Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Xavier Gerard Cote Rotie

2015 Xavier Gerard Cote Rotie....$63.99
Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Ripe black and blue fruit and floral scents, accompanied by olive and exotic spice and incense notes. Fleshy and concentrated yet lively as well, offering sweet, smoke-tinged cassis and blackberry flavors and a touch of candied violet. The spice and floral notes come back on a very long, penetrating finish framed by smooth, harmonious tannins.
Rated 97/100 Decanter Magazine

2017 Domaine Lafond Roc Epine Tavel Rose

A Stunning Tavel Rose from Domaine Lafond.
2017 Domaine Lafond Roc Epine Tavel Rose....$15.98
A dependable producer of Tavel and Lirac (and Châteauneuf-du-Pape), the Lafonds have turned out a spice-driven 2017 Tavel that's bottled under screwcap. Hints of allspice and clove accent watermelon and red berry flavors, while the palate is medium to full-bodied and richly textured, leading into a long, silky finish. Bravo!
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

Open house tasting this Wednesday at Forsyth!

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63106

This Wednesday June 20th from 5:30-7pm

Open House Format

We have some very special guests....

Meet Mr. Hans Reisetbauer and Ms. Heike Darting and taste their products!

We will taste -- something for, gin, whiskey, cocktail....

  • Hans Reisetbauer Blue Gin....$51.99
  • Hans Reisetbauer Sloeberry Sloe Gin...$52.99
  • Hans Reisetbauer Single Malt Whisky 7yr....$89.99
  • Hans Reisetbauer Single Malt Whisky 12yr....$134.99
  • Hans Reisetbauer Single Malt Whisky 15yr....$139.99
  • plus a Sloe gin cocktail 
  • Darting Pinot Meunier....$15.99
  • Darting Riesling Nonnengarten Kabinett....$17.99
  • Darting Riesling Hochbenn Kabinett...$15.99
  • Darting Riesling Fronhof Trocken....$15.99
  • Darting Pinot Blanc Trocken...$16.99

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Hans Reisetbauer Single Malt Whisky 7yr....$89.99
Hans Reisetbauer Single Malt Whisky 12yr....$134.99
Hans Reisetbauer Single Malt Whisky 15yr....$139.99

This Whisky is distilled from malted barley from the own fields in upper Austria. It matured in a combination of hand-selected Chardonnay and Trockenbeerenauslese oak casks for minimum 7, 12 or 15 years. These casks are hand-selected by master-distiller Hans Reisetbauer, from wellknown austrian winemakers Heinz Velich and Gerhard Kracher.

Hans Reisetbauer
In 1990 Hans Reisetbauer planted his first apple orchard of 1.5 hectares in Kirchdorfergut and on September 16, 1994 Christian Carl of Göppingen built a still from plans designed by Hans himself. Quickly Hans gained notoriety in 1995 by winning “Schnapps of the year” at the Destillata specialist trade fair. Reisetbauer has been named “Master Distiller of the Year” by the Austrian gourmet guide A la Carte in ’04, ’07, ’08 and ’09. Most recently he won the Falstaff’s “Spirits Trophy Award” in 2010.

Hans Reisetbauer’s dedication in his orchards, detail in distillation and constant quest for new innovations has led him to be considered one of the finest producers of Eaux de Vie in the World. In order to control the quality of his products, Reisetbauer mostly uses fruit grown on his own property. Hans has also done careful comparisons to find the best water for use in his process, exclusively using spring water from Mühlviertel. As Hans explains, “Temperature, time and aeration during fermentation, as well as condition of raw material are important factors influencing the quality of the final product.” Following fermentation, the mash is distilled twice with the heads and tails being discarded. Only the “heart” of the distillate is kept as it contains the most prized volatile and aromatic components from the raw material and is responsible for creating distinctive aromas. Lastly, the product is diluted with water to bring it to 41% alcohol. Reisetbauer’s Blue Gin follows the same detailed approach, utilizing a recipe of 27 botanicals from 10 different countries, and strictly Mulan variety wheat harvested from Upper-Austria.

