The holiday season is upon us, and once again this year we’ve asked our wine buyers at both shops to recommend the wines they’re most excited about gifting this year. These are not every day wines, but rather special bottles that you will want to gift or sip with loved ones. If any of these wines strike your fancy let us know so we can set a bottle (or more) aside for you, as some of them are rare and available in very limited quantities.
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Posted in Christmas, Hanukkah, Holiday, New Year's, Wine, tagged 1979 Kopke Colheita Port, 2005 CUNE “Contino” Rioja Reserva, 2012 Domaine Comte Abbatucci "Cuvee Faustine" Rouge, 2012 Domaine Tempier "Cuvée Classique" Rouge, Bandol, Corsica, food, food gifts, France, gift ideas, gift wines, La Cigarrera Amontillado VOR, La Rioja, Mourvèdre, Portugal, Provence, Sanlúcar de Barrameda, Sherry, Spain, Tawny Port, Tempranillo, Wine on December 18, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
Posted in Cheese, Wine, tagged Chardonnay, cheese science, Comté, Domaine Montbourgeau Crémant du Jura, Försterkäse, food, Fort Sainte Antoine, French wine, Harbison, Jura, L'Étoile, Nicole Deriaux, Préférés de nos Montagnes, Savignin, sparkling wine, Wine on December 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
As the seasons change and the pastures are coated in frost, we look forward to some of our most decadently delicious cheeses of the year. Grass-fed milk is often prized for it’s buttery, vibrant yellow-orange color and mouth-watering flavor. These qualities are most present in cow’s milk alpine styles, like Comté or Gruyère, where beta carotenoids from grass (the same compound that give’s carrots their color) provide that deep yellow color and diacetyls, produced in fermentation, give us that characteristic “grass-fed” flavor. Summer’s milk is lean and grassy, making it a perfect raw material for harder, longer-aged cheeses with longevity and elasticity (try bending a piece of Comté). However, for the lavish, richly-textured, scoopable delights of the holiday season there is no substitute for winter’s milk. When the cow’s move off pasture and temperatures drop, their diet shifts to primarily hay and grain, and they produce less milk at each milking. As a result, the milk is much richer and sweeter and significantly higher in fat, protein, and lactose. This milk is ideally suited to making those soft-ripened cheeses that pair perfectly with a holiday meal, the globular palate-coating beauties that sink in to every nook and cranny of a crusty baguette.
These kind of winter-milk cheeses pair perfectly with the Montbourgeau Crémant du Jura, one of our favorite sparkling wines for tyrophiles (cheese-lovers).
Posted in China, Tea, tagged Ancient Tree Raw Pu'er, China, Chinese tea, Dark River Pu'er, digestif, food, pu'er, pu-erh, Silk Road Teas, Tranquil Tuesdays, Yunnan on November 25, 2014 | Leave a Comment »
The holidays bring us an endless array of feasts for the senses, but if you’re like me, all these seasonal specialties leave you feeling that your eyes were much bigger than your stomach (even after your stomach has stretched beyond its normal proportions). There are plenty of culinary options for soothing your stomach at the end of a luxurious meal – from dessert wines and herbal digestifs to an espresso or a mug of mint tea – but for me, this season is the perfect excuse to break out one of my most treasured beverages: 普洱茶 (pu’er tea).
Posted in Cheese, Thanksgiving, United States, tagged Alpine goats, American cheese, Ayrshire, Bayley Hazen Blue, Brown Swiss, Cellars at Jasper Hill, cheddar, Cheese, food, fresh goat cheese, Jasper Hill Farm, Sage Farm, sheep cheese, Shelburne Farms, Thanksgiving, Verano, Vermont Shepherd on November 19, 2014 | 1 Comment »
One of our favorite ways to celebrate Thanksgiving is with a round up of some of New England’s best cheeses. While we love the fruits of Europe’s great cheese-making traditions, Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to reflect on and celebrate American cheese makers, and our country’s own tradition of beautiful cheeses of all milk types and textures. This year, our Cambridge store’s domestic cheese buyer Tripp, along with the rest of the cheese team, have brought together four of our favorite Vermont cheeses for a perfect addition to the holiday table!
Posted in Italy, Wine, tagged 1960's vintage, Alto-Piemonte, Campi Raudii, food, Gattinara, Giuseppina Vallana, Italy, Nebbiolo, Piedmont, Piemonte, red wine, Vallana Wines, Wine on November 13, 2014 | Leave a Comment »