Saturday, December 28, 2013

2002 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blanc is here!

Just in time for New Year's Eve!

2002 Dom Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne...$129.99 net
I had very high expectations for the 2002 Brut Blanc de Blancs Dom Ruinart and was not disappointed. Actually, that is an understatement. The 2002 is a flat-out great Dom Ruinart. It is as compelling as any Champagne I have ever tasted from the estate. Layers of sweet, perfumed fruit emerge with no end in this subtle, sexy Dom Ruinart. The 2002 vintage generally yielded big wines, and of course, a significant amount of the Chardonnay for Dom Ruinart comes from the Montagne de Reims, where the wines are richer and broader, yet those are truly mere details. The 2002 convinces for its superb overall balance and sheer personality. It possesses striking depth and an endless, eternal finish. I imagine the 2002 will enjoy a wide drinking window that will stretch out several decades. Truth is, its pretty special even today. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

#4 Wine of the Year

Just in!!
The Wine Spectator's #4 Wine of the Year!

Hewitt Cabernet Sauvignon Rutherford 2010...$89.99
Deliciously pure, rich and deep, featuring tiers of spicy red berry, blackberry and red and black licorice flavors, with pretty wilted rose scents and a long, seamless finish that slowly reveals an underlying tannic grip. Drink now through 2026. 2,592 cases made.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

Seef Bier? Rare beer style...

Back in stock!

Very rare style.
Right now, we are the first and only place in the U.S. that show this beer available.

Antwerpse Seef Bier...$3.99 / 11.2oz
Antwerpse Seef Bier...$15.99 / 4pk
Antwerp, Belgium

Seef is an old style of beer that was produced in small family breweries in Antwerp. It disappeared entirely after WWI as these breweries were dismantled for the war effort, by one side or the other. People remembered it, but the beer was not brewed for almost 100 years until Johan Van Dyck—who had been intrigued by stories of the beer—set out to recreate what had been a very popular beer.

Seef is hard to describe. It’s effervescent, full-bodied, nicely finished. It has fruity, wheat beer-like notes in the nose and palate, but it also has a beguiling earthiness. Moderate hops nevertheless leave Seef dry and more-ish, easy to enjoy. Do I taste brettanomyces? Is it sour? Not really, but sort of. . .

Seef is a totally unique beer. It will remind you of many other beers you love but nothing is exactly like it. Fermented with a very special strain of yeast, it’s unlikely to be duplicated.

6.5% ABV Bottle Conditioned

Two new Shiner Beers

A couple of brand new Shiner beers just arrived...

White Wing has landed. Try our new Belgian-style white ale.
Shiner White Wing....$7.49 / 6pk
"This beer rules the roost.  Brewed with authentic Belgian yeast and hints of coriander and coriander and orange peel, white wing has all the spice and ctirus aroma of a true-to-style belgian wheat ale.  Slightly sweet and highly drinkable, it's a delightfully odd bird.

 Shiner FM 966 Farmhouse Ale...$7.49 / 6pk
Just south of the brewery there's a road called FM 966, and now there's a beer called FM 966.  Coincidence?  All we know is that this spring provisional ale made with pilsner and wheat malts is spicy, fruity and always hits the spot.

Very Limited 4 Hands Brewing Releases

Still some in stock
In stock at Forsyth now.

Limited 2 bottles per person
4 Hands Bona Fide Imperial Stout...$10.99 / 22oz
Bona Fide Imperial Stout is a collaborative effort with Goshen Coffee, a local fair trade coffee roaster. This beer is big, bold, and in your face. Bona Fide pours black as night with a smooth mouth feel. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, with nuances of vanilla. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years. 9% Alc/Vol 65 IBU's

Limited to 1 bottle per person
4 Hands Cuvee Ange....$13.99 / 750ml
Cuvee Ange was inspired by the French Oak wine barrels we used for this project that once housed all French wine varietals. Fermented with wild yeast and aged in a combination of Cabernet, Merlot, and Grenache barrels with raspberries and blackberries, Cuvee Ange is a fruity, tart, complex ale. Cuvee Ange pours a bright rose with aromas of fruit, funk, and wood.

Friday, December 27, 2013

Brenne French Single Malt Whisky

Brenne French Single Malt Whisky....$51.99

  • AGED IN FRENCH OAK & COGNAC BARRELS Brenne Whisky starts in new Limousin oak barrels before being finished in Cognac casks, giving it a hint of perfumed fruit that sets it apart from other whiskies.
  • SINGLE CASK BOTTLES Each bottle of Brenne Whisky comes from a single barrel selected at its peak. We don’t blend barrels. Each barrel number is stamped on the back label.
  • COGNAC DISTILLING TECHNIQUE Using cool fermentation and small batch production, Brenne Whisky is twice distilled in copper alembic stills for a smooth finish.
  • NO AGE STATEMENT Because Brenne Estate Cask is bottled individually by barrel, the aging for each cask differs as it depends on how long the Cognac was in the barrel before. On average, the whisky ages for a total of about 7 years.
  • Bottled at 40% abv (80 proof)


  • A SOPHISTICATED ALTERNATIVE TO COCKTAILS Brenne Whisky is the perfect balance of savory and sweet to be a bold alternative to cocktails. Enjoy it with a splash of water to unleash even more of the Cognac barrel flavors.
  • THE PERFECT NIGHT CAP With an approachability and lightness, Brenne Whisky offers a refined way to unwind at the end of the day.
  • …OR TRY A MANHATTAN AFFAIR Brenne Whisky over ice with a twist of orange (or a grapefruit peel!). No vermouth. No bitters. Just Brenne, ice & orange.

About the creator...
Allison Patel and her husband Nital shared a passion for food and drink has immersed them in cultures all over the world. Making an effort to visit local markets, wineries, and distilleries in their travels, they have developed an appreciation of great taste experiences, especially with their favorite category: whisky. Years ago while on a slew of international business trips, Nital would frequently call his wife (often waking her up in the middle of the night due to time differences!) to tell her about all of the amazing whiskies he tasted. After failing to find many of these “non- traditional” whiskies in the US, Allison took into own her hands and started setting up an import/ export company for this sole purpose.

While exploring the world whisky scene for something “new”, Allison encountered a third generation Cognac producer who had started distilling a unique Single Malt at his farm distillery in the heart of Cognac, France. At that time, a majority of the oldest whisky was around three to four years old in new French Limousin oak barrels. Upon tasting it, Allison immediately knew it was something special. She and the distiller collaborated over a span of three and a half years to refine the aging spirit and continue laying down more barrels as each year’s crop of barley was ready to be harvested. A breakthrough occurred when Allison decided to incorporate his previously used Cognac casks in the whisky aging process. This stimulated the whisky in a beautiful way; ultimately creating a new profile within the Single Malt category that became Brenne Whisky.

Brenne Whisky is crafted from seed to spirit in the heart of Cognac, France in very limited batches. Allison’s first expression, Estate Cask, has no age statement as every barrel is bottled in single barrel releases and the aging time on each cask may vary slightly.

After intense work, Allison is honored to share Brenne with the world, introducing an incredibly smooth, approachable, and fruit-forward French whisky that reinvigorates the category. Brenne officially launched on October 1, 2012 in New York City and we are excited to share our dream with whisky enthusiasts far and wide.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Glenrothes 40 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey

Very limited

The Macphail's Collection Glenrothes 40 Year Old Single Malt Whiskey...$499.99
(includes glass pictured)
MacPhail's Collection from Glenrothes Distillery is selected, matured and bottled by the family owned firm of Gordon & MacPhail - the World's Leading Malt Whisky Specialist.  This rare expression has been matured in a First Fill Sherry Butt for over forty years. The whisky has toasted malt aromas with hints of pear and sweet heather honey. The palate is initially peppery with fresh lemon citrus flavours; these develp into a smooth and creamy milk chocolate finish." - box

Benromach 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Benromach 30 Year Old Single Malt Scotch...$419.99 / 750ml
Matured in first fill and refill Sherry casks Benromach 30 Year Old is a rich, elegant Single Malt from Speyside's smallest working distillery. This whisky was awarded the Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky 28-34 Years (Multiple Casks), scoring 95.5 points out of 100, in Jim Murray's Whisky Bible 2012.

Initial rum and raisin notes, with a delicate vanilla edge. Smooth peach and nectarine fruit flavours mingle beautifully with toasted malt.

Hints of rich Sherried Christmas cake, with a touch of marzipan. Some mixed spices emerge. Smooth and creamy with mouth warming qualities.

Subtle ripe green apples notes, with a delicate touch of smoke (charred oak) comming to the fore. Some malty notes become apparent.

An initial burst of Sherry sweetness, with a hint of peat smoke emerging. Some hints of black pepper. Smooth and moreish.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Grapefruit IPA

New from Abita - Grapefruit Harvest IPA in stock now at Forsyth

Deschutes Brewery - Oregon

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Please support other Deschutes beer to thank them for bringing the allocated beers to us and to help us get more!  We just got in some super fresh and great Deschutes beers!  

Top 25 Beers of the Year by The Wine Enthusiast!
Check out #3 today!
#1 New Glarus Wild sour Ale
#2 Rochefort 10
#3 Deschutes Hop Henge IPA

Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental Imperial IPA...$4.99 / 22oz
Seasonal Release
Hop Henge Experimental IPA is our annual exercise in IBU escalation. An outrageous amount of Centennial and Cascade hops are added to each barrel, with a heavy dry-hop presence as well. It is dense and muscular, with a blend of crystal, pale and carastan malts creating an overall biscuity characteristic. It’s all hop, no apologies. 
Rated 99 on RateBeer

Deschutes Red Chair NWPA Northwest Pale Ale...$8.99 / 6pk
The citrus punch of a big IPA, minus the one-dimensional hop sledgehammer. Seven select European and domestic malts round out the edges for a complex, copper-colored brew. Like its namesake skilift, it’s an insider’s ride to fresh thrills.

World's Best Awards 2011 - World’s Best Strong / Extra Special Pale Ale

Sold out

Still some left at Forsyth today 12/26
Deschutes / Goose Island Class of 88 Belgian Style Ale....$14.99
Our barrel aged tribute to the Class of '88
Alc. 10.9% | IBUs 17
In this third and final creation of our collaborations with other breweries celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year, we’ve partnered with Goose Island Beer Company.

Michigan Riesling and Oregon Pinot Noir grapes age with Mt. Hood whole flower hops and Pilsner malt in Muscat casks. The fruit aroma unites with Belgian yeast esters and oak for a crisp, dry and slightly tart flavor. Sip slowly and enjoy the complexity.
Malt: Pilsner, Flaked Oats, Malted Wheat
Hops: Tettnang, Mt. Hood
Other: Michigan Riesling juice and Oregon Pinot Noir grapes
Barrel-Aging: 100% in 10-year-old Muscat barrels

The Abyss
Deschutes The Abyss 2013 Reserve...$14.99
A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate.  As for the great "drink it now or let it age" debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure a year on.
Rated 100 RateBeer

Monday, December 23, 2013

Very limited and at Forsyth now

Very limited!
I had asked for 5 cases and only got 1 of each!

First come, first served at Forysth.  
No reservations

Evil Twin The Cowbow Smoked Pilsner....$10.99 / 4pk
Evil Twin Hop Flood....$11.99 / 4pk
Evil Twin Glazed Imperial Doughnut Break...$14.99 / 22oz
Evil Twin Bozo Beer Imperial Stout with Coffee...$14.99 / 22 oz

Omnipollo Fatamorgana Imperial IPA...$12.99

K-SHE-95 Sweetmeat's Red Snout IPA

Six Row / KSHE-95 Sweetmeat's Red IPA....$6.49 / 22oz
"Our Red IPA was designed to be a session IPA, medium copper in color, crispy bitter, but slightly drier than your average IPA. We've finished and dry hopped it with Fuggle hops for a mellow, earthy flavor and aromas.

Big bottles of The Prisoner!

Some rare big bottles of The Prisoner!
In stock now at Forsyth

2012 The Prisoner....$109.99 / 1.5ltr
2012 The Prisoner....$299.99 / 3 liter

There are 20,000 cases of the 2012 The Prisoner, which is an interesting blend of 46% Zinfandel, 22% Cabernet Sauvignon,18% Petite Sirah, 12% Syrah, and a small amount of Charbono. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by a big, peppery, meaty, Rhone-like bouquet with hints of bay leaf, unsmoked cigar tobacco, black currants and sweet jammy cherries. Medium to full-bodied and explosively fruity, this is a lovely, hedonistic, seriously endowed red to drink over the next 3-4 years" - Robert Parker

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Holiday Hours

The Wine and Cheese Place
All locations

  • Dec 23 : Monday 9am-7pm
  • Dec 24 : Tuesday 9am-4pm Christmas Eve
  • Dec 25 : Closed for Christmas
  • Dec 26 : Thursday 9am-7pm
  • Dec 27 : Friday 9am-7pm
  • Dec 28 : Saturday 9am-7pm
  • Dec 29 : Sunday Closed
  • Dec 30 : Monday 9am-7pm
  • Dec 31 : Tuesday 9am-6pm
  • Jan 1 : Wednesday Closed for New Years Day
  • Jan 2 : Thursday Closed for Inventory
  • Jan 3 : back to normal Mon-Sat 9am-7pm Closed Sundays