Saturday, March 25, 2017

2016 Chateau D'Esclans Whispering Angel ROSE is here

2016 Chateau D'Esclans Whispering Angel ROSE..$21.99
As a negociant and vinificateur (winery), Caves d’esclans identifies vineyards, grapes and wines from château d’esclans as well as local growers to make what has reputedly become the world’s greatest rosé. As our objective is to obtain the best quality grapes and wines, we have created relationships with the local grape growers, committed beside Caves d’esclans, whose vineyards are treated with the same high standards of quality as are the vineyards of Château d’esclans.

“Always delicious”
James Suckling

“Great character”
Jonathan Ray (The Spectator UK)
“Chewy and mouthwatering”

“The Cool thing you have to drink» … also impressively good.”
Ray Isle (Food & Wine)

“Dense and rich with lovely texture”
Anthony Dias Blue (The Tasting Panel)

“Very clear and clean and will gain flavours during the year”
Steven Spurrier

“You could drink it from mid-day to midnight”
Matthew Jukes

“Loaded onto yachts on the Côte d’Azur and consumed in quantity by connoisseurs”
Serena Sutcliffe

“More palate grabbing by far from the Provencal Pink norm”
Jancis Robinson

Rock Town from Arkansas

Rock Town Arkansas Bourbon Whiskey....$35.99
Our bourbon is distilled from Arkansas corn and wheat right here at the distillery in downtown Little Rock. We’re proud that we keep things local. We age our bourbon here at the distillery in small new charred oak barrels that were coopered right here in Arkansas at Gibbs Brothers Cooperage. That’s right, we use Arkansas Corn, Arkansas Wheat, we distill the whiskey in Arkansas, age it in an Arkansas made barrel to be Arkansas’ first ever Bourbon Whiskey.

Our Bourbon is milled, mashed, fermented, distilled, aged, bottled and packaged at the distillery in Little Rock. We’re makers not fakers.

Tasting notes:
A sweet and smoky perfume of roasted corn, breakfast cereal and brown sugar with delicate baked cherry notes. Smooth and sweet on the palate. Very subtle and deep notes of almond, brown sugar and freshly baked biscuits. The sweet and nutty notes linger into the finish.
92 proof / 46% ABV

Rock Town Brandon's Gin...$28.99
Small Batch Gin
American style infused with juniper, coriander, angelica, cinnamon, anise, lemon and orange peel zest.

2012 - Great Brunello Vintage!

2012 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova..$99.99
The Casanova di Neri 2012 Brunello di Montalcino Tenuta Nuova is a beautiful wine that recalls many of the stunning characteristics found in its high-scoring predecessor. I gave a perfect 100 points to the 2010 edition of this same wine. This expression, made two years later, continues in that tradition of excellence. The quality of fruit is profound and intense. The bouquet offers black cherry, spice, leather, balsam herb, cola and licorice. The complexity is absolutely impressive. The mouthfeel, however, is slightly thinner. The classic 2010 vintage is remembered for its twofold punch of elegance and power. Alternatively, the 2012 vintage shows aromatic intensity and less persistence on the finish, generally speaking. Having said that, this remains one Bellissimo Brunello.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 96/100 James Suckling
Rated 94/100 Wine Spectator

2012 Casanova di Neri Brunello di Montalcino...$51.99
"White Label"Effusive aromas and flavors of raspberry, cherry, floral, mineral and tobacco are at the center of this linear, vibrant red. Well-structured, this offers terrific length on the sinewy finish. Best from 2020 through 2035. 6,054 cases made.
Rated 95/100 Wine Spectator
Rated 93/100 Wine Advocate
Rated 92/100 James Suckling

Curatolo Arini Marsala 1988 Riserva Storica

Curatolo Arini Marsala 1988 Riserva Storica...$33.99
STYLE: This selected blend of Grillo and Catarratto grapes has been the family’s well-regarded secret for years. Bright, gold coloured wine with intense amber hints and a complex nose of dates, apricot syrup and spices. Full, warm and velvety on the palate with notes of sultanas, caramel and burnt almonds and a very long finish. Our Riserva Storico is the perfect elegant dessert or 'meditation' wine.

