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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Mondavi Maestro


2013 Robert Mondavi Maestro Red Blend...$45.99

When creating Maestro for our 50th anniversary, we were inspired by memories of Robert Mondavi. To celebrate the 2000 opening of our To Kalon Cellar, Robert Mondavi commissioned a special piece of music. At the gala, when the orchestra began to play, he took the baton and began conducting. We realized that Robert Mondavi was the maestro of our lives. His vision and passion guides us. He will always be the maestro of this winery, and our inspiration.
Merlot leads the orchestra of aromas, flavors, and textures in this Bordeaux blend. Easy to enjoy, Maestro is smooth and rich with black fruit and mocha aromas and fresh, mouthfilling cherry flavors.
Sourced throughout Napa Valley, including our iconic To Kalon and Wappo Hill vineyards, Maestro is a celebration of Robert Mondavi’s work and wisdom.


Beran Sonoma County Zinfandel




2013 Beran Sonoma County Zinfandel....$27.99 / 750ml
Beran Sonoma County Zinfandel is the most recent addition to the Beran portfolio. It shows all the classic characters that Dry Creek Valley, Rockpile, Russian and Alexander Valley Zinfandels are known for.
Aromas of just-baked blueberry pie, raspberry, and dark chocolate with hints of vanillin oak lead to a palate that is rich and yet also elegant. This wine has beautiful red and black berry fruit flavors, with hints of cloves and pepper with a long finish.

Deep and intense, with aromas of wild berry and licorice to the bold, ripe flavors of dark plum, smoky cracked pepper and grilled herb. The tannins are firm. Drink now through 2021. 3,000 cases made.–TF
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

Owned by Joseph Wagner (of the Caymus family).  If you like Caymus Cabernet, give this a try.  It has a very similar nose. 

Thierache Clos de la Fontaine Hugo Cider




Thierache Clos de la Fontaine Hugo Cider Brut....$10.99 / 750ml
5% ABVAt Rozoy-sur-Serre, in Vichery, a tiny hamlet in the heart of the Aisne valley, located between Champagne and Belgium remains the last cider house of Thiérache, the Clos de La Fontaine Hugo. Grégoire Leroux, a young and ambitious farmer took over the ownership in 2010 from Agnès Turck to bring back the reputation of this artisanal cider-house made with traditional methods and local sour apples.  Property Located on the heights of Rozoy-sur-Serre, Greg has built a brand new cider house next to its 20 acres apple orchard.  Technical infoThis farmhouse style cideris made with the traditional method. At first, the apples are carefully hand-picked, lightly washed, pressed then transferred to a stainless steal tank for the alcoholic fermentation. The juice is then pumped over and bottled. The second fermentation which feeds itself from the natural yeasts and the sugar left from the apples starts spontaneously. A touch of sulphite is added. Farming: Sustainable

Domaine Kerveguen Carpe Diem Prestige Cider




Domaine Kerveguen Carpe Diem Prestige Cider...$22.99 / 750ml
4% ABV
Story Eric Baron took over his father in 1993. He brought his technical knowledge and kept using the traditional methods in the cider factory. His cider is aged in oak casks, dried naturally for 3 months, pressed with a « champagne press ». Many reasons why his organic cider is poured at the French president’s table since 1997. The property is located in the northern part of the French Britanny peninsula. It covers around 20 acres. The cider factory is pretty unique: the alcoholic fermentation happens only in oak barrels. This brings more complexity to the cider, as well as a very subtle vanilla touch. Since Eric took over the property, he has applied and followed organic farming methods. His production has been certified organic by Qualité France.
No Sugar Added. No pasteurization. Harvested in October. Aged 3 months in a dry room. Apples are crushed first and then pressed in a vertical press (from champagne). The alcoholic fermentation in oak casks lasts 4 to 8 months with only natural yeast. This is a long and fine process. Eric does 2 to 3 rakings during the fermentation. A very light filtration is done before bottling. After bottling the second fermentation (prise de mousse) takes 6 to 8 weeks.
Tasting Notes: Beautiful bright‐orange-golden color, the Carpe Diem cuvee develops some aromas of sweet apples, apple skins and wood. The aging in oak cask brings complexity and tannins to this very serious cider. Excellent sweet tannic cider !

