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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Stone 14th Anniversary Encore Emperial IPA


Stone 14th Anniversary Encore Emperial IPA...$7.49 / 22oz
We went to England this past spring as self-styled “IPA Hunters” on a mission to learn more about the confusing and often contradictory history of India Pale Ale—to look for some certainty where those before us have found mostly mystery and mercantilism. While our success in this pursuit is open to debate, there can be no question that we returned home inspired by the ghosts of Burton and by the experience of poring over 150-year-old brewer’s logs handwritten in (India?) ink. Stone Brewing Co., after all, traces its lineage back to the British Empire’s brewing history: We make ales, and all of our original offerings used traditional British styles as a jumping-off point. If this seems a roundabout way of letting you know that, yes, we are in fact brewing another IPA to mark our anniversary, well, so be it.

This one, however, promises to be different! From the imported white malt to the “Burtonised” water to the rare yeast strain to the most pungent hops Kent has to offer, we used all British ingredients to brew our “Emperial” IPA.* While we may have brewed Stone 14th Anniversary Emperial IPA with our own distinctively modern, San Diego-style touch, what good is history if you can’t rewrite it to suit your tastes?

In this case, our tastes called for highly intemperate quantities of Target, East Kent Golding and Boadicea hops, bestowing upon this dry-bodied ale a powerfully spicy, earthy aroma. On the palate, peppery hops assert themselves early and often, with malt sweetness making a brief appearance before being beaten back by a long, complex, and decisively bitter finish. What better way to contemplate the fate of empires past, present, and future?

*Um, except for our filtered Colorado River water, of course.

Ezra Brooks Bourbon Cream Liqueur


Ezra Brooks Bourbon Cream Liqueur...$11.99 / 750ml
Ezra Brooks® Bourbon Cream perfectly marries natural cream and bourbon whiskey for a rich, creamy flavor that is the perfect choice for the colder months of the year.

Kavalan ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Malt Whisky





Kavalan ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Malt Whisky...$179.99
Only 166 bottles produced
58.6% ABV
Selected for Missouri Whisky Enthusiasts
Kavalan ex-Bourbon Single Cask Strength Single Malt Whisky
Kavalan ex-Bourbon is a delightfully complex, multi-dimensional single malt whisky, with vanilla, fruit and coconut highlights. Matured in hand selected American ex-Bourbon casks, the whisky is available at cask strength and non chill-filtered hence retains the fuller flavour of the natural single malt whisky.

Booker's Small Batch Bourbon Bluegill Creek Small Batch




Booker's Small Batch Bourbon Bluegill Creek Small Batch...$43.99
“I’m pleased to share the fourth release in the Booker’s Bourbon 2016 Batch Collection, Batch 2016-04, also called “Bluegill Creek.” This batch honors my dad, Booker Noe, and one of his favorite pastimes – fishing for bluegill. When I was selecting this batch, the hot and humid Kentucky summer weather reminded me of the days Dad and I spent together on the water. We used to go down to the creek and sit for hours, hoping to reel in some bluegill to fry up for dinner. When my son Freddie was a boy, Dad took him fishing too, and I know it’s a tradition that will continue to live on. I guess you could say fishing for bluegill runs in our family, so it seemed like a natural fit to name a batch in honor of one of Dad’s favorite pastimes.

I know Dad would enjoy “Bluegill Creek” for its signature flavors of robust vanilla true to every Booker’s batch. If he were here today, he’d sit down by the water with a glass of this bourbon in one hand and a fishing pole in the other.
— Fred Noe, Beam Family’s 7th Generation Master Distiller

LABEL INSPIRATION
Booker’s “Bluegill Creek” batch is made up of barrels from four different rack houses and five different production dates. It is bottled at 128 proof and was aged for 6 years, 5 months and 28 days. It was unseasonably warm even by Kentucky standards on the day that I selected the barrels for this batch, and it brought me back to the hot summers that my Dad, Booker Noe, and I spent together fishing for bluegill. When selecting this batch, I wanted something that could be enjoyed in the summer heat while staying true to Booker’s Bourbon standards, and I think Dad would be proud of how “Bluegill Creek” turned out.

This batch would make a great Kentucky Tea, which was one of Dad’s favorite ways to enjoy his Booker’s and includes a healthy splash of water in the glass, which really opens up the flavors and aromas of the liquid. “Bluegill Creek” contains the robust flavors of vanilla that Dad always looked for when selecting batches of Booker’s, and I know he would be proud to have a batch of his bourbon named after one of his favorite pastimes.
-- Fred Noe, Beam Family’s 7th Generation Master Distiller


BATCH INFO
Age: 6 years, 5 months, 28 days
Proof: 128.0

TWCP Single Barrel Smooth Ambler 11 Year Old



Smooth Ambler Old Scout TWCP Single Barrel 11 Year Old...$51.99
Aged : 11 years old
ABV: 48.5 %
Barrel # 3802
Yield only 181 bottles

11 year old barrel with a high rye content of 36%, this fine whiskey has exceptional taste and smoothness. Non chill filtered, non carbon filtered. It’s strong, but deliciously drinkable like all of Smooth Ambler’s offerings. Bold, sweet-spicy flavors with subtle apple, cherry and tobacco aroma.
60% corn, 36% rye, 4% malt – a ‘high rye’ bourbon

Russian River Collab at the Growler Station


New to the growler station - 
Russian River Collaboration Pils!!



Firestone Walker Collab 
          with Russian River Brewing
STiVO - Keller Pils

94/100 Ratebeer overall
99/100 RateBeer in its style

INTRODUCING “STiVO,” A CRAFT PILSNER LOVECHILD
After a lengthy courtship, Russian River Brewing Company and Firestone Walker Brewing Company:

STiVO—an immaculately conceived mashup of their respective craft pilsners, STS and Pivo.

A collaborative beer made by Russian River owners Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo and Firestone Walker’s Brewmaster Matt Brynildson

Both brewers say that STiVO is as much a testament to personal friendship as professional collaboration.

“This beer has 10 years in the making,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “Vinnie and I respect each other immensely as brewers, but more important, we’re good friends.”

Brynildson noted that when the Cilurzos built their brewery, Vinnie Cilurzo would call regularly seeking technical input. Conversely, when Firestone Walker established its Barrelworks wild ale facility, the brewing team leaned on Cilurzo for his expertise. Cilurzo even gifted his original bottling line to Barrelworks. In 2014, when Russian River was undergoing a brewhouse expansion, Firestone Walker temporarily brewed Pliny the Elder to help keep the taps flowing (“That was the ultimate collaboration,” Brynildson said). Both brewers are also founding members of Hop Quality Group.

“It had to be inspired…”

Naturally, over the years, pressure began to mount with regard to a potential collaboration brew. “People have been asking us for years about a collaboration beer, but we never wanted to force it,” Brynildson said. “It had to be inspired.”

That inspiration finally struck when they began discussing the idea of a collaborative pilsner to commemorate the 2016 Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest.

“Neither Matt nor I started out as pilsner brewers when we each got our start in the craft beer industry, but it’s a style we are both passionate about,” Cilurzo said.

Added Brynildson, “I think people were expecting us to come out with something like Pliny The Elder-meets-Double Jack on steroids, or some extreme barrel-aged beer. But it ultimately came down to us wanting to make the type of beer we personally like to drink when we’re hanging out.”

The result is STiVO, a happily arranged marriage of the STS and Pivo recipes. “Our water philosophies and malt profiles were already essentially the same, and our yeast strains were pretty similar, so it really came down to how we wanted to handle the hops, and the overall weight of the beer we wanted to make,” Brynildson said.

“Although many pilsners from around the world have influenced me, none give me more inspiration than Pivo,” said Cilurzo. “Blending our two pilsner recipes to create this special brew for the 2016 Firestone Invitational seemed only natural. Natalie’s and my friendship with Matt and the Firestone Walker family is at the very heart of this beer.”

Cilurzo and Brynildson ultimately split the hops down the middle between Pivo’s German Saphir hops and STS’s Alsatian Aramis hops, both of which belong to the new wave of European hop cultivars.

“These hops are more similar than they are different, and they blend really well together,” Brynildson said. “They don’t taste like fruity American hops, but they’re not like Old World Hallertau hops, either. They’re perfect for this idea of a new age hoppy pilsner.”

Cilurzo and Brynildson also bumped up the front-end malt for a slightly higher gravity and a resulting ABV of 6.3%, a distinct notch above the 5.3% of STS and Pivo while still remaining dry and super drinkable. Also, like STS, STiVO was racked to kegs unfiltered and will be presented in the classic keller style, naturally carbonated and slightly hazy.

As Brynildson put it, “STiVO is the desert island beer that Vinnie and I would share if ever we were thrown off the boat together.”

Pappy Van Winkle and Rare Bourbon Raffle


Pappy Van Winkle Deadline for purchases to count towards the raffle will be Saturday December 10th up to 7pm.

We will try to get the results and contact people early that following week. It will be a time consuming process and we are not sure how long it will take.   Thanks for your patience.  


Below is the list of Bourbon that will be in the raffle.  The raffle is for a chance to purchase one of these bottles.


  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old (107 proof)
  • Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old Family Reserve
  • Pappy Van Winkle 20 Year Old Family Reserve
  • Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old Family Reserve
  • Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Year Old
  • Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Old Lot B
  • Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
  • Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old
  • George T. Stagg Bourbon
  • Four Roses Limited Edition 2016 Small Batch Barrel Strength
  • Four Roses Elliott's Select Barrel Strength
  • Old Forester Birthday Bourbon
  • Parkers Heritage 24 Year Old Bourbon
  • Elijah Craig 18 Year Old
  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
  • Whistlepig 15 Year Rye
  • Rhetoric 22 Year Old Bourbon
  • Whoop and Holler 28 Year Old 
  • Yamazaki 18 Year Old
  • Woodford Reserve Brandy Cask Finish
  • The Balvenie Tun 1509 Batch #3
  • might be a few others also.



