Saturday, February 27, 2010

Hop Czar is in town...

With the craziness of yesterday (Lagunitas tasting, Batch 9,000, new bacon, fresh eggs) we were slammed and this one got overlooked.
Bridgeport Hop Czar....$8.79 / 6pk
Imperial IPA from Oregon

"Oregon's Oldest Craft Brewery"
"A robust ruler of IPA is here. All Hail the King!"
"BridgePort Hop Czar, an Imperial IPA brewed from our award winning IPA recipe, first introduced to rave reviews in 2008. It is a triple-hopped bottle-conditioned, Imperial-style IPA that carries a deep malt background with enthusiastic citrus and floral notes paired with high hop bitterness. The newest in our permenant 6-pack line, the Hop Czar recipe blends copious amounts of Nugget, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial hops." -- brewery

"It has an incredibly unique profile that stands out against the growing crowd of West Coast IPA's" -- Rated 97/100 Ben Wild


Friday, February 26, 2010

Bacon #6

2010 TWCP Year of the Bacon
Bacon #1 - Iowa -- Valde Rose - Sold out
Bacon #2 - Kentucky -- Scott's Jowl Bacon - sold out
Bacon #3 - New Hampshire - N.Country Cob Smoked Bacon - sold out
Bacon #4 - Kentucky -- Meacham Hams Country Maple Bacon - sold out
Bacon #5 - Oregon -- Carlton Farms Pepper Bacon -- sold out
Bacon #6 - California -- Black Pig Meat Company -- sold out
Bacon #7 - Wisconsin -- Nueske's Wild Cherrywood Bacon -- sold out
Bacon #8 - California -- Hobbs Applewood Smoked Bacon --

"Bacon has no trans fat at all. Several slices of bacon are healthier in terms of calories, salt, fat and cholesterol than a hot dog, hamburger or glazed donut." -- Fun Bacon Facts

In stock now at Forsyth and Rock Hill!
We are cooking a pound now -- store smells great. Stop buy for a taste in a few minutes.
Black Pig Meat Company...$11.99 / 12oz package

Black Pig Meat co. is the brainchild of chefs Duskie Estes and John Stewart from two great California restaurants: Zazu restaurant + farm, and Bovolo. Their pigs are with antibiotics, hormone free, free range and they are Heritage Breed like the chickens we get our Farm Fresh Eggs. Read more about Heritage breed animals -- click here

the pigs
Our pork comes from Pure Country Pork in the Northwest which is the first sustainable hog operation in the United States to earn Food Alliance Certification. The pigs are heritage breed, raised without antibiotics and hormones, and are allowed to roam free range.

the process
Most bacons you find on the market are wet cured injected fast and smoky from liquid smoke in a process that takes less than a day. We slow down and make sure it tastes good and the animals are treated right. Our Bacon is dry cured with brown sugar for up to 21 days and then finished with applewood smoking for about 12 hours. We are focused on quality not quantity.

the bacon
The result is a bacon that is perfectly balanced in salt, sweet, and smoke; complex from the brown sugar and real wood smoke; and one where you can taste the quality of the pork


Zazu Tabasco Aioli
Black Pig Bacon BLT Benedict
Bovolo Bacon MnC
Fried Green Tomato BLT
Black Pig Bacon and Asparagus Carbonara

Lagunitas new releases....

A couple of new seasonals from Lagunitas should arrive this week!
"As the four winds shift, we see seasons come and seasons go. It seems these days like people's tastes shift as often as do the winds. We know for sure that we like to try something new from time to time. Seasonal flavors abound in the many different foods that we enjoy at certain times of the year, so why not with beer? Fall and Winter call for richness and warmth, while Spring and Summer call for crispness and refreshment. So it goes that colder weather calls for Brown Shugga and Hairy Eyeball Ale, while Summer beckons for Sirius Ale. Our brewers love the challenge of a new recipe, while our drinkers love the challenge of figuring out what the hell the weird story on the side panel has to do with the beer in the bottle." -- Lagunitas
In stock now
Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball Ale...$9.29 / 6pk
Our New Year's release for the seasoned beer folks … Big, brown warmer with several types of crystal malt. No actual eyeballs can actually be found in the beer" -- Lagunitas

Lagunitas Olde GnarlyWine -- sorry did not show up
The Annual Release of our BarleyWine Style Ale is Dated and Built to Last. Flavors Evolve as Hop Bitterness Yields to Crazy Caramel and Rich Toffee Flavors. ABV 10-12%

Fresh batch of Lagunitas -- all bottled lated January, early Feb

Bottled 1/28/2010
And a fresh batch of Hop Stoopid arrived!!
Hop Stoopid Ale...$3.59
For those mornings when you have to cut right to the chase, this is the one. Sure to blast through just about anything still lingering from the night before, this mouthful of Hops and huge rich Malt has a gaurantee built right into the name!Alcohol 8% by volume

