Monday, January 22, 2018

Isole e Olena Cabernet Collezione Privata

2013 Isole e Olena Cabernet Collezione Privata...$65.98
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Collezione Privata is superb. A delicate, nuanced wine in this vintage, the Cabernet Sauvignon speaks in hushed tones. Silky tannins and highly expressive aromatics add to an impression of total finesse. In many vintages, the Cabernet can be quite big, but not in 2013. This is a brilliant showing from Isole and proprietor Paolo De Marchi.
Rated 96/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Rated 93/100 Wine Advocate

Isole e Olena is one of Tuscany's most renowned and recognizable wineries. If you are at a nice Italian eatery and need a solid bottle of red, their Chianti Classico is probably on the wine list, and is always a safe bet. It reflects the soil and style of the region like no other wine in its price range.

While Chianti is Paolo de Marchi's bread and butter, his Collezione Privata series of wines is what propelled him into the limelight. He was originally hesitant to produce anything but native grapes, but the "Super Tuscan" craze that started in the late 80's tempted him to experiment with international varieties. The gamble paid off. His small lots of Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Syrah have resounding reviews from both wine critics and enthusiastic consumers.

While this Cabernet is clearly from Tuscany, and exudes a beautiful bouquet of wild herbs and mint, it has tons of quintessential Cab flavors like currant and black cherry that will grow and meld together over time. I would probably hold off on opening this one for a few years. It will be worth the wait!

We snagged another 8 six-packs right before the new Vinous Media article hit, and do not expect it to last long.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

El Enemigo Malbec

2013 El Enemigo Malbec....$22.99
In 2009, Adrianna Catena, the youngest daughter of Nicolas Catena, joined forces with winemaker Alejandro Vigil to found Bodegas Aleanna. They’ve based their project on Adrianna Vineyard, a vineyard Catena planted around 1996, in the heights of Gualtallary. This 2013 reflects the cool temperatures of the area in the radiance of the fresh fruit and its crisp texture, propelled by an acidity so virile it nearly vibrates. Give the wine another five years in the cellar, so those flavors can evolve beyond fruitiness.
Rated 95/100 Decanter Magazine
Rated 93/100 Wine & Spirits Magazine

Duckhorn tasting....

Kicking off the 2018 in style!
Duckhorn Vineyards Tasting 
at The Wine and Cheese Place on Forsyth
4:30-6pm Thursday January 25th

duckhorn winemaker
We are very excited to welcome Renée Ary, Wine Maker for Duckhorn Vineyards (yes she made the 2017 Wine Spectator Wine of the Year) for a fantastic tasting of Duckhorn, Decoy and Paraduxx wines. Final line up to be announced but save the date, not often we get the Wine Maker from Duckhorn in town. 

We will taste....

  • Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc
  • Duckhorn Chardonny 
  • Duckhorn Paraduxx 
  • Duckhorn Merlot
  • Duckhorn Cabernet Sauvignon
  • plus assorted Decoy wines...

Acrobat Pinot Gris Oregon

2015 Acrobat Pinot Gris Oregon...$10.99

From King Estate
Flat-out delicious, this brings compelling fruit flavors of melon, papaya and pineapple, coupled with juicy, mouth-cleansing acidity. The depth and complexity are phenomenal for an Oregon Pinot Gris produced in large quantities.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Rated their #1 Best Buy of the Year!!

Beer News!

2018 - no longer our 35th Anniversary - moving into 36 years now. Don't worry we are going to lay low on the anniversary until we hit 40!    We will still come up with some fun events and products this year!

First - big change in the beer department.  We are selling many more beers as singles.   Forsyth and New Ballas have both already expanded their single beer selection.     Feedback from many customers has helped us decide to finally do this.  There are so many beers out there now that people do not want to try a 6pk of each.  We are not going to have every single beer available as singles, but you will see a significant increase in the number available.  
With the re-set of New Ballas, we have already have a ton of singles available now.  Marc has already seen regular shoppers excited about it.  
Forsyth has already increased it selection too with more coming.  I am making sure all are in the system properly first.  You can almost guarantee any new beer will be available as singles now.  
Hope you enjoy the new and improved single beer selection!

Next - Bells Hopslam -  the calls and emails are coming from customers asking ETA.....

It arrives on this Tuesday, January 23.    We still get a decent supply.  Planning on sending out BRC emails to double the amount that we are receiving and it will be first come to those.   Will show some love to Bells supporters too.

Bells Hopslam
Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire.

Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.

Great Chianti - Volpaia

Once again the 2015 Vintage delivers amazing quality for a fantastic price.
“The 2015 vintage presents consumers with a tremendous opportunity to acquire fine, cellar worthy wines without spending a fortune. In 2015, the warm growing season yielded rich, sumptuous Chianti Classicos with great depth and intensity.”-Antonio Galloni Vinous
2015 Castello Volpaia Chianti Classico....$19.99
This juicy red has grip, setting the backdrop for pure cherry, blueberry, earth, iron and tobacco flavors. Though light-weight, this should develop over the next three to five years. Best from 2019 through 2024. 5,000 cases imported.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator
A soft and velvety wine with chocolate, cedar and berry character. Medium to full body, velvety tannins and a fresh finish. Lively and delicious. Love the savory undertone to it. Drink now.
Rated 92/100 James Suckling
Volpaia's 2015 Chianti Classico is a very pretty, expressive wine with lovely textural depth and terrific balance. The raciness of the year comes through in the supple, fleshy fruit and inviting personality. Ripe dark and purplish stone fruit and spice notes meld together effortlessly. This is a stellar showing from Volpaia.
Rated 91/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous

From the Volcanic Slopes of Mount Etna

From the Volcanic Soil of Mount Etna in Sicily.  Mount Etna is one of the most active volcanoes in the world.
2012 Benanti Nerello Mascalese Etna Rosso...$37.99
The 2012 Etna Rosso Nerello Mascalese is a nicely balanced red wine with a lean consistency and a lightweight style. You could drink this wine as you would a Pinot Nero and pair it with game hen or roast pork with braised fennel. The graceful elegance of this wine is outstanding. Firm tannins help the wine stand to attention. It never feels flabby or soft. Drink 2015-2025
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate
Elegant and light- to medium-bodied, with a finely knit palate of wild cherry, licorice drop and tea leaf, showing a subtle vein of tarry minerality. Chewy tannins give this some weight and firm up the spiced finish. Drink now through 2022. 750 cases made.
Rated 90/100 Wine Spectator

Great article about the Benanti Family on Mount Etna
"The founding fathers of Mount Etna's wine industry, the Benanti family are feared by insurance actuaries worldwide" - Wine Searcher

"The Benanti family are arguably the bravest winemakers alive in Italy today, having chosen to plant vines on the lower slopes of a volcano, and an active one at that. ...It is also among the most active volcanoes on earth – in 2013 it erupted 20 times, which made it the second most active volcano in the world that year. "Catania has been destroyed seven times by eruptions and earthquakes and we cannot rule out the possibility of it happening again..." - Wine Searcher

Friday, January 19, 2018

Against the Grain BA London Balling

Limited release
Against the Grain Barrel Aged London Balling...$9.99 / 16 oz CAN
It's like Essex in your mouth
Brewed with enough Maris Otter pale, Aromatic and caramel malts to nearly overflow our mash tun. We then balanced this beer with some English Nugget and Kent Goldings hops. The resulting ale was sweet, nutty and powerful, but we didn't stop there. The entire batch was put into used Angel's Envy barrels for nearly 3 months to gather the residual bourbon flavor and some aromatic and drying oak notes. By the way, Balling is a measurement of specific gravity.

ABV: 12.5%
IBU: 80.0

Ivan The Terrible Bourbon Barrel Aged!

2017 Version

Big Sky Ivan the Terrible Barrel Aged Imperial Stout...$14.99 / 750ml

Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Only 4,320 bottles made
Big Sky brewing's Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout is brewed according to the traditional style using english hops and the finest american malt. It's aroma and flavor balance well between esters of dried fruit and roasted cocoa with a slight bourbon presence.

Oskar Blues Barrel Aged Ten Fidy

Oskar Blues Barrel Aged Ten Fidy....$11.99 /19.2oz CAN

Limit 1 per person

sold out

Beer Tasting

Today from 4-6pm 
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO

Taste tonight --

  • Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA
  • Dogfish Head Liquid Serum IPA
  • Urban Chestnut Kinsale Stout
  • Charleville Box of Chocolate
  • Firestone Walker Wookus Black IPA
  • maybe a few others...

Boulevard Rye on Rye Barrel Aged

This one arrived earlier in the week, some lucky regulars found it on the shelf --
finally getting it online....very limited
Sold out now
Boulevard Rye on Rye Barrel Aged...$13.99
Why Rye? This assertively flavorful grain is more often associated with whiskey than with ales. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of bourbon and scotch. But when we procured some seasoned barrels from our friends at Templeton Rye, we asked ourselves, “Why not?” Why not brew a rich, tawny rye ale, then mellow it in the warmth of charred oak rye whiskey casks? Two kinds of malted rye provide spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of vanilla, charred oak and the citrusy tang of Citra and Styrian Golding hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish.

New Firestone Walker - Nitro Merlin and Wookus

Firestone Walker Leo V. Ursus Wookus Black IPA...$12.99 / 4pk 16oz
Once thought to be extinct, the Wookey family comes roaring back with its wooliest progeny yet: an imperial black rye IPA that is wickedly hoppy, righteously spicy and fearsome in flavor. While exhibiting DNA from its Wookey Jack ancestry, Wookus offers next-generation attitude with amplified hop aromatics and a bit of rebellious dankness. The result is a beer that blends the familiar with the ferocious. Right out of Firestone Walker mythology and into your glass—behold the beast that we call Wookus.

Wookus is available for a limited time, after which it will yield to the next offering in the Leo v. Ursus chronology. Enjoy it as soon as possible.

Firestone Walker Nitro Merlin Milk Stout...$8.99 /6 pk cans
Our first nitro beer is now available in cans. Just pour as directed, behold the wizardry and enjoy the mindblowing mouthful that we call Nitro Merlin Milk Stout.

Master The Surge Pour
To enjoy this beer to the fullest, you want to master the surge pour. Just invert the can three times, then pour hard into the glass. This way, you can experience the “theater of the pour” with a brilliant cascading effect and a creamy foam that makes drinking Nitro Merlin Milk Stout all the more delicious

Nitro Wizardry
The wizardry comes via “nitro,” the brewing nickname for nitrogen gas. A nitro beer contains more nitrogen gas and less carbon dioxide (CO2) gas compared to a traditional beer. The signatures of nitro beers are brilliant clarity in the glass; thick, long-lasting foam; and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel—all qualities that accentuate and enhance the classic milk stout character.

Four Graces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley

2015 Four Graces Pinot Noir Willamette Valley....$19.99
An expressive and supple version, with a complex core of lively tannins and acidity, plus accents of black cherry, cinnamon and spice that linger toward the minerally finish. Drink now through 2024.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

New Perennial Vermilion is here

We asked for more....and we received more!
Great Barleywine!

Old label pictured --

Current one is 13.6% ABV

Perennial Vermilion English Style Barleywine...$13.99 / 750ml

A big, rich English style Barleywine that, as its name suggests, has tints of ruby around the edges of its brown body, with a toffee, caramel, toasted pecan sweetness that is kept in balance with a smooth, alcohol warmth, and slightly fruity American hop note. This will be perfect around the fire, with a cigar, with a rich meal, or just while cozying up and relaxing with family and friends this season. It may be enjoyed right away, or allowed to age in the bottle. Vertical tastings are encouraged

Schlafly White Lager

12 pack of 16oz cans!
Great price!
Schlafly White Lager...$13.99 / 12 pk 16oz CANS
Schlafly White Lager is a middle ages inspired lager that is golden in hue, naturally cloudy and slightly hoppy. A tribute to the days before lagers were filtered, this rare style matured in deep vaults and emerged smooth and rich.

