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
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.
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.
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
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.
(Photo: Courtesy of The Wine and Cheese Place)
"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
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
"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.
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.
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
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.
"....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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.