Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cherries are loaded up again...

The holidays tend to clean us out of stuff.   This shelf was empty on January 1st.  We are loaded back up with a great assortment of Cherries at Forsyth for your mixing pleasure!

New Bourbon - Rated 96/100 Tasting Panel

Taste it today at Forsyth from 11am- 3pm  (January 10th, 2015)

Bib and Tucker 6 year Old Bourbon Batch #1....$44.99

During America’s rough and tumble early days, the term “bib & tucker” was used to describe your finest attire, the kind you’d wear to a wedding or special dance. Along those same lines of thinking, we’re putting forth our finest. BIB & TUCKER is a delightfully smooth bourbon sporting notes of chestnut, and it’s crafted with a sense of dedication that can only come when you know you’re making something truly special.

BIB & TUCKER leads with a strong vanilla scent along with fresh cut sweet grass, wet stone and old leatherbound books. With a smooth entry, the bourbon is nicely balanced with a hint of sweetness. It fulfills the promise of its nose before evolving into a warm, lightly crisp,spicy sensation. BIB & TUCKER lingers in the mouth with a complex, yet balanced chestnutty taste.

“the six-year-aged bourbon has a nose of antiques, new saddle leather, chamomile-soaked butterscotch dropsand warm cinnamon-kissed cedar.”

Friday, January 9, 2015

Powell & Mahoney Lemon Sour with Bitters

In stock at Forsyth....

Delicious, this will be great as a mixer...

Powell & Mahoney Lemon Sour with Bitters...$7.49 
In 1872, an Englishman, Elliot Stubb disembarked in Peru with the aim of opening a bar. In his bar, Stubb’s signature cocktail was a “sour,” which was made with whiskey, a citrus mix and sugar. The new drink spread to social clubs and eventually became lemon based in the USA for such drinks as Whiskey Sours & the Old Fashioned. Our mix is incredibly versatile and contains only the finest natural ingredients, perfectly blended for a wide range of cocktails.

Ingredients: Filtered Water, Cane Sugar, Lemon Juice from Concentrate, Citric Acid, Natural Lemon Extract, Lime Juice from Concentrate, Natural Lime Extract, Natural Orange Extract, Salt, Ascorbic Acid, Natural Color from Fruit and Berries.
40% Juice.

New Marrietta releases!

Marietta Arme Lot Number 1....$21.99
Another non-vintage cuvée introduced by the sons is the non-vintage Arme Lot #1. A Bordeaux blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, 4% Malbec and 2% Petit Verdot, it is a deep, delicious, full-bodied, 5,000-case cuvée boasting a dark ruby/purple color as well as attractive notes of cassis, dusty, loamy soil and foresty undertones. Lush and heady, it is ideal for drinking over the next decade or more.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

Marietta Christo Lot Number 1....$18.99
A new offering from Jake and Scott Bilbros is the non-vintage Christo Lot #1, a Rhône Ranger blend of 69% Syrah, 12% Petite Sirah, 18% Grenache and 1% Viognier. A killer wine, it offers peppery, cured meat, blackberry, black currant and Provençal herb characteristics in its full-bodied, earthy, deep, chewy, powerful personality. It delivers both flavor and value in incredible proportions. Drink now-2019+.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Backwoods Moonshine and Whiskey!

Backwoods 7 Year Old Whiskey...$25.99 / 750ml
Backwoods Pecan Whiskey...$25.99 / 750ml
"In keeping with Backwoods tradition we have produced a "One of a kind Whiskey". Backwoods Whiskey is distilled in Small Batches and in American Oak Barrels. Our craft Whiskey is made for the independent individual that is looking for a change. The selection of flavors gives a one of a kind experience and has lingering notes sure to please." - Weav

Backwoods Pecan Pie Moonshine...$22.99 / 750ml
Backwoods Strawberry Moonshine....$8.49 375ml

Clearly superior taste and best quality.
Distilled six times and filtered three times.

