Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Stranahan's is back!






We have not seen this since 2010 in St. Louis!
Stranahans Colorado Whiskey...$52.99
Typically when a distiller bottles his whiskey, several hundred or even several thousand barrels are combined for a staunchly uniform taste. And the way we see it, we want you to be able to trust what's in the bottle, without sacrificing character. So each week we produce about 5 minutes worth of production made at some of the mass producing distilleries. We select ten to twenty of our choicest barrels, and combine them for a small batch with a reliable, yet distinctive flavor unique to Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey.

Founders Breakfast Stout




2014 Founders Breakfast Stout is here!


Founders Breakfast Stout...$9.99 / 4pk
ABV = 8.3% and 60 IBUs
"The coffee lovers consummate beer. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee, this stout has an intense fresh roasted java nose topped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that goes forever." -- Founders
"You’ve got to love coffee to truly appreciate this phenomenal brew. Brewed with an abundance of flaked oats, bitter and sweetened imported chocolates, Sumatra and Kona coffee. We’re actually not sure if this is some type of coffee cake or a beer. Either way you can drink this ale with a fork. Breakfast Stout has an intense fresh roasted coffee nose topped with a cinnamon colored frothy head that seems to never fade and makes you wish breakfast could last forever. "
Rated 100 percentile on RateBeer (over 2,400 ratings)




Ska Mole Stout is back!








Ska Mole Stout...$9.99 6 pack Cans

The Autumnal Mole Stout is an ale brewed with cocoa nibs, spices and three varieties of chile peppers: Mulato, Ancho and Hatch green chiles, (also known as Anaheim Peppers.)

WOW - Wine Of the Week: Bouza de Carril Albariño Rias Baixas

WOW - Wine Of the Week. 
Come taste the WOW each Saturday at all FOUR of our locations.
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 October 25 - from 11am-4pm


This is constantly ranked as one of the top Albarinos in Spain.   This is the first time available in the U.S. and we are proud to introduce it to St. Louis!



2013 Bouza de Carril Albariño Rias Baixas...$17.99
Albariño has gone from obscurity to stardom. Although now planted in many countries, no place has matched the quality of wines from its home in this cool, lush Atlantic corner of Spain. Dense yet lacy, boldly flowery but not perfumy, it is acknowledged everywhere to make one of the world’s most beautiful white wines.
There are over 160 growers in Rias Baixas. Each year they hold a blind tasting. For the past decade, Bouza de Carril has always finished in the top 10. We are lucky to have this. Rarely has the word ‘gem’ been more appropriate for a wine.

Sheridan Chardonnay 94 rating






Very rare wine, very little is sold outside of the winery.  The winery is sold out and nobody on Wine-Searcher has it available.   
Do not hesitate!
2012 Sheridan Chardonnay La Belle Blonde...$25.99

"I was blown away by the 2012 La Belle Blonde Chardonnay. Made from 100% Chardonnay and aged in 80% French oak and 20% American oak (50% being new), it gives up gorgeous aromas and flavors of golden apples, vanilla cream, hazelnut and white flowers to go with a layered, rich, full-bodied and classy profile on the palate. Easily one of the top examples of this variety coming out of Washington, it should drink nicely over the coming 2-3 years, and possibly evolve nicely for longer as well."
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Monday, October 20, 2014

Amazing 2012 Melville Pinots




"Hold onto your hats, as these latest releases from Chad Melville and winemaker Greg Brewer are off-the-charts good!" -- The Wine Advocate

2012 Melville Pinot Noir Terraces...$56.99
"Even better, the 2012 Pinot Noir Terraces comes from the top portion of the vineyard, saw 80% whole clusters and 18 months in neutral oak prior to bottling. Rose petal, cherry blossom, licorice, steak tartare and hints of earth all soar from the glass, and this beauty hits the palate with full-bodied richness, fabulous texture and swee
t tannin. It too will have a decade of longevity."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate 




2012 Melville Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills....$32.99
Crushed red berries, mint, flowers and cinnamon lift from the glass in the 2012 Pinot Noir Estate Sta. Rita Hills. This is one of the most polished, refined and aromatically expressive wines I have tasted from Melville. What a gorgeous, radiant and totally sexy wine this is.