Txopinondo Sagarnoa Basque Cider



Txopinondo Sagarnoa Cider...$11.99 / 750ml
Sagarno (literally apple wine) made in Txopinondo is a fermented beverage made from apples, matured on lees in barrels for a minimum of six months, refreshing and fruity, served cold (approx. 53 ° F) with grilled fish or meat. We produce it according to an ancient and traditional method from local and elsewhere apples.Fermented beverage made from apples. 100% pure apple juice 6% volume of alcohol.
Dry and fruity taste. Advanced aromatic notes, exotic fruit. The bottle should be shaken before opening to resuspend the natural deposit of unfiltered drinks. Served in a net of 20 inches from the flat-bottomed glass, Sagarno presents a generous pearl.
Tasting suggestions, serve with :
Omelets - cod omelet, cep omelet
Grill meat - ribs, duck
Grilled fish and seafood - bream, sardines, tuna, squid, oysters
Pressed cheeses: sheep cheese, Ossau-iraty.

Le Pere Jules Cider and Pommeau




Le Pere Jules 5 Year Old Pommeau de Normandie...$25.99 / 750ml

POMMEAU from NORMANDY
Le Pere Jules Pommeau de Normandie
This product is the result of the subtle marriage of freshly pressed apple cider and Calvados that has been aged for one year. Afterward, it is aged in oak barrels for several years, where the flavor will be transformed to result in a finished product with a smooth harmonious taste filled with aromas. It’s the “aperitif,” or before dinner drink, par excellence from Normandy.




Le Pere Jules Cidre de Normande Brut...$11.99 / 750ml
CIDER from NORMANDY
Our cider is produced from no less than 20 different varieties of apples. This gives it a very nice balance between the sweet, bitter and acidic varieties. After a fermentation process that is modified in its length to produce the “brut”, “demi-sec” and “doux” varieties, and a light filtration, it is bottled in order to naturally develop its own natural gas. This gives it the fine bubbles that we are known for.


Leopold Bros Whiskey and Amaro



Leopold Bros. American Small Batch Whiskey...$29.99
43% Alc. by Vol. 86 Proof
We begin by fermenting a traditional sour mash of corn and rye at colder temperatures, but without the aid of refrigeration. Fermentation takes more time this way, but results in a softer whiskey and develops subtle flavors such as vanilla, pear, and raspberry. We then distill the mash in our small batch copper potstill on grain to extract fuller and rounder flavors from the corn and rye. Finally, we barrel the distillate at the Pre-Prohibition standard of 98 proof, so that the barrel may add subtle notes of oak and vanilla and does not overpower the finished whiskey.




Fernet Leopold Highland Amaro...$29.99
40% Alc. by Vol. 80 Proof
Our Fernet Leopold Highland Amaro embraces the herbal notes of traditional fernets, while offering a pronounced and entirely unique mint quality. We achieve this by steeping a flight of bitter roots in our spirit, followed by rose petals, elderflower, chamomile, and honeysuckle, which lend depth and a complex finish. These ingredients will rest for weeks before they are drained and racked into Chardonnay barrels for months of aging. Every barrel is handbottled, to preserve the integrity of the flavor and aroma.
 
Gold Medal - 2013 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
 

Leopold Brothers from Colorado




Leopold Bros. Aperitivo...$29.99
24% Alc. by Vol. 48 Proof
In line with the traditional Italian style, the spirit centers around major flavor components: bitterness from gentian root and sweetness from cane sugar. Citrus is the third major component, so we add distilled coriander and grapefruit peels to give Leopold Bros. Aperitivo a bright, citrus aroma. We mix these components with a variety of fragrant flowering botanicals, including hyssop and Artemsia pontica.
We color the cordial with natural cochineal, which adds the vibrant red color that one expects from a traditional Aperitivo as it has been used in spirits for hundreds of years. Leopold Bros. Aperitivo makes the ideal Negroni with our Leopold’s Navy Strength American Gin.



Leopold Bros. Maraschino Liqueur...$29.99
30% Alc. by Vol. 60 Proof
In the tradition of fruit brandies, we start by macerating and fermenting small Marasca cherries from Croatia and distill the resulting cherry mash. We then add coriander and Montmorency cherry distillate and sweeten the blend with honey to create a soft and subtle liqueur with mild almond-like notes that are derived from the cherry pits. You will find the beauty of this liqueur in the nose when it adding it to classic cocktails.
Winner, Good Food Awards 2012


Leopold Bros. Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur....$29.99
20% Alc. by Vol. 40 Proof
Created from one-of-a-kind Montmorency cherries, Leopold Bros. Michigan Tart Cherry Liqueur brings something new to classic cocktails like Manhattans, Singapore Slings, and Gin & Tonics. While most cherries are categorized as sweet or tart, Montmorency cherries maintain a unique balance between the two flavors that is not found in any other varietal. The result is a versatile liqueur with exceptional flavor in both cocktails and cooking.
  • Gold Medal (91 Points), Beverage Tasting Institute
  • Gold Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Winner, Good Food Awards 2012


Leopold's Gin





Leopold's American Small Batch Gin....$29.99
40% Alc. by Vol. 80 Proof
Most gins are made by simultaneously distilling juniper and other botanicals within the same still. However when boiled together, certain botanicals are overworked, resulting in the extraction of tannin-like flavors which dry out the gin, while other flavors are not fully realized. We distill each botanical: juniper, coriander, pummelos, orris root, Valencia oranges, and more, separately to bring out only the purest flavors and aromas to be blended together for a softer and brighter spirit.
"Best American Gin" -The Wall Street Journal
"...the pioneers of the American small batch gin..." -Gizmodo
Gold Medal, International World Spirits




Leopold's Navy Strength American Gin...$35.99
57% Alc. by Vol. 114 Proof
When making a version of this maritime classic,
we distill each component, including juniper and
Bergamot, individually before bringing them together, creating a bold, and aromatic gin that will shine in any mixed drink. The term navy strength was bestowed by the British Royal Navy only on those gins high enough in proof to still render gunpowder flammable should it be drenched by the spirit. Today, the hearty flavor and higher proof makes this an American gin that does not get lost in a Gin & Tonic.
Gold Medal (92 Points), Beverage Tasting Institute
Winner, Good Food Awards 2013

Lambic Baskets




Lambic Baskets....$29.99

in stock now!!

More 2015 Rose wines





2015 Charles Joguet Chinon Rose...$17.99
Made entirely from Cabernet Franc, this pale pink wine from famed Chinon grower Charles Joguet is fresh and juicy with tart red berry, bell pepper and chalky earth flavors, a medium-bodied frame and a lively, pleasing finish.
2015 Domaine du Gros Nore Bandol Rose...$27.99
A blend of 50% Mourvèdre, 25% Cinsault, 25% Grenache , this wine is Loaded with notions of flinty minerality, orange rind, tangerines and honeysuckle, it hits the palate with beautiful fruit intensity, lively, integrated acidity and a tight, focused, clean finish that keeps you coming back to the glass. This is a classic Bandol rose that offers beautiful drinkablity now, yet will have 2-3 years of prime drinking.

2015 Chateau Peyrassol Cotes de Provence Rose...$28.99
Pale in colour, with soft rose-tinted overtones, Château Peyrassol radiates freshness. Its subtle nose of citrus, vine peach, apricot and fine floral notes is inviting. It has a beautiful, dense palate, delicate and lively, and is notable for its balance and full body, punctuated by a long, fruity finish.




Eric Chevalier Val de Loire Rose...$13.99
Made from 100% Pinot Noir and despite its bright red color, it still hits all of the right rose buttons; light on the palate, fresh & fruit forward, crisp and bone dry. What’s really great about the Eric Chevalier Rose of Pinot Noir is that it tastes like what it’s made of, great Loire Valley Pinot Noir.

2015 Plouzeau Chinon Rive Gauche Rose....$13.99
Chinon is home to Cabernet Franc and this rosé is perfect for those who love red-fruited, bone-dry rosé. This Cabernet Franc Rosé from the Loire Valley comes from organically grown fruit, made with non-interventionist natural winemaking in the effort to translate its unique terroir. Juicy, slightly bitter fruit, earthy notes, a tart finish, and a refreshing herbality make this wine a very special rose




2015 Chateau Saint Cyrgues Costieres de Nimes Rose...$8.99
Syrah / Grenache blend
Château Saint- Cyrgues stands out as offering inexpensive products that over-deliver in taste and quality. In 1991, Guy and Evelyne de Mercurio, a Swiss couple, arrived in Nîmes on a family vacaKon and totally fell in love with the land. They purchased the Château Saint-Cyrgues and set about restoring it by updaKng the winemaking facility, convering the vineyards to 100% organic vitculture, and rehabilitng the château. Now, almost 25 years later, Guy and Evelyne (with their three children) practice 100% organic viticulture and vinificacion. 

Friday, April 15, 2016

Cheese Feature from Missouri

Support local Missouri






In stock at all four locations - each store has a nice selection in stock now!
Goatsbeard Farm - Missouri
"Delicious artisanal cheeses made from the fresh milk of our very own pasture-grazing goats!  We offer the following goat cheeses at Goatsbeard Farm: Fresh Rounds, Fresh Tubs, Soft-Ripened Cheese, Feta and Aged Raw Milk Cheese.
Currently our herd consists of about 50 milking does. These goats are crosses between Nubian, Sable Saanen, and LaMancha breeds, each of which contributes to the high quality of our milk. Nubians produce milk that is high in protein and butterfat, and Saanens are known for high volume as well as quality milk." -- Goatsbeard

Roth Grand Cru Surchoix


In stock now at our Rock HIll and Ballwin locations
Roth Grand Cru Surchoix 
This washed-rind Alpine-style cheese is the best of our best. Only a few wheels of Grand Cru® meet the stringent requirements of our cellarmasters to become Surchoix. The deep and complex flavor makes it the centerpiece of any cheeseboard.

AWARDS!!!
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CHEESE CONTEST WORLD CHAMPION 2016
AMERICAN CHEESE SOCIETY 3RD PLACE 2015
WISCONSIN STATE FAIR 3RD PLACE 2015
WISCONSIN STATE FAIR 2ND PLACE 2014
WORLD DAIRY EXPO CHAMPIONSHIP, USA 3RD PLACE 2014
GLOBAL CHEESE AWARDS, ENGLAND GOLD MEDAL 2014
WORLD CHEESE AWARDS, UK SUPER GOLD MEDAL 2014
AMERICAN CHEESE SOCIETY 3RD BEST OF SHOW 2012


New Missouri Vodka



Restless Spirits Duffy's Run Small Batch Vodka...$21.99

90 proof

From Kansas City Missouri
A good Irishman never shies from hard work or a quality spirit, and the 57 who laid the tracks of the famous Duffy’s Cut are no exception. They stopped at nothing to complete their treacherous task, and now, almost two centuries later, we’ve put the same dedication into our hard-working vodka. In every way, it is inspired by the machines and men who kept our nation moving forward.
Every bit as smooth as those boys were tough, this unique vodka features a whisker of sweetness and a hare of 90-proof warmth. This hard-working spirit never fails to complete your favorite cocktail, shot or glass of ice perfectly.





Restless Spirits Builder's Gin...$27.99
Our Irish immigrant ancestors have taught us that you can’t build anything that will stand the test of time without a strong foundation. That’s why our unique, hand-crafted gin is made from only the best ingredients around.
With the perfect amount of lavender, citrus and herbaceous flavors — Builders Botanical Gin can be enjoyed even if you are not a “Gin Drinker.” We believe we crafted one hell of a spirit with layers of flavor — proving that in the heartland, Character Runs Deep.

Barrel Aged Breckenridge






Breckenridge Barrel Aged 72 Imperial Chocolate Cream Stout...$10.99 / 22oz

A harmonious blend of chocolate, wood, & whiskey.
This unique release is a whiskey barrel-aged take on the brewery’s Small Batch 72 Imperial, an imperial chocolate cream stout. After spending a considerable amount of time in the whiskey-soaked oak barrels, the result is a harmonious blend of chocolate, wood, & whiskey.


Breckenridge 471 IPA Barrel Simcoe Dry Hopped....$10.99 / 22oz
471 IPA Barrel Series is a labor of love. We not only give our 471 Double IPA the luxury of time in whiskey barrels, we follow that stage with a dry hop treatment that features a new hop variety with each release. We’ve pampered it here, for you to enjoy.
With this edition, Simcoe is the star. From bittering to finishing and dry hopping, Simcoe shines. Pine and citrus enhance the aroma and come through in the fresh hop flavor. The abundance of hops are balanced by sweet fullness of malt, lending flavors reminiscent of caramel. These characteristics linger on the palate with flavor from the barrel, warming the tongue until the next sip.

IBU:70 | ABV: 10.5%

Bells Oatsmobile






Get if FRESH -- bottled April 6th!
Bells Oatsmobile Session Pale Ale....$9.99 / 6pk
Aromatic. Approachable. Unique. Intriguing. Happy-go-lucky. Full-bodied. And we’re not just talking about the horse. This hop-forward session pale ale uses a blend of classic and modern Pacific Northwest hops, including Mosaic, Equinox and Glacier, for a pungent blend of peach, mango and tropical aromas. The signature ingredient - oats - are what makesOatsmobile Ale stand apart, and gives it a body that you don’t see in most other session Pale Ales.

Ska Mandarina back


Ska Modus Mandarina IPA....$8.49 / 6pk
Orange you glad we listened? Now available in cans, year-round.
A unique twist on Modus Hoperandi, this citrus IPA is dry-hopped with a generous portion of Mandarina Bavaria hops and brewed with sweet orange peels.

Steak, burgers and other grilled or smoked meats. Especially with a citrus marinade or sauce. Indian curries spiced with tamarind and coriander, Thai and Mexican dishes with spicy and citrus components. Desserts with orange and caramel overtones like orange creme caramels or flan, or even an orange cheesecake.
ABV: 6.8%
IBU's: 88





Old Bakery from Alton, Illinois




Old Bakery Citrus Wheat Beer....$8.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
Brewed with lemon peel, orange peel, and a touch of chamomile and coriander. This refreshing wheat beer is perfect for warmer days.


Old Bakery Porter....$8.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
Our take on the English classic is a bold, yet easy going black ale. You may taste notes of chocolate, coffee and nutty flavors.

Big Muddy Root Beer



Big Muddy Draft Style Root Beer....$4.49 / 4pk
Made with Real Honey
From our Illinois neighbors.

New Prairie Beers!!!

More arrived - both in stock now




Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Vous Francias....$8.49 / 750ml
Rated 97/100 RateBeer

A Farmhouse Ale Conditions with Brettanomyces Bruxellensis
Prairie-Vous Francais is a celebration of simple elegance. This farmhouse ale is brewed to be refreshing. We use barley, oats, and wheat to build a foundation for saaz hops and brettanomyces bruxellensis to play. You’ll find this beer to be slightly tart and a touch hoppy. Prairie-Vous Francais is one of our many farmhouse beers we hope you will love as much as we do.




Prairie Artisan Ales Phantasmagoria Double IPA....$12.99 / 4pk 12oz
West Coast Style IPA

Phantasmagoria is an IPA that is low in malt flavors, but high in hops. We brew this beer as a nood to the big hoppy beers of the west coast. We use loads of citrusy and piney hops at the end of the boil and in the fermenter to make this beer a hop experience.

Perennial Hopfentea!


In stock now, no limit!

Perennial Tart Hopfentea....$9.99 / 750ml
TART HOPFENTEA (HOPLEAF)
Berliner weisse brewed with a custom tropical tea blend. Brewed in Collaboration with The Hopleaf.