Saturday, August 16, 2014

Dry Fly - a few new Whiskeys

Dry Fly Straight Triticale Whiskey..$39.99
Triticale is a hybrid of Wheat and Rye grains developed in Scotland in the late 1800′s. It offers the best of both grains in this exceptional Straight Triticale Whiskey. It took us a long time to find the right seed, process, and barrel. We think this may be our best offering yet. Enjoy!

Dry Fly Straight Cask Wheat Whiskey...$49.99Dry Fly introduced the first 100% Wheat Whiskey to be offered in the US in close to 100 years. This cask version at 120 proof (it’s barreling strength) proves that a wheat whiskey can be big and bold. Take a sip, cast a line, and enjoy those amber waves of grain.

Buffalo Trace Single Oak

You can request the bottle number in the notes if you order online and if we will confirm that we still have it.

In stock now at Forsyth

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project...$49.99 / 375ml

The thirteen release is made up of barrel numbers 
11, 13, 43, 45, 75, 77, 107, 109, 139, 141, 171, and 173. 

Great wines at our BALLWIN Location

Some hidden gems at our BALLWIN location.
Limited supply in stock now.

Call 1-636-527-1144 to reserve or email
(you can also have him transfer the wine to another location)

2009 Lancaster Cabernet Sauvignon Estate...$75.99
Lancaster Estate's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a huge, dark wine endowed with serious power and richness throughout. Grilled herbs, smoke, tobacco and incense all wrap around a serious, intense core of black fruit. A muscular, virile Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2009 needs another year or two in bottle to fully come together. Hints of graphite, menthol and road tar add further complexity. The 2009 is brooding and even a bit somber, but beautiful. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024.
I continue to be deeply impressed with Lancaster Estate. The winemaking team, headed by Jesse Katz and consulting winemaker David Ramey, is hitting all the right notes.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2009 Efeste Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon...$39.99
2009 Efeste Wines Cabernet Sauvignon Big Papa Old Block Columbia Valley
(85% new French oak; malo in barrel; from vines averaging 36 years of age, according to winemaker Brennan Leighton): Dark ruby-red. Rich aromas of cassis, fresh herbs and chocolate. A large-scaled fruit bomb on the palate, with a a complicating saline character to its boysenberry and blackberry fruit flavors. Shows a more successful integration of tannins than the Final-Final. Finishes chocolatey but not particularly sweet.
Rated 91/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
2010 Efeste Big Papa Cabernet Sauvignon....$49.99
At the top of heap, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Big Papa - Old Block is all Cabernet and spent 20 months in 80% new French oak. Incredibly rich, layered and pure, it boasts first-rate aromas and flavors of creme de cassis, toasted bread, coffee bean and mint as well as a full-bodied, elegant and thrillingly textured mouthfeel. The quality of tannin here is superb and while already approachable, this beauty will continue to shine for another 10-12 years. Drink now-2025.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Casa Jus Ribera Del Duero Antiguos Vinedos...$53.99
The 2009 Antiguos Vinedos comes from four small plots cropped at 3,500 kilogram per hectare, a selection of old vines then raised in new and used oak for 14 months. It has a startlingly fresh bouquet with wild strawberry, raspberry leaf and crushed stone, straight out of the mid-slope of Burgundy (in a warm vintage!) The palate is medium-bodied and very tightly wound – you can feel the tension in this wine. The finish is actually curt and abrupt, but you can sense it unfurling with time and there is a lovely spicy touch on the aftertaste that keeps you coming back. Sublime. Drink now-2020.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Champ De Reves Pinot Noir...$35.99
A deeply scented, perfumed wine, the 2011 Pinot Noir impresses for its nuanced personality and sheer detail. Dark cherry notes lead to plums, cloves, menthol and crushed rocks. The 2011 is all about delineation, nuance and freshness, all qualities that are very much present in the glass. This is a terrific first effort from Champs de Reves. These vines were only planted in 2006. It will be fascinating to see what develops here in the coming years. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2019.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 91/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2010 Buty Beast Wildebeest...$23.99
On the reds, the 2010 Wildebeest is a solid value and a blend of 77% Syrah, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon and 9% Cabernet Franc. Aged mostly in older barrels, it has a decidedly up-front, perfumed and supple profile that’s hard to resist. Notions of black cherry, exotic spice, pepper, violets and leather all emerge from the glass and the wine is medium-bodied, beautifully balanced and sweetly fruit on the palate. It won’t make old bones but delivers classy aromatics and a delicious, easy drinking mouthfeel. Enjoy it over the coming 4-5 years. Drink now-2017.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Beaux Freres Winery Willamette

2012 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir The Beaux Freres Vineyard Ribbon Ridge...$85.99
Bright violet color. Explosive, seductively perfumed aromas of black raspberry, potpourri, smoky Indian spices and cola, with an intense mineral quality adding lift and focus. Sweet, penetrating and deeply concentrated, offering an array of red and dark berry flavors and suggestions of five-spice powder, mocha and candied flowers. Reaches every corner of the palate, showing a suave blend of richness and vivacity, with no rough edges. Finishes spicy, smoky and extremely long, leaving an alluring dark berry liqueur note behind.
Rated 94/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2012 Beaux Freres Winery Willamette Valley Pinot Noir....$57.99
This wine is sold out at the winery already, and though the wines will never be reviewed by The Wine Advocate, as Robert Parker himself is part owner of Beaux Freres Winery, Mr. Parker did mention the 2012 vintage in response to glowing praise of his 2011 wines “Hard to believe anyone can get very excited over 2011....but chacun son gout as the French say...2012 is the real deal in Oregon....just saying.... “ Robert Parker The Wine Advocate
The 2012 Vintage as a whole in Oregon has been rated 92-95/100 by the Wine Spectator compared to 87/100 for the 2011 vintage in which the Beaux Freres Willamette Valley bottling scored 93/100, all this adds up to one exceptional bottle of wine. Don't wait till the scores come out it will be long gone by then

Veuve Clicquot ROSE on sale now!

Veuve Clicquot ROSE on sale!

Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin Brut Rose...$59.99
"The wine has a luminous color with attractive pink glints. The nose is generous and elegant, with initial aromas of fresh red fruit (raspberry, wild strawberry, cherry, blackberry), leading to biscuity notes of dried fruits and Viennese pastries (almonds, apricots and brioche). The fresh attack is followed by a fruity harmonious sensation on the palate. The wine is perfectly balanced in the best Veuve Clicquot style of pink champagnes, combining elegance and flair. The wine works its magic—this delectably full champagne can be enjoyed as a true delicacy. A deliciously fruity wine in early bloom, this is a wonderful aperitif to be shared as a twosome or simply with friends." - winemaker tasting notes

Highly rated Oregon Pinots from Maison L'Envoye

We are proud to introduce to St. Louis, Maison L'Envoye!
Two exciting new 2012 Oregon Pinot Noirs made the hot new winemaking superstar: Mike Etzel Jr., son of Beaux- Freres founder Mike Etzel

These are stunning wines at amazing prices!

2012 Maison L'Envoye Pinot Noir The Attache...$35.99
Willamette Valley

This focused red features lively blackberry, floral and white pepper flavors that unfurl in layers, persisting with finesse against an underlying mineral note as the finish revs up. Complex and expressive. Drink now through 2022. 500 cases made. –HS
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

2012 Maison L'Envoye Pinot Noir Two Messengers...$25.99
Willamette Valley
Crisp, focused and expressive, broadening out on the finish into a panoply of gorgeous black fruit, with meaty and spicy notes that sing in harmony as the finish lingers deftly. Drink now through 2022. 2,000 cases made. –HS
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

Friday, August 15, 2014

Lagunitas Imperial Red

Lagunitas Imperial Red...$3.59 / 22oz
This Special Ale is In Reality, the Exhumation of the Very First Ale We Ever Brewed Way, Way Back, in 1993. Brewed With a Big Head, a Muscular Malty Thorax, a Silky Texture & All Strung Together With a Hoppy Sweet Nerve Sack… Ick. A dank and roasty treat. Back again in bombers. Cheers!

2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit!

2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit....$6.49 / 750ml
Hibiscus's all over the place. Heres what I've been goofin around with for a while. I love belgian wits on hot summer days (or freezin your butt off days). Anyway I took a witbier and threw in a bunch of hibiscus flowers from Egypt and made the stuff even better. 5.2%

Limited Release - aged in Brandy Barrels

Limited release - only 24 bottles made it to St. Louis

Aged in Brandy Barrels:  2012 Vintage
New Holland Charkoota Rye - Smoked Doppelbock Lager...$10.99 / 22oz
Charkoota Rye is a Smoked Rye Dopplebock. An homage to all things Pig, including Porkapalooza and the age-old tradition of Charcuterie, Charkoota Rye’s malty backbone is derived from a blend of rye and four other malts, including malted barley smoked over cherry wood by our very own brewers, John and Jeff.

Its smoke-forward body is balanced with tones of deep mollasses and caramel, with a crisp, clean lager finish. Delightful by itself, Charkoota is best served with its succulent counterpart, Pork.

19° Plato, Alc. 7.75% by Vol.

15% ABV Imperial Pils

Crazy Brewski Imperial Pils...$3.49 / pint

Imperial Pils from Lithuania - 15%ABV

Schlafly 2013 Imperial Stout

More 2013 is here

2013 Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout...$10.99 / 750ml
ABV: 10.5% | IBU: 40 
APPEARANCE: Deep black
PROCESS:  Aged in Bourbon barrels after primary fermentation and conditioning
HOPS:  Marynka (PL), Northdown (UK)
GRAINS  :Pale, Cara-8, Roasted Barley, Black, Chocolate, Caramel, Flaked Oats, Victory
YEAST:American Ale

Our Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout is brewed with a big malt flavor, plenty of hop bitterness for balance and roasted barley that imparts notes of dark chocolate. As a finishing touch, the beer is transferred to freshly-emptied Kentucky bourbon barrels and aged before being carbonated and bottled. The barrel aging gives the beer a spicy, vanilla character and a pleasant, warming finish.

In the 18th Century, Imperial Stout was first brewed in London for export to the court of Catherine II of Russia. The beer had to be robust enough to maintain during transport.

This beer will continue to age well in a cool dark place for several years, but it is ready to enjoy no

Perennial Savant Blanc

BRC Emails sent to those that qualified.
Deadline to pick up is August 22 at 7pm

Perennial Savant Blanc...$18.99
Savant Blanc is a Belgian blonde ale, 100% Brettanomyces fermented, aged for 5 months in Chardonnay barrels with Chardonel grapes.

Southern Tier Pumking!

Back in stock
10 cases in stock.

Southern Tier Pumking...$6.49 / 22oz
"All Hallows Eve is a time of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world, and when magic is most potent.  It is thought that we harness this magic to brew our powerful pumpkin ale.  Not so, but it is with great respect to the magic of their trade that our brewers produce this fine beer.  Take a whiff of this complex ale and your journey has just begun.  At first sip, a magical spell with bewitch your taste buds, yet another victim enraptured by the Pumking" - Southern Tier Brewing

Thursday, August 14, 2014

North Shore Limited

North Shore Sommer Weizen Limited Release...$39.99
As an artisan distillery, we are constantly experimenting with new ideas for spirits and cocktails. In addition, we occasionally collaborate with our friends in related businesses. We have made a series of limited edition spirits, called our Limited Releases. Each has developed a cult following, and has been something totally unique.
2014 Limited Release: SommerWeizen

Announced July 2, 2014, 822 bottles released

Inspired by friends in the brewing world, our distilling team created an abstract interpretation of that classic summer staple, the Hefeweizen beer. Rather than simply distilling a beer, we distilled hops and other botanicals and blended them into a wheat whiskey we made specifically for this endeavor.

With delicate hop, fruit and wheat character, this spirit presents the classic summer flavor of a wheat beer in an entirely new way.

SommerWeizen is 40% alcohol by volume, 80 proof

Crown Valley Pumpkin Stout --

Crown Valley Brewing Stout Imperial Pumpkin Smash...$8.99 / 4pk
"Our Imperial Pumpkin Stout is deliciously roasted with dark chocolate and toffee notes with a hint of smoke and a little spice from the hops that five it a pine note.   10.6% ABV" - Crown Valley

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Langley's London Gin

Langley's No. 8 London Gin...$32.99
Langley’s No.8 is a unique gin made with our own secret blend of 8 botanicals, harvested at their freshest. It is hand crafted & distilled in a small English-produced pot still. Blended by expert craftsmen with 100% English Grain Spirit and delivers a smooth, rounded finish with just the right balance of alcohol.

Langley’s No.8 has been painstakingly developed to deliver the perfect G&T and delivers equally well with all tonic waters. The blend & split of the 8 botanicals, English Grain Spirit and the strength at 41.7% ABV allows the classic gin flavours to come through, whilst still allowing the right level of quinine/tonic flavour.

A perfectly balanced gin of classic taste - what better for the most quintessentially English of drinks, the Gin & Tonic.

More info....

We’re passionate about gin. It’s this passion that has fuelled our fervent desire to develop a perfectly balanced, elegantly understated English gin for the discerning, sophisticated consumer.

Eight secret botanicals have been scientifically and lovingly hand crafted & distilled to create a smooth, lingering and yet robust flavour profile unique to Langley’s No.8. The split & blend of botanicals, the selection of grain spirit and the alcohol strength were the key components we had to perfect for that balance to deliver a classic, timeless Old English style gin.

With over 40 years’ experience in premium spirits, we know a thing or two about creating superb products that won’t disappoint. To help us create the perfect balance of talents, we approached and recruited the right team:
Our Master Distiller - His care and attention is indispensible.
Our Distillery Director - A leading expert on gin who sits on competition judging panels.
Our blenders and bottlers - With several generations and centuries of producing gin, they are respected & renowned across the gin world.

Langley’s Distillery was founded almost a century ago by the Palmer family, who still own it today. Here they have been developing and producing some of the finest award-winning gins in the world since 1920.
To make Langley's No. 8 we use “Connie”, an English produced small copper pot still made in 1960 by John Dore & Co (the oldest pot still producers in the world). This enables consistent, small batch distillation for the optimum quality. Traditional methods, family values and generations of experience go into every small batch produced, hand-crafted bottle of Langley's No.8 gin.

The first crucial part of our quest; which botanicals, how many and the balance of them? This needed perfecting to get that classic flavour profile. We’re proud to have created a truly bespoke gin as a result of the perfect balance of 8 secret botanicals.

As any true gin aficionado knows, the distillation process is incredibly important to achieving taste perfection.   Using a single distillation in the smallest pot still that we could possibly use and adding no cosmetic botanicals or additional flavouring during or after the distillation, the resulting product is a pure, premium gin that we’re proud of.

Langley’s No.8 delivers to the senses spice, aroma and zesty sweetness. These harmoniously complement each other for a marriage of flavours that dance on the tongue with enticingly pleasing drying length on the palate as it is savoured, collectively delivering a big balanced gin.

Creating a smooth gin that consistently delivers on flavour in each and every bottle is a true science. Blending the botanicals with the best grain spirit is the crucial next stage.   We could have sourced our grain from anywhere, but we were passionate that our gin should be as quintessentially English as possible, thus we only ever use 100% English grain spirit. This delivers a more neutral, consistent profile, enabling the true flavours to come through.
Langley’s No.8’s blend of complex and rounded flavours makes it the perfect gin for a quintessentially English G&T or a Gentleman’s Martini.

The final element for the perfect balance was to get the strength to deliver that anticipated balance whilst still allowing the classic notes of the botanicals to come through.   We tested every ABV percentage decimal point between 40% - 45% to determine which would give enough balance of alcohol without overpowering the gin, thus ensuring that the true flavours we were striving for came through, either when drunk on its own or mixed.  After testing 12 different samples selected with our team of experts (including our tasting panel and consumer research panel) we concluded that the 8th batch (at 41.7% ABV) was the finest. This was selected as our final gin and the one to take forward, produce and take to market. And the rest, as they say, is history.

The only drink for the perfect evening, Langley’s No.8 is THE gin for those who appreciate pure, classic, traditionally created gin. So, what are you waiting for? Relax, unwind and enjoy the gin revolution.

Santa Fe Oktoberfest in CANS


Santa Fe Brewing Oktoberfest....$9.49 / 6pk CANS
Though it is not necessary to drink this beer out of a mug that is larger than your head while dancing to polka music and wearing your lederhosen, you will find this lager's unbridled festivity difficult to resist. This ode to Germany's classic fall lagers is as clean, clear, and quaffable as any that has ever weighed down the table of a German Beer garden. The crisp maltiness of classic Munich malt compounded with the delicious notes of Bavarian hops gives this clean-finishing beer just the right flavor for the end of the summer.

New Double IPA Hellion....

The new Grizzly Peak Beer Series

North Peak Hellion Midwest Double IPA...$10.99 / 4pk
The devil is in the details: 99.9 IBUs.  Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe, Fuggle and Chinook hops.  9.99% ABV.  But these are only the tools that will damn your palette to eternally covet the brew.  The true decit is how they're wielded.  The massive hop additions specifically timed throughout the brewing process imbue a potent bitterness, but also an uncommon smoothness, complexity and robustness only Satan himself could create.  Cascade and Simcoe hops thrown in "dry" impart an intoxicating aroma.  All this - with the help from Pale and wheat malts - combines to form a deep golden-colored beer that will dance on your taste buds and put a pitchfork in your willpower.  

Prairie Artisan Ales - Prairie Hop

Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Hop...$8.99 / pint
Rated 99 on RateBeer
Rated 100 for its style on RateBeer
Dry Hopped Belgian Style Ale
Prairie Hop is our hop driven saison. This beer is packed with Simcoe and Citra hops. Notes of peach, mango, and tangerine can be found in the flavor and aroma of this beer. The beer finishes dry which helps the hops jump out of the glass flavor wise.
ABV 8%

Monday, August 11, 2014

WOW - Wine of the Week: Pegau Cotes du Rhone Blanc

WOW - Wine Of the Week. 
Come taste the WOW each Saturday at all FOUR of our locations.
There will be a special price that day only for the wine of the week. Check the store that day for the sale price.

Wine of the Week : 
Pegau "Cuvee Lone" Cotes du Rhone Blanc
Come taste it all four locations on Saturday August 16 - from 11am-4pm

New wines from Chateau Pegau!
"A new development for this estate is the roughly 100+ new acres of Cotes du Rhone and Cotes du Rhone Villages that have been purchased just south of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, roughly 4 miles from the domaine....Now called Chateau Pegau, the wines from here include a white Cotes du Rhone, the Cuvee Lone, a red Cotes du Rhone call Cuvee Maclure and a red Cotes du Rhone Villages called Cuvee Setier." 
-- The Wine Advocate

2012 is the first vintage from this new estate....
2012 Chateau Pegau "Cuvee Lone" Cotes du Rhone Blanc...$15.99
40% Clairette, 30% Bourboulenc, 20% Grenache Blanc and 10% Ugni Blanc
Named “Lône” after the small stream that runs next to the estate, parallel to the Rhône (this term is used to describe small offshoots of the Rhône in the Provencal language).
Tasting Notes: Offers aromas of acacia, nectarines and pears on the nose, with a touch of exotic fruit. Bright and well-balanced on the palate, with a long finish.  Enjoy as an aperitif or with a wide range of fish and shellfish.

2010 Silver Oak Alexander Valley

The new vintage, 2010 Alexander Valley arrives tomorrow (Tuesday August 12) to The Wine and Cheese Place

Order now to reserve and we will contact you tomorrow when it arrives.

Intro price....
This price only good through Saturday August 16th
2010 Silver Oak Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...$59.99 net
Our 2010 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a vibrant, elegant expression of this classic appellation from a cooler vintage. It has a deep garnet color and an enticing nose of cassis liqueur, blueberry coulis, tobacco, tarragon and roasting coffee. The seamless palate starts with a berry-laden attack, follows with a full-bodied mid-palate, and ends with a long, savory finish with fine-grained, well-integrated tannins. Given proper cellaring, this wine should give drinking pleasure through 2031.