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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Charleville Ale Mucho Hoppo Double IPA

Coming Soon -------
Charleville from Sainte Genevieve, Missouri just got another label approved following the huge success of the Box of Chocolate Quad.    I believe Tait from Charleville told me it will be a summer release.

Charleville Ale Mucho Hoppo Double IPA
9% ABV
"Hop headed and havy handed with 100 IBU.  This luchador is not know for subtleness.  In fact, it's Ale Mucho.  Agressively hopped with Chinook, Columbus, Tomahawk, and Zeus." -- label

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While we wait for this one, order other Charleville beers online

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Very rare beers of Cantillon....


Reserve some now - click here 

Cantillon Cuvee des Champions...$16.99 / 750ml -- SOLD OUT
"A brew concocted by Jean Van Roy to celebrate the 2003-2004 Division III title for the local Union St. Gilles football (soccer, to you) team and its upgrade to Division II. Though it was brewed only for members of the football club and its fans, Shelton Brothers was able to pry about 35 cases away from the brewery to share with lambic lovers here in the USA.

Cuvee des Champions is not a traditional 'gueuze,' in that it is made from only two year-old 2001 lambic, not from a blend of older and younger lambics. It is also dry-hopped in the cask for three weeks with fresh Styrian Goldings hops. Re-fermentation in the bottle is achieved with the addition of a small amount of candi sugar."
Rated 99/100 RateBeer











Cantillon Fou' Foune Apricot Lambic...sold out
Rated 96 percentile on RateBeer


"To create this astounding and unique fruit beer, the Cantillon brewers buy apricots from a vineyard in Bordeaux and pour them into casks of aged lambic. Over three to four months, the fruit dissolves and ferments, and is infused into the beer. The result is a wonderful peachy-apricot aroma and taste, combined with the tart, earthy flavor of honest, wild-yeast fermented lambic beer.
The wonderful "apricot moon" painting for the label was done by Julie Van Roy, daughter of master brewer Jean-Pierre Van Roy. -- importer






No limit on this one

Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus....$17.99 / 750ml
"The most famous framboise," according to beer writer Michael Jackson, and an undisputed World Classic – fully authentic, tart, not sweetened with sugar or syrup like all the rest.
Whole fresh raspberries are fermented in oak casks of Belgium’s classic beer - beer fermented by wild yeasts borne on the open air. Very dry, tart, and fruity, but also funky and complex, as a natural lambic should be. This is the real thing - definitely not one of those artificially sweetened soda-pop beers." -- importer





Limit 1 per person
Cantillon Iris 2007...$16.99 / 750ml
Iris is made in the style of lambic – fermented by wild yeasts and aged in oak wine casks at the brewery – but with a couple of big differences. First, it is made entirely from malted barley, whereas traditional lambic uses one third unmalted wheat. In addition, the brewery has used fresh Hallertau hops in the boil and for dry-hopping the Iris. (Traditional lambic calls for hops that have been aged for several years, which impart virtually no hop flavor to the finished product.)
Iris is a rare and unusual treat to thrill the connoisseur of traditional Belgian beers – absolutely, utterly unique.



No limit on this one
Cantillon Kriek....$9.29 / 375ml
In late summer, whole cherries (of the Schaarbeek variety, as tradition dictates) are poured, pits and all, into casks of lambic that have aged for a year and a half – two summers, according to the lambic brewer’s calendar. The fruit dissolves and ferments in the cask for four to five months. In that time, even the pits begin to dissolve, lending a slight nutty flavor to the lambic in the cask. The cherry-flavored lambic is blended with old and new lambic to make beer with a strong, sour cherry flavor and bright red color.

Cantillon Kriek is not artificially sweetened like all the other krieks you'll find on the shelf; authentic kriek is unabashedly sour and very, very tart. This beer is not for beginners, but those in the know will agree with virtually every respected beer writer that this is the world-classic cherry lambic.








Stunning new red....

This is a stunning new wine from Chile, it does not show any of that green vegetal quality you get it most Chilean reds....

2010 Siegel Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve...$12.99

"Our seal of quality is expressed in this wine, that is why they have our name Siegel, which in English means "seal". This choice reveals our experience and the length of time we have been developing premium wines."
100% French Oak
Grapes: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Syrah


"Intense cherry color, well-perfumed and sweet nose. This wine is reminiscent of mature red fruit like cherries, jam with hint of pepper intermingled with toasty notes in the mouth. Round and concentrated, this a juicy and persistent wine with notes of spices and toast." -- Fran Kysela, importer







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Friday, April 29, 2011

English Porter


Salopian's Entire Butt...$4.99 / pint
Salopian’s Entire Butt is a bold recreation a historical porter, which was blended from a variety of ales. The original English term for porter, “Entire Butt,” means essentially “the whole barrel.” This translates roughly into American English as “everything but the kitchen sink.” And this beer surely is that. It is made with 14 different malts and 3 hop varieties to achieve the effect of a blend of ales. Overkill? Perhaps, but it is hard to argue with the results.

Salopian is one of England’s great new small breweries, with a rapidly growing reputation and a pile of awards garnered in a very short time. By skillful blending of tradition and experimentation, the Salopian brewers have become particular favorites with CAMRA.
This is the best traditional English Porter you'll ever taste.





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Mikkeller Funky Star is back

Back, but in a new size, now 330ml bottle
Also online now








Mikkeller Funky Star Belgian Wild Ale...$4.79 / 11.2oz

As reported on Beernews.org:


"Mikkel says Funky E-star is like It’s Alive but stronger in alcohol. 9.4% ABV." -- Beernews.org







Here is Mikkel's description of It's Alive:"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 color is amber, the foam is high, white and dense. The potent Brettanomyces culture makes It's Alive continue to develop in the bottle." -- Mikkeller's Website


Ingredients for Funky Star:
Water, malts, light candy, hops, yeast and brettanomyces.




 




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Amazing Chardonnay Sale!

Have we got a great price for you.....


2007 Rodney Strong Chardonnay Russian River Reserve....$23.99
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher and compare to $40 on Wine Spectator
Floral honeysuckle, ripe fig and melon scents are rich, full-bodied, elegant and refined, showing a light touch of toasty vanilla oak on the finish, where the flavors turn subtle and delicate. Drink now through 2015. 2,465 cases made. –JL
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

Also available online




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Herman Story -- hot winery and small production

Currently in stock at Forsyth - but you can order them online for pickup at any of our stores - click here


"Readers looking for super-concentrated, extroverted, exuberant, powerhouse wines from California's Central Coast need look no further than the Herman Story estate. For those who love the wild side of Rhone varietals pushed to the limit (but not over), these are highly recommended. Moreover, prices are exceptionally fair for this level of quality." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


Last year the 2008s all scored between 90-95 points from Robert Parker and 93-95 from The Wine Spectator.  The 2009s are not rated yet, but don't wait because they will be gone.




2009 Herman Story White Hawk Syrah...$39.99
211 cases made
Vineyard: White Hawk 98% Syrah, 2% Viognier
TASTING NOTES:
More than any other vineyard I work with, White Hawk Vineyard behaves like a good dance partner; moving expertly to the motions of each vintage. If the 2008 was a broad-shouldered, buxom cowgirl, the 2009 is her Manhattan counterpart: sleek, elegant and worldly. A perfumed nose of rich raspberry, fresh picked rose and subtle violet with rural undernotes of crisp bacon, clove oil and black pepper. The 2009 White Hawk shows an earthy, athletic palate with grilled game, kirsch and maduro cigar wrapper. Full bodied tannins linger throughout the evening, leaving you begging for the next dance. (DRINK NOW: 2+ hour decant, CELLAR 8+ years)




2009 Herman Story Tomboy Viognier/Roussanne....$37.99
250 cases made
83% Viognier, 17% Roussanne
Vineyards: Larner, White Hawk, Denner & James Berry
TASTING NOTES:
I appreciate a sturdy woman, a lady who the wind isn’t gonna blow over. I also enjoy a woman with many layers; someone I need to take my time on to get to know properly. Once again, Tomboy floats my boat. The 2009 vintage is a sturdy showing, indeed; a white wine that probably makes more sense to a red wine drinker than most red wines do. And multi-faceted is an understatement. This wine is so densely layered, it’s more likely to be recognized by MENSA than I ever am. It smells like crushed honeysuckle, wool shirts, lime zest, coconut, butterscotch, wood fire and pain perdue. It tastes like all of those things plus lychee, nectarine, white tea, thyme, orange marmalade and saltwater taffy. Actually, I stopped writing down what this wine tastes and smells like after an hour because my hand got tired. But mostly because I wanted to give it my full attention. (DRINK NOW: close to room temperature – 15 minute decant, CELLAR: 2-4 years)



2009 Herman Story Nuts & Bolts Syrah....$39.99
710 cases made
Vineyards: Shadow Canyon, Luna Matta, Terra Bella, White Hawk & Larner
TASTING NOTES:
Single vineyard wines are sort of like kids on the Ivy League track; you just have to make sure that you don’t do anything that throws them off and you’ll see them succeed. Blends like Nuts & Bolts are a bit more like me, it takes some well timed advice, a bit of hand wringing and a lot of love to see them come into their own; but when they do they always take the limelight. The 2009 Nuts & Bolts is the best testament to my parenting skills that I can imagine (ladies please don’t get any ideas.) A nose rich with red currant preserves, kirsch, nutmeg and a hint of coriander opens into a palate bursting with ripe plum, open pit bar-b-que and persistent, dusty tannins. (DRINK NOW: 45 minute decant, CELLAR: 8 + years)



2009 Herman Story On the Road Grenache....$39.99
360 cases made
Vineyards: Larner, Santa Barbara Highlands & Hymn
TASTING NOTES:
Driving up and down the Central Coast throughout harvest has it’s perks, sure I now know more places to find legit burritos than I ever thought possible, but aside from that I get to spend countless hours mulling over the best way to blend my Grenache lots. The 2009 On the Road may be the best Grenache party I’ve ever curated. The wine smells a like a sensuous, low-lit evening: chocolate creme pie, spiced raspberry compote, cinnamon stick, leather and velour pillows. The palate carries the evening into the night and the next morning with dark coffee covered cherries, sweet tobacco, strawberry rhubarb waffles, blueberries and crisp bacon. (DRINK NOW: 1 hour decant, CELLAR: 6-10 years)







Thursday, April 28, 2011

Best Damn Beer Shop in Town


The Wine and Cheese Place is featured on....
"Best Damn Beer Shop in Town"
By The STL Collective
"....What if we want to buy some good ole American made beer? How about something from a brewery that doesn’t make a product for the masses? Where do we go? We go to the Wine and Cheese Place, that’s where we go I tell ya. With 3 locations in St. Louis and a 4th to open soon, they are easily accessible by almost all St. Louis beer, wine, liqour, and cheese lovers. They also get into all kinds of delicious foods such as fresh farm eggs, local salsas, and delicate chocolates. Which is all nice, but I’m here to promote them for their beer selection… as I’m a beer nerd and fully appreciate them for what they do. Out of their 4 locations their store in Clayton off of Forsyth is the pinnacle of beer shops in the area.."


Many aspects of The Wine and Cheese Place make it an incredible store for beer lovers. Don’t know what you’re after? Feel free to make your own 6 pack with several great options to experiment that way. Want to try something new but the 6-pack price is a little too much to pay on something you’ve never had? Ask the clerk, they’ll often sell you just one bottle out of a six pack so you can try it. Still on the fence about spending money for a beer you’ve never tried? Well friends, you’re in luck… head down to the Forsyth location any Friday between 4-6 for a free weekly beer tasting where there will be 6 to 8 different beers for you to sample. Sampling is a must considering that they have over 1,000 different bottles of beer in this store for a customer to browse through! From California to New York, from Belgium to Japan, there are beers from all over the globe to shop and they’re organized on the shelves by the coutnry each beer is from to easily search out what you want if, if you know exactly what you want that is. I often go and roam back and forth for 30 minutes or more just browsing.


