Fa-la-la Flowers & Holiday Wine!
Dec
12
7:30 PM19:30

Fa-la-la Flowers & Holiday Wine!

 

Amy from Alice's Table is returning to The Cheese Shop of Salem for a festive evening of flower arranging and wine tasting! Enjoy an expert led tasting and nibbles while creating a beautiful Winter-holiday floral arrangement. At the end of the night take home your seasonal centerpiece and the perfect bottle of wine to celebrate the holidays!

When: Tuesday, December 12th, 7:30pm

Where: The Cheese Shop of Salem, 45 Lafayette Street, Salem, MA  01970

Tickets are $90/person and can be purchased here! Only a few left!

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A Rhône River Runs Through It
Dec
13
7:30 PM19:30

A Rhône River Runs Through It

A Rhône River Runs Through It! The Rhône Valley is an expansive region of lush magnificence, which spans the length of the Rhône river in southeastern France. The Rhône can be divided into the North and the Southern Valley, and the unifying force that brings them together is the mighty Rhône River. Join us as we follow the course of the Rhône river, from North to South, through a special flight of wine – from Côte-Rôtie to Châteauneuf-du-Pape – with stops along the way.

We’ll travel together through the Rhône’s incredible repertoire of wine, terroir and tradition. Come learn all about the main white and red grape varieties of the Rhône, the climatic differences between the North and South, the Rhône’s infamous mistral wind, and other important aspects of viticulture in this special wine growing region.

The evening includes a flight of 6 wines, and sampling of cheese and charcuterie. 10% discount off tasting wines.

Tickets are $45/person. Seating is limited. Buy tickets here!

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3rd Annual Winter Wine Night! Grand Tasting, free to all!
Dec
9
3:00 PM15:00

3rd Annual Winter Wine Night! Grand Tasting, free to all!

Wine-ter Is Coming...

Join us for an epic party to celebrate the holiday season, with over 40 wines to try! Come one, come all. Tell your friends! Free admission! 

Featuring wines from AP Wine Imports, The Wine Trust, Cafe Europa, Hogshead Wine Company, Vineyard Road, Matchvino 

Let’s all 'cin cin' and get in the holiday spirit together! 

 

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Tinned Fish & Wine Delish
Dec
2
4:00 PM16:00

Tinned Fish & Wine Delish

We're recently obsessed with Haley.Henry Wine Bar in downtown Boston, and Saturday's tasting is homage to it. With a focus on tinned foods, and natural wines, Haley Fortier's wine bar is a very special hot-spot and a must-try next time you find yourself in the city! Tomorrow at the shop we're opening some delicious canned creatures from the sea, including sardines and calamari from José Gourmet (see tins below). We're featuring four natural wines, and we'll Instagram them on Saturday for a little surprise 'un-canning'! 

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Holiday Movie Wine Pairing
Dec
1
5:00 PM17:00

Holiday Movie Wine Pairing

So, we’re big movie nerds and wine geeks over here at the shop. And we LOVE the holidays. So, naturally, we wanted to pair some of our favorite holiday movies with new wines we just got in, just in time for December. Here’s to movies in front of a fire (or a laptop) and a glass of wine in hand. Cin cin!
 
Die Hard
paired w/ Southhold Farm and Cellar, ‘Trust the Pain’ (2015) – Long Island, USA ($35)
Considering how many times Hans Gruber insults John McClane by calling him a cowboy in Die Hard it seems ultra-appropriate for this wine not only to be from the US, but from a winery that recently moved from Long Island to Gillespie County in Texas. Southhold Farm and Cellar is committed to natural winemaking processes including one called pigeage à pied (aka foot stomping), which John McClane perhaps would have preferred instead of taking on twelve terrorists and running across broken glass...all in his bare feet! With this Lagrein's brooding, plum, and cranberry notes you can indeed 'Trust the Pain' and have faith that however regrettable, McClane will ultimately prevail. When you take a sip of this wine, Beethoven's Ode to Joy will fill your mind as you savor the fresh herbaceous notes.
 
Elf
paired w/ Quinta Seara d'Ordens, Fine Tawny Porto – Douro, Portugal ($16)
Papa Elf would agree and with us here at the shop, that great things are usually sweet, like this 10-year-old Tawny Port and his human child, Buddy. Buddy, the 6'1, 30-year-old endearing elf, spends much of the film befuddled by human ways; for example, why put meat sauce on your pasta when it could be covered in maple syrup? In ode to Elf Culture (note Buddy’s four major food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup), we decided to give Buddy a wine he could share with Jovie, and both his human and Elf families! Like the film, this Tawny is full of warmth, with its nutty and sweet molasses notes, and should be enjoyed with friends in front of a roaring fire.
 
