Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Night Stalker !!

Online now also

Ten cases arrived at Forsyth!!!
No limit. Should be plenty to go around since it is the second load even though the first 10 disappeared.
Goose Island Night Stalker Imperial Stout...$8.99 / 22oz
Rated 100/100 on RateBeer and only 750 cases bottled!!


Info from Goose Island's Website:
A heavily-hopped imperial stout, Night Stalker is a heavyweight of a beer. It delivers a formidable punch of hops and rich roasted malt notes to the nose in a silky body that's as dark as night.

Recipe Information:
Style: Imperial Stout
Alcohol by Volume: 11.2%
International Bitterness Units: 60
Color: Midnight
Hops: Mt Hood, Simcoe
Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roasted Barley, De-Bittered Black



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Big Sky from Montana --

Short notice beer tasting
Beer Tasting this Wednesday from 2-4pm
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Boulevard
Clayton, MO 63105

Big Sky will be on hand to taste --

Big Sky Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout (not available for sale)
Big Sky Brewing’s Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout is brewed according to the traditional style using English hops and the finest American malt. Its aroma and flavor balances well between esters of dried fruit and roasted cocoa with a slight bourbon presence. Ivan was aged for a minimum of three months in American oak Jim Beam Bourbon barrels." -- Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Big Sky Bukin Monk Tripel -- (not available for sale)


Plus we will taste these....


Big Sky from Missoula, Montana

We will taste all of these...
Summer Honey
When the days get longer and the air gets warmer, we get outside quite a bit. And we build a big thirst. Summer Honey helps us shake off the winter and slakes our thirst for a refreshing brew.Summer Honey is a full-flavored summer seasonal ale. Brewed with a unique, balanced blend of spices, Northwest Hops, and Montana honey. Summer Honey is brewed during the early days of spring and released around the first of May each year. Light colored, light bodied, and very drinkable, Summer Honey sacrifices nothing to create a flavorful beer that can be enjoyed during the height of the Summer. Summer Honey has 3.8% alcohol by weight, and 4.7% alcohol by volume.


BIG SKY BREWING -
Big Sky IPA India Pale Ale...6pk
"In Montana, many classic memories are made right after someone says, “Hold my beer and watch this.” These bold, assertive moments deserve a bold, assertive beer – Big Sky IPA. A distinct hop presence and malty backbone will leave you refreshed and ready for your moment of glory. Hang on tight and enjoy the ride. Big Sky IPA has 65 IBU's, 5% alcohol by weight, and 6.2% alcohol by volume" -- brewery

Big Sky Moose Drool Brown Ale...6pk

"Remember that feeling?
That first taste, the best part of a beer after a long day. We want to make that better than ever. So we made Moose Drool. The name sounds a little iffy, but it's really the best Brown Ale you'll ever taste. That's why Moose Drool is far and away the best-selling beer brewed in Montana.
It's chocolate brown in color with a creamy texture. A malty beer with just enough hop presence to keep it from being too sweet. The aroma mostly comes from the malt with a hint of spice added by the hops. Moose Drool is brewed with pale, caramel, chocolate, and whole black malts; and Kent Goldings, Liberty, and WILLAMETTE HOPS. It has an original gravity of 13 degrees Plato, and is 4.2% alcohol by weight, 5.3% by volume." -- Brewery


Big Sky Scape Goat Pale Ale...6pk

"Don't blame yourself, you can blame us. Scape Goat is about to become your favorite beer. Or it will be when you taste it. Scape Goat is our award-winning Pale Ale. It is a very smooth brew, refreshing and well-balanced. Scape Goat took home the Gold Medal from the North American Brewers' Association competitions as the best English-style pale ale brewed west of the Mississippi, but only because it is the best. Scape Goat is brewed with pale, crystal malts, and Kent Goldings and Crystal Hops. Scape Goat is 3.8% alcohol by weight and 4.7% by volume." -- brewery

Big Sky Trout Slayer Montana Ale...6pk

They say the best way to shrink a fish is with with a ruler, but the best way to grow a fish is with a beer. Montana Trout Slayer is the beer to drink when you're knockin' back a couple cold ones and tellin' fish stories. Who knows the next one might be the best yet! "A bigger tale with every ale." Trout Slayer is a filtered wheat ale, fermented at cool temperatures, making it a smooth drinkable session beer. Brewed with Palisade, Glacier, and Mt. Hood hops, this straw colored beer is sure to please any craft beer drinker. Alcohol by weight 3.78% alcohol by volume 4.7%.



