Posted On: 03/01/2017
Sauvignon blanc typically has a grassy, herbal profile, but the Chimney Rock Elevage Blanc has a softer, rounder aspect thanks to its blend with the rare sauvignon gris. Older bottles of this elegant, surprisingly ageable Napa Valley white have a perfectly mature nose with exotic, lush tropical aromas and a long-lasting finish. Itís stunning with salmon. $37. Schnucks, 12332 Manchester Road, Des Peres, 314.965.3094, schnucks.com - Glenn Bardgett, Member of the Missouri Wine and Grape Board and wine director at Annie Gunnís
Dutch genever was the precursor to gin. It combines ginís botanical notes with the malty flavors of whiskey. Look for the unaged Bols Genever with light citrusy notes, or the oak-aged version with bigger malt and a spicy robustness. Either is great for sipping or in a classic Dutch Old-Fashioned: In a highball glass filled with ice, gently stir together 2 ounces Bols Genever, Ĺ ounce simple syrup, 2 dashes Angostura bitters, a lemon peel and an orange peel. $40. Intoxicology, 4321 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, 314.833.3088, intoxicologystl.com - Ted and Jamie Kilgore, USBG, B.A.R. Ready, BarSmart and co-owners/bartenders at Planterís House
Cheers to the St. Louis debut of the Old World sour, Rodenbach Grand Cru. This beauty blends a young beer with a two-year foedre-aged sour red ale. The older beer adds depth and complexity, while the younger brings brightness and tenacity. Look for a mild acetic note paired with flavors of wood, grain and cherry, rounded out with delicate berry sweetness. $15. The Wine and Cheese Place, 7435 Forsyth Blvd., Clayton, 314.727.8788, wineandcheeseplace.com - Katie Herrera, Co-founder of Femme Ferment and manager at The Side Project Cellar
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