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Jean-Paul Dubost’s Extraordinary Beaujolais-Villages

We’ve described it as natural, happy, delicious and (yes) perfect. Why? Because in the 2015 vintage this hits all the pleasure points: bright, juicy fruit, just-right acidity, plush tannins and a scoop or two of that lovely Beaujolais earth.

The source of the fruit is Domaine du Tracot, in the Dubost family since 1902, situated in the heart of the region 10km south of Mâcon. Yields from the 40+ year-old Gamay vines were a scant 36 hectoliters per hectare in ’15 – well below the permitted 52 hl/h. Production is a very modest 3000 cases annually. The farming follows biodynamic principles, fermentations are effected with native yeast populations only, and, with the exception of a tiny squirt of SO2 at bottling to keep everything steady, no additives of any kind are resorted to.

The Dubost family makes fancier wine from its holdings in the cru villages of Brouilly, Morgon, Fleurie, and Moulin à Vent — and they are very good indeed — but in a recent tasting of the portfolio it was this entry-level charmer that took our breath away.

We’re reminded daily that we live in an imperfect world. But that doesn’t mean that just occasionally one perfect little thing can’t come our way. This is one of them.

2015 Jean-Paul Dubost “Tracot” Beaujolais Villages, $17.95.  


Available at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge, or for pick-up at Formaggio Kitchen South End with one day’s notice.

– Stephen Meuse, Wine Buyer at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge 

Tim’s Travel to Cibus: A Tour of Prosciutto Supplier Pio Tosini

First of all, what is Cibus? Pronounced ‘chee-buhs,’ this international food show exhibition held in Italy is a key event on Formaggio Kitchen’s calendar. Typically, the full scale Cibus fair takes place every other year and can fill up to eight warehouses with producers from a variety of food industries. These include everything from meats to Continue Reading »

Lamplighter Brewing Co. and Formaggio Kitchen Team Up For Summer Beer Garden

When we hear the word “summer” at Formaggio Kitchen, the first thing that comes to our mind is barbecue. And not just any barbecue, but the one we have every Saturday right outside our shop that we wait all winter long for. Slow cooking for days beforehand, the aromas of the BBQ pit build throughout Continue Reading »

Anson Mills Carolina Gold Rice; the rice that made me care about rice

My husband and I recently traveled down to Charleston, South Carolina and I was so excited to sample as much Southern food as I could possibly handle. A highlight of our trip was a dinner at FIG where their Southern techniques and local ingredients really appealed to me. While perusing the menu, I noticed a Continue Reading »

Cambridge Community Center Fundraiser: Formaggio Kitchen Gives Back

Since 1929, the Cambridge Community Center has been an important part to the vibrant city that is home to both Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge and its owners Ihsan and Valerie. This nonprofit organization offers social, educational, and recreational programs for people of all ages, enriching the neighborhood through programs that empower, educate, and engage. After 88 years Continue Reading »

Housemade Pimento Cheese: Eat Well, Do Good

Eat Well, Do Good When Formaggio Kitchen South End owner Valerie Gurdal came up with the idea of dedicating sales of a single, popular product to Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union, our pimento cheese, a comfort food and a family recipe, seemed like the perfect fit. Valerie grew up in the South, Continue Reading »