This delicious wine was created by Dan Philips (the owner of and the palate behind The Grateful Palate) when he convinced a cadre of winemakers to age some of their most promising juice in used whiskey barrels, sourced from Julian Van Winkle, proprietor of the Pappy Van Winkle Distillery in Kentucky. (Before those charred oak barrels held wine for eighteen months, whiskey slept in that same wood for twenty years.) The end result is simply wonderful. Those whiskey barrels just seem to give all the subtle fruit and spice nuances a nice lift in the glass and a nice added complexity. A must try!
The artwork by James Jean was originally part of a triptych—Diddley Bow, Gut Bucket, and Whimmey Diddle—but now we produce only Gut Bucket.