Friday, October 13, 2023

Assumption Abbey Fruitcake

From Ava Missouri....

A holiday tradition!
We know all the fruitcake jokes, but this one is the real deal. A delicious fruitcake that has received national attention and acclaim. We have been stocking it since the beginning (around 25-30 years).

Assumption Abbey Fruitcake...$39.99 / 2lbs
$49.95 at William Sonoma and $41.95 cheapest price on Amazon
"Assumption Abbey is a secluded Trappist monastery nestled
in the foothills of the Missouri Ozarks. It was established in 1950 by a group of monks from New Melleray Abbey in Dubuque, IA. Through the years, the brothers of Assumption Abbey have continued to live by the centuries old Trappist tradition of contemplation and study, private prayer and common worship, and living by the work of their own hands. When Assumption Abbey was first developing its bakery, the monks sought the help of world class chef Jean-Pierre Augé, who at one time served in the royal employ of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Mr. Augé's assistance, and his generosity in providing the recipe and ideas for production, gave the monks the impetus to go forward with the Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes.Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes are the dark, rich, traditional style of fruitcake. They are baked slowly and aged under the careful supervision of the monks. Everything, from marinating the fruit, to mixing, to baking, to packaging, to aging, to mailing is done right at the monastery by the monks. Assumption Abbey is not a commercial enterprise. It is a way of life, and that way of life, combined with the careful work of the bakers, insures a dedication to
Chef Jean-Pierre Augé was a regular customer at our Rock Hill location for years.  He was instrumental in getting the Fruitcakes to us.

2018 Quintessa Proprietary Red

An epic wine! We scored 6 more bottles
2018 Quintessa Proprietary Red....$259.99

This is beautifully polished with firm, dusty tannins to the blue fruit, as well as chocolate and cedar character. Some much earthier character, too, from mushrooms to bark. Forest flowers. Perfumed. It’s full-bodied with round tannins and a soft, creamy finish. Some iron and iodine to this. So attractive at the finish. From biodynamically grown grapes. Better after 2023.
Rated 99/100 James Suckling

Amazing 97 Point Robert Craig Cabernet!


The bargain of 2019 highly rated Cabs!!
2019 Robert Craig Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain...$99.98 (net)
Compare to Total Wine & More price of $119.99
The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (Howell Mountain) is another stellar wine from Robert Craig. Bright and incisive, with tons of energy, the Howell Mountain Cabernet delivers the goods big time. A rush of inky red/purplish fruit, rose petal, lavender, menthol, spice and crushed rocks build into a crescendo of aromas and flavors that dazzles. This deep, vivid Cabernet hits all the right notes. Superb.
Rated 97/100 Vinous Media

Antonio Galloni gave high marks to many 2019 Napa Cabernets, but Robert Craig Howell Mountain is by far the best bang for your buck! Check out the other 97 point Cabs (and their SRP's!!). This might be the best value in pedigree Cab in the market right now. Very limited. 

Other 2019 - 97 point Cabernets with suggested retail price
Brand Cabernet Sauvignon $250
Opus One $400
Abreu Cappella $650+
Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace $300
Sloan Estate $750
Peter Michael Au Paradis $225
Tor Black Magic $450
Lokoya Howell Mountain $450
Lokoya Mount Veeder $450
Plumpjack Cabernet Reserve $320
Paul Hobbs Beckstoffer To Kalon $450
Cade Cabernet Reserve- $220
Favia Oakville- $250

Class is in Session now!!

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Willett Distillery, Bardstown KY

Willett Distillery, Bardstown KY

Old Bardstown Tan Label 90...$24.99
90 proof
A classic Bourbon. On the nose, caramel, oak, vanilla, and just a hint of floral notes. The palate follows with more of the same. A softer style Bourbon, this is a great gateway dram to converting someone to becoming a Bourbon drinker.
This was the crazy right up years ago that put this one on the map!
Believe it or not, this bourbon came close in taste, texture and smell to the more expensive, virtually impossible to find Pappy Van Winkle 20-Year Old Kentucky Bourbon. Wonderful rich, honeyed, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, wood spice, smoke and vanilla notes are found in this full-bodied, broad, rich, medium amber/tawny-colored bourbon. 94 points
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Old Bardstown Kentucky Straight Bourbon Estate Bottled....$35.99
50.5% alc./vol. (101 proof)
Small Batch - Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Nose is sweet, herbal, citrus. The palate is herbaceous, sweet fruit, vanilla, on a layer of oak and earthiness that goes on like a champion marathon runner.tasting notes courtesy of:
Bill Thomas, Jack Rose Dining Saloon

