Blind Wine Friday
Oct
26
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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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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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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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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A Vermouth Tour
Sep
14
5:00 PM17:00

A Vermouth Tour

Join us as we take a world tour of vermouth. There’s a lot of junk vermouth in the market full of gross preservatives and chemicals, but the vermouths in our line-up is only the good stuff. We’re also opening some cocktail bitters so there will be some fun mixing and experimenting with vermouth cocktails, just in time to get your weekend started right. See you there!

Read more about the line-up here!

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Jack's Abby & Springdale
Sep
7
5:00 PM17:00

Jack's Abby & Springdale

Since its launch in 2011 in Framingham, MA, Jack’s Abby Brewing has grown steadily throughout New England. We love Jack's Abby because they've mega-expanded their business, but they still adhere to making craft and artisanal beer while using proper ingredients. Their beer is a clean, pure experience, and the latest project from Jack's Abby is a further reflection of craft beer quality and consistent creativity. 

Launched in 2016, Springdale is an experimental offshoot of Jack’s Abby focusing on barrel-aged beers and sour beers. What began as a passion project of cofounders and brothers, Jack, Sam, and Eric Hendler, has now grown to great proportions including distribution of their newest beers just this past year. Springdale boasts an incredible 30,000 square foot Barrel Room, making it New England's largest barrel-aging room. The Barrel Room has over 15 beers on tap all to be enjoyed while overlooking thousands of oak barrels that contain ales and lagers in the midst of fermentation. Definitely check out the Barrel Room this fall! 

Here's Friday's stellar line-up!

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Island Wines
Sep
1
4:00 PM16:00

Island Wines

Opening up a gang of 'Island Wines' on the first of September is helping perpetuate the denial that summer is nearing to an end. Vines grown on islands have a plethora of environmental advantages including prominent shifts in temperature throughout the day, cooling sea breezes in the evening, lots of sunlight, mountainous terrain, fertile and generative soils, and rocking salinity and minerality in the juice. It’s rare to find larger producers on small islands; with island vine growing comes smaller production and a sense of overall community. Come relish in the summer-ending denial for just a bit longer until the hustle and bustle of autumn (and October in Salem) is upon us. Read more about the #islandlyfe line-up here!

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Blind Wine Friday
Aug
31
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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Spain's the Word
Aug
25
4:00 PM16:00

Spain's the Word

Some new Spanish wines just hit our shelves and we’re so excited to open them up with you. Jancis Robsinson describes Spanish wine in a nutshell as ‘Land of American oak, increasing ambition, sherry, and low-yielding bush vines.’ Here are a few fun facts as paraphrased from Queen Jancis, for all you wine geeks out there.

-One of Spain’s viticultural blessings is the average altitude of vineyards (over 600 m/2000 ft)

-Cool evening temperatures result in prolonged growing season and full, ripe berries

-Tempranillo produces some of Spain’s most revered red wines, while Grenache is the most planted red grape variety

-Spain loves using American oak for aging, with an increasing interest in using French oak and cement vats

Read more about tomorrow’s Spanish line-up here!

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Crown Cap Friday
Aug
24
5:00 PM17:00

Crown Cap Friday

Join us as we open wines that are bottled under a crown cap! Liters of wine with an easy-to-open, simple bottle cap are all the rage. It is a total myth that wines that don't have a normal cork are of lesser quality. Good wine shouldn't be disregarded because of its vessel or stopper!

Read Molly's post here on crown caps, screw-caps, and corks, as she debunks the myths of wine stoppers, and lists pros and cons of each!

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Beer Me
Aug
17
5:00 PM17:00

Beer Me

Join us for some cold brews and paired cheeses! Yum!

Lone Pine Brewing Company, Brightside IPA | 7.1% ABV | An American IPA balanced with a subtle malt character and smooth, clean bitterness with layers of complex citrus zest, tropical fruit, and pine.

Rodenbach ‘Alexander’ | 5.6% ABV | A true original sour brewed for the first time in 1986 to celebrate the 200thbirthday of Alexander Rodenbach. ‘Alexander’ is a mixed fermented ale - two-thirds of the beer is aged in oak for two years, and the remaining third is macerated with sour cherries. 

Two Roads, Road Jam | 5% ABV | Road Jam is a wheat ale fermented with red and black raspberries. Fruity with a refreshingly dry finish and just a hint of lemon grass.

Ginger Libation, Citra Hopped | 9% ABV | Ginger Libation is the original pre-prohibition, Jamaican-style Ginger Beer, with tons of spice and all organic ingredients including Costa Rican pineapple juice, lemon, lime, cane sugar, and of course lots of fresh ginger. The Citra Hopped is juicy, hoppy and spicy.

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Chenin Blanc, Baby
Aug
11
4:00 PM16:00

Chenin Blanc, Baby

When I think of Chenin Blanc I think of three things: high acidity, honeysuckle, and versatility. Alike to Riesling, Chenin Blanc has the rare ability to produce the whole gamut of wine – from still to sparkling to dry or sweet wine. It is universally versatile, very vigorous and fertile, and susceptible (for better or for worse) to botrytis rot, mildew and other diseases.....

Read more about Saturday’s Chenin Blanc tasting here!

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Rosé and Orange Wine
Aug
3
5:00 PM17:00

Rosé and Orange Wine

Subtle is so 2017…go for the bright, cheery amber-hued and salmon pink colored wine! Rosé and orange wine have a few things in common; they are grown worldwide, are great with unusual pairings, and are some of the oldest wines ever created. This tasting will make you reconsider if a depth of pink means that the rosé is sweet or the variance of tasting notes you can find in orange wines. These wines are all delicious and carefree as a summer day! Read more about how orange and rosé is made, and tomorrow's line-up here!

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Blind Wine Friday
Jul
27
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 summer patio party! 

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Doves and Figs Jam Sesh
Jul
21
4:00 PM16:00

Doves and Figs Jam Sesh

Join us this Saturday when Doves and Figs will be joining us to show off their delicious small batch jams. All of their products are created with bunches of sun-ripened fresh fruit grown on New England farms, pure cane sugar, and no added pectin or preservatives. Their jams are unique blends of fruits mixed with an array of herbs, spices, nuts, dried fruits, chocolate, and spirits. Delicious on your morning toast, but just as perfect paired with cheeses and meats!

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Atlantic Beverage
Jul
21
4:00 PM16:00

Atlantic Beverage

Atlantic Beverage Distributors is a Massachusetts based beer distributor specializing in craft beers. Garrett from Atlantic is pouring some cold brews for your beach and summer consumption. Come by!

Jacks Abby Blood Orange Wheat | 4.0%ABV | Blood Orange Wheat debuted at Jacks Abby’s beer hall and it quickly became a fan favorite. This German-style radler is fruit forward, juicy light and refreshing.

Lord Hobo Angelica | 5.5%ABV | A New England take on a classic beer style, Angelica offers the refreshing drinkability of a wheat beer combined with fruit juice characteristics of a New England IPA.

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. Pseudo Sue Pale Ale | 6.8%ABV | This single hop pale ale showcases the Citra hop for a well-balanced beer that is delicate in body with a mild bitterness in the finish. Pseudo Sue is loaded with aromas of grapefruit, citrus, mango and evergreen.

Toppling Goliath Brewing Co. Golden Nugget | 6.8% ABV | A winning combination of golden promise malt and nugget hops, this IPA delivers a bouquet of hop, citrus and evergreen aromas, followed by a floral sweetness.

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