Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hairy Cow Bourbon Barrel Aged!

Today is the 8th day, there are about 24 bottles at Forsyth 
that were reserved and not picked up.  
So I am putting gradually putting them on the shelf at Forsyth and
Rock Hill has some also.



Hairy Cow Wee Heavy aged in Bourbon Barrel



TWCP Charleville Hairy Cow Wee Heavy...$14.99 / 750ml
Wee Heavy Bourbon Barrel aged








More info:

Date filled: February 13, 2012

Date bottled: June 7, 2012 

Bottles produced: 420 / 750ml bottles (2 barrel batch)

Beer release date: June 22, 2012








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Friday, June 29, 2012

Goldstar - Kosher Beer from Israel

Goldstar Dark Lager....$11.49 / 6pk
Best Selling beer in Israel
Certified Kosher

A new Belgian....


Rince Cochon Cuvee Speciale....$7.99 / 750ml
 - ABV 8.5%
Rince Cochon is a Belgian Blonde Ale from the Flanders region. This ale is refermented in the bottle, resulting in a sediment at the bottom. Pour delicately to obtain a nice head. Dominant caramel flavor mixed with the bitterness of roasted malts and hops.

New Holland White Hatter

In stock now



New Holland White Hatter....$4.79 / 22oz
We are excited to introduce, White Hatter to the family this year! Style: Belgian Style White Pale Ale An innovative hybrid of styles landing between white ale and India Pale Ale. White Hatter brings spice, hops, and fermentation notes together flavorfully.
Pairings: seafood, fennel, mushrooms. 
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: 52

Perennial Violet

In stock at Forsyth now...

Limited release....
Perennial Artisan Ales Violet...$11.99 / 750ml
"Violet is a Belgian-Style tripel brewed with pluots, a fruit that is a cross between a plum and an apricot.  Although Perennial likes to use local produce, for this beer and exception was made, as pluots provide a distinctive flavor both refreshing and complex.  The beer's light to medium body disguises the ABV and allows you to explore the marriage between the pluots and hops.  Violet's fruiter notes are quelled with a dry finish that lends itself nicely to light summer dishes." - Perennial

order online

The new Wine Advocate is out

Here are a few quick highlights I noticed we have in stock from the new Issue of The Wine Advocate #201




2010 Gerard Morin Sancerre VV....$23.99
Tasted from a magnum because he thought (‘til his wife later proved otherwise) that he hadn’t saved any 750s for the family, Morin’s unfiltered, U.S.-exclusive 2010 Sancerre Vieilles Vignes originates largely in the Le Chateau vineyard at the north edge of Bue and adjacent to the winery, but this year includes a share from south of the village, in Plante des Pres, and another from near La Moussiere. There is a striking sense of delicacy as well as of transparency both to coolingly herbal, green tea, and floral infusion, and to a shimmering display of stony, stony and crystalline mineral matter. A saline, sweet, and bitter melange suggesting iodine and shrimp shell reduction sends my salivary glands into overdrive. Morin says this is one of those frequent instances – such as one would normally be less inclined to associate with the course of the delayed 2010 growing season – where “there were only two or three days possibly for picking to get the balance right, with enough freshness, with low alcohol, but not too green.” He obviously picked the right one! This sensational value ought to reward following for the better part of a decade.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate




2002 Etude Cabernet Sauvingon....$42.99/ 375ml
(Wine Advocate Suggested retail is $185 for 750ml)
The blockbuster 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa came from two sources, the Morisoli Vineyard in St. Helena and the Cohn Vineyard in Rutherford (the source for the famous Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon). This fabulous, dense ruby/purple wine is a blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Cabernet Franc. It exhibits a deep creme de cassis nose with hints of charcoal, graphite and spring flowers. Full-bodied, rich and youthful, it appears to have at least 20 years of life left in it. This is a wine that clearly flew under the radar, and if it can still be found and the provenance is excellent, it is definitely a big-time buy.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate


Rinaldi Red Dream....$13.99
("Red Moscato d'Asti") 

The non-vintage Rinaldi Red Dream, which comes from 100% Malvasia Nera, has about 7% alcohol, so it is slightly more potent than its two siblings. Gorgeously fresh and frothy, with loads of cherry, honeysuckle, spice box and spring flowers, this is an exciting party wine that is brilliantly packaged, and I doubt a person can be found who would dislike it. However, these wines are meant to be drunk in their exuberant youth, so this one as well as the following two efforts should be consumed over the next 6-12 months.
Above all, wine is meant to bring people together, encourage conversation and be fun. If there’s a quintessential “fun wine,” it is certainly the sparkling, low-alcohol Moscatos made in Northern Italy. I jokingly refer to these as breakfast wines, but they are remarkably fresh, lively wines that rarely exceed 5 to 6% alcohol. Their aromatics are stunning, and no one does a better job making these wines than Rinaldi. There are three cuvees to contemplate.
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate




Rinaldi Bug Juice Moscato d'Asti...$15.99
Above all, wine is meant to bring people together, encourage conversation and be fun. If there’s a quintessential “fun wine,” it is certainly the sparkling, low-alcohol Moscatos made in Northern Italy. I jokingly refer to these as breakfast wines, but they are remarkably fresh, lively wines that rarely exceed 5 to 6% alcohol. Their aromatics are stunning, and no one does a better job making these wines than Rinaldi. There are three cuvees to contemplate.
Rated 91/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Goslings Dark n Stormy in a can





Goslings Dark 'n Stormy....$9.99 / 4pk cans
9% ABV
Here’s a one-of-a-kind combination: The delicious taste of our wildly popular Dark ‘n Stormy® cocktail in the trendy, convenient 8.4 oz. (250ml) can, ready to drink.

i.e. Gosling's Black Seal Rum and Gosling's Stormy Ginger Beer in a perfectly carbonated, 9% alcohol drink that’s 100% popular. And 0% malt-based!
Plus, it’s the authentic Dark 'n Stormy cocktail so there’s zero compromise in taste. It's the genuine article with no mixing, no ice required.  Pop open a cold one for an instant party. No glass, no ice; just fast, frigid and flavourful.  The Dark ‘n Stormy had its start in the highly successful ginger beer factory run as a subsidiary to the Royal Naval Officer's Club. It wasn't long before it was discovered that a splash of the local Black Seal Rum was just what the piquant ginger beer was missing.  The name is said to have originated when an old sailor, holding aloft the thunderhead in a glass, observed that the drink was the "colour of a cloud only a fool or a dead man would sail under". Probably followed by, "Barman, I'll have another – Dark 'n Stormy".

Kilchoman Machir Bay - new release!!!!


Kilchoman Machir Bay Single Malt Scotch...$49.99
Uniquely Islay
"Kilchoman is delighted to announce the release of Machir Bay, the first general release from the distillery. It will be available throughout 2012 and is a vatting of 3, 4 and 5 year old, matured in fresh bourbon barrels and finished in oloroso sherry butts for 8 weeks.

Anthony Wills, Manging Director, commented, 'Machir Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches on Islay, is close to the distillery and will give continuity of supply to our customers around the world. Each year we will add more mature malt to the vatting.'


Info about Kilchoman
Kilchoman is the first distillery to be established on Islay in over 124 years. The distillery was built in 2005, with the first run of new spirit comming off the stills later that year.

Kilchoman is one of the smallest distilleries in Scotland with an annual production of approximatley 100,000 litres of alcohol.

Kilchoman is one of only six distilleries to carry out traditional floor maltings, but the key difference at Kilchoman is that the barley is grown here on the farm, whereas other distilleries purchase barley from around the country.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Rare ones....

Hidden in back at Forsyth -- ask for help


2005 Maybach Materium....$159.99 / 750ml 
(just 3 bottles left)
Named after the super-luxury car of the same name, the extraordinary 2005 Materium (614 cases) has more in common with a first-growth like Chateau Margaux than a Napa Cabernet Sauvignon. It boasts a deep ruby/purple color along with a striking bouquet of blue and black fruits intermingled with acacia flowers, lead pencil shavings, and licorice, excellent fruit, medium to full body, substantial but sweet tannins, and compelling harmony among its acidity, alcohol, tannin, and extract. This sensational 2005 eclipses even the brilliant 2004. It should easily last 25 or more years.   Maybach’s Materium cuvee, a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from the hillside Weitz Vineyard in the Oakville sector of Napa, east of the Silverado Trail, is made by the highly respected Thomas Brown. 
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate




2009 Maybach Materium...$159.99 / 750ml
2009 Maybach Materium...$84.99 / 375ml
(Just 2 bottles left of each)
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Materium is a gorgeous, polished wine graced with exquisite detail, clarity and focus. Tobacco, cedar and sweet spices add complexity to the fruit in this powerful, expressive 2009. Layers of dark red fruit, mocha and mint wrap around the striking, seamless finish. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2019. 
Maybach fans will note the introduction of a new wine, a Cabernet Sauvignon from the Blossom Creek Vineyard in Calistoga named Amoenus, which is Latin for “landscape of the mind.” Both Cabernets spend 18 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Thomas Rivers Brown is the winemaker.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Dry Dock Farm Fresh Eggs


Dry Dock Farm Fresh Eggs arrived this morning to Forsyth
Laid 6/26/12



You can tell these are not your "factory" produced eggs
 -- this is what came in one dozen -- different sizes and colors.

