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Saturday, February 13, 2016

2014 Picpoul is here!


WOW - Wine of the Week February 13th

Fresh and lively!
Back in stock!
2014 La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet....$9.99

For a grape variety that can sometimes be aggressive, this is an beautifully balanced Picpoul. The nose is perfumed with floral, and tropical fruit notes. In the mouth the wine is full of stone fruit, melon, and fruit cocktail notes. The soft fruit is tempered with an intense minerality, and citrus notes. Picpoul de Pinet has always been a textbook match for oysters, mussels, and just about any other type of shellfish you can imagine.

 About Picpoul de Pinet:   Known as the “Chablis of the South”, the wines of Picpoul de Pinet are crisp, bright and refreshing. The name Picpoul, literally translates as “Lip Stinger”, referring to the grape’s naturally bright acidity. A line of hills protects the appellation of Picpoul de Pinet from the northwestern winds, while the coastal winds from the Mediterranean temper the summer heat. The appellation includes six communes: Mèze, Montagnac, Pinet, Florensac, Pomérols, and Castelnau-de Guers. 




WOW - Wine Of the Week



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 : Alfredo Roca Chardonnay
Come taste it all four locations on Saturday Feb 13,  2016 - from 11am-4pm



Alfredo Roca Chardonnay Mendoza....$12.99
The Roca family has been producing wine in Mendoza for 4 generations, and currently farms nearly 260 acres in San Rafael, the southernmost province of Mendoza. At altitudes of 2,300 to 2,600 feet above sea level, Roca’s vineyards produce distinct, cool-climate wines of singular quality.  Offers vibrant pear and apple aromas. Has a touch of richness, but thankfully lacks fat, buttery flavors.  Excellent on its own, but can stand up to richly sauced poultry, seafood, or creamy pasta dishes.

Stone Americano Stout with Espresso


STONE AMERICANO STOUT
A DECIDEDLY AMERICAN IMPERIAL STOUT WITH ESPRESSO

Stone Americano Stout with Espresso...$15.99 / 6pk
The coffee notes in Stone Americano Stout are bold, rich and full of American swagger. For each 120-barrel batch, we incorporated over 250 lbs. of artisanal espresso-roast beans into the mash and added in Columbus, Chinook, Amarillo and Cascade hops to invigorate the coffee taste with a slight citrus and resin hop presence. When it came time to selecting our coffee, we chose the same local roasters who contributed to our sought-after 2013 Stone ESPRESSO Imperial Russian Stout. Their fantastic beans helped us achieve this dark, hoppy and wonderfully aromatic espresso stout.

Featured cheeses...

Each store stocks a different selection, come in for some FREE tastes of cheese....


Rock Hill location cheese feature
Reny Picot Americna Morbier
Each wheel of American Morbier is handcrafted by our Cheesemakers with only the freshest possible milk and then carefully smeared and aged by our Curing Managers in a temperature and humidity controlled cellar. These extraordinary efforts result in a delectable creamy soft cheese with a tangy flavor that melts in your mouth. Plus just as the American Morbier will melt in your mouth, so will this unique cheese melt beautifully with every dish you create. The Cheesemakers at Reny Picot have also added a layer of vegetable ash in the middle of the American Morbier wheel following French Tradition creating a cheese that is as visually stunning as its taste…



Ballwin location cheese feature
Aged Provolone Piccante
Provolone is one of the most famous Italian cheeses and is made from cow’s milk whose origins lie in Southern Italy.  Most Provolone is produced in the Po valley region, particularly Lombardy and Veneto. Provolone is grandted DOP designation by the European Union to ensure that cheese is produced under strict supervision using specific methods to guarantee the finest quality.  We have a delicious 6 month aged version in stock now at our Ballwin location.




New Ballas location cheese feature
Cave Aged Gruyere

Matured for 8 months. Gruyere has an unmistakably assertive, musty flavor. Recognizable by its dark brown to black rind. This cheese has a sharpness not found in other Gruyeres. Gruyere is a classic cheese from Switzerland. Great for melting. This one is cave aged to give it more sharpness and flavor. 