Need more reasons to shop for your beer at the Wine and Cheese Place? True beer lovers like myself are all too familiar with the hard to get or limited release beers and the importance of trying ALL OF THEM. If it’s a beer that only a few bottles come to St. Louis for sale then odds are The W&CP will get some in. They’re fair about it as well. They’ll put limits on how many bottles each customer can buy in order to make sure to get the beer into the hands of all that want it. Paul Hayden is the manager in charge of all things beer down there and he works hard to bring awareness to anyone who’s paying attention. Paul will post on websites such as beeradvocate.com and stlhops.com, he will tweet, he will facebook, and he’ll even personally email you back any answer you might be looking for about beer. The customer service all around at Wine & Cheese Place is sensational but Paul is who I deal with most and have never been let down. In the last year I’ve obtained through Paul and the W&CP such highly acclaimed beers as the following: Hopslam, KBS, Big John, Olde Bluehair, Nemesis, Firestone 14th, Barrel Aged La Trappe, Bourbon County Rare & Vanilla stouts, and many many others.


Still need yet another reason to check out The Wine & Cheese Place? How about special events. There is constantly something going that makes the visit worth it. The next event I suggest all to attend is their Beerfest on May 14th (my birthday!! you know where I’ll be). For more information click here.



In closing, if you need a better selection of beer, are interested in expanding your knowledge of microbrews, or just want to see what all the world has to offer in terms of brews all together then make a stop at The Wine and Cheese Place. You will not be disappointed… I promise.
-- The STL Collective 


click here to read the full article and check out this new site about St. Louis



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90 point Sauvignon Blanc for under $10

In stock now at Forsyth and Rock Hill


2009 Murphy Goode Sauvignon Blanc "The Fume"....$9.49
"The star of this line-up is the delicious, exotic, fruit-forward 2009 The Fume, a blend of Sauvignon Blanc from the North Coast (primarily Lake County and Alexander Valley). It offers abundant notes of honeysuckle, orange marmalade, fig and melons in a crisp, fresh, medium-bodied, exotic, exuberant style. It needs to be consumed over the next year."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate





 

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A picture says a thousand words...

This sums of the state of the beer business here at The Wine and Cheese Place-- it is great when "old school" cream ale can be stacked next to "new school" Arrogant Bastard and live happily ever after for all to enjoy.....

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Schlafly Anniversary Vol.2

Reserve some now

Schlafly 2nd edition 20th Anniversary Hop Toddy is now in stock at Forsyth!!!
The second in the 20th Anniversary series is here + we will be tasting it at our Beerfest! 


Schlafly sent out a press release:

No.20 - Volume 2: Hop Toddy Press Release

Schlafly Set To Release New Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Beer


St. Louis, MO • April 12th, 2011 – This month, Schlafly Beer unveils their newest release in the limited edition 20th Anniversary Series. Bottled in a 750 ml champagne bottle, No.20, Volume 2: Hop Toddy represents the second of four unique one-off releases planned this year in celebration of Schlafly’s 20th birthday.




Schlafly No.20, Volume 2: Hop Toddy was created by the second generation of original Schlafly brewers – James “Otto” Ottolini, now head of brewing operations at Schlafly Bottleworks, Sara Hale and Jack Petrovic, who are now involved in St. Louis’ local food movement, Kevin Nash and Paul Jensen, who are still tending bar at the Schlafly Tap Room after 20 years as well as Claire Huelsmann.



Hop Toddy showcases our desire to experiment beyond the boundaries of traditional beer styles. This wheat ale is brewed with local wheat and honey, with a hint of concentrated lemon juice. A dry-hopping with Citra hops and aging in bourbon barrels makes it the beer equivalent of a hot toddy.










Stone pint glasses - 3 to choose from....

We now have three differernt Stone Pint glasses ($1.99 each) in stock now at Forsyth

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Some bargain Bordeaux



2006 Joanin Becot Red Bordeaux....$29.99
"One of the stars of the vintage for this appellation, this property, owned by Juliette Becot, produces a blend of 75% Merlot and 25% Cabernet Franc. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, and looked after by Michel Rolland’s right-hand man in Bordeaux, Jean-Philippe Forte, this stunning 2006 exhibits sweet blackberry, black currant, smoky, toasty oak, espresso roast, and chocolate aromas and flavors. Full-bodied with precise minerality, and good focus, purity, texture, and depth, this superb sleeper of the vintage should be consumed over the next decade. Good value."
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Chateau d'Aiguilhe...$29.99
This shows new wood on the nose, with ripe berry and sweet tobacco. Full-bodied, with a solid core of fruit and firm tannins. Very fresh and racy. Consistently outstanding and always a serious value. Best from 2012 through 2017. –JS

Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator


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Glenlivet Scotch Tasting at two of our stores

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Glenlivet Scotch Tasting -- Two chances to taste! 
Meet Winston Evans, The Glenlivet Ambassador

Open house, no reservations needed, tell your friends and join us!!
Forsyth   --  Friday - May 6 from 4:00pm-6:00pm
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105 -- 314.727.8788
Rock Hill -- Saturday -  May 7th from Noon – 2pm

9755 Manchester Road, ROCK HILL, MO, 63119 -- 314.962.8150


Where: The Wine and Cheese Place

Meet Winston Evans, The Glenlivet Ambassador
We will taste through the amazing portfolio of Glenlivet scotches


We will taste these amazing Glenlivet scotches....


Glenlivet 12
Glenlivet 15
Glenlivet 16 Nadurra
Glenlivet 18
Glenlivet 21



Bio --WINSTON EVANS
The Glenlivet Ambassador



The Glenlivet Ambassador for Chicago and the Midwest, Winston is proud to be representing The Glenlivet and sharing its glory wherever he goes.

Born and raised in Wales, Winston moved to Chicago in 2002, where he has worked as an actor, teacher and social worker, as well as representing The Glenlivet since May 2005.

Winston’s biggest reward from his job as Ambassador is that every day he is able to share his knowledge about the fascinating world of Scotch Whisky and its heritage. “I’m truly a people person, and that’s why this job is perfect for me,” Winston says. “Scotch has long been a passion of mine, so to share a dram and a story with someone eager to learn is always a gratifying experience.”

Evans now resides in Evanston, IL with his wife and son. His favorite Scotch is the beautifully structured and balanced The Glenlivet 18-Year-Old, cut with still spring water.




Amazing 2009 Huet....

The amazing 2009s are in stock now!!
In stock now at Forsyth

2009 Huet Vouvray Moelleux Clos du Bourg Première Trie...$66.99
This is gorgeous, with notes of ginger, orange, clementine, white peach and green fig all bouncing off one another, but working harmoniously through the richly detailed finish. A lingering green tea note hangs on for added length as this puts on weight with air. Drink now through 2025. 760 cases made. –JM
Rated 96/100 The Wine Spectator


2009 Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Mont....$43.99
This wants to be lush, with a core of mango and green fig fruit, but the minerality, ginger blossom and melon rind notes harness it all. The long, pure finish has a lingering green tea note that echoes at the very end. Drink now through 2025. 1,700 cases made. –JM
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator


2009 Huet Vouvray Moelleux Le Mont Première Trie....$66.99
A ripe, juicy style, with lots of green almond, fig and pear notes backed by more quince and melon on the rounded, opulent finish. Almost sticky in feel, but the underlying acidity keeps it all fresh and pure. The finishes drives on, with added length as this airs in the glass. Drink now through 2025. 700 cases made. –JM
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator



2009 Huet Vouvray Sec Clos du Bourg...$29.99
Dry, but still flattering in feel, with friendly green almond, quince and fig notes carried by a lilting floral hint on the finish. Drink now through 2015. 1,380 cases made. –JM
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

 2005 Huet Vouvray Moelleux Cuvee Constance...$133.99 / 500ml
Plus just a few bottles remain of this rare dessert wine
Comprising a virtually berry-by-berry selection of perfectly botrytized fruit from each of the domaine’s three sites, the Huet 2005 Vouvray Cuvee Constance will be virtually ageless. Quince jelly, marzipan, lemon candy, heliotrope, and honey levitate from the glass, in anticipation of the startling elegance, lift, and lightness of touch that this elixir exhibits on the palate, for all of its intensely honeyed richness. Fresh grapefruit and lemon leaven the wine and balance its 137 grams residual sugar, and the finish is astonishingly fresh and juicy, yet displays confectionary (marzipan, vanilla creme) and patisserie (buttered pastry with quince filling) sides as well. Anyone hoping to net and pin down in words this splendid butterfly of a wine will fail, but if you do pin down a bottle, let it soar across the next several decades.
Rated 96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate