Jam Session

Free tasting | Saturday, August 3, 2019 | 4-6PM

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! 

Kiri – Loves her some Soul and Funk, Otis Redding, and slightly obsessed with Lianne La Havas, an English singer/songwriter that’s a hushed, sexy hybrid of alternative folk and soul

Molly – 50’s and 60’s soul singers like Aretha Franklin and Etta James; can’t get enough of Broadway soundtracks especially Wicked, Heathers: The Musical, and the 1983 hit ‘It’s Raining Men’ by The Weather Girls is the best music video she’s ever seen (and it really is the BEST)

Jimmy – Our resident walking musical encyclopedia with a deep knowledge of punk, jazz, and favors The Aggrollites (SoCal Reggae Soul band) and Fela Kuti (Afrobeat) at the moment 

Ingrid – Norwegian Electronica and Alternative bands, Trummor & Orgel (i.e. Drummer and Organ – a Swedish jazz/pop duo), Soundtrack of our Minds (also Swedish), Willie Nelson


Brie – All about that POP (Janelle Monáe, SZA, Robyn); ‘A Star is Born’ soundtrack on repeat (and yes, Gaga and Bradley ARE dating)

Jake – Lately, musical tastes range from Blood Orange to Buffalo Springfield to Thom Yorke, and is really digging 1950’s Italian film composer Piero Piccioni and the Motown genius of Smokey Robinson

Chris – a true Heavy Metal expert (some current favorites (and shop appropriate lyrics) include Iron Maiden, Mastadon, Animals as Leaders), and old school hip hop (Nas)

Susan – Lettuce, Trey Anastasio’s new Album ‘Ghosts of the Forest,’ ‘The Sound of Music’ soundtrack (it’s not annoying yodeling ‘The Lonely Goatherd’ in our back office, right??), Dolly Parton 

Christine – Good ole rock n’ roll (the 1969 fourth and final studio album ‘Goodbye’ from Cream, anyone?) with some new wave and country thrown in like the B52’s and Lyle 

Joe – Hip Hop connoisseur, blasts ‘90s tunes every Sunday while rockin’ the meat slicer, and more recently has been listening to Zara Larsson, The Knocks, and Ozomati (an L.A. based hip hop/Latin/funk band)

David – ‘Davide’ enjoys Italian Chill Lounge music, Rupaul, or anything to catwalk to 

Peter Reggae, baby! Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, and Toots & the Maytals to name a few. Classics and summer in a nutshell.


Saturday’s Jammin’ Wine Picks:


2018 Kivelstadt ‘KC Labs Zin’

Who: Jordan Kivelstadt and winemaker Sam Baron

What: Zinfandel 

Where: Mendocino, California

How: KC Labs is Kivelstadt’s experimental line; for this Zinfandel the grapes were harvested early and then fermented carbonically while the grapes were still whole cluster.

Farming Method: Organic

Fun Fact: What do Zinfandel and Croatia have in common? Croatia is the home country of the grape Zinfandel where it is grown as Tribidrag. 

Tasting Notes: Put a dapper chill to bring out those raspberry and blackberry jam notes and wicked good acidity.


2017 Montrubi Durona

Who: The Peris Family

What: Blend of Sumoll, Samsó, and Garnatxa

Where: Catalonia, Spain

How: Aged for 12 months in French oak and then aged in bottle for an additional 2 years

Farming Method: Organic 

Fun Fact: Spain is the 2nd largest country in the EU!

Tasting Notes: Smooth and luscious body with cherry, boysenberry and cinnamon notes.


2018 Fredi Torres Pomagrana 

Who: Fredi Torres

What: Trepat and Tempranillo 

Where: Catalonia, Spain 

How: Harvested by hand and fermented with indigenous yeasts for 15 days. Then its aged in stainless steel 

Farming Method: Biodynamic

Fun Fact: Fredi Torres worked as a DJ across Europe for nearly a decade.

Tasting Notes: Another one that can be slightly chilled. Pomegranate notes galore with tart lemony and grapefruit too round it out.


2015 Domaine Saladin ‘Paul’

Who: Sisters Marie-Laurence Saladin and Elisabeth Saladin

What: Grenache and Clairette

Where: Côte du Rhône, France

How: The grapes are blended and go through semi-carbonic maceration.

Farming Method: Biodynamic

Fun Fact: The Saladin family has been passing down their winery through generations since 1422.

Tasting notes: Medium bodied earthiness with notes of plum and cranberry jam.


2018 Fatalone ‘Teres’ Primitivio 

Who: Nicola Family

What: Primitivio

Where: Puglia, Italy

How: The Primitivio grapes are given 30 hours of skin contact before the wine goes through malolactic fermentation.

Farming Method: Organic

Fun Fact: Nearly half of olive oil from Italy is made in Puglia!

Tasting Notes: Like wild cherry jam!