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Friday, January 21, 2011

Zind Humbrecht Tasting

Jim from Bommarito Wines will be on hand to taste the great wines of Zind Humbrecht.



"I don't know what is more mind-boggling, the quality of Domaine Zind Humbrecht's wines or Olivier Humbrecht's complete dedication to quality. This tall, powerful, and intellectual man may well be the finest winemaker in the world."-- Robert Parker



This Saturday, January 22 (12pm-3pm)

The Wine and Cheese Place
9755 Manchester Road
Rock Hill, MO 63119
314.962.8150

Our Rock Hill location will be tasting


Zind Humbrecht Riesling
Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer
Zind Humbrecht Pinot Gris
Zind Humbrecht Pinot Blanc






O'Fallon BLACK HEMP

Just arrived at Forsyth....the follow up to Hemp Hop Rye

O'Fallon Black Hemp Black Ale...$7.99 / 6 packs
In stock now!
Style: Black Ale
Alcohol: 5.8% ABV
Bitterness: 33 IBUs
Hemp: Toasted Hemp Seeds
Grain: 2-Row, Golden Naked Oats, Honey Malt, Crystal Rye, Malted Rye, Munich Malt.
Hops: Citra, Amarillo


"Black as a cold winter night, this beer was designed to fit the season instead of conforming to the rules of any style category. The unique blend of seemingly enless ingredients include: toasted hemp seeds, oats, malted rye, wheat, Amarillo and Citrahops and a Belgian yeast strain. Don't be afraid of the myriad of flavors in the balanced black ale as it is deceivingly soft and sessionable especially during te dark days of winter." -- O'Fallon




Looking for a bargain....

Petite Sirah has always been a great grape for big flavor and little price....Pennywise is stunning for this price....
2008 Pennywise Petite Sirah....$9.99 / 750ml
"With deep purple color, this wine has an exotic aroma of blackberries and smoky bacon which draws you further into the glass. The first sip shows you Petite Sirah’s silky fruit forward flavors of black raspberry, strawberry, and candied blueberries. The second sip shows you the depth of this wine, with notes of tobacco leaf, French roast coffee, and blackberry compote smuggling even more fruit that shines throughout this blend. This is a brilliant berry explosion that holds its ground with round tannins, bacon nuances, and rich French oak.

Pairings
This wine would be fantastic with grilled wild game; venison, wild boar, or pheasant with a blackberry/balsamic glaze and a side of roasted butternut squash. Also try pork loin stuffed with dried figs and tasso ham alongside parmesan-crusted polenta with crispy shallots, or barbeque chicken pizza with smoky gouda."
--- winery





Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mojo Tapas Wine Dinner


Mojo Tapas Restaurant and Bar is proud to
Five Course Wine Dinner with St Hallett Senior Winemaker Stuart Blackwell
On Monday January 24 at 7:00 pm.
Make your reservations now 314-865-0500


5 Course Menu

Pan Seared Sea Scallop with Arugula Salad, Preserved Kumquats, and
Avacado-Lime Mojo, Paired with
Poacher’s Blend

Classic Coq au Vin with Mushrooms, Pearl Onions, and
Olive Oil Whipped Potatoes, Paired with
Gamekeepers Red Blend

Crispy Polenta Topped with Exotic Mushroom Ragout and
Ricotta Salata Cheese, Paired with
Faith Shiraz

Herb Roasted Leg of Lamb with Parsnip-Carrot Puree and
Apricot Mustard Chutney, Paired with
Blackwell Shiraz

Tres Leches Cake with Faith Shiraz-Blackberry Compote, Paired with
Petaluma, Croser Sparkling Wine

$59.99 per person, + tax and gratuity
And for one night only, all St Hallett wines will also be available to purchase for
“take home” with special pricing through Mojo Tapas Restaurant and Bar.
Make your reservations tonight!








New Bigfoot is here!!

In stock now....
Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style...$10.99/ 6pk


This is from the 2009 version.
"This year marks the 25th release of Bigfoot®. Our award-winning barleywine boasts a dense, fruity bouquet, an intense flavor palate and a deep reddish-brown color. Its big maltiness is superbly balanced by a wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness." -- Sierra Nevada
“…Bigfoot® captures the imagination, and its character is as big as the name implies, with a huge hoppiness in its earthy aroma, a chewy palate, and a great depth of flavor.”
– Michael Jackson,Michael Jackson’s Beer Companion

Rated 98 percentile on ratebeer.com
Rated A- on beeradvocate.com (with over 1300 reviews)
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What tastes great with Bigfoot?
"Intense, malty, and bittersweet, Bigfoot® is wonderful served with dessert. Aromatic notes from the dry-hopping process pair well with chocolate mousse and raspberries or a good-quality cheesecake. If you prefer a more savory taste, try an assortment of sharp aged cheeses, served with fresh fruits like apples, pears, and grapes, which will offer a contrast that will bring all of the flavors together." -- Sierra Nevada
check out more beer pairings from Sierra Nevada
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Beer Geek info:
alcohol content 9.6% by volume
bittering hops Chinook
beginning gravity 23.0 Plato
finishing hops Cascade & Centennial
ending gravity 6.0 Plato
dry hopping Cascade, Centennial & Chinook
bitterness units 90
malts Two-row Pale & English Caramel
yeast Top-fermenting Ale Yeast





Hopwired IPA

Available online


8 Wired Hopwired IPA....$9.99 / 500ml
ABV = 7.3%
Rated 98 percentile on RateBeer
Batch 12, best before 9/24/11 (not sure the brew date)
This is one of those that this might be the only time to get it fresh, since it is the first batch to get here.

"We're pretty sure HopWired is the first bottled new world India Pale Ale made with NZ grown pale ale malt and 100% unique NZ hops. We bet you'll find nothing else like it on the shelves. Although there's plenty of malty sweetness,
this beer is all about the hops. But unlike an American IPA, which will mainly challenge you with grapefruity and pine-like flavours and aromas, the kiwi hops used in HopWired produce something more like a tropical punchbowl: Passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to name but a few. A local Marlborough winemaker even said it smelled like gooseberries... Gooseberries? When did you last actually smell a gooseberry?? Decide for yourself, or just enjoy it without further complication. Cheers!" -- brewery



Read more on their website


Renaissance Brewing -- New Zealand

New to the U.S.
Renaissance Elemental Porter Ale....$8.99 / 500ml
Rated 98 percentile on RateBeer

6% ABV
"Elemental is our most awarded beer, it has won gold medals in Australia and New Zealand as well as being consistantly rated New Zealand's
top beer . Originally the beer of choice for workers in London’s produce markets, the beer was a mixture of the previous nights slops that the "porters" would drink when they clocked off at dawn. Porter is also Andy's all time favourite beer style. Brewed in the modern ‘robust’ style, Elemental Porter is a rich, full bodied brew with plenty of dry, dark chocolate and roasty malt flavours which gradually give way to a cleansing hop-driven finish. And although historically it was a sunrise beer, we think nowadays it is probably more suited to an be served after dinner with desserts and cheese, although if you want to drink it at day break, we're not going to stop you. Cheers!" -- brewery




Renaissance Stonecutter Scotch Ale...$8.99 / 500ml
Rated 96 percentile on RateBeer
7% ABV
"Multi award winning Stonecutter Scotch Ale is the big, hearty, ‘red wine’ of our range. The Scotch Ale style is believed to have originated in Edinburgh in the 18th century and is colloquially known as "wee heavy" due to its higher strength than its paler siblings.
We use nine malts blended together to produce layers of caramel, toffee, liquorice, chocolate and roasty flavours. These layers are balanced by a tart, raisiny fruitiness that gradually gives way to give this dark beer a lingering dry finish. Cheers!" -- Brewery





Stillwater arrives!!!

We are very excited to finally get Stillwater Artisanal!!!!


Available online also

Brian Strumke, the brewer behind Stillwater Artisanal Ales. Stillwater Artisanal Ales is a nomadic brewing venture headed by Brian "Stillwater" Strumke, who's goal is to create inspired and unique ales in multiple locations around the globe.

The latest release to hit St. Louis....







Stillwater Artisanal Existent....$10.99 / 750ml
"an existentialist commentary on a brewer imposing his own view on the beer universe. "

"...picture schwarzbier / ipa / saison melange." -- Brian from Stillwater




Stillwater Stateside Saison....$10.99 / 750ml



Rated 98 on RateBeer
"Stateside Saison pays homage to old world tradition while celebrating new world innovation. Naturally brewed with the finest European malts & fresh aromatic hops from the United States & New Zealand. It’s then fermented using a classic farmhouse ale yeast and bottle conditioned to enhance stability. The outcome is a beer of unique design and exquisite taste, showcasing some of the best attributes of modern-day craft brewing."
Product info: Stateside Saison
Style: Saison, refermentation in bottle
Alcohol Content: 6.8%/vol






Stillwater A Saison Darkly....$5.49 / 11.2oz

(from their import series)"Brewed at Huisbrouwerij Sint Canarus in Deinze-Gottem, Belgium. This black saison carries qualities similar to a stout with light roast and burnt sugar flavors, spiced with Rose Hips, Hibiscus, & Schisandra berries" -- Stillwater





Stillwater Cellar Door...$10.99 / 750ml Rated 98 on RateBeer
Originally a seasonal ale, but now year round.
"over the ages the term 'cellar door' has numerously been referred to as the most beautiful term in the English language. upon setting out to create the first summer addition to the Stateside line up of ales; the feeling that almost instantly came to me was that of beauty & cleansing. many summer offerings tend to lack the complexity of their bigger, colder season counterparts; so my goal was to craft an ale of extreme balance with a delicate complexity that allows for contemplation while also providing quaffable refreshment. starting with a base of German wheat & pale malts this crisp slightly hazy foundation was then accented with a blend of Sterling & Citra hops providing a intricate blend of herbal grass & tangerine citrus flavors and aroma. to pull this all together and to complete the 'cleansing' aspect of my vision i gently finished the ale off with a touch of white sage, lending a mild earthy spice character to the blend. of course let's not forget our house saison yeast that brought all the elements together leaving a dry yet intricate finish" -- Stillwater Blog.









Stillwater Atumnal....$10.99 / 750ml Rated 92 on RateBeer
“This deep amber hued ale takes it’s inspiration from Germany while still nodding to the Belgian farmhouse tradition. The base is comprised of German two-row, wheat, Cara-Munich, and roasted barley. Generously hopped with a blend of Perle, Spalt, and Hallertau Mittelfrüh and fermented with a rustic Belgian farmhouse ale yeast. These elements together provide a melange of earth and fruit aromas backed with hints of caramel with a dry clean finish.”






Some returning Mikkellers

Mikkeller makes some of our favorite beers and some of the best in the world. If you have not experienced them, we have many in stock now now.



"The story of Mikkeller is the story of two homebrewers that in a few years went from hobby brewing in the kitchen to national and international recognition...Already in Mikkellers first year as a brewery (2006), the two creators, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø and Kristian Klarup Keller, were named Danish brewery of the year and the fifth best brewery in the world by http://www.ratebeer.com/." -- Mikkeller




Mikkeller It's Alive!....$12.99 / 750ml

"It's Alive! is Mikkellers answer and tribute to the trappist beer Orval. It's Alive is an easy-to-drink beer, with a lot of hops. The colour is amber, the foam is high, white and dense. The potent Brettanomyce culture makes It's Alive continue to develop in the bottle." -- Mikkeller





Mikkeller Draft Bear...$13.99 / 750ml

"A Danish pilsner is typically characterized by an alcohol content of 4,6% vol., piss-yellow colour and a sexless, slightly bitter taste. But it doesn’t have to be like this…! Draft Bear is Mikkellers interpretation of a ’pilsner’, heavyweight-style. With its powerful hop notes, high alcohol content and lovely golden appearance, the only reference to the pilsner style is the clean taste of the lager yeast." -- Mikkeller


Mikkeller Monks Brew...$12.99 / 750ml
Belgian Dark Ale / 10% Alc
"Monk's Elixir is Mikkellers tribute to the great trappist monks of Belgium! The beer is names 'Monk's Brew' in the U.S." -- Rated 96 percentile on
http://www.ratebeer.com/





Mikkeller Big Worse Bourbon Barrel

Order Mikkeller online




Very limited!
Mikkeller Big Worse Bourbon Barrel Edition....$12.99 / 12.7oz
"Incoming are two versions of Mikkeller Big Worse Barleywine: Red Wine Barrel and Bourbon Barrel. The two brews will ship in about three weeks according to Mikkel. There will be around 100 cases of Red Wine Barrel and 200 cases of Bourbon Barrel. Each beer is aged in second-use barrels for approximately eight months. The beer weighs in at 12% ABV and is packaged in 375 ml bottles (and imported by the Shelton Brothers). [Ed. note: the Bourbon Barrel version is different from the 19.1% ABV Big Worst Bourbon Barrel Barleywinepreviously released.]" -- Beernews.org


This is the info from his website about the previous edition.

"It all started with the Big Bad Barley Wine. Then came Denmark's strongest beer Big Worse Barley Wine which is now released in a barrel aged edition. Big Worse Barrel Aged is at the top of evolution. It does not nor should it get any crazier than this. With an ABV of 19,1 this beer is about as strong as it gets without freeze distillation. Lots of sugar, hops, barrel and alcohol. In other words, a beer for pirates "

Ingredients :
Water, malt (pils and caramunich), candy sugar, hops (nugget, cascade and centennial) and ale yeast.










Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Firestone Walker coming to Missouri

Firestone Walker is one step closer.....
John Bryan of Firestone Walker tweeted tonight
"Very soon. Missouri brand approvals are done."
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I have not seen the official approvals, but it looks good!!!!
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Here is a list of their beers....
Pale Series
some would say we have an absurd passion for the pale... and they'd be right
DBA (Double Barrel Ale)
Pale 31
Union Jack
Seasonal Beers
light and refreshing in the warmer weather, dark and rich in the winter
Solace
Velvet Merlin
Oaktoberfest
Proprieters Reserve Series
our most limited barrel aged beers
Abacus
Double Jack
Fourteen
Parabola
Walker's Reserve



Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sparkling pink....

Great, dry rose from France
(Not too soon to start planning your Valentines)

Wolfberger Crémant d'Alsace Brut Rosé....$21.99
Made from 100 % Pinot Noir grown in the Alsace region of France.
This Pink sparkler has a light salmon color with tiny pinpoint bubbles. It is surpisingly full bodied and shows off strawberry and cherry aromas and a excellent finish that keeps you wanting more. It is fermented completely dry and is a great food wine.





Limited North Coast Release....

2009 North Coast Old Stock
ellar Reserve....$22.99 / 500ml

"In an exercise of humanitarian charity and to demonstrate just how very much we care about our friends, North Coast brewmaster, Mark Ruedrich, has just now released an exceptional batch of 2009 Old Stock Ale that has been aged for 18 months in oak Bourbon barrels. In this latest example of the cunning of his hand, Brewmaster Ruedrich has set new standards for the brewers’ art. To say that it’s amazing would be an understatement. Look for Old Stock Cellar Reserve in the special decorated bottle, as they say, wherever fine beers are sold. There’s not much, and it will go fast, so be vigilant." -- brewery

Available online










Bells Hopslam Update!

Looks like we are out.

The Hopslam was bottled 1/11/11
We also have FRESH Two Hearted Ale bottled 1/12/11







For those of you that had reservations -- you should have received an email. We will only hold your order until Monday January 24th - 7pm. If it is not picked up, it will go out for sale.


Bells Hopslam....
Any questions...
paul@wineandcheeseplace.com

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2009 Bordeaux



2009 Echappee Bel Bordeaux....$15.99
This is a great value in 2009 Bordeaux, it is produced just across the Dordogne River from Saint-Emilion and it is reminiscent of St. Emilion (except it has a much better price). It is new world style in the sense that it is fresh, fruit forward and low tannins. The difference is that it does not see any oak (new or old) like most new world wines.
This wine is loaded with red fruits, a great richness and a long finish. This wine is for enjoying young and over the next 5 years.
in stock now!