Saturday, November 21, 2020

Beer & Cheese Pairing with Maplewood Brewing Co.

Beer & Cheese Pairing with Maplewood Brewing Co.

Wednesday, December 2nd  -- 

$40.00 for four 16 oz beers and ¾ pound of cheesy goodness

$50 adds a awesome salami from local legends, Salume Beddu

any questions email

Beer….cheese...two great tastes that go together. Peanut butter and chocolate are fine, but with top Chicago suds? Maybe yes if you have consumed a few edibles, but we’re going classic with this tasting. Join both Maplewood Brewing’s Jeff Doerr and the The Wine and Cheese Place’s own Whiskey Dave for a tasty tour of some serious beer and cheese action. Add 10 buckaroos to add a whole salami from Salume Beddu. You won’t regret it!

Son of Juice India Pale Ale 6.3% abv
Paired with
Flory’s Truckle Cheddar, Cow’s milk, Missouri

Fat Pug Oatmeal Milk Stout 5.9% abv
Paired with Grand Noir Blue, France
& Kaiko dark chocolate, Missouri

Pulaski Pils Chicago-style Pilsner 5.1% abv
Paired with
Brie de Coulommiers, Cow’s milk, France

Brownie Points Brown Ale w/ Vanilla bean 5.7% abv
Paired with
One year old Manchego ,Sheep’s milk, Spain

Fresh Surly


Back in stock

Surly Brewing Coffee Bender...$8.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Guatemalan coffee, roasted locally, added to Bender, our oatmeal brown ale. Coldpress coffee aromas, intense coffee flavors balanced by the oats in the malt bill, resulting in a cappuccino-like creaminess.

Surly Abrasive Double IPA...$13.99 / 4pk cans
We originally brewed this beer at the end of 2008 to bid farewell to growler sales, only to underestimate the demand for the first double IPA in Minnesota. We brewed the beer again in spring 2009 and the rest is IPA history. Also history: 16 Grit, the beer’s first handle and a size of abrasive grit used at the old abrasives factory that houses the original Surly mothership in Brooklyn Center.

Vina Robles The Arborist

2018 Vina Robles The Arborist
We know our customers love a great deal and we also know our customers love to give back. The 2018 Vina Robles Arborist is a great way for you to do both. A portion of the proceeds of every bottle of the Arborist goes to the 1 Tree Planted Foundation, to date Vina Robles has planted over 5300 trees with the proceeds of this brilliant wine.

2018 Vina Robles The Arborist $14.99
This is a screamingly good deal, offering both hedonistic pleasure and complexity through a blend of 41% Syrah, 35% Petite Sirah, 12% Grenache and 12% Tannat. Aromas of roasted cherry, smoked meat and cola spice lead into a hearty palate of black currant, roasted game and licorice. It's balanced by bright acidity, making for a sip that will satisfy many
Rated 94/100 The Wine Enthusiast

Friday, November 20, 2020

The Big 2020 Rare Whiskey Raffle

2020 Rare Whiskey raffle....

This year's raffle will take place the first week of December.   Your purchases will count from December 1, 2019 until November 30th 2020 at 7pm.  Each $600 you have spent (average of $50 per month) this past year will count as a raffle ticket.  It will be a weighted raffle. A weighted raffle based on previous 12 months purchases to reward our regular customers.

Sorry, we cannot tell you how much you spent in the past 12 months. Too time consuming of a process if we allow everyone to ask.

You must be a member of our WRC-Whiskey Reward Club to qualify - click here to read more and to sign up.   

We are populating the list --
We do not want to give false hopes.   Our Pappy Van Winkle allocation keeps shrinking and your odds are very small.   It is getting very frustrating for us (and for you, we know).   We did not even get any 20 year old

  • Old Rip Van Winkle 10 Year Old
  • Pappy Van Winkle 23 Year Old Family Reserve
  • Pappy Van Winkle 15 Year Old Family Reserve
  • Van Winkle Special Reserve 12 Year Old Lot B
  • Eagle Rare 17 Year Old
  • George T. Stagg Bourbon
  • Thomas H. Handy Rye Whiskey
  • William Larue Weller
  • Sazerac Rye 18 Year Old
  • Old Forester Birthday Bourbon 2020
  • Elmer T. Lee Bourbon
  • Col. E.H. Taylor Small Batch Bourbon
  • Blanton's Bourbon
  • Parker's Heritage Heavy Char 10 Year Old
  • Weller 12 Year Old Bourbon Liter
  • Weller Antique 107 Bourbon
  • Weller Full Proof TWCP Single Barrel
  • Weller C.Y.P.B. Wheated Bourbon
  • Weller  Single Barrel Wheated Bourbon
  • Weller Special Reserve 750ml
  • Weller Special Reserve 1.75ml
  • Four Roses TWCP Single Barrel OESO
  • Four Roses Limited Edition Small Batch 2020 Barrel Strength
  • Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond 9 year Old
  • Eagle Rare 10 Year Old
  • Sazerac Rye 6 Year Old
  • 1792 Full Proof Bourbon TWCP Single Barrel
  • 1792 Bottled in Bond
  • 1792 Sweet Wheat
  • Elijah Craig 12 Year Old Barrel Proof
  • Elijah Craig 18 Year Old
  • Elijah Craig Toasted Barrel Bourbon
  • Bombergers Bourbon 108 Proof
  • Shenks Sour Mash 
  • Michters 10 Year Old Bourbon Single Barrel
  • Joseph Magnus Murray Hill Club Bourbon
  • Joseph Magnus Murray Hill Club Special Release
  • Joseph Magnus Cigar Blend Bourbon
  • Yamazaki 12 Year Old
  • Hakushu 12 Year Old
  • Nikka 17 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky
  • Nikka 21 Year Old Pure Malt Whisky
  • Nikka Yoichi Single Malt
  • Nikka Whisky From the Barrel

plus more to announce

Backbone Bourbon Uncut TWCP Single Barrel

Backbone Bourbon Uncut TWCP Single Barrel...$61.99
  • 116.7 proof
  • 192 bottles produce
  • Barrelled 09/2014
  • Bottled 11/20
  • About 6 Years Old!
  • Bottled uncut!

Blantons / TWCP Single Barrel Bourbon

Blantons / TWCP Single Barrel Bourbon --- 375ml bottles
Barrel No. 27
Warehouse H
Rick No. 39
Looks like from the barrel it was filled November 2013
Dump date 09.02.20
93 proof
516 bottles produced

Will go through our WRC - based on last 6 months purchases up until tonight 11/19/20 at 7pm

Emails went out - sent out 500+ emails today.  
Will send another round out the Saturday after Thanksgiving with the leftovers.

Thursday, November 19, 2020

Barrell / TWCP Kentucky Whiskey PX Barrel

Single Barrel Selected by The Wine and Cheese Place.
We are excited to introduce our latest single Barrel pick!

Barrell / TWCP Kentucky Whiskey Finished in a PX Barrel...$99.99
171 bottles produced
Kentucky Whiskey finished in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Barrel
Bottled at Cask Strength
115.28 proof

BH24 is a blend of KY Whiskeys, the largest component being 18-year-old KY whiskey, finished in a Pedro Ximenez Sherry Barrel.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Grangette Picpoul de Pinet Blanc Poule de Pic

2019 Grangette Picpoul de Pinet Blanc Poule de Pic...$14.99
Notes of lemon, green apple, mandarin and passionfruit.   Great fruit and acidity give this one perfect balance.

From a 10 hectare plot of Picpoul grapes that were planted 12 years ago to clay/limestone soils and yielded 30 hectoliters per hectare. Fermented in stainless steel for one week followed by aging 4-5 months in stainless steel tanks before being bottled.
Pronounced “peek-pool de pee-nay,” Picpoul de Pinet is a designation or cru which may be used within the Languedoc appellation for white wines made exclusively from Piquepoul blanc from six communes: Pinet, Mèze, Florensac, Castelnau-de-Guers, Montagnac and Pomérols. South of Montpellier not far from the border with Spain.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Bells Brewing Lampshade Party DIPA

Bells Brewing Lampshade Party DIPA...$16.99 / 6pk bottles
Lampshade Party Ale™ is a limited release that celebrates a night best partially remembered.
This Double IPA is dry-hopped with Australia’s Galaxy and the Pacific Northwest’s new-school IPA hop, Idaho 7. The hop character jumps out at you with juicy aromas of fruit punch, red berry and pineapple. Bitterness is there, but balanced with a nice malt character.
Feel free to indulge, and if a lampshade comes into play, so be it.

Odell Barreled Treasure Coconut Chocolate Stout

Odell Barreled Treasure Coconut Chocolate Stout...$9.99 / 4pk 12oz bottles
Coconut & Chocolate
A reward of hidden bliss awaits the intrepid explorer whose journey brings them to Barreled Treasure. An Imperial Stout aged in a blend of bourbon, wheat whiskey and virgin American oak barrels and enlivened with luxurious additions of coconut and dark chocolate, Barreled Treasure has a complex profile packed with aromas and notes of sweet coconut, chocolate-covered espresso beans and baker’s chocolate. Your riches await!

Lagunitas Sucks Ale

Lagunitas Sucks Dry Hopped IPA....$9.99 / 6pk 12oz bottles
In keeping with our tradition of sucking, we need to make room for other new beers and bring the sub back to the bench... for now. Lagunitas Sucks began as a short-term substitute for when we didn't have brewing capacity to make Brown Shugga'. Since then, it has substituted into our Unlimited Release line-up, a Winter seasonal.  Thanks for drinking it. We suck!

Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA

Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA...$8.49 / 6pk bottles
Sierra Nevada Celebration Fresh Hop IPA...$15.99 / 12pk bottles
Festive fresh hop holiday fun.
The start of Celebration season is a festive event. We can’t start brewing until the first fresh hops have arrived, but once they have the season is officially under way! First brewed in 1981, Celebration Ale is one of the earliest examples of an American-style IPA and one of the few hop-forward holiday beers. Famous for its intense citrus and pine aromas, Celebration is bold and intense, featuring Cascade, Centennial and Chinook hops—honoring everything we have at Sierra Nevada.

The Rare Barrel

The Rare Barrel

The Rare Barrel Cosmic Dust...$11.99 / 375ml
BA Sour Golden Ale w/ Hibiscus

The Rare Barrel Fields Forever...$13.99 / 375ml
BA Sour Red Ale w/ Strawberry

The Rare Barrel Home, Sour Home...$14.99 / 375ml
Sour Golden Ale w/ Peach, Vanilla Bean & Cinnamon

The Rare Barrel Soakin' Up Rays $13.99 / 375ml
BA Sour Golden w/ Passion Fruit & Pink Guava

The Rare Barrel Some Beach...$13.99 / 375ml

BA Sour Golden Ale w/ Cherry, Strawberry & Raspberry

The Rare Barrel Tale of Two Persimmons...$14.99 / 375ml
BA Sour Golden Ale w/ Hachiya & Fuyu Persimmons

Short Throw Brewing Pineapple Squeeze

Short Throw Brewing Pineapple Squeeze...$15.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
IPA with Pineapple

7% ABV

Omnipollo Fatamorgana Quadruple IPA

Omnipollo Decuple Fatamorgana Quadruple IPA...$6.99 / 16oz can
Quadruple India Pale Ale. Decuple Dry hopped.
12% ABV

Monday, November 16, 2020

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon

We have about 10 cases on hand.
We are told that will probably be it for 2020.
No more until next year

Four Roses Single Barrel Bourbon...$39.99
Compare to $42.99 at Total Wine and More

You’ll want to savor the taste of this premium Single Barrel again and again. It’s complex, full-bodied and surprisingly smooth with a delicate, long finish that’s unbelievably mellow. Drink straight up or on the rocks. 100 proof. 50% alcohol/volume.

Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon

Believe it or not - Benchmark is now allocated - we will get an allocation every once and awhile.
Basically anything from Buffalo Trace is going on allocation!

Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon...$9.99 / 750ml
Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon...$15.99 / 1.75 liter

Named after the McAfee brothers who surveyed a site just north of Frankfort in the late 1700s, this rye recipe bourbon is yet another label that honors the storied history of the Distillery and the land it sits on.

The nose bears caramel notes with a delicate stone-fruit backdrop. A robust and sturdy palate with some fine leather notes mingling with dry tobacco, a touch of oak and a hint of dried cherries. The finish is smooth and calming.

Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley

Bruichladdich The Classic Laddie Scottish Barley...$54.99
Head Distiller Adam Hannett has individually selected casks to showcase the classic, floral and elegant Bruichladdich house style. Made from 100% Scottish barley, trickle distilled, then matured for its entire life by the shores of Loch Indaal in premium American oak, it is a testament to the quality of our ingredients.

Cocktail Courier Party Can Triple Spice Margarita

Cocktail Courier Party Can Triple Spice Margarita...$25.99 / 1.75 liter
Margaritas in the winter?!? We like breaking the rules, particularly with this spiced margarita! Made with 100% blue weber agave tequila, fresh lime juice, premium orange liqueur, and subtle spices from real ginger, cinnamon and chili pepper, the Triple Spice Margarita puts the world’s most popular cocktail in the palm of your hand with 12 full-sized cocktails in one can, with a resealable lid. Party Can is shelf-stable for up to 6 months.
Perfect for every occasion, the Party Can will have you drinking craft cocktails in seconds.
Chill. Shake. Party!

Nikka Whisky back in stock

Nikka Whisky back in stock

Nikka Coffey Still Grain Whisky...$62.99
"This grain whisky is distilled in a "Coffey Still", which is a very traditional and rare patent still Nikka imported from Scotland in 1963. The Coffey still produces a complex whisky with a mellow and sweet taste originating from the grain itself. Please enjoy the uniqueness of this whisky which Nikka offers to the connoisseurs.
NOSE: Notes of tropical fruits, coconut and banana.
PALATE: A rich, soft, sweet flavor with a hint of vanilla wafer.
FINISH: A delicate finish with a touch of honeyed citrus.
VARIETY: Single Grain

Nikka Coffey Still Malt Whisky...$69.99
The Nikka Coffey Malt is the result of a unique distillation process in “Coffey” type column stills, which are normally used for grain whisky production. This rare 100% malt bottling offers a surprisingly rich texture.

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Amazing 2016 Favia Wines -huge scores from everyone!

Husband and wife duo Andy Erickson and Annie Favia are two of Napa Valley’s brightest stars—little wonder, given their backgrounds: Andy’s first winemaking job was at Newton, working with Chardonnay-producing legend John Kongsgaard, and then as Bob Levy’s assistant at Harlan, while Bond was being built. Later, he became the winemaker at Screaming Eagle, Ovid, Arietta, Dalla Valle, and, most recently, for Mayacamas. Annie’s viticultural work began with legendary grower David Abreu, where she had a hand in farming some of Napa’s greatest vineyards, like Ovid, Sloan, Bryant Family, Colgin, Harlan, Screaming Eagle, and Staglin.

2016 Favia La Magdalena Red Wine Napa Valley...$174.99
The 2016 La Magdalena is superb. Dense, pliant and richly textured, with supremely beautiful inner perfume and depth, the 2016 has so much to offer. Super-ripe red cherry, plum, wild flowers, espresso, mint, rose petal and spice notes abound in this mid-weight, yet deeply flavored Cabernet Sauvignon. Just as it was from barrel, La Magdalena is wonderfully lifted and nuanced..
Rated 97/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Slightly deeper and richer, with powerful notes of purple and blue fruits, the 2016 La Magdalena (55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon) offers up complex spring flowers, violets, and graphite notes, full body, thrilling purity of fruit, present tannins, and a great, great finish. There’s plenty of underlying structure here and the cellar is going to be your friend. Regardless, it’s a gorgeous wine.
Rated 97/100 Jeb Dunnuck
This is rock-solid, with a beautiful core of cassis, plum preserves and raspberry pâte de fruit, framed by a light ganache note before ending with roasted apple wood and anise accents. The brambly energy is buried within, allowing the fruit and grip to meld steadily through the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2020 through 2033. 276 cases made.
Rated 95/100 Wine Spectator
The 2016 La Magdalena is made up of 55% Cabernet Franc and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon aged 22 months in barrel and a year in bottle. Very deep purple-black in color, it features wild blueberries, black cherries and cassis notions that spring from the glass with beautiful suggestions of lavender, pencil shavings and tilled black soil plus a waft of Sichuan pepper. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is fantastically bright and energetic with a solid backbone of ripe, grainy tannins and wonderful freshness, finishing long and mineral laced. Bottled without fining or filtration. 276 cases produced.
Rated 95+/100 Wine Advocate
Aromas of blueberries, minerals and black tea. Full bodied, tight and cool with a linear bead of fine tannins that draws you down. Racy and beautiful. Cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. Drink after 2022.
Rated 95/100 James Suckling

2016 Favia Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville....$174.99
Favia's 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville is wonderfully vivid and alive in the glass. Black cherry, plum, tobacco, leather, smoke, licorice and grilled herbs infuse this potent, savory Cabernet Sauvignon. Medium in body and yet full of bold flavors, the 2016 has so much to offer. Today it is deep, vivid and supremely balanced, with all of the character it showed from barrel.
Rated 96/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, the very deep purple-black colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville bursts forth with exuberant black cherries, crushed blackcurrants and black raspberries with touches of violets, camphor, damp soil and mossy bark plus a waft of black tea. Full and generous, with a rock-solid construction, it has layer upon layer of black and red fruits and seamless freshness, finishing long and perfumed. 343 cases produced.
Rated 96/100 Wine Advocate
The deep purple-colored 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Coombsville has classic blue fruit as well as plenty of green herbs, sage, tobacco, and graphite aromas and flavors. It’s another structured, vibrant, focused wine that needs bottle age.
Rated 96/100 Jeb Dunnuck
This is really pretty with blackcurrant and lead-pencil aromas and flavors. Solid core of fruit to the firm and lightly chewy tannins. It’s polished and so real. Focused. Needs four or five years to soften, but already a joy to taste. Try after 2024.
Rated 96/100 James Suckling
Ripe and vivid, with a stream of boysenberry, black currant and plum fruit racing along in lockstep, while anise, sage and singed tobacco notes fill in. The finish is underscored by graphite-edged grip, showing good latent energy. Powerful and pure. Best from 2021 through 2035. 342 cases made. — JM
Rated 95/100 Wine Spectator

2016 Favia Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville...$174.99
The gem in the 2016s is undeniably the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville, which is all Cabernet Sauvignon from the Oakville Ranch vineyard located just above Dalla Valle. This monumental beauty boasts a deep inky color, a huge nose of crème de cassis, crushed rocks, lead pencil shavings, and obvious rocky minerality, full-bodied richness, and tannins and structure galore. It’s going to be a candidate for perfection in 5-7 years and will see its 30th birthday in fine form. It’s a brilliant, brilliant wine.
Rated 99/100 Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville is another flat-out gorgeous wine from Favia that is just as compelling today as it was last year. Rich and resonant on the palate, with super-expressive inner perfume and impeccable balance, the 2016 simply has it all. Red cherry jam, mint, dried flowers, espresso and raspberry preserves infuse this vibrant, silky Cabernet Sauvignon.
Rated 97/100 Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
Dark and winey, with intense black currant, fig and blackberry puree flavors streaming through, supported by licorice snap and bramble notes and backed by energetic, tarry grip on the back end. This is dense, but shows lots of kick. Best from 2020 through 2035. 326 cases made.
Rated 95/100 Wine Spectator
The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Oakville comes from Oakville Ranch, perched just below Ovid on Pritchard hill and above Dalla Valle. Composed of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, it has a very deep purple-black color and comes charging out of the glass with vivacious blackberries, blueberry compote and cassis scents with hints of violets, oolong tea, cigar box and fragrant earth. Medium-bodied, the power of this wine comes purely from intensity, with rock-solid, wonderfully ripe tannins and fantastic freshness to support and lift the very long, perfumed finish. 327 cases produced.
Rated 97/100 Wine Advocate
This is a really exciting red that shows wonderful opulence of blue fruit and minerals with some walnuts. It’s full-bodied with intense tannins and fruit, yet it tightens down at the finish. Remains cool and poised. Try after 2022.
Rated 98/100 James Suckling