News & Announcements

Checking Out the New Juice at the New Riff Distillery

We made a road trip up to Covington earlier this week at the invitation of the fine folks at New Riff Distillery to get a preview of their first release bourbon that was laid down almost four years ago.

New Riff was founded by entrepreneur Ken Lewis. He built New Riff from the ground up using some of the most innovative and modern processes for distilling the historic product of our state.

And that’s where the name comes from . . . they are putting a New Riff on the old traditions of bourbon!

We sat down with distiller Jay Erisman and sampled their bourbon and rye’s that will reach the 4-year mark later this year. Even at 3 1/2 years, their aged product was phenomenally well integrated with smooth spicy notes and ended with long, textured finishes. We’re on tap to make a private barrel selection in the Fall and will have bottles available for you by about October.

We want to thank Ken, Jay and Mollie for letting us share in the first release of their new whiskeys. This is a great group of folks who will be building and adding to the long held traditions of bourbon in Kentucky for many years to come.

We Brought the Bobble-Heads to “Wine Wednesday” on WVLK!

This week we featured a GSM (Grenache / Syrah / Mourvedra) blend from d’Arenberg Winery in South Australia on the “Wine Wednesday” show with Jack Pattie on WVLK 590 Talk Radio.

d’Arenberg was started in 1912 by the Osborn family and is now headed by 4th generation winemaker Chester Osborn. The winery is known for creative and ‘outside the box’ thinking. Unbeknownst to Jack . . I brought along “bobble-heads” of both Chester (on the left) and his dad, D’arry – who is now 92!

Listen in each Wednesday at 8:45 AM on WVLK-AM (590) and WVLK-FM (97.3). Hey . . sometimes we even talk about WINE!!!

Cork & Barrel Is Now “On the Air” Every Wednesday with Jack Pattie on WVLK!

This past Wednesday was the launch of Wine Wednesday on the Jack Pattie Show on WVLK-AM 590.

Every Wednesday morning at 8:45 AM – I will bring my “Pick of the Week” and Jack and I will be tasting and discussing the wine. Of course, if you’ve ever listened to Jack you know the conversation can easily veer into unplanned territory.

For the inaugural program we popped the cork on Carpe Diem – a big Napa Cab. Jack is a Lexington institution and it’s a pleasure to get to work with him – plus we just have a blast!

Be sure to tune in next Wednesday at 8:45 AM on WVLK to find out what we’re a-sippin!

Now hiring Bourbon (& wine!) Ambassadors for the new Blue Grass Airport location

Cork & Barrel is looking for Bourbon (and Wine!) Ambassadors for our new location at Blue Grass Airport. This is one of the first retail bourbon locations in the U.S. where travelers will be able to purchase our famous Kentucky bourbon – and carry it on the plane.

We need people who are passionate about bourbon and can effectively share with our customers the rich history that Kentucky bourbon enjoys.

Youʼll have the opportunity to meet industry insiders and expand both your knowledge and palate as we grow this business.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • welcoming guests (customers) into the store and into Lexington
  • acquire and share knowledge of the bourbon industry, Kentucky distilleries and bourbon history
  • acquire and share general information about wine
  • represent Cork & Barrel in a welcoming, respectful and helpful manner
  • maintain appropriate inventory and stock levels
  • other duties as needed to run a successful retail location

The airport location will be open 7 days / week – so we have very flexible scheduling that allows for both full-time and part time work.

We will provide ongoing training and education as well as a challenging work environment.

If you would like to be a part of this exciting industry – and to learn more about the opportunities we offer, please call the store (859-278-9463) or fill out the form below:

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March 17, 2017 • Update on the Bluegrass Airport Store

Update on New Store at Blue Grass Airport

Things are starting to take shape in the terminal out at Blue Grass Airport as we get ready to begin the build-out. First step was to construct a security wall to enclose the space while the work is being completed. Thanks to the fabulous Marketing team at BGA for the stunning ( . . AND attention getting!!) graphic they put up to help promote the new store. We’ll keep you posted on our progress as more unfolds.