White Christmas
paired w/ Domaine des Cassagnoles, Cuvée Gros Manseng (2016) – Southwest, France ($15)
In the final scenese of the movie, Bob and Betty declare their love for one another, as do Phil and Judy. The background of the set is lifted to show the falling snow, and everyone raises a glass and toasts, “May your days be merry and bright; and may all your Christmas's be white." Well, when Rosemary Clooney and Bing Crosby give you an order, you deliver! This white blend of Colombard, Ugni Blanc, and Gros Manseng has notes of Christmas pears, romantic notes of nutmeg in freshly baked cinnamon rolls, and minerality like freshly fallen snow. It's a sensational blend of the more protective and guarded Bob and Betty, added to the mischievous and meddlesome Phil and Judy.
 
Home Alone
paired w/ Victor Sornin, Beaujolais Village (2016) – Burgundy, France ($20)
Once you (Spoiler Alert) foil the Wet Bandits at the age of eight, Kevin McCallister's childhood must have been pretty dull. I imagine that such an obnoxious and intelligent kid must have gotten pretty bored of dog walking and babysitting rather quickly. Maybe he became a professional rat catcher (think of the traps he could create!) and eventually an ethical hacker – but, he definitely did not get an early start career in winemaking like young Victor Sornin. The fourteen-year old's Dad, Frederic, made this wine with his son, Victor, in the Morgon appellation of Beaujolais. This Gamay is as satisfying as watching Kevin connect with Old Man Marley, and is filled with the amount of love Kevin's Mom has for her son, who road trips with a polka band to get to her son on Christmas.
 
Love Actually
paired w/ Azienda Agriola Casebianche 'Il Fric' (2016) – Campania, Italy ($26)
"Well, we need Kate and we need Leo, and we need them now." Love Actually is filled with the wisdom and over-the-top romantic gestures that one wishes they could declare in real life; there's nothing subtle about running through an airport after your first love or jumping in a freezing lake to save their memoir from ruin. But sometimes, when flowery and swear laden monologues fail you, there is always ‘Il Fric.’ This sparkling rosé is just as witty and beautiful with its ruby jeweled hue. From the Aglianico grape, this biodynamic sparkler has fresh watermelon, blackberry, and stark mineral notes. Bring ‘Il Fric’ to your workplace's holiday party, set the music to 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' and bust a move like the Prime Minister down a staircase! Or finally kiss that crush, with cue-cards and all! 

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McCrea's Caramels Demo
Dec
1
5:00 PM17:00

McCrea's Caramels Demo

Join us on Friday, December 1st, from 5 to 7pm for a sweet treat when McCrea’s Caramels will join us to sample their slow cooked, small batch caramels. These are some of the smoothest, most luxurious caramels we have ever tried and they’re made right in Hyde Park, Massachusetts! McCrea's candies are full of pure goodness and handmade with love by people who care about what you eat. Their unique and delectable flavors include Black Lava Sea Salt, Rosemary, and even Single Malt Scotch. Come on down and get the ultimate stocking stuffer for everyone you know who has a sweet tooth!

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Nov
18
4:00 PM16:00

Thanksgiving Wines w/ Cafe Europa

We picked out some fantastic Thanksgiving wine pairings, which will be poured by the fabulous Bethann this Saturday night! Included in the line-up are a Catalonian stunning Chardonnay blend, an organic Chilean Malbec blend, an old (but new!) favorite Oregon rosé, the Anne Amie Pinot Gris, a Grenache from organic winemaker Anne Pichon, and Xavier Benier's biodynamic Beaujolais! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

2014 Pura Vida Blanco, Costers del Segre - Catalonia, Spain, $25
2016 Anne Amie Pinot Gris Rose, Willamette - Oregon, USA, $22
2016 Xavier Benier VV Beaujolais - Burgundy, France, $29
2016 Anne Pichon 'Sauvage', Ventoux - Rhône Valley, France, $19
2015 Parra Pencopolitano, Cauquenes - Sur, Chile, $31

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Nov
17
5:00 PM17:00

A little Alsace, a little Italy... w/ Mise Wines    

Jackson from Mise Wines is showing off a few new ditties including two new Alsatian beauties, from the venerable Domaine Zusslin and Domaine Rietsch, and some natural Italians from Americans turned Italian-winemakers: Joy Kull and Michael Schmeltzer (both pictured below). Joy is originally from Connecticut, and making wine now in Umbria outside of Rome, and Michael was raised in Michigan, and is now making Chianti Classico. These ex-pats take it to a whole new level!

NV Valentin Zusslin Cremant D'Alsace Brut - Alsace, France, $34
2016 Domaine Rietsch Blanc au Litre - Alsace, France, $24
2016 La Villana Rosso, Gradoli - Umbria, Italy, $23
2015 Monte Bernardi 'Retromarcia’ Chianti - Tuscany, Italy, $27
2013 Monte Bernardi Chianti Classico Riserva - Tuscany, Italy, $34

 

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Cheese & Beer Pop-up at Bent Water Brewing
Nov
16
6:30 PM18:30

Cheese & Beer Pop-up at Bent Water Brewing

Love beer? Love cheese? We are teaming up with Bent Water Brewing to offer you the ultimate cheese and beer experience! Enjoy a tour of the Bent Water facility, followed by a guided tasting of cheese and beer pairings led by our cheesemongers and Bent Water’s lead brewer! 

Date & Time

Thursday, November 16, 2017 

6:30PM-7:30PM

 

Location

Bent Water Brewing

180 Commercial Street #18

Lynn, MA 01905

 

Tickets $20/person

Ticket includes brewery tour, one flight of beer (4 4oz pours) and a plate of four specially paired cheeses. Tickets available for purchase at EventBrite!

 

 

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Jenny & François Selections w/ Olmstead Wine Co.
Nov
11
4:00 PM16:00

Jenny & François Selections w/ Olmstead Wine Co.

On Saturday, Oscar from Olmstead Wine Co. is opening an array of natural French wines from Jenny & François Selections, based out of New York. Jenny & François Selections was created in 2000. Jenny Lefcourt is a native New Yorker, who studied French film in Paris during her PhD at Harvard. François Ecot, is from Paris originally, and is a seasoned jazz pianist and accordion player. Jenny & François fill their portfolio with wine producers who respect the environment and have the highest standards of quality in their wines, as exhibited by the natural wines shown at the RAW fair. 

Domaine de la Patience, Vin de Pays des Coteaux du Pont du Gard Chardonnay (2015) - Rhône Valley, France, $14
Domaine Romaneaux-Destezet, La Souteronne (2016) - Rhône Valley, France, $37
Domaine Plageoles, Gaillac Bro'cool (2016) - Southwest, France $22
Olivier Cousin, Pur Breton (2015) - Loire Valley, France, $29
Chateau Tire Pé, Diem (2015) - Bordeaux, France, $17

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Hogshead Wine Co. w/ Bill
Nov
10
5:00 PM17:00

Hogshead Wine Co. w/ Bill

Bill from Hogshead is pouring wines that specifically pair with Thanksgiving and fall leaves. There's nothing better than a Loire Gamay with turkey, or a Pinot Bianco with sweet potatoes. PLUS! MOREY. COFFINET. If you have never tried Morey-Coffinet Burgundies, this is your chance. I am obsessed with their 2015 Bourgogne Rouge. Not only did Burgundy have a killer 2015 vintage, but the finesse and blackberry-drive of this elegant red is off the charts. You don't want to miss this tasting! 

Maison Foucher Touraine Sauvignon, ‘Les Jarrers’ (2015) - Loire Valley, France, $15
Erste + Neue ,Pinot Bianco (2016) - Alto-Adige, Italy, $25
Erste + Neue, Lagrein (2015) - Alto-Adige, Italy, $19
Terres Blondes, Gamay (2016) - Loire Valley, France, $17
Morey-Coffinet, Bourgogne Rouge (2015) - Burgundy, France, $40

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An Evening with Jared Brandt, Owner & Winemaker at Donkey & Goat
Nov
7
7:30 PM19:30

An Evening with Jared Brandt, Owner & Winemaker at Donkey & Goat

'An Evening with Jared Brandt, Owner & Winemaker at Donkey & Goat'

Join us for a special wine tasting and presentation from Jared Brandt, owner and winemaker of Donkey and Goat. Husband and wife team, Jared and Tracey Brandt are making some of the best natural juice in the states, right out of Berkeley, California. After leaving their tech jobs to pursue traditional winemaking in the Rhône Valley, Jared and Tracey began Donkey & Goat Winery in 2004.

We first fell in love with Donkey & Goat a few years ago after having a bottle of their sparkling Chardonnay 'Lily's Cuvée' at Oleana in Cambridge, MA. What distinguishes Jared and Tracey's natural wine is the simple elegance in the bottle. Donkey & Goat is unique and unusual wine, but pleases the most novice to the most advanced palates. We love Jared and Tracey's wines because they speak to all people, and they speak purely and from the earth.

Donkey & Goat wines are made 'naturally,' which is a term that includes both vineyard and cellar practices throughout farmed vineyards in the Sierra Nevada, Mendocino and Napa. Donkey & Goat wines are bottled without stabilizers, fining or filtration, and nothing is removed nor added except for minimal sulphur, falling under the guidelines of natural winemaking in Europe. While not required, Donkey & Goat includes their ingredient list on all of their labels: grapes and minimal sulphur. 

This special evening includes a flight of five Donkey & Goat wines accompanied by a selection of cheese and charcuterie. Guests will receive a 10% discount on wines purchased at the tasting. Tickets are $40/person. Limited seating!

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Nov
4
4:00 PM16:00

French Family Wines w/ OZ Wine Co.

Chris from OZ is pouring a selection of French wines all made by small family-run farms. Let's keep it in the family! All of these vineyards are now maintained by the children of the original estate owners, with the exception of Château Falfas. While this is not unusual in the winemaking world, especially in France, on Saturday we want to emphasize the people behind the properties. These five wines are made organically, and the heart and the soul behind these family-made wines speaks volumes to the quality and purity of the juice. Free to public!

2011 Domaine de La Bergerie, ‘Le Clos de la Girardiere’ – Loire Valley, $24
Domaine de la Bergerie is a family estate dating back to 1964 founded by husband and wife team Yves Guégniard and Marie-Annick. The domaine has always adhered to a high standard of excellence: green harvest, strict sorting and separate vinification of each harvested parcel. Now, as Yves and Marie-Annick's daughter, Anne, begins to take the lead, organic viticulture is utilized on their 89-acre property encompassing multiple appellations of the Loire including Anjou, Savenniéres, Côteaux du Layon and Quarts de Chaume. This lush, oily white wine is from their main grape, Chenin Blanc. It has potent mineral undertones from its schist soil, and a honeycomb off-dry finish, a distinct characteristic of Chenin, one of the world’s most versatile grapes!
 
2015 Domaine Daniel Seguinot, Chablis – Burgundy, $25
This Burgundian Chardonnay is the tops! The grapes are sourced organically from a 15-hectare property in Maligny, 8 km north of Chablis. Maligny is one of the 19 villages that benefit from the world-renowned Chablis wine appellation. Thanks to a privileged southwest sun exposure, the village, leaning against the right bank of the Serein river, provides rich and well-balanced wines. Daniel Seguinot began his property in 1971 and the family estate is now run by his two daughters, Emilie and Laurence. This Chablis has deep citrus notes along with white flowers and mineral shine. Pair with oysters, grilled fish, or a citrus salad.
 
2014 Domaine de L'R, Chinon Les Cinq Elements – Loire Valley, $23
Frédéric Sigonneau is a young winemaker who spent time making wine throughout the Duero in Spain before returning to Touraine in the Loire Valley to manage his grandfather’s vineyard chock-full of Cabernet Franc grapes. At Domaine de L’R (field of ‘air’), Frédéric maintains organic vines, with no herbicides or pesticides, at his ‘R’ vineyard, a 3.6-hectare property extending over a vast plain of gravel in the heart of the Chinon appellation. Fermentation occurs in concrete vats with short pumping over. This robust wine has notes of red berry fruit, cinnamon, and sage. A perfect autumnal red to pair with anything from roasted veggies to lamb to even fish.
 
2015 Château les Croisille, Le Croizillon Cahors – Southwest, $15
Did you know Malbec originated in Cahors in southwest France? It did! This ripe Malbec is from 35-year-old vines grown on sandy red clay and is farmed organically by the Croisille family. It does not see oak, but instead stainless, helping give it fresh finesse and a light, easy-drinking Malbec for any occasion. Cécile and Bernard Croisille bought property in Cahors in 1979 and brought the land back to life with rootstocks of the Malbec grape. Their sons Germain and Nicolas now run the 30-hectare property focusing efforts on the wide biodiversity of their property in order to continue making great, pure wines.
 
2014 Château Falfas, Côtes de Bourg – Bordeaux, $20
With 20 hectares of vineyards planted on rolling hillsides of Bayon in the Côtes de Bourg, Château Falfas has a winemaking heritage that dates back to the 14th century. The Château was one of the very first in Bordeaux to practice organic and biodynamic methods. Today Château Falfas is owned by Véronique Cochran, who is building on the traditions of the past with a very simple philosophy: the best wines are not “made” but rather “grown”. She remains passionate about practicing biodynamic principles to extract the very essence of the terroir, producing authentic, rich and generous wines. This Bordeaux blend (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Malbec, Cabernet Franc) is full-bodied and remarkably complex for such a young Bordeaux with dense black fruits and tobacco notes. 

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Meet Winemaker Stefano Menti!
Nov
3
5:00 PM17:00

Meet Winemaker Stefano Menti!

Stefano Menti is pouring his wines tomorrow at the shop in all his Garganega glory! The Menti Winery was founded at the end of the 19th century in Gambellara, Italy in the Veneto region. Today, Giovanni Menti and his son, Stefano, cultivate 7.5 hectares of a grape called Garganega (pronounced: ‘gahr-GAH-neh-gah’ – it sounds like an Italian superhero!) and Durella vines in Gambellara and Lessini. All farming is organic, using biodynamic and natural methods in and out of the cellar. The wines are inoculated with all natural yeasts to preserve their inherent pureness, and bottled in transparent bottles to enhance color and taste. Stefano is pouring his sparkling Garganega, as well as his still Garganega and we’ll be pairing his delicious, rustic, fresh wines with some Italian cheeses to boot! Free to public! Venite tutti!

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Bouquets & Beaujolais - Special Event with The Cheese Shop of Salem & Forêt Design Studio
Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Bouquets & Beaujolais - Special Event with The Cheese Shop of Salem & Forêt Design Studio

Forêt Design Studio is partnering with Susan Ulbrich, the Wine Director at The Cheese Shop of Salem to bring you Bouquets + Beaujolais. Join us for a fall-time lesson in Beaujolais, the popular French wine made from handpicked Gamay grapes. You'll leave this evening with some new wine knowlegde, a bouquet of flowers, and a buzz!

Where: Queen of Swords, 17 Hawkins Street, Somerville, MA  02143

When: Thursday, October 26th, 7:00-8:30pm

Ticket info: $45/person Buy tickets here!

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Bubbles Italian Style
Oct
11
7:30 PM19:30

Bubbles Italian Style

Love sparkling wine? Love Italy? Then this is the class for you! Learn all about sparkling wine from different regions throughout Italy, including sparklers like Prosecco, Franciacorta, Lambrusco & more! Take a tour with us as we explore five different bubbly bottles, do as Marcello and Sofia do, and dip into the world of Italian bubbles! 

Only 10 seats available, so sign up soon! 

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

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Cider & Cheese Pairing at Far From the Tree
Oct
10
6:30 PM18:30

Cider & Cheese Pairing at Far From the Tree

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT

“Hard cider and cheese are a naturally great pairing. When combined, they form a flavor powerhouse of complex earthy aromas and flavors.” CHRIS LEHAULT

Join Far From the Tree’s head cider maker and
The Cheese Shop of Salem’s lead cheesemonger as they guide you through a horizontal tasting that is sure to be fun, informative, and mouth-watering!

Where: Far From The Tree 108 Jackson Street, Salem MA

Tickets: $40/person
Tickets include five 4oz pours of cider paired with five 2oz servings of cheese and light snacks.

Buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cider-cheese-pairing-ft-the-cheese-shop-of-salem-tickets-37830328531

 

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Wines of Burgundy w/ AP Imports
Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

Wines of Burgundy w/ AP Imports

Come explore new, and older, Burgundies with us led by charming Greg from AP Imports!

Domaine Château de Pierre Clos, Macon-Pierre Clos (2015), $26
Oh, Chardonnay, Burgundy would be ever so lost without you! Besides the lesser grown grape variety Aligoté, Chardonnay is the only white grape grown in Burgundy and proves its mettle by delivering savory, stone fruit wines to our palates. This one, from organic winegrowers Anne Francoise and Jean-Marie Pidault is no different. After being aged on its lees for nine months, this Chardonnay has bracing minerality, almond and lively pear notes.
 
Domaine des Clous Pinot Noir, Bourgogne (2014), $24
The 25-year-old winemaker at Domaine des Clous, Jean-Baptiste Jessiaume, has winemaking in his soul after being the 6th generation in his family to make wine in Burgundy. Jean-Baptiste brings that intuition to these handcrafted wines that follow the lunar calendar to guide the growth of the vines. After being grown on clay and limestone soil, this Pinot Noir is filled with elegance, a brush of tannins, and a mouthful of rhubarb and cherry fruit. 

Domaine de la Ferte, Givry (2015), $28
The Devillard Family's Pinot Noir is full of panache – slightly rustic and lean, with edgy, dry cranberry and cherry notes that confidently bloom in your mouth. If you want a great example of approachable Pinot Noir from Burgundy, than this is the bottle to get!

Domaine Bryczek Chambolle-Musigny (2013), $45
The story of Georges Bryczek, the founder of this Domaine, is one that should be told at night and basked with firelight with glasses of delicious red Burgundy in hand. In the early 1950's he started his own winery and strived to create the best representation of the terroir. In 1979, satisfied at last with his work, he made a pilgrimage to Rome and had an audience with Pope Jean-Paul II, presenting him with what Georges considered to be his best wine. Impressed, the Pope blessed the wine, the estate and gave Georges permission to name the wine he had tried Cuvee du Pape Jean-Paul II. While this bottle isn't the Pope's blessed wine, one shouldn't shy away from such dedication! This Pinot has silky tart cherry, blackberry, and plum notes.
 
Domaine Gracieux Chevalier, Cremant de Bourgogne (NV), $24
Look no further for an exciting bubbly! This Cremant (a Champagne method sparkling wine from France but outside of the Champagne region) is satisfying to pop or to saber. For first time wielders, here's a how-to in sabering by Alton Brown! Once you have it open, enjoy the dry, toasty almond notes and light bubbles!

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Tutto italiano w/ Matchvino
Oct
6
5:00 PM17:00

Tutto italiano w/ Matchvino

When we traveled to Italy last March with Stacey and François, owners of Matchvino, one of the highlights was meeting winemakers Michele Conoscente and Chiara Penati (pictured above) from Oltretorrente, translated to ‘outside the stream of life’. This husband and wife team left their corporate jobs, and moved their family to the hills of Piedmont to make wine. With the intention of creating artisanal wines that reflected both history and place, their project began with small organic plots of indigenous varietals. Growing exclusively Cortese, Barbera, Dolcetto, and Timorasso, Michele and Chiara work painstakingly to produce wines that express the unique terroir of the area, while incorporating their own modern approach to winemaking. Come taste them with us tomorrow!
 
Oltretorrente, Timorasso Colli Tortonesi (2015) – Piedmont, $36
Timorasso is a local grape – a golden rod of a grape – and a special one worth seeking out. Oltretorrente’s Timorasso is full-bodied and structured with notes of orange marmalade, green tea, white flower, honeysuckle, and a bit of nuttiness. It pleases the Chardonnay drinker, Sauvignon Blanc loyalist, and even the most fastidious Riesling drinker.
 
Oltretorrente, Barbera Superiore, Colli Tortonesi (2014) – Piedmont, $39
Chalky and calcareous soils help give Oltretorrente’s Barbera that textbook Piedmont radiance. About two-thirds of the wine sees neutral oak, while the remainder sees new oak, imparting a slight vanilla and roundness in the juicy finish of this elegant red.
 
Marangona, Chiaretto Classico (2016) – Veneto, $22
A rosé that is all texture and finesse. Made from a blend of Groppello, Marzemino, Sangiovese, and Barbera, this Chiaretto spent only a few hours on its grape must to preserve its freshness and balance. Classic aromas of rose petal, strawberry, and raspberry lead to a robust mineral core. Balanced, refreshing, and effortlessly delicate. 
 
Pravis, Dolomites Pinot Nero (2012) – Trentino-Alto Adige, $18
A Pinot Noir from Bolzano! Pravis believes that the past should be respected in order to flourish in the future, and they use the least amount of technology possible to make their wine. A cool-climate Pinot with robust berry fruit and bright acidity – a fitting greeting to the changing fall weather.
 
Oliviero Toscani, Quadratorosso (2014) – Tuscany, $25
A bold red blend made by Oliviero Toscani and his son Rocco. This unusual blend of Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Teroldego, undergoes malolactic fermentation in oak creating the signature Toscani silky mouthfeel of round tannins. Deep crimson with violet hues, the aromas are fresh with notes of clove spice, and the palate is fruit forward and velvety. 

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Vinos españoles Cafe Europa w/ Bethann
Sep
30
4:00 PM16:00

Vinos españoles Cafe Europa w/ Bethann

Bethann from Cafe Europa is leading us through a line-up of Catalonian wines, as well a Bobal from Castilla-La Mancha and a classic Verdejo from Bodegas Viñedos. Don't miss learning about Spain and tasting these gems!

Pura Vida Blanco, Costers del Segre (2014) – Catalonia, Spain, $25
Pura Vida is a Catalan wine project spearheaded by agriculturist and accomplished winemaker, Joan Soler. Joan describes himself ‘an artist who creates with the precision of a chemist’ and as ‘a scientist who speaks like a poet’. This ‘Good Life’ blend of Chardonnay and Macabeo includes a lively nose of white fruits aromas including green apple and lemon zest, with a hint of lavender fields. The palate is superbly balanced with a grassy structure and good weight. It definitely pleases a Chardonnay lover, but also a Sauvignon Blanc fan too! 

Bodegas Viñedos de Nieva, Rueda Verdejo (2015) – Castilla y León, Spain, $18
This staff favorite is a must try! Jose Maria Herrero acquired 135 acres of Verdejo in 1989. Today the family run vineyard uses all estate fruit to make their wine and, depending on the vintage, sell the remaining grapes of their harvested crop to other bodegas throughout Castilla y León in northwestern Spain. Verdejo is a great white for any time of the year. Pale yellow in color, aromas of Macintosh and passion fruit, round and zesty mouthfeel – it’s a knockout! 

Edetària, Terra Alta, Via Edetana Tinto (2012) – Catalonia, Spain, $20
Edetària is an organic estate in Terra Alta, a DO south of Priorat, that has been making wines within the same family for four generations. Winemaker Joan Angel Liberia created this bold Tinto blend with Garnacha, Garnacha Peluda (hairy Garnacha), and Cariñena. Joan works with all estate, organic fruit and this versatile wine is a light-bodied expression of black raspberry and plum fruits. Slight clove spice in the finish. A really wonderful wine for fall.

Bodegas Ponce, Manchuela Clos Lojen (2016) – Castilla-La Mancha, Spain, $17
Juan Antonio Ponce began his winery in 2005, at the age of 23. He takes a biodynamic and natural approach in the vineyard and cellar, using low levels of sulfur dioxide. He makes 3500 cases a year in a rented facility, with virtually no mechanization. This Bobal is characteristically rustic with a concentrated, dense, blackberry nose and mineral notes. The sturdy Bobal grapes are planted on calcareous clay, and are around 75 years old. 

Josep Foraster, Cava Trepat Brut Rosat (NV) – Catalonia, Spain $26
Conca de Barberà is different from other regions in Catalonia, because it's the one place where there's a Mediterranean influence. Unlike Priorat, Conca de Barberà is not blocked from the Mediterranean Sea by the Prades mountains. The Foraster family has been growing grapes in this appellation for the past 150 years and the winery is now run by Julieta Foraster and her son Ricard Sebastia. According to Ricard, there are only 1100 hectares of Trepat planted around the world, and 1000 of these are located in Conca de Barberà. This is a sparkling rosé from 100% Trepat. A bone-dry, refreshing, ethereal substitute to Cava, with depth and mineral drive from the clay and alluvial soil composition. 

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Must Try Fall Wines! w/ Jackson from Mise Wines
Sep
29
5:00 PM17:00

Must Try Fall Wines! w/ Jackson from Mise Wines

Our friend Jackson from Mise Wines. is kicking off the beginning of Salem-October-crazy with some crazy-good wines. We can't wait to see you!

Valli Unite 'Allegretto' (NV) – Piedmont, Italy, $20
Founded 30 years ago in Colli Tortonesi by three, young farmers dedicated to rural Italy, organic agriculture and sustainable living. Today the co-operative has over 30 organic growers producing wines, grains, fruits, vegetables, meats and cheeses, in addition to supplying their own restaurant, shop and inn with their organic products. The Allegretto is a Pét-nat (moderate sparkling) of Cortese and Malvasia with no added sulfites.

Jasper Sisco 'Gratus Byrum' (2015) – Columbia Valley, Oregon, $18
Hop into this wine label to travel to Hogwarts or onto The Polar Express depending on whether you believe in Wizardry or presents! The purity of the snow on this wine label is an example of the immaculacy of the grapes, natural winemaker Justin Paul Russell, craves to project. His Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Muscat blend has notes of raw honey, laser-like acidity, and unique earthiness that comes from the fires that raged near the Fruitland Valley Vineyard.

Mica Vinho Verde (2016) – Minho, Portugal, $17
Next to the word 'Vinho Verde' in a dictionary there should be the words: enthusiastic, young, and teamwork. That is what the soul of this region amounts too, whether in this Mica or in general. Most Vinho Verde's are blends of snazzy native grapes like Azal, Loureiro, or Alvarinho. Mica is the brainchild of a gathering of organic villagers in Sousa who brought their grapes together to create this refreshing wine, with notes of green apple and a delightful spritz.

Vignoble Reveille 'Ultra Violet' (2013) – Languedoc-Roussillon, France, $29
Since 2006, France Crispeels has approached her winemaking at Vignobile Reveille as an artisan, thanks to her first career involving architecture and film. Her Ultra Violet Syrah is as bold as Marion Cotillard and is as structured and playful as St. Basil's Cathedral in Moscow (aka the large green and pink 'onion' domed building with the sharp spikes) with its spicy notes, earthiness, and blackberry finish. Vignobile Reveille uses organic practices and is in the process of becoming 100% biodynamic.

Monte Bernardi 'Retromarcia' Chianti (2015) – Tuscany, Italy, $27
Bottles of Retromarcia, or “reverse-gear”, include a cork with an imprint of a stick shift. Michigan native, Michael Schmelzer, bought Tuscan land in 2003 and makes unbelievable Sangiovese on the Monte Bernardi estate extending over 53 hectares (130 acres). The vineyards are situated in the hilly, southern-most region of Panzano, an area that has been acknowledged as one of the Grand Cru of Chianti Classico. Retromarcia is some of the best value Chianti on the market! It is a must try! Vines are planted on shale, sandstone, and limestone, and at an expose of 350 meters above sea level, all of these factors contribute to the unique micro-climate of Monte Bernardi.

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Pinot Party!
Sep
23
4:00 PM16:00

Pinot Party!


We're debuting the newest wine section at the shop - the 'Pinot Gallery' - and choosing some of our favorite Pinot Noirs this Saturday - not just red, but white and rosé too! Come by for a sip and discover the beauty of Pinot Noir and all that the grape offers. As always, our Friday and Saturday tastings are free to all! 

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Southern Italian Wines w/ Mucci Imports
Sep
22
5:00 PM17:00

Southern Italian Wines w/ Mucci Imports

Allora…Andiamo in Italia! Let’s travel to Southern Italia together – from Logan Airport to Roma Fiumicino Aeorporto, hop into our rental Fiat 500, make like Speed Racer for 301 kilometers (187 miles) and…Eccoci qua! Ci siamo arrivati in Campania! We have arrived in Campania! 
 
Our journey begins at Casa di Baal. The Salerno family makes certified organic wine and olive oil in the foothills of Campania. Annibale (pictured above) has been bottling olive oil for over 50 years on top of raising five kids! His children now run Casa di Baal vineyards and winery, growing mainly the Aglianico and Fiano grape varieties, with smaller plantings of Barbera, Malvasia and Moscato.
 
Casa di Baal ‘Oro di Baal’ (NV) – Campania, $28
The Salerno family’s ‘Oro di Baal’ is a 100% Fiano sparkling wine made in méthod champenoise. Its bubbles have a finesse and lingering pop just like your favorite Champagne! It’s slightly salty, lemony, bright, and full-bodied, thanks to 18-months on its lees and yeast sediment. It’s pure joy!
 
Aglianico di Baal (2012) – Campania, $24
This Aglianico is as red as roses with wild notes of anise and baking spices. Earthy dishes like mushroom ravioli sprinkled with Moliterno al Tartufo sheep’s milk cheese is the ultimate pairing. The wine is medium-bodied with great acid and freshness. An Aglianico ready to drink now!
 
Read more about Casa di Baal here!
 
Now let’s jump back into our trusty Fiat 500, rocket through the hills of Campania, through the Aspromonte national park of Calabria, and jump on the ferry from Reggio to Messina in Sicily. From Messina, let’s upgrade to a modest rental (Alfa Romeo 155 Q4, perhaps?) and zoom to Mt. Etna where we arrive at Cantine Valenti. Phew, che viaggio! What a trip - we need a bottle of wine!
 
Giovanni Valenti and his son Alessandro started Cantine Valenti in 2004. Their 50-year old vines are located at one of the highest elevations for growing vines on Mt. Etna. The Valenti family is adamant about exercising organic practices, using only the tiniest amounts of sulfites in their wine, and avoiding all chemicals and herbicides. The entire Valenti clan is a huge fan of the arts, and the wines are named after some of their favorite operas and authors.
 
Read more about Cantine Valenti here!
 
Cantine Valenti ‘Enrico IV’ Bianco (2015) – Sicily, $27
‘Enrico IV,’ or ‘Henry IV,’ is an Italian play that was written by Luigi Pirandello in 1921. This white wine is 100% Carricante with aromas of grapefruit, mint, mango, and passion fruit. Even though ‘Enrico IV’ has incredible aging potential, it is also ready to drink now, with springing bone-dry acidity.
 
Cantine Valenti ‘Poesia’ Rosato (2015) – Sicily, $22
Poesia, ‘Poetry’, is a balanced and bright rosé – it dances on your palate with strawberry notes and mineral drive from the unrivalled Mt. Etna terrior.
 
Cantine Valenti ‘Norma’ Rosso (2013) – Sicily, $24
‘Norma’ is a staff favorite here at the shop, and named after a Vincenzo Bellini opera. This red blend, made from the Nerello Mascalese and Nerello Cappuccio grapes, explodes with aromas of earth, pepper and violets. It drinks dry and fresh, with a robust finish. Think Burgundy on Etna. It’s some serious juice!
 
The journey is never over! The incredible producers that Mucci Imports works with allow us all to travel to Italy whenever we want! Just open the bottle, grab some cheese and salumi, take a sip of Campania and Sicily, and we’ll help bring Italy to you! A domani! See you tomorrow!

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Sake & Cheese Class!
Sep
20
7:30 PM19:30

Sake & Cheese Class!

This event is SOLD OUT.

Rice and milk are two peas in a pod! Sake and cheese might seem like an unlikely match, but together they are eye-opening and delicious when paired well. Join us as Gabrielle Morriseau, Sake Sommelier and Beverage Director at JP Seafood Cafe in Jamaica Plain, Boston, educates us about the beauty, history and technique behind sake, its flavor profiles, and how it is made. Do you know what makes a Honjozo different from a Daiginjo? Is sake supposed to be chilled or heated? There is a whole world of sake and cheese to learn about! And it starts here!

This class includes a 2oz. pour of 6 different sake paired with a selection of 5 cheeses, and a sushi roll from Koto Grill & Sushi!  

 

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Local Harvest Festival!
Sep
16
3:00 PM15:00

Local Harvest Festival!

Join us at the shop for our Local Harvest Festival as we host Nightshift Brewing, Bent Water Brewing, Far From The Tree Cider, Bootblack Syrups, Lyndigo Spice, and Wolf Meadow Farm! It is going to be one heck of a party, full of Salem's one-of-a-kind autumnal vibe shared with local producers and the community, with the opportunity to donate to The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem. This is a free event to all!

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