Saturday, June 9, 2012

New Lambic?

Interesting label approved --
Lambic import by Anheuser Busch, St. Louis, MO

Cannot find out anything about the beer on the internet?
Not on Rate Beer, not on Beer Advocate?

anybody hear of this?

Local Bacon

From Missouri -- currently sold out!

Kreilich Farm Bacon...from St. Genevieve Missouri
"Kreilich Farm bacon is made the way my great-grandfather made it after coming from Germany to Missouri. If you lived 150 years ago this is how bacon would have tasted. Our bacon is produced in extremely small quantities to ensure the finest quality for our customers. It is made using only natural ingredients and traditional methods. No nitrates, nitrites, chemical solutions, phosphates, or water are ever used. We use a time-honored family recipe of spices and herbs to dry cure our bacon. Our bacon is then smoked slowly over apple and pecan wood for hours."

Friday, June 8, 2012

2010 William Fevre Chablis in stock!

These are in stock at Forsyth now.  Some of our order got shorted, hopefully they will be here next week.

2010 Fevre Chablis Les Clos Grand Cru...$96.99
Tasting note: An exceptionally fresh and intensely floral nose also offers up notes of lime, lemon, stone and iodine, all of which can also be found on the massively rich, concentrated and big-bodied flavors that are breathtakingly powerful and intense, all wrapped in a palate drenching and extraordinarily long finish. As impressive as all of these characteristics are, it's the sheer depth of underlying material that is almost hard to believe. Like the Preuses and the Valmur, this is a 'wow' wine that should develop for at least a decade though because of all of the dry extract, it will be approachable much sooner.
Rated 95-97/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound

2010 Fevre Chablis Les Preuses Grand Cru...$84.99
Tasting note: A pure, cool, airy and exceptionally stylish nose of green fruit, citrus zest, iodine and shellfish slides gracefully into rich, round and brilliantly well-delineated medium-bodied flavors that possess a silky mouth feel and an explosively long and bone dry finish. This impeccably poised and understated effort is a classic Les Preuses with its Zen-like harmony and sheer class.
Rated 94-96/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound

2010 Fevre Chablis Bougros "Côte de Bouguerots" Grand Cru...$82.99
Note: from a 2 ha parcel at the bottom section of the vineyard; even so, the vineyard is so steep here that it must be worked entirely by hand as tractors would be dangerous to use
Tasting note: Here the nose is moderately similar to that of the Bougros except this is a good deal more elegant and the mineral reduction notes are more prominent. There is terrific cut and precision to the pure, tight and chiseled medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a bone dry and driving finish of superb length. A knockout of extraordinary aging potential.
Rated 93-96/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound 

Rated 97/100 John Gilman, View from the Cellar

2010 Fevre Chablis Bougros Vaudésir Grand Cru...$75.99
Tasting note: A riper yet almost equally elegant nose features extract of white and yellow orchard fruit, sea breeze and pungent stone notes. Size-wise, this is between the Bougros and the Valmur with impressively dense and powerful flavors that coat the palate with dry extract that also buffers the firm acid spine on the hugely complex and energetic finish. Despite the punch and weight, this is relatively fine and I quite like the silky texture.
Rated 93-96/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound

Rated 96/100 John Gilman, View from the Cellar 

2010 Fevre Chablis "Montée de Tonnerre" 1er...$46.99
Tasting note: A wonderfully elegant and highly expressive nose consists of white flower, oyster shell and iodine aromas that are very much in keeping with the powerful yet refined broad-scaled flavors that possess both excellent volume and concentration, all wrapped in an explosive and gorgeously long finish. The combination of punch and civility is most beguiling.
Rated 92-94/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound

Rated 94+/100 John Gilman, View from the Cellar 

Domaine A. & P. de Villaine

From Aubert de Villaine is co-director of DRC - yes, Domaine Romanee Conti 

2010 Dom. A. & P. de Villaine Bouzeron Aligote...$26.99
"Our Bouzeron comes from vines situated on the best slopes of the appellations. We have planted the golden Aligoté doré grape, which gives lowers yield and more aromatic wines than its cousin, the Aligoté vert.
True to its varietal nature, our Bouzeron is a liveley, fruity wine, but it also has a finesse and roundness that spring from the essential nature of the terroir.
These qualities lend it great versatility. To best appreciate the freshness and fruit, it would be drunk young, within two or three years. To allow the wine to fully develop fullness and "fatness", age it for up to ten years.
It should be served chilled, at about 54°F, as an apéritif, with seafood, or with a number of cheeses (goat cheese, Cantal, Beaufort, Parmesan, Roquefort, etc." -- 
Domaine A. & P. de Villaine 

2010 Dom. A. & P. de Villaine Côte Chalonnaise Les Clous...$31.99
"Les Clous comes from several parcels located on a south-facing slope of Bouzeron's valley, sheltered from summer's north wind during ripening.
Our vineyard here is planted with selections of Chardonnay grapes that we have chosen for moderate yields.
Les clous is a vin de garde- it's meant to be aged. It is made from the fruit of old vines on a predominantly limestone terroir, and in its youth displays a pure mineral character.
Patience, however, is urged: only after five to seven years does this wine reveal the full scope of its finesse and complexity of aromas.
Serve it chilled, between 54°F and 57°F.
It is a perfect complement to fish and white meats, but avoid sauces that are too spicy. Some recommanded cheeses include goat cheese, Reblochon, Beaufort, and Comté." - 
Domaine A. & P. de Villaine 

Domaine A. & P. de Villaine

"Aubert de Villaine deserves the accolades he receives. He is a reluctant hero, an unlikely trait in a man of such accomplishment, intellect, and inherent sense of noblesse. Heir to one of the most enviable wine legacies of all time, Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, the young Aubert was more interested in literature and law than wine. After spending time in New York working for an importer of Burgundian wines, he finally returned home in the mid-nineteen sixties to assume his role as co-director of DRC.

In the 1970s, Aubert and his American wife, Pamela, sought less pedigreed pastures to call home. They finally settled in the village of Bouzeron, well-situated between Chassagne-Montrachet, Santenay, Rully, and Mercurey, in the Côte Chalonnaise. However high profile his day job, Aubert still considers himself avigneron like any other, and Bouzeron’s off-the-beaten-path location left him alone to make his own wines without the demands of upholding an international reputation. The domaine was horribly rundown when the de Villaines took over, but years of studying this unique terroir have made them pioneers in one of the last forgotten enclaves of Burgundy. The monks of the great abbey of Cluny first planted vines here in the twelfth century, leaving a legacy that has endured for centuries. Consequently, the grape varietal that reigns supreme today is the dry, white Aligoté—an unusual celebrity given its work-horse reputation in the middle of Chardonnay country. Bouzeron boasts the best Aligoté in Burgundy, the Aligoté Doré, (instead of the lesser clone, Aligoté Vert) which gives smaller yields to produce wines with more expressive aromatics. Although the grape was overlooked until 1979 when it first earned the appellation Bourgogne Aligoté de Bouzeron, the I.N.A.O. finally upgraded the appellation to A.O.C. Bouzeron in 1997, largely due to Aubert’s advocacy over the years. Aubert’s single vineyard Bourgognes, both in blanc and rouge, are equally outstanding representations of the unlikely pedigree found in this corner of the region.

The de Villaines farm three appellations within the Côte Chalonaise, namely Bouzeron (Aligoté), Rully (Chardonnay) and Mercurey (Pinot Noir). Their single-vineyard parcels are stunning examples of what this complex and amazing terroircan yield. Though their wines are quite enjoyable young, their ability to age well is what one might expect from a master such as de Villaine. Much of this is due to both the diversity of his vinestock and his organic and biodynamic methodology in the vineyards, both of which Aubert stands by with great conviction. He also ferments his Mercureys in wood cuves, a style adopted from DRC.

Pierre de Benoist, Aubert’s nephew, currently directs the domaine, upholding the sense of tradition, excellence, and standards for which it has become so well-known. In 2010, Aubert was awarded Decanter Magazine’s prestigious “Man of the Year” Award, a distinction that, unsurprisingly, the modest Aubert seemed reluctant to accept." -- Kermit Lynch

Fresh Mirror Pond

In stock at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth -- 

Fresh batch -- best by 9/18/12

Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale...$8.99 / 6 packs

This is base camp, where any craft brew exploration begins. A distinct hop nose and hop-forward flavor make Mirror Pond the quintessential Pale Ale. It is aromatically complex, multi-layered, and unmistakably “right.”

90 Points - buttery chardonnay!

In stock at Rock Hill and Forsyth

order online

You like Rombauer....try this one

utton Estate Winery

From the famous Dutton Ranch!
Dutton Estate Winery produces vineyard-designated Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah and Sauvignon Blanc from the family’s estate vineyards at Dutton Ranch in the Green Valley and Russian River Valley. Collectively with winemaker Terry Adams, the wines of Dutton Estate Winery and Sebastopol Vineyards articulate the individualized characteristics of our estate vineyards and the efforts of a devoted winemaker and grape grower. 

Best price in the country!
2009 Dutton Estate Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay....$18.99
"Combines richness with depth and dimension, offering subtle fig, white peach, spice and honeysuckle flavors, with medium weight. Gains on the finish. Drink now through 2016. 476 cases made. –JL"
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

Compare to $37 at Dutton Estate
Wine-Searcher ranges from $22-$40

Peruvian Beer

Peruvian Beer
Tres Cruces.......$8.99 / 6pk
100% Scarlett Barley

Franca Especial....$8.99 / 6pk

Mezcal with a Scorpion in the bottle!

Yes, that is the Scorpion in the bottle!

Mezcal with a SCORPION in each bottle!

Scorpion Silver Mezcal....$34.99
Gold Medal / 94 points, BTI.
Silver Medal, SF World Spirits Competition.
(100% Agave)

Appearance: Clear as molten glass in the bottle- it is a beautiful thing. On swirling, it leaves a very light coating on the glass which belies its viscosity. Sitting in the glass it looks like a small puddle of sap or nectar. Quite a striking contrast to most clear spirits such as vodka.

First Impression: A dry bouquet, hints of lime, citrus, cucumber salt, and savory herbs, and on more warming: char, creosote, some spiciness, and a faint trace of balsam.

Taste: Dry and sweet at the same time somehow, lime, citrus, leather and dry smoke, almost a tannic. Light and spritely on the tongue mouth feel, whispers down the throat and then leaves a rather delicate warming considering the 80 proof with a smoky spicy aftertaste. Like a mesquite campfire, this is amazingly complex. Spirits Review

This award-winning Scorpion Silver Mezcal is artisan-made in small batches in Oaxaca, Mexico, with a real scorpion in every bottle. This version is freshly distilled and bottled without aging. The distinctive bottle comes with it's own little Scorpion Mezcal® sombrero.

Scorpion Reposado Mezcal...$36.99
Superb / Highly Recommended, Wine Enthusiast.
Silver Medal / Highly Recommended, BTI 92 Points
Silver Medal, SF World Spirits Competition.
(100% Agave)
This smooth mezcal is rested in oak barrels for between 2 and 11 months.
Excellent for sipping.

Appearance: Oak amber color in the bottle. If it was maple syrup it would be a medium amber - It is a beautiful thing! On swirling, it leaves a very light coating on the glass which belies its viscosity. Sitting in the glass it looks like a small puddle of sap or nectar.

First Impression: Smoky and more understated and delicate than the Scorpion Silver. Dry, with a bouquet of lime, citrus, and cucumber - salt, and savory herbs, and on more warming: char, creosote, some spiciness. The oak aging even at only 6 months shines through.

Taste: Dry and sweet at the same time somehow, with citrus, leather, dry smoke and lime, hints of cardamon, nutmeg. It is resinous on the tongue and mouth feel, whispers down the throat and then leaves a rather delicate warming considering the 80 proof. It has a smokey, spicy aftertaste like a mesquite campfire. This is amazingly complex stuff- very smooth and too easy-to-drink. Spirits Review

This award-winning Scorpion Mezcal® Reposado is artisan-made in small batches in Oaxaca, Mexico, with a real scorpion in every bottle. This version spends between 2 and 11 months aging in oak barrels of less than 200 liters. Singel barrel bottlings of our aged products ensures premium quality mezcal. The distinctive bottle comes with it's own little Scorpion Mezcal® sombrero.

Scorpion Anejo Mezcal....$69.99
Best Mezcal Spirit of the Year, Food & Wine Magazine.
(100% Agave)
Matured for 1 year in oak barrels.
BTI 95 Points

What you will experience is a fresh, nimble, nicely balanced spirit with a hint of melon flavor. FWM

Appearance: Dark amber color in the bottle. If it was maple syrup, it would be a medium amber. It is a beautiful thing! On swirling, it leaves a very light coating on the glass which belies its viscosity. Sitting in the glass, it looks like a small puddle of sap or nectar.

First Impression: Very smoky and more understated than the others. Smells like a tin of just opened sobranie tobacco, with strong Phenol and smoke.

Taste: Dry and sweet at the same time somehow, with lime, leather, oil, and smoke, and a suggestion of mint. Resinous on the tongue, and mouth feel. It whispers down the throat, and then leaves a rather delicate burn considering the 80 proof, with a smoky spicy aftertaste like a really good tobacco and spicy notes. Spirits Review

This award-winning Scorpion Mezcal® Añejo 1 Year Old is artisan-made in small batches in Oaxaca, Mexico, with a real scorpion in every bottle. This version spends a minimum of 1 year aging in oak barrels of less than 200 liters. Singel barrel bottlings of our aged products ensures premium quality mezcal. The distinctive bottle comes with it's own little Scorpion Mezcal® sombrero. Like a fine cognac, the method, age and process determine the smoother, mellower and more valuable they become.

Premium American Vodka - One Roq

One Roq Vodka....$21.99 / 750ml
One Roq Vodka Reserved....$23.99 / 750ml
One Roq Vodka Raspberry ....$21.99 / 750ml

"America's Premium Vodka"
Glass Column Distilled from Iowa Corn and Colorado Mountain Spring Water
Gluten, Sulfite and Sodium Free - First Worldwide
Authentic American Production

One Roq wants to break the stereotype that the best Vodka comes must be imported!

$2.99 / 6 pack beer

In stock at Forsyth

BLUE DIAMOND LAGER....$2.99 / 6pk cans

A full-bodied lager beer with above average taste. Made with premium ingredients. This product is amber Colored and has a slightly higher alcohol content than Most American beers.
 Alcohol: 3.75% by weight

Premium Hand-Crafted Beer's by Blue Diamond Brewing Company of Minnesota use only the highest quality hops, grain and yeast that money can buy to brew its beer - because of these high quality ingredients, we can guarantee you a premium beer product with a consistent taste that you deserve and respect.

Blue Diamond Brewing Company 
Hand Crafted Premium Brewed Beer's
"From the Land of Blue Diamonds"

info from their website

Best Spanish Values in the store...

Our hottest Spanish wines are back in stock..

2011 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

2011 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.

5 Liter Mini kegs

The latest edition to our 5 liter Mini Kegs of Beer

Bischofshof Original 1649...$26.99 / 5 liter

Plus we have these in stock at Forsyth!

All 4 of our stores now have Bells Oberon Mini Kegs

Our Rock Hill location has...
Bells Oberon 5 liter
Bitburger 5 liter
Warsteiner 5 liter
Reissdorf Koslch 5 liter

De Dochter Gueuze

De Dochter L'Enfant Terrible Belgian Gueuze Lambic...$17.99

93/100 RateBeer

Info from 12 Percent website
Style: Sour ale, refermentation in bottle
Alcohol Content: 7%/vol
Color: copper; robust white head
Tasting Notes: barnyard funk, horse blanket, sour, faint sweetness, subtle smoke

only 9 bottles available

Evil Twin Wet Dream and Russian Roulette

Evil Twin The Trappist Wet Dream...$10.99 / pint
94/100 RateBeer
"A beautiful brown ale that give off a delightful aroma of espresso beans, citrus, and spice - the results is amazing, lusty and incoherent - yes, it's your wildest desires in a bottle.  Exclusively brewed for the Trappist.  Not the order of Cisterclans monks in Belgium because they make some pretty sweet beers on their own.  But the Trappist beer bar in Oakland, California, where the sun shines, the vibe is cool and the beer selection is out of this world.  Enjoy y'all." - label

Each case has a mix of IPA and Black IPA - you don't know until you open the bottle which one you get, the label is the same (or hold the bottle up to the light)
Evil Twin Ompnipollo Russian Roulette...$11.99 / pint

IPA  - 97 on RateBeer
Black IPA - 97 on RateBeer

Congratulations, you have just managed to get your hands on Russian Roulette - a rare kind of collaboration between Evil Twin Brewing (Denmark) and OMNIPOLLO (Sweden).

This beer would best be described as an IPA with a twist. A twist that will reveal itself first after you "bust some caps".

One thing remains sure however, if you like hops and the lush texture of a well crafted beer this will have you smiling as you face your destiny. 

Good luck, 
Jeppe (Evil Twin Brewing) and Henok (OMNIPOLLO)

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Bourbon Barrel Aged Beer

Here is a picture of all of the Bourbons that we have their barrels being used to age with a beer for us (some still aging and some waiting to be filled).  
Some of the Bourbons we have done multiple barrels.

Knob Creek 9 Year Old - 2 barrels
Buffalo Trace - 4 barrels
Willett Family Reserve 9 Year Old - 1 barrel
Elijah Craig 12 year old - 2 barrels
Jefferson 18 Year Old - 2 barrels
Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey -  2 barrels
Blantons - 1 barrel more in the works

We are very proud of this program and how it is developing into a great series of beers.

Barrel Update June 2012

The next Barrel Aged Beer Collaboration from The Wine and Cheese Place is soon to be released.   Charleville Hairy Cow Wee Heavy in Bourbon Barrel is scheduled to be bottled on Friday.  Release Date is June 22 - watch for release party details soon.    This will be our 4th beer to be bottled!

Here is the Charleville Wee Heavy getting racked in preparation for bottling!

Hairy Cow got bottled today!!!!
June 7, 2012

Hairy Cow Wee Heavy aged in Bourbon Barrel
They did not bottle any non-barrel aged version of the beer, but it has been around town on draft.  Charleville is going to bottle it in a 750ml silk screened bottle -- should be gorgeous.

More info:

Buffalo Trace (#3) Bourbon Barrel was filled on February 13, 2012 
with their Hairy Cow 9% Wee Heavy.

Barrel Update - June 4, 2012

Barrel -  Buffalo Trace (#1) Bourbon
Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadrupel

Date filled: August 5 , 2011
Date bottled: February 7, 2012
Cases produced:  17 cases (204 / 750ml bottles) 
Beer released and Sold out - click here to see the release pictures

Barrel - Buffalo Trace (#2) Bourbon
2nd Shift Brewing Liquid Spiritual Delight Stout Barrel Aged
Date filled: Decmeber 29, 2011
Date bottled: March 5, 2012
Cases produced:  17 cases (204 / 750ml bottles) 
Beer released and Sold out - click here to see pictures of the release

Barrel -  Knob Creek 9yr (#1) Bourbon 
(first full barrel ever sold in St. Louis) 
Perennial Devil's Heart of Gold Barrel Aged Wheat Wine

Date filled: October 6, 2011

Date bottled: May 8, 2012

Cases produced: 17 cases (204 / 750ml bottles) 

Beer released and Sold out - click here to see some pictures

Barrel - Buffalo Trace (#3) Bourbon
Charleville Hairy Cow Wee Heavy

Date filled: February 13, 2012
Date bottled:  June 7, 2012 
Cases produced: 420 / 750ml bottles
Beer release date: June 22,  2012

Barrel - Elijah Craig 12yr Old (#1) Bourbon  
(1st full barrel sold in STL)
Barrel - Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey (#1)
4 Hands Brewing Company Bona Fide Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Goshen Espresso and Whole Vanilla Bean

Date filled: Both barrels filled on February 13, 2012
Date bottled: not yet determined
Cases produced: not sure yet?
Beer released date: ???

click here to see the barrels get filled and read more

Barrel - Buffalo Trace (#4) Bourbon

Six Row Brewing Barrel Aged Killer Whale
Date filled: June 11, 2012
Date bottled: not yet determined
Cases produced: not sure yet?
Beer released date: ???

What's next!
Barrel - Jefferson Reserve 18 Year
Barrel and Bourbon should be here in the next 2 weeks
Barrel - Willett Family Bourbon 10 year old
Tasted the samples and ordered the bourbon and barrel - eta?
Barrel -  Knob Creek 9yr (#2) Bourbon
Barrel and Bourbon just arrived -- info on which brewery will be filling it up soon.
Barrel - Elijah Craig 12yr Old (#2) Bourbon 
Barrel and Bourbon should arrive within the next 2 weeks
Barrel - Blanton's (#1) Bourbon 
Barrel and Bourbon should arrive within the next 2 weeks

Bells mini kegs!!!

In stock at Forsyth and Rock HIll
(should hit New Ballas around 2:30 today and Ballwin around 3:30 today)

Thought they would never make it!
Bells Oberon 2012 - 5 liter mini kegs

Bells Oberon 2012 - $21.99 / 5 liter keg

San Pellegrino new flavors

Two new soda stock now

Blood Orange 
and Grapefruit

Corsair Artisan Spirits

Corsair Artisan Distillery
Who we are. Welcome, and thank you for stopping by! We’re a small craft spirits company with a distilleries in Bowling Green, KY and Nashville TN.

Our Spirits. We make very small batches of spirits – just a few cases at a time – in our pot stills. Everything’s done by hand, from production to bottling.

Corsair Artisan Gin...$21.99 / 750ml
Gold Medal Winner, 2009
San Francisco World Spirits Competition

We make our gin in very small batches using our hand-hammered gin-head pot still. This uncommon step makes our gin crisp and very smooth on the finish. We’re proud to use an unusual mix of traditional botanicals, all sustainably harvested, to give our gin a unique and refreshing character.
Style: Citrusy, Smooth, Refreshing. Crafted For Cocktails.

Corsair Spiced Rum....$21.99
Our small batch spiced rum has an unusual character. We use several types of citrus peel and whole vanilla beans while going easy on our other spices and botanicals (all sustainably harvested). The result is a rum that plays well with others — a lot of flavor that doesn’t overwhelm.
Style: Citrus and Vanilla, Sweet and Spicy. Crafted For Cocktails.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Boulevard- new 4 pack

New package from in 4 packs for the first time

Boulevard Long Strange Tripel....$10.99 / 4pk
"Lately it occurs to us that if, back in 1989, you planned on starting a brewery in the back of your carpentry shop, you'd been wise to seek out someone like Harold “Trip” Hogue. A collector of ancient Volvos, Trip was well qualified for the make-do engineering required to coax recalcitrant equipment out of retirement and into making the first Boulevard beers. Today, he is our longest-tenured employee. We offer this rich, golden Tripel in grateful tribute to dedication, everywhere." - Boulevard

Staropramen is back!!

It has been awhile...the last 6-pack our system shows we sold was November 13, 2010

Well, it is back in stock....

Now that Czechvar is gone from STL , we have Staropramen....

New Widmer beers..

In stock at Forsyth!

Widmer Kill Devil Brown...$11.99 / 22oz
Widmer Citra Summer Citra Blonde....$6.99 / 6pk

(I don't know why they put everything in caps on their website, but I just cut and pasted, did not feel like re-typing it all)

Red Hook IPA in CANS

In stock at Forsyth!
Fresh -- Canned May 9

Redhook IPA ...$6.99 / 6pk cans
The generous addition of hops both during and at the end of the fermentation process (dry-hopping) gives our India Pale Ale its characteristic bitterness and piney citrus aroma and flavor.  The medium body, crisp finish, and moderate alcohol and IBU levels makes this one of America’s most drinkable and best-selling IPAs.

Great tuna from Spain

Ortiz Tuna
The best tuna in the world? 
Ortiz Albacore - Bonito White Tuna
"Ortiz Tuna is caught by rod and line, one by one, to assure the best quality in their preparations. This is a kind of fishing that helps to guarantee the future of the marine world resources." - importer

Ortiz Bonito del Norte
Caught in the Cantabria Sea, Northern Spain! "Bonito del Norte is White Tuna preserved or aged in extra virgin olive oil for 2 years (will keep for 5 years!). The result is an exceptionally high quality aged tuna loin. Ortiz Tuna is caught by rod and line, one by one, to assure the best quality in their preparations. This is a kind of fishing that helps to guarantee the future of the marine world resources." -- importer

Ortiz Ventresca
Considered to be the most luxurious tuna in the world, Ventresca tuna comes from the belly of the fish and has delicious deep, rich flavors and a smooth and velvety texture

Manchego covered in Rosemary

Come in to Forsyth for a taste!

Spain is on fire -- great wines!

Exciting New Spanish Wines

2006 Vall Llach Idus Priorat....$34.99
Compare to the Lowest price on Wine-Searcher....$41.99

The purple-colored 2006 Idus is made up of 40% Carinena, 20% Merlot, 15% Garnacha, and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah aged in a mix of new and used French oak for 14 months. It reveals a fragrant nose of cedar, spice box (nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon), mineral, black cherry, and licorice. Structured and a bit tightly wound on the palate, it has plenty of extract, savory flavors, excellent balance, and a lengthy finish. Give it 4-6 years in the cellar and drink it from 2014 to 2026.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Vall Llach Vall Llach Priorat....$49.99
Compare to the Lowest price on Wine-Searcher....$75.59

The flagship 2005 Vall-Llach is composed of 65% Carinena, 15% Syrah, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot aged for 12 months in new French oak. Many of the Carinena vines for this cuvee are pre-phylloxera. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up a splendid aromatic array including pain grille, slate, mushroom, espresso, garrigue, blueberry, and black currant. Opulent, full-bodied, and rich, this pedal to the metal Priorat possesses 8-10 years of aging potential. The winery claims it can be cellared for up to 50 years; that could well prove true although many of us will not be around to find out or our delay of gratification will have long given out.
Rated 96+/100 The  Wine Advocate

2009 Clos Erasmus “Laurel” Priorat...$49.99
he 2009 Laurel, tasted from a barrel sample, is a more masculine, brooding effort with aromas of minerals and black fruits that play it close to the vest. On the palate it has superb volume, great focus, impeccable balance, and a lengthy finish. In short, all the right stuff is present requiring only a bit of patience by those fortunate enough to find a few bottles.
The Clos I Terrasses Laurel cuvee is essentially the second wine of Clos Erasmus. It is sourced from the estate’s younger vines as well as those failing to make the grade for Erasmus based on taste. The result is one of the finest values in the DO of Priorat. The wine consists of 65% Garnacha, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon and 5% Syrah aged for 16 months in one-year-old barrels.
Rated 94-97/100 Wine Advocate

Only 3 barrels made!!
The Nit de Nin is the personal project of Ester Nin, vineyard manager of Clos Erasmus. The tiny production consists of 3 barrels" -- Wine Advocate 
2008 Nit de Nin....$84.99
The 2008 Nit de Nin is a glass-coating opaque purple color with an expressive nose of liquid minerality, white flowers, Asian spices, black cherry, and black plum. On the palate tapenade and licorice flavors emerge along with enough ripe tannin to support 5-6 years of additional cellaring. This lengthy effort will offer a drinking window extending from 2015 to 2028.
The Nit de Nin is the personal project of Ester Nin, vineyard manager of Clos Erasmus. The tiny production consists of 3 barrels sourced from 80- to 100-year-old vines of the Mas d’En Cacador vineyard in the village of Porrera
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

Only 4 barrels made!!
2007 Nit de Nin....$84.99 
The 2007 Nit de Nin is a blend of 60% Garnacha and 40% Carinena aged for 18 months in 65% new French oak. Dense purple-colored, it gives up a soaring and complex bouquet of Asian spices, mineral, incense, espresso, black cherry, and plum. Silky-textured while combining elegance with power, this full-bodied effort will evolve for another 3-4 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2027. 
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Planetes de Nin....$44.99
Familia Nin-Ortiz’s 2009 Planetes de Nin is sourced from a contiguous 11 acre parcel all planted on llicorella and farmed biodynamically. The wine is made up of 70% Garnacha and 30% Carignan aged in foudre. It is purple in color with an intriguing nose of dates and figs (reminiscent of a Fig Newton) as well as mineral, lavender, and black cherry. On the palate it reveals an elegant, racy personality with enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years. It is approachable now and will continue to provide pleasure through 2021.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Alvaro Palacios Finca Dofi...$76.99
The 2009 Finca Dofi is an exotic, slinky beauty with tremendous structure, proportion, and length. It will benefit greatly from 8-10 years of cellaring.   Alvaro Palacios established his namesake winery in 1989. The flagship L’Ermita made its debut in 1993. Finca Dofi and L’Ermita vineyards are farmed biodynamically. All of the wines are bottled without filtration. In 2008 Palacios was the last grower in Priorat to harvest, waiting out rains that diluted other growers’ fruit. It appears that 2009 was a slightly more successful vintage for Alvaro Palacios (and most Priorat producers) than was 2008. All of the 2009s were tasted from barrel samples at the Bodega in January 2011.
Rated 94-97/100 The Wine Advocate