These two did not arrive yet, they will be raffled off later if they do show up.
  • Thomas H. Handy Rye Whiskey
  • William Larue Weller
This is the plan -- subject to change.  
We will start to draw names as soon as possible after the December 10th deadline.    
For ease of explaining, lets pick an easy number like 100.  Say we have 100 bottles of whiskey total from the list, we will divide by 5, which is 20, of course.  We will send emails out to the first 20 names picked on the first day (we will also call people if they do not respond to the email in a timely fashion, we will do our best to make sure you know you have an allocation). They will email me back a list of their top 10 choices from the list.  We will start with the first name drawn in the raffle and they can buy the highest whiskey on their list that is still available.  We will go to the next person and do the same.  They will have 1 day to respond.  The next day we will email the next 20 and do the same thing with what is left.  If you were picked on the first day, but did not respond until the second day or third day, you will still get your allocation, but you risk some of your top choices not being available anymore.   If you do not respond before the end of the fifth day and the last names are drawn, you will lose your allocation and we will draw more names.  I will put more details (deadlines and times) in the individual emails if your name is drawn.  Again, many of these are very rare and odds are not great.   Please do not email or call each day to see if your name was drawn.  We will not have time to take all of these inquiries.  We will do our best to get a hold of people.  If somebody does not respond to emails and phone calls, I will even post on the blog their first name and last initial that we are trying to track you down.    Each day, I will confirm on our blog if everybody has checked in for their allocation.   That is it for now....and Thank you for your loyal support.





Previously asked questions....



Important reminder:  Always give your phone number at the register, every time you check out.

FAQ:
How do I get Pappy Van Winkle?
The only way to get Pappy Van Winkle is through our Whiskey Reward Club.  This year's release will be based on 6 months purchases since we just started the WRC, but next year (starting with 2017) it will be based on a full 12 months of purchases.   As you may know, many people come out of the woodwork this time of year just looking for Pappy, but we want to reward people that have supported us all year long.


How do I get other rare whiskey?  
Through our WRC + random bottles will appear on the shelf without notice + through our WRC Pop up program (see more info below).  The Pappy Van Winkle Raffle will include other limited releases that come in between now and the raffle too.

I signed up for the WRC, but I have not received any emails about rare bottles of Whiskey?
Now that we have been using the WRC for about 6 months, we do not send out offerings to the whole list, only people whose name was drawn in the weighted raffle get emails informing them that they received a bottle.   More info on the weighted raffle below.

How does the weighted raffle work?
How much do I have to spend?
Having accumulated enough data over the past 6 months, we have decided that for every 300 dollars you spend over the course of the 6 months prior to a release (an average $50 per month) you will get one raffle ticket in the lottery.   If you spend $800 we will divide by $300 and round (800/300= 2.67, so you would get 3 tickets in the weighted raffle).  Before we were doing the top 100, 200 or top 300 people.  From here on out we will count $300 purchases as a lottery ticket.   That way people will not be in the dark on where they stand.  You do not have to worry if you are at the top of the list, if you spend more than $300 over the course of the last 6 months, you are in the raffle for the current release.  We still take half of our allocation and that goes to the top of the list of WRC and the rest is used for the weighted raffle.

Can I retro my previous sales if I just signed up?
No, sorry there is no fair way to do this.  We have been advertising on our blog, emails, twitter, facebook for 8 months about the WRC to sign up and telling people that this is how rare releases will be sold.

What are my chances on rare bottles of whiskey?
We do not want to give false hopes.  Many releases we get 6 bottles or less, the odds still are not great.   We have around 1,000 people in our WRC program now.   This is why we started the WRC, how do you decide who gets these 6 bottles of rare whiskey out of thousands of customers at all of our locations.    We are just trying to be as fair as possible.








WHISKEY REWARD CLUB INFO: - click here to sign up

This will be the only way to receive Pappy Van Winkle, the Orphan Barrels, Four Roses Limited Releases, Buffalo Trace Experimental, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection, Laphroaig limited releases, Balvenie Tun, limited Japanese Whiskey, and so on with other rare whiskeys.

Your phone number without the area code will be your account number. After you sign up, you must give your phone number without the area code (or last name) every time you check out at any of our stores. Your name will appear on your receipt at the bottom. If your name is not on the receipt you are not getting credit for the purchase. Tell the checker immediately if your name is not on your receipt (or the wrong name is on your receipt)



Here is how we will allocate Whiskey
We base the allocation on the previous 6 months sales at the time of the release. We feel 6 months is a good amount of time to reward regular customers. We also feel that is a good amount of time to let new people sign up and eventually get in on the allocations.   The goal of the program is to reward people that shop at the store on a regular basis.   We can obviously sell Pappy Van Winkle 1000 times over, but we want to get them in the hands of our regular customers.  Without our regulars, we would not be able to get these bourbons.  There is no fair way to decide on these, we feel this is the best.

Release of bottles will be based on your total purchases: wine, liquor, beer, cheese, nuts...everything in the store.
The releases will still be a raffle method. But it will be a weighted raffle. The more you spend the better chance you will have as you will get more raffle tickets for each release.  We take half of our allocation and that goes to the top of the list and the other half we use a weighted raffle.   Now that we have received enough data, we have decided that over the course of 6 months, for every $300 dollars you will get a ticket in the lottery (spending $50 per month).  If you spend $600, you will get 2 tickets and so on.


Another way to get bourbons if you join

We will still put random rare whiskey out on the shelf for shoppers to find as we do now.
New feature: Our new POS system allows us to randomly select a Reward member -- when you check out, a message will pop up on our screen saying something like "you have been allocated a bottle of Rare Whiskey from our Rare Whiskey shelf". Again, as a way of rewarding people for shopping in the store. This will be totally random and we will not know until you actually go to purchase something and this note will pop up. This has been very successful in our Beer Reward Club. You will only be allowed to win once every 6 months, then it will reset again.

More important information:
We will post updates when whiskey is coming and when allocation emails have been sent.
You will get an email if you get an allocated whiskey, you have 7 days to pick up or we will draw another name.
There is no fee to sign up, it is free to join.
VERY IMPORTANT: After you sign up, make sure you give your phone number each time you check out. This is how your purchases will be tracked. Sometimes when it gets busy the checker might forget ask you. Just tell them when you are checking out that you are a member of the one of our reward clubs. You do not need to mention if it is beer or whiskey. Plus, we will have some holiday help that will be working at the register that might not ask as they will be part time and new. Your name should appear on your receipt, if it does not, tell the checker immediately because that means your purchases are not being tracked. 


You can join if you shop our online store also.
You can be a member of both of our reward clubs. Beer Reward Club and Whiskey Reward Club - you can "order" free memberships to both online
Guidelines are subject to change. We will evolve the system to make it better based on customer comments and how the first releases work. We have been evolving the Beer Reward Club over the past few years and it seems to be getting better and better. We will always give notice when we adjust the guidelines.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Magnus Bourbon



We are extremely excited to introduce to Missouri!!!
Joseph Magnus Award Winning Bourbons!
We emailed the distillery back in March and we are finally receiving our first allocation.  It has been a long time coming and worth the wait as the whiskey as fabulous!


Plus they have a St. Louis connection -
The master distiller, Brett Thompson, is a Kirkwood High graduate and one of their partners lives in Clayton!


We are the first place and only place outside the Washington D.C. area that you can find their Bourbon!!


In stock at Forsyth now

  • Rock Hill in about an hour
  • Ballwin in about an hour
  • New Ballas tomorrow morning


Joseph Magnus Bourbon Straight Bourbon Whiskey...$84.99

Joseph Magnus Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a marriage of bourbon aged in white oak and finished in Oloroso Sherry, Pedro Ximénez Sherry, and Cognac casks—for a wholly unique flavor profile that’s worthy of the Magnus name.   Thanks to our loyal supporters like you, our Joseph Magnus Bourbon in Inaugural Edition bottles was a smashing successes -- both batches sold out within hours! But we are not ones to rest on our laurels. For the New Year, we have retired the Inaugural Bottles and proudly introduced our product in custom designed bottles inspired by historic Magnus bourbon bottles. It's the same great bourbon, only sexier!
Tasting Notes - Rich deep flavors with notes of orange citrus, dried dark fruits and vanilla.
Alc. by Vol. 50% / 100 proof

GOLD MEDAL
2016 American Distilling Institute
Craft Blended Spirits Competition

BEST IN CATEGORY:
BOURBON AGED 5+ YEARS
2016 American Distilling Institute
Craft Blended Spirits Competition

BEST IN CLASS: WHISKEY
2016 American Distilling Institute
Craft Blended Spirits Competition



Joseph Magnus Murray Hill Club....$84.99
Blend of 18 Year Old, 11 year old and 9 Year Old
Murray Hill Club is the historic Magnus flagship brand, and is a blended bourbon whiskey - Magnus Master Blender Nancy Fraley is to be commended for her work to get the balance just right - the Murray Hill Club a blend of 18-year bourbon, 11-year bourbon, and a bit of 9 year-old light whiskey to round out the flavor -- it is truly an exceptional and unique product.

