Saturday, August 6, 2011

Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project

We have 7 bottles of Single Oak Project that we will have for sale.
Barrel #4
Barrel #35
Barrel #67
Barrel #131
Barrel #132
Barrel #163
Barrel #164

We decided to do another raffle like we did for the Experimental Batches.  We have tickets to fill out at all four of our stores.  Just stop by during stores hours starting now until 7pm on August 20th and fill out your name, phone# and email.   On Monday, August 22, we will gather up the tickets from all four stores and have a drawing.   The 7 names we draw will get a bottle of Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project Bourbon reserved for them to purchase ($49.99 / 375ml).

More info.
  • No purchase necessary, but you must fill out the tickets in person at the stores
  • No email or phone call sign ups.
  • Must 21 years of age to enter
  • Only 1 entry per person 
  • (for additional entries,  each bottle of Buffalo Trace you purchase you can enter again)
  • You do not need to be present for the drawing, we will contact the winners via phone or email

What is the Single Oak Project?
Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project
For over a century, Buffalo Trace Distillery has been a pioneering leader in quality and innovation. The Single Oak Project may be its most inventive undertaking yet - an industry first.

It all started with 96 individually selected American oak trees. These trees were carefully chosen with special consideration for the thickness of the wood grain. Then, staves were made from these trees and kept close together for seasoning. Not just staves of the same tree, but staves of the same half of the tree, both bottom and top, were then made into single oak barrels and uniquely charred.   A single barrel was constructed from each unique section. Prior to construction we varied the stave seasoning times. The 192 barrels were then charred differently. These single oak barrels were then filled with different recipe whiskeys, at various entry proofs and aged in a variety of different warehouse styles.  We believe that this experiment will allow you to directly compare the impact of 7 different critical variables across 192 bottles for a total of 1,396 taste combinations. None of the 192 bottles in the complete set are exactly alike.

Next, the oak barrels were filled with different whiskeys, altering the combination of mashbill recipe and entry proof used. The barrels were aged in a variety of warehouses , on different floors and in different locations. Each barrel in the Single Oak Project is different from every other barrel in at least one aspect.

As the bourbon aged, we prepared ourselves to reveal the results — the outcome of the most experimental undertaking of its kind — to the whiskey connoisseurs of the world. Savor these unique bourbons and give us your feedback. We want you to share your thoughts with other like-minded whiskey drinkers and have open discussions about this experimental undertaking. We want you to be a part of the exciting, groundbreaking piece of research we call the Single Oak Project.

Plus they want you to post your tasting notes

Bonus Craft Beer Event at The Wine and Cheese Place

Its ready, come and get it.

Breakfast Club at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth
St. Louis Craft Beer Week 
"Open House Format"

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105


Saturday, August 6th from 10am to Noon
In honor of Craft Beer Week, our own Nicole of The Wine and Cheese Place is going to create for you tortilla espanol, which is the Spanish equivilent of a fritata made with our own Dry Dock Farm Fresh Eggs of Missouri, as well as, the Neuske's Bacon that we sell in our deli. We will also have a number of "Breakfast Beers" for you to taste with this delicious dish.   We know you will be hurting from the week long of craft beer drinking....but keep the fun going.

The beers we will taste include:
Dieu du Ciel Peche Mortel
Aecht Marzen
Bells Java Stout
Mikkeller Rauch Beer Geek Breakfast
Sam Smiths Oatmeal Stout

 (beers subject to change)

Our Farm Fresh Eggs will be available for purchase along with Neuske's Bacon and of course, plenty of beer to purchase.

A great Bonarda

Hector Meli - Argentina

Hector Meli is the oldest winery in Tupungato. Grown at more than 3,000 feet above sea level, high in Mendoza’s Uco Valley, the wines offer a purity of fruit, depth, and definition that is unmatched for the price!

Bonarda -- What is this?  It is a grape grown mostly in Italy and Argentina.  Many think it is actually the same grape as Charbono that you find in Caifornia and Washington.   Bonarda was  the most planted grape in Argentina until very recently -- of course, it is Malbec now.

Great Argentine red...
2010 Hector Meli Bonarda...$12.99
"Dark ruby, spice box, red and black fruit aromas, easygoing, no hard edges, drink now – 3 years." -- Rated 89/100 The Wine Advocate

Tasting Notes: Offers plummy, floral aromas, with smooth, polished tannins and a subtle note of oak leading to a long, lingering finish.

Serve With: Enjoy with boldly flavored pizza, pasta or red meat preparations, or a wide range of flavorful stews such as ratatouille or chili

Friday, August 5, 2011

Hanssens Oude Gueuze is back

Back in stock after a long absence...

