Monday, December 7, 2009

Bells Hopslam

Pre-Arrival -- WAITING LIST!!
I am already getting a lot of questions about the 2010 Hopslam. I thought this would be the fairest way to take requests....

Bells Hopslam....$16.99 / 6pk
-- we are taking a WAITING LIST. I cannot at this point guarantee we will get enough to fulfill demand. Request as much as you are intrested in and we will get you as much as we can when it arrives. We will not charge your credit card until the HOPSLAM arrives. I have already been getting many requests, so I thought this would be the fairest way to make the most people happy. Scheduled to arrive in January 2010. I am told maybe early January this time.
There is a chance you might not get any depending on the demand and how much we get. If you find it somewhere else first, you can cancel your order at any time.
Any questions...
When it arrives, we will have a Bells Party. We will taste the Hopslam and other Bells Beers.
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The Royal Beer...

Duchy Originals.....$4.39 / pint
Organic English Ale

"We donate our profits to The Prince’s Charities Foundation, which was founded by
HRH The Prince of Wales in 1979. The Prince established the Foundation to enable him to help support a variety of charitable causes and projects. " -- The Prince's Charities Foundation
Click here to read more of Prince Charles Charity Foundation

This was the first beer brewed for the Duchy Originals organic range. The beer is brewed using a rare breed of organic barley - Plumage Archer - harvested from The Prince’s Home Farm at Highgrove. Duchy Originals Organic Ale has opted for a traditional, British barley variety Plumage Archer to give the beer a rich depth of flavour. The organic hops for this delicious beer are also British, First Gold, a new dwarf hop variety grown in Kent and Worcestershire. The beer is brewed to Duchy Originals' recipe. The Duchy Originals Organic Ale is a ruby-coloured flavour-packed beer which combines the rich caramel flavours of the barley malt with the signature ripe orange nuance of the First Gold hop.

Duchy Originals was launched in 1990 by
HRH The Prince of Wales. Our story goes back a little further, however – back to the early 1980s when the Prince moved to the Highgrove country estate in Gloucestershire.

At that time, the general consensus about farming was that we needed to concentrate on making food cheaper, farming more efficient and food shopping more convenient. The Prince believed instead that we need to think about the long-term future of our environment and our rural communities. For more about our philosophy, read our Charter.

Duchy Originals embodies HRH The Prince of Wales's commitment to what he calls a 'virtuous circle' of providing natural, high-quality organic and premium products, while helping to protect and sustain the countryside and wildlife. This in turn helps generate profits for charity rather than for commercial gain.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Scotch Tasting!

OPEN HOUSE -- no reservations needed -- just come with your friends.

Meet and talk to Ed Kohl - scotch expert
One of the foremost scotch experts in the country, Ed Kohl, will be on hand tasting and helping you pick out scotches. Need a scotch gift for someone (or yourself), let Ed help you pick it out!

December 19 -----1-4pm
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO, 63105

Here is what we will be tasting...

1998 Glen Ord, N. Highland Cask Strength 60.3%
1997 Dailuaine, Speyside Unchilled 46%

1992 Longmorn, Speyside Unchilled 46%
1990 Dalmore, N. Highland 43%
1997 Clynelish, N. Highland 43%

1993 Ledaig, Island 43%
Isle of Skye, Island 43%
1998 Caol Ila, Islay 46%

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

Gift Baskets!

Order Gift Baskets online now!

You can order baskets to pick up at any of our four locations.
You can order baskets for local St. Louis delivery.
You can order baskets for shipping out of town

Make your holiday shopping easy.

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New cheese from Tasmania

Tasmanian Heritage Signature Blue - in stock at Forsyth
Product of Tasmania
Tasmanian Heritage Signature Blue reveals a creamy texture, with a uniquely sweet and well rounded salty blue character that develops as the cheese matures. It is matured in wax to prevent oxygen supply to the cheese, which produces its sweet flavour and causes it to retain moisture to enhance the creamy centre. This traditional style blue cheese is an exquisite sensory offering with a broad appeal.
Suggested Accompaniment:
Tasmanian Heritage Signature Blue is pleasurable served on sourdough bread or oaten biscuits with poached pear, truffle honey, fresh figs or walnuts.
General Serving/ Storage comments:
To allow for optimal flavour and enjoyment, it is recommended that the cheese is removed from the fridge 60 minutes before serving. This time may vary depending on the temperature and humidity of the day. Once opened, wrap any remaining cheese in the original packaging to maintain optimum quality. Always serve cheese when it is most ripe to ensure a full flavour and optimum taste. If the cheese is unripe, it should be left in the refrigerator to mature.
Info from their website

St. George Absinthe Verte

St. George Spirits Absinthe Verte...$69.99 / 750ml

"St. George Spirits Absinthe Verte is made with fine brandy, star anise, mint, wormwood, lemon balm, hyssop, meadowsweet, basil, fennel, tarragon and stinging nettles. This infamous liquor reveals seductive flavors of anise complimented with sweet grassy tones, light citrus, white pepper, and light menthol notes." -- St. George Spirits

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Watch a video of Absinthe from Gourmet Magazine - click here

Friday, December 4, 2009

Award winning Baetje farms...

Another fresh load of these delicious cheeses came in today...

8 flavors in stock now!
We are sampling some of their cheeses
Friday Dec 4 and Saturday Dec 5 at our Forsyth location.

It does not get any fresher than this!!

Baetje Farms Goat's Milk Cheese
Bloomsdale, Missouri

"Baetje Farms is a pure farmstead artisan goat cheese company. This means that we are hand crafting our own goat cheese using milk solely from our own herd of registered Saanen dairy goats. We believe that the best cheese comes from the highest quality milk and that the highest quality milk comes from animals that are in the best physical condition possible. We feed our animals an all natural diet; whole grain ration free from antibiotics and hormones, alfalfa hay, pasture and organic minerals. They also receive supplemental kelp and herbal teas. Their water supply is unlimited filtered spring water, from a spring right here on the farm. Come and taste the difference in our French style cheese and see what good cheese from happy goats tastes like." -- Baetje Farms

We have been carrying their artisanal goat cheese for awhile now at our Rock Hill and Forsyth locations, and it is great to see a Missouri cheese producer when some national awards and recognition...

American Dairy Goat Association's
2008 Cheese Competition in California
Baetje Farm Awards...

1st Place -- Flavored Soft Cheese, Commercial

Baetje Coeur de la crème Garlic and Chive

1st Place -- Unflavored Surface Mold Ripened Cheese

2nd Place -- Flavored Surface Mold Ripened Cheese
Reserve Best in Show

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Founders excitement...

In stock again -- this is our last shipment for this year!!

Founders has released two more beers in St. Louis!

Founders Imperial Stout....$8.99/ 4pk
10.5% ABV 90 IBU’S Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley, this stout is smooth as silk yet complex and rich in body. Serve this guy at cellar temperature. Put another log on the fire and sit back and enjoy the friendship of this ultimate winter warmer.

Rated A on BeerAdvocate
Rated 100/100 percentile on RateBeer

Founders Backwoods Bastard....$11.99 / 4pk
10.2% ABV 50 IBU’S

Big and delicious for your ‘perty mouth. Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark cherries. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the pallet.
Rated A- on BeerAdvocate
Rated 98/100 percentile on RateBeer

Founders beers available online also
I will add these two online when they arrive

BBQ #2 is here!!

Just arrived at Forsyth.

Boulevard Bourbon Barrel Quad...$11.99 / 750ml
Batch 1-2009
This batch produced 11,384 bottles
Nickname: BBQ (acronym of the name)

"Based loosely on the Smokestack Series Sixth Glass, this abbey-style quadrupel, after fermentation on cherries, was separated into a number of oak bourbon barrels, where it aged for varying lengths of time, in some cases as long as a year. Selected barrels were then blended for optimum flavor. The resulting beer retains only very subtle cherry characteristics, with toffee and vanilla notes coming to the fore." -- Boulevard

Rated 97 percentile on RateBeer
Rated A- on BeerAdvocate

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pre-Arrival -- hot one....

The first of the 2007 Conn Valley....

