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Here is a list of what is coming up at Savour Wine and Cheese in the next few weeks
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Saturday Tasting with the owner of Main Street Wines - Harry Z
 
Saturday, September 8
2- 5 p.m.
  
complimentary!
($5.00 suggested donation to Pathways for Children)
 
                                                                                                         
Transition. The flow from summer into fall, summer fun into fall school days, rose and white to red, and barbecue to braising and baking. Soon, the birds won't be what wake us, and we'll be traveling home from work as the sun sets, but for now we'll still have a few of those last gifts of the season, where we can enjoy dinner on the deck, another day, maybe one more on the beach, before we start the strolls in the woods with our sweaters and a picnic and a dog or two, the happy knowledge that it's white wine season, red wine season, and still rose season! Why not? the world is our oyster, and our Champagne, and our Chateauneuf du Pape, and oh so much more! The possibilities are endless!
Happy September!
 
~ Katrina
 
 

                                                                                                  
2017 Vieil Orme, Sauvignon Blanc, Loire, France ~ $13.99
The Val de Loire, also known as Valley of the Kings or Jardin de France (France's backyard) is a region of great history recognized by the UNESCO for its arts, its Renaissance castles and of course its local wines. The Domaine du Vieil Orme was created in 1804 in Saint Julien-de-Chédon, a tiny village located a few miles away from the famous Chenonceau castle, with each generation leaving its legacy~ Laurent Benoist's great-grand father acquired the vineyards, his grand father started bottling the wine and his father developed a thorough knowledge of the terroir. Today, Nicolas Benoist and his wife, Estelle, take meticulous care of the 45 acres estate, and since 2009, make every effort to develop sustainable viticultural methods, focusing on sustainable farming by reducing the amount of chemicals used in the vineyards, allowing the grass to grow between the rows, green harvesting, etc.
Winery note: "Nice straw colour with green hues. The nose is dominated by aromas of quince and ripe tropical fruits: passion fruit, mango, litchi. On the palate, floral notes as well as vanilla and almond. Rounded mouth-feel and long finish."
 
2017 Estrela, Albarino, Spain ~ $17.99
This wine comes from Rias Baixas, a leading white wine producing region 
in northwestern Spain, hugging the border with northern Portugal. Across the border, literally on the opposite bank of the river, the grape is called "alvarinho" and is the principal grape used in vinho verde wines, although the Portuguese also use the grape to make whites similar to their Spanish neighbors. Rias Baixas is known for whites in a similar way Rioja is for Spanish reds. The vineyard that provides grapes for this effort is located in the O Rosal Valley, one of the five sub-areas of the Rías Baixas Denomination, and is characterized by very special wines. 
This is a delightful wine...fragrant aroma of fresh apples, citrus and tropical fruit, with a hint of white flowers. Crisp, refreshing and full-bodied on the palate with delightful flavors of apricot, pear, and lemon with a beautiful finish of aromatic honeysuckle. I love this wine as much as I love the word honeysuckle. Did I say Delightful?
 
2016 La Ferme du Mont Blanc, Roussanne, Marsanne, Viognier, Grenache Blanc, Clairette, Rhone, France ~ $18.99 
The region from whence this wine hails,
is dominated by a rocky peak, with a warm, dry climate, which is nonetheless modified by the influence of the powerful mistral wind. The combination of these factors permits an environmentally friendly approach to viticulture, with minimum intervention. Owner and Winemaker Stéphane Vedeau and his team have vineyards that, since 2011, are being farmed using 100% Biodynamic farming techniques. Prior to that, they were farmed using self sustaining farming practices, without the use of any pesticides or chemicals(except for disease). In 2014, they earned the certification of Agriculture Biologique. Exquisitely made, this white Rhone blend is a crisp, bright, succulent and fruity wine with exotic aromas of tropical fruit and flowers. 
 
2016 Les Copains, Grolleau, Loire, France 
~ 18.99
Christine and Joel Menard have been making wine in the heart of the Coteaux du Layon AOC for more than thirty years. They produce an outstanding array of wines from Cabernet Franc, Grolleau, Gamay and Chenin Blanc. They practice biodynamic methods in their 13-hectares of vines. Christine and Joel run their domain to very exacting standards and as a result they produce stunning, natural wines-without employing artificial yeasts. The grapes are harvested by hand and destemmed before a very short maceration, which lasts only two weeks, the wine then rests in tank before being bottled. The wines from Sablonnettes are not chaptalized or filtered, these wines are vibrantly alive! On the nose there's cherry and plum, on the palate there's lots of dark red fruit, with enough acidity and minerality to make it, as Kathleen would say, "Jazzy!". 
 
2015 La Ferme du Mont Rouge, Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Rhone, France ~ $18.99
From 25- to 55-year-old vines, this Côtes du Rhône  is raised mostly in concrete tanks, with 12% in old demi-muids. This wine is always a stunning value. Expect the 2016 to be true to form, with creme de cassis, rich blueberry and blackb
erry, spring flowers and hints of wild herbs and floral aspects. Pair this with grilled beef tenderloin in a
 reduction of fresh blueberries, balsamic 
and rosemary.
 
2016 The Navigator, CA~ 22.99
Alluvial soils of Napa were laid down more than 150,000 years ago as the seas swept over this rich geographic area.  
Navigator "honors the fearless sea captains who conquered these oceans and whose spirit of exploration and adventure led to extraordinary discoveries of the past and, to this day, inspire unforgettable memories." 
Sourced from multiple vineyards across California, the Navigator Cabernet Sauvignon is a complex yet easy drinking wine. The wine has a dark purple color with flavors of black currant, blackberry, black cherry and licorice.
Flavors of dark red fruit with notes of baking spice and cocoa envelop the palate and lead to a soft yet lengthy finish.
 
2015 Octopoda, Cabernet Franc, CA  ~ $19.99
 Some of the best Cabernet Francs produced in California are regarded for their profound elegance and aromatics.  The only problem is that finding a great one, and at a reasonable price is about as rare as spotting a mythical sea creature.  And, there's a reason that Cabernet Franc grapes are in higher demand and cost more on average then Cabernet Sauvignon. When carefully selected and produced, they can rival some of the best Cabernet Sauvignons out there.  Case and point, this one is really special and sucks you in...
From a single vineyard North of Calistoga, the 2015 Octopado Cabernet Franc is oozes deep black fruits, licorice, black stone fruit and graphite with structured yet soft tannins. Aged 14 months in oak, this is a barbecue wine to grace those succulent steaks. Now that's Surf & Turf!!!
 
~Katrina and Kathleen~
 
 
 
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OUR Fall SCHEDULE 
TUES~FRI  11 ~ 7
SATURDAY 10 ~ 7
SUNDAY 2 ~ 5

 CLOSED MONDAYS

 
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Our 5-part Wine Course, 
"Become a Wine Expert"
begins
Tuesday, October 2 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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