Saturday, March 28, 2015

Side Project Beer Glass






Side Project Beer Glass....$10 per stem 





Arriving on MONDAY!!
You can pre-order now and we will let you know when they arrive!


Stopped taking reservations, just about sold out.  Will check after we get them in on Monday


Thanks to our good friends Cory and Karen at




Emails have been sent out!  Congrats to everyone and thank you so much for the support!

There will only be 108 bottles available.   Side Project kept 12 to age and I am sure you will see bottles appear at events and tastings held by Side Project.

Also mentioned he bottled the next collab....Stout....that is all I am saying for now, just a little teaser.   Going to be a good one.  Label is not done yet, approval is not done yet.  So it will still be awhile.



This is the beer that Jason S. picked the name for in our name the beer contest! 



Side Project Anabasis Barrel Aged Barleywine
Our Barleywine was brewed with American malts and hops, but fermented with a strong English Ale strain. So far, 14% ABV Barleywine has been aging for ?? months in a Wine and Cheese Place Blanton's barrel. Rich mahogany in color with tawny port aromatics and smooth vanilla, graham cracker finish. 

San Marzano Tomatoes - the real deal.

In stock now at Forsyth



Not all tomatoes are the same.  Be careful when you buy "San Marzano" tomatoes, you might not be getting San Marzano tomatoes.

Look for cans that have the "DOP" designation.  If it does not have this on the can, you are not getting San Marzano Tomoatoes!

What are DOP tomatoes? 
DOP  "Denominazione d' Origine Protetta"
According to Wikipedia, the purpose of the DOP mark (or Protected Designation of Origin [PDO] in English) "is to protect the reputation of the regional foods and eliminate the unfair competition and misleading of consumers by non-genuine products, which may be of inferior quality or of different flavor."

Why bother? Imagine you're a tomato producer (or wine- or cheese-maker): There's a significant economic benefit in trumpeting the unique qualities and flavors of your product — and therefore in protecting the very notion of what defines that product.

In the case of DOP tomatoes, the regulations that define them designate, among others:

  • What strain of tomato they are
  • Where in Italy they can be grown
  • How they are to be grown
  • The size, shape, and color when harvested
  • That they be harvested by hand
  • That they are peeled when packed

2012 Beringer Knights Valley RESERVE!





The great 2012 vintage has finally arrived!

2012 Beringer Cabernet Sauvignon Knights Valley RESERVE....$51.99
Knights Valley is the perfect place for a unique style of Cabernet Sauvignon, and there are a few extraordinary blocks within this vineyard that offer the truest, most distinctive expression of the Knights Valley terroir. The 2009 vintage marked the launch of Knights Valley Reserve, and was awarded Wine Spectator's #8 Wine of 2012.
"For its size and prominence, the St. Helena flagship Beringer winery does a remarkable job with the quality of its offerings. They have been fortunate to choose a brilliant line-up of chief winemakers, from Ed Sbragia, to Laurie Hook. The following group of wines, coming primarily from 2012 for the reds, and 2012 and 2013 for the whites, is one of the strongest I have tasted with them. That is reassuring when you consider the enormous size of the umbrella Treasury Estates that owns Beringer." - Robert Parker

Dom Perignon P2 Rose






1995 Dom Perignon P2 ROSE....$799.99 
The P2 non-rose Brut we had in the fall was rare, the rose is even more rare!Yes, it has spent 18 years on the lees before bottling  
Packaged in a brushed aluminum box.   
This one has not been rated, but this is what Robert Parker had to say about the "regular" 1995 Dom Perignon Rose
"The Dom Perignon Rose often does not perform well until around ten years of age, and the 1995 is revealing a bold, medium pink salmon color followed by broad berry notes intermixed with a smoky/earthy character. Rich, full-bodied, backward, and tannic, it should hit its peak in 2-3 years, and last for a decade thereafter. Readers should remember that the 1971 Dom Perignon Rose is still drinking exquisitely. I recently had the 1969 and 1970 Dom Perignons (from magnum), and both were drinking brilliantly. It makes one realize just how long-lived these wines can be. Production is confidential, but there must be hundreds of thousands of cases of Dom Perignon since it available in most of the world’s luxury hotels and restaurants."
Rated 95+/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate



What is Dom Perignon "P2" - click here to read the story by Forbes

Here are some highlights....
After frequent taste tests and analysis of older vintages held in the company’s library, going back to the very first one (1921), the current Chef du Cave since 1990, Richard Geoffrey, and his predecessors and colleagues, have made an interesting discovery. As it rest on the lees in the cellar, it does not improve steadily as might institutively be expected and as many wines do. Instead it remains relatively flat for years at a time and then when nature has had her ways, makes a quantum leap to a new quality plateau, where it again remains flat in terms of improvement for many years. Internally, the staff at Dom Perignon refers to these leaps as “plentitudes,” and have concluded that they occur just three times. The first plentitude takes about 7-9 years and results in the Dom Perignon most of the world knows, having made its first big improvement. The second happens after another 10 years or so, the third in another 10 years or so (these times are very subject to nature). After the third, there are no more leaps but rather a slow and steady improvement, at least up to the nearly 100 year point they are still trying. Dom Perignon that is not resting on its lees never experiences the second or third plentitude.

2013 Orin Swift Limited releases





2013 Orin Swift Machete....$49.99
An opaque, purple chroma is brilliantly on display in the glass. An alluring fragrance of bright floral notes, violet juxtaposed with intriguing mountain characteristics. The entry is big, dark, and brooding with concentrated berry flavors, black cherry, mocha, and delightful earthy, brambly notes. Soft and lush, the tannins are sublime which offsets a pleasing mineral finish.
**Bottled with 12 Different Labels, you may not receive the one pictured**





2013 Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon....$43.99
A dense plum, red visage brilliantly precedes the tasting. Multidimensional aromatics of cassis, currant, mulled dark fruits, and toasty barrique oak perfume the glass. Opulent and rich, the wine explodes with concentrated flavors of black cherry, ripe boysenberry, assorted dark fruits, kirsch, and a topnote of dark roasted espresso. A persuasive mid palate persists with freshness and closes with supportive tannins that are velvety and polished.

Specials!


Wine /  Spirits / Cheese on Sale!


Stilton Blue Cheese from England....$13.99 / lb

Neyers Chardonnay 304 Unoaked.....$12.99
Pala Cannonau Sardinia.......$8.99 
Nicolas Feuillate NV Champagne...$26.99 - amazing price
George Dickel 9 Year Old Single Barrel....$39.99
Black Bull Kyloe Single Malt Scotch....$29.99
Prices good through April 30, 2015
Kendall Jackson VR Chardonnay.....$9.99 everyday 
Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio.....$17.99






Great Beer Specials!

Boulevard Chocolate Ale.....$9.99 / 750ml
Avery The Beast....$6.99 / 12oz
Dudes Grandmas Pecan........$7.99 / 4 pack CANS
4 Hands Alter Ego Black IPA.....$8.99 / 6pk CANS
Oskar Blues Pinner Session IPA.....$7.99 / 6 pack CANS
Prices good through April 30, 2015



Friday, March 27, 2015

Funky Jewbelation 2015





2015 He'Brew Funky Jewbelation...$10.99 / 22oz
A blend of 6 ales and lagers aged in 65% bourbon Barrels and 35% in Rye Whiskey Barrels

more info - click to enlarge


Taste some Maple Bacon Onion Jam Meatballs!



The Forsyth store smells great right now. 
The Wine and Cheese Place 
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105
314.727.8788

We are tasting Stonewall Kitchen Maple Bacon Onion Jam Meatballs!


4pm-6pm

Plus we have BEER 
  1. De Dochter van der Korenaar Crime Passionel
  2. Stillwater / Siren Smoke Signals
  3. Shiner Prickly Pear
  4. Grimm Gradient Young Bruin with Blackberries
  5. Stillwater Contemporary Series "Mono"
  6. Stillwater Contemporary Series "Stereo"
  7. Stillwater Contemporary Series "Surround"


Plus some wine too...
  1. Fabre Montmayou Rose, Mendoza
  2. Maddalena Chardonnay, Monterey
  3. Sans Liege "Ground Work" Grenache, Central Coast
  4. Pierano "Immortal" Zinfandel, Lodi



Sauce Magazine Reader's Poll!



