This week we’re pitting the perfect, dainty, pale Belgian/American style beers of Chelsea’s own Mystic Brewery against the massive, so-dark-it-consumes-light brews of Estonia’s Pohjala! What’s that? You didn’t know that Estonian’s made beer and that it’s absolutely freaking amazing? Check us out on Thursday and get yourself educated!
Is there a cooler man in the Boston wine scene then Casey Gruttadauria? We think not! He’ll be rolling by to pour amazing bottles of natural wine for the people. Best part, he’ll be bringing wines from the best producer in Savoie, Domaine des Ardoisieres to make your day and lift your spirit.
Oh, and ask Casey about his Ska band.
Our dood Vic Zelinsky will be back to introduce a brand new winery to the market, Eden Rift. These wines are made in the Cienega Valley right smack dab on the San Andreas Fault and boy are they ever delicious. You’d be smart to check this one out.
We’ll also have some more sick juice from one of Vic’s old favorites, Davis Family Vineyards so get ready to have your mind blown!
We're always super thrilled to have Stacey in town to lead us through her boutique portfolio of great grower producer wineries throughout Italy. Join us as we nervously cross the November threshold to taste some great wines from 5 - 7 pm.
Details to be announced as the date draws near
You think you would have had all of the wines in Italy by now, but there's hundreds of thousands of producers out there. Thankfully, we have great distributors like Mucci Imports to help separate the wheat from the chaff, and he'll be in the store to taste us on fine wines from small Italian producers. Join us from 5 - 7 pm.
Details to be announced as the date draws near.
We’ve been massive advocates for Andrews wines ever since this young winery first shipped it’s glorious Rose to Massachusetts so it’s our privilege to have in the man himself to pour his fabulous wines for you. We’ll be pouring some of his newest offerings as well as their acclaimed Pinot Noirs and Chardonnay. These guys are the best in the west so you best come correct.
The wines of Brendan Tracey have just hit the market for the first time so we’re going to have our wine hipster buddy Christy in to put these wines in your face! New Jersey native turned Francophile ex-pat Brendan Tracey has been making natural wines in the Loire with a punk rock edge after falling in love and running away to France. The dude is the definition of cool and a leading face of the natural winemaking movement in France. We’ll be spinning punk discs and blowing your mind with natty juice from 5-7
Just got our hands on some beautiful old bottles from the great Bogedal and Alvinne and we're gonna open that shit up for y'all! Bogedal is Denmark's smallest brewery, producing only 3000 cases of beer per year from floor malted heritage grain their work themselves. Their beers have become some our all time favorites for their age-worthiness and deep complexity. Alvinne is one of Belgium's most interesting breweries, producing experimental beers from their house native yeast strain which they call Morpheus. All of their beers are built to last and show immense complexity. If you're a fan of massive barrel aged, old beers then you'll want to be here for this.
Last time Andrea showed up she was pouring a 1997 old vine single vineyard Friulano from the best white wine maker in Italy and you probably missed out. Don’t make that mistake again because this woman is constantly bringing by crazy beautiful wines and she’ll be back on October 5th!
We’ve got our friend Jen in for the first time and we’re super stoked about it! She works for Hogshead, an awesome little distributor in town that happens to have the hippest, coolest, and most radical collection of new world wines. She’ll be pouring bottles from South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand and you’re gonna get your mind blown. Come have your expectations changed and get excited about the promise of the new world!
Join us from 5pm-7pm
For the second year in a row we’re releasing Cantillon to the people! We’ll be drawing names and releasing bottles while going big on the tasting. We’ll be cracking open bottles from the likes of Drie Fonteinen, Cantillon, Hanssens, and Boon, while also featuring other spontaneous beers from around the globe plus some rarities from the cellar. When we go big, we go hard! You’d best not miss this!
And if you haven’t entered into our Cantillon raffle, you best get on this pronto.
Join us from 5- 7 pm.
We’ve got our favorite person in the wine world on deck to pour some of the coolest little Italian wines you’ve never heard of! Come meet Stacey and get to know the real Italy! She’ll have open bottles from across the Italian Peninsula made by real people that care about real wine. How do you say ‘glou gou’ in Italian….
Join us from 5pm-7pm.
Oktoberfest is almost here! This legendary beer holiday is the longest running, and largest, folk festival on earth and it’s responsible for more good beer, good times, and bad behavior than any other festival on earth. Strap on your lederhosen and get down! We’ll be pouring all the new Oktoberfest releases in the store and getting rowdy from 5-7!
Every week, we take a focused look at specific producers or regions that we love and put the bottles we taste Monday through Wednesday on sale all week.
We'll keep you posted on what we're featuring, and you'll find more information here as the date draws near.
We're saying adiós, a biatu and a si bìri to summer heat with a selection of some of our favorite Island Wines from the Canary Islands, Sicily, and Sardinia. We'd like to believe that this crazy thing called terroir that you hear all those wine people going on about is the most fun when its island terroir because that's when you can taste things like rocks and sea shore and all those other descriptive terms that are also appropriate for island flora and fauna, and they really are just that cool. Friday is looking like a pitch-perfect mid 70 degree day, so get your Island wines on with us from 5-7.
100% Vermentino that is grown in the Colli del Limbara (surrounding the highest peak of Gallura at 1326 meters) in a northeast-exposed vineyard at 550 meters. Cinzia and Eugenio describe this wine as “later harvested,” giving 10% of the mass contact with the skins for 14 days to impart a touch of color. This bianco sees two months in used barrique before transitioning to stainless steel vats until bottling in June/July. Look for a fuller body with notes of ripe apricot, yellow apple, acacia, and thyme with a saline/mineral finish. Very low in sulfur.
Frank Cornelissen.Susucaru Rosato
- This rosé is produced with the same philosophy and vinification techniques as all Cornelissen wines: full skin-contact for texture and territorial identity, malolactic fermentation fully finished and no SO2 added. Not only a refreshing summer wine from a blend of Malvasia, Moscadella, Insolia and Nerello Mascalese, as this is a “rose” which can also be regarded as a light red, like a “Jura” wine, pairing well with a wide variety of dishes.
Los Bermejos Listan Negro
100% Listán Negro aged 5 months in French oak from the Allier forest. The more structured and concentrated sibling of the more fruit-forward, easy-going Maceracion Carbonica Listán Negro cuvée. From the volcanic island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.
Cantina Lilliu Dicciosu
One of the most impressive Cannonau's (or Grenache for that matter) that you will find. Pietro Lilliu attributes the success of this wine to the health and perfect balance present in his vineyard.
The formula is simple: natural fermentation followed by stainless steel aging.
The wine tastes of fresh red fruits, chocolate and has herbal notes. Great balance and depth while still remaining lean. This is not the overbearing Cannonau that is so often found from over-oaking.
You know the deal. We'll open up some of our favorite brews for you, because we like you, and we like great beer.we're cracking open local favorites Lamplighter Brewing, middle of the country beer wizards Prairie Artisinal Ales, and some of our favorite brewers out of the Rocky Mountains, C̶o̶o̶r̶s̶ Crooked Stave.
Crooked Stave Von Pilsner
Crooked Stave Zest?!
Lamplighter Brewing Lawyers, Guns & Honey
Lamplighter Brewing Speedwagon Kolsch
Prairie Artisanal Ales Color Block
Prairie Artisanal Ales Phantasmagorica
Join us from 5-7 pm
Every week, we take a focused look at specific producers or regions that we love and put the bottles we taste Monday through Wednesday on sale all week.
This week brings us to the Western Cape in South Africa, and focuses on wines from Craven WInes and Paul Cluver.
Set your sights on some fine wines when Arik from Charles River Wine Company rolls in to taste us on some of his favorite wines. We'll have the full details as we draw closer to the event, so stay tuned!
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!
Frank from Carolina Wine and Spirits will be joining us to taste through some truly spectacular Corsican wines including the Corse Figari Rouge and Corse Figari Blanc from Clos Canarelli, simply one of the best Corsican Producers out there. Join us from 5-7 pm!
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
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!
Our good friend and fellow musician wunderkind Casey will be in the house to help us forget about this ridiculously hot week with some fresh red & white wines from France to set us straight. Chenin Blanc from the Loire, Pinot Noir/ Pinot Meunier Blends from Orléans and more will be open tonight from 5-7.
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!