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Spain and Zins and Brewery Things

Ahhh, warmth and sunlight, at long last! Outdoor grilling, picnics by the lake, warm evenings on the front porch, gardens displaying a riot of color. When this happens, summmery beers start taking over my ‘fridge, and white wine and lighter reds start taking over my wine cellar. Let’s see what’s new…

When in Rioja…

Back in March, when I was in the Rioja region of Spain, the folks at the Martinez Lacuesta winery treated us to fabulous meals with a bounty of appetizers, fish and meat dishes and desserts. When in Rioja, one naturally speaks of red wine; Rioja whites,while quite delicious, take a definite back seat to red wines. Each course we ate was accompanied by a different wine, all of them red.

2008 Crianza, Bodegas Martinez Lacuesta

This is what the winemakers drink every day, while waiting for their Reserva and Grand Reserva to mature. The Bodegas describes this wine as “…Aged in new and semi-new American oak casks for a period of 18 months, rounded off with a few more months in the bottle. A tasty and well structured wine, deep black-cherry colour, a fruity taste and an elegant finish with perfectly integrated sensations of oakiness. Highly recommended to¬†accompany white or red meat, game or mature cheeses…” $16.99.

Great Zin Find

2012 Zinfandel, River Star Winery

The winemaker describes it as “…clear ruby red color and sensual nose of blueberry with slight floral & cola notes. It owns a slightly spicy taste of almonds along with wild berries and soft tannins. Your palate will enjoy the long smooth finish…”, and suggests pairing it with beef stew, grilled pizza and Mexican food. This is one of the lightest and softest Zins we have tasted, more like a heavyweight Sangiovese or Primitivo, and we feature this wine in our Case of the Month Club selection. $15.99.

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By | 2017-07-10T15:33:39+00:00 July 4th, 2014|Wine & Beverages News|0 Comments

July Shop News

My, my, my-it has been a while hasn’t it? With a Cheshire Cat grin, I’m glad I give the proviso this is an almost monthly newsletter. Summer is officially in descent and we are in full swing training our new hires, getting these newbies ready for the holiday season. In April, I made my yearly pilgrimage to Michigan to fish the fierce Muskegon steelhead, and I caught (and released!) some mighty big fish. And I mean some serious whoppers. But I concede the best trip award to Brie and her journey to England. She visited some of the region’s most renowned cheese artisans, placed an order live and in person at Neal’s Yard Dairy and got to experience traditional UK cheese making in action. But more on that below. Here’s what else I think you may find interesting…..

Brie in Camelot

Cheese Journeys is a new travel firm catering to old and new cheesefans alike by hosting region specific tours of cheese-making. They approached me about joining their inaugural trip to southern England. Given my upcoming family vacation to Italy, and Brie’s ever-growing breadth of knowledge and experience as a cheesemonger, it seemed the perfect choice to send our cheese buyer on such an adventure. She had an extraordinary time and has regaled us with stories and informational tidbits galore. She even wrote a great article about her trip, which appeared in The Concord Journal and the Gourmet Retailer. You can indulge in her reflections here.

The British Are Coming, The British Are Coming

To share in our love of cheese! On the heels of Brie’s triumphant voyage across the pond, we are preparing for the honor of hosting a few of England’s most accomplished and prominent cheese personalities. On the 18th of June, Simon Jones, the cheddar genius behind Lincolnshire Poacher […]

By | 2017-07-10T15:33:40+00:00 August 31st, 2012|Cheese Shop News|0 Comments