Join in the fun....


Time to vote again - Click here to vote

I am not going to tell you who to vote for, just vote :)

Favorite Liquor Store
Favorite Specialty Food Shop
Favorite Wine Store

also Favorite Brewery....

2nd Shift LSD



New label design by Kyle A. Scarborough






2nd Shift Liquid Spiritual Delight...$12.99
Here's the 2014 version of my fantastically wonderliscious big ass Stout.  Chocolatey and richness is the only way to describe the black beauty.  Think Pam Grier circa 1974.
11.5% ABV




Southern Tier MOKAH is here!





Southern Tier Mokah...$7.99
"a stout brewed with chocolate & coffee"

"When empirical and creative impulses collide, the result is often timeless. The classic utility-art aesthetic of the coffee maker is an example of design and engineering working in concert. It is through similar cooperation that the simple bitter cocoa bean is transformed into a sweet treat. As scientists, our brewers utilize their materials to exacting standards. As artists, they couldn’t resist the temptation to combine two of our highly acclaimed Blackwater Series Imperial Stouts: Jahva and Choklat. Alone each is perfect, but together as Mokah they are an inimitable expression of two of the world’s most sought after flavors. Enjoy Mokah stout with – or as – your favorite dessert!" -- brewery
11.0% abv • 27º plato • Imperial Stout Brewed with Coffee & Chocolate • 22 oz /
2-row pale malt • 2-row barley • caramel, chocolate & black malts • roasted barley barley flakes • Jamaican roasted coffee • bittersweet Belgian chocolate • chinook, willamette, cascade & columbus hops


Oskar Blues Root Beer

We are proud to introduce Oskar Blues Root Beer!
Back in stock !





B. Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Root Beer...$5.49 / 4pk
As we celebrate the 15 year anniversary of Oskar Blues Grill & Brew we begin canning our home brewed Root Beer we’ve been serving in our funky little restaurant locations for years. The Root Beer is named in tribute to Brian Stiff, a Lyons local and father of two who unexpectedly passed away on February 11th, 2012. “He was one of our bike riding buddies,” Katechis said. “He lived up in Lyons, and it’s just an awful, awful story.” Stiff died unexpectedly earlier this year at age 41. Since then, Katechis said our friends in Lyons have been looking for ways to help his widow, Julie, and two young children (Kevin and Brandon) and canning the root beer, with a portion of the proceeds going to the family, is our way to do that.
Ingredients:
Water, Cane sugar, Natural and Artificial Root Beer Flavor, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid
Gluten Free

Urban Chestnut Hopfen







Urban Chestnut Hopfen Bavarian IPA...$8.49 / 4pk pints


A beer we are describing as a ‘Bavarian IPA’. Brewed and dry-hopped with a variety of Hallertau ‘hopfen’… instead of the usual and more citric hop varieties of most American IPA’s… gives this beer a decidedly German twist.

Side Project Anabasis - coming soon!

The beer made it here safely!
I will print the BRC report Saturday morning.   Remember beer on hold will not count on your BRC, it must be picked up and charged through the register.

We will include sales through Friday March 27 - 7pm.

There will only be 108 bottles available.   Side Project kept 12 to age and I am sure you will see bottles appear at events and tastings held by Side Project.

Also mentioned he bottled the next collab....Stout....that is all I am saying for now, just a little teaser.   Going to be a good one.  Label is not done yet, approval is not done yet.  So it will still be awhile.

This will go through the BRC, it will be about half as many bottles as the Merci.  So it is much more limited.

This is the beer that Jason S. picked the name for in our name the beer contest! 



Side Project Anabasis Barrel Aged Barleywine
Our Barleywine was brewed with American malts and hops, but fermented with a strong English Ale strain. So far, 14% ABV Barleywine has been aging for ?? months in a Wine and Cheese Place Blanton's barrel. Rich mahogany in color with tawny port aromatics and smooth vanilla, graham cracker finish. 


Oh and dropped off some goodies for some fun drinking and sharing!  Thanks so much!!

