Saturday, February 14, 2015

Forsyth Cheese Feature - Chimay Classic

Each of ours stores carries a different selection of cheese....

Our Forysth  location is featuring....
In stock now at our Forsyth location - come ask for a taste

"Covered with forests and pastures and crossed by numerous rivers, the countryside of Chimay has always been a livestock-rearing area. And dairy herds mean cheese! Since 1876, the Trappist monks of Scourmont have known the secrets of making this semi-hard cheese made from good milk from their farm and matured in the vaulted cellars of the abbey. Today, Chimay cheese is made exclusively with regional milk and the Trappist monks have modernised their production equipment. Technology has combined with tradition for the greater happiness of the connoisseur and Chimay cheese has adapted itself to high consumption whilst retaining its authenticity." -- Chimay

Chimay Classic Cheese 

"A semi-hard pressed cheese, the rind is natural, non-coloured, without preservatives and slightly flowery. After maturing for four weeks, its creaminess and fine taste of good, fresh, creamy milk give it all its flavour." -- Chimay

Grilled Chimay Cheese and Ham with Caramelized Belgian Endive

2 tablespoons canola oil
4 heads of Belgian endive, root ends trimmed and discarded, leaves separated
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup Belgian white beer (such as Hoegaarden)  
1/4 cup orange juice    

8 5 x 3 x 1/2-inch slices country-style bread
8 thin slices prosciutto (about 8 ounces total)   
8 ounces Belgian Chimay cheese 
thinly sliced    ***
8 sour Cornichons pickles   
Whole grain brown mustard or whole grain Dijon mustard  ***
 *** In stock at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth


For endive:
Heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Add endive leaves and sauté until almost translucent and beginning to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle sugar over and sauté until endive leaves begin to brown and edges are deep golden brown, stirring often, 2 to 3 minutes. Add beer and orange juice and boil until liquid is reduced to thick glaze and coats endive leaves, 3 to 4 minutes. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Let cool to room temperature.

For sandwiches:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange bread on baking sheet. Spread 1 side of each bread slice lightly with butter. Turn 4 bread slices over, buttered side down. Divide ham and cheese among plain sides of 4 bread slices. Top with remaining bread slices, buttered side up.

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add 2 sandwiches to skillet and cook until brown on bottom, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer sandwiches to same baking sheet, browned side up. Repeat with remaining 2 sandwiches. Bake in oven until sandwiches are brown on bottom and cheese melts, about 5 minutes.

Place 1 sandwich on each of 4 plates. Spoon endive, 2 pickles, and mustard alongside each and serve.

Recipe from

Wine of the Week - Penya

WOW - Wine Of the Week. 
Come taste the WOW each Saturday at all FOUR of our locations.
There will be a special price that day only for the wine of the week. Check the store that day for the sale price.

Wine of the Week - Penya Cotes de Catalanes
Come taste it all four locations on Saturday February 14 - from 11am-4pm

2012 Penya Rouge Cotes Catalanes....$11.99
A spectacular blend from Southern France - 48% Grenache, 44% Carignan, 5% Mourvèdre, 3% Syrah.
Cases de Pene is a tiny village in the Roussillon region of Southern France, just 30 miles north of the Spain. Ceded to France in the mid 17th century, the area is still known as "French Catalonia". We celebrate this heritage with the Catalan spelling of the ancient Château and village Cooperative: "Penya".
      This medium-bodied blend is packed with flavor, offering aromas of plums & cherries with smoky notes. The palate yields red and black fruits, spices, a hint of bacon, and silky tannins.
A very versatile food wine, serve with a variety of everyday foods including pizza, pasta and burgers, as well as Mediterranean classics like ratatouille, cassoulet and stuffed tomatoes. It is also excellent with fish!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Very rare 96+ point Cava!


2001 Recaredo Turo d'en Mota...$199.99

Only 2 bottles made it to St. Louis of this rare Sparkling
The 2001 Turo d’en Mota spent 130 months on its lees, and was disgorged in March 2013. This is a single- vineyard Cava from pure Xarello planted in 1940, and as all sparkling wines from Recaredo, it is from a single vintage and carries the Brut Nature label, meaning no expedition liqueur is added to the wine. Turo means small hill in Catalan, so the name means the small Mota hill. Only four vintages have been released so far, starting with 1999, and the 2001 was launched after 2002, as they thought the wine required longer bottle-aging. The nose is complex and elegant, showing the extended contact with the lees in notes of brioche, croissant and freshly-baked bread, slightly smoky, with green coffee, chalky notes, baked apples and a touch of petrol. All of it has a touch of elegant rusticity, which here I use in a positive way, that make it unmistakably Cava. To understand elegant rusticity, think of an upper-class British farmer, elegantly dressed in corduroy trousers and a tweed jacket. In the mouth the gas is less present than in younger sparkling wines, compact, well-integrated, with lively acidity and weight. Very dry. A very gastronomic wine that makes you salivate. It cries for food. Only 2,770 bottles were produced. Up there with the best sparkling wines of the world. Bravo! To me this is the best Turo d’en Mota yet. Drink now-2021. 
Rated 96+/100 The Wine Advocate

"Recaredo is a very old Cava house, as they have been grape growers and wine producers since 1924, but they have come to the forefront of the quality leaders recently. They have worked very hard for that, especially when it comes to work in the vineyards and respect for nature and tradition. They only use grapes from their own vineyards in the Alt Penedes zone, which are worked organically and biodynamically (Demeter certified). All grapes are hand-harvested and vinified by them and the wines are aged sur lie with cork stoppers. They are disgorged by hand without resorting to freezing the neck after no less than 30 months in contact with the lees and regular hand turning of the bottles. No liqueur de expedition is added to any of the wines, they are all Brut Nature. All wines are produced from a single vintage. I’m not sure if there is any other sparkling wine producer in the world who works with such strict standards, but what is most impressive is that all that is certified for the wines produced in the last ten years! Congratulations to the Mata family and to winemaker Ton Mata for such achievement. There is a sense of energy and harmony in their wines that is impressive; they are all highly recommended. Prices for the top-bottling can be steep, but the regular Brut Nature is a bargain." - The Wine Advocate

Bells Mercury

5 bottles left at Forsyth and New Ballas

Bells Brewing Mercury...$2.19 / 12oz
The Winged Messenger
ian Single
RELEASE DATE: December 2014
ABV: 4.8%
COLOR: Pale, straw
TASTING NOTES: Light and sessionable like its namesake, the third release in the Bell’s Planet Series, Mercury: The Winged Messenger, was inspired by the Belgian Single, a style traditionally brewed by monks in Belgium for their own consumption.
This interpretation has bready and grainy notes from Belgian malt, herbal and balanced characteristics from the hops and a subtle, but spicy character from the Belgian yeast. Fruity notes of pear are also present in this light, bright and complex session beer.

Diameter: 3,031 miles
Orbit: 88 Earth days
Day: 58.6 Earth days

2015 Lips of Faith have arrived

Online now

New Belgium Lips of Faith 2015 La Folie...$12.99 /22oz
La Folie, French for ‘the folly’, is a beer steeped in New Belgium brewing tradition. This wood-aged, sour brown spends one to three years in big, oak barrels, known as foeders. And when the beer finally hits the glass, La Folie is sharp and sour, full of green apple, cherry, and plum-skin notes. Pouring a deep mahogany, the mouthfeel will get you puckering while the smooth finish will get you smiling. Not a beer for the timid, La Folie is a sour delight that will turn your tongue on its head.

We also have a little bit left of the 2014 version collab with Boon

New Belgium / Oud Beersel 2015 Transatlantique Kriek...$12.99 /22oz
In a never-ending quest to create new beers and defy category, New Belgium Brewing and Old Beersel of Belgium have partnered to create Transatlantique Kriek, a spontaneously fermented lambic ale made with sour cherries. This authentic kriek beer began life in the oaken vessels at Gert en Jos Christiaens’ brewery in the Lembeek region of Belgium. After more than two years aging, Oud Beersel’s offering shipped across the Atlantic and found its way to the intuitive palate of New Belgium’s brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert. After much sampling and internal consultation, Peter and his brew staff created a full-bodied Belgian golden lager to round out the light-bodied kriek. The cherry nose gives way to a pleasingly sour flash across the palate that rolls gently into a slightly sweet finish. Crisp, effervescent carbonation keeps the mouthfeel bright and delightfully tingly.

Quad brewed with Plums

Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Quad Brewed with Plums...$12.99 / 4pk 12.7oz bottles
Sierra Nevada Ovila Abbey Quad Brewed with Plums...$3.39 / 12.7oz 
Rich, dark, and infused with the complex sweetness of abbey-grown plums.
Ovila Abbey Quad is heady with aromas of caramel, rich malt, and dark fruit balanced by the spiciness and delicate fruity notes of a traditional Belgian yeast. This complex beer is a collaboration between Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and the monks of the Abbey of New Clairvaux. It features sugar plums grown on the grounds of the Abbey and harvested by the monks in Vina. We hope you enjoy this collaboration ale.

Fresh 2nd Shift beers

Fresh batch of 2nd Shift Beers arrived -- will post more later

Albino Pygmy Puma
El Gato Grande
Sub-Mission IPA
Mullineaux No. 2 (Fantome Yeast) another case arrived
(we also have No.3 in stock too)
Cat Spit Stout

Online now (except Sub-Mission - call 314.727.8788 to hold or transfer)

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Big time Brewer Clifton Pinot Noir ----

2013 Brewer Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir...$35.99
This is a fantastic follow up to the historic 2012 Brewer Clifton Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir, which was the only domestic wine to crack Wine Spectators top 10 wines of 2014.“
Missed the 2012? This is a worthy successor and should rank among Brewer-Clifton's best, both rich and graceful, with vivid berry, high-toned plum, black cherry, anise and black licorice, finishing long and full.”
Rated 93–95/100 James Laube, The Wine Spectator

Kapcsandy - rare cult wines from California

2010 Kapcsandy Endre Proprietary Red...$84.99
The less expensive 2010 Endre (53% Cabernet Sauvignon, 43% Merlot and the rest Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc aged in both French and Hungarian oak) is very Bordeaux like. Notes of bouquet garni, red and black currants and loamy soil are present in this medium-bodied wine that seems to be a faster evolving effort than its siblings. With excellent texture as well as an elegant style, and I use that word in a positive sense, it should drink well for 10-15 years.
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2010 Kapcsandy Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard..$469.99
The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin is stunning. Dark black cherry, plum, smoke, licorice, menthol, tobacco and new leather wrap around the palate as this majestic, breathtaking wine shows off its personality, class and pure pedigree. Powerful yet elegant, delicate yet intense, the 2010 is firing on all cylinders today. Layers of fruit build to a crescendo of pure pleasure. Readers lucky enough to own the 2010 will want to cellar this beauty for at last a few years. In the meantime, though, it will be pretty impossible to resist. The blend is 95% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot and 1% Petit Verdot.
Rated 100/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

The 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Grand Vin State Lane Vineyard is a 275-case blend of 95% Cabernet Sauvignon and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot. It reveals intense red and black currant fruit, good acidity, hints of camphor and graphite, superb purity, a full-bodied texture and an extremely youthful (almost like a barrel sample) freshness and focus. This is a remarkably young yet promising, full throttle, beautifully made Cabernet Sauvignon that should be cellared for 5-7 years and drunk over the following two to three decades.
Rated 96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

96 Point Paul Hobbs Chardonnay

2012 Paul Hobbs Chardonnay Ross Station...$73.99
The 2012 Chardonnay Ross Station Estate (their first vintage of this cuvée) comes from the Mt. Eden clone planted in a cool area of the Green Valley section of Russian River, next to the Reuling Vineyard that Mark Aubert made famous. It offers up notes of lemon blossom, white peach, pineapple, honey and subtle oak. With great acidity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, and stunning length (it has a 40+-second finish), this profound Chardonnay should drink well for 7-10 years.
Paul Hobbs is undoubtedly one of the world’s finest consultants, and as Americans we’re lucky to have this New York State-born winemaking guru right in the heart of the Russian River, turning out a bevy of wines from both Napa (reviewed in issue 215) and the following items from their estate vineyards in Sonoma as well as from purchased fruit. Hobbs has a separate entity now, which is aimed at producing good value wines under the Cross Barn by Paul Hobbs moniker. There’s some juicy, high-quality stuff in these cuvées.
Rated 96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Fifty Shades of Grey WINE!

The Movie is released tonight!
If you are going to Des Peres Cinema tonight, stop by and see Shae, she is pouring the wine tonight for the release party!

2011 Fifty Shades of Grey Red Satin...$13.99
Red Satin is a blend of primarily Petite Sirah and Syrah aged in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels.
2012 Fifty Shades of Grey White...$13.99
Fifty Shades of Grey Wine White Silk is a blend of primarily Gewürztraminer and Sauvignon Blanc. This wine was fermented cool, under 50 degrees F, and aged in stainless steel to preserve its delicate and rich character.

Elijah Craig Barrel Proof

In an effort to mix up the releases - here you go...

 Elijah Craig Barrel Proof...$54.99

All 4 of our stores got a few bottles. 

First come, first served, no reservations or phone calls.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ballwin Cheese Feature: MT TAM Cowgirl Creamery

Our Ballwin location is featuring MT TAM now - come in and ask for a taste.

Cowgirl Creamery MT TAM
Just North of the San Francisco Bay, Mt. Tam alpais rises like a monument to Northern California's natural beauty. In deference, Cowgirl Creamery named its signature cheese MT TAM. It's a smooth, creamy, elegant, 10-oz, triple-cream - made with tasty organic milk from the Straus Family Dairy. MT TAM is firm, yet buttery with a mellow, earthy flavor reminiscent of white mushrooms.

The Wine and Cheese Place
14748 Clayton Road, Ballwin MO

Public House - Rolla, Missouri

In stock now at Forsyth.  Into price at only $7.99 a 6 pack

Mix a 6 pack off all four if you like

Public House Rod's Cream Ale...$7.99 / 6pk 
While most modern styles of American craft beer originated elsewhere in the world, Cream Ale was born right here at home. We’ve found a lot to like in this golden little beauty: prominent malt notes complimented by a flaked maize aroma that bubbles up through the carbonation, elegantly balanced by noble hops.  Named in honor of its creator--Public House Brewer Rod Murray--we think this beer can be summed up in three big words: American. Golden. Original.
2015 - Gold Medal - Best of Craft Beer Awards
2014 - Bronze Medal - Best of Craft Beer Awards

Public House Hide and Seek Hefeweizen...$7.99 / 6pk
At Public House, we take our Hefeweizen seriously. Not only do we use traditional ingredients, but our brewers use the traditional, multi-step infusion mash method (adding time and toil to the brew day) which gives the beer the appropriate body without cloying sweetness. Pale, spicy, and fruity, our Hefeweizen is medium-bodied with a fluffy, creamy fullness that comes directly from the wheat.   Subtle flavors and aromas of banana, clove, and even bubblegum--all naturally imparted by the yeast--are balanced by slightly tart and citrusy noble hops.   Do we really need to keep going here? If you don't want one by now, you might want to check your pulse.

Public House Elusive IPA...$7.99
There’s no mistaking it for any other style, but we took the road less traveled on this modern American bellwether.   In a world loaded with IPAs, it's difficult to make one that stands out, but ours does for an unexpected reason. Rather than create an IPA that mimics the flavor profile of so many other IPAs out there, we spent six solid months brewing batches of beer with just a single hop in order to truly discover what each varietal lends to the flavor and aroma profiles of our beer. After carefully selecting the ones we found most interesting and delightful, we crafted a recipe that blends six of these hops in just the right amounts and in just the right order. The end result is one of the smoothest tasting IPAs we have ever had the privilege of drinking. We couldn't be more proud to present it to you.   By their very nature, IPAs are a notch above “session” territory and this heady brew is no exception. It comfortably lends itself to introspection and creative breakthroughs. Pour an Elusive IPA and do some real thinking.

Public House Revelation Stout...$7.99 / 6pk
Moments of revelation are rare indeed....
Lift a glass of this dry stout to your nose and breathe in the decadent aroma of dark chocolate emanating from the creamy off-white to tan-colored head. Take a sip and feel the familiar warmth of roasted coffee that goes down smooth. Notably, we don't add either of those to this beer.  The joy of discovery is unspeakable and often can only be appreciated by one's "other" senses--a third eye perhaps. Revelation Stout isn't just allegory. It's dry--with no coffee or chocolate. Just pure's a Revelation.
2014 - Silver Medal - Best of Craft Beer Awards
2012 - Bronze Medal - World Beer Cup

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Deschutes Hop Henge IPA

First batch of the season

Deschutes Hop Henge Experimental Imperial IPA...$4.99 / 22oz
Seasonal Release
Stonehenge is a mystery. Hop Henge is a discovery. Millennium, Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops come together to erect a hop sanctuary. Revere the almighty hop!
Malt: Pale, Munich
Hops: Millennium, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook

La Pinta Pomegranate Liqueur

Back in stock now

La Pinta Pomegranate Liqueur....$39.99
Years ago, natives of this “Land of Colors” in Nahuatil created a drink made with pomegranate juice and a distilled spirit known as “Ponche de Granada”. The creators of La Pinta drew on their fondness for the traditional pomegranate punch and developed an ultra-premium liqueur which is truly authentic to Mexico. By using Mexico’s pride spirit, tequila, blended with rich and exotic pomegranate flavors, La Pinta is in a category of its own.

Bird Dog Apple Flavored Whiskey

Bird Dog Apple Flavored Whiskey...$16.99
Bird Dog Whiskey blends the finest aged white oak barrel Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey with all natural flavors to create a smooth, easy-drinking whiskey. At 80 proof, Bird Dog Whiskey offers a variety of amazing tasting flavored whiskeys – Peach, Hot Cinnamon, Maple, Apple, Chocolate and the original Blackberry. Our Bird Dog Bourbon has an elaborate medley of corn, malted barley and rye that formulates into a distinctive gentle bourbon. With an assortment of flavors, Bird Dog is perfect straight up, on the rocks or in your favorite cocktail. Bird Dog Whiskey – this dog don’t bite!

E-40 - Earl Stevens Moscato

Earl Stevens is a platinum selling recording artist and actor from Vallejo California. Earl is also known by his stage name of E-40, a rap veteran entrepreneur that is mostly known for his unorthodox rap style & catchy slang words. In the early days of his career he made his name by selling tapes out the trunk of his car and now he is living his dream!

Earl Stevens California Moscato...$9.99
The aroma of this wine is over the top. The floral aromas pour out of the glass in a cacophony of honeysuckle, gardenia, orange blossom, white cherry, apple, pear and peach. WOW, this wine smells good. The flavors are very pleasant with lightly sweet layers of fruit. The finish is smooth, fruity and nicely balanced.

Stone 3 Liter!

In stock now! We only have one more in stock now!

Call 314.727.8788 to reserve if you like!

Stone Double Bastard....$86.99 / 3 Liter
As with every year in the Double Bastard Ale series, a select amount has been put into 3-litre bottles. A “Modern Marvel of Arrogance,”

2012 Carne Humana is here!

We introduced Carne Humana to St. Louis last year, now we are proud to offer the great 2012 vintage!

2012 Carne Humana Napa Valley Red Wine....$27.99
  • Produced and bottled at Caymus
  • Made by winemakers Jospeh Wagner and  Derek Beitler who is the nephew of Chuck Wagner (owner of Caymus) 
  • Super-premium blend without the super-premium price
  • Blend of Petite Verdot, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, and  Charbono
  • Only 3nd vintage produced. 

Carne Humana is a red wine blend sourced from six vineyards throughout the upper-Napa Valley sub-appellations of Calistoga, St. Helena, and Rutherford. Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, and Zinfandel are among the grape varieties chosen for this vintage. Whereas most red blends are created from separate lots and combined before bottling, Carne Humana was co-fermented and barrel aged as a single lot for greater depth and integration.
This wine was aged in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels for 18 months.

97 Point 2012 Philip Togni Cab Sauv!

2012 Philip Togni Cabernet Sauvignon...$109.99 
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon is stunningly beautiful, especially in the way it brings together intense, voluptuous fruit and structure. Racy and polished in the glass, the 2012 races across the palate with intense dark red stone fruit, spice, cedar, tobacco and floral notes, all in an energetic, vibrant style that suggests 25-30 years of aging will be a breeze. What a gorgeous wine this is. -- Antonio Galloni
Rated 97/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate’s dense ruby/purple color is followed by notes of crème de cassis, licorice, mulberries and spring flowers. Medium to full-bodied and elegant, it cuts a broad swath between a great Médoc and a Napa Valley Cabernet. There is still 
some tannin to shed, should be at its peak in 4-5 years, and drink well for 20-25 years.
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Johnnie Walker Green Label is back!

Johnnie Walker Green Label 15 Year Old Scotch....$57.99
JOHNNIE WALKER GREEN LABEL is a rich blend using only malts, drawn from the four corners of Scotland – the naturally vibrant flavours provide unparalleled depth, substance and intensity. Each of the malts is specially selected by the Master Blender to create the perfect balance in the whisky.
Each malt whisky is matured for a minimum of 15 years to deliver rich, full layers of flavour. Coupled with the blending mastery of JOHNNIE WALKER, they ensure the characteristic smoothness and distinctive flavour of GREEN LABEL.

A new wine from The Prisoner!

A new wine from The Prisoner!
2012 Prisoner "The Thorn Merlot...$39.99
While working with our growers, we came across small vineyard lots of Merlot, which had managed to survive being replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Inspired to preserve these remaining Merlot lots and introduce our distinct style of Napa Valley Merlot, Thorn was created. The wine is a blend of Merlot, along with Syrah and Malbec. Deep purple in color, the wine releases aromas of black cherry with hints of cedar and pencil lead. Dense flavors of dark fruits and rich plum are framed by velvety tannins and an opulent, lingering finish.

Winemaker Notes:
Deep purple in color, releasing aromas of black cherry with hints of cedar and pencil lead. Dense flavors of dark fruits and rich plum are framed by velvety tannins and a lush finish.
The Blend: 78% Merlot Syrah Malbec

Made from some very famous Vineyards!
The Vineyards:
Merlot: Hudson, Stagecoach, Antica
Syrah: Hudson
Malbec: Trefethen

Rogue Allegro Coffee Porter

Rogue Allegro Coffee Porter...$6.49 / 22oz
"Allegro Porter joins two of the planet's best brewed  beverages, a porter brewed with a bittersweet balance of malt and hops, and light roasted Allegro Celebration Coffee brewed for sweet notes of butterscotch, toffee and chocolate."

Rogue New Crustacean

New from Rogue

Rogue New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta...$12.99 / 750ml

STYLE: Barleywine IPA Sorta 
TASTING NOTES: Not quite a barley wine and not quite a double or imperial IPA. Just drink it and enjoy!
8 INGREDIENTS: Weyermann & Bohemian Malts; Bravo, Amarillo, Falconer's Flight & Horizon Hops; Free Range Coastal Water & Pacman Yeast
Dedicated to Crustaceans