Pre-Arrival - intro price. Scheduled to arrive next week -- December 8.

2007 Anderson Conn Valley Right Bank....$47.69 net
"The utterly compelling 2007 Right Bank is an out-and-out great wine. A sensational smorgasbord of aromas ranging from tapenade and espresso roast to chocolate, earth, forest floor and multiple fruits is followed by a wine with superb intensity, full-bodied power, velvety tannins, and a delicious, long finish of just over 45 seconds. This is a beauty that will come into its own relatively quickly given the suppleness of the tannins and the extraordinary purity and sweetness of the fruit. It should last for 20+ years."
Rated 94-96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Pre-order yours now. - click here

We are only getting 6 / 6 packs on this first release. Hopefully we will get more after that initial release.

New pink sparkler

The follow up to the very popular Bitch red wine....

Bitch Bubbly Sparkling Wine....$10.99 / 750ml
"Bitch, bitch, bubbly bitch....and bitch some more."-- back label

Harvest Dance -- Wheat Wine -

Order online nowJust arrived at Rock Hill and Forsyth

Boulevard Smokestack
Harvest Dance Wheat Wine...$8.49
Here is the latest from the Boulevard Smokestack Series:

"There was three men come out o' the west their fortunes for to try,
And these three men made a solemn vow, John Barleycorn must die,
They ploughed, they sowed, they harrowed him in, throwed clods upon his head,
'Til these three men were satisfied John Barleycorn was dead.

"This grim little verse belongs to one of the oldest of English folk tunes. It depicts the cultivation of barley as a series of abuses and indignities committed upon pour little John Barleycorn, who eventually triumphs, reborn as beer and whiskey. Our Harvest Dance Wheat Wine is a celebration of John's cousin wheat, the great staple crop of Middle America. Wheat wines are a somewhat recent stylistic development, akin to barleywines in strength, but brewed with a large portion of wheat malt, which provides a soft mouthfeel to balance the big body of these warming brews. We add a generous helping of Hallertau and Citra hops, and age the beer on both French and American oak, resulting in a beer that opens up with a warming burst of tropical fruit flavors, adding subtle Sauvignon Blanc notes before rounding slowly to a dry, oaky finish. This is a perfect beer for sharing with friends and family as we gather together for the fall and winter holidays. Pairs well with aged cheeses or seasonal squash and pumpkin dishes. And though it may appear that Miss Wheat is about to be cut down in her prime, have no fear: just pour a glass of Harvest Dance and you'll find she's alive and well."

IBUs: 30
ABV: 9.1%

Still available:
Boulevard Smokestack Seeyoulator Doppelbock
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Boulevard Smokestack Two Jokers Double Wit
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Amazing Shiraz!!!

Extremely 314-727-8788
2008 Glaetzer Amon Ra Unfiltered Shiraz....$86.99

2008 not rated yet.
According to the Wine Spectator's vintage chart, 2008 is a better vintage than 2007 and 2006 for Australia.

Previous vintages
Amazing track record!! Check out the consistent high 95-100 scores!

2007 Glaetzer Amon Ra Unfiltered Shiraz - Sold Out

The 2007 Amon-Ra Shiraz was sourced from vines ranging in age from 50 to 110 years with yields of only 0.5 tons per acre. It spent 15 months in 100% new oak, predominantly French. A glass-coating, opaque purple in color, it reveals a brooding nose of wood smoke, mineral, scorched earth, Asian spices, blueberry, and chocolate. Super-rich, dense, yet surprisingly light on its feet, this extraordinary effort will evolve for a decade and offer a drinking window stretching from 2015 to 2035."
Rated 96-99/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Glaetzer Amon Ra Unfiltered Shiraz - Sold Out
"Amon-Ra has become one of Australia’s icon wines. Made from 100% Shiraz sourced from vineyards ranging in age from 80-120 years and with microscopic yields of 0.5 tons per acre, the 2006 Amon-Ra was aged for 15 months in new French and American oak. The wine is a thick, glass-coating, purple/black in color. The aromas cover a wide range of scents including smoke, vanilla, pepper, Asian spices, coconut, espresso, blueberry, and chocolate. Thick, rich, layered, and complete, this monumental wine offers extraordinary intensity and length. It requires 10-15 years to fully evolve and should easily last through 2040. Hats off to Ben Glaetzer for producing an extraordinary portfolio!"
Rated 97-100/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Glaetzer Amon Ra Unfiltered Shiraz - Sold Out
Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate

2004 Glaetzer Amon Ra Unfiltered Shiraz - Sold Out
Rated 94-96/100 The Wine Advocate

2003 Glaetzer Amon Ra Unfiltered Shiraz - Sold Out
Rated 96-100/100 The Wine Advocate

2002 Glaetzer Amon Ra Unfiltered Shiraz - Sold Out
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

Bonny's is back....

Silver Oak Bonny's Vineyard was arguably the first California Cult Wine. It was produced by Silver Oak from 1979 until 1991. Bonny's Vineyard is situated in front of Justin and Bonny Meyer's home (founders of Silver Oak). After the 1991 harvest, Silver Oak decided to stop producing Bonny's vineyard because demand was so high and too many people were upset if they could not get bottles. Now most cult wines just raise their price to $400 a bottle. I remember the excitement of getting our Silver Oak Bonny's Vineyard every year when I first started working at The Wine and Cheese Place. We would have a waiting list, because it was no doubt the most sought after wine at the time for us.

Even after Justin Meyer sold his half of Silver Oak, the only vineyard he kept was Bonny's Vineyard. 2003 was the first vintage of Bonny's produced in 12 years and we now have the great 2004.

Justin Meyer was one of the founding members of Silver Oak in 1972 and the drving force. He was the winemaker until 1994 and then he sold his portion of Silver Oak in 2001. At that point, he helped his son, Matt, open Meyer Family Cellars. Now Matt is carrying on the great tradition of Bonny's Vineyard.
Meyer Family Cellars
2004 Bonny's Vineyard.....$131.99

Only 200 cases made.

Available online also.

"Bonny’s Vineyard Cabernet: The Bonny’s Vineyard Cabernet was one of the country's first and deservedly best examples of a single vineyard designate wine. Over thirty years ago these precious four acres stood out among thousands that Justin Meyer cultivated in the heart of the Napa Valley's Oakville Appellation. The old creek which runs nearby deposited gravely soils which cause the vines to struggle and produce the most beautifully intense fruit imaginable. This is not a wine we make, but rather one we watch develop itself during its five year ageing process. Whereas we are actively developing the style of the Syrah, when it comes to the Bonny’s we stay true to the techniques Justin Meyer used many years ago. Rather, when each vintage is tasted it is a way of looking back to the year in which it was grown." -- winery

"Bonny and Justin founded Silver Oak Cellars together with their financial partner, Ray Duncan in 1972. Always a labor of love, Silver Oak’s inaugural vintage was crushed that fall a week after Justin and Bonny returned from their honeymoon.
In the early years Bonny managed Silver Oak business and sales while Justin oversaw winemaking and managed burgeoning Franciscan Vineyards, purchases by the partners in 1975. A couple years after the partners sold Franciscan, Justin left and took over primary management duties at Silver Oak. Always part of the management team, Bonny focused on PR, marketing, and package and facility design. The original Silver Oak and Meyer Family Port labels both won design awards, as did the Oakville Silver Oak winery when it was completed in 1982. Today Bonny is an active partner in Meyer Cellars and continues to focus on marketing and design.
Bonny is Principal of Meyer Family Enterprises, investor in the financial markets, commercial property, and green technologies. She is a strategic philanthropist and a community activist. She loves to sail, play guitar and sing with friends. Now and then she skis and drives fast when no one is looking.
The legend of
Bonny’s Vineyard states that Bonny gazes upon and blesses her vineyard every morning and that’s what makes the wine so extraordinary. Others say the wine is a manifestation of Justin and Bonny’s love for one another. But no one really knows for sure." -- winery

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Rare Scotch....

Sold out - sorry

Ardbeg Corryvreckan Scotch.......$79.99
Limited 1 bottle per person
To reserve

Ardbeg Corryvreckan: in a league of its own "Man the lifeboats! Here comes the second wave of this deliciously deep, powerfully peaty and wonderfully wild whisky. Corryvreckan takes its name from the famous whirlpool that lies to the north of Islay, where only the bravest souls dare to venture. Swirling aromas and torrents of deep, peaty, peppery taste lurk beneath the surface of this beautifully balanced dram. Its briny character of crisp seaweed, sweet vanilla and rich, dark melted fruits draws you into a long deep finish. Like the whirlpool itself, Corryvreckan is not for the faint-hearted!" -- distillery

"Ardbeg Corryvreckan Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Powerful, muscular, well-textured, and invigorating. Even within the realm of Ardbeg, this one stands out. The more aggressive notes of coal tar, damp kiln, anise and smoked seaweed are supported by an array of fruit (black raspberry, black cherry, plum), dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, bacon fat, kalamata olive, and warming cinnamon on the finish. Quite stunning! "
96/100 The Malt Advocate

Charity Wine Tasting!

Thanks everyone for a successful event!!

December 3, 2009
Charity Wine Tasting with proceeds going to PKD Foundation for research of Polycystic Kidney Desease.

Winter Wine Tasting 2009
Bring your friends and enjoy an evening out at the 3rd Annual PKD Foundation Winter Wine Tasting Event. Sample a variety of wines from around the world. Bid on the incredible silent auction items and try your luck with the raffle. Proceeds will benefit the PKD Foundation.
Auction items include a bottle of Dan Aykroyd wine AUTOGRAPHED, decanters, Laguiole steak knives, magnums of wine and much more.

Stock up on your favorite holiday wines during the event – The Wine & Cheese Place will donate 10% of sales to the PKD Foundation.

Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 2009
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: The Wine & Cheese Place – Clayton, MO
Dress: Casual
Tickets: $30 per/person

We will taste over 40 wines....
Here is the official list for tonight!!!!

Table #1
Chateau Lamothe Blanc $14.99
Solitude Carneros Chardonnay $27.99
Finca Resalso Ribera del Duero $12.99
Pedestal Columbia Valley Merlot $53.99
Table #2
RK Riesling QBA 2006 $10.99
Kesselstatt Josephshoher Kabinett $23.99
Thanisch Bernkastler Doctor Kabinett $37.99
Mettler Zinfandel $16.99
Fire Station Red Cabernet Sauvignon $12.99
Table # 3
McManis Chardonnay $8.99
La Playa Cabernet Rose $7.99
La Play Sauvignon Blanc $7.99
Heavyweight Cab $10.99
Table # 4
Los 800 (Priorat) $20.99
Waterstone Cabernet Sauvignon $24.99
Northfield Chardonnay $12.99
Haut Garin Bordeaux Rouge $13.99
Table # 5
Heron Chardonnay $9.99
Gaja Promis $29.99
Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon $24.99
Two Hands Angels Share $26.99
Table # 6
Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet Sauv. $85.99
Ehlers Estate Cab $43.99Ehlers Merlot $43.99
Bitch Bubbly $10.99

Table # 7
Domaine du Couron Cotes du Rhone $10.99
Chevalier de Dyonis Pinot Noir $6.99
Heavenly Retreat Riesling $7.99
Dreamer Late Harvest Cabernet $9.49
Table # 8
Bug Juice Moscato d'Asti $18.99
Terra Barossa Shiraz $14.99
Rick Ankiel Cabernet $40.00
Milton Park Chardonnay $7.99
Table #9
Four Vines Naked Chardonnay $12.99
Shoofly Buzzcut $9.99
Marietta Old Vine Lot #49 $12.99
Gundlach Bundschu Merlot $15.99
Table #10
Stags Leap Chardonnay $19.99
Stags Leap Cabernet $33.99
Sbragia Zinfandel $24.99
Table #11
Estancia Cabernet $10.99
Franciscan Magnificat $29.99
Big House White $8.49
Simi Russian River Chardonnay $21.99
Table #12
Selbach Piesporter Riesling $11.99
Rombauer Chardonnay $29.99
Foris Pinot Noir $16.99
Elyse C'est si Bon $26.99

Reservations required

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