Saturday, August 19, 2017

A 96 point Cabernet for Under $20

A 96 point Cabernet for Under $20

2014 Tapiz “Alta Collection” Cabernet Sauvignon....$16.99
Crafted under the watchful eye of Jean Claude Berrouet, who recently retired after 44 years as head winemaker at Chateau Petrus. The Tapiz Alta Collection Cabenret represents one of the great values in Cabernet today!
A wine with lots of depth and fruit now with dark berry and dark chocolate character. Full body, velvety tannins and a long and flavorful finish. So much here. Give it four to five years bottle age. Great wine.
Rated 96/100 James Suckling

Seghesio Home Ranch at a great price

2011 Seghesio Zinfandel Home Ranch...$33.99

We are the lowest price on Wine-Searcher 
The average price on Wine-Searcher is $55
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $36.99
Dense, tightly wound and well-structured, with floral raspberry and spiced cinnamon aromas and zesty cherry, mineral and toasted herb flavors. The tannins bite down on the finish. Hands off for now. Drink now through 2021. 2,900 cases made.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

The dark ruby/plum-hued 2011 Zinfandel Home Ranch displays a big, briery, spicy, peppery, earthy bouquet, a supple, opulent, broad texture, surprising richness and plenty of up-front charm and seductiveness. This superb, full-bodied Zinfandel is one of the stars of the vintage.
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Natural Wine Tasting!

Save the date - 
Friday September 22, 2017

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

Natural and Orange Wine Tasting!

more info coming

Info from Natalie MaClean
Is Orange the New White?
  • Let’s clear this up first: orange wine is not made from oranges, it refers only to the wine’s colour ;)
  • It’s also known as amber wine and skin-fermented white wine
  • Although orange wine seems new and trendy, it’s actually an ancient style of wine that’s been used for thousands of years to make white wines, often fermented without temperature control for long periods in qvevri (clay vessels or amphorae), in regions such as Georgia and Armenia.
  • Modern white winemaking with temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks has only been practised for the past 40-50 years.
  • The re-emergence of orange wines started in the early 1990s with Italian winemaker Josko Gravner in the northern cool region of Friuli. He was trying to get away from over-manipulated wines and get back to ancient methods.
  • Today, orange wines are produced in Europe, North America, Australia, Chile, South Africa, New Zealand.
  • Orange wines are white wines made like red wines: confused yet?
  • They start out like making white wine, but then they leave the grape skins on during fermentation just as red wines do and white wines do not.
  • This imparts distinctive colour, flavour and texture whereas the skins are removed to ferment white wine
  • orange wine is also exposed to more oxygen which adds a savoury character called umami, the fifth taste along with sweet, salty, sour and bitter
  • The VQA law specifies that the wine is a table wine (still or effervescent) made from fresh white or pink vinifera and permitted hybrid grapes.
  • All of the grapes are macerated and fermented on their skins for at least ten days to achieve the character of orange wine.
  • The words “Skin Fermented White” must be on the label and optionally “Orange” or “Amber” can also be printed. appear alongside), but the essence is that the wine must ferment on the skins.
  • Vintners must also declare their intent to make a skin-fermented white at the time of harvest, just as they must do with icewine, so they don’t claim the label after the fact because a wine doesn’t get approval for another category.
  • The skins of grapes contain aromatic precursors, the compounds that eventually get released into the wine to create its distinctive aromas and flavours, as well as polyphenols that shield wine from oxydation and thereby allow it to age longer. As a solvent, alcohol helps to extract these compounds from the skins.
  • some criticize orange wine as masking local soil and climate (terroir) as well as grape character
  • the reverse argument is that orange wine is truer to terroir because it uses all of the grape: flesh, juice and skin
  • like natural, organic and biodynamic wines, orange wines usually don’t have any additives and aren’t filtered or fined
  • However, not all natural, organic and biodynamic wines are orange
  • And not all orange wines are also natural, organic or biodynamic wines
  • You won’t find an orange wine category on most restaurant lists: they’re usually lumped into the white wine category, and sometimes rose, except of course, on the hippest lists in San Francisco, New York, Paris, Tokyo and Florence.

St. Louis made Shrubs

Heirloom Shrub Tasting
The Wine and Cheese Place - Forsyth
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105
Friday - August 25 from 4-7pm

Heirloom Bottling Co. aims to bring you quality natural syrups and shrubs for your cocktails and soft drinks. Our products are crafted with natural ingredients and bold tastes to tantalize your palate and punch up your cocktails. We never use artificial flavorings, colors or processed sugars.

Made here in St. Louis
Made with the finest ingredients

Heirloom Blackberry Lemon Mint Cocktail Shrub...$18.99
Organic blackberries, organic cane sugar, organic apple cider....
great in carbonated water, bourbon, vodka, plus more.

Heirloom Blueberry Sage Cocktail Shrub...$18.99
Made with organic blueberries, organic cane sugar, organic apple cider...great added to Prosecco, with vodka, whiskey or even non-alcoholic in club soda.

Heirloom Grapefruit Ginger Vanilla...$18.99

Heirloom Lime Peppercorn Cocktail Syrup...$18.99

Made right here in St. Louis, Missouri
Support your local community!
A cocktail shrub is basically a sweetened vinegar based syrup used for mixing drinks.

Claverach Farm Red Wine Ozark Mountain

2016 Claverach Farm Red Wine Ozark Mountain...$15.99
Claverach Farm Is 300 Acres Of Rugged Ground In The Ozark Hills Just Twenty Miles Outside Of Saint Louis, Missouri. We Have Been Farming This Land Using Organic And Biological Methods For Twenty Years, 

New Glarus Collab

Last 12 bottles in stock now
De Preof / New Glarus Collab Abtsolution....$15.99 / 750ml
We are thrilled to welcome Daniel Carey of New Glarus Brewing as our 11th annual partner in this series. A long-time student of classic Belgian ales and early practitioner of Belgian-style brewing among American brewers, Daniel brings a rich and divers background to this collaboration. In the true spirit of the project, we have created a beer based on the classic Belgian Abt style, with unique Wisconsin contributions including Santiam and Chinook hops. To further highlight the Dairy State we’ve added lactose for extra mouthfeel and richness. The result is a dark ale with fruity esters, a velvety smooth palate and balancing wood notes from our use of French and American oak along with spicy hop notes. This ale is designed to drink now, but we believe will evolve beautifully over the next 1-2 years.

Stillwater/Westbrook Remix Project Gose Gone Wild

Stillwater/Westbrook Remix Project Gose Gone Wild....$8.49 / 22oz
Stillwater producing their version of Westbrook's Gose
"It’s no secret that we like to party, and sometimes it gets wild. So we took Westbrook’s refreshing Gose and cranked up the volume a bit, adding a massive dose of Citra & Amarillo hops, then fermented it various strains of Brettanomyces...Go Westbrook, it’s your birthday, get funky!!" -Brian (Stillwater Artisanal)

"This is our interpretation of Gose (pronounced “Gose-uh”), a traditional German-style sour wheat beer brewed with coriander and salt. Once nearly extinct, this very refreshing style is making a comeback." - Westbrook's description of their Gose

Evil Twin Brewing Sanguinem Aurantiaco

Back in stock
Evil Twin Brewing Sanguinem Aurantiaco...$10.99 / 4pk
Sour Ale with Blood Orange Added

Evil Twin Molotov Cocktail....$9.99 / 4pk 12 oz CANS
Imperial IPA with Mango and Orange Added - 12% ABV
Despite the crudeness it is tricky to make an effective Molotov cocktail. Despite the unruly nature of the rebel it is very tricky to resist accepted conventions. Molotov Cocktail is a tour de force in hoppiness, it's a spark for action and by far one of the most anti-authoritative beers ever made by Evil Twin Brewing

New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon

New Holland Beer Barrel Bourbon...$27.99
Beer Barrel Bourbon is first aged in new American oak barrels before finishing in Dragon's Milk stout barrels. The beer-barrel lends biscuity notes and a smooth malt character to the robust whiskey tones of toffee and caramel.

Malt Bill:  70% Corn, 25% Barley, 5% Rye
Aged bourbon is finished in second-use Dragon's Milk barrels.

Two Roads and Evil Twin Collabs

Two Evil Geyser Gose....$10.99 / 4pk Cans
Two Roads and Evil Twin Collab
5.50% ABV
Two Roads and Evil Twin sourced local ingredients during a trip to Iceland for this collaboration including: Icelandic moss, rye, herbs, sea kelp, skyr (Icelandic yogurt) and birch-smoked sea salt to create a Two + Evil twist on a gose beer; a sour wheat-style ale with a hint of smoke, light lemon color, dry finish and thirst quenching appeal.

Two Evil Pachamama Porter....$9.99 / 4pk Cans
Two Roads and Evil Twin Collab
6.50% ABV
Our second collaboration with Danish/Brooklyn brewery Evil Twin, Two Roads and Evil Twin have paid homage to Incan heritage by using three Peruvian staple foods in this porter: sweet potatoes, purple mais and aji panca chili peppers. Pachamama is a goddess revered by the indigenous people of the Andes; she is known as the earth mother in Inca mythology. Given that the main ingredients of the 6.5% ABV porter come from the rich Peruvian soil, the two breweries thought the name Pachamama fit this product beautifully.

Stillwater Yacht Dry Hopped Session Lager

Stillwater Yacht Dry Hopped Session Lager...$10.99 / 4pk 16 oz CANS
Canned beer has made a serious return in the craft brewing world. Prior to this resurgence, the only beer found in cans were industrial lagers. So as a nod in both directions we present an elegantly crisp and hoppy new world lager. The light and refreshing pilsner malt body delivers an abundance of floral, spice, and grass driven hop flavors and aroma. Perfect for those luxurious cruises through the Caribbean.
Label Design Notes: The luxurious and refined mood of yachting is alluded to by the muted tones of traditional nautical colors. The stripe pattern elongates the perception of the can's size, so that it appears longer, thinner and grander. The Recorda typeface is modern and geometric, recalling the shape of a sailboat.

Evil Twin Sour Bikini Beer in CANS

  Back in stock!

Evil Twin Sour Bikini Beer...$8.49 / 4pk 12oz cans
98/100 RateBeer
3% ABV
Named after the atom bomb test grounds, designed by a French car engineer - the bikini was to many a disturbing and degrading creation and fortunately for others a symbol of emancipation.  This is attractively light bodied, seductively well balanced and very drinkable Sour Bikini is anything but a sissy beer.

Back in stock!

When Gail Appleson wrote about our favorite Rose this year, it sold out immediately.  We received our last load of this wine for the year!
2016 Villa des Anges Old Vines Rosé...$12.99
Description • This vin gris is a pale copper in color and made from 100 percent cinsault, a red grape that is rarely bottled as a single varietal except in rosés. Jeff Carrel, a well-known winemaker in southern France, crafted this vin gris at the Espitalet des Anges domaine in the village of Capestang. This is a crisp and zesty wine that’s drier and closer to a citrusy white in flavor than the Miraflors. It’s a bit tart with hints of red berries and a touch of spice. It would go well with salads, seafood and other light fare.
Wine Finds: Vin Gris from Southern France
By GAIL APPLESON • Special to the Post-Dispatch

Great Value!
2016 Arrumaco Garnacha Rose...$9.99
Light lurid pink. Fresh red fruits and tangerine on the spice-tinged nose and in the mouth. Silky and fruity in style, displaying good, vaguely jammy character and no rough edges. Closes smooth and broad, delivering nice cling and a lingering raspberry note.
Rated 87/100 Vinous Media

2016 Donjon Minervois Rose...$16.99
Made from 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Cinsault, this Minervois rosé offers layered, complex scents of orange blossom, peony, ginger and red currant. Flavors of peach and taut currant unfold on the medium-weight palate, with refreshing acidity to lend lift to the mouthfeel and brighten the finish.
Rated 90/100 Wine Enthusiast

* Sustainably grown
2016 Commanderie of Bargemone Rosé...$18.99

Light bright orange. Mineral-accented citrus fruit and red berry scents show very good clarity and pick up a suave floral note with aeration. Chewy and tightly wound, offering juicy cherry and red currant flavors that slowly put on weight as the wine stretches out. Shows good tension and cut on the finish, which lingers with strong, minerally persistence.
Rated 90/100 Vinous Media

The origins of this estate go back to the 13th century when it was the property of the Knights Templar. The large 400-acre vineyard has produced this fine rich wine, full of ripe red fruits and with a bright herbal edge. It is bone dry, crisp and ready to drink.
Rated 91/100 Wine Enthusiast

Spanish GSM

This wine sees no oak and is a perfect everyday red!

Great GSM!

2014 Panarroz Jumilla Red GSM....$12.99
Best Buy - The Wine Enthusiast

Looking to exploit the great potential for value in Jumilla.   This youthful, unoaked blend offers plenty of plummy, dark fruit aromas, with light spicy, peppery notes, and bold fruit and a silky texture on the palate.  A versatile wine that will complement most meals, Panarroz will pair especially with with tapas, grilled vegetables, flank steak, seared tuna, and teriyaki-glazed salmon.
A perennial delicious value from the treasure trove of bargains found in Jumilla, this tank-fermented and aged blend of 80% Mourvedre, 10% Grenache and 10% Syrah displays a dark plum/purple color as well as sweet aromas of cassis, black fruits, earth and licorice." -- Robert Parker on the 2013 vintage.  2014 not rated yet.
Worth buying by the case!

TWCP Beer Fest 2017 -

Save the Date - 
Saturday October 14, 2017

The Wine and Cheese Place Beer Fest 2017

The "reserve session" tickets will be offered through our BRC program.   It will be based on 6 months purchases at the time we decide to sell them.

More info and Beers to be announced.
Here is info from last year's event

Early confirmations....planning on attending and pouring
  • Old Bakery Citrus Wheat
  • Old Bakery Porter
  • Old Bakery North End IPA,
  • Old Bakery Oktoberfest
  • Narrow Gauge Brewing
  • Firestone Walker Brewing
  • Shelton Brothers
  • Ballast Point Brewing

We will be pouring our 35th Anniversary beers for sure....

Side Project Merci 35th Anniversary Blend (tasting only not for sale)
Perennial Corail de Sang 35th Anniversary Beer
Perennial Citra Paradisi TWCP 35th Anniversary Beer
Crooked Stave Salvador Cybies Four Roses Barrel TWCP 35th Anniv
Crooked Stave Salvador Cybies High West Barrel TWCP 35th Anniv
Schlafly Scotch Ale TWCP 35th Anniversary

New Ballas 35th Anniversary Tasting!

New Ballas 35th Anniversary Tasting
457 New Ballas Road, Creve Coeur

Next Friday August 25th from 4-6pm
Let us know on facebook that you plan to attend!

Side Project Merci 35th Anniversary Blend (tasting only not for sale)
Perennial Corail de Sang 35th Anniversary Beer

Perennial Citra Paradisi TWCP 35th Anniversary Beer
Crooked Stave Salvador Cybies Four Roses Barrel TWCP 35th Anniv
Crooked Stave Salvador Cybies High West Barrel TWCP 35th Anniv

Still 630 TWCP Collab Rye aged in PX Sherry Barrel
Weller / TWCP Single Barrel Antique 107 (tasting only not for sale)
Weller 12 Year Old Wheated Bourbon (tasting only not for sale)

maybe a few other things also

2015 Rhone

2015 Rhone
The hits just keep on coming, 2015 is spoiling us with great wines from all over the world, but few Regions knocked it out of the park like the Rhone Valley in this historic vintage.Check out some of our latest and greatest releases:

2015 St Cosme Gigondas....$39.99
A textbook version of the brawny side of Gigondas, this offers a grippy alder bass line underneath layers of dark currant and fig fruit, while lots of tobacco, rosemary and bay fill in throughout. Muscular and energetic, this is built for the cellar
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

2015 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Chaupin...$65.99
Pretty, with cassis and warm raspberry puree notes carried by silky but persistent structure, while rooibos tea, blood orange and incense accents fill in the background. The streamlined finish pulls everything together, letting the silky, perfumy feel sail on.
Rated 95/100 Wine Spectator

2015 Janasse Cotes du Rhone Terre D Argile...$19.99
Blue fruits and flowers on the nose. The freshness and open-knit structure make a compelling combination of generously fleshy and flavorsome style. Plums and blackberries throughout.
Rated 91/100 James Suckling

2015 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape VV...$89.99 / 750ml 

2015 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape VV...$182.99 / Magnums
Ripe and focused, with a delightful mix of cassis, blood orange and cherry coulis flavors streaming through, backed by black tea and apple wood accents. Finely beaded acidity lets the fruit stretch out, while a light mineral edge adds range. Shows an echo of licorice snap at the very end. Dense, but there’s remarkable grace here.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Spectator

Friday, August 18, 2017

Limited Bourbons

Special Limited Bourbon
----  Friday Flash Release ---

First come, first served at all four locations

Each person that asks at the register can buy
  • 1 bottle of Weller Special Reserve 750ml

There is not a lot of these - so they will go fastPlus, you can choose 1 bottle from the list below to purchase while supply lasts.
No phone calls or reservations.
  • Blantons
  • Stagg Jr.
  • Rock Hill Farms
  • Eagle Rare

Urban Chestnut Count Orlock

Urban Chestnut Count Orlok Black Pumpkin Ale...$8.99 / 4pk pints
Count Orlok Black Pumpkin Ale – That’s right (again)! For the first time ever (again), Urban Chestnut is brewing a pumpkin beer and while it is officially a Revolution Series beer, it does have a little German flare- Nosferatu (Bird of Death), aka Count Orlok was THE German Count Dracula. He was a blood-sucking vampire… but being German he must’ve enjoyed beer too, right? We believe it is so and thus have created a Black Pumpkin Wheat Ale in his honor… a bier noir if you will

Destihl Synchopathic Apricot Sour

Destihl Synchopathic Apricot Sour...$8.99 / 4pk
Dry-hopped sour ale with apricot.

Stillwater Mainstream Pop Song Double IPA

Stillwater Mainstream Pop Song Double IPA...$18.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Limited release apparently only in a few states! MO is lucky to be one of them!
Double IPA

From their facebook post you can see some more info -- here is how they tagged it...
#dipa #mosaic #citra #amarillo #hops #hazy #juicy #best #IPA

Stillwater Wavy Double IPA....$12.99 / 4pk 16oz
A rotationally hopped double india pale ale by Stillwater
Batch #002
Centennial, Simco, and Amarillo

Stillwater Shoeglaze....$10.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
’Distorted Farmhouse Pale Ale’ combines the elements of a soft and hazy IPA with a farmhouse ale back drop. Brewed with oats, spelt and lactose + hopped with Simcoe, Citra, Centennial and Pacific Gem.

Stillwater Cellar Door....$8.49 / 4pk 12oz cans
over the ages the term 'cellar door' has numerously been referred to as the most beautiful term in the English language. upon setting out to create the first summer addition to the Stateside line up of ales; the feeling that almost instantly came to me was that of beauty & cleansing. many summer offerings tend to lack the complexity of their bigger, colder season counterparts; so my goal was to craft an ale of extreme balance with a delicate complexity that allows for contemplation while also providing quaffable refreshment.

starting with a base of German wheat & pale malts this crisp slightly hazy foundation was then accented with a blend of Sterling & Citra hops providing a intricate blend of herbal grass & tangerine citrus flavors and aroma. to pull this all together and to complete the 'cleansing' aspect of my vision i gently finished the ale off with a touch of white sage, lending a mild earthy spice character to the blend. of course let's not forget our house saison yeast that brought all the elements together leaving a dry yet intricate finish.

Stillwater Big Bunny...$9.49 / 4 pack  12oz
Imperial Chocolate Milk Stout
9% ABV
Big Bunny is everything. An Arizona Wilderness collab that we may regret.

Stillwater Extra Dry Saison with Sake...$9.49 / 4pk Cans
Sake Style Saison 3.8% ABV Brewed with rice and designed to mimic the subtle and drinkable flavors of sake, this low alcohol saison is the softer side of Stillwater.

Beer Tasting

All 4 stores will be tasting the Perennial Corail de Sang tonight from 4-6pm

Amazing tasting tonight!
Forsyth Tonight!

  • Perennial Corail de Sang
  • Founders Green Zebra
  • Stone 21st Hail to the Hop Thief
  • Founders DKML BA
  • Evil Twin Omnipollo Pink Lemonade IPA
  • Lagunitas WTF
Plus the tasting and release party of.....

All 4 stores will be tasting the Perennial Corail de Sang tonight from 4-6pm

Perennial Corail de Sang...$14.99
600 bottles produced
"Corail de Saing is a Belgian style Saison with torrified wheat aged in red wine puncheons with Brettanomyces for seven months.  Bottle conditioned, oak aged and brewed in collaboration with Paul Hayden and The Wine and Cheese Place to celebrate their 35th Anniversary." - label

More info from Chris Kinast....
"Corail de Sang was brewed back in September with loads of Torrified Wheat and a touch of American hops in the whirlpool, and fermented in Stainless Steel with our house clean Saison strain. From there it was transferred into 2 French red wine Puncheons with a signal strain of brettanomyces (Brett claussenni) and aged for 6 months before being packaged. It was then bottle conditioned for another 3 before it's release. Huge notes of tannic oak and almost a tropical fruit sweetness round out the pallet with just a slight tartness to finish it up. A touch of residual sweetness and a medium to high carb lead to a finish that will entice wine, cider or barrel-aged Saison drinkers alike. Corail de Sang will continue to develop in the bottle and age nicely (maybe a couple of years), but most will not build up any additional acidity." - Chris Kinast, Perennial Brewer

Buffalo Trace Bourbon CREAM Liqueur

Back in stock! Limited 

Buffalo Trace Bourbon Cream Liqueur...$22.99
Bourbon Cream is handcrafted using Buffalo Trace Kentucky Straight Bourbon, making it a perfect marriage of rich delicious cream and smooth Kentucky bourbon.  You can enjoy it chilled, on the rocks, or pour it in a cup of coffee for an indulgent after dinner treat. 

Try the Buffalo Float- “the adult root beer float.”
Buffalo Float – The grown up Root Beer Float!
2 oz Buffalo Trace Distillery Bourbon Cream
4 oz root beer

Combine in glass and serve.
For extra richness, pour over 1 scoop vanilla ice-cream.

This liqueur is rich and sweet. The smooth taste of Buffalo Trace Bourbon compliments the creamy vanilla flavor.

4 Hands Hopeless Romantic

no long online

4 Hands Hopeless Romantic...$6.99 / 500ml
Hopeless Romantic is a juicy, tropical saison dry-hopped
with a blend of fruity, citrusy hops. Two strains of ale yeast
and one strain on brettanomyces combine produce a bright, aromatic beer with just a hint of funk.

Logboat Moon Speck

no longer online
Logboat Moon Speck...$9.49 / 6pk
Black Ale to celebrate the Solar Eclipse