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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Dom Perignon Brut Champagne

More 2010 vintage!





2010 Moet and Chandon Dom Perignon Brut Champagne...$169.98
Compare to $179.99 at Total Wine and More
A firm and vivid Champagne with a precise, focused palate. Full-bodied and dry. It’s very layered and bright with light pineapple, peach, praline, cooked-apple and stone aromas and flavors. It’s very subtle and focused at the end. Integrated with richness and high acidity. Good depth. Reminds me of the 1995. Very clean. Solid. Lovely to drink already, but will age nicely.
Rated 98/100 James Suckling
A graceful Champagne, featuring fragrant notes of toasted brioche and grilled nut that are more subtle on the palate, transitioning to a rich underpinning layered with a pure chime of tangerine and accents of candied ginger, toasted saffron and lime blossom. This bundles a lot of concentrated flavor into a lithe frame. The fine mousse caresses the palate through to the lasting finish. Drink now through 2035.
Rated 96/100 Wine Spectator

Schlafly Stout bout






Schlafly Stout Bout...$14.99 / 12 pack mix
includes
  • Mexican Chocolate Stout
  • Berry Brunch Stout
  • Oatmeal Stout
  • Export Stout


Charleville Pineapple Mango Habanero Blonde Ale








Charleville Pineapple Mango Habanero Blonde Ale...$9.99 / 6pk cans
Blonde Ale with Pineapple, Mango and Habanero added

Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley - new vintage release







2016 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley...$74.99
compare to $79.99 at Total Wine and More 

Our 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is ruby in color with a magenta rim. It has an enticing nose of cassis, blackberry, vanilla, sage and spearmint. Upon entry, this wine builds from potpourri and bramble to a bright pop of raspberry on the mid-palate. A juicy finish with chewy tannins and a medium length, it will provide drinking pleasure through 2042 with proper cellaring
Our 2016 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is comprised of 94.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4.0% Merlot, 0.5% Petit Verdot, 0.5% Cabernet Franc and 0.4% Malbec. In early 2017, the final blend was transferred to American oak barrels from our cooperage, The Oak, where it aged for 24 months. Half the barrels for our 2016 Alexander Valley vintage were new, providing a subtle, layered expression of bay leaf, coconut and vanilla to our wines. Blending before barrel aging—a signature of our winemaking style—allows blends to be based on the inherent qualities of their vineyard components before oak influence. Vintage to vintage, the resulting Cabernets emerge integrated and ready to drink upon release.
Winery notes


2015 Silver Oak Cabernet Sauvignon Alexander Valley...$119.99
compare to $139.97 at Total Wine and More 
Our 2015 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has a deep, rich red color with a purple rim. A robust wine with an assertive and alluring attack, it has notes of strawberry, cigar and tea leaves with a touch of black pepper and clove. A mouthwatering mid-palate of raspberry is followed by an expressive and bright finish. With lush and silky tannins, this ageworthy wine will show beautifully through 2038 given proper cellaring conditions.

Leviathan Red Blend






2018 Leviathan Red Blend...$33.99
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Blackberry and asphalt aromas with some violets and rose petals. Medium to full body. Some carbon to the dark fruit. Tasty and delicious. Chewy now, but we like it already. Drinkable now, but will improve with age.
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

2019 Heritage Familial Bordeaux ROSE


New Rose!
Great food wine and will be perfect with Thanksgiving!



2019 Heritage Familial Bordeaux ROSE...$15.99
  • 33% Merlot
  • 33% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 34% Cabernet Franc
A pale powder rose colour with salmon highlights. The nose is delicious: boiled lollies, grenadine and sherbert. The attack is full and the palate soft with hints of pink grapefruit and candied citrus peel. The final is juicy and mouth-watering dominated by grapefruit zest.
Drinks beautifully with salmon carpaccio, shell fish or gravalax.



Richemer Terre & Mar Marselan - Syrah Blend





Big, rich, and lush!
Richemer Terre & Mar Marselan - Syrah Blend...$12.99
70% Marselan
30% Syrah
"Earth & Sea Red"
Colour: Purple and shiny.
Nose: Intense red fruit, spice and Zan.
Mouth: Round, smooth and full. Long and persistent.
Soil: The Mediterranean facades are essentially made up of tertiary sediments (sand, clay) and quaternary (gravel).
Climate: Mediterranean with an influence of the Thau lagoon which brings humidity and freshness

Marselan Grape:
This grape variety was invented by Paul Truel in 1961, in the town of Marseillan, in the South of France. It is a hybrid of the two grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Still relatively unknown, this grape can produce delicious, juicy, easy drinking reds. 

Richemer Terre & Mer Terret Blanc


Years ago we introduced Picpoul de Pinet to St. Louis.  At that time you did not see any around town.  Now it has become much more common and popular.  How about something new?   Terret Blanc - grape with similar qualities to Picpoul except it is a bit bigger and richer and less acidic.  Check it out, great freshness, great aperitif and great with fish and seafood.




Richemer Terre & Mer Terret Blanc...$12.99
"
Earth and Sea Dry"
The Mediterranean waterfront is mainly composed of tertiary sediments (sand and clay) and quaternary (gravel). The Mediterranean climate is influenced by the Etang de Thau which gives a specific moisture and freshness imperative for making the finest white wines.
Colour: Pale and shiny with green hues.
Nose: Fresh, light, floral and citrus fruit aromas.
Mouth: Lively attack. Delicately fragranced, followed by a good
length in the mouth.
Silver Medal at the Regional Cooperative Contest



Terret Blanc info from Wine-Searcher
Terret Blanc is a very old white wine grape variety native to the Languedoc, southern France. Along with its sibling Terret Gris, it was once widely used to make dry white wines and base wines for Vermouth (particularly when Piquepoul and Clairette grapes were in short supply). In the late 20th Century, Terret Blanc plantings dwindled in line with declining demand for both Vermouth and aromatically neutral wines.

Terret Blanc is just one of several mutations of Terret, which is one of southern France's oldest vine varieties. Terret is highly prone to mutation, and grape color can vary from vintage to vintage. Some vignerons have even reported single vines bearing blanc, gris and noir grapes simultaneously.

Terret Blanc, like Terret Gris, is extremely high yielding, and produces easily more than double the average yield of most vines. Its wines are light, fresh, dry and crisp, with subtle fruit and floral aromas.

The Minervois, Corbieres and Languedoc AOCs all permit the use of Terret Blanc in their white wines, in proportions varying from 10 to 30 percent. Classic southern French varieties such as Bourboulenc, Grenache Blanc, Maccabeu (Macabeo), Marsanne and Roussanne typically make up the remainder of these wines. A small number of single-variety Terret Blanc wines are produced, typically classified as Vin de Pays or Vin de Table. Few (if any) producers grow Terret varieties outside southern France.

Decadent Ales Fruit Punch Gusher



Decadent Ales Fruit Punch Gusher IPA....$4.49 / 16oz can
Double IPA with passion fruit, guavae, papaya and pineapple

Friday, November 6, 2020

Fat Orange Cat Family Portrait New England style double IPA


Fat Orange Cat Family Portrait ...$4.69 / 16 oz can
New England style double IPA
8.75% ABV







Old Pepper Distillery Zoom





James E. Pepper Distillery Zoom tasting with Owner/Operator Amir Peay
Thursday, November 19th
7:00-8:15 pm


Our Zoom tasting series continues with Amir Peay, owner of the Old Pepper Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky. The historic distillery was renovated and re-opened in 2017. Amilr will talk about the history of the distillery and their current offerings featuring The Wine and Cheese Place’s single barrel Rye bottling.


Purchase a minimum of one bottle to be included in the zoom tasting
Pick any one of the James Pepper expressions below and we will email you the Zoom invite.

  • Old Pepper Straight Rye Whiskey TWCP bottling 107 Proof $44.99
  • James E. Pepper 1776 Straight Bourbon 100 Proof $27.99


A little info on our guest
Amir Peay, Owner / operator of the James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington, Kentucky, is a proud steward of the iconic Pepper whiskey brand. Amir started early in the alcohol business with multiple jobs in the restaurant and bar industry. During his he developed a deep appreciation for both American history and Kentucky bourbon, which were furthered by his own family background. On one side of his family his 5th great grandfather, Captain John Cassin, fought in the American Revolution alongside George Washington, and then later co-founded Navy Yard in Washington, DC. On the other side of his family, his roots are traced to Butler County, Kentucky, where the Peay family cemetery remains and his 2nd great grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Peay, a Civil War veteran, is buried.
These interests led him to discover the lost legacy of the iconic Pepper whiskey brand and distillery, both of which had been abandoned for over 50 years.. He acquired the rights to the brand in 2008 and embarked upon a decade long campaign of historical research and collection of historic materials so so that the brand could be re-launched in a proper fashion. Peay partnered with existing distilleries to relaunch the brand under the James E. Pepper“1776” label, then built it into an award-winning product distributed around the world. The Success of the 1776 label allowed him to build an independent whiskey company, which in turn allowed him to fulfill a years-long mission to rebuild the abandoned and historic James E. PepperDistillery in Lexington, Kentucky. The distillery re-commenced production in December of 2017 using the original bourbon recipe last used at the distillery when it ceased production in1961.


Broadway Brewery Double Rye Imperial IPA


Broadway Brewery Double Rye Imperial IPA...$8.49 / 4pk 12 oz cans
This sturdy, ruby-colored Imperial IPA relies on a healthy dose of both rye malt and flaked rye and is hopped with the classics; Columbus, Centennial, and Cascade. Double Rye exhibits notes of subtle rye spice and citrus and is balanced by a smooth malt body.
9.5% ABV






Budweiser Limited Edition Clydesdale Stein - 2020 Edition





Budweiser Limited Edition Clydesdale Stein...$17.99
41st Anniversary Edition
"Brewery Lights"

Two Evil Thirteen Months of Sun

Two Evil Thirteen Months of Sun Hazy IPA....$13.99 / 4pk 16oz cans

Hazy India Pale ale brewed with teff and a hint of coffee.  

7% ABV


Daftmill 2007 Winter Batch Release Single Malt Scotch



Super limited!


Daftmill 2007 Winter Batch Release Single Malt Scotch...$249.99
  • 12 Year Old Scotch
  • Bourbon Cask
  • 1680 bottles produced
Daftmill is a farm distillery. Owned and operated by the Cuthbert family, it only runs in the farm’s quiet periods; mid-summer and winter, sometimes producing as few as 100 casks per year. When not distilling, Francis Cuthbert looks after the estate, growing the malting barley used to make this Lowland whisky.

The barley variety Optic was grown in the South fields and harvested in the last week of August 2006. It was then stored on the farm to be malted in Alloa during the summer of 2007.
These six first fill ex bourbon barrels that make up this bottling, casks 028/2007, 029/2007, 030/2007, 031/2007, 034/2007 and 036/2007 were distilled and filled in November 2007.

Limited Kilchoman releases







Kilchoman Islay Single Malt Scotch Fino Sherry Matured...$109.99
2020 Limited Edition
46% ABV
Full term maturation in fino sherry casks previously used by Bodega Miguel Martin in Spain, 11 fresh butts and 1 refill butt. Our first global release of this cask type.





Kilchoman Machir Bay Cask Strength Limited Edition...$57.99
58.6% ABV
The limited edition Cask Strength Machir Bay is released for the festive season. Before reducing a batch for our Machir Bay to its regular bottling strength of 46%, this release was bottled at cask strength to appreciate the full power and character of Kilchoman's core range whisky



Château Maison Neuve Clotilde Red Bordeaux




WOW - Wine of the Week
On sale this week!



2017 Château Maison Neuve Clotilde Red Bordeaux...$14.99
On sale now for only $9.98
"An intense and deep colour. The red fruits are very ripe on the nose. A powerful and fleshy attack before a packed full mouth of different red fruits. This lingering wine keeps noticeable mellow and aromas on the finish"- winemaker
Château Maison Neuve is located near Blaye in the Côtes de Bordeaux vineyards north of Bordeaux, across the river from Médoc.
Alexia Eymas is the winemaker for this property of 40 hectares – a familial property that has passed from mother to daughter for four generations. Alexia farms with respect for the environment, in harmony with the climate and soils. Her aim is to bring her wines to an optimum quality and thus give her wines have all the advantage of a real identity.

Alpha Brewing - St. Louis Missouri









New batch with Tangerines and Caliente Hops
Alpha Brewing Cures IPA...$13.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
What doesn't "ale" you, cures you! Get this double dry hopped IPA full of piney and citrus aromas. Just what the doctor ordered, the right amount of bitterness and paired with a fruity yeast. Highly drinkable. Get this Prescription.

Alpha Brewing Peach Pie Funk...$13.99 / 4pk 12oz cans
Peach Sour Ale brewed with Cinnamon
8% ABV

Alpha Brewing Mangia's Cocktail...$13.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Pear, Elderflower and Ginger cocktail
We got something new and cool for you to try. It’s a craft cocktail we made in collaboration with our friends Mangia Italiano. It’s a pear, elderflower and ginger infused draught and canned cocktail. Served over ice. At 7% ABV it’s sure to warm you up.


Alpha Brewing Three Kings Sour...$14.99 / 6pk 12oz cans
THREE KINGS - a variety pack of sour black ale, three different flavors...

Sour Black Ale with Cocoa Nibs
Sour Black Ale with Peruvian Coffee
Sour Black Ale with Madagascar Vanilla Beans
In each 6 pack, you get two of each flavor. 8% ABV



Alpha Brewing Believers Brew Chocolate Oatmeal Stout...$10.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
6% ABV 
20 IBU
Chocolatey and roasty Oatmeal Stout.

JJ Prum Germans -



2018 and 2019 Joh Jos Prum


“The 2019 vintage is the best vintage I have ever tasted for German Riesling in my four-decade career.”-James Suckling


2019 is shaping up to be one Germany’s greatest vintages and 2018 is not far behind, in fact The Wine Advocate just referred to these vintages as “The Glorious Twins”, we are thrilled to have our 2018 and 2019 JJ Prum’s coming in this week.





2019 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett....$35.99
The 2019 Graacher Himmelreich Kabinett is precise and flinty on the coolish, herbal and serious nose. Round and juicy on the palate, this is a very intense, sweet and quite powerful yet structured and grippy Kabinett with piquant acidity and good tension. Needs time.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2019 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett $39.99
The 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Kabinett offers a clear and delicate bouquet of very fine slate and bright, perfectly ripe fruit aromas. Round and piquant on the palate, this is another filigreed and crystalline Kabinett with an intense, compactand very promising finish. The sweetness is delicate and well-countered by the mineral grip and salinity. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate


2019 JJ Prum Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spatlese $49.99
The 2019 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Spätlese is very clear and spicy on the concentrated, intensely aromatic and flinty/stony nose. Highly delicate and filigreed on the palate, this is a persistently salty and finely grippy Sonnenuhr Spätlese with great balance, finesse and mouthwatering astringency. Excellent. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate


2019 JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Spatlese $45.99
The 2019 Graacher Himmelreich Spätlese is coolish and flinty on the slate-dominated nose that reveals an intense but herbal and terroir-driven bouquet. Sweet and finessed on the palate, this is a crystalline, elegant and salty-piquant Spätlese with a still astringently mineral finish. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.
Rated 94+/100 The Wine Advocate


2019 JJ Prum Zetlinger Sonnenuhr Spatlese $44.99
The 2019 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Spätlese is very delicate and intense on the ripe and aromatic, well-concentrated and flinty bouquet with delicate slate and herbal aromas. Enormously complex and endless salty on the palate, this is a persistent, structured and sustainable ZSU with great aging potential. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2018 
JJ Prum Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese Gold Cap $119.99
With a certain percentage of botrytis, the 2018 Zeltinger Sonnenuhr Auslese (Gold Capsule) is very fine and elegant on the flinty and herbal, finessed and complex nose. Round and piquant on the palate, this is a concentrated, firmly structured, even slightly tannic and thus still astringent Auslese to be served with food—in 15-20 years. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2018 
JJ Prum Graacher Himmelreich Auslese Gold Cap $119.99
The 2018 Graacher Himmelreich Auslese (Gold Capsule) is clear and reveals a delicate raisin aroma on the nose along with lemon chutney and herbal notes. Distinctive. Smooth and textured on the highly refined and refreshing mineral palate, this is a crystalline, seductively lush and balanced Auslese GK with the fine, crystalline grip of the Graacher terroir. 375-milliliter bottles. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2018 
JJ Prum Wehlenner Sonnenuhr Auslese Gold Cap $133.99
The 2018 Wehlener Sonnenuhr Auslese (Gold Capsule) is very clear, intense and concentrated on the precise and succulent nose that reveals clear and super precise stone fruit intermixed with chervil, tea and very fine slate aromas. Round and highly finessed on the palate, this is a sweet but very subtle, finessed and salty WSU with a piquant and highly stimulating finish. Fabulous. 375-milliliter bottles. Tasted at the domain in September 2020.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate


Plus a 2016
2016 JJ Prum Bernkastler Lay Auslese Gold Cap...$129.99
The 2016 Bernkasteler Lay Auslese (Gold Capsule) displays a discreet bouquet that needs its time to open up. It's pretty reductive at this early stage (March 2018). The attack on the palate is racy and fresh, and the wine is filigreed and precise, very clear and fresh in the well-structured finish. This (AP 05 17) is a lovely Auslese version that is on par with the bright, light and filigreed Badstube Kabinett. It's a delicious Riesling bottled at 7.5% alcohol.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Brooklyn Black Ops... Stout Aged in Four Roses Bourbon Barrels



Brooklyn Black Ops...$18.99
Stout Aged in Four Roses Bourbon Barrels

12.4% ABV

Brooklyn Black Ops is a legend. We can neither confirm nor deny its existence. However, if it did exist, it would be a robust stout originally concocted by the Brooklyn brewing team under the cover of secrecy and hidden from everyone else at the brewery. Supposedly this vintage of Black Ops is aged for months in Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon barrels and re-fermented with Champagne yeast. Such a beer would raise a rich, fluffy dark brown head, and combine big chocolate and coffee notes with a rich underpinning of vanilla-like oak. Is Black Ops real? We can’t say. But we think you’ll love it.

Given this beer’s higher ABV and sturdy character, we think it’s a prime candidate for cellaring. Find a cool, dry spot away from light sources, and see how it changes in the years to come. You never quite know what will happen when you age a beer: perhaps the body will smooth out, notes of vanilla, oak, and tannins will come to the front, or hints of leather and soy sauce will make themselves known. No matter what, remember that beer is meant for drinking, so don’t keep it to yourself for too long.
Style: Barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout
Additions: Aged in Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon barrels



Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout...$11.99 / 6pk
This is the famous Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. In the 18th century, Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, ordered a stout to be sent to her from England. This beer was brewed strong and hoppy to survive the sea voyage, and it arrived in perfect condition. Soon "Russian Imperial Stout" became the toast of the Russian aristocracy. Brewed since 1994, our Black Chocolate Stout has itself become a modern classic, heralded the world over. It achieves its dark chocolate aroma and flavor through the artful blending of six malts and three distinct mashes. Properly kept, it will improve in the bottle for many years. This stout is the toast of the winter season in many countries, and there is nothing better to enjoy with chocolate desserts, cheesecake, ice cream, fine cheeses and roaring fireplaces.

Given this beer’s higher ABV and sturdy character, we think it’s a prime candidate for cellaring. Find a cool, dry spot away from light sources, and see how it changes in the years to come. You never quite know what will happen when you age a beer: perhaps the body will smooth out, notes of vanilla, oak, and tannins will come to the front, or hints of leather and soy sauce will make themselves known. No matter what, remember that beer is meant for drinking, so don’t keep it to yourself for too long.
Style: Russian Imperial Stout

J. Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey







Special 2020 Limited Edition Holiday Label!
Get it while it is here - perfect gift

J. Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey...$32.99 / 750ml
Jacob Rieger and Company was founded in 1887 in Kansas City's West Bottoms Livestock Exchange district. The brand offered over 100 alcoholic products and took pride in maintaining a quarter of a million unique customers by offering mail-order delivery services. In 1919, Prohibition was enacted by the federal government and was not reversed until 1933. J. Rieger and Co. was a casualty at the time, but was not destined to be lost forever. 95 years after Prohibition, we can officially say that the historic and iconic spirits brand of Kansas City is back!

Our bottling of Kansas City Whiskey pays tribute to the original brand by utilizing a blend of Corn, Malt, and Straight Rye Whiskies, as well as a small amount of 15 year old Oloroso Sherry from the Williams & Humbert Bodedga in Jerez, Spain. The use of Sherry in American Whiskey was commonplace in the 1800s, but was lost after prohibition.. Bottled at 90 proof and comprised of Whiskeys aged at least 7 years, our Kansas City Whiskey is a balanced, smooth, and slightly sweet and powerful Whiskey that is beautiful when served neat or on the rocks, but also works well in classic cocktails such as the Horsefeather and Old Fashioned."

Hine Antique XO Cognac 100th Anniversary




Hine Antique XO Cognac 100th Anniversary....$269.99
Only 1920 Limited Edition Decanters made
Each decanter numbered
“100TH ANNIVERSARY 1920-2020”
Celebrating a century of creation since the very first blend of Antique XO in 1920 by Georges Hine, Antique XO « 100th Anniversary 1920-2020 » is a limited edition of 1920 decanters only, all numbered by hand.

This exceptional cuvée enriches the original Antique XO with an eau-de-vie from vintage 1920, preserved during the past century by our cellar masters in glass demi-johns in our Réserve du Paradis in Jarnac, since its harvest and gentle maturation.

Antique XO 100th Anniversary expresses both boundless richness and delicate floral notes of iris and lilac, owing to the eau-de-vie from vintage 1920. Lively hints of citrus and redolence of fresh pastry come accentuate elegant cedar wood tones. An unparalleled aromatic persistence.

Released on May 19, 2020, only 1920 numbered decanters of this anniversary blend were produced and hand bottled in the Hine House, in Jarnac, France.



St. George Baller Single Malt Whiskey




St. George Baller Single Malt Whiskey....$69.99
THE SPIRIT:  “A California take on the Japanese spin on Scotch whisky.” So says master distiller Lance Winters of this unique and inspired spirit, which was created with Japanese-style whiskey highballs in mind (hence the name Baller).

THE PROCESS:  We start with 100% American barley (predominately two-row pale malted barley, the remainder is lightly roasted).  After distillation in our eau de vie pot stills, the whiskey is aged in used bourbon casks and French oak wine casks, as well as filtered through maple charcoal.  We then finish the whiskey in casks that had held house-made umeshu(a Japanese style of plum liqueur we made entirely from California-grown ume fruit).

THE EXPERIENCE:   Crisp and dry, with a touch of malt sweetness. The smoky finish lingers and builds with each sip.  In addition to using in Japanese-style whiskey highballs, we also recommend Baller in a Boulevardier, or in place of Scotch whisky in a Bobby Burns or Rob Roy.


ABOUT THE LABEL
Distiller Lance Winters did the art direction for the label, which re-imagines the legend of St. George as a samurai. The original watercolor on the front label was by Oakland artist Sylvia Solochek Walters, done to emulate woodcut. The calligraphy was done by Eri Takase of Takase Studios.