Monday, March 18, 2019

2018 Arrumaco Rose - 3 liter box!

2018 Rose wines arriving just in time for Spring!

Convenient!  put a box in your refrigerator and pour a glass as needed!

Great Value
2018 Arrumaco Rose...$29.99 / 3 liter box
Equals 4 bottles of wine in quantity breaks down to $7.49 / bottle!
Offering impressive density and concentration, striking purity of fruit, and true and loud expressions of Spain’s classic varietals, Arrumaco has become a go-to label that has risen to the top in a crowded category of sensational values.

Tasting Notes: Lighter in color and body than many other Spanish rosés. Loaded with intense raspberry and plum aromas that follow to a crisp yet silky palate.

Serve With: Excellent on its own and with a wide range of lighter fare. The perfect summer sipper and tapas wine!

Alfredo Roca Mendoza Malbec

Alfredo Roca Mendoza Malbec..$13.99
Offering terrific notes of black raspberries, spice box, tobacco, and pepper that all soar from the glass, the 2017 Fincas Malbec is medium-bodied, supple, beautifully textured, and just about as easy drinking as they come. Drink this smoking value over the coming 3-4 years.
Rated 90/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Agostino Familia

Agostino Familia has fast become one of our favorite wineries!
This is only our second vintage with them!  The wines are not cheap, but they are still fantastic values.  They taste like they should be twice the price!
This wine competes with top White Bordeaux wines!
New vintage just arrived!

2015 Agostino Familia Semillon / Sauvignon...$25.99
The four Agostino brothers, Vincenzo, Rosalía, Sebastian and Miguel, lived their childhoods in Mendoza before resettling in Canada in the 1960s. They returned to Mendoza and founded the Finca Agostino estate in 2003, the first step in fulfilling their long-held dream of getting back to their roots and producing benchmark Argentine wines.
Tasting Notes: This brilliant Semillon-Sauvignon Blanc offers a panoply of tropical fruit, honeysuckle and figgy pudding mingling playfully with vanilla notes from top quality small oak barrels. Bracing yet lush.
Serve With: Excellent with rich, complex white meat, seafood, or creamy pasta dishes.

Review of the last vintage (no review of 2015 yet)
2014 Agostino Familia Semillon / Sauvignon
The 2014 Semillon - Sauvignon Blanc is another brilliant white blend that does everything right. Caramelized citrus, white grapefruit, spice, and brioche notes all emerge from this deep, rich, pure 2014. It has an awesome texture, integrated acidity, and a blockbuster finish, and it’s a seriously good Bordeaux Blanc blend (it’s 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon) that should be snatched up by readers.
Rated 94/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2013 Agostino Familia de la Cava...$39.99
Made from 50% Malbec and 25% each of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, aged 20 months in 70% new French and American oak, the 2013 De La Cava is straight up terrific, and one of the standouts in this report. Crème de cassis, licorice, smoked herbs and graphite all give way to a full-bodied, concentrated, voluptuous, yet incredibly well balanced 2013 that has a stacked mid-palate, ripe, sweet tannin and a great finish. This down right tour de force is a smoking value, even at over 40 dollars.
Rated 94/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Purlieu Wine Tasting!

Do not miss Napa Cab tasting!
Save the Date!!!

Purlieu & Le Pich Wine Tasting!

The Wine and Cheese Place Rock Hill
9755 Manchester Rd St. Louis, MO 63119
Friday, March 29th, 5-7pm

We will taste several of Purlieu's amazing range of 2016 Cabernets, as well as the sister label Le Pich, with bottles of all available for purchase!

Here is what we have confirmed so far:

2016 Purlieu Le Pich Cabernet...$49.98
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate 

2016 Purlieu Napa Cabernet...$99.99
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2016 Purlieu Georges III Cabernet...TBA
Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate

2016 Purlieu Teucer Vineyard Cabernet...$214.99
Rated 99/100 The Wine Advocate

Don't miss out on this chance to taste some of the top Cabernet coming out of California!
You can read more about superstar winemaker Julian Fayard here:

2015 Puydeval Red Blend

2015 Puydeval Red Blend...$14.99
Puydeval’s fabulous 2015 IGP Pays d’Oc Rouge (56% Cabernet Franc, 30% Syrah and 14% Merlot) is an Old World fruit bomb that has tons of cassis, black raspberry, spice and licorice in a fruit-forward, deliciously quaffable style. From low yields and raised in concrete tanks with oak staves, this plump, sexy Cabernet Franc has tons of appeal and is a terrific value.
Rated 90/100 Wine Advocate

2019 Founders KBS

In stock now at all 4 locations.

The 4pks are no longer online.  Each store has a few 4pks left though.

2019 Founders KBS....$19.99 / 4pk 12oz

2019 Founders KBS....$18.99 / 750ml

What we’ve got here is an imperial stout brewed with a massive amount of coffee and chocolates, then cave-aged in oak bourbon barrels for an entire year to make sure wonderful bourbon undertones come through in the finish. Makes your taste buds squeal with delight.
ABV: 11.2%
IBUs: 70

Joel Falmet Brut Rose Champagne

What a fantastic value in Rose Champagne. Tiny production!

Joel Falmet is getting a new label.  Same great Champagne, but new label.  The distributor gave us a great price on the "old label" to move out before the new one arrives!  Stock up now!

Joel Falmet Brut Rose Champagne...$39.99
regular price...$49.99
Made from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay

Blood orange, red fruit and rhubarb on the floral- and spice-accented nose and on the palate. Taut and linear but fleshes out with air, showing very good intensity and finishing with lingering rose pastille and bitter cherry notes.
Rated 90/100 Vinous Media

Joël makes a small amount of rosé, about 160 cases per year. Joël’s rosé is made by adding aproximately 10% still red wine (100% Pinot Noir) to the blend. Dosage for the rosé is 12 grams per liter (to be called Brut, a Champagne must have less than 15 grams per liter).

See the "RM" below on the Joel Falmet Rose label

Every Champagne label must have a 2 letter code on it. You will find it in very small print followed by some numbers. It is estimated that about 85% of the Champagne are labeled with "NM". Only about 10-15% of Champagne is Grower Champagne.

"RM" or Grower Champagne produces some of the most distinctive and finest Champagnes. There is a sense of "terroir" with these wines. The large Champagne houses buy grapes from all over Champagne to create their "house style" which has nothing to do with where the grapes came from. "RM" Champagnes are the production of a small family operation that takes pride in what they do and represents the land that the grapes are grown on.

Here are the main codes you will see
RM: Récoltant-Manipulant (maker) Known as "Grower Champagne. This is a producer that has control from start to finish. They grow their own grapes and make their own wine. All the grapes are grown on their own estate (they can purchase up to 5% to supplement if needed). These are usually small family producers that do not get a lot of publicity.

NM: Negociant Manipulant (maker) Most of the big Champagne houses fall into this category. This means they purchase grapes from other growers and make their own wine. The also use their own estate grapes in their production. This has been the way Champagne has been made for hundreds of years.

RC: Recoltant Cooperative. Similar to "RM" but they produce their Champagnes with the help of cooperatives. The grower sells his grapes to a cooperative to make the Champagne for them.

CM: Cooperative Manipulant: Basically a group of growers sell their grapes to a cooperative and the Champagne is made there and sold through the cooperative. Sometimes they sell it to the big Champagne houses as grape must or even finished Champagne.

Fermin Iberico Grain Fed Ham

Fermin Iberico Grain Fed Ham...$13.99 / 2oz pre-sliced package
Back in stock at Forsyth

Our Grain-fed free range Iberico is 100% Ibérico, fed on grains, grasses and all that nature provides. Also known as the “Kobe beef of pork” because of its intense marbling, flavors and uniqueness, the FERMIN Iberico ham is the first authentic Iberico to enter the US market. Cured for a minimum of 36 months, this Iberico ham…melts in your mouth
Grain-fed 50% Iberico
We cross a 100% Iberico pig with a 100% Duroc pig, and the result is phenomenal: An affordably produced, lower fat content product that maintains its characteristic visual fat marbling.

Two more stunning Burgundies from 2016

Two more stunning Burgundies from 2016
2016 Joseph Drouhin Vosne-Romanee...$81.99
This is sleek, laced with cherry, strawberry, floral and spice flavors. There’s terrific intensity, balance and energy through the long finish. This should develop well.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

2016 Louis Jadot Pommard Rugiens 1er Cru...$105.99
A deep well of black cherry, blackberry, spice, sandalwood and floral aromas and flavors are alluring in this suave red. Fresh and harmonious, in a youthfully exuberant way.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

Friday, March 15, 2019

On the Rocks The Old Fashioned

Pre-made Old Fashioned!
Pour over ice and enjoy!

On the Rocks The Old Fashioned...$10.99 / 375ml
70 proof

Staying true to the original recipe, we keep our Old Fashioned strong and simple using a generous pour of Knob Creek Bourbon Whiskey, bitters, cane sugar, orange, cherry, and lemon zest.

On the Rocks Mai Tai....$10.99 
As the old tiki adage goes, ‘what one rum can’t do, three rums can’. We blend light and dark rums and combine our unique blend with flavors of orange, pineapple, orgeat, and coconut for the perfect Mai Tai.


Just pour over ice and enjoy!
Yes, it is that easy
On the Rocks The Aviation...$6.49 / 200ml
On the Rocks The Aviation...$10.99 / 375ml
A throwback to the era when airplanes were brand new. This classic gin cocktail, The Aviation, is crafted with Larios London Dry Gin, and flavors of dry cherry, lemon, and violet.
40 proof

Effen Yuzu Citrus Vodka

Effen Yuzu Citrus Vodka...$18.99
(next lowest price online is $21.99)

Continuing to push the envelope on flavor, EFFEN Vodka introduces this one of a kind EFFEN Yuzu Citrus Vodka. The Yuzu fruit, which is known for its use and origin from Japan and East Asia is exploding with popularity and purpose across the US. The taste is a complex blend of citrus, grapefruit, and herb to truly embody the subtle beauty of the Yuzu fruit and flavor. Mixes well with grapefruit club soda or in a lemonade and grapefruit juice cocktail.

Woodford Reserve

Back in stock

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Cherries...$13.99 / 11oz
Muddle, garnish, and top your favorite cocktails with Woodford Reserve® Bourbon Cherries. Gorgeous deep ruby color with a long stem and no pit. Made from natural ingredients, these cherries bring a brightness along with hints of Kentucky’s finest bourbon to recipes.
Refrigerate after opening

Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Simple Syrup...$13.99 / 16oz
Bring Millionaire’s Row to your Kentucky Derby festivities with Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Simple Syrup! Featured in Woodford Reserve’s 2017 $1,000 Mint Julep, this “rich” simple syrup is a 2:1 ration of sugar to water that exudes southern hospitality and charm — in liquid form!
The Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Simple Syrup is made from raw Demerara sugar and fresh spearmint to give a rich and minty flavor that is the best bet to use in your favorite Mint Julep recipe (along with Woodford Reserve Kentucky Bourbon, of course)! The fresh, crisp taste of the Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Simple Syrup is perfect in other beverages, too, including the mojito cocktail and iced tea!

Woodford Reserve Mint Julep Sugar...$8.99 / 5oz
What is more fitting than one of the world”s best bourbons paired with the Kentucky Derby”s official drink? Woodford Reserve® Mint Julep Sugar combines natural mint flavors with Demerara sugar to make a sugar that is perfect for cocktails, desserts, or rubs.

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Aromatic Bitters...$9.99 / 2oz
Though aromatic bitters are no stranger to well-stocked liquor cabinets and bars, Woodford Reserve Aromatic Bitters are carefully crafted to pull out the essential flavors of your favorite cocktail. Try making a martini or Manhattan with Woodford Reserve Aromatic Bitters.

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Orange Bitters...$9.99 / 2oz
Our Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Orange bitters will add a citrusy depth to your cocktails. Bitterness from gentian root, flavored with orange, and a hint of oak from resting in repurposed Woodford Reserve barrels. This orange flavored bitters is fresh and can either be used alone in an Old Fashioned or in tandem with any of our other bitters…our favorite combination is with Sassafras & Sorghum!

Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Bitters...$9.99 / 2oz
Straight from the Woodford Reserve tasting wheel. Our Woodford Reserve Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Bitters was inspired straight from the distillery tasting room. Take a bite of chocolate and a sip of bourbon. It’s true bourbon umami! Change up your Manhattan, your Old Fashioned or add a few drops to your Double Oaked Woodford Bourbon to recreate the combination! (We’ve also made some brownies with this stuff!!)

Rhum J.M Rum V.S.O.P. Martinique

Rhum J.M Rum V.S.O.P. Martinique...$46.99
The glorious J.M V.S.O.P. is created by aging rhum 3 years in re-charred Bourbon barrels and finishing the rhum an additional year in lightly toasted new American oak barrels and finally reduced to 43 % ABV with pure volcanic spring water from Habitation Bellevue to create an extraordinary aged rhum that retains qualities of the natural terroir and sugarcane of Habitation Bellevue. Expect to find nougaty richness with cinnamon and clove aromas, flavors of spiced butter and lemony toffee, which leads into a smooth and subtle finish.

Toppling Goliath Hopsmack Double India Pale Ale


Toppling Goliath Hopsmack Double India Pale Ale...$16.99 / 4pk

1 - 4pk per person
 – 7.8% ABV • 100 IBU
Giant aromas of pineapple and tropical fruit jump from this enticingly complex double IPA. True to its name, this brew delivers a heavy smack of dry hops and a double dose of bitterness in the finish.

Bur Oak MOMO Missouri Monster Dark Ale

Bur Oak MOMO Missouri Monster Dark Ale...$11.99 / 4pk

Wichita Brewing Shaven Yak

Wichita Brewing Shaven Yak...$9.99 / 6pk cans
Shaven Yak is an English Brown Ale that pushes the limits on how big flavors and explosive aromas can fit into a relatively modest strength beer. Carefully bringing together top-quality English malts is what creates the headlining characteristics of this malt-forward, dark-brown, refreshingly drinkable ale. Expect biscuit aromas to erupt from your glass, giving way to an incredibly rich toasted and nutty fullness, and finishing with a light fruity dryness.

There’s nothing hairy about keeping you from enjoying this delicious beer, it’s just a nice and clean Shaven Yak.

Blue Blood Robber's Cave Justifiable Hopicide NEIPA

Blue Blood Robber's Cave Justifiable Hopicide NEIPA...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz

New England Style IPA
When your Cellarman goes on an east coast IPA bender and starts killing hops like a raged mobster in a territory war, well…you better think quick on how to make a hopicide like that justifiable. We did so by disposing of the hop remains in a super juicy, hazy IPA. When you have Mosaic, Citra, Amarillo and Simcoe hop juice on your hands. You rinse it off with wort, dry it up with oats, and bring forward an explosion of grapefruit, mango, lemongrass and orange peel! One lip smacking drink of this IPA and you too will end up with a quick trigger finger, an east coast accent, and a propensity for green chowda!

Rockwell Brewing

Rockwell Brewing Passing Clouds....$10.99 / 6pk cans
Orange, Fluffy, Effervescent
Three types of wheat create a light and fluffy base for a delicate combination of citrusy American and spicy German hops, along with a blend of coriander, Curaçao orange peel, and grains of paradise. It's bright, soft, and incredibly refreshing.
ABV: 4.6% 

Rockwell Brewing Fabricius...$10.99 / 4pk cans
This saison with mandarin oranges was the first beer we ever brewed/released (May 2016!), and are now proud to offer it 12 ounce cans. You never forget your first.

San Lorenzo

A pair of outstanding Zin's from the historic San Lorenzo Vineyard. I think Pete Seghesio is making a couple of California's best Zinfandels from his San Lorenzo Vineyard. Better yet we can actually get the wines, back when Seghesio Winery owned the San Lorenzo Vineyard it all went through their wine club. These Zin's are truly next level.

2015 San Lorenzo “Rock Garden” Zinfandel...$46.99

Plush and rich yet refined and structured, with licorice and blackberry aromas and supple black raspberry, smoky peppercorn and stony mineral flavors. Drink now through 2028.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2015 San Lorenzo “The Pearl” Zinfandel...$82.99
Remarkably rich and polished, this is impressively built and jammed with personality. Blackberry and smoky cracked pepper aromas open to plump black raspberry, licorice and clove flavors that slowly unfurl on the finish. Zinfandel, Carignane and Petite Sirah.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Spectator

Carter Cellars Cabernet “Carter”

Super limited!

If you haven't tried Carter Cellars don't pass on this opportunity to grab the 2016 Carter Cabernet. We almost never get enough wine to advertise but we are sure glad to be able to offer this one.
2016 Carter Cellars Cabernet “Carter”....$159.99

(we are the lowest price in the country online)Very deep purple-black in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Carter begins just a little closed and youthfully reticent before revealing loads of black fruit and earth-inspired notes, including baked black cherries, cassis, blackberry pie and tilled soil with hints of fungi, underbrush, scorched earth and mossy bark. Full-bodied and densely packed with black fruit and earth layers, it has a firm backbone of grainy tannins and a lively line, finishing long and mineral laced. This needs at least 5-7 years and then should drink for the next 30+ years.
Rated 97+/100 The Wine Advocate