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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Dutton Ranch Chardonnay scores 93 and a great price!!



2014 Vermeil Dutton Ranch Chardonnay...$24.98
Suggested retail is $42
"Our Chardonnay is brilliant, clear and straw-colored with subdued scents of lemon and oak as it develops a creamy texture, oily viscosity, rich flavors of vanilla and hints of smoky oak. With proper cellaring, this wine should continue to develop richness for the next three years."
Cellar Selection
Dark gold in color and intensely cradled in oak, this wine maintains a balance of complex, well-defined flavors of honey and apple, with lurking minerality that keeps it fresh and lively. It's lush and yet layered, a complete package. Drink now through 2020.

Rated 93/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Friday, July 22, 2016

Sons of Erin / with Great Northern Distillery


 
Sons of Erin / Great Northern Whiskey...$35.99
The first of two highly anticipated collaborations between John Teeling of Great Northern Distilling and Mike and Benay Shannon of Restless Spirits of KC has arrived.


• Sons of Erin (Imported Irish Whiskey)
• Imported Irish Whiskey – 4 year aged
• Private reserves from John Teelings GND distillery in Dundalk Ireland
• Barrels personally selected by Restless Spirits founder Mike Shannon and co-founder/distiller Benay Shannon
• Re-barreled into freshly emptied Breckenridge Bourbon barrels for short finish
• Light, Smooth, Sweet flavor profile
• Bottled at 92 proof

Akashi Japanese Whisky





Eigashima Shuzo Akashi Japanese Whisky...$39.99 / 750ml
This is whisky blended in the scotch tradition, with Japanese precision, the malt is lightly peated, and vatting is mostly ex-bourbon, balanced by White Oak’s unique variety of barrels.
TASTING NOTES: The nose is very fruity with apricots and dried fruits, and a shy note of honey.

Prairie Artisan Ales Funky Gold Simcoe and Mosaic






Prairie Artisan Ales Funky Gold SIMCOE...$8.99 / pint
The next in their series of Dry Hopped Sour Ales.


Prairie Artisan Ales - Funky Gold Mosaic Sour..$8.99 / pint
FUNKY GOLD MOSAIC
Guess what time it (almost) is?
Funky Gold Mosaic time.
We are super excited about this one. Funky Gold Mosaic is a dry-hopped sour ale. We took Prairie Gold (which was already pretty awesome) and dry-hopped it with a huge amount of Mosaic hops. The end results are tropical, sour, and, according to Chase, an all around new beer drinking experience!
We hope you enjoy it!
Cheers.
Jessi

Green Bench / St. Somewhere Collab




Green Bench / St. Somewhere Monsieur Ed....$6.49 / pint
Oak Fermented Farmhouse Ale

New -- Ron Abuelo Rum




Ron Abuelo Rum Anejo Reserva Especial...$14.99
Ron Abuelo Añejo is a blend of selected aged rums, married to perfection by our Master Blender.  Slowly distilled and patiently matured in small oak barrels, it is distinguished by its mellow, rich, and smooth flavor. Enjoy it straight, on the rocks, or with your favorite mixer.
Awards:

  • Gold Medal 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Gold Medal 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Gold Medal 2009 Best Buy Bar Competition – Beverage Testing Institute
  • Gold Medal 2008 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition
Ron Abuelo Rum Anejo 7 Year Old..$22.99
Ron Abuelo 7 Años is a rich blend of superb rums, aged for 7 years in carefully selected small oak barrels. Under the nurturing eye of our Master Blender, it develops a distinctly rounded and exceptional taste. Enjoy straight or on the rocks.

Awards:
  • Double Gold Medal 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Gold Medal 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Gold Medal 2009 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition
  • Gold Medal 2009 Best Buy Bar Competition – Beverage Testing Institute

Ron Abuelo Rum Anejo 12 Year Old..$37.99
Abuelo 12 Años reflects our passion to craft the finest aged rum in the world. Under our tropical climate, sublime distillates from estate-grown sugar cane are aged to perfection in selected small oak barrels. The smoothness and complexity of this superb product will fulfill the most sophisticated and demanding palate.

Awards:
  • Gold Medal 2010 RumXP Tasting Competition, Rum Renaissance
  • Best in Class (7-12 years) 2010 RumXP Tasting Competition, Rum Renaissance
  • Double Gold Medal 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Double Gold Medal 2009 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Gold Medal 2009 Ministry of Rum Tasting Competition
Ron Abuelo Centuria Rum...$
119.99
Centuria, from the Latin ‘centum’ meaning one hundred, is the name we have chosen for this unique product, as we celebrate a century of rum-making tradition.
Its complex aroma and flavor comes from a blend of the finest rums from our oldest reserves, aged in white oak barrels for up to 30 years. These select rums then become part of our ‘Reserva de la Familia’.
The art of the traditional ‘solera’ system lets us preserve the character of these precious reserves throughout time, and to offer limited quantities of a product which epitomizes our commitment and passion to producing the best aged rum.

Beer/Wine/Liquor Tastings this Week!


This Weekend's Tastings!

The Wine and Cheese Place - Forsyth
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105
314.727.8788


Tonight - Friday, July 22 from 4-6pm

  • Destihl Abbeys Single
  • Destihl Here Gose Nothin'
  • Destihl Lynnbrook Berliner Style Weisse Raspberries
  • Destihl Synchopathic Sour Ale
  • Destihl Vertix IPA
  • Bells Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer
  • 4 Hands Brett IPA Falcones Flight




Beer Tasting - New Ballas
The Wine and Cheese Place
457 N. New Ballas in Creve Coeur

Tonight - Friday, July 22 from 4-6pm
TBA








4 Hands Constellation IPA Single Hop




4 Hands Constellation IPA Single Hop....$6.49 / 500ml
BRETT Single Hop IPA with Falconer's Flight
6.1% ABV

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Uinta Flamingo Pineapple Gose





Uinta Flamingo Pineapple Gose....$6.99 / 22oz
A traditional Gose with a modern twist, this tart unfiltered wheat beer is brewed with pineapple and flaunts sweet, tropical flavors and aromas.

TWCP / 4 Roses Single Barrel - 110 proof



This is the only way you can get this rare barrel strength Bourbon.  Getting a Bourbon aged more than 8 years and CASK Strength is getting hard and harder.  

"From time to time, a limited number of exceptionally smooth and complex barrels from any or all of our 10 Bourbon recipes present themselves to our Master Distiller. Each barrel is aged between 8 and 10 years. We then invite our retailers to a private tasting and selection of their favorite barrels. Once chosen, each selection is bottled and private labeled as a non-chill filtered Single Barrel at Barrel Strength in limited quantities of approximately 200-230 bottles."





Four Roses / TWCP Single Barrel  OESV BARREL STRENGTH....$59.99
Yield: only 174 bottles
Age: 9 Years 3 months
ABV: 55%
Warehouse: TS
Barrel No. 6-10

Recipe: OESV
  • "O": Four Roses Distillery
  • "E" : Mash Bill: 75% Corn, 20% Rye, and 5% Malted Barley
  • "S":  Straight Whiskey
  • "V": Yeast strain - LIght fruitiness, light vanilla, caramel and creamy.


Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Destihl Brewing

Destihl arrived at our Forsyth location
online now




Destihl Abbey's Single...$9.49 / 6 pack cans 
ABV: 4.9%
​This is a Belgian-style abbey single crafted like those that Trappist monks brew for own daily consumption. It is light bodied and pale in color with pleasant, spicy phenolics and subtle, fruity esters reminiscent of midwest heirloom fruit trees that give way to a floral and dry finish from noble hops and Belgian yeast.


Destihl Weissenheimer Hefeweizen...$9.49 / 6 pack cans
ABV: 5.2%
Need a break from all the smart alecks in your life? You'll get the last laugh as you kick back and relax with this seriously enjoyable & refreshing South German-style Hefeweizen. This wheat ale has a hazy, straw colored hue with classic banana-like & clove-like aromas and flavors with very low hop bitterness and a full mouthfeel without being fill of itself. No joke.





Destihl Vertex IPA...$9.49 / 6 pack cans

ABV: 6.3% 

IBU: 76
We may not have mountains in the Midwest, but this back-hopped, copper-colored India Pale Ale reaches the Vertex of fruity-citrusy hop flavors & aroma while also striking a reliably solid, midwest balance between caramel maltiness and hop bitterness. 



Destihl Here Gose Nothin'...$8.99 / 4 pack cans

ABV: 5.0% 
​Our Leipzig-style Gose is pleasantly acidic with lime-like tartness and a little funk from our unique, indigenous mixed culture kettle souring process, all balanced by the spicy character of added coriander and a mineral-mouthfeel from the addition of hand-harvested French grey sea salt.

Destihl Lynnbrook Berliner Style Weisse Raspberries...$8.99 / 4 pack cans
ABV: 3.0%
Lynnbrook, named after our founder's family farm, is a wild Berliner-style Weisse with raspberries added, resulting in a very refreshing beer presenting with fussier color and aroma reminiscent of picking tart red raspberries grown next to an old, abandoned barn, with the raspberry-lemony aroma giving way to hints of brie and barnyard funkiness. The flavor is absent of any hops or bitterness and instead has initial impressions of subtle lemons and yogurt supported by tart, fresh raspberries and underlying lactic sourness. The beer's dry finish helps cut through some sweetness from the fruit.

Destihl Synchopathic Sour Ale...$8.99 / 4 pack cans
ABV: 6.0%
Synchopathic is the cool harmonization of a refreshingly tart and acidic sour ale with citrusy, fruity & floral dry-hops normally in concert with pale ales, with totally rad aromas and flavors reminiscent of grapefruit, orange, lemon, tangerine, pineapple and hints of pine, giving way to a biscuity-crackery malt back beat, low bitterness and a dry finish to bring everything in synch.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

New St George Bruto Americano Bitters


St. George Bruto Americano...$25.99
THE SPIRIT
Ready for a bigger, better, bitterer bar? Say hello to Bruto Americano! With a bracing dose of bitterness, a bright pop of citrus, and intriguing sylvan notes inspired by distiller Lance Winters’ formative experiences growing up in California in the 1970s, Bruto is a bitter aperitivo liqueur that makes us as proud as it does thirsty.
Bruto is made from a variety of herbs, roots, and other botanicals. Though the exact number of ingredients and formulation are proprietary, we will say that the bitterness comes primarily from gentian root; the citrus notes mostly from California-grown Seville orange; and the woodsy notes from balsam fir andCascara sagrada (bark from the California buckthorn).

THE PROCESS
Some ingredients are hot-steeped, others are cold-infused. The resulting mixture is filtered and then colored in the traditional manner with cochineal to achieve a natural ruby red hue.

THE EXPERIENCE
Vibrant citrus, with notes of cinnamon, sandalwood, and forest on the nose. Initial palate entry is bitter, followed by a woodsy mid-palate and lingering bitter/citrus finish.
Bruto and Soda is a brilliant session drink. Also recommended in a Negroni, Boulevardier, Americano, and in various Spritzes. Check out some of our favorite Bruto recipes here.


ABOUT THE LABEL
Inspired by Italian modernism, the label was a collaboration between master distiller Lance Winters, head distiller Dave Smith, and bartender/graphic designer Brandon Josie.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Decisively woodsy and piney, light and dry with bitterness that lingers in a pleasant way. — San Francisco Chronicle
Your Negronis and Spritzes just got more interesting. — Drink Me

Sublime. — Imbibe



SPECS

Format: 750ml
ABV: 24%
Availability: Now available on our tasting menu here at the distillery! Also starting to roll out to California bars, restaurants, and spirits shops; other states to follow. Stay tuned for updates!

Seattle Cider new releases




Seattle Cider Perry....$13.99 / 22oz
ABV: 5.4%
APPLES: Seckel, Starkrimson and Forelle pears
TASTING NOTES: Seckel, Starkrimson and Forelle pears combine to form a woodsy, acidic semi-sweet Perry with notes of brandy and candied pears.

Seattle Cider Gravenstein Rose...$13.99 / 22oz
ABV: 6.9%

APPLES: Gravenstein
TASTING NOTES: For this full-bodied, aromatic and slightly tannic cider, we ferment fragrant and floral early-season Gravensteins, then age them in Petit Verdot barrels from our neighbor, Crucible Wines.
Seattle Cider Washington Heirloom...$13.99 / 22oz
ABV: 6.6%
APPLES: Newtown Pippin, Gravenstein, and Espopus Spitzenberg apples, in addition to ten varieties of French and English cider apples grown at the WSU Extension Campus
TASTING NOTES: Our 2014 Heirloom blend places acidity front and center, featuring Newtown Pippin, Gravenstein, and Espopus Spitzenberg apples, in addition to ten varieties of French and English cider apples grown at the WSU Extension Campus in Mount Vernon. Delicate, tart and perfectly nuanced, this unique cider begins with soft aromas of peach and black cherry. A mild dryness on the tongue carries with it notes of tangerine, cantaloupe, black cherry, sweet lime and tart green apple.

Oskar Blues Priscilla American Wit




Oskar Blues Priscilla American Wit..$8.99

This AmeriCAN take on the Belgian Classic Wit, featuring orange peel and coriander spice emanated from the basement blues music legacy Dave McIntyre (Oskar Blusologist) built at the original Oskar Blues Grill & Brew in Lyons, CO. On draft for over a decade, Priscilla's zesty citrus and light fresh baked bread aromas mix with spicy, fruity fermentation. Light bodied with a subtle savory spice accent and a dry, lightly tart finish you can nearly feel the flicker of the neon and sounds of the King. White Wit Wheat.

Tropical IPA from 4 Hands

We got more in stock now - new batch



4 Hands Dakine Tropical IPA...$9.99 / 6pk
Tropical IPA with Honey, pineapple and citrus zest
6% ABV

Bells Poolside Ale with Tart Cherry Juice



Limited at this point :  1- 6 pack per person

Bells Poolside Ale with Tart Cherry Juice...$9.99 / 6 pack
Poolside Ale is a refreshing Belgian-inspired Wheat Ale with light clove notes. The truly distinguishing feature is the use of 100% Montmorency tart cherries grown in the Traverse City region of Michigan. These cherries add a subtle tartness and bright counterpoint to the other flavors, enhancing Poolside’s fruity character and making it the perfect beer for all summer activities.Alcohol By Volume:
5.20%

Bells Quinannan Falls Dry-hopped Lager CANS



Bells Quinannan Falls Special Lager Beer...$9.99 / 6pk CANS
Dry-hopped Lager
Literally born in a dream: Larry Bell, president and founder of Bell’s Brewery, dreamt that he was at the mystically hidden retreat of Quinannan Falls, somewhere in the boreal north.

Neither Quinannan Falls nor the beer actually existed outside his imagination, but he remembered enough about it to sketch a recipe and label, which was put into full form by Michigan artist Kathleen Kalinowski, the following morning.

The end result is a dry-hopped lager that possesses a crisp, dry bitterness you would expect from a German pilsner, but the use of highly aromatic Simcoe hops from the Pacific Northwest, evoke the fragrant pine forests that inspired this beer.
Alcohol By Volume: 6.50%

Monday, July 18, 2016

Four Roses visit to pick some barrels....

Headed to Kentucky and Bourbon Country this weekend to pick some new Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbons for our stores.

Got a chance to taste the Four Roses Elliot's Select!  We are still waiting to get our allocation.



Four Roses Distillery

Current Bottling line

Got a tour of the new state of the art facility that is currently being built.


Some Barrels getting dumped to become their "Small Batch"


One of the rickhouses with about 24,000 barrels stored



Drawing some bourbon from the barrels to taste

This his how you sign a contract in Bourbon Country, right on the barrel.

Was able to convince them to sell us two barrels.  I felt two of the barrels were superior.
They will be bottled in September and delivered to us.  

The chosen barrels....
8yr 10 month OESK
9yr 4 month OBSQ




Also visited Jim Beam , did not pick barrels, just a quick tour and lunch before I left.