Saturday, August 21, 2021

Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky

Chivas Regal 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky...$81.99 / LITER
Compare to $84.99 at Total Wine and More for a 750ml (liter bottle is 33% more scotch)

Chivas 18 holds an incredible 85 unique flavour notes in every drop. Uniquely rich and complex, this 18-year-old blended Scotch whisky has won both awards and hearts of whisky-lovers across the world. Because success is a blend, in life and in Scotch.
Holding coveted titles such as ‘Best Blended Scotch Whisky’ from the International Wine and Spirits Competition in 2014, Chivas 18 impresses with every sip. This 18-year-old Scotch whisky develops intense flavours within only the finest casks, resulting in a refined whisky with a never-ending flavour experience.

Friday, August 20, 2021

Rieger Rye Bottled in Bond

Limited - 1 per person

Rieger Rye Whiskey Bottled in Bond...$46.99
Our 2021 Bottled In Bond Straight Rye Whiskey, barreled in the Fall of 2015, represents the first Whiskey distilled in Kansas City since Prohibition, and the first barrels laid down at the J. Rieger & Co. distillery in nearly a century. We proudly present this Rye to you in remembrance of, and in tribute to, one of our founding partners, Dave Pickerell. This Whiskey would not exist without him.

WhistlePig Roadstock Rye Whiskey

WhistlePig Roadstock Rye Whiskey...$69.99
Compare to $71.99 at Total Wine and More

Introducing RoadStock Rye: The world’s first ever finished-on-the-road whiskey. Once again we have broken down the boundaries of what’s possible in the whiskey world. WhistlePig RoadStock Rye was created on the road less traveled and is the first ever All-American barrel double finished rye. In collaboration with Jordan Winery and Firestone Walker Brewery, the epic journey of RoadStock began earlier this year at our 500-acre farm in Shoreham, VT, where we commissioned an 18-wheeler ‘Rolling Rickhouse’, which would make its way from Vermont to California and back on an epic 6,000-mile journey.

Upon completion of the RoadStock Rolling Rickhouse, half of the future RoadStock whiskey was transferred into Bordeaux blend casks from Jordan Winery that would make the full 6000-mile round trip journey providing ample time for the whiskey to steal the nuanced complexity from these incredible casks. The other half of the whiskey would remain in their virgin oak original barrels until we made it to California.

After weaving along the historic Route 66, the RoadStock Rolling Rick House headed north to Firestone Walker Brewing Company in Paso Robles, CA. where the balance of the whiskey was transferred into Firestone’s Imperial Stout, Imperial Blonde Ale and Experimental Ale barrels to finish on the long journey back to Vermont.

When we returned to the farm we knew we had something truly exceptional on our hands. So we blended and bottled WhistlePig Roadstock Rye and even created a rubber tire topper to commemorate the journey. This 86-proof, hand-crafted stunner sings with a symphony of raspberry jam, brown sugar, and toasted cedar. Buckle up, because it’s about to take your tastebuds on an unforgettable ride.

Pilla Select Aperitif Liqueur

We have been asking for the distributor to bring in Campari or Aperol in 50mls bottles but no luck --- but this just showed up!  Pilla Select Bitter Aperitif in 50ml

Pilla Select Aperitif Liqueur...$1.69 / 50ml  -- new 50ml size
Pilla Select Aperitif Liqueur...$25.99 / 750ml

30 botanicals including rhubarb roots and juniper berries give Select its rich, complex taste.

We use the same original processing method as in 1920, guaranteeing the highest quality and excellence today. Beyond her postcard images, Venice conceals many treasures to which only a fortunate few have the key Uniqueness, legacy, taste: in no other city in the world are these concepts as valuable as in Venice.  And it is no coincidence that the story of Select Aperitivo began right here, in the district of Castello, the historical heart of this intriguing city.

The year was 1920 and Venice was in deep turmoil following World War I. The young Pilla brothers, with their distillery and expertise in the art of making liquors, seized this unique moment and used it to their advantage.

Venice was at a turning point: people were just beginning to venture out again and rediscover life’s pleasures. The act of enjoying an aperitif with friends spread throughout the city and Select Aperitivo assumed the starring role in this new cocktail scene.

Almost a century has passed, but today, Select Aperitivo is still known as the true icon of the Venetian aperitif: a unique bitter that is served at the iconic bars in the Lagoon and by bartenders around the world, eager to offer something unique and special.

