Thursday, May 6, 2010 and cheese

This week we're visiting a B&B. Cheese from Britain and Beer from Belgium.

Harbourne Blue from Devon is a pasteurized goat's milk blue. Currently it is the only goat blue in Britain. Our wheels of Harbourne have a rich floral flavor with slight sweetness. A little bit of pepper flavor with a long finish, a spiciness that comes with blue cheese, and a tang that comes from goat's milk. Easily one of our favorite blues.

When beer buyer Xian was describing Saison Dupont to the staff the other day he used four words. Spicy, complex, fruity and floral. Saison Dupont from Tourpes, Belgium is all of these things of course but Saison beers have an interesting history behind them. Traditionally brewed in the autumn and winter months when the weather was at optimum temperature for fermentation. The beer had to have enough alcohol to preserve the beer until the next brewing, and still be thirst-quenching enough to satisfy during the hot summer months. Spicy, complex, fruity and floral. Come in this weekend and taste for yourself.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Tastings This Week

Wine tastings and discounts and salumi!

For our French Market customers, this Thursday (5/6) we are having a free wine tasting from 5-7pm. In addition to tasting some delicious wines, our wine buyer Jamie will be on hand to answer any wine queries you may have.

Are you loopy for the Loop location? Friday (5/7) from 5-7pm we're having our free wine tasting at our Lake St. store. Tasty treats to help you start the weekend right!

Do you love Lakeview? Thursdays in the month of May we are extending a discount to our Broadway store customers. Here's how you can make it work for you: Purchase cheese and wine on one receipt you will get 10% off your total purchase. That's it. The discount is only valid on Thursdays and only at our store on Broadway.

Is encased meat your thing? If so, you're going to want to be at our Lake St. location this coming Saturday (5/8) from 3-5pm for a demo with the talented artisan salumi makers at Creminelli. Can't decide if you want to try the wild boar or the truffle? Make your mouth and your tummy happy by tasting both!

We would like to wish Cesar Bon Voyage as he takes off today for a two week tour in Europe. Meeting up with Daphne and Marcel for some Comte talk (and tasting), tasting wines of France and Spain and a possible detour to Morocco. We can't wait to see your pictures and hear all your stories!