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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Aventinus Vintage -- Rare

Also available online


Back in stock now at Forsyth

Just received more of the 2004 and 2005 vintage.


Aventinus Vintage 2004...$6.99 / pint
The paper wrapped around the bottle lists things that happened that year.  
2004: The Kennedy Museum opened in Berlin * 20th Olympic Winter Games take place in Turino * First German female chancellor Angelika Merkel makes her first visit to the U.S. * Opening of the Soccer World Championships celebrated in Munich.....



Aventinus Vintage 2005...$6.99 / pint
The paper wrapped around the bottle lists things that happened that year.  
2005: Taiwan builds the highest skyscrape in the world * The famous new soccer arena "Allianz Arena" in Munich is opened * Angela Merkel become Germany's first femail chancellor * 



Plus we have a little 2006 left..
Aventinus Vintage 2006...$6.99 / pint
The paper wrapped around the bottle lists things that happened that year.
2006: Summer Olympics take place in Athens Greece * Highest Bridge in the World opened in France * Indian Ocean Tsunami hits eleven mostly poor countries * Shuttle Mars explores the planet * Best Picture at 2004 Academy Awards: Lord of the Rings * Bill Haley invented Rock n' Roll fifty years ago * New England Patriots win Super Bowl........



only 250 cases made each year.
Aventinus ageing in the Ice cellar

"Historical Ice cellar of the Weisse Brauhaus, Kelheim, Bavaria, now used for the aging and maturing of our special "Vintage Aventinus" (250 cases per year started in early spring of 1999)" -- importer

"The Schneider brewery was established in 1872 when Georg Schneider purchased the right to brew wheat beer by King Ludwig II. Up to that point wheat beer could only be brewed by the Bavarian royal family in one of their "Weisses Brauhaus" (wheat beer brewpub). He purchased and brewed in the Weisses Brauhaus im Tal/Munich and the Weisses Brauhaus in Kelheim. This second brewery has been used to brew wheat beer since 1607 and is therefore the oldest continually operating Weisse Beer brewery in the world." -- Importer

Bargain wines from Spain

2009 La Valles Viura Chardonnay.....$6.99
90% Viura, 10% Chardonnay.
This wine comes from the appellation of Carinena in Spain. It leans towards the "modern" style of white wine from Spain---fresh, lively, no oak and delicious. Oh, and did a mention it is only $6.99!!!!!


Tasting Notes: Offers aromas of citrus fruit, pineapple and wild flowers. Dry and extremely refreshing on the palate.

Serve With: Ideal as an aperitif, or paired with salads or delicately-flavored seafood or white meat dishes.












Las Valles "Red"....$6.99
50% Tempranillo, 40% Garnacha, 10% Syrah
Tasting Notes: This smooth, well-balanced red blend offers aromas of blackberries, blueberries and cassis, with intense fruit on the palate and a slightly peppery finish.

Serve With: Enjoy on its own, or paired with mild cheeses, simple pizza, pasta or red/white meat dishes, and more.
info from the importer







The next great deal from Cameron Hughes


2007 Cameron Hughes Lot 115 Russian River Chardonnay....$8.99
Taste: The richest of our latest Russian River Valley Chardonnays, this wine features a brilliant gold hue and equally pretty nose of spicy apple, honey, and pears. Deliciously round from oak ageing, yet sprightly with great overall structure and balance. Finishes with pretty fruit and sweet oak notes. Absolutely delicious.

Cameron Confidential: A famous Sonoma winery approached us late last summer with an opportunity: They had contracted two ranches for additional growth but had been unable as yet to use the fruit. Rather than break the contracts they wanted to make the wines for us. With supply tightening on Chardonnay we leaped at the opportunity.

The house style of this producer is to produce a brighter RRV Chardonnay, with judicious use of oak and no malolactic fermentation. These wines are built to pair well with food, and this is evidenced by the producer's huge presence on US wine lists. This winery's production processes are second to none with hand-sorting, whole cluster pressing, and top-quality French oak barrel fermentations. 85% of this blend was fermented and aged 6 months in new French oak barrels and is one of three blends we assembled from the numerous blocks harvested from two Russian River Valley ranches. Compare at $25 – $30, which is where this producer's RRV Chard is priced.
info from Cameron Hughes Website

Liederkranz is back!!!


In stock at Forsyth, come in for taste,


Liederkranz is back in stock again at Forsyth
We got it for the first time in 25 years last year -- now it is back again!!!!
Come taste this truly original American cheese today!!


Liederkranz is an American cheese that was created in the "Limburger style". After being sold a few times and problems with fire and other things, the production of Liederkranz ceased in 1985. I started at the store back in 1987 and never had a chance to try the cheese. But for years after I started, I had a million requests for this cheese that was no longer being produced. I am very excited to announce that Liederkranz is being made again and is now available in limited quantities around the midwest and at The Wine and Cheese Place.






Here is the full story:
Liederkranz is an American recreation of Limburger cheese, made subtly different by the use of a different bacterial culture for ripening....cow's milk cheese, with an edible pale yellow-orange tan crust, and a semisoft, pale interior with a mildly pungent flavor and distinct aroma....Liederkranz was created in 1891 by Emil Frey (1867–1951), a young Swiss cheesemaker in Monroe, New York....Frey named the cheese after a local singing society, a Liederkranz Club ("wreath of song"), perhaps the famous one in New York, or perhaps really just on a whim for its Germanic sound.

The Monroe Cheese Company, the original source of Liederkranz, passed to new ownership, but Emil Frey stayed on and followed Liederkranz production to Van Wert, Ohio, in 1926. In 1929 the company was sold to the Borden Company. Frey retired in 1938." -- Wikipedia

After changing hands a few more times, fire at the plant, and bacterial contamination, the last batch of Liederkranz was produced in 1985.


On March 24, 2010, DCI Cheese Company announced the company was reintroducing Liederkranz cheese to the market. The cheese is available at specialty retailers across the Midwest.

Watch this video about Liederkranz:












Friday, July 8, 2011

Templeton Rye

Another spirit we have been trying to get our hands on, but so far no luck.  But, I did have a very generous customer pick us up a bottle while he was in Iowa.

Stop by The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth tomorrow if you would like a taste of this Prohibition Era Rye.  

Email them and tell them you want to see Templeton Rye at The Wine and Cheese Place in St. Louis


A new Cuvee Freddy

Alvinne Cuvee Freddy...$4.99 / 11.2oz
"Flemish Sour Ale Aged for one year on oak barrels" -- label


"Sour Ale made with fresh grapes.  Aged in wine barrels, then blended with stout.  Pretty rare (only 30 cases coming in to the U.S.)" -- importer

New Southern Tier

Southern Tier Farmer's Tan...22oz
Imperial Pale Lager
the hallmark of hard work
Neolithic humans evolved from nomadic hunters into a more settled agricultural society, changing life forever. The ‘founder’ crops they raised included wheat & barley. It is little surprise that the first examples of brewing appeared during this age.

Brewers owe much to that epoch. Similarly, we thank our farmer friends of today for cultivating the ingredients that are responsible for the beers we now enjoy. Their laborious days spent outdoors under the hot sun earn them respect, as well as a mark of distinction: the farmer’s tan. Yes, the inevitable red & white hallmark of hard work.

So, roll up your sleeves and turn the soil. Just be sure to chill a bottle of Farmer’s Tan to enjoy after work.
9.0% abv.• 19º plato • 2-row pale malt• european pilsner malt • white wheat • kettle hops: magnum, mount hood • aroma hops: santium, sterling & mount hood

Order Southern Tier online

Salumi Salami in stock now!

FedEx just dropped off a tasty package of Salumi a few minutes ago
-- the smell is amazing when you open the box!!!


Salumi Artisan Cured Meats


These are some of the best salamis in the country....Salumi Artisan Cured Meats....come in ask for taste.



"Salumi Artisan Cured Meats in Seattle is the semi-retirement project of the father of TV chef Mario Batali. With a mission to cure meats like salami in the traditional Italian way - with more than a dash of innovation - Batali is doing for the salami industry what many artisanal American cheese producers have done for good stinky cheese: He's creating a great domestic artisanal product in a niche where really excellent offerings traditionally came from abroad." -- Jessica Thompson





A new load just arrived....
Come in and asked for a taste, all sliced fresh to order.


A couple of new ones arrived this time...
Da Vino Salami
Salami with Wine added
Salumi Pepperoni


Plus some of the old favorites....


