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Saturday, November 12, 2016

Longefay Brouilly



New limited Brouilly - less than 100 cases made!



2014 is a great vintage
2014 Longefay Brouilly....$19.99
Some of the best vineyards in Brouilly from 20-110 year old vines!
A classic example of Brouilly.  The wine has rich red raspberry, and mulberry flavors, with undertones of blue fruit. The finish is unexpectedly silky, long and lingering. In spite of Annie and Bernard’s understated demeanor, this is a wine with considerable elegance and sophistication. Typical of Beaujolais, the combination of soft tannins and bright fruit make this one of the most versatile food wines you can find. It is perfect with everything from pork, to pizza, and even barbeque. 

Bargain Rose Sparkling Brut - Domaine Collin



Phillippe did a test on bottle color and now he bottles exclusively in green bottles.  Both wines pictured above are from the same bottling and are the same blend, dosage, etc...Obviouslly the Rose color does not jump out through the green glass, but it does when you pour it in the glass.  We tried them side by side and the green glass tasted much fresher.







Bargain Rose Brut
Domaine Collin Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose...$19.99
Chardonnay 75% Chenin Blanc 15% Pinot Noir 10%
Philippe Collin, a native of Champagne, moved to Limoux in 1980 to establish his own domaine. Though his family has made Champagne for generations, the opportunities in this sought after, and extremely expensive area, were very limited.

Technical Notes: This wine is produced in a traditional method with the second fermentation taking place in the bottle. At the time of bottling, 1% still red wine (Pinot Noir) is added into the final blend, creating its beautiful pale rosé color. The Collin’s Brut Rosé has a low, 6 grams of residual sugar per liter, in comparison to Brut champagne which generally ranges from 9 to 14 grams per liter. 

Tasting Notes: This elegantly constructed rosé is pale salmon pink in color. Though the wine is primarily made from Chardonnay, subtle wild strawberry notes are detectable in the nose and on the palate from the Pinot Noir. The crisp, mineral Chardonnay is softened by the lush and aromatic Chenin Blanc. The result is a lively wine with a lot of character, without any aggressive or astringent notes. This is a wonderfully versatile rosé ideal for pork and salmon dishes, or simply on its own as an aperitif

Costieres de Nimes at its finest!!!

New vintage just hit....





2015 Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes Rouge...$11.99
Syrah 60%, Grenache 30% Mourvèdre 10%
This wine really shows off the great terroir at Château Virgile. The vines, situated at the edge of a plateau in very deep gravel, produce dark, concentrated wines. The grapes are destemmed and vinified in tank, where the wine undergoes several “pump-overs” and one or two “delestages” during fermentation. The Château Virgile Rouge does not spend any time in oak, and is lightly fined and filtered before bottling.
Tasting Notes: Château Virgile is an exceptional rich and concentrated example of a Costières de Nîmes. The nose is intense with black fruit aromas complimented with hints of garrigue spice and olive notes. In the mouth the wine is dominated by dense black cherry, plum, and cassis fruit flavors from the Syrah. The finish is complimented by hints of black pepper and red cherry notes from the Grenache. The Mourvèdre helps to provide the ripe tannins that give this wine its structure. This wine is ideal for grilled meats, game, and barbeque

Solence Cotes du Ventoux






Cotes du Ventoux is back in stock.
2011 Solence Les Trois Pers Cotes du Ventoux...$14.99
The grapes are hand-harvested, de-stemmed, crushed, and then vinified by parcel. Only natural, indigenous yeasts are used to make the wines at Solence. Each year different plots of vines are selected to produce a wine that achieves a balance between the influence of their old vines and the influence of the terroir. The exact determination of the blend is not made until the date of harvest. The “Trois Pères” is a complex, full-bodied Rhône wine. The nose is spicy with garrige and black cherry notes. In the mouth the wine is dominated by briary, black raspberry flavors that are complemented by cassis and black pepper notes. This wine is nicely balanced with firm, but ripe, tannins. It is a perfect companion to grilled meats and game.

One of our favorite white wines...





2015 Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes Blanc...$11.99
Blend: Marsanne 40%, Roussanne 40%, Rolle 10% and Viognier 10%
Château Virgile’s white is truly a classic Rhône blend. The Roussanne, with peach and apricot flavors, gives the wine weight, texture, and body. Next, the Marsanne adds lively acidity, a hint of minerality, and citrus fruit flavors. The Viognier adds tropical fruit flavors to the wine, as well as beautiful, floral aromatics.  Finally, Rolle is new this year in the blend (AKA Vermentino) adds some citrus and good acidity.   This is a great wine for just about any type of shellfish, especially seared scallops.

Chateau Virgile Syrah at a great price!



Syrah Based Wine from 90 year old vines!

2013 Chateau Virgile Cuvee L'Eneide...$16.99


Cuvée L’Éneïde is a selection of the best grapes and oldest vines (many over 90 years old) at Château Virgile. The grapes are hand-harvested, 100% de-stemmed.  The wine is then assembled into a cuvée that is aged in a combination of new to 3 year old French oak barriques for 12 months. 
This is a seriously powerful and concentrated Costières de Nîmes. The wine is dominated by the Syrah, which gives it its dark black color. The nose is rich with black fruit aromas, complimented by a hint of oak, and subtle garrigue notes. In the mouth the wine is sumptuous. It is full of blackberry, cherry, and plum fruit flavors accented by coffee and chocolate notes. The finish is long and silky with ripe round tannins. This wine is an ideal match for steak au poivre, or on a special occasion, a prime rib of beef.

Une Annee - Chicago Beer, Belgian Inspired






 The Wine and Cheese Place 

In stock


CHICAGO BEER, BELGIAN INSPIRED
A Chicago area brewery focused on making great beer with an emphasis on Belgian and French styles.

JERRY NELSON - FOUNDER, AND HEAD BREWER
I started working on Une Année while working as an Architect in Fall of 2010, but started my homebrewing passion back in 1995 while in the Marines stationed in California. In preparation for starting the brewery I attended the SIebel Institute. I am a Chicago native and live in Chicago with my wonderful supportive wife Tonia, and adorable daughter / assistant brewer Maya.






$10.99 / 750ml each

Une Annee Framboise American Wild Ale
Une Annee Peche American Wild Ale
Une Annee Ouais American Wild Ale
Une Annee Le Seul X American Wild Ale with Passion Fruit
Une Annee Le Suel XII American Wild Ale with Pineapple
Une Annee Le Suel XIV American Wild Ale with Blueberries




















Friday, November 11, 2016

Beer Tasting tonight!!


BEER TASTING
Tonight, Friday November 11, 4pm -6pm

Taste tonight at Forsyth 

  • Une Annee Le Seul XII Pineapple
  • Une Annee Le Seul XIV Blueberry
  • Une Annee Peche
  • Une Annee Raspberry
  • Urban Chestnut/Ommegang Collab


2014 Highly Rated Faiveley Burgundy


IN STOCK NOW

2014 Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Les Ouvrees Rodin....$879.98 / 750ml

Grand Cru
OWC available with 6 bottle purchase
Good full red, not darker than the "regular" Clos de Bèze. Suave and floral on the nose, showing pungent black pepper lift to its raspberry and mineral aromas. More luscious than the first Clos de Bèze but light on its feet, showing a wonderfully chiseled, penetrating quality and outstanding inner-mouth perfume. This struck me as more like a 2013, or a 2010. Not yet demonstrative in the middle but shows Musigny-like finesse. And the rising finish goes on and on. This incredible wine should evolve in bottle for decades.
Rated 95-98/100 Stephen Tanzer Vinous Media
Rated 95-97/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound


2014 Faiveley Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru $349.98 / 750ml

OWC available with 6 bottle purchase
Tasting note: A kaleidoscopically spicy and broad-ranging nose is composed of pure and elegant red and dark berries along with hints of game, smoke, sandalwood, dried flowers and orange peel. The refined, intense and mineral-driven imposingly-scaled flavors coat the palate with dry extract while delivering stunningly good length on the delineated finish that just goes on and on. This is a remarkable wine in every sense though once again it is not for the faint of heart as this too is going to require seriously extended cellaring to shed its fine but dense tannic spine. Patience, and lots of it, is absolutely essential.
Rated 95-97/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound
Rated 93-96/100 Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media




2014 Faiveley Corton Clos de Corton Faiveley Grand Cru...$214.98 / 750ml

OWC available with 6 bottle purchase
Deep ruby-red. Very dark aromas and flavors of medicinal black cherry, crushed rock and licorice pastille. Wonderfully rich and deep, combining a fine-grained texture with superb inner-palate energy. For all its power and concentration, this massive wine boasts terrific delineation. This will take a decade or more to reach its peak.
Rated 93-96/100 Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media
Rated 93-95/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound



2014 Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin les Cazetieres $109.98 / 750ml
Tasting note: A background but not invisible application of wood easily allows the cool and pure essence of red and dark berry fruit aromas that are liberally laced by almost pungent earth, animale, humus and underbrush nuances to shine. There is terrific punch and muscularity to the big-bodied, intense and mineral-driven flavors that display excellent delineation on the beautifully complex and hugely long finale. This is a very serious and built-to-age effort that will require plenty of patience before it reaches its peak.
Rated 92-94/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound
Rated 90-92/100 Stephen Tanzer Vinous Media



2014 Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin Clos des Issarts $99.98 / 750ml
Tasting note: This is aromatically more elegant with its airy and cool nose that mixes both red and dark currant, earth and hints of both wild flowers and game. There is a notably more refined mouth feel to the equally cool and stony middle weight flavors that are a bit more energetic if not as rich or muscular, all wrapped in a balanced and mildly austere finale. This is lovely and fashioned in an understated style that should be approachable after only 6 to 8 years of age.
Rated 91-93/100 Allen Meadows, Burghound
Rated 91-93/100 Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media
A great choice for Thanksgiving!



Old Vine Morgon from a Premier Producer!
2015 John-Paul Thevenet Morgon Vieilles Vignes...$25.99
Thevenet is a 3rd Generation vigneron who was a significant voice in "natural wine" movement in Beaujolais, fighting against the innocuous mass-produced wines of the 1980's. He produces only 2,000 cases of this juicy red. We are very excited to have grabbed 15 cases of the 2015 Morgon Vieilles Vignes. This wine is made from fruit grown in two different parcels, one planted in the late 1960s and the other over 110 years ago (before World War I). It has a lovely floral bouquet, with ample raspberry and cherry flavors, baking spice, and taut acidity. No score yet, but the 2014 scored 94 Galloni and 2015 is an amazing vintage. It sold out incredibly fast last year, so don't wait for the score, just get it now!


Biodynamic
Only 2,000 cases produced

90 Point new release!






2011 Mas des Brunes “Cuvée des Cigales” Côtes de Thongue...$16.99
(tiny yield of 25 hl/ha)

The Syrah dominated 2011 Cuvee des Cigales, which also incorporates a touch of very old vine Carignan and Grenache, comes from the Cotes de Thongue region of the Languedoc, which is close to the more widely known Terrasses du Larzac. It sports a lively, opaque purple/ruby color to go with Classic Languedoc notes of plums, leather, peppery herbs, resin and licorice. These come together nicely on the palate, where the wine is medium-bodied, perfectly balanced, with a layered, full mid-palate and a great texture that keeps you coming back to the glass. Drink this beauty anytime over the coming 4-5 years.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

"Claude and Isabelle Bertrand have utilized some of her brother Bruno Granier's ancient Carignan to supplement the 60% Syrah and 30% Grenache in their 2007 Cuvee des Cigales from the Cotes de Thongue. But even a "secret ingredient" that concentrated (as witness my reviews in this report of pure Carignan from Granier's La Font de l'Olivier) can at 10% level only go so far in explaining the striking personality of the Bertrand's wine, which gives me a "who turned out the lights?" feeling, followed by an enchanting romp in some very dark territory. Humus, peat, plum paste, dark chocolate, and game share billing with implosively intense, lightly-cooked blackberry and mulberry. The only drawback here is a hint of heat and rasp of tannin accentuating a bite of black pepper in the persistent finish. But this should prove fascinating and versatile over the next several years." - The Wine Advocate

Schreyer Edelzwicker

Great choice for Thanksgiving


2015 Schreyer Alsace Edelzwicker....$13.99 
55% Pinot Blanc, 15% Pinot Gris,
30% Sylvaner
Tasting Notes: Since understanding what the grape varieties in this blend contribute to this wine greatly helps in its appreciation, here is a breakdown of the grapes, and the general characteristics they add to this wine. Pinot Blanc - is a crisp, bright grape variety that gives the wine a hint of peach and citrus fruit flavors. Pinot Gris - adds structure, body, and richness, it also imparts rich apricot fruit flavors. Sylvaner - is a lighter-bodied grape variety that brings a subtle earthiness to the wine.  The Schreyer Edelzwicker is a fun, easy-drinking wine that makes an excellent aperitif. Its wonderful aromatics and bright fruit make it a perfect match for Thanksgiving day food, fish, poultry, and Asian cuisine.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Assumption Abbey Fruit Cake

From Ava Missouri....
A holiday tradition!


We know all the fruitcake jokes, but this one is the real deal. A delicious fruitcake that has received national attention and acclaim. We have been stocking it since the beginning (at least 20-22 years).


In stock now!!!


Assumption Abbey Fruitcake...$33.99 / 2lbs

Compare to $39.99 on Amazon.com
Compare to $44.99 Williams Sonoma

"Assumption Abbey is a secluded Trappist monastery nestled 
in the foothills of the Missouri Ozarks. It was established in 1950 by a group of monks from New Melleray Abbey in Dubuque, IA. Through the years, the brothers of Assumption Abbey have continued to live by the centuries old Trappist tradition of contemplation and study, private prayer and common worship, and living by the work of their own hands.When Assumption Abbey was first developing its bakery, the monks sought the help of world class chef Jean-Pierre Augé, who at one time served in the royal employ of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Mr. Augé's assistance, and his generosity in providing the recipe and ideas for production, gave the monks the impetus to go forward with the Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes.Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes are the dark, rich, traditional style of fruitcake. They are baked slowly and aged under the careful supervision of the monks. Everything, from marinating the fruit, to mixing, to baking, to packaging, to aging, to mailing is done right at the monastery by the monks. Assumption Abbey is not a commercial enterprise. It is a way of life, and that way of life, combined with the careful work of the bakers, insures a dedication to high quality that makes Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes among this country's finest." -- Abbey

Growler Station beer update



Just added ----
Crane Brewing Gooseberry Gose

Great Divide CHOCOLATE Yet
(replaced the Espresso yet)

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Growlers!


Great Divide
CHOCOLATE YETI just added (Espresso is gone)

We are extending $2 off growlers today !
We are offering $2 off growlers today!

Plus an addition $1 off if you have your I voted sticker on!

You know you will want one to watch election results.


Golden Road Back Home Gingerbread Stout



Golden Road Back Home Gingerbread Stout...$11.99 / 4pk Cans
Style: Imperial Stout brewed with spices
ABV: 8.5%
Malts: 2-Row, Crystal Extra Dark,, Chocolate malt, Carafa 3, Roast Barley, Carafoam, Rolled oats
Hops: Bravo, Northern Brewer

Notes
Our dark, roasty Imperial Stout is balanced by whole and ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, cardamom, and vanilla that signal the winter holiday season. At 8.5% ABV, we brew this winter warmer to be shared back home with your closest friends and family.

Our own barrel of High West Double Rye finished in barrel used to make a BA Manahattan



High West / TWCP Double Rye Single Barrel Finish....$49.99
Finished in a single barrel that previously held a Barrel Aged Manhattan
Yield: 234 bottles
ABV: 50.7%
Barrel #4418
Finsh: Double Rye aged an additional 1.4 years a barrel used to make a barrel aged Manhattan

Double Rye! - the most excitable member of the High West family - is dedicated to the cowboy in all of us. An unusual shotgun marriage of two rye whiskies from two different distilleries back east, Double Rye! combines a feisty high rye 2-year-old and a saddle smooth 16-year-old. The younger rye has a mashbill with 95% rye/5% barley malt and the older has a more typical rye mashbill with 53% rye and 37% corn. We think the extra age and increased corn adds just enough caramel sweetness and woody vanilla richness to calm the “bite” of the younger rye for a relationship that works. The resulting combination is bold, balanced, complex and perfect for mixing – we like a Double Rye! Manhattan. With a taste profile of cinnamon, clove, anise, eucalyptus buttons, evergreen “gin-like” flavors and a vibrant finish, Double Rye! is absolutely superb for sipping alone or sharing with other cowboys and good-looking strangers. High West is Utah’s first distillery since 1870 and the world’s only ski-in gastro-distillery. If you find yourself in Old Town Park City, please stop (or ski) by to visit us. We’d love to share our passions with you: the American West, our contemporary Western victuals (pronounced and often mis-spelled “vittles”) and of course, pairing all the above with our greatest passion – superb whiskey.

Lagunitas Brown Shugga' in stock now!




Lagunitas Brown Shugga'...$9.99
We All Missed Our Favorite Seasonal Last Year, But We Promised To Bring It Back in a Big Way! The Rich, Roasty and Mysteriously Drinkable Ale might best be described as… Irresponsible. It Leaves a Lot of Stories in it's Wake.
ABV: 9.9%

Union Horse Distillery tasting



Union Horse Distilling Tasting From Kansas
When: Friday November 11th from 4-6pm
Where: The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105
314.727.8788


Meet Danny Ritz
Brand Specialist at Union Horse Distilling Co.


Taste these products from them...
  • Rider Vodka
  • Long Shot White Whiskey
  • Reserve Straight Bourbon 
  • Reunion Straight Rye
  • Barrel Strength Rye 

Let us know on facebook if you are coming



Here is some more info on a few of their products




Union Horse Reserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey...$34.99

92 proofReserve Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a small batch, artisanal whiskey from Union Horse Distilling Co. distilled from a sour mash recipe in our copper pot still, then aged to perfection in our signature oak barrels. From first sight to final sip, you’ll be seduced by tender notes of creamy vanilla, maple and smoke. Reserve is a subtle reminder that some things are best enjoyed slowly.

Union Horse Straight Rye Whiskey....$38.99
93 proof
Reunion Straight Rye Whiskey is a small batch 100% rye whiskey from Union Horse Distilling Co. handcrafted from the finest quality rye in our copper pot still, then aged to perfection in our signature oak barrels. Reunion unites smooth complex notes of butterscotch, caramel, ginger and cinnamon spice. Pour a glass, take a sip and soak in what it means to be together.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Hugel Alsatian Wine tasting!



Join us for Hugel Day, November 12th from 1-4pm
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105


Let us know you are coming on facebook if you like
It's hard to believe November is upon us, but Halloween is over and it's time to start turning our attention to Thanksgiving. To celebrate the Thanksgiving season, we’re declaring November 12th Hugel Day! The wines from Famille Hugel are the perfect match to savory and rich food for your Thanksgiving table!

Wines to be tasted:
  • Hugel Gentil
  • Hugel Riesling
  • Hugel Pinot Blanc Cuvee Amours
  • Hugel Pinot Gris
  • Hugel Pinot Noir Jubilee

Cody Road Bourbon Tasting



Cody Road Bourbon Tasting 
with Sean McQueen

When: Friday, November 11 from 4-6pm

Where:
The Wine and Cheese Place 
457 N. New Ballas Road
Creve Coeur, MO 314.989.0020

Sean will be on hand to taste with you
Cody Road Rye and Bourbon



Sean McQueen
Founder/ Sales Manager
Mississippi River Distilling Company’s Sales Manager is Sean McQueen. A lifelong resident of Davenport, Iowa, Sean knows life along the banks of the Mississippi well. He’s been along for the ride every step of the way as our distillery grew into a reality and we’re proud to have him on board. Sean has 17 years experience working in the public eye as Project Manager for one of the premier custom home builders in the Quad Cities.
From tasting events at the local liquor store to special menu celebrations at your favorite restaurant, Sean is the guy who brings our spirits to the masses. Sean has a great passion for his career. He is always creating new ways to introduce our fans to the art of craft distilling.
When not working tastings and events, Sean can be found volunteering in the community with Big Brothers Big Sisters, spending time with his family and trusty Lab.
Sean McQueen
Mississippi River Distilling Company