Forsyth location cheese feature
Cypress Grove Lamb Chopper
Award winning cheese.  Aged just 3-6 months, this cheese develops a deep buttery color and smooth texture. Made in Holland exclusively for Cypress Grove Chevre, Lamb Chopper is a sure crowd pleaser and a favorite with kids!
Pasteurized sheep milk, salt, cheese cultures, and vegetarian rennet.

Friday, February 12, 2016

BRC release - FW Sucaba

BRC emails just sent out, thank you.



Firestone Walker Sucaba

Barley Wine
January 16, 2016 Release
Confoundingly unpronounceable yet eminently drinkable—welcome to §ucaba, an epic barrel-­aged English barley wine whose original name was undone by a two­‐bit legal challenge. Big, boozy bourbon and American oak aromas combine with soft chocolate malty undertones. Complex malt flavors are framed in oak with hints of dark chocolate, vanilla, tobacco, coconut and just a touch of dark cherry. §ucaba is built to last and can age for years to come (we recommend counting the years with an abacus).

Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc



2015 Rombauer Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley...$23.99
Our Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc marks an exciting milestone for Rombauer Vineyards — the first new varietal introduced in more than 20 years and only the second white wine in our 35-year history.
VINEYARDS:  The fruit for this wine comes from four carefully selected sites in Napa Valley offering lots of sunshine yet moderate temperatures — ideal conditions for growing Sauvignon Blanc.

WINEGROWING:  2015 brought the earliest harvest in our 35-year history. Yields were down overall, but prolonged warm weather resulted in exceptional fruit quality and richly flavored wines. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was hand-picked at dawn and sorted in the vineyard.

WINEMAKING:  The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. Ninety percent of the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks. The remaining juice was fermented in neutral French oak barrels to impart weight and texture to the wine. The barrel-fermented portion was blended back to tank after three months in barrel.
TASTING NOTES:  This wine is brilliant pale yellow with a bright green hue. It exudes aromas of ripe lime, grapefruit, pear and white nectarine with a subtle hint of fresh-cut grass. The palate is fresh and enticing, as grapefruit, white nectarine and deep tropical notes intertwine making the mouth water. Balanced yet lively acidity lingers on the palate inviting another taste. Boxwood on the finish gives the wine length and vibrant freshness.

Jefferson Ocean No. 6




Jefferson's Ocean TWCP Voyage No.6....$69.99
Only 216 bottles produced
Barrel No. 9 produced exclusively for The Wine and Cheese Place

Jefferson’s Ocean: Aged at Sea -Inspired by the original Jefferson’s Ocean, which was new-filled bourbon barrels, the Jefferson’s Ocean: Aged at Sea takes older bourbon barrels and brings it around the world. Stopping in 5 different continents and crossing the equator 4 times, this bourbon truly is a world beater. 

What began as a fun experiment has resulted in a more scientific approach to the maturation process of bourbon. When whiskey was first distilled in Kentucky, it received intentional extra age from travelling on rivers and seas en route to market. This was not just due to lengthy trips but also the movement of the ship which forced the liquid in whiskey barrels to be in constant motion coming in contact wit the wood more often. At Jefferson's we wanted to tip our hat to this tradition by aging bourbon at sea. We put fully matured Kentucky Bourbon on a ship and set it on its way to crossing the equator 4 times, stopping at 5 continents and over 30 different ports. This process has added a salty, caramel elements that round out the bourbon's profile to create an American treasure that has been cultured as traveled by the globe.

High Water Brewing




High Water Brewing Apothic Imperial Porter...$7.49 / 22oz

Based on the popularity of our barrel aged version we have decided to release the Aphotic as a year round beer. We have forgone the barrel aging and developed a slightly different recipe focused on the use of Molasses, Muscovado Sugar and Star Anise. Copious amounts of Carafa 1,2 and 3 as well as chocolate malts and Midnight Wheat malts were used. Deep, dark and delicious!!!! Enjoy....Steve

High Water Brewing Tranquil Eyes Scotch Ale...$7.49 / 22oz
Our newest release is scheduled to hit the shelves and taps in early January. Brewed in the Wee Heavy style with layers of toffee and caramel flavors with a hint of cherry wood smoked malt.
7.8% ABV

HARVEST WILD HOP IPA - NEOMEXICANUS VARIETAL





Sierra Nevada Harvest Wild Hop IPA....$5.69 / 22oz
HARVEST WILD HOP IPA - NEOMEXICANUS VARIETAL
Taste an all-new hop native to the western wilds.
A few years back, we caught wind of rogue hop heads in the Southwest who began collecting some of the wild hops they found while scrambling down hillsides near their home in New Mexico. These bizarre, multi-headed, native U.S. cones have a flavor like nothing we’ve tasted, and for the first time, we’re showcasing their unusual melon, apricot and citrus aromas and flavors in our beer. Neomexicanus is the literal wild card in our five-bottle Harvest series which features single hop, fresh hop, wet hop, and wild hop beers.

New Sour Cherry aged in Wine Barrels



Hermitage Brewing Sour Cherry Sour...$24.99 / 750ml
Aged in American oak wine barrels with sour cherries added

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Another great Cognac deal...




Distillerie du Peyrat VSOP Cognac...$29.99
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $46.99
and then $66.99

La Distillerie du Peyrat is located by a small river in a quaint village 10km from Cognac. There generation after generation since 1705, the family has grown the vines in the true respect of the environment and nature. This VSOP is the signature of an authentic Cognac : rich in aromas of pitted plum, apricot and iris with delicate notes of vanilla and an elegant roundness.

Seguinot VSOP Cognac on super special!


While supply lasts!!!

Seguinot VSOP Cognac...$29.99

Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $39.99
then the next Lowest is $49.99Aged for a year in new barrels, Seguinot’s VSOP Cognac is impregnated with strong tannins before refining and mellowing in older barrels for close to four years.
Its amber colour delicately highlights the brightness of its golden reflections. Its personality is characterised by notes of dried fruit, almonds and hazelnuts. When you taste it, these fruity, slightly woody aromas are easy to detect in a remarkable sweetness and finesse.

Silver medal - Concours Général of Paris 2015
Gold award - Cognac Masters 2014
Bronze medal - Allwines - Cologne 2014
Silver medal - Hong-Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014

Great Priorat Value!!!



New Closeout just arrived!!

2012 Igneus Barranc dels Clsos Priorat...$9.99
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $17.99
Black cherry and plum flavors are fresh and focused in this juicy red, which offers lively acidity, light tannins and with subtle gamy and herbal notes. Supple and balanced. Drink now through 2018. 4,000 cases made.–TM
Rated 88/100 Wine Spectator
The 2012 Barranc dels Closos is a blend of 60% Garnacha and 40% Carinyena (I left the Catalan spelling of the grapes here, as you might find it on some back labels) aged for a short time in oak barrels. The nose is very fruity, with aromas of ripe raspberries, a little jammy, with a fresh and light to medium-bodied palate, balanced and clean.
Rated 87/100 The Wine Advocate

Amazing new Close out!!!



We tasted this new closeout we just got in and it is delicious.  $13!! Are you kidding me!!  Bargain wine you will want to stock up on while it lasts!
The lowest price online is $35!!!!

2008 Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Cabernet/Merlot...$12.99
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $34.99
The fruit for this wine was grown entirely on the gravelly soils of the Gimblett Gravels growing region in Hawkes Bay where the vineyards of Villa Maria have produced consistently high quality fruit for this Reserve blend for well over a decade . Our different vineyards contribute small parcels of exceptional fruit, each with their own unique characteristics. The free draining soils of these sites help ensure balanced fruit and canopy growth which is essential for ripe flavours and tannin development. Yields are cropped low allowing vines to produce fruit that is richly concentrated in colour, flavour and structure.

Taittinger Rare Comtes de Champagne ROSE

Get ready for Valentine's Day !!!



