Thanksgiving Wine, Made Easy

Whatever thoughts or memories you conjure up when thinking about Thanksgiving, one thing goes without saying, we are all thankful for wine. Now deciding what to serve on the big day can lead you in many directions, all of which are perfectly fine. Red, white, sparkling, the great thing about the third Thursday of November is that you really can’t go wrong.

Now before your friends and family are stuffed to capacity, here are some recommendations to bring you from apps to naps. How many you pick up, well my friend, that’s up to you. A bottle a person if you’re ambitious but, that’s a conversation for another day.


Pinot Noir
While it’s not a very revolutionary idea to pair a turkey focused meal with pinot noir, it’s one that makes sense and who are we to mess with a happy relationship? The elegant flavor profile, the bright acidity, a body that doesn’t overpower. Trust us when we say, your Thanksgiving guests will be quite satisfied with this choice of red.

Mud House Pinot Noir* – Aromas of red cherry, dried herbs, scented oak and vibrant spice. Smooth on the palate with dark cherry and bramble flavours delivering a long finish with fine tannins and balanced acidity.

A refreshing and fruity choice that’s incredibly versatile and a great go-to for your Thanksgiving festivities. Like the pinot noir, beaujolais are light to medium bodied and easy on the tannins.

Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages – Fresh red fruits on the nose with a hint of dark cherry. Slightly spicy with a touch of grey pepper, liquorice and a touch of rose flower.

The italian workhorse of a wine that really goes well with everything. Light in body with bright, fruit flavors, the barbera earns it’s reputation as the most food friendly wine.

Agostino Pavia & Figli Barbera D’Asti Blina – Intense, full and vinous with evident scents of plum, raspberry and juniper. Well-structured and smooth, with an elegant silky texture, that makes the wine pleasant and crisp. Well-balanced acidity and tannins are followed by an intense aftertaste with sensations of spices and red fruit.


Sauvignon Blanc
The crisp white with citrus-based flavors of a sauvignon blanc are delicious on their own. Bring in some turkey and mashed potatoes and your mouth will thank you.

Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc* – Lifted aromatics with white peach, passionfruit and citrus notes. White peach and tropical fruits abound. The lingering finish is underscored with mineral acidity.

When it comes to dry, sweet whites, rieslings have always been a Thanksgiving favorite. Pairing well with turkey, sweet potatoes and stuffing, you can’t go wrong with a few bottles.

Rheingraf Riesling Spatlese – More intense than delicate with peach, apricot and mineral flavors.


*Wines featured in “The Challenge,” the 111 Lex Liquors wine tasting challenge running from November 20th, 2016 to March 20th, 2017


Candy and Cocktail Pairings to Halloween Like An Adult

Whether we’re stealing “fun sized” pieces from our kids’ Halloween bags till we’ve gotten to king size status or giving in to the office supply, candy during the month of October is extremely hard to avoid. Suffice to say, these candy and cocktail pairings are proof that there are better ways to Halloween like an adult.

Snickers – Old Fashioned
A classic candy for a classic drink. Why wait?

111 Suggestion: Buffalo Trace Bourbon

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Starburst – Moscow Mule
Fruity candies are a mule’s best friend. This light combo will definitely have you tasting the rainbow.

111 Suggestion: Russian Standard Vodka

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Candy Corn – Manhattan
A nice play on sweet and bitter, simple as that.

111 Suggestion: Bulleit Rye

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Butterfinger – Rusty Nail
While rusty nails and butter fingers might not be the best combination outside of the shaker, it is inside of one. Trust us.

111 Suggestion: Sheep Dip Blended Scotch Whiskey

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Mounds/Almond Joy – Gin Martini
Chocolate. Coconut. Botanicals.

111 Suggestion: Edinburgh Gin

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Your October Wine and Netflix Pairings

With October comes the full immersion into everything pumpkin spice, living vicariously through our fantasy football teams and the dread that winter is coming. With the cooler fall weather and cozy outfits, it’s only natural to be curious about what’s coming to Netflix next month. Fear not, we have compiled the best movies, documentaries, series and specials along with their perfect accompaniment. Cheers to your October wine and Netflix pairings!

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (October 1)
With one of the most iconic opening scenes, it feels right just to grab yourself a cheese danish and open a bottle sauvignon blanc.

Might we suggest: Fernlands Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (October 1)
In a classic celebration of youth and everything Chicago, a new world riesling sounded like the perfect thirst quencher. Call in sick and pick up a Chicago dog. Danke schoen, darling.

Our suggestion: Frisk Prickly Riesling

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Russell Peters: Almost Famous (October 7)
What’s fun and something you’re okay with wasting a little bit of when you spit up from laughter? Prosecco. Russell Peters is a funny, funny man and you need something drinkable to keep you hydrated.

Our suggestion: Prima Perla Prosecco di Treviso

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Justin Timberlake and the Tennessee Kids (October 12th)
While I may be biased in this selection, how can you go wrong with an evening of musical stylings from this beautiful man?! [Insert apologies to all the guys at 111 Lex] As a Tennessee native himself, what better way to get in the mood by combining a light, fruity red wine with the second best thing to come from the volunteer state, whiskey.

Our suggestion: Sangria with a bottle of Vignobles Bulliat – Morgon Beaujolais Villages, 1 cup of High West American Prairie Bourbon, ¼ cup of Cointreau and pound of mixed berries

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This should get you nice and ready for our Whiskey Fest on October 15th!

Mascots (October 13th)
Mascots battle it out in this new comedy and what better way to enjoy the hilarity then by grabbing a smooth, fruity bottle of pinot noir.

Our suggestion: Freja Pinot Noir 2011

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Haters Back Off (October 14th)
Because we’re all just internet stars in the making. Have some fun with a drink that will always love you back no matter what time of the year, rosé. Just like those 15 seconds of virality, think fresh, bright and simple.

Our suggestion: White Girl Rosé

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Into the Inferno (October 28th)
One word: volcanoes. If we’re going to watch a natural wonder filled with liquid hot magma, we’d better have a drink to match. Bold, big and brooding.

Our suggestion: Predator Old Vine Zinfandel 2013

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What are you drinking this Sunday?

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Whether you are rooting from Carolina or Denver, we can all agree that watching the big game is not the same without good eats and lots of drinks.

According to the New York Times, wine is taking front and center in stadiums and homes across the United States. Wine sales have been steadily increasing faster than beer sales, especially around Super Bowl time, which is a reflection of the changing preferences of younger fans and an increase in women who watch the big game.

Whether you are drinking beer, wine, or spirits, we have everything you need for the big day!

We are offering 10% off all bourbon this weekend Feb. 6 and Feb. 7. Just mention this promo at the register!

Vermouth 101


Vermouth is a fortified wine flavored with various botanicals (roots, bark, flowers, seeds, herbs, and spices). “Vermouth” comes from the German word Wermut for wormwood, which has traditionally been the main ingredient in the liquor.

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A Case for Boxed Wine



Boxed wine.

You’ve seen it on the shelves of your local wine and spirits shop. Maybe even stopped a moment to ponder if you should buy it, but decided against it because it can’t possibly be as good as bottled wine… right?


If your only experience with boxed wine is a case of Franzia, then you have some catching up to do.

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