Saturday, November 22, 2014

Badel William's Pear

Badel William's Pear...$27.99
Badel William's is a fruit Rakija produced from the world famous pear Williams and its aroma and flavour are preserved by a careful distillation process. Best served as aperitif, chilled, and in order to reveal all its aromatic and refreshing qualities we recommend to add a pear slice.

Zlatna Brandy

Zlatna Quince Brandy and Apricot Brandy

New Plum and Williams Pear Brandy

Divna Plum Brandy...$21.99 (750ml)
Divna Williams Pear Brandy...$23.99 (750ml)
Divna brandy has a soul, in which the smell of the earth, the taste of its fruits, the warmth of sun and friendship can be felt. Created after the model of the good old days, Divna is inspired by the stories of our ancestors, who used to sit with friends by the crackling fire in the fireplace in the long winter nights and enjoy the time while the wind was howling outside. With a glass of good brandy, every story sounds even better. Divna is the brandy for friends.

Koval Dry Gin

Koval Small Batch Dry Gin...$32.99
94 Proof
Made with a unique blend of woodland spices. Juniper and wildflowers envelop the nose, while the taste is dry, yet vibrant - clean and nuanced by emerald grasses, golden citrus, and white pepper with a round, floral body. Crisp enough to enjoy straight and of course excellent in cocktails both classic and contemporary.

New flavored vodkas from Crown Valley - Missouri

Crown Valley Downhome Sweetwater Blackberry Vodka....$19.99
Made with Crown Valleys's farm raised blackberries.  The nose of our Blackberry Vodka has fruity blackberry notes and is great for mixing or enjoying on the rocks. 

Crown Valley Pink Lemonade Vodka...$19.99
The nose of our Pink Lemonade Vodka is sweet with citrus notes.   This vodka has a great combination of sweet and tart flavors.

2010 Pegau Cuvee de Capo - Perfect 100 - Autographed

1 bottle in stock - autographed by Laurence Feraud

2010 Pegau Chat du Pape Cuvee de Capo....$389.99 / 750ml
Pegau Cuvee de Capo is only made in great years.
It has scored a perfect 100 every vintage!
Comprised of roughly 85% Grenache and the rest Syrah and other permitted varieties, aged all in foudre, the 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo is sheer perfection in a glass. Wine doesn’t get any better. Incredibly rich and concentrated, yet ethereal and even graceful, it boasts off-the-hook aromas of blackberry, licorice, spice-box, smoked meats and underbrush that continue to change and develop in the glass. Massive and decadent on the palate, yet again, with no weight and a seamless texture, this brilliant effort needs a handful of years in the cellar and will live to see its 30th birthday in fine form. Drink 2016-2040. Rated 100/100 The Wine Advocate

Here is its history of 100 point scores.....The Wine Advocate

2010 Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo 100
2007 Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo 100
2003 Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo 100
2000 Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo 100

1998 Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee da Capo 100

2012 Nickel and Nickel

2012 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon John C. Sullenger....$88.99
The 2012 John C. Sullenger Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon opens with bright fruit aromas that jump from the glass. Plum and cherry fruits harmoniously pair with hints of chocolate, earth, and herb to make the wine rich and full. Toasty vanilla and cedar from the oak add depth, but the signature of this wine is its luxurious mouthfeel that expands on the middle palate.

2012 Nickel & Nickel Cabernet Sauvignon C.C. Ranch...$88.99
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon C.C. Ranch is from the Rutherford sector over near the Silverado Trail. The color is opaque purple – slightly darker than the Hayne or the John C. Sullenger. Very concentrated, with almost a confit of black cherries, blackberries and dusty earthiness underlying the fruit, this profile is not surprising as this vineyard is grown in gravelly, loamy soils. With a full-bodied mouthfeel, super density and richness, I found it a very youthful, vibrant, backward and foreboding style. This should be very long-lived, but require 4-5 years of patience. I won’t be surprised to see it keep for two decades.
Rated 93+/100 The Wine Advocate

Rated a PERFECT 100

6 more bottles in stock now!

The Wine Advocate already gave it a perfect 100/100, now the new Wine Spectator Insider just gave it a perfect 100/100.  I do not know of too many wines that have scored a perfect 100 from both.

2008 Penfolds Grange....$675 net
100 points | $850 | 330 cases imported | Red
An utterly majestic Shiraz, sleek and seamless, brimming with ripeness on a framework that allows for grace and expressiveness in equal measure. The intensity of fresh blueberry and plum fruit holds attention until the nuances kick in, offering glints of exotic spice, coffee, cocoa, bay leaf and mint. Shows tremendous presence without a lot of weight, the tannins present but not even close to getting in the way. A great wine now, with plenty of room to grow. Drink now through 2040. From Australia.—H.S.
Rated 100/100 The Wine Spectator
Deep purple-black in color, the 2008 Grange puts forward a very complex nose packed with aromas of mulberries, layers of baking spices, cloves and cinnamon with nuances of minced meat, anise, potpourri and whiffs of dried mint and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, taut and very spicy in the mouth, it shows touches of sandalwood and Chinese five spice complementing the layers of dark fruit flavors. It is framed by firm, grainy tannins and a refreshing acid line before finishing very long with aniseed and lingering blackberry preserves notes. This is clearly a wonderfully opulent and a magic vintage for this label. Drink it from 2018 to 2035+.
Rated 100/100 The Wine Advocate

Great Pinot Noir in the Top 100 Wines of the Year

2012 Acrobat Pinot Noir Oregon...$16.99
Score: 90
Release Price: $20
Top 100: 2014, Rank: 78
The crisp tannins and sleek structure give the up-front blackberry, currant and floral spice flavors good lift, coming together smoothly on the persistent finish. Drink now through 2016. 38,000 cases made. –HS
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator
#78 on their Top 100 Wines of the Year

Fresh Caviar

FRESH Caviar just arrived!
In stock at Forsyth and guaranteed fresh....
Call to reserve or ship to one of our other locations 314.727.8788

American Wild Caviar
Paddlefish...$32 / 1oz
Paddlefish....$52 / 2oz
Hackleback-American Sturgeon.....$36 / 1oz     
Hackleback-American Sturgeon....$60 / 2oz
Salmon Roe......$11 / 2oz     
Osetra (Israel)........$108 / 1oz        $182 / 2oz
Imperial Osetra (Israel)......$154 / 1oz $256 / 2oz

Perennial Abraxas 2014


Perennial Abraxas 2014...$18.99
An American Imperial Stout brewed to accentuate the sweet chocolate character and aged on cacao nibs, vanilla beans, freshly ground cinnamon sticks and ancho chile peppers.  Yes, please!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Beringer Chardonnay Private Reserve - great price!

2012 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay....$29.99
Shows off seductive notes of smoky, toasty oak and cream, with fresh, rich, vibrant fruit to match. The flavors of poached pear, fig, honeydew melon, spice and black licorice all fold together on a long, pure, persistent finish. Drink now through 2020
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
The Chardonnay Private Reserve became famous under the helmsmanship of chief winemaker Ed Sbragia, and Laurie Hook has refined it ever so slightly by somewhat backing off the oak, and maintaining the depth and richness, but with more precision and refinement. The full-bodied 2012 Chardonnay Private Reserve exhibits wonderful orange blossom, white peach and pineapple fruit, a subtle touch of vanillin and toast, and a nicely layered, pure style with terrific fruit intensity. It is a great value, especially if you compare its quality to just about any premier cru or grand cru white Burgundy selling for 2-10 times as much. Drink now
Rated 93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Green Spot is here!

Back in stock!

Green Spot Pot Sill Irish Whiskey...$53.99

IN 1805 THE MITCHELL merchant family commenced trading on 10 Grafton Street, in the heart of Dublin city as purveyors of confectionery, wines and fortified wines.

In 1887, this entrepreneurial family expanded into the whiskey bonding business whereby they sent empty wine, sherry and port casks via horse and cart to the local Jameson Distillery which were then filled with whiskey and returned to the Mitchell’s cellar warehouse on Fitzwilliam Lane. There, beneath the cobble streets of Dublin, the whiskeys matured for many years under bond until they were ready to be bottled.

The Mitchells sold a range of whiskeys under their ‘Spot’ brand name. This rather peculiar name originated from their practice of marking casks of different ages with a daub or spot of coloured paint. There was a Blue Spot, Red Spot and even a Yellow Spot, but Green Spot emerged as their most popular whiskey and is one of the few “whiskey bonder brands” to survive to modern day.