Johnny Drum Private Stock Bourbon 101 Proof...$37.99
Color: Mahogany
Nose: Intensity – 2.5; Pine trees, campfire smoke, takes on a wonderful single malt nose when water is added
Palate: Smoke elements quite prevalent, deep forests & woods, candied pecans, musty, oranges
Finish: Length – Medium; Pepper, spice, mint, a blend of forests and cedarwood

Willett Distillery

Willett Straight 4 Year Cask Strength Rye Whiskey...$59.99 / 750ml
(proof varies)
The barrels that went into this small batch combined to make an amazing drinker.
Nose- Beautiful layering of brandied cherry over a mildly tart cherry. It opens up with time and is reminiscent of cutting into your dessert with your fork which releases cinnamon and baking spices with just a hint of oak to remind you that this is high proof youthful.
Palette- A robust rye with dark cherry, burnt vanilla, and spices for days. It's a delicious rye with a weighty mouthfeel.
Balance - It's insanely well balanced with the alcohol so perfectly integrated at 115 proof you'll forget its there, but you'll find yourself smiling more and happier with each dram.
Finish- the finish is long and the spices dominate this batch, while the cherry does punch its way through to the surface.

Willett Distillery Pot Still Bourbon...$49.99 / 750ml
Willett Distillery Pot Still Bourbon...$94.99 / 1.75 liter

47% alc./vol. (94 proof)
The Willett family distillers brought their distilling knowledge with them from England to the American Colonies in the early 1600's. Before coming to the colonies, they had utilized their knowledge and practiced their talents for many years. They distilled brandy in France, where the family originated. Even today, this is evidenced by "Square Willette" at the foot of Montmarte in Paris. Finally, in Bardstown, Nelson County, Kentucky - the "Bourbon Centre" of the world - the Willett family distillers became involved with developing several of the most famous bourbon distilleries of the area and, in the early 1900's decided to build their family owned and operated distillery. The distillery they named "The Willett Distilling Company" in 1935, which has been operated by several generations of the Willett family distillers since its very beginning."

Thursday, October 12, 2023

Tasting Class: Aperitivos & Digestivos


11/09/2023 5:30pm - 6:30pm
$35 per person
The Wine and Cheese Place, 475 N. New Ballas Rd., St Louis, MO 63141

Apertivos & Digestivos: Come sample some of our favorite pre-meal and after dinner tipples designed to prime your palate and aid in digesting those hearty holiday feasts.

Wine 101 Class at Spirit Wine and Craft


11/07/2023 5:30pm - 6:30pm
$25 per person
Spirit Wine & Craft, 5760 Chippewa, St Louis, MO 63109

Wine 101: Come learn the basics about deciphering labels, tasting, and more in this fun class.

Tasting Class: Thanksgiving Wines


11/02/2023 5:30pm - 6:30pm
$30 per person
The Wine and Cheese Place, 10451 Manchester Road, St Louis, MO 63122

Join us for a fun and festive Thanksgiving Wines tasting class! We will pick out some of our best choices for pairing with Turkey and all the fixings!

Skygazer Watercolors Spooky Froots Sour Ale

More in stock!
Halloween beer!!!
Skygazer Watercolors Spooky Froots Sour Ale...$20.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Skygazer Watercolors Spooky Froots Sour Ale...$5.79 / 16oz can
Sour ale with watermelon, mango, banana, guava, marshmallow and milk sugar.
ABV. 5.5%

4 Hands Brewing / TWCP Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout

On sale $9.99
4 Hands Brewing / TWCP Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout..was.....$13.99 / 22oz

Imperial Milk Stout aged in bourbon barrels with coconut and cacao


Oktoberfest Season!!!
(just a few left online, stock up)
We have a large variety of Oktoberfest in stock at Forsyth (but mostly single cans/bottles left)

Order online for holds and transfers while they last!

Paulaner Oktoberfest with Mug....$10.99 / Liter plus Glass Mug
Ever since 1818, we have brewed our bottom-fermented Oktoberfest Bier during Oktoberfest – Germany’s favorite Oktoberfest beer and a true institution in Munich. The glass is full of October sunshine, strong and golden. The perfect balance of a light taste of hops and a strong note of malt. A feast of a beer, which always goes down well. This beer is only brewed for the Oktoberfest. That’s where it belongs, along with all the fun of the fair like the Ferris wheel and roasted almonds.
Destihl Oktoberfest German-Style Märzen Beer....$10.99 / 6pk
5.8% ABV
This is a German-style Märzen characterized by a medium body & light reddish-orange color. Sweet maltiness dominates slightly over a clean hop bitterness. Malt character is light-toasted rather than strongly caramel with bread or biscuit-like alt character present in aroma & flavor. Hop aroma & flavor are low but notable, while fruity esters are absent.

Wiseacre Oktoberfest...$10.99 / 6pk 12 oz cans
Oktoberfest is a Marzen – a smooth, clean, malt forward German lager that was traditionally released each September for Oktoberfest in Munich. Toasty bread and subtlety sweet malt qualities emerge right before the beer abruptly, and cleanly, finishes.


Twelve Percent Beer Project Oktoberfest...$9.99 / 4pk 12oz cans
Twelve Percent Beer Projects Oktoberfest!
6% abv


Main & Mill Oktoberfest Marzen Lager...$10.99 / 6pk 12oz cans
Biscuity, toasty malt, notes of caramel
5.5% ABV

Narrow Gauge Third of the Way to Marz Marzen...$12.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Seasonal Oktoberfest Marzen Lager
5.7% ABV


Piney River Brewing Co. German Road Oktoberfest Lager...$10.99 / 6pk 12oz cans
Deep golden in color, this Oktoberfest lager features German Hersbrucker, a noble hop with a spice finish and delicate aroma. This beer has a complex malt profile and a full-bodied mouth feel with a crisp, clean finish.



Deep Sleep Brewing Offenfest Oktoberfest...$13.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Deep Sleep Brewing and Old Bridgeview Brewing seasonal collaboration.
Oktoberfest lager
5.0% ABV


Surly Brewing Co. Oktoberfest...$7.99 / 6pk 12oz cans
Surly Brewing Co. Oktoberfest...$14.99 / 12pk 12oz cans
Oktoberfest lagers are the ultimate party beer. Up front, they’re rich, sweet, and malty, but they finish dry and clean with an ever-so-slight touch of hops. Prost!


Toppling Goliath Oktoberfest Lager...$10.99 / 12pk 12oz cans
Toppling Goliath Oktoberfest Lager...$19.99 / 12pk 12oz cans
Raise a glass of Oktoberfest in celebration, and watch as the light dances off its rich amber color. Enjoy a beautiful bouquet of soft caramel and biscuit before the first sip blankets your palate with malty notes of fresh-baked bread.
5.2% ABV


Founders Brewing Oktoberfest German-style Marzen...$9.99 / 6pk 12oz cans
Founders Brewing Oktoberfest German-style Marzen...$17.99 / 12pk 12oz cans
Blink and you’ll think you’re in Bavaria. We went all in on tradition with our Oktoberfest, using imported German malts and hops with a beautiful lager yeast for the finish. Pours a gorgeous copper hue with a rich, malty and slightly sweet backbone. Our version is akin to the beer poured in the early days of Oktoberfest and, yes, it adheres to the Reinheitsgebot. Prost!

Wednesday, October 11, 2023


Pumpkin Beers!!
Grab some for Friday the 13th and Halloween before they are gone!!

We don't have a lot left!  So stock up - again in store at Forsyth we have a number of singles left of some other beers - so come grab a mixed 6pk!!! 

Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale...$11.99 / 6pk
Our Original Pumpkin Ale

A very drinkable pumpkin ale—brewed with seven and a half pounds of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice.
MALTS: Pale, Munich, Crystal
HOPS: Lightly bittered with Magnum
SPECIAL: Both roasted and raw pumpkin seeds are in the mash, with pumpkin added to the mash, kettle and fermenter.
ABV: 6.7%

Timber Ales Fields of Fall Imperial Stout...$21.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Timber Ales Fields of Fall Imperial Stout...$5.99 / 16oz can
Fields of Fall is our annual Fall offering that features an Imperial Stout brewed with KY PUMPKIN before being conditioned on vanilla beans, cinnamon and nutmeg.
12% ABV

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale...$13.99 / 6pk cans
A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin, brown sugar & spice
Every beer has a story, here's Punkin Ale...
A full-bodied brown ale with smooth hints of pumpkin and brown sugar. We brew our Punkin Ale with pumpkin meat, brown sugar and spices. As the season cools, this is the perfect beer to warm up with.
Punkin Ale is named after the seriously off-centered southern Delaware extravaganza Punkin Chunkin (check out some of these Discovery Channel videos of Punkin Chunkin, you gotta see it to believe it!). In fact, Punkin Ale made its debut as it claimed first prize in the 1994 Punkin Chunkin Recipe Contest. Yes, that was a full 6 months before we even opened our doors for business!
Since its debut, we've brewed Punkin Ale each and every fall. It is released right around Sept. 1 each year. When you find it, grab some extra because it's usually gone by Thanksgiving.

Evil Twin What Even Is Pumpkin Spice?...$15.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Evil Twin What Even Is Pumpkin Spice?...$4.29 / 16oz can

Milkshake-style IPA brewed with pumpkin and spices
7.5% ABV

New Belgium Atomic Pumpkin Spice Release...$9.99 / 6pk 12oz cans
Pumpkin ale featuring cinnamon and habanero chili peppers for just the right amount of heat.
6.4% ABV

O'Fallon Vanilla Pumpkin Ale...$9.99 / 6 pack bottles
Vanilla has always been a popular request, so we set out and found a Vanilla that we thought was a perfect complement to our original spice blend of Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Clove. It is a cold pressed Madagascar Vanilla that delivers the perfect balance of Pumpkin Pie and Ice cream in a glass. ABV: 5.6% / IBU: 11

Meet Lauren Platz - Redwood Empire Tasting

Thank you to all that came out last night!
We ended it up with some leftovers --

Cask Strength Series
Grizzly Beast

online now while they last

Last minute Tasting!
Meet Lauren Platz
(have her sign your bottles)
TONIGHT!  at Forsyth!
Redwood Empire Tasting with head distiller Lauren Patz
Wednesday October 11th from 4pm-6pm
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105

Taste all of these!!!
  • Redwood Empire Lost Monarch...$32.99
  • Redwood Empire Pipe Dream...$32.99
  • Redwood Empire Emerald Giant...$32.99
  • Redwood Empire Lost Monarch CASK STRENGTH....$66.99
  • Redwood Empire Pipe Dream CASK STRENGTH....$66.99
  • Redwood Empire Emerald Giant CASK STRENGTH....$66.99
  • Redwood Empire Rocket Top Rye Bottled in Bond...$74.99
  • Redwood Empire Grizzly Beast Bourbon Bottled in Bond....$74.99
And yes, we will have some of each available for sale during the event

Meet the Head Distiller - Lauren Platz
Lauren’s Bio…
For Redwood Empire Whiskey’s head distiller Lauren Patz, the secret to craft distilling is passion, palate and patience. Growing up in a winemaking family, she developed the palate and appreciation for good food and drink from a very early age. After earning a dual degree in Classics and Japanese at Bates College, teaching English in Japan, and working at Tcho Chocolate’s Factory, Lauren discovered her true calling when she joined Spirit Works, a small Sonoma County distillery, in 2013 as an apprentice distiller.

Diving fully into learning her craft, she swiftly worked her way up to Head Distiller and managed all Spirit Works operations and product development for three years before joining Redwood Empire Whiskey in January 2021.

Lauren has judged at the American Distilling Institute since 2017, and taught distillation seminars and workshops in the local community. Her passion and creativity help to push Redwood Empire’s innovation forward without abandoning its roots. “I ask a lot of questions,” she says, “and I drive us further toward defining our identity on the distilling side.”

Tuesday, October 10, 2023

Barrell Bourbon Cask Finish Series Amburana

Barrell Bourbon Cask Finish Series Amburana...$69.99
116.42 proof
Blend of 
  • Indiana: 5, 6, 7 & 10 years old
  • Kentucky: 5 years old
Derived Mash Bill :
  • Corn: 75%
  • Rye: 21%
  • Malted Barley: 4%

Amburana casks are challenging to work with, as they impart strong cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and vanilla spice notes. True blending expertise is required to enhance the bourbon with Amburana and maintain balance. The BCS blending team created a bourbon blend of two mash bills with different char levels finished in sustainable Amburana casks. A vatting of individual casks without finishing was layered in to add depth, richness, and complexity, ensuring the bourbon shines through first and foremost.

Smoke Wagon

Smoke Wagon Blenders Select Rye Whiskey...$69.99
We selected barrels of the sweet, delicate 51% rye, 45% corn, and 4% barley traditional straight rye and blended it with barrels of the big and bold 51% rye, 49% malted barley straight rye. The end result is an upfront flavor profile that's beautifully sweet and rich with a luxurious mouthfeel. The finish has just enough cinnamon and rye spice to get your tongue tingling while the flavors from the malted barley, such as smoke and malt are still present, but softer and more subtle.

Smoke Wagon Halloween Limited Edition Bourbon....$27.99
Smoke Wagon Straight Bourbon Whiskey

92.5 proof
2020 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Double Gold Winner!
Just released in fall of 2019, the goal was to create an affordable everyday bourbon that had that unique and unmistakable Smoke Wagon flavor, consisting of delicate sweet notes with a rye spice finish. Barrels with our same high rye mash bill were racked on the top two floors of the warehouse and never rotated. The higher the floor the hotter it gets in the summer causing more expansion and more movement into the wood. Because we don’t chill filter, these combined aspects create a bourbon that is rich and creamy beyond its years. Never rotating the barrels ensures there are no harsh tannin flavors and the high rye mash bill adds a delightfully spicy and nutty finish.
Nose: honey, toasted nuts and with some oak and heat.
Taste: Creamy mouthfeel with initial rich sweet notes of honey and caramel on the tip of the tongue followed by nuts, oak and pepper spice that starts on the sides of your tongue. The nuttiness and oak fade as pepper spice from the rye takes over the entirety of your pallet. Finishes with a creamy sweetness that coats followed by once again by oak and a pepper spice that lingers .

Smoke Wagon Small Batch Bourbon...$49.99
100 Proof
Our high rye content bourbon is aged in the heart of a century-old brick warehouse. To ensure a unique and consistent flavor, barrels are hand selected to create a perfect blend that is smooth and at the same time bold and intense.  Released in 2016, our goal was to create a unique great tasting high rye content bourbon. The problem is that rye ages much faster than corn. So while our younger vintages had a big rye spice flavor (which we love) the mouth feel was too thin and it lacked the sweet, delicate complexity of a well aged spirit. Our older vintages had the smoothness and sweet notes that can only be achieved by moving in and out of #4 char and caramelized oak for many, many years, but the nice rye spice had been aged out!
So what to do? Find the perfect blend. We combined the two. The younger vintages maintain the bold spiciness of the rye, cut down on the tannins and keep it fruit forward. The older vintage brings in a creamy mouth feel with sweet aromas and taste notes that only appear over time from aging in a barrel. We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoy making it.
2021, 2019, 2017, and 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition
Gold Medal Winner!

