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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Bells This One Goes to 11 Ale


Will get it online in the morning.


Bells This One Goes to 11 Ale...$12.99 / 4pk
11 different types of malt. 11 different hop varietals.
When you get to Batch 10,000, where can you go? You go one louder… and again (2019).
Our first batch of this beer debuted in 2012. The label may look a little louder, but the recipe still embraces the same bold citrus and pine hop notes finding balance with a robust, sweet and toasted malt backbone.
Double dry-hopped. Louder.

Alcohol By Volume:
11.01%

Super Rare Napa Cabernet




Super Rare Napa Cabernet


2016 Lewis Cuvee L Cabernet Sauvignon....$234.99 
(only 6 bottles available)
Cuvee L,” quite simply, is the best of the best at Lewis, comprised of 12 of the finest barrels in the cellar.  They taste each barrel individually and select only the best of the best for Cuvee L.  This is basically the reserve of their already phenomenal reserve Cabernet.


2016 Lail J Daniel Cuvee...$259.99
(18 bottles available)
One-hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon aged 20 months in 75% new French oak, the 2016 J. Daniel Cuvée Cabernet Sauvignon is deep garnet-purple in color and offers up exuberant notes of crème de cassis, chocolate-covered cherries, wild blueberries, violets and unsmoked cigars with touches of garrigue, fragrant earth, powdered cinnamon, black olives and tree bark. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is built like a brick house, with a solid frame of firm, grainy tannins and seamless freshness supporting the taut, muscular fruit, finishing long and minerally
Rated 100/100 The Wine Advocate




A California Legend at a great price!
2015 Silver Oak Alexander Valley....$77.99
Compare to Total Wine and More's “Best in Market Pricing” of $89.97
Maroon in color with a garnet hue, this wine has an enticing nose of maraschino cherries, blackberry bramble and brisket with notes of clove and star anise. It’s mouthwatering with a juicy entry and has a fruity mid-palate of currant with toasted vanilla and roasted brown sugar character from American oak barrels. Structured tannins provide an elegant character with a long and expressive finish. Given proper cellaring, this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2041.

Whiskey Tastings



The Wine and Cheese Place 
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105


Open House Tasting

Tonight - last minute tasting
Greta Harper, Maker's Mark ambassador are going to be on hand from 4-6pm.

  • Maker's Mark Original
  • Maker's Mark 46
  • Maker's Mark Cask Strength
  • Maker's Mark 101 (not available for sale)
  • Maker's Mark RC6 (not available for sale at this point, will be released through the WRC)



This week's flight happens to be a Maker's Mark flight too.
You can purchase this tasting tonight also
Weekly Whiskey Flight- (IN)Famous Bar - Forsyth Location Only
Taste the new Maker's Mark Cask Strength Series 

only $11 for 3-- 3/4oz pours

Makers has released a rare set of 1/2 bottles at cask strength and we are pouring the goods all week long.
Put yer red cap on and we'll pull the red wax off!

  • Maker's Mark Cask Strength 55.65% abv
  • Maker's Mark 46 Cask Strength 55.6% abv
  • Maker's Mark Private Select Rob Samuels Personal Selection 55.1% abv






Whiskey Tasting

Tomorrow Friday November 22
4-6pm at Forsyth

  • Glenfiddich 12 Year Old
  • Balvenie 12 Doublewood
  • Balvenie 14 yr Caribbean
  • Tullamore Dew Irish
  • Tullamore Dew Caribbean Rum cask
  • Tullamore Dew Cider cask


Boulevard Your Popsicle Melted



Boulevard Your Popsicle Melted...$22.99 / 750ml
Your Popsicle Melted. Pouring an alluring scarlet hue, this blend of sour golden ales and saisons was aged in French oak wine barrels and Sangiovese puncheons with our house lactobacillus and brettanomyces cultures before resting on 6,000 pounds of Michigan-grown Balaton cherries for four months in our original oak foeder.

Ryan McNeive, lead brewer of our barrel-aging program, tells us more about the long and complex barrel-aging process involved in making Your Popsicle Melted.


WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THIS BEER?
I’ve come across a few Balaton cherry beers in the past, and have always been interested in making one here at Boulevard. Side Project’s Balaton has always inspired me, along with Sun King and a few other breweries that have used this specific cherry. It makes a very interesting flavor when used at a higher ABV.


TELL US ABOUT THE BARREL-AGING PROCESS. WHEN WERE THE CHERRIES ADDED?

We did a few brews over the course of 14 months, a Belgian Golden Strong in a foeder, and a couple of Saisons in red wine barrels. We blended up a ratio of what we really liked, and then added 6,000 pounds of cherries to that blend and placed it into our foeder.

We then did a super long maceration of the cherries. The whole fruit rested on the blended beer for 4 months. To put that into perspective, we usually do 2-3 months. That can be too long for a lot of fruits, but with cherries a long maceration seems to pick up more intense flavors and a bit more tannins, which creates a really unique beer.

Nouveau Day!








Today is Beaujolais Nouveau day!

The first wines of the 2019 Harvest
We will update here on the blog when the arrive at each of our stores.



In stock now at Forsyth and Chesterfield
Kermit Lynch
Dupeuble Beaujolais Nouveau...$14.99



In stock now at Forsyth
Joseph Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau...$11.99
Georges Dubeouf 
Beaujolais Nouveau...$9.98

Domaine Collin Cremant de Limoux Brut




Domaine Collin Cremant de Limoux Brut....$19.99
The Collin family has made Champagne for generations but Philippe Collin moved to Limoux to establish his own domaine, where land is a fraction of the price and the region has a history of fine sparkling. The local Mauzac grape here has been replaced by a classic Champagne blend. It’s bright and lively with zippy acidity, ripe apple fruit and fine texture. Shows what the area is capable of.
Rated 91/100 Decanter
Technical Notes: This wine is produced in a traditional method with a second fermentation taking place in the bottle. This wine has a low, 6 grams of residual sugar per liter, in comparison to Brut champagne which generally ranges from 9 to 14 grams per liter. 





Bargain Rose Brut
Domaine Collin Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose...$19.99
Chardonnay 75% Chenin Blanc 15% Pinot Noir 10%
Philippe Collin, a native of Champagne, moved to Limoux in 1980 to establish his own domaine. Though his family has made Champagne for generations, the opportunities in this sought after, and extremely expensive area, were very limited.
This elegantly constructed rosé is pale salmon pink in color. Though the wine is primarily made from Chardonnay, subtle wild strawberry notes are detectable in the nose and on the palate from the Pinot Noir. The crisp, mineral Chardonnay is softened by the lush and aromatic Chenin Blanc. The result is a lively wine with a lot of character, without any aggressive or astringent notes. This is a wonderfully versatile rosé ideal for pork and salmon dishes, or simply on its own as an aperitif

Sump Cold Brew Coffee

Fresh batch of Sump!
In stock now at Forsyth - now in 6pks
Also sold as singles too

Sump Cold Brew Coffee...$24.99 / 6pk cans
This batch is slightly different -- First we used a method that mimicks a Kyoto style cold brew extraction, meaning a very slow process that produces more fuller and smoother cold brew like what we produce at the Sump shop. Second is the actual coffees, there are three different types blended all of which are different roast profiles, processes of cherry-drying, and all have dynamic coffee notes: the cans taste like cooled, silky chocolate milk. Now canned at Rockwell

Non-Alcoholic cold brew

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Whiskey Flights

Weekly Whiskey Flight- (IN)Famous Bar - Forsyth Location Only
Taste the new Maker's Mark Cask Strength Series only $11 for 3-- 3/4oz pours

Makers has released a rare set of 1/2 bottles at cask strength and we are pouring the goods all week long.
Put yer red cap on and we'll pull the red wax off!
  • Maker's Mark Cask Strength 55.65% abv
  • Maker's Mark 46 Cask Strength 55.6% abv
  • Maker's Mark Private Select Rob Samuels Personal Selection 55.1% abv




This week’s flight at The Wine And Cheese Place in Chesterfield!
Try these three Jim Beam bourbons for only $14!!

