Saturday, March 7, 2009


Here are some new Spanish bargains...
Both made from old vine Monastrell grapes from Jumilla.

2003 Alceno Seleccion Jumilla Roble....$6.99
"Fruity nose with hints of vanilla and dark roasted cocao."
Rated 89/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2003 Alceno Seleccion Jumilla Crianza...$7.49
"Aromatic, hinting of dried herbs and cassis fruit."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Friday, March 6, 2009

2004 Barolo

The great 2004 Barolos are arrving now -- limited supply!

2004 Fantino Sori Ginestra...$106.99
"Conterno-Fantino have once again produced one of the vintage’s finest wines with their stunning 2004 Barolo Sori Ginestra, which is just as impressive in bottle as it has been on the several occasions I have tasted it from barrel. This explosive, heady Barolo bursts onto the palate with seamless layers of ripe dark fruit, black cherries, menthol, cinnamon, pine and minerals, revealing profound depth and richness. It offers superb length, gorgeous, sweet tannins and a finish that lasts forever. Although it is a surprisingly accessible Sori Ginestra at this stage, I expect it will close down at some point in the near future. Readers who have an opportunity to taste this wine in the next few months should not hesitate to do so. This is a remarkable Barolo in every way. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2004 Marcarini Barolo Brunate...$58.99
Soaring aromatics emerge from the estate’s 2004 Barolo Brunate. Menthol, dark cherries, spices, new leather and licorice are all to be found in this generous, layered wine. Sweet, ripe tannins provide a lovely bookend to this rich, classic Barolo from the Brunate vineyard. Still somewhat closed, it is likely to require at least a few years of bottle age. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
2004 Bruno Giacosa Barolo Falletto...$249.99
"Giacosa’s 2004 Barolo Falletto is so compelling it will be hard not to drink it in its youth. This gorgeous Barolo reveals a deeply structured frame layered with sweet dark fruit, mint, spice and pine. At once delicate and powerful, it is a beautifully finessed wine that is sure to provide much pleasure. A recent bottle of the 1982 is a testament to the virtues of this great site as interpreted by Bruno Giacosa. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2024."
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2004 Roberto Voerzio Barolo Cerequio....$239.99
The 2004 Barolo Cerequio has been nothing short of profound on the four previous occasions I have tasted it and it is equally superb now that it is in bottle. It flows from the glass with a beautiful, pure expression of roses, flowers, sweet spices and ripe red fruit. This richly-textured, sumptuous Barolo literally shimmers with fruit from start to finish. The glorious, complete 2004 Cerequio is a superb effort from the inspired Roberto Voerzio. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

2004 Roberto Voerzio Barolo Torriglione...$239.99
"Voerzio’s 2004 Barolo Rocche dell’Annunziata/Torriglione is a stunning effort. It bursts from the glass with soaring aromatics that lead to a beautifully articulated core of red fruit, sweet spices and mint that is buttressed by finessed, silky tannins that caress the palate. This long, pure Barolo combines the feminine qualities of Cerequio with the structure of Brunate in a compelling, breathtaking glass of wine. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024. "
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2004 Silver Oak...

In stock now!!!

2004 Silver Oak NAPA Valley Cabernet....$85.99

One of St. Louis' favorite Cabernet producers just released their great 2004 vintage from Napa Valley. In stock now and it actually drinks very well now!

"The 2004 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex and elegant wine that balances the expression of fruity and savory elements with finesse. The wine has a dark ruby color with a purple edge and displays aromas of black plum, soy sauce, chocolate, rose petals, cedar and black olive. It has a soft, velvety attack and a fruity, floral and spicy mid-palate. The finish is long and smooth with well integrated tannins. Properly cellared, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2024." -- winemaker

Go Missouri...

Another Missouri Brewer is now bottling...

