Saturday, January 14, 2017

2016 Deschutes The Abyss

Turning it off online right now until Monday as we are getting low.

2016 Deschutes The Abyss Reserve...$14.99 / 22oz

Barrel Ageing: (50%) 12 Months in Bourbon, Oregon Oak, Pinot Noir
A deep, dark Imperial Stout, The Abyss has almost immeasurable depth and complexity. Hints of molasses, licorice and other alluring flavors make it something not just to quaff, but contemplate.

As for the great “drink it now or let it age” debate, we stand clearly on the fence. Distinct and delicious on release, the flavors meld and fuse into an entirely different pleasure after a year or more in the cellar.

BRC - releases

BRC Emails sent on these limited beers -

Evil Twin Michigan Maple Jesus -- Beer Only
Imperial stout aged in Maple Syrup Bourbon Barrels.Produced and bottled for Evil Twin Brewing at Dark Horse Brewing Co, Marshall, MI.

Overall purchases- we just got a small amount of these
  • Against The Grain Bo and Luke
  • Omnipollo Yellow Belly
  • Tilquin Oude Gueuze
  • Tilquin Mure

Perennial Sump Coffee Stout

Arrives on Tuesday.

We will send BRC emails out when it arrives.  
We have a decent supply and will allocate part of it out based on Perennial beer support too.

Sump Coffee Stout
Perennial Sump Coffee Stout
Sump combines an imperial stout of substantial weight with bright and delicate Colombian Los Pinos coffee selected and roasted especially for us by Sump Coffee, located in south St. Louis city. Aromas of coffee, salted caramel, and a hint of cedar meld with roasted barley, cocoa, and vanilla. On the palate the vanilla is more prominent, rounding out the beer's heavy roast and chocolate character. It's thick and lush with a long finish and lingering warmth.
This is a 10% ABV stout that uses the same base beer as Abraxas.

New from Mark Twain

Mark Twain Huck Finn's Habanero Apricot Wheat...$6.49 / 22oz
A hybrid style of American Wheat, Pepper Beer, and Fruit Beer, Huck’s Habanero Apricot Wheat is malty and sweet on the front, with the heat from fresh habanero peppers most apparent on the finish. The sweetness from the apricots tames the spice, making this unique combination of sweet and spicy surprisingly approachable.

Mark Twain King Arthur's Imperial IPA....$8.49 / 22oz
Sweeter and with more fruit character than Jumping Frog, King Arthur’s Imperial IPA is full-bodied and deceptively smooth. Specialty malts add rich caramel and honey flavors, making this beer ideal for sipping and savoring.

1967 Taylor Fladgate - great gift this year!

1967 was a great year.
St. Louis Blues were formed, KSHE-95 went on the air, the Poplar Street Bridge was completed, Worlds First Heart Transplant, The first ATM, Monterey International Pop Music Festival, Beatles release Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in the US, The first Super Bowl played between Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs and I happened to be born also.

Do you know someone turning 50 this year?  50th Anniversary?
We have a wine for you.....
1967 Taylor Fladgate Single Harvest Port...$279.99
This draws you in, with aromas of warm halva and toasted pistachio giving way to a wide range of buckwheat, toasted sesame, walnut husk, menthol and licorice root notes that refuse to break down in the mouth. Exhibits remarkable length, with ample viscosity matched by steely tension, putting this in rarified air. Drink now. 580 cases made
Rated 98/100 The Wine Spectator
The 1967 Very Old Single Harvest Port is Taylor's new release in its ongoing 50-year Colheita program (or, as they prefer to say, "single harvest tawny port"). This should just recently have been released into the marketplace by the time this review appears. It is a typical Douro blend, coming in with 163 grams per liter of residual sugar and 20.7% alcohol. Taylor's series of 50-year single-harvest tawnies are impressive and always on the mark. This year is no exception. This molasses-flavored beauty emphasizes its complexity, seeming elegant in the mid-palate, but remarkably concentrated in flavor. Despite that concentration of flavor, this never seems even a little jammy. It is also wonderfully persistent on the finish. The most notable features here, though, are the smooth, unctuous texture and the complexity--the mature flavors, not only molasses, but a bit of seared caramel. It was interesting revisiting this a few days later, by the way. Some say these long-aged tawnies never change. I never believed that was true and this is a good example. On opening, there was a touch of a hard edge and it was sometimes just a little harsh on the finish. A couple of days later that was literally gone and after a week or more, this seemed remarkably graceful and impeccably balanced. It eventually seemed even a touch understated. This was bottled in 2016 with a bar-top cork. As noted on occasion, wines aged this long in barrel can in theory last indefinitely, assuming no cork failures, but it is ready and the bar-top cork means it is meant to drink now.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

Store Hours today!

We are open today 
normal hours from 9am-7pm

Looks like yesterday really never got as bad as they said.  But enjoyed the day off, I took a growler of beer home and enjoyed the day with my family.  

Side Project Releases!

As I have been saying, this year is the 35th Anniversary for The Wine and Cheese Place.  We have a lot of surprises coming this year.  These Side Project releases are not surprises, but I think it is great that they are coming in our 35th Anniversary year.    We feel honored and privileged to be able to offer them to our customers.

These will go through our Beer Reward Program (BRC).  Of course,  I started getting emails from people wanting to know their standing.  There is no way to answer all those emails, very sorry.  I sent a copy of top 700 people on the BRC based on beer sales to each store.  So, you can go to one of our 4 locations and ask at the register for your current standing as of 1/14/17.  No phone calls or emails please.  This will at least give you a rough idea where you stand.

Kicking off our 35th Anniversary with a bang!!

Side Project Release Party
Friday January 20th with Side Project owners -- Cory and Karen King (not sure if both are making it yet) from 5pm-6pm
This will be BRC invite only release party limited to 35 people.   Invites will go out either Sunday or Monday morning through the BRC - will do a combination of both beer only and overall purchases for the invites.  You will get a chance to taste all three beers and you will be allocated a bottle of Side Project Langst that night.  You will get to taste all 3, but only Langst is being released that night.   Deadline for purchases to count towards the party invites is (Tonight at 7pm)
Side Project Langst - Release date Saturday, January 21th.   This was one of the beers that we had the name the beer contest a few years back - read more.   Emails will be sent out Saturday morning.  On these releases, we will do a combination of both beer only and overall purchases for each release.  This one will be weighted more heavily towards beer only.   ($35 / bottle and we have 240 bottles)  Deadline for purchases to count for this release is Jan 20 at 7pm.

Side Project Black and Berry -- Release date Thursday, January 26th.  Emails will be sent out Thursday morning so that we can get them transferred to the stores that day.   On these releases, we will do a combination of both beer only and overall purchases for each release.  This one will be weighted more heavily towards overall purchases.   ($35 / bottle and we have 180 bottles)  Deadline for purchases to count for this release is Jan 25 at 7pm.

Side Project Derivation 6 -- Release date February 2nd.   Emails will be sent out Thursday morning so that we can get them transferred to the stores that day.  On these releases, we will do a combination of both beer only and overall purchases for each release.  This one will be weighted more heavily towards beer purchases.  ($40 / bottle and we have 120 bottles).  Deadline for purchases to count for this release is Feb 1 at 7pm.

Friday February 10th.  Release of the "extras".  We are going to save 12 bottles of each the above Side Project Beers, plus we will have the extras that people did not pick up and we will release them all with a version of our weighted raffle that we use for the Whiskey Reward Club.  Will post details as we get closer on this release.

From the labels.....

"Black and Berry is our strong, wild black ale that was aged in fresh bourbon barrels with blackberries and black currants. The intense acidity, bold fruit and chocolaty malt is layered with the deep notes of vanilla, spicy charred oak and rich caramels from the bourbon barrels in which this beer matured for more than a year.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Boulevard Tank 7 now in 6 packs!

Boulevard Tank 7 is now in 6 packs!!

Boulevard Tank 7....$13.99 / 6pk
(was $10.99 / 4pk)
Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickety. Here at Boulevard we have fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were experimenting with 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 big surge of fruity aromatics and grapefruit-hoppy notes, the flavor of this complex, straw-colored ale tapers off to a peppery, dry finish.

Founders Azacca now in 15 Pack CANS

Founders Azacca IPA....$16.99 / 15 pack CANS
Named for the Haitian god of agriculture, the Azacca hop boasts intense, tropical fruit notes. Azacca IPA includes a touch of caramel malt to provide a sweet backbone to the citrus, mango and orchard fruit notes in this 7% ABV, 70 IBUs beer. The label artwork symbolizes the god of agriculture watching over a field where the ingredients used to make the beer are being grown.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Roederer L'Ermitage is on sale!

Caifronia's Finest Sparking Wine is Back and On-Sale
We love Roederer L'Ermitage and we love it even more when we have it on-sale

2007 Roederer Estate L'Eermitage Brut....$39.99
Very fruity and fresh in aroma, this elegant wine has light, crisp apple and lemon flavors, fresh-baked bread accents and lively acidity. A layered texture seems to blend in accents of almond and vanilla, increasing complexity with each sip. It's one of California's blue-chip bubblies.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Enthusiast
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Boulevard returning seasonals....

In stock now at Forsyth

Boulevard Irish Ale....$7.99 / 6pk
Irish Ale, Boulevard’s early spring seasonal beer, is our Midwestern tribute to the legendary red ales of old Ireland. Our recipe combines six kinds of pale and roasted barley malts to provide a rich, toasty flavor and tawny reddish hue.

Boulevard Early Rise Coffee Porter...$7.99 / 6 pack
We start with a smooth, dark, rich and roasty porter, then add Colombian Cajibio Estate coffee supplied by our local friends at Maps Coffee Roasters to create an eye-opening marriage of our two favorite brewed beverages.

Logboat Mr. Moot

Logboat Mr. Moot Imperial Brown Ale...$11.99 / 4pk
We're happy to introduce the newest member of the Delta Series, MR. MOOT! Mr. Moot is our world class award winning Mamoot’s great grandad. The elder Moot has notes of dark fruit, toffee, and chocolate with a quite pleasant medium bodied finish. Hang out with Mr Moot around a fire this winter and throw on some Sturgill!

Antinori Cevaro Della Sala

A 94 Point Italian Superstar
This has always been my favorite Italian White Wine, an amazing blend of Chardonnay and Grachetto.
2013 Antinori Cevaro Della Sala...$39.99
Next lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $44.95I never get enough of this beautiful wine. The 2013 Cervaro della Sala is mostly Chardonnay (80%) blended with an Umbrian native grape, Grechetto. The results are glorious, and this vintage represents slight tweaks to the winemaking style in favor of more finesse and elegance. Back in 2009, Cervaro della Sala was executed in a heavier style. The aging potential of this celebrated white wine has been proven and demonstrated with tasting after tasting. This vintage is balanced and fresh with brimstone, stone fruit and creamy peach. With time, it will show more mineral nuances and additional aging sophistication.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100 James Suckling

Antica Cabernet Napa Atlas Peak

2013 Antica Cabernet Napa Atlas Peak....$37.98
Another stellar offering from Marchesi Antinori's California property, best of all we have the chepest price in the country!
A beautifully elegant, stylish Cabernet Sauvignon from the Antinori outpost in Napa Valley, their 2013 has a dense ruby/purple color, a beautiful, sweet kiss of pure blackcurrant fruit, licorice and forest floor. Full-bodied, but with creamy texture, sweet, beautifully integrated acidity, tannin and alcohol, this is an impressively well-crafted wine that’s drinkable now, but should evolve nicely for another 15-20 years.
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

Monday, January 9, 2017

Growler board updated ----

The Bruery Autumn Maple
Brewed with 15 lbs. of yams per barrel (in other words, a lot of yams!),  Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, maple syrup, and fermentation with our traditional Belgian yeast strain, make this bold and spicy beer perfect for a cold autumn evening.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Glenrothes are back

As it was switching distributors in town, we ran out for a short time.  The are back in stock with a few new ones too.

The Glenrothes Bourbon Cask Reserve...$39.99
Formerly known as Alba Reserve, we have changed the name for transparency and simplicity of trade and consumer understanding. A certified Kosher expression it is matured exclusively in American oak ex-Bourbon casks.
The Glenrothes' normal wood policy uses a combination of Spanish and American oak, seasoned with sherry, bourbon and malt Scotch (known as refill). Of those only Bourbon is 100% Kosher.  For this expression Gordon Motion has used Glenrothes matured exclusively in American oak refill Bourbon casks. It therefore delivers coconut and vanilla in abundance, and is soft and mellow with a crème brulée flavour and feel.
Bourbon Cask Reserve was certified in March 2009-and annually thereafter-by Rabbi Padwa of the London Beth Din.

