Saturday, June 18, 2016

New 91 Point CDR!!

We our proud to introduce to Missouri this Old Vine Reserve CDR!

50% Syrah and 50% Grenache
2014 Fontaine du Clos Confidences Cotes du Rhone...$15.99
This is mouthfilling but not overly weighty, with a wonderful blend of herbs and spices rounded out by cherries and plums. Intense garrigue notes pick up hints of anise on the long, softly dusty finish. Drink now–2020.

Rated 91/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Till American Wheat Vodka

Till American Wheat Vodka....$19.99 / 750ml
Where you come from says a lot about you, and the same is true of our vodka. Made using
the finest quality Kansas wheat, grown by hardworking Kansas farmers, our premium
American wheat vodka represents the passion and honest values of the heartland from
which it comes. The result is a uniquely smooth premium vodka. Distilled by the proud
men and women of Atchison, Kansas.

Ojen is back!!!

Legendre Ojen....$18.99 / 750ml

Ojen, a New Orleans Favorite, Is Back in the Liquor Cabinet
New York Times
Probably more than any city in America, New Orleans loves anise-flavored liqueurs. Yet it’s had a hard time holding on to them.

It had to live without its beloved absinthe for nearly a century until the famously volatile green elixir became available in the United States again in 2007. Now, just in time for Mardi Gras, it has been given back another treasured licorice liquor: Ojen.

This week, Ojen (pronounced OH-hen) returned to New Orleans shelves and glasses for the first time in years, thanks to the Sazerac Company, the locally based liquor business.

“We had a reasonable stash of old bottles of it,” said Mark Brown, the president and chief executive. “We sent our chaps in the lab to research Ojen and then create what they felt was a really good quality Ojen. They were able to benchmark it against the old bottles.” The new product’s full name is Legendre Ojen. A bottle costs about $20.

Ojen has a history almost as romantic as absinthe’s. First produced in the mid-1800s by a Spanish distiller in the small town of Ojen, it developed a rather cultured reputation. Picasso painted a bottle into his “Spanish Still Life.” Hemingway wrote about it in “To Have and Have Not.” And it was lapped up in New Orleans, where it was strongly associated with Mardi Gras. The liqueur was popular enough that it had its own namesake drink, the Ojen cocktail.

When the Spanish source decided to shut down production in the early 1990s, Martin Wine Cellar, a well-known New Orleans shop, panicked. It pleaded for one more run of the juice and got it: 6,000 bottles worth. But the last was sold in 2009.

“For seven years, it was a special find to hold your own bottle of Ojen,” said Chris Hannah, a renowned local bartender who works at Arnaud’s French 75 bar. “When you could get to a bottle, you’d hoard it.” Mr. Hannah has three bottles from the final run, and four from the 1930s.

Mr. Brown expects demand to quickly reach beyond the city. “If we start receiving orders from other states, we would absolutely ship it,” he said. (More Ojen drinking would amount to a win-win for the Sazerac Company: Aside from Ojen, the key ingredient in an Ojen cocktail is Peychaud’s Bitters, also made by Sazerac.)

Mr. Hannah said that having Ojen back would help New Orleans residents “feel more New Orleanian.”

“I personally hope it’ll forgo the Mardi Gras hype and return to brunch drinking etiquette,” he said.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Schmaltz Brewing She'Brew Triple IPA

Schmaltz Brewing She'Brew Triple IPA...$9.49 / 22oz
This Ain’t Our First Rodeo… Actually It’s Our Second.
National Grand Champion – US Beer Tasting Championship
After 19 years of brewing HE’BREW beer, Shmaltz Brewing joined the ranks of female brewsters around the world on International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day (March 8, 2015) to brew our very first SHE’BREW BEER - TRIPLE IPA. Hand crafted by the women & female friends (& a few dudes too) of Shmaltz with a seductive blend of Calypso, Citra, Crystal and Amarillo hops and shining bright at 11% ABV, SHE’BREW will satisfy your desires for a truly glittering and glorious triple IPA.

