Saturday, November 11, 2017

Mas des Brunes “Cuvée des Cigales”

This is a Chateauneuf du Pape lovers dream! 
$18 wine with amazing similarity to a CDP!
2015 Mas de Brunes “Cuvée des Cigales” – Vin de Pays Côtes de Thongue...$17.99
Blend: 55% Syrah, 35% Grenache, 10% Carignan

Tasting Notes: “Cuvée des Cigales” is completely dominated by black fruit. The nose is full of deep blackberry and plum aromas. In the mouth black cherry and blackberry flavors mix with the exotic and complex spice flavors from the Carignan. This is a burly, muscular wine with a lot of character. While an ideal match for grilled meats and game, we also enjoy this wine with the more complex, spicier flavors of barbecue and chili.

"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

Cruzan Single Barrel Extra Aged Rum 5-12 year old

5-12 year old rum blended together
Cruzan Single Barrel Extra Aged Rum...$25.99 / 750ml
Cruzan Single Barrel Extra Aged Rum...$31.99 / liter
One of the most awarded aged rums on the market. A unique blend of vintage rums aged from 5-12 years and bottled one cask at a time. You can’t hurry quality.
Tasting notes: Balanced blend of caramel sweetness, and oak, with a warm buttery finish
Best enjoyed when sipped (and savored) neat or on the rocks

Columbia Crest H3 Horse Heaven Cabernet Sauvignon

We have an amazing price on this wine!  
Normally $14.99
2015 Columbia Crest H3 Horse Heaven Cabernet Sauvignon...$9.99
Floral red currant aromas lead to focused, trim black cherry, crushed stone and tobacco flavors that finish with refined tannins. Drink now through 2023. 340,435 cases made.
Rated 89/100 Wine Spectator

Donati Family Sisters Forever Unoaked Chardonnay

2014 Donati Family Sisters Forever Unoaked Chardonnay...$9.98
Was $13.99
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $11.99
Fermented in 100% stainless steel. This wine offers tropical and citrus aromas, having a soft creamy mid palate and a delectable crisp finish. It is our pleasure to share this wine with you in the hope that you can enjoy it with the sister, family or friends in your life.

Neyers Chardonnay Carneros

On sale

Was $29.99
2013 Neyers Chardonnay El Novillero Carneros...$23.98
Features a core of rich fig, melon, toasty oak and subtle baking spices, with a measure of finesse and refinement. This is most impressive on the finish, where the flavors flow together. Shows more nuance and finesse than the Carneros bottling. Drink now through 2020. 208 cases made.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

Beringer Founders Estate Chardonnay under $6 -- WHAT!

2015 Beringer Founders Estate Chardonnay...$5.49
We are the best price in the country on Wine-Searcher

Beringer Founders’ Estate Chardonnay is from select vineyards throughout Central California and the North Coast. The vineyards are bathed in sunshine during the day and cooled by the marine layer in the evening, ensuring even and steady ripening of the grapes. The Founders’ Estate Chardonnay grapes were picked as soon as they exhibited the ideal balance of acidity and ripe fruit flavors.
TASTING NOTES:  The Beringer Founders’ Estate Chardonnay is the perfect combination of pear, apple and ripe tropical fruit flavors, with a hint of citrus and a classically round mouthfeel. This Chardonnay will perfectly compliment a grilled chicken or fish, or stand up to a rich risotto with its ripe, clean flavors and lingering finish.

Great Cabernet Value!!

A great value in Cabernet from the 

amazing 2015 vintage

2015 Villa des Anges Cabernet Sauvignon....$11.99
Made by Jeff Carrel and scheduled to be bottled just after this tasting, the Villa des Anges 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from 15-year-old vines planted to the northwest of Beziers, in the clay and limestone soils around the village of Capestang. It was aged in cement tanks with one-third seeing oak staves. Made in a fruit forward, supple and easy drinking style, with lots of black raspberry, cassis and hits of garrigue, this medium-bodied effort has good purity of fruit and plenty of texture. It won’t make old bones, but it’s certainly an enjoyable Cabernet to drink over the coming 3-4 years. - The Wine Advocate

"Villa des Anges" is crafted by winemaker Jeff Carrel at the Espitalet des Anges domaine in Capestang. Situated on the ruins of an ancient Roman villa, the domaine is owned by Jaqueline Menard de Ginestous, who married-into and is herself from a prominent Languedocienne wine-growing family.   A wine of great freshness, intensity and concentration. Well-structured, offering aromas of black cherries, with
hints of red pepper and light, spicy cumin/coriander notes.
Serve With: Enjoy with a wide range of red meat and cheese dishes.

2005 Domaine de Trevallon has arrived!

2005 Domaine de Trevallon Bouches du Rhone...$69.99
Next lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $84.99
50% Cabernet Sauvignon
50% Syrah
Since its inception, Domaine de Trévallon has been a trailblazer for quality wine production in the South of France.  In 1993 local authorities changed the regulations for grape production in the appellation of Les Beaux de Provence, lowering the permitted percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon to 20%. Domaine de Trévallon’s red is always a blend of 50% Syrah and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. Refusing to change his style, Eloi opted to produce his wine as a Vin de Pays (Vin de Pays des Bouches du Rhône). By doing so Domaine de Trévallon, like todays “super-Tuscans”, was among the first wineries to choose to go outside local appellation rules to produce higher quality wines. 

Above all, Eloi produces “natural wines” with as little human intervention as possible. He avoids excess use of technology which he believes leads to standardized, uniform wines. Eloi uses no pesticides or chemicals in the vineyards and he keeps yields below 25 hectoliters per hectare. In the winery the grapes are not de-stemmed, and only natural indigenous yeasts are used. The reds are aged in large oak foudres for 2 years , are non-filtered, and are only occasionally fined with egg whites before bottling. The reds from Trévallon are always 50% Cabernet Sauvignon & 50% Syrah.

Bargemone Rose - store favorite

Rose is a great idea for Thanksgiving!

* Sustainably grown
2016 Commanderie of Bargemone Rosé...$18.99

Light bright orange. Mineral-accented citrus fruit and red berry scents show very good clarity and pick up a suave floral note with aeration. Chewy and tightly wound, offering juicy cherry and red currant flavors that slowly put on weight as the wine stretches out. Shows good tension and cut on the finish, which lingers with strong, minerally persistence.
Rated 90/100 Vinous Media

The origins of this estate go back to the 13th century when it was the property of the Knights Templar. The large 400-acre vineyard has produced this fine rich wine, full of ripe red fruits and with a bright herbal edge. It is bone dry, crisp and ready to drink.
Rated 91/100 Wine Enthusiast

Donjon Rose!

Rose is great with Thanksgiving - yes, it is time to start thinking about your wine choices!

2016 Château du Donjon Rosé....$16.99
40% Grenache, 30% Syrah, 30% Cinsault.
The Cinsault vines average 55 years in age, the Grenache 35, and Syrah 20+ years.
Made from 40% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 30% Cinsault, this Minervois rosé offers layered, complex scents of orange blossom, peony, ginger and red currant. Flavors of peach and taut currant unfold on the medium-weight palate, with refreshing acidity to lend lift to the mouthfeel and brighten the finish.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Too much info if you like:

Situated in Minervois, one of the oldest wine-producing areas in the Languedoc, Château du Donjon has been in the Panis family for 500 years. Jean Panis took the reins from his father, Guy, in 1996 and has taken the estate to new heights, with the historic 1998 vintage marking the beginning of a golden era that continues to this day.

Clos du Bois California Chardonnay

We always like to keep a good balance of "famous brands" and esoteric wines.  We keep them all at fantastic prices, we always shoot for the lowest price in the country on Wine-Searcher when we can.    We can keep prices this low because we do not have a large advertising budget, we rely on you to tell your friends.  So pass it along!
2016 Clos du Bois California Chardonnay...$7.98
We are the lowest price on Wine-Searcher in the Country
Brilliant silver straw yellow in color. Intense aromas of apple blossom, ripe pear, and sweet lemon drop are complemented by toasty oak, spice, and cream. In the mouth, the silky texture of the wine is overlaid with bright, juicy flavors of ripe apple and pear for a long and fresh finish.
Clos du Bois Classics wines are spectacular favorites that reflect the winery’s accessible and refined winemaking style. Working with a family of trusted growers from some of the best vineyards across California, each vintage is crafted to achieve balance, intensity, and true varietal character. Lush fruit flavors and a juicy, supple palate are the hallmarks of the Clos du Bois style.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Rosemary Lane Marselan

We have carried wine made from the Marselan grape before, but it has been awhile.   Marselan is still very hard to find.
2016 Rosemary Lane Marselan...$12.99
This wine is unusual, in that it is simultaneously dark and concentrated, while having soft tannins and lush fruit. In the glass the wine is deep purple in color, the nose is spicy with hints of black fruit. In the mouth, blackberry and plum notes mingle with hints of black pepper spice. The finish is soft and round, making this an extremely versatile food wine. This wine is ideal for everything from barbeque and burgers, to pizza and pork chops. Enjoy!
Many grape varieties have mysterious origins, Marselan however, does not. This grape variety was invented by Paul Truel in 1961, in the town of Marseillan, in the South of France. It is a hybrid of the two grape varieties Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache. Still relatively unknown, this grape can produce delicious, juicy, easy drinking reds. The wine is destemmed and crushed, before undergoing a temperature controlled fermentation in tank. After fermentation, it is allowed to rest on its lees in stainless steel tanks before a light filtration and bottling. 

Rosemary Lane Carignan

2016 Rosemary Lane Carignan...$12.99
Carignan at one time was the most widely planted grape in France. Today however, it is rare to see it bottled as a single varietal wine. This Carignan is rich, with dark blackberry fruit flavors in the mouth, and exotic spices of white pepper, and sandalwood in the nose. This combination of flavors and aromas is ideal for barbecue, and grilled meats
For years the French government encouraged growers to dig up and replant their Carignan with other grape varieties. Sadly, this means it is very difficult to find good, old-vine Carignan. Most of it has already been ripped out to liberate the land for more popular grape varieties. However, when kept in check, old vine Carignan can produce wines of deep concentration and complexity. This wine is destemmed and crushed, before undergoing a temperature controlled fermentation in tank. After fermentation, it is allowed to rest on its lees in stainless steel tanks before a light filtration and bottling. 

2016 Picpoul is here!

Fresh and lively!
One of our favorites is back in stock!  More of the new 2016 vintage has arrived. 

2016 La Croix Gratiot Picpoul de Pinet....$11.99

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. 

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. 

Funkwerks coming to The Wine and Cheese Place

We received confirmation that 
Funkwerks will be available for sale at 
The Wine and Cheese Place!
Scheduled to arrive at the end of November!

Funkwerks first opened its doors in 2010 by owners Gordon Schuck and Brad Lincoln.

But first, rewind to 2007: Gordon’s brewing skills and recipe ingenuity landed him with a gold medal-winning Saison (note foreshadowing here) at the National Homebrew Competition. Meanwhile, Brad’s passion for craft beer originated from his need for a good beer after a long day of crunching numbers as an accountant in Portland, Oregon. The dynamic duo first met during the winter of 2009 while attending the Siebel Institute of Technology. They were both studying Brewing Science. After being immersed in beer for the better part of five months, the two graduated, with flying colors, and shared a mutual desire to open a brewery. With Brad’s numbers-know-how and Gordon’s super-star palate, our Saison-focused brewery, Funkwerks, was born.

Saisons originated as Belgian farmhouse ales brewed for farm workers during summer months. Known for having a dry profile and complex fruity aromas, the Saisons of today are brewed year-round (hashtag science) and generally have a higher alcohol percentage than their historic counterparts.

Although Funkwerks focuses specifically on Saisons, plenty of room is left to experiment with a range of Belgian styles, barrel-aged small batches, and sour beers.

Beer Tasting - Forsyth

Beer Tasting

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

We have two breweries coming this Friday
November 10 from 4-6pm

Destihl Brewing - 
The will taste:

  • Destihl Coralation Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Stout (from the growler station as we have less than 12 bottles left)
  • Destihl Cranberry Kriek
  • Destihl Normal Pils 
  • Destihl Moon Jumper
  • and a few others....

Urban Chestnut Brewing
The will taste:

  • Urban Chestnut Kinsale Foreign Extra Stout - new release
  • Urban Chestnut Count Orlock
  • plus assorted other Urban Chestnut beers to be determined

Fukano Distillery Whisky

Fukano Distillery Whisky....$62.99

2017 Edition
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $68.99
Distilled from Rice - product of Japan
Fukano Distillery
Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto, Japan.
Founded in 1823, Fukano Distillery is located in Hitoyoshi City, of the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan on the island of Kyushu. Hitoyoshi is surrounded by mountains and is known for its pure water and nature. Shigeruriku Fukano is the fifth generation of his family to run the distillery. They use a combination of malted and un-malted rice to make their whisky in a pot still. These releases are very limited in nature and only a few casks are bottled each year. 

Stone Brewing Merc Machine Double IPA

Stone Brewing Merc Machine Double IPA...$7.49 / 22oz
An Unfiltered Hop Explosion From Our Heroes For Hire

Miguel Ceja Andrade
Brandon Berube
Stone Brewing

Since 2014, the Stone Spotlight Series competition allows our brewers to create two-person teams and vy for the chance to have their recipe brewed and distributed nationwide. This year, Brandon and Miguel rolled in like a team of mercenaries and were crowned champions. The victorious creation was the result of their mission to brew a play on the trendy unfiltered IPAs of the day, but make it their own. “How would Stone do this?”, they asked themselves. The result is one of the most intense hop experiences we at Stone Brewing have ever created. (And that’s saying something.)

Founders Backwoods Bastard is here

Founders Backwoods Bastard....$14.99 / 4pk
Founders Backwoods Bastard....$9.99 / 750ml -- new size!
10.2% ABV 50 IBU’S
Big and delicious for your ‘perty mouth. Expect lovely, warm smells of single malt scotch, oaky bourbon barrels, smoke, sweet caramel and roasted malts, a bit of earthy spice and a scintilla of dark cherries. It’s a kick-back sipper made to excite the pallet.

Destihl Coralation Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Stout

Limited release - we have 420 bottles!

I emailed everyone that reserved bottles to see if they still wanted them and some did not, so we have about 25 bottles available for sale now.

TWCP 35th Anniversary Beer
Destihl Coralation Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Stout..$12.99 / pint
11% vanilla stout monster!!

"This exclusive beer was brewed in collaboration with The Wine and Cheese Place to celebrate their 35th (coral) anniversary.  Coralation features a rich chocolate-like aroms and subtle notes of vanilla and oak.  Flavors of rich, dark-chocolate malt combine with vanilla and oak tannins enhancing the smooth body and dry finish.  Cheers!" - label

Avery Rumpkin 2017

2016 and 2017 back in stock now
Avery Rumpkin....$11.99 / 12oz
Beer Style: Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Ale
Barrel Type and Time: Dark Rum Barrels, 6 months
Malt Variety: Aromatic, Honey Malt… and Pumpkins!

We wondered what would happen if a monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, were aged in fine fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. Rumpkin is what happened! This first member of the Annual Barrel-Aged Series was brewed with roasted pumpkins from a local Boulder County farm, and spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.

More in stock now

18.8% ABV
Avery PumpKYn 2016....$11.99 / 12oz
Porter brewed with Pumpkin and Spices Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Destihl Moonjumper Milk Stout

Destihl Moonjumper Milk Stout...$9.49 / 6pk
Fasten your space helmet because this stout will quickly have you orbiting the moon.  Notes of roasted and chocolate malts, round out our milk stout's sweet side, creating a well-balanced beer with a smooth mouthfeel and creamy tan head.  One sip of this medium-bodied stout will have you jumping over the moon for another.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Rieger's Whiskey from Kansas City, Missouri

Special 2017 Limited Edition Holiday Label!
Get it while it is here - perfect gift
J. Rieger's Kansas City Whiskey...$32.99 / 750ml
Jacob Rieger and Company was founded in 1887 in Kansas City's West Bottoms Livestock Exchange district.  The brand offered over 100 alcoholic products and took pride in maintaining a quarter of a million unique customers by offering mail-order delivery services.  In 1919, Prohibition was enacted by the federal government and was not reversed until 1933.  J. Rieger and Co. was a casualty at the time, but was not destined to be lost forever.  95 years after Prohibition, we can officially say that the historic and iconic spirits brand of Kansas City is back!

Our bottling of Kansas City Whiskey pays tribute to the original brand by utilizing a blend of Corn, Malt, and Straight Rye Whiskies, as well as a small amount of 15 year old Oloroso Sherry from the Williams & Humbert Bodedga in Jerez, Spain.  The use of Sherry in American Whiskey was commonplace in the 1800s, but was lost after prohibition..  Bottled at 90 proof and comprised of Whiskeys aged at least 7 years, our Kansas City Whiskey is a balanced, smooth, and slightly sweet and powerful Whiskey that is beautiful when served neat or on the rocks, but also works well in classic cocktails such as the Horsefeather and Old Fashioned."