Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Wine gems...

2000 Gaja Sugarille Brunello di Montalcino....$69.99
The cheapest in the country on Wine Searcher is $91.29 at Bedford Wine Merchants
"The 2000 Brunello di Montalcino Sugarille is dark in color as well as fresh in its aromas and flavors. It exudes a deep palate packed with smoke, tar, underbrush, tobacco and vibrant dark fruit in a style that marries power with finesse. A few years of cellaring are suggested, after which this wine will drink beautifully to at least age 20. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2016."
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Le Serre Nuove dell Ornellaia...$51.99
"The 2006 Le Serre Nuove, the estate’s second wine from Ornellaia, will challenge many of the top bottlings in this vintage for years to come. The 2006 is a rich, sumptuous wine bursting with ripe dark fruit, smoke, tobacco, grilled herbs, new leather, minerals and tar. The wine possesses superb density and explosive, utterly irresistible personality. At roughly one-third the price of its big sibling Ornellaia, the 2006 Le Serre Nuove is a must-purchase wine. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022. This set of new releases from Tenuta dell’Ornellaia leaves me looking for words that can adequately capture the pure magic and sheer profoundness the property has achieved in this important, hallmark vintage. I will try with one word: Monumental. The Ornellaia team led by Oenologist Axel Heinz and Agronomist/General Manager Leonardo Raspini has done a fabulous job with these wines, which have never failed to literally send shivers down my spine on the multiple occasions I have tasted them."
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Mitolo GAM Shiraz....$49.99
"The 2006 Shiraz “G.A.M.” (the initials of the Mitolo children) was aged in French and American oak, 60% new. Opaque purple in color, it has an aromatic array of roasted coffee, violets, lavender, pepper, Asian spices, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. In the mouth it is velvety-textured, deep, concentrated, opulent, and altogether hedonistic. It will evolve for 5-7 years and drink well through 2026."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Bodegas Y Vinedos de Murcia
Pico Madama Jumilla...$36.99
The 2005 Pico Madama is composed of 50% Monastrell and 50% Petit Verdot. Both varieties were aged in oak for 13 months, Petit Verdot in French and Monastrell in American. Deep purple-colored, it reveals an alluring nose of wood smoke, pencil lead, mineral, violets, blueberry, and blackberry. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied wine with a smooth-texture, excellent depth and concentration, and a sense of elegance. It nicely conceals enough tannin to carry the wine for another 6-8 years of cellaring. It will drink well through 2025."
Rated 95+/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Ramey Chardonnay Ritchie Vineyard...$69.99
"Deliciously complex and full-bodied, this is layered with flavors, showing citrus and tropical fruit, with hints of anise and buttery oak, yet the acidity keeps the flavors tangy and vibrant. Drink now through 2012. 1,300 cases made. –JL"
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

Monday, March 30, 2009

L'il Chef

Do something different for you child's next Birthday party.
Your child and friends will have fun being "L'il Chefs" while they create their own lunch and decorate their own giant cookie, cupcake, or ice cream sundae (and we clean up the mess).
All L'il Chefs receive their own chef's hat and apron to take home.

Provisions Gourmet Market
11615 Olive Blvd, Creve Coeur, MO 63141
Call 314-989-0020 for more information.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Wine and Beer tasting..

(Sorry, there will be no Friday night tasting at Forsyth this week, we have a charity function of almost 200 poeople coming.)
Check out Provisions beer tasting this week instead...

Provision's Tasting!
Friday March 27 from 5-7pm

Here is what we will taste...
A selection of wines from Golden Barrel plus
some beer...
Samuel Adams Imperial Stout
Samuel Adams Imperial White
Samuel Adams Imperial Double Bock
New Holland Full Circle Kolsch
De Molen SSS London Triple Stout...$15.99 / 25oz
This is a 1914, pre-World War I, recipe that they re-created from Whitbread brewing logs. A small production of only 696 bottles made that are able to age for 5 years.

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.
only 524 BOTTLES made and each bottle numbered
This beer can age for 25 years
Rated 96 percentile on RateBeer
Rated "A-" by BeerAdvocate

97 points...

Pre-Arrival - Due April 1
2005 Elderton Command Shiraz....$75 / bottle
"Elderton’s flagship is the single vineyard Command Shiraz, a wine with serious aging potential, and one with which all other South Australia Shiraz must be compared. The opaque purple/black 2005 Command Shiraz was aged in French and American oak puncheons (500-liter barrels). It offers up a sexy/kinky bouquet of wood smoke, lavender, leather, game, mineral, black raspberry, and blueberry pie. Voluptuous on the palate, complex, and dense, it demands a decade of cellaring after which it should offer hedonists much pleasure through 2035. Elderton’s portfolio includes a number of notable values that are listed at the conclusion of this report."
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate
Click here to order online

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Go for the Gusto!

Schlitz "1960 Formula".....$5.99 / 6pk
Back in the 1960s Schlitz was the number 1 selling beer. They changed the formula in the early 1970s to a watered down version and lost their following. They are now returning to the original formula and original package.

"Schlitz®, long known as "The beer that made Milwaukee famous" and once the best-selling beer in the United States, makes a Schlitz "Classic 1960s Formula" based on the original recipe and packaged in traditional "Brown Glass" - a packaging innovation that Schlitz introduced in 1912 to prevent light from spoiling beer before it can be served." -- BeerAdvocate
(currently in stock at our Forsyth location)

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

#1 Porter...

Order online now

Ølfabrikken Porter...$8.49 / 22oz

"Ølfabrikken ('The Beer Factory') is an experimental brewery on the vibrant Danish beer scene. Their beers are unpasteurized and unfiltered, and are naturally carbonated (without added CO2) for maximum flavor, aroma, and mouth feel.
Ølfabrikken Porter is inspired by the weighty Baltic porters common in Scandinavia. The taste is slightly smoky, with vinous notes from brown sugar leading to a long, rich, finish dominated by chocolate, liquorice, and coffee flavors from a special blend of roasted malts." -- importer

Rated 100 percentile RateBeer
Rated A on BeerAdvocate
Brewery of the Year 2005

Currently rated the #1 porter on RateBeer
Top 10
1 Ølfabrikken Porter (score 4.13 with over 780 ratings)
2 Fullers London Porter (score: 4.00)
3 Founders Porter
4 Nynäshamns Fatlagrad Smörpundet Porter
5 Dark Horse Reserve Special Black Bier
6 Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter
7 Town Hall Black Snow Coffee Porter
8 Anchor Porter
9 Tyranena Bourbon Barrel Chief BlackHawk Porter
10 Smuttynose Robust Porter

Panil release...

Panil Barriquee Sour Red Ale
We just received two new batches of this Sour. One regular and one Riserva.

Batch #9 - 2007 Vintage

Batch #10 - 2008 Vintage Riserva

read more about Panil

Tiny Quebec brewery....

Just arrived from Dieu du Ciel
This is our latest release from them...

order online now

Dieu du Ciel Dernière Volonté (Last will)
Blond Abbey-style beer "Bottle conditioned"
ABV = 6.5%
"Dernière volonté (French for "Last Will") is a mix of Belgian and English brewing traditions. Complex flavours of hop flowers and spicy, fruity esters from our belgian yeast are perfectly balanced with the robust flavours and aromas of malt. The finish is commandeered by an assertive aroma from dry-hopping." -- brewery
Rated 94 percentile on RateBeer

Some others in stock from Dieu du Ciel
We were proud to introduce to St. Louis these beers...
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.
" -- brewery

Dieu du Ciel Corne du Diable....$3.99 / 11.2oz

American Style IPA

"Corne du diable (French for "Horn of the Devil") certainly lives up to its sinister name. In the style of the classic English India Pale Ale, it reassures you of its refined and refreshing character. But it draws influence from the IPAs of the west coast of North America in it's aggressively hoppy nature and seductively sweet malt character.
An evil beer in the best possible way, this sharply bitter red ale pierces the palate and packs a powerful hop aroma from dry-hopping, while simultaneously alluring drinkers with smooth, malty, caramel and toffee sweetness." -- brewery

Dieu du Ciel Rosée d’Hibiscus...$3.99 / 11.2oz

"The Rosée d’Hibiscus is a soft spoken wheat beer. The rose colour comes from the hibiscus flowers added during the brewing process. The aromas and flavour of this tropical flower are very prominent in the beer, giving it a slight acidity and a very agreeable fragrance. It is the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer day.
This beer won a gold medal (fifth place amongst 10 gold medal winners) at the adjudicated "MBeer" contest during the Mondial de la Bière in Montréal in 2007." -- brewery

Dieu du Ciel Route des Epices...$3.99 / 11.2oz

"Route des épices (French for "Spice Route") is a rye beer brewed with both black and green peppercorns. Initially, the beer reveals flavors of fresh grain and malt, which give it notes of chocolate, caramel, and fruit. The pepper flavor and aroma is fully revealed in the finish, which leaves a pleasant, spicy, tingling sensation on the tongue." -- brewery

And of course the the extremely popluar that we have been able to get for awhile now...

Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel...$4.99 / 11.2oz

"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 . . ." -- brewery

Small production stout...

New ---
Hofbrouwerijke Hofblues Stout...$10.99 / 750ml

"An unfiltered, unpasteurized, bottle-conditioned Belgian stout that you could drink every day! Notes of sweet mocha on the nose are followed by a delicate, roasty palate, giving way to a lightly bitter finish. Beautifully balanced and drinkable."

Saturday, March 21, 2009

92 pointer

2006 Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay
"Robert Young".....$17.99
$25 at
"Perfumed floral, tangerine, nectarine and vibrant green pear give this full-bodied wine lots of lively flavors, ending with a long, clean finish that picks up a nice vanilla and honeysuckle note. Drink now through 2011. 9,400 cases made. –JL"
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

"The non-malolactic 2006 Chardonnay Robert Young Vineyard exhibits crisp lemon blossom, white peach, and steely mineral notes, full body, a crisp, zesty acid profile, and plenty of purity. It should drink well for 3-4 years. More consumers need to realize how many outstanding values are available in the Chateau St. Jean portfolio, especially in their white wine program."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

New Spring whites...

Here are a couple of "outside the box' wines.
* Both are liter size bottles (1/3 of a bottle more than 750ml)
* You get 8 (4 oz pours) compared to 6 in a regular wine bottle
* Both are screw cap - no corkscrew needed
* They are ideal for picnics, poolside and out on the patio

If you like Pinot Grigio or Viognier...try this Gruner....
2008 Hugl Weine Gruner Veltliner...$13.99 / liter
We first tasted this wine a few months ago, but we wanted to wait until the Spring to bring it in. Gruner Veltliner has become a big deal with wine geeks. It is a very versatile food wine and quite delicious. The general wine drinking crowd is starting to slowly catch on to the appeal of this wine. This Hugl is a great bargain as it is in a LITER size bottle and a handy screw cap!!

"Grüner Veltliner represents about 70 % of the winery's vineyards. This is an intense and concentrated wine offering pleasant citrus and grapefruit aromas, exotic tropical fruits with a hint of freshly ground white pepper. Full-bodied dry wine with a firm mineral backbone, giving it the strength of character to work well with many cuisines." importer

Food pairings....
Chicken and pork (sweet and sour)
Asian dishes: any fish sauce or peanut sauce.
Great with seafood, wonderful with oysters.
Actually matches well with asparagus.
Try it with some medium spicy foods.

2007 Wolberger Edelzwicker...$13.99 / liter
"Grapes: 60 % Pinot Blanc + Sylvaner + Chasselas, 15% Gewurztraminer, 10% Riesling, 10 % Pinot Gris and 5 % Muscat. Each grape variety is harvested individually in early or mid-October on the most suitable date for each vineyard. Edelzwicker has a nose of grilled almonds and walnuts, with a light floral hint following. The first sip shows its true character: fresh and lemony with vegetal, herbaceous flavor. It is round and easy drinking, not overpowering and finishes clean. It is a good companion for food without ever dominating it. In Alsace it is served by the glass or in large jugs to partner regional specialties. In general Edelzwicker goes well with fresh salads, cold or warm starters, but also with oysters, mussels and seafood." -- importer

Friday, March 20, 2009

Left Hand Oak...

In stock at Forsyth and Ballwin
Left Hand Oak Aged Imperial Stout...$8.49 / 22oz

"Our limited edition Oak-Aged Imperial Stout is back for the 1st time in 2 years, but with a couple of new twists - instead of being aged in French Oak Wine Barrels, we opted to age it this year in Heaven Hill brandy barrels from the hills of Kentucky. (And like all of our Big Mo Limited Edition releases, it’s available in 22 oz. bombers now instead of the 750ml caged & corked Belgian beer bottle.) We racked Imperial Stout into the barrels back in June of this year, and will blend it with un-aged Imperial Stout to woody perfection. At 22 degree plato and 10.4% ABV, it’s the perfect warmer for those cold February, early March nights. Enjoy the complex flavors revealing hints of raisin, black licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, and, of course, a hint of brandy. Order quickly - we’ve decided on our blend already, and we’ll only be packaging about 150 barrels of it this time around. So, in other words, get it when you see it, b/c who knows what type of barrel we’ll try again in ‘11." -- Left Hand

Thursday, March 19, 2009

So Tier 6pks

In stock now at Forsyth
Still waiting at Rock Hill and Provisions --- Friday March 20th.
Southern Tier Phin & Matt......$8.99 / 6pk
Brewed with American hops & barley

"When we sat down to collaborate on this beer, we knew we had to create something extraordinary. After sampling a wide array of great beers, we hit upon an idea: use vast amounts of whole hops, the finest malted barley North America has to offer, and crystal filtered artesian water. Thus creating this classic American style pale ale." -- Brewery
5.6% abv • 6.9ºL • American Pale Ale

Southern Tier Porter...$8.99 / 6pk
Don’t be afraid of the dark

"Porter is our darkest beer, but not necessarily our strongest. It is widely held that the darker the beer, the stronger the beer, but this is summarily false. The contribution of color comes directly from the color of malt that we use. Some malt is roasted to achieve dark color and coffee-like flavor which in turn get transferred to the beer. Our Porter is richly complex with overtones of chocolate and espresso beans followed by a subtle flavor of hops. It’s a nourishing beer without being too sweet or filling." -- brewery
5.2% • abv • 170ºL • Robust Porter

Southern Tier IPA.....$8.99 / 6pk
The iso-alpha acid experience

"IPA stands for India Pale Ale and ours is an American version of the classic style. IPA’s namesake lies in its colonial roots. British soldiers on their way to India drank a lot of beer, but found it would go stale on the long voyages. Meanwhile, brewers knew that by adding more hops the beer would stay fresh. Voila! A new style was born and it is one we are proud to brew. Southern Tier IPA is tripled on its journey to your glass for a fully aromatic experience." -- brewery
6.5% abv • 11.2ºL • India Pale Ale

Charity wine tasting...

Charity Wine Tasting
Tickets call -- 314-531-9800

Today March 19th is the last day for advance price.

This tasting will feature over 300 amazing wines. Including wines from Kamen, Elderton, Loring, Bonacorsi, Dain, Dobbes, Red Car, Radio Couteau, Novy, Penner Ash, L'Aventure, Siduri, Torii Mor, Sea Smoke, Perrot Minot, Usseglio CDPs, Damilano, Long Shadows, St. Innocent. Winemakers and winery principals will be pouring 07 Chateauneufs, 06 Burgs, 04 Brunellos, Top Bordeaux, and many exciting domestics as well. It covers every price point from amazing $10 values to the 98 point $100+ monsters in one amazing event. We are blown away by the list of participants this year.

The event is Sunday, March 29th at the MOTOmuseum in Grand Center from 5:30 to 8PM. The price is only $50 in advance ($60 at the door) and represents quite a ridiculous value for the wines being poured. There will be great snacks to enjoy, fun people to meet, and all the proceeds go to a great cause. St Louis Shakespeare Festival (in Forest Park ) is the beneficiary of the World Tour. As you probably already know, most Arts organizations are really stuggling for corporate funds right now and any help we as a community can give would be wonderful. The presentation of Shakespeare in Forest Park reaches over 55,000 people each year and has been a great addition to the cultural landscape of St. Louis .

