Friday, June 21, 2013

Yves Cuilleron ROSE

Very rare to see a ROSE from the NORTHERN Rhone. 

This one comes from one of the best producers in the area.  
One taste and we bought every case than came into St. Louis

"As I have said so many times in the past, Yves Cuilleron has become one of the bright shining stars of the northern Rhone." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2012 Yves Cuilleron Syrah Rose....$15.99
This Rosé is sourced 100% from Syrah grown within the confines of the village of Chavanay. It is produced by the “saignée” method after a brief maceration of several hours. The fermentations are in stainless steel and the elevage continues for about six months before bottling in the spring following harvest.

Unbelievable prices on these wines! Do not miss them!

Stunning wines!
Stunning prices!

We are by far the lowest price in the country on these wines!

2009 Ferraton Crozes Hermitage La Matiniere...$11.99
Compare to $24 Wine Spectator Suggested Price
Very solid, with a deliciously winey core of mulled black cherry, currant, pepper, maduro tobacco and iron all rolled together and then running through the juicy finish. 13,000 cases made. –JM
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2007 Ferraton Chateauneuf du Pape Le Parvis...$19.99
Compare to $50 Wine Spectator Suggested Price
A fresh, pure, nicely rounded style. Delicious red cherry, plum and blackberry notes are laced with red licorice, pepper and shiso leaf notes, followed by an open, inviting finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,500 cases made. –JM
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

I have not seen a Hermitage at this price in 10 years!  Most Hermitage is in the $70+ range now.

2007 Ferraton Hermitage Les Miaux....$34.99
Compare to $96 Wine Spectator Suggested price
Dark and lush, with velvety-textured cocoa, fig and black currant, laid over a loamy edge. The finish is solid and toasty. Drink now through 2014. 480 cases made. –JM
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

Help us pick the next barrel.

Help us pick our next two barrels....Buffalo Trace and Knob Creek

We are choosing our next Knob Creek Single Barrel

Stop by today (Friday June 21) at Forsyth to taste the barrel samples and give us your vote.

Deschutes and Great Lakes

Deschutes / Great Lakes Brewing Class of 88...$6.99 / 22oz
We've teamed up with another porter brewmaster — Great Lakes Brewing Co.of the famed Edmund Fitzgerald Porter — to create a very special porter for the Class of '88.

This Imperial Smoked Porter is brewed with both roasted and smoked malt that delivers not only a subtle smoky flavor but a rich, chocolaty aroma. Enjoy every layer of porter craftsmanship from this limited-run collaboration.

Wine Education : Garnacha Grape

Wine Tasting at all FOUR locations

Taste IA Garnacha at all four of our locations this Saturday, June 22 from 11am-4pm.
(each store will also have other wines out to taste)

A little more education: We are going to try to feature either a grape or a wine region each week at our stores. We will give you some background information on the grape or region and feature a wine that highlights what we are featuring. We will taste that wine on Saturday at all four of our locations. We will post it here in our blog and send it out in our emails - click here to sign up for our emails

WeI have started a new label "Education" that you can hit to read all the education articles (see the right column under the heading "labels".

Grape: Garnacha

image from Wikipedia

Garnacha is the name for Grenache Spain.    Grenache is one of the most widely planted red wine grapes in the world.   If you have had Southern Rhone wines such Cotes du Rhone or Chateauneuf du Pape, you have had Grenache before.  In the Southern Part of Rhone Grenache usually is the dominant grape in the blend.   But, we are featuring the Spanish version this week - Garnacha.  In fact, Garnacha (Grenache) is believed to have originated in Northern Spain in a an area called Aragon.   It eventually spread to others areas of Spain and also into Southern France and the Rhone Region.   Grenache needs warm weather and a long growing season to fully ripen, it is one of the last grapes to be picked.    Garnacha can take on many faces from light and fruity to big,brawny, and alcoholic.  A big key for Garnacha for complexity and character is old vines.  Old vines and low yields really make this grape shine in Spain.    The wine we are featuring this week is one of our favorite Garnachas from Spain - IA from Carinena.  It is made from old vines, 50 years old, giving it the big fruit and complexity that you want in this amazing value at only $6.99 right now.  IA made from 100% Garnacha.  In other weeks, we will feature Grenache from France and Grenache from Italy (which is called Cannonau)

Recipe of the Week

Manchego with Almonds and Olives
1 pound Picholine Olives (2 2/3 cups)   ***
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil   ***
4 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
2 (3- by 1-inch) strips orange zest, thinly sliced crosswise
2 Turkish bay leaves or 1 California, halved
3/4 pound Manchego cheese, rind cut off and cheese cut into 3/4-inch cubes   ***
1/4 pound toasted Marcona almonds (3/4 cup)    ***

*** In stock at The Wine and Cheese Place

Toss olives with oil, garlic, zest, and bay leaves and marinate, chilled, at least 4 hours.

Bring olives to room temperature. Discard bay leaves and garlic, then toss olives with cheese and sprinkle almonds on top

Recipe from Epicurious

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Ola Dubh 1991 Aged Cask - very limited

Very limited, only 12 bottles available
(I think only 24 bottles came to Missouri)

Harviestoun Ola Dubh 1991 Aged Cask Limited Edition...$13.99 / 11.2oz

10.5% ABV

Ola Dubh 1991 is the first in our annual Vintage Limited Edition Series (we only produced 20,000 bottles). It is aged exclusively in Highland Park casks from 1991 and is bottled at full strength – a mighty 10.5% abv.

Consistent with the core Ola Dubh range, the 1991 Vintage is deep dark brown, dense and oily; the nose is redolent of soy and molasses with winey overtones and a gentle, earthy, hop aroma. The 1991 Vintage is somewhat sweeter than its counterparts and has delicious smoky-sherry notes on the palate, the flavours deriving at least as much from the whisky-infused-wood as the spirit itself. As expected from its higher strength, this is a bigger and bolder number than its siblings.

The new "White Spirit" from Remy Martin V

Remy Martin V...$35.99
From the House of Rémy Martin, comes a unique ultra premium clear spirit, not a cognac, a new spirit category. This unprecedented eau-de-vie is made exclusively with the finest French grapes and slowly distilled in traditional copper pot stills which brings out the most elegant aromas and taste. Rémy Martin V is then ice-cold filtered for exceptional smoothness in cocktails or with your favorite mixer.
The Aromas and Flavors
Fruity notes: fresh fruity notes, hints of crisp grapes, pear and nuances of melon
Floral notes: nuances of fresh mint
Texture:  Smooth
Finish: Balanced subtle finish
Although delightful on its own, ice cold or over ice, it was born to be mixed. It is simply perfect with any mixer or prepared into any cocktail.

Remy Martin Sidecar
1 1/2 oz. Rémy Martin VSOP
3/4 oz. Cointreau
1/2 oz. lemon juice

Shake all the ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with an orange peel.

Perennial Woodside Tripel

Perennial Woodside Belgian Tripel with Wild Honey...$13.99 / 750ml
9.1% ABV
Woodside is a Belgian Style Tripel brewed with Woodside Urban Honey produced locally in Maplewood, Missouri. The combination produces a beer with a very slight residual sweetness complemented by the spicy, fruity attributes of the yeast and a soft malt characteristic. While refreshing and deceptively drinkable, this brew does pack a punch with over 9% alcohol by volume.

Horny Goat Beers including Watermelon Wheat!

Watermelon Wheat!

Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat...$7.99 / 6pk
5.6% ABV | 19 IBUs
You asked and we listened. We’re showing our melons! The backbone of this brew is heavy on the wheat with just a touch of Vienna malt for complexity. We add real watermelon to our tanks during fermentation, leaving a fruity essence on the back end. German hops balance the fruit perfectly in this wheat ale for a slightly dry, extremely refreshing finish.

Horny Goat Stacked Milk Stout....$7.99 / 6pk
A true to form Milk Stout that is sweet and light. Roasted coffee and chocolate notes give way to a sweet finish of the milk sugar added during the boil.

Horny Goat Exposed Cream Ale...$7.99 / 6pk 
5.3% ABV | 21 IBUs
A session beer in the truest sense, this smooth creamy ale brewed with pale malt, wheat, and oats is both refreshing and dangerously easy to chug.

Horny Goat Hopped Up ‘n Horny India Pale Ale...$7.99 / 6pk 
6.3% ABV | 41 IBUs
This IPA has just the right amount of hop love. We finish this brew off by dry hopping it with fresh Cascade hops, giving it a wonderful fresh citrus finish.

Horny Goat Horny Blonde German Blonde Lager...$7.99 / 6pk
5.0% ABV | 20 IBUs
Lagers are an American tradition, and so are blondes. You’ll find this pale lager both bright and crisp up front, and perfectly balanced by a hint of German hops on the end.

Local Farm Fresh Eggs just arrived....

Fresh from the Farm - just arrived a few minutes ago...

Dry Dock Farm Fresh Eggs are in stock 
(in stock at Forsyth only)
* Cage Free * Free Range * Hand Gathered * 
* Antibiotic and Hormone Free * Small Flock Eggs *

Lips of Faith Paardebleom

New Belgium Lips of Faith Paardebleom...$11.99 / 22oz
Using dandelion greens to bitter a Belgian-style ale blossomed from our brewers collaborating with Red Rock Brewing. These being our sixth interpretation together since 2008, expect a wonderfully complex ale fermented with wild Belgian yeast and blended with just a touch of wood-aged beer. Bitterness imparted from dandelion greens and grains of paradise will have you blowing wishes for sips.
ABV: 9.0%
IBU: 14
Hops: Target
Malts: Pale, German Pilsner, Dark Wheat, Rye, Munich
Fruits/Spice: Dandelion Greens, Grains of Paradise
Aroma: Peach, fresh baked bread, fresh greens, white wine, slight pepper and clove, with a hint of funky barnyard esters-very Belgian!
Mouthfeel: Slight tannic bitterness from the greens, semi-mouth-coating but with a dry finish.
Flavor: Fruity sweetness, fresh yeast and lactic tartness.
Visual: Golden yellow with a uniform haze-unfiltered

Goose Island 25 Year Anniversary Ale

Basically they are calling it an Imperial Honkers Ale....
Goose Island  
25 Year Anniversary Ale...$6.99 / 6 pack
For Goose Island's 25th Anniversary, Goose Island Brewmaster Brett Porter, former Goose Island Brewmaster Greg Hall, and Goose Island Pub Brewmaster Nick Barron co-created a unique new brew to celebrate the loyal fans that supported the company over the past 25 years. This special ale exhibits the rich malt and rustic hop flavors found in the English ales that originally inspired their founder, John Hall, to open Goose Island in 1988. Goose Island's Anniversary Ale comes in at 6.4 percent ABV..."We wanted to celebrate our 25th anniversary by bringing back an unreleased beer called 'Honker's Deluxe' that is pleasant to enjoy and a testament to our brewing team's goals," said Brewmaster Brett Porter. "We brewed the beer with Maris Otter malt and dry-hopped with East Kent Goldings." - PRNewswire

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Durham's Tracklements arrived today

Fresh batch just  landed at Forsyth!

Smoked Salmon from Ann Arbor, Michigan

Durham's Tracklements


Inspired by a stay in the Northwest Highlands and Islands of Scotland, a genuine hand-rubbed dry cure of salt with a bit of brown sugar, lightly smoked over our own blend of select hardwoods. Mellow fresh flavor with moist, firm yet buttery texture 

Best of the Best in 20 years of Tasting

" comparison" - Marian Burros, The New York Times

Salmon just doesn’t get any better than this.

--Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press

More info on Durham's Tracklements

Custom smoked provisions using the finest ingredients available, Since 1992. 

We cure and smoke in small batches with the careful, hands-on attention essential to providing outstanding freshness, flavor and texture. For our Salmon Specialties we use only farmed Atlantic salmon raised in the cold waters of the Bay of Fundy, where strong tides assure excellent growing conditions and make the regular use of antibiotics and algaecides unnecessary. Salmon are selected at the optimal size, and flown fresh direct to us each week!

 No additives of any kind, always dated for superior fresh flavor. The finest genuinely hand-crafted quality available--anywhere.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Odell Montage!!!!

More in stock now at Forsyth!

Odell Brewing Montage....$18.99 /  12pk

Includes 3 bottles each of...
  • Odell IPA
  • Odell 90 Shilling
  • Odell Loose Leaf
  • Odell St. Lupulin

Only available in the Montage variety pack
You know those epic days that start with an idea, turn into a dare and end with a great story to tell? This is the beer for those days. Crisp and refreshing like any respectable session ale, but a bit more hop-forward and flavorful than some. Perfect for going with the flow.
4.5%Alc. by Vol. 

A Brewery Montage
Odell Brewing announces new variety 12 pack featuring Loose Leaf American Session Ale
Fort Collins, CO. – In May, 2013 Odell Brewing will release its first variety 12 pack, Montage. The new package will feature two brewery flagships, a seasonal offering, and a new brew, Loose Leaf American Session Ale.   Loose Leaf was developed on the brewery’s five barrel pilot system. The Odell brewers wanted to create a beer that was lighter in color, lower in alcohol content, but also flavorful and distinct. The final recipe is crisp and balanced with lower IBU's and a bright hop aroma. At 4.5% ABV, it’s delicate and refreshingly drinkable with a clean finish.  The brewery plans to issue three different versions of Montage mirroring its seasonal release schedule.   Each edition of the variety pack will include brewery favorites 90 Shilling and IPA, the current seasonal offering as well as a new limited release pilot system inspired brew.  “Montage gives our brewers a new avenue to share their innovations,” said Eric Smith, Director of Sales & Marketing for Odell Brewing. “Not only does it include our flagship offerings, but it also gives us the opportunity to share our seasonal brews, and it extends our creative pilot system inspired offerings beyond the brewery walls.”

Hops in Hebrew 12 pack Variety

Hebrew Mixed 12pk - $18.99 / 12pk

Hop Manna

Rotator IPA Hopside Down

Widmer Rotator IPA Hopside Down....$7.49 / 6pk
We're turning things deliciously upside down with this aggressively hopped, cold-fermented brew that brings together the clean, crisp finish of a lager with the hoppy aroma and character of an IPA.   Hopside down is our take on an India Pale Lager --or IPL. this second release in our Rotator IPA series in 2013 offers a big floral hop aroma and a refreshing dry, mildly bitter finish perfect for the warmer summer months. prost! to turning convention on its head.