Sunday, September 30, 2012

New Urban Chestnut labels...

Urban Chestnut just got a couple of new labels approved....

Not sure of a release date, but I will let you know when 
they arrive at The Wine and Cheese Place.

St. Louis Double IPA

Bavarian Style Weissbier

Saturday, September 29, 2012

96+ rating for the new Forman Cab Sauv!!!

Limited and in stock now at Forsyth!

2009 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon...$83.99

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is stunning. An exotic, open bouquet melds into dark red fruit in this racy, sexy Cabernet. Espresso, graphite, crushed flowers, spices, mint and licorice are some of the notes that emerge from the glass. All of the elements flow together gracefully to the refined, supple finish. The 2009 will take a few years to come around, but it is dazzling and immensely appealing, even today. The blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot, all from Forman’s vineyard at the base of Howell Mountain. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039.

I only tasted three wines with Ric and Toby Forman, but that didn’t stop this tasting from being one of the highlights of the twelve days I spent in Napa Valley. These wines are all about refinement, subtlety and sheer class.
Rated 96+/100 The Wine Advocate

Friday, September 28, 2012

Ska Nefarious

It has been awhile since we have seen this one...

Ska Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter 22oz....$5.69
"Nobody bowls better sober. No on is suggesting you get drunk; merely stating the facts. Our extra strong imperial porter will make you better at bowling. King of the alley-this imperial porter reigns supreme, creamy, chocolaty sweet, with hints of coffee and bing cherry, the Nefarious is wickedly outrageous." -- Ska

New product alert....

3 new Cognacs from Camus
Grand Marnier Cherry Liqueur
Dom Perignon 2003 vintage - new vintage
Pierre Ferrand 30 Year Old Cognac
Orin Swift E Grenache from Spain

will post some more info later.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Salmon just arrived!

Fresh batch landed today at Forsyth.  

Smoked Salmon from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Usually the best things we find for our store are products that don't come looking for us, they are products that we go looking for them.  Durham's Tracklements Custom Smoked Provisions is one of those products.  In fact, we have been trying for months to sell their salmon in our store.  They kept telling us that they cannot keep up with demand at this point and they are not taking on any more accounts.  Our begging finally paid off and we our on our 3rd shipment,  Supply is limited.

Durham's Tracklements


Inspired by a stay in the Northwest Highlands and Islands of Scotland, a genuine hand-rubbed dry cure of salt with a bit of brown sugar, lightly smoked over our own blend of select hardwoods. Mellow fresh flavor with moist, firm yet buttery texture 

Best of the Best in 20 years of Tasting

" comparison" - Marian Burros, The New York Times

Salmon just doesn’t get any better than this.

--Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press

More info on Durham's Tracklements

Custom smoked provisions using the finest ingredients available, Since 1992. 

We cure and smoke in small batches with the careful, hands-on attention essential to providing outstanding freshness, flavor and texture. For our Salmon Specialties we use only farmed Atlantic salmon raised in the cold waters of the Bay of Fundy, where strong tides assure excellent growing conditions and make the regular use of antibiotics and algaecides unnecessary. Salmon are selected at the optimal size, and flown fresh direct to us each week!

 No additives of any kind, always dated for superior fresh flavor. The finest genuinely hand-crafted quality available--anywhere.

Templeton Rye

The Wine and Cheese Place is proud to 
bring you Templeton Rye

In stock now at Forsyth, Rock HIll and New Ballas now

You wanted it, we got it for you!!!!

Templeton Rye - Prohibition Era Whiskey...$33.99 / 750ml
When Prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, many enterprising residents of a small town in Iowa chose to become outlaws – producing a high caliber and much sought-after whiskey known as Templeton Rye, or “The Good Stuff” to those in the know. Produced from the original Prohibition era recipe and aged in charred new oak barrels, Templeton Rye provides a smooth finish and a clean getaway.

As the original American spirit, rye whiskey is the principal ingredient in several famous cocktails – including the Manhattan, the Sazerac and, of course, the Old Fashioned. Strong yet splendid, rye whiskey has undergone a major resurgence around the world, based on its rare combination of bold, almost spicy character and clean, smooth finish.


Only dedication to the entire process can achieve the proper balance that gives Templeton Rye its great rye character and surprisingly smooth finish that Jim Murray of the Whiskey Bibledescribed as "a huge, unmistakable rye."

With barely a dozen brands in the category of rye whiskey, we strive to be the best among an already unique bunch.

Starting with a formula born out of a family’s need to maintain their livelihood during the Prohibition era, our master distillers utilize the original Kerkhoff family recipe – unique for the remarkably high rye content of its mash. For while today a mere 51 percent of the mash bill must be rye for a whiskey to legally be called a “rye,” Templeton Rye uses a mash made up of more than 90 percent rye grains (and malted barley for the remainder).

And while the process has changed some since Prohibition, the unyielding attention to detail hasn’t budged.
From Templeton's website (check out some recipes)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bowman Brothers Bourbon

Bowman Brothers Virginia Bourbon Small Batch...$28.99
Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey
John, Abraham, Joseph and Isaac Bowman were Virginia militia officers in the American Revolutionary War. In 1779, they led thirty pioneer families to Madison County, Kentucky and established Bowman’s Station. Later, the brothers helped establish and settle Fayette County. They were legends, admired and respected by fellow settlers for their courage and bravery. This hand-crafted bourbon whiskey is a tribute to these four heroic Bowman brothers from Virginia.
Tasting Notes:
This small batch bourbon has been distilled three times using the finest corn, rye and malted barley. Our unique copper still produces a flavor like no other bourbon. After many years of aging in new charred oak barrels, this 90 proof Virginia bourbon whiskey will please even the most discerning palate. The nose is warm like the Virginia summer. Its complex flavor has hints of vanilla and oak, while the finish is smooth and mellow like a quiet night on the front porch. Enjoy straight, over ice or with a splash of water.
Pure amber color. Aromas of caramelized apples and nuts, vanilla custard, and delicate anise cookie follow through on a round, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity with good depth and nice chocolately toffee and gingerbread notes. Finishes with a drying coconut cream and Asian spice accented fade. Lots of nice spicy, fruity character will make this a great choice for mixologists.

John J. Bowman Virginia Bourbon Whiskey Single Barrel...$44.99
Virginia Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Early pioneer Colonel John J. Bowman first explored Kentucky in 1775. Four years later he moved his family to Lincoln County where they were among the earliest settlers of Kentucky. He presided over Kentucky’s first county court and was also appointed the first military commander and governor of Kentucky County. He was the great, great uncle of Abram Bowman, founder of Virginia’s A. Smith Bowman Distillery. This single barrel bourbon whiskey commemorates the early American pioneer John J. Bowman.
Tasting Notes:
This bourbon whiskey has been hand selected from some of the oldest barrels in our warehouse. Each barrel rests years on end while Virginia’s moderate, but ever-changing climate extracts the complex flavors from the oak and mellows the whiskey. When the time is right, these prime barrels are hand-bottled with care. This single barrel bourbon is 100 proof, but still smooth as the fall breeze. Its fragrant nose is followed by hints of toffee, leather, figs and almonds with a long dry finish. Drink straight or over ice.

Urban Chestnut Barrel Aged Series

In stock now -- online now

          -- Urban Chestnut's first Barrel Aged Beer Release!!

Urban Chestnut Daft Barrel Aged Barley Wine...$8.49 / pint
Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels
3000 bottles produced
"UCBC's Barrel-Aged Series - Our on-going expedition mostly dedicated to those ever questing 'rye, whiskey, bourbon, etc. barrel-aged beer zealots'.  This particular 'aged one' is a barley-wine ale that rested for a few months in a rye whiskey barrel, imparting it with some not so subtle notes of spicy rye, oak and sweet caramel.  As you enjoy this complex and potent beer, please heed these words of advice -- 'Imbibe with care, lest you be a Daft fool! Prost!" - label

FW Double Jack in 4 PACKS - 12oz bottles!

In stock at Rock Hill, Forsyth and online

Look what just hit today...


4 packs of Double Jack!!!

Firestone Walker Double Jack....$11.99 / 4pk 12oz bottles!!!
Double Jack IPA is our first ever Imperial IPA. It features a big malty middle to cloak the high alcohol and mouth puckering hop bitterness. Huge tangerine, grapefruit and juicy fruit aroma blossom over the herbal blue basil and malt earthiness of this aggressive beer. Best enjoyed in moderation.
Rated 100/100 RateBeer

New product alert!!!

New products today, will post more info later...

  • Odell Isolation Ale...$9.49 / 6pk
  • Abita Pecan Harvest Ale...$7.49 / 6pk
  • Abita Fallfest Seasonal / $7.49 /6pk
  • Bowman Brothers Virginia Bourbon Small Batch...$28.99
  • John J. Bowman Virginia Bourbon Whiskey Single Barrel...$44.99
  • Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale...$8.49 / 6pk
  • Moon Mountain Vodka...$13.99
  • 2nd Shift El Gato Grande IPA -- fresh batch bottled in September
  • St. Ambroise The Great Pumpkin Ale...$9.99 / 4pk

Help us pick our next two barrels

We ordered  these two barrels a couple of weeks ago for the bourbon to arrive soon 
Our third Elijah Craig Bourbon Barrel (Serial #4215223 V-Warehouse 6th Floor)
and our first Evan Williams Single Barrel (Serial #4405067 W-Warehouse 7th Floor.)

Help us pick our next two barrels....

Help us pick our first barrel of Eagle Rare and now our sixth barrel of Buffalo Trace.  We have the samples at our Forsyth location now.   Come in while samples last.


The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel Program.....
Summary of the numbers from the last 12 months:
So far, 20 barrels of bourbon used or soon to be used for beer!.  
4 - Barrel Aged Beers Released and sold out
16 barrels either filled with beer or soon to be filled with beer.

Barrels used/ordered from each distillery so far -- 
Buffalo Trace - 6 barrels
Knob Creek - 3 barrels
Elijah Craig - 3 barrels
Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey - 2 barrels
Jefferson 18 Year Old - 2 barrels
Blantons Bourbon - 1 barrel
Willett Family 9 Year Old - 1 barrel
Evan Williams - 1 barrel
Eagle Rare - 1 barrel

A lot of great bourbon and beer!!!

click here to read more about our barrel aged program

Limited Release!

One of the finest wines made in California....

Sale Price!
2009 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon...$242.99 
(net price, no additional discount)
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard saturates every corner of the palate with layers after layers of rich dark fruit, mocha, spices and licorice. This is a stunning To Kalon endowed with tons of site-specific character and nuance. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029." 
 Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Odell limited release is here!!

Now available online
Odell Deconstruction Ale...$13.99 / 750ml

Rated 98/100 on RateBeer
A method of brewing based on identifying first principals and making pronounced through pilot brewing the desired elements that contribute to the overall flavor.
A Golden Ale created by blending the final recipe with its own barrel aged pilot beers fermented with wild yeasts and lacto. Each individual barrel contributes a unique flavor from the wood chosen and the cultures resident to achieve the subtle complexities that develop(ed) over time.
A beer which starts sweet, filling the mouth with fruit-like esters and mild spiciness, changing to a tart and lingering flavor reminiscent of apples and grapefruit living amidst an earthy, citrusy hop aroma.
42% aged in wine barrels 58% Ale
10.5% Alc. By Vol.

Russian River is back...

Russian River Collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brux....$12.99

From Russian River Brewing Blog

"I'm sure many of you have heard about our collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company! This 2 year, 2 brewery, 2 family project is about to hit the streets and hopefully make it to a bottle shop near you! Set for National Release in July (I bet you thought you would never hear me say something like that!), BRUX was brewed in Chico (at Sierra Nevada) and will go through their distribution channels, which will, of course, greatly increase your chances of getting a couple of bottles. BRUX is a "domesticated wild ale", or an ale fermented with Belgian yeast, finished by a secondary bottle fermentation with Brettanomyces bruxellensis. It's a little more than 8% alcohol, very dry, earthy, spicy, and tasty. But wait, there's more! About 99% of BRUX was bottled in 750 ml bottles, so there will be almost none available on draft. Almost none, meaning that our brewpubs, Russian River and Sierra Nevada, will have it available on draft in July! The Russian River BRUX draft release is set for July 5th at 5pm at our pub in Downtown Santa Rosa. We will have no bottles or growlers available to go at our brewery due to state liquor laws. Then we move to Chico for Sierra Nevada's release on July 9th where they will have plenty of bottles for sale. Not sure about those details other than Vinnie and I are planning to attend! I do hope you get a chance to taste this exceptional collaboration with our friends at Sierra Nevada!


 Bottles of BRUX and Pliny just hanging out together! " -- Russian River Brewing Blog

Friday, September 21, 2012

Rum and Artisan Cheese Pairing Class

The Wine and Cheese Place is proud to present a very special event....

Artisanal Cheese & Rum 
Pairing Adventure Class
Six Exotic Rums from Guatemala, Antigua, Trinidad, Haiti, Barbados
Six Fine Artisanal Cheeses – from Wisconsin
PLUS: Everyone in the class will have the pleasure of tasting English Harbour's 25 Year-Old Rum from Antigua…selling for over $200 a bottle!

Thursday September 27th  (7 PM until 8:30 PM)

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Boulevard
Clayton 63105

Price: $25 per person
Seating is limited.

Reservations are required - call 314.727.8788

Here is what is scheduled to be tasted!!!

• English Harbour 5-Year Rum - Antigua
 English Harbour's 25 Year-Old Rum 
• Ron Zacapa XO Solera Grand Reserva Especial - Guatemala
• Zaya 12-Year Old Estate Rum - Trinidad
• Plantation Grande Reserve 5-Year Old Rum - Barbados
• Mount Gay Extra Old Rum - Barbados
• Barbancourt Estate Reserve 15 Year Old Rum – Haiti

• Widmer's Cheese Cellars: 4-Year Cheddar
• Widmer's Cheese Cellars: Aged Brick Spread
• Sartori Reserve Raspberry BellaVitano
• Sartori Reserve Espresso BellaVitano
• Hollands Family Farm: Marieke's Aged Gouda
• Hollands Family Farm: Marieke's Foenegreek Gouda



Presented by The Wine and Cheese Place and 
Barrie Lynn – The Cheese Impresario

Barrie Lynn – The Cheese Impresario has just re-located from Los Angeles to St. Louis. She has been pairing artisanal cheeses with all kinds of libations for the stars of Hollywood via her inclusion in the Oscars famed goodie bag. She'll be conducting her Artisanal Cheese & Rum Pairing Adventure Class for the first time in this area at The Wine and Cheese Places in Clayton on Forsyth. 

"This is a pairing that will make people drop to their knees when they taste these flavors together" says The Cheese Impresario. And, she knows what she's talking about. She's been pairing rum with cheese at the Ministry of Rum's Rum Festivals around the country and has witnessed how blown away people are by this surprising and delicious pairing.

Dark sipping rums which are meant for drinking neat, not mixing in most cocktails, can deliver the flavors of roasted nuts, smoky oak, vanilla, cocoa, fruit and spices, just like wine. Paired with the perfect cheeses made by the award-winning cheesemakers of Wisconsin, Barrie Lynn has a real treat in store for you. We can't wait for you to experience The Cheese Impresario's entertaining education. 

Barrie Lynn was just featured in 
St. Louis Magazine's Relish Blog - click here to read

More info on Barrie Lynn -  International Hotel and Restaurant Awards

More information can be found on her website:


In stock now!

Doc's Draft Pumpkin Hard Apple Cider....$5.99 / 22oz
A seasonal cider made with roasted pumpkins, cinnamon, allspice, fresh ginger and nutmeg. (5% alcohol) 

I am glad this one is finally here, one of our employees won't stop talking about it from last year.  He says it is the best cider made?

Woodchuck Hard Cider Fall Limited Release
There are few things as spectacular as fall in the Green Mountains that surround our cidery. When you add cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of American white oak, you either have yourself some mighty fine cider or your standard Vermont tourism cliche. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Irish Whiskey!

Greenore 8 Year Old Single Grain Irish Whiskey...$44.99 / 750ml

The Next Generation of Irish Whiskey - the smoothest Irish whiskey due to the modern way its distilled and matured.
Distilled from corn producing a distinctive sweet taste.
Distilled in modern column stills producing a super smooth spirit.
Matured exclusively in first fill ex-bourbon barrels producing a beautiful creamy vanilla sweetness.
These three steps produce Irelands smoothest and sweetest whiskey and the next generation of Irish whiskeys.

Ska Euphoria is back!!!!!!

Online now also

Ska Euphoria Pale Ale....$8.99 / 6pk cans
FRESH - cannned 9/15/12

"This seasonal beer is brewed in the Do It Yourself (DIY) spirit along with our friends from Bayfield at the Venture Snowboard Factory. An India Pale Ale, the Euphoria is crafted with piles and piles of Golding hops to provide a unique spicy finish. Great for after hitting the slopes.

Anarchic enlightenment: (1) Brewed in strict accordance to D.I.Y. methodology, the beer of choice for epic powder days. (2) brewed and bottled by ska brewing company, durango colorado using the finest hops, yeast, malted barley and san juan waters.
-- Rated 94/100 in its style on RateBeer

Deschutes tasting this Friday!!!!

I took off work this week, but I am told we still have about 6-8 bottles of Black Butte  XXIV not picked up in back.  Since it has been well over 7 days, we are going to release them for sale tomorrow at 4pm at the start of the tasting -- 1 bottle per person.

 -- Join us, open house

Deschutes Tasting this 

Friday, Sept 21 from 4-6pm
with Karen from Deschutes
At our Forsyth location in Clayton

We will taste....

  • Deschutes Obsidian Stout
  • Deschutes Mirror Pond
  • Deschutes The Stoic 
  • Deschutes Hop in the Dark

  • Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA  **
  • Deschutes JUBELALE!  **

** We will also be introducing these two new beers to St. Louis....

both the Chainbreaker White IPA and Jubelale will be arriving to The Wine and Cheese Place this week and you will get a chance to taste them on Friday!!!

IN STOCK NOW at Forsyth!!!

Deschutes Chainbreaker IPA...$8.99
Deschutes is taking you into the next beer frontier. Brewed with wheat and pilsner malt; this IPA displays beautiful citrus aromas from Cascade and Citra hops that meld with the esters of Belgian yeast. Think thirst quenching hopped-up wit beer with enough IBUs to warrant the IPA name.Malt: Pilsner, Wheat, Unmalted Wheat
Hops: Bravo, Citra, Centennial, Cascade
Other: Sweet Orange, Coriander

Deschutes Jubelale Festive Winter Ale...$8.99 / 6pk
A dark, malty celebration ale with layered flavors and beautifully balanced hopping. Jubelale pours deep garnet in color, medium bodied, with notes of chicory, earth, spice and fruit. To beer lovers, it’s like Yule fire and family.

Malt: Pale, Crystal, Extra Special, Carapils, Roasted Barley

Hops: Nugget, Cascade, Willamette, Styrian, Tettnang, East Kent Goldings

The 2012 label is literally “layered” with meaning – the artwork was created through a complex collaging process by artist Kaycee Anseth Townsend. She uses small scraps of paper to create designs, and she comprised this year’s packaging entirely from pieces of past year's Jubelale labels. You might event recognize a scrap or two from years gone by inside the incredibly intricate final design.

Hermitage Brewery - San Jose California

In stock now at Forsyth and online

Hermitage is a very new brewery from San Jose California. They opened in 2009 and it looks like Missouri is only the fourth state that they will be distributing in the U.S.....

Hermitage Hoptopia Double IPA....$9.99 / 6pk
Tropical nose, full citrus and floral flavors, good malt balance 8.0 ABV/IBU 65

Hermitage Maltopia Wee Heavy Scotch Ale...$9.99 / 6pk
Also known as a Wee Heavy, blankets your palate with malty, roasted caramel flavors 9.0 ABV/IBU 25 

Hermitage Ale of the Imp Imperial IPA...$4.69 / pint
Floral nose, earthy and piney overtones, very bitter finish 8.0 ABV/IBU 99.9 

Hermitage IPA Single Hop Series Sorachi Ace Hops...$5.99 / 22oz

Our brewing team is passionate about ingredients. This series was created to celebrate, and to acknowledge the wide variation of hops. The same ingredients and process go into each IPA from the series, with only one difference- what type of hop is used. “This is a great series for both beer aficionados and novice beer drinkers,” comments Brewer Greg Filippi. “It gives the drinker an appreciation of each hop type. They can really pick out the individual flavors in other beers once they taste the hop on its own.”

