Saturday, October 20, 2012

Vertical of La Ferme du Mont

In stock at Forsyth -- 
Quantity is limited call 314.727.8788
or email

Great wine and great buy!
$140 for 3 bottles 
1 bottle of each 2007 * 2008 * 2009 :  

2007 Le Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf du Pape Capelan
Rated 96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
2008 Le Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf du Pape Capelan
Rated 92/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
2009 Le Ferme du Mont Chateauneuf du Pape Capelan
Rated 93/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Umami is sweeping the nation....

The fifth taste discovered
#1 Sweet
#2 Sour
#3 Bitter
#4 Salty
#5 Umami

Taste #5 Umami Paste....$4.99 / 2.46 oz tube
Compare to $6 from Dean & Deluca
In stock at Forsyth

What is Umami? "Umami is the scientifically proven fifth taste and literally means "savory deliciousness" in Japanese. Umami receptors sit on the tongue alongside those for sweet, sour, bitter and salty. Is is the flavour that floods the intensely savory foods that make you go "mmmmm..." and the ultimate in food phermones. Think of caramelised bits of roast stuck to the bottom of the roasting tin, that salty anchovy that melts into the tomato in a sauce or on a pizza, the irresistible creamy combination of pancetta and Parmesan cheese in Carbonara.

Taste #5 Umami Paste is a combination of everyday Mediterranean ingredients packed with natural umami, ripe tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, Porcini mushrooms, salted anchovies, black olives, and balsamic vinegar.

1,000 uses.....

Condiment: spread on crostini, panini, bruschetta, canapes, croutons,burgers and sandwiches. Drop into dips, dressings, mayonnaise. Add to marinades, meat loaf and burger mixes. Delicious with cheese, cold meats and eggs. Seasoning: rub into raw meat, steak, chops, ribs, poultry, roasts, fish, shellfish, tofu, or vegetable before cooking.....on on and on...soups, pastas, pizza, risottos, salsas, sauces, gravies...

info from their website -- read more

KAH in stock at Forsyth now!

Check out these amazing hand painted bottles...
In stock at Forsyth and Ballwin now

also online

Kah Tequila Anejo....$51.99
Kah Tequila Reposado...$45.99

Kah - A truly unique experience, offering not only smooth sipping tequila, but an individually numbered, hand painted skull shaped bottle inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead. 

Kah is an instant collector’s item, providing both superior drinkability and a stunning visual.

Kah is the only product that takes the tequila experience beyond the bottle. It’s one thing for a sprit to be “the life of the party” it’s another thing to be the spirit that represents “life” in all of its sensory glory, after all the name “Kah” literally means “life”. With extra thought and care, we designed a bottle which is not only the vessel for this ultra-premium spirit, but a statement. 

The entire theme of KAH is the celebration of Life.” Forged from artisanal materials, the skull shaped bottle is adorned with exquisite motifs drawn from Mexican history and culture and capturing the essence of life.
read more from their website

Very limited, we have 4 bottles in stock at Forsyth now.
Kah Extra Anejo...$199.99
"This finely aged tequila features smooth pepper and smoky wood flavors with hints of sweet spice, vanilla, honey maple and caramel.  The savory, spice finish is long and complex.  The alcohol content and viscosity allow the components to invade the whole mouth, giving the sensation of roundness accentuation the light smokey flavor.  Premium KAH Extra Anejo is aged for 4.5 years in American oak barrels. 
The Bottle:  The Extra Anejo Limited Edition bottle, adorned with over 700 Swarovski crystals was inspired by the royal Mayan burial rituals of its royal court.  Mayan kings and royalty were placed in burial chambers richly adorned with precious stones and jewelry." -- KAH

Half a million hits...

Just noticed that we hit 500,000 hits on the blog yesterday sometime..  
We started the blog back in April of 2008 and now 3,489 posts later.

Makers Mark with glasses

We have a limited amount of Maker's Mark with wax bottom glasses!  
In stock at Forsyth!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Bell's Midwestern Pale Ale

Bell’s Pale Ale gets a new name and label.

In stock at Forsyth now!

COMSTOCK, MICH. – Bell’s Pale Ale is getting a facelift.

