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

Renato Vacca

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


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.

Fratelli Alessandria Wines in Detail

Coming soon to The Classroom @109 Ridgefield

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Fratelli Alessandria Wines 

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 to reserve your seat



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. 


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.


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!



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.



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.



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

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

The Many Faces of Nebbiolo (ie Barolo, Barbaresco) Jim Morrison of Artisan Wines

Friday, September 25th @7pm 
Wine & Cheese Class!!!!!!
The Many Faces of Nebbiolo (ie Barolo, Barbaresco)
Jim Morrison of Artisan Wines

Come explore one of the most noble grapes in all of Italy. This will be a fantastic opportunity to taste different appellations and vintages of Nebbiolo side by side.Monsecco “Pratogrande” Nebbiolo 2011. We will also be pairing amazing Italian cheeses as well as some fun appetizers to complement the wines.

The Wines:

Region – Gattinara in the Alto Piemonte

Mamete Prevostini “Grumello” 2011
Region – Valtellina in Lombardia

Cantina del Pino “Albesani” Barbaresco 2008
Region – Nieve, Barbaresco in Piedmont

Fratelli Alessandria “Monvigliero” 2007
Region – Verduno, Barolo in Piedmont

Mamete Prevostini Sforzato “Albareda” 2010
Region – Valtellina in Lombardia


It’s Paella Wine Dinner Time!!

It’s Paella Wine Dinner Time!!

Come explore the flavors of Spain with us in Bernard’s garden
Friday 7pm September 18th @Bernard’s

The Wines
Llopart Cava Brut Reserva 2010
Txomin Etxaniz Txakoli Rosé 2014
Bodegas La Cana Albariño 2014
Sierra Cantabria Rioja Crianza 2010
Bodegas Avante Ribera del Duero 2010
Bodegas Avancia Godello Cuveé O 2014
Bodegas Alto Mancayo Garnacha Veraton 2012
Bodegas Jorge Ordonez & Co. Old Vine Moscatel 2006

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

Cheeses of Spain
Montealva – Goat
Valdeon Blue Cow and Goat
Leonora – Goat
Secret de Compostelle – Sheep

Dessert and Coffee
$85 per Person + Tax and 20% Service charge

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

Classes resume at 109

Classes are Back!

After the opening of our new store in Kent Ct, we are finally ready and excited to resume our classes in our classroom above the cheese shop.  Give us a call at 203-438-5757 or email us at to confirm your seats.


Friday, September 25th –
The Many Faces of Nebbiolo (ie Barolo, Barbaresco)
with Jim Morrison of Artisan Wines

Come explore one of the most noble grapes in all of Italy. This will be a fantastic opportunity to taste different appellations and vintages of Nebbiolo side by side.

Wednesday, October 21st
Champagne and German Wines
Dan Weber of Schatzi Wines
& Robert Jordan of Missing Link Wine Company

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.

Friday, November 6th
Explore the wines of Handley Cellars
Anderson Valley – California.
Lulu McClellan of Handley Cellars
& Monica McCall of Martin-Scott Wines.

Nothing say Thanksgiving better than a stunning array of American made wines from an acclaimed vineyard like Handley. The Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer are sure to be a hit with Thanksgiving feast!

109 Cheese Market, Kent is open and it’s a spectacular drive to get there

We are so excited to be in the wonderful town of Kent with our second store! 109 Cheese Market, Kent has all of the goodies from our Ridgefield cheese shop packed into 400 square feet of grape green goodness.  One of the things that we love about Kent is the drive up there.  From Ridgefield, if you take route 37 or route 39 into Sherman and then continue up route 7 through Gaylordsville you are in for a treat. Beautiful New England roads with the perfect 109 lunch destination.  As many of you know, we love vintage cars and love the road-trip and this is a road-trip worth taking!  


109 Kent is located at 14 North Main Street (Route 7) in Kent.

We are open Thursday – Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 10-5


It’s only cheese in Kent, so grab a bottle of rosé at 109 Wine before you go!



Memorial Day 2015 Cheese & Wine Picks


Our Weekend Cheeses picks

Leonora goat cheese from Leon Spain, we just love this goat with a bloomy rind, its beautiful creamy texture with a citrus and herb zing, is the perfect balance for any cheese board.
Harbison this amazing camembert style cheese from Jasper Hill in Greensboro Vermont has a lovely surprise with it’s spruce ribbon which lends a woodsy sweet note to this ridiculously ooey gooey soft-ripened cheese. You could eat it with a spoon….

Cremeux de Citeaux: A triple-crème cow’s milk cheese featuring an incredibly creamy, thick consistency, this buttery beauty has a bouquet of toasted nuts, mushrooms and truffles, and is delightful paired with fruity white wines or Champagne.

“Stag” a Hoop Cheddar From Deer Creek in Wisconsin. Select vats of cheddar that are chosen for further aging to allow for the development of the intense, bold flavor characteristics of The Stag. It is rugged, driving strong toffee and butterscotch notes, yet possesses a sweet finish. As it ages, The Stag develops a hint of crystalline crunch to further enliven the taste buds with rich texture as well as flavor. The Stag is a true Wisconsin Original. Perfect on any cheese board or topped on any burger. 1st Place winner at the 2013 American Cheese Society competition. Named as one of the “101 Best Cheeses of the Year” by Culture Magazine.
Our favorite burger blue “Chiraboga” from Bavaria . Raw cow’s milk Aged for at least two months, pale white in color and lightly blued, the texture is soft, creamy and moist, with a mild, lightly acid, buttery flavor, sweet and milky, with a lovely blueish note that doesn’t leave a metallic finish. Reminiscent of but not quite as decadent as Gorgonzola Dolce, this is an easy-eating, delicious blue cheese.
Saulnois is the pride of a small creamery in the region of Lorraine, in northeast France, an area that stakes its gastronomic fame largely on quiche lorraine and plum brandy. The Mirabelle plum, a small golden fruit about the size of a large cherry tomato, can be eaten fresh or made into jam, but brandy is its highest and best use. Wheels of Saulnois are washed with this brandy, in texture and aroma, this cow’s milk wheel is similar to alpine cheeses such as Comte and Tomme de Savoie.

Our Weekend Wine picks

Saint Pierre Rosé Brut
– a delicious dry sparkling wine from the south of France. The wine has a beautiful pinkish-salmon hue and delicate flavors of strawberry. $24/bottle.

Gobelsburg Rosé 2014
– An Austrian made rosé from the Zweigelt grape. A hugely successful wine for us last summer has finally arrived and is every bit as delicious as last years bottling.
Pastou Sancerre 2014
– what a value at $20 a bottle! This is a signature expression of French sauvignon blanc. A great summer time white and a classic pairing with goat cheese.

Domaine Schoech Riesling 2012
– this Alsatian riesling is bone dry and loaded with beautiful acidity and flavors of apple and citrus. $29/bottle

Monsecco “Sizzano” 2011
– a blend of nebbioolo, vespolina, and uva rara. This is lush beauty from the Alto Piedmont region of Italy just south of the Dolomite mountain range. It has great texture and layers and layers of vibrant flavors.

Domaine Notre Dame des Pallières “Sablet” 2012
– I love this red blend from the Rhone valley of France. This wine is super-versatile, pair it with burgers, barbecue, or even a cheese board. $20/bottle.