Thursday, October 30, 2014

Jefferson TWCP Ocean Bourbon Voyage No. 3

Very little is made.  We got our won barrel - only 216 bottles made in The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel No. 21

Jefferson's Ocean TWCP Voyage No.3....$69.99
Only 216 bottles produced
Barrel No. 21 produced exclusively for The Wine and Cheese Place

Jefferson’s Ocean: Aged at Sea -Inspired by the original Jefferson’s Ocean, which was new-filled bourbon barrels, the Jefferson’s Ocean: Aged at Sea takes older bourbon barrels and brings it around the world. Stopping in 5 different continents and crossing the equator 4 times, this bourbon truly is a world beater.

What began as a fun experiment has resulted in a more scientific approach to the maturation process of bourbon.  When whiskey was first distilled in Kentucky, it received intentional extra age from travelling on rivers and seas en route to market.  This was not just due to lengthy trips but also the movement of the ship which forced the liquid  in whiskey barrels to be in constant motion coming in contact wit the wood more often.  At Jefferson's we wanted to tip our hat to this tradition by aging bourbon at sea.  We put fully matured Kentucky Bourbon on a ship and set it on its way to crossing the equator 4 times, stopping at 5 continents and over 30 different ports.  This process has added a salty, caramel elements that round out the bourbon's profile to create an American treasure that has been cultured as traveled by the globe.

Take a look at the ports that our barrel stopped and visited....

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

New - Limited Compass Box The Blost Blend

We scored 24 more bottles - back in stock!

Compass Box The Lost Blend Blended Malt Scotch Whisky...$91.99
"Distilled elixir of battle, money
and high life!"
The Lost Blend, O. Henry (1907)
This new Limited Edition is a homage to our own ‘lost blend’ - Eleuthera - our first ever single malt blend that we sadly had to retire in 2004. It is also inspired by a short story written by O. Henry in 1907 “The Lost Blend” about life in a New York bar featuring two business partners who try to recreate a blend of spirits with close to supernatural properties. The Lost Blend is - if you will - our attempt to create a magical combination of whiskies, in the style of our lost Eleuthera. The result is this elegantly complex union of two fruity Highland single malts and a peaty Islay single malt. It will once again be lost after these 12018 bottles.

Bells Christmas Ale 2014

Bell's Christmas Ale....$10.99 / 6pk
"The basic inspiration for Bell's Christmas Ale was to create a sessionable holiday beer, using locally grown malt, which would stand apart from the array of spiced winter warmers that are typically introduced this time of year. In contrast to many other seasonals, Christmas Ale doesn't contain any spices: all of the dry, toasted notes & subtle toffee flavors come from the 100% Michigan-grown barley, custom malted by Briess Malting, while a blend of hops from Michigan & the Pacific Northwest lend earthy, herbal aromas. At 5.5% ABV, it stands as a smooth, highly drinkable beer intended to complement holiday menus, not overshadow them."

Schlafly Schwarzbier in CANS

In stock at Forsyth now

Schlafly Sessions Black Lager...$6.99 / CANS

ABV: 5.0% | IBU: 25 
PROCESS: Traditional Lager
HOPS: Mittelfruh, Tettnang (DE), Marynka (PL)
GRAINS: Pale, Europils, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel
YEAST: German Lager

Sessions Black Lager is a traditional German Schwarzbier with a refreshingly light body. The dark chocolate malts contribute color and hints of roasted coffee balanced by the delicate aroma of German Noble hops. Translated from German, Schwarzbier means black beer.

Schwarzbier originated in the 16th Century in southeastern Germany where it is still brewed today. The style enjoyed a heyday in St. Louis in the late 1800s, but large scale production of dark lagers failed to resurface after Prohibition. In 2007, the beer community of St. Louis honored St. Louis Dark Lager as the official beer of the inaugural St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival, an annual tasting event that celebrates the many breweries thriving in St. Louis today.

Schlafly TIPA is here!

New batch October 15

Schlafly Tasmanian IPA -- TIPA...$9.99 / 6pk

ABV: 7.2% |   IBU: 60
APPEARANCE:  Golden, Bright
PROCESS:  Dry hopped; single hop/single malt beer
HOPS:Galaxy (AU)
MALTS:2-row malted barley
YEAST:American Ale

Schlafly Tasmanian IPA is brewed with 100% Australian hops. The Tasmanian hop, Galaxy, is a strong, aromatic variety that is different from traditional strains of the Pacific Northwest. Our brewers developed a recipe that showcases the hop’s unique flavors of citrus and pineapple.