GREEN SPOT is a non age statement Single Pot Still Irish whiskey and is comprised of Pot Still whiskeys aged between 7 and 10 years. The whiskey has matured in a combination of new bourbon and refill bourbon casks as well as sherry casks. Only small quantities of Green Spot are bottled each year. No real reason why. Drink some more and we'll bottle more.

Fresh aromatic oils and spices with orchard fruits and barley on a background of toasted wood.

Full spicy body. A hint of cloves along with the fruity sweetness of green apples, rounded off with toasted oak.

Lingering flavours of spices and barley.

He'Brew Gift Pack

He'Brew Gift Pack...$26.99 / 8 beers plus a glass
Shmaltz's 5th Annual He'brew Gift Pack, a showcase of 8 of He'brew's most sought after beers, is sure to add cheer this holiday season! 
The eight pack of 12 oz. bottles includes
  • 18th Anniversary Jewbelation 18 
  • Black Session Barleywine
  • Hanukkah, Chanukah: Pass The Beer Dark Ale (8 malts, 8 hops, 8% ABV)
  • 2014's Funky Jewbelation:  the rare, barrel-aged sour beer,
  • Rejewvenator
  • Terrapin Brewing (Reunion Ale '14 - A Beer For Hope)
  • Cathedral Square Brewery (St. Lenny's -- The Immaculate Collaboration)
  • Death of a Contract Brewer Black IPA (7 malts, 7 hops, 7% ABV)
  • Messiah Nut Brown Ale. 

The Holiday Season is upon us and while you're giving thanks and making plans we are busy rolling out a lineup of spectucular Seasonals to light up the holidays and keep you warm all winter long!

After 18 years of brewing, we are finally launching the official Chosen Beer to celebrate those 8 crazy nights - Hanukkah, Chanukah, Pass the Beer - brewed with 8 malts, 8 hops & of course 8% ABV. We have also launched our VERY LAST He'brew Gift Pack, filled with 8 of our seasonal and core favorites, brewed throughout 2014. Have no fear, the Beer Menorah Contest will be a little different, but will continue for years to come. To celebrate our 18th Anniversary, Jewbelation 18, brewed with 18 malts, 18 hops and a sessionable 12.4% ABV is now available in ALLLL our states. L'Chaim!

Stay tuned for He'brew events across the country - near you! Our annual Chanukah vs. Christmas Battle Royales and our special Most Chosen Bar tap takeovers will all be announced shortly so check out website and social media for details. If you're close to the brewery, every Friday we'll be releasing a new seasonal so come on in, sample the freshest He'brew Beer available and pick up plenty of He'brew swag and Beer To Go!


The He'Brew Gift Pack features a custom glass, Chanukah candles and a beautifully hand-painted "Build Your Own" Beer Menorah portrait by Ballston Spa, NY painter Jennifer Maher. Build your own Beer Menorah, snap a picture and post to our Facebook Page or email us a for a chance to win great prizes, along with the pride and recognition of showing your handiwork to over 12,000 Facebook friends from around the country! #Beermenorah

Ska Brewing - new RUDIE

In stock now at Forsyth

Ska Brewing Rudie Session IPA...$8.49 / 6pk / CANS
A brew you can drink for breakfast.
A beer to reward yourself with after a hard day’s work.
or if your hard day’s work is mowing the lawn, consider drinking on the job.

Pairs great with breakfast, summer, sunny days, rainy days, winter, on the river, on the trail. Drink it any day, any time.

Rudie begins with a big fruity hop aroma of pears and watermelon candy, but is relatively low in actual bitterness.
ABV: 4.5%
IBU's: 52

94-96 rated Zin by Robert Parker

2012 Carlisle Papera Ranch Zinfandel...$46.99
Another fabulous effort, the 2012 Zinfandel Papera Ranch is composed of 96% Zinfandel and 4% Carignan that achieved 15.4% alcohol. One of my favorites in the tasting (although that’s splitting hairs), it exhibits a beautiful black fruit-scented nose with spice, pepper and a roasted meaty-like character. Dense, rich, full-bodied, beautifully balanced and impressively pure as well as layered, there are around 700 cases of this stunning Zinfandel made from vines planted in 1934. Consume it over the next 5-7 years
Rated 94-96/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

WOW! 97 Point Rated sparkling for under $40 !!!

L'Ermitage 2004

2006 Roederer L'Ermitage Sparkling Wine...$37.99
All the benefits of maturity come through in this deliciously complex flagship sparkling wine of the French-owned estate. It shows very minute, slow-rising bubbles and a beautiful bouquet of ginger, cinnamon, cherry and fresh croissants. The flavors are layered, intricate, subtle but somehow rich. A lush and seemingly soft texture is supported by fresh acidity that… — J.G. (12/1/2014)
Rated 97/100 The Wine Enthusiast
This shows a sense of grace and balance that belies its complexity and sophistication. Delicate brioche and apple aromas lead to long and sleek flavors of spicy hazelnut, lemon and ginger that finish with an impeccably crisp mineral note. 3,259 cases made. –TF
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

BRC - releases - EXCITEMENT!!!

BRC Emails have been sent out.  Again if they are not picked up by Wednesday November 26 at 7pm - we will put them out for sale on the day after Thanksgiving!

2nd Shift Barrel Aged LSD...$18.99
2nd Shift Barrel Aged LSD with Blueprint Coffee...$19.99
Sierra Nevada Barrel Aged Narwhal...$19.99
Tilquin Oude Gueuze Squared..$14.99 / 375ml
Tilquin Oude Gueuze Sqaured...$26.99 / 750ml

2nd Shift Barrel Aged LSD...$18.99
"Imperial Stout aged in George Dickel Whiskey Barrels for our friends at The Wine and Cheese Place. 20 cases produced.  You lucky SOB" - label

2nd Shift Barrel Aged LSD with Blueprint Coffee...$19.99
Our Imperial Stout aged in George Dickel Tennesse Whiskey Barrels with Blueprint Coffee Yrka Cheffe Dumerse for The Wine and Cheese Place.  21 Cases produced You lucky SOB" - label

This beer was bottled, due to over saturation, it was put back in the barrel again aged and then bottled a second time.  Hence the name Tilquin SQUARED

2nd Shift BA LSD and BA Blueprint Coffee LSD for The Wine and Cheese Place

Thanks very much to 2nd Shift for making these fantastic beers for us!!!

BRC - emails sent out.  Again it was 1 bottle of each per person except the top 2nd Shift supporters got 2 bottles of each.   Thank you very much for your support!

The deadline pick up is Wednesday, November 26th at 7pm.
All the leftovers will go out for sale at 9am on Black Friday!

2nd Shift Barrel Aged LSD...$18.99
"Imperial Stout aged in George Dickel Whiskey Barrels for our friends at The Wine and Cheese Place. 20 cases produced.  You lucky SOB" - label

2nd Shift Barrel Aged LSD with Blueprint Coffee...$19.99
Our Imperial Stout aged in George Dickel Tennesse Whiskey Barrels with Blueprint Coffee Yrka Cheffe Dumerse for The Wine and Cheese Place.  21 Cases produced You lucky SOB" - label

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Beaujolais Nouveau - Thursday November 20, 2014

TODAY --- Thursday is NOUVEAU Day!
All in stock and open to taste at Forsyth

Georges Dubeouf Beaujolais Nouveau...$8.99
Georges Dubeouf Beaujolais Villages Nouveau....$9.99
Bouchard Nouveau...$8.99
Drouhin Beaujolais Nouveau...$8.99 

As you can see we have been celebrating Nouveau here at The Wine and Cheese Place for too many years.  This is sometime in the 1990s.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

D'Usse Cognac

D'Usse Cognac VSOP...$37.99
Naturally aged at least four and a half years in the cellars of France's Château de Cognac, D’USSÉ™ VSOP Cognac emerges as a bold, full-bodied blend that arouses the palate. On the nose, it reveals a powerful bouquet, rich in woody notes that are layered with touches of cinnamon and floral notes. Distinctively and unexpectedly smooth, with each taste, you savor hints of spices, almond and cinnamon. Subtle accents of honey and dried fruits are the finale.

Margerum Amaro

Margerum Amaro....$43.99
AMARO in the Los Angeles Times:
"Doug Margerum, winemaker and co-owner of the Wine Cask in Santa Barbara, has produced one of the first — if not the first — American amaro, an Italian-style digestivo. Made from fortified wine infused with botanicals and herbs, Margerum's complex amaro is aged outdoors in casks. Drink it after dinner or as the bitter component for a Manhattan. $50"

AMARO covered in the Independent!
Digestif as Your New Leaf?
Introducing Doug Margerum’s Amaro

If you fancy yourself a bon vivant, consider starting the New Year by changing the way you end your meals. Digestifs have settled restless post-feast bellies for centuries in Europe, and now, thanks to Wine Cask co-owner and winemaker Doug Margerum, there’s a locally sourced, but Italian-inspired, version to make your regular nightcap.

Called Amaro, Margerum believes that his fortified blend of sangiovese raisin juice with various herbs, barks, woods, and roots is the first amari — the genre of sweetly bitter Italian liqueurs whose best known brand in the States is Fernet Branca — ever made in North America.

“I’m proud to be the first domestic producer of amaro, and it’s really good,” said Margerum, whose second batch ever — tantalizingly tonic with medicinal spices, yet smooth on the tongue like strong chocolate syrup — clocks in at 23 percent alcohol and is on sale for $50 at the Margerum Wine Company tasting room on Anacapa Street. “Like all the wines I do, these are things I drink.”

Though he’d heard of Fernet — which was all the rage with sommeliers and bartenders a few years back, in part because no bar owners ever checked the obscure bottles for missing liquor — Margerum fell in love with amari during time spent with his sons in Italy. When he found himself with a bunch of sangiovese raisins during the 2008 harvest — plus a garden full of herbs at his former Happy Canyon home — he made 11 cases’ worth. He ramped up the second batch to about 100 cases, but that doesn’t include the remaining juice in barrels that will serve as a steady base for the next harvest. “I think I got a pretty good recipe down,” said Margerum. “Batch two is better than batch one. It’s a little more bitter and a little less sweet, and I really like the balance in it. It should be a consistent product from here on out.”

Though he’s not divulging exact proportions, Margerum’s Amaro is powered by sage, thyme, marjoram, parsley, lemon verbena, rosemary, dried orange peels, caramelized simple syrup, undisclosed roots, and bark from red oak and other trees. It’s then aged outdoors in barrels, where the sun cooks it all together in a process known as “maderization.” In addition to drinking it after big meals and right before bed, when it’s designed to ease digestion, Margerum claimed, “It’s a great component to the perfect Manhattan.”

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Free State Barleywine!

Free State Old Backus Barleywine Ale...$9.99
Like great friendships, Barleywine is meant to evolve over time.
From the first brash encounters, to the mellow complexity that age will bring, this is a beer to be savored early and then revisited with the passage of time. Share this tribute to friendships new and old. ABV 10%

Sweet malt foundation with some bright fruity overtones and a balanced hop finish.

Golden Promise
Maris Otter
Dark Crystal


St. Bernardus Christmas Ale

St. Bernaruds Christmas Ale...$19.99 / 4pk
St.Bernardus Christmas Ale is a dark seasonal brewed in the classic 'Quadrupel' style of Belgium's best Abbey Ales. (10,0 % ABV) Similar to all the beers from our brewery, it greets the drinker with the signature aroma of the St.Bernardus house yeast strain (in use since 1946!) Rivaling the complexity of the St.Bernardus Abt 12, St.Bernardus Christmas Ale offers a spicy, mint-like flavor profile exuding the tastes of warming alcohol, fermented molasses, apricots, licorice and marzipan that are highlighted by the perfect balance of brewing sugars.
The perfect companion to enjoy a (cold?) winter evening, with or without the company of your friends !

Fresh hop...Chasin' Freshies

More in stock with FRESH MOSAIC
2014 Deschutes Chasin' Freshies...$4.99 / 22oz

A Fresh Hop IPA

Alc. 7.4% | IBUs 60
Like fresh powder, it’s a seize-the-moment thing. This year we've chased down the famed Mosaic hop from the amazing John I Haas growers. At harvest, we rush the hops from the vine to our kettles to ensure we capture the purest, juiciest essence of the hop flower in every beer. Enjoy the bright, bold aroma and flavor that comes but once a year.

Malt: Pilsner Malt, Flaked Oats
Hops: Bravo, Fresh MOSAIC