New Sommelier Brings Rare Vintages to Gamlin Whiskey House
St. Louis, MO/May 26, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – St. Louis diners take note: one of the best restaurants in St. Louis just got a little better. We already love Gamlin Whiskey House at 236 N. Euclid, St. Louis. This nationally acclaimed Central West End establishment is well known for it’s locally sourced steakhouse fare and extensive whiskey list. Gamlin Whiskey House was named one of the Best Whiskey Bars in the country by USA Today, and already claims a great wine list too. Now they’re taking their wine offerings to the next level by bringing in Level-One sommelier Caitlin Martines. She will guide the elevation of Gamlin’s wine program.
Growing the restaurant’s wine program has been a part of the long-term plan for Gamlin Whiskey House. Gamlin Group proprietor Derek Gamlin has said they recently expanded their wine storage space, allowing them to expand their wine list as well. They’re looking to Martines to lead this expansion. “As we continue to grow our wine program,” Gamlin said, “Caitlin’s training and experience as a certified sommelier will be invaluable.”
In her first expansion of the wine list, Martines has added four highly acclaimed and hard to find Sine Qua Non labels to the Gamlin cellar. The Ventura, California winemaker is known for creating highly rated wines from the nearby fruits of Santa Barbara vineyards. The wines are all made in limited batches and sold only to select clients. They are as highly acclaimed as they are hard to come by. Three of the Sine Qua Non wines Martines has selected for Gamlin’s wine list have received 100-points from Robert Parker: The Wine Advocate, and a fourth Sine Qua Non label Marines has added earned 98-points.
The 100-point winners on Gamlin’s expanded wine list include:
Sine Qua Non Grenache Rattrapante ’12: This richly layered yet graceful Grenache is made using grapes from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills. It was aged for 33 months in 27 percent new French oak. This yields a fresh, impressive wine with strong indications of black raspberries, peppery herbs, licorice, dried flowers and cured meats. Only about 800 cases were made, making this a limited edition.
Syrah Touche ’12: This rich, voluptuous wine has aged for 40 months in 78 percent new French oak. It is a blend of 93 percent Syrah, 5 percent Petite Sirah and 2 percent Viognier from the Eleven Confessions Vineyard in the Sta. Rita Hills. The result is deep, concentrated, full-bodied and layered, with notes of camphor, violets, smoke, cured meats, and assorted dark fruits.
Syrah Piranha Waterdanc ’14: This young, full-bodied wine was made with a blend of 81 percent Syrah, 8 percent Petite Sirah and 11 percent Mourvedre, Touriga Nacional and Graciano, and aged in 54 percent new French oak. The result is a rich wine with lots of minerality, notes of cassis, violets and pepper.
The 98-point winner is Sine Qua Non Grenache Shakti ’14. This full-bodied, supple wine was made using fruit from the Cumulus Vineyard, Eleven Confessions, the Third Twin and Bien Nacido vineyards. It was aged almost entirely in neutral barrels and has base notes of black raspberries, cassis, ground herbs and violets.
Gamlin Restaurant Proprietor Lucas Gamlin (Derek’s brother) says he appreciates the creative elements that go into these incredible, small batch wines. “For example,” he said, “each one has a unique name, and winemaker Manfred Krankl creates the artwork for each label.” All four Sine Qua Non wines are now available by the bottle at Gamlin Whiskey House. They range in price from $400–600 per bottle.
The Gamlin Restaurant Group was founded by brothers Derek and Lucas Gamlin. The restaurateurs have focused on creating original bar and restaurant concepts in St. Louis. Gamlin Whiskey House is the group’s second venture. Their first endeavor, Sub Zero Vodka Bar at 308 North Euclid Avenue offers the largest vodka selection in the country, plus fresh sushi and gourmet burgers. It was named Best Vodka Bar in the country by USA Today. The Group’s newest venture, 1764 Public House at West Pine Blvd. and Euclid Avenue in the Central West End is expected to open in the coming weeks.