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April is National Grilled Cheese Month
Ever since I can remember, a grilled cheese sandwich and a bowl of tomato soup was my mom’s perfect answer to a bad day. It most likely was made with something other than real cheese back then, but it was the though that counted. Today, Neal’s Yard Cheddar, local Alpine style cheeses and maybe a little Raclette make up the base cheese mix of some awesome grilled cheese sandwiches. Add some prosciutto, tomato and maybe a bunch of wild mushrooms, some soup for dipping, and you have an amazing meal.
Almost as American as apple pie, the grilled cheese sandwich may finally be getting its day or month. Come celebrate this joyous holiday with us. We make grilled cheese everyday, always adding something new and always making sure they are awesome.
Wonder what wine we should pair with this……..
I can’t believe it is already February 2014. We just completed or Spain class it was awesome! Thank you Emily for a great presentation and passionate explanation of the wines! The cheese and wine pairings were some of the best we have had to date. Coming up next is our journey to Burgundy on February 21st. In true french style, come explore some of the great cheeses and wines of the region. We will be providing some delicious foodie treats and something sweet. Our wine expert for the evening will be Paul Cullen, a veteran in the wine business and we are so looking forward to his expertise. Looking ahead to the “Just Cheese” class, this is fun for all ages! See if you or your son or daughter have what it takes to be a future cheesemonger! Don’t fear the stinky cheese.
Wine dinners are being planned with Chef Tim Lebant from the Schoolhouse, Chef Paul Desiano from RA & Cello & Chefs’ Bernard & Sarah Bouissou. So stay tuned for more information on these amazing wine dinners in the works.
We have also created “Sip & Savor for a Cause, an on-going series to benefit various local charities. This series will be held on the last Thursday of each month.
And what better way to finish up the current schedule but with the man, Jim Morrison. This guy bleeds wine and is so passionate about the wine, it’s people and it’s terroir that it is infectious.The Upcoming 109 Class / Wine Dinner ScheduleJourney Through Burgundy France – 2/21$65 per personJust Cheese (all ages welcome!) – 2/23$49 per personWine Dinner with The Schoolhouseat Cannondale – 2/26Additional info coming soon!Sip & Savor for a Cause – 2/27(on-going, last Thursday of each month)$25 per personEast vs West Sake & Wine Dinner – 3/1Additional info coming soon!Sarah’s Wine Bar Series Continues 3/9Additional info coming soon!Washington / Oregon with Jim Morrison 3/14Additional info coming soon!
As the holidays pass through our lives and the New Year approaches, we find ourselves trying to figure out what caviar to savor and what Champagne to drink. As luck may have it, we at 109 have the perfect solution. This year, our caviar selection includes Alaskan Salmon Roe, American Hackleback (Mississippi & Missouri River), Snake River White Sturgeon (Idaho) & Galilee Royal Osetra (Israel).
For Champagnes we are featuring a 2005 vintage Lallier, Paul Clouet, Charles Ellner, & Gosset (sounds like a law firm), and in addition to the true Champagnes, we also love our Rosé Cremant & Cava.
Why Champagne & Caviar?
Champagne & Caviar were meant to go together! Champagne being one of the most food-friendly and celebrated beverages ever conceived needs the incredible decadence of caviar, crème fraîche & the blini. Most look for a celebratory excuse to consume Champagne, we look at it as a wonderful wine that is food friendly, and beautiful on the palette. Definitely enjoy a class throughout your evening celebrations, at the stroke of midnight, and all through 2014!
Special orders for Champagne and Caviar can still be placed if you hurry.
Don’t be caught without your bubbly!
Understanding the Movie ”A Good Year” Friday, October 25th at 7pm
How many times have we seen a wine-centric movie and wondered what are they were really talking about? Well, the wine and food geeks at 109 are here to rescue you. Come to Provence with us on August 23! Actually, join Monica and Todd around a dining table, French farmhouse style, and enjoy delicious food while sampling four (4) wines from Provence that are depicted in Ridley Scott’s comedy film, “A Good Year” starring Russell Crowe and Albert Finney. The movie is set in London and a vineyard in Provence. Come with friends and enjoy the latest in this series of unique film-food-wine experiences. “A Good Year,” Ridley Scott’s charming 2006 comedy set in London and Provence Dine and delight:
Four (4) wines from Provence paired with the film, plus Bernard’s famous Cassoulet, salad nicoise, couscous, cheeses, charcuterie with seasonal fruits, exotic olives, breads, Truffle Cheese Popcorn, assorted fruit tarts
Come with friends and enjoy the latest in this series of unique film-food-wine experiences.
$75.00 plus tax per person. Book today by phone 203 438 5757 – spaces are limited.
“Terrior” a class about the effects of the land on Cheese and Wine
Saturday November 2nd at 7pm
Terroir is the set of special characteristics that the geography, geology and climate of a certain place, interacting with the plant’s genetics, express in agricultural products such as wine, coffee, chocolate, tomatoes, heritage wheat, cannabis, and tea. The concept has also crossed to other Protected Appellations of Origin (PDOs a form of geographical indication), products such as cheeses.
Terroir can be very loosely translated as “a sense of place,” which is embodied in certain characteristic qualities, the sum of the effects that the local environment has had on the production of the product. Terroir is often italicized in English writing to show that it is a French loanword.
Come join us and explore the world of the land and it’s effects on the food we eat and the wine we drink.
The Champagne Diet comes back to Ridgefield in November!
Come taste Champagne and talk with Cara, the author of The Champagne Diet.
Cara Alwill Leyba is a women’s lifestyle & wellness writer, best selling author & life coach from New York City who empowers women to live their most effervescent lives and celebrate themselves. She encourages women to indulge in the things that make them happy, and swears that every woman can live a “Champagne Life,” no matter how busy she is or how tight her budget. Cara runs an international private coaching practice where she works with busy women both one on one and in group settings to help them learn to make themselves a priority find what makes them sparkle.
$65 plus tax
Wine and Cheese for Thanksgiving Part 1
Friday, November 15
Wine and Cheese for Thanksgiving Part 2
Saturday, November 16
Dinner Impossible! @ The Ridgefield Playhouse with Robert Irvine! Sunday November 17th at 8pm
Sunday November 17th at 8pm
Robert Irvine brings his Restaurant Impossible: LIVE show to the Playhouse! It’s s a high energy, multimedia & multi-sensory theatrical experience. More than just a cooking demo, Robert Irvine LIVE is an interactive show that provides multiple opportunities for audience participation while witnessing the challenging nature of the TV show, Dinner: Impossible, come to life right before your eyes.
Multiple cameras set up on the stage provide a close-up view of the master at his craft. Brand new music and video content specifically produced for this show combines seamlessly with the cooking to provide an experience unlike any other. In each segment of the show Robert will face a new and unique culinary challenge.
A signing with the chef will take place after the show! Books, T-shirts and Aprons will be available for purchase.
Italy’s Red Wines perfect for that special gift or dinner
Friday, December 6, 2013
The Playhouse Jazz with 109 Cheese and Wine: Join us for a little taste before the show.
Steve March-Tormé November 08 2013 8:00pm ( Wine and Cheese tasting at 7pm)
Linda Eder’s Holiday Show December 8 2013 7:30pm (Wine and Cheese tasting at 6:30 pm)
Contact The Playhouse for more information: www.ridgefieldplayhouse.org or (203) 438-5795
*109 Cheese Classroom is available for
private event rental
Inquire @109 – 203 438 5757
Book your private parties with us.
Now taking holiday bookings
It’s been a beautiful summer at 109 Cheese and Wine.
With amazing fresh summer cheeses and beautiful whites and rosé’s to complement the perfect evening, Burrata, summer goat cheeses, fresh local tomatoes and greens, great BBQ and fish, what could be better? We truly love the Marketplace stores and the healthy choices that they help us make. Healthy, real food options are so important to our wellbeing and we are lucky to have the ability to make great, local choices at our doorstep.
Did you ever wonder what we do when we are not living on 109 time? Well, for us, Monday’s and sometimes Tuesday’s become our weekend and it truly offers a unique perspective into the normal weekend off routine. In this new world of constant media and instant gratification a change of work week is actually a welcomed addition to our schedule. That’s not to say that we don’t talk about or even do any work related chores on theses coveted days. Most of the ordering, some of the bookkeeping and endless details that keep 109, well, 109 happen during these two days. One of our favorite summertime chores is research. Going out on Candlewood Lake and making sure that you can enjoy the perfect bottle of Champagne with a perfect cheese and a perfect sunset is a tough job, but…. We love sharing our passion with all of you and hope you will continue to follow and share your own foodie experiences with us.
Our goal is to create a perfect cheese and wine environment for the foodie! With the addition of our new classroom, we can further the process through education and fun. Our plans include bringing in cheese and winemakers to talk about their passions and products, explain food-centric movies, teach the younger generation about cheese (it’s amazing how many kids don’t hold their noses when they come in the store), and continually bring new and exciting products to Ridgefield.
Enjoy these amazing days of summer as Fall will be here before we know it. Then…. well, he’s started checking his list already so better be nice.
Todd & Monica
We are having a Winemakers tasting! approximately 20 seats available.
Call us if you want to attend. 203 438 5757
Event will be this Sunday June 2nd at 2pm
For generations now, the Clavel name has been associated with winemaking in the Languedoc region of Southern France. Pierre Clavel is the current owner, following in the footsteps of his father Jean Clavel, wine historian and founder of AOC Côteaux du Languedoc.
The 81.5 acre vineyard spreads through four remarkable terroirs of Langudeoc, including Pic Saint Loup, and is cared for organically, with a respect for nature taking prime importance.
“Excellence in what I produce, in all humility, in truthfulness, and the simplest expression of my terroir.” With these words, Pierre Clavel sums up his philosophy towards wine and life.
Rosé Mescladis 2012
AOC Coteaux du Languedoc – Pic Saint Loup
70% Syrah, 30% Grenache
This vibrant Rosé will captivate you from the first sip; its sparkling salmon color alone will catch your eye and lure you in, carrying you away to the South of France, where the vineyards are surrounded by garrigue aromas of wild Herbes de Provence… At the foot of the Pic Saint Loup massif, the 35 acres of Syrah and Grenache vines are planted in shallow soils with large underlying limestone blocks. However, the clay make-up of the soil allows for good water reserves, and the galets roulés at the surface reflect the sun’s warmth directly onto the grapes (exactly like those in Chateauneuf-du-Pape). The surrounding mountain ranges form a micro-climate with more rainfall and temperature range. All in all, a combination of elements conducive to an excellent terroir for the vine and one of the best appellations of the Languedoc.
“Le Mas” 2011
AOC Coteaux du Languedoc
Syrah, Grenache, Carignan
“Le Mas” comes from Syrah, Grenache and Carignan vines planted in “Les Gres” soils, clay and limestone beds covered with galets roules (those rounded stones made famous by Chateauneuf-du-Pape), and large underlying limestone blocks. The galets roules stones conserve the cool morning air so that the vines don’t lose too much water in summer.
The vineyard is in its 3rd year of organic conversion: no herbicides or fungicides are used. This translates to an intense manual labor, with the soil regularly worked to help roots dig in deeper, keep vine foliage trimmed, limit weight of grapes on each stock. Balance is key between all these elements. The year-round attention and work extends to almost harvest time, when focus shifts to the cave. Grapes are sorted carefully after harvest and completely de-stemmed to remove any plant matter that would affect the final wine. Each varietal is vinified separately to reveal the individual qualities and decide on a final blend. Regular tastings decide whether to continue extracting via pigeage, delestage or remontage. The wine is aged on fine lees in concrete tanks.
AOC Pic Saint Loup
Domaine Clavel “Bonne Pioche” 2011
65% Syrah, 20% Mourvedre, 15% Grenache
90-91+ rating – Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate
“Bonne Pioche” comes from 35 acres of land parcels, all grouped in the same area and so with very similar terroirs. The mostly Syrah (with Mourvedre and Grenache) vines are planted in shallow soils with large underlying limestone blocks. However, the clay make-up of the soil allows for good water reserves, and the limestone deposits at the surface reflect the sun’s warmth directly onto the grapes. Surrounding mountain ranges form a micro-climate with higher than average rainfall and major fluctuation between day and night temperatures. All in all, a combination of elements conducive to an excellent terroir for the vine and one of the best appellations of the Languedoc.
AOC Coteaux du Languedoc – La Mejanelle
“Copa Santa” 2011
83% Syrah, 17% Grenache
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