Chocolate - Bacon - Pancakes

Mo's Bacon Chocolate Pancake Mix...$12.99 / 16 oz

"Pancake mix and Mo's Bacon Bar chocolate chunks. Each batch yields approximately 8, 5–inch pancakes. 2 batches per container. The newest member of the bacon + chocolate family combines the Mo's Bacon Bar with fluffy flapjacks. These buttermilk pancakes are spotted with chunks of our most popular Exotic Candy Bar, which combines applewood smoked bacon and Alder sea salt with deep milk chocolate. Treat your family or weekend guests to these unbelievable pancakes for breakfast OR dinner! Mo's Bacon Chocolate Chip Pancake Mix makes a perfect hostess gift for a weekend retreat. " - Mo's

Thursday, February 25, 2010

New from Vajra

2006 G D Vajra Freisa Kye....$39.99 / 750ml
"The 2006 Langhe Freisa Kye is an explosive wine loaded with dark fruit, violets, minerals and spices. This full-throttle, brooding red possesses stunning concentration, depth and richness, with none of the rustic elements that are typical of this indigenous variety. I was simply blown away by this profound, moving wine. Vajra has redefined the potential of Freisa with the 2006 Kye. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2021.

Vajra is one of Piedmont’s best kept secrets. Here readers will enter a world of sublime hand-crafted, artisan wines of the very highest level. Aldo and Milena Vajra’s passion comes through in spades in these terrific new releases, which I can’t recommend highly enough."
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

Available online now --Limited!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lagunitas Beer Tasting!!

Lagunitas is rolling into town for a beer tasting!!!! This Friday at our normal weekly tasting!!

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

February 26 -- from 4-6pm

Ron Lindenbusch and Karen Hamilton from Lagunitas will be hosting our Friday night beer tasting!!
We will taste:

Lagunitas Maximus
Lagunitas IPA
Lagunitas Pale Ale
Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
Lagunitas Hairy Eyeball - arriving this week!
Lagunitas GnarlyWine -- arriving this week!
Lagunitas Cappucino - if still around

Plus Brown Shugga --we are going to taste a vertical of vintages!!
2006 Brown Shugga
2007 Brown Shugga
2008 Brown Shugga
2009 Brown Shugga

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

TWCP Featured in Culture

We are excited to be included in this national cheese magazine.
Culture: the word on cheese

The Wine and Cheese Place
"It’s no secret when this beer, wine, and liquor store with three locations gets a new cheese that excites its friendly employees. That’s because manager Paul Hayden of the Clayton shop is quick to update in-the-know customers through the Wine and Cheese Place’s blog and Twitter feed. Hayden, a 20-year employee, knows the flavor characteristics of every cheese and libation in stock—and the stories behind them—so he’s the perfect guy to help you find the right pairing." --Evan Benn

 7435 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, Mo.,

Jolly Pumpkin #1 in the NY Times

In a blind tasting conducted by the New York Times of 20 Belgian style beers...

Jolly Pumpkin Ora de Calabaza was voted #1

"A GOOD selection of Belgian-style ales is like the very best kind of buffet, offering an assortment of flavors, aromas, styles, strengths and types. You want strong ale, sour ale, sweet ale, dry ale, golden, dark, wheat, fruity and malty. When we set out to draw a stylistic standard for a planned tasting of Belgian golden ales, it seemed as if we’d taken on an impossible task. But glory does not come to those who quit easily....The blind tasting of these 20 Belgian-style ales was truly glorious, beer at its highest level. For the tasting Florence Fabricant and I were joined by Christian Pappanicholas, the owner of Resto, a Belgian restaurant in the Murray Hill section of Manhattan, and Richard Scholz, an owner of Bierkraft in Park Slope, Brooklyn....Of the 20 beers we tasted, 10 were from Belgium, nine from the United States and one from Canada. It says something about the skill and ambition of American brewers that three of our top four were from the United States.

Our No. 1 beer was the Oro de Calabaza from Jolly Pumpkin, which, like the Good Harbor Ale, is from Dexter, Mich., a small town near Ann Arbor. A cabal of Belgian beer lovers in Dexter?" -- The New York Times

Read the whole article

Read more about Jolly Pumpkin

New Flying Dog

In stock at Forsyth

Flying Dog Garde Dog....$8.49 / 6pk

Biere de Garde
Proving the French may actually know something we don't... Garde Dog is a traditional French Biere de Garde or "beer for keeping". This classic farmhouse ale was brewed in March for drinking during the spring and summer months. With its toasted aroma and spicy, malty sweetness Garde Dog will liberate you from the winter doldrums.

