Thursday, July 31, 2008

New to the liquor department

The next new Absinthe is here:
Mata Hari Absinthe...$49.99
Original recipe from 1881
Produced in the last authentic historical Austrian Absinthe distillery
Mata Hari is made of the finest herbs, above all Wormwood and Salvia
Highest legal level of Thujon & Absinthin
Mata Hari containes all-natural ingridients and is exclusively coloured with natural herbs only
nice louche effect with ice & water
no dominant anise taste and therefore outstanding mixing abilities

El Rami Arak...$31.99
Pure Arak from Lebanon
"A brand that stands out among the rest and represents the distinction of a unique rarity and superiority of being. A blend of 3 different kinds of anise seeds and 3 varieties of the most exclusive "eu de vie di vin" perfected to create the smoothest taste that is outstandingly the El Rami blend."

El Rif Arak...$53.99
True 100% old Arak from Lebanon

"When knowledge meets perfection a challenge is met. A bet is won. A precious white gold is discovered. Arak el Rif is the finest and most prestigious arak ever made. Carefully blended from the finest eau-de-vie de vin imported from Cognac and distilled with a selection of a very high quality of anise seeds, El Rif combines a distinct bouquet with an incomparable roundness of body." -- El Rif

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Beer update--

Bell's Brewery
Some news from Bell's--they are retiring the Java Stout and the Sparkling Ale because of problems getting some raw materials. I bought what was left at the distributor and we have a small amount left at Rock Hill and our Forsyth locations. Get them now or forget about them.
They plan to bring Hell Hath No Fury out of retirement this year and it will be released in October. They are also planning to release a "Holiday" ale this year. I will keep you posted.

Southern Tier Creme Brulee
Unibroue 400th Anniversary Ale
What we have left in the stores is it, the distributor is now sold out. Get it while it lasts!
(Available at Rock Hill, Forsyth and Provisions Gourmet Market)

Southern Tier PumKing Ale...$5.99 / 22oz
You know how every year each store wants to beat each other with their holiday decorations. Well, Southern Tier wants to beat every brewery with their Pumpkin Ale. Yes, it is here, PumKing.

“brewed with pagan spirit”
"Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from which they return forever changed! Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape. This beer is brewed with pagan spirit yet should be enjoyed responsibly" -- Southern Tier

Bayerischer Bahnhof's
Berliner Style Weisse...$3.99 / 11oz

You do not see too many Berliner Style
Weisse beers in STL.
"History: Huguenots may have originated the style as they traveled through France to Flanders, having first mentioned it in the 1600s. During their time, there were said to be seven hundred weissbier breweries in Berlin. Later, in 1809, Napoleon and his troops identified Berliner Weisse as the Champagne of the North. He requested the beer be served w/syrup to cut its extreme level of acidity. Bayrischer Bahnhof’s interpretation is a slightly softer, more mellow version of the “Berliner Weisse” style with a beautiful balance of tartness, fruitness, and sweetness." -- importer

"It is served in a large goblet with a straw. Due to the sour taste, it is commonly drunk mixed with raspberry (Himbeersirup), lemon (Zitronensirup), or woodruff (Waldmeistersirup) syrup, and is then called Weisse mit Schuss ("Weisse with a shot [of Syrup]") creating Berliner Weisse rot, gelb or grün respectively. This mixed-drink is very refreshing in the hot summer months and is served throughout Berlin." --
(we have the raspberry and woodruff syrups in stock at our Forsyth location)

MacQueen's Nessie...$3.79 / 11oz
We were out of stock for awhile, but this great brew just returned to stock!

"MacQueen's Nessie is a medium brew with a lasting, creamy head and golden copper body. Brewed with Scottish Highland malt - the main ingredient in Scottish whiskies - its aroma is a spicy, smoked toffee and verdurous sweetened hay. Light bittering hops provide just enough subtle peppermint-flavored balance to the finish with a small tingle of soured orange honey. The fresh and zesty flavor you'd expect from a light scotch whiskey, but with the smoothness and yeasty flavor of beer. " -- importer

Exciting new wine releases!

Wow! Melville is on fire with these two new releases!

2007 Melville Viognier Verna's....$21.99
"The 2007 Viognier Verna’s Vineyard may be the finest example of this varietal I have tasted in California. Extraordinary minerality and precision, despite its enormous power, are what sets it apart from most blowsy, loosely constructed Viogniers. It possesses copious quantities of nectarine, mango, and orange blossom aromas as well as a hint of lychee nuts, but it is the wine’s well-delineated character that is so remarkable. Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years.From one of the Santa Rita Hills’ superb vineyard sites, the Melville wines are made by Greg Brewer."
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Melville Syrah Verna's...$19.99
"The 2006 Syrah Verna’s Vineyard exhibits sweet, peppery, black raspberry and black currant fruit along with more definition and minerality as well as the classic opulence and suppleness that makes Syrah such a captivating and endearing wine. It should evolve easily for 6-8 years. From one of the Santa Rita Hills’ superb vineyard sites, the Melville wines are made by Greg Brewer."
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Pesquera Ribera del Duero...$37.99
Always a personal favorite of mine. Pesquera has been producing amazing wines year after year for as long as I can remember. The 2005 was just released!