I honestly do not know much about these beers, so I started a thread on the Beer Advocate site that include Montana to hear what the locals had to say -- click here to read

Here is their website --Big Sky Brewing




Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Thornbridge Brewery

A new one from the United Kingdom......Thornbridge

Thornbridge Jaipur India Pale Ale....$6.49 / pint
ABV = 5.9%
"Thornbridge Brewery is a collaboration of passion, vision and great ale making. Our brewers come with a variety of experience but all share the same desire to make great real ales. Using the flavours of the land their aim is to put the art back into the sicence they were taught. The immediate impression of this wonderful award wining India Pale Ale is soft and smooth buty this rapidly builds around the mouth to a crescendo of massive hoppiness. This completely natural bottle conditioned ale produces a layer of yeast. Please store upright in a cool place and pour carefully." -- brewery
Rated 94 percentile on Ratebeer.com
Rated A- on BeerAdvocate



Thornbridge Saint Petersburg Imperial Russian Stout...$7.99 / pint
ABV = 7.7%
"Saint Petersburg is a fabulous warming, full bodied, stout with subtle peat smokiness and chocolate malt flavours. This completely natural bottle conditioned ale produces a layer of yeast. Please store upright in a cool place and pour carefully." -- brewery
Rated 93 percentile on Ratebeer.com
Rated A- on Beer Advocate

Rare Belgian....

A very rare one!!! Back in stock!!
These could be some of the last brewed at Drie Fonteinen -- the brewing is moving to Boon - read more at Beernews.org

Available online!


Drie Fonteinen Schaerbeekse Kriek...$35.99 / 750ml



"Armand Debelder's most special Kriek, brewed with Belgium's famous Schaerbeekse cherries, renowned for their incredible color and flavor. Loads of these rare and expensive sour cherries, pits and all, are poured into aging casks of lambic, where they are gradually infused into the beer. The result is a delectable blend of sourness from the lambic and a slight hint of sweetness from the ridiculous quantity of cherries employed. Naturally, no sugars, sweeteners, or artifical flavors are used." -- importer

Rated 100/100 percentile on RateBeer
Rated A on BeerAdvocate

Monday, March 29, 2010

2007 Bryant...

Coming soon -- the amazing 2007!
2007 Bryant Family Cabernet Sauvignon....$439 / bottle
Net pricing, no additional discounts.
Call 314-727-8788 to order

"Potentially a candidate for perfection, the 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is the finest Bryant Family wine since the aforementioned 1997. Striking aromas and flavors of blackberries, blueberries, flowers, smoke, truffles, and sweet berries lead to a wine with profound concentration, a silky, layered mouthfeel, perfect integration of tannin and wood, and remarkable depth, intensity, and balance. The finish lasts nearly a minute. This stunning Cabernet should age nicely for 20-30 years. This superb 13-acre hillside vineyard on Pritchard Hill, one of the great sites in Napa, has produced some remarkable wines. I recently had the compellingly perfect 1997, which continues to age at a glacial pace."

Rated 98+/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate




Quick news

Bell's OBERON is arriving tomorrow -- Spring and Baseball!!!

Eggs are sold out right now -- more FRESH on Tuesday!

Bacon - sold out, sorry for all of you looking for some, we will have a new one this week hopefully. We are told it should arrive on Friday. Sounds like a great one!!!




Friday, March 26, 2010

Hoppy Easter




Mikkeller Hoppy Easter...$5.29 / 11.2oz bottle

German Style India Pale Ale
Cannot find much info on the beer except from the label. It is 6.6% ABV German style India Pale Ale.




Mikkeller Funky





Mikkeller Funky Star Belgian Wild Ale...$12.99 / 750ml

As reported on Beernews.org:

"Mikkel says Funky E-star is like It’s Alive but stronger in alcohol. 9.4% ABV and it will be available in 750 mL bottles." -- Beernews.org






Here is Mikkel's description of It's Alive:
"It's Alive! is Mikkellers answer and tribute to the trappist beer Orval. It's Alive is an easy-to-drink beer, with a lot of hops. The color is amber, the foam is high, white and dense. The potent Brettanomyces culture makes It's Alive continue to develop in the bottle." -- Mikkeller's Website


Ingredients for Funky Star:
Water, malts, light candy, hops, yeast and brettanomyces.





Hip Hops


Read Evan Benn's latest article in STLToday.com

Craft Beer in Airports - click here






Schlafly Export IPA

Just arrived.....the long awaited release....in stock at Forsyth now!!
Schlafly Export IPA....$8.99 / 6pk
Bottled 03/24/10

"This full-bodied traditional English-style ale is brewed with a high gravity and extra hops, which originally helped to preserve the beer on long voyages from England to India. 8% ABV" -- Schlafly

Amazing Italian Bargains!!



Vinchio Vaglio Serra is a “Cantina Sociale” located near Asti in the town of Vinchio. Far from your typical “social winery,” Vinchio Vaglio Serra controls all aspects of the production process from vine to bottle. Their wines have garnered the highest possible praise from Gambero Rosso, and for good reason.

Have you ever seen a Barbaresco or Barolo for this price? Two great vintages!
Most Barolo's and Barbaresco's sell for over well over $50!!

2003 Vinchio Vaglio Serra Barbaresco.....$14.99
Barbaresco is a superstar area of the Piedmont region of Italy from the area of Langhe. It is a powerful wine made with the great Nebbiolo grape.

2004 Vinchio Vaglio Serra Barolo....$14.99

Barolo has been called "Wine of kings, and king of wines." Barolo is one of the greatest wines from Italy and from one of the greatest regions of Italy -- Piemonte. The wine is made from the best Nebbiolo grapes from near the town of Alba.




We will be tasting these wines at Rock Hill and Forsyth from 11am-4pm on Saturday March 27. Stop by for a taste

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sierra 30th

Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary will be arriving at TWCP Forsyth and Provisions tomorrow.

I will post at 8AM tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

New Bordeaux!

New Bordeaux in stock now!!
Also available online!

2004 Bourgneuf Pomerol....$29.99
"Rich and full, with a good consistency. Velvety, with a chocolate and toasty oak finish. Good sample. Score range: 89-91 –JS"
Rated 89-91/100 The Wine Spectator


2005 Chateau Haut Bages Liberal Pauillac...$49.99
"Very aromatic, showing blackberry and currant aromas, with some licorice. Full-bodied, with supersilky tannins and a rich, decadent, fruity finish. Caresses the palate. Stylish and opulent. Best after 2011. 10,000 cases made. –JS"
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator


2005 Chateau Pichon Baron Pauillac....$149.99
"As usual, this superb Pauillac possesses an inky/blue/black color in addition to a big, sweet nose of graphite, charcoal, burning embers, black currant liqueur, and toasty vanillin from new oak casks. Full-bodied with high but sweet, well-integrated tannins, the 2005 Pichon Baron is more backward than the blockbuster 2003 or prodigious 2000. Nevertheless, it is a superb effort whose power, length, and tannic structure suggest it should be at its peak between 2015-2035."
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator



2005 Chateau Cantemerle.....$34.99
"Cantemerle’s new proprietors believe in producing delicate, beautifully wrought, finesse-styled wines that require some introspection. The deep ruby-hued 2005 displays aromas of licorice, roasted herbs, sweet cherries, and flowers. In the mouth, the wine seems almost light in comparison to its peers, but it possesses an ethereal seriousness, purity, and overall harmony that are striking for its delicacy and finesse. A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest primarily Merlot with a tiny dollop of Cabernet Franc, it should be at its finest between 2012-2025+."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


2005 Chateau Meyney St. Estephe....$33.99
"Aromas of currant and fresh flowers follow through to a medium-to-full body, with chewy tannins and a slightly woody finish, but the fruit comes through. Turns long and pretty. Best after 2010. –JS"
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator


2005 Chateau Lafon Rochet St. Estephe...$47.99
"At present, this structured, backward 2005 is dominated by the vintage’s substantial tannins. It exhibits a saturated ruby/purple color, a reticent but promising bouquet of sweet black fruits intermixed with weedy tobacco, licorice, and leather characteristics. Medium-bodied and powerful, with excruciating tannin, but promising potential, patience is most definitely required. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


2004 Chateau Pavie St. Emilion....$519.99 / 3 liter
"A brilliant effort from proprietors Chantal and Gerard Perse, Pavie’s 2004 (7,050 cases) exhibits an inky/ruby/purple color, a surprisingly soft, forward style for this hallowed terroir, full-bodied, and concentrated creme de cassis flavors intermixed with cherries, truffles, and subtle smoky wood notes. Beautifully-textured as well as expansive, this may be the most developed and forward Pavie made by Perse since his acquisition of the property in 1998. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2025+."
Rated 95+/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate



Spanish Inedit

They are proud of this beer, I have not had it yet. We will put it on the Friday tasting though. In stock at Forsyth.
Estrella Damm Inedit....$9.49 / 750ml


"Inedit is a unique coupage of barley malt and wheat, flavored with coriander, orange peel and liquorice. Inedit is the first beer specifically created to accompany food. It is born from the conviction that a beer that could be paired with the utmost respect to the best cuisine was necessary. That is its aim and its virtue, and that is what makes Inedit different, special and unique. Has been created by Damm brewmasters, heirs to a century-old tradition, and developers of highly appreciated beers, and by Ferran Adrià, Juli Soler and El Bulli’s sommeliers’ team.

Tasting notes: High intensity and aromatic complexity. Its appearance is slightly cloudy. Fruity and floral to the nose, with a yeasty sensation and sweet spices reminiscences. Creamy and fresh texture, soft volume and delicate carbonic. Long aftertaste and pleasant memory. Made to accompany the festival of flavours modern cuisine offers us. For Sommeliers trying to accomodate different types of flavours has always been a nightmare... now there is a solution! With its delicate, sophisticated bubbles this beer can take acidic, sweet and sour flavours by the hand. the symphony of flavours in each dish is different, but there can be a common thread capable of unifying them all, for a sense of continuity so there is no need to switch drinks. This beer has a rich and highly adaptable bouquet. In other words a unique personality: smooth yet complex." -- website








It's Not All Foam
Owen Dugan
Issue: October 15, 2009
El Bulli chef Ferran Adrià is making beer, and defying expectations yet again. Adrià and his team, including partner Juli Soler, have joined with Barcelona brewery Estrella Damm to produce what Adrià describes as “the only gastronomic beer.”

Perfecting the beer, which took almost two years, “was very easy, and at the same time very difficult,” according to Adrià. Easy because he knew precisely what he wanted to do; difficult because there was no precedent. The project came from his realization that “there was a void between mass beer and the strong Belgian type of beer.” On the one hand there is the massive lager ocean—beers for refreshment more than for flavor, a silent partner to food (think Stella Artois). On the other are the rarefied, often high alcohol beers—beers for contemplation, but which can often push food aside unless carefully matched (DeuS, Affligem, and so on).

Adrià aimed between the two styles. His beer is called Inedit (www.estrelladamm.es; $11 for 750ml), which means original or unpublished, and is very unusual in that it blends lager and white beer. As a result it boasts a tart, lip-smacking lager attack followed by the creamy bead and delicate fruit flavors of white beer. The white is faintly flavored with orange peel, licorice and coriander and is interestingly savory; white beer is often fruity, verging on sweet.

But what I like most about Inedit is its restraint. So many beers these days try to whomp you over the head with hoppiness or novelty or strength. Inedit places itself quite happily in the upper middle of the comfort-to-impression scale, and I admire that. Plus, check out the price.



--The Wine Spectator Magazine











He'Brew in 12oz bottles!

Fresh IPA -- Acme IPA and New Holland Mad Hatter IPA do not date their beer, but the distributor has been out and a fresh batch is here now.

First time in 12oz bottles!!!

He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.....$9.99 / 4pk
A rye based double IPA
"Contract brewed for Schmaltz Brewing Company. Commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the death of Lenny Bruce: A Rye based double IPA. Brewed with an obscene amount of malts and hops. Shocking flavors - Far beyond contemporary community standards. The Most Radical Jewish Tribute Beer ever created. 10% alc. -- Malts: 2-row, Rye Ale Malt, Torrified Rye, Crystal Rye 75, Crystal Malt 65, Wheat, Kiln Amber, Caramel 70 -- Hops: Warrior, Cascade, Simcoe, Crystal, Chinook, Amarillo, Centennial. Dry Hopped with Amarillo and Crystal"
Rated 96/100 on RateBeer


Monday, March 22, 2010

Bitters --- BACK IN STOCK

TWCP has always been known for leading the pack and being copied -- the original and best cheese department, the number one wine shop in St. Louis, more beer than anybody else in St. Louis.....
Listening to our customers, the "classic drinks" are the new hot category right now. People are staying home more, but they still want to enjoy martinis and mixed drinks at home. We are searching out and finding those hard to get ingredients that you need for these classic drinks. We first brought you the Q-Tonic which is a major hit, Creme de Violette for the Aviation Cocktail and now some of the most exciting Bitters you will ever see.

We just got in Golden Passion Fruit Syrup, American Beauty Grenadine, Orgeat Syrup, Maraschino Syrup, Orange Bitters, Lemon Bitters, Grapefruit Bitters, Aztec Chocolate Bitters, Oak Aged Bitters, Rhubarb Bitters, Peach Bitters, Mint Bitters....currently just at our Forsyth location.

We are always searching for the latest and greatest --

"Fee Brothers is a four generation old manufacturer of top quality Cocktail Mixes, Bitters, Flavoring Syrups, Iced Cappuccino Mix and other beverage ingredients. Some of the products we
manufacture are very hard to find anywhere else. We are sure you will find our old family recipes second to none." -- Fee Brothers



Read more about the history of Fee Brothers






Fee Brothers Bitters
"Actually contains real angostura bark unlike Angostura Brand Bitters. Like the difference between a regular pastis and absinthe, the small addition of a original ingredient, can make a huge difference....This product is the *only* bitters commercially available in U.S. that contains real angostura bark as a bittering and flavor component. " --
www.spiritsreview.com
We also got in our 2010 Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters -- allocated, we only get 12 bottles per year!!


Old Fashion Bitters
The classic Bitters used in every bar. A necessary ingredient in a Manhattan or a Planter's Punch and so many more drinks.
Recipes with Old Fashion Bitters



Orange Bitters
This old cocktail ingredient went unnoticed for years, until recently. A new interest in classic cocktails has brought it out of retirement. There are many recipes that call for Orange Bitters, but of most note is the "Classic" Martini. Try a dash in your next Martini and you will never want one without Orange Bitters again.
Recipes with Orange Bitters


Peach Bitters
Another long lost cocktail ingredient enjoying new interest. Try Peach Bitters in a Coronation or a Xeres. Your drinks will be unique.



