Thursday, January 31, 2013

Slantshak Beef Jerky

In stock now at Forsyth, Ballwin and New Ballas
Slantshak Beef Jerky The Original Jerk McGurk's
Slantshak Beef Jerky Bronx Brewing Pale Ale
Slantshak Beef Jerky Hot and Smoky
Introducing Slantshak Beef Jerky
2012 was an exciting year for new products at The Wine and Cheese Place. We brought a fantastic new wine importer, United Estates, to the St Louis market, we launched our barrel aged beer program, not to mention the wildly popular Sweet Sophie Barrel Aged Maple Syrup, and introduced Duraham’s Tracklements Smoked Salmon from Ann Arbor Michigan. It’s a new year and we are excited to introduce a new product SlantShak Beef Jerky. 

“SlantShack Jerky was founded under a slightly slanted roof in New York City, where nine friends set out to create the jerky of their dreams. Today, we work with family farms throughout the Northeast to source sustainably raised grass-fed beef, and partner with Vermont Highland Cattle Company to handcraft jerky with a focus on quality, freshness, and flavor.” - 
Slantshak Beef Jerky
SlantShack’s 100% Grass-Fed Beef
SlantShack Jerky is proud to offer beef jerky made from 100% Grass-Fed Cattle lovingly raised by Vermont Highland Cattle Company and other local Vermont and New York farmers.

Great beef is the result of a complex combination of factors including breed, feed, care and age. What makes Vermont Highland Cattle Company beef special is the attention paid to all the details that help achieve great taste. Highland cattle, originally from Northern Scotland, are one of the oldest beef breeds. They have evolved to produce naturally lean, tender beef without hormones or growth stimulants.

Vermont Highland Cattle Company’s cows enjoy 100% pasture grass, and never receive growth-promoting antibiotics or hormones. They treat their cattle with dignity and respect, and ranch managers do whatever is necessary to reduce the amount of stress in the animals’ day-to-day lives.

Benefits of Grass-Fed Beef:
More Nutritious: While most beef cows consume an unnatural diet of grain for a portion of their lives, grass-fed cows eat only grass, as cows evolved to do. The seeds and nutrients they feed on result in healthy and delicious meat. Some research suggests grass-fed beef has as much as 10 times more beta-carotene, three times more Vitamin E and three-times more omega-3 fatty acids as a result.
More Humane: Scientists haven't quantified the benefits of clean water, fresh air and freedom to roam, but it all adds up to a happier, healthier herd.
More Tasty: Meat takes on distinct flavors based on terrain, weather, soil, and water. This is the way beef is supposed to taste.
Less Wasteful: It takes a lot of land to raise beef naturally. By rotating the animals through various pastures through the seasons, ranchers preserve native biodiversity, improve soil fertility, and eliminate the waste-management issues associated with confined animal feedlots (a major source of water pollution at conventional farms).

Beer releases...

Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental Imperial IPA...$4.99 / 22oz
Seasonal Release
Hop Henge Experimental IPA is our annual exercise in IBU escalation. An outrageous amount of Centennial and Cascade hops are added to each barrel, with a heavy dry-hop presence as well. It is dense and muscular, with a blend of crystal, pale and carastan malts creating an overall biscuity characteristic. It’s all hop, no apologies. 
Rated 99 on RateBeer
Wolds Best Imperial IPA 2011 World Beer Awards

Old Raj is back!

Cadenhead Old Raj Gin..$37.99
92 Proof
Cadenhead's Old Raj Gin is distinctive in that it contains a measure of saffron, the rare and costly spice derived from the crocus flower. In addition to a slightly spicy flavour, this also imparts a pale yellow colour to Old Raj. The addition of saffron is undertaken personally by the Company master blender in order to ensure a consistency in flavour and colour each time Old Raj is bottled.

Cadenhead's Old Raj Dry Gin....$41.99 / 750ml
110 Proof
Clear with a silvery straw cast. Aromas of citrus marmalade, cucumber relish, potpourri, peppery spice cake, and pine cone-like juniper follow through on a smooth, supple entry to a dry-yet-fruity full body with great depth, vibrancy and balance. Finishes with a long, zesty, floral, saffron accented fade. A powerful, well balanced and distinctive gin.
Rated 94/100

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Glenmorangie Ealanta

In stock now!
Oak is from the Mark Twain Forest right here in Missouri!

Glenmorangie Ealanta...$104.99
Dr. Bill Lumsden, Head of Whisky Creation, journeyed from the banks of the Dornoch Firth to the Mark Twain National Forest in the Missouri Ozark Mountains in the quest for the finest wood in which to mature Glenmorangie. Aged exclusively in hand-selected virgin casks made of slow-growth American oak, air-dried and never seasoned with Bourbon (as most other whisky casks are) ‘Ealanta’ is possibly the purest expression of whisky that Glenmorangie has ever created.

Charred virgin American oak casks for intensity and complexity with rich flavors of vanilla
The oldest Private Edition ever created; a 1993 vintage (19 year old whisky) matured in the finest American White oak for a complex yet incredibly smooth whisky
Elegant packaging reflects the spirit’s wood influence
A 46% ABV, non chill-filtered collector whisky available until stocks are exhausted

Aroma: Toffee, butterscotch, vanilla, and a curious hint of cooked fruits. Classic Glenmorangie mentholic top-notes are interwoven with an unusual nuttiness,
reminiscent of Brazil nuts in toffee
Taste: Candied orange peel, sugar coated almonds, sweet vanilla and marzipan
Finish: The taste goes on and on, finally giving way to some oak-derived spices, such as clove, ginger and a hint of aniseed

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Best Bottle Shop


RateBeer just posted their 2013 Awards

RateBeer Best of 2013
Best Bottle Shop: The Wine and Cheese Place

Thanks to everyone that rated us!

Founders Imperial Stout

A few more cases arrived today at Forsyth!!

Founders Imperial Stout...$9.49 / 4pk
Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley, this stout is smooth as silk, yet complex and rich in body. Serve this guy at cellar temperature. Put another log on the fire, sit back, and enjoy the friendship of this ultimate winter warmer.
ABV: 10.5%
IBUs: 90

Bargain from Beaucastel....

This is wine from the great Beaucastel producer, in fact it includes about 1/3 grapes from the Beucastel vineyards. 

In stock now and online

2010 Perrin Chateauneuf du Pape les Sinards...$37.99
Lush and inviting, with smoldering black tea weaving through the fleshy layers of melted fig, hoisin sauce, plum preserves and blackberry pudding. The dark ganache-coated finish has serious grip. Best from 2014 through 2025. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 1,700 cases imported. –JM
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

Super Bowl Chili Recipe

Super Bowl Chili Recipe
with Ghost Face Killah Beer and Cocoa Loco Beers

  • 1 pkg Lamb Marquez Sausage  ***
  • 1 pkg Chorizo   ***
  • 1 medium Tomato diced
  • 1/4 cup celery diced
  • 1 bottle Arcadia Coco Loco (12oz)  ***
  • 1 bottle Twisted Pine Ghost Face Killah (12oz)  ***
  • 1 jar Stonewall Kitchen Pineapple Salsa   ***
  • 1 pkg DL Jardines Texas Chili Works   ***
  • 2-3 tbs Stonewall Kitchen Maple Syrup (or Sweet Sophie if you have some left)  ***
  • Leyden Cheese grated   ***

*** Available at The Wine and Cheese Place

Peel casing off the Lamb Marguez Sausage and Chorizo.
Roughly chop both and cook in a large pot until very well done.
Drain of excess fat.
Add diced tomato and celery.  Sautee a few minutes with meat.   Add Coco Loco beer and stir to deglaze the bottom of the pot.  Add Ghost Face Killah beer (you do not need to use the whole bottle if you do not want that much heat), Stonewall Pineapple Salsa and large chili spice packet from DL Jardines.  Bring to boil then reduce heat with the lid on simmmer for 30 minutes.  Mix water with the masa flour packet from the DL Jardines Chili works kit to make a pourable mixture.  Stir into chili.  Add 2-3 tbls of maple syrup.   Simmer 30 minutes.  Top with grated Leyden cheese to taste.  Enjoy.

recipe from Shae Godfrey, The Wine and Cheese Place.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Redhook Mudslinger

in stock at Forsyth

Redhook Mudslinger...$7.99 / 6pk
Ah, Spring…the season that keeps us guessing. Will it rain, or will the sun be out? Do I take advantage of the last days of skiing, or the first days of hiking? Do I put on jeans, or dare break out the shorts? The season comes with enough uncertainty, so Redhook gives you something you can always count on…our Mudslinger Brown Ale. This medium dark beer is layered with rich malty aromas and flavors of chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, and a hint of vanilla. Although it may be dark in color, it’s refreshingly smooth and highly sessionable. Mudslinger Brown Ale is the perfect beer for spring.