Rated 94/100 Antonio Galloni Vinous Media
Rated 92/100 The Wnie Advocate








Ministry of the Vinterior




2012 Ministry of the Vinterior The Messenger Cabernet Sauvignon...$23.99
VINEYARDS
The Oakville district was one of the first distinctive wine growing regions within Napa Valley to be officially recognized when it was granted AVA status in 1993. The greatest concentration of Napa Valley's preeminent producers are located in this small district: Mondavi, Groth, Far Niente, Phelps, Harlan Estate and Screaming Eagle being just a few.  While Napa Valley's diverse soils, hot summers and cool autumns make it a superior place to grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville soil and climate makes it the perfect place to produce the essential qualities of Cabernet Sauvignon which results in deep, complex wines with acid and tannins the preserves these wines for decades.
TASTING NOTES
The Ministry of the Vinterior has spared no expense or effort in farming what it feels is a paradigm of this variety. But individual taste is subjective and the general population will decide the flavors and qualities it finds in the wine.
PAIRING
Great with rich roast meat dishes, smoky and grilled barbecues, venison or with earthy risotto.
MINISTER OF WINEMAKING
Charles Hendricks

Turnbull 2012 has arrived!






2012 Turnbull Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley Estate....$44.99
There are incredible aromatics on this Cabernet. Dusted summer blackberries and creme de cassis. Delicate fine-tuned French oak strikes a perfect balance, never overshadowing the fruit. The tannins are silky, rich and smooth, detailing the amazing singularity of the terrior of Oakville. A wine of grace and beauty. Impeccable and delicious. Dramatic and just about perfect.

Jolly Pumpkin - Pumpkin Ale

Arrives this week!

Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela Pumpkin Ale



"OK, so the joke was Jolly Pumpkin doesn't brew a pumpkin beer. Well, now we do. Just this one. Packed with real pumpkins, hints of spice, and a gentle kiss of cacao to liven the soul. An everyday easy way to fill your squashy quotient. Guess now folks will have to find something else to joke about...." -- label.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ozark Distillery - Missouri




Ozark Distillery
"We are the first legal distillery in Camden County, Missouri at the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks. We are located in Osage Beach on Hwy KK.

Our Ozark Moonshine is made with Missouri grown corn, mashed and distilled using traditional methods. We hand craft our moonshine in small batches where no sugar is used in our all grain mash. Ozark Moonshine is distilled in a 4 plate column still to achieve a flavor profile which is smooth and sweet with a light corn flavor and aroma.

Ozark Distillery is a small family owned Lake of the Ozarks Distillery using locally grown grains to make our products. We will be introducing new products soon and our Ozark Bourbon Whiskey will be available beginning 2014."





NEW - we are told this is their most popular!
Ozark Distillery Butterscotch Moonshine...$22.99
Our Butterscotch Moonshine is made with our distilled corn spirits infused with rich butterscotch candy flavor making this an adult treat over ice, in your coffee, or drizzled over ice cream. Its also great mixed with orange juice! The possibilities are endless.


Ozark Distillery Vodka...$22.99 / 750ml
Ozark Distillery Vodka is made from Missouri corn distilled multiple times to create a smooth vodka great for martini's or your favorite mixer.




Ozark Distillery Apple Pie Moonshine...$22.99 / 750ml
Our Apple Pie is infused with real apples and spices to make a subtle apple flavored Moonshine good over ice or mixed with apple juice or a carbonated beverage.

Ozark Distillery Moonshine...$22.99 / 750ml
Our Ozark Moonshine is made with Missouri grown corn and mashed and distilled using time honored traditional methods. We hand grind the grain and mash using a 4 hour process. The mash is then placed in a fermentation tank where yeast is added. It ferments for 5 to 7 days where the yeast eats the sugar from the corn to make carbon dioxide, heat and alcohol. We then distill using a large pot with a 4 plate column to achieve the flavor profile we think is representative of an authentic moonshine product which was historically illegally produced all over the Ozark Hills region.

Ozark Distillery Vanilla Bean Moonshine
Our Vanilla Bean Moonshine is made by infusing our distilled corn spirits with real vanilla beans and a few other secret ingredients to create a smooth flavored Moonshine great for sipping or mixing. Try it in coke for a nice vanilla coke or with rootbeer for a rootbeer float!


Ozark Distillery Blackberry Moonshine
Rich Blackberry flavor and subtle sweetness is created by infusing real blackberries with our ditilled corn spirits to make a smooth drink best served on the rocks.

We think you'll agree, sipping Ozark Distillery Blackberry Moonshine is like a liquid high-five!

Prairie Pirate Bomb! and 2nd Shift Green Bird Gose

Special treat for those coming to the Lauren Salazar tasting...
We have some bottles available of these two limited beers - available first come first served starting now at the Forsyth.   Ask at the register for bottles when you arrive.




Prairie Artisan Ales PIRATE BOMB...$8.99 / 12oz

Rated 100/100 RateBeer
Imperial Stout aged in Rum Barrels with Coffee, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans & Chilies Added
Pirate bomb is our beer Prairie Bomb! aged in rum casks. The flavor from the casks helps impart more vanilla and coconut flavors to the beer while helping to add more body and smoothness to the already explosive and expressive flavors of Bomb!
ABV
13%IBUs65









2nd Shift The Bridge Green Bird Gose...$6.99 / 750ml
So a Gose (say GO-SUH) is a German style of beer that is a little salty and coriandery.
Very easy drinkin and quaffable.
4.5% abv
6 IBU

Triennes from Dujac and DRC



From the owners of Domaine Dujac and Domaine Romanee Conti (DRC) comes Triennes!

In the late 1980's Jacques Seysses, founder of Domaine Dujac, and Aubert de Villaine, co-owner of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, began searching for a vineyard in the south of France. The two icons of Burgundy, along with good friend Michel Macaux, were convinced that great wines could be produced in the Var, an area better known for quaffable rosés than complex, world-class reds and whites.

Triennes Fainte Fleur Viognier...$18.99

Grape variety : "Viognier"
Elevage : 100% in stainless steel tanks to preserve freshness
Tasting notes : - Intense perfume of apricot, honey-suckle, white flowers and honey of lavander. This wine strikes a beautiful balance between aromatic richness, crisp acidity and mineral structure.

"This will be an estate to watch because of the commitment and talent of the two Burgundians, Jacques Seysses of the Domaine Dujac and Aubert de Villaine of the DRC." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Lips of Faith Beer Tasting with Lauren Salazar





Very special Beer tasting

with Lauren Salazar 

The Wine and Cheese Place

7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105

314.727.8788

This SATURDAY October 18 from 2pm-4pm

Open House - invite your friends!

The event will feature Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s Wood Beer Cellar Manager and Blender and all around Sour Beer Rock Star, and will provide customers an opportunity to sample some of New Belgium’s highly regarded sour beers,


She will be tasting out some spectacular beers...

  • New Belgium Collab with 3 Floyds Gratzer Ale
  • New Belgium Collab with Perennial Artisan Ales Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout
  • New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek
  • New Belgium Le Terroir


Reservations are not required, but let us know if you 
are coming on FACEBOOK - click here









Friday, October 17, 2014

Tim Smith's Climax Moonshine

Tim Smith from Moonshiners Series on the Discovery Channel brings you his Climax Moonshine








Tim Smith's Climax Moonshine...$26.99
The Original Recipe is distilled from corn, rye and barley malt.  Clean and natural tasting with subtle sweetness and bold defiance.


Tim Smith
A moonshiner from Climax, VA, Tim Smith doesn’t like being told what he can or can’t do. So when people said he’d never go legit, he did it anyways. Despite his general disregard for authority, Tim’s become quite an authority himself. He knows what good, pure and strong should taste like. He may be legit, but make no mistake – Tim Smith and his Climax Moonshine are the real deal.

Camo
At any given moment you will find Tim’s dog Camo by his side. She has been Tim’s sidekick and ever present companion since his days in the backwoods of Virginia where she stood watch while he perfected his recipe for his world famous moonshine. As a reward for her loyalty you will see her face on every bottle of Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine.   Camo is a unique breed of dog. She is a Catahoula Leopard dog, from Louisiana. Camo was born on May 2nd 2011. Camo loves riding the 4 wheeler on her off time. Her unique color makes her perfect for hiding in the woods. Camo likes representing (her daddys) Tim Smith Climax Moonshine.



Taste Test: The Best Legal Moonshine - 

Huffington Post - read the article
#1 WINNER: Tim Smith's Climax Moonshine
90 proof, distilled from corn, malted barley and rye
"Spicy flavor, surprisingly gentle ending, though." "Insanely sweet for moonshine, almost vanilla-y. Smooth, not too hot." "Mild nose, pleasant." "Sweet and corny. Gross." "Equal parts smooth and strong."

Barrel aged beer tasting this Friday

Tonight -  Friday from 4-6pm
Hof Ten Dormaal  Barrel Aged Beer Tasting
Friday, October 17th, 4pm - 6pm
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105 
314.727.8788


We will taste these Hof Ten Dormaal barrel aged beers.
Open House format
Scott Snyder, Certified Cicerone, will be on hand to lead you through the tasting.


No.2 - Cognac Barrel
No.3 - Madeira Barrel
No.5- Sherry Barrel





$17.99 / 750ml each


More info about each....





Brew nº2: Cognac

This complex beer was brewed in cognac barrels that have contained cognac for at least 40 years. You will experience a mild alcohol aroma that is balanced by vanilla overtones coming from the wood and a fresh fruitiness reminiscent of apricots. The mouthfeel is velvety with flavors of honey coming through with every sip.

Barrels:

provenance: family distilery Clos de Nancrevant, situated in Chanier (France)

contained cognac for at least 40 years.



Brew nº3: Madeira

This beer is comparable with the beer aged in the Armagnac barrels, however the aroma is much more subtle. You can experience a mild alcoholic aroma, with a balanced flavour of vanilla, coming from the wood, and a fresh fruitiness reminiscent of apricot. Tasting this will give you a velvety taste, the honey like sweetness masks the degree of alcohol. The aftertaste is dominated by almond so the comparison with Amaretto isn't far away. In short, the perfect dessert beer!

Barrels:

provenance: Madeira (Portugal)






Brew nº5: Sherry

The different flavors of this beer are manifested in a sublime order to achieve a harmonious yet complex taste sensation. 

Besides the instantly recognizable dry sherry flavor there also is room for the fresh and spicy scents of vegetative raw celery and a green pepper character. This follows in subtle fruity aromas of peach and candied apricot, with an undertone of tea extracts. Finished with a nutty touch, reminiscent of broken walnuts. The mainly fresh flavors that make up the smell of the beer are masterfully supported by more robust flavors. In the flavor we can find the typical duality of balsamic, compromise between sweet and sour, and finally conclude with a notion of liquorice. But this story is not over; the aftertaste brings a perfect marriage between alcohol warming and soothing sweetness.

Barrels:

provenance: Spain - Jerez





MOVADOS - new local Artisan Spirits


Movados Spirit Tasting!
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105
314.727.8788
Tonight, FRIDAY! October 17 from 4pm-6pm

We will have Carla from Still Joy Spirits at our Forsyth location to taste all flavors of Movados.  This is a chance to meet the owners and distillers for St. Louis' newest distillery.
We are very excited to have them on hand for you to meet and greet them and taste their exciting new spirits.


See more info about the spirits that you will taste below:



The Wine and Cheese Place is proud to introduce MOVADOS to Saint Louis!   Movados is a small batch artisan spirits exemplifying the finest local ingredients and hand crafted quality.   Made right here in St. Louis, Missouri!   These are one of a kind original spirits.  They will make great gifts for the holidays!








Movados "Original"...$39.99 / 375ml
With a deep passion for cooking we approached distilling like a fine chef would create a recipe. Wanting to combine old school artistry and technique with new school creative flair we created MOVADOS. Years in the making the recipe came together with a vision for a complete new taste and complexity not found in other spirits. The freshest local apples are crushed and then UV pasteurized to avoid any flavor loss. Add sugarcane to further sweeten the cold mash and you have the foundation of MOVADOS fermentation. A layer of steel cut oats added to the top of the mash tank slowly sink throughout the 3 week mash fermentation and adds a rounded out baked like feel on the pallet. The addition of lemon, rosemary, and several other spices to the mash give MOVADOS a finish that is completely unique and absolutely delicious. It is then aged for a minimum of 8 months to a year to reach its full flavor profile.

We infuse with all natural ingredients never using artificial flavors. 
Movados Ginger...$39.99 / 375ml

Movados infused with crystalized ginger has a slightly sweet delicious bite and amazing aroma

Movados Cinnfull...$39.99 / 375ml
Fresh cinnamon bark infused into Movados is a wonderful warm taste experience

Movados Vienna Roast...$39.99 / 375ml
Fresh vienna roast coffee beans infused with Movados makes the perfect after dinner drink

Movados Vanilla Sky...$39.99 / 375ml
Fresh Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean is added to Movados creating a rich aromatic spirit


Movados Spice...$39.99 / 375ml
Traditional mulling spices - Orange peel, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg are added in a bouquet in the column of the Still allowing the steam to pick up their essence as it passes through‎ creating a wonderful spirit that is perfect for the fall and winter season.


Try them on the rocks or click here to see some cocktail recipes






 

Joy is our beautiful custom still built by Vendome Copper in Louisville, Kentucky.
She is unique, one of a kind, designed specifically to distill Movados.  Joy is the perfect form of art and function.