This Week's Online Special

In Bend, Oregon, you'll find snow-capped mountains, deep forests, a pristine glacial lake, lots of outdoor recreation...and some killer local spirits. Bendistillery, home of Crater Lake Spirits, was an early entry to the craft distilling revolution. Clean water, locally-grown aromatics, and hands-on distilling mean flavorful, singular spirits. We've been selling their Hazelnut-Espresso and Pepper Vodkas from day one, but have recently brought in 'regular' Vodka, Ginger Vodka, Gin, and Rye. We love these spirits, and want you to, too, so we're having a special Magic Monday sale on all things Crater Lake. Buy online for in-store pickup-you'll make some new friends and save $, too.

Special is online only, for in-store pickup at your convenience, and expires on Sunday, Nov 2, or when we run out of product. To find your savings, just click on the 'Specials' tab, above. Enjoy!

Fat Tuesday!

Are you missing out on our Fat Tuesday specials? We think Mardi Gras should come more than once a year, so we've co-opted the name to send out a fat deal on good wine every Tuesday morning! Recent offers have included a great Mendocino red blend for $60/case, Pouilly Fume for $6/bottle, and my favorite Tuscan red at over 40% off. If you'd like in on these deals, just add your email in the boxes to the left, and select 'Fat Tuesday'.


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The Almanac

11/11/2014 - 5:00pm to 11/13/2014 - 7:00pm

Notes From All Over



The coming of a New Year is always a good time to sit back and reflect on the months just passed. What was good? What was REALLY good? Typically, this results in a list, and we won't buck that trend. We will, however, ask for your input.

One of best parts of my job is finding incredibly tasty new discoveries to share with you. There were a LOT this year. I could easily list a hundred or so. But after extensive editing, and in no particular order, my Top Ten for 2013:

10. Pedroncelli Cabernet.
How can $12 taste this good?


Slog through 4 different malls to find the exact combination of color and size that your teenager requested. Bake cookies. Clean the house. Wrap the presents. Replace the lights that worked last year, but don't now. Pick Grandma up from the airport-in a huge traffic jam. Re-clean the house. Run out to buy gifts for 2 people who unexpectedly gave you gifts. Get a hostess gift for the neighborhood gathering. Drop off your Toys for Tots and Food Pantry donations. Deliver all the teacher gifts. Hit the grocery store for your holiday meal.

If Bottles Could Talk...
If Bottles Could Talk...

Seriously, what if the bottles could tell you about their contents? It would be a wild cacophony of languages and dialects. (And since we have so many French and Italians, they'd all be talking at once...!)
But personally, I'd like to hear the Armagnac section. "Psst, you there.....yes, you, ze wine lou-vair, do you want to try something amazing, something incroyable? I am ze best-kept secret in the world of spirits! "