New 12 pack CANS - Torpedo from Sierra Nevada

New 12 pack CANS
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA...$13.99 / 12 pack CANS
Whole hops, the whole time.
Sierra Nevada and hops go hand in hand. What began as a crazy idea scribbled in a pub eventually became our newest year-round hop bomb, Torpedo Extra IPA. The first beer to feature our “Hop Torpedo”—a revolutionary dry-hopping device that controls how much hop aroma is imparted into beer without adding additional bitterness. Torpedo Extra IPA is an aggressive yet balanced beer with massive hop aromas of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit.

Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet Double IPA

Packaged Jan 3 - 2018 
Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet Double IPA...$7.99 / 6pk
Brewed with a double-barreled blast of Magnum hops and lupulin dust.

Hops are the name of the game with a Double IPA, but we knew we had to take it one step further. With Hop Bullet, we’re using a new technique, hitting the beer with a double-barreled blast of Magnum hops and lupulin dust—pure, concentrated hop flavor—directly into the tank to emphasize the intense pine and citrus flavors of classic West Coast hops.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Boulevard Flora Obscura Dry Hopped Porter

Boulevard Flora Obscura Dry Hopped Porter...$7.99 / 6pk
Flora Obscura, literally dark flower, features massive dry-hopping, with Simcoe, Cascade, Amarillo, Mosaic and Galaxy hops over a robust porter base composed of two-row pale malt, two varieties of caramel malt, raw wheat and chocolate malt. Originally born as a test beer for our Tours & Rec Center, Flora Obscura explores the interplay of hops suggestive of orange, grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors with rich chocolate and espresso notes provided by roasted malts.

Dogfish Head fresh Liquid Truth Serum

Dogfish Head Liquid Truth Serum IPA...$13.99 / 6pk

You can handle the truth!
MYTH: IBUs (hop bitterness) can only be achieved in the boil. TRUTH: Uh-uh!
The truth is, Dogfish Head has been doing innovative things in the world of hopping since we opened in the mid-90s. From our continual hopping method found in our 60 Minute, 90 Minute and 120 Minute IPAs to our latest innovation of post-boil hop additions found in our Liquid Truth Serum!
Our unique process involving pelletized, powdered, leaf and liquefied hops makes for a blissfully inefficient IPA that's truthfully hoppy without being deceptively bitter. You'll find the perfect match of citrusy and tropical notes, making for a zesty finish ... honest.

Charleville Box of Chocolate

In stock Forsyth

Charleville Box of Chocolate Belgian Quadrupel Ale...$11.99 / 6pk
"It's difficult to express Love's Nuances, much like the complexity of this Belgian Style Chocolate Quad. You might use a Box of Chocolate to express your love. We use it to demonstrate our passion for great beer!" -- label

Sierra Nevada new beers -

In stock now at Forsyth

  • Sierra Nevada Hop Bullet back in stock
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo in 12 pack cans
Plus these new beers....

Sierra Nevada Hazy Little Thing IPA...$7.99 / 6pk cans
A hop-heavy, unfiltered, hazy little thing called IPA.
As brewers, we get the privilege to sample our beers straight from the tanks in all their raw glory. Some beers need a little polishing to get ready to go out into the world, while others—the hop-heavy, rowdy, crowd-pleasers—should just be left alone. We wanted to share this brewery-only treat with you, so we present this Hazy Little Thing, our unfiltered, unprocessed IPA, straight from the tanks and into the can.

Sierra Nevada 4-Way IPA...$13.99 mix 12 pack
For more than 30 years, we’ve been pushing the boundaries of hop-forward beers. This collection of IPAs is our gift to you. Our 4-Way IPA pack features our island-inspired Tropical Torpedo, a returning favorite red IPA, and two all-new IPAs exploring the range of hop flavor.

Sierra Nevada Know Good IPA
You think you know good IPA?
This straightforward, slightly hazy, American IPA has just enough malt body to launch the citrus and floral hop notes straight to your palate, making Know Good perfect for today or any day. When it comes to hop flavor, we know what good is, and you do, too.

Sierra Nevada No Middle Ground Coffee IPA

Cold-brewed coffee and fruit-forward hops create a unique IPA
At first glance, it might seem strange to combine coffee and hoppy beer, but really, the two flavors have a lot in common. Good coffee and hops both have complex and fruity aromas which create layers of flavor. No Middle Ground is brewed with fruit-forward hop varietals and cold-brewed coffee for a unique take on the IPA.

Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA
Citrusy and fruit-forward hops soar over a smooth malt body.
Flipside finds the perfect balance between hops and malt in this easy-drinking red IPA. It features just enough smooth and slightly sweet malt body to support huge citrusy and tropical fruit-forward hop flavors from the use of Simcoe, Citra, and Centennial hops.

Sierra Nevada Tropical IPA
A tropical take on the American IPA
Inspired by the island life, we created an IPA completely disconnected from the mainland. We used our one-of-a-kind Hop Torpedo to deliver an intense rush of hop flavor and the lush aromas of mango, papaya, and passionfruit with every sip. Enjoy our tropical twist on the American IPA.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Rogue Straight Outta Newport West Coast Double IPA

Rogue Straight Outta Newport West Coast Double IPA...$13.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
A new year brings a new brew for us. This one is a bold, hoppy double IPA — a Rogue like you’ve never tried before: Straight Outta Newport. Dedicated to the Oregon Coast, Rogue’s home and world headquarters, Rogue brewers were challenged to create a uniquely West Coast beer using Citra, Mosaic and Comet hops.

At 8.7% ABV and 73 IBU, Straight Outta Newport features a bold and flavorful profile, bursting with aromas of grapefruit, tangerine and orange, fruity hop notes and a juicy finish.

Mark Twain Chocolate Coffee Stout

Mark Twain Chocolate Coffee Stout...$10.99 / 6pk cans
Stout brewed with coffee and cocoa nibs

Napa Valley iconic winery - huge score!

"This fabulous..." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Another great deal from one of California's most Historic Wineries.
2014 Louis Martini Napa Valley Cabernet....$29.98
“One of the strongest efforts yet from the Martinis, this cuvée still sells at a modest $38.00 – a fair price for something this compelling. The wine has an opaque purple color, a beautiful nose of blueberries, blackcurrants, licorice, camphor and graphite. The wine is full-bodied and multilayered on the palate with sensational richness and length. It should drink well for 20-25 years.”
Rated 93-95/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

97 point Brunello!

In stock now at our Rock Hill location
2011 Siro Pacenti Brunello di Montalcino 
Vecchie Vigne ....$59.99
Only 18 bottles available & we have the lowest price on wine searcher!

James Suckling top scoring 2011 Brunello!  Ready to start drinking now!
A very muscular red with plum, blueberry, walnut and dried mushroom character on both the nose and palate. Full and chewy. Fabulous fruit and intensity. Amazing quality for the vintage. Wow.  Better in 2017
Rated 97/100 James Suckling

The 2011 Brunello di Montalcino Vecchie Vigne is deep, powerful and explosive. The gravitas of the old vines and the blend of fruit that incorporates fruit from the southern end of the zone in equal parts with the north comes through loud and clear. Macerated cherries, smoke, spices, leather, licorice and French oak flesh out in a dense, stylish Brunello that captures the essence of the Pacenti house style. Drink this creamy, voluptuous Brunello over the next decade or so.
Rated 95/100 Vinous Media