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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Scotch Tasting - Feb 22

February 22, 2011 from 6pm-7:30pm
Only $15 per person!!

Scotch Expert, Ed Kohl, always puts on a great seminar about the scotches, this is not to be missed. Great new Scotches to St. Louis...
He will be tasting Chieftain's scotches:

1989 Glen Moray, Speyside 18yr
1997 Aultmore, Speyside 12 yr (new)
1997 Glen Grant, Speyside 13 yr (new)
1995 Cigar Malt, Speyside 15 yr (new)
1990 Caol Ila, Islay 17 yr
1998 Ardbeg, Islay 12 yr (new)
Isle of Skye, Island 8 yr
Smokehead, Islay

The Wine and Cheese Place 314.727.8788

7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105 314.727.8788

reservations required.

click here for reservations.







2011 La Folie is here

Keep your vertical going -- the 2011 Lips of Faith La Folie just arrived at Forsyth





Milestone

Just noticed on our Sitemeter that we reached a milestone -- sometime last night we hit over 200,000 hits!! Took a little less than 3 years we started the blog in April of 2008.








Great Divide Grand Cru

A new one from Great Divide....in stock at Forsyth.






Great Divide Grand Cru....$6.99 / 22oz


"Grand Cru is our very special Belgian-style dark ale. Imported malts give it a round malty richness, and the fruity complexity and slightly spicy character come from brewing with a proprietary Belgian yeast strain. Don’t let the name fool you; while it may be a special occasion beer, this medium-bodied, elegant incarnation is anything but snobbish. 11% ABV." -- Brewery

92 points and $12 !!!!


2009 Kotare Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc....$11.99
Compare to $15 on The Wine Spectator

"Bright and open-textured, showing real transparency to the grapefruit, lime and green papaya flavors, with a hint of mineral as the finish lingers easily. Drink now. 2,500 cases made. –HS"

Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

Friday, February 4, 2011

World Beer Cup 2010 Gold Medal Beer



Omer Tradtional Blond Ale....$10.99 / 750ml

This pale strong ale from Flanders has splashed upon the world beer scene with great fanfare. Winner of the 2010 Gold Medal in the World Beer Cup©, Omer bested many of the world finest beers in a hotly contested category.

Pale golden and extraordinary, Omer has a firm malt character with a pleasant hop bitterness and warm, bready aroma. Tasted in it's signature glass it's a treat for the eye and palate.

The name "Omer" is a tribute to the family owners of this brewery who, for the sake of continuity, have each been so named.






Claymore Scotch Ale is back..

In stock now!

Great Divide Claymore Scotch Ale...6pk
"Named for a medieval Scottish sword, Claymore Scotch Ale is our tribute to the legendary “Wee Heavy” beers of Scotland. This malty, deep-ruby beauty features lots of caramel sweetness, a reserved hop profile, and a subtle warming character. Unlike its namesake, this beer only requires one hand, but it’ll still make you feel like nobility.

Food Pairings: Enjoy with:Pot roast with roasted vegetables, seared lamb shank with white beans, bread pudding. " -- Great Divide
Rated A- on BeerAdvocate
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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Beer Advocate style description
"Scotch Ales are strong ales, also known as "Wee Heavy." In the 19th century Scotland, they'd also be known as 160/-, a nomenclature based on the now obsolete shilling currency. Scotch Ales traditionally go through a long boil in the kettle for a caramelization of the wort. This produces a deep copper to brown in colored brew. Compared to Scottish Ales, they'll be sweeter and fuller-bodied, and of course higher in alcohol, with a much more pronounced malty caramel and roasted malt flavor. A low tea-like bitterness can be found in many examples. Best served in a "thistle" glass." -- Beer Advocate



New Lips of Faith



New Belgium Lips of Faith Dunkel Weiss....$7.29 / 22oz
“Deep amber brown with a dense off-white head, Dunkelweiss 30° rediscovers Hefeweiss beers through a Belgian brewer’s lens. Envisioned by our own Matty ‘Smooth’ Gilliland, this beer opens with sweet clove and banana notes that give way to a chocolaty warm finish with a peppery tingle across the palate. ‘I thought it would be fun to make a German wheat beer; we’ve explored the Belgian wheats pretty thoroughly,’ said Gilliland. ‘Since this is Lips of Faith – and part of what makes that program fun is to make beers that are really unique and different – making a big, strong, dark Weiss beer sounded pretty folly-licious. It’ll still showcase all of the flavors that a Hefeweiss beer would have, but add in the burly body and extra punch. Think of it as a Grand Cru Dunkelweiss."
Rated 95/100 on RateBeer.com



93 points and $17




2009 Chateau Puech-Haut Prestige....$16.99
"I’m infringing on David Schildknecht’s territory, but he has not yet tasted this wine. From a bio-dynamically farmed estate, this 2009 is a blend of 55% Grenache (from 60- to 75-year-old vines) and 45% Syrah (from 40-year-old vines), all planted in limestone soils, and aged completely in concrete tanks. This remarkable offering is a naked expression of the vivid terroir and excellent fruit found in this region. The incredible aromatics consist of forest floor, spring flowers, sweet black currants, raspberries, licorice, and incense. With a pure, velvety, seamless, full-bodied texture and a finish that lasts 30+ seconds, this wine possesses a stunning integration of acidity, tannin, and alcohol, suggesting this 2009 will age nicely for 3-5 years, possibly as long as a decade. However, it will be hard to resist given its current performance. Bravo!"
Rated 93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Currently only at Forsyth, but you can order for pickup at our other stores also --

order online now




Hercules IPA now in 4pks

New package -- now in 4pks (previously in 22oz bottles)

Fresh -- bottled January 24th!


Great Divide Hercules Double IPA....$12.99 / 4pk

"Hercules Doulbe IPA is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, fit for the gods. HERCULES delivers a huge amount of hops from start to finish. Its hefty backbone of nutty, malty sweetness balances its aggressive hop profile. 10% ABV" -- Great Divide





Hopslam Mini-Kegs

gone

......how perfect would a 5 liter of Hopslam be for your Superbowl party!!!


Bells Hopslam 5 Liter Kegs

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Hoptimum

Just arrived, 1 bottle per person.

Sorry, sold out already. took 11 minutes.


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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

We are open today...

Just a quick note that we are open today if you are out and about at all of our stores.


Monday, January 31, 2011

Wine/Beer Cheese Pairing #2

Week Number 2


New for 2011 at The Wine and Cheese Place

Join us each Saturday at our Cheese Counter and taste the weekly pick of a cheese paired with a wine and a beer*. Each Saturday we will feature a cheese in our award winning cheese department at all 3 TWCP locations and have a wine and beer to taste that we feel is a great match.

It will be fun and informal just come in for a taste at the Cheese Counter.

Pairing cheese with wine or beer is an age old excercise and everybody has an opinion. First of all, there are no wrong answers. It is all about what you like. There is no sense in buying a cheese that you don't like because "an expert" said that it is the best match. The perfect match is the wine/beer you like and the cheese you like! But we will hope to give you a few guidelines and ideas to start your journey through the matching process. Join us each week for a new match.






Saturday, February 5 (12-4pm)
Featured Cheese:

Forsyth: Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve
Ballwin: Comte
Rock Hill:
Comte



Pleasant Ridge Reserve is an American artisan cheese from Wisconsin. It is modeled after Gruyere from Switzerland and Beaufort from France. It is a nutty, rich, slighty earthy and flavorful cheese -- click here to read more about the cheese




To match with this Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve and French Comte:
Wine: We are going to match a great Cotes du Rhone which has big fruit and a touch of spiciness to play off the richness of the cheese.
Forsyth: Grand Veneur Cotes do Rhone
Ballwin: Mordoree Cotes do Rhone
Rock Hill: Grand Veneur Cotes do Rhone




Beer: We are going to match it with a palate lifting Saison. It has great aroma (almost spicy), and good carbonation to cleanse the palate and it adds a whole new dimension to the taste.
Forsyth: Boulevard Tank 7
Ballwin: Boulevard Tank 7
Rock Hill: Boulevard Tank 7




Extra info about the wine:
2009 Grand Veneur Cotes du Rhone....$15.99
The 2009 Cotes du Rhone Reserve (70% Grenache, 20% Syrah, and 10% Cinsault) exhibits a leafy/garrigue/Provencal character intermixed with raspberry and black cherry fruit. The sweetness of the tannins, plump, medium-bodied style, and touch of pepper result in a classic Cotes du Rhone to drink over the next several years."- The Wine Advocate




Extra info about the beer
Boulevard Tank 7....$8.49 / 750ml
Boulevard Tank 7....$9.99 / 4pk
Rated 98 on RateBeer

"Most breweries have at least one piece of equipment that’s just a bit persnickity. Here at Boulevard it’s fermenter number seven, the black sheep of our cellar family. Ironically, when our brewers were developing variations on a traditional Belgian-style farmhouse ale, the perfect combination of elements came together in that very vessel. You could call it fate, but they called it Tank 7, and so it is. Beginning with a flavorful surge of fruity aromatics and hoppy, grapefruit notes (Amarillo hops), this complex, straw-colored ale finishes long, dry and spicy."


*This will be in addition to our normal wine tastings at the stores.