Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy New Year!!

We are closed Jan 1 and Jan 2 for Inventory
We will re-open Jan 3 from 9am-7pm

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Beer news...

I accumulated the Holiday beers from our other stores to put on sale at Forsyth...
I now have some more Anchor Christmas Ale -- on sale, among many others.

Beamish is finally back in stock - The distributor has been out for months.

Left Hand Smokejumper is scheduled to arrive soon.
"Roasty black in color, the long-lingering smokiness wraps around flavors of sweet molasses, toasted malt and an earthy hoppiness. An 21 degree plato Imperial Porter, the espresso and bittersweet chocolate flavors are present and blend well with, rather than overshadowed by, the hand smoked malt flavors. 9.51% ABV with 50 IBU’s" -- Left Hand
more info when it arrives.

Not necessarily new, but ones I have not featured in awhile...

Mendocino IMPERIAL IPA....$7.59

"Winter Seasonal - Imperial IPA-- has been delicately crafted for those crisp cool days when the skies are resplendent and the air glistens with the slow fall of a million flakes, when nature gets ready to turn her thermostat way down and your desire for something warm and enthusing is almost a primal urge. This Imperial India Pale Ale can slake some of that want. Our robust, full bodied IPA is brewed with massive amounts of hops and paired with a rich blend of luscious malts. The result is a perfect balance of heady hop flavor and aroma. At 7.5% Alc. by Vol. this India Pale Ale is the perfect winter seasonal!" -- brewery

Great Divide Hercules Double IPA...$5.89 / 22oz
(I am a fan of the new package!)
"Hoppier, maltier and with more alcohol than a standard IPA, Hercules Double IPA definitely is not for the faint of heart. Hercules Double IPA is, however, an elixir fit for the gods. A brash but creamy wonder, Hercules pours a deep orange-coppery color, forming substantial lace in the glass. Hercules Double IPA delivers a huge amount of piney, floral, and citrusy hop aroma and flavor from start to finish. A hefty backbone of nutty, toffee-like malt character balances Hercules’ aggressive, punchy hop profile." -- Brewery
85 International Bittering Units (IBUs).
Alcohol by volume: 9.1%

BrewDog Paradox 1970 Glen Grant
Batch 003...$10.99 / 11.2oz
This is the latest release from BrewDog...
and it is their top rated one on -- 95 percentile
"We set about to unite two of Scotland proudest heritages and produce a product which combined all that was good about Scotland’s whisky producing history and our contemporary take on a traditional Scottish style of stout. The fact that we have developed this product in conjunction with Duncan Taylor Ltd of Huntly means we mature our beer in the casks that once housed some of the most prestigious whiskies available today. The distinct flavours of these whiskies is beautifully infused into the beer giving a unique and unrivalled experience for both beer and whisky lovers. Paradox is produced in very small batches and each batch is bottled in a unique numbered limited edition bottle." -- Brewery

Inveralmond Blackfriar...$5.29 / pint
"Inveralmond Brewery was founded in 1997, but its young brewers are already rated among the best in Scotland. Blackfriar is the first in a series of beers honoring the role of the familiar orders of Dominican monks in the history of Perth. It is, naturally, a dark brew, hardy and warming, with a slightly sweet malty character balanced by a nice hoppiness. (Okay, it's actually more of a deep burnt sienna than black, but "Deepburntsiennafriar” just didn’t have the same ring.)
Blackfriar is loosely described as a 'wee heavy,' but its assertive hoppiness will quickly dispel that notion. It may not fit in any classification, but Brother Daniel declares it an 'instant classic,' and we think you'll agree." -- Shelton Brothers importer

Raglia Gold

Great Sparkling!

Riondo Pink Prosecco...$12.99
Riondo Prosecco...$12.99

"This effusively fruity, light-bodied offering offers terrific floral notes, persistent effervescence, and a clean, delicate finish. There is not much body or weight in this crystal clean, pure, sparkling white. It is an ideal aperitif to enjoy over the next year. It is an amazing Prosecco."
-- Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

Jean Laurent produces some of our favorite Champagnes and still at amazing prices!

Jean Laurent N.V. Brut Blanc de Blancs...$43.99
"Revealing even more of a chalky/mineral character along with notes of wheat thins and citrus is the elegant non-vintage Brut Blanc de Blancs. This is an impressive, fuller-bodied offering than most wines of this genre. Still young and impressively endowed, it can be drunk now and over the next 5-7 years."

Rated 92+/100 The Wine Advocate

Jean Laurent N.V. Brut Blanc de Noirs...$43.99
"The non-vintage Brut Blanc de Noirs (100% Pinot Noir) is a light to medium-bodied Champagne that spent four years on its lees. Very perfumed, offering tiny pinpoint, persistent bubbles, loads of fruit on the attack, and good mineral/chalky flavors with impressive penetration as well as persistence, it is a beautiful, fresh yet authoritatively flavored Champagne to drink over the next 7-8 years."
-- Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

Jean Laurent N.V. Brut Rosé...$43.99
"Made from 100% Pinot Noir, the non-vintage Brut Rosé (which spent six years on its lees) is a dry, austere, long, medium to full-bodied rosé that screams "serious." Flavors of strawberries, wet stones, and tomato skins are found in this impressively endowed, structured, well-delineated effort. Consume it over the next 2-4 years."
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Saturday, December 27, 2008

95 points only $25

Very limited --- we just received a small amount at
Forsyth - Sold out
Rock Hill
Provisions Gourmet market....act fast!!
our blog faithful find out first...

2005 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve...$24.99
Ripe in flavor, with a vivid array of black currant, blackberry, violet, black tea and black pepper aromas and flavors that zoom through to a long, expressive finish. Shows subtlety in the layers of complex flavor against a refined structure. Tannins are present but nicely contained. Best from 2010 through 2015. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 6,000 cases made. –HS

Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

Amazing Value!

Yes, this is the KJ Chard you see everywhere, great score for such a large production wine...

2007 Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Vinters Reserve
"Thanks to Jess Jackson’s extraordinary agricultural empire of top-notch vineyards sprinkled throughout the state of California, the 2007 Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay is entirely made from estate fruit. It is 100% barrel-fermented, and aged five months with 100% malolactic, an incredible fact considering the volume produced. This cuvee seems to get better with each vintage as winemaker Randy Ullom is a virtuoso at producing such high quantity / high quality wine. Purchasers should be sure they are buying it from a retailer who stores it properly as this is a serious Chardonnay. Notes of melons, honeysuckle, and lemon oil along with remarkable flavor and texture are found in this wine, which can be purchased for under $15 a bottle. It is best consumed during the first 1-2 years of life."

Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Store Hours

Happy Holidays!

Reminder about our store hours...
We are open
Dec 27 -- Saturday 9am-7pm
Dec 28 -- Closed Sunday
Dec 29 -- Monday 9am-7pm
Dec 30 -- Tuesday 9am-7pm
Dec 31 -- Wednesday 9am-7pm (New Year's Eve)
Happy 2009
Jan 1 -- Thursday - Closed
Jan 2 -- Friday - Closed for Inventory
Jan 3 -- Saturday 9am-7pm
Jan 4 -- Sunday - Closed
Jan 5 -- Monday 9am-7pm
Pre - inventory sale---we do not want to count it!
Lots of wine on sale now!
We have our holiday merchandise on sale now -- even lower now.
Holiday Beers on sale now -- even lower now.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Champagne time..

Get some sparklers....

NV Veuve Clicquot Champagne Brut...$37.99
A St. Louis favorite! -- best price in town!
"You can't lose with this classy wine. The refined apple, grapefruit and dough aromas follow through on the palate. Creamy and lively on the finish."
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

PIPER SONOMA Brut Sonoma County Select Cuvée NV...$10.99
Score: 87
"Crisp and creamy, with floral jasmine and citrus aromas and appealing green apple, anise and mineral flavors that linger toward the zesty finish. Drink now. 115,000 cases made. —T.F." =
-- Rated 87/100 The Wine Spectator

The Wine Advocate Issue #180

Here are a few of the hot wines we have in stock from the issue of The Wine Advocate....
The big California issue....

As always, if you are interested in anything I post, send me an email and I can get ordered and reserved at any of our four stores.

2006 Louis Martini Cabernet Sauvignon...$11.99
We NOW have it at Forsyth, Rock Hill and Ballwin.

"One of the finest bargains in California Cabernet Sauvignon must be Louis M. Martini’s outstanding 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma. The good news is there are 140,000 cases produced. Fabulously sweet aromas of black currants, licorice, and cedar soar from the glass of this medium to full-bodied wine. With silky tannins as well as surprising concentration, depth, and texture, this 2006 should drink well for 8-10 years."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Maybach Materium...$119.99
"Named after the super-luxury car of the same name, the extraordinary 2005 Materium (614 cases) has more in common with a first-growth like Chateau Margaux than a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color along with a striking bouquet of blue and black fruits intermingled with acacia flowers, lead pencil shavings, and licorice, excellent fruit, medium to full body, substantial but sweet tannins, and compelling harmony among its acidity, alcohol, tannin, and extract. This sensational 2005 eclipses even the brilliant 2004. It should easily last 25 or more years. Maybach’s Materium cuvee, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the hillside Wite Vineyard in the Oakville sector of Napa, west of the Silverado Trail, is made by the highly respected Thomas Brown."
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Buccella Cabernet Sauvignon...$134.99
"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon struts its stuff in an elegant but powerful style, with notes of black fruits, burning embers, roasted meats, and a hint of subtle bay leaf. The wine has terrific fruit concentration, full-bodied power, substantial but ripe tannins, and a long, long finish. This wine should drink nicely for at least two decades. I first tasted these wines when they were made by Mark Herold, but he has been replaced by the well-known winemaker Celia Masyczek."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Opus One Proprietary Red....$150
net no additional discount
"The opaque purple-hued 2005 exhibits an extraordinary nose of violets, creme de cassis, charcoal, and spring flowers. Gorgeously pure, opulently full-bodied, with sweet tannins, superb concentration, and a low acid, ripe, tannic finish, it tastes like a top-notch vintage of ripe Bordeaux, but made in California. It can be drunk now and over the next 20-25 years. Bravo! With a new winemaking team in place, and no longer any influence from the Mondavis, it is ironic that Opus One appears to have produced its greatest trilogy of vintages to date. This wine has always been more about sizzle than substance. While some top wines have emerged, others have been riddled with brett as well as lacking in concentration. That accusation can not be made against any of these three vintages."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Brewer and Clifton Pinot Noir Cargasacchi...$67.99
"The dark ruby-colored 2006 Pinot Noir Cargasacchi Vineyard displays notes of beef blood, underbrush, Asian spices, and plenty of sweet raspberry and cherry notes. It is broad, very flavorful, but again, the tannins are somewhat elevated and the wine firmly structured and in need of some bottle age. This, too, would benefit from 1-2 years of bottle age, and should be counted on for relatively long-term aging for domestic Pinot Noir – 10-15 years."
Rated 91+/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Brewer and Clifton Pinot Noir Mt. Carmel....$75.99
"Earthy cinnamon and almost charcuterie notes, along with some black tea aromas jump from the glass of the medium to dark ruby-colored 2006 Pinot Noir Mount Carmel. This is a lean, austere, but stunningly complex wine that again comes across like a grand cru Burgundy from the southern sector of the Cote de Nuits. Give this wine several years of cellaring and drink it over the following decade. "
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Brewer and Clifton Pinot Noir Zotovich....$39.99
The 2006 Pinot Noir Zolovitch displays gamey smoked duck notes intermixed with forest floor, roasted herbs, and clove. The wine is medium garnet/ruby and surprisingly evolved. The aromatic complexity as well as the acidity profile are reminiscent of a Burgundy. The wine is rich, full-bodied, with no shortage of power (15.9% alcohol). Drink it over the next 5-6 years.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Melka Metisse....$121.99
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Spottswoode Cabernet Sauvignon...$126.99
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Anderson Conn Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve...$57.99
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Anderson Conn Valley Eloge...$79.99
"The 2005 Eloge is a staggering wine that is utterly profound. Its extraordinary aromas of incense, cedar wood, creme de cassis, kirsch, spice box, and gamey smokiness as well as forest floor make for one of the most complex wines I smelled over the two weeks I spent in Napa. Full-bodied flavors are followed by a wine with sweet tannins, beautifully deep, concentrated layered fruit flavors, and a long, heady finish. This is gorgeous stuff that should evolve nicely for 15 or more years."
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2007 La Crema Chardonnay Sonoma...$15.99
"There are slightly more than 545,000 cases of the 2007 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast, which offers up aromas of orange blossoms, lemon oil, and honeysuckle. Medium-bodied with crisp, fresh fruit, a subtle touch of oak (9% is barrel-fermented), a long, pure finish, and fashioned by winemaker Melissa Stackhouse, this impeccably made Chardonnay should provide enjoyment over the next 2-3 years. This Chardonnay / Pinot Noir specialist should receive rave notices from bargain hunters looking for a top-flight Chardonnay that is complex, rich, and widely available."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Dehlinger Goldrige Pinot Noir...$41.99
"There are 1,600 cases of the 2006 Pinot Noir Goldridge Vineyard, which exhibits sweet black cherry and allspice notes intermixed with hints of forest floor and flowers, silky tannin, medium to full body, a nicely layered mouthfeel, and a rare delicacy and elegance. This well-balanced Pinot can be enjoyed over the next decade."
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Pahlmeyer Napa Chardonnay....$66.99
"Ever since Demi Moore tried to seduce Michael Douglas in the blockbuster movie “Disclosure,” Pahlmeyer’s Chardonnay has been a hot ticket. What might get lost in the glare of Hollywood is that the wine is superb. The 2006 Chardonnay (3,000 cases) is just as good. Slightly fuller-bodied, with zesty acidity and fabulous notes of brioche, quince, and again some leesiness, the wine has a nice greenish hue to the light gold color, subtle smoke, and a dense, rich mouthfeel. It should drink nicely for 5-7 years. "
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Sbragia Chardonnay Gamble Ranch....$37.99
One of our favorites!!! -- Batard like at a 1/10 of the price!
The Batard-Montrachet-like 2006 Chardonnay Gamble Ranch reveals poached pear, creme brulee, brioche, honeysuckle, hazelnut, smoke, and tropical fruit characteristics in its big, full-bodied, well-balanced personality. Ed Sbragia, the highly renowned winemaker at Beringer, has settled into his own operation, producing just over 5,000 cases of reds and whites that focus on Sbragia’s strengths, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. He is also experimenting with small quantities of Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc."

Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Sbragia Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso...$45.99
The brilliant 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso Vineyard exhibits a loamy, earthy character interwoven with notions of cedar, fruitcake, spice, and oodles of black currant and black cherry fruit. Full-bodied, dense, powerful, and moderately tannic, it is, by the standards of high end North Coast Cabernet Sauvignons, a very good bargain. Moreover, it will evolve for two decades or more.Ed Sbragia, the highly renowned winemaker at Beringer, has settled into his own operation, producing just over 5,000 cases of reds and whites that focus on Sbragia’s strengths, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay. He is also experimenting with small quantities of Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc."
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

The Wine Advocate Issue #180

Other wines from the issue!!
In stock at Forsyth!