Hot Sopressata
"A spicy pork salame with garlic. Intense color and slight bite." -- Salumi

Finocchiona Salami
"A traditional Tuscan Salami flavored with fennel with a rough texture from the hand-mixed pork. This is the customer favorite at Batali's store in Seattle" -- Batali


Mole Salami
''We developed the mole because we have a large Spanish community here, but also because I wanted something totally different, broken away from Italian custom with the same concept of curing but a whole distinct new level of flavor. The dark-colored mole salami has the same homemade texture as the others, only with a deep hint of chocolate."-- Batali



House Salami
"Our house signature salame with a touch of ginger. Mild with a slight tartness at the end." -- Salumi




Beer Glasses are back in stock!





Beer Glasses are back in stock!!
Tulip
Tall Pilsner
Lager
Classic Wheat
Spiegelau Glassware uses fine powdered sand and a platinum purification process to create a fine, scratch resistant premium glass with brilliant clarity and head retention - the ideal vessel for appreciating your favorite beers.


$14.99 / 2 glasses






Angels Envy - help bring it to St. Louis

Lets try to get Angels Envy Bourbon to Missouri
Stop by The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth for a taste (while supply lasts).   Bourbon finished in Port Barrels.  The newest project from the man that brought you Woodford Reserve!!!


Angels Envy Bourbon -- 
This is the new project of Lincoln  Henderson who is most famous for being the Master Distiller and developer of Woodford Reserve.   They are just rolling out this Bourbon in 8 states this year, unfortunately, Missouri is not one of them.    In August they are meeting to decide on which states to enter into next year.  Help us make sure Missouri is one of them -- send them a note on their
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$6 Chardonnay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AMAZING BARGAIN!!!!  Just got in a great closeout.

2008 Milton Park Chardonnay....$5.99

Compare to $13 on The Wine Advocate


"BEST OF TASTING" - "VERY GOOD"- The Wall Street Journal (July 09) "
"The color is a rich vibrant green. The nose shows lifted clean, sweet fruit of apricot and peach. The palate is medium to full bodied and exhibits predominantly peach and nectarine flavours, with cloves and cardamom evident from the use of a small amount of French oak. The wine finishes full and long with a nice balance of sweet fruit and creaminess." -- Importer


"For less than $20, we are not looking for a wine that will change our lives, but simply something that we’ll enjoy sipping. There were far too few of these, but there were some—our best of tasting, Milton Park, for instance. This truly tasted like fine Chardonnay, with a little bit of the oily texture that gives Chardonnay its velvety and sometimes sexy feel. For about $11, it’s a steal."
"BEST OF TASTING" - "VERY GOOD"- The Wall Street Journal 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Sam Adams Utopia coming to The Wine and Cheese Place

gone


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Info from Sam Adams website:
Sweet fire, with a rich malt and wood complexity.

Truly the epitome of brewing's two thousand year evolution, Samuel Adams Utopias® offers a flavor not just unlike any other beer but unlike any other beverage in the world. The 2009 release is a blend of batches, some having been aged up to 16 years in the barrel room of our Boston Brewery, in a variety of woods. We aged a portion of the beer in hand-selected, single-use bourbon casks from the award-winning Buffalo Trace Distillery. The latest batch also spent time in Portuguese muscatel finishing casks, as well as sherry, brandy and Cognac casks. This flavorful, slightly fruity brew has a sweet, malty flavor that is reminiscent of a deep, rich vintage port, fine cognac or aged sherry.


The history of Samuel Adams Utopias comes from the extreme beers of Triple Bock and Millenium that came before it. With those brews we began the exploration of aging beer in barrels for a different flavor contribution. With Utopias, we took that process to another level by introducing a variety of casks that the beer was aged in, each offering their own unique flavor. We also experimented with blending different vintages of beer to create its final character. The idea of aging in casks and blending was inspired by the techniques of whiskey makers in how they were able to craft the taste of their liquid from several of these elements. We expanded that notion to include casks of different origins. Applying these techniques to beer not only led to a completely unique beer, but also to a new taste experience.

The latest in our strong brews, Samuel Adams Utopias has been brewed in three small limited batches to date, growing stronger with each batch. The first batch which was released in 2001 topped out at 24%ABV, for the fourth batch in 2009 we reached 27%ABV. Each batch was only released once in limited quantities.


Samuel Adams Utopias was brewed at a very high gravity using a wide variety of malted barley and a touch of maple syrup. It was then aged in a blend of scotch, bourbon, port and cognac casks for up to 10 years.

Flavor: A unique flavor of vintage port, old sherry and fine cognac. Layers of dark fruit, wood and vanilla.
Color: Ruby black
Original Gravity: 40° Plato
Alcohol by Vol/Wt: 27% ABV - 21.31%ABW
Calories per recommended 2 oz serving: 107
Malt Varieties: Two-row pale Harrington and Metcalfe, Caramel 60, Munich
Hop Variety: Hallertau Mittelfruh, Spalt and Tettnager
Yeast Strain: Two Samuel Adams yeasts
Availability: Limited release
First Brewed: 2002




Blood Orange Liqueur

In stock now at Forsyth....





Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur
"In Sicily, the temperature drops at dusk and the blood orange fruit flames red, a pigment highly uncommon to citrus. Every blood orange thus contains a secret — the red segments belying its blushed orange rind.  The Solerno brand is built around this element of surprise and seduction. In a person, these qualities would be a woman who is at once appropriate, confident, sophisticated and savvy. Her allure is in being perfectly imperfect.  Wherever she is, she sets the tone.  Likewise, Solerno cocktails possess a radiance that aligns with the woman who alights a room and the fruit with a bright secret.  Solerno is for those who prefer one or two distinctive cocktails as opposed to several glasses of a faceless wine. The proposition of Solerno is to embody the savvy and positivity that is, in this climate, becoming the new sophistication." -- website


click here for some drink ideas

Salvador Dali....

Salvador Dali labels.....

2004 Bodegas Altanza Lealtanza Rioja Reserva Miro...$61.99 / bottle
3 different labels
"The 2004 Lealtanza Reserva Spanish Artist Collection features a gorgeous Salvador Dali painting on the label attached to the heavy, custom-made bottle. As with last year’s Miro label, the wine stands up to the quality of the art work. The Tempranillo grapes were sourced from 75+-year-old estate vineyards and aged for 18 months in new Allier French oak. Opaque purple-colored, the wine features a splendid perfume of wood smoke, vanilla, fresh road tar, mineral, spice box, black cherry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate the wine is obviously youthful yet elegant. There are layers of spicy black fruits, ripe tannin, excellent balance, and a long finish. Give it 5-7 years in the cellar and drink it through 2030."
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate












Torre Galatea Perelada Rose Cava "Salvadar Dali"...$28.99
"Visitors to Salvador Dalí’s visitors house in Port Lligat were always greeted with a glass of Castilla Perelada Rosado cava. Castillo Perelada has joined forces with the Fundación Gala-Salvador Dalí to create a cava to commemorate this fact. The Torre Galatea that gives its name to this cava is one of the most identifiable images in Dali’s universe. Dalí and Miguel Mateu, founder of our bodega, were prolific correspondents over the years, and the Dali-style typography used on the label originates in these letters." -- importer


"After it had been baptised and decorated by Salvador Dali, Torre Galatea was to become the painter's last residence and, later, part of the museum and the foundation that bear his name.  The enigmatic ants which run over so many of the surrealist genius masterpieces now also surround the bottle of Cava Brut Rosado Torre Galatea" -- bottle.


to order or reserve some call 314.727.8788

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hot new Italian wines in stock at Forsyth





2007 Moccagatta Barbaresco Basarin....$52.99
"With a touch of oak adding sweetness and spice, this red is totally seductive, from the floral, cherry and licorice aromas and flavors to the supple texture and harmony to the lingering aftertaste of sweet fruit and spice. Ripe and charming, with a soft feel to the dense tannins. Best from 2013 through 2032. 833 cases made. –BS"
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate


2007 Moccagatta Barbaresco Bric Balin....$52.99
Superfresh and focused, delivering pure flavors of blackberry, black currant, violet and mineral, with a hint of tar. It's all backed by refined tannins and bright acidity, providing structure that should allow this to develop over the next 20 years. Best from 2014 through 2030. 1,916 cases made. –BS"
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate


2006 Luigia Pira Barolo....$35.99
"A tightly wound red, this is firm yet elegant, offering cherry, tobacco, licorice and mineral aromas and flavors. Boasting intensity and length, this needs time to unwind. Best from 2013 through 2032. 416 cases made. –BS"
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate


2006 Ciacci Piccolomini d Aragona Brunello di Montalcino...$61.99
A seductive style, featuring fragrant floral, raspberry, tobacco and mineral aromas and flavors. Firm tannins sweep in on the finish, which is tight and unyielding now. It's all there, just needs time. Best from 2013 through 2025. 3,750 cases made. –BS
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate





Fernet Branca Minta

Both Brancas in stock now


Many of you know Fernet Branca
"In 1845 Bernardino Branca created Fernet-Branca, soon to become the world-famous bitter.  The rich sensations are thanks to the dozens of herbs and spices picked in 4 continents. The secret of a recipe Branca wisely cherished for over five generations.
The fragrance of oak barrels, perfectly balanced blend of flavors matured for twelve months.
The superbly bitter taste of Fernet-Branca begins here. Take your time – relish its qualities." - website

But what about the Branca Menta.....
Brancamenta
Fernet Branca Menta

Brrrrrrrrrr……Brancamenta. An intense thrill of freshness.

Brancamenta was created in the mid- ‘60s, when the trendiest youngsters began asking for a glass of Fernet- Branca with a hint of mint syrup, thus unconsciously giving birth to a tonic and refreshing drink.
Thanks to its distinguishing and special instinct, Branca looks at the new trend as the starting point of  the production of the liquor, perfect in all seasons. An overnight success.
The freshness of mint is what strikes at first in Brancamenta.
Its unique flavor, which makes every sip a new experience, derives from its secret formula, cherishing the best qualities of the true piedmontese peppermint leaves.
It has light-brown color, balanced but intense flavor, a refined accent.
The unique blend of mint scents  with over 30 herbs and spices gives the distinctive and pleasant aroma.
Perfect in every season for its refreshing, thirst-quenching qualities. Perfect when served on the rocks.

COCKTAILS

  • Brancamenta dream

    Brancamenta dream

    1/3 of Brancamenta
    1/3 of Red Bull
    1/3 of light blonde beer
    3 ice cubes
    Slowly pour all icy ingredients into a large glass filled with ice.
    Garnish with a lemon rind.
    Serve with a short straw.
  • Brancamenta e Sprite

    Brancamenta and Sprite

    1/5 of Brancamenta
    4/5 of Sprite
    Pour Brancamenta into a tall tumbler. Fill up with icy Sprite. Add a slice of lemon.
  • Brividissimo

    Brividissimo

    1/3 of Brancamenta
    2/3 of vodka
    Ginger Ale
    Pour Brancamenta and vodka into a large glass and finish up with Ginger Ale. Garnish with twig of mint. Serve with a straw.
  • Caraibbean

    Caraibbean

    1/5 of Brancamenta
    2/5 of grapefruit juice
    2/5 of pineapple juice
    Fill a tall tumbler with ice cubes, pour Brancamenta and add fruit juices.
    Mix and garnish with twig of mint.
  • Caraibbean

    Mintonic

    1/5 of Brancamenta
    4/5 of Tonic
    ½ squeezed lime
    Lots of ice and fresh mint leaves as a garnish.

    info from their website

Devil Dancer coming today

In stock now.  bottled June 17




Since I left the store, I turned it "off online".
There is still a few left -- call if you would like them to hold one for you.
Forsyth -- 314.727.8788
Rock Hill -- 314.962.8150
New Ballas -- 314.989.0020


Very limited --
Founders Devil Dancer Triple IPA...$18.99
"When you dance with the Devil the Devil don’t change. You do. Massive in complexity, the huge malt character balances the insane amount of alphas used to create it. At an incredible 112 IBU’s it’s dry-hopped with a combination of ten hop varieties. This one can age with the best of them."
-- Founders
Rated 99 percentile on RateBeer Rated A- or Beer Advocate






Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bells Two Hearted Ale fresh and back

Bells Two Hearted just arrived back in stock today -- fresh again -- bottled 6/26/11



Monday, July 4, 2011

Fleur 4 packs arrived last week....



2011 Goose Island Fleur....$9.99 / 4 pack
Rated 96/100
RateBeer



Brewmasters Notes:
A Belgian style pale ale blended with hibiscus and kombucha tea, Fleur is a beautiful, rose-colored ale with an aroma of strawberries and hibiscus flowers. Her flavor balance starts with a hint of sweet, ripe berry and finishes tart.


Recipe Information:
Style: Belgian Style Pale Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 7.0%
International Bitterness Units: 32
Color: Rose
Hops: Super Styrian, Styrian Golding, Saaz
Malt: 2-Row, Caramel, Sugar


Serving Suggestions:
Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass