Sunday, February 28, 2010

Hoppin' Frog is coming to town!

Thanks to Mike Sweeney of, it looks like Hoppin' Frog is coming to St. Louis. At this point there is no time frame. They still have to go through registration with Missouri which takes a few months. It is not 100% yet, but it looks good!

"Missouri is on our list of new states. We must move at a pace that we can supply our distributors - so the exact date we can take on a new state is still being decided."
-- Fred Karm Sr., Owner of Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Check out their website

"Hoppin’ Frog is a small, hands-on brewery making very flavorful beers in the most flavorful beer styles. We brew high quality beers with an uncompromising focus on detail, from the ingredient selection to the brewing process. A specially designed JV Northwest brewing system creates more flavorful beers by allowing more barley to be used in the brewing process. We also use a special bottling machine that keeps the beer fresher, and extends storage times compared to other conventional microbrewery bottling machines. This is very beneficial to retain all the character of these flavorful styles of beer.

Hoppin’ Frog is the concept of owner and established brewmaster Fred Karm, who has designed and produced more award-winning beers than any other professional brewer in Ohio since 2000. All of these awards were won at the 2 most prestigious contests in the world, including the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup. Mr. Karm has been a brewer of specialty beers since 1994, a life-long Akron, Ohio resident, and is a graduate of the University Of Akron." -- Hoppin' Frog

Some of their beers....
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperail Stout

Winner GABF Gold Medal 2008
This Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout will crush you like no other! This is the grand-daddy of all stout styles, with an intensely deep roasted and full bodied flavor. A robust hop character adds a refreshing balance.

9.4% a/v 107 OG (25.3°P) 60 IBU

Hoppin Frog Hop Dam Triple IPA

Some say “bigger is better!”. At Hoppin’ Frog, we built a massive hop dam to handle the enormous amount of hops added to this colossal American Triple I.P.A. An intense experience of citrus and piney hop character is complimented by layers of rich malt flavor. Behold our new standard for hoppy beers.

10% a/v 94 OG (22.5 °P) HIGH IBU


Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hop Czar is in town...

With the craziness of yesterday (Lagunitas tasting, Batch 9,000, new bacon, fresh eggs) we were slammed and this one got overlooked.
Bridgeport Hop Czar....$8.79 / 6pk
Imperial IPA from Oregon

"Oregon's Oldest Craft Brewery"
"A robust ruler of IPA is here. All Hail the King!"
"BridgePort Hop Czar, an Imperial IPA brewed from our award winning IPA recipe, first introduced to rave reviews in 2008. It is a triple-hopped bottle-conditioned, Imperial-style IPA that carries a deep malt background with enthusiastic citrus and floral notes paired with high hop bitterness. The newest in our permenant 6-pack line, the Hop Czar recipe blends copious amounts of Nugget, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops." -- brewery

"It has an incredibly unique profile that stands out against the growing crowd of West Coast IPA's" -- Rated 97/100 Ben Wild


Friday, February 26, 2010

Bacon #6

2010 TWCP Year of the Bacon
Bacon #1 - Iowa -- Valde Rose - Sold out
Bacon #2 - Kentucky -- Scott's Jowl Bacon - sold out
Bacon #3 - New Hampshire - N.Country Cob Smoked Bacon - sold out
Bacon #4 - Kentucky -- Meacham Hams Country Maple Bacon - sold out
Bacon #5 - Oregon -- Carlton Farms Pepper Bacon -- sold out
Bacon #6 - California -- Black Pig Meat Company -- sold out
Bacon #7 - Wisconsin -- Nueske's Wild Cherrywood Bacon -- sold out
Bacon #8 - California -- Hobbs Applewood Smoked Bacon --

"Bacon has no trans fat at all. Several slices of bacon are healthier in terms of calories, salt, fat and cholesterol than a hot dog, hamburger or glazed donut." -- Fun Bacon Facts

In stock now at Forsyth and Rock Hill!
We are cooking a pound now -- store smells great. Stop buy for a taste in a few minutes.
Black Pig Meat Company...$11.99 / 12oz package

Black Pig Meat co. is the brainchild of chefs Duskie Estes and John Stewart from two great California restaurants: Zazu restaurant + farm, and Bovolo. Their pigs are with antibiotics, hormone free, free range and they are Heritage Breed like the chickens we get our Farm Fresh Eggs. Read more about Heritage breed animals -- click here

the pigs
Our pork comes from Pure Country Pork in the Northwest which is the first sustainable hog operation in the United States to earn Food Alliance Certification. The pigs are heritage breed, raised without antibiotics and hormones, and are allowed to roam free range.

the process
Most bacons you find on the market are wet cured injected fast and smoky from liquid smoke in a process that takes less than a day. We slow down and make sure it tastes good and the animals are treated right. Our Bacon is dry cured with brown sugar for up to 21 days and then finished with applewood smoking for about 12 hours. We are focused on quality not quantity.

the bacon
The result is a bacon that is perfectly balanced in salt, sweet, and smoke; complex from the brown sugar and real wood smoke; and one where you can taste the quality of the pork


Zazu Tabasco Aioli
Black Pig Bacon BLT Benedict
Bovolo Bacon MnC
Fried Green Tomato BLT
Black Pig Bacon and Asparagus Carbonara

Lagunitas new releases....

A couple of new seasonals from Lagunitas should arrive this week!
"As the four winds shift, we see seasons come and seasons go. It seems these days like people's tastes shift as often as do the winds. We know for sure that we like to try something new from time to time. Seasonal flavors abound in the many different foods that we enjoy at certain times of the year, so why not with beer? Fall and Winter call for richness and warmth, while Spring and Summer call for crispness and refreshment. So it goes that colder weather calls for Brown Shugga and Hairy Eyeball Ale, while Summer beckons for Sirius Ale. Our brewers love the challenge of a new recipe, while our drinkers love the challenge of figuring out what the hell the weird story on the side panel has to do with the beer in the bottle." -- Lagunitas
In stock now
Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball Ale...$9.29 / 6pk
Our New Year's release for the seasoned beer folks … Big, brown warmer with several types of crystal malt. No actual eyeballs can actually be found in the beer" -- Lagunitas

Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine -- sorry did not show up
The Annual Release of our BarleyWine Style Ale is Dated and Built to Last. Flavors Evolve as Hop Bitterness Yields to Crazy Caramel and Rich Toffee Flavors. ABV 10-12%

Fresh batch of Lagunitas -- all bottled lated January, early Feb

Bottled 1/28/2010
And a fresh batch of Hop Stoopid arrived!!
Hop Stoopid Ale...$3.59
For those mornings when you have to cut right to the chase, this is the one. Sure to blast through just about anything still lingering from the night before, this mouthful of Hops and huge rich Malt has a gaurantee built right into the name!Alcohol 8% by volume

Chocolate - Bacon - Pancakes

Mo's Bacon Chocolate Pancake Mix...$12.99 / 16 oz

"Pancake mix and Mo's Bacon Bar chocolate chunks. Each batch yields approximately 8, 5–inch pancakes. 2 batches per container. The newest member of the bacon + chocolate family combines the Mo's Bacon Bar with fluffy flapjacks. These buttermilk pancakes are spotted with chunks of our most popular Exotic Candy Bar, which combines applewood smoked bacon and Alder sea salt with deep milk chocolate. Treat your family or weekend guests to these unbelievable pancakes for breakfast OR dinner! Mo's Bacon Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix makes a perfect hostess gift for a weekend retreat. " - Mo's

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New from Vajra

2006 G D Vajra Freisa Kye....$39.99 / 750ml
"The 2006 Langhe Freisa Kye is an explosive wine loaded with dark fruit, violets, minerals and spices. This full-throttle, brooding red possesses stunning concentration, depth and richness, with none of the rustic elements that are typical of this indigenous variety. I was simply blown away by this profound, moving wine. Vajra has redefined the potential of Freisa with the 2006 Kye. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021.

Vajra is one of Piedmont’s best kept secrets. Here readers will enter a world of sublime hand-crafted, artisan wines of the very highest level. Aldo and Milena Vajra’s passion comes through in spades in these terrific new releases, which I can’t recommend highly enough."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

Available online now --Limited!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lagunitas Beer Tasting!!

Lagunitas is rolling into town for a beer tasting!!!! This Friday at our normal weekly tasting!!

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

February 26 -- from 4-6pm

Ron Lindenbusch and Karen Hamilton from Lagunitas will be hosting our Friday night beer tasting!!
We will taste:

Lagunitas Maximus
Lagunitas IPA
Lagunitas Pale Ale
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball - arriving this week!
Lagunitas GnarlyWine -- arriving this week!
Lagunitas Cappucino - if still around

Plus Brown Shugga --we are going to taste a vertical of vintages!!
2006 Brown Shugga
2007 Brown Shugga
2008 Brown Shugga
2009 Brown Shugga

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

TWCP Featured in Culture

We are excited to be included in this national cheese magazine.
Culture: the word on cheese

The Wine and Cheese Place
"It’s no secret when this beer, wine, and liquor store with three locations gets a new cheese that excites its friendly employees. That’s because manager Paul Hayden of the Clayton shop is quick to update in-the-know customers through the Wine and Cheese Place’s blog and Twitter feed. Hayden, a 20-year employee, knows the flavor characteristics of every cheese and libation in stock—and the stories behind them—so he’s the perfect guy to help you find the right pairing." --Evan Benn

 7435 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, Mo.,

Jolly Pumpkin #1 in the NY Times

In a blind tasting conducted by the New York Times of 20 Belgian style beers...

Jolly Pumpkin Ora de Calabaza was voted #1

"A GOOD selection of Belgian-style ales is like the very best kind of buffet, offering an assortment of flavors, aromas, styles, strengths and types. You want strong ale, sour ale, sweet ale, dry ale, golden, dark, wheat, fruity and malty. When we set out to draw a stylistic standard for a planned tasting of Belgian golden ales, it seemed as if we’d taken on an impossible task. But glory does not come to those who quit easily....The blind tasting of these 20 Belgian-style ales was truly glorious, beer at its highest level. For the tasting Florence Fabricant and I were joined by Christian Pappanicholas, the owner of Resto, a Belgian restaurant in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan, and Richard Scholz, an owner of Bierkraft in Park Slope, Brooklyn....Of the 20 beers we tasted, 10 were from Belgium, nine from the United States and one from Canada. It says something about the skill and ambition of American brewers that three of our top four were from the United States.

Our No. 1 beer was the Oro de Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin, which, like the Good Harbor Ale, is from Dexter, Mich., a small town near Ann Arbor. A cabal of Belgian beer lovers in Dexter?" -- The New York Times

Read the whole article

Read more about Jolly Pumpkin

New Flying Dog

In stock at Forsyth

Flying Dog Garde Dog....$8.49 / 6pk

Biere de Garde
Proving the French may actually know something we don't... Garde Dog is a traditional French Biere de Garde or "beer for keeping". This classic farmhouse ale was brewed in March for drinking during the spring and summer months. With its toasted aroma and spicy, malty sweetness Garde Dog will liberate you from the winter doldrums.

