Monday, January 31, 2011

Wine/Beer Cheese Pairing #2

Week Number 2


New for 2011 at The Wine and Cheese Place

Join us each Saturday at our Cheese Counter and taste the weekly pick of a cheese paired with a wine and a beer*. Each Saturday we will feature a cheese in our award winning cheese department at all 3 TWCP locations and have a wine and beer to taste that we feel is a great match.

It will be fun and informal just come in for a taste at the Cheese Counter.

Pairing cheese with wine or beer is an age old excercise and everybody has an opinion. First of all, there are no wrong answers. It is all about what you like. There is no sense in buying a cheese that you don't like because "an expert" said that it is the best match. The perfect match is the wine/beer you like and the cheese you like! But we will hope to give you a few guidelines and ideas to start your journey through the matching process. Join us each week for a new match.






Saturday, February 5 (12-4pm)
Featured Cheese:

Forsyth: Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve
Ballwin: Comte
Rock Hill:
Comte



Pleasant Ridge Reserve is an American artisan cheese from Wisconsin. It is modeled after Gruyere from Switzerland and Beaufort from France. It is a nutty, rich, slighty earthy and flavorful cheese -- click here to read more about the cheese




To match with this Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve and French Comte:
Wine: We are going to match a great Cotes du Rhone which has big fruit and a touch of spiciness to play off the richness of the cheese.
Forsyth: Grand Veneur Cotes do Rhone
Ballwin: Mordoree Cotes do Rhone
Rock Hill: Grand Veneur Cotes do Rhone




Beer: We are going to match it with a palate lifting Saison. It has great aroma (almost spicy), and good carbonation to cleanse the palate and it adds a whole new dimension to the taste.
Forsyth: Boulevard Tank 7
Ballwin: Boulevard Tank 7
Rock Hill: Boulevard Tank 7




Extra info about the wine:
2009 Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone....$15.99
The 2009 Cotes du Rhone Reserve (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault) exhibits a leafy/garrigue/Provencal character intermixed with raspberry and black cherry fruit. The sweetness of the tannins, plump, medium-bodied style, and touch of pepper result in a classic Cotes du Rhone to drink over the next several years."- The Wine Advocate




Extra info about the beer
Boulevard Tank 7....$8.49 / 750ml
Boulevard Tank 7....$9.99 / 4pk
Rated 98 on RateBeer

"Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickity. Here at Boulevard it’s fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were developing variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in that very vessel. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a flavorful surge of fruity aromatics and hoppy, grapefruit notes (Amarillo hops), this complex, straw-colored ale finishes long, dry and spicy."


*This will be in addition to our normal wine tastings at the stores.






Saturday, January 29, 2011

New liquor....


Cardamaro Amaro...$19.99
"This distinguished expression of traditional Piemonte flavors is a wine-based Amaro, a predecessor to the now more common styles of Amari. It is prepared by an infusion of Cardoon, Blessed Thistle, and other botanicals in the estate wine of Bosca, then rested on new oak for at least six months. The recipe originated with the founder of this now 7th generation winemaking family. Appreciation of Cardoon and Blessed Thistle dates back to antiquity and today they remain popular in Piemontese regional cusine.
Product of Italy. 17% Alc./Vol

Bonal Aperitif....$18.99
Since 1865, this delicious aperitif wine has stood apart for its exceptional complexity, delightful flavors and stimulating palate. Serious to its role as aperitif, it was known as "ouvre l'appétit" - the key to the appetite. Found popular with sportsmen, Bonal became an early sponsor of the Tour de France. It is made by an infusion of gentian, cinchona (quinine) and renown herbs of the Grand Chartreuse mountains in a Mistelle base. Traditionally enjoyed neat or with a twist; also may enhance classic drinks in place of sweet red vermouth.
Product of France. 16% Alc./Vol.





Cocchi Barolo Chinato....$63.99 / liter
Famous in Piemonte, Barolo Chinato Cocchi is a wine of D.O.C.G. Barolo infused with quinine bark, rhubarb, ginger, and a variety of other aromatic spices. In this wine you’ll find a richness and complexity of flavors unparalled in wines of its category. Giulio Cocchi’s original recipe remains unchanged from its introduction in 1891 and has since attracted many imitations. Traditionally enjoyed after dinner, pairing exceptionally well with dark chocolate. In Piemonte its also the core element to the vin brulé popular in winter.
Product of Italy. 16.5% Alc./Vol.


Bonne Bouche - American Artisan Cheese

In stock now at Forsyth!
Vermont Creamery
Bonne Bouche Goat Cheese
In the 2010 American Cheese Society competition, Bonne Bouche won 1st Place for "Aged Goat Cheese" and was runner up to "Best of Show" just behind Uplands Peasant Ridge Reserve Extra Aged

This cheese was a hit in December at our cheese counter, and we just got another batch in stock at Forsyth now.
"Bonne Bouche is the flagship of the signature line. This hand ladled, ash-ripened cheese was first introduced in 2001. Bonne Bouche literally means good mouthful and is a French term used to describe a tasty morsel. Bonne Bouche is simply that and won instant acclaim among chefs, retailers and food writers. It won first place for aged goat cheese at the American Cheese Society competition.

Bonne Bouche is made from pasteurized milk and set in tubs for lactic coagulation for 24 hours. The following day, the cheese curd is carefully hand ladled into moulds and drained overnight. The cheeses are then unmoulded, ashed and moved into the drying room and then into the aging room where the controlled environment is cool and humid. The entire process takes seven to ten days before the cheeses are packaged in their individual micro-caves.

Bonne Bouche can be enjoyed fresh or aged up to 45 days. As a young cheese, the rind has a distinct geotrichium flavor. The texture is mild yet still acidic like a fresh chèvre. As the cheese ages, it becomes softer and the rind becomes more dry and piquant. The made date is indicated on the package.








Betts & Scholl

Very small production!


"Betts & Scholl, the boutique winery founded by master sommelier Richard Betts and art collector Dennis Scholl. Betts was best known as wine director of Montagna, the Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning restaurant at the Little Nell in Aspen, Colo." -- Wine Spectator


Just arrived and it is drinking GREAT!!!
2005 Betts & Scholl Hermitage Blanc.....$53.99
Compared to $79 on Wine Spectator

"Ripe and showy, but with good underlying grip to the dried papaya, creamed peach, fig, yellow apple and brioche notes. The long, juicy finish has a nice gilding of toast. Drink now through 2013. 400 cases made. –JM"

Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

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Betts & Scholl
2006 "The Chronique" Grenache Barossa Valley...$33.99

"Firm in texture, with tremendous focus to the blackberry, cherry, anise seed and cardamom aromas and flavors. Not heavy at all, but sleek and expressive—and extra-long on the vibrant finish. Best from 2009 through 2016. 375 cases made. –HS"

Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator







Glenlivet Tasting at our ROCK HILL location

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Open house, no reservations needed, tell your friends and join us!!
Friday - February 4th from 4:30pm-6:30pm -- Glenlivet Scotch Tasting

Where: The Wine and Cheese Place
9755 Manchester Road, ROCK HILL, MO, 63119
314.962.8150

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


We will taste these amazing Glenlivet scotches....


Here is what we will taste
Glenlivet 12
Glenlivet 15
Glenlivet Nadurra
Glenlivet Nadurra Triumph
Glenlivet 18
Glenlivet 21



Bio --

WINSTON EVANS
The Glenlivet Ambassador



The Glenlivet Ambassador for Chicago and the Midwest, Winston is proud to be representing The Glenlivet and sharing its glory wherever he goes.

Born and raised in Wales, Winston moved to Chicago in 2002, where he has worked as an actor, teacher and social worker, as well as representing The Glenlivet since May 2005.

Winston’s biggest reward from his job as Ambassador is that every day he is able to share his knowledge about the fascinating world of Scotch Whisky and its heritage. “I’m truly a people person, and that’s why this job is perfect for me,” Winston says. “Scotch has long been a passion of mine, so to share a dram and a story with someone eager to learn is always a gratifying experience.”

Evans now resides in Evanston, IL with his wife and son. His favorite Scotch is the beautifully structured and balanced The Glenlivet 18-Year-Old, cut with still spring water.






Friday, January 28, 2011

Pre-Arrival

PRE-ARRIVAL --
One of the masters of Chateauneuf du Pape....
Pre-Arrival pricing.




Rouge
2009 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape....$64.99 / 750 ml

2009 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape....$34.99 / 375 ml
2009 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape....$154.99 / magnum
"The 2009 Chateauneuf du Pape is composed of 65% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 15% Syrah and 5% other authorized grapes, all from their significant holdings in the highly regarded sector of Chateauneuf du Pape known as Le Crau. A deep ruby/plum color is followed by a big, sweet nose of boysenberries, raspberries, licorice, nori seaweed wrap, black currants and earth. Full-bodied, with beautiful texture, purity, depth and power, the 2009 is a notch behind the extraordinary 2007, but it is unquestionably one of the wines of the vintage. It should drink well for 20+ years."
Rated 91-94/100 The Wine Advocate


Blanc
2010 Vieux Telegraphe Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc...$57.99 / 750ml

Net prices, no additional case discounts. Payment due at time of delivery. Wine is scheduled to arrive fall of 2011.

