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Three Sheets to the Wine

Local yacht rockers Three Sheets to the Wind aims to become local yacht wine stockers with their new venture Steely Can Wine

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It started as some post-gig riffing, naming wines after songs in the band’s repertoire, and now it’s turned into a new business venture for the members of Three Sheets to the Wind.

This month, the band’s wine business, Steely Can Wine, officially launched its online store, where thirsty visitors can purchase cans for local delivery or get them shipped throughout Virginia. The Steely Can team offers free delivery within a 15-mile radius of their Scott’s Addition warehouse, plus some surprise perks for special customers. The brightly-colored cans contain 375 mL — half a standard bottle of wine, sourced from California and canned in Ashland, VA in partnership with Wine & Beer Supply.

“There’s no shortage of canned wines with clever, humorous names, but we looked out at our crowd and saw a market for wines that would have been just as appropriate to drink on a California beach in 1978 as they would be to drink poolside, on the river or by the firepit in 2022,” says Gregg Brooks, whose job as a private label wine brand developer was a catalyst for this endeavor. “We knew we needed to put easy and approachable, yet delicious wine in these cans.

With the band’s immersion in the 70s and 80s California lifestyle, we also knew that a Chardonnay was going to be one of the products.” Brooks had the wine industry knowledge, and other bandmates brought their own expertise as creative directors, digital marketers and sales professionals, so all of the pieces naturally fell into place.

As for how it all began, Brooks says they were relaxing after a gig at a mountain resort in Pennsylvania when they challenged each other to name a hypothetical wine referencing bands on that night’s setlist. Bandmates blurted out ideas that name-checked artists whose songs were favorites of the fans who had kept Three Sheets to the Wind going for more than a decade, playing shows all over the country and garnering numerous “best band” awards.

It wasn’t unusual for these musical collaborators to come up with offbeat business ideas. By this time, the unconventional band had already evolved into a tongue-in-cheek lifestyle brand, offering branded plastic tumblers imprinted with the rallying cry, “Let’s get Sheetfaced!” (The band and the brand-new wine business would like to kindly remind everyone to please drink responsibly.)

As it’s often said about the best wines, it didn’t take long for the bandmates to realize their canned wine idea had legs, and that their pandemic pivot would be from vintage California smoothness to smooth California vintages.

About the wines:

The inaugural lineup includes three wines: Rosé Darling, Kid Chardonnay and Deacon Red —
names that pay sly but entirely earnest tribute to one of the Steely Can team’s favorite bands.

Tasting notes:

  • Rosé Darling: Central Coast CA / 13% ABV / 2021 / Aromas of fresh strawberries andtropical fruit, with slight citrus notes. Some slight floral notes, with bright fruit flavors andminerality. A clean finish with crisp acidity.
  • Kid Chardonnay: Central Coast CA / 13% ABV / 2021 / All steel fermentation. Tropical fruitwith hints of pineapple on the nose, crisp palate with lingering acidity and white peach notes.
  • Deacon Red: Lodi CA / 14% ABV / 2020 / Dark garnet color, intense blueberry aromas withhints of cassis and dark cherry on the palate. Full-bodied and well-balanced with a longlingering finish.

And now for some yacht rock since Thursday is really just a baby Friday.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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Torchy’s Tacos opens second Richmond location at Carytown Exchange this week

On the heels of its Short Pump opening earlier this month, Torchy’s Tacos is getting ready to launch its second Richmond-area restaurant. Located at 3510 W. Cary St. in Carytown Exchange, this new location opens on February 1st and joins Charlottesville and Short Pump as Torchy’s third Virginia location.

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On the heels of its Short Pump opening earlier this month, Torchy’s Tacos is getting ready to launch its second Richmond-area restaurant. Located at 3510 W. Cary St. in Carytown Exchange, this new location opens on February 1st and joins Charlottesville and Short Pump as Torchy’s third Virginia location.

To celebrate the new restaurant, Torchy’s will host a preview party on Monday, January 30 from 5-8 p.m., where the community is welcome to attend and enjoy a complimentary meal, including tacos, queso, beer samples, N/A beverages and more. All alcohol sales and tips will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU.

Torchy’s is also kicking off grand opening day on February 1 by offering the first 100 guests in line at 10 a.m. on opening day a limited-edition Torchy’s Restaurant Opening T-Shirt, which will grant the lucky Taco Junkie a year of free Green Chile Queso each time they wear it to the Carytown Exchange location.

The Carytown location boasts a 4,445-square foot dining room coupled with an outdoor patio, where guests can enjoy options like the Trailer Park taco, plant-based Migas taco and Torchy’s Taco of the Month while sipping fresh-made margaritas and signature cocktails. At Torchy’s, every taco, queso and margarita is hand-crafted and made-to-order.

The restaurant’s hours of operation are:

  • Sunday: 9 am-9 pm
  • Mon-Th: 10 am-10 pm
  • Friday: 10 am -11 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am – 11 pm

Founded in a food trailer in Austin in 2006, Torchy’s Tacos elevates the traditional street taco with unique flavor combinations that include responsibly sourced, high quality ingredients from around the world. Follow Torchy’s Carytown Exchange on Facebook or download the Torchy’s App to join the Taco Junkies Rewards Club to keep up with the latest local news and offers.

Torchy’s Carytown Exchange is currently hiring for all restaurant positions, including cashiers, bartenders, food runners, expo, prep, grill cooks, and dishwashers. Those interested in living the taco dream can visit torchystacos.com/careers or stop by 3510 W. Cary St. to apply.

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Postbellum Will Post No More

After 10 years the fan bar/restaurant is calling quits.

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The decision to close was announced on Facebook.

Thank you all for 10 years of support and loyal patronage.

Postbellum will be permanently closing at the end of this month. Our last day of service will be Sunday January 29th, 2023.

Any outstanding gift certificates or coupons will remain redeemable at our other restaurants (Station 2 and Oak & Apple).

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Sub Rosa Bakery bakers Evin and Evrim Dogu step you through the process of making the pear and ricotta croissant.

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