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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Vietti Barolo Castiglione






2013 Vietti Barolo Castiglione....$49.99
The 2013 Barolo Castiglione is a terrific success story. This is the estate's bread and butter Barolo. Fruit is sourced throughout the Castiglione Falletto township. The wine is consistent and steady, offering amazing value and quality with each new release. The nose is generous and full. It imparts fresh fruit and dark cherry aromas with tar, smoke and licorice at the back. Evident structure gives the wine a firm backbone and will carry it through the next decade of cellar aging.
Rated 93+/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93+/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Rated 93/100 James Suckling
Rated 92/100 Wine Spectator

Maitre de Chai




2015 Maitre de Chai Chardonnay Michael Mara....$47.99
Only 1 barrel made - 25 cases!
Very rare!
After the crop in 2014 was too small to make any wine from this vineyard for MDC, in 2015 we were finally able to make our third bottling of the Michael Mara vineyard. At the base of the Sonoma Mountain range we are enlightened disciples of this vineyard by way of Abe Shoener and Steve Matthiasson. Both Abe and Steve have equally taught us lessons in what this vineyard is capable of through the wines they have produced from this vineyard over the years at their productions, The Scholium Project and Matthiasson Family Wines. Together, they are the only reason we were able to produce this wine.

Farmed by Steve, the soil of this vineyard is the result of what we believe to be a cataclysmic landslide that cascaded rocks and volcanic soil onto the valley floor. It took Steve years to clear the vineyard enough to actually be able to plant vines. The vineyard is an undulating croupe of rocks and red soil that makes for an incredibly distinctive and powerful wine. Michael Mara is 100% Chardonnay, from Old Wente clone four. It possesses a natural richness and a beautiful bright acidity, as we use completely neutral oak and very little sulfur throughout its élevage. The wine is hand labeled and hand bottled unfined and unfiltered.





2016 Maitre de Chai Chenin Blanc Kierkegaard...$31.99
The Saini family have a rich history dating back to the early 1900’s. The Sainis are 4th generation Sonoma County grape growers that have been farming grapes in Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley for over 90 years.

Planted in 1981 in an old, dry riverbed filled with sandy loam soils, the 2-acre block of dry-farmed Chenin Blanc is grown on St. George rootstock. Because Saini is a warmer site, they don’t do too much canopy work, which ensures that the grapes are protected from the sun. We typically like to see this wine picked at about 21-22 brix to preserve its natural acidity.

Leo Hansen, the winemaker at Leo Steen Wines inspired us to make Chenin Blanc. Leo made it possible for us to source grapes from this incredible site; he encouraged us to take the leap of faith. We drew inspiration for the name of this wine from Søren Aabye Kierkegaard—considered to be the first existentialist philosopher—who was a Danish social critic, theologian and poet.

“A man who as a physical being is always turned toward the outside, thinking that his happiness lies outside him, finally turns inward and discovers that the source is within him.”
– ‘The Predicament of a Man’ by Søren Kierkegaard

Massican




2017 Massican Chardonnay Hyde Vineyards....$47.99

This utterly compelling Chardonnay is sourced from 25+ year old vines from the Hyde Vineyard in Carneros. As this begins to open it releases brilliant aromatics of sliced apple, honey, crushed limestone, stone fruits, fresh herb and white floral blossom. On the palate this possesses a beautiful rich texture, balanced by a gorgeous touch of acidity that lingers beautifully on the finish. This is flat out delicious now and will also continue to gain complexity over the next decade. A must have Chardonnay in 2017 from Dan Petroski.
Rated 94/100 International Wine Report

2017 Massican Sauvignon Blanc...$31.99
The 2017 Sauvignon from Massican comes from 25 year old vines located in Pope Valley. The aromas of citrus, tropical fruits, peach, fresh herb, lychee and green florals. Delicious and totaly inviting, with a gorgeous mouth coating texture. This has tremendous balance and weight trough the palate, with a lovely bright finish. This is fantastic now and given its structure this should certainly be capable of handling some short-term cellaring as well.
Rated 92/100 International Wine Report

Absolut Grapefruit Vodka




Absolut Grapefruit Vodka...$15.99/ 750ml
What does the true taste of grapefruit taste like?
Absolut Grapefruit is made with natural grapefruit flavor, and unlike some other flavored vodkas, it doesn’t contain any added sugar. To put it short and simple: Absolut Grapefruit has a truly fresh taste and is fruity with a distinct character of pink grapefruit and a well-balanced natural sweetness.

The Absolut way of making vodka
In 1879, Lars Olsson Smith introduced the continuous distillation with which he made Absolut Rent Brännvin. Instead of the usual three or four times, the vodka was distilled an infinite number of times. Absolut Grapefruit is made the same way, the only difference is the taste of grapefruit. And, like the rest of the family, it’s produced in Åhus, L.O. Smith’s birth town. Since the process will never change, neither will the true taste of Absolut Grapefruit.

Keeping natural ingredients natural
The main ingredients in Absolut Grapefruit are Absolut Vodka and natural grapefruit flavour. Absolut Vodka is made from water and winter wheat. The water comes from a deep well in Åhus where it’s protected from impurities. The winter wheat is also grown in Åhus and differs from other crops: it’s sown one fall and harvested the next one. The days in between it grows under the Swedish snow, developing its hard grain. Also, the use of fertilizers is minimized.

Montanaro Vermouth di Torino




Montanaro Vermouth di Torino Rosso...$22.99
Made with 15% marsala as part of the base, look for a plummy aroma accented by a dried-herb note. Mouthwateringly tart, the palate evokes black cherry preserves and damson plum, finishing bitter with a dab of dried apricot.
Rated 90/100 Wine Enthusiast


Montanaro Vermouth di Torino Bianco...$22.99

After several trials in order to bring back an old recipe found in the archives of the historic distillery, the Bianco Montanaro was born. A combination of fine white wine infused with more than 20 natural herbs and roots.
Part of the secret of making our Bianco is to encode the right number of herbs to extract the properties and aromas of each one of them, revealing harmonious scent that are also soft on the palate and not invasive. The Bianco Montanaro is ideal as an aperitif, to be served chilled or with ice. I can also be a perfect base for cocktails. Possible pairing with matured cheese.




Montanaro Barolo Chinato....$32.99 / 500ml
Aromatized Barolo wine made from the ancient recipe of Montanaro and modified with delicate, not invasive herbs which make for a more versatile way to enjoy it. Ruby red color, intense perfume, particular flavor, bitter and sweet at the same time.


Angostura Lemon Lime Bitters


Angostura Lemon Lime Bitters...4pk cans 
Launched just a decade ago, Angostura Lemon Lime and Bitters has grown into an iconic, international brand, enjoyed in Trinidad and Tobago, throughout the Caribbean, and in Australia, its largest market.
Angostura Lemon Lime and Bitters is the only carbonated soft drink in the world that contains ANGOSTURA aromatic bitters.

2016 Chateuneuf du Pape


We are thrilled about the arrival of our first batch of 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape. Importer Eric Solomon is a great source for exciting wines from all over the world but truly shines when it comes to his Southern Rhone portfolio. All of these wines are in stock, though quantities are small so order away!


2016 Janasse


2016 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape....$52.99

Incorporating 10% Syrah and 15% Mourvèdre, the Grenache-dominated 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape (there's a touch of Cinsault) sports a saturated ruby/purple color. It shows hints of new oak in its black raspberries, blackberry, cured meats, crushed violets and spice-driven aromatics. This gives way to a rich, incredibly concentrated base cuvée that could easily be mistaken for the Vieille Vignes from another good year. Polished, concentrated and young, it's going to need bottle age.
Rated 94-96/100 Jeb Dunnuck


