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Okay, We Can’t All Afford a $2,000 Scotch For Christmas…

Balvenie Vintage Cask 1966
The Balvenie Vintage Cask
1966… Only $1549.00

…but we have them if you need them, and lots of other, more affordable gift ideas this holiday season.

“Oh. My. God. I had NO idea.” This is a phrase often uttered when a visitor to the store first explores our “Secret Cellar” or bothers to look up at the hundreds of collectible, limited release, and small batch spirits that line the wall near the ceiling of the store. Being the holiday season and all, we thought this might be a good time to once again say it out here on the intarwebz (we mentioned this last year during the “fiscal cliff” drama). Main Party is a classic example of why you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Hiding behind our admittedly slightly funky facade is a world of wines and fine spirits you probably wouldn’t imagine would be here. The beer folk know about our amazing selection of craft and import beers, but for some reason the fine wine crowd has been slower to get hip to our offerings. We’ll be celebrating our 25th anniversary in business next year, and Joe (the owner) has been carefully building what is probably the most extensive selection of fine wines and spirits in Ann Arbor. We’ve picked some unique items below to highlight what we have to offer, and rest assured that with around 3,000 wines on hand, we have pretty much anything you’re seeking that fills that gap between something like the 400 dollar 375ml Château d’Yquem below, and the $8.99 Argentinian red table wine. Stop in sometime, look up, and look in back too. You’ll probably be amazed at the selection. Then tell a friend. We’re tired of the premium cellar being Ann Arbor’s best-kept wine secret! (more…)

Posted By:Admin December 14, 2013

[UPDATED] Need a Versatile Wine for a Holiday Dinner? Just look for the Curious Turkey!

Curious Turkey Update![UPDATE: We realized that our "Curious Turkey" tags tended to get lost in the mix of all the shelf talkers, so we switched to a bright red ornament to make them easier to spot. So we figured while we were at it, we may as well select more great wines to feature! See below. ] Your Thanksgiving menu may change from year to year, but there’s one thing you can count on with holiday dinners. And that is that when the full spread is a melange of dishes comprised of everything from a classic holiday turkey or ham to Aunt Gertrude’s famous suspended marshmallow bundt-pan jello or Campbell’s-soup-based green bean casserole, there is no single wine that is up to the task. That’s why we’ve once again selected some value-minded versatile wines that have a lighter, simpler, or sweeter touch to better embrace the riot of flavors that are likely to be on the table. As we pointed out last year, that “Bacon Turducken” trend is probably over, so we can at least eliminate the terror of the “Russian egg” birds-within-birds-within-birds hurdle. But holiday dinners remain an impossible challenge when it comes to selecting a “perfect” wine. The solution then becomes almost simple — just stick to certain styles and varietals and it is a fairly easy task. Rieslings, Chenin Blanc, and Pinot Grigios are a no-brainer for the whites, and Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and a smattering of other reds can cover you for the reds. Below is a short selection from the 3,000+ wines we have on hand. Just look for the “Curious Turkey” tags. If the specific wine we’ve chosen to highlight doesn’t suit your fancy, you’ll at least be looking at the right section to help you make a selection! Our last-minute picks are below. (more…)

Posted By:Admin November 22, 2013

A Plethora of Pumpkins and Other New Arrivals

Have you ever wished you could be the first one in town to hear about the arrivals of seasonal beers, limited-release wines, and small-batch spirits that are hard-to-find? Well, we’ve had a solution for some time now; just head over to MainDepotConnection.com (or sign up right here on Main Party’s home page), and get on the list! What list, you ask? The VIP list that puts all this information right in your inbox, that’s what list! We don’t flood you with a torrent of trivial notices, because our Main Man David is too busy running the store and keeping the shelves stocked for you! But every couple of weeks or so, David will send you a friendly personal message giving you the low-down on all our latest arrivals and any especially-special deals we may be offering. If you’ve read this far, that means you probably didn’t get David’s latest missive, so we’ve included it below. So if you want to be the first kid on the block to know about our next round of new arrivals, just sign up, and we’ll send info like this a good week or so before it ends up on the website. And as you probably know, that can be the difference between the haves and the have-nots when it comes to limited and seasonal releases!

Here’s the latest from David:

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Posted By:Admin October 9, 2013

Two Gift Ideas For Father’s Day. One Fun, One Fancy

If (like us) you forgot to honor Mother’s day this year, we’d like to point out that the first item we’re going to talk about is available year-round, so maybe mom would like one too, or maybe you’d like to take advantage of it some other time. But as a Father’s Day gift, you’ll need to order by June 5, 2013 (or June 1st if there are special graphics required) in order to receive it by the sixteenth. We recommend you call the store and ask for David during daytime business hours, or stop by in person to learn more. The first item we’re referring to is of course a custom-engraved bottle of Johnnie Walker’s legendary Blue Label Scotch. No gift is quite as personal as one that is, well, personalized. And a custom-engraved bottle of Blue Label allows you to inscribe your personal message using three lines of up to sixteen characters to do it. And a choice of several typefaces, or even a graphic, if you order in time. If your dad is more of a craft beer kind of guy, consider picking up a bottle of Dad’s Little Helper from Rogue. It’s a limited availability item that is often hard to find by the end of June. And Rogue’s story behind the beer – which has been offered as a Black IPA since 2006 – summons the real spirit of Father’s day: “After the death of his wife, Henry Jackson Smart was left to raise 6 young children alone. His courage, love, selflessness and dedication inspired his daughter, Sonora Smart Dodd, to organize the First Father’s Day on June 19th, 1910. In 1924 President Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Fathers Day. President Nixon, in 1972, established it as a permanent day of national observance.” Rogue added their own observance of the holiday in 2005 with Dad’s Little Helper. For more Father’s Day ideas, check out The Sweet Smell of Dad from last year, but be aware that some of those items were available in limited quantity. More info below. (more…)

Posted By:Admin May 25, 2013

Sometimes Being Number One Is Overrated

Label 5, Number 42In today’s world of fine spirits, it’s hard to stand out. It’s kind of a mixed blessing that there are so many choices; while it’s great that all the new small batch producers and premium lines from established distillers creates a dynamic marketplace that raises the bar all across the board, sometimes you’ll miss some really great spirits that aren’t getting raves from the connoisseur crowd. And frankly, sometimes, being number one is over-rated. A classic example of this idea is the brand Snapple. Whatever you may think about their products, they staked a solid claim to third place behind Coke and Pepsi in the global soft drink market. How? They set out to be number three on purpose. You may remember that they even ran commercials back in the 90′s proudly proclaiming “We’re Number Three!” But we’re not really here to talk about Snapple, or striving for third. We’re here to talk about a couple of new items we’ve added to our selection. The reason we went on the little digression about being number three is because although one of these items – Label 5 Scotch – has garnered a number of top awards in the blended twelve-year category, they still proudly point out that they’re number 42 in the market. But look at the company they keep in the graphic on the left, and you’ll see why. The other item has no issues with being second either, because they were probably the first. Although Greenall’s has been making gin since it was made legal in the UK, which was 1761, their premium offering wasn’t available in the states until this century. It’s probably worthy of note that in the two and a half centuries they’ve been making gin, they’ve only had seven master distillers! And that in spite of their late entry in the US market, they’re number one in the UK, producing over 70% of the gin sold there. Notes on both below. (more…)

Posted By:Admin May 20, 2013
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