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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Double IPA

Hoptimum is here - new batch bottled March 15ish
(plus both have Sierra Nevada Summer)
Sierra Nevada Hoptimum....$10.49 / 4pk





A group of hop-heads and publicans challenged our Beer Camp brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurricane of flavor. Simply put —Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped, AND torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas.


Resinous "new-school" and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar, and tropical fruit—all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.
info from Sierra Nevada

In stock now at Forsyth -- bottled 3/20/12 and online now


Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA... $8.99 / 4pk


"An imperial IPA that was brewed to turn your world upside down. Hops have got you coming and going. Pungent aromatics up front paired with a malt balanced backbone and a smooth bitter finish." -- Founders
9.4% ABV
86 IBU’S






Friday, April 6, 2012

Bastille - French Whisky

In stock at Forsyth and Rock Hill




Bastille Hand Crafted Whisky....$24.99 / 750ml
I hope you enjoy my very special whisky,
which took me many years to perfect.
BASTILLE is hand-crafted in the South-West of France,
the region where I was born and live.
I use a combination of traditional and cutting edge techniques
to bring out the natural characteristics of the different varieties
of wood cask, water and "terroir".
Here are a few highlights of my unique method
for hand-crafting whisky
(leaving out some of the secrets)
After the initial maturation, BASTILLE is finished
in different styles of wooden cask which provide my whisky
its delicate, harmonious and unique flavors.
BASTILLE uses pure Gensac spring water, filtered naturally
for centuries through Grande Champagne limestone.
-- Master Distiller

Rated 94/100 Beverage Tasting Institute

Woodford Double Oaked and Kentucky Derby 2012

(KY Derby Edition finally arrived at Forsyth - should hit the other stores tomorrow) 

  Back in stock!!
Available online also - 
Woodford Reserve Double Oaked....$44.99
DOUBLE OAKED
An innovative approach to twice-barreled bourbon creates the rich and colorful flavor of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. Uniquely matured in separate, charred oak barrels - the second barrel deeply toasted before a light charring – extracts additional amounts of soft, sweet oak character.


Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris discusses the unique and innovative process that creates Woodford Reserve Double Oaked.



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We will also be taking pre-arrival reservations on the 2012 Woodford Reserve Kentucky Derby Artist Edition Bottle -- 
Woodford Reserve 2012 Kentucky Derby Bourbon....$39.99 / Liter bottle
Limited Edition
In stock now at Forsyth

Sam Adams Longshot 2012...

Sam Adams Longshot....$8.49 / 6pk

2 bottles of each in the 6pks.



New Grey Goose Cherry Noir


Grey Goose Vodka Cherry Noir...$25.99 / 750ml
Cultivated from rare black cherries found in the French Basque Country, GREY GOOSE Cherry Noir combines the aroma of fresh cherries and sweet red fruits with dark fruit flavors and layers of spice. The result: a sophisticated, sensuous flavored vodka and exceptional complement to any night.

Mastermind Vodka from Illinois


Mastermind Vodka....$24.99
Madison County IL
"Better Drinking Through Thinking"
When you un-cork a bottle of Mastermind Vodka you can be confident that what you’re about to taste is the culmination of years of research, development, and dedication. Dedication to the idea that anything less than perfection is not an option.
We have taken the exacting science of creating a clean and crisp vodka, and combined it with the care and attention of small hand-crafted batches to provide you with a truly unique drinking experience.


The Difference
Unlike many brands of distilled spirits that are mass produced without concern for quality or integrity, brands that hide behind big budget ad campaigns and rely on celebrity endorsements to mask their taste. At Mastermind we stand behind our product and take pride in our craft.


We use only select Midwestern grain that is harvested by local farmers who can maintain unparalleled control over their crop. Next we ensure perfection by working with small hand-crafted batches that can be carefully produced. This is not the easiest way to create vodka, but it’s the only way to craft perfect vodka.


Using a combination of modern technology and time tested methods we are able to achieve a new apex in the evolution of vodka.


See for yourself; we invite you to un-cork a bottle and taste the Mastermind difference.

Johnnie Walker Green and Gold are going away...

Johnnie Walker announces that the existing Green Label and Gold Label will be phased out....
Stock up on them now, while you can


"Top global Scotch brand Johnnie Walker is planning to shake up its range in global markets, including the U.S. The Diageo-owned label will add two new variants and subtract two existing ones from its lineup over the next year. The existing Johnnie Walker Gold Label 18-year-old and Johnnie Walker Green Label will begin to be phased out in the U.S. market during the summer of next year (the phase-outs will begin this summer in most other global markets). In their place, Diageo will introduce two new labels that have tested successfully in Asia—Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve (selling for around $63 a 750-ml.) and Johnnie Walker Platinum 18-year-old (around $110).
Diageo’s head of whisky outreach Nick Morgan told Shanken News Daily the revamp was meant to spread out the Johnnie Walker portfolio’s pricing in order to better motivate consumers to move up the brand ladder. “As we reviewed the brand offering, we found that the range wasn’t meeting consumer needs and providing the best consumer journey through the range as far as taste profiles and price points,” Morgan said. “Another reason for this change is to try and have, as far as is possible, a consistent range of prices and options for consumers wherever they go in the world—which, to be honest, we haven’t had heretofore.”
The new Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve is based on the same Clynelish single malt as Gold Label 18-year-old, but it has a less peaty profile and will sell for around $20 less. Removing the age statement from the Gold offering also enables Diageo greater flexibility in crafting the blend. Platinum 18-year-old, meanwhile, has a more intense, peaty Speyside character. The two new variants will sit between Black Label (around $40) and Blue Label (around $210) in the portfolio. “You can see how the ladder then stretches out,” Morgan said.
The departing Green Label, which sells for around $65, is a blended malt, which Morgan described as the odd man out within the line. Except in Taiwan, which has shown a special affinity for blended malts, it will be discontinued. Still, both it and Gold 18-year-old have pockets of very enthusiastic consumers in the U.S.
“We want to be careful not to disappoint people and help them through the change process, so we’re giving an additional 12-month period in the U.S. before phasing those expressions out to help ease the transition,” Morgan said.
While its global progress has been well documented, Johnnie Walker has also been thriving in the U.S., where its Red and Black labels alone account for over 1.5 million cases. In the six months through December, Johnnie Walker’s volume rose 11% in North America, as organic net sales surged 19%." -- "Shanken Daily News"

Colin's Crazy College Concoctions

Our own Colin keeps us in touch with what the college kids are drinking.  Today he will sample out Three Olives Loopy Vodka with Rum Chata.  It's like drinking the Fruit Loops milk after eating your cereal (with a kick)

Friday April 6 from 4-6pm
at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth


Beer Dog Biscuits


Brew-Buddies Dog Biscuits
Description: Brew-Buddys are all natural crafted dog biscuits made with spent brewing grains.
The fun shape and design are just right for your best bud! And what a great way to use the extra grains from a local craft brewery.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Time to Vote!



2012 Reader's Choice Poll -- click here to vote
Favorite Place to buy cheese
Favorite Liquor Store
Favorite Specialty shop
Favoirte Wine Shop
If you decide to vote for us, our name is under "Wine and Cheese Place" not "The Wine..."

Summer beers arrived...

Leinenkugels Summer Shandy in CANS just arrived for the season


Buffalo Bill's Orange Blossom Cream Ale 6pk bottles



Charleville Maibock


Order Charleville online

Charleville Microbrewery - Ste. Genevieive, Missouri
Just released seasonal----
Charleville Maibock.....$4.69 / 22oz
"Maibock is a tradition from Bavaria brewed to celebrate the arrival of the spring season. Our Maibock is fermented with traditional Bavarian lager yeast prior to cold conditioning for eight long weeks. Two-Row Barley, Munich, and Carmel Malt build the base that facilitates the malty aromatic profile and deep bronze color. German Magnum, Hallertau, and Tettnanger hops make up the balance to form its depth and Character." -- Charleville

Don't forget their other great brews...
Half Wit Wheat
"A cross between an American Wheat and a Belgian Wit, this refreshing ale is made with white wheat, ground corriander, and fresh whole oranges! Simply delicious served with a slice of orange." -- Charleville
Tornado Alley Amber Ale
"Our Amber is a beautiful red color with slight sweetness and a wonderful blend of hops." -- Charleville
Hoptimistic IPA
"We are really excited to feature our new Hoptimistic IPA!!! This is a very hoppy IPA with lots of complexity and wonderful hops flavors. Yum!" -- Charleville

Tripel Wit
"A beer experience with a true distinction, our Triple wit is a unique bottle conditioned Belgian style ale. Made from two row barley, white wheat and rolled oats. To compliment the satiating taste only found by using a traditional top fermenting yeast, coriander and oranges are added. This addition during the brewing process lends to the delicate balance of flavors between the malt hops and yeast." -- brewery

Fromage d'Affinois with TRUFFLES


All we are going to say is....
One of your favorite cheeses just got TRUFFLES added to it.....



Oh, and come in for a taste...

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Perennial Devil's Heart of Gold





The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel Aged Beer Program


Check out the amazing label designed by Perennial


Here is your first look at our next barrel aged beer to be released.  
Perennial Devil's Heart of Gold
Wheat Wine Style Ale aged in bourbon barrels
The name "Devil's Heart of Gold" comes from what they call the "Devil's Cut".   When a bourbon ages in a barrel, a portion of the bourbon evaporates - this is called the "Angel's share".   Another portion of the bourbon gets absorbed into the new oak barrel -- this is called the "Devil's cut".    Therefore, the Heart of Gold beer aging in the barrel starts to absorb back some of the Devil's Cut and hence the name "Devil's Heart of Gold".


Perennial took their Heart of Gold and aged it in a Knob Creek 9yr Old Barrel back in October 2011.   They are planning to bottle the beer in May -- just weeks away!!  The beer will have been resting for 7 months in barrel!
Here are some pictures of the barrel being filled - click here


How do you get this beer?
Watch our Blog - right where you are now
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The release will be announced using all of these resources.   
We will continue with 1 bottle per person to let more get around.   We will also have a similar style release party where we will taste both the "regular" Heart of Gold and the Devil's Heart of Gold.   We will sell tickets to this as soon as we know the release date.




Barrel Update - April 3, 2012
  • Barrel Aged Beers released already = 2
  • Beers in Barrel now = 4
  • Barrels waiting to be filled with beer = 1
  • Barrels on their way to be filled = 4
A total of 11 barrel aged beers so far as part of the program!



Barrel -  Buffalo Trace (#1) Bourbon
Schlafly Bourbon Barrel Aged Quadrupel

Date filled: August 5 , 2011
Date bottled: February 7, 2012
Cases produced:  17 cases (204 / 750ml bottles) 
Beer released and Sold out - click here to see the release pictures


Barrel - Buffalo Trace (#2) Bourbon
2nd Shift Brewing Liquid Spiritual Delight Stout Barrel Aged
Date filled: Decmeber 29, 2011
Date bottled: March 5, 2012
Cases produced:  17 cases (204 / 750ml bottles) 
Beer released and Sold out - click here to see pictures of the release






Barrel -  Knob Creek 9yr (#1) Bourbon 
(first full barrel ever sold in St. Louis) 
Brewery: Perennial Artisan Ales
Barrel filled on October 6, 2011 with Perennial Heart of Gold Wheat Wine
(now 6 months in barrel - should be bottled in May 2012)







Barrel - Elijah Craig 12yr Old (#1) Bourbon  
(1st full barrel sold in STL)
Barrel - Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey (#1)
Brewery: 4 Hands Brewing Company
Both barrels filled on February 3, 2012 with their Bona Fide Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Goshen Espresso and Whole Vanilla Bean to age.








Barrel - Buffalo Trace (#3) Bourbon
Brewery: Charleville
Barrel filled on February 13, 2012 with their Hairy Cow 9% Wee Heavy




Barrels on the way!
These barrels are on the way and will eventually be filled with beer.  Six Row Brewing is tagged for the next one to arrive.  We are planning to do a second batch of Schlafly Quadrupel in barrel and the rest are yet to be determined.
Barrel -  Knob Creek 9yr (#2) Bourbon
Barrel - Buffalo Trace (#4) Bourbon
Barrel - Elijah Craig 12yr Old (#2) Bourbon 
Barrel - Blanton's (#1) Bourbon 

Schlafly Export IPA is here!!


Our first load of Schlafly Export IPA is here!!

Now in stock at all stores
and online also

Monday, April 2, 2012

Exciting beers news!!

Bear Republic Brewing Co. is coming 
back to The Wine and Cheese Place
Yes, it is true.   I just got word that we will be able to get Bear Republic beers back in stock sometime in the next 4-6 weeks!!!
Watch for some delicious and fresh beer from one of California's finest breweries...
Bear Republic Racer 5
Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
Bear Republic Black Bear Stout
plus more....

Very, very, very rare 1974 Glenfiddich

1 bottle in stock

We are proud to offer an extremely rare Single Malt Scotch from Glenfiddich.  
Only 1,000 bottles were released
Only 2 bottles made it to Missouri.




Only 1 bottle available - reserve it online
(subject to confirmation)

1974 Glenfiddich Rare Collection Single Malt Whisky....$749.99 / 750ml bottle
Bottle No. 949 of 1000 bottles
46.8% ABV
36 years of age
Bottled September 13, 2011
"Every cask of rare Glenfiddich single malt Scotch whisky is personally nosed and tasted by our expert Malt Master.  After carefully nurturing them for decades, he has ensured the whisky has achieved its rich character and seductive complexity.   Casks for this Glenfiddich Vintage Reserve have been selected by the Glenfiddich Malt Master because of their exceptional quality." -- label


Rare Macallan 1970 Vintage

Sold out -- sorry
Only 1 bottle available - click here to reserve - subject to confirmation




Very rare 41 year old Macallan from Gordon and Macphail
Speymalt from Macallan 1970 Single Malt Scotch...$699.99
43% 
Distilled 1970
Bottled 2011




TASTING NOTE
AROMA WITHOUT WATER
Initial burst of sherry sweetness, with subtle rum and raisin notes. Some marzipan and almonds with a hint of vanilla lingering. Some subtle bees wax polish and a touch of charred oak develop.
TASTE WITHOUT WATER
Sweet and Sherried, with Christmas cake influences and some hints of warm festive spices. Followed by some dark chocolate with a burst of citrus peel.
AROMA WITH WATER
Fresh, with some pronounced sweet Sherry notes, hints of stewed fruits and a mulled wine edge. Some delicate vanilla and hints of cream fudge emerges.
TASTE WITH WATER
Burst of Sherry, with a delicate stewed plum edge, creamy and smooth with a defined hint of dark chocolate lingering. A very delicate touch of ash lingers.

Gordon Macphail

Each store has a different selection -- you can reserve it online for pick up at any store.


The MacPhail's Collection Highland Park 8yr 43%....$35.99
"Built in 1798, Scotland's most Northern distillery is set on the site where the infamous illicit distiller, Magnus Eunson's bothy used to stand. Highland Park continues to malt its own barley using the traditional floor malting method and to kiln dry the 'green' malt using peat cut from its own moorlands. One of the few distilleries where you can still see and smell smoke wafting from its pagoda. Cattie Maggie is the underground spring that feeds a former quarry close to Highland Park. The spring and quarry are named after a tinker who lived in the vicinity. The water is pure and very hard, rising through a sedimentary rock of hard sandstone."-- Gordon & MacPhail


The MacPhail's Collection Bunnahabhain 8yr 43%....$35.99
"Bunnahabhain Distillery was designed from the start as a high-output malt distillery. Built round a courtyard, in a style that resembles a Bordeaux chateau, the distillery today is little changed. It amalgamated with William Grant and Sons in 1887 to become part of the Highland Distillers group. During 1963 the number of stills were increased from 2 to 4. Bunnahabhain (meaning 'mouth of the river') shares its name with the village that grew up around it. In effect, development of the distillery created a community dependent upon it for employment. In doing so, an entire village emerged."-- Gordon & MacPhail


The MacPhail's Collection Tamdhu 8yr 43%.....$35.99
"Tamdhu Distillery was one of several to be built along the Strathspey railway line, which at one time played such an important part in the whisky industry. Originally built by a group of whisky blenders, ownership reverted to Highland Distillers a few years later. The old Knockando railway station was converted into an attractive visitors? centre and reception.The distillery operates its own saladin box maltings, which produces sufficient malt to supply both Tamdhu and other distilleries in the group." -- Gordon & MacPhail


Gordon and Macphail Caol Ila 10yr Islay....$59.99
Distilled August 1999
ABV = 46%
Bottles January 2011

Gordon and Macphail Glenburgie 15yr 43% $65.99
Gordon and Macphail Glenburgie 21yr 43% $151.99
Set close to the A96, near the village of Alves, lies Glenburgie Distillery which looks over the Moray Firth. The distillery was originally called Kilnflat, although in 1878 after a period of disuse, it was renamed Glenburgie. Nearby is Burgie Castle, which dates back to the 16th century. For a short while Glenburgie also produced another single malt, Glencraig. This was produced using Lomond stills and is available in our Connoisseurs Choice range.



One of the finest scotches I have tasted...
The MacPhails Collection Glenrothes 30yr....$189.99
ABV -  43%
First fill Sherry casks.


TASTING NOTE
AROMA WITHOUT WATER
Sweet with malty notes and some wood oil aromas.
TASTE WITHOUT WATER
Initially cereal flavours followed by hints of chocolate and smoke.
AROMA WITH WATER
Sweet Sherry notes and charred oak. More balanced with delicate aromas.
TASTE WITH WATER
Smooth, creamy vanilla notes together with the Sherry influence.


GLENROTHES
Situated within the picturesque Spey valley, Rothes is home to five distilleries all tucked along the tiny main street - unbeknown to passing visitors. Amongst these is Glenrothes hidden in a small glen on the outskirts of the village. Today Glenrothes single malt is used as the heart of Cutty Sark blended whisky. Approaching the distillery your eyes are drawn to the right where the village graveyard stretches up the hill. As whisky matures it evaporates this is known as "the angels share". Feeding off the evaporated whisky is a black sooty fungus, which gives an eiry atmosphere to the place. The blackened grave stones under the shadows of tall trees surrounded by distillery buildings.


all info from Gordon MacPhail's website

New Belgium Cans!!!

In stock at Forsyth now -- should hit our other stores later today!

Wall of CANS - 16oz cans from New Belgium
Fat Tire - Shift - Ranger IPA



New Belgium Shift Pale Lager...$7.49 / 4pk - 16oz CANS
New Belgium employee-owners work in shifts to brew to life world-class beers. Those efforts are rewarded daily with a shared end-of-shift beer. We’re passing that welcomed occasion onto consumers in this lightly-hopped Shift Pale Lager. From work to play, from bottle to can, from bold and heavy to refreshing and sessionable; Shift salutes the shift in occasion, package and beer. So, go ahead and get your Shift beer, you’ve earned it!
Just the facts Ma'am...
ABV - 5.0
IBU - 29
Hops - Target, Nelson Sauvin, Liberty, Cascade
Malts - Pale, Munich, C-80




New Belgium Ranger IPA...$7.49 / 4pk - 16oz CANS
Ever met a New Belgium Beer Ranger? They are our beloved folks out in the field. Spanning all 29 of our states from the Pacific to the Atlantic, our Beer Rangers do their best to protect, to pour and to partake. And explore many a beer from many a brewery, they do.


Bring out the hops! This clear amber beauty bursts at the starting gate with an abundance of hops: Cascade (citrus), Chinook (floral/citrus), and Simcoe (fruity) lead off the beer, with Cascade added again for an intense dry hop flavor. Brewed with pale and dark caramel malts that harmonize the hop flavor from start to finish, Ranger is a sessionable splendor for all you hopinistas. Thank your Beer Ranger!


Plus their original beer....
New Belgium Fat Tire ...$7.49 / 4pk - 16oz CANS

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Finest Turkish Raki


In stock at all four of The Wine and Cheese Place locations

The best selling Raki in Turkey
Yeni Turkish Raki...$27.99
"Raki is usually anise-flavored aperitif that is produced by twice distilling either only suma or suma that has been mixed with ethyl alcohol in traditional copper alembics of 5000 liters volume or less with aniseed. it is similar to several kins of alcoholic beverages available in the Mediterranean and parts of the Balkans, including pastis, sambuca, and ouzo....In Turkey, raki is the unofficial "national drink" and it is traditionally drunk mixed with water; the dilution cases this alcoholic drink to turn a milky-white colour, and possibly because of its colour, this mixture is popularly called aslan sutu or arslan sutu, both literally meaning "lion's milk"



Efe Classic Blue Label Turkish Raki...$25.99
"The flavor enriched by the best quality Anatolian grapes and anise gains a smooth taste with Bozdag spring water.  With its distinct bottle design and its taste much enjoyed by those who are fond of classical raki, Efe Raki is continuing to add zest to raki tables." - website

Efe Fresh Grapes Turkish Raki...$27.99
"Produced from fresh grapes ripening under the Aegean sun, Efe Fresh Grape Raki is an indispensable taste for raki lovers with its flavor that appeals to different palates.  Efe Fresh Grape Raki, having achieved to create its own category for the first time in the sector, has been produced for those who like to try different tastes." -- website