Monday, January 26, 2015

Gjetost - a very original cheese

A one of a kind cheese
Ski Queen Norwegian Gjetost

come in and ask for a taste.
In stock at all of our locations!

A Toast for a Humble Norwegian Cheese

Gjetost is an artless cheese. It has no crystals, no shards, no holes, no rind, no mold. It is not smudged with ash nor washed with Cognac. Caves do not age it.

In fact, gjetost (pronounced YEH-toast) is more like fudge than cheese. A product of Norway, it is made by boiling the whey left over from traditional cheese production. It is stirred and condensed over heat until reduced to one-quarter its original volume. The sugars in the lactose caramelize, and the cheese becomes thick enough to pour into rectangular molds....Its semifirm compact texture, which bears a trace of peanut butter's sullen mouth feel, has a rich salty-sweet caramel finish.

To earn the classification gjetost, this cheese must contain at least 10 percent goat's milk whey (in Norwegian, gje means goat). The remaining milk may come from cows.

Gjetost made with a combination of goat and cow milk and the odd drop of cream (sold in this country under the brand name Ski Queen) is milder than Ekte gjetost, which is produced from 100 percent goat's milk whey.

Gjetost might not be taken seriously in the world of cheese, but do not tell that to the Norwegians, for whom it has a cradle-to-grave appeal. Gjetost is eaten for breakfast on rye crisps, secreted into lunch boxes and served for dessert with fruit.

Its admirable melting qualities reduce it frequently to the creamy molten state from which it came.
Article from the New York Times

Enjoy with some Finn Crisp Rye

Age your own whiskey or beer!

In stock now at Forsyth - we will get them to the other stores later today.
If you would like want sent to another location, let us know and we can put your name on one.

Great gifts or for yourself.
Oak Barrel...$31.99 / 2 liter

Oak Barrel...$54.99 / 5 liter
They come with the stand, plug, and spigot. 

Brand new hand made oak wine barrels carved from white oak and built using the best oak barrel making techniques. Oak wine barrels are medium charred on the inside.

Ideal for use as a whisky barrel, wine barrel or as wedding and other decorative barrels.

All oak wine barrels are individually hand made by expert artisans and do not contain wax, paint or glue on the inside. Our oak wine barrels are sealed naturally by filling them with water which expands the wooden oak staves sealing any leaks.

These oak wine barrels are the perfect addition for your personal use in aging/storing whiskey, wines, rum, beer, liquors etc.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Stagg Jr. Bourbon

Back in stock


Stagg Jr Bourbon...$46.99
George T. Stagg built the most dominant American distillery of the 19th century, during a time known as the Gilded Age of Bourbon. Uncut and unfiltered, this robust bourbon whiskey ages for nearly a decade and boasts the bold character that is reminiscent of the man himself.

Rich, sweet, chocolate and brown sugar flavors mingle in perfect balance with the bold rye spiciness. The boundless finish lingers with hints of cherries, cloves and smokiness.

Side Project Merci Release details!

Cannot believe the time has come!  The first Side Project release is safe and sound at the store.
Protected by 24 hour armed guards, laser motion detectors, locked in a vault, thumbprint access to the vault :)  ....................

Many have been asking, how long will purchase count for the Merci bottle release, I will print the report Tuesday.  So you have until 7pm Monday, January 26 for purchases to count towards the the bottle release of Merci.

Also, do not forget, beer reservations will not appear on your account if you have beer to pick up.  It must be picked up and rung through the register.
The bottle release is based on BEER sales only.

Side Project Release!
If you have not been to The Side Project Cellar yet - check it out
Best beer bar in the area!

Side Project Merci Release Party
Friday, January 30, 2014

$10 per person - by invite only

More info:  If you get an email invite (will be sending them out later tonight)

  • You will be allocated a bottle to purchase that night.  Bottle price is $29.99 / 750ml
  • You will get a Side Project Glass that you get to take home with you.
  • You will get to taste the new Side Project Merci in your new glass
  • We will have cheese out to sample during the event
  • The event will be held in our upstairs tasting room.
  • You can show up anytime between 4pm and 5:45 to get your taste.  Stay as short or as long as you like.   
  • Cory King will be on hand to answer any questions (Karen is going to try to make it also)
If you get an invite and cannot or do not want to attend...

  • You can give your place to a friend if you like.  Your proxy can pick up your bottle for you.
  • You can pass on the release party and still get your bottle.  You will have 7 days to pick up the bottle after the party day.  You must tell us you are not coming to the party.
  • If you sign up for the party and do not attend, you will lose your allocation.  We want to make sure to use all the tickets.  Just let us know you will not attend so we can pass on the ticket to someone else.

