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Friday, June 15, 2012

4 Hands Brewing -- more bottles!!!

4 Hands Brewing -- St. Louis, Missouri
We should have a little left, I added in online now
(subject to confirmation tomorrow)





4 Hands Brewing Prussia Berliner Style Weiss...$6.49 / 22oz
"Prussia Berliner Style Weiss is our summer seasonal. The name originates from Frederick the Great who ultimately became the King of Prussia. Frederick was trained in brewing this very delicate style of beer. Our version is traditional in style. Prussia pours a hazy straw color with a nice tart finish." - label 








4 Hands Brewing Prunus Saison...$6.49 / 22oz
"The name Prunus originates from the genus of the cherry tree. Prunus is our spring and summer saison brewed with sour cherries. Prunus pours rose in color with aromas of cherry, vanilla, and spice. A perfect compliment to back yard lounging and seasonal fare." - 4 Hands Brewing 





4 Hands Brewing Pyrus Saison....$6.49 / 22oz
"The name Pyrus originates from the genus of the pear tree. Pyrus is our Fall and Winter saison brewed with pear juice, whole white pepper corns, and the zest of fresh oranges. Pyrus pours a hazy golden hue, with aromas of pear, citrus, and spice. A perfect compliment to seasonal fare."- 4 Hands Brewing

TWCP Blanton's Barrel

We have chosen our own barrel of Blantons.....
It has arrived just in time for Father's Day!  
The barrel only yielded 156 bottles 

In stock at all stores -- order online also
TWCP Blanton's Single Barrel
"The finest bourbon in the world comes from a single barrel. That’s the way Colonel Albert B. Blanton first bottled his private reserve bourbon nearly a century ago. Blanton believed the “center-cut” or middle sections of Warehouse H were the best for aging his bourbon. Personally tasting and choosing each barrel, these barrels were reserved and bottled for ambassadors, dignitaries, family and friends becoming the world’s first single barrel bourbon. His time honored tradition lives on today as only a handful of barrels from the center of Warehouse H are selected to become Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon."

Firestone Walker Parabola

arrives today at The Wine and Cheese Place
SOLD OUT





Firestone Walker Parabola Russian Imperial Stout

"Parabola has been a major component of past anniversary blends and is one of our most aggressive offerings. This beer features bold bourbon and tobacco aromas and a rich dark chocolate, charred oak flavor. Parabola is best enjoyed in moderation and is a perfect beer to pair with those chocolate dessert favs." - Firestone Walker




Thursday, June 14, 2012

Stillwater Collaborations....

Some new Collaborations from Stillwater....
We have an amazing selection of Stillwater in stock now -- order online





Stillwater Collab with Emelisse Holland Oats.....$5.49 / 11.2 oz
ABV 6.4%
A collaboration with one of Holland's best craft breweries. As a nod to Dutch culture and a little sense of humor, we brewed this one with toasted oats & appelstroop. 

Holland's Oats
The brewmaster often tries new recipes. He worked in September 2011 along with the American brewer Brian Stillwater to a unique beer. Stillwater is a celebrity among brewers. He is best known for his love of travel, willingness to share knowledge and his use of special ingredients such as lavender, chamomile and dandelion. Bubberman and Stillwater chose a typical Dutch ingredient: the apple. The beer is Holland's Oats "called.
Such experiments may lead to a new beer which is included in the fixed range." -- Emelisse Brewery.









Stillwater Collab with Hof ten Dormaal Bronze Age....$6.99 / 375ml
A classic Belgian farmhouse ale brewed with estate grown barley & raw spelt. Crafted at one of Belgium's most self sustaining farmhouse breweries. 





92-94 Points from Robert Parker and only $11.99

BACK IN STOCK - another 28 cases!



Amazing value....
2010 Bila Haut Haut Cotes de Roussillon Villages les Vignes de la Haut...$11.99
"These Chapoutier wines are sometimes reviewed by my colleagues David Schildknect in his Languedoc-Roussillon report and Lisa Perrotti-Brown in her reviews of Australian wines, so I will just list the wines, my score, and the region from which they emerge. They are of very high quality and deserve readers’ attention. Hopefully my prose has convinced more than a handful of readers to try these remarkable wines from one of the most fascinating and compelling personalities in the entire wine world, and one dedicated to the highest quality."
Rated 92-94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


Also in stock...
2009 Bila Haut Haut Cotes de Roussillon Villages les Vignes de la Haut...$10.99  

The 2009 Cotes du Roussillon-Villages Les Vignes de Bila-Haut represents a tank-raised blend of Grenache, Carignan, and Syrah from gneiss and schist sites in various parts of the Agly Valley - to that extent like its earlier counterparts - but with the addition of fruit grown on granite in Lesquerde, thus preserving this cuvee's role as a collaboration across the estate's range of sites. Blueberry in fresh and distilled form; fennel and licorice; almond and cherry pit; crushed stone and peat entertain nose and palate, with glyceral richness helping to ameliorate the considerable grain of tannin, and leading to a finish of satisfying length, if not the energy and impeccable balance that characterized the 2007 rendition. This excellent value should drink well for at least the next 2-3 years. (Unfortunately, I was unable to taste the 2008, of which the domaine itself could not find a bottle.)"
Rated 89/100 David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate

More about the wines
Michel Chapoutier’s outpost in Roussillon – begun in 1993 and moved into its spacious current facilities in 2000 – operates under the immediate direction of exceptionally talented winemaker Gilles Troullier. With around 150 acres and more than 30 parcels of largely old vines under contract (including some exciting new material in 2008) this is a major source for some of the most carefully crafted wines and among the finest values in the region. It is also one of many French addresses where there has been a recent move in the direction of larger barrels (especially demi-muids) and to more sophisticated forms of concrete, and a corresponding de-emphasis of stainless steel tanks and (225-liter) barriques. Troullier opines that after six years of biodynamic regimen on these wines (which includes working many of the parcels by horse) there has recently been a “crescendo in quality.” Without hazarding an opinion on its causes, that crescendo certainly had my nose and palate ringing when I left here!
"Michel Chapoutier's Roussillon domaine...has taken on considerable additional acreage since I filed that last report, resulting in among other things a fascinating white cuvee in what had previously been an all-red portfolio, and the inclusion of more fruit - in black as well as white - from spectacularly-situated high-elevation, granite-rich, late-ripening sites in Lesquerde, well to the west of Latour-de-France. Gilles Troullier continues to direct vinification as well as viticulture (here biodynamic) like the seasoned maestro that he is. With few exceptions, the wines sing with clarity, purity, and complexity, not to mention performing well above what on the basis of price (save for that of the "v.i.t." cuvee) would deceptively appear to be their station."

--David Schildknecht, The Wine Advocate

Boulevard Love Child No.2



Boulevard Love Child No. 2....$16.99 / 750ml
Limit 1 bottle per person --
SOLD OUT
Rock Hill also has a case -- you can call Chris 314.962.8150 also for Rock Hill pick up only

2nd Shift KATY

In stock now  at ROCK HILL

Chris got his allocation in stock now 314.962.8150





2nd Shift Katy...$9.99 
Don't know what to call it besides a Brett Beer. This one gets aged for 3 months in oak barrels with Brettanomyces Lambicus, a cool yeast that gives this beer a wonderfully pretty aroma and flavor that everyone better like or else I'll look you up and teach you a lesson.
5.4% ABV



Saison Brett is here!!

One of my favorite beers is back....

Boulevard Saison Brett 2012.....$11.99 / 750ml



Available online - click here


"Our gold medal-winning Saison was the starting point for this limited edition ale. It was then dry hopped, followed by bottle conditioning with various yeasts, including Brettanamyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy quality. Though this farmhouse ale was given three months of bottle age prior to release, further cellaring will continue to enhance the "Brett" character, if that's what your after. Our Special Release Ales are produced in batches so small that we individually number each bottle. When they're gone, they're gone." -- back label


Hairy Cow Release Party!

RELEASE PARTY!
Hairy Cow Wee Heavy aged in Bourbon Barrel
 - release date June 22, 2012
Release party is Sold Out!


Beer will go on sale Friday June 22 also!!






More info:

Date filled: February 13, 2012

Date bottled: June 7, 2012 

Bottles produced: 420 / 750ml bottles (2 barrel batch)

Beer release date: June 22, 2012






Charleville Hairy Cow Wee Heavy
Wee Heavy aged in bourbon barrels


Release Party - June 22 from (6pm-7pm)

We will taste....
Charleville Hairy Cow Wee Heavy (not for sale)
Charleville is bringing some of the "non barrel" aged version.  This version was never bottled, just sold on draft.

Charleville Hairy Cow Wee Heavy - Barrel Aged...$14.99 / 750ml
Barrel Aged Version of the Wee Heavy



Tickets for the release party --


Tait Russell of Charleville will be hosting

  • Limited to 30 people 
  • To be held in our tasting bar
  • $10 per person
  • Informal tasting of both the "regular" of the barrel aged Hairy Cow
  • We also have some cheese out for sampling with the beers
  • Very informal, you will get both beers when you arrive and stay as long as you like
  • Plus we will have up to 2 bottles of the Charleville Barrel Aged Hairy Cow reserved and available for you to purchase that night 



Wait for a conifirmation.


The beer will also be released on June 22, watch for the link on that day.  We are trying to increase all of our releases to 2 barrels of beer to have more to go around.  So we are now increasing the limit to 2 bottles per person.




Here are some pictures of the Hairy Cow being bottled- 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.   
2 bottles per person.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Picpoul de Pinet

In stock at all four locations

We introduced Picpoul de Pinet to St. Louis way back with the 1999 vintage.  We have now found a new and exciting Picpoul de Pinet that we are excited to introduce to St. Louis!!!
This will be your new favorite white wine!!!



2011 Domaine La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet...$9.99 
Technical Notes: The grapes for this wine are night-harvested. The cool night air helps to protect the Picpoul grapes from oxidation, preserving the bright fresh fruit aromas for the wine. After harvest, the grapes are destemmed and pressed. The wine is then fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After fermentation the wine is aged in tank for 5 months before bottling. 
Tasting Notes: For a grape variety that can sometimes be aggressive, this is an beautifully balanced Picpoul. The nose is perfumed with floral, and tropical fruit notes. In the mouth the wine is full of stone fruit, melon, and fruit cocktail notes. The soft fruit is tempered with an intense minerality, and citrus notes. Picpoul de Pinet has always been a textbook match for oysters, mussels, and just about any other type of shellfish you can imagine.


 About Picpoul de Pinet:   Known as the “Chablis of the South”, the wines of Picpoul de Pinet are crisp, bright and refreshing. The name Picpoul, literally translates as “Lip Stinger”, referring to the grape’s naturally bright acidity. A line of hills protects the appellation of Picpoul de Pinet from the northwestern winds, while the coastal winds from the Mediterranean temper the summer heat. The appellation includes six communes: Mèze, Montagnac, Pinet, Florensac, Pomérols, and Castelnau-de Guers. 
--United Estates, Importer
Read more about the importer 

Domaine de Servans Cotes du Rhone

In stock at all four locations



They saved us last of the great 2010 vintage (we have samples of the 2011 coming)
Great wine, and a great price!
2010 Domaine de Servans Cotes du Rhone...$12.99
Blend:  Grenache 78%, Syrah 22% from 40 year old vines
Tasting Notes: Domaine de Servans produces a truly classic Côtes du Rhône. The nose is perfumed with bright red raspberry, and cherry aromas. In the mouth the wine is dominated by the Grenache which produces dark black cherry flavors, with hints of black pepper and garrigue spices. The finish is balanced and silky with soft velvety tannins. This a fun, versatile wine that is a great match for grilled meats, burgers, back-yard barbeque and even pizza


About the estate: At harvest, they hand pick, and hand select, only grapes of highest maturity and quality level. They then sort the grapes, once again to further ensure that no unripe or unhealthy grapes find their way into the wine. Currently they are in the process of obtaining organic certification. Their wines should be fully certified organic for the 2012 vintage. 

Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes

In stock at all 4 of our locations!



Chateau Virgile is a family-owned domaine is managed by two brothers, Serge and Thierry Baret in the Costières de Nîmes (which starting in 2004, is now part of the Cotes du Rhone)




2010 Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes Blanc...$11.99

Blend: Marsanne 40%, Roussanne 40%, and Viognier 20%
Tasting Notes: Château Virgile’s white is truly a classic Rhône blend. The Roussanne, with peach and apricot 
flavors, gives the wine weight, texture, and body. Next, the Marsanne adds lively acidity, a hint of minerality, and citrus fruit flavors. Finally, the Viognier adds tropical fruit flavors to the wine, as well as beautiful, floral aromatics. This is a great wine for just about any type of shellfish, especially seared scallops.


2009 Chateau Virgile  Costières de Nîmes Rouge...$11.99 
Blend: Syrah 60%, Grenache 30%, and Mourvèdre 10%
Tasting Notes: This is a rich and intense Costières de Nîmes dominated by Syrah fruit in the blend. In the nose black fruit mixes with garrigue spice. The mouth is full of black raspberry, black cherry, cassis, and white pepper. This wine shows an extraordinary amount of character and complexity for a entry-level Costières de Nîmes.
Technical Notes: This wine really shows off the great terroir at Château Virgile. The vines, situated at the edge of a plateau in very deep gravel, produce dark, concentrated wines. The Château Virgile Rouge does not spend any time in oak and is aged exclusively in tank. It is lightly fined and filtered before bottling.


info from the importer United Estates -- read more about them

Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot

In stock at all four locations


Famous Burgundy producers, Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot, invade the south and show off in the Minervois.   These wines are spectacular, they have taken Minervois to a new level.   These are two of the most exciting wines we have found in a long while....


2009 Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot Minervois "Les Fontanilles"..$29.99
This cuvée is made of 4 grape varieties, coming from soils dominated by Assignan sandstone, which face north and west. These small plots, surrounded by scrubland, pine trees, thyme, rosemary and cistus, comprised of: 20 year old Grenache,, 20 year old Syrah, year old Carignan, 40 year old Cinsault.  Each grape variety is complete, and brings to the cuvee its own characteristics. One adds fruitiness and freshness, another adds sweetness, another depth and length, and yet another distinction and energy. (We will let you guess which is which.) This is a classic cuvée! It is fulfilling, full of harmony, and wellbalanced. Matured in casks, the Carignan and Syrah bring in a certain distinction.

"A shrubby, resinous and pungently herbal overtone suggestive of marjoram and rosemary, along with notes of blond tobacco compliment the scents and flavors of ripe, diverse black fruits in Gros and Tollot's 2009 Minervois Les Fontanilles, which offers a seamlessly ripe, texturally-refined, and luscious intensity all the way through to an invigoratingly pungent, saliva-inducingly saline finish. This ought to perform well for at least 5-7 years." 
-- Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate



2009 Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot Minervois "La Ciaude"...$31.99
Technical Notes: The Ciaude vineyard is composed of south facing limestone and clay soils. In the vineyard the blindingly white limestone of Agel helps to produce wines full of energy. The grapes are hand picked, sorted, de-stemmed, then fermented in stainless steal tanks. The wine is aged in new Burgundian oak barriques for approximately 12 months before bottling. 
Tasting Notes: This classic blend of Syrah, Carignan and Grenache combines finesse with concentration. In the nose, black fruit aromas from the Syrah mix with cherry notes from the and Grenache. In the mouth, the wine is dense and mineral, complemented by hints of exotic spice and garrigue notes from the Carignan. The minerality carries through to the long finish, supported by silky ripe tannins. Though enjoyable now, this wine should hold up, and gain complexity for many years to come.

"Suggestions of toasted walnut and hickory along with violets, lilac, and hints of vanilla and resin from toasted oak all compliment the rich dark berries displayed in Gros and Tollot's 2009 Minervois La Ciaude. This is another example of plush texture and seamless ripeness allied to a welcome sense of finishing levity and energy such as can by no means be taken for granted from the vintage in question. I suspect this will merit the better part of a decade's attention, though of course a track record for the wines of this domaine is not yet established." 
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate




More info than you probably want...but here it is if you do...
The renowned Burgundy producers, Anne Gros, of Domaine Anne Gros in Vosne-Romanée, and her husband, Jean-Paul Tollot, of Domaine Tollot-Beaut in Chorey-lès-Beaune, recently purchased 14 hectares of vines in Minervois. They have constructed a modern winery using their many years of experience to design an ideal winemaking environment. Their attention to detail extends from their winery, to their meticulous work in the vineyards. At their new winery they treat their Minervois with the same care and respect that they use for their grand cru wines in Burgundy.
“The building was conceived to cultivate, receive, make, and care for these fine, terroir specific, wines. It has been designed with great attention to detail, respecting the energies, the wines and the people... A beautiful architectural structure made of simple, but noble, materials...terracotta, wood, stainless steel...Roundness is everywhere... the road, the hills, the tanks, the barrels... the wines.” 

About Our first vintage (2008): “We expected a racy style, laced with minerals, and freshness. However, we got a lot more - A very good balance of sugar and acidity! What is the reason for such a result? Slow ripening, cool nights, and temperatures around 17 degrees Celsius (63̊ Fahrenheit) during the harvest... This reminded us of the standard conditions in Burgundy... Harvest was from September 18 to October 5. This first vintage came to life with anxious anticipation, and it did not disappoint! It is vibrant. Each plot and grape variety was vinified separately in order for us to get acquainted with their individual expressions. We waited a year to discover their nature, and to decide on how best to blend them together.”

For wine lovers, Domaine Anne Gros et Jean-Paul Tollot offers a unique opportunity to rediscover the wines of the Languedoc through the eyes of great Burgundian winemakers. What makes their wines so unique and interesting, is not only their expertise as winemakers, but their extreme sensitivity to the terroir in Minervois.

“We chose the area of Cazelles for the diversity of its soil, made of limestone, clay and sandstone; to discover the 4 main grape varieties (Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault); for the quality and the wide age range of its vines; and for the privileged environment at the foot of the Montaigne Noir (Black Mountain), its altitude of 220 meters is identical to Vosne-Romanée.”

It isn’t easy splitting their time between Burgundy and the Languedoc, but both Anne and Jean-Paul agree that the extra effort has expanded their horizons, and has changed the way they approach winemaking in Burgundy and in Minervois. It took a few years for Anne and Jean-Paul to complete the purchase, build the winery, and for the first time – make wine in Minervois. Their 2008 showed all of the finesse of Bugundian winemaking, combined with the kind of spice, complexity, and the promise of untamed terroir that only the Languedoc can offer.


info from United Estates Importer - read more about them

Natacha Chave Northern Rhones

In stock at all four locations!




Natacha Chave is the younger sister of Yann Chave
2009 Natacha Chave Aléofane Crozes-Hermitage....$27.99
Blend: 100% Syrah 
unfined and unfilterred
Tasting Notes: Natacha’s 2009 Crozes-Hermitage is dense and concentrated. Even with this concentration of fruit, she was able to maintain a beautiful balance in the wine. The Crozes is deep, dark, purple in the glass, with a rich black cherry and blackberry nose. In the mouth the intense black fruit flavors mingle with hints of black pepper, and soft ripe tannins. While this is a wine that could be cellared for several years, the rich fruit flavors also make it enjoyable now.

"The superb 2009 Crozes-Hermitage Aleofane offers up complex aromas of Christmas fruitcake, licorice, black currants, roasted herbs and forest floor. On the palate, the wine is opulent, voluptuously textured, full-bodied, rich and silky smooth. It should drink well for a decade or more."
Rated 92/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
"This is toasty but integrated, with dark currant, blackberry and tobacco flavors, followed by a cocoa powder note on the broad finish. Good underlying acidity helps drive it all along. Well-stuffed, but stylish in the end. A nascent domaine that's improving steadily. Drink now through 2014. 1,250 cases made. –JM"
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator





2009 Natacha Chave Aléofane Saint-Joseph....$29.99
Blend: 100% Syrah
unfined and unfilterered
Tasting Notes: The 2009 Saint-Joseph has a deep dark ruby-red color in the glass.  The nose is full of red licorice and spicy garrigue notes. In the mouth the wine is densely packed with cassis, and black raspberry fruit flavors. The wine finishes with hints of black pepper, and coco which complement the ripe tannins. In her typical style, Natacha is able to balance elegance and concentration, without sacrificing complexity.

"The sexy, up-front 2009 St.-Joseph Aleofane displays notes of strawberries, bouquet garni, crushed rocks, red as well as black currants along with supple tannins and an irresistible style that begs for consumption over the next 5-6 years."
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
"Very lush raspberry, blueberry and blackberry fruit is layered with sweet spice and melted licorice notes, followed by a rounded, almost too-easy finish. A bit atypical for the vintage, with a markedly softer feel than most 2009 St.-Josephs, yet will certainly have its fans. Drink now. 580 cases made. –JM "
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator



Read more about United Estates Importer

The Wine and Cheese Place is proud to introduce United Estates

We are proud to introduce to Missouri -- 
United Estates -- an amazing portfolio of wines that have never been in the state before!
I will be posting the wines and emailing the wines out over the next few days.  We will be tasting the wines on Saturday at our stores.
***Click here to see some of their wines we have in stock***


As I have stated many times, the best products in our stores did not find us, we found them. Don't get me wrong, we are presented 100s of wines each week and we find some very good wines through this "normal" method.   This is the "easy" method and these are the same wines that are presented to every shop in St. Louis.  We are not satisfied with the "easy" method.  We go out and aggressively find wines that are not currently sold in Missouri.   Think about it, the best products don't have to be sold to you or pushed on to you, they are desired and sell themselves--you have to find them.


That brings to this small high quality wine importer -- 

UNITED ESTATES WINE IMPORTS Ltd. 




We found United Estates, they did not find us.  When I first talked to Patrick Allen (founder and owner of UE along with his wife) a few months ago, he said that he had not planned any expansion and had no plans to come to Missouri.   We asked him to send us some samples and samples he did send.    The quality of the wines was amazing.   Our whole staff tasted the wines and we were shocked by the quality.   We immediately had him start the registration process with Missouri because we had to have these wines in our stores.   While we waited these past months for the red tape, we tasted more wines from him and the high quality of the whole portfolio is off the charts.   We are very excited to finally introduce these wines to Missouri!     United Estates Wine Imports follows a long line of wines and wine importers that The Wine and Cheese Place "found" and introduced to St. Louis and the state of Missouri**.  


UNITED ESTATES WINE IMPORTS Ltd. is a company dedicated to importing handcrafted, high-quality wines, from artisan estates in France.

Before starting their business, the husband and wife team of Patrick and Connie Allen spent many years living in France and New York. During that time they worked for many major players in the wine business including Becky Wasserman, Neal Rosenthal, William Deutsch, and Michael Skurnik.
After crafting a business plan over many long walks through Central Park they “took the plunge” and in the spring of 2002 moved to France. Their goal was to establish an importing company dedicated to promoting French country wines from villages far off the beaten track.

In France they researched and tasted wines from hundreds of wineries, ultimately creating a unique portfolio of exceptional, handcrafted, artisan wines. Upon return to their home state of Ohio, they took the steps necessary to create the independent importing company that they had dreamed of during their walks in the park. In January of 2004, the first wines imported by United Estates landed in New York.

Though there are now a couple of exceptions to the rule, the South of France still remains the focus for United Estates Wine Imports. It is one of the few remaining “sleeping giants” in the wine world. In the past, the South of France was known for producing large volumes of low quality wine. Today, thanks to the efforts of many talented young winemakers, the region is producing world class wines. United Estates Wine Imports aims to represent producers who have a deep respect for their land, and who are fully dedicated to quality and authenticity.


A brief word about our logo…

The name, United Estates, embodies our philosophy that by working together with these progressive farmers, we can overcome the obstacles that make selling their wines outside of Europe very difficult.

Therefore, we chose the Fleur de Lys, a symbol of unity, as the center of our logo. The fleur de lys is also an old symbol of Provence. Frédéric Mistral once wrote: “the people of … Provence, generally yearned for the white flag with the fleur-de-lys. (That has changed since.) … it seems to me as an unconscious protest of the people against the increasingly excessive centralization … the fleur-de-lys of yore was for the Provençaux (who had always seen it on the coat of arms of Provence) the symbol of an age when governments had more respect for our customs, traditions, and freedoms.”
From: The Memoirs of Frédéric Mistral, Translated by George Wickes

Through the wines we import, you too can experience these beautiful vineyards, and in a tangible way, get to know these dedicated artisan winemakers.



**The Wine and Cheese Place was the first to introduce to St. Louis:  Jorge Ordonez Wines, Dan Kravitz Hand Picked Selections, Kysela Pere y Fils, North Berkeley, Talbott Chardonnays, Philip Togni, Domaine Pegau, La Sirena, Hartwell, and much more....we now add United Estates the list.  Can you also believe we were the first to bring in Yellow Tail wines years ago.  For the first year, we sold every bottle of Yellow Tail in St. Louis - then the wine exploded to one of the best selling wines and millions of cases. 


Leipziger Gose in traditional bottle...

Back in stock!


Leipziger Gose...$16.99 / 750ml
(in traditional bottle, see picture)
"Gose is traditionally bottled in a flattish, near semicircular bottle, with a tall, narrow neck. The neck was designed to trap the foam of fementation and thus produce a natural bung. Gose is incredibly difficult to find, unless you visit Leipzig or Goslar." -- The German Beer Guide



"Leipziger Gose actually originated in the smallish town of Goslar {state of Lower Saxony , Germany}. Leipziger Gose was already first mentioned around 1000 AD under Emperor Otto III. Like many other beerstyles {such as English Imperial Stouts and German Bock biers} the Goslar breweries of Leipziger Gose had to look elsewhere for a bigger market. They found those in the trade towns of Halle and Leipzig, about 100 miles East, where Leipziger Gose appeared around 1738 for the first time. By 1900 Leipzig boasted over 80 Gose houses.The spread of the bottom-fermenting pilsner style as well as economic decline of East Germany under communist regime contributed to the demise of the Leipziger Gose which was last brewed in the mid 1960s.On July 20, 2000 Thomas Schneider {no relations to the Schneider Wheatbeer brewery in Kelheim, Germany} revived the brewing of the Original Leipziger Gose in the famous “Bayerische Bahnhof” in Leipzig. Leipziger Gose is a top-fermenting wheat beer {60% wheat, 40% barley malt} with coriander, salt, and lactic acid bacteria added in the boil. It is a 4.5% alc/vol eclectic beer whose name evokes a close relationship to the renowned Lambic/Geuze breweries in the Valley Senne nearby Brussels, Belgium." -- importer

http://www.gose.de/english/willkommen/

1809 Berliner Weisse




Professor Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse...$4.99 pint
"History: Huguenots may have originated the style as they traveled through France to Flanders, having first mentioned it in the 1600s. During their time, there were said to be seven hundred weissbier breweries in Berlin. Later, in 1809, Napoleon and his troops identified Berliner Weisse as the Champagne of the North. He requested the beer be served w/syrup to cut its extreme level of acidity. “1809” is a very traditional interpretation of the “Berliner Style” Weisse with an intense blend of lactic tartness and complex fruitiness. It is bottle-conditioned with lactobacillus delbrueckii, unfiltered and unpasteurized. "1809" will age beautifully in a dark and cool location. Its complex fruitiness and tartness will most likely develop in quite astonishing ways." -- importer

La Rulles La Grande

2012 La Rulles Grande....$13.99
    "La Rulles Grande was first brewed to celebrate the brewery's 10th anniversary. It is a hybrid of two Belgian beer styles: triple and Saison. The main flavor derives from the esters of the yeast. Even though it is a strong triple, the alcohol is hidden. 100% Pilsner malt is used along with water from the Rulles forest. Warrior hops are added, and a bit of Simcoe hops. White candi sugar is added during the secondary fermentation." -- importer  

Rated 94/100 RateBeer


also online

Grodziskie - Sour Smoked Wheat Ale





Dr. Fritz Briem Grodziskie....$5.99 / pint
Sour Smoked Wheat Ale
"Forgotten styles brewed according to their historic recipes by Dr. Fritz Briem, Munich, Germany. Grodziskie or Grätzer is a Sour Smoked Wheat Ale that was brewed in the 1900s in East Prussia and dates back to as early as the 15th century. It was named after the Polish town of Grodzisk Wielkopolski or Grätz in German. 

Our historic version is brewed according to the German Purity Law with air-dried barley malt & beech smoked wheat malt and hopped with Perle & Saaz.   A sour mash is created using the old and forgotten technique called “Digerieren”. Finally a three monthaging & maturation process creates a complex sour, smoky & heavily hopped wheat ale. 4% alc./vol.


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Aecht Oak Smoke

This one is for Islay Scotch lovers....
Aecht Schlenkerla Eiche Doppelbock...$4.49 / pint
"Following century old recipes all malts made at the Schlenkerla brewery are dried by wood fire. While for the classic “Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier” traditionally beech has been – and still is – used, the malt for “Schlenkerla Oak Smoke” is kilned with oak wood. The resulting Oak Smoke Malt has a smoother and more multi layered smoky note than the intensely aromatic Beech Smoke Malt. The hence complex smokiness in “Schlenkerla Oak Smoke” is paired with the multifaceted bitterness of finest Hallertau aroma hops. With 8% alcohol and Bernstein color it matures for months in the deep brewery cellars underneath Bamberg into a special treat for smoke beer lovers for Christmas." -- Rated 99 on RateBeer

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Fresh Ska!

After I tweeted we had fresh Ska -- this is what Ska tweeted!



Our taproom keg might be older. RT : Fresh Modus Hoperandi-Canned Jun 5 - 1 wk ago-http://t.co/7ZGAp9RT come & get it!



Fresh Ska!!!

Fresh Ska Modus Hoperandi is here!!
Canned June 5!!!  - just 1 week old


After I tweeted this --




Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Czech Republic...Bohemia Regent




Bohemia Regent Prezident pale 6%....$2.99 / pint 
A special beer for the real connoisseur. It has a full hoppy flavour with a well rounded taste and is sweet on the palate. It is brewed in the traditional way from the best raw materials and according to archived recipes. Special pale beer 6.0% Alc. by Vol.
Bohemia Regent Premium Dark 4.4%....$2.99 / pint
An export lager, garnet in colour, with a clean roasted malt flavour that provides a full round-bodied taste. A beer shaped by history and age-old traditional Czech methods. 

Bohemia Regent Lager Pale 5%...$2.99 / pint
A premium beer with a nice hoppy taste and of medium bitterness that gives this beer good drinkability and makes it therefore very popular. 


More info that you might want, but read at your leisure. 
Regent Brewery
The Regent Brewery was founded in 1379. The unique structures of the brewery and malt workshop are a part of the ancient heart of the town of Trebon. Advanced techniques and computer controlled technologies are employed as well as traditional recipes using the best assorted raw materials – water from artesian wells, world famous hops from Zatec and high quality barley malt.







History
This verse is written on the entrance to one of the oldest beer breweries in the world.
Not many breweries in Europe can be as proud of their heritage as the brewery in Trebon, which was founded in 1379. Historically the oldest equipment used for the production of beer in Trebon was owned by the “Canonical order of Augustinian monks“ in 1367. The equipment was mentioned in the archives of Trebon, where it says that the richest classes of the time made beer for themselves and sometimes lent out the equipment to the lower classes as well.

In the year 1482 Vok of Rosenberg expanded the brewery and built new cellars beside the castle. However the rising demand for beer was not met and therefore in 1522 larger scale expansions of the castle brewery were made. Further reconstruction was carried out by Vlach builders in 1560. At the end of the 16th century the Trebon brewery became one of 19 breweries in Rosenberg’s possession with a planned output capacity of 100 batches, about 189,600 litres. 

The beer from the Trebon brewery slowly began to gain in popularity. As a result the smaller old castle brewery could not meet demand


and therefore a new brewery was created with the renovation of the Rosenberg’s armoury between the Svinenska and Novohradska Gates where it still stands today. The construction of the new brewery started in 1706 and was completed by Italian builders in 1712. The brewery of today however was not created until the second half of the 19th century when it was completely rebuilt. In 1886-1887 there was an output capacity of 5,000,000 litres which in those days was very high. In 1888, in an exhibition in Brussels, the Trebon brewery received a prize for "quality beer" from the Belgian King. As the years progressed, the fame of Trebon beer spread further and further. At the start of the 20th century the now Regent Brewery had warehouse stocks not only in Prague and Brno but also in Vienna, Styrsky Hradec and Lvov. Deliveries by train went to many European countries as well as to the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. However, in the forthcoming years, Including the 1st and 2nd World Wars, the brewery did not continue to prosper. Before 1914, the production of beer from the brewery exceeded 10,000,000 litres. After the First World War however, production fell by 50% as exports to Vienna plummeted.

In the time before the “pre-Munich Republic“ production of beer fell, the highest output recorded during this time was in 1929 during the period of the Czech economic recession, and was 6,500,000 litres. After this, there was a fall in production and during the Munich Treaty, production was at 4,300,000 litres. During the Second World War, production fell again and at the start of 1945, it ceased completely. Production recommenced at the end of the same year but only a weak 4 percentage beer was produced. Up until the end of the war the brewery was owned by the Schwarzenbergers. After nationalisation in the newly formed Czech Republic, the brewery was controlled by the South Bohemia Beer Brewery Enterprises (a public/government owned enterprise), with its base in Ceske Budejovice. Then during 1953-1955, a Trebon Beer Brewery Enterprise was founded, with breweries in Trebon, Tabor and also Jindrichuv Hradec. From the 1st of January 1989 the brewery became a part of the Cooperative Company Ceske Budejovice. After privatisation in 1992 the brewery became part of a shareholder company, South Bohemia Breweries. In 1999 the shareholders decided to sell the brewery to Regent and in August 200 the brewery was sold to the shareholding company, Bohemia Regent.

The business name of the brewery, Regent, was inspired by the historic farne of the knight Jakub Krčín from Jelčany (1533-1604), who began as a Rosenberg accountant and then became regent of the large dominion of Vilem from Rosenberg, the uncrowned king of the entire Bohemian Kingdom. Krčín was the talented builder/planner of the monumental Southern Bohemian interlinking lakes and many business houses and pubs.


As well as this he was a leading financial manager of the Czech feudal estates. The figure of Jakub Krčín is surrounded by many folk tales. According to one, he rides along the thin strip of land between the lakes of Rožmberk and Kaňov (which was built specifically for him) at midnight in a carriage drawn by two cats, because he could not get peace even after his death. During his life he always treated his workers very harshly and just before his death one of them put a curse on him. Another tale tells us how the Devil forced Krčín to plough the fields near Zlatá stoka (Golden Canal) which runs through Trebon. Krčín was strapped into the yolks of the plough with heavy chains. Then, while he strained under the blows raining down upon him by the devil's whip, a link in the chains was lost. From this link a great oak tree grew. To this day the spot where this happened is called "At The Devil's Oak". Regardless of these tales, however, one fact remains, and that is that the Regent of Rosenberg, Jakub Krčín from Jelčany, became in his own way, an inspirational name for the Trebon brewery and the beer that it produces, which he also enjoyed drinking in those days.


New Italians....



Viva Birra Chiara....$5.49 / 375ml



Viva Birra Ambrata...$5.49 / 375ml


Montelupo from Italy...

I am told that Missouri is currently the only place in the country you can find these beers...
(which seems to be true according to RateBeer)



Birrificio Montelupo Turbone....$7.99 / 500ml
Golden Ale, slightly veiled, with strong notes of wheat, almost fruity.




Birrificio Montelupo Castello 1203....$7.99 / 500ml
Red Ale, from the name that evokes historical events from 
Mont, and that shows a strong body and strong notes of malt and nutty, slightly toasted.Final bitter and persistent