Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Some new spirits...

Salers Aperitif Labounoux...$19.99
"One of the most classic of French aperitifs is a pour of gentiane liqueur on the rocks with a squeeze of lemon. Salers is today the oldest of the producers and also from the Massif Central, birthplace to this style of product. Unlike the large corporate producers that today add artificial colorant, Salers is all natural, with a drier and rustic character that has historically defined this drink. True to its roots, Salers sources its gentiane solely from the Auvergne. Enjoy in a traditional manner with ice and lemon, or in a variety of mixed drinks."

Byrrh Grand Quinquina...$17.99
"Byrrh Grand Quinquina is made to the original late 19th century recipe that earned fame both in France and overseas. Its long legacy is also documented by a half century of magnificent poster art. This aperitif brings together cinchona (quinine), exotic spices and botanicals onto a base of mistilles and local Grenache, then rested in large oak barrels. Byrrh Grand Quinquina offers a lucious balance of ripe fruit and subtle spice. Delicious alone, or try in some of the old classic Byrrh drinks."

Strawberry Blonde Ale

Buffalo Bill Strawberry Blonde Ale 6pks
Seasonal -- in stock now

Sour Power

In stock at Forsyth

Sour Power Mixed.....$19.99 / 6pk
2 bottles each of
Petrus Oud Bruin
Petrus Aged Pale
Monk's Cave

96 Point Roederer

2003 Roederer L'Ermitage Brut...$35.99
Compare to release price: $70 on The Wine Spectator:
"2003 was a great vintage for Roederer Estate. This, their top vintage wine, is very great, and the price is an absolute steal for this world class sparkler. It’s enormously rich in the strawberries from Pinot Noir and the limes from Chardonnay, while the toast and rich lees combine for a perfect champagne-style smokiness. And so smooth, it's like a kiss of silk. At the age of eight years, this wonderful wine is just getting started.
Editors' Choice"
Rated 96/100 The Wine Enthusiast
Rated 94/100 Wine & Spirits
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator
#55 Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2011

Monday, July 30, 2012

Evil Twin Hop Flood

Evil Twin Hop Flood...$9.49 / 22oz

On a beautiful summer night in July while peaceful Danes rocked at Roskilde Festival and sipped wine in their picturesque summer retreats, an apocalyptic tidal surge flooded the famous Ølbutikken in Copenhagen and drowned thousands of precious beer – Hop Flood is a bitter tribute to the heroic bottles that didn’t make it. 

Rated 96/100 RateBeer

Rated 100/100 RateBeer for style

Praga Czech

I got an update/confirmation from Sampson brewery..
"Our brewery today named Samson was established in 1795 and was the first brewery in the world to brew a beer labelled Budweiser – We also shipped beer in 1872 into the USA labelled Budweiser – before AB started to call any beer Budweiser in – 1876.

Czech Budvar (Czechvar) started to brew Budweiser in 1895 but got many trademark right transferred from Samson, under Communism when all breweries in Czech was government owned.

Samson sold all it’s remaining right to Budweiser to AB INbev and today can not use the name Budweiser in the agreement."  - Sampson Brewery


Praga is produced at the famous Czech Brewery Pivovar Sampson which is the original producer of Budweiser.

Here is a timeline story about 
Pivovar Sampson... 

  • 1795 Budweiser Bier Bürgerbräu started producing Budweiser (to be sold as B.B. Bürgerbräu in the U.S. after the trademark lawsuits)
  • 1874 Budweiser Bier Bürgerbräu is exported to the U.S.
  • 1896 Anheuser Busch starts producing Budweiser in the U.S. This is when trademark disputes started
  • 1960 the brewery was renamed Sampson Brewery 
  • 1989 the brewery was renamed "První budějovický pivovar Samson" (First Budweiser brewery Samson)
  • Late 2011/early 2012 - Samson AS sells a small unit of their company called Budejovicky Mestansky Pivovar to AB-InBev. No brewery was sold, just some land and the rights to "Budweiser Bier" trademark in some countries.

Deciphered from info taken from an article in The Wall Street Journal, Wikipedia and Pivní Filosof - Beer Philosopher (interesting read)

Not sure if I am correct on all of this as it is very confusing. It is also interesting to note that B.B. Bürgerbräu is not available here now and is owned by AB-InBev. The last importer that had it in the U.S. no longer shows it on their website. Now AB-InBev no longer distributes Czechvar in Missouri either, we stopped seeing it earlier this year right around when the sale of Budejovicky Mestansky Pivovar was announced? Not sure what the giant AB-InBev has planned for B.B. Bürgerbräu, Czechvar and the Budweiser name?

That brings us to the new beer in the U.S. and to The Wine and Cheese Place
We now have a new Czech beer from the original Budweiser producer...

Praga Premium Pils...$2.49 / pint
Praga Dark Lager...$2.49 / pint
Praga Dark Lager...$10.99 / 6pk
What is “Praga”..
Praga is the old name for city of Prague
Independent brand / No big brewery groups

“Praga” lager and dark is built on more than 200 years of the Czech brewing tradition
Our brewery has existed since 1795 and is known for the highest quality beers.
We brew Praga with passion for quality and use only the best ingredients
The Praga brand has been a sleeping brand that we have re-designed, re-positioned and re-launch in 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Goose Island beer and cheese pairing

The Wine and Cheese Place is involved in a number of events 
for 4th Annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week

We are excited to have Suzanne Wolcott, Head of Education for Goose Island Brewery and Certified Cicerone, at The Wine and Cheese Place to conduct this fantastic event...

Tomorrow -  Monday, July 30th (only 4 seats left)
Goose Island Beer and Cheese Pairing

 – The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 6PM-7:30PM

$15 / person - 
Reservations are required click here to make reservations or call (314-727-8788) 
(not many seats are left)

Join Goose Island’s Suzanne Wolcott (Head of Education for Goose Island and Certified Cicerone ) as she pairs some delicious vintage ales from Goose Island with the extensive and equally delicious cheeses from the Wine and Cheese Place. 

Here are the beers and cheeses we are scheduled to taste:  

Goose Island IPA - reception beer 

Matilda paired with Tallegio (raw milk)

Sofie paired with Delice de Bourgogne Triple Creme

Pepe Nero with Cave Aged Gruyere

Pere Jacques paired with a with 5 year Old Gouda
plus we will have the very rare...
Goose Island Bramble Rye paired with chocolate

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dom Perignon

2002 Dom Perignon Brut - sold out
The 2002 Dom Perignon is at first intensely floral, with perfumed jasmine that dominates the bouquet. With time in the glass the wine gains richness as the flavors turn decidedly riper and almost tropical. Apricots, passion fruit and peaches emerge from this flashy, opulent Dom Perignon. The wine’s volume makes it approachable today, but readers in search of more complexity will want to cellar this for at least a few years to allow for some of the baby fat to drop off. Geoffroy describes the vintage as very ripe and adds that some of the Chardonnay showed the ill-effects of the hot growing season in the somewhat burned, dehydrated fruit that came in that year. This bottle was disgorged in July, 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032. 
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

Louis/Dressner Wines in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place

We are excited to now have Louis/Dressner Wines in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place.

"Louis/Dressner Selections is a portfolio of over 100 vignerons hailing from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Slovenia and Chile. We are a partnership of Denyse Louis, a native Burgundian, Joe Dressner and Kevin McKenna. Collectively, we spend nearly nine months a year in Europe working with our growers and selecting wines for importation to America.

We have no brands. We are not looking for them. We do have a group of often fanatical growers who are doing their best to make wines that are original because they are honestly crafted. These might seem old-fashioned, but in the present context it is almost revolutionary....

There are no gobs, no exaggerations, no over-this and over-that. We don’t have fruit bombs. What we do have is a group of growers who work their vines and make their wines with honesty, passion and humor.

In that sense THE BRAND is the convergence of these crazy growers and their American importers. Working together to produce and market natural products that follow several principles.

