Blind Wine Friday
Apr
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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First Friday Beer Tasting
May
3
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
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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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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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!

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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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Bella Calabria
Apr
20
4:00 PM16:00

Bella Calabria

Calabrians drink real wine, tutto naturale, and big wines, because Calabrians aren’t for the faint of heart. They're tough people with big hearts, and their wine reflects that same sentiment. On Saturday, we’re opening six Calabrese wines from two different producers: Scala, in the appellation of Cirò and Creta Paglia, in the province of Cosenza.

Read Susan's post on Bella Calabria!

Complimentary Tasting!

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Austria in a Bottle
Apr
19
5:00 PM17:00

Austria in a Bottle

What do Christoph Waltz, Amadeus Mozart, and Sigmund Freud all have in common? They are all from Austria, an exciting country that ranks 13th in wine production worldwide. Even though Austria and Germany share a part of a border, the wine from both of these countries (particularly the white wines that we'll be pouring on Friday) could not be more different. They are fuller-bodied with a certain joie de vivre and razzle-dazzle!

Read Molly's post here on Austria!

Complimentary Tasting!

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Spanish Txakoli
Apr
13
4:00 PM16:00

Spanish Txakoli

Weather reports say 70 degrees on Saturday, and you know what that means: sun's out, and so is the Txakoli! (Even if it drizzles a little, Txakoli is still excellent in the rain.) Bethann from Cafe Europa is visiting with some brand new Txakoli - rosado y blanco - to celebrate the warmer weather. We’ll also open some new wines from Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. DAT TXAKOLI THO. It’s delightful! Come party!

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Grape Me: Chardonnay
Apr
12
5:00 PM17:00

Grape Me: Chardonnay

Chardonnay is one of those grapes that is so universally planted that everyone has had a bad bottle; but, like actors, we do forgive them for the occasional slip-up (Ben Affleck and Sandra Bullock are notoriously bad movie slip-uppers galore!) and yet still love them. Like Hollywood stars, Chardonnay needs water and sunshine just like you! This sultry and smooth grape is grown worldwide and has so many different styles and tasting notes that saying ‘I don’t like Chardonnay’ is like stating you don’t enjoy movies with Meryl Streep. Still skeptical? Read on and come to this tasting!

Complimentary Tasting!

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First Friday Beer Tasting
Apr
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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Blind Wine Friday
Mar
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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Bootblack Cocktail Syrups
Mar
23
4:00 PM16:00

Bootblack Cocktail Syrups

Paul from Bootblack Cocktail Syrups is joining us this Saturday with his fantastic cocktail syrups that help 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!! See you Saturday!

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Bordeaux, Baby
Mar
23
4:00 PM16:00

Bordeaux, Baby

All sultry Bordeaux reds (and one crisp white) for you Saturday. All organic too and none of the mass produced, ubiquitous Bordeaux that we’re so over. Come taste and learn, and taste and learn, and taste and learn! See you there!

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Newest Natural Wines
Mar
9
4:00 PM16:00

Newest Natural Wines

Bethann from Cafe Europa (a fine wine wholesaler) is opening the newest and natural wine arrivals from their portfolio including Loire Chenin Blanc, a Gamay/Côt (Malbec) blend from Brendan Tracey, Argentinian Malbec, and Party-in-a-bottle País from Itata, Chile. Read more here for the wine line-up and wine-nerdy factoids.

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Grape Me: Cinsault
Mar
8
5:00 PM17:00

Grape Me: Cinsault

Are you into lighter reds like Beaujolais and Pinot Noir but you’re itching to try a new grape varietal? Enter Cinsault!  On Friday, we’re showing four wines from around the world made from Cinsault, as well as an excellent Pinotage to give you some reference of an excellent Cinsault offspring!  Read more here about the grape variety of Cinsault. See you Friday!

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A Tour of the Loire
Mar
2
4:00 PM16:00

A Tour of the Loire

Next time you’re in the shop, make it a point to check out our new Loire Valley wine section, which has over 25 new wines all from this incredible region of France. Grab a bottle of Chenin Blanc or Romorantin or Gamay and then head over to our goat cheese counter and you've got yourself wine and cheese for a lovely Loire evening in front of the fire/Netflix. This Saturday we’re opening some of our favorite Loire wines - come taste, chill out, and get down with the Loire! Read on here for specific wine info and Loire Valley wine nerd history.

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First Friday Beer Tasting
Mar
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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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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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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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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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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