Saturday, February 17, 2018

Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin

2015 Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin...$57.99
Captivating aromas and flavors of pure cherry, mineral, tobacco and spice mark this supple red. Beautifully balanced, this remains long on the finish, driven by succulent acidity. Best from 2020 through 2033. 1,000 cases imported.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

Domaine Hubert Lignier - very limited releases

Burgundy at its finest!

2014 Hubert Lignier Gevrey Chambertin Les Seuvrees...$84.99
Vines planted between 1938 and 1966
Covering an area of 1.02 hectares, this terroir located below the Mazoyères Grand Crus gives us meaty, subtle wines. With excellent cellar-ageing potential, this is a Gevrey with a strong character but a tender heart.

2013 Hubert Lignier Gevrey Chambertin AC...$79.99
Vines planted between 1950 and 2002
Purchase of grapes from the “Reniard” and “Epointures” climats. The wines are vinified separately then blended for ageing and the result is a pleasant, deliciously fruity wine. Generous when young, they also have good cellar-ageing potential.

95 Point Burgundy and under $100

6 more bottles in stock!

Looking for a 95 Point Cote de Nuits Red Burgundy for under $100 from this decade?
, Well according to the Wine Spectator and The Wine Advocate it does not exist, we beg to differ, we have 60 bottles of the amazing 2010 Domaine Faiveley Nuits St George Les Porrets St George in stock.  (It exists because our price is $66 less than the suggested retail putting it under $100!!)

2010 Domaine Faiveley Nuits St George Les Porrets...$89.99
Though still compact and firm, this red is pure, offering cherry, berry and mineral flavors on a well-toned frame. Balanced in an athletic way, with a lingering aftertaste of fruit and spice. Both intense and elegant, this shows terrific length. Best from 2015 through 2028. 160 cases imported. –BS
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator 

(Wine Spectator Suggested retail $155)
(Wine Spectator Suggested retail $155)

Jadot Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts

2014 Jadot Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts...$149.99
Tasting note: Reduction is present here as well but it's not so strong as to completely mask the spice and gentle wood nuances. In contrast to the funk there is good freshness and vibrancy to the strikingly well-detailed and much more intensely mineral-driven flavors that culminate in a refined, pure and ever-so-slightly austere finale. This is a classic example of Beaux Monts that should amply reward 10 to 12 years of cellaring.
Rated 90-93/100 Burghound

Joseph Faiveley Chambolle Musigny

2015 Joseph Faiveley Chambolle Musigny...$83.99
Aromas of blueberries, stones and flowers follow through to a full to medium body, firm and silky tannins and a fresh and clean finish. Bright and beautiful. Love the steely undertone. Drink or hold.
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

Appleton Joy Anniversary Blend 25 Year Rum

We scored some more!!

Appleton Joy Anniversary Blend 25 Year Rum...$219.99
45% ABV
Appleton Estate's Joy Anniversary Blend is a beautifully complex and elegant, rare rum celebrating Joy Spence's 20th Anniversary as Master Blender.  
This 25 Year old minimum aged rum includes rums up to 35 years, and is a reflection of the woman who created it -- an embodiment of passion, love, and above all else, joy.

Makers Mark Private Select

Dillon, our whiskey expert, at our Ballwin location went down to Maker's Mark to choose our own barrel!  
(if you visit our West store, I am sure Dillon will gladly tell you more about the barrel)

The barrel is ageing with the staves inside.  We will announce when it arrives (it is still many weeks away).  A truly one of a kind barrel.

This is different than just selection a barrel!

Maker's Mark Private Select
When you visit the Maker’s Mark Distillery, you’ll have a rare opportunity to experience Maker’s Mark Private Select, a series of Maker's Mark expressions created by using the same principles Bill Samuels, Jr., used when he created Maker’s 46.
Beginning as fully matured Maker’s Mark at cask strength, expressions of Private Select are created by adding 10 custom finishing staves to each barrel and finishing them in our limestone cellar to extract more flavor. The 10 finishing staves can be any combination of five flavor profiles chosen especially for this program. With 1,001 possible stave combinations, each expression of Private Select has a customized finish and taste profile that is unique, yet undeniably Maker's.

Dillon chose for his 10 staves for our The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel -- here is what he chose....
  • 4 - P2 staves
  • 1 - Cu - French Cuvee stave
  • 1 - Makers 46 stave
  • 2 - Mocha staves
  • 2 - Spice French staves

Here is the description of the staves.  Each stave is different oak and different toasting methods and degrees. 

P2 - stave 
Name: Baked American Pure 2
Wood: American Oak
Toast:  Low and slow in convection oven
Cut:  Classic

Cu - Stave
Name: Seared French Cuvee
Wood: French Oak
Toast:  Infrared
Cut:  With ridges or ruffles

46 Stave
Name: Makers 46 stave
Wood: French Oak
Toast:  seared, infrared toasting
Cut:  Classic

Mo Stave
Name: Roasted French Mocha
Wood: French Oak
Toast:  Cooked high in a convection oven
Cut:  Classic

Sp stave
Name: Toasted French Spice
Wood: French Oak
Toast:  High and Low in a Convection oven
Cut:  Classic

Brash Higgins ‘FRNC’ Cabernet Franc

2017 Brash Higgins ‘FRNC’ Cabernet Franc...$27.99

495 cases produced - small production
Our fourth Cabernet Franc, 100% grown from a neighbouring vineyard planted in 2001 and made at Brash HQ. Vintage 2017 provided good growing conditions, relatively cool for Cab Franc with an even season punctuated by small berry set. The idea for this FRNC was to focus on the aromatics and delicacy of the fruit, making it an ease to drink but still complex, age worthy. Like a lot of the 2017’s, alcohol levels were lower,
with the FRNC at 11.9%

“A translucent ruby/violet in colour. The nose is lifted, aromatic, complex with jalapeno chilli and a roasted, sweet charred green capsicum nose, violet leaf. There is pepper, cedar, ashes, rose petals, earthy fragrances like piles of leaves in autumn, exactly what this vineyard smells like after a summer rain. Balanced, vibrant, medium bodied, the wine has a satiny, svelte mouth feel and a long smooth finish with grip.”-Brad Hickey, Vinitor, January 27, 2018.

Syrahmi Demi Heathcote Shiraz

2015 Syrahmi Demi Heathcote Shiraz...$31.99
This is a simultaneously fruity and savory wine of complexity and power from one of Victoria's underrated regions, Heathcote. From a mix of granite and the region's famed Cambrian red soils, this wine offers ripe blue and red fruit, florals and a peppery, olivey punch. The juicy fruit continues on the palate but here the savory elements play more of a starring role: Dried herbs and graphite are woven into fine-grained tannins and a long, almost tangy finish. Drink now–2027.
Editors' Choice
Rated 92/100 Wine Enthusiast
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

CH Fernet and Bitter Dog

Made in Chicago

CH Fernet-Dogma...$26.99

Nose: Cocoa & Tobacco Leaves
Palate: Coffee, Chamomile & Lemon
Finish: Spearmint & Slight Bitterness

CH Bitter Dog Liqueur...$26.99
Nose: Rhubarb
Palate: Sweet Wildberry
Finish: Bitter Orange Peel & Grapefruit

CH Straight Bourbon Whiskey - from Chicago

CH Straight Bourbon Whiskey...$19.99

Aged 2 Years
52.5% ABV 
Nose: Brown Sugar & Maple
Palate: Oaky Sweetness
Finish: Vanilla fades to oaky notes

CH Gins from Chicago

Made in Chicago 

CH London Dry Gin...$19.99
(compare to $26.99 at Binny's in Chicago)
Clear. Aromas of cream puff pastry, citrus marmalade, rosemary, lemon pepper, and saffron with a supple, dryish medium body and a honeyed juniper, peppercorn, lavender candy, and horchata accented finish. Very tasty and flavor packed.
46% ABV 
Nose: Juniper & Pine
Palate: Citrus Peel & Coriander
Finish: Orange Rind

CH Key Gin...$19.99
(compare to $26.99 at Binny's in Chicago)
Clear. Aromas of citrus gelatin, juniper jelly, peach pastry, lavender oil and suede with a satiny, dryish medium-to-full body and a violet candy, peppercorn, herb, creamy horchata, and sweet spice finish. A very flavorful, balanced and nuanced, fruit forward nouveau-styled gin.
Nose: White Pepper forward
Palate: Key Limes, Hint of Juniper
Finish: Lavender

Spicy Moroccan Tapenade

Spicy Moroccan Tapenade
Sundays in my household have become “Roast Chicken Sunday”. We have been light on sporting events for the kids and we enjoy nothing more than popping a seasoned chicken in the oven and opening a great bottle of wine late Sunday afternoon and waiting for the bird to be done. A new cook book “Dinner” written by New York Times Food Columnist Melissa Clark has an amazing recipe for Harissa Chicken with leeks and potatoes, trust me once you try Harissa you will want to use it in everything. We will be mixing up a batch of this Spicy Moroccan Tapenade on Saturday at the Forsyth location. Come by for a taste.
  • 1 heaping cup black Moroccan oil-cured olives, or substitute Kalamata olives, pitted   ***
  • 1 large garlic cloves, pressed or very finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons Mina spicy harissa sauce (or mild if your prefer) ***
  • Juce of 1 lemon 
  • 1 tablespoon each chopped fresh parsley and chopped cilantro and a touch of mint leaves
  • ¼cup olive oil, or more to achieve desired consistency  ***
*** Available at The Wine and Cheese Place Forsyth

Pulse the olives in a food processor until the olives are almost a paste, but leaving a little consistency.

Mix in the remaining ingredients by hand. For a thinner tapenade, increase the amount of olive oil, adding a teaspoon or two at a time, until you achieve the desired consistency.

Mina Harissa Spicy 
(also available in mild)
The Spicy Harissa is Mina’s surprisingly hot classic pepper sauce. Made with Mina’s special blend of 6 simple ingredients, this Spicy Harissa turns up the heat for more daring tastebuds; transforming plain plates into exotic experiences.

Friday, February 16, 2018

2014 Siduri Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard

2014 Siduri Pinot Noir Clos Pepe Vineyard ...$59.99
Vivid ruby. Sexy, high-pitched red berry and potpourri scents are complemented by a minerally aspect and a hint of Asian spices. Sappy, incisive and appealingly sweet, offering lively raspberry and cherry cola flavors that gain sweetness and a hint of smokiness with air. Shows a suave blend of power and finesse and finishes with excellent focus and length; silky tannins come up slowly.
Rated 93/100 Vinous Media
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Notebook 8NV Red Blend

Great Washington State red blend value
Notebook 8NV Red Blend...$11.99
Aromatically rich and delicious to quaff, this dry wine is ready to drink from summer barbeques through to winter meals. Rich and fresh flavors taste well above its price and category. The wines aromatics display savory 3- and 4-year barrel aged complexity. There’s heaps of youthful red fruits like black cherries, plums, red currants and figs wrapped with cedar, caramel and chocolate. Succulent smooth fruit begins, with flavors of bakers chocolate, black cherry, black berry, toast, dried herbs, tobacco and cola finish. 

Evil Twin B is for Blueberry

Evil Twin B is for Blueberry...$12.99 / 4pk 12oz cans

Gose Style ale with salt and Blueberries
(also available in singles)
"last year we brought you A is for Apricot. now it’s time for B is for Blueberry. this tart and crisp gose is packed with one of our favorite berries and some of you might know that we have had a thing for blueberries for many years...." - Evil Twin

Colonel Jesse's Small Batch Tonic

New Tonics from LIncoln Nebraska

In stock now at Forsyth

Colonel Jesse's Small Batch Tonic Cucumber Ginger...$23.99 / 750ml
Colonel Jesse's Loch Ness Cocktail
In a high-ball over ice:
1 oz cucumber & rose infused gin
.5 oz elderflower liqueur
1 oz Colonel Jesse’s Small Batch Cucumber-Ginger Tonic
Top with soda
Garnish with a cucumber slice

Colonel Jesse's Small Batch Tonic Lime Lemongrass...$23.99 / 750ml

Weston Brewing Father Mescan Bog Myrtle Ale

Weston Brewing Father Mescan Bog Myrtle Ale...$8.99 / 6pk
Gruit Ale -- basically a Gruit ale uses a mixture of different herbs instead of hops to flavor a beer.  This one uses Bog Myrtle instead of hops.   Commonplace before hops were used in beer.

Beer Tasting Tonight!

Beer Tasting tonight --

The Wine and Cheese Palce
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO

  • Founders Solid Gold Lager
  • Firestone Walker Luponic No. 009
  • Evil Twin B is for Blueberry
  • Prearis Grand Cru Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Blue Point Citrus Plunge IPA

Blue Point Citrus Plunge IPA...$9.49 / 4pk 16oz cans
Our Citrus Plunge IPA is fresh off the Blue Point innovation line. Loaded with orange blossom honey and fresh blood oranges, this crisp India Pale Ale packs a juicy punch. Our brewers hand-zested orange peel for an added sweetness that complements the blend of citrusy hops. Trust us – you’ll want to take the plunge with this brew.
ABV: 6.5

Martini and Rossi Riserva Speciale

Martini and Rossi Riserva Speciale Ambrato Vermouth...$19.99
Over 150 years in the making. A new Vermouth di Torino, proudly harking back to the days of craftsmanship in blending local aromatic herbs and spices.

Martini and Rossi Riserva Speciale Rubino Vermouth...$19.99
A wonderful combination of artemisias and the rich warmth of red sandalwood fills the whole palate with sensations in this fine and rare cup.

Portobello Road No. 171 London Dry Gin

Portobello Road No. 171 London Dry Gin...$24.99
On the front of the palate Portobello Road Gin has a generous slug of juniper, the mid palate has a sustained, fresh citrus character from our use of lemon, bitter orange and coriander, which then develops into a sweet peppery finish, achieved by the use of liquorice and nutmeg.
Best served simply with tonic and a twist of pink grapefruit!

Honeoye Falls Devil's Bathtub Gin

Amazing price - was $30

Honeoye Falls Devil's Bathtub Gin...$16.99
We are by far the lowest price on Wine-Searcher.
Average price is $27
Devil’s Bathtub Gin is a mischievous twist on traditional gins that has a balanced sweet and savory baking spice profile. With notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove complementing juniper, coriander, and angelica among others, Devil’s Bathtub Gin tastes like no other you’ve ever tried. It has a warming spicy top note with a full mouthfeel and lingering, sweet finish.

2017 - San Francisco World Spirit - Bronze Medal
2017 - American Distilling Institute - Silver Medal

Crown Royal Bourbon Mash Canadian Whisky

Crown Royal Bourbon Mash Canadian Whisky...$25.99
Blenders' Series
This special blend showcases the warm vanilla and subtle oaky notes of our bourbon mash whiskeys – among the most flavorful and complex of the five unique whiskeys that comprise Crown Royal’s extraordinary signature blend.
Aged in a combination of new charred American oak and ex-bourbon barrels, the result is a richly-layered, perfectly balanced whisky that has the complexity of a bourbon, with the signature smoothness of Crown Royal.

Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Revolution 009

Firestone Walker Luponic Distortion Revolution 009...$7.99 / 6pk cans
Now in rotation: Revolution No. 009, the latest release in Firestone Walker’s Luponic Distortion revolving hop series, featuring yet another trailblazing blend of distinctive hops.
Luponic Distortion is not a single beer, but rather an ongoing series of beers—or Revolutions—that revolve approximately every 90 days. While the base beer always remains the same, each revolution features a different hop blend built around experimental hops, designed to showcase the possibilities of pure hop aromas and flavors