Saturday, May 9, 2020

Palacios Remondo La Montesa

2016 Palacios Rioja Remondo La Montesa...$15.99
I returned to the 2016 La Montesa once it had been in bottle for almost eight months. It has all the rosemary, thyme and aromatic plants in the Monte Yerga in Alfaro. It has a note of incense. It's super juicy Garnacha with citrus freshness. It's incredible to have this quality at this price and almost unbelievable that they produced 690,000 bottles of it. A steal!
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

The Calling Russian River Pinot Noir

2016 The Calling Russian River Pinot Noir....$29.99
Compare to Total Wine and More $34.99
This is an intensely minty, earthy and clove-spiced wine, soft and velvety in texture. It shows a rounded body that feels ripe and rich, making this a real crowd-pleaser of a pour.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2018 The Prisoner Wine Company Unshackled Red

2018 The Prisoner Wine Company Unshackled Red...$21.99
Unshackled Red Blend opens with aromas of raspberry, blueberry and crushed violets. Flavors of spiced dried cherries, florals and a hint of white pepper translate to a balanced red blend wine supported with a generious mouthfeel. A blend of Zinfandel, Malbec, Petite Sirah, Syrah and Grenache is barrel aged in French and American oak casks for 10 months before bottling. Serve just below room temperature by refrigerating this wine bottle for up to 30 minutes. Pair this red wine blend with BBQ Pork Ribs or a Portobello Mushroom burger.

Blood Mary!

Mother's Day Brunch!

Southside Alchemy Sweat and Tears Bloody Mary Mix...$12.99 / liter
This Bloody Mary Mix was concocted to deliver the perfect combination of heat, flavor and complete lack of weekend motivation

Made fresh in South St. Louis!!!

Stout Bloody Mary Blend...$7.99 / 32oz
Part tomato part umami goodness this one of a kind Bloody Mary blend will surely become a staple at your brunch affairs. With a savory base that delivers a bit of spice and a touch of smokiness, this flavorful Bloody Mary blend is a bold treat for the senses.

Murph's Famous Bloody Mary Mix Hot and Spicy...$4.99
The Murph's Famous Bloody Mary Mix. Whether the Bloody Mary has been your signature drink for years or you have just begun to explore the world of high quality cocktails, The Murph's Famous Bloody Mary Mix is award winning and will change the way you experience the Blood Mary cocktail. Murph's has already spread far and wide - from bars and grocery stores all the way to the Today Show!

Absolut Peppar Vodka...$14.99
Absolut Peppar was launched in 1986, seven years after Absolut Vodka. Besides being the first flavored vodka in the family, it was also the first flavored vodka in the world. So why pepper? Since vodka and pepper is the main ingredients in a Bloody Mary, it seemed like a good idea to make things easier for the many Bloody Mary bars popping up in Boston, New York and elsewhere at the time. The idea soon turned out as intended, both for bartenders who could now make Instant Bloody Marys, and for all the fans of the drink.
Absolut Peppar is made exclusively from natural ingredients, and unlike most other flavored vodkas, it doesn't contain any added sugar. Absolut Peppar is hot and spicy and has a distinct character of green bell, chili and jalapeño pepper.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Fresh 2nd Shift!

Canned 5/7 - super fresh
2nd Shift Brewligans East Coast-Style IPA...$11.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
A wonder to behold, with all the hop flavors and aromas and coming in at 6.5% abv. This East Coast-style IPA looks gross (Crider's words) but pops with citrus and tropical fruits in both the flavor and the aroma. Low bitterness makes this accessible and utterly drinkable.

Canned last week!!
2nd Shift Art of Neurosis IPA....$11.99 / 4pk 16oz CANS
AON is an Ipa that has everything you could want in one, if what you want is a hop sandwich. It's a 7.7% Simcoe and Columbus delight.
67 IBU

2019 Koha Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough

2019 Koha Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough...$12.99
Intensely bold and crisp, with terrific concentration to the green apple, grapefruit and lemon zest flavors, set on a light, refreshing body. Drink now. 5,000 cases made, 4,120 cases imported. — MW
Rated 89/100 The Wine Spectator

Pungent aromas of gooseberry, black current and passion fruit. Hints of nettle, with floral and mineral notes add allure and complexity. This wine possesses nectarine, pink grapefruit and guava leading to a vibrant citrus finish. Oysters are a natural partner for this refreshing, Sauvignon Blanc. White fish or a fresh seasonal salad would also pair exceptionally. For a flavour sensation try it with grilled scallops with an anchovy, mint, and coriander dressing. - Winery

Rockwood Lump Charcoal

Back in stock for Mother's Day weekend!

Rockwood Lump Charcoal...$17.99 / 20lb Bag
It is currently the number #1 rated hard wood charcoal on the

100% Missouri hardwood charcoal.
When we poured the charcoal out onto the ground for sorting, we all hardwood charcoal with nothing that shouldn't have been there. As you can see from the following chart, the distribution of sizes was exceptional with the percentage of chips and dust falling below 5%. This is very low compared to all other charcoals we have tested. The bag contained almost an extra pound of charcoal, so we ended up with almost 20 pounds of usable charcoal.

There was no sparking or popping when lighting the charcoal in a chimney starter and the fire was somewhat slow to spread. The smoke coming off the charcoal during lighting was very mild, as mild as we think we have ever noticed.

During our maximum temperature test, the charcoal burned at just over 900° which is high compared to other brands we've tested. Again, the fire was rather slow to spread and build up to the high temperature it achieved.

When it came to burn time, this charcoal came in as the fourth longest burning lump charcoal we have ever tested. The ash produced was very low compared to other brands.

You get a charcoal that doesn't over power the food, allowing you to control the smoke flavor yourself with chips or chunks, and a charcoal that burns a good long time producing little ash and delivering good value for money. This charcoal gets our Highly Recommended rating.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Old Elk / TWCP Single Barrel Rye

Old Elk / TWCP Single Barrel Rye...$84.99
5 Year Old Rye selected by The Wine and Cheese Place
113.7 proof

Greg Metze, Master Distiller

Old Elk TWCP Single Barrel

Old Elk TWCP Single Barrel Bourbn...$55.99
The Wine and Cheese Place and St. Louis Bourbon Society Single Barrel
  • 5 Year Old Bourbon
  • 105.9 proof
The Old Elk Straight Bourbon Whiskey recipe was created by the Old Elk Distillery team and master distiller, Greg Metze. To help age and blend the bourbon whiskey, Old Elk worked with three key partners to ensure the quality and consistency of our barrel-aged bourbon.

Cuvee Marina Rose Magnum!

2018 La Bargemone Cuvee Marina Coteaux d'Aix en Provence...$39.99 / Magnum!
Was $31.99 for a 750ml when we had it
Citrus, strawberry and kiwi fruit appear on the nose of the 2018 Cuvee Marina Rose. A pale pink blend of 35% Grenache, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Syrah, and 10% Counoise, it's medium-bodied and fine, elegantly structured and long, without any of the leafy Cabernet elements but showing some of that variety's hallmark restraint.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Urban Chestnut CBD Hop Water

Urban Chestnut CBD Hop Water...$12.99 /4pk 16oz cans
25 MG Broad Spectrum CBD Hopwater

Featured in Food and Wine Magazine
UCBC Sparkling Hop Water

Urban Chestnut Brewing Company in St. Louis started making its unsweetened, non-alcoholic sparkling hop water in 2018 to have something available for people at a local festival who weren’t drinking. The brewery was blown away by how popular the beverage was and decided to start canning and distributing it. Today, they’re also making ginger and grapefruit flavors, as well as hop water infused with CBD. - Food and Wine Magazine

Pickering Gin

Pickering Original 1947 Gin....$29.99 
Spicier, sweeter and more intense, it’s a decadent trip back to the last days of the Raj. Cardamom, coriander, clove and cinnamon spice lead to a crisp, refreshing and long finish.
Perfectly served with Fevertree indian tonic and a slice of orange or with a premium ginger ale and a wedge of lime.

Pickering Navy Strength Gin...$43.99

Bottled at 57.1% for a pinch more punch. The higher strength actually brings out the sweeter botanicals such as cardamom, anise and fennel.
Affectionately known as the bearskin gin, we released this expression to celebrate becoming official gin of The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.

Citra Hop

Citra Hop
American aroma hop Citra was created by John I. Haas, Inc. and Select Botanicals Group joint venture, the Hop Breeding Company. It was released to the brewing world in 2008. Now one of the most coveted high-impact aroma hops in the US, particularly among craft brewers, it boasts a complex lineage that includes the likes of Hallertau Mittelfrüh (father), Tettnanger (US), Brewer’s Gold and East Kent Golding.

Gene Probasco is credited with having first bred Citra in 1990. After trialing the new variety with iconic craft breweries Deschutes, Sierra Nevada and others, commercial acreage was significantly expanded in the lead up to its official release.

Citra, as the name implies, has a strong citrusy profile. This is largely credited to its very high myrcene content. It has an extraordinary flavor profile of grapefruit, lime and tropical fruits but despite its high alphas, brewers often warn against its use for bittering, which is considered by some to be harsh and undesirable.  - Hoplist

A few beers featuring Citra Hops

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA....$9.99 / 6pk cans
A juicy citrus and grapefruit flavor profile. As if fresh Citra and Mosaic hops were squeezed straight into the bottle.

Toppling Goliath Psuedo Sue...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Pale Ale – 6.8% ABV • 45 IBU
This single hop pale ale showcases the Citra hop for a well-balanced beer that is delicate in body with a mild bitterness in the finish. She roars with ferocious aromas of grapefruit, citrus, mango and evergreen. Pseudo Sue’s unique taste is clean and bright with just enough bite!

Heavy Riff Daisy Glaze IPA...$13.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
IPA - New England / 6.4% ABV / 60 IBU
This big NEIPA features Citra and Amarillo hops to create a huge citrus and tropical aroma with hints of orange peel wrapped into a velvety smooth and soft malt body.

Lancyre Rose scores 90 points

2018 Chateau Lancyre Le Rose Pic Saint Loup...$14.98

  • 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Cinsault.
  • Sustainable Non-Certified
Strawberry, melon and peach aromas appear on the nose of the 2018 Pic Saint Loup Le Rosé, a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Cinsault. All steel, all temperature controlled, this is a pristine, dry example of Languedoc rosé, done at a high level.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

Domaine Le Pive Gris Rose

2018 Domaine Le Pive Gris Rose...$11.98
Was $17.99

30% Grenache Gris, 30% Grenache Noir, 30% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc.
Pretty strawberry and raspberry fruits emerge from the 2018 Igp Camargue Sable De Camargue Rosé, which is lightly/ textured, fresh, crisp on the finish. It’s a terrific, value rosé from the sandy soils of the Camargue that has plenty to love.
Rated 88/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Nestled in the wilderness of the Camargue national park, Domaine le Pive is comprised of 113+ acres of organically farmed vines, with a modern, state of the art winery and historic Romanesque chapel at its center.
The plentiful sun, marine winds and distinctive sandy soils (“sables sauvages”) result in fresh, aromatic, personality-filled wines.
Tasting Notes: Offers aromas of pineapple, mango, white peach, and pear. Dry, crisp, and refreshing on the palate, with a long, lingering finish.
Serve With: Will provide immense enjoyment on its own, and pair well with a wide range of lighter fare.

Boniface Les Rocailles Savoie Rose

We scored some more of this one!!!

2018 Boniface Les Rocailles Savoie Rose...$13.98
Was $18.99

50% Gamay and 50% Pinot Noir.
20-25 year old vines
Sustainable Non-Certified

The light pink/salmon-colored 2018 Rosé de Savoie is a blend of 50% Gamay and 50% Pinot Noir. It has a terrific nose of spice cherries, citrus, and some reductive, mineral notes as well as a clean, balanced, refreshing style on the palate. It's well-made, and a classic, dry rosé that's going to shine on the dinner table.
Rated 89/100 Jeb Dunnuck

2018 La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

2018 La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay...$14.98
Compare to $15.47 at Total Wine and More

A lithe resinous aspect accents the Gala apple and lemon curd flavors, tied together by fresh acidity. The crisp, spicy finish features creamy details, with hints of anise. Drink now through 2024. 100,000 cases made. — KM
Rated 89/100 Wine Spectator

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Odell Summer Montage Variety

Odell Summer Montage Variety...$17.99 / 12pk cans

Odell Brewing Drumroll APA
Drumroll is an unfiltered American Pale Ale. A bold, juicy, citrus-inspired and tropically hop forward APA that looks and tastes like pineapple, orange, mango, and grapefruit. The complex fruit character is the result of the careful combination of our favorite current crop year hops with no fruit or juice addition necessary.

Odell Sippin' Pretty Fruited Sour
More of a mantra than a beer, Sippin’ Pretty is our Fruited Sour Ale. Loaded with our unique blend of açai, guava, and elderberry, and balanced with a delicate addition of Himalayan pink sea salt, this beer pops with a bright ruby color and a refreshing tart finish. So sit back, relax, and sip on something pretty.

Odell Mountain Standard IPA
At 6.5%, this Mountain Style IPA is brewed with modern, American hop varieties which bring tropical hop aromas of pineapple, orange, and mango. To accentuate juicy hop aromas without using adjuncts or fruit, Mountain Standard IPA is triple dry-hopped. The result is an extremely drinkable IPA bursting with bright hop flavors, low bitterness, and a slight haze.

Odell Tree Shaker Imperial Mango IPA
Ripe, tropical mango and bright, citrusy hops combine to shake the senses in this Imperial Mango IPA. Complex hop notes of tangerine and grapefruit meld with subtly sweet mango to create a bold and juicy IPA.

Boulevard Space Camper Cosmic Mix Pack

Boulevard Space Camper Cosmic Mix Pack...$15.99 / 12pk cans
Cosmic IPA - 6 cans in this pack
Veteran Space Camper leads this crew. She’s a deliciously refreshing IPA, low in bitterness and bursting with tropical hop aroma and flavor. It’s easy to see how this beer has become one of our most popular, with big additions of El Dorado, Eukanot and Galaxy hops offering tasting notes of peach and watermelon.

Lotus Aura IPA - 3 cans in this pack
Next up is Lotus Aura, a sessionable IPA hovering around 4.9% ABV, showcasing Lotus hops known for their delicate floral nature and soft fruity undertones. Look for notes of citrus and guava with an herbal finish when this beer orbits your palate.

Star Haze IPA - 3 cans in this pack
Rounding out the squad is Star Haze, an IPA featuring suspended particles of cosmic flavors unlike any IPA on Earth. The malt bill utilizes oats to give it a soft mouth feel and uses a combo of Strata, Mosaic and Citra for otherworldly hop aromas. Lurking in the depths of the glass you’ll find fruity aromas of mango and pineapple.

Odell Tree Shaker Imperial Mango IPA

Limited release
Odell Tree Shaker Imperial Mango IPA...$13.99 / 6pk cans

Ripe, tropical mango and bright, citrusy hops combine to shake the senses in this Imperial Mango IPA. Complex hop notes of tangerine and grapefruit meld with subtly sweet mango to create a bold and juicy IPA.

Schlafly Hoptic Visions

Schlafly Hoptic Visions...$14.99 / 12pk bottles

  • Schlafly IPA
  • Schlafly Hoppy Wheat
  • Schlafly India Pale Lager
  • Schlafly Hazy Pineapple IPA

Sierra Nevada Electropical Juicy IPA

Sierra Nevada Electropical Juicy IPA...$8.99 /6pk
6% ABV Juicy IPA

Monday, May 4, 2020

Pusser's Gunpowder Proof Rum

Pusser's British Navy Gunpowder Proof Rum...$29.99
Pusser’s ‘Gunpowder Proof’ is a traditional Royal Navy style rum produced at original Admiralty strength and in accordance with the Admiralty’s blending recipe last used when the Royal Navy discontinued its daily ration on 31 July 1970.

Gunpowder Proof: Prior to the invention of the hydrometer, the Royal Navy ship’s “Pusser” shutdown claims of watering down sailors’ daily tots by dousing a bit of gunpowder in the rum and attempting to light. If the mixture ignited, the rum was “at proof.” If it didn’t, the Pusser might find himself tossed to sea.

Alc/Vol: 54.5%

Color: Clear, dark coppery amber with burnished copper highlights
Nose: Pungent molasses, treacle, toffee, honey and vanilla with oak, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger
Body: Full-bodied with a more enhanced flavour profile than the lower proof Blue Label
Finish: Long finish, and despite its strength, smooth and mellow