2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne ROSE...$234.99
A lovely Champagne, offering a rich and expressive palate of dried strawberry and white peach fruit, with toasted hazelnut, pastry, candied ginger and lemon curd flavors set in a fine and elegant frame. Long and creamy on the satiny finish. Drink now through 2031.
60 cases imported.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 95/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Dupont Aigre Doux









Dupont Aigre Doux....$15.99 / 375ml

2.1% ABV
Balsamic style apple vinegar.
Cider Vinegar drink blended with honey and ice-cider aged for 12 months in weather exposed wooden barrels
The "Aigre-Doux de Pomme" (= Sweet and sour from apple) is made ​​with cider vinegar, Givre (the nonsparkling sweet "apple wine", Domaine Dupont exclusive) and honey from the beekeeper whose hivesare placed near the apple trees of the estate. This sweet vinegar is aged in oak barrels.

Hitachino Nest Saison du Japon and XH Sour




Hitachino XH Barrel Edition....$5.49 / 11.2oz
Sour Ale Matured in Wine Barrels.
8% ABV





Back in stock!!
Hitachino Nest Saison du Japon...$4.49 / 11.2oz
Made with Rice Koji and Yuzu.

Oud Brunello Aged in Oak Barrels




Aged in Brunello barrels!!
Del Ducato / Oxbow Brewing Oud Brunello Barrel...$12.99 / 11.2oz
Giovanni Campari (Birrificio del Ducato, Italy) & Tim Adams (Oxbow Brewing, Maine) came together to brew this new release!

This beer is a collaboration with Oxbow, our tribute to fabulous Oud Bruin of lost times. Fermented directly into used barrels of Brunello di Montalcino, this beer is beautifully tart and fruit from the influence of the Brunello wine barrels.
Brewing/production notes from Tim Adams:
"We brewed a brown base beer, part of which was fermented in stainless with ale yeast, and the rest of the wort was knocked out directly into chrysopolis barrels and fermented solely by Ducato house souring organisms and brett. Following fermentation, the beer was blended back together and all racked into freshly dumped Brunello barrels. The beer was aged for several months in these barrels, followed by a final blending process."


Ducato / Hitachino Koji Il Riso






Ducato / Hitachino Collab Koji Il Riso...$9.49 / 11.2oz

Made with Black Koji yeastHybrid between beer and sake made ​​with malted barley , wheat and rice, flavored with Japanese green tea and jasmine flowers and fermented with the technique of " simultaneous saccharification and fermentation " ( SSF ) which is the same as the sake using both strains brewing that the koji mold used for the production of " " Japanese rice wine

Birra del Borgo very limited releases







SOLD OUT
Birra del Borgo's Duchessic with Cantillon Lambic....$9.99 / 11.1oz
Duchessic is the result of the blend of two beers. One is Duchessa , Birra del Borgo's Saison brewed with spelt; The second beer is Lambic brewed at Cantillon brewery in Bruxelles.
Both brews are blended just before bottling {10% lambic, 90% Duchessa{ . The use of Cantillon lambic gives Duchessic its special wild character.









Birra del Borgo Fragus....$7.99 / 11.2oz
Ale Brewed with Strawberries
"Duchessa" Saison with fresh strawberries
After Rubus and Prunus sisters is the time of Fragus ! The base is always our beloved Duchess where we add 100gr./litro of freshly picked fresh strawberries . Freshness, but also the acidity of strawberries is found both on the nose and palate , giving the beer a unique character . "



Birra del Borgo Maledetta....$7.99
Tasty variation of ReAle , lighter and drinkable . The initial honeyed sweetness is tempered in the final bitter and dry .  Named after the last cigar made in Tuscany Birra del Borgo’s Maledetta uses two different yeast strains to combine two distinct historic styles - Belgian Saison and British IPA – into a new Italian creation.

Malts:
• Pilsner
• Monaco
• Biscuit

Hops:
• warrior
• nelson sauvin
• simcoe
• columbus
• ama

Burgundy buy of the year!!





This may be the best deal we see all year in Pinot Noir. Premier Cru Burgundy has been steadily climbing in price over the last few years and we jumped at the chance to buy the Jadot 1er Cru Anniversary bottling at an amazing price
2012 Jadot Beaune 1er Cru Anniversary...$39.99
Lowest price on Wine Searcher is $47.98Building off the considerable success of their 2009 Beaune 150th Anniversary 1er Cru, Jadot has decided to make the wine again in top years. One of the highlights in this range, the 2012 boasts stunning power, depth and harmony. The lifted aromatics recall the Ursules, but here the fruit possesses more volume and creaminess. An explosive, layered finish rounds things out in style. Some of the parcels in the blend are Avaux, Cent Vignes, Pertuisots, Vignes Franches, Perrières, Toussaints and Chouacheux.
Rated 92-94/100 Antonio Galloni Vinous Media
A subtle touch of wood sets off ripe and relatively elegant notes of earth, dark cherry and spice. The mid-palate is dense, serious and powerful with plenty of mouth coating sap that helps to buffer the very firm tannic spine on the moderately austere, backward and built-to-age finale. While this is presently backward it should be approachable after 6 to 8 years of bottle age though note that it should live for a very long time. For readers having a child or grandchild in 2012 this would be a good choice to buy in quantity at a price that won’t break the bank.
Rated 92/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Black Barrels Beer



Black Barrels Nut - The Irish Jinn...$16.99 / 500ml
Barrel Aged

An amber with a solid alcohol content, 6.5%, that unites enthusiasm, decision and initiative! The wood aging grants the caramel malts, used in the mash, a unique edge. Aromas of tropical fruit and melon, while on the it’s delicate and velvet body finish in a finale both sour and bitter. Dry-hopped with flower hops during wood aging (barrel aged for about 6-8 months).


Black Barrels Yellow Doctor...$16.99 / 500ml
Barrel Aged
YELLOW DOCTOR A light blonde ale, very drinkable thanks to it’s soft acidity and light body. Refreshing, with notes of tropical fruit. It is dry-hopped and spiced with thyme after barrel aging (barrel aged for about 5-6 months) to give it a unique character.


Black Barrels Vedova Nera.....$16.99 / 500ml
Barrel Aged
VEDOVA NERA Dark ale, brewed with an abundance of toasted malts. The nose is reminiscent of an important wine or sherry. Medicinal. Watery body with an acidic finish. (about 8-10 months in barrel)

Sesma Brewing - Spain

Limited releases.  
First time in Missouri, and right now only at The Wine and Cheese Place


Sesma Brewery
The beers from Sesma are fermented with multiple yeast strains, few of which are actually traditional beer yeasts. Sesma Brewing works closely with his brother Dr. David Garcia’s company, Lev2050. David has his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Biology and is also an expert in yeast and genetics. At Lev2050 he works closely with wineries and vineyards to isolate and study different yeast strains from wines and grapes and study their biological nature and organoleptic qualities. In short, Lev2050 is Sesma’s source for yeasts. And Alberto will decide, with the help of his brother, what yeasts to use in each of his recipe depending on what flavors, aromas, acidity, attenuation, etc. he is looking to achieve in the final beer. Using different yeast in each beer requires extra attention during the fermentation process, to make sure the yeast is healthy and operating throughout. Alberto is not interested in big hoppy beers, that are currently in vogue in the Spanish craft beer scene. Instead he aims to achieve subtle flavors, nuance, and harmony in his beers. Sesma Brewing may be making some of the most unique beers to come out of Spain now.




Sesma Brewing Prunis Persica...$9.49 / 500ml

Sour ale with Peaches
Prunus Persica Sour Ale brewed with peaches from nearby Sartaguda - famous in Spain for their peaches. The fruit comes directly from the farmer, is crushed and added during the boil. Fermentation is conducted with a special non-saccharomyces yeast. Medium-high carbonation. A refreshing beer with deep peach flavors and soft subtle sourness. 6.2% alc./vol.



Sesma Brewing Prunis Sin Nombre...$9.49 / 500ml
Sin Nombre Sour Ale Sour ale brewed with cinnamon, coriander organic dry orange peel and candy sugar. It features toasted and chocolate malts to provide the beer a richer and deeper flavor accompanied by a light acidity and residual sweetness. Fermented with a special nonsaccharomyces yeast. Low-medium carbonation. 5.5% alc./vol.