"The 2005 Tinto Pesquera Crianza is purple in color with an excellent bouquet of cedar, tobacco, spice box, and blackberry. On the palate it offers layers of ripe black fruits, mineral notes, outstanding depth, and a lengthy finish. It will evolve for several years and be at its best from 2012 to 2025."
--- 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 John Duval Eligo Shiraz...$92.99
John Duval is the man that made all the great Penfolds Grange over the past 20 years. He started his own winery and now is making stellar Shiraz under his own name. Do not miss this very limited wine!
“The wine is in the bottle, but hasn’t been named yet, hence the “Reserve” designation. Underneath a slightly smoky, toasty exterior lies an explosion of cherry, raspberry and black cherry fruit that’s wonderfully pure without being simple. The texture is creamy and lush without being unstructured or jammy, while the finish goes on and on. Drink now – 2020”.
Rated 96/100 – TOP 50 CELLAR SELECTIONS OF 2007
Wine Enthusiast December 31, 2007

"Former Penfolds' winemaking guru, John Duval, continues to demonstrate a brilliant touch with French oak-aged Shiraz" - Robert Parker's, The Wine Advocate

Eligo (a selection of the best)
"John Duval's flagship Shiraz sourced from Barossa Valley's best, low yielding, old-vine vineyards. This highly anticipated release displays great fruit concentration and a bold personality." -- winery

Tuesday, July 29, 2008


We have become excited about beer, our customers have become excited about beer, but some people still ask us: "Why are you featuring so much beer?". Beer has become like the great wine boom in the 80s. People were not satisfied with Blue Nun, Thunderbird, Carlo Rossi and other jug wines anymore. They started buying and drinking "small" production wine that showed more character, diversity, and personality. Beer is starting to explode in that same direction now.

The new issue of Wine Enthusiast Magazine arrived in my mailbox a few days ago, and one of their features was about beer (beer in a wine magazine?). Beer has always taken back seat to wine when it comes to food pairing and "status". They interviewed 4 of the top American Craft Brewers in the U.S. (or as they call them -- The Four Knights of the Keg Table)

Jim Koch - Sam Adams
Peter Bouchaert - New Belgium (Fattire)
Sam Calagione - Dogfish Head
Tomme Arthur - Port Brewing and the Lost Abbey

Here are some interesting quotes:
The Wine Enthusiast, September 2008

"I think that the generation that discovered wine 20 years ago is very excited to be discovering beer today. I look at people attending our beer dinners and they range from late 20s to mid-60s. These people are adventurous look beyond the wine list." -- Jim Koch

"A vast majority of beer drunk in this country is basically very slight variations of the same exact style--the light lager. When we throw imports into the mix, roughly 90% of the beer drunk in America is some variation of a light lager." -- Sam Calagione

"In 1967, the number one selling wine in the U.S. was Thunderbird, the fact masked the alternative universe of a handful of winemakers who in the 60s began making great wines. It took 20 years for that fact to become recognized by the average American consumer...Something that inspired me was a lunch I had with Robert Mondavi where he told me that what he saw in beer was what had happened with wine...we were just going to be 20 years behind....Robert Mondavi, God love him, he was right." -- Jim Koch

"Didn't Michael Jackson [the beer educator] say something back in the day that people who say they don't like beer just haven't been introduced to the wider range or spectrum of beers that are out there..." -- Tomme Arthur

"We started sort of experimenting with wine like ingredients and approaches right when we opened in 1985...aged on oak and fermented in Champagne yeast...white beer fermented in Pinot Noir grapes and aged in Pinot Noir barrels." -- Sam Calagione
Final comments --
It is great to see a revolution in beer. We are taking the approach to beer that we do in every aspect of our stores: great selection, great price, and great service. We do not just sit back and buy the beers, wines, or cheeses that are presented to us and everybody else in St. Louis. We aggressively bring in new products whether it is beer, wine or cheese. We are constantly contacting wineries and breweries about getting their products in St. Louis. It is not as easy as buying what is readily available, but it is much more exciting for us and our customers. Right now we have a ton of beers and wines that you cannot find anywhere else in Missouri! We would like to thank everybody for the great words and positive response to our beer, wine and cheese departments. With the constant increase in competition from national chains over the past years, we are able to still increase our sales-we thank for you support and loyalty. It is worth supporting local St. Louis retailers and restaurants. Keep St. Louis original. Your comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Provisions Gourmet Market

Provisions Gourmet Market
11615 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Mon-Fri 7:00 am- 8:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am- 7:00 pm

Full-Service Catering and Delivery
Complete Gourmet Meals-to-Go
Fresh-Made Salad & Sandwich Stations
Fine Wine & Spirits
Outstanding Microbrew Selection
Rustic Bakery and Hand-Made Pastries
Coffee, Tea, & Smoothie Bar
Specialty Groceries
Extensive Cheese Collection
Fresh-Roasted Nuts & Premium Dried Fruits
Fine Chocolates
Wine & Cheese Accessories
Gifts and Gift Baskets

We would like to thank you St. Louis for voting Provisions Gourmet Market:

Sauce Magazine Reader's Choice Awards

Favorite place to buy prepared foods
1st: Provisions Gourmet Marketplace
Thank you St. Louis

Catering Department
We offer a full catering department
Click here to check out the menu
Call Samantha, our catering manager, for questions or to place an order.
It's that easy!314-989-0020

Sandwich and Salad Station
Check out the best lunch in St. Louis. If you have not been to Provisions before, go check it out. You can pick up lunch or dinner and take it home or we have plenty of tables and chairs at the store. You can even get cold wine and beer.
Click here to check out the menu
Lunch Menu

(menus subject to change)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Kim Crawford Pinot Noir

Kim Crawford is one of the most consistent and best run New Zealand wineries. Their portfolio is delicious from top to bottom. Of course, you have had their Sauvignon Blanc that has rated 90 or higher for the past 7 years, but did you know they also make great Pinot Noir. The Rise-And-Shine is part of their "SP" (small parcel) series. It is a very limited release and quite delicious. Currently available at Forsyth and Rock Hill for a limited time. Ask about our case price.