Johnnie Walker Swing

This rare one just arrived at Rock Hill and Forsyth
Johnnie Walker Swing Scotch...$59.99 / 750ml
Johnnie Walker Swing was originally created by Sir Alexander Walker, Master Blender par excellence and grandson of John Walker, during the golden age of travel in 1932. On transatlantic voyages, barmen desperately stowed loose bottles onto racks to prevent breakages caused by the unrelenting pitch and roll of stormy weather on the high seas.
But one bottle rode the ocean waves like the most experienced of sailors, swinging elegantly back and forth and — in keeping with the Johnnie Walker philosophy — never losing its balance. Its unique glass decanter allows it to swing to and fro on a convex base. And cradled within this bottle lay a blend of Scotch whisky with a light yet luxurious depth of flavor.
Today, a global audience of sophisticated international travelers continues to recognize Swing as one of the most luxurious blends of Scotch whisky available, duty-free, proving that true quality is indeed timeless.

A blend of luxury

Up to thirty-five individual whiskies are used in the creation of Swing, each carefully selected by the Master Blender, whose task it is to consistently reproduce the original character of the blend devised by Sir Alexander Walker.
The blend contains a high proportion of malts from Speyside, where the single malts are noted for their elegance and complexity. Complementing them are malts from the northern Highlands and Islay, adding richness, spice and weight. Some have been matured in sherry casks over several years to gain richness, while others are lighter and aromatic. The result: a luxurious flavor that's light in the foreground, with sweet mouth-watering depth developing on the palate.

Equilibrium in a glass

Swing strikes the perfect balance between luxuriousness and sophistication. At first glance, its rich, golden tones effortlessly tease out the indulgent nature within each of us. At first taste, the deeper Swing experience will move you.
Ideally, Swing is served on the rocks, neat or diluted with water. Its nose is complex and sophisticated with almost perfumed sweetness. Unquestionably soft and accessible, you are sure to notice the fanciful vanilla and sherry-cask wood notes wafting through. Its palate is smooth and sweet. But its light freshness cloaks a deeper fruitiness, with some smoke and restrained flavors lingering beyond. Finally, a lengthy and rich finish, reverberating with sweetness, completes the movement.
From Johnnie Walker's Website
Picture from Wikipedia

2008 Bon Chien is here!!

Order BFM online now

2008 Just arrived plus more 2006.  Now 3 vintages in stock
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien 2008 Vintage...$23.99 / 750ml
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien 2007 Vintage...$23.99 / 750ml
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien 2006 Vintage...$23.99 / 750ml

"Boldly treading the boundary between port, wine and beer, l'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is a unique ale aged in wooden casks which have been used for several years before to age Merlot, Merlot Cabernet, Whisky and then Grappa. It manages to merge into L'Abbaye all the complex aromas of a vintage red wine along with the delicate harmony and flavors of the wood and its former contents. This process requires close monitoring of the beer's evolution. The final version is blended from different casks, to ensure optimal balance, complexity and enjoyment! A mere one thousand bottles have been earmarked for the US market in 2006. [Thus named in fond memory of Bon-Chien, the late brewery cat, deceased in June 2005, whose antics were very popular with brewery visitors]" -- importer

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Irish Whiskey Tasting!!

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

Irish Whiskey Tasting
with Gerry Murray, Jameson Brand Ambassador

February 23, 2010 from 5pm-7pm

Open House Format!
please come and invite your friends.

Wow, an amazing tasting!!!
Here is what we will taste:
Jameson 12yr Old --- $30.99
Jameson 18yr Old --- $78.99
Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve....$209.99
Midelton Very Rare Irish Whiskey...$114.99
Powers 12 year Old....$27.99
Redbreast 12 Year Old....$39.99
Paddys Irish (new)....$27.99

Info about Gerry Murray of Jameson
Gerry Murray was born in the city of Dublin where he lived for five years, before moving to the small town of Navan (pronounced Naaaavan), Co. Meath on the East coast of the country. Apart from this year’s Jameson Brand Ambassador, the town of Navan has produced some familiar names you might know such as Ireland’s top comedian Tommy Tiernan, and Mr. Cool, Pierce ‘James Bond’ Brosnan!
It was here where Gerry discovered his love of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Working in a bar, he was subjected to a wide range of spirits but there was only one for him. He can often be seen with a glass of Jameson Gold in his hand, enjoying that smooth, creamy taste. He was educated in Dublin, attending the Dublin Institute of Technology and University College Dublin. He obtained a Degree and Masters in Marketing during his studies.
His favorite hobbies are Gaelic football and soccer. He learned his trade with Navan O’Mahonys, before getting a transfer to Amsterdam Gaelic Football club last year. It was here in the Netherlands where he also worked as a Brand Ambassador for Jameson, giving whiskey tastings, building relationships with bar staff, organizing Jameson sponsorship for events, and generally just spreading the good word of John Jameson.
He managed to influence some of Amsterdam’s coolest sons and daughters. They were found to be ‘Slammin Jemmies’ all over the city, spreading the word amongst their trendy, cosmopolitan friends. After his year in Amsterdam, Gerry is eager to embark on a bigger challenge of spreading the John Jameson message throughout the United States. However he knows all he needs is a warm handshake with a smile and to live by the Jameson family motto, Sine Metu – Without Fear.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Great values from Robert Parker

Here are some great quotes from Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate on some fantastic values

Marietta Lot 50.....$12.99
"Marietta Old Vine red, lot 50-delicious under $15 robust wine from old vines-lots of flavor and value,the perfect pizza and burger wine....Marietta Old Vine RED-KITCHEN SINK BLEND,GUTSY AND BOLD-under $15, perfect pizza wine ..." -Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2008 Kendall Jackson Chardonnay Vintners Reserve....$10.99

"Obama drinks it, I recommend please try the Kendall-Jackson 2008 Vintners Reserve chardonnay-under $15" -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2008 Grayson Cabernet Sauvignon....$8.99

"...another budget super star for cabernet lovers-Grayson 2008 California cabernet-a whopping $10-hard to believe how good it is for the price" -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

"Grayson Cellars specializes in sourcing declassified lots of wine from highly respected wineries, putting together attractive blends, and selling them for a song." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Grayson buys fruit from "big name" wineries, but they have to sign a contract with the winery not to disclose the name of the source of the grapes. In tough wine times like now, many wineries have extra wine and Grayson's quality goes off the chart. Many of these wines they buy from sell for $50+.

2008 Grayson Chardonnay....$8.99
"There are 15,000 cases of the 2008 Chardonnay, which is completely fermented and aged in stainless steel. Elegant honeysuckle, orange blossom, and tropical fruit aromas are followed by a nicely-textured, medium-bodied Chardonnay displaying outstanding purity, freshness, and overall equilibrium. Enjoy it over the next year.

Grayson Cellars specializes in sourcing declassified lots of wine from highly respected wineries, putting together attractive blends, and selling them for a song."

Rated 88/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Friday, February 19, 2010

Rare Madeira....

Order a piece of history!!
Pre-Arrival offer
We have a great offering for some extremely rare and old Madeira. Call 314-727-8788 to place an order. We will have to confirm your order with the importer as these are very rare.

"And one of the best things about Madeira? A little glass goes a long way to satisfying a wine thirst, and then the open bottle can be kept indefinitely, as the wine is already oxidized during the vinification. It’s the only “cooked” wine that’s good to drink (hence the term maderized for poorly stored wines that show overly mature characteristics)." -- James Molesworth, The Wine Spectator

Madeira is a fortified wine like port -- alcohol is added to stop fermentation.

There are four major grapes used (here they are from driest to sweetest)
Sercial: Driest Madeira - Less than 1.5 percent residual sugar.

Verdelho: Between 1.5 to 2.5 percent residual sugar.
Bual: Between 2.5 to 3.5 percent residual sugar.
Malmsey (Malvasia): Sweetest -- 4 percent residual sugar.
And the much more rare (almost extinct) Terrantez grape that was mostly destroyed by desease like phyloxera (only about 1,100 pounds are harvested each year)

Read more about Madeira from the Rare Wine Co.

I have included reviews where I have found them.

Barbeito (Madeira)
1978 Bual.............$109.99
1982 Bual.............$109.99
1978 Sercial.........$109.99
1981 Verdelho.....$109.99

D'Oliveira (Madeira)
1908 Bual.......$439.99
"The 1908 Boal Reserva from D’Oliveiras is an unctuous, full-bodied wine loaded with dark maple syrup, tar, leather, licorice and sweet baking spices. There is superb density here and the wine shows terrific length in an intense style. The finish is long, bright and sweet."
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

1922 Bual......$379.99
"Incredibly rich on the nose, showing molasses, chocolate and coffee as well as a singed quality. The sweet, concentrated chocolate and molasses flavors have a smooth, silky texture and the cut of high acidity to balance the sweet richness, finishing on the astringent side. Drink now. –BS"
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

1958 Bual......$249.99

1968 Bual........$134.99
The 1968 D’Oliveiras Reserva Boal is a medium-bodied, elegant wine that features high-toned aromas and flavors, with subtle notes of smoke and tar adding complexity. This is an unusually understated showing for the 1968 Boal.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

1977 Bual..........$99.99
The 1977 D’Oliveiras Boal Reserva reveals superb depth and precision in its leather, spices, toffee and espresso. Smooth and remarkably balanced on the palate, this Madeira offers tons of length and plenty of style.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

1983 Bual Harvest......$99.99

1907 Malvasia......$499.99

1987 Malvasia..........$92.99

The 1987 Malmsey from D’Oliveiras is a gorgeous, feminine offering endowed with notes of chocolate, sweet spices and flowers that are intricately woven into medium to full-bodied frame. This beautifully balanced wine possesses notable harmony and finesse.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

1937 Sercial.....$269.99
Full of verve, this Madeira is deep amber in color, with a fresh, complex bouquet evoking cocoa, caramel and a hint of iodine. The lovely butterscotch flavor marries well with the lively structure and is followed by a dry, nutty finish. Drink now. –BS
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

1969 Sercial.........$131.99

1912 Verdelho......$379.99
1973 Verdelho.....$119.99

1977 Terrantez......$119.99
1988 Terrantez........$81.99

"The D’Oliveiras 1988 Terrantez is a wine that invites a moment of quiet contemplation, making it the perfect wine with which to end this incredible tasting. There is a highly attractive creaminess as layers of roasted nuts, cloves and leather open up in the glass. This generous, sweet Terrantez offers outstanding length, with lingering notes of sweetness and acidity that intermingled on the, intensely satisfying finish."
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

Rare Wine Co. (Madeira)

Affordable Madeiras are typically blended for uniformity but, with this project, we seek to create highly individual wines—wines that display uniquely the combinations of acidity, concentration, aromatics, and richness that mark the finest Madeira. By working with small lots, we are able to include parcels of old wine (many exceeding 30 years old) which give the wines the character of Vintage Madeira. The source and age of these parcels may vary from lot to lot, but they will always help to achieve a more expressive result.

The Wines. To emphasize America’s deep historical connection to Madeira, each wine in the series is named for a U.S. city where Madeira was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. Thus, the series offers Boston Bual Special Reserve, New York Malmsey Special Reserve, and Charleston Sercial Special Reserve.

Historic Series "Boston" Boal.......$35.99
"Slightly richer than the Charleston Sercial, the Boston Bual boasts knockout aromas of toasted nut oil, orange peel and hints of dark honey or maple syrup. Despite the extra weight and sweetness, it’s not cloying at all—the finish is mouthwatering and long. - J.C. (10/31/2006)"
Rated 93/100 Wine Enthusiast

Historic Series "New York" Malmsey......$35.99
"The sweetest and richest in the Historic series, the New York Malmsey unfolds slowly in the glass, gradually revealing layers of depth and flavor. Coffee, toffee and date notes emerge, followed by earthy, almost truffley flavors. Powerful and assertive on the long finish. - J.C. (10/31/2006)
Rated 93/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Historic Series "Charleston" Sercial.....$35.99
"The Historic Series are simply great Madeiras at reasonable prices. The Charleston Sercial is the driest of the collection, offering nutty aromas tinged with honey, caramel and maple syrup. Dried figs, honey and candied citrus flavors mark the palate, which is wonderfully smooth. The long finish features racy yet balanced acidity. - J.C. (10/31/2006)"
Rated 93/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Historic Series "Imperial" Malmsey $129.99
"This wine is magical : as seductive for its astonishing complexity as it is for its gorgeous balance and texture. Its color is a glowing light mahogany and like any great Malmsey, it perfectly balances sweetness with acidity, leaving the palate refreshed. But it is the aromas and flavors that are most dramatic. Its nuances are of a very old wine, profoundly complex and deep, with explosive notes of figs, mocha, coffee, caramel and smoke. Both classic and compelling—if you’re like us, you'll return to this wine again and again. " -- Rare Wine Co.

Historic Series “New Orleans” limited availability $55.99
"In the Spring of 2007, we released a limited bottling of New Orleans Special Reserve, based on the rare Terrantez grape, to raise funds and awareness for post-Katrina cultural activities in New Orleans. Each bottle bears an early engraving from that city, along with a back label describing the wine and America’s special link to Madeira’s illustrious history." -- Rare Wine Co.

Very limited release..

Available online now
Wild Turkey® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Releases Limited Edition Wild Turkey “Tradition” Bourbon
Posted: October 8th, 2009 under Wild Turkey.
Wild Turkey Tradition....$94.99
Only 14,000 Bottles of Master Distiller Selection Available in U.S.
LAWRENCEBURG, KY (September 30, 2009)—Wild Turkey® Bourbon, The Real Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, announces the release of Wild Turkey “Tradition,” a limited edition, 14-year-old, 101 proof bourbon. This Master Distiller Selection, only the third in this series of special selections, celebrates the history of the Wild Turkey Distillery and the traditions held dear by the people of Kentucky. Only 30,000 bottles are available worldwide and just 14,000 have been allocated to the U.S. Suggested retail price for a 750ml bottle is $100.
Wild Turkey Tradition has been aged for 14 years in new, white oak barrels with the heaviest (and most expensive) level of char. After aging in the “sweet spot” or what’s sometimes called the “center cut” of our oldest warehouses, the liquid was bottled at 101 proof in order to retain the true bourbon flavor as has always been done at the Wild Turkey Distillery. The unique packaging combines a traditional metallic base and metal cap with cork stopper with a clean contemporary glass bottle design. It is presented in a special wooden box with an insert describing the rich story behind the product.
“When you’re blessed with a talented father and son team of distillers like Jimmy and Eddie Russell, you want to celebrate their talented touch, and that’s what we’ve done with Tradition,” said Joe Uranga, Vice President of Marketing for Wild Turkey. “With such a limited number of bottles produced, we could easily ask more than $100 for this ultra-premium bottling, but that’s not what Wild Turkey is about. We don’t want to see Tradition become a mythical bottle, but instead we want it to be enjoyed by consumers who truly appreciate a fine, hand-crafted bourbon of such impeccable quality.”
As expected Wild Turkey Bourbon Tradition is a classic. The nose includes warming notes of molasses, raisins and mellowed oak married with the fresh essence of peeled oranges, sweet corn, honeydew melon and luscious vanilla. The taste is bold and crisp, filling the mouth with hints of rye, white pepper and orange zest. This bourbon builds on the warming notes in the nose and develops flavors of toffee and vanilla. The finish is very long with toffee and caramel lingering along with subtle undertones of oak and dried tobacco.
Previous limited editions from master and associate distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell are Wild Turkey Bourbon Tribute (2004) and Wild Turkey Bourbon American Spirit (2007). The release of Wild Turkey Bourbon Tradition coincides with Bourbon Heritage Month.
About Wild Turkey
Uncompromising since 1855, Wild Turkey is the Real Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky. Using only natural processes, Wild Turkey products are aged in new white oak barrels which give them a deep russet color while carrying full flavors of vanilla and caramel. Complementing the classic Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, several variations of the brand now exist including Rare Breed®, American Honey®, and Russell’s Reserve®. Using the same tried and true methods with a little bit of innovation, Wild Turkey is a true American icon, always bearing the mantle of tradition with grace and a noble heritage.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Bordeaux bargains....

