Join us for our 3rd Annual: Rosé Colored Glasses Grand Wine Tasting!
Come celebrate the start of summer with a rosé rumble! Joining us are wine experts from AP Wine Imports, Cafe Europa, Classic Wines, Matchvino, The Wine Trust and Vineyard Road. Each vendor will feature a table full of rosé for you to try before you buy! We guarantee you’ll leave seeing the world through rosé colored glasses!
Free to the public. $5 suggested donation to The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Salem.
Maryland winery, Old Westminster, recently made their wine debut in Massachusetts! The Baker family is producing Maryland wines with an ethos parallel to all natural European winemakers: hand harvested grapes, indigenous yeasts, and minimal filtrations and use of sulfites. Read more about the family wine affair in the Washington Post here! On Saturday, Jackson is pouring Old Westminster’s sparkling Albariño, as well as their newest canned wine. Also not to miss are wines from urban and artisan wineries from Portland, Oregon, Division Wine Co. and Walnut City WineWorks.
Join us tomorrow as Chris from OZ Wine Co. pours South American wines that will blow your mind, and taste buds!
South America has been making wine since the 1500’s when Franciscan monks planted vines for religious purposes from Peru down to Argentina, but to quote Wine Folly, ‘back then, the wine was crap’ until the 1800’s when it became a serious contender when locals began experimenting with grape varieties. More recent economic boom and international curiosity has made Argentina and Chile sought after wine regions.
Mendoza (pictured above) is a gorgeous semi-arid desert that runs on an indigenous irrigation system that was built to channel Andean snow melt into the city and surrounding farmland. They get a whopping 300 days of sunshine a year! While Chile rains occasionally it is mostly very dry and hot; it’s actually the Humboldt Current that moderates hot temperatures and helps vines thrive in the Mediterranean climate. From North to South are the three wine regions where tomorrow’s Chilean wines hail from: Casablanca Valley, Maule Valley, and Itata. Casablanca and Maule are both in central Chile and benefit from proximity to the capital, Santiago. Recent wine tourism has given the regions a boost! Meanwhile, Itata is further South and while historically a significant wine producing region was almost forgotten because it was difficult to transport products and people! Luckily, in the past several decades interest in Itata has rejuvenated. Join us tomorrow as Chris from OZ Wine Co. pours South American wines that will blow your mind!
Read more about Friday's Argentine and Chilean line-up here!
Kate from Charles River is joining us to pour ALL DONKEY & GOAT! We love Donkey & Goat winery based out of Berkeley, California, and now's your chance to fall in love too! Jared and Tracey Brandt are making some of the most delicious, unadulterated, real juice West of the Mississippi, and we can't wait for you to jump on the D&G train! This is a very special tasting you don't want to miss! Read about Saturday's D&G wine line-up here!
1634 is our best selling mead and for good reason. They are delicious! Mead is fermented with three basic ingredients: honey, yeast and water. Alike to sake not being “rice wine", mead is not “honey wine”. Although it is created using fermented honey, it is not fermented from fruit, even if sometimes it is flavored with different fruit. The honey used to make mead determines the overarching flavor of the mead, and can vary according to a honey bee’s daily intake of nectar and pollen. Traditional mead often uses mild honey like orange blossom, clover or acacia. Wildflower, blackberry and buckwheat honeys produce stronger spiced meads. Dan Clapp, owner of 1634 Meadery, is a mead expert and makes local, fantastic mead in Ipswich. This Friday the 13th (!!!), Dan is opening some of his newest meads: Mother Clucker, Strawberry Fields, Devils Footprint, Mooncusser, and Wicked Wench!
Claire Cheney of Curio Spice Company will be joining us on Saturday, April 7th to introduce you to her fabulous global spice blends. She 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. Claire will be here from 4 to 6pm to show you how to make your same old dinners into something special!
Witnessing 9/11 from a neighboring skyscraper in New York caused Scott Frank, the owner of Bow & Arrow, to deeply reflect upon his life and was ultimately the motivation for him to move to Portland, Oregon. After bluffing his way into his first wine job, Scott’s ‘wine bug' turned into an obsession; he has held wines jobs in retail, distribution, farming the fields, and is now the owner of Bow & Arrow! Scott is married to natural wine expert/rock star sommelier Dana Scott, a force of nature in the Portland natural wine scene. Dana opened her natural wine bar, Dame, in Portland and now works with the Holdfast restaurant group. Experience Frank and Dana's wines this weekend as Bill from Hogshead pours an all Bow & Arrow line-up – try a racy Sauvignon Blanc, a gorgeous Pinot Noir, a sprightly Gamay, or twirl ‘Rhinestones’ in your glass and admire it as you would a crown of jewels! Read more about Saturday's wines here!
Prospect Ciderworks was founded in 2014 to challenge the assumptions surrounding American Cider. They use cider making methods to create balanced, distinctive ciders right out of Boston. Join Parker from Prospect Cider as he opens these crazy-good ciders alongside some cheese! Read more about these awesome ciders here!
Are you an aspiring mixologist? We want to help! Join us on Saturday, March 31st from 4 to 6pm when Paul from Bootblack Cocktail Syrups will be joining us. Boasting three tantalizing flavors, these fantastic syrups can help you create modern interpretations of classic cocktails and sodas. Use the Ginger Cardamom Lime to make a super complex Moscow Mule or a spicy Old Fashioned. As for the Cranberry Jalepeño Lime flavor we have one word…Margaritas!!
Easter in Italy is such a special time of year. The weather is getting warmer, cafés are stocking up on large chocolate eggs (with prizes inside!), the streets are buzzing with well-dressed families headed to the market to buy lamb, goat, artichokes, fava beans, spinach, asparagus and baking essentials and special Easter breads are being prepared (such as pane di Pasqua all’uovo, a traditional southern Italian bread with dyed eggs baked in the middle). Join us for our own Pasquetta, little Easter, at the shop this Saturday, alongside the tutto italiano wine importer, Matchvino, led by the one and only Stacey! We’ll have some homemade Easter breads for you to try, as well as organic and delicious wines from northern Italy. Happy Easter and Passover everyone! Read more about the wine line-up and producers here!
Bent Water is one of our favorite local breweries and located on Commercial Street at the site of the old Lynn lumber yard, in the heart of the newly developing Lynn Waterfront District. Bent Water is self-canning, self-distributing and boasts an awesome taproom featuring 13 rotating taps. In addition to using standard steel fermenters, Bent Water is the first brewery east of the Mississippi River to use concrete vats typically used for wine fermenting in Sonoma, California. Read more about Friday's line-up here!
Join us on Saturday 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. Use it for salads or dipping, or as a finishing oil. It is literally THE BEST olive oil, and we are all addicted to it! Lidrivio will also be sampling their delicious olive tapenade - come taste Greece!
Andrea is showing off a line-up of 'alternative' Piedmont wines from Daniele Ricci, Massimiliana Spinola, and Eleanora and Luigi Costa. If you've never had Timorasso, the funky, apple-core chewy white wine from Piedmont, Italy, now's your chance, as well as a chance to try one of our favorite grapes right now: Croatina! 'El Matt' from Daniele Ricci is a rich and earthy expression of the grape, Croatina, and it is a perfect red wine for this capricious February weather. Ci vediamo domani! See you tomorrow! Read more about the wines here!
Come join us for a free tasting of warm, melted cheeses from around the world!
We will be serving two original Fondue recipes, Raclette, and accompaniments that include pickles, meats, jams, and of course, wine. Take home our custom Cheese Shop fondue kits to enjoy on Valentine’s Day!
Admission is free - bring your friends!
Jackson, from Mise Wines, is back in black with all the goods. We're exploring wines from Oregon, France and Italy. Come taste!
*10% off all tasting wines every Friday and Saturday