Mint Bitters
The fresh taste of mint when you don't have mint leaves handy. Great in a Mint Julep or a Mojito.
Recipes with Mint Bitters


Lemon Bitters
A Fee Brothers original, Lemon Bitters lend a snappy citrus taste with a hint of lemongrass to your drinks.
"First Impression: Aromatic lemon esters, and a possible bitter orange in the background? Scents of bitter zest of bark also. Appearance: Clear, yellow tinge, paradoxically viscous and oily at the same time. Taste: Lemon with a strong angostura or quinine bitter component to it. Like a liquid sour candy. Drinks: This bitters can be used in a number of drinks calling for lemon bitters or alternatively, to of course add a lemon taste without resorting to limoncello or lemon-flavored vodka." -- www.spiritsreview.com


Grapefruit Bitters
Another weapon in the arsonal of a creative bartender. The great citrus taste of Grapefruit combined with the classic spice flavors of bitters.
"First Impression: Smells like the intense grapefruit smell you get when you open a bag of sugared grapefruit slice candies. Scents of bitter zest of bark also in the background. Appearance: Clear, yellow tinge, paradoxically viscous and oily at the same time. Taste: Tastes a great deal like grapefruit candies with a pleasant but intense bitterness to it. Slightly artificial tail or aftertaste but would probably be unnoticed in a drink. Drinks: This bitters can be used in a number of drinks calling for grapefruit bitters or may be quite useful to give a concentrated grapefruit flavor without the bulk or color impact of using grapefruit juice. Might be quite interesting on a Pisco Sour instead of Angustora Bitters." -- www.spiritsreview.com



Rhubarb Bitters
The delicate flavor of Rhubarb combined with other flavors available in 1800's America.

Cherry Bitters
The re-birth of a historical cocktail ingredient. Use a dash or two to enhance a cocktail with its strong fruit flavor.
"First Impression: Light floral and slightly candy like smell to it with a hint of bitters or acridness to it rounding out and providing a grounding or weighting of the cherry aroma so it has a better nose . Appearance: Clear with a very slight brown tinge to it. Somewhat viscous compared to some (a bit thinner than the orange bitters but still resembling a light oil in some respects). Taste: Tastes like a cherry syrup or a sour version of a Gummi lifesaver with a pleasantly sour/bitterness to it. Drinks: Limited usefulness, primary uses are for cocktails almost no one has heard of or remembers except seriously hard core Cocktailians. None-the-less it is a required ingredient for some cocktails and an interesting tool in the Cocktailians armamentarium. Chances are, if you come up with a cocktail using this it will be a new one." -- http://www.spiritsreview.com/

2010 just arrived -- allocated, we only get 12 bottles this year!!
2010 Whiskey Barrel Aged Bitters
Freshly emptied oak whiskey barrels from Tennessee, interiors charred and soaked with aged whiskey, are used by Fee Brothers to age aromatic bitters. Savor the result of the mingling of these great flavors. This premium bitters is a strictly limited edition item and we bottle it only once a year in the spring. When it's gone it's gone (until next year anyway).
"Aged in Jack Daniels barrels in a temperature controlled environment.
First Impression: Ginger, cinnamon, gentian, cardamom, caraway, scents of bitter zest of bark and citrus oils (orange?) also. Appearance: Brown caramel/toffee color, lets you keep track of where and how much you used. Taste: A touch sweeter than the Old Fashioned Aromatic with some oak pepper/char elements with hints of vanilla with a very nice gentian and angostura dryness. Slightly sweeter and a good bit more complex than Angostura Brand bitters with cinnamon, gentian,cassia, quinine, etc. Nice lingering finish. Cinnamon is a touch more aromatic, vanilla and orange/citrus are a bit more pronounced than batch one. Drinks: This bitters can be used in the large number of drinks recipes calling for bitters (unless another type is specified) or for baking and cooking." -- http://www.spiritsreview.com/



Orgeat Cordial Syrup
Pronounced or-SHOT. An almond flavored milky-white syrup. The key ingredient in many Polynesian drinks such as a Mai Tai.
Recipes with Orgeat Syrup


Maraschino Cordial Syrup
Bartenders have scooped juice from their maraschino cherries for years for Kiddie Cocktails and Old Fashions. No need to risk leaving the fruit uncovered to spoil.



The Ultra Light
created by Chris Carlsson, SpiritsReview.com
A variation/cross between a Perfect Martini (1930's style) and the Aviation Cocktail, using Fee Bros. Bitters instead of Maraschino liqueur and lemon juice.
4 oz Gin
1/4 oz
Sweet Vermouth
1/4 oz Dry Vermouth
2-4 dashes Fee Bros. Lemon Bitters (to taste)
2-4 dashes Fee Bros. Cherry Bitters (to taste)
Pour all ingrediants into cocktail shaker over ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with lemon zest.
Enjoy!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Amazing offering....

From the owners of Screaming Eagle

"This remarkable Santa Ynez estate is under the same ownership as Napa Valley’s Screaming Eagle winery....The 2006s and a handful of 2007 barrel samples I tasted suggest this is one of California’s most exciting new wineries. What they are accomplishing with Bordeaux varietals is mind-boggling." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


In stock now at Forsyth
Click here to order


2006 Jonata "Todos".....$46.99 / bottle

(Formerly El Corazon)

This wine was called El Corazon when Robert Parker tasted the wine. The wine is the same, but the name was changed to "Todos".

"The 2006 El Corazon de Jonata (now TODOS) (39% Syrah, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Sangiovese, and the rest Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Viognier) is a 1,000-case cuvee that will be bottled in a few months. Profound, sexy aromas of smoked duck, soy, blackberries, pepper, and a hint of spring flowers are followed by an exotic, full-bodied, voluptuously textured wine bursting with complexity and richness. A subtle smoky, meaty component is present in the deep, dark blackberry flavors. Long, rich, and pure, this stunning 2006 should drink beautifully for 10-15+ years."
Rated 95-97/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate




2006 Jonata El Alma de Jonata...$119.99 / bottle

"Perhaps the greatest Cabernet Franc being made in California is Jonata’s El Alma de Jonata. The amazing 2006, a blend of 95% Cabernet Franc and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and a dollop of Merlot, tastes like a liquid version of haute couture from Chanel. It possesses nobility, grace, and remarkable complexity. An inky/blue/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary bouquet of blueberries, black raspberries, and graphite. In the mouth, it reveals wonderful elegance, precision, and laser-like focus along with noteworthy density and intensity for a wine dominated by Cabernet Franc. The varietal character is obvious, and the wine’s superb balance, purity, and well-integrated oak, acidity, and tannin are admirable. This beauty should hit its prime in 2-4 years, and last for 15-20."
Rated 95/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate





2006 Jonata El Desafio de Jonata....$119.99 / bottle
"The 2006 El Desafio de Jonata, a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, and 1% Merlot, may be even better (it was scheduled to be bottled right after my visit). A beautiful black/purple color is accompanied by stunning aromas of creme de cassis, graphite, camphor, and incense. It exhibits tremendous intensity, beautiful sweet fruit, full-bodied power as well as purity, and a finish that lasts 45+ seconds. This amazing effort is the greatest Cabernet Sauvignon-based wine ever made in the Santa Ynez appellation."
Rated 94-96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate






2007 Jonata La Flor de Jonata....$59.99 / bottle
"A sensational, non-malolactic blend of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Semillon that was aged in a combination of new neutral French oak and stainless steel tanks, the 2007 La Flor de Jonata smells like a great vintage of white Pape Clement. Flowery, orange blossom, lemon oil, and crushed rock aromas are followed by a wine revealing amazing texture, richness, purity, and length. A sensational example of Sauvignon Blanc, this cuvee establishes a new reference point for what can be accomplished with this varietal in California. Jonata also produces a remarkable Sangiovese."
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate




Friday, March 19, 2010

Schlafly in 12 pack cans...

Cans coming later,

but we just got the Schlafly Summer Lager in Bottles
1 day old!!
Bottled March 18, 2010
Try it FRESH!!


Our Schlafly distributor just told me will see Summer Helles Lager in 12oz CANS this year. The approval just came through online. Watch for it this Summer







Spectacular Shiraz



2008 Chris Ringland Cote Rotie Shiraz.....$18.99

"This is the third vintage of Chris Ringland Cote Rotie Shiraz. The 2008 was sourced from 20-60 year old Barossa vines and aged in seasoned American oak hogsheads. Deep purple-colored, it emits a captivating, already complex nose of smoke, incense, Asian spices, and blueberry. Velvety-textured, intense, full-bodied, and powerful on the palate, this rich effort will drink well for another 8-10 years. It is a steal at the modest asking price."

Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate



Great Chardonnays



A couple of Russian River gems....


2007 Rodney Strong Chardonnay Russian River Reserve....$29.99

"Floral honeysuckle, ripe fig and melon scents are rich, full-bodied, elegant and refined, showing a light touch of toasty vanilla oak on the finish, where the flavors turn subtle and delicate. Drink now through 2015. 2,465 cases made. –JL"

Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
"Visitors to the winery often ask what “Reserve” chardonnay means to us. It’s simple. Reserve means the winemaker’s careful blend of individual wines made from time tested, meticulously farmed sections of some of the very best vineyards in Russian River Valley. Each lot is vinified separately in our finest barrels, and shortly after completion of malolactic fermentation, select lots are assembled in tank to facilitate flavor integration, and returned to barrels to finish aging. It literally is a matter of taste.
Frequent stirring of the lees during barrel aging added a creamy texture to an already full-bodied wine, making for a rich, plush mouth feel, balanced with vibrant acidity. Powerful aromas of spiced apple, pear and pie crust join lemon-cream and toasty oak on the palate, adding up to a compelling and thoroughly satisfying experience for true Chardonnay lovers." -- winemaker




2007 Gary Farrell Russian River Chardonnay....$24.99
"Brilliantly crisp and lushly creamy and honeyed, just a beautiful Chardonnay that offers decadence and sheer deliciousness. Massive in grilled pineapples, green apples, ripe nectarines and butterscotch, brightened with mouthwatering acidity. A joy to drink. - S.H. (12/31/2009) - 94 "
Rated 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast
"This 2007 Russian River Chardonnay has bright aromas of lemon custard, butterscotch and hints of nutmeg, followed by additional notes of baked apple, hazelnut, vanilla cream and tropical fruits. Although youthful and enticing, this wine will benefit from some additional time in the bottle. The wine’s medium plus body and acidity will lend itself to many seafood dishes as well as aged Gouda cheeses." -- Winemaker

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Tres Ojos

One of my favorite bargain reds...
2007 Tres Ojos Old Vine Garnacha....$11.99
"Bright ruby color. Primary dark berry aromas are simple but offer very good purity and focus. Juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors are youthfully tangy, with good back-end acidity adding snap. The clean, brisk finish leaves behind notes of sweet dark berry preserves and cracked pepper. As usual, this is a very good bargain, even with the lousy dollar."
Rated 88/100 International Cellar

"The 2007 Old Vines Garnacha, sourced from 40-50 year old vines, was aged for 12 months in stainless steel. Purple-colored, the nose exhibits spice box, violets, and black cherry. On the palate it has plenty of supple-textured, succulent fruit and a finish with no hard edges. Drink it over the next three years."
Rated 88/100 The Wine Advocate



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New Un*Earthly...

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In stock at Forsyth.
New batch, bottled March 10, 2010

(And the price went down from last year!)
Southern Tier OAK-AGED Un*Earthly...$7.49 / 22oz

"At Southern Tier Brewing Company, vigorously hopped beer is our standard and inspiration.
An Uninhibited infusion of hops and oak.
We continue a commitment to innovation with an aggressive offering. Oak Aged Unearthly is a manifestation of the brewer's craft; skillfully balancing art and the forces of nature to produce a divine liquid, this brew is aged on oak. Pour a taste into a fluted glass. Smell the enchanting aromas of hops as your first sip divulges this beer's fervent soul. To underestimate Oak AGed Unearthly is to trifle with the mysteries of the universe, so please consume wisely." -- Southern Tier


ABV = 11.0%
23 Plato
2-row pale malt
cara-pils malt
red wheat
kettle hops: chinook and cascade
hop back: styrian golding
dry hopped: cascade, centenial and chinook.

Cathedral Square in bottles now!

Available online -- click here
Cathedral Square is now available in bottles at The Wine and Cheese Place. They have been around town for a little while now, but this is the first batch that has been bottled!

New!
Cathedral Square Iglesia Agave Ale....$3.99 / 22oz
"This Ale is brewed with three malts, two hop varieties and authentic imported Agave Nectar. Iglesia is Spanish for church and this Ale is blessed from barrel to bottle creating a fiesta anytime." -- Bottle

Cathedral Square Belgian Style White Ale....$3.99 / 22oz

"This traditional White Ale is faithful to the Belgian Style with its light body, cloudy color and touch of spice. A complex, refreshing Ale that's perfect for any season." -- label



Cathedral Square Belgian Style Abbey Ale....$3.99 /22oz

"The traditional Belgian-Style Abbey Ale is brewed using five malts, two hop varieties and authentic Trappist Belgian Yeast.




Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Vote for us....

Fox 2 New Hot List

Just a few days left to vote!!
March 19 is the last day


Vote for the "Best Wine Shop"

We have been nominated, please take time to vote.



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Thanks very much

More Boulevard news...

I am told Rock Hill still has a little KBS left. Call Chris at 314-962-8150 to reserve some.


In stock now at Forsyth and Rock Hill!
Order Boulevard online now

Boulevard Smokestack Tank 7...$8.49 / 750ml
Here is the first look at the new Tank 7 label....
Tank 7 will be a new year round member of the Smokestack Series on the shelves of The Wine and Cheese Place (It will replace the Smokestack Saison which is leaving the lineup). Tank 7 has been around in draft for few months and is basically their Saison Brett with out the Brett. I got a chance to try it while visiting the brewery in KC back in July.

"Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that's just a bit persnickity. Here at Boulevard we have fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in that very vessel. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapes fof to a peppery, dry finish." -- back label


CITRA HOP
Also, did you notice in the description of the upcoming Harvest Dance Wheat Wine from Boulevard that it includes the rare CITRA hop? The Citra is the hop used in the Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Boulevard's brewmaster had told that they were able to purchase some of the citra hop but would not say what they were using it in --- now we now.

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Press release.
....
"We are using a new varietal called the Citra hop. Sierra Nevada ( and two other breweries) funded the research and development of this variety and we own most of the acreage available in the world, (which is something like 3 acres)."

New Boulevard....

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Boulevard Boss Tom's Golden Bock -- in stock now!

A new label just got approved by Boulevard --
I just heard from Boulevard that this is their name and package for the Maibock that they introduced on draft last year.


"Boss Tom's Golden Bock is Boulevard's new seasonal release for early spring. A bock is traditionally a lager beer with somewhat robust malt character. The word "bock" also means "billy goat", and images of goats are often used as a symbol of the style. The smooth, soft maltiness of Boss Tom's is complemented by a restrained hop presence. The mild warming quality of the beer makes it perfect for days when there is still a bit of a chill in the air. The beer finishes with a lingering dryness, and just a hint of caramel." -- Boulevard
Malts: Pale, Munich, Pilsner, Caramel and Wheat
Hops: Hallertau and Perle
ABV: 6.1%
IBUs: 33






Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Demolition is here!

