Thursday, February 28, 2013

A couple of 96 point Rhones







2010 Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf du Pape Vieille Vignes....$79.99

Very expressive, with layers of lush blueberry coulis, fig paste, currant confiture and melted red licorice all wrapped with toasted spice and coursing through the vivacious finish. A gorgeous display of fruit, with the spine to keep it balanced. Drink now through 2027. 330 cases made. –JM
Rated 96/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate


2010 Domaine de Cristia Chateauneuf du Pape Renaissance....$71.99

This has a lot going on, with dark ganache and espresso followed by roasted alder and juniper notes, before the core of plum, blackberry and steeped black currant fruit finally starts to assert itself. The long finish lets bay and tobacco leaf notes stride through, with a tarry edge as well. Shows great character. Best from 2015 through 2030. 500 cases made. –JM
Rated 96/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate


New Ballas Grand Opening

Now expanded with a much larger selection.....



The Wine and Cheese Place
457 N. New Ballas Road in Creve Coeur
314.989.0020




Would you like get your hands on both of these bottles?
Cantillon Fou Foune
Goose Island Bourbon County Cherry Rye

Well, we saved a bottle of each for our New Ballas location's expansion.
Visit our newly enlarged beer department at our New Ballas location before March 1 at 6pm.

Call Marc at New Ballas for details on how 
you can acquire these two bottles - 314.989.0020





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We are scheduling the Grand Opening of the much expanded version 
of The Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas Road.


Friday, March 1, 2013 (4-7pm)
Beer and Spirit Tasting
New Belgium Lips of Faith La Folie
4 Hands Brewing Divided Sky Rye
Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12
Firestone Walker Wookey Jack
Great Divide Yeti
Stone Ruination
Schlafly 

Left Hand Nitro Stout
Founders Imperial Stout
North Coast Acme IPA
Founders All Day IPA - be the first to taste this new release
Aecht Schlenkerla Urbock
Arcadia Loch Down Scotch
Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner
Bear Rep Red Rocket
Beersel Oude Geuze
Detroch Fraises
Duchesse de Bourgogne
Ska Hibernal Vinifera Stout
Vicaris Triple with Gueuze

Rogue Voodoo Doughnut
Bells Kalamazoo Stout
Bells Midwestern Pale Ale
Odell Red
Odell Meddler
Ommegang
John Smiths Ale
Samuel Smiths Chocolate Ale


Cathedral Square Abbey

Cathedral Square Hail Mary

Cathedral Square Repent Rye

Cathedral Square Holy Moly



Boulevard Grainstorm Black IPA
Boulevard Sixth Glass
Boulevard Irish Ale
Boulevard 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat

Goose Island Mild Winter
Goose Island Matilda
Goose Island Sofie
Goose Island Nut Brown

Kona Longboard
Kona Big Wave
Kona Koko Brown
Kona Fire Rock

Widmer Brothers O’Ryely (Rotator IPA)
Widmer Brothers Columbia Common
Widmer Brothers Raspberry Russian
Widmer Brothers SXNW

Schlafly Quadrupel
Schlafly Tripel
Schlafly AIPA
Schlafly Irish Stout
Schlafly APA
Schlafly Single Malt 21st Anniversary
Schlafly Hefe Weiss
Schlafly Pilsner



beers subject to change



Spirits

Balvenie Carribean Cask
Balvenie 12 year
Glenfiddich 18yr
Martell XO
Milagro Silver
Bookers Bourbon
Elijah Craig 12yr (TWCP Place Barrel)W.L. Weller 12yr
Ezra Brooks Single Barrel
Larceny Small Batch Bourbon
Wild Turkey Rare Breed
Tres Agaves Blanco
Tres Agaves Reposado
Tres Agaves Margarita Mix
Tres Agaves Bloody Maria Mix
Purus Vodka
Whyte and McKay Special Blend Scotch
Bastille French Whiskey
10 Cane Rum



Saturday, March 2, 2013 (12-4pm)
Wine Tasting




Pahlmeyer Red

Tilia Merlot

Tilia Malbec

Shea Pinot Noir Shea Vineyard

Paul Hobbs Chardonnay

Honig Sauvignon Blanc
Soter North Valley Pinot Noir
Duckhorn Paraduxx  Blend
Clos Du Val Chardonnay
Inglenook Cask Cabernet
Trimbach Riesling
Januik Red
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon
The Prisoner
Mer Soleil Silver Chardonnay
Herrencia Garnacha Blanco
Robert Craig Affinity 09
Trefethen Merlot
Hahn Pinot Noir
Chamisal Chard
Pine Ridge Chenin Viognier
Mi Sueno El Llano
Edge Cab
Madelena Chardonnao
St Hilaire Brut
Peirano Immortal Zinfandel
Thevenet Bourg Blanc
Baer Ursa
Cuvee Los Andes Malbec
Flores de Callejo
Soucherie Anjou Blanc
Solitude Chardonnay
Ch Montelena Cabernet Sauvignon






Wednesday, February 27, 2013

We have a crisis.....


