Friday, December 19, 2008

Fresh beer...

Just hit today...

Fresh Bell's Beer....
Bells Two-Hearted Ale....current batch brewed on 12/02/08
Plus it is still on sale at $7.99 / 6pk
Nothing like fresh Bell's Two Hearted on sale!!!

Also we got confirmation that next year we will get
New Holland beers from Michigan also...

2008 Chimay Grande Reserve Blue...$28.99 MAGNUM
The rare Chimay magnums have arrvived.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Rare Cognac

Of course we have all the big names in the best prices!!
Remy Martin VS, VSOP, XO, Louis XIII, Extra Perfection
Hennessy VS, VSOP, XO, Hennessy Paradis
Courvoisser VS, VSOP, XO, Initiale Extra
Martel VS, VSOP, XO
Kelt VSOP and XO

but check out these EXTREMELY rare gems...only at our Forsyth location.
(Call first, we only have 1 bottle of each left on hand)

Marthe Cognac Sepia Grande Champagne....$149.99
1er Cru du Cognac
A 30 year old Grande Champagne Cognac.
"A triumph of the distiller’s art. Rich amber-orange color. A powerful nose of vanilla, banana and oak. A warm spicy palate, multi-layered honey, jams, tropical fruits and superbly mature rancio with an impossibly long finish."
Classic — (96-100 pts) — Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Top 50 Best New Spirits, 2002 — Wine Enthusiast

“Highest Recommendation”— Five Stars—F. Paul Pacult

Germain Robin Anno Domini 2000...$259.99 -- sold out
The Spirit Shop...$599.99
67 Wine and Spirits...$420.00
Bottle #297 of only 1200 produced.

"When we released the Anno Domini 2000 in 1999, we dumbfounded the reviewers. The brandy was universally received as one of the finest spirit ever produced, equal or superior to the best cognacs. Anno Domini is a limited annual release, just over one barrel, blended from our finest aged brandies. The components were produced from wines of a quality never before used for distillation: world-class Pinot Noirs, with a touch of old-vine Palomino, the grape of sherry. Rigorously selected for extended aging, the brandy is brought to full maturity in air-dried Limousin oak.
Hubert Germain-Robin's family produced cognac for two centuries. He uses patient, time-honored methods that have almost entirely disappeared in France. Due to its origin in exceptional wine, the Anno Domini is extraordinarily rich in flavor, yet remains subtle and delicate, passing like silk over the palate. Hand-numbered bottles." -- Germain Robin

One of the "Five Cognacs of the Century" Richard Carleton Hacker

"A miraculously dense and complex brandy made mostly from pinot noir...superior to Paradis…equal to the best very old single-vintage, small producer cognacs" -- New York Times

Menuet Commemoration Cognac...our price....$319.99
The Whiskey Exchange...$469.56
This has to be one of the best Cognacs I have ever tasted.
50yr Single Vineyard Collection
1er Cru de Cognac
"Best Spirits of 2002" - Cognac -- 1st Place Menuet "50"
"Menuet Hors d'Age Grande Champagne Cognac 50 Years Old A very old, very rich Grande Champagne Cognac that will reward the patient connoisseur as this requires full aeration to fully enjoy the deep layers of flavor- the importer recommends at least thirty seconds of "air time" for each year of maturation." - Beverage Tasting Institute

Kelt Petra Cognac...our price...$799.99
ShopRite Liquors...$952.27$1299.99

Kelt Tour du Monde Petra is from 1990 shipment which left Cognac on 7/6/1990 and returned on 11/9/1990

Bottle # 673

During its voyage it visited many ports of call...Antwerp, Rotterdam, Hamburg, Colombo, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Osaka, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Charleston, Baltimore, and New York and a few more before returning to Cognac.

