Tuesday, August 31, 2010

September - Spirit Month

The Wine and Cheese Place has been promoting great Artisan Spirits for some time now. We want to take it to the next level and let you taste them. We have some great tastings scheduled at The Wine and Cheese Place in September. I will post times, more details, and more tastings in the next week. Clear off your calendar in September!!!

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

Friday, September 3 -- Death's Door from Wisconsin
Brian Elllison, the founder of Death’s Door, will be on hand to taste you through his Vodka, Gin, and White Dog
Click here to read more about Death's Door

Just added...
Wednesday - September 8th -- Glenlivet Scotch Tasting

with Winston Evans, The Glenlivet Ambassador
We will taste through the amazing portfolio of Glenlivet scotches

Friday, September 10 -- Craft Distillers
Christopher Stephens, CSW will be tasting these amazing products
Germain Robin Fine Brandy
Germain Robin Shareholders Brandy
Germain Robin XO Brandy
Germain Robin Zinfandel Grappa
plus Los Nahuales Mezcals and Aqua Perfecta

Saturday, September 11 -- Balvenie
We are hoping to feature the new Balvenie 14 yr Caribbean Cask and 17 year Peated (both coming soon)
Saturday, September 11 -- Glenfiddich
Saturday, September 11 -- Corrido Tequila

Thursday, September 16 - Compass Box Scotches
Compass Box Asyla...$36.99
Compass Box Hedonism...$82.99
Compass Box Oak Cross...$39.99
Compass Box Peat Monsters....$46.99

Friday, September 17 -- North Shore - Chicago, IL

Sonja Kassebaum, co-founder, of North Shore distillery will be on hand to taste many of her products. Have not got the exact lineup of what she will taste, but her products include gin, vodka, absinthe verte, aquavit, and Corpe Reviver

Read more about North Shore products

Saturday, September 18 -- Milagro Tequila and Sailor Jerry


Wednesday, September 29 - Haus Alpenz

Eric Seed from Haus Alpenz

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Big scores, great wines!!

Buty wines available online

2006 Buty Rediviva Phinny Hill Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills...$47.99
This first estate-grown bottling of Rediviva is 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Syrah. Amazing aromatic complexity grabs you and leads you into the dark interior of the wine, a riot of red and black fruits, moist earth, smoke, anise, herb and toast. Power and elegance combined, with the structure to age for a decade or more. - P.G. (3/1/2010) - 96 "
Rated 96/100 The Wine Enthusiast
This ripe red offers an open texture that lets the flavors of boysenberry, cherry and spice shoot through easily, expanding and lingering on the long, expressive finish. There's lots of flavor, but this isn't weighty. Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Best from 2011 through 2016. 930 cases made. –HS
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
Velvety-textured and elegant on the palate, it is not as layered and richly fruity as the 2006 Columbia Rediviva, a blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon and 45% Syrah. Smoked meat, sausage, lavender, and black currant aromas lead to a ripe, sweetly fruited wine already revealing complex flavors as well as a lengthy finish. Drink it over the next 8-10 years.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2008 Buty Sémillon-Sauvignon-Muscadelle....$23.99
"Beautifully floral, fragrant and evocative, with lush and complex aromas of honeycomb, cracker and citrus, carrying into the mouth with rich, bright, detailed flavors. Stone and mineral elements are woven throughout, and the barrel fermentation adds hints of toast. - P.G. (3/1/2010) - 95"
Rated 95/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Tap Room No.21

From Rochester, New York
A tribute to “The Noble Experiment”, Tap Room No. 21 embodies an American spirit of perseverance. During the heyday of the Roaring Twenties, corruption was rampant, lawbreakers became icons and speakeasies replaced saloons. As an ode to the repeal of Prohibition, our best kept secret and most cherished contraband is available for you to enjoy among your crew of notorious bootleggers.

The ban has been lifted -- Drink openly, rest easily, and pay no heed to “speak easy”.

