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Saturday, September 9, 2017

New Sake





Yuho Eternal Embers Sake...$13.99 / 300ml
Rich texture and bold umami flavors are expressed by Toji Miho-san's experimental brewing methods including 1 year of bottle aging. Eternal Embers is named for a local "river-crossing" festival wherein an ancient Japanese prince is reunited with his beloved princess. Torches are used to light the way to their joyous once-yearly reunion.
GRADE: Junmai

TASTING NOTES: Bread pudding aromatics of rasin, nut and fig. A major trademark of this Yuho sake is that there is lots of umami without being cloying. A great sake to try warmed as well as slightly chilled.
FOOD PAIRING: Pairs well with a variety of dishes from patê to pecan pie. Also try with miso-glazed seafood, pesto pasta, or cilantro dishes




Kanbara Bride of the Fox Junmai Ginjo Sake...$31.99 / 720ml
This savory sake is inspired by local legends of Niigata's annual fox-bride festival. Local lore tells of mysterious lights that appeared on nearby Mt. Kirin in the distant past, which are claimed to be the lanterns carried in the fox-bride procession. With a 50% polishing rate, this sake could technically qualify as a Junmai Daiginjo, but the savory notes and food pairing versatility identify more with the style expected from Junmai Ginjo.
GRADE:  Junmai Ginjo

TASTING NOTES: Intense aromas of grilled nuts, pistachio, and a hint of white chocolate. Ripe honeydew notes finish crisp with a hint of lingering sweetness.

FOOD PAIRING: One of the best meat pairings in the portfolio. Try with duck, fig-stuffed pork loin, or black cod with miso glaze.

The Arran Machrie Moor Second Edition 2015 Release


The Arran Machrie Moor Second Edition 2015 Release....$71.99
Cask Strength
9,000 bottles made
58.2% ABV

Vinabade Albarino Rias Baixas




2016 Vinabade Albarino Rias Baixas....$13.99
100% Albariño. 30+ year old vines.
SOIL: Granite, clay and sand.
FARMING PRACTICES: 100% hand harvested into 40 lb boxes.
VINIFICATION: Grapes are processed within 2 hours of harvest. Entire process carried out in inert atmosphere to prevent oxidation. De-stemming, maceration, pressing, decanting and fermentation done in stainless steel.
TASTING NOTES: A clean, bright wine. Golden yellow color with greenish hues. Floral nose with notes of apple, apricot and peach. Fresh palate with balanced acidity, structure and body.

Las Bas Dry Gewurztraminer



Great buy! Dry, Alsatian style!
2016 Las Bas Gewurztraminer....$9.99
From SpainA bright, straw yellow. Clean aromas of exotic fruits and floral notes, which continue on the complex, lively palate. Soft in the mouth with balanced structure and a long, elegant finish. Some good pairings include shellfish, chicken or pork and spicy dishes
VARIETAL: 100% Gewürztraminer
WINEMAKER: Óscar Martínez Camiruaga

Plantation Vintage Rums








2001 Plantation Rum Trinidad...$49.99
Aged 12 years
Alc./Vol. : 42%
Origin : Trinidad
Raw material : Molasses
Distillation : 2003, column
Tropical ageing : 8 years in Bourbon cask, Trinidad
Continental ageing, elevage : 4 years in Pierre Ferrand cask, Château de Bonbonnet, France

Color : Precious topaz with gold patina.
Nose : Citrus fruit layered with peach and mango introduce an intense sensation. Flowering honey soon emerges from a lightly wooded field of nutmeg and lightly peppered notes.
Palate : Rising fruit notes create a citrus explosion of lemon and pear. Grilled almond, popcorn and paprika complete the evolution.
Result : Intense, spicy, woody.




2002 Plantation Rum Jamaica...$49.99
(aged 13 years)
Alc./Vol. : 42%
Origin : Jamaica
Raw material : Molasses
Distillation : 2002, pot still
Tropical ageing : 10 years in Bourbon cask, Jamaica
Continental ageing, elevage : 3 years in Pierre Ferrand cask, Château de Bonbonnet, France.

Color : Gold patina with amber glints
Nose : Intense and complex, greets with fresh fruit and earthy notes enhanced by a woody luster. Raison notes surface from the gentle distillation.
Palate : Significant and powerful, playing with pastry and fruit notes of peach, banana, prune and walnut. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, clove and vanilla contrast the dance of flavors.


2001 Plantation Rum Barbados...$49.99
Aged 10 Years in Boubon Casks in Barbados
Aged 2 years in Pierre Ferrand Cask in France
Bottled 2015

2015 JAX Block 3 Cabernet Sauvignon


Very, very limited!

2015 JAX Block 3 Cabernet Sauvignon...$124.99
About 120 cases made
JAX Vineyards Block 3 has always produced the best fruit of our Estate in Calistoga. An intense expression of the red rock, alluvial soil at the base of Mount Saint Helena. Making it's debut in the 2013 vintage this is wine is a show stopper. The lush fruit driven profile of the 337 clone produces a wine that is well structured with beautiful herbel notes on the nose. Just 5 barrels produced get yours today before it is gone. Rootstalk 101-14, 21 months in New French Oak, 100% 337 Clone Cabernet Sauvignon. Balanced and delicious this wine will drink well for 15+ years.

Mi Sueno Herrera - very limited!



2013 Mi Sueno Herrera Esmeralda Pinot Noir....$71.99
Russian River Valley
Only 100 cases made!
(officially only sold through their wine club, but we scored some)
The 2013 growing season proved to be an excellent year in Napa Valley. It was slightly warmer than 2012, resulting in an overall earlier growing season. Lower than normal rainfall paired with moderate spring weather brought early bud break and bloom. Sunny skies throughout the summer months led to early veraison and harvest. Warm daytime temperatures followed by cool nights prior to harvest produced evenly ripened fruit with ideal hang time.

Rolando’s goal is to create a Pinot so big and bold it can pair with a steak. We strive for low yields in the vineyard and then bleed the juice from the skin to extract the purest and richest flavors.

Red cherry and cranberry aromas give way to notes of blackberry, clove, rich earth, and rose petal. Luscious flavors of dark and red fruits are highlighted by hints of cinnamon and clove. The soft mouthfeel is balanced by firm yet fine-grained tannins and a finish that is long and complex.

DRC Tasting and Pinot Noir Tasting!


Have you ever tasted one of the rarest wines in the world?  A wine from the famous Domaine Romanee Conti -- DRC!

Well, here is your chance!
2014 Domaine Romanee Conti Corton 
(lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $1200 for the bottle)

The Wine and Cheese Place 
14748 Clayton Road in BALLWIN
October 6, from 5:00-5:30

$35 for a 1 ounce pour of these wines

  • DRC - Domaine Romanee Conti Corton (Burgundy)
  • Domaine Serene Pinot Noir Evestad (Oregon)  ($70)
  • Mi Sueno Herrera Esmeralda Pinot Noir (California) ($72) 

(compare 3 greats from three areas)


  • Reservations required.
  • You must sign up online.  You must pre-pay.  Your credit card will charged as soon as your glass is confirmed.  You must enter a credit card with the order or your glass will not be confirmed.
  • No cancellations or refunds.
  • Click here to sign up
  • You can stay until 7:30 and taste many other Pinot Noir wines also.  We have an open house event for all to attend.



The Wine and Cheese Place 
14748 Clayton Road in BALLWIN
October 6, from 5:30-7:30

Everyone is invited to this portion!
Wine Tasting Open House
From 5:30-7:30 others will be invited to join in and taste the wines below.
Pinot Noir from Around the World

Scheduled to taste:



  • 2015 Copain - Pinot Noir “Tous Ensemble” 
  • 2015 Hartford Court - Pinot Noir Russian River 
  • 2012 Lemelson - Pinot Noir “Thea’s Selection” 
  • 2014 Roco – Pinot Noir “Gravel Road”
  • 2015 Angeline – Pinot Noir Reserve 
  • 2015 Belle Glos - Pinot Noir “Clark and Telephone” 
  • 2015 Cooper Hill Pinot Noir Willamette Valley
  • 2015 Jean-Marc Pillot Bourgogne Rouge "Les Grandes Terres" 
  • 2011 Lucien Crochet Croix du Roy Rouge Loire
  • 2013 Momo Pinot Noir Marlborough, NZ
  • 2015 Holm Oak Pinot Noir Tasmania 
  • 2014 Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir (90/100 WA)
  • 2014 Anthill Farms Pinot Noir Anderson Valley
  • 2015 Paul Lato “Matinee” Pinot Noir Santa Barbara County
  • 2014 Melville Pinot Noir "Block M" SRH (93/100 Vinous)
  • 2015 Afredo Roca Pinot Noir Argentina
  • 2015 Stephane Aviron Morgon Cote du Py....$19.99
  • 2015 Stephane Aviron Moulin A Vent....$19.99
  • 2015 Stephane Aviron Fleurie Domaine Madriere....$19.99 




Agave de Cortes Mezcal Joven Espadin


Agave de Cortes Mezcal Joven Espadin...$32.99
"AGAVE DE CORTES" House Studio, Packer and marketer of Traditional Oaxacan Mezcal, located in Santiago Matatlán, Oaxaca, Mexico the aptly named "World Capital of Mezcal" Committed to the Environment. All our processes, from planting maguey to packaging of Mezcal, are witnessed by the Regulatory Mexican Council for Quality Mezcal-COMERCAM, which monitors compliance with the Mexican Official Standard NOM-070-SCFI-1994 Beverage Alcohólicas- mezcal-specifications.

Love, Togetherness, Tradition and Brotherly Affection, are ingredients that lead from earth to caligüey, a great Mezcal. 122 years of days, found treasure that marked this land and made them be found, the great great grandfather who believed that James Matatlán, his place and his family. The Cortés family after 5 generations give us a great lesson: It is always good that is done from the heart. .

Dinkel Acker Oktoberfest




Dinkel Acker Oktoberfest Marzen....$9.99 / 6pk
Amber in color, pleasant aromas of caramel & honey with good balance of malt & fruit notes. Rich textured palate true to the Märzen tradition.
ABV: 5.7% | STYLE: Amber Lager (Seasonal)

Flensburger German Beers




Since 1888, Flensburg beers have been brewed to a premium quality and in accordance with the German Purity Law of 1516. With a unique water for brewing, that originates from North Scandinavian underground glacier flows. The typical 'plop' sound when the bottle is opened has long become the Flensburg trademark and stands for unique freshness and the good taste of Flensburg beers.

Flensburger Pilsner....$9.99 / 4pk
Flensburger’s flagship product is their renowned north German Pilsner. Unmistakable in character and hoppiness, each round punctuated with distinctive “plop” of the next bottle’s swing top.


Flensburger Weizen...$9.99 / 4pk
Slightly stronger than the other beers in the Flensburger repertoire, the Weizen is an authentic “naturally cloudy” German wheat beer. Can be poured or sipped straight from an ever-pleasing swing-top bottle.
ABV: 5.1% | STYLE: Wheat Ale





Forysth Growler Board

A couple of beers we have not seen in package in awhile

New to the board
2nd Shift Technical Ecstasy Pilsner
We have not been able to get package since August of last year -- now you can bring some home FRESH - kegged August 30


It has been about 4 years since we have seen Founder's Red's Rye in bottles. But now you can take it home in a growler!!!
Founders Red's Rye IPA --
Serious hop bitterness, along with an unyielding grapefruit bouquet from the Amarillo dry hop, balances the malty richness of four varieties of imported Belgian caramel malts. Pours a spectacular crimson with a creamy tan head. A generous addition of rye malt accentuates a spicy, crisp finish.
Remember the label?


Friday, September 8, 2017

Pumpkin Beer Tasting tonight!!! and Trout, Salmon and Brisket

Taste these Pumpkin Beers Tonight at Forsyth!
4pm-6pm Friday 9/8/17

Elysian
Brooklyn
Southern Tier
New Belgium
O'Fallon - 4 flavors
Urban Chestnut
Blue Point
Ballast Point


Also taste....


These are delicious!!

Billy Q Trout Filet
Billy Q Salmon
Billy Q USDA Prime Brisket

Local from St. Louis MO!
In stock now at Forsyth and New Ballas!

Come in for a sampling with the owner of Billy Q
Forsyth 4-6pm Friday 9/8/17
New Ballas 1-3pm Saturday 9/9/17

Jose Maria de Fonseca - Super Values!!!


From the oldest table wine producer in Portugal (AND the first one to cork wine!), Jose Maria da Fonseca, herald these two lovebirds. With every passing vintage, they just seem to easily become our go-to table wines. JMF Red pairs delightfully with our pizza night (& bolognese) and JMF White just makes scallops (or anything from the sea) taste that much better.


2016 Jose Maria de Fonseca JMF Red...$9.99
Produced from the Castelão and Aragonês (Tempranillo) grape varieties, this fruity & juicy red is like taking a bite of an apple…easy as it is fun. Oak Treatment: 3 months, 2nd year French & American 
With vibrant fruity aromas, it has a touch of oak character, making it ideal to share with family and friends in joyful and relaxed moments. José Maria da Fonseca is the oldest and one of the most prestigious wineries in Portugal, producing wines and Setúbal Moscatel. The Soares Franco family owns José Maria da Fonseca and has been involved in the wine business for almost 200 years. 



2016 Jose Maria de Fonseca JMF White...$9.99
JMF White Produced from Fernão Pires and Moscatel de Setúbal grape varieties, this easy slightly mineral & briny white wins you over with a pleasant aroma and a fruity character.   A stunning value and refreshing white wine worth purchasing by the case.  A new favorite!

Escudo Real Vinho Verde and Rose



Our best selling Vinho Verde is back!
2016 Escudo Real Vinho Verde...$8.99
Grapes: Loureiro (30%) Trajadura (30%) and Arinto (40%).
With a little sparkle, this Vinho Verde is light and fresh. The wine has a definite pétillance.
Produced by the recognized winemaker, Carlos Teixeira (Quinta da Lixa), the Escudo Real selections are both fun and gourmand. Escudo Real WHITE is bright and citrusy, due to its natural acidity. With dominant apple and grapefruit aromas and a splash of green, herby notes, Escudo Real brings the fun and the flavor. Produced with Arinto, Trajadura & Loureiro grape varieties and at 9.5% alcohol, this baby is ripe for the picking.
Vinho Verde, lighter and more refreshing, is gaining in popularity all over the world. The Trajadura and Arinto varieties give it body and length, as well as aromas of apple and grapefruit. The Loureiro variety confers it a floral and aromatic herbal expression, bringing a lively, fresh character, with a slight touch of sparkle. Young and delicate, it should be served with fish, seafood and white meat dishes.

2016 Escudo Real Vinho Verde Rose...$8.99
Grapes: Touriga Nacional(60%) and Espadeiro(40%)
Escudo Real ROSE is all about the strawberry and red currants. The amazing pink color gives way to well-balanced flavors in the mouth that do super well with food. At 10.5% alcohol, this fresh fruity, slightly sparkly rose is a sunny-time must.   Pink color and lively strawberry and red currant flavor complemented with floral hints reveal the exuberance of the aroma. In the mouth it’s well balanced with good acidity and tart fresh fruit notes, young and crisp. It boasts a smooth, delicate finish.

The Arran Malt Smugglers Series The High Seas Vol.2



We scored 4 more bottles!
The Arran Malt Smugglers Series The High Seas Vol.2 Single Malt Scotch...$139.99
Very limited
Limited Edition of 8,700 Bottles Worldwide
Bottled at Natural Cask Strength 55.4% abv.

The Smugglers Series trilogy continues this autumn with the release of the much anticipated Vol.2 - 'The High Seas'...In this Smugglers’ Series Vol.2 ‘The High Seas’ we pay tribute to the exuberant character of those striving to outwit the Government’s representatives in the pursuit of the production of the famed Arran Waters. This dram is a powerful marriage of whisky matured in the finest rum casks with time-honoured peated spirit and a rich layer of first-fill Bourbon barrel adding sweetness and fruit. The use of rum casks in the maturation serves as recognition of Arran’s importance, in years gone by, in the trade of diverse, black market liquor. The resulting liquid is complex, full of character and a perfect tribute to these independent characters of Arran.
Non Chill Filtered & No artificial colouring


TASTING NOTES:
NOSE: Citrus fruits are at the fore, mingling with smells evocative of the outdoors; a touch of seaweed hints at coastal character. Orchard fruits, white pepper, and a subtle dry note reminiscent of fino sherry make this a complex nose. A hint of burned pine wood is in the background.

PALATE: A fizzing mouthfeel with sherbet character. A fresh spearmint note appears and mingles with warm bramley apple pie and ice cream. There is tangy lime marmalade with chilli pepper heat and a whiff of smoke from a just-lit fire of pine logs. The addition of water shows honey dew melon and pear drop sweets.

FINISH: Distillery character shines through; notes of apples, citrus and good body are elongated by a backbone of subtle smoke.

Wine from 1969 -- almost 50 years old!!





48 Year Old Wine!



1969 Viuva Gomes Collares Reserva Tinto...$169.99
Next lowest price in the country is $179.99 on Wine-Searcher

The red grape in Colares is called Ramisco--Ramisco is grown nowhere else.Old yet still fresh. This pearl of Colares has gained an onion skin color, although it has maintained a pleasant lucidity with aromatic notes of raisin cherry and damp earth. In the mouth this wine has a light structure, with a memory of where Ramisco’s deep tannins used to be, marked along with some acidity due to the ocean’s winds, leading to salty finish.


On the coast, northwest of Lisbon, there is a small D.O.C. (Denominação de Origem Controlada) called Colares. It is one of Portugal’s most ancient areas and it is entirely planted on sand. When phylloxera destroyed most of Europe’s vines in the 19th century, it didn’t destroy Colares. Their vines are all original, ungrafted, and, for the most part, very old.
Colares is also one of the most endangered wine regions in the world. It has become the go-to vacation spot for affluent Lisboans so the land has become much more valuable as beachfront property than vineyard land. There are only 23 hectares left. The production of wines allowed to use the Colares designation is around 4,500 bottles… quite a change from a century ago when there were thousands of hectares of vines and, as one of the only regions left with vineyards, their reputation soared. They were called “The Bordeaux of Portugal” and experienced a brief, yet intense, international flowering of interest but as Europe’s vineyards came back on line and Portugal descended into a nearly eighty years of strife, civil war, and dictatorship, the fortunes of Colares faded.
The red grape in Colares is called Ramisco, the white is Malvasia. Ramisco is grown nowhere else, and same goes for this breed of Malvasia (although we find its cousin in the Douro and other parts of Portugal).

Logboat Jerk Alert Double IPA




Logboat Jerk Alert Double IPA...$11.99 / 4pk cans
8.5% ABV
85 IBU

This Limited Release Double IPA starts with a simple malt profile to both compliment and also stay out of the way of the hops. Speaking of hops, this one is loaded up with nearly 3 pounds of hops per barrel Galaxy, Cascade, and Chinook. Bright fruit and flower aromas are followed by a juicy flavor and a gentle pine resin finish.

Limited - New Zealand 18 Year Old Whiksey


New Zealand Whiskey Co. Dunedin Double Wood 18 Year Old...$89.99 / 375ml
A Master Blend of 70% single malt, and 30% premium grain whisky produced from unmalted barley in the Willowbank Distillery. Aged for 6 years in American Bourbon barrels, before finishing for 12 in French Oak NZ wine barrels, giving ruby colour, depth of character and long-lasting, rich flavours.
The awesomeness of the Dunedin DoubleWood comes from the foresight of our predecessors, the Preston Family, to transfer a large number of six year old MasterBlended whisky from American Oak to French Oak ex-red wine barrels. The new barrels came from the North Island and previously contained New Zealand Pinot and Cab Sauv.

Quinta de Lemos - from Dao, Portugal






2009 Quinta de Lemos Dao Dona Georgina...$49.99
The 2009 Dona Georgina is revisited for a checkup and it is nice to say it keeps improving. Big, full and fleshier than its 2008 predecessor reviewed in the past--both creatures of their vintages--this is one of the lusher and richer wines the winery has produced at its young age. Sexy but well balanced, this is the crowd-pleaser, but there is also good structure. It is aging well and should continue to do so for the next decade or more.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
A blend of Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz, both originally from the Dão region, this sophisticated, rich wine is firmly structured. The granite soils bring out a strong mineral texture that is balanced by opulent black fruits. This is a powerful wine, dense and still developing. Drink from 2016.
Rated 94/100 Wine Enthusiast

The masterpiece of Quinta de Lemos, Dona Georgina blends the best of two worlds - Touriga Nacional & Tinta Roriz. The most expressive of the QdL wines, the fruit and the finish are splendid with hints of game and leather to go with the violets the Touriga Nacional is recognized for.

With incredible aging potential, the texture is quite mineral, with ripe plums, candied orange and bergamot, resinous woods and spices. A long and concentrated finish wraps it all up in one beautiful present.
GRAPES: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz
Only 388 cases made


2005 Quinta de Lemos Dao Dona Santana...$26.99
Very fragrant,with sweet and appealing ripe fruit standing out, greedy and full in the mouth with wellmeasured tannins. Final aroma with sweet spices, making it an appealing and attractive wine.
60% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz and 20% Alfrocheiro, aged for 18 months in mostly used French oak.
Vine Age: 10 years 
These wines are obtained after fermentation at a controlled temperature in order to preserve all their aromatic elegance, in big wooden barrels and stainless steel tanks, for 20 days. The wine is made by malolactic fermentation in barrels of French oak and has a subsequent maturing period of 18 months in order to potentiate its structure and complexity.


2001 Vinha do Fojo Douro Red - 95 points





Older vintages from the Douro are not only a rarity, but a treat. These, sustainably produced under Integrated Production practices, are drop dead gorgeous with fruit galore, elegance throughout and a finish that reminds us of why Douro is royalty. Truly intellectually stimulating wines with a dynamic that is ever-evolving.
Absolutely to drink...and hold for years to come.
2001 Vinha do Fojo Douro Red....$54.99
The 2001 Vinha Do Fojo (Quinta Do Fojo) is an old vines field blend aged for 12 months in French oak (60% new, the rest used). Of the Vinha do Fojos here this issue, this is arguably the best and the best balanced, although the 1996 is drinking much better now. That said, this is still a powerhouse in an old school style. One of the problems in evaluating these (especially when young) is that the tannins can be hard and overwhelm the wine. I took a cautious approach and was too stingy initially. This time it also had a couple of days open, which helped. In most ways, it is still too young, not nearly as interesting as the 1996 (although it one day will be and will likely be better). It shows fine acidity and lush texture, the best concentration and the freshest fruit in the vertical to go with the big tannins typical of the brand. Even now, it adds wonderful complexity. It is intriguing and intellectual. If you're looking for hedonistic, though, this probably isn't it. Focused, penetrating and powerful, it needs a food pairing to sing. It should have a long life ahead and it is still improving. It may well do better than I think. To my pleasant surprise, the standard retail price I was given was a mere $60. Back up the truck. This is fine enough that it makes a mockery out of the supposed classification difference between Fojo and Vinha do Fojo. There were 21,000 bottles produced.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate