Saturday, July 26, 2014

Guigal Ex Voto Ermitage - rare release

2010 Guigal Ermitage Ex Voto Rouge...$579.99
Most likely just as good, with additional freshness and focus, the 2010 Ermitage Ex-Voto offers up an incredibly pure, fresh and nuanced bouquet of creme de cassis, licorice, crushed stone and spring flowers that flows to a full-bodied, detailed and yet gorgeously rich and textured palate. A serious barrel sample, with massive mid-palate depth and concentration, this beauty will require patience, yet should have an easy 3-4 decades of longevity.
Rated 96-99/100 The Wine Advocate

Guigal St. Joseph

2011 Guigal Saint Joseph Lieu Dit Rouge...$66.99
The 2011 Saint-Joseph, which comes all from the southern part of the appellation, is 100% Syrah that’s aged all in 2-year-old barrels. Classy all around, with notions of smoked blackberries, hung game, pepper and chocolate, it is complex and nuanced with a seamless, beautifully textured profile on the palate. Most likely an outstanding effort, it has loads of Northern Rhone character and should have a decade of longevity.
Rated 89-91/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Guigal Saint Joseph Lieu Dit Blanc...$66.99
Even better and one thrilling white, the 2012 Saint Joseph Lieu-Dit Blanc, which comes from the vineyard that gave the appellation its name, is a smoking blend of 93% Marsanne and 7% Roussanne that’s brought up all in new oak barrels. Rich, textured and full-bodied, it oozes notions of caramelized peaches, toast, cream and brioche. It’s knockout stuff and should drink nicely for over a decade (although I’d drink it over the coming couple of years).
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 Guigal Saint Joseph Vinges de l'Hospice...$129.99
In keeping with my feeling that what was achieved in St.-Joseph in 2011 may equal the finest of 2010 is Guigal’s 2011 St.-Joseph Vignes de l’Hospice. Stunningly rich with lots of licorice, smoke, earth, camphor and incense characteristics, this full-bodied wine possesses abundant fruit on the front end and mid-palate as well as a soft, luxurious finish. It is a totally seductive wine that I could have happily drunk from barrel.
Rated 92-94/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2010 Guigal Cote Rotie Single Vineyards - potentially 3 perfect wines

These 3 could potentially all be perfect 100 point wines!
We got in 6 bottles of each, only 3 of each left.

2010 Guigal Cote Rotie La Landonne...$579.99
"...the 2010 Cote Rotie La Landonne is a more fresh, pure and focused example of the 2009. While it doesn’t have the over the top exuberance of the prior vintage, it offers incredibly pure, detailed and classic aromas and flavors of black pepper, currants, blackberry, mineral and smoked bacon fat. Full-bodied, layered and deeply concentrated, yet also graceful and seamless, this knockout effort should require a decade to come around and have 3-4 decades of longevity."
Rated 98-100/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline...$579.99
the 2010 Cote Rotie La Mouline is certainly in the same league. More fresh and focused, with heavenly black raspberry, wild flower, underbrush, crushed rock-like minerality and hints of vanilla, it flows onto the palate with a seamless, pure silk texture that carries awesome concentration, ultra-fine tannin and incredible length. It will need more cellar time than the 2009, and have 2-3 decades of prime drinking.
Rated 98-100/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Guigal Cote Rotie La Turque...$579.99
More fresh and pure, with knockout aromas and flavors of pepper, cassis, spice-box, coffee bean and edgy minerality, the 2010 Cote Rotie La Turque possesses spectacular purity, full-bodied power and a massive finish. Despite the slightly burly profile here, it stays seamless and elegant on the palate, with the overall purity, freshness and concentration of the vintage. Like the 2009, this blend of 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier should start to shine around age 10 and have 3 decades of longevity.
Rated 98-100/100 The Wine Advocate