Heinke Darting
Though Darting has a history of grape growing dating to 1780, it was not until 1989 that the winery began to sell all of their grapes as wine under their own label. The family also maintains a highly regarded vine nursery, selling their grafted vines throughout Germany.

Vineyards in the hills around Bad-Dürkheim are prime sites, planted on south facing slopes of marl and chalky limestone. Current winemaker Helmut Darting is a protégé of famed winemaker Hans-Günter Schwarz, having completed his studies with a practicum at Müller-Catoir. You can see this influence in the reductive winemaking techniques Helmut employees at the winery. He believes firmly in minimal-intervention winemaking as he feels that “every time you handle a wine, you diminish it.” These practices include fermenting as slow as possible at a cold temperature in stainless steel, using only natural yeasts, and avoiding the introduction of oxygen in the winemaking process. Red wines are fermented on their skins in stainless steel and then transferred to large oak casks. The only time the wine is handled after the first racking is to finish the wine by bottling. Resulting wines preserve the original grape character and showcase the outstanding vineyards they hail from.

Vineyard area: 25 hectares
Annual production: 20,800 cases

Hans Reisetbauer Single Malt Whisky

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Hans Reisetbauer Single Malt Whisky 7yr....$89.99
Hans Reisetbauer Single Malt Whisky 12yr....$134.99
Hans Reisetbauer Single Malt Whisky 15yr....$139.99

This Whisky is distilled from malted barley from the own fields in upper Austria. It matured in a combination of hand-selected Chardonnay and Trockenbeerenauslese oak casks for minimum 7, 12 or 15 years. These casks are hand-selected by master-distiller Hans Reisetbauer, from wellknown austrian winemakers Heinz Velich and Gerhard Kracher.

Crown Royal Texas Mesquite Whisky

Crown Royal Texas Mesquite Whisky....$23.99
Crown Royal Texas Mesquite is a blend of Crown Royal Deluxe infused with the smoky soul of locally sourced Texas mesquite wood. The result is a unique flavor that is smoky and spicy with the distinctive smoothness of Crown Royal.

2nd Shift Casual Experimentation NE IPA

Very limited - 
1 - 4pk per person
2nd Shift Casual Experimentation NE IPA...$13.99 / 4pk
It's fun to mess around. This casual experimentation is our first New England-style double IPA, brewed in honor of our annual Criderfest beer festival. Featuring Idaho 7 and Falconers Flight hops, this beer has hints of citrus and tropical fruits.

2nd Shift DRY HOPPED

2nd Shift DRY HOPPED KATY....$3.49 / can

Limit 1 can per person

Founders Dankwood

Back in stock now
Founders Dankwood Imperial Red in Bourbon Barrels
....$3.49 12oz 
What do you get when a big, bold imperial red IPA meets an oak bourbon barrel? A palate stunner that’ll send your senses spinning or, as we like to call it, Dankwood. Rich caramel notes emerge from the depths of the IPA, highlighting strong malt character while the bourbon barrel-aging develops the complexity. A dank, sticky and slightly sweet sipper, Dankwood is the perfect alchemy of wood and hops.

Ardmore Single Malt

Ardmore Legacy...$35.99 
The Ardmore Legacy celebrates the distillery’s unique location on the fringes of the Highlands, offering a lightly peated liquid that is sweet and uplifting. The gentle flavour fully captures the essence of this spirit’s stunning Highland home. The Ardmore® Legacy will appeal to experienced peated malt drinkers and newcomers, alike.
Colour – Light golden.
Nose - Heather Honey with hints of cinnamon and toffee bonbon.
Very subtle hints of peat smoke.
Palate - Creamy vanilla spice gives way to more overt smoky charcoal notes, especially with the addition of water. Smoke doesn’t dominate and is balanced by the sweet honey and spice flavours.
Finish - Full bodied, silky mouth feel with a dry, tangy and lingering aftertaste, coupled with delicious spice notes.
ABV – 40%

Ardmore Single Malt 30 Year Old...$439.99
1428 bottles produced

53.7% ABV
Ardmore Traditional Cask redefined the Single Highland Malt Scotch experience in the United States. Masterfully crafted from the only Highland distillery that consistently peats its barley, Ardmore weaves bold smoky flavor notes historically associated only with Islay malts into the rich Highland malt experience. Expanding on this unique combination of flavors, Ardmore will unveil a limited edition 30 year old in 2009 available only in the United States. Aged in former bourbon barrels and handmade quarter casks, the new ultra-premium Scotch bears the same name and pedigree as its predecessor, but reveals a distinctive finish and rich, complex flavor all of its own. Only 1428 bottles, with each bottle individually numbered, will be available.

Malfy Italian Gin

Plymouth Sloe Gin

Plymouth Sloe Gin...$24.99
The making of fruit gins has a long tradition in the areas surrounding our West Country home, with sloe gin especially popular. In fact it’s been made for so long that it has a history almost as long as our own. Originally made by soaking the fruit of the blackthorn bush, sloe berries, in gin and adding sugar, our version is based on a classic 1883 recipe and is an essential part of numerous classic cocktails, including the Sloe Gin Fizz.

Rare Bourbon

Some very limited Whiskey just added to 
The Wine and Cheese Place 
- BALLWIN tasting bar!
Sold by the glass only - no bottles for sale to go.
A chance to share some rare whiskeys with more people.

The Wine and Cheese Place
14748 Clayton Road in Ballwin

New Zealand Whisky High Wheeler 21 Year Old

New Zealand Whisky High Wheeler 21 Year Old...$87.99 / 375ml
Single Grain
A Master Blend of 70% single malt, and 30% premium grain whisky made from unmalted barley in the Dunedin distillery. Aged for 21 years in American oak, ex-bourbon casks.

The Story:  Years ago, in the Willowbank distillery in Dunedin, a batch of whisky was made in the distillery’s pot-stills using unmalted barley. This “single grain whisky” was then blended with 70% of their single malt, and placed into American Oak, ex-bourbon barrels. Twenty-one years later, we have carefully selected casks and bottled them as “High Wheeler”.

Nose Elegant balance of baked pear and vanilla crisp with gentle floral notes.
Taste Pear sweetness again, smooth and clean body.
Finish Chilli pepper warmth giving way to a long salty and sweet finish.

The Hard Facts
ABV 43%
Age 21 Years
Barrel American Oak, Ex-Bourbon.

Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch 10 Year Cask Strength - Batch #010

Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch 10 Year Cask Strength...$59.99
Batch #010
58% ABV
Original Cask Strength Laphroaig is bottled at natural distillery strength with all the depth of genuine taste and texture normally associated with sampling whisky at source.

We mature Laphroaig in seasoned oak barrels, charred before filling to impart a slight sweet vanilla nuttiness. Original Cask Strength Laphroaig is barrier-filtered only just, to remove the small char particles present. This means you will enjoy Laphroaig exactly as we made it.

In extremes of temperature and when you add water it may appear a little cloudy – this is the natural condition of a malt of such a peaty pungence and uncompromising purity. Adding a little water releases a rich aroma of peat smoke with some sweetness and strong hints of the sea.

Emphatic, full bodied and utterly unforgettable – we like to think it’s the purists choice.

Monday, June 18, 2018

A.D. Laws Triticum Straight Wheat Whiskey

A.D. Laws Triticum Straight Wheat Whiskey...$59.99
A.D. Laws Straight Triticum (Trit-e-come) Whiskey is our homage to wheat, the “Grain of Civilization.” Skillfully crafted using a Soft White Centennial Wheat grown in the high altitude San Luis Valley of Southern Colorado. This heirloom varietal of Spring wheat produces a soft and floral whiskey with a bright clean finish.
100% Colorado-grown wheat
Classic open air, sour mash fermentation
Distilled twice through our Vendome 4-plate pot/column still
Aged 3+ years in full-sized 53 gallon new American white oak barrels
Bottled at 100 proof
Tasting Notes: Aromas of apple orchard and orange blossoms on the nose with notes of honey and marmalade. Lilacs, apple and bergamot on the palate with hints of wild strawberry and honey suckle. Ends with a clean bittersweet finish.

