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Here is a list of what is coming up at Savour Wine and Cheese in the next few weeks
Come See the New Savour Wine and Cheese!

 

76 Prospect St., Gloucester, MA 01930

978 282-1455

  Come and visit us  at the corner of Pleasant and Prospect St., across from St. Ann's church. 

Parking located behind our store!  

New Winter Hours
 
Sunday - Closed
Monday - Closed
Tuesday  - 11 am - 6 pm
Wednesday - 11 am -6 pm
Thursday - 11am - 6 pm
Friday - 11 am - 6 pm
Saturday - 11 am - 6 pm (tastings 2-5)
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First Event of the Year:
"Tuscany in a Glass"

Tuscany Wine Seminar with Kathleen
and Italian Wine Ambassador, Ciro Pirone
 
Thursday, January 30
6 - 8 pm
$50.00 per person
All wines featured discounted 10%

Appetizers, Cheese and Charcuterie and 9 incredible wines from the soul of Italy, Tuscany

 "You will gain an in-depth understanding of Tuscany's cultural heritage and traditions, Sangiovese being the major grape of Tuscany by traveling thru Chianti Classico, Montalcino, Montepulciano as well as demistyfing the SuperTuscans, so loved but still so misunderstood. Ultimately a great opportunity to become a Tuscany expert and a more educated wine buyer!"
                                                         Ciro

For those of you who atteneded our wine dinner featuring the food and wines of Campania, you know how knowledgable, charming, and funny Ciro can be.  He really is one of the most well-versed and engaging wine educators I have ever met.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best.  Bring a few friends along and make it a great night!
 
Call Savour at 978 282-1455 to sign up.  We have a limited number of seats, so don't wait!
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This Saturday, we have a special treat - tasting Portuguese wines with Augusto Gabriel - a Portuguese native and world-class wine expert.  (These wines represent some of the best values in fine wine today).
 
Saturday, Jan. 25
2 - 5 pm
 
complimentary!  - $5.00 suggested donation 
to Pathways for Children
                                                     
Wines of Portugal with Augusto Gabriel
Saturday, January 25th
from 2 to 5 pm
 
  
 
Join us tomorrow as Augusto Gabriel will offer detailed information about the Portuguese wine region: the history as well as the indigenous grape varieties and the rules and laws of Portuguese wine.
 
Augusto was born in Portugal and has resided in the United States for over 30 years. For 20 years he has traveled throughout all the Portuguese wine regions. He has met, discussed, and studied this wine sector in detail with leading wine personalities across the country. He is recognized in the wine industry circles as one of the leading Portuguese wine experts. We always enjoy a visit from Augusto (who just recently married by the way - so come raise a glass in celebration)! We first met at an extraordinary wine dinner hosted by Chef Patrick Shea at C.K. Pearl. I found him so very informative and engaging, we invited him here. These wines represent several different regions in Portugal and no one knows them better than Augusto. Don't miss a chance to learn a bit from him and enjoy the wonderful bounty of Portuguese wine country.
 
Ruelas Alvarinho/Loureiro, Vinho Verde Region, 2018, $14.99
 A blend of 50% Alvarinho and 50% Loureiro. Tropical aromas with an elegant mineral profile. Vibrant acidity, well-balanced with a delicate finish. The grapes are subjected to a carbonic maceration, followed by destemming, crushing and pressing before being decanted and fermented.  Aged 4 months in stainless steel vats. This is a classic, bright, crisp Vinho Verde. It is wonderful with oysters and delicate fish such as grey sole or flounder. Mouthwatering and bursting with lime zest, it is a great aperitif. Start your night with a plate of Island Creek oysters, a spritz of lemon and and the Ruelas beside you!
 
