Saturday, January 21, 2012

Eric Solomon Tasting

Reservations required SOLD OUT

We are very excited to welcome Andy Bartee of European Cellars for a Special Wine Class Monday January 23rd from 6:30-8:00pm 
Space is limited to 14 guests.
Taste the wines of Spain through the prism of famed importer European Cellars, focused on “Place over Process”. We will taste through 8 stunning Spanish wines.

2010 Burgans Albarino, Rias Baixas- 
 The 2010 Burgans Albarino delivers notes of lemon, peach, mineral, and a hint of tropical fruit aromas.
90/100 Wine Advocate $13.99

2009 Pena das Donas Almalarga Godello, Ribera Sacra- 
Medium straw-colored with an expressive nose of wet stone, apple, pear, white peach, and spring flowers, on the palate it displays a Chablis-like personality with an extra dimension of fruit, great concentration. 
92/100 Wine Advocate $19.99

2009 Jimenez Landi Sotorrondero, Mentrida- 
 Smoked meat, game, and wild black and blue fruit aromas jump from the glass of this Cote-Rotie look-alike. Plush bordering on opulent, this sensual beauty can be enjoyed now and should continue to drink well for another 6-8 years. 
92/100 Wine Advocate $19.99

2009 Finca Villacreces “Pruno”, Ribera del Duero- 
Opaque purple in color, it offers up a brooding bouquet of earthy minerality, Asian spices, incense, and assorted black fruits.
 91/100 Wine Advocate $19.99

2006 Finca Villacreces, Ribera del Duero- 
The nose displays a brooding aromatic array of Asian spices, damp earth, mineral, blackberry, and violets. 
94/100 Wine Advocate $37.99

2004 Izadi El Regalo Reserva, Rioja-
Purple-colored, the wine has an excellent perfume of toasty oak, pencil lead, mineral, and blackberry. This is followed by a medium to full-bodied, firm wine with enough structure to permit 3-4 years of further evolution 
90+/100 Wine Advocate $28.99

2006 Bodegas Orben “Orben”, Rioja- 
This is the debut wine for Bodegas Orben. It is 100% Tempranillo sourced from vines ranging in age from 55 to 63 years from more than 75 micro-parcels. It offers up a superb kinky, sexy perfume of toasty oak, pencil lead, leather, black cherry, and blackberry 
93/100 Wine Advocate $33.99

2007 Nit de Nin, Priorat- 
 Dense purple-colored, it gives up a soaring and complex bouquet of Asian spices, mineral, incense, espresso, black cherry, and plum. Silky-textured while combining elegance with power, this full-bodied effort will evolve for another 3-4 years and offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2027. 
95/100 Wine Advocate $79.99

Friday, January 20, 2012

O'Fallon Beer Tasting

Join Tony Caradonna for a tasting of 7 O'Fallon beers plus 23 other brands.  

Tony said you will get a chance to try B.D.S. Belgian-Style Dark Ale as featured in Evan Benn's article -- read more

for tickets click here
more info - email

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Another blast from the past

Celebrating our 30th Anniversary this year!!!

Here is the front page of our 15th Anniversary flyer -- 15 years ago

Sorry, these prices were only good through April 30, 1997.  You just missed it.

Interesting to note -- Kendall Jackson Chardonnay is still $9.99 at our store.  Same price as it was 15 years ago!!!  The Skyy Vodka 1.75 liter is about the price of a 750ml now.
Cheese prices have really gone up over the years.

Blast from the past

Celebrating our 30th Anniversary --

Working on plans for this year's 30th Anniversary of The Wine and Cheese Place,  I was going through some old mailers (yes, we used snail mail before emails/facebook/twitter) and thought it would be interesting to share some pages....

Here is a flyer from October 1999 with Three Stooges Beer and Schlafly.
Sorry we cannot honor these prices on Schlafly :(

Yes, instead of sending out emails, we faxed offerings and new releases to people!

Bat Creek from Missouri -

Also available online
From Bowling Green, Missouri

A new one from Bat Creek - a 7.1%ABV Pale Ale

Bat Creek Pike County Pale...$4.99 / 22oz
Pike County Pale Ale is a full bodied American Ale. Its copper color and complex hop flavor make it a pleasure to drink. We dry hop it to give it a subtle floral aroma that’s to die for. It’s an American beer that is a sweet vacation for the senses. This beer goes with just about anything.
Food Pairings: Fried foods, seafood, spicy foods, pizza, beef, lamb, wild game.

Plus more Machine Shed Stout...
Bat Creek Machine Shed Stout...$4.99 / 22oz 

"Black as the oil stains that once graced the floors of our beloved machine shed turned brewery, this cream stout was our first attempt at brewing a real beer. We use roasted and chocolate malts to give it the rich dark color and to balance out its delicate sweetness. After just one sip we’re certain it will become one of your favorites, just as it is ours.
Food Pairings: Dark Chocolate, chocolate and fruit desserts especially raspberry, pecan desserts, foods made with caramel.

Granite City in package

In stock now at Forsyth...

Granite City Northern Lager...$8.49 / 6pk
Brewed to the American standard of a classic lager, this light golden beer is our mildest offering with a creamy, smooth taste. 

Granite City Brother Benedict's Bock...$8.49 / 6pk
A German style lager, our Bock carries a brownish color, a medium body, and a mouthwatering smoothness from the wonderful malt flavor.

Granite City Duke of Wellington Pale Ale...$8.49 / 6pk
The copper color of this India Pale Ale hints at the strong malt character needed to support the huge hoppy flavors and defining bitterness of this classic beer.

A great Rhone value from Bobby Kacher

Bargain Rhone, with a great score from Andre Brunel

2009 Brunel Cotes du Rhone Villages Cuvee Sabrine...$16.99
The Andre Brunel 2009 Cotes du Rhone-Villages Cuvee Sabrine, which comes from Brunel’s holdings in Tavaillan, is composed of 80% Grenache and 20% Mourvedre. It possesses more structure as well as more black and blue fruit characteristics. Blackberry, blueberry, lavender, tobacco leaf and meaty notes are intermixed with the tell-tale kirsch component that comes from ripe Grenache. This offering displays slightly more tannin and definition than the Cuvee Sommelongue, and is a big, hefty Cotes du Rhone-Villages that should drink well for 7-8 years.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Finally back in stock - Farm Fresh Eggs

Fresh eggs are in stock now!

Non factory produced from right here in Missouri -- in stock now!!!
In stock now at Forsyth

Farm Fresh Eggs, free range

"We grow with nature, not against it" -- Dry Dock
Dry Dock Farm Heritage Breed Farm Fresh Eggs...$4.99 / per dozen

What is Heritage Breed?
Basically many of these "heritage" breeds of chickens (and other animals) were becoming threatened because the large egg producers were favoring chickens that produced a quantity of eggs and not quality. To quote The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), "Modern food production now favors the use of a few highly specialized breeds selected for maximum output in a controlled environment. Many traditional livestock breeds have lost popularity and are threatened with extinction. These traditional breeds are an essential part of the American agricultural inheritance."

Some of the Heritage breeds that Dry Dock has includes:
Ameraucana Chickens - "Easter Egg Chicken" -- produces blue and green eggs
Barred Plymouth Rock Chickens -- Brown Eggs - pre-World War II - this was the most popular and most likely the eggs being eaten.
Rhode Island Red Chicken -- Light to Dark Brown Eggs
New Hampshire Chicken (see picture from Wikipedia above) -- Light brown eggs

"Dry Dock Farm is 3 acres of rich river bottom land near the village of Silex, Missouri. We purchased our farm in 2005. We are remodeling our turn of the century farm house and barn.
We grow Heirloom vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Our Heirloom tomatoes are bursting with that old time “picked from Grandma’s garden flavor”. We grow our produce and flowers using bio-intensive, no chemicals, no GMO seeds, and we enrich our soil with natural minerals, cover crops, worm castings and compost. We also raise Heritage chickens, turkeys, geese. ducks and assorted other poultry. Our birds are raised on pasture with fresh air and sunshine. They are fed a vegetarian diet, to provide you with the best tasting farm fresh eggs.

Dry Dock Farms runs a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
In basic terms, CSA consists of a pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Members or shareholders of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm throughout the growing season as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land. (USDA definition)

Read more about CSA

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rubus - another great wine --

Rubus from Australia...

2010 Rubus Old Vine Shiraz Barossa Valley...$19.99 
Polished, supple and juicy, with red berry, black cherry, licorice and white pepper flavors, persisting nicely on the refined finish. Drink now through 2017. 2,000 cases imported. —H.S. 
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

"A blend of 98% Shiraz & 2% Viognier, this richly concentrated Barossa Shiraz is indicative of the style for which Australia's top production region is famous. The wine is dark in color, rich and dense. There are ample tannins balanced by the powerful fruit. You will note the hints of blackberries, mint, and eucalyptus flavors upfront and in the finish. Try Rubus Barossa Shiraz with rich dishes like lamb shank, Osso bucco, beef steak or roast duck." -- importer

Shipyard Applehead

Shipyard Applehead...$9.49 / 6pk

"Shipyard Applehead is a crisp, refreshing wheat ale with a delightful apple aroma and subtle cinnamon flavor."

Shipyard Brewing Company’s : Shipyard Applehead

PORTLAND, MAINE  – Shipyard Brewing Company announces the release of a new beer: Shipyard Applehead. An extension of the company’s popular Shipyard Pumpkinhead line, Shipyard Applehead is a seasonal brew available December through March, while supplies last.
“We asked Pumpkinhead fans what other flavors would they like to see and their answer was  apple,” said director of sales and marketing, Bruce Forsley.  “We listened to what our fans asked for and created Shipyard Applehead. Master brewer Alan Pugsley has combined the subtle sweetness of cinnamon and apple with a clean, refreshing wheat ale to create a whole new beer experience.”

Troubadour Magma - Cascade Hop

Limited edition Magma with Cascade Hops

Troubadour Magma Cascade Hop Special Edition....$13.99 / 750ml
96 on RateBeer
"Even before drinking it, you’re surprised by the explosion of fruity aromas from the dry-hopping with American hops. But the adventure only starts here. The combination of a Belgian Triple style body with a nice balanced IPA (Indian Pale Ale) bitterness takes you on a long trip of sensations." -- Magma Description

Ommegang Seduction -- with Callebut Chocolate

Also online

Ommegang Seduction with Callebut Chocolate....$13.99 / 750ml
Ommegang Seduction is lovingly brewed with six dark malts. Chocolatier Callebut  provides the chocolate, while Liefmans brings the cherries. This international romance is consumated with a full body, alluring aromas and flavors of Belgian chocolate, and tart cherries. Seduction is an ale to be lovingly embraced.

Beautiful, rich and smooth, roasty and malty throughout, Seduction offers balanced chocolate-cherry notes, a bit of caramel sweetness, and a long, slow finish. Seduction is welcoming and warm-hearted, gently hopped and harbors no bitterness, leaving only a lingering glow.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Some more Missouri labels approved...

It just keeps getting better for Missouri beer lovers....

Here are some new labels that have been approved.....cannot wait for the beers to be released...

Order other Missouri Beers while you wait for these - click here to see them

Hopefully coming soon to The Wine and Cheese Place -- stay tuned

4 Hands War Hammer Imperial IPA
 Augusta Brewing Co 1856 IPA - looks like Augusta is starting 12oz bottles
 Perennial Black Walnut Dunkel (brewed with 250 pounds of Black Walnuts)
 Weston Rip Van Winkle
2nd Shift Katy (Slightly Funky Farmhouse Ale with Brett)
2nd Shift Mullineaux (French style Saison)

Plus Cathedral Square labels for 12oz bottles have started getting approved -- watch for 6 packs soon from them.

Great Beaujolais from Kermit Lynch

Kermit Lynch selection...

In stock now at Forsyth

2010 Marcel Lapierre Morgon...$19.99Fresh raspberry and strawberry touched with brown spices and provocatively wreathed in musky peony-like floral perfume are underlain with rich nut oils. In a manner familiar from many of the best Lapierre vintages, this manages to be seductively soothing and subtly creamy yet animating and refreshing. There is a mouthwatering mineral savor to the long finish that I can only liken to lobster shell reduction. Mathieu Lapierre believes that the prolonged, relatively cool carbonic maceration he favors promotes natural antioxidants so that a wine like this has impressive stability from the open bottle despite its absence of sulfur. If you have a cold cellar, try to save a portion of this for 4-6 years.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Monday, January 16, 2012

Wine Class Schedule

Wine Classes at The Wine and Cheese Place

Reservations are required -- click here

We are proud to offer Wine Classes at 
The Wine and Cheese Place
featuring our own Aaron Zwicker to conduct the classes.

Thursday February 2, 2012   (7pm-8:30pm) 
$20 / person
Blind Tasting Pinot Class Cailfornia vs Oregon vs Burgundy. 
Burgundy has been making it the longest, some say pound for pound Oregon does it the best and California tends to make them the biggest, so which will be your favorite? Come taste 6 great Pinot’s from some of the worlds most acclaimed Vineyards and Wineries.

Monday February 13, 2012   (7pm-8:30pm) 
$20 / person
Bubbles Tasting Featuring Schramsberg Vineyards 
Bring your Valentine to taste “America’s House of Sparkling Wine. Rivaling the great Sparkling wines of France’s Champagne region, Schramsberg has been a driving force in the production methods and quality of Sparkling wine made in the Northern California.

Monday March 5, 2012   (7pm-8:30pm) 
$20 / person
Cabernet Class
Cabernet is King and it’s good to be King. Come taste 8 great cab’s from around the world featuring the distinct styles of Cabernet from Australia, Argentina, Chile, France, California, and Washington State.

Wednesday March 21, 2012 (7pm-8:30pm) 
$20 / person
Spring has Sprung Wine and Cheese Class
As we head into spring and our thoughts turn towards defending a World Series Championship and longer days and shorter nights we offer a class featuring a taste of spring through Wine and Cheese.  

Class location:
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth, Clayton, MO 63105

Sunday, January 15, 2012

New Spanish arrivals

In stock now at Forsyth

The Wine Advocate
Rated 94/100
2006 Finca Villacreces....$37.99
The purple-colored 2006 Tinto is made up of 86% Tempranillo and the balance Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged for 16 months in French oak. The nose displays a brooding aromatic array of Asian spices, damp earth, mineral, blackberry, and violets. Dense and stacked on the palate, the wine is still a bit tightly wound and will benefit from 4-6 years of additional cellaring. Incipiently complex and exceptionally lengthy, it should be at its best from 2025 to 2031.

The estate of Villacreces adjoins Vega Sicilia 
(one of the most sought after cult wines of Spain).

The Wine Advocate
Rated 91/100
2009 Villacreces Pruno...$19.99
The entry-level 2009 Pruno is predominantly Tempranillo with dollops of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot aged for 12 months in seasoned French oak. Opaque purple in color, it offers up a brooding bouquet of earthy minerality, Asian spices, incense, and assorted black fruits. Velvety-textured, sweetly-fruited, layered, relatively forward, and lengthy, this seamless effort admirably reveals the strengths of the great 2009 vintage and is a superb value to boot. Drink it over the next 5-6 years.

The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100
2006 Orben Rioja...$33.99
This is the debut wine for Bodegas Orben. It is 100% Tempranillo sourced from vines ranging in age from 55 to 63 years from more than 75 micro-parcels. It offers up a superb kinky, sexy perfume of toasty oak, pencil lead, leather, black cherry, and blackberry. Rich and elegant on the palate, it has layers of succulent fruit, well-concealed tannins, impeccable balance and a 45-second finish. So loaded that it can be enjoyed now, it will nevertheless age effortlessly for 4-6 years and drink well through 2026.