Crush Cellar Surprise

Crush Cellar

I’ve loved Crush Wine Bistro and Cellar since it opened. And why wouldn’t I? There’s so much to love – great food and wine, fantastic service, excellent ambiance… I thought I knew everything there was to know about Crush. But I didn’t…

I’d heard that Crush had a wine club that involved picking up wine from the cellar once a month. But for some reason, I imagined a tiny basement room with cases of wine; nothing too exciting unless you’re one of the lucky people who is going to drink some of it. But when some friends wanted to buy a bottle of something fun as we walked home one evening, they suggested the Crush Cellar.

“Strange,” I thought. “Will they even sell us something if we’re not club members? Will there even be anything there for us to buy?”

Fortunately, my worries were for naught.

My first misconception was that the cellar would be a cellar.  It wasn’t. You walk up a staircase, turn a corner, and there it is: a cozy little bottle shop filled to the brim with wines, beers, and all sorts of other fun things, including really good cheese.

My second misconception was that it would be members only. It’s not.  It’s open to anyone and has great weekend hours: Fridays and Saturdays, open till midnight. Monday – Thursday open till 10:00 PM.

If you’re interested in the club aspect of the cellar, here are the options:

  • Two bottles “new to Alaska and unique in personality” each month for $39.50
  • One bottle that is “rare and enjoyable now, but with cellaring potential” for $39.50
  • All three bottles for 75.50

Payments due and bottles available on the 15th of each month. Wine notes and suggested food pairings provided, 10% off all Crush purchases, and members only tasting events. Pretty cool, right?  I hope to join someday!

Apparently the cellar opened March 2010, so I’ve missed out for THREE WHOLE YEARS. Unacceptable. But now that I know it’s there…

Have you discovered anything new and wonderful about something when you thought you knew all there was to know?

Author: Gretchen Fauske

I love Anchorage. I love what it is, what it's been, and what I dream it will be. I share my adventures with DJ (my husband), my fabulous family and friends, two frenchies named Grover and Teddy, and now, all of you. If you love Anchorage too, get in touch - guest posts are welcome!