Hanssens Oude Gueuze...$13.99 / 375ml
Hanssens Oude Gueuze...$17.99 / 750ml
"Hanssens Oude Gueuze has a hazy gold color and an aroma of wet wool, preserved lemons, vanilla, and earth. The palate is sharply tangy and dry, opening up to a marvelously complex display of citrus and damp earth in the center. The finish is miles long and juicily acidic, with a final flourish of fruit. This would be brilliant wit ha good ceviche packed with shrimp and avocado."
--Garrett Oliver, The Brewmaster's Table

also online now

Pictures from the Goose Island Tasting

Here are a few photos from the Goose Island and Cheese Pairing at The Wine and Cheese Place during St. Louis Craft Beer Week.

Here is what we tasted...
Goose Island IPA -- reception beer
Goose Island Lolita with Baetje Farms Chevre
Goose Island Sofie with Delice de Bourgogne Triple Creme
Goose Island Fleur with Cave Aged Gruyere
Goose Island Matilda with Pont L'Eveque
Goose Island Pepe Nero with Pecorino Toscana
Goose Island Pere Jacques with Blue Stilton

The empty bottles of Lolita -- 

A new Holy Grail...

Monty Python's Holy Grail Black Knight's Reserve....$4.39
Holy Grail Dark is a full flavoured strong Yorkshire ale brewed using the unusual Yorkshire Square fermentation system. The result is a well balanced, deep chestnut coloured ale.

With it's distinctive roast malt, Golding hops and banana fruit aromas, Holy Grail Dark has a strong and refreshingly dry finish of hops and roasted barley malt.

ABV 5.7%

    Blushing Monk

    sold out again

    Founders Blushing Monk....$12.99 / 750ml

    "The first “Backstage Series” release is sure to put a smile on the face of Founders fans. “We haven’t produced this product in over four years and people have been begging for it—so this is the perfect time to bring Blushing Monk back to market.” Blushing Monk is a decadent Belgian Raspberry Ale that was last produced in 2007, and is still highly sought after." - Founders Press Release

    Avery Maharaja

    In stock now at Forsyth and online
    Avery Maharaja Imperial IPA Batch #14...$6.99 (22oz)
    Bottled 6/30/11
    Rated 100/100 on RateBeer
    Beer Style: Imperial India Pale Ale
    Hop Variety: Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial and Chinook
    Malt Variety: Two-row barley, caramel 120L, victory
    OG: 1.090 ABV: 10.24% IBUs: 102
    Color: Dark Amber
    Maharaja is derived from the sanskrit words mahat, - "great" and rajan - "king". Much like its namesake, this imperial IPA is regal, intense and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, he rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant and pungent along with an insane amount of malted barley - fashioning a dark amber hue and exquisite malt essence.

    Summary of tastings this weekend....

    We have a lot going on at different stores:  Please not the store location of each event
    Here is the list:  click on them to read the details

    All weekend long - taste "The Wine and Cheese Place Single Barrel" Buffalo Trace at all four location -- watch for the arrival today.

    Tonight Aug 5 (Forsyth) 4-6pm -  Meet the Brewer - Boulevard Beer Tasting
    Taste both versions of the Boulevard Deschutes Collab plus more

    Saturday Aug 6 (Forsyth) 10am-noon -- Breakfast Club Beer Tasting
    Join us for Tortilla Espanol and some breakfast beers

    Saturday Aug 6 (Rock Hill) 12:30-3:30 -- Freddie Lees Ghetto Sauce
    Taste this great sauce on some grilled Chicken

    Saturday Aug 6 (Ballwin) 12-4pm - Taste the No. 5 Wine of the Year
    Only a few cases left at our Ballwin location

    Saturday Aug 6 (Forsyth) 3-5pm -  Bourbon Tasting plus more
    Brian B. will taste our Buffalo Trace plus Buffalo Trace Single Oak Project.  Plus Pimms Cup and Cucumber plus some wine.

    Taste both Collaborations


    The Wine and Cheese Place is involved in a number of events for 3rd Annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week

    Friday, August 5th
    Meet the Brewer - The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 4PM-6PM
    Open House 

    We will taste both the Deschutes Version and the Boulevard Version of the Collaboration on Friday August 5th at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton for Craft Beer Week.   Plus you get to talk to Boulevard's brewer Jeremy Danner about the project!!!

    This is probably the only chance you will be able to taste the same beer brewed at two different breweries at the same time.  We have heard that the Deschutes Conflux No.2 version will not be distributed here.  

    We will have the Boulevard Collaboration No.2 available for sale.  The Deschutes Conflux No.2 will be for tasting only -- not for sale

    Friday, August 5th
    Meet the Brewer - The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 4PM-6PM
    Open House 
    Boulevard Brewer, Jeremy Danner, will be on hand to taste some beer including the Boulevard/Deschutes Collaboration #2 and Deschutes/Boulevard Conflux Series No.2 along with Boulevard Zon, Amber, Single Wide and more. 

    Here are the two labels that you will taste:

    "Second in a series, the citrusy, smooth White India Pale Ale is a fortuitous meeting of Deschutes' hop skills and Boulevard's deft wheat touch.  What's 1800 miles when a great beer is at stake?" - label

    Here is Boulevard's label for the same beer....brewed at Boulevard

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    Thursday, August 4, 2011

    Buffala Trace Barrel arriving!!!!!!

    Update:  Our barrel should arrive tomorrow - 8/5/11  I will update when it arrives.  We will have it open at all stores to taste.

    We picked our barrel and have it on order -- here is what the bottle will say -- 

    We are getting our own barrel of Buffalo Trace Bourbon bottled exclusively for The Wine and Cheese Place.  We tasted through 5 barrel samples along with many of our bourbon expert customers and chose our barrel..


    Freddie Lees Ghetto Sauce

    Come taste it at Rock Hill
    The Wine and Cheese Place
    9755 Manchester Road, Rock Hill 63119
    This Saturday Aug 6 from 12:30 - 3:30

    They come to the store and grill up chicken on their indoor grill and sample it with their Ghetto Sauce.  They were at Forsyth last week and boy was it good.  Make sure you stop by, because they are super nice people and the product is great!

    Freddie Lees Gourmet Ghetto Sauce
    Great taste, delightful aroma,  spicy and mild. They are a must have among your kitchen spices and sauces.
    Our Ghetto Sauce started out just for Bar B Que sauce, and then expanded to every type of meat, chips & dip, soups, salsa's , sauce in chili, sauce on chicken strips or chicken wings, bake potato's and the list continues to grow. Ghetto Sauce that can be used on your new creations.

    #5 Wine of the Year

    Our Ballwin location has the last 2 cases..

    Wine Tasting!

    Come taste 2006 BARONE RICASOLI
    Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio

    this Saturday 8/6/11 from 12pm-4pm
    The Wine and Cheese Place
    14748 Clayton Road, Ballwin MO 

    #5 Wine of the Year in  2009
    From The Wine Spectator
    Rated 96/100

    Chianti Classico Castello di Brolio.....$34.99
    Cheapest price on Wine-Searchers is $46.54 from Discount Wine Buys

    "Shows amazing aromas of blackberry, with hints of vanilla and flowers, along with black licorice and crushed berries. Full-bodied, with wonderfully caressing, ultrafine tannins. Very balanced and long. Best after 2011. 6,170 cases made. –JS"

    Limited release -- Oak Hatter

    New Holland Oak Aged Hatter...$4.69 / 22oz
    Mad Hatter I.P.A. aged in Kentucky Barrels. Round, smooth wood character brings a new dimension to dry-hopped, aromatic hoppiness.

    Perennial Artisan Ale update...

    Perennial Artisan Ales just got two more labels approved....we cannot wait to see these beers here on our shelves at The Wine and Cheese Place!!!

    "Our first brews on this system will include: Hommel Bier (a dry-hopped Belgian Pale Ale), South Side Blonde (a Belgian Blonde Ale), Strawberry Rhubarb Tart (a Witbier with strawberries, rhubarb stalks, and Indian coriander), Saison de Lis (a Saison brewed with chamomile flowers), and Heart of Gold (a big 10% ABV Wheat Wine)." - Perennial Website

    Here was their first label that got approved....

    Tuesday, August 2, 2011

    Sprecher Brewing Craft Soda

    We cannot get Sprecher beers from Wisconsin here in Missouri, but we now have their craft soda in stock now at The Wine and Cheese Place on Forsyth.

    They all come in 4 pack - 16 oz bottles

    Sprecher Orange Cream
    Enjoy this super citrus drink of natural orange flavors, honey and vanilla for a creamy, dreamy taste experience that's over the moon. In your wildest dreams, cows roam the orange groves in search of a starry spot for sitting and sipping a succulent citrus soda. And as with all of our sodas, it's caffeine free. For your optimum enjoyment, serve in frosted mugs.