The Glenrothes 1995 Single Malt Scotch...$85.99
The Vintage 1995 was the first ever Vintage specifically laid in cask with the intention of, when mature, bottling as The Glenrothes.  With about 30% from first fill American Sherry oak delivering butterscotch: Spice and dried fruits from 1st fill Spanish Sherry oak and the rest from refill casks giving the characteristic Glenrothes balance and complexity of flavour. Arguably it is preferable post-dinner when conversation is in full flow.  It fulfils every anticipation of The Glenrothes: A "come-hither" nose filled with exotic spices is followed by a citrus and fruity richness coated in honeyed butterscotch. These flavours, and more, are all delivered on the palate culminating with a long, rich and satisfying, fruity spiciness

The Glenrothes 2001 Single Malt Scotch....$ 61.99
The Vintage 2001 bottled in 2013 was selected from a variety of casks to deliver soft but stimulating and conversational properties. It combines the maturity of oaky vanilla, with the fullness of ripe black cherries and has a lingering, typically Glenrothes finish of soft spices.
It has wonderful length and depth, hugely satisfying and an excellent demonstration of the Malt Master's skill and dedication to the art of wood management.

The Glenrothes Vintage Reserve....$39.99
The combination of different Vintages aged in a variety of casks creates a balance of mature experience and vibrant youth. The oldest constituent brings mellow oak and dried fruits; the greatest proportion adds soft, mature, sweet vanilla; the more youthful add exuberance and lemon citrus, creating a sharp and uplifting taste.

The Glenrothes 1998 Single Malt Scotch...$74.99
The Vintage 1998 is the next Core Vintage to follow the Vintage 1991 and 1994. It is the first of the vintages that we have bottled that was expressly laid down at origin to be bottled as Glenrothes on maturity and as such has a greater availability of stock than any of the previous bottlings.
This is also Gordon Motion's first bottling as Malt Master and he describes it as: "It's said that pictures speak a thousand words and this is like Carmen Miranda's hat in a bottle. Tropical fruits lead with pineapple and mango developing into sweet bananas, coconut and classic Glenrothes vanilla pods."

Villa Antinori Toscana

2013 Villa Antinori Toscana...$15.99
A silky and delicious red with tile, berry and walnut aromas and flavors. Medium body, firm tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Linear and structured. Affordable quality Super Tuscan. Drink or hold.
Rated 91/100 James Suckling
Here is one of Marchesi Antinori's battleship red wines. The 2013 Villa Antinori is among the estate's most accessible wines with some 200,000 cases (of 12 bottles each) produced in this vintage. The wine is a blend of Sangiovese fruit sourced from various points in Tuscany (Chianti Classico, Maremma and Bolgheri) with other red grapes. Indeed, this wine serves as testament to the various levels of dry extract and ripeness that can be achieved with Sangiovese depending on where it is planted. What this wine offers most of all is impressive consistency throughout each new vintage released.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva

Great price ona Riserva!
2011 Villa Antinori Chianti Classico Riserva...$22.99
We are the lowest price on Wine Searcher
This delicious wine opens with aromas of violet, iris, underbrush, black fruit and cinnamon-spice notes. The concentrated palate delivers a solid core of rich black cherry accented with notes of black pepper and Mediterranean herbs alongside firm tannins that carry on to the finish.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Sierra Nevada Trip in the Woods Barrel Aged Biere de Garde

Sierra Nevada Trip in the Woods Barrel Aged Biere de Garde...$19.99

Limited Release

Odell Friek

Odell Friek....$15.99 /750ml
FRIEK is an evolution, an imaginative amalgamation invented by our brewers. Multiple KRIEK Lambic style ales are fermented with WILD yeast and TART cherries and then moved into OAK BARRELS to age and sour taking on the CHERRY flavors. As the beer matures, FRAMBOISES (raspberries) from Schroyer Family Farms in Fort Collins are handpicked and readied for the beer. The fresh RASPBERRIES are added immediately prior to the final blending. The sweet and tart flavors MINGLE on the tongue with a sparkling dry finish.

6.5%Alc. By Vol.

Chalone The Monterey

2014 Chalone The Monterey Vineyards Pinot Noir...$10.99
Fragrant aromas of ripe black cherries, sun-warmed roses and spices lead to the silky, bright flavors of this Pinot Noir. Hints of tobacco from terroir and smoky incense from Hungarian and French oak barrels add complexity. Fine tannins and balanced acidity frame the red-berry flavors midpalate and then enliven the vibrant finish.

New Vintages of Ch. St. Jean

2015 Chateau St. Jean California Cabernet Sauvignon...$7.49

Next lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $11.98
Built on a family's dream to create a world-class winery in the heart of California, Chateau St. Jean was conceived as a fine wine estate with European style. We invite you to enjoy this rich Cabernet Sauvignon showcasing notes of blackberry, plum, and toasted spice on the finish.

2015 Chateau St. Jean California Chardonnay...$7.49
Next lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $11.98
Built on a family's dream to create a world-class winery in the heart of California, Chateau St. Jean was conceived as a fine wine estate with European style. We invite you to enjoy this rich Chardonnay showcasing notes of lemon, pear, and apple with hints of vanilla and brown spices on the finish.

Growler Station -- Crane Brewing Dark Sour with Plums

Just added
Crane Brewing De Noel....Dark Sour with Plums and some ginger and nutmeg.  Come in for taste.

Tenet back in stock -

Two outstanding wines from Washington State:

2014 Tenet Pundit Syrah On Sale $15.98 
We are the lowest price in the Country on Wine Searcher
The finest vintage of this cuvee to date (it’s only the second year for the cuvee though), the 2014 Syrah The Pundit has loads of ripe dark fruits, charcoal, smoked herbs and licorice in a concentrated, rich, yet always balanced and fresh style. Made from 88% Syrah, 6% Grenache and the rest Mourvedre, aged mostly in French oak (which is a positive change from the American oak used for the 2013), with a small part in concrete, drink this pleasure-bent effort over the coming 4-5 years.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2013 Tenet GSM Blend $49.98
Lowest price in Missouri is Total Wine and More at $69.99
The real superstar in the lineup is the 2013 Tenet GSM, which checks in as a mix of 40% Grenache, 35% Syrah and 25% Mourvedre that spent 12 months in neutral French oak. Ripe, voluptuous and thrillingly textured, this beauty boasts fabulous aromatics of red and black raspberries, melted licorice, pepper and assorted floral characteristics. These all come together nicely on the palate where the wine is full-bodied, has no hard edges, a big, layered mid-palate and blockbuster length. Count me impressed. This Chateauneuf du Pape look-alike will have a decade or more of longevity.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

Friday, January 6, 2017

Pilgrim's Dole 4 packs

New Holland Pilgrim's Dole Wheat Wine...$14.99 / 4pk
Pilgrim’s Dole is a barleywine-style ale made with fifty percent wheat malt, or what we at New Holland call a wheatwine. Pilgrim’s Dole blends warming and slightly sweet flavors with a unique caramelized character. It would be an excellent accent to nutty dishes, fruit crisps or creme brulee.

During the 14th century, the term “Pilgrim’s Dole” described the rations of bread and ale given to nourish wayfarers on their holy pilgrimage. At New Holland, Pilgrim’s Dole is brewed for the cultural explorer of today. It is a rewarding discovery on the road to enlightenment.

Whether in a snifter or from your rucksack, Pilgrim’s Dole will enhance any experience and is certain to incite wanderlust and to fuel adventure.

It is a barleywine-style ale made with fifty percent wheat malt, or what we at New Holland call wheatwine. Pilgrim’s Dole blends warming and slightly sweet flavors with a unique caramelized character.

25° Plato, Alc. 11.4% by Vol.

Palm Session Ale from Belgium

PALM Session Ale...$9.99 / 6pk
Belgium’s top-selling ale....
PALM Ale has long been one of Europe’s top-selling specialty beers and when you taste it, we think you will know why. Made with English hops, French Barley, and Belgian yeast, PALM represents the best of European beer-making traditions. It’s the roasted Champagne Malt which gives PALM its amber color, but without being heavy. PALM is a great alternative to traditional pilsners and lagers for the beer drinker looking for something a little different.

Noted beer writer Michael Jackson described PALM Speciale as “exceptionally fresh, with aromas of toasty malt, a bitter-orange palate and a tartly refreshing finish.”