The following techniques and guiding principles are what we believe is winemaking with integrity and respect for the traditions of the native region. This is fine winemaking at its purest, most fundamental level.
Wild Yeasts:  All wines are made with the natural yeasts on the grapes, in the vineyards and in the cellars. Cultured yeasts to rush fermentation or add “enhancing” aromas and flavors are unacceptable. We look for wines that express their terroir. No enzymes, no hormones.
Hand Harvesting:Growers harvest by hand, not machine. We want the ripest fruit to be brought carefully and lovingly into the winery.
Low Yields: The growers want low yields for greater concentration. We look for growers with holdings in old vines.
Natural Viticulture:  We encourage growers to plow their vineyards to keep the soil an active eco-system, and to use natural methods in tending their vines.
No or Minimal Chaptalization: We do not want an artificially high degree of alcohol produced by adding sugar to the must. Non- or slightly chaptalized wines are more enjoyable and healthier to drink.
Non-Filtration:  Wines are either not filtered or minimally filtered. We also encourage low levels of SO2.
Non-Interventionist Winemaking: We prefer a harmony, not an imposed style —wines should showcase their place of origin and varietal character. We are not looking for oak flavor, particular fruits or overly done aromatics. Minimal use of S02 is encouraged.
Enjoyment! Lastly, our most important “principle.” Because, the overblown world of overdone wines is fundamentally tiresome. We’re not looking for tasting specimens, but for wines that are great fun, and a great pleasure to drink.

Here are a few wines we have in stock now....

2010 Peillot Bugey de Mondeuse...$19.99
"Tart cherry and blackberry inform what is for this grape an astonishingly silken and infectiously juicy palate, and even if a bit of native astringency creeps into the finish in the form of slight gum numbing, there is a bracing saltiness that further encourages salivation and the taking of a next sip. Touches of pungent green herbs, cherry pit, and cepage-typical black pepper also put in appearances. I would be inclined to enjoy this downright effusive and extremely user-friendly rendition of the Savoie’s flagship black grape over the next 2-3 years. Though it will no doubt remain vigorous, its surprising textural allure might give way to more prominent tanninity." - The Wine Advocate

"The Bugey is small viticultural area whose fame doesn't extend much farther than the city of Lyons... the Bugey is a series of low altitude hills forming the most southern tip of the Jura range. In distance, it is closer to Savoie than to viticultural Jura, so, if mentioned at all, it is often considered a part of Savoie.
As for Mondeuse, it is the most rustic grape I've ever worked with. I have 100 year old Mondeuse vines that still produce 100 hectoliters per hectare just on their own. To me it's an ancestor, it's a Gaul with a big mustache, and just like our ancestors, they are firmly rooted in the past. This is how I approach working with Mondeuse. All the work is in the vines with Mondeuse; you have to take good care of it for it to take good care of itself. Aging it in oak could be an option, but I don't. I think my Mondeuse is very hit or miss with people. I tried making a more Beaujolais style Mondeuse once by harvesting and vinyfying earlier in hopes of softening the tannins, and it was undrinkable. I am very experimental and have had many failures over the years, both in the vines and in the cellar, but none as unforgivable as that one! So maybe my Mondeuse isn't for everybody,  but at least it's authentic." -- winery

2011 Luneau Papin Pierre de la Grange Muscadet V.V....$14.99
"No Muscadet estate is rendering consistently finer or more intriguing wines than Luneau-Papin, and given the prices asked there is no excuse for any lover of wine not making their acquaintance." - The Wine Advocate

"Luneau-Papin is a family estate. My father was always very knowledgeable about the area, and searched far and wide for the best parcels our land could offer. He was able to procure many of these in the 80's and we find ourselves today with 50 parcels spread over 10 plots. We have 50 hectares of Melon de Bourgogne, at about 7000 vines per h; because of the density of the plantation, we average about 50 hl/h yields. Our distinction at Luneau-Papin is that we work parcel by parcel, terroir by terroir. You can't claim terroir if you don't highlight the link between the soil, the vegetal state of the vines and its surrounding environment." - winery
read the full article

2010 Zelige Caravent Ellipse Pic Saint Loup...$25.99
A blend of Syrah, Carignan, and Cinsault

"Zelige", like the Mediterranean artisan firing the clay, varnishing, cutting, assembling in mosaics, we also work the soil…The soil of Corconne, in a corner of Languedoc, between Montpellier and Nimes, pushing up against the hills of the Cevennes. Composed of gravel and limestone pebbles.The image of the "zelige" comes naturally, our vineyards forming a mosaic in the landscape.  Our paths have taken many twists and turns, before finding ourselves together amongst the vines. Marie is a painter, now her brushes have to share time with the pruning scissors.  Luc is now walking in the steps of his grandfather. - winery

Friday, July 27, 2012

Rosemount Shiraz - back in stock!

Amazing Bargain!  
Compare to $10 suggested retail on The Wine Spectator
2010 Rosemount Shiraz Diamond Label...$6.49
Smooth and velvety, with a fresh, lively feel to the blueberry and plum flavors. A hint of nutmeg marks the finish. Drink now through 2014. 110,000 cases imported. –HS
Rated 89/100 The Wine Spectator

Beer updates

A couple of beer notes...

Stone IPA 6pks - fresh batch July 4 -- (still on sale until tomorrow)
GreenFlash West Coast IPA 4pks -- fresh batch bottled July 16
Lakefront Octoberfest -- yes it is here to go along with the two Pumpkin beers in stock

Glenmorangie Tasting

Thanks to all that attended, the shelf got wipe out and then some.  We took a number of special orders.
Almost 70 people attended the event to meet 

We will get the shelves re-stocked

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Scotch tasting and meet Glenmorangie Brand Ambassador

We are told that The Wine and Cheese Place has sold more Glenmorangie in St. Louis than any other account in 2012!! 

Starting 5-7pm tonight!
Scotch Tasting open house!
The Wine and Cheese Place 
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105
reservations are not required, but if you are on facebook, let us know you are coming:  click here to confirm you are coming

Join us to meet Gregor Mina, the new Regional Brand Ambassador for Glenmorangie and Ardbeg.
Tomorrow!!! Thursday July 26th from 5-7pm.
Gregor Mina will be on hand for an open house tasting of some of Glenmorangie's  award winning scotches...
We will taste...
Glenmorangie The Original 10 Year Old Scotch (750ml) ...$29.99
Glenmorangie Artein Private Edition (750ml) ...$67.99
Glenmorangie 18 Year Old Single Malt Scotch Rare (750ml) ...$86.99
Glenmorangie Lasanta Sherry Cask 12 Year Old Scotch (750ml) ...$43.99
Glenmorangie Nectar d'Or Sauternes Cask 12 Year Old Scotch (750ml) ...$59.99
Glenmorangie Quinta Rubin Port Casks 12 Year Old Scotch (750ml) ...$43.99
Glenmorangie Signet Single Malt Scotch (750ml) ..$179.99
Glenmorangie Astar Highland Single Malt (750ml) ...$65.99

Glenmorangie was named Distiller of the Year in 2011 by The Wine Enthusiast!

Gregor Mina – Glenmorangie & Ardbeg Brand Ambassador
Gregor has over ten years drinks industry experience working across the Scotch, Beer, Liqueurs & Spirits sectors.  He and his family are very excited about making Chicago their new home as they leave Scotland and he begins a new chapter in his career with Moet Hennessy. In particular Gregor is thrilled to be working with two superb single malt whisky brands in Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, for which he has a particular affinity.
Gregor was born in Lanarkshire, raised in Fife, but spent a significant period in Drumochter in the Scottish Highlands at the family holiday home. He was educated firstly at Dollar Academy before graduating from The University of Edinburgh with a BSc in Psychology in 2000.
Following University Gregor began his career in the drinks industry as the Brand Ambassador for Hoegaarden and Leffe Belgian beers, before being promoted to Senior Brand Ambassador for Stella Artois, helping reposition and premiumise the brand in the UK.
Following this Gregor made the move into drinks marketing and in 2007 began working as Marketing Manager for Belhaven Best, the No.1 ale in Scotland, initiating the sponsorship of the Scottish Rugby Team.  
In 2009 Gregor was offered the role of Trade Marketing Manager with Maxxium responsible for the Spirits Portfolio UK in the Off-Premise. Whilst the economic background at the time was challenging, Gregor found the experience very motivating.
In 2010 Gregor was asked to lead the Malt Whisky Portfolio UKand promoted to Senior Brand Manager accountable for The Macallan, Laphroaig, Highland Park, The Glenrothes, Ardmore and Teacher's brands. This varied portfolio was very challenging but drove Gregor's passion and expertise of Scotch even further.
Gregor is thrilled to now be part of the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg team in the USA and completely focused on driving these tworespected Scotch brands across the Central Region.
He is married to an Ohioan who is delighted to be moving back to the Mid-West bringing with them their 3 children. Gregor hopes to combine his other passion, Marathon running, with his new found enthusiasm for golf.

Olympic Beer!

The Wine and Cheese Place

Getting excited about the Olympics....

Stock up on some Fullers Beers from London
Including London Pride and London Porter

Fullers London Porter is considered one of the best Porters in the world.
100/100 on RateBeer plus 100/100 for style on RateBeer
It is rated the #4 best Porter in the World!  Impressive for being around for so long. 

American Patriot Beer

In stock at Forsyth

The All American Beer Company
St. Louis, Missouri

From John Beal, owner of John Beal Roofing

American Patriot Beer...$5.99 / 6pk
American Patriot Light...$5.99 / 6pk

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Schlafly AIPA

Schlafly AIPA bottle 6/26/12 arrived today at our Forsyth location

The best smoked salmon....

Back in stock!!

Even with my terrible picture, you can see how delicious this looks!
Smoked Salmon from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Usually the best things we find for our store are products that don't come looking for us, they are products that we go looking for them.  Durham's Tracklements Custom Smoked Provisions is one of those products.  In fact, we have been trying for months to sell their salmon in our store.  They kept telling us that they cannot keep up with demand at this point and they are not taking on any more accounts.  Our begging finally paid off and we our on our 3rd shipment,  Supply is limited.

Durham's Tracklements


Inspired by a stay in the Northwest Highlands and Islands of Scotland, a genuine hand-rubbed dry cure of salt with a bit of brown sugar, lightly smoked over our own blend of select hardwoods. Mellow fresh flavor with moist, firm yet buttery texture 

Best of the Best in 20 years of Tasting

" comparison" - Marian Burros, The New York Times

Salmon just doesn’t get any better than this.

--Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press

More info on Durham's Tracklements

Custom smoked provisions using the finest ingredients available, Since 1992. 
We cure and smoke in small batches with the careful, hands-on attention essential to providing outstanding freshness, flavor and texture. For our Salmon Specialties we use only farmed Atlantic salmon raised in the cold waters of the Bay of Fundy, where strong tides assure excellent growing conditions and make the regular use of antibiotics and algaecides unnecessary. Salmon are selected at the optimal size, and flown fresh direct to us each week!

 No additives of any kind, always dated for superior fresh flavor. The finest genuinely hand-crafted quality available--anywhere.

$19.99 / half pound (sounds like a lot, but it is not.  The smoked salmon you buy at the grocery store is a lesser quality and it is $8.99+ per quarter pound.)  Check it the next time you are shopping.   *** I have stopped by Schnucks and Deierbergs to check their prices -- see bottom of post.  
*** Here is a picture from Schnucks for their Smoked Salmon.
$9.69 for 4oz and $9.29 for 4oz.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dry Dock Farms Heirloom Tomatoes

Just arrived at Forsyth.
Dry Dock Farms Heirloom Tomatoes - 3 varieties
Ox Hearts
Bloody Butchers
Yellow - low acid

Dry Dock Farms Farm Fresh Eggs arrived today
Laid 7/23/12

Knob Creek RYE is here!

Knob Creek Rye Whiskey...$29.99 / 750ml
we also have 50ml bottles in stock also

Many of The Wine and Cheese Place customers got a chance to taste this back in December at our Bourbon tasting with Dawn Weeks -- we had a preview bottle.
Customers loved it!

Pumpkin Ales

St. Louis is hitting a record high of 108 degrees today and all I have to say is that.... 
our first two Pumpkin Ales have arrived for 2012

New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin
Shipyard Pumpkin Head

Yes, these are new 2012 batches

Jones Bacon from Missouri

From Missouri -- Jones Heritage Bacon

Welcome to Jones Heritage Farms
"Located in beautiful Cape Girardeau County, Missouri we are a family-owned farm using old fashioned farming methods to produce the tastiest and healthiest food you can buy. Our old fashioned methods eschew modern industrial agricultural practices such as animal confinement, the feeding of animal byproducts and the use of antibiotics and growth hormones because we are more concerned about healthy, happy animals and great tasting food than maximizing production. All of our animals are raised outdoors and fed an all natural diet of grass and grain. The end result is better tasting food that is better for you and for the environment." - Jones Heritage Farm

Jones Heritage Hickory Smoked Cured Bacon...$11.99 / 1 lb package

Our all natural favorite from the farm—
For centuries the most flavorful pork has come from the Berkshire breed of hogs. Known as “Kurobuta” or “black pig” in Japan where it is considered a delicacy, Berkshire pork is well known in culinary circles for its unsurpassed combination of juiciness, flavor and tenderness. One taste and you’ll see why this breed has retained its popularity for over 300 years. Try our Berkshire Pork today and discover all the natural flavor you have been missing.

Featured in Feast Magazine -- 
"What make Jones Heritage Farm's meats special are the animals' genetics and the way the animals are raised. "The meat from heritage-breed hogs has that old fashioned pork flavor that was prevalent before pork became ‘the other white meat,'" Jones says.

"Heritage animals require way more labor and way more time," says Jones. "You can't produce all-natural meat with confinement, so we have to give a lot more time and land to each animal than with conventional farming. When they're in confinement, they end up needing antibiotics. And then they're not all-natural."

The extra attention these animals receive doesn't just produce healthier, more flavorful, antibiotic-free meat. It helps preserve heritage livestock breeds. "The reason heritage breeds [have gone] out of favor, and some have become extinct, is because they don't do well in mass production conditions," Jones says.

"Berkshire is the Kobe beef of pork," says Jones. Berkshires make for the best pork belly and the intramuscular marbling in their loin is ideal. Jones is one of the few Red Wattle breeders in the area - and in the nation. He likes Red Wattle pork for its lean, beefy texture; flavorful dark red to purple meat; and great marbling. According to Jones, the breed is considered critically endangered, with fewer than 2,000 Red Wattles in the world.

"I heard it's Mario Batali's favorite pig," he says. "If Batali likes it, I figured I should try it."

The pigs are given a lot of room to grow: two acres of land per eight pigs. Jones' hogs rotate pastures until they reach 75 to 100 pounds, and then they're put into the woods to forage on fungi, leaves, nuts and other natural goodies. Unlike some other farmers, Jones allows his pigs to root, which is part of their natural instinct. Although it's destructive to the land, he says it's important to the quality of his product to allow his pigs to live naturally.

"It takes a number of things to make a pig that produces high-quality meat," he says. "You've got to keep the pig from being stressed out because stress leads to illness, blood-spots in its meat and no cooperation from the animal. Confinement, heat, lack of food and water, and a lot of new people around who it isn't familiar with will all stress a pig out. So we make sure our pigs have water and a lot of it all the time. And they need shade and a waller, or a mud hole, to keep themselves cool. We'll give a pig antibiotics if it gets sick - I'm not going to let an animal die - but we won't sell it because then [the meat's] not all-natural. But we rarely have a sick pig."

Seventy-five percent of the farm's sales come from pork products. The Berkshires produce two litters a year with about eight to 10 piglets in each litter. The Red Wattles have larger litters, and, according to Sauer, they're better moms. The farm relies on these good moms to keep business booming.

"Pigs used to be called ‘mortgage lifters,'" says Jones, "because small farms could make a lot of money off a single litter, and you usually get two [litters] a year." Profitability isn't their only attractive characteristic, however. As Jones puts it, "Pigs are easy to like."
Feast Magazine October 2011

Monday, July 23, 2012

John B. Stetson Bourbon

In stock at Forsyth now and online
From the famous hat maker comes...

John B. Stetson Bourbon....$23.99 / 750ml
From a legendary icon of American individuality and character comes the spirit that is uniquely American.

A guarded recipe yields this fine sipping bourbon, distilled from native American corn, locally sourced barley, rye, and wheat. This bourbon has a sweet oaky aroma layered with woody flavors, and finishes with hints of vanilla and caramel.

Simply, it is indisputable proof of John B. Stetson’s enduring pledge to “make things right, and the best they can be.” This bourbon is smooth enough to enjoy neat or on the rocks, yet flavorful enough to add to your favorite bourbon cocktails & mixed drinks.

Enjoy John B. Stetson Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with your lust for independence, a sense of integrity and the strength of your convictions.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Noon in stock now!!

Very limited -- call 314.727.8788 to reserve
2010 Noon Reserve Shiraz..$89.99
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Reserve Shiraz is a little closed at this stage, revealing a subtle earthy character over restrained notes of creme de cassis, mulberries and licorice, plus hints of cloves, lavender, spice cake, espresso and bacon fat. Very concentrated and richly fruited on the full bodied palate, the muscular fruit is well supported by a firm level of finely grained tannins with medium-high acid to lend just enough lift, finishing long. This wine is for the long haul and should drink best 2014 to 2024+. 
Rated 97+/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Noon Eclipse....$71.99
Deep garnet-purple colored, Noon’s 2010 Eclipse offers an intense, complex nose with a core of ripe black cherries and blackberries over hints of mint, dark chocolate, violets, yeast extract and toast. Full bodied yet beautifully elegant in the mouth, it offers an excellent concentration of fruit marked by crisp acid and a medium to firm level of grainy tannins. The finish is long and layered. Still youthfully taut and primary, it should drink best 2013 to 2020+. 
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Ardbeg Day Scotch

Ardbeg Day Scotch....$79.99

Very little came in to St. Louis
We sold out in minutes when it arrived -

but one person changed their mind and I have 1 bottle up for grabs
Sorry - gone again that did not take long

Tasting today at Forsyth!

The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth tasting TODAY

7435 Forsyth Blvd Clayton, MO 317-727-8788

Saturday WineTasting  

Saturday July 21, 2012 from 12pm-4pm
2009 Mas de Brunes “Cuvée des Cigales”  100% SYRAH!
2009 La Ginestra Chianti 
Cueva de Las Manos Cabernet Sauvignon
Fronterra Chardonnay
Weinkeller Erbach Silvaner

Plus some liquor
Dry Fly Vodka
Knob Creek 9Year Old Bourbon (our own Barrel)
Plus a single Malt Scotch

Friday, July 20, 2012

Urban Chestnut Barrel Aged

New label approved for Urban Chestnut gets approved --

First look at their Barrel-Aged Series label....
hopefully we will see some at The Wine and Cheese Place

Duncan Taylor Dalmore 20yr

Rare Duncan Taylor  Scotch

Limited, only 9 bottles available.

This is our second batch of this incredible scotch.
Duncan Taylor Dalmore 20 Year Old...$94.99
Distilled 1990
Bottled 2010
Only 305 bottles produced

The critically acclaimed and award winning Rare Auld collection represents Single Malt and Single Grain Scotch whiskies of outstanding quality from Scotland’s prime whisky producing regions - Speyside, Islay, Highland, Island, Lowland and Campbeltown.

The majority of casks within this range are over 30 years old. They include a variety of cask types including Sherry, Port, American Oak Bourbon and wine.

The whiskies are bottled as single casks at cask strength with no chillfiltration or colouring. Each bottle of this collection is individually identified with information detailing the distillery and region or origin, distillation date, cask number, cask strength, date bottled and individual bottle number from the limited number available in each cask.

Dalmore might just be the most legendary distillery in the world when it comes to creating stunning whisky with real provenance. Even the distillery itself looks incredible, as it overlooks the Cromarthy Firth - an estuary from whose banks rise impressive slopes specked with green thicket and wooded copse. The house style is undeniably one of rich, full-bodied whisky, with orange, chocolate and coffee flavours and Dalmore whisky is regularly enjoyed as a post dinner digestif.

Each hand-selected cask is matured at the original distillery to allow it to age in the environment in which it was distilled. A cask is only bottled when it reaches its optimum age and quality.

Kansas Clean Distilled

In stock now currently at our Rock Hill location only

Come taste it at Rock Hill tomorrow 
July 21 from noon until 4pm

Kansas Clean Distilled Whiskey...$23.99 / 750ml

One Roq Vodka Tasting at Rock Hill

One Roq Vodka Tasiting
Saturday July 21 from 1pm to 3pm
at our Rock Hill Location
9755 Manchester Road
Rock Hill, MO 63105

One Roq Vodka....$21.99 / 750ml
One Roq Vodka Reserve....$23.99 / 750ml
One Roq Vodka Raspberry ....$21.99 / 750ml

"America's Premium Vodka"
Glass Column Distilled from Iowa Corn and Colorado Mountain Spring Water
Gluten, Sulfite and Sodium Free - First Worldwide
Authentic American Production

One Roq wants to break the stereotype that the best Vodka comes must be imported!

Perennial Violet and Homefront IPA

Just got a note from Chris at our Rock Hill location that they scored another case of Perennial Violet and Homefront IPA --

in stock now at our Rock Hill location only!!!!

Limited release....
Perennial Artisan Ales Violet...$11.99 / 750ml
"Violet is a Belgian-Style tripel brewed with pluots, a fruit that is a cross between a plum and an apricot.  Although Perennial likes to use local produce, for this beer and exception was made, as pluots provide a distinctive flavor both refreshing and complex.  The beer's light to medium body disguises the ABV and allows you to explore the marriage between the pluots and hops.  Violet's fruiter notes are quelled with a dry finish that lends itself nicely to light summer dishes." - Perennial

Perennial Artisan Ales Homefront IPA....$12.99 / 750ml
 "Homefront IPA is brewed to honor our veterans as they return home from duty.  It was conceived by MLB pitcher Chris Ray and brewed last year with Fremont Brewing.  We at Perennial are very excited and honored to be a part of brewing this year's batch.  Homefront IPA is brewed with oranges and aged on Louisville Slugger bats.  Operation Homefront provides financial assistance to the families of our service members and proceeds from the sale of this beer will be donated to Operation Homefront." - label

"Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan is proud to sponsor Hops for Heroes and thanks Perennial Artisan Ales for participating."

More info about the cause....
Homefront IPA is a collaborative beer developed in 2011 by Fremont Brewing Company and Center of the Universe Brewing Company in order to raise money and awareness for Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront is a charity that provides emergency assistance to our military heroes and their families. Aged on Louisville Slugger maple bats, this IPA does more than just quench your thirst, it improves the lives of our soldiers. All proceeds from the sale of this beer go to the local Operation Homefront chapters.

This year, in addition to the efforts of Fremont and Center of the Universe breweries, Cigar City, Perennial Artisan Ales, SlyFox, St. Arnold’s and 21st Amendment breweries have joined forces to expand this effort nationwide.

For more info about the Homefront IPA project, visit

To donate directly to Operation Homefront, please visit