Next week we will send the email out to others that will receive a bottle allocated to them of the Merci
  • There will also be bottles available for on premise consumption at The Side Project Cellar - date to be announced.  

This will be released on January 30 to our BRC supporters
Side Projece Merci Blend #1....$29.99 / 750ml
Side Project Merci Blend #1 is blend of Saison du Ble and a 2 year old American Wild Ale

We have been patiently waiting for our first Side Project release.  Looks like the first beer put in barrel by Side Project for The Wine and Cheese Place was back in June 2013 according to my notes!.   Those barrels are still ageing and waiting for the perfect time for release.  We are excited to announce that Cory and Karen King have made a special release for The Wine and Cheese Place (these were not any of our barrels that we supplied).    They are calling it "Merci" for Thank You and we would like to say Thank you to them also for doing this!   It is a pleasure working with them and has been for many years now.  Looking forward to many more releases.

Mt Tam is back

In stock now at Forsyth! 

This cheese is ripe and delicious now!

Come in for a taste.  You are going to love it!

Just North of the San Francisco Bay, Mt. Tam alpais rises like a monument to Northern California's natural beauty. In deference, Cowgirl Creamery named its signature cheese MT TAM. It's a smooth, creamy, elegant, 10-oz, triple-cream - made with tasty organic milk from the Straus Family Dairy. MT TAM is firm, yet buttery with a mellow, earthy flavor reminiscent of white mushrooms. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Against the Grain Little Did We Know

Against the Grain
“LITTLE DID WE KNOW”...$17.99 / 750ml

"Collaborate My Sons"

Our most recent collaboration effort with Stillwater Ales (Baltimore MD).
Brian 'Stillwater' Strumke came to Kentucky for a second time to brew this unique saison. Brewed with house smoke malts (featuring sage smoked and pecan smoked malts) and finished with Brettanomyces, this saison is a beautiful piece of art. Bright and fruity, in saison fashion and a light tinge of earthy smoke round this farmhouse ale out.

abv: 6.8%

Glengoyne 12 and 15 Year Old back in stock!

Glengoyne 12 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky...$44.99
70cl 43% Vol
Lemon zest, toffee apples – and a scent of coconut. Hand-selected sherry casks help create this paradise of flavours and rich, golden colour. It’s the taste of Scotland’s slowest distillation, and our insistence on barley dried by air – never peat.

Glengoyne 15 Year Old Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky...$61.99
70cl 43% Vol
Complex, sweet and rounded – with a spicy oak finish. This is the taste of distilling slower than anyone in Scotland, and of barley we dry by air, never peat. The flavours develop in hand-selected sherry casks – balancing deep character with light vanilla notes.

Two Brothers new release

Two Brothers new releases are here!!

Two Brothers Hoppy Dark Wheat Beer...$9.99 / 6 pack CANS
The short days and long nights bring this prowling cat out on the town, looking to scatch up some fun with a great beer. This Night Cat is dark in color, bold in hop but not heavy in body. It is full of tropical fruit notes from the Citra hops that combine with a nice dark wheat malt flavor.

Two Brothers Revelry Imperial Red...$14.99 / 6 pack
This resiny imperial red ale is loaded with citrus and pine aromas that dominate the complex toasty malt character. Revel in the hops.

Two Brothers Northwind Imperial Stout...$10.99 / 6 pack
Dark delights like this were once shipped to the Imperial Court of Russia. With a firm roasty maltiness balanced against a generous helping of hops, Northwind can stand up to the worst its namesake can dish out! Enjoy it by a roaring fire.

Two Brothers Wobble IPA...$9.99 / 6 pack
Two Brothers set out to make a wide variety of creative and complex, yet balanced beers. But…once in a while we feel a need to “wobble” on the edge of really hoppy. Wobble IPA is golden in color with subtle malt character, big complex citrus and piney hop notes throughout.

95 Point Chianti!

2010 Il Molino di Grace Chianti Classico...$22.99
"Complex and very long on the nose, with damson fruit, sweet spice and an underlying earthiness. Medium weight palate with tight, fine tannins and excellent follow-through, finishing with ripe, rich fruit and wild herb notes."
Rated 95/100 Decanter Magazine

97 Point Robert Parker dessert wine!

In stock at Forsyth and Ballwin

2009 Foreau Clos Naudin Reserve Vouvray Moelleux...$99.99
What there was in this vintage of botrytis, Foreau reports, essentially went into his 2009 Vouvray Moelleux Reserve. Brown-spiced pear liqueur and quince preserves dominate the proceedings – wreathed in perfume of freesia and lily – and there are buoyancy and elegance, despite viscosity, enormous richness of texture and residual sweetness, that indeed point to the magic nobility rot can convey. Its sense of lift – when combined with luscious, still juicy suggestions of grapefruit and blood orange familiar from the corresponding demi-sec – wards off any risk of palate fatigue. Mysterious botrytis manifestations of stale bread, truffle, and white raisin emerge from the empty glass. This extraordinary achievement will stand with such past great Foreau moelleux reserves as 2005, 2003, and 1989-90 and is likely to merit 30 or more years of consideration. In direct comparison, what strikes one about the 2005 today is its more obvious sense of botrytis and its slightly diminished sense of acidity and lift. But it maintains the edge in sheer complexity.
Rated 97/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Very limited - BA Berliner Weisse

Call for reservations at 314.727.8788

Evil Twin Biere Blanca Blanc...$14.99 / 22oz
This beer is exclusively brewed for Restaurant Blanca in Brooklyn, NY.
Style: Barrel Aged Berliner Weisse
Brewed: Westbrook Brewing Co, SC
ABV: 4

Fresh Brew Cocky and AON

Brew Cocky is online now --

You can call to reserve the AON and the Sub Mission IPA - 314.727.8788

January 21 bottled
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

January 20th bottled
2nd Shift Art of Neurosis IPA....$7.49 / 750ml
AON is an Ipa that has everything you could want in one, if what you want is a hop sandwich. It's a 7.7% Simcoe and Columbus delight.
67 IBU

Ozark Distillery - Missouri

Taste them tonight at Forsyth from 4-6pm 

Plus taste their Bourbon

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!

Bell's Smitten Golden Rye Ale

Bell’s seasonal, Smitten Golden Rye Ale
Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Bell's Brewery Smitten Golden Rye Ale....$9.99 / 6pk
With a new year comes to a new addition to the Bell’s seasonal spring lineup.  In early February, Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Ale will be released on draft and in six-packs - just in time to help transition into warmer days.  Coming in at 6% ABV, Smitten pours a hazy gold appearance.
“This is the perfect beer to help brighten those gray winter days and help warm your heart,” said Laura Bell, Marketing Director for Bell’s Brewery, Inc.   Drawn from one of Larry Bell’s oldest recipes, Smitten began as part of a series of rye beers at the Eccentric CafĂ© in downtown Kalamazoo, where a variety of new and old favorites are still brewed right next door at Bell’s original location.  That series also included Black Rye, Rye Stout and Kal-Haven Ale.  
A combination of sharp citrus and resinous flavors from the Pacific Northwest hops with the earthy, rustic overtones of the rye malt yield an interesting and refreshing take on the American Pale Ale.

Ivan The Terrible Bourbon Barrel Aged!

Thanks the volume of Big Sky products sold, we received the only 12 bottles that made it to St. Louis.

Big Sky Ivan the Terrible Barrel Aged Imperial Stout...$14.99 / 750ml

Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Only 3,600 bottles made
Big Sky brewing's Ivan the Terrible Imperial Stout is brewed according to the traditional style using english hops and the finest american malt. It's aroma and flavor balance well between esters of dried fruit and roasted cocoa with a slight bourbon presence.

We are saving 1 bottle to taste tonight starting at 4pm until it is gone.

The other 11 we are doing it up old school -- fastest finger method.
Subject to confirmation

I will confirm orders in the order they are received, just getting an order in is no guarantee.  Only the top 11 will get a bottle.

New Highspire Pure Rye

Batch #1

Highspire Pure Rye Whiskey....$35.99
Highspire Pure Rye Whiskey is made with 100% rye grain grown by local farmers specifically for Highspire. The whiskey is swiftly aged in California wine barrels, allowing enough time to introduce subtle flavors of oak and vanilla, mature the whiskey slightly and showcase the true spice of 100% rye grain. By aging the whiskey in California wine barrels, the delicate flavors of the wine’s fruit and spice are introduced to compliment the rye and create a well rounded approachable whiskey.

Proprietor, Austin Hope has applied his expertise in winemaking to the creation of Highspire Pure Rye Whiskey. We developed an aging method by creating a blend of oak staves to add into our barrels that does not take years to express the true distinctive flavor of 100% rye whiskey.

100% Kentucky Grown Rye / 80 Proof (40% ABV) / Swiftly Barrel Aged in California Wine 

Barrels / Distilled and Bottled by: Kindred Distilled Spirits / Crestwood, Kentucky, United States of America

Beer Tasting - Friday Night

Beer Tasting
Friday, January 23 from 4-6pm

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

  • Crooked Stave Vieille Cranberry
  • Crooked Stave St. Bretta Winter
  • Crooked Stave St. Bretta Autumn
  • Odell Lugene
  • Two Brothers Night Cat
  • Big Sky Ivan the Terrible BARREL AGED (1 bottle to taste, will not be available for sale at that time)
Plus we have Ozark Distilling on hand to taste through their moonshine and whiskey!

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

  • Charleville Box of Chocolate
  • Bell's Winter White Ale
  • Free State Iron Man
  • Schlafly Lewis Osterweis Ginger Beer

2012 Lewis Alec's Blend

2012 Lewis Alec's Blend Napa Valley...$59.99

There's lots to admire in this richly flavored effort, offering tiers of graphite, mocha, dark berry, toasty oak and savory notes. Maintains a bold profile on the long and persistent finish, and promises to develop in the future. Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. Drink now through 2026. 1,200 cases made. –JL
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

WOW - Wine of the Week - Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay

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 :  2012 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay
Come taste it all four locations on Saturday January 24 - from 11am-4pm

2012 Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay....$29.99
Shows off seductive notes of smoky, toasty oak and cream, with fresh, rich, vibrant fruit to match. The flavors of poached pear, fig, honeydew melon, spice and black licorice all fold together on a long, pure, persistent finish. Drink now through 2020
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
The Chardonnay Private Reserve became famous under the helmsmanship of chief winemaker Ed Sbragia, and Laurie Hook has refined it ever so slightly by somewhat backing off the oak, and maintaining the depth and richness, but with more precision and refinement. The full-bodied 2012 Chardonnay Private Reserve exhibits wonderful orange blossom, white peach and pineapple fruit, a subtle touch of vanillin and toast, and a nicely layered, pure style with terrific fruit intensity. It is a great value, especially if you compare its quality to just about any premier cru or grand cru white Burgundy selling for 2-10 times as much. Drink now
Rated 93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

German Wine Class

German Wine Class
Monday, February 16th 7-8:30pm
Reservations Required $20 Per Person
or call 314.727.8788

Join us in welcoming James Hallett, Advanced Sommelier, for a fantastic tasting of some of Germany's most acclaimed wines. Come find out what makes German Riesling some of the worlds longest lived and most food friendly wines. Below are a few highlights planned for the tasting:

2006 JJ Prum Bernkasteler Badstube Beerenauslese....$149.99 / 375ml
97/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Schaefer Froilich Bockenauer Felseneck Grosse Gewachs....$77.99
95/100 John Gillman

Plus many more...
We are still working on the complete list, but do not hesitate to sign up as the wines will be spectacular.
Due to the rare nature of a few of these wines seating will be limited.

BRC releases - Great Divide BA and 4 Hands Woodsman

BRC Release - emails just sent out, BRC release only

Great Divide Barrel Aged Hibernation Ale...$24.99 / 750ml
Over 12 months in whiskey barrels has completely transformed our prized winter seasonal, producing a Hibernation that starts with big whiskey flavors before mellowing out into luscious chocolate, dark fruit and vanilla. If you can only take one beer into your cave this winter, we suggest this one.
ABV.: 10.5%

4 Hands The Woodsman...$15.99 / 22oz
Imperial Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Bells Hopslam and Bells Mercury

3 bottles per person
Bells Hopslam....$2.89 / 12oz bottle
Bottled January 8th

We sold most through our BRC program, but we saved some and some people did not want their allocation. 
The rest we are releasing first come, first serve

no reservations.
Forsyth - available now
Rock Hill - available now
Ballwin -available now
New Ballas -available now

2 bottles per person
Bells Brewing Mercury...$2.19 / 12oz
Releasing first come, first serve.
no reservations.
Forsyth - available now
Rock Hill - available now
Ballwin - not sure yet?
New Ballas -available now

The Winged Messenger
ian Single
RELEASE DATE: December 2014
ABV: 4.8%
COLOR: Pale, straw
TASTING NOTES: Light and sessionable like its namesake, the third release in the Bell’s Planet Series, Mercury: The Winged Messenger, was inspired by the Belgian Single, a style traditionally brewed by monks in Belgium for their own consumption.
This interpretation has bready and grainy notes from Belgian malt, herbal and balanced characteristics from the hops and a subtle, but spicy character from the Belgian yeast. Fruity notes of pear are also present in this light, bright and complex session beer.

Diameter: 3,031 miles
Orbit: 88 Earth days
Day: 58.6 Earth days

New - Odell Runoff Red IPA

Now in stock at Forsyth!

Odell Brewing Runoff Red IPA...$9.99 / 6pk
This time of year in the Rockies, one day can span all four seasons. Morning snow gives way to afternoon sun, sending fresh snowmelt into our rivers and into our mash tun. With a complex malt backbone dry hopped for notes of citrus and pine, it’s almost as surprising as the season itself.
6.5%Alc. by Vol. 50IBUs

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