Tap Room No.21 Amber Ale....$6.29 / 6pk
There is no better way to celebrate the repeal of prohibition than with a cold glass of Tap Room No. 21 Amber Ale. No longer bound by law to secretly sip away in speakeasies, Moe’s Backroom Amber Ale can now be enjoyed in any setting, so raise a glass to celebrate our freedoms.
Tasting Note:Deep, golden Amber Ale with smooth, full bodied flavor. The palate captures just a hint of honey. Flavors of hop and malt are equally balanced.
Mild-sweetnessEasy to drinkABV: 4.5%IBUs: 10
Awards:Gold Medal, Monde Selection Competition 2009Silver Medal, BTI World Beer Championship 2009

Tap Room No.21 Pale Ale....$6.29 / 6pk
Tap Room No. 21 Pale Ale holds the code to unlocking the mystery of the 1920’s speakeasies. With its balanced flavor, this Pale Ale offers a true taste of American history. No secret handshakes or passwords needed to enjoy this fine ale. Just pop the top and celebrate the repeal of prohibition.
Tasting Note:A true Pale Ale. Balanced Cascade, Amarillo and Tomahawk hops create a citrusy aroma with a clean, crisp finish. The hops give way to a light malt flavor producing a traditional reddish amber hue.
Smooth flavorBalanced flavors complement any mealABV: 5.3%IBUs: 35
Awards:Gold Medal, Monde Selection 200886 Points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, June 2010

Tap Room No.21 Lager....$6.29 / 6pk
No need to bootleg. This Tap Room No. 21 Lager is available to us all. Out of the ashes of prohibition rises this premium craft American Lager. Once only obtainable in speakeasies to those with the clandestine passwords, Tap Room No. 21 Pale Ale is now available to anyone with taste.
Tasting Note:This traditional Lager was brewed in the full krausening process producing natural carbonation and a clean, smooth taste. The precise combination of six-row barley malt, corn grits, hops from Yakima Valley and the bottom fermenting yeast of High Falls come together to create a beer of supreme quality.
Balanced hop flavorBest served chilledABV: 4.5%IBU: 12

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Food and Wine pairing menu

Provisions Gourmet Market

Food and Wine Pairing Class
August 24, 2010
6:30 - 7:45pm
$30 / person

Reservations Required for this event - click here to sign up
or call Samantha at 314-989-0020

We have paired two experts Certified Sommelier Angela Ortmann (stlwinegirl) and Chef Scott from Provisions Gourmet Market for 5 courses of Food and Wine Pairing. The best bargain in town.
A Taste of the Mediterranean
Here is the menu!!
1st: Course
Middle Eastern Dip Plate:
Roasted Garlic Hummus, Baba Ghanoush and Tzatziki

2nd: Course
Seafood Crepe with Shrimp, Herbs de Provence and Goat Cheese

3rd: Course
Chicken Tagine (saffron, ginger, paprika, currants, olive)

4th: Course
Sasiccia Pizzaiola (Sicilian Style Pizza) with Sausage

5th: Course

Saturday, August 21, 2010

2007 Cabernets -- stunning...

2007 Vintage -- Don’t miss it!

The Wine Spectator
Rated 92/100
2007 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon...$31.99
Marked by herb, dill, cedar, sage and dried currant flavors. Full-bodied and well-structured, both supple and tight at points, showing its subtle tannic strength on the finish. Drink now through 2017. 15,000 cases made. –JL

The Wine Advocate
Rated 90/100
2007 Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon....$19.99

It is hard to find a better value than the outstanding 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (which may even be discounted for under $25 a bottle). This sleeper of the vintage exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color as well as loads of cassis, blackberry, graphite, and cedar notes. Full-bodied, rich, and concentrated with silky tannins and a lush, generous constitution, this beauty is capable of lasting 10-15 years.
Robert Parker’s Suggested retail $25

The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100
2007 Shafer Cabernet SLD One Point Five...$66.99
The dense ruby/purple-tinged 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon One Point Five (includes 1% Petit Verdot, 10,000 cases produced) offers up juicy red and black fruit notes intermixed with licorice, coffee beans, and camphor as well as an impressive, full-bodied texture, good elegance, and floral undertones. With a savory, broad texture, this beauty can be drunk now or cellared for 15-20 years.

This family-owned winery routinely fashions exceptional wines from their Stags Leap vineyards. Moreover, they have long been the reference point for what can be achieved in Stags Leap. My highest compliments to this great winery.


Great Riesling!

The Wine Spectator
Rated 93/100

2006 Johannishof Rudesheimer Berg Rottland Riesling Spatlese

"Extremely fragrant, showing floral, pine and tropical fruit notes and perhaps a little botrytis. More like an auslese in profile, yet delicious, with fine balance and a strong mineral undercurrent. Still, it remains delicate. Drink now through 2030. 400 cases made. –BS"
Only $18.99

2007 beauty....

The Wine Advocate
Rated 91-92/100
2007 Lancyre Pic St. Loup Vieille Vignes....$21.99

"Domaine Lanceyre’s 2007 Coteaux du Languedoc Pic Saint-Loup Vieilles Vignes – from Syrah with 35% Grenache, tasted assembled from tank – offers a marrow-like sweet, meaty savor as well as stone and graphite minerality to complement its abundance of rich, fresh black raspberry, plum, and cherry. This superb value offers abundant herbal inner-mouth aromatics as well, and clings with invigorating vivacity and intriguing complexity. I would feel comfortable holding it for 4-6 years. For a note on the impressive 2006 Vieilles Vignes bottling, consult issue 178. I cannot pretend that my palate agrees with those of Durand and Valentin as to the virtues of the barrel regimen employed for the estate’s ostensibly top, Syrah-dominated – “Grande” – cuvee ,which includes a bit of Mourvedre as well as Grenache.

Cantillon news

Cantillon is coming

As reported on, Cantillon is releasing some of its sought after beers to the U.S. in a few weeks. Another release of FouFoune and Zwanze 2010. We have seen FouFoune here, but this is the first for Zwanze. There is supposed to be some for each market that currently gets Cantillon, which St. Louis is a Cantillon city. Hopefully we will see it here! Keep your fingers crossed.

The label just got federal approval -- hopefully we will see it on some bottles soon!!!
Cantillon Zwanze 2010
4% ABV

From the back label:
"Zwanze 2010: Brewed with 35% unmalted wheat and 5% oats, but without any unnecessary spices, Zwanze is the only traditional Belgian white beer you can buy. And it's going to cost you a fraction of the price your savvy beer geek buddy paid on that online auction site."

Order other Cantillon online now!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Choose the next Sam Adams

Thanks to Kristen and for the great turn out again. Please support your favorite Sam Adams beers and Kristen can keep getting more special releases for St. Louis!!!!

August 20, 2010

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, Mo 63105
Read more about the tasting in Evan Benn's Hip Hops article

Kristen from Sam Adams will be on hand from 4-6pm to
taste the 2010 Beer Lover's Choice beers.
You get to vote for the next Sam Adams beer!!!!

Sam Adams Belgian Style IPA
This incredibly complex beer combines the fruity and spicy characteristics of Belgian Ale yeast with a crisp, slightly roasty sweetness from a blend of malts. These flavors are complemented by complex eucalyptus, pine and citrus hop notes of German and American hops. This beer finishes with the distinct hop bitterness expected from an IPA.


Sam Adams American Rye Ale

The slight roastiness and sweetness from roasted malt is complemented by pine and citrus notes from the combination of German and American hops in this deep reddish ale. The rye imparts additional complexity by adding a spicy character and slightly drying finish to this medium-bodied brew.

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast

Order Mikkeller online!

Mikkeller Rauch Geek Breakfast....$9.49 / 16.9oz
Called Beer Geek Bacon in Europe.

Rated 99 percentile on RateBeer

Oatmeal Stout

Mikkellers Beer Geek Bacon has now been released in a bottle edition. Smoke malt, coffee and hops makes this beer a unique experience.

New Sierra Nevada Tumbler

Now in stock at Forsyth!

Sierra Nevada Tumbler....$7.49 / 6pk

As the nights grow cool, the leaves on the valley oaks begin to turn and fall. In honor of this yearly dance, we bring you Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale and invite you to enjoy the show. We use malt within days of roasting at the peak of its flavor to give Tumbler a gracefully smooth malt character. So pour a glass, and grab a window seat to watch as the leaves come tumbling down.

alcohol content: 5.5% by volume
yeast: Ale Yeast
bittering hops: Challenger
bitterness units: 37
finishing hops: Challenger & Yakima Goldings
malts: Two-row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate & Smoked

2008 Oregon Pinot Noir

We have had a lot of requests for 2008 Pinot Noir by our customers.
Why 2008 Oregon?
Vintage as a whole rated 95-100 by The Wine Spectator
(best since 2002)

"....2008s in Oregon....probably the most consistently high-quality set of pinots from Oregon in the last two decades. The IWC isn’t prone to vintage generalizations but I’m not afraid to state that your odds of buying a good pinot noir from 2008 are better than with any previous vintage." --

International Wine Cellar

All 2008 Vintage

WS = Wine Spectator : WA = Wine Advocate : IWC = International Wine Cellar

To order: email (314-727-8788). You can pick up at any of our stores with a a few days notice.

