True North Ale Co.
Aug
23
5:00 PM17:00

True North Ale Co.

Gary Rodgers and his son Jake started brewing beer in their home before moving as a family to Europe and exploring the wonderful Belgian, German, and English brews across the Atlantic. Upon returning to New England in the late ‘90s, the craft beer industry was exploding and over next few decades the Rodgers’ passion for good beer and brewing grew into into True North Ale Company in Ipswich, MA. Today they are making exciting, pure, delicious brews right here on the North Shore. Come taste a line-up of True North with us this Friday from 5-7PM including the brews: Cerveza, Vincianne, Northern Haze, and Squared. See you there!

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Blind Wine Friday
Aug
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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First Friday Beer Tasting
Sep
6
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Beer Tasting

Join us on the first Friday of the month for a complimentary beer tasting led by your resident Cheese Shop beer experts, including beer buyer Chris Tenore. Each month, Chris picks some of his favorite beers and/or ciders of the moment to taste you on to start the month off right. Come join in on our Salem beer bash!

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Blind Wine Friday
Sep
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 dinner party! 

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First Friday Beer Tasting
Oct
4
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Beer Tasting

Join us on the first Friday of the month for a complimentary beer tasting led by your resident Cheese Shop beer experts, including beer buyer Chris Tenore. Each month, Chris picks some of his favorite beers and/or ciders of the moment to taste you on to start the month off right. Come join in on our Salem beer bash!

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Blind Wine Friday
Oct
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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First Friday Beer Tasting
Nov
1
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Beer Tasting

Join us on the first Friday of the month for a complimentary beer tasting led by your resident Cheese Shop beer experts, including beer buyer Chris Tenore. Each month, Chris picks some of his favorite beers and/or ciders of the moment to taste you on to start the month off right. Come join in on our Salem beer bash!

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Blind Wine Friday
Nov
29
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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First Friday Beer Tasting
Dec
6
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Beer Tasting

Join us on the first Friday of the month for a complimentary beer tasting led by your resident Cheese Shop beer experts, including beer buyer Chris Tenore. Each month, Chris picks some of his favorite beers and/or ciders of the moment to taste you on to start the month off right. Come join in on our Salem beer bash!

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Blind Wine Friday
Dec
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 dinner party! 

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Gemma's Italian Gems
Aug
16
5:00 PM17:00

Gemma's Italian Gems

This Friday, Gemma, owner of Giannoni Selections (an all Italian wine importing company) is visiting with a bagful of biodynamic Italian wine and will be here to explain more about what biodynamics is and why it’s so important (and why we dig it) when it comes to winemaking. Read more about biodynamic principals here as well as Gemma’s Italian wine line-up!

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Pét-Nat Party
Aug
10
4:00 PM16:00

Pét-Nat Party

Nothing says August like Pét-Nat. The Ancestral Method (a technique in making sparkling wine) is used to make most pét-nat (pétillant-naturel), or slightly sparkling glou-glou (glug-glug) juice, as we like to call it. Pét-nats can be identified by the crown cap which tops the bottle of this fizzy juice, which is used instead of a cork because the wine is not disgorged, and has no added dosage or sugar addition, after the first fermentation process. These semi-sparklers undergo a secondary fermentation in bottle. They are meant to be enjoyed young, wearing linen, on a porch, in the sun, or in a warm rainstorm when you’re camping and you need a pét-nat pick-me up. Pét-nats bring smiles, and hope, and fun, and they always bring the party. Come party with a pét-nat! Pét-nat Party Picks here!

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French Rosé
Aug
9
5:00 PM17:00

French Rosé

We’re opening all French rosé this Friday including the latest rosé from Château Payral (Southwest), Daniel Crochet (Loire), Gaspard (Loire), and Moillard (Burgundy). One more month of summer means let’s drink ALL the ROSÉ.

