Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Limited bargains.....Kermit Lynch!

Amazing values --- just in stock!
From the great Kermit Lynch!!

2007 Regis Minet Pouilly Fume....$13.99
Compare to Wine Library on Wine-Searcher...$19.98
"This has nice cut, with piercing thyme, lemon zest, chive flower and sea salt notes that crackle through the tangy finish. A bit bony now, but should settle in nicely. Drink now through 2011. 1,400 cases imported. –JM"

Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

2006 Domaine Costal Chablis "Les Truffieres"....$16.99
Best price on Wine-Searcher...$24 at Benchmark Wine
"I must say that if you’re looking for clean, crisp, Chardonnay with wonderful minerality, our Chablis selection in this sale can’t be beat. The 2006 Domaine Costal Chablis “Les Truffières” is an excellent example of Chardonnay grown in the typical kimmeridgian clay/marine fossil soil of the appellation. The name “Truffières” comes from an essence of truffles that you can find on the nose despite the fact that there are no actual truffles in Chablis. Vinified in no wood whatsoever, this Chablis smells incredibly fresh and fragrant, with a crisp, lingering finish. Delicious by itself, the Costal Chablis would pair very nicely with any cut of fresh fish." -- Kermit Lynch website

2007 Domaine de la Cadette La Chatelaine Bourgogne Vezelay...$12.99
Best price on Wine-Searcher - $19.99 at Houston Wine Merchant
"Montanet’s 2007 Bourgogne Vezelay La Chatelaine – the latest installment of what has become a consistently excellent value in white Burgundy – emphasizes the saline, chalky, lemony aspects of its vintage and terroir, but intriguing suggestions of herbed chicken stock and shrimp shell reduction emerge, especially as one matches this with a wide range of cuisine. There have been richer and more concentrated vintages of this wine, but the clarity and sheer lip-smacking refreshment of this 2007 are hard to beat for the price, and should remain accessible for at least 2-3 years. Readers are encouraged to consult my reports in issues 178 and 179 on the inspiring progress of Jean Montanet’s Domaine de la Cadette in the historically important and now much-revived growing area centered around Vezelay, southeast of Chablis."
Rated 89/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Perrusset Macon Villages.....$6.99
Lowest price on Wine Searcher -- $12.50
"($17) Yellow-gold. Ripe peach and nectarine aromas betray a touch of warmth. Fleshy pit fruit flavors are brightened by citrus zest, picking up dusty minerals on the close. Offers pleasant, straightforward appeal and surprising depth for the category. 88 points"
Rated 88/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Tiza Malbec

Our second vintage of Tiza has arrived....
2006 Tiza, Malbec Mendoza...$19.99

Made from 100% Malbec, hand-harvested.

We had great success with the 2005 and now that the 2006 is here, the train keeps rolling. Most agree this is even better than the outstanding 2005.

Aged in new French oak barrels for 12 months. This wine offers a great intense and complex nose of wild berries and red ripe fruit with subtle spicy notes. Superb fruit flavors combine perfectly with toasty notes providing great structure, character, and a long finish." -- importer

"A creamy texture carries blackberry, boysenberry and black currant fruit in this dark, lush red."-Wine Spectator 500 GREAT BUYS-90pts

Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Best selling wines

Maipe wines are some of our best selling wines in the store....we sold over 1000 cases last year.

2008 Maipe Chardonnay...$9.99

Made from 85% Chardonnay, 15% Viognier.

"Brilliant yellow golden color with green hints.The wine is crisp and filled with white peach, pear, green apples flavors, toasty vanilla. Elegant and luscious wine, well balanced. Crisp and long finish.Pairs well with creamy soups, pork, veal, vegetables." -- importer

2008 Maipe Cabernet Sauvignon....$9.99
100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35 years old vines.
"The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon, sourced from 35-year-old vines, is a saturated purple color. The nose offers up pure black currants and blackberry with some earth notes in the background. The wine is slightly austere on the palate but is likely to round out with another year or two in the bottle (not that anyone is likely to cellar this tasty effort). It is a lot of wine for the money."- Wine Advocate (Dec 08), 88 pts

Check out the new 3 liter box -- now available!!
2009 Maipe Malbec....$9.99 / 750ml
2009 Maipe Malbec.....$34.99 / 3 liter box
(4 bottles in one!)
This one scored 90 points last year and the 2009 does not disappoint either. I am sure it will get some good press also.

