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Friday, February 24, 2012

Rare High West Spirits






In stock at Forsyth
High West Whiskey 21 Year Old Rare.....$106.99

This rye whiskey is highly unusual because it was aged in used oak barrels. Almost all American whiskey is aged in new oak and sold as a "straight" whiskey. Used barrels result in a taste profile less influenced by the wood, allowing the more delicate flavors of the rye distillate to prevail. A truly sophisticated sipping whiskey. 

We named these "Rocky Mountain Rye" for the whiskey that saloons imported to quench the thirst of the mining boomtowns in the Mountain West. As a modern day saloon, High West is doing the same while patiently waiting for High West's own whiskey to age. 

At the end of a meal or the end of a hard day, forget about single malts or cognac, have this 21 instead. Try it with a dessert that pairs well with an American rye's spice, caramel and vanilla like Créme Brulee, fine chocolate, or an apple tart. 


John Hansell, Malt Advocate - "This is one soft, smooth rye whiskey. Gentle mint, green tea, cinnamon, nutmeg, roasted nuts, glazed fruit and candied corn, all lie on a bed of vanilla and caramel... I could drink this stuff all day long 




In stock at Rock Hill and Forsyth
High West Barreled Manhattan...$41.99
The 36th Vote™ commemorates Utah's role as the deciding vote to end Prohibition. In fact, the Utah delegation WANTED to cast the final vote. "No other state shall take away this glory from Utah" proclaimed the leader of the state delegation and president of the Utah League for Prohibition Repeal. On December 5th 1933 at 5:32 PM EST, satisfied that the thirty-fifth state (Pennsylvania) had ratified, Utah delegate S.R. Thurman cast the last ballot for Utah and the 18th amendment's fate was sealed. High West Distillery chose the Manhattan for this celebration because of its classic appeal and timelessness - it's also our favorite mixed drink! We used the pre-Prohibition recipe of two parts rye whiskey to one part sweet vermouth and two dashes of bitters. We then married the mixture in the rye whiskey's American white oak barrel for 90 days, allowing the flavors to integrate in a well-balanced harmony of the rye's spiciness, the vermouth's herbs, and the bitters' complexity. We hope you take time to celebrate Repeal Day and thank Utah for its role in ending the Noble Experiment. 

The High West Barreled Manhattan is made from two parts of High West's Double Rye! Whiskey, one part sweet red vermouth, and two dashes of Angostura bitters for every 2.5 ounce serving.   It was then aged in a 2-year-old rye whiskey barrel for 120 days. The addition of the vermouth lowers the pH and the percent alcohol by volume - both increasing the break down of the oak's hemi-cellulose, increasing the wood sugars that dissolve into the "cocktail" inside. Because a barrel "breaths", there's also some oxidation of the "cocktail." This mellows out the sharpness of the bitters and vermouth, making what we think is a darn fine elixir. We hope you enjoy tasting this as much as we did making it 


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Snowden in stock now!

2009 Vintage arrives at our Forsyth and Rock Hill locations....


Also online

2009 Snowden Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch...$36.99 / 750ml 

The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon The Ranch bursts from the glass with masses of dark red fruit, tobacco, licorice and cassis. The wine shows marvelous depth and texture as the aromas and flavors build effortlessly to the dramatic, sweeping finish. This is a superb effort, and certainly one of the very finest Napa Valley wines available for the money. This is a big and hugely delicious wine. In 2009 the blend is 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 18.2% Cabernet Franc and 6.8% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019. 
Snowden Vineyards lies in one of the more remote corners of Napa Valley, next to Sloan and Hall on one of its borders. 
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate



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Thursday, February 23, 2012

TWCP Beerfest 2012

We are trying to pick the date for our annaul BeerFest
These are the Saturdays that we are looking at now --- 

Please leave comments if you know an event is already happening on one of these days.  Specifically beer related.

 We will try to narrow it down to the 2 most popular dates and then run a second poll to pick the final date.


Other events we now know
April 28 - Dark Lord Day
May 4 and 5 - St. Louis Microfest



Help us pick a date for TWCP BeerFest 2012

Green Flash Belgian Pale with Brettanomyces


Finally back in stock...


Green Flash Rayon Vert with Brett...$8.99 / 4pk




RAYON VERT
Belgian Inspired
Pale Ale with Brettanomyces

If Green Flash were founded in historical Belgium, Rayon Vert would have been our flagship brew. A bold layering of hops finds balance from traditional malts. Bottle conditioning with fresh ale yeast and Brettanomyces finishes the beer, adding a delightful effervescence, dryness and continuously evolving character. Rayon Vert is Green Flash.


Continuously Evolving!
The Green Flash team has now released our newest frontline beer, Rayon Vert! This Belgian-Style Pale Ale finished with Brettanomyces has been in the works, refining the process and style for the past 4 years. The idea to make Rayon Vert was sparked by a self-imposed challenge: produce a Belgian-Abbey style ale to unmistakably express the spirit of Green Flash if we were a brewery producing just one beer and operating under the conditions of pre-WWII Belgium. 




Stone Old Guardian 2012

In stock now at Forsyth
and online


Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine 2012 Edition...$5.49 / 22oz
Allow us to present you with the Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine, in all its unadulterated glory. We make small adjustments to the recipe every year, just a little bit...as it provides an opportunity to try some different hops or malts. For the 2012 release, we made a deliberate effort to move away from the English hop influence of the past few years, taking out the East Kent Golding hops, subbing in a blend of American Chinook, Calypso and Cascade. Yes, that's right, Cascade. This is the first use of Cascade in one of our beers, and we really enjoyed the hints of grapefruit and pine it contributed to the aroma and flavor. We also bumped up the Maris Otter crystal malt by a mere 0.5%, and it's amazing how much of a difference it made in the color and the upfront body. All in all, it's resulted in a well-rounded beer that is ready to drink now, or can be aged at cellar temperatures for many years. (If you can wait that long.)




Click on the label to enlarge and read the full back label....classic Stone book...




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Deschutes Brewery - Oregon - 6 packs

In stock at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth -- Deschutes in 6 packs!!


More Inversion and Red Chair arrived today at Forsyth!


Deschutes Inversion IPA....$8.99 / 6pks
Paradise is stumbling upon our whole flower hop room and inhaling. Inversion IPA is as close as you can get without knowing somebody.  Enter, if you will, all the glorious aromatic complexity of the hop. This big, bold IPA's intense multi-hop kick gets a subtle dose of restraint from select Crystal and Carastan malts. For discriminating hop heads.

World's Best Awards 2011 - America's Best IPA Pale Ale



Deschutes Red Chair NWPA Northwest Pale Ale...$8.99 / 6pk
The citrus punch of a big IPA, minus the one-dimensional hop sledgehammer. Seven select European and domestic malts round out the edges for a complex, copper-colored brew. Like its namesake skilift, it’s an insider’s ride to fresh thrills.
World's Best Awards 2011 - World’s Best Strong / Extra Special Pale Ale




Also now coming in 6 packs
Deschutes Black Butte Porter...$8.99 / 6 packs
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...$8.99 / 6 packs

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.”







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TWCP and Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Quad




Some people have not picked up yet -- 
remember you must pick up your Schlafly / TWCP BBQ by tomorrow night or it goes out for sale!!
You will have until Friday, February 24, 7pm to pick up the beer or it will go back for sale.  We will not call to remind you, so don't forget.



Schlafly and The Wine and Cheese Place Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadrupel
only 204 bottles made!!



Schlafly and The Wine and Cheese Place Bourbon
Barrel Aged Quadrupel
only 204 bottles made!!

We are very proud to release the first in our series of Barrel Aged Beers.  This is a very unique program where we supply local breweries with a Bourbon Barrel and they age a beer in it for 6 months or more and bottle the beer exclusively for The Wine and Cheese Place.   To our knowledge, this is the first and only program like this in the country to have a retailer buy a full barrel of Bourbon to sell and then re-use the barrel to have our own full barrel of beer to sell!!!  These are one of a kind, very rare and limited beers. 





Read about our barrel aged program -- click here




The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel Aged Beer Collaboration #1


The Wine and Cheese Place is extremely excited and proud to announce the first release in an amazing series of barrel aged collaboration beers with local Missouri breweries....

We have recently been selecting and purchasing our own barrels of Bourbon.   We taste through a number of barrel samples and then choose which barrel we like the best.   The Bourbon distillery then bottles the Bourbon for us with our own label and normally would clean and ship the barrel to us for display.  But, we thought, why waste this perfect vessel for display purposes, why not use it to age a delicious beer?  We asked the Bourbon distilleries if they would not wash, clean, or do anything to the barrel and just ship it to us as is -- they all said yes!   The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel Aged Collaboration Series was born.


The first in the series is with Schlafly -- St. Louis' original craft brewery....


The Wine and Cheese Place Collaboration #1 with Schlafly  
The St. Louis Brewery, Schlafly, paved the way for craft breweries in St. Louis.  Without Schlafly, the booming St. Louis Craft beer scene that we are currently experiencing would not be happening right now.   When this Collaboration Series first germinated, I approached Dan Kopman of Schlafly first because of everything they have done for us and for St. Louis beer scene.  Dan and Schlafly were on board and the wheels were in motion on the collaboration series.






The Life of Buffalo Trace Barrel No.15
Here is the barrel the day it arrived to The Wine and Cheese Place in Clayton, MO on August 5, 2011.  We also got in 22 cases of Buffalo Trace Bourbon that were aged in this very barrel we hand picked after tasting through 5 barrels.   This is barrel  Lot 03 A 06 - Barrel #15. 
We will officially call it Barrel #15


Here is a picture of one of the bottles of Bourbon that came out of Barrel #15.
Barrel #15 only enjoyed the comforts of our Clayton store for a few hours (and a few photos) as I loaded it in my truck and delivered it directly to Schlafly's Tap Room downtown because we did not want the barrel to dry out at all.
 This is Barrel #15 in the cellars of Schlafly waiting to be filled...
 Schlafly's Brennan Greene removing the bung from the barrel
Brewmaster Stephen Hale and Brennan checking out the barrel before filling...
 Adding CO2 to the barrel to remove oxygen before filling....
That middle stainless steel tank is hooked up to the hose to fill Barrel #15 with Schlafly Quadrupel...
Both Stephen and Brennan watching the fill level of the barrel...
 Brewmaster Stephen checking Barrel #15...
Barrel #15 filling up with Schlafly Quadrupel

Brennan and myself watching Barrel #15 get filled, the aroma of Bourbon was amazing and intense as the Schlafly Quad was filling up the barrel...




Brennan watching it closely as it is getting full....
Barrel #15 is full of Schlafly Quad....
 We pulled the first glass to try...
 Hosing off the barrel to keep it moist and prevent cracking...

This is where the barrel will live in the aging room of Schlafly Tap Room.


The formula for success....

Here is a look at the label that will hold this wonderful nectar...


204 bottles made
Barrel filled - Aug 5, 2011
Beer Bottled - Feb 7, 2012
Release date Feb 17, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bigfoot walks in the door in 2012

In stock now at our Forsyth location....


Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine Style...$12.99 /  6pk
Our award-winning barleywine boasts a dense, fruity bouquet, an intense flavor palate and a deep reddish-brown color. Its big maltiness is superbly balanced by a wonderfully bittersweet hoppiness.
“…Bigfoot® captures the imagination, and its character is as big as the name implies, with a huge hoppiness in its earthy aroma, a chewy palate, and a great depth of flavor.”

Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson’s Beer


What tastes great with Bigfoot?
"Intense, malty, and bittersweet, Bigfoot® is wonderful served with dessert. Aromatic notes from the dry-hopping process pair well with chocolate mousse and raspberries or a good-quality cheesecake. If you prefer a more savory taste, try an assortment of sharp aged cheeses, served with fresh fruits like apples, pears, and grapes, which will offer a contrast that will bring all of the flavors together." -- Sierra Nevada



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Glenmorangie Artein is here!!!

Order Glenmorangie Online now also


The first load sold out fast on Saturday, we have another 5 cases that just arrived Today!

We are proud to have the 
Glenmorangie Artein in stock all four locations now.




Glenmorangie Artein Private Edition...$67.99 / bottle




Glenmorangie Unveils Artein:
A Monumental Whisky – Born of Stone

—Glenmorangie is proud to announce the launch ofGlenmorangie Artein, the third release in its award winning Private Edition range. ‘Artein,’ Scots Gaelic for stone, is an intriguing 15 Years Old Glenmorangie, extra matured in ‘Super Tuscan’ wine casks.

Stone has always been at the heart of the making of Glenmorangie Single Malt Scotch Whisky. Glenmorangie has its own unique hard water source – the Tarlogie Spring – which slowly filters through layers of limestone, adding rich minerals that eventually give Glenmorangie its complex fruity aromas. Stone also plays a more symbolic role for Glenmorangie. Located on grounds near the Glenmorangie distillery is the Hilton of Cadbol Stone, an 8th century Pictish artifact, rich in ancient intricate carvings. This treasure became the inspiration for Glenmorangie’s iconic emblem, The Signet.

Dr. Bill Lumsden, Glenmorangie’s Head of Distilling & Whisky Creation, is renowned for pioneering the innovative approach of extra maturing whisky in ex-wine casks. He has long felt a strong affinity with the innovative ‘Super Tuscan’ wine producers who are justly celebrated for breaking with established Italian wine making traditions. The rugged Tuscan coastal hills, located on stony ground, seem an improbable area for establishing vineyards, yet the stone plays an important role in the taste of these special wines. The vines are forced to take root deep into the soil for nourishment and as a result the grapes ripen with the intense flavor of this unique terrain.

Dr. Lumsden comments, “Wine is one of my huge passions and I was fascinated by the role the stony ground played in the flavor profile of the famous ‘Super-Tuscan’ wines. I was inspired to experiment with extra maturing Glenmorangie in these wine casks and was thrilled with the result: a rich, outstandingly fragrant whisky — quite literally born of stone.”

Glenmorangie Artein started its maturation in American white oak ex-bourbon casks before spending a period of extra maturation in Super Tuscan wine casks. On the nose, Glenmorangie Artein recalls a sweet and heady bouquet of ripe red berries, honeysuckle and fresh mint. On the palate, one can taste sun-soaked baked fruits such as ripe apricots, peaches and plums which harmonize fluidly with hints of spearmint and cherries in milk chocolate. A whisky of great length, bottled at a strength of 46% alcohol by volume, Glenmorangie Artein finishes with high notes of zesty, lemon sherbet and a flourish of creamy cappuccino.



Glenmorangie Artein is the latest addition to the ongoing Private Edition range, which consists of rare and interesting limited edition whiskies selected from “the cabinet of curiosities” of Dr. Bill Lumsden. Released on an annual basis, this range comprises the highly esteemed Sonnalta PX and Finealta. Brian Cox, Vice President Glenmorangie in the U.S., commented, “These Private Editions are fast becoming valued collector’s items. We have completely sold out of the last two Editions and anticipate that Glenmorangie Artein 15 Years Old will sell out even faster since the Super Tuscan casks make this a very rare Private Edition indeed.” Artein is available in the U.S. from February 1st, 2012.



The Glenmorangie Private Edition Range
Glenmorangie’s Private Edition is an award winning special range that provides the occasional opportunity for the Glenmorangie Whisky Creation Team to share rare, limited samples of its rich and innovative experimentations to whisky connoisseurs and aficionados. Glenmorangie Artein marks the third release in this range; previous releases were Glenmorangie Sonnalta PX – a full bodied whisky, extra matured in Pedro Ximénez sherry casks and Glenmorangie Finealta – an exquisite recreation of a 1900s recipe from the Glenmorangie archives with subtle notes of peat.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

96 point Grower Champagne from Le Mesnil






2004 Pierre Peters Brut Cuvee Speciale Les Chetillons...$109.99
The 2004 Brut Millesime Cuvee Speciale Les Chetillons is stratospheric. This is a cool, inward Chetillons endowed with breathtaking finesse. The 2004 is noticeably more vibrant and focused than the decidedly exuberant 2002. Ripe pears, almonds and jasmine are some of the notes that flesh out in this pure, energetic wine. Hints of chalk, smoke and ash wrap around the intense finish. This is easily one of the very finest of the 2004s that has been released so far. Peters’ objective with Les Chetillons is to make wine that expresses terroir rather than vintage. In 2004 Peters used only two of his three plots in Les Chetillons, as he wasn’t totally happy with the way one of the parcels responded in terms of the high yields that were typical that year. That level of attention to detail goes a long way in explaining why the 2004 is so exceptional. Dosage is 4.7 grams per liter. Disgorged March 2011. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2034.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate






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Rare Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon

Very limited and in stock now -- 

2009 Plumpjack Cabernet Sauvignon Estate....$84.99 / 750ml
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is a beautiful wine. Freshly cut flowers, dark red berries, mint and crushed rocks are some of the nuances that flow from this highly articulated, engaging red. Despite its richness and obvious size, the 2009 retains remarkable freshness, clarity and precision. This is a terrific showing. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2024. I have been following Plumpjack since first visiting the winery nearly a decade ago. This is a stunning set of wines from winemaker Tony Biagi, who has succeeded in achieving both astonishing richness and finesse pretty much across the board.

Rated 94+/100 The Wine Advocate


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Tuthilltown Spirits

Available onlne now
From Tuthilltown, New York




Hudson Single Malt Whiskey....$37.99 / 375ml

HUDSON SINGLE MALT WHISKEY is made in the classic fashion with whole ground malted barley and nothing else. Aged in our small American Oak casks, this whiskey is a departure from popular single malt Scotches. The new oak lends a deeper woody affect to the spirit. Rich in color and full flavored, our single malt is an American reinterpretation of traditional Scottish and Irish whiskies. Bottles at 92 proof, HUDSON SINGLE MALT stands up nicely to a splash of water, which releases aroma and softens the spirit on your lips. And as with all our whiskey, this spirit improves in your glass as it opens up. Enjoy it slowly




Hudson New York Corn Whiskey....$26.99 / 375ml

HUDSON NEW YORK CORN WHISKEY is the true American spirit. It is distilled the old fashioned way, one batch at a time from 100% New York corn. No sugar is added. This unaged sipping whiskey is clear and soft to the tongue, with the faint aroma of corn fields at harvest. Corn whiskey is known by a variety of nicknames: White Dog, White Light’ng and moonshine. NEW YORK CORN WHISKEY is traditional American corn. It is bottled at 40% alcohol by volume. It is also the foundation for Tuthilltown’s popular and unique HUDSON BABY BOURBON.






Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey...$37.99 / 375ml
Until Prohibition New York was known for its rye whiskey. This feisty spirit was the basis for the legendary MANHATTAN cocktail, made famous by Jenny Churchill (Winston’s Mum). Rye had not been produced in New York for over 80 years, but Tuthilltown Spirits’ HUDSON MANHATTAN RYE WHISKEY signals the return of the quintessential New York Whiskey. Our rye is made from whole grain rye one batch at a time. It is not the blended rye whiskey your parents used to mix with soda. This is honest rye whiskey. HUDSON MANHATTAN RYE is bottled at 92 proof. It is fruity, floral and smooth, with a recognizable rye edge that leaves no doubt the origin of the spirit. Each bottle is hand filled, capped, waxed and numbered. Enjoy the return of this classic American spirit.





Hudson Baby Bourbon...$34.99 / 375ml
"HUDSON BABY BOURBON is the first bourbon whiskey to be distilled in New York. This single grain bourbon is made from 100% New York corn and aged in our special small American Oak barrels. This unique aging process produces a mildly sweet, smooth spirit with hints of vanilla and caramel. The BABY is Tuthilltown’s first whiskey and the first legal pot-distilled whiskey made in New York since prohibition. BABY BOURBON is a perfect introduction to aged whiskey spirits. It is mild and friendly, bright to the tongue and warming all the way down. Each bottle is hand waxed and numbered. It is a true American classic. The BABY is our most sought after spirit. Make sure you alert your fine spirits dealer today to ensure your supply."





Hudson Four Grain Bourbon Whiskey....$37.99 / 375ml
Hudson Four Grain bourbon whiskey brings together the distinct characteristics of corn, rye, wheat and malted barley. Each batch starts with 800 pounds of grain which is ground at the distillery, cooked and fermented, then distilled twice. It is aged in our signature small barrels. Our Four Grain Bourbon is a rich full-flavored spirit. The grains are perfectly suited one to the others so that the end result balances the soft richness of corn, the sharp peppery notes of rye, all the smooth subtlety of wheat and the sweetness of malted barley. Each bottle is hand numbered.


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DISTILLING AT TUTHILLTOWN
Before Prohibition more than 1,000 farm distillers produced alcohol from New York grains and fruits. Tuthilltown distillers are bringing back traditional batch-distilled spirits.
For 220 years Tuthilltown Gristmill, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, used waterpower to render local grains to flour. In 2001 Ralph Erenzo and Vicki Morgan acquired the property and with the help of partner Brian Lee, they converted one of the mill granaries to a micro-distillery.The partners worked tirelessly to teach themselves the craft of small-batch distillation while navigating the legal and administrative aspects of building the company.
Two and a half years later Tuthilltown Spirits produced their first batches of vodka from scraps they collected at a local apple slicing plant. Now the distillers use fresh cider from nearby orchards. Production includes vodkas, whiskeys, rum, eau de vie, brandy, and infusions. New York's first Bourbon is HUDSON BABY BOURBON, distilled from 100% New York corn. Tuthilltown whiskeys are the only legally distilled and aged grain spirits produced in New York since Prohibition.
In 2007 Gable Erenzo, joined the team and the distillery sent off the first international shipment to Paris. The team has continued to grow with the addition of Joel Elder, Jared Powers, and Nick Stoughton to the production team. Cathy Erenzo has come on board to manage compliance and administration.
The Tuthilltown Spirits Team is thrilled to bring the craft of small batch spirits distilling back to New York." -- from their website







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Look what is back -- Hudson Whiskey!!!

Back in stock after a long absence.....

Plus, they went down in price...about $10 a bottle less than before!!

I will post more info later!


2nd Shift Brewing


Just got in a few more cases at Forsyth


The picture and the name say it all...


2nd Shift Brewing Brew Cocky Ale....$11.99 / 750ml
"Yup, we love hops and this IPA puts them all up in your face.  Loads and Loads of Falcaner's Flight, a blend of Northwest hops was used in such a gratuitous manner heretofore not seen in these parts.  ENJOY" - label





2nd Shift Brewing Mullineaux Ale....$9.99 / 750ml
Mullineaux Ale is our French style Saison.  Finir de Boire