Saturday, July 20, 2013

Cedar Ridge Bourbon

Cedar Ridge Bourbon Whiskey...$27.99
For the best in bourbon, go straight to the heart of corn country. Cedar Ridge Bourbon is built on a base of corn whiskey, barley and rye. Artisans guide the nation’s favorite blend through distillation, charcoal filtering and aging. This is the best of the Midwest in a bottle and recently given a Five Star rating by the New York Times.

Cedar Ridge Vineyards is a family-owned winery, distillery and event space nestled in the beautiful Swisher countryside- a short drive from Cedar Rapids or Iowa City. Award-winning wines and internationally recognized spirits are produced on site at the only winery/distillery in the state.  
Cedar Ridge brings you the first licensed distillery in the state of Iowa since the age of prohibition. 

Fantastic Values! All under $10

The Wine and Cheese Place featured values:
Here is a great variety of wines that you can enjoy this summer for under $10 per bottle.  Some are closeouts and at ridiculously low prices.

2010 Veridien Tinto....$7.99
60% Syrah, 20% Monastrell, and 20% Garnacha Tintorera (aka Alicante Bouschet).
The spiciness of Syrah is augmented by the minerality of the Monastrell and the bold fruit and color of the red-juiced Garnacha Tintorera.  
Veridien is produced by the La Bodega de Pinoso cooperative in Alicante. This pioneering winery was established in 1932 and made the transition to organic farming in 1997. Offering nearly 2,000 acres of certified organic vineyards and an impeccable track record of quality, it is on of the most important producers of the Valencia region.

From the magnificent maker of Pegau Chateauneuf du Pape
2009 Plume Bleue Selection Laurence Feraud...$7.99
(made from a 50/50 blend of syrah and grenache): Bright violet. Ripe black and blue fruits on the nose and palate. Shows a pleasant jammy quality and good breadth, finishing with good cling and lingering sweetness. This highly drinkable wine has the heft and fruitiness to work with strongly seasoned or grilled red meats.

Rated 88/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 

Got the Chardonnay blues, try this Grenache Gris, great wine at this price

2010 Le Cirque Grenache Gris....$9.99
The 2011 Le Cirque Grenache Gris Vin de Pays, from an underrated varietal that can achieve wonderful things in southern France, exhibits a beautiful perfume of flowers, honeysuckle and quince. The wine possesses good ripeness, medium body and a dry, crisp finish. Enjoy it over the next year. 
Rated 88/100 The Wine Advocate

On sale, now only $6.99, amazing at this price...
2009 IA Garnacha....$6.99
IA’s 2009 Garnacha is cherry red in color with a nose of spice box, violets, and black cherry that jumps from the glass. Sweetly-fruited, concentrated, and pleasure bent, this excellent value is meant for drinking over the next 3 years. 
Rated 88/100 The Wine Advocate

Our best selling Cabernet....
2010 Villa des Anges Cabernet Sauvignon....$9.99

"2010 Cabernet Sauvignon represents another surprising success and outstanding value. Black currant, beet root, and tobacco tread a fine line between the sweetly ripe, black-fruited and the herbal-vegetal aspects of Cabernet. This is impressively polished for an inexpensive tank-rendered wine let alone a Cabernet Sauvignon, while salt, walnut bitterness, and berry skin tartness make for an invigorating tang and suggestions of bark, smoky black tea, and crushed stone for some depth and intrigue in its lingering finish. I’d plan on serving it over the next 12-18 months." 
Rated 88/100 The Wine Advocate

What makes this Cava so special? 
Almost 2 years on the lees in the bottle before release, the law only requires 9 months for Cava (true Champagne only requires 15 months).   

Stunning at $10
Miquel Pons Cava.......$9.99
Miquel Pons wines are produced from traditional grape varieties in La Granada del Penedès, the heart of Cava country, some 25 miles south of Barcelona. The Pons family has been growing vines in this area for generations, with Miquel and his sons Joan and Pere continuing a proud legacy of quality with their outstanding cavas.
Tasting Notes: Fresh, dry and well-balanced, with plenty of fruit, a pleasant yeasty character and a creamy bubble texture on the palate.
Serve With: Enjoy as an aperitif or with tapas, poultry dishes, or your favorite desserts.

2011 Caspen  Rouge Cotes Catalones....$9.99
50% Syrah, 25% Marselan, 25% Mourvèdre

The name comes from the hamlet of Cases de Pene (‘Houses of Stone') and its rugged terroir deep in Roussillon, the French part of Catalonia. Produced by the cooperative winery of Cases de Pene, this distinctive blend is big on flavor and offers loads of character!
Tasting Notes: Offers ripe black fruit and spicy aromas, incorporating a hint of violet. The palate is moderately rich and beautifully balanced, with surprising freshness and lift.

Most of you know this one as it is our best selling white wine (we purchase 112 cases at a time)....
2011 Domaine La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet...$9.99 
Lightly amylic-pear drop, resin, mineral, stone-fruit and peach-skin aromas dominate the youthful nose of this wine. Very clean and mineral-focused. The medium body and vibrant acidity give the palate a firm texture. Given its short, crisp finish, it is best consumed between now and through 2013. Good by the glass or with light fare.
Rated 88/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2011 Penya Viognier Cotes Catalanes....$9.99 
"The 2011 Viognier reveals surprising finesse and elegance for a southern French Viognier. Notes of white peaches and apricots backed up by crisp acids are found in this medium-bodied, refreshing Viognier." -- Rated 87/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
Tasting Notes:
Offers an exotic nose of citrus, pineapple, mango and peach, with light floral notes. Light, lively and very refreshing on the palate.
Serve With:
Excellent on its own, with seafood (turbot, sole, or scallops) or spicy Asian cuisine.

We thought the importer was out of the great and highly rated 2011, but we just got another 28 cases in stock....
2011 Alfredo Roca Chardonnay....$9.99
The white wine cuvees are all strong efforts that should be drunk in their first several years of life. The 2011 Chardonnay exhibits attractive notes of apple butter and poached pears along with a surprisingly fat texture. Cleanly made and pure with outstanding length, and no evidence of oak aging, it over-delivers for its meager price point.
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker of The Wine Advocate

Great Rose Buy!!

2012 Villa des Anges Old Vines Rosé....$11.99
100% Cinsault

Sporting a light salmon/pink color, the 2012 Villa des Anges Vin de Pays d’Oc Old Vines Rosé is a classic Provencal rose that has fresh, crisp aromas of orange peel, wild strawberry, and mineral water to go with juicy, lively palate.  Perfect for a hot summer day and leaning heavily towards the lighter weight style, it is a rock solid bottle of wine meant for enjoying over the coming 6-12 months.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

Friday, July 19, 2013

Saturday Wine Tasting - Forsyth

Wine Tasting - Open House
Tasting some great hot weather wines from Dana from Vinoteca
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105 314.727.8788
Saturday July 20 from 11am-1pm

  • 2011 Soucherie Anjou Blanc
  • 2011 Monastero Suori Cistercensi Coenobium
  • 2012 Yves Cuilleron Rose

2011 Monastero Suori Cistercensi Coenobium....$25.99
Recently, at the Armani/Ristorante, inside the Armani store on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue, I had a revelatory glass of wine. As revelations tend to be few and far between on lists of wines by the glass, I believe this one's for sharing: Monastero Suori Cistercensi Coenobium 2009, a trebbiano-verdicchio-malvasia-grechetto blend made by — get this — nuns, at a monastery just north of Rome. Unfiltered and organic, this hazy, strawberry-blonde wine is part of a growing group of so-called "orange wines." These wines are vinified essentially like red wine: left in much longer contact with the grape skins than is normally the case with white wines, so that the fermenting grape juice takes on a slightly tannic and dry, delicious, cider-like quality. Stylish and rustic, citric and earthy all at once, my glass of Coenobium paired perfectly with Armani/Ristorante chef Roberto Deiaco's custardy leek flan with decadent gorgonzola sauce, and his ricotta and quail egg yolk ravioli dressed in black truffle shavings. And it will go with any rich, creamy, cheesy dish that you make at home." -- Saveur Magazine

"As I have said so many times in the past, Yves Cuilleron has become one of the bright shining stars of the northern Rhone." -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2012 Yves Cuilleron Syrah Rose....$15.99
This Rosé is sourced 100% from Syrah grown within the confines of the village of Chavanay. It is produced by the “saignée” method after a brief maceration of several hours. The fermentations are in stainless steel and the elevage continues for about six months before bottling in the spring following harvest.