2006 Kim Crawford Pinot Noir
"Rise and Shine"...$27.99
"The 2006 Central Otago “Rise-and-Shine” Creek Pinot Noir was sourced from the Clearvue vineyard in Bendigo. A divine expression of Pinot Noir, it has a lovely nose with a sense of controlled opulence: red cherry fruit, Doris plum and blueberry. The palate is full-bodied with good fruit concentration, very pure with fine tannin structure, and a mixture of both red and black cherries on the mineral-rich finish. “Kim Crawford Wine Limited” was the first of New Zealand’s “virtual wineries” i.e. sourcing grapes in from various wine regions and made at other wineries. Founded by Kim and his wife Erica who ran the business from their Auckland home in 1996, their wines were an immediate success and they opened their own winery in Marlborough in 2000 so that they no longer relied upon contract facilities. In addition they secured their first vineyard to meet demand. The tenets are to give consumers reliable, top-quality New Zealand wines and to explore more esoteric grape varieties and vinification techniques."
---Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Friday, July 25, 2008

Beer Tasting!

Beer Tasting every Friday!
We are going to start to do weekly beer tastings
Every Friday from 4pm - 6:30 pm
This Friday - July 25 -- Forsyth
We will taste:
Baird Red Rose Amber
Unibroue 400th Anniversary
So Tier Creme Brulee
Loterbol Blond
Ellezelles Hercule

We will start tasting at Rock Hill in two weeks, I will keep you posted.

Great Aussie Wines!

Thorn Clarke
This is a family of grape growers that date back to the 1870's. It is still family run and one of the most consistent wineries in the world. Each year their wines score 90 points or higher from almost all of the wine journals. They make a few different tiers: Milton Park, Terra Barossa, and Shotfire. All amazing wines, and all of them are priced under $20.

2005 Terra Barossa Shiraz...$14.99
"Fruity wine that loves a good barbecue. This is a heady, full-flavored, inky-purple wine that saturates the mouth. It will stand up to just about anything you throw on the grill and will deliver plenty of fruit no matter how much mustard, ketchup, horseradish, or spice you put on the dish."
- Robert Parker, Jr, Business Week (July 2, 2007) - 91 pts

"An unreal bargain is the 2005 Shiraz Terra Barossa. Super-deep with amazing QPR, it boasts an inky/ruby/purple color along with deep blackberry liqueur, smoky camphor, grilled meat, and toasty oak notes. Full-bodied, rich, and mouth-filling, this is a stunner to drink over the next 5-6 years."- Wine Advocate (#167, Oct 2006)
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Terra Barossa Cuvee...$13.99
"Supple, round and distinctive for its violet-tinged currant and dusky spice flavors, lingering effectively against refined tannins. Shiraz, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2013."- Wine Spectator (July 2007)
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2006 Shotfire Shiraz....$19.99

"Aims for refinement and achieves a supple balance of ripe plum and currant fruit against a range of sweet spices and fine tannins, lingering gently and expressively. Production was split between cork and screw-cap closures. Tasted from cork. Drink now through 2016." - Wine Spectator (Oct. 2007), 91 pts#57 on the TOP 100 WINES FOR 2007'
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Duysters Brewery - Belgium

Loterbol Blond...$5.49 / 11oz

"The Duysters Brewery may well be the smallest commercial brewery in Belgium - annual production of both its beers is only about 650 cases.
Loterbol is a crisp blonde ale that is very tasty and mightily satisfying. It drinks much stronger than its 6.8% alcohol by volume would suggest, and tastes a little spicy, though no spices are used in the brewing. The exotic palate of this beer comes from the unique strain of yeast. Duysters Brewery flourishes in the shadow of one of the world’s largest breweries, Interbrew, in the nearby town of Leuven. But there is no mistaking this exquisite hand-crafted brew for the mass-product of the nearby beer factory. ‘Loterbol’ is a Flemish word for a fool or prankster, an allusion to the deceptive smoothness and drinkability of this beer. " -- brewery

Selected as one of the fifty best beers in the world
by Men's Journal magazine, July 2005.

Brouwerij de Molen -- Netherlands

We are proud to bring these 2 new brews to St. Louis!

De Molen
Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout...$21.99 / 25oz btl
A very small production stout that comes in a vintage looking label and it is corked finished like Champange and then covered in black wax. Very nice packaging. The front label gives you all this information:
Handcrafted Beer
Brewed December 14, 2007
Bottled February 1, 2008
only 524 BOTTLES made and each bottle numbered
This beer can age for 25 years
We only have 6 bottles with bottle numbers #306, #344, #375, #386, #387, and #427

"Commercial Description: Color 199.7 EBU, bitterness 81.7 EBU, OG 1102, FG 1026, hops are Premiant and Saaz. This beer is only brewed a couple of times each year. The 2007 version has 297 bottles (brewed March 17th 2007, bottled April 27th 2007). Best before 25 years after bottling." --rated 96 percentiel on

"The most notable beer of the bunch coming overseas is the Rasputin Imperial Stout. According to British Guild of Beer Writer and beer blogger, Ron Pattinson, “[the brewer, Menno] brews it just once a year in very limited quantities. It’s wonderful stuff. You have about two weeks to get to Bodegraven, judging by the depleted shelves, if you want to try the 2007 vintage.” The label (see below) shows that the batch was only large enough to fit 499 bottles. It has not been confirmed whether all bottles will be hitting the states." --
Rated "A-" by

De Molen Storm & Avery...$15.99 / 25 oz
"Storm and Damage"
(again, only 6 bottles available)

9.2% Alcohol. Made in small batches, only 650 bottles made each time.
This is their Imperial Double IPA.

Rated 94 percentile on
Rated "A" on

only available at our Forsyth location.

More Mikkeller ---

Mikkeller - one of the best and hardest to find beers. We already have the Mikkeller Stateside IPA (delicious if you have not tried it) and Jackie Brown in stock. Now we just received the Mikkeller Black Stout and Mikkeller Draft Beer.

"This years Ratebeer Best list has just been released. Mikkeller is placed the 6th best brewery in the world in competition with more than 8.000 breweries! In the top 100 best beers in the world list Mikkeller has four beers - in a competition with more than 76.000 beers." -- Mikkeller

Mikkeller It's Alive...$12.99 / 750ml
Belgian Wild Ale / 8% Alc
Mikkeller's tribute to ORVAL!
"'It's Alive!' is a blonde Belgian ale brewed with brettanomyces. It is inspired by Belgian Orval and has a fresh hoppiness and dry finish. The brettanomyces makes this beer live on in the bottle and will develop it greatly over the next couple years." -- Mikkeller
Mikkeller Monks Brew...$12.99 / 750ml
Belgian Dark Ale / 10% Alc
"Monk's Elixir is Mikkellers tribute to the great trappist monks of Belgium! The beer is names 'Monk's Brew' in the U.S." -- Rated 96 percentile on

Mikkeller Black Stout....$15.99 / 12.7oz btl
17.5% Alcohol---WOW!

One of their hardest beers to find. According to Beer Advocate, it is a one time only brew. Mikkeller's website does not say if it will be brewed again or not. Very rare, get it while you can! (only 12 bottles available)

"Finally Mikkellers strongest and wildest beer till this date is available. We are talking about the beer 'black' with the chinese symbol for black on the label. Black is an imperial stout at 17.5 % vol. - making it the strongest beer ever by a Danish brewery!!!" -- Mikkeller

Mikkeller Draft Beer....$13.99 / 25oz
Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium
Very hard to get!
(only 6 bottles available right now, 5 after I drink one)
Alc. 8.0% vol. 750 ml.
"An imperial pilsner brewed with: water, malts (pils, carapils and amber), light candy sugar, hops (amarillo and cascade) and lager yeast. A Danish pilsner is typically characterized by an alcohol content of 4,6% vol., piss-yellow colour and a sexless, slightly bitter taste. But it doesn’t have to be like this…! Draft Bear is Mikkellers interpretation of a ’pilsner’, heavyweight-style. With its powerful hop notes, high alcohol content and lovely golden appearance, the only reference to the pilsner style is the clean taste of the lager yeast." -- Mikkeller
(currently only at our Forsyth location)

Monday, July 21, 2008

Baird Brewery - Japan

Baird is the hot new brewery out of Japan. They are making some exciting and interesting beers. Japan is starting to see a brewing revolution. You have the great beers of Hitachino and now try some of the Baird beers.

"Baird Beer is brewed at the foot of Mount Fuji by Japan's pioneering craft brewery. Lovingly and authentically crafted, it is unfiltered, re-refermented in the bottle, and naturally carbonated. Please drink contemplatively, Beer Drinker-san" -- Baird

Red Rose Amber Ale...$4.69 / 12oz
"This original amber ale is inspired by the "Steam" style of beer. Whereas a "Steam" is a lager beer fermented at an elevated ale-type temperature, Red Rose is an ale fermented at a lower lager-type temperature . Like a "Steam," Red Rose combines a crisp lager refreshingness with a robust ale fruitiness." -- Baird

Angry Boy Brown Ale...$4.69 / 12oz
"Angry Boy is a brown ale that doesn't quite fit in; it is bigger, bolder, hoppier and more complex than most. It has, if you will, an angry edge. It is somewhat sweet and very full-bodied in the mouth but piquantly bitter and warming in the finish. If you are feeling angst, this is your brew. " -- Baird

Kurofune Porter...$4.69 / 12oz
"This classic dark English ale is flinty, oily and wonderfully smooth. It is teasingly acrid with notes of bitter chocolate and coffee. The inclination is to resist; the result is acquiescence and embrace." -- Baird

Rising Sun Pale Ale...$4.69 / 12oz
"This quenching brew is crafted in the American west-coast style. It sports a beautiful soft citrus hop aroma which gives way to a round, honeyed-fruit flavor. The finish is crisp and refreshing." -- Baird

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Chinese Wine

Need some wine to drink while watching the Olympics in China?
"China is set to establish itself as a leading producer of volume of wine, but Berry [Berry Bros. & Rudd] believes China also has all the essential ingredients to make fine wine to rival the best Bordeaux."
-- Matt Kramer, The Wine Spectator

2005 Dragon's Hollow Cabernet Sauvginon...$11.99
This wine will suprise you when you taste it for the first time. You would never guess it is from China. It is an unoaked Cabernet that actually tastes like a Cabernet, I would have guessed from South American. It has good fruit and that touch of green pepper you would expect in a Chilean Cabernet. The fruit flavors are more dark like blackberry, currant and plums. It is well balanced and medium bodied. China is already the fifth largest wine producing country in the world!
Watch for the Chardonnay coming soon also!!