2016 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin....$74.99 
Made with close to 50% stems (the highest in a while) and brought up in foudre and demi-muids (20% new), the 2016 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Cuvée Chaupin sports deep ruby/purple color as well as sensational notes of kirsch liqueur, black raspberries, crushed flowers, crushed rocks, and incense. Just a huge, rich, unctuous wine, it offers everything you could want from Grenache and is certainly going to challenge the 2007 and 2010 as the greatest expression of this terroir to date.
Rated 97-100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 95/100 Wine Spectator
Rated 95-97/100 The Wine Advocate

Only few bottles left already - not online
call Aaron 314.727.8788 or email aaron@wineandcheeseplace.com
2016 Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf du Pape Grenache de Perriers....$102.99
Offers a gorgeous core, featuring flavors that show the distilled essence of raspberry and plum fruit. Seamless and pure, with a seductive mouthfeel despite the obvious weight and density. Flashes of anise, black tea and warm stone flitter through the refined and mouthwatering finish. So seductive, this is drinkable now. But just wait… Best from 2020 through 2050. 100 cases made.
Rated 98/100 The Wine Spectator



2016 Giraud

2016 Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf Du Pape....$48.99
Enticing, with bright, engaging raspberry, cherry and red currant fruit infused with gently roasted sandalwood and apple wood, garrigue and licorice root notes. A swath of tobacco underscores the finish, giving this an old-school hint. Best from 2020 through 2040. 2,500 cases
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

Merica Small Batch Bourbon



Merica Small Batch Bourbon...$26.99
90 Proof
Small Batch Bourbon
CELEBRATE FREEDOM
Merica Bourbon was born from military veterans who wanted to share the great taste of bourbon and freedom.
It’s all about the flavor. This bourbon is meant to be shared with friends, on the rocks or neat, reminiscing on the good moments in life.
So pull up a chair and have a glass or three with us and let us celebrate freedom together. #celebratefreedom.
“GREAT BRAND, GREAT PEOPLE AND GREAT BOURBON!” - TRAVIS M. (TN)

THE SECRET HISTORY OF MERICA BOURBON
American whiskey started its life as a raw, unaged spirit that had, as its main attribute, the power to spur the courage of the first colonists during the American Revolution, Never looking back, never surrendering! Through this beginning our whiskey has developed into the complex, big-bodied, distinctively American bourbon that today, is beloved by Aristocrat’s, Patriots, Outlaws and fun loving people around the globe. American whiskey, itself, has reached maturity in relatively recent years, after spending a 300-year adolescence being molded by every major event that has affected its native country. And at times, the reverse is true–whiskey has affected the nation itself.

Whiskey-making grew with Merica! It helped George Washington muster federal troops for the first time, and whiskey went with the early pioneers westward to explore new territories. Whiskey was a spirit of contention during the Civil War, and the love of fine Whiskey led to Prohibition, and has played a part in every major war this nation has seen. In short, where America has been, so has American whiskey–and where whiskey has traveled, so have Americans been influenced by its presence.

Bourbon, in fact, is so darned American, that, in 1964, Congress itself recognized it as “a distinctive product of the U.S.A.”

Our Whiskey comes to you from a past derived from Revolution, Mountain Men, Pioneers, Bootleggers, Auto Racing and the same American innovation created from the space program that you taste in every bottle we create.

Merica Bourbon is veteran owned and made proudly by Americans with the same passion that made this country great!

Friday, July 20, 2018

Spaten Oktoberfest Beer




Spaten Oktoberfest Beer...$8.99 / 6 pack
World’s First Oktoberfest Beer
The beer of Munich’s famous Oktoberfest: aromatic, savoury, gold-colored.
Alcohol by volume: 5.9%

Flying Monkey



Flying Monkey Amber Ale...$6.99 / 6pk
Well balanced, moderately malty with our classic soft finish.
Winning beer drinkers over, and paying our bills, since 1996

Flying Monkey Four-finger Stout...$6.99 / 6pk
Dark and roasty, mashed in with copious amounts of roasted barley to deliver a big up-front flavor, followed by our typical dry finish. Fantastic

Avery Plank'd Rum Barrel Aged Coconut Porter






Avery Plank'd 
Rum Barrel Aged Coconut Porter....$11.99 / 12oz
Annual barrel series

16.2% ABV
Aye, fellow rumscallions. No needs t' shiver about walkin' off this plank. Set adrift in this sea o' chocolate 'n coconut wit' notes o' Nelson's Folly. We be comin' wit' ye.

Beer Tasting tonight!

Beer Tasting Tonight


Forsyth location from 4-6pm


  • Prairie Artisan Ales Birthday Bomb! 2018
  • Wichita Brewing F'n Ned Sour
  • Jester King Part and Parcel
  • Jester King Simple Means

Wichita Brewing




From Wichita Kansas


Wichita Brewing Valley View Vanilla Porter...$8.99 / 6pk

This is the first beer ever brewed on WBC’s original 1.5 barrel brewhouse.
The Valley View is a robust porter with whole Madagascar vanilla beans added during fermentation. Consistent with the porter style, this beer is very dark in color. The Valley View has a smooth roasty aroma and flavor with hints of chocolate to complement the vanilla beans.
ABV: 5.9% | IBU: 28




Wichita Brewing V6 IPA....$8.99 / 6pk
V6 IPA
In search of the perfect IPA recipe, many attempts were made… but version 6 (V.6) was the best.
Brewed with generous amounts of Cascade and Amarillo hops, this American IPA has assertive flavor and aroma hop character. The bitterness is approachable and well-balanced with its malt backbone.
ABV: 7% | IBU: 60




Wichita Brewing Scicilia Sour Red...$8.99 / 4pk
Scicilia Sour Red
When you think of complexity, this is the beer that pops in your head. Scicilia’s foundation is a soured red rye ale aged in an oak foeder, featuring deep fruitiness and tang.
Many sessions unveiled the highlights of adding a wine-barrel-aged light sour and a Belgian dubbel, bringing an oak and candied sweetness to the table. Scicilia I is the first blended sour beer in a new series of sour and barrel-aged beers.
Get some to drink now…
and get some to drink later.
ABV: 6.5% | IBU: 13




Wichita Brewing F'N Ned Sour IPA...$9.99 / 6pk
The F’N Ned is a kettle soured American IPA that came about as a product of our continuously on-going test batch experiments. The mouth puckering tartness is reminiscent of carving the last little bit of juice from the bottom of a grapefruit, but with the welcoming burst of Cascade and Amarillo hop aroma. A brilliantly light amber colored ale that drinks so crisp and refreshing you too might be cursing the brewer.
It’s more than just Ned, it’s F’N Ned!

New - Brickway from Omaha


Omaha Nebraska
Brickway Coffee Vanilla Stout...$8.99 / 6pk cans
ABV: 5%
IBU: 20
Malts: Pilsner, Crystal, Chocolate, Coffee, Carafa II
Hops: Magnum & Mt. Hood
Suggested Pairing: Pork Shank
Description: Roasty & toasty, cold steeped with real vanilla, smooth finish



Brickway Raja Gaj Imperial IPA...$9.99 / 4pk cans
ABV: 9.2%
IBU: 86
Malts: Pilsner & Carmunich I
Hops: Magnum, Simcoe, Amarillo, Chinook & Centennial
Description: Move over malt sweetness, this one is all about the hops!

2nd Shift Brewligans East Coast-Style IPA


Canned July 18th - FRESH

2nd Shift Brewligans East Coast-Style IPA...$11.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
A wonder to behold, with all the hop flavors and aromas and coming in at 6.5% abv. This East Coast-style IPA looks gross (Crider's words) but pops with citrus and tropical fruits in both the flavor and the aroma. Low bitterness makes this accessible and utterly drinkable.


2nd Shift OG Haze Craze Weiss Bier







Fresh canned a few days ago!
2nd Shift OG Haze Craze Weiss Bier...$9.49 / 4pk 16oz cans

This is a throwback to the original haze craze, the German weissbier. The aroma pops with bananas and a slight bit a clove. This beer pours hazy and is pale straw in color. The flavor is a bit biscuity with a slight sweetness thanks to the malt.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Great Brunello di Montalcino



A couple of 97 Point 2013 Brunello's


2013 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino....$75.98
Luminous red. High-pitched aromas of sour red cherry, raspberry, rose, stainless steel, white pepper and minerals. Dense and silky in texture but displays great juiciness, clarity and floral lift; the lively but harmonious acidity really lifts and frames the bright red and mineral flavors. Totally saturates the palate and yet comes off as virtually weightless. This hauntingly beautiful wine showcases everything Brunello can be when made from an ultra-competent producer farming Sangiovese vines that grow in what is a real grand cru section of the much too large Brunello di Montalcino denomination.
Rated 97/100 Antonio Galloni Vinous

2013 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino...$69.98
Delicately scented, this offers underbrush, pressed violet and wild berry aromas. It’s medium-bodied and loaded with elegance, delivering crushed raspberry, Morello cherry, licorice and a hint of pipe tobacco set against taut, refined tannins. Bright acidity provides balance. It’s a bit austere at this stage but will develop beautifully.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Enthusiast


An Pair of Epic 2012 Brunello Riserva

2012 Fuligni Brunello di Montalcino Riserva $176.98
Bright and juicy, this is packed with cherry, strawberry, floral and mineral aromas and flavors. Linear in shape and tightly wound, yet very pure, with a long, detailed aftertaste that pulls all the elements together. Best from 2021 through 2040. 350 cases imported.
Rated 98/100 The Wine Spectator

2012 Costanti Brunello di Montalcino Riserva $176.98
Heady scents of chopped herbs, woodland berry, forest floor, new leather, dark spice and violet are just some of the aromas you’ll find on this fragrant wine. It’s savory and loaded with finesse, delivering juicy Marasca cherry, raspberry compote, licorice, orange zest and pipe tobacco alongside firm yet polished tannins and fresh acidity. A tangy mineral note graces the lingering finish. It’s still young and needs plenty of time to fully unwind and develop. Drink 2027-2042.
Rated 100/100 Wine Enthusiast

Rated 98/100 Vinous Media

Capriccio Bubbly Sangria




Capriccio Bubbly Sangria....$3.99 / 750ml
Capriccio Sangria is the fastest growing sangria in the USA. A flavorful fruit sangria to be enjoyed at any party occasion.

2015 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico



2015 Castello di Ama Chianti Classico...$29.99
So much sweet tobacco and cherry character here with hints of smoked meat. Medium body, fine tannins and a bright and fruity finish. Acid tension give this definition. Tangy. Drink now.
Rated 92/100 James Suckling
The raspberry and cherry flavors are immediate in this elegant, balanced red, followed by accents of earth and spice. Not excessively long, but well-proportioned. Drink now through 2022. 900 cases imported.
Rated 90/100 Wine Spectator
Wild strawberry, pressed rose and chopped herb aromas lift out of the glass. Round and juicy, the smooth, savory palate doles out crushed raspberry, bright red cherry and baking spice alongside polished tannins. Enjoy through 2020.
Rated 92/100 Wine Enthusiast

2015 Le Serre Nuove dell' Ornellaia

Consistent amazing scores from all the big name reviewers!
You know it is a solid wine!!






2015 Le Serre Nuove dell' Ornellaia...$69.99
Plenty of blackberry and rust with tile and stone undertones. Full body, tannic and structured. A big and flavorful red. Better in 2020 when it is a little softer.
Rated 95/100 James Suckling
This is a stunning and exuberant wine that drinks with beautiful intensity and personality. The 2015 Bolgheri Rosso Le Serre Nuove dell'Ornellaia is made with fruit from the estate's young vines. Fruit from the older vines is instead directed to the top-shelf expressions. If this wine is any indication of what we can expect from the next vintage of Ornellaia to hit the market, we are in for a very special treat. This is a complete and richly concentrated expression that drinks with seamless intensity. It pits power against elegance with confidence and grace.
Rated 93/100 Wine Advocate
The 2015 Le Serre Nuove shows just how alluring this vintage is. Silky, perfumed and also wonderfully light on its feet, the 2015 is a real pleasure to taste today. All of the Ornellaia signatures come through in an attractive, mid-weight wine that will drink well right out of the gate. The 2015 is a stunning Serre Nuove. That's all there is to it.
Rated 94/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Lush and modern, this evokes black cherry, blackberry, plum and light earth and iron flavors. A dusty swath of tannins girds the finish, but this should come together nicely in a year or two. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2020 through 2028. 15,700 cases made.
Rated 92/100 Wine Spectator
A blend of 64% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 9% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Le Serre Nuove comes from slightly younger vines and was aged in 25% new oak. It offers a deeper, richer, more Cabernet-like character in its cassis, black cherry, graphite, licorice, and scorched earth aromas and flavors. The second wine of the estate, it has medium to full-bodied richness, beautiful purity of fruit, fine, fine tannin and a great finish. It will cruise for at least a decade in the cellar.
Rated 93/100 Jeb Dunnuck




Goose Island new releases




Goose Island Gillian 2017....$8.99 / 12oz bottle
Inspired by an amuse bouche often prepared by the wife of one of our brewers, Gillian brings white pepper, strawberry, and honey to a harmonious blend. Partially aged in wine barrels, this Belgian style farmhouse ale is slightly tart and pleasantly sweet in a refreshingly effervescent body.


Goose Island Halia 2018....$22.99 / 765ml
Halia is a farmhouse ale aged in wine barrels with whole peaches, resulting in bright, effervescent fruit notes in a soft, hazy body that finishes slightly tart and sweet with the pleasant character of ripe, juicy peaches. Literally meaning “remembrance of a loved one” in Hawaiian, Halia was brewed in memory of the dear friend of one of our brewers who loved peaches.



Goose Island Madame Rose 2018...$22.99 765ml

Madame Rose is a crimson colored Belgian style brown ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on cherries in wine barrels. Layers of malty complexity, sour cherry, spice and wood notes make Madame Rose an ideal beer to suggest to Bordeaux enthusiasts and beer drinkers fond of Belgian Kriek and Flanders Brown Ales.



Goose Island Lolita 2018...$22.99 / 765ml
Lolita is a pink rose colored Belgian style pale ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on raspberries in wine barrels. Aromas of fresh raspberries, bright jammy fruit flavors and crisp, refreshing body make Lolita ideal for beer drinkers fond of Belgian Framboise.



Goose Island Brasserie Blanc....$17.99 / 765ml
A golden ale aged in wine barrels with Orange Muscat juice, Brasserie Blanc has an aroma of semi-sweet Muscat grapes and a delicate body. A touch of tartness is cut by a dry finish imparted by the yeast Brettanomyces, resulting in a flavor profile that is reminiscent of wild fermented old ales.

2017/2018 Tilquin Oude Gueuze A l'ancienne








Limit 1 bottle per person
Our Rock Hill location got some in - so back online for a short time.

2017/2018 Tilquin Oude Gueuze A l'ancienne ...$10.99 /
375ml
"Beer of spontaneous fermentation, the Old Gueuze Tilquin is made from the blending of 1, 2, and 3 year old lambics. Unfiltered and unpasteurized, this beer is refermented in the bottle. Ingredients: water, malt, yeast, hops." -- back label
6% ABV
Tilquin is the first new Belgian Lambic producer in to open in over 15 years.
I hear that it is a blend of straight Lambics from Cantillon, Boon, and Lindemans.