Part of the proceeds benefit Pink Boots Society scholarship Fund

Saugutuck Brewing Third Bear

Saugutuck Brewing Third Bear English Style Ale...$9.49 / 6pk
This smooth English Pub Ale is not too hoppy and not too sweet, it’s just right. A solid backbone of nine different malts are matched perfectly with a hint of smooth hops and rich flavors.

New Nectar of the Goddess

Latitude 42 Nectar of the Goddess...$8.49 / 4pk 16oz Cans
Nectar of the Goddess is our Unfiltered American Wheat with Blood Oranges, Passion Fruit and Locally Sourced Michigan Honey. When drinking Nectar of the Goddess you get a unique, unfiltered fruity and tart wheat ale flavor perfect for summer.

New Crabtree

Crabtree West Coast IPA....$9.99 / 6 pack
We've never been an IPA brewery (yeah, you're reading this right. We actually built a successful brewery without and IPA), but the Lupulin bug bit us! Presenting to you, our favorite craft beer drinks, our West Coast IPA! Thank you for your patience! It's going to be fun going back to San Diego with this Ale!

Crabtree Emoticon DHS....$9.99 / 6 pack
An American Red Ale and a sour blond ale collide on tropical and citrus aromas berthed from Cascade, Horizon, and Zeus hops. This tangerine beauty finishes with a mellow grapefruit and citrus note from the hops, allowing for the best of both tart and hoppy.

4 Hands Rubusflux

BRC Release based on Beer Sales only

Emails just sent.  Sorry we got so little, only 12 bottles total for all 4 stores.
Not many are getting an email.

Father's Day Weekend Tasting
The Wine and Cheese Place 
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105

Let us help you find the perfect gift for Dad this Father's Day weekend. Not sure of what to get, we will be pouring samples all day.

Saturday June 18th from 10am-1pm
Dana from Vinoteca will be pouring some European Classics:
  • 2009 Remullari Rioja
  • 2014 Cellar Credo Xarello Marinus
  • 2014 Marcel Courtier Macon Loche
  • 2013 Brovia Ciabot Del Fie Barbera
  • NV Joel Falmet Brut
Saturday June 18th from 2pm-5pm
Linda from Major Brands will be pouring a few California Standouts
  • 2014 Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay
  • 2011 Hartfor Russian River Zinfandel
  • 2012 Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 2013 Cakebread Chardonnay
From 11am-4pm
  • Wood Hat Bourbon Rubenesque TWCP Single Barrel
  • Wild Turkey Kentucky Spirit TWCP Single Barrel
  • McClellands Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Jefferson Experimental Collection (starting at 11am while supply lasts)

Prairie Artisan Ales Apple Brandy Noir

BRC emails went out this morning.
This one was based on total purchases.

Prairie Artisan Ales Apple Brandy Barrel Noir...$8.99 / 500ml
Imperial Stout Aged in Apple Brandy Barrels. 

Jolly Pumpkin The Firefly!

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales
From Dexter, Michigan
"Welcome to a land of open fermentation, oak barrel aging, and bottle conditioning. At Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales we are dedicated to more than the traditions of old world craftsmanship. Everything we do is designed to create ales of outstanding art and flavor. Focusing on traditional rustic country style beers brought to life through labor and love, we strive to create beers to lighten the spirit, and soothe the soul. Sharing our joy to the betterment of mankind is the most that we could hope for.
Hope you enjoy our web site and our beers,
- Ron Jeffries

Returns with a new label
Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga "The Firefly"....$11.99 / 750ml
Rated 99/100 RateBeer
An artisan pale ale brewed in the Grand Cru tradition. Enjoy its golden effervescence and gentle hop aroma. Coriander and Grains of Paradise round out the spicy palate, melting oh so softly into a silken finish of hoppiness and bliss! Make any season a celebration!

6.5% ABV

Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam

Jolly Pumpkin, Dexter Michigan
Their Summer seasonal

Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam....$8.99 / 750ml
Jolly Pumpkin's Weizen Bam Bière is ruddy golden, with yeast driven esters of banana, spicy clove, and nutmeg all wrapped up with a generous dose of rapscillion delight.

Lots of brewers use oak barrels to age their beers these days, but Jolly Pumpkin actually ferments in the wood, and the result is beer of extraordinary complexity and earthiness. Despite the risks of fermenting in oak, however, Ron's beers are nicely balanced and drinkable, and don't seem to suffer from the oxidation and off-flavors so common in aged beer. Jolly Pumpkin ales lean toward a subtle but pleasant lactic sourness that fits perfectly with the wild yeast flavors derived from the wood.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Prairie Artisan Ales Americana

Prairie Artisan Ales Americana....$8.99 / 500ml

A Dry Hopped Farmhouse Ale
Bretanomyces conditioned
7% ABV

Jolly Pumpkin La Vida Improvisacion

Jolly Pumpkin La Vida Improvisacion....$11.99 / 750ml 
Sometimes you get lucky, most of the time you don't.
I got lucky when I married my partner for life, Laurie. I'm not sure what my life would like like without her, but I know it would be not nearly so full of love, so rich and so colorful. Enjoy this beer, first in my Improvisations Series. A celebration of our ever evolving life together.
Isaac Asimov wrote, "To succeed, planning alone is insufficient. One must improvise as well."
Emjoy this dry hopped oak aged sour saison, rich and resplendent with hoppy tropical fruit notes, full of liliko'l, papaya, mango, and apricot.

Amazing K Vintners Tasting

K Vintners Tasting at Rock Hill!
Was sold out, 2 seats just opened up!
$20 per person, reservations required.
Space is very limited call Kole at 314.962.8150 or

K Vintners Tasting Tonight at 6 at Rock Hill! We have a few spots open due to a cancellation!
Give us a call at 314-962-8150 if you would like to stop by!

In addition to the rock-star lineup, taste these awesome library wines as a bonus!

2005 Charles Smith Wines "Heart" Royal Slope Columbia Valley Syrah  (97 Pts WA, a predecessor to Royal City!) 

2005 Ovide Red Blend - (94 Pts WA, 75% Cab/25% Syrah, from the En Cerise Vineyard of Christophe Baron of Cayuse!)

Don't miss it!

Charles Smith’s K Vintners Wine Tasting!
Thursday - June 16th, 2016 6-8pm
The Wine and Cheese Place  -- Rock Hill
9755 Manchester Rd, St. Louis, MO 63119

We are very excited to offer this opportunity to taste some of the most reasonably priced, consistently high scoring wines of Washington’s Walla Walla Valley! This will be a great chance to explore highly allocated single vineyard wines side by side. Jeff Cobb from Pinnacle imports will be on hand to lend his knowledge of Charles Smith’s Wines and direct this amazing tasting experience.

If you’re not familiar with these wines, here’s what Jeb Dunnuck from the Wine Advocate has to say about K Vintners:
"In the top tier of producers in Washington State, wild man Charles Smith fashions singular, exotic wines that never lack for richness or texture… In almost all cases, given the quality, they represent incredible values.”

$20 per person, reservations required.
Space is very limited call Kole at 314.962.8150 or
Email for reservations.

Wines to be poured, with limited amounts available for purchase:
- 2014 Art Den Hoed Viognier…$25.99 (90WS)
- 2014 Substance Cabernet Sauvignon…$15.98 (92WA)
- 2012 Guido Sangiovese…$44.99 (91WA)
- 2013 El Jefe Tempranillo…$53.99 (91-93WA)
- 2014 Milbrandt Syrah…$29.99 (NYR, 2013 scored 92WA)
- 2012 The Hidden Syrah…$68.99 (98WA)
- 2013 MotorCityKitty (MCK) Syrah…$34.99 (95-97WA)
- 2013 Beautiful Syrah…$59.99 (NYR, 2012 Scored 95WA)
- 2013 River Rock Syrah…$44.99 (NYR, 2012 Scored 94WA)
- 2013 Rock Garden Syrah…$59.99 (92-94WA)
- 2013 The Creator Cab/Syrah…$54.99 (94-96WA)

- Plus 1 or 2 very cool library/ other project wines from Charles! (not for sale)

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Cabernet for Father's Day

Cab's for Dad's
Get your favorite dad a great bottle of Cabernet to celebrate this weekend. We have you covered from $20-$200.

2014 Daniel Cohn Bellacosa Cabernet Sauvignon...$19.99
We have learned that following Robert Parker on Twitter can be a good thing, thanks for the heads up on 2013 Sebastiani Gravel Bed Red which we discovered via Twitter and it ended up getting 97 Points
Robert M Parker on Twitter "Excellent $25 #Cabernet from #Napa—a super value!"
“A cabernet I had last night - Daniel Cohn’s 2014 Bellacosa, a delicious supple, and savory wine that defies the stratospheric Napa pricing game. Check it out!” - ROBERT PARKER
Robert Parker said is was a super value at $25, but it is an even better value at our store as we are offering it at only $19.99

2013 Stags' Leap Winey Cabernet Sauvignon...$35.98
A wine with purity and definition. Ultra-fine tannins hold together a red with subtle berry, walnut, forest floor and mushroom character. Very fine indeed. Better in 2020 but so beautiful now.
Rated 94/100 James Suckling
2012 Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon...$55.99
2012 Hidden Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon 55% Slope...$55.99The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon 55 Degrees Slope exhibits an opaque ruby/purple color as well as beautiful, sweet crème de cassis, Asian plum sauce, licorice and forest floor notes. Full-bodied with velvety tannins, and impressive concentration, texture and length, this superb Cabernet can be drunk early in life because of its velvety opulence or cellared for two decades.
Rated 94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2013 Far Niente Bella Union Cabernet Sauvignon $64.98
The 2013 Bella Union presents a luscious nose of ripe black cherry, plum, strawberry, opulent berry compote and cassis. The entry is rich and inviting with succulent flavors reminiscent of cherry pie. The palate builds to trademark Rutherford dust mingled with chewy tannins, offering a mouth-filling, integrated texture, as hints of baking spices linger on a beautiful finish.

2012 Dunn Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...$82.99

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa, which includes 65% Coombsville fruit from John Caldwell’s vineyard and the rest from Howell Mountain, is a big, deep, dramatic Cabernet Sauvignon, much in keeping with the vintage’s character. It is full-bodied and displaying flashy, flamboyant blueberry and blackberry fruit, licorice and background earth and oak, it is voluptuous and ideal for drinking over the next 15 or more years.

Rated 93/100 Wine Advocate

2011 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet...$95.99
Our 2011 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is an elegant representation of Napa Valley Cabernet from a cool vintage. It presents an opaque garnet hue in the glass and reveals aromas of sandalwood and roasted meats. Flavors of vanilla, coffee beans and raspberries are buttressed by dusty tannins, firm acidity and a mouth-coating texture. Given proper cellaring, this wine should provide drinking pleasure through 2029.

2007 Soter Finale Cabernet...$139.99
This wine is Tony Soter's last Cabernet, and his last Napa Valley wine! As both a debut and a grand finale, it is a truly special bottling commemorating a 30 year career that involved making many acclaimed wines for exceptional producers, namely: Araujo, Dalla Valle, Etude, Viader, Shafer and Spottswoode. More than a piece of vinous memorabilia, this wine makes a parting statement about what Napa Cabernet can be, what it was and what it has meant to this acknowledged master of the craft. Both the 2007 and 2006 vintages are represented in this bottling, where the blend of both years together simply made for the most compelling wine.
Only 900 cases produced.

2013 Peter Michael Les Pavots..$181.99

The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Les Pavots, which is their proprietary red wine blend from Knights Valley, is a killer effort, and one of their all-time greats, ranking right up there with the 2007 or 1997. A blend of 69% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot and Petit Verdot, there are 3,600 cases of it. The wine displays plenty of mocha, chocolate, blackberry, creosote and charcoal in an incredibly complex fragrance. Full-bodied and opulent, it shows, loads of tannin, a hint of unsmoked cigar tobacco and plenty of black and blue fruits. Opaque purple to the rim, this wine is in need of a good 5-6 years of cellaring and certainly has 30-40 years of life in it.
Rated 98+/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2012 Dominus Proprietary Red...$199.99

Flirting with perfection, the 2012 Dominus is composed of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Petit Verdot and 2% Cabernet Franc. Five thousand cases were produced, a relatively modest amount from this large vineyard’s big crop. Christian Moueix told me that there was plenty of heat in 2012, but there were no excessive hot spells that can plague Napa Valley vintners during the growing season and harvest. This wine’s opaque plum/purple color is accompanied by a beautiful nose of sweet crème de cassis, a touch of background oak (only 40% new oak is used), spice box, cedarwood, black cherries and a hint of spring flowers. The complex, intense aromatics are followed by a deep, opulent, multidimensional, full-bodied wine with not a hard edge to be found. Everything is seamlessly crafted in this beauty and the vintage’s abundant richness is well-displayed. This 2012 can be drunk in its exuberant youthfulness or cellared for another 20-25 years.

Rated 99/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Bruichladdich Octomore releases

 (we also have a few bottles left of 06.1 on the shelf too)

Bruichladdich Octomore 7.1 Scottish Barley...$164.99
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Octomore 07.1/ 208 ppm scottish barley super heavily peated single malt scotch whisky each new octomore generates a huge amount of anticipation and excitement. Connoisseurs of single malts from around the world have created a cult following for the world’s most heavily peated whisky series.
 Each release is a powerful illustration of the art of the master distiller. Each is necessarily unique, limited, finite, a celebration of nuance. It can never be reproduced. For Octomore 07.1 barley harvested from mainland Scotland was peated to 208ppm. Five years in American oak. Bottled at 59.5%. Octomore stands alone.

Bruichladdich Octomore 07.3 Islay Barley...$174.99 
2010 Limited Edition Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Octomore 07.3, is the second release of octomore of octomore - octomore whisky made from barley grown two miles along the coast from the distillery at farmer and friend james brown's octomore farm.  It was distilled in 2010 from grain harvested on Lorgba field the previous summer, peated to 169ppm and matured here on Islay for all its life in American bourbon barrels and Spanish wine casks of Ribera del Duero. Uber provenance, uber experimental, Octomore of Octomore embodies the quintessence of our philosophy.

Boulevard Tropical Pale Ale

Boulevard Tropical Pale Ale...$7.99 / 6pk
With Grapefruit and Passion Fruit
We’re very excited to announce that a new year-round beer will be joining our lineup this spring! Inspired by our collaboration with Florida’s famed Cigar City Brewing, Tropical Pale Ale marries our love and mastery of balanced pale ales with the bright, refreshing flavors of grapefruit and passion fruit accented by juicy, citrusy hops. Tropical Pale Ale begins with a base of soft pilsner malt layered with Maris Otter, Munich and caramel malts. Huge late hopping with a blend of Mosaic, Citra, Topaz, Calypso and Azacca lends bright flavors of mango, pear, blueberry and citrus to a pale ale featuring slightly toasted biscuit and caramel/toffee notes. Tropical Pale Ale is infused with grapefruit peel, grapefruit juice and passion fruit juice at the conclusion of the boil, resulting in a refreshing acidity and bold tropical fruit flavor and aroma. 

Tropical Pale Ale is 5.9 ABV and 45 IBU.

Watch this brief video from Boulevard Brewmaster Steven Pauwels:

Boulevard Saison Brett 2016

Boulevard Smokestack Series Saison Brett....$11.99
Saison-Brett, based on our very popular Tank 7, is assertively dry hopped, then bottle conditioned with various yeasts, including Brettanomyces, a wild strain that imparts a distinctive earthy quality. Though this farmhouse ale was given three months of bottle age prior to release, further cellaring will continue to enhance the “Brett” character, if that's what you're after.

TWCP single barrel of Wood Hat Bourbon

Wood Hat Bourbon Whiskey Rubenesque...$39.99 / 750ml

Barrel #156
100 proof
Blue Corn
Chinkapin Oak
#3 Char
Bottled exclusively for The Wine and Cheese Place

We diligently control every step of the process to produce a full-bodied flavor. By keeping the grains whole all the way to the end, a bigger robust flavor was created. It did not need much oak to finish it off. Then, by selecting 3 year old, air-dried wood for the barrels, the flavor blossomed without the tannic bite ‒ a process only possible with a small batch, pot distilled, single barrel, field-to-glass creation.
Gary Hinegardner

Amazing Cabernet !!!

Check out what Robert Parker said about it below.

Taste it today at Forsyth from 11am-3pm

We have learned that following Robert Parker on Twitter can be a good thing, thanks for the heads up on 2013 Sebastiani Gravel Bed Red which we discovered via Twitter and it ended up getting 97 Points
Here is our/Robert Parker's latest find:

Currently only in stock at our Forsyth location
2014 Daniel Cohn Bellacosa Caberent Sauvignon...$19.99
Robert M Parker on Twitter "Excellent $25 #Cabernet from #Napa—a super value!"

“A cabernet I had last night - Daniel Cohn’s 2014 Bellacosa, a delicious supple, and savory wine that defies the stratospheric Napa pricing game. Check it out!” - ROBERT PARKER
Robert Parker said is was a super value at $25, but it is an even better value at our store as we are offering it at only $19.99
He has not scored it yet, but I am sure it will appear in an upcoming issue.  What is your guess from this remarks? 92? 93? 94? or higher?   Who would have guessed the Gravel Bed Red would have scored 97

Monday, June 13, 2016

WRC - releases - Blood Oath and Highland Park Ice

Emails sent for the release of these through our Whiskey Reward Club

Blood Oath Pact No.2 Bourbon Whiskey...$89.99 / 750ml
A masterful union of well-bred bourbons. One, a spirited bourbon with a decidedly rye mash bill, unmistakably oaky and strong. Two, a disarmingly-smooth, wheated bourbon to soften the edges, yet intensify the flavor. And three, a port-barrel finished rye for a velvety sweet goodbye. An arranged marriage of the rich, rare and unexpected, for you to have, hold and hide.

Highland Park 17 Year Old Ice Edition...$299.99 / bottle
53.9% ABV
This 17 year old single malt has the classic Highland Park flavour dynamic, similar to Freya in the Valhalla Series.
TASTING NOTES:  A radiant whisky, natural in colour with mirror-like brightness. Up-front, vivid aromas of cool, fresh pineapple and mango sorbet give way to silvery shards of smoke and the frosty kick of root ginger. Like the Ice Giants themselves, the palate is powerful yet smooth, misty peat smoked inter-twined with vanilla seeds. A beautifully balanced finish, with lingering woodiness and spices.

We are proud to announce the release of our new ICE Edition bottling, a whisky truly from a different realm, in a special release of 30,000 bottles. This stunning expression evokes the elemental power of ice and celebrates the Viking heritage of our home on Orkney, a place instilled with the magic of Norse mythology.
LEGEND HAS IT:  According to legend, the ice realm, Niflheim, is the homeplace of darkness, cold, ice and frost. The first Ice Giant, Ymir, was born at the beginning of time when the edge of the realm melted from the heat of the neighbouring fire realm, Muspelheim, and he is the first creature mentioned in Norse creation mythology.  As Ymir slept, he gave birth to the Jotun family, a race of powerful Ice Giants standing at over 20 feet high and known as the Gods of Creation. When they shook, fought or sneezed, it caused earthquakes!

GLACIAL PACKAGING:  The bottle is designed to bring to life the dazzling ice realm, with blue-tinted glass and a sharp, faceted shape. The front of the bespoke bottle features a Norse symbol representing the creation of the world, which they believed was protected by a serpent, Jormungandr, biting his own tail. Encased in a mountain-shaped wooden cradle, the whole design reinforces the links to the Ice Realm and its mythology. Watch the video below to see the bottle come to life!