Friday, July 18, 2008

Amazing Argentina!

2005 Vina Cobos Malbec...$139.99
“At the top of the hierarchy are the Cobos wines. The 2005 Cobos Malbec “Marchiori Vineyard” is about as good as Malbec gets. The vines in the Marchiori Vineyard are 50+ years old and yields were a tiny 1.7 tons per acre. It was aged for 20 months in 100% new Taransaud oak¸ received wild yeast fermentation, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered. Inky, blue/black in color, it offers up aromas of pain grille, violets, truffle, black cherry, blueberry, and licorice. Round, layered, and full-bodied, the wine is surprisingly elegant and light on its feet for such a concentrated wine. The long, fruit-filled finish lasts for over one minute. Allow 6-8 years of further cellaring and drink it through 2035.”

-- 98/100 The Wine Advocate

2004 Catena Zapata...$99.99
“Catena Zapata’s flagship is the Nicolas Catena Zapata, a Cabernet Sauvignon-Malbec blend. The 2004 Nicolas Catena Zapata is composed of 72% Cabernet Sauvignon and 28% Malbec. It spent 18 months in 100% new French oak. A saturated black purple in color, it has an aristocratic perfume of pain grille, mineral, espresso, saddle leather, cassis, black currant, and black raspberry. Opulently textured, complex, ripe, and sweet on the palate, it maintains a sense of elegance as well as power. It demands 10-15 years of further cellaring and should still be providing pleasure at age 50. It strikes me as being Argentina’s equivalent of a great vintage of Lafite-Rothschild."
-- Rated 98+/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Bramare Malbec...$34.99
“The 2005 Bramare Malbec was aged for 18 months in French and American oak, 46% new. It is a glass-coating opaque purple with a super-expressive nose of pain grille, spice box, violets, black cherry, and black raspberry. Full-bodied, supple-textured, and layered with flavor, it nicely conceals enough tannin to carry this showy Malbec for at least a decade"
-- 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Tiza Malbec...$19.99
“The 2005 Malbec was aged in new French oak for 12 months. Opaque purple in color, it has a fragrant perfume of toasty oak, vanilla, wild raspberry, and black cherry. This is followed by a ripe, smooth-textured, spicy wine with vibrant fruit, silky tannin, and a fruit-filled finish. Drink this outstanding value in Malbec over the next 5-7 years”
-- Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Luca Malbec...$29.99
The 2006 Malbec has no such problems. It was aged for 12 months in 60% new French oak. Opaque purple, it has a splendid bouquet of smoke, toast, pencil lead, pepper, black cherry, and blackberry. Opulent and fruit forward on the palate, there are plenty of silky tannins lurking under the baby fat. Balanced, concentrated, ripe, and thoroughly hedonistic, this classy Malbec will evolve for 5-7 years and provide pleasure through 2030. "
-- Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

Quantities are limited, not available at all stores.
Call 314-727-8788 for info.

Sassicaia - new release!

2005 Sassicaia...$193.99
The new vintage has just arrived. No press yet, but it is sure to score well. Very limited!

"The first Super Tuscan, this great Cabernet allies a dense core of pure, ripe black currant fruit flavors and aromas with smoky notes of cedar, tobacco and vanilla to a refined supporting acidity and a sleek, finely integrated tannic structure." -- importer

Thursday, July 17, 2008

New beers just arrived this week!

Just arrived to both Clayton and Rock Hill stores.
Southern Tier Heavy Weizen
Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Weisse
BrewDog Rip Tide Twisted Merciless Stout
BrewDog Paradox Stout Aged in Macallan 1987 Casks
Schlitz Beer (whopping $5.99 / 12pk cans)

Just arrived to Clayton only.
St. Louis Peche
St. Louis Framboise
Blue Moon -now in 22oz size
Stella Artois - now in 22oz size
Dundee Honey Brown
Portland MacTarnahans Black Watch
Portland MacTarnahans Amber
Warsteiner Radler

Great wines of Ramey!

Very Limited call 314-727-8788 for info.

2005 Ramey "Hyde" Chardonnay...$56.99
"A stunning effort, the 2005 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard boasts great intensity along with huge tropical fruit notes interwoven with notions of spring flowers, orange marmalade, white peaches, and steely minerals. Its abundant fruit conceals any evidence of wood. Well-delineated, with outstanding acidity as well as a layered, sumptuous finish, it should age nicely for 4-5 years, possibly longer."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Ramey Larkmead Cabernet Sauvignon...$77.99

One of the best vineyard sites in Napa, and a personal favorite.

"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Larkmead Vineyard (1,360 cases produced from a blend of ($80) Dark red. Intensely perfumed scents of kirsch, blackcurrant, dried rose and tobacco. Round and pliant, with juicy dark fruit flavors, velvety texture and slow-mounting tannins. As big and weighty as this is, there's also excellent balance and clarity. Finishes with lightly chewy tannins and outstanding persistence."
Rated 93/100 Stephen Tanzer, The International Wine Cellar

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Beer -- Rated 100/100

Draft Magazine just awarded its first ever perfect score.