Smoke Wagon Uncut the Younger Bourbon....$39.99
116.48 proof
"The journey to create Uncut the Younger began around October 2020.... being able to offer an affordable cask strength bourbon that could be one of our core expressions AND a high proof lover’s daily sipper, really got me excited. I truly believe having superior and affordable bourbons is essential. Also I wanted Straight to have a cask strength sibling the way Small Batch has Uncut Unfiltered, it all just made sense.
A year and a half later - Uncut the Younger, our second expression in the entry level category is finally here! Consisting mainly of 4 year 36% rye bourbon from several floors and warehouse locations. Uncut the Younger is blended to be fruit forward, with tons of candy flavor notes and finishing with some bold cinnamon spice with gentle heat. It’s non chill filtered so it’s buttery and creamy, drinking more delicately than one would think based on its proof.
Hope you love drinking it as much as I loved creating it!" Cheers, Aaron

Smoke Wagon Bourbon Uncut Unfiltered...$66.99
115.8 Proof
Uncut Unfiltered Bourbon - No water added because none is needed.
We took the same vintage blending philosophy that we used to create Small Batch, except this time the goal was to create high proof bourbon that tasted its best neat. Uncut is so rich and sweet with an unbelievably thick mouth feel, the heat and rye spice finish are a welcome addition. It's like milk with cookies!
Blending vintages of our high rye mash bill to achieve this flavor profile at 115-116 plus proof was a very rewarding challenge for us. There is a delicate balance between creamy mouthfeel, tannins and sugars that comes into play that makes the end result magical. Older vintages have more evaporation which means a higher concentration of fats and sugars per ounce which gives them a nice creamy mouthfeel as well as caramel and honey goodness. They also have more tannins because alcohol has been in contact with the wood for longer. A lot of what some perceive as alcohol burn is actually a harshness due to tannins. This can counterbalance the benefit gained by the high concentration of lipid esters insulating your pallet from alcohol heat. There needs to be enough of the older bourbon for the oak flavors and mouthfeel, but also some younger ones to cut back on the tannins and bring in some delicate fruit and caramel flavors.
2021, 2020 and 2017 San Francisco World Spirits
Double Gold Winner!

Smoke Wagon Rye Bottled in Bond....$59.99
Distilled from a traditional rye mash bill consisting of 51% rye, 45% corn, 4% barley.
A high percentage of corn adds a nice rich sweetness that balances out the flavor notes of Rye’s big black pepper and cinnamon spice. Creating a flavor profile that starts off creamy, rich with fruit and candy flavor notes that has a big, bold, complex spicy finish that lingers for an eternity.

Smoke Wagon Silver Dollar Vodka...$19.99

Copper Pot Distilled in Las Vegas from only the purest ingredients then silver filtered for an incredibly smooth taste.
100% corn mash bill makes this vodka gluten free.
Tasting notes: smooth creamy mouth feel with a water like taste. Just a hint of copper and corn sweetness, finishing smooth with no burn.
2016 through 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition Silver Medal award winner!

Great Divide Hercules Imperial IPA

Great Divide Hercules Imperial IPA...$2.99 / 19.2oz can
Hercules rides again with a reformulated recipe that will appeal to beer drinkers from Ancient Greece to modern America. A brand new yeast strain makes this beer feel light on the pallet and belies a heft 9.5% ABV. With a classic hop profile including Centennial, Chinook, Cascade and Amarillo, this Imperial IPA is a perfect blend of dank, citrus and floral aromas and flavors

Bluewood Brewing Space Dentist Hazy IPA

Bluewood Brewing Space Dentist Hazy IPA...$12.99 / 4pk cans
A vibrant IPA treated with a handsome dosage of Galaxy in the biotransformation hopping stage exploding with notes of pineapple and passionfruit!

UCBC Stammtisch German Style Pilsner


Finally back in stock at Forsyth and Kirkwood
Super fresh - bottled October 3rd

UCBC Stammtisch German Style Pilsner...$8.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Tasting Notes:
Crisp, floral, herbal

A "Stammtisch" is an informal group meeting held on a regular basis – more directly translating to ‘table for regulars’. Our Stammtisch was brewed to celebrate this idea of community and socializing. It’s a traditional German Pilsner featuring a blend of Hallertau and Strisselspalt hops, giving it a pronounced herbal and spicy aroma. It's crisp and dry with a light grainy malt profile. We think it's the perfect accompaniment to any gathering.