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Friday, August 26, 2011

Old Pulteney 12 year old is back in stock

After a long absence, Old Pulteney 12 year old is back in stock 
at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth


BFM limited release

Order all BFM online


Back in stock -- 12 more bottles
Very, very rare beer.



The newest Grand Cru aged in Rhum barrels


Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien Grand Cru....$19.99 / 375ml
"Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien Grand Cru Strong Sour Ale Double Wooded Second Finition in Rhum Barrels. Brewed in 2010. Bottle in 2011" -- From the neck


Ale Matured in Oak Barrel. Hand bottled, without prise de mousse. This Grand Cru's complexity will increase with age. 11% ABV
Ingredients: Swiss mountains' spring water, barley malts, sugar, hop, yeast.
info from the label



2010 Bon Chien is here


A new vintage of BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien has arrived...



2010 BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien....$23.99
"Boldly treading the boundary between port, wine and beer, l'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is a unique ale aged in wooden casks which have been used for several years before to age Merlot, Merlot Cabernet, Whisky and then Grappa. It manages to merge into L'Abbaye all the complex aromas of a vintage red wine along with the delicate harmony and flavors of the wood and its former contents. This process requires close monitoring of the beer's evolution. The final version is blended from different casks, to ensure optimal balance, complexity and enjoyment! A mere one thousand bottles have been earmarked for the US market in 2006.   [Thus named in fond memory of Bon-Chien, the late brewery cat, deceased in June 2005, whose antics were very popular with brewery visitors]  Try it with pan-fried duck breast or foie gras déglacéed with Modena balsamic vinegar… or with a high cocoa contents dark chocolate."--importer


also online 

Tumbler....


Sierra Nevada Tumbler -- seasonal beer is now in stock..



Now in stock at Forsyth!


Sierra Nevada Tumbler....$8.49 / 6pk

As the nights grow cool, the leaves on the valley oaks begin to turn and fall. In honor of this yearly dance, we bring you Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale and invite you to enjoy the show. We use malt within days of roasting at the peak of its flavor to give Tumbler a gracefully smooth malt character. So pour a glass, and grab a window seat to watch as the leaves come tumbling down.


alcohol content: 5.5% by volume
yeast: Ale Yeast
bittering hops: Challenger
bitterness units: 37
finishing hops: Challenger & Yakima Goldings
malts: Two-row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate & Smoked





Bells Oktoberfest


Bells Oktoberfest has arrived and limited...





Bells Oktoberfest....$9.89 / 6pk


"A coppery amber lager that showcases a full bodied, malty flavor that is balanced by a refreshing bitterness derived from fine noble hops. " -- brewert

Alc. by Vol.:
5.5%

govino wine classes - unbreakable


Amazing Wine Glasses, stemless, unbreakable.....GoVino



govino...$8.99 / 4 pack box

Where Wine Meets Design

Necessity is indeed the mother of invention. govino was originally created as a trade tool to help professional salespeople showcase their wines whenever and wherever proper stemware isn't accessible – which as we learned firsthand, is often! Once we began testing the market, we realized there was an even bigger need for govino in the consumer sector, particularly at settings where breakable glass is an issue. After all, how many times have we all had to endure drinking good wine from bad glasses?


Why does the govino wine glass look and perform like crystal?
govino is made from a food-safe, BPA-free polymer, which reflects a wine's color and aromatics much like crystal. It is recyclable (#1), but better yet it is reusable.


2009 Beaux Freres


Amazing Pinot Noir from the brother in law of Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate - Beaux Freres









Intro priced...
2009 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Willamette....$43.99
no additional discount

Sleek and silky, with pretty cherry and mineral flavors that glide seamlessly through the long, vivid finish. This has depth, deft balance and welcome restraint. Drink now through 2017. 2,400 cases made. –HS
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator



2009 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir "Beaux Freres Vineyard"...$68.99
no additional discount

Light and spicy, with pretty red berry and cinnamon flavors that linger against refined tannins. The flavors expand with each sip, picking up extra mineral and earth nuances, as the finish sails on unabated. It's the length that makes this special. Drink now through 2019. 2,300 cases made. –HS
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator





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Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Wine and Cheese Place gets national attention!


The Wine and Cheese Place gets some national attention from New York Magazine




An article on The Five Point Weekend Escape - Tap into the MicroBrew Craze in St. Louis!

The Wine and Cheese Place is the "Insider's Tip"

The Wine and Cheese Place ships regional beers around the country.


"Missouri law prohibits all breweries from shipping directly to consumers, but sidestep the rules by heading to The Wine and Cheese Place, which has four locations in the area, including one a short trip outside the city limits in Clayton. Ask for Paul Hayden, the in-house beer expert, and he'll assemble a line-up of Missouri-made brews that you can send home, and you can also order online." -- New York Magazine


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A couple of rare ones...

Order Aventinus online




A couple of rare new releases....
Edelster Distilled Aventinus Beer Whiskey Barrel Aged....$44.99 / 375ml
Matured for 3 years in Michel Couvreur Whiskey Barrel


Appearance: Golden Color
Aroma: slightly peaty, notes of banana and apricot
Flavor: boubon whiskey character, peat-smoky
Finish:  malty, full-bodied and warming.


Edelster Distilled Aventinus Beer Chardonnay Barrel Aged....$44.99 / 375ml

Matured for 1 year and 4 months in a French Chardonnay Barrel

Appearance: Champagne Color
Aroma: malty - reminiscent of bread, slightly citrusy, notes of coriander
Flavor: malty, remarkable balance of honey and sourly finish
Finish:  fruity and peppery



Plus we have 1 bottle left of the original one...
Edelster Distilled Aventinus Beer....$44.99 / 375ml

"Edelster Aventinus in its distilled form maintains its beautiful banana and dark strawberry nose combined with black peppery hop spice and hints of basil and clove. Its smooth, sticky mouthfeel compliments the fruity malt sweetness (strawberry/ pear/banana becoming vanilla) in perfect balance with the acidity and black-pepper bitterness."



More about the distillery....

"The distillery Schraml is an established family business located in the Old Provost’s Heritage Village, a former convent and rectory, with a rich history, at the foot of the Nature Park Steinwald. Mountains, strange rocks, white-water, ponds and plenty of forest characterise this beautiful area. In 1817, Johann Baptist Schraml settled down with his bride in the estate at the Heritage Village Kaiserberg 111 (today Kaiserberg 16), which came with the established right, conferred by the Kingdom of Bavaria, to distill brandies and liqueurs from fruit and grain. Fine liquors from fruit and grain and fine liqueurs have been produced here for six generations ever since. Raw materials
are fruit and cereal from the meadows and fields of Schraml’s own agriculture. The property also houses a bakery and a small communal brewery. Thus, in addition to fruit brandy and grain spirits, their own Zoigl beer is openly sold and served." -- importer




Also check out the Uerige Stickum -- distilled Uerige Sticke Alt


Gin -- what is the best?

"Find the Best"
With the popularity of classic martinis and so many new Gins and Vodkas hitting the market -- here is a great resource for learning about all of the gins vodkas on the shelf now.  You can also check out beer, whiskey, and wine reviews.


Click here to go the the site 
(site is not associated with The Wine and Cheese Place)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Perennial Artisan Ale Tour

Coming Soon to The Wine and Cheese Place -- mid-September (fingers crossed)
We will let you know when they arrive!


Stay in touch with their progress on Perennial's Facebook page or follow them on Twitter

I had the pleasure of taking a tour of Perennial Artisan Ales today.  Perennial looks to be the next St. Louis brewery to release beer out into the market.  The bottling system is getting ready to be set up, bottles are on order and kegs are ready to be filled.  We are hoping to have Perennial beer on the shelves of The Wine and Cheese Place in mid September (yes, that is only about 3 weeks away!)


Here is the outside of the building which was once an old Coca Cola syrup plant.  Phil Wymore, co-owner and head brewer,  took me for a tour of the new brewery which smells of beer brewing.  Beer is in the air!! Phil worked for two famous Chicago Breweries -- he was the head brewer of Half Acre Brewing and he was the Cellar Manager at Goose Island Brewing.




The brewing equipment
   


Cory King brewing away...





Some kegs ready to fill....

Barrel racks waiting for about 40 barrels to arrive in a few days...


The bottling system - their beers will be bottled in 750ml bottles.  
With plans of a canning line in the future.

Beautiful palate of hops- 


The bar and tasting room....

The bar front is made from old cork and wood floor boards
The bar will have 8 draft handles and will feature a few "guest" brews.







The Ginkgo Tree that Perennial planted outside their patio.
Read the significance of the Ginkgo tree to Perennial
This is the future home of their patio/beer garden




THE BEER

The beers we expect to see from Perennial are guaranteed to be some of the most diverse.




I got a chance to taste a few beers they are working on including a Cardamom Peach Ale and the Mexican Chocolate Stout (from The Create a Perennial Beer Contest - read more)
This is the 11% Mexican Chocolate Stout I was enjoying




Just listening to some of the ingredients that Phil is planning for their beers is incredible.  Ingredients that I would never have guessed you would use in a beer.   I don't want to spoil all of their surprises, but here are the first beers we will see bottled as the labels have already been 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










A new Guinness -- BLACK LAGER

In stock now at Forsyth

Guinness Black Lager...$8.29 / 6pk
"Guinness Black Lager is cold-brewed with roasted barley to deliver the refreshing taste of lager with the unique character of Guinness." -- label


Another IPA in a can!!!!

The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth just received: 

Breckenridge Lucky U IPA...$8.99 / 6pk CANS
We like to think this is an ale for everyone who believes you make your own luck. We sure did. And the result is a well-balanced, soulful IPA with just the right amount of hoppiness. An even keeled ale that goes down clean and refreshing, but still lets you know it’s been doted on by the Brewmaster. It's true to it’s IPA heritage, but also highly drinkable. Lucky U. And we seriously mean that.

Great wines at great prices....

We just got in an amazing closeout from one of our distributors.   The quality of these wines is amazing and the prices are outrageously cheap.





Many from the VERY FAMOUS ROCKPILE AVA in Sonoma.    
Rockpile became and AVA in Sonoma back in 2002.



"....one of the finest Zinfandel sites in northern California, the Rockpile appellation." 
-- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


Quantities are limited, we have less than 8 cases of each.


rose

2009 Branham  Petite Sirah Rose...$9.99
Compare to $15 at Branham Winery

Production: 75 Cases
The Branham Obsidian vineyard in Napa Valley is the source for this
Rosè made from our Obsidian’s Petite Sirah. We created this wine for
our portfolio based on the outsanding success of our Chardonnay. This
Rosè is another chilled wine that is perfect for that one special glass on
a warm Spring afternoon or lazy Summer’s day. The wine is more dry
than sweet, yet replete with hints of the dark fruit flavors found in this
grape in its more robust presentations--huckleberry, cranberry, and
strawberries. Oh My!





jazz

2006 Branham Jazz Red Blend...$14.99
Lowest price on Wine Searcher...$25.99 at Kahn's Fine Wines

The Jazz quartet is fronted by Napa Valley Zinfandel (40%), Petite Sirah
(20%), Syrah (20%), and Cabernet Sauvignon (20%). Ours chops have
matured with this vintage, and this mastery of composition begins with
harmonious fruit on the nose, segues to refined melodies of black-plum,
dark berries, and coffee notes on the palate, and brings down the house
with a purposeful symmetry of tannins and acidity at the finish.




07 rockpile petite

2007 Branham Rockpile Petite Sirah...$16.99
Compare to $32 at Branham Winery

Varietal percentage; 100% Petite Sirah
only 140 cases made
This Petite Sirah represents the second vintage for the new Branham
vineyards planted in 2004. This varietal is idealy suited for the rough
and tumble terroir of the Rockpile--high elevation, rocky soil, and fogfree temperatures.  This wine is a great representatvie of this amazing appelation with its dark fruit flavors and radient purple tones.








2006 Branham Napa Valley Petite Sirah...$12.99
Compare to $32 at Branham Winery

220 Cases

At first glance upon opening, the deep inky-purple color makes one pause,
with the anticipation of a big, bold, and intense wine. This wine, however,
is a gentle giant; rich, ripe and berry-laden, with hints of tobacco and
pepper over a pleasant tannic tug, and a crisp acidity that leads to a polished
and surprisingly silky finish. Refined rather than brassy, a balanced gem,
but will mature well with a long cellar stay









2007 Branham Senal Red Blend....$15.99
Compare to $30 at Branham Winery

Senal is a proprietary blend of “Branham Rockpile Vineyards” Zinfandel
(45%), Syrah (20%), Cabernet Sauvignon (20%), and Petite Sirah (15%).
This wine is a showcase of Rockpile fruit, and a stellar example of the
complexity and depth rendered by this appellation’s terroir. The label
features a Mayan mask that hangs on the gates of our first vineyard
Branham Rockpile. We named the wine Senal, the good “omen” and
protector of our vines. All of the dark smokey fruit indigenous to the
Rockpile are showcased in this outstanding blend.
325 cases






2007 Branham Rockpile Zinfandel....$15.99
Compare to $29 at Branham Winery

Planted in 1994 the Branham Rockpile represents the first vineyard of
BEW. At that time, we had no idea just how unique the terroir of this
location would be (Rockpile AVA). The vines at this vineyard produce
distinctive zinfandel fruit that belies its relative youth. The vines are
head trained and non-irrigated. Deep ruby color with brilliant purple
tones. Ample dark berry aromas with light smoky notes. The familiar
signature blackberry flavor of this Rockpile Zin resonates at the finish.







2006 Branham Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley...$19.99
Compare to $40 at Branham Winery

The Obsidian Vineyard sits in the heart of the Napa Valley AVA, bounded
by the Silverado Trail, the Napa River, Selby Creek, and Bale Lane. Fruit
from this vineyard comprises fifty percent of the blend. The remaining
forty percent is from grapes boasting Social Register bloodlines: the historic
Taplin Vineyard in St. Helena. The 2006 vintage is remarkable for its mild
summer and fall with no heat spikes or rain. Balanced tannins and acidity,
and dark, layered fruit propel the elegance of this Napa Valley gem.
500 cases made



Monday, August 22, 2011

Bell's "This one goes to 11 Ale"




When Bell's Brewery got to Batch 10,000 the label said  it was "The last of a series".   Everybody wondered what was next.  Well a new Bell's label just got approved. 

"When you get to batch 10,000, where can you go.  You go one louder.  The deep amber color of this Imperial Red ale is complimented with a robust, sweet, toasted malt character that finds balance with a bolder, pronounced hop flavor.  In other words, it pushes over the cliff to 11." -- back label








Hopefully we will see it here at The Wine and Cheese Place - order Bell's online





Sunday, August 21, 2011

Scotch 101 -- Intro to Scotch

SCOTCH 101....AN INTRODUCTION TO SINGLE MALT SCOTCH

Discover in one informal and informative session almost everything you need to know to begin exploring the world of single malt scotch.

Here's what you'll learn: 

•What is Scotch?  
•Scotch Origins and Distilleries  
•How to Taste   
•Scotch Producing Regions of Scotland  
•How It's Made   
•Barrels & Maturation 

You'll sample six different single malts encompassing a range of styles for just $28. The session will take place at 6:30 pm, Tuesday, September 27 at The Wine & Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth, Clayton, MO 63105

To learn more or sign up, please visit the Single Malt Society's website at www.scotchstl.com and click on the Scotch 101 box.