Valinch is back in stock!

In stock at Forsyth now and you can order online for shipping

2012 Auchentoshan Valinch....$49.99

Triple Distilled * Non Chill-Filtered * Cask Strength
For years, evangelists asked us to create a non chill-filtered, cask strength edition of our acclaimed Auchentoshan Classic. Valinch was born. The Valinch being the name of the pipette used to draw whisky straight from the cask. An appropriate name for a whisky with all the depth of taste, flavour and texture associated with sampling whisky at source. An unadulterated small batch release.

Tasting Notes
To The Eye
Pale straw.

To The Nose
Crème brûlée.

To The Tongue
Sweet and creamy, then invigorating full bodied orange zest.

To The End
Sweet, crisp and lingering.

Fresh 2nd Shift including Albino Pygmy Puma

Fresh 2nd Shift!
Limited as usual!
All in stock at Forsyth
Rock Hill got everything but Albino Pygmy Puma

First time we have had this....
2nd Shift Brewing Albino Pygmy Puma....$7.49 / 25oz
Hoppy Pale Ale
Okay, here is my version of a Pale Ale that has a few hops in it like Columbus, Cascade, Summit & Centennial. Probably the best pale that has ever been made in the history of mankind Brewed with Cascade, Centennial & Summit Hops
6% ABV
32 IBU

2nd Shift Art of Neurosis IPA....$8.49 / 750ml

AON is an Ipa that has everything you could want in one, if what you want is a hop sandwich. It's a 7.7% Simcoe and Columbus delight. 

67 IBU

2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit....$8.49 / 750ml
Hibiscus's all over the placeHeres what I've been goofin around with for a while. I love belgian wits on hot summer days (or freezin your butt off days). Anyway I took a witbier and threw in a bunch of hibiscus flowers to make it even better. 5.2% ABV 24 IBU

2nd Shift El Gato Grande IPA...$8.49 / 750ml
Heres a big hoppy IPA that is done the way they should be done and has about four truck loads of hops in it, although it's not very bitter at 62 IBUs. LOTS of Amarillo with a good bit of Citra and Columbus just for a good time." -- label

EGG is another IPA that we came up with. All you need to know is over 3 lbs. per barrel of Columbus, Amarillo and Citra. 7.6% ABV 62 IBU 

Deschutes Black Butte XXV

Limited release - 
SOLD OUT at all locations

Deschutes Black Butte XXV Reserve....$11.99 / 22oz

25th Birthday Reserve


Alc. 11.3% | IBUs 64
Dates, figs and chocolate. Black currants, barrel-aged in bourbon casks. The result is an Imperial Porter with a tart berry and chocolate aroma with luscious layers of dried fruit, oak and vanilla. A fitting tribute to the 25th Anniversary of our flagship beer.
Almond Pancakes with Sour Cherry Syrup
Black-Pepper Crusted New York Steaks with Black Truffle Vinaigrette
Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates with Prosciutto

Stone Farking Wheaton WootStout


There are 3 different bottle designs randomly in the boxes.  
First come first served to pick out the ones you want.

Drew Curtis / Wil Wheaton / Greg Koch
Stone Farking Wheaton WootStout...$7.49 / 22oz
"From the most unlikely yet intensely imaginative trio that is actor and uber-geek champion Wil Wheaton, alternative news website creator Drew Curtis and Stone CEO/Co-founder Greg Koch, comes an imperial stout unlike any ever made. Brewed with rye, wheat malt and pecans and partially aged in Bourbon whiskey barrels, this viscous yet silken brew erupts with an oaky, nutty bouquet and rich flavors of vanilla, toast and bitter chocolate. Enjoy now or cellar this celebration of nth degree passion and geekery applied most gracefully to the craft of brewing and collaboration-Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout!"

4 Hands Prunus is here!

4 Hands Brewing -- St. Louis, Missouri
order online

4 Hands Brewing Prunus Saison...$7.99 / 22oz
"The name Prunus originates from the genus of the cherry tree. Prunus is our spring and summer saison brewed with sour cherries. Prunus pours rose in color with aromas of cherry, vanilla, and spice. A perfect compliment to back yard lounging and seasonal fare." - 4 Hands Brewing 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

A beer for Elvis Presley - Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Ale

It is here, the next crazy beer....

Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Ale....$12.99 / 750ml
A Collision of Crazies
Rogue Ales has again collided with Voodoo Doughnut to create Chocolate, Banana & Peanut Butter Ale! This unique artisan creation contains a dozen ingredients including chocolate, banana and peanut butter to match Voodoo’s "Memphis Mafia" doughnut- a nod to Elvis' entourage.
2-Row, C-150, C-175, Carafoam Special II & Chocolate Malts; Rogue Farms Revolution & Independent Hops;Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana; Pacman Yeast and Free Range Coastal Water

4 Hands Prussia is here and limited!

4 Hands Brewing -- St. Louis, Missouri

In stock at Forsyth online now

4 Hands Brewing Prussia Berliner Style Weiss...$7.99 / 22oz
"Prussia Berliner Style Weiss is our summer seasonal. The name originates from Frederick the Great who ultimately became the King of Prussia. Frederick was trained in brewing this very delicate style of beer. Our version is traditional in style. Prussia pours a hazy straw color with a nice tart finish." - label 

Dolin Genepy des Alpes

Dolin Genepy des Alpes...$29.99

The dolin firm then prepares delicious digestive liqueurs whose recipes were perfected nearly 200 years ago by the founding father, using a blend which remains a secret to this day. Dolin Genepy liqueur is easy to recognize, with its brilliant tender, pale green robe highlighted with glints of gold. the bouquet is powerful, intense and straightforward, leading to grassy notes of artemisia, softened with floral notes of violet. let yourself go, and give into the captivating alpine fragrances. these delicious liqueurs unveil their aromatic complexity and their utter elegance.

Limited Glenfiddich Release....

In stock at Forsyth and online

3 more bottles!

Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams 2012....$94.99

"Glenfiddich is beginning to develop an amazing track record for their special releases. Their last special release, Glenfiddich Snow Phoenix Scotch Whisky, was a phenomenal whisky that delivered a drinking experience far superior to the standard Glenfiddich line. Glenfiddich has done it again with another extremely limited release, the Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams Whisky.

In celebration of their 125th anniversary, Glenfiddich brought 11 new American oak barrels to a number of cities across America. They encouraged whisky fans, new and old, to sign the casks and write down their dreams and inspirations. It was a fantastic campaign that helped reinforce the reality that Scotch whisky isn’t an elitist drink, that it has appeal and accessibility to everyone.

The signed casks were brought back to Glenfiddich and then filled with a blend of Scotch whisky, 14 years and older. The practice of finishing Scotch whisky in new American oak is becoming popular. Laphroaig has had great success with their Laphroaig Quarter Cask and Ardbeg has developed quite a following for theirArdbeg Alligator. Scotch whisky has long been aged in second-use bourbon barrels, but the new trend towards using new American oak gives scotch whisky makers yet another tool in their tool belt to add new flavors and textures to their whisky.

Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams Scotch Whisky ($99, 48.8%) – dark yellow-brown in color, this whisky has clearly picked up some color from its time in American oak. The nose on the Cask of Dreams is slightly fruity and sweet with golden raisin, dried apricot, and soft vanilla. In the center of the nose is a solid oak spice along with a subtle undertone of malted barley. The way the nose presents is very well integrated and inviting; it’s the kind of nose you’re going to spend some time with before diving right into the spirit.

When you do finally dive in, you’re met with an explosion of flavor that takes off the moment the whisky hits your mouth. Like the nose, the entry starts off more sweet and fruity, with dried apricot, golden raisin, and vanilla leading things off. It quickly transitions in the mid palate from fruity and sweet to savory and spicy. The oak notes begin to really emerge along with ginger and black pepper. There’s also a nice salinity in the mid palate along with a subtle char note and a flash of rancio. The spice really ramps up at the end of the mid palate and leads to a very long, very spicy finish.

Glenfiddich Cask of Dreams is an exceptional whisky that’s packed with flavor and spice. It’s clear the folks at Glenfiddich wanted to produce something really special, and they have. The hint of rancio (an elusive flavor that comes through the aging process) in the mid palate shows they’ve been extremely selective about the malts they used for this release and have included a few gems in there. The new American oak finish is truly transformative, adding a level of spice and intensity of flavor that makes Cask of Dreams the kind of whisky that you dig through and spend time with. The only downside with this whisky is that it’s in limited supply and, like the Snow Pheonix, when it’s gone, it’s gone. We can’t wait to see what Glenfiddich does next!"

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sierra Nevada Tumbler

Autumn beer already?

Now in stock at Forsyth!

Sierra Nevada Tumbler....$8.99 / 6pk

As the nights grow cool, the leaves on the valley oaks begin to turn and fall. In honor of this yearly dance, we bring you Tumbler Autumn Brown Ale and invite you to enjoy the show. We use malt within days of roasting at the peak of its flavor to give Tumbler a gracefully smooth malt character. So pour a glass, and grab a window seat to watch as the leaves come tumbling down.

alcohol content: 5.5% by volume
yeast: Ale Yeast
bittering hops: Challenger
bitterness units: 37
finishing hops: Challenger & Yakima Goldings
malts: Two-row Pale, Crystal, Chocolate & Smoked

Anchor Zymaster Series

Exciting to see something new from one of the original craft breweries...

In stock now and online also
Anchor Brewing Zymaster Series No.4 Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale...$6.49 / 22oz
Our Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale (7.2% ABV) is a Belgian-style farmhouse ale with a California twist. The unique bitterness and earthy spiciness of Yerba Santa, a native California herb, perfectly complement the fruitiness and clove-like flavors created by a local saison-style yeast. And in addition to hops, barley malt, and wheat malt, we used toasted Belgian wheat malt, which gives our Fort Ross Farmhouse Ale its distinctive maltiness and burnished bronze color.

Zymaster n [Gk zymē leaven + master — more at ZYMURGY]

1: a new word coined by Anchor Brewing to describe a brewmaster with hands-on experience throughout the a-to-z process of creating a new beer, from the research and selection of the raw materials and development of a recipe to brewing, fermentation, cellaring, and finishing

2: a unique series of beers from Anchor Brewing, rooted in its exceptional respect for the ancient art and noble traditions of brewing, featuring extraordinary ingredients, innovative techniques, and unusual flavors.

97 Point Pinot Noir and only $37.99


We only have 60 bottles
Limit 6 bottles per person at this point.  
If we still have some left by 9am tomorrow, we will open it up with no limit.  We want to give everyone a fair chance at it....

Antonio Galloni, formerly of The Wine Advocate

(He reviewed wines at The Wine Advocate for 7 years from 2006-2013.)
Antonio Galloni once considered the heir apparent to Robert Parker at The Wine Advocate, resigned his post when Mr. Parker sold a controlling stake of the franchise to outside investors. In order to maintain his independence and autonomy Antonio has started his own Multimedia Website, Vinous Media. We believe Mr. Galloni has one of the best palates in the industry and will continue to bring a wealth of knowledge and great reviews to the market place.  

2010 Ojai Vineyard Pinot Noir Bien Nacido...$37.99 
Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, United States 
"A vivid, totally alive wine, the 2010 Pinot Noir Bien Nacido is absolutely impeccable. Dark cherries, plums, mint, cloves and new leather are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass. The 2010 stands out for its delineation, nuance and breathtaking finesse. Cool veins of minerality support the finish. Next to the Solomon Hills, the Bien Nacido Pinot is a little more savory and aromatically nuanced, while the fruit is less overt. It will be fascinating to compare the two wines as they age in bottle."
Rated 97/100 Antonio Galloni

Bourbon industry patriarch Elmer T. Lee dies at age 93

Sad news from Kentucky....

Read more here:

Recipe of the Week: Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with White Cucumber and Feta

We just received some great locally grown produce from Dry Dark Farms (our egg supplier) and we have chosen a recipe that revolves around two of the product. 

This recipe is fresh and tasty!

Lemony Orzo Pasta Salad with White Cucumber and Feta

My constant quest for more excuses to use the Yarra Valley Persian Feta lead me to this wonderful pasta salad


  • 1-1/2 cups dry riso pasta   ***
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, or just enough to lightly coat the pasta  ***
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 large White Cucumber, seeded and chopped    ***
  • 1tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped    ***
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup Yarra Valley Persian Feta Cheese    ***
  • Fleur de Cel and freshly-ground black pepper, to taste   ***
*** In stock at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth

What to do

Cook the riso al dente according to package directions. Drain the pasta, let cool for a couple of minutes, and toss with the olive oil, lemon juice and zest, cucumber, herbs and feta. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve chilled or at room-temperature. Can be made up to a day in advance and kept in the refrigerator.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Great produce at Forsyth

Dry Dock Farms just delivered some amazing produce
In stock at our Forsyth location. 

Homegrown Eggplant
Homegrown White Cucumbers
Homegrown Tomatoes
Homegrown Red Onions
Homegrown Fresh Mint

Egglplant is already moving fast, we were going to use it for the recipe of the week, but will have to rethink that. .

Bourbon Barrel Aged Carnegie Porter 175th Anniversary

A Bourbon Barrel aged collaboration with Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery.

We scored another case of 4 bottles -- 
call 314.727.8788 to reserve 

Carnegie Porter 175 Year Anniversary...$24.99 / 750ml
Rated 98/100 RateBeer
- Sweden's oldest active brand celebrates the anniversary brew

Sweden's oldest brand - Carnegie Porter fills 175 years. It is celebrated with an anniversary brew with "extra things" that have been manufactured according to old traditions to mimic Carnegie Porter from the last century.

Carnegie Porter began brewed in 1836 and is one of the oldest svenskbryggda beer - who is also the oldest active trademark with decades become known worldwide. 175th anniversary will be celebrated with an Anniversary Brew, signed by Carlsberg Sweden's master brewer Daniel Eriksson and Brooklyn Breweries brew master Garrett Oliver.

- If I had been a pizza baker, I had described the brew as "extra everything". Unlike regular Carnegie Porter, who is in yeast, we have used both over-and under yeast culture to the anniversary brew. It has made the välhumlad, but fate has reduced bitterness and added flavors of vanilla, coconut and a little bourbon, says Daniel Eriksson.

In April, arrived in American bourbon barrels for Carlsberg brewery in Falkenberg, Sweden. Daniel Eriksson toiled hard with Garrett and his maker from Brooklyn to get all 130 wooden barrels in place and implement the conditioning of the brew. To help them, they had representatives from Porter Drinkers Association and employees from Carlsberg.

During the storage period was played the music for trätunnorna from an open playlist on Spotify where the public was with and influenced the choice of music. They played everything from Cole Porter, Brooklyn songs and classical music to advertising songs from the west coast buddies Pripp Blue and Falcon.

- During storage, became the beer taste richer and stronger, from the planned 6.9 percent to an end product of 8.8 percent. If it was the sound waves that impacted me to say, but the porter was developed fantastically well, says Daniel Eriksson.

A beer for aficionados - in 75-cl bottle after the beer has been on barrel aging in just over two months dropped it on beautiful 75 cl flaskor.  Ölet can advantageously be stored for several years and is well suited for meat dishes or the classic porter combination of oysters, but is also plenty to be enjoyed as it is.

- This is a beer for people who enjoy life. We chose a larger bottle with a classic cork seal to mark the anniversary brew. This was the way that beer was originally bottled. We want people to recognize themselves in the traditional and simultaneously highlight the anniversary sentiment, says Daniel Eriksson.
Alcohol content: 8.8%;

Blueberry beer time at The Wine and Cheese Place

In stock at Forsyth

Shipyard Smashed Blueberry....$8.99 / 22oz
Smashed Blueberry is the newest beer in Shipyard Brewing Company’s Pugsley’s Signature Series line. This beer is a hybrid between a Porter and a Scotch Ale and has a rich mouth feel and a body of complex intensity. Upfront, there are distinct flavors of coffee and chocolate beautifully accentuated by the aroma of fresh blueberries. The finish features a delicate balance of sweet fruit and dry hops. This beer pairs well with glazed duck, ribs, barbeque, chocolate, and blueberry deserts. To fully experience all the flavors, Smashed Blueberry is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. More about the beer: Malt: Pale, Crystal, Chocolate, Roasted Barley, Light Munich, Torrified Wheat Hops: Summit, Tettnang, Cascade Yeast: Top-Fermenting English Color: Dark Brown
Rated 98 on RateBeer for its style category

Sea Dog Wild Blueberry Wheat Ale...$9.99 / 6pk
Features the nutty quench of a wheat ale combined with the delightful aromatics and subtle flavor contributed by Maine wild blueberries. Seasonal Blueberry Wheat Ale from Maine

Spirit class with Ted Kilgore!


We are excited to have Ted Kilgore back to do another "spirit" class for us.

Daiquiris and not a blender in sight! 

Celebrate National Daiquiri Day with Ted and Jamie Kilgore. 
July 17, Wednesday (6pm-7:30)
$25 / person

Three Rums, three Daiquiris and not a blender in sight! Celebrate National Daiquiri Day with Ted and Jamie Kilgore. Explore this often ignored and misunderstood spirit and cocktail. $25 per person and some cheese to go along with them.
Taste three rums and 3 daiquiris made with those rums.

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

Click here for reservations
or call 314-727-8788

We our proud to have nationally awarded and recognized d
rink mixologist, Ted Kilgore, to lead you through this classes. There is no doubt that Ted is "the" cocktail expert in St. Louis.

More info about the master mixologist....
Ted Kilgore was named...
"The Beverage Network’s 10 Trendsetting Mixologists" of 2008 in the Country!
Ted Kilgore
won the Bombay Sapphire ‘Most Inspired’ mixology competition in July

"The Last Word is anchored by the continued drive and obsession of Ted Kilgore, spirits and mixology professional. In the 12+ years that Ted has been in the business of drinks, Ted has become one of the most recognized mixologists in the Midwest.
In his thirst for knowledge, Ted has studied under such industry leaders as Paul Pacult, David Wondrich, Dale DeGroff, Steve Olson, Doug Frost, and Gary Regan. In May of 2007, he attended the B.A.R. (Beverage Alcohol Resource) in Manhattan and earned the prestigious B.A.R. Ready Certification. Attending Tales of the Cocktail, Grand Marnier Mixology Summits, and research and development travel have helped keep Ted apprised of the national and international cocktail and spirits scene.
Ted can currently be found mixing drinks at Niche Taste Bar in the beautiful Benton Park area of St. Louis, MO." -- The Last Word Cocktails

Wine Education: Edelzwicker

Wine Tasting at all FOUR locations

Taste Schreyer Edezwicker at all four of our locations this Saturday
July 20th 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

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

Most wines in Alsace are made from a single grape like its long lived Riesling and Gewurztraminer, in fact Alsace was the first appellation in France to put the grape on the label.     But Alsace,  also has a long tradition of field blends. The term Edelzwicker is often used to designate any blended wines of AOC Alsace white grape varietals, without indicating the percentages in the composition. The different grape varieties may be vinified together or separately. Historically, these different varietals came from the same parcel. Originally called “Zwicker” (blend), the prefix Edel (noble) was added to mark the presence of noble grape varieties (in Alsace the noble varietals consist of Riesling, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and  Gewürztraminer) chosen to replace mass-produced grape varieties. Come taste one of our favorite and most versatile white wines.

2011 Schreyer Alsace Edelzwicker....$13.99
50% Pinot Blanc, 20% Pinot Gris,
20% Sylvaner, 10% Gewurztraminer
Tasting Notes: Since understanding what the grape varieties in this blend contribute to this wine greatly helps in its appreciation, here is a breakdown of the grapes, and the general characteristics they add to this wine. Pinot Blanc - is a crisp, bright grape variety that gives the wine a hint of peach and citrus fruit flavors. Pinot Gris - adds structure, body, and richness, it also imparts rich apricot fruit flavors. Sylvaner - is a lighter-bodied grape variety that brings a subtle earthiness to the wine. Gewurztraminer - gives the wine its floral nose, and adds notes of tropical fruit (lychee) and spice to the wine. The Schreyer Edelzwicker is a fun, easy-drinking wine that makes an excellent aperitif. Its wonderful aromatics and bright fruit make it a perfect match for fish, poultry, and Asian cuisine.