Saturday, September 24, 2016

Alice & the Magician Cocktail scents

A powerful new way to add flavor and aromatics to cocktails
Each bottle is hand crafted by The Magician and represents a "scent memory" - an aromatic representation of a time, place, experience or idea. The pure natural botanicals are carefully sourced from all over the world and extracted with great care and precision to ensure they remain completely "true to nature". Smell is the only one of our senses directly linked to the memory and emotion centers of our brains. Alice & the Magician masterfully design the flavors to evoke the smell of both the common and uncommon. The delicate flavors are not meant to be stirred in your dink but rather misted on top where they will hover and transport you with every sip.

Each one has enough for 120 cocktails
Alice & the Magician Autumn Bonfire...$16.99
On a cold, fall evening the cackling bonfire, the crunch of colorful leaves underfoot and the smell of wood piles stacked high in preparation fill the atmosphere.
Alice & the Magician Citrus Blossom Harvest
Citrus Blossom Harvest combines a careful combination of citrus smells that capture fall in Spain, where the streets of Seville are swept by a strong smell of ripe bitter oranges, one of the most aromatic fruits in the world, hanging from the trees that line the streets.
Alice & the Magician Andalucia's Garden
Fresh, green garden cilantro with hints of coriander, lime and tomato leaf. Just like the smell wafting from Andalucia's garden on a sunny day.

Glencadam 'Origin 1825'

New from Glencadam
Glencadam 'Origin 1825' Single Malt Scotch...$42.99
Glencadam Distillery opened in 1825 and since then little has changed.
A very special collection of casks were chosen for the Origin 1825 edition. The final selection consisted of a unique marriage of whisky matured in first-class American white-oak bourbon barrels with whisky “finished” in the finest Spanish Oloroso Sherry butts.
ABV 40%

Pine Barrens Barrel Reserve Finished Gin

Pine Barrens Barrel Reserve Finished Gin...$35.99
Pine Barrens Barrel Reserve Botanical Dry Gin starts its journey as local estate grown Long Island Potatoes that are then triple distilled. The potato spirits are carefully pot distilled using our custom gin chamber which delicately infuses the 28 local and exotic botanicals.

The resulting Gin is then carefully finished in oak barrels that once held Pine Barrels American Single Malt. The Gin imparts delicious zesty flavors of tangerine, lemon meringue, caramel and nutmeg.

We proudly source our water at the protected Glacial Aquifer buried deep below Long Island (Deepwells) preserved beneath the Pine Barrens forested watershed.

Prairie Bomb! CHEESE!!!

We scored some more Bomb! Cheese!!

Press release from Prairie Artisan Ales!!

Krebs, Oklahoma has a lot to offer, but we’re interested in two things in particular. Beer and cheese. When you put these two together, magical things happen.

With that being said, we are excited to announce a limited edition release brought to you from the mad geniuses behind Lovera’s award-winning cheeses and Prairie Artisan Ales. They took their Toma style cheese, a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese, and packed it full of the wonderment that is Bomb! Get ready to meet The Bomb! Toma. A lot of thought went into how to get their Toma cheese packed with that signature Bomb! flavor. Our spices were incorporated into the cheese itself, then the cheese wheels took a soak in Bomb! You’ll find our coffee, cacao nibs, vanilla bean, and chili peppers marbled throughout, with a wash of Bomb! on the rind. This is one heavy duty and delicious cheese! There’s something about the combination of the creamy Toma cheese with the distinctive flavors of Bomb!

You’ll be good to go if you just stop at getting some of this amazing cheese. It can hold its own on a plate, no doubt about that. But, if you’re looking to go up one level and invite a few friends over to show them your wonderful cheese find, we have a tip to really make them think twice about mocking your cheese and beer pairing abilities. While you’re out getting the fancy toothpicks to put in your Bomb! Toma, pick up some Prairie Standard. Really. We did tests. Grueling, scientific study, in a room full of our peers kind of tests. Ok, we drank and ate cheese, but we talked about important things like notes and our palates. And Prairie Standard with The Bomb! Toma was the winning combination of the crowd. We found other combinations that worked as well, but the balance of the slightly hoppy farmhouse ale with the Bomb! spice of the cheese created a perfect balance of taste bud push and pull. 

Jasper Hill back in stock

In stock now at Forsyth and Rock Hill
Jasper Hill Farm Moses Sleeper
from Greensboro, Vermont. 
We are big fans of Jasper Hill Farms and Moses Sleeper is an amazing cheese from them. If you like Fromage d'Affinois, take the next step and try Moses Sleeper. It is buttery like the Affinois, but it has so many more layers of complexity. Come in for a free taste while it lasts. This cheese begs for a glass of Champagne!!  Let the party begin!

Jasper Hill Farms - Willoughby
WILLOUGHBY is an original creation of Marisa Mauro’s Ploughgate Creamery, a Cellars collaborator that ceased production of the cheese after a creamery fire in 2011. With Marisa’s blessing we resurrect this pudgy little washed-rind and have continued to develop the recipe at Jasper Hill Creamery.

SENSORY NOTES - This succulent and buttery washed-rind cheese has aromas of peat, roasted beef and onions – a strong and complex front for the subtle milky, herbal, ripe-peach flavors within. Willoughby has a thin, tender, rosy-orange rind, which adds earthy dimension to the texture and flavors of the gooey interior.

Jasper Hill Farms - Harbison
HARBISON is named for Anne Harbison, affectionately known as the grandmother of Greensboro. Along with breathtaking views, traditions and people are part of what makes Vermont's working landscape special; we're proud to honor Ms. Harbison's contribution with this cheese.
SENSORY NOTES - Harbison is a soft-ripened cheese with a rustic, bloomy rind. Young cheeses are wrapped in strips of spruce cambium, the tree's inner bark layer, harvested from the woodlands of Jasper Hill. The spoonable texture begins to develop in our vaults, though the paste continues to soften on the way to market. Harbison is woodsy and sweet, balanced with lemon, mustard, and vegetal flavors.
PAIRING AND SERVICE - Harbison is a great excuse to gather a few friends and scoop into a decadent treat. When a bit younger, the bark can be peeled away for sliced portioning. If the bark has fused with a more loosened paste, then the best approach is to leave the bark intact and spoon out portions from the top. Pair with oaked white wine, or barrel-aged sour beer. Fruit mostarda and crusty bread make nice accompaniments.

Pumpkin flavored Gouda

Come in for a taste at Forsyth and Rock Hill right now.
Artikaas Pumpkin Gouda
The flavors of Autumn are bountiful in the one-of-a-king cheese from Dutch Cheese Makers.  Imported from Holland, our Pumpkin Gouda is a young cheese made with real pumpkin seeds, ground ginger and a hint of garlic.  The texture is smooth and creamy and the flavor is delightfully mild and savory.  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Missouri Spirits

Missouri Spirits Bourbon Whiskey...$28.99
Vanilla, oak, & caramel notes with a hint of spice.
Created with a unique blend of midwest-grown corn, rye, and malted barley, our whiskey is aged a minimum of two years in new, charred, white oak casks made in Lebanon, Missouri. Enjoy an Old Fashioned with this king of American whiskey and drink to the spirit of Missouri. 80 proof.
Missouri Spirits Vodka...$17.99
Soft & creamy with a subtle grainy aroma.
Made from grains grown in the Midwest and filtered with local water, our vodka is distilled six times to remove impurities and ensure a smooth, refreshing finish. Add some tonic and lime and you’ll have a perfect finish for a summer day. Or any day. 80 proof.

Kilchoman Islay Sanaig Single Malt Scotch

Kilchoman Islay Sanaig Single Malt Scotch...$69.99
Sanaig, a small rocky inlet North West of the distillery is the name given to this continuously available release. Sanaig has a predominantly sherry cask influence owing to the significant time spent in oloroso sherry Hogsheads. These aged oloroso casks contribute a drastically transformed depth of colour and character compared to the mostly Bourbon cask matured Machir Bay. “A beautiful marriage of bourbon and sherry maturation balanced with classic Islay peat smoke and light citrus sweetness”Anthony Wills, Founder. 
Sanaig was awarded Best Single Malt Scotch Whisky - Non Age Statement

Urban Chestnut Mix pack

Urban Chestnut Variety Pack...$18.99 /  8 bottle mix pack
2 bottles of each of these

Urban Chestnut Brewing Hopswitch IPA Amarillo
This IPA is brewed and dry hopped with AMARILLO Hops only, demonstrating how the flavor and aroma of a beer will vary by simply "switching" the hop variety in an otherwise identical beer. For a side by side comparison, try our other Single Hop IPA Amarillo. Amarillo is a floral American vairety know for prominent notes of orange, tangerine and grapefruit.

Urban Chestnut Brewing Hopswitch IPA Triskel
This IPA is brewed and dry hopped with TRISKEL Hops only, demonstrating how the flavor and aroma of a beer will vary by simply "switching" the hop variety in an otherwise identical beer. For a side by side comparison, try our other Single Hop IPA Triskel. Triskel is an herbal French variety know for prominent fruity aromas.
Triskel Hop from Alsace

Urban Chestnut Brewing Hopswitch Pilsner Mandarina
The Pilsner is brewed and dry hopped with MANDARINA Hops only...demonstrating how the flavor and aroma of a beer will vary by simply "switching" the hop variety in an otherwise identical beer.  For a side by side comparison, try our other Single-Hop Pilsner, Hersbrucker.  Mandarina is a fruity German variety know for prominent notes of tangerine and citrus

Urban Chestnut Brewing Hopswitch Pilsner Hersbrucker
The Pilsner is brewed and dry hopped with HERSBRUCKER Hops only...demonstrating how the flavor and aroma of a beer will vary by simply "switching" the hop variety in an otherwise identical beer.  For a side by side comparison, try our other Single-Hop Pilsner, Mandarina.  Hersbrucker is an earthy German variety know for light citrus notes.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Bruichladdich Wee Laddie Tasting Collection

Bruichladdich Wee Laddie Tasting Collection...$52.99 / 3 - 200ml bottles
Great set of Bruichladdich Whiskies. 3 different bottles of 200ml
In a very nice gift box

  • 1 - 200ml bottle of The Classic Laddie
  • 1 -200ml bottle of Islay Barley Unpeated
  • 1 - 200ml bottles of Port Charlotte Scottish Barley

Zepaltas Winery - do not miss these

We are proud to introduce Zepaltas wines to Missouri!
Ryan Zepaltas, has been the assistant winemaker at St. Louis favorite Siduri for the past 16 years, and before that spent time at Villa Maria in New Zealand, and La Crema! 
The production is so small on these wines that outside of California, you only find them in New York and now The Wine and Cheese Place in St. Louis!

Kole, our wine buyer at our Rock Hill Location,  met Ryan Zepaltas in Oregon while working with Siduri, leading up to The Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Auction. While there,  Kole was treated to a fabulous dinner at David Adelsheim of Adelsheim Vineyards house, featuring a host of famous Pinot producers. Basically, everyone brought miscellaneous bottles of Pinot Noir to share, Ryan brought Siduri, but there was one random unmarked bottle of Chardonnay on the table. Everyone unanimously agreed this was the best bottle of the night. Turns out this was Zepaltas Chardonnay, left in an unlabeled bottle, so that he could get unbiased reviews. The next day Kole found Ryan at the auction and said, How do we get your wines back to St. Louis?  After months of paperwork - it is finally here.

We are introducing them at stunning prices - check out the wines.  They are in stock now.
We were able to get 14 cases of each.   For some of the wines, that is 10% of the total production!  These are small production

2014 Zepaltas Cabernet Franc Pickberry...$22.99
Winery Price $29, 
(nobody else has this wine on Wine-Searcher)
Only 145 cases produced
Ravenswood Winery made big scoring Bordeaux Blends from the famous Pickberry Vineyard.
"Now that we were comfortable with the slow ripening nature of Cab Franc, we knew that all we needed was patience and good weather. We lucked out and the fruit ripened to exactly the point where we wanted it.   On the nose we get lavender, strawberry, anise and black pepper. On the palate flavors of blueberry, raspberry and of course the hallmark of Cabernet Franc, bell pepper. The 2014 is slightly more fruit driven than the 2013. It is bright and plush up front and finishes with medium grit tannins. This wine will need a year of cellaring to get to its sweet spot, so decanting will be necessary for early drinking. " - Winery
Aged 14 months in 17% new French Oak 

2013 Zepaltas Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast...$24.99
Winery pice $32 (nobody else has this wine on Wine-Searcher)
235 cases produced
The Sonoma Coast bottling is the more elegant sibling to our deeper Russian River Valley. It requires longer aging in barrels because of its higher acidity. The extra time in barrel helps soften the palate on the wine. A blend of barrels from five vineyards: Suacci, La Cruz, W.E. Bottoms, Devoto and Marshall Ranch. Each site contributes something different to make this multi-layered, complex wine. On the nose we get dried herbs, flowers, baking spices & raspberries. This wine has vibrant energetic palate, light tannins, and flavors of the Sonoma Coast (pomegranate, cherry, and dried herbs.)
Aged in 30% New French oak // 14 months in barrel

2013 Zepaltas Charles Heintz Vineyard Chardonnay...$35.99 
Lowest price on Wine searcher $53
only 72 cases Produced
Ryan Zepaltas coaxes complex aromas and flavors of baked Golden Delicious apple and anise around a well-constructed foundation of integrated oak, 33% of it new French. Cloudy in appearance, the wine sings in anise and tangy tangerine.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2013 Zepaltas Suacci Vineyard Pinot Noir...$35.99 
Lowest price on Wine searcher - $47.94
only 147 cases produced
An ethereally lithe and elegant wine, the aromatic profile and exuberance on the palate suggest savory and spicy specks of pomegranate, cranberry and even rhubarb. It's fresh, structured and well-integrated, with a bite of bark and clove on the rounded finish.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Lagunitas Tuberfest

Limited release - we only got 5 cases

Lagunitas Tuberfest...$11.99 / 6 pack
Part of the One Hitter Series
A Hopped-Up Antiquious Achtuberfest Lager
The TuberFest is a smooth and malty lager that is counterbalanced with some delicious Pacific NorthWestern Idaho #7 hops, giving it a cedary, herbal zing… Brewed to jumpstart your salubrious slide into late-Summer. Ach!

Jolly Pumpkin Forgotten Tales and La Parcela

Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela Pumpkin Ale...$11.99
"OK, so the joke was Jolly Pumpkin doesn't brew a pumpkin beer. Well, now we do. Just this one. Packed with real pumpkins, hints of spice, and a gentle kiss of cacao to liven the soul. An everyday easy way to fill your squashy quotient. Guess now folks will have to find something else to joke about...."

Missouri Connection!
Collab with Celina Tio of Kansas City
Jolly Pumpkin Forgotten Tales Last Gypsy Blender Series 1 Volume 1...$11.99 / 750ml
Back in stock

Forgotten Tales of the Last Gypsy Blender, Series 1 Volume 1. This oak aged sour saison is a collaboration with Celina Tio, chef/owner of JULIAN and The Belfry in Kansas City, brewed with mango and tamarind, and a touch of rye.

St. Bernardus Abt 12 OAK AGED

Limited release - 

St. Bernardus Abt 12 OAK AGED....$25.99
This is St. Bernardus Abt 12 aged for 6 months in Calvados casks
The St.Bernardus Abt 12 is the pride of our stable, the nec plus ultra of our brewery. Abbey ale brewed in the classic 'Quadrupel' style of Belgium's best Abbey Ales. Dark with a full, ivory-colored head. It has a fruity aroma, full of complex flavours and excels because of its long bittersweet finish with a hoppy bite. (10,0% ABV) Worldwide seen as one of the best beers in the world. It's a very balanced beer, with a full-bodied taste and a perfect equilibrium between malty, bitter and sweet. One of the original recipes from the days of license-brewing for the Trappist monks of Westvleteren

Deschutes FRESH HOP and new Imperial IPA

Deschutes Sagefight Imperial IPA...$8.99 / 6 pack
Citrusy hops go head to head with resinous sage and juniper in a flavor battle royale.
Hops:  Millennium, Bravo, Amarillo, Centennial
The main event for hopheads has arrived! In the right corner we have lively botanicals hailing from the high desert; in the left, heavyweight citrus hops are looking for a knockout. Get ready to take a punch and keep on swinging with this bold Imperial IPA brewed with sage and juniper berries that’s best shared with those in your corner.

Deschutes 2016 Chasin' Freshies FRESH Hop IPA...$8.99 / 6 pack
2016 features FRESH Centennial hops (different each year)
Bright and juicy, the enchanting aroma of the freshest possible hops.
Like fresh powder, it’s a seize-the-moment thing. This year we’ve chased down fresh Centennial hops from the Goschie Farms in Oregon.    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.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Amazing new Portuguese wines

We are very excited to introduce these wines to Missouri.    Portugal produces some exciting wines and some amazing values.  We picked these out of a line up of wines for their superior quality and amazing value.

2015 Regueiro Alvarinho/Trajudura White....$13.99
The 2015 Alvarinho / Trajadura is a 30/70 blend, dry, unoaked and without added carbonation. The sharp edge here gives this a wave of summer freshness, but the purity of its fruit is pretty nice, too. This has more than reasonable concentration for the level and its clean, somewhat stony finish makes it a bargain-priced winner.
Rated 89/100 The Wine Advocate

Recognized as one the foremost producers of boutique vinho verde in Portugal, Quinta do Regueiro is fast becoming synonymous with top shelf avant garde white wines, with a distinct focus on the Alvarinho grape.

Sidonia Espumante Special Cuvee Brut Nature...$15.99
The NV Espumante Special Cuvée Brut Nature is a blend of 30% Bical, 30% Maria Gomes and 40% Arinto (notably heavier on the Arinto here than on the regular NV bottling) that spent approximately 18 months on the lees. It comes in at 12% alcohol. Relatively big and toasty for a young sparkler, with an oxidative touch, this has fine grip on the tight finish. This Bruto Nature has no dosage, of course (that tends to be how it works here and in most of the region), and all that Arinto certainly helps with acidity. It shows good concentration, too. This is very nice and just a bit complex as well as enlivening. It is a fine value as well.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2015 Escudo Real Vinho Verde...$7.99
Grapes: Loureiro (30%) Trajadura (30%) and Arinto (40%).
With a little sparkle, this Vinho Verde is light and fresh. The wine has a definite pétillance.
Produced by the recognized winemaker, Carlos Teixeira (Quinta da Lixa), the Escudo Real selections are both fun and gourmand. Escudo Real WHITE is bright and citrusy, due to its natural acidity. With dominant apple and grapefruit aromas and a splash of green, herby notes, Escudo Real brings the fun and the flavor. Produced with Arinto, Trajadura & Loureiro grape varieties and at 9.5% alcohol, this baby is ripe for the picking.
Vinho Verde, lighter and more refreshing, is gaining in popularity all over the world. The Trajadura and Arinto varieties give it body and length, as well as aromas of apple and grapefruit. The Loureiro variety confers it a floral and aromatic herbal expression, bringing a lively, fresh character, with a slight touch of sparkle. Young and delicate, it should be served with fish, seafood and white meat dishes.

2015 Escudo Real Vinho Verde Rose...$7.99
Grapes: Touriga Nacional(60%) and Espadeiro(40%)
Escudo Real ROSE is all about the strawberry and red currants. The amazing pink color gives way to well-balanced flavors in the mouth that do super well with food. At 10.5% alcohol, this fresh fruity, slightly sparkly rose is a sunny-time must.   Pink color and lively strawberry and red currant flavor complemented with floral hints reveal the exuberance of the aroma. In the mouth it’s well balanced with good acidity and tart fresh fruit notes, young and crisp. It boasts a smooth, delicate finish.

2012 Casal do Ramillo Red...$12.99
GRAPES: Touriga Nacional, Aragonez

A perfectly bundled duo. With the succulent floral aromas of the Touriga Nacional and the elegance of Aragonez, this young and fresh Lisbon creation showcases the best of this old region with a twist.
The grapes are all hand picked and sorted for perfect ripeness.   The wine has a very deep color.  The floral aromas of the Touriga Nacional variety combine perfectly with the elegance of Arogonez.  It has a super long and complex finish.   Perfect with cheese.
More info:
Since 1937, the Ramilo family has been producing wines in one of the most privileged locations in the Lisbon region. Between Colares and Mafra, these Atlantic wines are created where the influence of the sea, combined with the influence of the hills develop a unique micro‐climate. This temperate climate paired with the rocky soils of the region, enables the creation of unique wines, both fresh and balanced.

Schlafly Bonfire pack

Schlafly Bonfire pack...$13.99 / Mix 12 pack
3 bottles each
  • Schlafly Noble Lager
  • Schlafly Dry Hopped APA - back!!
  • Schlafly House Brown Ale - new!
  • Schlafly Pumpkin STOUT - new!

Prairie 4th Anniversary

Prairie Artisan Ales 4th Anniversary Ale...$8.49 / pint

Sour Ale on Ginger
The month of September marks the 4th anniversary of Prairie Artisan Ales. PAA has come a long way. What started as a hope and a dream has grown in ways no one expected. This once small Oklahoma brand has gone from being a local standard to a world known and craved staple. Many of our beers are widely sought out, such as Bomb!, making everyone at Prairie Artisan Ales proud to be a part of what has become a well recognizable brand. We here at Prairie are thankful to have the support of our fans, because without them we wouldn’t be doing what we love and bringing new and innovative twists to traditional favorites. We’ve had the opportunity to grow and expand, and witness the ever changing face of craft beer. We have had the chance to travel to new places and create exciting brews with new friends, and we’re glad you’ve come with us on this journey.

We are releasing our 4th Anniversary beer, a sour ale aged on ginger. This brew is refreshing with a lemon citrus aroma. The ginger is just enough to give this lightly sour ale an added dimension of flavor that keeps you coming back for more. When you get your hands on a bottle of the ginger goodness, you’ll likely ask yourself how we got all that flavor into that bottle. Well, it wasn’t easy. There was plenty of slicing and blending. Then the puréed ginger was added to our sour base and allowed to age until it reached the right balance.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Crane Brewing - new beers!!

Crane Brewing Beet Weiss...$9.99 / 750ml
The beer that made Michael Crane famous is an earthy, zinger that pairs great with food. Our Fall seasonal Berliner-style weiss combines a sour German wheat beer with an unlikely vegetable, and, frankly, they look really good together.

Crane Brewing Grapefruit Gose DRY-HOPPED...$9.99 / 750ml
Possibly the most rustic and obscure beer of Germany, the salty, sour gose of Leipzig needed an American touch. How about grapefruit zest? The result is probably the only beer that goes just as well by the pool as it does with Thanksgiving dinner.

Crane Brewing Farmhouse IPA with BRETT...$9.99 / 750ml
(6.8% ABV)
We love the combination of juicy hops and the fruity esters and phenolics of Belgian yeast. Now we added Brettanomyces at the point of bottling to provide an extra layer of complexity and funk to our Farmhouse IPA. “Brett” is a formally wild yeast feared by brewers and vintners alike, but to some brewers Brett’s earthy and tangy flavors are as familiar and inviting as an old friend’s embrace. We hope you and Brett will be fast friends too.

Odell Pina Agria

Back again!
Odell Brewing Pina Agria Sour Pineapple...$14.99 / 750ml
Explore the bright tropical aromas of fruit and melon, and transport your taste buds to a sour wonderland. A subtle sweet malt and pineapple backdrop bursts with an exotic sparkling tart finish that is refreshing and invigorating. A paradise for your palate awaits.