So Tier 2xPresso - Milk Stout with Espresso

Southern Tier 2xPresso...$8.99 / 6pk
Espresso is a drink that is not for the faint of heart. Pulling a perfect shot is as much a science as it is an art form. Come to think of it, the same can be said for brewing beer. Of course, both coffee and beer have certain, shall we say ‘uplifting’ qualities. Combine the two is a natural progression.

Our 2xStout is considered by many to be a perfect milk stout. We started with that in mind, and added espresso beans and lemon peels for a true Italian style pick-me-up. The result is a stout so black, so rich, so creamy, it’d be at home in a café along a cobblestone street in some neighborhood in Rome. Yet, it’s beer.
FOOD PAIRINGS: Smoked poultry, buttery aged cheeses, shortbread cookies and cheesecakes, organic vanilla ice cream.

Mr Q. Cucumber soda is back

Back in stock now.

Think Pimms Cup -- 
And then with Gin....this is a mixologist dream mixer

MR. Q. CUMBER Sparkling Cucumber Beverage-- $1.49  per 7oz bottle
"Mr. Q Cumber" is the hottest new beverage on the market. Made with all natural ingredients including cane sugar and real cucumber extract, this delicious and refreshing drink taste like you just bit into a fresh cold cucumber. Try one today!

That's right "Cucumber"! It's Absolutlely Delicious. "Mr. Q. Cumber" is America's first all natural crisp and refreshing drink that taste like you just bit into a ice cold cucumber.

Check out some reviews and drink ideas here - Cool Hunting

Barley Water

Back in stock!
The original Robinsons squash, with its combination of British barley and zingy citrus flavours, is a classic. The Barley water recipe as we know it was discovered when a crafty salesman left Robinsons Barley, lemon juice, sugar & water in the changing rooms of the Wimbledon stars for them to enjoy at the end of their match. An enduring Wimbledon partnership was born and Robinsons Barley Water is available in lemon and orange flavours.

Dilute one part concentrate with at least 4 parts water. It is important to add extra water if given to small children. Shake well.  19 servings per bottle. Reduced calorie: 65% fewer calories than regular fruit drinks. This product: 45 calories per serving. Regular Fruit Drinks: 120 calories per serving.

Robinsons Lemon Barley Water....$6.99
Ingredients: Water, Sugar, Lemon Juice from concentrate (17%), Barley Flour (2.5%), Citric Acid, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite), Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid), Sweetener (Saccharin), Natural Flavouring.

Robinsons Orange Barley Water...$6.99
Juice from concentrate. Added sugar. Artificial sweeteners. No artificial colours or flavours. Suitable for vegetarians. Concentrated orange barley soft drink with sugar and sweetener. Enjoy our classic Barley Water, the really refreshing squash which we first made for players at the Wimbledon tennis championships in 1934, and has been loved on and off the court ever since.

Water, Sugar, Orange Juice from Concentrate, Barley Flour (2.5%), Citric Acid, Preservatives (Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Metabisulphite), Antioxidant (Ascorbic Acid), Sweetener (Saccharin), Natural Orange Flavouring with other Natural Flavourings, Natural Colour (Carotenes)
Preparation & Storage

Ginger Beer and Ale!

Ginger beer was on fire last month and we got wipe out.  But we are back in the Ginger Beer business with almost 20 Ginger Beers/Ales in stock at Forsyth now!

We are excited to add this new one to our shelves...
Belvoir Fruit Farms Ginger Beer...$8.99 / 750ml
Real Root Ginger
Made from cooking fresh root ginger, our old-fashioned Ginger Beer has a proper fiery kick
Our Ginger Beer is made from a traditional recipe, with the unmistakable taste of real ginger, plus lots of lemon juice, blended with lightly sparkling Belvoir spring water. It contains no artificial flavours, colours or sweeteners, and is naturally refreshing when served chilled over ice. Mixed with vodka, it makes the best Moscow Mule you’ve ever tasted, or try it with hot water (and perhaps a slug of whisky) for a winter warmer to chase the bugs away!

Ginger Beers/Ales in stock now include....
  • Belvoir Fruit Farms Ginger Beer
  • Sioux City Ginger Beer
  • Sprecher ginger Ale
  • Goya Ginger Beer
  • Fentimans Ginger Beer
  • Goslings Ginger Beer
  • Goslings Diet Ginger Beer
  • Reeds Premium Ginger Beer
  • Reeds Original Ginger Beer Extra
  • Reeds Extra Ginger Brew
  • Regatta Ginger Beer
  • Vess Ginger Ale
  • Fever Tree Ginger Beer
  • Fever Tree Ginger Ale

Also Ginger beers with alcohol already...
  • Crabbies Alocoholic Ginger Beer
  • Crabbies Spiced Orange Alcoholig Ginger Beer
  • Lewis Osterweiss Alcoholic Ginger Beer
  • Ginger Libation

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Bittermilk Cocktail Mixers

In stock now at Forsyth, or order online for pick up at our other stores.

Want a great mixed drink at home, but you do not want the hard work.  Bittermilk has done the work for you.  You do not have to go out and by a bunch of ingredients.  They have done the work for you.  Just add the alcohol....

  • Bittermilk is a line of cocktail mixers made for cocktail enthusiasts by bartenders with real ingredients. Crafted and bottled by human hands in Charleston, SC. The labor is in the bottle, just add booze.
  • Hand crafted and hand bottled.
  • Made in Charleston, SC in a small warehouse staffed by 4 people
  • Each bottle makes about 17 drinks.  Breaks down to only about 76 cents per drink before the alcohol.  Just imagine how much you would have to spend on so many different bottles to make these drinks by yourself.
  • Made from all natural ingredients, organic when possible.  I have included the ingredient list with the descriptions below.  Check it out, no chemicals or additives.  Just natural ingredients.
  • Non-alcoholic
  • There are real quality products.  Wait until you taste them!

A lot of great drink ideas on their website - click here to see them

Bittermilk No.1 Bourbon Barrel Aged Old Fashoned...$12.99

We've recreated this gentlemen's cocktail by using classic bittering agents like gentian root and cinchona bark along with burnt sugar, spices and a bit of orange peel. Aged in Willett bourbon barrels to allow the flavors to come together and ramp up the intensity. It is super concentrated so just a little goes a long way. Best with aged spirits. Stir 1 part No.1 + 4 parts Rye in a glass with ice.
Burnt Organic Cane Sugar, Demerara Sugar Water, Orange Oleo Saccharum (Organic Orange Peel, Organic Cane Sugar), Spices, Organic Gentian Root, Cinchona Bark, Tartaric Acid

Bittermilk No.2 Tom Collins with Elderflower and Hops...$12.99 
Not just your grandma's Tom Collins, we've made a refreshing Collins with floral and citrus notes. Using Centennial hops as the bittering agent prized for it's aggressive floral characteristics. Mixes best with light spirits. Build equal parts No.2 + Gin or Vodka in a glass with lots of ice, top with soda water.
Organic Lemon Juice, Water, Organic Cane Sugar, Natural Extract of Elderflower and Elderberry, Centennial Hops

Bittermilk No.3 Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour...$12.99 / 17oz
We've revived this old classic by smoking honey over bourbon barrel staves. Bitter orange peel and lemon make for a slightly tart and smoky cocktail. Honey adds a nice frothy head when shaken vigorously. Mixes best with bourbon but swap it out for tequila to make a slightly smoky Honey Margarita. Shake equal parts Bittermilk No.3 + Whiskey with heavy amounts of ice.
Organic Lemon Juice, Water, Bourbon Barrel Smoked Organic Honey, Organic Cane Sugar, Orange Oleo Saccharum (Organic Orange Peel, Organic Cane Sugar)