I am off today and apparently our van comes to Forsyth to pick up stuff including the Goose Island Bourbon County Cherry Rye and Coffee Stout ---

He breaks the bottle of the Coffee, yes it is true -----------

I did not believe them either, so I asked for a picture.....



So this will obviously no longer be available at our New Ballas Expansion as planned....

we are replacing it with another very rare bottle
Cantillon Fou Foune
(as long as it does not get broken)


So now the two bottles featured will be...
Cantillon Fou Foune 
Goose Island Bourbon County Cherry Rye

still need to visit our New Ballas location for details on how you can get these two because of Missouri state law






Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Back in stock !!!



Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Bacon Maple Ale...$12.99 / 750ml



A Collision of Crazies
Rogue Ales has collided with Voodoo Doughnut to create Bacon Maple Ale! This unique artisan creation contains a baker’s dozen number of ingredients including bacon and maple syrup from one of Voodoo’s signature doughnuts.
Style: Brown Ale Food Pairing: Doughnuts & Pork
13 Ingredients:
Malts: Briess Cherrywood Smoked Malt, Weyermann Beechwood Smoked Malt, House-smoked Hickory Malt, Great Western 2 Row, Munich, C15, C75 Malts
Speciality: Applewood-Smoked Bacon, Pure Maple Flavoring
Hops: Perle, Sterling


Yeast & Water: Pacman Yeast, Free Range Coastal Water


Charleville new 6 packs!!

Tornado Alley now in 6 packs for the first time...


Charleville Tornado Alley....$9.99 / 6pk

Check out the new style 6 pack holder....

Hot wines, hot prices...

Wines not to miss...
Coming Friday March 1st,  an opportunity to purchase and taste wines from one of Washington’s most highly decorated wineries at amazing prices.  We can’t tell you the name of the winery until the wines arrive but check here on our  blog, facebook or twitter on Friday  for the full details.  Quantities are limited so act fast when you see the post

We have 3 wines coming from this highly touted winery that are all rated 92 points or higher and at amazing prices.....
  • Estate White Bordeaux Blend: $18.99 compared to the The Wine Advocate release price of $36,
  • Estate Red Bordeaux Blend:  $39.99 compared to The Wine Advocate Release price of $70 
  • Cabernet/Syrah Blend: $19.99 compared to The Wine Advocate release price of $36
Friday March 1, from 3-6pm, we will taste these 3 wines at our Forsyth location.

(We will not have a beer tasting at Forsyth due to the big beer tasting at our New Ballas location)

Benton's Bacon


It is back!!!

(back in stock at Forsyth only)
Benton's Smoky Mountain Bacon...$11.99 /lbThis bacon is smoked the old fashioned way for two days. 

"Our hickory smoked country bacon is equally at home on a bacon, lettuce, and vine ripe tomato sandwich or on the breakfast table as it is wrapped around a premier cut of beef or a fish fillet. Hickory smoked in our smokehouse using an old-fashioned wood stove, each slice of our bacon has a distinctive full flavor that has attracted and maintained a broad spectrum of customers, from those looking for smoked bacon “the way grandpa made it” to gourmet chefs with the most distinguishing of tastes." -- Bentons

Their bacon has been featured in Gourmet Magazine, Saveur Magazine, and Southern Living Magazine.

Their bacon has been featured in Gourmet Magazine, Saveur Magazine
and here is an excerpt from Southern Living Magazine. "This is, hands down, the best bacon I've ever tasted....Benton's Smoky Mountain Hams come from a much closer source: Madisonville, Tennessee. You don't have to take my word for it though. Just ask the farmers and chefs. Some of the nation's top culinary stars make magic with Benton's hams. Local farmers bring their personal hocks to be cured by the five-man shop that competes with industry giants. The secret? They do things the slow way—using meat-curing practices thousands of years old. "Everything is done by hand," says Allan Benton, who speaks about curing ham with a passion that other men reserve for sports. Until recently, he kept his clients' addresses on yellowed sticky notes taped to the wall. "We're a hillbilly operation through and through," Allan says. And wonderfully so. The transformation from pork to perfection takes place in a smoke-stained cinder-block building on the side of a Tennessee byway. In a traditional process that's never rushed, whole hams get slathered with salt, sugar, and the family's secret spices; then they cure—for 7 to 14 months—on wooden racks. Out back, where the scent of smoking meat hangs thick in the air, Allan opens a sooty door to reveal the mysteries behind his bacon. As the fresh air clears out the little room, a tiny potbelly stove appears. "This is my smoke generator," Allan says. "I bought it for $50 from a cousin." Order now, because publicity has driven demand for Benton's products, especially the smoked bacon. Allan loves telling the story of a Vegas casino that paid hundreds of dollars for an emergency overnight shipment. But then, who knows better than a casino how to bring home the bacon?" -- Southern Living Magazine, November 2007

Stone Old Guardian




2013 Classic Release
Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine...$5.59 / 22 oz

Barley wines are traditionally hefty brews, but ours is downright excessive. The huge maltiness of this beer is only tamed by an equally prodigious addition of hops, creating a rich, slightly sweet, caramel-hued ale infused with assertive bitterness and bright hop notes, all culminating in a pleasing dryness. While it will evolve into an even more glorious brew with age, this beer's delicious onslaught of flavors will seriously challenge your ability to wait any longer to drink it.

Odell Amuste

Limited Release!
Just arrived at Forsyth and online


Odell Amuste...$13.99 / 750ml
Porter Brewed with Grape Juice aged in Wine Barrels
Must is to wine as wort is to beer; the primordial ooze, the source and foundation, that feeds the process of fermentation we all love so much. Amuste is the culmination of a two year endeavor to marry these two fuels into the same fire. An Imperial Porter aged in oak wine barrels accented with juice from Tempranillo grapes grown on the Western Slope of Colorado, this harmonic combination is truly, a must.9.3%Alc. by Vol.




Two new Urban Chestnut labels....


Two more labels from Urban Chestnut got approved for BOTTLES!!

Cannot wait to stock them at The Wine and Cheese Place

While we wait for these, we have 5 different Urban Chestnut Beers in stock

Urban Chestnut STLIPA
Urban Chestnut Zwickel
Urban Chestnut Wolpertinger
Urban Chestnut Schnickelfritz
Urban Chestnut Winged Nut



Check out these two new labels ---

I will update on these two when they arrive to The Wine and Cheese Placel!!!





Pierre's Wit, Reverence Series:
Not too long ago the beer world lost one of its modern icons, Pierre Celis. Pierre, almost single-handedly, resurrected what is today one of the most popular styles of craft beer...the Belgian Wit or White Beer - a deliciously refreshing, wheat beer originally created by Belgian farmers in the middle centuries, whose primary crop was wheat. Today, the style has a generous range-of-flavor and is often infused with a variety of spices, primarily coriander and dried citrus fruits. In keeping true to Mr. Celis' homeland of Belgium we additionally brew ours with unmalted wheat using a very thorough mash regime. Here's to you Pierre! ABV- 5.1%, IBU's- 14, OG- 11.9 Plato




Monday, February 25, 2013

Widmer Chocolate Russian Imperial Sout

In stock now at Forsyth and online now



Widmer Brothers Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout 2013...$11.99
"An extremely rich and complex beer, the addition of raspberries during the fermentation process results in an almost purplish opaque color with a beautiful brown head.  Warm Chocolate and roasty notes compliment the hop bitterness




Widmer Brothers Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout 2013...$11.99
Brewed with Ecuadorian Cocoa Nibs
"Chocolate Russian Imperial stout is the ninth release in our brother's reserve series. We took our delicious KGB Russina Imperial Stout and put another new twist on it. Our brewers threw Ecuadorian cocoa nibs into the brew to create a decadent and complex beer that is shore to hit your sweet spot. Chocolate Russian Imperial Stout 2013 offers flavors of cocoa, roasted barley and coffee, balanced out by a unique hop profile.

Tiger from Singapore

Just arrived at Forsyth


Tiger Beer....$8.49 / 6pk
A lot goes into every bottle of Tiger. The finest malt, hops and yeast. Taste-testing over 10 samples of water every day. Over 200 quality checks. All part of a strict brewing process that takes over 500 hours. Little wonder that Tiger has garnered over 40 international awards to date.
Brewed since 1932, Tiger Beer is now available in more than 60 countries, winning over drinkers in major cities around the world.


Morgan Street in CANS!!!


Another St. Louis Brewery packaging now --


12 oz CANS




Morgan Street Black Beer Dark Lager...$8.99 / 6pk Cans
This light flavored black lager is our version of a classic schwarzbier. This schwarzbier has moderate malt flavors that finish clean and sweet, and are balanced out nicely with just a hint of bitterness. The appearance is very dark brown, with a tan-colored head. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to medium-high carbonation. Black Bear is truly a beer that will surprise the drinker. It is overall dark, but very pleasantly sweet with no harshness that most would expect from a dark beer. This beer is available seasonally, so try it when you can.

Malt: Europils, Munich, De-Husked Roasted Barley, Wheat
Hops: Summit, Hallertau Mittelfruh
ABV 4.6%
IBU 24

Morgan Street Golden Pilsner...$8.99 / 6pk Cans
This Bohemian styled Pilsner is rich and malty. The hop character is spicy due to the use of Czech Saaz hops. MSB’s Golden Pilsner is not quite as bitter as its German Pilsner cousin. This pilsner has a nice rounded taste, with a clean crisp finish. The appearance is pale to deep gold, with a creamy white head. This beer has won many awards, with the most prestigious being Gold at the World Beer Cup in 2010. The Golden Pilsner is available year round at our brewery.Awards: numerous regional awards, World Beer Cup Bronze 2000, World Beer Cup Gold 2010, GABF
Silver 2010, Los Angeles International Beer Festival Silver 2011, World Beer Championships Silver 2011
Malt: Europils, Munich, Cara Pils
Hops: Hallertau Mittelfruh, Czech Saaz
ABV 5.1%
IBU 35



Morgan Street Honey Wheat...$8.99 / 6pk cans
This American style unfiltered wheat beer is great anytime. The aroma is pleasantly grainy and
sweet with a touch of honey. The appearance is pale yellow with minimal clarity. The flavor is not
overpowering, and is quite quaffable. Honey Wheat has a low hop bitterness that is balanced out by the honey malt used in the mash. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp, and has medium to high carbonation. This beer is always a refreshing treat, and is available at our brewery year round.
Malt: Europils, White Wheat, Honey Malt
Hops: German Tettnang, Cascade
ABV 4.9%
IBU 14


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Belle Glos Pinot Noir....

In stock and online

Belle Glos Clark & Telephone Pinot Noir 2011....$39.99

Deep scarlet red in color, this wine leaves little to the imagination with rich, expansive aromas of blackberry, raspberry, plum and sweet baking spices like cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. The palate is similarly intense with flavors of ripe blackberries, raspberries, warm cherry pie, blueberry and fresh cranberry, perfectly balanced with velvety tannins and a smooth toasty oak finish. Best described as “Christmas in your mouth!”

The 2011 has not been rated, but the 2010 and 2009 version scored 93 from The Wine Spectator.
2011 was great year for Belle Glos, the "lesser" Belle Glos 2011 Meiomi Pinot Noir already received a score of 92 points (and it only scored a 88 and 87 in the previous two years).  This one is delicious and will score big!



Friday, February 22, 2013

Big time 2010 Cabernets

2010 Diamond Creek wines are in stock at Forsyth now. They have not been rated but Diamond Creek has been on a roll and all of their 2009s scored 95+ or higher.


"And the best is yet to come. It’s possible, I suppose, that some $100 Cabs may finally be worth buying!” -- Dan Berger, Wine Writer on 2010 California Cabernet

Order Diamond Creek online

Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow 2010.....$189.99 / 750ml

Diamond Creek Gravelly Meadow 2010.....$449.99 / Magnum

Our second coolest micro-climate is our five-acre Gravelly Meadow vineyard. Originally a pre-historic river bed, this stony, gravelly soil drains rapidly and the vines struggle for moisture. 
Gravelly Meadow is our lowest yielding vineyard. The wines are described as "earthy, cedary, jammy and ripe blackberry with a spicy expansive finish." 

Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace 2010....$189.99 / 750ml
Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace 2010....$449.99 / Magnum
Red Rock Terrace, a warm microclimate, is 7 acres of north facing vineyard. The red tinted soil is high in iron content. The wine from Red Rock Terrace is the most accessible and earliest drinkable of all our wines.
Our winemaker describes Red Rock Terrace as "having velvety tannins, rich and well balanced, medium dark ruby color with cherry, mint and black currant flavors." 

Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill 2010....$189.99 / 750ml
Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill 2010....$449.99 / Magnum
Volcanic Hill is comprised of 8 acres of south facing hillside vineyard. It is the warmest of all our micro-climates. The color of the soil is gray, and the consistency is that of fluffy, volcanic ash, originally deposited from the eruption of Mt. Konocti 8 million years ago.
Volcanic Hill is the longest lived of our wines. Our winemaker describes these wines as "full bodied, loaded with intense ripe berry fruit, cassis, violets and a smoky richness, finishing with good length and firm tannins."   The Volcanic Hill bottling includes a small amount of the extra-ordinary Petit Verdot grape.

