Friday, November 20, 2009

Pappy Van Winkle is here..


All the Van Winkle and Pappy Van Winkle Bourbons are in stock. Very limited, I am allocating them out now -- very limited --

call 314-727-8788 if you are interested

Snow Queen Vodka is finally available....

In stock at Forsyth!!

Snow Queen Vodka....
$20.99 / 750ml
Snow Queen Vodka....$1.99 / 50ml
"Situated on Russia's southern borders, Kazakhstan [made famous by Borat the movie] is the ninth largest country in the world. Once part of the Soviet Union, it has long been associated with the production of quality spirits. Indeed it can be said that what Scotland is to whisky, Kazakhstan is to Vodka." -- website

"Clear. Delicate aromas of toasted nuts, white chocolate fudge, and dried fruits. A round, satiny entry leads to a very smooth, oily medium-to-full body of sweet creamy cocoa, pasty dough and minerals. Finishes with a long, creme Anglaise, pepper, and spice fade. Very nice, will make a great martini." --

International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal

RATING: 94 points (Exceptional)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Howl available....

Now available in 6pks.

Magic Hat Howl Black Lager...$8.29 / 6pk
ABV = 4.6%
"Born of dark and cold and snow in the marrow of the northeast's longest night, HOWL comes in on wailing winds with winter-weary eyes burning holes in sunless shadows. In its darkened depths out inner voids are warmed." -- brewery

Nouveau has arrived!

In stock now!!
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau....$8.99
Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Villages Nouveau....$9.99

Our first Nouveau has just arrived at Forsyth!

2009 Mommessin Beaujolais Nouveau...$9.99

This is the first release from the new 2009 Vintage in France!

We will be sampling it today along with the Duboueuf when it arrives.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Thanksgiving Wine Ideas!

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. The pressure is on, family coming and you are in charge of picking the wine. Well, let us help you. First, here some general classic pairings. If you are featuring the traditional turkey and trimmings, a fruitier lighter red works very well. Pinot Noir and Beaujolais are perfect choices. But do not be afraid to go with something heavier like a Rhone, Syrah, Grenache or even a Zinfandel.

What about white you say?
Whites need to have appropriate acidity to cut through all the heavy fat from the dinner. The dinner is already heavy enough, you do not want a heavy, oaky Chardonnay to add to the weight. Some of the best choices are Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer.

Here are some picks:

2008 Lancyre Roussanne (white)...$17.99

I used the previous vintage of this wine last year at my house, and loved it. This wine has no oak and great acidity that you do not find in Chardonnay. It has the perfect flavor profile for Turkey, stuffing and all the fixings. As you see in the following review "lime zest...
rich yet bracing wine..." is what makes it work well with the holiday meal.

Professional review...
"Now that their 2008 Roussanne has been bottled, it can take its place as the latest in an amazingly successful series of wines (blended with a small amount of Viognier), and the estate and importer have even contrived to lower the price a bit from last year’s. Ripe, intense apricot and lime are laced with salt and smoky black tea on a lush and expansive palate, with suggestions of apricot skin, lime zest, and salt adding to a finishing impression of striking invigoration. This rich yet bracing wine should – based on the track record of past vintages – be worth following for 5-7 years."
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

2007 Lancyre La Coste d'Alerac (red)...$16.99
The same producer, but I love their wines and they both will go amazing with the meal. This one is a blend of Syrah and Grenache that is medium to full body. I am assuming from the flavor that their is very little oak in this wine. Again, oak is something you do not want when matching wine with lighter meats like turkey, chicken or ham.

Professional review...
A cuvee of Syrah and Grenache with a bit of Carignan first essayed in 2000, the Lancyre 2007 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup La Coste d’Aleyrac – due to have been bottled in February – is full of ripe black fruits to be sure, but offers more herbal, carnal, and mineral dimensions than the corresponding 2006. An impression of saline, marjoram-laced beef bouillon with cherry and purple plum extend to a long, satisfyingly juicy, clear, faintly and stimulatingly bitter finish. Look for this exceptional value to offer pleasure for another 3-4 years.
Rated 90-91/100 The Wine Advocate

Shotfire Shiraz (red)...$19.99
I am a big fan of Shiraz with Thanksgiving. There are so many different flavors going on---sweet, tart, salty, and earthy. You need a wine with good fruit and richness to handle it all. Shotfire is up for the challenge. Consistently one of the best Shiraz with a great track record of scores from 90-94 over the past years.
For a more reasonable option, try Milton Park Shiraz....$12.99

Some other white choices....
Sbragia Sauvignon Blanc ($17.99), Big House White (a Conundrum style blend...$8.49).

Some other red choices...
Sbragia Family Zinfandel ($23.99), Dancing Bull Zinfandel ($7.99), Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone (15.99), Evesham Wood Pinot Noir ($18.99)

In stock now...

The next Magic Hat 12 pack mix is in stock now.
Magic Hat Feast of Fools
Here is the mix for winter...3 bottles of each.

Magic Hat #9 - of course

Magic Hat Lucky Kat Irresistible Pale Ale

ABV = 5.8%
"Lucky Kat purrs as he pours with a grin on his mangy face and a grin in his searching eye. He sits on the fence
he calls home, dividing up from down. Is he an imperial beast or a pale soul from the east? Only he knows and we know only this: if you reach out to pet him he'll bite back with a big, hoppy kiss."

Magic Hat Howl Black Lager
ABV = 4.6%
"Born of dark and cold and snow in the marrow of the northeast's longest night, HOWL comes in on wailing winds with winter-weary eyes burning holes in sunless shadows. In its darkened depths out inner voids are warmed." -- brewery

Winter Odd Notion: An American Sour Ale

ABV 4.5%
"Soothing brown in color, the American Sour Ale Odd
Notion will pucker your lips. Strangely sweet and sipable, its brewed with oak chips to give it a lovely lingering of vanilla. Tip one back and let the temptation of tart steal your facebuds." -- brewery

Samuel Smith Note

Sam Smiths Winter Welcome comes with a note:
Check out this note that Robin (our beer buyer) at Provisions Gourmet Market found in her Sam Smiths Winter Welcome this year. Not sure how to get a hold of Karen to tell here we like the beers in St. Louis, Missouri.

Nouveau day is Tomorrow -- Thursday

Beaujolais Nouveau Day is Thursday - November 19th
Check out this picture from Nouveau day from at least 15 years ago, maybe 17-18 years?
I think it is a display of over 120 cases of Nouveau, the sign in the back says $3.95 a bottle! I was trying to figure out the year from the Nouveau label, but could not? Nouveau is not as big for us anymore. It used to be a crazy day, now it seems to be just another day of the week.
This is before Amos bought The Cheese Place (we only had 1 location) and I had to wear a tie everyday. He later changed the name to The WINE and Cheese Place.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bells Sparkling Ale

Bells Sparkling Ale has arrived
It is their Belgian Tripel style....

Sorry, crazy time of year, I will post more when possible.

No Rye Stout yet....

Fade to black

In stock now at Forsyth!Left Hand Fade to Black $9.39 / 6pk
Volume 1 -- Foreign Export Stout

We have officially quit the traditional holiday spiced beer business. Yep – that’s right. No more Snow Bound Spiced Strong Ale. Welcome to FADE TO BLACK. That time of year when the day seems to fade away. Drifting further into the darkness with each passing day. Yes, we’re letting loose, from the noose (spiced beers), that’s kept us hanging about. FADE TO BLACK – our non-traditional, kick-you-in-the-ass ale that mirrors the available sunlight from October thru March. The name will stay the same (as well as the packaging) each year, but the style won’t. This year it’ll be a big Foreign/Export stout in the 8% ABV range.

Ted Kilgore's cocktails...

The class is sold out, but here is what Ted Kilgore is making....

Here is the cocktail menu:
Haymens, W&R Violette,Maraschino, and Lemon.

Scarlet Ibis, lime, demerara syrup, mint, Fee's old fashioned bitters

Cabana, simple, lime, and berries.

Lunazul Blanco, Velvet Falernum, W&R Pear, lime, and simple.

Scarlet Ibis, W&R Cherry, lime, demerara syrup, Fee's old fashioned bitters.

Yamazaki 12 yr., W&R cherry, Dolin rouge, orange juice, and Peychaud's bitters

Aperol, Dolin Blanc, Plymouth gin

Rittenhouse Rye, Aperol, St. Germain, Fee's rhubarb bitters

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Wine Spectator's Top 100

The Wine Spectator's Top 100 of 2009

Click here for an updated list online --

more info email

#1 Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve 2005
95/100 -- Sold out --- we have the 2006

#2 Numanthia-Termes Toro Termes 2005
96/100 Sold out -- we sold over 50 cases

#3 Domaine du Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape La Crau 2007
95/100 -- Very little left in stock (call 314-727-8788)

#4 Kosta Browne Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2007
95/100 -- Sold out

#5 Barone Ricasoli Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio 2006
96/100 -- none in stock, trying?

#6 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Signature 2006
94/100 --- 2006 gone, 2007 in stock

#7 Renato Ratti Barolo Marcenasco 2005
96/100 -- 3 cases comiing tomorrw -- call 314-962-8150

#8 Fontodi Colli della Toscana Centrale Flaccianello 2006
99/100 --- none in stock -- on order

#9 Merry Edwards Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2007
96/100 -- 2007 Sold out, 2008 in stock.

#10 Brancaia Toscana Tre 2007
93/100 -- 56 cases coming -- call 314-962-8150

Others in the top 100

#13 Fattoria di Felsina Toscana Fontalloro 2006

95/100 coming-- $45.99

#14 Two Hands Shiraz Barossa Valley Bella's Garden 2007
94/100 --Coming tomorrow, hopefully

#15 Marchesi de' Frescobaldi Brunello di Montalcino Castelgiocondo 2004
95/100 in stock at Rock Hill -- 314-962-8150

#18 Argyle Extended Tirage Willamette Valley 1999
95/100 -- $55.99 in stock at Rock Hill -- 314-962-9150

#19 Landmark Syrah Sonoma Valley Steel Plow 2006
94/100 -- 2006 Sold out, 2007 in stock (2007 better year)

#25 Rodney Strong Chardonnay Russian River Valley Reserve 2006
-- $29.99 just bottles left at Forsyth and Rock Hill

#27 La Massa Toscana Giorgio Primo 2007
-- arriving soon $58 / bottle net
(pre-order online)

#30 Sette Ponti Toscana Crognolo
93/100 Coming Soon -- call 314-962-8150

#32 Bodega Colomé Malbec Calchaquí Valley
92/100 -- $23.99 In stock at Rock Hill and Forsyth

#37 Petrolo Toscana Torrione 2007
94/100 Coming Soon

#38 Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Horse Heaven Hills Canoe Ridge 2006
92/100 -- in stock at Rock Hlll

#47 Orin Swift The Prisoner Napa Valley 2007
--- A few cases left at each store (then 2008 comes)

#54 Peter Lehman 2006
91/100 --- In stock at Rock Hill

#55 Trimbach Riesling 2007
91/100 -- In stock at Rock Hill $19.99

#61 Monte Antico 2006
90/100 -- $10.99 in stock at all locations

#62 Loosen Bros. Riesling QbA Mosel-Saar-Ruwer Dr. L 2008
90/100 In stock tomorrow

#63 Concha y Toro Carmenère Peumo Terrunyo
92/100 -- coming soon

#67 Peter Michael Chardonnay Sonoma County Ma Belle-Fille 2007
-- In stock now -- limited at Forsyth and Rock Hill

#69 Bodega Catena Zapata Malbec Mendoza 2007
92/100 -- in stock at Forsyth and Rock Hill

#71 Bodegas Bilbainas Tempranillo Rioja Viña Zaco 2006
-- In stock now...$11.99

#74 Waterbrook Cabernet Sauvignon Columbia Valley Reserve 2006
91/100 -- In stock now $21.99

#76 Clos La Coutale Cahors 2007
90/100 -- In stock now $13.99

#77 King Estate 2008

#78 Gloria Ferrer Brut NV
90/100 -- in stock

#81 Paolo Scavino Barolo Carobric 2005

Call Matt 314-962-8150

#82 d'Arenberg Shiraz McLaren Vale The Stump Jump 2008
--- In stock $9.49

#91 Four Vines Zinfandel Paso Robles Biker 2007
Rated 91/100 -- In stock

#95 Louis Roederer Brut Champagne Premier NV
91/100 --
In stock now

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Bells Eccentric Ale 2008

Will we see this in St. Louis?
Don't worry I have already emailed our Bell's rep. I will start the begging....
Bells Eccentric Ale 2008
Here is info from the label -- that is all I know...
"Brewed under the discerning eye of Larry"
"A rare ale that's specially brewed to bring out your inner self. Or reveal the side of you that doesn't get out much. Or release the part of you that would never show up at the office."
"Malt Beverage brewed with Birch Syrup, Honey, Maple Syrup, Spices, Juniper Berry, and Elderflower"
10.1% ABV