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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Great 25 year old Rum



SOLD OUT
Smooth Ambler Revelation Rum...$39.99
Cheapest price on Wine-Searcher is $54.99
Batch #3
Youngest Rum in this batch is 1990
This is 25+ year old rum


As with OldScout Whiskey, we’re excited to bring rare spirits to market when they cross our paths and impress our palates. Revelation is a fine “ron anejo” from the Caribbean, having made the long journey from near the Blue Mountains of Jamaica to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Appalachia. It’s smooth, delicious and makes us want to travel someplace warm. Even if it’s just to the back porch.

New from CAKEBREAD CELLARS

From Cakebread
                           - their new Washington State Wine
2013 Mullan Road Cellars Red Wine...$42.99
Bright red-ruby. Musky aromas of dark raspberry, black cherry, chocolate and spices, lifted by a floral note. Smooth and fruity but also firm on the palate, with a complicating hint of coffee torrefaction. Tannins are a bit youthfully dry and oaky but this wine shows more charm than the 2012 release. A second bottle showed strong, building tannins but plenty of supporting fruit and excellent persistence.
Rated 91/100 Stephen Tanzer

New Signatory Scotches




Signatory Un-Chillfiltered Edradour Single Malt Scotch...$56.99
Aged 10 Years
Distilled 2005
Bottled 2015
ABV 46%
Cask No. 4


Signatory Cask Strength Caol Ila 1983..$419.99
Age: 31 years
Distilled: 1983
Bottled:  2015
Matured in Hogshead
Cask No. 5293
Total bottles produced: 214
ABV: 47%
Caol Ila, (pronounced ‘cull-eela’) is the Gaelic name for the Sound of Islay, in reference to the distillery’s location overlooking the strait between Islay and Jura. Built in 1846, Caol Ila is the largest of the eight working distilleries on the island of Islay.

COLOR: caramel
NOSE: Fruity and tangy with notes of salty butter, toast, wet stones on a beach, linseed oil, a little peat smoke, kippers and sweetness.
TASTE: Rich and tangy palate, with good spice notes, citrus peels, black pepper, malt and smoke. A little smoked oyster note.
FINISH: Spicy, fruity and peaty. A little burning cardboard.




Signatory Cask Strength Laphroaig 1997..$219.99
Aged: 17 years
Distilled: 1997
Bottled: 2015
Matured in Hogshead
Cask No. 8372
Total bottles produced: 255

ABV: 51.6%Named after the Isle of Islay’s Loch Laphroaig, this single malt whiskey distillery has been operating since its establishment in 1815. Home of the only whiskey to carry the Royal Warrant of the Prince of Wales, this esteemed distillery uses traditional methods to create it’s distinct malt.

New value in Vodka


Great Value
Petergoff Pshenichnaja Wheat Vodka...$9.99
6 times distilled
Product of Belarus
Based on an old Russian recipe
90 Points Gold Medal from Tastings.com

Crabtree aged in Tequila barrles




Crabtree Au8 Chpater One...$9.99 / pint
Belgian Style golden ale aged in Tequila barrels
Unfiltered and bottle conditioned

New Award Winning - Bluewater Organic Halcyon Gin




Bluewater Organic Halcyon Gin...$26.99
With a rare 5-star rating from renowned critic Aaron Knoll of TheGinIsIn.com, Halcyon has quickly ascended to the highest tier of fine gins. A classic London Dry aromatic profile with a citrus-forward brightness shape a gin that is both traditionally engaging and versatile for bold explorations. Aromatics steep for 24 hours in our hand-hammered copper kettles, followed by a masterful distillation to capture the essence of Halcyon.

I found it hard find a cocktail that I did not like this gin in…Beautiful…Where other gins sometimes wilt, or highlight ‘off’ notes, Halcyon excels across the board.
– Aaron Knoll, TheGinIsIn.com

True Kinship from Carbondale, Illinois


Distilled and Bottled in Carbondale, Illinois
True Kinship Small Batch Young Bourbon Whiskey...$38.99
Single Barrel 2X distilled
43.2% ABV

True Kinship Small Batch Young Whiskey...$38.99
Single Barrel 2X distilled
40.7% ABV
True Kinship is in our bourbon: the kinship we share with local farmers, our distillers, barrel makers and most importantly with you.

Ron Miel Rum with Honey added




Ron Miel Guanche Rum...$19.99 / 750ml
Ron Miel Honey Rum is a unique speciality of both the Canary Islands and its oldest distillery, Arehucas. Seven year old rum is blended with natural honey from the surrounding islands to create an exquisite natural flavour combination. Enjoy it on its own or in multitude of exciting mixed drinks and cocktails in which Ron Miel Honey Rum acts as a natural substitute for man-made sugars and liqueurs.

New Vermouth - Cruz Conde


Cruz Conde Rojo Vermouth 1902...$21.99
Artisanal vermouth produced by Bodegas Cruz Conde from an Oloroso base of PEDRO XIMÉNEZ grown within the Montilla-Moriles DO.Oxidative aging in American oak barrels by Criadera and Solera for a minimum of 5 years. Aromatized with a maceration of traditional Mediterranean botanicals including gentian, bitter camomile, thyme, juniper, wormwood, among others. Intense in aromas and well balanced on the palate. Subtle and pleasant, traditional apéritif.

Uinta Fest Helles



Uinta Brewing Fest Helles...$4.99 / 22oz
Fest is a delicate balance of malt and hops. With its bready malt character and grassy aromatics, this German-style lager is the perfect go-to for late Summer drinking, lederhosen optional.

Cakebread limited release single vineyard




2011 Cakebread Cellars Vine Hill Ranch....$114.99
Tasting Notes & Food Pairings
Distinctively high-toned, concentrated and complex aromas of earthy black fruits, violets, slate, dark chocolate and spice characterize the nose of our 2011 Vine Hill Cabernet Sauvignon. Deep, dense and powerful on the firmly structured palate, the wine’s intense, dramatically concentrated blackcurrant, blackberry, dark plum and mineral flavors are bolstered by firm, yet refined tannins and balanced acidity, leading to a long, savory finish accented by earth, mineral, chocolate and toasted oak tones.

Big time Penfolds ---




We are $50 a bottle less than the next person online!!

2012 Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon...$199.99

Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $249.99

only 4 bottles leftVibrant, focused and elegant, but needs time to bring everything together. Offers deep flavors of currant, blackberry, potpourri and spice that weave together seamlessly against a gentle grip of tannins, expanding beautifully on the long and expressive finish. Best from 2017 through 2030. 990 cases imported.

Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator










Very seldom do you see both give a wine a perfect 100
Only 4 bottles left

2008 Penfolds Grange....$599.99
100 points | $850 | 330 cases imported | Red
An utterly majestic Shiraz, sleek and seamless, brimming with ripeness on a framework that allows for grace and expressiveness in equal measure. The intensity of fresh blueberry and plum fruit holds attention until the nuances kick in, offering glints of exotic spice, coffee, cocoa, bay leaf and mint. Shows tremendous presence without a lot of weight, the tannins present but not even close to getting in the way. A great wine now, with plenty of room to grow. Drink now through 2040. From Australia.—H.S.
Rated 100/100 The Wine Spectator
Deep purple-black in color, the 2008 Grange puts forward a very complex nose packed with aromas of mulberries, layers of baking spices, cloves and cinnamon with nuances of minced meat, anise, potpourri and whiffs of dried mint and chocolate. Medium to full-bodied, taut and very spicy in the mouth, it shows touches of sandalwood and Chinese five spice complementing the layers of dark fruit flavors. It is framed by firm, grainy tannins and a refreshing acid line before finishing very long with aniseed and lingering blackberry preserves notes. This is clearly a wonderfully opulent and a magic vintage for this label. Drink it from 2018 to 2035+.

Rated 100/100 The Wine Advocate



Special 60th Anniversary Edition!!!

2010 Penfolds Grange....$479.98 / bottle
We have 8 bottles in stock.

We do have some original 3 bottle wood cases too
The 2010 Grange arrives with much expectation and does not disappoint. This is a powerhouse, structurally superior to both the 2009 and 2008 vintages and breathtakingly dense, long and precise. The nose has cola, blackberry, vanillin, hard brown spices of all kinds, coal smoke, meaty charcuterie elements and a strong tarry, savory note that speaks of the 85% Barossa Valley componentry. The palate has super deep tannins that fan out through flavorsome black fruits. These are purposeful tannins; they bristle on the palate, tantalizing and assertive yet playful, strong not aggressive. The power here is the thing; this has mouth-coating density and terrific drive, so tightly coiled, it gives enough away to suggest a very, very long cellaring wine is here. This is a classic Grange that will please the serious collectors. A wine of genuine pedigree. Better in 2026.
Rated 100/100 James Suckling
The 2010 Grange is a 4% Cabernet Sauvignon and 96% Shiraz blend made from Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Adelaide Hills, McLaren Vale and Magill Estate fruit that was aged 17 months in 100% new American oak hogsheads. Very deep purple-black in color, this is classic Grange - amongst the finest produced - replete with fresh, vibrant and youthful black fruit notes showing some blueberry aromas and accents of camphor, anise and the slightest floral hint plus a whiff of oak in the background to lend a cedar-laced lift to this textbook Shiraz nose. Medium to full-bodied in the mouth, it is very taut and finely constructed showing typically firm, grainy, uniform tannins, great concentration and wonderful persistence on the finish. If I have any very slight complaint of this near perfect wine it is that it seems a little too clinical and appears to speak less of the land and the heart of South Australia and more of the very skilled winemaking than did the Grange from the magical 2008 vintage
Rated 99/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 98/100 The Wine Spectator


Pumpkin Pack from O'Fallon




New!!
O'Fallon Pumpkin Pack...$15.99 / 12 pack bottles
includes 3 bottles each of...
  • O'Fallon Vanilla Pumpkin
  • O'Fallon Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin
  • O'Fallon Jack O'Latte Cream Stout
  • O'Fallon Peach Pumpkin


La Noble French Chardonnay






2014 La Noble Chardonnay...$12.99
There’s a whopping 11,000 cases of La Noble’s 2014 Chardonnay, and like the 2013, it’s another terrific value. Medium-bodied, pure and elegant, with notable freshness in its melon, apple and green citrus bouquet, it has crisp, yet integrated acidity, a dry, clean finish and tons of charm.
Rated 88/100 The Wine Advocate

Fermented in stainless steel tanks, at cool, controlled temperatures. Aged "sur lie" until bottling. This is a store favorite unoaked 100% Chardonnay. Fresh peach and pear aromas on the nose, with a subtle hint of acacia. Lush yet lively - a beautifully balanced Chardonnay.
Serve With: A perfect aperitif, it will accompany a wide variety of food including creamy pasta dishes and fish, poultry and pork. We have been selling this wine for 15+ years now and is still one of the best buys in unoaked Chardonnay. Importer Dan Kravitz blends the wine himself each year to maintain the style. “Kravitz still has a knack for finding good wines at great prices” – Robert Parker, Parker on Wine, BusinessWeek,

Cabo Wabo --



Cabo Wabo Blanco Tequila...$23.99 / 750ml
Next lowest price on Wine-Searcher in Missouri is $24.99
Cabo Blanco is pure, no-holds-barred, Thick Cut tequila. We turn 100% Weber Blue Agave into tequila the way it was meant to be – with full-on agave you can taste. It's never influenced by barrel wood – only by hard work, passion and dedication without apology.


Cabo Wabo Reposado Tequila...$28.99 / 750ml
Next lowest price on Wine-Searcher in Missouri is $30.49
Cabo Reposado takes Thick Cut tequila to the next level, aging it for 4-6 months in American oak barrels. Built for those who don’t shy away from bold agave flavor, this is the tequila that stands up to any drink while earning the right to be savored on the rocks.

Rowan's Creek and Noah's Mill

Back in stock.  This one comes and goes.  But we now have a good enough supply in stock to actually tell you it is back on the shelf now.




Rowan's Creek


Rowan's Creek Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey...$33.99
Starts out with great spicy, minty notes & when water is added the nose makes you want to set up a tent in the woods! Classic caramel & vanilla notes shine on the palate with light cedar & more mint notes prevailing at the end.  
Color: Auburn
Nose: Intensity– 2.5; Light pepper, rich cologne notes, camping under the stars, eucalyptus, mint
Palate: great caramel & vanilla notes… Very cliché to describe a Bourbon like this, but these notes really shine here. Apricot, cigar boxes and cellars.
Finish:  Length – Medium; Lemon, cedar, light smoke, fresh berries, spearmint







Noah's Mill Bourbon Whiskey $44.99
Aged in wooden barrels, bottled by hand at 57.15% alc./vol. (114.3 proof) Noah’s Mill Genuine Bourbon Whiskey is handmade in the hills of Kentucky. This is a Bourbon of extraordinary character and smoothness not found among younger whiskies. Its superior taste and flavor characteristics are made possible only from using the very finest quality ingredients at the outset along with the long years and patience necessary for nature to mellow everything to perfection. We bottle this Bourbon at a strength that best compliments its age, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy it like no other Bourbon.

Friday, August 26, 2016

2013 Opus One

We have been informed of our allocation.  It will be arriving this fall.  Do not miss what is considered to be the best Opus One ever made.

email aaron@wineandcheeseplace.com for pricing



2013 Opus One Proprietary Red
The greatest Opus ever. Terrific aromas of crushed black currants, blueberries and flowers with hints of sweet tobacco. Roses continue to exude opulence and class. Full body, superb balance of ultra-fine tannins and vibrant acidity. Complex aftertaste of black fruits and citrus fruit. Extremely persistent. So approachable now and enjoyable. But will be even better in 2019 and beyond. 79% cabernet sauvignon, 7% cabernet franc, 6% merlot, 6% petit verdot, 2% malbec. This will always be beautiful to drink.
Rated 100/100 James Suckling (formerly of the Wine Spectator)
Rated 94-96+/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Sugarlands Shine


Sugarlands Shine Butterschotch Gold Moonshine....$19.99
40 proof
Butterscotch Gold brings out tastes of brown sugar, caramel, and vanilla that informs memories of kettle corn at the county fair. Slight hazelnut notes and a lingering cream flavor contribute to a long finish that cannot last long enough.


Sugarlands Shine Peanut Butter and Jelly...$19.99
70 proof
Peanut Butter and Jelly moonshine? Yes! Taste the fruity burst of concord grape jelly balanced out by delicious peanut butter (creamy or crunchy depending on your persuasion). It’s a classic comfort combination shouting “howdy" to your inner child. It’s nuts!

Fluid Dynamics The 1850 Cocktail - pre-made - Sazerac!



Fluid Dynamics The 1850 Cocktail....$18.99 / 200ml
Here’s me and Devin Cain of the American Craft Whiskey Distillery tasting various experimental blends for our recently-released Fluid Dynamics aged cocktails. The 10-liter barrel on the counter behind my glass in the foto holds the first experimental batch of a Sazerac cocktail (we had to call it the 1850 – the year the Sazerac bar opened in New Orleans – because "Sazerac" is a trademark).
You've probably noticed that a lot of good bartenders are blending cocktails in tiny barrels and aging them for a couple of weeks. It’s what gave us the idea for Fluid Dynamics. We are able to assemble our cocktails in 55 gallon oak barrels. We age them for about six weeks. It helps a lot that the blending is done by the same people that distilled the spirits we're using, because they have a good idea of what’s going to happen in the barrel.  When we experimented with the 1850, we learned that it is very different to age a product with absinthe in it than it is to simply mix a drink containing absinthe: the interaction of the components over time is a powerful factor. We decided not to include bitters, because no matter how little we used, after six weeks, the bitters taste was too strong. Because we age Germain-Robin varietal brandies for quite a while before starting to blend them, we were able to experiment with brandies distilled from different grapes. Brandies from aromatic grapes (like Riesling and Muscat) performed the best.
A good drink that is mixed and handed to you is composed of complex and distinctive ingredients. If you take the time to age those ingredients together in barrel, they merge into a richer and more harmonious whole. To our palate, the aged version is about four times as good as a drink that has been freshly assembled. Similar things happen to our whiskies and brandies in the cellar (when we prepare a blend, it takes at least two years, sometimes five, for the components to fully “marry”).

Jim Beam Double Oaked Twice Barreled


Jim Beam Double Oaked Twice Barreled...$16.99 / 750ml
Like all of our bourbons, the new Jim Beam® Double Oak is crafted in charred oak. Its rich flavor comes from being aged a second time in another separate barrel.
Jim Beam® Double Oak is first aged in charred American white oak barrels, then we pour it into another freshly charred barrel to mature for a second time. The added interaction with the oak wood results in a liquid intense in flavour, smooth in taste.

Church Street Brewing - Illinois




Mark Naski
"With over 40 years of brewing experience, we are thrilled to have Mark part of our recipe team; he works on our German beer line and spent 20 years being trained on Helles in Germany. He's a "beer speaker" and actively organizes European beer tours. He's also designed two breweries in St. Louis. Mark is a great addition to the team." - Church Street


TWCP - Is proud to bring back a St Louis favorite - Mark Naski's Helles, Marzen and Maibock ( a beer so good it was asked to available year round) and his new Polish Pilsner. Mark Naski a legend in the beer community, helped start St Louis Brews Home brewing club. Known for his knowledge of the Lager style of beers. Starting brewing at The Custom Brew Haus, moved onto make beer for Growlers Pub and final stop at The Stable before moving to Chicago. Mark has carefully perfected his recipes for 15 yrs.  Our own Kevin Burdge, current buyer manager at TWCP in Ballwin was Mark's head brewer and tasting partner at all three locations.   Kevin and Mark would talk (and taste) for hours on the various German styles beers and how they could make their own version. "We had to be good because you can not hide your mistakes in a Lager" - KGB






Located in Itasca, Illinois (just 10 miles west of Chicago), Church Street Brewing Company is a new craft brewery that has quickly grown into a reputable name in the Chicago area. Owners Joe and Lisa Gregor use traditional German brewing methods to craft their wide range of lagers and ales that represent both old and new beer styles of European influence. The Gregors are churning out approachable, award-winning beers and continuing to grow their brewery's ever-expanding footprint in the region. We are a family business built on a dream to make quality ales and lagers that stand out from the crowd.

Church Street Heavenly Helles...$9.99 / 6pk

One of Germany’s quintessential beverages, now in Chicagoland. Utilizing old world decoction mashing techniques for a truly unique sweet malt character, this gentle drink also features a straw colored-clarity that’s clearly heavenly.


Church Street Continental Lager
...$9.99 / 6pk
Brewed to eliminate Gluten! Smooth and drinkable, yet malty and complex with a noble hop kick. Four German malts with three German hop varieties combine to create our quintessential pilsner. Notes of biscuit and grassy/floral hops make this a great beer to kick back with anytime. Enjoy!


Church Street Shony Scottish Ale
...$9.99 / 6pk
In centuries past, to ensure a plentiful crop, the Celts would donate a variety of malts for a community ale to please the Shony, a local water spirit. Sadly, the custom dictated that they throw it all in the ocean. Our traditional 80 Shilling Scottish-style ale is a robust brew with notes of sweet caramel and mellow roast – best enjoyed on land, not in the ocean.




Church Street Brimstone IPA
...$9.99 / 6pk
Church Street is proud to present our take on the American IPA with this dry-hopped West Coast IPA that’s brimming with Cascade aroma, giving this tangerine-beauty a fruity and refreshing nose – don’t be surprised if you find yourself sniffing more than sipping! A bold bitterness is rounded out by notes of citrus and grapefruit and a slightly dry hoppy finish. Cheers!


Church Street Lubelskie Polish Pilsner 
..$9.99 / 6pk
ABV 4.6%
A pale, Southeastern Polish Style Pilsner, decoction mashed using floor-malted barley for a full malty flavor. Featuring Lublin Hops for a mild, lemony and refreshing characteristic.


Church Street Devil's Advocate
...$9.99 / 6pk
Devil’s Advocate begs the question: What happens when you take a ton (literally) of Pilsen malt, put it through a decoction mash, boil it up, add another 500 lbs of Belgian candy and kane sugar, and then add some of Duvel’s world famous yeast? The answer: A spicy, sweet, and dangerously drinkable Belgian golden strong ale.


Church Street Magisterium Maibock
...$9.99 / 6pk
A golden, medium-bodied bock. This Weyermann-malted, double-decoction-mashed traditional German maibock features subtle hints of toast and caramel from carahell and dark Munich malts and a strawberry-like sweetness from the extended boiling of the malt. Featuring three different German hops varieties to ensure a complex, full character.


Church Street Itascafest Marzen...
.$9.99 / 6pk
ABV 5.1% 

Church Street’s first fall seasonal! A truly traditional German Marzen/Oktoberfest featuring a pure amber clarity. A subtle toasty aroma with a hint of caramel, and a rich, deep malt character fully fleshed out with a double-decoction mash and Weyermann’s world class German malt. Prost!