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Saturday, January 25, 2020

Raja Fashions - custom tailor






Raja Fashions
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO

February 7th and 8th
Book a free appointment in our private tasting area!  click here 

The Wine & Cheese Place is honored to host Raja Fashions bespoke tailors of Hong Kong for their first ever visit to St. Louis!  Come to our Forsyth location February 7 or 8 to meet with one of their master tailors, browse their hundreds of fabrics and get fitted for custom suits, shirts, blazers and trousers, all while enjoying a complimentary whiskey and wine tasting.  They also do women’s suiting--so come as a couple!  Also--you can bring your favorite suit, blazer, shirt or trousers and they can clone the fit for you!

Follow this link to book a free appointment in our private tasting area!  click here 

About the experience:

Select from our extensive collection of 20,000 fabrics ranging from affordable to exclusive. We carry fabric from some of the most prestigious mills in Europe such as Ermenegildo Zegna, Loro Piana and Guabello.”

“Once you have explored all your possibilities from our beautiful fabrics, our fashions consultants will then discuss your desired style and preferences and guide you to designing a perfect ensemble personalized to your requirements.”

“The most important part of the bespoke process – the fitting session. We achieve an optimal fitting for every client by understanding their body and lifestyle. Over 20 measurements are taken with meticulous detail and body postures, shapes, asymmetries, injuries and amputations are evaluated. Every body is unique and we ensure that your clothing is crafted to flatter!”

Your orders will be made and fulfilled by Raja and shipped to your home or office.  They will be delivered in 4 to 5 weeks and Raja plans to return in March for any needed alterations.  

About Raja:
“There are many bespoke tailors who do what we do. They share the same what and how, but our clients work with us for our why and our who. We are Hong Kong's leading bespoke tailors with a firm commitment to family values, exceptional quality, and exquisite fabrics. Since 1957 - for three generations - we have set out to provide our sartorially inclined and discerning clientele with elegant transformational bespoke masterpieces in which make them better versions of themselves.”

Read this NYT article about Raja.

Please note that The Wine and Cheese Place is not affiliated with Raja, nor will we receive any proceeds or cut from their sales.  We simply love the Raja products and service and wanted to bring them to St. Louis so that our customers could have an opportunity to experience them.  Our owner bought his wedding tux from them years ago and has been a fan ever since!




La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay






2017 La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay...$13.98
Compare to $14.47 at Total Wine and More
The 2017 Chardonnay Sonoma Coast comes about 48% from the Russian River Valley. It was mostly barrel fermented and aged about eight months in 18% new oak. It surprises with its freshness and restraint. The nose is scented of toast, candle smoke, white peach and poached pears with accents of hay and honeysuckle. It's medium-bodied with a slightly creamy texture and great flavor intensity, refreshed by juicy acidity and finishing long and toasty. This is an incredible value—well made, balanced and tasty. 530,000 cases produced.
Rated 90/100 Wine Advocate

NHL All-Star Game here in St. Louis

We have 12 bottles of Codigo autographed by superstar 
BRETT HULL!
They will be released
Saturday January 25 -- 12pm-3pm during our tasting! 


From our St. Louis Blues....
Alex Pietrangelo, Ryan O'Reilly, Jordan Binnington, David Perron and Craig Berube are headed to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis!



NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis!
Hockey themed tastings!

All-Star Weekend!
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO

January 25, 2020

TODAY!


Saturday January 25 -- 12pm-3pm
We will taste:

  • Codigo Brett Hull Championship Tequila
  • Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Canadian Whisky
  • Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Canadian Whisky 99 Proof
  • Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Canadian Whisky Ice Cask
  • St. Louis Blues Championship Reserve Wine
  • St. Louis Blues Championship Bubbly Wine
  • Center Ice Brewing Beers
  • Jagermeister Cold Brew Coffee
  • Jagermeister Liqueur "Official Shot of the St. Louis Blues"
  • New Amsterdam Pink Whitney Vodka






Codigo Rosa / TWCP / Brett Hull Single Barrel Championship Rosa...$57.99
Special Collector Edition!
Código 1530 Rosa begins with the purity of our Blanco, then rested for 1 month in an uncharred Napa Cabernet French White Oak barrel. The result is a refined spirit with a natural color as beautiful as its taste. Our Rosa has rested just long enough in our fine cabernet barrels to enrich the natural agave juice, yet not too long to prevent overpowering its delicate floral notes.



Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Canadian Whisky...$29.99
Whisky made the Canadian way – locally sourced grains are individually distilled, matured and blended, then finished in red wine casks from our Wayne Gretzky winery.

Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Canadian Whisky 99 Proof...$69.99
The most premium of whiskies, 99 proof is a whisky to sip neat or with a drop of water. Our local grains are individually mashed, distilled and aged in 100% American Oak barrel, and finished for more than 100 days in Cabernet Sauvignon barrels from Wayne Gretzky Winery. Each barrel is hand selected by our Master Distiller for the quality of the spirit, and finished in our rickhouse.

Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Canadian Whisky Ice Cask...$44.99
This rich, inviting whisky is barrel aged according to Canadian tradition and finished with Wayne Gretzky Ice Wine Casks. It opens with a nose of English Toffee and dark chocolate with hints of clove and spice. Subtle sweetness imparted by the double maturation and Icewine casks works in harmony with the rye spice. The finish is long, lasting and complex.





If you are heading down, come taste and take the metrolink down in our parking lot!

NHL All-Star Game
Jan. 25, 2020 - 7 p.m.
Enterprise Center

2018 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County



This is an impressive Cabernet for $20.

2018 Wine Harvest Report: Sonoma Sings of an Ideal Year" - Wine Spectator

"Cooler temperatures and moderate weather lead to a long growing season, allowing grapes to ripen smoothly." - The Wine Spectator

"Near Perfect Vintage: The 2018 Sonoma Vintage Report" - Wine Industry Network


2018 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County...$19.99
Suggested retail is $24
Deep purple in color and aromatically expressive with ripe, black plum currant coulis and minerally graphite. The structure is firm with soft, elegant tannins and mouth-watering acidity. Flavors of black forest fruit and earth, dark cocoa, mint and anise are meld together on the finish. Bench Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced exclusively from benchland vineyards in Sonoma County, where valley floor transitions to foothills. I prefer these vineyard sites as they produce concentrated and intense fruit that results in an elegantly balanced wine with depth, beauty and complexity.




Many wineries agree this is an incredible vintage in Sonoma
"phenomenal wine vintage for Sonoma County grapes in 2018" - Jordan Winery

2018 A La Carte Pinot Noir North Coast


The new 2018 just arrived!


2018 A La Carte Pinot Noir North Coast...$15.99
Our A La Carte Pinot Noir is sourced from cool climate vineyards in California's North Coast wine region and made by hand in our winery custom designed for small lot wines.
This wine shows excellent structure and balance. Flavors of fresh berries and vanilla. This is a fantastic value that is an amazing steal for under $20. Highly recommended Pinot Noir that actually tastes like a Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir grapes excel in cooler climates and North Coast is one of the coolest climates in California, this region is home to more than half of of the state's wineries, including many of the most celebrated. Includes regions like Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Carneros. This is a great value and  a great food wine!

Hamilton Rum




Hamilton Rum West Indies 1670 Blend...$22.99 / 750 ml
Blended from two Caribbean estates that trace their heritage back to 1670.
Rum distilled and aged on the banks of Guyana's Demerara River and Worthy Park Estate rum from Jamaica combine to deliver the rich flavors of ripe bananas, dark fruit, spice and a hint of smoky oak as the perfect base for an aged daiquiri.


Hamilton White Stache Rum...$23.99 / 1 liter bottle
A blend of Trinidadian, Guyanese and Dominican rums. Slightly sweet coconut and fruit flavors light-bodied rum. 


Codigo 1530 Barrel Strength Anejo Tequila


New Barrel Strength

Next lowest price online is $138.99
Codigo 1530 Barrel Strength Anejo Tequila...$132.99 / 750ml


  • Limited Bottling
  • 86.2 proof (43.1% alc) 
  • Aged over 2 years
  • Single Batch
  • Aged in the world's finest Cabernet Barrels

2017 Secret Indulgence Chronology Red





2017 Secret Indulgence Chronology Red...$19.99
From nine counties across California, the 2017 Chronology Red is made up of 32% Petite Sirah, 22% Merlot, 13% Syrah, 13% Grenache, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Mission, 3% Cabernet Franc, 2% Mourvèdre and 1% Petit Verdot. Aged 20 months in 16% new oak, it has a deep garnet-purple color and features bold blackberry preserves, baked plums and Morello cherries with suggestions of Indian spices, Sichuan pepper, dusty earth and menthol. Full-bodied, rich and decadently spicy, it has a velvety texture and long, lively finish. 4,035 cases produced.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

2016 Secret Indulgence Evoluna Sonoma Coast Chardonnay


2016 Secret Indulgence Evoluna Sonoma Coast Chardonnay...$21.99
The 2016 Evoluna Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is 100% barrel fermented and aged 18 months in 22% new French oak. It offers up scents of ripe grapefruit, fresh apricots, mangoes and pears with touches of toast, fresh ginger and allspice. Medium-bodied with a lovely satiny texture, it delivers loads of tropical goodness in the mouth with a lively line and great length. 1,396 cases produced.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

Friday, January 24, 2020

Benton's Smoky Mountain Bacon



Benton's Smoky Mountain Bacon -- back in stock at Forsyth
A fresh batch of one of the smokiest bacons available

This bacon is smoked the old fashioned way for two days.



