Friday, September 5, 2008

Featured Chocolate -- Michel Cluizel

"Michel Cluizel Chocolate Factory is one of the world's few cocoa bean transformers. Since 1997 it has adopted a specific approach, developing durable relations with renowned planters in a spirit of sustainable fair trade." -- Michel Cluizel

Michel Cluizel Grand Noir ...3.5oz...$5.19
Dark Chocolate 85% Cocoa
"The exceptional strength of this chocolate frees the intense aromas, lingering long on the palate, of its cocoas from South America, Africa, Java." -- Michel Cluizel

Michel Cluizel Noir...3.5oz...$5.19
Dark Chocolate 72% Cocoa
"A strong aroma of noble, and refined flavours, lingering long in the mouth, is expressed by this strong chocolate composed of cocoas from South America, Africa and Java" -- Michel Cluizel

Michel Cluizel Grand Lait...$5.19
Milk Chocolate 45% Cocoa
With an exceptional cocoa content, this ample and generous milk chocolate reveals its refined and very morish nature on the palate, expressing charming notes of carameland hazelnuts" -- Michel Cluizel

Michel Cluizel Noir au Grue de Cacao...3.5oz...$5.19
Dark Chocolate with Cocoa Bean Pieces
"This "grue" is made from small fragments of cocoa beans specifically producted by the Island of Santo Domingo. After fermentation and drying, the beans are roasted, their shells removed, then ground and blended with the chocolate for a fine chocolate-cocoa harmony." -- Michel Cluizel

Michel Cluizel Grand Lait aux Noisettes...3.5oz...$5.79
Milk Chocolate with Hazelnuts
"The hazelnuts are slowly roasted and delicately ground, allowing their unique and subtle aroma to infuse the chunky, crunchy chocolate." -- Michel Cluizel

The 1er Cru Plantations
Since 1907, I've begun my search for remarkable plantations to create these chocolates, each composed of exceptional cocoa beans from a single plantation. To be enjoyed and compared like fine wines." -- Michel Cluizel

Michel Cluizel 1er Los Ancones...3.5oz...$5.79

Santo Domingo -- 67% Cocoa - Dark Chocolate
"Lenghthily worked, the beans release in this chocolate their aromas of liquorice wood, then red berries and greens olives with a lingering flavour of dried currants and apricots" -- Michel Cluizel

Michel Cluizel 1er Mangaro...3.5oz...$5.79
Madagascar -- 65% Cocoa - Dark Chocolate
"These cocoa beans have enabled me to develop a highly flavoured chocolate, blending aromas of exotic fruits, delicious flavoures of honey spice cake and acidulated hints of citrus fruits." -- Michel Cluizel

Michel Cluizel 1er Maralumi...3.5oz...$5.79
Papau, New Guinea -- 64% Cocoa - Dark Chocolate
"The cocoa beans give this mellow chocolate slightly roasted and spicy flavours, fresh notes of green bananas and acidulates flavours of red currants prolonged by charming aromas of Havana tobacco leaves." -- Michel Cluizel

Michel Cluizel 1er Maralumi...3.5oz...$5.79
Papau, New Guinea -- 47% Cocoa - Milk Chocolate
Its strongly aromatic milk chocolate, expresses in the mouth, the characteristic notes of bananas, red berries and blue berries emanate progressively in an herbaceous harmony and then in " salty caramel". -- Michel Cluizel

Michel Cluizel 1er Crus de Plantation...$11.99
A boxed assortment of 16 pieces from 5 different plantations. A great way to try an assortment of some of the best chocolates.

Michel Cluizel Le Nuancier...$35.99
An assortment of 70 pieces in an attractive gift box. Assortment of 7 different 1er Cru Plantations including both dark chocolate and milk chocolate.

Michel Cluizel Les Champignons...3pk...$7.99
Beautiful chocolates filled with rich caramel.

Beer new releases...

Ayinger Oktoberfest...$2.79 / pint

Coney Island Freaktoberfest

Mendocino Oktoberfest

Sierra Nevada Anniversary Ale...$8.49 / 6pk
"Each fall we celebrate our anniversary as one of America’s craft brewing pioneers with a special beer. Anniversary Ale is an American-style IPA featuring Cascade hops, the signature hop used in our Pale Ale. The beer has a pronounced pine and citrus hop aroma balanced by the sweetness of two-row pale and caramel malts. The result is an unusually well-balanced IPA that proves an IPA can be both assertive and elegant. Anniversary Ale is a medium-bodied, well-hopped ale that finishes with a slight malt sweetness." -- Sierra Nevada

Southern Tier Oat Oatmeal Stout...$7.49 / 22oz
“brewed for the harvest” This beer begins in spring when oat seeds are sown as soon as the soil can be worked. Meanwhile, select types of barley are planted with hopes that Mother Nature will be kind. Our brewers wait patiently until the legumes are mature and ready for the scythe. Upon delivery to the brewery, these ingredients are mixed together in the mash tun where they steep, creating a rich molasses-like liquid. Spicy hops are boiled with the thick brew, giving balance and complexity. Brewers yeast feasts upon the rich sugars, concluding its transformation into oatmeal stout. Pour Oat into a snifter, allow its thick tan head to slowly rise, releasing unbridled aromas. The color of Oat is as dark as a moonless night. The fi rst sip reveals Oat’s thick and nourishing taste. Like a haversack to a horse, a bottle of this stout is a meal in itself. Enjoy responsibly." -- Southern Tier

Great new wines in stock...

2005 Ramey Jericho Cabernet Sauvignon...$109.99
"The final vintage for this cuvee, the 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Jericho Canyon offers a Graves-like personality of scorched earth, chocolate, charcoal, and black currants as well as a sumptuous, full-bodied palate, and a layered, multi-dimensional finish. Drink this remarkable Cabernet Sauvignon over the next two decades."
-- Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Rudd Oakville Proprietary Red...$119.99
The 2005 Oakville Estate Proprietary Red turned out to be a final blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Malbec, Merlot, and Petit Verdot. There are around 2,300+ cases of this wine, which has a deep ruby/purple color and a beautifully sweet nose of blueberry and blackberry fruit intermixed with some burning embers, spring flowers, cedar, and subtle wood. It is full-bodied and dense, with hints of espresso roast and chocolate in the mouth. Precise, pure, and rich, it is a beauty that I think will age for at least two or more decades.
-Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Kamen Cabernet Sauvignon...$74.99
"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon has put on significant weight since last year. This seems to be a common occurrence in 2005, which do have a more European structural underpinning, but have definitely increased their intensity of fruit as they have aged in cask – always a positive sign. This wine has an inky bluish/purple color to the rim, a sweet nose of white flowers intermixed with black currants, a deep full-bodied mouthfeel, superb purity, plenty of tannin, but it is sweet, integrated, and the wine long (over 40 seconds), with stunning perfume. This wine should drink beautifully for 15-20 years."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Bucella Cabernet Sauvignon...$134.99
"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as a restrained, linear effort, although it reveals terrific opulence for a vintage that is somewhat European in its aromatic, flavor, and textural profiles. A deep ruby/purple color is followed by rich, sweet, blueberry, blackberry, espresso roast, and toasty oak-like aromas, and surprising elegance and lightness for such a powerful wine. This 2005 should drink well for 10-15 years."

-- 92-94/100 The Wine Advocate-
- 93/100 The Wine Spectator
-- 94/100 International Wine Cellar

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Amazing wine tasting...

Harvest Moon Charity Tasting
Proceeds to benefit The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis
Friday October 3, 2008 -- 7-9pm
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO, 63105
$40 per person
We will also donate a portion of all sales back to the charity that night.
Please come and help out this great cause and enjoy some wonderful wine and beer. We will taste over 30 different wines from around the world along with some interesting beer and cheese.
For reservations call:
The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis.
(or just call to donate even if you cannot attend)
There will also be a silent auction including a certified autographed picture from Albert Pujols. Donated by the Albert Pujols Foundation.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

This week's specials...

Amazing Beer Specials!

La Fin du Monde...4pk...$7.59
Avery Salvation...22oz...$4.99
Avery The Reverend...22oz...$4.99
Rochefort “8”...11oz...$3.99
Left Hand Twin Sisters...22oz...$7.49

Come in for some great Wine Specials!
prices too good to print!
(prices good through 9/6/08)