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Monday, September 16, 2019

Naked Grouse Blended Malt Scotch

Arrives tomorrow!


Naked Grouse Blended Malt Scotch...$30.99
Made from a selection of Malt Whiskies including Highland Park and Macallan – matured in first-fill and refill American and European oak casks, and then finished in first-fill oloroso Sherry butts for a further six months.

Convention said Blended Malt matured and got its flavour from pre-used Bourbon casks. This got us thinking, what if instead we used first-fill sherry casks to add another layer of rich and fruity flavour to our unique blend of single malts? These are casks that have never held whisky, Naked Casks we call them. This liberating leap into the unknown didn’t just work, it was a joyful exuberance of flavour, that changed the possibilities of whisky enjoyment!

In fact from this sprung a whole ‘Live Naked’ ethos, celebrating freedom; that liberating moment of release when you drop the act and can get back to the real you, the Naked you. Tie off, bra off, laptop shut!

Naked Grouse gives you the freedom to enjoy things your way. It’s best for those liberating moments when only a blended malt will do.

Live differently… Live Naked!

Compass Box Whiskey Class


Compass Box Whiskey Class
with our whiskey expert, Dave Davis

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105
In our new tasting room!

Class is limited to 18 guests

includes 6 different whiskies, cheese & charcuterie
Reservations required - click here to sign up
Your card will be charged with confirmation.
No refunds.


Wednesday, October 30th
6pm-8pm
We will taste 6 compass box whiskeys....

This is a great opportunity to taste a few of their very rare releases and 4 from their "classic" selections
  1. Compass Box The Circle ($144.99) **
  2. Compass Box Affinity ($125.99)  **
  3. TBA
  4. TBA
  5. TBA
  6. TBA
** we only have 1 bottle left of these two, none will be for sale that night.  We just wanted to share some limited whiskey with more friends of the store!


Some info about the two limited releases
Compass Box The Circle
The Circle is based around a parcel of fruity and creamy single malt from the Tamdhu Distillery in Speyside. This is supported by malt whisky from the Clynelish Distillery. A touch of peated malt whisky from an Orkney distillery and a small proportion of a French oak-finished blended malt whisky complete the recipe.

Compass Box Affinity
We have been blending Calvados with Scotch whisky at home and in our blending room for years. The flavour combination is classic: apples and spice riffing off dried fruits and vanilla. When we were able to source Calvados of the right quality, and in enough quantities, we decided to share our private experiments with the world.

Tilquin Oude Mure



1 per person
Tilquin Oude Mure...$15.99 / 375ml
Belgian Lambic Ale brewed with Blackberries.

St. George Single Malt Whiskey SM018




St. George Single Malt Whiskey SM018...$84.99
Head distiller/blender Dave Smith is now the chief custodian for our whiskey program, and it is his palate that now guides its evolution. For our 2018 release (Lot 18), Dave ventured deep into the far corners of our whiskey library and drew from a selection of barrels ranging 4–19 years in age. Casks included used Kentucky bourbon barrels, used rum casks, used French oak wine casks, used Port casks, and used California Sauternes-style casks.

Smooth Ambler Big Level Wheated Bourbon



Smooth Ambler Big Level Wheated Bourbon...$49.99
Compare to $54.99 at Total Wine and More St. Louis
(100 Proof)
Big Level Bourbon is a wheated bourbon 100% mashed, distilled, aged, proofed, and bottled at the Smooth Ambler distillery in West Virginia. No chill filtration.
Mashbill: 71% Corn, 21% Wheat, 8% Malted Barley
Aging:  5+YO spirit, aged in #4 char 53-gallon barrel
Tasting Notes:
Toffee and pancake batter on the nose. With pleasant warmth in the mid-palate. Lingering finish. Lots of pecan pie.

Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey 7 Year Small Batch

This is another one that has gotten a little tougher to get recently - 
but we do have it in stock now!



 
Bernheim Original Wheat Whiskey 7 Year Small Batch...$26.99
BERNHEIM ORIGINAL
This Heaven Hill Distillery original is named for the famed Bernheim Distillery here in Louisville. A wheat whiskey, Bernheim Original is the first new style of American whiskey to be introduced since Prohibition. Aged for 7 years in our traditional open rickhouses, Bernheim’s mellow taste is refreshingly smooth when served straight or in cocktails.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

8 of the Best Kosher Wines You'll Ever Drink

Rosh Hashanah 2019 will begin in the evening of Sunday, September 29 and ends in the evening of Tuesday,  October 1

Stop by our New Ballas location for all your Kosher wine needs!
They have a very large selection!



8 of the Best Kosher Wines You'll Ever Drink
By Erin De Santiago, Certified Specialist in Wine

Kosher wine is wine made while following extra rules and guidelines so that it remains in line with Jewish dietary laws. It must be made under a rabbi's supervision, only contain kosher ingredients, and be processed using specially certified equipment. There can be no added preservatives or artificial colors, and the wine can only be handled from start to finish by Sabbath-observant Jews.

Meaning of Mevushal and Passover Wines
If a wine is labeled as Mevushal, it can be handled by and served by non-Jewish servers. During production, it must be heated to around 180F, with a process known as flash pasteurization. Techniques developed in flash pasteurization help minimize any effect on the wine's flavor.

If you see a wine that notes it's for Passover, it must not contain certain additives. Legumes and corn syrup are two of the additives that cannot be present in kosher for Passover wines. You'll find that most kosher wines are already approved for Passover, but some producers like Manischewitz add corn syrup to their normal bottlings. If they produce specific wines that are approved for Passover, they use real cane sugar versus corn syrup and the bottles will denote they are "Passover Certified."

We have a few of the wines on the list in stock at our New Ballas and Forsyth locations.


Domaine du Castel 2011 Grand Vin 
(we have a different vintage in stock)
Gayot rates Domaine du Castel 2011 Grand Vin as one of their top 10 kosher wines, rating it 15/20. It's produced by Judean Hills in Israel, and Gayot notes it could easily be mistaken for a family-owned French winery with its focus on Bordeaux style varietals. Judean Hills is regarded as one of Israel's top wine producers, and they note this particular Bordeaux-style red blend has been referred to as the "greatest kosher wine in the world."


Bartenura Moscato d'Asti
(we have a different vintage in stock)
Skyview Wines names the 2015 Bartenura Moscato d'Asti as their #1 best kosher wine for 2017. It's an Italian Moscato renowned for its lightly fizzy texture, and it has hints of pear, nectarine, melon, and floral flavors on the palate. They recommend pairing it with cheese-based dessert dishes, like a chilled slice of cheesecake.

Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc
The Baron Herzog Chenin Blanc is on KosherWine.com's list of best 90 point plus rated kosher wines. The grapes come from California's Clarskburg appellation, and the wine exhibits fruity notes of gooseberry, white peach, and nectarine. They recommend serving it young and chilled to experience the best of the intense fruity aromas and flavors. It pairs well with fish and chicken dishes.

Destihl Wild Sour Rose






Destihl Wild Sour Rose....$9.99 / 4pk
Sour Rose Ale with apple and raspberry
This limited release combines a traditional berliner-style weisse bier with apple and raspberry. It's packed with berry and citrus aromas, subtle sweetness, tartness and dry finish to round out this unique sour rose ale.

Redwood Empire Whiskey



Redwood Empire Pipe Dream Bourbon Whiskey...$31.99
Named for the 14th tallest tree on the planet, Pipe Dream is our first Bourbon whiskey. Pipe Dream Bourbon is made from a high corn mash-bill and blended from barrels aged between four and twelve years. Smooth and complex, it is a true sipping whiskey.

Redwood Empire Emerald Giant Rye...$31.99
Named after the fastest growing Redwood in the world, Emerald Giant is a fan favorite in the Rye world. We started with a mash-bill of 95% premium rye and aged it for over 3 years in new charred oak barrels. Spicy with an exceptionally smooth finish, it is a great choice in your classic whiskey cocktails.
Rated 97/100 Tasting Panel

Redwood Empire Lost Monarch Whiskey...$31.99
Named after the world’s largest coastal Redwood, Lost Monarch whiskey has a name to live up to. An award winning bourbon-rye blend with an exceptional balance of sweetness and spice. The perfect choice for those who just can’t decide between rye or bourbon, we call it “the best of both worlds.”

Madre de Todos Los Muertos Mezcal



Madre de Todos Los Muertos Mezcal....$48.99
Madre Mezcal is made with 70% agave Espadin and 30% agave Cuixe (Karwinskii) agave. The agaves are roasted in an earthen pit, and fermented with local well-water and wild yeast found in the mountain air. Distillation is done in the family’s aged copper still. Madre has a hint of smoke, with a sweet fragrance. Herbal notes of sage, earth, and minerals appear on the tongue, with a lingering floral finish.

2015 Condado de Hazo Ribero del Duero Crianza



2015 Condado de Hazo Ribero del Duero Crianza...$19.99
Aromas of blackcurrants, crushed violets, rosemary and thyme. Full body, good concentration and silky tannins with a pure and vivid finish. Drink or hold.
Rated 93/100 James Suckling
Cherry, red plum and currant flavors are ripe and juicy in this bright red, supported by firm tannins and citrusy acidity that give way to a vanilla- and floral-accented finish. Offers a fresh fruit core, with solid structure. Drink now through 2025. 4,000 cases imported. — TM
Rated 90/100 Wine Spectator

Tinto Pesquera Crianza





2014 Tinto Pesquera Crianza....$33.99
Very bright, ripe and nicely captured ripeness, this has dark cherry and plum as well as a stony edge and some raw earthiness. The palate has energetic appeal, harmonious fruit and oak, and a dark berry and chocolate finish. Drink now.
Rated 92/100 James Suckling
Rated 90/100 Wine Spectator

Dominio de Eguren Codice Red




2017 Dominio de Eguren Codice Red...$8.99
Blueberries, blackberries and hints of nutmeg on the nose. Medium body, firm and silky tannins and a flavorful finish. Shows refinement and easy accessibility. Drink and enjoy.
Rated 91/100 James Suckling

Rye Whiskey Class!



Whiskey Classes
with our whiskey expert, Dave Davis

The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105
In our new tasting room!


Class is limited to 14 guests
includes 6 different whiskies, cheese & charcuterie
plus advice for the lovelorn.
.
Reservations required
Click here to sign up.
Your card will be charged with confirmation.
No refunds.


Wednesday, September 25th from 6pm-8pm
Oh My, That's a Lotta Rye
$35 per person

Taste during this class ---
  • Kentucky Owl 10 Year Old Rye Batch #3
  • High West Yippee Ki Yay Rye
  • Still 630 Rally Point Straight Rye
  • Barrel Rye Cask Strength
  • Lot No. 40 Canadian Rye
  • Pikesville Straight Rye

Tom Bush joins The Wine and Cheese Place



THE WINE & CHEESE PLACE ADDS AN EXCITING NEW TEAM MEMBER!

The Wine and Cheese Place is very pleased to welcome TOM BUSH to the team at our Chesterfield location. Tom was most recently the Wine Director at Balaban’s before it closed a few weeks ago. Before that, Tom was an owner of St. Louis Wine Market and a manager at The Wine Chateau. Beyond his expertise with wine and whiskey, Tom might just be the nicest guy around!

Tom describes how he first got into wine: “Many years ago while celebrating an event in our young lives, my wife Judy and I ordered a half bottle of Chateauneuf du Pape at a French restaurant in Chicago. Our lives were changed forever.”

We have some great projects planned with Tom—such as bringing back our Wine Club—and we intend to have him host a series of wine classes. Stay tuned!

Head over to our Chesterfield store located at 14748 Clayton Rd. (636) 527-1144 and say hello to Tom! 



You can also email him at tom@wineandcheeseplace.com

99 Point Italian White From Antinori


99 Point Italian White From Antinori

Sometimes I feel like a broken record when talking about Antinori's Cervaro Della Sala. Every vintage, the Cervaro gets amazing press and praise. It is often compared to the greatest Chardonnay based wines in the world by critics and customers alike.
2017 Antinori Cervaro Della Sala Chardonnay....$55.99
This is big and powerful, without being ripe and heavy. So much apple, stone, and hints of toffee. Aromatic. Full-bodied, layered and framed with phenolic tension and a great finish. Muscular and agile at the same time. One of the best I have tasted.
Rated 99/100 James Suckling

Spirit Classes at our Forsyth location


Our new Tasting room and event space....
You can now book our private tasting room for your next event! 
We can customize to your needs and budget.  We supply the wine, spirits, snacks for any occasion.  Contact us for details.  Subject to availability.






Whiskey Classes 
with our whiskey expert, Dave Davis


The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105
In our new tasting room!


Class is limited to 14 guests
includes 6 different whiskies, cheese & charcuterie
plus advice for the lovelorn.
.
Reservations required
Click here to sign up.
Your card will be charged with confirmation. 
No refunds.



Wednesday, September 25th from 6pm-8pm
Oh My, That's a Lotta Rye 
$35 per person
We're gettin' rye on our own supply. Ryes from everywhere including Paul's still in his garage. 

Thursday, October 17th from 6pm-8pm
Japanese Whisky
$35 per person
Lots of new expressions from the country and we're gonna taste 6 of these beauties. 

Thursday, November 7th from 6pm-8pm
Special Sooprize Tasting Extravaganza
Theme TBD but it's a good 'un


SOLD OUT already
Wednesday, January 8th from 6pm-8pm
Rare Bourbon & Rye
$100 per person
Lineup TBD but it will be worth the wait! Excellent Christmas gift for yer spouse...

Wednesday, February 12th from 6pm-8pm
Sherry, Baby!! 
Whiskey finished in Sherry Barrels
$40 per person
We're digging into sherried whiskies from around the world. 


Thursday March 12th from 6pm-8pm
Yep, It's March and It's Irish Whiskey Time!
$35 per person
You want a Irish whiskey class around St. Paddy's Day? We will oblige you, but no fightin'..

Peter Michael Winery





2017 Peter Michael Chardonnay La Carriere...$95.99

The 2017 Chardonnay La Carriere is a rich, powerful style of Chardonnay, yet it stays vibrant and fresh, with terrific balance. Notes of orange blossom, pineapple, caramelized citrus, and white flowers, as well as a touch of minerality all, emerge from this full-bodied, multi-dimensional, layered beauty that's going to evolve for at least a decade.
Rated 97/100 Jeb Dunnuck
A barrel sample (mainly from the Hyde clone), the 2017 Chardonnay la Carriere has a drop-dead gorgeous nose of dried apricots, warm pineapple, guava and pear tart with hints of candied ginger, honeycomb and orange blossoms. The palate is medium to full-bodied, rich and creamy with great freshness and some mineral accents coming through on the long finish. 2,560 cases are expected to be produced, to be released in February 2019.
Rated 94-96/100 Wine Advocate

2014 Peter Michael Les Pavots...$179.98
Incredible aromas of pine tree, mineral, cigar box and tobacco leaf but then it turns to currants and black truffle. Forest fruit and forest floor. Soya. Full body, round and decadent with a combination of ripe fruit and earth, spice and long finish. The uniqueness of Pavot is streaming here. Drink or hold
Rated 98/100 James Suckling
The 2014 Proprietary Red Les Pavots (3,570 cases) is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc, 13% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot aged in mostly Taransaud barrels with a small helping of Darnajou thrown in. This wine is fabulous in the vintage, although certainly less profoundly concentrated and extracted, as well as structured, compared to the 2013, which was off-the-charts fabulous. This is a brilliant wine, charming, with front-end loaded plum, blackcurrant and black raspberry fruit interwoven with graphite, tar and truffle notes. The wine has sumptuous texture, sweet, velvety tannin, and a long, full-bodied finish. It should drink well for at least two decades.
Rated 95/100 The Wine Advocate

Kelt Cognacs - new expressions



Kelt Single Barrel Cognac Tour du Monde Captain's Barrel...$59.99
KELT Captain’s Barrel is for the connoisseur who wants something unique but does not necessarily want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars.
We use our famous VSOP blend as the base and then we let the barrels do the talking. We select the Limousin barrels we believe will give the best results from the 6-12 year range and designate these as Captain’s Barrels. The barrels are painstakingly examined and thoroughly researched from their first day in service.

Once the selection is completed we embark on the Tour du Monde. This is the legendary 3 month Ocean Maturation exclusive to KELT which brings out hidden qualities in the Limousin oak and rounds off the cognac in a beautiful and unique way making the KELT cognac the smoothest on the market while presenting a remarkably broad pallet of tastes and aromas.
Once the barrels return to Cognac we do a tasting to gauge the effects the Ocean Maturation has had on each barrel. The ones with the most interesting results are selected for bottling. Nothing is done with this cognac upon its return. The barrels which have been approved as interesting enough to be Captain’s Barrels are sent directly into the bottling hall and bottled barrel by barrel. They are bottled at Tour du Monde strength which is around 42% alc/vol or 84 proof (it will vary depending on the weather conditions during the Tour du Monde between 41,5 and 42,5%) and most importantly they are NON CHILL-FILTERED.

Each barrel varies in character but the basic characteristics of the VSOP remain. There are only 360 bottles of each barrel. These are unique and can never be produced exactly the same again. Each bottle is numbered and comes with its Tour du Monde certificate showing ships, ports of call and the dates.










Kelt Grande Champagne Cognac Tour de Monde Commodore...$89.99
KELT Commodore is the most recent addition to the KELT range. It is the first addition since the retirement of our founder Mr. Kelt and as such a true test of whether the philosophy of uncompromising attention to detail, quest for excellence and genuine quality of Mr. Kelt has been passed on to the successors who have been under his tutelage for over 20 years.

We are happy to announce that the KELT Commodore won Double Gold and best cognac of 2015 at the WSWA competition. It seems that we are maintaining the course set by Mr. Kelt and he has let us know that he is most pleased.

The KELT Commodore attempts to combine the most interesting qualities of a Grande Champagne VSOP, Napoleon and XO. The blend is extremely complex and depends heavily on the barrel selection for the Ocean Maturation.

Once the blending is completed we embark on the Tour du Monde. This is the legendary 3 month Ocean Maturation exclusive to KELT which brings out hidden qualities in the Limousin oak and rounds off the cognac in a beautiful and unique way making the KELT cognac the smoothest on the market while presenting a remarkably broad pallet of tastes and aromas.

We use our extensive experience and stock of Limousin oak barrels in the most creative way to get the maximum effect from the Ocean Maturation. For our Commodore we use barrels of between 8-15 years of a particular quality and history. The exact composition and details are a closely guarded secret know only to two persons within the company.
The blending and Tour du Monde puts our Commodore squarely in a tasting age of an XO but it still maintains the pleasant vanilla and fruit notes of a younger cognac.





Kelt Cognac Serendipity...$59.99
Finished in Sauternes Barrels
Non Chill Filtered
So new, it is not even on their website yet!

Svöl Aquavit




Svöl Danish Style Aquavit...$35.99

The earliest mention of "aquavit" was in a letter written by Danish Lord Eske Bille in the 1500s. Danish aquavits are made from un-aged, grain-based spirit and are typically the most caraway-forward style of aquavit. Our Danish-Style aquavit features the finest caraway from Finland as its lead flavor. The caraway is rounded out by several other botanicals from around the world including Icelandic angelica root and birch bark. It is a subtly spicy yet balanced spirit that's perfect in savory cocktail experiments.

BOTANICALS




Svöl SwedishStyle Aquavit...$42.99
Swedish aquavits share some similarities with their Danish cousins. They are also made from grain-based spirit and are often un-aged, although some are aged for short periods of time (less than 1 year). The main differentiator is that Swedish aquavits tend to lean on slightly sweeter botanicals like dill and fennel in addition to caraway. Our Swedish-Style aquavit features fresh dill which is cold infused before the other botanicals are added, and fennel that's been cracked and roasted to release its flavor and aroma. The result is a brighter flavor profile that's perfect in refreshing cocktail experiments.
BOTANICALS

Friday, September 13, 2019

Bill E's Small Batch Bacon

We are very excited to introduce Bill E's Bacon!



In stock now at all 4 locations! 

Go get it!





Bill E. Small Batch Bacon...$13.99 / 1 pound
"When Berkshire Red pigs and Chantilly White pigs get together, magic happens." — Bill E
Heavy heavy, thick kosher salt, brown sugar with real molasses, and then I use a pink curing salt with no nitrates. (FYI, that’s sodium nitrite, not nitrate). That's required, because that's what America's looking for right now. And that's it. Nothing else.”

Could Bill E’s small batch bacon become the next Benton’s?
SCOTT GOLD - Extra Crispy
There was a moment during my adventure at the World Food Championships that I’ll never forget. One of my fellow judges, an amazingly friendly grillmaster named Michael McDearman, struck up a conversation with me once we’d completed our official duties as bacon judges. After telling him a little bit about my very fortunate life as a Bacon Critic, he said, rather matter of factly, “There’s someone you need to meet.” Intrigued, I followed him over to the event’s “Tasting Village,” where he introduced me to William “Bill E” Stitt, chef and proprietor of the Old 27 Grill in Fairhope, Alabama, not too far from Mobile.

Stitt (“the second T is silent,” he noted) fashions his own brand of porcine goodness from the humble Fairhope roadhouse, a charming, wooden joint out on the verdant Alabama Highway 181. He was there that day to demo his bacon, which my new buddy Michael said “is absolutely going to be the next Benton’s.” And if you’re familiar with Benton's—beloved for years now by top chefs for their brilliant country hams and, naturally, bacon—you’ll know that this is not a small boast.


After trying Bill E’s bacon, however, that boast didn’t seem so outlandish. This is some lovingly, painstakingly handcrafted stuff that literally made me moan in porky, smoky ecstasy—and this, mind you, was after I tasted ten rounds of bacon dishes that morning.

What makes Bill E’s bacon so jaw-droppingly good? Here’s where the piggy mastery lies:

It all starts with the hogs
According to Stitt, “What I'm looking for is a combination of Pure Rock Red and Chantilly White pigs. I like that good mix of hog, and I like that I can get them to the weight I desire. They come from small family farms, sometimes third or fourth generation, in Southern Iowa and Southern Illinois. And I'm really pleased with the quality of the product I get... when I get it, it was slaughtered that day or the day before. And when they arrive on the truck, they're not even stored anywhere; they immediately go into the cure that day. I get the whole bellies, guaranteed to come from the same hog, and with absolutely nothing done to them.

“A lot of people pick on me and say, ‘Bill E, why don't you use Alabama hogs?’ And I learned a whole lot about the hogs by spending a lot of time on the farms and with the farmers. Back when I was in Yazoo City, Mississippi, as a kid, I was in 4H raising hogs. It's not that I'm against getting hogs from Alabama, but I've just never been able to find the quality premium protein in the quantity that I'm looking for. It's the same reason I don't buy Wisconsin oysters. I want my pigs to come from where the feed is.”


The cure is super simple
“It's very traditional,” Bill E says “Heavy heavy, thick kosher salt, brown sugar with real molasses, and then I use a pink curing salt with no nitrates. (FYI, that’s sodium nitrite, not nitrate). That's required, because that's what America's looking for right now. And that's it. Nothing else.”

There’s science behind the smoke
“It’s all about hickory,” according to Stitt. “That's where it all started. Just one smoke. It has nothing to do with time, and everything to do with temperature. The hickory doesn't give it too much smoke. You know, people will talk about smoke levels from one to ten, and when you start to get to six and a half, seven and above, you're starting to lose that pork, and I want the pork to stand out. So that's what I get from hickory. I don't cremate it.”

It’s been sung to (really)
“We make our bacon right behind the stage at the Grill, so therefore it's 'serenaded by songwriters.' When I opened up the Old 27, I built a little room in the back where I could perfect my recipes, my smokes, and cures, and eventually came up with a product that's second to none. I just really want to offer a great traditional protein that chefs are going to look at and say, 'I want this on the center of the plate.' I don't want it on top of a burger... I want a burger on top of it! ... That’s my ultimate goal: bacon being on the center of the plate, not just on top or wrapped around something.”


Or, as Bill E is noted to say, “Give the L and T an inferiority complex on your next BLT.”

Consider me sold.

Still 630 Headless Horseman Whiskey


Still 630 Headless Horseman Whiskey...$35.99 / 375ml
Originally the Imperial Pumpkin from O'Fallon Brewing, decapitated and now a malevolent ghost, damned to roam the darkness in search of his head.  This brewery collab whiskey will ensnare you with notes of caramel, vanilla, and single malt to distract your senses and soon have you searching for your own head.