New Perennial ARIA

In stock now at New Ballas, Rock Hill and Forsyth and online

Perennial Artisan Ales ARIA...$10.99 / 750ml
Perennial Artisan Ales is a small-batch brewery dedicated to producing unique, premium beers.  Our beers are brewed with the experimental, seasoned craft beer drinker in mind.  Aria, our next venture into the world of Brettanomyces, is a Belgian style ale that pours bright with an egg shell cap that leaves sticky
lacing above the sunset orange color. Our primary Belgian yeast strain is accompanied by Brettanomyces Bruxellensis for two fermentations that create deeper aromatics of stone fruit and farmhouse pollen and flavors of honey and green tea.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

New Ballas Expansion

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

It is moving along.  The floor is now being put down.

We are scheduling the Grand Opening of the much expanded version 
of The Wine and Cheese Place on New Ballas Road.

Save the dates for some big tastings and festivities!

Friday, March 1, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
Beer, wine and spirit tastings

Bells Hopslam!

Bells Hopslam!
gone again

Friday, January 25, 2013

Back in stock! North Coast Grand Cru

A very limited release from North Coast.
Also online - click here

North Coast Grand Cru....$13.99 / 500ml
North Coast Brewing Co., Fort Bragg, CA, is releasing its newest premium beer, Grand Cru. Reminiscent of the brewery’s Gold Medal-winning Twentieth Anniversary Ale, North Coast Grand Cru is brewed with pilsner malt and agave nectar, then aged in oak bourbon

“We’ve had a good time exploring the brewing possibilities outside of the standard beer styles,”
said Mark Ruedrich, Brewmaster and President. “Grand Cru doesn’t fit neatly into any established category. We brew it exclusively with Pils malt with an addition of agave nectar in the kettle. The beer is then fermented with the same Belgian yeast that we use to ferment Le Merle. It’s subtle, complex and lightly hopped with a deceptive 12.5% ABV, and aging it in oak gives this unique beer an extra dimension. The result is really champagne-like.”  North Coast Grand Cru will be available in July in 500 ML bottles with a cork and wire finish" -- North Coast Press Release

North Coast Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XV

Back in stock - another case shows up today
Now online also

Stout aged in Bourbon Barrels
North Coast Barrel Aged Old Rasputin XV...$19.99
Every year we age a special batch of our much-loved Russian Imperial Stout in Bourbon barrels. The depth, intensity, and complexity of the flavor profile of this special release, like its predecessors, make it a worthy tribute to Old Rasputin.

Prior to 2010, Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin was released in such limited quantities that it was available only at the North Coast Brewing retail shop in Fort Bragg, California. However, we received so many requests for this beer that we began producing enough Barrel-Aged Old Rasputin to put into broader, but still limited, distribution.

Style: Barrel-Aged
Color: Black
ABV: 11.9%
Bitterness: 38 IBUs

Spain - 94 Parker Points and $17

We just scored 20 cases....
2010 Finca Villacreces Pruno...$16.99
Ribera del DueroWow! From a vineyard adjacent to Spain’s greatest as well as most expensive red wine, Vega Sicilia, this 2,500-case cuvee made for Eric Solomon is spectacular. Full-bodied with an opaque purple color in addition to an extraordinary bouquet of charcoal, wood smoke, creme de cassis and blackberries intermixed with hints of acacia flowers and licorice, this stunning, multidimensional 2010 is loaded. Its texture, richness, complexity, purity and length result in a wine that considerably over-delivers. Normally, one would expect to pay $75 to $150 for a wine that tastes like this, but this beauty can be yours for $20 or less! Moreover, it will keep for a decade.
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Special Orders

Looking for something that we don't carry...
We will go out of our way to find it for you.  If it is available to us, no order is too small.  We will happily special order as little as 1 bottle for you.

Rock Hill - 314.962.8150       
Forsyth - 314.727.8788         
Ballwin - 636.227.9001          
New Ballas - 314-989.0020   
Out of state orders  314.962.8150
or you can always contact me    314.727.8788

Each store does not carry the same items.  Just let us know and we can get it transferred to the store you would like, usually within a few days.   

New Belgium Dig

Seasonal....In stock now at Forsyth!