Bittermilk No.4 New Orleans Style Old Fashioned Rouge...$12.99 / 8.5oz

Our Old Fashioned Rouge is strong and bittersweet packed with licorice and spice. Wormword, fennel, and gentian root imply flavors of absinthe and bitters. A traditional coloring technique using Cochineal, a red beetle from Peru gives this Old Fashioned it's "Rouge" naturally. Aged in Willet Family Reserve Rye Whiskey barrels. Add 1 part No.4 + 4 parts rye, stir with ice, strain into a rocks glass and garnish with a lemon twist.
Organic Cane Sugar, Water, Organic Lemon Peel, Spices, Wormwood, Gentian Root, Tartaric Acid, Cochineal (Red Beetle)

Bittermilk No.5 Charred Grapefruit Tonic....$12.99 / 17oz
Not your typical tonic, the No.5 combines lime and lemon juice with cinchona bark, the source of quinine for tonic. We peel fresh grapefruits and char the skins to help bring out bitter yet refreshing notes. Just a bit of local Bulls Bay Saltworks sea salt helps pull savory caramel notes and rounds out flavor. Works well with any light spirit. Build over ice equal parts No.5 + vodka + soda water in a tall glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
Organic Lime and Lemon Juices, Organic Cane Sugar, Charred Grapefruit Peel, Cinchona Bark, Spices, Sea Salt, Hibiscus

Bittermilk No. 6 Oaxacan Old Fashioned...$12.99 / 8.5oz
No. 6 Oaxacan Old Fashioned. Pronounced “weh-HAH-ken,” the product’s flavors are strong and bittersweet with Old Fashioned spices and chiles. No. 6 is a celebration of the flavors of Oaxaca, Mexico using dried Mexican chilies, cocoa nibs and spices, sweetened with raisins and aged with cocoa husks from French Broad Chocolates in Asheville, NC. The Oaxacan is best mixed with mezcal, the source of inspiration for the mixer. Stir 1 part mixer to 4 parts Mezcal with ice. Garnish with a lime twist.
Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Raisins, Lemon Peel, French Broad Chocolate Cocoa Nibs & Fines, Dried Chiles, Spices, Cinchona Bark, Tartaric Acid

Santa Fe Black IPA!


Santa Fe Black IPA...$9.49 / 6pk CANS
This Black IPA transcends style. The idea is simple, but the flavor is complex. It is everything you want in a great IPA, but with a little bit of chocolate. The crisp, dry punch of hops leaves you wondering how this beer has such a balanced flavor. The secret is Midnight Wheat. Aromas of passion fruit, citrus, and pine cut their way through the dark malts to both titillate and challenge the senses. The dry finish and dark ebony color are distinctive characteristics for this winter seasonal and make for a smooth and approachable beer for the masses.

Beer News - Side Project

People are getting excited.....

Side Project Release!
If you have not been to The Side Project Cellar yet - check it out
Best beer bar in the area!

Getting close, we have it narrowed down to Friday January 23 or January 30th
Side Project Merci Blend #1 is blend of Saison du Ble and a 2 year old American Wild Ale

Get ready BRC members for details soon, this will be released through the BREWard Club!

The next label for The Wine and Cheese Place preview....
This is the beer that Jason S. picked the name for in our name the beer contest! No release date yet. Stay tuned. Label is official now.  No date of release yet.  

Side Project Anabasis Barrel Aged Barleywine
Our Barleywine was brewed with American malts and hops, but fermented with a strong English Ale strain. So far, 14% ABV Barleywine has been aging for ?? months in a Wine and Cheese Place Blanton's barrel. Rich mahogany in color with tawny port aromatics and smooth vanilla, graham cracker finish. 

Famous Robert Young Vineyard at a great price!

Super Sale!
2011 Ch. St. Jean Chardonnay “Robert Young”....$16.99

Compare to Wine Spectator $42 suggested retail price

Nicely oaky, creamy and seductive, with ripe pear, smoky oak and toasty vanilla scents that gain depth, length and nuance, lingering on the finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,540 cases made. –JL
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

91 Point Barossa Red Blend!

Super Sale!!!!

2012 Pepperjack Barossa Red....$16.99
Compare to $24 on The Wine Spectator
Fresh and lively, this offers precise flavors and fine-grained tannins, with lingering raspberry, dark plum and floral notes. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Grenache, Sangiovese, Cabernet Franc and Tempranillo. Drink now through 2019. 10,000 cases imported. –HS—The Wine Spectator
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

94 point red for $21.99 - Red Gravel Red

2012 Sebastiani Red Gravel Bed Red...$21.99
Ratcheting up the level of complexity and terroir character is the 2012 Proprietary Red Gravel Bed, which is made primarily from Bordeaux varietals planted in deep alluvial gravel beds. As it says on the back label, they have been making wine in Sonoma for over 100 years, so they know a thing or two about grape sources. This wine’s dense ruby/purple color is accompanied by pure, full-bodied, blueberry, blackberry, cherry and blackcurrant fruit notes intermixed with hints of sweet earth and wet pebbles. With sweet tannins as well as admirable opulence and richness, this superb Bordeaux blend can be drunk over the next 15-20 years.
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Crispin limited release!

Crispin Steel Town Anniversary Cider...$7.99 / 22oz
Blended Hard Cider Five Cask Aged
Butterbean Honey and Vanillajam session cider with lashings of soul and raunch. When the sun goes down, you still hear the beat of blood,sweat and tears in Steel Town.

A cask aged masterpiece worthy of a 5th Anniversary celebration. Colfax classic apple-wine aged with a loving touch in 5 distinctive barrels and harmoniously blended to showcase the character of 5 talented impresarios.

The sweet exuberance of Sherry supported by Port’s bass tones, layered with the soulful harmonies of Shiraz and Rye’s subtle spicy notes, all keeping pace with the unmistakable driving rhythm of Bourbon.

Before pouring, give a solid bottoms-up tilt and swirl to disperse sediment evenly and best enjoy the complex aroma and bouquet.

Best enjoyed at cellar temperature, 50/55F. With or without 1 or 2 ice cubes.

Fresh Cat Spit and Brew Cocky!

2nd Shift Cat Spit Stout....$6.49 / 750ml
Cat Spit is a very easy drinking oatmeal stout that everyone loves because it is frickin awesome.  It has a good amount of flavor in the roasty area, that comes only from the malt bill.  It's just the way I like a stout to be, so there.

Fresh - bottled December 30, 2014
2nd Shift Brewing Brew Cocky Ale....$8.49 / 750ml
"Yup, we love hops and this IPA puts them all up in your face.  Loads and Loads of Falcaner's Flight, a blend of Northwest hops was used in such a gratuitous manner heretofore not seen in these parts.  ENJOY" - label

Battle of the Critics, you be the judge! - Wine Class

Battle of the Critics, you be the judge!
Thursday January 22nd 7pm-8:30pm

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105

$30 per person resvervations required
call 314.727.8788

While Robert Parker is still seen by many as the King of Wine Critics and The Wine Spectator still has the largest readership of any wine publication, many new wine critics have popped up or branched out over the last couple of years. In fact, Robert Parker's one time protege, Antonio Galloni, and former Editor of the Wine Spectator, James Suckling, have recently started their own publications. In this tasting we will taste 6 wines rated highly by at least one publication but quite differently by another and let you be the judge.

2012 Caymus 40th Anniversary
  • Rated 96/100 Robert Parker
  • Rated 85/100 Antonio Galloni

2012 Dona Paula Estate Black Label
  • Rated 94/100 James Suckling
  • Rated 87/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Ridge Chardonnay Estate
  • Rated 93/100 Antonio Galloni
  • Rated 85/100 Robert Parker

2010 Elio Altare La Vialla Rosso
  • Rated 95+100 Antonio Galloni
  • Rated 88/100 The Wine Spectator

2009 Petrolo Galtrona
  • Rated 99/100 James Suckling
  • Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2010 Cuvelier Los Andes Merlot
  • Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate
  • Rated 83/100 The Wine Spectator