Saturday, April 5, 2014

Amrut Single Malt Whisky Intermediate Sherry

Amrut Single Malt Whisky Intermediate Sherry...$104.99
ABV: 57.1%
Colour: Golden Yellow
Tasting Notes :
Nose : Instead of the usual biscuit aroma, we now get moist cake. And my word: is it fruity and spicy!! Love the freshly waxed oak floor, too. Brain-explodingly complex and multi-layered with one of the most intriguing sherry-style-bourbon-style marriages on the market
Taste : Cracking delivery and entirely unique in form. The structure is decidedly oak-based, but acts as no more than a skeleton from which the juicy sultana and spices drape. Salivating, too, as the barley kicks in powerfully. But the liquorice-orangey-honeycomb bourbon theme quietly shapes the flavour profile; the spices pulse and glow
Finish : Quite a chunk of natural caramel quietens the more exuberant characteristics; long and elegant

Rose Wine Class

Thursday, May 15 (7-8:30pm)
(note the date has changed)

Rose Wine Class

Reservations are required 
call 314.727.8788 or sign up now with the link below
$15 / person

We will taste a selection of the new 2013 Rose Wines that are getting ready to hit the store.  We had to change the date of this class because the 2013 Rose wines are being bottled much later this year according to a couple of our importers.  We will post the wines as soon as we have them.

Cult Wine Tsating

Very limited seating, highly rated California Cult Cabs....all rated 95 or higher!

Classic/Cult Cabernet Tasting
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105

Thursday June 12th - 7pm-8:30pm
Limited to 10 people only
Reservations are required 
call 314.727.8788 or sign up now with the link below

The second in our series of limited release tastings will feature California Cabernet. Just like our Burgundy tasting we are going to feature some amazing wines some of which rarely see the light of day (they are usually tucked away in a cellar). 

The Limit will be 10 people 
  • $100 per person
  • Credit Card requred for reservation
  • Your card will be charged when you place the reservations
  • No cancellations or refunds

Here are the wines you will taste....

  • 2010 Colgin IX Estate Red 100/100 The Wine Advocate....$499.99
  • 2011 Caymus Special Select 95/100 The Wine Advocate...$119.99
  • 2009 Dominus 97+/100 The Wine Advocate...$192.99
  • 2009 Verite La Joie 96/100 The Wine Advocate...$299.99
  • 2009 Joseph Phelps Insignia 95/100 The Wine Advocate...$189.99
  • 2010 Robert Mondavi Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon To-Kalon 95/100 Wine Advocate...$105.99

Rare Beaujolais Blanc!

Rare Beaujolais Blanc!

Jean Paul Brun Terres Dorees Beaujolais Blanc...$14.99
A.O.C Beaujolais Blanc "Chardonnay"
Soil: clay and limestone
Grape: Chardonnay
Age of Vines: 80+
Vinification: fermented and aged in stainless steel

Kunde is back!

2012 Kunde Chardonnay, Sonoma Valley...$12.99
2013 Sonoma County Harvest Fair - Gold Medal
Sweet aromatics of vanilla custard, tangerine and shortbread cookies are followed by tasty cantaloupe and meringue flavors which provide depth and weight to the our 2012 estate grown Chardonnay.
Rated 88/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2012 Kunde Sauvignon Blanc Magnolia Lane...$11.99
Features a core of ripe, juicy pear, nectarine and apricot flavors, with a smooth texture and juicy acidity, accented by touches of fresh herb and lime zest aromatics. Drink now. 18,000 cases made. –MW
Rated 88/100 The Wine Spectator

Patz and Hall Jenkins Pinot Noir

2012 Patz & Hall Pinot Noir Jenkins Ranch...$57.99
Another winner is the 2012 Pinot Noir Jenkins Ranch. Deep ruby/plum-colored with loads of damp earth, steak tartare, bouquet garni and black raspberries, this wine exhibits good sweetness, plenty of glycerin, but a nice, vibrant mouthfeel with uplifting acidity and well-integrated tannin.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Bedrock Papera Ranch

2012 Bedrock Papera Ranch Heritage...$42.99
Russian River Valley
The barrel samples I tasted include the 2012 Papera Ranch Heritage, a site planted in 1934 in the heart of the Russian River area. Composed of 54% Zinfandel and the remainder Carignan, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and a number of obscure varietals, it achieved 14.7% alcohol and 350 cases were produced. Slightly rustic with a deep ruby/plum color along with hints of bouquet garni, earth, forest floor and red and black fruits, it is a mid-weight, tasty, stylish red to enjoy over the next 7-8 years.
Rated 88-90/100 The Wine Advocate

Rare Michel Niellon Burgundy - in stock now!

2011 Michel Niellon Chassagne Montrachet....$53.99
Pale straw-yellow. Aromatic nose features pear and flowers. Smooth and light on its feet, with harmonious ripe acidity energizing the middle palate. With its attractive sugar/acid balance and firm spine, this is more vibrant than the 2012 village wine. Drink or hold. Coutoux noted that the yield here was almost 60 hectoliters per hectares, compared to 40 in 2012. But this wine has more charm. 89 points
Rated 89/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2011 Michel Niellon Chassagne Montrachet Clos de la Maltroie 1er Cru...$84.99
Bright, pale yellow with a green tinge. Soil-driven, precise aromas of pear, clove oil and smoky minerality. Minerally and tightly wound, with good stony cut to its lemon and menthol flavors. Finishes juicy, gripping and long, with noteworthy saline minerality. Strong juice, but dominated by its structure in the early going. 91(+?) points
Rated 91+/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2011 Michel Niellon Chevalier Montrachet Grand Cru...$299.99
Pale straw-yellow. Ripe yellow peach complemented by smoky oak. Deeply pitched, plush and seamless, with ripe, oily flavors of pineapple and wet stone reminding me a bit of riesling. With its wonderfully round, open-knit texture, this is like liquid silk in the mouth and incredibly easy to drink now. 94 points

Rated 94/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

94 Point German Riesling

2010 Schafer-Frohlich Felseneck Riesling Spatlese...$29.99
Rich, vibrant and powerful, this features intense crunchy apple flavors that are suffused with mineral and slate elements. The long finish is filled with jellied citrus and spice pear accents, with some notes of mint. Drink now through 2040. –KM
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

Donhoff German Rieslings

2011 Donnhoff Riesling Nahe...$19.99
Ripe quince, apple and cassis with wet stone and alkaline overtones inform Donnhoff’s 2011 Riesling (as usual, from Oberhauser Felsenberg), a significantly juicier, clearer, and more charming effort than this year’s corresponding Gutsriesling trocken. Hints of apple pip and nut oil piquancy add to the invigoration of a sustained, succulent, subtly sweet finish. This should remain delightfully versatile for at least half a dozen years. 
Rated 88/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Donnhoff Kreuznacher Krotenpfuhl Riesling Kabinett...$22.99
Again almost Feinherb styling, and the usual brown-butter chocolatey cardamom thing is clear, and the wine is deft and classy. It’s in the Dellchen family of savory “dark” flavors. The warm löss loam of the Kröthenpfuhl is rich in small quartzite pebbles and these, along with the fact that this is south-facing site, causes the soiil to warm up very quickly. The grapes ripen early and retain a feisty acidity.

New vintage of Malakoff!!!

2009 Terlato & Chapoutier Shiraz Pyrenees Malakoff...$33.99
Dark, crisp, focused and juicy, with floral blackberry fruit, accented with distinctive mineral notes of wet stone and basalt. This has intensity and deft balance. Drink now through 2019. 499 cases imported. –HS
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

Great new Barolo - very limited

Only about 100 cases make it to the U.S.
2009 Brovia Barolo Ca' Mia...$86.99
(with the 2010 release, this wine will say Brea Ca' Mia on the label): Bright red. Captivatingly fresh, primary aromas of raspberry, minerals and flowers are accented by a sappy note of blood orange; reminded me a bit of a topnotch Burgundy from Vosne or Chambolle. Sweet and thick but with lovely acidity giving the wine a strong impression of inner-mouth tension. A step up in density and fullness from the foregoing wines, with its Serralunga limestone pungency coming through loud and clear. Finishes very long and horizontal, with serious but well-buffered tannins and excellent menthol lift. Wonderfully elegant and perfumed Barolo from a south/southeast-facing vineyard that is spared the hottest afternoon sun
Rated 94+/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
My money is on the 2009 Barolo Ca’ Mia for the longest aging potential of the bunch. The intensity and richness is bountiful, and seductive aromatic layers of dried fruit, licorice, tar, button mushroom and tobacco lift off the glass with building intensity. The wine’s texture is firmer and the length is decisively more rewarding. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2030.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