TWCP Barrel Aged Beers

Aren't they beautiful....the first four bottled beers from The Wine and Cheese Place Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer Collaborations with local breweries!!!

(sorry, these are all sold out)
#1 Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadrupel
#2 2nd Shift Bourbon Barrel Aged LSD
#3 Perennial Bourbon Barrel Aged Devil's Heart of Gold
#4 Charleville Bourbon Barrel Aged Hairy Cow (saw some bottles left  at Rock Hill)


An upcoming release just got label approval!!!
4 Hands Brewing Bona Fide Barrel-Aged Stout!! 
It has been in barrel since February 13, 2012.  No bottling date set yet.




Crabtree Brewery - Colorado

In stock now at Forsyth!


Black IPA and Oatmeal Stout are in 16 oz CANS!




Syzygy
Crabtree Eclipse Black IPA...$10.99 (4pk / 16oz CANS)
ABV: 7.7% 
IBU's: 71.4 
*An unfiltered Belgo-Black IPA
*Brewed with a Belgian yeast strain
Our Belgo-Style Black IPA is an exquisite fusion of black roasted chocolate malts, and a generous heap of hops. Bitterly aggressive with fruity esters and a savory aroma making this one superior brew.


Oatmeal Stout
Crabtree Oatmeal Stout...$9.99 (4pk / 16oz CANS) 
ABV: 7.5% 
IBU's: 29.1
Awards:
*Silver Medal at the 2011 Great American Beer Festival® in the Oatmeal Stout Category.
*Brewed with enough flaked oats to stick a mash!.
A stick-to-your-ribs full bodied stout that is sure to warm you with it's roasty finish. Brewed with flaked oats, giving it a velvety smooth feel, chocolate notes and a touch of sweetness.


Twisted Creek Wheat
Crabtree Twisted Creek Wheat....$9.49 / 6pk bottles
ABV: 5.0% 
IBU's: 12.8 
Our Hefeweizen, unfiltered German style wheat beer, will help smooth you out. We use German Hefeweizen yeast giving it trademark notes of banana esters and clove-like phenols with no spices added. Subtle fruit and aromatic hops, because life is sweet and you deserve a beer that reflects that.



Crabtree Peachtree Cezanne Saison...$14.99 / 750ml
"Peachtree Cezanne Saison is the second in four installments of our Saison Series. Following a traditional Belgian Farmhouse Ale approach, this Saison was brewed when the Palisade peaches were coming into harvest. One bushell of peaches was added to each Zinfandel Wine Barrel and aged for six months for your peachy enjoyment" -- label

San Miguel is back!!


It has been a number of years since we have seen San Miguel from the Philippines
But it is back at The Wine and Cheese Place!!




San Miguel Pale Pilsen....$10.99 / 6pk
San Miguel Pale Pilsen has a slight hoppy note with a distinct bitter hop character. It has a well-balanced medium body and is smooth on the palate with a pleasant clean finish. 

San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMB) is the largest producer of beer in the Philippines, with a total market share of approximately more than 95% in 2008. 



Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Stillwater Premium

Stillwater Premium...$9.99 / 22oz
A ’Post Prohibition’ style ale brewed with Pilsner malt, corn, and rice. Hopped at 2lbs per BBL with Cluster, Northern Brewer, and Saaz and fermented with a farmhouse ale yeast and 2 strains of brettanomyces to weigh in at 4.5% ABV
Rated 97/100 RateBeer
Rated 99/100 Style on RateBeer

Redemption


Redemption Rye
Classic Straight American Rye Whiskey

We start with a mash-bill of 95% premium rye and age it for over two years in new charred oak barrels. Once properly aged we bottle it at a bold 92 proof - perfect to stand up on its own in any cocktail or by itself in your favorite glass. 


Redemption High-Rye Bourbon...$21.99
Straight American Bourbon Whiskey

We think you can never have too much rye, so our High-Rye Bourbon mash-bill approaches the upper limit of allowable rye grain in a bourbon mash-bill. Bottled at 92 proof the dry spiciness of the rye balances the sweetness of the corn for a really wonderful sipping experience on its own or in classic cocktail recipes.
38.2% Premium Rye
1.8% Barley Malt
60% Corn



Redemption Rye Process
The U.S. Government Standards require "rye whiskey" to be made from a mash of at least 51% rye grain. For Redemption Rye we use a mash of 95% premium rye grain for a spicy and bold flavor and we use premium rye, which costs more but is well worth it, because when you use good ingredients you get good rye whiskey.



The U.S. Government Standards also require that rye whiskey be aged in "new charred oak barrels" which means that new oak barrels are burned on the inside, and it's from the charred wood and the expansion and contraction of the whiskey in and through the wood of the barrel through the seasons that whiskey gets its amber color and the flavor is smoothed. The standards do not specify a minimum time the rye whiskey needs to stay in the barrel, but once it has been in the barrel for 2 years it earns the designation of "straight" rye whiskey. Redemption Rye is aged for over 2 years.


