Friday, October 28, 2011

Perennial Saison de Lis is now in stock!!!

Perennials 3rd beer to be bottled is now here!

Order Perennial beers online

In stock at Forsyth...

Belgian Style Ale brewed with chamomile flowers --

taste it tonight with Karen from Perennial from 4-6 at our Forsyth location

read about the rest of the tasting

A new bottled beer from Schlafly...

In stock now at Forsyth and online

Schlafly Schwarzbier Black Lager...6pk



Available Late Fall 2011

ABV: 5.0 | IBU: 25

  • PROCESS:Traditional Lager
  • HOPS:Polish Marynka, Hallertauer Mittelfrueh, Tettnang Tettnanger
  • MALTS:Pale Malt, EuroPils Malt, Munich Malt, Dark Chocolate Malt
  • YEAST:German lager
  • OG:13.5
  • SRM:30
Our Schwarzbier, or black beer, is a traditional German black lager.  Do not let its dark color fool you, this beer is smooth and malty.  German Noble hops lend a subtle bitterness, while dark chocolate malt gives Schwarzbier its color and rich malt character.  German lager yeast gives this beer a much milder, less bitter taste than British porters and stouts.
Schwarzbier originated in southeastern Germany during the 16th Century, and several recipes from that time are still brewed there today.   In the late 1800’s, Schwarzbier was quite popular in the St. Louis region, but production of dark lagers never recovered from Prohibition.  Acknowledging the past popularity of this style, St. Louis Dark Lager was the first festival beer of the inaugural St. Louis Brewers Heritage Festival.

2009 Burgundy

Few more in stock now...

2009 Rene LeClerc Bourgogne Rouge....$26.99
Just had a bottle of this gorgeous Pinot Noir tonight. This wine shows you how great this vintage is for Burgundy. Great wine and a great price.
"Tasting note: A perfumed and very pinot nose displays only traces of warm earth that also characterize the round, supple, forward and already accessible flavors that culminate in an attractively delicious and mildly rustic if not overly complex finish." -- Allen Meadows' Burghound

2009 Rene LeClerc Gevrey-Chambertin "Combe Aux Moines" 1er....$77.99
Tasting note: A brooding and almost mute nose allows only glimpses of an earthy mélange of wild red and blue berry fruit aromas that are followed by rich, full and quite serious medium-bodied flavors that possess both good volume and fine length on the balanced if not especially complex finish.
Rated 89-91/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound

2009 Domaine Francois Lamarche Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru...$152.99

Tasting note: Wood spice and pungent earth notes add breadth to the ripe and largely red fruit-based nose. The big, powerful and concentrated flavors possess plenty of sap that helps to buffer the mildly rustic and very firm tannic spine that shapes the driving and energetic finish. This should be excellent in time but it will need plenty of it.
Rated 91-94/100 Allen Meadows' Burghound

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Assumption Abbey Fruitcake

The holidays must be here

We know all the fruitcake jokes, but this one is the real deal. A delicious fruitcake that has received national attention and acclaim. We have been stocking it since the beginning (at least 16-18 years).

In stock now!!! Also online now for shipping

Assumption Abbey Fruitcake...$28.99 / 2lbs

"Assumption Abbey is a secluded Trappist monastery nestled 
in the foothills of the Missouri Ozarks. It was established in 1950 by a group of monks from New Melleray Abbey in Dubuque, IA. Through the years, the brothers of Assumption Abbey have continued to live by the centuries old Trappist tradition of contemplation and study, private prayer and common worship, and living by the work of their own hands.When Assumption Abbey was first developing its bakery, the monks sought the help of world class chef Jean-Pierre Augé, who at one time served in the royal employ of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. Mr. Augé's assistance, and his generosity in providing the recipe and ideas for production, gave the monks the impetus to go forward with the Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes.Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes are the dark, rich, traditional style of fruitcake. They are baked slowly and aged under the careful supervision of the monks. Everything, from marinating the fruit, to mixing, to baking, to packaging, to aging, to mailing is done right at the monastery by the monks. Assumption Abbey is not a commercial enterprise. It is a way of life, and that way of life, combined with the careful work of the bakers, insures a dedication to high quality that makes Assumption Abbey Fruitcakes among this country's finest." -- Abbey