New Belgium Dig Pale Ale (6pks)
with Sorachi Ace Hops

Unearth your bottle-opener because this Pale Ale is something you can Dig.
Sorachi Ace hops provides a fresh Spring zing with incredible lemon aroma. Nelson Sauvin is next in line with bursts of passion fruit, mango and peach.
American favorites, Cascade and Centennial round out this crisp, clean Pale Ale.
Dig in!
Just the facts Ma'am...

ABV - 5.6%
IBU - 36
Calories - 174
Hops - Target, Nelson Sauvin, Cascade, Nugget, Sorachi Ace
Malts - Pale, C-80

94 Points Robert Parker $25

In stock at Forsyth and online
(reserve online for pickup at our other stores)

2010 Bodegas Teso la Monja Almirez..$24.99
Even richer is the 2010 Almirez, which comes from a vineyard planted at an altitude of 2,300 feet. Yields were 18 hectoliters per hectare, and the wine was aged 12 months in mostly French oak (30% new). This fabulous, inky/purple-colored wine exhibits notes of violets, graphite, licorice, blackberries and cassis. Full-bodied and rich with silky tannins as well as abundant minerality, this super-rich, full-throttle 2010 can be enjoyed over the next decade.
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Isle of Jura Prophecy

Isle of Jura Prophecy...$65.99
In the early 1700’s the Campbells of Jura evicted a wise old seer. Bristling with resentment, she prophesised that the last Campbell to leave the island would be one-eyed with his belongings carried in a cart drawn by a lone white horse. Over time the story became legend and the prophecy drifted from memory. Until 1938, when Charles Campbell, blind in one eye from the Great War, fell on hard times and led his white horse to the old pier for the last time.

Heavily peated with fresh cinnamon and spicy sea spray
Bottled in a traditional style without chill filtration to deliver an authentic taste of 1938. Flavours of peat smoke, fresh cinnamon and spicy sea spray with tarry bonfire notes give way to hints of soft licquorice and nutmeg.

Gold Best in Class at the 2010 IWSC Awards.

"Like Jura “Superstition,” this is a peated expression of Jura whisky. Compared to Superstition, Prophecy seems richer, heavier, sweeter, deeper, leafier, with more tarry notes. I’m also picking up more spice (cinnamon, anise, dark chocolate) and some fruit (lime, mandarin orange, green apple), with a subtle, yet intriguing, suggestion of burnt popcorn. Prophecy is also bottled at 46% and not chill-filtered—which I think brings out more subtle nuances and texture in the whisky. The only tradeoff is that I’m picking up less of the Jura spirit and less sea characteristics. But this is a small tradeoff, considering how much more you’re getting with Prophecy. Promoted as a limited annual release." - Malt Advocate

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bell's Hopslam is Here

He is still working on confirmations.  He is pretty sure if you got an order in you will be confirmed.  (Unfortunately on Hopslam day, I got the flu and am trapped at home still recovering).

Bell's Hopslam Today!!
Update: 01/22/13
Tuesday, January 22 here at The Wine and Cheese Place all four locations.
Bell's Hopslam has arrived!
  • Price: $16.99 / 6pk
  • Click Here to order
  • If you click the link and it says "No products found on your query. Please try to re-formulate the query." That means we turned it off and stopped taking orders 
  • Orders subject to confirmation, you will get a confirmation email, this could take a little time.
  • Orders MUST be picked up by 7pm on Saturday January 26, or they will go back out for sale.  With the demand for this beer, we want to sell if FRESH and not want to sit on it.
  • We will limit each person a maximum of  two 6 packs to start.  After the initial flurry of orders, I might up the limit as the orders slow down.  
  • So when you place your order, you can put as much as you like and if it looks like we have enough, we will reserve you more than the initial 2 - 6 pack limit.  
  • Just want to make sure it stays available long enough for people to be able to order.

We stopped taking orders, we will sort and reserve and
send confirmations.  If any is left, we will just sell it to
people that come into the store.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Bell's Hopslam!

Yes it is that time of year! 
Bell's Hopslam Tomorrow!
Update: 01/21/13
We have confirmation.   We will see Bell's Hopslam on 
Tuesday, January 22 here at The Wine and Cheese Place all four locations.

  • Tomorrow when it arrives, I will post a link to reserve it online.  Or you can also just come to the store and pick up.  
  • Time?  our delivery is usually between 9am-noon at Forysth, hopefully we will see it early, but we never know.
  • Price: $16.99 / 6pk
  • We will limit each person a maximum of  two 6 packs to start.  After the initial flurry of orders, I might up the limit as the orders slow down.  
  • So when you place your order, you can put as much as you like and if it looks like we have enough, we will reserve you more than the initial 2 - 6 pack limit.  
  • Just want to make sure it stays available long enough for people to be able to order.

Dale DeGroff's Pimento Bitters

(should be at our other stores later today)

"King Cocktail"

We are proud to introduce to St. bitters...

(all bottles are hand signed)

Dale DeGroff's Pimento Bitters...$19.99 / 250ml
(Pimento is the Jamaican word for Allspice)
Crafted entirely from whole botanicals, without commercial flavorings or artificial dyes, Dale DeGroff's Pimento Bitters is produced in the historic Combier distillery (Saumur, France) by infusing and distilling a blend of select botanicals.  Allspice berries provide the main flavor profile, layered with tropical and Mediterranean spices.  This versatile cocktail bitters enhances the flavor of cocktails without overpowering them.  In addition, the natrurally occurring essential oils of pimento are believed to aid digestion." - Dale Degroff

Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff, aka King Cocktail, developed his extraordinary techniques and talent tending bar at great establishments, most notably New York's famous Rainbow Room, where in the 1980's, he pioneered a gourmet approach to recreating the great classic cocktails. DeGroff has since been credited with reinventing the bartending profession, setting off a cocktail revival that continues to flourish. 

Winner of the James Beard Award for Wine & Spirits Professional and author of The Essential Cocktail and The Craft of the Cocktail (Random House). Dale DeGroff is a partner in the award-winning bar training program, Beverage Alcohol Resource and founding president of The Museum of the American Cocktail.Located in New Orleans, the museum celebrates the fascinating 200 year history of the cocktail and serves as an educational resource for aspiring mixologists. The museum features special exhibits, demonstrations, lectures and tastings that showcase cocktail history & culture as well as the great food traditions of the South.

Dale's most recent endeavor is his new Pimento Aromatic Bitters, a product he developed with renowned absinthe distiller Ted Breaux. 

As if these projects were not enough to keep him busy, Dale has also been performing a one man show around the country ca e country called "On the Town; A Tribute to Bars, Speaks, & Legendary Saloons!"

From Class Magazine
45% alc./vol.
Producer: Distillerie Combier, 48 Rue Beaurepaire, Saumur, France
As the brand name suggests, these pimento allspice bitters are the result of Dale DeGroff's enthusiasm for this previously almost forgotten cocktail ingredient. They are made by infusing and distilling a blend of select botanicals with allspice berries and Mediterranean spices. 
Appearance: Clear, chestnut brown with dark golden edges. 
Aroma: Pungent clove, liquorice and anise with cinnamon.
Taste: Bitter barky palate with hot black pepper, cinnamon and clove spice. More subtle nutmeg and ginger.
Aftertaste: Mouth drying lingering clove. As the term 'Aromatic Bitters' on the label suggests, this is stronger and punchier than pimento dram liqueurs.
rating: 5/5

Some recipes from DeGroff's Website
MORNING GLORY (Chicago style)
Stir well with lots of ice:
1 ounce (30ml) Martell VSOP Cognac]
1 ounce (30ml) Rye Whiskey
1 tsp rich simple syrup (two sugar to 1 water)
1 teaspoon Grand Marnier
1 dash (1/4 teaspoon) absinthe
2 dashes DD's Pimento Bitters Strain into chilled cocktail glass, add a healthy splash of brut champagne and twist a swatch of thin-cut lemon peel over the top.

PAINKILLER (Painkiller Variation)
2 ounces (60ml) Pussers Navy Rum
1 ounce (30ml) Coco Lopez
4 ounces (120ml) Pineapple Juice
1 ounce (30ml) Orange Juice
1 dash Dale DeGroff Pimento Bitters
Shake all ingredients with ice then strain over ice into a tall glass. Garnish w/fresh grated nutmeg over the top.

by Dale DeGroff
1 ounce (30ml) Bacardi 8 year old
1/4 ounce (8ml) Martini & Rossi dry vermouth
1/4 ounce (8ml) fresh lime juice
3/4 ounce (22ml) Velvet Falernum
1 ounce (30ml) Pineapple Juice
1 dash Dale DeGroff Pimento Bitters
Pineapple wedge & Lime Zest
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled double cocktail glass. Garnish with pineapple wedge and lime peel. 

DOUBLE-D MAI TAI (Dale's variation)
2 ounces (60ml) Plantation Rum
3/4 ounce (22ml) Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao
3/4 ounce (22ml) Lime Juice
1/4 ounce (8ml) Orgeat Syrup
1/2 ounce (15ml) simple syrup
1 dash Dale DeGroff Pimento Bitters

Shake well with ice and strain into a double old-fashioned glass filled with ice. Garnish with mint sprint and a thin wheel of lime

by Carlos Cuenta
2 oz. Pampero Aniversario Rum,
.5 oz. Dolin Blanc
.5 oz. Cinzano Rosso Vermouth
2 dashes Dale DeGroff Pimento Bitters
Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass with ice and stir for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry. Salud!

1 1/2 ounce (50ml) Bourbon Whiskey
1/2 ounce (15ml) Dry Sake
2 dashes DD's Pimento Bitters
1 ounce (30ml) Domaine de Canton Liqueur

Stir and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a flamed orange peel

Friday, January 18, 2013

4 Hands Brewing Smoked Pigasus

New batch is here!
4 Hands Brewing Smoked Pigasus...$6.99 / 22oz

A smoked rye maple porter. A collaboration with Pappy's Smoke House.
Smoked Pigasus is a robust and delicious porter brewed with rye, smoked malt, and maple syrup.  the maple syrup provides a perfect balance for the smoked malt.  Smoked Pigasus pours a deep mahogany with aromas of chocolate, smoke, and caramel.  A big thank to Pappy's Smokehouse!" -- label

10 year old White Burgundy!

2003 Domaine Ferret Pouilly-Fuisse Tete de Cru “Les Perrieres”....$31.99

Wow, I was quite surprised by this wine, as 2003 was a famously hot vintage and Pouilly Fuisse are not known for their long life, but the 2003 Ferret “Les Perrieres” is still amazingly fresh and vibrant. This wine also represents the last vintage made under the uncompromising eye of Madame Ferret (before she passed and the estate was sold to Louis Jadot). A rare treat to find a White Burgundy that is so perfectly aged priced $20 less than current release price (2010 sells for $50). At $31.99 this wine is a fantastic value.  

Après Wine Group

Recap of the first Après Wine Club Favorite Red Wine $35-$50
First off thanks to all who attended our first Après Wine Group. We tasted 8 wines from 6 different vintages and 3 different countries:

2008 Doyenne AIX, Red Mountain Washington State
2000 Dehesa La Granja, Ribera del Duero Spain
2002 Mi Sueno Syrah, Napa Valley California
2007 Saint Damien Gigondas, Rhone Valley France
2001 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva
2005 Dain Wines Syrah, Las Madres Vineyard Carneros California
2006 Antica Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley California
2006 Duckhorn Howell Mountain Cabernet, Napa Valley California

All of the wines were tasted blind, which can be both a fun and humbling experience, but most importantly it is a learning experience.  One of the guests pointed out to me the bitter orange/orange peel character in the Gigondas made it clear to him that is was a Grenache based wine from the Southern Rhone, and while I had also guessed the wine to be a Rhone and was able to pick out the smell easily I had never before made the connection between the bitter orange flavor and Grenache from the Rhone. It’s these type of connections that make this tasting format so enjoyable and especially educational for me. Happily all the wines showed well, the 2006 Duckhorn being the almost unanimous choice for Wine of The Night, thanks to Chris S. for bringing the Duckhorn and to everyone else that participated and brought their favorite red wine.  Please join next month February 21st and bring a bottle of your favorite White Wine between $35-$50. Salut!

Sign up for the next one!

Après Wine Group at The Wine and Cheese Place

Have you ever wanted to host or join a Wine Club or Tasting group, but don’t have 10 friends who share your same passion or schedule? Look no further we at The Wine and Cheese Place are creating a tasting group for everyone (or at least the first 10 people to sign up for our Après Wine Group on the third Thursday of every month. We are limiting to 10 people so that 1 bottle can be shared by the whole group)

The Time: 7:30 pm the third Thursday of every month (except November. and December).
The Place: The Wine and Cheese Place on Forsyth

Reservations required - click here to sign up
or call Aaron 314.727.8788 or email
for questions or more info.
Cost: $5 per person + you must bring (or purchase) a wine in theme

The Concept: Every third Thursday Aaron, Wine and Food Buyer for The Wine and Cheese Place on Forsyth, will host an impromptu wine club. A theme will be chosen each month, wines will be served blind and fun will be had by all. This is a chance to learn, taste and expand your palate while meeting new people who share your interest in wine. There is only a $5 charge (to cover the cost of cheese and crackers) all we ask is that you bring a bottle in theme (feel free to bring a ringer as well) and bring something you are excited to try and share.
Just sign up for the ones you are interested in......

February 21st: Bring your favorite White Wine between $35-$50
March:21st: Bring a North Coast Cabernet Napa and Sonoma over $50.
April: 18th : Bring a Tuscan Red Wines between $35-$50

Just featured on

Wine and Cheese Place launches wine-tasting club

Getting a group of friends together for a night of blind-tastingwines is a great way to have some fun while expanding your palate. But who has time to coordinate all those schedules and decide on a convenient location?
Aaron Zwicker, wine buyer for the Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton (7435 Forsyth Bouelvard), is hoping to alleviate those organizational headaches with the launch of his monthly Après Wine Group.
At 7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month, Zwicker will lead a group of 10 people through a blind tasting of various wines at his shop.
Tonight's inaugural meeting, for which there are still a few seats available, will feature red wines between $35 and $50. Next month's (Feb. 21) will include white wines between $35 and $50. 
Each participant is asked to bring a bottle that fits the monthly criteria, and everyone will get to taste all the wines. An admission fee of $5 will cover cheese and crackers.
You can sign up online, by calling 314-727-8788 or by emailing

Stone's Green Ginger Wine

Back in stock now!

Stone's Green Ginger Wine...$9.99 / 750ml
Stone's Original Green Ginger Wine is still made to the same recipe by blending the finest quality raisins and pure ground ginger and is enjoyed in so many ways by millions of consumers each year.

Many enjoy Stone's on its own or over ice, but it is most famously drunk as a 'Whisky Mac' when mixed with whisky. The warmth of Stone's is a perfect complement to the smooth taste of the whisky. This perennial 'Winter Warmer' is the perfect way to relax on the long dark evenings.

Displaying its versatility, at the other extreme, Stone's creates the perfect summer cooler as a long drink combined with lemonade or other mixers such as ginger ale. In the last few years the resurgent interest in cocktails has prompted prestigious mixologists to discover an array of tempting concoctions. Some of the most stylish bars are now creating new drinks by exploiting the, perhaps, unique potential of Stone's Original Ginger Wine.

Not to be outdone, the current generation of chefs have smuggled Stone's into the kitchen to bring the smooth, rich ginger flavour to any number of dishes, sauces and puddings.

Visit the Recipes & Cocktails section to help create many ways to enjoy Stone's Original.

Tomr's Tonic

We were the first to bring Q-Tonic to St. Louis - read more
and then we brought you John's Tonic Syrup - read more 
now here is Tomr's Hancrafted Tonic Elixir

Here is an article about it and the new Lounge Attire Cocktail Cranberries we just got in -- read more in the San Francisco Informer

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Tomr's Handcrafted Tonic .....$7.99 / 200ml
You use one ounce or less per drink, so there are six to ten drinks worth in a bottle.
Bringing flavor to life is the guiding principle for our lives and our company. It is also the basis for our inaugural product,

Tomr’s Tonic.
It is true that the Gin and Tonic has strayed far from its exotic heritage, however we noted and enjoyed many new small batch Gins that are being produced by micro distilleries. We realized that it was the Tonic that left us wanting. We searched the marketplace for a rich, flavorful tonic that would enhance the flavors of any premium Gin. In essence, we wanted a Gin and Tonic that demanded to be savored, not swilled. When our search proved fruitless, we decided to don our alchemist’s hat and create a new beverage that was true to the original Peruvian Tonic heritage. Our criteria were simple; the ingredient list must include bark from the cinchona tree (the original source of quinine), the flavor had to enhance, not overpower the flavor of any Gin, and everything had to be 100% natural and organic. A pinch of this and a dash of that, plus hundreds of hours of experimentation and tastings resulted in a beautiful amber colored beverage that we lovingly call Tomr’s. We acknowledge that the ingredient list is simple, as all Tonics are. Yet, we have achieved something truly unique; a small batch Tonic Water that delivers exotic flavors that harkens back to the Raj in 1800’s India while melding beautifully with your favorite Gin.

For the perfect Tonic and Gin,(thanks Billy Joel) ...simply follow this recipe:
1 ounce of Tomr’s
2 ounces of your favorite Gin
Add Ice
3 ounces of Seltzer

…. And Brace Yourself!

