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Friday, October 12, 2012

Rare Grand Marnier Quintessence


Grand Marnier Quintessence....$699.99 / bottle


QUINTESSENCE. THE QUINTESSENTIAL TASTE.
QUINTESSENCE is the latest outstanding creation from the House of GRAND MARNIER®, world renowned for its expertise in blending pure natural orange essence with the finest aged cognac since 1880. Today, the 5th and 6th generations of the Marnier Lapostolle Family pay tribute to the vibrant spirit of the founder, Louis-Alexandre Marnier Lapostolle, by creating QUINTESSENCE with the same expertise that has made GRAND MARNIER® popular for more than 130 years.

QUINTESSENTIAL EXCELLENCE
QUINTESSENCE is made with the most precious cognac coming exclusively from Grande Champagne, the most prestigious growing area of Cognac, and the family Paradis, the Marnier Lapostolle Family’s private cellar. These cognacs date back to 1906.  This rare blend of cognacs is then combined with a unique double distilled Citrus Bigaradia orange essence resulting from a time honored secret GRAND MARNIER® process. Instead of being macerated in neutral alcohol, oranges are macerated in a very aromatic orange essence before being distilled. The result is a very subtle essence, the QUINTESSENCE of orange distillation. The blend of cognac and orange essence is then aged in French oak casks, so that the flavors can mature together, reach the perfect balance and the quintessential taste.

Only 2,000 bottles are available worldwide and are individually numbered.


Ska Mole Stout



Ska Mole Stout is in stock now at Forsyth.  We have good supply.
(I will post for online tomorrow when I am at work)

$8.99 / 6pk cans!


Ska Mole Stout - 6 pack Cans!

The Autumnal Mole Stout is an ale brewed with cocoa nibs, spices and three varieties of chile peppers: Mulato, Ancho and Hatch green chiles, (also known as Anaheim Peppers.)

Wine for the Cardinals game...


Here is another choice to drink while watching the Cardinals Game -

In stock at Rock Hill, New Ballas and Ballwin



R2 Red Birds Pinot Noir....$29.99 
  This Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley is a bright, medium ruby color and immediately presents bright, ripe red cherry, spice and herbal aromas. Its silky texture carries the lush red cherry flavors and highlights the spicy, cinnamon notes. The wine has great structure and a long, silky finish


The new Parker's Heritage is here...

In stock at 

Forsyth - sold out
Rock Hill - in stock
Ballwin - in stock
New Ballas - in stock



Parker's Heritage Collection Edition #6....$69.99
Master Distiller's Blend of Mashbills




Boulder Hoopla

New Cans!  Boulder Hoopla Pale Ale....

Boulder Hoopla Pale Ale...$8.99 / 6pk
In search of the perfect festival beer, our Boulder Beer brewers and Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of The String Cheese Incident and an avid homebrewer, joined creative forces. Imagination and improvisation flowed freely, and Hoopla was born. Hoopla Pale Ale is dry-hopped with generous amounts of Glacier hops for a fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor that will have your taste buds dancing. 5.7% ABV

Heineken James Bond Skyfall



Heineken James Bond Skyfall Package in stock at Forsyth now

Kona * Red Hook * Widmer Mix Pack

Winter Variety Pack...$13.99 / 12pack
Mix pack that includes 3 bottles of each....

Widmer Brothers Brrr

Got the holiday blues? Out of ideas as to what to get that special someone? Don't worry, Kurt and Rob Widmer have the answer - give the gift of beer.

Redhook Winter Hook
Regardless of whether you spend your winter months on the slopes, shoveling your driveway or just hiding out, Redhook Winterhook is a great way to chase off the winter chill. This year will be our 27thconsecutive release of Winterhook. The recipe changes slightly every winter because nobody likes getting the exact same Holiday present year after year. Redhook’s 27th brew of Winterhook has roasted chocolate notes that smooth out the quick, spicy hop finish. The rich body and nutty, malty backbone make this winter ale slighty naughty and very nice.

Kona Pipeline Porter
Pipeline Porter is smooth and dark with a distinctive roasty aroma and earthy complexity from its diverse blends of premium malted barley. This celebration of malt unites with freshly roasted 100% Kona coffee grown at Cornwell Estate on Hawaii’s Big Island, lending a unique roasted aroma and flavor. A delicate blend of hops rounds out this palate-pleasing brew.




Plus we have this one in 6 packs....



Widmer Brothers Brrr Seasonal...$6.99 / 6pk
Amber Ale
Rated 98/100 for its style on RateBeer

Taste Matt Holliday Wine!

Help push the St. Louis Cardinals into the next round....


Taste Matt Holliday Wine tonight 
from 4-6pm at all four of our locations!

Taste Matt Holliday Wine tonight and pick up a bottle to drink while you are watching the game

2007 Matt Holliday Napa Red Wine (Bordeaux Blend)

non-autographed....$25 / bottle

(we are sold out of the autographed bottles)





Thursday, October 11, 2012

The new FOUR PACKS

All nice and fresh....bottle dates of Sept 24 through Oct 3.

We also have fresh "regular" IPA 6pks that 
were bottled October 1







 
Stone Ruination IPA...$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





Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale....$9.99 / 4pk
"Black IPA"
We're brewers whose substantial mettle and idiomatic approach to brewing allows us to consistently create works of art such as this justifiably self-righteous ale. Its bitterness hits our sweet spot. Its blackness lightens our hearts. Its liquid dichotomy pulls it all together in this sublimely sacrosanct ale. Yes, we damn well know our stuff here at Stone, and it would be irresponsible of us not to acknowledge how remarkable this heavenly creation of ours is. Thus the name we are compelled to give it --- Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale --- serves as a reminder of just how good we are, in both liquid and verbal form.


We're certainly not perfect. Too often, we allow our modesty to get the best of us as we're simply not inclined towards senseless braggadocio. When you're good, you're good. And when you do something great, the least you can do is acknowledge it. Others benefit from knowing. In this case, we find that we are compelled to point out how amazing this ale is that we rightly call the Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale.

First brewed in 2007 as the Stone 11th Anniversary Ale, this ale was an instant hit. With us. Other folks with great taste loved it too, but we were focused on how much we liked it, and we felt it was truly sublime. That euphoria didn't last long though, as it was soon replaced with the grim reality that when we sold out of it there wouldn't be any more. For us. And that was simply unacceptable. So, we are now blessing ourselves, and you the enlightened, with this ale. Thusly, you may now revel in your own self-righteousness as you see fit with this glorious example of ours. You are genuinely welcome, as it is our pleasure.
Rated 100/100 RateBeer





Stone Oaked Arrogant Bastard...$9.99 / 4pk
This is an aggressive beer. You probably won’t like it. It is quite doubtful that you have the taste or sophistication to be able to appreciate an ale of this quality and depth. We would suggest that you stick to safer and more familiar territory --- maybe something with a multi-million dollar ad campaign aimed at convincing you it’s made in a little brewery, or one that implies that their tasteless fizzy yellow beer will give you more sex appeal. Perhaps you think multi-million dollar ad campaigns make a beer taste better. Perhaps you’re mouthing your words as you read this.

Too many strive towards complacency as a goal. We grow up thinking that the ability to become complacent is the equivalence of success in life. True Arrogant Bastards know that this could not be further from the truth. The real beauty, richness and depth in life can only be found if the journey through life itself is looked upon as a constant chance to learn, live and find life’s passion. Passion threatens the complacent, and fills them with fear. Fear of the new, the deep and the different. We, on the other hand, seek it out. Endlessly, joyously...and aggressively. To this end we bring you the “OAKED Arrogant Bastard Ale.” Another reward for those seeking new sources of passion, and another point of dissension for those who are not.
Rated 99/100 RateBeer



Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bridgeport Beervana


In stock now.
Bridgeport Beervana mix 12 pack
Includes:  
Kingpin Double Red Ale
IPA
Hop Czar
Witch Hunt

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

John Smith's Extra Smooth Ale

In stock at Forsyth and New Ballas.


John Smiths Extra Smooth...$7.99 / 4 pack cans
(with nitrogen widget)
John Smith’s Extra Smooth was launched in 1993 and is now the nation's number 1 ale. The boffins say it has a distinct cereal character, with malty, caramel notes being complemented by some fruitiness. But we just think it’s a right good pint. (3.8% ABV).

About the Brewery
John Smith’s Extra Smooth Ale is brewed out of the John Smith’s brewery in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire England. The brewery was founded in 1758 and produces apx. 47 million cases of beer per year. John Smith’s Extra Smooth is the largest of the brands and is the #1 selling ale in the world.

The Style
John Smiths is a nitrogenated pub ale. It is made with a combination of hop pellets, from the varieties Target, Admiral and Magnum, as well as post-fermentation hop extract from a range of high bitterness hop varieties such as Magnum, Target, Taurus and Tomahawk. It is 100% grown and malted in the UK with small amounts of roasted malt and UK wheat.


From Wikipedia
John Smith's Brewery (John Smith Ltd) is a brewing company that traces its origins to the founding of the Backhouse & Hartley brewery in 1778 at Tadcaster in North Yorkshire, England. John Smith purchased the brewery in 1847. The company grew to be one of the largest regional brewers in the country, owning over 1800 outlets for their beer. The company was taken over by Courage in 1970 who extended distribution of the beer nationwide. Courage were taken over by Scottish & Newcastle in 1995, by which time John Smith's was the highest selling ale brand in the country. S&N were taken over by Heineken in 2008.

The brewery is known for producing John Smith's Bitter, which is the highest selling ale brand in the United Kingdom, and the sixth highest selling beer overall. The majority of John Smith's sales are of the nitrogenated Extra Smooth variant, although a cask conditioned variant is also available, particularly in the beer's Yorkshire heartland.

Although the company is no longer independent, the John Smith's Tadcaster Brewery site has been maintained, and it remains the location where the majority of John Smith's is still brewed, as well as brewing a range of Heineken UK products.

John Smith was born on 18 March 1824; the eldest of five children of Samuel Smith....
Smith died at Tadcaster on 9 September 1879 leaving an estate...inherited by his two brothers, William (described as a gentleman) and Samuel Smith (a tanner)." -- Wikipedia


Fresh Hop Ale...

Very limited -- will not last long....
Will not have time to do online reservations.   The Bourbon today set me back and we have a Ridge Wine Tasting starting in an hour.


 First come first served at the store. 


Deschutes Hop Trip Fresh Hop Ale....$9.99 / 6pk
Each year around Labor Day, Deschutes brewers high-tail it over the pass to Doug Weather’s hop fields near Salem for the harvest. After bagging these aromatic jewels, we hustle back and toss them into the brew kettles within four hours of picking. Our reward: a pale ale with a uniquely bright citrus punch and fall spice. It’s something only Deschutes would take past the idle-talk stage.  Brewed with Salmon Safe Hops

Malt: NW Pale, Extra Special, Cara-Munich, Carapils
Hops: Nugget, Centennial, Fresh Crystal

Taste Ridge Wines including 98 point Monte Bello


TONIGHT!!!!

As part of our amazing 30th Anniversary tastings...


Ridge Vineyards Tasting 
October 9th 5-7pm*
*Open House, no reservations required
(but you can let us know you are coming on Facebook)

The Wine and Cheese Place 
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105
314.727.8788


There is no doubt in my mind the Santa Cruz Mountains is the greatest and most overlooked terroir in the United States. Period.-Antonio Galloni, The Wine Advocate

Few wineries in California feature the depth and breadth of amazing wines as does Ridge Vineyards of Santa Cruz Mountains. Paul Draper has been crafting world classCabernet, Chardonnay and Zinfandel blends since the 1960's and continues today to produce some of the most stunning wines in the world. Join us as we offer a snapshot of the Ridge portfolio along with aexclusive opportunity to taste and pre-order* the monumental 2009 Ridge Monte Bello rated 98/100 by The Wine Advocate.

*All orders are pending confirmation, first come first serve.

Wines to be tasted:
2010 Ridge Estate Chardonnay, Montebello Vineyard
2010 Ridge Three Valleys Zinfandel
2010 Ridge East Bench Zinfandel
2010 Ridge Geyserville
2006 Ridge Monte Bello
2009 Ridge Monte Bello
2010 Ridge Lytton Estate Petite Sirah

Ridge makes some amazing wines including this very special wine you will taste....
2009 Ridge Monte Bello
"The 2009 Monte Bello ,72% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot and 6% Petit Verdot is simply magnificent. Layers of dark red fruit, flowers, spices and graphite are all woven together in this utterly impeccable wine. The 2009 is an especially huge, intense Monte Bello, yet a sexy, silky core of fruit lies within its imposing frame. Everything comes together in this glorious, radiant wine. Last year the 2009 had some pretty stiff competition from the 2010, but today it is simply firing on all cylinders. Eric Baugher describes 2009 as a year with cold weather early on, followed by heat in early June and July. The fruit was brought in on October 12, just before an intense downpour swept through the region. There is a purity and silkiness supported by structure in the 2009 that is impossible not to admire. Simply put, this is another utterly magnificent, towering masterpiece from Ridge. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2049." -- Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate 


These are the top 3 red wines from California in the 2009 vintage per The Wine Advocate and you get to taste one of them!!!!  The Saxum is a Grenache and the Screaming Eagle is impossible to get even at $1500 a bottle.  

Henry Weinhard beers are here!




Henry Weinhard's Woodland Pass IPA...$6.29 / 6pk
Originally developed for British sailors stationed in India, IPAs were aggressively hopped to help prevent spoilage on long ocean voyages. Now that spoilage isn't as big a problem, we've eased up on the hoppiness just a hair to let the caramel malts shine through. It's a big beer with big flavor that really lets you appreciate hops in all their glory.


Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve....$6.29 / 6pk
An American Pale Lager, Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve blends Henry's German heritage with the natural ingredients of the Pacific Northwest. If you want to impress your friends, you can say it's brewed with 100% Cascade hops specially grown in Oregon. But all you really need to know is that it's crisp, clean and one helluva beer.

Very limited The Balvenie Tun 1401

SOLD OUT

This one went fast last year.




The Balveneie Tun 1401 Batch #6.....$219.99 
The Balvenie Tun 1401 takes its name from the traditional wooden tun in which it is married. Malt Master David Stewart first experimented with the marrying tun in 2010, when he selected small samples of The Balvenie from six of the distillery's most precious casks. He then left them to spend a few months getting to know one another in the oak vessel and, as he expected, the resulting malt proved to be even greater than the sum of its parts. This first batch of The Balvenie Tun 1401 was only available at the distillery and was highly prized by many.

2012 Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale is here

The first Wet Hop Ale has arrived --

In stock at all four locations!!




Sierra Nevada Norther Hemisphere Wet Hop Ale....$3.59 / 24oz

Looks like September 20 bottling date




Antique Collection - Rare Bourbon

After the dust has settled a bit.  The only thing we have left is some Thomas Handy Rye -- if you have any interest -- call us at 314.727.8788 to reserve a bottle.

Very sorry if you missed the rest.  

Antique Collection all of them are $65.99 per bottle.

