Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Food and Wine Pairing Classes

We now have the full Food and Wine Pairing

"Class Schedule" for the rest of 2009


All of these events our at our Provisions Market Location



Tuesday October 6

6:30pm-7:45pm

"Unbelievable Wines from Unlikely Places"

Wines & authentic cuisines of New Mexico, India, Brazil, South Africa & Canada.

Up and coming wine regions so not things you get the opportunity to taste everyday.

Chef Scott Phillips will be creating amazing, authentic dishes to pair.

A very interactive and fun experience!

Five dishes with five paired wines for only $30! Best deal in town!

Click here to make reservations or call Samantha at 314.989.0020



Tuesday October 20

6:30pm-7:45pm

“Indigenous Grapes of Missouri”

Wines & local Missouri products!

Improve your Missouri wine knowledge. Learn about those grapes you hear are actually grown locally. Enhance your next winery trip.

Five dishes with five paired wines for only $30! Best deal in town!

Click here to make reservations or call Samantha at 314.989.0020




Tuesday November 3

6:30pm-7:45pm

“Thanksgiving with a Twist”

Your favorite classic Thanksgiving meal amped up by Chef Scott Phillips. Enjoy wine pairings from great wineries that will make perfect gifts for friends and family. Come get ideas to “make” your holiday!

Five dishes with five paired wines for $40!

Click here to make reservations or call Samantha at 314.989.0020




Tuesday November 10

6:30pm-7:45pm

“Beer and Food Tasting”

Pairing rare beers of the world with fantastic food!

Five dishes with five paired beers for only $25!

Click here to make reservations or call Samantha at 314.989.0020




Tuesday December 8

6:30pm-7:45pm

"Winter Holiday Wonderland"

Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve, all in one night! Cocktail party meets traditional family dinner. We will be breaking out sparkling, heavy hitter, kosher and dessert wines to pair!

Cheeses, appetizers, chocolate tastings and paired wines - $50 per guest

Click here to make reservations or call Samantha at 314.989.0020

Two new awards ---

RFT 2009 Reader's Poll

St. Louis' Best Liquor Store

WINNER: The Wine and Cheese Place

"Don't be fooled by the fancy name. There's enough booze at the Clayton outpost of local chain the Wine & Cheese Place to stock the green room at a Guns N' Roses reunion tour. While the vast wine selection and cheese counter are the flagship attractions, the liquor aisle is a sight to behold, particularly for those in search of exotic or top-shelf spirits. The W&CP stocks everything from the finest single-malt scotches to five different types of absinthe (including airline-size bottles) to hard-to-find mixers (agave nectar, anyone?) to imported Cuban rum (bottled in the Dominican Republic, of course). Particularly dear to the RFT staffers' livers is the tequila rack. The Place, which earlier this year hosted a release party for 901 Silver, Justin Timberlake's craft tequila brand, also carries hard-to-find brands such as El Tesoro Paradiso, not to mention Patrón in gallon-size decanters, a.k.a. the Axl Rose special." -- RFT

St. Louis' Best Cheese Counter
WINNER: The Wine and Cheese Place

"In belt-tightening times, fine cheese might not be at the top of the average shopper's list, but for those of us who don't have room in the fridge for Kraft singles, great cheese is an affordable luxury. And when we shop for cheese, we want the assistance of a staff that knows the way around its own cheese counter. So off we hie to the Wine & Cheese Place, where we start off by forgetting the name of one of the cheeses we're looking to buy. It's a Swiss cheese (without holes), and you make some fondue-like deal with it. Raclette? Bingo! Everyone knows Parmigiano-Reggiano, but that illustrious name comes with a high-flying price. That's why if you ask, you might just learn that an Argentinean version of Parmesan tastes great and costs less. But the Wine & Cheese Place's cheese-friendliness really comes into its own when you don't know what you want. Four simple words: "What do you recommend?"" -- RFT

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Quick notes...


Bells Best Brown in 5 liter cans are here!
(tried the bottles yesterday -- very good this year)

Schlafly APA -- Bottled September 22!

La Trappe Isidor Anniversary
The 750ml were selling so well, I also just added the 11oz bottles.

Founders Breakfast Stout should be back on Thursday (second batch this year) and maybe the Harvest Ale!

Founders Harvest Ale
Wet Hopped Ale
ABV = 6.5%
IBUs = 70
"This liquid dream pours a hazy golden orange straw color with a large puffy white two-finger head. First sip of this beer rewards with a super juicy hop presence bursting with fresh orange and lemon citrus then continues to introduce toasted malt undertones." -- Founders

Love this time of year -- all the "wet" hopped ales are coming.

Monday, September 28, 2009

So many events coming...

With so many events coming, here is your scorecard to keep track:

Upcoming events: The calendar is filling up ---
* October 6 - Food and Wine Pairing at Provisions
* October 9 - Wine Tasting to Benefit STL Down Syndrome Assoc.
* October 13 - Signatory Single Malt Scotch Class with Ed Kohl
* October 16 - Meet Importer Dan Kravitz at Provisions Gourmet Market
* October 17 - Meet Importer Dan Kravitz at TWCP Forsyth
* October 17 - Beer and Cheese Festival at TWCP Rock Hill
* October 26 - Bordeaux Wine Class
* November 2 - Big Red Wine Class
* November 9 - Tour de France Wine Class
* November 12 - Winemaker Tasting with Beringer and Cinq Cepages
* December 3 - Charity Wine Tasting to benefit PKD Foundation (Polycystic Kidney Disease)

click on the events to read more.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Best Brown

Bell's Best Brown Ale...$9.89 / 6pk
"Rich brown ale perfect for the fall and winter. Plenty of malt character and smooth sweet finish give this brown ale its distinct character." -- brewery


The new 2009 versions just hit -- we are expecting 5 liter kegs of this next week also.

Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop!!

In stock now at Forsyth at Rock Hill, and Provisions.
2009 -- 13th Release is here!!


Much cheaper than the estate!!!


Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale Wet Hop...$3.79 / 24oz


"The cornerstone of our Harvest series is the beer that started the modern-day fresh hop ale phenomenon in America, our original Harvest Ale.
Created in 1996, Harvest Ale features Cascade and Centennial hops from the Yakima Valley in Eastern Washington. These hops are harvested and shipped as “wet” un-dried hops—the same day they are picked—to our brewery in Chico where our brewers eagerly wait to get them into the brew kettle while their oils and resins are still at their peak." -- Brewery

Sherwood Forest

Marlborough, MA



There are many stories about the characters that lived in Sherwood forest. Not only stories of how Robin Hood took from the rich and gave to the poor but also how the Sheriff of Nottingham was a devious man, out only for himself. Maid Marian, who did not love her? The Friar, what do we need to say about the Friar, a jovial man. Each character has their own personality and now their own beer. Enjoy our family of beers and let us know what you think. Thanks for supporting us




Sherwood Forest Archer's English Ale....$9.99 / 6pk
Robin Hood, is the famous Archer for our flagship beer—Archer’s Ale. An English Pale Ale with an exceptionally deep amber color. A full bodied beer that is a local favorite.







Sherwood Forest Sheriff's India Pale Ale...$9.99 / 6pk

The Sheriff of Nottingham, A devious fellow with a certain affinity for women and for Hops. Enjoy Sheriff’s IPA, golden in color with strong citrus flavors and aromas.







Sherwood Forest Maiden's Blueberry Ale....$9.99 / 6pk
Maiden’s Blueberry Ale, clearly named after the beauty herself—Maid Marian. It is a golden fruit ale that has the flavor and aroma of juicy, ripe blueberries. A light blueberry ale that is not too sweet and has a dry finish!





Sherwood Forest Friar's Belgian White Ale....$9.99 / 6pk
Friar’s Belgian White Ale! Everyone loved the jovial Friar Tuck. His Belgian Ale is a creamy brew flavored with orange peel and coriander for a pleasant citrus-spice sweetness.



Info from their website

Another special guest...

Open House Wine Tasting!

We are proud to have one of the greatest small importers of fine wine coming to our stores.
Dan Kravtiz of Hand Picked Selections
"Years ago I wrote in The Wine Advocate that Dan Kravitz was perhaps the top U.S. importer of wines priced under $10 a bottle. Even though the dollar bought a lot more then, Kravitz still has a knack for finding good wines at great prices." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


Dan's tastings are always very popular. Dan is one of the few importers whose sales increase when the economy gets worse. He is considered by most people including Robert Parker as the best importer for great values from around the world.

Open House format -- bring your friends

We will hold tastings at two of our stores....
Friday, October 16 -- 5pm-7pm at Provisions Gourmet Market
Featuring 2005 Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape ($75 / bottle) plus more

Saturday, October 17 -- 12pm-2 pm at TWCP Forsyth location.
Featuring 2006 Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape ($75 / bottle).

Plus many of his great values.
We will choose wines from this list....

Vinas de Vila
Alfredo Roca Malbec/Merlot
Alfredo Roca Sauvignon Blanc
Travis Chardonnay
Spada Toro
Panarroz
La Noble
Cuvee de Pena
Laurence Feraud Seguret
Terre du Mistral
Puydeval (great blend)
Bargemone Rose
Hunold Alsatian Wines
Ninet de Pena Viognier
Plume Bleue
Cabirau Grenache
Boniface Apremont
....plus many more choices.....
We will announce the list as we get closer. Please save the date and come on by to one of the two tastings and welcome Dan Kravitz back to St. Louis.









Thursday, September 24, 2009

Compass Box

We have the award winning Whiskys from Compass Box
Very limited whiskys in stock at Forsyth now!!.

Available online

Notes taken from John Glaser, Compass Box whisky maker.

The Signature Range from Compass Box
The three Scotch whiskies in this range offer the spectrum of Scotch whisky style, from the delicate, sweet character of Asyla, to the rich, spicy, malty character of Oak Cross, to the peaty-smoky character of Peat Monster. Each is made from casks chosen individually, cask-by-cask, to ensure perfect maturity. The casks are combined according to recipe and returned to wood for “marrying” up to 12 months before bottling. Steps like these enhance complexity, flavour integration and soft mouthfeel. Extra steps, but we think they’re worth it.


Compass Box The Peat Monster....$46.99

A malt whisky for real peat heads, and for lovers of complex, multilayered whiskies. What makes it fit into the Compass Box house style is the balance of richness and subtle sweetness that the old casks of Ardmore provide to the smoky-peaty Islay malts. This is the great benefit of combining single malts from different distilleries. We are not limited to the produce of one distillery. Like a wine maker blending grape varieties, we can create layers of complexity. And, as of late 2007, we’re introducing even more complexity by adding some south shore Islay malt to enhance the peatiness and earthiness. As with all our whiskies, several months of marrying before bottling allow the flavours of each of the whiskies to knit together.
Distillery Sourcing
Islay single malts from the village of Port Askaig as well as some south shore whisky (as of late 2007); and Ardmore. All aged from 10-16 years.
Wood
A mix of first-fill and refill American oak.



Compass Box Asyla -- $36.99

The Secret is in the Oak. The secret to making Asyla is the quality of the casks. We use only whiskies aged in first-fill American oak casks because these yield whiskies with more vanilla character, more richness and more sweetness than refill casks. There is no other blended Scotch whisky on the market that uses whiskies of this quality. Also, there are few blended Scotches that use 50% malt whisky as we do (all unpeated malt whiskies). The result is a carefully crafted, elegant Scotch whisky that makes the perfect aperitif.

Distillery Sourcing
Malt whiskies: Linkwood, Glen Elgin, Teaninich. Grain whisky: Cameron Bridge.
Wood
100% first-fill American oak ex-Bourbon.
Bottling Details




Compass Box Oak Cross...$39.99

Innovative New Oak Casks. We work with a small mill in France that produces some of the highest quality cooperage oak in the world. It was our work with this mill that led us to experimenting with secondary maturation of malt whiskies in casks fitted with new French oak heads. This is something no one else in Scotland does. The result is malt whisky with more character and complexity. We use this technique on about 50% of the malt whisky in Oak Cross and it results in a superior finished product.
Distillery Sourcing
Made entirely of Highland single malt whiskies led by Teaninich and balanced with malts from the villages of Brora (for fruitiness) and Carron (for weight). All 10 to 12 years-old.
Wood
All the whiskies are aged for their primary maturation in a mix of American oak cask types. The marrying casks are a mix of first-fill Bourbon barrels and our proprietary “Oak Cross” casks made of American and new French oaks.



Compass Box Hedonism....$82.99

Rare, Old Scotch Grain Whisky. Hedonism is unusual in the Scotch whisky world: a 100% Scotch grain whisky. It is very rare to see 100% grain whisky bottling, even in Scotland. Going back 100 years, grain whisky brands were were common, but they were overtaken in popularity by the big brands of blended Scotch, which comprised both grain whisky and malt whisky. Today, most Scotch grain whisky gets blended into the big brand names, typically at young ages. For Hedonism, we search for very old casks of Scotch grain whisky, typically over 20 years in age. And we only bottle Hedonism once or twice a year, when we find casks with the right flavour profile. Rich, Sweet, Alluring. When good Scotch grain whisky is aged in good quality American oak casks, the results can be stunning: a rich, sweet, alluring whisky, redolent of vanilla, pastry cream and coconut. You’ll find all these things in our Hedonism bottlings. We believe that great Scotch grain whisky is the little-known treasure of the Scotch whisky industry.
Distillery Sourcing
Cameron Bridge, Carsebridge and Cambus, between the ages of 14 and 29 years old.
Wood
100% first-fill American oak barrels or rejuvenated American oak Hogsheads.
Bottling Details

Read more on their website

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Limited new Nogne brews...

Available online - click here

More of the Nogne/Mikkeller Tyttebaer also arrived on this last shipment --

Nogne-O Tiger Tripel Norwegian Ale...$8.49 / 750ml
ABV = 9%
Ingredients: Malted barley, wheat, malted wheat, sugar, hops, yeast and local Grimstad water.

"It is very difficult to brew a complex and balanced Belgian-style tripel ale, but we have made an attempt at brewing one anyway! Our respect and admiration for those who master the skill and art of brewing excellent ale of this style is limitless. Tripels often pair will with cheese, seafood and fresh vegetables." -- Kjetill Jikiun - Head Brewer



Nogne/Mikkeller Tyttebaer Ale...$11.99 / 500ml
ABV = 8.0% A collaboration between Nogne and Mikkeller Ingredients: Malted barley, unmalted wheat, malted wheat, Lingonberries, hops, Brettanomyces yeast, Lactobacillus and Grimstad water. "Tyttebaer is also known as a lingonberry or mountain cranberry. This ale is full of Tyttebaer, and fermented with wild yeasts and bacteria. Feral at heart, it sat in fermentation tanks for 9 months and in bottles for 6 more months before we felt it was ready to be released. Who knows what it will do before ending up in your glass...It is, and always will be, wild." -- Kjetill Jikiun - Head Brewer

Check out these other Nogne beers
Order Nogne Beers online


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Another new release...

Order online now.


't Smisje Grande Reserva
(whisky barrel aged)...$5.99 / 11oz

The Grande Reserva is
't Smisje Kerst that is then aged in Whisky barrels
't Smisje Kerst is the winter ale of Brouwerij de Regenboon.
Malts: Barley, Wheat, Amber & Caramunich
Hops: Hallertauer & Goldings
Spices: Dark candi sugar, coriander, grain de paradise

Next class announced..


We are excited to announce the Fifth in our series of

Food and Wine Pairing Classes at Provisions


Click here to sign up now!


For your enjoyment and education, we have "paired" two outstanding talents, Angela Ortmann, Certified Sommelier, and Scott Phillips, Executive Chef. The other classes were a sell out and a great success

Unbelievable Wines from Unlikely Places

October 6, 2009
$30/person
all inclusive



Unbelievable Wines from Unlikely Places featuring wines from India, Brazil, New Mexico, Africa and more... Chef Scott will be creating a menu based on the wines and the authentic cuisines of these areas!


Chef Scott, Provisions Gourmet Market
Scott, creator of the award-winning gourmet foods at Provisions, will personally prepare special dishes for the evening’s fare.





Angela Ortmann, Certified Sommelier
Angela, STLwinegirl (www.stlwinegirl.com) and recently named “goddess of wine” by Sauce Magazine, is an independent wine and food consultant. She will lead the class in learning what wine pairs with each dish, explain the difference the right wine with the right food makes, and how to use that knowledge in your own cooking and entertaining. Because pairing is a subjective art, the class will include an open discussion format


Tuesday, October 6
Time
: 6:30p – 7:45pm

Place
: Provisions Gourmet Market
11615 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO

we are now taking reservations online -- click here

or call Samantha at 314-989-0020

payment is required at time of reservation. You may cancel up
to 7 days prior to the class. No refunds after that date.

New one from BFM -- limited release.

Brasserie Des Franches Montagnes
Biere Ambree Parfumee au Tarry Suchong...$7.49 / 11.2oz
Jura, Switzerland
"BATS" (Biere Ambree au Tarry Suchong) brewed with smoked tea leaves, and smoked malt from Bamberg. Uses Hallertauer Magnum for bitterness, Tettnanger Hallertauer for flavor.
Lapsong Tarry Suchong tea leaves from China.
25 IBUs,
6% ABV
Unpasteurized, unfiltered, bottle-conditioned flip-top 11.2oz bottles.


Available online now

New from Haandbryggeriet

Haandbryggeriet Odin's Tipple Dark Norse Ale...9.49 / pint

Rated 96 percentile on RateBeer

"Odin, the chief god of Norse mythology, was a forceful but complicated being of many moods - the symbol of battle, victory, and death, but also of wisdom, poetry, and prophecy.

With this hearty, complex ale, the 'Hand' brewers imagine Odin in later years, when his victories on the battlefield were but shadowy memories, his reflections tended toward loftier themes such as life's meaning, and his drink would have been a deep, dark, and contemplative one.

The beer was originally meant to be a Strong Ale, but the brewers decided to focus on making great beer without extreme alcohol. At approximately 11% ABV, Haandbryggeriet says Odin's Tipple has a great body without being "old engine oil" and it "is still very drinkable due to the wild yeast we use". The beer is made with a single strain of wild yeast and the brewers keep it simple. No added coffee or chocolate; the deep dark color and rich flavor come from lots and lots of chocolate malt." -- importer

Read about a few other beers from Haandbryggeriet

Available online now

Could this be that rare?

Hanssens Experimental Cassis Lambic.....$11.99 / 375ml
Hanssens Experimental Rasberry Lambic.....$11.99 / 375ml




I really cannot find much about these.

From what I read, it looks like only 15 cases were made and 10 cases were released (5 held back in reserve)?


Can that be true?


I guarantee they are rare, just not sure how rare.

Let me know if you find out more.

check out all the Hanssen beers online

Amazing new release -- first time in the U.S.

Order online now

BACK IN STOCK at Forsyth!
(sorry, this one flew off the shelf fast last time)

Danish brewing legend Christian Skovdal Andersen was the co-founder and artistic force behind Ølfabrikken. Olfabrikken "The Beer Factory" was named as a joke since it is the complete opposite--it actually had extremely tiny production at that time and was built in the corner of a barn. Olfabrikken has only been around since 2004, but it produces the current #1 porter (in stock now) in the world on RateBeer. Christian and his partner struggled with finances and sold 50% of the company in 2007 and Christian's partner left. In January of 2008 Christian sold his 50% of Olfabrikken and started a new brewery called Beer Here and the beer world is taken notice of his exciting beers. Beer Here is already climbing up the charts and this is first time available in the U.S. I am sure the beers will continue to climb the RateBeer charts as the U.S. gets a chance to taste them and rate them.

"Do not waste your thirst" -- Beer Here's slogan

Great labels!

Beer Here Dark Hops...$7.49 / 500ml
Hoppy Black Ale
ABV = 8.5%
American Strong Ale - 97 percentile Ratebeer

Ingredients: water, barley, rye, sugar, hops, yeast.

"Dark Hops is a very black beer at 8.5% with one foot firmly planted in stout world and another in India Pale Ale universe.Despite the name, there is nothing covert in this beer is brewed in the finest British Maris Otter malt, roasted barley and juicy Zeus and Saaz hops." Christian Anderson



Beer Here Morke...$7.49 / 500ml
Pumpernickel Porter
ABV = 7.5%
Ingredients: water, barley, rye, spices, sugar, hops, yeast.
- The idea behind "Dark" has emerged from my desire to create a beer that has the same qualities as the dark, savory and sweet pumpernickel rye. It is brewed with a particular malted rye, dark sugar and fennel seed and only mild hops.

Monday, September 21, 2009

In home wine tastings with an expert...

Personal wine expert in your house!
We always have so many requests from our customers to do wine tastings at their house or office. The everyday work of the store has made it almost impossible for us to accommodate all of the requests. An old friend of the store, Ch
ris Hoskins, is offering his wine knowledge and services. Chris has been in the wine business for 10 years and has traveled extensively to many of the great wine producing regions of the world. He has an amazing knowledge of wine and is an unbelievable teacher.
Give him a call at 314.393.5798 or email cbhoskins@hotmail.com, to arrange a custom event for you.

More info
The cha
rge for in-home or office events is $100 for two hours, $25 for each additional hour plus the cost of the wine chosen. Let Chris know your wine budget and he will pick out and deliver all of the wines for your event. He can custom build the tasting to your requirements, theme, or tastes. He can also bring Riedel stemware for your use and enjoyment for free ($8 / charge for each broken or for each glass not returned).

Mini bio --
Hi. My name is Chris Hoskins. Some of you may know me from the wine classes I teach at The Wine & Cheese place on Monday nights—great to see you again! For those of you who don’t, I’m a former wine wholesaler’s rep, now working in sales for a surgical device maker. I am excited to offer my expertise, and to remain active in the St. Louis wine community, by offering my services for in-home or in-office wine events. A little bit about my background: During my decade or so in the wine biz here in St. Louis, I devoted all my “working” hours to sourcing, tasting, procuring and selling fine wines. In fact “work” and “fun” were more or less the same. I loved showing drinkers in the show-me state great wines made by large and small artisan producers, from all over the world. Aside from the fun of selling wines locally, one of the great things about my old job was the chance to travel to some of the most beautiful and historic wine-producing regions in California, Europe, South America and beyond.... And as good as the travel was, the hospitality was even better! I was often the humble recipient of truly gracious entertaining, extended with warmth and generosity by some of the wine world’s leading figures. I look forward to custom-planning and executing a fun, educational, and memorable wine event for you!

Exciting New Class!

The Wine and Cheese Place and Extra Virgin, An Olive Ovation are proud to present this original class for the first time in St. Louis.


Wine/Olive Oil/Cheese Pairing Class
September 28, 2009


Sorry, we had to cancel this event.
We did not realize that it was Yom Kippur that night.
We will reschedule at a later date.

Two great winemakers....

Want a chance to talk to two of the greatest winemakers in California?

Stay tuned --

Margo van Staaveren

"2006 marked Margo Van Staaveren’s 27th harvest at Chateau St. Jean. During the course of her 25+ year tenure with the winery, Margo has played a pivotal role in every facet of the winemaking process. As winemaker, she makes the final decisions involving blend and style to produce consistently high quality wines in the super premium and luxury category.

Margo is a firm believer that great wines are grown - a conviction she shares with the Chateau founders who led the way for Chateau St. Jean to become a pioneer of vineyard designated wines in the early 1970s. To achieve Chateau St. Jean vineyard designation, the superior quality of the vineyards must be proven year after year and the grapes must consistently exhibit exceptional varietal character.

The art of blending is the cornerstone of Margo’s winemaking philosophy. To her, one of the greatest accomplishments is to create a wine style or signature blend that carries from vintage to vintage while still capturing the uniqueness of that particular growing year.

One of the things she enjoys most about her job is putting together the final blend for the Reserve wines. “Since no two vintages are alike, it gives us the opportunity to carefully search for the vineyard lots that offer the biggest fruit expression and the ability to age in order to create a wine that truly captures the best of the vintage,” says Margo. The Reserve wines represent the most concentrated, distinctive and balanced wines made at Chateau St. Jean.

Margo Van Staaveren graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Fermentation Science. Shortly after graduation, she joined Chateau St. Jean as a Laboratory Technician in 1980. By 1989, she had worked her way to being named Assistant Winemaker and later named Associate Winemaker. Margo was named Winemaker and Director of Operations for Chateau St. Jean in August of 2003, continuing a rich legacy of winemaking as the fourth winemaker in the winery’s history." -- Chateau St. Jean




Laurie Hook, Winemaker, Beringer Vineyards

"Growing up in Sacramento , California , Laurie Hook never dreamed of becoming a winemaker. “I didn't even know the job existed,” she explains. “But then I found out that my family had owned a French Chateau (Chateau Olivier) before the revolution and it piqued my interest. Also, I loved history, science and agriculture, and the idea of doing something that connected you to the earth. And when I started tasting and reading about wine in college, I realized that winemaking brings all three disciplines together.”

