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 Saturday Tasting
of New Spring Wines with Lizzie Stern of Vineyard Road
April 21, 2 - 5 pm
 
complimentary!
($5.00 suggested donation to Pathways for Children)
 
 
Camilles Saves, Cartes Blanche, Premier Cru, NV, France ~ $49.99
The Saves family has lived in the heart of Bouzy since 1894, when
Eugène Savès, an agricultural engineer by trade, founding the house when he married Anaïs Jolicoeur, the daughter of a wine producer from the picturesque village. As is customary with this cuvée, the wine is a blend from the villages of Bouzy, Ambonnay, Tours-sur-Marne and Tauxières, with the latter village only entitled to Premier Cru status, so that is the reason this fine bottling is ranked as a Premier Cru (despite the inclusion of seventy-five percent Grand Cru grapes in the blend). The cépages is seventy-five percent Pinot Noir (from the Grand Cru villages) and twenty-five percent Chardonnay from Tauxières, with the wine aged three years on the lees.  The blend of 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Chardonnay works beautifully. This is without question one of the best Champagnes on the market in its price range. In addition, the vineyards are run according to the principles of lutte raisonée
 and the vines have an average age of over thirty five years old. The NV cuvee 'Carte Blanche' is fresh and crisp, with nuances of fragrant red fruit courtesy of a predominance of Pinot Noir, with the remaining quarter of the blend being comprised of Chardonnay from Premier Cru de Tauxieres to add structure and elegance.  The aromas and flavors are totally alive in the glass, with chiseled, saline notes that provide backbone and vibrancy. This gorgeous, delicious Champagne shows why Bouzy is so highly regarded. Pears, white flowers and slate flow through to the chiseled finish. This wine epitomizes the house style of Camille Savès 
and the textured, harmonious palate and persistence on the finish are testament to the length of time spent on lees. I'll be sharing a bottle (or two!) of this with my mother Elizabeth, and my sister Jerilyn (she's a mother too), and my friends Carol and Joyce and Katie and Vittorio. They're mothers too, well, not Vittorio, but we'll still share with him. If you knew Vittorio, you'd know why!


2015 Tikves, Rkaciteli, Macedonia ~ $14.99
 Macedonia has a rich wine tradition. Numerous archeological findings, the oldest ones dating 13 century b.c., have proven the affinity towards growing grapes and producing wine as vitally important throughout Macedonian history. During the time of Philip II and Alexander the Great members of the Macedonian royal family were known as passionate consumers of Macedonian wine.This tradition continued during the Roman Empire where Macedonia was one of the most important regions for growing grapes in the Empire. Tikves wines are emblematic of Macedonia's ancient tradition of winemaking. Located in the heart of Macedonia's wine country, their wines reflect over 120 years of a culture that celebrates the entire wine experience ~ from growth, to harvest to fermentation to the most significant part, enjoyment with family and friends. The Tikves winery is the oldest winery in Macedonia. The winery was begun in 1885, and today is the exemplar of a modern and innovative winery, utilizing temperature controlled stainless steel for fermentations with concrete and French oak barrels for aging. The winery uses sustainable practices throughout its operations including limiting the use of treatment of the vines, reducing consumption of both energy and water, building solar panes for self-sustainable energy and a commitment to recycling waste and turning it into natural fertilizer. With the assistance of Philippe Cambie (apparently declared 'best oenologist in the world' by Robert Parker in 2010), this wine was created. There's a lovely zing to the aromas, a touch of Torrontés florality, plenty of elderflower, herbs and fruit too. In the mouth it is quite full-bodied, with citrus notes and well balanced acidity. 

2016 La Grange de Piaugier, Cotes du Rhone, Grenache, Roussanne, Viognier, France ~ $14.99
Domaine de Piaugier is situated in and around the village of Sablet, which stands proudly at the feet of the jagged Dentelles de Montmirail in the Vaucluse department of the Southern Rhône.
Jean-Marc Autran, took over the winery from his father Marc in 1985, who had previously inherited it from his father, Alphonse. Jean-Marc acquired more vineyards and, with the assistance of his wife Sophie, developed the sale of his wines in bottle. The winery soon became too small and they extended it in 1995 to enable them to mature and store the wines in the best possible conditions. Today, Sophie and Jean-Marc cultivate 3.5 hectares within the Gigondas AOC, 12.5 hectares in the Sablet AOC and 14 hectares of Côtes du Rhône vineyards. Farming is organic.
This is a delicious little white counterpart to the Sablet rouge we've been loving for so long. It's a new addition for Piaugier, and is a blend of mostly Grenache, Roussane and Viognier, fermented and aged in concrete. It's lush and plush, but not flabby; there's lots of vibrant acidity here! Honeysuckle and ripe, spiced pear mingle with oranges and crisp apples. It's a delicious, full-bodied white that will go nicely with creamy dishes with a hint of sweetness, grilled veggies, and shrimp and other seafood. Perfect for a spring feast...if Spring ever decides to grace us with a visit. Just kidding, it's coming! Any second now! In the meantime, we'll enjoy some wine and still be warm and happy! We'll have sunshine in our hearts!