Willakenzie Chardonnay Estate

2017 Willakenzie Chardonnay Estate....$19.99
Compare to $27.49 at Total Wine and More (and $35 at the winery)
The 2017 Chardonnay Willamette Valley was barrel fermented with 75% malolactic fermentation, and it aged in about 30% new oak. It has inviting scents of poached pears and red apple skin with notes of white blossoms, white peach, cheese rind and oyster shell. The palate is light to medium-bodied with a lightly rounded texture and a good core of fruit lifted by juicy acidity, finishing long, clean and refreshing. A restrained but approachable style of Chardonnay. 1,452 cases produced.  Drink 2020 to 2023
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

Ayinger Oktoberfest

Ayinger Oktoberfest...$9.99 / 4pk 11.2oz bottles
The History of Oktober Fest-Marzen
Bavarians have been celebrating the harvest with beer festivals since before the 1400s. Märzen is brewed in March to be ready for the September and October beer festivals.
Rich, golden color. Slightly sweet, malty nose. Medium to big body and alcohol. Soft dryness from long maturation.

BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Cask Strength Batch 2

BenRiach Single Malt Scotch Cask Strength Batch 2....$89.99
Compare to $99.99 at Total Wine and More
Offers spirits aficionados the opportunity to enjoy BenRiach’s single malt whisky “straight from the cask.” Master Blender Rachel Barrie hand-picked whiskies finished in bourbon barrels, virgin oak casks and Oloroso sherry casks that were then blended together to create a balanced single malt.
60.6% % ABV

Benriach Single Malt Scotch 12 Year Old Sherry Wood...$51.99
Compare to $61.99 at Total Wine and More
At BenRiach Distillery we have developed a reputation for innovative maturation, using a diverse mix of cask types. This luscious 12 year old Single Malt Scotch Whisky is unconventionally made using three facets of sherry cask maturation: full sherry cask maturation, combined with Pedro Ximénez and Oloroso sherry cask finishing, for unexpected layers of fruit sweetness and toasted oak spice. Each facet of sherry cask maturation is expertly combined by our Master Blender to work in harmony, creating a luscious Single Malt Scotch Whisky with a multi- layered cocktail of fruit notes, further enriching BenRiach’s signature sweet, fruit-laden style.
Bottled at 46%, non-chill filtered and of natural colour.

BenRiach 20 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Whisky...$174.99
Compare to $189.99 at Total Wine and More
This smooth single malt has an elegant full taste and aroma that captures fruity, floral, spicy notes, with fascinating overtones of honey, vanilla, apples, chocolate and nuts. 43% ABV
NOSE: Spicy, nutty, honey, vanilla, floral, fruity with well balanced wood overtones.
TASTE: Rounded medium to full bodied, rich honey, vanilla with hints of apples, spice, chocolate and nuts.

2nd Shift And Look! It Has Pockets Belgian Witbier


2nd Shift And Look! It Has Pockets Belgian Witbier...$9.99 4pk 16oz cans

Belgian-style witbier with grains of paradise.
There’s just a special feeling, when you find a jacket, slacks, dress, pretty much any article of clothing, and you find out *BONUS* it has pockets! We brewed this white ale with the traditional orange peel & coriander, as well as *BONUS* a lovely dose of Grains of Paradise. We hope you enjoy this beer as much as you enjoy that favorite item in your closet that holds so much more than just your keys - your heart.

Pouilly Fuisse - new 1er Cru Status

Starting in 2020 Pouilly Fuisse has been granted 1er Cru Status for some vineyards!
We have a few in stock now that will be labeled 1er starting in 2020!

Grab these now, I am sure prices will go up when 1er is attached to the label!

1er Cru!
Very small production - only 200 cases imported!
2016 Chateau Fuisse Pouilly Fuisse Les Clos Monopole...$69.99

Aromas of Meyer lemon, orange blossom, delicately musky peach, honeycomb and wheat toast introduce the 2016 Pouilly-Fuissé Le Clos, a full-bodied, multidimensional wine with terrific depth and concentration at the core, balanced by succulent acids and concluding with a long, perfumed finish. It's similar in scale to the Brûlées, but it's simultaneously more intense and more controlled; it's also the most elegant of the Château Fuissé's wines. Drink 2018-2032
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
This historic domaine continues to make some of the best wines in Pouilly-Fuissé under the latest generation of the Vincent family. Sourced from one of the village’s great vineyards, this is a stylish, exotic, sensitively oaked wine that combines fruit concentration with underlying freshness and zip.
Rated 95/100 Tim Atkin, Master of Wine

1er Cru!
2019 Domaine Barraud Pouilly Fuisse Sur La Roche...$53.99

This too is presently carrying full-on fermentation aromas and is impossible to judge. More interesting are the exceptionally rich and imposingly dense broad-shouldered flavors that are at once caressing but powerful thanks to the copious amount of dry extract that also serves to buffer the moderately firm acid spine shaping the beautifully long finish. Note that while this should generously repay mid-term cellaring, it's not so structured that it could not be approached after only a few years.
Rated 91-93/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound

Pouilly-Fuissé granted new premier cru designations - Decanter Magazine
After a 10-year application process, the French National Institute of Origin and Quality (INAO) approved the classification making Pouilly-Fuissé the first appellation within Burgundy’s Mâconnais sub-region to benefit from premier cru vineyards.

Frédéric-Marc Burrier, president of the Pouilly-Fuissé growers association, said the result was a ‘dream come true’ and beckons ‘the beginning of a new era for Pouilly-Fuissé, and probably for Mâconnais as well’.

Burrier says the long process was necessary in order to fully integrate the idea of a Premier Cru quality hierarchy within the mindsets of the growers, and that the main key to the application’s approval was their ability to remain united.

‘We learned a lot about willpower, tenacity, and patience. We always tried to convince the growers to favour a collective success rather than individual interests. They understood it, and in order to discuss with INAO, it was very important to show a united strength’.

The 22 new premier crus represent a total of 194ha under vine, accounting for roughly 24% of Pouilly-Fuissé’s total vineyard area (800ha). The newly-classified vineyards are spread over four communes of the appellation that only produce white wine from Chardonnay: Chaintré, Fuissé, Solutré-Pouilly and Vergisson.

The new status begins with the 2020 vintage, currently being harvested, and will appear on the market after 12-18 months.

The proposal to recognise specific sites as premier crus was first initiated by Burrier in 2007 and a formal application submitted to the INAO in 2010.

Since then, the appellation worked alongside the INAO and the Organization for the Defense and Management (ODG) to determine the worthiness of these terroirs. This included years of analysis which saw the creation of a detailed map outlining the appellation’s 217 legally-registered liex-dits from which subsequent analysis was made into elevation, aspect, slope, and soils as well as the history, cultural practises and pricing models of each climat.

A number of blind tastings were also conducted by a panel of experts. The application went into its final review phase in November 2019 with the ultimate decision delayed until after the lifting of lockdown restrictions in France revealing the final decision at the beginning of September.

Burrier hopes the ruling will help achieve further critical acclaim for the region’s white wines and a renewed interest in visits to the region for Burgundy lovers to ‘discover and evaluate’ the 22 new premier crus.

It is the first time since 1943 that a premier cru level is newly recognised in a Burgundian appellation. I hope it will allow Pouilly-Fuisse to achieve recognition as part of the greatest white wine appellation in Burgundy.’

The 22 new premier crus, commune by commune:

Le Clos de Monsieur Noly
Les Chevrières
Aux Quarts
Le Clos Reyssier

Le Clos
Les Brulés
Les Ménétrières
Les Reisses
Les Vignes Blanches
Les Perrières
Vers Cras

La Frérie
Le Clos de Solutré
Au Vignerais
En Servy
Aux Bouthières
Aux Chailloux
Vers Cras

Les Crays
La Maréchaude
Sur la Roche
En France

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Avery Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest

Avery Kaiser Imperial Oktoberfest...$9.99 / 6pk
Just in time for fall and its most notable Fest, this limited release Imperial Oktoberfest Lager is our emboldened Prost! to one of the world's most recognized styles. The Kaiser weaves together rich, toasted Vienna and Munich malts with the floral spiciness of Hersbrucker and Bravo hops to create a bold and brazen dry Imperial Oktoberfest.

La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet

Fresh and lively!
One of our favorites is back in stock!
New 2020 vintage!

We skipped the 2019 vintage because of the tariff price jump.  But we are back with the 2020 at a great price!

