Saturday, May 4, 2013

Sweet Sophie's Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

Sweet Sophie's Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup Sweet Sophie Maple Syrup  ***
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 Dry dock Farms eggs, lightly beaten     ***
  • 1/4 cup The Wine & Cheese Place Buffalo Trace Bourbon     ***
  • 1 t. Madecasse Pure Vanilla Extract    ***
  • 1/4 t. salt     ***
  • 1 cup Scharffenberger Semisweet Dark Chocolate, chopped     ***
  • 1 cup pecan pieces, coarsely chopped     ***
  • 1 pre-made pie crust fitted into a 9-inch deep dish pie plate

 *** Available at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth

Preheat oven to 325 F. Combine first 3 ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Cool slightly.
Mix eggs, bourbon, vanilla and salt in a large bowl; gradually add sugar mixture, mix well.
Stir in chocolate pieces and pecans, pour into piecrust.
Bake for 50 to 55 minutes until set and toothpick or skewer comes out clean in the center.
Serve warm or chilled

Recipe adapted from Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook

Robert Parker - Bourbon Reviews? Yes, it is true

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If it is not online and you want to order, email and I will get it online if we have it in stock, The Independent Consumer's Guide to Fine Wine

Robert Parker has reviewed Bourbon for the first time....

Robert Parker


May 3, 2013

I became enamored with a television series called Justified, starring and produced by Timothy Olyphant and co-produced by the well-known criminal writer Elmore Leonard and his son. Moreoveer, the bourbon drinking antics of the many violent episodes of this sensational series that takes place in Harlan County, Kentucky are a prominent sideshow. A little research had me on the chase for Pappy Van Winkle, the most difficult alcoholic beverage to find in the United States. If you think I’m joking, try and find a bottle, especially of the 20-year-old and the very rare 23-year-old bourbon. They are much more difficult to find than esoteric and limited production French wines such as Romanée-Conti, Montrachet or Petrus. But persistence and knowing a lot of people in the wine and spirits business finally paid off as I was able to secure a bottle from a Washington, DC wine merchant, who shall remain anonymous in order to prevent him from being inundated with requests since he receives so little of it.

What started as a fun distraction to see what was so special about Pappy Van Winkle led to a full throttle inspection/conquest of bourbon. To tell you the truth, I have never been a big fan of liquor, but I was blown away by the quality of the top bourbons. They are every bit as good as a great cognac or Armagnac ... and I’m not kidding! While the following list is far from comprehensive, there is no question this is fashionable as well as profitable area in the marketplace as the single barrel and limited production bourbons seem to fly off retailers’ shelves as quickly as they appear.

In any event, I hope this off-the-cuff article (which probably did more damage to my liver than 35 years of wine consumption has) is helpful to readers. I highly encourage those who don’t know how good a sip of bourbon, no ice, can be to check some of the following out.

Here are some from his article that we have in stock....

Blanton’s Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey...$46.99
 Bottled 12/27/12; 93 proof; from the Blanton Distillery Co., Frankfort, KY with no indication of age; Packaged in a squat, designer bottle with a horse and jockey on the cork-finished top.
Smoky, woodsy, caramelized flavors of brown sugar, honey and maple syrup include a hint of wood. With a light to medium amber color, a full-bodied, gorgeously textured, fleshy, broad, savory mouthfeel, and no harshness, this is either a brilliant master blend or a bourbon with some serious age. If the latter is the case, they should promote that fact on the label. Velvety, opulent and stunningly complex, this is one of the most complex of the Kentucky bourbons I tasted.
Rated 97/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Eagle Rare Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 10-Years Old..$28.99
45% alcohol; 90 proof
A sensational Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, this single barrel project is a powerful, pedal-to-the-metal, balls-to-the-walls style of bourbon that has been aged 10 years and has 45% alcohol, which makes it 90 proof. Seemingly bigger than that in the mouth, it is full-bodied with lots of caramelized citrus, maple syrup, smoky crème brûlée and cappuccino-like notes as well as terrific fruit from the fermentation. The wood is only a complementary aspect of this velvety textured, full throttle bourbon. It appears to be a classic. 95 points
Rated 95/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Colonel E. H. Taylor Single Barrel Kentucky Bourbon...$62.99
100 proof; from the Old Fashioned Copper Distillery, Frankfort, KY; packaged in a tall, handsome bottle that looks like the bourbon version of the bottle used by Sine Qua Non winery in Ojai, CA
A medium dark amber color is accompanied by a spicy, earthy nose exhibiting aromas of honey, wood spice and a touch of smoke. There is no harshness to this superb bourbon. It displays a velvety, full-throttle mouthfeel with noticeable, but not distracting alcohol. Caramelized, smoky, honeyed flavors coat the palate and provide a beautiful, complex sipping beverage. 95 points
Rated 95/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Willett Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey Sour Mash Pot Still Reserve...$34.99
bottled in a distinctive Captain’s like bottle
There is little information available on this Willett bourbon, but it reveals plenty of spicy, smoky wood notes, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and an attractive delicacy and gracefulness with no hard edges. Although not the greatest bourbon I tasted, it is a very fine, competently made, impressive offering. 92 points
Rated 92/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Woodford Reserve Distiller Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey...$31.99
 from Labrot and Graham; 90.4 proof with no indication of age
Lots of caramelized fruit and whiffs of vanilla and spice emerge from this medium amber-colored Kentucky bourbon. It is potent in the mouth with the wood spice dominating the other flavors, and a hint of sharpness and pungency. While very good, too much heat and sharpness emerge from this bourbon. 88 points
Rated 88/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Bulleit 10-Year Old Bourbon Frontier Whiskey...$34.99
Bulleit Distilling Co., Lawrenceburg, KY; 45.6% alcohol; 91.2 proof
Medium amber-colored with a woody, peppery, spicy nose as well as a less caramelized character, this bourbon exhibits honeysuckle and molasses-like notes. It is a good, competent, reasonably attractive, medium-bodied, spicy, slightly angular effort that lacks the palate persistence and personality of the best examples of Kentucky bourbon. 86 points
Rated 86/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Maker’s 46 Bourbon Whiskey Barrel Finished with Oak Staves..$30.99
94 proof
A medium dark amber color and an oaky nose are found in this bottling from Marker’s Mark. It seems to dress up and exaggerate the wood more than I cared for. In the mouth, it reveals some nice sweetness and softness, but again, the wood dominates. It is certainly a good bourbon, but it is not worth the price of admission. 88 points
Rated 88/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Old Bardstown Black Label 90...$15.99
90 proof
Believe it or not, this bourbon came close in taste, texture and smell to the more expensive, virtually impossible to find Pappy Van Winkle 20-Year Old Kentucky Bourbon. Wonderful rich, honeyed, caramel, toffee, maple syrup, wood spice, smoke and vanilla notes are found in this full-bodied, broad, rich, medium amber/tawny-colored bourbon. 94 points
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Noah’s Mill Small Batch Boutique Bourbon...$35.99
114 proof
Remarkably silky, as smooth as cashmere and creamy textured, this bourbon offers lots of smoky marmalade, caramel, toffee and new saddle leather-like characteristics. It is a fabulous, intriguing, distinctive bourbon. 96 points
Rated 96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Old Pogue Master Select....$34.99
91 proof
Another small batch bourbon, this sensational effort is a fiery, full-bodied bourbon with a medium amber color as well as lots of vanilla, smoke, marmalade, spice and caramelized citrus notes. Very aromatic, rich and heady, but not overly hot, this is a superb bourbon. 95 points
Rated 95/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

High West Whiskey Campfire...$45.99
I threw this in because this distillery in, of all places, Park City, Utah (better known for skiing than high quality spirits), is apparently a fascinating operation. They make a pre-blended Manhattan that is a killer, but the two whiskies I tried included their least expensive, Campfire. It is a silky smooth blend displaying hints of a Highland-like peatiness intermixed with sweet caramel, subtle wood smoke and spice box. The richness, full-bodied flavors and sweet versus spicy flavor profile make this an interesting, delicious sipper. It would be a shame to waste it over ice and mix it as a cocktail. By the way, I have not tasted it, but apparently at the distillery you can purchase their 12-, 16- or 21-year-old rye whiskies, which are hors classe for their category. 91 points
Rated 91/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

High West Rendezvous Rye Whiskey...$43.99
A sensational offering of a younger rye blended with a much older rye made from both rye and barley malt mashbill (53% rye and 37% corn), this is a sweet, smoky, spicy, flamboyant whiskey that is full, rich and intense, but not the least bit harsh. Just about everything I have tasted from High West in Park City, Utah is impressive. 94 points
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Hudson Baby Bourbon...$34.99 / 375 ml bottle
This comes in a squat package that is quite attractive, but it was one of the most disappointing bourbons I tasted. Somewhat diluted, simple and harsh, it was over-matched by everything around it. Don’t go for the sexy, squat bottle which is more about packaging than quality. 82 points
Rated 82/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Black Maple Hill Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon Sour Mash...$37.99
47.5% alcohol; 95 proof
I don’t know much about this offering other than it is called a Limited Edition and comes from the Black Maple Hill Distilling Co. in Bardstown, KY. A foresty, earthy, foreboding style of bourbon, it possesses a dark amber color and a powerful, spicy, peppery personality displaying hints of maple syrup and caramelized fruit. Unctuously textured, rich and concentrated, its style reminds me somewhat of the 20-year old Pappy Family Reserve Bourbon, but of course the Black Maple Hill is far less expensive and easier to obtain. It is an impressive, rich, persistent bourbon with no hard edges and a long finish. 96 points
Rated 96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

These we have had, but very hard to get and not in stock.

Buffalo Trace Distillery Experimental Collection 1993 Barrels Rediscovered Sour Mash Whiskey Blue Grass; aged in white oak Blue Grass Cooperage; Bottled at 17 years and 7 months of age; alcohol 43.6%; 90 proof
One of the more aromatic bourbons with a light amber color, this experimental batch from Buffalo Trace has sweet, but not overwhelming aromas of toast, vanilla, maple syrup, honey and a crème brûlée-like richness. Full, long and persistent with a touch of heat, this impressive, beautifully rich and textured bourbon possesses a long finish. 95 points

Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey from the Sazerac Co., Frankfort, KY; 132.4 proof; 66.2% alcohol; uncut and unfiltered
This medium dark amber-colored straight rye whiskey exhibits spicy, earthy, woodsy aromas. It is a penetrating, full-bodied, slightly sharp, pungent rye whiskey that carries its heat remarkably well for its high octane firepower. It offers a distinctive rye taste that is not as sweet as that found in top bourbons, but is very interesting. More of a cultivated taste, it is an impressive whiskey that somehow manages to remain well-balanced even with this degree of power. 93 points

Jefferson’s 18 Year Old Presidential Select Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; Batch #6, Bottle #80; distilled from wheat in Fall, 1991; 94 proof; 47% alcohol
This is a medium dark amber-colored whiskey with big, full-throttle, projected aromatics of smoky caramelized honey and candy corn. It is a gorgeously full-bodied, powerful yet silky-textured bourbon with no hard edges. Penetrating, pungent and spicy with beautiful honeyed flavors as well as a long finish, this terrific bourbon is one of the stars in my tastings. 96 points

