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

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

Meet Winemaker Stefano Menti!

Save the date! Friday, November 3rd - a visit with winemaker Stefano Menti from Giovanni Menti Wines - hosted by your Cheese Shop family and Mise Wines. | Family run, biodynamic winery in the Veneto, Italy. All natural juice, folks. Nothing added - just yeast, grapes, basta! 

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

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

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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Bubbles Italian Style
Oct
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

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! 

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

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
5:00pm 5:00pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
5:00pm 5:00pm

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
4:00pm 4:00pm

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
5:00pm 5:00pm

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
7:30pm 7:30pm

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
3:00pm 3:00pm

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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Tutto Piemonte w/ Andrea from Giannoni Selections
Sep
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

Tutto Piemonte w/ Andrea from Giannoni Selections

Two of our rockstar cheesemongers, Brie and Kiri, are currently in Piedmont for Slow Foods’ international cheese festival in Bra to celebrate raw cheese in all its glory. Tomorrow we’re channeling their Italian adventures and featuring raw wine - all organic and biodynamic Piemontese wines from our friend Andrea with Giannoni Selections. Venite tutti!

Eraldo Revelli, 'Rosset', Langhe (2016), $20
Dolcetto is the grape associated with the village of Dogliani, which is where Eraldo Revelli and his daughter Claudia run their organic winery. With a location at 450 meters, the Revelli’s vineyards enjoy a particular microclimate that ensures good temperature variation and sea breezes due to their proximity to the Ligurian coast. ‘Rosset’ means 'lipstick' in Piemontense dialect - this lip-smacking rosé has bold cherry fruit and a slight herbaceous quality with long-lingering minerality.

Eraldo Revelli, 'Autin Lungh', Dogliani (2015), $26
Since the 1930's, the Revelli’s have continued to showcase the Dolcetto grape, the underdog to the popular Nebbiolo, in their organic winery. Dolcetto was recognized for its significance in Dogliani and given DOCG status in 2010. Claudia and Eraldo definitely deliver in this serious wine, which is from a single vineyard called ‘Autin Lungh’ and grown on 25-year-old vines. Vinification and aging happens in all stainless steel, and the resulting wine has deep blackberry and raspberry notes with a long, dry finish.

Eugenio Bocchino, Barbera D'Alba (2015), $27
Husband and wife team, Eugenio and Cinzia, got into winemaking with the theory that the wine should reflect the soil and not the winemakers. Their biodynamic winery is all about allowing the soil and terroir to shine, whether this is from refusing new oak to doing as few ‘rimontaggi’ (pump-overs) as possible during fermentation. This Barbera was grown on thirty-year-old vines and has notes of juniper, licorice, and untamed wild cherries.

Castello di Tassarolo 'Titouan', Tassarolo (2015), $28
When Massimiliana 'Max' Spinola and Henry Finzi-Constantin converted their southeast Piedmont vineyard to biodynamics, they even bought horses to work the fields and built their own water tower on the property. When Max realized she had become sensitive to sulfur, they decided to make their wines without the addition of sulfites; instead they ferment and elevate their wines in temperature-controlled stainless-steel vats to prevent oxidation. Lift your glass in thanks to Titouan, the horse on the label who helped make this Barbera possible, while you savor this hand-harvested wine with notes of cranberry and clay.

Daniele Ricci 'Terre' Del Timorasso' (2014), $24
After phylloxera demolished Piedmont in the mid-19th century, most growers abandoned the local varietal, Timorasso, in favor of Cortese. But Daniele Ricci's grandfather saw the value in Timorasso and planted it when he started his winery in 1929. Today, there are only 100 hectares of Timorasso planted in all of Piedmont. Daniele is committed to organic farming practices; he has over 300 elements in his soil! This Timorasso juice spends three days on its skins, giving it an yellow-amber hue, and remains on its lees for over a year. The result is a wine with a core of minerality and bright notes of lemon meringue.  

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Australian Wine Night
Sep
9
4:00pm 4:00pm

Australian Wine Night

An exciting line-up of new Australian wine, including a hard-to-find natural wine from Lucy Margaux. Australia is getting better and better. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again…See ya later Yellowtail, please kick yourself on the way out. Bye, Critter Wines. BYE. Hello, Quality Aussies. 

Torbreck, Cuvée Juveniles (2013) - Barossa Valley, South Australia, $25
If you were to classify this red wine as being an extrovert or an introvert, ‘Juveniles’ would definitely be vying for attention, arms outstretched, whilst yelling “Who’s ready to P-A-R-T-Y?!” It's an Australian wonder with Côte du Rhône influences in its confident blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro (Mourvèdre). Dry, dark, and heady, it has notes of licorice and blackberries. Share this bottle with friends…’Juveniles’ would be saddened at the thought of not having an audience to admire its beauty!

Lucy Margaux, Noir de Florette (2016) - Adelaide Hills, South Australia, $50
In 2002, Anton and Sally Van Klopper purchased a 16-acre cherry orchard and named it after their daughter, Lucy. They focus on poignant and special wines made traditionally with only natural methods. It's the purest Aussie wine that we've ever had, and maybe ever will! This Pinot Noir is a peachy, brick red that smells like roses, red cherries, strawberries, thyme, pavement, stones, dirt, and orange marmalade. Try this natural treasure, with its savory strawberry and cherry notes, and get one step closer to visiting Adelaide Hills, Australia.

Jamsheed 'Warner Vineyard' Beechworth, Shiraz (2014) - Great Western, Victoria, $58
After apprenticing to Paul Draper of Ridge in California, Gary Mills decided to set out on his own wine odyssey. His natural winery, three hours north of Melbourne, is named after Jamsheed, a Persian King who, according to legend, could see his whole Kingdom in a wine glass. His Shiraz is as natural as a rainbow: its fermented in whole bunches, and is gravity racked, unfined, and unfiltered. This Shiraz is dry with smokey meaty notes, plummy, and is unapologetically as bold as brass.

Woodlands Wines, Chardonnay (2015) - Margaret River, Western Australia, $34
While every other vineyard in our Aussie line-up was founded in the 2000s, Woodlands is the eldest at a mature forty-four year old. David and Heather Watson were one of the original five vineyards to plant in the Margaret River wine region. Their Chardonnay is aged in a combination of French and new oak, which gives the wine a comforting note that is warm and homey, with playful notes of poached pears and honey.

Paxton Graciano (2016) - McLaren Vale, South Australia, $20
What do cereal and wine have in common? They were both grown in McLaren Vale! In the early 19th century cereal crops were planted in the Vale but soon were switched over to vineyards as the wine community took off! In 2000, David Paxton began his small, biodynamic winery, Paxton Vineyards. This Graciano, a native grape to Spain, has a light body with white pepper and raspberry notes. Graciano might be the lighter bodied wine of this tasting line-up, but let it prove that it can stand up to its bolder companions!

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Kalahari Biltong Jerky
Sep
9
4:00pm 4:00pm

Kalahari Biltong Jerky

Are you tired of the same old leathery beef jerky?  Then join us this Saturday, September 9th, to liberate your taste buds with Kalahari Biltong! Hailed as one of South Africa’s national treasures, this version is made right here in Massachusetts. Imagine the tenderness and texture of prosciutto and the beef flavor of steak tartare and you’ve got biltong. Once you’re done salivating, come visit us at the shop to try the Original flavor, or brave the fire of the Spicy Peri Peri!

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French & Italian Riviera Wines
Sep
8
5:00pm 5:00pm

French & Italian Riviera Wines

Let’s sail together along the French Riviera into the Italian Riviera, leaving our worries at bay. This happy line-up is full of brightness and liveliness thanks to the idyllic environment of the Mediterranean. Join us in Provence and then sail off to Liguria's breathtaking, yet rugged, half-moon of a coastal landscape located just below Italy’s famed Piedmont region. 

Punta Crena, Cruvin (2016) - Liguria, Italy, $25
Varigotti is probably the most beautiful and evocative places in Liguria, just east of the French Riviera. The vineyards are owned by the Ruffino family on a thin coastal strip separating the sea from the Alps at 350 meters above sea level. Cruvin (croo-VEEN) is a temperamental native grape with low yields. The Ruffinos are one of the only families in the world producing wine from this grape! ‘Cruvin’ in local Ligurian dialect means ‘to fall’ because the grape falls so easily off the vine when ripened, thus Mr. Fox featured on the label is waiting for the grapes to fall so he can eat them up. 

Bruna, Riviera Ligure di Ponente Pigato Majé (2016) - Liguria, Italy, $22
Since 1970, Riccardo Bruna, now along with his daughter Francesca, have created wines that burst with life and a sense of terroir and place. This white Ligurian wine of 100% Pigato is a straw yellow hue, with aromas of yellow peaches and citrus. Their organic Pigato vines are grown atop calcareous rock and blue clay soils - so unique! The result is a confident elegance, freshness, and pure mineral drive. 

Château d' Estoublon, La Réserve (2016) - Provence, France $20
In Provence, basked by the Mediterranean sun and the Southern Slopes of Alpilles, is Chateau d'Estoublon. It is exactly what people picture when they think of Provence: blue skies, craggy cliffs, and castles. The Château has a castle where people can stay at year-round, if you feel like sunbathing and drinking rosé on your next vacation! The vineyard was founded in 1731 and is currently run by the gorgeous Schneider Family. Their ‘La Réserve’ rosé is mineral driven with pineapple and tangerine notes.

Domaine du Cagueloup, Bandol Rosé (2016) - Provence, France, $34
These vineyards have literally grown alongside nearly twenty-one generations of the Prebost family, with each generation purchasing new hectares as the vineyard and family grows. Now at 40 hectares, the vineyards lie at the foot of Sainte Baume and are gifted with a pleasant Maritime breeze. This Rose is a blend of Mourvèdre and Grenache and is decadent with notes of white flowers and orange pith.

Domaine Terrebrune 'Terre d'Ombre' Bandol (2015) - Provence, France, $23
After training as a sommelier in Paris in 1963, Georges Delille bought a property in Bandol with plans to completely renovate everything. Among other things, Georges refashioned the masonry, replanted vineyards, and built a new wine cellar. In 1980, after his son graduated from college, Father and Son released their first vintage together. This red blend is a mixture of Mourvèdre, Grenache, and Cinsault, which flows with vibrance and light spiciness.

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Summer Send-off Beer Tasting
Sep
2
4:00pm 4:00pm

Summer Send-off Beer Tasting

Come stock up on beer for the Labor Day weekend! 

Jack's Abby 'Leisure Time' Wheat Lager – Framingham, Massachusetts, $10.75/6pk
A light lager to start off the line-up! Faint aromas of coriander and chamomile with slight hints of orange peel. Medium-bodied and refreshing!

Bent Water 'Viskiss' American Pale Ale – Lynn, Massachusetts, $12/6pk
A local favorite! Bent Water is also visiting us for Local Harvest on September 16th! Mark your calendars! A pale ale with a nice amber color, with thick foam and a big nose. Soft bitter hops with a malty base. A summer staple!

Uinta Brewing, Hop Nosh IPA – Salt Lake City, Utah, $12/6pk
Bold and refreshing, this IPA from Utah combines an abundance of hops with a smooth malt profile. It has assertive bitterness and notes of pine and lime with rich caramel malts. So good!

Baxter Brewing 'Bootleg Firework' Double IPA – Lewiston, Maine, $14.50/4pk
A delicious DIPA from a great brewery! Pours a cloudy straw with a short white head. Aromas of apricots, pine, and grapefruit. Totally crushable for Labor Day weekend.

Black Hog Coffee Milk Stout – Oxford, Connecticut, $12/6pk
Based on a sweet stout recipe and enriched with cold Toddy-extracted Organic Colombian Supremo and Espresso Roasted coffee. Exclusively poured on Nitrogen gas lines for a silky texture with a pillowy white head. The result is a rich, creamy stout with hearty roasted coffee flavor and a quick finish. 5.5% ABV.

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Mama Margarita's Salsa!
Sep
2
4:00pm 4:00pm

Mama Margarita's Salsa!

Join us this Saturday 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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The Wine Trust w/ Karen
Sep
1
5:00pm 5:00pm

The Wine Trust w/ Karen

Karen is swinging by to show some end-of-summer stunners. Come and stock up for Labor Day!

Château Henri Bonnaud 'Terre Promise' (2016) – Provence, France, $19
This Château is named after the winemaker, Stephanie Spitzglous's grandfather, Henri Bonnaud. Grapes are grown on chalky gravel soil giving this rosé its scrumptious, full-bodied and and smooth floral notes. This Syrah and Grenache rosé will please any Labor Day Weekend Party!

Domaine Agapé, ‘Expression’ Pinot Gris (2014) – Alsace, France, $20
Agapé is derived from the Greek word for “love,” and the name aptly describes the relationship winemaker Vincent Sipp has with his land. The domaine consists of around 9 hectares of vines, with a third of them in Grands Crus in Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé and Hunawihr. This Pinot Gris is texturally full-bodied and lush, with notes of tangerine and lemongrass and drinks dry with piercing acidity in the finish. 

Domaine Agapé, ‘Expression’ Riesling (2013) – Alsace, France, $24
Another creation from Vincent Sipp. A powerful yet restrained Riesling, with aromas of yellow apples, aniseed, and fresh white flowers. Medium-bodied in texture with a punch of last acidity. A punk rocker of Riesling. 

Orison Rosé (2016) – Alentejo, Portugal, $17
100% Moreto grape varietal from a little family farm surrounded by trees in the heart of Alentejo, Portugal. The Orison wine project, started in 2011 by Daniel and Filipe ‘Pipa’ Orrison, embodies two young winemakers' desire to bring the beauty and spirit of Portugal to the US! Their 2016 rosé is all charm full of fresh flowers and strawberry notes.  

Violin Pinot Noir (2013) – Willamette Valley, Oregon $42
Winemaker Will Hamilton lives with precision and thoughtfulness. He named his winery Violin in homage to his son Olin and to celebrate his love of music. Hamilton is intrigued by the connections between wine and music-for instance both are sensory based pleasures and involve massive vocabularies to describe them! This Pinot is a result of Hamilton's first harvest and is a juicy, weighty delight with notes of forest floor and boysenberries.

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Hatfield & McCoy Beef and Bacon Jerky
Aug
26
4:00pm 4:00pm

Hatfield & McCoy Beef and Bacon Jerky

Join us on Saturday when we will be handing out samples of Hatfield and McCoy’s fabulous beef jerky and bacon jerky. That’s right, you heard me…BACON JERKY!  Who knew there was a way to make bacon even more delicious? Treat your tastebuds to Spicy Revenge or Breakfast Maple Bacon Jerky, but don’t overlook the Beef Jerky, available in such delectable flavors as Sweet Whiskey and Black Powder. The beef and bacon jerky will duke it out in your mouth until a winner prevails…just like the real Hatfield and McCoy!

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Porch Pounders!
Aug
26
4:00pm 4:00pm

Porch Pounders!

The last weekend of August just begs us to have a Porch Pounder wine tasting. Quaffable, affordable, unbelievably delicious wines are filling up the shop's wine table this Saturday. Haven't had enough of summer yet? Come party down!

Broc Cellars, Love White (2015) – Madera, California, $21
Fresh and lively Love White from Broc Cellars! A blend of Rhône grape varieties like Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier, grown in California! Broc Cellars uses only sustainably, organically, or biodynamically grown grapes. Broc holds true to their philosophy that vineyards achieve their truest character and complexity when they have to struggle to survive. This Love White struggled hard to get here...come show it some Love!

Pierre Rougon, Tavel Rosé (2016) – Rhône Valley, France, $20
Estate bottled rosé that is the color of watermelon and tastes like it too! Pierre Rougon farms a 52-hectare property in Beaumes de Venise. His vines are planted on steep, tiered terraces, nestled in the mountainous foothills in the southern Rhône. If you’ve never tried a Tavel rosé, think of a Provençal rosé and, in the words of Spinal Tap’s lead guitarist, Nigel Tufnel, turn your rosé dial “up to 11”!! 

Matthiasson Tendu Red Wine (2015) – Napa, California $25
This red blend is all-natural splendor. It’s fermented in stainless steel and then aged in neutral barrels, with no sulfites added, and unfiltered and unfined too! This is like Californian Beaujolais, but instead of Gamay, you have indigenous Italian varieties including Aglianico, Montepulciano, and Barbera. If anyone is going to be this baller and make killer Italian Beaujolais in California, it’s going to be Matthiasson.

Viña Maitia, Valle del Maule Aupa Pipeño (2016) – Central Valley, Chile, $14
Jug wine from Chile! Aupa Pipeño from Viña Maitia is an old school blend of 70% País (aka Mission, a sacramental grape that was the first grape planted in the Americas, brought here by the Spanish) and 30% Carignan from a 10-hectare, 120-year-old, dry farmed vineyard in the Maule Valley. The Maule Valley benefits from a Mediterranean-like climate where high temperatures in the summer are cooled by the breeze from the Humboldt Current in the Pacific Ocean. A rustic wine, chuggable, loveable, and fermented with whole clusters and vinified in cement. Can you dig it?

Anne-Sophie Dubois, Les Cocottes (2016) – Beaujolais, France, $24
Anne-Sophie Dubois is part of a young generation of rising star vignerons in Beaujolais. From her 8-hectare estate in the heart of Fleurie, Anne-Sophie develops wines that epitomize the delicacy and finesse of great Gamay. Her grapes are grown using organic methods and instead of using new oak, she prefers cement vats for fermentation and aging, giving her Beaujolais that wet-rock, pavement, stoic minerality that we love so much in light-bodied reds. The Cheese Shop Team porch-pounded this Gamay at our staff BBQ a few weekends ago, and it paired beautifully with Chris’ fresh spring rolls, Peter’s chili-dogs, and even the 70 oysters we shucked. It’s so versatile with food!

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#GOAT
Aug
25
5:00pm 5:00pm

#GOAT

GOAT or G.reatest O.f A.ll T.ime is an acronym on trend right now thanks to marvelous athletes and social media enthusiasts combined. Of course GOAT, to a cheese family, can only mean one thing: CHEESE! And cheese made from the milk of those cute little furry creatures that eat everything from cans to greens. For tomorrow's tasting, we chose five #GOAT wines to pair with different goat's milk cheeses, and it's up to you to decide which pairing is the #GOAT.

Donkey & Goat Grenache Rosé (2016) – Mendocino, California, $31
AKA 'The Chill-Billy Goat'
When Jared and Tracy Brandt were interning at a winery in France, their French neighbor had a pet donkey and goat. He had trained the donkey to eat around the grape vines but occasionally, the donkey would get distracted about which plants it ate. Undeterred, the neighbor bought the donkey a goat friend and the goat would follow the donkey around the vineyard, resulting in a calm and focused donkey. Apparently, goats have a natural soothing effect on all members of the animal kingdom! Inspired by the story, Jared and Tracy named their natural, funky winery Donkey & Goat to celebrate kinsman-ship. Sometimes, we all need a little goat in our lives-whether that be a bleating companion or this unfiltered Grenache rosé! Buttery, earthy, and mouth-filling, it has tantalizing notes of melon and prosciutto.   

La Capra Loca (2014) – Valladolid, Spain, $12
AKA 'The Crazy Goat'

Everyone who has owned a goat has at least one story; Youtube is a plethora of crazy goat antics from these large eared creatures getting their head stuck in a watering can, fainting from excitement, to climbing to the tippity top of a precarious hay pile to control a fan's speed with a cord. This Tempranillo, from Familia Pastor Gilabert is what every goat toasts their antics with after a long day of making us scratch our heads with befuddlement of 'why did they do that'? This rose is as cheery as it is cherry-like with notes of cranberries and finishes with a satisfying roundness. 

Domaine Gracieux Chevalier, Cremant de Bourgogne (NV) – Burgundy, France, $24
AKA 'The Political Goat'

For a delicious Cremant (a Champagne method sparkling from France but outside of Champagne) there is no option but a political goat. Saber-opening a bubbly with a saber or knife is legendarily attributed to Napoleon's Hussars, who carried Champagne to battle and opened them on horseback to celebrate their triumphs. There will always be politics and goats, and hopefully there will always be Cremant. Like a certain Tweeting Goat, this Cremant has a brisk no-nonsense attitude that teases out the dry, toasty almond notes and elegant bubbles.

Domaine Pichot 'Le Peude de la Moriette' Vouvray (2015) – Loire, France, $19
AKA William 'Billy' Windsor II

When you hear Vouvray your toes automatically curl in anticipation for a Chenin Blanc with a sharp minerality balanced with ripe stone fruit. It's a staple Chenin Blanc fit for for a royal goat such as William 'Billy' Windsor II – the current Royal Kashmir goat that Queen Elizabeth II presented to one of the oldest Infantry Regiment's. Like this winery, which dates back to 1739, this goat tradition is old, and begun in 1844. This Vourvray is crisp with notes of pear and lemons.

Vigne Guadagno Greco di Tufo (2015) – Campania, Italy $20
AKA 'GOAT as in Brady'

Vigne Guadagno was created by two brothers, Guiseppe and Pasquale, who, like the dedicated and focused #GOAT Tom Brady, understand the importance of teamwork. Vigne Guadagno was started in 2010 by the brothers who asked fellow winemaking neighbors to consult them for the first few vintages of their fledging winery. They, like Brady, bring their A-game and excitement into every aspect of their lives and don't let rainfall or plunging temperatures get them down. This Greco di Tufo's minerality is as strong as Brady's arm and has notes of fresh pineapple. 

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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!

Buy tickets here!

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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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