2020 La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet....$13.99
For a grape variety that can sometimes be aggressive, this is an beautifully balanced Picpoul. The nose is perfumed with floral, and tropical fruit notes. In the mouth the wine is full of stone fruit, melon, and fruit cocktail notes. The soft fruit is tempered with an intense minerality, and citrus notes. Picpoul de Pinet has always been a textbook match for oysters, mussels, and just about any other type of shellfish you can imagine.
About Picpoul de Pinet: Known as the “Chablis of the South”, the wines of Picpoul de Pinet are crisp, bright and refreshing. The name Picpoul, literally translates as “Lip Stinger”, referring to the grape’s naturally bright acidity. A line of hills protects the appellation of Picpoul de Pinet from the northwestern winds, while the coastal winds from the Mediterranean temper the summer heat. The appellation includes six communes: Mèze, Montagnac, Pinet, Florensac, Pomérols, and Castelnau-de Guers.

Joel Falmet Champagne Les Parcelles Brut

Back, small production, it has been hard to get due to demand!

Annual production only 1,670 cases, they are able to control every aspect and produce a higher quality -- for reference (Veuve Clicquot produces 1.5 million cases a year!)   

Joel Falmet Champagne Les Parcelles Brut...$39.99 / 750ml
Grower Champagne "RM" Récoltant-Manipulant

The grapes for this wine are all sustainably farmed. Joël is one of only a few producers to use a soléra system for his vin de reserve each vintage. As he pulls out wine from his vin de reserve, he adds a little wine back to his soléra. Currently it is a 12 year old soléra, which significantly adds to the depth and complexity of his Champagnes. Each vintage he blends 30% wine from the solera, with the current vintage. The “Parcelles” cuvée spends 42 months on the lees before disgorgement. Joël bottles his wine with a low, 9 grams per liter, dosage. Annual production only 1,670 cases

Rated #1 Champagne under $40 in the New York Times
The New York Times

Champagnes Below $40 Regain Pop
BETTER BUBBLES Champagnes under $40 show new finesse.

Tasting Report
In a tasting of 20 Champagnes, priced under $40 each, the wine panel was pleasantly surprised by the elegance that we found among our favorites.
1. JOËL FALMET Brut Tradition NV

"So, here it is. If you can afford to spend $30 to $40 a bottle on Champagne, more or less the entry-level price nowadays, you may find yourself with some seriously good wine.
The Falmet Brut Tradition was our top-rated wine. We found it full of lively energy, with complex flavors of flowers, minerals, citrus and herbs, and with more finesse than you generally find in Champagnes dominated by the pinot noir grape." - New York Times

What a fantastic value in Rose Champagne. Tiny production!

Joel Falmet Brut Rose Champagne...$49.99
Made from 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay
Blood orange, red fruit and rhubarb on the floral- and spice-accented nose and on the palate. Taut and linear but fleshes out with air, showing very good intensity and finishing with lingering rose pastille and bitter cherry notes.
Rated 90/100 Vinous Media

Joël makes a small amount of rosé, about 160 cases per year. Joël’s rosé is made by adding aproximately 10% still red wine (100% Pinot Noir) to the blend. Dosage for the rosé is 12 grams per liter (to be called Brut, a Champagne must have less than 15 grams per liter).

Junipero Gin

We have not seen this since 2020.  Fancy new package!

Junipero Gin...$27.99
The first of its kind, Junipero fearlessly led the birth of American craft gin in 1996

49.3% ABV

The original Anchor Distilling Company was established in 1993 by Fritz Maytag, the same beverage visionary who sparked the craft beer movement with his purchase of Anchor Brewing in 1965. Maytag had rescued the struggling brewery and its iconic steam beer, and after several decades of exclusively producing beer, Maytag saw an opportunity to expand into the distillation of spirits.

Fritz’s vision of a rye whiskey revival was fueled by the bold realization that there were no pot-distilled whiskeys being made legally in America at the time. Finding inspiration in the rye whiskeys of America’s past and the great single malt whiskeys of Scotland, Fritz gathered a small team to begin top secret research and experimentation in the distillery. The first whiskey went into barrel in 1994, and the distillery soon began producing three rye whiskeys under Fritz’s guidance, all pot-distilled spirit from a mash of 100% malted rye. Over time, the range of spirits expanded into other categories, with the addition of Junípero Gin and Genevieve genever. The creation of Junípero was particularly significant, as it effectively started the movement towards high-end craft gin in the United States.

Weihenstephaner Festbier

Always one of the best

Weihenstephaner Festbier....$10.99 / 6pk

5.8% ABV "A full rich bodied, hoppy, seasonal lager. Especially brewed for the Festbier season. This beer truly represents the Bavarian way of celebrating. Deep gold color, great mouthfeel and lots of flavor. Prost!" -- brewery

"The oldest existing brewery in the world, The BavarianState Brewery, Weihenstephan, dates back to the year 1040. Internationally recognized as a site for brewing science and education, Weihenstephan combines tradition and craft to produce high-quality premium brews." -- importer

Oktoberfest beers!

Oktoberfest Beers are arriving in full force.
Selection varies at each store.

Pictured is the selection at Forsyth now.  (might be a few more in store too)
Sold as 4pk, 6pks and as SINGLES too

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Non-Alcoholic Pinot Noir

Non-Alcoholic Pinot Noir

Leitz Zero Point Five Pinot Noir Non Alcoholic...$18.99
The new ZERO-POINT-FIVE Pinot Noir offers a very rich, medium body character; that is clean and fresh. Fruity notes of red fruits like cherries with a nice dry finish. Enjoy this NA Pinot Noir slightly chilled.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Punch 5 Libations from Ben Poremba and Kevin Lemp

Chef/restaurateur Ben Poremba and Kevin Lemp, owner of 4 Hands Brewing and 1220 Artisan Spirits teamed up to make Punch 5.   Infusion cocktails you can make at home.  Just add 16oz of alcohol to the jar, refrigerate for about 3 days and enjoy from 6-8 drinks per jar.

Punch 5 Libations Julep...$23.99
Wild mint, bay, star anise, and espresso. 
Recommended spirit: Aged rum 
To enjoy: Add 16oz of spirits Refrigerate for 3 days Strain

Punch 5 Libations Passion
Tropical Fruit, Pot Pourri, Butter 
Suggested Spirit: Tequila or Mezcal 
To enjoy: Add 16oz of spirits 
Refrigerate for 3 days Strain

Punch 5 Libations Mauresque
Almond, anise, burnt cinnamon, and blood Orange. 
Recommended spirit: Gin 
To enjoy: Add 16oz of spirits 
Refrigerate for 3 days Strain

Punch 5 Libations Metro
Sour Cherry, rose, blueberries and beets. 
Recommended spirit: Vodka 
To enjoy: Add 16oz of spirits 
Refrigerate for 3 days Strain

Punch 5 Libations Orangeade
Sweet Orange, hibiscus, lemongrass, licorice, and black lime. 
Recommended spirit: Bourbon 
To enjoy: Add 16oz of spirits

Watch this video from Punch 5

Off Color Brewing Waddle Octoberfest

Off Color Brewing Waddle Oktoberfest...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans

Our Oktoberfest beer features biscuity malts from dark Munich malt reminiscent of freshly baked bread. Subtle and spicy hop finish add enough character to prevent the final beer from being overly sweet. 6.5 % alc/vol

We don’t mess with this classic lager too much (why would we?), but we selected a lager yeast and fermentation temperature schedule to really highlight our favorite dark Munich malt.

Ingredients: Pils, Dark Munich, CaraMunich III, CaraPils malt, Nugget, Hersbrucker hops

Fat Orange Cat and Abomination Collaboration

Abomination Brewing/ Fat Orange Cat Eleven Lives & Still Wandering Double IPA...$5.99 / 16oz cans
Heavily hopped with Lotus, Cashmere, Citra and Mosaic
8.8% ABV

Omnipollo Bianca

Omnipollo Bianca Apricot Almond Deep Vanilla Lassi Gose...$12.99 / 16oz can

Deep meditation lassi gose full of apricots, roasted almonds and an extra generous dose of our favorite vanilla. Brewed with rock salt, lactose, apricot, almonds and vanilla.
6% ABV

Omnipollo Bianca Guava Lychee Passionfruit Lassi Gose..$12.99 / 16oz can
Tropical, fruit heavy gose containing some of our favorite fruits of the season. Brewed with rock salt, lactose, guava, lychee and passionfruit.
7% ABV

Skygazer Brewing Watercolors

Skygazer Brewing Watercolors Synergy #6 Sour Belts...$20.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Berliner Style Weisse Beer with Mango, Guava, Banana, Strawberry Banana Sour Belts and Milk Sugar.
5.5% ABV