Saturday, September 1, 2012

Martell Cordon Bleu

Finally back in stock!!!!
reserve it online

Martell Cordon Bleu with Decanter...SOLD OUT
Martell Cordon Bleu is the cognac for true connoisseurs and has acquired legendary status since its creation by Edouard Martell in 1912. Its distinctive taste, characterised by a predominance of eaux-de-vie from the Borderies growth, and its timeless bottle design make it a classic unequalled in the world of cognac.

A couple of Col. E.H. Taylor


Colonel E.H. Taylor Barrel Proof (uncut and unfiltered)....$61.99

Press release...
The latest in the Colonel E. H. Taylor, Jr.
Bourbon  Collection from Buffalo Trace Distillery is an extraordinary barrel proof, uncut,
unfiltered rye recipe bourbon.

Weighing in at a hefty 134.5 proof, this small batch bourbon was aged for seven years on the sixth floor of Buffalo Trace's Warehouse C, built by Colonel Taylor in 1881.
When your [sic] experience this uncut and unfiltered Bourbon, "an aroma of cooked, berries meets the nose, followed by a rich caramel and slightly floral smell.  The taste is bold -- the finish is long and satisfying with a powerful rye character and lingering hints of fruit......"

Colonel E.H. Taylor Single Barrel...$56.99 / 750ml

Colonel Taylor is widely considered one of the founding fathers of the bourbon industry, fighting for the Bottled-in-Bond Act of 1897, nearly three decades after he purchased the now Buffalo Trace Distillery. During his time, Taylor implemented several innovative methods still used today, such as climate controlled aging warehouses. In addition to his bourbon interests, Taylor had political ties. He was the great-nephew of President Zachary Taylor and elected the mayor of Frankfort, state representative to the Kentucky General Assembly and a member of the State Senate.

E.H. Taylor Single Barrel is aged exclusively in Warehouse C, which was built by Taylor in 1881 and proven to be an excellent aging warehouse. This bourbon whiskey is very delicate. The aroma carries lightly toasted oak, with dried figs and butterscotch. The sweetness on the tongue remains balanced with tobacco and dark spices that finish just long enough to prepare the palette for another sip. The bottle itself replicates Colonel Taylor's original design used over a century ago.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Fantastic values

We scored some fantastic values from the importer....they are moving into the next vintage and priced these to move. Great values worth buying by the case.

2010 Villa des Anges Merlot...$6.99
"The Villa des Anges 2010 Merlot is softer in feel and lower-key in flavor than its Cabernet counterpart, but its alliance of ripe, admirably fresh plum and dark cherry with hints of chocolate and moss offers plenty of appeal and palate persistence for a less than modest price. Enjoy it over the coming year." -- The Wine Advocate 

2009 Alfredo Roca Malbec Merlot....$5.99
The Roca family has been producing wine in Mendoza for 4 generations, and currently farms nearly 260 acres in San Rafael, the southernmost province of Mendoza.  Tasting Notes: Shows a vibrant red color, with aromas of plums and ripe red fruit on the nose. The Malbec’s soft tannins and Merlot’s delicate fruit result in a wine of great intensity, elegance, and balance.   Serve With: An ideal pairing with saucy pasta dishes, pizza, or carne asada.

Bargain Rose....

2011 Villa des Anges Old Vines Rosé...$11.99
"A sleeper selection, Cinsault is often a small component in many Southern Rhone blends, but it also makes fragrant, delicate and intriguing roses. This 100% Cinsault is an incredibly delicate, light-colored rose offering a sensational perfume of spring flowers, cranberries, cherries, earth and flowers. Medium-bodied with good underlying acidity, not a lot of weight or forcefulness, but wonderful delicacy as well as an ethereal quality, this beauty is best consumed over the next six months."
Rated 89/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate 

Bargain from Spain 91 points and $8.99

In stock now at Forsyth...

