Saturday, March 4, 2017

Named best Cheese Selection 2017 Ladue News!

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Ladue News Platinum List: Retail
Mar 3, 2017

Best Cheese Selection
Winner: The Wine and Cheese Place

By Connie Mitchell
No soirée is complete without the perfect cheese to complement the evening’s wine selection. And no picnic should be without a tasty cheese to enjoy with fresh bread and fruit. When finding the perfect cheese is your mission, The Wine and Cheese Place is the destination. The shop has been serving St. Louis residents since 1982, and now with four locations across the metro area, The Wine and Cheese Place boasts an unmatched array of cheeses and gift baskets. Chocolates, gourmet seasonings, nuts, wines from around the world and more also are available, perfect for mixing and matching for the most delectable combinations. Be sure to consult a member of the shop’s extremely knowledgeable and helpful staff, whether you’re looking for recommendations or just want to try something new.

The Wine and Cheese Place, multiple locations,

Friday, March 3, 2017

Papa's Pilar Ernest Hemingway Rum

Ernest Hemingway’s writing didn’t dictate his life; rather, his life dictated his writing. He lived by the words “Il faut d’abord durer,” meaning “First one must endure,” forging a courage that led to some of the world’s finest storytelling. He was an author, a free thinker, an adventurer, a sportsman, and a bon vivant. But he was never a spectator.

Rum was once a noble spirit. It was served aboard warships, rationed to visionary explorers, and used to sustain the Founding Fathers as they plotted revolution. Rum was consumed by men who understood that you only get one shot at life. Standing still, they’d say, was a waste of valuable time.

Ernest Hemingway was this type of man – an adventurer who lived life to the fullest. He indulged us with glimpses of a vibrant life by stitching together distant cultures, passions, and people using the power of the written word.  Inspired by his appetite for adventure, we’ve proudly
created a super-premium rum: Papa's Pilar
It is a spirit born of multiple rums hand-selected from the Caribbean, Central America and Florida. The rums are then brought to the U.S.A. and married together in our unique Solera aging and blending process.

Papa’s Pilar represents the original spirit of rum.

Papa's Pilar Ernest Hemingway Blonde Rum...$26.99
Rum finished in Spanish Sherry Casks

Papa's Pilar Ernest Hemingway Dark Rum...$35.99
Rum finished in Spanish Sherry Casks

Smooth Ambler Old Scout American Whiskey

Smooth Ambler Old Scout American Whiskey...$29.99
99 Proof

Kona Brewing Hanalei Island IPA

Kona Brewing Hanalei Island IPA...$7.49 / 6pk
This ale is brewed with passion fruit, orange and guava the beer will paddle in at 4.5%-AbV.

Plantation Rum O.F.T.D. Old Fashioned Traditional Dark 69% ABV

Plantation Rum O.F.T.D. Old Fashioned Traditional Dark...$21.99 / liter
69 % ABV Overproof Rum

Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve

Limited - we only have 7 bottles
Dalmore Cigar Malt Reserve....$117.99
This specially crafted whisky has been expertly made to be the perfect accompaniment to the finest of cigars.

Matured initially in American white oak ex-bourbon casks and 30 year old Matusalem oloroso sherry butts, it is then finessed in premier cru Cabernet Sauvignon wine barriques.

Beer Tasting tonight....

Beer Tasting March 3rd
Tonight from 4-6pm at the Forsyth Location.

Come taste these beers tonight at our new tasting bar by the Growler station

  • Firestone Walker Fortem Leo v. Ursus
  • Perennial Mint 17 Stout
  • Stillwater Super Hop
  • Jolly Pumpkin Sobrehumano Palena'ole
  • Jolly Pumpkin Clementina Saison
  • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja du Kriek

Firestone Walker Fortem Leo v. Ursus

Firestone Walker Fortem Leo v. Ursus....$12.99 / 4pk 16oz Cans
Canned 2-24-17
From the crucible of conflict come beers of great intention.
The sparring Lion and Bear not only speak to the unorthodox rapport between founders Adam Firestone and David Walker—they also hearken to the heart of our brewery culture, which for 20 years has been forged by often opposing forces in pursuit of the perfect beer. These forces now culminate in Leo v. Ursus, a chronology of beers that shift stylistically with each limited quarterly release. These are bold creations, often hoppy and intense, but always with a native sense of balance. Many also address “wish lists” expressed to us by loyal fans.

O'Fallon Bottlehouse Brown Ale

O'Fallon Bottlehouse Brown Ale...$7.99 / 6pk
A British Brown Ale with soft chocolate, caramel and toasted nut flavors and just enough earthy hops to offset the sweetness of the malt. The balance of full flavor and lower ABV makes this tasty brown ale easy to drink any time or all the time. Originally introduced in our winter seasonal Snow Pack, now available as a year-round offering!

2016 Virgile Rose is here!

2016 Chateau Virgile Costières de Nîmes Rose...$11.99
Grenache 80%, Syrah 20%
Technical Notes: The grapes are hand-harvested at night to preserve their freshness, and then 100% de-stemmed before undergoing a short 12-hour maceration in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks. Beginning in 2009 Serge and Thierry have progressively increased the percentage of Grenache from 60% to 80%.  The result is dramatic. Though they have always made elegant, balanced rosés, the wines have become increasingly perfumed and silky.
Tasting Notes: Delicate aromas of wild strawberry and red cherry dominate the nose of this beautiful rosé. The wine is bright pink with a tinge of fuchsia in the glass. The strawberry and cherry notes carry through to the mouth, where they are complemented with hints of red raspberry and refreshing minerality. Château Virgile produces a very versatile rosé, crisp enough to drink on its own, but flavorful enough for a meal

Chateau Virgile at a great price!

Syrah Based Wine from 90 year old vines!
2014 Chateau Virgile Cuvee L'Eneide...$16.99
60% Syrah

Cuvée L’Éneïde is a selection of the best grapes and oldest vines (many over 90 years old) at Château Virgile. The grapes are hand-harvested, 100% de-stemmed.  The wine is then assembled into a cuvée that is aged in a combination of new to 3 year old French oak barriques for 12 months. 
This is a seriously powerful and concentrated Costières de Nîmes. The wine is dominated by the Syrah, which gives it its dark black color. The nose is rich with black fruit aromas, complimented by a hint of oak, and subtle garrigue notes. In the mouth the wine is sumptuous. It is full of blackberry, cherry, and plum fruit flavors accented by coffee and chocolate notes. The finish is long and silky with ripe round tannins. This wine is an ideal match for steak au poivre, or on a special occasion, a prime rib of beef.

2015 Le Grand Clos Sauvignon Blanc

This wine is no longer being made as the owner decided to sell his grapes because the demand has gotten so high from his estate that he would have to raise his price to over $20 per bottle.

Stock up, we bought everything that was left!  
The 2015 is delicious!

2015 Le Grand Clos Sauvignon Blanc...$11.99
"Le Grand Clos Sauvignon Blancis full of the classic lemon boxwood, and floral notes one would expect. In the mouth, ripe citrus fruit flavors combine with a flinty minerality. This wine is aged on its lees, giving additional depth, and complexity, to this lively wine.

Bargain Rose Sparkling Brut - Domaine Collin

This sparkler was a big hit when we got our first load in a few months back.  Excited to have it back in stock now.

Bargain Rose Brut
Domaine Collin Cremant de Limoux Brut Rose...$19.99
Chardonnay 75% Chenin Blanc 15% Pinot Noir 10%
Philippe Collin, a native of Champagne, moved to Limoux in 1980 to establish his own domaine. Though his family has made Champagne for generations, the opportunities in this sought after, and extremely expensive area, were very limited.

Technical Notes: This wine is produced in a traditional method with the second fermentation taking place in the bottle. At the time of bottling, 1% still red wine (Pinot Noir) is added into the final blend, creating its beautiful pale rosé color. The Collin’s Brut Rosé has a low, 6 grams of residual sugar per liter, in comparison to Brut champagne which generally ranges from 9 to 14 grams per liter. 

Tasting Notes: This elegantly constructed rosé is pale salmon pink in color. Though the wine is primarily made from Chardonnay, subtle wild strawberry notes are detectable in the nose and on the palate from the Pinot Noir. The crisp, mineral Chardonnay is softened by the lush and aromatic Chenin Blanc. The result is a lively wine with a lot of character, without any aggressive or astringent notes. This is a wonderfully versatile rosé ideal for pork and salmon dishes, or simply on its own as an aperitif

Phillippe did a test on bottle color and now he bottles exclusively in green bottles.  Both wines pictured above are from the same bottling and are the same blend, dosage, etc...Obviouslly the Rose color does not jump out through the green glass, but it does when you pour it in the glass.  We tried them side by side and the green glass tasted much fresher.

92 Point St. Joseph from Semaska

Back in stock, this was a huge success last time we received it.  
More in stock now!!

2013 Semaska Saint Joseph Malleval....$29.99

  • Suggested retail of $50
  • 100% Syrah
  • Only 166 cases made for the world.
  • The wine is delicous
A much smaller production than the classic Saint Joseph, the 2013 Saint Joseph Malleval is a bigger, richer and more serious wine. Charcoal, blackberry, pepper and a touch of graphite all emerge from this medium-bodied, beautifully textured, polished and layered Syrah. It expands on the palate, has terrific purity of fruit and will drink nicely for 5-8 years at a minimum.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate

Coste-Caumartin Saint Romain Sous Le Chateau

2012 Coste-Caumartin Saint Romain Sous Le Chateau...$16.99
Suggested retail is $31
The 2012 Saint Romain Sous Le Chateau comes from limestone and marl soils located just below the chateau in Saint Romain (as the name suggests.) Its pale yellow color is brilliant, sparkling, with green reflections.On the nose are aromas of white flowers, yellow fruits and toast. With maturity honeyed notes and gingerbread develop. On the palate, this Roman White Saint has a mineral tip. Fat, long and tender, it is nicely balanced in a harmonious delicacy.  Only 350 cases produced

Amazing new CDPs!

Tiny production Chateauneuf du Pape  
      --- we are proud to introduce them to Missouri....

Great intro prices!!!  Best price in the country by far!

2013 Domaine de la Biscarelle Chateauneuf du Pape...$39.99

Lowest price on Wine Searcher is $48.00
89% Grenache, 5% Syrah, 3% Cinsault, 2% Mourvèdre, 1% Terret Noir
A dark, slightly meaty style, with plum and black currant paste flavors inlaid with leather, bay and tar accents. Shows a grippy edge through the finish, but the fruit pumps along too. Let this settle in the cellar. Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault, Mourvèdre and Terret. Best from 2018 through 2028. 433 cases made.–JM
Rated 92/100 The Wine Spectator

2013 Domaine de la Biscarelle Chateauneuf du Pape Les Anglaises...$49.99
Lowest price on Wine Searcher is $55.00
100% Grenache
30-100 Year Old Vines
Well-packed with dark plum, blackberry and black currant preserve flavors and liberally studded with licorice snap, dark tobacco leaf and bittersweet cocoa details, this stretches out to show leather and sage notes. Reveals good density, with an old-school tug of earth through the finish. Grenache. Best from 2018 through 2028. 216 cases made.–JM
Rated 93/100 The Wine Spectator

Odell Montage Variety pack -- CANS

In stock now
Odell Montage Variety pack....$19.99 / 12 CANS
  • Drumroll APA
  • 90 Shilling
  • Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Perennial 17 Mint Chocolate Stout


In stock now at all 4 locations

Perennial 17 Mint Chocolate Stout...$15.99 / 750ml
17 is an Imperial Stout brewed with huge amounts of chocolate malts, cacao nibs, and mint leaves. This hearty stout boasts 10% ABV and big chocolate aromas and flavors with a hint of fresh mint. This beer is perfect for the last cold months of the winter. However, it may be enjoyed right away, or allowed to age in the bottle.

ABV: 10%

Great Divide Hercules Double IPA

Great Divide Hercules Double IPA....$18.99 / 6pk Cans
HERCULES DOUBLE IPA is not for the faint of heart. It is, however, fit for the gods. HERCULES delivers a huge amount of hops from start to finish. Its hefty backbone of nutty, malty sweetness balances its aggressive hop profile.
ABV: 10% 

Belle Meade Bourbon Finished In Madeira Casks

Belle Meade Bourbon Finished In Madeira Casks...$69.99
Belle Meade Bourbon Finished in Madeira Casks is the third release in our award-winning Special Cask Finish Series. Like its predecessors, careful crafting and patience results in a product that showcases both a taste of America's Native Spirit and the Old World winemaking methods used in Madeira production.

To finish this offering we selected casks which were used in the production of Malmsey Madeira. Malmsey is the richest and sweetest tasting of the Madeira styles and is renowned for the depth and complexity of its honeyed flavors. This is a result of the wine being "cooked," fortified, and aged in the time honored traditions of winemaking on the island of Madeira.

We filled these casks with a blend of 6- and 9-year-old Bourbons. The robust flavors from the casks pair well with the spicy high rye content of the Bourbon and create a striking profile unlike any other whiskey in the world. The nose is floral with vanilla and hints of toffee. The palate shows dark wildflower honey, vanilla, ripe persimmon, dried black cherry, caramelized raw cane sugar, a touch of plum and a healthy dose of baking spices throughout. The lengthy finish echoes the honey, black cherry, vanilla and spice notes, and adds a touch of malt and chocolate.

Belle Meade Bourbon Madeira Cask Finish has been cut to 90.4 proof and, as with all of our products, is never chill-filtered. The result is a Bourbon of particular distinction and uncommon character. Have it neat, with a splash, over a sphere of ice, or create a distinguished twist on your favorite whiskey-based classic cocktail. However you drink it, you'll know you are enjoying a rare spirit made for the discerning whiskey drinker.

BRC - Release FW Bravo

BRC - Emails sent on this one - beer only purchases

Firestone Walker Bravo Imperial Brown Ale...$8.99 / 375ml
We proudly present the 2017 Vintage of Bravo, our Imperial Brown Ale aged in retired American oak bourbon barrels. Although Bravo was the first strong ale brewed for our Anniversary Ale blending program over ten years ago, it has yet to see its own bottled release, until now. Balancing rich toasty and chocolate malt flavors with a gentle balance of noble hops, Bravo is brewed to showcase barrel flavors with massive bourbon barrel notes that morph as the beer warms in the

Jolly Pumpkin limited releases

Jolly Pumpkin Sobrehumano Palena'ole...$12.99 / 750ml
“Sour, barrel-aged version of the beer by the same name. Brewed in collaboration with Maui brewing.
Yes, Michigan and Hawaii are connected. It should be obvious to you now, as you hold this beer, and read this label. John and I designed this beer with two noble fruits from two noble states, Michigan & Hawaii. Cherries and liliko’i. Starting to see the connection? I feel it. So does John. 4391 miles may separate our breweries, but no our thirst for the exquisite. Hipa! – Ron
Working with Ron is something I’ve always want to do since I had my first Jolly Pumpkin beer. Years later, it’s a reality. Being involved on this project was an honor and a privilege. Mahalo to my MBC crew and to you, fans of craft beer! – John

Jolly Pumpkin Clementina Saison...$12.99
Ale brewed with yuzu peel, lime peel, salt, coriander and clementines.

5.8% ABV

Jolly Pumpkin La Roja du Kriek....$12.99
3,100 gallons of La Roja meets 50 gallons of Michigan tart cherry juice to combine in a mellifluous melody of sour and tart joie de vivre!
Sip, Savor, Enjoy!
Style: Sour Ale
ABV: 7.50%

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Taste Channing Tatum's Vodka tonight

Taste Born and Bred Vodka 
Tonight March 1st from 5-7pm at our Forsyth Tasting Bar
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton, MO 63105

Preview - the vodka will not be available for sale just yet!

BORN AND BRED is an American craft vodka made from the best Idaho potatoes. Twenty-times distilled, it’s prepared in small batches and nourished by the unspoiled glacial water that flows from the Grand Teton mountains. And while it can serve as a smooth complement to your mixer of choice, Born and Bred’s clean, crisp taste is perfect for neat or "on the rocks" savoring.

· BORN AND BRED originated on a quest by Channing Tatum to find the best vodka in the U.S.A. His adventure led him to the award-winning Grand Teton Distillery in Driggs, Idaho. The high quality of vodka produced by this family-owned and operated distillery inspired a great collaboration that is now Born and Bred.

· BORN AND BRED offers premium refreshment for casual company and impromptu situations—no need for a special occasion. Positioned as an outdoor lifestyle brand as much as a spirit, Born and Bred celebrates what unfolds when camaraderie meets adventure. This aspect of the brand will be brought to life in a series of original content that is created, curated and promoted by Channing Tatum.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

92 Point Rioja from Robert Parker

Buy this by the case, put some in the basement to forget about for a couple of years and drink the rest now. An Amazing Rioja that strikes a great balance between old world elegance and modern power, one of the best values I have tasted in years.

2012 Bodegas Hazana Vinas Viejas Rioja...$11.99
The 2014 Hazana Vinas Viejas is simply one of the greatest values in Rioja that money can buy. A blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano, this collaboration between importer Eric Solomon and the owner and winemaker has produced an absolutely amazing Rioja from 45- to 70-year-old unirrigated, head-pruned vines. Loads of lead pencil shavings, black and red currants, licorice and tobacco leaf all jump from the glass of this dense, ruby/purple wine. Soft tannins, medium to full body and fabulous intensity, make for a sensational Rioja to drink over the next 5-7 years. If the good news. The good news, in addition to a drop-dead price point is that there are 20,000 cases imported to the U.S.
Rated 92/100 The Wine Advocate