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Thanksgiving 2016 – Ridgefield & Kent

This is one of our favorite holidays! It’s so special because its all about family and food and at 109 we consider our customers and staff to be our extended family.  We love hearing the stories of great dinners, travel experiences, great recipes and more.

Come explore the flavors of Spain with us at Bernard’s! Sunday October 9th – 5:30pm

Come explore the flavors of Spain with us at Bernard’s!
Sunday October 9th 5:30pm 

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Tapas
Black Olive, Anchovy & Caper Spread / Catalan Guacamole, / Zucchini, Onion, Orange and Rosemary, Hot Pepper Jam, / Garbanzo Salad with Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette, White Bean Salad with Cured Pork Belly Dressing / Grilled Bacala Salad / Bacalao Hash / Mackerel Escabeche / Octopus & Potato Salad / Marinated Anchovies & Olive / Seville Marinated Carrots / Goat Cheese Stuffed Pequillo peppers / Grilled Marinated Eggplant / Calamari Seviche Mussel & Chorizo

Bernard’s Paella

Wines of Spain

Cheeses of Spain

Dessert and Coffee
$90 per Person + Tax and 20% Service charge

Call Bernard’s for Reservations – 203-438-8282

St. Innocent Winery’s winemaker and president, Mark Vlossak will be in our classroom

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April 21st – 7pm 

Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley
St. Innocent Winery’s winemaker and president, Mark Vlossak will be in our classroom. Spend an evening with Mark and discuss his wonderful wines and more.
Come experience these amazing wines, great cheeses & some great eats. As with all of our classes, you won’t go home hungry. It’s just one of the perks of attending a class that focuses on the food too!
Class space is limited to 16 people so make your reservations early.
$65.00

April 16th – 1-3 – Save the Date! Come meet Neal ‪#‎Rosenthal‬ from Rosenthal Wine, Alessandra Armato and Giordano Mazzariol of Al Frantoio Di Aldo Armato and Andrea Bianco of Miele Mario Bianco

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April 16th – Save the Date! Come meet Neal ‪#‎Rosenthal‬ from Rosenthal Wine, Alessandra Armato and Giordano Mazzariol of Al Frantoio Di Aldo Armato and Andrea Bianco of Miele Mario Bianco will be at 109 in our classroom showing the most recent vintages of their Olive Oil & Honeys respectively

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Your won’t want to miss this special appearance. All of these amazing products are available in our cheese shop and make sure you visit our wine shop for a wonderful selection of ‪#‎RosenthalWines‬
If you don’t see what you are looking for in our wine shop, just ask. We love to help collectors and enthusiasts find those special wines.
Saturday 1-3
No. 109 Cheese & Wine

Thank You Renato Vacca from Cantina Del Pino for the visit

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We were so fortunate to have an amazing winemaker Renato Vacca from #Cantina del Pino visit with us the past Saturday at 109 Cheese and Wine.  He is so passionate and dedicated to his craft and it shows in all of his wines.  We will be featuring his beautiful wines at 109 Wine for the next few weeks.  Come on in for a taste of some of these spectacular Artisan wines.

 

Thank you again to Renato for making the journey and to Jim Morrison from Artisan Wines for hosting. 

Click the link below to see descriptions of all of this wines.

All wines are available in our wine store including some great larger format bottles.

In-Store Tasting Saturday March 5th 1-3pm Renato Vacca, Winemaker Cantina Del Pino

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In-Store Tasting Saturday March 5th 1-3pm

Renato Vacca, Winemaker
Cantina Del Pino

Renato Vacca winemaker & owner Cantina del Pino will be in our wine store from 1-3 Saturday, March 5th to talk and taste.
Stop inane experience this exceptional and passionate winemaker of some of the finest Barbera & Barbaresco

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Must be 21 years of age.

Burgundy Cheese and Wine – Exploration and Understanding March 4th – 7pm

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Burgundy Cheese and Wine 
Exploration and Understanding
March 4th – 7pm
2 whites 4 reds – 5 Cheeses & Charcuterie

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Come explore one of our favorite regions! We will start with two beautiful white Burgundies and the cheeses that love them, then off to a special Beaujolais style Burgundy. Finishing with 3 additional reds that will make you smile for the rest of the evening all paired with exceptional regional cheeses.
The class is being conducted by one of our favorite and most knowledgeable experts.
Please call us to reserve your seat.
Class size is limited to 16 people.
$75

Fratelli Alessandria Wines in Detail

Coming soon to The Classroom @109 Ridgefield

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Fratelli Alessandria Wines 

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Over the last decade or so Fratelli Alessandria has made huge strides in quality, yet the wines remain under the radar, a rare occurrence in Piedmont these days. The Alessandrias own parcels in a number of top sites in Verduno, along with a parcel in Gramolere, which is in Monforte. Readers who want to explore Alessandria might want to start out with the straight 2011 Barolo, a wine that delivers fabulous quality and value. After this tasting, Vittore Alessandria opened bottles of his 1969 Barolo and 1978 Barolo Monvigliero that he found in the cellar of a private collector. Both wines were drop-dead gorgeous. Simply put, these artisan, traditionally made Barolos are some of the most compelling wines being made in Piedmont today.
Don’t miss them.
This is a wine, cheese and small bites tasting in our classroom above the cheese shop at our Ridgefield location and is limited to 14 people.
More details coming shortly.

Email Greg@109cheeseandwine.com to reserve your seat

$75.00

 

5 for 5 Cheeses and Wines that love each other

5 for 5 Cheeses and Wines that love each other

Loving cheese and wine is what we do.  These 5 cheeses and wines just pine to be together.  All of the cheeses are available at both our Ridgefield and Kent stores.  The wines are exclusive to Ridgefield but can be delivered to any of our Litchfield County customers homes. 

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Clos des Rocs Mâcon-Loché 2014 French Chardonnay from Burgundy is fresh and clean, with pleasant aromatic concentration, citrus notes, and an airy finish. A beautiful bright and fresh styled white burgundy.

Arpea Brebis  – Agour is Imported from Agour in Pyrenees, this diminutive washed rind cheese is one of our favorites. The paste is soft and creamy and produced in small 2lb wheels. Although little of this makes its way to the States, we are one of the lucky ones. The washed rind packs a slight stink factor, but the flavors are mellow and balanced, sweet and buttery with just the right amount of funk and earthiness.

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Chateau Henri Bonnaud Palette Blanc 2013 is a blend of Ugni Blanc and Clairette from Provence, France. An elegant aromatic profile expressed with intensity and complexity on floral notes blended with fruits aromas, it has a wonderful depth and persistence on the palate. This is a wine of  supreme elegance with good ageing potential, and golden tints over time.

Tome Grand Mere Adrienne  – Jacquin: This is such a beautiful French goat cheese, the ash mold ripened rind is gorgeous, taste is creamy and sweet, with a fudge-like texture, subtle nutty and buttery aspects in the long finish. The best thing is that is available all year long!

 

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Arterberry Maresh Dundee Hills Pinot Noir 2013, a Pinot Noir from the Willamette Valley, Oregon is a most complex and layered Pinot Noir. It tends towards pure flavors of concentrated red berries, black tea, sandalwood, floral tones, stony spice, and berry bramble. The silken tannins and long, intricate mouth feel speak to the truly elegant profile of this wine, which always benefits from ample air upon opening.

Donatello from Cedar Grove Cheese, is a local Wisconsin institution complete with an environmentally conscious set of policies, including “The Living Machine,” a greenhouse that cleans dairy wastewater before returning it to the earth.  Donatello is an aged, 100% sheep milk cheese with sweet with notes of toast, butter, grass and lanolin. The texture is slightly pliant and moist when young, with more age the wheels become slightly drier and more crumbly.

 

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Chateau Henri Bonnaud Palette Rouge 2010 is a blend of Grenache, Mouvedre, and Carignan from Provence, France. The robe is of a deep cherry color with raspberry glints. The nose is subtle, fresh, marked by fresh fruits aromas (raspberry). The mouth is rich, full-bodied and allies volume and fineness. The delicate finish is characterized by ever young tannins yet silky, with a pleasant persistence of spiced and morello cherried notes.

Stompertoren Grand Cru is a strong tasting creamy Gouda cheese packed with salty sweet whiskey notes, this cheese is for connoisseurs! Made in the hart of the Beemster Polder and perfectly ripened in the cellars of Kees Remijn in Kerkdriel, a little village just 30 kilometer from Amsterdam. If you love Gouda, you are not going to want to miss this one.

 

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Domaine Berthoumieu “Cuvee Charles de Batz” Madiran 2011 is a blend of 90% Tannat & 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a delicious, fine-grained Madiran that you can drink now or hold for years. It bears the classic inky purple hue of Tannat, with notes of black fruit (blackcurrant and blackberry) along with just a hint of red fruit. There is a cedar-like creaminess to the oak which is extremely well-integrated, and the tannins, though firm, are ripe and polished. Decant if you want to enjoy young, or lay away to allow this distinctive wine’s unique secondary aromas and flavors of vanilla, coffee, and nutty spices to develop.

Maxx 365: One of our favorite cheeses!  “Der scharfe Maxx” is a natural, aromatic piquant cheese for cheese lovers. “Der scharfe Maxx” is a specialty cheese, created and produced by the Studer Cheese Dairy in Hatswil, Switzerland. Melt-in-the-mouth body and its extra-zesty, piquant taste, it is a pure pleasure for the palate. The basis is fresh, thermized raw milk. After the cheese is formed and brined, it is matured and treated with a wash in their special climate-controlled cellars. After 5 months of aging and a careful quality inspection, “Der scharfe Maxx” is ready for you to enjoy. And that’s for sure!

Wednesday, October 21st

$55 per person
Champagne and German Wines
Dan Weber of Schatzi Wines
& Robert Jordan of Missing Link Wine Company

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What better way to start a German wine tasting than with a little Champagne? Come taste some beautiful and extremely “cheese friendly” wines with us. We will also be pairing amazing cheeses as well as some fun appetizers to complement the wines.

The Lineup.

Robert Pouillon Brut NV, Champagne (70% Pinot Noir, 15% Chardonnay, 15% Pinot Meunier)
2012 Dreissigacker “Hasensprung” Riesling, Dry
2013 Dr. Heger Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc)
2012 Dr. Heger Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)
2012 Dr. Heger “Merdinger Buhl” Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir)
2014 von Hövel Saar Feinherb Riesling, RS