Saturday, July 17, 2021

Hudson / TWCP / Planters House Single Barrel Bourbon

Our next Single Barrel Collab just arrived!

Hudson / TWCP / Planters House Single Barrel Bourbon....$42.99
This is your favorite whiskey
  • Barrel# BB-612
  • 92 proof
  • Barrell filled 07/21/17
  • 120 bottles produced
  • TWCP has 60 bottles
  • Planters House will have 60 bottles

New York Straight Bourbon Whiskey Single Barrel Select

Welcome to New York. It's a city that's bold, yet refined. Artful, and unapologetic. That same spirit seeps into our straight bourbon whiskey. New York State ingredients meeting New York City ingenuity for rich, grain-forward flavor.
This is Your Favorite Whiskey. You came, you saw, you smelled, you tasted -- and you picked out your perfect barrel. This particular bottling of Hudson's signature bold, grain-forward straight bourbon whiskey is just for you, the true connoisseur.

Friday, July 16, 2021

Greek Wines

2020 Skouras Zoe White....$12.99
Aromatic, pure and friendly, it is also fruity and flavorful. It is well balanced, but with some notable crispness on the back end to give it an invigorating quality. I appreciated its ability to come into balance, become more transparent and show some finesse as it aired out. Mostly, it just tasted great, making it a perfect picnic wine or porch sipper, while maintaining its refreshing demeanor."

2020 Mylonas Winery Assyrtiko...$15.99
Made from 100% Assyrtiko
Press from the 2019 vintage (none yet for the 2020)
This intriguing white offers aromas of tropical fruit, herbs and white flowers, and a full-bodied but springy array of lime and herbs. The wine has an appealing creaminess but still maintains an elegant poise. The finish is lingering with a clean, salty spin"  -- 91/100 The Wine Enthusiast (2019 vintage)
Mylonas Winery is a third generation (since 1917) boutique winery located 30mi south of Athens. The petite but contemporary winery is built in the village of Keratea with the 12 ha of their vineyards being scattered in Attica’s peninsula. They farm traditionally, mainly Greek grape varieties, with respect and trust to the terroir. Attica’s has a unique terroir rich in minerals & limestone soils. The mild Mediterranean climate acts as an ally and the old vines produce their most concentrated grapes in low yields. Mylonas philosophy is based on minimum intervention from the vineyard to the bottling. When you have great vineyards that produce high quality grapes of distinctive individual character, this is not only environmentally and socially responsible approach, it’s also the best way to consistently make fine wine.

2018 Douloufakis Liatiko Dafnios...$15.99
100% Liatiko
This wine's aroma will surprise you with its bouquet of spices such as olives, rich dark fruits and hints of tannins that will age and mature unfolding -as time passes- aromas of nuts, raisins and leather. The color is light red with orange hues, which is characteristic of this variety. As you first taste it, you will experience the continuation of the heady bouquet and will discover a wine of medium body, good acidity, soft and tasteful tannins, which make it most elegant to drink!.
On the nose, this wine offers rich cedar, olive, dark-chocolate and leather aromas. On the palate, earthy smoke, leather and cranberry flavors are buoyed by good acidity and medium-bodied structure
Rated 89/100 The Wine Enthusiast
The winery is located in the village of Dafnes near the city of Heraklion, Crete. The area has a rich wine history of winemaking and viticulture. From grandfather to father and then to grandson, the Douloufakis family has been involved in viticulture and wine production for three generations. More than half a century later, the same winery, now more contemporary than ever, continues to produce high quality products with the same passion. The family wine making tradition is continued by Nikos Douloufakis, who studied oenology in Piemonte, Italy, an area where the engagement with wine has evolved into a science. From the beginning, his main concern was the restructuring of the family vineyards and the modernization of the winery

2016 Skouras Grande Cuvee Nemea...$33.99
The 2016 Grande Cuvée is an Agiorgitiko aged for 12 months in a 60/40 mixture of new and used French oak. It comes in at 14.1% alcohol. This presents as bright, fresh and perky, with red fruit flavors and new wood on the finish. Granted that they are different vintages, you get something when you trade up to this from the Saint George. That Saint George has a soft Beaujolais-like feel to it. This is fresher, more distinguished in style and more precise. There's lift to the fruit and better structure. Even with the extra year of age, there's still some tannic pop on the finish. The tannins are ripe, though. This is refined and approachable. Although it drinks reasonably well now, holding it for a couple of years will bring some rewards. Traditionally, these age well, although I have some doubt that this will be the best example of that in the group.
Rated 89/100 The Wine Advocate

Thursday, July 15, 2021

Vinarija Dingac

New from Croatia!

2019 Vinarija Dingac Peljesac Red Wine...$9.99
2019 Vinarija Dingac Plavac Dry Red Wine...$9.99
The tradition of the winery Dingac is to produce wine that enriches and brings joy to the palate. Life is sweeter with a glass of great wine, and therefore the passion for quality is noticed in every drop. Enjoy the distinctive aroma of this Plavac Mali.
Plavac Mali is the grape - Zinfandel is actually one parent of Plavac Mali. The other parent is an ancient variety known as Dobričić

Vermont Creamery Bijou Crottin Goat Cheese


In stock at Forsyth only 

Vermont Creamery Bijou Crottin Goat cheese

Bijou is hand-shaped button of cheese with dense center and wrinkled Geotrichum rind. Bijou evolves with time, gaining a sharpness and complexity after thirty days.
Serve on a cheeseboardalongside other fresh and aged cheeses
Cut into wedgesand add to a salad with grapes, candied walnuts and duck confit
Wrap it in applewood smoked bacon,bake in the oven, and serve on frisée salad

Tilquin Rare Releases!

1 of each per person while they last online - no phone calls

Tilquin Oude Pinot Noir...$29.99 / 750ml -- SOLD OUT
Tilquin Oude Pinot Gris...$29.99 / 750ml -- SOLD OUT
Tilquin Oude Riesling...$29.99 / 750ml -- SOLD OUT
Tilquin Oude Groseille a Maquereau Verte...$29.99 / 750ml  -- SOLD OUT

Robinson Iron Maiden Trooper IPA

The newest beer in the Trooper IPA

plus check out the other Iron Maiden beers online now

Robinson  Iron Maiden Trooper IPA....$4.89 / pint
Marries together familiar American hoppy flavours with a fundamentally British backbone.
A 4.3% Golden IPA packed full of hoppy flavours. This IPA, which is a nod to its transatlantic cousins, was brewed by Bruce Dickinson and Martyn Weeks after Bruce enjoyed some of the rich IPAs that were available during Iron Maiden's Legacy of the Beast tour in 2019.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

The (In)Famous Bar - tasting flights

The (In)Famous Bar
Located IN an old Famous Barr
The Wine and Cheese Place
7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO

Come in and see Whiskey Dave and talk whiskey.
You can buy 3/4oz pours while you shop!
Served in Glencairn tasting glasses

This week flight(s)

We’re running two great flights for the week, one from a fave Japanese whiskey producer and top-flight rum from the legendary Foursquare Distillery

JAPANESE WHISKY TRIO FROM KAIYO....$15 for 3 - 3/4oz pours

  1. Cask Strength Mizunara Oak TWCP cask #2240 56% abv
  2. ”The Single” 7 year Mizunara Oak Finish 48% abv
  3. Signature (Black label) Mizunara Oak Finish 43% abv

  1. 2008 12 Year Barbados Rum Cask Strength 60% abv
  2. 10 Year Barbados Rum ”Detente” Cask Strength 51% abv
  3. 12 Year Barbados Rum “Sagacity” Unchillfiltered 48% abv

Rum tasting with Kate Perry

We have Kate Perry, the US Market Manager for Le Maison & Velier Rums coming to our Forsyth location

TONIGHT!  Wednesday, July 14 from  5pm-6:30
Where: The Wine and Cheese Place - Forsyth
              7435 Forsyth Blvd, Clayton MO 63105

Open House Format.

Come meet rum expert Kate Perry and tasting some amazing rums!

We will taste....
  • Hampden Estate Rum 7yr 60%
  • Hampden Estate Rum 8yr 46%
  • Spirit of Haiti Clairin Casimir
  • Spirit of Haiti Clairin Le Rocher
  • Spirit of Haiti Clairin Sajous
  • Spirit of Haiti Clairin Vaval

Kate Perry:
In 2012, Kate Perry fell into a rum hole with the opening of Rumba, Seattle's world-renowned rum bar. Rum quickly became her life's work and passion - teetering on obsession. Beyond the liquid in the glass, Perry loves the people and places from which the spirit comes and the community it seems to foster everywhere it has been. In 2017, she moved to New York to launch the portfolio of La Maison & Velier and has the honor of her life to manage the distribution of the portfolio's incredible spirits (including but not limited to many of her favorite rum distilleries) into the US Market. As she loves to say, "rum is always best when shared with friends."

More info on the products

Hampden Estate Single Jamaican Rum 46...$49.99 / 750 ml
Produced with unique and partly secret methods that have remained unchanged since the 18th century. The result is a distillate with a distinct aromatic profile due in great part to an extremely high level of esters. The rum has been aged for 8 years in Jamaica (tropical climate). equivalent to almost 25 years of maturation in the European climate. The nose is voluptuous and intense. with notes of caramelized apple and sweet spices mixed with a delicate touch of smokiness. The mouth is very fascinating. smooth & dry at the same time (sugar free & additives free): it reveals very pleasant notes of wood. tropical fruits and resin.
46% ABV

Hampden Estate Single Jamaican Rum Overproof 60...$62.99 / 750 ml 
A definitely unique and exceptional rum. the result of an assemblage of different marks. all with a minimum barrel ageing of 7 tropical years equivalent toe years ageing in Europe. The nose is impetuous and very intense. every scent is amplified by the higher abv. A delightful scent of cherry is surrounded by delicate touches of woods & spices.
Definitely dry. with a very enjoyable bitter taste. this 60 overproof version is very harmonious. Lightly oakey and spicy. The finish is gentle, fulfilled by varnish and incense fragrances.
60% ABV

Spirit of Haiti Clairin Sajous Rum...$37.99 / 750 ml
  • 2018 Harvest
  • Sugar Cane Variety - Cristalline
  • Master Distiller - Michel Sajous
  • 56.5% ABV
North of Haiti’s capital; Port-au-Prince, in the Saint Michel de l'Attalaye region, is the Chelo distillery – built by Michel Sajous in the place his family has been since 1960. The small distillery is located in the middle of the plantation and spans 30 hectares, which are planted with different varieties of organic sugar cane. Fresh, herbacious and fruity, this is Clairin at its finest.
56.2% ABV

Spirit of Haiti Clairin Vaval Rum...$37.99 / 750 ml
  • 2018 Harvest
  • Sugar Cane Variety - Madam Meuze
  • Master Distiller - Fritz Vaval
  • 48.7% ABV
Cavaillon is three hours driving from Port au Prince. After the bridge of the village and the animated small market, a dirt road arrives to the distillery Arawaks of Fritz Vaval. It has been founded after the war by Frits’ s father Danois Vaval and today possess 20 hectares of the variety called Madame Meuze, grown without the additions fertilizers or artificial pesticides. The Cane is transported by donkeys and pressed in a small mill. The fermentation lasts around 3-5 days and is carried out using natural yeasts without adding water or artificial substances. When it leaves the column, the Clairin capacity is between 50° and 55°. It is stored in 200 litre drums then it is sent to Port-au-Prince where it is bottled.

Spirit of Haiti Clairin Casimir Rum...$37.99 / 750 ml
  • 2018 Harvest
  • Sugar Cane Variety - Hawaii
  • Master Distiller - Faubert Casimir
  • 51.4% ABV
Barradères is only 25 km as the crow flies from Cavaillon, which is on the national road from Port-au-Prince to Les Cayes, but to get there it takes at least three hours with a good 4-wheel drive vehicle, along a dirt road that climbs the hills covered by tropical forest. Here there is no restaurant, no bar, not even a pharmacy, but there are thirteen distilleries. Faubert Casimir continues the work started by his father Duncan in 1979 and he is considered the best distiller in the area. He cultivates fifty hectares of Hawaii Blanche and Hawaii Rouge cane; these are un-hybridised soft and tiny canes. In this area the distiller add some herbs or vegetable matter to pure cane juice during fermentation, to enhance the aromas. Casimir adds leaves of citronella, cinnamon and, in some batches, ginger.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Surly Occult Philosophy DDH Hazy DIPA

In stock now at Forsyth

Surly Occult Philosophy DDH Hazy DIPA...$14.99 / 4pk 16oz cans

Double Dry Hopped Hazy Double IPA
Read the tea leaves. Roll the bones. Reveal the final card. Delve into mysteries unknown with this hop-heavy and hazy double dry-hopped double IPA. Featuring Amarillo, Lotus, Strata, and Mosaic hops, this soft, juicy beer helps you find fortune and favor deep within the swirling mists.

Alaskan Strawberry Haze IPA

In stock now at Forsyth

Alaskan Strawberry Haze IPA....$8.99 / 6pk cans
IPA with Strawberries

Marlowe Artisan Ales Always Forward IPA

Marlowe Artisan Ales Always Forward IPA...$14.99 / 4pk 16oz cans

Always Forward, the exploratory SMaSH IPA series, is back. This time with 100% grist of the fantastic British malt, Golden Promise, and 100% hopped with a particularly pungent 2020 crop of Galaxy.
As much as this is a learning experience for you, the drinker, to understand how different hops and grain interact and change the beer’s flavors and aromatics, it’s a huge experience builder for me to notice how the beer changes with just simple ingredients, which will play out for the better in later beers. Always improving, always forward.
This batch exhibits straight up wine and berry notes with the crack of the can from the galaxy hops with nuanced limeade flavors throughout the first sip. The grain adds a sweeter body than normal, fuller in mouthfeel, but substantially more yogurt-y with hints of nuts and earth, that play so well with the southern hemisphere hop.
I hope you enjoy exploring these stripped down flavor experiences as much as I do and take away a deeper and more valuable catalogue to understand just a little bit more about beer and its ingredients.

Black Bull Scotch is back

Black Bull Kyloe Blended Scotch Whisky...$24.99
Compare to $31.99 at Total Wine and More

"Black Bull Kyloe is inspired by the hardy breed of highland cattle, the Kyloes, known to survive in the bitter windswept highlands and island of Scotland. Black Bull Kyloe shares much of its likeness with this great breed - robust and with outsanding pedigree. Black Bull Kyloe is blended using the finest malt and grain whiskies, at a high ratio of malt to grain, and bottled at a hearty 50% ABV, without the use of chill filtration, to offer a bold, authentic and powerful sensory experience.
Black Bull Kyloe, a pure highlander.

Black Bull 12yr Old Scotch Whisky...$44.99
Compare to $51.99 at Total Wine and More
Black Bull Deluxe Blended Scotch Whisky 12 years old
As a follow up to the release of 30 Year Old BlackBull in 2009, Duncan Taylor Co is releasing a 12 Year Old BlackBull Deluxe Blend. Black Bull contains 50% malt whisky and 50% grain whisky and has not been altered by chill-filtration. This special blend is a marriage of the finest 12 year old single malt and single grain whiskies distilled in Scotland. The selection of whiskies falls true to the Duncan Taylor ethic of unbridled quality, each whisky from each cask is nose and tasted before going into the Black Bull vatting.

Tasting NotesColour: Full Amber

Nose: Robust, chunky aromas. Chocolate, toffee, sherry, vanilla and lemon sherbet.
Flavour: Smooth, mellow and rounded. Milk chocolate, treacle toffee, pears, green apples and lots of sweet vanilla.
Finish: Some heavier fruity notes emerge, and lots of creamy notes coming through
Comments: A very creamy whisky with a lot fruity toffee notes.

House of Elrick Gin - Aberdeen Scotland

House of Elrick Gin....$37.99
Compare to $41.99 at Total Wine and More
Aberdeen Scotland
The only artisan, small batch gin distillery that uses fresh, filtered water straight from Loch Ness, with wild heather and the dried petals of the Jacobite rose – all synonymous with Elrick House.
Botanicals hand-picked by our Master of Gin are a compliment of juniper, coriander seeds, angelica root and citrus peel, built around a core of heather, pink peppercorns, sweet fennel and rose petals. As refreshing as it is aromatic, it is the only spirit made with the freshest water from Loch Ness.

Fat Orange Cat Brewing Polydactyl Cat

Fat Orange Cat Brewing Polydactyl Cat....$4.29 / 16oz can
FAT ORANGE POLYDACTYL CAT 8.1% DIPA with El Dorado, Mosaic and Citra hops! This one is super refreshing and just slightly dank. What IS a polydactyl cat and who was the famous author absolutely obsessed with them?

Omnipollo Hilma Imperial IPA

Hamburger and French Fry beers!

Omnipollo Hilma Imperial IPA...$17.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Vanilla Burger Bun Crispy Fries Imperial India Pale Ale. Beer everything.
Imperial IPA, 8 % by vol.

Hoof Hearted Brewing Drop the Fries DIPA...$19.99 / 4pk 16oz cans
Double IPA with French Fries, Cacao Nibs, Vanilla and Milk Sugar

9% ABV

Le Grand Valmal Cotes du Rhone Rose

2020 Le Grand Valmal Cotes du Rhone Rose...$15.99
  • 40% Cinsault
  • 30% Syrah
  • 20% Grenache
  • 10% Mourvedre

Deeper colored rose and it is also fuller-bodied.   Strawberry and blackberry flavors dominate and it is rich and round.  It finishes with great  length and power, plus a bit of peppery spice. Think of it as an alternative to Tavel.   Try this bone dry Rose that can be enjoyed now but will last for 2-3 years and continue to improve.

Medimer Marselan Rose

new 2020 vintage!

2020 Medimer Marselan Rose....$14.99
Fresh and quaffable
Marselan is a French wine grape that was first bred in 1961 - it is a cross between Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache
Nice pink color with a beautiful brightness. It has a pleasantly tart, lemony nose that develops into grapefruit. Pleasant acidity, the mouth is light with good strawberry and raspberry fruit and a nice dry finish that lasts and lasts.

2020 Comte de Langeron Beaujolais Villages


The new 2020 vintage just arrive!  Great vintage!

Great red for these warm weather months

Great Beaujolais Value
2020 Comte de Langeron Beaujolais Villages...$14.99
A Family winery established in the village of Mercurey (Burgundy). Small production from old vines. An intense Beaujolais with great structure like a Burgundy. Since the 19th century, we have produced a broad range of Burgundy and Beaujolais appellations, part from family owned vineyards and the rest as vinificators.

"This red is a step up in quality from a basic Beaujolais. " - Gail Appleson, St. Louis Post Dispatch

Bouzeron Aligote

Great white Burgundy - we do not see too many Aligote wines in St. Louis

2019 Comte de Langeron Bouzeron Aligote...$24.99
Bouzeron is one of the five appellations in the Cote de Chalonnaise and the closest one to 
the Côte-d’Or (Bouzeron is a close neighbor of Rully and Chassagne-Montrachet) It was officially recognized in 1997 as a full-fledged Burgundian appellation village. The only appellation where the grape Aligote is the star.  Bouzeron only produces white wines and the only grape is Aligote.  Aligoté grape is a cross of Pinot Noir and Gouais (that no longer exists today).

Comted de Langeron Aligote has aromas of fresh peaches, white flowers, and green apples. On the palate, it is well balanced and creamy, but the wine is very pure with great focus and nice streak of acidity running through it.  Great crisp White Burgundy with a round mouthfeel!  Great bottle!

Classic Kir Cocktail
Created by the Mayor of Dijon, Kir is a popular French cocktail made with Aligote Wine and crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur)

Great new Muscadet - Domaine de la Combe

"Monopole" Muscadet

2019 Domaine de la Combe Muscadet Sevre et Maine...$18.99
Sur Lie
100% Melon de Bourgogne
The Vineyard is located in the "lieux dit » La Pétière in Saint-Fiacre distinguished by its particular topography named « Combe » which is a sort of valley.  Today Pierre Henry Gadais is the only wine grower to own this terroir. For this reason, it is considered a Monopole. In addition, « La Pétière », located nearby, used to be a pre-historic village.  With a total of 9 hectares, planted with Melon de Bourgogne, the vineyard is one of the last to exclusively produce Muscadet. Pierre Henry has always believed in the Melon but also in the traditions. For him, the new generation is changing the variety and by doing so, losing the appellation. Pierre Henry does not want Muscadet to become a new world wine region.

Import information and terms about this wine:

Sèvre et Maine:
The Muscadet Sèvre et Maine is a vineyard area that extends across about twenty communes to the south east of Nantes. It takes its name from the two rivers flowing through the vineyards: the Sèvre Nantaise and the Maine.

Sur Lie: 
French for "on the lees".  Aging wines sur lie means they  are kept in contact with the dead yeast cells and are not racked or otherwise filtered. This is done with mostly white wines to enrich them and add more complexity.

Grape: Melon de Bourgogne
The grape of Muscadet!  Melon de Bourgogne originated in Burgundy (hence the name), but was removed for other grapes that thrived better there.  Melon's ability to survive frost made it ideal in the Loire.  When aged on the lees it produces a crisp, dry and complex white wine that is perfect with everything found in the ocean.   Great wine with seafood.

Monopole: An appellation or designated winegrowing region controlled entirely by one winery.

Horgelus Cotes de Gascogne Rose

2020 Horgelus Cotes de Gascogne Rose....$13.99
  • 35% Merlot
  • 35% Tannat
  • 30% Cabernet Sauvignon
Horgelus Rose is made from grapes that were picked at night.  At night the grapes are cooler and lends itself to a much fresher Rose wine.  This Rose has an intense and complex bouquet of sweet strawberries, juicy blackcurrants and ends with a thirst-quenching and dry finish.
Great wine on its own but also goes well with grilled chicken, salmon and fresh salads. 

Le Grand Valmal Cotes du Rhone BLANC

Only about 8% of the Rhone production is white!
Here is an outstanding example of a great white Rhone!

2020 Le Grand Valmal Cotes du Rhone BLANC....$17.99
  • 50% Viognier
  • 30% Grenache Blanc
  • 20% Roussanne
2020 Generation Cotes du Rhone Blanc, a tank-fermented blend that includes Viognier, Grenache Blanc and Roussanne . It's medium to full-bodied, plump and fleshy, attractive lemon and apple character with lemon grass, following through to a full-bodied palate with plenty of delicious fruit at the end

We represent three generations of wine estate owners in the south of France. Our soil is mostly sand-clay, mixed with old river stones from the Ice-age, often mixed with eroded soil coming from the garrigue covered hills.  This region benefits from the largest number of sunshine hours in France, important for the aroma development, photosynthesis, and maturing process. The north wind, called « Mistral », blows up to 100 days a year, and keeps the vines clean and healthy. Our aim is for the wine to be an expression of the grape and of the terroir. Our wines are fruit driven, with roundness , some spices, complexity and long finish.

Monday, July 12, 2021

2020 Medimer Cotes de Thau Piquepoul

Great Spring white!
2020 Medimer Cotes de Thau Piquepoul...$9.98
On Sales - was $13.99
WINEMAKING: Early morning picking and cold temperature fermentation to preserve freshness. Piquepoul is a grape that needs heat and sunshine to ripen nicely. However it requires cool temperature fermentation to express its crisp and powerful aromatic profile.
TASTING NOTES: It’s important to know that Piquepoul grows in a warm and dry climate, close to the Mediterranean sea. Its aromatic profile shows citrus and grapefruit, which pairs beautifully well with Mediterranean cuisine. The signature of the Piquepoul however is a slight saline minerality on the palate which makes it the perfect seafood match. It is a versatile food wine for everyday. Great on its own enjoying outside on the patio. Enclosed with a screw cap too.
They are considered the largest Thau Basin port, known for its white wines which pair perfectly with oysters is ideal for sipping outside on a terrace.