"Kelt Petra is International Beverage Company’s marquee grade cognac. Kelt Petra is also 100% Grande Champagne. The weighted average age is 70 years, comprised of casks aged between 15 and 135 years. The bottle is a crystalline, lead-free decanter with a cork stopper to ensure that the cognac is kept airtight. Kelt Petra is an original concept: Petra rests in a beautiful, mahogany, hand-built cabinet, which is great as a back bar display and for tableside presentation. Instead of having the Tour du Monde certificate on the bottle, a blue “checkbook” is provided. The checkbook is a unique item. Each bottle is numbered to the blue checkbook. Inside there are 18 pages for the restaurant’s guests to sign their name and addresses. When the bottle is empty, we ask the account to mail the checkbook to IBC’s office in Atlanta, Georgia. In return, Olev Kelt mails out letters thanking your guest for participating in Kelt Petra’s Tour du Monde experience, recaps the Tour du Monde story and invites them to visit Olev Kelt’s chateau for lunch if they visit France. The blue checkbook is mailed back to the account so they have a record of who their fine eau de vie consumers are. Kelt Petra received a 97/100 (the highest-rated marque grade cognac) and Platinum medal by the 1995 Wine Enthusiast Magazine World Spirit Championships." -- International Beverage Company

Camus Jubilee Cognac...our price...$624.99 -- sold out
Whiskey Exchange...$911.73

A gorgeous Baccarat Crystal bottle.
"The Camus Jubilee Elegance Cognac blend was created in the early part of the 19th century to mark the Camus House's 50th Anniversary. Camus Jubilee Elegance Cognac is a mature symphony of fine leather, cigar box and a hint of smokiness on the nose, with a majestically persistent fusion of creamy oak, honey and spice on the palate.

Presented in a strikingly, unusual decanter sculpted from the finest Baccarat crystal. Camus Jubilee Elegance is the ultimate expression of a family marrying ancestral values and innovation for almost 150 years.

Camus is the largest independent and family-owned Cognac house, managed by 5 generations of the same French family since its foundation in 1863." -- Camus

Hennessy Richard Hennessy...$1,499.99
$1699.99 at WinexWine
$2,729.99 at Uncorked Wine and Spirits

"The nosing passes discover seductive aromas of hazelnut, butterscotch, spice cake, pipe tobacco and honey. The palate entry offers succulent flavors of toasted bread, blueberries and light toffee; the midpalate features delightful tastes of brown sugar, cocoa, butterscotch, lychee, oak, vanilla, rancio, nougat and black plum. Concludes with elegance and grace. One of my favorite cognacs." --
Rated 96-100/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Rare Scotch Gifts

We stock over 250 scotches at our Forsyth location. Including 11 different Macallan Scotches priced between $33.99 and $849.99. We also carry 9 different Balvenie Scotches.
We have the classics like Glenlivet, Macallan, Glenfiddich, Oban, Lagavulin, Aberlour, Glenmorangie.....and so many more.
Here are some very rare and limited scotches....314-727-8788 for info.

Highland Park 30yr....
30 Year Old Orkney Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Deep copper color. Over-the-top brown spice, tar, sandalwood, cigar box, sweet toffee and anise cookie aromas. A robust entry leads to a rich, off-dry full-bodied palate with roasted nuts, toffee, lavish brown spices, and exotic dried fruits. Finishes with a seemingly endless fade of mint, cola, dried fruits, and pepper. A blockbuster Scotch that continues to evolve in the glass and on the palate long after the first sip."

Rated 97/100 The Beverage Tasting Institute
"The nose offers subtle aromas of unsweetened coconut, bacon fat, and dark toffee with additional toasty scents of apple crisp, dates and oak. The palate entry is rich and fresh; the midpalate features flavors of bacon fat, dark honey, fudge, and bittersweet."
Rated 96-100/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Highland Park 25yr..
25 Year Old Orkney Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky

Smells smoky, along with nuances of sea salt, flowers, cookie batter and light toffee. Entry is oily, oaky and richly salt-and-peppery; the midpalate is where all the components merge into a crescendo of elegant and potent maritime single malt flavors. Along with HP 12, 18, and 30, the finest whisky product line.
Rated 96-100/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Duncan Taylor Highland Park 40yr...
40 Year Old Orkney Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 12.1966 Bottled 12.2006
Cask # 11009
Cask Strength
Bottle # 9 of 294

Duncan Taylor Highland Park 35yr....
35 Year Old Orkney Island Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Distilled 03.1970 bottled 07.2005
Cask # 3257
Bottle #55 / 173
Highland Park: "Best spirit in the world" by Paul Pacult, USA whisky expert, in Spirit Journal 100 listing of the world's best 100 distilled spirits.

