Thursday, July 27, 2017

Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny

Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny...$99.99
The Grandfather name dates back to 1915, when an oak cask containing the finest blend of Tawny was set aside for the exclusive use of the Penfold family. This wine was known as The Grandfather due to the age of the oldest Tawny in the blend. With a core selection of Mourvedre, Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache (but not limited to these varieties), Grandfather Rare Tawny sources fruit from vineyards specifically selected for fortified wine production. Only the free run wine is used for Penfolds Grandfather Rare Tawny and Penfolds uses a low strength fortifying spirit which is selected specifically for the Penfolds style. This spirit accentuates primary fruit character and adds additional complexity and seamless integration.Each year, fortified wine is made with Grandfather in mind and these selected batches are barrel aged for approximately eight years. Batches of wine that reach the required maturation and Grandfather quality are then blended and added to the 'Grandfather Solera'. In this six stage solera, Grandfather is aged for a further twelve years to give a total average age above 20 years - before being drawn off for bottling. During this extended maturation process the Grandfather Rare Tawny becomes more concentrated and complex with increased palate weight, structure, complexity and sweetness.

Capucana Cachaca

Capucana Cachaca...$38.99
After spending a long time researching spirits and exceptional places, the company settled on Brazil: an incredible place. The more you discover, the more it impacts your soul.

Brazil has the greatest cultural, natural, biological and racial diversity on the planet. If it could be defined in one word; to Vantguard, Brazil is “LIFE”. And what could be described as one of the most iconic forms of liveliness in Brazil is CACHAÇA. Renowned for its most famous mix: THE CAIPIRIÑA.

Filled with the desire to bottle this life for all the world to try, Vantguard ventured out to create its own version of CACHAÇA, with Brazilian soul and premium body. Adapting the traditional spirit with differentiated nuances and aromas and mixing it as has never been mixed before.

Thus CAPUCANA was created. A unique blend of sugar canes distilled and finally rounded off in American oak barrels previously used for bourbon, which are then left to further mature in the magical region of Islay, aged with peat-distilled malt whisky.

Chateau d'Esclans

Some of the greatest Rose wines produced, from the maker of Whispering Angel

2015 Chateau d'Esclans Garrus Rose...$83.99
Amazing aromas of lilac flowers and roses. White peaches and fresh pears. Full body, tight and compacted with amazing depth and finesse. The phenolic tension and texture suggest a rosé that will improve for many years ahead. This is a great wine. Drink now.
Rated 95/100 James Suckling

2015 Chateau d'Esclans Les Clans Rose...$65.99
Love the depth and intensity of fruit with very subtle cream, stone and light strawberry character. Hints of peach. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a delicate layer of phenolics that give the wine tension and precision.
Rated 94/100 James Suckling

English Sparkling Wines- Camel Valley

English Sparkling Wines

2013 Cornwall Camel Valley Brut...$43.99
Our flagship sparkling. A fresh and fruity fizz, perfect for all celebrations. With English hedgerow scents and a touch of honey on the palate ending in a creamy finish.

2014 Cornwall Camel Valley Pinot Noir Brut...$46.99 
Really individual English style in the best possible way. Delicate salmon pink colour, lovely floral and strawberry aromas, pure refreshing palate.

Razzouk Arak

Razzouk Arak...$18.99
An anise-based spirit from Lebanon distilled from grape juice with fresh aniseeds, imparting its distinctive fresh flavor.  Arak Razzouk is made with special varieties of sweet mountain grapes. The grapes are crushed and fermented, and then distilled over a low fire. Natural aniseed is then added and the mixture is distilled. The distilled product is poured into earthenware jars to age and mellow for at least six months.

Arak should be served cool and not cold. The Crystal clear Arak turns milky white when water is added to it in the portion of 30% Arak and 70% water, or 50% Arak and 50% water depending on each one’s own taste. An ice cube or two is then added to the glass to refresh the drink. It is served before and during the meal and symbolizes a relaxed approach to drinking and eating. The best way to enjoy Arak is to sit behind a delicious Middle Eastern Food Table surrounded by good company.

In 1918, itinerant dealers used to score the streets of the Lebanese Capital and refill customers’ jars as was the tradition at that time. Arak Razzouk Distillery then distinguished itself as the first company to bottle Arak under a brand name and sell it to the public. Historians and researchers widely attribute the discovery of distillation to Arab alchemists in the 13th century. When Arak Razzouk pioneered the sale of Arak to the public, a motto was created that to this day embodies this brand’s Middle Eastern character: “The Prince of the Souk is Arak Razzouk” (Souk means market in Arabic).

Diplomatico Rum

Diplomatico Rum Planas...$21.99
Next lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $25.59
Planas is an extraordinary blend of Pot Stills, Columns and Batch Kettle rums. Aged for up to 6 years, it is elegant, rich and surprisingly intense for a white rum. The complex charcoal filtration process carried out prior to bottling gives this rum its crystal clear appearance and smooth finish.

Planas is best enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in a simple preparation like the “Naked but not quite”. It can also be an excellent main ingredient for delicate cocktails like Hemingway Daiquiri.

Campo Azul Selecto Blanco

Campo Azul Selecto Blanco...$23.99
With crystalline and bright tones, and a fruity aroma and flavor, characteristic of its delicate artisan process and of the Los Altos de Jalisco's agaves plants.

Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon Vire Clesse

2015 Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon Vire Clesse...$35.99
This is creamy and vibrant, evoking lime blossom, white peach and honeysuckle flavors. Intense, with fine balance and a tangy aftertaste. Drink now through 2023. 1,800 cases made.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator
(these vines range in age from 4 to 80 years old: Lafon has seven hectares and selects the best three or four for this cuvée, with the idea of making a fresh, dry wine; aged mostly in demi-muids): Bright yellow. Elegant nose combines aromas of vineyard peach, flowers, minerals and curry (the latter a "marker" of the vintage in the Mâconnais, according to Caroline Gon), lifted by spicy oak notes of clove and nutmeg. Very rich and concentrated, with yellow peach and mineral flavors and a very firm, long finish. The crop level in 2015 was about 30 hectoliters per hectare, which Gon told me is a lot better than the 10 to 15 they got when the team started working these vineyards in 2009.
Rated 91+/100 Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media

Marques de Riscal - a classic is back

This is a classic Rioja house...back in stock....

2011 Marques de Riscal Rioja Reserva....$14.99
Great price, one of the best in the country
A red with lots of floral, dried fruits, and hints of lavender. Full-bodied, very structured and powerful. Loads of fruit, and shows tension and form. Drink or hold. Impressive.
Rated 92/100 James Suckling

Amazing price
2015 Marques de Riscal Sauvignon Blanc...$6.99

Next lowest price on Wine-Searchers is $8.13
The French variety Sauvignon Blanc, with which Marqués de Riscal makes this varietal white wine originally comes from the Loire Valley region. It was introduced in Rueda by Marqués de Riscal in 1974 and today the winery has 70 hectares from estate owned vineyard with an average age of over 25 years.
Tasting Notes: Pale yellow colour with greenish glints. A very complex nose with hints of fresh grass over a mineral base which gives the wine personality, and abundant fresh fruit such as citrus fruits, pineapple or melon. It leaves a fresh, aromatic taste in the mouth and has a clean, long finish.

Amarás Mezcal Cupreata

Amarás Mezcal Cupreata...$52.99
43% ABV
Village of Origin: Mazatlán, Guerrero
Master Mezcalero: Don Faustino Robledo
Agave: 100% Cupreata Agave
Process: Conical stone oven, mechanical shredder, natural fermentation in ayacahuite pine vats, double distilled in small copper still

The vision for Mezcal Amarás extends far beyond the final product. Mezcal Amarás works only with sustainably cultivated agaves as part of their commitment to ensuring the long term preservation of the species and its biodiversity. Mezcal Amarás also plants ten agaves for each agave used in order to generate work in the community and maintain sustainability over the long term.

To further support the communities, Mezcal Amarás reinvests 15% of their gross profits to improve ecological, economic and social sustainability in the mezcal producing regions where the companies works. Additionally, the compensation for everyone who works in the manufacturing process of Mezcal Amarás, including agave producers, jimadores and distillery workers, is at least 20% higher than the local average.

After several trips to different mezcal producing states in Mexico, Mezcal Amarás found some of the best Maestros Mezcaleros whom they entrusted to produce high quality mezcal with a characteristic smoothness and a unique flavor without compromising the hand-crafted production techniques.

Jefferson's Grand Selection Chateau Pichon Baron

Jefferson's Grand Selection Chateau Pichon Baron Cask Bourbon...$114.99
Thomas Jefferson, our third president, was a wine aficionado.  He was America's first ambassador to France and , while there, fell in love with the finest wines of Bordeaux.  One of his favorites was Chateau Pichon Baron, an exceptional red wine.
After hand selecting a limited number of Pichon Baron barrels , refilling them with Jefferson's Reserve Bourbon and extra aging them in our proprietary hot box environment have created a unique whiskey that combines the robust flavors of the Bordeaux, the wood notes of both American and French oak and the grain of a premium bourbon in a delicious, complex and balanced final product.

Old Charter "8" Kentucky Straight Bourbon...$18.99

Old Charter "8" Kentucky Straight Bourbon...$18.99 / liter
This 80 proof whiskey has a certain balance to it that’s hard to beat. With a full body and complex flavors, this bourbon is easily enjoyed neat, on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail. An all-around solid whiskey that any bourbon drinker can appreciate.
A complex, well-balanced nose that shows both dry, peppery notes and a rich honey sweetness. The palate features some tingly spice notes and mellow toffee, very long and very satisfying finish.

Founders All Day IPA 19.2oz can singles

In stock now at Forsyth - ready to go in the cold box

Founders All Day IPA....$1.59 / 19.2oz CAN

The beer you’ve been waiting for. Keeps your taste satisfied while keeping your senses sharp. An all-day IPA naturally brewed with a complex array of malts, grains and hops. Balanced for optimal aromatics and a clean finish. The perfect reward for an honest day’s work and the ultimate companion to celebrate life’s simple pleasures.

4 Roses Barrel - The Wine and Cheese Place Single Barrel Selection

Our next barrel is here.  Due to demand, unfortunately, this is the only Four Roses Barrel we will get this year.  

Four Roses / TWCP Single Barrel Bourbon...$59.99
Barrel Strength
ABV: 62.5%
Bottles produced: 132
Age: 8yrs and 5 months

Recipe: OESQ
"O": Four Roses Distillery
"E" : Mash Bill: 75% Corn, 20% Rye and 5% Malted Barley.
"S": Straight Whiskey
Q": Yeast strain - essences of floral aromas

I picked out this barrel down at Four Roses earlier in the year.  You taste out of barrel without knowing the recipe or age statements.  I felt this barrel stood out well above the rest.  I think you will enjoy it.  

Growler Board Update

Perennial Keith's Korner American IPA
Keith's Korner is a new IPA featuring an English yeast strain known for its fruity aroma. We used Golden Promise as the base malt along with Munich for some additional backbone. Brewed with Simcoe and Centennial and dry-hopped with Denali, Motueka and an Experimental hop, this IPA will be light orange in color with aromas of dreamsicles, tropical fruit, and grass.
6% ABV

Firestone Walker West Side Beavo IPL
Collab with Beavertown

Beavertown Brewery and Firestone Walker Brewing Company are set to release a skeleton from the closet with “West Side Beavo” IPL—a cross-continental mashup of likeminded breweries.
West Side Beavo is a one-off collaboration by brewmasters Logan Plant and Matt Brynildson, inspired by a friendship forged at the Firestone Walker Invitational Beer Fest. “Logan has been to the fest several times, and we’ve been talking about doing a collaboration for a few years now,” said Brynildson, Firestone Walker’s brewmaster. “We’ve both been itching to do our own IPLs, so we thought it would be a perfect style to explore together.”
Bad to The Bone: West Side Beavo was fittingly brewed with hops from the Pacific Northwest and the United Kingdom, most notably Jester.
“Jester is the newest flavor-forward hop from the U.K.,” Brynildson said. “It gives the beer a hint of lychee fruit with a familiar English earthy, herbal element. The American hops are more new-age in style, bringing a more tropical, citrusy character to the beer.”
The result is an IPL, a beer that speaks to both breweries’ penchant for brewing hoppy beers with complexity and balance. The alcohol is 6.5 percent.

Bent River Haze IPA
IPA · 6.9% ABV
QC Haze is our take on the New England style IPA, and as the name states, it is a hazy golden color. It is loaded with the most late addition hops that we have ever brewed with. The hops include Citra, Amarillo, and Simcoe.

Crane Brewing Orange Gose -- Dry Hopped version
If you find yourself sailing the open sea, the local lake or lying just lying on the beach for an extended period of time, you are going to need an extremely refreshing beverage. This orange gose will do the trick. Enjoy the salty zing wherever the wind takes you.

Perennial Citra Paradisi TWCP 35th Anniversary Beer
Saison with grapefruit, 26 IBUs, bottle-conditioned - Mostly citra hops, rounded out with a bit of simcoe and mosaic, grapefruit zest. Fermented with a blend of the Blaugies strain and Brett Claussenii -- Jonathon Moxey at Perennial

Crooked Stave Salvador Cybies with Cherries
Belgian Style Daro Sour Ale Aged in Oak Barrels with Colorado Cherries
Primary fermented in oak foeders with our mixed culture of wild yeast and bacteria. Salvador Cybies has an unmistakable Belgian Character backed by a strong malt base. For our Harvest 2016 release we've embraced aged old tradition by conditioning the beer for extended periods of time in oak barrels before a heavy handed addition of local cherries from our partner farmers on the Colorado Western slope.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Rum, Vermouth and Wine Tasting -- Ballwin location...

Tasting this Friday July 28th. Time is 5p-7p

Join us for this open house tasting - 

The Wine and Cheese Place - BALLWIN
14748 Clayton Road in Ballwin

Here is what we will be tasting:

  • Arehucas Ron Miel Honey Rum 
  • Cruz Conde Vermouth Montilla Moreles
  • Left Coast White Pinot Noir 2015 (Oregon)
  • Bernard Fouguet Domaine des Aubuisieres Cuvee de Silex Vouvray 2014
  • Laird Jillian's Blend 2012

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA

Turned it off online now - still some left at Forsyth.

You can call to reserve it you like 314.727.8788

Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA...$8.49 / 12oz bottle
Clocking in at 15-20% ABV, 120 Minute IPA is continuously hopped with a copious amount of high-alpha American hops throughout the boil and whirlpool, and then dry-hopped with another pallet of hops. Unfiltered and abundently hoppy, it's the Holy Grail for hopheads!

We brew 120 Minute IPA a few times a year, but it goes fast. If you find some grab a few bottles -- some to enjoy and some to age.

New Sherry Cask finish gin

Amontillado Finished
Pinckney Bend Gin Amontillado Sherry Cask Finished...$27.99 
This specialty spirit begins with Pinckney Bend’s award winning American Gin, which is smooth on the pallet, with bright juniper and well-balanced citrus notes.
Finished in Sherry Casks

Wasatch Polygamy Nitro Porter

Wasatch Polygamy Nitro Porter...$7.99 / 6pk
She's on Nitro! Meet the sister-wife of our classic brew. This nitrogenated version is as chocolately and easy drinkin' as the original but even softer and creamier. It's OK to love them both

Labatt Blue Light Grapefruit

Labatt Blue Light Grapefruit...$12.99 / 12pk bottles

Labatt Blue Light Grapefruit is a premium 4% ABV lager with the perfect touch of natural grapefruit flavor, making this easy drinking brew the perfect summertime beer.

Dogfish Head Lupu Luau IPA

Dogfish Head Lupu Luau IPA...$13.99 / 6pk

The story of Lupu-Luau began when Sam was hanging outside with coworkers during an overly-sunny day. One present coworker in particular was lacking heavily in the melanin department, to put it lightly. A friendly joke about a total tan aversion led to this legendary comment, “You can say it, Sam, I’m pale as f**k.” The brewer in Sam thought that would make a cool name for a super pale beer. From there the wheels started turning and the iterative R&D process began.

Sam set out to make a hazy, overly pale, beer but the test batches weren’t quite there yet. However, during that process, he found out how great coconuts work in an IPA and decided that the new goal was to make an IPA using as much coconut as possible. We started with a combination of Pils malt with flaked barley, rolled oats, and malted and raw wheat to get it all hazy. Then we introduced coconuts three ways by adding toasted coconut, dehydrated coconut water and an experimental hop variety that provides a unique coconut & woody aroma.

The result? A lupulin-loaded, coconut-centric ale. Our Lupu-Luau IPA!

New Glarus Collab

De Preof / New Glarus Collab Abtsolution....$15.99 / 750ml
We are thrilled to welcome Daniel Carey of New Glarus Brewing as our 11th annual partner in this series. A long-time student of classic Belgian ales and early practitioner of Belgian-style brewing among American brewers, Daniel brings a rich and divers background to this collaboration. In the true spirit of the project, we have created a beer based on the classic Belgian Abt style, with unique Wisconsin contributions including Santiam and Chinook hops. To further highlight the Dairy State we’ve added lactose for extra mouthfeel and richness. The result is a dark ale with fruity esters, a velvety smooth palate and balancing wood notes from our use of French and American oak along with spicy hop notes. This ale is designed to drink now, but we believe will evolve beautifully over the next 1-2 years.