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve; 20-Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; 90.4 proof; 45.2% alcohol
Medium dark amber in color with a big, smoky, spicy, woody nose displaying notes of caramelized citrus, honey and maple syrup, this bourbon hits the palate with wonderful sweetness, expansiveness and richness, and not a bit of burn or harshness as well as a long, persistent finish. It is stunning on its own merit until you taste its more renowned and more expensive, virtually impossible to find, bigger brother, the Pappy Van Winkle 23-Year Old Family Reserve. 95 points

Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 23-Year Old Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey; Bottle #7851; bottled at the old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, Frankford, KY; 95.6 proof; 47.8% alcohol
This is the legendary Kentucky bourbon that is the Château Latour of bourbons. Pure perfection, it is nearly impossible to find and retailers hate to have even a couple of bottles because it creates problems for them given the demand. Truth be told, it is everything one would want in a bourbon. With a deep amber color, it is one of the darkest of the Kentucky bourbons and boasts a strikingly intense, room-filling smorgasbord of aromas ranging from subtle smoky wood, caramelized orange rind, maple syrup, molasses, crème brûlée and cappuccino/coffee-like smell. Full and rich with profound sweetness, persistence and no hint of harshness or angularity, this prodigious bourbon could sit alongside the finest cognacs ever produced. It offers a remarkable tasting experience ... to be sipped, savored and like all the top bourbons, never diluted or served on ice. 100 points

Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection Bourbon Whisky 20 Barrels made with Corn and Rice; 45% alcohol; 90 proof; bottled after 9 years and 5 months in barrel
This light amber-colored bourbon is restrained and subtle with notes of smoky wood and a bit of intensity, but it lacks the personality of other Buffalo Trace Experimental lots. It is a more delicate style of Bourbon that, while interesting, is not what one expects from this fascinating beverage that merits more attention. 86 points

Buffalo Trace 23-Year Old French Oak Experimental; 90 proof
A whopping aromatic explosion is nearly beyond belief. Amazingly, it is not the least bit hot or burning. This bourbon was aged 23 years in French oak barrels, and the result is a full-bodied, light amber-colored bourbon that I would call the Lafite Rothschild of bourbon. Delicate, nuanced and precise with lots of honeyed fruit, toffee, molasses, caramel and a subtle note of chocolate, this bourbon’s remarkable smoothness must be a result of its extended aging. It is almost impossible for a wine lover such as myself to believe that a bourbon could be this complex and nuanced. 97 points

Four Roses 2012 Limited Edition Small Batch
Obviously Four Roses produces a lot of bourbon, but their Limited Edition showed better than the Maker’s Mark 46 (for which I had high hopes, but it did not hold up against the great stuff with which it was tasted). The bottle is mediocre looking compared to some of the other packaging from the boutique producers, but the bourbon exhibits a powerful perfume of sweet caramel, toffee and a flowery character. The aromas are followed by a silky, round, spicy, generously endowed, full-bodied bourbon that goes down easily. I assume this has been aged in oak a lot longer than the basic Four Roses, and that shows in its softness. 92 points

George T. Stagg
A tall, narrow bottle is striking as is the vibrant stag horn label. I forgot to write down the alcohol of this bourbon, but I assume it is pushing 100 proof given its powerful, rustic and rugged style. It is a beefy, pedal-to-the-metal bourbon with slight astringency as well as plenty of sweet caramelized earthiness, foresty, barbecue smoke, and rich, candied coffee and honeyed flavors. This is full-bodied, rich and impressive. 93 points

Parker’s Heritage Collection 2012 Mashbill Blend
Apparently this is no longer being produced, but it comes in a great looking package with a wax capsule over top of a cork-finished bottle, a striking label, and an interesting bottle shape. Powerful, rich and silky smooth, it reveals notes of honeyed wheat, smoked caramel, fig and a hint of molasses. This is an impressive, textured, full-bodied bourbon. 92 points
A. H. Hirsch Reserve
Cork-finished in a straightforward bottle style (unlike most of these limited production bourbons), this Reserve spent 16 years in wood. From a distillery in Pennsylvania, this expensive ($325 a bottle) bourbon is rich with lots of spicy wood, thick, juicy, fiery, smoky notes intermixed with caramel, honeysuckle, chocolate and espresso. Although it may not be worth the money, it is unquestionably outstanding bourbon. 93 points

—Robert Parker

Friday, May 3, 2013


Update:  We are told we will finally see our next batch of Charcoal mid-next week.  Thank you for your patience.   We will let you know when it arrives.  Dragon Breath has trouble keeping up with demand.
Should be here by Wed, May 8.

Dragon's Breath Lump Charcoal

Three Heads Brewing - New York

New for The Wine and Cheese Place....

From Rochester New York!

Three Heads Brewing Ontario Coast IPA...$7.99 / 22oz
East coast vs. west coast...a battle that has waged for years in many forms. Now there arises a brew that strives to unite the two sides. This IPA bursts with an inviting hop aroma in conjunction with a carefully selected monastic yeast strain. It delivers unexpected, yet delectable flavor. Case closed?

Three Heads Brewing Skunk Black IPA...$8.99 / 22oz
Yes. Skunk Black IPA. Big hop aromas hover over this perfectly balanced, dark beauty. Who knew a skunk could smell so good? Discover why a hint of roasted malt is the perfect complement to big hop flavor.
Get Skunked!

