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Oct
19
5:00 PM17:00

Natural Wine from Parts Unknown With Casey from Ideal

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.

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Oct
26
5:00 PM17:00

Introducing Eden Rift Winery with Vic Zelinsky

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!

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Nov
9
5:00 PM17:00

Jumping Jehoshaphat, It's James from Mucci Imports

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.

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Dec
14
5:00 PM17:00

Meet the Winemaker: Andrew Tow of The Withers

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.

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Oct
12
5:00 PM17:00

The Wines of Brendan Tracey

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

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Oct
5
5:00 PM17:00

Literally the Best Italian Wines with Andrea and Giannoni Selections

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!

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Sep
28
5:00 PM17:00

New World Wines with Jen from Hogshead

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

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Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

Wine Tasting with Stacey from Matchvino

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Davis Family Vineyards

Davis Family Vineyards Chardonnay

Davis Family Vineyards 'Soul Patch'

Davis Family VIneyards Throne

Davis Family Vineyards Old-Vine Zinfandel

 

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

Nothing Plain About Spain

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The Fine Details

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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Cantina Della Volta in the House
Mar
9
5:00 PM17:00

Cantina Della Volta in the House

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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.

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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!

More About The Vino:

Cantina Della Volta

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Diving Deep into the Diverse Wines of South Africa
Mar
2
5:00 PM17:00

Diving Deep into the Diverse Wines of South Africa

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.  

The Accoutrement:

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.  

More About the Wine:

Pascal Schildt

FRAM

Tierhoek

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Wine Time with Brittany from Olmstead Wine Company
Feb
23
5:00 PM17:00

Wine Time with Brittany from Olmstead Wine Company

The Details:

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.

The Pairings:

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.

Accompaniment 

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

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Leave the Cannoli, Save The Rosé
Feb
16
5:00 PM17:00

Leave the Cannoli, Save The Rosé

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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!

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Exploring Burgundy and the Loire
Feb
9
5:00 PM17:00

Exploring Burgundy and the Loire

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The Wine:

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.

The Goods:

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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.

The Soundtrack:


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!

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