Saturday, January 16, 2021

2018 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone

2018 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Cotes du Rhone...$26.99
Compare to $29.99 at Total Wine and More
Tasted as a sample blended from several foudres, the 2018 Cotes du Rhone Coudoulet de Beaucastel features scents of sun-warmed stones and ripe raspberries. Medium to full-bodied, it's plush and open-knit, already giving a lot of pleasure, and finishing zesty and long.
Rated 90-93/100 The Wine Advocate
Lovely density and darkness to the colour, density of fruit too on the palate. Very well balanced, with dense, deep, grippy tannins. The Mourvèdre makes itself known this year - intense damson and liquorice on the long finish. A good value pick. 30% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 10% Syrah, 10% Counoise, 10% Vaccarèse/Terret Noir/Muscardin, 3% Cinsault, 7% white varieties. Grenache and Cinsault fermented in cement, Syrah and Mourvèdre fermented in foudre.
Rated 93/100 Decanter

Etude Lyric Pinot Noir Santa Barbara

From the the Famous Pinot Noir producer - ETUDE!!!
Stunning value!

2018 Etude Lyric Pinot Noir Santa Barbara....$18.99
The study of Pinot Noir inspires this elegant rendition from the famed Santa Barbara County appellation.  Just as a song's famous lyrics give meaning to its melody, the vineyard gives unique character to the wine.  Lyric Pinot Noir is a beautiful expression of some of Santa Barbara's finest vineyards.
"Etude was founded on the philosophy that winemaking begins in the vineyard long before the harvest and that superior grape growing diminishes the need for intervention by the winemaker, resulting in wine that is grown, not made. This remains our approach today as we continue to build the Etude legacy."
- Jon Priest, Etude Winemaker.

Wine from 1969 -- over 50 years old!!

There is a nice read about this on Wine Berserkers - click here

51 Year Old Wine!

1969 Viuva Gomes Collares Reserva Tinto...$159.99

The red grape in Colares is called Ramisco--Ramisco is grown nowhere else.Old yet still fresh. This pearl of Colares has gained an onion skin color, although it has maintained a pleasant lucidity with aromatic notes of raisin cherry and damp earth. In the mouth this wine has a light structure, with a memory of where Ramisco’s deep tannins used to be, marked along with some acidity due to the ocean’s winds, leading to salty finish.

On the coast, northwest of Lisbon, there is a small D.O.C. (Denominação de Origem Controlada) called Colares. It is one of Portugal’s most ancient areas and it is entirely planted on sand. When phylloxera destroyed most of Europe’s vines in the 19th century, it didn’t destroy Colares. Their vines are all original, ungrafted, and, for the most part, very old.
Colares is also one of the most endangered wine regions in the world. It has become the go-to vacation spot for affluent Lisboans so the land has become much more valuable as beachfront property than vineyard land. There are only 23 hectares left. The production of wines allowed to use the Colares designation is around 4,500 bottles… quite a change from a century ago when there were thousands of hectares of vines and, as one of the only regions left with vineyards, their reputation soared. They were called “The Bordeaux of Portugal” and experienced a brief, yet intense, international flowering of interest but as Europe’s vineyards came back on line and Portugal descended into a nearly eighty years of strife, civil war, and dictatorship, the fortunes of Colares faded.
The red grape in Colares is called Ramisco, the white is Malvasia. Ramisco is grown nowhere else, and same goes for this breed of Malvasia (although we find its cousin in the Douro and other parts of Portugal).

El Enemigo Chardonnay

Named Number 2 Wine Value of the Year!

A Store Favorite Returns. 
We ran out of the 2017 El Enemigo Chardonnay rather quickly during our Covid shut down days, thankfully the 2018 was just being released in Argentina and now it has finally arrived. Once again taking its place as our best Chardonnay under $25. 

2018 El Enemigo Chardonnay....$24.99 
This is another rock-star chardonnay from here with dried-apple, pear-skin, crushed-stone and peach-pit character. Full body. Creamy texture. Phenolic form and a long, flavorful finish. 
Rated 97/100 James Suckling

Don Ramon Tequila Anejo

Don Ramon Tequila Anejo...$39.99
Soft and well-structured, this aged Tequila mixes spicy and sweet to delightful effect. Long honey notes linger on the tongue, tapering off with a welcome touch of cayenne-ginger heat. Sip straight up or pair with Mexican dishes with bold flavors.
Rated 94/100 Wine Enthusiast Magazine

Mondino Aperitivo - Organic and all natural bitter

Mondino Aperitivo....$39.99 / liter
  • Made in Bavaria Germany
  • Organic
  • No High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • No Artificial colorants
  • No Artificial flavors
  • No Animal based ingredients

Following the original Italian recipe, our aperitif is handcrafted in the pristine foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Fruity citrus aromas are accompanied by the flavour of alpine herbs – this is how the first German organic bitter gains its taste. Mondino is Bavarian craftsmanship combined with the Italian zest for life.

Aromatic alpine herbs, fresh citrus fruits from the south, and natural spring water from Bavaria contribute to the wonderfully unique and complex taste of our aperitif. Its excellent quality meets the high standards of professionals. Barkeepers draw inspiration for creating completely new drinks. But also the classics such as “Spritz” or “Negroni” take a fresh and modern twist.

Francoli Antico Amaro Noveis

Francoli Antico Amaro Noveis...$23.99
Neutral spirit made from molasses; infusion of yellow gentian, trumpet gentian, wormwood, musk yarrow, genepi and germander from Mount Noveis; additional infusions of chinchona, rhubarb, sweet and bitter orange, licorice and anise
Long available only in Italy and small pockets in Europe, this delicious Amaro has finally made it to the United State for the first time ever. Made in Ghemme, Piedmont since the early 1960s, this bitter liqueur is made from an infusion of over a dozen botanicals including gentian root, wormwood, yarrow, nutmeg, anise, cinchona, rhubarb and more. Difford’s Guide describes its taste as “perfectly balanced” and awarded it the rare distinction of FIVE STARS +.

Friday, January 15, 2021

Tighthead Brewing Bear's IPA

Tighthead Brewing Bear's IPA...$8.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
A perfectly balanced IPA designed to showcase the wonderful complexity of Mosaic hops. A blend of 7 different malts including aromatic, melanoidin, and carastan creates a malty sweet tapestry for the hops to tie dye with flavors and aromas ranging from blueberry, papaya, and tangerine to fresh pine and dank resin. We add hops at 6 different points in the brewing process for full expression of the hop character, with each sip offering a different experience.

Destihl Coralation Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Stout Edition No.2

Bourbon Barrel Vanilla Aged Stout part II!!

Since we are drowning in 2nd Shift BA Vanilla LSD orders, today we are doing in store only, no reservations for the Destihl.   We do not have the time or space to reserve more right now.  So, come grab your other beers on hold and some Destihl BA Vanilla Stout

Tomorrow (or late tonight we will put it online for reservations)

We will update as each store gets it in stock today.

Forsyth : in stock
New Ballas:  in stock
Rock Hill:  in stock
Ballwin : in stock

Limit 3 bottles per person
Destihl Coralation Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Stout Edition No.2...$12.99 / pint
11% vanilla stout!!
Yield was 360 bottles
This was put in barrel since September of 2018.
We sent them a fresh dumped Blanton's Bourbon Barrel and they used one of their barrels to make a bigger batch.

2nd Shift / TWCP BARREL AGED VANILLA Liquid Spiritual Delight


We will update in a few days if there is any left.

2nd Shift / TWCP BARREL AGED VANILLA Liquid Spiritual Delight...$12.99 / 12oz can
Aged for about 2 years in Bourbon Barrels.
Knob Creek and Old Forester Barrels

Hidden Moon IPA Braggot

Back in stock

Hidden Moon IPA Braggot....$12.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
India Pale Ale with Honey
We love Beer.
Our family has been making alcohol since the days of prohibition (shhhh, don’t tell Uncle Sam), we still have the stoneware crock that Michael’s great grandmother used to supply her “tea room” with beer.

In 1995 Michael began homebrewing beer and quickly became obsessed. He joined Brew Free or Die and the American Homebrewers Association and carefully developed his skills over many years of practice.

Since the start of Moonlight Meadery we have made over 10 beer collaborations with some of the world’s leading craft breweries, including Stone Brewing Company, Smog City, and Heretic Brewing.

These collaborations all included honey in the brewing process, allowing us to create unique dynamic flavor profiles.

Hidden Moon Brewing is here to bring you delicious beers… but we won’t be making any old beer – we will be making the oldest kind: braggots (beers brewed with honey in additional to malt and hops).

What is Braggot?
A Braggot can be either a beer fermented with honey, or a beer and a mead blended together after fermentation. The Hymn to Ninkasi is the oldest known recipe of beer, written around 1800 BCE, and it describes using honey in the brewing process:

“You are the one who holds with both hands the great sweet wort, brewing it with honey. You, the sweet wort to the vessel, Ninkasi.”

Hidden Moon Brewing is here to bring you this ancient medley of malt, honey, and hops known as Braggot. Join us and discover why History Never Tasted So Good

Church Street Brewing


Church Street Chuck's Maple Porter...$12.99 /4pk 16oz cans
Chuck has made not one but two Porters. Welcome to the lineup Chuck's Porter and Maple Porter. This dark old English style beer was always enjoyed by the working class then and women who did all the heavy lifting. These hard working people needed something they could drink all day but still be a le to work. Thus a lower alcohol toasty brew. This is Chuck's take on the style and added a little maple syrup to his Maple Porter to sweeten you up to get through the rest of the day. Cheers

Back in stock!