Johnnie Walker Swing

This rare one just arrived at Rock Hill and Forsyth
Johnnie Walker Swing Scotch...$59.99 / 750ml
Johnnie Walker Swing was originally created by Sir Alexander Walker, Master Blender par excellence and grandson of John Walker, during the golden age of travel in 1932. On transatlantic voyages, barmen desperately stowed loose bottles onto racks to prevent breakages caused by the unrelenting pitch and roll of stormy weather on the high seas.
But one bottle rode the ocean waves like the most experienced of sailors, swinging elegantly back and forth and — in keeping with the Johnnie Walker philosophy — never losing its balance. Its unique glass decanter allows it to swing to and fro on a convex base. And cradled within this bottle lay a blend of Scotch whisky with a light yet luxurious depth of flavor.
Today, a global audience of sophisticated international travelers continues to recognize Swing as one of the most luxurious blends of Scotch whisky available, duty-free, proving that true quality is indeed timeless.

A blend of luxury

Up to thirty-five individual whiskies are used in the creation of Swing, each carefully selected by the Master Blender, whose task it is to consistently reproduce the original character of the blend devised by Sir Alexander Walker.
The blend contains a high proportion of malts from Speyside, where the single malts are noted for their elegance and complexity. Complementing them are malts from the northern Highlands and Islay, adding richness, spice and weight. Some have been matured in sherry casks over several years to gain richness, while others are lighter and aromatic. The result: a luxurious flavor that's light in the foreground, with sweet mouth-watering depth developing on the palate.

Equilibrium in a glass

Swing strikes the perfect balance between luxuriousness and sophistication. At first glance, its rich, golden tones effortlessly tease out the indulgent nature within each of us. At first taste, the deeper Swing experience will move you.
Ideally, Swing is served on the rocks, neat or diluted with water. Its nose is complex and sophisticated with almost perfumed sweetness. Unquestionably soft and accessible, you are sure to notice the fanciful vanilla and sherry-cask wood notes wafting through. Its palate is smooth and sweet. But its light freshness cloaks a deeper fruitiness, with some smoke and restrained flavors lingering beyond. Finally, a lengthy and rich finish, reverberating with sweetness, completes the movement.
From Johnnie Walker's Website
Picture from Wikipedia

2008 Bon Chien is here!!

Order BFM online now

2008 Just arrived plus more 2006.  Now 3 vintages in stock
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien 2008 Vintage...$23.99 / 750ml
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien 2007 Vintage...$23.99 / 750ml
BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien 2006 Vintage...$23.99 / 750ml

"Boldly treading the boundary between port, wine and beer, l'Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien is a unique ale aged in wooden casks which have been used for several years before to age Merlot, Merlot Cabernet, Whisky and then Grappa. It manages to merge into L'Abbaye all the complex aromas of a vintage red wine along with the delicate harmony and flavors of the wood and its former contents. This process requires close monitoring of the beer's evolution. The final version is blended from different casks, to ensure optimal balance, complexity and enjoyment! A mere one thousand bottles have been earmarked for the US market in 2006. [Thus named in fond memory of Bon-Chien, the late brewery cat, deceased in June 2005, whose antics were very popular with brewery visitors]" -- importer

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Irish Whiskey Tasting!!

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

Irish Whiskey Tasting
with Gerry Murray, Jameson Brand Ambassador

February 23, 2010 from 5pm-7pm

Open House Format!
please come and invite your friends.

Wow, an amazing tasting!!!
Here is what we will taste:
Jameson 12yr Old --- $30.99
Jameson 18yr Old --- $78.99
Jameson Rarest Vintage Reserve....$209.99
Midelton Very Rare Irish Whiskey...$114.99
Powers 12 year Old....$27.99
Redbreast 12 Year Old....$39.99
Paddys Irish (new)....$27.99

Info about Gerry Murray of Jameson
Gerry Murray was born in the city of Dublin where he lived for five years, before moving to the small town of Navan (pronounced Naaaavan), Co. Meath on the East coast of the country. Apart from this year’s Jameson Brand Ambassador, the town of Navan has produced some familiar names you might know such as Ireland’s top comedian Tommy Tiernan, and Mr. Cool, Pierce ‘James Bond’ Brosnan!
It was here where Gerry discovered his love of Jameson Irish Whiskey. Working in a bar, he was subjected to a wide range of spirits but there was only one for him. He can often be seen with a glass of Jameson Gold in his hand, enjoying that smooth, creamy taste. He was educated in Dublin, attending the Dublin Institute of Technology and University College Dublin. He obtained a Degree and Masters in Marketing during his studies.
His favorite hobbies are Gaelic football and soccer. He learned his trade with Navan O’Mahonys, before getting a transfer to Amsterdam Gaelic Football club last year. It was here in the Netherlands where he also worked as a Brand Ambassador for Jameson, giving whiskey tastings, building relationships with bar staff, organizing Jameson sponsorship for events, and generally just spreading the good word of John Jameson.
He managed to influence some of Amsterdam’s coolest sons and daughters. They were found to be ‘Slammin Jemmies’ all over the city, spreading the word amongst their trendy, cosmopolitan friends. After his year in Amsterdam, Gerry is eager to embark on a bigger challenge of spreading the John Jameson message throughout the United States. However he knows all he needs is a warm handshake with a smile and to live by the Jameson family motto, Sine Metu – Without Fear.