India Pale Ales (IPAs) were first brewed in England during the late 1700s for export overseas to British soldiers in India. To keep their beer from spoiling during the long voyage, English brewers fortified their traditional pale ale recipes with natural preservatives: more malted barley, for a higher alcohol content, and more hops. In recent decades, with growing appreciation for highly hopped beers, American craft brewers have revived the style, embraced it, and incorporated new hop varieties. Our Special Release IPAs further those traditions and showcase the distinctions of hops from different hemispheres.

4 Hands Passion Fruit Prussia

In stock now at all locations

4 Hands Passion Fruit Prussia....$6.49 / 22oz
The Passion Fruit Prussia is our non-traditional look at the classic Berliner Weisse style. Brewed with a generous amount of passion fruit, this beer pours golden in color with a nice tart finish. A perfect compliment to the summer heat.

Evil Twin - Imperial Stout

Evil Twin Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room....$13.99 / 4pk
Imperial Stout
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

2nd Shift limited releases

These are just first come first served and the Forsyth location, no reservations.

We only got 12 bottles, 6 with white wax and 6 plain.
2nd Shift Brewing Brew Cocky Ale....$8.49 / 750ml
"Yup, we love hops and this IPA puts them all up in your face.  Loads and Loads of Falcaner's Flight, a blend of Northwest hops was used in such a gratuitous manner heretofore not seen in these parts.  ENJOY" - label

2nd Shift Brewing Scriderbough's Magpie Brown Ale...$6.49 / 750ml
There once was an artisan name Kyle for whom we made a party gyle (look it up).  As it turns out, it made for very drinkable brown ale so enjoy or I will stuff a banana in your tailpipe.

Anchor 2014 Christmas Ale

2014 Anchor Holiday Ale...$15.99 / MAGNUM

2nd Shift 2014 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

2nd Shift Mullineaux...$6.49 / 750ml
Mullineaux is an American Farmhouse ale that is ever evolving.  A different yeast is used in every batch.  Drink them all Finir de boire.

Stone Arrogant Bastard Box!

Hitting all of our stores today, Forsyth and Ballwin have it in stock now

This seems to be an amazing deal (only $4.75 per bottle)

Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard Box....$18.99 / 4pk of 22oz Bottles
Includes 1 bottle each
  • Arrogant Bastard
  • Double Bastard
  • Lukcy Bastard
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Bastard!

First time available
Bourbon Barrel-Aged Arrogant Bastard Ale

I did not give you permission to pick me up, let alone drink me. Nor do I intend to. Being groped as you mutter to yourself taxes my patience. Pardon? You think you’re the only one who can hear that scattered cacophony of “thought” racing through your head? Ah, ’twere that true. While I am a master of social complexities and articulate thought, clearly you are not. I am the embodiment of unparalleled intellectual and artistic heights. You, on the other hand, bring the baggage of preconceived notions that serve only to distract.

Yet, I’ll give you one chance: Aspire to free your mind. Use a crowbar if you must. Approach me with openness, unsullied by your irrelevant “life experience.” Alternately, set me down and leave me the hell alone.

Yes, yes, I know. You don’t have to put up with this. You’re a tiger. Grrr. You go get ’em. Go tweet or otherwise enlighten the starved-for-your-opinion world of your precious insights about me. Thrill yourself imagining your three, 300 or 30,000 followers hanging on your every word. I’m sure they must. OMG, they’re waiting for you to tell them the thought you had just now.

Now close your mouth and either set me down or do your worst. What’s that? You’re going to drink a fizzy yellow beer out of spite? You got it. Self-flagellate all you like. Proclaim your unworthiness to whoever will listen, scamp.

Pumpkin Ales 2014

Pumpkin Ales are almost done for the season -- 

Most are down to just a few 6 packs or bottles left.

Urban Chestnut
Sam Adams Fat Jack
Southern Tier Warlock
Kirkwood Station
Woodchuck Pumpkin Cider
Ace Pumpkin Cider

Left Hand
Morgan Street
Santa Fe

Tallgrass Zombie Monkie Post-Apocalyptic Porter

This one was a big seller last year -- do not hesitate!

