Saturday, May 3, 2014

Napa Valley Bitters - first time in St. Louis

We are proud to introduce to Missouri - Napa Valley Bitters....

The Napa Valley Bitters Story
Who do you think you are Mr.?
Napa Valley Bitters Co. was founded by Ian Winget with community and conscious capitalism as it's foundation.   Ian Winget revels in the vast array of flavors discovered whilst traveling and living in over 35 countries. Combined with his professional knowledge of wine, spirits, cuisine he has embarked on a Bitters journey which has lead him to create some exquisite and unique cocktail bitters flavors - including Tamarind Lime Chili Bitters (Nickname Senor Tamarindo), Meyer Lemon Sage Bitters, Fuego Del Corazón Bitters and Vintage Barrel Aged Black Walnut Bitters.

First time in Missouri....

Napa Valley Bitters Fuego Del Corazón Bitters...$19.99
A sensationally different bitters that will leave your heart, mind and soul craving more. This is a very limited production bitters inspired by my trips to Ajijic, Mexico where dried chilies rule the world.
Spicy as hell and burns with the passion of 1000 hearts in love. Yet, with a subtle pepper and agave sweetness, it is balanced, complex and not-of-this-world. As the intense smoky heat fades, the brave are then left with the long and lingering dusty spice notes (of 25+ all natural herbs and spices) and singularly unique botanical bitterness. The subtle sweetness from the agave balances through out.
Don't wuss out. Try it. You'll love it.

Napa Valley Bitters Coffee Pecan...$19.99 / 4oz
Inspired by our love of coffee and pecan pie! Born from many nostalgic memories of the family sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table after feasting enjoying a beautiful espresso and picking at the slice of pecan pie that you thought you could still eat...The base spirit is a 4 year aged bourbon that was finished for 12 months in a Napa Valley Port Works cask. This spirit not only adds a subtle oakiness but also an even more subtle raisiny note that comes through when paired with sweet vermouth and amaros.   The coffee blend was created and roasted by Charlie, owner and coffee roaster, at Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company who worked extensively with Napa Valley Bitters to ensure a perfect blend and fresh roasting.  In addition, there are 30ish other herbs, botanicals and spices that make this a brilliant and versatile addition to any bar - both professional and amateur alike.
The Daiquiri Revisited
2 oz good aged rum
3/4 oz fresh lime juice
3/4 oz simple syrup
3 dashes NVB Coffee-Pecan Bitters
Shake all ingredients in an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled coupe.

Napa Valley Bitters Meyer Lemon Sage....$19.99 / 4oz
This flavor is inspired by the Meyer Lemon harvests in Napa. The Meyer Lemon pairs superbly with the sage herb that is traditionally a 'savory' herb. Delightful in Gin, Vodka, light Rum and Tequila.

Napa Valley Bitters Strawberry Rhubarb....$19.99 / 4oz
We drew from our love of French rhubarb and strawberry tarts consumed with an ice cold bottle of rose de Provence - sour, sweet and perfect for enjoying warm weather.  Full of fresh organic rhubarb and strawberries and cut and dehydrated slightly before we use them. In addition, there is heaps of fresh organic and dried grapefruit, orange and lime zest as well a hearty backbone of herbs, spices and exotic botanicals that will take your bourbon, gin, tequila and Champagne cocktails to new heights.   Try a few dashes in sparkling water with a lime wedge on a hot summer day too!

Napa Valley Tamarind Lime Chili Bitters...$19.99 / 4oz
Inspired by yearly trips to Mexico where these flavors are abundant in the local cuisine. Weather, on meats, vegetables or snacks you will not make it far there with out tasting this flavor ensemble. I loved the combination so much I had to make a bitters flavor from them.   The Tamarind Lime Chili bitters is as innovative as it is delicious. Pairs perfectly with Tequila and mezcal concoctions. Though try it with Bourbon, Gin and Vodka drinks as well. You'll be happy you did.   The base spirits are 100% Agave Tequila Blanco, Anejo and neutral grain spirits. We then add tons of fresh Mexican tamarind, organic lime zest and a hand processed 5 Mexican chili blend. There are 40 other natural herbs, botanicals and spices that make up the hearty backbone of this bitters. Though most are Top Secret, there is notes of Mexican sarsaparilla, clove, allspice, and black pepper on the mid-pallet and a lingering bitter tartness on the finish that makes for good libation creation!

Fresh Brew Cocky!

In stock now - fresh bottled April 29

2nd Shift Brewing Brew Cocky Ale....$8.49 / 750ml
"Yup, we love hops and this IPA puts them all up in your face.  Loads and Loads of Falcaner's Flight, a blend of Northwest hops was used in such a gratuitous manner heretofore not seen in these parts.  ENJOY" - label

Friday, May 2, 2014

O'Fallon Hemp Hop Rye is here!

O'Fallon Hemp Hop Rye....$8.49 / 6pk
“That’s right, there’s hemp in this smooth and polished-tasting amber ale. To be specific, we use hemp seed – one of the oldest and healthiest of ingredients – to create a subtle toasted nutty favor that compliments the hops and rye. We use Cara Rye and Malted Rye for a subtle spiciness and rich ruby color and Victory Malt to tie together the flavors with a nuttiness that compliments the hemp seed flavor. German Hallertauer hops add seasoning and we finish with Cascade hops for a crisp citrus aroma and taste. This wide assortment of flavors form a harmony together, creating a uniquely smooth and flavorful everyday beer that isn’t overwhelming.”

Humboldt Brewing!

Formally owned by Firestone Walker, they sold off the brand it is now back to its original name and new package.

All fresh beer and new package!
Humboldt Brewing Hemp Ale...$9.29 / 6pk
Our fine Brown Ale is brewed with toasted hemp seeds that add a unique, herb-accented flavor. But we didn’t stop there- the American hops create a perfect balance to the darker malts in this brew.
Hungry? Humboldt Brown goes great with a burger and some buddies.
The Lowdown:
Style: American Brown Ale
IBUs: 32
ABV: 5.7%

Humboldt Brewing Red Nectar Amber Ale...$9.29 / 6pk
This incredibly smooth American Amber Ale has a floral aroma, distinctive accents of toasted malt, caramel, spice and a sweetness to appease those demanding taste buds. What color is it? We don’t know but it looks red to us. Whatever color you decide we’re sure you’ll agree this robust brew is one of a kind!
Hungry? Backyard BBQs are a great place to enjoy this refreshing American Amber Ale.
The Lowdown:
Style: American Amber Ale
IBUs: 35
ABV: 5.4%

Humboldt Brewing Nectar IPA...$9.29 / 6pk
Our rad IPA is created from a base of Pale and Crystal malts and aggressively hopped throughout the brewing process. Its caramel malt presence is a nice balance to the high hop bitterness and hop flavor end to end.
Hungry? Steak kabobs or mozzarella sticks would make a nice snack to pair with this hoppy IPA.
The Lowdown:
Style: India Pale Ale
IBUs: 60
ABV: 6.7%

Queen Bee Honey Whiskey

Very limited release, only a few cases make it to St. Louis

Mississippi River Distilling Queen Bee Honey Whiskey...$16.99 / 375ml

One of our most popular seasonals ever is back and this time it is better than ever! We are ready to release our third installment of Queen Bee Honey Whiskey on April 4, 2014.In the past, because the stock of Cody Road Bourbon was so tight, we used a corn whiskey base that was quicker and easier to produce. This year, we have stepped up the quality and use our finest Cody Road Bourbon as the base. This will give Queen Bee even more sweetness than in year’s past. Plus, our beekeepers are telling us that this year’s honey is their sweetest ever.

So get ready for the highest quality honey whiskey you’ve ever tasted this year!!! 

New Beers from Ruhstaller

Ruhstaller Old Soul Coffee Co. Collaboration The Kenyan...$7.99
BARLEY | California Metcalf & Copeland
HOPS | CTZ, Cascade, Centennial & Citra
IBUs | 47
ABV | 6.2%
Two brewers brewing their craft independently, infusing one into another prior to bottling. Experience the best of each together. A coffee-infused ale made using fresh, cold-brewed Kenyan coffee from Old Soul Co. Prominent coffee aroma & body. Rich malt with subtle pine and caramel notes.
Production limited to 230 cases.

Ruhstaller Dixon Nugget Ale...$7.99
BARLEY | California Metcalf & Copeland
HOPS | California Nugget
IBUs | 35
ABV | 5.6%
This limited release ale was developed out of our RFR+D program and showcases the first hops grown and dried on the Ruhstaller Farm & Yard in Dixon, California (& the first hops grown, dried & brewed on a commercial scale in the Sacramento Valley in several generations) . Last year’s Nugget hop crop surprised us both for its unique character and bountiful yield. A single hop ale, the Nugget hop expresses smooth licorice notes, subtle yet distinct, for possibly the perfect Sacramento Springtime Ale. Enjoy!
Bottle artwork is a collaboration with artist Danny Scheible of Sacramento-based Tapigami.
Production is limited to 230 cases.

Ruhstaller English Style Barleywine...$9.99
IBUs | 35
ABV | 12.0%
ART + Craft + Beer
Jose Di Gregorio + Bows Collective + Ruhstaller
An approachable & restrained English Style Barley Wine, with brown sugar, spice and lingering warmth. This special beer should be enjoined as the finishing touching to a wonderful meal.
Label artwork created by Jose Di Gregorio.
Production limited to 230 cases.
Gold Medal - Barley Wine (2013 International Craft Beer Awards)
Gold Medal – English Barleywine (2013 Best of Craft Beer Awards)

Strawberry Lambicus

"The World's Oldest Lambic Brewery"

Timmermans Strawberry Lambicus...$10.99 / 750ml
For anyone who finds strawberries irresistible, Timmermans Strawberry evokes the fragrance of long sunny days. Its strawberry flavour will have you wrinkling your nose in delight with each sip. Its luminous colour and its fruity freshness are a treat for taste-buds and eyes alike. A totally juicy experience.
Taste-wise …
Its aroma evokes the perfumes of a lovely summer’s day. Its strawberry flavour confirms the nose’s impression, without being over-sweet, and is enhanced by a real feeling of freshness, recalling those tiny green granules that are found around ripened strawberries. Its taste is consistent and spreads very quickly throughout the mouth, finishing on a note that is fruity rather than sweet.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter and Watermelon Wheat

Horny Goat Chocolate Peanut Butter Porter...$7.99 / 4pk
"A full bodied porter that gets its dark color from the generous use of roasted malts.   We bring just enough hops to the party to balance out the heft malt backbone but still leave the stars of the show to shine.  You will get just the right amount of chocolate and peanut butter to question whether you're drinking a glass of delicious suds or popping a peanut butter cup in your mouth.

Watermelon Wheat is back!

Horny Goat Watermelon Wheat...$7.99 / 6pk
5.6% ABV | 19 IBUs
You asked and we listened. We’re showing our melons! The backbone of this brew is heavy on the wheat with just a touch of Vienna malt for complexity. We add real watermelon to our tanks during fermentation, leaving a fruity essence on the back end. German hops balance the fruit perfectly in this wheat ale for a slightly dry, extremely refreshing finish.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Education : Cotes du Rhone

Wine Tasting at all FOUR locations

Domaine de L'Echevin Guillaume de Rouville Cotes du Rhone at all four of our locations
this Saturday, May 3 from 11am-4pm.
(each store will also have other wines out to taste)

Area : Cotes du Rhone
The Cotes du Rhone appellation was introduced in November 1937, to provide a catch-all title for Rhone wines of reasonable quality, but which come from less well-known viticultural areas. The Cotes de Rhone Villages appellation is a step up from this, being granted to those communes that show particular viticultural qualities.

The principal red grapes permitted for use in Cotes du Rhone wines are Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. Grenache must make up a minimum of 40% of any red blend except for those produced north of the town of Montelimar. Montelimar marks the divide between the southern Rhone, where Grenache ripens very well, and the slightly cooler northern Rhone, to which it is not so suited. There are ten other varieties sanctioned for use in the appellation's red and rose wines, but they must not represent more than 30% of any wine blend. These are Carignan, Cinsaut,Counoise, Muscardin, Camarese, Vaccarese, Picpoul Noir, Terret Noir, Grenache Gris and Clairette.

The principal grapes used in Cotes du Rhone white wines are Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Marsanne,Roussanne, Bourboulenc and Viognier. Ugni Blanc and Picpoul Blanc may also be used to a maximum of 20% of any blend.

Come taste one of our favorite Cotes du Rhone this Saturday:
2011 Domaine de L'Echevin Guillaume de Rouville Cotes du Rhone....$22.99

Goose Island Madame Rose


Goose Island Madame Rose....$26.99 / 765ml
Brewer's Notes:  Madame Rose is a crimson colored Belgian style brown ale fermented with wild yeast and aged on cherries in wine barrels. Layers of malty complexity, sour cherry, spice and wood notes make Madame Rose an ideal beer to suggest to Bordeaux enthusiasts and beer drinkers fond of Belgian Kriek and Flanders Brown Ales.

Recipe Information:Style: Belgian Style Brown Ale
Alcohol by Volume: 7.1%
International Bitterness Units: 25
Color: Deep Crimson
Hops: Fuggles
Malt: 2-Row, Caramel, Wheat, Dark Chocolate, Victory
Serving Suggestions:
Preferred Glass: Wide Mouth Glass
Food Pairings: Madame Rose pairs well with a wide variety of foods, her earthy tannin, rich malt and sour fruit character complement the richness of red meats and contrast with rich chocolate desserts.
Cheese Pairings: Firm cow milk cheese like aged cheddar
Cellaring Notes: Develops in the bottle for up to 5 years

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Aguila Tequila

Cinco de Mayo is coming - grab some tequila at great prices!

Come taste the full line of Aguila Tequila this Friday.
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105

Friday, May 2 from 4-6pm
Open House Format

For more than 60 years, the Nunez family has carried on a rich, tequila-making tradition at El Viejito Distillery in Los Altos, Mexico. Aguila (Spanish for “eagle”) Tequila uses pure spring water from the Nunez family’s private, spring-fed lake nestled outside of the El Viejito Distillery.

Aguila Tequila Silver....$12.99 / 750ml

Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $17.99
Aguila Silver is a colorless, clean tequila with a clean, smooth finish.

Aguila Tequila Reposado...$14.99 / 750ml
Lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $20.99
Aguila Reposado is rested on oak for a minimum of six months, which imparts a soft light golden hue, subtle sweetness, and a slight oak flavor with hints of pepper.

Aguila Tequila Anejo
Aguila Anejo is oak-aged for a minimum of one year and has citrusy, floral notes, bold oak and agave flavors, and a sweet fi

Tallgrass Halcyon Wheat in 16 oz Cans now

Tallgrass is back in stock  -- 

Halcyon Wheat Beer

Tallgrass Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat...$7.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
Style: Unfiltered American Wheat
ABV 5.0%
IBU 20
Interesting fact: The name of the farmer that grows our wheat is on every can: Bill Mai
Halcyon (hal-see-on) is an unapologetic American-style wheat beer with a taste like the finest days of summer. Our brewery is situated on the buckle of the “wheat-belt”, so this beer means something special to us. Halcyon Unfiltered Wheat is the result of our Midwestern angst, an all-American wheat with real Kansas-grown grain in the brew.
We start with raw Kansas white wheat in the mix to give it a nice edge,but what really makes it shine is the hops. We use "hop-bursting" of Citra Hops late in the brewing process and this gives Halcyon a palate of tropical fruit flavors & aromas with a bright and refreshing taste like the best days of summer. (swimmin’ hole and inner tube sold seperately)
malt: 2-Row Barley, White Wheat, Munich
hops: Nugget, Citra

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Goose Island the Ogden Belgian Style Tripel

In stock at Forsyth and Rock Hill now

Goose Island the Ogden Belgian Style Tripel....$11.99 / 4pk
"We dry hopped our Belgian Style Tripel to balance spicy, tropical American hop flavors with a unique Belgian yeast, , giving it bold, more complex palate.

William Ogden opened Chicago's first brewery.  He was the city's first mayor.

Fresh - Fresh Squeezed

Fresh and in stock now!

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA...$9.49 / 6pk
Alc. 6.4% | IBUs 60
This mouthwateringly delicious IPA gets its flavor from a heavy helping of citra and mosaic hops. Don't worry, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.
Malt: Pale, Crystal, Munich
Hops: Nugget, Citra, Mosaic
Pairings: Crab and Roasted Red Pepper Strata
Mozzarella and Prosciutto Sandwiches with Tapenade
Capellini with Shrimp and Creamy Tomato Sauce

Lagavulin Distillers Edition

sold out

Lagavulin Distillers Edition...$89.99
Double Matured
Very limited
Distilled 1997
Bottled in 2013
Batch no. lgv. 4/502

Odell St. Lupulin

In stock now at Forsyth!
Odell St. Lupulin Extra Pale Ale....$9.99 / 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

Sierra Nevada is back at The Wine and Cheese Place

Sierra Nevada is back in stock!
All fresh at The Wine and Cheese Place now

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada Summerfest 6pks and 12pk CANS

All bottled/canned aournd April 7-10

Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA...$7.99 / 6pk bottles
Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA...$7.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
Whole hops, the whole time.
Sierra Nevada and hops go hand in hand. What began as a crazy idea scribbled in a pub eventually became our newest year-round hop bomb, Torpedo Extra IPA. The first beer to feature our “Hop Torpedo”—a revolutionary dry-hopping device that controls how much hop aroma is imparted into beer without adding additional bitterness. Torpedo Extra IPA is an aggressive yet balanced beer with massive hop aromas of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit.

Sierra Nevada Summerfest...$7.99 / 6pk
Sierra Nevada Summerefst...$14.99 / 12pk CANS 
Our Summerfest® is a refreshing, pilsner-style lager. Its incredible smoothness comes from an extra-long lagering period. Lighter in body than our ales but just as complex in character, Summerfest® quenches your thirst with big aroma and a tangy hop bite.
California State Fair (European Light Lagers: 1999)
alcohol content 5.0% by volume

Odell Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA

Odell Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA...$12.99 / 750ml
Colorado…we really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree! Tree Shaker Imperial IPA was brewed with 3,000 pounds of pureed Colorado peaches. The bright citrus hop character and subtle fruity sweetness will get your feet tapping and your taste buds dancing.

JC Cellars at great prices!

Two great wines from JC Cellars

2012 JC Cellars Smoke and Mirrors...$22.99
Refreshingly quirky, this offers ripe cherry and spicy nut bread aromas, leading to zesty dried blackberry, cracked pepper and licorice flavors that linger toward ripe tannins. Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenache, Alicante Bouschet, Petite Sirah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2018 
Rated 91/100 The Wine Spectator

2012 JC Cellars The Imposter...$19.99
The next lowest price on Wine-Searcher is $27.99This wine has never scored below 90 from either the Wine Spectator or Wine Advocate don't wait for the reviews to come out.

JC Cellars' "Impostor" never fails to please, consistently garnering high scores from the critics and praise from loyal fans. The 2012 is a blend of Zinfandel, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre, Roussanne. Tasting notes: "Broodingly dark in aromatics, flavors and appearance. Yet there is brightness to the wine, exotic in nature, with its compote of black and blue fruits. All highlighted by minerality that gives structure to a whirlwind of aromas and flavors, ranging from ground red peppercorns, lavender and bittersweet chocolate to freshly baked raspberry tarts

Monday, April 28, 2014

Efe Raki is back

Efe Turkish Raki Triple Distilled...$31.99
"Triple distilled EFE Raki, is made using 100% grape alcohol which is then distilled three times in traditional pot-stills with anis seeds.  Spring water from Bozdag mountain is used in the making of this raki to ensure its superior smoothness.  

Efe Fresh Grapes Turkish Raki...$21.99
"Produced from fresh grapes ripening under the Aegean sun, Efe Fresh Grape Raki is an indispensable taste for raki lovers with its flavor that appeals to different palates.  Efe Fresh Grape Raki, having achieved to create its own category for the first time in the sector, has been produced for those who like to try different tastes." -

Hestan Chardonnay

2009 Hestan Vineyards San Francisco Bay Chardonnay...$43.99
Hestan 2009 Chardonnay (San Francisco Bay). Hestan only makes this one white wine.Though its beginnings might seem humble, the juice in the bottle surely will change anyone’s mind. This is liquid gold in color, with deep petrol aromas and a note of toasted caramel oak.It’s superbly balanced, with minerality winning the day—especially on the finish. This wine starts out like a California blockbuster but finishes very elegantly, with finesse.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Enthusiast

94 point Cab

2010 Lewelling Cabernet Sauvignon Wight...$79.99
Richer and fuller-bodied with denser fruit and more structure is the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Wight Vineyard. Exhibiting copious quantities of black currants intermixed with notions of camphor, spring flowers and toasty oak as well as a full-bodied mouthfeel, terrific intensity and purity, a voluptuous texture, and some tannin lurking under the lavish fruit and glycerin. It can be drunk now or cellared for another 15-20 years.
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

Jayson Pahlmeyer Cabernet Sauvignon

    • inaugural release of Jayson Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Jayson Pahlmeyer Cabernet Sauvignon...$69.99
    Rancho Chimiles and Stagecoach Vineyard
Bold, mouthwatering aromas of ripe cherries, freshly cut carnation and cracked paper. The silky smooth entry evokes juicy red plums and rich Swiss chocolate, handsomely framed with notes of river stone, fennel and black tea, finishing with elegant, fine-grained tannins.The grape clusters were hand-sorted and de-stemmed, then sorted again on the way to tank. After five days of cold maceration in small open-top fermenters, the grapes began fermentation with 100% native yeast. After three weeks, the fruit was gently pressed and moved to French oak barrels (50% new) to complete primary and secondary fermentations, aged for eighteen months, and bottled unfined and unfiltered.

Brewer Clifton Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills

Brewer Clifton Pinot Noir Sta. Rita Hills....$39.99
Deep, bright-rimmed red. Vibrant raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by Asian spice and candied floral qualities. Offers sappy red berry and bitter cherry flavors that are enlivened by white pepper and rose nuances. The long, spicy finish features silky tannins, a hint of blood orange and slow-building florality. 92 points
Rated 92/100 Stephen Tanzer, International Wine Cellar

Patz and Hall Hyde Chardonnay

2011 Patz & Hall Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard...$55.99
Another exotic wine is the 2011 Chardonnay Hyde Vineyard, which seems slightly more reserved than the Dutton but builds incrementally in the mouth to a medium to full-bodied, beautiful Chardonnay with notes of poached pear, white peach, honeysuckle and mango. It is medium-bodied and very classy.
Rated 91/100 The Wine Advocate