While the label and the name are changing, the recipe will remain basically the same except for one small, yet very significant change.
Midwestern Pale Ale will now be brewed with a small portion of barley from the Bell’s Farm in Shepherd, Michigan and will begin shipping in mid-October.

“This is a relatively minor change to the recipe and people won’t notice anything different, however its part of a much larger picture,” said Laura Bell, Marketing Director for Bell’s Brewery, Inc.  It’s a deeper connection to the land, to Michigan and its agricultural heritage and to the Midwest, Bell said.  Barley from the Bell’s Farm is also used to brew two other beers – Christmas Ale and Harvest Ale (also made with Michigan grown hops).  The new label features an original painting of the Bell’s Farm by Kalamazoo artist Conrad Kaufman.

Jefferson Ocean

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

We did our raffle and our winner is
Ethan R. -- Congratulations!!

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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No Beer Tasting Tonight!

We have our big 30th Anniversary Wine 
Tasting later tonight (sold out)--

So no beer tasting tonight!
Thanks Very much!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Deschutes Hop Trip

Rock Hill just got a surprise case of  Hop Trip

He is not taking reservations.
 First come first served at the store.
Limit - 3 bottles per person to share the love. 

Deschutes Hop Trip Fresh Hop Ale
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

Boulevard Mixed Four

Available online

Back in stock this year!!
Boulevard "Mixed Four"....$14.99 / box

Includes 12oz bottle each of
Smokestack Tank 7
Smokestack Double Wide IPA
Smokestack Long Strange Tripel
Smokestack Sixth Glass
Plus a Boulevard Tulip Glass

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

In stock now at Forsyth and online

2007 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon....$93.99 / 750ml
Production: 9,008 cases; Alcohol: 14.6%; Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon; Harvest Dates: September 10 to October 24. The 2007 Private Reserve is composed of 34% Bancroft Ranch, 33% Steinhauer Ranch, 8% Chabot Vineyard, 8% Lampyridae, and the remainder from St. Helena Home Vineyard, Marston Ranch and Rancho del Oso fruit. A mild spring and summer with only a handful of heat spikes was followed by beautiful weather in September and October. One of the finest Private Reserves made over the last two decades, this phenomenal wine is obviously still an infant in terms of development, but it exhibits a dense purple color as well as an extraordinary nose of blackberries, white chocolate, licorice, tobacco leaf, smoky barbecue, charcoal and a burning ember-like note reminiscent of a Graves from Bordeaux. A dense, luscious, full-bodied, opulent style, with sweet tannin, this locked and loaded, intense, full throttle Private Reserve should be accessible in 5-6 years and last for 25-30.
Rated 97/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Stillwater Barrel Aged Debauched

Debauched Brunello Wine Barrel Aged Debauched...$8.99 / 11.2oz
Brewed with whole juniper bushes, farmhouse ale yeast (brettanomyces) and a touch of smoke. Like a Viking Saison, yeah.
Rated 96/100 RateBeer
Rated 98/100 RateBeer for the style

In stock at Forsyth and online

New Beers...

In stock now at Forsyth
Big Eddy Baltic Porter
Newcastle Winter IPA
Sam Adams Merry Mischief

Bells This one Goes to 11 Ale

Very limited - 2 bottles per person.
Our second beer release this year with a reference to Spinal Tap - see Bouelvard Reverb Pilsner

Bells This one Goes to 11 Ale...$2.79 / 12oz
11% ABV
This One Goes to 11 Ale opens with bright, juicy aromas such as tropical fruits & ripe cherries, largely derived from massive kettle & dry-hop additions of Southern Hemisphere hop varieties such as Galaxy, Motueka, and Summer. The citrus & resinous pine notes of the Pacific Northwest hop family are also well represented, making their presence known through Simcoe, Citra, and the newly released Mosaic varietal, just to name a few. A wide range of specialty malts anchor the hops in this Imperial Red Ale, contrasting the assertive bitterness & juicy aromatics with a robust, toasty depth of flavor. Fermented with Bell’s signature house ale yeast, This One Goes to 11 Ale finishes with a lingering warmth" -- Bells Brewing

Bells Winter White 2012

Order all Bells online now

Bells Winter White Ale....$9.99 / 6pk

"Taking its cues from Belgian-style white ales, Bell's Winter White Ale offers a lighter yet abundantly flavorful alternative to the traditional heavy winter warmers. Fermented with a Belgian ale yeast, this blend of barley & wheat malts yields a mixture of clove and fruity aromas, all without the use of any spices. Deliberately brewed to retain a cloudy appearance, Bell's Winter White Ale is a beer for embracing winter." -- brewery
Alcohol by Volume: 5.0%

Rare Balvenie 30year

Only 3 bottles available

Order The Balvenie online

The Balvenie Aged 30 Years...$699.99
The Balvenie Thirty is a rare and especially fine single malt for which David Stewart selects only exceptional casks that were laid down over thirty years ago. By marrying The Balvenie slowly aged in traditional oak whisky casks with that aged in European oak sherry casks, David creates a rich, mellow Scotch whisky with unusual depth and complexity. ‘Thirty’ is bottled at 47.3% abv to capture all the signature characteristics of The Balvenie.
Silky smooth and honeyed on the nose with mellow oaky tones and hints of candied orange peel.
Great depth with rich dark chocolate, hints of plum, marzipan and caramelised pear.
Exceptionally smooth and warming with gentle spice and lingering sweetness.

Plus back in stock

The Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood....$194.99
To create The Balvenie PortWood Aged 21 Years, a marriage of rare Balvenie is transferred to port casks, or pipes, which have held fine port wines. Here it is sampled regularly by The Balvenie Malt Master to ensure that just the right amount of character is imparted by the port casks, enhancing and developing the single malt whilst preserving its original characteristics.
In duty free The Balvenie PortWood Aged 21 Years is non chill-filtered and bottled at a higher strength of 
47.6% abv.

Milagro Unico - rare tequila

In stock at Forsyth

21 inches of Tequila -- the bottle is that tall!!!
Milagro Unico Tequila....$279.99 / 750ml

"Handcrafted and limited to just 1,200 bottles, Milagro Unico combines our exclusive, micro-distilled silver tequila with our rarest and finest barrel-aged reserved to create a smooth, complex joven blend.  This is the next step in the evolution of tequila.

A 6-pack of Amazing Pinot Noir’s in stock

Not too soon to start picking up some great Pinot Noir for you Thanksgiving dinner.  The holidays get hectic, check something off your list now.   

Here are some great ones that might not be around in a few weeks....

2010 Brewer Clifton Mount Carmel Pinot Noir....$45.99
"The 2010 Pinot Noir Mount Carmel is gorgeous. A burst of dark red fruit makes a positive first impression, but everything about the 2010 speaks of balance. The use of whole clusters is not as evident here as elsewhere. Layers of flavors continue to flesh out on the broad-shouldered frame. The Mt. Carmel is a wine of exceptional balance and pure pedigree. It is easily one of the highlights among the new releases. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. 
Rated 93/100 Wine Advocate

2010 Sandhi Sanford and Benedict Pinot Noir...$54.99
"The 2010 Pinot Noir Sanford & Benedict wraps around the palate with tons of richness and depth. With time in the glass, the fruit takes on darker, weightier shades of dimension. The element of inner tension serves to beautifully balance the voluptuous fruit in this rich yet impeccably elegant wine. The 2010 impresses for its energy and overall sense of balance. I loved it. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018." 
Rated 94/100 Wine Advocate

2010 Mount Eden Estate Pinot Noir...$49.99
The 2010 Pinot Noir Estate is an exceptionally elegant wine. Dried cherries, plums, exotic spices, mint and crushed flowers waft from the glass, with plenty of lift from the use of 50% whole clusters. There is a lot of personality here, but readers will need to be very patient while the stems integrate. The 2010 is striking from start to finish. I can’t wait to see how this stunning Pinot ages. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030." 
Rated 96/100 Wine Advocate 

2009 Calera Seleck Pinot Noir...$75.99
Another highlight among these new releases, the 2009 Pinot Noir Selleck Vineyard is made in a much more fruit-driven style than some of the other Pinots in this lineup. It boasts stunning depth and richness, but in the classic Calera style that never abandons a sense of structural finesse. Juicy dark berries, hard candy, flowers and herbs wrap around the rich, textured finish. This is yet another dazzling Pinot from Calera. Selleck is a site with a south/southwestern exposure. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2024."
Rated 95/100 Wine Advocate

2010 Paul Hobbs Katherine Lindsay’s Estate Pinot Noir...$83.99
The 2010 Pinot Noir Lindsay Estate is once again impeccable. Silky, suave tannins buffer layers of expressive dark red fruit. Today the 2010 Lindsay comes across as a bit inward, but there is no denying the wine’s elegant, polished personality. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025. Rated 93-95/100 The Wine Advocate 

Quantities are very limited please call 314.727.8788 to reserve some.
or email or

St. Bernardus 6 LITER Bottle

You need a few friends to drink this beer!!