Westmalle Tripel: Rated 100/100

by The Beer Enthusiast's Draft Magazine

"This beer is highly drinkable, effervescent and seemingly thin for its ABV, all while finishing clean. The lemony hop aftertaste seems an afterthought; it's present but quiet. The beer's balance is simply incredible, given the complexity of the palate experiences. To taste where the bar has been set for Belgian Tripels, look no further than Westmalle." -- Draft Magazine, May/June 2008

Store News

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

De Dolle Brouwers -- Belgium

De Dolle Brewery
"At their tiny Belgian village brewery with a capacity of only 900 barrels per year, the De Dolle Brouwers add spices to their four seasonals that catch the mood of the seasons." -- importer

Arabier -- Summer Seasonal -- Just arrived!!
"Arabier is a pure malt beer 7°vol/alc brewed with flower Nugget-hops from Poperinge. It has the special dry-hopping taste and aroma, so appreciated by beerlovers allover the world. It is one of the two main beers from De Dolle Brouwers throughout the year. Aging time is limited due to the fact that hop bitterness is declining with the time. Store arabier cool and dark and serve cool at 10°C, as the signs in arab language indicate. Cheers!" -- importer

Boskeun -- Spring Seasonal -- just a little left of this one!
"Boskeun is the nickname of Jo, one of the two brothers who preferred to brew blond beer at home. It is a special Easter beer, one of the first real Belgian Easter beers. (Slaghmuylder's paasbier being first). It has been brewed with pale malt, Golding hops, cane sugar and refermented with native honey. As it is a seasonal beer we suggest not to keep it eternally. The name Boskeun means rabbit of the wood (virgin wood, maybe?) and the label shows it, sampling the last brew." -- importer

De Dulle Teve "Mad Bitch" -- Belgian Tripel
"The label bears the drawing of an artist of Bruges who had designed the first label for the brewery. Originally it was a special brew blond, 6 % alc./vol. for a customer , called "Het Niew Museum" . Today, this pub still exists in Bruges and although linked to Maes Pils serves some other beers from independent breweries. The De Dolle Brouwers discovered these old labels glued manually to old 25cl bottles, a remainder of the former brewery Costenoble. The original De Dulle Teve, meaning 'Mad Bitch' was a one time brew and had been forgotten until a couple of years ago when the de Dolle Brewers thought that making a good triple would not be a bad idea." -- importer

We also have a few bottles left of their very limited oak aged bottling:
De Dolle Oerbier Reserva is a specially matured version of De Dolle Oerbier. This version of De Dolle Oerbier is matured for 18 months in Bordeau wine casks.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Peche Mortel update

Another case of Peche Mortel just arrived at the Forsyth store today.

Get it while it is here!!

see post below

Bastille Day - July 14

Try something French....

2005 Col des Vents Corbières Rouge...$9.99
One of our favorite reds for BBQ and summer drinking!
"The "Col des Vents" refers to the hills of the Corbières region which are swept by night winds coming off the sea and cooling the vineyards. 50% Carignan, 35% Grenache, 15% Syrah.Ripe blueberry, cherry and garrigue flavors. " -- importer
"Medium-bodied, with plenty of red plum and pepper flavors. The spicy finish features some herbal notes. Drink now." - Wine Spectator (Nov. 30, 2007)

2007 Mordorée Côtes du Rhône Rosé...$14.99
A great Rose for summer drinking!
" 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 15% Cinsault, 10% Carignan, 5% Mourvèdre20 year-old vines. Pink, slightly orange color (mordorée color). Aromas of crystallized oranges and cherries, hints of aniseed. Very round palate, fresh and a long finish.Food pairing: cold meats and delicatessen, fowl, white meats, grilled lamb with Provence herbs, fish soup, fried fish, pastas, pizzas and all Asian dishes." -- importer

"Very pale, bright red. Jammy strawberry, raspberry and candied rose aromas offer good straightforward appeal. Fleshy red berry preserve flavors are round and soft, with a touch of sweetness on the back end. Rich and powerfully fruity; I'd serve this with spicy foods as it may be a tad weighty to drink on its own."- International Wine Cellar (June 2008), 88 pts

Jenlain Blonde French Country Ale...$6.39 / 25oz

• At the beginning of 2005 there was a new addition to the Jenlain family, in the form of a special 7.5% blonde bière de garde. Sister of the majestic Jenlain Ambrée, this queen of beers, Jenlain Blonde is light in color, but full-flavored, like any self-respecting blond beer. Its arrival marks a happy event for all traditional blond beer enthusiasts!
• Aged for 40 days before bottling, it matures slowly to release its full aroma and develop a fine, long-lasting head. After filtration, it takes on a splendid golden hue and is best enjoyed when served chilled at between 6 and 8°C.
• Packaged in the same way as its illustrious forerunner, declared Taste of the Year 2006 and winner of a Silver Medal at the 2006 Paris Agricultural Show, Jenlain Blonde is yet another example of how the brewery remains faithful to its values of authenticity and modernity. -- importer

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Maipe - wines of Argentina

Maipe is one of our favorite wineries in Argentina. The vineyards are located in the foothills of the Andes at 3000 feet above sea level. The wines represent tremendous value in the world marketplace.

Maipe was the Lord of the Winds for the ancient Andean Indians

2007 Maipe Cabernet Sauvignon...$13.99
"100% Cabernet Sauvignon from 35 years old vines that was aged in American oak for 3 months.This Cabernet Sauvignon has an intense ruby red color with aromas and flavors of ripe blackcurrant, red pepper, mint, chocolate and vanilla hints. The fruit and tannins are perfectly balanced to give a wine of excellent structure making it ideal for grilled meats, game, pasta or pizza." -- importer

2007 Maipe Malbec...$13.99
"100% Malbec that was aged in American oak for 3 months. This Malbec has a deep purple color with violet tints, complex plum, fig, strawberry, spices and floral aromas; rounded and velvety tannins, excellent length with a distinguished character. Excellent when paired with game, roasted red meats, pasta or pizza." - importer

Thursday, July 10, 2008

A few more exciting beer releases

BFM La Meule....$5.19 / 11oz

De Glazen Toren Saison d'Erpe - Mere...$10.99 / 25oz

Professor Briem Grut Biere...$5.99 / pint
"Before the German Reinheitsgebot, in 1516, beer was not explicitly brewed with water, malt, hops & yeast through In fact the Reinheitsgebot was as much a ban against certain substances & adjuncts as it was a government instruction to brewing beer. Until then it was common practice to use a variety of different spices & plants instead of hops to flavor and prolong the shelf life of the beer. Some of the adjuncts that were used even had anesthetic & toxic effects.Grut beer has roots in many cultures and each culture had its own "special ingredients": Egyptians (Mandrake based), Native Americans (Corn based), Arabian Tribes, Gaulles, Germanic Tribes and the Vikings.Grut beer became especially popular during the middle ages in Germany in the regions of Westphalia & Lower Saxony close to the borders of Belgium & Holland. During this time the ingredients for beer were very expensive, in particular hops.This interpretation of a traditional Grut Bier is spiced with Lorbeer (Bay Leaves), Ingwer (Ginger), Kummel (Caraway), Anis (Anise), Rosemarin (Rosemarie) & Enzian (Gentian). It is brewed with water, wheat & barley malt, "pollinated wild hops" and fermented using top fermenting yeast.d bacteria (isolated from malt) at 18 °C (64°F)." -- importer

Very rare beer.

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel
The tiny ‘Dieu du Ciel!’ brew-pub, just at the edge of Montrèal's city center, has developed an incredible reputation and a devoted following in only a few short years. The young brewer, Jean-François, has never had any formal training as a brewer, but he is a natural, with superb skills and flawless instincts.
‘Dieu du Ciel!’ is a common exclamation, meaning ‘God in Heaven!’ more or less, which is undoubtedly the most polite oath you are likely to hear in Montrèal – a city with a well-known penchant for turning religious sentiments into profanity.

We have been trying and trying, we just received our first allocation of
Peche Mortel...$4.99 / 11.5oz btl

"If you love really good coffee and really good beer equally, you will be thrilled with Péché Mortel. If coffee isn’t your cup of tea, and caffeine makes you bounce off the ceiling, then just put the bottle down and find something else to drink. This beer is all about coffee. Indeed, you may have seen ‘coffee stouts’ before, but no brewer has ever married coffee and beer so naturally and seamlessly. And this isn’t just any stout, but an imperial stout, which means that it is modeled on the strong, rich, and very complex stouts that were made in England in the 19th and early 20th centuries exclusively for shipment to Russia, where they were a special favorite at the court of the Czars.
A warning: Between the caffeine buzz, and the 9% alcohol by volume of this singular brew, you may find yourself a little disoriented. What is this, a morning pick-me-up and a drowsy night-cap, all in the same bottle? It’s just too much pleasure all at once, and that’s why the brewers named it Péché Mortel, which is French for 'Mortal Sin.' Unfortunately, we can’t say that it’s good for you. In fact, it’s a sure thing you’re going to Hell for this . . .
In Montréal, where this beer is made, they like a little sin now and then. A great big Mortal Sin is even better. The tiny ‘Dieu du Ciel!’ brew-pub, just at the edge of the city center, has developed an incredible reputation and a devoted following in only a few short years. The young brewer, Jean-François, has never had any formal training as a brewer, but he is a natural, with superb skills and flawless instincts. This Imperial Coffee Stout is the first beer he’s put in bottles, and the first to arrive in the U.S. It is made in ridiculously small batches – no more than 50 cases at a time, only three or four times a year. It is, of course, exceedingly rare, and rather expensive. But hey, as the Pope says, you have to pay for your sins."

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Calorie Counter

We stock over 900 beers at our store and have over 300 available online...
shop at
Curious about calories in your drink?
Red or White Wine 5 oz glass..........100
(about 500 per bottle)
Vodka Grey Goose, 1-oz..................60
Gin & Tonic (7.5 fl oz) .....................170
Beer Calories
Becks Light......................................64 calories
Miller Genuine Draft "64" Light..........64 calories.
(these claim to be the lowest for beer)
Anchor Porter................................209
Anchor Steam.................................153
Sam Adams Lager.........................160
Sam Adams Cream Stout.........195
Guinness Draft beer.......................190
Bud Light beer..............................110
Budweiser Select............................ 99
New Belgian Abbey Style Ale...........215
New Belgian Fattire.......................160
New Belgian 1554.....................205
Flying Dog Double Dog..............292
Flying Dog Road Dog..................158
Red Hook IPA..........................188
Sierra Nevada Pale Ale............175
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot...........330
Sierra Nevada Stout................225
Sierra Nevada Porter................194
Pete's Wicked Ale......................174
Leinenkugel Original.................152
Blue Moon...................................171

New beer and liqueur.

