Friday, September 21, 2012

Rum and Artisan Cheese Pairing Class

The Wine and Cheese Place is proud to present a very special event....

Artisanal Cheese & Rum 
Pairing Adventure Class
Six Exotic Rums from Guatemala, Antigua, Trinidad, Haiti, Barbados
Six Fine Artisanal Cheeses – from Wisconsin
PLUS: Everyone in the class will have the pleasure of tasting English Harbour's 25 Year-Old Rum from Antigua…selling for over $200 a bottle!

Thursday September 27th  (7 PM until 8:30 PM)

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Boulevard
Clayton 63105

Price: $25 per person
Seating is limited.

Reservations are required - call 314.727.8788

Here is what is scheduled to be tasted!!!

• English Harbour 5-Year Rum - Antigua
 English Harbour's 25 Year-Old Rum 
• Ron Zacapa XO Solera Grand Reserva Especial - Guatemala
• Zaya 12-Year Old Estate Rum - Trinidad
• Plantation Grande Reserve 5-Year Old Rum - Barbados
• Mount Gay Extra Old Rum - Barbados
• Barbancourt Estate Reserve 15 Year Old Rum – Haiti

• Widmer's Cheese Cellars: 4-Year Cheddar
• Widmer's Cheese Cellars: Aged Brick Spread
• Sartori Reserve Raspberry BellaVitano
• Sartori Reserve Espresso BellaVitano
• Hollands Family Farm: Marieke's Aged Gouda
• Hollands Family Farm: Marieke's Foenegreek Gouda



Presented by The Wine and Cheese Place and 
Barrie Lynn – The Cheese Impresario

Barrie Lynn – The Cheese Impresario has just re-located from Los Angeles to St. Louis. She has been pairing artisanal cheeses with all kinds of libations for the stars of Hollywood via her inclusion in the Oscars famed goodie bag. She'll be conducting her Artisanal Cheese & Rum Pairing Adventure Class for the first time in this area at The Wine and Cheese Places in Clayton on Forsyth. 

"This is a pairing that will make people drop to their knees when they taste these flavors together" says The Cheese Impresario. And, she knows what she's talking about. She's been pairing rum with cheese at the Ministry of Rum's Rum Festivals around the country and has witnessed how blown away people are by this surprising and delicious pairing.

Dark sipping rums which are meant for drinking neat, not mixing in most cocktails, can deliver the flavors of roasted nuts, smoky oak, vanilla, cocoa, fruit and spices, just like wine. Paired with the perfect cheeses made by the award-winning cheesemakers of Wisconsin, Barrie Lynn has a real treat in store for you. We can't wait for you to experience The Cheese Impresario's entertaining education. 

Barrie Lynn was just featured in 
St. Louis Magazine's Relish Blog - click here to read

More info on Barrie Lynn -  International Hotel and Restaurant Awards

More information can be found on her website:


In stock now!

Doc's Draft Pumpkin Hard Apple Cider....$5.99 / 22oz
A seasonal cider made with roasted pumpkins, cinnamon, allspice, fresh ginger and nutmeg. (5% alcohol) 

I am glad this one is finally here, one of our employees won't stop talking about it from last year.  He says it is the best cider made?

Woodchuck Hard Cider Fall Limited Release
There are few things as spectacular as fall in the Green Mountains that surround our cidery. When you add cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of American white oak, you either have yourself some mighty fine cider or your standard Vermont tourism cliche. 

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New Irish Whiskey!

Greenore 8 Year Old Single Grain Irish Whiskey...$44.99 / 750ml

The Next Generation of Irish Whiskey - the smoothest Irish whiskey due to the modern way its distilled and matured.
Distilled from corn producing a distinctive sweet taste.
Distilled in modern column stills producing a super smooth spirit.
Matured exclusively in first fill ex-bourbon barrels producing a beautiful creamy vanilla sweetness.
These three steps produce Irelands smoothest and sweetest whiskey and the next generation of Irish whiskeys.

Ska Euphoria is back!!!!!!

Online now also

Ska Euphoria Pale Ale....$8.99 / 6pk cans
FRESH - cannned 9/15/12

"This seasonal beer is brewed in the Do It Yourself (DIY) spirit along with our friends from Bayfield at the Venture Snowboard Factory. An India Pale Ale, the Euphoria is crafted with piles and piles of Golding hops to provide a unique spicy finish. Great for after hitting the slopes.

Anarchic enlightenment: (1) Brewed in strict accordance to D.I.Y. methodology, the beer of choice for epic powder days. (2) brewed and bottled by ska brewing company, durango colorado using the finest hops, yeast, malted barley and san juan waters.
-- Rated 94/100 in its style on RateBeer

Deschutes tasting this Friday!!!!

I took off work this week, but I am told we still have about 6-8 bottles of Black Butte  XXIV not picked up in back.  Since it has been well over 7 days, we are going to release them for sale tomorrow at 4pm at the start of the tasting -- 1 bottle per person.

 -- Join us, open house

Deschutes Tasting this 

Friday, Sept 21 from 4-6pm
with Karen from Deschutes
At our Forsyth location in Clayton

We will taste....

  • Deschutes Obsidian Stout
  • Deschutes Mirror Pond
  • Deschutes The Stoic 
  • Deschutes Hop in the Dark

  • Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA  **
  • Deschutes JUBELALE!  **

** We will also be introducing these two new beers to St. Louis....

both the Chainbreaker White IPA and Jubelale will be arriving to The Wine and Cheese Place this week and you will get a chance to taste them on Friday!!!

IN STOCK NOW at Forsyth!!!

Deschutes Chainbreaker IPA...$8.99
Deschutes is taking you into the next beer frontier. Brewed with wheat and pilsner malt; this IPA displays beautiful citrus aromas from Cascade and Citra hops that meld with the esters of Belgian yeast. Think thirst quenching hopped-up wit beer with enough IBUs to warrant the IPA name.Malt: Pilsner, Wheat, Unmalted Wheat
Hops: Bravo, Citra, Centennial, Cascade
Other: Sweet Orange, Coriander

Deschutes Jubelale Festive Winter Ale...$8.99 / 6pk
A dark, malty celebration ale with layered flavors and beautifully balanced hopping. Jubelale pours deep garnet in color, medium bodied, with notes of chicory, earth, spice and fruit. To beer lovers, it’s like Yule fire and family.

Malt: Pale, Crystal, Extra Special, Carapils, Roasted Barley

Hops: Nugget, Cascade, Willamette, Styrian, Tettnang, East Kent Goldings

The 2012 label is literally “layered” with meaning – the artwork was created through a complex collaging process by artist Kaycee Anseth Townsend. She uses small scraps of paper to create designs, and she comprised this year’s packaging entirely from pieces of past year's Jubelale labels. You might event recognize a scrap or two from years gone by inside the incredibly intricate final design.

Hermitage Brewery - San Jose California

In stock now at Forsyth and online

Hermitage is a very new brewery from San Jose California. They opened in 2009 and it looks like Missouri is only the fourth state that they will be distributing in the U.S.....

Hermitage Hoptopia Double IPA....$9.99 / 6pk
Tropical nose, full citrus and floral flavors, good malt balance 8.0 ABV/IBU 65

Hermitage Maltopia Wee Heavy Scotch Ale...$9.99 / 6pk
Also known as a Wee Heavy, blankets your palate with malty, roasted caramel flavors 9.0 ABV/IBU 25 

Hermitage Ale of the Imp Imperial IPA...$4.69 / pint
Floral nose, earthy and piney overtones, very bitter finish 8.0 ABV/IBU 99.9 

Hermitage IPA Single Hop Series Sorachi Ace Hops...$5.99 / 22oz

Our brewing team is passionate about ingredients. This series was created to celebrate, and to acknowledge the wide variation of hops. The same ingredients and process go into each IPA from the series, with only one difference- what type of hop is used. “This is a great series for both beer aficionados and novice beer drinkers,” comments Brewer Greg Filippi. “It gives the drinker an appreciation of each hop type. They can really pick out the individual flavors in other beers once they taste the hop on its own.”

Varieties will change seasonally. Could be Citra, Admiral, Galaxy, Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, etc.

Current varieties are:

Sorachi Ace: a Japanese hop known for its characteristic citrusy lemon flavor. Sorachi Ace is the third release of the series this year, following Ahtanum and Citra. Brewmaster Peter Licht is excited about the latest batch. Licht says,”Sorachi is an extremely interesting hop- lots of unusual fruit flavors including lemon and lemon zest. It is also the only hop to come from Japan. One of the reasons we started the single hop beer series was to get to use exotic hops like Sorachi Ace.”

7.0 ABV/IBU 55

Established in 2009 Hermitage Brewing Company is located in San Jose. Along with producing its own label of small batch beers, Hermitage contracts with beer and soda clients to produce their products. Hermitage is regarded as a professional and reliable go-to contract brewer for many regional and state brewers.

Hermitage is also the bottling source for all Tied House beers. When Tied House closed down its iconic downtown San Jose location in mid-2009, they transferred all their brewing equipment down the road, to South 7th Street, where Hermitage is today. Hermitage soon added a bottling line, complete with disco ball and audio of ABBA’s greatest hits, which automatically starts when the bottling line is turned on.

Hermitage Brewery is becoming widely recognized for its Hoptopia, Maltopia, Ale of the Imp, Single Hop “H” Series IPAs, and craft soda brands. In 2011, Hermitage took four Gold Medals at the California State Commercial Craft Brewers Competition. Celebrator Beer News awarded One Door Quadrupel with four out of five stars in 2011, and Hoptopia DIPA four out of five stars in 2012.

As the new branch of Tied House Brewing, Hermitage is happy to be a part of such a long legacy of great brewers and their award-winning beers. Our current team is Brewmaster Ron Manabe, Brewmaster Peter Licht, Brewer Greg Filippi, and our newest team member, four-time consecutive GABF winner: Brewer Steve Donohue.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Wine and Cheese Place Bourbon Barrel Beer Update

October looks to be a big month for bottling for The Wine and Cheese Place barrel age program...

Here is a sneak peak at the Bourbon Barrel Aged Killer Whale - Buffalo Killer Ale!  The label has not been approved yet, so some changes might be needed.

This one is Six Row's Killer Whale ageing in a Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel since June 11.   This one is almost ready to be bottled watch for it soon -- probably released sometime in October.  

I also went down to 4 Hands Brewing today and tasted the 100% Vermont Organic Maple Syrup that we put in a Jefferson 18 Year Old Bourbon Barrel - wow, you are going to love this syrup.  Should be bottled also sometime in October.  Then the barrel will be filled with some 4 Hands Beer -- stay tuned.

Also, the 4 Hands Brewing Company Bona Fide Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Goshen Espresso and Whole Vanilla Bean that was filled on February 13, 2012 into an Elijah Craig 12 year old barrel should be bottled within weeks also.

here are some more details for your reading pleasure about our other barrel aged beers - click here.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Exciting! Exciting!

Why are we excited about this release?
Have you heard of Jacques Selosse Champagne?
Well, they are very rare, highly rated and hard to get Champagne.  We only get a few bottles a year of his stuff because the demand is so high.    His Champagnes sell for $200 + per bottle.

     "Every decade or so, a winemaker comes along who, through the force of his ideas, and the brilliance of his work, has the power to change the course of wine history.  Anselme Selosse is such an individual—and the man most responsible for the revolution that’s changing Champagne for the better.  Since taking over Champagne Jacques Selosse in 1980, Anselme has used the uncompromising brilliance of his wines—as well as no small amount of charisma—to challenge Champagne’s old defintions for excellence. If ten or twenty years from now, small, quality-driven growers have finally taken their share of the power—and the big houses have fully embraced the ideas of low yields, chemical-free vineyards and terroir-based wines—Anselme will deserve much of the credit." - importer for Jacques Selosse Champagne

Here is what The Wine Advocate has said about Anselme Selosse Champagnes...
"Montrachet with bubbles might be a good description for this profound, utterly moving Champagne." - 98/100 The Wine Advocate
" ridiculously great." - 97/100 The Wine Advocate
" breathtaking...It is an extraordinary wine in every way....This is a dazzling" - Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

2006 Dubl Greco Sparkling...$45.99
From Feudi di San Gregorio and Anselme Selosse

This is the only sparkling wine Anselme Selosse makes outside of his own at Jacques Selosse in Champagne!!  Rare and amazing!

Feudi di San Gregorio, a modern expression of a centuries-old tradition of passion and dedication to the land, is Campania’s premier winemaking estate. Situated in the tiny village of Sorbo Serpico in Campania's Irpinia region, this highly-acclaimed winery was established in 1986. Since then, it has aggressively tapped into the enormous potential of Campania's unique terroir and ancient varieties by placing a contemporary spin on indigenous grapes such as Fiano di Avellino, Greco di Tufo and Aglianico.

In 2003, Feudi di San Gregorio invested in the production of its first sparkling product. Using the method champenoise and the regions historic varietals of Falanghina, Greco di Tufo and Aglianico grapes, FSG produced this new innovative product, DUBL. The wines are named DUBL in honor of the two wineries that work on this project, Feudi and our French partner, the great Champagne house of Anselme Selosse. Joining forces with famed Champagne producer Anselme Selosse was a natural union for these unique and high end wines. DUBL is our new journey into the future of sparkling wines.

The tradition of Greco Brut stems from the occupation of Naples by Louis XII de Valoisi in the 15th century, who demanded that Neapolitan made a Sparkling wine in his honor (he was from Champagne afterall). The local winemakers selected Greco as the suitable grape for this task given the tartness of the grape reminiscent of the Chardonnay of Champagne and the chalky composition of the Tufo soil similar to the terroir encountered in Reims.