Check out the size of the bottle compared to a 750ml and 11.2oz bottle

St. Bernardus Abt 12....$189.99 / 6 Liter

RARE -- "Mathusalem"  (about 203 ounces of beer)
"The absolute top quality in the hierarchy of the St. Bernardus beers. It is also the beer with the highest alcohol content (10.50 %). A dark ivory coloured beer with a high fermentation. The show piece of the brewery. Thanks to its soft and unconditionally genuine aroma, the beer can be smoothly tasted. The Abt has a very fruity flavour." -- Rated 100/100 RateBeer

Sam Adams Hop Tour

Sam Adams Hop Tour...$7.49 / 6pk
2 bottles each of 
Whitewater IPA
Noble Pils
Lattitude 48

Hopfenstark Sasions from Canada

Hopfenstark Brewery offera a wide array of beers that are available all year long. Out of our regular series, only the Saison Station series are produced alternatively. Each one will be different and will be adapted according to the rhythm of the seasons. We will be keeping some of our products on reserve at our on-site pub

Hopfenstark Station 16 Saison....$11.99 / 750ml
Season 16 is a high fermentation beer Belgian style. It is distinguished by its orange color, appearance veiled by flavors of rye grain and spicy bouquet and recalling citrus and clove.

Hopfenstark Station 55 Saison....$11.99 / 750ml
Season 55 Station is a red ale with veiled look at taste of malt, hops and spices reminiscent of citrus coupled with a bitter finish. The 55 wants to be a hybrid between a Belgian beer and a local American-style IPA. It incrit in the revival brewing in Belgium

In stock now - Hermitage 2 Tun

Hermitage 2 Tun Imperial Stout...$4.69 / pint
Bottled October 1
Rated 91/100 Ratebeer
Deep and rich, coffee and dark chocolate notes, with great malt flavors 
9.0 ABV
IBU 30

The Perfect Crime

Order The Perfect Crime online

A couple of new ones from The Perfect Crime: a collaboration between Stillwater, Evil Twin and 12 Percent

The Perfect Crime Hollow Point Quadruple...$4.99 / 11.2oz
"With perfectly controlled penetration and deadly accuracy, this Quad is not so dum dum at all.  It will leave no visible evidence, but for certain infiltrate and ambush your soul for a very long time." -- label

The Perfect Crime Smoking Gun Smoked Stout...$4.99 / 11.2oz
"It should be indisputable evidence when a smoking gun is right in front of you.  Maybe you can even smell the burning, toasty nose, see the easily recognizable head and taste the gun powdery finish.  This is not the case." -- label

Monday, October 15, 2012

More Evil Twin...

Evil Twin Aun Mas Jesus...$8.99 / 11.2oz
Imperial Stout
"On a pilgrimage for immortal craft beer we tripped on these heavenly drops of overwhelming aromas, a thick fudge-like body, pitch blac color and obviously only made in limited amounts.  And the taste...even more Jesus!" -- label

Evil Twin The Cowboy...$8.99 / 22oz
Smoked Pilsner
"I need to know what kind of beer cowboys drink, as I have recently become one.  I want to be the best cowboy I can be, and I think drinking the correct beer is important.  I already have a cowboy hat and  nice big shiny buckle."

Evil Twin Biscotti Break Imperial Porter.....$13.99 / 22oz
Rated 100 on RateBeer
Malt beverage with almonds, vanilla beans and coffee added.

"Italy has a certain “je ne sais quoi” – fab food culture, highly decadent history of art and cool countryside. Some might argue the people are loud and flamboyant, they steal our women, and their soccer players melodramatically flop on the pitch. Listen – that’s all part of the secret Italian ingredient – keep it cool, confident, arrogant and extravagant. Forza Italia!" -- label

30th Anniversary Wine Tasting - Forsyth Location

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

Unless the St. Louis Cardinals sweep the series -- it could happen!!!! -- Game 5 will be on Friday night starting right when our event does.  We took a poll and most people do not want us to switch the time or the day. So we are keeping the tasting on
Friday October 19th from 7-9pm

We will bring in a TV to watch the Cardinal Game though!!!
As we normally do for these big events with this many wines, no new bottles of wine will be opened after 8:30 and 9:00 is a strict cut off on pouring.  No more wine after 9pm.

30th Anniversary Wine Tasting - Forsyth Location

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105  314.727.8788
Friday, October 19 from 7pm-9pm
$10 per person

Reservations are required.
Sold out!!!!!

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

  • 2008 Beringer Private Reserve Cabernet  ($94)
  • 2003 Dom Perignon     94/100 Wine Advocate
  • 2007 Silver Oak Alexander Valley   
  • 2010 Kistler Sonoma Mountain Chardonnay   ($60)
  • 2009 Sassacaia     97/100 Tanzer (suggest retail $225)
  • 2009 Caymus Special Select   (suggested retail $130)
  • 2009 Paul Hobbs Cabernet   93/100 Wine Advocate ($73)
  • 2010 Zind Humbrecht Gewurz Clos Windsbhul   ($68)
  • 2009 Mica from Bucella  ($62)
  • 2009 Bucella Merlot    ($90)
  • 2009 Papappietro Pinot Noir   $(50)
  • 2010 JJ Prum Wehelener Sonnehauer Auslese   94/100 Wine Spectator
  • 2008 Mondavi Reserve Cabernet    ($90)     95/100 Wine Advocate
  • 2010 Far Niente Chardonnay   ($56)
  • 2009 Numanthia Termes 
  • Sbragia Gamble Ranch Chardonnay
  • Sbragia Cabernet Sauvignon Monte Rosso 
  • 2007 Duckhorn 3 Palms Merlot 
  • 2006 Ridge Monte Bello 
  • 2003 Roederer L’Hermitage 
  • 2008 Jordan Cabernet 
  • 2009 Quintessa 
  • Dumol Chardonnay Chloe 
  • 2008 Clos St Jean Comb Fous Chateauneuf Du Pape 
  • Vallado Toriga Nacional 
  •  2009 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • 2010 Zind Humbrecht Gewurz Clos Windshul 
  • Pahlmeyer Chardonnay 
  • Plumpjack Merlot 
  • 2010 Neyer Novillero Chardonnay 
  • 2008 Robert Craig Affinity 
  • 2009 L’Avion Rousanne 
  •  2010 Far Niente Chardonnay 
  • Renato Ratti Barolo 
  • Schramsberg BDB 
  • 2009 Mad Hatter 
  • 2009 Charvin CDP 
  • 2011 Reverdy les Coutes Sancerres 
  • 2009 Gramercy Third Man 
  • 2009 Forman Cabernet Sauvignon 
  • 2008 Ramey Hyde Chardonnay 
  • 2010 Radio Coteau PN 
  • 2010 Bedrock Old Vine Zinfandel
  • 2010 Mas de Bousilon Tinot
  • 2007 Bargemone Rouge
  • 2010 Las Valles, Viura – Chardonnay, Cariñena , Spain
  • 2001 Senorio del Aguila, Gran Reserva
  • 2010 Alfredo Roca Chardonnay
  • 2009 Alfredo Roca Malbec-Merlot
  • 2010 La Noble Unoaked Chardonnay
  • 2009 Domaine de Lancyre Roussanne
  • 2010 Villa des Anges Merlot
  • 2010 Domaine Puydeval Rouge
  • 2009 Plume Bleue
  • 2009 Chateau du Donjon Grande Tradition Minervois
  • 2009 Cuvee de Pena, Red
  • 2010 Selection Laurence Feraud, Cotes du Rhone
  • Lot 2009, Plan Pegau, Vin de Table Francais
  • NV Jean Laurent Brut Rose
  • NV Pierre Boniface, Caprice des Rocailles, Sparkling Rosé