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Saturday, April 11, 2015

2012 Vidal Fleury Cotes du Rhone





2012 Vidal Fleury Cotes du Rhone....$10.99
Grenache (65%), Syrah (20%), Mourvèdre (10%) with other Carignan (5%).
Tasting:
 Appearance: A dark and deep red color with black highlights.
Nose dominated by Grenache. grillotte cherry, chocolate, spice reminding the scrubland, purple palate structured attack operating on a large scale. A flavor explosion
cherry and spicy blackcurrant rosemary with grilled notes.

Blue Ice Vodka





Blue Ice Handcrafted American Potato Vodka...$13.99

Blue Ice Vodka was rated the #1 American vodka in 2005 by the Beverage Testing Institute in Chicago, with 94 points. America’s finest potato vodka can only come from one place –Idaho– home to the luscious Russet Burbank Potato. Idaho is the true birthplace of Blue Ice Vodka; it is where the people behind the brand come from and live, where the natural ingredients are sourced and where the product is made.  Blue Ice Vodka is made at Distilled Resources, Inc in Rigby, Idaho, the first distiller of potato spirits in the United States. Rigby is in the heartland of Idaho, 200 miles east of Sun Valley; its bountiful, potato farming countryside is surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

Blue Ice Handcrafted American Creme Brulee Vodka...$13.99
Crème Brûlée is the first flavored spirit hand-crafted by Blue Ice Vodka, made with pristine Idaho water from the Teton Mountain Range and four-column fractional distilled Idaho wheat with a five step filtration to ensure the clarity and purity. With hints of butterscotch, caramel, custard, toffee and vanilla, Blue Ice Crème Brûlée Vodka can be enjoyed neat, on ice, in a cocktail or a cup of coffee.

Side Project Glasses

With most of the glasses getting picked up now, 
I finally found the time to see what was left.

We have about 12 glasses available for sale out on the barrel at Forsyth




Side Project Beer Glass....$10 per stem 



Forsyth Cheese Feature: Jasper Hill Farm Moses Sleeper

Forsyth Location Cheese Feature
Always cut fresh to order, come in for a taste.
All stores carry a different selection, check each store for selection.

Jasper Hill Farm from Greensboro, Vermont.  
We are big fans of Jasper Hill Farms and Moses Sleeper is an amazing cheese from them.   If you like Fromage d'Affinois, take the next step and try Moses Sleeper.   It is buttery like the Affinois, but it has so many more layers of complexity.  Come in for a free taste while it lasts.   This cheese begs for a glass of Champagne!!
Let the party begin!


Ballwin location Cheese Feature: Old Brugge



Ballwin location Cheese Feature
Cut fresh to order, come in for a taste
Each store's selection varies.

Old Brugge - Belgium
Oud-Brugge is matured for a year under the expert eye of our master cheese makers. The cheese is of an exceptional quality and has a rich taste and a low salt content. Ideal on toast, as an appetizer or in a cheese buffet dinner.  The unsurpassed quality of this cheese is in perfect harmony with the beauty of the picturesque town Bruges. It is since 1992 put on the market and since then a traditional cheese of the Belgian cheese market.




The Wine and Cheese Place
14748 Clayton Road, Ballwin MO
1.636.527.1144

Cheese Feature - New Ballas location - Carr Valley Menage

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

Our New Ballas location is featuring....


Carr Valley Menage - come ask for a taste
Menage is a blend of 3 varieties of milk: pasteurized cow's, sheep's and goat's milk. This mixed-milk beauty is aged for intense flavor and a drier texture. It's dipped in a lovely wax as vibrant and green as Wisconsin's summertime pastures. This cheese won a 1st Place ribbon at the 2009 World Cheese Competition, a Bronze Medal at the 2011 World Cheese Awards, and another 1st Place ribbon at the 2013 Wisconsin State Fair. Serve with Pinot Noir, Shiraz or Guinness.
Carr Valley Cheese is one of America's finest specialty cheese plants. From traditional classics like expertly aged Cheddar Cheese to award-winning American Originals like Cocoa Cardona and Gran Canaria, our skilled cheesemakers turn milk delivered fresh from local dairy farms into more than 100 delicious cheese varieties.


98 Point Tuscan Wines




98 Point Tuscan Wines
(Quantities Limited please call (314) 727-8788 or email aaron@wineandcheeseplace.com)



2010 Canalicchio di Sopra Brunello di Montalcino...$74.99
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino will blow you away. This is a delightful expression that boasts its extreme quality from the minute the wine is poured from the bottle. As you should expect, it just gets better and better with each additional minute in the glass. It opens to a vibrant dark ruby color and blackish-garnet hues. The bouquet is ever changing and shows a long succession of aromatic characteristics that rage from dark fruit, plum, spice, leather, licorice, red rose, balsam and grilled herb. It's textbook Brunello from a great vintage and this side of the appellation (on the northeastern side) performs fantastically in 2010. This beauty should hold fifteen years or more.
Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 96/100 James Suckling

2010 Il Poggione Brunello Di Montalcino....$75.99
The 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is a striking wine that shows uncompromising varietal pureness, albeit in a most concentrated and elaborate form. This is what great Sangiovese is all about. There's so much happening on the nose and the wine brings you to cherry, spice, licorice, cured meat, pressed rose and grilled meat in equal measure. No one element overpowers the next. The mouthfeel is also tight and bright with the kind of fruit intensity that promises long cellar aging. This Brunello is only at the beginning of a long road ahead. The longer the wine stays in the glass, the more it offers in terms of complexity and intensity. This is a true standout that can be enjoyed for up to 20 years ahead
Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate


2010 Fontodi Vigna Del Sorbo Chainti Classico Riserva..$82.99
The 2010 Chianti Classico Riserva Vigna del Sorbo is fabulous, as it has always been. The most finessed, silky of tannins support a fabric of nearly indescribable elegance. Sweet red berries, rose petals, spices, new leather and graphite all take shape in the glass. Absolutely impeccable and graceful on the palate, the 2010 is a stunner While superlatives are often overused in wine criticism, after tasting every vintage of Vigna del Sorbo, it is quite clear. The 2010 is the greatest Vigna del Sorbo ever made. Readers should note that in some markets (the US in particular), the 2010 was sold as Chianti Classico Riserva, but in Italy and other European markets, the 2010 will be sold as Chianti Classico Gran Selezione.
Rated 98+/100 Antonio Galloni Vinous Media
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate




Friday, April 10, 2015

Charleville Triple Wit



Charleville Tripel Wit...$8.49/ 4pk

"A beer experience with a true distinction, our Triple wit is a unique bottle conditioned Belgian style ale. Made from two row barley, white wheat and rolled oats. To compliment the satiating taste only found by using a traditional top fermenting yeast, coriander and oranges are added. This addition during the brewing process lends to the delicate balance of flavors between the malt hops and yeast."


Perennial Regalia Ale



Perennial Regalia Ale...$9.99 / 750ml
Inspired by the rustic farmhouse style Saisons of Southern Belgium, Regalia is brewed with barley, wheat and spelt and fermented with Brettanomyces.  A sturdy malt character supports the complex array of flavors that the yeast provides,  and will continue to develop over time.

Could be a perfect wine!!

 In stock now--only 96 bottles available



2012 Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23...$194.99
The spectacular 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cask 23 appears to be the finest Cask 23 since the glory years of the mid-eighties. It boasts a dense purple color, complex notes of spice box, Christmas fruitcake, blackcurrant jam, mulberries and spring flowers, as well as a full-bodied, opulent personality. It is a profound example of this iconic wine that went through a period of mediocrity in the mid- to late-1990s prior to being sold. Drink now-2038.
Rated 97-100/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Founders Blushing Monk 2015


More in stock today, no limit.



Founders Blushing Monk 2015....$14.99
We plan to re-release Blushing Monk, a decadent Belgian raspberry ale, in March 2015 to mark the twelfth installment in our popular Backstage Series. Blushing Monk was the original Founders Backstage Series beer, released in July 2011; prior to that, it hadn’t been bottled for four years. Like all of Founders’ Backstage Series beers, Blushing Monk will be sold in 750mL bottles, with a suggested retail price of $16.99 per bottle.

Blushing Monk is brewed with a ridiculous amount of raspberries and with a Belgian yeast strain that keeps our head cellar operator from sleeping for a week. It pours a stunning deep berry red and, at 9.2% ABV, has a surprising kick. The perfect dessert beer, it can be enjoyed on its own or paired with fresh cheeses, fruit, cakes and more.

“People keep asking us if we’re going to bring any of our Backstage Series beers back—and now we have,” said Co-Founder and President Dave Engbers. “It seems as though we brew Blushing Monk on a four-year cycle. Our cellar crew hates brewing it because it’s brewed with a different yeast strain from all of our other beers, but we think it’s worth the sleepless nights. It’s an absolutely gorgeous beer.”

Founders’ Backstage Series is made up of boundary-pushing, experimental beers. The intent of the series is to take the diehard Founders fan experience to a wider audience—though all of the beers are released in limited batches. Since its introduction in the summer of 2011, Founders’ Backstage Series beers have quickly become some of the most sought-after releases in the industry.

Blushing Monk will be released in limited quantities across our distribution footprint beginning on Monday, March 2, and will be available at the brewery’s taproom and in the greater West Michigan area the week prior. This will be the first Backstage Series release from Founders in 2015; beer enthusiasts should expect two more releases from Founders later in the year.

Game of Thrones Three Eyed Raven

It is here - order away





Ommegang Game of Thrones Three Eyed Raven...$8.49 / 750ml
Push through the thick brambles and present yourself to the Three-Eyed Raven. Abiding in the shadows of the Three-Eyed Raven lies this deceptive Dark Saison. The ominous Three-Eyed Raven inspired us to brew a Dark Saison ale, a hybrid style open to brewer’s imagination. In the end it is neither a pure saison nor your typical dark beer, but instead a delectable blend that both deceives and thrills the senses.

Three-Eyed Raven makes for perfect season premiere pairing.


TASTING NOTES
Three-Eyed Raven harbors a deep dark brown, almost jet-black color with a light tan head. Yeast forward aromas are packed with peppery phenolics and fruity esters. Despite what you might expect from a dark hued beer, the flavor brings to mind a traditional saison: a light, malty body with a hint of sweetness, and roast accentuated by herbal and spicy hops, yet underpinned by pleasant yeastiness. Finish is crisp, with lingering notes of herbal hops and Belgian yeast.
Malt: Our carefully crafted mixture of specialty malts.
Sugar: Dark Candi
Hops: Hallertau Spalt Select, Tettenang and Bravo
ABV: 7.2%


Pair with roasted chicken and pork, barbeque and other spicy dishes, grilled vegetables, goat cheese and smoked gouda.




2nd Shift fresh stuff!

Fresh - all bottled in the last week!



2nd Shift Brewing Brew Cocky Ale....$9.49 / 750ml

"Yup, we love hops and this IPA puts them all up in your face.  Loads and Loads of Falcaner's Flight, a blend of Northwest hops was used in such a gratuitous manner heretofore not seen in these parts.  ENJOY" - label





2nd Shift Ratsalad Imperial IPA...$8.49 / 750ml
Yeah, it's another IPA because it's what we like to do.  Made with only the most exquisite Zythos hops.  Just try it.




2nd Shift Brewligans Ale...$6.49 / 750ml
The St. Louligans are a supporters group for Saint Louis FS of USL, PRO, St. Louis Lions, Fire & Ice FC and FC Bordo. They also enjoy beer, we like making beer, we made them a beer to enjoy. A small hoppy one, so they can enjoy more soccer.




2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit....$6.49 / 750ml
A Belgian style Witbier brewed with curacao orange peels, organic Indian coriander and Egyptian Hibiscus flowers.  The flowers give the beer a tart and refreshing flavor, not to mention a slight pink tint, which looks strange.  Just drink it.








Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon 2013



In stock now at Forsyth




Les Heritiers du Comte Lafon
"Anyone who has tasted with Dominique Lafon in Meursault and Mâcon will know that his passion is shared equally between both. It’s probably a good job that the two regions are less than an hour’s drive from each other." - The Wine Advocate

2013 Comte Lafon Macon Uchizy "Les Maranches"....$31.99
The 2013 Mâcon Uchizy les Maranches had likewise been fined ten days previously. It has a very fine bouquet with expressive citrus fruit, a little more intense than the 2012 perhaps. The palate is fresh and rounded on the entry with fine mineralité, good tension and quite a structured finish. There is good potential in this barrel sample.
Rated 90-92/100 The Wine Advocate


2013 Comte Lafon Mâcon Chardonnay Clos de la Crochette...$31.99
The 2013 Mâcon Chardonnay Clos de la Crochette has a much more complex and defined, mineral-driven bouquet than the previous crus. The palate is brimming over with tension and poise, with an intense citrus finish that is long and persistent, perhaps a touch spicier than the 2012. This is the front-runner for Dominique’s best 2013 once bottled - and I cannot wait to taste it then.
Rated 91-93/100 The Wine Advocate



2013 Comte Lafon Vire Clesse...$35.99
The 2013 Viré-Clessé has an utterly charming nose that seems more finished than the others, with fine tension and focus. The palate is very well-balanced with fine acidity. This comes over as being very precise and poised. Though I would be seeking just a little more personality, I suspect that this will ultimately turn out better than the 2012.
Rated 90/100 Wine Advocate



2013 Comte Lafon Mâcon Milly Lamartine Clos du Four...$33.99
The barrel sample of 2013 Mâcon Milly Lamartine Clos du Four had been fined ten days previously. It has a clean and fresh, quite vibrant bouquet with perhaps a little more intensity than the 2012. The palate is very well-balanced with great body, plenty of rounded apple and pear notes with fine precision on the finish. There is a sense of conservatism suffusing this sample - I wonder if it will still be there after bottling?
Rated 89-91/100 The Wine Advocate

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Stags Leap Winery - all wines on sale now!






2012 Stags' Leap Winery Cabernet Sauvignon...$35.99
Compare to $50 at the Winery
Napa Cabernet from the near perfect 2012 vintage. The wine shows classic black currant, black cherry and plum flavors with interwoven notes of black pepper, licorice, caramel and chocolate. Refined, persistent tannins and crisp, fresh flavors provide focus and balance through the wine’s extraordinary concentration and texture.


2012 Stags' Leap Winery Chardonnay....$22.99
Compare to $30 at the Winery
Distinct aromas of lemon zest, tart white peach and crisp pear show generously in this refreshing and focused cool-climate Chardonnay. On the palate, vibrant citrus fruit flavors are balanced by a wet stone core and pleasant undertones of light smoke. Driven by wonderful fruit intensity, lasting lemon minerality and bright acidity, the 2012 vintage walks the ideal line between delicacy and weight.




2011 Stags' Leap Winery Merlot...$22.99
Compare to $33 at the Winery
The 2011 Napa Valley Merlot is at once complex and approachable, opening with generous aromas of dark plum and bright red fruit, with enticing hints of clove and cinnamon throughout. Juicy red fruit flavors are effortlessly integrated with notes of caramel and savory spice that contribute depth to the polished palate. Smooth, velvety tannins and a refined texture give this Merlot a distinct level of sophistication while still being very approachable in its early years.


2011 Stags' Leap Winery Petite Sirah...$27.99
Compare to $45 at the Winery
There are small percentages of Syrah, Grenache, Carignane, Mourvèdre and Viognier in this Petite. Combined, they add to a greater whole of inky, coffee-mocha flavor around soft, restrained tannins. Blackberry and blueberry fruit also figure prominently, as good as your grandmother’s pies
Rated 90/100 The Wine Enthusiast

New from Stags' Leap "The Investor"




2012 Stags' Leap "The Investor" Red....$36.99

We are the lowest price in the Country on Wine Searcher
Named after the founder of Stags Leap Winery, the outstanding 2012 Proprietary Red The Investor is a blend of 40% Merlot, 40% Petite Sirah and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. Ripe blackberry and blackcurrant fruit intermixed with notions of chocolate, lavender, unsmoked cigar tobacco and underbrush are present in this meaty, chewy, attractive, velvety textured 2012. Enjoy this well-made red over the next decade.
Rated 90/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


Inspired by the three varietals planted on the historic Stags’ Leap estate, The Investor is a red wine that beautifully blends together the unique flavors and expressions of Petite Sirah, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, resulting in a powerful, yet approachable assemblage with significant fruit presence. The Merlot contributes fresh red berry aromatics and a soft, velvety texture to balance the power of Petite Sirah, which adds concentration, tannins, spice and blueberry flavors. The Cabernet Sauvignon further increases the final blend’s complexity and depth. The majority of the Petite Sirah fruit comes from the Stags’ Leap estate and grapes from a diverse selection of northern and southern Napa Valley vineyards are also selected to broaden the wine’s floral and spicy characteristics. The Merlot is grown in Oak Knoll and Yountville, neighboring appellations in the southern part of Napa Valley, and a combination of estate and southern valley floor Cabernet Sauvignon fruit makes up the balance of the blend.

The 2012 vintage will be remembered for its abundance of high-quality fruit.  The season began with exceptional, moderate weather that brought virtually no harm to the grapes all the way through fruit-set. A cooler-than-normal period hit at the end of September, which allowed for the preservation of ideal fruit aromatics, freshness and natural acidity.

Captivating for its fresh, lush fruit, elegance and classic balance, the inaugural release of The Investor brims with bright red fruit, blackcurrant, plum and blackberry. A savory, herbal flavor, with hints of spicy vanilla bean, sweet tobacco and sandalwood, add depth and complexity. The tannins are firm, but velvety, and this red blend is impressive for its power, finesse and integrity. 

2012 Bordeaux at a great price!






2012 Chateau Rauzan Segla Magaux....$74.99
The 2012 Rauzan Segla may turn out to be as strong an effort as their 2010. A brilliant blend of 54.5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Merlot (which accounts for the wine’s ripeness and intensity), and the rest a tiny dollop of 1.5% Petit Verdot, it boasts an inky/blue/purple color as well as gorgeous aromas of black and blue fruits, spring flowers, and hints of background toast and forest floor. Well-integrated wood and acidity as well as moderately ripe tannins make for a medium to full-bodied, expansive, flavorful, rich, well-delineated effort. It will need 3-5 years of bottle age and should drink well for two decades thereafter.
Rated 93-95/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate


Great buy on Smith Haut Lafitte


Great price, the lowest in the country! - click here to see
2011 Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte Pessac-Leognan Rouge....$66.59
The grand vin, the 2011 Smith-Haut-Lafitte is another great successes (and that’s saying something after the remarkable duo of 2009 and 2010 as well as the brilliant 2008). This wine exhibits a dense purple color along with a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, mulberries, licorice and subtle background oak. Full-bodied with silky tannins, nicely integrated acidity, wood and alcohol, a multilayered mouthfeel, and a finish that lasts 45 seconds, this brilliant wine should drink well for 15-20 years.

One of the best run estates in Bordeaux, Smith-Haut-Lafitte’s owners, the Cathiard family, has produced a beautiful second wine in 2011.

Rated 94+/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 93/100 Wine Spectator

Josh Cellars - great values!

All on sale now!


2013 Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon....$10.99
An approachable blend with aromas of rich, dark fruits and baking spices on the nose, which yield fresh plum, blackberry, violet, dried fig, vanilla bean, and Chinese five-spice. Juicy with plum and blackberry flavors, prominently layered with smoky and sappy maple oak, roasted almonds, and hazelnuts, this wine finishes long with fine, firm tannins.



2013 Josh Cellars Merlot....$10.99
Aromas of black cherries, fresh plums, violet, and dark chocolate overwhelm the bouquet. On the palate, the wine is layered with fresh bing cherries, baked plums, and mocha, softened by its delicate, almost luxurious texture, and given staying power with a long raspberry and cocoa powder finish.



2013 Josh Cellars Sauvignon Blanc....$9.99
Bright aromas of lime, white flowers and fresh citrus overwhelm the bouquet, with layers of nectar, peach, and juicy melon on the palate. Fresh and crisp, but bold and complex.

2013 Josh Cellars Chardonnay.....$9.99
We handcraft Josh Cellars Chardonnay with aromas of tropical fruits and citrus married with beautifully harmonious oak notes. A delightful harmony of fresh yellow and white stone fruits lingers on the palate and finishes with fresh and clean acidity.

New Holland Incorrigible



New Holland Incorrigible White Sour Ale....$4.49 / 22oz
Incorrigible celebrates the beauty of mischief. Wild yeasts and bacteria run free in our sour-aging cellar, the House of Funk, creating vibrant sour and acidic character in this delicate, yet complex wheat beer. The refreshingly tart session beer will tease your palate with a subtle, layered nuance.

Joseph Carr - great prices




Aaron Pott, Winemaker
Aaron Pott, the Joseph Carr winemaker, was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Food

Who is Aaron Pott....
Aaron Pott either makes are has made the wines at these great estates during his career...
  • Château Troplong-Mondot (Premier Grand Cru Classè)
  • Château la Tour Figeac (Premier Grand Cru Classè)
  • Blackbird Vineyards
  • Quintessa
  • Krupp Brothers
  • Seven Stones
  • Quixote











2012 Joseph Carr Cabernet Sauvignon Napa....$14.99

Compare to $19.99 on Wine.com
96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Merlot
“Toffee, cherry, mint, fig, violets and chocolate in the nose, medium bodied attack with raspberry, cherry and roasted meats finishes with great length with roasted meats, chocolate and candied violets.” – Aaron Pott




2011 Joseph Carr Merlot Napa....$14.99
Lowest price online is $16.99 on Wine-Searcher
96% Merlot, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Cabernet Franc
The 2011 Merlot was picked at the peak of flavor development between late August and early October. Grapes were crushed then went through an 11 day fermentation period in 100% stainless steel with cap punch downs three times daily to maximize flavor extraction. The wine went through 100% malolactic fermentation and was barrel-aged for 18 months in French Oak; 50% new.  Cocoa, mint, shitake mushroom, forest floor, cherry cola and plum fills the mouth. Balanced finish of cherry, blackberry and dark chocolate.” – Aaron Pott



2013 Joseph Carr Chardonnay...$13.99
Compare to Wine.com at $19.99 (yes, the same vintage too)
Our winemaking team gently pressed the grapes using a membrane press, and the juice was then chilled, settled and racked into Burgundian oak barrels for fermentation. The yeast lees were hand stirred montly to enhance a creamy finish, produced by the barrel fermentation, and to encourage a secondary malolactic
fermentation. The wine was then aged “sur lie” for 8 months in new French oak.
“Wet stone, apricot, strawberry, vanilla, and peach in the nose. Rich attack with good acidity and length. Bright citrus, apricot with a finish of strawberry, hints of vanilla and lemon.” – Aaron Pott