We bottle in small batches which allows us to leave the whiskey in the barrels longer for the most flavor and color. We empty the barrels and filter for particles, cut it down to 92 proof and bottle it immediately so that the most flavor from the barrel makes it into the bottle. We then mark each bottle with the batch and bottle number by hand.



Then the bottles are packed into cases and shipped around to the country, and that's the Redemption Rye process! So enjoy this fine rye responsibly and share our pride in this great American Spirit.


Crown Valley Gunslinger Double IPA

In bottles and in stock
From Missouri




Crown Valley Gunslinger Double IPA...$10.49 / 6pk
8.3% ABV
History:  Double IPA brewed in 1994 by Vinnie Cilurzo, then head brewer of Blind Pig Brewing Company of Temecula, Californi. Cilurzo claims he "accidentally" created the style by adding 50% too much malt to his mash tun. He then "corrected" this mistake by adding 100% more hops. This is up for some debate, however, as the local San Diego Pizza Port brewery claims to have been brewing "the original San Diego IPA" since 1992 when they opened their brewery (two years before Cilurzo and Blind Pig). Still others attribute the creation of this style to Rogue Ales, a microbrewery in Newport, Oregon, and its I2PA beer, brewed in 1990.
Impression:  This beer has the most hops of any beer we produce.
Tasting Notes:  Our Gunslinger Double India Pale Ale starts with a rich malt base to which we add hops, hops and more hops. This skillful blend of malt sweetness and aggressive hoppiness will rule your senses! After the addition of Columbus, simcoe, centennial and citra hops at various points of the brewing process, we reach the final IBU count of 93.
Hops - Zeus, Centenial, Falconers Flight, Citra
Malts - Pilsner, Crystal10, Crystal 80, Carapils, Pale, CBW Golden Light
IBU - 93

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

JOH. JOS. PRÜM

Order online


In stock now at Forsyth.


JOH. JOS. PRÜM
2009 Riesling Spätlese Mosel Bernkasteler Badstube...$33.99
Intense, yet delicate and well-sculpted, bursting with ginger, peach and touches of sarsaparilla. Very lively and saturated, delivering a long, rich finish. Loaded with mineral and smoke notes. Drink now through 2025 
93/100 Wine Spectator


JOH. JOS. PRÜM
2009 Riesling Auslese Mosel Wehlener Sonnenuhr....$46.99
Pure, precise and fresh-tasting, with an intense clarity to the apple, pear and tangerine flavors that feature notes of slate and vanilla. The crystalline finish is long, pure and precise, with hints of smoke and anise. Best from 2014 through 2040 
96/100 Wine Spectator 

JOH. JOS. PRÜM
2010 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese...$38.99
Emphasizing the bitter side of the vanilla bean as well as toasted nuts and cyanic apple pit, the Prum 2010 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Riesling Spatlese A.P. #14 thereby generates a fascinating contrast with its apple jelly and honey richness. Alkaline and wet stone notes – beginning already in the nose – enhance that contrast. Nut oils, honey and apple reprise in a lusciously lingering finish. Less charming, refreshing, exuberant, or focused in finish than the corresponding Graacher, this Wehlener will almost certainly need a longer time to show its true potential; but one can rest assured based on one of Germany's most certifiable track-records that at least a quarter century of pleasure is in the offing here. (I did not have opportunity to taste the corresponding auction cuvee, A.P. #26.) 
91/100 Wine Advocate

JOH. JOS. PRÜM
2009 Riesling Auslese Mosel Graacher Himmelreich....$42.99
Vivid and pure-tasting, with a well-structured array of mineral, peach, citrus and savory spice notes that are tightly wound. Still, this is quite airy, especially on the impeccable finish of lime and nectarine. Best from 2015 through 2038.
95/100 Wine Spectator 

Back in stock ---

Some beer notes....
Perennial Homefront IPA -- another case showed up today!
2nd Shift El Gato Grande -- back in stock
Red Hook IPA in CANS -- back in stock
Urban Chestnut -- Winged Nut and Zwickel both in stock now
O'Fallon Wheach in CANS are back in stock
Left Hand Good Juju is back in stock


New!!!
Weihenestephaner PISLNER in 6pk bottles are here!!!

Leffe in 750ml Cork finished bottles

Just got in stock....

Leffe Blonde....$3.99 / 750ml Cork Finished bottle

LOST ABBEY!!!! Lips of Faith....

Some are bottles left at the stores....(no longer online)

Lost Abbey and New Belgium Lips of Faith...$7.19 / 22oz
Brett Beer
"The best part of collaboration is discovering mutual passions.  With Lost Abbey it was the wild yeast strain brettanomyces.  Using Belgian inspiration, we fermented the bier with brettanomyces to bring out tropical fruit notes, crisp haziness and bright flavor.  A tough of fruity sorachi ace hops pleases the palette and entices frequent sips." -- label



Saturday, June 23, 2012

What's in that bottle of Van Winkle anyway?


With all the interest in Van Winkle Bourbon -- I thought this was a very interesting read from the Whiskey Advocate Blog

We get limited amounts of Van Winkle each spring and fall -- sign up for our email to find out when they are released -- click here to sign up


What's in that bottle of Van Winkle anyway?
JUNE 11TH, 2012
JOHN HANSELL

A few weeks ago, when I posted my review of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 15 year old here, a big discussion ensued about the source of this whiskey (and other Van Winkle expressions). I noted at the time that the comment thread on my review was neither the time nor place to discuss something as in-depth as this. I wanted to focus on the quality of the whiskey, not the politics behind it.

We approached the person who we feel knows as much about the subject as anyone, Whisky Advocate contributor Chuck Cowdery. He went directly to Julian Van Winkle for the facts, and here’s his report.

It’s no secret that the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery isn’t a distiller. It’s a marketing company, and a brand, run by Julian Van Winkle III and his son, Preston, with partners the Sazerac Company.

Van Winkle, as a brand name, was retained by the Van Winkle family when Julian’s father sold the Stitzel-Weller Distillery in 1972. Julian took over after his father died. The company continued to operate as a non-distiller producer, mostly selling whiskey made at Stitzel-Weller, which stopped distilling twenty years ago.

About ten years ago, with whiskey from Stitzel-Weller no longer available, the Van Winkles entered into a joint venture with the Sazerac Company to secure a future supply. Sazerac’s Buffalo Trace Distillery made wheated bourbon sporadically between 1991 and 1999, and in earnest after 1999. When Sazerac acquired the W. L. Weller brand in 1999, it received stocks of wheated bourbon made at the new Bernheim distillery between 1992 and 1999.

That’s where things stand now.

Because the Van Winkle whiskeys are so rare, esteemed and costly, there is always a great deal of interest in where they were made. Sources changed over the years and it can be hard to keep up. It is impossible for anyone, even the Van Winkles, to say with certainly what any given bottle contains, though except for the rye, everything in recent years has been Buffalo Trace, Bernheim, or Stitzel-Weller, individually or in combination. They create a profile prior to bottling, based on what they have available and how much whiskey they need, then dump barrels accordingly.

Here, specifically, is the make-up for the upcoming (Fall 2012) bottling. This information comes directly from Julian Van Winkle.

The Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye has long been a 50/50 combination of Medley (Owensboro) and Cream of Kentucky (old Bernheim in Louisville) rye whiskey. The whiskey was all dumped into stainless steel tanks years ago. Each fall, some of it is withdrawn and bottled.

This fall’s Old Rip Van Winkle 10 year old will be wheated bourbon made entirely at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort.

Van Winkle Family Reserve 12 year old (‘Lot B’) will be a mixture of wheated bourbons made at the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort and the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville.

Pappy Van Winkle 15 year old will be a mixture of wheated bourbons made at Buffalo Trace, Bernheim, and Stitzel-Weller; every bottle will contain some whiskey from each distillery.

Pappy Van Winkle 20 year old and Pappy Van Winkle 23 year old will be a mixture of wheated bourbons made at Buffalo Trace and Stitzel-Weller.

Eventually, as current stocks are depleted, everything will become Buffalo Trace.

–Chuck Cowdery

New Extra Rare Crown Royal!





Crown Royal XR Blue....$124.99 / 750ml

Taste the latest in our Extra Rare Whisky Series, handcrafted with a unique blend that includes the final batch of whiskies from the renowned LaSalle distillery. Located on the island of Montreal, the LaSalle distillery produced whiskies with a unique richness, attributed to the fine water surrounding the island. The resulting whiskies were full-bodied and exceptionally smooth.
Experience its sophisticated blend of dried fruits and honey in a harmonious balance with spicy notes of Canadian rye, finishing in a lovely, round taste of raisins, cocoa and brown sugar.


Crown Royal XR Release #2 (LaSalle)
"This is the second release of Crown Royal XR. This one contains whisky from the old LaSalle distillery. (The first release contained whisky from the Waterloo distillery.) I like this whisky a lot. It’s nicely matured, very smooth and balanced, and dangerously drinkable. And it’s superior to the first release, which I felt showed too much wood for balance–especially on the finish. ($130)" -- Whiskey Advocate Blog

Wine Sampler Pack



United Estates 12 bottle case!



The savings is much better than our normal case price.  Missouri state law does not allow us to tell you how much you are saving.  Check the stores for details.  We want you to experience this new importer so we are offering this intro sampler pack.   The wines are great across the board.  This is a great gift idea also.

You receive 1 bottle each of the wines below.  Includes 1 sparkling wine, 3 white wines and 8 red wines.  All from Southern France and the Rhone Valley.





2010 Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes Blanc
Blend: Marsanne 40%, Roussanne 40%, and Viognier 20%
Tasting Notes: Château Virgile’s white is truly a classic Rhône blend. The Roussanne, with peach and apricot flavors, gives the wine weight, texture, and body. Next, the Marsanne adds lively acidity, a hint of minerality, and citrus fruit flavors. Finally, the Viognier adds tropical fruit flavors to the wine, as well as beautiful, floral aromatics. This is a great wine for just about any type of shellfish, especially seared scallops

2011 Domaine La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet
Tasting Notes: For a grape variety that can sometimes be aggressive, this is an beautifully balanced Picpoul. The nose is perfumed with floral, and tropical fruit notes. In the mouth the wine is full of stone fruit, melon, and fruit cocktail notes. The soft fruit is tempered with an intense minerality, and citrus notes. Picpoul de Pinet has always been a textbook match for oysters, mussels, and just about any other type of shellfish you can imagine.
Schreyer Alsace Edelzwicker

50% Pinot Blanc, 20% Pinot Gris,20% Sylvaner, 10% Gewurztraminer
Tasting Notes: Since understanding what the grape varieties in this blend contribute to this wine greatly helps in its appreciation, here is a breakdown of the grapes, and the general characteristics they add to this wine. Pinot Blanc - is a crisp, bright grape variety that gives the wine a hint of peach and citrus fruit flavors. Pinot Gris - adds structure, body, and richness, it also imparts rich apricot fruit flavors. Sylvaner - is a lighter-bodied grape variety that brings a subtle earthiness to the wine. Gewurztraminer - gives the wine its floral nose, and adds notes of tropical fruit (lychee) and spice to the wine. The Schreyer Edelzwicker is a fun, easy-drinking wine that makes an excellent aperitif. Its wonderful aromatics and bright fruit make it a perfect match for fish, poultry, and Asian cuisine.

Jean Louis Denois Brut Chardonnay
"Denois’s non-vintage Chardonnay Brut Blanc de Blancs. Legally, this “traditional method” wine is merely a vin mousseux, yet it is in fact a tribute to the terroir of Limoux (whose sparkling wine appellation must be based on the local Blanquette de Limoux a.k.a. Mauzac grape, for which Denois evidently has little respect). It will be hard to find a more delicious and interesting sparkling wine for the price. Ripe apricot, grapefruit, blueberries, and lily in the nose lead to an intensely pit-fruited palate that – despite a mere five grams of residual sugar – suggests a hint of sweetness on account of its sheer ripeness. Yet, there are suggestions of saline, chalky minerality here as well, a fine mousse, and a refined finish. This will be easy to guzzle but not to forget. Bravo Denois!" -- The Wine Advocate


2009 Domaine Aimé Minervois
Tasting Notes: This is a very rich and silky Minervois. The nose is full of briar fruit and spice, with hints of sandalwood and white pepper. In the mouth the wine is lush with black raspberry, cherry, and garrigue notes. In contrast to the rich flavors in the wine, the finish is soft and silky, with extremely ripe tannins. This is a very versatile wine that would be a perfect compliment to most grilled meats, and barbeque dishes. 70% Carignan, and 30% Syrah

2010 Terres Falmet Cinsault
Tasting Notes: It is rare to find a red wine made entirely from Cinsault, and rarer yet to find one with this much concentration and character. Since this wine is made exclusively from older vines grown on hillsides, the wine is unusually concentrated for Cinsault. However, thanks to the nature of Cinsault, the wine is round with incredibly soft tannins. We equate the weight of the wine to a well made Pinot Noir. However, the flavors are quite different. The wine is full of black fruit, with hints of blueberry, and white pepper. This is a versatile wine that can be served with everything from red meat, to poultry, tuna, and pizza.

2009 Monplézy - Coteaux du Languedoc, Pézenas “PLAISIRS”
Tasting Notes: This is a rich ripe wine with a lot of black fruit. The Syrah and Grenache give the wine its lush black cherry, raspberry, and cassis fruit flavors. Meanwhile, the Carignan grapes, from vines planted in 1955, add an exotic spicy dimension to the wine. Finally, the Cinsault adds a silky texture to the wine, helping to tone down the tannins. The combination of flavors in the “Plaisirs”, along with its nice silky texture, makes it a very versatile wine. It is a great match for summer barbeque, as well as winter roasts.

2009 Château Haut Lignières Faugeres 1er
Tasting Notes: With its relatively high percentage of Mourvèdre, this is a dark and brooding Faugères. In the glass the wine has a concentrated, deep purple color. The nose is perfumed with sweet blackberry and black raspberry aromas. In the mouth it is lush with rich black fruit flavors, and hints of blueberry and coco. Even with its deep concentration, the tannins are surprisingly supple and silky. This wine is simultaneously a sumptuous wine built for enjoyment, in addition to being an age worthy wine for the cellar.

2009 Mas de Brunes “Cuvée des Cigales” – Vin de Pays Côtes de Thongue
Blend: 100% Old Vine Syrah (tiny yield of 25 hl/ha)
Tasting Notes: The 2009 “Cuvée des Cigales” is completely dominated by black fruit. The nose is full of deep blackberry and plum aromas. In the mouth black cherry and blackberry flavors mix with the exotic and complex spice flavors from the Carignan. This is a burly, muscular wine with a lot of character. While an ideal match for grilled meats and game, we also enjoy this wine with the more complex, spicier flavors of barbecue and chili.

2010 Domaine de Servans Cotes du Rhone
Blend: Grenache 78%, Syrah 22% from 40 year old vines
Tasting Notes: Domaine de Servans produces a truly classic Côtes du Rhône. The nose is perfumed with bright red raspberry, and cherry aromas. In the mouth the wine is dominated by the Grenache which produces dark black cherry flavors, with hints of black pepper and garrigue spices. The finish is balanced and silky with soft velvety tannins. This a fun, versatile wine that is a great match for grilled meats, burgers, back-yard barbeque and even pizza

2009 Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes Rouge
Blend: Syrah 60%, Grenache 30%, and Mourvèdre 10%
Tasting Notes: This is a rich and intense Costières de Nîmes dominated by Syrah fruit in the blend. In the nose black fruit mixes with garrigue spice. The mouth is full of black raspberry, black cherry, cassis, and white pepper. This wine shows an extraordinary amount of character and complexity for a entry-level Costières de Nîmes.

2009 Natacha Chave Aléofane Crozes-Hermitage
Blend: 100% Syrah
unfined and unfilterred
"The superb 2009 Crozes-Hermitage Aleofane offers up complex aromas of Christmas fruitcake, licorice, black currants, roasted herbs and forest floor. On the palate, the wine is opulent, voluptuously textured, full-bodied, rich and silky smooth. It should drink well for a decade or more."
Rated 92/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Domaine Aimé Minervois






2009 Domaine Aimé Minervois....$14.99

Tasting Notes: This is a very rich and silky Minervois. The nose is full of briar fruit and spice, with hints of sandalwood and white pepper. In the mouth the wine is lush with black raspberry, cherry, and garrigue notes. In contrast to the rich flavors in the wine, the finish is soft and silky, with extremely ripe tannins. This is a very versatile wine that would be a perfect compliment to most grilled meats, and barbeque dishes.
Technical Notes: Rémi’s Minervois is a blend of 70% Carignan, and 30% Syrah, which is an unusually high percentage of Carignan for a Minervois. However, this unique blend seems to add a lot of depth and character to the wine. This is thanks, in part, to the age of his Carignan vines, which are 60 years old. The grapes are sustainably farmed, 100% destemmed, crushed, and vinified using indigenous yeasts. This wine is fermented and aged exclusively in tank. 
--info from United Estates Wine Imports

French butter with sea salt


In stock now at Forsyth....

Traditional churn butter with crystal sea salt!
come in for a taste of this decadent butter!

Wine Tasting Today!


Wine Tasting Today!
June 23 from noon until 4pm
At all four locations!!









2009 Leviathan Proprietary Red....$47.99 
Made and owned by Andy Erickson former winemaker at Screaming Eagle! 
Not to mention he has made wine at Harlan, Dalla Valle, Spottswoode, Arietta, Ovid and Dancing Hares Vineyard. Andy Erickson has made some of the highest scoring wines in California including the 2007 Screaming Eagle which scored a perfect 100/100 from Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate (and sells for more than $2,200 a bottle now)

Bullet points...
  • Made and owned by Andy Erickson former winemaker at Screaming Eagle! 
  • The next California Cult wine in the making.   
  • Andy Erickson does not just consult on this wine, he owns it along with his viticulturist wife - Annie Favia
  • 2008 scored a 93 from The Wine Spectator and made their top 100 wines of the year. (no press on the 2009 yet, but it will)






Plus we will taste these wines from United Estates


Famous Burgundy producers, Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot, invade the south and show off in the Minervois.   These wines are spectacular, they have taken Minervois to a new level.   These are two of the most exciting wines we have found in a long while....


2009 Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot Minervois "Les Fontanilles"..$29.99
This cuvée is made of 4 grape varieties, coming from soils dominated by Assignan sandstone, which face north and west. These small plots, surrounded by scrubland, pine trees, thyme, rosemary and cistus, comprised of: 20 year old Grenache,, 20 year old Syrah, year old Carignan, 40 year old Cinsault.  Each grape variety is complete, and brings to the cuvee its own characteristics. One adds fruitiness and freshness, another adds sweetness, another depth and length, and yet another distinction and energy. (We will let you guess which is which.)  This is a classic cuvée! It is fulfilling, full of harmony, and wellbalanced. Matured in casks, the Carignan and Syrah bring in a certain distinction.

"A shrubby, resinous and pungently herbal overtone suggestive of marjoram and rosemary, along with notes of blond tobacco compliment the scents and flavors of ripe, diverse black fruits in Gros and Tollot's 2009 Minervois Les Fontanilles, which offers a seamlessly ripe, texturally-refined, and luscious intensity all the way through to an invigoratingly pungent, saliva-inducingly saline finish. This ought to perform well for at least 5-7 years." 
-- Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate




Schreyer Alsace Edelzwicker....$13.99 
50% Pinot Blanc, 20% Pinot Gris,
20% Sylvaner,  10% Gewurztraminer
Tasting Notes: Since understanding what the grape varieties in this blend contribute to this wine greatly helps in its appreciation, here is a breakdown of the grapes, and the general characteristics they add to this wine. Pinot Blanc - is a crisp, bright grape variety that gives the wine a hint of peach and citrus fruit flavors. Pinot Gris - adds structure, body, and richness, it also imparts rich apricot fruit flavors. Sylvaner - is a lighter-bodied grape variety that brings a subtle earthiness to the wine. Gewurztraminer - gives the wine its floral nose, and adds notes of tropical fruit (lychee) and spice to the wine. The Schreyer Edelzwicker is a fun, easy-drinking wine that makes an excellent aperitif. Its wonderful aromatics and bright fruit make it a perfect match for fish, poultry, and Asian cuisine.


2009 Monplézy - Coteaux du Languedoc, Pézenas “PLAISIRS”...$17.99
Tasting Notes: This is a rich ripe wine with a lot of black fruit. The Syrah and Grenache give the wine its lush black cherry, raspberry, and cassis fruit flavors. Meanwhile, the Carignan grapes, from vines planted in 1955, add an exotic spicy dimension to the wine. Finally, the Cinsault adds a silky texture to the wine, helping to tone down the tannins. The combination of flavors in the “Plaisirs”, along with its nice silky texture, makes it a very versatile wine. It is a great match for summer barbeque, as well as winter roasts.


2009 Château Haut Lignières Faugeres 1er...$19.99
Tasting Notes: With its relatively high percentage of Mourvèdre, this is a dark and brooding Faugères. In the glass the wine has a concentrated, deep purple color. The nose is perfumed with sweet blackberry and black raspberry aromas. In the mouth it is lush with rich black fruit flavors, and hints of blueberry and coco. Even with its deep concentration, the tannins are surprisingly supple and silky. This wine is simultaneously a sumptuous wine built for enjoyment, in addition to being an age worthy wine for the cellar.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Bells news...




I think this is the freshest we have seen their Pale Ale...

Bells Pale Ale....bottled 6/11/12
Pale Ale stands apart from the model of completely hop-dominated pale ales, offering a noticeable degree of malt body to counter the hop bitterness. A blend of floral & herbal hop notes provide the aromatic & flavor highlights, alongside the distinctive contribution of our house ale yeast. A crisp bitterness finishes the experience without being harsh.

Plus we got in more Bell's Oberon Mini-Kegs --
 I am told that this is the only batch of Mini Kegs of Oberon we will see this year.  Buy them now or miss out!

Rare Whiskey


Very limited releases!

In stock now 
Very limited -- sure to go fast

Elijah Craig 20 Year old -- sold out
Ardbeg Day Scotch - sold out

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Charleville Brewing Day!!


Watch the blog tomorrow morning for the release of our next Bourbon Barrel Aged beer!




June 22, 2012
Release of Charleville Bourbon Barrel Aged Hairy Cow....$14.99 / 750ml
2 bottles per person limit
(those of you lucky enough to get tickets to the Release Party can also purchase up to 2 bottles of the Hairy Cow sealed with wax)  The rest of the bottles do not have the wax seal.






BEER TASTING
Since we are releasing the Hairy Cow,
 we have Tait from Charleville hosting our 
Friday night tasting from 4pm-6pm at our Forsyth location.
We will be tasting....


Charleville Ale Mucho Hoppo
Charleville Half Wit Wheat
Charleville Hoptimistic IPA
Charleville Tononado Amber