Saturday, January 18, 2020

Domaine Cabirau Serge and Marie

2017 Domaine Cabirau Serge and Marie...$19.99
A smaller production cuvée, the 2017 Maury Sec Serge & Marie checks in as 70% Grenache, 20% Carignan, and 10% Syrah that was brought up in a mix of foudre and used barrels. It's also the first vintage for new winemaker Marie Verges as well as the first vintage to ever see small barrels, which were purchased from Guigal in the Northern Rhône. Deep purple-colored with a smoky, meaty bouquet of black fruits, licorice, crushed rocks, and black olives, it’s rich, full-bodied, beautifully textured, and layered on the palate, with ripe tannins. This fleshy, expansive barrel sample has tons of potential.
Rated 92-94/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Ritual NON Alcoholic Gin and Whiskey

At the requests of numerous customers -- we have added these to our non-alcoholic section at Forsyth

Ritual Gin Alternative...$24.99
Non Alcoholic Gin
Zero Proof
Our gin alternative is flavor-forward. English cucumber and juniper berries hit the top notes. A mix of all-natural botanical flavors shimmy in the middle. And mint and basil round out the bottom. Consequently, it stiffens tonic and every kind of juice, but it also loves soda and a slice of lime. Shaken and served with a twist is one of our personal favorites. You really can’t go wrong.

Ritual mixes 1:1 in all gin cocktails. It does the bright, crisp job of gin, only without alcohol or calories. You’ll taste plenty of organic herbs and florals, though, and a satisfying heat that lingers on the tongue and back of the palate.

Made for those who are working, driving, training, dieting, parenting, staying out later or getting up early.

Ritual Whiskey Alternative...$24.99
Non Alcoholic Whiskey
Zero Proof
In an Old Fashioned or Manhattan, our all-natural botanicals marry happily with orange, bitters and vermouth. On the rocks, the first thing you might notice is the fragrance of American Oak, sugar floss and vanilla. In a glass by itself, organic peppercorn and hemp carry a pleasant inner warmth. And hey, if you wanna swig it straight from the bottle rock star-style, it’ll play power chords on your tongue.

However you choose to enjoy it (and we’re all about choice) Ritual whiskey alternative delivers the taste and burn of good whiskey, only with no alcohol or morning hangover. It mixes 1:1 in all whiskey cocktails, and you could count its calories on two hands.

So you can stay sharp and still have fun, hit the gym, go to work, be a parent, live your life.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Martin Ray Pinot Noir

An Outstanding Sonoma Coast Pinot for under $20.
2018 Martin Ray Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir $19.99
Compare to $24.99 at Total Wine and More
This is really fresh and clean with sliced dried strawberries, flowers and citrus. Medium-bodied, very poised and refined with a long, crisp finish. California brightness with French sensitivity
Rated 94/100 James Suckling

Uinta Brewing

Uinta Brewing Hazy Nosh IPA...$8.49 / 6pk 12oz cans
Hazy version of their flagship Hop Nosh IPA

Uinta Yard Sale Winter Lager...$8.99 / 6 pack CANS
This full-flavored amber lager delivers a complex, toasted malt body and noble hop character.
TASTING NOTES: Honey and caramel undercurrents. Vanilla accents. Malty with light and hoppy notes. Finishes dry. Yard Sale pairs well with earthy mushroom bisque, grilled lamb or pork, and even mussels and clams.
STORY: "Yard Sale" is skier slang for when a skier falls down on a slope and loses his gear which ends up scattered down the mountain.

Uinta Lime Pilsner....$8.49 / 6pk cans
Crisp, light-bodied and immensely refreshing, our small batch Lime Pilsner combines a subtle malty sweetness with hints of fresh lime for a little splash of summertime, anytime, anywhere.

La Jota very limited Cabernet Franc

2016 La Jota Howell Mountain Cab Franc....$94.99
Only 6 bottles available (only at our Rock Hill location or reserve it online)

The deep garnet-purple colored 2016 Cabernet Franc Howell Mountain (100% Cabernet Franc) gives up exuberant bramble fruits, baked raspberries, mulberries and wild blueberries with suggestions of pencil shavings, kirsch, rose hip tea and tobacco leaf. Full-bodied and with a very firm frame of ripe, grainy tannins, it has wonderful perfume and depth, finishing long and mineral laced. 537 cases produced.
Rated 97/100 Wine Advocate
This standout varietal wine is complex and lengthy in a wealth of juicy red and black fruit, with lasting accents of dried herb, sage, lavender and violet. Built to last, it should develop even more in bottle. Drink 2024–2026
Rated 96/100 Wine Enthusiast
Lots of spring flowers, chocolate, damp earth, and blue fruits emerge from the 2016 Cabernet Franc Howell Mountain, which is 100% varietal brought up in a mix of new and used barrels. With medium to full body, bright acidity, incredible elegance, and a still tight, focused style on the palate, hide bottles for 3-5 years and it should drink beautifully over the following 15-20 years.
Rated 95+/100 Jeb Dunnuck

Spirits of French Lick Tasting - forsyth

January 18th
Saturday from 12pm-3pm
Open house tasting

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Fondue time!

Members of our Wine of the Month Club get different specials each month.  If you are a member of our WOM club you get 10% off of Emmental, Appenzeller, and Gruyere this month!

Contrary to what some may think, cheese fondue was not invented in the 1970’s in an avocado green pot! Combining wine, melted cheese and flour, and dunking hunks of bread into it, was first described by the Greek poet Homer in the Iliad. However, cheese fondue, as we know it today, originated in the Alps. Cheese and bread were made in the summer and fall to last through the frigid and snowy mountainous winters. As the cheese and bread aged, they naturally became dry and very hard. Melting the cheese with wine and flour in a pot (perhaps with some dried herbs), and swirling stale bread in it, made a delicious and nutritious meal throughout the long winter.  Serves 4

Fondue recipe
16 oz of cheese - Emmental, Appenzeller and Gruyere.  Any mix of these three works well.
2 Tbls. flour or cornstarch
1 clove garlic, halved
1 ½ cups dry white wine such as Picpoul de Pinet
2 Tbls. Kirsch (cherry liqueur-available at TWCP)
1 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. nutmeg
Cubed crusty breads (French, Italian, rye, sourdough)

Dice or shred the cheeses. Rub the two cut halves of garlic around the sides and bottom of the fondue pot; discard the clove. In a bowl, add the flour or cornstarch to the cheeses and mix to coat. Place pot on a stove burner set on medium-low, and heat the wine. Add the cheeses a little at a time, constantly stirring in a figure-eight pattern (so the cheese doesn’t form a ball) until the cheeses are melted and hot. Do not simmer or boil the mixture! Stir in the Kirsch, pepper and nutmeg, and place pot in a stand over a flame to serve.

Some tips on cooking and serving fondue:
** The crust of cheese left at the bottom of the pot is considered a delicacy ~ enjoy!
** Do not put water into fondue. If it is too thick, add more wine.
** Don’t use a non-alcoholic substitute for the wine; alcohol inhibits the cheese from curdling.
** If you don’t have a fondue pot, a crockpot can be used for serving. However, use a pot on the stove to make the fondue.
**Besides bread cubes, the following bite-sized pieces are delicious dipped in fondue: cooked chicken, ham or sausage; cooked broccoli, cauliflower, potatoes and/or asparagus; and tart apples such as Granny Smith.

What to drink with fondue?
Pierre Boniface Vin Savoie Apremont

2016 Continuum Sage Mountain Vineyard Proprietary Red

A perfect 100 for 2016 Continuum!
Another Perfect Score for Continuum

For the second year in a row Continuum Cabernet has received a perfect score. Following up on James Suckling's 100 for the 2015 Vintage the 2016 Continuum received a prefect 100/100 from Antonio Galloni and James Suckling. We are down to just under 3 cases as a company.

2016 Continuum Sage Mountain Vineyard Proprietary Red...$246.99
The 2016 Proprietary Red Wine Sage Mountain Vineyard may very well be the single greatest vintage made here thus far. It is quite simply a stunning wine and a towering achievement from the Mondavi family. Powerful, ample and sweeping in stature, the 2016 boasts breathtaking intensity in all of its dimensions. I see the pure, vibrant fruit of the 2013, but with more finessed tannins that add to the wine's feeling of real sensuality. Bright, precise and finely sculpted with remarkable persistence and perfectly integrated tannins, the 2016 is positively stellar - not to mention one of the wines of the vintage.
Rated 100/100 Vinous Media
Super aromas of blackberries, blackcurrants and blueberries. Hints of fresh herbs and tobacco. Iron and ink. Full-bodied, very tight and powerful, yet not too heavy. Lightly chewy and polished. So much nerve and intensity. Super length and depth. Drink after 2025, but a joy to taste now.
Rated 100/100 James Suckling
The 2016 Proprietary Red is blended of 46% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Cabernet Franc, 18% Petit Verdot and 5% Merlot. Deep garnet-purple colored, it emits an incredible array of seductive floral notes—violets, lavender and rose hip tea—with a core of warm cassis, redcurrant jelly, dark chocolate, cigar box, tapenade and crushed rocks plus hints of bay leaves, beef drippings and yeast extract. Medium to full-bodied, the palate explodes with vivacious black fruit sparked by red fruit, herbal and mineral accents. It is framed with a rock-solid line of firm, grainy, super ripe tannins and finishes with fantastic fragrance and freshness. Wow!
Rated 99/100 Wine Advocate

2015 Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole

2015 Vajra Barolo Bricco delle Viole....$75.99
The 2015 Barolo Bricco Delle Viole is a delicate and pure expression of Nebbiolo. The wine shows its naked beauty with pride, provocatively semi-dressed in lacy, floral aromas of wild rose and pressed violets. At this young age, the wine exhibits a gentle mix of fruity and floral characteristics that merge into the bouquet with intrepidness. The fruit from this vineyard within the Barolo township has maintained its freshness and crispness despite the heat of the 2015 growing season. I think it would be a lovely match for a veal piccata and cream sauce, with parsley and capers.
Rated 94+/100 Wine Advocate
Enticing aromas and flavors of plum, cherry, iron and menthol are folded harmoniously into the lush texture and broad tannins of this long and vibrant red, with licorice, mineral and tobacco elements lingering. Best from 2022 through 2040. 1,200 cases made.
Rated 94/100 Wine Spectator

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Cedar Ridge Iowa Bourbon Whiskey

Cedar Ridge Iowa Bourbon Whiskey...$19.99

compare to $32.99 at Total Wine and More

For the best in bourbon, go straight to the heart of corn country – crafted of nearly 75% corn and distilled to a higher proof, resulting in a more clean, approachable sipping whiskey. This is the best of the Midwest in a bottle! 80 proof.
Brilliant copper color. The nose is complex and subtle for a Bourbon with scents of grain, brown baking spices, and oak, with accents of dried herbs, fresh mint, and hints of toffee. The palate echoes the nose delivering a dry and slightly astringent fruit and caramel core with flanking notes of baking spices, pepper, and toasted grain. Medium-bodied with ideal balance thanks to a bright dose of acidity and dry spices. – BevX
MASHBILL:  74% family-farmed Iowa corn, 14% toasted rye, 12% 6-row malted barley

SaturDay Drinking with Dave - Forsyth location only

SaturDay Drinking with Dave
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105

This Saturday, January 18th from 11am-2pm
Fernet and Amaro
Dave will be pouring a wide range of spirits, fortifieds, ciders, etc about every 3 weeks concentrating on 1 particular theme or style.

Cocktails will be occasionally featured as well, (if you're well behaved, of course.)

Whiskey Flights!

The Wine and Cheese Place -- Forsyth only

WhistlePig Cask Strength Cage Match Battle Royale
Taste three 10 year Wine & Cheese Place barrel picks including our new arrival...three good 3/4 ounce drams o' rye for just a little bit of bacon ($8 for three 3/4 ounce pours)
  • 2018 Edition #1 118.8 proof
  • 2018 Edition #2 115.8 proof
  • 2020 (New) Edition 116.proof*
* still some bottles of the 2020 edition available for sale.

The Wine and Cheese Place -- Chesterfield only
14748 Clayton Road

This week’s flight at The Wine And Cheese Place in Chesterfield! Try these three MGP whiskeys for $13 (3/4 pour of each)!! . 

  • Remus Repeal Reserve III
  • Smooth Ambler Old Scout Bourbon
  • Redemption 10 Year Barrel Proof Rye

Available now- Ends this Saturday Jan 18th . 

4 Hands Statewide American Pale Ale

4 Hands Statewide American Pale Ale...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Pale Ale with Raspberry
A slightly hazy pale ale with notes of red ripe berry and slight bitterness.

Conor McGregor Whiskey

UFC star, Conor McGregor - has a big fight this Saturday!

Grab a bottle to enjoy!

We have it in stock now!
More about it - click here

Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey...$21.99
Conor McGregor
MILLING & MASHING:  The finest barley is steeped, germinated and gently air dried. Using a traditional roller mill, the malt barley is then turned into a fine grist.

FERMENTATION:  After mashing, the natural fermentation process produces the wash (essentially beer) with over 8% alcohol.

DISTILLATION:  The traditional triple distillation method uses copper pot stills, which create and fine-tune the proper character. After the first distillation, the strength of the spirit is increased through a second distillation with a low wine still. A third distillation in the spirit still, creates a cut above 80% alcohol. This captures the heart of the spirit.

MATURATION:  Our coopers hand-select the finest former bourbon barrels in which to age our proper whiskey. Our spirit slowly ages developing through the years flavours of vanilla, honey and toasted wood.

BLENDING:  The blending of sweet Irish grain spirit and single malt Irish whiskey lies at the heart of Proper No. Twelve. Our Master Distiller selects casks that hold the rich character needed to craft Proper No. Twelve Whiskey.

Broadway - Columbia Missouri

Founded in 2009, the Broadway Brewery maintains a vision of cultivation. Our farmers cultivate the land; we cultivate the community. We passionately believe both in the benefit of consuming locally-sourced food and the importance of supporting other local businesses. Our mission is to foster the growth of community through food, drink and public gathering.

From Columbia, Missouri

Broadway Brewery 11 Point IPA...$8.49 / 6pk Cans
Named after one of Missouri's most scenic rivers our flagship IPA is easy drinking with notes of caramel and pine with moderate hop bitterness.
6% ABV

Broadway Brewery Bonne Femme Honey Wheat...$8.49 / 6pk cans
Brewed with gallons of local honey this pale wheat ale is perfect for a backyard BBQ or float trip. Light and crisp with floral notes from the honey.
5.2% ABV

Broadway Robust Porter....$8.49 / 6pk cans
Thresher Robust Porter
Rich and complex with a lot of moving parts, much like a thresher. our robust porter has huge notes of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.
6% ABV

Boulevard Berry Noir

Boulevard Berry Noir...$7.99 / 6pk

Pouring a deep purple with electric magenta foam, this brand-new, juicy ale features notes of blueberries and blackberries with a crisp tartness reminiscent of lemonade. A light, spritzy body amplifies the refreshing qualities of this fruited sour and begs for another sip.

Center Ice

Join us January 25th from 12pm-3pm for our Pre NHL All-Star Tasting at our Forsyth location.
We will be tasting Center Ice Brewing among other Hockey related items
click here to read more about that.

Center Ice Brewing The Beauty IPA...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
IPA with orange zest

Center Ice Brewing The Old Arena Lager...$10.99 / 6pk
This throwback American lager pays respect to the beers that put St. Louis on the map. The Old Arena Lager is incredibly smooth and flavorful with a refreshing finish. The result is a next generation lager brewed with the hockey fanatic in mind.
5.1% ABV

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Valentine's Day is One Month Away!

Treat your Valentine to a delicious assortment of wine, chocolate, candy, fresh-roasted nuts and cookies.  Set includes:

·      2016 Intrinsic Wine Co. Cabernet Sauvignon (92 points James Suckling)
·      Bittersweet Kitchen Dark Chocolate Fudge dessert sauce 6.8 oz. (Made in STL!)
·      The Wine & Cheese Place house-roasted nuts approx. 8 oz. 
·      Chocolate covered almonds approx. 8. oz. 
·      Northpoint Bakery Handmade “Oaties” Sticky Toffee cookies made in Scotland.

Gift set comes wrapped in cellophane with a large red bow and gift card.  

Online orders only.  Available for pick-up at any of our four locations or delivery (at an additional fee).

Click link to order (and save yourself from the guilt and shame of an overpriced last minute gift!)

Dewar's Scotch Caribbean Smooth 8 Year Old

Dewar's Scotch Caribbean Smooth 8 Year Old..$21.99 / 750ml

  • 8 years old
  • Double Aged 
  • 40% ABV

Blended scotch whisky aged for a minimum of 8 years finished Caribbean Rum casks. 

Jean Paul Droin Chablis AC

Beautiful Chablis from JP Droin at pre-tariff pricing! Even without the proposed 100% tariff we have seen prices creeping up on our favorite Chablis producers, luckily it seems Droin's suberb 2018's haven't taken the same increases as of yet. We bought all we could of this one!

2018 Jean Paul Droin Chablis AC....$26.99
More than 35 plots with an important holding between Vaillons and Montmains. This has a very attractive, fresh mango and peach nose with a super fleshy, open and drinkable palate. Lower acidity, higher flavor. Drink on release.
Rated 90-91/100 James Suckling

Deschutes Wowza Lo Cal Hazy Pale Ale

Deschutes Wowza Lo Cal Hazy Pale Ale....$8.99 / 6pk cans
Simcoe, Citra and Cashmere hops bring notes of candied orange and passionfruit while Callista hops deliver blackberry.

WOWZA! is impossibly delicious. With only 100 calories, 4g of carbs, 4% ABV and a crisp, light finish, this full-flavored yet crushable, citrusy hazy pale ale will make you say…WOWZA! Chicory Root has been added to bring some balance to the body of the beer without affecting the calorie count. Our latest creation is now available in cans at your local retailer and on draft at your favorite bar – if you don’t see it, ask your bartender to bring it in. Go ahead, Embrace the Impossible!

Oskar Blues

Oskar Blues Death by King Cake...$10.99 / 4pk

Ale with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cacao nibs, orange peel and pecans.
6.5% ABV
Anyone can be King for a day with Death by King Cake. Inspired by the traditional Mardi Gras treat, this decadent white porter is brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, cacao nibs, orange peel and pecans. Plastic baby not included.

Stiegl Radler Raspberry

Stiegl Radler Raspberry...$9.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
New flavor in stock at Forsyth

Firestone Walker Champs de Fraises

Firestone Walker Champs de Fraises...$11.99 / 375ml
We searched high and low for the perfect strawberry to add to our wild ale. We were not satisfied with the fruit aroma and flavor until we discovered a unique variety from the Mount Hood region in Oregon. It’s bright red flesh, sweet perfume and wild strawberry character is the perfect match for our beer, Champs de Fraises (Strawberry fields). A generous dose of strawberries were allowed a tertiary fermentation with a wheat beer matured 5-24 months in 100% French oak barrels. A fresh sweet strawberry perfume gives way to earthy funk, bracing acidity and malt undertones. A lively carbonation and underlying oak tannins create a thoroughly refreshing beverage. Santé!
Batch #3 2019

No of Cases: 1800
Bottling Date: 7/25/19
Barrel Ratio: 100% French Oak
Maturation time: 5-24 months
Microflora: Brettanomyces Lambicus, L. Brevis, P. Damnosus
ABV: 6 % kegs; 5.3 % bottles

Bells Hopslam

Limit 2 - 6pks per person.
Deadline to pick up will be Saturday 1/18/20 at 7pm
Bells Hopslam....$16.99 / 6pk

Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire.

Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.