Unibroue gift set

Includes a bottle of Maudite 750ml and a bottle of Eau Benite (only found in this pack)

Unibroue Eau Benite "Holy Water"
Pale Golden Triple
"First brewed in 1996.  Eau Benite was developed to offer the characteristics of a bottle refermented triple with a slightly lower alcohol content.  This is a refreshing pale golden ale with a slightly fruity nose and a very pleasant character"

Goose Island Christmas Ale 2011

First time produced since 2009 -- 

Goose Island Christmas Ale 2011....$9.99 / 4pk

Every year to celebrate the holiday season, we brew up our Christmas Ale, and with each year we change the recipe slightly so that you have something special to look forward to. Traditionally, our Christmas Ale is a complex brown ale that develops well in the bottle for
up to five years.

Recipe Information:Style: Brown Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 6.2
International Bitterness Units: Change year to year
Color: Chocolate
Hops: Change year to year
Malt: Pale, Munich, Caramel

Serving Suggestions:Preferred Glass: Nonic
Food Pairings: Ham, Turkey, Lamb
Cheese Pairings: Aged Gouda, Dry Jack
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

Limited Widmer releases....


Part of their one and done series...
Widmer Brothers' Reserve Lemongrass Wheat Ale....$8.99 / 22oz
"Brewed with a unique mixture of malts and muscat grape juice.  This brew has a traditional malt backbone, hints of late harvest grape sweetness, and a distinct Lemongrass flavor and aroma.  Champagne and ale yeasts were used in tandem to produce a sparkling, crisp, yet fruity profile.  Alchemy and crystal hops balance and compliment the citrus, earthy, and spicy notes of the beer.

Plus the 2011 version is here and more of the 2010
Widmer Brother's Brrrbon 2011...$11.99 / 22oz
Widmer Brother's Brrrbon 2010...$12.99 / 22oz

Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels

Each run is limited, and once they’re gone, they’re gone forever. These are beers for enthusiastic beer lovers, personally crafted by two of the most enthusiastic beer lovers around. Prost!
Barrel-Aged Brrrbon
The third release in the Brothers’ Reserve series is Barrel-Aged Brrrbon. Following the successful release of our previous products in this line, Cherry Oak Doppelbock and Prickly Pear Braggot, we wanted to again surprise beer drinkers with a twist on our existing Brrr Seasonal Ale. For this release, we’ve taken our winter seasonal Brrr and aged it in Kentucky bourbon barrels. At 9.4% ABV, Barrel-Aged Brrrbon is an attention-grabbing beer for the enthusiastic craft beer lover. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Canadian Micro....

Just like the U.S., Canada has a number of new "microbrasseries" opening up....

Le Bilboquet MacKroken Flower...$7.49 / pint
Scotch Ale
"It is the Flemings who first developed this type of beer for the Scots.  The Scottish thistle honey and wild flower honey are key ingredients to this recipe.  Smooth and complex, rich and generous, this beer has old port-like aromatics and intense caramel aromas." -- label
Rated 96/100 RateBeer

Le Bilboquet La Corriveau....$7.49/ pint
Sweat Oat Stout
"Hanging from the gallows, La Corriveau watches you as you are savoring this black beer with espresso and ark chocolate aromas.  Its deep color is topped with a rich and unctuous cream that hides a sharp bitterness, worthy of the gloomy ideas that haunted this legendary murderer's mind.

Le Bilboquet L'Archange...$7.49 / pint
White Beer
"L'Archange is a hefe Weisen - a traditional German-style white beer where the distinct fruit flavours come from special yeast.   It has both the sweetness and the rigour of the archangel who comes from the highest celestial sphere.

Le Bilboquet L'Affriolante...$7.99
Beer Brewed with Honey and Spices
"Sometimes it teases you, sometimes it charms you.  One does not know how to approach it.  With both a strong taste and a mild flavor, this beer slightly sweet with a touch of spice.  L'Affriolante will enrapture your evenings and enliven your days.  Once it hits your lips you will know it is everything you wished for.  Cheers!" -- label

A new label from Perennial..

Perennial's latest label!!!!

"Peace offering is an American Brown Ale, brewed with a few hundred pounds of maple roasted Missouri Squash.  We hope you enjoy our take on autumn and that the flavors remind you of the many great offerings that come with this distinctively wonderful season." - label

Order Perennial beers online

Plus this one should be arriving to The Wine and Cheese Place on Friday

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Time is running out to vote...

If you have not voted -- it is time -- 

The Wine and Cheese Place Barrel Aged Beer Collaboration #4

Read the full story of our barrel program - click here

Steve Crider of 2nd Shift Brewing has agreed to do our fourth Collaboration

2nd Shift Brewing opened up late last year, but just recently announced that it would start bottling small batches of its beer.    We are very excited to announce that they will barrel age our fourth beer in the series.    And to add a little more fun to our Barrel Aged Beer Series, Steve of 2nd Shift Brewing wants you to pick which beer he puts in the Buffalo Trace Bourbon Barrel.    He has narrowed it down to three great choices (see descriptions below before voting)

What an amazing opportunity for you to vote on which 2nd Shift beer you would like to see bourbon barrel aged....You have two weeks to vote. Voting ends October 27

2nd Shift Brewing Cat Spit Stout
Coffeey, roasty, chocolatey, blah blah blah its a stout, just drink it, it's really good. 5.2% ABV

2nd Shift Brewing Hibiscus Wit (an imperial version of this beer)
Heres what I've been goofin around with for a while. I love belgian wits on hot summer days (or freezin your butt off days). Anyway I took a witbier and threw in a bunch of hibiscus flowers from Egypt and made the stuff even better. 5.2%

2nd Shift Brewing El Gato Grande 
EGG is another IPA that we came up with.
All you need to know is over 3 lbs. per barrel of Columbus, Amarillo and Citra.

Again, you have to be patient, we will not see this beer until sometime in 2012.   Expect to see some other bottled beers from 2nd Shift Brewing at The Wine and Cheese Place before then.

How do you find about the release:
Watch our blog / facebook / twitter / or sign up for our emails to be notified of the release.

Summary of The Wine and Cheese Place (TWCP) first four collaborations... 
#1 TWCP and Schlafly:  
Quadrupel aged in a Buffalo Trace Barrel 
(already in barrel since August 5, 2011)
click here to read more

#2 TWCP and Perennial Artisan Ales:  
Heart of Gold Wheat Wine aged in a Knob Creek Barrel
This will be Perennial's first barrel aged beer!
(already in barrel since October 6, 2011)
click here to read more

#3 TWCP and 4 Hands Brewing Co.:  
Russian Imperial Stout brewed with Goshen Espresso and Whole Vanilla Bean aged in an Elijah Craig Barrel 
This will be 4 Hands' first barrel aged beer!
(should be put in barrel in November)
click here to read more

#4 TWCP and 2nd Shift Brewing:  
You get to choose which beer which will age in a Buffalo Trace Barrel
This will be 2nd Shift's first barrel aged beer.
(waiting for the barrel to arrive, should be 6-8 weeks)
click here to vote on the beer 

Thomas Creek - South Carolina

"Sink the status quo"

South Carolina Brewery makes it to The Wine and Cheese Place

All of the beer styles at Thomas Creek are artfully crafted in small batches, ranging from 3.5 Barrels to 60 Barrels at a time. We use only the choicest harvest of barley and grains from across the country, the freshest hops money can buy, and propagate signature yeast strains common only to our beers.

Our team of brewers, Tom Davis, and Matt Manthe, collaborate daily on brew strategies, operations and flavor profiles. We take great pride in carefully sculpting each batch to meet strict quality control guidelines thereby assuring the same great taste you know and love in each and every Thomas Creek brew.

Thomas Creek Class Five IPA....$11.49 / 6pk
Thomas Creek Pump House Porter...$11.49 / 6pk
Thomas Creek River Falls Red Ale...$11.49 / 6pk
Thomas Creek Deep Water Dopplebock...$11.49 / 6pk
Thomas Creek Up the Creek Extreme IPA....$11.99 / 4pk
Very limited, only a few cases of this one made it to St. Louis

Oktoberfest mug

Paulaner Wiesn Bier 1 LITER CAN with mug....$12.99 / each

Gift set of a Paulaner 1 liter can of Wiesn Bier  "Limited edition authentic beer of the 200th Munich Oktoberfest". Plus you get a giant Paulaner glass mug that the whole liter can fits into!

This is what the mug looks like...

A new one to the U.S. for Fullers

Honey Dew Organic Ale

Fullers Organic Honey Dew...$4.99 / pint
Ale Brewed with Honey

Organic Honey Dew is the UK’s best selling organic beer. Light and golden with a zesty edge and a bitter-sweet flavour, Honey Dew is a naturally palatable brew that is Soil Association approved.

Served chilled, Organic Honey Dew offers both refreshment and an unbeatable taste. The real organic honey in the brew gives a gentle sweetness that appeals to a wide range of people, even those who perhaps wouldn't usually drink beer, making it a very popular choice!
from Fuller's website

Some new packaging

Crown Valley has a new package for their Wooden Nickel IPA and so does Chimay Blue 4pks.


Tremblay Burgundy just a little bit left in stock...

2008 Tremblay Chambolle Musigny les Feusselottes....$89.99
A dose of new oak lends spice and toast aromas and flavors to the black cherry, earth and mineral notes. A flashy style, but appealing and balanced, with fine length. Best from 2013 through 2024. 15 cases imported. –BS
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2008 Tremblay Morey St. Denis Tres Girard...$57.99
"A generous 2008, with black cherry and smoky oak spice notes that carry through to the finish. The firm structure keeps it under wraps for now, but this should develop nicely. Best from 2013 through 2022. 15 cases imported. –BS"
Rated 90/100 The Wine Spectator

2008 Tremblay Vosne Romanee VV...$79.99
"Tremblay’s 2008 Vosne Romanee Vieilles Vignes (from the Aux Commune and Aux Jacheres sites) exhibits the combination of juiciness and verve with richness of texture as well as the intensity of berry fruit with deep marrow-like meatiness that typifies her entire collection from this vintage. Here, sandalwood, ginger, cumin, and star anise add an allure more typical of some of the top Vosne premier crus. This classy village bottling should be worth following for at least 6-8 years."
Rated 90-91/100 The Wine Advocate

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wine Dinner at McCormick & Schmick's

Check out this great dinner....

Sunday November 6, starting at 7pm

With Laird Family winery

First Course
Chili Glazed Shrimp with Tabasco Onions,
Lime Remoulade & Cilantro Infused Oil
Laird Family Estate Cold Creek Pinot Grigio 2009

Second Course
Field Greens with a Roasted Pear Vinaigrette,
Gorgonzola, Candied Walnuts & Red Onion
Laird Family Estate Cold Creek Chardonnay 2008

Third Course
Pecan Encrusted Corvina with Sweet Potato Cakes,
Wilted Spinach & Blackberry Demi-Glace
Laird Family Estate Ghost Ranch Pinot Noir 2009

Fourth Course
Braised Short Ribs with Fingerling Potatoes,
Haricot Vert & Natural Jus
Laird Family Estate Napa Valley “Jillian’s Blend” 2008

Reservations Required
Call - 314.835.1300

$65 per person

314.835.1500 17 West County Center, Des Peres, MO 63131

Sunday, October 23, 2011

2009 Olivier Leflaive White Burgundy

The great 2009 White Burgundy of Olivier Leflaive

2009 Olivier Leflaive Bourgogne Blanc "Les Setilles"...$19.99
This is a stunning bargain in 2009 White Burgundy. The grapes for this wine is are from 70% Puligny Montrachet and 30% Meursault!! This is amazing juice for $20

2009 Olivier Leflaive Chassagne Montrachet AC....$46.99
Includes some young 1er Cru vines
"Situated in the south of the Côte de Beaune, the village of Chassagne-Montrachet has the characteristic of producing not only white wines due to its marly limestone but also red wines (on marly brown limestone). In principle, the best Chardonnay terrain has more oolitic limestone and less clay.   The wines are rich and powerful with a long finish. Our blend comes from a "cuvée ronde" assembled from all areas of the appellation along with several lots from young premier cru vines." -- winery

2009 Olivier Leflaive Puligny Montrachet AC....$48.99
"Situated in the center of the Côte de Beaune, the Puligny-Montrachet appellation is among the most celebrated white wines in the world.  The soils are calcareous clay, rich in pebbles with good drainage and excellent exposure to the sun.It is a glorious wine of very distinct aromas : almond paste, ferns, exotic fruit, white flowers with discreet acidity on the palate and a smooth, impressively long finish." - winery

2009 Olivier Leflaive Meursault Narvaux....$47.99
"Finesse and not lacking power or concentration. This vinyard expresses itself thanks to the geographic situation.   No deep soils here but stones on the upper slopes of Meursault right above the vinyard of Meursault 1er Crus "Genevrières" and "Poruzots".   The exposure is South, South Westone of the best AOC Meursault vinyards.   The wines have a long ageing potential." -- winery

2009 Olivier Leflaive Rully 1er Cru Rabounce....$27.99
"Up north of the Cote Chalonnaise we find the vinyards of Rully covering about 750 acres, though 40% is planted with Chardonnay.  The terroir of Rully 1er Cru Rabourcé is situated on the upper slopes just behind this nice village enjoying an excellent exposure facing south, with a fairly white marble and limestone soil.  The composition of the soil is responsible for the elegance and finesse of these wines expressing floral and honey aromas with a hint of citrus.  This wine is one of the benchmarks of Olivier Leflaive." -- winery

2009 Potel Aviron Beaujolais

Just when you thought the great 2009 Beaujolais were gone....

2009 Potel-Aviron Beaujolais Villages...$12.99
Originating with 50 year old vines in the Les Monthieux lieu-dit just west of Regnie, Potel-Aviron’s 2009 Beaujolais-Villages is aged in old demi-muids. Bright and tart for its vintage, this showers red currant and red raspberry on the nose and palate, accompanied by precisely the sort of greenhouse-like impression of foliage and flowers that I described in the 2008 vintage (in issue 184). Subtle salinity and the tart edge of berry skin enhance a sense of invigoration uncommon from this warm growing season. I am sure this will remain delightful for at least 12-18 more months (and in the past I have underestimated how long one can enjoy this particular Potel-Aviron bottling).
Rated 88/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Potel-Aviron Morgon Cote de Py Vieilles Vignes...$19.99
The sumptuously-textured Potel-Aviron 2009 Morgon Cote du Py Vieilles Vignes is surprisingly understated but ultimately quite convincing, and almost certainly worth pursuing for another 3-5 years. Salted plum and its pit; elderberry; beef marrow; bay laurel; crushed stone; and bittersweet inner-mouth perfume of iris and gentian combine for a complex, savory, and intriguingly as well as mouthwateringly lingering finish. This sensational value is a great example of what’s possible from this unique, basaltic sector of the Morgon appellation as well as from the superb 2009 vintage.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Potel-Aviron Moulin a Vent Vieilles Vignes....$19.99
There is no shortage of ripe plum and dark berry fruit in Potel and Aviron’s 2009 Moulin-a-Vent Vieilles Vignes, to which a suggestion of meat juices adds welcome savor. But there is considerable tannic roughness from barrel, and the overall impression – while arguably more vintage-typical – lacks the brightness that accrues to most of this team’s 2009s. I am not terribly optimistic that the sort of structure present here will support more than another couple of years in bottle, but perhaps it will meantime gain further interest.
Rated 88/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Potel-Aviron Julienas Vieilles Vignes....$16.99
Another example of Potel and Aviron Beaujolais unusually tart and bright for its finish, their 2009 Julienas Vieilles Vignes leads with bright red raspberry and pomegranate garnished with hibiscus. Rose hip, salt, and rich notes of beef marrow (more typical of Moulin-a-Vent) add allure to the polished, irresistibly juicy palate, and the wine finishes with an exuberance and refreshment that compel the next sip. It should be fascinating to follow for the next 2-3 years – though under no circumstances should it be neglected for the immediate future! 
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Potel-Aviron Fleurie Vieilles Vignes...$19.99
The Potel-Aviron 2009 Fleurie Vieilles Vignes hails from the Point du Jour – near the edge of the Moulin-a-Vent appellation – and La Madone. Tart-edged purple plum and pomegranate are tinged with salt, pungent herbs, and a savory sense of meaty pan drippings, all of which combine for a forceful, invigorating, and saliva-inducing finish. This polished, ripe yet vibrant and not in the least superficially sweet cru should age well for another 2-3 years.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate