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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Imperial Vanilla Porter in Rum Barrels



Breckenridge Imperial Vanilla Porter in Rum Barrels...$11.99 / 750ml
Breckenridge Brewery's special series of bold and adventurous recipes brings something new in 750 ml cork and cage bottles just three to four times a year. The releases coming out of its Brewery Lane Series are recognized for their innovation and intrigue. This month the brewery unveiled Imperial Vanilla Porter Aged in Rum Barrels. A stronger rendition of the brewery’s renowned Vanilla Porter recipe, it is powerfully robust in flavor and strength. Relaxing in rum barrels for 55 days, the beer soaks in both the subtle sweetness of rum and savory vanilla flavors from fresh bundles of Madagascar vanilla beans.
“This release takes Vanilla Porter to a new level,” shared Todd Usry, President and Brewmaster of Breckenridge Brewery. “It’s elevated not just in terms of higher ABV and flavor, but in overall complexity. This one’s well-suited to the series…an example of how we continue to push the envelope on existing beers and come out with new surprises.”

Evil Twin Even More JCS Imperial Stout




back in stock and online

Evil Twin Even More JCS Imperial Stout...$7.99 / pint can
Brewed with Lactose and Vanilla and Coffee Added
A few times in history of craft beer it has happened that a highly praised beer maker rises beyond mortal stardom into a higher godly league.  Usually the recipe to become such a divine hero you need crazy juice skills, a fake Minnesota dialect and a cool and exotit sounding name like Jean-Claude - it's even more JCs - an affogato style imperial stout.  

Chapoutier Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem




2015 Chapoutier Bila Haut Occultum Lapidem...$23.99
One of the more polished, sexy examples of the cuvee, the 2015 Côtes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem checks in as a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and the balance Carignan and Mourvèdre, aged all in concrete tanks. It boasts killer notes of black raspberries, cassis, pepper and licorice, with just a hint of chocolate appearing with time in the glass. This medium to full-bodied, layered and beautifully textured red is an incredible value and will be impossible to resist over the coming 4-5 years, and I’m sure it will keep even longer.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Mother's Brewing Coming to The Wine and Cheese Place



We will be releasing our allocation during the kick off tasting at our store this Friday - will announce details later.

Mother's Brewing Rum Barrel MILF
Rum away with me.
This single barrel MILF will whisk you away on the island breeze and gently drop you in the warm sand.
Stop by to try a pour, take a bottle home, or just to selfie with one to make your friends jealous.







Mother's Brewing Company

Kick off Party and Tasting!

This Friday
Open House Tasting - join us!!
Friday, February 23 from - 4pm-5:30pm
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forysth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105


Some of their beers you might see at the tasting - 
official lineup to be announced



Mother's 
Lil'Helper West Coast IPA
Go Midwest, young man. Proof positive from that you don’t have to hit the coasts for an assertive IPA. The big pine and citrus character of American hops stand proudly atop a solid malt backbone. Go running for its shelter.
PROFILE: strong aromas of citrus and pine, resinous yet malty mouthfeel, dry mineral bitterness that finishes crisp and accents hops.


Mother's Three Blind Mice Brown Ale 
Three dark ale traditions get a dose of Mother’s love. A dry finish and medium body doesn’t mean we skimp on robust, roasty malt character. This is an eminently drinkable brown ale for downtime or nights downtown.

Mother's Tow Head Blonde Ale
Mother’s little blonde baby could have only been conceived in Springfield. A crisp and easy-drinking riff on the classic Kolsch ale that respects its German bloodline while holding its chin high as an American original.

Mother's Uncanny Pale Ale
Bored with the ordinary American pale ale? Sink your teeth into Uncanny, a pale ale with bite. Bold American and German hop flavor inspires bar-slapping monologues, creek-side strutting, and competition worthy barbecue. So crisp, so clean, so drinkable…it’s uncanny

Mother's Snapback IPA
Whether you're pounding the pavement pub crawl style or holding court on the front porch, here's an IPA that fits as well as your favorite cap. Dry and drinkable, Snapback IPA bursts from the bottle with a riot of resinous and citrusy hop aromas, with just enough malt character to deliver an assertively hop-forward tongue lashing. Wipe the tears of joy from your eyes and take another drink.


Mother's Sunshine Chugsuckle New England IPA
Don't like IPAs? Prepare for Mother's to change your mind. This New England style IPA shines a ray of pure sunshine on hop aroma and flavor, with minimal hop bitterness. Sunshine Chugsuckle features intense dank, resiny, and citrus aroma and flavor with a full, creamy mouthfeel. For all the over the top flavor, Chugsuckle possesses an unparalleled drinkability. Grab a glass. You can suckle if you want, but we bet you're gonna chug.

Mother's Backyard Lime Gose
Can you imagine a light, bright, sour river beer? We CAN! Welcome the new beer in our Backyard series, Lime Gose. We had the salt. We had the lime. We skipped the tequila. Instead, Mother’s reimagines the traditional German gose. Kettle souring with lactobacillus lays down tart acidity, enhanced with kaffir lime leaves, lime zest, and salt. It gets a final kick with fresh lime juice post fermentation. The finished beer is light, bright, and vigorously quenching.


Mother's Winter Grind
Who needs subtlety when you have caffeine? Coffee in the nose, coffee in the flavor, coffee in the finish, all supported by an English dry stout. 1.5 lbs of roasted-to-order espresso beans from Mudhouse Coffee per barrel deliver a coffee stout for slaves to the bean and the barley.



Mother's Brewing Trop Top
This tropical Pale Ale is bursting with aromas of passionfruit, guava, and citrus. Heavily hopped with Citra and Mosaic late in the whirlpool and in the dry hop, this refreshing pale has a big fruity hop punch with a very restrained bitterness. The malt body is light with a mild sweetness to round out this juicy, tropical fruity pale.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Four Roses Bourbon Barrel Selection


Got to taste 12 different barrels


My signature on the three barrels I choose


Four Roses Single Barrel Cask Strength OBSQ  9 years 11 months
Four Roses Single Barrel Cask Strength OBSV 11 years 1 month
ABV will be determined at bottling.  Age could vary a little based on when it gets bottled

Also chose
Four Roses Single Barrel 100 proof OBSV 7 years 5 months

Watch for the barrels to arrive in the next few months!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin



2015 Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin...$57.99
Captivating aromas and flavors of pure cherry, mineral, tobacco and spice mark this supple red. Beautifully balanced, this remains long on the finish, driven by succulent acidity. Best from 2020 through 2033. 1,000 cases imported.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

Domaine Hubert Lignier - very limited releases

Burgundy at its finest!


2014 Hubert Lignier Gevrey Chambertin Les Seuvrees...$84.99
Vines planted between 1938 and 1966
Covering an area of 1.02 hectares, this terroir located below the Mazoyères Grand Crus gives us meaty, subtle wines. With excellent cellar-ageing potential, this is a Gevrey with a strong character but a tender heart.


2013 Hubert Lignier Gevrey Chambertin AC...$79.99
Vines planted between 1950 and 2002
Purchase of grapes from the “Reniard” and “Epointures” climats. The wines are vinified separately then blended for ageing and the result is a pleasant, deliciously fruity wine. Generous when young, they also have good cellar-ageing potential.

95 Point Burgundy and under $100





6 more bottles in stock!

Looking for a 95 Point Cote de Nuits Red Burgundy for under $100 from this decade?
, Well according to the Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate it does not exist, we beg to differ, we have 60 bottles of the amazing 2010 Domaine Faiveley Nuits St George Les Porrets St George in stock.  (It exists because our price is $66 less than the suggested retail putting it under $100!!)

2010 Domaine Faiveley Nuits St George Les Porrets...$89.99
Though still compact and firm, this red is pure, offering cherry, berry and mineral flavors on a well-toned frame. Balanced in an athletic way, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit and spice. Both intense and elegant, this shows terrific length. Best from 2015 through 2028. 160 cases imported. –BS
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator 

(Wine Spectator Suggested retail $155)
(Wine Spectator Suggested retail $155)

Jadot Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts




2014 Jadot Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts...$149.99
Tasting note: Reduction is present here as well but it's not so strong as to completely mask the spice and gentle wood nuances. In contrast to the funk there is good freshness and vibrancy to the strikingly well-detailed and much more intensely mineral-driven flavors that culminate in a refined, pure and ever-so-slightly austere finale. This is a classic example of Beaux Monts that should amply reward 10 to 12 years of cellaring.
Rated 90-93/100 Burghound

Joseph Faiveley Chambolle Musigny



2015 Joseph Faiveley Chambolle Musigny...$83.99
Aromas of blueberries, stones and flowers follow through to a full to medium body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Bright and beautiful. Love the steely undertone. Drink or hold.
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

Appleton Joy Anniversary Blend 25 Year Rum

We scored some more!!



Appleton Joy Anniversary Blend 25 Year Rum...$219.99
45% ABV
Appleton Estate's Joy Anniversary Blend is a beautifully complex and elegant, rare rum celebrating Joy Spence's 20th Anniversary as Master Blender.  
This 25 Year old minimum aged rum includes rums up to 35 years, and is a reflection of the woman who created it -- an embodiment of passion, love, and above all else, joy.

Makers Mark Private Select






Dillon, our whiskey expert, at our Ballwin location went down to Maker's Mark to choose our own barrel!  
(if you visit our West store, I am sure Dillon will gladly tell you more about the barrel)

The barrel is ageing with the staves inside.  We will announce when it arrives (it is still many weeks away).  A truly one of a kind barrel.

This is different than just selection a barrel!


Maker's Mark Private Select
When you visit the Maker’s Mark Distillery, you’ll have a rare opportunity to experience Maker’s Mark Private Select, a series of Maker's Mark expressions created by using the same principles Bill Samuels, Jr., used when he created Maker’s 46.
Beginning as fully matured Maker’s Mark at cask strength, expressions of Private Select are created by adding 10 custom finishing staves to each barrel and finishing them in our limestone cellar to extract more flavor. The 10 finishing staves can be any combination of five flavor profiles chosen especially for this program. With 1,001 possible stave combinations, each expression of Private Select has a customized finish and taste profile that is unique, yet undeniably Maker's.



Dillon chose for his 10 staves for our The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel -- here is what he chose....
  • 4 - P2 staves
  • 1 - Cu - French Cuvee stave
  • 1 - Makers 46 stave
  • 2 - Mocha staves
  • 2 - Spice French staves

Here is the description of the staves.  Each stave is different oak and different toasting methods and degrees. 

P2 - stave 
Name: Baked American Pure 2
Wood: American Oak
Toast:  Low and slow in convection oven
Cut:  Classic

Cu - Stave
Name: Seared French Cuvee
Wood: French Oak
Toast:  Infrared
Cut:  With ridges or ruffles

46 Stave
Name: Makers 46 stave
Wood: French Oak
Toast:  seared, infrared toasting
Cut:  Classic

Mo Stave
Name: Roasted French Mocha
Wood: French Oak
Toast:  Cooked high in a convection oven
Cut:  Classic

Sp stave
Name: Toasted French Spice
Wood: French Oak
Toast:  High and Low in a Convection oven
Cut:  Classic






Brash Higgins ‘FRNC’ Cabernet Franc






2017 Brash Higgins ‘FRNC’ Cabernet Franc...$27.99

495 cases produced - small production
Our fourth Cabernet Franc, 100% grown from a neighbouring vineyard planted in 2001 and made at Brash HQ. Vintage 2017 provided good growing conditions, relatively cool for Cab Franc with an even season punctuated by small berry set. The idea for this FRNC was to focus on the aromatics and delicacy of the fruit, making it an ease to drink but still complex, age worthy. Like a lot of the 2017’s, alcohol levels were lower,
with the FRNC at 11.9%

“A translucent ruby/violet in colour. The nose is lifted, aromatic, complex with jalapeno chilli and a roasted, sweet charred green capsicum nose, violet leaf. There is pepper, cedar, ashes, rose petals, earthy fragrances like piles of leaves in autumn, exactly what this vineyard smells like after a summer rain. Balanced, vibrant, medium bodied, the wine has a satiny, svelte mouth feel and a long smooth finish with grip.”-Brad Hickey, Vinitor, January 27, 2018.

Syrahmi Demi Heathcote Shiraz


2015 Syrahmi Demi Heathcote Shiraz...$31.99
This is a simultaneously fruity and savory wine of complexity and power from one of Victoria's underrated regions, Heathcote. From a mix of granite and the region's famed Cambrian red soils, this wine offers ripe blue and red fruit, florals and a peppery, olivey punch. The juicy fruit continues on the palate but here the savory elements play more of a starring role: Dried herbs and graphite are woven into fine-grained tannins and a long, almost tangy finish. Drink now–2027.
Editors' Choice
Rated 92/100 Wine Enthusiast
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

CH Fernet and Bitter Dog

Made in Chicago

CH Fernet-Dogma...$26.99

SILVER MEDAL - 2016 SAN FRANCISCO WORLD SPIRITS COMPETITION
38.4% ABV | 750 mlCATEGORY: AMARO (AMERICAN FERNET)
Nose: Cocoa & Tobacco Leaves
Palate: Coffee, Chamomile & Lemon
Finish: Spearmint & Slight Bitterness







CH Bitter Dog Liqueur...$26.99
SILVER MEDAL - NY INTERNATIONAL SPIRITS COMPETITION
31% ABV | 750 mlCATEGORY: AMARO (CLASSIC COCKTAIL STYLE)
Nose: Rhubarb
Palate: Sweet Wildberry
Finish: Bitter Orange Peel & Grapefruit

CH Straight Bourbon Whiskey - from Chicago






CH Straight Bourbon Whiskey...$19.99

Aged 2 Years
52.5% ABV 
CATEGORY: STRAIGHT BOURBON (INDIANA)
Nose: Brown Sugar & Maple
Palate: Oaky Sweetness
Finish: Vanilla fades to oaky notes

CH Gins from Chicago


Made in Chicago 

CH London Dry Gin...$19.99
(compare to $26.99 at Binny's in Chicago)
Clear. Aromas of cream puff pastry, citrus marmalade, rosemary, lemon pepper, and saffron with a supple, dryish medium body and a honeyed juniper, peppercorn, lavender candy, and horchata accented finish. Very tasty and flavor packed.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - BEVERAGE TASTINGS INSTITUTE
46% ABV 
Nose: Juniper & Pine
Palate: Citrus Peel & Coriander
Finish: Orange Rind



CH Key Gin...$19.99
(compare to $26.99 at Binny's in Chicago)
Clear. Aromas of citrus gelatin, juniper jelly, peach pastry, lavender oil and suede with a satiny, dryish medium-to-full body and a violet candy, peppercorn, herb, creamy horchata, and sweet spice finish. A very flavorful, balanced and nuanced, fruit forward nouveau-styled gin.
GOLD MEDAL - 92 points INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF SPIRITS
42% ABV | 750 mlCATEGORY: GIN (AMERICAN STYLE)
Nose: White Pepper forward
Palate: Key Limes, Hint of Juniper
Finish: Lavender

Spicy Moroccan Tapenade




Spicy Moroccan Tapenade
Sundays in my household have become “Roast Chicken Sunday”. We have been light on sporting events for the kids and we enjoy nothing more than popping a seasoned chicken in the oven and opening a great bottle of wine late Sunday afternoon and waiting for the bird to be done. A new cook book “Dinner” written by New York Times Food Columnist Melissa Clark has an amazing recipe for Harissa Chicken with leeks and potatoes, trust me once you try Harissa you will want to use it in everything. We will be mixing up a batch of this Spicy Moroccan Tapenade on Saturday at the Forsyth location. Come by for a taste.
  • 1 heaping cup black Moroccan oil-cured olives, or substitute Kalamata olives, pitted   ***
  • 1 large garlic cloves, pressed or very finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Mina spicy harissa sauce (or mild if your prefer) ***
  • Juce of 1 lemon 
  • 1 tablespoon each chopped fresh parsley and chopped cilantro and a touch of mint leaves
  • ¼cup olive oil, or more to achieve desired consistency  ***
*** Available at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth

Method
Pulse the olives in a food processor until the olives are almost a paste, but leaving a little consistency.


Mix in the remaining ingredients by hand. For a thinner tapenade, increase the amount of olive oil, adding a teaspoon or two at a time, until you achieve the desired consistency.


Mina Harissa Spicy 
(also available in mild)
The Spicy Harissa is Mina’s surprisingly hot classic pepper sauce. Made with Mina’s special blend of 6 simple ingredients, this Spicy Harissa turns up the heat for more daring tastebuds; transforming plain plates into exotic experiences.

Friday, February 16, 2018

2014 Siduri Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard






2014 Siduri Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard ...$59.99
Vivid ruby. Sexy, high-pitched red berry and potpourri scents are complemented by a minerally aspect and a hint of Asian spices. Sappy, incisive and appealingly sweet, offering lively raspberry and cherry cola flavors that gain sweetness and a hint of smokiness with air. Shows a suave blend of power and finesse and finishes with excellent focus and length; silky tannins come up slowly.
Rated 93/100 Vinous Media
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Notebook 8NV Red Blend


Great Washington State red blend value
Notebook 8NV Red Blend...$11.99
Aromatically rich and delicious to quaff, this dry wine is ready to drink from summer barbeques through to winter meals. Rich and fresh flavors taste well above its price and category. The wines aromatics display savory 3- and 4-year barrel aged complexity. There’s heaps of youthful red fruits like black cherries, plums, red currants and figs wrapped with cedar, caramel and chocolate. Succulent smooth fruit begins, with flavors of bakers chocolate, black cherry, black berry, toast, dried herbs, tobacco and cola finish. 

Evil Twin B is for Blueberry







Evil Twin B is for Blueberry...$12.99 / 4pk 12oz cans

Gose Style ale with salt and Blueberries
(also available in singles)
"last year we brought you A is for Apricot. now it’s time for B is for Blueberry. this tart and crisp gose is packed with one of our favorite berries and some of you might know that we have had a thing for blueberries for many years...." - Evil Twin

Colonel Jesse's Small Batch Tonic


New Tonics from LIncoln Nebraska

In stock now at Forsyth


Colonel Jesse's Small Batch Tonic Cucumber Ginger...$23.99 / 750ml
Colonel Jesse's Loch Ness Cocktail
In a high-ball over ice:
1 oz cucumber & rose infused gin
.5 oz elderflower liqueur
1 oz Colonel Jesse’s Small Batch Cucumber-Ginger Tonic
Top with soda
Garnish with a cucumber slice


Colonel Jesse's Small Batch Tonic Lime Lemongrass...$23.99 / 750ml