Saturday, November 14, 2015

Ch Monbousquet

2010 Chateau Monbousquet St. Emilion....$83.99
A lush, modern, style, with hyperdrive on the blueberry, loganberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Nothing gets too heady though, as there's charcoal-studded grip, smoldering coffee grinds and roasted bay leaf notes all in the background for definition and further development with cellaring. Modern, yes, but firmly grounded in its terroir. Best from 2016 through 2035. 7,000 cases made.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Spectator
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate

Glendronach Limited Release

Glendronach 1994 Single Cask 20 Year Old Single Malt Scotch

Distilled 9/30/1994
Bottled 7/2015 
Cask #1079
Total bottles 648
Aged in Pedro Ximinez Sherry Puncheon
54.4% ABV
Each year, our Master Distiller, Billy Walker, specially selects a handful of individual casks from the warehouses at GlenDronach Distillery, to be bottled as the GlenDronach 'Limited Release'. With maturing whiskies dating back as far as 1968, there is a vast selection of barrels, hogsheads, puncheons and butts to choose from.

Ballwin Location Cheese Feature: Huntsman from England

Ballwin location: 14748 Clayton Road - located East of Baxter on Clayton Road in Ballwin.Each of our locations feature a different selection, come in and taste before you buy.

Long Clayson's Huntsman - England
The cheese adds a striking appearance on your holiday cheese tray!
Layers of rich Double Gloucester and Long Clawson’s famous Blue Stilton, this is a unique and outstanding cheese.  The creamy taste of Double Gloucester, combined with the crumbly yet creamy bite of the Blue Stilton is a great flavor combination. Served as a "Ploughman’s Lunch,” with pickles, onions and bread, or melted over your favorite steak, it is an experience not to be missed.
Whole traditional wheels of Double Gloucester are hand cut into layers, along with layers of Blue Stilton. Each layer is individually molded into the next by hand to produce the whole wheel.  Huntsman™ makers at Long Clawson are highly regarded for their attention to detail, and deftness of hand in creating this exceptional cheese.

Forsyth Location Cheese Feature: - Green Dirt Farm - Missouri

Forsyth Location: 7435 Forsyth Road in Clayton (in the old Famous Barr Building with our own huge free parking lot)

Each of our locations features different cheese, come in and check them out.  We offer free tastes so you can decide what you like before you buy.   

Green Dirt Farm Dirt Lover - Missouri
Dirt lover is a bloomy rind cheese with a light coating of vegetable ash. Applying ash to the rind of cheeses is an old-world cheese making technique that helps to neutralize the pH of the rind, encouraging the desired rind formation. The dark line from the ash makes Dirt Lover a striking addition to a cheese plate.

Dirt lover tastes buttery, lemony, and mushroomy, and becomes earthy and beefy with age. It smells of wet dirt, like working in the garden.

This cheese pairs well with rosé, wheat beer, and dried apricots. Dirt Lover makes a wonderful salad with citrus quarters, walnuts, fennel, and a simple vinaigrette. 

Green Dirt Farm Woolly Rind - Missouri
Woolly Rind is a Bloomy Rind aged cheese, so named from the bloom of edible mold on the rind. It is a classic lactic style cheese that undergoes progressive ripening as it ages. This means that the cheese ripens from the rind towards the center.
Woolly Rind tastes buttery, tangy, and mushroomy. With age, the cheese gains earthy and beefy qualities. Its aroma frequently evokes thoughts of forest floor, or fresh soil. It is a good option to introduce people to aged sheep’s milk cheese, as it is relatively mild.
Woolly Rind pairs well with Lambic and Saison beers, unoaked Chardonnay, prosciutto,
honey or dark chocolate.

Rock Hill Location Cheese Feature: Snap Dragon

Rock Hill Location: 9755 Manchester Road - across from the Hacienda Restaurant.

Cheese Feature
Each store features a different selection, come on in and check it out.  All of our cheese is cut fresh to order and we have plenty of FREE samples!! Taste before you buy!

Tulip Tree Snap Dragon - Indiana
Snap Dragon – a creamy mold-ripened whole milk cheese filled with habanero peppers – for the hot pepper cheese lover.
Milk Type: Pasteurized cow
Style: soft-ripened flavored with peppers
Rennet: vegetarian-friendly
Pairings: Savignon Blanc (to help cool your mouth), Pinot Noir (to intensify the heat)

Friday, November 13, 2015

New vintage of Taittinger Comtes de Champagne 97+ RATING!

2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne....$149.99

The 2006 Comtes de Champagne is striking, especially in the way it brings together elements of ripeness and freshness in a hypothetical blend of the 2002 and 2004. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the 2006 is all about texture. There is a real feeling of density and weight in the 2006, qualities I expect to see grow with time in the bottle. All the elements fall into place effortlessly. The 2006 has been nothing short of magnificent both times I have tasted it. Comtes de Champagne remains the single best value (in relative terms) in tête de cuvée Champagne. I suggest buying a case and following it over the next 20-30 years, which is exactly what I intend to do. There is little doubt the 2006 Comtes de Champagne is a magical Champagne in the making.
Rated 97+/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media

98 Pointer from Lafite and Catena!!!

2012 Catena / Rothschild Caro Malbec Cabernet...$55.99
From Lafite Rothchild and Catena!
Incredible aromas of spice, cedar, walnut and dark berry. Floral too. Spectacular nose. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and a racy and refined finish. Fresh and succulent. Made from old vines of Malbec in Compuertas and Cabernet Sauvignon from Altamira. Such finesse. Half the normal production. The best wine ever from the Domaine Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and Nicolas Catena winery. Drink or hold. 
Rated 98/100 James Suckling

Amazing Red Blend Value!

2013 was a spectacular vintage!
2013 Leaping Horse Red Blend....$9.99
 Don't look before you leap.  Pair your favorite dish with the perfect wine and step out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary.  Live higher.  Begin your adventure with Leaping Horse.
A leap into this gorgeous red blend of Zinfandel, Merlot and Petite Sirah will delight your senses.  From the dark red purple color and deep perfume of baked fruit pie and dark fruits you will journey into notes of jam and butter on warm toast ending in a balanced and beautiful full finish.  A complement to any barbecue, especially one that includes steaks, chicken, and port or hearty pasta dish filled with fresh vegetables.

Imperial Stout Aztec Chocolate Stout and Rye on Rye

We scored 1 more case!

Boulevard Smokestack
Imperial Stout Aztec Chocolate Stout....$11.99
2015 will see us release riffs on our Smokestack Series Limited Release Imperial Stout. As a base beer, Imperial Stout serves as a ridiculously sturdy starting point for layering flavors by incorporating new ingredients or barrel aging methods. Imperial Stout has a huge grain bill featuring several types of malted barley, wheat, rye, oats, and spelt. Robust grain and chocolate/coffee flavors are counterbalanced by date and plum notes from Scottish yeast.

The second installment, Imperial Stout X – Aztec Chocolate, takes inspiration from traditional drinking chocolate referred to as Xocoatl. The ancient Aztecs held chocolate in such high regard that in addition to its place as a holy drink in ceremonies, cacao beans were a form of currency. Accounts vary, but the drinking chocolate the Aztecs consumed combined a paste of cacao beans with spices, chili peppers, vanilla and in some cases, wine or another fermented spirit.

To bring our interpretation to life, a batch of Imperial Stout was brewed that received freshly ground cinnamon during the boil on the brewhouse. This batch will be blended with tanks of Imperial Stout that are infused with dried pasilla negro and ancho chiles as well as cacao nibs. The chiles and cacao nibs were stuffed into porous bags and suspended in sanitized stainless steel tanks. Finished beer is transferred onto the chiles and nibs and allowed to rest for 24 hours of contact time. Following the infusion, the beer is transferred to a blending tank and blended with the cinnamon spiced batch. No portion of Imperial Stout X – Aztec Chocolate is barrel aged.

We scored 2 more cases!!!

Boulevard Smokestack Rye on Rye...$11.99 / 750ml
Rated 99 on RateBeer  
Why Rye? This assertively flavorful grain is more often associated with whiskey than beer. Even in that arena, it has largely been eclipsed by corn and barley, the sources of Bourbon and scotch. But when we procured some seasoned barrels from our friends at Templeton rye, we asked ourselves, "Why not? Why not brew a rich, tawny rye ale, then mellow it in the warthm of charred oak rye whiskey casks? Two kinds of malted rye provide a spicy sweetness, giving way to notes of caramelized wood and the citrusy tang of Perle, Magnum, and Saphir hops before easing into a dry, lingering finish." -- back label

Boulevard Tasting!

BEER - New Ballas location

November 13th from 4-6pm

The Wine and Cheese Place - NEW BALLAS
457 N. New Ballas, Creve Coeur MO 314.989.0020

  • New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve Raspberry
  • New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve Coffee and Chocolate
  • New Holland Dragon's Milk Reserve Toasted Chile

Boulevard Tasting! Forsyth Location

Friday November 20, 2015 from 4pm-6pm

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

  • Boulevard Tank 7
  • Boulevard The Calling
  • Boulevard Tell Tale Tart
  • Boulevard Nutcracker 
Plus taste the new....
Boulevard Snow & Tell Oak Aged Scotch Ale

Boulevard Snow & Tell – Oak-Aged Scotch Ale...$8.99 / 6pk
Snow & Tell, our newest winter seasonal beer, is being released to coincide with the change in the weather that occurs in the Midwest as we transition from crisp fall days into cooler, brisk nights. A malt blanket of sorts, Snow & Tell is our interpretation of a Scotch Ale or Wee Heavy. Ranging in alcohol from 6% up to 10% in more extreme examples of the style, Scotch Ales typically feature rich, caramel malt sweetness punctuated by spicy/herbal hops.

At 6.3 ABV, Snow & Tell is composed of our base pale malt, crystal/caramel malt, amber malt and just a touch of Beechwood smoked malt from Germany. At just under 1% of the total malt bill, the smoked malt lends subtle complexity without overpowering the layers of caramel and toffee flavors contributed by the crystal malt. Hopped with Magnum, Chinook and Styrian Goldings, Snow & Tell sees brief aging on medium toasted oak chips at the end of fermentation.

Opening with aromas of fig, raisins and caramel/toffee Snow & Tell stretches out, enveloping the palate with a lingering malt sweetness that transitions into spicy/herbal hop flavors coupled with a drying, oaky character. The hops are fairly minimal at 25 IBUs, but serve to keep Snow & Tell from becoming cloying. A great sipper on a cool night, we suggest pairing Snow & Tell with heavy meat dishes, strong aged cheeses, chocolate and shortbread.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Glenglassaugh Torfa Single Malt Scotch

Glenglassaugh Torfa Single Malt Scotch...$66.99
Highly Peated
At Glenglassaugh, in addition to the traditional production, we also produce a very limited quantity of whisky using richly peated malted barley as the cereal varietal. The malted barley has been dried in the traditional way, over peat infused kilns, giving the whisky its unique smoky flavour. Glenglassaugh ‘Torfa’, with its peaty, phenolic nature, is a unique expression, and is quite different to the usual style of whisky produced in the Highlands.

Colour: Gleaming yellow gold.

Nose: Vivid, sweet, sooty campfire smoke and sea air infuses zest of lime, apricot jam and ripe soft fruits; all gently warmed by hints of stem ginger and cracked black pepper.

Palate: An eloquent, sweet coastal peat smoke engulfs candied peel over melon, pineapple and roasted red apples. Oat biscuits, hints of heather honey and a gentle cigar box spice all combine to give a terrific balance to the expressive smoky character.

Finish: A heady, yet elegant, harmony of distinct coastal peat and striking spiced fruit flavours.

Russell's Reserve SINGLE BARREL Rye

Russell's Reserve SINGLE BARREL Rye....$52.99
104 proofRussell’s Reserve has continuously produced some of the best rye whiskeys, and this non-chill filtered, 104 proof single barrel rye is no exception — delivering a balance of spicy pepper, vanilla and tobacco flavors. Master Distiller Eddie Russell planned this release for years, resulting in a big whiskey that stands up to any cocktail.

Yellowstone Bourbon Whiskey

New limited release - in stock at all 4 locations now!

Yellowstone Bourbon Whiskey 105 Proof....$99.99
Celebrate a 105-year family legacy with 105-proof
Yellowstone Limited Edition Kentucky Straight Bourbon, a marriage of some of the finest hand-selected bourbon available, celebrates the return of Yellowstone to the family of Limestone Branch founders Steve and Paul Beam – and the many fine bourbons to come.
A true family affair, Yellowstone was born when my father’s grandfather, Minor Case Beam, sold his Old Trump Distillery to Joseph Bernard Dant, pioneer distiller and relative to my mother. I am proud to welcome the Yellowstone brand back to our family 105 years later with this perfectly smooth blend of the finest 12-year rye, 7-year rye, and 7-year wheated Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, lovingly bottled at 105 proof: the only way to celebrate this family legacy.

Cismontane new release and some returning....

Some new ones and some returning ones....

Cismontane Black’s Nocturne Imperial Stout...$18.99 pint 
We took everyone’s favorite Imperial Stout (sans coffee) and aged it for nearly a year in fresh Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels, which we then blended in an attempt to tame the bourbon beastliness. Creamy vanilla and smooth oak on the nose complement and round out the roasted, bitter chocolate characteristics. A kiss of bourbon booziness on the palate provides the perfect finish for this rich and decadent tribute to the dark months ahead. Be prepared…winter is coming. 12% ABV 50 IBU

Cismontane Smokin' Santiago Scotch Ale...$5.99 / pint
Smokin’ Santiago Scotch Ale: Smoked Scotch ales are warming and hearty. The beer is malty, smooth with mellow smoke in the aroma and a nice sweet finish. Let the beer warm a bit to get the full experience of the complexity of the malt and smoke.
7.1% ABV 20 IBU

Cismontane Black's Dawn Imperial Stout...$6.99 / pint
Black’s Dawn: A heavy strong stout brewed with coffee, brown sugar and oats. With its powerful quality and morning ingredients it seems parallel to a solid dawn surf session at Blacks. With an inside connection to boutique roasted fair trade beans we were granted the opportunity to make this exceptional brew even better.
8% ABV 50 IBU

Cismontane Coulter IPA...$4.99 / pint
Named after the coulter big cone pine tree this is a well-balanced I.P.A. It brings the beer style back to its roots. Brewed with a hit of rye for head retention and a deeper malt character, this beer has the best of all worlds, great hop aroma, a strong body and deceiving strength. 7.2% ABV 60 IBU

Cismontane Saint Peter Barrel Aged Belgian Style Pale...$15.99 / pint
50% Chardonnay barrel-aged Belgian pale 15 months 50% Belgian pale ale 5.5% ABV 19 IBU

Cismontane Temporada...$12.99 / pint
8%er Saison aged in Conundrum Chardonnay barrels 12 months. Fermented with DuPont saison yeast 8% ABV 20 IBU

Cismontane The Citizen...$4.99 / pint
The California Common almost disappeared after prohibition as did the term Cismontane. Our interpretation of this style is a golden warm fermented lager with sufficient hop aroma. As a brewer and citizen of Cismontane California it is our obligation to produce a fine Californian Common. 6% ABV 45 IBU

Cismontane Whiting Wit....$4.99 pint
Belgian Style Witbier 
5% ABV 

Whiskey Wheek at The Wine and Cheese Place

Next week has turned out to be 

Whiskey Week or Wheek :)

All open house format 
-- share with your friends and join us of the fun and education!

This is a great chance to taste some incredible scotch and meet some of the most highly regarded whiskey experts!

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

Wed, November 18 - Scotch Expert Chris Riesbeck - click to read more

  • Benromach
  • Brenne

Thurs, November 19 - Giant Whisk(e)y Extravaganza - click to read more
Meet Brand Ambassadors

  • Glenfiddich
  • Balvenie
  • Hudson Whiskey
  • Tullamore Dew

Sat, November 21 - Scotch Expert Ed Kohl Tasting - click to read more

  • Tamdhu
  • The Arran
  • Kilchoman
  • Exlusive Malts

Alpha Atheist Ale

Bottled on Tuesday of this week!

Alpha Brewing Company Atheist Ale...$4.99 / 22oz
This beer taste good if you believe it or not.  After 9.734 days +- .8698.  This ale evolved into a delicious Belgian style IPA (AA).  Brewed with citrusy hops and our house strain of Belgian yeast.  Shove this down your throat!" - label

Hanson Brothers Mmmhops Pale Ale

Back in stock now!

Hanson Brothers Beer Company presents....
Hanson Brothers Mmmhops Pale Ale
7.5% ABV

"Mmmhops is a delicious pale ale crafted in Oklahoma, with quality ingredients and a determination to brew an exceptionally drinkable and flavorful beer. 
For 21 years followed our passion for music with our band HANSON, our DIY spirit leading us to found our own record company in 2003 from out Tulsa, Oklahoma base.  As we crested our third decade together, we decided to embrace another passion - craft beer.  We grew up in a world dominated by mass produced American lagers and pilsners, but in contrast we discovered the more full flavored craft beers being made by regional brewers all over the country, each one making their mark one brew at a time.  As our love of craft beer grew, so did our interest in joining the movement ourselves, with a focus on creating beers brewed with the same passion as we put into everything we do.
Brewed with our friends at Mustang Brewing in Oklahoma City, from the first drink Mmmhops hits you with a bold but not overpowering aroma of Zythos, Centennial and Willamette hops.  Its golden color and malty flavor come from a unique blend of barley malts that goes down easy and continues to surprise you with toasted richness.  We hope the refreshing hoppy finish will stir every beer drink to say "Mmmhops!".  We think this remarkably balanced Pale Ale is one of the most flavorful and inviting beers around, and we can't wait to share it with beer lovers everywhere."
--Taylor, Isaac, and Zac Hanson
Hanson Brothers Beer Company

To Øl Holiday Ales

To Øl Frost Bite Pale Ale....$7.99 / pint
A 6% Pale Ale brewed with Green Pine Needles and fruity Orange Peel to make the dark X-mas/Winter days just a bit brighter.

To Øl Jule Maelk Milk Stout...$9.99 / 375ml
15% ABV
Style:Imperial Sweet Stout
Malts:Pale, Special B, Melanoidin, Chocolate, Smoked, Dark Crystal, Roasted Barley, Cassonade Sugar, Lactose
Hops:Tettnanger, Tomohawk, Sorachi Ace

In Denmark we are very fond of Christmas beers. In fact, most of December goes with drinking Christmas beers while chewing on fat duck, pork roast, red cabbage and herrings left in vinegar for months.

Jule Mælk. Our so far strongest beer, bumped up to 15% ABV and loaded and loaded and loaded with lactose, just until it couldn’t get any more heavy. You could say this is the Foie Gras force-feeding edition of a beer. But then again, it is Christmas after all…

Haandbryggeriet Nissefar Father Christmas

Haandbryggeriet Nissefar Father Christmas...$7.99 / pint
"Nissefar (father x-mas) is our big Christmas beer that fills our mash tun to its limits with tons of yummy special malts. This beer is very complex, packed with the tastes and smells of Christmas, like chocolate, caramel and raisins.

Lump of Coal

For the naughty list...

Lump of Coal Dark Stout...$4.99 / pint
Looking forward to a depressing holiday? Here is liquid consolation. This 8% bittersweet chocolate stout is the best you could hope for in these dark times. Actually, come to think of it, considering how bad you’ve been, this little coal-black gem is more than you deserve for Christmas this year.
The handiwork of vastly talented (but altogether too cheery) master brewer Peter Scholey, Lump of Coal is the perfect stocking stuffer for the beer lover or manic depressive in your family." -- brewery

Tsjeeses Barrel Aged!

Back in stock!

Struise Tsjeeses 2013 Reserva Port Barrel Aged...$7.99 / 11.2oz
Rated 98/100 RateBeer
Struise Tsjeeses 2013 Reserva Bourbon Barrel Aged...$7.99 / 11.2oz
Rated 99/100 RateBeer

Noel de Geants

Brasserie des Geants Noel de Geants....$9.49 / 750ml
Gruet Style
The Brasserie des Géants, or Giant Brewery, is housed in a medieval castle in the town of Irchonwelz, in the French-speaking south of Belgium. The Géants Christmas beer came out in 2007, and it’s their best one yet. Rich and warming, and just a bit spicy (thanks to the delicate addition of a special aromatic herb from the region of the brewery), this festive ale has everything you want in a Belgian beer – but not the cheap sugary flavor that the more commercial breweries use to reel in a less sophisticated crowd.

Blaugies Moneuse Special Winter Ale

Blaugies Moneuse Special Winter Ale...$9.99 / 750ml
"A very festive and hardy holiday ‘saison’ home-made at Belgium’s smallest family brewery. Extra rich for the holiday season, at 8% alcohol by volume. Rated 8’s and 9’s (out of 10) by the authors of The Beers of Wallonia. As the label says, really just a richer version of La Moneuse, using a little caramelized malt and maybe more hops. The malt flavor of the Special is a little darker, roastier, and certainly sweeter, which must somehow distract attention a bit from the earthiness which is so notable in La Moneuse. The Beers of Wallonia authors opine that the Special Winter offers more "character" than the regular La Moneuse, but we don’t entirely agree. The beers share a lot of the same characteristics, but in different proportions. Like La Moneuse, the Winter is rather fizzy." - importer

De Ranke Pere Noel 2015


De Ranke Pere Noel Christmas Ale...$10.99 / 750ml
A fantastic Christmas beer, but one that defies the universal custom of a stronger, spicier beer for the holiday season. At 7% alcohol by volume, this one is relatively lighter in alcohol than the Guldenberg, and does not pack the hop punch of the XX. It combines some of the best elements of those other two beers – with a fine balance of malt and hops, complex character, a refreshing dryness, and a gorgeous cellar aroma – but is distinguished by its festive copper color.
Style: Winter/Holiday Beer
ABV: 7.00%