Mead Tasting: House Bear Brewing

House Bear Brewing was established in 2013 by Beth Borges and Carl Hirschfeld. “We explore interesting flavors wherever we find them, in our gardens, in our kitchens and in our brewery. Our meads have been described as ‘light and refreshing’, ‘like nothing I have ever had’, and having a ‘purity of flavor’. That’s because we are passionate about what we do and we do it with love.”

By | 2017-08-17T11:53:57+00:00 August 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Wine Tasting: Ideal Wine & Spirits

The roots of Ideal Wine & Spirits go back to 1905, when Samuel Bender and two partners founded a retail wine and provisions store in Boston. In the late 1970s grandson Larry Bender struck out on his own, separating the importing business from the retail operation. Starting with a French-dominant portfolio, the company soon expanded to include Italian and American wineries as well as wines from other countries.

From the website: “The focus of the company remains much the same, though the portfolio evolves every year – our first criterion is the quality of the wine. While we are not dogmatic about viticulture or wine-making, we have found that the best wine comes from producers with a light touch, and a passion for terroir. We strive to present wines of pleasure and purity, balance and value.”

By | 2017-08-10T09:50:09+00:00 August 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Cider Tasting: Prospect Ciderworks

Formerly known as “Harvard Cider Company”, these innovative local cidermakers relocated to a larger facility in Boston to increase production (they were hard-pressed to keep up with demand!), and changed their name to Prospect Ciderworks – and we’re proud to have them back in our shop! Come meet one of the team and taste the spectacular range of ciders they have on offer.

By | 2017-08-10T09:25:12+00:00 August 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Cheese Shop Evening Classes


Become a connoisseur of gourmet food, wine and home entertaining!

6:30pm – 8:00pm

Tickets $40 per class (Purchase all four classes for the value of three – $120)

Inquire with Keir Weinberg at the Deli to reserve your spot*


Wednesday, September 13: Cheese Tasting with proprietor Peter Lovis

Learn about the cheese-making process as you sample different varieties, and families, of cheese: Alpine, bloomy rind, soft and cave-aged, and the types of milk that make them: cow, sheep, goat.


Wednesday, September 20      

Beer, Wine and Mead with beverage director Mike Reilly

This class teaches you our fine selections of wine, beer, cider and meads (what is a mead anyway? You will learn!) Taste the different products and become an afficianado.


Wednesday, September 27: Defining Charcuterie with executive chef Justin Kopaz

Understand the process of dry cured meats and the differences between prosciuttos from different European countries. Sample our finest charcuteries and learn how they pair with cheese, wine and gourmet delacacies.


Wednesday, October 4: Entertaining at Home with deli manager Keir Weinberg

This class will give you some easy ideas for how to assemble and shop for holiday parties and meals. Simple concepts and menus ideas when you simply don’t have much time to plan and produce. Don’t miss this final class.

*12 spots per class


By | 2017-08-12T15:50:28+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Cheese Shop News, classes 2017|0 Comments

Wine Tasting: Aaronap Cellars

Aaronap Cellars is a micro-winery located in Westford, MA. We focus on producing small volume, innovative, artisanal wines from the best vineyards and orchards in New England and beyond. Winemaker Noel Powell seeks to combine his passions for art and history, a scientific background, and his knowledge of traditional winemaking methods to produce unique wines not found elsewhere in Massachusetts. He guides each batch through the winemaking process by hand using techniques that elevate and enhance the qualities of the fruit to produce innovative artisanal wines.
By | 2017-07-26T17:27:29+00:00 July 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Wine Tasting: Mise

“The art and joy of Real Wine. Sustainable, Hand-Crafted & Curated.

Mise is a Massachusetts wine importer and distributor dedicated to real wine; hand-picked selections from producers who craft wines with properly grown grapes using traditional methods and eschewing manipulation. Every case of wine is curated, it will always be shipped via temperature control, and will arrive direct from the grower’s cellar to our warehouse in Newton. Each wine is chosen for Massachusetts, and represents to the end customer the highest ratio of quality to value.”

By | 2017-07-19T16:27:17+00:00 July 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Wine Tasting: Masciarelli Wine Co.

Founded in 1987 by Nicola Masciarelli, Masciarelli Wine Co. is “…a family-owned business focused on importing and distributing only the finest quality artisanal limited-production wines…Masciarelli Wine Company strives to deal directly with the winery whenever possible and seek out small estates producing high-quality wines that would be overlooked in larger brand-driven portfolios…”

By | 2017-07-19T16:30:34+00:00 July 21st, 2017|0 Comments