VinItaly 2012: Tasting New Vintages and Reconnecting with Growers

Giovanna Tiezzi of Pacina (left) + Gemma

With Giovanna Tiezzi of Pacina

As Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge’s wine buyer, the long-awaited arrival of spring means traveling to Verona for Italy’s most significant wine expo, VinItaly. The enormity and intensity of the show are both invigorating and challenging as it offers an expansive view of Italy’s wine scene, not only with thousands of indigenous grape varietals, but also with a genuine diversity of both terroirs and winemaking styles. Feeling overwhelmed is unavoidable. Continue Reading »

A Matter of Taste

Everyone who makes something has an agenda or a philosophy that drives what they do. In my mind, it is imperative that retailers and consumers alike evaluate products on the basis of both taste and philosophy.

Wine Recommendations for Easter Sunday

Wondering what to serve with your Easter feast? Gemma, wine buyer at our Cambridge location is reccomending a light, crisp white for appetizers and a fuller-bodied, flavorful red to pair with a traditional lamb dish. Both are from sustainable producers that we know and trust – below are descriptions of the two selected wines.

Beer and Cheese Pairings: St. Patrick’s Day 2012

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with an Irish cheese plate? We have put together a selection of some of our favorites and Eric, our beer buyer, has given us a list of fantastic beers to pair with them.

Port Brewing Company – The Lost Abbey: Inferno Ale

For this post, I wanted to focus on Inferno Ale, a Golden Strong ale. This beer is made with German Magnum and Saaz hops, Belgian yeast strains and uses a secret ingredient or two for drama. It pours a fiery orange in the glass and is just simply gorgeous to look at and to drink (in a dangerous kind of way).