Friday, August 24, 2012

$13 - 91 points and 11 years old!

In stock at all stores.  We went through over 100 cases last fall and now we just received more from the importer and at an even better price!!!

Now online also

A 11 year old wine for only $13 (with a suggested retail of $30).  
A "Gran Reserva" - the top Spanish designation!
2001 Senorio del Aguila Gran Reserva....$12.99
Compare to a $30 on The Wine Advocate

We are the lowest price on Wine-Searcher
"The 2001 Senorio del Aguila Gran Reserva is the same blend as the Crianza. It was aged in barrel for 24 months and 36 months in bottle prior to release. It offers a fragrant bouquet of Asian spices, incense, violets, black cherry, and blackberry. leading to a mouth-filling, sweetly-fruited, pleasure-bent offering that will drink well for another 6-8 years." 
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

More facts...
This wine is a "Gran Reserva" which is the top designation for Spanish Wines.   It must be aged for at least 5 years at the winery and 2 of those years in wood
60% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Comes from CariƱena in North East Spain

Beer Tasting Tonight

The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth 314.727.8788


Tonight!   Friday -  August 24 from 4-6pm

  • Stone 16th Anniversary IPA
  • Boulevard 80 Acre Hoppy Wheat (new fresher batch)
  • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
  • O'Fallon Pumpkin Ale
  • Goose Island Harvest Ale

Red Hoptober in stock now!

New Belgium Red Hoptober...$7.79 / 6pk
Fall is here and with it our seasonal ale, Red Hoptober. Shining like autumn leaves in a globe glass this beer pours a dark and lovely garnet as it builds a bright, inviting head. The Eldorado hops are bold and present with a distinct, piney flavor while the caramel malt and roasted barley provide a backbone to stand Red Hoptober upright. Centennial and Cascade hops offer hints of citrus, tickling the nose, while the tongue carries a subtle, roasty tone that pairs pleasantly with the warming bite of bitter. Red Hoptober is perfect for shortening days and campfire nights.
Just the facts Ma'am...

ABV - 6.0%
IBU - 60
Hops - Target, Nugget, Cascade, El Dorado, Centennial
Malts - Pale, C-80

Body - Medium

Aroma - A bouquet of lush floral, bright citrus and undertones of herbal and spice and airs of caramel kissed coffee.

Mouthfeel - Heavier start, hop bitter middle and definite crisp finish.

Flavor - A cupful of sweet fig, tropical fruit, toffee, roasted nuts and hoppy bitterness. None of which overwhelm, they simply meet in the middle to attempt balance.

Visual - Brilliant glowing flickering red hue.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fall releases...

A few new brews just in....

Goose Island Harvest Ale...$7.19 / 6pk
"As Summertime fades, the sun shines less bright, and evening comes a little sooner. Harvest time arrives - it's a time to reap the benefits of a great summer, when all your work pays off. Fresh-picked Cascade hops from Washington and the richest Midwestern malts make Goose Island Harvest Ale an Extra Special Beer worthy of your devotion." -- Brewery

Becks Oktoberfest has also arrived

Abraxas Batch

Forsyth just got in Perennial Abraxas

Limit 1 bottle per person.
Not able to do online reservations today on this one -- just come and get it.

Charcoal is back in stock

Back in stock now, one of the best Lump Charcoals
"Highly Recommended" - Dragon Breath - $16.99 / 20 lbs - read review
compare to:
"Recommended" -- Big Green Egg Lump Charcoal - $23.99 / 20 lbs at Straubs - read review

Dragon's Breath Lump Charcoal....$16.99 / 20lbs
From Missouri
Made from Hickory and Oak
This is one of the top rated and one of the few "Highly Recommended" Lump Charcoals by the Naked Whiz's Lump Charcoal Database

"The charcoal is quite easy light, taking 3 sheets in our chimney starter test. This is low compared to other charcoals. There was very little sparking and no popping while the charcoal burned in the chimney starter. The smoke had the classic smell of American hardwood charcoal.