"Our hickory smoked country bacon is equally at home on a bacon, lettuce, and vine ripe tomato sandwich or on the breakfast table as it is wrapped around a premier cut of beef or a fish fillet. Hickory smoked in our smokehouse using an old-fashioned wood stove, each slice of our bacon has a distinctive full flavor that has attracted and maintained a broad spectrum of customers, from those looking for smoked bacon “the way grandpa made it” to gourmet chefs with the most distinguishing of tastes." -- Bentons

Their bacon has been featured in Gourmet Magazine, Saveur Magazine, and Southern Living Magazine. 
Their bacon has been featured in Gourmet Magazine, Saveur Magazine
and here is an excerpt from Southern Living Magazine. "This is, hands down, the best bacon I've ever tasted....Benton's Smoky Mountain Hams come from a much closer source: Madisonville, Tennessee. You don't have to take my word for it though. Just ask the farmers and chefs. Some of the nation's top culinary stars make magic with Benton's hams. Local farmers bring their personal hocks to be cured by the five-man shop that competes with industry giants. The secret? They do things the slow way—using meat-curing practices thousands of years old. "Everything is done by hand," says Allan Benton, who speaks about curing ham with a passion that other men reserve for sports. Until recently, he kept his clients' addresses on yellowed sticky notes taped to the wall. "We're a hillbilly operation through and through," Allan says. And wonderfully so. The transformation from pork to perfection takes place in a smoke-stained cinder-block building on the side of a Tennessee byway. In a traditional process that's never rushed, whole hams get slathered with salt, sugar, and the family's secret spices; then they cure—for 7 to 14 months—on wooden racks. Out back, where the scent of smoking meat hangs thick in the air, Allan opens a sooty door to reveal the mysteries behind his bacon. As the fresh air clears out the little room, a tiny potbelly stove appears. "This is my smoke generator," Allan says. "I bought it for $50 from a cousin." Order now, because publicity has driven demand for Benton's products, especially the smoked bacon. Allan loves telling the story of a Vegas casino that paid hundreds of dollars for an emergency overnight shipment. But then, who knows better than a casino how to bring home the bacon?" -- Southern Living Magazine, November 2007

Solemn Oath Strange Old Woods




Solemn Oath Strange Old Woods...$14.99 / 4pk - 16oz cans
NE-Style India Pale Ale
A mammoth feast of papaya, passionfruit, mango, tangerine and key lime. Properly hazed, mellowed bitterness and a round mound of ripe and juicy hop flavor.

6.5% ABV

Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion

New Batch!
Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion IPA....$8.99 / 6pk - 12oz cans
Flavors Through Hops. No fruits. No flavorings. No shortcuts. Just the magic of 100 percent natural hops, expertly blended to offer mindbending flavors with each numbered release.

The base beer of Luponic Distortion always remains the same, but each new release features a different hop blend built around emerging and experimental cultivars—all designed to showcase the possibilities of pure hop aromas and flavors.

5.9% ABV

Schlafly Northeast IPA

Schlafly Northeast IPA...$9.99 / 6pk - 12oz cans
The Northeast IPA is a fresh, unfiltered beer that uses a revolutionary way to coax flavor from its hops. Schlafly uses both a kettle boil for subtle bitterness, and employs the exciting process of fermented dry-hopping, creating a brilliant, heady beer that’s sure to arrest the senses of any IPA drinker. As hazy as a squall off the coast, this beer captivates the tongue with a fruity and malty profile.
ABV: 8.0%

Center Ice Brewery Locker Room Supply Lager


Center Ice Brewery Locker Room Supply Lager...$9.99 / 6pk - 12oz cans
Introducing our first Amber Lager with our friends from Anaheim, CA - The Violent Gentlemen - a hockey-lifestyle clothing brand.
5.1% ABV

Maplewood Fizzle Drizzle Strawberry Rhubarb

In stock now at Forsyth


Maplewood Fizzle Drizzle Strawberry Rhubarb Imperial ale...$16.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Fruited sour ale. 
Oats and lactose are added for body and mouthfeel.

6.5% Alc/Vol


Crane Brewing The Chase



Crane Brewing The Chase...$12.99 / 6pk - 12oz cans
New England - Style Double India Pale Ale 
8.0% ABV

Crane Brewing If... Then...


Crane Brewing If... Then... $12.99 / 6pk 12oz cans
Scotch style ale 
8.0% ABV

2nd Shift Achy Jakey Heart


2nd Shift Achy Jakey Heart (Narrow Gauge Collab) NE-style IPA...$12.99 / 4pk - 16 oz cans
Hazy IPA with Amarillo, Motueka and Zythos hops.



The Story Behind Achy Jakey Heart (Narrow Gauge Collab)

Jake Senn was our brewer for almost 3 years. He helped us grow in our new St. Louis location and became an integral part of the 2nd Shift family. Jake recently accepted a position with our friends at Narrow Gauge Brewing and we couldn't be happier for him. We celebrated the only way we knew how, to brew a beer together. This special beer is Jake's recipe and we're going to miss him. Good luck friend!

2nd Shift Lucy Lager



2nd Shift Lucy Lager Session Lager...$7.49 / 4 pk 12oz cans

Small but mighty with a crisp, light body, cracker & herbal notes.


The Story Behind Lucy Lager
Lucy our resident brewery Basset Hound may be small, she she is mighty. Clocking in at just over 100 calories, this is one brew we don’t have to worry about having one or two and being able to keep up with our energetic puppy.

Boulevard Tank 7 American Saison Ale

Now in CANS!


Boulevard Tank 7 American Saison Ale...$11.99 / 4pk-16oz cans
When our brewers were experimenting with variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in fermenter number seven. 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.

With its balance, carbonation, and complex flavor profile, Tank 7 is one of the ultimate food-pairing beers in existence.

Stone Viking Space Probe Double IPA




Stone Viking Space Probe Double IPA....$15.99 / 6pk cans
A HOPPY COSMIC NEBULA
In the spirit of all the exploratory missions deployed across the galaxy — be they spacecraft, Viking or other — we’re constantly probing the world of beer back here on Earth. That quest has brought us to this latest creation, which comes from our brewing team at Stone Brewing – Napa. With a subtle haze reminiscent of some far-off nebula, and further complemented with the juicy flavors of Ella and Citra hops, this beer is most definitely out of this world. Crafted to be enjoyed on Earth, but if intelligent life does exist out there, we’re pretty sure they’ll like it too.
ABV: 8.5%

Oskar Blues Slow Chill Vienna style lager





Oskar Blues Slow Chill Vienna Style Lager...$8.99 / 6pk cans
This lager is an homage to malt and the traditional beer style originating in Vienna. The Vienna malt base gives the beer a biscuity and slightly nutty tone, while a dollop of Briess Victory malt lends a lightly toasty aroma that invites you to slow down and chill with every sip

Phantom Haze Double Hazy IPA



Boulevard Phantom Haze Double Hazy IPA...$11.99 / 4pk - 16oz cans
Inspired by the luminous glow of stunning sunsets and the enigmatic aura of transient twilight, this supernaturally delicious beer is big, bold and beautifully balanced, bursting with luscious tropical hop flavors.

Bodegas Chacra “Barda” Pinot Noir Patagonia Argentina



Burgundy from Patagonia?
For years we have seen collaborations between famous Bordeaux Chateaus and Argentine Bodegas, the likes Caro (Bodegas Catena and Baron Rothschild) come to mind, but rarely have we seen a Burgundian collaboration, until now plus throw in some great press too! We are very excited to offer our second vintage from Bodega Chacra Barda Pinot Noir from Patagonia, made in collaboration with Jean Marc Roulot, owner and winemaker of Domaine Roulout in Meursault.  This one is even better than last year!


2018 Bodegas Chacra “Barda” Pinot Noir Patagonia Argentina...$21.99
A brambly array of bright, ripe dark fruit with a lithe and juicy feel that carries a bold, deliciously fresh array of dark-cherry and blueberry flavors long on the finish. Zingy and energetic. 10 to 15 per cent stems in fermentation. From biodynamically grown grapes. Drink or hold.
Rated 94/100 James Suckling
The 2018 Barda saw 60% of the volume matured in concrete to keep the freshness and crunchiness of the Pinot Noir fruit in the wine, and the rest was in barrels for eight months. It's lighter than 2017, which was very concentrated given the extremely low yields, and the wine goes back to the balance of previous years (with normal yields); there's great harmony and purity here. The palate is fresh, the flavors are clean and pure and there is great length. There's great energy. It has to be one of the finest vintages of Barda. This is an incredible value, a great Pinot Noir from Río Negro at a very attractive price point. 2018 saw good yields, and they were able to produce around 100,000 bottles.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

NHL All Star Weekend tasting part I

Tonight at Forsyth - part I




NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis!
Hockey themed tastings!

All-Star Weekend!
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO

January 24-25, 2020


Friday January 24 - 4pm-6pm

  • Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Canadian Whisky
  • Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Canadian Whisky 99 Proof
  • Wayne Gretzky No. 99 Canadian Whisky Ice Cask
  • St. Louis Blues Championship Reserve Wine
  • St. Louis Blues Championship Bubbly Wine
  • Jagermeister Cold Brew Coffee
  • Jagermeister Liqueur "Official Shot of the St. Louis Blues"
  • New Amsterdam Pink Whitney Vodka