Old Dubh 21yr - limited release

Harviestoun Ola Dubh 21 year...$13.99 / 11oz
Aged in 21 Year Highland Park Casks

"Ola Dubh (or ‘Black Oil’) is a collaboration between Harviestoun Brewery and Highland Park, Distiller of the Year*. It is based on Harviestoun’s award-winning Old Engine Oil. With more than a stylistic nod to the classic Imperial Porters (and Stouts) of the nineteenth century, this deliciously rich, dark, 8% a.b.v. beer is the first ale to be aged in malt whisky casks from a named distillery and, with traceable casks and numbered bottles, the rest with genuine provenance. Ola Dubh will initially be available in three different expressions; the initial release will be of small batches aged in casks formerly used to mature Highland Park 12 Year Old, Highland Park 16 Year Old and Highland Park 30 Year Old. Further variants are planned for the future. Ola Dubh is, in the words of beer aficionado Owen D.L. Barstow: “The most interesting new British beer I have tried in years.” Retaining the appearance of used motor oil from which the beer gets its name, it is deep dark brown, dense and oily. On the nose there are notes of true oil and cocoa as well as faint smoke and heathery peat from the whisky casks. Although lighter in body that its appearance suggests, Ola Dubh is pithy, oily, salty and bitter on the palate. The finish is exceptional; burnt and bitter notes with an interplay of late hop characters, orange oil, fruity tartness and then delicate, fragrant smoke." -- importer

Knob Creek "TWCP Single Barrel" Volume #4

This is our 4th barrel of Knob Creek.  
Only 156 bottles produced.  In stock at all 4 of our locations.

After tasting through barrel samples of Knob Creek , we selected Barrel #949
TWCP / Knob Creek Bourbon Single Barrel Reserve....$35.99
Deep dark color, with a ton of vanilla in the nose. The vanilla comes through on the palate along with rich caramel and toasted nuts. Very long and lingering finish. Bottled at 120 proof.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Perennial The Last Word

Perennial The Last Word...$10.99 / 750ml

Ale Brewed with Lemons and Cherries
The Last Word is a tart ale brewed with key lime, wintergreen, and wormwood, a nod to an illicit Prohibition-era tipple of the same name. Citrus and bright lactic acidity lead a pungent herbal character, all atop a subtle underlying malt sweetness. Brewed in collaboration with our friends at The Aviary in Chicago.

Big scores on Janasse CDP - including a perfect 100!!!

Domaine de la Janasse is one of the great winemaking estates of not only France, but of the world -Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

Once again Importer Eric Solomon has come through for us with an amazing offering of 2010 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Magnums. Sadly supplies are limited so act fast.

Call 314.727.8788 to reserve or email

We are going to limit it to 1 per person today to give people a chance to open their emails.  You can request more and if some bottles are not spoken for, we will increase your allocation based on first come first served.

2010 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes Magnum...$299.99

(6 Magnums Available)
Lowest price in the country on Wine-Searcher is $450
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes, which achieved 16% natural alcohol, possesses an inky/purple color. It is slightly tighter and more restrained than the 2010 Chaupin, but it has enormous volume as well as incredible glycerin, richness and fat. A huge bouquet of pure blackberry and black currant fruit intermixed with charcoal, incense, truffles and spring flowers is followed by a prodigious, full-bodied wine that is capable of 20+ years of evolution. I hope Chateauneuf du Pape enthusiasts can find some of this amazing wine!
Rated 100/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

In stock now and online

2010 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvee Chaupin...$199.99
(18 Magnums Available)
The 2010 Chateauneuf du Pape Chaupin rivals the 2007 Chaupin (to date the best Chaupin I have yet tasted). Made from 100% Grenache (3/4 destemmed), it boasts a dense black/purple color as well as unbelievable notes of raspberries, black cherries, licorice, truffles, camphor, forest floor and garrigue. This wine is stunningly concentrated, incredibly noble, precise and expansive on the palate with mouth-saturating intensity, glycerin and extract. It is an amazing example of impeccably grown old vine Grenache translated into a natural yet full-throttle red.
Rated 98/100 Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

Also available from Domaine Janasse
2011 Janasse Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes 750ml...On-Sale $89.99
And a candidate for the wine of the vintage, the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Vieilles Vignes is always a rough blend of 85% Grenache and the balance Syrah, Mourvedre, Clairette and other permitted varieties, that has the Grenache aged all in foudre and the Syrah and Mourvedre aged in one-third new barrels (that’s less than 6% of the blend in new barrels). Exhibiting gorgeous black fruits, spice-box, toast, licorice and roasted meat-like qualities on the nose, it is full-bodied, concentrated and layered on the palate, with loads of texture, yet delivers no weight, heat, or ever puts a foot wrong. Shockingly good in the vintage, it should not be missed. Hats off to Christophe and Isabelle. Drink now-2027.
Rated 96/100 The Wine Advocate

Ska Modus Hoperandi on sale!

Super Sale! Back in stock and fresh

The distributor is running a special and we are passing it along to you!

Ska Modus Hoperandi....$6.49 / 6pk CANS

It's old-man bitter. A mix of citrus and pine that will remind yo of the time you went on a vision quest with your native American cousin and woke up in a pine-grove full of grapefruit trees. An American-Style India Pale Ale with a deep golden-orange color. Bitter and Hoppy, with a surprisingly smooth finsh. ABV: 6.8% IBUs: 65

Odell Brewing Jaunt

Odell Brewing Jaunt...$12.99 / 750ml
Ale brewed with Riesling Grape Juice Aged on Oak Staves.
The Western Slope of Colorado, just a short trip over the Rocky Mountains, is the perfect place to find new ingredients for an excursion in brewing. Jaunt is a process, or journey, marrying a delicate pale ale with Colorado grown Riesling grapes and aged on oak, just for pleasure. The final blend boasts a creamy malt body, a bright and crisp fruity finish, and just a dash of vanilla from the oak.
7.6% Alc. by Vol.

Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso Matured

Glenlivet limited release....

Glenlivet Nadurra Oloroso Matured...$76.99 / 750ml
Introducing Nadurra Oloroso
The Glenlivet Distillery is proud to reveal our newest release – a world exclusive for Guardians.  At The Glenlivet we believe that the craft of distilling is something to be preserved and passed on from generation to generation. It’s this respect for tradition, without being afraid to move with the times, that sets us apart from other single malts.  Nowhere is this more true that with Nàdurra – the purest expression of The Glenlivet.  The name Nàdurra – Gaelic for 'natural' – evokes the beauty and the purity of the Glen and the Distillery surroundings and is transferred to the spirit itself.   The Nàdurra 16 Year Old has long been a favourite with whisky connoisseurs. Non chill-filtered and bottled and cask strength, The Whisky Advocate even called it The Glenlivet “with pizzazz”.   So it was high time we took the principles of Nàdurra and combined them with the finest casks in the industry to create new, distinctive flavours that are unlike most modern whiskies.  The Purest Expression of a Great Tradition  Nàdurra Oloroso is the newest addition to the Nàdurra family. Like all Nàdurra whiskies, it’s crafted in small batches, each unique but of equally high quality.   Made using traditional production methods Nàdurra Oloroso is a nod to the whiskies of our heritage.  Once the new make spirit comes off the still, it’s placed into casks formerly used to make Oloroso Sherry sourced from the Jerez region of Spain.  These sherry casks have long been famed for imparting wonderfully rich, luxurious flavours of dried fruits and warm spices to single malt whisky, making them some of the most sought after casks used by whisky distillers.  This new addition to the range is the first time in living memory that a significant bottling of The Glenlivet has been matured solely in ex-sherry casks, so a real treat for the taste buds.  To maintain the purity of the product, Nàdurra whiskies are bottled without chill-filtration giving greater depth and impart a richer mouth feel.  Now for the important part, the tasting notes.   The Glenlivet Nàdurra Oloroso is bright gold in colour.  It’s full of the aromas of dried fruit, like raisins and apricots as well as the gentle notes of cinnamon and liquorice.  On the palate it’s smooth and creamy, with the fruitiness of spicy orange marmalade coupled with the sweetness of dark chocolate leading to a long, sweet finish with a slightly dry and spicy note.
Alan Winchester’s given it his seal of approval and Nàdurra Oloroso will be coming to an airport near you soon. We hope you enjoy…
Nàdurra - the purest expression of a great tradition

Crown Royal signed by Master blender

We have some autographed bottles....(plus a good supply of non-autographed bottles)
  • 6 bottles Crown Royal XR Blue
  • 12 bottles Crown Royal Monarch
Subject to confirmation, first come first served.

Autographed by master blender - Andrew MacKay of Crown Royal
Andrew MacKay is responsible for blending the yearly formulations of all the Crown Royal® whisky variants. He achieved the status of Master Blender in 2002 after years of hard work as a Seagram® distillery lab assistant, a two-year detour into a geology career, and two years as a blender for Crown Royal.

Master Blender Andrew MacKay actually, believe it or not, went to school for whisky. In the mid '90s, he was a summer student at the university program run by Crown Royal® where he studied with the guys who were, at the time, the four Master Blenders on staff at Crown Royal. Collectively, they had 120 years of experience! While he was there, it was time for one of them to move on from the company... creating a new spot. A spot that Andrew stepped right into.

More info about the whisky

Crown Royal Monarch 75th Anniversary Blend...$69.99
In 1939, Crown Royal was masterfully crafted as a gift to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth at their inaugural royal visit to North America. Today, we proudly celebrate our 75 years of exceptional whisky with this limited edition offering.

Showcasing Crown Royal's signature Coffey Rye Whiskey, this exquisite blend is meticulously crafted using some of the finest, most unique hand-picked whiskies from our extensive stocks. The result is an exceptionally rich and smooth whisky highlighting an elegant complexity of light spice and dried fruit.

Crown Royal XR Blue....$124.99 / 750ml

Taste the latest in our Extra Rare Whisky Series, handcrafted with a unique blend that includes the final batch of whiskies from the renowned LaSalle distillery. Located on the island of Montreal, the LaSalle distillery produced whiskies with a unique richness, attributed to the fine water surrounding the island. The resulting whiskies were full-bodied and exceptionally smooth.
Experience its sophisticated blend of dried fruits and honey in a harmonious balance with spicy notes of Canadian rye, finishing in a lovely, round taste of raisins, cocoa and brown sugar.

Crown Royal XR Release #2 (LaSalle)
"This is the second release of Crown Royal XR. This one contains whisky from the old LaSalle distillery. (The first release contained whisky from the Waterloo distillery.) I like this whisky a lot. It’s nicely matured, very smooth and balanced, and dangerously drinkable. And it’s superior to the first release, which I felt showed too much wood for balance–especially on the finish. ($130)" -- Whiskey Advocate Blog

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Brancaia - 94 point super Tuscan

2010 Brancaia Maremma Toscana Ilatraia...$41.99
This is pure and oh-so-silky, featuring flavors of black currant, violet and sweet spice, with a hint of tobacco. The supple texture is offset by refined tannins as this cruises to a long aftertaste of black currant and spice. Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2014 through 2024. –BS
Rated 94/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Bergstrom

2012 Bergstrom Pinot Noir "Bergstrom Vineyard"...$69.99
Vivid ruby. Intensely perfumed dark berry, Indian spice and potpourri scents are lifted by a smoky mineral quality. Sweet, deeply pitched black raspberry and cherry cola flavors are given lift and cut by juicy acidity and pick up a rose pastille quality with air. At once rich and lively, finishing with superb clarity, palate-staining length and harmonious tannins.
Rated 94/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

Skyy Vodka on sale now!

Skyy Vodka....$18.99 / 1.75 liter
We couldn't find a smooth vodka.
So, we invented one.

SKYY began in 1992 the same way as most things in San Francisco — a tiny startup based on the vision of one entrepreneur and his dream to make something better. In this case, exceptionally smooth vodka. It was this exceptional smoothness that has made SKYY the leading domestic premium vodka in the U.S. But we're not stopping there. From new products and cocktails to the latest happenings, check out our social media section to see what's fresh.
Our process. Otherwise known as: science.
SKYY Vodka starts with the finest American grains, goes through a state-of-the-art quadruple distillation process designed to eliminate anything extra standing between you and a fresh, clean cocktail, and ends with an innovative triple filtration process using real California limestone. We're dropping a lot of science here, but when you have our vodka, you know that it all adds up to smooth taste.

Avery 21 - now online

Avery Twenty One...$6.99 / 22oz
Beer Style: Imperial India-Style Brown Ale
Hop Variety: Columbus, Chinook, Amarillo
Dry-Hop Variety: Amarillo, Simcoe, Chinook
Malts: Two-row barley, Chocolate malt, Caramel 120, Honey Malt
ABV: 8.3%

For those of you following our saga of 21 years, we FINALLY broke ground on our long planned and much needed Taj Mahal! An event of this magnitude deserved a unique hop bomb to toast with. TWENTY ONE is built on a foundation of dark specialty malts, framed by sturdy IBUs and crowned with a monumental dry hop addition of two of our favorites, Amarillo and Simcoe.

The last Anniversary Ale from Arapahoe Ave? Yeah it is! Many thanks to you for assisting us in realizing our dream.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Jim Beam Kentucky Fire!

Jim Beam Kentucky Fire....$12.99 / 750ml
Jim Beam Kentucky Fire...$1.49 / 50ml

Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey infused with cinnamon Liqueur.

Duvel Triple Hop 2014

2014 version features Mosaic Hops
Duvel Triple Hop...$14.99 / 4pk
Duvel is traditionally brewed with two hop varieties.

Duvel Tripel Hop is brewed with three hop varieties and each year the third hop is changed to provide its own unique taste and aroma. This keeps the final flavor profile surprisingly exciting for any true beer lover. For 2014 our brewers selected the exotic hop Mosaic from the USA.
By using three instead of two hop varieties to brew, we obtain additional hop aromas and an increased bitterness. The typical Duvel palate is enriched with Mosaic hops providing fresh notes of tropical fruit and an intriguing, blueberry flavor.
Mosaic hops are added again during ‘dry-hopping’, extracting additional hop aromas into the beer. The higher aromatic intensity rounds out the beer, backing the final alcohol content of 9.5%.

We note that the trend towards more hoppy beers - thanks to our first brews in 2007 and 2010 - is to continue. This Duvel Tripel Hop will please special beer lovers, while we will continue to ensure that the intrinsic characteristics of Duvel preserved.

It remains fascinating how only with the pure base ingredients you can provide a very broad and varying complexity to special beers. Each hop variety has its own intrinsic characteristics, which are so critical for the taste and aroma of the beer. As the grape determines the unique character of a wine, the hop varieties used that much for this beer.

We therefore wish that the character of Mosaic hop over subtly noticeable. We achieve this by adding hops again after the main fermentation, which we call dry-hopping. This keeps the pronounced fruity character pervasive presence in the final beer.

It is without a doubt fascinating and challenging to select a new hop variety each year, while also being both harmonious and a well differentiated contribution to the Duvel profile.

-Hedwig Neven

2010 Luigi Einaudi Barolos

2010 Luigi Einaudi Barolo Terlo Vigna Costa Grimaldi...$83.99
Dark red cherry, plum, smoke, tobacco and leather are some of the many notes that take shape in the glass in Einaudi's 2010 Barolo Terlo Vigna Costa Grimaldi. Explosive and full-bodied to the core, the 2010 is a huge, intense wine endowed with tons of richness and sheer concentration. The 2010 is going to require significant patience. Today it is a bit bombastic, but hopefully finesse will develop in bottle. In the face of a cold vintage, Einaudi decided to basically trim the bunches in half in order to give the fruit the best chance to ripen. The resulting wine is massive yet also impeccably balanced.
Rated 94+/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Rated 94/100 James Suckling

2010 Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi...$83.99
Sweet, silky tannins provide the backbone for the 2010 Barolo Cannubi, a wine that impresses for its creamy texture and fabulous overall balance. Sweet red berries, mint, tobacco, cherries and flowers flesh out in a soft, caressing Barolo loaded with finesse. All the elements fall together in the glass. The Cannubi is naturally a more feminine wine than the Terlo, and equally appealing, even if it is totally different in style.
Rated 94+/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

2010 Barolo - great vintage....

2010 Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra...$95.99
Conterno-Fantino's flagship 2010 Barolo Sorì Ginestra wraps around the palate with gorgeous texture. Pine, menthol, tobacco and savory herbs flesh out in a rich, full-bodied Barolo endowed with stunning depth and volume. Not surprisingly, the 2010 is the tightest and least expressive of these Barolos today. The 2010 spent a year in 100% new French oak barrels and a second year in a combination of French oak and larger casks.
Rated 94+/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rum tasting at our Ballwin location!

Arehucas Rum from Spain Tasting

Taste at our Ballwin location - 
The Wine and Cheese Place
14748 Clayton Road, Ballwin MO
Note our new phone number  636.527.1144

Saturday June 26 from 2-5pm

Taste all three...
We are tasting all three Arehucas Rums $19.99 each
  • Arehucas White
  • Arehucas Dark 
  • Arehucas Ron Miel 

Ron Miel Guanche Rum...$19.99 / 750ml
Ron Miel Honey Rum is a unique speciality of both the Canary Islands and its oldest distillery, Arehucas. Seven year old rum is blended with natural honey from the surrounding islands to create an exquisite natural flavour combination. Enjoy it on its own or in multitude of exciting mixed drinks and cocktails in which Ron Miel Honey Rum acts as a natural substitute for man-made sugars and liqueurs.