Tallgrass Zombie Monkie....$8.49 / 4pk 16oz cans

Style: Post-Apocalyptic Porter
ABV: 6.2%
IBU: 35
Full Brew Birthday: September 2013
A robust porter inspired by approximately true events… 
Zombie Monkie is a dark, rich porter, carefully brewed for the post-apocalyptic world to come. Crafted with lots of roasty dark chocolate and specialty malts, then inoculated with enough hops to add a floral/citrus character in the finish. It's hardy, complex, and interesting, because you might be drinking it for a long time. Zombie Monkie...
Grab A Can. Make A Plan. Take A Stand.

WOW - Wine of the Week - Aime Cabernet Franc

WOW - Wine Of the Week. 
There will be a special price that day only for the wine of the week. Check the store that day for the sale price.
Wine of the Week :  Bouza de Carril Albariño Rias Baixas
Come taste it all four locations on Saturday November 1 - from 11am-4pm

It is hard to find a good Cabernet Franc that is not $40 or more, but we have done it....

2011 Domaine Aime Cabernet Franc....$14.99

Technical Notes:  100% Cabernet Franc.  After the grapes are harvested they are 100% destemmed, crushed, then fermented and aged in tank before bottling.  The grapes are sustainably farmed, and vinified using indigenous yeasts. There is no oak aging for this wine.
Tasting Notes:   This is a rich ripe Cabernet Franc, with none of the vegetal elements that one sometimes finds in cooler climate Cabernet Franc.  The wine is deep dark purple color.  In the mouth the wine is full of black fruit flavors, with hints of blueberry and plum.  The finish is soft and supple with ripe tannins.  This is an exceptionally easy wine to enjoy.  It is silky enough to have on its own, but rich and complex enough to enjoy with a wide variety of dishes. 

Great Thanksgiving wine!

2011 Karthauserhof Mosel Ruwer Fenherb Riesling...$14.99
The EITELSBACHER Karthäuserhofberg with its steep slopes, near the mouth of the Ruwer and Mosel provides the perfect microclimate and soil conditions for radiant fruity Rieslings and wonderful Pinot Blanc. It also needs people to recognise this potential who create, with a high level of craftsmanship and an uncompromising pursuit of quality, outstanding wines for the most discerning palate.
A classic, Karthäuserhof wine. Fresh and easy to enjoy. On the nose red currants, framed by more mature gooseberries and a light herbal note. On the palate an underlying sweetness that supports the mature acidity and minerality. This wine is great for your Thanksgiving Feast!

Monday, October 27, 2014

NEW - RESERVE Dragon's Milk


New Holland Dragon's Milk RESERVE..$7.99 / 22oz
Aged with Chili de arbol peppers. The earthy pepper character mingles with the dark roasted tones of Dragon’s Milk as spice slowly warms your palate.

Beer Style:  Stout Aged in Oak w/ Chilies
Alcohol by Volume:  11%
IBUs:  31
Grains:  2 row, munich, caramel, crystal, black, chocolate malt, flaked barley
Hops:  Glacier, Nugget

Deschutes Black Butte XXVI

Also found some of this, now in stock at Forsyth

Deschutes Black Butte XXVI...$14.99 / 22oz
26th Birthday Reserve Porter
Limited Quantities
Alc. 10.8%
Our 26th anniversary Imperial Porter was aged in bourbon barrels and dry spiced with Theo Chocolate's cocoa nibs, revealing hints of vanilla and chocolate. Pomegranate molasses and Oregon cranberries complement the robust flavor with a hint of fruit and just enough tart to make you smile.
Malt: Pale, Wheat, Midnight Wheat, Chocolate, Crystal
Hops: Millennium, Cascade, US Tettnang
Other: Theo Chocolate Cocoa Nibs, Pomegranate Molasses, Cranberries
Barrel-Aging: 6 Months in Bourbon (50%)


Toasted Walnut Buttermilk Pancakes with Cranberry Maple Syrup
Black-Pepper Crusted New York Steaks with Black Truffle Vinaigrette
Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

