Tagged: Pairings

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A Perfect Pairing: Valençay Affiné and Domaine de la Pépière’s Château-Thébaud Clos des Morines 2009 Muscadet Sur Lie

Marc Olivier is one of a handful of growers determined to showcase the pedigree of the local white grape: Melon de Bourgogne. You can smell and feel all of that clean, stony minerality straight through the finish of this wine. Paired with a nibble of salty, creamy Valençay, its quiet apple orchard fruit notes open up beautifully, and its minerally finish clears the way for another tasty bite.

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Three Cru Beaujolais for the Holidays

If we had our way, every other wine article would feature Beaujolais. That’s why this post features three Beaujolais from three different towns, just in time for holiday sipping!

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Lambrusco: A Fizzy Red Wine for Fall

During the past few years, we’ve seen Lambrusco sales jump as folks begin to import better quality, delicious wines made by careful and conscientious winemakers.

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Savoring Italian Vermouth: Vergano and the House of Cocchi

Today, I wanted to talk about two of my favorite Italian vermouths: a classic dark vermouth from the House of Cocchi, one of the original Torino vermouth makers; and the other, a limited production white vermouth from chemist-turned-vermouth producer Mauro Vergano.

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Breakfast to BBQ: Four of My Favorite Rosés

Ahh, rosé season… Every March, I wait expectantly for the release of the year’s rosés like a puppy waits for a treat. I feel a special giddiness the moment we fill our wine shelves with pretty pink and peach-hued bottles that beautifully catch and reflect the sunlight.

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Small Estate Port: Quinta do Infantado Tawny Porto

Quinta do Infantado is unusual in that they are a small estate that bottles their own ports. The brother and sister team of Joao and Catherine Roseira are famous for making ports that are a bit drier than average, but with a marvelous richness of fruit.

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Celebrating Thanksgiving with an All-American Cheese Board

We checked in with Tripp, the Head Manager on our cheese counter and our domestic cheese buyer. He has put together a wonderful recommendation for a Thanksgiving cheeseboard, incorporating a cross-section of milk types and textures. He draws on some old favorites but also includes a couple of newer cheeses that we think are destined to become classics in their own right!

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Crème de Cassis de Dijon: The Secret to “Kir”

This week we’re highlighting one of our favorite French liqueurs, the inky black currant flavored Crème de Cassis de Dijon. These sweet little bottles of crème de cassis are made in Burgundy by Briottet, a company run by the Briottet family in the town of Dijon since 1836.

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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.