I will confirm your order within 24 hours.


HERE ARE THE WINES in stock at Forsyth now!

Next Saturday September 4, we will taste a number of 2008 Pinot Noirs including the Beaux Freres. (I had to push the tasting back one week, sorry)

2008 Owen Row Pinot Noir Kilmore...$39.99
"Ripe, round, generous and spicy, brimming with plum, blackberry and currant fruit surrounded by hints of white pepper and clove. The tannins have a light bite, but the finish just keeps preening. Drink now through 2020. 650 cases made. –HS"
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
2008 Soter Pinot Noir North Shore....$26.99
Full red. Pungent aromas of black raspberry and cherry complicated by wilted rose, violet and black pepper. Pliant, palate-staining red and dark berry flavors are enlivened by peppery spice and mineral notes, with silky tannins adding shape. Becomes chewier with air and finishes with solid, sweet punch and very good clarity. This benefits from aeration so decant it for an hour or so if you plan on opening one soon. I had an early look at the 2008 Mineral Springs Ranch pinot and it looks very promising, with a suave blend of richness and vivacity and densely packed cherry and dark berry flavors. 91 points
Rated 91/100 International Wine Cellar

2008 Cardwell Hills Pinot Noir....$23.99
"Silky and refined, this plays out its flavors of red cherry, wild berry and guava on a graceful frame, with a hint of caramel, remaining soft and elegant through the finish. Drink now through 2014.—H.S"
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

2008 Van Duzer Pinot Noir....$29.99
"Bright ruby. Pungent, wild aromas of dark fruit preserves, truffle, fruitcake and clove. Fat and sweet but a bit subdued, showing less complexity in the mouth than on the nose. Also more clenched than the previous wine. The deep dark fruit flavors are joined by a gentle spicy quality on the long, focused, attractively sweet finish. There are 5,000 cases of this to go around."
Rated 91/100 International Wine Cellar

2008 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Ribbon Ridge Estate....$31.99
"Full red. Pretty, high-pitched aromas of raspberry, rose petal, Asian spices and musky underbrush. Supple, silky and nicely balanced, with an alluring sweetness to the intense red fruit flavors. Becomes spicier in the middle palate and shows excellent clarity. Really spreads out on the spicy, focused, very long finish. Green describes this as "wild fruit, not domesticated."
Rated 92/100 International Wine Cellar

2008 Ransom Pinot Noir...$25.99
Polished, elegant and deftly balanced to let the gorgeous rose petal–accented currant and plum fruit float easily over well-buffed tannins, all of it lingering effortlessly. Drink now through 2018. 800 cases made. –HS
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

2008 Beaux Freres Willamette....(93/100 WS)
Polished, silky and seamless, weaving pretty rose petal and sassafras notes through the plum and blueberry fruit. Lingers harmoniously on the extended finish. Drink now through 2018. 1,500 cases made. –HS
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

Great 2008 Oregon Pinots Under $25 and in stock at Forsyth
2008 Cloudline Pinot Noir
2008 McKinlay Willamette Pinot Noir
2008 A to Z Pinot Noir
2008 Argyle Pinot Noir
2008 Duck Pond Willamette Pinot Noir
2008 Tori Mor Pinot Noir
2008 McKinlay Pinot Noir
2008 Adelsheim Pinot Noir Willamette....$19.99 (90/100 WS)
2008 Erath Pinot Noir...$15.99 (88/100 WS)
2008 Lange Estate Pinot Noir $21.99 (90/100 WA)

Over $30
2008 Penner Ash Pinot Noir 'Willamette Valley' (90/100 IWC)
2008 Elk Cove Pinot Noir La Boheme (91/100 IWC) (91/100 WS)

Many more will be coming, stay tuned

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Sloeberry Gin is here!!

The Bitter Truth SloeBerry Blue Gin....$36.99 / 750ml

»The Bitter Truth – SloeBerry BlueGin« is a Sloe Gin made from the best ripe sloeberries which are macerated in Blue Gin created by the famous Austrian distiller Hans Reisetbauer. Since it is only flavored with fresh sloeberries, this gin reveals the unique aroma of this wild-growing »little plum«, that is widespread in Southern Germany. The Bitter Truth – SloeBerry BlueGin is an ingredient in many cocktails and longdrinks, but can also be sipped on its own.
Tasting Notes:Dry and a just slightly sweet. The very intense sloe/plum aroma that is followed by an unobtrusive almond flavor doesn’t overpower the gin completely. It is still recognizible and completes the fruitiness with spicy flavors.

New look, fresh batch....

New label, new batch.....
Thornbridge Jaipur India Pale Ale....$7.99 / 16.9oz
5.9% ABV
Rated 96 percentile on RateBeer

"Champion Beer of Britain"
"Gold Medal Strong Bitter" at the Great British Beer Festival
“Wonderful India Pale Ale has a beautiful light golden appearance. On the nose, sweet citrus notes prevail reminiscent of candied lemon peel and combine deliciously with hints of sun-drenched tropical fruits. To taste, the immediate impression is soft and smooth but this rapidly builds around the mouth to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated of honey."
"A citrus dominated India Pale Ale, its immediate impression is soft and smooth yet builds to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey. An enduring, bitter finish." -- importer

Cognac Tasting!

Open House -- no reservations needed! TONIGHT!!

Camus Cognac Tasting

with Manny Burnichon of Camus
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd in Clayton
Tonight!!! August 19
5-7 pm

Rare chance to taste these high class Cognacs....

Camus VS.....$24.99

Camus VSOP....$38.99

Camus XO Elegance....$124.99

Camus XO Borderies ....$142.99

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Quay Vodka

Quay Vodka....$28.09

"Quay (pr. "key") Vodka is an ultra premium spirit created to capture the essence and mystique of Europe. Old world craftsmanship and total refinement are a testament to this vodka and richness and elegance the Mediterranean has to offer."

Distilled Wheat and Rye
Distilled 5 times and filtered 4 times in France

#3 of 4 in the Sierra 30th Series

Only a few bottles left call 314-727-8788 .

Sierra Nevada XXX Anniversary Jack & Ken's Ale...$10.99 / 750ml

"Jack McAuliffe was the first American "micro" brewer. His tiny New Albion Brewery in Sonoma, CA inspired countless dreamers to start small-scale breweries of their own. Jack agreed to brew this very special ale with us in honor of our 30th Anniversary. This Black Barleywine Ale is a nod to the legendary ales New Albion served at their summer solstice parties. Rich with bittersweet and roasted malt flavors, balanced with whole-cone American hops, this robust ale should age gracefully for years." -- label

Pumpkin Ales

The Pumpkin ales just keep coming -- Schlafly Pumpkin Ale has also just arrived at Forsyth!

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale....6pk

"A full-bodied, deep reddish amber beer made with pumpkin and butternut squash and spiced with nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Celebrate the bounty of harvest with this rich, malty ale and invoke the season of plenty.
ABV:8.0%." -- Schlafly Brewery

O'Fallon Pumpkin Ale...6pk

Like pumpkin pie in a bottle...we add 136 pounds of real pumpkin to the three-barley mash and then season the finished beer with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol: 5.6% ABV

Bitterness: 11 IBUs

From their website

New Holland Ichabod..... 6pk
Pumpkin Ale

"Ichabod combines malted barley and real pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg in a delicious and inviting brew. A rewarding complement to many dishes, Ichabod pairs well with autumnal foods such as poultry and root vegetables. After dinner, try it with your favorite dessert!" -- Brewery

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Death's Door Liquors

New artisan American Spirits...
order online now also

These are some of the hottest new spirits on the market...

Deaths's Door White Whiskey
"Made from the hard red winter wheat harvested from Washington Island, Death’s Door White Whisky is a simple yet surprisingly
beautiful spirit. The beer mash that is created for Death’s
Door White Whisky is 95% hard red winter wheat and 5% malted barley. This fermented mixture is then run twice through a 90 gallon batch still, insuring lots of contact with copper and heart cuts that bring out the best in the flavor, mouthfeel and nose. Stylistically, Death’s Door is a simple young whisky- spending less than 72 hours in an American White Oak barrel. With no caramel
colors or flavors added, this white whisky surprises with a sweet almost
reposado tequila nose and simple, yet tasty body.
Produced in batches of 360 bottles
Locally grown and produced in Wisconsin"

---Death's Door

"The story behind the un-aged whisky that originates from Death’s Door is one of those occurrences in life that while it was an accident, I for one am glad it occurred the way it did. For the whole story I spoke to Brian Elllison, the founder of Death’s Door.
Earlier this year, while a friend and distributor were visiting the Brian at Death’s Door distillery, they began tasting what at that time was the first step in creating an aged whisky, the white dog (pre-aging). Once the visiting friend sampled the un-aged whisky, he decided he wanted 50 cases. This request took Brian by surprise. That night he submitted a label to the TTB as a light whisky rather than as moonshine. And thus was born Death’s Door un-aged whisky, a combination of 20% malted barley and 80% organic hard red winter wheat that’s locally grown in Washington Island, Wisconsin.Brian has the whisky sit in stainless steel barrels for three weeks and then oak barrels for 3 days, at which point it’s bottled.
For a product that isn’t aged, it has a very unique nose combining melon with hints of barley.
When sipping it, the initial hit is soft and mellow, which then stays and sits on your tongue and dances with nuances of honey, green apple with cinnamon occasionally showing itself. It ends with a warming sensation that fills your entire body, as a whisky should. Rating: 8.5/10"

A Muddle Thought

Death's Door Vodka..750ml
Death's Door Vodka is a locally grown, small-batch vodka that combines unique wheat with crisp, pure water to provide a sweet, wheaty bouquet, tasteful middle notes and a clean finish for your palate. Getting this particular wheat isn't easy - it's grown in only one place: Washington Island. Here, ships must safely charter our precious grain to the mainland through the respectably deep currents and counter-currents of Death's Door Passage, the historic waterway where Lake Michigan and Green Bay meet.

Wine Spirits 2009 Best Spirits!

Death's Door Gin
Death's Door Distilled Gin, our small-batch gin, combines local juniper berries and botanicals to bring you layers of taste. The experience begins with a bright juniper bouquet followed by a mild middle note of coriander and cinched with the crisp, clean finish of fennel. Our wild juniper berries** are hand harvested from the open fields and forests of Washington Island and captured in this spirit with other Wisconsin botanicals.

** Apparently they are the only Gin producer using fresh juniper.

"Death’s Door passage is the treacherous strait between Green Bay and Lake Michigan where many a sailing schooner came to an untimely end. Today you can still experience the thrill of crossing Death’s Door on the ferry link between Door County and Washington Island, a passage that connects one to place and re-orients one towards a simpler life. Share the flavor and the story of Death’s Door Distilled Gin with friends both old and new. Your spirited tale will help to
support the local foods movement as you enjoy the bounty and the spirit of Washington Island – which just seems right." -- Death's Door

Friday, August 13, 2010

Exciting Boulevard Tasting!

Thanks to Laura from Boulevard for the great event! We had a great turn out. Based on the number of glasses used, over 100 people attended to taste this great beer!

Very special beer to taste only, there is none for sale. Laura from Boulevard was able to get a 1/6 barrel of this one out of the Bouelvard Tasting room.
Here is the description...
"Single Wide IPA fermented with Tank 7 yeast and dry hopped with Sorachi Ace Hops. Unique IPA bone dry, with a zesty aroma containing hints of fruit, mint and lemon with a long bitter finish."

Boulevard Beer Tasting!!
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO, 63105
August 13 2010 from 4-6pm

Laura from Boulevard Brewing in K.C. will be on hand August 13 from 4-6pm to taste this truly unique and rare beer. This will probably be the only time you will get a chance to taste this Single Wide IPA/Tank 7 Yeast/Sorachi Ace beer.

Here is what we will taste from Boulevard:

Boulevard Single Wide-Tank 7 Yeast-Sorachi Ace IPA
Boulevard Amber (soon to be a new year round beer)
Boulevard Single Wide IPA
Smokestack Two Jokers
Smokestack Tank 7

and maybe a few more.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

St. Louis is awash in new breweries

More big news for St. Louis beer lovers...this news started to hit on twitter earlier in the week...and now we have confirmation from Evan Benn on

"St. Louis is awash in new breweries"
Evan Benn

"More breaking news in what's become a flurry of new-brewery announcements in St. Louis: Phil Wymore, head brewer for Half Acre Beer Co. in Chicago, is moving here next month to start a microbrewery.

Wymore's brewery will be called Perennial Artisan Ales, and it'll be a family affair: He'll brew, his wife will handle marketing and sales, and his father-in-law will help keep the books. Wymore is still scouting locations, but he tells me he hopes to begin buildout by the end of the year.

Alert craft-beer lovers were tipped off this week about Wymore's move from this post on Half Acre's blog, discussing what will be his final beer for the company -- a saison brewed with chamomile and lemon.

I fired off some questions to Wymore, 32, who grew up outside of Kansas City. Here's what he had to say:"

Oberon back in stock.

Back in stock! --

Also online now

This is Bell's #1 seller and it accounts for about 50% of their sales--find out why and pick up a 6 pack!
Bottled 8/3/10
Bell's Oberon -- 6pks

Released late in March each year. One of our favorite and most popular beers! When Oberon arrives, you know it is Spring and baseball season.
"An American wheat ale brewed with Saaz hops. Spicy and fruity, Oberon is the color and scent of a summer afternoon." -- Brewery

Charcoal in stock now!

Back in stock now!

Fire King Lump Charcoal...$9.99 / 20lb bag
Made right here in Missouri.
We think it is the best Charcoal you will ever use. It burns cleaner and hotter than regular briquets.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Great Divide 16th Anniversary

Just arrived at Forsyth!
Great Divide 16th Anniversary Wood Aged Double IPA...$8.29 / 22oz"Based on our most award-winning beer, Denver Pale Ale, this copper-hued treat is a celebration of everything Great Divide does best. Plenty of malty sweetness provides a backdrop for earthy, floral English and American hops, while French and American oak round off the edges and provide a touch of vanilla. Thanks to everyone who's supported us for the last 16 years--here's to 16 more!" -- label

Awards - First Place

We hit the triple crown!!
2010 Sauce Magazine Reader's Poll

We didn't just make the list, we made it to the top of the list in 3 categories. Thank you for voting for us St. Louis.

Favorite Wine Shop 2010 Reader's Choice
1st Place: The Wine and Cheese Place

Favorite Place to Buy Cheese 2010 Reader's Choice
1st Place: The Wine and Cheese Place

Favorite Specialty Shop 2010 Reader's Choice
1st Place: The Wine and Cheese Place

Plus last year's winnings!!

Sauce Magazine 2009 Reader's Choice
We are very excited to announce that we have been voted by St. Louis as:

Favorite Place to Buy Cheese
1st Place -- The Wine and Cheese Place
Favorite Wine Shop
1st Place -- The Wine and Cheese Place

Thank you for voting for us!!

Cathedral Square Brewing from Missouri...

Looks like Cathedral Square Brewing has a new beer coming soon....just approved.
A Belgian Style IPA - I will let you know when it arrives.

We do have three others in stock from Cathedral Square now - read about them.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Rare 15 year old....

Available online
Follow up to the Redbreast 12yr old....
New to the states.....
There has been a lot of excitement about the new 15 year old and it is finally here...

Redbreast 15 year old....$64.99

Hot tip: Redbreast 15 yr. old
John Hansell, Whisky Experter

I feel that it’s my obligation to let you know when I find out about a great whiskey that’s not in the mainstream and will become increasingly more difficult to find. Redbreast 15 year old is one of those whiskeys.
Most Irish whiskey drinkers probably already know about Redbreast 12 year old pure pot still whiskey. It’s the only pure pot still whiskey (whiskey made from both malted and unmalted barley in pot stills) brand that is still on the market as a regular stock item throughout the world. (Sure there’s Green Spot, but it’s available in extremely limited quantities and not sold in the U.S.) Redbreast 12 year old is, in its own right, is a fantastic whiskey and not always easy to find.

So, if you love Irish whiskey, do your best to get a bottle. Even if you usually drink single malt scotch you should find a way to get a bottle, because I think you will enjoy it very much.
What we really should do is start a worldwide petition to get Irish Distillers to make Redbreast 15 year old a regular stock item, along with Redbreast 12 year old.

Irish Whiskey of the Year
Winner: Redbreast 12 year old
Runners-Up: Bushmills 21 yr. old and Jameson 18 yr. old
Comment: If Redbreast 15 yr. old was available in the U.S., it would have trumped the 12 yr. old

Ska Brewing....

Catching up on some posting...
Ska Nefarious Ten Pin Imperial Porter 22oz....$5.69
"Nobody bowls better sober. No on is suggesting you get drunk; merely stating the facts. Our extra strong imperial porter will make you better at bowling. King of the alley-this imperial porter reigns supreme, creamy, chocolaty sweet, with hints of coffee and bing cherry, the Nefarious is wickedly outrageous." -- Ska

Ska Buster Nut Brown Ale....$7.99 / 6pk
Crazy good. We combined a high school murder-movie sense of logic with a whole bunch of hand-selected hops and malts and the result was mind-blowing. This Brown ale has a touch of nuttiness provided by our good friends Mr. and Mrs. Victory and Munich Malt. The addition of northern brewery, cascade, and Willamette hops smooth this beer out to create and incredibly drinkable brown ale." - Ska

St. Louis Wine Forum - up and running!

Read more in "Off the Menu" by Evan Benn

The Scoop: New blog to cover St. Louis’ wine scene
"Ever wonder what restaurant in St. Louis has the most local wines on its list? Or how about which local grape is best to sip during this relentless heat? Soon there will be a place to discuss just such drinking dilemmas." --- Sauce Magazine

We have launched a site for St. Louis area wine lovers to talk about and discuss wine in St. Louis. There are a number of national wine forum boards, but I felt there was a void that needed to be filled for local wine lovers. A chance to talk about wines you find, local restaurants you enjoy, ask wine questions, get recommendations, find local wine events and much is limitless. I realize it is tough getting it started with only a few posters, so please be patient and participate. Tell your friends to join, post new threads, answer threads and just have a good time. Once we build the traffic up, I think it will be an invaluable resource for St. Louis.
Here is the address
Add it to you favorites and visit frequently. It will be a great site for wine novices and wine experts. We want it to be fun and casual. Wine should not be taken too seriously.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Old and rare Armagnac

Cles des Ducs Vintage Armagnacs are limited edtions. Small quantities of each vintage has been held back and not blended.
  • These Armagnacs are kept in barrels until they are ordered.
  • When the order is received, they are bottled. Consequently, the proof strength varies, as do the characteristics of each bottling.
  • Each vintage will have the date of bottling to document its authenticity.
Birth year, wedding year, or other anniversary -- great gift!!
I did not list all of the vintages available.
Most vintages are available from 1930 - 1998!!
Call 314-727-8788 or email paul@wineandcheeseplace to order or for a price of a year not listed.

Year - BOTTLE Price
1888 - $16,500 / bottle
1908 - $7,700
1910 - $7,600
1912 - $6,900
1914 - $4,875
1918 - $4,400
1919 - $4,285
1920 - $4,200
1924 - $3,620
1928 - $2,560
1930 - $2,170
1931 - $2,125
1932 - $2,100
1933 - $2,050
1934 - $2,000
1935 - $1,960
1936 - $1,910
1937 - $1,870
1938 - $1,825
1940 - $1,740
1945 - $1,525
1949 - $1,350
1955 - $1,090
1960 - $ 550
1965 - $ 380
1970 - $ 290
1975 - $ 215
1980 - $ 185
1985 - $ 165
1990 - $ 145
1995 - $ 137
1998 - $ 135

Orders are due by August 31, 2010
Very limited supply , orders subject to confirmation.
Payment due at time of confirmation.
Merchandise will arrive later in the fall.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

New, rare liqueur

L'Espirit de June

L'Esprit de June® is a unique, rare liqueur crafted with the fleeting vine-flowers of Ugni Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and other grape varietals, blossoming for only a few days in June.

Delicate, yet intense, June is the only liqueur in the world made from a bouquet of vine flowers, each bringing specific flavors :

Ugni Blanc flowers provide pear, peach and white
floral notes.
Merlot flowers lend wild strawberry and
cherry-blossom aromas.
Cabernet Sauvignon flowers share
strawberry, raspberry and violet tones.

The use of other vine flowers such as Folle Blanche
and Sauvignon Blanc allows the master distiller to
guaranty Esprit de June's exquisite flavor profile year
after year despite the vintage effect.

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