Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Deschutes Abyss!

Our Ballwin location just got their allocation!


The Abyss

Deschutes The Abyss 2013 Reserve...$14.99
A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate.  As for the great "drink it now or let it age" debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure a year on.
Rated 100 RateBeer

Monday, December 30, 2013

Rare 21 Year Old Rye

In stock at Forsyth and online

We were only allocated 18 bottles

Photo: "A marvelous after-dinner dram!"

The high marks continue for Collingwood Rye with a rating of 93 and a fantastic review from the Globe & Mail, Toronto's daily newspaper.

Collingwood 21 Year Old Rye....$59.99
"Collingwood blended premium Canadian whisky announces the release of Collingwood Rye 21-Year-Old, a one-time only bottling of 21-year old Canadian rye whisky available in select markets within the United States and Canada beginning in November.

21 years ago, a small unnamed batch of malted rye whisky identified only as lot 41-06-91 was crafted at the distillery in Collingwood, Ontario. This whisky has now become Collingwood Rye 21-Year-Old which has been fermented and distilled from a unique recipe of 100 percent malted rye and pure spring water from Ontario's Georgian Bay. Collingwood Rye 21-Year-Old has matured for 21 years in seasoned oak barrels and in its finishing step, this unique Canadian whisky rests with toasted Maplewood to complete its smooth character.

Collingwood Rye 21-Year-Old is presented at 80 proof with limited quantities available in Ontario and 16 U.S. markets: Alaska, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming. The suggested retail price for this 750ml offering is $69.99.

"Collingwood Rye 21-Year-Old is a rare style of Canadian whisky," said Senior Brand Manager Pedro Berrueco. "This special offering is exceptionally well-balanced and creates a unique flavor profile due to its toasted Maplewood finish combined with a 21-year maturation period." - importer

SoTier Double IPA

Fresh batch and the price went down!

Southern Tier "2XIPA" Double IPA....$8.49 / 6pk
"Not quite an imperial, but certainly not a standard India pale ale. Our double IPA is a hop lovers dream. Citrusy and clean with an incredible finish." -- Southern Tier
8.2% abv • Double India Pale Ale

Champagne Time!

We have a great selection of Sparkling wines for the New Year including great values in Spanish Cava, Italian Prosecco, Italian Moscato di Asti.  Plus, we have all the big names like Domain Chandon, Perrier Jouet, Moet and Chandon, Jordan "J", Freixenet, Segura Viudas, Aria.  We also have a great selection of Grower Champagnes, Rose Champagnes, half bottles and magnums.

Here are some of them....
Piper Sonoma Brut...$13.99
Scharffenberger Brut...$15.99
Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc...$28.99
Schramsberg Brut Rose...$34.99
2003 Dom Perignon Vintage Champagne....$139.99
NV Krug Rose....$275 (1 bottle left)

Just in time for New Year's Eve!
order now
2002 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne...$129.99 net
I had very high expectations for the 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Dom Ruinart and was not disappointed. Actually, that is an understatement. The 2002 is a flat-out great Dom Ruinart. It is as compelling as any Champagne I have ever tasted from the estate. Layers of sweet, perfumed fruit emerge with no end in this subtle, sexy Dom Ruinart. The 2002 vintage generally yielded big wines, and of course, a significant amount of the Chardonnay for Dom Ruinart comes from the Montagne de Reims, where the wines are richer and broader, yet those are truly mere details. The 2002 convinces for its superb overall balance and sheer personality. It possesses striking depth and an endless, eternal finish. I imagine the 2002 will enjoy a wide drinking window that will stretch out several decades. Truth is, its pretty special even today. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2000 Krug Brut Vintage Champagne ...$259.99
The Krug vintage 2000 Brut smells strikingly redolent of sea breeze, kelp, and piles of oyster and mussel shells, allied to lemon oil and toasted hazelnuts. On the palate, the aforementioned elements serve for compulsive salivation, while a lusciously juicy amalgam of lime, grapefruit and apple tinged with piquancy of their pips buoys the salty wave of mineral matter into a profoundly protracted finish that bursts with brightness and at the same time reveals mouthwateringly savory crab shell reduction and a hitherto largely hidden dark side of smoky Latakia tobacco, dark-roasted coffee, and toasted grains. Expect this to merit following for 12-15 years.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

NV Pierre Boniface Brut de Savoie Les Rocailles....$19.99
The non-vintage Les Rocailles Brut de Savoie is a low alcohol (7-9%) blend of 60% Jacquere, 20% Chardonnay and 20% Altesse. (Put it in a blind tasting and see if anyone can guess its composition.) Aromas of apple skins, spring flowers, lemon zest and a delicate hint of pear emerge from this wonderfully effervescent, dry, crisp,light-bodied, featherweight style of wine.
Rated 91/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

The responses has been phenomenal for these new $20 sparklers.....
Jean Louis Denois Brut Chardonnay....$19.99
"Denois’s non-vintage Chardonnay Brut Blanc de Blancs. Legally, this “traditional method” wine is merely a vin mousseux, yet it is in fact a tribute to the terroir of Limoux (whose sparkling wine appellation must be based on the local Blanquette de Limoux a.k.a. Mauzac grape, for which Denois evidently has little respect). It will be hard to find a more delicious and interesting sparkling wine for the price. Ripe apricot, grapefruit, blueberries, and lily in the nose lead to an intensely pit-fruited palate that – despite a mere five grams of residual sugar – suggests a hint of sweetness on account of its sheer ripeness. Yet, there are suggestions of saline, chalky minerality here as well, a fine mousse, and a refined finish. This will be easy to guzzle but not to forget. Bravo Denois!" -- The Wine Advocate

Jean Louis Denois Brut Classique....$19.99
This is an unusual blend of 30% Chardonnay, 30% Carignan, 20% Syrah, 20% Macabeu, 
combines the complexity and richenss of red grapes with the elegance of the white grapes.  The second fermentation takes place in the bottle and the wine spends a minimum of 12 months on the lees before disgorgement.
Roederer Brut Premier NV....$39.99
Firm and finely meshed, with hints of passion fruit and pineapple mixing with poached apple, almond pastry and fleur de sel. Mouthwatering and lightly smoky on the lingering, refined finish.
Rated 91/100 Wine Spectator
Roederer Anderson Valley Brut NV....$16.99
Focused and vibrant, with aromas of creamy apple, cinnamon and hazelnut leading to complex, layered flavors of lemon custard, mineral and almond. The finish lingers."
Rated 91/100 Wine Spectator

Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Reserve NV....$26.99
Flavors of poached pear, kumquat, white raspberry, biscuit, ginger and licorice mix in this lively, open-knit version. Features a modest, lightly smoky finish.
Rated 91/100 Wine Spectator
Mumm Napa Brut....$13.99 net
Assembled from dozens of individual lots, this sumptuous brut is an example of the art of blending. Based on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, it's really as delicous and refined a sparkling wine as you could want for dirnking now. Shows lush citrus, strawberry, honey, melon, fig and spice flavors that are wrapped into a smooth, silky bubbling mouthfeel.
Rated 92/100 Wine Enthusiast

Perrier Jouet Nuit Blanche....$69.99
44% Pinot Noir:, 39% Pinot Meunier, 17% Chardonnay

A brand new Champagne from Perrier Jouet, just released about 2 weeks ago at its worldwide premier in New York.   Right now it appears to only in New York and St. Louis at this point.

#1 under $40 Champagne in the New York Times!
Joel Falmet Champagne Tradition....$39.99 
In a tasting of 20 Champagnes, priced under $40 each, the wine panel was pleasantly surprised by the elegance that we found among our favorites--chosen #1-- JOËL FALMET Brut Tradition NV.   The Falmet Brut Tradition was our top-rated wine. We found it full of lively energy, with complex flavors of flowers, minerals, citrus and herbs, and with more finesse than you generally find in Champagnes dominated by the pinot noir grape." - New York Times

New Grower Champagne
Legas & Haas Blanc de Blancs - Grand Cru....$49.99

Total Production 1600 cases
Tasting Notes: The Legras & Haas Blanc de Blancs is a wine with a laser-like focus. In the glass the bubbles are very fine and persistent. Crisp citrus fruit and minerality lead to hints of white stone fruit and brioche notes. This is a lively, festive Champagne. While it is perfect as an aperitif, it is also a great match for fish or poultry (especially when prepared in a rich cream sauce). This is truly a wine that deserves to be called Grand Cru.

2006 Dubl Greco Sparkling...$45.99
From Feudi di San Gregorio and Anselme Selosse

This is the only sparkling wine Anselme Selosse makes outside of his own at Jacques Selosse in Champagne!!  Rare and amazing!

Why are we excited about this release?
Have you heard of Jacques Selosse Champagne?
Well, they are very rare, highly rated and hard to get Champagne.  We only get a few bottles a year of his stuff because the demand is so high.    His Champagnes sell for $200 + per bottle.

     "Every decade or so, a winemaker comes along who, through the force of his ideas, and the brilliance of his work, has the power to change the course of wine history.  Anselme Selosse is such an individual—and the man most responsible for the revolution that’s changing Champagne for the better.  Since taking over Champagne Jacques Selosse in 1980, Anselme has used the uncompromising brilliance of his wines—as well as no small amount of charisma—to challenge Champagne’s old defintions for excellence. If ten or twenty years from now, small, quality-driven growers have finally taken their share of the power—and the big hou
ses have fully embraced the ideas of low yields, chemical-free vineyards and terroir-based wines—Anselme will deserve much of the credit." - importer for Jacques Selosse Champagne

and the STL favorite Champagne....
Veuve Clicquot Brut "Yellow Label"....$42.99 net

Here is the label -- need we say more---

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Great values back in stock...

One of our best selling lines is back in stock!

Last vintage scored 90 points from Robert Parker
2012 Alfredo Roca Chardonnay...$12.99
The Roca family has been producing wine in Mendoza for 4 generations, and currently farms nearly 260 acres in San Rafael, the southernmost province of Mendoza. At altitudes of 2,300 to 2,600 feet above sea level, Roca's vineyards produce distinct, cool-climate wines of singular quality.
Tasting Notes: Offers vibrant pear and apple aromas. Has a touch of richness, but thankfully lacks fat, buttery flavors.  Serve With: Excellent on its own, but can stand up to richly sauced poultry, seafood, or creamy pasta dishes.

The best value in Pinot Noir from anywhere!
2012 Alfredo Roca Pinot Noir....$12.99
Tasting Notes: Deep crimson color, with black cherry fruit aromas, and light floral, vanilla notes. Ripe and full-bodied on the palate, with delicate plum character and a long, lingering finish.  Serve With: Excellent with pizza and hearty pasta dishes, it will also stand up to red meats, grilled or stewed. Fruit was sourced from the Finca Santa Herminia and Finca La Perseverancia vineyards. Soils are comprised and sandy and clay loam. Average yields of 5 tons/acre. Grapes were harvested by hand during the second week of March.

Our best selling Malbec is back in stock!
2012 Alfredo Roca Malbec...$12.99
100% Malbec
Tasting Notes: Concentrated, complex dark fruit aromas of cassis and plums on the nose. Well balanced, with soft tannins and a lingering finish. Serve With: Excellent with flavorful grilled meats including marinated skirt steak, kabobs and more…Fruit was sourced from 45 year-old vines at the Finca LaPerseverancia vineyard and 15 year old vines at the FincaSanta Herminia vineyard. Sandy and clay loam soils.Grapes were harvested by hand, with average yields of 4.6 tons/acre.

Impressive Perennial line up...

Getting ready to take inventory and I just cleaned the 
shelves from our other stores and brought it all to Forsyth....

Many are just a few bottles...

Back in stock at Forsyth..
Perennial Fete de Noel
Perennial Woodside Tripel
Perennial Heart of Gold
Perennial Hereafter
Perennial Barry Rye
Perennial Vermillion
Perennial Saison de Lis

Delphi Pilsner Beer - from Greece

Delphi Pilsner Beer...$14.99 / 750ml
Delphi Beer is a Mediterranean pilsner, blond, double fermented and, of course, blurry.  It has got a distinctive, particularly aromatic taste, with a light, pleasantly bitter aftertaste evocative of fresh malt. The dominant scent of acacia and orange blossom balance with the delicate scent of hop. A non-pasteurized beer which is traditionally fermented in the bottle.
Served at 7⁰C and ideally accompanied with sea-food and yellow cheese.
Ingredients: water, malt, barley, hops, yeast. Alcohol: 4.5% Vol.

“Two enthusiastic beer lovers from Greece, Dia Papanikolaou and George Kostopoulos, and one award-winning professional brewer from Italy – Davide Zingareli – met ‘by chance’ and decided to make a brand new beer in Greece, Delphi Beer. They brewed their first lot in Davide’s own brewery in Italy and the tasty result will be launched in the Greek market at the beginning of June 2013. As of September, though, Delphi Beer is going to be available nationwide, produced exclusively in Greece at the new state-of-the-art brewery of ELIXI S.A. in Halkida.”

Saturday, December 28, 2013

2002 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blanc is here!

Just in time for New Year's Eve!

2002 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne...$129.99 net
I had very high expectations for the 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Dom Ruinart and was not disappointed. Actually, that is an understatement. The 2002 is a flat-out great Dom Ruinart. It is as compelling as any Champagne I have ever tasted from the estate. Layers of sweet, perfumed fruit emerge with no end in this subtle, sexy Dom Ruinart. The 2002 vintage generally yielded big wines, and of course, a significant amount of the Chardonnay for Dom Ruinart comes from the Montagne de Reims, where the wines are richer and broader, yet those are truly mere details. The 2002 convinces for its superb overall balance and sheer personality. It possesses striking depth and an endless, eternal finish. I imagine the 2002 will enjoy a wide drinking window that will stretch out several decades. Truth is, its pretty special even today. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

#4 Wine of the Year

Just in!!
The Wine Spectator's #4 Wine of the Year!

Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2010...$89.99
Deliciously pure, rich and deep, featuring tiers of spicy red berry, blackberry and red and black licorice flavors, with pretty wilted rose scents and a long, seamless finish that slowly reveals an underlying tannic grip. Drink now through 2026. 2,592 cases made.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

Seef Bier? Rare beer style...

Back in stock!

Very rare style.
Right now, we are the first and only place in the U.S. that show this beer available.

Antwerpse Seef Bier...$3.99 / 11.2oz
Antwerpse Seef Bier...$15.99 / 4pk
Antwerp, Belgium

Seef is an old style of beer that was produced in small family breweries in Antwerp. It disappeared entirely after WWI as these breweries were dismantled for the war effort, by one side or the other. People remembered it, but the beer was not brewed for almost 100 years until Johan Van Dyck—who had been intrigued by stories of the beer—set out to recreate what had been a very popular beer.

Seef is hard to describe. It’s effervescent, full-bodied, nicely finished. It has fruity, wheat beer-like notes in the nose and palate, but it also has a beguiling earthiness. Moderate hops nevertheless leave Seef dry and more-ish, easy to enjoy. Do I taste brettanomyces? Is it sour? Not really, but sort of. . .

Seef is a totally unique beer. It will remind you of many other beers you love but nothing is exactly like it. Fermented with a very special strain of yeast, it’s unlikely to be duplicated.

6.5% ABV Bottle Conditioned

Two new Shiner Beers

A couple of brand new Shiner beers just arrived...

White Wing has landed. Try our new Belgian-style white ale.
Shiner White Wing....$7.49 / 6pk
"This beer rules the roost.  Brewed with authentic Belgian yeast and hints of coriander and coriander and orange peel, white wing has all the spice and ctirus aroma of a true-to-style belgian wheat ale.  Slightly sweet and highly drinkable, it's a delightfully odd bird.

 Shiner FM 966 Farmhouse Ale...$7.49 / 6pk
Just south of the brewery there's a road called FM 966, and now there's a beer called FM 966.  Coincidence?  All we know is that this spring provisional ale made with pilsner and wheat malts is spicy, fruity and always hits the spot.

Very Limited 4 Hands Brewing Releases

Still some in stock
In stock at Forsyth now.

Limited 2 bottles per person
4 Hands Bona Fide Imperial Stout...$10.99 / 22oz
Bona Fide Imperial Stout is a collaborative effort with Goshen Coffee, a local fair trade coffee roaster. This beer is big, bold, and in your face. Bona Fide pours black as night with a smooth mouth feel. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, with nuances of vanilla. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years. 9% Alc/Vol 65 IBU's

Limited to 1 bottle per person
4 Hands Cuvee Ange....$13.99 / 750ml
Cuvee Ange was inspired by the French Oak wine barrels we used for this project that once housed all French wine varietals. Fermented with wild yeast and aged in a combination of Cabernet, Merlot, and Grenache barrels with raspberries and blackberries, Cuvee Ange is a fruity, tart, complex ale. Cuvee Ange pours a bright rose with aromas of fruit, funk, and wood.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Brenne French Single Malt Whisky

Brenne French Single Malt Whisky....$51.99

  • AGED IN FRENCH OAK & COGNAC BARRELS Brenne Whisky starts in new Limousin oak barrels before being finished in Cognac casks, giving it a hint of perfumed fruit that sets it apart from other whiskies.
  • SINGLE CASK BOTTLES Each bottle of Brenne Whisky comes from a single barrel selected at its peak. We don’t blend barrels. Each barrel number is stamped on the back label.
  • COGNAC DISTILLING TECHNIQUE Using cool fermentation and small batch production, Brenne Whisky is twice distilled in copper alembic stills for a smooth finish.
  • NO AGE STATEMENT Because Brenne Estate Cask is bottled individually by barrel, the aging for each cask differs as it depends on how long the Cognac was in the barrel before. On average, the whisky ages for a total of about 7 years.
  • Bottled at 40% abv (80 proof)


  • A SOPHISTICATED ALTERNATIVE TO COCKTAILS Brenne Whisky is the perfect balance of savory and sweet to be a bold alternative to cocktails. Enjoy it with a splash of water to unleash even more of the Cognac barrel flavors.
  • THE PERFECT NIGHT CAP With an approachability and lightness, Brenne Whisky offers a refined way to unwind at the end of the day.
  • …OR TRY A MANHATTAN AFFAIR Brenne Whisky over ice with a twist of orange (or a grapefruit peel!). No vermouth. No bitters. Just Brenne, ice & orange.

About the creator...
Allison Patel and her husband Nital shared a passion for food and drink has immersed them in cultures all over the world. Making an effort to visit local markets, wineries, and distilleries in their travels, they have developed an appreciation of great taste experiences, especially with their favorite category: whisky. Years ago while on a slew of international business trips, Nital would frequently call his wife (often waking her up in the middle of the night due to time differences!) to tell her about all of the amazing whiskies he tasted. After failing to find many of these “non- traditional” whiskies in the US, Allison took into own her hands and started setting up an import/ export company for this sole purpose.

While exploring the world whisky scene for something “new”, Allison encountered a third generation Cognac producer who had started distilling a unique Single Malt at his farm distillery in the heart of Cognac, France. At that time, a majority of the oldest whisky was around three to four years old in new French Limousin oak barrels. Upon tasting it, Allison immediately knew it was something special. She and the distiller collaborated over a span of three and a half years to refine the aging spirit and continue laying down more barrels as each year’s crop of barley was ready to be harvested. A breakthrough occurred when Allison decided to incorporate his previously used Cognac casks in the whisky aging process. This stimulated the whisky in a beautiful way; ultimately creating a new profile within the Single Malt category that became Brenne Whisky.

Brenne Whisky is crafted from seed to spirit in the heart of Cognac, France in very limited batches. Allison’s first expression, Estate Cask, has no age statement as every barrel is bottled in single barrel releases and the aging time on each cask may vary slightly.

After intense work, Allison is honored to share Brenne with the world, introducing an incredibly smooth, approachable, and fruit-forward French whisky that reinvigorates the category. Brenne officially launched on October 1, 2012 in New York City and we are excited to share our dream with whisky enthusiasts far and wide.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Glenrothes 40 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey

Very limited

The Macphail's Collection Glenrothes 40 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey...$499.99
(includes glass pictured)
MacPhail's Collection from Glenrothes Distillery is selected, matured and bottled by the family owned firm of Gordon & MacPhail - the World's Leading Malt Whisky Specialist.  This rare expression has been matured in a First Fill Sherry Butt for over forty years. The whisky has toasted malt aromas with hints of pear and sweet heather honey. The palate is initially peppery with fresh lemon citrus flavours; these develp into a smooth and creamy milk chocolate finish." - box

Benromach 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Benromach 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch...$419.99 / 750ml
Matured in first fill and refill Sherry casks Benromach 30 Year Old is a rich, elegant Single Malt from Speyside's smallest working distillery. This whisky was awarded the Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky 28-34 Years (Multiple Casks), scoring 95.5 points out of 100, in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2012.

Initial rum and raisin notes, with a delicate vanilla edge. Smooth peach and nectarine fruit flavours mingle beautifully with toasted malt.

Hints of rich Sherried Christmas cake, with a touch of marzipan. Some mixed spices emerge. Smooth and creamy with mouth warming qualities.

Subtle ripe green apples notes, with a delicate touch of smoke (charred oak) comming to the fore. Some malty notes become apparent.

An initial burst of Sherry sweetness, with a hint of peat smoke emerging. Some hints of black pepper. Smooth and moreish.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Grapefruit IPA

New from Abita - Grapefruit Harvest IPA in stock now at Forsyth

Deschutes Brewery - Oregon

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Please support other Deschutes beer to thank them for bringing the allocated beers to us and to help us get more!  We just got in some super fresh and great Deschutes beers!  

Top 25 Beers of the Year by The Wine Enthusiast!
Check out #3 today!
#1 New Glarus Wild sour Ale
#2 Rochefort 10
#3 Deschutes Hop Henge IPA

Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental Imperial IPA...$4.99 / 22oz
Seasonal Release
Hop Henge Experimental IPA is our annual exercise in IBU escalation. An outrageous amount of Centennial and Cascade hops are added to each barrel, with a heavy dry-hop presence as well. It is dense and muscular, with a blend of crystal, pale and carastan malts creating an overall biscuity characteristic. It’s all hop, no apologies. 
Rated 99 on RateBeer

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA Northwest Pale Ale...$8.99 / 6pk
The citrus punch of a big IPA, minus the one-dimensional hop sledgehammer. Seven select European and domestic malts round out the edges for a complex, copper-colored brew. Like its namesake skilift, it’s an insider’s ride to fresh thrills.

World's Best Awards 2011 - World’s Best Strong / Extra Special Pale Ale

Sold out

Still some left at Forsyth today 12/26
Deschutes / Goose Island Class of 88 Belgian Style Ale....$14.99
Our barrel aged tribute to the Class of '88
Alc. 10.9% | IBUs 17
In this third and final creation of our collaborations with other breweries celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year, we’ve partnered with Goose Island Beer Company.

Michigan Riesling and Oregon Pinot Noir grapes age with Mt. Hood whole flower hops and Pilsner malt in Muscat casks. The fruit aroma unites with Belgian yeast esters and oak for a crisp, dry and slightly tart flavor. Sip slowly and enjoy the complexity.
Malt: Pilsner, Flaked Oats, Malted Wheat
Hops: Tettnang, Mt. Hood
Other: Michigan Riesling juice and Oregon Pinot Noir grapes
Barrel-Aging: 100% in 10-year-old Muscat barrels

The Abyss
Deschutes The Abyss 2013 Reserve...$14.99
A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate.  As for the great "drink it now or let it age" debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure a year on.
Rated 100 RateBeer

Monday, December 23, 2013

Very limited and at Forsyth now

Very limited!
I had asked for 5 cases and only got 1 of each!

First come, first served at Forysth.  
No reservations

Evil Twin The Cowbow Smoked Pilsner....$10.99 / 4pk
Evil Twin Hop Flood....$11.99 / 4pk
Evil Twin Glazed Imperial Doughnut Break...$14.99 / 22oz
Evil Twin Bozo Beer Imperial Stout with Coffee...$14.99 / 22 oz

Omnipollo Fatamorgana Imperial IPA...$12.99

K-SHE-95 Sweetmeat's Red Snout IPA

Six Row / KSHE-95 Sweetmeat's Red IPA....$6.49 / 22oz
"Our Red IPA was designed to be a session IPA, medium copper in color, crispy bitter, but slightly drier than your average IPA. We've finished and dry hopped it with Fuggle hops for a mellow, earthy flavor and aromas.

Big bottles of The Prisoner!

Some rare big bottles of The Prisoner!
In stock now at Forsyth

2012 The Prisoner....$109.99 / 1.5ltr
2012 The Prisoner....$299.99 / 3 liter

There are 20,000 cases of the 2012 The Prisoner, which is an interesting blend of 46% Zinfandel, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon,18% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah, and a small amount of Charbono. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a big, peppery, meaty, Rhone-like bouquet with hints of bay leaf, unsmoked cigar tobacco, black currants and sweet jammy cherries. Medium to full-bodied and explosively fruity, this is a lovely, hedonistic, seriously endowed red to drink over the next 3-4 years" - Robert Parker

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Holiday Hours

The Wine and Cheese Place
All locations

  • Dec 23 : Monday 9am-7pm
  • Dec 24 : Tuesday 9am-4pm Christmas Eve
  • Dec 25 : Closed for Christmas
  • Dec 26 : Thursday 9am-7pm
  • Dec 27 : Friday 9am-7pm
  • Dec 28 : Saturday 9am-7pm
  • Dec 29 : Sunday Closed
  • Dec 30 : Monday 9am-7pm
  • Dec 31 : Tuesday 9am-6pm
  • Jan 1 : Wednesday Closed for New Years Day
  • Jan 2 : Thursday Closed for Inventory
  • Jan 3 : back to normal Mon-Sat 9am-7pm Closed Sundays

Saturday, December 21, 2013

New Craft Beer from Brazil

Cervarjaria Colorado
Ribeirao Preto, Brazil
Founded in 1995, Cerverjaria Colorado is named after it’s first brewing equipment, purchased on the used market. Marcelo Carneiro da Rocha, struggling for a name for his fledgling brewery, thought to himself “The equipment is from Colorado! A good name for a brewery!” Indeed, the brewery is Pan-American, with gear from Canada, The United States and Brazil.

Colorado Guanabara Imperial Stout...$7.99 / 600mlNamed after the famous bay of the same name—the home of Rio de Janeiro—pictured on the label.   Made with black rapadura sugar, a rough-and-ready form of cane sugar. It adds a treacly, molasses note to this stupendous Imperial Stout. Brewed with Colorado’s deft touch, Guanabara is splendidly integrated in overall flavor: hops, malt, sugar all come into balance with roasted notes, gentle bitterness and a nose redolent of figs, pomegranate syrup and a high note of resiny hops.  A beautiful match for game, well-matured cheeses, charcuterie and creme bruleé. Serve cool but not chilled for best, most explosive, flavor.

Colorado Berthô Ale brewed with Brazil Nuts...$7.99 / 600ml
What could be more indicative of it’s origin than Brazil Nuts? In this unique brew, Brazil Nuts are roasted to develop flavor and bring the foam-killing oil to the surface of the nuts. They are cooled slightly and then wiped down by hand to remove the oil. This is repeated until no more oil rises to the surface. Needless to say, it’s an intense brewing process!
The beer is fully nutty, with a rich, full mouthfeel and the very delectable aroma and flavor of freshly roasted nuts. The only brown ale we’ve had that TRULY tastes like a “nut brown”. Delicious, but let it warm up for best aroma and flavor.
8.0% ABV

Karmeliet Gift set with Glass

Karmeliet Tripel with 4 beers and Karmeliet special glass....$28.99
First brewed 1996; claimed to be based on a recipe from 1679 which used wheat, oat and barley.
Tripel Karmeliet is a very refined and complex golden-to-bronze brew with a fantastic creamy head. These characteristics derive not only from the grains used but also from restrained hopping with Styrians and the fruity nature (banana and vanilla) of the house yeast. Aroma has hints of vanilla mixed with citrus aromas. Tripel Karmeliet has not only the lightness and freshness of wheat, but also the creaminess of oats together with a spicy lemony almost quinine dryness.

Rated 99/100 RateBeer Overall
Rated 100/100 RateBeer in its style

Friday, December 20, 2013

Beer Tasting!

No Beer Tasting tonight at New Ballas
Friday 12/20/13

We will just put a few out to taste tonight from 4-6pm

Stone Porter with Smoked Vanilla
Perennial Vermilion 


Tasting groups are now forming for St. Louis' premier scotch club—Drummond MacDougall's Single Malt Society.
You'll sample fine scotches in a fun and casual setting, along with some cheese and crackers, plus an informative multimedia presentation.

Club memberships also make a great gift idea! To learn more about the club, please visit...

Whiskey of the Year is in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place

The Whiskey Advocate names Talisker Storm
Highlands/Islands Whiskey of the Year!

Pick it up for gifts!
Talisker Single Malt Scotch Storm....$73.99

Whisky Advocate Award: Highlands/Islands Single Malt of the Year

Talisker Storm, 45.8%

Talisker in any guise is a very special and idiosyncratic single malt, defining an Island style that is all its own. The last year has seen Diageo expand the existing portfolio with three new Talisker expressions, namely Storm, Dark Storm (matured in heavily charred casks), and Port Ruighe (port finish), all released without age statements. Of this trio, Talisker Storm seems the pick, with one commentator describing it as “…everything that you love about other Taliskers with the settings turned right up.”
Talisker Storm_Hi ResOne of the ways in which the bolder aroma and flavor profile of Storm has been achieved is by using a mix of refill casks and rejuvenated casks. The latter—older casks which have been de-charred and re-charred to give them a new lease on life—offer a distinctive wood influence when again filled with spirit.
Essentially Talisker Storm exhibits a more smoky, maritime character than the familiar 10 year old expression, yet could not be mistaken for anything other than a Talisker. Although it does not carry an age statement, this is one of those instances where you never feel when drinking the dram in question that the lack a specified age is about conserving precious stocks of older whiskies (although that may well be the case). All seems harmonious and well integrated, and any more youthful notes that emerge on the nose or palate seem entirely in keeping with the nature of the expression.
Storm arrived in the U.S. in October, and Talisker aficionados will no doubt argue long and hard over whether it just outpoints the 10 year old. One of the reasons behind the development of Storm was to be able to offer a new Talisker variant that remains true to the brand’s essential character while offering something slightly different, with easy availability and an affordable price. —Gavin Smith

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Great price on Duckhorn Merlot!

2011 Duckhorn Napa Valley Merlot....$36.99

Net, no additional discount
Production Notes
Varietal Content 83% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.5% Petit Verdot, 2.5% Malbec, 2% Cabernet Franc Cooperage 100% French Oak Château-style Barrels (60 Gallons) Barrel Aging: 15 Months Age of Barrels: 25% new, 75% second vintage
Winemaker Notes
The cooler 2011 vintage yielded an aromatic Merlot with vibrant red fruit layers of Rainier cherry and spiced plum, as well as notes of licorice, tobacco leaf, cardamom and thyme. Hints of cedar, leather and savory spice from aging in French oak barrels contribute depth and nuance, while a streak of uplifting acidity adds dimension to this wine’s smooth velvety texture. Dusty tannins frame a sophisticated finish.

De Dolle Oerbier Reserve

De Dolle Oerbier Reserve


De Dolle Oerbier Reserve 2012.....$8.99 / 11.2oz

De Dolle Oerbier Reserva is a specially matured version of De Dolle Oerbier. This version of De Dolle Oerbier is matured for 18 months in Bordeaux wine casks.

Oerbier means original, from the spring. This beer has been brewed in small scale (5 gallons) at home in a copper wash kettle, by two brothers who were students at the time. They took over an old brewery which was out of business and said: "If we don't remake the brewery alive, nobody will!". It was also a unique opportunity to create some interesting brews, so why not try it ? Therefore we want and will do the main work ourselves and keep the scale of the brewery like it was. Since then, the brewery and its beers have been an inspiration source for a lot of brewers. Oerbier is brewed from no less than 6 malts. Poperinge Golding hops in flowers and a special yeast which makes it a little tart, especially with aging. At the brewery we have excellent cellars which have a constant temperature of 8°C and allow Oerbier to age at its best. After a couple of years Oerbier tastes like it should have been blended with wine … Oerbier has been refermented in the bottle and contains a layer of yeast, having vitamins B. NAT en STRAF on the glasses means WET and STRONG, a warning for the 7.5 vol. alcohol content. The little person on the glasses is the Oerbier man, a simple creature who holds a brewers fork in his right hand, symbolizing the work and science, but looking to the other side, the result of all this, the glass of (Oer)beer. The artwork on the poster is a wallpainting found in Spain, (Altamira) and is considered by art lovers as being the best prehistoric art work (30.000 years BC). On the other hand we have Oerbier started in 1980, going on with the tradition.
-- importer

Special Edition Patron Anejo David Yurman Edition

Special Edition Patron Anejo David Yurman Edition..$52.99

Very limited, only 3 bottles available at Forsyth