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Jam Session
Aug
3
4:00 PM16:00

Jam Session

We’ve got some jammin’ picks for your summer wine and music fix! Our team of cheesemongers and wine slingers at the shop have all sorts of musical tastes, likes, dislikes and very strong and varying opinions about music in general. We’re lucky that we’re able to play an array of tunes at the shop all day long and never get bored, and if we do get bored of the same playlist or song (i.e. Leon Bridges’ song ‘River’ – sorry Leon), we can just change up the genre and keep things fresh. We’ve made you a very diverse Spotify playlist with some of the team’s favorite bands and songs of the summer, and this Saturday from 4-6PM we’re opening five jammin’ red wines that are easy drinking summer sippers. Come on by, listen to some tunes, drink some wine and relax with us! 

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First Friday Beer Tasting
Aug
2
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Beer Tasting

Join us on the first Friday of the month for a complimentary beer tasting led by your resident Cheese Shop beer experts, including beer buyer Chris Tenore. Each month, Chris picks some of his favorite beers and/or ciders of the moment to taste you on to start the month off right. One pick this month is Allagash Curieux, which was first brewed back in 2004 and was Allagash Brewery’s first foray into barrel aging. Come join in on our Salem beer bash!

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Glou Glou Wine
Jul
27
4:00 PM16:00

Glou Glou Wine

The French term glou-glou is an onomatopoeic noun-turned-adjective that evokes the sound of wine being poured from the bottle and the sound and act of gulping down easy-peasy drinking gulpable wine. Join us on Saturday when Joe from Hangtime is opening all glou-glou juice, including the newest Sicilian red actually named ‘Glou-Glou’ from the Elios dudes. It’s going to be Glou-tastic.

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Blind Wine Friday
Jul
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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Loire and More
Jul
20
4:00 PM16:00

Loire and More

Our friend Jackson from Mise Wines is pouring a killer line-up of new summer wines from the Loire Valley, Willamette Valley, and Vinho Verde. Taste unique wines from Domaine des Huards in the Cour-Cheverny, a rosé from Massachusetts native Mary Taylor (who teams up with growers in the Loire), a new, all natural Vinho Verde, and an organic Oregon Pinot Noir. When it comes to wine, we know how to summer! Read on here.

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Rhei-Maid Gochujang
Jul
13
4:00 PM16:00

Rhei-Maid Gochujang

Gochujang is a fermented soy sauce made from red chili peppers and soybeans and an essential ingredient in Korean specialty dishes. Long-time Boston resident, Mary Rhei is owner and founder of Rhei-Maid, and grew up in a culinary family in Paterson, New Jersey. Her parents began to bottle their homemade sauces from Mary’s grandmother’s 50-year-old recipe. Today, Mary continues the family tradition by carefully overseeing the careful sourcing and foraging of ingredients, properly aging every batch, and her result is so delicious. Come taste the Rhei-Maid magic. See you Saturday! 

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Grape Me: Muscat
Jul
13
4:00 PM16:00

Grape Me: Muscat

Muscat is one of those chameleon grapes that you’ve probably consumed unknowingly. Truth be told, it’s everywhere! The Muscat grape is old enough to be called ancient (or vintage a few hundred times over!). Wine scholar Jancis Robinson’s hypothesis is that Muscat was once the most common vine imported into southern Gaul by the Romans. To give you an idea of how long ago this was…Gaul existed in the Bronze Age! The Romans then transported and replanted this grape all across Europe where it then eventually traveled across oceans to be grown worldwide. Since it’s so old and well-traveled Muscat is grown under many names including: Moscato, Brown Muscat, Muskatellar, and Moscatel. Read on here!

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Sicilian Trio
Jul
12
5:00 PM17:00

Sicilian Trio

Sicily has been a buzzword in wine and wine tourism, specifically in the US, for the past few years. Most trends in wine (I’m looking at you rosé and ‘orange wine’), seem to come full circle. The Sicilian wine industry has had its ups and downs, but today, Sicily is hotter than Etna. (By hotter, I mean trendier, not hotter as in global warming, however, Sicily has had some very, very hot vintages in the lasts few years.)  Read more here about Sicily and Friday’s wine line-up!

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Summer of Spritz
Jul
6
4:00 PM16:00

Summer of Spritz

2019 is the Summer of the Spritz! Join us as we mix up summer cocktails including the classic Aperol Spritz and also pour an array of other summer spritzers including the newest cans of Sprezza Italian bitters, canned wine from Ramona and fizzy wine called Farm Fizz from Old Westminster Winery. It’s Spritz time y’all!

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First Friday Beer Tasting
Jul
5
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Beer Tasting

Join us on the first Friday of the month for a complimentary beer tasting led by your resident Cheese Shop beer experts, including beer buyer Chris Tenore. Each month, Chris picks some of his favorite beers and/or ciders of the moment to taste you on to start the month off right. Come join in on our Salem beer bash!

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Mayflower Brewing
Jun
29
4:00 PM16:00

Mayflower Brewing

Our good friend Bobby is visiting us from Mayflower Brewing. Mayflower hails (of course) from Plymouth, Massachusetts and boasts a 9,000 square foot production facility, a sick tasting room and shop. Next time you’re in the South Shore make sure to take a tour of their brewery. In the meantime, in the North Shore, come taste a line-up of the latest releases from Mayflower at The Cheese Shop of Salem! See you Saturday!

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Blind Wine Friday
Jun
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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Summer Solstice Brews
Jun
22
4:00 PM16:00

Summer Solstice Brews

Our friend Dave from Merrimack Valley Distributing is visiting the shop this Saturday to pour an array of beer and spiked seltzer perfect for the changing season and summer solstice. 

Highball Hard, Seltzer Blackberry Lime- A crisp and refreshing seltzer made with all organic non GMO ingredients. Highball is perfect for hot summer days at the beach or on the patio.

Del’s Watermelon Shandy- Del’s Shandy is a classic and combines two New England greats - Narragansett and Del’s Frozen Lemonade. This Shandy Watermelon is fruity, slightly sweet, and just the thing you need to make you the star of the cookout. 

Old Planters, Crop Rotation- A smooth, easy drinking IPA, brewed locally by Old Planters in Beverly, MA. Crop Rotation is nice and hoppy with a subtle bitter finish. 

Boulevard, Tank 7- Brewed in a Belgian farmhouse style, Tank 7 is a perfect beer to pair with cheese. With complex, fruity notes and a dry finish, Tank 7 will bring your cheese plate to the next level.

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Summer Solstice, Italian Style
Jun
21
5:00 PM17:00

Summer Solstice, Italian Style

Happy Summer Solstice! The Solstice is a great opportunity to explore (and drink!) biodynamic wine. Biodynamic agriculture, or biodynamics, is an organic farming system used by many farmers and winemakers throughout the world. The term ‘biodynamic’ derives from the Greek ‘bios’ (life) and ‘dynamis’ (force); the ‘lifeforce’ behind biodynamics is the systematized approach to creating and preserving life through the integration of science and spirituality. Biodynamic agriculture works in relation to the patterns of the moon’s movements and the planets of our solar system. In biodynamic winemaking, vines are cared for and harvested according to the lunar calendar, which in turn strengthens the growth and quality of the vines, and thus betters the taste of your wine in the glass! This Friday, Gemma, owner of Giannoni Selections (an all Italian wine importing company) is visiting with a bagful of biodynamic Italian wine and will be here to explain more about what biodynamics is and why it’s so important (and why we dig it) when it comes to winemaking. Read more about biodynamic principals here as well as Gemma’s Italian wine line-up!

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Prost to Poppa!
Jun
15
4:00 PM16:00

Prost to Poppa!

Prost to Poppa! Come join us this Father’s Day Weekend for a wine tasting with Bethann from Cafe Europa! Come try before you buy Dad that bottle of wine he’s been craving. Happy Father’s Day all you dads out there! Here’s Poppa Peter at the grill, another happy place of his when he’s not behind the cheese counter.

On Saturday, we’re opening the following. Read more about these wines here!

  • 2018 Arca Nova, Vinho Verde (Vinho Verde, Portugal)

  • 2018 Arca Nova, Vinho Verde Rosé (Vinho Verde, Portugal)

  • 2014 Eric Kent Chardonnay, Russian River Valley (California, USA)

  • 2016 Eric Kent, Pinot Noir, Sonoma (California, USA)

  • 2015 Point Ormond, Nebbiolo, Pyrenees (Victoria, Australia)

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First Friday Beer Tasting
Jun
7
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Beer Tasting

Join us on the first Friday of the month for a complimentary beer tasting led by your resident Cheese Shop beer experts, including beer buyer Chris Tenore. Each month, Chris picks some of his favorite beers and/or ciders of the moment to taste you on to start the month off right. Come join in on our Salem beer bash!

  • True North, Cerveza 

  • Night Shift, Lime Light 

  • Small Change, A Little Rain 

  • Springdale, Art Dekkera

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GRAND TASTING: Rosé Colored Glasses
Jun
1
3:00 PM15:00

GRAND TASTING: Rosé Colored Glasses

Come celebrate the start of summer with a complimentary grand ROSÉ tasting! Sip the newest arrivals of your favorite pink drink and try before you buy! We guarantee you’ll leave seeing the world through Rosé Colored Glasses!

Wine experts from AP Wine Imports, Cafe Europa, Matchvino, Olmstead Wine Co., The Wine Trust and Vineyard Road will be showing their newest 2019 rosé releases.

Free to the public. $5 suggested donation to The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem. 

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Blind Wine Friday
May
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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Artifact Cider
May
25
4:00 PM16:00

Artifact Cider

Stock up on Artifact Cider for Memorial Day weekend! Originating in Western Mass. and now based in Everett, the cider masters at Artifact Cider Project are making some of the best artisanal ciders on the market. If you haven't tried Artifact, now is your chance! On Saturday, our friends from Artifact are pouring the following ciders: Feels like Home, Wild Thing, Taking Flight and By Any Other Name. Come taste! 

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South African Wines
May
18
4:00 PM16:00

South African Wines

On Saturday, Karen is joining us from The Wine Trust to open wines from Ginny Povall (winemaker at Botanica and Big Flower), David and Nadia Sadie, and Morgenster. What do these three estates all have in common? South Africa! Hailing from Stellenbosch and Swartland, these South African wines are not to be missed. Come learn more about South African wines and enjoy the following complimentary line-up.  

  • Botanica Chenin Blanc, Western Cape (2015)

  • Morgenster Rose (2018)

  • David & Nadia Sadie, Pinotage Swartland (2017)

  • Morgenster, Estate Red (2010)

  • Big Flower, Cabernet Sauvignon Stellenbosch (2015)

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Kermit, We Thirsty
May
17
5:00 PM17:00

Kermit, We Thirsty

Matt Rose from Carolina Wine & Spirits is stopping by the shop with a bag full of wine all imported by Kermit Lynch! Kermit Lynch Wine Merchants was started by the man himself with a $5,000 loan, a ton of determination, and a love of Old World wine. Kermit’s company is now a national importer for authentic, organic wines that taste of place and express terroir to the fullest extent. Kermit has had so much success highlighting small, artisanal producers (what we aim to do here at The Cheese Shop of Salem!) that he has won two James Beard awards and was knighted by the French government! Simply put: He is THE MAN. We love his wines (and Matt Rose) and we’re so stoked for you to try this stellar line-up on Friday! Read more about Kermit in this NYT article. 

The Line-up:

  • 2018 Davide Vignato, Veneto Garganega Frizzante Primo Incontro

  • 2017 Domaine Dupeuble Blanc, Beaujolais 

  • 2017 Champalou, Vouvray 

  • 2017 Château Fontanès, Vin de Pays d'Oc Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 2016 Bernard Diochon, Moulin-à-Vent Cuvée Vieilles Vignes

  • Bèrto Vermouth, Ross da Travaj

  • Bèrto Vermouth, Vermouth Bianco

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Wine for Yo Mama
May
11
4:00 PM16:00

Wine for Yo Mama

WINE FOR YO MAMA! A Mother’s Day tasting MUST include the following: Wine, Wine, and Wine. We’ve got quite a mother line-up for all you moms including organic Cava, Riesling, Rosé, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Join Bill from Hogshead Wine Co. as he pours the following:

  • 2014 Mas Candí, Cava Brut Nature

  • 2014 Xabregas, Mount Barker, Riesling

  • 2016 Weingut Muller-Grossman Riesling 

  • 2018 Muller-Grossman Zweigelt Rose

  • 2017 Chop Shop Cabernet Sauvignon 

  • 2016 Brea Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Margarita, Paso Robles

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