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Saturday, January 11, 2020

Penfolds Wine Class

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Penfolds Wine Class and Tasting!
Wednesday, January 22nd starting at 6pm
$45 Per Person


Reservations required
No refunds
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We are kicking off the New Year in style with our first wine class of 2020. Please join us in welcoming Doug Donnelly for a fantastic tasting of Australia's most decorated winery. 
We are limiting the class to 12 so sign up quickly. 
Oh and did I mention we will be pouring Penfolds Grange! 


Wines to be Tasted:
2015 Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay, Tumbarumba 
  • Rated 94/100 James Suckling
2015 Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling, Eden Valley
  • Rated 96/100 James Suckling
2017 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
  • Rated 94/100 Wine Spectatr
2016 Penfolds RWT Shiraz, South Australia 
  • Rated 97/100 James Suckling
  • Rated 95/100 Wine Advocate
2015 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz, South Australia
  • Rated 96/100 Decanter
  • Rated 94/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Plus as a rare treat - you will taste!!
Penfolds Grange Shiraz South Australia
The vintage to be determined on the Grange -- but it does not matter -- look at the history of scores


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Accendo Cabernet - a new project from Araujo




2015 Accendo Cellars Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...$329.99
Produced from 92% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Cabernet Franc and 4% Petit Verdot, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon offers up profound wild blueberries, freshly crushed blackberries and chocolate-covered cherries scents with suggestions of Chinese five spice, Sichuan pepper, bay leaves and lavender plus a savory touch of yeast extract. Medium to full-bodied, it fills the mouth with expressive, multilayered blue and black fruits, all supported by ripe, fine-grained tannins and a lively backbone, finishing long with a compelling earthiness coming through.
Rated 97+/100 Wine Advocate
Offers ample fruit, as creamy boysenberry, blackberry and blueberry notes glide through easily, framed liberally with warm cocoa and vanilla details and ending with a long, polished feel. Subtle mint and tobacco elements peek through at the very end, keeping this nicely grounded. Fruit-driven but built to last. Drink now through 2038. 617 cases made.
Rated 95/100 Wine Spectator
Rated 97/100 Vinous Media



Accendo Cellars is Bart and Daphne Araujo’s new project, following the incredible success and eventual sale of Araujo Estate, now known as Eisele Vineyard after the property’s jewel vineyard that dates back to the 1800s, which was purchased by Francois Pinault of Chateau Latour fame in 2013. So, what could the Araujo’s possibly do for a follow-up act to reestablishing one of Napa Valley’s most historic, iconic single vineyards? They decided to take inspiration from another era in Napa’s rich history—that of the mid-twentieth century, when blending wines from vineyards throughout the valley was the norm. The Araujos explained that Accendo Cellars is about getting back to “old style Napa,” somewhat in spite of global warming. They wanted to achieve wines of restraint and elegance by being able to bring in fruit earlier, but they also wanted to achieve all the layers and complexity possessed by the greatest wines of the world. They have thus far selected to work with several vineyards, including Sleeping Lady, Vine Hill Ranch and Oakville Ranch, to produce their first efforts. The blending process is overseen by none other than master-blender Michel Rolland. Bravo to the Araujos and Rolland for, in particular, superbly capturing the best of the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon vintage attributes so singularly and poignantly!

J. Lohr Pure Paso Proprietary Red Wine





2017 J. Lohr Pure Paso Proprietary Red Wine...$24.99
For being a larger production winery, J. Lohr continually produces lush and delicious wines that continue to define the Paso Robles potential. This new blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec begins with strawberry, violet and baking spice on the nose, while the palate's creamy mouthfeel carries mocha, cappuccino, caramel and black cherry flavors. There's just enough tannic firmness to the lush profile
Rated 93/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Combier Kummel

Hard to find Kummel in St. Louis.  We have one!



Combier Kummel Extra...$36.99
76 proof
RECIPE FIRST BOTTLE BY COMBIER AROUND 1850
Kümmel originally debuted in Holland during the late 16th century
Surprisingly smooth anise taste. Made using highly aromatic and flavorful herbs native to the Mediterranean.  All Natural

Kümmel, also called kummel or kimmel, is a sweet, colorless liqueur flavored with caraway seed, cumin, and fennel. Originally, the words kümmel, kummel, and kimmel were somewhat generic terms in the German, Dutch, and Yiddish languages, respectively, meaning both caraway and cumin.