In our maximum temperature test, the charcoal burned at 980 degrees which ranks very high compared to other charcoals. The fire spreads quickly and there was very little sparking and no popping while the charcoal was burning full tilt. When using a MAPP torch to start the charcoal, we did observer moderate sparking AND popping, so you should exercise care in using a torch to start this charcoal.

Finally, in our burn time test, Dragon Breath burned a very long time ranking Very High compared to other charcoals. In fact, it is one of the longest burning charcoals we've encountered. The ash production was Low compared to other charcoals.

In conclusion, we were very impressed with this charcoal. It is easy to light, has that great American hardwood smell, burns hot, burns long, and produces a low amount of ash. 
Review from the Naked Whiz's Lump Charcoal Database

Boulevard 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer

Back in stock - a new batch already -- about 3 weeks fresher than the last one.
"Best by Nov 12" 

Boulevard's newest year round stock now at Forsyth

Boulevard 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer....$6.99 / 6 pack

"With roots in two of today's most popular brewing styles, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is the result of careful cultivation by our brewers and cellarmen. Their efforts to craft a hybrid yielded a bumper crop of flavor; a delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of an IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer." -- Boulevard Brewing

Stone Brewing 16th Anniversary Double IPA

In stock at Ballwin, Forsyth and Rock Hill.

Stone Brewing 16th Anniversary Double IPA....$5.59 / 22oz

From Greg Koch, CEO & Co-Founder…
This year our brewing team was inspired by some exotic-ish additions of the lemony persuasion. Yes, it's a Double IPA (can you really say you're surprised?), but as we strive to do with all our Stone Anniversary Ales of the let's-take-this-IPA-in-a-new-direction variety, we've brewed up a Stone-worthy divergence from tradition. The amount of rye malt we used isn't quite enough to warrant the appellation "Rye IPA," but it still adds hints of spiciness that contrast deliciously with the tropical fruit flavors and aromas of the Amarillo and Calypso hops. Add a few European specialty malts, some lemon verbena, and three more hop varieties to the mix, and you have a highly complex brew melding both bitter and fruity hop notes with rich toasted malt character punctuated by nuances of spicy rye and subtle lemon.

Brewmaster Mitch Steel’s Tasting Notes
Stone 16th Anniversary IPA
ABV: 10%
IBUs: 85
Beautiful light amber with a thick creamy tan head of foam.
An incredible blend of fruits: citrus, lemon, and peaches, with hints of mint and dry-roasted nutty malt flavors.
A very clean maltiness, intense peachy/mango Amarillo hops, hints of apples and berries, finishing in a burst of fresh lemon, hop bitterness, and herbal spiciness.
Smooth and complex malt flavors, medium body, the very slightest hint of alcohol heat, with a refreshingly bitter and citrusy finish.
From the first time I smelled a broken leaf from a lemon verbena bush at Stone Farms, I thought its intense lemony character would be a great addition to an IPA. It truly is "more lemon than lemon." The lemon flavors combine wonderfully with the peach and tropical mango flavors from the Amarillo, and the apple and berry notes from the Calypso hops. The result is an intense, bitter and very refreshing take on a double IPA. Perfect for a Southern California summer.

Dry Dock Farms

Tomatoes arrived!!!
Plus this week, we also have some cherry tomatoes
-- sweet and delicious

Eggs arrived on Tuesday - laid 08/21/12

Cage Free, Free Range, hand gathered, Antibiotic and Hormone Free, Small Flock Eggs

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Beer news...

Sam Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin - more in stock

Fresh Lagunitas -- we and the distributor have been out of Hop Stoopid, Little Sumpin Sumpin and Maximus for weeks now.  
According to the date code it looks they were all bottled around August 7th and 8th


A yummy cow and sheep milk blend from Italy.

Robiola Bosina -- in stock at Forsyth
"Robiola Bosina is a bloomy rind, square shaped Italian cheese that is made from a blend of sheep and cows milk. Produced by the Caseificio dell'Alta Langa dairy in Piedmont, this cheese has a creamy, elastic and supple pate with a rind that is velvety and pillowy. Its appearance has a straw colored pate and a bright white rind. The cheese has full rich flavors that are earthy and mushroomy with undertones of sweetness and tanginess attributed to the sheep milk." -- Cheese Library