2006 Bordeaux great ratings and GREAT PRICES!!!

2006 Sociando Mallet Haut Medoc....$39.99 / 750ml
"Classic aromas of black currants, graphite, powdered wet rocks, and earthy undertones compete with the intense black currant fruit present in this structured, medium to full-bodied, concentrated 2006. Always an over-achiever, Sociando Mallet is built for 20-30 years of longevity. The elegant, powerful, but backward 2006 requires patience. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2025."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2006 Chateau Lagrange St. Julien....$42.99 / 750ml
"A very strong effort from Lagrange in 2006, this estate’s tendency for including a nearly overwhelming oak component in its wines has been tamed in this cuvee, resulting in a better-balanced, potentially complex offering. A deep opaque purple color is followed by aromas of espresso roast, subtle pain grille, black currants, and cigar box. Full-bodied and surprisingly powerful for a 2006, with outstanding purity, texture, and depth, patience will be required for this beauty. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2027."
Rated 91/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2006 Prieure Lichine Margaux....$39.99 / 750ml
"With the highly respected Right Bank consultant Stephane Derenoncourt providing advice, Prieure-Lichine has moved to a complete, savory, and for lack of a better description, broad, lush, sexy style. This has always been a wine that was drinkable at an early age, but I think they are building more texture and flesh into the wine, as well as more concentration, without losing the estate’s early appeal. The 2006 is an outstanding wine, with complex notes of spring flowers, forest floor, sweet black currants, and earth. Medium to full-bodied, flavorful, without a trace of astringency or hardness, this is a succulent, fleshy wine to drink over the next 15 or more years."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2006 Pavie Macquin St. Emilion....$59.99 / 750ml
"From a superbly situated on St.-Emilion’s plateau, 38-acre vineyard planted on primarily limestone and clay, this 2006 is meant for long-term aging. A combination of 80% Merlot and the rest Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, it is a backward, brawny, muscular, long distance runner. Consumers lacking patience are advised to steer clear of this wine. Its dense purple color is followed by aromas of graphite, sweet cassis, pen ink, and charcoal. This powerful, dense, concentrated wine possesses high tannins and lots of structure. One of the more backward offerings from the right bank in 2006, it will not be close to drinkability for 8-10 years. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030"
Rated 92+/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2006 Chateau Cos d'Estournel St. Estephe....$89.99 / 750ml
"The exceptional 2006 Cos d’Estournel is composed of 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, and 2% Petit Verdot, 55% of the production was utilized. Revealing superb intensity for a 2006 as well as an inky/blue/purple color, and a sweet bouquet of blue and black fruits, licorice, graphite, and charcoal, this full-bodied 2006 possesses high levels of sweet tannin. This wine is characterized by a freshness and precision that give it a 1996-like affinity. Enjoy this beautifully concentrated, exceptionally pure, statuesque Cos d’Estournel over the next 20-25 years. By the way, it was bottled without any fining or filtration."
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2006 Beyechevelle St. Julien.....$23.99 / 375ml
"A property that seems to be awakening, this St.-Julien leans toward more of a Margaux style. The attractive earthy, floral, red currant, and raspberry notes are impressively intense and complex in the aromatics. This dark ruby/purple-tinged wine displays elegance, finesse, and a beautiful mouthfeel in a restrained, moderately intense, but still classic style with sweet tannins. Tobacco, cedar, earth, and red and black fruits are prominent in both the aromas and the flavors. This wine can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2006 Chateau Gloria St. Julien....$14.99 / 375ml
"As I wrote last year, this sensational sleeper of the vintage is not far off the pace of Gloria’s brilliant 2005. Sweet cedary, cigar box, roasted herb, and black currant fruit aromas are followed by a lush, full-bodied, textured, concentrated wine. A steal in today’s marketplace, this is a gorgeous St.-Julien to enjoy now and over the next 15+ years. Good value."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2006 Chateau Clerc Milon...$43.99 / 750ml
"From the same stable as Mouton Rothschild and d’Armailhac, Clerc Milon, despite the relatively high percentage of Merlot (44%) combined with 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and the balance Cabernet Franc, is dense, rich, tannic, and backward. Surprisingly muscular for this offering, which often exhibits a more precocious side, it offers up abundant amounts of creme brulee, chocolate, cedar, and black currants. This full-bodied Pauillac displays gorgeous purity and depth as well as moderately high tannins in the finish. Because of its freshness, structure, and density, it is reminiscent of a 1996 Medoc. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2028."
Rated 91/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

2006 Bernadotte Haut Medoc......$16.99 / 750ml
"Primarily a blend of equal parts Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, with a small amount of Petit Verdot, this offering (from the owners of Pichon Lalande) exhibits a classic style with notes of licorice, roasted herbs, cedar, and black currants. Medium-bodied with fine ripeness as well as moderate tannin, purchasers should cellar it for 2-3 years and drink it over the following 12-15."
Rated 87/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2006 Branaire Ducru St. Julien....$42.99 / 12 750ml

".... an outstanding wine, this singular St.-Julien always possesses notes of spring flowers, boysenberries, black currants, and graphite. The complex aromatics are followed by a medium-bodied, classic Bordeaux displaying a deep ruby/purple color as well as moderately high tannin. It needs 3-5 years of bottle age, and should last for two decades or more."

Rated 90+/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2006 Chateau D'Armailhac Pauillac.....$34.99/750ml
"This impressive Pauillac is performing even better from bottle than it did from barrel. Made by the staff at Mouton Rothschild, it is a blend of 64% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the rest Merlot and Cabernet Franc. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a bouquet of grilled meats, subtle herbs, coffee, black currants, and a hint of camphor. The sweetness of the tannins, full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning length, all in gorgeous symmetry, suggest this is one of the finest d’Armailhacs yet made. Moreover, it is still reasonably priced by the standards of this region. Anticipated maturity: now-2025."
Rated 91/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2006 Domaine de Chevalier Pessac Leognan....$42.99 /750ml
"The brilliant St.-Emilion-based consultant, Stephane Derenoncourt, is working his magic at this great vineyard in Leognan. The 2006, a blend of 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, is a revelation of sweet, lush, black raspberry and black currant fruit intermixed with subtle notes of scorched earth and barbecue spices. Round, luscious, sexy, and exceptionally complex, the wine is dominated by that smoky minerality that comes from this area. It is the quintessentially elegant yet substantial Pessac-Leognan with class, complexity, and potential. Despite wanting to drink most of the bottle when I was tasting it, I know it will be even better with 2-4 years of bottle age, and should keep for two decades."
Rated 92/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

2006 Chateau Gloria St. Julien....$29.99 / 750ml
As I wrote last year, this sensational sleeper of the vintage is not far off the pace of Gloria’s brilliant 2005. Sweet cedary, cigar box, roasted herb, and black currant fruit aromas are followed by a lush, full-bodied, textured, concentrated wine. A steal in today’s marketplace, this is a gorgeous St.-Julien to enjoy now and over the next 15+ years. Good value."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Chateau Montrose 2006 was produced by Jean-Bernard Delmas who had been the winemaker for First Growth Chateau Haut Brion for forty years. He took over Haut Brion from his father, and now his son makes Chateau Haut Brion (he still consults). He came out of retirement to make this wine for the new owners of Montrose.
2006 Montrose St. Estephe....$71.99

"The first vintage under new owner Martin Bouygues,who convinced Jean-Bernard Delmas to come out of retirement to produce this wine, the 2006 Montrose is an undeniable success. A blend of approximately two-thirds Cabernet Sauvignon, one-third Merlot, and a tiny dollop of Petit Verdot, the most dramatic difference between the 2006, and wines made by the previous administration is that Jean Delmas produces wines with sweeter, silkier tannins, although analytically, they are as high as those found in the great Montrose vintages of the past. The 2006 is extraordinarily elegant and finesse-styled, but it exhibits stunningly concentrated, sweet blackberry and cassis fruit with hints of flowers and minerals. Full-bodied with a savory, expansive mid-palate as well as sweet, noble tannins, this beauty will benefit from 3-4 years of bottle age, and should drink well for 20-25+ years."

Rated 94/100
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Rated 93/100
The Wine Spectator

2006 La Dame de Montrose....$25.99

"The second wine, the 2006 La Dame de Montrose, is a shrewd choice for wine consumers. A blend of 58% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 12% Cabernet Franc, plus a small quantity of Petit Verdot, it is a layered, lush, fleshy effort possessing ripe red and black fruits interwoven with hints of earth and spice box. Plush, round, and sexy, it should be enjoyed during its first 10-12 years of life."

Rated 90/100
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2006 Monbousquet St. Emilion....$43.99

"A blend of 60% Merlot, 30% Cabernet Franc, and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2006 possesses a dense ruby/purple color as well as a sweet perfume of espresso roast, damp earth, new oak, black cherries, and black currants. Medium to full-bodied with exceptional purity, surprising intensity, good texture, and sweet tannin in the finish, this unfiltered cuvee should drink well for 12-15 years. The residence and home estate of Chantal and Gerard Perse has once again turned in a serious effort. From sandy soils that have been largely dismissed as a good source for high quality wine production, Monbousquet, through extraordinary viticultural work, and doing everything right in the cellar, continues to turn out one of Bordeaux's finer wines."

Rated 92/100
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2006 Grand Puy Lacoste Pauillac....$41.99

"While not at the level of the phenomenal 2005 [which sells for $110], Grand-Puy-Lacoste has produced another classic wine with the creme de cassis fruit that I often find in both Mouton Rothschild and Pontet-Canet, yet both of those vineyards are closer to the Gironde River. This wine has a pure personality, with the aforementioned classic creme de cassis notes, medium to full body, beautiful density, purity, texture, and length. If anything, this recalls a hypothetical blend of their brilliant 1995 and 1996. Tannins are elevated, so patience will be required. This was Xavier Borie’s first vintage in his new state-of-the-art winemaking facility. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2027."

Rated 92/100
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Rated 91/100
The Wine Spectator

Rated 91/100
Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

2006 Cantemerle Haut Medoc....$26.99
2006 Cantemerle Haut Medoc....$14.99 / 375ml

"As I indicated last year, quality has improved dramatically at this estate, and the 2006 is a quintessentially elegant Bordeaux displaying a dark ruby/purple color, a lovely bouquet of forest floor, sweet cherries, cranberries, and black currants, medium body, a textured, sweet, tannic mouthfeel, and a long finish. Everything is beautifully pure as well as perfectly balanced in this outstanding effort. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025. Excellent value."

Rated 90/100
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Farm Fresh Eggs

Farm Fresh Eggs from Heritage Breed Chickens
In stock more about the eggs

Why buy eggs from a Heritage Breed?
Better Eggs - quality, not quantity
Farm Fresh and produced locally
Supports breeds that would otherwise might become extinct.

A few examples of Heritage Breed Chickens that we will receive eggs from....
Plymouth Rock Barred

Standard Weights: Cock-9-1/2 pounds; hen-7-1/2 pounds; cockerel-8 pounds; pullet-6 pounds.

Skin Color: Yellow.
Egg Shell Color: Brown.
Use: Meat and eggs.
Origin: Developed in America in the middle of the 19th century and was first exhibited as a breed in 1869. Several individuals claimed its invention, using crosses of Dominique, Java, Cochin, and perhaps Malay and Dorking. The first Plymouth Rock was barred and other varieties developed later. The Breed became popular very rapidly, and in fact, until World War II, no breed was ever kept and bred as extensively as the Barred Plymouth Rock. Its popularity came from its qualities as an outstanding farm chicken: hardiness, docility, broodiness, and excellent production of both eggs and meat. Most of the other varieties were developed from crosses containing some of the same ancestral background as the barred variety. Early in its development, the name Plymouth Rock implied a barred bird, but as more varieties were developed, it became the designation for the breed. The Barred Plymouth Rock was one of the foundation breeds for the broiler industry in the 1920's, and the White Rock continues to be used as the female side of the commercial broiler cross.

Characteristics: Plymouth Rocks are a good general farm chicken. They are docile; normally will show broodiness; possess a long, broad back; a moderately deep, full breast and a single comb of moderate size. Some strains are good layers while others are bred principally for meat. They usually make good mothers. Their feathers are fairly loosely held but not so long as to easily tangle. Generally, Plymouth Rocks are not extremely aggressive, and tame quite easily. Some males and hens are big and active enough to be quite a problem if they become aggressive. Breeders should be aware of the standard weights and not select small or narrow birds for the breeding pen. Common faults include shallow breast, high tails, narrow bodies and small size.

Status: Watch. The Barred Plymouth Rock is still a popular farm chicken but, as a dual-purpose bird, is still far less common than its more specialized White Rock cousin. - ALBC

Ameraucana Heritage Breed Chicken
The terms for this breed Araucana, Ameraucana, "Easter Egg Chicken" - have been used interchangeably - though there are differences in the Araucana and Ameraucana breeds. The Araucana breed is usually rumpless, as well as differences in the cheek muffs and "wings" at the ears. The Ameraucana breed started with the chickens from South America and were crossbred to ther chickens. The blue and green colored eggs carried through.
Our Ameraucana chickens occasionally produce rumpless offspring (we have a Delaware/Ameracauna cross that is rumpless). Our Ameraucanas do lay both blue and green eggs.

Previous Info form Heirloom Heritage Farms

Following info from Amercian Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC)
The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect over 150 breeds of livestock and poultry from extinction. Included are asses, cattle, goats, horses, sheep, pigs, rabbits, chickens, ducks, geese, and turkeys.

Founded in 1977, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is the pioneer organization in the U.S. working to conserve historic breeds and genetic diversity in livestock. We hope you'll browse through these pages and learn more about the diverse and valuable agricultural heritage that is ours to enjoy and to steward.

What is a Heritage Chicken?
Over the past several years, ALBC has developed a conceptual framework for conservation: Discover - Secure - Maintain. Breeds and populations must be discovered. This includes finding them and confirming their status as a breed. Once discovered, the population and/or breed needs to be secured. This can take many forms from rescue to general support, from the development of specific breeding strategies to cryopreservation. Many breeds will move in and out of this phase. Maintaining the breed is about ensuring the viability of the genetic resources for the long-term. At this state, getting breeds back into the marketplace is critical and if this stage is successful the breed has the potential to grow numerically and find lasting viability in the marketplace.

Defining Heritage is a maintenance strategy. The value of the definition for farmers is that it safeguards the integrity of the breed as expressed by its genetics. Therefore, farmers and consumers can share a common understanding of a product that is derived from a defined Heritage breed.

Definition of Heritage Chicken
Chickens have been a part of the American diet since the arrival of the Spanish explorers. Since that time, different breeds have been developed to provide meat, eggs, and pleasure.

The American Poultry Association began defining breeds in 1873 and publishing the definitions in the Standard of Perfection. These Standard breeds were well adapted to outdoor production in various climatic regions. They were hearty, long-lived, and reproductively vital birds that provided an important source of protein to the growing population of the country until the mid-20th century. With the industrialization of chickens many breeds were sidelined in preference for a few rapidly growing hybrids. The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy now lists over three-dozen breeds of chickens in danger of extinction. Extinction of a breed would mean the irrevocable loss of the genetic resources and options it embodies.

Therefore, to draw attention to these endangered breeds, to support their long-term conservation, to support efforts to recover these breeds to historic levels of productivity, and to re-introduce these culinary and cultural treasures to the marketplace, the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy is defining Heritage Chicken. Chickens must meet all of the following criteria to be marketed as Heritage.

Avery Black Tot

Avery Brewing Company --
Order Avery online now

Avery Brewing Co- Recently rated the #5 All-Time Top Brewery in the world by Beer Advocate!!

In stock now at Forsyth
(call Paul at 314-727-8788 if you want to pick some up at another one of our stores)

Avery Black Tot Barrel Aged Imperial Oatmeal Stout....$7.99 /12oz

As reported on
(Boulder, CO) – Details about the Avery Black Tot release from Avery Brewing’s newsletter sent out this afternoon:

“No. 3 in our Barrel-Aged Series will release on January 15th 2010 at the Avery Tap Room

Be present at the release to make sure you get some bottles of this incredible and indelibly unique brew: Imperial Oatmeal Stout aged in Gosling’s Rum barrels. Huge. Chewy. Endlessly deep. Smooth beyond belief with plentiful amounts of subtle flavors that work their way out as you sip. This beer is so good that you can quaff a pint or sip and savor a few ounces with equal ease. The only difficult part is deciding what you want to do with it!

We’ll have just a tad over 300 cases of this beer (24/12oz.) to go around. Limited one time release, with a few cases being sent to select states after the release date. Coming to Black Tot Day at the Avery Tap Room is the only way to GUARANTEE that you get your hands on some bottles! We’ll also have unoaked, rye barrel and bourbon barrel versions of the Imperial Oatmeal Stout on tap just for the release. No door charge." --Avery

Barrel Aged Great Divide

Sold out already-sorry

Great Divide -- order online
Ranked 8th in’s 2010 “The Best Brewers in the World”
Ranked 7th in Beer Advocate’s 2009 “All-Time Top Breweries on Planet Earth.”

Very limited "Barrel Aged" Series
Limit 1 bottle per person (only 12 bottles of each came to STL)

Only 1,188 BOTTLES made
Great Divide Barrel Aged Old Ruffian....$24.99 / 750ml
of our acclaimed, hefty barley wine has been aged for 9 months in Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels. The process tempers Old Ruffian’s edges for a mellowed version with heady whiskey flavors and subtle oak notes. Bottle conditioned, it’ll age nicely for years. If you can resist it that long. 85-90 IBU’s. 12.7% ABV." -- Great Divide

Only 1,104 BOTTLES made
Great Divide Barrel Aged Yeti...$24.99 / 750ml
"BARREL AGED YETI IMPERIAL STOUT This unique version of our
monstrous Yeti Imperial Stout is aged for 9 months in Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey barrels and then bottle conditioned. The spirited aging process produces a hugely complex but mellowed Yeti, with its signature roasted flavors, hints of vanilla and oak, and a whiskeyed finish. Who says you can’t tame a beast? 75 IBU’s. 12.2% ABV." -- Great Divide