Saturday, October 18, 2014

Lips of Faith Beer Tasting with Lauren Salazar

Very special Beer tasting

with Lauren Salazar 

The Wine and Cheese Place

7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105


This SATURDAY October 18 from 2pm-4pm

Open House - invite your friends!

The event will feature Lauren Salazar, New Belgium’s Wood Beer Cellar Manager and Blender and all around Sour Beer Rock Star, and will provide customers an opportunity to sample some of New Belgium’s highly regarded sour beers,

She will be tasting out some spectacular beers...

  • New Belgium Collab with 3 Floyds Gratzer Ale
  • New Belgium Collab with Perennial Artisan Ales Salted Belgian Chocolate Stout
  • New Belgium Transatlantique Kriek
  • New Belgium Le Terroir

Reservations are not required, but let us know if you 
are coming on FACEBOOK - click here

Friday, October 17, 2014

Bernheim / TWCP Single Barrel Wheat Whiskey!

The Wine and Cheese Place is proud to announce the release of 
our first barrel of Bernheim 7 Year Wheat Whiskey!

We taste through barrels and chose the best of the lot!

Yes, this one counts towards the Elijah Craig 23 year old 
and the Parker's Heritage Raffle

Bernheim / TWCP KY Straight Wheat Whiskey 7 Year Old Single Barrel...$26.99
TWCP 7 Year old Single Barrel has a gorgeous copper color. Vanilla dominates the nose, the flavor follows up with the vanilla, lots of caramel, sweet toasted oak and even some spiciness. The finish is the star, it is very warming and very lingering. Great barrel.

At its launch, Bernheim Original Straight Wheat Whiskey was the first truly new variety of American straight wheat whiskey introduced since Prohibition. Heaven Hill Master Distillers saw an opportunity to give today's whiskey connoisseurs a unique taste experience. Bernheim was the only straight whiskey to use winter wheat as the primary grain in its mashbill, giving it a soft, sweet flavor and medium finish.

Today, on the front of the bottle, Bernheim proudly displays its finest attributes: Kentucky Straight Wheat Whiskey, small batch, and a 7 year age statement. With an age statement of 7 years, Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey truly is well worth the wheat. It is the only straight wheat whiskey distributed nationally. As a straight whiskey, it meets the same criteria as Bourbon or rye—aged a minimum of two years in new, charred oak barrels, distilled at less than 160 proof, and contains no coloring, flavoring or blending agents. As a small batch product, it is made with a dump of 100 barrels or less.

Nogne, Brewdog and Mikkeller

From Brewdog, Nogne and Mikkeller

Back in stock!

BrewDog Beer

only 16% ABV :)

Nogne / Brewdog / Mikkeller Horizon Tokyo Black...$10.99 / 8.5oz
This three way collaboration first made its appearance back in November 2010 and is back and better than ever. Sitting at a slightly lower ABV (15.2% compared to 16% originally) this beer is a combination of signature stouts; Nogne’s Dark Horizon, Mikkeller’s Black and our Tokyo*. This is everything you would expect and then some from such a decadent stout collaboration. Thick, black and viscous, this is a beer which just keeps giving as it warms, with more layers of chocolate, coffee and deep roasted malts coming through in different waves of emphasis, it transforms in your glass and is best indulged in slow. 

Malts:XP, Carafa Special Type 1, Flaked Oats, Smoked, Crystal 150
Hops:Columbus, First Gold, Motueka, Hersbruck
Twist:Three killer beers rammed into one decadent abyss of flavour

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Buffalo Trace / The Wine and Cheese Place SINGLE BARREL Bourbon

Our next barrel has arrived!!!

Buffalo Trace / TWCP Single Barrel Bourbon Volume XI...$21.99
Burnished gold in color, this bourbon brings a mélange of aromas to the nose: honey, vanilla, oak, toffee and a suggestion of coriander are all there. The body is big, and on the palate, this becomes a very spicy, masculine whiskey with a complex spicy mustiness and notes of leather, tobacco, overripe oranges and a surprising smokiness not often found in a bourbon. 
"The finish is long and lush.
Wine Enthusiast Magazine 
Wine Enthusiast rating: 93

New Ephemere Cranberry

Unibroue Ephemere CRANBERRY....$6.99 / 750ml
Origin Chambly, Quebec
ABV 5.5%
Fermentation Top
Style White ale brewed with fruit
Color Blond with golden highlights
Clarity Slightly cloudy
Head White, lacy
Effervescence Strong and sustained
Nose Flowery bouquet, red berries, barley sugar, rye bread.
Flavor Delicate cranberry flavor, sweetness-acidity balance of berries.

Anchor Zymaster Series No.6

Anchor Brewing No.6 Saaremaa Island Ale...$6.99 / 22oz
Anchor Brewing Releases Wild Indigenous Pale Ale, Saaremaa Island Ale for Zymaster® No. 6
Anchor Brewing Company announces the release of the sixth brew in their Zymaster® series, Saaremaa Island Ale.

Beer is a journey. Wine is defined by time – on the vine and in the bottle – and place, known as terroir. But beer, thanks to the miracles of modern science, can now be made virtually anywhere in any style, transporting the beer-lover to whatever time, place, and flavors he or she desires.

Anchor Brewing Company’s Zymaster No. 6: Saaremaa Island Ale is inspired by Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter’s journey to this Estonian island in the Baltic Sea. Inhabited for over 8,000 years, Saaremaa has been occupied by Germany, Denmark, Sweden, czarist Russia, and the Soviet Union. Its culture is a rich and fascinating melting pot. Yet few outside of Estonia have ever experienced its uniquely native beers. Mark enjoyed them so much that he not only brought back his memories of Saaremaa but some brewer’s yeast, as well. Inspired by Mark’s Estonian beer journey, Anchor’s Zymaster No. 6 takes you on a journey to Saaremaa by way of San Francisco.

“My wife and I were traveling through the Saaremaa Island countryside and we stopped at a bar,” said Anchor Brewmaster Mark Carpenter. “I asked for a local draught beer and the unfiltered brew I was served was completely unique. It was the native yeast that intrigued me and ultimately become the inspiration for Zymaster No. 6. After returning to San Francisco, the Estonian yeast was isolated and cultured becoming the cornerstone of our pale ale which is complimented by the medium bitterness from Northern Brewer, a favorite hop here at Anchor. The result is a one-of-a-kind brew that transports me back to that countryside bar. We hope you’ll enjoy this beer journey, as well.”

Zymaster No. 6 (6% ABV) is a medium-bitter pale ale with Old World hop flavor and aroma. Made with pale barley malt, it has a light body and clean finish. But what makes Saaremaa Island Ale exceptional is the native yeast that Brewmaster Mark Carpenter clandestinely brought back from his Estonian beer journey. It took months for Anchor to isolate and culture this special strain, so essential to the unique character of Saaremaa Island’s indigenous beers. Anchor’s trial brews confirmed that this yeast, reminiscent of some Belgian varieties, contributes a richly complex piquancy to this deliciously distinctive ale with overtones of freshly ground clove and allspice.

Watch Mark talk about the intriguing journey he and this special yeast strain had to endure to achieve this brew: Zymaster No. 6: Saaremaa Island Ale Video.

Laphroaig Tasting with the Master Distiller - a rare treat!!!!!

This is a very special and rare treat....
do not miss this open house tasting.

Laphroaig Tasting 
This Friday October 17 from 5:30 - 7pm

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

Laphroaig Tasting with 
  • John Campbell - Master Distiller of Laphroaig and 
  • Simon Brooking - Master Ambassador (we are excited to welcome him back)

Taste -
Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch 10 year old....$43.99
Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch 10 yr Cask Strength....$53.99

Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Select....$48.99
Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Quarter Cask...$49.99
Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch 18 year old....$75.99
Laphroaig Single Malt Scotch Triple Wood....$61.99

John Campbell,  Master Distiller, Laphroaig
Laphroaig Islay Single Malt Scotch Whisky is distilled on the remote island of Islay off the West coast of Scotland. John Campbell was named Laphroaig’s distillery manager in 2006, fulfilling a 12-year-old ambition. He is the youngest distiller on the island and the first Ileach (native of Islay) to run Laphroaig in its 190 year history. Since joining Laphroaig in 1994, John has worked across the whole distilling process both at Laphroaig and in distilleries including Tormore, Miltonduff and Ardmore. In July 2001 John returned from Speyside to take up the post as Laphroaig's Brewer. He has since taken the lead to upgrade the distillery and produce a number of successful limited edition bottlings to support the Feis Ile (Gaelic for Islay Festival). In addition to his role as Distillery Manager, John plays a lead role in promoting Laphroaig around the world. This includes running the distillery Friends of Laphroaig program, which today boasts a 280,000 strong membership from over 150 countries. John Campbell grew up in the shadow of Laphroaig, and now, he's running the distillery! Established in 1815, Laphroaig is the world’s best selling Islay malt whisky and is known to be the most richly flavored of all Scotch whiskies. The distillery still owns its own peat moors and produces its own maltings. Its whisky maturation warehouses directly face thhe sea, which contributes to the very characterful whisky it produces. 

Simon Brooking, Master Ambassador
“World peace thro’ whisky one dram at a time.”
Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a member of the Robertson Clan, Simon traces his roots back to the 13th Century and the Celtic Earls of Atholl.  A well-known expert on Scotch whisky, Simon has worked for many of the leading Scotch distilleries, learning the art and science of distilling from the world’s foremost master distillers and blenders. For over 17 years, Simon has led thousands of Scotch whisky tastings for consumers, bartenders and social organizations. Informative and entertaining, his presentations have made him an in-demand spokesperson for the whisky industry.  Simon’s love of Scotland’s Highlands and Islands has paved the way to his present position as the Beam Suntory Master Ambassador for Laphroaig, Ardmore, Bowmore, Auchentoshan and Glen Garioch Single Malt Scotch whiskies.
2011 Keeper of the Quaich
2011 Icons of Whisky - Ambassador of the Year
2012 Icons of Whisky - Ambassador of the Year “Commended”
2013 Icons of Whisky - Ambassador of the Year “Commended”
2014 Icons of Whisky - Ambassador of the Year “Highly Commended”

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

WOW - Wine of the Week: Damia Brut Cava

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 : Damia Seleccion Brut Cava
Come taste it all four locations on Saturday October 18 - from 11am-4pm

New and exciting is not very often you find a new sparking wine of this quality under $20
Made from Old Vines

Damia Seleccion Brut Cava....$16.99 / 750ml

Blend of 60% Xarel.lo, 20% Macabeo, and 20% Parellada.
   A selection of the estate’s best grapes are used for this bottling. Grapes are delicately pressed and the free run musts undergo primary fermentation prior to blending.   Produced in the traditional method, with secondary fermentation in the same bottle. Matured 18 to 24 months  on the lees. Bottles are still riddled by hand as the wine  ages on the yeast!  Loaded with ripe apple, pear and apricot aromas, with light biscuit and yeast notes. The palate is richly textured from the extended lees aging, with fine bubbles and a creamy mousse.

2010 Barolo Tasting - including a PERFECT 100 pointer!

2010 Barolo Tasting
Monday November 10th 7-8:30pm
$50 per person reservations required

Call 314.727.8788 or order tickets online

Your card will be charged immediately, there is no cancellations or refunds on this one. (unless we are able to find somebody else to fill the seat, then we will offer you a refund if you cannot make it)

“The 2010 vintage of Barolo is the most Nebbiologgiante vintage in recent memory. It offers a pristine and absolutely immaculate view into this great native grape that thrives so successfully in the Langhe area of northwest Italy. Without a doubt, it will be recorded as one of the great vintages of the past decades.”- Monica Larner The Wine Advocate

Join us to taste 6 Barolo from what will go down as one of the greatest Barolo vintages of our lifetime:

2010 Paolo Scavino Barolo Bric Del Fiasc...SOLD OUT
Rated 100/100 The Wine Enthusiast

2010 Vietti Barolo Lazzarito...$139.99
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi...$83.99
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Conterno Fantino Barolo Sori Ginestra...$89.99
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2010 Marcarini Barolo Brunante...$55.99
Rated 94/100 The Wine Sepectator

2010 Elio Altare Barolo Arborina...$93.99
Rated 96+/100 The Wine Advocate

Taste some of the best Syrah in the World!!!

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

Exclusive Syrah Tasting
Monday October 27th 7-8:30pm
$100 per person 
Reservations required : call 314.727.8788 or order tickets online

Your card will be charged immediately, there is no cancellations or refunds on this one.   (unless we are able to find somebody else to fill the seat, then we will offer you a refund if you cannot make it)

Get your toothbrush ready because these are going to be be big dark, dense wines. Syrah makes some of the worlds most expressive and long lived wines, don't miss this opportunity to taste 6 of the world's great Syrah based wines. Seating is limited to 10 and wines will be served in a single blind format.

Wines to be tasted: Some of the best Syrah in the WORLD!

2010 Guigal Chateau D'Ampuis...$186.99
Rated 99/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Two Hands “Coach House Block” Shiraz...$99.99
Rated 94/100 The Wine Advocate

2008 Jonata La Sangre de Jonata...$119.99
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Paul Lato Syrah Larner Vineyard...$89.99
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

2009 Molly Dooker Velvet Glove Shiraz...$186.99
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

2011 JL Chave Hermitage...$279.99
Rated 96-98 The Wine Advocate

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sortilege Canadian Whisky Liqueur with Maple Syrup

Sortilege Canadian Whisky Liqueur with Maple Syrup....$15.99 / 375ml
Sortilege is a unique blend of Canadian Whisky and pure Maple Syrup.

Created from the land, Sortilege follows a traditional recipe that strikes the perfect balance between the strength of Canadian Whisky and the rich, golden flavour of pure Maple Syrup.

The result is a remarkably fine Liqueur that is truly Canadian.Canada`s best selling Maple Spirit.
100 % Canadian product.
Authentic heritage recipe.
Expertly blended with the highest grade of pure Maple Syrup (Canada #1- Extra Clear) and real Canadian Whisky.
Our Canadian Whisky is distilled to the highest standards using only 100% rye grain.
We age our Canadian Rye a minimum of 3 years in hand selected white oak barrels to deliver an exceptionally smooth finish.

2012 Beaux Freres - more have arrived

Do not miss the great 2012 vintage from Oregon

2012 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir The Upper Terrace...$95.99
Deep, bright ruby. A complex, intensely perfumed bouquet evokes candied boysenberry, cherry-cola, incense and smoky minerals, with a sexy floral quality slowly emerging with aeration. Powerful, slow-to-unfold dark berry flavors show superb depth and energy, with an undercurrent of spiciness. Extremely young but there's serious potential here. Finishes sweet and long, leaving smoke, cola and rose pastille notes behind.
Rated 94+/100 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

This is the first time we have seen this one.....
2012 Beaux Freres Pinot Noir Zena Crown...$95.99
100% French and we used about 40% first year barrels.
only 261 cases produced

Tasting Notes: The 2012 Beaux Freres–Zena Crown is imbued with aromas of nutmeg and Asian five spice stitched together with black current and wet granite; and a pallet that almost shimmers with lively acidity. What makes this wine special is how the acids and ripe tannins create an amazing mid palate and the extremely long finish.

Bargain from Argentina

2012 Alfredo Roca "Roca" Malbec / Merlot...$9.99
The 2012 Malbec/Merlot (also 60% Malbec and 40% Merlot) possesses a deeper ruby color and a similar character displaying a notion of wood intermixed with lots of black cherry, black currant and chocolate undertones, silky tannins, and a lush mouthfeel.
Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

"Tasting Notes: Shows a vibrant red color, with aromas of plums and ripe red fruit on the nose. The Malbec’s soft tannins and Merlot’s delicate fruit result in a wine of great intensity, elegance, and balance." - importer

Ferrari Carano Siena

2010 Ferrari Carano Siena Sonoma County Red....$21.99
"Ferrari-Carano's Italian heritage is reflected in this Sangiovese-based, easy-sipping blend. Select lots of grapes are chosen from our vineyards in Alexander, Dry Creek and Russian River Valleys to create a beautifully-balanced and medium-bodied wine. SIENA has delicious aromas and flavors of fresh-picked blackberries, raspberry jam, cola, cinnamon and clove. Sweet oak notes of vanilla and butterscotch complement lingering tart cherry, cranberry and strawberry. A wine with nice acidity and refined, elegant texture, SIENA has tannins that are showy and evenly coat the palate." - Ferrari Carano

The Washington Post - Pappy Van Winkle

I like that the Van Winkles feel our method is the best!

We got a nice mention in The Washington Post --

Pappy Van Winkle’s aged bourbon can’t keep pace with consumer demand
by Karen Heller

"Many stores, such as the four Wine and Cheese Place locations around St. Louis, sell at the suggested price but conduct a lottery, which the Van Winkles believe is the fairest approach. Last year, 1,400 people entered the Missouri lottery for a score of bottles in the double digits." - Washington Post

click here to read the full article

Click here for information about our Pappy Van Winkle Lottery

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Mariana - best buy in white!

2012 Herdade Do Rocim Branco Mariana...$14.99
The 2012 Branco Mariana is a tank-fermented blend of 60% Antao Vaz, 30% Arinto and (more unusually for the region) 10% Alvarinho. It comes in at 12.5% alcohol. This is awfully tasty, plump, juicy and quite delicious, but well-balanced as well. It doesn’t have a lot of verve, but it has a fresh feel to it and enticing fruit. 
Rated 88/100 The Wine Advocate

St. Louis vs. San Francisco

This week we have the St. Louis Cardinals vs. San Francisco Giants
and we have St. Louis Rams vs. San Francisco 49ers

I hope everyone comes in to buy some great St. Louis Beer - forget about that San Francisco beer for the week!

buy some of these local beers...

  • Schlafly
  • 4 Hands Brewing
  • 2nd Shift Brewing
  • Perennial Artisan Ales
  • Cathedral Square
  • Alpha Brewing
  • Charleville Brewing
  • Six Row Brewing
  • Urban Chestnut
  • Crown Valley
  • Morgan Street
  • Kirkwood Station
  • O'Fallon
  • Rock Bridge

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Lucia Pinot Noir - shocking price!

LIMITED at this price!
2011 Lucia Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir....$26.99
$40 release price on The Wine Advocate
$35.99 Lowest price on Wine Searcher
Looking at the reds and a delicious, fruit-loaded effort, the 2011 Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands offers up notions of kirsch, flower garden, underbrush and loamy earth as well as a rounded, supple and downright textured feel in the mouth. Fermented with 20% whole cluster and aged in 50% new French oak, it’s a total crowd-pleaser and will drink nicely for 3-4 years. Drink now-2017.
Rated 90/100 Wine Advocate

Amazing Napa Valley wine...

2011 Girard Petite Sirah Napa Valley...$21.99
Compare to $30 on The Wine Spectator
A tremendous wine, showing both polish and power. Smoky, toasty notes frame the pepper, sandalwood, tar and licorice flavors, but with fresh, vibrant flavors of raspberry, kirsch and plum at the core. Drink now through 2025. 4,432 cases made. —M.W.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

2012 Macon Laroche White Burgundy

2012 Chateau de la Greffiere Macon la Roche Vineuse Vieilles Vignes...$17.99
100% Chardonnay from vines that are 50 Years or older! Fermentation between 5 and 10 days at a maximum temperature of 18c (64F) in barrel. We shuffle the barrels every 2 weeks in waiting for the malolactic fermentation. When this fermentation is over, the wine is matured on lees until the bottling.
The wine has a straw yellow color with a silver glint. The nose jumps out with a nutty hazelnut aroma and the mouth is lush, rounded with a long lingering dry finish that seems to last forever.

Great buy in Burgundy - small production and limited!

Bargain White Burgundy from the great 2012 vintage.
2012 Domaine Chevau Macon Davaye Les Belouzes....$21.99
The cellars of the Domaine Cheveau are situated in the hamlet of Solutré-Pouilly in the heart of the appellation of Pouilly-Fuissé. The domaine was established by André Cheveau in 1950. His efforts were followed by his son, Michel, and now Michel’s two sons, Nicolas and Julien are actively running this fourteen (14) hectare estate. The vineyard holdings are predominantly located in and around Solutré-Pouilly but extend as well into Davayé in the Maconnais and Saint Amour in the Beaujolais.

The vineyards dedicated to Chardonnay are composed of the classic clay – limestone composition that provides the perfect ambience to produce the grand wines of Burgundy.

All harvesting at the Domaine Cheveau is done by hand and the wines are fermented and vinified parcel-by-parcel. Fermentation and aging is done either in barrel or stainless steel tank depending on the particular terroir of each site.