Three Heads Brewing Java Sutra Coffee Porter...$8.99 / 22oz
The perfect marriage between hops, malted barley, and espresso, Java Sutra exudes an aroma coffee drinkers will love, while the caramel and roasted malts present a flavor everyone can enjoy. This amazing beer is brewed with Boulder Coffee's Tap & Mallet blend.
Position yourself for the taste explosion.

Three Heads Brewing Rockestafarian Wee Heavy Ale...$7.99 / 22oz
Rochestafarian n. 1. A beer, malty in nature, brewed to honor Rochester, NY. Like the city’s fine funky music, this sweet, full bodied, slightly bitter brew is sure to sway the soul and bring about a feeling of Irie. 2. One who loves 3HB.

Three Heads Brewing Loopy Oatmeal Red Ale...$8.99 / 22oz
WE LOVE HOPS! Their tantalizing aromas. Their diverse and succulent flavors of citrus and spice. All the amazing ways they can be used in brewing. 3HB dedicates the Loopy to our favorite plant, the Humulus Lupulus. Enjoy the waves of tropical fruit intertwined delightfully with a creamy, velvety malt blend. Come get Loopy with us!

Three Heads Brewing Big Head Stout...$7.99 / 22oz
Big Head Stout is an egomaniac. And why not? Deep black in color, layers of roasted malt flavor, notes of caramel and vanilla mingle with waves of hoppy goodness. The Big Head takes you to Beervana. Bold, Beautiful and Bombastic. Go ahead, prance about in your skivvies!

Wine Education - Malbec

Wine Tasting at all FOUR locations

Taste a few Malbecs at all four of our locations this Saturday, May 4 from 11am-4pm. (each store will also have other wines out to taste)

A little more education: We are going to try to feature either a grape or a wine region each week at our stores. We will give you some background information on the grape or region and feature a wine that highlights what we are featuring. We will taste that wine on Saturday at all four of our locations. We will post it here in our blog and send it out in our emails - click here to sign up for our emails

I have started a new label "Education" that you can hit to read all the education articles (see the right column under the heading "labels".

Grape: Malbec

image from Wikipedia

 Though Malbec has become synonymous with the Argentine wine industry, the grape has its roots in France bottled on its own in Cahors and as one of the 5 Bordeaux varietals (along with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot).  A relatively thin skinned varietal, Malbec, when allowed to fully mature offers a robust color and flavor.  It is used most often in Bordeaux to add color and structure to the Cabernet and Merlot based wines of the Medoc and Pomerol.  While Malbec’s presence in Bordeaux has declined over the last 3 decades due to its finicky nature and smaller yields,  the grape still thrives in Cahors and has certainly taken root in Argentina . Malbec has become the flagship varietal of the Argentine wine industry, where the high altitude and long cool growing season has tamed the intense tannic nature of the Malbec grape and has produced some of the great wines and wine values over the last decade.

Two Malbecs we will feature this Saturday for tasting.

2008 Chateau Ponzac Cahors France….$19.99
2011 Alfredo Roca Malbec Mendoza Argentina…$11.99

Alemar Cheese Company Bent River

In stock now at Forsyth, come in for a taste!

Alemar Cheese Company Bent River 
An amazing new Camembert style from Minnesota, Organic and Pasteurized.

Organic milk for production is sourced exclusively from nearby Cedar Summit, a renowned dairy farm that has been owned and operated since 1926 by the Minar family. Now in their fourth generation, the family take huge pride in producting first rate quality milk from their mixed herd of Jersey, Normandy, Guernsey and Holstein cows. 

Encased in a bright white, flossy rind, Bent River Camembert has rich, clean and buttery flavors with hints of late summer grass and mushrooms. The texture is cream-like, soft and yielding.

Petrus Aged Red

In stock now at Forsyth

Petrus Aged Red...$16.99 / 4pk
Petrus Aged Red...$9.99 / 750ml
"A strikingly intricate beer, Petrus Aged Red marries the dark complexities of an unrestrained Belgian Ale with the intrigue of tart cherry.  Pours a deep ruby red.

North Coast / Rogue / Deschutes Collaboration

North Coast / Rogue / Deschutes -- Class of '88 Barleywine Style Ale
the North Coast version just arrived

North Coast Class of '88 Barleywine Style Ale...$10.99

North Coast Brewing Announces the Release of Class of ’88 Barleywine Style Ale

1988 was a pivotal year for the emerging craft brewing industry on the west coast, marking the founding of some of America’s most influential breweries, North Coast Brewing Co. among them. It was also the year Fred Eckhardt published The Essentials of Beer Style—a book that quickly became an indispensable reference for aspiring brewers and critics.

In recognition of the 25th anniversary of this milestone year, North Coast Brewing and two other west coast members of the pioneering “Class of ’88,”—Rogue Ales and Deschutes Brewery—have collaborated on a trio of commemorative beers evolving from Fred’s style guidelines.

Each of the breweries has created its own distinctive interpretation of a barleywine. Brewers traveled to each other’s locations and teamed up to brew all three ales. Their common heritage, joint efforts and inherent camaraderie resulted in a cohesive set that allows beer aficionados to enjoy three examples of the style.

These exceptional barleywines are being released in late March of 2013 and are available around the country for a limited time, distinctively packaged in either 22 oz. or 750 ml bottles, or on draft. The breweries are planning Class of ’88 celebrations in Bend and Portland, Oregon and San Francisco and Fort Bragg, California.Read more to find out about these events.

Deschutes River Ale is here

In stock now at Forsyth!

