Here are our top ten food picks for 2013 as chosen in our internal staff survey – plus a few honorable mentions!
This year, we decided to let each of our wine buyers choose their number one pick for a Thanksgiving wine. Here we have an Italian bubbly from Gemma, an off-dry German white from Julie, and a French red from Jessica. Happy sipping and have a safe and delicious holiday!
This 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.
At Formaggio Kitchen, serious consideration is given to the impact of the land or terroir on each bottle of wine, wheel of cheese and bar of chocolate — for familiarity with soil and its composition yields a deeper understanding of the relationship between the Earth and our food.
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.
Our South End Wine Buyer, Julie Cappellano, and Cambridge Wine Buyer, Gemma Iannoni, have put together their top picks for bubbly to help folks celebrate the holidays and ring in the New Year! Their selections subscribe to our philosophy that supports small, artisanal growers that set out to make authentic, terroir-driven wines using a combination of sustainable, organic, or biodynamic viticultural practices.
Never before in the Boston (or Massachusetts!) market are these two artisan wines made from Friuli’s star varietal: Ribolla Gialla. You may have picked up a bottle or two of I Clivi’s other wines in the past – Galea or Brazan – their white Burgundy-like cru bottlings of Tocai Friulano from heirloom vines in Colli Orientali and Collio.