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Friday, September 16, 2011

Mikkeller brewing in the U.S.


Beer news that piqued my interest...

New Mikkeller approved....

Looks like Mikkeller has a new IPA coming that was brewed here in the U.S. at Drake's Brewing in California?  I think this is the first time he has brewed one here in the U.S. that was not a collaboration.    Cannot find anything else about it yet.  From the label it will be a 22oz bottle and 7.0% ABV.   Many people comment on loving Mikkeller beers, but wish they were less expensive.  Maybe brewing here in the U.S. will lower the price by saving on the shipping cost.


We do not have this beer in stock, hopefully we will get it eventually.



19 Year Old Glen Grant Scotch Barrel


The Wine and Cheese Place has purchased its own Quarter Cask of Scotch, yes the whole barrel of Scotch.  I think this is the first time a whole quarter cask of scotch was purchased in Missouri.



We have a bottle open for a taste -- stop by Forsyth and ask for a sample

1991 Glen Grant 19 Year Old Scotch....$99.99 / 750ml
From Duncan and Taylor The Octave 
Non chill-filtered and no coloring added

Glen Grant produces a great Scotch that always seems to be hard to get here in Missouri.  Glen Grant is in huge demand worldwide and is actually the number one selling Scotch in Italy.   Our particular Quarter Cask was distilled in 1991 and bottled in 2011.   It was finished in a sherrywood octave cask.  Only 71 bottles produced out of this Quarter Cask at 51.4% ABV.





More info about "The Octave Program"
"Duncan Taylor and Co Ltd has experimented for many years in the use of differing cask sizes for the maturation of Single Malt and Single Grain Scotch Whiskies. Their research stemmed from a simple premise that there is more wood interaction with spirit over a shorter period of time in a small cask than in a large cask, therefore allowing a more rapid “melding” of wood, air and alcohol. The resultant spirit demonstrated a depth of maturity missing in a larger cask over a similar period of storage. On completion of a relatively short maturation period of a younger whisky, the spirit appeared smoother, more balanced with plenty of character more reminiscent of a long maturation. The rough edges were removed and the taste profile changed dramatically to what would be considered a whisky of a much more mature nature or vintage. The whisky became polished, bright and sparkled with intensity.


Duncan Taylor experimented to see how octave and quarter cask maturation would affect whiskies that had already been matured for long periods in larger casks. The trial was done on existing 2nd or 3rd fill casks using older whiskies that had not quite matured to the level of quality expected by Duncan Taylor. The result was once again astonishing. On re-racking the whiskies, they found that after just a few months the casks had breathed new life into the whisky, quickly changing hue, taste, form and character of the spirit. The whisky was rejuvenated, a little more aggressive, with the commanding presence of a mature well balanced peerless Scotch Whisky.
The results of their maturation tests for both young and old whiskies confirmed our belief that this would interest consumers and that they would try this revolutionary method of what is regarded as technically finishing a whisky, no matter what the age or whisky type.The octave and quarter casks have been constructed from ex Sherry casks in Spain and from ex Bourbon casks here in Scotland. The casks are of the highest quality using the finest staves.
The whisky in our Octave and Quarter Cask Range has not been chill-filtered or coloured, it remains in its natural state keeping the flavours and textures unaltered. The spirit is from a single cask, and is kept at cask strength.
As octave and quarter casks are smaller than standard butt or hogshead casks, the opportunity to own a private cask just became more affordable. With fewer bottles from each cask, the spirit becomes all the more exclusive.

Quarter Casks on the rack...




Ryan and the Beaster Bunny


A new one from the Evil Twin is in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth......




Evil Twin Ryan and the Beaster Bunny
7% ABV Saison
"In Denmark we have a lovely tradition for seasonal beer, and what you have here is certainly no exception.  This is a never before seen collaboration between Ryan and the Beaster Bunny.  A fluffy and precious Saison brewed on the beautiful isalnd of Fano on the West coast of Denmark.  It may sound like a true fairytale, but don't be fooled by its cute appearance." -- bottle
Rated 95/100 RateBeer  


Read about the other Evil Twin beers

Widmer series

In stock at Forsyth



Widmer's Rotator IPA Series they are bringing out seasonal IPAs


First one we get is...
Widmer Rotator Falconer's IPA....$6.99 / 6pk


(I just cut and pasted from their site -- not yelling about this beer :))
GLEN FALCONER WAS PASSIONATE ABOUT FRIENDS, FAMILLY, AND GREAT IPAS. SO IN TRIBUTE, WE'VE CREATED AN IPA WORTH OF THIS MASTER BREWER. MADE WITH FALCONER'S FLIGHT HOPS FROM HOPUNION, LLC, A BLEND NAMED FOR GLEN HIMSELF. THE RESULT IS A BRIGHT, MODERATELY BITTER IPA WITH STONEFRUIT AROMAS AND A STRONG MALT BACKBONE. WE THINK GLEN WOULD APPROVED. PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF FALCONER'S FLIGHT HOPS GO TO THE GLEN HAY FALCONER FOUNDATION, PROVIDING SCHOLARSHIPS TO PROFESSIONAL AND ASPIRING BREWERS. IN ADDITION, WIDMER BROTHERS BREWING IS MAKING A DONATION TO GRANT TWO ADDITIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS. LEARN MORE AT WWW.GLENFALCONERFOUNDATION.ORG. PROST! TO TRUE HOP HEADS." -- from Widmer Website

Belgo IPA now in 6 packs


The Wine and Cheese Place now has New Belgium Belgo IPA in 6 pack bottles!!!



