Saturday, August 10, 2019

4 Hands Dakine Tropical IPA

Back for the season

4 Hands Dakine Tropical IPA...$9.99 / 6pk
Tropical IPA with Honey, pineapple and citrus zest
6% ABV

SweetWater Dank Tank Et Tu Brute?

SweetWater Dank Tank Et Tu Brute?  Brut Double IPA...$9.99 / 4pk
Brut Double IPA with El Dorado and Mosaic Hops

Magdala Orange Liqueur

Magdala Orange Liqueur....$21.99
Naranjas del Mediterráneo
Provenance Magdala is a Mediterranean orange liqueur made by steeping orange peel in grape brandy that is carefully distilled in small batches at the Torres distillery in the Penedès (Barcelona). Aging in old oak casks produces an aromatic elixir, silky in texture and exceptionally elegant. The recipe for this smooth, exquisite liqueur remains a well-kept secret to this day, closely guarded by our master distiller.

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Islay Barley 2011

Bruichladdich Port Charlotte Heavily Peated Islay Barley 2011...$75.99
The heavily peated malt for this new dram has been created from harvests brought home from three Islay farms, by Raymond and his farming colleagues Neil Mclellan and Raymond Fletcher. The resulting rich, aromatic Port Charlotte wash was trickle distilled in our Victorian stillhouse during 2011. Moving forward we now have 19 farmers who have made the commitment to grow for us and to whom we are equally committed. This Islay barley is who we are. This is where we’re from.

Barrell Rum Cask Strength 13 Year Old

Barrell Rum Cask Strength 13 Year Old....$229.99
124.2 proof

Bottle # 23

We scored 1 more bottle!
First one to reserve it online


Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

This is the last year we can get of this Pinot Noir.  Due to demand and production, it will only be sold at the winery after this load is gone.
Grab it now!

2016 Gundlach Bundschu Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir...$27.99
Here on Rhinefarm, Pinot demands and deserves meticulous attention in the vineyard and gentle handling in the cellar, but this delicate and complicated beauty is well worth the effort. The reward is an elixir that is both vibrant and subtle. Bright, red fruit greets you, soft tones of vanilla and sandalwood make you feel at home and the stunning structure will have you pouring more. Another gift from Rhinefarm and our wine making team, good now and for the next 5-7 years.

Josh Cellars!

2017 Josh Cellars North Coast Sauvignon Blanc...$9.99

Compare to $10.99 at Total Wine and More
Our Sauvignon Blanc is sunshine in a glass. Aromatic and bright with a crisp, clean finish, this wine features flavors of lemon and kiwi and scents of green apple.  “Our Sauvignon Blanc is a wine that everyone seems to like, kind of like my dad, Josh.”  – Joseph Carr
SOURCING: Premium wine-growing regions throughout the North Coast of California with key lots sourced from Lake County and Sonoma County.
FOOD PAIRINGS:  Pairs beautifully with seafood appetizers, summer salads, and grilled chicken as well as light and simple foods all year long. This wine is especially well suited for summertime sipping in the sun.

2017 Josh Cellars Chardonnay....$9.49

We are the lowest price in the country on Wine-Searcher and lower than Total Wine and More
Our Chardonnay is a great balance of bright citrus and honey with a touch of oak character and hints of juicy peach. Crafted with care so that no single flavor overpowers another, this wine is simply delicious and easy-to-drink.   “Our Chardonnay is a difficult wine to make, but as dad always said: ‘you keep working until you get it right.’”  – Joseph Carr
SOURCING:  Premium cool-climate wine growing regions throughout the state including Mendocino and Monterey counties.
FOOD PAIRINGS:  Pairs beautifully with shrimp, steamed mussels, creamy pastas, roasted chicken, and grilled vegetables.

Amazing 2016 Chateau Meyney

Early on in my wine career I was lucky enough to sit in with an established tasting group that focused on Bordeaux. Over the course of 4 or 5 years amazing bottles were shared and debated over for a few hours every Saturday afternoon.  I learned quite a bit in that time about how a wine ages, how to assess its character and flavor profile and how to taste wine without worrying about the cost or score, just to focus on the flavor and the enjoyment. But what I learned most from that group is that Chateau Meyney always over delivers, it was a given if we were drinking Medoc wines, someone would bring a Meyney and it would always show well. Do not hesitate to grab up some of the 2016 Chateau Meyney we have left, as always it will over deliver now and in the future.
-Aaron Zwicker Wine Buyer at Forsyth

2016 Chateau Meyney St. Estephe....$38.99
The 2016 Meyney is a bold, powerful wine. Tobacco, menthol, chocolate, spice and torrefaction notes all add shades of darkness. Meyney is potent and quite broad in feel, and yet everything is very nicely balanced. Although not especially subtle, Meyney delivers the goods, and then some
Rated 96/100 James Suckling
Rated 93/100 Vinous Media

100 Point Rhone

Northern Rhone Perfection at a great price!
2015 Jaboulet La Chapelle Hermitage....$229.99
On-Sale was $299.99
Lastly, and a legendary wine in the making, the 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle is reminiscent of the 1990 with its full-bodied, opulently, sexy, yet concentrated style. Offering sensational notes of blackcurrants, smoked herbs, beef blood, and chocolate, it’s a huge yet elegant wine that has masses of sweet tannin, incredible purity and finesse, and a killer finish. It’s the finest wine from this estate in close to 30 years. Hats off to Caroline Frey and Jacques Desvernois!
Rated 100/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 98/100 Vinous

Friday, August 9, 2019

The Prisoner Wine Co. Wine Tasting

Customer Appreciation Tasting!
The Prisoner Wine Co.
Wine Tasting

All 4 locations
This Saturday August 10th
Noon - 2pm

We want to give a little love back to all of our wonderful customers who voted us Best Wine Selection in the Feast 50 Awards. 
Join us at all 4 locations this Saturday August 10th to taste these fantastic new additions to The Prisoner Wine Company line-up, plus take advantage of special pricing on the 2016 Saldo Zinfandel. Check the new Events Tab on our Website to stay up to date on all of our tastings

Taste these 3 wines!

2016 The Snitch Chardonnay....$23.99
(Compare to Total Wine at $26.99)
When creating their wines, The Prisoner Wine Company always look for fresh approaches to traditional varietals. For The Snitch, they combined Chardonnay from exceptional vineyards in warm Oak Knoll and cool-climate Carneros with just a touch of Roussanne. The result is bright and rich with an unexpected something special.
Fresh tropical fruit, apple, and pear on the nose. The palate offers richness balanced by bright acidity.

2017 Eternally Silenced Pint Noir $44.99
Rich and elegant, soft and well-balanced. Aromas of pine needles, cranberry, dark cherry, cedar, clove, and brown spice lead to fresh red berry flavors, an ample structure, and seamless tannins.
Sourced: 25% Santa Barbara, 25% Sonoma Coast, 20% Napa Valley, 20% Edna Valley, 10% Monterey

2016 Saldo Zinfadel $19.98* 
(Compare to Total Wine at $29.97)
Gorgeous ripe, jammy, berry flavors dominate this full-bodied, smooth-textured wine. It smells like blackberries and black cherries, tastes so rich it's almost sweet, and fills the mouth from cheek to cheek with a chocolate-cherry flavor that lingers on the finish.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Enthusiast
*Special Pricing good in store only on August 10th No additional discounts apply

Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice and Fire

Johnnie Walker A Song of Ice Scotch Whisky...$39.99
A new Scotch Whisky blend that honors the enduring legacy of Game of Thrones.
A Song of Ice is a blended Scotch inspired by the Direwolves used as the sigil for the House of Stark.  Containing malt whisky from Clynelish distillery, the blend is described as having a ‘crisp, clean taste’ with a ‘green and grassy’ flavour and notes of ‘vanilla and tropical fruit’.
Bottled at 40.2% abv

Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire Scotch Whisky...$39.99
Johnnie Walker A Song of Fire meanwhile, is inspired by the dragons commanded by Daenerys Targaryen, also known as the ‘Mother of Dragons’. Containing peated malt whisky from Caol Ila distillery, the blend is said to feature ‘subtle smoke tempered by a rich, rounded sweetness’, and is bottled at 40.8% abv.

Game of Thrones Oban "Night's Watch"...$55.99
Game of Thrones Lagavulin 9 Year Old "House of Lannister"...$63.99
Game of Thrones Dalwhinnie "House Stark"....$39.99
Game of Thrones Talisker "House Greyjoy"....$44.99
Game of Thrones Royal Lochnagar 12 Year Old "House Baratheon"...$59.99
Game of Thrones Clynelish Reserve "House Tyrell"....$59.99
Game of Thrones Cardhu "House Targaryen"....$39.99

Prat Sura Vacqueyras La Cuvee

We taste a lot of wines, and most do not make the cut.  We recently tasted a bunch of new wines, this one stood out as the best of the lot!  Great bottle!!

2016 Prat Sura Vacqueyras La Cuvee...$34.99
Based on 60% Grenache and 40% Syrah, the 2016 Vacqueyras La Cuvée is another inky colored effort that has a modern slant yet is beautifully done. Blackberries, cassis, roasted herbs, chocolate, and gravelly mineral notes all emerge from this rockingly textured, balanced, full-bodied effort. It's more rounded and sexier than the Réserve cuvée yet should keep just as long.
Rated 94/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Aussie 93 points

A pair of 93 Point Australian Gems
2017 Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz...$19.99
Aromatic and stylish, opening with violet, white pepper and subtle sweet cream notes. The core gushes with huckleberry and wild blueberry flavors, revealing shades of rosemary and apricot. Supple and smooth, with tannins hanging in the background, providing appealing traction. The finish sails on and on. Drink now through 2035.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2017 McPherson MWC Cabernet Sauvignon....$13.99
Lots of currant and blackberry character with hints of slate and dark tea. Full body. Soft and silky tannins and a flavorful finish
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

Virginia Distillery

Virginia Distillery Company is an American Single Malt Whisky distillery located amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia.
Award winning whiskeys!
#13 • Virginia Distillery Co. Cider Cask Finished.  #13 whiskey of the Year by the Whiskey Advocate 2018

Virginia Distillery Tasting - Forsyth
Forsyth - Friday August 23
Sampling with Virginia Distillery
Bob Langdon with Virginia Distillery will be in attendance
Virginia Distillery Tasting - Rock Hill
Rock Hill - August 24th from 1-4pm
Sampling with Virginia Distillery
Bob Langdon with Virginia Distillery will be in attendance

Virginia Distillery Brewers Batch...$55.99 / 750ml
Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky is a collection being offered under Virginia Distillery Company’s Virginia-Highland Whisky series. This product features finishing casks sourced from local breweries.
Brewers Batch Virginia-Highland Whisky is made from 100% malted barley and showcases both Old World and New World whisky making. Virginia Distillery Company marries whisky made on-site in Virginia with whisky from Scotland. A focus on cask finishing for up to 12 months adds depth and complexity.
Notes of mocha and toffee as well as a hint of cocoa play on the palate. The beer influence is there, resulting in a rich malty caramel note which accentuates the vanilla notes found in the originating whisky cask.
Virginia Distillery Company is an American Single Malt Whisky distillery located amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia.

Virginia Distillery Chardonnay Cask...$55.99 / 750ml
Virginia-Highland Whisky is a culmination of Old World and New World whisky making, showcasing 100% malted barley whisky made on-site in Virginia married with whisky from Scotland.
Our second batch of Chardonnay Cask Finished Virginia Highland-Whisky rested for an average of 12 months in finishing casks sourced primarily from Virginia wineries such as Grace Estate Winery, Michael Shaps, Virginia Wineworks and Paradise Springs Winery.
Each partner barrel brings nuance and complexity to the whisky, with notes of lemon zest, green apple and honeysuckle. Hints of pear, vanilla and baking spices add intrigue on the palate, finishing with a soft creaminess.
Virginia Distillery Company is an American Single Malt Whisky distillery located amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia.

Virginia Distillery Cider Cask...$55.99 / 750ml
The Cider Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky is made from 100% malted barley, marrying whisky from Scotland with whisky made on-site in Virginia. The whisky is then cask finished for 8 to 12 months in cider casks coming from Virginia producers such as Potter’s Craft Cider and Buskey Cider. This release is offered annually during the fall and is a limited release. Notes of apple, vanilla and pear are evident on the nose along with a hint of caramel.
On the palate, some creaminess and sweetness from the malt, along with caramelized wood sugars from the oak, melds with a pleasant touch of acidity from the cider.
Virginia Distillery Company is an American Single Malt Whisky distillery located amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia.

Virginia Distillery Port Cask Finish...$49.99 / 750ml
Port Cask Finished Virginia-Highland Whisky is made from 100% malted barley and showcases both Old World and New World whisky-making. Virginia Distillery Company marries whisky made on-site in Virginia with whisky from Scotland. Cask finishing in port-style wine casks sourced primarily from Virginia adds depth and complexity.
On the nose, dried fruit and raisins are evident, along with vanilla and barrel spice. The palate displays hints of toffee, cocoa and toasted oak with a soft finish.
Virginia Distillery Company is an American Single Malt Whisky distillery located amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains in Central Virginia.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Side Project Merci Framboise

Customer Appreciation Days
at The Wine and Cheese Place!

Starting now --
You can purchase 1 bottle per person while they last in store (all 4 locations now)

Side Project Merci Framboise...$39.99 / 750ml

Special bottling from Side Project made exclusively for The Wine and Cheese Place!    Very limited release.

New Ballas - sold out
Rock Hill - sold out
Forsyth - sold out
Ballwin - sold out
No reservations.  No phone calls.
While supply lasts.
Ask for them at the register

Also as part of Customer Appreciation Days
"regular" Side Project Merci is on sale now for $26.99 -
less than 10 cases left!  Then it is gone!

FID Street Hawaiian Gin

FID Street Hawaiian Gin...$29.99
Bridging the gap between old English and American craft gin styles, Fid Street Gin is the first gin ever created on Maui and only the second in Hawai'i since prohibition. Reminiscent of a London Dry, it is crafted with eleven botanicals and Hawaiian fruit, and distilled in unique glass stills. Fid Street Gin exhibits a very clean and aromatic fresh cut floral and citrus bouquet with a hint of forest air.

The Backstory:  In the 19th Century, the arrival of English ships in Honolulu Harbor led to a strong Victorian influence. Named after a sailor’s word for “drink”, “Fid” Street, now known as lower Nu’uanu Avenue in Honolulu, became the place where the thirsty and sea-weary reveled.

Fid Street Gin pays homage to this history by marrying the typical components of a London Dry gin with unique local Hawaiian ingredients.

Paniolo Blended Whiskey -- Hawaii

Whiskey from Hawaii!!!

Paniolo Blended Whiskey....$29.99 / 750ml
Some of the world’s best whiskeys are blended with unique Upcountry Maui ingredients, such as freshly-harvested pineapple. The pineapple is distilled to neutral to allow for an extremely clean and smooth finish with balanced aromas and flavors of caramel, brown sugar, and sweet corn.
40% ALC/VOL, 80 Proof

Our Story: Paniolo Whiskey is named after Mexican vaqueros, or cattle drivers, who were brought to Hawaii after Captain George Vancouver gave cattle to King Kamehameha the First. These Vaqueros embraced the Hawaiian tradition, and became known as Paniolo. Enjoy Paniolo Whiskey, the spirit of the Hawaiian cowboy.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Koval Distillery Tasting

Saturday tasting at New Ballas
Koval Distillery Tasting

Saturday August 10th from noon-3pm
The Wine and Cheese Place
457 N. New Ballas Road
Creve Coeur MO 

Taste assorted spirits from Koval out of Chicago!

Established in 2008, KOVAL produces organic whiskey, liqueurs and specialty spirits in Chicago's first distillery since the mid-1800s. Founders Robert and Sonat Birnecker, chose to leave their academic careers to bring the distilling traditions of Robert’s Austrian family to America. In making this decision, they vowed to make organic spirits from scratch (avoiding the common industry practice of purchasing and bottling pre-made spirits) and to change the way people understand whiskey by creating a new, signature style - using only the “heart” cut of the distillate - affording a brighter, cleaner take on whiskey.

Embracing the grain-to-bottle mentality, each step of the spirit-making process is thoughtfully monitored: beginning with contracting local farmers to grow the grain, to on-site milling and mashing, to finally distilling, bottling, and packaging. After numerous international awards and Robert at the helm of consulting for the burgeoning craft industry, KOVAL has grown to be one of America’s leading small batch, independent spirit manufacturers.

The Wine and Cheese Place Ballwin Tastings

Join us at our Ballwin location.
We have some bonus tasting to go along with our normal Friday and Saturday wine and cheese tastings too!!