Urban Chestnut Apotheosis

Just arrived at our Ballwin and Forsyth now




Urban Chestnut Apotheosis French Style Saison...$8.49 / 4pk
This French-style Saison was first brewed in collaboration with the fine folks at The Royale to celebrate the Feast Day of Louis IX. Named after the statue of St. Louis that sits atop Art Hill, this farmhouse ale is a tribute to our beloved city.

ALCOHOL BY VOLUME: 5.3%
HOP BITTERNESS (IBU): 18
HOPS: Hallertau Perle, Hallertau Saphir
MALTS: German Pils, German Munich, German Wheat




Thursday, March 26, 2015

Rodolphe Le Meunier "the Jimmy Page of the cheese world"




"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 Meunier...in 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.

Here are a few of Rodolphe Le Meunier cheeses in stock now at our Forsyth location.  Come in for a taste


Tome Des Pictons Morbier
This is a delicious cheese aged by Rodolphe Le Meunier in is Loire Valley facility.    The cheese is from Jura and would go great with an Arbois from Jura or a great Cru Beaujolais.

Le Jeune Autize "Goats Milk Morbier"
"Visual drama is what first attracted me to Le Jeune Autize; it reminded me of a marble slab, with its black, cinematic vein of ash creeping through the lily-white flesh. Fashioned similarly to Morbier, only with goat's milk, Le Jeune Autize batted its eyelashes at me from across the room, its kohl eyeliner promising mystery behind those amazing contours.

I asked for a taste, and my first impressions were smooth and silky, with a nicely semi-firm body that gave easily under my bite. Oilier than most goat cheeses, Le Jeune Autize plays across the tongue joyfully without being overly capricious. There's a good taste of salt there, with a lightly funky layer that won't overpower those not into strong cheeses. The followup is decidedly sweet, and the rind has a pleasantly dusty, mushroomy flavor that smacks faintly of grass and fresh tobacco.

If you find this lovely lady in your local cheese shop, I highly recommend taking her for a stroll. And if they don't carry it, put in a request! I guarantee you won't regret a few minutes alone with this little beauty." -- Serious Eats


Meadow Creek Dairy - Virginia



Meadow Creek Grayson Cheese is back at our Forsyth Location - come in for a taste


Meadow Creek Dairy is a family farm in the mountains of southwest Virginia. At an elevation of 2800ft, the combination of pure water, clean air and deep soils produce an ideal environment for growing diverse, mineral-rich pastures. We have worked closely with our Jersey herd to give them the best care, develop the genetics best adapted to our farm, and in the process produce the highest quality milk.

We practice sustainable farming methods, managing the land and cattle for health rather than high production. Our primary tool to achieve this goal is intensive grazing management. This involves giving our cattle fresh grass every day; they are not allowed back on the pasture already grazed, allowing the grass to regrow and preventing overgrazing. We use no herbicides or pesticides on our land. Our only crop is grass. We are therefore able to provide excellent nutrition for the dairy herd while improving the health and fertility of our land.



Meadow Creek Dairy Grayson Cheese
Named after the county we live in, Grayson was originally inspired by our visit to Wales and Ireland in 2000. As soon as we made the Grayson, we realized how deeply suitable a washed rind style was to our rich seasonal milk – and how key the affinage was to its unique flavor. It took years of trial and error, several more trips to Europe, and the building of a new cellar before the Grayson came fully into its own, but the result has been more than worth it: a cheese that both complements our milk and reflects the terroir of our cellars.
Tasting Notes: Made as a square wheel, Surface ripened at least sixty days in our cellar, Grayson finishes with a reddish-orange rind and a golden paste. The texture is supple and fudgy, becoming silky as it warms; the rich, beefy paste is slightly sweet, with grassy or nutty notes and a solid earthy undertone.
Related Cheeses: Livarot, Taleggio, Reblochon
Serving Suggestions: Grayson is a very flavorful cheese which stands well on its own but is also excellent with bread or dried fruit. It pairs well with a full bodied white and is assertive enough for a medium red, but we feel Grayson is at its most excellent served with beer.

Artisanal Cheese from Minnesota

Star Thrower Farms Cheese from Minnesota
In stock now at Forsyth, come in for a taste

"Star Thrower Farm's cheesemaking philosophy is simple: take excellent care of the land and sheep then allow the pure and natural to happen! We are sticklers for healthy pastures and grass-based diets and it shows in Star Thrower cheese.

We are a true farmstead operation and each cheese is produced in small batches by our cheesemakers. We hand rub our cheeses with course sea salt and care for our cheeses in an aging facility on our farm.   Our dairy is seasonal and our production is limited." - Star Thrower Farm


Star Thrower Farm Skyr Yogurt Cheese....$7.99 / lb package
Milk Type: Pasteurized sheep
Style: Icelandic Skyr Yogurt
Flavor profile: Rich, lemony, fresh
Skyr is an Icelandic cultured dairy product, similar to strained yogurt. It has been a part of Icelandic cuisine for over a thousand years. While Greek yogurt derives its thick texture from being strained; Skyr is thickened with a few drops of rennet, which puts Skyr somewhere between a cheese and a yogurt. Traditionally, Icelandic Skyr was made with sheep milk, although with the modernization of Iceland’s dairy industry, most skyr is now made from Cow milk. Fortunatly, the Icelandic sheep at Star Thrower Farm were up for task!


Star Thrower Farm Raw Sheep Milk Blue
Star Thrower Farm is home to a flock of pasture raised, purebred Icelandic sheep and their guardian llamas. Pastures are a combination of native grasses, wildflowers and alfalfa. This nutritious forage adds complexity to the flavor of the rich sheep’s milk cheeses produced at the farm’s creamery. Icelandic sheep do not give a large quantity of milk but do produce a very high quality milk that is excellent for cheesemaking.

Beer Tasting - Friday Night





Beer Tasting

Friday, March 27, from 4-6pm



The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105
314.727.8788

  • De Dochter van der Korenaar Crime Passionel
  • Stillwater / Siren Smoke Signals
  • Shiner Prickly Pear
  • Grimm Gradient Young Bruin with Blackberries
  • Stillwater Contemporary Series "Mono"
  • Stillwater Contemporary Series "Stereo"
  • Stillwater Contemporary Series "Surround"

Plus some wine too...
  • Fabre Montmayou Rose, Mendoza
  • Maddalena Chardonnay, Monterey
  • Sans Liege "Ground Work" Grenache, Central Coast
  • Pierano "Immortal" Zinfandel, Lodi



The Wine and Cheese Place
457 N. New Ballas Road
Creve Coeur, MO
314.989.0020


  • TBA

Meet Jimmy Russell TODAY at Forsyth!

JIMMY RUSSELL has left the building.  Very nice guy, always great to see him in the store!

Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller of Wild Turkey is coming back to 
sign bottles at The Wine and Cheese Place

We will have a few bottles open to taste also.
We will taste...
This one scored #1 Bourbon with 97/100 The Wine Enthusiast
Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Bourbon....$109.99 / 750ml
plus
Wild Turkey Forgiven
Wild Tureky Rare Breed
Russell's Rye
Russell's 10 Year Old

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105
314.727.8788

Today, March 26 from 3:30-4:30pm

Come get your favorite bottle signed.  We have all of these in stock now!


  • Wild Turkey 101 750ml 
  • Wild Turkey 101 1.75ltr
  • Wild Turkey 81 750ml 
  • Wild Turkey 81 1.75L 
  • Wild Turkey Rare Breed
  • Wild Turkey Forgiven
  • Wild Turkey Diamond 60th Anniversary
  • Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve 10 Year Old
  • Russell's Reserve Single Barrel
  • Wild Turkey Russell's Reserve Rye 6 Year Old
  • Wild Turkey Rye
  • Wild Turkey American Honey
  • Wild Turkey American Honey Sting




Great chance to have the living legend hand sign a bottle of the Diamond Anniversary that is a tribute to Master Distiller Jimmy Russell's 60 years at the Wild Turkey Distillery.


The Wine and Enthusiast Top 50 Spirits!
This one scored #1 Bourbon with 97/100 The Wine Enthusiast
Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Bourbon....$109.99 / 750ml
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.  A very rare blend of 13-16 year old hand selected barrels.  

Jimmy Russell, Master Distiller
Heritage 
Grew up three miles from the Wild Turkey distillery
Third in a line of distillers

AT WILD TURKEY 
Joined the distillery in 1954
Trained under Wild Turkey’s second Master Distiller, Bill Hughes, and Ernest W. Ripy, son of the original distiller

AWARDS & DISTINCTIONS 
Director of the Kentucky Distillery Association
Inducted into the Bourbon Hall of Fame in 2000

IN HIS OWN WORDS
“We use a water glass for the bourbon and a shot glass for the water.”

Deschutes Jubel 2015

We have some leftover .....
call Shae 314.727.8788 to hold or transfer.  Will hold for 48 hours.



Deschutes Jubel 2015...$14.99 / 22oz

Affectionately referred to as “Super Jubel”, Jubel 2015 is an imperial take on our festive winter ale. Notes of toasted caramel, raisins, dates and figs are complemented by spicy and herbal hop aromas. Originally planned as a once-a-decade-ale; we just couldn’t wait another five years.

Malt: Pale, Special B, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Flaked Barley
Hops: Millennium, Nugget, Cascade, Willamette, US Tettnang, East Kent Goldings
Barrel-Aging: (50%) 12 Months in Pinot Noir and new Oregon Oak

Stone Delicious IPA







Stone Delicous IPA...$9.99 / 6pk
While our beers are many and diverse, yet unified by overarching boldness, India pale ales are our undeniable bread and butter. We’ve brewed many over the past 18 years, from double-down bitter bombs to piney session sippers. Whether it’s big IBUs or a precise ABV, there’s usually a target we’re shooting for. The same is true of this, our latest IPA, but we gave zero thought to any acronyms. This one was all about packing as much unique and, you guessed it, delicious flavor into a glass as humanly possible, regardless of oomph or octane. This intensely citrusy, beautifully bitter beer is worthy of the simple-yet-lordly title of Stone Delicious IPA. Lemondrop and El Dorado hops combine to bring on a magnificent lemon candy-like flavor that’s balanced by hop spice. It’s unlike anything we’ve tasted in nearly two decades of IPA experimentation, and another lupulin-laced creation we’re excited to introduce to hopheads everywhere.



Not certified Gluten Free, but was crafted to reduce Gluten - read more


Stone Enjoy By 04.20.15






Stone Enjoy By 04/20/15...$14.99 / 6pk
Stone Enjoy By 04/20/15...$7.19 / 22oz

You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. Freshness is a key component of many beers – especially big, hoppy IPAs – but we've taken it further, a lot further, with this one. We brewed this IPA specifically NOT to last. We've gone to extensive lengths to ensure you get your hands on this beer within an extraordinarily short window, and we've sent a very clear message in the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right NOW to enjoy this IPA!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Jersey Italian Gravy


Jersey The Original Italian Gravy....25oz Jar
Know what? Jersey Italian Gravy is made with 100% fresh vine-ripened tomatoes which gives it that natural sweetness you'll never forget. We never, ever, make the gravy from concentrate, puree, paste or any cheap stuff like that. We simply make it the the real old fashioned way. And yep, including that long 6 hour cooking process. 100% all natural. No added spices and only 5 ingredients.

The Story:
As a young boy growing up in Northern New Jersey, I distinctly remember hanging out after school with my friends at our favorite local pizzeria. We would play video games and eat what we thought was the best pizza and pasta in the world. I loved it so much I even took on a part time job there and set out to learn everything I could about making great pizzas and Italian food. Unfortunately for me, there was one recipe the restaurant wouldn’t share: the one for their famous “Italian gravy,” that rich, hauntingly delicious tomato gravy that made everything it touched special. I would never forget its taste, but it would be decades before I learned its secrets.

After spending many years as an executive in the corporate world, I decided to swap my tie for an apron, and purchased that same legendary pizzeria, gravy recipe and all! I then soon realized that I was on to the next best thing…Jersey Italian Gravy! That’s when my wife chimed in and said, “Why don’t we jar and sell this stuff?” Good idea honey!

Today, I am happy to share with you that same Italian gravy I fell in love with years ago. Open a jar and I’m sure you’ll smell the freshness, taste the difference, and create some legendary dishes of your own!
Carlos and Constance Vega
Founders

Kavalan Whisky from Taiwan

We are proud to offer these rare whiskies from Taiwan 





Taiwan's first Single Malt Whisky
The King Car group, founded by Mr. TT Lee in 1956, has decades of experience in food and beverage, but owning a whisky distillery was always the founder’s dream. In 2002, Taiwan joined the World Trade Organization allowing the establishment of a privately owned distillery to exist in Taiwan and the King Car group to expand into whisky.
Kavalan, which means “flatland people,” is named after the Taiwanese aboriginal ethnic group that originally inhabited modern-day Yilan County where the distillery resides. Yilan was chosen by Blender Ian Chang and internationally renowned whisky expert and consultant to Kavalan, Dr. Jim Swan, for its proximity to the cold spring water of Snow Mountain and salty Pacific Ocean air. The subtropical heat and high humidity of Yilan cause an accelerated maturation ensuring a rich, complex whisky in a few short years. At Kavalan, it is referred to as “Maturity Redefined”.
Since its release in 2008, Kavalan has received dozens of international whisky awards and titles, beating out traditional Scottish, American and Japanese brands alike causing a shift in the world of whisky and a conversation surrounding age statements.


This one was just named 2015 Single Malt of the Year - we had 16 bottles, but it is now sold out!


Kavalan Whisky Vinho Barrique Cask....SOLD OUT
57.1% ABV
Only 211 bottles made
Kavalan Vinho is fully matured in used American oak wine barrels that have been stripped, then toasted to convert the wine flavors into a complex fruit background, and finally re-charred in a way that brings out vanilla notes from the whisky and wood. Vinho Barrique is a single cask, single malt whisky bottled by hand at the distillery without any vatting, finish, chill filtration or reduction.







Kavalan Classic Whisky...$73.99
43% ABV
Kavalan Classic was the first whisky produced by the distillery and expresses the quality and the character of the brand. It is strongly influenced by the cool air of the north-east of the island of Taiwan and the pure water of Snow Mountain. Kavalan Classic consists of mainly refill barrels, ex-bourbon barrels, and a small percentage of sherry barrels.





Kavalan Concertmaster Whisky Port Cask Finished...$79.99
43% ABV
Kavalan Concertmaster uses Portuguese ruby, tawny and vintage port wine casks, complimenting Kavalan’s distinctive flavor profile to compose a harmonic symphony. Kavalan Concertmaster, single malt whisky is first matured in specially selected American oak casks and then finished in port barriques for one year.










Kavalan Whisky Ex-Bourbon Cask...$129.99
Cask Strength 

57.98% ABV
182 bottles made
Kavalan ex-Bourbon is aged in ex-bourbon casks that are made of the American white oak of the Quercus alba species. The species of the oak together with the unique local weather conditions yield fragrant and delicate wood spiciness and vanilla notes. Ex-Bourbon is bottled at the distillery without any vatting, finish, chill filtration or reduction.



Kavalan Whisky Sherry Cask...$149.99
Cask Strength
57.8% ABV
498 bottles
Kavalan Sherry Cask is matured in Spanish Oloroso sherry casks. This single cask, single malt whisky is bottled by hand at the distillery without any vatting, finish, chill filtration or reduction.


King Car Whisky Conductor Vatted Single Malt...$99.99
46% ABV
A vatted single malt of refill barrels, ex-bourbon barrels, sherry barrels, and other specially selected barrels named for the King Car conglomerate. It is similar to the Classic in terms of flavor and aroma, however it has a higher content of sherry casks.





Kavalan Whisky Fino Sherry Cask...$349.99
Cask Strength
57% ABV

473 bottles made
Spanish for "Fine", is the driest and most pale of all varieteis of traditional sherry wine.  It is best drunk comparatively young.  Traditional Fino wine is usually non-sweet and is best consumed shortly after the bottle is opened in order to avoid losing its flavour.  Kavalan's Fino, however, provides mild sweetness that excited the palate.  Solist Fino was matured in top Fino Sherry butts that were used for the wine making.

Every cask is specially selected by the master blender for its distinct character and fine distillery quality.  Each bottle is individually hand bottled and labeled for your unique sampling pleasure.
100 Points IRSC (International Review of Spirits Competition)
Platinum Medal