Perennial Artisan Ales Stefon release and tasting

Back in stock at Forsyth about 10 bottles

Perennial / Solemn Oath Brewery Stefon Ale...$9.99 / 750ml
Perennial Artisan Ales and Solemn Oath Brewery's hottest new collaboration beer is Stefon.  Spicy rye malt, subtle notes of stone fruit, a hint of roast, slightly tart with a dry finish and conditioned with Brettanomyces anomalus.  This beer has EVERYTHING." - label

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Viettie Barolo Riserva 2007

Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $344.99
Only 3 bottles left
2007 Vietti Barolo Villero Riserva...our price....$309.99
As of today, it is likely Vietti will bottle their 2007 Barolo Villero as a Riserva, which is hardly surprising given the quality of what is in the glass. This is perhaps Vietti’s most layered and intensely mineral-driven Barolo in 2007, with an expansive texture that blossoms on the palate with tons of aromatic complexity and virtually endless fruit. It, too, is shaping up to be a beauty
Rated 94-97/100 Wine Advocate
Rated 98/100 James Suckling (former Wine Spectator)

Assumption Abbey Fruit Cake

From Ava Missouri....
The holidays are coming...

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 (at least 18-20 years).

In stock now!!!

Assumption Abbey Fruitcake...$29.99 / 2lbs

"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 high quality that makes Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes among this country's finest." -- Abbey

Nino Negri “Quadrio”

2010 Nino Negri “Quadrio” Valtellina....$19.99

Want a great 2010 Nebbiolo without the Piedmont price tag? Look no further, the 2010 Nino Negri Rosso is from Valtellina an alpine valley in the far north of Lombardy, has been producing wine for over 2000 years. The classic Rosso di Valtellina wine is bright crimson in color, with an aromatic bouquet of dried cherries, tar and rose water. As might be expected for a mountain-grown wine made from Nebbiolo, the body is relatively light, and laced with grippy tannins.
Rich, with a base note of tarry smoke, remaining elegant and medium-bodied overall, showing mouthwatering acidity and fine integration. Dried mint and thyme aromatics lace the dried strawberry and cherry fruit, offset with star anise and beef bouillon details
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

Bargain Chianti and PInot Grigio

2013 Folonari Pinot Grigio..$6.49
There’s no need to stress over enjoying wine. Great wine pairs just as easily with fancy dinners out as it does with takeout at home. Folonari Pinot Grigio is a perfect complement to casual, comfortable nights in, or, out!
This wine is vinified entirely in stainless steel tanks and released when young to accentuate the vibrant, fresh characters of its crisp fruit. The wine shows floral and clover aromas, with notes of grass and hay. On the palate, the wine is juicy, with bright acidity and spicy notes of white pepper. This is a clean, “easy-quaffing” Pinot Grigio.
Pale yellow color. Fragrant and fresh bouquet. Dry and crisp with an elegant background of green apples and a clean finish.
Pair with: Shellfish, salads and antipasto.

2012 Folonari Chianti...$6.49
This 100% Sangiovese is a wine vinified in stainless steel to emphasize fresh, crisp flavors of these grapes. A Tuscan treasure and 100% Italian, this DOCG wine is made using grapes sourced from Italy’s most well-known wine producing area, the Chianti region. With juicy flavors and fragrant aromas, this wine is fresh, fruity, full and harmonious, with blackberry and raspberry notes and toasted almond notes on the finish.
Pair with: Veal, pork, pizza, pasta with meat sauce, chicken

Bonny Doon Claret

Great wines, great winemaker!

2012 Bonny Doon Proper Claret...$14.99
62% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Petit Verdot, 
8% Tannat, 7% Syrah, 1% Petite Sirah
We are not quite sure how but Bonny Doon Vineyard seems to have just released (or maybe unleashed?) a new wine called “A Proper Claret.” (You might well already suspect this, but things are pretty mad-cap around here these days).

The circumstances of its “release” are a bit mysterious. Randall has made himself scarce of late and there's been a somewhat suspicious character, calling himself Reginald ffrench-Postalthwaite, or some such fantastic name, who has been camping out in Randall's office.

Reginald, (if that's really his name) seems to be the prime instigator of this new project, “A Proper Claret,” (soi-disant). We are not quite sure how Bonny Doon Vineyard has come to be roped into this since Bonny Doon Vineyard is, or at least has been a strictly cabernet-free zone, at least for the last twenty-eight years. Randall has nothing but opprobrium, bordering on vaguely amused disdain for this very popular grape variety.

Tasting Notes
So, with these caveats, the sentiment at Bonny Doon Vineyard is that if we ever were to drink a cabernet-based blend, this would be one that would serve quite well. It is lean, neither overly alcoholic (weighing in at 13%), nor overly extracted; it is precisely as one would imagine A Proper Claret to be. The wine contains a substantial dollop of petit verdot (22%), which adds a silky note of violets and textural elegance, in precision counterpoint to the lead-in-the-pencil firmness offered by the inclusion of the manly tannat (8%). There is a lovely suggestion of cedar and mint, in the nose. The wine has medium tannins, nice acidity, and finishes cleanly.

2012 Les Darons

2012 Les Darons Languedoc...$13.99
Grenache and Carignan have long been cultivated in Southern France and represent the “forefathers” of the Languedoc Appellation’s red wines. An homage showcasing these varietals, this wine was subsequently labeled “Les Darons”, the affectionate expression for “The Parents” in the Parisian suburbs where winemaker Jeff Carrel was born.   An accessible wine with loads of character, “Les Darons” is packed with ripe, red and dark fruit aromas, with plenty of spice and a streak of underlying minerality.  Enjoy this classic, unoaked red with a wide range of everyday meals.

Dierberg Estate Grown Pinot Noir

2011 Dierberg Pinot Noir Estate Grown Santa Maria Valley...$38.99
These wines are regionally unique because they represent a blend of nine different Pinot Noir clones, including heritage varieties that can be traced back to Burgundy area of France. The result is a silky wine, but one that is lushly complex, featuring acidity, earthiness, spice, and intriguing aromatics. In any given vintage, you may find scents of cinnamon, cedar, and cumin meeting flavors of mushroom, leather, black tea, and dark black cherry, all swirling together in perfect harmony, much like the rainbow of clones in the vineyard.

Limited - 2012 Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Start stocking up on the amazing 2012 Cabernets!

2012 Lewis Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley...$87.99
The 2012 ranks among our best bottlings of Napa Cabernet. Enticing, deep-fruited aromas of black currant, berry and chocolate are stippled with cedar, clove and cinnamon oak spices. The palate centers on opulent core fruit that swirls around a defined structure of supple tannins. With complex undertones of truffle, black pepper and briar, this interplay finally winds down to a long chocolaty finish. 1,800 cases produced

Limited Chasseur Pinot Noir

2011 Chasseur Pinot Noir Russian River...$38.99
This Pinot Noir is textbook “Russian River” in character, with red raspberry, boysenberry, black cherry, rose petal, black tea, wood smoke, bouillon and forest earth scents all clearly present. On the pallet, the wine shows a similar profile, which combine with a lovely textural suppleness and those drier savory undercurrents to buoy the fruit into greater prominence at the finish. The zesty finish is lingering and precise, highlighted by cherry-raspberry, rose, grain and mineral flavors. This already flavor-packed wine, a study in vitality and grace, will grow ever more elegant over the next three years.

94 Point limited Pinot Noir

2011 Talley Rincon Pinot Noir...$53.99
Showing the darker, more masculine side to the variety, the 2011 Pinot Noir Rincon Vineyard dishes out deep, mineral-laced aromas and flavors of black raspberry, licorice, vanilla and tinges of leather. Pure, rich and textured, with ripe tannin and a fantastic sense of tension and verve, it will have 12-15 years of ultimate longevity. Drink 2015-2026.
Rated 94/100 Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Limited : St. George Single Malt Whiskey Lot 14

St. George Single Malt Whiskey Lot 14...$77.99
St. George Single Malt Whiskey is an American original: distilled, aged, blended, and bottled by us out of love for what a handcrafted single malt can be.

If you've tried any other St. George distillate, you owe it to yourself to taste the spirit that compelled master distiller Lance Winters to start distilling in the first place. (If you can get your hands on a bottle, that is.)

1001 Whiskies You Must Taste Before You Die says our whiskey "might just be the best U.S. single malt available today"—and by George, we agree.

Format: 750ml
ABV: 43%
Availability: Lot 14 rolling out nationally as of September 2014. Very limited release!