Augusta in Labadie, Missouri has produced two bottle-conditioned Farmhouse ales.
Augusta Farmhouse Ale Saison Batch#1...$8.99 / 750ml
"When farmers in the 19th century Europe had no safe drinking water, the folks in Wallonia, Belgium had a simple solution. They created Saison as a crisp and refreshing reward for workers at the end of a long day. Today, when it comes time for refreshment after a hard day's work or play, we recommend Augusta Saison." -- brewery
6.5% ABV
Augusta Farmhouse Ale Tripel Batch#1...$8.99 / 750ml
"The Adrennes Forest. A peacefull escape. A place for reflection. A romantic retreat. The site of some of the world's oldest monasteries. Also, home to the speical yeast that gives Augusta Tripel its signature taste and fruity intensity. We us palm sugar from India to create a 9% ABV beer. Our deep golden Tripel Abbey Ale always transcends the ordinary." -- brewery
9% ABV

2007 Rhone

I am getting a ton of emails and questions about 2007 Chateauneuf du Papes --

Here are a few that we should receive Pegau, Beaucastel, Vieux Telegraphe, Clos de Papes, Charvin, Usseglio, Clos St. Jean, Bousquet de Papes, La Vieux Donjon, Olivier Hillaire, Grand Veneur, Domaine de la Mordoree, Clos des Brusquières, Domaine Tour Saint Michel, Clos des Brusquières plus more....

Many of these are rated 96-100. We do not do pre-offers, we want to make sure we actually get the product. Make sure you sign up on our email list (and tell your wine loving friends to also) or check our blog frequently.

A couple have already arrived -- click here

"Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region... Nearly every producer has attained largely unprecedented levels of quality. Moreover, the vintage is remarkably consistent from top to bottom."-- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Thursday, March 5, 2009

One of our favorites...

I am a big fan of this Chardonnay -
---it could easily pass for a 1er Chablis from Burgundy.
New Vintage just arrived --
2007 Travis Chardonnay Unoaked -- $15.99
"This Chardonnay is a blend of 2 clones from vineyards in the foothills of Monterey, 68% from Mesa del Rio, planted with the prized Dijon clone 76, giving the wine its distinct minerality. The balance comes from San Lucas, Scheid, Hacienda and Viento. These vineyards are planted to Davis clove 4, providing richness and a touch of exotic fruit. Moderate temperatures and cool nights allow for the slow ripening so important to fine Chardonnay. Harvest took place from early to mid October. This wine is not fermented or aged in oak barrels which preserves its brilliant fruit character. The wine is not inoculated for malolactic fermentation to guard its racy, refreshing acidity." - winery

The press:
"These unoaked Chardonnays represent terrific values. Even better is the gorgeous 2007 Chardonnay, which possesses more of everything. Fuller-bodied with more fruit, body, freshness, and depth, it, like its older sibling, is best drunk during its first 2-3 years of life."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Great track record also---
2006 - Rated 89/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
2005 - never rated
2004 - Rated 91/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
2003 - Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

A new MO brewery...

Crown Valley Brewing
St. Genevieve, Missouri
Looks like they might be getting closer. I have contacted the brewery, but have not heard back yet.

From their website...

"Crown Valley Brewmaster, Mark Walters, began his career as a free apprentice at Independence Brewery in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Learning under his talented mentor, Scott Christofel, Mark worked 40 unpaid hours a week for over a year. Using Christofel as a reference, Mark then landed a position as Head Brewer for Big Bear Brewing Company in Coral Springs, Florida. Putting his education and talent to good use, the brewery produced 500 barrels per year with 16 different styles on 7 taps. After leaving Big Bear, Mark worked for a short time at Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. In just one year, Mark worked to produce over 25 different styles. In 2002, Mark began working as an Assistant Head Brewer at the major microbrewery, Abita Brewing Company in Abita Springs, Louisiana. Producing an impressive 60,000 barrels per year, Mark worked with renowned styles like Purple Haze, Turbodog and Restoration Ale. Mark, along with his family, has now made his home in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri to become Crown Valley Brewing & Distilling Company’s Brewmaster. Mark will be producing a line of handcrafted brews to be enjoyed by thousands. With his favorite styles and techniques, Mark brings his expertise and artistry to Crown Valley. Mark believes that brewing is part science, but entirely an art form. His favorite beer is Belgian Dubbel and he prefers French and Belgian Ales. Taking pride in his craft, Mark says, “When everything comes together and you make something to be proud of, it is something special.” And just as he is proud of his creations, Crown Valley is proud to welcome him as Brewmaster to Crown Valley Brewing and Distilling Company. -- Crown Valley

Crown Valley Website

STL's next brew...

Schlafly Quadrupel is due soon.
No official word yet, but hopefully in a few weeks.
"Schlafly Quadrupel is, as its name implies, a serious beer. But don't be intimidated. This fourth beer in our bottle-conditioned Belgian beer series has a rich, malty backbone that generously balanced by select, fresh hops to create a luscious, smooth character. Sharing it with friends enhances the enjoyment, whether in front of roaring fire or at the finest dinner party. This beer pairs perfectly with all types of food, particularly those with assertive flavors. " -- from the back label
12% ABV

In stock now...
Start your beer cellar with a vertical of Schlafly!

2008 Schlafly Oak Aged Imperial Stout...$9.99 / 750ml
2007 Schlafly Oak Aged Imperial Stout...$9.99 / 750ml
2006 Schlafly Oak Aged Imperial Stout...$9.99 / 750ml
"We aged this Imperial Stout in Bourbon barrels, which contribute caramel and oak flavors to balance the roasty maltiness of the stout. This 2006 vintage will age well in a cool, dark place for several years but is ready to enjoy new. Try it with a piece of chocolate and see why we went to the trouble!" -- Schlafly

2008 Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine...$9.99 / 750ml
2007 Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine...$9.99 / 750ml
2006 Schlafly Oak Aged Barleywine...$9.99 / 750ml
"This Barleywine style ale was aged on oak, adding a nutty, roasty-flavor to the sweet bready character of the ale. This 2006 vintage will age well for several years but is ready to drink now. Enjoy with spicy dishes and grilled meats--especially game - to bring out its best flavors." -- Schlafly

Amazing price!!

The Bargain of the Year?
At this price you cannot pass it up -- cheaper than Absolut, Skyy, Smirnoff, Ketel One, Grey Goose, Stolichnaya....have a martini while you are watching the Apprentice.

Closeout just arrived, we have 70 cases, but it could go fast!
Just the Original vodka!! (no flavors)
Trump Super Premium Vodka....$11.99 / 750ml
Compare to online at
$33.79 at Wine Chateau
$33.17 at
"Quintuple-distilled in Holland by renowned Dutch master distiller Jacques de Lat, Trump Super Premium Vodka is the epitome of the highest quality product that demands the same respect and inspires the same awe as the international legacy and brand of Donald Trump himself." --
"Four Stars-Highly Recommended," F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal

"Superb (90-95) Highly Recommended," Wine Enthusiast Magazine

New Imperial---

In stock now!!! at Forsyth...
Samuel Adams new Imperial Series!
Samuel Adams Imperial Double Bock...$8.99 / 4pk
"INTENSE AND WARMING, A MEAL IN A BOTTLE. Brewed since the 13th Century, these malty lagers are still some of the biggest and most sophisticated beers around. Bock is the German word for "billy goat" and pictures of goats graze the labels on many bocks and double bocks. We shied away from the goats on our label, but we certainly didn’t shy away from the use of malted barley in this beer.We use an enormous amount of malted barley, half a pound per bottle, to brew this intensely rich lager. Its deep mahogany color and velvet smooth flavor is a testament to the beer’s high quality two-row malted barley. Samuel Adams Double Bock was first brewed 20 years ago as the first of our Samuel Adams seasonal offerings, and it is now one of our most acclaimed beers. Double Bock became one the first big beers to be brewed here in the US, and we are now happy to offer it year round.

Samuel Adams Double Bock, as with all of the beers in the Imperial Series, is brewed using only first wort (wort that has not been sparged in the lauter tun) to obtain a liquid that is very high in gravity. This high gravity allows for a fuller body and higher alcohol content in the final beer. We age this beer for over 4 weeks to allow all of those intense flavors to develop and mature. For it’s inclusion in the Imperial Series, we’ve amped up the recipe for Double Bock a little to reach 9.5% ABV, but you still get those complex rich flavors that define the style.Harrington, Metcalfe and Caramel 60 malted barely is used to obtain that gorgeous mahogany color and intense flavor. The malt character is balanced with a subtle piney, citrus hop note from the Tettnang Tettnanger and Tettnang Hallertauer hops." -- brewery

Samuel Adams Imperial White....$8.99 / 4pk
"A NEW PERSPECTIVE ON THE CLASSIC WITBIER STYLE.Samuel Adams Imperial White is a new perspective on the classic witbier style. Witbiers are normally light and refreshing with a fruity finish and we wanted to see how these characteristics would stand up when we amped up the recipe. The result? We were totally blown away by the flavors that were created by this beer. This is not just a more intense version of our spring seasonal Samuel Adams White Ale. Imperial White is a new recipe that stands on it own merits. At 10.3% alcohol by volume, it really is more of a wine substitute than just another refreshing witbier. This is a beer that should be sipped and savored and you’ll be amazed at the flavors you’ll discover as the beer warms and opens up.

This beer has a lot going on. Brewed with 50% malted wheat and two-row Harrington and Metcalfe malted barley, this beer has a bigger body and mouthfeel than a traditional witbier. We’ve added a number of spices into this brew, not only during brewing for depth, but also during fermentation. The rest of the flavors come from the yeast and the alcohol.As this beer warms and opens up, you start to get flavors of complex flavors of dry fruits, exotic spices, and floral blossoms. These are flavors typically associated with wine and spirits, but they are showcased in Imperial White as a bouquet of flavors. We knew we were going to enjoy watching this beer develop and we are thrilled with the result. Enjoy!" -- brewery

Samuel Adams Imperial Stout....$8.99 / 4pk
"A MASSIVE BEER – ONCE BREWED FOR ROYALTY. Samuel Adams Imperial Stout is our take on the traditional Russian Imperial Stouts from the 18th century. English brewers supplied these stouts for the Russian Imperial Court of Catherine the Great, who had taken a great liking to the beer. In order for the beer to survive the long trip to St. Petersburg, the flavor and alcohol needed to be amped up to preserve the beer. While this style originated in England, it is a style now known for being uniquely American as craft Brewers have taken this it to whole new level of flavor and complexity. We think we raised the bar again. Samuel Adams Imperial Stout is a massive beer filled with big, dark flavors. It has been a brewery favorite in recent years and we are exited to share this intense brew with you.

The first thing you notice about this beer is its color. It is black as night and almost completely opaque. Next is the cappuccino colored head: the aroma is filled with notes of coffee, smoky chocolate and licorice. And the taste delivers on all of those aromas, you can pick out each one. Samuel Adams Imperial Stout was brewed with seven different varieties of malted barley, each delivering its own unique flavor for the beer. But this beer is not a "malt bomb". It is balanced by 50 BUs of East Kent Goldings hops that have a clean earthy aroma and pleasant bitterness. This is a colossal beer that should be savored and enjoyed. 9.2% ABV" -- Brewery

Best value in an IPA...

Boulevard Single Wide IPA...$6.89 / 6pk
Kansas City, Missouri
"The latest addition to the Boulevard family of year-around beers, Single-Wide I.P.A. is our take on a style that originated in 18th century Great Britain. This American version -- inspired by our Smokestack Series Double-Wide I.P.A. -- boasts a heady combination of six varieties of hops, some of which were employed for dry-hopping. SENSORY DESCRIPTION: Slightly hazy, golden bronze in appearance. Aroma is flowery, with hints of citrus and fresh mown hay. Assertive hop signature, yet well balanced with a crisp, dry finish. PAIRINGS: Strong, spicy food (a classic with curry!); bold, sweet desserts like carrot cake. Milder blue cheeses such as Gorgonzola or Cambozola. -- brewery
Delicious, I have had it on draft a few times and I finally got a chance last night to drink a few bottles.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Prices are tumbling on wine...

We are starting to see some prices being lowered from California wineries. We just received some new releases from Paul Hobbs, Loring, Siduri, and Etude and the prices are lower than previous releases. Missouri state law does not allow me to tell you how much, you have to come into the store to see.

We are also starting to see more closeouts from the distributors....
.............check out the great prices on these handy half bottles....
(quantities are limited call 314-727-8788)

2005 Ridge Geyserville.......$13.99 / 375ml
(sells for $20.00/ 375ml at

"(77% zinfandel, 17% carignane and 6% petite sirah) Dark red. Seductively perfumed aromas of raspberry, cherry, lavender and minerals lifted by exotic Asian spices. Seems almost light for zinfandel, with a silky texture and deep, sweet red and dark berry flavors. The tannins are nicely folded into the fruit, creeping gently out on the finish. A very impressive blend, with superb balance and flavor definition. 93 points"
Rated 93/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Rated 95/100 Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines

2004 Ridge Geyserville......$13.99 / 375ml
(sells for $17.99 / 375ml at Avon Liquors)

"Of all the Zinfandels produced by this greatly respected winery, none has stood out more than Geyserville over the years. Perhaps it is the very high percentages of other grapes that are planted in the vineyard and have found their ways into the wine... The wine is still full in body, slightly fleshy in feel, noticeably deep in fruit and perceptibly tight in its youth. It also screams to be put in the cellar for three to six years."
Rated 94/100 Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines

2004 Marques de Caceres Rioja.....$4.99 / 375ml
(sells for $7.99 / 375ml at Brown Derby Wine Center)

Tempranillo, 15% Garnacha Tinta & Graciano
"Bright, ruby red color. Lively bouquet with notes of red fruit (wild strawberries and morello cherries) seasoned by slightly spiced sweet vanilla derived from aging in choice oak barrels. Fresh and fleshy in the mouth with a delicious balance between full fruit and smooth tannins that delight the palate whilst revealing great complexity and length.
A perfect accompaniment to Mediterranean cuisine, fried food, grilled vegetables, paella and other rice dishes, pasta, fish in tomato sauce, ham, chorizo, pâté, beef (roast, stewed or grilled) and cheese (mild or medium matured)." -- winery

2007 Rhones...

"Throughout the southern Rhône, 2007 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in my thirty years working in that region... Nearly every producer has attained largely unprecedented levels of quality. Moreover, the vintage is remarkably consistent from top to bottom."
-- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

In stock now, just starting to arrive -- don't miss them...
2007 Milliere Chateauneuf du Pape
"The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes reveals gorgeous aromas of spring flowers, crushed black cherries, ink, lavender, and spice. The wine is dense ruby/purple-hued, deep, and full-bodied with terrific concentration, a layered texture, and a stunningly long finish. It should drink beautifully young, yet age for 15 or more years. Young proprietors Aime and Michel Arnaud continue to turn out forward, complex, seductive Chateauneuf du Papes."
Rated 92-94/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 90-93/100 Stephen Tanzer

2007 Clos du Mont Olivet Chateauneuf du Pape
"The 2007 Chateauneuf du Pape is going to have plenty of admirers. Deep plum/ruby to the rim, medium to full-bodied, with a classic nose of garrigue, smoky meats, loads of kirsch and black currants, this broad, dense wine exhibits superb purity, enough acidity for focus and freshness, and a long, heady finish. This is one of the best traditional cuvees made in several years. One of the benchmark historical producers of Chateauneuf du Pape, Clos du Mont Olivet has long been the bastion of one segment of the Sabon family. The consistent results have always been classic Chateauneuf du Papes that stand the test of time. With the introduction of their Cuvee du Papet in 1989, they created an old-vine, luxury product that can push Chateauneuf du Pape to its maximum expression of Grenache and Provencal typicity."
Rated 90-93/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 91-94/100 Stephen Tanzer

Beer Blind Tasting...

Imperial Stout Beer Blind Tasting --
Thursday, March 26
Starting at 6pm

ending time 8?

Price -- $10 / person
Reservations required -- 314-727-8788
* credit card required to hold the seat
* you can cancel up to 7 days in advance
* your card will not be rung until the day of the tasting
* limited to the first 20 people.

The Wine and Cheese Place
Tasting Room
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

We will taste 6-8 beers (3oz pours) from the list below.
(I will guarantee that we will have the Black Albert (since it is considered to be one of the best) in the tasting, the rest will not be revealed)

Each person will rate them without any label influence. We will talley up the results and post them online. Don't worry, you do not have to be a professional, it will be fun and exciting. We will have tasting sheet guidelines. Seating will be limited to 20 people. This will be the test one and we will see how it goes and adjust the following ones if necessary.

We have decided that the first tasting will be Russian Imperial Stout.
Here are some of the Russian Imperial Stouts that we carry.
Amager Bryghus Hr. Frederiksen
Struise Black Albert
Bell’s Expedition Stout
North Coast Old Rasputin
Nogne Imperial Stout
Haandbryggeriet Dark Force
Ellezelloise Hercule
Alvinne Podge Belgian Imperial Stout
Mikkeller Black Hole
Schlafly Imperial Stout
Boulevard Imperial Stout
Nils Oscar Imperial Stout
De Molen Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout
Bear Republic Big Bear Black
Rogue Imperial Stout
Samual Adams Imperial Stout (coming soon)
Harveys Le Coq Imperial Extra

Samuel Smiths Imperial Stout
Great Divide Yeti
Avery The Czar
Left Hand Imperial Stout

Arcadia Imperial Stout

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Rare sour...

Panil Barriquee Sour Red Ale
Batch #10 - 2008 Riserva....$18.99 / 750ml
(each bottle numbered, we have bottles numbered in the 70s)
A new batch has arrived...
Save the wild yeasts! From senseless abuse and pasteurization.
"Suddenly beer-lovers here in the States are all a-titter over dark, sour, wood-aged ales. These complex, fruity-tasting beers, native to the Netherlands and Belgian Flanders, represent one of the oldest beer styles in the world. In their traditional form, these Sour Reds – also known as ‘Flemish Red’ or ‘Oud Bruin’ beers – are related to real lambic beers: a touch of wild yeast and bacteria coming from the wood give acidity, both lactic (sour) and acetic (vinegar).
Trouble is, it’s become nearly impossible to find a true, traditional Sour Red, even in the place where the style was born. The spate of Sour Reds turning up here now leaves most drinkers crying in their beer. They’re too damned sweet! Crass commercialization has brought even the generally recognized ‘classics’ of the style to their knees. They’re pasteurized, and sometimes laced with sugar or artificial sweeteners to make them appealing to the less-discerning beer drinker. The traditional complexity, character, and dryness are missing in action. But now comes Panil Barriquée, and not a minute too soon. Barriquée is the only all-natural, traditionally-made example you will find today, and it comes from, of all places, Italy. This masterpiece is ‘triple-fermented.’ Primary fermentation is in stainless steel. The deep earthy, sour character results from three months of maturation in cognac barrels from Bordeaux, followed by re-fermentation and further aging in the bottle. Barriquée is not pasteurized or filtered, and no sweeteners are added, so it is uncompromisingly dry and complex, and endlessly interesting." -- importer
available on online if you do not live in the Lou

Monday, March 2, 2009

Scotch Class --

Come and Taste a Wee Dram
Isle of Skye - Signatory – Edradour – Tullibardine
Thursday March 19, 2009
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The Wine & Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd.
Clayton, MO

To Reserve a space please call 314-727-8788
These usually sell out fast!!!
Admission is $ 15.00

Special Discounts offered at Tasting
--Special Guest Ed Kohl—
Scheduled to be tasted....
Isle of Skye
Highlands – Speyside- Islands
86 Proof – Un-Chillfiltered – Cask Strength
Royal Lochnagar 16 yr Speyside
Mortlach 16 yr Speyside
Tullibardine Un-Chillfiltered
2001 Laphroaig Un-Chillfiltered
Glen Rothes Un-Chillfiltered
Ben Nevis, Cask Strength
Hog’s Head, Pure Malt

95 pointer...

Just arrived...
2005 Chateau Pibarnon Bandol Rouge...$59.99
An intense and focused red, with concentrated mineral, plum and dark cherry that are flanked by tobacco box notes. Lithe yet powerful, with a long, elegant and finely chiseled finish of slate and white pepper. Drink now through 2015. –KM"

Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

The wine is quite deilicous, but I disagree with the "drink now" recommendation....we decanted it for 3 hours and it still needs time. I would wait 3-4 years before opening it.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

More Bell's news...

There is a lot going on will Bell's right now, first Hopslam, Consecrator Doppelbock, Batch 9,000 coming soon, Oberon getting ready to be released in a few weeks. If you follow breweries and beer importers on twitter....just announced...
SBS Imports which brings in DePreof just announced on twitter that they are on their way to Belgium to start brewing the Bell's/De Proef Signature Series Collaboration. There is a lot of anticipation for this beer. Apparently we are told that it should be a September release, we will see how that goes.
The first two collaborations were very well received and are still available at our stores!

De Proef Signature Ale...$13.99 / 750ml
Collaboration with Tom Arthur, the head brewery, at The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing (not distributed in MO).
"A unique collaboration with noted San Diego brewer Tomme Arthur. A complex hybrid of aggressively hopped west coast IPA, combined with traditional Belgian brettanomyces fermentation. Strong citrus hop notes followed by hints of sourness and delicate spice and a long fimish. July 2007 selection - Michael Jackson's Rare Beer club. 94 points - World Beer Championships." - importer Original Gravity: 1076 IBU's: 45-50 ABV: 8.5%

De Proef Signature Ale Les Deux Brasseurs...$15.99 / 750ml
Collaboration with Allagash--we cannot get Allagash in Missouri
This is an exciting brewery and brew -- don't miss it!!
"Commercial Description: Golden ale Fermented with Multiple strains of Brettanomyces yeast. Collaboration with Allagash"
Rated 98/100 percentile from
"Les Deux Brasseurs 8.5% abv. Our Brewmaster, Jason Perkins had the honor of traveling to Belgium in early March to collaborate on Les Deux Brasseurs with Dirk Naudts of De Proef Brouwerij. Les Deux Brasseurs meaning The Two Brewers; represents the joining of two cultures. Les Deux Brasseurs is a Golden Ale fermented with two strains of Brettanomyces. Our Brettanomyces, discovered and isolated at our location was flown in fresh for this special occasion. With Dirk’s favorite strain of Brettanomyces, the beer was brewed using Pilsner Malt and a small amount of Torrified Wheat. The Golden Ale was then hopped with German Hallertau and fermented and aged for four months. In the course of the brew it was dry hopped with Czech Saaz. The result is a beer of remarkable character with significant fruit tones, including; pear, apple and pineapple. This beer also produces the flavors of graham cracker, barnyard character and is rounded by an herbal spicy hop finish." -- Allagash Brewery