Saturday, May 9, 2015

Prairie Artisan Ales Ok-Si


Limit 1 per person now at the Shelton Brothers Table.

  • Grab a green ticket at the Shelton Brothers table in the corridor and you will be able to purchase a bottle when you are ready to leave.
  • That way you do not have to carry the bottle around until you are ready to check out. 
  • The bottle will be behind the register - just give them your green ticket when you go to pay for your beer.

Prairie Artisan Ales Ok-Si Imperial Stout aged in Tequila Barrels...$8.99
OK-Sí is a bold imperial stout with big flavors! We start with our thick and chewy imperial stout. The flavors are chocolate, coffee, and sweet caramel. This beer is perfect for aging in barrels. The sweetness from the beer balances out the intensity of the oak and spirit. The tequila barrels impart major notes of oak, citrus, agava, dark fruit, and a touch of vanilla. The combination of these two elements make for a very complex experience.

The label for OK-Sí is a chaotic celebration paying homage to the Healey brothers’ friends in OKC who helped fund their Kickstarter. Chase and Colin are depicted in the center in the form of piñatas surrounded by Día de Muertos-esque skeletons. Here is what Colin has to say about his creation: “I wanted the label to be vibrant, busy, and full of life to reflect the culture that inspired OK-Sí. The colors are reminiscent of the lush flora found around the Yucatan Peninsula where Chase and I have traveled to many times. Other things found in the label are Mariachi instruments, a donkey, soccer ball, an axolotl (Mexican salamander), and a portrait of Santo Toribio Romo Gonzalez, the Patron Saint of Immigrants.”

Friday, May 8, 2015

Beringer Founders on sale - only $5.99

2012 Beringer Founders Estate Cabernet Sauvignon...$5.99
2013 Beringer Founders Estate Chardonnay....$5.99
We are the lowest price on Wine-Searcher
Compare to $10 at the winery
Beringer Founders' Estate wines combine the legacy of Beringer quality with everyday value. Founders' Estate wines are meant to be enjoyed immediately, and they display a delicate balance of fruit and acidity, so they can be paired with a variety of foods. Each varietal is true to its classic characteristics, with a consistently smooth and fruit-forward profile.

Price good through May 30, 2015

Chateau St. Jean - on sale!

2013 Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay North Coast....$7.99
The bright aromas of this wine are enticing with notes of ripe apple, creamy lemon pie, warm vanilla and brown spice notes. The soft palate is rich and supple with juicy fruit flavors of fresh nectarine, apple and pineapple. Pleasing notes of toasted hazelnut and subtle brown baking spice add complexity. The wine is well balanced with a great core of fruit and bright acidity.

2012 Chateau St. Jean Fume Blanc Sonoma County...$7.99
This Fumé Blanc is extremely inviting with vivid aromas of peach, nectarine, fresh fig and a soft floral citrus note. The nose leads to luscious palate with flavors of red sweet apple, lemon citrus and a touch of honey. There is a core of vibrant lemon-lime acidity on the finish which makes the wine bright and very food friendly.

2012 Chateau St. Jean Cabernet Sauvignon...$7.99
2012 California Cabernet!  Does not get better than this value.    It is classic California Cabernet with a price that is hard to believe for this quality.  Huge dark fruits like blackberry and dark cherry.   It has some rich fruit and spice that make this wine have some extra dimension.  Stock up now at this price!

Prices good through May 30, 2015

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Meridian Chadonnay on sale - only $4.99

2013 Meridian California Chardonnay...$4.99
Wow!   Great value!
The lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $6.99
Aromas of caramel and vanilla mingle pleasingly on the nose, with a hint of sweet oak. Tropical fruit flavors dominate on the palate – pineapple and green apple mingle seamlessly with hints of brown sugar and butterscotch. The influence of 100% malolactic fermentation lends a creamy, buttery component to the mouthfeel. This well-balanced California Chardonnay finishes with a nice acidity that is perfect on its own or paired with a variety of foods.

Price good through May 30th, 2015

Booker's Bourbon next limited Small Batch : Dot's

Limited Edition Booker's Release

Bookers Small Batch Bourbon Dot's Batch....$43.99
Batch 2015-02

Each small batch our Master Distiller picks has a different story to tell. Learn how the barrel placement, aging, proof and other factors make each release unique and rare.

The second batch of Booker’s® Bourbon for 2015 is made up of barrels that were aged from January 2007 to February 2008. I really enjoyed the nose on this batch. It has a nice balance of vanilla with some slight citrus notes. I’ll always remember this batch as the one I selected during the winter snowstorms of 2015. – Fred Noe

Booker’s® Bourbon is proud to release the second batch of its 2015 limited-edition release collection, celebrating Dot, the faithful sidekick of founding distiller Booker Noe. Booker’s® Bourbon Batch 2015-02 features a custom label depicting Booker Noe’s cherished Jack Russell Terrier, a scrappy runt of the litter brought home as a surprise for Booker’s wife and nicknamed for the single brown spot on her back. Known for always being at Booker’s side, Dot is commemorated with Batch 2015-02, named "Dot’s Batch." Uncut and created in very limited quantity – like all Booker’s®Bourbon batches before it – “Dot’s Batch” features the robust flavor and natural proof that Booker’s Bourbon is known for.

Jim Rutledge the Master Distiller at Four Roses

Jim Rutledge the Master Distiller at Four Roses 
stopped by the store today and signed a bunch of bottles!

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

You can order the autographed bottles online

Also - we have 2 new barrels coming -- label just got sent to us.   Look for these barrels in a few months.  Talking to Jim, he said many people think the older the Bourbon the better.  In a recent blind tasting, he said an 8 year and 3 month old Bourbon from Four Roses came in 2nd place.  One of the barrels we tasted blind was an 8 year old and 6 month.  It was delicious.  Wait and see when it arrives....

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

4 Hands Opus

4 Hands Opus Saison....$6.99 / 22oz
Opus is a saison brewed with tea and fruit. The perfect accompaniment to the warmer months, this farmhouse style has a bright, citrusy aroma with notes of tea and spice. Opus pours golden in color with a firm white head.

Prairie Somewhere

Prairie Somewhere...$8.49 / pint
A Sour Farmhouse Ale

Prairie Somewhere is a blend of golden farmhouse ale and a sour ale. Citrus fruit is used in the kettle to add intense orange and lime notes.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Seven Fathoms Rum!

In stock now and the lowest price in the country
Seven Fathoms Cayman Island Rum...$54.99

This article just came out....

Rum Aged Underwater — Seven Fathoms Rum

Now that ships have shepherded bourbon above the seas, it’s time to dive deeper. Literally. Cayman Spirits Company’s Seven Fathoms Rum matures at a depth of 42 feet under the Caribbean Sea—also known as seven fathoms. A blend of one- to three-year-old rums, Seven Fathoms was inspired by tales of transoceanic voyages of wine and the effects that motion had upon its maturation. Merchants would ship wine on the ocean to faraway markets and recipients would detect a marked change in the flavor profile due to the constant motion and enhanced wood exposure.

The same concept of barrel agitation is used today by many distillers. But unlike other rum manufacturers, Seven Fathoms ages its spirit underwater, at a top secret location. Walker Romanica, Cayman Spirits’ co-founder, believes this to be rum’s ideal setting: The ocean’s distinct levels of pressure and humidity are unmatchable on land and the constant motion of the tides forces the rum in and out of the wood, contributing to its complexity.

Why the secret location? Because no one else on earth is aging rum this way. The sweet spot of this depth allows gentle currents to rock each barrel of Seven Fathoms Rum to full-bodied flavor. The solera-blended final spirit that emerges is smooth and dry with citrus and oaky vanilla notes. No wonder this rum is meant for leisurely sipping, backed by the steady rhythm of the tides.

Read the full article which includes info about Jefferson's Ocean and Ardbeg in space!


Sierra Nevada HOP HUNTER IPA!!

Fresh batch arrived

Sierra Nevada Hop Hunter IPA....$7.99 / 6pk
Intense wet hop flavor year round.
Hop Hunter IPA harnesses the complex flavors of just-picked hops through an all-new method of steam distilling wet hops before they even leave the fields. This revolutionary technique captures and intensifies the natural flavors, creating a unique and intensely aromatic beer. Our custom process gathers pure hop oil which, when combined with traditional whole-cone hops in the brew kettle and in our Hop Torpedo, makes for an incredible IPA experience.

Amazing Malbec!!!!!

2012 Trivento Golden Reserve Malbec...$15.99
Compact and grapy up front, this is showing pure berry power on the nose. Lush and intense but also bright and balanced in feel, this Malbec is pumping out fleshy blackberry flavors offset by meaty notes. A full, mellow finish is deep and pure, with absorbed oak. Drink through 2020.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2012 Trivento Golden Reserve - Color is normally not a big deal to me, but the saturation and intensity of this black-purple wine is riveting... gives me a new perspective on the term 'eye candy'. The word 'inky' would be an insult as this glows more than any ink.
The aromas are equally spectacular, with black raspberries, black currants and violets offering a powerful yet harmonious blend, with the tiniest hint of oak a complementary accent in the background.
The palate is as rich and voluptuous as the promises of the color and aroma, yet without any hint of anything ponderous. The flavors reprise the aromas with some added faint hints of Asian spices... ginger and coriander. There is also a tiny touch of something peppery, like watercress. The depth is incredible, the finish lasts over half a minute. If this lacks the breadth and nuance of the very greatest wines, it is amazing wine by any standard and the single best value I have tasted in the past few years. It could improve a point... I'm not sure, but I'll find out as I'm going to put at least a case in my own basement.
Trust me here: Brown bag this and put it into a blind tasting with some $100 Napa Cabernets and/or Bordeaux. It may win, it may not, but I guarantee you it will not be embarrassed.
Rated 95.3/100 Dan Kravitz, wine importer (but not the importer of this wine)

Missouri did very well in this blind tasting!

Blind-Tasting and Ranking 35 of the Best American Saisons
American saisons from funky to tart
By Jim Vorel

Of the top 20, we have a number in our store

1. Side Project Brewing Saison Du Blé  (not available, Side Project Cellar only)
City: St. Louis, MO

2. Prairie Artisan Ales, “Prairie Ale”  (in stock)
City: Tulsa, OK

3. Side Project Brewing Saison Du Fermier  
 (not available, Side Project Cellar only)
St. Louis, MO

4. Prairie Artisan Ales Somewhere  (arrives tomorrow!)
City: Tulsa, OK

5. Brewery Ommegang Hennepin  
 (in stock)
City: Cooperstown, NY

6. Boulevard Brewing Co. Tank 7   
 (in stock)
City: Kansas City, MO

7. Crooked Stave Vielle Artisanal Saison    
 (in stock)
City: Denver, CO

11. Crooked Stave Surette Provision Saison   
 (in stock)
City: Denver, CO

12. 2nd Shift Mullineaux Batch 3   (we are on batch #5)
St. Louis, MO

13. Firestone Walker Opal  
 (in stock)
City: Paso Robles, CA

16. 2nd Shift Brewing Mullineaux Batch #2   
 (in stock)
St. Louis, MO

18. Urban Chestnut Apotheosis   
 (in stock)
St. Louis, MO

Click here to read the full article

This one arrives this week
4. Prairie Artisan Ales Somewhere
City: Tulsa, OK
ABV: 7%
Key ingredients: Citrus fruit
The verdict: Lighter bodied than one would expect for 7% ABV, Prairie’s “Somewhere” is a moderately tart, refreshing, highly fruity blend of farmhouse ale and American sour. The aromatics are uniquely tropical, with a blast of melon and citrusy notes presumably imparted by the use of whole citrus fruit in the kettle. A detractor might accuse it of going a little one-note on tartness and fruit flavors, but we couldn’t deny how tasty this juicy sweet blend was. With more than a little residual sweetness, it manages to still be refreshing thanks to that solid backbone of sourness. Classic saison characteristics are tougher to pick up, with just a hint of spice and grain that can be perceived behind it all. Still, delicious stuff for lovers of fruity sours.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Meiomi scores big on the 2013 vintages

Meiomi Scores Big!
Back up the truck we have the 92 Point Meoimi Pinot Noir and 90 Point Meiomi Chardnnay On-Sale for only $16.99. Price good through May.

2013 Meiomi Chardonnay...$16.99
"Showcases rich tropical fruit, with dashes of mango, marmalade and honeyed citrus that coat the palate while remaining elegant and delicate. A noteworthy achievement."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2013 Meiomi Pinot Noir...$16.99
Offers an exciting interplay of berry, oak, earth and spice notes. This is rich yet medium-weight, with subtle edges to the blueberry, raspberry, mocha and fresh-turned earth flavors, ending with a tasty melted black licorice aftertaste.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

2012 Shafer Wines have arrived!

New releases from Shafer

Is there a more consistently great winery in Napa - I say......NO! -Robert Parker (via twitter)

We had a great time tasting through the new releases from Shafer earlier this week, and we could not agree more with Mr. Parker, Shafer is at the top of their game and have been for decades.

2012 Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay...53.99
The 2012 Chardonnay Red Shoulder Ranch was a smaller crop for Chardonnay than the 2013, and shows the mandarin orange characteristics with tropical fruit such as pineapple and subtle hints of peach and delicate background smoke. It’s medium to full-bodied, lively, and should drink well for another 3-4 years.
Rated 92/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2012 Shafer Napa Valley Merlot...$53.99
The 2012 Merlot, which comes in at 15.5% natural alcohol, is a beauty. It’s 91% Merlot, 7% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest a touch of Malbec. The wine reveals notes of black cherries, tobacco leaf, mocha and darker-berried fruit with a hint of white chocolate. It’s ripe, medium to full-bodied, but fresh, elegant and well-delineated. This beauty should drink well for a decade or more
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker
, The Wine Advocate

2012 Shafer Cabernet One Point Five Stags Leap...$82.99
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon One Pint Five is a big-time winner, a blend of almost all Cabernet Sauvignon with a touch of Malbec and Petit Verdot. The wine has an opaque bluish/purple color, almost indigo, and is full-bodied with dense chocolaty crème de cassis notes, licorice and a touch of minerality. The wine has well-integrated wood, is full and seems balanced and rich enough to age for two decades or more.
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker
, The Wine Advocate

Rustichella Fregola Sarda

In stock now at Forsyth.
Rustichella Fregola Sarda
Fregola (FRAY-goh-la) is a Sardinian pasta similar to couscous, but with a rougher texture. It is lightly toasted, giving it a nutty flavor. The pasta is formed into small round balls about the size of Israeli couscous, and is used in pasta salads, pilafs, soups, and stews.

What makes all of the Rustichella pastas special? They say it is the wheat and the water, and these things are important. Also, important is the time it takes to air dry the pasta, 40 – 60 hours! Most pasta is quickly dried in ovens which affect the tooth, the flavor of the wheat, and the overall yield of the product. The quality of this product is measured by the superior attention to detail that Rustichella affords their products. When you have a product with such a small number of ingredients, every detail counts.

Try the healthy minestrone soup that might just help you live to 100!

From Today Food

  • 1/2 cup dried peeled fava beans
  • ½ cup dried cranberry beans
  • 1⁄3 cup dried chickpeas
  • 7 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped (about 2⁄3 cup)
  • 2 medium celery stalks, chopped (about ½ cup)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (about 3½ cups)
  • 3 medium yellow potatoes, peeled and diced (about 1½ cups)
  • 1½ cups chopped fennel
  • ¼ cup loosely packed fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 2⁄3 cup of Sardinian fregula, Israeli couscous, or acini di pepe pasta
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup finely grated pecorino Romano (about 2 ounces)

Camembert - from the cheese Rock Star

Rudolphe Le Meunier Camembert 
- in stock now at our Forsyth location

"Rodolphe Le Meunier, as we have mentioned, may be the Jimmy Page of the cheese world, a third-generation affineur who won the title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France, which is kind of like the Olympic gold medal for French cheesemongers and other craftspeople, at an age where most of his peers were still learning the difference between a Langres and a Saint-Marcellin." - The L.A. Times
"Rodolphe Le cheese circles, he’s a rock star. The 39-year-old from the Loire Valley is the third generation of his family to be in the business. In 2007, he was named both the best cheesemonger in France and the world’s best cheesemonger by different organizations. Le Meunier has also won the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France, the Olympics of French craftsmen, held every four years." -- The L.A. Times

Rodolphe Le Meunier is an expert cheesemonger that purchases young cheese from quality producers when the cheese is only about 2 weeks old. He then takes the cheese back to his facility in the Loire Valley and ages the cheese to his specifications. He then releases them when he thinks they are ready.

Redstone Mead in CANS

3 flavors in cans now!

Redstone Mead Black Raspberry....$8.99 / 16oz CAN
Medium Sweet
8% Alcohol
5 parts Clover honey, 1 part Wildflower honey
Black raspberries added after the fermentation is completed
Food Pairings: Mild cheeses, barbeque, and as a mixer in cocktails and more!
Staff Notes: Our 1st mead on the market, and still our best seller today!

Redstone Mead Nectar of the Hops...$8.99 / 16oz CAN
A dry hopped version of our Nectar! Intriguing blend of hoppiness and honey.
Redstone Mead Sunshine Nectar with Apricots....$8.99 / 16oz CAN
Made with the addition of Apricots for a dry, tart, more traditional-tasting mead.