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Friday, June 11, 2010

Walnuts

Nut Department

We roast our own nuts in each of our stores with no oil and no preservatives. A very healthy snack. Come in for a taste!


Walnuts sold by the pound
Healthy Treat
"A 2006 study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardialogy found that eating walnuts after a meal high in unhealthy fats can reduce the
damaging effects of such fats on blood vessels. Researchers from Barcelona's Hospital Clinic conducted a study on 24 adult participants, half of whom had normal cholesterol levels, and half of whom had moderately high levels of cholesterol. Each group was fed two high-fat meals of salami and cheese, eaten one week apart. During one meal, the researchers supplemented the food with five teaspoons of olive oil. The researcher added eight shelled walnuts to the other meal, the following week. Tests after each meal showed that both the olive oil and the walnuts helped reduce the onset of dangerous inflammation and oxidation in the arteries after the meals, which were high in saturated fat. However, unlike the olive oil, the walnuts also helped the arteries maintain their elasticity and flexibility, even in the participants with higher cholesterol. Lead researcher Dr. Emilio Ros said walnuts' protective effects could be because the nuts are high in antioxidants and ALA, a plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. Walnuts also contain arginine, which is an amino acid that the body uses to produce nitric oxied, necessary for keeping blood vessels flexible." -- Wikipedia


Pahlmeyer wines...

Order Pahlmeyer online

2006 Pahlmeyer Red.....$99.99 / 750ml
"There are 7,000 cases of the prodigious 2006 Proprietary Red Wine (a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec). Most of the fruit comes from the Stagecoach Vineyard and the Waters Ranch. Sweet, smoky, meaty aromas interwoven with melted asphalt, camphor, blackberry, cassis, and charcoal scents emerge from the complex aromatics. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, displaying sweet tannin, a concentrated mouthfeel, and a long, heady finish with substantial fruit, glycerin, and extract. It should drink beautifully for 20+ years."

Rated 95/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate



2005 Pahlmeyer Red.....$138.99

"The 2005 Proprietary Red is significantly better than what I tasted last year, although I certainly gave it a high score. This wine has fleshed out beautifully. The final blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) has a deep purple color, a beautifully sweet nose of blackberries and cassis intermixed with some meatiness, smoke, and a touch of pain grille as well as notes of espresso and licorice. Full-bodied, rich, with decent acidity, excellent delineation, and moderately high tannin, this is a beauty that should evolve for 25-30+ years It is no wimpish wine at 15.2% natural alcohol, but that is buried beneath a cascade of gorgeous fruit and glycerin. This wine should be cruising along brilliantly in 2030+."


Rated 96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate



Limited!
2005 Pahlmeyer Red....$299.99 / MAGNUM

"The 2005 Proprietary Red is significantly better than what I tasted last year, although I certainly gave it a high score. This wine has fleshed out beautifully. The final blend (84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec) has a deep purple color, a beautifully sweet nose of blackberries and cassis intermixed with some meatiness, smoke, and a touch of pain grille as well as notes of espresso and licorice. Full-bodied, rich, with decent acidity, excellent delineation, and moderately high tannin, this is a beauty that should evolve for 25-30+ years It is no wimpish wine at 15.2% natural alcohol, but that is buried beneath a cascade of gorgeous fruit and glycerin. This wine should be cruising along brilliantly in 2030+."
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate






Thursday, June 10, 2010

Beer News: Mikkeller Single Hop Series.

Just when we thought Mikkel was done with his single hop series: More get registered in the U.S. The series started out with 10 single hop beers and then the beer "10" which included all 10 hops.

I emailed Mikkel and he said he is not done with the single hop series, more to come and maybe a beer called "20"


These beers are not here yet, but hopefully we will see them here in St. Louis










These are not in stock, we are hoping to get them though.


Google

We got a letter from Google....

"Congratulations! You're a favorite place on Google"
"The Wine and Cheese Place was one of the most popular businesses on Google as measured by how many times people found your business listing...You're one of less than 250,000 businesses in the U.S. to receive this recognition, that is less than 1% of all the business in the U.S."


Here is our QR code so that you can use your smart phones to quickly get to our Place Page. It shows you our hours and you can get a map and directions if you have not been here before. Scan our QR code with your smart phone.


Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Bargain cult wine...

2006 Cellar Arts Mountain Cuvee....$31.99
Napa Valley
"A Nicholson Jones Selection"
Compare to $45 at nicholsonjones.com


A wonderful blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc from all mountain fruit on Pritchard Hill. Yes, these grapes come from the same mountain as Bryant Family Vineyards. Small 396 case production.






"Aromas of violets, milk chocolate and baking spices blend with crushed ripe wild berries, blueberries, raspberries and plums that instantly explode in the mouth. Subtle tannins and a velvety finish sweep over the fruit." -- Julien Fayard, winemaker


Behind The Vision...Two Men With One All Consuming Passion.
Nicholson Jones is the collaboration of two unique men who share a common vision to produce delicious California-style wines with a delightful and traditional French accent.

Julien Fayard was born in Saint Etienne, France and grew up in the French Riveira. He has a masters in Agribusiness and Winemaking. He studied in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley, and has worked in Provence, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, and the Napa Valley.
His journey to Nicholson Jones included experience gleaned at the sides of the winemasters of Chateau Lafite Rothschild, Smith Haut Laffite, and Quintessa in the Napa Valley. For 3 years, he was the winemaker at Chateau Sainte Marguerite a Cru Classé winery located on the Cote d'Azur in Southern France.

Cal Nicholson grew up in the American Heartland and spent his formative years (that's a euphemism for misspent youth) in Southern California. After a long and successful marketing career with firms like TIME, Kraft, and Duracell, he hung up his spurs to follow his two real interests in life - Surfing and wine making.







River City Whisky Society

The River City Whisky Society reviews Johnnie Walker

"We tried the whole Johnnie Walker line, Red, Black, Green, Gold, and Blue…and you will be surpised at what we liked best……
I bought the 4-200ml pack at The Wine and Cheese Place for $94. This included Red, Black, Gold and Blue. Another member brought over a bottle of his Green to round things out. So, there were four of us and we went through the colors. We started low to high (red to blue). Here are our results:

Red: This is a blend of single malts and grains. This is the “lower” of all the expressions and you can tell. It tasted very young and is a little bland. Not that it isn’t good, it was still flavorful. Just not a lot and we just felt it was lacking something. We agreed that if you had to use a scotch as a mixer, this was it.

Black: A 12 year old blend that is spicey and rich in flavors. There is definitelypeat in this, but not overpowering. And it is smooth as well. It has a great finish, full and lingering. This is something that if a bar or restaurant is lacking in a selection, and this was offered, we would be comfortable drinking it. The price is right as well, so this is a good bottle to keep around.

Green: This is a vatted malt, meaning all single malts are used in the blending. It is also 15 years old. This is good. It is a blend of Coal Ila and Craggenmore and two others, and you can taste the peat and smoke, but it is not overpowering like an Islay malt. It definitely has a very peppery finish, but at the same time, has a sweetness to it. This is a very complex drink and very enjoyable as well.

Gold: This is an 18 year old blend and if I ever drank velvet, this is what it would be. A very smooth dram with loads of flavor; spice, creme, vanilla, fruit. It has a nice long finish, smooth and tasty, leaving you to want more.

Blue: The creme of the crop! Honey and carmel, spice and fruit, what more could you ask for. It has a toffee finish, with hints of creme and spices.

Our favorite? The Gold. We think for half the price of Blue, you get more bang for your buck. Let’s put it another way, when we sample the scotch, we use 1/2 oz pours, so that leaves a lot in the bottle. There were only four of us that night, so only 2 ounces were used. After trying all five, we also have Jon, Mark and Robbo (The Smooth One) and GlenDronich 15. Then we just drank either from my collection or whatever we had that night. I finished the 200 ml bottle of Gold, it was that good. Next paycheck, I will drop the $85 for the 750 ml of Gold.

I might also add, a reader gave the idea of having a “control” whisky so our palates would know the difference between each, and we used the Red for that. And you know what, the Red tasted worse after each of the others we tried. Thanks for the tip Scott."

-- River City Whisky Society




Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Wild Brew Series....

In stock at Forsyth...
The Fish Guy's Wild Ass Amber Ale....$8.99 / 6pk
"Wild Brew Series"
A flavorful amber ale, dry hopped with English Hops and oak aged.
From "The Fish Guy's" facebook:
"We're in the final stages of producing, distributing and selling my first beer under my new brand. "The Fish Guy's Wild Ass Amber Ale"! "Everyone Wants Some Wild Ass!!!"...All of my brews are dedicated to a mission, mostly to endangered wildlife and to our planet. Once the brand begins to see a profit, portions of those profits will be donated to institutions dedicated to the protection, preservation and study of endangered wildlife. I call them the "Wild Brews Series" of beers. Each of these brews are unique and flavorful. You'll never find another that compares to their taste and full flavor! Each of my brews' recipes have been test brewed over and over in my own home kitchen until I reach the flavor profile I'm searching for. I ALWAYS brew to my own personal tastes, but I have an army of Taste Testers and Quality Control Managers (Beer Connoisseur Friends) that continually give me feedback. When I get a high approval rating from those folks and myself, the recipe is set. O'Fallon Brewery, Inc. is brewing my recipes under my strict guidance and my package designs are produced by Pixelated Graphics, also, under my guidance.So, "Get Yourself Some Wild Ass" and know that you're buying more than just a beer! Our planet, it's living creatures and The Fish Guy appreciates it! Thanks!"
From Your Friendly Neighborhood Fish Guy





Rare Mead....

Availabel online also

Rare mead in the traditional ceramic crock

(only 2 reviews on RateBeer)
Jaros Trojniak Trybunalski...$32.99 / 750ml
"Typical Trojniak produced proportion part honey and parts of water. It lays a minimum 3 years in oak casks. Content of alochol about 14%. More dry and not so intensive in flavour as dwojniak, however with its exceptional depth of aroma makes unforgettable sensorical impressions
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Jaros Dwojniak Koronny....$36.99 / 750ml
Rated 97/100 RateBeer
"Mead Dwojniak Koronny - typical dwojniak produced in equal parts of water and honey with admixture of specific typcially Polish meadow herbs. It is produced mainly from dark, autumn honies. It lays in oak casks over 10 years. It is poured into stoneware bottles what enhances and ennobles its taste advantages. Content of alcohol about 15%. It is marked by freshness and so typical for Polish meads the depth of aromas and velvet smoothness." -- importer




Jaros Dwojniak A*M...$36.99 / 750ml

"Mead Dwojniak AM - Dwojniak produced with a mixture of spring and autumn honies with a small addition of armotic herbs from their own plantation. It lays about 6 years. It is poured into stoneware bottles which enhances and ennobles it tastes advantages. Content of alcohol about 15%.






Jaros Dwojniak Maliniak....$36.99
"Mead Dwojniak Maliniak fruit mead, with minimal percentage 30% water necessary for production was replaced by raspberry juice. It is produced in oak out of the premium quality polyfloral honies. It lays 6-8 years in oak barrels. It is poured into stoneware bottles which enhances and ennobles its taste advantages. Content of alcohol about 15%. It has extraordinary aroma concentration, though it is not excessively fruit, and its superb taste owes to acid-tanninc balance and a hint of honey." -- importer








Mead


#1 Mead in the world on RateBeer -- Rated 100/100
Apis Jadwiga Mead....$41.99 / 750ml
Poltorak (see below)
"Jadwiga Mead is a Poltorak Miod Pitny, which means that is made from 3:1 proportion of honey and water. It is the riches mead with incredible intensity, aroma, and depth of flavor, balance, length and sweetness. It is mos definitely for dessert or by itself. The basket bottle is wicker with ribbons, and a metallic medallion inlay on the wax seal. The Jadwiga Poltorak Miod Pitny is the queen of all meads. No words can fairly describe its sweet, complex flavors with hints of raisins and it's huge warming effect. One must try it to believe." -- importer
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Rated #4 best Mead in the world by RateBeer
Rated 98/100 RateBeer
Apis Kurpiowski Royal Mead....$19.99 / 750ml
Aged 5 years
"Kurpiowski Royal Mead is a kind of honey wine; a delicious, warming alcoholic beverage made from honey. This traditional drink originated over a thousand years ago in Northern Europe. Kurpiowski Royal mead is made from 1:2 proportion of water and honey, with black currant juice and spices added. It is a great dessert drink. Very carefully blended spices add to this mead's wondreful taste. It is aged in wooden casks for a minimum for five years. Alcohol content is between 15 to 17 percent of volume. Kurpiowski Royal Mead is a winner of many gold medals" -- importer
Mead terms:
Poltorak = 1 part honey + 1/2 part water aged at least 2 years
Dwojniak = 1 part honey + 1 part water aged at least 2 years
Trojniak = 1 part honey + 2 parts water aged at least 1 year
Czworniak = 1 part honey + 3 parts wate aged at least 1 year




Lees cask series....

2009 is now here!!!
Available online now

We just got a nice vertical in stock of Lees Harvest Ale!

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 1999...$8.99 / 11.2oz
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2001...$8.99 / 11.2oz
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2002...$8.99 / 11.2oz
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2006...$8.99 / 11.2oz
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2007...$8.99 / 11.2oz
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2008...$8.99 / 11.2oz
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale 2009...$6.99 / 11.2oz -- Just Arrived!

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale -- Cask Series
"J.W.Lees Vintage Harvest Ale is only brewed once a year for release on December 1 of each year. It is a Limited Edition Vintage to celebrate the first brew from each year's harvest of barley and hops. Only the first delivery of the year's classic barley malt 'Maris Otter' and the classic hop variety 'Goldings' from East Kent is therefore used."

A few 2008 vintages just arrived...
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Lagavulin Casks...$8.99 / 11oz
Vintage 2008 Aged for 3 months in Lagavulin Casks

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Port Casks...$8.99 / 11oz
Vintage 2008 Aged for 3 months in Port Casks

J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Sherry Casks...$8.99 / 11oz
Vintage 2007
Aged for 3 months in Sherry Casks.


J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Calvados Casks...$8.99 / 11oz
Vintage 2005 Aged for 3 months in Sherry Casks.


Great Divide!

2010 version is in stock now.....
Great Divide Belgica....$9.99 / 6pk

"The Roman name for the Low Counties - is a marriage of the best in American and Belgian brewing traditions. Belgian pilsner malt, a generous amount of American and European hops and a unique Belgian yeast strain combine to give Belgica big notes of citrus and spice, creating a lively concoction perfect for spring in the Rockies - or the Ardennes. 7.2% ABV" -- brewery

Monday, June 7, 2010

Black Hole "The series"

Order Mikkeller online

We have more in stock now at Forsyth and also at our Rock Hill location.

"Base Beer"
Mikkeller Black Hole Imperial Stout....$9.99 / 375ml
"Finally……! Black Hole is what Mikkeller is all about. Daring, vulgar and extreme. From the very beginning Mikkellers goal has been to push the limit and with this warming, intense imperial stout, a new chapter in the Danish beer history has been written. The high bitterness from the hops and the sweetness from the malt and alcohol, creates a good balance which makes Black Hole an explosion of nuances, but also leaves a feeling of a perfect and complex beer – in the heavyweight category." -- Nujjekker

Ingredients :
Water, malt, roasted barley, flaked oats, dark cassanade, honey, hops, coffee, vanilla and ale yeast.
Rated 100/100 RateBeer
As the ratings start to come in on these new beers they are scoring in the 95+ range on RateBeer.

We now have the original "base beer" aged in different barrels. (Plus the original in stock)
Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Black Hole...$12.99 / 375ml
Aged in Red Wine Barrels
Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Black Hole....$12.99 / 375ml
Aged in Rum Barrels
Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Black Hole...$12.99 / 375ml
Aged in Scotch Peat Whisky Barrels
Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Black Hole...$12.99 / 375ml
Aged in Bourbon Barrels