Saturday, May 31, 2014

Side Project name the beer contest!

Cannot keep it a secret anymore.
You get to name the first two beers from the Side Project collaboration with The Wine and Cheese Place barrels.  We cannot thank Cory enough for doing this!

Start thinking!!!!

Stay tuned for details soon!

There will be incredible Side Project prizes for the winners!

Very rare rums....

2000 Duncan Taylor Single Cask Mount Gay Rum...$94.99

12 year Old Single Cask Rum
Cask No. 15
Only 280 bottles produced
ABV: 53.7%
Duncan Taylor, the award winning Independent bottler, is proud to bring you the Duncan Taylor Caribbean Rum Blend. This authentic blend is created from casks, specially selected by the Duncan Taylor tasting panel, which create a classic, bold flavourable rum.
Barbados Rum:  Mount Gay Rum Distillery (POT):
Settlers had been putting stills to use as early as 1667 on the Mount Gay Plantation. Lt. William Gay bought the St. Lucy estate in 1663 and in 1703 regular distillation began on the site. This expression of Mount Gay Rum is a pot still distillation of local molasses – giving a heavier rum with more flavour – which has then been aged in oak barrels.

1986 Duncan Taylor Single Cask West Indies Rum...$144.99
25 Year Old Single Cask Rum
Cask No. 16
Only 244 bottles produced
ABV: 52.7%
Duncan Taylor, the award winning Independent bottler, is proud to bring you the Duncan Taylor Caribbean Rum Blend. This authentic blend is created from casks, specially selected by the Duncan Taylor tasting panel, which create a classic, bold flavourable rum.

1991 Duncan Taylor Single Cask Trinidad Rum...$109.99
20 Year Old Single Cask Rum
Cask No. 2467
Only 298 bottles produced
ABV: 54.8%
Duncan Taylor, the award winning Independent bottler, is proud to bring you the Duncan Taylor Caribbean Rum Blend. This authentic blend is created from casks, specially selected by the Duncan Taylor tasting panel, which create a classic, bold flavourable rum.

Tullibardine Single Malt Scotch

Tullibardine Single Malt Scotch Sovereign...$42.99
Having been matured in first fill Bourbon barrels, this is a lovely, balanced whisky. It exhibits barley, pear drops and creamy chocolate notes, which develop on the palate with a lingering finish.

Tullabardine Single Malt Scotch 225 Sauternes Finish...$51.99
For about 12 months, Tullibardine Sovereign has been finished off in Chateau Suduiraut Sauternes Casks, which are 225 litres in size. This creates a wonderful golden whisky with interesting citrus flavour, cereal notes and vanilla. There is a touch of pineapple and orange peel on the finish, which is medium to long.

95/100 Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2014
Tullibardine Single Malt Scotch 228 Burgundy Finish...$51.99
For about 12 months, Tullibardine Sovereign has been finished off in Chateau de Chassagne Montrachet Red Burgundy Casks, which are 228 litres in size. This creates a delightful ruby colour to this whisky with vanilla, light chocolate flavours, a creamy richness and hints of red summer fruit.

Tullibardine Single Malt Scotch 500 Sherry Finish....$51.99
For about 12 months, Tullibardine Sovereign has been finished off in Sherry Butts, which are 500 litres in size. This has created an intense, dark, rich brown whisky. There are hints of toffee and apples with an edge of cereal notes. On the palate, vanilla and toffee abound with dates and spice.

New Cans from Six Row

If you made it to our TWCP 8th Annual Beer Fest this year, 
you got a chance to taste them already!

Six Row Whale...$7.99 / 4pk 16oz CANS
Six Row Whale® is a blend of ten different malt varieties giving this very drinkable beer the characteristics of both a wheat and pale ale. We coined the name to highlight the the hybrid nature of this beer and wide range of flavors. The pronounced hop aroma balances the bready softness of the wheat and pale ale malt. No whales were harmed in the making of this small batch, hand-crafted ale.

Six Row Sunshine Slow Down Session Ale...$7.99 / 4pk 16oz CANS
Modeled after a traditional American style Cream Ale, the Sunshine Slowdown is an easy drinking, lager-like Ale. Originally produced by ale breweries prior to Prohibition to compete with lagers of the time, it mimics the crisp, slightly fruity character of an American lager. Brewed with traditional ingredients including corn and American hops, grainy and floral flavors dominate the palate of this ale.
5.0% Alc. by Vol.
Bitterness Units: 19 IBU

Six Row Arch Nemesis Midnight Black IPA...$9.49 / 4pk 16oz CANS
Part one of our Arch Nemesis Series of specialty beer releases,Midnight is a bold yet quenching Imperial Black India Pale Ale also serves to celebrate our 4 year anniversary beer. This dark and devouring ale is made with a touch of darkly roasted malt to give it the distinctive ebony color. The rich malt base is then bombarded bountiful amounts of Chinook and Cascade hops lending bitterness along with citrus flavor and aroma. Although tempting, be patient and let this ale warm in the glass a little to really let the layers of flavor unfold.
9.0% Alc. by Vol.
Bitterness Units: 80 IBU

Friday, May 30, 2014

Jolly Pumpkin and Anchorage!

Jolly Pumpkin Collab with Anchorage...$11.99 / 750ml
Calabaza Boreal

Ale brewed with grapefruit pel, juice and peppercorns
He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you. -Nietzche

When introspection fails, it’s time to look outward for inspiration, perhaps Northward! One of the people who inspired me this past year is my friend Gabe Fletcher, of Anchorage Brewing Co. We brewed this beer together. I hope it inspires you. Northward!

Warm regards,

Prairie Ales Bomb! and Bible Belt

Remember, you have 7 days to pick up!  Thanks!

going to stop reservations now to confirm and see what is left.  Will post an update
Limit 4 bottles per person
No wax this time
Prairie Artisan Ales BOMB!...$7.99 / 12oz
Imperial Stout aged on Coffee, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans, and Chili Peppers
Bomb! is an imperial stout aged on espresso beans, chocolate, vanilla beans, and ancho chile peppers. All the flavors meld to create a truly unique beer. The peppers add just the right amount of heat to compliment the intense coffee and chocolate flavors.

This one might be sold out, will have to check after confirmations
Prairie Artisan Ales / Evil Twin Bible Belt...$7.99 / 12oz bottle
Imperial Stout aged on Coffee, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla Beans & Chili Peppers
Let’s face it – we love big, flavorful stouts. As luck would have it, our friend Jeppe at Evil Twin Brewing feels the same way. We decided to brew a beer together that took elements from our favorite stouts we each produce to come together as one beer. Bible Belt takes elements we love from Prairie Bomb! and combines them with Evil Twin Brewing’s world famous stout, Even More Jesus. The end result is a smoky, spicy stout that is sure to please the pallet.
ABV: 13%


Odell Foot Print - 2014 Version!

Odell Foot Print....$15.99 / 750ml
There are ELEVEN states that make up what we call our ‘distribution footprint.’ Each state made a unique contribution to FOOTPRINT. This artful ale is our tribute to these states in which our beer is available. The result is a crafty collective of regional flavors:
  • Colorado - Hops & Barley
  • Arizona - Prickly Pear
  • Idaho - Barley & Hops
  • Kansas - Wheat
  • Minnesota - Wild Rice
  • Missouri - Oak Barrels
  • Nebraska - Corn
  • New Mexico – Green Chilis
  • S. Dakota – Barley & Honey
  • Wyoming - Wheat
  • Texas - Grapefruit
9.5%Alc. by Vol.

Wine Education: Carignan

Wine Tasting at all FOUR locations

Taste La Font de L'Oliver Carignan VV Cotes de Thongue at all four of our locations 
this Saturday, May 31 from 11am-4pm. 
(each store will also have other wines out to taste)

A little more education: We are going to try to feature either a grape, a wine region, or something educational about wine each week at our stores. We will give you some background information and feature a wine(s) that highlights what we are featuring. We will taste that wine on Saturday at all four of our locations. We will post it here in our blog and send it out in our emails - click here to sign up for our emails

I have started a new label "Education" that you can hit to read all the education articles (see the right column under the heading "labels".

GRAPE: Carignan

Carignan:  (Cariñena in Spain) is a black-skinned wine grape variety, most likely native to the Aragon region of northern Spain (specifically the town of Carinena). The variety goes by a number of distinct names, depending on its precise locality. The most famous wines in which Carignan plays a role are those from Rioja, where it is known as Mazuelo.   In France Carignan was the most-planted grape variety from the 1960s-2000. Around three-quarters of France’s Carignan is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. Carignan is only rarely made as a varietal wine, but the best examples can show characteristics of dark and black fruits, pepper, licorice, and spicy and savory accents.

Come taste a fantastic example of Carignan this Saturday:

2010 La Font de L'Oliver Carignan VV Cotes de Thongue...$17.99
The grapes are all manually harvested, de-stemmed and crushed, and then allowed a long cool maceration. The Carignan vines used to make this wine are a minimum of 75 years old, with average yields of 30 hl/ha. Amazingly Bruno’s oldest vines are over 130 years old. This wine is aged exclusively in tank, and spends no time in oak.
Tasting Notes: The La Font de l'Olivier Carignan is a classic example of the grape variety. In the nose exotic sandalwood, white pepper, and garrigue spices mingle with briary fruit aromas. The spice follows through to the mouth, complimented by black raspberry, plum, and coco notes. . Ultimately, silky ripe tannins fill out the very long finish. Though this is a concentrated wine, it does not lack in elegance.

WOW - Wine of the Week

WOW - Wine Of the Week
Come taste the WOW each Saturday at all FOUR of our locations.
There will be a special price that day only for the wine of the week. Check the store that day for the sale price.
Wine of the Week : Chateau du Donjon Minervois
Come taste it all four locations on Saturday May 31 - from 11am-4pm

"This rock solid Minervois estate consistently produces well-made, classically styled wines that represent solid values." -- The Wine Advocate 
2011 Château du Donjon Grande Tradition Minervois...$15.99
60% Grenache, 30% Syrah and 10% Carignan

Situated in Minervois, one of the oldest wine-producing areas in the Languedoc, Château du Donjon has been in the Panis family for 500 years. Jean Panis took the reigns from his father, Guy, in 1996 and has taken the estate to new heights, with the historic 1998 vintage marking the beginning of a golden era that continues to this day.
Tasting Notes: Donjon’s Flagship bottling. Powerful primary aromas of ripe black fruit and hints of strawberry/raspberry. Very dense on the palate, with black fruit and red cherry flavors. Firm, structured and exceptionally rich.   Excellent with strong cheeses, grilled meats/vegetables, or rich poultry dishes such as duck.

90 point Chablis

2012 Chirsitan Moreau Chablis...$23.99
Bottled a few weeks before my June tasting, the generic Moreau 2012 Chablis displays tart-edged but succulent apple, white peach and white currant wreathed in wintergreen, its tartness harnessed to juicy refreshment and displaying an unmistakable if subtle expression of salt, stone and iodine characteristic of its genre. The sense of lift – even at nearly 13% alcohol, a figure typical for the Moreaus’ vintage collection, but on the high side for wines of this vintage – delightfully complements the cooling, downright thirst-quenching character of this fine value and remarkably eloquent exemplar of its modest appellation. Enjoy through 2015.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Asbach Uralt Brandy is back!!!

Finally back in stock at The Wine and Cheese Place

Asbach Uralt Fine Old Brandy 3 Year Old...$26.99 /750ml
40% ABV
 "Asbach is a fine and noble distillate.  Through traditional distillation, careful storage for at least 3 years in Limousin-oak casks and the secret Asbach maturing and refining process, Asbach Original aged 3 years aquires its unique and distinctive taste.

Asbach Privatbrand Fine Old Brandy 8 Year Old....$41.99 / 750ml
40% ABV
"As long ago as 1908, the company founder Hugo Asbach created the unmistakable Asbach Privatbrand - initially, strictly limited and exclusively for family and friends.  Asbach PrivatBrand has been matured for at least 8 years in small Limousin oak barrels and is ennobled by the secret Asbach maturing and refining process.  Asbach Privatbrand owes its unique and incomparably smooth taste to the distillation of selected wines only from the best wine -growing areas.

Pence Winery - very small production

"This is a new estate (2010 was their first release and they have additional plantings of Chardonnay just now coming online) and they’re one to keep on your radar." - The Wine Advocate

We are excited to find this great up and coming new Pinot Noir star from California.  This is only their second vintage but it is an impressive line up.  

2011 Pence Ranch Pinot Noir Estate....$29.99
This is our main Estate wine which represents the essence of Pence Ranch, with grapes sourced from each block of our vineyard all of which are on rich clay soils. It is blended as an approachable, friendly wine and intended to over-deliver at a reasonable price. At the
same time, the Estate Pinot Noir retains the seriousness of its underlying terroir, with great depth and character. As our flagship wine, it represents our best effort to capture all the distinct flavors from the various clones and climats available to our winemaker and meld them
into one delicious blend. It is enjoyable now, but will certainly age. Fermented as 20% whole-cluster. 14.2% alcohol. 515 cases produced.

2011 Pence Ranch Vineyards Pinot Noir Uplands...$39.99
Uplands is from three specific blocks at our highest elevations and is planted on calcareous rock and clay. The row orientations are north/south; however the sun aspects and slopes vary considerably because of its pinnacle location with 360˚ of exposure. This micro-site within the vineyard is also far more wind protected than the west blocks, resulting in a subtle, nuanced wine with distinct minerality emanating from the calcareous soils. It is a deeper, more focused effort designed for aging. Fermented as 20% whole-cluster. 72 cases produced.

2011 Pence Ranch Vineyards And Winery Pinot Noir Westslope...$49.99
Westslope is blended from our steepest, oldest and most wind exposed blocks that require rigorous and intensive farming practices because it is such a challenging environment. Our steel vine posts in fact are breaking in half due to the force of the winds. Fortunately, these west-facing blocks posses rich clay soils, providing superior hydration capacity and nutrients. This dichotomy of stress and support creates a perfect environment for growing grapes of profundity and pure expression, and creates a very unique terroir expression. With its intense, concentrated fruit and tannins, the Westslope is destined to age gracefully, yet its lushness encourages early consumption. Fermented as 20% whole-cluster. 71 cases produced.

The next Beer Table beer....

Evil Twin Brewing Beer Table Beer...$9.99 / 22oz
"One of the beauties of beer and brewing is that the best beer in the world and the worst beer in the world are made from (pretty much) the same ingredients.  It's all about having passion and focus on details -- this easy drinkable all brett fermented beer is brewed with my favorite hop variety, Simcoe.  So simple, yet so complex. Enjoy!
Jeppe Jarint Bjerso
Beer King/Founder, Evil Twin Brewing

I conceived of Beer Table Table Beer as a way to engage brewers in a converstion about their process and consumption.  I ask each brewer to brew the one beer that they believe they could drink every day for the rest of their life.  
Justin Philips
founder, Beer Table

Deschutes Twilight Ale

In stock now at Forsyth!

Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale....$7.99 / 6pk
"A lighter, yet full-flavored, aromatic Ale for the long days of summer. Twilight’s solid malt foundation pairs with distinctive Amarillo hops for flavors every bit as intriguing as bigger, heavier ales. A back porch, lingering sunset wonder."

Malt: NW Pale, Carastan, Carapils
Hops: Northern Brewer, Amarillo, Cascade, Tettnang, Brambling Cross

2nd Shift Fresh Releases

In stock now - fresh bottled between May 22-26

New label designs by Kyle A. Scarborough

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

New version you tasted at our Beer Fest - a little more tart
2nd Shift Hibiscus Wit....$6.49 / 750ml
Hibiscus's all over the place. 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 Art of Neurosis IPA....$7.49 / 750ml
AON is an Ipa that has everything you could want in one, if what you want is a hop sandwich. It's a 7.7% Simcoe and Columbus delight.
67 IBU

Prairie Artisan Limited Ales -

We should see more of both of these beers tomorrow!
Friday - May 30 - watch our blog / twitter / facebook tomorrow

Prairie Artisan Ales BOMB!
Prairie Artisan Ales / Evil Twin Bible Belt

Photo: New Bomb! Lands in OK tomorrow. Shipments will also be going to TX, AR, MO, and CA.

Nikka Whisky Tasting

Japanese Whisky Tasting!

Nikka Whisky Tasting
Thursday, May 29 from 7pm-8:30pm
$25 per person

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

We have 4 spots left for TONIGHT! Order your tickets now.  Limited to 23 people.
Sit down event, reservations are required.  
Call 314.727.8788 or order online

Taste all 5 Nikka Scotches below with Aaron from The Wine and Cheese Place
Including the very rare 17 and 21 Year old

Nikka Coffey Grain Whisky...$59.99
"This grain whisky is distilled in a "Coffey Still", which is a very traditional and rare patent still Nikka imported from Scotland in 1963. The Coffey still produces a complex whisky with a mellow and sweet taste originating from the grain itself. Please enjoy the uniqueness of this whisky which Nikka offers to the connoisseurs.
NOSE: Notes of tropical fruits, coconut and banana.
PALATE: A rich, soft, sweet flavor with a hint of vanilla wafer.
FINISH: A delicate finish with a touch of honeyed citrus.
VARIETY: Single Grain

Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 12 Year Old...$59.99
Made from the combination of the two distilleries of Yoichi and Miyagikyo, this whisky was the pride of its creator Mastaka Taketsuru, founder of Nikka and father of Japanese whisky.
NOSE:  Very well balanced with gentle peat and pleasing malty aroma.
PALATE:  Round, pleasant taste with good structure. Rich palate derived from careful aging in hand selected casks.
FINISH:  Long smooth finish with a touch of fruit and spice.
VARIETY:  Pure Malt

Nikka Yoichi Single Malt 15 Year Old...$109.99
The Yoichi Single Malt, made in the Yoichi Distillery, conveys strength, softness and delicacy. This single malt whisky is stored and matured for 15 years or more, is characterized by its mature and ample nose and smooth, silky palate.
About the Distillery- YOICHI:
The Yoichi Distillery is located 50 kilometers west of Sapporo on the island of Hokkaido. It combines tradition with an aesthetic that only the Japanese can achieve.   Yoichi has an underground water source that is filtered through peat; the best water there is for whisky production. It has its own kiln topped with traditional pagoda-shaped chimneys. The pot stills are still heated by naked flame, a traditional method that has been abandoned by most of the Scottish distilleries.   The Yoichi distillery is located just one kilometer from the sea contributing to the complex character of this whisky, with its salty and slightly medicinal notes.
VARIETY:  Single Malt Whisk(e)y
Rated 94/00 The Wine Enthusiast
Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 17 Year Old...$124.99
Made from the combination of the two distilleries of Yoichi and Miyagikyo, this whisky was the pride of its creator Mastaka Taketsuru, founder of Nikka and father of Japanese whisky.
NOSE:  Spicy yet delicately balanced evolving to a malty aroma.
PALATE:  A mature, full body with notes of toffee and hazelnuts.
FINISH:  A long soft finish with a touch of smoke.
VARIETY:  Pure Malt


Nikka Taketsuru Pure Malt 21 Year Old...$149.99
Made from the combination of the two distilleries of Yoichi and Miyagikyo, this whisky was the pride of its creator Mastaka Taketsuru, founder of Nikka and father of Japanese whisky. This pure malt whisky is characterized by a deep and flavorful richness and excellent balance unique to whisky matured for 21 years. You're sure to enjoy the nose, which blends the richness of ripe fruit with the elegance of the aged cask, and the complex changes in character that appear as the finish approaches.
NOSE:  Gentle peat with notes of rich dried fruits.
PALATE:  A luscious balance of baking spices, vanilla, ripe pears and citrus notes.
FINISH: Extremely rich and long.
VARIETY:  Pure Malt

World's Best Pure Malt Whisky
Taketsuru 21 Years Old Pure Malt received the highest honor, a "World's Best" award, at the World Whiskies Awards international whisky contest hosted by Paragraph Publishing Ltd., publishers of British specialty magazine Whisky Magazine. Taketsuru 21 Years Old Pure Malt was selected from among other winners that had gone through first- and second-round tastings to be chosen as "Best" winners, and was further honored with the ultimate "World's Best" award recognizing only the very finest products (one each for six categories).

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wood Hat Spirits from Missouri

Wood Hat Distilling!

Meet Gary Hinegardner 
owner and master distiller of Wood Hat Spirits
this Friday, May 30th, from 4-6pm at our Forsyth location and taste Wood Hat Spirits

Wood Hat Bourbon Whiskey Rubenesque...$36.99 / 750ml

We diligently control every step of the process to produce a full-bodied flavor.  By keeping the grains whole all the way to the end, a bigger robust flavor was created. It did not need much oak to finish it off.  Then, by selecting 3 year old, air-dried wood for the barrels, the flavor blossomed without the tannic bite ‒ a process only possible with a small batch, pot distilled, single barrel, field-to-glass creation. Aged 4 months.

Gary Hinegardner


Wood Hat Whiskey Blue Corn...$29.99 / 750ml
"We make our quality whiskey with blue corn because its unique characteristics impart a sweet, nutty flavor unlike any other.  Enjoy our blue corn Whiskey neat, on the rocks, or with your favorite mixer.  We encourage you to try it without  added flavors first, so you can taste the full blue corn experience.

Wood Hat Whiskey Blue Corn Aged...$29.99 / 750ml
"Humans have made food from this corn for centuries and have selected it for their own tastes rather than high yields for livestock.  Although costly, its unique characteristics impart a sweet, nutty flavor unlike any other.  To age this whiskey, we selected white oak staves that were aged outside for three years to make our barrels.  Finally, we toasted the barrel rather than char it to bring out the more subtle flavors of the aok.  The result is a quality whiskey with a uniquely complex flavor" 
Gary Hinegardner

Wood Hat Berry Berry Cordial...$19.99 / 375ml
Wood Hat’s Berry Berry Cordial is produced locally, from field to glass.  Our hand-crafted artisan cordial captures the essence of locally grown blackberries. The corn and wheat are also grown and ground locally, all natural and untreated. We ferment and distill our products with the utmost care.  Hand-crafting a unique cordial is like turning a hat out of wood, it is what you carve away that gives it shape. Although costly, we keep only the very best.

Gary Hinegardner


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Great Burgundy of Faiveley

2011 Faiveley Nuits St. Georges Les Damodes....$94.99
A spicy, fresh and mildly exotic nose of tea, wild red berries and plenty of pungent earth gives way to more obvious mineral-inflected flavors that possess a taut muscularity on the balanced, understated and attractively persistent finish. Even with the muscle, this is essentially a wine of finesse as the supporting tannins are really quite fine. 
Rated 90-92/100 Burghound
Rated 91/100 Stephen Tanzer

2011 Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin Come Aux Moines...$88.99 
A spicy, fresh and mildly exotic nose of tea, wild red berries and plenty of pungent earth gives way to more obvious mineral-inflected flavors that possess a taut muscularity on the balanced, understated and attractively persistent finish. Even with the muscle, this is essentially a wine of finesse as the supporting tannins are really quite fine. 
Rated 90-92/100 Burghound
Rated 91-94/100 Stephen Tanzer

2010 Faiveley Chambolle Musigny...$84.99
Smooth and rich, this generous selection is full of ripe fruit and balanced tannins. It shows the elegant side of village wines. With delicious acidity on the finish, this wine can be consumed soon, although it will also age well for several years. 
Rated 90/100 Wine Enthusiast