Saturday, November 24, 2018

Great Malbec! Great Price!

Fantastic value, new Malbec!

2016 Notro Malbec...$7.99
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $10.99
Inspired by the beautiful (and striking) Andean flower of the same name, Notro wines are vibrant, fruit-forward offerings that retain the indelible character of their high-altitude origins in Argentina’s premier winegrowing areas.
Tasting Notes: Bursts with aromas of plums, blackberries and violets. Medium-bodied on the palate, with vibrant, dark fruit flavors.

Serve With: Excellent with red meats, pasta with red sauce, grilled vegetables, or classic Argentine dishes including empanadas and asado.

Six Mile Bridge Cinnamon Maple Stout

Six Mile Bridge Cinnamon Maple Stout...$9.99 / 4pk cans
We've added an exotic flair to this stout with Indonesian Cassia Bark for an earthy cinnamon aroma.  Just when you thought it could not get any better, we added our varorite 100% Vermont Maple Syrup for a winter combo that's sure to warm you up!

Friday, November 23, 2018

El Enemigo

2016 El Enemigo Chardonnay...$25.99
This is really amazing with an exotic dried-fruit character of pineapple and mangoes. Full-bodied, rich and fruity with cream, pie-crust and caramel character. Crazy chardonnay with a little Jura style and some flor undertones. It really does have flor in the barrel when aging. Love. Get it. Drink now.
Rated 98/100 James Suckling
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2013 Gran Enemigo Gualtallary Cabernet Franc...$109.99
It's very intense and powerful, but at the same time, there is a kind of lightness on the palate that makes if feel light on its feet but with great inner power. The peppery character appears after some time, giving it a Chinon-like twist, and it also reminds me of my favorite Bordeaux, Pomerol's Lafleur. This is definitely world-class and worth lying down, as it should develop further complexity in bottle. This is one of those wines where the only improvement I can think of is having magnums rather than bottles. Bravo! Some 3,000 bottles produced.
Rated 100/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 99/100 James Suckling

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2018

UPDATE- Emails have gone out now!

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2018

We are going through the BRC - BREWard this year as usual.

A heavy portion will be based on your Goose Island purchases starting from January 1st, 2018 until Wednesday November 21st stopping at 7pm.

Will do my best to get BRC emails out well before 9am on Black Friday so you know what you have before you go racing around town looking for it.

BCS through BRC. Here is what we know so far that is coming...

  • Bourbon County Brand Stout
  • Bourbon County Brand Bramble Rye Stout
  • Bourbon County Brand Wheatwine
  • Bourbon County Brand Coffee Barleywine Ale
  • Bourbon County Brand Midnight Orange Stout
  • Bourbon County Brand Stout Vanilla Stout

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Logboat Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial March

Our first collaboration with Logboat Brewing! 
Thank you, thank you to Logboat!

Big news! 
This was a two barrel batch!
Yield was 420 bottles 

With Thanksgiving on Thursday, we want to get it into people's hands to share for the holiday.

Each of our four locations will be getting some on Wednesday.

Forsyth -sold out
New Ballas - sold out
Ballwin - sold out
Rock Hill sold out
(I will update here and on our other social media as it arrives)
It will be 4 bottles per person - no reservations. 
Will not make it online - sold out basically

Logboat Brewing Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial March...$15.99 / 22oz
Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout for The Wine and Cheese Place
"15 months and a few days in barrels. The beer has aromas of caramel, tobacco, bourbon, and some toasted marshmallow. Flavor and finish has lots of dark chocolate as well as the caramel bourbon notes. Cheers!" -- Josh Rein, Head brewer at Logboat Brewing

S.D. Strong Cave Aged 4 Year Old Cheddar

S.D. Strong Cave Aged 4 Year Old Cheddar

Come in for a taste - it is fantastic.
Made in an underground cave. Located in Parkville, Missouri

Farm Fresh Eggs

Did you know we get farm fresh eggs every week at our Forsyth location only?

Once you try them, you will not go back to grocery store eggs. If you are making deviled eggs, you must use these!

Non factory produced from right here in Missouri -- in stock now!!!

"We grow with nature, not against it" -- Dry Dock
Dry Dock Farm Heritage Breed Farm Fresh Eggs...$4.99 / per dozen
* Cage Free * Free Range * Hand Gathered *
* Antibiotic and Hormone Free * Small Flock Eggs *

What is Heritage Breed?
Basically many of these "heritage" breeds of chickens (and other animals) were becoming threatened because the large egg producers were favoring chickens that produced a quantity of eggs and not quality. To quote The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC), "Modern food production now favors the use of a few highly specialized breeds selected for maximum output in a controlled environment. Many traditional livestock breeds have lost popularity and are threatened with extinction. These traditional breeds are an essential part of the American agricultural inheritance."

Some of the Heritage breeds that Dry Dock has includes:
Ameraucana Chickens - "Easter Egg Chicken" -- produces blue and green eggs
Barred Plymouth Rock Chickens -- Brown Eggs - pre-World War II - this was the most popular and most likely the eggs being eaten.
Rhode Island Red Chicken -- Light to Dark Brown Eggs
New Hampshire Chicken (see picture from Wikipedia above) -- Light brown eggs 

"Dry Dock Farm is 3 acres of rich river bottom land near the village of Silex, Missouri. We purchased our farm in 2005. We are remodeling our turn of the century farm house and barn.
We grow Heirloom vegetables, flowers, and herbs. Our Heirloom tomatoes are bursting with that old time “picked from Grandma’s garden flavor”. We grow our produce and flowers using bio-intensive, no chemicals, no GMO seeds, and we enrich our soil with natural minerals, cover crops, worm castings and compost. We also raise Heritage chickens, turkeys, geese. ducks and assorted other poultry. Our birds are raised on pasture with fresh air and sunshine. They are fed a vegetarian diet, to provide you with the best tasting farm fresh eggs.

Dry Dock Farms runs a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)
In basic terms, CSA consists of a pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community’s farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. Members or shareholders of the farm or garden pledge in advance to cover the anticipated costs of the farm operation and farmer’s salary. In return, they receive shares in the farm throughout the growing season as well as satisfaction gained from reconnecting to the land. (USDA definition)

90 Point Spanish Red

2015 Dominio de Eguren Codice Red...$8.99
The outstanding 2015 Codice is made all from Tempranillo grown in Manchuela that spent 6-months in a mix of French and American oak. Terrific notes of black cherries, floral notes, cedary spice, and dried herbs all flow from this pure, elegant, very pretty red that has fine tannin, a forward, sexy texture and no hard edges. At 11 dollars, it more than over-delivers, and should certainly drink nicely for 3-4 years.
Rated 90/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Ridge Vineyards

Just in time for Thanksgiving!

2016 Ridge Lytton Springs...$23.99 / 375ml
2016 Ridge Lytton Springs...$42.99 / 750ml 
2016 Ridge Lytton Springs...$87.99 / 1.5 liter
The 2016 Lytton Springs is a powerful, dense wine. Black cherry, plum, lavender, new leather, cloves, licorice and menthol flesh out. Deep, plush and richly textured, the 2016 Lytton Springs packs a real punch. The 23% Petite Sirah is felt in the wine's darkness and overall gravitas. There is more than enough richness and structure to support many years of fine drinking. What a gorgeous wine this is.
Rated 95/100 Vinous Media

2016 Ridge Lytton Petite Sirah....$38.99
The 2016 Petite Syrah Lytton Springs is another fabulous wine in this range. Dense and powerful, the 2016 is endowed with striking depth and tons of character. The Petite tannins are nicely tamed in a wine that offers superb quality and pedigree. Creme de cassis, graphite, lavender and mint are front and center. The 2016 remains quite primary though, so readers need to be patient.
Rated 94+/100 Vinous Media

2016 Ridge Vineyards Ponzo Vineyard Zinfandel....$33.99
The 2016 Zinfandel Ponzo, from a site in the Russian River Valley, is a wine of power, density and impact. Black cherry, blackberry and plum fruit are nicely pushed forward. This is an especially succulent, fleshy style. The nuance and delineation of the best wines in this range isn't quite there, but the Ponzo makes up for that with its immediacy.
Rated 92/100 Vinous Media

2016 Ridge Vineyards Zinfandel Pagani Ranch...$39.99
The 2016 Zinfandel Pagani Ranch is bright, focused and beautifully perfumed. Bright red cherry, blood orange, pomegranate, mint and rose petal notes are all lifted in this exquisite, finessed Zinfandel. Silky, medium in body and gracious, the 2016 is absolutely sublime. The oak is just a bit pronounced at this stage, but that should not be an issue over time.
Rated 94/100 Vinous Media

Perfect 100 point wine!

2015 Ridge Monte Bello $189.98
 (only 12 bottles available)
Stunning depth, power, purity and elegance. The blackcurrants and plums are fresh and intense on the nose with blueberries and gently herbal notes, too. The palate has a keenly articulated array of vibrant tannins that hold long, fresh and pure. It invokes a sense of wonderment at the finish. So long and so pure. This blend of 77 per cent cabernet sauvignon, 11 per cent merlot, seven per cent petit verdot and five percent cabernet franc, is just at the start of a wonderful journey. Try from 2021.
Rated 100/100 James Suckling
Rated 98+/100 Vinous

2016 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon

This is just the second vintage we have seen of this wine. The 2016 is just as impressive as the 2015 vintage. The 2015 was one of our top selling Cabernets this year.
Amazing 2016 vintage in California - (Robert Parker rated the vintage as a whole 97 points for Cabernet Sauvignon)

This is an impressive Cabernet for $20

2016 Bench Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County...$19.99
Suggested retail is $24

Deep purple in color and aromatically expressive with ripe, black plum currant coulis and minerally graphite. The structure is firm with soft, elegant tannins and mouth-watering acidity. Flavors of black forest fruit and earth, dark cocoa, mint and anise are meld together on the finish.Bench Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced exclusively from benchland vineyards in Sonoma County, where valley floor transitions to foothills.  I prefer these vineyard sites as they produce concentrated and intense fruit that results in an elegantly balanced wine with depth, beauty and complexity.

Destihl Touch of Haze IPA

Destihl Touch of Haze IPA...$9.49 / 6pk
Our DeadHead IPA Series melds the strong vibe of our favorite music with the beer we love to drink, elevating both into a higher state of consciousness. Our Touch of Haze IPA resonates with big additions of Mosaic and Cascade hops harmonized with the smooth mouthful of flaked oats, for a mellow, juicy and hazy IPA that really strikes a chord.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Bell's Bourbon Barrel Expedition Stout

Watch for BRC emails early tomorrow morning (Wednesday)

Bell's Bourbon Barrel Expedition Stout...$6.99 / 12oz
This 12 month barrel-aged version of our award-winning Expedition Stout thirsts for travel, but is perfectly content to sit in your cellar, maturing, until you are ready. The tough part? Deciding if you want to enjoy it now or wait until later. You can't go wrong either way.
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Odell Brewing Whiskey Barrel Aged Lugene

3 bottles per person
Odell Brewing Whiskey Barrel Aged Lugene....$8.99 / 12oz
Chocolate Milk Stout
Farmers are patient and understand it takes time for some things to mature. We followed their lead with our Whiskey Barrel Aged Lugene, named after our favorite farmer who has been hauling our spent grain to his dairy cows for years. We took a batch of our Lugene Chocolate Milk Stout, moved it into some Woody Creek Rye Whiskey barrels for six months. The result is a beer that is dynamic and complex, with aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate and toffee, and a smooth but full-bodied mouthfeel with subtle flavors of rye spice and vanilla.

Bell's Two Hearted Ale...5 liter keg

Bell's Two Hearted Ale...$21.99 / 5 liter keg

We got very little - at Forsyth only - first come!

Boulevard Plaid Habit

sold out
Limit 1 - 4pk per person
Boulevard Plaid Habit...$13.99 / 4pk
Canadian Whisky Barrel Aged Imperial Brown Ale
Born a double-mashed imperial brown ale, then matured for 18 months in freshly drained 10-year Canadian rye whisky barrels, the beer features checkered notes of rich vanilla, charred oak, warming whisky and spicy rye. With a lingering, boozy sweetness and round, resonant flavor, Plaid Habit clearly earns its name.

Bell's Brewing Lampshade Double IPA

New Bells at Forsyth only at this point.

Bell's Brewing Lampshade Double IPA...$14.99 / 6pk
Lampshade Party Ale™ is a limited release that celebrates a night best partially remembered.

This big, strong Double IPA is dry-hopped with Australia’s Galaxy and the Pacific Northwest’s new-school IPA hop, Idaho 7. The hop character jumps out at you with juicy aromas of fruit punch, red berry and pineapple. The bitterness is strong, but balanced with a nice malt character.

Feel free to indulge, and if a lampshade comes into play, so be it.
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Four Roses Yellow

Four Roses Yellow Label...$13.99
Compare to $15.99 at Total Wine and More
Compare to $18.99 at Schnucks
You can create mixed drinks with a sophisticated, contemporary flair with this worldwide favorite. Enjoy this smooth and mellow Bourbon with its long and soft finish. Savor its unique aromas and flavors in your favorite Bourbon cocktail, on the rocks, or with a splash. 80 proof. 40% alcohol/volume.
TASTING NOTES: Nose: Fruit, floral essences, gentle spice & honey.
Palate: Crisp, yet soft & smooth, fresh fruit, hints of pear & apple.
Finish: Mellow, long & pleasant.

The Wine Spectator Top 100

Highlights from The Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines of 2018
The Wine Spectator Top 100 list can be a double edged sword for a retailer. If you have a good supply of wines in the Top 10 you can really move some wine as the list is revealed. If however you are like The Wine and Cheese Place and have already bought and sold loads of those wines based on their original press and fantastic customer base there is not a lot of excitement surrounding the Top 10. I will say the release of the whole list is always fun and gives a good snapshot of the year that was in fine wine. The 2018 list may be one of my favorite of all time, it is a good cross section of styles and price points and gives the reader a wonderful shopping list for trying new wines. Below are a few we have in the top 50 in stock and believe are well worth seeking out.

In stock now! Not at all locations.
Click on the link to read more and to order

#23 2016 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port...$55.99 / 375ml
#27 NV Roederer Estate Brut $19.99
#31 2016 Domaine Giraud Chateauneuf du Pape....$48.99
#35 2016 Palacios Petalos Bierzo...$19.99
#37 Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana Manzanilla Sherry..$15.99 / 500ml
#40 2016 Cline Ancient Vines Zinfandel...$11.99
#44 2016 St Urbans-Hof Nik Weis Old Vine Estate Riesling...$15.99

2nd Shift back in stock

2nd Shift all reloaded at Forsyth just in time for Thanksgiving
(there might even be some LSD on the shelf too)

2nd Shift Brut IPA...$11.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
The evolution of IPA never ends. This newest iteration of a classic style features a bone-dry finish which really helps to showcase the Amarillo and Idaho 7 hops. Spritzy with an aroma of pineapples and oranges.

2nd Shift Brewligans East Coast-Style IPA...$11.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
A wonder to behold, with all the hop flavors and aromas and coming in at 6.5% abv. This East Coast-style IPA looks gross (Crider's words) but pops with citrus and tropical fruits in both the flavor and the aroma. Low bitterness makes this accessible and utterly drinkable.

2nd Shift Brewing Brew Cocky Double IPA...$13.99 / 4pk 12oz Cans

Brew Cocky is another IPA I came up with that is brewed with loads and loads of Falconers Flight Hops that we use in an inappropriate, gratuitous manner and make them just explode in your face. 9.3%

2nd Shift Brewing Little Big Hop Session IPA...$10.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
4.9% ABV
We like drinking, but big beers can be overwhelming. We made Little Big Hop to provide a punch of hop aroma and flavor without killing your taste buds. This beer is stupid good -- Steve Crider

Crooked Stave Coffee Baltic Porter

More in stock now

Crooked Stave Coffee Baltic Porter...$10.99 / 6pk cans
Baltic Porter Aged with Artisan Coffee Beans
Part of our Limited Release Series, Coffee Baltic Porter focuses on the art of coffee roasting, showcasing the uniqueness of this single ingredient. Through conditioning our baltic porter with freshly roasted beans we strive for a balanced coffee character, adding dark sugar, plums and cocoa notes to the robust porter base.


Back in stock....

The Bruery Mischief...$11.99   4pk / 16oz cans
Mischief is a hoppy Belgian-style golden strong ale. This wickedly good golden ale is fiendishly dry-hopped with American hops to add a layer of complexity and mystery to its fruity, dry Belgian-style character. Citrus and resin diabolically combine with ripe melon, pear and slight peppery spice in a precariously effervescent mixture. Enjoy it, but you’ll want to keep an eye out.
8.5% ABV
Gold Medal - 2016 Great American Beer Festival
Bronze Medal - 2018 Great American Beer Festival

The Bruery Or Xata Horchata.....$11.99 4pk / 16oz cans
Horchata is a traditional, sweet, milky drink originating in Spain and Latin America that has become quite popular in Southern California, particularly with Mexican cuisine. Our homage to the traditionally non-alcoholic drink is a blonde ale brewed with a heavy dosing of rice, cinnamon and vanilla along with lactose for a little extra creamy character. These ingredients meld together to create a taste and experience that hints at horchata, but it's much more than that. The flavor is hard to describe, but for those who know it, you know you love it.
7.2% ABV

The Bruery Terreaux Saison Ardennes...$4.99 / 375ml
Saison Ardennes is a tart saison, hand-crafted to embody the dependable, spirited nature of a classic Belgian-style farmhouse ale. This includes a crisp malt profile, rustic floral and spice notes and lively carbonation. Our rendition expresses further depth and character from its fermentation and maturation in a large oak foeder. Saison Ardennes will continue to pleasantly evolve in the bottle, thanks to the presence of wild yeast added for bottle conditioning.

The Bruery 11 Pipers Piping...$8.99 / 750ml
Scotland is known for its bagpipes and it's beers, and this Scotch-style ale adds Belgian Candi sugar to the mix, giving it deep notes of toffee and dried fruit accented by the spicy herbal aroma of coriander. The eleventh verse in our Twelve Days of Christmas series, 11 Pipers Piping is an extra-smooth and malty, full-bodied jig of a beer.
10.8% ABV