Do you hear those bells? The bells of doom? No, it's crushable wine season. Arik will be in the store to feature some tasty fermented beverages that just say summer. More details to be announced
Stellar wines from stellar places. Rob's a star and the wines he brings are always a hit. Stay tuned for more details as the event draws closer.
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It so happens that Friday is National Wine Day, and we couldn't celebrate without feteing one of our favorite American wine producers. Vic "The Legend" Zelinsky will be in to pour us on some of our Davis Family favorites, plus a wine that's new to our shelves and this side of the country. Stay tuned for more details to come!
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Casey from Ideal Wine & Spirits will be joining us on Friday. Usually when he's on stage you have to pay to see him, but Casey is a class act, and he'll be with us for free. We'll be pouring some of our favorite Frenchies.
While French wine may be considered bougie, Henri Bourgeois takes pride in making accessible and delicious wine in the Loire Valley. We've had their "Les Baronnes" Sancerre Blanc as our standard bearer for the classic French Sauvignon Blanc, and also carried their "Les Baronnes" Sancerre Rosé in years past. This time around, we've got their new kid on the Blanc.
Quincy is a small sub zone of the central Loire Valley, and they're also capable of making a darn good Sauvignon Blanc. Casey will have both of these quintessential French whites open for tasting.
And on the darker shade of pale, Casey's got an Orléans Rouge and a big beautiful Madiran.
The Orléans Rouge comes to us from Clos St. Fiacre, just south of the Loire River, and it's that great fresh summer red blend of Pinot Meunier (80%) and Pinot Noir (20%).
Madiran, however, is a whole different beast. This is your big brawny red meat barbecue wine. This particular bottle is made by Alain Brumont, a winemaker who brought the region of Madiran out of obscurity with Chateau Montus and this house, Chateau Bouscasse. Producing with strict biodynamic principles, this is a inky black and spicy Madiran with a blend of Tannat (65%), Cabernet Sauvignon (25%), and Cabernet Franc (10%). Come join the fun with us Friday from 5-7.
Saison- Literally the best beer ever made. We've got three of our favorite United States brewers and one of the best Saison brewers in the world, all in one great tasting.
What's On Tap:
Blackberry Farm 18 Month Brett Saison - Ale Aged 18 months with Brettanomyces in Red Wine Barrels
Blackberry Farm Boundary Tree - A hop-forward Farmhouse Ale brewed with Hallertau Blanc and Citra hops.
Fantôme Pissenlit - Saison brewed with Dandelions !!
Jester King Part & Parcel - All Texas ingredients
Jolly Pumpkin Saison Z -Made with Michigan hops (Cascade and Chinook) with the addition of Sweet Orange Peel, Kumquats, Raw Sugar, & Chocolate.
It began as a hike in Central Otago, and ended up as a partnership dedicated to great wine from one of our favorite regions in New Zealand. Max, one of the founding members of Twelfth Night and Vela Wines, will be with us to pour some of the Twelfth Night line. Join us. If music be the food of love, play on,
As we learned while doing research on our Featured Wines of the Week, Otago had its real start as a region in 1861, when gold was found in the mountainsides. Within three years, New Zealand's population more than doubled, and Otago. Despite a couple of early entrepreneurs, it wasn't until over a century later that winemaking in Otago began in earnest.
Twelfth Night is a young project in a young wine country with a whole lot of promise. Founded in 2011, their principle Vela vineyard is in Central Otago overlooking the Pisa Mountain range, some 952 feet above sea-level. Here they make the grape that made Otago famous, Pinot Noir, as well as Gewurztraminer, and dry Riesling. We'll have pretty much their full line, including their beautiful Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Friday is International Sauvignon Blanc Day, and the Marlborough region of New Zealand is responsible for 77% of the overall wine production in New Zealand, and they account for 17% of all Sauvignon Blanc made in the region.
Come join us to celebrate!
Come gather 'round people, but not too close because it is darn hot in New England right now. This brief summer tour makes us think those Coors Light ads with all that ice and watery beer look good. Never fear, we've got better. We're opening up fresh cans of Modern Times goodness.
The San Diego brewers know a thing or two when it comes to breaking the heat, and we're psyched to have Ice - their very first pils, in stock along with Lomaland - their tasty saison, Orderville - that hazy to goodness Mosaic IPA, and Blazing World - their dank hoppy amber ale.
These guys bring the good stuff, so don't miss out.
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Get a little more in touch with your sustainable side. Brittany from Olmstead Wine Company will be in the store with some great juice.
It's a mighty fine time for Austrian wine. We all know our Gruner Veltliner, the beloved "green" wine, but how many of you out there have had Zweigelt? Alright, alright, alright. We got a hip crowd out there.
When we think Austria, we almost immediately think of the Sound of Music, you know, Edelweiss, singing childen, a naval captain whose nowhere near water, a few brown paper packages tied up with string.?
Well we wouldn't be surprised if Julie Andrews called sparkling Zweigelt Rose as one of her favorite things, it's certainly one of ours.
Also featured will be other other favorite good weather type of wine, liters! Brittany will be pouring the Paul D. Gruner and Zweigelt liters, in addition to the Meinklang Sparkling Zweigelt and Meinklang's special Burgenland Red.
Fresh, fun, and with just the right amount of zing, Austria is helping us put the zing in Spring.
Join us from 5-7.
I Clivi with Giannoni Selections
Join our good wine friend Andrea through a selection of small Italian wine producers. Everything in the Giannoni portfolio is biodynamic and sustainable and, of course, super tasty.
This time around, Andrea's bringing along the fantastic wines of I Clivi
We pride ourselves on our Italian wine selection, and we were floored when we tried I Clivi for the first time. It's been a standard on our shelves ever since, and we're featuring four of their spectacular wines for our tasting, Ribolla Giala, Friulano, RBL, and Galea Rosso.
I Clivi finds its home in Friuli in the commune of Corno di Rosazzo, nestled into the northeast of Italy, about five kilometers from the Slovenian border. Led by two brothers,Ferdinando and Mario Zanusso, I Clivi tends to twelve hectares of old vines witha focus on indigenous varietals as well as the French Merlot, which made its way to the region over one hundred years ago.
Here, I Clivi, which takes its name from the slopes that dot the Friuli region, focuses on natural expression of their wines-- no new oak is ever used in the aging of the wines, only stainless steel vats- so that the clearest expression of the wine can shine through.
Ribolla Gialla is native to the Colli Orientali region of Italy, and neighboring Slovenia where it's called Rebula. Known for its rich structure and bracing acidity, this Ribolla Gialla sees 6 months on the lees, lending extra texture to the notes of apricot and tangerine.
Friulano is the other indigenous grape that is highly regarded in the Colli Orientali region, with more herbal undertones and notes of almonds on the finish. The I Clivi Friulano also sees 6 months on the lees, giving the wine a more fleshy fruit sensation.
The Galea Rosso, while made with the non-indigenous Merlot, is sourced from single vineyards that Ferdinando and Mario affectionately designate as Crus. Galea is one such vineyard, and the Merlot vines here go back about 70 years. The wine is certified organic, and sees about 10 months of aging in used oak barrels.
RBL wasn't the first wine we fell in love with (that honor falls on the Friulano), but it's sure a Bacco's store favorite now. Done in the "Brut Nature" style, there is only 1.6g/liter of sugar, but the wine is nevertheless marked by a nice body with fresh citrus.
These beers are made for drinking, and we'd probably drink them all on our own if we didn't have to share. We're pulling brews from MA, ME, and CO. Honest Weight is making it's premiere in our store, and we're featuring A Pattern Language and Roman Mars.
Honest Weight Brewing is based out of Orange, MA. Yes, that is a real town, and they're dedicated to making great farmhouse beers. A Pattern Language is a Sour Farmhouse Ale fermented with pureed plums and hopped with locally grown hops from Four Star Farms in Northfield, MA. Roman Mars is a "Bière de Mars", a subgroup of "Bière de Garde" (literally beer for keeping) that is brewed in the colder months of the year. This is a red wine barrel aged beer conditioned with Brettanomyces. Listen, if you don't buy this, I will, because it is delicious.
Oxbow Brewing is based in Newcastle, ME, and they take their rural roots to heart, crafting beers that are true old world takes on the old world beer styles. We've had many of their fine beers on our shelves before, but this time around, we're opening Catalyst and Punch Brook. The first is a mixed fermentation farmhouse ale brewed with estate honey, and Punch Brook is a recent release, an unfiltered farmhouse refermented with mixed cultures and aged on raspberries in stainless steel tanks with their house lager Luppolo as the base beer.
Last, and certainly one of my favorite breweries in the store is TRVE Brewing. These heavy metal aficionados make fantastic farmhouse and mixed fermentation beers. This time around we're pouring Cursed, a mixed culture sour pale ale, and Life's Trade which is without a doubt one of my favorite beers of all time, a traditional farmhouse beer that has been fermented in wine puncheons.
These fresh beers will have us singing, and we'll be pouring them from 5-7. Join us.
Based in a small house in St. Petersburg, Florida is not the lead-in we'd expect from such a quality beer producer, but nonetheless, Green Bench Brewing Company is fantastic, and we're thrilled to be opening up some fresh goods for tasting this week. Featured beers will include their "bench-mark" Green Bench IPA, the Happy Hermit Pale Ale, and the Postcard Pils, made with USA grown Mount Hood hops.
We're also opening some of their specialty single beers like the Tiki Tack, Sauvage (pst it's not a beer) and Parallax, a super out there bourbon barrel aged sour brown ale. Happy Drinking.!
- Green Bench IPA
- Happy Hermit Pale Ale
- Postcard Pils
- Tiki Tack
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We can't tell you what living next to an active volcano for hundreds of years does to the human psyche, but we can tell you its a boon for the soil. We'll be tasting through wines of Sicily with Tim from Hangtime Wholesale Wine Company.
Tim will be pouring wines from three fantastic Sicilian producers: Gulfi, Pianogrillo, and I Custodi. All of these producers focus on natural wine making, and practice organic methods.
Some 77 kilometers west of the ancient city of Syracuse is where you'll find Pianogrillo, a fully organic certified producer whose wines will make up the majority of the tasting quartet. We'll be pouring their fresh Grillo and Curva Minore.
Grillo was once exclusively used for the production of Marsala, and is a crossing of the Catarratto and Moscato di Alessandria grapes that almost died out in the 1960s. Pianogrillo's Grillo has a superb salinity to it, making it a perfect accompaniment to your next dinner.
Curva Minore is a representative blend of Sicily's two most famous red varietals outside of Etna, Frappato and Nero d'Avola Notes of violet on the nose, and extremely well integrated tannins make this wine stand out, especially given Nero D'Avola's reputation for immensely dark fruit and notes of tobacco and pitch.
Just some 4 kilometers up the road from Pianogrillo is where we find Gulfi, and their Cerasuolo di Vittoria, a 100% Nero D"Avola vinified in a style similar to rosé. We think that Nero d'Avola is a fascinating grape, and when done well, it's up there with some of our favorite Italian varietals.
And then there is I Custodi's Ante (Enta spelled backwards) a white blend made up of varietals cultivated from the slopes of Etna itself. Largely Carricante, this Etna Bianco is bracing, with an elegant structure that underlies the richness of the volcanic soil.
Fitting of the largest island in the Mediterranean, we've opted for a tasting that exemplifies that island culture, even if not everything comes from Sicily directly. We're featuring Berkswell, a raw sheep's milk cheese that was drained in colanders, giving it a distinct UFO shape. Fragrant of richly roasted nuts, we feel this works perfectly with the Duck Rillettes from Rougie, and Castelvetrano Olives, which are indeed from Castelvetrano, Sicily. There will be a couple of other surprises, as always.
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We've decided to feature the other side of American wine, with apologies to Virginia. After all, good American wine doesn't have to come from California anymore. To that end, we're featuring both East and West Coast, with New York, Maryland, and Washington all getting their due
That's right, we did say Maryland. While doing the arduous job of tasting wine, we came across this spectacular Pét-Nat Pinot Gris from Old Westminster Winery. They started with the germ of an idea to reinvigorate their farm land in 2009 with the addition of grape vines, and by 2011 they were planting their first grape vines and were bottling the results just two years later in 2013.
What is “pét-nat”? It's the shorthand for pétillant-naturel, which has its humble beginnings before the introduction of the Champagne method, where secondary fermentation (where the bottles get their bubble) takes place inside the bottle is done without the addition of sugar. There's some confusion over whether pet-nats use yeast, but you can't have a sparkling wine without yeast. What pétillant-naturel requires is no commercial yeast, but only native, indigenous yeasts found in their cellars.
We're also super pumped to have Anthony Road, a winery located in Penn Yan, New York right on the shores of the Seneca Lake. Cabernet Franc and Riesling have flourished in the Finger Lakes, thanks to the relatively stable cool climate that is found there. It's no surprise then, that Austrian and German varietals fit right in. We're pouring a super fun blend of Cabernet Franc and Lemberger, as well as a Finger Lake classic, semi-dry Riesling.
Not to be outdone, we have two wines from Maison Bleue, their 2012 Metis and the 2012 Bourgeois. Located in Washington's Walla Walla Valley, which is part of Washington's larger (and more well-known) Columbia Valley, these two beautiful reds take their cues from Rhone style wines. The Metis is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre, while the Bourgeois is a singular expression of Grenache.
The ever tremendous Harbison from Jasper Hill will be part of our feature plate, along with its Vermont counterpart (and bloomy-rind approved)Blake Hill Raspberry Mostarda, Spiced Almonds from Treat Handmade out of Milwaukee, and Iowa's own La Quercia Prosciutto Americano. An All-American Plate.
Probably just David Bowie's "Young Americans" on repeat.
Nothing quite says Spring like bees, right? The prolific pollinators help the flowers bloom and give everybody a spring in their step, especially when they decide to sting. Either way, we're super excited to have some great brews from Plan Bee Farm Brewing. Located in Poughkeepsie, New York, Plan Bee is dedicated to making truly local beers, with locally sourced ingrediants sourced from their farm or from nearby neighbors. We'll be pouring their collaboration with Scratch Brewing, OsMotar, their classic 'Barn Beer', and their quince and currant wild ale, Zone 6.
While we encourage drinking as much local beer as possible, the Belgians have been brewing classic beers for far longer, and because we love you, we're opening up the Bruxellensis Reserva and Jester King collaboration Jester-Zinne from Brasserie De La Senne. These beers are worth waiting for, and thankfully, the wait is almost over.
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One of a kind wine legend Vic Zelinsky will be in the store to try out some fantastic wines. from Davis Family Vineyards in Healdsburg, California. Don't miss this!
Vic Zelinsky has been in the industry for a long time, long enough that he got to pick and choose what wines he wanted to represent directly. He's the ambassador for Davis Family Vineyards, a family owned operation located in the heart of the Russian River Valley in California.
We're proud to carry a full flight of Davis Family Vineyard Wines, and we'll be showing off their Chardonnay, 'Soul Patch' Pinot Noir, Throne, and their Old-Vine Zinfandel with perhaps a few more surprises. Everything is estate grown using organic practices where possible.
Oh, what's Throne, you ask? It's their homage to Rhone Valley blends, which is to say it's a blend of Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre. These type of blends are starting to see a lot of love in the Golden State, and suffice it to say that this is one of our current favorites.
California's own Cowgirl Creamery's Red Hawk will be the featured cheese. This beautiful washed rind triple cream is a triple threat--delicious delicious delicious. It's a heck of a cheese for good wine, and we're pairing it off with Red Table's Salbando, a soppressata style salami with red pepper, black pepper, garlic, and white wine. With all that savory and buttery goodness, we thought we'd feature some Castelton Maple Crackers to balance everything out.. As always, there will be some odds and ends that we like to keep as a nice surprise. Come join us from 5-7!
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We're feeling rather piqued because we'll have some absolutely intriguing and delicious Spanish wines open for our tasting with Vineyard Road. Most of us were introduced to Spanish wines through the likes of big bold Rioja or the effortlessly delightful Albariño but there's plenty of small wine-making regions (Denominación de Origen) that fascinate our inner wine geek. There's Ribera Sacra, The Canary Islands, Priorat, a little over 70 in all, though we're focused on Castilla y León, Ribera Del Duero, Ribeiro, and Rías Baixas.
Alfredo Maestro is one of the more intriguing up-and-coming producers in Spain today. Originally from the small village of Peñafiel in RIbera Del Duero, Maestro wanted to compose elegant wines from forgotten vineyards and sought out forgotten parcels, retraining the vines when needed, and making the wine in a natural fashion. That's certainly the case for Amanda an absolutely breathtaking rosé made from Garnacha Tintorera (better known as Alicante Bouschet) from a 60 year old single vineyard named "El Cuchillejo" located some 850 meters above sea level. Due to the extreme nature of the vineyard, and the small source, there are only 750 bottles produced in a vintage, and we're already pining for the next one.
Nothing quite prepares you for the other wine that we're featuring from Maestro, El Rey Del Glam. This freaky 100% Granacha is an organic cuvee, split between two vineyards. The first is not far from "El Cuchillejo" in Peñafiel at some 700 meters but the second vineyard is found in the Sierra de Gredos mountain range in the province of Avila northwest of Madrid at extremely high elevations (1,100 meters!). Best enjoyed with a slight chill, El Rey Del Glam (The King of Glam) is both a cheeky reference to a song done by the Spanish group Dinarama + Alaska) and an homage to the country wines of Spain's past, where drinkability reigned supreme.
Of course, we would be remiss to not include Spanish whites. Famously known for their refreshing qualities, we find ourselves in Galicia, Spain. Here you find both Rías Baixas and Ribeiro. From the former we have La Val, a beautiful Albariño and from the latter we have Adega Eloi Lorenzo Ribeiro Blanco Villa Paz, a sublime blend of whites including Treixadura, Albariño, Loureira, and a pinch of Caiño Blanco.
As natural as finding the rain in Spain on the plain (mainly), we're serving the 1605 Manchego from La Mancha and Fermin Paleta Iberico Jamón.
Rob from Vineyard Road exemplifies the term consummate professional. Exceptionally gracious and bespoke, he's one of our favorite wine reps.
We're celebrating this quick respite from the snow with a great little local tasting of hop libations. We'll be showcasing Apollo Sunshine (Super Fresh Pilsner), Barley Smalls (Perfect little Vienna Lager), Bunnies (Double Dry Hopped IPA with Nelson Sauvin and Azaca Hops), and So Much For Subtlety(Rotating Double IPA with Ella Hops) beccause we love making mixed metaphors. We have Apollo Sunshine and Barley Smalls for those fresher, full spring kind of days, and those hoppy full IPAs for the...more wintery ones. A++ stuff. Join us from 5-7
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Cantina Della Volta (Or, Winery of the Vault) is a winery that we fell hard for, so when we heard that they'd be in town for a visit we made sure to put our ducks in a row to make sure they could lead us through a tasting of their dynamic sparkling wines.
Cantina Della Volta is headed by Christian Bellei, a fourth generation winemaker, with holdings in Modena, which is pretty much dead center of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, and also has quite the reputation for balsamic vinegar.
What makes Bellei different was his quest to make Lambrusco di Sorbara into a champagne style wine, having spent a considerable amount in time in Champagne to learn their approach to sparkling wine.
That's not the only trick up their sleeve, Cantina Della Volta does make a wine in the champagne method using traditional Champagne grapes as well (in this case Pinot Noir and Chardonnay) and a couple of other fun sparkling wines as well.
We'll also be taking advantage of the natural savory pairings that work so well with Lambrusco by having little truffle pasta bites with fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano from Giorgio Cravero. buona mangiata!
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Oh, Canada, it's more than just the home of The Barenaked Ladies and Labatt Blue and yes, curling, but I think we won that medal, so it's ours now. So we're showing a little more of what they have to offer in the hops department with brews from Le Trou Du Diable, Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!, Les Trois Mousquetaires, and Collective Arts Brewing.
So get your practice curling technique down with some shoveling and then come by for some of their excellent beers. This is a true mix of hazy, tart, and fresh beer styles that are not to be missed. Boire de la bonne bière!
We are absolutely thrilled to have Pascal Schildt with us to bring us through some fantastic South African Wines.
Born and raised in South Africa, Pascal moved to France in 2001 to study wine before going back to South Africa to champion some of the great wines from the region. He'll have with him selections from FRAM including their outstanding Pinotage sourced from the remote Skurfberg Vineyard in the Western Cape, as well as Tierhoek, a winery that is 100 miles north of Cape Town with their Chenin Blanc and Grenache.
Wilde Weide Gouda has been a favorite on our cheese counter for as long as I can remember, and with good reason. It's more floral with notes of an end of the day snifter of good whisky and is typically around 15 months of age before it makes it to our store. We're also pleased to have Maplebrook Farm's Cheddar Bites, which have the springy quality of cheese curds, out of Bennington, Vermont. and to round out the local front, we also have Waltham's own New England Charcuterie Mole Salami, which is made with Mexican cocoa and ghost pepper, a surefire treat in more ways than one.
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Tonight we're thinking about pulling the old velvet rope out of the closet because we're doing a highfalutin classic and modern tasting of some great brews from Finback, Upland Brewing Company, and Brouwerij Huyghe, beers so fine that I had half a mind to keep them all to myself, but my doctor said that was probably a bad idea.
It's rare in these parts to have so many Finback beers in one place, but since we're great people like that, we're opening them up. We'll have Zero Point, a coconut flavored gose, Vermillion, another hit in their long line of great IPAs, Telephone Lines, a freakishly good Pilsner, and Chromoscope, a DDH IPA. Still thirsty? We're pouring Champagne Velvet, the beer with the million dollar flavor, and finishing it off with the quintessential Belgian Beer, Delirium Tremens. It's going to be one heck of a lineup.
We're thrilled to have Brittany from Olmstead Wine Company join us for this tasting! Olmstead Wine Company is all about working with small producers that strive to feature organic wine. We'll be gallivanting across France, Austria, and Italy for our tasting. We'll be featuring Chablis from Domaine Oudin, Roussanne from Denis Lattard in the Rhone, a Zweigelt from our friends Meinklang in Austria, and È Rosso, a fun liter of Barbera from Poderi Cellario in Piedmont.
We'll be making a plate to highlight this international tasting with some charcuterie from the United States and cheeses from the UK. Red Table's Big Chet is a spicy fennel and garlic salami from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is done in the Finocchiona style. We're flanking that with the Lincolnshire Poacher, a raw cow's milk cheese out of Lincolnshire which is made by cheesemaker Richard Tagg at Ulceby Grange, a small family farm. In addition, we have Appleby's Chesire, a traditional English cheese that's been passed down through the centuries, and is often seen as a flavorful antecedent to cheddar.
Wild warm days and cold nights call for a little mix of everything, which is why we've crafted this playlist to suit the mood.
Bacco's Wine + Cheese Cold Night Warm Night
Prairie Artisan Ales was founded by Chase and Colin Healey in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Yes, Oklahoma, it's not just that pan-handle state that people fly over. Prairie Bomb was the first stout to fall into our hands (and hearts) with its sublime combination of coffee, vanilla, chocolate, and chilies. We've ramped it up this week with the Pirate Bomb (aged in rum barrels), Prairie Noir (aged in whiskey barrels), and Prairie Vanilla Noir ( aged in whiskey barrels with vanilla barrels). The good news, aside from having some great stouts for a snowy Thursday, is that I can finally spell Prairie without thinking about it.
Come join us on Thursday from 5-7 to try a little bit of the good kind of dark and stormy.
Featured Wines of the Week:
We're celebrating Canary Island Wines all week with Los Bermejos from Lanzarote and Envinate's Benje Blanco and Benje Tinto from the island of Tenerife. We're taking 5 dollars off the original price all week, and tasting them out from Monday-Wednesday for the curious.
Want a little more info about the history of the Canary Islands and more information about the featured wines, read more in Wine Times.
Los Bermejos Malvasia Seco
Envinate Benje Blanco
Envinate Benje Tinto
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Leave the Cannoli, Save the Rosé
February showers bring March flowers may not be the phrase that gets remembered, but we're in a spring kind of mood regardless, and nothing quite matches spring like Rosé.
Some time ago, Rosé was the Smirnoff Ice of the United States wine world. In copious supply, mostly flavorless except for the overwhelming sweet finish. The rest of the world has been making great Rosé for a very long time, and now Provence might as well be synonymous with the high quality Rosé everybody craves today. We're broadening our palates and including two Rosés from outside that part of France--one from the Loire Valley, and the other from Bourgogne. What better way to explore the variety Rosé has to offer than to taste the differences?
We'll also be featuring L'Amuse Brabander Goat Gouda, a 9 month aged wonder out of Holland, and Flory's Truckle, a cloth-bound cheddar that tastes like fresh apples on a midwestern fall evening while the sun starts to fade.... but not before rounding it out with a little Speck from our friends at La Quercia, home to the best producers of American prosciutto (Speck is the smoked version). Swing by from 5-7 tonight!
We've been focusing on the local beers the last couple weeks but that changes today with a jaunt over to Half Acre Brewing in Chicago and Burial Brewing in Asheville, North Carolina. This is the first time that Burial has made it up the East Coast to our store, in no small part due to the Extreme Beer Fest that happened two weeks ago. We'll be pouring The Prayer, a Belgian Blonde beer, and Griddle, which is an Imperial Stout made with espresso from a roastery down in Asheville.
Half Acre makes its way to us every once in a blue moon, and it's always a welcome addition, especially in terms of bang for your buck. We'll be featuring their more hoppy driven stuff, with Daisy Cutter, their great Pale Ale, and Gone Away IPA, which is, as you might have guessed, a rock solid IPA. The pours will be flowing from 5-7, so don't miss it.
We're a little taken with the Loire and Burgundy, they'll always be well represented in our hearts and on our shelves, and both of these French wine regions have great producers and great grape varietals. We won't have them all, but we're showcasing some fantastic Gamay out of Beaujolais, A Vouvray Sec (that's gosh darn good dry Chenin Blanc), a classic Macon Chardonnay and a fun and funky Loire Cabernet Franc.
We'll also be making a cheese plate featuring the fabulous Marcel Petite Comte, Twig Farm Tomme, and Saucisson Sec from the Von Trapp Farmstead and other accoutrement worthy of an opening night to the Olympic Winter Games.
To meet the mood of the Loire and Burgundy, we thought Curtis Mayfield combines just the right amount of class and funk, so we're throwing on some of our favorite cuts from the man who gave us "Move On Up". Drop on by!
Porters, Stouts, and DIPAs oh my. We're featuring the mostly local crowd, but with a shout out to Chi Town with Off Color's Known Gnome being our creature feature. Stop by for a sampling of So Much for Subtlety, Daikaiju, Jolly Woodsman, Sweet Tats, Spring Heel Jack, and the funky gnome. Pouring from 5-7, don't be shy.