Only about 100 cases make it to the U.S.
2009 Brovia Barolo Villero...$86.99
Medium red, showing a bit more amber than the Rocche. Less fruity on the nose, which is currently dominated by minerals, underbrush and flowers. Then larger-scaled in the mouth than the Rocche yet with an ethereal quality to the complex flavors of smoky red fruits, spices, leather and truffle. Generous Barolo in a classic style, finishing with a whiff of leather and serious, slowly mounting tannins. This is very good.
Rated 92+/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Friday, April 4, 2014

Recipe of the Week: Bacon, Beer and Tomato Jam

Bacon, Beer and Tomato Jam

  • 1 lb Benton's Smoked Bacon   ***
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 cup yellow sweet onion, finely diced
  • 12 oz beer    ***
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar   ***
  • Salt and pepper, to taste   ***
*** Available at The Wine and Cheese Place

In a large pan with high walls, cook the bacon, working in batches to avoid overlap. Once all of the bacon has been cooked, allow it to cool and then roughly chop.

1. Pour out all but about 1 tablespoon’s worth of drippings from the pan. Heat the pan again and add in the onions. Cook the onions until they have become translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Then, add the garlic and cook for a minute.

2. Pour in the beer and apple cider vinegar and deglaze your pan using a wooden spoon.

3. Add the brown sugar, chopped bacon, crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper and stir well.

4. Place the lid over the pan, cracked so that the steam can vent slightly, and allow the mixture to boil for a minute. Then, reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook until much of the liquid has evaporated and you are left with a thick, chunky jam, about 1 hour.

2011 Pegau has arrived

2011 Domaine du Pegau Cuvee Reserve...$71.99
Beautiful in the vintage, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape is a forward, perfumed example of the cuvee that has classic Pegau black fruits, tobacco leaf, pepper and leathery notes as well as medium to full-bodied richness and depth on the palate. Early-drinking by this estate’s standards, there’s nevertheless good mid-palate density and fine tannin. It should have 15 years or so of overall longevity. Drink now-2026.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
This shows an enticing bay leaf note, with juicy blackberry and black currant fruit up front, followed by melted licorice and a tarry edge on the finish, underscored by a roasted alder accent. This has the friendly, racy fruit of the vintage, with some distinct character to boot. Best from 2014 through 2025. 6,500 cases made. –JM
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

Abita Strawberry

BACK IN STOCK!!! Their most sought after seasonal....

Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager....$7.99 6pk
Strawberry Harvest Lager is a wheat beer made with real Louisiana strawberries, picked late in the season when they’re at their sweetest. This brew has earned quite a reputation in a short time, causing the brewery to up their production year after year. When this brew is found, emails and phone calls fly to friends informing them of the store’s location. Strawberry Harvest is a crisp, light lager with just a hint of strawberry sweetness. It is wonderful with desserts or lighter fares such as salads and pastas. Fresh cheeses such as Burrata, chevre, Creszenza, mozzarella or Teleme pair well with Strawberry Harvest.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bushmills 21 Year old

Limited and back in stock!

Bushmills Single Malt Irish Whiskey 21 Year Old...$99.99
This rare whiskey is in scarce supply with only a limited number of casks in our warehouses. It’s matured in bourbon and sherry casks aged between 19 and 21 years old, before being married together for barrels two years in a Madeira-infused cask. The result is dark chocolate and caramelised toffee aromas and a sip that clings to the palate before releasing a magical burst like mint. It’s a rare taste in every serve.”

Hermitage new releases

Hermitage Brewing Ale of the Hermit IPA....$4.99 pint
Ale of the Hermit is a curious brew shrouded in mystery. Based on an ancient recipe, and using brewing methods long forgotten by most modern brewers, the Hermit defies simple style classification. The beer greets your palate with a solid malt body of sweet caramel, balanced by an assertive hop bitterness. We then round out the flavor using traditional American hop varieties that contribute a beautiful quality of wild flowers and delicate fruit. Those delicious hop flavors mingle on the tongue with the vanilla and tannic nuances of American oak. The beer finishes dry, but the deliciousness of the hops and oak linger a bit leaving you longing for another sip.

Hermitage Single Hop Apollo...$5.99 / 22oz
Apollo hops are known for their high alpha acid content, between 15% – 19%, and are typically used for its bittering qualities. This hop varietal was developed at the Hopsteiner Breeding Program from 2 experimental varietals; the new hop was further crossed with Zeus hops, and Apollo was born.
Apollo has a resinous hop flavor, with citrus notes, some earthy qualities, and a spiciness that may be apparent in the finish. The aroma features some orange and grapefruit citrus qualities with an earthy and slight spice note.
7% ABV / 70 IBUs

Hermitage Single Hop Simcoe...$5.99 / 22oz
Simcoe is the latest addition to our single-hop series of india pale ales. The aroma of the hops themselves is a lovely combination of pungent earthiness and sweet fruit. That tropical fruit aroma persists into the glass, while the flavor that carries over to the finished beer has a solid bitterness with a nice piney undertone, dominated by a robust citrus, grapefruit-like quality. The beer finishes dry, leaving a clean, almost minty aftertaste on the palate. Another delicious example of what hops can contribute to the art of beer.
7% ABV / 70 IBU

These are not in 4 packs!

Hermitage Hoptopia Double IPA....$7.49 / 4pk

Tropical nose, full citrus and floral flavors, good malt balance 8.0 ABV/IBU 65

Hermitage Maltopia Wee Heavy Scotch Ale...$7.49 / 4pk
Also known as a Wee Heavy, blankets your palate with malty, roasted caramel flavors 9.0 ABV/IBU 25

2nd Shift LSD with Blueprint Coffee Volume II

2nd Shift LSD with Blueprint Coffee...$14.99 / 750ml
Son of a...Blueprint did it again with the coffee.  So this time we used Karimikui which comes from the Kirinyaga District of Kenya.  We bottles 45 cases this go around, you lucky pig knuckle." - label

Blueprint - KARIMIKUI 
It’s quite remarkable that such singularly delicious lots of coffee come from all over Kenya. Our second offering, Karimikui, differs greatly from our first, yet both are exceptionally tasty. The washing station of Karimikui is located in the Kirinyaga District. It is one of the three washing stations operated by the Rung’eto cooperative. This specific lot is AA Top, meaning it has met the highest sorting standards in Kenya. It is shade-grown and made up of only the SL28 variety. The sample we first tasted stood out to us because of its tart lime brightness and cherry sweetness. In October, this coffee helped advance Kevin Reddy to third place in the SCAA South Central Brewer’s Cup and Nora Brady to sixth in the SCAA South Central Barista Competition.

Weltenburg - Classic German

Back in stock and lower prices.

Weltenburg Kloster Pils...$2.99 pint

The classic March beer from the oldest monastery brewery in the world.  Sophistication, elegant, golden yellow, captivating in its refined recipes and brewing excellent way, a full-bodied balance fine Hopfenanklänge and invigorating herb sweetness.Rated 97 Ratebeer for Style Classic German Pilsener

Weltenburg Barock Dunkel...$2.99 pint

The oldest darkness of the world.   A true taste experience.bodied, malty flavor, medium dry with a hint of sweetness, fine creamy, flavor and aroma intense, powerful and haunting. In the tradition of old-traditional monastic brewing it belongs to the very large beers
Rated 99 Ratebeer for Style Dunkel

Weltenburg Asam Doppelbock...$2.99 pint
Rated 99 RateBeer and 100 Style Doppelbock

Kelheim, Germany

The Weltenburg Abbey was founded at the beginning of the 7th century by the great Abbot Eustasius and the Hiberno-Scottish monks of St. Columbanus. It was transformed into a Benedictine Monastery by St. Boniface and elevated to the status of Abbey by Duke Tassilo in the ninth century. At the end of the 9th century, nomadic people of Finno-Ugrian (later Hungary) descent appears at the eastern borders of the occident and lay waste to Italy, Bavaria, Saxony, the Bavarian Eastern March and Swabia. Out of fear the monks leave the Abbey. In 932 the monastery of the Bishopric of Regensburg is repopulated by St. Emmeram’s Abbey.

The Abbey is situated on a peninsula in the Danube known as the "Weltenburg Narrows" at the base of the Arzberg Mountain and has continued to be the missionary center of Germany literally since the Holy Crusades.

Weltenburg is the oldest monastery in Bavaria and the oldest beer producing monastery in the world with the first documentation as a formal brewery found in the Weltenburg necrology, which states that in 1035 the Master Brewer died. A second scientific source is a protocol in the over 900-year old "Libellus Traditionum” from the year 1050.

In 1191 the newly built original church is consecrated. During the 14th and 15th century the Abbey suffers under the administration of abbots and administrators, which eventually leads to the introduction of the reforms led by Kastl Abbey. From 1546 to 1547 the Emperor Carl V. is at war with an alliance of Protestant sovereigns and cities under the leadership of Electoral Saxony and Hesse. War initially breaks out in the south of Germany and the Weltenburg Abbey is taken over. From 1553 to 1556 the Abbot Michael II. Häusler is forced to sell valuable inventory of the Abbey library due to severe economic problems. In 1626 the Abbot Matthias Abelin directs Weltenburg Abbey through the Thirty Years‘ War. Although the Abbey is sacked several times, he leaves it in good order. In 1686 the Abbey is one of the founders of the Bavarian Benedictine Congregation, an association of independent Bavarian Benedictine monasteries, which is founded by Pope Innocent XI in 1684.

The baroque church was built by the architect brothers Cosmas Damian Asam and Aegid Quirin Asam. Work began in 1716 by order of Maurus Baechl (Abbot of Weltenburg from 1713 to 1743), the entrance hall completing the building was finished in 1751 by Franz Anton Neu. In the entrance hall, symbolic representations of the Four Last Things (death, judgement, heaven and hell) are splendidly displayed in murals. There is an oil painting by Franz Asam depicting the Last Judgement; the two confessionals with reliefs of St. Peter and St. Mary Magdalene. The organ case was decorated by Caspar Mayr; the organ, built in 1728 by Konrad Brandenstein, is the only one of its kind to survive into present time.

During the last millennium until today the monastic beer production in Weltenburg has been interrupted only by secularization from 1803 to 1846. In August of 1842 Weltenburg was re-founded as a priory of Metten Abbey. It has been a member of the Bavarian Congregation of the Benedictine Confederation since 1858 and was raised to the status of an independent abbey in 1913.

In accordance with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516 and the traditional art of brewing, nine beer varieties are brewed in Weltenburg; the range of products is complemented by further seasonal beer specialties. Production facilities today are as state of the art as there is in the world. The quality of these ancient recipes speak for themselves as the entire range of beers produced at Weltenburg are all the definitive benchmarks in each of their respective categories.

Wine Educaton - Chardonnay

Wine Tasting at all FOUR locations

Taste a few Chardonnays at all four of our locations this Saturday, April 5 from 11am-3pm. (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   I 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: Chardonnay

Chardonnay grapes in Moldova
image from Wikipedia

Chardonnay to oak or not to oak that is the question?

These days it seems most Chardonnay’s and indeed most Chardonnay drinkers fall into one of two categories, the buttery oaky crowd and the un-oaked mineral crowd.  Each thinks their style is the true expression of the grape varietal and quite frankly each is right. That is the beauty of Chardonnay it can be all things to all people:   big, ripe and lush, clean crisp and steely or just about anything in between. The best way I have been able to explain the usage of oak in the fermentation and ageing of Chardonnay is to view oak as a seasoning.  For example, let's say that oak is the salt and the wine a steak. Now if you are grilling a well marbled Rib-Eye you want to hit it with a good amount of salt to season the beef, the richness and fat of the Rib-Eye will not be overpowered by a heavy hand of salt, to the contrary the salt will serve to accentuate the flavor of the meat.  However, if you have delicate Fillet you want to be more restrained with the salt so as not to overwhelm the flavor of the beef. In other words, not all Chardonnay grapes are the same and should not receive the same oak treatment.  Only the best most intense fruit can handle oak ageing and maintain their true varietal character, lighter less intense fruit should be handled with care so that the fruit is not masked by the “oak seasoning” after all it is Chardonnay you are buying not the oak barrels. Come taste some great examples of Chardonnay from across the flavor spectrum this weekend

Try these two Chardonnays at all four of our locations
2012 "LMB" La Mere Boiter Macon Chardonnay...$16.992012 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay Napa Valley CA (New Oak)….$27.99

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Girard Winery - new releases, great prices

2011 Girard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa County, 750ml
2011 Girard Cabernet Sauvignon Napa County...$18.99
Compare to $35 at Girard Winery
Aromas of blackberry and cassis are complemented by espresso and toasty oak. Sweet raspberry, mocha, and vanilla lead to a finish that is long and structured but softens as the wine decants.

2012 Girard Chardonnay Russian River Valley...$14.99
Compare to $27 at Girard Winery
An elegant nose of citrus, pear, and butterscotch leads to apple, fresh cream, brown sugar and cinnamon on the palate. Bright acidity keeps the fruit and oak balanced and makes it a very food friendly wine.

2012 Girard Old Vine Zinfandel Napa Valley...$16.99
Compare to $27 at Girard Winery
Our popular Old Vine Zinfandel is flourishing with notes of raspberry and cherry, while the palate expresses rich flavors of warm spice and vanilla bean. The spice notes are essential to round out the finish with bright fruit and acidity.
Winemaking: This wine was sourced from century old vines at the Godward Vineyard in Calistoga, as well as the Morgan Vineyard and Harris Ridge Vineyard in Napa. Due to the bountiful 2012 harvest, the grapes supplied balanced ripeness and acidity, complemented by intense fruit flavor.
Food pairing: Enjoy this Zinfandel with a grilled flank steak with olive and herb sauce.

Aging potential: Drink now through 2020

Wine of the Week

We are going to start featuring a Wine of the Week.  
Come taste the wine of the week each Saturday at all FOUR of our locations.
There will be a special price that day only for the wine of the week.  Check the store that day for the sale price.

Wine of the Week 

Come taste it all four locations on Saturday April 5 - from 11am-4pm

This is an awesome bargain for Burgundy. Chardonnay from the town of Chardonnay. Un-oaked with a great richness balanced with minerality.

2012 "LMB" La Mere Boiter Macon Chardonnay...$16.99
Tasting Notes: This is a classic example of Chardonnay from the Mâcon region of France. Since this wine is from the northernmost cru of the appellation, it tends to have a bit more weight to it than its more southern counterparts. The nose however, is delicate with subtle apple and pear notes. In the mouth the wine is simultaneously rich and mineral. Hints of peach and apricot fruit mix with citrus fruit flavors to produce a beautifully balanced Chardonnay. While nice on its own as an aperitif, this wine is also a great match for light hors d’oeuvres, poultry, and fish dishes, like skate, and scallops

La Mère Boitier, takes its name from the highest peak in a small, regional mountain chain. This chain is, in part, responsible for the favorable micro-climate that exists in the Mâcon wine region of Burgundy. This is a magnificent area that is capable of producing some of the finest examples of crisp, balanced Chardonnay. The Chardonnay grapes used to produce La Mère Boitier come from the town of Chardonnay, one of the northern-most vineyards in the Mâconnais. The town of Chardonnay, has long been famous for bearing the same name as the grape. However, it has been lost to history whether the town was named after the grape, or the grape was named after the town. Regardless of the origins of the name, this is clearly a great terroir for the grape Chardonnay.
Chardonnay from Chardonnay is rich, but balanced by a beautiful, bright minerality. The combination of these northern terroirs and state-of-the-art winemaking produce a complex and elegant Mâcon-Villages that is a pure expression of Chardonnay from this region of Burgundy. The sole intention is to produce a reasonably priced wine, with a great deal of finesse and complexity. The La Mère Boitier Macon-Chardonnay is un-oaked, preserving the pure, elegant, fruit flavors that built the reputation of this great wine region.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Deschutes Mirror Mirror

Online done, but still a little more in stock at Forsyth - 

2 bottles per person in store only on this one 

Deschutes Mirror Mirror...$14.99 / 22oz
Barley Wine

Alc. 11.2% | IBUs 53

The Reserve Series romance all began with our first release of this limited-edition brew. Mirror Mirror, born of a double batch of Mirror Pond Pale Ale, is an inspired barley wine ale layered with intriguing nuances. Explore this latest incarnation and enjoy its delicious complexity in every sip.

Southern Tier Session IPA

Southern Tier Farmer's Tan Session IPA...$8.99 /  6pk

When the sun hangs high overhead and the stars don’t glimmer until well into the evening, there’s nothing better than grabbing another beer. We specially crafted Farmer’s Tan to be the beer you enjoy on those long summer days. At 4.6% abv, it’s one of our lightest, with a smooth body and easy finish. We carefully limited the ingredients to two types of hops and two types of malts for a perfectly balanced, “sessional” India Pale Ale. We’ve got the beer covered. It’s up to you to keep the sunscreen on.

ABOUT THE NAME: Pardon any confusion on the recycled name as this version of Farmer’s Tan is indeed a brand new beer. Long-time Southern Tier fans may remember it as an Imperial Pale Lager, brewed as a summer seasonal (2010-2012). Farmer’s Tan 2014 is a wholly new beer and is different in every way, save for the name.

BOTTLE CONDITIONED: “For bottle conditioning, a small amount of sugar and yeast is added to the beer so that a small fermentation occurs in each bottle after packaging. This small fermentation does two important things: (1) it contributes carbonation to the beer and (2) it scavenges any residual oxygen that may have gotten into the beer during packaging. By further reducing the oxygen content of our packaged beer, the shelf stability of the beer is improved, making it taste fresher, longer. Bottle conditioning does result in a small amount of sediment in each bottle. This sediment is just brewer’s yeast and is completely harmless, tasteless, and odorless. If you’d rather not see it floating around in your glass, be sure to not agitate the bottle before serving, pour carefully, and leave a few milliliters in the bottom of the bottle at the end of the pour.”

Ommegang Game of Thrones Fire and Blood

All reservations confirmed. 
We still have some of each label left.

In stock at Forsyth, Rock Hill and Ballwin now

Fire and Blood
Ommegang Game of Thrones Fire and Blood....$7.49 / 750ml
Ommegang and HBO® announce the newest beer in the Game of Thrones® collaboration series. Through its first three seasons, the critically acclaimed drama has become the biggest show on HBO.
Named after the motto of House Targaryen, Fire and Blood is inspired by Daenerys Targaryen and her three dragons, Drogon, Rhaegal and Viserion. To celebrate the rebirth of dragons, three different labels were created by the Game of Thrones visual effects specialists, each depicting one of Daenerys' feared dragons. Randomly distributed amongst the cases, each case will contain all three bottles.

Ramos de Valle Hard Cider

6.3% Hard Cider
Ramos de Valle Sidra de Asturias....$9.99 / 22oz
Sidra Fran is an all-natural, hard cider made in the Asturias region of northern Spain. The cider is made with traditional methods using only native apples from the region. Founded 1918, Roberto Ramos is the third generation of his family to make cider.
The cider making process is 100% artisanal. Apple harvesting takes place in September. The apples then ferment naturally and the cider rests in contact with the lees for over five months. No sugar or carbonation is added to the cider.
An interesting aspect of this cider is how the carbonation is produced naturally when its poured. It should be poured in very small quantities into a wide glass using a technique called “escanciar,” which creates a light natural sparkling taste. The cider is also poured from large vats in traditional Espichas.
Sidra Fran is a great treat to have in the US as traditional natural ciders are usually consumed only regionally.  Sidra Ramos del Valle was chosen best cider in Asturias at the Festival de la Sidra de Nava.

Strongbow cider

Strongbow Honey and Apple Hard Cider...$7.99 / 6pk

Not sure why, but we are told that today we got in our last 2 cases of Strongbow Original cider.  They apparently are not making it anymore and introducing new flavors?  So if you like the original, the time is almost up to get it.