Saturday, June 2, 2012

Vodka lovers and home brewers

Great Vodka Closeout!

Plus the bottle is perfect for refilling with your home brew

360 Vodka....$5.99 / 375ml
(compare to $15.99 / 750ml)
Just got in a great closeout!
Come in today at Forsyth for a taste -- June 2
Mekhong Liqueur....$11.99 / 750ml
Compare to $22.99 at Binny's in Chicago

Mekhong is Thailand’s national spirit and named after the mighty Mekhong River, which flows along its border. First introduced in 1941, it is the first and most famous spirit in Thailand.

Nowadays Mekhong is a source of pride for the Thai people and has come to symbolise the friendly welcome for which Thailand is world renowned.

Mekhong has a wonderfully smooth aroma and inviting taste that will instantly remind you of the tropics of Southeast Asia.

Enjoy the taste of an enchanting nation and have a good time . . . Thai style!

Mekhong taste:Mekhong’s amber and reddish copper colour paves the way to a balanced and smooth flavour of spicy ginger, toffee, citrus and vanilla flavours – all fused together to provide a unique and well balanced drink.

Mekhong can be enjoyed straight, with a mixer, or in cocktails, and of course perfectly complements spicy Thai food.

The spirit’s versatility has led to the creation of its own signature branded cocktail menu that encapsulates the beauty and flavours found in the Kingdom of Thailand itself.

Making Mekhong:Thailand’s tropical climate means the sugar cane grown there is amongst the best and purest in the world. The Mekhong sugar cane spirit is artfully blended with rice spirit and a secret recipe of natural Thai herbs and spices to deliver its unique taste of Thailand.

Mekhong has a slightly lower alcohol content of 35% by volume which improves its mixability.

It is produced at the Bangyikhan Distillery amidst stunning scenery in one of the most beautiful parts of the Kingdom. In fact, it is the name of the distillery which has been carefully embossed around the famous Mekhong bottle that you see today.
Info from their website

Blue Angel Vodka...$9.99 / liter

In stock at Rock Hill, Forsyth, and Ballwin

We have an amazing price on this vodka....
We scored 50+ cases at this price!!!
Blue Angel Vodka....$9.99 / liter

Compare to prices on the internet that we found...
Internet Wine and Spirits....$20.22 / 750ml
Crown Wine & Spirits $23.99 / 750ml
Wally's Wine & Spirits....$27.00 / liter
Shop-Rite Wines & Spirits of Chester ... $28.99 / liter

Blue Angel vodka is from Maurice Kanbar who created Skyy Vodka back in 1992 and started the premium Vodka category (Belvedere came 1996 and Grey Goose in 1997).  He then sold Skyy Vodka  to Campari USA.   Now Maurice Kanbar is back in the vodka category with his latest creation started in 2009, what he calls an "Ultra Premium Vodka".  

Friday, June 1, 2012

92 point Ribero del Duero for $15.99

In stock at Rock Hill and Forsyth

2009 Milcampos Ribero del Duero Vina Viejas...$15.99

The dense purple 2009 Milcampos Vinas Viejas was sourced from older vines and aged for 10 months in new American and Hungarian oak. Brooding black fruits, lavender, cinnamon, clove, soy, and pepper inform the nose of this powerful effort. It delivers greater density than the Milcampos bottling and will evolve for 2-3 years. Drink this lengthy effort from 2013 to 2021.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Etude 2002 Cabernet -- 10 years old

10 years old and ready to drink -- delicious!

Half bottles....
2002 Etude Cabernet Sauvignon....$42.99 / 375ml
"A very stylish wine that's plush, rich and concentrated, offering an array of spicy currant, cedary oak, anise, herb and mineral flavors that are soothing, winning points for its polished texture and firm yet gentle tannins. Best from 2006 through 2013. 4,500 cases made. –JL "
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

June/July Classes

Wine Classes at The Wine and Cheese Place

Reservations are required - call 314.727.8788

We are proud to offer Wine and Spirit Classes at 

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

June/July Wine Class Schedule

Tuesday June 12th  (7pm-8:30pm)
Red Bordeaux Class
$30/per person
We have started to receive our first shipments of the historic 2009 Bordeaux Vintage “In short, 2009 is the greatest vintage I have tasted in Bordeaux since 1982, of which it is a modern-day version, but greatly improved”-Robert Parker  and can’t wait to try some of these wines along side some of the very best of the 2008 we have to offer as well. Please join us in trying 6 amazing wines from 2 fantastic vintages.

2008 Chateau Gazin 94/100 Wine Advocate
2008 Chateau Fonplegade 93/100 Wine Advocate
2008 Chateau Rollan de By
2009 Chateau Cantemerle 91+ Wine Advocate
2009 Chateau La Fleur Bouard 93/100 Wine Advocate
2009 Chateau Berliquet 91/100 Wine Advocate

Tuesday June 26th   (7pm-8:30pm)
White Burgundy vs. California Chardonnay
Blind Tasting Class
Many believe the world of wine has become too homogeneous that wines no longer have a sense of place, we beg to differ but hey, you be the judge. Come taste 8 great Chardonnay’s from California and France.

Wednesday July 11th   (7pm-8:30pm)
The Southern Rhone Valley
With 2 spectacular vintages back to back 2009 and 2010 we have an amazing breadth and depth of wines to choose from for this class. Come taste what makes the Southern Rhone one of our favorite regions for both every day value and special occasion gems. Taste 8 wines featuring some of the biggest names in the Rhone Valley, Chapoutier, Pegau, and many more.

Perennial Homefront IPA

Perennial Artisan Ales Homefront IPA....$12.99 / 750ml
 "Homefront IPA is brewed to honor our veterans as they return home from duty.  It was conceived by MLB pitcher Chris Ray and brewed last year with Fremont Brewing.  We at Perennial are very excited and honored to be a part of brewing this year's batch.  Homefront IPA is brewed with oranges and aged on Louisville Slugger bats.  Operation Homefront provides financial assistance to the families of our service members and proceeds from the sale of this beer will be donated to Operation Homefront." - label

"Cardinals pitcher Kyle McClellan is proud to sponsor Hops for Heroes and thanks Perennial Artisan Ales for participating."

More info about the cause....
Homefront IPA is a collaborative beer developed in 2011 by Fremont Brewing Company and Center of the Universe Brewing Company in order to raise money and awareness for Operation Homefront. Operation Homefront is a charity that provides emergency assistance to our military heroes and their families. Aged on Louisville Slugger maple bats, this IPA does more than just quench your thirst, it improves the lives of our soldiers. All proceeds from the sale of this beer go to the local Operation Homefront chapters.

This year, in addition to the efforts of Fremont and Center of the Universe breweries, Cigar City, Perennial Artisan Ales, SlyFox, St. Arnold’s and 21st Amendment breweries have joined forces to expand this effort nationwide.

For more info about the Homefront IPA project, visit
To donate directly to Operation Homefront, please visit

Thursday, May 31, 2012

94 Point La Jota!

2009 La Jota Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon....$48.59 net
"The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon comes across as gorgeous and round in its expressive dark red and black fruit, earthiness, menthol, spices and graphite. The firm Howell Mountain tannins are there, but the presence of Merlot (12%) helps to soften the wine. This is a gorgeous showing from La Jota and winemaker Chris Carpenter. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

New Italian Collesi Imper Ales

Italian Craft Beers...

Tenute Collesi Imper Ale Bionda "Blonde"...$8.99 / pint 
"Aromas of pastry dough, white chocolate, and toasted macadamia nuts with a pillowy medium-to-full body and a crisp sweet citrus, and grassy herbal hop finish. A very appealing food beer reminiscent of a wheat ale." -- Beverage Tasting Institute Silver Medal

Tenute Collese Imper Ale Chiara "Clear"...$8.99 / pint
Hazy yellow color. Interesting aromas of banana pudding, honeyed peach and wheat cracker with a crisp, frothy, dryyet-fruity medium body and tangy, kiwi, grain, and mineral kissed finish. A very nice food
beer. " -- Beverage Tasting Institute Silver Medal 

Tenute CollesiImper Ale Ambrata "Amber"...$8.99 / pint
"Hazy copper color. Aromas of warm caramel drizzled dried fruits and chocolate rice bar with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp lemon curd, wafer, and apricot jam on buttered rye toast accented finish." -- Beverage Tasting Institute Silver Medal

Tenute CollesiImper Ale Rossa "Red"...$8.99 / pint
Deep hazy copper color. Aromas of toffee and honeyed figs with a frothy dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth peach cobbler, apple, wafer, and leafy greens accented finish. Will work great at the table with roasted meats." -- Beverage Tasting Institute Gold Medal

Tenute CollesiImper Ale Nera "Black" Stout...$8.99 / pint
"Cloudy medium brown color with tan head. Creamy milk chocolate and honeyed pistachio nougat aromas with a round, dryish medium body and a lingering tangy currant toast and cocoa finish." -- Beverage Tasting Institute Silver Medal

Tenute Collesi Imper Ale Triplo Malto "Triple Malt"
"Blond unpasteurized top-fermented. Natural fermentation in the bottle creates a dense and lasting head with a very fine texture. A finely balanced flavour, well structured and harmonious, with fragrant aromas and hints of freshly picked yellow fruits. Very intense in the mouth, with traces of peach and apricot that persist pleasantly on the palate." - label

Blue Moon Vintage Ale 2012

In stock at Forsyth now and online

Blue Moon Vintage Blonde Ale 2012....$7.49 / 750ml
"From our Reserve Collection comes our limited edition Vintage Blonde Ale.  Winning several medals, including Gold at the 2010 Great American Beer Festival, it's crafted with Chardonnay grape juice and all-wheat grain for a crisp, dry taste.  Cellar-aged, this work of art is ready to enjoy now or can be set aside for the right moment." -- label

Abita Strawberry

Finally arrived....their most sought after seasonal....

Abita Strawberry Harvest Lager....$7.49 6pk
Strawberry Harvest Lager is a wheat beer made with real Louisiana strawberries, picked late in the season when they’re at their sweetest. This brew has earned quite a reputation in a short time, causing the brewery to up their production year after year. When this brew is found, emails and phone calls fly to friends informing them of the store’s location. Strawberry Harvest is a crisp, light lager with just a hint of strawberry sweetness. It is wonderful with desserts or lighter fares such as salads and pastas. Fresh cheeses such as Burrata, chevre, Creszenza, mozzarella or Teleme pair well with Strawberry Harvest.

Boulevard Collab #3 with Pretty Things Beer

Watch for the 3rd Collaboration from 
Boulevard's Smokestack Series.  

We showed you the press release a little while back, but the label just got approved.  
We will keep you in the loop on the release!

"O Yorkshire, Yorkshire! thy Ale it is so strong, That it will kill us all if we stay long."
--The Praise of Yorkshire Ale, 1697

"For the third installment of Boulevard Brewing Company's Smokestack Collaboration Series, Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels joins forces with the husband-and-wife team of Dann and Martha Paquette, the driving force behind "gypsy brewer" Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project.  Together, the brewers have produced a modern version of the traditional English Ale known as "Stingo."  This rarely-seen, barrel-aged style originated in the north of England, with historical references dating back to the 17th century.  The name itsel if a slang term for sharp, old beer, so called because it "stings" the palate.  The Paquette's own experience brewing in Yorkshire inspired the unusual choice, suggested to Pauwels (fittingly enough,) over a beer at the American Craft Beer Festival in Boston.
Pretty Things beers originate from Somerville, Massachusetts, but don't go looking for the front door of the brewery.  A self-described "project," Dann and Martha formulate and produce their beers as "tenant brewers" in host breweries throughout their region.  More of their story, along with descriptions of all their eclectic beers, can be found at

Rich and robust, Collaboration No.3 is the result of complex brewing regimen and patient cellaring.  Expect notes of wood and fruit to intertwine with slight sour characteristics to compliment the dramatic malt flavors. This beer will pair exceptionally well with wild game, smoked meats, strong cheeses, or heavily seasoned dishes.  A more complete sensory description will be made available to release." - Boulevard press release

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Evil Twin Room Number 603 Bourbon Barrel Aged

In stock now at Forsyth, and online

Evil Twin Room Number 603...$10.99 / 11.2oz
This is a bourbon barrel aged version of the Evil Twin Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room 
"Button up and enjoy a dark , massive and mysterious stout . Feel the creamy droplets float right out of your fingertips and warm up so good as grandma's homemade blanket . Feel the over 10 percent alcohol soothe your mind, and suddenly transformed itself dark times to something nice and mild." - RateBeer on the Christmas Eve at a New York City Hotel Room 

Evil Twin Biscotti Break Imperial Porter

In stock at Forsyth and online

Evil Twin Biscotti Break Imperial Porter.....$13.99 / 22oz
Rated 99 on RateBeer
Malt beverage with almonds, vanilla beans and coffee added.

"Italy has a certain “je ne sais quoi” – fab food culture, highly decadent history of art and cool countryside. Some might argue the people are loud and flamboyant, they steal our women, and their soccer players melodramatically flop on the pitch. Listen – that’s all part of the secret Italian ingredient – keep it cool, confident, arrogant and extravagant. Forza Italia!" -- label

Stillwater Table Beer

In stock at Forsyth and online

Stillwater Beer Table Table Beer....$9.99 / 22oz
"So for designing my table beer I had to balance all imbibing desires into a compilation of some of my favorite attributes; thus creating a product that would be pleasing on any day or time.  Crisp, dry finish highlighted by esters of Belgian yeast and the light funk of Brettanomyces' then accented with an abundance of hops adding a piney earth aroma.  Balance is always the goal, but for this I also wanted extreme quaff ability, refreshment and subtle complexity...Classic? perhaps." - Brian Strumke, Stillwater Artisanal

a little more info on table beer -- click here

Stillwater As Follows

In stock at Forsyth and online

Stillwater As Follows....$9.99 / 750ml
(fl) v. fol·lowed, fol·low·ing, fol·lows 
1. To come or go after; proceed behind 2. To move along the course of; take 3. To adhere to; practice 4. To engage in (a trade or occupation); work at 5. To come after in order, time, or position 6. To occur or be evident as a consequence of 7. To grasp the meaning or logic of; understand

"An Eschatalogical Ale"
They felt the need to put the definition of "follow" on the label, but not "Eschatalogical" - so I added the definition....


noun \ˌes-kə-ˈtä-lə-jē\

plural es·cha·tol·o·gies

Definition of ESCHATOLOGY
1: a branch of theology concerned with the final events in the history of the world or of humankind
2: a belief concerning death, the end of the world, or the ultimate destiny of humankind; specifically : any of various Christian doctrines concerning the Second Coming, the resurrection of the dead, or the Last Judgment