How can you get some?
Demand has grown so high on these limited bourbon releases that there is no perfectly fair way to allocate them out. We used to keep a waiting list, but it just grew too big for the amount of product we get. We don't want to be the ones to determine which customers deserve it over another--an impossible job. So we use the online reservation system and the fastest people get to purchase a bottle. Not a perfect system, but it seems to work the best for us.  I know some people wont have access to a computer or smart phone at the time we picked, but it is just random choice, again anytime there will be people left out.
  • There will be a link to reserve and you can choose to pick up at any of our locations.
  • Make sure you set up an account at www.wineandcheeseplace.com before Tuesday morning, so you can order with speed.
  • Limit to 1 bottle per person 
  • When you order, you will put in the notes box the order of your choice. We will go down the orders in the order they arrive and fill them. For example, if this is the order you picked, George T. Stagg, Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old, Eagle Rare 17 Year Old, Thomas H. Handy Rye Whiskey, William Larue Weller. If we get to your order and Stagg and Sazerac 18 are sold out, your bottle would be Eagle Rare.
  • For pick up orders, you do not need to put in your credit card.  You will pay at pick up.
  • All bottles must be picked up within 7 days, or they will go back out for sale.
  • Just getting an order in is no guarantee, you will need to wait for a confirmation which could take a half an hour or so.  But you will get an email telling you what you got or if you did not get anything.
  • If you click the link and the Antique Collection does not show up, that means you are too late and it has been turned off.





Antique Collection coming next week...
George T. Stagg
Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old
Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
Thomas H. Handy Rye Whiskey
William Larue Weller


plus we willl see some of 
Sazerac 6 Year Old

no news on Pappy Van Winkle fall release yet.


What is the Antique Collection --
"The Antique Collection was introduced more than a decade ago and has become a cult favorite among whiskey connoisseurs. Since 2000 these whiskeys have garnered numerous awards from such notable publications as Whisky Advocate Magazine, Spirit Journal and Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.  “Every year the excitement and anticipation of these whiskeys grows,” said Master Distiller Harlen Wheatley. “We’re excited as well to finally be able to share them, and look forward to seeing what critics and consumers alike think about them.”  These Antique Collection whiskeys will be available in limited quantities starting in late September. Suggested retail price is $70 each. For more information visit"



FRANKFORT, FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY (Sept. 4, 2012) 
At long last, Buffalo Trace Distillery is releasing its 2012 Antique Collection in September. The much anticipated collection will once again feature five limited-release whiskeys of various ages, recipes and  proofs. Here’s what ardent fans can expect:
Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
The previous edition of this bourbon was honored with a Gold Medal at the 2012 International Wine and Spirits Competition. The 2012 edition was distilled in the spring of 1993 and has been aging on the 2nd, 3rd and 6th floors of Warehouses I and K. After nearly two decades of aging under its belt, it has been described as dry and delicate, with hints of leather, almonds and tobacco. 

George T. Stagg
The 2011 release of this perennial favorite was named the “Number One Spirit in the World” by F. Paul Pacult in the 2012 Spirit Journal for the second year in a row, as well as the “Second Finest Whiskey in the World” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible. The 2012 George T. Stagg was found in Warehouses H, I, K and L. This uncut, unfiltered bourbon was distilled back in the spring of 1995 and weighs in at 142.8 proof—some strong stuff! This whiskey tastes of rich dark chocolate, coffee and vanilla. 

Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old
Last year’s release won a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This 2012 rye whiskey release was aged in Warehouses K and is described as intense spice with underlying sweetness and dry finish.

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye
Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Rye is an uncut and unfiltered straight rye whiskey. The 2011 edition was once again named “Rye Whiskey of the Year” in Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible.  This year’s Handy was distilled in the spring of 2006, aged on the fifth floor of Warehouse O and weighs in at 132.4 proof. The flavor has been described as cinnamon, dark fruit,  allspice, lingering. 

William Larue Weller
William Larue Weller is the Antique Collection’s uncut, unfiltered, wheated recipe bourbon.  The previous edition was the recipient of a double gold medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. The 2012 offering was distilled in the spring of 2000 and aged on the second and fourth floors of Warehouses I and P. This William Larue Weller release registers
in at 130 proof. It tastes of dark vanilla, almond and plum.