Foral Alvarinho "Old Vines", Vinho Verde Region, 2018 - $17.99
From the Quinta Do regueiro Estate. This is 100% Alvarinho from old vines, organically farmed. Complex with great balance and a lingering finish - the mark of a great wine. Citrus, green apple and floral scents with a tropical background. Full bodied with fresh vibrant acidity.
 A combination of ripe golden stone fruits lead to a rich, yellow and gold-fruited palate. With real flavor authority, the wine still shows loads of freshness and a nicely dry finish, perhaps a bit more so than the ebullient nose might suggest. The grapes are organically grown in the Vinho Verde sub-region of Melgaço and Monçao on granite soils. This expressive, more serious style of Vinho Verde is delicious as an aperitif or accompanied by your favorite grilled fishes and shellfish.
 
 Ruelas Reserva Red, Lisboa Region, 2018 - $14.99
 Quinta do Gradil makes several exciting wines from the country's central, Lisboa region, but Ruelas Reserva deserves special attention. Comprised of Syrah, Touriga Nacional and Petit Verdot, it has heady aromas of red and black fruits, spice box and a whiff of new leather. The mouth feel is soft, generous and warm. Ripe black cherry, blackberry and plum flavors and rich tannins are countered by hints of cinnamon and a lengthy mineral-laden finish. It is one of those rare wines that we can point to when someone asks us for a wine that tastes like a twenty dollar bottle but only costs fifteen. At our "bin" price, it makes sense to buy this one by the case and pour yourself a glass whenever you are serving something meaty. Wine Enthusiast Magazine awarded it 88 points and named it a Best Buy.
 
Fonte do Ouro Tinto, 2016 - $14.99
The winemaker, Nuno Cancela de Abreu, was born into a family with over 130 years of farming tradition, in a property located in the wine region of Dão. Nuno is representative of the 4th generation of the Cancela de Abreu family. Despite his high academic background, the influence of his family was the key element in pursuing a career in winemaking.  It was in the harvest of 2010 that he decided to dedicate all his experience in viticulture and winemaking exclusively to the Boas Quintas project in order to develop it in a sustainable way. In 1991, a new vineyard was planted and the brands "Quinta da fonte do Ouro" and "Quinta da Giesta" were born. Nuno is always striving for initiatives that will allow him to create high quality wines with distinctive character and personality.  Half Touriga Nacional, this structured wine, with its nine months in wood, has spice and touches of toast as well as a firm mineral texture. All these elements mean the wine, with the addition of Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro and Jaen to the blend, will age well.  Ruby color, blackcurrant and cherry aromas. The freshness on the palate is complemented by smooth and elegant  tannins, which are typical of the Dão wines. Very smooth, pleasant and persistent. Goes well with red meat and oven roasts.  

Dona Maria "Amantis" Reserva Red, Alentejo Region, 2014 - $24.99 
 50% Aragonez, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Alicante Bouschet,  and 15% Syrah.  The grapes are picked manually and then destemmed, crushed and transferred into temperature-control (23ºC - 25ºC) stainless steel tanks where they ferment for 10 days. Aging Two years in 6-month old oak barrels, 60% French 40% American.  Complex red berries, toasted, with notes of overripe plums. Rich red berry flavor with great persistence. Balanced and well-rounded with a good structure that will allow it to age well. Beautiful, dark ruby color. Very complex mix of ripe raspberries and blackberries. A very elegant wine, with silky tannins and a very long finish. This is a powerful but elegant velvet-toned red. Delicious with grilled pork, beef, or lamb.

 
 
 
 
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Now for the Thanksgiving picks!
 
This was the Thanksgiving feast I made the last time we did the "group style" where I cooked while a friend hosted.  We are doing the group style again this year and serving the classic Thanksgiving foods, but with a slight twist with a brisket cooked sous vide for 3 days (medium rare), then charred on the Green Egg ceramic grill and the famous Blue Mesa corn pudding.  Here is my recipe for the corn pudding if you are looking for something everyone will love!
 
Corn Pudding
 
2.5 lbs. of cooked corn kernels
1 pt. half and half
8 oz. of butter, softened
1 c. flour
1 c. sugar
1 t. cracked black pepper
1/2 t. salt
8 eggs (separated)
 
Puree butter and sugar together in food processor. Add corn and half and half and continue processing until smooth. Set aside. Whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Place corn mixture in mixing bowl - add flour, salt, pepper, and egg yolks. Mix. Fold in egg whites. Place in greased baking dish and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until center of soufflé is set.  Serve warm, garnished with chopped scallions and sour cream.
 
 
At Savour Wine and Cheese, we specialize in pairing great food with interesting, unique wines from around the world.  This time of year, everyone is wondering what wines are best to serve with their Thanksgiving feast. Whether a traditional turkey with all the trimmings or a more unconventional choice such as pheasant or quail, the flavors so loved in the fall season present unique challenges for the wine connoisseur.  

Most poultry, particularly turkey and chicken, have a rather light taste and should be treated as "blank canvases."  The wine choices therefore are based on the flavors in the sauces and the side dishes that make Thanksgiving so inviting and comforting. We call those "extras" the bridge ingredients as they help form a unified taste between the main dish and the wine.  Herbal notes of sage, thyme, and rosemary in the vegetables and gravy require herbaceous wines while sweet flavors of corn, butternut squash, sweet potatoes and cranberries require fruit-forward wines to enhance their caramel notes.  

You may choose sparkling and still wines as well as red and white, as long as the wines have good acid structure and low tannins.  Shimmering Rieslings and velvety Pinot Noirs come to mind.  These are classics, but there are many other interesting choices too.

 Here are some of my favorites:
(But this is only the beginning.  Please ask for personal  sugggestions when you come in!)
                                                      
 
Kir-Yianni Akakies Sparkling Rose 2018, $22.99

"The 2018 Akakies Sparkling Rosé, tasted about two months after bottling, is a 100% Xinomavro bottled January 31, 2019. It is made with the Charmat method. Showing a bit of that Xinomavro earthiness, this surrounds the fruit with lush texture, but this is pretty laid-back this year. It tastes great, though, and it is certainly in a crowd-pleasing style. The Xinomavro nuances allow it to be a little interesting too." (Wine Advocate) Deep bright rose color. Overabundant bubbles pointing out the wonderful smells of Xinomavro.   Rich mousse, explosive aromatic character, refreshing and balanced. A stylish dry sparkling rosé. This is a great addition to your Thanksgiving celebration. It serves well as an aperitif, as your hungry guests arrive, served with appetizers and soft cheeses, works well with the turkey and cranberry during the meal and has enough fruit to go along with dessert.  The Market restaurant in Annisquam featured it throughout the summer to rave reviews. This is a fun wine to enjoy with cherished friends and family throughout the new year.
 
Horst Sauer Silvaner Escherndorfer Trocken Franken, 2015 - $18.99
 
Weingut Horst Sauer is famous in Franken and around the world for its exceptional dry, minerally wines, crafted by Horst Sauer alongside his daughter, Sandra.  Horst is particularly devoted to his noble sweet wines, like his sublime, creamy Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese.  Sandra Sauer joined the family business in 2004, bringing energy and momentum to the wine making process, as well as expertise in marketing.  In 2006, their winemaking facilities were completely modernized in order to streamline their production.  Today, they continue to produce internationally honored wines that are vastly enjoyable to drink.   100% silvaner from the Escherndorfer Lump Vineyards, this wine shines with the characteristic dry minerality of the grape, hand-harvested at high-altitude steep vineyards. Escherndorf am Lumpen: These plots are located on the steepest slopes of the Escherndorfer Lump-they are so steep, in fact, that they would be ideal for ski jumping! The soil is pure and planted with vines over 30 years old. If you are looking for a dry, flinty white with enough aromatics to meld with your New England Thanksgiving flavors, this is a great one to try - at an exceptional price too!
 
Couly Dutheil's Les Chanteaux 2018, $27.99
 rare Chenin Blanc from Chinon 
 
 
 

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