Stop and Smell the Rosé w/ Alice's Table!
Aug
24
7:30pm 7:30pm

Stop and Smell the Rosé w/ Alice's Table!

Grab your friends and join us for a special collaboration with the fantastic floral company Alice's Table!

Enjoy a rosé tasting and some nibbles led by expert Cheese Shop staff while creating your own beautiful summer floral arrangement.

At the end of the evening, bring home your beautiful arrangement, and any rosé bottle at 10% off!

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Sake & Cheese Class
Sep
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

Sake & Cheese Class

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. 

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Mama Margarita’s Salsas!
Aug
19
to Aug 20

Mama Margarita’s Salsas!

Join us on Saturday, August 19th when Manuel will be here to wow you with his amazingly delicious Mama Margarita’s Salsas! His generations-old recipe is made using only the freshest ingredients and care. It’s perfect for dipping, but also great on eggs, chicken, fish, and even pizza. The tomatillo salsa on a grilled steak is divine. Seriously, this salsa tastes so fresh you won’t believe this comes from a jar! Come dip a chip beween 4 and 6pm.

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All About Greece!
Aug
19
4:00pm 4:00pm

All About Greece!

Dionysus (or Bacchus to Caravaggio) was the mythological Greek god of winemaking, partying and fertility. With the summer ending waaaay to soon in a few weeks, let’s keep the party going for as long as possible. On Friday evening, we’re traveling to the beautiful country of Greece, where wine and love reign in the Southern Mediterranean. During the last 20 years, Greece has been experiencing a real revolution in the world of wine. Many new, high quality and exciting wines have emerged, and we can’t wait to try them with you! 

Gai'a, Ritinitis Nobilis Retsina (NV) – Peloponnese, $18
Retsina is the traditional wine of Greece since antiquity and now may be among some of the most polarizing wines in the world. A white wine infused with pine resin? Sounds weird, and it is, but a good weird! It’s charmingly bright, balanced and piney. It pairs fantastically with this lamb burger!

Gai’a Notios White, Dry White (2015) – Peloponnese, $17
Notios White is produced from two pink-skin grape varieties of Greece that combine their virtues, Moschofilero and Roditis. Moschofilero from the mountainous vineyards of Arcadia wine region brings fruitiness and crisp acidity, while Roditis from the planes of upland Corinth provides elegance. An elegant white at a great price, for any occasion. 

Gai'a, Agiorgitiko 14-18h Rosé (2016) – Peloponnese, $18
A particularly attractive deep watermelon color, a fruity aroma with strong hints of cherry and gooseberry, typical of the Greek grape Agiorgitiko. Grapes are crushed and kept in stainless tanks on their skins for 14 to 18 hours, hence the name of the wine. Enjoy with salty foods, chicken, pizza, and cold plates. It is particularly charming when combined with Chinese and Southeast Asian dishes.

Thymiopoulos Vineyards, Naoussa Xinomavro Young Vines (2015) – Macedonia, $21
The Thimiopoulos family has owned vineyards in Naoussa for several generations, selling grapes to other vineyards, and in 2004 started to bottle their own wine. Xinomavro isn’t an easy grape to grow, and this hard-working variety produces big reds with meaty tannins. However, this young vine Xinomavro is deceivingly light: think Beaujolais meets Nebbiolo. A nose like candy, but maintaining a solid backbone of acidity and earthy tannins. It’s a fabulous red for summer – even serve it with a slight chill! 

Domaine Mercouri ‘Letrini’ Dry Red (2014) – Peloponnese, $30
The Mercouri Estate is located in the Western Peloponnese with about 40 acres. The estate grows more than 15 grape varieties both Greek and international origin. This dry, robust red is a blend of Refosco and Mavrodaphne, distinguished by its deep rub color and structured body, helped by its year in French oak barrels. 

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West Coast Whites
Aug
18
5:00pm 5:00pm

West Coast Whites

West Coast white wines are where IT'S AT this summer. Come taste this fabulous organic, all natural juice!

Keep, El Rino Albariño (2016) – Napa Valley, CA $34
Jack Roberts from Matthiason's Wines (Tendu for example) and Johanna Jensen from Broc Cellars teamed up together to form Keep, their collection of natural wines with an emphasis on creativity. Their Albariño is the result of successful experimentation, which is why it has a limited release! It's from their Lost Slough vineyard, which thousands of years ago was underwater, and it shows in the biting saltiness and minerality. With its slight spritz, nuttiness and acidity this wine is a definite beach buddy to drink on the dock with your feet cooling off in the ocean.

Habit, Chenin Blanc (2013) – Santa Ynez Valley, CA $34
My friends in California are always blase about their celebrity sightings to the point of it being eye-roll worthy, and every time it makes me so grateful that as a Bostonian I can flip out over famous people sightings. Habit's Chenin Blanc is a perfect example of a classic Hollywood baby: this organic wine is the wine-child of voice actor Jeff Fisher from American Dad aannddd...wait for it...it was grown in a vineyard called Jurassic Park! This Chenin Blanc should have its own star in Hollywood for its frisky attitude, stoniness, and bite of peach.

Swick, Melon de Bourgogne, Yahill-Carlton (2016) – Willamette Valley, OR $25
After working fifteen harvests worldwide, in exotic places like Portugal, Tasmania, and France, Joe Swick decided it was time to open his own winery. He brought the best of multiple countries traditions to Portland, Oregon to his small, substainable winery. His Melon de Bourgogne, compared to classic Muscadet, is like looking at a cat and tiger beside one another. They are similar in their minerality and saltiness that you can tell they are related, but different enough, with the Swick's racy dry apple notes, that you'll intuitively understand you're dealing with a different beast. To those who are skeptical of a New World Melon de Bourgogne, think of how quickly a purring cat can turn and rake you with their claws!

Tendu Vermentino, Dunnigan Hills (2015) – Napa Valley, CA $25
Sought after natural Californian winemaker, Steve Matthiason, is known mostly for his stunning red blends, but decided to try his hand at a Vermentino. With its playful pop-top and bold, large liter bottle it will proudly stand out at any summer barbecue this season. The wine delivers a zippy, herbaceous, and citrus rush that will leave you giggling.

Brea Chardonnay, Central Coast (2015) – Solano County Green Valley, CA $20
Brea is the collaboration between Chris Brockway, the owner of Broc Cellers, and Tim Elenteny. While Broc Cellers is known for experimenting with grapes grown worldwide, but, in California, Brea is a chance to highlight California's classic stars of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon. His Chardonnay is friendly towards Chardonnay lovers and skeptics, as it is crisp, rich, and filled with tropical notes that will leave you picturing palm trees.

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New Spanish Wine & Vermouth
Aug
12
4:00pm 4:00pm

New Spanish Wine & Vermouth

Spain not only has massive terrain, but it's also the third largest wine producing country in the world, and now the largest exporter in the entire world! Spain has come a long way in winemaking throughout its rich history. Come experience a few of our favorite producers as of recently!
 
Bodegas Valdespino, Ojo de Gallo (2016) – Jerez, $18
Valdespino is one of the most renown sherry producers in the world steeped in history and rooted in tradition. With an unwavering commitment to the demands and expense of traditional Jerez winemaking, Eduardo Ojeda produces this dry white wine from the same grape as other sherry Valdespino produces: Palomino Fino. Instead of aging like a sherry and undergoing the solera system, this white wine is aged in stainless steel and spends six months on its lees to give it a full-bodied and lush texture. It smells like juniper and oyster shells, and tastes quite like them too! 
 
Ameztoi, Getariako Txakolina Rubentis (2016) – Basque Country, $21
You asked for it, we got it back! Candied red fruits combine with a lime infused edge makes this a wildly intriguing rosé with a slight spritz on the onset. Vines are 150+ years and grown in clay and sand. Ameztoi is one of the top producers of Getariako, one of the three regions in the Basque Country in northern Spain. If you haven’t tried this rosé yet, now is your chance!
 
Guímaro Ribeira Sacra Blanc (2015) – Galicia, $22
From 50-70 year old vines planted on vineyards of slate, granite, and sand, this unusual blend of 75% Godello blended with the other indigenous grape varietals of Treixadura, Albariño, Torrontés and Loureira. Godello is a Spanish grape that by the mid-20th century had almost disappeared entirely from the planet; however, a small group of growers and producers helped to revive the grape through conscientious farming and precise winemaking. Guímaro is a great example of what Godello can be: juicy, elegant, with notes of hay, leaves and aniseed. The palate is sharp and focused, with very good precision, fresh and mineral. Pedro Rodriguez is in the midst of becoming organically certified. 
 
Guímaro Tinto Ribeira Sacra (2015) – Galicia, $21
Guímaro Tinto is Pedro Rodríguez’s entry-level “joven” wine from multiple plots of Mencía vines with an average age of 40 years old. The grapes are hand-harvested, mostly destemmed, fermented with natural yeasts in steel vats, and aged on the lees for 6 months. This unoaked tinto is pure with lush red fruits, spices, and slate-laden minerality. 
 
Martinez Lacuesta Vermut Rojo – Rioja, $21
Vermouth is the wine that became 'alla moda' - in fashion - by Antonio Carpano in 1786 in Turin, Italy. Crossing over the border to Spain and France as well, Vermouth was the drink of the early 18th century, and has been going strong ever since. What is vermouth? It is a flavored fortified wine made from other base wines and spices, and then sweetened with sugar, caramel and grape must. As many of the flavors and aromas imparted to the wine are bitter, the winemaker needs to be a liquor maker as well, to get the balance and intensity right in their spirit. Félix Martínez Lacuesta founded his bodega in 1895, together with his brothers and the Lacuesta Rojo Vermut (or vermú) is so delightful. Straight up, it's a fantastic aperitif or digestif, or the perfect addition to a Negoni or other cocktails requiring a sweet vermouth. 

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Dry to Sweet: What's your jam?
Aug
11
5:00pm 5:00pm

Dry to Sweet: What's your jam?

The number one question we receive from our guests in the wine aisles is, “Is this wine sweet?” Come taste the RS rainbow – the Residual Sugar Rainbow – from dry, to sweet, and a few arcs in between.

Fausse Piste, Fish Sauce (2016) – Portland, Oregon, $40
Made in the Eola Amity Hills by Jesse Skiles. The lightly bubbly, often cloudy style of sparkling wine called pétillant-naturel, aka "pét-nat”, is perfect for a pick-me-up-in-the-afternoon-wine. Fausse Piste “Fish Sauce”, although mostly sweet in only its aromas, does have a lingering finish of the honeyed Muscat grape making your taste buds do a double-take. Is it dry, is it sweet? We’ll talk about it. And Fish Sauce is so damn good (and very limited) that it’s an interesting one to show before it's all gone. It was bottled under two Brix, so it doesn’t have any residual sugar (RS). Brix measures sugar levels in wine grapes, which ultimately determines how much alcohol a wine will have. Each gram of sugar that’s fermented will turn into about ½ gram of alcohol. So even if it doesn’t have any RS to speak of, it has an extroverted and perfumed character giving off a perception of sweetness.

Louis Métaireau, Petit Mouton (2015) – Loire Valley, France, $20
100% Melon de Bourgogne. Louis Métaireau was a revolutionary winemaker in the Loire believing staunchly in leaving his wines sur lie - on their lees – after their primary fermentation. Now the 23-acre vineyard in the heart of Muscadet Sèvre et Maine tends vines organically, and everything is harvested by hand. 'Petit Mouton' is from the young vines (35 years old), and is very mineral and precise. A classic, bone-dry example of some of the finest Muscadet around.

KTW Ojaleshi Semi-Sweet Wine (2012) – Lechkhumi, Georgia $19
100% Ojaleshi. In Georgia wine is traditionally made in qvervi, clay vessels that are buried underground while the wine ferments and ages. A semi-sweet, ruby-red wine with aromas of ripe fruit and rose petals which finishes dry. Notes of strawberry and black tea. 
 
Château Musar Jeune Rouge (2013) – Bekaa Valley, $26
Founded in 1930, the 371-acre property of Chateau Musar is located in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Only hand-picked estate fruit is used and the wines are minimally handled – natural fermentation very little sulphur and the wines aren’t fined or filtered. A blend of Cinsault, Syrah, and Cabernet Sauvignon, this vintage is a deep burgundy red with aromas of incense-like spice, elderberry and hibiscus. Soft tannins lead to a dry, dark cherry red.
 
Domaine du Collier, Saumur (2013) – Loire Valley, France, $39
100% Chenin Blanc from various plots around the hillside of Breze. Antoine Foucault and Caroline Boireau created Domaine du Collier in 1999 and today they have a 7-hectare estate producing about 1250 cases of wine per year. Rich nose with peach and some tropical fruit, honey, white flowers, brisk acidy. Silky and rich with a touch of residual sugar.

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Mama Margarita Salsa
Aug
5
4:00pm 4:00pm

Mama Margarita Salsa

Join us on Saturday, August 5th when Manuel will be here to wow you with his amazingly delicious Mama Margarita’s Salsas! His generations-old recipe is made using only the freshest ingredients and care. It’s perfect for dipping, but also great on eggs, chicken, fish, even pizza! The tomatillo salsa on a grilled steak is divine. Seriously, this salsa tastes so fresh you won’t believe this comes from a jar! Come dip a chip beween 4 and 6pm.

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Game of Thrones: Italy
Aug
5
4:00pm 4:00pm

Game of Thrones: Italy

We've got the bug. The whole world has the bug. The Westeros Bug. We've paired Italian wines to five of the formidable houses of Westeros. We're ready for you. "You’re in the great game now. And the great game’s terrifying." -Tyrion Lannister

2015 Gualdo del Re 'Valentina', Toscano ($17)
Unbend, Unbowed, Unbroken, the Martell Family
Like the North, Dorne, the birthplace of Oberyn Martell and the Sand sisters, has its own distinct culture separate from the rest of Westeros. With its bold sun and affinity with the sea, it seemed like the perfect pairing for a Vermentino from Southern Tucany. The woods on premise of this vineyard were nicknamed The King's Retreat and used as such during the Middle Ages; a nice contrast to the patience of a Martell who waited decades in silence to get his bone crushing revenge on Gregor 'The Mountain' Clegane for the murder of his sister, Queen Elia, and her children. Valentina is as passionate and willful as the Martells, with citrusy notes, sexy minerality, and a slight saltiness.

2012 Aglianico di Baal, Campania ($24)
Fire and Blood, the Targaryen Family
It seemed appropriate to choose a wine from the region of Mount Vesuvius, the volcano responsible for spewing 21 miles high and destroying cities, for the family who is known for their kinship with fire. Even now, Pompeii looks as if a trio of dragons attacked it! Even more telling is this vineyard's name, Casa di Baal, 'Baal' is a version of the name Hannibal. Whether you're referring to Hannibal Lector, Hannibal the military commander, or Daenerys Targaryen...these are people you do not want to betray. You would be dead before Daenerys could even say all of her titles. This Aglianico is wild with notes of anise, is as red as blood, and as structured and persistent as The Breaker of Chains!

2015 Sottimano Mate, Piedmont ($20)
Growing Strong, the Tyrell Family
The Starks have their direwolves, the Lannisters their lions, the Targaryens their dragons and the Tyrells have...roses? Known for their good looks and gardens, the Tyrell family would rather prefer to be underestimated (the better to plot your death) as would this Brachetto. Considered a common grape in Piedmont, Brachetto is light, unassuming and known for its strawberry notes, and in this particular bottle's case, a wave of roses. Think of how doe-eyed Magarey Tyrell coaxed Tommen away from Cersei, or the Queen of Thorns, as she plotted her family's loyalty from Renly to Joffrey. The acerbic wit of Olenna Tyrell matches the wit of this Brachetto and the smoothness of the wine is as soft as Loras' hair. Even when faltering, the Tyrells prove that they will grow from the ground and lead their family to prosperity once more.  

2015 Marcato 'Duo' Rosso, Veneto ($17)
Hear Me Roar, the Lannister Family
Remember in the pilot when we first saw Jaime and Cersei? They seemed untouchable in their beauty and confident in their status as top dog in Westeros. ‘Duo’ seemed appropriate for the Lannister siblings as they have never been aligned as a trio; Tyrion and Cersei at the least have always plotted against one another. The few times when Tyrion hit Joffrey's smug face is one of the most satisfying moments of the early seasons! This blend of Corvina and Cabernet Franc resembles the red wines that we see the frequently tipsy Cersei and Tyrion drink during the series. They'd drink this wine, with the smooth raspberry and coffee notes in one gulp! Luckily, this wine doesn't suffer from the plight of the Lannisters: a hot mess with tons of Daddy issues.

2016 Alois Lageder Lagrein Rosé, Sudtirol/Alto-Adige ($20)
Winter is Coming, the Stark Family
A rosé for the honorable, politically un-inclined and fair Stark Family, you might ask? Why yes, think of the powerful Northern woman (Wildling and Westeros born alike) who were born 'Kissed By Fire', aka redheaded; Sansa Stark and Ygritte are examples of survivalists who have either proved themselves on the battlefield or when manipulating an inbred King and playing political games to stay alive. Südtirol, the autonomous region located in northeast Italy, is a bit of an oddity. It was granted to Italy in 1918 but retains its Austrian roots with a large percentage of locals speaking German along with its architecture and cuisine, which is distinctly Austrian. This is a fitting region for the wine of the wild North, who within a few years had undergone two self-proclaimed Kings of the North. Along with its dry, acidic body that brings the Alps to mind, this Lagrein has notes of cherry and baking spices. Don't underestimate rosé, the formerly silly and naive Sansa Stark, or the prettily muscled King of the North! 

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Vinhos e queijos de Portugal
Aug
4
5:00pm 5:00pm

Vinhos e queijos de Portugal

From its beaches to the breathtaking mountains of the north, Portugal is a jewel of a country boasting a bounty of quality wine and cheese. Come taste wines and cheeses from the lively Vinho Verde region, the bold Douro Valley, the granitic Dão, and of course the hilly Bairrada where Filipa Pato reigns Queen!

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Riesling & Grüner Veltliner!
Jul
29
4:00pm 4:00pm

Riesling & Grüner Veltliner!

After attending a Terry Theise seminar on Riesling and Grüner Veltliner a few weeks back, we got reeeeally excited about showing off some new juice from the below amazing producers. Join us!

2016 Zum Martin Sepp, Grüner Veltliner – Vienna, Austria ($18)
On the edge of Vienna lies a cozy inn, restaurant and organic winery run by Michael and Freya Martin. Only recently has this region begun exporting their wines to the world, including this catchy Grüner Veltliner, with its Puck-like (think mischievous and wise sprite from A Midsummer's Night's Dream) acidity and fresh citrus.

2015 Arndorfer Vorgeschmack White – Kamptal, Austria ($22)
Vorgeschmack means ‘appetizer’ in German, and this is Martin and Anna Arndorfer’s ‘starter wine’ to the special terroir of Strass in Austria. It’s a lively dry wine with vibrant fresh fruit and floral notes. Enjoy with fried fish, salad, or even hard to pair foods like asparagus, artichokes, avocados, and tomatoes.
Let Grüner take over and do its thing.

2015 Müller-Catoir, Feinherb Riesling – Pfalz, Germany ($25)
This special Riesling is bottled personally for Terry Theise and is also in Saturday’s line-up! It has a glimmer of sweetness which balances notes of crushed stones and dynamo white peach. Müller-Catoir has been crafting wine for since 1774 (!) and under the current Captain, Philip David Catoir, has begun using organic practices.

2015 Schloss-Lieser, Thomas Haag, Trocken – Mosel, Germany ($22)
This Trocken is a rockin’ wine from Thomas Haag, one of Germany’s top producers, who creates scrumptious wines in Mosel in the village of Lieser, along with his brother Fritz. Think of Elvis when bumping to the playful beat of this bone-dry Riesling with guava and pineapple notes!

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Wines from the Sud-Ouest
Jul
28
5:00pm 5:00pm

Wines from the Sud-Ouest

The South West (or ‘Sud-Ouest’ as the French say) is the lesser known region south of Bordeaux, known for its Cognac and Argmagnac. Ah yes, the beauteous, forest-bound land of Armagnac (which we can’t sell due to our liquor license…but never say never…). The South West is WHERE. IT’S. AT. We are constantly reminded of the quality of the traditionally made wines from here, and at such affordable prices. On Friday, we’ll travel to this magical, Atlantic-influenced area including the appellations of Bergerac, Fronton, Jurançon, Gaillac and Irouléguy!
 
2013 Camin Larredya, Jurançon Sec “La Part Davan” ($27)
Jean-Marc Grussaute began farming organically in 2007 with his first certified vintage being in 2010. This is a dry, white wine from Jurançon, which is a blend of Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng and a small quantity of Petit Courbu. The wine undergoes a fermentation in stainless steel tanks and foudres, and is then kept “sur lie” (on its lees) for at least six months giving it a crazy cool, full-bodied texture.
 
2015 Domaine des Terrisses, Gaillac Blanc Sec ($14)
Domaine des Terrisses has been the property of the Cazottes family since 1750. Winemakers Briggite and Alain make delicious and ridiculously affordable wines high on the limestone plateaus of their hillside vineyards full of clay, gravel and sandy soils.

2014 Domaine Brana, Ilori Irouléguy Blanc ($22)
This white is a lemon burst of green apple weirdness. Irouléguy is a mountainous appellation isolated by the Pyranees, bordering Basque country. Its wines are different from its South West neighbors from grape varietals to terroir to culture. Read more about Irouléguy in the NYT from our wine crush, Eric Asimov.

2016 Domaine Roumagnac, Rosé Authentique ($15)
Nicolas Roumagnac joined his uncle in 2008 to become the 4th generation to work on the estate. The estate has soils that cover the three types of alluvial soil generally found in the appellation: boulbenes (compressed sand/clay mixture), rougets (clay soils with deposits of flint, “silex”) and graves (gravel deposits). Nicolas’ is a blend of Négrette, Syrah, Gamay and Cabernet. It is highly aromatic with a gorgeous watermelon hue, plus the grapes are night-harvested to preserve their aromatic freshness – so cool!

2014 Domaine Philémon, Gaillac Rouge “Croix d’Azal” ($15)
The fantastic red wine, “Croix d’Azal”, is produced from a 1-hectare plot, which was planted by Mathieu Vieules in 2003. It is planted entirely with Braucol, the name used in Gaillac for the Fer Servadou grape. It is a wonderful expression of this grape variety with all of its typical spiciness and woodsy floral aromas. The word “braucol” derives from the root “brau” which in Girondin dialect means “bull”, however, a nice bull that smells the pasture’s flowers, not one in a rage-fueled state of mind.
 
2012 Château Flotis "Cuvee Jeanne" ($18)
Katia Garrouste, co-owner and winemaker of Château Flotis named this wine after the label’s artist, Jeanne Lacombe. “Jeanne” is 100% Negrette, the local red wine specialty of the Fronton AOC. Sharing genetic material with Malbec, Negrette is fresh and bright, with aromas of beets, roses, and rich with notes of iron, gravel, and silt. This unfiltered and unfined wine is best paired with grilled vegetables, meats, or try a spicy Indian dish.

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Bootblack Syrups w/ Paul
Jul
22
4:00pm 4:00pm

Bootblack Syrups w/ Paul

Paul from Bootblack Cocktail Syrups will be joining us again on Saturday! Boasting two tantalizing flavors, these fantastic syrups can help you create modern interpretations of classic cocktails and sodas. Use the Ginger Cardamom Lime to make a super complex Moscow Mule or a spicy Old Fashioned.  As for the Cranberry Jalepeno Lime flavor we have one word…Margaritas!!

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Spanish Sidra w/ Ken
Jul
21
5:00pm 5:00pm

Spanish Sidra w/ Ken

"Gastronomy in Asturias is synonymous with a total dedication to the cult of good food." -Anon

Come take a sip of Asturius with us. Ken is back in all his sidra glory!

Viuda de Angelon Sidra de Pera, $16.75/4pk: A sparkling off-dry perry (pear cider). In past centuries in Asturias, an ancient source of excellent cider, they pressed apples or pears. Viuda de Angelon has revived the lost tradition of pear cider to produce this longed-for nectar once again, using only estate grown pears and no added sugar.

Sidra Brut Viuda de Angelon, $17: A sparkling dry cider which preserves the original earthy flavor of traditional sidra. This bubbly is the tops!

Guzman Riestra Sidra Brut Nature, $18: Selection of only its richest matured, natural cider for a second in-bottle fermentation makes this unusually full-flavored and aromatic for a naturally sparkling cider. It is spiritous with pear and banana notes. French apples in the blend contribute an extra touch of tannic piquancy.

Sidra Natural Riestra, $12: A natural, dry, unfiltered Spanish cider. Traditional still cider with fruity aromas and the characteristic acidity of Spanish and French apples that demands pairing with cured cheese and meats.

Diamantes de Hielo, $24: A sweet, ice cider. Frozen apples are freshly pressed and the juice is gradually drip-thawed to concentrate sugar and flavor intensity. It is then fermented and aged to a sweet and spirituous sipping wine. 

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Attack of the Sour Beers!
Jul
15
4:00pm 4:00pm

Attack of the Sour Beers!

Sour Beers Attack! Sours are a broad-reaching category including a breadth of styles and brewing techniques—from historic lambics and other traditional Belgian and German brews to today’s wild, wild West of experimental sours and wild ales. These sours are out of this world!

  • Jack's Abby Cranberry Berliner - Massachusetts, $12.00/4pk
  • Weyerbacher Sexy Motherpucker - Pennsylvania, $14.50/6pk
  • Duchesse de Bourgogne Belgian Ale - Belgium, $12.75/750ml
  • Oude Geuze Boon Black Label - Belgium, $15.50/750ml
  • Rodenback Alexander Foederbier - Belgium, $16.00/750ml
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Bastille Day w/ Bob from Vineyard Road
Jul
14
5:00pm 5:00pm

Bastille Day w/ Bob from Vineyard Road

Bonne fête nationale! Bastille Day, France’s national holiday, commemorates the capture of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, symbolizing the end of the monarchy and the start of the French Revolution. Today France celebrates the three tenets of the republic national motto on this special day: "liberty, equality and fraternity".  It is also a day that vindicates our over indulgence in all kinds of French pleasures: cheese, macarons, pâté, escargot, foie gras, truffles, charcuterie, and, of course, wine! Come celebrate as our fellow Francophile, Bob, from Vineyard Road opens up an array of new French wines alongside an array of délicieux fromage! À bientôt!

  • 2015 Domaine de Piaugier, Le Grange Blanc - Rhone Valley, $15
  • 2015 Frantz Chagnoleau Macon-Villages, Clos St-Pancras - Burgundy, $22
  • 2015 Château du Roquefort, Petit Salé - Provence, $17
  • 2016 Domaine de Vaccelli “Juste Ciel” Ile de Beauté Rosé - Corsica, $18
  • 2014 Gilles Bonnefoy, Vin Côtes du Forez “Migmatite” - Loire Valley, $20
  • 2015 Domaine Jean-Louis Chave, Côtes du Rhône “Mon Coeur” - Rhône Valley, $23
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Lyndigo Spice w/ Celeste
Jul
8
4:00pm 4:00pm

Lyndigo Spice w/ Celeste

Continuing our journey to the islands, join us on Saturday July 8th from 4 to 6pm when we will be tasting the Caribbean influenced relishes, chutneys, and fruit spreads of Lyndigo Spice!  Police officer by day and condiment maker extraordinaire by night, Celeste makes her chutneys in small batches out of a shared commercial kitchen in Dorchester, MA.  Come grab a taste of summer with her delicious condiments. As Celeste likes to say, they are full of flavor with a spicy attitude!

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Bow & Arrow Winery w/ Molly
Jul
8
4:00pm 4:00pm

Bow & Arrow Winery w/ Molly

Inspired by the wines of the Loire Valley and old world vignerons, Dana and Scott Frank set out to turn Oregon's "Pinotstocracy" on its head. Come learn all about Bow & Arrow's West Coast wonders with Molly this Saturday!

  • 2015 Bow & Arrow Sauvignon Blanc, Le Chénaie Vineyard ($32)
  • 2014 Bow & Arrow, Pinot Noir, Hughes Hollow Vineyard ($42)
  • 2015 Bow & Arrow, Rhinestones ($32)
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Island Wines w/ Susan
Jul
7
5:00pm 5:00pm

Island Wines w/ Susan

Let's get summery. 

  • 2015 Gaia Notios White Wine - Peloponnese, Greece ($17)
  • 2015 Tenuta delle Terre Nere, Etna Bianco - Sicily, Italy ($22)
  • 2016 Domaine Maestracci 'E Prove' - Corsica, France ($21)
  • 2016 Domaine Abbatucci, Ajaccio ‘Faustine’ - Corsica, France ($37)
  • 2012 Benvenuti, Teran - Španjole. Croatia ($34)
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Lambrusco & a lil' French w/ Tim from Classic Wines
Jul
1
4:00pm 4:00pm

Lambrusco & a lil' French w/ Tim from Classic Wines

The bookends are Lambrusco, and the in-between include a Loire Valley, a Rhône Valley, and a French Burgundy. Enter the in-between...if you dare.

NV Cleto Chiarli “Vecchia Modena” Lambrusco di Sorbara (Emilia-Romagna, Italy), $18
"Wait, there are red sparkling's?" This revelation comes up every six weeks or so in the shop, and watching customers mouths widen in delight and eyes crinkle at the corner is just as satisfying, as we imagine, watching a kid's delight when discovering money from the Tooth Fairy. While the kids buy candy with their hard-earned tooth winnings you can be sipping this scrumptious Lambrusco. It's just as beautiful and light as a rosé with full red cherry fruit and a long dry finish. Buy, chill, drink, repeat should be your mantra for “Vecchi Modena” Lambrusco this summer.
 
2016 Chateau Langlois, Sancerre (Loire Valley, France), $22
Loving a type of wine can be as personal as geeking out over your favorite celebrity - "there's a personal connection" (people will insist) – your wine always look good in a glass (your celeb fabulous on any screen.) Make this Sancerre your Beyoncé, your Ellen, your Priyanka Chopra and gush over its sheer minerality and brightness. 
 
2014 Les Herities du Comte Lafon, Vire-Clesse (Burgundy, France), $37
Spoil yourself with this carefully produced, partially oaked, buttery delightfulness of a Chardonnay. It's balanced with dry notes of fresh tropical fruit that will leave you jovial, jaunty, and jolly.
 
2014 Château d'Or et de Gueules, “Les Cimels” Costières de Nîmes (Rhône Valley, France), $15
Each of Diane de Puymorin's wines is given a name originating in Old Occitan; "Les Cimels" translates into 'bouquet of flowers'. This very deliberate winemaker uses organic practices which include solar energy and making their own compost. A blend of Syrah, Carignan, and Grenache, Les Cimels is sure to mesmerize you with its extroverted black currant notes and velvety smooth body. 
 
NV Cleto Chiarli “Vigneto Cialdini” Lambrusco di Grasparossa di Castelvetro (Emilia-Romagna, Italy), $18
This Lambrusco is the definition of a that perfect first date that you only see in the movies. Its bubbles are playful, its plum hue beautiful and romantic, and the bright fruitiness is passionate. Bring this bottle on the date of your dreams and drink it under the stars with someone fantastic!

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Artifact Cider w/ Jimmy
Jul
1
4:00pm 4:00pm

Artifact Cider w/ Jimmy

Hailing from Amherst, MA, Artifact Cider is killin' it! We had the pleasure of drinking their special brew "We Are Trying to Break Your Heart" (for all you Wilco lovers out there) this past weekend at the Solid Sound Festival held every other year at MASS MOCA. the largest contemporary art museum in the world!  Come join us as we open a few brews from these super cider buffs.

New World ($13.50/4pk)
Made with Northern Spy and Empire apples. Dry and a little tart with aromas of pear and passion fruit. It's out of this world! 

Papa Knows Best ($15.00/4pk)
Artifact's first dry-hopped cider of the summer season made in collaboration with their friends at Exhibit "A" Brewing. Grab a four-pack, keep it cold, drink it fresh. 

Perception Shift ($15.00/4pk)
A light and tangy cider - the newest one! - with a sea salt spray of slight sourness. It is fantastic with cheese giving a mild cow's milk cheese like Raschera from Piedmont an herbaceous quality and a twinge of grit. 

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Un viaggio in Italia con Matchvino
Jun
30
5:00pm 5:00pm

Un viaggio in Italia con Matchvino

This past April we had the pleasure of traveling to Italy with Stacey, Francois, and Nathalie from the wine importer/distributor, Matchvino. Not only did we have an epic voyage, and opened it up ("it" being countless bottles of Italian vino), but we visited a number of vineyards and met and imbibed with the winemakers. We had the pleasure of taking a tour and eating an unforgettable meal with the Tessari family in Soave. Capping off Verona's VinItaly wine expo was an incredible line-up with organic winemaker Alessandro Cutolo from Marangona. An evening on a Swiss terrace with the Barbacan brothers, Luca and Mattteo, wasn't complete without magnums of Nebbiolo and a campfire. On Friday join us to talk about these wines that are now so personal to us - they're like old friends, and made by friends. Cin cin!

2016 Marangona, Chiaretto (Veneto), $22
Beside Lake Garda (the largest lake in Italy) is a vineyard led by a young, intuitive winemaker named Alessandro Cutolo who brings his wines to life with unpretentious finery. Chiaretto is a style of rose that literally translates into “little light one” and has a delicate body to match. This blend of Groppello, Marzemino, Sangiovese, and Barbera has notes of bubble gum, rose petals, and sage.
 
2016 Marangona Lugana Turbiana (Veneto), $22
This 100% Turbiana white wine is another creation by Alessandro Cutolo. The grapes are hand-picked and processed whole to preserve the compelling aromas of white flower, pear, and white nectarines. This wine is a impressive example of what devotion in a vineyard can accomplish.
 
2015 Tessari Soave Classico (Veneto), $17
If you’re a Parselmouth then you’ll appreciate the slithering snake’s logo on the Tessari’s wines. Their Soave is crackling with such minerality that you’ll picture yourself walking on a beach with crushed seashells underneath your feet. Drinking this wine will transport you to their original cellar, that Antonio Tessari dug himself by hand in 1933, and whisper ‘Open’ in Parseltongue to discover the secrets behind their wines.
 
2016 Tenute Ripalte Rose (Tuscany), $25
Whenever an island is mentioned we immediately think of adventuring; the randomness of discovering one piece of land in a vast sea, the thrill of discovering the natural wonders of the soil and botany...the home to this rosé is the Island of Elba where the Alicante grape produces a delectable peachy wine with notes of graphite and soft baking spices. Drink this wine when planning your next adventure!
 
2015 Barbacàn, Rosso Di Valtellina (Lombardy), $29
Angelo Sega and his sons Luca and Matteo this Nebbiolo at a vineyard that neighbors the Swiss border in the Italian Alps. This Chiavennesca (the local name for Nebbiolo) is what one would pack on a trek up a mountain. It's berry fruit and earthy herbaceous are just what one would need to quench one’s muscles and soul!

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Hogshead Wine Co. w/ Bill
Jun
24
4:00pm 4:00pm

Hogshead Wine Co. w/ Bill

We love working with importers/wine portfolios that are organically driven, stressing the importance of wine that is made with integrity and soul, and not just bottled juice made in a laboratory. Hogshead Wine Co. is just that, and Bill is here to open wines from around the world, including South Africa, Spain, and France.

2016 Storm Point Chenin Blanc, $19
This Swartland Chenin Blanc is as exciting and stimulating as the legend on the label: 15th century ships sailing along the South African border alongside a great bearded sea-giant! New World Chenin Blanc is THE wine for Summer 2017. You are going to love it. #cheninsummer2017
 
2014 Succés Vinicola, Experiència Parellada, $23
In 2011, two Catalonian young winemakers, Mariona Vendrell and Albert Canela, teamed up to create organic, terroir-driven wine. This white blend of Parellada and Garnacha Blanc hails from the northern appellation Conca de Barberà in Spain. Full of lively notes of Meyer lemon, pineapple, and honeydew melon, this bright white will knock your socks off!
 
2014 Succés Vinicola, Conca de Barberà, Trepat, $23
This red wine from Mariona and Albert is made from the Trepat grape, one that is indigenous to Spain. With aromas of fresh cherries and dried violets, this light bodied red is perfect a bit chilled for a summer afternoon while lounging in a hammock.
 
2016 Famille Sumiere, Nautic Rosé, $15
Siblings Olivier and Sophie Sumiere have taken over their long running family business. Early evidence of the Sumeire family in Provence goes back as far as 1238! Their Nautic rosé is a Provençal blend smells like fresh strawberries, and finishes dry and refreshing. Hello, Summer.
 
2016 Bodegas y Viñedos Inteus, Aviadores, Rioja Tempranillo Joven, $19
A joven (young) Tempranillo just in time for summer! Unoaked, all stainless steel aged, with notes of dark fruit and clay, perhaps from the clay and limestone soils that the 25-year-old vines grow upon. Luís Palacio’s father planted the first certified organic vineyard in Rioja in 1980, and quickly converted the rest of his family’s holdings when he saw the great results. Three decades later, Luís has some of the most beautiful vineyards in Rioja full of lush green pastures amid a desert of red clay. 

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Berkshire Brewing w/ Dave
Jun
23
5:00pm 5:00pm

Berkshire Brewing w/ Dave

BBC is one of our favorite breweries, and knowledgable beer aficionado, Dave, is such a great guy to represent the company! Come taste some brews, and raise funds for the Western Mass Food Bank and Shea Theater too!

Shabadoo Black and Tan Ale, $6/22oz btl
Shabadoo is a delicate blend of amber ale and porter. It’s a full-bodied dark brew with notes of caramel malt and mocha notes. It’s a fabulous Black and Tan, PLUS Berkshire Brewing donates 10% of gross sales of Shabadoo to the Food Back of Western Massachusetts. Drink well and do some good too! 6.3%
 
Farmstand Raspberry Barleywine Style Ale, $7.25/22oz btl
This ruby-hued malt has balanced hopped bitterness with a sweet, tart character from the local, fresh raspberries that are added to the brewing during fermentation. This brew is distinctly drinkable, challenging the notion of what a fruit beer can be. 9%
 
Shea Theater’s Rebellion IPA, $5.25/22oz btl
B.B.C. released “Shea Theater’s Rebellion” to benefit Shea Theater in the Turners Falls near Deerfield of Western MA. This is a modern-style, hop-forward and well-balcned, fruit, hazy American IPA. Only 500 cases of Shea Theater's Rebellion were produced in its limited release, and all proceeds go to Shea Theater! These BBC guys and gals really care about beer and their community! Come join them! 6.2%

Inhopnito American IPA, $11/6pk cans
InHOPnito (in cans!) has arrived! A classic American IPA with a medium body and bitterness. It boasts fruity aromas of cantaloupe, light citrus and berries, but packs a punch of dangerous deliciousness. One of the best IPAs out there! 6.2%

Lost Sailor IPA, $11/6pk cans
This flagship classic British-inspired IPA boasts a well-rounded malt profile, complex floral and citrus aromas, and generous Goldings dry hopping. It's also super balanced in its malt sweetness and hop bitterness. 5.8%

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Beer & Cheese Pairing at Bit Bar, Salem: Allagash Brewing and The Cheese Shop of Salem
Jun
17
2:00pm 2:00pm

Beer & Cheese Pairing at Bit Bar, Salem: Allagash Brewing and The Cheese Shop of Salem

Bit Bar's Beer Garden is featuring Allagash Brewing all month long, and we thought we'd join in on the fun. Come join in too! What's better than a vertical tasting of Allagash beer and cheese pairings from The Cheese Shop of Salem. The tasting will be led your resident beer and cheese and video game nerds. Four beers, four cheeses, and only $40 per person!

Get your tickets here!

 

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Division Wine Co. w/ Jackson from MISE
Jun
16
5:00pm 5:00pm

Division Wine Co. w/ Jackson from MISE

Division Wine Co. is an artisan winery based in Portland, Oregon striving to make delicious, interesting and balanced wines with minimal manipulation. Kate Norris (pictured) and Thomas Monroe and their team are passionate about supporting sustainably farmed, terroir expressive vineyards that celebrate their favorite varietals (like Gamay, Chenin, Pinot Noir, etc.). Jackson is visiting from MISE Wines to open three Division wines - a superb Gamay Noir rosé, the 'Béton' - a red blend of Gamay, Côt (Malbec), and Cabernet Franc - and an ethereal Chenin Blanc. We'll also have a few French rosés open for kicks. See you there!

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Tuscan Natural Wines & more!
Jun
10
4:00pm 4:00pm

Tuscan Natural Wines & more!

What do you get when you open three natural Tuscan wines, one Sicilian, and one French rosé? A party! Bethann from Café Europa is opening an array of our newest natural wine arrivals from Cosimo Massimo Macini, as well as a Sicilian Grillo and a Tavel rosé.

2016 Cosimo Maria Masini 'Annik' Bianco, $22
Rice cakes, apples, and honey notes that dart down your throat--can you handle it?!

2016 Cosimo Maria Masini 'Matilde' Rosato, $20
Anything named Matilde (or Matilda) is a good sign! This rose is as optimistic, intelligent, and powerful as Roald Dahl's Matilda Wormwood with its raspberry and violet notes.

2015 Cosimo Maria Masini "Sincero" Rosso, $17
This biodynamic blend of Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese, and Cabernet Sauvignon will wash across your palate with its cherry and spicy herbaceous notes.

2015 Civias Acanteo, Grillo, Terre Siciliane, $17
This white wine is a small town college grad visiting New York City for the first time. With it's straw colored hue and notes of hay, chamomile are the natural aromas of home while the mimosa notes embody a jovial brunch in the Big Apple.

2016 Pierre Rougon Tavel Rosé, $20
A Southern Rhone stunner. Think Pretty in Pink - all sass and class - made on 52 hectares of estate fruit.

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Wines from Trentino-Alto Adige/Sudtirol, Italy
Jun
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

Wines from Trentino-Alto Adige/Sudtirol, Italy

Join us in toasting the superb wines from the region of Trentino and the Alto Adige/Sudtirol in the northwest of Italy! The all-knowing Italian wine goddess, Stacey, is here pouring from her importing company Matchvino.

2013 Pravis 'Le Frate' Nosiola, $19
This Nosiola that grows on slopes that overlook tranquil lakes is named 'Le Frate' which translates into 'the friars'. Dedicated, serene, and as jovial as its namesake-this wine humbly presents hazelnut and white flowers notes.

2012 Pravis Dolomites Pinot Nero, $18
Have this wine around a fire in your backyard to accompany your gooey s'mores. The velvety tannins, red berries, and hint of tobacco will make any backyard camper feel as if they are in Acadia National Park!

2014 Cantina Bolzano, 'Mock' Sauvignon, $30
'Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand/France' is what I typically hear when customers are searching for their perfect Sauvignon; this one from Alto Adige will remind you that the perfect Sauvignon Blanc can be found worldwide.

2015 Cantina Bolzano, Chardonnay, $19
This is the perfect Chardonnay to shared with friends;the full peach and honeydew notes that cruise alongside balanced acidity will make the conversation flow...until someone notices the bottle is empty!

2016 Cantina Bolzano 'Pischl' Lagrein Rose, $20
Whether you are opening this rose to celebrate the beginning of the weekend or on Sunday evening to bid the weekend adieu the delicious raspberry and marzipan notes will make it better.  

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Curio Spice Company
Jun
9
5:00pm 5:00pm

Curio Spice Company

Claire Cheney of Curio Spice Company will also be joining us on Friday, June 9th to introduce you to her fabulous global spice blends. She has spent the last decade sourcing spices directly from farmers in 10 different countries, resulting in seven original spice blends that are inspired by the geography and culture of their origins. Her spices are toasted whole, then ground and packaged by hand to ensure maximum freshness. Claire will be here from 5-7pm to show you how to make your same old dinners into something special!

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