Friday, March 23, 2018


With Monica Samuels - Sake expertWe are constantly tasting new wine, whiskey and beer in order to stay ahead of the curve. While I am just scratching the surface of the complex world of Sake I could not be more excited about the
complexity and depth of flavor in the Sake we have brought in recently. To that end:
Join us Saturday April 7th from 11am-2pm for a Sake Tasting at the Forsyth Location . We are very excited to have Monica Samuels, National Sake Sales Manager of Vine Connections, in store to taste through a wide selection of Sake from her portfolio. 

Sake scheduled to be tasted - list could change.
  • Rihaku Nigori Sake Dreamy Clouds....$13.99 / 300ml
  • Tentaka Tokubetsu Junmai Hawk in Heavens Sake...$13.99 / 300ml
  • Tentaka Tokubetsu Junmai Hawk in Heavens Sake...$27.99 / 720ml
  • Amanoto Heaven's Door Junmai Sake...$14.99 / 300ml
  • Amanoto Heaven's Door Junmai Sake...$32.99 / 720ml
  • Tozai Blossom of Peace Plum Sake...$15.99 / 720ml
  • Fukucho Junmai Ginjo Moon on the Water...$17.99 / 300ml
  • Fukucho Junmai Ginjo Moon on the Water...$36.99 / 720ml
  • Rihaku Wandering Poet Sake...$14.99 / 300ml

Monica Samuels
National Sake Sales Manager

Monica Samuels is the National Sake Sales Manager for Vine Connections. Monica has worked in the sake business for over ten years, at the restaurant, distributor, and importer level. Monica grew up bilingual and bi-cultural, speaking Japanese at home while living in Los Angeles, and spending every summer in Tokyo with her grandparents. With a grandfather who was a sake brewer Monica has been around sake from a young age, but the turning point was working for the Japanese-Peruvian-Brazilian inspired SushiSamba, her first job after moving to NYC. Monica’s insane love for eating, drinking, and meeting new people match perfectly with the demands of her travel schedule. When at home in NYC she loves cooking, yoga, and making people laugh.

Les Charmes Mâcon-Lugny Chardonnay

This one has been "constant" go to Macon wine in our store for over 30 years.  

2015 Les Charmes Mâcon-Lugny Chardonnay...$10.99

We are the lowest price on Wine-Searcher
The expression of a terroir Mâcon-Lugny Chardonnay is produced exclusively in the municipality of Lugny. This appellation, comprising 163 ha of vines, is a virtual monopoly of the Cave de Lugny. Indeed it owns more than 90% of this vineyard, which allows it to carefully control the quality. The vineyard consists of plateaus and hillsides oriented mostly south / southeast, on a clay-limestone dominant soil. The average age of the vines is about 35 years old. 

Systematic malolactic fermentation. 
Aging on fine lees to preserve the full potential of the wine until bottling. 

NOSE: intense aromas of ripe fruit (peach, apricot, exotic fruits) 
MOUTH: rich and full-bodied, balanced, with a mouthfeel that retains a very nice freshness 
Food pairing: Aperitifs, Fish, seafood, sushi, poultry - Goat cheeses

Girard wines at great prices!

2015 Girard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Cabernet...$21.99
Next lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $24.48
Compare to Total Wine and More in St. Louis at $25.99
Blackcurrant and berry character on the nose and palate with some floral undertones. Full body, soft and silky tannins with a lovely polish and focus. Medium finish. Balanced and delicious. Pretty blend. Drink in 2019.
Rated 91/100 James Suckling

2015 Girard Chardonnay Russian River Valley...$15.99
Next lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $16.94
Compare to Total Wine and More in St. Louis at $18.49
Vineyard Notes:  Sourced from various vineyards and a few small longtime grape growing families in the Russian River Valley, these vineyards have garnered international acclaim for producing world-class Chardonnay.
Tasting Notes:  The nose suggests fresh apple pie à la mode while the palate shows the bright acidity and citrus structure that coats the palate. Macintosh apple and Barlet pear with mandarin zest blend with holiday spice on the finish.
  • Gold - 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Awards
  • Double Gold - 2017 Tasters Guild

2015 Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast Reserve

Amazing price!!

2015 Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast Reserve....$14.99
We are the lowest price on Wine-Searcher - next lowest is $17.99

The bouquet is bursting with dark fruits and roasted nuts, with aromas of fresh black cherries, blackcurrant, rose petal, and roasted walnuts. Palate has rich flavors of black cherries, toasted hazelnuts, fresh sage, mocha, and subtle vanilla and oak flavors. Tannins are firm in their youth but will soften with age.

Meadowview Botanical Gin

Made in Missouri!
Meadowview Botanical Gin...$31.99
The idea for this gin was dreamed up while Jason and Mitchell were both living on Meadowview Avenue in Springfield, Missouri. They wanted to create a spirit that embodied those wonderful suburban summer evenings spent by the pool and at backyard barbecues with family and friends.

They partnered with the team at Pinckney Bend Distillery to bring to life a botanical gin that’s distinct yet well balanced. Of course you’ll taste the juniper right off the bat, and after that you’ll notice the sweet orange and lemon. Then the rest of the 12 botanicals come together for a nice little medley that ends with notes of lavender and sage.

Amager/Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksen Vaesel Brunch (BA Bourbon)

One more case arrived - this will be it!

Amager/Mikkeller Hr. Frederiksen Vaesel Brunch (BA Bourbon)...$13.99 pint

This is a unique blend of two of Denmark's best imperial stouts.   We have brewed Mikkeller Beer Geek Brunch Weasel and Amager Bryghus Mr. Frederiksen separately and then blended the two brews.  This has provided a very balanced, harmonious and full bodied beer.  After maturing, the beer is stored in our cold cellar for almost one year.

Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon

Very limited! More in stock now
Knob Creek 25th Anniversary Bourbon...$112.99
Single Barrel
122.8 proof
Barreled 05/13/2004
Twenty-Five years ago, when Booker Noe bottled the first batch of Knob Creek® bourbon, he inadvertently started a small batch movement. A quarter century later, Booker’s son Fred Noe carries on his legacy, holding every barrel to the same rigorous Pre-Prohibition style standards. And to this day, Knob Creek® remains the benchmark for full-flavored bourbon.

To celebrate the staying power of hard-earned flavor, we’re bottling a limited edition, unfiltered* and cask strength single barrel bourbon. This bourbon is truly a high point in Knob Creek®’s proud history. This is our first ever bourbon bottled at barrel strength. Now you can experience the exceptional flavor profile of these personally selected barrels as if you were at the warehouse in Clermont: uncut and unblended.

Tropical Mango Moscato

Taste it tonight at Forsyth from 4pm-6pm

Grab some for Easter Brunch!

Tropical Mango Moscato...$11.99
Tropical Mango Moscato is straw yellow in color. It is a delicious blend of Moscato wine and mango pulp that captures the aromas and flavors of the tropics. Bright notes of tropical fruits and full, ripe mango are balanced by a crisp and refreshing finish.

Firestone Walker Bretta Rose

Firestone Walker Bretta Rose...$11.99 / 375ml
Thirty miles north of Barrelworks lies the fertile Santa Maria Valley. Its warm days and cool marine layer-fed evenings allow for a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables to be grown in its rich soil. One of Santa Maria’s crown jewels is locally grown raspberries. We jumped at the opportunity to ferment fresh local raspberries with one of our Barrelworks creations. Behold Bretta Rosé! A low-alcohol Berliner Weisse style ale, acidified and matured in French oak puncheons for 6 months, is the foundation for this gem. Add 1000 lbs. of fresh raspberries, allow a secondary wild fermentation for 4 more months and voila (!), we have a crisp effervescent concoction, bursting with raspberry perfume and flavor, a rosé color, bracing acidity, and a clean and refreshing finish.

O'Fallon Tee it Up -- Lemon Wheat

O'Fallon Tee it Up...$8.99 / 6pk 12oz
American Wheat with Lemon
You’ve invested in a new set of clubs, range finder, and that new belt without any holes…you’re ready to hit the links. Its probably nervous energy but you take a mulligan on the first tee. Take a sip, or gulp, of O’Fallon’s new Tee It Up. It’s a crisp American Style Wheat brewed with Cascade hops and spiked with lemon. AHHH. Now you are ready. Drive, Chip, Putt…Then Drink again…

Kona Koko Brown Ale

Kona Koko Brown Ale....on sale $4.99 / 6pk 
In stock at Both Rock Hill and Forsyth
Koko Brown has a nutty, toffee flavor and a unique, roasted malt taste. Brewed with real toasted coconuts, this brew goes hand in hand with the beach, or wherever your happy place might be.

2nd Shift Brewing Katy American Brett Saison


2nd Shift Brewing Katy American Brett Saison...$13.99 / 4pk cans
Also sold as singles
Don't know what to call it besides a Brett Beer. This one gets aged for 3 months in oak barrels with Brettanomyces Lambicus, a cool yeast that gives this beer a wonderfully pretty aroma and flavor that everyone better like or else I'll look you up and teach you a lesson.

Perennial Hopfentea

Perennial Hopfentea...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
also sold as singles
A wave of tropical fruit and spice brighten this lively, tart wheat ale, taking the German Berliner Weisse tradition on an island run. Hopfentea, steeped on a house-made tea blend of mango, papaya, hibiscus & lemongrass, pairs well with light appetizers, salads and high humidity.ABV: 4.2%

Big tasting tonight at Forsyth

Big tasting tonight at Forsyth from 4-6pm

Beer Tasting tonight and a many other things too...

  • Perennial Hopfentea - new cans
  • Evil Twin Glazed Imperial Doughnut Break
  • Omnipollo Fatamorgana Imperial IPA
  • plus a few other random beers

  • Tiramisu Liquer
  • Tropical Mango Moscato
  • And an assortment of new Bordeaux wines

Plus we have Spirits of St. Louis coming to pour some of their products

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Mauritson Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley - 93 points

We have been working with the Mauritson Dry Creek Zinfandel for a couple of years now and have always been impressed with the quality, especially for the price. Glad to see the press is starting to roll in for the fantastic wine.
2015 Mauritson Zinfandel Dry Creek Valley....$18.99 
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $27.99
Sleekly structured but showing a dynamic core of lively acidity and polished tannins, this is buoyed by refined cherry, green peppercorn and licorice flavors. Drink now through 2025.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

Chateau Tour Bel Air Haut Medoc Plenitude

Great 2015 Bordeaux Vintage

Robert Parker Rated the 2015 Vintage of Bordeaux 95/100 as a whole.

2015 Chateau Tour Bel Air Haut Medoc Plenitude...$21.99
In 2006, four friends, agricultural engineers, joined forces to buy Médoc vines in Cissac: The Château Tour Bel Air, with its appellation Haut Médoc, vintage craftsmanship, human-scale vineyard of seven and one-half hectares of vines.  The terroir is five kilometers away from the Gironde, near Saint Estèphe and Pauillac. The grape varietals consist mainly of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The cultivation of the vineyard is conducted reasonably and traditionally: low vines with high density, double guyot trimming, partially manual leaf stripping.  We very carefully cultivate the vines in order to protect the plants. The harvest is done partly by hand for the old vines, among friends, and the rest with the help of machines. The grapes macerate for about five to six weeks in tanks. The wine is then vinified for twenty months, including ten months in oak barrels.

Chateau Laroche Jaubert Cuvee Malone Graves -- under $20

Great 2015 Bordeaux Vintage

Robert Parker Rated the 2015 Vintage of Graves 96/100 as a whole
Stunning price for a great GRAVES

2015 Chateau Laroche Jaubert Cuvee Malone Graves...$18.99
We are exctied to have this exception Graves for under $20.  The area of Graves is known for wines with some earthy and gravelly quality to them.   The most famous Graves producer is Château Haut-Brion, a first growth. 

The combination of traditional and modern techniques allows us to produce exceptional wines, while respecting our environment and preserving our family’s land. Our wines are the result of the combination of microclimates and unique geological conditions that allow for various varietals to be fully expressed. To this is added the human experience of heritage and family tradition passed from one generation to the next for many generations, as well as our team of 11 skilled employees with an average seniority of 15 years. Our most tenured and experienced employee has worked with us for over 30 years.

Chateau Allegret Bordeaux Rouge - great 2016 vintage

One of the first reds from the great 2016 Bordeaux Vintage!

Great Vintage in Bordeaux. The Wine Spectator rated the vintage as a whole 94-97/100

2016 Chateau Allegret Bordeaux Rouge....$13.99
This beautiful Bordeaux wine reigns from the heart of the Entre-Deux-Mers region in Bordeaux at the beautiful winery of Chateau Allégret, situated on clay slopes and limestone.   Chateau Allégret presents a traditional expression of a classic Bordeaux wine. The blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot gives the wine bright and rich red fruits, such as black currants and fresh berries. Layered with the dry tannins and concentrated texture, while balanced with its acidity and minerality, this wine drinks beautifully from start to the structured finish.

Comte de Langeron Beaujolais Villages

Great Beaujolais Value
2016 Comte de Langeron Beaujolais Villages...$13.99
A Family winery established in the village of Mercurey (Burgundy). Small production from old vines. An intense Beaujolais with great structure like a Burgundy. Since the 19th century, we have produced a broad range of Burgundy and Beaujolais appellations, part from family owned vineyards and the rest as vinificators.

2017 Rose wine!

New 2017 vintage ROSE wines are starting to arrive!

2017 Chateau Allegret Bordeaux Rose....$14.99
A dry rose made from Cabernet Franc and Merlot
Brilliant salmon pink with rose petal highlights.  The nose has intense apricot aromas with jasmine flowers.   It is very delicious and satisfying and full bodied. The elegant fruity flavors are enhanced by a beautiful balance between acidity and fruit. Raspberry, Redcurrant and a touch of citrus flavours extend into a long fine aftertaste. 

Horgelus Côtes Gascogne Blanc

2017 Horgelus Côtes Gascogne Blanc....$9.99  
50% Sauvignon and 50% Gros Manseng 
We have been looking for a great Cotes to Gascogne Blanc for awhile.  Many are just boring and insipid.  We finally found a new one that is exciting and vibrant!

The estate is run now by Yoan Le Menn, his son. Yoan represents the younger generation of oenologists who work tirelessly to combine modernity and experience.   The biggest task is preserving of the aromas by limiting, as much as possible, all forms of oxidation of the “must” and the wines. For this reason the grapes are harvested early in the morning – from 3am to 11 am – in order to take advantage of the cool air. On the other hand, the carbon dioxide from the alcoholic fermentation is recuperated to protect the newly pressed juice. From the grape to the bottling process, everything is designed to preserve the fruity flavors and freshness of our wines.

La Cottiere Cuvee Traditionnelle Cotes du Bourg

Great 2015 Bordeaux Vintage
Robert Parker Rated the 2015 Vintage of Bordeaux 95/100 as a whole.

2015 La Cottiere Cuvee Traditionnelle Cotes du Bourg...$21.99
Some very attractive blackberry and blueberry character. Full body, chewy tannins and a fresh finish.
Rated 90-91/100 James Suckling
This wine estate has been owned by the same family since 1698. Brother and sister, Christophe and Isabelle Chéty, are the 13th generation to produce wine here.  In support of Sustainable Agriculture, for the last 25 years, they stopped using chemical sprays for preventive reasons, and now spray only when necessary. They installed a meteorological station, solar panels and started the collection of rain water.  In 2011, the Chéty Family became a member of the first Association in Bordeaux to be ISO certified 14001. A far-reaching Environmental Program includes the reduction of energy use, CO2 emissions and water consumption. We also maintain a high level of safety for our team.

Medimer Cotes de Thau Piquepoul

2016 Medimer Cotes de Thau Piquepoul...$11.99   
Our customers like Picpoul or Piquepoul, so much that we have decided to stock a second one.   If you like a fruity Sauvignon Blanc, a fresh Gruner Veltiner, or crisp Chablis, then you should try Piquepoul.  It is a versatile food wine for everyday.  Great on its own enjoying outside on the patio.  Enclosed with a screw cap too.  
They are considered the largest Thau Basin port, known for its white wines which pair perfectly with oysters is ideal for sipping outside on a terrace.  

Great values from the owners of Chateau Carbonnieux in Graves!

2016 is a great Vintage in Bordeaux.  The Wine Spectator rated the vintage as a whole 94-97/100 !!!
2016 Heritage Familial Cotes de Bordeaux Rouge...$14.99
2016 Heritage Familial Bordeaux Blanc...$15.99

From the family that makes Chateau Carbonnieux in Graves which sells for $40 plus!  Carbonnieux Blanc has been a store favorite for 30 plus years.  We are excited to get these fantastic values from them.
This is a fantastic value made by a great Bordeaux Family- Franc de Ferriere.  The family vineyard is located to the east of the Bordeaux wine region, about 25 minutes from Saint-Emilion. Wines of the Franc de Ferriere family originate from a unique area on the hills of the Dordogne river, giving the appellation all of its originality and grace.
Cultivating mainly Merlot and Cabernet varieties, Wilfrid and his team do their utmost to produce quality wines reflecting the potential of our terroir.
Our philosophy and practices are constantly evolving in order to produce wines that are unique, elegant and full of flavours.

Château Pineraie "Cuvée des Dames" Cahors

Best value from Cahors!
2014 Château Pineraie "Cuvée des Dames" Cahors...$14.99
Château Pineraie, a vineyard of 50 hectares, is located in Puy-L’Evêque, near Cahors. Six generations of the Burc family have cared for this vineyard.  The sisters, Anne and Emmanuelle, the current generation to oversee Château Pineraie, work together to carry on a wonderful family history, always with a strong will to fulfill their commitment to an ever improving quality.   We believe that the diversity of our vineyard’s soils is one of the most significant assets of our wines. Little wonder that Cahors is the cradle of the Malbec grape.

Château Maison Neuve Bordeaux Blanc and Rouge

Great 2015 Bordeaux Vintage
Robert Parker Rated the 2015 Vintage of Bordeaux 95/100 as a whole.

2015 Château Maison Neuve Clotilde Red Bordeaux...$12.99

"An intense and deep colour. The red fruits are very ripe on the nose. A powerful and fleshy attack before a packed full mouth of different red fruits. This lingering wine keeps noticeable mellow and aromas on the finish"- winemaker
Château Maison Neuve is located near Blaye in the Côtes de Bordeaux vineyards north of Bordeaux, across the river from Médoc.
Alexia Eymas is the winemaker for this property of 40 hectares – a familial property that has passed from mother to daughter for four generations. Alexia farms with respect for the environment, in harmony with the climate and soils.   Her aim is to bring her wines to an optimum quality and thus give her wines have all the advantage of a real identity.

2017 Château Maison Neuve Sauvignon White Bordeaux...$13.99
100% Sauvignon Blanc from old vines
Fresh and lively!  Great value!
This wine presents a pale yellow color that is very fresh on the nose with the classic Sauvignon characteristics of gooseberries.  Dry and full bodied, its finish is long and mellow with just a hint of citrus.   The wine is made with very low yields from 25 year old vines.