Richard Wolf, Magnus Dream Team member and former GM and VP of Buffalo Trace had the following notes upon tasting a sample of the finished product: "Nice amber to golden color, clear, clean. Fantastic, ‘old’ whiskey nose - smells like Warehouse C at Buffalo Trace (one of my favorite places to hang out)! Notes of wood, char, vanilla, dried fruit. Taste delivers on promise of nose, nicely balanced, lots of black pepper forms at mid palate and lingers, Finish, long and warm. Overall, quite lovely."

Henry Preiss, creator of A.H. Hirsch Reserve 16 had the following notes: Tasting Murray Hill was an adventure in whisky made in a fashion of an era gone buy. Rich notes of vanilla and layers of dried fruit make for an most enjoyable whisky.

Magnus Master Blender Nancy Fraley shared: The 21st century Murray Hill Club whiskey is made as a nod to the ancestral art of our Magnus blending fore bearers by carefully selecting, blending, and marrying mature whiskeys from 9 to 18 years old to give it complexity, elegance, and finesse. The whiskey has notes of honey, toffee, dark dried fruit, orange citrus, and brown baking spice, with a long, warm finish.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Scotch Tasting with Ed Kohl

We have world famous scotch expert, Ed Kohl coming to The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth.


Scotch tasting with Ed Kohl

The Wine and Cheese Place 

7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105

314.727.8788

Open house - invite your friends. 
Reservations are not required

Tomorrow - Friday, December 2 
from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Scheduled to be tasted:


  • Tamdhu, Speyside 10 yr 
  • Tamdhu, Speyside Batch Strength 
  • Isle of Skye 8 Year Old
  • Kilchoman Machir Bay, Islay 
  • Kilchoman Sanaig, Islay
  • Kilchoman 100% 
  • Eden Mill Gins       




Plus the Eden Mill Gins!!!
Eden Mill St. Andrews Original Gin...$28.99 / 750ml
Made from Fife’s indigenous seabuckthorn berry, in Original we balance tart flavours with a citrus nose and delicate midpoints.
This is a classic London Dry gin done in St Andrews style. And with a bonus 20cl in this bottle, it’s the perfect go-to pour. How will you enjoy yours?
KEY BOTANICALS:  Juniper berries, Lemon balm, Citrus peel, Angelica and Seabuckthorn berries

Eden Mill St. Andrews Gin Hop...$28.99 / 750ml
We craft beer. So it was logical to create a hopped gin. But this citrusy, unique creation has a zesty freshness that is born of passion, not logic.  Made from the renowned Australian Galaxy™ hop, we married brewing with distilling in this award-winning extra-strength gin.

KEY BOTANICALS:  Juniper berries, Angelica, Coriander and Galaxy™ hops

Eden Mill St. Andrews Love Gin...$28.99 / 750ml
The famous pink gin. You fell head over heels for its floral and warm berry notes. But this unique gin is also a favourite of bartenders around the country.
Made with love by Eden Mill.
KEY BOTANICALS:  Juniper berries, Angelica, Coriander, Rose petal, Hibiscus, Elderberry, Goji berry, Raspberry leaf, and Rhubarb root

Eden Mill St. AndrewsOak Aged Gin...$28.99 / 750ml
A throwback to a bygone era. In the century, the most popular gin made on our site was stored in vast oak barrels. Why re-invent the wheel?
Matured with oak-aged beer casks, this gin carries hints of vanilla and toasted caramel. 42% abv.
KEY BOTANICALS: Juniper berries, Angelica, Coriander, Oak (only oak aged for a few months, they do not want the oak to be subtle like one of the botanicals)


Ed Kohl invited to join The Keepers of the Quaich Society

Ed Kohl, Ma
naging Director of ImpEx Beverages, Inc. has been invited to enter the esteemed Keepers of the Quaich Society. The induction ceremony took place on April 23, 2012, during the Keeper’s banquet at Blair Castle of Atholl Estates in the Highland region of Scotland. The Keepers of the Quaich is a Scotch Whisky society with membership by invitation only, founded to acknowledge those who have contributed to the Scotch Whisky industry. This prestigious honor was given to Ed Kohl in recognition of 17+ years of contributions to the industry. Kohl was chosen specifically for his ability to blend the old with the new. He has enhanced scotch awareness with his non-stop national tasting seminars, sharing his palate with connoisseurs and recently discovered scotch lovers. He uses modern social media venues such as Facebook and Twitter to keep regular fans posted on announcements and upcoming events. His use of social media venues also serves to attract a different demographic from the “traditional” scotch lovers and cultivates passion for whisky in a variety of age groups.

A leading whisky expert and spirit specialist, Kohl conducts more than 100 educational seminar tastings every year. He travels the United States promoting the ImpEx portfolio of products while maintaining close relationships with manufacturers, distributors, retailers and consumers. He is passionate about single malt Scotch whisky and has a niche focus in understanding the needs of independent bottlers and how to successfully bring new products to market. ImpEx Beverages, Inc. is the exclusive USA importer of a variety of products including the Ian Macleod brands: Chieftain’s, Isle of Skye, and SMOKEHEAD. Prior to founding ImpEx Beverages, Inc., Ed spent 15 years as North American Marketing Manager for Signatory Vintage Scotch Whisky Co.

Troullier Tandem 94 points from the Wine Advocate




The only bad thing about these new releases from Gilles Troullier is that they’re made in tiny quantities. -- The Wine Advocate


2014 Troullier Tandem Cotes Catalanes...$25.99

(lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $31.99)A fabulous value, the inky colored 2014 Cotes Catalanes Tandem comes from Maury and offers classic notes of chocolatey dark fruit, licorice, graphite and bouquet garni. Full-bodied, rich and layered, with a big mid-palate and no shortage of texture, it makes the most of this cooler, difficult vintage and will drink well for 5-7 years.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Gilles Troullier made the highly rated wines for Chapoutier's Bila Haut for over 10 years. Now he has started his own project.

Left Hand Smoke Jumper




Left Hand Smoke Jumper...$8.49 / 22oz
Here in Colorado we are blessed with abundant natural beauty. Smokejumpers are those fearless wildland firefighters who specialize in parachuting into the wilderness so that we can continue to enjoy it. Smokejumper Imperial Porter is a tribute to them – a twenty-one degree plato porter made with barley malt hand- smoked by our brewers. Roasty brown in color, the long lingering smokiness wraps around flavors of molasses, toasted malt and an earthy hoppiness. Here’s to smoke in your glass, not in the woods.

Smokejumper is the official beer of The National Smokejumper Association. www.smokejumpers.com.

FRIDAY NIGHT TASTINGS AT BALLWIN

Friday - December 2nd

FRIDAY NIGHT TASTINGS AT BALLWIN.
Every Friday from 5-7. We will be tasting a featured winery/region. 


This week is Bordeaux time!!

VINTAGE BORDEAUX TASTING!!!!
2012 LaTour Martillac  $45.99 
From the Jean Kressmann family, Latour-Martillac has made major strides in quality in both white and red wines for well over 10-15 years. The 2012 has a dense ruby/purple color, and better integration of oak is apparent in this medium to full-bodied wine that shows lots of plum, blackcurrant, licorice and subtle earth. It is medium to full-bodied, with ripe tannin and a long finish. It is another successful 2012 from Pessac-Léognan, one of the top appellations in this vintage. Drink it over the next 15-20 years. 90 PARKER

2006 Quinault l'Enclos $33.99
The 2006 Quinault l’Enclos exhibits the elegant style that Raynaud has achieved in every vintage over the last decade. Sweet black raspberry and currant fruit along with hints of spring flowers and smoky oak are followed by a round, gentle, restrained wine revealing outstanding purity, medium body, and a fine finish. While it is not as prodigious as the 2005, it is a strong effort for the vintage. 90 PARKER

2005 Potensac $41.99 
A superb value for Jean-Hubert Delon, the 2005 Potensac has a deep ruby/purple color, a classic bouquet of sweet red and black fruits, as well as gorgeous texture and purity. Medium-bodied and concentrated, this wine behaves like a Medoc cru classe. Moreover, it will age very well for 10-15 years. Very impressive! 90 PARKER

2006 Cantemerle $45.99 
The 2006 Cantemerle was the "surprise package" of the blind tasting at Farr Vintners' horizontal. It has a conservative nose with rosemary and undergrowth scents that open nicely in the glass, but retain a sense of classicism. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannin, lightly spiced red berry fruit, sage and white pepper, quite persistent on the finish, which feels very pure. What an outstanding 2006 Claret - a Cantemerle that punches well above its weight. Tasted April 2016. 92 PARKER

Don Melchor scores big!!




2012 Concha Y Tory Don Melchor...$88.99

Wonderful aromas of black olives, meat and currants. Hints of fresh mint. Full to medium body, with sublime tannin texture that feels like the finest silk. A finish that lasts for minutes. Palate has amazing energy, richness and freshness. A great wine. So layered and balanced. 93% cabernet sauvignon and 7% cabernet franc. Drink or hold.
Rated 98/100 James Suckling

Suave and refined, with rich, dense flavors of dried berry, dark plum, rose petal and bramble. Offers fine-grained tannins and accents of green olive. Finishes with hints of hot stone, dried beef and white pepper. Complex. Drink now through 2022. 7,400 cases made.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

Templeton Rye 10 Year Old


Very limited release
Templeton Rye 10 Year Old Special Reserve..$129.99 
TEN YEARS STRONG.
Templeton is, and always has been, a railroad town. During Prohibition, local bootleggers would smuggle Templeton Rye aboard livestock trains bound for Chicago and Al Capone. As the years passed, the world around Templeton changed, but the railroad is still here and so is The Good Stuff. Featuring a smooth body and a long finish, the Templeton Rye 10 Year is a testament to the people and the strong community spirit of Templeton, Iowa. For the last decade they’ve lived at the heart of our brand, and like the trains chugging through town, that’s never going to change.
All bottles will be sold in a commemorative box and hand-numbered. Only 6,080 bottles will be available for this one-time bottling, highly allocated collector’s item.

Rodenbach Limited Edition


RODENBACH IS FINALLY BACK!
We have not seen this in 20 years it seems like.


Rodenbach Limited Edition 2012....$19.99 / 750ml
Rodenbach, the exceptional Flemish red-brown sour ale of mixed fermentation, takes on its unique character by maturing in handmade oak vats, some over 150 years old. This exclusive limited edition Vintage by Rodenbach is the result of two year aging
process in Vat Number 170, resulting in our finest ale produced. Enjoy this unparalleled sweet and sour palette with a complex aftertaste

Stone Xocoveza Charred Bourbon Barrel Aged

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Stone Xocoveza Charred Bourbon Barrel Aged....$16.99 / 500ml
STONE XOCOVEZA MOCHA STOUT AGED IN BOURBON BARRELS
2016 SERIES BATCH NO. 03
The base beer is the recipe of 2014 Stone Homebrew Competitionwinner Chris Banker, an intensely flavorful milk stout brewed with cocoa, coffee and spices to mimic the flavors of Mexican hot chocolate.

Time spent in bourbon barrels gave an already complex beer even more complexity and flavor intensity, layering additional caramel-like and vanilla flavors on top of those already present. Aromas of rich coffee and dark chocolate are followed by nutmeg and cinnamon; a lush, heavy mouthfeel laden with charred oak and toffee engulfs the palate on the first sip. Lingering pasilla pepper and soft oak flavors persist through an exceptionally long finish in this intensely rich and satisfying beer.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

New Clase Azul Mezcal and Anejo Tequila



Clase Azul Mezcal...$219.99
Handcrafted for
Magical memories
Mezcal Clase Azul made from wild Cenizo Agave, grows wild in the State of Durango where the extreme climate, the rich minerals of its soil, and the source of natural springs in the area, give particular force and complexity to its notes, making it an entirely different mezcal than what is produced in the rest of Mexico.  They do not buy their juice, the own and produce it.

In addition, its unique and colorful top is hand-crafted by artisans belonging to the Wixarika or Huichol culture.  Each piece that a Huichol artisan creates, using beeswax, resin, a needle, and individually placed beads, in a special way represents their roots and their traditions that race back to ancient times.  In this instance, combining images that together reference the origins of mezcal.







Clase Azul Anejo...$419.99 
Clase Azul Añejo “Edición Indígena Mazahua” (or Mazahua-Edition) is the fruit of two worlds that meet. It symbolizes the union of authentic Mexican indigenous roots (represented by the unfired clay) with European glazing techniques, result in a combination of history, art, and the highest quality tequila all making Clase Azul Añejo a truly exemplary expression.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Prager Limited Gruner Veltliners






2015 Prager Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Wachtum Bodenstein...$63.99
Wachtum means “Growth” or “Cru”. 

Planted in 1998 with 110 diverse genotypes and several rootstocks, the golden-yellow colored 2015 Grüner Veltliner Smaragd Wachstum Bodenstein displays a deep, yet very clear and pure, fascinatingly aromatic bouquet of ripe fruits and crushed stones. Full-bodied, complex and very salty, this is a rich and highly elegant as well as intense Veltliner with great tension and a stimulating grip and salinity in the finish. Great complexity and length.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate




2015 Prager Gruner Veltliner Federspiel Hinter Der Burg...$29.99

Hinter der Burg is an important “calling card” wine for the winery and showcases Prager’s stylistic signature of aromatic complexity coupled with power and nervosity. High-density planting and long hang times ensure ripeness and power while practices such as allowing leaves to shade the fruit allow for vibrant aromatics of grasses, herbs and wildflowers.
Tasting Notes
This is a clear brilliant lemon colored white wine with notes of peppery arugula and watercress on the nose, along with zesty lime ring, kumquats and wet slate. The palate has similar flavors of Daikon radish, kumquat, lime, white grapefruit, peppery watercress and tangy clementine. This is a high quality wine with balance of acidity and long length.

Super Values - Las Valles

Great Spanish Values!



2014 Las Valles Viura / Chardonnay...$6.99


This Viura-Chardonnay blend displays aromas of green apple, citrus and vanilla. The palate is juicy, citric and clean, with tangerine, lemon peel and white grapefruit flavors. This is an ideal quaffing wine.
Las Valles (translates to “The Valleys”) is produced by Bodegas Virgen del Águila, a modern, progressive cooperative near the town of Paniza. The bodega offers a wealth of vines (nearly 5,500 acres!) planted in prime terroir (more than 2,500 ft above sea level!) nestled against the Iberico mountain range.   Offers aromas of citrus fruit, pineapple and wild flowers. Dry and extremely refreshing on the palate. Ideal as an aperitif, or paired with salads or delicately-flavored seafood or white meat dishes.   

 
2014 Las Valles Red....$6.99
Tempranillo - Garnacha - Syrah
This smooth, well-balanced red blend offers aromas of blackberries, blueberries and cassis, with intense fruit on the palate and a slightly peppery finish. Enjoy on its own, or paired with mild cheeses, simple pizza, pasta or red/white meat dishes, and more.   The red is unoaked and can even be chilled down for 20 minutes in the refrigerator of a great patio red this Summer.  This is a great all purpose red wine.  

90 Point Foxglove Chardonnay



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Great Value in California Chardonnay
2014 Foxglove Chardonnay...$12.99
Made by some of the best Chardonnay winemakers in California, Jim and Bob Varner, the value-priced 2014 Chardonnay released under the Foxglove label sports a light gold color to go with exotic notes of pineapples, melon, citrus blossom, spice and hints of green herbs. Supple, forward and straight-up delicious on the palate, with no hard edges and a clean, classy profile, it's a steal at the price and will drink nicely for a year or three.

Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

Saugatuck Brewing Stout Pack

In stock now at Forsyth

Saugatuck Brewing Stout Pack...$18.99 / 12 pack

Includes 3 bottles of each...
  • Beam Me Up Stouty Coconut Stout: A light bodied rich stout with intense coconut flavor and aroma
  • Darker Than Your Soul: Time to unleash your dark side. Darker Than Your Soul Stout is a smooth and creamy stout with huge flavor and dark body. Brewed with de-husked malts to minimize bittering and increase taste
  • Neapolitan Milk Stout
  • Blueberry Maple Stout




Public House Brewing Six Degrees Chocolate Porter



Public House Brewing Six Degrees Chocolate Porter....$8.99 / 6pk
Six Degrees Chocolate Porter is a robust porter brewed with cocoa nibs that provide subtle dark chocolate notes on the nose to soften the roastiness of this classic English style. This malty dark ale features a lightly burnt, black
malt character with a subtle hint of sweetness in the finish. Overall, this ale leaves you with complex and flavorful roasty characters that are balanced with dark chocolate flavor.


There’s nothing more seasonal than knocking the snow off your boots, huddling up with a blanket and enjoying a beer with the majestic Missouri winter landscape in clear view. This chocolate-infused porter is just the beer for that moment. Customers will imagine themselves lighting a fire and warming up with this roasty seasonal.

Uinta Rise and Pine Hoppy Dark Ale


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Uinta Rise and Pine Hoppy Dark Ale...$8.49 / 6pk cans
Juniper and piney hops build the framework for this bold dark ale. With its assertive bitterness and smooth malt finish, this beer stands tall above the rest.

Stone Double Bastard Bigger Longer Uncut

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Stone Double Bastard Bigger Longer Uncut...$8.49 / 22oz
ARROGANCE. DOUBLED. BARRELED. SERVED STRAIGHT UP.
100% AGED IN ISLAY SCOTCH WHISKY BARRELS
My arrogance has metamorphosed into a peatier, haughtier, boozier, doubler, more “er” of everything version of itself. Unlike the malted substance, which abetted my materialization, you don’t have chiseled iceberg chunks or fizzy, sugary pop sugar crystals at your disposal to cut me or soften the unbridled intensity of my righteous state that is liquid arrogance. Go ahead. Try me. This Islay whisky barrel-infused ale could put a lion’s mane on a hairless cat.

Rogue Promise Gone Aw-Rye IPA



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Rogue Promise Gone Aw-Rye IPA...$6.49 / 22oz

STYLE: Rye IPA 


FOOD PAIRING: Beef, Spicy
TASTING NOTES: This red rye IPA has a subtle kick from the Rogue Farms rye up front, full malt body throughout, and plenty of hops in the finish. We all enjoyed it and know you will too.
11 INGREDIENTS: 2-Row, Munich, Rogue Farms Dream Rye, 40, C75 & C120 Malts; Rogue Farms Liberty Hops, Centennial & Simcoe Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast.

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA - now in cans!!


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Rogue Yellow Snow IPA...$9.49 / 4pk 16oz cans
STYLE: India Pale Ale 

FOOD PAIRING: Beef, Spicy

TASTING NOTES: Pale golden in color with a hoppy fruity aroma. Big hop flavor up front complemented by medium body and hoppyness mid-palate. It finishes with a characteristic, lingering bitterness.

8 INGREDIENTS: CaraFoam, Melanoidin, 2-Row & Rogue Farms Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Amarillo Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast