Monday, May 21, 2018

Teerenpeli Single Malts

Come taste them this Friday May 25 from 5-7pm at our Forsyth location.  Open House 

We are proud to introduce to Missouri and the United States!

Teerenpeli Whisky
According to Wine-Searcher we are the first place in the United States to get whisky from Teerenpeli.

From Finland
These are SINGLE BARRELS, one of kind, never to be made again.
Very limited

Teerenpeli Single Malt Whisky 10 Year Old...$119.99
Single Barrel
Only 117 bottles made for the world
Single Sherry Barrel produced:  Made with pure Finnish barley malt and fresh groundwater from the Salpausselkä ridge. Ex-sherry cask directly from Spanish sherry producers.

Teerenpeli Single Malt Whisky 12 Year Old...$134.99
Single Barrel
Only 63 bottles made for the world
Family owned Teerenpeli Distillery was established in 2002. Before that Teerenpeli had experience in post maturating products in smaller casks imported from Scotland. Today the distillery is the biggest distillery in Finland, producing over 100,000 litres of new spirit per year. Traditional pot still distilling equipment, purchased from Scotland, is used.

Perennial 2 Barrel Batch of Maman for TWPC is bottled!

Perennial was gracious enough to invite me down today for the BOTTLING OF TWCP MAMAN!!

Perennial Maman - TWCP Edition
Maman an amazing Perennial 10.5% stout normally aged in Rittenhouse Rye barrels (Rated 100 on RateBeer).   This is a small batch of two Bourbon Barrels supplied by The Wine and cheese Place -- Four Roses and Wild Turkey.   This beer was aged 31 months in these barrels before bottling. 

Ended up getting 333 bottles from the two barrel lot!
I enjoyed a half a bottle while I watched them work hard bottling it (yes it is back breaking work)!  The beer is delicious.  A ton of chocolate, vanilla, bourbon and oak.  It is a monster beer with huge viscosity.  

Preview Tasting this Friday!
(tasting only - there will not be any bottles will be for sale during the tasting)
A few bottles came through the line without caps, so they hand capped them for us to take as samples.  So this Friday May 25 from 4-6pm come taste the super limited Perennial Barrel Aged Maman exclusively for The Wine and Cheese Place! This is a one-off never to be duplicated again!   Come taste at our Forsyth location!

Release will be a few weeks away.  Stay tuned!

We are very excited about this one and very thankful to Perennial for making this beer for The Wine and Cheese Place!
Perennial Barrel Aged Maman Imperial Stout - TWCP Edition
10.5% Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
- A two barrel blend (Four Roses and Wild Turkey) that has been aging for an amazing 31 months!
"They took awhile to come around (31 months!), but I think you’ll agree it was worth the wait." - Phil Wymore, owner and headbrewer of Perennial.
This will go through the BRC - at least partially based on Perennial support.

Just a few pictures of the process....

Compass Box Whisky Tasting!

Compass Box Whisky Tasting!

Meet Marc Nicolet of Compass Box and taste some great Whisky!
This Friday from 4pm-5:30pm
Where: The Wine and Cheese Place - Forsyth
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105

He will taste through these great Whiskys!
  • Great King St Artists
  • Great King St Glasgow
  • Compass Box Asyla
  • Compass Box Oak Cross
  • Compass Box Peat Monster
  • Compass Box Hedonism
  • Compass Box Spice Tree
  • Compass Box Orangerie 

Marc Nicolet --- Vice President, National Sales Director.
Marc began his 18 year career in the spirits industry in distributor sales at Empire Merchants in New York, then moved to Regional sales management roles for Ketel One, Cooper Spirits and Pisco Porton. At Cooper Spirits, Marc was Director of Sales for the East & Central US, starting with the company at the inception of St. Germain.
John Glaser, founder and Whisky maker at Compass Box, said, “We’re thrilled to have Marc onboard as we build our sales capabilities and continue to grow Compass Box in the U.S. Marc has the perfect combination of drive, passion and high-end brand experience to help us build on our mission to share the joys of great Scotch whisky with more people in the world.
With 18 years in the spirits industry, Marc brings a successful track record and a tremendous amount of experience. With the St Germain brand, he was responsible for managing nine distributor networks and instrumental in growing the foundation and making St-Germain a trade and consumer favorite.

Side Project!

BRC Emails went out on Sunday. 

Congrats to those that got a bottle.  Wish we had more for all of our regulars.

Side Project Updates!

Exciting news!  
Thank you so much to Cory and Karen King!

Side Project Merci #4

Blending Session with Cory King at Side Project!!

Amazing chance to taste Side Project beers from the BARREL and help to decide the next Merci blend!  Really a very special treat!   We are honored to be able to get this beer and help do the blend under the guidance of Cory.   We did this last year and it was a great experience.

We have a date:  June 13 at 6pm.
Cory has graciously allowed us to bring 10 of our customers with us to taste from barrel at Side Project.

So the top 10 BRC customers (no guest) based on beer purchases will be invited to the event.  If they cannot attend, we will go down the list until we have 10 people.  
It will be based from January 1, 2018  through probably about mid May19th.  Emails will go out starting May 20th or 21st.

The biggest beer news of the year!
Thanks to Cory, Karen and family at Side Project!

Update - D8 - we have a solid release date now!
May 21st. I will send out BRC emails either Sunday May 20th or early morning on the 21st!! 

No matter which method we use, people will get upset. We only have 48 bottles - and 1000s wanting them. We try to be fair and support those that support the store. If the report was printed today, basically if you spent $13 per week for the last 6 months you are eligible for a chance to get a bottle. That translates into a 6pk or 2 per week or even just 1 bottle of a nice 750ml beer per week. So for people that make the special trip to our store instead of the convenience of the grocery store, they get rewarded. I feel this is better than just letting people race to our store that have not shopped at our store or only shop our store for the rare ones (and buy all their everyday beer at the grocery store).

It will be super limited - we are getting about 48 bottles only.
This one will go based on beer support from the last 6 months before the release date.

Here is the plan - 

  • Top 35 beer supporters will be allocated a bottle.
  • Then 10 bottles will go via weighted raffle to the top 100 (those that did not already get a bottle - so 36-100 will have have a chance also to purchase a bottle.).   Whatever #100 spent in the last 6 months that amount will count as 1 raffle ticket and each person from 100-36 will get as many raffle tickets based on their purchases.
  • Will save 3 for something later, not sure what yet. 

Side Project D8
Derivation is our series of Barrel-Aged Imperial Stouts in which we brew several recipes, age them in a variety of barrels and blend them before bottling to add depth and structure to this massive style of beer.

Blend: #8 | ABV: 15%

Blend #8 is a select blend of barrel-aged stouts that were aged for 1 to 3 years before being blended and infused with coffee, coconut and vanilla.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Ramilo Portuguese Red

2015 Ramilo Portuguese Red...$12.99
compare to $15.99 at
“The floral aromas of the Touriga Nacional combine perfectly with the elegance of Aragonez. Well balanced with a soft finish.”
Grape varieties: Touriga Nacional and Aragonez
Food Pairing: Red meat dishes and intense flavoured cheeses

D'Arenberg The Hermit Crab White Blend

2016 D'Arenberg The Hermit Crab White Blend...$12.99
Chester Osborn manages to produce a cool and juicy white from the warm climes of McLaren Vale, particularly in 2016, when rain in late January refreshed the vines. He focuses this blend on fruit grown in free-draining soils over limestone, once a seabed built by the shells of creatures like hermit crabs. Early-harvested fruit provides brightness to the richer fruit left to ripen later. The wine has the crispness of Asian pear to balance the fuller notes of peach and smoky chamomile. Chill it for Dungeness crab.
Rated 91/100 Wine and Spirits Magazine

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Lafage Miraflors Rose

2017 Lafage Miraflors Rose...$14.99
The 2017 Miraflors Rosé is another beauty that's loaded with fresh, crisp, vibrant strawberry and raspberry fruit. Clean, pure, textured and elegant on the palate, with gorgeous purity, it's a rocking rosé that does everything right. The blend is 70% Mourvèdre and 30% Grenache Gris brought up all in tank. Hats off to vigneron Jean-Marc Lafage for another smoking good rosé!
Rated 92/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Friday, May 18, 2018

Kettmeir Pinot Grigio ALTO ADIGE

From Alto Adige!! Great price - only about 10 cases available
2015 Kettmeir Pinot Grigio ALTO ADIGE...$9.99
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $18.99

A light-bodied white that's fresh, balanced and minerally, showing notes of yellow pear, orchard blossom, stone and pickled ginger. Clean-cut finish. Drink now through 2018. 3,500 cases made.
Rated 88/100 Wine Spectator

La Quintinye Vermouth

Born in the heart of the vineyards of Charente, La Quintinye Vermouth Royal is an opulent French vermouth uniquely blending fine wines and Pineau des Charentes.  A fragrant mix of natural spices and plants complete this unique composition, making this vermouth a welcome addition to any aperitif or classic cocktail.  La Quintinye Vermouth Royal blends with expertise white wines from the South West of France and Pineau des Charentes.  This unique composition weaves a canvas on which the selected plants and spices can forge their art.

La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Blanc...$22.99
The subtle combination of 18 plants and the blend of white wines and
Pineau des Charentes Blanc.

La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Extra Dry...$22.99
Created with a magnificent bouquet of 27 plants and spices, a selection of white wines and Pineau des Charentes Blanc.

La Quintinye Vermouth Royal Rouge...$22.99
Made from a selection of 28 plants and spices and a blend of white wines and Pineau des Charentes Rouge, hence naturally providing the deep reddish to amber colour.

Mancino Vermouth Chinato

Mancino Vermouth Chinato...$34.99 / 500ml
A revival of the Vermouth Chinato, the three Mancinos combined with rich red Barbera D'Asti DOCG wine and Quinine bark Calissaja.
Giancarlo’s hybrid of the three Mancino Vermouths, Secco, Bianco and Rosso centered on Erede di Chiappone Armando Barbera d’Asti D.O.C.G, with added pure quinine bark Calissaja, has roused a new tier of Vermouth. With the instinctive grand recognition of Mancino, it lingers on a rich, deep, red, bitter wine pallet, tailoring the Chinato a notable digestive/aperitif. Serve chilled or warmed.

Priorat Natur Vermut.

Priorat Natur Vermut...$23.99
Ruddy orange in hue, this Catalonia vermouth offers earthy aromas. The deep, intriguing palate has plenty of bittersweet interplay, flitting between hints of melon and white floral freshness to orange peel and almond bitterness, accented with rosemary and vanilla. Complex and delicious. New to the U.S. as of July 2017.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Enthusiast

IDEAL WITH.. slightly salty or savoury foods. However, traditional accompaniments from this region are olives, nuts and clams. It is also great with fish or seafood. Or, if you have a sweet tooth, you can drink our vermouth as a dessert together with a chocolate cake.
Drink it always cold. It can be drunk neat or with some ice cubes and an orange or lemon piece of fruit inside.
In the Priorat region, vermouth has been the aperitif par excellence for nearly 100 years. We make our vermouth according to ancient recipes. It is an authentic vermouth. It is intense, full of aromas, sweet and with a bitter finish that makes it fresh.

Dogfish Head Festina Peche.

Now in 6 packs!
Dogfish Head Festina Peche...$9.49 / 6pk
Was $9.49 for a 4pk!  2 extra beers for same price!
A refreshing neo-Berliner Weisse, Festina Peche.  Sadly, there are only a few breweries left in Berlin still brewing the Berliner Weisse style, which is characterized by its intense tartness (some say sour). There were once over 70 breweries in Berlin alone making this beer! In addition to fermentation with an ale yeast, Berliner Weisse is traditionally fermented with lactic cultures to produce its acidic (or green apple-like) character. Served as an apertif or summertime quencher, Festina is delicately hopped and has a pale straw color. To soften the intense sourness, Berliner Weisse is traditionally served with a dash of essence of woodruff or raspberry syrup. In Festina Peche, since the natural peach sugars are eaten by the yeast, the fruit complexity is woven into both the aroma and the taste of the beer so there is no need to doctor it with woodruff or raspberry syrup. Just open and enjoy!

Borgogno Chinato Barolo

Borgogno Chinato Barolo...$44.99 / liter bottle
The Barolo Chinato di Borgogno was created in the early decades of the 20th century. Thanks to the creativity of Cesare Borgogno, an enthusiastic herbalist and friend of large Vermut producers, including comm. Mario Cora and Count Alfredo Marone Cinzano. Producing this special wine involves starting from an excellent base, which must be Barolo. Sugar, alcohol and infusion. The infusion is the element that lends character. It is obtained from natural products, including roots, leaves, flowers, seeds and fruits, and there are at good 37 different spices. Of the most commonly used herbs and spices for the Barolo Chinato, the most notable is obviously the China in the three classic varieties: Calisaya, Soccimano, Succirubra. The Barolo Chinato has moderate alcohol content, a red colour somewhere between amber and garnet, the characteristic fragrance reminds on of tanned leather and the taste is warm, full-bodied and lingering. Best served in small glasses at 13⁰ or 14⁰, and enjoy with chocolate or with a chocolate based baked goods. In addition to the Barolo Chinato Borgogno also produces the Chinato and the Bianco Borgogno, with the same production method but a different base.

The Chinato Borgogno is produced with 70% Nebbiolo and 30% Barbera.

Beer tasting tonight 5/18 at Forysth

Beer Tasting - Double header

Forsyth today from 4-6pm

  • Deschutes Passion Fruit IPA
  • Odell Barrel Aged Imperial Red
  • Dogfish Head Festina Peche
  • Deschutes Hemperor IPA

Forsyth today from 5-7pm
Missouri Beer Company will be on hand to taste their beers.
  • Kolsch
  • English Mild
  • Red Rye IPA

Partner Sweet Vermouth

Partner Sweet Vermouth....$25.99 / 375ml
THE STORY:  John Wilkinson was telling his friend Steve Matthiasson how much he loved Matthiasson Vermouth, a sweet elixir made from the (white) Flora wine grape. Steve makes only a few hundred cases every two years, as there are only 10 or so acres of this varietal in all of California.
Steve was immediately on board and wanted to make a cherry vermouth with wine grapes that evoke dark cherry flavors like Petit Sirah and Merlot. He suggested we add fresh Tartarian cherries.
Thus the inspiration to create a new sweet vermouth to pair perfectly with our style of whiskeys. (One we could make more than a few hundred cases!)
Partner Vermouth’s unique complexity comes from Steve’s knowledge of aromatic bitters and his ability to blend, taste, and tweak over and over until it's perfect. Enjoy Partner in your favorite cocktail, neat as a digestive, over ice...

THE WINE:   Partner Vermouth hearkens to an earlier America when alcohol and medicine were one and the same. Whiskey and vermouth cured all.
Vermouth is wine infused with botanicals. This marriage of flavors dates back to the origins of wine itself. The Caesars and Pharaohs of the ancient world had their own royal recipes, as well as the common folks on their farms…families throughout history added herbs and spices to their local wine, both for flavor and for health. Vermouth has always been considered medicinal as well as delicious, and we are continuing the tradition.
A blend of Merlot and Petite Sirah, heightened it with fresh Tartarian cherries from Lodi California, and exotic spices from around the world. We made grape spirit infusions of spices such as Smoked Black Cardamom, Star Anise, Indian Coriander, Chinchona bark, and Wormwood.

THE PROFILE:  Smokey and exotic on the nose, fruity on the palate, with a long finish that cleans up with the bitter herbs, Partner Vermouth works in a cocktail, on ice, or simply neat.  Cocktail’s Essential Partner

Deschutes Passion Fruit IPA


Deschutes Passion Fruit IPA....$9.49 / 6pk
Just Tapped Series
also sold as singles
Passion Fruit IPA delivers a juicy, tropical hop character with a tart finish and features fabulous art from our Portland Pub’s resident chalk artist.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Ransom Sweet Vermouth

Ransom Sweet Vermouth...$17.99 / 375ml
Base Wine: A blend of Organically and Conventionally farmed aromatic whitevarietals, including Gewürztraminer,Muscat, Riesling, and Pinot Gris.
Spirits: Brandy alambically distilled inhouse from a blend of wines from Pacific Northwest grapes. Barrel aged in mixed French oak.

Infusion: Wormwood*, Sarsaparilla*,Sassafras, Wild Cherry Bark*, RedCinchona Bark, Dandelion Root*,Hibiscus Flower*, Orris Root,Cardamom Pods*, Blessed Thistle*,Chamomile*, Orange Peel*, Verbena*,Spearmint Leaf*, Cinnamon Bark*, Arch Angel Root*, Lemon Peel*,Vanilla Beans, Cacao Nibs, Coffee Beans, Walnuts, Black MissionFigs, Medjool Dates, Dried Cherries. (* denotes Organic ingredient)
Sweeteners: Turbinado Sugar*, Muscat Grape Juice, Maple Syrup.
Specifications: 17.8% alcohol by volume

Ransom Dry Vermouth...$19.99 / 500ml 
Base Wine: A blend of Organically and Conventionally farmed aromatic white varietals and Pinot Noir blanc.
Fortifying Brandy: Alambic pot distilled in house from a blend of wines from Pacific Northwest grapes. Barrel aged in mixed French oak.
Wine Enthusiast - 94 points
Taster's Guild - Gold Medal
Infusion: Wormwood*, Rosehip*, Scullcap*, Chamomile*, Orange Peel*, Verbena*, Spearmint*, Star Anise*, Cinnamon Bark*, Coriander*, Arch Angel Root*, Burdock Root*, Fennel*, Cardamom*, Lemon Peel*, and Vanilla Bean. (* denotes Organic ingredient)

Miro Vermut Rojo

Miro Vermut Rojo...$13.99 / liter
The MIRO RED continues being the authentic “Vermouth of Reus”. Its red, ruby colour with hints or red brick, its aromas and taste based on sweet aperitif herbs, makes it stimulating and refreshing. It is elaborated with the perfect combination of aromatic natural herbs, followed by a long maceration. It is subtly sweet with a bitter touch, silky and easy to drink and light with a good aftertaste. Always produced following the family recipe to make the inimitable Vermouth based on its exquisite and unique taste or palate.

George Dickel Tabasco Barrel Finish

George Dickel Tabasco Barrel Finish...$21.99 / 750ml
For over a century, the legacy of two Southern brands, George Dickel and McIlhenny Company’s TABASCO Brand Pepper Sauce, have left their mark on the world and their distinct tastes in the memories of people everywhere. These two iconic brands have come together in one bottle to create George Dickel Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish, or Hot Dickel for short.

George Dickel Tabasco Brand Barrel Finish stands out by bringing a deliciously spicy kick, made by hand and finished in barrels used to age tabasco peppers for three years.

Best enjoyed as a shot with celery salt on the rim, pickle juice, or an ice chaser. Damn straight, it’s Hot Dickel!

Bomb! Deconstructed

BRC emails sent out for this one to twice as many people as we have available.  
It is sold out now

Bomb! Deconstructed....$29.99 / 4pk
Includes one of each
  • Bomb! Cacao - imperial stout with only Chocolate added
  • Bomb! Vanilla - imperial stout with only vanilla added
  • Bomb! Chili Peppers - imperial stout with only Ancho Peppers
  • Bomb! Coffee - imperial stout with only coffee added

2016 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Reserve

Yet another amazing wine and value from Patricia Green Cellars
2016 Patricia Green Pinot Noir Reserve....$26.99
Shows structure and sleek polish, with expressive raspberry and rose petal aromas and layered red plum, black tea and spice flavors that linger toward refined tannins. Drink now through 2024.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

Chandon Brut Rebecca Minkoff Limited Edition

Chandon Brut Rebecca Minkoff Limited Edition...$13.99
Compare to $26 at the winery
We are the lowest price on Wine-Searcher in they Country
Filled with our signature Brut Classic, you'll find delicious flavors of apple, pear and citrus flavors and aromas with a hint of spice that leads to a soft, dry finish. Bottled designed by Rebecca Minkoff #chandonsquad

Penley Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon

First load went fast - more arrived this week!
2016 Penley Phoenix Cabernet Sauvignon....$15.99
Next lowest price in the country in Wine-Searcher is $17.99
Dense, with sink-your-teeth-into-them tannins and concentration to the plum, cassis and blackberry flavors. Sage and rosemary accents linger in the background. Strikes the right balance between power and elegance, with grace notes of eucalyptus, black tea and tobacco lingering on the velvety finish. Drink now through 2030. 4,300 cases imported.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

Casaloste Chianti Classico - stunning value from Tuscany!

2015 Casaloste Chianti Classico...$19.99
Just arrived! Unbelievable Value!
"A beauty, this silky red is packed with dark cherry, leather, iron and earth aromas and flavors. Harmonious and long, with a well-integrated structure and a mineral-tinged aftertaste. Drink now through 2029. 2,500 cases made."
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator
"The 2015 Chianti Classico is a bold, juicy wine. Black cherry, lavender and expressive spice provide much of its exotic, alluring personality. Lush and racy, but with vibrant fruit and tons of Sangiovese structure, the 2015 is a winner."
Rated 92/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media