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Roccheviberti 2006


The list of time-honored, truly great vineyards in Barolo is limited to about 15 places. Ranking these sites precisely is very difficult and equally as subjective, so I won’t even attempt. But I doubt that any knowledgeable expert on the subject would not put “Le Rocche di Castiglione Falletto” in the top 5. It really has to be there. In time, if the gradual warming trend continues, some sites that are now in that top 5 that are south facing, which means almost all the others, may have to leave that rarified list as they will cross over to the “slightly too warm” side of the micro climate.

“Le Rocche” however will stay, as it is one of the few truly great sites that is east-southeast facing and considerably cooler than most of the others at that level of recognition. As a result of this exposition, the hallmark style of wines from Le Rocche has always been one of finesse, perfume and balance. The vineyard is highly coveted by all producers in Barolo, but is one of the smaller of the great sites. It is really tiny when compared to Cannubbi or Bussia. One of the largest pieces, a mere 2.5 hectares, is in the hands of Claudio Viberti, whose family has farmed this site for 3 generations as owners and several more prior as sharecroppers. His story like many others’ is familiar, the grandfather and father sold grapes and bulk wine to the big houses and the son wanted to bottle his own wine. So Claudio attended enology school in Alba and Presto! His third vintage (2005) takes a Decanter “Highly recommended”. Although the story in general is familiar, few sons have the chance to do it with a hefty chunk of “Le Rocche”!
Wine making here is traditional –i.e. old school, spontaneous ferments, long-ish macerations (18-25 days) and 26 month aging in 20-25 HL Botte for the Barolo. The style of the resulting wines are also quite traditional in that there are plenty of “autumnal” flavors and aromas including tea, tobacco, leather etc. However they are not very tannic like many old school wines. Total Barolo Production averages 600 cases per year.

A new cheese & wine find from Alsace


A new cheese find from Alsace made in La Lorraine, produced by the monks of the Abbaye de Vergaville, the milk is sourced no more than 10 miles away. Known for having one of the last artisan and locally produced munsters in France. This beautiful cheese named for father Antoine “Tome du Pere Antoine aux fleurs de Sureau”, a mouthful to say. This cow’s milk is washed in an Alsatian Pear Liqueur and then Elderflower is added to the milk. An amazing semi soft, slightly floral, buttery, cheese perfect for summer. Perfect paired with the 2012 Schoech “Sonnenberg” Riesling from Alsace is a delicious wine on it’s own but really comes to life when paired with cheeses or typical Alsatian fare like trout. On the palate, this wine displays great balance of minerality, orchard fruit, citrus and baking spice. At $29 a bottle I consider this a great value and could hold its own against other Rieslings at twice the price!

Fairfield County Chef's Table by Amy Kundrat

Fairfield County Chef’s Table Book Signing with Amy Kundrat

Join us with author, CTbites partner, and food lover Amy Kundrat for a book signing of her latest book, Fairfield County Chef’s Table.

Barbara Nevins from Southwest Café and Sarah and Bernard from Bernard’s will also be in attendance.

We will be pouring wine and offering up tastes of our wild mushroom grilled cheese, stay tuned on what Southwest and Bernard’s will be bringing!

And we hear the Matt from Stanziato’s Wood Fired Pizza in Danbury will also be in attendance!

This Saturday May 31st at 11:00 AM in our classroom above the cheese shop.

Mother’s Day at 109

Mother’s Day is Sunday!

This is the one you don’t want to forget!

Did you forget? Don’t worry, we have answers.

Cheese, Wine, Platters, antique gifts, cheese boards, vintage picnic baskets and if you can’t choose we have gift certificates available too.

We are open Saturday 9-6 and Sunday 10-4.


April is National Grilled Cheese Month

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.IMG_9491

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.IMG_7397


Wonder what wine we should pair with this……..

Our Valentines Day Special Class

Join 109 along with
Chef Paul,  Executive Chef of Ridgefield Academy or some of you might know him from his wonderful restaurant Cello,
formerly in The Marketplace.
Chef Paul and Monica will be demonstrating a simple menu paired with a wine tasting.
Come enjoy a casual meal and learn a few
Chef tricks.
When: Friday, February 14
Where: 109’s Second Floor Classroom
Time: 7pm – 9 pm
Cost: $65 per person, plus tax
Fire River Oysters from Richibucto, New Brunswick on the half shell with celery jus and caviar
Wilted Kale Antipasto Salad
Crispy Guanciale and Speck, Bianco Sardo Sheep Cheese, Bourbon Barrel Soy, Yuzu & Créme Frâiche Dressing
Black Truffle Sfoglini Wild Hive Pasta
Fresh Black Winter Truffle & Parmigiano-Reggiano
Sweet Custard French Toast
Raaka Virgin Milk Chocolate and Fresh Made Ricotta
Wine Tasting:
Aria Cava Rosè Spain
Caparra e Siciliani Mastrogiurato,
Calabria Rosso 2010
Ramos Pinto La Grima White Porto Portugal
Please call for reservations, class size is limited.
203 438 5757

The Upcoming Class Schedule

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 Schedule
Journey Through Burgundy France – 2/21
$65 per person
Just Cheese (all ages welcome!) – 2/23
$49 per person
Wine Dinner with The Schoolhouse
at Cannondale – 2/26
Additional info coming soon!
Sip & Savor for a Cause – 2/27
(on-going, last Thursday of each month)
$25 per person
East vs West Sake & Wine Dinner – 3/1
Additional info coming soon!
Sarah’s Wine Bar Series Continues 3/9
Additional info coming soon!
Washington / Oregon with Jim Morrison 3/14
Additional info coming soon!

New Years 2013 – Champagne & Caviar please


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?

Why not!

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!

The Classroom Schedule

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: 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