New from Franklin County, Missouri
We are very excited to carry these exceptional spirits and have Demetrius present them to you this Friday!

Ballwin - Friday Night tasting!
Meet Demetrius Cain at our Ballwin location

Founder and Distiller of Duckett Rums and Curacao
Taste his rums and Curacao TONIGHT!
This Friday August 9th from 4pm-6pm
The Wine and Cheese Place
14748 Clayton Road, Ballwin MO

Duckett Blue Rum 100 proof....$24.99
Made from 100 percent cane sugar, Duckett Blue is our unaged chill-filtered rum that is the perfect spirit to add to your cocktails. Our rum is truly craft, with small-scale fermentation, batch distillation, and hand bottling by our distillers just outside of St Louis Missouri in Franklin County. We hope that you’ll love our silver rum as much as we do.

Duckett Rhum 103....$39.99
Made from 100% Cane Sugar
Yeast, spring water and 100% Cane Sugar
Hybrid pot still distillation
Non Chill filtered
Finished with American and French Oak (used cognac barrels)

Duckett Curacao Noir...$35.99
Orange Liqueur
A curacao liquor made from a classical recipe using laraha fruit peels, premium sugarcane spirit, spices and sweetened with raw sugarcane syrup.
Non chill filtered
The Laraha fruit is the bitter orange that grows on the island of Curacao.

Ballwin - Saturday tasting!
This Saturday August 9th from 11am-1pm
The Wine and Cheese Place
14748 Clayton Road, Ballwin MO

  • Highwest Campfire
  • Highwest Double Rye
  • Highwest Rendezvous Rye
  • Highwest American Prairie

Cheese Features

This week's cheese features!
We will be tasting them this weekend.

Parrano is aged for five months, developing its nutty Parmesan flavors while maintaining the firm, smooth texture of a young Gouda. This perfect combination brings you the best of both worlds: a cheese that is full of flavor and versatile enough to cut, grate and melt.

Black Diamond  Merlot & Cheddar Spread
Spreadable cheese made with premium aged cheddar cheese.
Taste:  Made with premium aged Black Diamond Cheddar, our Merlot & Cheddar spreadable cheese has a full, rich classic cheddar flavor with the characteristically deep, slightly bitter taste of Merlot red wine.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Prairie Artisan Ales No Way Frose

Prairie Artisan Ales No Way Frose...$9.99 / 4pk cans
No Way Frose, our collaboration with The Jones Assembly! This beer is inspired by their amazing Frose, and is a sour ale with juniper, lime zest, strawberry and pineapple!

Stolen Rock and Rye

Stolen Rock and Rye...$21.99
American rye whiskey with organic raw honey and orange peel. At 80 proof, Stolen X has a kick, but is smooth going down. Shoot or sip over ice. Stolen X is available only in the US. We’re sorry, Australia and New Zealand.

Lopez de Heredia - White wines!

Some amazing whites with some age!

2006 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Reserva White...$42.99
One of two vintages I tasted of the white from the Viña Tondonia, the 2006 Viña Tondonia Blanco Reserva is from a warm and ripe year, but the wine doesn't show heat. It feels a little riper than the 2007 I tasted next to it. It has more depth and complexity than the Gravonia, with the aromatic profile closer to a white Hermitage than any other white I can think of. The palate is bone dry, with some austerity and pungent flavors, where the flavors include lemon peel, beeswax, herbal tea and dry hay. 10,000 bottles produced. It was bottled in May 2015.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate
A very impressive delivery of fruit here. Incredible clarity and purity of papaya and peaches with peach blossom and almond blossom in the mix. The palate has a very sleek, fine, pure and fresh line of mouthwatering acidity and supple, fleshy dried peach and lemon. Assertive but silky. The length is impressive. Drink now.
Rated 96/100 James Suckling

2009 Lopez de Heredia Vina Gravonia White...$27.99
This white is rich and expressive, a fine example of the traditional style. Bold flavors of quince, dried pineapple, lemon confit and vanilla mingle in a polished texture, supported by firm acidity and fine tannins. Balanced and long. Drink now through 2029. 1,791 cases made, 600 cases imported.
Rated 94/100 Wine Spectator
Rated 94/100 James Suckling
Rated 93/100 Wine Advocate