To order: call 314.727.8788

or email paul@wineandcheeseplace.com




Cheese Pairing with Wine and Beer

Starting tomorrow...
New for 2011 at The Wine and Cheese Place

Join us each Saturday at our Cheese Counter and taste the weekly pick of a cheese paired with a wine and a beer*. Each Saturday we will feature a cheese in our award winning cheese department at all 3 TWCP locations and have a wine and beer to taste that we feel is a great match.

It will be fun and informal just come in for a taste at the Cheese Counter.

Pairing cheese with wine or beer is an age old excercise and everybody has an opinion. First of all, there are no wrong answers. It is all about what you like. There is no sense in buying a cheese that you don't like because "an expert" said that it is the best match. The perfect match is the wine/beer you like and the cheese you like! But we will hope to give you a few guidelines and ideas to start your journey through the matching process. Join us each week for a new match.



Starting this Saturday....


Saturday, January 29 (12-4pm)
Featured Cheese: 4 Year Old Gouda

The 4 year old Gouda has a caramelized sweet and very intense flavor that is countered by those crunchy salt deposits. The texture resembles Parmesan and this 4 year old can also be grated, but it works great as a table cheese.

To match the sweetness and intense flavor, we are going to match it with:
Wine: a big and lush Petite Sirah.
Forsyth: Pennywise Petite Sirah - click to read more
Ballwin:
Bogle Petite Sirah
Rock Hill: Bogle Petite Sirah


Beer: we are going to match it with a malty Porter
Forsyth: Founders Porter
Ballwin: Founders Porter

Rock Hill: Founders Porter






Extra info about the beer
Founders Porter.....$8.49 / 6pk
Rated 100 on RateBeer
Currently the #2 best Porter in the world on RateBeer
"Pours silky black with a creamy tan head. The nose is sweet with strong chocolate and caramel malt presence. No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect. Cozy like velvet. It’s a lover, not a fighter." -- Founders



*This will be in addition to our normal wine tastings at the stores.





Appalachian Artisan Cheese

American Artisan producer....


Meadow Creek Dairy - Virginia

Meadow Creek Dairy is a family artisan cheese producer in the mountains of Virginia. At an elevation of 2800ft, the combination of pure water, clean air and deep soils produce an ideal environment for growing diverse, mineral-rich pastures.

Since 1980, farming has been our craft. We have worked closely with our Jersey herd to give them the best care, develop the genetics best adapted to our farm, and in the process produce the highest quality milk. Now we take our craft to its next level, providing you with a full flavored, healthy, ecologically friendly cheese.




Appalachian Cheese
(in stock at Forsyth)

Come in for a taste -- doesn't it look delicious

Appalachian is a semi-hard American Cheese modeled after the famous Tomme de Savoie style cheese. It is made from raw milk and this new wheel is delicious.



More info from their website:

Our original recipe, the first cheese we ever made, Appalachian has changed a great deal over our years of production. We’ve always worked to reflect the unique character of our milk and farm in our cheese, rather than picking a cheese and struggling to match the farm to it. A visit to Europe inspired us to focus on affinage, developing and refining the balance of microflora in our cellars. To this end, we've allowed the Appalachian to form a white coat of penicillium molds.

Tasting notes: A lightly cooked, pressed-curd cheese, aged for at least sixty days in our cellars, Appalachian is similar to a simple French Tomme. The final product is a densely textured cheese with a supple straw-colored paste. The taste is gentle and buttery with earthy undertones and citrus notes; the rind white with glimpses of gray.
Related Cheeses: Tomme De Savoie, Toma Piemontese


Serving Suggestions: Like many of our cheeses, Appalachian melts beautifully and can be used in a variety of dishes. It is excellent on a cheese plate or on bread. We find Appalachian's lemony notes to be best complemented by a pinot Blanc or a pinot Grigio.

Ingredients: Cultured Raw Milk, Salt, Rennet




2008 Bordeaux --




2008 Potensac Medoc....$26.99
"Perhaps the finest Potensac made since the 1982, the 2008 is undoubtedly a sleeper of the vintage. Harvested between October 4-16, this blend of 42% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 18% Cabernet Franc was fashioned from modest yields of 44 hectoliters per hectare. While lacking the prestige of a grand cru classe, it offers an amazing display of sweet black cherry and cassis fruit intermixed with notions of earth and spice. Good purity, a medium to full-bodied mouthfeel, a seamless balance, ripe tannins, and fresh acids result in an amazing wine that should sell for a song. It should evolve for a decade or more."
Rated 90-92/100 The Wine Advocate


2008 Clos du Marquis....$46.99
Second label of Leoville Las Cases

For many years, Las Cases’ second wine has been the equivalent of a classified growth in the Medoc. The 2008 Clos du Marquis may be one of the two or three finest second wines I have tasted from proprietor Jean-Hubert Delon. A blend of 55% Cabernet Sauvignon, 41% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot that came in at 13.5% natural alcohol, it is a pure, deep, full-bodied effort displaying classic aromas of creme de cassis, licorice, and crushed rocks. On the palate, there is a sensational black fruit character, no hard edges, and a seamless integration of all the component parts. This wine should drink beautifully for 15 or more years
Rated 90-93/100 The Wine Advocate


Odell Red Ale


Seasonal back in stock now!!

Odell Red Ale...$9.99 / 6pk
"The Rocky Mountain Goat is no ordinary goat. Just like Odell Red is no ordinary red.We took the American style red to a whole new level by adding a variety of aggressive American hops giving this ale a distinctive fresh hop aroma and flavor.We think you’ll agree this red has some serious kick." -- Odell Brewing





Thursday, January 27, 2011

Chocolate Indulgence is back!

In stock now at Forsyth...
Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence...$12.99 / 750ml
10th Anniversary
"The success of the 2007 Anniversary beer encouraged us to brew Chocolate Indulgence again in 2008. As of the end of October, 2008 the recent batch of Indulgence is now beginning to make its way to your local retailer. Since the 2007 10th Anniversary Edition, our brewstaff and Department of All Things New and Delicious have been conducting strenuous research and exhaustive experiments to improve the character of the Chocolate Indulgence. We were happy with 2007's version, but, we tend to never sleep when it comes to fine-tuning the flavor and character of our beers. We feel that this year's batch has been honed to sublime levels of chocolatey / malty / decadent goodness. We hope you agree. For a little background, the story behind the beer: On October 13, 2007, at out Brewery Tenth Anniversary Party (Waffles and Puppets) we introduced Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence Stout to the world. Chocolate Indulgence comes with a thick tan head of foam resting on top of the rich onyx-colored liquid. The aroma immediately speaks of dark chocolate and dark malts. The gentle herbal nose of Perle hops compliments the darker notes, making the beer savory to the senses.The taste continues with the intense Belgian dark chocolate gliding across the tongue; starting sweet up front but giving way to rich cocoa flavors at the back. Through it all, a subtle fruitiness from our special Belgian yeast gives the beer brightness otherwise foreign to a beer style normally associated with gray foggy skies. Lingering chocolate entices the drinker to taste more. Go ahead. Dessert is good for the soul."

Ommegang Brewery




Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve


American Artisan cheese....

We just cut open a new wheel at Forsyth and it is perfect -- come in for a taste!!




Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve
Pleasant Ridge Reserve is named Best Cheese in America
Pleasant Ridge Reserve won first place at the 2010 American Cheese Society.
The cheese is modeled after Gruyere and Beaufort and it is only produced from May through October when the cows are grazing on fresh grass. It is made from raw milk and aged a minimum of 6 months. The current batch we just received is from June 21, 2010 which puts it at right at 7 months of ageing. Just cut a wheel open and it is perfect!! Delicious!!

Uplands is a family run dairy from Wisconsin making great artisan cheese.








Tuesday, January 25, 2011

BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien San Giovese

Order all BFM online


A new "oak treatment" from BFM

BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien San Giovese....$19.99 (375ml)



Beer of Switzerland.
Ale matured in oak barrels

Brewed in in 2009, bottled in March 2010 Ale Matured in Oak Barrel. Hand bottled, without prise de mousse. This Grand Cru's complexity will increase with age. 11% ABV
Ingredients: Swiss mountains' spring water, barley malts, sugar, hop, yeast.
info from the label




New one from Austria...

Should be nice and fresh, first time leaving the brewery...



Hofstetten Heller Bock Saphir....$4.49 / pint

Only 1 review on RateBeer and we are the first to show distribution outside of the brewery according to RateBeer



"Dry-Hopped with Saphir Hops for over 8 weeks" -- label


“Our Heller Bock "Saphir" will now go into the maturation tank where it will rest on full SAPHIR hop flowers [dry-hopping] for a full 8 weeks!” -Jens Luckart - brewing master

"The small Austrian brewery was first mentioned in 1449 and is family-owned since 1847. The family’s great-great-grandfather, a cattle trader, took over when its former owner couldn’t pay their debts. In 1998 Peter Krammer inherited the company from his father. He now brews with his team of 9 employees around 5,550 hl of mostly unique interpretations of the classic Bock Bier Style" -- importer



Great Cabernet....

Beringer Knights Valley -- fancy new label!!!

Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon....$16.99

Next lowest price on WineSearcher $18.99 Canal's Hamilton
(net price, price good through Feb 3rd)
Beringer is one of the greatest wineries in California. They have proved over the years that a large winery can make great wines that compete witht he "boutique" wineries of California. Beringer has the vineyards, the equipement, and the talent to make word class wine. The "Knights Valley" Cabernet has always been one of their greatest bargains and the 2008 is no exception. At this price, nothing beats it on the shelf. You will be surprised by the quality in the bottle.










Monday, January 24, 2011

Schlafly 20th Anniversary Vol 2

An approval came through for what looks to be the 2nd of 4 in the Schlafly Anniversary Series. Volume No.1 was an Imperial Pilsner....

Looks like Volume No.2 is....
Schlafly Hop Toddy Ale
"Ale brewed with honey and with natural flavor added and aged in Bourbon Barrels."



Sunday, January 23, 2011

Chassagne for a song...


2006 Jean Saint Honore Chassagne Montrachet....$37.99
(next lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $42.49 Premium Wine and Spirits)
It is hard to find a Chassagne Montrachet under $50 and this one really shines. Chassagne tends to be riper and fuller bodied than its neighboring Puligny sibling, Chassagne-Montrachet typically expresses a broader texture on the palate, but still possesses the telltale minerality of all great white Burgundies. Ripe peach and juicy green apple, laced with lemon tart. Elegant and poised, the soft and full-bodied palate develops harmoniously and leaves a citrus fruit finish. Pairs well with any white meat, fish, or soft cheeses.







Friday, January 21, 2011

Zind Humbrecht Tasting

Jim from Bommarito Wines will be on hand to taste the great wines of Zind Humbrecht.



"I don't know what is more mind-boggling, the quality of Domaine Zind Humbrecht's wines or Olivier Humbrecht's complete dedication to quality. This tall, powerful, and intellectual man may well be the finest winemaker in the world."-- Robert Parker



This Saturday, January 22 (12pm-3pm)

The Wine and Cheese Place
9755 Manchester Road
Rock Hill, MO 63119
314.962.8150

Our Rock Hill location will be tasting


Zind Humbrecht Riesling
Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer
Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris
Zind Humbrecht Pinot Blanc






O'Fallon BLACK HEMP

Just arrived at Forsyth....the follow up to Hemp Hop Rye

O'Fallon Black Hemp Black Ale...$7.99 / 6 packs
In stock now!
Style: Black Ale
Alcohol: 5.8% ABV
Bitterness: 33 IBUs
Hemp: Toasted Hemp Seeds
Grain: 2-Row, Golden Naked Oats, Honey Malt, Crystal Rye, Malted Rye, Munich Malt.
Hops: Citra, Amarillo


"Black as a cold winter night, this beer was designed to fit the season instead of conforming to the rules of any style category. The unique blend of seemingly enless ingredients include: toasted hemp seeds, oats, malted rye, wheat, Amarillo and Citrahops and a Belgian yeast strain. Don't be afraid of the myriad of flavors in the balanced black ale as it is deceivingly soft and sessionable especially during te dark days of winter." -- O'Fallon




Looking for a bargain....

Petite Sirah has always been a great grape for big flavor and little price....Pennywise is stunning for this price....
2008 Pennywise Petite Sirah....$9.99 / 750ml
"With deep purple color, this wine has an exotic aroma of blackberries and smoky bacon which draws you further into the glass. The first sip shows you Petite Sirah’s silky fruit forward flavors of black raspberry, strawberry, and candied blueberries. The second sip shows you the depth of this wine, with notes of tobacco leaf, French roast coffee, and blackberry compote smuggling even more fruit that shines throughout this blend. This is a brilliant berry explosion that holds its ground with round tannins, bacon nuances, and rich French oak.

Pairings
This wine would be fantastic with grilled wild game; venison, wild boar, or pheasant with a blackberry/balsamic glaze and a side of roasted butternut squash. Also try pork loin stuffed with dried figs and tasso ham alongside parmesan-crusted polenta with crispy shallots, or barbeque chicken pizza with smoky gouda."
--- winery





Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mojo Tapas Wine Dinner


Mojo Tapas Restaurant and Bar is proud to
Five Course Wine Dinner with St Hallett Senior Winemaker Stuart Blackwell
On Monday January 24 at 7:00 pm.
Make your reservations now 314-865-0500


5 Course Menu

Pan Seared Sea Scallop with Arugula Salad, Preserved Kumquats, and
Avacado-Lime Mojo, Paired with
Poacher’s Blend

Classic Coq au Vin with Mushrooms, Pearl Onions, and
Olive Oil Whipped Potatoes, Paired with
Gamekeepers Red Blend

Crispy Polenta Topped with Exotic Mushroom Ragout and
Ricotta Salata Cheese, Paired with
Faith Shiraz

Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb with Parsnip-Carrot Puree and
Apricot Mustard Chutney, Paired with
Blackwell Shiraz

Tres Leches Cake with Faith Shiraz-Blackberry Compote, Paired with
Petaluma, Croser Sparkling Wine

$59.99 per person, + tax and gratuity
And for one night only, all St Hallett wines will also be available to purchase for
“take home” with special pricing through Mojo Tapas Restaurant and Bar.
Make your reservations tonight!








New Bigfoot is here!!

In stock now....
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style...$10.99/ 6pk


This is from the 2009 version.
"This year marks the 25th release of Bigfoot®. Our award-winning barleywine boasts a dense, fruity bouquet, an intense flavor palate and a deep reddish-brown color. Its big maltiness is superbly balanced by a wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness." -- Sierra Nevada
“…Bigfoot® captures the imagination, and its character is as big as the name implies, with a huge hoppiness in its earthy aroma, a chewy palate, and a great depth of flavor.”
– Michael Jackson,Michael Jackson’s Beer Companion

Rated 98 percentile on ratebeer.com
Rated A- on beeradvocate.com (with over 1300 reviews)
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What tastes great with Bigfoot?
"Intense, malty, and bittersweet, Bigfoot® is wonderful served with dessert. Aromatic notes from the dry-hopping process pair well with chocolate mousse and raspberries or a good-quality cheesecake. If you prefer a more savory taste, try an assortment of sharp aged cheeses, served with fresh fruits like apples, pears, and grapes, which will offer a contrast that will bring all of the flavors together." -- Sierra Nevada
check out more beer pairings from Sierra Nevada
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Beer Geek info:
alcohol content 9.6% by volume
bittering hops Chinook
beginning gravity 23.0 Plato
finishing hops Cascade & Centennial
ending gravity 6.0 Plato
dry hopping Cascade, Centennial & Chinook
bitterness units 90
malts Two-row Pale & English Caramel
yeast Top-fermenting Ale Yeast





Hopwired IPA

Available online


8 Wired Hopwired IPA....$9.99 / 500ml
ABV = 7.3%
Rated 98 percentile on RateBeer
Batch 12, best before 9/24/11 (not sure the brew date)
This is one of those that this might be the only time to get it fresh, since it is the first batch to get here.

"We're pretty sure HopWired is the first bottled new world India Pale Ale made with NZ grown pale ale malt and 100% unique NZ hops. We bet you'll find nothing else like it on the shelves. Although there's plenty of malty sweetness,
this beer is all about the hops. But unlike an American IPA, which will mainly challenge you with grapefruity and pine-like flavours and aromas, the kiwi hops used in HopWired produce something more like a tropical punchbowl: Passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to name but a few. A local Marlborough winemaker even said it smelled like gooseberries... Gooseberries? When did you last actually smell a gooseberry?? Decide for yourself, or just enjoy it without further complication. Cheers!" -- brewery



Read more on their website


Renaissance Brewing -- New Zealand

New to the U.S.
Renaissance Elemental Porter Ale....$8.99 / 500ml
Rated 98 percentile on RateBeer

6% ABV
"Elemental is our most awarded beer, it has won gold medals in Australia and New Zealand as well as being consistantly rated New Zealand's
top beer . Originally the beer of choice for workers in London’s produce markets, the beer was a mixture of the previous nights slops that the "porters" would drink when they clocked off at dawn. Porter is also Andy's all time favourite beer style. Brewed in the modern ‘robust’ style, Elemental Porter is a rich, full bodied brew with plenty of dry, dark chocolate and roasty malt flavours which gradually give way to a cleansing hop-driven finish. And although historically it was a sunrise beer, we think nowadays it is probably more suited to an be served after dinner with desserts and cheese, although if you want to drink it at day break, we're not going to stop you. Cheers!" -- brewery




Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale...$8.99 / 500ml
Rated 96 percentile on RateBeer
7% ABV
"Multi award winning Stonecutter Scotch Ale is the big, hearty, ‘red wine’ of our range. The Scotch Ale style is believed to have originated in Edinburgh in the 18th century and is colloquially known as "wee heavy" due to its higher strength than its paler siblings.
We use nine malts blended together to produce layers of caramel, toffee, liquorice, chocolate and roasty flavours. These layers are balanced by a tart, raisiny fruitiness that gradually gives way to give this dark beer a lingering dry finish. Cheers!" -- Brewery





Stillwater arrives!!!

We are very excited to finally get Stillwater Artisanal!!!!


Available online also

Brian Strumke, the brewer behind Stillwater Artisanal Ales. Stillwater Artisanal Ales is a nomadic brewing venture headed by Brian "Stillwater" Strumke, who's goal is to create inspired and unique ales in multiple locations around the globe.

The latest release to hit St. Louis....







Stillwater Artisanal Existent....$10.99 / 750ml
"an existentialist commentary on a brewer imposing his own view on the beer universe. "

"...picture schwarzbier / ipa / saison melange." -- Brian from Stillwater




Stillwater Stateside Saison....$10.99 / 750ml



Rated 98 on RateBeer
"Stateside Saison pays homage to old world tradition while celebrating new world innovation. Naturally brewed with the finest European malts & fresh aromatic hops from the United States & New Zealand. It’s then fermented using a classic farmhouse ale yeast and bottle conditioned to enhance stability. The outcome is a beer of unique design and exquisite taste, showcasing some of the best attributes of modern-day craft brewing."
Product info: Stateside Saison
Style: Saison, refermentation in bottle
Alcohol Content: 6.8%/vol






Stillwater A Saison Darkly....$5.49 / 11.2oz

(from their import series)"Brewed at Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus in Deinze-Gottem, Belgium. This black saison carries qualities similar to a stout with light roast and burnt sugar flavors, spiced with Rose Hips, Hibiscus, & Schisandra berries" -- Stillwater





Stillwater Cellar Door...$10.99 / 750ml Rated 98 on RateBeer
Originally a seasonal ale, but now year round.
"over the ages the term 'cellar door' has numerously been referred to as the most beautiful term in the English language. upon setting out to create the first summer addition to the Stateside line up of ales; the feeling that almost instantly came to me was that of beauty & cleansing. many summer offerings tend to lack the complexity of their bigger, colder season counterparts; so my goal was to craft an ale of extreme balance with a delicate complexity that allows for contemplation while also providing quaffable refreshment. starting with a base of German wheat & pale malts this crisp slightly hazy foundation was then accented with a blend of Sterling & Citra hops providing a intricate blend of herbal grass & tangerine citrus flavors and aroma. to pull this all together and to complete the 'cleansing' aspect of my vision i gently finished the ale off with a touch of white sage, lending a mild earthy spice character to the blend. of course let's not forget our house saison yeast that brought all the elements together leaving a dry yet intricate finish" -- Stillwater Blog.









Stillwater Atumnal....$10.99 / 750ml Rated 92 on RateBeer
“This deep amber hued ale takes it’s inspiration from Germany while still nodding to the Belgian farmhouse tradition. The base is comprised of German two-row, wheat, Cara-Munich, and roasted barley. Generously hopped with a blend of Perle, Spalt, and Hallertau Mittelfrüh and fermented with a rustic Belgian farmhouse ale yeast. These elements together provide a melange of earth and fruit aromas backed with hints of caramel with a dry clean finish.”






Some returning Mikkellers

Mikkeller makes some of our favorite beers and some of the best in the world. If you have not experienced them, we have many in stock now now.



"The story of Mikkeller is the story of two homebrewers that in a few years went from hobby brewing in the kitchen to national and international recognition...Already in Mikkellers first year as a brewery (2006), the two creators, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Kristian Klarup Keller, were named Danish brewery of the year and the fifth best brewery in the world by http://www.ratebeer.com/." -- Mikkeller




Mikkeller It's Alive!....$12.99 / 750ml

"It's Alive! is Mikkellers answer and tribute to the trappist beer Orval. It's Alive is an easy-to-drink beer, with a lot of hops. The colour is amber, the foam is high, white and dense. The potent Brettanomyce culture makes It's Alive continue to develop in the bottle." -- Mikkeller





Mikkeller Draft Bear...$13.99 / 750ml

"A Danish pilsner is typically characterized by an alcohol content of 4,6% vol., piss-yellow colour and a sexless, slightly bitter taste. But it doesn’t have to be like this…! Draft Bear is Mikkellers interpretation of a ’pilsner’, heavyweight-style. With its powerful hop notes, high alcohol content and lovely golden appearance, the only reference to the pilsner style is the clean taste of the lager yeast." -- Mikkeller


Mikkeller Monks Brew...$12.99 / 750ml
Belgian Dark Ale / 10% Alc
"Monk's Elixir is Mikkellers tribute to the great trappist monks of Belgium! The beer is names 'Monk's Brew' in the U.S." -- Rated 96 percentile on
http://www.ratebeer.com/





Mikkeller Big Worse Bourbon Barrel

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Very limited!
Mikkeller Big Worse Bourbon Barrel Edition....$12.99 / 12.7oz
"Incoming are two versions of Mikkeller Big Worse Barleywine: Red Wine Barrel and Bourbon Barrel. The two brews will ship in about three weeks according to Mikkel. There will be around 100 cases of Red Wine Barrel and 200 cases of Bourbon Barrel. Each beer is aged in second-use barrels for approximately eight months. The beer weighs in at 12% ABV and is packaged in 375 ml bottles (and imported by the Shelton Brothers). [Ed. note: the Bourbon Barrel version is different from the 19.1% ABV Big Worst Bourbon Barrel Barleywinepreviously released.]" -- Beernews.org


This is the info from his website about the previous edition.

"It all started with the Big Bad Barley Wine. Then came Denmark's strongest beer Big Worse Barley Wine which is now released in a barrel aged edition. Big Worse Barrel Aged is at the top of evolution. It does not nor should it get any crazier than this. With an ABV of 19,1 this beer is about as strong as it gets without freeze distillation. Lots of sugar, hops, barrel and alcohol. In other words, a beer for pirates "

Ingredients :
Water, malt (pils and caramunich), candy sugar, hops (nugget, cascade and centennial) and ale yeast.










Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Firestone Walker coming to Missouri

Firestone Walker is one step closer.....
John Bryan of Firestone Walker tweeted tonight
"Very soon. Missouri brand approvals are done."
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I have not seen the official approvals, but it looks good!!!!
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Here is a list of their beers....
Pale Series
some would say we have an absurd passion for the pale... and they'd be right
DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
Pale 31
Union Jack
Seasonal Beers
light and refreshing in the warmer weather, dark and rich in the winter
Solace
Velvet Merlin
Oaktoberfest
Proprieters Reserve Series
our most limited barrel aged beers
Abacus
Double Jack
Fourteen
Parabola
Walker's Reserve



Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sparkling pink....

Great, dry rose from France
(Not too soon to start planning your Valentines)

Wolfberger Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé....$21.99
Made from 100 % Pinot Noir grown in the Alsace region of France.
This Pink sparkler has a light salmon color with tiny pinpoint bubbles. It is surpisingly full bodied and shows off strawberry and cherry aromas and a excellent finish that keeps you wanting more. It is fermented completely dry and is a great food wine.





Limited North Coast Release....

2009 North Coast Old Stock
ellar Reserve....$22.99 / 500ml

"In an exercise of humanitarian charity and to demonstrate just how very much we care about our friends, North Coast brewmaster, Mark Ruedrich, has just now released an exceptional batch of 2009 Old Stock Ale that has been aged for 18 months in oak Bourbon barrels. In this latest example of the cunning of his hand, Brewmaster Ruedrich has set new standards for the brewers’ art. To say that it’s amazing would be an understatement. Look for Old Stock Cellar Reserve in the special decorated bottle, as they say, wherever fine beers are sold. There’s not much, and it will go fast, so be vigilant." -- brewery

Available online










Bells Hopslam Update!

Looks like we are out.

The Hopslam was bottled 1/11/11
We also have FRESH Two Hearted Ale bottled 1/12/11







For those of you that had reservations -- you should have received an email. We will only hold your order until Monday January 24th - 7pm. If it is not picked up, it will go out for sale.


Bells Hopslam....
Any questions...
paul@wineandcheeseplace.com

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