Varieties will change seasonally. Could be Citra, Admiral, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, etc.

Current varieties are:

Sorachi Ace: a Japanese hop known for its characteristic citrusy lemon flavor. Sorachi Ace is the third release of the series this year, following Ahtanum and Citra. Brewmaster Peter Licht is excited about the latest batch. Licht says,”Sorachi is an extremely interesting hop- lots of unusual fruit flavors including lemon and lemon zest. It is also the only hop to come from Japan. One of the reasons we started the single hop beer series was to get to use exotic hops like Sorachi Ace.”

7.0 ABV/IBU 55

Established in 2009 Hermitage Brewing Company is located in San Jose. Along with producing its own label of small batch beers, Hermitage contracts with beer and soda clients to produce their products. Hermitage is regarded as a professional and reliable go-to contract brewer for many regional and state brewers.

Hermitage is also the bottling source for all Tied House beers. When Tied House closed down its iconic downtown San Jose location in mid-2009, they transferred all their brewing equipment down the road, to South 7th Street, where Hermitage is today. Hermitage soon added a bottling line, complete with disco ball and audio of ABBA’s greatest hits, which automatically starts when the bottling line is turned on.

Hermitage Brewery is becoming widely recognized for its Hoptopia, Maltopia, Ale of the Imp, Single Hop “H” Series IPAs, and craft soda brands. In 2011, Hermitage took four Gold Medals at the California State Commercial Craft Brewers Competition. Celebrator Beer News awarded One Door Quadrupel with four out of five stars in 2011, and Hoptopia DIPA four out of five stars in 2012.

As the new branch of Tied House Brewing, Hermitage is happy to be a part of such a long legacy of great brewers and their award-winning beers. Our current team is Brewmaster Ron Manabe, Brewmaster Peter Licht, Brewer Greg Filippi, and our newest team member, four-time consecutive GABF winner: Brewer Steve Donohue.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Wine and Cheese Place Bourbon Barrel Beer Update

October looks to be a big month for bottling for The Wine and Cheese Place barrel age program...

Here is a sneak peak at the Bourbon Barrel Aged Killer Whale - Buffalo Killer Ale!  The label has not been approved yet, so some changes might be needed.

This one is Six Row's Killer Whale ageing in a Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel since June 11.   This one is almost ready to be bottled watch for it soon -- probably released sometime in October.  

I also went down to 4 Hands Brewing today and tasted the 100% Vermont Organic Maple Syrup that we put in a Jefferson 18 Year Old Bourbon Barrel - wow, you are going to love this syrup.  Should be bottled also sometime in October.  Then the barrel will be filled with some 4 Hands Beer -- stay tuned.

Also, the 4 Hands Brewing Company Bona Fide Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Goshen Espresso and Whole Vanilla Bean that was filled on February 13, 2012 into an Elijah Craig 12 year old barrel should be bottled within weeks also.

here are some more details for your reading pleasure about our other barrel aged beers - click here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Exciting! Exciting!

Why are we excited about this release?
Have you heard of Jacques Selosse Champagne?
Well, they are very rare, highly rated and hard to get Champagne.  We only get a few bottles a year of his stuff because the demand is so high.    His Champagnes sell for $200 + per bottle.

     "Every decade or so, a winemaker comes along who, through the force of his ideas, and the brilliance of his work, has the power to change the course of wine history.  Anselme Selosse is such an individual—and the man most responsible for the revolution that’s changing Champagne for the better.  Since taking over Champagne Jacques Selosse in 1980, Anselme has used the uncompromising brilliance of his wines—as well as no small amount of charisma—to challenge Champagne’s old defintions for excellence. If ten or twenty years from now, small, quality-driven growers have finally taken their share of the power—and the big houses have fully embraced the ideas of low yields, chemical-free vineyards and terroir-based wines—Anselme will deserve much of the credit." - importer for Jacques Selosse Champagne

Here is what The Wine Advocate has said about Anselme Selosse Champagnes...
"Montrachet with bubbles might be a good description for this profound, utterly moving Champagne." - 98/100 The Wine Advocate
" ridiculously great." - 97/100 The Wine Advocate
" breathtaking...It is an extraordinary wine in every way....This is a dazzling" - Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Dubl Greco Sparkling...$45.99
From Feudi di San Gregorio and Anselme Selosse

This is the only sparkling wine Anselme Selosse makes outside of his own at Jacques Selosse in Champagne!!  Rare and amazing!

Feudi di San Gregorio, a modern expression of a centuries-old tradition of passion and dedication to the land, is Campania’s premier winemaking estate. Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly-acclaimed winery was established in 1986. Since then, it has aggressively tapped into the enormous potential of Campania's unique terroir and ancient varieties by placing a contemporary spin on indigenous grapes such as Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo and Aglianico.

In 2003, Feudi di San Gregorio invested in the production of its first sparkling product. Using the method champenoise and the regions historic varietals of Falanghina, Greco di Tufo and Aglianico grapes, FSG produced this new innovative product, DUBL. The wines are named DUBL in honor of the two wineries that work on this project, Feudi and our French partner, the great Champagne house of Anselme Selosse. Joining forces with famed Champagne producer Anselme Selosse was a natural union for these unique and high end wines. DUBL is our new journey into the future of sparkling wines.

The tradition of Greco Brut stems from the occupation of Naples by Louis XII de Valoisi in the 15th century, who demanded that Neapolitan made a Sparkling wine in his honor (he was from Champagne afterall). The local winemakers selected Greco as the suitable grape for this task given the tartness of the grape reminiscent of the Chardonnay of Champagne and the chalky composition of the Tufo soil similar to the terroir encountered in Reims.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Amazing 2010 Domaine Leflaive

In stock now at Forsyth -- limited availability --
call 314.727.8788

2010 Domaine Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc....$55.99
The domaine’s 2010 Bourgogne is a gorgeous wine at this level. It captures all of the Leflaive signatures in a remarkably pure, crystalline interpretation of the year. Bright, saline notes frame the fruit in this precise, jewel of a wine. Readers will not want to miss this gem. If there is a relatively affordable entry-level 2010 from a top-notch domaine that captures the greatness of the vintage, this is it. Anticipated maturity: 2012+.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet Pucelles...$269.99
The 2010 Puligny-Montrachet Pucelles is a totally complete wine. It brings together the expressive bouquet and minerality of Combettes with some of the expressive fruit of the Folatieres. Vivid and multi-dimensional in the glass, the Pucelles wraps around the palate with serious intensity. Citrus, white flowers and green pears linger on the highly nuanced, refined finish. Today, though, the 2010 is incredibly tight. Its pedigree is impossible to miss. Leflaive’s Pucelles is easily one of the highlights of the vintage. Anticipated maturity: 2015+.
Rated 95+/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montachet Clavoillons...$139.99
The 2010 Puligny-Montrachet Clavoillons fleshes out beautifully in the glass with layers of expressive, textured fruit. This is one of the more open, forward wines in the lineup. It should drink nicely pretty much upon release. Yellow stone fruits, flowers and a hint of spice wraps around the soft, enveloping finish, where the minerality of the vintage emerges with pretty, finely-knit nuances. Anticipated maturity: 2014+.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Domaine Leflaive Puligny Montrachet AC...$199.99
The 2010 Puligny-Montrachet caresses the palate with soft, expressive fruit. This beautiful, open Puligny villages will delight readers pretty much upon release. Hints of smoke, slate and crushed rocks are layered into the textured, inviting finish. It is another terrific entry-level offering from Leflaive. Anticipated maturity: 2012+.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Dom Leflaive Bienvenues Batard Montrachet...$439.99 / 750ml
2010 Dom Leflaive Bienvenues Batard Montrachet...$899.99 / 1.5ltr
(Very Rare)Things go up a notch or two with the 2010 Bienvenues-Batard-Montrachet, which appears to hover on the palate with the grace of a ballerina. The Bienvenues is all about weightless elegance and implied structure, but it is all there in the glass. At times a bit intellectual, the Bienvenues is nevertheless immensely appealing. Layers of soft, perfumed fruit flow effortlessly to the nuanced, feminine finish. A hint of floral honey and almonds lingers on the palate. I can’t wait to see how this ages. Anticipated maturity: 2020+.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate
"Don't miss!" -- Rated 93-95/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound

Fox Barrel in CANS

Fox Barrel Pear Cider -- now in 4pk CANS

100% Made In England. 100% pressed and naturally fermented in England. Made with only premium pears, smoothed with pure pear juice. No added flavors, colorants, malt, spirit or apple alcohols. No sorbate or benzoate preservatives.
100% Pearfection. A truly sessionable, classic English medium-dry natural Perry. Juicy, fresh, medium-bodied, with a subtle citrus zing and a long natural pear finish.

100% English Supeariorty. 5.3% ABV.
Slightly cloudy and alive with natural pear flavors and complexity. Lightly sparkling, fresh straw in appearance with a natural semi-brilliance. In 4-pack cans with our unique middle “pick-and-go” band. With an easy pick handle it also means, no splaying or damage associated with traditional top plastic ring holder.

Nino Franco back in stock..

In stock now at The Wine and Cheese Place

Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco....$17.99
Creamy, refreshing and balanced
Variety and grapes: 100% Glera (traditionally called Prosecco) from classic production area hillside vineyards situated at medium to high altitude.
Colour: straw-coloured, bright
Flavour: very fine, persistent, pleasant, and crisp, fruity and flowery.
Matching: as an aperitif or with appetizers, with risotto or pasta. Very well coupled with snacks.

Sierra Nevada Tumbler

Now in stock at Forsyth!

Sierra Nevada Tumbler....$8.99 / 6pk

As the nights grow cool, the leaves on the valley oaks begin to turn and fall. In honor of this yearly dance, we bring you Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale and invite you to enjoy the show. We use malt within days of roasting at the peak of its flavor to give Tumbler a gracefully smooth malt character. So pour a glass, and grab a window seat to watch as the leaves come tumbling down.

alcohol content: 5.5% by volume
yeast: Ale Yeast
bittering hops: Challenger
bitterness units: 37
finishing hops: Challenger & Yakima Goldings
malts: Two-row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate & Smoked

2nd Shift Art of Neurosis

New Batch Art of Neurosis

Sold out

2nd Shift Art of Neurosis IPA....$9.99 / 750ml
Art of Neurosis... on the streets now
AON is an Ipa that has everything you could want in one, if what you want is a hop sandwich. It's a 7.7% Simcoe and Columbus delight. Only get to make this 2 more times till 2013!
67 IBU

Marble Brewing - Manchester England

Very limited release, I am told only 20 case of each came into the United Estates

We only have 6 bottles of each.
Reserve online - subject to confirmation

Marble Brewing Saison....$16.99 / 750ml
A collaboration with Mark Tranter of the Dark Star Brewing Co. 

Marble Brewing Old Manchester Old Ale...$15.99 / 750ml
"An original recipe brewed in collaboration with John Keeling Head Brewerer at Fuller's London Ales"

Marble Brewing Decadence Imperial Russian Stout....SOLD OUT
Rated 98/100 RateBeer

Marble Brewing Barley Wine Ale....SOLD OUT
Rated 92/100 RateBeer

"The Marble Brewery is a microbrewery in Manchester, England which makes cask ale from organic and vegetarian ingredients.
The brewery consists of a five barrel plant, designed and installed by Brendan Dobbin, former proprietor of the West Coast Brewing Company. The copper and hot liquor tank are situated in the back of the Marble Arch pub behind glass observation windows. The fermenters and conditioning tanks are in the cellars.
In 2000 the beers became strictly organic and later the same year they became strictly vegan. Marble's ingredients are sourced from non-intensive agriculture and they do not use isinglass finings, usually made from the swim bladder of the sturgeon, to clear the beer. Despite this the beer is seldom cloudy. Marble's head brewer, James Campbell, has said "We're busier than ever. The beer sells because it tastes good, but the vegetarian side is proving good for business. I've had people tell me that they hadn't been able to drink a pint of beer since they became vegetarians 10 years before. Then they found us." -- Wikipedia