Saturday, May 18, 2013

Chalk Hill Chardonnay Estate on sale!

2010 Chalk Hill Chardonnay Estate....$31.99
This offers an expansive mix of ripe fig, apricot, mango and tropical fruit, holding a rich posture on the long, layered finish. Drink now through 2020. 12,400 cases made. –JL

Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

94 Point Chardonnay from Joseph Phelps

2010 Phelps Freestone Chardonnay...$38.99

A bit more layered than the Pastorale, the 2010 Chardonnay Estate Freestone Vineyard caresses the palate from beginning to end. Lemon, pastry, white flowers, crushed rocks and a whisper of French oak all emerge from the glass in the seamless, totally polished Chardonnay. The aromas and flavors remain bright, focused and beautifully articulated from start to finish. This is another fabulous wine from Joseph Phelps. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2018. 
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Bear Republic is back

Bear Republic Brewing Co. 
In stock now FRESH!!!
The distributor has been out for about 3 weeks, but it is back

O'Fallon Sticke it to the Man Sticke Alt

Order all O'Fallon beers online

In stock now!

O'Fallon Sticke it to the Man Sticke Alt....$9.49 / 4pk

"Name the O'Fallon Beer" Contest Beer is here.  This is the beer that O'Fallon brewery allowed The Wine and Cheese Place customers to name the beer.  We held a contest with O'Fallon to name this beer back in April of 2010.  The winner was Craig B. of New Haven, Missouri for the name Sticke it to the Man.

Brian Owens' description the O'Fallon Sticke---

"So here’s the skinny on the Sticke! As you probably know the word “Sticke” is a mangled version of the “low german” word “stickum” which translates to “secret”. The secret lies in the recipe where only a small few knew what actually went into the beer. German brew masters of the day measured their ingredients by the bucketful and if they weren’t paying attention or maybe they had a bit too much beer to drink they sometimes added too much grain. They had to add more hops to balance the maltiness of the extra grains and ended up with a bigger and typically darker version of their Alt. Our version will be an Imperial version of the original. Coming in at 10% ABV this beer will be big and malty with hints of toffee and a subtle roastiness, but will be fully attenuated and relatively dry for being such a big beer. The hops that are used are of the German noble variety giving a healthy bitterness and a noble Pils hop aroma. There is a short list of people who will actually know the recipe and I think the winner of the contest ought to be one of those few."
-- Brian Owens, brewmaster
Beer Specs:
ABV 10%
SRM 17OG 22 brix
FG 4.3 brix (anticipated)

Here are some of the other names entered in the contest...
  • Stick 'Em Up Alt (complete with a picture of a guy with a gun on the label)
  • Speak Softly and Carry A Big Sticke
  • The Big Stick(e) inspired by:“Speak softly and carry a big stick."President Theodore Roosevelt
  • GestALT SchWine
  • "Boom Sticke", as in "This is my Boom Sticke!"
  • Undercover Hipster Sticke Alt - Going with the secret idea...An alt is also slang for a hipster. The label could feature a tattooed, mustached hipster revealing himself behind a trench coat.
  • Wicked Sticke
  • Secret Agent Alt
  • O'Fallon Sticke Situation Ale
  • Hop Secret
  • Sticke Semper Tyrannis
  • Copper Sticke
  • Sticke Alt Twisted Toffee Malt
  • Double Naught Spye Beer
  • Kraftwerk: Which is a German word meaning 'power plant'. (It is also the name of Dusseldorf's other world-famous progeny, the pioneering electronic music band Kraftwerk, who celebrate their 40th anniversary this year.) The label's graphics could be German steampunk. A futuristic-for-the-1800s reimagining of a Fraktur typeface. A close view of a power plant's gears, baroquely engraved with alchemical, floral, and pinnate figures, spitting electricity through their filigreed teeth. The very sort of power plant a Modern Prometheus of the era might keep in a secret laboratory, to bring life to a creation larger and more powerful than nature intended.
  • Vick's Sticke (Victoria's Secret)
  • Über Sticke
  • Old Krekel Alt : In honor of the founding father of O'Fallon, MO, Arnold Krekel.
  • Sticke Figure Alt
  • Private Alt --wordplay on "Private Eye" suggests secret nature of recipe
  • Swinging Shelligah Sticke Alt
  • Alt you glad it's sticke
  • My name is Alt, Sticke Alt.
  • Hushed Revelation --- Hushed as in secret recipe and Revelation in the winner (theoretically) knowing the secret recipe.
  • Secret Stickler Alt Ale
  • O'Fallon Slap Sticke
  • Shtickey Secret
  • Fruit of the Rhine
  • "O'Fallon Stickeasy" or "Sticke Easy" Sharing in the same secrecy as a 1920s Speakeasy
  • "Short end of the Stick"
  • Sticke Shock - an Alt Beer
  • "Mighty Casey Sticke Alt" A play on Mighty Casey Strikes Out. I think that "Mighty Casey" would be good name for a big beer like this.
  • FETCH!
  • Brewmasters Darkest Sticke
  • O'Fallon's Keizer Dubbele Vogel (Imperial Double Bird)
  • Wicket Shtick (Wicket is very close to Wicked in pronunciation but a play on words and it would represent the St. Louis Arch since in croquet the arches are called wickets. Shtick is a play on the word Sticke but also has Yiddish origins meaning "a devious trick" representing a secret also.)
  • Beer Name: "Wunder Bier," the magical sticke alt of O'Fallon
  • X-Alt
  • Tree of Knowledge Sticke Alt
  • RumpleSTICKEkin
  • Alter Ego
  • "old brown sticke"
  • O'Fallon Second Shooter - going off the whole secretive, conspiratorial, and dark part of the Sticke Alt. "Maybe it wasn't just Lee Harvey OswAlt."
  • O'Fallon "Bucket Brigade" Sticke Alt
  • Hops & Robbers 
  • Old Stick - Sticke Alt
  • Sticke Buns
  • Sticke Icke
  • Ctrl+Alt+Delete

St. Lupulin Seasonal is back!

In stock now at Forsyth!
Odell St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale....$9.89 / 6pk

"A mystical legend echoes in our brewhouse - that of St. Lupulin(loop-you-lin) the archetypal hophead. He devoted endless summers to endless rows of hops, tending to the flowers and the beloved resin within - lupulin Extraordinary oils in this yellow resin provide this dry-hopped extra pale ale with an undeniably pleasing floral aroma and clean, crisp finish. One sip of this seasonal summer ale and you too, will believe." -- Odell Brewing
6.5% Alcohol By Volume

New Stella Artois Cidre

Stella Artois Cidre...$6.99 / 4pk
New Stella Artois Cidre is a crisp and refreshing European-style cider made from hand-picked apples. The taste of red apple and peachy, apricot accents complement the subtle flavor of orange, giving it a refreshing taste with a pleasing wood finish. 

Please enjoy Stella Artois Cidre poured into a white wine glass and pair with a semi-hard cheese like manchego, a Waldorf salad or fresh Belgian endives.

4.5% ABV – Naturally Gluten Free, 170 calories, 21 carbs

Friday, May 17, 2013

Wild Onion SUMMER WIT - in cans!

Wild Onion SUMMER WIT...$8.49 / 6pk CANS
Style: Belgian White

Our warm weather seasonal is perfect for enjoying the long-awaited days of spring and summer. This Belgian-style White Ale is traditionally brewed with a large dose of wheat malt and a splash of coriander and orange peel.

Recipe of the Week

Persian Feta and Riso Pasta Salad
This is one of our favorite recipes for a summer cook out, or as part of a pot luck dinner. The only “cooking” is boiling the water for the Riso. The star of this dish is the incredibly flavorful, rich and smooth Persian Feta from Yarra Valley Australia and while perfect for this Pasta Salad it can be enjoyed just as easily simply spread on crusty baguette.

  • 1 Can Yarra Valley Persian Feta   ***
  • 1 Box De Cecco Riso Pasta    ***
  • 1 Box Cherry Tomatoes (halved, quartered if large)
  • Fresh Basil Roughly chopped.
  • Salt     ***
  • Pepper   ***
 *** In stock at The Wine and Cheese Place

-Add Riso to salted boiling water cook for 11 minutes.

-Once the Riso is boiled, rise with cool water to bring to room temperature, place in a bowl, add Persian Feta and some of the oil from the can. Mix to incorporate feta and riso.

-Add Tomatoes, Basil, Salt and Pepper to taste mix and serve.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Graduation Time!

We have graduation hats for Dom Perignon with purchase.

We have sparkling wine from under $10 on up.  We have plenty of Grower Champagnes and big names like Veuve Clicquot on sale for $39.99.

We have an amazing selection of Dom Perignon including Magnums, we just gone in the last of the 2002 vintage, plus the David Lynch Artist edition.  Click on the links to order.

Dom Perignon Brut Moet Chandon 1999 (1.5ltr) Rated 93/100 WA...$379.99

Dom Perignon Brut Moet Chandon 2002 (750ml) Rated 96/100 WA...$139.99

Dom Perignon Brut Moet Chandon 2003 (750ml) David Lynch Artist Edition...$149.99

Dom Perignon Brut Moet Chandon 2003 (750ml) Rated 94+/100 WA

Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Brut 2002 (750ml) 98/100 WA...$153.99

Pahlmeyer with some age on it!!!

Straight from the cellars of Pahlmeyer,
comes this cellar release of their great 2006 vintage.
We got in 42 more bottles of this cellar release

2006 Pahlmeyer Proprietary Red....$119.99
net, no additional discount.
There are 7,000 cases of the prodigious 2006 Proprietary Red Wine (a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, and the rest Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Malbec). Most of the fruit comes from the Stagecoach Vineyard and the Waters Ranch. Sweet, smoky, meaty aromas interwoven with melted asphalt, camphor, blackberry, cassis, and charcoal scents emerge from the complex aromatics. In the mouth, the wine is full-bodied, displaying sweet tannin, a concentrated mouthfeel, and a long, heady finish with substantial fruit, glycerin, and extract. It should drink beautifully for 20+ years.
Rated 95/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Amazing value in Chardonnay

In stock at Forsyth and online

Compare to $45 at the winery and $43 suggest retail on Wine-Spectator
2006 Clos Pegase Hommage Chardonnay 100% Mitsuko's Vineyard...$12.99
Tasting Notes:

A vibrant golden color leads to an intense nose of baked apple, pear and Meyer lemon with hints of caramel,spice and peach pie. Opulent and rich in the palate, with flavors of lemon cream, pear, butterscotch and floral notes that linger through the long finish.
Winemaking Notes:

Our Hommage Chardonnay was night harvested and delivered cold in the wee hours of the morning for immediate gentle and controlled whole cluster pressing, ensuring the highest quality grape juice possible. Juice with full solids was racked into barrels, and fermentation with natural yeast proceeded slowly in our chilly Cellar. After fermentation,the new wines were inoculated with amalolactic bacteria strain developed in Champagne which naturally deacidifies and stabilizes the wine without production of buttery flavors and aromas that can detract from our estate fruit personality. This wine was stirred frequently and aged sur lie (on yeast and grape solids)for 16 months without racking. In the summer of 2008,the wine was racked up to tank to prepare for bottling.

Label Art:

Levitation in Blue, 1942
The labelfor our 2006 vintage pays Hommage to Roberto Matta (1911‐2002). Born in Chile and known simply as Matta, he became one of the luminaries of the Surrealist movement after abandoning his architecturalstudiesin Le Corbusier’s studio. The structures and creatures depicted in his work represent the essential unity of all cosmic events

Grand Teton Oud Bruin

in stock at Forsyth and online

Grand Teton Oud Bruin...$8.99 / 750ml
Belgian-Style Ale

The “Oud Bruin” or “old brown” style beers, brewed in and around Oudenaarde, on the river Scheldt in East Flanders, are notable for their complex combinations of malt, long boiling times (which provide some caramelization of the wort), and multi-strain, top-fermenting yeasts, some with lactic and acetic character. These are often “provision beers,” bottle-conditioned for cellaring, to be brought out when they can be savored. Their thirst-quenching sweet-and-sour character makes them perhaps the most refreshing beers in the world.

Our Oud Bruin is firmly in the East Flanders tradition. We used American 2-Row barley and German melanoidin malt (for red color) as well as maize (to lighten the body). The wort was boiled in the kettle for four hours and hopped lightly with Idaho Galenas for balance.

We fermented with a Flemish blend of yeast and bacteria cultures, including lactobacillus, pediococcus, and brettanomyces. It took six months at cellar temperature for the culture to achieve the style’s characteristic quenching sourness. Finally, we bottle-conditioned the beer according to the “methode champenoise,” so it can be laid down, to be brought out when it can be truly enjoyed.

Because of its lactic and acetic sourness, this is a wonderful beer for cooking and pairing with food. Unlike any wine, Oud Bruin complements vinegary dishes such as salads or even pickles. Its flavors will enhance those of shellfish, liver, rabbit, and game birds like quail. The acidity of the beer tenderizes beef and is ideal for braising—try it in the classic Belgian Carbonade Flamande.

Rogue Roguenbier

Chatoe Rogue Roguenbier Rye Ale....$6.99 / 22oz
Tasting Notes:
Grow your own!
9 Ingredients:
Rogue Dream™ Rye; Rogue Black, Rogue Smoked, Rogue Caramel 40 and Rogue Barley Farm Dare™ & Risk™ Malts; Rogue Hopyard Independent Hops; Free Range Coastal Water and Weizen Yeast.

Back in stock!
Chatoe Rogue First Growth
Dirtoir Black Lager....$6.79 / 22oz
Black Lager Food Pairing: Seafood, Hot & SpicyTasting Notes:Jet black in color with a tan head, medium to full bodied, deftly balanced, seamless dark roasted malt flavors with a smooth bitterness, lingering long finish.
9 Ingredients:

Melanoidin, Carafe Special II, Black, Chocolate and Rogue Micro-Barley Farm first growth Risk malts.

Rogue Micro-Hop Yard first growth Independent and Revolution.
Yeast & Water:

Oktoberfest Yeast & Free Range Coastal Water.