details, so stay tuned...
LANCE CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AT ST. GEORGE—AND A JAMES BEARD NOMINATION
February 2016 | This year marks Lance's 20th anniversary here at the distillery! When St. George founder Jörg Rupf hired Lance back in 1996, the plan was to try things out for a month-long trial period. Two decades later, we'd say that things worked out pretty well for everyone. The big 2-0 was also marked by a very special present from the James Beard Foundation—a JBFA nomination for Lance in the category of Outstanding Beer, Wine, or Spirits Professional. Congratulations, Lance, and thank you from all of us for pouring your heart and soul into the distillery for the past 20 years!
RUM ON HOLD
January 2016 | Due to difficulties this year in sourcing the type of California sugarcane we use for making our rum, we will not be making a new batch of our California agricole in 2016.
On the plus side: We put away rum from previous sugarcane harvests, so more of our barrel-aged expression is in the works. We'll be sure to let you know when it's ready, as well as when we have another unaged rum release on the way.
Release news: St. George California Reserve Apple Brandy
November 2015 | Our 2015 release of California Reserve Apple Brandy is coming soon! This year’s release is comprised of a field blend of apples all sourced from a single family-owned orchard within 150 miles of the distillery. This year’s release was aged in French and American wine casks, along with barrels that once held B&E Bourbon and St. George Single Malt Whiskey.
Our California distributor just picked up its order, so we expect bottles to start showing up with NorCal and SoCal spirits shops, restaurants, and bars within the next week or so. Shipments to other parts of the country will take a bit more time, but are already en route to Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Washington DC, and Wisconsin—with other states to follow.
We will not be pouring the 2015 release in the distillery tasting room due to the limited nature of the bottling, but we hope that everyone out there who wants to find bottle of their own will be able to. If you’re searching, feel free to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Release news: St. George Single Malt Whiskey, Lot 15
October 2015 | Lot 15 of St. George Single Malt Whiskey has been bottled and orders are starting to come in from our distributors in various states. Our California distributor picked up its Northern California order today, so we expect bottles to land soon with local spirits shops, restaurants, and bars. Shipments are also en route to Illinois, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. Southern California, Florida, Missouri, Washington, and other states will follow.
Bottles of Lot 15 will reach different parts of the country at different times based on when our distributors pick up their orders and how long each shipment takes. We’ll know where to find bottles only once we receive order information directly from our distributor partners. If you’re interested in finding a bottle near you, email us with your city and state, and we’ll let you know as soon as we have info for your region.
We will be releasing only 3,000 bottles of Lot 15, and the unfortunate fact is that not everyone who wants a bottle will be able to find one. Ours has been one of the most respected and sought-after single malts among American labels for awhile now, and demand is stronger than ever. Last year, our Lot 14 release was named Craft Whiskey of the Year by Whisky Advocate and St. George Spirits was named Craft Whisky Producer of the Year by Whisky Magazine—which means that even more whiskey lovers will be clamoring for a bottle of their own this year.
Due to the limited nature of the release, we will not be pouring tastes of Lot 15 in the distillery tasting room. We still hope that you’ll be able to find a pour or a bottle of your own near you. Thanks, as always, for loving it so much.
Release news: Dry Rye Reposado Gin
June 2015 | Get ready for the second coming of our barrel-aged Dry Rye Reposado Gin! You snapped up every bottle we released back in 2013, so we know you’re more than ready for a refill. Need a refresher? This offering to the gods of wine, whiskey, and gin is made by resting our malty, spicy Dry Rye Gin in French and American oak wine casks. Because rye whiskey is the base spirit, it lends itself beautifully to some time in barrel (just over a year in this case). The result is a slightly floral spirit with notes of spiced fruitcake.
Shipments are underway to our California distributor, as well as to our distributors in about 25 other states—which means bottles should be landing near you very soon! Please watch our Facebook and Twitter feeds for release updates. And as always, we’d love to help you land a bottle of your own! If you need assistance, please let us know.
Today is St. George’s Day!
April 23, 2015 | We’ll be marking the occasion by adding a very special pour to our tasting menu: Lot 14 of St. George Single Malt Whiskey. As far as we know, bottles of Lot 14 are sold out nationally (and will not be available for purchase here at the distillery), but this is a chance to taste the spirit that Whisky Advocate named Craft Whisky of the Year!
•Lot 14 will be available to taste only on Thursday, April 23 during regular tasting room hours.
•California law limits distilleries to pouring a maximum of six 1/4 oz pours per person per day, so tastings on April 23 will include one 1/4 oz pour of Lot 14 plus five other pours from our current tasting menu.
•Reservations are recommended! Book here.
AWARD: CRAFT WHISKY PRODUCER OF THE YEAR (GLOBAL)
March 2015| St. George Spirits was named the Craft Whisky Producer of the Year at Whisky Magazine’s 2015 Icons of Whisky global awards in London—following up on our win in the same category at the Icons of Whisky awards for America last summer. More information about this tremendous honor is here.
Launch update: St. George vodkas
March 2015 | Our three new St. George vodkas are starting to show up at bars, restaurants, and spirits shops across the country! We have officially launched in Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin—with more states coming soon.
If you’re looking for any of our vodkas in a state we’ve already launched (or would like rollout information for another state), please email us (email@example.com) or give us a call (510-769-1601).
Release news: St. George Vodkas are here!
All three vodkas are available to taste here at the distillery tasting room as of today! We are excited to have you come by to taste, but as always, we advise booking ahead before making the trip over here.
Our California distributor also now has all three of our new vodkas in stock, which means that NorCal and SoCal bars, restaurants, and spirits shops can start placing orders. Good news for Californians, who should start to see bottles pop up all over the state very soon!
To make these three vodkas, we distill fresh produce and fruit on our copper stills using the same artisanal methods we rely on to make our flagship brandies and fruit liqueurs. Combining these distillates with a non-GMO base spirit results in three unique spirits that stand proudly among the rest of the St. George portfolio.
All three new vodkas have also started rolling out to other parts of the country. Orders are on their way already to Arizona, Colorado, DC, Illinois, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, Nevada, and Washington, with many other states to follow shortly. Once our distribution partners receive their orders and start making deliveries, we’ll be able to help you find them.
Release news: St. George vodkas coming soon
January 2014 | Ready for another round? We are!
If good things come in threes and good things come to those who wait, then you’re going to love our three new vodkas!
Get ready for the upcoming release of:
St. George All Purpose Vodka
St. George Green Chile Vodka
St. George California Citrus Vodka
Bottling has begun, but we won’t be rolling out the new vodkas until all three have been bottled and orders have come in through our distributors (likely in late February for California, March for the rest of the country).
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Award: Craft Whiskey of the Year
December 2014 | Whisky Advocate has named St. George Single Malt Whiskey as Craft Whiskey of the Year. In bestowing this award, Lew Bryson writes: “Delicate fruit, nuts, and sweet malt combine like a perfect pastry in the nose. Add a bit of unsweetened chocolate on the palate, finishing with a lingering reminiscence of every bit of flavor, and you have a beautifully integrated whiskey that is unmistakably St. George.”
A huge honor! For more, see here.
Award: Craft Whiskey Producer of the Year (America)
September 2014 | Whisky Magazine’s 2015 Icons of Whisky America awards have selected St. George Spirits as the Craft Whiskey Producer of the Year. For more information about the awards, as well as a full list of nominees and winners, see here.