Saturday, August 29, 2015

WOW - Wine of the Week - Travis Chardonnay

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 : Travis Unoaked Chardonnay
Come taste it all four locations on Saturday August 29  - from 11am-4pm

Our best unoaked Chardonnay...

2012 Travis Monterey Chardonnay...$15.99
"The 2012 Chardonnay Unoaked reveals a touch of cloudiness (common in an unfiltered wine) along with notes of poached pears, oranges and tangerines, good acidity, pure, naked, fresh flavors and medium body. Drink this delicious white wine over the next 1-2 of the first to go to unoaked Chardonnay, no malolactic and bottling without filtration (no easy task). The result is a very good wine selling at a realistic price."

Rated 89/100 The Wine Advocate

The unbelievable 2013 Paul Lato wines....

2013 Paul Lato Pinot Noir:
“Retasting the latest Pinots from Paul Lato... Some of the best in the region and his '13 rock.”  -Jeb Dunnuck The Wine Advocate 

"One of my favorite producers in the Central Coast, Paul Lato continues to make thrilling Pinot Noirs and Syrahs that have texture, richness and depth while never seeming heavy or cumbersome. These are gorgeous wines across the board and you can’t go wrong here." 

      - Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate

We have an amazing selection of 2013 Paul Lato wines in stock. These wines are sure to get huge scores in August when Jeb Dunnuck of The Wine Advocate reviews California's Central Coast. Stay ahead of the game and stock up on Paul Lato's stunning 2013's now and relax when the press comes out.

2013 Paul Lato “Matinee” Pinot Noir...$45.99
A blend of single vineyard wines, including Paderewski, Pisoni, Hillard Bruce, and Zotovich. Paul Lato's bottlings from these vineyards go for $80+. This wine overdelivers with bright red fruits, a silky texture, and a very long finish. Delicious! Get on board with the 2013 vintage for Santa Barbara, it's amazing!

2013 Paul Lato “The Contender” Pinot Noir Drum Canyon Vineyard...$85.99

Made from two suitcase clones (Swan and Calera) grown on a steep, south-facing slope in the Sta. Rita Hills, the 2013 Pinot Noir The Contender Drum Canyon Vineyard has discrete oak in its blackcurrant, black cherry, underbrush, rose petal and spice-laced bouquet. This gives way to a ripe, nicely concentrated and juicy Pinot Noir that has bright acidity and a taut, energetic texture. It's currently lacking a touch of the integration found in the other releases, yet is still beautiful. Give it a year in bottle and enjoy through 2023.
Rated 93+/100 The Wine Advocate

2013 Paul Lato “Seabiscut” Pinot Noir Zotovich Vineyard...$85.99
One of the standouts in this stacked lineup was the 2013 Pinot Noir Seabiscuit Zotovich Vineyard. Aged 16 months in 70% new French oak and the greatest Pinot Noir I've tasted from this vineyard, it offers incredible notes of cassis, raspberries, dried earth, spice and that classic saltiness that's so common from the Sta. Rita Hills. Full-bodied, layered, multi-dimensional and elegant, with perfectly integrated acidity and polished tannin, it's a fabulous Pinot Noir that will have more than a decade of longevity. Unfortunately, there were on eight barrels produced.
Rated 97+/100 The Wine Advocate

2013 Paul Lato “Suerte” Solomon Hills Vineyard...$85.99
Possibly the greatest wine to date from this incredible site that's located just south of Santa Maria, Lato's 2013 Pinot Noir Solomon Hills Vineyard Suerte offers sensational levels of sweet red fruits, currants, forest floor, spring flowers and salty minerality on both the nose and palate. Sexy, seamless and elegant, with its acidity perfectly integrated into its core of sweet fruit, it doesn't put a foot wrong, has fine tannin and is already hard to resist. Nevertheless, it should be better in another 1-2 years and drink well through 2023+.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