2016 Domaine les Capreoles 'Chamodere', France ~ $19.99
Domaine Les Capréoles is a 5.5 hectare estate in the Beaujolais Cru of Régnié run by the husband and wife team Cédric and Catherine Lecareux. The estate is over 250 years old and Cédric and Catherine have been running it since 2014, after purchasing 3 hectares of vineyards in Regnie. The  name "Capréoles" comes from the old French word for vine tendrils, symbolizing history and tradition, the natural support of the vine and the connection the estate wishes to make with those who appreciate their work. The estate is practicing organic and the wines are vegan. The Domaine Les Capréoles Chamodère is made from 100% Gamay from 40 year old vines. Most of the grapes (70%) are fermented whole-cluster, with the rest being destemmed, in open tank fermenters. 20% of the wine is aged in 4-6 year old barrels while the rest is aged in concrete tanks. The combination of carbonic maceration and destemmed grapes results in a Régnié with bright red fruit flavors of raspberry, cranberry and red currant. On the palate the wine is fresh and well-structured with silky tannins and a touch of mineral and spice on the long finish. The wines of Domaine Les Capréoles were baptized by Catherine and Cédric Lecareux' children. The four names therefore bear original names ~ Cossinelle, Chamodère, Diaclase and Sous la Croix. 

Cascina Preziosa Costa Della Sesia Vespolina, Italy ~ $34.99
In case you were wondering, Vespolina has no etymological connection with motor-scooters... it is a unique, indigenous variety that was once widespread in Alto Piemonte and is now grown in a tiny area, less than 100 acres. Its decline is not due to lack of character but to low yield and thin skins that bruise and tend to be pierced by insects including wasps, hence its name, Vespolina, or 'little wasp'.In line with Gattinara, Bramaterra, and Lessona, Castellengo was once one of the most important villages of the Alto Piemonte. Historical documents demonstrate that Cascina Preziosa's roots as a founding wine estate in Castellengo date back to the times of Napoleon. Owner Gianni Selva Bonino and Consultant Cristiano Garella have meticulously restored the estate vineyards to their former glory of the early 1900s. Gianni observes organic practices across all 3 hectares and manages his picturesque holdings of Nebbiolo and Vespolina with the utmost attention to detail. Primarily,  Vespolina is a red wine grape variety that plays a very important role in softening the levels of tannins present in other grapes. This is the reason why this red wine grape variety is primarily used as a blending variety with the grapes like Bonarda
 Pietmontese as well as Nebbiolo. On its own, it  is an outrageously delicous red wine. Tart red cherry is punctuated by a black pepper note and a simply irresistable combination of freshness and structure that is perplexing but marvelously thirst-quenching. Perfect for a spring picnic, some charcuterie, an olive ciabatta, a hunk of Italian cheese, and thou...instead of wasps!

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Our 5-part Wine Course, 
"Become a Wine Expert"
begins
Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30 pm
at Savour Wine and Cheese
76 Prospect St., Gloucester
 

 
The class runs for 5 weeks (four Tuesdays in April and 1 in May)

 
$250.00 - or $225.00 if paid in advance when you sign up.  Limited to 12 people - so call 978 282-1455 or email Kathleen, or sign up on line to save your place!

Added bonus - You get 10% off everything at Savour during the 5 weeks you are a "student."
 
Learn How to: 
Make a $10.00 bottle of wine taste like a $40.00 bottle of wine in minutes.  Save as much as 300% on wine in a restaurant.  Choose the best value in a wine store, and save at least 10% on every purchase.  Find a wine that will make both your food and the wine taste better together.
 
"Become a Wine Expert" will show you all of these "tricks of the trade" and more.  The five-part series, taught by Dr. Kathleen Powers Morgan, Ph.D., wine consultant, and author, will lead you step-by-step through the dizzying array of information about wine.
 
After taking the "Become a Wine Expert" course, you will order wine in a restaurant with confidence, enter any wine store and find the right wine at the right price, be able to choose the right wine for any food, and know the best tools for serving and preserving your precious stock.
 
"Become a Wine Expert" shares the insider secrets, gleaned from Dr. Morgan's years of experience with retail shops, four-star restaurants, wine distributors, importers, and wine makers from around the world.
 
This is the best way to learn what you personally like, so you can fully appreciate wine.  It is also perfect for couples and friends who want 
  to enjoy an activity together. Whether you are a complete novice or a seasoned veteran, "Become a Wine Expert" has something for you.
 
 Call Savour at 978 282-1455 to sign up today for only 250.00. ($225.00 if paid in advance). Cost of class includes notebooks and instructional handouts, vintage charts, food, and several high-quality wines, valued at over $700.00, to taste each week.
 
Class series includes: 1) Tasting Wine, proper evaluation of wine using techniques from the Court of Master Sommeliers, 2) White Wine Varietals, 3) Red Wine Varietals, 4) Wine Tips - Storage, Buying, Ordering in a Restaurant, Decanting, Choosing Glassware, Vintages, Proper Serving Temperature, and 5) Wine and Food "taste testing combinations."
 
Instructor - Kathleen P. Erickson, Ph.D.
Certified sommelier and wine educator, wine consultant,
Owner - Savour Wine and Cheese, and
Experienced lecturer on history, culture, and wine.
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Soup's On!
(Bone-broth and soups ready at Savour)!
With the temperatures dipping into the single digits, and the big game ahead, there is no better time for a steaming bowl of soup or nourishing bone broth from Savour's kitchen.  (And, in case you missed it, January was National Soup Month, so if you forgot to observe it, now is your chance)!  Katrina has been busy in the kitchen whipping up some of Savour's classics as well as a few additions.  We just finished a fresh batch of our deliciously warming, slow-cooked, healthy bone broth.  There is nothing better for sipping on a chilly winter day.

 
                           From "Eating Bird Food"

 We also have more of our classic Brunswick Stew (a tomato-based chicken delight) as well as the hearty, rich Tuscan vegetable stew, simmered with the rind of the famous Cravero Parmesan cheese.  And, just because one of our good customers, Lewis, told Katrina he was "craving it," she cooked up a full pot of her Mushroom Barley Flank Steak stew.  Finally, we have a new vegan option with "Three Sisters Black Bean stew."  The "three sisters" of Latin American cooking are corn, beans, and squash (butternut in this case).  All stews are cooled and vacuum-sealed the same day, and frozen in quart-sized mason jars, for absolute freshness.  Find them in our freezer, priced from $14.99 - $18.99.  So - whether you are dining alone, feeding a crowd of Super bowl fans, or taking a night off from cooking dinner for the two of you, these delicious, filling, flavorful soups will satisfy your cravings and warm your soul!


                                                                    From "A Food Centric Life"

We still have some places left for our Mardi Gras dinner this Sunday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.  Chef Matt Beach will be cooking again (Yay!), so we are thrilled to have him running the show in the kitchen.  We also just got an entertainment license, so we have our first musical event (a wonderful jazz trio, Krewe de Roux).  

Please come out and support these incredible local musicians.  In general, all your favorite local retail shops and restaurants absolutely need your support this time of year to survive.  Talking with many other business-owners in our area, this has been the toughest January in many years.  We so appreciate your support and encourage you to frequent other favorite businesses on Cape Ann.  In that spirit, I want to give a shout out to a few great restaurants in our area - Tonno (where we recently had one of the best wine-dinner experiences to be had on Cape Ann (along with C.K. Pearl, where Chef-Owner Patrick Shea continues to outdo himself with innovative, artful fine food) and Cygnet in Beverly Farms, now with new owners, a new executive chef and a great new wine list.  We are so fortunate to have business owners who care to do their best for their customers, so thank you for supporting all of us in the frigid days and nights of New England winter...maybe we should make it WINEter?
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UPCOMING EVENTS~   
Open Sundays now
from 2 - 5 pm
(Closed Mother's Day, though)!
 
 
 
   
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Read the write up of Savour and how it all came to pass in Boston Voyager Magazine!

"Meet Kathleen Powers Morgan"

http://bostonvoyager.com/interview/meet-savour-north-shore/

  

Tuesday - Friday, 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday. 10 am - 7 pm
 Sunday. 2 - 5 pm
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 Enjoy complimentary tastings of 20 unique, artisanal, small-production wines, on our state-of-the-art wine machines, while you shop for wine and gourmet foods.  The wines we offer to taste change regularly so come in often to "try before you buy!"  You can also sample cheeses, meats, chocolate, breads, coffee, and many other treats as you wander our wine boutique, cheese and charcuterie shop, chef's table and our open demonstration kitchen.  We look forward to sharing our great food and wine experience with you.

 

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