Saturday, January 31, 2015

Alpha Brewing Doorknocker

Alpha Brewing Doorknocker....$5.99 / 22oz
"Hoppy Brown Ale"
"Knock! Knock! I would like a moment to share this delicious malty brown ale brewed with stone fruit hops with you...isn't it swell....Now, would you like to become a sipster?  Shove this down your throat!" - label

New Ballas -

Marc from New Ballas stopped by to pick up stuff -- so these are now in stock at our New Ballas location

  • 2nd Shift LSD
  • 2nd Shift Katy
  • 2nd Shift Brew Cocky
  • Alpha Brewing I do Brew
  • Alpha Brewing Hunny Do 
  • Urban Chestnut Wolpertinger Anniversary Ale
  • Jolly Pumpkin Saison X
  • Avery the Beast

Charleville Box of Chocolate

5 more cases arrived - make sure you grab some for your Valentine!

In stock now at Forsyth
Charleville Box of Chocolate Belgian Quadrupel Ale...$7.49 / 22oz
"It's difficult to express Love's Nuances, much like the complexity of this Belgian Style Chocolate Quad. You might use a Box of Chocolate to express your love. We use it to demonstrate our passion for great beer!" -- label

WOW - Wine of the Week - Le Cirque Grenache Gris

WOW - Wine Of the Week. 
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 :  2012 Le Cirque Grenache Gris
Come taste it all four locations on Saturday January 31 - from 11am-4pm

2012 Le Cirque Grenache Gris...$13.99

Among the exciting and satisfying things about the Le Cirque’s wines is the skill with which they showcase unblended renditions of what is arguably Roussillon’s preeminent (of by no means in acreage) white wine grape, and their 2012 Grenache Gris does not break this label’s winning streak. Musk and lime, pineapple and resinous herbs inform the nose as well as an oily palate leading to a finish that positively glows, its incisive bite of white pepper and persistently tactile impingement of rosemary helping to leave the mouth invigorated and anxious to take the next sip. The vaguely animal side of Grenache Gris emerges to greater prominence as this sensational value opens to the air, and I would expect fascination and versatility through at least 2015, though the track-record so far doesn’t tell us when this particular bottling from Le Cirque might fade.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Advocate

Friday, January 30, 2015

Tim Smith's Climax Moonshine

Tim Smith from Moonshiners Series on the Discovery Channel brings you his Climax Moonshine
Back in stock!

Tim Smith's Climax Moonshine...$26.99
The Original Recipe is distilled from corn, rye and barley malt.  Clean and natural tasting with subtle sweetness and bold defiance.

Tim Smith
A moonshiner from Climax, VA, Tim Smith doesn’t like being told what he can or can’t do. So when people said he’d never go legit, he did it anyways. Despite his general disregard for authority, Tim’s become quite an authority himself. He knows what good, pure and strong should taste like. He may be legit, but make no mistake – Tim Smith and his Climax Moonshine are the real deal.

At any given moment you will find Tim’s dog Camo by his side. She has been Tim’s sidekick and ever present companion since his days in the backwoods of Virginia where she stood watch while he perfected his recipe for his world famous moonshine. As a reward for her loyalty you will see her face on every bottle of Tim Smith’s Climax Moonshine.   Camo is a unique breed of dog. She is a Catahoula Leopard dog, from Louisiana. Camo was born on May 2nd 2011. Camo loves riding the 4 wheeler on her off time. Her unique color makes her perfect for hiding in the woods. Camo likes representing (her daddys) Tim Smith Climax Moonshine.

Taste Test: The Best Legal Moonshine - 

Huffington Post - read the article
#1 WINNER: Tim Smith's Climax Moonshine
90 proof, distilled from corn, malted barley and rye
"Spicy flavor, surprisingly gentle ending, though." "Insanely sweet for moonshine, almost vanilla-y. Smooth, not too hot." "Mild nose, pleasant." "Sweet and corny. Gross." "Equal parts smooth and strong."

Today is the day!

Who is excited?!
If you got your BRC email your bottle is ready to go at the store you selected!

Also - we have a few missing in action that got allocated a bottle of Merci but we have not been able to get a hold of them....if you are in the BRC and your name is listed below give Shae a call 314.727.8788

Robinson, M
Wright, J

Those invited to the release party tonight --
  • Tonight from 4-6pm.  No more bottles will be opened after 5:45.  Please show up before then or call ahead if you are running late and we will save you a glass.
  • Check in at the register when you arrive, they will check your name off the list and give you your glass.
  • Head up stairs and taste the Merci with Cory King of Side Project!
  • Enjoy the beer and cheese.
  • You can stay as long or as short as you like.
  • When you are done tasting and shopping.  Head back to the register to get your bottle and to  pay for your bottle and glass.
Thanks everyone!

Thanks Cory and Karen of Side Project!
Release party tonight! Going to be great!

Side Projece Merci Blend #1....$29.99 / 750ml
Side Project Merci Blend #1 is blend of Saison du Ble and a 2 year old American Wild Ale

Thursday, January 29, 2015

2012 Talley Pinot Noirs score big!

2012 Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Rincon....$53.99 
More sweet and forward than its siblings, with bright raspberry, crushed berries, flowers and spice, the 2012 Pinot Noir Rincon Vineyard is medium-bodied, supple and loaded with fruit. Aged 18 months in 30% new French oak, it’s one of the more forward, sexy and fruit-loaded Pinot Noirs in the lineup. Drink this beauty over the coming 4-5 years, although I wouldn’t be surprised to see it evolve nicely for longer.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Rosemary....$62.99
Easily one of the top Pinot Noirs in the vintage (and I'd wager one of the top efforts to ever come out of California), Talley’s 2012 Pinot Noir Rosemary’s Vineyard is world-class stuff that readers need to taste! Unfortunately, there’s a scant 460 cases to go around, but don’t miss a chance to grab some of these. Aged 18 months in 30% new French oak, it exhibits awesome notes of cassis, crushed flowers, rose bush, sappy herbs and exotic spice on the nose. This flows to a medium to full-bodied, rich, yet laser-focused palate that carries tremendous depth, ultra-fine tannin and blockbuster length. Given the balance and purity, it’s already hard to resist, but I’ve no doubt it will evolve nicely for over a decade. 
Rated 98/100 The Wine Advocate

North Peak Burly IPA

North Peak Burly Belgo IPA...$9.99 / 6pk
ABV: 6.5% IBUS: 55
North Peak is an American Pale Ale with a twist. A Belgian yeast strain and Willamette and Cascade hops give Burly its estery, noticeably bitter taste. Dry hopped with Cascade and Simcoe.

Prairie Artisan Ale Prairie Ale - on sale now!

In stock and on sale at a great price!

Prairie Artisan Ale Prairie Ale....$6.49 / pint
Rated 98/100 RateBeer

Prairie Ale is our classic saison. We brew this beer with pilsner malt, wheat malt, flaked wheat, and cane sugar. A healthy dose of saaz hops are used to add a spicy element to the beer. Prairie Ale is fermented with a mix of ale yeast, wine yeast, and brettanomyces. Notes of black pepper and pineapple can be found in this beer.ABV8.2%

Jolly Pumpkin Saison X

Now online

Jolly Pumpkin Saison X....$11.99 / 750ml
Rich yellow gold in color, highly effervescent, sugred spice aroma, tart and refreshing with a hint of citrus and candied ginger in the finish.


Call for reservations 314.727.8788
Hermitage Brewing BARREL AGED Hermit Ale...$5.99 / pint
The inspiration for the Ale of the Hermit recipe was a beer originally made popular in the late-19th and early 20th-centuries, and seen by many beer geeks as one of the driving forces behind the modern American craft beer movement. The original brewery (not sure if Pete wants this publicized, but it was Ballantine Brewing) had two versions of their pale brew; the regular offering available to the general public, and another that was aged in wooden barrels for 10-20 years (yes, years!) and only given as gifts to friends of the brewery around the holidays. Barrel-Aged Hermit Ale is the culmination of our homage to that original vision. A smooth sipping pale ale, bursting with both barrel and hop complexity.
7% ABV

Avery Tweak

These were all running out soon.  So I bought what I could.  All in stock. 
More Rumkin and PumpKYn just arrived today!

The PumpKYn was one of the Top New Beer Releases of 2014 on RateBeer!

Avery Tweak....$11.99 / 12oz
Stout with coffee added aged in Bourbon Barrels
We have about 24 bottles left now.  (We went through over 300 bottles of this one)

Avery PumpKYn....$11.99 / 12oz
Porter brewed with Pumpkin and Spices Aged in Bourbon Barrels.

Avery Rumpkin....$11.99 / 12oz
Beer Style: Barrel-Aged Pumpkin Ale
Barrel Type and Time: Dark Rum Barrels, 6 months
Malt Variety: Aromatic, Honey Malt… and Pumpkins!
OG: 1.135 ABV: 15-18% Color: Deep Amber
We wondered what would happen if a monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, were aged in fine fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. Rumpkin is what happened! This first member of the Annual Barrel-Aged Series was brewed with roasted pumpkins from a local Boulder County farm, and spiced with nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger.

Avery The Beast....$7.99 / 12oz
"The Beast is a seducer - accomodating, complicated, powerful, dark and created to last the ages. With a deep burgundy color and aromas of honey, nutmeg, mandarin orange and pineapple, this massive and challenging brew has flavors akin to a beautiful Carribean rum. Dates, plums, raisins and molasses are dominant in a rich vinous texture. Cellarable for 10+ years." -- Avery Brewing
 ABV = 16.31%

Batch #10 - Dec 2014
Avery Mephistopheles Stout...$7.99 / 12oz
Beer Style: Stout
Hop Variety: Magnum, Styrian Goldings
Malt Variety: Two-row barley, black malt, roasted barley,Belgian special B, aromatic
OG: 1.145 ABV: 17.1% IBUs: 107 

Color: Coal Black

Mephistopheles is the crafty shape shifter, the second fallen angel. Amazingly complex, coal black, velvety and liqueurish, this demon has a bouquet of vine-ripened grapes, anise and chocolate covered cherries with flavors of rum-soaked caramelized dark fruits and a double espresso finish. IBU's 107.
Mephistopheles is the final installment of “The Demons of Ale” series.

Rogue releases....

Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale...$12.99 / 750ml
A Collision of Crazies.
Rogue Ales has again collided with Voodoo Doughnut to create Lemon Chiffon Crueller Ale! This unique artisan creation contains a baker's dozen ingredients including lemon juice, vanilla bean, and marshmallows to match Voodoo's Lemon Chiffon Crueller doughnut.
Food Pairing: Doughnuts, Desert
13 Ingredients:
Malts: 2-Row, Munich, & Rogue Farms Dare™ and Risk™
Hops: Perle, Sterling
Specialty: Lemon Juice, Lemon Extract, Vanilla Beans, Vanilla Extract, Marshmallows 

Rouge Double Chocolate Stout....$12.99 / 750ml
Style: Stout Food Pairing: Beef & Desserts
Tasting Notes: Double Chocolate Stout is an evolution of Rogue Chocolate Stout, which is flavored with imported Dutch bittersweet chocolate. In 2010, Double Chocolate Stout received a Gold Medal at the World Beer Championships.

Rogue Chocolate Stout....$6.59 / 22oz
Style: American Stout Food Pairing: Beef, Desserts
Tasting Notes: Ebony in color with a rich creamy head. The mellow flavor of oats, chocolate malts and real chocolate are balanced perfectly with the right amount of hops for a bitter-sweet finish.

Rogue Fresh Roast....$6.99 / 22oz
Rogue Fresh Roast is made with Rogue Farms barley fresh roasted at the brewery. The barley is taken directly out of the roaster and rushed 273 feet over to the brew kettle. We don’t think it gets much fresher than that, and we know you’ll taste the difference.

2nd Shift LSD and Cat Spit!

Back in stock -- you can call for reservations or transfers at this point.

2nd Shift Liquid Spiritual Delight...$12.99
Here's the 2014 version of my fantastically wonderliscious big ass Stout.  Chocolatey and richness is the only way to describe the black beauty.  Think Pam Grier circa 1974.
11.5% ABV

2nd Shift Cat Spit Stout....$7.49 / 750ml

Cat Spit is a very easy drinking oatmeal stout that everyone loves because it is frickin awesome.  It has a good amount of flavor in the roasty area, that comes only from the malt bill.  It's just the way I like a stout to be, so there.

Cheese soaked with New Glarus Raspberry Tart

Beer and cheese lovers -- cheese made with New Glarus!

In stock at all 4 locations - come in for a taste!

Cheese soaked with New Glarus Raspberry Tart Ale!
Sartori Bella Vitano Raspberry Cheese
This is our own nutty, creamy, award-winning creation — soaked with handcrafted Raspberry Tart ale. The bright notes of ruby-red raspberries combine with hazelnut and brown-butter flavors to make a deliciously complex cheese. “The beautiful life” never tasted so good.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Amazing rating and price - 93 points and only $12

2013 Matetic EQ Sauvignon Blanc....$11.99
Lowest price on Wine Searcher is $13.99
The 2013 EQ Coastal Sauvignon Blanc has to be one of the finest Sauvignons I tasted from Chile. The 2013 was a cool vintage in Casablanca, and produced a wine that has fresh, marine and herbal aromas, all of them in a subtle, elegant way. It is both fresh and ripe, with a light to medium-bodied palate showing very good acidity, compact with clean, delineated flavors (the archetypal gooseberries) and good underlying minerality making it very supple and tasty. Somehow this wine seems more complete and nuanced than most other Sauvignons I tasted. I’d love to see how it ages, as the balance promises a bright future. Great! I could hardly believe the price – what a bargain! Drink now-2018. 
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Letherbee - in stock now!

BËSK ...$29.99
Letherbee unites with R. Franklinfor a refined rendition of BËSK —a relatively obscure yet locally infamous Swedish liqueur dominated by wormwood. The violently bitter shot initially hits with flavors of grapefruit before an onslaught of wormwood alongside earthy gentian root — an effect that lingers on the palate for quite a surprising while. Beneath the acrid din of the more acute tasting notes rests more gentle traces of juniper, star anise, and elderflower musk. Bottled at 100 proof, Letherbee’s BËSK remains an esoteric shot for adventurous drinkers, but the bitter liqueur can be gracefully incorporated into sophisticated cocktails.

Letherbee's Fernet...$34.99 / 750ml
Argentinians mix it with cola, San Franciscans take it with a ginger ale back, and and Italians sip it neat. Wherever you are in the world, one thing is certain—Fernet is not going away. With a history that spans centuries, the bitterest amaro is the kind of niche sipper that inspires obsession: since the drink’s herbal (and usually secret) formulations continue developing in the bottle, obsessives are inclined to seek out an array of blends and vintages.

Letherbee’s freshly refined take on the signature digestif is smooth, perhaps startlingly so. The prominence of saffron evokes popular Fernets, but supporting notes of rhubarb root and myrrh gum scaffold the palate as to not let bitter notes overpower. Spearmint and eucalyptus lend a subtle, pleasant mentholated finish. Given Letherbee’s penchant for balanced flavors, this Fernet is versatile—shoot it, sip it after a meal, add it to coffee, or mix it in a complex cocktail. The 70-proof amaro is available in 750mL bottles.

Letherbee Gin Original Label...$25.99
Few gins unfold like Letherbee’sflagship tipple, distilled by hand with a clean yet robust blend of 11 botanicals. Juniper spearheads a mélange of spices, including coriander, cardamom, and cinnamon, while cubeb berries evoke a touch of pepper and a hint of ginger in the finish. Lemon and orange peel lend the dry, balanced concoction a bit of room for keen drinkers to pick up subtle notes of licorice and almond. At 96 proof,Letherbee Gin shines in all contexts, whether sipped straight, louched with a few drops of water until slightly cloudy, or mixed in a cocktail.

Letherbee Absinthe Brun...$35.99 / 375ml
Letherbee’s Barrel-Aged Absinthe draws its caramel hue from a six-month stint in new, full-sized, charred, American oak casks. A straightforward white absinthe recipe mellows in the aging process, softening the anise notes to let sumptuous floral and spice layers resonate. Besides the color, the full-sized barrels also imbue the Absinthe Brun with toasty hints of vanilla and caramel. Bottled at 126 proof, the spirit-forward drink is an addictive sipper that can also add depth to a variety of cocktails.

The Traveler Beer Co.

Traveler Beer Co. Curious Traveler Lemon Shandy...$8.49 / 6pk
We proudly introduce our flagship Shandy, the CURIOUS TRAVELER™. Curious Traveler is an American craft wheat ale brewed with fresh lemon and a touch of lime, delivering a crisp, light-bodied flavor with a juicy citrus aroma.

Malt Varieties: 2-row malted barley, malted wheat
Hop Varieties: Hallertau-Hallertau
Special Ingredients: Fresh lemon and lime
Alcohol: 4.4% ABV

Traveler Beer Co. Illusive Traveler Grapefruit Ale...$8.49 / 6pk
We proudly introduce the Illusive Traveler, American craft wheat ale brewed with real grapefruit. He’s a mysterious fellow with a distinctly juicy disposition.

Malt Varieties: 2-row malted barley, malted wheat
Hop Varieties: Hallertau-Hallertau
Special Ingredients: Real grapefruit
Alcohol: 4.4% ABV
BUs: 7

Traveler Beer Co. Forbidden Traveler Apple Ale...$8.49 / 6pk
Forbidden Traveler is a crisp wheat beer brewed with real apple. Its bright effervescence will catch your eye, while its refreshing aroma will tempt your senses. It’s here for the picking, just take a sip.
Driven by supernatural curiosity and ambition to unearth the unexplainable, the Forbidden Traveler probes the earth to uncover mysteries of the past. Shunning the bureaucracy of academia, F.T. sets his sights on those once-in-a-zillion lifetime finds that others dismiss as mere fantasy. F.T. concentrates his efforts on unearthing locations.
We proudly present the Forbidden Traveler — a crisp fellow with a taboo disposition.

Malt Varieties: 2-Row Brewer’s Malt, Malted Barley, Malted Wheat
Hop Varieties: Hallertau-Hallertau
Special Ingredients: Real Apple
ABV: 4.4%
BUs: 7

Raclette and Billy Goat Potato Chip “Nachos”

Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday!

Raclette and Billy Goat Potato Chip “Nachos”
Living in the day and age of re-invented classics and deconstructed dishes we bring to you Raclette Nachos, prefect your your Super Bowl Sunday or next wine tasting.


  • 1lb Bag Billy Goat Original Potato Chips   ***
  • ½ Pound Swiss Raclette (grated or small cubed)  ***
  • ½ Pound French Raclette (grated or small cubed)  ***
  • 4oz Cornichons Chopped Small For Garnish   ***
  • 1 Raisin River Duck Confit Shredded for Garnish or Chorizo  ***

*** In stock at The Wine and Cheese Place

Pre-Heat Oven to 300
Spread Potato Chips as evenly as possible on a rimmed baking sheet
Sprinkle Racelette over Chips
Bake for 10 minutes or until cheese melts
Before cheese cools top with chopped cornichons and shredded confit toss once or twice to combine
Serve with your favorite bottle of Swiss Wine or Cold Beer

Meet Adam Lee of Siduri

OPEN HOUSE - invite your friends!
No reservations needed, but you can let us know on FACEBOOK (click here) if you are coming

Save the Date: Thursday February 5th (5-7pm)

Meet the owner and winemaker ADAM LEE

At the Wine and Cheese Place

7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105

Come taste and amazing line-up of Siduri Pinot Noirs with Adam Lee, owner and winemaker. This is a unique opportunity to taste some of Adam's best wines from 2 amazing vintages 2012 and 2013. Adam is personally hand bottling a selection of his 2013's for his visit to our store and we will be offering special pre-sale pricing, don't miss out on this great event.

Open house format come early though as Adam usually draws a crowd.

Wines to be tasted:

  • 2013 Siuri Russian River Pinot Noir
  • 2013 Siduri Sonoma County Pinot Noir
  • 2013 Siduri Pisoni Pinot Noir
  • 2013 Siduri Gary's Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • 2012 Siduri Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir
  • 2012 Siduri John Sebastiano Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • 2012 Siduri Pisoni Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • 2012 Siduri Rosellas Vineyard Pinot Noir

Monday, January 26, 2015

93 Point Chardonnay from some famous vineyards!!!

Bullet points....
  • Former winemaker at Flowers
  • Grapes sourced from Bryce Cutrer (grapes formerly used in Sonoma Cutrer)
  • Rated 93 Points
  • Only $15.99

In stock now at Rock Hill, Forsyth, plus online

2013 Au Contraire Russian River Chardonnay...$15.99
A brand new wine from Tom Hinde, former Director of winemaking at
Flowers Winery! The grapes are sourced from vineyards owned by Bryce Cutrer (think Sonoma-Cutrer), and there is nothing to not like about this wine! BUY IT BY THE CASE!

"This is a delightfully floral and lemony-crisp wine, with a touch of crème brûlée balanced between layers of citrus. Despite the rich accent, it’s light-bodied and easy to like, offering subtle complexity and a sultry, spicy finish."

Rated 93/100 Wine Enthusiast

#1 bottle shop in Missouri per

Just noticed....
The Wine and Cheese Place rated as the best bottle shop in Missouri for 2014!

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Gjetost - a very original cheese

A one of a kind cheese
Ski Queen Norwegian Gjetost

come in and ask for a taste.
In stock at all of our locations!

A Toast for a Humble Norwegian Cheese

Gjetost is an artless cheese. It has no crystals, no shards, no holes, no rind, no mold. It is not smudged with ash nor washed with Cognac. Caves do not age it.

In fact, gjetost (pronounced YEH-toast) is more like fudge than cheese. A product of Norway, it is made by boiling the whey left over from traditional cheese production. It is stirred and condensed over heat until reduced to one-quarter its original volume. The sugars in the lactose caramelize, and the cheese becomes thick enough to pour into rectangular molds....Its semifirm compact texture, which bears a trace of peanut butter's sullen mouth feel, has a rich salty-sweet caramel finish.

To earn the classification gjetost, this cheese must contain at least 10 percent goat's milk whey (in Norwegian, gje means goat). The remaining milk may come from cows.

Gjetost made with a combination of goat and cow milk and the odd drop of cream (sold in this country under the brand name Ski Queen) is milder than Ekte gjetost, which is produced from 100 percent goat's milk whey.

Gjetost might not be taken seriously in the world of cheese, but do not tell that to the Norwegians, for whom it has a cradle-to-grave appeal. Gjetost is eaten for breakfast on rye crisps, secreted into lunch boxes and served for dessert with fruit.

Its admirable melting qualities reduce it frequently to the creamy molten state from which it came.
Article from the New York Times

Enjoy with some Finn Crisp Rye