Church Street Brewing Brewcita Session Hazy IPA...$11.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Session Hazy IPA 5% ABV
We blended Mosaic, Galaxy, and Simcoe Hops for a tropical themed IPA, with notes of pine, mango, and an array of berries.  Balanced with a touch of lactose and a modest grain bill.  Sniff. Sip. Repeat!

Church Street Brewcifer Hazy Double IPA...$14.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
A hazy IPA with an absolutely sinister amalgamation of hops, featuring Citra, mosaic, Galaxy, and Falconer's Flight. Almost entirely Whirlpool and dry hop additions with a pinch of lactose for a soft and thick body.

Weston Brewing 1842 Porter Brew Lab's 5


Weston Brewing 1842 Porter Brew Lab's 5....$7.99 / 6pk 

Field Recordings Pet Nat

2020 Field Recordings Tang Sparkling White Wine Piquette...$14.99
Sparkling White Wine Piquette.
Light and refreshing, made with rehydrated skins from, well, Skins. Think wine tea. Literally, we have turned water into wine on this cellar experiment. Piquette was a way to meet the needs of the people during the late 1800s wine blight in France. By taking the pressed skins and rehydrating them with well water, you create a low-alcohol tea with all of the leftover flavor bound up in the dried skins. After repressing the skins 7 days later, we get a light and refreshing low alcohol elixir. We add a little of our finished table wine for acidity and stability and then bottle. The leftover sugars and native yeast then go to work giving the finished wine a light sparkle.
Tasting notes: Clementines, white jasmine tea, everything bagels

What is Piquette? Wine Enthusiast Magazine - read more

Also back in stock
Field Recordings Pet Nat Dry Hop...$19.99 / 750ml
Paso Robles, California
Could not help myself. Had to try it. Thought it would be good and guess what? It rules. Best experiment ever. Wish we tried more. A measly 600 case exist." - Andrew Jones, winemaker

Field Recordings Pet Nat Cab Franc Rose...$19.99 / 750ml

Over the past few years we have been experimenting with crafting a sparkling wine using the ancestral method, AKA Petillant Naturel.  The creation of this wine requires perfect timing.  It must be captured in bottle at just the right level of natural sugar so it is perfectly carbonated upon release.

Field Recordings Blanc de Franc...$19.99 / 750ml
100% Cabernet Franc
100% Paso Robles
This sparkling rose of Cabernet Franc was crafted using the ancestral method, Petillant Naturel. The creation of this wine requires perfect timing. It must be captured in bottle at just the right level of natural sugar so it is perfectly carbonated upon release. Much different than typical sparkling wines, the finished wine has a unique raw character, loaded with energy and charisma.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir

Colene Clemens does it again with another stunning vintage of their Dopp Creek Pinot Noir
2018 Colene Clemens Dopp Creek Pinot Noir...$25.99
Defined by a brisk and refreshing minerality that brings focus to refined and expressive raspberry, rose petal and toasty spice flavors and builds intensity toward fine-grain tannins. Drink now through 2029.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator

Toppling Goliath


Toppling Goliath Zeelander India Pale Ale...$13.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Known for breathtaking views. New Zealand is also home to Nelson Sauvin Hops which create a delightfully earthy, floral and crisp grapefruit flavor with aromas of citrus and mandarin oranges. Zeelander is a celebration of the land that grows such dynamic hops. 

Toppling Goliath Sosus Double IPA...$16.99 / 4pk 16oz
Double India Pale Ale – 7.8% ABV • 100+ IBU
Sosus is crafted in humble tribute to the elegant works of mosaic art created by Sosus of Pergamon. We’ve showcased the Mosaic hop by draping it across a simplistic malt canvas, allowing you to experience the irresistible flavors of pineapple and tropical fruit for which the Mosaic hop is most well known.

New Holland Light Point Functional White Ale

New Holland Light Point Functional White Ale...$8.99 / 6pk cans
3.7% ABV
A functional white ale that offers a low-calorie option without compromising full craft flavor. Brewed with coconut water, raw honey and orange peel, this refreshing brew is best enjoyed with friends after a day of hard work and exercise.

New Holland Dragon's Milk Solera

New Holland Dragon's Milk Solera....$14.99 / 4pk
Throughout the ages, Dragon’s Milk has been a term used to describe a liquid worthy of celebration, a reward at the end of the journey.
Dragon’s Milk Solera is representative of both the journey and the reward, and how both can evolve into something unexpected along the way.

Penfold's Max

Penfolds Max’s Wines
This line from Penfolds pays homage to Max Schubert, Australia’s most famous Winemaker and the creator of Penfolds Grange. As you know we have long been fans of the Penfolds Wines at The Wine and Cheese Place and are thrilled to offer the Max’s Collection at unbeatable prices:

2015 Penfolds Max’s Shiraz....$18.99
Plenty of spice and walnut shell character with a hint of meat at the close. Medium body, soft and easy tannins and a delicious fruity finish. Real shiraz character with balance.
Rated 91/100 James Suckling

2016 Penfolds Max’s Shiraz/Cabernet....$18.99
Nice, bright and straightforward raspberries, red plums, mulberries and some blackberries. The palate has smooth, round and fleshy fruit, as well as good length. The tannins are well-managed here.
Rated 90/100 James Suckling 

Youthfully tight but characterful, with savoury tannic grip, black olive, eucalyptus and juicy blackberry fruit.  Drinking Window 2019 - 2025
Rated 92/100 Decanter

2017 Penfolds Max’s Cabernet Sauvignon....$18.99
Classic cabernet sauvignon lift clearly identifies the varietal from the first waft. Sitting at the riper end of the spectrum, no evidence of tomato leaf, or capsicum, with only a suggestion of spearmint. Dark berries dominate, with classic blackberry liqueur stamping authority from the outset.Lovely oak derived exotic spices create a sense of anticipation. The aromatic enticement is rewarded from the first sip. Ripe raspberry, bramble black currant and blood plum flesh out the fruit spectrum. Oak derived cassia bark and dark licorice notes temper the gorgeous fruits. Taught, lingering tannins create texture and definition.  -- Winemakers Notes

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Perennial House Clouds Double Dry Hopped IPA

Exclusive to The Wine and Cheese Place!

Perennial House Clouds Double Dry Hopped IPA...$13.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
TWCP Exclusive
DDH House Clouds is double dry hopped with Simcoe and Amarillo Cryo, 5lbs per barrel total in dry hopping.

And yes, the DDH House Clouds will count towards your Perennial purchases for the Perennial TWCP Maman release (which we are told will probably be early February now) - read more

BrewDog Wake Up Call Non- Alcoholic Espresso Stout

BrewDog Wake Up Call Non- Alcoholic Espresso Stout...$7.49 / 4pk 12oz cans
Hit the ground running with our full-flavored non-alcoholic near beer stout. Built with strong coffee for a dangerously robust, roasted profile.
77 Calories / 39mg Caffeine

2nd Shift / Transient Todd Man Out

2nd Shift / Transient Todd Man Out...$11.99 / 4pk 16oz cans

Brewed with our friends Transient Artisan Ales from Michigan, this lager is brewed with rye malt, oats, pilsner malt & buckwheat.
With less bite/bitterness than a Czech Style Pils, this lager still brings a full, creamy flavor with a nice toasty spiciness from the rye & buckwheat

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Ommegang Neon Rainbows NE IPA

Ommegang Neon Rainbows NE IPA...$12.99 / 4pk 16oz
Neon Rainbows is our tribute to the beautifully hazy, juice-bomb IPA's exploding out of the North East in the last 5 years. This beer is brewed in incredibly tiny 20 gallon batches for only the most special occasions to ensure the absolute highest level of freshness possible. If you get a chance to try it, don't pass it up as you likely won't get another chance!

Neon Rainbows bursts with hop-driven notes of tropical fruits citrus and hints of pine.  The hops include Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe, Centennial, and Topaz.  The first round of dry-hopping is Citra and Mosaic, followed by a second round of Topaz and Simcoe.

Lagunitas Non Alcoholic IPA

Lagunitas Non Alcoholic IPA...$8.99 / 6pk
This hoppy, non-alcoholic IPA is heading out to your neck of the woods now. And it’s been a long-time coming! Getting IPNA full-flavored & hop-forward (and with low calories), was no small task. Lagunitas spotted a need for an N/A craft beer that’s both full-flavored and hop-forward, so we worked hard to get the hoppy flavors up to our standards. Get the full story below.

IPNA is a brewer-led labor of love, taking us over a year to perfect. Inspired by Lagunitas’ love of hops and our brewery flagship, this non-alcoholic IPA is brewed with the same ingredients found in our highly-balanced IPAs (hops, malt, yeast & water), and thus the same hoppy deliciousness, but brewed without the ceremonial fez & ancient incantations that take it over the edge. That’s all.

Crafted with the Highest quality malts and massive dry-hop of our favorite Yakima Valley hops—Citra, Mosaic & CTZ (Columbus, Tomahawk & Zeus for those acronym-averse)—giving it a uniquely-full body and crazy-big hoppy aroma. Our brewers worked hard to remove the alcohol while keeping the satisfying flavor experience. And…? The taste tells!