Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year's Eve Pairing and Hours

Special New Year's Eve Hours:

Broadway and Lake St. locations are open until 7pm. The French Market will be closing at 6pm. All three locations will be closed on New Year's Day.

This coming Saturday, January 2nd the French Market will be closing at 4pm and our stores on Lake St. and Broadway will be open regular business hours (11am-6pm and 11am-7pm respectively).

The new school term is upon us. A new term of classes start this January and are available online. Due to time constraints our classes are only held at our free-standing stores at Broadway and Lake St.

And now for the pairing. This week we went with something bubbly. A delicious non-vintage Brut from Domaine Saint-Vincent in Albuquerque, NM.

Domaine Saint-Vincent is a sparkling wine produced by the Gruet family. They produce more than one million bottle of French Champagne every year, and the Domaine Saint-Vincent it a second brand of theirs. Made using the Champenoise method where the second fermentation isn't pumped into the wine, but instead happens in the bottle. This wine is dry with a fruity and nutty aroma and a slight earthy undertones.

While you could pair the DSV with a variety of soft, creamy cheeses (St. Marcellin, St. Felicien, Nancy's Camembert to name a few) Delice du Jura is our selection this week. If you are familiar with Reblochon de Savoie you are going to love this cheese. This pasteurized little cousin from the Haute-Jura region of France has a mild buttery flavor with hints of mushrooms and pasture. A definite crowd pleasing cheese!

From Ken, Greg, Jan, Cesar and all of the other hard-working, fun-loving, cheese-adoring, wine-"sampling", bread-baking, meat-slicing, sandwich-making, behind the counter dancing, cookie "quality control" staff we'd like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!

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