White Wine

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2014

    Little Hills Winery Expanding With Vineyard in St. Charles

    Little Hills Winery (501 South Main Street, St. Charles; 636-946-9339) has been quietly serving St. Charles for the better part of 40 years. It was once called Winery of the Little Hills and was one of the first 25 wineries in the state of Missouri. David and Tammy Campbell acquired it about sevente ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    Balaban's Wine Dinners Shine the Spotlight on Little-Known Vintners

    Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar (1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield; 636-449-6700) doesn't pick just any vintner for its monthly wine dinners. Instead, the west-county revival of Steve McIntyre's Central West End mainstay tries to find a winery that is refined but still a little unknown in St. Louis ... More >>

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    October 2, 2013

    Best Wine List (Price Be Damned) 2013: Elaia Sommelier Andrey Ivanov's Favorite Wine

    In honor of our 2013 Best of St. Louis issue, we're profiling some of the most fascinating winners from the Food & Drink section. This week's category: Best Wine List (Price Be Damned). Read the entire Best of St. Louis issue here. The wine list at Elaia (1634 Tower Grove Avenue; 314-932-1088) is ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013

    Kerne and Ortmann Kick Glass at Randall's Sommelier Showdown [PHOTOS]

    For local oenophiles, the third installment of Randall's Wines & Spirits Sommelier Showdown at Cielo in the Four Seasons promised to be a slugfest. In one corner stood Brandon Kerne, one of the skilled sommeliers at twin eateries Elaia and Olio in Tower Grove. Opposite him was Angela Ortmann, better ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2013

    Herbie's Vintage 72's Blood Diamond: Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Suggestion

    Wednesday. Hump Day. Congrats, you've made it halfway through the work week! Unfortunately, you still have two days to go. Dunno about you, but in order to survive the midweek blues, we're going to need a drink. Which brings us to our Wednesday Gut Check feature: "Gut Check's Hump-Day Cocktail Sug ... More >>

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    January 15, 2013

    Six Solid Wine Values from the Shelves at Schnucks

    A lot of people feel intimidated about shopping for wine at a wine store. Gut Check understands this -- for the uninitiated, darkening the doorway of a retailer that specializes in wine can be as daunting as walking onto a used-car lot: What are they going to try to sell me? How will I know if they' ... More >>

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    June 22, 2012

    Wine on the Haus: Lunching at 3500 Winehaus

    The Place: 3500 Winehaus (3500 Watson Road; 314-353-9463) The Lunch: The "Memphis Blues" sandwich, with a side of fruit and a glass of pinot grigio ($9) 3500 Winehaus has been open for about a year and a half in Lindenwood Park. It offers something different from the nearby corner bars and neighbo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Buffalo-Wing-Flavored Soda, Wine Perfume Hit Shelves Despite Nobody Asking For Either

    All right, so the end of days might be nigh. Is that an overreaction to learning that a buffalo-wing-flavored soda recently hit the market, as did a line of perfumes scented to smell like wine varieties? OK, perhaps it's a slight overreaction, but come on, when solid food becomes inspiration for lib ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012
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    April 17, 2012

    Whole Foods Market's Spanish Wine Special and Taste and Tweet Event

    Now through May 15 Whole Foods Market (1601 South Brentwood Boulevard; 314-968-7744) is offering a sale on Spanish wines, featuring twelve wines from eleven different regions of Spain. To further hype promote the sale, the Whole Foods location in Brentwood will be hosting a Taste and Tweet Spanish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2012

    A Wedge Salad Anchored with Carbs at The Shaved Duck and Titanic 3D

    When Titanic was released in 1997, some of us at Gut Check were only 10-years-old. We weren't allowed to go to the movies, the mall or to Rollercade without a parent, and we begged our parents to spare us the embarrassment of being the only kid in fifth grade who hadn't seen the blockbuster of our g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2012

    Shrimp and White Wine at Hooked and Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie

    Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have a knack for regurgitating pop culture through an offbeat filter that's entirely their own. And more often than not, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!'s nonsense is deeply, profoundly hilarious. Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie on the other hand, while ce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2011

    Onesto Pizza & Trattori's Todd Brutcher: Featured Sangria Master of the Week

    Welcome to Girl Walks Into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week, Sarah Baraba profiles Onesto Pizza & Trattoria's Todd Brutcher. Below is a Q&A with Brutcher, followed by his recipe for Butternut-Apple Sangria. Sarah Baraba​Todd Brutcher has a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Gut Check Visits Saint Louis Cellars' Fall Fling

    Gut Check loves us some wine. We want a bottle with bang and a bang for our buck, so every week we will visit a local wine shop, where an expert will recommend a good-value wine priced under $15. We'll drink some and tell you whether we want to continue -- because the only time Gut Check has our nos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Sober and Thirsty at the Movies? Bored at Work? Just Drink Portable Wine.

    Amanda WoytusDrink portable pinot at work! Your boss won't suspect a thing! Ours didn't!​ Last week, Gut Check suggested that instead of purchasing pricey booze at concerts and baseball games this summer, you should just sneak in your own portable wine and Pocket Shots. And then Gut Check ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Wine of the Week: Peltier Station Hybrid Petite Sirah 2007 at Robust

    Gut Check loves us some wine. We want a bottle with bang and a bang for our buck, so every week we will visit a local wine shop, where an expert will recommend a good-value wine priced under $15. We'll drink some and tell you whether we want to continue -- because the only time Gut Check has our nos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Top 3 Pet Peeves of a Wine Bar Bartender

    Photo by Nicholas PhillipsNo need to hate on Riesling, friend.‚ÄčIn this series, food and drink professionals dish to Gut Check about their pet peeves anonymously -- but honestly.Gut Check Code Name:  Dr. DecanterPosition: Bartender at a city wine barPet Peeve #1Dr. Decanter: It bothers me when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2011

    Champalou Chenin Blanc, DeMun Oyster Bar

    ​Jonathan Swift famously said, "He was a bold man that first ate an oyster." In all the years of evolution that have followed, some of that prehistoric boldness must remain in those of us who eat raw oysters in the Midwest. So they are not found naturally anywhere near where we are -- we puff ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2011

    Valentine's Dinner Deal at Robust Wine Bar

    ​The best Valentine's Day dinner deal we've found so far has to be the prix fixe tasting menu offered at Robust Wine Bar & Cafe. Three courses, each with its own three-ounce wine pairing, for $55 per person. Better still, the Webster Groves wine bar will feature this deal all through Valentin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    The Noble Writ: Spanish Spring

    Dave Nelson is the author of the blog Beer, Wine and Whisky. He writes about wine for Gut Check every Tuesday.While Spain doesn't have the staggering diversity of grapes that Italy does, it's still home to some fantastically distinctive white wines. Fewer of these are imported into the United States ... More >>

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    April 21, 2009

    The Noble Writ Kicks Pinot Grigio to the Curb

    Dave Nelson is the author of the blog Beer, Wine and Whisky. He writes about wine for Gut Check every Tuesday.Pinot grigio is one of the runaway success stories of the wine industry over the past decade. At its best, pinot grigio can be a very nice seafood wine or patio sipper -- crisp, lightly frui ... More >>

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    March 3, 2009

    The Noble Writ: Chardonnay for the Chardonnay Haters

    Dave Nelson is the author of the blog Beer, Wine and Whisky. He writes about wine for Gut Check every Tuesday.The world produces an ocean of chardonnay. In California alone, almost 100,000 acres of this incredibly popular grape variety are planted. That's enough chardonnay to make -- using modest cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2008

    FoodWire: New Year's Eve at ~scape

    A look at the New Year's Eve $95 prix-fixe dinner at ~scape.

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    February 25, 2008

    Paul Newman Wine Dinner at Fleming's Paul Newman is introducing a line of Newman's Own wines. They aren't available in stores yet, but you can try them at a wine dinner at Fleming's Steakhouse & Wine Bar (1855 South Lindbergh Boulevard) at 6:30 p.m. this Friday, February 29. The five-course meal includes Newma ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 28, 2007

    Goblet Up!

    Webster Groves gets a wine bar. Will Ian drink to that?

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2007

    Small Plates: Wednesday, 5/30

    I'm moving to a new apartment today, so this will be short and sweet. But it involves free food, so listen closely. On Tuesday, June 5, area Chipotle locations (including the new location at the intersection of Clayton and Forsyth, which opens Thursday) will give you a free burrito, taco or salad i ... More >>

  • Dining

    September 22, 2004

    Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs

    World Market, 24 Brentwood Promenade Court, Brentwood, 314-918-7800

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    September 1, 2004

    A Real Dish

    Miss Saigon moves its delightful Vietnamese dishes to spiffier digs

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    June 2, 2004

    Wok and Woe

    Jimmi Yin's idea is sweet, but the execution is sour

  • Dining

    April 21, 2004

    $12 Wine Flight

    The Crossing, 7823 Forsyth Boulevard, Clayton, 314-721-7375

  • Dining

    July 30, 2003

    2001 Domaine Joseph Rieflé Pinot Gris / 2002 Gundlach Bundschu Gewürztraminer

    Sasha's Wine Bar and Market, 706-C Demun Avenue, 314-863-7274

  • Dining

    July 16, 2003

    Robert Pecota Moscato d'Andrea

    Frazer's Traveling Brown Bag, 1811 Pestalozzi Avenue, 314-773-8646

  • Dining

    April 30, 2003

    A Fine How-Do-You-Do

    Restaurateur Jean Donnelly makes a tasteful homecoming

  • Dining

    October 23, 2002

    U.S. Prime

    If we don't eat meat, the terrorists win

  • Dining

    September 18, 2002

    By the Numbers

    Though 12 North's name is unimaginative, its food is anything but

  • Dining

    October 4, 2000

    Pick Your Poisson

    The Gulf Coast Café fills the vacant niche for seafood both on the South Grand strip and in the city of St. Louis

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    June 28, 2000

    Heard It Through the Grapevine

    Once Upon a Vine sends tendrils down the South Grand strip

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    October 27, 1999


    Assessing the performance of vintage wines

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    September 8, 1999


    A hotshot importer comes to town to drum up interest