Balvenie 1976 Single Cask...our price.
$779.99 - Shoppers Vineyard
$849.99 - Martin's Liquors
This rare whiskey was specially selected by the Balvenie Malt Master from our limited stocks of Ancient Reserve Whiskies, and hand bottled at the Balvenie Distillery on 27 March 2008. Bottle from a single cask No. 6568 which lay undistrurbed since 18 June 1976.
Bottle # 201 of 202


Macallan Fine Oak 30yr..
30 Year Old Fine Oak Speyside Single Malt Whisky
"Smells of chocolate-covered orange, dry malt and oak; aeration stimulates dry breakfast cereal, lanolin, beeswax and palm oil aromas. Entry is layered by sweet grain, oak barrel, vanilla wafer, toffee and fudge; midpalate gives off wave after wave of integrated spirit, grain, wood and acidity. A perfect Speyside single malt."
Rated 96-100/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Glenfiddich 30yr....
30 year old Single Malt Whiskey
"Gold Medal Best in Class winner at the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2007.
This prestigious, limited edition single malt Scotch whisky is for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Seductively woody, with substantial oakiness and lush notes of sherry, this is an evening whisky, perfect for indulging yourself and treating friends. Expect a companionable silence as the complex nose is inhaled and the woody essence, with sweet floral top notes, is savoured until the final fading moments of a honeyed finish." -- Glenfiddich

Deli items...

Just a quick note...all in stock now at Forsyth

White Anchovies
These delicious little treats are back in stock bulk in the deli.

Nueskes Bacon

Duck Leg Confit

D'Artagnan Demi Glace

Salumi Salami

Dogtown Pizza

Beer Gifts!

With time running out, you cannot go wrong with these great beer gifts...
(Many will sell out call 314-727-8788 for availability)

Samichlaus Bier -- 3 liter bottle...$99.99
WOW -- huge bottle -- 101.4 ounces
"Samichlaus Bier is brewed only once a year on December 6, and is aged for 10 months before bottling. Samichlaus is one of the rarest beer specialities in the world. It may be lagered in the bottle for many years to come, as older vintages become more complex with a creamy warming finish. This beer can be served with hardy robust dishes and desserts, particularly with chocolates, or as an after dinner drink by itself." -- Brewery

Ridgeway Curious Collection...$21.99
This is a special collection put together by one of the best beer importers, Shelton Brothers.
A great collection of Holiday Ales including
Bad Elf Winter's Ale
Warm Welcome Nut Browned Ale
Reindeers Revolt English Christmas Ale
Santa's Butt Winter Porter

Unibroue Taster Pack...$8.49
Includes one bottle each of
Blanche de Chambly
Ephemere Apple
Chambly Noire
Raftman -- only available in this pack!
Specialty Ale brewed with whisky malt, refermented in the bottle
"Launched in March 1995, Raftman is a beer with a coral sheen that is slightly robust. It contains 5.5 percent alcohol and combines the character of whisky malt with the smooth flavours of choice yeast. It has a subtle and exceptional bouquet that creates a persistent smooth feel. Raftman complements fish, smoked meat and spicy dishes. It is brewed to commemorate the legendary courage of the forest workers These hard working men knew when to settle their differences and share their joie de vivre with a beer and a whisky." -- Unibroue

O'Fallon Brewery Sampler Pack...$11.99
We Love Beer Pack made right here in Missouri. One of the best craft brewers.
2 bottles each of --
O'Fallon Gold
O'Fallon Smoke Porter
O'Fallon Chocolate Cherry
O'Fallon Wheat
Also check out these previous posts...
Plus we have
Samuel Adams 12 pack assorted beers
Boulevard Brewery 12 pack assorted beers
New Belgium Brewery 12 pack assorted beers
Red Hook Brewery 12 pack assorted beers
Mendocino Brewery 12 pack assorted beers

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Beer news...

St. Louis is growing into a great craft beer market, more and more exciting beers are arriving each month to TWCP. Here are a few to look forward to in 2009---
Magic Hat -- South Burlington, Vermont
Tommyknocker -- Idaho Springs, Colorado
and also some exciting line extensions next year in 2009...
Boulevard Single Wide IPA
Boulevard Bock
Boulevard Smokestack Imperial Stout
Schalfly Grand Cru
Schalfly Tripel
Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA
Other beer news...stock up now before they are gone.
Schlafly Christmas - going, going, almost gone.
Forsyth sold out, a little left at our other locations.
Anchor Christmas Ale - almost gone.
(Forsyth has 2 magnums and no 6pks, a few sixers left at our other locations)
Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad almost gone.
(only 3 cases left out of 10)
Sam Adams Chocolate Bock - almost gone.
(only 1 case left out of 14)
Check out this article in the New York Times about
Dupont Cidre de Bouche....$6.49 / 375ml
It is an article about pairing hard cider with food.

The fruitcake is here...

We know all the fruitcake jokes, but this one is the real deal. A delicious fruitcake that has received national attention and acclaim. We have been stocking it since the beginning (at least 15 years).

On sale now!!!
Assumption Abbey Fruitcake...$19.99 / 2lbs
Was $27.99

"Assumption Abbey is a secluded Trappist monastery nestled in the foothills of the Missouri Ozarks. It was established in 1950 by a group of monks from New Melleray Abbey in Dubuque, IA. Through the years, the brothers of Assumption Abbey have continued to live by the centuries old Trappist tradition of contemplation and study, private prayer and common worship, and living by the work of their own hands.When Assumption Abbey was first developing its bakery, the monks sought the help of world class chef Jean-Pierre Augé, who at one time served in the royal employ of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Mr. Augé's assistance, and his generosity in providing the recipe and ideas for production, gave the monks the impetus to go forward with the Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes.Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes are the dark, rich, traditional style of fruitcake. They are baked slowly and aged under the careful supervision of the monks. Everything, from marinating the fruit, to mixing, to baking, to packaging, to aging, to mailing is done right at the monastery by the monks. Assumption Abbey is not a commercial enterprise. It is a way of life, and that way of life, combined with the careful work of the bakers, insures a dedication to high quality that makes Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes among this country's finest." -- Abbey

Monday, December 15, 2008

Beer Advocate Top beers of 2008

Beer Advocate December issue has hit with their top beers of 2008.

"All-Time Top Beers on Planet Earth"
"New beers come and go. These are ones that stuck around."

The beers in red we stock at our stores!
#1 Rochefort 10 Trappistes Quad
#2 Stone Imperial Russian Stout
#3 St. Bernardus Abt 12 Quad
#4 Founders Breakfast Stout
#5 Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
#6 Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA
#7 Victory Storm King Stout
#8 Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
#9 Bell's Two Hearted Ale
#10 Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA
#11 Stone Ruination IPA
#12 Bell's HopSlam Ale (due in January)
#13 Unibroue La Fin du Monde
#14 Aventinus Weizenbock
#15 North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
#16 Duvel Belgian Strong Pale Ale
#17 Stone IPA
#18 Stone Double Bastard Ale
#19 Rogue Chocolate Stout
#20 Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
#21 Troegs Nugget Nectar
#22 Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale
#23 Rochefort 8 Trappiste
#24 Rogue Shakespeare Stout
#25 Chimay Grand Reserve Blue
(right now we stock 15 of the top 25 beers from Beer Advocate)


Provisions Gourmet Market
11615 Olive Street
Creve Coeur, MO
Special Beer Tasting
This Friday -- December 19th

Featured beers include:

Boulevard Smokestack Bourbon Barrel Quad
Struise Pannepot
Sam Adams Chocolate Bock
Sierra Nevada Celebration
AB Winter Bourbon Cask
O'Dell Isolation
Delirium Noel
Samuel Smith's Winter Welcome
O'Fallon Chocolate Cherry

and a few others.
Check out Provision's ever growing selection at this special tasting. Robin will be featuring a lot of the limited holiday beers, Marc will also have a selection of great wines and Barb, our cheesemonger, will be on hand with some great cheeses to match with the selections.