"Friday night and the lights are low; Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, and Simcoe, looking for a place to BelGO.  Get in on estery beats and hop aroma blasts as India Pale Ale grooves with Belgian yeast." - bottle

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Opus One is coming back soon!


Opus One Pre-Arrival

Subject to confirmation.
To order email paul@wineandcheeseplace.com or call 314.727.8788
Payment due on delivery

(due to arrive in October)


Pre-sale price
2008 Opus One Proprietary Red....$160 / 750ml
2008 Opus One Proprietary Red....$90 / 375ml
(no case price)


Graceful and elegant, very understated and delicate, with floral, spice, mint, bay leaf, currant, cedar and tobacco notes that are complex and vibrant. Full-bodied, gaining on the finish, then firming and drying. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Drink now through 2021. 16,500 cases made. –JL

Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

The find of the year...


In stock at all stores.  We went through over 100 cases last fall and now we just received more from the importer and at an even better price!!!



A 11 year old wine for only $13 (with a suggested retail of $30).  
A "Gran Reserva" - the top Spanish designation!
2001 Senorio del Aguila Gran Reserva....$12.99
Compare to a $30 on The Wine Advocate

We are the lowest price on Wine-Searcher
"The 2001 Senorio del Aguila Gran Reserva is the same blend as the Crianza. It was aged in barrel for 24 months and 36 months in bottle prior to release. It offers a fragrant bouquet of Asian spices, incense, violets, black cherry, and blackberry. leading to a mouth-filling, sweetly-fruited, pleasure-bent offering that will drink well for another 6-8 years." 
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate




More facts...
This wine is a "Gran Reserva" which is the top designation for Spanish Wines.   It must be aged for at least 5 years at the winery and 2 of those years in wood
.
60% Tempranillo, 20% Garnacha, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Comes from Cariñena in North East Spain

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Great Cabernet


Argentine Cab....


Cueva de las Manos is produced at a state-of-the-art winery, built with the purpose of achieving outstanding quality. The winemaking process is focused on treating the grapes with great care and with strict control of every stage.



2008 Cueva de las Manos Cabernet Reserve....$13.99

100% Cabernet Sauvignon. Manual harvest.
35 year old vines.
Dark berries and cassis dominate the nose with hints of mint and chocolate. Nicely balanced, it is gentle on the palate with layers of texture, followed by ripe, supple tannins.
Excellent with roasted and smoked meat, seasoned dishes.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Kosher Certified



We are happy to announce that our 
new store at 457 N. New Ballas Road
in Creve Coeur has been CERTIFIED KOSHER.   Meaning that many of our products in that store are Certified Kosher now.   You can get Kosher nuts, dried fruit, candy, wine, beer, liquor and other products.  Not all products in the store are Kosher.







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Southern Tier Pumking



(In stock now at our Ballwin location, they accidentally shipped our whole allocation there)
Reserve online -- it will take a few days to get it to the other stores for pick up.


Southern Tier Pumking....$5.99 / 22oz
"Pumking is an ode to Púca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it. Púca is said to waylay travelers throughout the night, tossing them on its back, and providing them the ride of their lives, from which they return forever changed! Brewed in the spirit of All Hallows Eve, a time of year when spirits can make contact with the physical world and when magic is most potent. Pour Pumking into a goblet and allow it’s alluring spirit to overflow. As spicy aromas present themselves, let its deep copper color entrance you as your journey into this mystical brew has just begun. As the first drops touch your tongue a magical spell will bewitch your taste buds making it difficult to escape. This beer is brewed with pagan spirit yet should be enjoyed responsibly." -- brewery
9.0% abv






SoTier Harvest ale is here


Southern Tier Harvest Ale is in stock at Forsyth now!

also online now



Southern Tier Harvest Ale.......$8.99 / 6pk
quadrupulus humulus lupulus

"Harvest Ale is our celebration of the changing weather and the sowing of hops and barley that will be used in our upcoming brews. We usher in the fall with a classic English style Extra Special Bitter of the highest order. Deep ruby in color with an even deeper hop flavor… in fact, we throw fresh English hops into every brewing vessel, then dry hop after fermentation to impart a zesty kick. This beer has real hop character that mingles with fresh malted barley for an experience that will make you wish it were fall year ‘round." -- Brewery


5.7% abv. • 3.6ºL • Extra Special Bitter

Monday, September 12, 2011

Barrel program update...

Our barrel program has been a success -- so we are ordering more!


Buffalo Trace Single  Barrel -- it has been very well received and we are getting low, so we are going to order another  barrel -- we will have samples soon for you to help pick it out again -- read more.  We are still working out plans to have the master distiller of Buffalo Trace here in October.   We have had a number of customers tell us that they have brought it to bourbon parties and at the end of the night this one has been the favorite compared to some $40 bourbons!

Knob Creek 9 year Old Single Barrel -- we have the barrel picked and it is scheduled to arrive at the end of September.



Help us pick a barrel!

We are going to order a barrel of Elijah Craig 12 year old.
We have the samples in the store now. Come by and give us your opinion. We are all casting our vote also and with your help, we will pick the best barrel. Come in and give us your opinion.

Stop by our Forsyth store to taste the 3 barrels and vote for your favorite while the samples last.

Three barrel samples of Elijah Craig 12 year

The Wine and Cheese Place Elijah Craig 12yr

Our barrel program has been a success -- so we are ordering more!






We have picked our barrel and it is ordered!

We have ordered our own barrel of Elijah Craig 12 year old.  
Should arrive at the end of October

Three barrel samples of Elijah Craig 12 year that we chose our barrel