VINEYARD:  the vineyards are located in the coastal region of Marsala where grapes have a higher propensity to natural oxidation and higher natural sugar levels, which gives elegance and richness to our wine.

VINTAGE 1988:  The summer was very dry and warm and by mid to late September, expectations were high for a very good vintage. An excellent year in Sicily that produced as a result this eclectic wine which is an expression of harmony.

WINEMAKING:  The process requires soft pressing and slow fermentation at a controlled temperature of 20 -25 °C. To the base wine, which is pale yellow in colour, is added table wine, mistella (fresh grape must with alcohol) and mosto cotto (cooked must). This complex mixture, together with the final alcohol content and the desired sugar level, gives us the traditional “Marsala” flavour.

The top Rieslings from Australia!

2016 in stock now!
2016 Grosset Springvale Riesling....$37.99
"As good as any Grosset Springvale Riesling of the past decade, with beautifully balanced and very expressive lime juice fruit and crystalline acidity flowing through the gloriously long palate. Drink now or soonish if you value freshness, in 5-10 years if you value complexity."
Rated 96/100 James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)

2016 Grosset Springvale Riesling....$49.99
"As always, made using free-run juice, and fermented with a neutral cultured yeast, placing all the focus on the expression of variety and place. The bouquet is gloriously floral with sweet lemon blossom aromas, the palate with diamond-cut purity and clarity. Natural acidity is part of the DNA of this classic wine, underlining its spring day freshness."
Rated 97/100 James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)

Mountain View - on sale!

On Sale!

2014 Mountain View Monterey County Chardonnay
This highly regarded vineyard has produced award-winning chardonnay for over 30 years.The vineyard sits in the cool microclimate of monterey county and is an award-winning producer. Aromas of tropical fruit, apple and pear are balanced by crisp acidity in this wine that is aged for 10 months in stainless steel tanks. 100% malolactic fermentation contributes to making this a delicious un-oaked chardonnay that will always be a crowd-pleaser. Pairs beautifully with oysters, seafood, chicken dishes and green vegetables.
$19.99—winery price
Our price $10.99

2014 Mountain View Central Coast Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir from the cool climates of the Central Coast. After 8 months of French oak aging, this wine shows ripe cherries and plum flavors on the nose. This wine is very smooth and delicate and displays the proper spices expected in a Central Coast Pinot Noir.
$19.99—winery price
Our price $13.99

2013 Mountain View Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon
The vineyard is located in Northern Paso Robles and has produced a wine that wakes up the mouth and holds  its attention. After aging 8 months in American oak barrels, this wine has developed wonderful aromas of rich, full flavored blackberry and cherry with a baking spice upswing on the finish. This Cabernet pairs beautifully with BBQ.
$21.99—winery price
Our price $10.99

Le Cirque White

New 2015 just arrived!

2015 Le Cirque Grenache Gris....$13.99

The 2015 IGP Cotes Catalanes Grenache Gris shows how good Grenache Gris can be, when bottled on its own, especially at this price. It comes from 70+-year-old vines (a crazy two tons per acre) and is brought up all in stainless steel tanks. This medium-bodied, refreshing, vibrant white offers classic notes of spiced apple, citrus and a hint of minerality. It’s perfect for buying by the case."
Rated 89/100 The Wine Advocate

TWCP 35th Anniversary Whiskey! One time release!

In stock now!

Special one time limited edition Rye!
Still 630 Rally Point Rye Wine Cask
228 bottles made!
Bottled at Cask strength - 120.92 proof

Still 630 Rally Point Rye Wine Cask Finish 

Available online now and in stock at all 4 location!

Still 630 / TWCP Rally Point Rye Wine Cask 120.92 proof...$52.99
120.92 Proof
Uncut, Unfiltered
"This exceptional whiskey is our very first wine barrel finish. Thanks to The Wine & Cheese Place, we used a Chambourcin wine barrel from Mt. Pleasant winery to finish our flagship RallyPoint Rye Whiskey. The judges at the 2017 American Craft Spirits Awards gave it a Bronze medal for excellence!  The wine barrel’s tannic, grape notes, akin to those often found in the best scotches, blended with the spicy rye flavors to create an intriguing whiskey with a pleasing oak backbone. We wanted to showcase the incredible flavor so we left it uncut and unfiltered at a bold 120.92 proof.  This is an extremely limited release. Only 228 precious bottles were produced. " - Still 630

Duplessis Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre

2014 Duplessis Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre...$39.99
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $42.99
The 2014 Chablis 1er Cru Montee de Tonnerre has a very strict and linear, almost tertiary bouquet at first with subtle undergrowth aromas, but it gains intensity with aeration and develops a light white chocolate scent. The palate is well balanced with a saline entry with hints of dried honey and spice, gentle and harmonious; the finish was a little sweeter than I was anticipating. It is an attractive Chablis, although I would put my money on the Fourchaume for the long term.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

Friday, March 24, 2017

Logboat Bear Hair now in cans

Logboat Bear Hair...$8.99 / 6pk CANS
Belgian-Style Blonde Ale
6.5% ABV
30 IBU
Bear Hair is a Belgian-style Blonde Ale with a hazy, straw-colored hue. Our yeast provides a light, refreshing citrus character and a spicy finish.
Pairs well with herb cheese, shrimp cocktail and bratwurst. Light dishes like fresh fish and chicken would go great with a Bear Hair as well.

Still 630 Rally Point Rye Wine Cask - TWCP 35th Anniversary

NOW until 6pm!

Special one time limited edition Rye!
Still 630 Rally Point Rye Wine Cask
228 bottles made!
Bottled at Cask strength - 120.92 proof

Still 630 Rally Point Rye Wine Cask Finish 
Release Party and Tasting with Still 630!!
March 24 from 4pm-6pm at two of our locations!

Meet Andrew Spaugh from Still 630
The Wine and Cheese Place
457 N. New Ballas Road - Creve Coeur

Meet David Weglarz from Still 630
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd in Clayton, 63105

Still 630 / TWCP Rally Point Rye Wine Cask 120.92 proof...$52.99 / 750ml
Available online now!

Press release from Still630
Rally Point Wine Cask!
120.92 Proof
Uncut, Unfiltered
This exceptional whiskey is our very first wine barrel finish. Thanks to The Wine & Cheese Place, we used a Chambourcin wine barrel from Mt. Pleasant winery to finish our flagship RallyPoint Rye Whiskey. The judges at the 2017 American Craft Spirits Awards gave it a Bronze medal for excellence!

The wine barrel’s tannic, grape notes, akin to those often found in the best scotches, blended with the spicy rye flavors to create an intriguing whiskey with a pleasing oak backbone. We wanted to showcase the incredible flavor so we left it uncut and unfiltered at a bold 120.92 proof.

This is an extremely limited release. Only 228 precious bottles were produced. They will be offered exclusively at The Wine & Cheese Place and at our distillery. The release event happens March 24th in a two-part event.

Part 1: Tasting at The Wine & Cheese Place (both their Forsyth and New Ballas locations) from 4-6pm March 24th. Followed by:

Part 2: Release After Party at the distillery. 7-10pm March 24th. Special cocktail and flight tastings.

No RSVP necessary, so come out to enjoy this incredible whiskey and savor the fusion of Missouri whiskey and wine! Cheers! - Still 630

The award winning Still 630 Rally Point Rye finished in a Mount Pleasant Chambourcin Barrel.  We have been tasting this one every few weeks for months now and enjoying the development.  We decided it was ready to bottle and bottled it at cask strength (120.92 proof)!
We think you will really enjoy it.  

Join us - open house - tell your friends!
Great opportunity to get this Missouri made whiskey aged in a Missouri wine barrel for a Missouri shop!

This will be the first opportunity to purchase this amazing Rye!

We will taste!
  • Big Jake - un-aged version
  • Rally Point Rye "regular version"
  • Mount Pleasant Chambourcin (wine that was in the finishing barrel)
  • Rally Point Wine Cask finished in the Chambourcin Barrel

  • 228 bottles made (we will have only 180 available, the rest will be at Still 630)
  • All bottles signed and numbered
  • 60.46% ABV
  • Finished in Mount Pleasant Chambourcin Barrel
  • 1 barrel made

Open House - please share and tell your friends!
Let us know on Facebook if you are coming!

Public House Frisco 1501 Historic Lager

Public House Frisco 1501 Historic Lager...$7.99 / 6pk
Inspired by the old iron workhorses that rumbled down the Frisco Railroad, this beer is named after Frisco 1501, a steam engine that now proudly rests in Rolla, Mo. Our original 3.5-barrel R&D Brewery is located along the Frisco Railroad line and Route 66, both of which encapsulate the freedom and hard-working spirit of our country. This California Common style beer originated in San Francisco during the gold rush era.
For this copper-colored beer, we use a lager yeast and ferment it at warmer ale temperatures to yield a unique flavor and mouthfeel. It's a lightly fruity beer with firm, grainy maltiness and interesting toasty and caramel flavors. It showcases rustic traditional American hop characteristics.
Malt: Pale Ale, Caramunich, Caramel malt
Hops: Northern Brewer, Cascade
ABV: 5.0%
IBU: 44

Golden Road Tart Mango Cart

Golden Road Tart Mango Cart....$9.49 / 6pk Cans
Mango Wheat Ale

BRC release - 2nd Shift Coffee Cat Spit Stout

BRC emails sent to top 2nd Shift supporters!
Thank you

2nd Shift Coffee Cat Spit Stout with Blueprint Coffee...$13.99

2nd Shift CANS!!

Canned fresh last week!

2nd Shift Art of Neurosis IPA....$10.99 / 4pk 16oz CANS
AON is an Ipa that has everything you could want in one, if what you want is a hop sandwich. It's a 7.7% Simcoe and Columbus delight.
67 IBU

2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit....$8.99 / 4pk 16oz CANS
A Belgian style Witbier brewed with curacao orange peels, organic Indian coriander and Egyptian Hibiscus flowers. The flowers give the beer a tart and refreshing flavor, not to mention a slight pink tint, which looks strange. Just drink it.

Beer and Whiskey tasting tonight!!

Going to be a fun night!!
Forsyth Beer and Whiskey tasting tonight!
March 24 from 4pm-6pm
  • Still 630 / TWCP 35th Anniversary Rye aged in Wine Barrel 
  • Still 630 Big Jake White Dog 
  • Still 630 Rally Point Rye

  • Mount Pleasant Chambourcin 
  • Val Auclair 90 Point Red Wine!

  • Stone Enjoy By 04.20.17 IPA
  • Lost Coast Watermelon Wheat
  • Lost Coast Sharkinator White IPA
  • 4 Hands Breing War Hammer IPA
  • North Coast Tart Cherry Berliner Weisse
  • Schlafly Smoked Stout

Stone Enjoy By 04.20.17

Stone Enjoy By IPA 04.20.17......$15.99 / 6pk
You have in your hands a devastatingly fresh double IPA. Freshness is a key component of many beers – especially big, hoppy IPAs – but we've taken it further, a lot further, with this one. We brewed this IPA specifically NOT to last. We've gone to extensive lengths to ensure you get your hands on this beer within an extraordinarily short window, and we've sent a very clear message in the name of the beer itself that there is no better time than right NOW to enjoy this IPA!

Exciting addition to the growler station!

Perennial Cave Torch IPA
Cave Torch is a 6.7% Fruited IPA brewed with flaked wheat. We added Mandarin Oranges during fermentation and dry-hopped with a generous amount of Galaxy and a touch of Amarillo. This IPA pours very hazy with aromas of pineapple juice and fresh cut oranges.

Goose Island Lolita

2017 just arrived in 4pk
we still have 2016 in 765ml

2017 Goose Island Lolita...$7.99 / 12oz bottle
2017 Goose Island Lolita...$31.99 / 4pk
2016 Goose Island Lolita ..$17.99 / 765ml
Lolita is a rose-colored Belgian Style Pale Ale fermented with the wild yeast Brettanomyces and aged in wine barrels on 30,000 pounds of fresh raspberries, sourced locally from a family farm in Michigan. Aromas of fresh raspberries, bright jammy fruit flavors and a crisp, refreshing body make Lolita ideal for beer drinkers fond of Belgian Framboise. Lolita is 8.2% alcohol by volume and develops in the bottle for up to 5 years.

90 Point red and under $10 - Amazing steal!

Taste it tonight at Forsyth from 4-6pm! March 24
(taste at all 4 stores tomorrow Saturday March 25)

Ecocert Certified
2011 Val Auclair Vallée du Paradis Les Barras...$7.99 
Suggested retail $24 
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $19.99
A blend of 75% Carignan and 25% Syrah, the 2011 Les Barras high altitude vineyards located southwest of the town of Carcassonne. Deeply colored, it possesses classic Carignan aromas and flavors of deep black fruits, pine resin, new leather, and hints of flower to go with a medium to full-bodied, balanced, and beautifully proportioned mouth feel that stays light and elegant. Very supple, with uncommon polish to its tannin, this outstanding blend benefits from a decant, and will drink nicely for 5-7 years. (90 pts.)
Rated 90/100 Rhone Report

Certified Organic in France
Ecocert has available an extensive network of inspectors in over 80 countries for on-site inspection of products from organic farming. Ecocert undertakes at least one inspection per year, supplemented by spot checks over the course of the year. Samples may be taken for laboratory analysis. The entire production chain is checked, from the raw material to the finished product. A scale of penalties applies to non-compliant products, which may go as far as final suspension of the certificate.

France's national logo for organic products since 1985. Organic products carrying the logo must contain more than 95 percent organic components, and be produced or processed within the EU, and were certified by one of the inspection bodies accredited according to EN 45011.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Old Forester Bourbon Tasting

Old Forester Bourbon Tasting!

March 23 from 5-7pm
The Wine and Cheese Place
Tasting Bar
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105
With Certified Specialist of Spirits, Tony Watson

As a bonus, we will be raffling off a chance to purchase a bottle of Old Forester Birthday Bourbon ($79.99)
From now until 2pm March 23 for every bottle of Old Forester (anything we have on the shelf) you purchase, you can fill out a raffle ticket at the register (available at all 4 locations)
We will draw the name during the tasting, but you do not have to be present to win.
Plus, anybody that shows up to the tasting will get a free extra raffle ticket too.

Taste these 5 Bourbons below.....

Old Forester 1920 Prohibition Style Bourbon...$54.99
This 115 proof expression is the third release in our Old Forester Whiskey Row series and celebrates the brand’s continued distillation during Prohibition. For 13 years, the production, transport and sale of alcohol was strictly prohibited. However, Old Forester was granted a permit to continue distilling on Louisville’s Whiskey Row. The 115 proof expression represents a barrel sample that company president Owsley Brown I would have batched at the beginning of Prohibition.

Old Forester 1897 Bourbon Bottled in Bond...$46.99
100 Proof
This 100 proof expression is the second release in our Old Forester Whiskey Row Series was specially crafted to honor the U.S. Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897. After the U.S. Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897 to be labeled as Bottled in Bond, whisky must be the product of one distillation season, one distiller and from one distillery. The concept behind the Act – the idea of “sealed-in quality” – was something that Old Forester – America’s First Bottled Bourbon – introduced in 1870.

Old Forester 1870 Original Batch...$42.99
Old Forester 1870 Original Batch echoes George Garvin Brown’s original 1870 batching process. Back then, Brown batched barrels obtained from three distilleries to create a consistent flavor profile. To emulate that process today, we also select barrels from three warehouses, each barrel originating from a different day of production, with a different entry proof and a different age profile.
The three expressions of Old Forester are then batched together to craft Old Forester 1870 Original Batch. This 90-proof bourbon will be minimally filtered, to honor the processes available to George Garvin Brown at that time.

Old Forester Classic 86 Proof Bourbon
Created in 1870, Old Forester is the only bourbon continuously distilled and marketed by the founding family before, during and after Prohibition. At 86 proof, Old Forester delivers a genuine bourbon experience, with rich, full flavor and a smooth character that is ideal for sipping neat, on the rock, with a splash of water or in a classic cocktail.

Old Forester Signature Kentucky Bourbon 100 proof 
Robust. It's everything a mature bourbon lover thirsts for. Even spicier and more robust than the 86-proof, Old Forester Signature is bottled at 100 proof to maintain its distinct character and flavor profile.

You can order Old Forester online too.

La Crema Chardonnay Monterey scores 90 points

2015 La Crema Chardonnay Monterey...$13.98
Compare to $20 at the Winery
We are the lowest price in the country on Wine Searcher
Balanced and fruity, with juicy apricot, pear and guava flavors, accented by spice hints. Creamy notes linger on the pastry-filled finish. Drink now through 2021. 50,000 cases made.—K.M.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

Montevertine Le Pergole Torte

“All the elements are in place for the 2013 to challenge for a spot among the great Pergole Tortes of all time.” -Antonio Galloni Vinous
“The 2013 Le Pergole Torte is one of the finest releases from Montevertine in recent memory. “-Monica Larner The Wine Advocate

2013 Montevertine Le Pergole Torte...$119.99 750ml
2013 Montevertine Le Pergole Torte...$266.99 Magnum
2013 Montevertine Le Pergole Torte...$559.99 3 Liter
Perhaps no Tuscan wine is a better vintage ambassador than the Montevertine 2013 Le Pergole Torte. This gorgeous wine seems to have captured the energy, the freshness, the spirt and the edginess of this classic vintage. It really speaks to my palate thanks to its silky consistency, its steady aromatic momentum and its understated elegance. The wine shows an uncanny level of the proverbial Tuscan nobility. The bouquet offers a delicate embroidery of wild berry and underbrush, with lingering tones of dark fruit and spice that appear on second nose. The mouthfeel is ethereal and polished with tannins that already show a superior level of integration despite the wine's young age. The aging future looks very bright for the 2013 Le Pergole Torte.
Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 96/100 Vinous

Rombauer Wine Dinner with Avenue

The Wine and Cheese Place is proud to present....a wine dinner with our friends at Avenue and Rombauer

Rombauer Wine Dinner
Avenue Restaurant in Clayton
12 North Meramec, St. Louis, 63105 | 314-727-4141

Tuesday April 4th
6:30 Reception / 7:00 Dinner

$75/person plus tax and gratuity

4 courses, 4 wines

Special guest from Rombauer Vineyards – Clyde Gilbert – regional sales manager

Wine Dinner Menu:

  • Passed hors d’oeuvres with Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc 2016 Napa Valley
  • Duck terrine with pistachios served with roasted carrots and beets with Rombauer Chardonnay 2015 Carneros
  • Mediterranean sea bass in red wine sauce with roasted leeks with Rombauer Merlot 2013 Carneros
  • Petite Filet Mignon with tart cherries and red wine with Rombauer Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Napa Valley
  • Dessert: Pistachio cake with chocolate and berries
Reservations required - call Avenue at 314-727-4141