We also have 3 bottles....
Diamond Creek Gravelly 2008....$169.99 / 750ml
A deep, dark beauty, the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Gravelly Meadow totally saturates the palate with the essence of blue and black fruit, cassis, bacon fat, mint, flowers and melted road tar. It is at once soft yet massively structured. At times, the 2008 is surprisingly approachable for a young wine from this estate, but then the Diamond Mountain tannins kick in, and it is a different story. Clean veins of minerality frame an insistent finish laced with tar, smoke and plenty of charred aromas and flavors. This dark, brooding beauty should be at its best between ages 15 and anyone’s guess. Today, the Gravelly Meadow is the most complete of the 2008s. Anticipated maturity: 2023-2043.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate




PlumpJack Wines

Order Plumpjack online
2010 Plumpjack Cabernet Estate....$93.99
A gorgeous core of juicy red fruit announces the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2010 stands out for its expressive, supple personality. There is more than enough fruit for the 2010 to drink well early. The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the more approachable wines of the vintage. It should drink well pretty much upon release. Raspberry jam, flowers and cinnamon add lift on the floral, perfumed finish. This is a lovely showing from Plumpjack. In 2010 the new oak, 80%, is a little more evident than is typically the case. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.

Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
2010 Paul Hobbs Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...$79.99
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley wraps around the palate with mocha, chocolate, violets and new leather. Despite its explosive personality, the straight Napa Valley bottling is pretty approachable for the vintage. I especially like the focus of the finish. In 2010, the Cabernet Sauvignon includes 6% Cabernet Franc. The vineyard sources are State Lane, Stagecoach and Mast. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. 
Rated 92+/100 The Wine Advocate

Magnificent Manciat Macon

In stock at Forsyth and online
(reserve it online for pick up at our other stores or call)

The best Macon we have tried in a long time.   I took a bottle home last night and poured my wife a glass and just out of the blue she said "wow, this is great".  She did not know what I poured or what she was drinking.  She was surprised when she found out it was under $20.  I have been ordered to bring more home.





2011 Marie Pierre Manciat Macon "Les Morizottes"...$15.99

Another killer bargain is the 2011 Macon Les Morizottes. It reveals notes of wheat thins, brioche, caramelized citrus and buttery white peaches in a fresh, medium-bodied, fruity, dry, unoaked style. 

Some sensational values have emerged from Marie-Pierre Manciat.

Rated 91/100 Robert Parker
The Wine Advocate


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Early Closing

Thursday, Feb 21
Due to the weather, we are going to close early today.
Three of our stores are closed now.  
Forsyth will be open until noon.


Italian Cider


Baladin Sidro Hard Cider....$14.99 / 750ml
CIDER APPLES
A drink so tied to the land, the tradition and the biblical fruit par excellence, the fruit of sin ... Link between the Belgian franc and the Piedmont tradition of apple juice, our Cider originates from spontaneous fermentation of apples.Fresh and sincere occurs in clear glass and enlivened by a fine perlage. It smells of flowers and meadows in the spring in the mouth leaving a delicate and persistent.

“The apples used are sweet varieties and sour in the same time. They are like “renetta” apple, cultivated in Piedmont and in Savoy. “Savoie” is in France, close to the Alps and half an hour drive from Turin. Savoy is the homeland of the ancient king of Piedmont-Sardinia. Baladin cider is made with an apple variety dating back to the “Dukes of Savoy and King of Piedmont ages.” 

Alcohol content: 4.5% alc./vol.

Very Limited Kirkwood Station bottles


Very small production about 20 cases of the beer and 10 cases of the mead produced.


Kirkwood Station 51...$9.99 / 750ml
Kirkwood Station Penrose Orange Blossom Mead...$9.99 / 750ml

Some info from Dave Johnson - brewmaster
"The beer is a wine barrel aged Saison with Brett, it's called 51. The barrel came from Mt. Pleasant, it's French Oak and had Chardonnell in it previously. The beer was brewed last January (2012), it's a Imp. Saison 8+% and it was in the barrel for almost 11 months. I dry hopped it and added Brett and let it go. We bottled it Wed. (Jan 9, 2013) and it is bottle conditioning. It most likely will be available mid Feb.   I will also have a even smaller quantity of Mead that we are bottling next week, I don't know how many cases till we do it, but most likely around 10. It's a Orange Blossom Mead called Penrose. 
Cheers,

-- Dave Johnson
Brewmaster
Kirkwood Station Brewing CO



Kirkwood Station Brewing Co.

The Calling


From commentator Jim Nantz and wine importer Peter Deutsch
2010 The Calling Cabernet Sauvignon Rio Lago Vineyard
Deep burgundy in color and full-bodied, this impressive Cabernet Sauvignon presents black cherry, currant and vanilla spice aromas. Soft, well-integrated tannins and a velvety texture combine with delicious flavors of black cherry, ripe raspberry, and a hint of clove for a powerful palate and a lingering finish. Balanced acidity makes this wine a perfect match with your favorite recipe or seasonal dish.


JIM NANTZ
As an Emmy Award winning commentator and a five-time National Sportscaster of the Year, Jim has been calling everything from the Masters Tournament, to the Final Four, to the Super Bowl, since joining the CBS Television Network in 1985.

He is the youngest broadcaster ever recognized by both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In 2008 he co-authored the New York Times bestseller Always By My Side. The book chronicled his father’s long struggles with Alzheimers disease. On January 19th, 2011, as a response to the enormous following of the book and as a tribute to his dad, Jim opened the Nantz National Alzheimer Center (NNAC) with The Methodist Hospital in Houston. The NNAC is a cutting-edge, world-renowned research and treatment center that hopes to one day find a cure.

Now Jim is following another "calling". For years he had been fine-tuning a concept to create a wine brand that would pride itself on its high quality and great value. He had searched for a business partner who shared his vision and passion and found that person in Peter. He is thrilled to be building something special with Peter while at the same time finding a way to advance the NNAC through another platform.




Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Speymalt Macallan 21 year old





Speymalt Macallan Single Malt Whiskey...$124.99
21 Years old
Distilled 1991
Bottles 2012
43% ABV
Gordon & MacPhail bottles a series of single malt whiskies from one of the world's most famous distilleries' Macallan. Established in 1824 the distillery overlooks some of the finest fishing beats on the River Spey.

Chieftain....

Some new ones and some back in stock....


Chieftain Glendullan Speyside 11 year Old...$46.99
Established in 1897, it was the last distillery to be built in Dufftown in the 19th century and the distillery which prompted the “Dufftown is built on seven stills” line. The location was chosen not just for its beauty, but also for its practical convenience. It was sited to take advantage of water power and was also able to share neighbouring Mortlach’s private railway siding. Originally with two stills, an additional distillery with six stills was built on the field between “Old Glendullan” and the employees’ homes in 1971-72. The distance between the two units was defined as “a short one when the weather’s good and a long one when it isn’t”. The old distillery was closed in 1985 and is used as UMGD’s maintenance workshops. Glendullan’s process water comes from the River Fiddich. It was King Edward VIII’s favourite whisky and plays an important role in the Old Parr blend.
Tasting Notes:
Nose: Tomato juice and Worcester sauce, dried cranberry and grassy notes.
Body: Rich, grassy and oily with citrus, melon and some chillies in the middle.
Finish: Chillies and more citrus. An energy drink of its own.



Chieftain Miltonduff Speyside 22 Year Old....$189.99
1989 Hogshead - 55.1% ABV
Nose: Orange glazed cake, light oak, cinnamon stick and vanilla.
Palate: Ginger, grapes and elderflower and toast. Crunchy
Finish: Lemon zest, turmeric, chillies and oak vanilla


1991 Chieftain’s Craigellachie Speyside 21 yr...$169.99
116.6 proof * 272 bottles produced
Nose: Sugared walnuts, light citrus, sweet barley
Body: Medium and soft
Palate: Malty, Nutty, Tangerines
Finish: Orange Marmalade, Nutty, Aromatic



Chieftain Rosebank 20 Year Old Single Malt...$149.99
Distilled in 1990 just 2 years before the Rosebank Distillery closed.  So everything left from Rosebank is in barrel and getting more and more rare.  Don't miss this one aged in Sherry butt. 


Chieftains Mortlach Speyside 16 Year Old Single Malt....$94.99
Nose: Juicy Oak, Stewed Prunes, Old Leather
Body: Medium moving to oily and waxy
Palate: Sugar Plums, Sweet Malty Spices, Sugared Almonds
Finish: Sweet Malt that is soft and long



Glenlivet 15 and 21 Year olds


George & J.G. Smith's Glenlivet 15 Year Old Single Malt...$79.99
Refill Sherry Cask  43% ABV

AROMA WITHOUT WATER
Almond notes, with a hint of sweetness, a touch of wood shavings and some fruity aromas.
TASTE WITHOUT WATER
Subtle warmth initially, followed by some spicier cinnamon notes. Creamy and fresh with a touch of tropical fruits.
AROMA WITH WATER
Fresh and fruity, with a hint of malt.
TASTE WITH WATER
Smooth and well balanced, creamy with hints of butter toffee. Hints of ripe plum develops.


George & J.G. Smith's Glenlivet 21 Year Old Single Malt...$114.99
Refill Sherry and Bourbon Cask  43% ABV
AROMA WITHOUT WATER
Sherry influences, with a hint of liquorice and toasted almonds. A stewed figs fruity edge remains.
TASTE WITHOUT WATER
Burst of chilli spices, becomes more creamy with hints of chocolate emerging. Exotic fruit influences linger.
AROMA WITH WATER
Very fruity - ripe tropical fruits, with a pronounced Sherry nose.
TASTE WITH WATER
Some hints of black pepper, with a fruity edge - cooked apple, some chocolate emerges.



More about Glenlivet:
The origins of Glenlivet Distillery can be traced back to 1815 but it is well known that illicit distilling was going on long before then. In 1817 George Smith leased some land at Upper Drumin Farm, where he continued illicit distilling to supplement his crofters wage. During 1823 an Excise Act was pushed through by the Duke of Gordon - Smiths's landlord - to stop illicit distilling. Gordon then persuaded Smith to take out the first licence and he also helped to set up the distillery at Drumin. Due to the success of Glenlivet, a number of distilleries in the region appended the name Glenlivet to their own. In 1880 J.G. Smith took legal action and the court ruled that there was only one 'The Glenlivet'

2010 Chasseur Pinot Noirs

Limited releases....
2010 Chasseur Sexton Pinot Noir

Only 99 cases made

2010 Chasseur Pinot Noir Russian River Sexton...$51.99
Quite rich and saturated, with dense wild berry and blueberry flavors, tilted toward jam. Firm, tannic, dry and extracted, with a pleasantly chewy finish. Best from 2013 through 2023. 99 cases made. –JL
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator



2010 Chasseur Pinot Noir Russian River....$38.99

Generous, supple plum, raspberry and wild berry flavors are fresh and snappy, with wilted rose and floral scents and fine depth and richness on the finish, where the flavors are pure and persistent. Best from 2013 through 2023. 392 cases made. –JL
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

2010 Bordeaux


In stock at Forsyth or reserve it online for pick at our other stores
(should hit our other stores on Thursday)


2010 Chateau Senejac Haut Medoc...$27.99
Tasted at the Crus Bourgeois 2010 tasting in London. The Senejac has a superb bouquet with vigorous blackberry, wild strawberry and tobacco-tinged aromas that soar from the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with grippy, dry tannins. There is plenty of substance here with a dash of black pepper and cedar on the finish. Very St. Estephe like: this is an excellent cru bourgeois. Drink now-2018. Tasted September 2012.
Rated 91/100 Neal Martin
This chateau is under the same ownership as Saint-Julien’s Château Talbot. The wine is firm, fruity, rich and concentrated, showing all the best qualities of 2010. There is a complex array of black fruits which are sustained by the firm, solid tannins. Age for at least 6–7 years.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Dr. Adam Elmegirab's Bitters

(in stock at Forsyth now, will get them to the others on Monday)


We are proud to introduce to St. Louis

Dr. Adam Elmegirab's Bitters






Dr. Adam's Aphrodite Bitters...$19.99
A new bottling released in the summer of 2011, Aphrodite Bitters are a unique, hand-crafted cocktail ingredient which take their name from the Greek goddess of sexuality and love.
Aphrodisiacs are substances that are alleged to increase sexual desire and like many traditional bitters the botanicals selected for this bottling have been chosen for their alleged medicinal qualities, in this case as an aphrodisiac. The finest chocolate, cocoa nibs, ginger root, red chilli, Arabica coffee and ginseng are compounded to create a complex flavour profile with each botanical playing off and enhancing one another.
Paying homage to bitters of days gone by this bottling is a welcome addition to Dr. Elmegirab's bottle line and are in demand around the globe to be used in a number of classic cocktails and original libations such as the.... 
Merchant Quarter 
created by Adam Elmegirab in June 2011
25ml Redemption Rye™
25ml English Harbour 5 year old
25ml Martini Rosso
2 Dashes Jade Nouvelle-Orleans Absinthe
3 Dashes Aphrodite Bitters
Stir until ice cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass, garnish with a homemade cocktail cherry.




Dr. Adam's Boker Bitters...$19.99
Founded by John G. Boker in 1828, Boker's Bitters gained popularity in New York and around the World as the finest bitters of the Golden Age of mixed drinks. Boker's Bitters were famously the preferred brand of Professor Jerry Thomas and featured throughout his book, 'How to Mix Drinks or The Bon Vivant's Companion', now recognised as the World's first bartender's guide.
Despite being unequalled when used in the refined drinks of the bar, the devastating effect of The Volstead Act, commonly referred to as Prohibition, closed the Boker's company in the 1920s.
Referencing receipts dating back to 1853, these recreated bitters are compounded using the finest natural botanicals and are once again being used globally by bartenders in classics including the Japanese Cocktail, Martinez, Crusta and Improved Cocktail and original libations such as the... 
B.F.G.
one of Adam Elmegirab's winning drinks created for the Drambuie UK Cocktail Competition
40ml Drambuie
25ml Noilly Prat Rouge
10ml Laphroaig 10 year old
2 dashes Dr Adam Elmegirab's Boker's Bitters
Stir until ice cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.




Dr. Adam's Dandelion & Burdock Bitters...$19.99
Released in the winter of 2009, Dandelion & Burdock Bitters are a unique, hand-crafted cocktail ingredient created by Adam Elmegirab to satisfy the global bar community’s growing demand for new and exciting products.
Dandelion & Burdock is a traditional British beverage dating back to the 1300s and is believed to have been created by the Italian priest Saint Thomas Aquinas. They were famed for their alleged medicinal properties, like the many cocktail bitters that followed in later years, and were a favourite drink of Adam during his childhood.
Referencing a number of Dandelion & Burdock receipts, these bitters attempt to capture their flavour profile in bitters formulae. Compounded using the finest natural botanicals, these bitters are now being used by bartenders around the globe in a number of classic cocktails and original libations such as the 
Chiapas Old Fashioned
created by Adam Elmegirab for Yatai in 2009;
50ml reposado Tequila
12.5ml green tea infused sugar syrup
2 dashes Dandelion & Burdock Bitters
Strip white grapefruit zest
Stir until ice cold and strain over ice into a chilled rocks glass.





Dr. Adam's Spanish Bitters...$19.99
A limited edition bottling reformulated in 2010; Spanish Bitters are a unique, hand-crafted cocktail ingredient by Adam Elmegirab, released later that same year to satisfy the demands of the global bar community.
During the mid-1800s Gainer’s Spanish Bitters were celebrated for their alleged medicinal properties and in particular were noted for their complex flavour profile that included layers of chamomile, citrus, spice, violet and berries. Using knowledge of patent bitters and referencing old formulae, medical journals and advertisements, these bitters now attempt to recreate the defunct bottling.
Compounded using the finest natural botanicals, these bitters are now sought after by bartenders around the globe to be used in a number of classic cocktails and original libations such as the:
Union Flip
created by Adam Elmegirab for the Licor 43 competition in July 2010;
1 Barspoon Caraway Seeds & 1 Whole egg
37.5ml Appleton 8 Year Old
37.5ml Licor 43
4 Dashes Dr. Adam Elmegirab's Spanish Bitters
5ml Sugar Syrup & 4 Crunches Black Peppercorn
Muddle caraway seeds in base of mixing glass, add remaining ingredients and dry shake for five seconds.
Fill with cubed ice shake hard for a further ten seconds and fine strain into a frozen liqueur glass.






Dr. Adam's Teapot Bitters...$19.99
Originally formulated in January 2012, Teapot Bitters are a unique, hand-crafted cocktail ingredient by Dr. Adam Elmegirab's Bitters, inspired by the combined medicinal history of tea and bitters.
Ancient tea and spice routes both shaped historic civilisations and their impact can still be felt today in Tea Rooms around the world, with beverages such as Masala Chai, spiced milk tea, being sought after globally as well as providing a
major influence to this bottling.
Compounded using the finest natural botanicals, these bitters are now sought after by bartenders around the globe to be used in a number of classic cocktails and original libations such as the...
Rum Punch à la Mim, 
created by Adam Elmegirab in 2012;
75ml Diplomatico Anejo rum
25ml Smith & Cross rum
50ml Chilled green tea
30ml Housemade lemon sherbet
25ml Fresh pressed pineapple juice
6 Dashes Dr. Adam Elmegirab's Teapot Bitters
Topped with soda water
Pour all ingredients into a small teapot and fill with cracked ice. 
Lightly stir, top with soda water and serve with teacups garnished with fresh lemon twists