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André Clouet Silver NV (Champagne) – Crisp, racy, & bright, with tangy minerals and hidden notes of delicious brioche. Pair with white meats and lighter side dishes.
Prevostini Chiavennasca 2016 (Lombardy, Italy) – What can you say, except “wow”. This rosé is light, delicate, and crisp, yet offers enough backbone to hold up to the richness of Thanksgiving food. Notes of rose, tart cherries, & just a pinch of cinnamon, with a long, alluring finish. This will work throughout the meal.
Ruhlmann Riesling 2016 (Alsace, France) – Fresh; aromas of pear, pineapple, & quince. Energetic, with smooth, silky texture. Great floral flavors on the palate. Traditional style.
Hopler Pinot Blanc 2016 (Burgenland, Austria) – A bit denser than the Ruhlmann riesling; great minerals and acid on the palate, with flavors of crisp green apple and underripe pear. Zesty, youthful, and great with almost everything. A great crowd pleaser and supremely versatile.
Jaffelin Pinot Noir 2014 (Burgundy, France) – Light and elegant. Classic red fruit profile on the nose, with a tasteful amount of baking spices. Great with green beans, light pastas, & roasted white meat.
Alexana Pinot Noir 2015 – (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – A step up in expression. A blend of pinot noir from all over the Willamette Valley yields this perfect representation of Oregon. Approachable & delicious, with enough energy to hold up to all but the richest dishes. The fruit is just a touch richer on this wine.
Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy Gevrey-Chambertin 2014 (Cote D’Or, Burgundy) – For the Burgundy lover, from a producer going back to the 1890s. A powerful, energetic wine that’s effortlessly balanced. A masterful demonstration of all the 2014 vintage had to offer, with a bit of that wild, unrestrained earth that draws people to Gevrey-Chambertin, framed by brilliant red fruit. Drinking exceptionally well. The most refined of the pinot noirs mentioned here.
Chanrion Cote-de-Brouilly 2016 (Beaujolais, France) – Another classic & traditional French red. This is a great example of the 2016 vintage and offers major food compatibility. Fresh and fruity, with aromas of red & black summer berries, and just a hint of pepper & spice. Good palate presence, and simply tasty. This one works with all your savory dishes, while also not overwhelming your palate with tannin or oak.
Bolmida Barbera D’Alba 2015 (Piedmont, Italy) – Maybe our biggest hit of the fall season. A tremendous wine that is without parallel for food friendliness. Expressive red & dark fruit, earth, plums, and figs. Solid body, and great sense of self. Refined, unctuous, & clear, this wine again will work with heartier, savory dishes like sweet potato souffle, casseroles, and of course, stuffing.
Henri Bonnaud Palette Rouge 2011 (Palette, Southern Rhone Valley) – A wine with power and structure that retains its clarity, balance, freshness, and terroir. A traditional Rhone blend makes an utterly satisfying red, with great aromas of dark fruit, minerals, figs, and violet flowers. This wine will work for all but the lightests dishes you’re serving this year, but to me, is calling out for roasted meats with savory herbs.
Torre Maggiore 2010 (Umbria) A classic Italian red.
Generations ago, Giorgio Lanzetta brought down Montepulciano plantings from his native Abruzzo to the hills surrounding the mountain of Torre Maggiore. The result is a unique expression of both terroir and Montepulciano grapes.
Notes of rich red and black berries, plum, leather, and earth, with a subtle note of iron and mint. Balanced, with a great finish and distinct earth flavors on the mid palate.
Great with grilled or roasted meats.
Cheese pairing, Pleasant Ridge Reserve
New Holland Dragon’s Breath
A serious beer, not for the faint of heart! An Imperial Stout that sees some time in bourbon barrels, for added toastiness and a creamy texture. The oak smell abounds from the glass, with plenty of bitter chocolate, figs, vanilla, and wood. For such a burly style, this brew has balance and still keeps the crispness high to cut out the rich flavors from the malts. Wonderful with heartier foods like streaks, and stinky cheeses like Oma or Gubbeen from our cheese shop.
A craft witte from Cooperstown, NY. A straightforward and delicious Belgian-style ale with wheat, sweet orange peel, and coriander brewed in. A lighter beer, this one is floral and grassy with the usual citrus notes. It has just a hint of spice which makes this beer excellent with BBQ or curry dishes.
Breckenridge Brewery Nitrobrew Vanilla Porter
A new take on a classic brew. A dark beer with a bear black liquid and a dense foam head. The use of nitrogen brewing has rendered this porter extra smooth and silky. Notes of milk chocolate, malt, a hint of roast, and above all, vanilla are present in this beer. Right now, drinking at the perfect spot between sweet and bitter. Try this with some Delice de Bourgogne for an added treat.
Sixpoint Resin Double IPA
An insanely bitter and hoppy beer, also for the bold! Featuring Centennial and Chinook hops up front which deliver loads of pine and resin aromas, this beer is serious and will slap you around with its complex hop bouquet. Put this ultra-sharp beer with a sharp cheddar, like Avonlea or Montgomery to match the aromas of the hops.
Von Trapp Brewery Dunkel Lager
Von Trapp’s darkest year round beer however, looks can be deceiving. Dunkel features notes of chocolate, pumpernickel bread, and a certain nuttiness with a full malt back bone. Contrary to its dark color, this beer finishes crisp and clean with a round hop flavor. It has a lovely texture that coats the tongue but the effervescence washes the palate clean for a refreshing drink that pulls you back. Pair this with Gruyere or Emmenthaler.
Join us this Saturday, October 14th from 12-3 in our newly renovated wine store in Ridgefield. Alessandro, a true gentleman and wine lover, will share some of his favorite wines and stories. We will also have a wonderful sampling of cheeses to compliment the selected wines. Hope to see you Saturday.
As many of you know, Monica and I love a great drive especially if it also involves food and wine too. For the past few days we traveled to Woodstock Vermont with a group of automotive foodie enthusiasts on a DeGarmo Rally. Our host and coordinator, Matt DeGarmo provided over 500 amazing miles of New England back roads that did not disappoint. Our starting point for excursion was Salisbury Connecticut and we left promptly at 8:30 am, (Matt is a stickler for on-time departures). After a few hours of great driving, our first pit stop was at The Five Corners Market in Williamstown Mass., a great little place for coffee and pastries. Now back into the cars and we are off to the Equinox Resort in Manchester Village, VT, for a lite lunch and a little walk around the town. One of the great things about an organized drive is the lack of thought you have to put into the days drive. The roads in Vermont are truly spectacular and not having to worry about the route adds to the experience. Our final destination for the day and for the next couple of evenings was the Woodstock Inn. If you have never been to this historic Inn, please try and make the journey. Originally established by Laurance and Mary Rockefeller, The Woodstock Inn is classic Vermont that has been beautifully renovated and has a wonderful Spa too!
Our first evening at the Inn, we found ourselves dining at the Kelly Way Gardens. Kelly Way Gardens is a farm-to-table program started from scratch, providing the Woodstock Inn & Resort with an on-site holistic food supply straight from the ground. Our group of ten enjoyed a beautiful evening that started with a Vermont inspired fondue, wonderful dinner all under the Vermont stars in a field. Oh, and did I mention the awesome fire pit too! For wine friends, we poured Sancerre Crochet and Drouhin Bourgogne Rouge.
After a great walk around town to find a pair of replacement sunglasses, (Otis managed to have his way with mine just before we left Connecticut), we were off to Farmhouse Pottery. Many of you know that when we expanded our cheese shop in Ridgefield we decided to add more home and kitchen products to our inventory. Farmhouse, a small and artisanal company is run and owned by James & Zoe, also a husband and wife team was just what we were looking for. Zoe & James opened there shop to us and our group was able to hang out with some 109 Cheese and Wine.
Dinner was next on the agenda and this took us to Simon Pearce Restaurant. Simon Pearce is known for their glass blowing and more. You may want to make your reservations early as they do book up quickly.
Day three, our final drive home was a peaceful and quiet return home after a quiet breakfast in town and a walk around the town. Monica & I like to continue the unwind process with a slow paced and easy drive home. For the others in the group, they were on the road by 8:30 and enjoyed a spirited drive home. I think we pulled into our driveway around 7pm.
As a footnote, we did stop at our Kent Connecticut store and grab a few sandwiches for the road as well as a small cooler of cheese and some wine, maybe a lot of wine 😎 from our Ridgefield store.
Todd & Monica
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