Saturday, September 29, 2012

96+ rating for the new Forman Cab Sauv!!!

Limited and in stock now at Forsyth!

2009 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon...$83.99

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is stunning. An exotic, open bouquet melds into dark red fruit in this racy, sexy Cabernet. Espresso, graphite, crushed flowers, spices, mint and licorice are some of the notes that emerge from the glass. All of the elements flow together gracefully to the refined, supple finish. The 2009 will take a few years to come around, but it is dazzling and immensely appealing, even today. The blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Cabernet Franc, and the rest Petit Verdot and Merlot, all from Forman’s vineyard at the base of Howell Mountain. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039.

I only tasted three wines with Ric and Toby Forman, but that didn’t stop this tasting from being one of the highlights of the twelve days I spent in Napa Valley. These wines are all about refinement, subtlety and sheer class.
Rated 96+/100 The Wine Advocate

Friday, September 28, 2012

Ska Nefarious

It has been awhile since we have seen this one...

Ska Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter 22oz....$5.69
"Nobody bowls better sober. No on is suggesting you get drunk; merely stating the facts. Our extra strong imperial porter will make you better at bowling. King of the alley-this imperial porter reigns supreme, creamy, chocolaty sweet, with hints of coffee and bing cherry, the Nefarious is wickedly outrageous." -- Ska

New product alert....

3 new Cognacs from Camus
Grand Marnier Cherry Liqueur
Dom Perignon 2003 vintage - new vintage
Pierre Ferrand 30 Year Old Cognac
Orin Swift E Grenache from Spain

will post some more info later.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Salmon just arrived!

Fresh batch landed today at Forsyth.  

Smoked Salmon from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Usually the best things we find for our store are products that don't come looking for us, they are products that we go looking for them.  Durham's Tracklements Custom Smoked Provisions is one of those products.  In fact, we have been trying for months to sell their salmon in our store.  They kept telling us that they cannot keep up with demand at this point and they are not taking on any more accounts.  Our begging finally paid off and we our on our 3rd shipment,  Supply is limited.

Durham's Tracklements


Inspired by a stay in the Northwest Highlands and Islands of Scotland, a genuine hand-rubbed dry cure of salt with a bit of brown sugar, lightly smoked over our own blend of select hardwoods. Mellow fresh flavor with moist, firm yet buttery texture 

Best of the Best in 20 years of Tasting

" comparison" - Marian Burros, The New York Times

Salmon just doesn’t get any better than this.

--Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press

More info on Durham's Tracklements

Custom smoked provisions using the finest ingredients available, Since 1992. 

We cure and smoke in small batches with the careful, hands-on attention essential to providing outstanding freshness, flavor and texture. For our Salmon Specialties we use only farmed Atlantic salmon raised in the cold waters of the Bay of Fundy, where strong tides assure excellent growing conditions and make the regular use of antibiotics and algaecides unnecessary. Salmon are selected at the optimal size, and flown fresh direct to us each week!

 No additives of any kind, always dated for superior fresh flavor. The finest genuinely hand-crafted quality available--anywhere.

Templeton Rye

The Wine and Cheese Place is proud to 
bring you Templeton Rye

In stock now at Forsyth, Rock HIll and New Ballas now

You wanted it, we got it for you!!!!

Templeton Rye - Prohibition Era Whiskey...$33.99 / 750ml
When Prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages in 1920, many enterprising residents of a small town in Iowa chose to become outlaws – producing a high caliber and much sought-after whiskey known as Templeton Rye, or “The Good Stuff” to those in the know. Produced from the original Prohibition era recipe and aged in charred new oak barrels, Templeton Rye provides a smooth finish and a clean getaway.

As the original American spirit, rye whiskey is the principal ingredient in several famous cocktails – including the Manhattan, the Sazerac and, of course, the Old Fashioned. Strong yet splendid, rye whiskey has undergone a major resurgence around the world, based on its rare combination of bold, almost spicy character and clean, smooth finish.


Only dedication to the entire process can achieve the proper balance that gives Templeton Rye its great rye character and surprisingly smooth finish that Jim Murray of the Whiskey Bibledescribed as "a huge, unmistakable rye."

With barely a dozen brands in the category of rye whiskey, we strive to be the best among an already unique bunch.

Starting with a formula born out of a family’s need to maintain their livelihood during the Prohibition era, our master distillers utilize the original Kerkhoff family recipe – unique for the remarkably high rye content of its mash. For while today a mere 51 percent of the mash bill must be rye for a whiskey to legally be called a “rye,” Templeton Rye uses a mash made up of more than 90 percent rye grains (and malted barley for the remainder).

And while the process has changed some since Prohibition, the unyielding attention to detail hasn’t budged.
From Templeton's website (check out some recipes)

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Urban Chestnut Barrel Aged Series

In stock now -- online now

          -- Urban Chestnut's first Barrel Aged Beer Release!!

Urban Chestnut Daft Barrel Aged Barley Wine...$8.49 / pint
Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels
3000 bottles produced
"UCBC's Barrel-Aged Series - Our on-going expedition mostly dedicated to those ever questing 'rye, whiskey, bourbon, etc. barrel-aged beer zealots'.  This particular 'aged one' is a barley-wine ale that rested for a few months in a rye whiskey barrel, imparting it with some not so subtle notes of spicy rye, oak and sweet caramel.  As you enjoy this complex and potent beer, please heed these words of advice -- 'Imbibe with care, lest you be a Daft fool! Prost!" - label

FW Double Jack in 4 PACKS - 12oz bottles!

In stock at Rock Hill, Forsyth and online

Look what just hit today...


4 packs of Double Jack!!!

Firestone Walker Double Jack....$11.99 / 4pk 12oz bottles!!!
Double Jack IPA is our first ever Imperial IPA. It features a big malty middle to cloak the high alcohol and mouth puckering hop bitterness. Huge tangerine, grapefruit and juicy fruit aroma blossom over the herbal blue basil and malt earthiness of this aggressive beer. Best enjoyed in moderation.
Rated 100/100 RateBeer

New product alert!!!

New products today, will post more info later...

  • Odell Isolation Ale...$9.49 / 6pk
  • Abita Pecan Harvest Ale...$7.49 / 6pk
  • Abita Fallfest Seasonal / $7.49 /6pk
  • Bowman Brothers Virginia Bourbon Small Batch...$28.99
  • John J. Bowman Virginia Bourbon Whiskey Single Barrel...$44.99
  • Shiner Wild Hare Pale Ale...$8.49 / 6pk
  • Moon Mountain Vodka...$13.99
  • 2nd Shift El Gato Grande IPA -- fresh batch bottled in September
  • St. Ambroise The Great Pumpkin Ale...$9.99 / 4pk

Help us pick our next two barrels

We ordered  these two barrels a couple of weeks ago for the bourbon to arrive soon 
Our third Elijah Craig Bourbon Barrel (Serial #4215223 V-Warehouse 6th Floor)
and our first Evan Williams Single Barrel (Serial #4405067 W-Warehouse 7th Floor.)

Help us pick our next two barrels....

Help us pick our first barrel of Eagle Rare and now our sixth barrel of Buffalo Trace.  We have the samples at our Forsyth location now.   Come in while samples last.


The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel Program.....
Summary of the numbers from the last 12 months:
So far, 20 barrels of bourbon used or soon to be used for beer!.  
4 - Barrel Aged Beers Released and sold out
16 barrels either filled with beer or soon to be filled with beer.

Barrels used/ordered from each distillery so far -- 
Buffalo Trace - 6 barrels
Knob Creek - 3 barrels
Elijah Craig - 3 barrels
Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey - 2 barrels
Jefferson 18 Year Old - 2 barrels
Blantons Bourbon - 1 barrel
Willett Family 9 Year Old - 1 barrel
Evan Williams - 1 barrel
Eagle Rare - 1 barrel

A lot of great bourbon and beer!!!

click here to read more about our barrel aged program

Limited Release!

One of the finest wines made in California....

Sale Price!
2009 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon...$242.99 
(net price, no additional discount)
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard saturates every corner of the palate with layers after layers of rich dark fruit, mocha, spices and licorice. This is a stunning To Kalon endowed with tons of site-specific character and nuance. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029." 
 Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Odell limited release is here!!

Now available online
Odell Deconstruction Ale...$13.99 / 750ml

Rated 98/100 on RateBeer
A method of brewing based on identifying first principals and making pronounced through pilot brewing the desired elements that contribute to the overall flavor.
A Golden Ale created by blending the final recipe with its own barrel aged pilot beers fermented with wild yeasts and lacto. Each individual barrel contributes a unique flavor from the wood chosen and the cultures resident to achieve the subtle complexities that develop(ed) over time.
A beer which starts sweet, filling the mouth with fruit-like esters and mild spiciness, changing to a tart and lingering flavor reminiscent of apples and grapefruit living amidst an earthy, citrusy hop aroma.
42% aged in wine barrels 58% Ale
10.5% Alc. By Vol.

Russian River is back...

Russian River Collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brux....$12.99

From Russian River Brewing Blog

"I'm sure many of you have heard about our collaboration with Sierra Nevada Brewing Company! This 2 year, 2 brewery, 2 family project is about to hit the streets and hopefully make it to a bottle shop near you! Set for National Release in July (I bet you thought you would never hear me say something like that!), BRUX was brewed in Chico (at Sierra Nevada) and will go through their distribution channels, which will, of course, greatly increase your chances of getting a couple of bottles. BRUX is a "domesticated wild ale", or an ale fermented with Belgian yeast, finished by a secondary bottle fermentation with Brettanomyces bruxellensis. It's a little more than 8% alcohol, very dry, earthy, spicy, and tasty. But wait, there's more! About 99% of BRUX was bottled in 750 ml bottles, so there will be almost none available on draft. Almost none, meaning that our brewpubs, Russian River and Sierra Nevada, will have it available on draft in July! The Russian River BRUX draft release is set for July 5th at 5pm at our pub in Downtown Santa Rosa. We will have no bottles or growlers available to go at our brewery due to state liquor laws. Then we move to Chico for Sierra Nevada's release on July 9th where they will have plenty of bottles for sale. Not sure about those details other than Vinnie and I are planning to attend! I do hope you get a chance to taste this exceptional collaboration with our friends at Sierra Nevada!


 Bottles of BRUX and Pliny just hanging out together! " -- Russian River Brewing Blog