Laurie transferred to the winemaking program at the University of California at Davis , training ground for noted winemakers in California and around the world. After graduation in 1984, she traveled to Australia to work in a small Melbourne-area winery for six months. “I did everything from pruning the vines, driving a tractor and harvesting the grapes to making and bottling the wine and even selling it. I got a real hands-on education as well as great travel. And I had the irreplaceable experience of looking up while pruning one day and seeing a kangaroo in the vineyard.” A harvest at a Sonoma County winery followed.

In 1986, Laurie came to Beringer as an enologist, a job that allowed her to solidify the scientific side of her training. In 1997, she was named Assistant Winemaker to Winemaster Ed Sbragia, and in 2000 was promoted to Winemaker for Beringer Vineyards.

“You can't make wine only through science,” says Laurie. “ California winemakers learned that in the 1970s and early 1980s, when a highly scientific approach resulted in very clean wines but not necessarily very interesting ones. Of course you need to understand the process by which wines are made, but now we've learned to trust our intuition as well. And I've learned from Ed that making great wines—wines that are unique—means taking risks.”

While Ed developed the styles for most of Beringer's wines over his 25-plus years at the winery, they continue to evolve as a result of the teamwork between the two winemakers. “When you've worked next to someone for almost 20 years, there's a trust that builds and our wines benefit from that,” explains Laurie.

Laurie is a member of the American Society of Viticulture and Enology, the Trellis Alliance, and the Napa Valley Wine Technical Group. Outside of the winery, Laurie has a myriad of interests and hobbies revolving around travel, gardening, the study of history, collecting antique and regional cookbooks and funny quotes about wine. She's also a passionate animal lover." -- Beringer Winery

Friday, September 18, 2009

Another Pausa Cafe...

The third from Pausa Cafe (Prison Brews) -- read more about them.

Pausa Cafe Tosta.... 750ml
Brewed with Cacao

"The TOSTA is brewed with cacao from the Talamanca region in Costa Rica. The cacao is cultivated using traditional and sustainable methods based on integrated farming techniques involving bananas and other fruits, thus preserving the local biodiversity.It is a full bodied beer that warms and relaxes the senses. It has a dark color, brightened by ruby highlights. The nose is intense and the taste is slowly revealing and full of surprises." -- importer
Awarded highest rating by Slow Food Italian Beer Guide.
“Ebony with a compact hazelnut colored head. The nose is rich and complex with notes of fruit, caramel, carob, hazelnuts, and cocoa paste. In the mouth it is soft, elegant and warming with coffee, bitter chocolate and malt sensations. It has a long persistence and yet remains to be very balanced.”


Order Pausa Cafe online

Sierra Estate

Provisons is now also out of the Sierra Nevada Estate Harvest Ale

In stock now from New Belgium!!

In stock now at Forsyth

Available online now

New Belgium Hoptober
New fall seasonal
ABV = 6%
"Five hops and four malts make Hoptober Golden Ale a veritable cornucopia of earth. Pale and wheat malt are mashed with rye and oats to creat a medium-bodied ale with creamy mouth feel. Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette and Glacier hops form a bonfire of citrus notes, fruity cheers and a bold finale" - label


Plus the Lips of Faith series:

New Belgium Lips of Faith La Folie 22oz
New Belgium Lips of Transatlantique Kriek 22oz
New Belgium Lips of Faith Biere De Mars 22oz
New Belgium Lips of Faith La Fleur 22oz

New Dogs.....

A couple of new ones from Laughing Dog

Available online along with the Alpha Dog




"Laughing Dog Brewing is an award winning Craft Brewery located in the heart of the Selkirk Mountains just outside of Sandpoint Idaho in the city of Ponderay. They brew their Beer on a fifteen barrel PUB brewing systems brew-house using the local water, which is ideal for brewing smooth clean ales. With few exceptions they use only Water, Barley, Hops and Yeast in their beer. The Laughing Yellow Lab that appears on all of their brews is Ben their family dog. Ben is the inspiration behind Laughing Dog Brewing Owners are Michelle Douglass and Fred Colby ."









Laughing Dog CSB...$4.99 / 22oz
Extra Special Bitter Ale


""Laughing Dog's take on a traditional English ESB, CSB is rich, toasty, and nutty, with a medium mouthfeel and a lightly hoppy finish.A British style ESB with a Laughing Dog twist. Clean and smooth.SILVER MEDAL - 2007 North Americ" -- brewery






"Laughing Dogzilla Dog Black IPA...$4.99 / 22oz


The Black IPA is a relatively new and quintessentially American style of beer, combining the hoppiness of an IPA with the toasted, chocolaty flavors of a Porter or light Stout. Dogzilla is aggressively hopped and delightfully different." -- brewery

First time for us....Matilda

Available online


Goose Island Matilda.... $6.99 / 22oz
or $9.99 for 12oz / 4pk
Brewmasters Notes:
Wild in character, with a slightly fruity aroma and a spicy yeast flavor that is as unique as it is satisfying – Matilda is an intriguing choice for beer and wine lovers alike. Dry and quenching, it’s the perfect accompaniment at the dining table or for casually socializing at the bar.

Recipe Information:
Style: >Belgian Style Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 7%
International Bitterness Units: 32
Color: Golden Sunrise
Hops: Styrian, Saaz
Malts: 2-Row, Caramel

Serving Suggestions:

Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass
Preferred Serving Temperature: 40º

Food Pairings: Matilda pairs with many foods. Its spicy yeast flavors compliment fresh mussels and contrast rich pork belly.

Cheese Pairings: Camembert, Washed Rind Cheeses
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

Limited Goose Island brews....

Available online
Goose Island Pere Jacques ...$6.99 / 22oz


Brewmasters notes:
Brewed with loads of malt and Belgian yeast, Pere Jacques is a wonderfully fruity, malty ale. Pere Jacques’ complex flavors stand shoulder to shoulder with the Belgian Dubbels enjoyed in the world’s finest beer bars. At the dining table it’s the perfect alternative to a glass of vintage port.

Style: Belgian Style Abbey Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 8%
International Bitterness Units: 26
Color: Warm Molasses
Hops: Saaz
Malt: 2-Row, Wheat, Caramel, Rye Flakes, Special B

Serving Suggestions:

Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass
Preferred Serving Temperature: 40º
Food Pairings: Pere Jacques pairs with a wide variety of foods, its intense flavors compliment rich flavors like bittersweet chocolate or wild game and contrast with spicy flavors like curries.

Cheese Pairings: Aged Gouda, Stilton
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

Limited scotch release...

Just arrived at Forsyth
Johnnie Walker Black Limited Release
100th Anniversary Bottle ...$28.99 / 750ml

"In September, Johnnie Walker Black Label will release a special collector's edition bottle (right) honoring the famed Scotch's 100th anniversary. Celebrating the brand's enduring achievements in blending, innovation, and quality, the limited edition black glass bottle contains the signature 12-year-old whisky and will retail for $50.Black Label is blended in the same style as it has been in Scotland since 1909 when founder John Walker's grandsons, George and Alexander II, officially named their signature blend Black Label. The collector's bottle also serves as a unique medium to tell the story of Black Label's rich history with a historic timeline featured on its back, charting the rise of the world famous Scotch. Alexander was the one who decided to package the firm's famed whisky in square bottles to reduce the amount of breakages during shipment, and to use slanting labels to allow larger typesetting." -- www.luxist.com

Strange comments....


If you have time to read some crazy comments...


Back on August 4, 2008 (last year!) we received our first shipment of Bieres 23 from France. Bieres 23 is brewpub in France that is owned by an Englishman that retired in France. People have loved the beers here and all seemed fine. More than a year later starting on August 19, 2009, people that are visiting the Bieres 23 brewpub in FRANCE have started posting on our blog. Sounds like a war between the English and the French, police, hospitals and bad overpiced fish and chips?


If you have time read the comments on this post ---
I am not sure why they are posting on a TWCP blog in St. Louis Missouri -- thousands of miles away!!


Thursday, September 17, 2009

GREAT SALE!

End of the Summer and the distributor wants to move the Skinny Dip...and move into Hoptober

New Belgium Skinny Dip....$9.99 / 12 pack
(currently only at Forsyth)
"New Belgium's Skinny Dip started out as a challenge from our founder Jeff to brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. Jeff was looking for a full-bodied, highly drinkable beer for after workouts. Peter's challenge was to give the beer body and complexity. Cascade hops frolic with a hint of lime leaf, making Skinny Dip a bright, refreshing splash for the summer season." -- beer

You cannot afford not to buy it!!

Rogue Growlers are here....


Check out this giant growler of beer from Rogue!

Rogue Dead Guy Ale....$13.99 / 64 oz GROWLER

Style: German Maibock
Food Pairing: Pork, Hot & Spicy
Tasting Notes:
In the style of a German Maibock, using our proprietary Pacman ale yeast. Deep honey in color with a malty aroma and a rich hearty flavor.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Get your autograph!

Going, going gone......Thursday September 17th
......is the last scheduled Rick Ankiel Event. Right now, we are at the same number of reservations as the last event, but since Provisions is larger and we are not waiting for a Cardinal game to end like the first event (Cardinals have a day off), we have decided to keep taking reservations.

Provisions Gourmet Market -- 6:30-9pm
Sign up online now - click here

Read more info on our blog - click here
(click and scroll down through the previous Ankiel posts)

WINE TASTING: You can arrive as early as 6:30, sign in and get a wine glass and enjoy some world class wine. (Rick and Lory should arrive between 7-7:30).

We are scheduled to taste Caymus Special Select, Duckhorn Paraduxx, Mettler Cabernet, Franciscan Magnificat, Estancia Meritage, Ferrari Carano Chardonnay, Mount Veeder Cabernet, Justin Cabernet Sauvignon, Justin Justification, Justin Savant (amazing new release from Justin) plus more. Great opportunity to taste some wine and eat some food while you wait to get Rick Ankiel's autograph!

Plus at 8pm, we will open up the 2006 Rick Ankiel Wine to taste --------


You can order them online also.








Peter Michael

One of my favorite visits to California included a visit to Peter Michael winery. Amazing place, amazing view and amazing wines. The took us up in a jeep to check the vineyards and the whole property, it is a great place and a wonderful tour. Unfortunately, the productions is so small, quality is so high, and demand is so high that we very seldom see these wine. Well we have a limited amount now at Forsyth....

Great scores on the 2007s....

2007 Peter Michael Chardonnay "Belle Cote"...$69.99
"The 2007 Chardonnay Belle Cote is sensational. An intoxicating nose of lemon blossoms, poached pear, white peach, and crushed stone soars from the glass of this full-bodied wine. It has zesty acidity, great purity, length, and depth, and is certainly a profound example of Chardonnay from hillside vineyards in Knight’s Valley. This wine should drink well for up to a decade. "
Rated 95-97/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator


2007 Peter Michael Chardonnay Mon Plaisir....$74.99
"The 2007 Mon Plaisir is exquisite. Exotic tropical fruits soar from the perfumed nose of this wine. It has terrific acid, hints of tropical fruit, orange marmalade, and lemon blossom in a full-bodied, rich, pure, but delicate style. I would drink the 2006 over the next 3 years, while the 2007 is probably capable of lasting 7-8 years."
Rated 92-94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator


2007 Peter Michael Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille....$79.99
"The 2007 Chardonnay Ma Belle Fille ratchets up the level of performance. The good news is that there are just under 2,800 cases of this wine in the 2007 vintage. Super-ripe peach, nectarine, orange blossom, white currant, and stony mineral notes jump from the glass of this wine. It has full-bodied texture, superb purity, and tremendous depth and richness. All of these Chardonnays are aged in a combination of 33-80% new oak depending on the cuvee, and of course, are largely fermented with indigenous yeasts, kept on their lees, and bottled without any fining or filtration."
Rated 94-96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator


We have the wines hidden in my office....you can email me at
paul@wineandcheeseplace.com if you are interested.


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Great Divide

A few limited releases from Great Divide....

Great Divide Hoss Rye Lager...$9.49 / 6pk
"Hoss is based on the Marzen lagers of Germany. Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Hoss finishes crisp and dry, and its brilliant red-orange color is a toast to the late-summer sunsets that make the perfect backdrop for this beer." -- Brewery



Great Divide Belgian Tripel....$6.49 / 22oz
"Tripel's medium body and straw hue belie a beer of wondrous complexity. Fruity yeast character dominates throughout, while sweet malt and noble hops give way to a bit of warmth in the finish. Ever hugged a monk? This dangerously drinkable abbey-inspired ale just might have you chasing down the next one you see." -- brewery


Did you know that Great Divide is currently rated the 14th best brewery in the world on RateBeer?


Available online - click here


Brasserie de Ellezelloise - Belgian

Now available online - click here

La Biere des Collines -- The Beer of the Hills

A small Belgian brewery with an interesting line up of beers. We have three beers in stock from them now.

Hercule Imperial Stout...$6.99 / 11oz
Rated 98 percentile on http://www.ratebeer.com/
Rated "A-" on http://www.beeradvocate.com/

Quintine Blonde...$5.99 / 11oz
Saison...$5.49 / 11oz



"The Brasserie Ellezelloise (pronounced “EL-ZEL-WOZ”), is located in the town of Ellezelles in the gentle “hill country” of Belgium. Founded in 1993, the tiny brewery manages to produce 1000 hectoliters per year - the most of any brewery of the Belgian Artisanal Brewers Guild. Housed in a picturesque converted barn in French-speaking Belgium, the brewery includes a cozy café to which the local folk and connoisseurs from Brussels love to repair on weekend afternoons. There you can enjoy a wonderful Ellezelloise brew, served by the brewer, Philippe Gerard." - Brewery

"Ellezelloise produces three regular beers, a blond and an amber ale, and a hardy Belgian stout. All of them are made in small batches and are lagered for ten days in German oak casks. They are strong, full-bodied, and very satisfying. The Quintine Amber and Blond are named for a witch of local legend. Agatha Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot (probably Belgium’s best-known citizen, and a native son of Ellezelles) is the namesake for the “Hercule” Stout. It is the only distinctively Belgian stout, and every bit as sturdy and dapper as its namesake.
The Hercule is considered by many to be a classic, and the Blond and Amber are impressive, delicious companions – very malty, but dry, with a hint of sweetness in the finish, and perfectly hopped. All three share a very distinctive and intoxicating spicy aroma of fresh spruce that suddenly, irresistibly, fills the room when the swing-top is released. This unique house character probably derives from the strains of yeast used by the brewery – and possibly from the fermentation in oak – because the beers are made entirely of malt and hops, without any spices or sugar." -- brewery