100% Malbec.

This Malbec has a deep purple color with violet tints, complex plum, fig, strawberry, spices and floral aromas; rounded and velvety tannins, excellent length with a distinguished character. Excellent when paired with game, roasted red meats, pasta or pizza." -- Importer

Brunch wines...

Great Brunch wines....
Great for casual wine drinkers or wine enthusiasts!!

Rinaldi Brachetto d'Acqui Bricco Rioglio...$21.99
Made from 100% Brachetto d'Acqui, produced in the zone of production of Ricaldone, on the hills called Rioglio and Valmorana. Light ruby red color. The bouquet is musky and delicate with scents of ripe red fruit (strawberry, blackberry) and roses. Sweet and smooth flavors with lingering aromatic persistence. There is a good balance between the sweetness and the freshness, which makes this wine very pleasant. Serving suggestions: strawberries, salad and desserts. Also ideal as an aperitif." -- importer

This is the best Moscato on the market...
2009 Bug Juice Moscato d'Asti...$18.99
Made from 100% moscato d'Asti
"Straw-yellow color. The bouquet is delicate and intense with aromas of fruit (apple, peach) and spices (sage). The palate is sweet and smooth with lingering aromatic persistence. A refreshing and pleasant wine, perfect for brunch, picnics or poolside.Serving suggestions: dessert, ideal with hazelnut cake. Original with "strong" cheese such as Robiola of Roccaverano and Gorgonzola." -- importer

Argentina shines...

2005 Bressia Profundo....$39.99
"The 2005 Profundo Malbec was sourced from 20-year-old vines in Agrelo. Saturated purple in color, it has a complex nose of pain grille, pencil lead, scorched earth, black currant, and blackberry. More structured than the Monteagrelo cuvee, it has densely layered fruit, savory flavors, and excellent balance. It will benefit from 3-5 years of cellaring and offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2025."
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2007 Bressia Monteagrelo Cabernet Sauvignon....$29.99
Aged in French and American oak barrels for 15 months.
Intense red color with purple tones. Pepper, spice and red fruit aromas on the nose. Well balanced, ripe and harmonious. Full bodied and a great structure." -- importer
"Red-ruby. Varietally expressive aromas and flavors of redcurrant, mocha, licorice and tobacco leaf, with spicy and peppery nuances. Creamy and concentrated, but with bright acidity giving shape to the middle palate. Finishes with serious but suave tannins and very good length."
- Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Great Argentines!!

Cueva de las Manos is produced at a state-of-the-art winery, built with the purpose of achieving outstanding quality. The winemaking process is focused on treating the grapes with great care and with strict control of every stage.

2008 Cueva de las Manos Malbec Reserve....$13.99

"Deep red color with violet hints. The nose reveals dried plum and dark fruits, exotic spices, hints of violet and chocolate. Fruity flavors; well balanced, elegant tannins. Excellent with roasted and smoked meat, seasoned dishes." -- Importer

Bright deep ruby. Blackberry, licorice and spicy oak on the nose. Moderately dense and concentrated, with brisk acidity framing the black fruit, licorice and herb flavors. Finishes fairly intense, with notes of chocolate and pepper."- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Wine Geek Facts:
100% Malbec
Manual harvest
35 year old vines
Aged for 12 months in oak barrels (50% French and 50% American)