2000 Dom Perignon Champagne....$142.99
The 2000 Brut Dom Perignon is a gorgeous, seductive wine that floats on the palate with remarkable grace. Toasty aromas meld into freshly cut flowers, apricots and pears, with sweet notes of mint and licorice that linger on the long finish. This perfumed, inviting Dom Perignon is elegance personified, and in this vintage the wine fully merits its lofty reputation. According to winemaker Vincent Chaperone there is only one disgorgement date for the first release of Dom Perignon, and the 2000 was disgorged over a period of weeks in March and April, 2007, 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2018.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2002 Roederer Cristal Champagne
Roederer’s 2002 Cristal is still in its infant, fresh stage. Subtle notes of pears, flowers, spices, mint, minerals and oak are woven into a cashmere-like frame of extraordinary grace and elegance. This beautifully-sculpted Champagne possesses notable clarity but with the additional depth of fruit that is characteristic of this vintage. It is a gorgeous, seductive Cristal of the highest level. In 2002, Cristal is 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay with 10 grams of dosage. 20% of the wine was fermented in oak. This is Lot : L030351A107809. This bottle was disgorged in June 28th, 2007. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2032.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Achaval Ferrer Finca Mirdaor...$87.99 ---Sold out!
The purple-colored 2006 Finca Mirador is sourced from a vineyard planted in the 1940s with yields under one ton per acre. It offers slightly more complexity revealing a splendid perfume of toasty oak, mineral, mocha, violets, black cherry, and blueberry. Round, layered, succulent, and rich, its pure, fruit-filled finish lasts for 45+ seconds. In a brief period of time, Achaval Ferrer has become one of Argentina’s benchmark wineries. A visit to the winery in April 2008 was eye-opening. They export 85% of their production, 40% to the USA. The newest releases will not disappoint."
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2007 Achaval Ferrer Malbec...$22.99
The entry-level 2007 Malbec (a blend of four vineyards) delivers a superb bouquet of pain grille, mineral, floral notes, and black cherry. This leads to an impeccably balanced wine with a sleek palate feel, serious depth, succulent flavors, and a lengthy finish. It will evolve for several years but can be enjoyed now. In a brief period of time, Achaval Ferrer has become one of Argentina’s benchmark wineries. A visit to the winery in April 2008 was eye-opening. They export 85% of their production, 40% to the USA. The newest releases will not disappoint."
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Catena Zapata Malbec Nicasia...$106.99
Sold out!
The 2005 Malbec Nicasia Vineyard spent 18 months in 100% new French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it displays an expressive perfume of wood smoke, mineral, scorched earth, allspice, black cherry, and blackberry. On the palate it is full-bodied with gobs of savory fruit, a smooth texture, sweet flavors, and superb depth. It will evolve for 5-7 years and offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2027.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Catena "ALTA" Malbec...$46.99
"he 2005 Alta Malbec was aged for 18 months in 70% new French oak before bottling without fining or filtration. The nicely perfumed bouquet reveals wood smoke, cedar, leather, black cherry, and black raspberry. On the palate it is suave, layered, and richly fruity, with lots of spice notes and well integrated oak, tannin, and acidity. It will evolve for 3-5 years and be at its best from 2011 to 2020."
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Catena "Alta" Chardonnay...$29.99
"The 2006 Alta Chardonnay was sourced from the high altitude Adrianna Vineyard. The wine was fermented with native yeasts, then barrel-fermented and aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak. The nose reveals pain grille, baking spices, floral notes, baked apple, and tropical fruits. This leads to a layered wine with a creamy texture, ripe, complex flavors, and a lengthy finish. This well-balanced effort will provide pleasure for at least 3-4 years."
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2007 El Felino Malbec...$18.99
The 2007 Felino Malbec is a splendid introduction to this grape variety. The nose is redolent of wild black cherry leading to an elegant, ripe, wine with gobs of flavor and 1-2 years of aging potential. Drink this hedonistic effort through 2015. .Vina Cobos is Paul Hobbs’ winery in Mendoza.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

2007 El Felino Cabernet Sauvignon...$18.99
The purple-colored 2007 Felino Cabernet Sauvignon offers up spicy black currants and blackberry. Smooth-textured and layered, it has excellent balance and a lengthy, pure finish. It’s hard to think of a better value in Cabernet Sauvignon. Vina Cobos is Paul Hobbs’ winery in Mendoza.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Top rated beers...

BrewDog Paradox Glen Grant 1970 Cask...$10.99
Batch 003
Rated 95 percentile on
A new BrewDog Paradox has arrived, I think it is their highest rated one.
"We set about to unite two of Scotland proudest heritages and produce a product which combined all that was good about Scotland’s whisky producing history and our contemporary take on a traditional Scottish style of stout. The fact that we have developed this product in conjunction with Duncan Taylor Ltd of Huntly means we mature our beer in the casks that once housed some of the most prestigious whiskies available today. The distinct flavours of these whiskies is beautifully infused into the beer giving a unique and unrivalled experience for both beer and whisky lovers. Paradox is produced in very small batches and each batch is bottled in a unique numbered limited edition bottle." -- Brewery

Rochefort Trappist 10...$6.19 / 11oz
2008 Beer Advocate's
#1 beer of the year !!!

Rated 100 percentile on
"The top product from the Rochefort Trappist brewery. Dark color, full and very impressive taste. Strong plum, raisin, and black currant palate, with ascending notes of vinousness and other complexities."

St. Bernardus Abt 12 Quad...$4.69 / 11oz
St. Bernardus Abt 12 Quad...$11.99 / 25oz
2008 Beer Advocate's #3 beer of the year

"The absolute top quality in the hierarchy of the St. Bernardus beers. It is also the beer with the highest alcohol content (10.50 %). A dark ivory coloured beer with a high fermentation. The show piece of the brewery. Thanks to its soft and unconditionally genuine aroma, the beer can be smoothly tasted. The Abt has a very fruity flavour." - brewery

"Water, pumped up from a depth of 150 meter is the basis of all St. Bernardus beers. This water is not only the purest but has also a historical background. Scientists have proved that the water that is pumped up now, is originating from rainfall from the time of Jeanne d’Arc.The water seeped to Watou through a pervious stratum of sand from the St. Omer area in France.After brewing, the beer is maturing in a natural way and subsequently bottled unfiltered. By adding sugar and yeast, the beer gets a second fermentation in the bottle,carbonating the beer in a natural way. This gives the beer a beautiful and large froth." -- brewery
Rated 100 Percentile on

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier...$2.69 / pint
Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier...$9.99 / 6pk
2008 Beer Advocate's #8 beer of the year is the classic German wheat beer.
Rate "A" outstanding with 947 Reviews
"Nothing refreshes you more than this naturally cloudy wheat beer with its wonderful yeasty fragrance and taste. Goes well with dishes that do not have too intensive a flavour, especially that Bavarian speciality 'Weisswurst' or white sausage. " -- brewery

Struise Pannepot from the #1 Brewer in the World
click for more info

Monday, December 22, 2008

Old Forester Anniversary...

Just release...
(in stock at Forsyth now)
Old Forester 75th Anniversary of Prohibition's Repeal...$21.99 / 375ml

"Old Forester Repeal Bourbon, a new, one-time, limited-release bourbon expression celebrating the 75th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition, is set to hit retail shelves nationwide this week. Old Forester Repeal Bourbon will come in a mock circa-1933 375ml bottle and carry an Old Forester replica label from that era.
Old Forester became America’s first bottled bourbon in 1870 when Louisville-native George Garvin Brown recognized the need for a bourbon of consistent high quality and began putting Old Forester in glass bottles. Brown, a pharmaceutical salesman, was so sure of the quality of Old Forester that he put his hand-written guarantee on each bottle – a practice continued today. The company claims that Old Forester is the only bourbon in existence today that has been sold continuously for over a century, including between the Prohibition years of 1920 and 1933 when it received one of only ten government permits to produce bourbon for medicinal purposes when alcohol sales were otherwise illegal in the United States.“This special bottling of Repeal Bourbon celebrates the rich history of Old Forester’s role as the founding brand of Brown-Forman,” said Joe Murray, Brand Manager for Old Forester. “Old Forester still lives up to its claim of ‘There is nothing better in the market’ over 135 years since its inception and is proud to be the only bourbon produced before, during and after Prohibition.”
Old Forester Repeal Bourbon will come in a gift pack which will include a scroll of the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which ended Prohibition, and an Old Forester snifter. Repeal Bourbon is 100-proof and will retail for a suggested price of $29.99 wherever Old Forester is sold. Only 2,700 cases were produced." -- Cocktail times...Industry news.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Fresh beer...

Just hit today...

Fresh Bell's Beer....
Bells Two-Hearted Ale....current batch brewed on 12/02/08
Plus it is still on sale at $7.99 / 6pk
Nothing like fresh Bell's Two Hearted on sale!!!

Also we got confirmation that next year we will get
New Holland beers from Michigan also...

2008 Chimay Grande Reserve Blue...$28.99 MAGNUM
The rare Chimay magnums have arrvived.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Rare Cognac

Of course we have all the big names in the best prices!!
Remy Martin VS, VSOP, XO, Louis XIII, Extra Perfection
Hennessy VS, VSOP, XO, Hennessy Paradis
Courvoisser VS, VSOP, XO, Initiale Extra
Martel VS, VSOP, XO
Kelt VSOP and XO

but check out these EXTREMELY rare gems...only at our Forsyth location.
(Call first, we only have 1 bottle of each left on hand)

Marthe Cognac Sepia Grande Champagne....$149.99
1er Cru du Cognac
A 30 year old Grande Champagne Cognac.
"A triumph of the distiller’s art. Rich amber-orange color. A powerful nose of vanilla, banana and oak. A warm spicy palate, multi-layered honey, jams, tropical fruits and superbly mature rancio with an impossibly long finish."
Classic — (96-100 pts) — Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Top 50 Best New Spirits, 2002 — Wine Enthusiast

“Highest Recommendation”— Five Stars—F. Paul Pacult

Germain Robin Anno Domini 2000...$259.99 -- sold out
The Spirit Shop...$599.99
67 Wine and Spirits...$420.00
Bottle #297 of only 1200 produced.

"When we released the Anno Domini 2000 in 1999, we dumbfounded the reviewers. The brandy was universally received as one of the finest spirit ever produced, equal or superior to the best cognacs. Anno Domini is a limited annual release, just over one barrel, blended from our finest aged brandies. The components were produced from wines of a quality never before used for distillation: world-class Pinot Noirs, with a touch of old-vine Palomino, the grape of sherry. Rigorously selected for extended aging, the brandy is brought to full maturity in air-dried Limousin oak.
Hubert Germain-Robin's family produced cognac for two centuries. He uses patient, time-honored methods that have almost entirely disappeared in France. Due to its origin in exceptional wine, the Anno Domini is extraordinarily rich in flavor, yet remains subtle and delicate, passing like silk over the palate. Hand-numbered bottles." -- Germain Robin

One of the "Five Cognacs of the Century" Richard Carleton Hacker

"A miraculously dense and complex brandy made mostly from pinot noir...superior to Paradis…equal to the best very old single-vintage, small producer cognacs" -- New York Times

Menuet Commemoration Cognac...our price....$319.99
The Whiskey Exchange...$469.56
This has to be one of the best Cognacs I have ever tasted.
50yr Single Vineyard Collection
1er Cru de Cognac
"Best Spirits of 2002" - Cognac -- 1st Place Menuet "50"
"Menuet Hors d'Age Grande Champagne Cognac 50 Years Old A very old, very rich Grande Champagne Cognac that will reward the patient connoisseur as this requires full aeration to fully enjoy the deep layers of flavor- the importer recommends at least thirty seconds of "air time" for each year of maturation." - Beverage Tasting Institute

Kelt Petra Cognac...our price...$799.99
ShopRite Liquors...$952.27$1299.99

Kelt Tour du Monde Petra is from 1990 shipment which left Cognac on 7/6/1990 and returned on 11/9/1990

Bottle # 673

During its voyage it visited many ports of call...Antwerp, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Colombo, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Osaka, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Charleston, Baltimore, and New York and a few more before returning to Cognac.

"Kelt Petra is International Beverage Company’s marquee grade cognac. Kelt Petra is also 100% Grande Champagne. The weighted average age is 70 years, comprised of casks aged between 15 and 135 years. The bottle is a crystalline, lead-free decanter with a cork stopper to ensure that the cognac is kept airtight. Kelt Petra is an original concept: Petra rests in a beautiful, mahogany, hand-built cabinet, which is great as a back bar display and for tableside presentation. Instead of having the Tour du Monde certificate on the bottle, a blue “checkbook” is provided. The checkbook is a unique item. Each bottle is numbered to the blue checkbook. Inside there are 18 pages for the restaurant’s guests to sign their name and addresses. When the bottle is empty, we ask the account to mail the checkbook to IBC’s office in Atlanta, Georgia. In return, Olev Kelt mails out letters thanking your guest for participating in Kelt Petra’s Tour du Monde experience, recaps the Tour du Monde story and invites them to visit Olev Kelt’s chateau for lunch if they visit France. The blue checkbook is mailed back to the account so they have a record of who their fine eau de vie consumers are. Kelt Petra received a 97/100 (the highest-rated marque grade cognac) and Platinum medal by the 1995 Wine Enthusiast Magazine World Spirit Championships." -- International Beverage Company

Camus Jubilee Cognac...our price...$624.99 -- sold out
Whiskey Exchange...$911.73

A gorgeous Baccarat Crystal bottle.
"The Camus Jubilee Elegance Cognac blend was created in the early part of the 19th century to mark the Camus House's 50th Anniversary. Camus Jubilee Elegance Cognac is a mature symphony of fine leather, cigar box and a hint of smokiness on the nose, with a majestically persistent fusion of creamy oak, honey and spice on the palate.

Presented in a strikingly, unusual decanter sculpted from the finest Baccarat crystal. Camus Jubilee Elegance is the ultimate expression of a family marrying ancestral values and innovation for almost 150 years.

Camus is the largest independent and family-owned Cognac house, managed by 5 generations of the same French family since its foundation in 1863." -- Camus

Hennessy Richard Hennessy...$1,499.99
$1699.99 at WinexWine
$2,729.99 at Uncorked Wine and Spirits

"The nosing passes discover seductive aromas of hazelnut, butterscotch, spice cake, pipe tobacco and honey. The palate entry offers succulent flavors of toasted bread, blueberries and light toffee; the midpalate features delightful tastes of brown sugar, cocoa, butterscotch, lychee, oak, vanilla, rancio, nougat and black plum. Concludes with elegance and grace. One of my favorite cognacs." --
Rated 96-100/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Rare Scotch Gifts

We stock over 250 scotches at our Forsyth location. Including 11 different Macallan Scotches priced between $33.99 and $849.99. We also carry 9 different Balvenie Scotches.
We have the classics like Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Oban, Lagavulin, Aberlour, Glenmorangie.....and so many more.
Here are some very rare and limited scotches....314-727-8788 for info.

Highland Park 30yr....
30 Year Old Orkney Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Deep copper color. Over-the-top brown spice, tar, sandalwood, cigar box, sweet toffee and anise cookie aromas. A robust entry leads to a rich, off-dry full-bodied palate with roasted nuts, toffee, lavish brown spices, and exotic dried fruits. Finishes with a seemingly endless fade of mint, cola, dried fruits, and pepper. A blockbuster Scotch that continues to evolve in the glass and on the palate long after the first sip."

Rated 97/100 The Beverage Tasting Institute
"The nose offers subtle aromas of unsweetened coconut, bacon fat, and dark toffee with additional toasty scents of apple crisp, dates and oak. The palate entry is rich and fresh; the midpalate features flavors of bacon fat, dark honey, fudge, and bittersweet."
Rated 96-100/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Highland Park 25yr..
25 Year Old Orkney Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Smells smoky, along with nuances of sea salt, flowers, cookie batter and light toffee. Entry is oily, oaky and richly salt-and-peppery; the midpalate is where all the components merge into a crescendo of elegant and potent maritime single malt flavors. Along with HP 12, 18, and 30, the finest whisky product line.
Rated 96-100/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Duncan Taylor Highland Park 40yr...
40 Year Old Orkney Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 12.1966 Bottled 12.2006
Cask # 11009
Cask Strength
Bottle # 9 of 294

Duncan Taylor Highland Park 35yr....
35 Year Old Orkney Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 03.1970 bottled 07.2005
Cask # 3257
Bottle #55 / 173
Highland Park: "Best spirit in the world" by Paul Pacult, USA whisky expert, in Spirit Journal 100 listing of the world's best 100 distilled spirits.

Balvenie 1976 Single Cask...our price.
$779.99 - Shoppers Vineyard
$849.99 - Martin's Liquors
This rare whiskey was specially selected by the Balvenie Malt Master from our limited stocks of Ancient Reserve Whiskies, and hand bottled at the Balvenie Distillery on 27 March 2008. Bottle from a single cask No. 6568 which lay undistrurbed since 18 June 1976.
Bottle # 201 of 202


Macallan Fine Oak 30yr..
30 Year Old Fine Oak Speyside Single Malt Whisky
"Smells of chocolate-covered orange, dry malt and oak; aeration stimulates dry breakfast cereal, lanolin, beeswax and palm oil aromas. Entry is layered by sweet grain, oak barrel, vanilla wafer, toffee and fudge; midpalate gives off wave after wave of integrated spirit, grain, wood and acidity. A perfect Speyside single malt."
Rated 96-100/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Glenfiddich 30yr....
30 year old Single Malt Whiskey
"Gold Medal Best in Class winner at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2007.
This prestigious, limited edition single malt Scotch whisky is for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Seductively woody, with substantial oakiness and lush notes of sherry, this is an evening whisky, perfect for indulging yourself and treating friends. Expect a companionable silence as the complex nose is inhaled and the woody essence, with sweet floral top notes, is savoured until the final fading moments of a honeyed finish." -- Glenfiddich

Deli items...

Just a quick note...all in stock now at Forsyth

White Anchovies
These delicious little treats are back in stock bulk in the deli.

Nueskes Bacon

Duck Leg Confit

D'Artagnan Demi Glace

Salumi Salami

Dogtown Pizza

Beer Gifts!

With time running out, you cannot go wrong with these great beer gifts...
(Many will sell out call 314-727-8788 for availability)

Samichlaus Bier -- 3 liter bottle...$99.99
WOW -- huge bottle -- 101.4 ounces
"Samichlaus Bier is brewed only once a year on December 6, and is aged for 10 months before bottling. Samichlaus is one of the rarest beer specialities in the world. It may be lagered in the bottle for many years to come, as older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. This beer can be served with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particularly with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself." -- Brewery

Ridgeway Curious Collection...$21.99
This is a special collection put together by one of the best beer importers, Shelton Brothers.
A great collection of Holiday Ales including
Bad Elf Winter's Ale
Warm Welcome Nut Browned Ale
Reindeers Revolt English Christmas Ale
Santa's Butt Winter Porter

Unibroue Taster Pack...$8.49
Includes one bottle each of
Blanche de Chambly
Ephemere Apple
Chambly Noire
Raftman -- only available in this pack!
Specialty Ale brewed with whisky malt, refermented in the bottle
"Launched in March 1995, Raftman is a beer with a coral sheen that is slightly robust. It contains 5.5 percent alcohol and combines the character of whisky malt with the smooth flavours of choice yeast. It has a subtle and exceptional bouquet that creates a persistent smooth feel. Raftman complements fish, smoked meat and spicy dishes. It is brewed to commemorate the legendary courage of the forest workers These hard working men knew when to settle their differences and share their joie de vivre with a beer and a whisky." -- Unibroue

O'Fallon Brewery Sampler Pack...$11.99
We Love Beer Pack made right here in Missouri. One of the best craft brewers.
2 bottles each of --
O'Fallon Gold
O'Fallon Smoke Porter
O'Fallon Chocolate Cherry
O'Fallon Wheat
Also check out these previous posts...
Plus we have
Samuel Adams 12 pack assorted beers
Boulevard Brewery 12 pack assorted beers
New Belgium Brewery 12 pack assorted beers
Red Hook Brewery 12 pack assorted beers
Mendocino Brewery 12 pack assorted beers

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Beer news...

St. Louis is growing into a great craft beer market, more and more exciting beers are arriving each month to TWCP. Here are a few to look forward to in 2009---
Magic Hat -- South Burlington, Vermont
Tommyknocker -- Idaho Springs, Colorado
and also some exciting line extensions next year in 2009...
Boulevard Single Wide IPA
Boulevard Bock
Boulevard Smokestack Imperial Stout
Schalfly Grand Cru
Schalfly Tripel
Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA
Other beer news...stock up now before they are gone.
Schlafly Christmas - going, going, almost gone.
Forsyth sold out, a little left at our other locations.
Anchor Christmas Ale - almost gone.
(Forsyth has 2 magnums and no 6pks, a few sixers left at our other locations)
Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad almost gone.
(only 3 cases left out of 10)
Sam Adams Chocolate Bock - almost gone.
(only 1 case left out of 14)
Check out this article in the New York Times about
Dupont Cidre de Bouche....$6.49 / 375ml
It is an article about pairing hard cider with food.

The fruitcake is here...

We know all the fruitcake jokes, but this one is the real deal. A delicious fruitcake that has received national attention and acclaim. We have been stocking it since the beginning (at least 15 years).

On sale now!!!
Assumption Abbey Fruitcake...$19.99 / 2lbs
Was $27.99

"Assumption Abbey is a secluded Trappist monastery nestled in the foothills of the Missouri Ozarks. It was established in 1950 by a group of monks from New Melleray Abbey in Dubuque, IA. Through the years, the brothers of Assumption Abbey have continued to live by the centuries old Trappist tradition of contemplation and study, private prayer and common worship, and living by the work of their own hands.When Assumption Abbey was first developing its bakery, the monks sought the help of world class chef Jean-Pierre Augé, who at one time served in the royal employ of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Mr. Augé's assistance, and his generosity in providing the recipe and ideas for production, gave the monks the impetus to go forward with the Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes.Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes are the dark, rich, traditional style of fruitcake. They are baked slowly and aged under the careful supervision of the monks. Everything, from marinating the fruit, to mixing, to baking, to packaging, to aging, to mailing is done right at the monastery by the monks. Assumption Abbey is not a commercial enterprise. It is a way of life, and that way of life, combined with the careful work of the bakers, insures a dedication to high quality that makes Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes among this country's finest." -- Abbey

Monday, December 15, 2008

Beer Advocate Top beers of 2008

Beer Advocate December issue has hit with their top beers of 2008.

"All-Time Top Beers on Planet Earth"
"New beers come and go. These are ones that stuck around."

The beers in red we stock at our stores!
#1 Rochefort 10 Trappistes Quad
#2 Stone Imperial Russian Stout
#3 St. Bernardus Abt 12 Quad
#4 Founders Breakfast Stout
#5 Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
#6 Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA
#7 Victory Storm King Stout
#8 Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
#9 Bell's Two Hearted Ale
#10 Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
#11 Stone Ruination IPA
#12 Bell's HopSlam Ale (due in January)
#13 Unibroue La Fin du Monde
#14 Aventinus Weizenbock
#15 North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
#16 Duvel Belgian Strong Pale Ale
#17 Stone IPA
#18 Stone Double Bastard Ale
#19 Rogue Chocolate Stout
#20 Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
#21 Troegs Nugget Nectar
#22 Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
#23 Rochefort 8 Trappiste
#24 Rogue Shakespeare Stout
#25 Chimay Grand Reserve Blue
(right now we stock 15 of the top 25 beers from Beer Advocate)


Provisions Gourmet Market
11615 Olive Street
Creve Coeur, MO
Special Beer Tasting
This Friday -- December 19th

Featured beers include:

Boulevard Smokestack Bourbon Barrel Quad
Struise Pannepot
Sam Adams Chocolate Bock
Sierra Nevada Celebration
AB Winter Bourbon Cask
O'Dell Isolation
Delirium Noel
Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome
O'Fallon Chocolate Cherry

and a few others.
Check out Provision's ever growing selection at this special tasting. Robin will be featuring a lot of the limited holiday beers, Marc will also have a selection of great wines and Barb, our cheesemonger, will be on hand with some great cheeses to match with the selections.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Fantome -- very rare

The surprise is here...just arrived at Forsyth and Rock Hill now..

Very limited.
Fantome flys in to St. Louis! - Very, very, rare...
The Fantome "Phantom" beer is as elusive as the name suggests. The importer, Shelton Brothers, have no idea when or what they will get from Fantome. They just take what shows up at their door. The brewer, Dany Prignon, is apparently one of the most eccentric brewers in the world. I have only had the chance to taste a beer from Fantome once before, and that was thanks to Dylan at "33" Wine Bar who had a bottle he bought in Florida (I think). It was a strange and intriguing brew that made you feel privileged to have a chance to taste. It is a beer you want to try with friends and be able to discuss.

"Fantôme’s brewer, Dany Prignon, is a lively character who breaks all the rules when it comes to brewing with special ingredients. (How many other brewers have made a mushroom beer?) In fact, not all of his experiments are a success, but every beer is at least interesting and recall the early days of Belgian brewing.
Fantôme Seasonal Beers – The mysterious Fantôme brewer is always at work cooking up another unique beer, often using secret herbs, spices, and fruits to evoke the current season. The recipes are never the same from year to year....The Winter beers are dark ruby red confections, with strong, malty flavors and are relatively straight-forward, without any notable trace of the phantom’s usual trickery." -- Shelton Brothers

Fantome Hiver...$12.99 / 750ml
"Fantome's winter offering, available December through March or so. Brewer Dany Prignon changes his recipes every year, so we can't so for sure what this year's beer will be like, but it is sure to please lovers of Dany's beers." -- importer

Fantome Noel...$12.99 / 750ml
"A very dark and entirely unique holiday seasonal beer, at a whopping 10% alc. by volume. Reportedly spiced with honey, caramel, coriander, black pepper, and other secret ingredients. “Beautifully warming with an amazing, almost overwhelming, depth of character. Well balanced bittersweet, fruity ale which must surely be the ultimate winter warmer.” (The Beers of Wallonia.) Both authors of The Beers of Wallonia also give this Noël beer perfect 10’s. The alcohol content probably goes a long way toward explaining that very warm and satisfied feeling one finds on the very first sip. A rich, dark-flavored beer with lots of deep-roasted chocolate malt, but still fairly dry, with a hint of sourness at the core. It is very spicy, with some winter spruce flavor in the bargain. The wild yeast sourness also adds to its welcoming character." -- importer