Travelogues

VinItaly 2013: Discovering New Gems and Finding Exclusives

VinItalyThis year, my trip to Italy’s most renowned wine show, VinItaly, took on a different emphasis and dynamic. In previous years, navigating thronged pavilions of growers and tasters and trailing fellow importers was at center stage. This time, while those goals remained important, the focus was on introducing Jessica, a talented and emerging wine buyer for the shop, to many of the people that stand behind the Italian wines on our shelves. Continue Reading »

Roasting with Barrington Coffee

I recently visited Barrington Coffee at their roastery in Lee, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. Roastmaster Brian Heck, along with fellow coffee alchemist Paul, guided me through Barrington’s process of coaxing the delicate aromas and fine flavors out of their unroasted, green coffee beans.

A Touch of Inspiration: Visiting Mt. Mansfield Creamery

I recently had the great fortune to visit with Stan Biasini and his family at Mt. Mansfield Creamery in Morristown, Vermont. I arrived bright and early, just as Stan was pooling the milk from the morning milking into a heating vat to begin making his cheese: Inspiration.

VinItaly 2012: Tasting New Vintages and Reconnecting with Growers

As Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge’s Wine Buyer, the long-awaited arrival of spring usually means having the opportunity to travel to Verona for Italy’s most significant wine expo, VinItaly. This year was no exception.

Millésime Bio 2012: Organic Wines in France

During a short stint from January 23rd to 25th, I had the opportunity to once again attend Millésime Bio, an annual organic wine exposition in Montpellier, France.

Making Cheese at Jasper Hill: Acidity, Flocculation and New Wheels

Last year, I visited the Cellars at Jasper Hill and had the opportunity to participate in the Winnimere cheesemaking process. It was a very educational experience as there are some interesting new developments going on at Jasper Hill.