Amazing whites ------

Call 314.727.8788 to reserve

PERFECT 100 Points by Robert Parker!!!
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2010 Chapoutier Ermitage Cuvee de l'Oree Blanc...$189.99
There are 716 cases of the 2010 Ermitage de l’Oree. I have been following this cuvee since its debut vintage and this 100% Marsanne possesses more richness than most Burgundy Montrachets. Although aged in 100% new, 500-liter demi-muids, the wine reveals no evidence of oak. Honeysuckle, caramelized citrus, white peach, quince and white currant characteristics are viscous and full-bodied, yet the wine possesses striking precision and laser-like focus. This monumental effort is the most opulent and richest of all Chapoutier’s dry whites in 2010.
Rated 100/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Only 12 bottles available (3 bottles left now)
2010 Chapoutier St Joseph les Granits Blanc...$69.99
With a production of 432 cases, the 2010 St.-Joseph Les Granits Blanc may be the finest white wine made in the appellation. Aromas of tangerine oil, orange marmalade, powdered stones and subtle gun flint as well as smoke jump from the glass of this full-bodied effort. This elegant, rich, full, stunning wine is a tour de force as well as a big-time reference point for what can be achieved from the granite hillsides of St.-Joseph.
Rated 96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Becherovka Original Czech Liquor

It has been over a year since we  have seen this one at The Wine and Cheese Place!  We have been special ordering it and ordering it -- finally it arrives!!!  (according to our computer the last bottle was sold in Aug 2011)
In stock at Forsyth and online (Rock Hill later today)

Becherovka Original Czech Liquor...$22.99
Becherovka is original czech liquor. It is produced in Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad) in the West Bohemia. It's mysterious recipe is still kept in secret and there are only two persons in the world who know the rights ingredients and herbs used in production. Its lovers prefer to enjoy it pure and ice cold, and thanks to the dynamic growth in popularity of mixed drinks it can be also found in various cocktails (the most popular is "beton" - Becherovka mixed in a refreshing combination with tonic water).

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Twisted Pine Espresso and Ghost Face

Back in stock now at Forsyth and online now --

Twisted Pine Big Shot Espresso Stout
Style: Coffee Stout IBU’s: 30 Hops – Northern Brewer, East Kent Goldings
Rated a 95 on Big Shot is a favorite of many coffee-loving beer drinkers. This thick Stout is playfully infused with espresso in every pint. It pours jet black with a rich creamy brown head with wonderful roasted coffee and grainy malt aromas. The earthy, dark chocolate flavors of the espresso showcase the flawless balance of the beer.

Twisted Pine Ghost Face Killah....$3.39 / 12oz btl

Style: Chili Beer IBU’S: 10 Hops – Willamette, Northern Brewer ABV 5%
GFK is brewed with 6 zany peppers. Anaheim, Fresno, Jalapeno, Serrano, Habanero and Bhut Jolokia – Otherwise known as the Ghost Pepper. 200 times the heat of jalapenos, Bhut Jolokia are the hottest peppers in the world, a pepper so hot it can be weaponized. So hot that our brewers had to wear masks and gloves to cut them up. Aroma of smoked chillis fills the nose on first whiff, but don’t let it linger to long. Immediately on first taste GFK has a nice golden wheat flavor, but this is only for a fleeting moment before the temperature rises. Just hold on, the warmth of this beer will set in for a long spicy burn. There is only one finish on this beer – HEAT!

Food Pairing: Ice-cream or milk, because that is all that is going to help you with this brew.

Rated 92 Points and $10 !!!

Back in stock!  We sold over a 100 cases last year....

2007 Vina Eguia Reserva Rioja ...$9.99
Compare to $19 - The Wine Enthusiast  and we are the lowest price on Wine-Searcher

Wine Enthusiast #18 Top 100 Wines of 2011

The "Must Have" Wines of the Year. "
A sensational deal can be had with this wine, which opens with crusty berry aromas before shifting to cola, lemon peel and licorice. Tight and structured finesse… on the palate, with cherry, plum, vanilla and spice flavors. Harmonious and smooth, integrated and
just rich enough…"
Rated 92/100 The Wine Enthusiast

"The 2007 Vina Eguia Reserva is picked from 30-year-old vines in Alavesa and sees 24 months in American oak. It has an attractive, very aromatic bouquet with dried herbs, leather, fennel and a touch of peppermint that is natural and very pure. The palate is very well-balanced with supple tannins, crisp acidity and a refined, mocha-tinged finish that is focused and persistent. This is another superbly crafted Rioja from Eguia."
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate