Saturday, October 6, 2012

Aime Cabernet Franc

It is hard to find a good Cabernet Franc that 
is not $40 or more, but we have done it....

2015 Domaine Aime Cabernet Franc....$12.99
2015 Technical Notes: This is one of the rare, pure Cabernet Francs from the vineyards around Minervois. After the grapes are harvested they are 100% destemmed, crushed, then fermented and aged in tank before bottling. The grapes are sustainably farmed, and vinified using indigenous yeasts. There is no oak aging for this wine. 
Tasting Notes: Rémi Bonnet produces a delightful Cabernet Franc. This wine avoids many of the pitfalls often associated with the grape, but remains a true expression of the varietal. It is a soft and lush wine that has the versatility to complement a wide variety of foods. In the nose black cherry, blueberry, and plum notes mix with just a hint of white pepper spice. In the mouth the wine is very soft and silky, dominated by black fruit flavors. The satin textured finish is complimented by ripe round tannins. This wine is ideal for pork, turkey, hamburgers, or even pizza

Saint Cosme -

In stock now at Forsyth!

2010 St. Cosme Cotes du Rhone...$13.99
This has lush, silky-textured layers of dark plum, anise and crushed blackberry fruit, woven with black tea and graphite notes through the finish. Impresses with its length and depth. 11,000 cases made. –JM
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 89/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2010 St. Cosme Coindrieu....$64.99
Creamed pear, white ginger, green almond and melon notes all glide along in this lovely Viognier, which is weighty, yet pure and defined. Finishes with a hint of fennel frond to keep it honest. Drink now through 2015. 330 cases made. –JM
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Friday, October 5, 2012

Great Russian River Chardonnay....

2009 Walter Hansel Chardonnay Russian River Valley...$25.99
Rich and layered, with aromas of smoky oak, ripe fig, melon and apricot, this smooth-textured white is long and silky on the finish. Drink now through 2019. 1,030 cases made. –JL
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

Ruination now in 4 packs!!!

New 4 Packs!
In stock at Forsyth and New Ballas

Bottled -- 9/5/12
Stone Ruination....$9.99 / 4 pack

So called because of the "ruinous" effect on your palate! This massive hop monster has a wonderfully delicious and intensely bitter flavor on a refreshing malt base. One taste and you can easily see why we call this brew "a liquid poem to the glory of the hop!" Those who seek, crave and rejoice in beers with big, bold, bitter character will find true nirvana in Stone Ruination IPA!
Rated 100/100 RateBeer
Hop Variety: Columbus & Centennial
ALC/VOL 7.7%, 100+ IBUs

Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur

The weather is getting is the time....

Come taste it Saturday October 6th at our Forsyth location from 11am-4pm
Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur...$9.99 / 750ml
Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur is the first ever pumpkin pie cream liqueur to hit the market.
Available seasonally during the months of September through November, the brand has an incredibly smooth, creamy taste that is instantly reminiscent of homemade pumpkin pie. Fulton’s Harvest is best served chilled, or on ice. It is also great in coffee and a variety of cream-based cocktails.

1 1/2 oz. Fulton’s Harvest Pumpkin Pie Cream Liqueur
Hot Coffee
 Pour Fulton’s Harvest in mug. Fill with Hot Coffee. Stir.

Lindemans gift box...

In stock now

Lindemans Pomme and Framboise Gift box with Lindemans Glass...$12.99

New 3-pack!

St. George Gin Gift Set...$24.99 / 3 - 200ml bottles
3 - 200ml size bottles, one of each expression.

St. George Spirits 3 different get 1 bottle each

Terroir Gin is our ode to the wild beauty of the Golden State. Distiller Lance Winters has a passion for exploring place and memory through distillation, and the aromas of the coastal forests on California's Mount Tam were what inspired him to start making gin in the first place. Terroir Gin has an intense earthy, woodsy nose and flavor derived from Douglas fir, California bay laurel, and California coastal sage—complemented by bright, citrusy top notes. This is a unique and proudly Californian gin with a sense of place and poetry.

Botanivore Gin (our "botanical eater") earned its name because it's loaded with botanical ingredients. We distilled 20 different botanicals to compose this spirit (no small feat!) and the resulting gin is beautifully balanced and vibrant. Lance compares this gin to an orchestra where all the components are working in harmony. Deliciously herbacious and bright, Botanivore is a versatile addition to any gin cocktail.

Dry Rye Gin has twice as much juniper in its recipe as either of the other two St. George gins, and a base of pot-distilled rye that provides structure and spice. Warm bass notes of pepper and caraway give Dry Rye Gin an intriguing depth of flavor, while the rye provides a sweet maltiness reminiscent of a genever. Try our Dry Rye Gin in your favorite cocktails that call for either gin or rye—or sip it straight for a gin experience like no other.

If you're familiar with St. George Absinthe Verte, you already know that distiller Lance Winters has mad skills at creating balanced distillates out of complex botanical formulations. For these three St. George gins, Lance retrofitted his beloved absinthe still with a custom-built Carter head assembly. The Carter head allows for elegant expression of the character of the juniper berries and other botanicals, while minimizing resinous and potentially acrid notes from carrying over during distillation.

30th Anniversary Tasting - Ballwin Location

The Wine and Cheese Place is celebrating its 30th Anniversary this year with a series of amazing wine tastings......

30th Anniversary Wine Tasting - Ballwin Location Part II

The Wine and Cheese Place
14748 Clayton Road
Ballwin MO - 636.227.9001
Saturday, October 20 from 6pm-8pm
$10 per person

Reservations are required.
Call Kevin at 636.227.9001
or email him at

Here is a partial list of what we will taste that night....

  • Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon 09
  • Solitude Chardonnay
  • Penner Ash Pinot Noir

  • Jaqk High Roller Red
  • Jaqk 22 Black
  • Riondo Amarone

  • Butternut Chardonnay
  • Ch Senailhac Bordeaux 05
  • Volunteer Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Baer Ursa Red Blend
  • Culver Collecion Red

Thursday, October 4, 2012

New Balvenie 17 Year DoubleWood!!!

In stock now at Forsyth

Balvenie 17 Year Doublewood...$114.99
"During maturation, the Balvenie Double Wood is transferred from a tarditional whiskey oak cask to a European sherry oak cask thereby acquiring character from each.   This second cask ageing is at the heart of The Balvenie Double Wood and at Seventeen Years of Age  it has an elegant nose, complex with oak, vanilla, honeyed sweetness and a hint of green apple." -- label

4 Hands Barrel Aged Release!

Continuing our original series of barrel aged beers, our FIFTH barrel aged beer is here!!!!!

 4 Hands Brewing Co.  bottled the  Bona Fide Stout that was aged in Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Bourbon Barrel for The Wine and Cheese Place 
This barrel yielded 228 - 22oz bottles!

Sorry, it is all sold out.

Wow that was amazing how fast 228 bottles went.

Must be picked up within 7 days or it will go back out for sale!

 We will not do a release party at this time for this beer.  There is a second version of this beer that was put in a Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey Barrel that is still ageing and not quite ready.  We will do a release party and taste both of the barrel age beers and the "original" non-barrel aged beer together when it is ready to be released.

It has been in barrel  for almost 8 months now (since February 13, 2012).   

Barrel Aged Bona Fide Stout with Espresso Coffee and Vanilla Beans
It is a barrel aged version of this beer....
"Bona Fide Imperial Stout is a collaborative effort with Goshen Coffee, a local fair trade coffee roaster. This beer is big, bold, and in your face. Bona Fide pours black as night with a smooth mouth feel. Aromas of espresso, dark chocolate, roasted malt, with nuances of vanilla. Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years. 9% Alc/Vol 65 IBU's"

Here is the label....

Grand Teton seasonals

Grand Teton Seasonal - order Grand Teton online

Imperial Stout time.....

Grand Teton Black Cauldron Imperial Stout...$8.99 / 4pk

There are few styles of beer more flavorful than Imperial Stout. Our 
thick, rich version was brewed with plenty of caramel and roasted malts and subtly spiced with Nugget and Cascade hops. We’ve accentuated the natural smokiness of the brew by adding a small amount of beechwood-smoked malt. At 22 degrees starting gravity and 8.0% alcohol by volume, this beer boasts flavors of chocolate and coffee, along with raisins and dried fruit soaked in sherry.

Black Cauldron is a strong ale, best enjoyed in moderation, and paired with full-flavored grilled or roasted meats or with dessert. Chocolate cakes, truffles, fruit tarts, caramel flan or crème brûlée are all excellent matches.

We've brewed our Black Cauldron Imperial Stout to recognize and honor the women in the history of brewing. Brewing has been women's work since the dawn of civilization. In all ancient cultures, beer was a gift from a goddess, and women maintained status and power through their skills as brewsters. This remains true today in indigenous cultures from Asia to Latin America, Africa to remote villages in Scandinavia. Around the world, women baked bread and brewed their own beer.

In Europe, the rise of cities brought commercial brewing, as governments realized the potential tax revenue to be had from large breweries. By 1445, the first all-male brewers' guild was established, the campaign against witchcraft burst forth across Europe, and the purge of women from brewing had begun. Beer historian Alan Eames has written that, when an occupation was listed, most of the women burned for witchcraft in Europe were brewsters or alewives

Most of the imagery we associate with witchcraft today originated with the brewster. The large black cauldron bubbling over with foam? A brew kettle, of course. The black cat? Necessary to keep rats out of the grain store. The tall pointed hat? It allowed the brewster to be seen over the heads of taller men in the marketplace. A broom? The symbol of household domesticity, it is still associated with brewing all over the world.

Without the work of these women through the ages, it's entirely possible beer would not exist today. To learn more about the role of women in today's brewing industry, visit

Grand Teton XX Bitch Creek 2012 Double ESB Ale...$8.99 / 750ml
Twenty-four years ago Charlie Otto began making beer in Wyoming’s first modern brewery, a 210 square foot cabin in Jackson Hole. Since then, Grand Teton Brewing has grown into its present 11,000 square foot facility in Victor, Idaho, winning dozens of major awards and bringing innovations like the reusable glass growler to the brewing world.

Bitch Creek ESB (Extra Special Brown) Ale was first brewed in 2003, and perfectly balances big malt sweetness and robust hop flavor to make a full-bodied mahogany ale. Southern Idaho 2-row malted barley and four German specialty malts provide massive body and flavor. Two hop varieties developed in Idaho, Galena and Chinook, balance the maltiness with clean bitterness and citrus flavors. Late additions of Centennial hops add piney, resinous flavors and aroma.

Bitch Creek ESB has quickly become one of our best selling and most critically acclaimed beers. At last count, it has won eleven gold medals at major national and international competitions.

XX Bitch Creek Double ESB is all that and more. To celebrate our twentieth anniversary in 2008 we took the Bitch Creek recipe and doubled everything: double the malt, double the hops, and twice the flavor. It was one of the most popular and best-reviewed Cellar Reserves we’ve brewed. It is also one of the most requested of our retired Cellar Reserves.

Over the years we’ve learned a lot about cellaring beers, and for 2012 we’ve refocused our Cellar Reserve program on beers that will taste great now and will lay down and mature over one or two years’ time. Now that we have a large catalog of previously brewed styles, we’ll bring back one or two of our best aging beers each year. It is fitting that XX Bitch Creek be the first to make a repeat appearance. This beer will change over time—the hops will mellow and the bitterness diminish, but the solid malt backbone will carry through, eventually taking on vinous, sherry-like notes.

This is a strongly flavorful beer, which should be paired with only the most flavorful of foods. Drink it alone as a nightcap, try it with the best steaks, game meats and hearty stews, or pair it with strong blue cheese or rich bread pudding.

Nommo is back!

Nommo is here!  order online now

Second release of Nommo
Boulevard Smokestack Series Nommo Dubbel...$8.49 / 750ml 

"Our Nommo Dubbel has a brilliant deep amber color and a sweet caramel malt profile. This beer showcases the coriander, cinnamon, and star anise used in the kettle, complementing them with clove and banana notes contributed by the Belgian yeast. The rich complexity of Nommo’s flavor makes it a worthy partner to a variety of meats and game, as well as aged or aromatic cheeses. The name “Nommo” is derived from a Dogon word meaning “to make one drink.” No, really. Nommo, usually described as amphibious, hermaphroditic, fish-like creatures, were created by the sky god Amma, who caused them to multiply by splitting them into doubled sets of twins. Maybe it’s farfetched, but we think the story of the Nommo makes this whole enterprise a little more fun and interesting." -- Boulevard

Click on picture to read the full sheet.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey

We are always featuring new products on our blog, so I thought it was time to post a few products that we have been stocking for years that many customers might not know we keep in stock.  I hear every day, I did not know you stocked.......

Midleton Very Rare Irish Whiskey....$119.99
Midleton Very Rare is the most exclusive whiskey ever produced in Ireland. Distilled three times by John Jameson and Son, the whiskey is carefully aged in individually chosen oak casks. Midleton Very Rare is only available in strictly limited quantities as just a small number of casks of the finest distillates are personally selected by the Master Distiller each year. It is reserved for the appreciation of only the most discerning judges of fine whiskeys. Each bottle is individually numbered and each label signed by the Master Distiller at the Midleton Distillery as a final guarantee of outstanding quality

Fra’ Mani Handcrafted Salami

In stock at Forsyth now...

Salame Nostrano
Nostrano, meaning “our own.” Coarsely ground, mild and “sweet” in flavor. A natural with melon or figs. About 14 inches long, 2 pounds. Slice paper thin pieces.

Salame Toscano
Deep burgundy color, with salt slightly more pronounced in the Tuscan tradition of pairing foods with unsalted breads. About 22 inches long, 5 1/2 pounds. Slice paper thin pieces.

More info...
Paul Bertolli, renowned chef, launched Fra’ Mani Handcrafted Foods in March 2006.

Our mission is crafting salumi in the finest Italian pastoral traditions, using the highest-quality pork.  Our pork comes from family farmers committed to the well-being of their animals and their land. The hogs are never given antibiotics, artificial growth hormones, growth-promoting agents or meat by-products. They eat only the finest grains and natural feed. This old-fashioned way to raise hogs produces pork of outstanding quality, which is the essential ingredient in all Fra’ Mani salumi.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Domaine Trevallon - the best of Provence!

We are excited to bring Domaine de Trevallon back to St. Louis...

"One of the greatest discoveries in my life has been the wine made at the Domaine de Trevallon," - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2009 Domainde de Trevallon Rouge....$49.99
50% Caberenet Sauvignon and 50% Syrah

The word "cult wine" gets used a lot describe wines now, but there are some that deserve it.  Domaine de Trevallon has always been considered the cult wine of Provence.   The wine is in huge demand around the world.
The estate was purchased by Rene Durrbach back in 1955, but it was his son Eloi that planted the first vines in 1973 and produced his first wine in 1977 and helped establish "Les Beaux de Provence" as a top wine producing area in France.   Domaine de Trevallon has always been a blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon and 50% Syrah.   As you can see from the current label above, it no longer says AOC "Les Beaux de Provence".   The wine has not changed, the law changed in 1993 -- "Les Beaux de Provence" can now only contain a maximum of 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, so the wine is now labeled "Indication Geographique Protegee" -- basically the new name for Vin de Pays.    Eloi Durrbach followed in the tradition of the Italian Super Tuscans, he did not want to compromise his wines by "laws", he wanted to keep the quality and integrity of his wine so he took the "Vin de Pays" designation and kept his wine the way he wanted it.

It was back in 1978 that Aubert de Vilaine from the Domaine de la Romanée Conti tasted the wines and was so impressed that he recommend his importer, Kermit Lynch to import the wines into the United States.   Kermit Lynch no longer imports the wine, but the quality remains the same.

A word about the label:
Before Eloi's father died in 2000, Eloi had his father, Rene, create a series of artwork to be used as labels for the wine.  He created a number labels before his death and a different one is used every year.   One of Rene's best friends was Pablo Picasso (also the godfather of Eloi)

Freaktoberfest is here!

Coney Island Freaktoberfest in stock now!

Now in 4pk - 12oz bottles!

2012 Bells Best Brown is here!!!

Bells Best Brown Ale....$9.89 / 6pk

A smooth, toasty brown ale, Best Brown Ale is a mainstay in our fall & winter lineup. With hints of caramel and cocoa, the malt body has the depth to stand up to cool weather, but does not come across as heavy. This balancing act is aided by the generous use of American hops.

New Cans!!!

Magners Cider now in CANS
Tennents Export now in CANS!

Boulder Beer Hazed and Infused Dry Hopped Ale....$17.99 / 12pk CANS

Tennents now in CANS!!!

Tennents Export Lager....$6.59 / 4pk 16.9oz CANS!
"Tennent's Lager has been the market leader in Scotland since it was first brewed in 1885 at Wellpark Brewery. It is a distinctive, well-balanced lager whose sweet, malty flavors combine with a tangy hoppiness to create its crisp, refreshing character. Tennent's Lager (4% ABV), fresh from the heart of Scotland, is best served between 4° and 6°C." -- Tennents

Lagunitas Day Time IPA

"A Fractional IPA"

Lagunitas Day Time IPA...$9.99 / 6pk

Sometimes you want a beer, then you realize how much crap you need to do before you call it a day. This is it. Nicely dosed with Big, Round Hop Flavors and a Toasty Malt Foundation to satisfy your every need. But it still lets you stay in the game to do what needs to be done. Yup.
ABV: 4.65%

Jefferson's Ocean Aged at Sea Bourbon.

The Wine and Cheese Place is the only place 
you will find it in St. Louis as we are the #1 Jefferson Bourbon account!
Jefferson Bourbon Ocean Aged at Sea

Here is the story, many have asked for this incredibly rare Bourbon. But only 1 bottle made it to St. Louis and since we are the #1 Jefferson Bourbon account, we have it for sale. Now, how do we make this fair for all our great Bourbon customers. We decided to do a raffle format.

  • There is only 1 bottle available to purchase. 
  • Sign up now through Thursday October 18, 7pm.
  • Drawing will be held on Friday October 19 (you do not have to be present.) 
  • If your name is drawn, you can purchase the bottle for $199.99 plus tax
  • No phone entries
  • No purchase necessary (each person can sign up once without any purchase)
  • You get an additional sign up for each bottle of Jefferson product you purchase (any style). 
  • You must be 21 to enter
  • You can sign up at any of our 4 locations

Here is more info from Patrick at Bourbon and Banter
“Tonight is a good night. No. Tonight is a great night!”
That’s what was running through my head as I sat down to write my Jefferson’s Ocean-Aged Bourbon Review. I was, in all honesty, as excited as a grade schooler watching the minute hand on a clock wind down the final minutes til Summer vacation. I was finally going to taste the almost mythical Jefferson’s Ocean-Aged Bourbon. The bourbon that has occupied my mind ever since I heard rumors of it last year.

Jefferson’s “Ridiculously Small Batch” bourbons have always occupied a special place in my heart. It was the first brand of bourbon that my wife bought for me. It was a sign that despite her lack of interest in drinking bourbon she could still be trusted with making important purchasing decisions. So when I heard that Jefferson’s was coming out with something truly unique and special I was all ears.

Trey Zoeller showing who’s the master of bourbon at sea.

I started digging around on the web and learned all I could about the so called “Ocean” bourbon and called around to my local connections to see if I had a chance to actually get my hands on a bottle. When you hear that only 600 bottles are going to be released you’ve got to put your game face on and call in some favors. Little did I know that I would get a unique opportunity to be one of the first to sample and review the “Bourbon Unicorn” as I’ve come to call it.

I received my sample last week from the kind folks at McLain & Kyne and I’ve kept it under lock and key since then.(Special thanks to Trey and his team for allowing me the privilege to enjoy an early sample of their hard work.) 

Trey Zoeller collecting the first pitcher of Jefferson’s Ocean-Aged Bourbon.

I’m sure many of you have read up on Jefferson’s Ocean-Aged Bourbon already but here’s a little more information direct from the source:

Trey carries on the tradition of his ancestors, the McLains and the Kynes, who both have roots deep in the bourbon industry dating back to the late 18th and 19th centuries. The Jefferson’s Bourbon brand portfolio, which is distributed in 46 states and 9 countries, consists of four “Ridiculously Small Batch” spirits: Jefferson’s Bourbon, Jefferson’s Reserve, Jefferson’s Presidential Select and Jefferson’s Rye. In the age where small batch bourbons are made from 200-300 bottles in big distilleries, Trey knows good things come in small batches. He carefully chooses from no more than 8-12 barrels to deliver a unique, yet consistent flavor profile for each of his four whiskies.

This summer, Trey will introduce Jefferson’s Ocean-Aged Bourbon to his line of Ridiculously Small Batch whiskeys. The brand’s new addition is blended in Kentucky, aged in barrels for almost four years on a 126-foot ship, and bottled at a robust 88 proof (44% ABV). Trey was curious about what effects temperature changes, salt air, and continuous rocking of the sea would have on bourbon’s aging process. The result of the experiment is a dark and rich bourbon which rivals whiskeys aged for much longer. There are only 600 bottles of the rare product available and they’re going to be released nationally.
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Camus Island Cognacs

Camus Ile de Re Fine Island Cognac...$44.99
“With it’s fresh, marine notes, Camus Ile de Re Fine Island Cognac perfectly expresses the quality and authentic character of the cognacs produced on the island. Distilled on the lees to further enhance the original flavours of the eaux de vie from which it is produced, it is then aged in a damp cellar to give it roundness, in oak casks with subtle tannins that instil a delicate woody flavour. A cognac with a hint of the sea, which is softened by fruit notes and an incredibly round body. Fresh and light iodized flavours mingle with notes of dried fruits and lead to a slightly salty and very characteristic mellow finish.” - website

Camus’s Ile de Re Fine Island Double Matured Cognac...$57.99
“ powerful, with hints of the sea. This exceptional cognac presents a perfect balance of smoky notes and candied fruits. Distilled on the lees, which enhances original flavour of its eaux de vie, it is the result of a unique aging process. It is first matured on the island in a damp cellar, in casks with light tannins, for roundness and subtly oaky flavor. Then a second aging takes place in Cognac, in barrels that have been slightly charred, giving the cognac a smoky flavour. A subtle, delicate balance between smoky notes, candied fruit and a distinctive marine quality.” - website

Camus Ile de Re Cliffside Cellar Cognac....$79.99
This unique cognac is a spicy iodized and very mellow blend of eaux de vie produced, distilled and initially aged in a damp cellar located on the island itself. Its mild character and subtle iodine quality develop during the second aging, on the island, in a cellar situated in the heart of the cliff top Fort de la Pree, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Fort de la Pree was built in 1626 and is a rare example of military architecture from before Vauban. This cognac presents various marine flavors and an extraordinary round body.” - website

Monday, October 1, 2012

Ardbeg Galileo

In stock now at 

1999 Ardbeg Galileo....$79.99
"a celebration of Ardbeg's first ever experiment in space"

Very limited - 1 bottle per person.

New Ballas: Call Marc: 314.989.0020
Rock Hill: Call Chris: 314.962.8150
Forsyth: sold out
Ballwin:  Call Kevin: 636.227.9001

Since it is so limited, if you call to reserve, you must pick it up by this Saturday October 6 at 7pm when we close or it will go back out for sale on Monday.

Peatstock Scotch Tasting!

If you love the rich, smoky flavor of peated scotch, you'll want to attend the PEATSTOCK tasting session at The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton, at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, October 30.

The cost is just $28 per person, and you'll enjoy six different peated scotch whiskies, along with some cheese and crackers, plus a multimedia presentation. 

Reservations are Required
For more information, please visit

Sunday, September 30, 2012

New Urban Chestnut labels...

Urban Chestnut just got a couple of new labels approved....

Not sure of a release date, but I will let you know when 
they arrive at The Wine and Cheese Place.

St. Louis Double IPA

Bavarian Style Weissbier