Fantastic Italian Wines with James Mucci from Mucci Imports
Aug
24
5:00 PM17:00

Fantastic Italian Wines with James Mucci from Mucci Imports

Mucci Imports was the brainchild of two local brothers from Massachusetts, and the story could end there, if not for the fact that they're responsible for bringing in some of the finest Italian wines we've seen in Massachusetts. Join James as he leads us through some of his favorites from their portfolio, and revel in the Italian wonder. More details to be revealed as we draw closer to the event!

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All That Glitters is Not Gold, Stellar Wines with Carl from Ruby Wines!
Jul
20
5:00 PM17:00

All That Glitters is Not Gold, Stellar Wines with Carl from Ruby Wines!

 All That Glitters....It's Burgundy, Baby

All That Glitters....It's Burgundy, Baby

I'm awfully tempted to say that Carl is, the "real McCoy" but he's probably heard that phrase more than anyone should, since he's such a professional. He'll be with us on Friday from 5-7pm to taste out some spectacular wines from great small producers out of France. If you like Burgundy, this is the day to taste wine. Join us! 

The Featured Wines:

Domaine du Clos des Rocs Pouilly-Loché Les 4 Saisons - $34.99

 Two small parcels of 40-year vines, planted on noble clay and situated northwest of the hamlet of Loché, are the source of the grapes for this wine . Elevage is split evenly between steel cuve and neutral oak barrel. Intensely mineral with a bright acidity and fine aromatics, this “Loché” opens up early and is perhaps the most precocious of the various offerings from this appellation.

Domaine du Clos des Rocs Pouilly-Loché Clos des Rocs Monopole - $49.99

 The signature wine of the estate, the enclosed 3ha parcel is located adjacent to the winery. The vines are 70 years old with an eastern exposition, and the soil is a mix of iron-rich red clay and limestone pebbles. The resulting wine is beautifully textured, with saline notes, prominent minerality and impeccable balance; the most complete wine of the domaine and an essential reference point for this worthy but relatively unknown appellation.

Jean et Sébastien Dauvissat, Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons Vieilles Vignes - $59.99

This special cuvée is sourced from a parcel of about .70 hectare that is planted to vines of at least fifty years of age (and some in excess of sixty-five years). In our opinion, the quality and expansiveness of this wine frequently elevates it to Grand Cru level; there is remarkable concentration and length and an impeccable expression of the grand terroir of Chablis.

Domaine Thevenet & Fils Bourgogne Rouge Bussieres Les Clos - $24.99

The pinot noir for this wine is found in the village of Bussieres and is sourced from the lieu-dit « Les Clos ». The vines are south-facing at 350 feet above sea level on gently sloping hills that are principally composed of clay. The fruit tends to ripen early due to its excellent exposure. Pigeage and remontage are practiced during fermentation. This wine is marked by notes of black, ripe berries, often a touch “sauvage”.

Domaine Jean-Marc Pillot Chassagne Montrachet Rouge Mes Vieilles Vignes - $59.99

Pillot exploits over a hectare of vineyards planted in 1960 to Pinot Noir at the village level. This is a robust, cherry-flavored wine of strength and vigor. A simple, satisfying red from a village that should be more recognized for the high quality of its red wines, this being a prime example.

Accouterments:

L'Amuse Signature Gouda - $29.99/lb

Bobo's Mountain Sugar Maple Syrup - $9.99/each

Peter's Yard Sourdough Crackers - $3.99/each

Rougie Duck & Pork Pate - $9.99/each

 

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Notch Brewing Tasting
Jul
19
5:00 PM17:00

Notch Brewing Tasting

Our good friend Kylie will be in store to taste us on some delicious local craft brews from Notch Brewing

Notch started back in 2010 and has been a classic MA brewer ever since, headquartered in Salem, MA.   Fresh, easy summer brews is the name of the game, so be sure to keep the summer vibe going by stopping by from 5-7 pm. More details TBA

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Luck Be Damned It's A Friday the 13th Wine Tasting
Jul
13
5:00 PM17:00

Luck Be Damned It's A Friday the 13th Wine Tasting

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Who's superstitious these days anyway? Well, I guess it depends on the situation, because if I'm doing a particular activity when the Red Sox start a rally, I sure as heck continue doing said activity until it's over.

We'll be opening up some tasty French whites and reads, from classic Luberons to thirst-quenching Muscadets. 

The Lineup:

Lucien Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rosé - $24.99

Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé is made from 100% Pinot Noir. The whole cluster hand picked grapes, are softly pressed in a pneumatic press, hence the coral, light pink salmon color. Lucien Albrecht Brut Rosé is made by using the same methods as in Champagne, i.e “methode traditionnelle”. After the second fermentation in the bottle, lee ageing lasts for nine months, followed by remuage and disgorging.

Franck Peillot, Bugey Mondeuse - $25.00

From the Savoy region in France, this Bugey Producer makes a killer Mondeuse with Grape-y fruit character and a dense, dark color, with a peppery spice, a slightly wild, gamey note and a tannic bite on the finish.

Franck Peillot, Bugey Altesse Roussette Montagnieu - $30.00

100% Altesse. 
Fermentation with natural yeasts (as with all of Peillot's wine) aging take place in steel and enamelled cement tanks; no wood is used at all for any of Peillot's wines at this point. Fresh, high-acid white that shows that Savoy can kick butt in the white wine world.

Dauvergne-Ranvier, Luberon - $13.99

A classic Grenache, Syrah, Mouvedre, and Cinsault blend from the Rhone Valley in France. Black cherry plum and red current harmonize perfectly. The nose keeps its promise showing a palate with same aromas which are amplified and have a firm tannic structure.

Julien Braud, Muscadet Sèvre-et-Maine Sur Lie - $15.99

Melon de Bourgogne from the Loire Valley in France from the classic region between the Maine and Sevre rivers. Muscadet is a must for all summertime wines.

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Down the Road Beer Tasting!
Jul
12
5:00 PM17:00

Down the Road Beer Tasting!

 The Featured Brews: 

The Featured Brews: 

Our good friend Mark from Down the Road Beer Co. will be in store to taste out some of these delicious local brews. Refreshing, crisp and oh so easy to drink, these are perfect for the summertime.

Down the Road is fresh off winning Boston Magazine's Malt Master 2018 Tournament and  we've always loved their beer.  Come see what the goodness is all about from 5-7 pm Thursday!

 

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Naturally, An Italian Natural Wine Tasting with Michael from Mise
Jun
29
5:00 PM17:00

Naturally, An Italian Natural Wine Tasting with Michael from Mise

 Meanwhile, in Italy.

Meanwhile, in Italy.

Michael from Mise Wines will be in the store to lead our merry band through some fantastic natural selections from Italy, naturally (yes, we already said that).

Stay tuned for more details, and join the fun on Friday from 5-7!

 

Some Hints:

Say It Like You Mean It

A Little More On The Nose

Details, Details

Straight Up

 

 

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Killer Summer Beer Tasting
Jun
28
5:00 PM17:00

Killer Summer Beer Tasting

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Maine, Colorado, France, and China. What do these places all have in common? That's right, beer!

We're opening up these babies for a proper summer spin. How many times can you say you've had a good lager beer from China. Ok ok, probably at least a few, but at least you get to pair it off against Maine Beer Company and Saison Dupont. Join the party from 5-7 on Thursday!

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Going Down the Path Less Traveled with Rob from Vineyard Road
Jun
22
5:00 PM17:00

Going Down the Path Less Traveled with Rob from Vineyard Road

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Stellar wines from stellar places. Rob's a star and the wines he brings are always a hit. 

We're keeping the summer spirit with some light and easy wines, oh, and Champagne!

Come by to try out some Cava, Champagne Moutard Blanc de Noir, super fresh Grenache Blanc out of Spain, the mineral driven Picpoul (that's lip-stinger for those counting at home and a possible appearance of Spätburgunder from Germany (better known as Pinot Noir in these parts). Some may be from the road less traveled, but just like old Mr. Frost, you'll be glad you tried them. Variety makes all the difference.

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May
31
5:00 PM17:00

Best Cider Tasting Ever? Best Cider Tasting Ever!

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Cider, it's the adult beverage that brings us back to our childhood.  Sometimes it's too child-like- sweet with almost no distinctive character to speak of.  Truth is, cider has been a true alcoholic beverage for a very long time, and we've looked across the market to find some truly spectacular fermented apple beverages. 

These aren't just your local fare, we've got ciders from Maine to Spain, and a couple of places in between.  Stop by from 5-7 to see what the real deal is all about

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Davis Family Reunion with Vic Zelinsky
May
25
5:00 PM17:00

Davis Family Reunion with Vic Zelinsky

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The Vine Details:

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!

Accoutrements:

TBD


 

 

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Non, Pas Que Casey, Le Meilleur Casey
May
18
5:00 PM17:00

Non, Pas Que Casey, Le Meilleur Casey

The Vine Details:

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.

 No, not that Quincy, though Andrew Jackson supporters would certainly call him bougie.

No, not that Quincy, though Andrew Jackson supporters would certainly call him bougie.

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. 

 The rolling slopes of Quincy in the Central Loire Valley.

The rolling slopes of Quincy in the Central Loire Valley.

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.

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Attack of the Killer Saisons
May
10
5:00 PM17:00

Attack of the Killer Saisons

 From left: Blackberry Farm 18 Month Brett Saison, Boundary Tree, Jester King Part & Parcel, Jolly Pumpkin Saison Z, Brasserie Fantôme Pissenlit

From left: Blackberry Farm 18 Month Brett Saison, Boundary Tree, Jester King Part & Parcel, Jolly Pumpkin Saison Z, Brasserie Fantôme Pissenlit

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.

Brewers:

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales

Blackberry Farm

Brasserie Fantôme

Jester King Brewery

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New Zealand with Max from Twelfth Night
May
4
5:00 PM17:00

New Zealand with Max from Twelfth Night

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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!

Accoutrements:

 

Further Details:

Twelfth Night Wine  

International Sauvignon Blanc Day
 

 

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The Times, They Are A Changin' But Modern Times Is Still Great
May
3
5:00 PM17:00

The Times, They Are A Changin' But Modern Times Is Still Great

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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.

The Fine Deets:

Modern Times

Some People Do What They Like (Untapped):

Orderville

Lomaland

Ice

Blazing World

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Putting the Zing in Spring with Olmstead Wine Company
Apr
27
5:00 PM17:00

Putting the Zing in Spring with Olmstead Wine Company

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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.

Accoutrements:

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I Clivi With Giannoni Selections
Apr
20
5:00 PM17:00

I Clivi With Giannoni Selections

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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

The Vino:

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.  

The Accouterments:

TBD 

More Information:

I Clivi

Giannoni Selections

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Honest Weight, Oxbow, and TRVE Brewing Tasting
Apr
19
5:00 PM17:00

Honest Weight, Oxbow, and TRVE Brewing Tasting

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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 Curseda 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.

 

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Green Bench Beer Tasting
Apr
12
5:00 PM17:00

Green Bench Beer Tasting

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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.!

Beers Featured:

  • Green Bench IPA
  • Happy Hermit Pale Ale
  • Postcard Pils
  • Sauvage
  • Tiki Tack
  • Parallax

More About Green Bench:

Green Bench Brewing Company

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In the Shadow of the Volcano: Sicilian Wine with Tim from Hangtime
Apr
6
5:00 PM17:00

In the Shadow of the Volcano: Sicilian Wine with Tim from Hangtime

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The Vine Details:

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.

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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.

The Pairings:

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. 

Further Reading:

Vini Gulfi

Pianogrillo

I Custodi

 

 

 

More Information about Berkswell

 

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Walla Walla Wall-E?
Mar
30
5:00 PM17:00

Walla Walla Wall-E?

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The Fine Details:

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 Accoutrements:

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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.

The Soundtrack:

Probably just David Bowie's "Young Americans" on repeat.

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Some Special Brews from Plan Bee Farm Brewing and Brasserie De La Senne
Mar
29
5:00 PM17:00

Some Special Brews from Plan Bee Farm Brewing and Brasserie De La Senne

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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.  

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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. 

Further Reading:

Plan Bee Farm Brewing

Scratch Brewing

Brasserie De La Senne

Jester King

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California Dreamin' with Vic Zelinsky
Mar
23
5:00 PM17:00

California Dreamin' with Vic Zelinsky

The Vine Details:

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.

The Accouterments:

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!

The Fine Print:

Learn more about Davis Family Vineyards Estate Owned Vineyards

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Nothing Plain About Spain
Mar
16
5:00 PM17:00

Nothing Plain About Spain

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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 SacraThe Canary IslandsPriorat, 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.

The Pairings

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.  

The Professional

Rob from Vineyard Road exemplifies the term consummate professional. Exceptionally gracious and bespoke, he's one of our favorite wine reps.

Further Reading 

Alfredo Maestro

Adega Eloi Lorenzo

Bodegas La Val

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Drinkin' La Cerveza Local
Mar
15
5:00 PM17:00

Drinkin' La Cerveza Local

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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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Lamplighter Brewing Co.

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