Deschutes River Ale....$8.99 / 6pk
Golden or Blonde
Alc. 4% | IBUs 28
Once called Riviere des Chutes by French Trappers the Deschutes River feeds our beers and souls alike. Merci.  Here’s one that’s clean and refreshing enough for the long haul, but fully graced with hop aroma, malt heft and clear craft passion. Sit back, relax, and let the subtle pleasures reveal. 
Malt: Pale, Munich, Carapils, Crystal
Hops: Cascade, Crystal, Nugget

Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale....$8.99 / 6pk
"A lighter, yet full-flavored, aromatic Ale for the long days of summer. Twilight’s solid malt foundation pairs with distinctive Amarillo hops for flavors every bit as intriguing as bigger, heavier ales. A back porch, lingering sunset wonder."

Malt: NW Pale, Carastan, Carapils
Hops: Northern Brewer, Amarillo, Cascade, Tettnang, Brambling Cross

Thursday, May 2, 2013

KY Derby Bourbon Tasting and Beer Tasting

The Wine and Cheese Place - Forsyth location
Beer Tasting
Friday May 3 (4-6pm)
Anchor Summer Ale
Founders Double Trouble
Magic Hat HiCu Cucumber Hibiscus Ale
Magic Hat Elder Betty
Magic Hat Blind Faith IPA on Tour

Kentucky Derby Bourbon Tasting

To celebrate the KY Derby this weekend....
Bourbon Tasting Friday - May 3 (4-6pm)

The Wine and Cheese Place - Forsyth 314.727.8788

We will taste some homemade Mint Juleps 
plus we will taste these bourbons...

  • Woodford Reserve Bourbon
  • Wild Turkey Rare Breed
  • Buffalo Trace Bourbon "TWCP Single Barrel" Edition
  • Elijah Craig 12 Year Old "TWCP Single Barrel" Edition
  • Blantons Bourbon "TWCP Single Barrel" Edition
  • Larceny Bourbon

David Lynch Dom Perignon

2003 Dom Perignon "David Lynch" Artist Series..$149.99

Over the last year, David Lynch and Dom Pérignon have enjoyed a close and fruitful relationship. This does not come as a surprise, since the world of Dom Pérignon and the one of David Lynch have many points in common: mystery, intensity, commitment, time, the constant reinvention of the self, and above all, absolute faith in the power of creation.

After photographing the bottles of Dom Pérignon and Dom Pérignon Rosé, David Lynch the creator has reinvented them. Taking inspiration from his photographs, he has given them a new look in a limited edition, designed and signed by the Californian director himself.

This limited edition is the ultimate expression of a fruitful collaboration based on absolute shared trust in the power of creation. "It is a process of tuning in and then through experimentation getting something that expresses the essential nature", comments David Lynch.

Watch David Lynch describe how he created the bottle..

4 Hands Bona Fide Stout Aged in Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey Barrel

Check out the new sign at The Wine and Cheese Place!

4 Hands Bona Fide aged in Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey Barrel!
Only 156 bottles made of this one!

4 Hands Bona Fide Stout Aged in Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey Barrel..$14.99 / 22oz

I am going to stop taking reservations.  We have about 24 bottles left.  In store pick up at Forsyth now for the rest of it.

You have 7 days to pick it up

Tuesday, April 30, 2013


Some events and tastings coming up  -
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105

Friday, May 3 (4-6pm)
Bourbon Tasting - read more
Open house, no reservations need.  Get ready for the KY Derby

Wednesday, May 8 (5-7pm)
Ardbeg Scotch Rocket Tour - read more
Taste Ardbeg Scotch and check out the rocket in our parking lot

Friday, May 10 (5pm-7pm)
Deschutes Base Camp Beer and Cheese Tasting - read more
Open house, no reservations needed

Saturday, May 11 (2pm-4pm) 
The Wine and Cheese Place Annual Beer Fest - read more
$5 per person, no reservations needed (1-2pm event sold out)

Woodford Double Oaked

Back in stock!!

Woodford Reserve Double Oaked....$44.99
An innovative approach to twice-barreled bourbon creates the rich and colorful flavor of Woodford Reserve Double Oaked. Uniquely matured in separate, charred oak barrels - the second barrel deeply toasted before a light charring – extracts additional amounts of soft, sweet oak character.

Woodford Reserve Master Distiller Chris Morris discusses the unique and innovative process that creates Woodford Reserve Double Oaked.

Four Roses 2013 Ltd Edition

Four Roses Single Barrel 2013 Limited Edition Bourbon...$64.99

Limit 1 bottle per person

Green Flash is back!

Finally back in stock, all bottled in April

Green Flash West Coast IPA...$8.99 / 4pk
Bottled April 16
"This West Coast-Style India Pale Ale is extravagantly hopped, full flavored, medium bodied and copper colored. A menagerie of hops is combined throughout the brewing process to impart specific characteristics. Hops used include Simcoe for a unique fruitiness and grapefruit zest, Columbus for strong hop pungency, Centennial for pine and citrus notes, and Cascade for floral aroma."
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Green Flash Hop Head Red....$8.99 / 4pk

"Resinous hop character and bitterness balance the rich caramel malt base. We took it a step further and Amarillo dry hopped the brew to 45 IBUs, creating refreshing and savory hop flavors and aromas. Is it Red IPA? That’s your call."
Rated 98/100 RateBeer

Green Flash Double Stout...$8.99 / 4pk
Golden naked oats mashed with dark crystal and robust roasted malts create a luscious black brew with a satin smooth finish. Layering UK Target hops in the boil adds a pleasant, earthy complexity while higher fermentation temperatures enhance the overall flavor with fruity esters. An old-world style, done the Green Flash way. Big, bold, flavorful and complex – Double Stout.
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Fantastic Voyage from Perennial

Just arrived at Forsyth and Ballwin also

(remember, you have 7 days to pick up or it goes back on the shelf)

Perennial Fantastic Voyage...$13.99 / 750ml
"Fantastic Voyage is a harmonic melange of coconut and Imperial Milk Stout brought to us by brewer, Jim Leabig.  Loads of coconut, lactose and black malt balance each other to provide flavors reminiscent of chocolate covered coconut with a finish smooth like silk sheets.  Best enjoyed while listening to slow jams by candlelight."

Love Child No.3

Limit 1 per person.

In stock at Forsyth now - 

Mixing it up again -- going to do 2 ways --

First 12 people to the store on Fosyth can buy a bottle

Sold out online - available in the store, no reservations on these

Boulevard Love Child No.3...$16.99
Aged in Bourbon Barrels
Boulevard's Love Child Series of "wild" ales are barrel-aged with such boisterous cultures as Lactobaccillus and Brettanomyces. These wayward offspring can prove so complex that we employ gauges on the label to convey the intensity of three key personality traits, Funk, Sour, and Fruit, presenting a picture of the ale at the time it was released. It will change as it ages, but don't we all?

94 Point Pinot Noir - great price

Just scored 94 points in the new issue of The Wine Advocate
We only have 72 bottles left in stock now!

Lowest price in the country on Wine-Searcher
2010 Joseph Phellps Freestone Pinot Noir...$34.99
The 2010 Pinot Noir Estate Freestone Vineyard is more fruit-driven than the Pastorale. Immediate and juicy, the 2010 jumps from the glass with layers of radiant red fruit. I would prefer to drink the 2010 while the fruit remains front and center. This supple, resonant Pinot is another gorgeous wine from Phelps. The 2010 is a blend of roughly equal parts Pastorale and Quarter Moon Vineyards. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2020.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Barrel Aged Perennial

Would you like a bottle of each of these?

1 bottle Perennial BARREL AGED Abraxas
1 bottle Perennial BARREL AGED 17 Choco Mint Stout

You have until May 11 at 3:30 during Beer Fest at our Forsyth location!

Stop by any of our 4 stores to find out how to get these two beers.  
(We are using the same method we did at our New Ballas Expansion with the Goose Island Cherry Rye and Cantillon Fou Foune.  Missouri State Liquor laws do not allow us to give you more information.)

Monday, April 29, 2013

4 Hands Brewing - BIG NEWS!

Check out the new sign at The Wine and Cheese Place!

4 Hands Bona Fide aged in Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey Barrel!
Only 156 bottles made of this one!

Release party will be Thurdsay May 2 - 6-7pm at the Forsyth Store
Limited to 30 people, reservations will be required.

4 Hands Bona Fide Stout Aged in Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey Barrel..$14.99 / 22oz

We are proud to announce the  next release as part of The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel Aged program...
Barrel Aged 4 Hands Bona Fide RELEASE PARTY !

Release party is SOLD OUT

  • Limited to 30 people 
  • To be held in our tasting bar at our Forsyth location in Clayton
  • $10 per person
  • Informal tasting:
  • 4 Hands Bona Fide Stout 2012 Batch (tasting only, not for sale)
  • 4 Hands Bona Fide Stout 2013 Batch
  • 4 Hands Bona Fide Stout Aged in Elijah Craig Barrel (tasting only, not for sale)
  • 4 Hands Bona Fide Stout Aged in Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey Barrel
  • We also have some cheese out for sampling with the beers
  • Plus we will have up to 1 bottle of the Hands Brewing Bona Fide Barrel Aged in Dry Fly Wheat Whiskey Barrel reserved and available for you to purchase that night. 
  • You must show up to the event to purchase the bottle reserved for you
We will release the rest of the bottles sometime on Thursday also.  Watch for the link

Single Hop - El Dorado

Hermitage Single Hop Series El Dorado....$5.99 / 22oz
Hermitage continues their single hop beers

From El Dorado Hop Website
Aroma Descriptors
There are wide ranges in aroma options within the hops available in today's market. There is a demand for hops that can contribute to a multi-layered taste experience.

El Dorado hops consistently elicit responses of fruity notes, specifically tropical fruit flavors. Other fruit notes offered have been pear, watermelon candy and stone fruit.

The integration of El Dorado hops to craft beers bring a potency of citrus, sometimes with an identification of a fresh cut grass taste.

Family owned and operated since 1996:
El Dorado was developed by CLS Farms and formally released in the fall of 2010; CLS farms is a multi-generational, medium sized, family hop farm located in the Moxee Valley of Washington State.

The Moxee Valley is a sub-growing district of the Yakima Valley and has a slightly cooler climate and is located in the northern part of the Yakima Valley. Due to its cooler temperatures, outstanding aroma crops are grown there. Another unique characteristic of the Moxee Valley is the extremely high density of hop yards.

In fact, in the Moxee Valley it is almostimpossible to avoid driving by a hop yard and all the main commercial varieties are produced there.

Evil Twin Brewing 4 packs

In stock at Forsyth and online

FRESH botttled 4/19/13
Evil Twin Brewing Falco IPA....$10.99 / 4pk
7% ABV
"What makes a great leader?  First of all a perfectly balanced blend of qualities; the ability to stand out - be authoritative without overpowering.  Show courage and endurance - you will lead the way and set standards.  Very important; be appealing and refreshing to the people.  This stereotypical portrait applies whether referring to politics, religion or maybe even this outstanding IPA." - label

Evil Twin Ryan and the Beaster Bunny...$10.99 / 4pk
7% ABV Saison
"In Denmark we have a lovely tradition for seasonal beer, and what you have here is certainly no exception.  This is a never before seen collaboration between Ryan and the Beaster Bunny.  A fluffy and precious Saison brewed on the beautiful isalnd of Fano on the West coast of Denmark.  It may sound like a true fairytale, but don't be fooled by its cute appearance." -- bottle
Rated 95/100 RateBeer  

Early Times Mint Julep - pre-mixed

Pre Mixed Mint Julep

sold out again

Early Times Mint Julep 2013 bottle....$8.49

The Bottle
The thrill of the Kentucky Derby is captured on our limited-edition Early Times Mint Julep artist bottle. This year’s bottle features the work of Celeste Susany, one of the nation’s premier equine painters. The painting “The Derby Dance” was selected in our artist search contest. It is the 13th time Celeste’s work has graced our bottle in 15 years.

The Story
Early Times Mint Julep Cocktail is a ready-to-serve beverage that has been “The Official Drink of the Kentucky Derby® for over 20 years. Each year almost 120,000 Early Times Mint Juleps are served over the two-day period of the Kentucky Oaks® and Kentucky Derby® – a feat that requires over 10,000 bottles of Early Times Mint Julep Ready-to-Serve Cocktail, 1,000 pounds of freshly harvested mint and 60,000 pounds of ice. Try one and you’ll understand why we’ve been a Kentucky Derby tradition for so long.

The mint julep has always been a symbol of Kentucky’s rich heritage and hospitality. Perhaps General Simon Bolivar Buckner put it best when he wrote from the South Pacific during World War II: “A mint julep is not the product of a formula. It is a ceremony that must be performed by one possessing a true sense of the artistic, a deep reverence for the ingredients and a proper appreciation of the occasion.”

Many Kentuckians claim that when a julep is done right, you can hear the angels sing. One 19th-century jurist is said to have ruled, “Who has not tasted one has lived in vain.” Then again, newspaper editor Henry Watterson’s recipe for the perfect mint julep is somewhat different. His recipe: “…throw the other ingredients away and drink the whisky – straight.”

The big boys of California - Bond, Harlan, Shafer Hillside....

Cellar Selections!
Very, very limited!

Well, Mother's day and Father's day time.
Give a gift you will want to share!

We have some very exciting and VERY Limited wines in stock.  Mix/match case price available.   We have just a few bottles left on many of these wines.
Subject to confirmation.
Very Limited - call 314.727.8788 for more info
We have just a few bottles of each
2009 Harlan Proprietary Red  (1 bottle left)
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advpcate

2009 Bond Melbury

Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate
2009 Bond Quella
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate
2009 Bond St. Eden  -- Sold out
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Bond Vecina - Sold Out

2010 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon...$99.99
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon impresses for its length and total class. Mocha, game, smoke, graphite and plums are all supported by veins of cool, insistent minerality. This isn’t a blockbuster Cabernet, rather it is a wine that impresses for its finesse and precision. Sweet red cherries, mint, pencil shavings and violets are some of the notes that are layered into the super-refined finish. As always, Togni’s Cabernet Sauvignon is distinguished for an extraordinary bouquet that recalls some of the great wines of the Medoc and the structure to age gracefully for years. It will be interesting to see if the 2010 blossoms in bottle. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040.
Rated 95+/100 The Wine Advocate

2005 Dunn Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon...$89.99 
The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is a huge, powerful wine that is starting to show the very earliest signs of development. An exotic melange of smoke, tar, camphor and licorice leads to expressive, fleshy fruit as the 2005 opens up in the glass. Hints of tobacco, leather, licorice and spices are layered into the finish. This is a gorgeous wine with lovely mid-palate presence and fleshiness. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035.
Rated 94/100 Wine Advocate

2006 Dunn Howell Mountain 
Cabernet Sauvignon...$89.99 
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Howell Mountain is big, dark and juicy. There is an element of wildness that runs through the wine. Graphite, licorice, tar and smoke are just some of the nuances that add complexity. The 2006 boasts superb purity from start to finish. Elements of fleshiness give the impression the 2006 might drink well relatively early, until the massive tannins set in. Floral notes add freshness on the finish. This is another fabulous wine from Randy Dunn. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2036.
Rated 95/100 Wine Advocate

2010 Coup de Foudre 37.2 Cuvee Napa...$93.99
Balances power and finesse, with aromas of currant and violet that open to rich yet densely packed blackberry, olive and loam flavors. The tight finish of tannins suggests a long life. Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. Best from 2015 through 2021. 350 cases made. –TF
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

2009 Paul Hobbs Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon...$269.99
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer To Kalon Vineyard saturates every corner of the palate with layers after layers of rich dark fruit, mocha, spices and licorice. This is a stunning To Kalon endowed with tons of site-specific character and nuance. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029. 
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red...$166.99
An early look at the 2009 Insignia (83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot and 4% Merlot) suggests they may have hit the trifecta at Joseph Phelps. Perhaps the most forward, precocious and sexy Insignia out of the gate, this wine shows wonderfully sweet tannins, already evolved complexity, an inky/purple color and sweet blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with lavender, violets and spice box. The wood is already pushed to the background and the wine is stunningly textured as well as long. This was one of the finest 2009s I tasted."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Raymond Generations...$81.99
Shows striking intensity, density, focus and layers of flavor, with tiers of mocha, blackberry, mineral, black licorice and melted chocolate. The finish sails on, retaining focus and persistence. Drink now through 2023. 1,000 cases made. –JL
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

2006 Ridge Monte Bello...$139.99
While it is eclipsed by the brilliance of the 2005, the 2006 Monte Bello (68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 10% Petit Verdot, and 2% Cabernet Franc) is a very strong effort. Its dense purple color is followed by copious aromas of creme de cassis, licorice, spice box, and a touch of oak. Well-balanced, dense, pure, layered, and rich, its big, rich style is similar to the 2003. This cuvee should keep for 25-30 years in a cool cellar.
Rated 94+/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Anderson Conn Valley Reserve....$69.99
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve is rich, sumptuous and totally gorgeous. Plums, black currants, blackberries, menthol, licorice and sweet herbs jump from the glass as this intense, full-bodied wine shows off its considerable personality. Layers of fruit flow effortlessly as the 2009 continues to open up over time. This is a gorgeous 2009. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.
Rated 96+/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Anderson Conn Valley Eloge...$85.99
The 2009 Eloge bursts from the glass with juicy dark cherries, flowers, mint, tobacco, licorice and earthiness. I especially like the immediacy of the fruit here. There is pure plushness and juiciness in the 2009 that is impossible not to love. Black cherries, tobacco, smoke and graphite all wrap around the intense, juicy finish. This is a terrific showing from Todd Anderson and his team. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2029. 

Rated 95/100 The Wine Advcocate

2010 Anderson Conn Valley Right Bank...$58.99
Freshly cut flowers, violets, leather and spices jump from the 2010 Proprietary Red Right Bank. There is an element of freshness and vibrancy in the 2010 that is highly appealing. Today, the 2010 is a bit compact, but I expect it will flesh out over time. Hints of leather, licorice, menthol and tar add complexity on the close. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2020. 

Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2008 Ramey Pedregal Cabernet Sauvignon...$169.99
The 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Pedregal Vineyard brings together all of the elements of the Ramey house style. A beautiful, well-articulate bouquet melds into layers of dark fruit. Clean, vibrant mineral notes give the wine its energy and vitality. This is a typical Oakville Cabernet loaded with class and pedigree. Exotic spiced notes wrap around the textured, multi-dimensional finish. This is a dazzling showing. The 2008 Pedregal is 84% Cabernet Sauvignon and 16% Petit Verdot aged for 24 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2016-2028. 

Rated 96+/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Peter Michael Les Pavots...$181.99
The 2010 Les Pavots is a huge, dark wine. Blackberry jam, mocha, chocolate, espresso, savory herbs and new leather all positively explode from the glass. Initially quite exciting, the 2010 loses some of its depth through the mid-palate and finish. Overall, this is a solid showing from the Pavots in a vintage that was far from easy. The blend is 67% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 14% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Vineyard 29 Aida Estate Cabernet Sauvignon...$182.99
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Aida Estate offers up tar, smoke, minerals, licorice and blackberry jam. Mocha, grilled herbs and spices emerge later, adding considerable complexity and nuance. All the aromas and flavors meld together nicely through to the focused finish. This overt, generous Cabernet should drink well for the next decade or so. The 2009 is 88% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 3% Merlot and 3% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2021.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Daimond Creek Gravelly Meadow...$189.99
2010 Diamond Creek Red Rock Terrace...$189.99
2010 Diamond Creek Volcanic Hill....$189.99
2010 has not been rated yet

2009 Hundred Acre Vineyard Ark...$279.99
The 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Ark Vineyard emerges from a parcel of old, volcanic soils that inform the wine to a significant degree. A vivid kaleidoscope of iron, ash, tar, smoke, crushed rocks and dark red berries take shape as this fabulous, pedigreed wine shows off its considerable personality. A cool, inward wine, the Ark is all about minerality and pure tension as a backdrop for the characteristic Hundred Acre fruit. A huge, mineral-soaked finish rounds things out in style. The 2009 is the rare Hundred Acre wine that is not likely to offer immediate pleasure. It will more than make up for that in the future. I can’t wait to see how this explosive, beguiling Cabernet develops over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2008 Shafer Hillside -- very limited. call 314.727.8788

The estate’s 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon Hillside Select is one of those rare wines that looks like it will be absolutely delicious pretty much at any point in its life. Super-refined and silky, the 2008 caresses the palate with layers of deeply expressive dark fruit. The 2008 is a wine of exceptional textural finesse and pedigree. According to Doug Shafer, cool weather in the spring resulted in small clusters with high skin to juice ratios, always a plus for high quality wines. Today the 2008 does not look like a huge Hillside Select, but is rather a wine built on polish and elegance. It will be interesting to see if the 2008 fills out in bottle, or it remains more restrained in its personality. Anticipated maturity: 2018-2038. 
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Dominus Red....$175.00 / 750ml net per bottle

The 2009 Dominus flows from the glass with layers of highly expressive fruit. The wine possesses stunning richness, power and depth. Dark red fruit, tobacco, flowers and spices are woven into a seamless, beautifully articulated finish. Elegance and intensity are in perfect harmony here. This is a thrilling wine from Dominus. The blend is 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2029. 
Rated 97+/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Caymus Special Selection
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Special Selection is, big, rich, voluptuous and totally sexy. Mocha, chocolate, plums, sweet spices and black cherries jump from the glass in this full-bodied, intense wine. This is one of the more immediate wines of the vintage, but all the elements are very nicely balanced. Once again Caymus has produced a gorgeous Special Selection that is delicious on its own, but that is also remarkable for a relatively large production of 9,600 cases that will make it easy to find. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate