Curio Spice
Feb
22
5:00 PM17:00

Curio Spice

Curio Spice Company will be joining us on Friday! Claire Cheney has spent the last decade sourcing spices directly from farmers in 10 different countries, resulting in several 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. Curio is a local Massachusetts company in Cambridge, so come support local!

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Blind Wine Friday
Feb
22
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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The Wine Oscars
Feb
23
4:00 PM16:00

The Wine Oscars

And the Oscar goes to…To say we’re all movie nerds at The Cheese Shop of Salem is the understatement of the year. The 91st Academy Awards are airing on Sunday, February 24th starting at 8PM EST and for Saturday’s tasting we’ve paired five picturesque wines to Oscar Best Picture nominations. Which wine will be the winner? (Say that ten times fast.) Read more here and come taste with us at the shop on Saturday between 4-6PM for the most wine-centric cinematic experience of the year!

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French Sud-Ouest
Feb
15
5:00 PM17:00

French Sud-Ouest

We've said it before, we'll say it again, and we'll say it until the Ayrshire cattle come home: the Sud-Ouest (Southwest) of France is the country's best kept wine secret. It has seriously the most amazing natural wines and at a great price too. Come check out the newest arrivals including Parlange & Illouz 'Prinzet' (pictured), a blend of Côt (Malbec), Jurançon Noir and Valdiguié. Jeremie Illouz and Fabien Jouves met at Bordeaux University, bought 6 hectares in Cahors in 2012, and have been making serious juice ever since. See you Friday when we'll reveal more wine secrets of the Sud-Ouest!

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How to Fondue
Feb
9
3:00 PM15:00

How to Fondue

Come join us for an indulgent afternoon of warm, melted cheese before heading to the Salem So Sweet evening festivities!

We will be serving two original Fondue recipes and Raclette, and accompaniments that include pickles, meats, jams, paired alongside Swiss wine and ciders! Take home our custom Cheese Shop fondue kits to enjoy on Valentine’s Day!

Complimentary admission.

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Staff Wine Picks!
Feb
8
5:00 PM17:00

Staff Wine Picks!

We're opening up some of our favorite wines from our 'Staff Picks' wine section. Come taste what we're really diggin' these days, including a Garganega from the Veneto, a Lebanese white wine, a natty Grenache from California, and a Canary Island gem. Woot woot!

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Pacific Northwest Wines
Feb
2
4:00 PM16:00

Pacific Northwest Wines

Join us for a journey of wines from the Pacific Northwest! 

Washington State wouldn’t be the splendor that it is without its magnificent neighbor of the Pacific Ocean, the Cascade Mountains, and the beautiful city of Seattle. While it rains for most of the year in Seattle, the Cascade Mountains provide a literal barrier to the damp environment, which is inhospitable for grapes. Because of the Cascade’s protection, most of Washington State from the east of the mountain range is hot and dry. The terroir of eastern Washington is perfect for growing grapes: without the forceful rivers (that provide irrigation) the land would be desert-like, plus, vines typically attain 2+ more average hours of sunlight than they do in the southern wine regions of Napa and Sonoma, California. Read on here!

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Old vs. New (Brady vs. Goff)
Feb
1
5:00 PM17:00

Old vs. New (Brady vs. Goff)

Super Bowl LIII is this Sunday! We’re opening up a bunch of old wines and new wines. Old vs. New. Tom Brady vs. Jared Goff. Who’s got more game? You make the call.

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Tom Brady:

Birthday: August 3, 1977 (Zodiac sign: Leo)

Height: 6’4”

Marital status: Married (to Giselle since 2009)

Years in NFL: 18

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Jared Goff:

Birthday: born October 14, 1994 (Zodiac sign: Libra)

Height: 6’4”

Marital status: Single (or maybe dating a model)

Years in NFL: 2

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A Rhône River Runs Through It
Jan
26
4:00 PM16:00

A Rhône River Runs Through It

It’s easy to forget sometimes as you turn on your faucet to cook or take a shower that water is a priceless resource that until recent history wasn’t readily available. When going back in time you can trace the history of agriculture, trade, and cities all to bodies of water, and this includes the epic Rhône River! The Rhône River begins at an alpine glacier in the Swiss Alps and then twists and turns its way through the cities of Geneva, Avignon, Lyon, and Arles. In Arles, the Rhône River is divided into two sections are nicknamed ‘The Grand Rhone’ and the ‘Petit Rhone,’ and flanking the river on both sides is the wine region of the Côtes du Rhône (or the Rhône Valley). The river eventually carries out into the warmer waters of the Mediterranean. Read on here!

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Blind Wine Friday
Jan
25
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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Winter Wine Tales
Jan
19
4:00 PM16:00

Winter Wine Tales

If you’ve lived around Boston for long enough you’ve probably smelled Commercial St. for that stickily sweet note of molasses that some claim still lingers on the site of the devastating Great Molasses Flood, which occurred 100 years ago on January 15th. The world is a peculiar place (especially these days) and strange happenings like ghost sightings and 15-foot-high molasses waves sometimes happen. At the free tasting this Saturday, the line-up of wines hail from countries where curious to eerie wine-related occurrences have happened. These are wines that will transport you through story and taste when you curl up in front of the fire with a glass while the relentless wind howls outside. Read on for our selection of Winter Wine Tales!  

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Game Day Brews
Jan
18
5:00 PM17:00

Game Day Brews

Leading up to the big game this Sunday, join us this Friday as Chris, our beer buyer and cheese monger extraordinaire, leads us through a line-up of the latest brews! Go Pats!

Mystic Brewery Table Beer | 4.3% ABV | Hailingfrom Everett, MA, Mystic Table Beer is a session ale inspired by its European ancestors. Brewed with Hallertau and Ella hops. Mystic Table is crisp and refreshing with subtle floral notes and a dry finish.

3 Star Brewing Co. Pounding Trees | 8.0% ABV | This Double IPA comes to us from Washington, D.C. Its hazy with bright citrus notes from the hops. The malts are slightly sweet with a bready finish. 

Rising Tide Mountain Side IPA | 6.0% ABV | Rising Tide from Portland, Maine crafted this IPA to celebrate winter in New England. With some malt locally grown in Maine, and the addition of wheat, this IPA is bright in these cold winter days. 

Mayflower Porter | Porter ABV 5.2% | This rich, complex brew is smooth and full-flavored. Five varieties of malted barley provide notes of roasted coffee beans and bittersweet chocolate with a hint of smokiness.

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Sherry & Port
Jan
12
4:00 PM16:00

Sherry & Port

Sometimes our customers hover around our port and sherry bottles with wonder and they’ll ask a common question: ‘What is port/sherry and what do I do with it?’ It’s a great question with so many delicious answers! Read here to learn about the sherry and port making processes and our line-up this Saturday!

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Wine & Wanderlust
Jan
5
4:00 PM16:00

Wine & Wanderlust

It’s that time of year again: the start of the new year. The gift-giving, holiday-partying, eggnog-guzzling, tree-decorating days are behind us, and now we all need a damn vacation. That heavy does of wanderlust is settling in, deep down to the core of our souls that crave rejuvenation. We feel the urge to get up and go and breath an unfamiliar scent in a different city breeze or cleansing island air. Enter: WINE. Wine has the ability to transport you to any place in the world. It is the definitive taste of place. Where the vines are grown determines how the wine tastes, among many other environmental factors. Let’s open it up and go somewhere special…and start with these…

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Glögg and Mulled Wine Night
Jan
4
5:00 PM17:00

Glögg and Mulled Wine Night

We gather Norwegian facts, slang words, and traditions from our lovely Norwegian team member, Ingrid, who not only is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to wine and all things foodie, but also owns her own dog walking company. Norway loves warmed wine, called glögg, during the holiday season. There are many traditional recipes varying from region to region in Scandinavia. In all of these hot concoctions, there is pretty much the same base of ingredients including red wine with the addition of spices, cloves, cinnamon, citrus, and vanilla. There is also clear glögg, which uses white wine as the base and more citrus, and is found mostly in southern Scandinavia. Click here for the Cheese Shop Glögg recipe!

Join us on Friday, January 4th as we put our own Cheese Shop spin on Norwegian Glögg, made with the addition of delectable and local Curio Mulled Spices! We'll also be pouring Ruby, Tawny and White ports to cure those winter blues.

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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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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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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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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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