West Coast/East Coast Christmas Classics
Dec
21
5:00 PM17:00

West Coast/East Coast Christmas Classics

Kate from Charles River Wine Co. is joining us for an awesome holiday wine tasting featuring natural and organic wines from New York, Oregon, and California. Come join in on the holiday fun. Try before you buy! Read more about the featured wines here!

  • 2017 Boundary Breaks Riesling 

  • 2015 Day Belle Pente Chardonnay, Yamhill Carlton

  • 2016 Donkey & Goat Linda Vista, Napa Valley, Chardonnay

  • 2016 The Withers Counoise, El Dorado

  • 2015 Donkey & Goat, The Prospector, Mouvedre, El Dorado

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Holiday Wines with Hogshead Wine Co.
Dec
22
4:00 PM16:00

Holiday Wines with Hogshead Wine Co.

Bill from Hogshead Wine Co. is joining us to pour everything from English sparkling wine to Gamay to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Try before you buy, and save 10% on your holiday wines! Read detailed tasting notes about the wines here!

  • NV Digby Fine English, Leander Pink Brut

  • 2016 Mas Candi 'Tinc Set’ Cava

  • 2016 Ciro Picariello Fiano di Avellino

  • 2015 Domaine Cornin, Pouilly-Fuisee

  • 2016 Bow & Arrow Gamay

  • 2015 Morey-Coffinet Bourgogne Rouge

  • 2016 Domaine Font du Vent,  Famille Gonnet, Châteauneuf-du-Pape (not pictured, but it’ll be there!)

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Blind Wine Friday
Dec
28
5:00 PM17:00

Blind Wine Friday

Every last Friday of the month we choose a bunch of wines for you to taste...blind! The wines get opened, decanted, poured into your glass, and then you guess what they are. Blind tasting is one of the best ways to learn about wine, without judging by wine label or price, and an open-minded way to discover new grapes and wines you've never tried before. Plus, guess our rotating theme of the evening correctly and you can win a $25 gift certificate! Just show up, bring a friend, along with your unparalleled sensory analysis, and learn how to blind wine taste like an expert. Don't be intimated, it's a totally fun game, and one you can use at your next dinner party! 

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Bubble in Paradise?
Dec
29
4:00 PM16:00

Bubble in Paradise?

Bubble in Paradise? Bubbles will help! We’re opening up a lot of, that’s right: BUBBLES. Just Bubbles and Paradise and Cheese to end 2018 and ring in 2019. Because God knows, we all need a little bubble rainbow in our lives.

Hang tight. Bubbles line-up coming soon.

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4th Annual Winter Wine Night
Dec
8
3:00 PM15:00

4th Annual Winter Wine Night

Wine-ter Is Coming...

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

Featuring wines from AP Imports, Cafe Europa, Matchvino, Olmstead Wine Co., Vineyard Road, and The Wine Trust. Let’s all 'cin cin' and get in the holiday spirit together! 

Tell your friends! Complimentary admission! 

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Georgia, Georgia, Georgia
Dec
7
5:00 PM17:00

Georgia, Georgia, Georgia

This is an exciting time for Georgian wine! It is beginning to get the attention it deserves in the modern age; recently, Eastern Standard in Boston listed their first Georgian wine on the menu and you can find many delicious ones at wine bars in Boston like Haley Henry and Nathálie. If you’re itching to learn more, check out Alice Feiring’s book, For the Love of Wine for a fascinating read. And, of course, buy your Georgian wine at The Cheese Shop of Salem! Kosta, who was born and raised in Georgia and now imports Georgian wine in NY and MA, is joining us at the shop tomorrow and opening these wines from the Kakheti region of Georgia. Come learn, taste, nerd out, and drink. Gaumarjos! გაუმარჯოს! 

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Blind Wine Friday
Nov
30
5:00 PM17:00

Blind Wine Friday

Every last Friday of the month we choose a bunch of wines for you to taste...blind! The wines get opened, decanted, poured into your glass, and then you guess what they are. Blind tasting is one of the best ways to learn about wine, without judging by wine label or price, and an open-minded way to discover new grapes and wines you've never tried before. Plus, guess our rotating theme of the evening correctly and you can win a $25 gift certificate! Just show up, bring a friend, along with your unparalleled sensory analysis, and learn how to blind wine taste like an expert. Don't be intimated, it's a totally fun game, and one you can use at your next dinner party! 

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What's Brewin'?
Nov
24
4:00 PM16:00

What's Brewin'?

What’s brewin’ at the shop this Saturday? BEER. We’re going to surprise you with an assortment of BEER. Maybe it’s local BEER. Maybe it’s foreign BEER. But, it’s all BEER. So come BEER…er…we mean COME BY!

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Post Feast Wines
Nov
23
5:00 PM17:00

Post Feast Wines

We’ve picked out a few of our favorite wines to taste you on post Thanksgiving feast. We’re too full to list them off (“Ma! Where’s the remote?!”) but we promise that they’re delicious and 10% discounted too. So, yay.

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Give Thanks for France
Nov
17
4:00 PM16:00

Give Thanks for France

This Saturday we're celebrating the upcoming day of thanks alongside the arrival of new French wines from Mise Wine Co. Jackson is opening bottles from Valentin Zusslin (Alsace), Mary Taylor (Bordeaux), Emmanuel Haget (Loire Valley) and France Crispeels (Languedoc-Roussillon). Come give thanks for France (and for each other) and stock up for Thanksgiving Day!

Left: Emmanuel Haget and friends. Photo Credit.

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Cantina Bolzano Trio
Nov
16
5:00 PM17:00

Cantina Bolzano Trio

The Dolomites are a magical place, producing magical wine. Cantina Bolzano is a co-op rich in history located in the Alto-Adige in Northern Italy that we had the pleasure of visiting last April with Stacey and François from Matchvino (and also Salem locals) and we have been huge advocates of their delicious wine ever since. Cantina Bolzano is one of South Tyrol’s top-quality wineries combining 320 hectares from 200 vine growers, producing some of the best South Tyrolean wines out there. The current GM, Klaus Sparer, is the 3rd generation of his family to be at the helm; Klaus has worked at the winery since he was 14! If you haven't tried these shop staples yet, now is your chance. This holy trinity of vino is perfect for your Thanksgiving feast!

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Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!
Nov
15
5:00 PM17:00

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

It’s officially Thanksgiving season when the Beaujolais arrives at the shop! Come taste ALL the GAMAY - Thursday, 11/15 from 5-7PM! Bring your beau, bae, beret, and we’ll take care of the rest! Beaujolais Nouveau, Beaujolais Villages, and 4 Cru Beaujolais will be featured from producers: Remi Dufaitre, Domaines Chermette, Paul-Henri and Charles Thillardon, Yann Bertrand, Anne-Sophie Dubois, and Laurent Martray. #turkeydaybeaujolais

A little bit of Beaujolais Nouveau info:

  • Beaujolais Nouveau is made from the red grape Gamay and comes from the southern part of Burgundy, France

  • Beaujolais Nouveau is meant be be enjoyed while it’s young…so drink up!

  • There’s a lot of mass produced Beaujolais crap out there that is full of chemicals and preservatives, but that’s not we carry at the shop, so the Beaujolais you’ll taste on Thursday is artisanal, real, and good for you too

  • Annually in France, on the third Thursday of November, Beaujolais Nouveau is released at 12:01AM, just weeks after the grape harvest. Commence dancing, festivals, fireworks, and glass after glass of Gamay. Why not celebrate in Salem, too?!

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A taste of Jura
Nov
10
4:00 PM16:00

A taste of Jura

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We’ve been steadily growing our Jura wine section at the shop and on Saturday we’re opening three wines from Domaine de Savagny. Domaine de Savagny’s vineyards sweep through the towns of Lavigny and Passenans in the region of Jura, which is located on the eastern edge of France bordering Switzerland. Domaine de Savagny covers 45 hectares in the appellations of Côtes du Jura and Château Chalon, where Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Savagnin, Poulsard and Trousseau are planted.

Jura has a unique oxidative style for its Chardonnay, and is notable for ‘vin jaune,’ or ‘yellow wine,’ which is made from the indigenous variety, Savagnin, and made with similar methods in Sherry production. Another wine unique only to Jura, is the sweet ‘Vin de Paille,’ translating to ‘straw wine.’

Jura producers favor traditional, organic and natural viticulture and winemaking - it’s a real taste of place, and one of the most unique wine regions in the world. Come experience Jura in all its glory - with a Chardonnay, Savignin, and Vin de Paille - from Domaine de Savagny. Bethann from Cafe Europa is also pouring natural French wines from Andrea Calek and Nathalie Banes. À bientôt!


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Brianne Day and more!
Nov
9
5:00 PM17:00

Brianne Day and more!

Tonight we have a killer line-up led by the darling Kate from Charles River Wine Co. Along with Brianne Day’s newest wine, Vin de Days, from Williamette Valley, Oregon, Kate is also opening bottles from Donkey & Goat (Napa, CA), Peñalolen (Central Valley, Chile), Domaine Jean Vullien (Savoie, France), Carminucci (Marche, Italy) and the very limited Conouise from the Withers Winery (El Dorado, CA). This wine line-up is incredible and you don’t want to miss it. See you there!

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 In vino veritas
Nov
3
4:00 PM16:00

In vino veritas

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This Saturday, Joe from Hangtime Wines is visiting us at the shop and proving in vino veritas - in wine there really is truth. These natural wines from Piedmont, Sardinia, and the Emilia-Romagna region are the real deal. Nothing is added to the fermenting juice except native yeasts, minimal sulfur, and a whole lot of TLC. This weekend is all Italian wine, folks, and there’s no better way to kick off the first weekend of November (and RAW weekend!) con questi vini incredibli - with these incredible wines! Read more about the Hangtime line-up here!


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Casale Certosa
Nov
2
5:00 PM17:00

Casale Certosa

The charming Nick Mucci, owner of Mucci Imports, is pouring all Southern Italian wines on Friday, including wines from Casale Certosa, Casa di Baal, Masseria Starnali, and Cantine Rao. These wines from the regions of Campania and Lazio are beautifully executed and taste of real terroir with that unique rustic Southern Italian edginess. After a wonderful visit to Casale Certosa a few weeks ago, we’re happy to feature both wines from Antonio and Fausto Cosmi, who have 8 hectares in the Castelli Romani. Read more about Casale Certosa and Friday’s line-up here!

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1634 Meadery
Oct
26
5:00 PM17:00

1634 Meadery

Come celebrate Halloween with the best mead around town! Dan Clapp makes delicious meads at 1634 Meadery right out of Ipswich, MA. Our friend Donna from 1634 Meadery is pouring the following featured meads this Friday: Beewitched, Wicked Wench, Blueberry Dream, Raspberry Delight, and Choate Bridge Cyser. Honey elixir for all!

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Ain't No Volcano High Enough
Oct
13
4:00 PM16:00

Ain't No Volcano High Enough

Ain’t No Volcano High Enough (To keep me from growin’ on you, babe)


Volcanoes, babe. Across the spectrum they are the coolest 5th grade science fair project and one of the most naturally destructive forces there is. They are also pretty uncommon - only 1% of the planet is actually covered in volcanic earth. But what does this have to do with wine? Come find out on Saturday when we open 6 volcanic ash-laden wines. Taste them, and you’ll be BLOWN away!!! Read about Saturday's EXPLOSIVE line-up here!

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Berkshire Brewing
Oct
12
5:00 PM17:00

Berkshire Brewing

Dave from Berkshire Brewing Co. in Western Mass. is visiting us to pour a slew of brews before the Halloween BOO-m!

Steel Rail | American Pale Ale, 5.30% ABV | Steel Rail is the flag ship beer for Berkshire. Its light and crisp with a light  hopped finish. This is the perfect Sunday game day beer.

Life on Marzen | Marzen-style Lager, 6.8% ABV | This take on the fest stile beer is brewed using German hops and yeast. With a rich malt profile and slight warming spice notes this beer is here just in time for the cooler days of fall. 

Coffee House Porter | Porter, 6.3% ABV | This rich dark porter is brewed using a blend of coffee from the folks at Dean's Beans out in Orange MA. Coffee House porter pours with aromas of dark malts coffee and chocolate and finishes smooth with a subtle bitter end. 

Green Gown | Double IPA, 8.5% ABV | This big New England Style IPA is brewed using Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. They also add someadditional experimental hops as well. This beer pours with the classic New England haze and is tropical and juice. 

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Goatboy Selections
Sep
29
4:00 PM16:00

Goatboy Selections

We’re so excited to taste you on Goatboy Selections’ newest arrivals! Who makes the wine on your dinner table is essential, but who imports your wine, and sends it from abroad and delivers it to your dinner table, is also of utmost importance! Flip the wine bottle around and enter Goatboy Selections and the sketch of a cherubic goat slinging wine through the heavens. Passionate about real wine, with a focus on small production and natural winemaking methods, Byron Bates launched Goatboy Selections 20 years after getting into natural wines while working with Jonathan Nossiter at another New York based wine importing company. (Jonathan Nossiter is documentarian extraordinaire; curl up one autumn rainy weekend with a bottle of Gamay and watch Natural Resistance and Mondovino.) Byron aims to feature a portfolio of vins naturel reflecting the real wine culture in France. On Saturday, come try the following French wines, distributed in Massachusetts by the company Cafe Europa. Goatboy rocks! (Learn more about importer-based shopping in this helpful Bon Appetit article.) 

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Cucina Aurora Olive Oil
Sep
29
4:00 PM16:00

Cucina Aurora Olive Oil

Join us on Saturday, September 29th, when the lovely folks from Cucina Aurora will be here showing off their deliciously infused olive oils. Perfect for marinating, sauteeing, and dipping, Cucina Aurora uses only 100% pure Italian olive oil from Tuscany and the freshest herbs and spices. With mouth-watering flavors like Rosemary Oregano, Roasted Garlic, and Sundried Tomato and Basil, it’s the perfect hostess or holiday gift!

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Blind Wine Friday
Sep
28
5:00 PM17:00

Blind Wine Friday

Every last Friday of the month we choose a bunch of wines for you to taste...blind! The wines get opened, decanted, poured into your glass, and then you guess what they are. Blind tasting is one of the best ways to learn about wine, without judging by wine label or price, and an open-minded way to discover new grapes and wines you've never tried before. Plus, guess our rotating theme of the evening correctly and you can win a $25 gift certificate! Just show up, bring a friend, along with your unparalleled sensory analysis, and learn how to blind wine taste like an expert. Don't be intimated, it's a totally fun game, and one you can use at your next dinner party! 

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Lidrivio Olive Oil
Sep
21
5:00 PM17:00

Lidrivio Olive Oil

Join us on Friday, September 21st  from 5 to 7pm, when Patrida imports will be here sampling Lidrivio, their multiple award winning Extra Virgin Olive Oil from Greece.  Picked and pressed within 3 hours, this blend of Koreneki and Athenolia olives has a fresh green olive taste, buttery viscosity, and a light peppery finish. A shop favorite, we use it for salads or dipping, or as a finishing oil. As an added bonus, they will also be sampling their delicious kalamata olive tapenade!

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Local Harvest
Sep
15
3:00 PM15:00

Local Harvest

Join us in celebrating the arrival of autumn with a grand tasting of our favorite locally made products and a chance to meet the artisans who create them! 

Featured producers include Bootblack Cocktail Syrups, Doves and Figs Jam, Far From the Tree Cider, Notch Brewing, Turtle Creek Winery, Westport Rivers Winery, and Cricket Creek Farm.

This is a complimentary event for all, but a suggested donation of $5.00 will be donated to The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem.

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