2006 Cueva de las Manos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve...$13.99
100% Cabernet Sauvignon.
"Dark berries and cassis dominate the nose with hints of mint and chocolate. Nicely balanced, it is gentle on the palate with layers of texture, followed by ripe, supple tannins. Excellent with roasted and smoked meat, seasoned dishes. " - importer

"Purple-colored it exhibits a classy perfume of smoke, mineral, violets, and black currant. Layered and nearly opulent, it has plenty of succulent black fruit, good focus, and solid length. It over-delivers for its modest price. Very good value."- The Wine Advocate

Friday, April 2, 2010

400 Pound Monkey

in stock at Forsyth...
Left Hand 400 Pound Monkey....$8.99 / 6pk
Arriving today -- we will add it to tonight's tasting! ENGLISH Style IPA
"Okay, this one isn’t for everybody – yet. Over the years we’ve been asked to brew a year-round IPA, but have balked at the idea because of the flood of American IPAs currently on the market. If we couldn’t make an IPA that was different what was available, that we personally liked to drink, and one that we could put our personal signature on and be proud of, we didn’t want to do it. So, last fall we brewed a single batch IPA on our new brewhouse and sent it out to 5 different markets around the country to test the response. Which turned out to be pretty positive. So, here we are in 2009, and we’re back playing again with a few new test batches that we’re sampling here in Colorado and a few select markets around the country. What’s in a name, you ask? Well, back in February of 2007, there was an article in there titled ‘Extremely Boring’. Go back and find that issue, and that specific article, and you’ll see why we named the beer 400 Pound Monkey. Happy sleuthing!"

Next bacon...

The Wine and Cheese Place year of the bacon continues....with a bang. We are very excited about Bacon #8.

Bacon #8 - California
Hobbs Apple Wood Smoked Bacon...$12.99 / lb

Hobbs uses Berkshire Black Hair and Duroc Red Hair pigs for their bacon. All of their hogs are from Canada which they claim gives them much more flavor in the meat because of the colder temperature. They cure their bacon the old-fashioned way with just enough sugar and salt and they also smoke their bacon for 2 hours longer than most bacon producers to take out more moisture.

Thomas Keller arguably the best chef in the country and owner of the French Laundry, uses it at his restaurants and calls it the best bacon made in numerous articles that I have found. French Laundry is considered by many to be the best restaurant in the country (if not the world).

"Thomas Keller of the
French Laundry in Napa Valley loves Hobbs’ bacon, smoked for 16 hours over applewood chips in California’s San Joaquin Valley. His favorite way to eat it: “In a BLT. It’s classic” -- Food and Wine Magazine

Here is how it appears on the
French Laundry menu:
Hobbs’ Bacon, Hass Avocado, Petite Lettuces and Herbed Buttermilk

"Hobbs' Bacon Business Is Smokin' / Economist's hobby turns meats into millions
Twenty years ago, Hobbs Shore retired from a career as an economist and moved to the sleepy west Marin town of Marshall. But the tiny village proved to have even less of a pulse than Shore imagined, and two years into retirement, he was thoroughly bored.

At the urging of a commercial fisherman friend, Shore turned an old refrigerator into a smoker and began smoking salmon and the occasional ham or turkey for friends.

One Monday morning, a few days after he had made some smoked meats for a friend's dinner party, he got the call that brought retirement to an abrupt end.

"This is Bradley Ogden," said the caller, the chef-owner of the Lark Creek Inn in Larkspur. "Can I place an order?" Today, Hobbs Applewood Smoked Meat is a $4.5 million business with customers from California to Florida's Disney World. Thomas Keller of the French Laundry in Yountville calls Hobbs' bacon the best in the world. Ogden uses 50 pounds of his ham hocks a week at the Lark Creek Inn. Insalata's in San Anselmo, Bay Wolf and Caffe 817 in Oakland, and Bizou, Boulevard and Park Chow in San Francisco are among the restaurants that have made Hobbs' name almost as common on local menus as garlic. In an industry dominated by meat-processing giants, Shore's experience reflects, in part, how a small business can thrive by addressing Bay Area chefs' concerns about how their raw materials are produced.

"If we use prosciutto at all, his is the one we use," says Michael Wild of Bay Wolf. "It's the one that's actually made by a human being with some kind of care."

At Park Chow, where Hobbs' pepperoni tops the pizza, chef-owner Tony Gulisano is another enthusiast. "We can't touch the pepperoni pizza," Gulisano says. "It's really, really good. It's so clean when you eat it, it feels healthful. It feels like you've eaten food that's been taken care of. Let alone all the love that (Shore) puts into it. I believe you can taste that, too."

For a 78-year-old who says the best part of his business is hanging out with chefs, the approval of these demanding clients is a huge ego boost. When Keller, who reportedly has time for no one, stands around with him in the
French Laundry kitchen debating whether to put truffle oil on Hobbs' bundnerfleisch, Shore is in heaven. When he recalls bringing liverwurst to Boulevard's Nancy Oakes and watching her and her staff eat it all on the spot, his elfin face lights up with delight."
By Janet Fletcher, Chronicle Staff Writer

KY Derby Bourbon

In stock at Forsyth.. (and online now)
Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon Bottle 2010.....$39.99 / liter

Woodford Reserve® Bourbon Releases 2010 Kentucky Derby® Bottle

BUSINESS WIRE)--Like nurturing a champion thoroughbred, the art of crafting fine bourbon whiskey takes time, patience and attention to detail. So it is with Woodford Reserve®, the Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby, which honors the country’s favorite horse race with a limited-edition Kentucky Derby commemorative bottle. The 2010 bottle features the work of nationally-acclaimed, Louisville-based artist Jeaneen Barnhart.
“As a proud supporter of horse racing, it is fitting that Woodford Reserve has been selected once again as the ‘Official Bourbon of the Kentucky Derby,’ America’s most prestigious horse race”
“When creating this special painting, my intent was to reveal the energy and emulate the figures through loose interpretation of uninhibited line and depth,” said Barnhart. “It’s the heart, the bones, the muscle and the mind that open my eyes to deeper expression.”
Barnhart’s striking work depicts the vibrancy and intensity of Kentucky Derby racehorses as they charge toward the finish line. The artist’s signature adorns the neck of the bottle, and an attached neck tag bears information about the artist and product.
For the twelfth year in a row Woodford Reserve Bourbon has been selected the “Official Bourbon of Kentucky Derby.” It also sponsors a Grade I race, the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic, which is run on Derby Day, May 1, 2010, and has become one of thoroughbred racing’s premier turf events.
Jeaneen Barnhart
Though her work extends through many subjects and artistic styles, acclaimed Kentucky artist Jeaneen Barnhart is best known for her equestrian drawings and paintings. In 1994 along with her twin, Doreen, the sisters worked side-by-side on their first Kentucky Derby Festival poster. This combination of Jeaneen’s art and Doreen’s design was the inspiration that led them to their own business and way of life, “Twinspired: Art + Design”. While successfully pursuing separate careers, the twins collaborated on many projects, such as the 1996 PGA Golf Experience Poster, 1997 and 2009 Kentucky Derby Festival Poster and the 1999 St. James Court Art Show Poster. They also partnered on projects for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Ball and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure’s Pink Tie Ball.
About Churchill Downs®:
Churchill Downs, the world’s most legendary racetrack, has conducted Thoroughbred racing and presented America’s greatest race, the Kentucky Derby, continuously since 1875. Located in Louisville, the flagship racetrack of Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN) also operates Trackside at Churchill Downs, which offers year-round simulcast wagering at the historic track. Churchill Downs will conduct the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby on May 1, 2010 and the Kentucky Oaks on April 30, 2010. The track will conduct its 2010 Spring Meet from Saturday, April 24, through Sunday, July 4. Churchill Downs is scheduled to host the Breeders’ Cup World Championships for a record seventh time on Nov. 5 and 6, 2010. Churchill Downs tickets are available at or by calling (502) 636-4400. Additional information about Churchill Downs can be found on the Internet at
Churchill Downs®, Kentucky Derby® and the Twin Spires design are registered trademarks of Churchill Downs Incorporated.
Woodford Reserve Distiller’s Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45.2% Alc. by Vol., The Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2010.
Article from Business Wire

Great price...

This is an amazing price on a classic Cali Chard!!
2007 Ferrari Carano Chardonny.....$15.99
Compare to $29.99 at Wally's Wine and Spirits
(Also the Lowest price on Wine-Searcher)

"The 2007 Alexander Valley Chardonnay is a delicious wine with floral and fruit aromas of orange blossom, citrus, pear, figs, green apple, and a hint of toasted marshmallow and caramel. Generous on the palate, creamy vanilla undertones balance layers of toast and spice on the finish.
This wine is perfect with rich foods such as lobster, scallops and salmon, or chicken, pork, turkey and veal dishes. Creamier, more pungent flavored cheeses are also perfect with this Chardonnay." -- Winemaker
"Since 1985, Ferrari-Carano has been a leading producer of world class, nationally acclaimed wines. Vintage after vintage, the wines exhibit a remarkable consistency of style and elegance. Unlike their corporate competitors, Don and Rhonda Carano's uncompromising commitment to quality and excellence is a reflection of their desire to produce memorable wines that enhance the pleasures of gracious entertaining and not focus on short-term financial goals." -- winery

Avery 17th Anniversary!

Not released yet, looks like late Spring 2010
Avery 17th Anniversary label approved -- we should see some in St. Louis when it is released -- stay tuned.

Here is a preview
Avery Seventeen Dry Hopped Black Lager
"A study in German Hops"

Looks like it will be bottled in May 2010

"After years of commemorating our anniversary with deliciously wild and weird ales, we decided to mix it up a bit and create our first Anniversary Lager. SEVENTEEN is a celebration and case study of the aromas and flavors of German hops. And knowing our fetish for those beautiful green cones, you can be confident that the contents of this bottle are excessively hopped for your olfactory pleasure. Many thanks to all and we hope you enjoy our lupulin dissertation. Peace to all and follow your dreams!" -- label

8.52% ABV

Thursday, April 1, 2010

BBQ time is here

Fire King Charcoal is in stock now! Plus check out these new items...

Fire and Flavor Grilling Planks - in stock at Forsyth

Fire and Flavor Red Oak Grilling Planks
Fire and Flavor Alder Grilling Planks
Fire and Flavor Cedar Grilling Planks
Fire and Flavor Maple Grilling Planks
Fire and Flavor Cedar Papers
(wrap around seafood, meats, vegetables, and fruit)

Natural wood smoking chips!
Sweet and Smoky Ozark Apple Wood Smoking Chips
Sweet and Smoky Ozark Hickory Smoking Chips
Sweet and Smoky Wild Cherry Smoking Chips
Sweet and Smoky Mesquite Smoking Chips


Great 2008 Chablis

Info on great 2008 Chablis...

"I found plenty of highlights in chardonnay on my recent tour of the Côte de Beaune, but it was Chablis, among the regions of Burgundy, that enjoyed the best of the weather in 2008....The typical 2008 offers a sweeter and richer impression than the more austere 2007s; it’s also a reasonably classic style of Chablis, as well as one that will probably be appreciated by a wider audience." -- Stephen Tanzer
2008 Domaine William Fevre Chablis Bougros Cote Bouguerots...$75.99
"(domain wine) Pale, green-tinged yellow. Compellingly pure, complex nose melds citrus fruits, ginger, crushed rock and minerals. Wonderfully dense and vibrant in the mouth, conveying an impression of power and structure. This silky, voluminous wine boasts incredible depth without any impression of weight. The fine-grained, rising finish offers exceptional length. From south-facing vines on a very steep (52o), rocky slope."

Rated 95/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

2008 Domaine William Fevre Chablis Fourchaume...$35.99
"(domain wine) Pale yellow. Ripe aromas of pineapple, lemon, spices, mint and toasted bread. Round, shapely and sweet, with serious volume and spice character. Not the last word in Chablis cut-in fact, this is rather exotic in the context of this 2008 collection-but fresh acidity gives the wine structure and extends the finish."
Rated 89/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

2008 Domaine William Fevre Chablis Les Clos...$87.99
Pale yellow-green. Great precision on the nose: crushed oyster shell, steely minerality, lemon, lime and nutmeg. Even denser than the Cote Bouguerots but not as large, with captivating, soil-driven toast and nut oil notes adding another element of complexity to the vibrant citrus and mineral flavors. An utterly edge-free, spherical wine of great energy and clarity that also conveys a captivating sweetness. Leaves the mouth vibrating, with the empty glass exuding a lingering perfume of minerals and powdered chalk."

Rated 94/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
Rated 94/100 The Wine Specator

2008 Domaine William Fevre Chablis Les Preuses...$76.99
"Pale green-yellow color. Cool aromas of citrus fruits, powdered stone and spearmint, with a hint of oyster shell reduction and a high note of lemon zest. Juicy and bracing, with a slightly green, herbal quality suggesting moderate ripeness. This is showing more acidity than the Valmur, and it's not yet integrated. Tactile but youthfully metallic on the back end. Winemaker Seguier says this cuvee dominated a tasting of 2008s the day before my visit, but today this is distinctly minty and tight."

Rated 91/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2008 Domaine William Fevre Chablis Montee de Tonnerre
"(domain wine) Pale yellow-green color. Crushed stone, lime oil and ethereal white flowers on the nose. Wonderfully elegant wine combining serious richness and density with terrific grip. The white peach, spearmint and spice flavors are complicated by a soil-driven saline minerality. Finishes with superb grip and dusty length. This is two-thirds Chapelots and one-third Pied d'Aloue, the former providing fat and the latter minerality, according to winemaker Seguier. Grand cru suavity and complexity here."
Rated 92/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Glendronach is back!!

Founded in 1826 by the legendary James Allardice, GlenDronach was one of the very first licensed distilleries in Scotland (the Excise Act was passed in 1823, just 3 years earlier). Arguably one of the most unspoiled distilleries in Scotland, they are proudly using the same production processes today as they did in 1826. Many of the distillery’s unique attributes offer a distinctive character that you will not find anywhere else, and they are still producing the original, richly sherried style of single malt Scotch whisky associated with the distillery in its early days" -- importer.

Glendronach Revival 15 year....$79.99
Renowned amongst many whisky enthusiasts around the world, this remarkable and full bodied malt is matured for a minimum of 15 years in the finest Oloroso sherry casks. Bottled at 46%, the GlenDronach Revival is non chill filtered and of natural colour. A truly excellent single malt.
Deeper, richer, more viscous, and more intriguing than 12 year old. Complex and intriguing, with raisin, orange marmalade, grape skin, sugar plum, cinnamon bun, raspberry preserve, mixed nuts, and coal ash. Nice tannic grip on finish. The best of the bunch, and very impressive!
Advanced Malt Advocate Magazine Rating: 93/100

Glendronach Allardice 18 year....$109.99
The famous GlenDronach 18 year old, now renamed Allardice, is the third expression in the GlenDronach core range. This exceptional single sherried malt is non chill filtered and of natural colour. Matured in the finest Spanish Oloroso sherry casks and bottled at 46%, this sublime richly sherried malt is truly unforgettable

First Growth Tasting

Amazing wine tasting!!!
Come Taste --
1982 Petrus
2000 Petrus
1982 Margaux
2000 Margaux
1982 Lafite Rothschild
2000 Lafite Rothschild
1982 Haut Brion
2000 Haut Brion
1982 Cheval Blanc
2000 Cheval Blanc
plus more...
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