Just arrived

Avery Samaels Oak Aged Ale
Very limited!!
Beer Style: Oak Aged English Strong (a whopping 15.53% alcohol)
"Samael's Ale is a super-caramelly, oak aged English-style strong ale. Perhaps the least hoppy (sacrilege here at Avery!!) beer we’ve brewed, to accentuate the malt. The oak is very apparent in this rich and high gravity ale, adding additional depth and complexity with a woody and cask-like nose and a pronounced vanilla flavor on the palate. "

Great Divide Samurai Ale

"Looking for something a little different? Brewed with rice and barley malts, Samurai is an easy drinking, unfiltered ale that changes the status quo for unfiltered beers. The addition of rice gives Samurai a slightly fruity, crisp, refreshing and clean taste. This is definitely not your everyday unfiltered beer. Alcohol by Volume: 5.1%
Suggested food pairings:
Seared tuna encrusted with sesame seeds
Lo Mien
Humboldt Fog - a soft, goats milk cheese from California
Nacho's or any other bar snacks needing a quaffable beer" -- brewery

Grande Absente "Absinthe Originale"

(this is our second "REAL" Absinthe, Lucid being the first)
"The Absinthe Originale recipe with wormwood is back!
In the late 19th century during the Belle Époque era in Paris, the renowned Absinthe culture was at its height of infamy. Absinthe was the trademark drink of artists like Degas, Manet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec and Oscar Wilde. To recall this glorious time, Grande Absente, Absinthe Originale is one of the oldest traditional Absinthe recipes from the south of France. Hand crafted in Provence like it was from 1860-1912, Grande Absente is made exclusively with the highest quality spirits and select botanicals from the region, including the legendary botanical Wormwood, also known as Artemisia Absinthium. Grande Absente is 138 proof so please drink with extreme caution!" -- Distiller

Learn more about Absinthe..

Smirnoff Grand Cosmopolitan
Pre-Mixed Cosmopolitan Martini!!!
"An exquisite blend of Smirnoff No.21, the world's number one premium vodka, Grand Marnier Liqueur, and Cranberry Juice. A true cocktail experience inspired by the world's great bartenders." -- Smirnoff

Smirnoff Website

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Nogne-O the best of Norway

Nogne-0 Brewery from Norway
"A year or two ago, not too far from Hell, in southern Norway, a local priest angered parishioners by ‘fraternizing with the devil.’ The ‘devil,’ in this case, is Kjetil Jikiun, brewer at Nøgne-Ø Brewery, where the priest has been taking brewing lessons. Kjetil cannot fail to find some humor in the reaction of some of his neighbors, but as a devout Orthodox Christian, he does bristle at the idea that brewing is the devil’s work."
-- importer

Nogne IPA...$7.99 / pint
"A rich, malty, and very bitter ale. Cascade hops provide a long, fruity, and spicy after-taste. Recommended serving temperature 10°C/50°F. Ideal with barbequed or smoked meat dishes." -- brewery

Nogne Saison...$7.99 / pint
"One of our most refreshing brews, made for those hot summer days, but satisfying year 'round. Recommended serving temperature 8°C/45°F. Goes well with seafood, particularly oysters." brewery

Nogne Stout...$8.49 / pint
"We think the russian tsar would have liked his stout this way. A dark, rich ale in which a generous sweetness with roasted malt bitterness. Serving temp.10°C/50°F. Great with vanilla ice cream or dark chocolate." -- importer

Nogne Porter...$8.49 / pint
"In this quite dark ale, dark malts provide flavors of coffee and dried fruit. Recommended serving temperature 10°C/50°F. Try with dark chocolate, cheese, or red meat dishes" -- brewery

Saturday, July 5, 2008

Pimm's Cup and Wimbledon

Watching the Wimbledon finals?

I hope you have your Pimms Cup, it is Wimbledon's signature drink. Over 15,000 Pimm's Cups are served each day during Wimbledon.

"Pimm's is most common in Britain, particularly Southern England. It is one of the two staple drinks at Wimbledon...the other being Champagne. As a result Pimm's has the reputation of being a drink for the upper class.
Pimm's No. 1 Cup is the essential ingredient in the Pimm's Cup, which mixes one part Pimm's No.1 with three parts lemonade or lemon soda, ice cubes, borage leaves (nowadays a wedge of cucumber is usually substituted for this ingredient), mint leaves and slices of lemon, orange and strawberry." --

Friday, July 4, 2008

Beer Tasting July 4th and 5th

We are open today,
July 4th from 9am-1pm

at our Forsyth location only!

Beer Tasting today

from 9am-1pm at our Forsyth location

We will taste...
Mikkeller Stateside IPA
Nils Oscar IPA
Nils Oscar Kalasol
Nils Oscar Imperial Stout
Nils Oscar Barley Wine

Beer Tasting Saturday
Saturday July 5 from 11-3pm at our Forsyth location.

We will taste.....
Eisenbahn Defumada Smoke
Haandbryggeriet Dark Force
Haandbryggeriet Norwegian Wood
Gavroche French Red