Back in stock - 4 more cases!
The Demolition has arrived at Forsyth. Keeping our fingers crossed on the Night Stalker (at least a week away though. I read somewhere that only 750 cases were made and very little was leaving Chicago.)
Available online now

Goose Island Demolition Belgian Style Golden Ale...$5.29 / 22oz


Brewmasters Notes:
Brewed to honor the brave souls who kept our brewpub open in the early 90’s while wrecking balls tore down the mall around us. Dry and smooth, with a grassy, citrus aroma and honey malt middle.

Recipe Information:
Style: Belgian Style Golden Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 7.2%
International Bitterness Units: 40
Color: Golden Straw
Hops: Saaz, Chinook
Malts: Pilsen



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Great Divide Releases!

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Great Divide Colette Saison 6pk
"Colette is our homage to the beers that Belgian farm workers have enjoyed for centuries. Brewed with barley, wheat and rice and fermented at high temperatures with a special blend of four different yeast strains, Colette is fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish that makes it that rarest of treats - a beer as refreshing as it is complex. 7.3% ABV" -- Brewery









New Batch has arrived!
Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti....22oz
Rated A on Beer Advocate


Rated 100/100 RateBeer

"...is a new addition to the Yeti clan. A generous infusion of espresso adds yet another layer of complexity to this beer, combining with the vanilla oak character, intense roasty maltiness and bold hop profile to create a whole new breed of mythical creature. It’s official: You can now have Yeti with breakfast.


Food Pairings: Enjoy with: Breakfast burrito, eggs Benedict, hash browns, cheesecake, creme brulee." -- Great Divide





SoTier Pale Wheat Ale



Southern Tier 422 Pale Wheat Ale / 6pk

“make everyday earth day!”

"Pour 422 Pale Wheat Ale into a pint glass, give it a long whiff and you’ll realize that this isn’t your average pale golden wheat. Preserved in its unfiltered state, 422 is a fantastic session ale in which flavors of wheat, barley and hops commingle to a refreshing and zesty conclusion. Hints of orange and sweet malts waft to the fore as a touch of bitterness contributes to a smooth finish. 422 is brewed as a tribute to preserving our p
recious planet and it’s environment. It is responsibly packaged with over 80% recycled consumer products and is completely recyclable. Enjoy 422 all year as to take one stride closer to a eco-friendly life.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Red Rocket 6pks!!!

Red Rocket now in 6 packs!!

Bear Republic Red Rocket...$9.99 / 6pk
"The brew of choice for mountain bikers, and adventurous types worldwide. (Are you excited now!) This fiery red ale is not for the weak at heart. It originally started out as a Scottish red ale but has taken on flavors of its own. This is a very complex recipe using five different grains to achieve its unique flavor. The caramel malt used is a mixture of Belgian Caravienne and Hugh Bairds Crystal malts. Red Rocket is a full bodied, hoppy brew which finishes on the pallet with caramel malts. Centennial and Cascade hops are used for bittering and aroma." -- brewery

Thanks!

Sophie Hayden born on March 5.
8 lbs 7 oz

I wanted to say thanks to for all the emails and notes about my new beautiful baby girl. Sophie and mom are all perfect and healthy. I just got back to work today and I am a bit overwhelmed trying to catch up on emails and orders. Please be patient. I will respond to all.






Random store news...
New Beer specials will be posted tomorrow.


And an update on KBS tomorrow.

O'Fallon Wheach has arrived.
I have not even tried the new Dark Truth or Rye on Rye from Boulevard.




KBS -- March 15

Sorry it is gone.

Founders KBS is here!!
Founders Kentucky Bourbon Stout.....$18.99 / 4pk
Rated 100/100 on RateBeer


Rated A+ on Beer Advocate

#8 Best Beer in the World on Beer Advocate


"The Amazing Kosmicki's Highly Acclaimed KBS....A stout ale aged in oak bourbon barrels. Does not give relieve from: rheumatism, neuralgia, sciatica, lame back, lumbago, contracted muscles, toothache, sprains, swellings, and all manner of distress.....is good for everythig a stout ought to be good for." -- label

What we’ve got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year, to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Make your taste buds squeal with delight." -- label



Order online now -- click here
You can also pick which of our four stores you want to pick up your order. Best way to guarantee getting some.


Bells Batch 9,000

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Founders KBS due later today, stay tuned! Probably around noon, 12:30

Somehow our Rock Hill location got another case of 9,000. No limit, first come, first served. Gone already!


Bell's Batch 9,000....$2.79 / 12oz btl

From the label....
A Commemorative Brew
Malt Beverage Brewed with Molasses and Brewer's Licorice.




On the back label--
Batch 9,000 is part of our commemorative series celebrating our progress with special brews. Black, dense and rich, this is a great ale for the cellar