Some of the wines...
2005 Elderton Command Shiraz....95/100 WA
2007 Bousquet de Papes Chateauneuf du Pape
Bosquet des Papes Chateauneuf du Pape "Merle"...92-95/100 WA
Kamen Kashmir...94/100 WA
(Bob Kamen will be on hand)
Siduri Pinot Noir (4 different 2007s)
Red Car The Fight
Red Car Aphorist Pinot Noir
Long Shadows Sequel
Radio Coteau (5 different 2007s)
Peter Cargasacchi will be on hand.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dan Aykroyd at TWCP

Dan Aykroyd stopped by today. He only stayed for about 10 minutes for pictures and to sign some bottles of his vodka and wine. He checked out the Bordeaux selection and is apparently a fan of Chateau Palmer.

Here he is with Jon from our store holding some of Dan's wine while Dan holds up a copy of Mad Magazine. I guess Mad will publish your picture if you submit it with a celebrity holding their magazine.

more pictures on our new Facebook page.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


A lot of people have asked me....
What is Twitter?
It is quite interesting, you can sign up for free and follow whatever you would like. You do not have to post anything on your twitter account. In fact, you can block it so that nobody else can look at your account or see who you are following. After you set up your account, you pick who you want to follow. You can start with TWCPwine and TWCPbeer and then you can check to see who I am following and also follow the ones that interest you.
What it does, is it basically shows you a headline or highlight from the people you are following and you can then click on it to read more.

You can follow: wineries, breweries, CNN, The Onion, New York Times, ESPN, NBC Sports, LA Times, USA Today, Fox, NPR, ABC News, Disney World News, American Idol News, Obama News, McCain News, music bands, celebrity fan pages, Gourmet Food News, FDA Food Recalls, The Food Network....the list goes on and on. You can find just about anything you are interested in.

Here is a snap shot of my screen...

Dan Aykroyd

Got a chance to go to lunch with Dan Aykroyd at Portabellas. He is in town promoting his vodka and wine. He said he will stop by the store tomorrow -- Wednesday March 18 around 3pm or 3:30pm to sign some bottles. I will post tomorrow if it actually happens. He will only have a few minutes to sign some bottles that we will have for sale.
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth
Clayton, MO 63105

New Holland

The first release to St. Louis from
New Holland's High Gravity Series
Just Arrived at Forsyth!

New Holland Dragon's Milk...$7.29 / 22oz
- Ale Aged in Oak Barrels
"Dragon's Milk is a 17th century term used to describe the strong beer usually reserved for royalty. This strong ale was aged in oak for over 120 days. The aging process extracts flavors from the wood, which contribute to its complex character. Hints of bourbon flavor perfectly compliment its roasted malts to produce a beer fit for a King." -- brewery
"The beer you hold in your hand, Dragon’s Milk Ale, is a crown jewel of New Holland Brewing Company. It is the unrivaled result of painstaking processes - both creative and scientific.We could tell you about the centuries-old tradition of the term, Dragon's Milk, or we could tell you about the history, craftsmanship and challenges of important, the beer inside this bottle.Expect a complex ale with a soft, rich caramel-malt character intermingled with deep vanilla tones; all dancing in an oak bath. Unmistakably distinctive example of New Holland’s Art in Fermented Form." --brewery
ABV = 9%
Rated 94 on

New Holland Night Tripper...$7.29 / 22oz
Imperial Stout
"Night Tripper is an Imperial Stout for a Fat Tuesday release. Dark, mysterious and poetic, Night Tripper's abundance of roasted malts, combined with flaked barley create a rich, roasty beer with deeply intense and lush flavors. Night Tripper's layered, nuanced tones invite intrigue and reward a curious palate. Beads and masks aren't required, but are encouraged." -- brewery
ABV = 10.8%
Rated 96 on

Sunday, March 15, 2009


In stock now -- 2007 just released...
2007 Ninet de Pena Viognier....$11.99
A new release from Pena and their newest wine. It is made from 100% Viognier. Of course, Viognier, is the star of Condrieu in the Rhone. Unfortunately, Condrieu sells for $50 plus now--great wines, but not bargains. Ninet de Pena's Viognier grapes are grown south of the Rhone which have to be planted in vineyards that do not get too hot. Viognier is all about the aromatics and too much heat will cook the grapes and lose that beautiful nose of apricots and peaches. Pena has done this and has planted Viognier where it ripens perfectly in the heat of the south. It is a shocking wine for this price and perfect as we hit spring in St. Louis.

Friday, March 13, 2009

New Batch of Yeti

Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti
We just received the new release of Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti -- bottled January 7, 2009.
This is our first batch of the Oak Aged Yeti with the new label. I am a fan of Great Divide's new labels.
"Crack open Yeti Imperial Stout’s sophisticated sibling -- Oak Aged Yeti Imperial Stout. Although these beers come from the same clan, they have entirely different personalities. Aging on a blend of French and toasted oak chips infuses a subtle oak and vanilla character into Yeti’s already intense chocolate, roasted coffee malt flavor and hugely assertive hop profile. Who says you can’t tame a Yeti? 75 International Bittering Units (IBUs)." -- brewery
Rated 100 percentile on
Rated A on BeerAdvocate
Also --
Watch for Espresso Oak Aged Yeti and Claymore Wee Heavy from Great Divide very soon!!

New Sierra..

Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
Well, phase one is done, Federal label approval has arrived along with the picture of the label (4.8%ABV). Now we need to wait for Missouri's registration and a release date--I will keep you posted.

“The second of Sierra Nevada’s two new year round releases will be Kellerweis Hefeweizen. It is a traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen that we have been working on for a number of years. We are brewing it in the old school German way, using only open fermentation and top-cropping the yeast.We have a yeast strain that is from a very small Bavarian brewery, and we are the only American brewery using this truly unique yeast....
read more about it

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Beers in Ballwin...

New Beers at our Ballwin location...
The Wine and Cheese Place
14748 Clayton Road in Ballwin

Some hard to get and very sought after beers have just arrived...

Black Albert -- read more
Southern Tier Jah*Va -- read more
Southern Tier Oak Aged Un*Earthly -- read more
Mikkeller Simcoe IPA Single Hopped -- read more
Rogue Kells Irish Ale

Southern Tier Jah*Va

In stock now at Forsyth, Rock Hill and our Ballwin location!
The next exciting release from the Black Water Series...
Southern Tier Jah*Va...$7.49 / 22oz
"Three thousand feet above sea level in the misty
mountains of Jamaica, some of the world’s finest Arabica beans are hand picked on their way to becoming Blue Mountain Coffee. Halfway around the world, plump spring barley grows to maturity in the loamy soil of North America while aromatic hops are cultivated to exacting standards. Here in our kettles, these three special ingredients are blended to create a heady mixture of sweet sugar, dark roast, and complex flavor. Please enjoy this brew in moderation." -- Brewery

12.0% ABV
Imperial Coffee Stout
2-row pale malt / caramel malt / chocolate malt / black malt / roasted barley / cascade & columbus hops / jamaican blue mountain coffee
Rated 99 percentile on RateBeer
Rated A- on BeerAdvocate

Also arrving soon -- I am told that we are receiving more...
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock...$13.99 / 750ml

"Samuel Adams® partnered Felchlin, a renowned Swiss chocolatier, to develop a unique innovation, Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock. We started with a complex selection of carefully roasted malts combined with hand-selected Noble hops from Bavaria, the world’s oldest growing area. After using a centuries old brewing process, called Krausening, we slowly aged the beer on a bed of rare dark cocoa nibs from Felchlin®, a renowned Swiss chocolatier. Known for their quality these wild cocoa nibs, harvested from the rainforest of Northern Bolivia, impart complex aromas and flavors of chocolate, honey and vanilla in the beer. The resulting beer, Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock, has a big, malty character that is combined with the subtle sweetness of chocolate, giving this brew a complex full-body taste with a velvety finish.Tettnang-Tettnanger and Spalt hops were hand-selected from the world’s oldest growing area and combined with a complex selection of malts including two-row Pale, Munich and Caramel to create a rich and satisfying brew. This dark beer has a big, malty character that is combined with the subtle sweetness of chocolate. Samuel Adams® Chocolate Bock was aged on a bed of cocoa nibs to create its unique layers of flavor. As the beer matured, the fruity, tart, earthy and chocolate aromas were released into the liquid to give the brew a complex, full -bodied taste with a velvety finish. A hint of vanilla was added to meld the symphony of flavors together." -- brewery

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Argentina --

2006 Tikal Patriota.....$21.99
"The 2006 Patriota is composed of 60% Bonarda and 40% Malbec. It has greater depth and a longer finish than its 2005 counterpart. Tikal is owned by Ernesto Catena of the renowned Argentine wine family."
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate
2006 Vina Cobos Malbec Marchiori...$159.99
"According to Hobbs, 2006 was one of the great vintages of his 20 year career in Argentina. The near perfect 2006 Cobos Malbec Marchiori Vineyard is my favorite of this remarkable collection. A glass-coating, saturated opaque purple/black in color, the wine offers up a sexy/kinky bouquet of pain grille, Asian spices, pencil lead, mineral, lavender, blueberry, and black cherry. On the palate there is layer upon layer of savory fruit, spice notes, espresso, and chocolate as well as exquisite balance. The wine’s finish lasts for more than a minute. Try a bottle, bury the rest in your cellar for ten years, and then drink them from 2018 to 2040."
Rated 99/100 The Wine Advocate
2006 Vina Cobos Malbec Nico...$179.99
"The 2006 uNico Marchiori Vineyard is a blend of 67% Cabernet Sauvignon and 33% Malbec. Opaque purple-colored, aromatically it has the complexity that a great vintage can provide. Notes of pain grille, crushed stone, lavender, black cherry, blackberry liqueur, and fruit compote are exquisite. On the palate, the wine is opulent, dense, intensely flavored, and lengthy. It will continue to evolve for another 4-6 years and offer prime drinking from 2013 to 2026."
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

Great French values...

2007 Novellum Chardonnay.......$11.99
I have tried this wine in previous vintages and always thought it was "ok", but this year it is off the charts for value. Gorgeous nose and a wonderful mouthfeel. This will be a great Chardonnay over the next 6-9 months. (I think it deserves a 90-91 score)

"Their 2007 Novellum Chardonnay – this year from two sites with cobbled and alluvial soils, 30% of which is barrel-fermented – has outdone those previous installments I have tasted, with subtle aromas of white peach, toasted almond, hazelnut, flowers and fine herbs. In the mouth, it offers an uncanny balance of leesy creaminess with lightness of touch and refreshment. (The lees here included those of Viognier.) And once again, this lingers with a refinement and suggestions of minerality that many a Macon selling for up to twice the price would envy. It should be enjoyed over the coming year. Jean-Marc Lafage and Eric Solomon continue to render truly mind-boggling values.
Rated 89/100 The Wine Advocate
Great White Burgundy --
2007 Domaine Perraud Macon Villages......$12.99
"Vieille Vignes"

This is an amazing white Burgundy that is 100% Chardonnay. Surprisingly these grape all come from St. Veran and Pouilly Fuisse without the high price you usually get from those two areas. The wine is certified organic from very low yields and the vines are very old. The wine has a great mineral streak going through the middle with a touch of lime and acidity on the finish. There is a great round mouthfeel to keep it all put together in perfect harmony.

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4 Hands Seasonals! Morning Glory and Choco Milk Stout

Evil Twin new releases including Spicy Nachos!

Stillwater releases Why Can't IBU?....

Even More Jesus - now in 22oz

O'Fallon Pumpkin Ale and other Pumpkin Ales

A couple of Anniversary Ales - Avery and Great Divide

Great Divide new beers online

Banana Bread Beer from Wells!