Saturday, January 14, 2012

Today's appetizer made easy...

Come taste at our Forsyth location while supply lasts....

Quick appetizer made here at the store --
Tribecca French Bread (available in our freezer)
Serrano (available in our deli department)
Saint Agur Blue Cheese (available in our cheese department)
Fig Balsamic (available on our fine food shelves)

paired with a few wines -- 
 Williams-Selyem Unoaked Chadonnay
Vallado Douro red from Portugal

TWCP and Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Quad

Schlafly posted a picture of Bourbon Barrel Aged Quad for The Wine and Cheese Place!!!

Great looking bottle --

Picture and info from

Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadrupel
Available in extremely limited quantity, exclusively at The Wine and Cheese Place.

12 | IBU: 50
APPEARANCE: Deep mahogany, slightly hazy
PROCESS: Strong Belgian-style Ale; aged in a Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel for several months
HOPS: Marynka, Lublin (PL)
MALTS: 2-row malted barley, malted wheat, Munich malt, Special B malt, Caravienne, Dark Candi sugar
YEAST: Belgian Abbey Ale

Our Quadrupel is easily one of the most rich and full bodied beers we make, so when Paul Hayden at The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton, Missouri asked us to age some in a bourbon barrel, we were happy to oblige. The resulting ale is loaded with oak and bourbon character, as well as the rich dried-fruit character of the Quadrupel. We have created a unique taste you will only find in this extremely limited edition. We filled just one bourbon barrel and may never produce this beer again, so enjoy!

Should be released in 3-4 weeks - read on how to get some - click here

Penfolds RWT - 96 Points

2008 Penfolds RWT Shiraz....$89.99

Compare to the lowest price on Wine-Searcher $115 Sunset Corners Fine Wines

Glorious, deep crimson-purple, with an alluring bouquet of black fruits, spice and cedary oak contributed by 14 months' maturation in 83% new French hogsheads. The medium- to full-bodied palate has layer upon layer of velvety blackberry fruit allied with notes of dark chocolate and a sprinkle of licorice and spice, silky tannins and quality oak completing the package.
Rated 96/100 James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

More about RWT
The development of Penfolds Red Winemaking Trial (RWT) reflects extraordinary progress in viticulture and winemaking. The two disciplines are increasingly intertwined, as growers and winemakers work together in search of optimum balance, ripeness and flavour.

RWT draws fruit from 20 to 100 year-old vineyards arcing across the west and north-west of the Barossa Valley, mostly independently grown. The best vineyards produce fruit of voluptuous intensity, ripe tannins, and juicy flavours. The RWT Shiraz has a very seductive style with a plum/blueberry fruit profile and fine ripe tannins underpinned by savoury French oak.

Since its first vintage in 1997, collectors have recognised the sheer class of RWT. Already the wine has a strong secondary market following, illustrating its collectability and cellaring potential.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Elk Cove 2009 in stock now

Always a store favorite....

2009 Elk Cove Willamette Pinot Noir....$23.99
This fresh red is inviting and invigorating for its juicy black currant, plum and white pepper flavors, playing with zest against polished tannins and lively acidity. Drink now through 2019. 14,000 cases made. –HS
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

Herbsaint Liqueur

Herbsaint Liqueur...$18.99 / 750ml

Absinthe style Liqueur originally produce in New Orleans

Make the classic Sazerac with Herbsaint and Peychaud Bitters (both in stock)

Use The Wine and Cheese Place Buffalo Trace Bourbon
(we do sporadically get Sazerac Rye, but currently sold out)

How the Sazerac Cocktail Came to Be

In 1838, Antoine Amedie Peychaud, owner of a New Orleans apothecary, treated his friends to brandy toddies of his own recipe, including his "Peychaud's Bitters," made from a secret family recipe. The toddies were made using a double-ended egg cup as a measuring cup or jigger, then known as a "coquetier" (pronounced "ko-k-tay"), from which the word "cocktail" was derived. Thus, the world's first cocktail was born!

By 1850, the Sazerac Cocktail, made with Sazerac French brandy and Peychaud's Bitters, was immensely popular, and became the first "branded" cocktail. In 1873, the recipe for the Sazerac Cocktail was altered to replace the French brandy with American Rye whiskey, and a dash of absinthe was added.

In 1933, the Sazerac Cocktail was bottled and marketed by the Sazerac Company of New Orleans. That same year, "Herbsaint," a pastis, was made according to a French recipe; "Herbsaint" was so named for the New Orleans term for wormwood - "Herb Sainte."

In 1940, the Official Sazerac Cocktail recipe was modified to use Herbsaint as the absinthe.

Finally, in 2000, the Official Sazerac Cocktail recipe was modified to use Sazerac Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey.
The Official Sazerac Cocktail 
1 cube sugar
1½ ounces (35ml) Sazerac Rye Whiskey or Buffalo Trace Bourbon
¼ ounce Herbsaint
3 dashes Peychaud's Bitters
Lemon peel

Pack an Old-Fashioned glass with ice
In a second Old-Fashioned glass place the sugar cube and add the Peychaud's Bitters to it, then crush the sugar cube
Add the Sazerac Rye Whiskey or Buffalo Trace Bourbon to the second glass containing the Peychaud's Bitters and sugar
Empty the ice from the first glass and coat the glass with the Herbsaint, then discard the remaining Herbsaint
Empty the whiskey/bitters/sugar mixture from the second glass into the first glass and garnish with lemon peel

Weston Brewing from Missouri

Order Weston online

Fresh load of Weston just arrived! 

Irish Style Stout....
Weston Prototype Stout....$3.69 / 22oz
Version 1.0. This malt bill for this stout includes Pale 2-row base malt along with Chocolate, Roasted and Caramel malt.
We use nothing but East Kent Goldings to bitter and flavor and Irish Ale yeast to ferment. We have imported everything but the water in order to make this the most authentic Irish Stout available!

Weston Brew Labs No.4.....$3.69 / 22oz
West Indian Style Lager Brewed with Habanero Pepper and Mango Added

Weston Drop Kick Ale.....$6.99 / 6pk
The first year-round offering since O'Malley's Cream Ale is now in stores. Drop Kick Ale is the "The Beer that Kicks back". It was designed for sports fans of Kansas City. The beer is a joint effort between tehh Weston Brewing Company and The Kansas City Soccer Foundation. The Foundation is the charitable arm of the Kansas City Wizards Soccer team. The brewery will make a donation to the foundation with each Drop Kick sale. Proceeds benefit youth scholarships, health education, and athletic participation. The beer has a European flair. It is light brown in color with a smooth malty richness, but remains light enough to enjoy while cheering on your favorite team." -- brewery

They consider their Cream Ale to be their flagship brew...
Weston O'Malley's Cream Ale Irish Style...$6.99 / 6pk 

O'Malley's Cream Ale -golden in color- is a smooth, sweet and creamy brew with a light floral hop nose, malty middle and smooth finish. Don't miss the brew that started it all.

Weston Brew Labs #1 IPA....$3.69 / 22oz

89 IBUs.
7.6% ABV
"After several years in the session beer business it is time to spread our wings and throw some extra hops and alcohol into the bottle. As big IPA fans, this seemed like the right place to start. This beer started several years ago as our 10 gallon batch of "Cream Ale Reserve". We used pale, caramel, and roasted malt for the base then dumped a ton of Cascade and Chinook hops into the boil. In the end it turned out much smoother than we expected given the IBUs. It goes down easy and has become our favorite out of the tank. We hope you like it as much as we do!!!" -- brewery

De Molen Bed and Breakfast

A new one from De Molen...

De Molen Bed and Breakfast....$4.99 / 11.2oz
Ale Brewed with Coffee

2009 Burgundy at our Ballwin location

New Burgundy in stock at our Ballwin location!!!

Kevin sent me a note with some new 2009 Burgundy in stock at our Ballwin location --

2009 Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges St. Georges
2009 Henri Gouges Nuits St. Georges Porret
2009 Jadot Mercury 
2009 Jadot Nuits St Georges Boudots
2009 Mongeard Mugneret Beaune Aveaux 1er Cru
2009 Mongeard Mugneret Fixin
2009 Mongeard Mugneret Bourgogne Rouge
2009 Domaine Maume Mazis Chambertin
2009 Domaine Maume Gevrey Chambertin Pallud
2009 Domaine Maume Cote de Nuits
2009 Girardin Pommard Epenots
2009 Girardin Charmes Chambertin
2009 Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin 
2009 Drouhin Vosne Romanee

quantities are limited call Kevin at 636.227.9001 for info

Santa Duc Gigondas from Bobby Kacher

2004 Santa Duc Selections Gigondas Prestige des Hautes Garrigues....$28.99

Compare to $45 Suggest retail on The Wine Advocate

"One of the top successes of the vintage is the 2004 Gigondas Les Hautes Garrigues Cuvee Prestige. Full-bodied with phenomenal intensity, an inky bluish purple color, and hints of asphalt, black truffle, blueberry, black cherry, and flowers with a hint of subtle oak, the wine has superb fruit, full body, and a beautiful, silky finish. It should drink well for 10-15 years.

This is arguably the best estate of Gigondas, although the exuberant proprietor Yves Gras has plenty of competition from his nearby neighbor Louis Barruol at St.-Cosme. A few years ago readers may remember I mentioned that Gras started a negociant business which is obviously successful given his knowledge of local growers and top vineyards. He has also opened a wine-tasting bar and bistro in the old Roman village of Vaison La Romaine with one of the local chefs, Raoul Reichrath. It is called Bistro du ‘O."
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Thursday, January 12, 2012

ICE - Bock

Hofstettner Granitbock-ICE-Bock
 (11.5 ABV) is produced by freezing Hofstettner Granitbock (see description below).  Hofstettner Granitbock is stored for several weeks at temperatures below 32 degrees Fahrenheid and frozen.

Hofstetten Granitbock:  "Granit Bock is brewed according to the historic style “Stone Beer” (Stein Bier). Stone beer is a unique style that comes from the Baden-Wurttenberg & Franconia regions of Germany and the Kaerten region in Austria, it dates back to the Middle Ages.The Granit Bock is brewed in large granite open troughs. The granite stones are then heated to be white hot and added to the wort. This causes the sugars in the malt to caramelize around the stones and gives the beer lovely caramel and roasted flavors. It also gives the Granit Bock a unique smoked flavor.Yeast is added about 1 hour after the white hot rocks have been added to the wort., allowing for an open fermentation. The Granite Bock is then matured for several months on the cool cellars under the brewery." -- importer

Our next barrel of Buffalo Trace arrives...

We received our 3rd barrel of Buffalo Trace.  

Plus barrel number 3 we split it into both 750ml and 1.75 liter bottles.

"Single Barrel Personally Selected by The Wine and Cheese Place" 

We still have some of barrel number 2 left in stock also and this has created something very exciting.   Buffalo Trace uses 2 different mash bills for their bourbons.  The mash bill is basically the "grain recipe" the distillers use for their bourbon -- it is the grain types and the different proportions of each used.   
According to the stamps on The Wine and Cheese Place  barrels -- 
Our Barrel No. 2 is Mash Bill #1 
Our Barrel No. 3 is Mash Bill #2

What is so exciting about this? You get a chance to taste each mash bill separately.   Normally, the "regular" Buffalo Trace will be a blend of barrels from both mash bills.    From what I can find online about their 2 different mash bills is that the mash bill #2 has a higher rye content.  The Bourbons that Buffalo Trace uses Mash Bill #1 for are George T. Stagg, Old Charter,  Eagle Rare and more.   Mash Bill #2 is used for Elmer T. Lee, Hancocks, Blanton’s, and Rock Hill Farm plus more.

Pick up a bottle of each for your collection!

TWCP Buffalo Trace Barrel No.2 is at 2nd Shift Brewing filled with Liquid Spiritural Delight
TWCP Buffalo Trace Barrel No.3 is at Charleville Brewing getting ready to be filled with Wee Heavy

Very limited distilled Reissdorf Kolsch

Only 6 bottles of each arrived in St. Louis and we have them...

Very limited.....

Traditional Cologne Spirits distilled from grain. 
Reissdorf Kolsch Edelster No. 1....$49.99 / 750ml 
“Reissdorf Bierbrand”
Spirits Distilled from the classic Reissdorf Kolsch. This clean, clear spirit has an exceedingly
malt-sweet palate, well-balanced acidic notes with almost no bitterness, and a surprisingly long finish.

Product Details
Style: Distilled Spirit
Alc./Vol.: 38%
Appearance: Clean, clear
Aroma: vanilla essence and hints of mint and hay on the nose
Flavor: exceedingly malt-sweet palate with subtle notes of toffee and cream, well balanced
acidic notes with almost no bitterness
Finish: surprisingly long, creamy finish

Reissdorf Kolsch Edelster No. 2...$49.99 / 750ml
“Bourbon Finish”
To achieve this beautiful, faint-yellow spirit Reissdorf Kolsch ale has been distilled and matured in oak barrels that were preivously used to age Bourbon Whisky. Bitterwood, tannic notes from the oak barrels are pleasantly balanced by the malt sweetness from the distilled ale.
Product Details
Style: Distilled Spirit
Alc./Vol.: 38%
Appearance: beautiful, faint-yellow
Aroma: woody, citrus-y nose with some deeper notes of ash and char
Flavor: dry and tannic bitter-wood front, revealing to a darker malt sweetness and pleasant
acidity. The second taste reveals more malt with hints of toffee and cream.

Reissdorf Kolsch Edelster No. 3...$49.99 / 750ml
To achieve this beautiful, faint-yellow spirit Reissdorf Kolsch ale has been distilled and matured in oak barrels that were preivously used to age Port Wine. Bitter-wood, tannic notes from the oak barrels are pleasantly balanced by the malt sweetness from the distilled ale.
Product Details
Style: Distilled Spirit
Alc./Vol.: 38%
Appearance: beautiful, faint-yellow
Flavor: bitter-wood, tannic notes balanced by malt-sweetness

Boulevard update

Boulevard Chocolate Ale is coming soon -- Should be next week (week of Jan 23)

Watch for Smokestack Reverb Imperial Pilsner this summer!

Scheduled for Summer 2012
"You see, most blokes, you know, will be playing at ten.  You're on ten here, all the way up, all the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar.  Where can you go from there?  Where? [pause]  These got to eleven." - Nigel Tufnel, This is Spinal Tap

To some ears, the term "imperial pilsner" might sound like an oxymoron.  How can a style as cleanly balanced and refined as a pilsner be "amped up" to imperial status?  Pilsner is arguably, just fine the way it is.  Where do you go from there?   The answer, of course: You go to eleven.
With its classic recipe and impeccable craftmanship, Reverb Imperial Pilsner echoes our Collaboration Number 1 Imperial Pilsner, produced in 2009 with esteemed Orval brewmaster Jean -Marie Rock.  Like its predecessor, this new Summer Seasonal Release is a study delicately balanced contrasts.  A starkly simple recipe, using only Pilsner malt and Saaz hops, combined with a painstakingly complex brewing process, produce a beer of subtle elegance.  The venerable technique of "first wort hopping," -- adding hops at the beginning of the boil and allowing them to steep for a much longer time---gives the beer a refined hop aroma and flavor.  Pilsner malt makes a clear yet restrained statement up front, answered by try steady, harmonious hum of hop bitterness, traces of which linger in the dry, crisp finish.  Our Reverb Imperial Pilsner pairs melodiously with grilled seafood or chicken, or a wide variety of cheeses.  Really, though, it goes great with whatever is being served backstage.  
IBUs: 30
ABV: 8%

Distilled Aventinus beer.

Back in stock

Check out our "distilled beers" online

Just received another case of each...

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 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

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

Plus 1 bottle left of this one

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.

Goose Island Soda is back in stock!!

Back in stock 4 - flavors

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

Odell Saboteur

Basically sold out, there might be a bottle appear on the shelf.  

Just released!
Odell Saboteur Brett Barrel Brown Ale....$12.99 / 750ml

Rated 97 on Ratebeer
"Our brewer’s created an unpretentious, yet sophisticated brown ale. Then they plotted, and dosed this full-bodied ale with brettanomyces, the ultimate adversary of wineries.
Embracing this vintner’s nemesis resulted in a complex and wonderfully drinkable beer. Intense earthy undertones, and notes of vanilla and pineapple come together with a sour silhouette. Aged in American oak barrels." -- brewery
10.0% Alc. by Vol.
100% Bottle Conditioned

Dogfish Head Collaboration at The Wine and Cheese Place

Another Dogfish Head Collaboration arrives at The Wine and Cheese Place --

Dogfish Head and Birra del Borgo 
My Antonio....$14.99 / 750ml

750ml bottles this time...

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Beer News --

Some random beer news

  • Bells Two Hearted Ale -- back and fresh
  • Bells Hell Hath No Fury -- scored 1 more case
  • Odell Saboteur arrived late on Tuesday but with Charleville Box of Chocolates and Founders Imperial Stout arriving I did not have time to offer it out yet.  Will post it tomorrow.
  • My Antonia -- The Dogfish Head Collaboration with Borgo in 750ml also arrived and will post tomorrow
  • Boulevard Chocolate Ale got pushed back until January 23

A new one from Sam Adams

Spring Seasonal...already in stock at Forsyth -- Spring has sprung

Sam Adams Alpine Springs....

image of bottle of Samuel Adams® Alpine Spring 

"Brewed especially for the season, this bright citrusy unfiltered lager is both satisfying and refreshing. It’s the perfect transition from winter’s heavier brews to the lighter beers of summer. Borne of our brewers’ many trips to Germany, Alpine Spring features a unique blend of lager attributes: the balanced maltiness and hoppiness of a Helles, the smoothness and slightly higher alcohol of a traditional spring bock, and the unfiltered appearance of a Kellerbier. The beer is brewed with Noble Tettnang hops to add a unique, bright orange-citrusy aroma and flavor." -brewery

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Founders Imperial Stout

Sold out at Forsyth and for online reservations --

there still might be some at our other stores --
Call ---
Rock Hill 314.962.8150
Ballwin   636.227.9001
New Ballas  314 989.0020

Founders Imperial Stout....$9.49/ 4pk
10.5% ABV 90 IBU’S Brewed with ten varieties of malted barley, this stout is smooth as silk yet complex and rich in body. Serve this guy at cellar temperature. Put another log on the fire and sit back and enjoy the friendship of this ultimate winter warmer.

Founders beers available online also

This was a hot one last year!!

Charleville Box of Chocolate Belgian Quad -- sold out!!

Only 75 cases made this year
Charleville Box of Chocolate Belgian Quadrupel Ale...$7.99 / 22oz
"It's difficult to express Love's Nuances, much like the complexity of this Belgian Style Chocolate Quad. You might use a Box of Chocolate to express your love. We use it to demonstrate our passion for great beer!" -- label

Two row barley
Special B
Belgian Chocolate
Beligian Candy Sugar
Northern Brewer Hops
Styrian Golding Hops
ABV = 10.5%

Odells Red in stock !!!

Odells Red Ale Seasonal is here....

order Odell online

Odells Red Ale!!!
"Is it just us, or are there, like, a bunch of freakin’ amazing red ales out there lately? Odell’s seriously solid version, available in six-packs through May, is the result of the blood, sweat, and tears (hopefully those didn’t end up in the bottle) of the entire Odell team. You see, when the brewery set out to make a red ale, they didn’t make just one: The brewers crafted several versions on a five-barrel Pilot system, then the entire staff painstakingly selected a favorite. We’re not sure how tough the choice was, but for us, the winning American-style red, is a no-brainer next time we’re bottle shopping.
A bountiful khaki head seems to want to keep its deep aroma all to itself, so breathe deeply: That beautifully sticky, hoppy scent seems to reveal a bit of blood orange. Thankfully, the taste is all the aroma makes you hope for — decidedly bitter, but well-balanced by a bit of sweetness (but make no mistake: this beer’s full of robust hops). The mouthfeel is dreamy; a medium-full body with super-creamy carbonation expertly carries the flavor. So, we’re making the choice for you: Add this copper creation to the top of your must-drink list." -- Draft Magazine

Sierra Nevada Ruthless is here!!!

A new Sierra Nevada for 2012 -- Ruthless Rye IPA

In stock at Forsyth, Rock Hill, New Ballas and Ballwin now!!
bottled 12/28/11

Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA....$7.99 / 6pk
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA...$15.99 / 12pk

Perennial Collaboration with Half Acre

Just approved - the collaboration label Plan B Ale brewed with Black Currants

Perennial and Half Acre -- 
cannot wait to see this one -- I will keep you updated on its release

More Abraxas just came in stock!!

Rayas is back...

Chateau Rayas - one of the greatest Rhone Estates

"2007 may be Emmanuel Reynaud’s greatest vintage since he took over the management of this estate when his uncle, Jacques Reynaud, died in 1997. " -- Robert Parker

Very, very limited Chateau Rayas releases -- in stock now at our Forsyth location --

call 314.727.8788

Only 250 cases for the U.S.

2007 Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Rouge...$199.99
I had previously written that I thought the 2005 was the greatest Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape made after 1995, but I think the 2007 may eclipse it. Perhaps it is a stylistic thing as the 2005 is a sturdier, more masculine style, and the 2007 is an opulent, voluptuous wine that is more reminiscent of the 1990, while the 2005 is similar to the 1995. The 2007 possesses a dark ruby color, silky tannins, sweet fruit, and enormous quantities of kirsch, licorice, black raspberries, and incense notes. Even though I tasted it shortly after bottling, it was exceptionally dense and pure. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2032+.
Rated 97/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby. Red berry, cherry and Asian spice aromas are lifted by sexy notes of rose petal and blood orange. Impressively pure and perfumed, with remarkable precision and cut to its concentrated but lively flavors of cherry and black raspberry. The weightless, mineral-driven character of this wine is something else. In a distinctly delicate, feminine style, with superb finishing cut and energy. This will probably cost a fortune when it lands in the U.S, unfortunately."
Rated 97/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Only 53 cases imported into the U.S.
2007 Chateau Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve Blanc....$161.99
(a 50/50 blend of clairette and grenache blanc) Pale yellow. A stunningly pure bouquet displays aromas of tangerine, pear, iodine, minerals and white flowers, along with a suave undertone of sweet butter; this smells like a great grand cru Burgundy. Nervy citrus and orchard fruit flavors are sweetened by floral honey and deepened by a toasted brioche note, picking up dusty minerals on the back end. The finish refuses to let up, with the iodine and butter notes strongly repeating. According to Emmanuel Reynaud, 2007 is an especially rich year for white wines. This won't be easy to find but is worth the search."
Rated 95/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
This is maturing in feel, with a lanolin edge, but the flavors of chamomile, white peach and pear eau-de-vie are still bright and youthful. Lovely salted butter and green almond notes glide through the very classy finish. This has the balance to age for a while. The best Rayas white since Emmanuel Reynaud took over. Drink now through 2015. 53 cases imported. –JM
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator
The 2007 Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape blanc has turned out to be fabulous. One of the strongest vintages I have yet tasted of this tank-aged blend of equal parts Grenache Blanc and Clairette, it is a flowery white offering notions of honeyed citrus and pears. This full-bodied, powerful wine possesses good acidity and tremendous purity as well as depth. It is impossible to predict how these wines will age (some last for 30-40 years without oxidation, whereas others tend to oxidize quickly), but the 2007 is a sumptuous example of a white Rayas Chateauneuf du Pape. It is one of the most limited cuvees of the appellation as fewer than 400 cases are produced in a given vintage.
Rated 93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2007 Pignan Chateauneuf du Pape Reserve....$119.99
As I indicated last year, this estate’s sleeper selection is their 2007 Pignan Chateauneuf du Pape, a 100% Grenache from sandy soils. This offering, aged totally in old foudres and demi-muids, includes some of the declassified Rayas lots, and the 2007 is the finest Pignan since the 1990. A medium ruby color is followed by explosive aromas of sweet kirsch, lavender, licorice, and earth. The wine hits the palate with a blast of fruit and glycerin, full body, and an ethereal lightness and elegance that are remarkable for a wine of such intense fruit. A great effort, it may merit an even higher score after a few years in the bottle. Enjoy it over the next 12-15 years.
Rated 93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
"Vivid red. Intensely perfumed, expressive aromas of red and dark berry compote, smoky minerals and incense, along with a deep note of black cardamom. Palate-saturating raspberry and kirsch flavors are complicated by suggestions of licorice pastille and candied lavender, with silky tannins adding support. Becomes sappier with air and finishes with excellent clarity and mineral-laced red fruit character"
Rated 94/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

2007 Chateau de Fonsalette Cotes Du Rhone Reserve Rouge...$59.99
"Bright red. Black raspberry and floral aromas are complemented by Asian spices, anise and white pepper. Racy, finely etched red berry and cherry flavors stain the palate and become deeper and sweeter with air. Shows no rough edges and finishes with superb focus and sweet, sappy persistence. This puts most Chateauneufs in the shade."
Rated 93/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
The 2007 Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone is outstanding. Revealing plenty of licorice, tapenade, black cherry, and raspberry characteristics in its lovely, rich, medium to full-bodied personality, it can be drunk now or cellared for 10-12 years.
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2007 Chateau de Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Reserve Blanc....$56.99
The 2007 Fonsalette Cotes du Rhone Blanc offers copious quantities of honeysuckle, white currants, citrus, and a hint of butter in its full-bodied, chewy, lush personality.
After going through a transitional period after Jacques Reynaud died in 1997, it is safe to say that his nephew, Emmanuel Reynaud, has returned this venerable estate to its previous level of high quality. While Chateauneuf du Pape is a warm appellation, Rayas is situated in a cool micro-climate, and is undoubtedly not an easy property to maintain. It is also known for its sandy soils, which are in total contrast to the rock-strewn plateau a half mile to the east, west, and south. Two utterly profound Rayas Chateauneuf du Papes have been produced recently, the 2005 and 2007. 2007 is a superb vintage at Chateau Rayas
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Monday, January 9, 2012

Deschutes Brewery - Oregon

In stock now at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth!

Deschutes Black Butte Porter...$2.99 / 22oz
With a dark beer as our first and flagship brand, Black Butte defined Deschutes as a radical player. A slight hop bitterness up front enhances the distinctive chocolate and roasted finish. It’s prized for its creamy mouthfeel and intense complex flavors. 

Deschutes Mirror Pond Pale Ale...$2.99 / 22oz

This is base camp, where any craft brew exploration begins. A distinct hop nose and hop-forward flavor make Mirror Pond the quintessential Pale Ale. It is aromatically complex, multi-layered, and unmistakably “right.”

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Quilceda Creek....

Limited release from Quilceda

2008 Quilceda Creek Red Wine....$69.99
The Quilceda Creek lineup begins with the 2008 Red Wine made up of 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, with the balance Cabernet Franc and Malbec. Aromas of cedar, spice box, mineral, incense, black currant, and blackberry inform the nose of a ripe, savory, smooth-textured wine. In the glass it displays more minerality, excellent volume, and enough structure to evolve for 1-2 years. Enjoy this first-class effort now through 2020.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate