Saturday, February 28, 2015

Amazing Barolo tasting with Elisa Scavino - including a perfect 100 pointer!

Elisa Scavino has arrived!


Special Tasting Event: with very special guest, Elisa Scavino

Saturday, February 28 from 4-7pm
The Wine and Cheese Place - Forsyth
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105

Open House - reservations not needed

Join us in welcoming Elisa Scavino, grand daughter of famed winemaker Paolo Scavino for a special tasting event Saturday February 28 from 4-7pm. Elisa who is now the lead winemaker at the Scavino Estate will be pouring an amazing line-up of wines including a 3 year vertical of the amazing Bric del Fiasc Barolo. We held onto one bottle of the 100 Point 2010 for this tasting!

Great tasting - do not miss it!
Taste a 3 year vertical of one of one of the most famous Barolos, including one that scored a perfect 100 points!  All of them have huge scores!
  • Paolo Scavino Langhe Bianco "Sorriso" 2013 
  • Paolo Scavino Dolcetto d'Alba 2013 
  • Paolo Scavino Barbera d'Alba 2013 
  • Paolo Scavino "Vino Rosso" NV 
  • Paolo Scavino Barolo DOCG 2010 
  • Paolo Scavino Barolo DOCG 'Bric Del Fiasc' 2005 
  •         (Rated 95/100 Wine Advocate)
  •         (Rated 95/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous)
  • Paolo Scavino Barolo DOCG 'Bric Del Fiasc' 2006  
  •         (Rated 95/100 Wine Advocate)
  •         (Rated 95/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous)
  • Paolo Scavino Barolo DOCG 'Bric Del Fiasc' 2010  
  • available to taste while the bottle lasts, none for sale
  •         (Rated 100/100 Wine Enthusiast)
  •         (Rated 96/100 Wine Advocate)
  •         (Rated 97/100 Wine Spectator)
  •         (Rated 95/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous)

Alpha Brewing Gibberish Chocolate Oatmeal Porter

Part of their Indoctrination Series

Alpha Brewing Company Gibberish Chocolate Oatmeal Porter...$5.99 / 22oz
"Yanashannannammoohaanyyyalaalaabaaamaannyyaanasuntannallam!# This beer speaks for itself and will tye (sic) your tongue in knots.  A tasty malty porter brewed with oatmeal.  Shove this down your throat!" -- label

Paul Lato Syrah - Huge scores!!

2012 Paul Lato Syrah "Il Padrino" Bien Nacido Vineyard...$99.99
More masculine (about as masculine as any of Paul’s wines get? which isn’t very masculine), the 2012 Syrah Il Padrino Bien Nacido Vineyard (100% Syrah aged in 85% new French oak) had loads of creme de cassis, wood smoke, cracked pepper, salty minerality and ground herbs to go with a medium to full-bodied, layered, pure and overall fresh profile on the palate. It’s the incredible purity of fruit that really sets this apart. Also showing building, finely polished tannin on the finish, give this smoking Syrah another year or so and drink it through 2027.
Rated 95+/100 The Wine Advocate

2012 Paul Lato Syrah "Cinematique" Larner Vineyard...$89.99
On another level, the 2012 Syrah Cinematique Larner Vineyard (92.5% Syrah, 5% Viognier and 2.5% Grenache aged in 50% new French oak) has an incredible perfume of sweet blackberry, raspberry, crushed violets, coffee bean and bay leaf to go with a medium to full-bodied, silky, seamless and ethereally textured profile on the palate. Picking up plenty of fine tannin with time in the glass, this is a gorgeously pure, layered and multi-dimensional Syrah that will benefit from short-term cellaring, and have 15 years or more of ultimate longevity. It’s not a blockbuster, yet excels on its balanced, seamlessness and purity.
Rated 97/100 The Wine Advocate

"reminiscent of a great vintage of Petrus" - Robert Parker

2010 Gundlach Bundschu Merlot Heritage Selection...$79.99
The 2010 Merlot Heritage Collection displays a strikingly dense ruby/purple color as well as a tremendous bouquet of cassis, mocha and black cherries vaguely reminiscent of a great vintage of Petrus. No kidding! Full-bodied, powerful and rich, this 100-case cuvee tips the scales at 14.5% alcohol. A stunning effort, it is as great a Merlot as one will find in Northern California. It should age effortlessly for 15-20 years.
Rated 96/100 Robert Parker, The Wine Advcoate

Cakebread Merlot

2010 Cakebread Merlot Napa Valley...$59.99
The ripe, earthy, black cherry, dark plum and blackcurrant aromas of our 2010 Napa Valley Merlot introduce a palate full of rich plum, pomegranate and dark cherry flavors that take on a spicy tone in the wine’s long, fruitful finish. Boasting vibrant, concentrated flavors, fine tannins and good balancing acidity, this beautifully structured wine is alluring now, but will develop even greater richness and complexity with another 2-3 years of bottle age.

Rock Hill Cheese Feature: Sartori Bella Vitano Espresso

Rock Hill Cheese Feature:
come in for a taste, cut fresh to order (as we have been doing for 33 years)

Sartori Bella Vitano Espresso
As a delicious treat for your breakfast or dessert, we hand-rub freshly roasted espresso into sweet, sugary BellaVitano wheels aged to creamy perfection. We thank our artisan craft-roasting friends for getting up early to make the coffee — and helping us open the judges’ eyes at the World Cheese Awards this year.

Another Great 2012 Cab - Mount Veeder!

Another great 2012 Napa Vally Cabernet!

2012 Mount Veeder Winery Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley...$25.99
83% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec, and 1% Cabernet Franc
Deep ruby in color with aromas of deep cherry, plum, and vanilla intertwined with beautiful hints of anise and caramel. Additional notes of dark chocolate and cassis linger on the nose. Flavors of dark cherry and berry pie combine with hints of rosemary and bay, perfectly complementing complex notes of allspice and vanilla. A smooth, seamlessly integrated palate with rich structure and mountain personality.
"Smooth and ripe with juicy berry fruit and intense notes of tobacco, mocha and spice; tangy and balanced with length and depth."

Rated 92/100 Tasting Panel

Friday, February 27, 2015

90 Points and only $6.99

Do not miss this one - only 12 cases available at Forsyth right now!

2008 Catedral Reserva Dao...$6.99
Mint and red-fruit aromas dominate this classic Dão wine, with its firm tannins and mineral structure. Spice, toast and dark-berry flavors give a feeling of weight to a wine that demands to be paired with rich red meats.
Rated 90/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Distilled Beer!

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Distilled...$47.99 / 375ml
40% ABV
Traditional Frankonian Beer Spirit distilled from Schlenkerla Smoke Beer and matured on Schlenkerla smoked malt for several months.

Aventinus Edelbrand Distilled...$51.99 / 750ml
Aged for 3 years in Michel Couvre Whiskey Barrels
"Edelster Aventinus in its distilled form maintains its beautiful banana and dark strawberry nose combined with black peppery hop spice and hints of basil and clove. Its smooth, sticky mouthfeel compliments the fruity malt sweetness (strawberry/ pear/banana becoming vanilla) in perfect balance with the acidity and black-pepper bitterness."

Guinness Potato Chips

Burts Guinness Potato Chips...$1.59 / 1.5 oz bag
We’ve hand cooked quality potatoes to crisp perfection, before evenly flavouring them with a unique blend of roasted barley and hops. The result is a mouth-watering crisp with the bitter sweet flavour of the iconic Irish stout.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

New from Forty Creek

Forty Creek Copper Pot Whisky...$23.99
Forty Creek Copper Pot Whisky is made in the same award winning style as Barrel Select, by renowned whisky maker John Hall.   The difference is that Forty Creek Copper Pot is amped up in flavour delivering a deeper and richer taste profile.   Patient extra ageing takes place in white oak barrels, and careful selection of whisky stocks. Copper Pot is bottled at 43% alc./vol. to complement the depth of flavours in this bold whisky.

Tasting Notes
Deep copper (amber) colour. Bold aromas of toffee, nuts and spice. Dried stone fruits follow through on a smooth, supple entry. Full bodied with rich brown spice notes and hints of marmalade. Finishes with a long, sensual fade. A whisky worthy savouring.

Awards & Accolades
Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2014
Gold Medal, Wizards of Whisky Awards 2014
Silver Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2013
Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2013

Forty Creek Confederation Oak Reserve...$49.99

Notes from John Hall, Whisky Maker
I have worked with many types of oak barrels, first as a wine maker and then as a whisky maker. Every wood, whether it is from a bourbon barrel, port barrel, sherry cask, French, Balkan or American oak, creates a distinctive taste expression. As a proud Canadian whisky maker, I have always been curious what a Canadian whisky would taste like aged in a Canadian oak barrel, because most Canadian whiskies are aged in American oak.

To my delight, I discovered some massive Canadian white oak trees that were growing only 40 miles from the distillery! They must have started growing just before Confederation in 1867 because they were 4 feet in diameter and over 150 years old. The selected trees were harvested from a sustainably managed forest employing the principle of “no tree before its time.” This forest has a mixture of young trees coming up in the understory, mature trees in full productive vigor, and old trees whose growth has slowed. These older trees block sunlight and rainfall from the younger trees and when over-matured, need to be removed.

I thought I could give them a second career as whisky barrels. Canadian and American white oak trees are the same species. However, the cooler growing conditions in Canada result in slower growing trees that are more dense than their American counterparts. Consequently, the aromas and flavour profiles of Canadian oak are very different due to the Canadian terroir.  This is truly an iconic whisky. Canadian whisky, aged in Canadian oak barrels, harvested from trees that first rooted themselves in Canadian soil 150 years ago during Confederation.

Tasting Notes
Forty Creek Confederation Oak is the colour of old gold and is a very full bodied whisky. To the nose it is a big whisky with constantly evolving aromas and flavours. Beginning with a maple-raisin-vanilla-fig, layers of praline, banana, butter cream, honeyed nuts, marzipan, spice and orange blossoms. As it lingers, dark dried fruits and anise evolve. On the palate it has a very rich entry; soft, round and dry. Full bodied with vanilla, butter cream and pepper spice which is nicely framed with oak, walnut and smoke. An exceptional finish that has great depth. A long lingering finish with fading spice and white pepper. Excellent balance and vibrant flavour. A whisky to sip and cherish.

Forty Creek Confederation Oak is perhaps the finest Canadian Whisky I have ever tasted. It is an outstanding whisky achieving classic status. We love the whisky’s creamy texture, along with its gentle sweetness and lovely fruit. Both distinctive and very drinkable, it’s an outstanding effort!”  -- John Hansell, Malt Advocate Magazine
Awards & Accolades
Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2014 - NEW
Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2013
Gold Medal, Canadian Whisky Awards, 2012

Forty Creek Double Barrel Reserve...$46.99

Notes from John Hall, Whisky Maker
A few years ago, I had the opportunity to purchase some outstanding bourbon barrels from Kentucky. These barrels are excellent for ageing whiskies because they are “seasoned”. This means most of the fresh harsh oak tannins have been removed and what remains is all the good stuff, such as the softer oak tannins, wood vanillas, sugars and the toasty, smokey, spicy aromas, as well as the caramelized flavours from the heavy charring of the inside of the barrel.

After ageing my rye, barley and corn whiskies in their own special barrels, I decided to bring them together as a meritage, and placed the three whiskies into the bourbon barrels. This double barreling allowed the whiskies to hang out together and take on the subtle qualities offered by the bourbon barrels to enhance the finishing of the whisky.

Tasting Notes
Forty Creek Double Barrel has a wonderful golden roasted aroma filled with deep vanilla notes and highlighted with toasted spice, pecan and walnuts. There is a caramelized creaminess to the flavour with a rich spice that lifts it off the tongue. The finish is very smooth, mellow and extra long.

Awards & Accolades
Gold Medal, Beverage Testing Institute, 2014 - NEW
Gold Medal, Wizards of Whisky Awards 2014 - NEW
Silver Medal, San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2013 - NEW
Best Wood Expression, Gold,International Whisky Competition 2013, Chicago

Jefferson Chef's Collaboration

New batch in stock...

Jefferson Chef's Collaboration...$39.99
"Ridiculously Small Batch"
"a marriage or rare barrels of Bourbon and Rye"
Chef’s Collaboration - A late night spent tasting some of chef Edward Lee’s culinary creations led Trey to the idea that someone should blend a bourbon that would pair well with the bold flavors in chef Lee’s cookbook and other modern cuisine. Without hesitation, Trey and Ed set forth. The result is a blend with a spicy upfront and a fruity finish, enhanced by the addition of rye whiskey into the mix. Perfect with meals, for mixing cocktails or simply drinking neat.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

March 24 - Rare Bourbon tasting including Pappy Van Winkle

Rare Bourbon Tasting!
The Wine and Cheese Place 

7435 Forsyth Blvd
Clayton, MO 63105

March 24, 2015 -  6:00pm - 7:30pm

Certified Specialist of Spirits, Tony Watson, will be on hand to take you through these rare bourbons.

Seating is limited to 25 people.
Reservations required.
Credit card required with reservation.  Card will be charged at time of your reservation.
No cancellations or refunds.
Price: $75 per person


Yes, you will taste all of these rare Bourbons!  We will do a strict measured 3/4 ounce pour of each.
  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old 
  • Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve 15 Year Old 
  • Van Winkle Family Resreve Rye 13 Year Old 
  • Thomas H. Handy Sazerac Straight Rye Whiskey  
  • George T. Stagg Bourbon  
  • Buffalo Trace Experimental Collection 12 Year Old Floor #1 
  • Elijah Craig 23 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon
  • Wild Turkey Diamond Anniversary Bourbon
  • Lock Stock & Barrel Straight Rye Whiskey 13 Year Old

We are tasting some very rare and expensive Bourbons.  Do not miss out of this very limited chance to taste some of the best Bourbons in the world.

The Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye 13 Year Old sells for an average price of $964 on Wine-Searcher - click here to see for yourself

The Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year old sells for an average of $1,082 per bottle on Wine-Searcher - click here. Even the Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old has an average sell price of over $400 now online! The George T. Stagg has an online average of over $400 per bottle also.

New Ballas Cheese Feature: Oscar Wilde Cheddar

Each store's cheese selection varies.  
Check out our New Ballas location's featured cheese. 
Cut fresh to order, come in for a taste

Oscar Wilde 2 Year Old Irish Cheddar
Aged for two years, this Irish cheddar has a distinctive creamy taste and firm smooth body. Made in Ireland's dairy heartland, County Cork,  the cow's are pasture fed for 312 days, BGH free.   It is made from farm fresh cow's milk from family farms.    The texture is semi-firm and great with almonds, fresh fruit and great on apple pie.   Try with a great stout.

Ballwin location cheese feature: SeaHive

Each store's cheese selection varies.  
Check out our Ballwin locations featured cheese. 
Cut fresh to order, come in for a taste

Beehive SeaHive
Hand-rubbed with local honey and Redmond RealSalt®, SeaHive is a beautifully balanced treat. Made from the milk of Jersey cows in northern Utah, this is a full-bodied cheese with a smooth, creamy texture. SeaHive is shaping up to be one of our best cheeses. It is a true expression of our local flavors, superior quality and creativity.

Quality Ingredients
From the land of salt and honey. Our SeaHive is hand-rubbed with wildflower honey harvested from a local farm and RealSalt® sea salt. RealSalt® is harvested from an ancient sea bed near Redmond, Utah and contains unique flecks of color from more than 50 natural trace minerals.
Pairing suggestions
Hoppy ales, fruity white wines, straight bourbon
A variety of nuts, or shaved on salads and soups

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jolly Pumpkin tulip

Jolly Pumpkin Glass....$4.99 each

Many Jolly Pumpkin beers in stock now - click here

Bells Hopslam

Fresh batch in stock at Forsyth - first come - 1  -- 6 pack per person.

No reservations.

Bells Hopslam....$16.99 / 6pk
Bottled Feb 2 - 

sold out

Iron Maiden Trooper Beer

Now in CANS!!!

Iron Maiden Beer!
Trooper British Beer...$5.49 / pint
Trooper British Beer...$9.49 / 4pk 16oz cans

TROOPER is a deep golden ale with citric hop notes and dominating malt flavours with a subtle hint of lemon. Real depth of character with complex hop notes using a combination of Goldings, Bobec and Cascade Hops.

Real ale fan and history aficionado Bruce Dickinson, Maiden's vocalist, played a major role in developing the unique flavour of the beer, entailing ongoing visits to Robinson’s brewery in Stockport.

"I'm a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I'd died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer. I have to say that I was very nervous: Robinsons are the only people I have had to audition for in 30 years. Their magic has been to create the alchemical wedding of flavour and texture that is TROOPER. I love it."

Watch the video below to find out more about the creation of TROOPER.

"You’d better stand, there’s no turning back"

The Trooper song was originally inspired by ‘The Charge of the Light Brigade’. It took place at the Battle of Balaclava (1854) during the Crimean War when 600 British cavalry courageously charged the massed Russian artillery. This gallant but foolhardy assault resulted in a massive loss of life and came about due to a misunderstanding of an order given by the Commanding Officer, Lord Raglan.

Boulevard Imperial Stout X - Coffee

1 bottle per person 

Boulevard Imperial Stout X – Coffee...$11.99 / 750ml
Style: Imperial Stout
This first edition of our Imperial Stout “X” series, incorporates freshly roasted Ethiopian Sidamo beans from our friends and neighbors at The Roasterie. After fermentation is complete and the beer has been crash cooled with the yeast removed, our brewers transfer Imperial Stout into a sanitized stainless tank that has been fitted with bags of coarsely ground coffee beans. At this point, the beer is at 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Infusing the coffee at this temperature is similar to the cold toddy method of brewing coffee. The cold toddy method extracts far fewer acids from the coffee resulting in remarkably smooth, yet concentrated flavors. We allow the beer to rest on the coffee for a minimum of 24 hours before removing the beer from the coffee beans. Imperial Stout X – Coffee is not barrel aged.
The resulting beer is a marriage of huge, round, chocolate and caramel notes from the base beer, with smooth layers of sweet citrus and floral flavors and aromas from the coffee.