Combier Kümmel made its debut at the Combier Distillery in the mid-19th century satisfying the demands of British, Dutch, German and Russian elite enamored with the liqueur’s medicinal and aromatic properties. It is re-released today with the same powerful, lifted aromas and refined taste it became known for more than 150 years ago.

Combier Kümmel is best served cold either neat or over ice

Chateau de Lancyre Pic Saint Loup Coste d'Aleyrac

Northern Rhone like and a fraction of the price!




2017 Chateau de Lancyre Pic Saint Loup Coste d'Aleyrac...$19.99


50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 10% Carignan.
Blackberries, ground pepper, dried earth and peppered meat notes all dominate the 2017 Pic Saint Loup Coste D'Aleyrac, a ripe, rounded, complex, almost Northern Rhône-like red to drink over the coming 7-8 years. The blend is 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache, and 10% Carignan, brought up all in tank.
Rated 92/100 Jeb Dunnuck
Crushed stone and flowering garrigue notes mark the nose of the 2017 Pic Saint Loup Coste d'Aleyrac, a blend of 50% Syrah, 40% Grenache and 10% Carignan aged solely in tank. Blackberries and licorice appear on the medium to full-bodied palate, which is smooth and supple, gliding easily into a long, savory finish.
Rated 90/100 Wine Advocate

Campil Blanco -- amazing value!



2017 Campil Blanco...$7.99
Viura and Chardonnay blend

The 2017 Cariñena Blanco is a blend of 90% Viura, 10% Chardonnay. This light gold-colored beauty offers a great bouquet of stone fruits and citrus, with a touch of salty minerality, medium-bodied, good balance, and a clean, dry finish. It's a terrific house white.
Rated 88/100 Jeb Dunnuck


Serve With: Ideal as an aperitif or paired with salads or delicately-flavored seafood or white meat dishes.

Friday, January 10, 2020

Surly Rocket Surgery Hazy Ale




Surly Rocket Surgery Hazy Ale...$9.99 / 6pk 12oz cans
BREWED FOR: PUTTING YOUR MONEY IN THE GIFT HORSE'S MOUTH
This juicy, hazy ale is brimming with Citra and Simcoe hops for a fruit-forward blast of hop flavor. Drink it. You’ll like it. It’s not rocket surgery, it’s Rocket Surgery.

Surly Brewing Dots and Loops IPA




Surly Brewing Dots and Loops IPA...$9.99 / 6pk cans
BREWED FOR: SPACE AGE BACHELOR PAD MUSIC
This new-school IPA sends your palate swirling in dots and loops with fruit-forward hop flavors of mango, orange, and pineapple with a bright finish that will leave you wanting more.

January Whiskey Raffle



Yes, there will be a January Whiskey Raffle


Includes....

  • Col E.H. Taylor Single Barrel
  • Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 15 Year Old
  • Heaven's Door Bootleg Series 26 Year Old Whisky
  • Sazerac Rye 6 Year Old
  • Old Forester 1910
  • Basil Hayden 10 Year Old
  • Maker's Mark RC6
  • Blantons Bourbon
could be more added too...

Based on previous 6 months purchases.  Every $300 spent in the last 6 months is a raffle ticket.

Lapostolle Carmenere Cuvee Alexandre




Chile's Dinosaur Grape Carmenere
After being desimmated to the point that it was presumed extinct by the Phylloxera epidemic that hit Europe in the late 19th Century, Carmenere has found a new home in Chile. While it was originally mistaken for Merlot, Carmenere has become one of Chile's most distinct varietals. We are excited to offer one of Chile's best Carmenere

2016 Lapostolle Carmenere Cuvee Alexandre...$23.99
I love how the leafy complexity of dried sage, pine cones and forest floor combines with earth and paprika, but then with very fresh fruit, such as blueberries and citrus. Medium to full body, chewy and grainy tannins and a bark-laden finish. Drink in 2023.
Rated 94/100 James Suckling

WhistlePig / TWCP 10 Year Old Single Barrel Rye

Just arrived at Forsyth!
(Rock Hill later today, Chesterfield and New Ballas tomorrow)

Opened a bottle when it arrived, forgot how good this one was.  
This one is a stand out. 
 
WhistlePig / TWCP 10 Year Old Single Barrel Rye...$79.99
compare to $91.99 at Total Wine and More for their Single Barrel
  • Aged 10 Years
  • 116.9 proof
  • Barrel #85074
  • Warehouse 2
  • Rick: F
  • Level: 3
  • 132 bottles produced

WhistlePig was released in the summer of 2010 to great critical acclaim, earning 96 points from Wine Enthusiast, their highest rating ever for a rye whiskey, a “highest recommendation” from Spirits Journal, as well as accolades from The Wall Street Journal, GQ, Forbes, Maxim, Imbibe Magazine, and many others. As Master Distiller Dave Pickerell notes, these extraordinary honors both “humble and set a high bar” for the company.

Blind Pinot Noir Class






For February's Wine Class we are going interactive. We will be Blind Tasting Pinot Noir from Oregon, California and Burgundy

Taste 6 fantastic Pinot Noir and try to guess which region they are from.  A fun event and a great learning experience for your palate. 
Thursday February 20th
Starts at 6pm 

$30 per person
Reservations required
No refunds.
Click here to sign up

Wines to be tasted:
2017 Raen Royal St Robert Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast $59.99

  • 94/100 Vinous
2017 Paul Hobbs Pinot Noir Russian River Valley $59.99
  • 95/100 Jeb Dunnuck
2016 Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir Dundee Hills Oregon $39.99
  • 96/100 James Suckling
2016 Domaine Serene Yamhill Cuvee $54.99
  • 93/100 James Suckling
2017 Domaine Faiveley Beaune Clos De L'Ecu 1er Cru $63.99
  • 93/100 The Wine Advocate
2017 Domaine Pavelot Savigny Les Beaunes Aux Gravains 1er Cru $54.99
  • 94/100 John Gillman

Thursday, January 9, 2020

New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA








New Belgium Voodoo Ranger Starship IPA...$8.99 6pk cans
VOODOO RANGER STARSHIP IPA AMERICAN IPA Brewed with out-of-this-world Galaxy hops, Starship IPA will blast your taste buds with notes of fresh grapefruit and citrus.

Redemption 9 Year Old - Batch #3






Redemption 9 Year Old Barrel Proof Bourbon...$89.99
NEW Batch #3
105.7 Proof
Amber with ruby tones.
AROMA:  Aromas of fresh Madagascan vanilla pod, caramelized toffee, and dark roast coffee dominate the aroma with hints of lavender honey.
PALATE: Smooth, mellow, and seamless, this bourbon slides through the mouth. Bacon, smoked meats with nuances of hops and white pepper spice with an overlay of wet river stone are the signature flavors of this complex barrel proof whiskey.

Mash Bill: 75% Corn, 21% Rye, 4% Malted Barley

2016 Intrinsic Columbia Cabernet Sauvignon








2016 Intrinsic Columbia Cabernet Sauvignon...$18.99
A red with lots of sweet-tobacco and currant aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, round and juicy tannins and a flavorful finish. Harmonious and fine. Drink now.
Rated 92/100 James Suckling

Whiskey Flights!



Forsyth -- This week's flight: Newly Single
Freshly opened bottles of scotch released into the wild. 
All bottled non-chill filtered and unsullied like the Lord, Peter O'Toole and Richard Harris intended

Three 3/4 oz. pours for only $12

18 Year Loch Lomond 46% abv
Distillery Bottling, Highlands

Aberlour Casg Annamn 48% abv

No age statement, Highlands

Glen Scotia Victoriana 51.5% abv
No age statement, Campbeltown



This week’s flight at The Wine And Cheese Place in Chesterfield!
Only $7 for these three smallish batches of bourbons (3/4 ounce pour of each)

Four Roses Small Batch
Michters US-1 Bourbon
High West American Prairie Bourbon



Available now - Ends this Saturday Jan 11th

Freigeist - brewed at Urban Chestnut



Freigeist Coffee Clouds Stout...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz
Brewed and canned at Urban Chestnut Brewing
Stout brewed with Dark Matter Coffee





Freigeist Dinosaurs in Lederhosen Kveik Gose Ale...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Freigeist was founded in 2009 with a mission to revive Germany's lost artisanal ales. We now offer bold American influenced, American brewed twists on our homeland's most popular beer style.
This classic German style gose beer experiences a modern twist with the fermentation of Norwegian Kveik yeast. This brings more dryness, a bit of funk, and a more fruity character.



Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Intrinsic Red Blend



2017 Intrinsic Red Blend....$18.99
Each variety is fermented on the other’s skins in a twist of technique. The swagger here is palpable and the deep dark berries are laced with flowers and delivered in pure, unadulterated form. So good! A blend of 51% malbec and 49% cabernet franc. Drink now.
Rated 93/100 James Suckling

4 Hands Chocolate Covered Cherry Milk Stout







4 Hands Chocolate Covered Cherry Milk Stout...$6.49 / 22oz
4 Hands milk stout with cherry and chocolate


100% TARIFFS ON ALL EUROPEAN WINES, WHISKEY, CHEESE, & SPECIALTY FOODS THREATEN ST. LOUIS SMALL BUSINESSES

Dear Friend of The Wine & Cheese Place, 

On October 18, 2019, the U.S. announced 25% tariffs on certain E.U. produced wines, spirits, and cheeses.  On December 12, the U.S. announced that tariffs of up to 100% may be levied on all E.U. produced wine, whiskey, cheese, olive oil, and other gourmet items in response to unrelated trade practices conducted by the E.U. regarding the aerospace and internet services industries.  These tariffs threaten the survival of all Missouri based retailers, importers, and distributors of wine, spirits, and cheese.  

The U.S. is set to determine whether to implement the up to 100% tariff increase later this January and the tariffs could go into effect as early as February.

The tariffs are paid by U.S. importers, not the E.U.  As a result, we expect that substantially all imports of E.U. produced wine, spirits and cheeses will effectively stop should the existing tariffs be significantly increased.  We already know of one importer who has laid off workers as a result of the current tariffs and plans to shutter the business they created more than three decades ago if tariffs are increased.

Prices will increase on both domestic and foreign wines, spirits and cheese as imports fall and supply for imported items and like domestic products runs thin.  We have already been informed that certain U.S. bourbon producers are planning to raise prices and Scotch whiskey wholesale prices for Q1 2020 have increased significantly over 2019 levels.  

The outcome of additional tariffs on Missouri business will be the bankruptcy of small importers, distributors, and retailers and increased power of major corporate entities, many owned by non-Missourians.  These large corporations will sweep up the market share of small business owners who grew successful companies in a competitive market through hard work, risk taking and perseverance.  Consumers will end up paying more for less variety and impersonal service.  

The Wine & Cheese Place enjoys a large inventory of wines and spirits and has the knowledge and experience to source non-tariffed items that will appeal to our customers.  We therefore are confident that, in our 38th year of operations, we will successfully navigate our customers towards wines, spirits, and cheeses that appeal to them at their desired price points, regardless of country of origin.  However, the disruption these potential tariffs pose to our business is troubling and we want to keep the St. Louis wine, spirits, and gourmet scene as vibrant and competitive as ever.  Therefore we are asking our customers to help our company, and countless other Missouri-based companies, by buying from small, local wine, spirits, and cheese purveyors.  

Should you want to register your opinion on this matter with the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, we urge you to do so by clicking this link: http://bit.ly/TWCPtariff.  Also, please reach out to your elected representatives to share you concerns. 

Thank you for your patronage.  We  looking forward to serving you for many years to come.

Vijay Shroff
Owner

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Pipeworks new releases



Pipeworks Ninja vs. Unicorn vs. The Haze...$14.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Double IPA ~ like Ninja vs Unicorn but hazier juicer
8% ABV



Pipeworks All the Golden Tickets....$11.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Porter with chocolate malts and cacao nibs





Pipeworks Forest Fauna IPA...$14.99 /4pk 16oz cans

India Pale Ale with centennial hops, simcoe hops, and spruce tips

TWCP Whiskey Tasting glass






TWCP Whiskey Tasting glass...$4.99 each
5.75 oz tasting glass
This whiskey glass is a modern take on the spirits snifter. It features clean lines and a wide bowl, allowing its contents to breathe. Its tapered body concentrate aromas and direct them to your nose. Bring traditional spirits into the modern world with this beautiful, contemporary glass. 

Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin



Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin...$30.99

Deep red in color, Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin has a pungent marasca cherry aroma with intense juniper notes. The initial taste is typical of gin with spicy and long lasting sour aftertaste. Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin can be used to twist many classic cocktails such as the Martinez and the Gin Fizz, or it can be enjoyed neat or over ice as an after dinner drink.
GMO Free | Kosher Certified | Vegan friendly

Erath Oregon Pinot Noir



2017 Erath Oregon Pinot Noir....$13.99
10% Mix/match case price available
Svelte and supple, with delicate raspberry and strawberry blossom accents that glide on a sleek finish. Drink now through 2024.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator
Presenting with aromas of marionberry jam, Bing cherry, Pluot and a hint of wintergreen melding with savory meatiness. The juicy palate is packed full of fresh raspberry, huckleberry, and blackberry punctuated by cherry candy and a hint of warm spice. The finish is easy, and oh-so sippable -- winery