Our wine and beer selections are carefully curated to reflect our support of small-scale, artisan producers who use natural and traditional methods to create beautiful products. In many cases, we have visited the producers and seen their work in progress and in some case, we have developed close personal friendships with them. In either case, it is these relationships that allow us to have complete trust in the integrity of their products.
We welcome you to visit our Cambridge store to explore our selection. Our buyers are frequently in the store to answer any of your questions and you can always send us your queries via email.
Wine at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge
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Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge offers a small, carefully curated selection of wines representing many of Europe’s historic regions, chosen with a view to enhancing your everyday experience at the table. Our bias is for smaller estates who are either already working as naturally as their location allows or making strides in that direction. Our ideal wine can come from anywhere — parts celebrated or obscure — so long as it is intuitively pleasurable, sustains interest and represents good value.
Pricing: Most wines are priced between $20 and $30. A 10% discount applies when you buy 12 or more standard size (750ml) bottles, whether all the same or mixed. On our designated value shelves all bottles are under $17 and a 10% discount applies when you buy 6 or more.
Assistance: One or both of our resident wine experts, Stephen Meuse and Mike Healan, are typically on hand and are happy to assist you. While they aren’t always visible (they may be toiling in the wine cellar) they respond promptly to a page. Don’t hesitate to ask any staffer to let us know you’re here.
Shelf talkers: A business card-sized “talker” is positioned just above most wines on our shelves. Each is written by us, not the producer or vendor, and provides basic information, including vintage, constituent grape varieties, plus a few words on how the wine presents or how to pair it. You’ll find that these little crib sheets go along way in helping you know what to expect.
Pairing food and wine: For most of history people consumed their local wines with whatever was on the table and did just fine. In an environment of near-infinite choice , however, pairing has become an exercise rife with anxiety. But in the real world of everyday eating and drinking it’s actually hard not to score some kind of hit and, in most cases, a hit of any kind is as good as a bulls-eye. Wines that are well-proportioned and that don’t have parts “sticking out” (jittery acid, over-the-top alcohol, quirky aromatics, funky biology) are good bets since they play nicely with many ingredients and dishes. The more idiosyncratic the wine (even if you are personally charmed by it) the longer the odds it will sing along tunefully with a broad range of ingredients. Pairing isn’t yet an exact science and memorable match-ups have often come our way entirely by chance. Champagne and microwave popcorn, anyone?
Learn We blog, Tweet, Instagram, and email on wine topics. Go to formaggiocambridge.com for details, and meet us in the wine corner on Thursdays and Fridays from 3-6 to taste and chat about wine. Got a question about wine? Email our wine buyers.
Disappointed? Please let us know about it. We’ll do all we can to get to the root of the problem and make it right. Any unopened bottle in salable condition may be returned for exchange or store credit.
Craft Beer at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge
Craft beer in the United States has been growing tremendously in the past several years. Both consumers and producers are in sync with each other as both traditional and innovative beers are being produced every day to meet the ever-growing demand of our beer-loving customers.
As with many of the producers we work with, we believe the smaller scale brewers offer a more carefully crafted product. It is particularly important for us to choose those beers with compelling aromas and flavors whether hewing to a traditional style or embarking on a new, uncharted style. We find ourselves drawn in particular to local, fresh brews that often use locally grown ingredients but we also bring in a serious selection of imports.
As with our wine selection, we find ourselves drawn most to those beers that pair well with food and especially to those that pair well with cheese. Whether you enjoy sour ales, crisp pilsners, wheat beers, bitters or stout, there is a cheese waiting to matched.
Cider is another fermented beverage we enjoy and is similarly enjoying a resurgence of gifted young producers transforming one of New England’s oldest crops into exceptional ciders of all kinds. Lucky for us, these ciders are perfect pairings for many of our cheeses.
If you have any questions or suggestions about our beer and cider selection, please email our beer buyer.