2013 Paul Lato Pinot Noir Pisoni Vineyard “Lancelot”...$95.99

One of the more tight and backward efforts in the vintage, the 2013 Pinot Noir Lancelot Pisoni Vineyard has a focused, pure and edgy style in its sweet black cherry, blackberry, spring flowers and distinct wet rock-like minerality. It shows more rose petal and floral notes with air, but also closed down slightly, so give bottles another year or two in the cellar. This is a gorgeous Pinot Noir that's a solid step up from the 2012.
Rated 95+/100 The Wine Advocate

Friday, August 28, 2015

Forsyth Cheese Feature: Baetje Farms Feta

Forsyth Cheese Feature: Baetje Farms Feta

We have it bulk, buy what you want!
Baetje Farms Marinated Feta from Missouri
Aged Feta made with goat milk is cut into cubes and packed into jars. We then take only the finest virgin olive oil from Greece, blend it with grape seed oil infuse it with a blend of herbs and pour it over our delicious feta garnished with a sundried tomato. 3rd place American Cheese Society 2013

Baron de Ley Reserve Rioja

"Best Rioja of  2015" - Decanter

Baron de Ley Reserve Rioja...$15.99
Next lowest price in the country on Wine-Searcher is $16.95
A young business, founded in 1985, but one that was successful right from the start. Baron de Ley is based in an old fortified monastery. This Reserva has been the cornerstone of the winery since the beginning, under the guidance of chief winemaker Gonzalo Rodriguez. It reflects the warmth of the Rioja Baja, and vines grown on alluvial soils over clay, The ripe fruit is matched by 20 months in American oak. Baron de Ley set out to make Riojas in a modern style, and has continued to experiment with blends, and lesser known varieties such as Maturana Tinta.
Rated 95+/100 Decanter Magazine
"Best Rioja of  2015" - Decanter

Talley Chardonnays score big!

2013 Talley Chardonnay Rosemary's....$42.99
What I think is one of the top Chardonnay's coming from the Central Coast, the 2013 Chardonnay Estate Rosemary's Vineyard saw the same elevage as the other whites, with barrel fermenting and aging on lees for 14 months in 20% new French oak. It has drop-dead gorgeous notes of citrus rind, melon, crushed rock and hints of brioche that flow to a classic, straight, laser-focused style on the palate. While the Rincon Chardonnay has slightly more exotic qualities, this is textbook and classic Chardonnay all the way. Gorgeous.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

2013 Talley Chardonnay Oliver's...$34.99
The 2013 Chardonnay Oliver's Vineyard is brilliant and one of the more racy, steel and lively whites in the lineup. Giving up lots of citrus blossom, salt block, mineral and a touch of white flowers, it's medium-bodied, balanced and elegant, with beautiful tension and vibrancy. Completely barrel fermented and aged in 20% new French oak, it's one serious, classy Chardonnay that represents a terrific value at this quality level.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2013 Talley Chardonnay Rincon...$37.99
Coming from loam and calcareous soils and aged on lees for 14 months in 20% new French oak, the 2013 Chardonnay Rincon Vineyard offers lots of saltiness and mineral characteristics to go with exotic green herbs, citrus and stone fruit-like aromas and flavors. Medium-bodied, balanced, clean and classy, with both stunning freshness and notable length and depth of flavor, it's another terrific white from this team that will have a decade or more of longevity.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Fresh Ratsalad!


2nd Shift Ratsalad Imperial IPA...$9.49 / 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.

Paul Lato Chard scores 96!!!

2013 Paul Lato Chardonnay le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard...$73.99
From a tiny 4.5-acre block in one of the oldest vineyards in the Santa Maria Valley, the 2013 Chardonnay le Souvenir Sierra Madre Vineyard saw 14 months in 55% new French oak. Medium to full-bodied, lively, full-flavored and with vibrant acidity, it offers up ample, mineral-laced notes of apple blossom, citrus, honeysuckle and classy oak. Still tight and backwards, it needs a year or so to come together and should be at its best from 2017-2023.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

Great Divide 21st Anniversary American Sour

Great Divide 21st Anniversary American Sour...$18.99 / 750ml

This American sour is a celebration of 21 years of brewing with Bold Character. This commemorative release opens up with bright, tart, kiwi and citrus notes before mellowing out with a hint of oak and subtle white wine-like character. Soured with lactobacillus and brettanomyces and aged for 9 months in wine barrels, 21st Anniversary is notably complex while retaining a delicate approachability.
ABV.: 6.2%

New Ballas Cheese Feature: Fromage d'Affinois with Peppercorns

New Ballas Cheese Feature: Fromage d'Affinois with Peppercorns - come in for a taste, cut fresh to order

Fromage d'Affinois with Peppercorns

Double Creme with Peppercorn
A lovely brie style cheese, ultra silky, soft ripening, softer than a typical brie. Flavor is more lactic than brie bringing a traditional French flair to this buttery cheese. Pasteurized cow's milk with pepper.

Ballwin Location Cheese Feature: Green Dirt Farm

Ballwin Location Cheese Feature: Green Dirt Farm

Green Dirt Farm Fresh Sheep Milk cheese
Our fresh sheep's milk cheese has a delicate, spreadable curd with a delicious tangy flavor that comes from the flavors of fresh milk and grasses from our pastures.
We make five varieties: Plain, Nettle, Garlic & Peppercorn, Spicy Chilis and Rosemary.
The light texture and clean, grassy flavors found in our fresh cheeses make them perfect for spreading on crackers, sandwiches and fruit. We also love to crumble it into omelets, salads and pizza.
Our Fresh cheeses have been recognized for outstanding flavor and quality at the American Cheese Society's prestigious annual competitions. In 2009, Fresh Plain and Fresh Nettle took top honors in their category. In 2012, Fresh Nettle and Fresh Rosemary received first and second place awards. In 2013, Fresh Plain won first place, while Fresh Rosemary took second and Fresh Garlic & Peppercorn received third place.

Rock Hill Location Cheese Feature: Driftless

Rock Hill Location Cheese Feature: Driftless

Driftless Tomato and Garlic Cheese
Driftless is a light, creamy and spreadable pasteurized sheep's milk cheese made by Hidden Springs Company. The cheese is moist and tangy with the richness of sheep’s milk providing the necessary creaminess and density. It is available in a blend of flavours:

TOMATO AND GARLIC:  Tomato and garlic dance together like Astaire and Rogers in this combo. Well balanced and wickedly flavorful. Scoop it up with fresh cut vegetables or smear it on a toasted baguette.

Major Awards:
2008 American Cheese Society Fresh Sheep’s Milk, Flavor Added - Third Place

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Pappy Van Winkle and Antique

Fall 2015 Allocation

How do you get some?
Pappy Van Winkle includes 10yr, 12yr 13yr, 15yr, 20yr and 23yr plus the Antique Collection which includes George T. Stagg, Sazerac Rye 18 Year-Old, William Larue Weller, Thomas H. Handy, and Eagle Rare 17 Year-Old

Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon 
Buffalo Trace Antique Collection

This release we are going to do a raffle for chance to purchase  a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle or the Antique Collection. We feel this is the fairest way as demand is off the charts.  This is how we have done it the past few years.  

We feel this is fair to everyone trying to get a bottle of this liquid gold.   Feel free to call or email us with questions.  We appreciate your business and respect our customers enthusiasm in trying to get these rare bottles.   We are not limiting the number of people that can enter.  That way if you are out of town, or cannot race to the store right now, you will not be left out.  You have just as much chance if you sign up on the last day as you do on the first day.  Thanks again.  Any questions or comments do not hesitate.

Two ways to get raffle tickets

  1. Everyone can get one FREE entry in the lottery.  You must come to one of our four stores to sign up for your free raffle ticket.  We want to make sure we give people that shop in our stores the best chance.
  2. But we want to also reward all of our regulars that come in the store each week to get Bourbon.  So you can get extra entries in the lottery and increase your chances.  For each bottle of Bourbon you purchase from the list below you get another raffle ticket for the lottery.   No limit.  

  3. We feel this is the fairest way as it allows everyone to enter, but rewards loyal regulars. It is these loyal regulars that help us get our allocation of Pappy Van Winkle and the Antique Collection.

You must purchase bourbon from this Whiskey list below (any size or year, excluding 50ml bottles).  You can purchase the bourbons at any of our four locations or online.  

We know some of these are not in stock at all times.  But if they are here, they count towards the lottery.  Here is the list
  • 1792 Barrel Select
  • Blantons
  • Bowman's
  • Buffalo Trace 
  • E H Taylor Jr (all types)
  • Eagle Rare
  • Elmer T Lee
  • Hancock's
  • W.L. Weller Special Reserve and Antique
  • Old Charter 8 year Old

More information:
  • To get the FREE entry, you must enter in person at one of our four locations.  No phone or email sign ups.  Only one free sign up per person.  Please do not try to sign up free at all of our locations.  If you have multiple free entries, we will disregard your entries.  
  • Must 21 years of age to enter.
  • You can enter as many times as you like when you purchase bottles, 1 entry for each bottle purchased from the Sazerac list above.  
  • If your name is drawn, you can purchase 1 bottle from the Pappy or Antique Collection list.  If your name is drawn a second time, we will disregard and draw another name.
  • You do not need to be present at the raffle.  You will be contacted via email/phone.
  • You must pick up at the location you signed up.
  • You will have 7 days to pick up from date of the drawing or it will go out for sale
  • Raffle will be for Pappy Van Winkle 10yr, 12yr, 13yr, 15yr, 20yr and 23yr plus the Antique Collection which includes George T. Stagg, Sazerac Rye 18 Year-Old, William Larue Weller, Thomas H. Handy, and Eagle Rare 17 Year-Old
  • If your name is drawn, you will be randomly selected a bottle from the above list.
  • We do not know the exact release date or how much we are getting.  We will announce the drawing date as soon as we know.
  • Deadline to enter is November 14, 2015.    The product should arrive before the end of the month.  Drawing will be as soon as they arrive.

Wood Hat Spirits Missouri - 2 new Bourbons

Two new Bourbons from Missouri's own Wood Hat Spirits!  Gary will be introducing and tasting them at our big Missouri Spirits Tasting on September 4th here at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth!!

Wood Hat Double Wood Bourbon...$25.99 / 375ml
This is a remarkable Double Wood Bourbon, beginning its life as our sumptuous Bourbon Rubenesque, and finished in a charred pecan barrel. The innovative use of pecan has transformed our bourbon into a phenomenal, rare spirit.

Gary Hinegardner, Owner and Distiller
Wood Hat Brew Barrel Bourbon....$23.99 / 375ml
Our Brew Barrel Bourbon is the same smooth, full-bodied bourbon you have come to know as Bourbon Rubenesque. We loan used bourbon barrels to local micro-breweries. They age a fine beer in it and return the empty barrel to us. Our bourbon is then finished in one of these beer-flavored barrels, creating a unique taste experience.
Gary Hinegardner, Owner and Distiller

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Great Divide CANS

Great Divide Lasso IPA...$8.99 / 6pk CANS
LASSO is the new frontier of India Pale Ale. Brewed with a robust roundup of Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops, its sessionable simplicity proves bigger isn’t always better. But make no mistake – the Wild West hasn’t gone mild. That same untamed IPA spirit thrives, and we reckon this’ll go down mighty fine.
ABV.: 5%

Great Divide Colette Saison....$8.99 / 6pk CANS
"Colette is our homage to the beers that Belgian farm workers have enjoyed for centuries. Brewed with barley, wheat and rice and fermented at high temperatures with a special blend of four different yeast strains, Colette is fruity and slightly tart, with a dry finish that makes it that rarest of treats - a beer as refreshing as it is complex. 7.3% ABV" -- Brewer

Great Divide Whitewater Hoppy Wheat...$8.99 / 6 pack CANS
WHITEWATER is an American wheat ale built for exploration. The bold hop profile adds complexity to this crisp, balanced ale, while hints of citrus, light floral notes, and a satisfying bitterness leave a perfect reminder of trails climbed and rapids subdued. Whitewater is the perfect complement to any adventure.

First time in STL Lagunitas Imperial Pils

Lagunitas Imperial Pils....$3.59 / 22oz 
8.6% ABV
A Bigger PILSener
A Big n' Juicy Imperial Pilsener, with Floral-Soft Aromas and Fruity Sweet flavors, this High Gravity Lager is like an Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove...

North Peak - Michigan

North Peak Majestic Wheat Ale....$8.99 / 6pk
Gracefully swaying winter wheat donates its mellow, sweet malt and golden appearance. Cool, pristine waters from ancient glaciers provide the base. Rustling Willamette hops extend a subtle bitterness to the beers personality. Taken together, the ingredients create an easily quaffable, unfiltered brew that shares with you a little bit off the tranquility of Northern Michigan in every swallow.

North Peak Brewing Hooligan Hoppy Pumpkin Ale...$9.99 / 6pk
With North Peak’s Hooligan Hoppy Pumpkin Ale you will never have to choose between your favorite pumpkin beer and IPA again. Hooligan is brewed with real pumpkin and fresh spices to give you all the spicy pumpkin goodness you could ask for. And did we mention the hops? Hooligan is brimming with hops! It is brewed in Traverse City, MI, on Old Mission Peninsula incorporating locally grown hops.

Prairie Tulsa Rugby!

Prairie Artisan Ales Tulsa Rugby American Pale Ale...$8.99 / 4pk 12oz
Tulsa Rugby Ale is an American Pale Ale brewed with Summit and Chinook hops. It’s a medium-bodied ale with notes of biscuit that nicely compliment the piney resin notes the hops add.

Monday, August 24, 2015

91 Point Cabirau under $20

2013 Domaine Cabirau Cotes du Roussillon...$15.99
I loved the 2013 Côtes du Roussillon from Domaine Cabirau. A blend of 70% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 10% Carignan that was aged mostly in tank, it offers a voluptuous, sexy personality to go with lots of kirsch and black raspberry fruit, savory herbs, pepper and dried earth. This medium to full-bodied, complex, elegant red has a core of sweet fruit, fine tannin and a great texture, all of which come together nicely on the finish. It’s already hard to resist, and I see no reason to delay gratification. These blockbuster efforts are made at the coop in Tautavel. They more than over-deliver and offer classic Roussillon flair and texture, yet back it up with solid mid-palate concentration and sound structure. Don't miss them.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

Great Aussie Value!

2014 19 Crimes Red Blend...$8.99
Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Grenache and Cabernet S!auvignon
Intensity resides within each pour of this blend. The bright hues of dark berry fruits shine as the strong vanilla aroma rises from the glass. Flavors of chocolate and cedar spice are accomplices in a finish that is soft, fruity, and fresh.

New Mourvedre!

2011 Terres Falmet Mourvedre...$14.99
Yves Falmet worked for Marris Wines in Australia, Mantanzas Creek in California, and Neudorf Winery in New Zealand.    The grapes are all grown on steep hillside vineyard.
The grapes for this wine are 100% hand-harvested. The vines are all planted on a single hillside in the appellation of Saint-Chinian.  The grapes are crushed, destemmed, then undergo a long maceration in tank. This wine is vinified and aged in tank, and there is no oak ageing. 
This is a deep, dark-colored wine, with beautiful black fruit aromas.  The wine is supple and sweet in the mouth, full of black cherry, plum, fruit with a smoky undertone. Silky blackberry fruit complement the round tannins in the finish. Though Mourvèdre is known for its age-worthiness, this is such an enjoyable wine now, it will be hard to resist drinking it in its youth. 

New batch of Plan Pegau

Great multi vintage value from Pegau!

Plan Pegau (Multi Vintage)....$24.99
Blend of 2011, 2012, and 2013 vintages
Plan Pegau is crafted by Laurence Féraud, owner of the iconic Domaine du Pegau. Produced from estate-grown fruit planted just outside Châteauneuf-du-Pape, this distinctive, multi-vintage blend is loaded with character and reflects the hallmark personality and style of Pegau.   
Great blend:  30% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 20% Merlot, and the 20% balance a mix of old-vines Carignan, Mourvèdre, Cinsault, Danlas, Alicante and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tasting Notes:
This rich, meaty red captures the essence of the Southern Rhône Valley, with layers of red and dark fruit character, soft supple tannins, and complex spice notes from extended aging in small oak barrels. Offers a true and loud echo of the traditional Pegau style and profile, and is the “little brother” of the Domaine du Pegau Cuvée Réservée Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Serve With: Enjoy with game, hearty stews, and grilled meats.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Angel's Envy Bourbon blended by TWCP / Side Project Brewing!

Angel's Envy Tasting with Wes Henderson!
We have Wes Henderson coming!

Meet Wes Henderson and get is autograph on bottles of Angel's Envy
Wes Henderson is the co-founder with his father Lincoln Henderson of Angel's Envy!

This Monday
August 24 from 5:30-7

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

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Meet Wes Henderson and taste our on Angel's Envy Collab with Side Project Brewing.

We will also have a number of cheese out to go with the Bourbon as Wes is a cheese fanatic. 

Also, since this is a collaboration with Side Project, we will have 2 bottles of Side Project Merci open to taste until they are gone.  

  • Angel's Envy TWCP/Side Project Collab
  • Just added Angel's Envy RYE - for tasting only, not for sale
  • taste assortment of cheese
  • taste Side Project Merci while it lasts

As Master Ambassador and Chief Innovations Officer, Wes Henderson has worked diligently to provide the clear and enthusiastic voice that Angel's Envy has needed to succeed. Under his guidance, the company has grown both successfully and sustainably.

Before he co-founded Louisville Distilling Company with Lincoln, Wes served as CEO for Master Distiller Select LLC, where he was additionally responsible for distilled spirits consulting services. Before that, he was the President and CEO of Conecuh Ridge Distillery — a brand that enjoyed favorable mainstream recognition. He received his education from the College of Aeronautics at the Florida Institute of Technology.

Our next Angel's Envy Blend has arrived (this I believe is our fifth one)......
This batch we created the blend with the help of Cory and Karen King of Side Project Brewing and Side Project The Cellar

Angels's Envy / TWCP /  Side Project Bourbon....$41.99
“A beautiful, mouthwatering newcomer to the whiskey scene. Named for the “angel’s share,” the portion that evaporates from the barrel during the aging process, this golden amber spirit is finished in Port barrels, which explains those juicy red-fruit notes that slide into the long finish. Look for orange peel, vanilla and roasted nut flavors, too.”
Rated 98/100 The Wine Enthusiast

What’s So Sinful about Envy?
Created by Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson, Angel’s Envy is worth coveting. Aged up to 6 years in charred white oak barrels and finished in ruby port wine casks, Angel’s Envy is an artisan’s masterpiece unlike any other bourbon.

Even after being named a “Living Legend” by Wine and Spirits Magazine, Lincoln wasn’t content to rest on his laurels. He was always a malcontent. But then, you don’t spend 40 years defining the spirits industry and earn an inaugural spot in the Bourbon Hall of Fame without a few unconventional ideas. Angel’s Envy was his last, great endeavor.

Angel’s Envy is what happens when 200 years of tradition meet an independent master craftsman’s instinct to improve. It’s a total return to craft first, hand-blended batches of 8 to 12 barrels at a time. Our bourbon starts with the finest local ingredients distilled in micro-batches and aged in American oak. We personally taste every barrel throughout each step to ensure that the spirit meets Lincoln’s malcontent legacy.

This would be enough for any other premium bourbon, but Lincoln had other ideas for his creation. That’s why we finish every batch in ruby port wine casks. There’s no set time for the process. It’s only Angel’s Envy when we say it is. The ruby port wine finish adds subtle nuance without ruining the integrity of the bourbon. The end result is a rich, exceptionally smooth and rare bourbon. Sin aside, we work every day to inspire envy, even if it takes a little longer.