2011 Herencia Altes Garnatxa Negra...$8.99
"Another incredible value and full-throttle wine made from 100% Grenache, Herencia Altes’s vineyards are situated high on the hillside above the village of Batea, where grapes have been grown since the 15th century. This offering, from very old vines and aged completely in concrete, is a naked, unadulterated, unmanipulated effort with great minerality (from the chalky, limestone soils) and an intensity and richness (from the old vines) that are normally found in $50+ wines. As I told Eric Solomon, at these ridiculously low prices, consumers will never suspect the wines are at this level of quality. This outstanding 2011 offers loads of kirsch, raspberry, licorice, garrigue and chalky minerality. Medium to full-bodied and dense, it is best consumed over the next 2-3 years. A killer value, it is a custom cuvee made for Eric Solomon by proprietor Nuria Altes."
Rated 91/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Femme Fatale Brett + Mr. Orangutan

In stock now at Forsyth

Available online now

Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett...$9.49 / 22oz
"To take up the challenge and make a 100% true Brett beer can very easily become a fatal attraction for the Brewmaster. Ones you get acquainted with Bretts irresistible, seductive, alluring and very charming nature, it will ensnare you and drive you to the point of obsession to create the desirable tangy, funky, tart flavor in ya mouth." - label

Evil Twin The Talented Mr. Orangutan Stout...$11.99 / 500ml
He has proportionally longer arms than others, recognisable by his reddishbrown hair, among the most intelligent primates and uses a variety of really sophisticated tools. But what makes him so gifted and very sought after is his notorious ability to maintain deviously capable, deliver something unpredictable and always perform with a curious mind of a five year old.

Arcadia Rye in CANS!!!!

New CANS!!

Arcadia Sky High Rye....$9.99 / 6pk CANS
"This West Coast-style Pale Ale is brewed with 80% English barley malt and 20% rye malt. It boasts a massive floral aroma of resinous hops, contributing notes of lemons, peaches and pine needles and anchored by sweet, malty flavor of toffee and freshly-baked pumpernickel bread." -- brewery

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sam Adams Barrel Room Collection

Back in stock -- 4 more cases of each

Now also available online

Sam Adams Stony Brook Red...$8.49 / 750ml
This unique brew defies traditional beer style definition. The rich, malty brew combines notes of tart fruit from the yeast with a toasty oak character from the barrel aging. The long dry finish is almost wine-like.This is a beer that is satisfying on its own and also pairs well with many foods such as braised or roasted meats, beef stews and strong salty cheeses.

Sam Adams New World Tripel...$8.49 / 750ml
Pale gold in color, this ale is big, flavorful and complex. A special Belgian yeast strain adds tropical fruit and spice notes to the crisp dry ale, while Saaz hops add a subtle herbal note.

Sam Adams Thirteenth Hour...$8.49 / 750ml
The thirteenth hour is the witching hour and refers to the mysterious combination of flavors in this brew. We've combined the roasted chocolate and coffee flavors of a stout with the spicy character of a Belgian ale aged in oak.

The combination of 7 different malts creates a brilliant black brew that's full bodied and smooth with rich notes of coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits like raisins and plums. The dark roasty, and slightly sweet flavors of a stout are blended with the unique, spicy and sour character of ourKosmic Mother Funk (KMF), an ale that's been aged in oak tuns for up to a year. The KMF gives the beer an added complexity with notes of black pepper, oak, vanilla, and a hint of acidity.

Enjoy this beer now or age it to further develop unique flavors.
We recommend pouring the beer gently into a traditional glass. Take care not to unsettle the fine layer of yeast that rests at the bottom from the bottle-conditioning, a process which creates an extra smooth and balanced flavor in the beer.

Deschutes Obsidian Stout

Deschutes Obsidian Stout....$8.99 / 6 pack 
Deep, robust and richly rewarding, this is beer to linger over. Obsidian has distinct notes of espresso, chocolate, roasted malt and black barley, with just enough hop bite to cut the sweetness. Malt: Pale, Crystal, Carapils, Munich, Black Barley, Roasted Barley, Wheat Hops: Nugget, Millennium, Willamette, Northern Brewer
Rated 99 on RateBeer

Black Butte XXIV

Limit 2 per person 
(please wait for a confirmation)
Remember, you have 7 days to pick up or it goes back out for sale.

Deschutes Black Butte XXIV....$11.99

Charleville Pumpkin

Available online and in stock now

Charleville Witch's Brew'mmm...$5.79 / 22oz
"Oh farewell summer of sun and humid heat.  Fall is here yet another year.  No feast or fest neither shall there be rest, until the fruits of fertility brew us thy ale.  Oh brewer with the harvest at hand, brew us the ale in which we demand.  The Witches Brew'mmm is a Belgian style ale brewed with pumpkin, a whimsical yeast and a handful of hops." -- label

Doppelbock aged in wine barrels

We only have 6 bottles available.
Limit 1 per person

Schneider Weisse Tap X Cuvee Barrique...$17.99 / 750ml
Wheat Doppelbock 9.5% ABV aged in wine barrels
Collab between Schneider and BFM of Switzerland

"In 2010 Hans-Peter Drexler started a new project maturing some of his finest beers in wine barrels.  He enjoyed the expertise of brewmaster Jerome de Rebetez from Brasserie des Franches Montagnes in Switzerland who grew up in a wine producing family.  
Thus, they created delicious new beer aromes.  Mein Barrique Cuvee welcomes you and a fruity nose reminding of fiigs and dried pears.  On the palate you meet cherries, balanced by a hint of vanilla and chocolate and a pleasantly sour and liquorice taste.   A warming well balanced Cuvee with a long, dry finish - just like good red wine." -- Georg VI. Schneider

Dogfish Head Collaboration - new batch

Another Dogfish Head Collaboration arrives at The Wine and Cheese Place --

Dogfish Head and Birra del Borgo 
My Antonia....$14.99 / 750ml
Rated 96/100 RateBeer
Rated 98/100 RateBeer for the style

750ml bottles this time...

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Sbragia Tasting !

Sbragia Tasting tonight!!!!

Come join us at our Forsyth location Tonight, Wednesday August 29 from 5-7pm.  Open House Format.

Plus we just got in new shipment of Durham's Tracklements Smoked Salmon (read more) that we will be sampling tonight from 5pm-7pm.  Ask for a taste at the Cheese Counter.  

A percent of sales will be donated to the PKD Foundation St. Louis Chapter

Wednesday, August 29th (5pm-7pm)
Meet Adam Sbragia
Owner and winemaker of 
Sbragia Family Vineyards Tasting

No reservations need - Open House Format
Bring your friends.
You will taste about $450 worth of wines during this event!!!

 The Sbragia name has long been associated with great California wines. Ed Sbragia the long time winemaker of Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet and Chardonnay started his own label with his son Adam. We are honored to be the sole retail outlet for Sbragia Family Wines in St. Louis and are very pleased to welcome Adam Sbragia for a tasting of his fantastic line-up of wines.

Adam will taste these wines with you and autograph bottles...

wines subject to change

-Sbragia Cabernet Monte Rosso Vineyard - 2007

Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate - $50 Suggested Retail

-Sbragia Cabernet Rancho Del OSO Howell Mountain- 2007

Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate -  $75 Suggested Retail

-Sbragia Cabernet Wall Vineyard Mount Veeder - 2006
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate - $75 Suggested Retail

-Sbragia Cab Cimarossa Howell Mountain - 2007
Rated 92+/100The Wine Advocate - $75 Suggested Retail

-Sbragia Chardonnay Gamble Ranch - 2009
Rated 91/100 Wine Advocate - $40 Suggested Retail
-Sbragia Chardonnay Home Ranch - 2009
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate $26 Suggested Retail

-Sbragia Merlot Home Ranch - 2009
$25 Suggested Retail

-Sbragia Sauvignon Blanc Dry Creek – 2011
$20 suggested retail

-Sbragia Cabernet Sauvignon Andolsen
 $39 Suggested Retail

-Sbragia Ginos Zinfandel
$26 suggested retail

This Open house wine tasting is held at our Forsyth location in Clayton

7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

Reservations are not required
Let us know your are coming on facebook

Taste Stone Enjoy By!!

Beer Tasting Tonight from 5-6pm!

Stone's Enjoy By 09.21.12 is not coming to St. Louis, but I scored a few bottles on my own and want to share them with our beer friends.

I don't want to wait to Friday since we don't have any to sell, so I am having a special tasting tonight - Aug 29, Wednesday from 5pm-6pm.   

We have a special wine tasting open house also on Wednesday so I will be up at the store Wednesday evening and thought it would be a perfect time to open these three beers. 
Plus expand your horizons and taste some of the best wines made in California including  Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Chardonnay,Cabernet and Zinfandel.

Taste three 99 rated IPA that are NOT available for sale in St. Louis

Stone Enjoy By 09.21.12 (99 on RateBeer)

Port Brewing/Lost Abbey Wipeout IPA (99 on RateBeer)
(bottled 7/24)
 Port Brewing/Lost Abbey  Mongo IPA (99 on RateBeer)
(bottled 5/3)

I have two bottles of each and we will have them over at the cheese counter, just come in and ask for a taste.   Plus we are tasting $450 worth of Sbragia Family wines in an open house format, come in and taste those also.  The wine tasting will be held where we normally have the beer tasting.

I will update the blog and twitter when the samples are gone, but I think they should last the full hour since it is a Wednesday and not a Friday.

Durham's Tracklements Salmon

Fresh batch landed today at Forsyth.  
Join us tonight for the Sbragia Wine Tasting from 5-7pm and we will be giving out samples of this amazing Salmon.  We have never offered out samples of the salmon, but thought this special occasion would be the right time!

Smoked Salmon from Ann Arbor, Michigan
Usually the best things we find for our store are products that don't come looking for us, they are products that we go looking for them.  Durham's Tracklements Custom Smoked Provisions is one of those products.  In fact, we have been trying for months to sell their salmon in our store.  They kept telling us that they cannot keep up with demand at this point and they are not taking on any more accounts.  Our begging finally paid off and we our on our 3rd shipment,  Supply is limited.

Durham's Tracklements


Inspired by a stay in the Northwest Highlands and Islands of Scotland, a genuine hand-rubbed dry cure of salt with a bit of brown sugar, lightly smoked over our own blend of select hardwoods. Mellow fresh flavor with moist, firm yet buttery texture 

Best of the Best in 20 years of Tasting

" comparison" - Marian Burros, The New York Times

Salmon just doesn’t get any better than this.

--Sylvia Rector, Detroit Free Press

More info on Durham's Tracklements

Custom smoked provisions using the finest ingredients available, Since 1992. 

We cure and smoke in small batches with the careful, hands-on attention essential to providing outstanding freshness, flavor and texture. For our Salmon Specialties we use only farmed Atlantic salmon raised in the cold waters of the Bay of Fundy, where strong tides assure excellent growing conditions and make the regular use of antibiotics and algaecides unnecessary. Salmon are selected at the optimal size, and flown fresh direct to us each week!

 No additives of any kind, always dated for superior fresh flavor. The finest genuinely hand-crafted quality available--anywhere.

Peach Porch Lounger

Online now also
In stock now.
Get G. Love extra sauced with this one...9.4% ABV
New Belgium Lips of Faith Peach Porch Lounger...$11.99 / 22oz
Beers and front porch lounging with G. Love means peaches, hominy grits, molasses and lemon peel, all funked up with pale and biscuit malts in a saison for sipping. In three-part harmony enters a healthy dose of Brettanomyces to bring tropical, citrus flavors and bold, sweet nose. This foot-stomping beer pours a glowing orange under a fluffy, white head and grooves all the way to its dry finish. G. Love and New Belgium together, making sweet beer and music.
Just the facts Ma'am...

Birthdate -August, 2012
ABV -9.4%
Calories -252
Hops -Goldings
Malts -Pale, Biscuit
OG -18.85
TG -1.79
Fruits/Spice -Peach, Molasses, Lemon Peel
Body -Medium-High
Aroma -When fresh PPL will have lots of those ‘saison’ aromas- spicy, herbal, fruity- not to mention the actual peaches. Once cellared the bretta will add that pineapple and funk.
Mouthfeel -The feel of this beer starts big sweet and chewy, some nice boozy warmth, but we’ve dried the finish out to invite the next sip. After cellared the bretta will bring a complex texture to this lounger.
Flavor -Pleasantly fruity and toffee sweet start and middle with a kick of warmth from all those sugars (molasses and malt!)
Visual -Deep straw like color and a deeper haze.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Labor Day Holiday beer shopping...

Labor Day is next Monday -- The Wine and Cheese Place will be closed for the holiday.
Plus pick up some Dragon Breath Charcoal -- in stock!!!

We have a bunch of fresh beer just arrived this week.  As many of you know, we don't keep much back stock on beer.  We buy it as needed to keep the freshest selection possible.     Thanks for making The Wine and Cheese Place your beer store.  We know it can be convenient to hit the grocery stores, but we appreciate your support and do our best to keep our selection better and fresher than the rest.

The Oberon season is coming to an end and we have a fresh batch.
Bell's Oberon bottled 8/15/12

Released late in March each year. One of our favorite and most popular beers! When Oberon arrives, you know it is Spring and baseball season. "An American wheat ale brewed with Saaz hops. Spicy and fruity, Oberon is the color and scent of a summer afternoon." -- Brewery

New Stone IPA package

New Package on the Stone IPA!!!
Bottled 8/10

A couple of new ones

Leinenkugels Lemon Berry Shandy
Magic Hat HIPA

Widmer Brothers Galaxy Hopped Barleywine

A new one from Widmer is in stock at Forsyth

Widmer Brothers Galaxy Hopped Barleywine...$11.99 
Galaxy hopped barleywine is a new take on an old favorite.  This beer pours dark crimson, almost mahogany color.  The yeast and galaxy hops delivery a big bank of red and yellow fruit aromatics like banana, pineapple, cherry, and strawberry.  The experience begins with a taste of toffee and darkened sweet caramel overlaid on subtle tones of vanilla, all to be punctuated by the floral and citrus dry hop character.

Bells Two Hearted 5 liter mini kegs!

In stock at all four locations
Plus fresh Two Hearted 6 packs from 7/18
It has been way too long since we have seen these.....
they are sure to go fast!

Bells Two Hearted Ale...$21.99 / 5 liter mini keg
(canned August 7)

Awesome Malbec for cheap!

In stock at Rock Hill and Forsyth

From Paul Hobbs...
2010 Vina Cobos Bramare Malbec...$25.99
Next lowest price on Wine-Searchers is $30.79
Appellation Luján de Cuyo, Mendoza, Argentina, is known  historically as the ‘premier zone’ for wine-growing in  Mendoza. Its high elevation location (3,018 - 3,537 ft), in combination with a semi-desert climate and lownutrient, stony soils provide ideal conditions for cultivation of high quality fruit.  Growing Season Spring arrived in Mendoza with snow still in the vineyards and was followed by frost and winds, leading to a difficult fruit set. Summer started warmer than average with wind and very dry conditions prevailing. From late  February onwards, slightly cooler days and sunny skies yielded perfect ripening conditions. A record one-day rainstorm on March 19 could have been disastrous were it not for the drying windy weather that followed immediately. The 2010 growing season was characterized by the excellent phenolic ripeness  attained at lower Brix levels.

"Black garnet with saturated violet tones on the rim, this showy malbec summons aromas of ripe blackberries, plum skin and red licorice with spicy vanilla overtones. Weighty and smoothly textured on the palate, with dense waves of  red currants, wet stones and rich oak aromatics."

Monsanto scores 92 points and on sale!

On Sale!!!
2008 Monsanto Chianti Classico Riserva....$17.99
"The 2008 Chianti Classico Riserva is a very pretty, centered wine. Dark cherries, plums, spices, menthol, cedar, game and tobacco are some of the notes that emerge from the glass. The 2008 is an understated Riserva that impresses for its length, focus and balance. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2023."
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Southern Tier Pumking is here....

Just landed at Forsyth!!!
Also online

Southern Tier Pumking....$6.49
"All Hallows Eve is a time of the year when spirits can make contact with the physical world, and when magic is most potent.  It is thought that we harness this magic to brew our powerful pumpkin ale.  Not so, but it is with great respect to the magic of their trade that our brewers produce this fine beer.  Take a whiff of this complex ale and your journey has just begun.  At first sip, a magical spell with bewitch your taste buds, yet another victim enraptured by the Pumking" - Southern Tier Brewing

Monday, August 27, 2012

Pumking and Brew'mmm

The Wine and Cheese Place should receive 
Charleville Witch's Brew'mmm (got pushed back to Thursday)
Southern Tier Pumking - in stock 

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