  • Bakers Bourbon
  • Knob Creek TWCP Single Barrel
  • Beam "Little Book" Straight Bourbon 2019 Release 61.30% abv


Available now - Ends this Saturday November 23rd

Cambria Chardonnay




2017 Cambria Katherines Vineyard Chardonnay...$13.98 

Well-structured, with a smoky richness to the mineral-infused apple and pear tart flavors. The fresh, spicy finish lingers with a creamy texture. Drink now through 2022. 40,000 cases made.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated #61 on The Wine Spectator's top 100 Wines of the Year 2019
The 2017 Chardonnay Katherine's Vineyard has a flinty, Burgundian minerality as well as notes of ripe orchard and lemon fruits, spice, and white flowers. Bright, juicy, and elegant on the palate, it's a beautiful Chardonnay that represents a smoking value. You'll be hard-pressed to beat this as a house white.
Rated 90/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Kings County Whiskey now in 750ml bottles



Kings County Peated Bourbon Whiskey...$57.99 / 750ml
PEATED BOURBON
What is Peated Bourbon? It’s bourbon whiskey that conforms to the American requirements for bourbon but is made with malted barley that has been exposed to peat smoke, a practice more common in Scotch whiskies—the malt we use for the peated bourbon was even grown and kilned in Scotland. So it’s a hybrid whiskey of the two traditions, flavorful and robust from having aged in a new barrel, with an added light smoky finish reminiscent of single-malt. If scotch and bourbon had a baby, this is what it would taste like. As far as we can tell, ours was the world’s first ever peated bourbon and will appeal to the adventurous whiskey traveler who has tried everything.
“The dram is salt-forward from start to finish, interspersed with rich bursts of flavor. Hot rubber, pretzels, slightly bitter baker’s chocolate, warm leather, and hard candies define the palate…peat is not a primary element, but it is clear that this is an exceptionally complex spirit.”—Whiskey Wash (93) “Quite stunningly lovely.” (94=Superstar whiskies that all give us a reason to live) Jim Murray’s Whiskey Bible, 2017




Kings County Single Malt Whiskey...$57.99 / 750ml
Peated Malt
Our Single Malt Whiskey is made almost entirely like a single malt scotch—except that instead of being made in Scotland, it’s made here in Brooklyn. Kings County Distillery’s single malt whiskey is open-fermented off the grain from malted barley (with a hint of peat) sourced from England and Scotland. The whiskey is twice distilled in traditional Scottish pot stills, then aged in our own used bourbon barrels anywhere from 1.5 to 4 years. With a higher post-cask strength than our American-style offerings, this whiskey warranted a higher bottling strength—47%—and so it is more potent than its palate would suggest. Dry and sophisticated, it is an elegant whiskey with notes of honey, hay, burnt orange peel, and peat. It is a perfect addition to your shelves.

ACSA Craft Spirit Awards, Gold 2016, San Francisco World Spirits Competition, silver 2019, bronze 2016, 2017, ADI Craft Spirit Awards, silver, 2019, bronze 2016, 2017.

Boundary Oak Lincoln Straight Bourbon



Boundary Oak Lincoln Straight Bourbon...$47.99
115 proof
Boundary Oak Distillery introduces its newest straight bourbon. This uncut bourbon is connected to the legendary, historic Abraham Lincoln – 16th President of the United States – who is well-known to Central Kentucky and well-respected by the nation and the world! This straight bourbon has been aging to its maturity in charred white oak barrels and is ready to be enjoyed responsibly.

White Rooster Limited releases










More in stock
White Rooster Collective Conscious Stout with Coffee...$25.99 / pint
Imperial Coffee Stout brewed in collaboration with our friends from TRIHLA Cervejaria - 12%ABV

White Rooster Au Revoir Landscape...$18.99 / pint
The first of our "Landscape" series. A blend of 3 oak barrels between 12 and 35 months. This (spontaneously fermented) farmhouse ale was made of locally sourced ingredients, conditioned with local wildflower honey and made with our aged hops.

White Rooster Time and Place Tart Farmhouse Ale....$16.99 / 500ml
Time and Place is a blended barrel fermented tart farmhouse ale aged in French Wine barrels between 16 and 24 months.

2nd Shift Liquid Spiritual Delight "LSD" Imperial Stout



2nd Shift Liquid Spiritual Delight "LSD" Imperial Stout...$15.99 / 4pk cans
Liquid Spiritual Delight is a stout that is a chewy, chocolaty and a joy to behold. Just friggin drink it

2nd Shift Brewing Wanna Bee

one more case in stock


2nd Shift Brewing Wanna Bee (Blackberry Farm Brewery Collab)...$5.99 / 375ml
Belgian Style Pale Ale
Our interpretation of Orval, substituting buckwheat honey instead of candi sugar.

Anchor Christmas Ale 2019





Anchor Christmas Ale 2019...$11.99 / 6pk
Anchor Christmas Ale 2019...$16.99 / Magnum bottle
Our annual Christmas Ale is a subtly spiced and sumptuously smooth winter warmer. This year’s brew marks the 45th annual release of this Anchor holiday tradition.

Back in 1975, Anchor released the first holiday beer in America since Prohibition. Year after year, Anchor creates a new, secret recipe with a unique hand drawn label for their Christmas Ale, but the intent with each brew remains the same: joy for the changing seasons and celebration of the newness of life. With a heavily guarded, confidential recipe, Christmas Ale is sold only from early November to mid-January. This highly anticipated seasonal delight is complex and full in flavor, packed with toasty cocoa notes, roasted malts and strong aromas of resinous pine.

Slightly darker than last year’s Christmas Ale, the 2019 edition is layered with toasted caramel and coffee flavors with subtle hints of Mexican chocolate, rounded out with herbaceous spices. Crack open a bottle for a spiced whiff of western evergreens, roasted malts, and coastal flowers. It’s a rich, round and full bodied-treat with a silky, smooth finish.

As each Christmas Ale recipe evolves, so does its hand-drawn packaging, created by long-time Anchor Illustrator Jim Stitt, who has created Anchor’s Christmas Ale labels every year since 1975. Since ancient times, trees have symbolized the winter solstice when the earth, with its seasons, appears born anew. This year, Stitt illustrated the Western Arborvitae – the “tree of life” – across the label. It is an evergreen conifer native to Northern California, the same region that Anchor has called home for over 123 years. Before modern medicine, properties of Western Arborvitae leaves were believed to have healing properties – hence, the moniker “tree of life.” 2019 Anchor Christmas Ale proudly wears this tree and symbolizes the start of a strong, healthy beginning.

New Belgium Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale





New Belgium Nitro Cold Brew Cream Ale...$7.99 / 6pk cans
5% ABV
A smooth, creamy, and refreshing coffee beer? Thanks to our friends at High Brew Coffee, that's exactly what this beer is. We infused a cream ale with oats and High Brew's cold brew for a velvety mouthfeel and refreshing finish that will have you wanting more!

Firestone Walker Bretta Blanc.







Firestone Walker Bretta Blanc...$11.99 / 375ml
Introducing Bretta Blanc - our latest wild child from Barrelworks!
Bretta Blanc is a distinctive wild ale fermented with white wine grapes from David Walker's family vineyard, creating a deliciously effervescent beer-wine hybrid.
This beer was aged for up to three years in French oak barrels and has notes of honeysuckle and honeydew melon, with a soft Champagne-like mouthfeel for maximum drinkability.
Santé!

Deschutes Chasin' Freshies IPA



2019 - Simcoe

Deschutes Chasin' Freshies IPA 2019 Simcoe...$9.99 / 6pk
Bright, clean and crisp IPA that showcases a new hop every year. Simcoe hops provide flavors of candied orange, pine and tropical.

Woodford Reserve TWCP Single Barrel

In stock at Forsyth now.
Rock Hill Wednesday
New Ballas and Chesterfield on Thursday


Our single barrel !
Woodford Reserve / TWCP Double Oaked Single Barrel..$49.99
45.2% ABV
DOUBLE OAKED

An innovative approach to twice-barreled bourbon creates the rich and colorful flavor of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. Uniquely matured in separate, charred oak barrels - the second barrel deeply toasted before a light charring – extracts additional amounts of soft, sweet oak character.

Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris discusses the unique and innovative process that creates Woodford Reserve Double Oaked.

Deschutes Baklava Pastry Stout





Deschutes Baklava Pastry Stout...$10.99 / 500ml
Aged in Bourbon, Port and Sherry barrels for up to 19 months
Cinnamon, clove, cardamom, honey, almond flavor

Lagunitas Willettized Coffee Stout aged in Rye Barrels


SOLD OUT

Limit 2 bottles per person

Lagunitas Willettized Coffee Stout aged in Rye Barrels...$3.49 / bottle
A SMOKE-Y, COFFEE-Y, BOURBON-Y BARREL-AGED BEAST
From our friend, the Kentucky distiller J.D. Willett himself, a man of few words, 'We have one type of barrel: Wood. And we put two things in 'em: Rye and Bourbon." We scored some of J.D.'s scrutable casks and put one thing in 'em: beer. The taste tells. It's good to have friends! Let us know what you think.


Our friends over at Kentucky’s own Willett Distillery have one kind of barrel: wood. And they put two things in them: Bourbon and Rye. We were fortunate enough to get some of their Bourbon barrels, and we put our Imperial Stout in them. It’s a chocolatey, coffee-y, smoky, Bourbon-y beast of a barrel-aged thing. Word.

Odell Barreled Treasure Stout







Odell Barreled Treasure Stout...$3.99 / 12oz bottle
Barrel Aged with Cold Brew Coffee

A reward of hidden bliss awaits the intrepid explorer whose liquid journey brings them to Barreled Treasure. An imperial stout aged in both bourbon and rum barrels and awakened with a hefty dose of coffee, Barreled Treasure has a luscious, complex profile packed with aromas and flavors of rich espresso, blackstrap molasses and baker’s chocolate. Your riches await!

Thanksgiving 2019

Thanksgiving Wines
Thanksgiving is one of the best wine Holidays, with so many flavors and dishes on the table you can really drink whatever you like and it's bound to go perfectly with something on the table. There is no perfect Thanksgiving wine, because really the perfect Thanksgiving wine is the one you want to drink the most.   If you like a big Cabernet or a big rich Chardonnay - drink those!  If you do not like Pinot Noir, you will still not like it with Thanksgiving.  Drink what you like!  So we have come up with a few suggestions from our 4 locations to help guide you.



Tom (Chesterfield Location) recommends....
NV Joel Falmet Brut Rose....$49.99
Champagne is on our Thanksgiving table every year. Actually, I could drink Champagne with every meal. Persistent mousse, with fine bubbles rising slowly. Pale salmon pink in color, with a shade of gold. A nose of red fruits and fresh pear. Delicate fruit on the palate, elegant, and showing great finesse.


Tom (Chesterfield Location) recommends....
2014 Grunhauser Riesling Spatlese...$35.99
The most versatile of Thanksgiving whites, this German Riesling has it all - petrol on the nose, lush mouthfeel and a hint of sweetness that is perfectly balanced by the bright acidity.
Firm, with a savory touch to the juicy ripe apple and red peach flavors. Sage honey shows mid-palate, leading to a finish that is spicy and rich. Complex and powerful. Drink now through 2040.


Tom (Chesterfield Location) recommends....
2017 Elouan Pinot Noir....$18.99
The most versatile of the Thanksgiving reds, Elouan produces excellent quality every year at amazing prices.Elouan is the result of California winemaker, Joseph Wagner, heading North to Oregon, one of the world’s renowned Pinot Noir regions and producing Pinot Noir with depth of flavor, vibrancy and suppleness.
Tom (Chesterfield Location) recommends....
2017 Le Grand Valmal Cotes du Rhone Villages....$16.99
A Rhone red is also on our Thanksgiving table every year. Another unbelievable value that over delivers for the price. This Rhone is the real deal and a sensational value!  Floral notes accent fresh mixed berries in this 2017 Cotes du Rhone Villages that is made from Old Vine Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. The Syrah dominates and leads to a full-bodied wine but with silky tannins. It has a slight pepperiness to add some dimension and complexity. This wine is produced by the third generation on this estate and it is a fruit driven Cotes du Rhone with great roundness and complexity.


Tom (Chesterfield Location) recommends....
2016 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon...$19.99
For those of you who prefer heartier wines, this is the one for you!
Deep purple in color and aromatically expressive with ripe, black plum currant coulis and minerally graphite. The structure is firm with soft, elegant tannins and mouth-watering acidity. Flavors of black forest fruit and earth, dark cocoa, mint and anise are meld together on the finish.



Dave (Forsyth Location) recommends....
2017 Stephane Aviron Saint-Amour Vieilles Vignes...$21.99
I drink beaujolais all year but it really sings with holiday fare. Loads of dark cherry fruit, stony minerals, and balanced acidity. Chill it down for 30 minutes before serving (or stick it outside on the porch, whatever's faster).


Dave (Forsyth Location) recommends....
NV Domaine Collin Brut Cremant de Limoux...$19.99
Sparkling wine works with any cuisine and turkey day is no exception. This dry bubbly from southern France is 50% chardonnay, 40% chenin blanc & 10% pinot noir. The chardonnay gives brightness & acidity, the chenin adds texture and richness, while the pinot noir adds depth. Consume before, during and after dinner...


Dave (Forsyth Location) recommends....
2017 Von Winning Riesling Trocken Paradiesgarten...31.99
Off dry and dry (trocken) rieslings rock with turkey and ham...Von Winning is my fave producer in Germany and they deliver the goods.
There’s an aroma that tilts in the direction of Sauvignon; redcurrant, woodruff and lemon balm and resin. Often this spreads out with age and gets more passion-fruity, but for now it’s slinky and juicy, pointed and long in its angular herbal way, ginger, guava and pineapple; — importer Terry Theise


Splurge on:

Dave (Forsyth Location) recommends....

2016 Saint-Prefert Chateauneuf-du-Pape "Classique"...$42.99
Isabel Ferrando, owner & winemaker at Saint-Prefert, is one of my favorite winemakers in the Rhone Valley. Her wines are as elegant and refined as any producer in the appellation. perfect match for the bird, pig or veggie...
Loaded with scents of roses and exotic spices, the 2016 Chateauneuf du Pape is a super entry-level effort. It's 85% Grenache aged in concrete, with the balance Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Syrah that's aged in demi-muids. Full-bodied, velvety and long, it delivers opulent black raspberry fruit framed by silky tannins. 95 Points, Jeb Dunnuck


It's a Alcoholiday Part 1

Dave (Forsyth Location) recommends....
Dave's Killer Manhattan
Wanna mix a killer Manhattan without spending a bunch of dough? Here's my handy-dandy
drink kit for your holiday imbibing pleasure.
Old Forester Straight Rye 100 Proof...$21.99
You cannot go wrong with this rye. Spicy, subtle peppery notes with a sweet grain finish.  Old Forester Rye features a mash bill of 65% Rye, 20% Malted Barley, and 15% Corn.
Berto Sweet Vermouth...$14.99 (Liter bottle!!!)
My new fave sweet vermouth..imported by Kermit Lynch!!
Arneis, Cortese, Trebbiano, Barbera d’Asti, Herbs and Spices (Bitter orange, absinthe, gentian, cardamom, vanilla, coriander, mint, mace, hops, thyme, marjoram, lemon, cinnamon, clove, rhubarb, angelica)
Fee Brothers Cherry Bitters $7.49 or Regan's #6 Orange bitters $6.99
Why not experiment a little bit? Cherry pit or dried orange peel? Both work very well as a variation on a classic cocktail.





Aaron (Forsyth Location) recommends....

2017 Domaine Lancyre Roussanne...$19.99
Year after year the Domaine Lancyre Roussanne is on my Thanksgiving table. This wonderful Rhone Valley White has the weight and mouthfeel of a white Burgundy but brings an exotic fruit and mouth watering character not often found in Chardonnay. A perfect compliment for Turkey and stuffing.


Aaron (Forsyth Location) recommends....
2017 El Enemigo Chardonnay....$24.99
For the second year in a row we bought all we could of this wine. A full bodied Chardonnay out of Mendoza, this one is sure to please any lover of Chardonnay from Burgundy to the Sonoma Coast. Where else can you find a 98 Point Wine for under $25. Grab a bunch and enjoy throughout the entire holiday weekend.


Aaron (Forsyth Location) recommends....
2017 Domaine Langeron Cote de Brouilly $19.99
The first thing that popped into my mind and then out of my mouth upon tasting this wine was “this would be perfect for noon on Thanksgiving Day.” Now I know wine at Noon may seem odd to some, maybe even most, but Thanksgiving is the perfect day for a light, bright, spicy Gamay to get your ready for the cooking, eating and cleaning that is to come. This one will transition nicely from a day time sipper to pair with the Chestnut Soup to start your meal.


Aaron (Forsyth Location) recommends....
2016 Casa Ramillo Vinho Tinto ...$12.99
An absolutely wonderfull value from Portugal's Lisboa Region, the Ramilo Red is a blend of Touriga Nacional and Aragonez and jumps out of the glass with big fruit and toasy oak on the nose. The Ramilo will please all of those California Cabernet drinkers out there at a fraction on the price. Buy more than you think you need because this one goes down easy.


Aaron (Forsyth Location) recommends....
2018 Chateau Haut Claribes Bordeaux Superieur...$19.99
As Classic as they come, this 2018 Bordeaux shows the beauty and charater of the region. Made from 100% Merlot the Haut Claribes has a wonderfully bright nose with layers of fruit and tannin showing off the exceptional quality of the 2018 Vintage. Drink some this year and lay some down for years to come.


Kole (Rock Hill Location) recommends....
2017 Le Grand Valmal Cotes du Rhone Villages Vieilles Vignes...$16.99
Floral notes accent fresh mixed berries in this 2017 Cotes du Rhone Villages that is made from Old Vine Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. The Syrah dominates and leads to a full-bodied wine but with silky tannins. It has a slight pepperiness to add some dimension and complexity. I can't wait to drink this with a leftover turkey sandwich!


Kole (Rock Hill Location) recommends....
2018 Folded Hills "Cluster" Grenache Nouveau...$23.99
Cluster is a fantastic domestic take on traditional Beaujolais Nouveau. It's light and fresh with mouthwatering acidity and just a bit of spice from the whole cluster fermentation. Aromas of spiced cranberry and fresh thyme, give way to bright mixed berries, red cherries, and savory herbs on the palate. Perfect for those looking for something lighter with the holiday meal!

Kole (Rock Hill Location) recommends....
2017 Booker White...$49.99
If your looking for an absolute knockout white to pair with your meal, look no further! A blend of Roussanne and Viognier, aged in a mix of concrete, used and new French oak, the Booker white is a kaleidoscope of freshness, minerality, and richness, with just enough acidity to bring it all home. On the palate you get stone fruits and pear upfront, followed by rich brioche notes on the mid-palate with just hint of Meyer lemon to finish things out. Give it an hour or 2 of air before enjoying, so it's at its best with your 1st glass!
96 points Jeb Dunnuck



Marc (New Ballas) recommends
2018 Horgelus Côtes Gascogne de Blanc....$9.99
40% Sauvignon and 60% Gros Manseng
This clean crisp white is a great food wine and aperitif.  Pour your friends and family a glass when they show up.  This will really get the palate excited for food and will match nicely with an assortment of appetizers including cheese.


Marc (New Ballas) recommends
2018 Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes Rose...$11.99
This rose has enough body and fruit to go perfectly with Thanksgiving.  Your family will enjoy this with the Turkey and all the fixings.
Delicate aromas of wild strawberry and red cherry dominate the nose of this beautiful rosé. The wine is bright pink with a tinge of fuchsia in the glass. The strawberry and cherry notes carry through to the mouth, where they are complemented with hints of red raspberry and refreshing minerality. 


Marc (New Ballas) recommends
2017 Comte de Langeron Beaujolais Villages...$14.99
Beaujolais is a classic pairing with Thanksgiving and this new release will not disappoint.  Put it in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before you serve it!

An intense Beaujolais with great structure like a Burgundy. Since the 19th century, we have produced a broad range of Burgundy and Beaujolais appellations, part from family owned vineyards and the rest as vinificators.
"This red is a step up in quality from a basic Beaujolais. " - Gail Appleson, St. Louis Post Dispatch


Marc (New Ballas) recommends
2017 A La Carte Pinot Noir North Coast...$15.99
Most "experts" recommend Pinot Noir with Thanksgiving, there is a reason for that, it matches so well with turkey and the side dishes.  Not too heavy, not too oaky and lots of fruit.  
This wine shows excellent structure and balance. Flavors of fresh berries and vanilla. This is a fantastic value that is an amazing steal for under $20. Highly recommended Pinot Noir that actually tastes like a Pinot Noir.

Marc (New Ballas) recommends
Manicardi Dry Lambrusco....$19.99 

Lambrusco Grasparossa of Castelvetro DOC is a sparkling dry wine obtained from the grapes of our hilly vineyards; It has a ruby colour with violet shades, an intense and fragrant smell, a typical and harmonious dry ambrosial taste.



Paul (Forsyth) recommends....
2018 Commanderie of Bargemone Rosé...$19.99
Bargemone has been a store favorite Rose for years and it is always one of the top scoring Roses from the professional reviewers. Bargemone has enough body to stand up to your Thanksgiving dinner and it looks festive in the glass! Plus it is sustainably grown too.
"The 2018 Coteaux D'Aix En Provence Rosé is also terrific. Based on Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cinsault, and Vermin, it has clean, crisp notes of white peach, salty minerality, and white flowers as well as a medium-bodied, balanced, chiseled style on the palate. It’s another smoking good wine from this estate."
Rated 91/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Paul (Forsyth) recommends
2016 Comte de Langeron Coteaux Bourguignons Blanc...$19.99
90% Chardonnay 10% Aligote

Most "experts" do not recommend Chardonnay with Thanksgiving.  First of all if you like Chardonnay, drink Chardonnay with Thanksgiving!  Second, this White Burgundy made mostly of Chardonnay will pair beautifully with it.  Crisp acidity and no oak, this wine will surprise you.
A blend of Chardonnay and Aligoté of which most is matured in stainless steel. It has a great Burgundy nose with a touch of minerality that comes from the Aligote. Great flavors of tart apples and a steely acidity finishes off this great wine. Highly recommended and very limited production


Paul (Forsyth) recommends
2015 Water Wheel Shiraz Plus...$14.99

I really enjoy Shiraz with Thanksgiving. The meal has many different flavors going on---sweet, tart, salty, and earthy. You need a wine with good fruit and richness to handle it all. Shiraz is up for the challenge Water Wheel has the right weight and fruit to enhance your Thanksgiving meal.   A deep, vivid, violet color. On the nose there are berry, blackcurrant and licorice aromas. The palate is full and rich with spice, berry and some black pepper flavors obvious. The wine is well balanced, with a persistent finish that is complimented by some fine tannin. 


Lagavulin 11 Year Old Nick Offerman





This one took a giant price jump.
We do not have it in stock now, but our distributor just got it back in stock with this new price.  We can special order it for you.  Went up about $25 per bottle since the last time we got it.

Lagavulin Islay 11 Year Single Malt Offerman Edition...$96.99
Nick Offerman "Ron Swanson" Lagavulin Edition!