Perennial 2 Barrel Batch of Maman for TWPC is bottled!

Perennial Maman - TWCP Edition
Maman an amazing Perennial 10.5% stout normally aged in Rittenhouse Rye barrels (Rated 100 on RateBeer).   This is a small batch of two Bourbon Barrels supplied by The Wine and cheese Place -- Four Roses and Wild Turkey.   This beer was aged 31 months in these barrels before bottling. 

Emails sent out !  thank you everyone!

We are very excited about this one and very thankful to Perennial for making this beer for The Wine and Cheese Place!
Perennial Barrel Aged Maman Imperial Stout - TWCP Edition
10.5% Barrel Aged Imperial Stout
- A two barrel blend (Four Roses and Wild Turkey) that has been aging for an amazing 31 months!
"They took awhile to come around (31 months!), but I think you’ll agree it was worth the wait." - Phil Wymore, owner and headbrewer of Perennial.
This will go through the BRC - at least partially based on Perennial support.

Just a few pictures of the process....

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rare Whiskey WRC raffle

Day 1 emails went out - confirmations sent
Day 2 emails went out - confirmations sent
Day 3 emails - just sent out now
Whiskey Reward Club 
  Based on previous 6 months through Wednesday June 13 at 7pm.    We will be using our weighted raffle method.

Just in time for Father's Day!

WRC Rare Whiskey Raffle
A lot of great Whiskey available for this one....

  • Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 11 Year Old
  • Blood Oath Pact No. 4
  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof
  • Rock Hill Farms
  • Woodford Reserve Kentucky Straight Malt Whiskey
  • Isaac Bowman Bourbon Finished in Port Barrels
  • Angels Envy Rye Finished in Rum Barrels
  • Knob Creek Rye Cask Strength
  • High West Yippee Ki Yay
  • Willett Kentucky Bourbon Small Batch 750ml and 1.75ltr
  • Rieger Monogram 2018
  • Black Maple Hill Rye
  • Black Maple Hill Bourbon
  • Stagg Jr.
  • Pikesville Straight Rye
  • Blantons Bourbon
  • Rieger Monogram
  • Weller 12 Year Old 750ml, liters, and 1.75
  • Eagle Rare 10 Year Old
  • Col E.H. Taylor Rye
  • Col E.H. Taylor Small Batch
  • Weller Special Reserve 750m and 1.75
  • Ardbeg Grooves Committee Edition Limited Release
  • Ardbeg Grooves Single Malt Scotch Limited Release
  • Nikka 17 Year Old
  • Nikka 21 Year Old

Father's Day Wine!

Fathers Day Weekend.
It's that time of year again, time to celebrate all the Dad's out there. So fire up the grill, season those steaks, and for goodness sake let Dad finish watching the US Open. Nothing says “We Love You Dad” like a great bottle of Wine. We have an amazing selection from around the world.

2015 Rostaing Cote Rotie Ampodium....$86.99
Bottled in July, the 2015 Cote Rotie Ampodium is fairly full-bodied and quite rich. The black olive and raspberry notes verge on being jammy but are balanced by peppery spice and firm, savory tannins. Give it 5 years in the cellar to settle down, and drink it over the next decade and a half or more. For an entry-level wine, it's remarkable.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2015 Rostaing Cote Rotie La Landone....$175.99
Am I being stingy in only awarding Rostaing's 2015 Cote Rotie la Landonne 99+ points? This is a tremendous wine, showing immense richness and power without any apparent weight. Raspberries flood the palate in waves, accented by various spices in a wine that's intensely tannic yet never hard or astringent. Breathtaking stuff.
Rated 99+/100 The Wine Advocate

2 Beauties from Lucian Sandrone
2013 Sandrone Le Vigne Barolo...$139.99
Sandrone's 2013 Barolo Le Vigne is a real stunner. Powerful, ample and deep, the 2013 exudes class from start to finish. The addition of Serralunga fruit in the blend has added depth and structure in all of the wine's dimensions. Dark red cherry, plum, mint, rose petal, tar and licorice build into the huge, voluptuous finish. Readers who can find the 2013 should not hesitate, as it is outrageously beautiful and also one of the clear wines of the vintage. Vineyard sites are Baudana, Villero, Vignane and Merli.
Rated 98/100 Vinous Media

2013 Sandrone Aleste Barolo...$149.99
he 2013 Barolo Aleste is a wine of striking purity and nuance. It is also one of the most finessed, vivid young Barolos I have ever tasted from Sandrone. The translucence of Nebbiolo comes through loud and clear. Freshly cut flowers, mint and finely cut fruit are some of the signatures. This wine has developed beautifully in recent vintages as the oak influence is less than it was just a few years ago. Beams of tannin and bright, salivating acidity add finesse to this translucent, exceptional Barolo. Aleste is the new name Sandrone is using for the Barolo formerly known as Cannubi Boschis.
Rated 97+/100 Vinous Media

Friday, June 15, 2018

Henry McKenna Single Barrel 10 Year Old Bourbon

One of the best values in Bourbon -
Bottled in Bond and and 10 Years Old!
Do not miss it!
Great for Father's Day!

Henry McKenna Single Barrel 10 Year Old Bourbon...$29.99
Kentucky Straight Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon Whiskey
100 Proof
Henry McKenna's credentials are well known as "Kentucky's finest table whiskey." But now, Heaven Hill Master Distillers Parker and Craig Beam have created Henry McKenna Single Barrel Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey. Every bottle is filled entirely from a single barrel that has aged through 40 Kentucky seasons (10 years). This quality Bourbon is rich in tradition and heritage, and builds on the popularity of the Single Barrel and Small Batch Bourbons.
Henry McKenna Single Barrel is the only extra aged Bottled-in-Bond Single Barrel Bourbon, indicating it meets exacting U.S. government standards for age and proof. The label on each bottle of Henry McKenna Single Barrel contains handwritten authentication of the exact barrel number and the date it was barreled.

Rare Big Bottles of Dominus

Father's Day!
Rare Big Bottles of Dominus
Christian Moueix is at the top of his game. This is the third time in the last 5 years Dominus has been rated a perfect 100/100 by The Wine Advocate.

call 314.727.8788

2015 Dominus 1.5 Liter....$619.99 (2 Magnums Available)
2015 Dominus 3 Liter....$1,349.99 (1 Double Magnum Available)

Bottled in July 2017 and composed of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc, the Dominus 2015 Proprietary Red Wine leaps from the glass with notes of fresh wild blueberries, crushed blackberries and black currant juice with touches of wild thyme, underbrush, iron ore and aniseed with wafts of lavender and pencil lead. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has incredible energy and vivacity, with the firm, pixelated tannins and lively backbone skillfully framing the muscular fruit, finishing with wonderful length and depth.
Rated 100/100 The Wine Advocate

Vermouth tasting!

A few years back we went Mezcal crazy with a bunch of tastings to help educate people about Mezcal. This year is the year of the Vermouth for The Wine and Cheese Place.  Why, because we want to!  We are excited about Vermouth and have an amazing selection and want to share it with you. 
Vermouth is not just an afterthought in a Martini.  Vermouth can be the STAR of your summer drink.   If you have a good bottle of Vermouth, just pour it on the rocks with some club soda and an orange slice and you will be surprised how refreshing this drink is!  

Huge selection at Forsyth - getting descriptions up on each one on the shelf for your reading pleasure!
 Forsyth location

Friday - June 15 Vermouth/Aperitif Tasting

Come try a few!
List subject to change, but this is what we are planning right now...

  • Dolin Dry Vermouth
  • Dolin Blanc Vermouth
  • Miro Rojo Vermut
  • Cocchi Dopo Teatro Vermouth Amaro
  • L.N. Mattei Cap Corse Quinquina Blanc
  • L.N. Mattei Cap Corse Quinquina Rouge
  • Cappelleti Aperitivo
  • Cardamaro Vino Amaro

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Distillerie des Alpes Routin Vermouth

Since 1883, the Distillerie des Alpes has committed itself to perpetuating the purest vermouth recipe traditions of Chambray and the Alpes. The distillery’s subtle blend of plants, fruits, spices, and flowers are a perfect reflection of the authentic flavors of the locality.

Distillerie des Alpes Routin Vermouth Blanc...$16.99
Herbaceous aromas lead into a light-bodied palate marked by mild pear sweetness, finishing light and crisp with hints of fresh-snipped herbs and cinnamon. Versatile; sip or mix. Best Buy.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast
TASTING NOTES: Vermouth Routin Dry is made from 17 plants, flowers and spices and a subtle blend of French white wine of Sauvignon grape and regional wine of vineyard Jacquère. Its unique bouquet, its subtle dry taste, and its slightly golden color, give it its distinctive character. Rose petals, juniper, rosemary, wormwood, and bitter almond are the priciple flavor components, besides fine French wine, of course!

Distillerie des Alpes Routin Vermouth Dry...$16.99
Aromas of pineapple and tropical fruit are accented by a hint of vanilla. The bone-dry palate opens with tart green apple, though any hint of fruit sweetness disappears in a flash, winding up crisp and bracing overall. Martini material. Best Buy.
Rated 91/100 Wine Enthusiast
Vermouth Routin Blanc is made in Chambéry, from French white wine of Sauvignon grape variety, regional wine of vineyard Jacquère, and a skilful blend of 18 plants, flowers and spices. Its refined bouquet is characterized by aromatic thyme notes, as well as light spicy notes. Its very sweet taste, as well as its pale yellow color, give it its distinctive character.

Distillerie des Alpes Routin Vermouth Rouge...$16.99
This was the distillery’s first product, invented by the founder, Philibert Routin. Made with 24 plants and spices, this vermouth is made with Cabernet Sauvignon and Jacquere, then aged in oak barrels to add complexity and depth of flavor.

De Muller Iris Vermouth

DeMuller Vermouths have been made using the same recipes since their founding, almost 70 years ago. Over 150 botanicals are used, many of which are native to the winery’s Mediterranean setting. Today, their winemaker is Gemma Martinez. The winery is located in Reus, near the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in Catalonia. Reus is considered the epicenter of Spanish vermouth and DeMuller is historically regarded as one of the top producers in the area. Their wines are made with a base of white wine, infused with 150 botanicals. The winery uses the actual plants for their infusions, rather than the concentrates used by many producers. Highly guarded, the recipes include] cinnamon, orange peel, chamomile, rosemary, ginger, oregano & vanilla. The wine is then fortified with Melazas, a liquor made from molasses, and lightly sweetened. Their Vermouth Reserva is produced in a manner similar to Sherry and was recently named “Best Vermouth in Catalonia.” The wine is aged for a year in used oak barrels, giving it more body and smoothness than traditional vermouth.

De Muller Iris Vermouth Blanco...$13.99
Product of Spain
Winemaker:  Gemma Martinez
VINIFICATION: Neutral white wine, aromatized with 150 botanicals, fortified with a Molasses liquor and lightly sweetened
TASTING NOTES: An anise nose, with notes of lemon and bitter almond and a hint of raspberry. A silky mouth with lightly bitter almond flavors and a long, honey finish.
SERVING: Neat, on the rocks or with soda, garnish with a lemon twist or an olive. Also delicious in cocktails.

De Muller Iris Vermouth Rojo...$13.99
Product of Spain
Winemaker:  Gemma Martinez
VINIFICATION: Neutral white wine, aromatized with 150 botanicals, fortified with a Molasses liquor and lightly sweetened
TASTING NOTES: A deep amber in the glass with smooth, elegant aromas of rosemary, sage, fennel and licorice. The elegant herbal notes continue in the mouth, with flavors of thyme, hazelnut and hints of peppermint. A long, smooth finish that closes with a pleasant bitterness.
SERVING: Neat, on the rocks or with soda, garnish with a twist or orange slice. Also delicious in cocktails.