    Sprecher Ravin' Red
    We have searched Wisconsin far and wide for the finest all-natural ingredients, brewed them in our gas-fired kettle and bottled this gourmet soda just for you. Pure cherry juice is skillfully combined with the natural essence of real cranberries and blended with honey and ginseng for a high-energy soft drink that is the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

    Sprecher Puma Cola
    All Natural Puma Kola, is fire-brewed in our unique gas-fired kettle for distinctive flavor and character. Each batch is made from scratch using the finest ingredients; kola extract, real vanilla, a pinch of cinnamon and pure honey. You will roar with delight at this wonderfully rich and flavorful soft drink.

    Sprecher Cherry Cola
    Sprecher Cherry Cola is a masterful blend of Wisconsin’s own Door County cherry juice, raw honey, the finest cola extract, and a handful of select spices cooked to perfection in our gas-fired brew kettles then lightly carbonated for refreshment that tickles the taste buds with an array of pleasing flavors. One sip and we’re sure you’ll agree – cherry cola has never tasted this good!

    Goose Island SODAs!!!

    We just got in stock Goose Island Beer Co. SODA!!!!
    In stock at Forsyth

    Goose Island Orange Cream Soda
    Notes From The Fountain: There are very few things that would dare assume to make our Orange Cream Soda any better than it has always been. Well, we found some thing…ALL-NATURAL flavor! This classic flavor has evolved into the best tasting Orange Cream Soda we could ever imagine! The tartness of the Valencia orange flavor is perfectly balanced with the creamy vanilla notes. The result: a huge smile on your face." -- Goose Island
    Goose Island Vanilla Cream Soda
    Notes From The Fountain:  You’ve been asking for it…so here it is! We couldn’t be happier to introduce our all-naturally flavored Vanilla Cream Soda! We took your typical cream soda and then amped it up, Goose Island style. This flavor was cultivated to deliver one of the richest tastes ever bottled. Our Vanilla Cream Soda is a rich golden color. The taste is a blend of vanilla bean with a hint of bourbon. You’ll be blown away with the creaminess. This decadent gem will make you feel a little naughty, but you’ll get over it. -- Goose Island
    Goose Island Root Beer
    Notes From The Fountain: Chicago’s visitors are awestruck by its towering skyscrapers, iconic bridges, and breathtaking lakefront, but locals never miss a chance to enjoy one of its lesser known but equally memorable experiences…a Goose Island Chicago Style Root Beer. Made with 100% CANE SUGAR, naturally caffeine-free and never pasteurized, it’s unlike any of those syrupy concoctions you’ll find in an aluminum can or two liter bottle. Rich, creamy, and thick in tradition, each sip of our Chicago Style Root Beer reveals a flavor as unique as the city it’s named for. Just like Chicago, we’re sure you’ll find yourself wanting to visit it again and again.

    Our recipe was originally brewed at the Goose Island Clybourn Brewpub and is unchanged today. While drinking a bottle you’ll notice the vanilla notes up front and wonder what familiar taste you’re getting at the end. The wintergreen finish will cause you to reach for that second bottle. Maybe over some vanilla ice cream this time?
    As the company’s firstborn, Goose Island Root Beer expresses its own personality with a new package that plays on classic Chicago iconography while making it clear who the star is in the soda line up." -- Goose Island
    Goose Island Concord Grape
    Notes From The Fountain:  Our Grape Soda has been re-formulated to deliver an uncanny match while using only all-natural flavor. We avoided that super-sweet candy tasting grape flavor and now are able to deliver a grown up Concord Grape Soda that will put a big smile on your face as you are transported to a memory of childhood. Concord Grape Soda contains no caffeine. You’ll want to immediately pick up the soda when you see the rich and deep color of purple. As the cap comes off the bottle you’ll notice the highly aromatic scent of the all-natural Concord Grape flavor. The taste packs a powerful punch with a bit of tartness and finishes smooth.  -- Goose Island

    100% Cane Sugar

    Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds....

    If you have not tried our Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds, you do not know what you are missing.  We have more people hooked on these than any other candy in the store....

    come in for a taste if you will be hooked....

    We sell them by the pound near the register.

    2009 Burgundy

    2009 is being heralded as the best vintage since 2005 in Burgundy.   Looks to be not quite as classic as 2005, but apparently still a great vintage.  
    They are just starting to arrive. These are now in stock at Forsyth.   

    2009 Bouchard Beaune "Grèves - l'Enfant Jésus" 1er...$91.99 
    Tasting note: Moderate wood sets off very ripe aromas of black cherry, plum and wet stone that also characterizes the extremely rich yet beautifully detailed flavors that possess superb intensity as well as fine complexity on the tension-filled and wonderfully persistent finish. Terrific. Comments: Sweet spot Outstanding" 
    Rated 91-94/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound

    Bouchard Nuits St.-Georges "Les Cailles" 1er...$89.99
    "Tasting note: A very ripe, indeed even slightly surmature nose of mild reduction, mocha and menthol aromas introduces extremely rich yet reasonably delineated medium weight plus flavors that are unexpectedly cool and tension-filled on the dusty and palate staining finish. Notwithstanding the cool impression of the finish, this is riper than I like and it affects the expression of the underlying terroir."
    Rated 89-91/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound

    2009 Bouchard Pommard...$48.99
    Tasting note: Proust said that about 60% of this blend was from domaine fruit. An expressive nose speaks of pretty red berry fruit with subtle earth and sauvage hints that carry over to the rich and relatively full-bodied flavors that are shaped by moderately rustic tannins and a notably firm finish where a hint of wood surfaces. This is quite good but note that patience will be required, especially for a villages-level wine.  Comments: Outstanding
    Rated 89/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound

    This Burghounds's top rated Lamarche Clos de Vouegeot -- better than the 2005
    2009 Lamarche Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru....$152.99
    "Tasting note: Wood spice and pungent earth notes add breadth to the ripe and largely red fruit-based nose. The big, powerful and concentrated flavors possess plenty of sap that helps to buffer the mildly rustic and very firm tannic spine that shapes the driving and energetic finish. This should be excellent in time but it will need plenty of it."
    Rated 91-94/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound

    2009 Rene LeClerc Gevrey-Chambertin "Combe Aux Moines" 1er...$77.99
    Note: from 80+ year old vines. Tasting note: A brooding and almost mute nose allows only glimpses of an earthy mélange of wild red and blue berry fruit aromas that are followed by rich, full and quite serious medium-bodied flavors that possess both good volume and fine length on the balanced if not especially complex finish.
    Rated 89-91/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound

    Monday, August 1, 2011

    Craft Beer Week at The Wine and Cheese Place

    starts tonight at The Wine and Cheese Place....................

    The Wine and Cheese Place is involved in a number of events for 3rd Annual St. Louis Craft Beer Week

    Tuesday, August 2nd
    Beer and Cheese Tasting – Schlafly Tap Room – 7PM-9PM
    Price $15 - Reservations are required call  314-241-BEER
    Urban Chestnut and The Wine and Cheese Place have been invited as guests by Schlafy to help with their cheese and beer pairing.
    Tickets  call --  314-241-BEER 

    Tuesday, August 2nd
    Green Flash Beer Tasting – The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 4PM-6PM
    Open House
    Celebrate the release of St. Louis’s newest visitor from the West Coast by coming out and tasting some delicious Green Flash beers. Representatives from Green Flash will be on hand to sample some of their hoppy ales along with their Belgian series as well.

    Beers we plan to taste include West Coast IPA, Hop Head Red, Imperial IPA, and Double Stout.
    (plus we have 1 bottle of Green Flash Tripel and Barleywine to pour until they are gone)

    Thursday, August 4th -- Sold out now -but- Mike Sweeney has a pair to give away tomorrow- watch StlHops

    Goose Island Beer and Cheese Pairing – The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 6PM-8PM
    $10 / person  - Reservations are required click here to make reservations or call (314-727-8788)
    Join Goose Island’s Karen King as she pairs some delicious vintage ales from Goose Island with the extensive and equally delicious cheeses from the Wine and Cheese Place.  

    Here are the beers we will taste:
    Pepe Nero
    Pere Jacques
    Plus a very rare and special beer that has not been here in St. Louis
    "Lolita is a pink rose colored Belgian style pale ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on raspberries in wine barrels. Aromas of fresh raspberries, bright jammy fruit flavors and crisp, refreshing body make Lolita ideal for beer drinkers fond of Belgian Framboise." -- Goose Island

    Friday, August 5th
    Meet the Brewer - The Wine and Cheese Place Clayton – 4PM-6PM
    Open House 
    Boulevard Brewer, Jeremy Danner, will be on hand to taste some beer including the Boulevard/Deschutes Collaboration along with many others.  I am told Jeremy always brings something special with him.  We will see, I will update when I hear.

    Ovila Saison

    Also online
    Second in the series - we also have the Dubbel in stock.

    Sierra Nevada Collaboration wiht The Abbey of New Clairvaux
    Ovila Saison....$10.99
    "For centuries, the monastic tradition has followed the rule of St. Bendict -- Ora et Labora (prayer and work.) This Saison farmhouse ale is in honor of the noble labor in which the monks engage.  Hazy blonde in color, these rustic ales are designed to be complex and contemplative but also refreshing and drinkable after a day in the fields.   With earthy and spicy aromas this Saison has notes of green grass, and a faint citrus tang.   The body is light and layered with fruit and spice accents and a dry, peppery, and refreshing finish.