Saturday, June 14, 2014

Gift Certificate

Time is running out!!

Cannot decide from our huge selection of wine, beer, spirits, cheese and more...

Let Dad decide....get him a Gift Certificate in any amount.
Gift Certificate valid at all four of our locations!

Tincup Colorado Whiskey

From Jess Graber,  the co-founder, of Stranahan's Colorado Whiskey - 

Tincup Colorado Whiskey...$27.99
"I began distilling in 1972, just three months after moving to Nederland, Colorado from Missouri at the age of 22....
Tincup is my take on classic American Whiskey.  I wanted to make a whiskey with a bourbon style profile, but with a more powerful and spicy flavor.  Tincup has a high rye mash bill, so it's got great spice and pepper notes, but balanced with the sweeter notes from bourbon.  It's made using Midwestern grains, aged in new American white oak barrels and cut with Rocky Mountain water.  The name is a nod to Colorado's first whiskey drinkers - the miners that came through looking for gold and drank their whiskey out of tin cups.  The cap works as a cup too -- you can us it to share with friends.  I drink it neat, with a bit of water, or an ice cube.  I hope you like it." -- Jess Graber

3 Fonteinen Golden Doesjel

2 more cases arrived

3 Fonteinen Golden Doesjel....$18.99 / 375ml
"A blend of one, two, three and four-year old lambic, fermented and matured in oak casks by wild yeasts carried on the open air.  During re-fermentation the younger yeasts have inexplicably gone dormant - knocked off early for a long snooze, you might say - which halts the fermentation, assuring that you will taste the original flavors of the lambics in their purest form.  Doesjel, in Flemish, means, roughly, "Snoozer."    This Doesjel will pour without a foamy head, exactly like unblended lambic.  Lambic is brewed from 60% barley malt, 40% unmalted wheat, hops and water.

For decades, Armand Debelder has worked as a Geuze blender - as did his father - mixing young and old lambics from other lambic brewers to create the classic beer of Belgium.  Recently, Armand has started brewing his own Lambic.  The 3 Fonteinen beers are among the very few traditional and authentic Geuzes and Lambics being made in Belgium today.

Cantillon Iris

Cantillon Iris emails have been sent out to our BRC members that qualified for a bottle.   
Today at 7pm is the you must pick up your Cantillon.  There are actually still a few people who have not picked theirs up.  
they will go to the next people on the list!

Cantillon Iris...$19.99
Iris is made in the style of lambic – fermented by wild yeasts and aged in oak wine casks at the brewery – but with a couple of big differences. First, it is made entirely from malted barley, whereas traditional lambic uses one third unmalted wheat. In addition, the brewery has used fresh Hallertau hops in the boil and for dry-hopping the Iris. (Traditional lambic calls for hops that have been aged for several years, which impart virtually no hop flavor to the finished product.)  Iris is a rare and unusual treat to thrill the connoisseur of traditional Belgian beers – absolutely, utterly unique.

Saison Dupont Dry Hopping Cuvee - Limited release

Back in stock!

Saison Dupont Cuvee Dry Hopping 2014...$9.99 / 750ml
Every year Dupont’s Master Brewer, Olivier Dedeycker, makes a special dry-hopped version of the brewery’s world famous Saison Dupont. This lets him take advantage of different hop varieties each season. For 2014, he chose the famous English hop, CHALLENGER, renowned for its balance of bittering and aromatic qualities. Importantly, they were cultivated in Belgium by the farm that supplies Olivier’s Golding hops. Using only hop flowers (no pellets, please), he added them to the late boil and dry hopped in cold maturation. The result is “a super refreshing saison with accentuated floral, spice and citrus hop notes. Cheers!”
A bit of background…The first dry-hopped edition ever to comes to the States (2013 edition 98 on RateBeer) was a huge hit. We had only about half the quantity the market could have absorbed. 

Friday, June 13, 2014

VanderGhinste Oud Bruin

In stock now!

VanderGhinste Oud Bruin...$3.99 / 11.2oz
Originally called "Ouden Tripel", this ancient West Flanders Brown beer has found a new élan as a regional specialty under its current name: "VanderGhinste Oud Bruin".

The main ingredients of our Vanderghinste Oud Bruin are malted barley, wheat, hops, water, and caramelized malts. These are used to brew a top-fermented beer.

Blending this beer with lambic beer aged in oak for 18 months results in this specific West Flanders Brown beer. Its typical flavour is characterized by a well-balanced, hardly noticeable sourness.

This first flavour impression is soon followed by a second pleasant discovery: a slight bitterness followed by a hint of sweetness.

Dark Island Reserve - new batch is here!

New batch is here!

The Orkney Brewery
Dark Island Reserve....$37.99 / 750ml

Hand bottled on November 15, 2013
Gyle 682: "This Dark Island Reserve was brewed on 24th September 2013 and enjoyed a long, cool fermentation to 10% Alc/vol .  This small yield was then matured in refill hogshead previously used to mature fine single malt whisky from the far North of Scotland.  The 3,750 bottles produced were bottled on 15th November.  Classic dark Island aromas of smooth roast malt, dark chocolate, figs and dates combine with vanilla, spice and bitter range aromas from the wood and the whiskey." -- bottle

"Dark Island Reserve - An Extraordinary Ale.The idea behind the Dark Island Reserve was to create a super-premium, unique and special beer that set new standards in Britain in quality of product and packaging. Since it’s won the packaging industry award for presentation, I think we can say we are achieving our aims.
Using our iconic Dark Island Ale, which is then matured in aged Orkney malt whisky casks for three months, gives this bottled ale a new dimension.
The markets for Dark Island Reserve are quite exclusive and shall remain so as our production is deliberately limited. Retailers, deli’s and off licenses which specialise in their field will stock this exciting new product. The bottle size of 75cl and its’ 10% alcohol by volume means this ale is designed to be savoured.
Each bottle is hand bottled and labeled with the individual Gyle number. Classic Dark Island flavours of smooth roast malt, dark chocolate, caramel, figs and dates combine with vanilla, spice and bitter orange flavours from the wood and whisky.
The front label depicts an etching of the famous Orkney Standing Stones and includes the short description – DARK ISLAND RESERVE The Extraordinary Orcadian Ale. Dark Island Reserve is a rich strong Orcadian ale. After a gentle fermentation at our brewery in Quoyloo, the beer is finished in old oak casks formerly used to mature fine malt whisky. This unhurried process creates a timeless classic full of fruit, spice, oak and roast malt flavours.
Each label is finished, as with the entire Orkney range, with the signature of Andrew Fulton our Head Brewer. If you are looking for an ale to savour or the perfect gift for a real ale fan then this is the very thing." -- website

The Botanist Gin from Bruichladdich

Finally back!
New package and a little higher in price now.

Bruichladdich THE BOTANIST GIN...$35.99


The Botanist is a gin of layered complexity. A progressive exploration of the botanical heritage of our isle of Islay.  Nine classic gin botanicals are augmented by 22 local herbs and flowers, foraged responsibly and by hand from the hills, shores and bogs of this fertile Hebridean island by our own botanical scientists.

This fascinating seasonal cocktail is then slow "simmer" distilled in our unique Lomond pot-still. Affectionately known as "Ugly Betty" by our master distiller Jim McEwan, the still prefers to work at low-pressure and won’t be rushed. So our precious botanicals are gently coaxed into releasing their complex, signature aromatics.  Following a programme of extensive modifications and experimentation Jim says he had to "learn a new dance" with the esoteric Lomond, and none of us knew what to expect from that first, achingly-slow 17 hour distillation.  The result is quicksilver: a highly distinctive, complex, floral gin with impeccable provenance; a truly artisanal, hand-crafted labour of love.

Distiller's art incarnate, The Botanist is a gin as much for the mind as the palate.

Limited - Rhetoric 20 Year Old Bourbon

Since it is Father's Day Weekend we are not taking reservations on this one.  
 It is first come, first served at the Forsyth location only.   

Perfect gift for Father's Day while supply lasts
Sold out

Rhetoric 20 Year Kentucky Straight Bourbon...$84.99
Ten steps ahead in a dance of discourse, Rhetoric candy-coats and compels with equal amounts of art. Proper, eloquent, and poetic, this Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey speaks a language to which you could listen for hours.

Each sip starts with a smoky, leathery nose that translates into vanilla oak, toasted rye, and dried fruits, and concludes with a long, full finish of cherry blossom and bitter chocolate.

An ever-changing specimen, Rhetoric is an experiment in how barrel maturation imparts a lasting impression year after year. Each new year results in an older and wiser limited release from remaining maturing stock. A conversation piece if there ever was one.

Rhetoric features notes of smoked vanilla oak, toasted rye, and dried fruits with a long, full finish of cherry blossom and bitter chocolate.

Karlovacko from Croatia

New from Croatia

Karlovacko Pivo Beer...$2.99 / pint
A favorite Croatian beer
Karlovac is a favorite lager beer with an alcoholic share of 5%, and is marked by a golden yellow color and refreshingly bitter taste. Especially at a harmonious aroma of malt and fullness of flavor, and has won many international awards among which stands out the gold medal with the competition Brewing Industry International Awards - the so-called "beer Oscar" - the 2005th
Karlovac is a favorite home brew perfect for enjoying the company of friends, and now has a new label.  Enjoy responsibly in light of Karlovac, in the company of friends. Look for it in all the shops and cafes.

Bells Two Hearted Ale in CANS

In stock at Forsyth now.  This first batch will be limited.  More is supposed to hit in a few weeks.

Canned 5/29

Bells Two Hearted Ale...$7.99 / 4pk of 16oz CANS
Two Hearted Ale is defined by its intense hop aroma and malt balance. Hopped exclusively with the Centennial hop varietal from the Pacific Northwest, massive additions in the kettle and again in the fermenter lend their characteristic grapefruit and pine resin aromas. A significant malt body balances this hop presence; together with the signature fruity aromas of Bell's house yeast, this leads to a remarkably drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.

Special Father's Day Weekend Tasting: Caymus / Silver Oak / Jordan

Grab some wine for a Father's Day gift!

Yes, we can gift wrap your bottles at no extra charge!

Special Father's Day Weekend Tasting

June 14, from 11am-2pm or the bottles run out, whichever comes first.

The Wine and Cheese Place 7435 Forysth Blvd, Clayton MO

Come celebrate Dad with an amazing line-up from Caymus Vineyards,The Wagner Family, Silver Oak and Jordan wines. 

Marking their 40th Vintage of Caymus Vineyards Cabernet the 2012 Caymus is a benchmark wine from a benchmark vintage, stop by Saturday June 14th and give it a try.

Wines to be tasted:

2009 Silver Oak Napa Valley Cabernet
2009 Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon
2011 Carne Humana Napa Valley Red...$31.99
2012 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 40th Anniversary...$59.99
2011 Caymus Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon...$59.99
2011 Caymus Special Selection Cabernet Sauvignon...$119.99
2012 Conundrum White...$19.99
2012 Conundrum Red...$19.99

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Crooked Stave

We received very tiny amount of these two 100% Bretanomyces
Crooked Stave St. Bretta Wildbier Spring
Crooke Stave St. Bretta Citrus Wildbier Winter 
I will print the report tomorrow and use the BRC sales to allocate these two out

These are in stock now at Forsyth and online now

Crooked Stave Surette Provision...$8.99 / 375ml 

"Artisan Ale aged in oak barrels.  Surette is a provision Saison with a tart and vinous character from extended barrel aging." - label 
Rated 98/100 on RateBeer

Crooked Stave Vieille Artisanal...$8.99 / 375ml
"Artisan Ale aged in oak barrels.  Vieille meaning "Old" is an artisan barrel-aged Saison, lightly dry hopped" -- label
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Mikkeller French Oak Series

Back in stock now!

French Oak Barrel Series – same beer aged in 6 different oak treatments

Come with Mikkeller on this amazing and exhilarating ride through the French forests. This Barley wine is Barrel Aged in six different barrels. Three different types of French oak are used, and each variant is light and medium roasted.

Mikkeller Forét de Tronçais - Light Toasted...$9.99 / 375m

lMikkeller Forét de Tronçais - Medium Toasted...$9.99 / 375ml
Mikkeller Forét du centre - Light Toasted...$9.99 / 375ml
Mikkeller Forét du centre - Medium Toasted...$9.99 / 375ml
Mikkeller Forét Limousine - Light Toasted...$9.99 / 375ml
Mikkeller Forét Limousine - Medium Toasted...$9.99 / 375ml

Barrel Aged in French Oak Barrels
ABV: 19.3 %

Mikkeller Show Me Cuvee

A beer for Missouri only!

Thanks to Mikkel of Mikkeller!

Mikkeller Show Me Cuvee...$13.99 / 750ml
As many of you know, Shelton Brothers was not available in Missouri for about 3 years.  Upon their return, they asked brewer extraordinaire, Mikkel of Mikkeller, to brew a beer for Missouri to announce their return.   Well, we are lucky that he said yes.  This is a special brew, brewed only for Missouri and it has finally arrived at The Wine and Cheese Place!

"A Quad / Lambic" Blend
It's a combination of Monk's Brew and their lambic-style beer base for the Spontan series.

"The beer is a blend of an Abbey style and Spontan lambic. We had done a blend of saison and spontan for a special winter release (winbic) and I wanted something tending toward sour for this beer...but did not want the price of 100% spontan....hence Show Me Cuvee." -- Mikkel

Maurin Quina Liqueur

Maurin Quina Liqueur...$35.99
An Italian born artist later created the infamous icon of the green devil as the label for Maurin Quina.
Created in 1884 by Mr. Auguste Maurin in Le Puy. A sweet white wine fortified with an infusion of wild cherries and quinine in a neutral grape spirit, with measured amounts of cherry brandy, lemon and cherry juice added.  Production stopped in 1906 and only has been recently introduced.

Delicate red hue, the subtle wine background elevates an array of tamed wild cherry flavor with light lemon and almond notes.

info from the importer

Quina and Quinine
Blanco tequila combines with cherry-marzipan notes of the Maurin Quina for this light and refreshing tall sipper from Los Angeles bartender, D. “Max” Maxey.

1 3/4 oz. blanco tequila
1 oz. Maurin Quina
1/2 oz. agave syrup
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
Tonic water
Ice cubes
Tools: shaker, strainer
Glass: Collins
Garnish: lemon horse-neck peel

Combine all ingredients, except the tonic water, and shake with ice. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass, top with tonic water and garnish.

Mikkeller 1000 IBU

Back in stock!

Mikkeller 1000 IPA.....$13.99 / 375ml
new look and name...

Cannot find out if anything is different, but this is the old label and info.

Rated 99/100 RateBeer
"Even though this beer has been called the hoppiest in the world numerous times and even though it was debated vigorously on beer blogs prior to its release date around the world, the story about the IBU 1000 cannot be told properly without the information that Mikkellers intention was never solely to brew a beer with an extremely high IBU. The purpose of this project was to brew a beer with an impressive IBU that at the same time was relatively easy to drink. And that is exactly what Mikkeller has done with this beer.
Because – believe it or not – this beer is actually very well balanced. Residual sweetness contrasts nicely with the bitterness from hop and the result is a beer, that is much easier to drink than what you would assume.

The name IBU 1000 refers to the theoretical IBU of this beer. There are physical limits to how much bitterness beer can soak up. For the benefit of those especially interested in the process of brewing we can tell you that 6½ kilogram of alpha-acid extract was used og 10 kilograms of simcoe-pellets per 1000 liters beer! This means that ”easy to drink” is only for the hardcore hopheads...." -- Mikkeller's Website

Budweiser World Cup!

Budweiser World Cup Bottle

In stock now at our Ballwin location only

2012 Caymus Vineyards 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon


Robert Parker has not rated it yet, but it is coming -- check out this quote from him...
"I loved the 40th anniversary cuvee of 2012 Caymus-special wine and very much in keeping with the vintage's character of showy opulence and beaucoup fruit!" -- Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate
The Wine Advocate already rated the 2012 Napa Vintage as a whole 96 points!

2012 Caymus Vineyards 40th Anniversary Cabernet Sauvignon...$54.99
Caymus Cabernet is one of the icon wines of California. The 2012 represents their 40th year. We are offering this new vintage at an amazing price. The wine is scheduled to arrive at the beginning of June. 2012 is going to be an amazing vintage for Cabernet in California, so you will want to add this one to your cellar. Reserve it now. We have 56 cases confirmed. Order now!

2nd Shift releases

2nd Shift Brewing Katy...$8.49 
Don't know what to call it besides a Brett Beer. This one gets aged for 3 months in oak barrels with Brettanomyces Lambicus, a cool yeast that gives this beer a wonderfully pretty aroma and flavor that everyone better like or else I'll look you up and teach you a lesson.
5.4% ABV

This one we sold out through our "BRC" or BREWard as some have been calling it.

If you are a member of the BRC, you should have gotten your first email.  If you did not receive the email.  Either you did not give us one or it was wrong.  If you did not receive the "BRC" email - email with the heading "BRC email"

2nd Shift The Bridge Green Bird Gose...$6.99 / 750ml
So a Gose (say GO-SUH) is a German style of beer that is a little salty and coriandery.
Very easy drinkin and quaffable.
4.5% abv

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

2012 Bella's Garden scores 95 points

2012 Two Hands Bella's Garden Shiraz...$61.99
Utterly seamless, focused, powerful and elegant, layered with cherry, boysenberry and red plum fruit, revealing glints of coffee, jasmine and cardamom that add extra nuances. Delivers complexity without extra weight. The finish won't quit. Drink now through 2022
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator

On sale now - Perrin Gigondas with 92 points

2010 Familie Perrin Gigondas La Gille...$23.99 
Compare to the lowest price on Wine-Searcher : $29.99

Juicy and well-built, with a solid core of black and red currant fruit wrapped with anise, graphite and smoldering black tea leaf hints. Nicely packed, but stays racy through the finish. Rock-solid. Drink now through 2020
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Courvoisier 21 Year Old Cognac Grande Champagne

Great gift for Father's Day!

Courvoisier 21 Year Old Cognac Grande Champagne...$179.99
"21 years old is not only the coming of age for many young adults but also for connoisseurs who want to enjoy a perfect grande champagne."  Patrice Pinet, Master Blender

As befitting our innovative nature, the Courvoisier Connoisseur Collection are the first releases from one of the major cognac houses to be graded by an age declaration, like whisky, rather than the more conventional grading of cognac, like VS, VSOP and XO.

Courvoisier 21 Year Old features unique and extraordinary cognac not less than 21 years old, allowing the maturing cognac to blossom and achieve its full aroma and flavour potential.

This cognac contains the finest eaux-de-vie from the Grande Champagne cru, the most exclusive in the Cognac region, that have been aged in our warehouses for over two decades in hand selected Tronçais oak barrels. 21 years is the perfect time for these specific eaux-de-vie to develop their full richness and heightened aromatic style.

On the nose, the first notes are dried hazelnut, dried apricots and figs, followed slowly by notes of cocoa, honey and smooth spices like white pepper and coriander. The finish brings subtle notes of leather and fine cigar.

On the palate, the aromatic notes deepen into candied orange and gingerbread, leading to a smooth and voluptuous finish with exquisite depth that seems to go on forever.

Old Weller Antique 107 Proof

This bourbon is getting tougher and tougher to get.  Get it while it is here!  We have not seen any over 7 months.   

The Wine and Cheese Place along with some of our regular Bourbon buyers picked out our own barrel Old Weller Bourbons Antique 107 proof

TWCP / Old Weller Antique 107 Proof Bourbon...$24.99 / 750ml
Volume II (our second barrel of Old Weller Antique)
Only 192 bottles produced.
Barrel ID# 07-A-10-P-5-20
Barrel #057
Lot # 4917
Bottled 5/5/2014

A wheated bourbon with a full-bodied flavor and a balanced palette. Old Weller Antique is bottled at 107 proof, offering a complex taste and bold finish. It’s certainly a recognizable member of the Weller label, with its own unique characteristics to compliment the high proof.
Sweet and unusual floral notes and coupled with vanilla. The taste is very well balanced with sweet fruit notes, strong vanilla undertone and sharp spicy tones, with a cinnamon finish.