Bottle Shock

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer

No, I’m not referencing the movie. It’s a situation that occurs more often than I think most realize; and I have not seriously contemplated it until recently. I was tasting wine with a distributor prior to the holidays and he mentioned having a wine that he was very excited to try, only to open it and find it almost undrinkable – not flawed, just a lot of nothing.
After discussing the missing fruit, structure and aromatics… read more

An Italian Thanksgiving

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

As we descend into retail holiday insanity, I wanted to a brief moment to reflect on this time of celebration.  I think the Thanksgiving meal, while culturally historic, really transcends the pilgrims and Native Americans.  Thanksgiving is a time to come together with family and friends, 
share a meal and create memories for which we can continue to be thankful. 
This has been a year of many changes for me –career… read more

Thanksgiving Wines

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

With Thanksgiving Day fast approaching, I’m sure most of you have planned your holiday meal; but what about the wine? Well, rest assured, we are here to help. There are an infinite number of family menu traditions when it comes to Thanksgiving; but I think there are a few mainstays on which we can rely: Turkey (or fowl of some kind), potatoes in some form, stuffing and gravy. I know there are a multitude of variations on… read more

Thankful for Cheese

by Alexander Kast in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Cheese

I am a happy man and I have lots to be thankful for.  I am lucky for having a great family, for my good health and to have one of the coolest jobs one can think of.  Not many people have the joy of selling a product you feel so adamantly about, much less love.  Few get to develop such long lasting relationships as this ‘career’ path has provided. 
Cheese has brought me to London to work at the amazing Neal’s Yard Dairy… read more

Cheese Plates…how to make your guests gush over your selection and display

by Alexander Kast in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Cheese

This past weekend I taught a class at the wonderful TerraVITA Event in Chapel Hill, an amazing culinary education seminar highlighting sustainable and local food & beverage.  The event is organized for Colleen Mitten, whom I have to give a big high five for orchestrating such a fabulous get together (big ups to Breana Lai Beck and Amanda Miller as well)!  Every year it gets better and better.
 I had the great opportunity… read more

An Evening with Krug

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Cheese, Wine & Beer

On Monday evening Southern Season hosted an evening with Champagne Krug.  We were honored to have in attendance Ian Cauble, US Ambassador for Champagne Krug, to walk attendees through four of these exceptional wines.  Krug is one of the world’s most iconic Champagnes; and you will easily find that most people readily remember and share their first time tasting the wine.
The House of Krug was established in 1848… read more

It’s time to get cozy with Gruyere!

by Alexander Kast in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Cheese

In my opinion, fall is the best time of the year.  The food selection is still plump from the summer and it’s perfectly acceptable to prepare big, savory, heavier dishes.  With Thanksgiving less than a month away, we all could use some new ideas on what to bring to the table and impress our friends & family!
Starting Nov 1st, the cheese counter will have a stellar Gruyere available for just $14.99 LB (while supplies… read more

Tuscany, Italy

by Elizabeth Cooper in Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Cheese, Wine & Beer, Cheese, Wine & Beer

While making our way around Tuscany our ‘home base’ for those few days was Fattoria Casabianca (http://www.fattoriacasabianca.it/), a quaint agrotourismo outside the picturesque town of Caschina in Murlo. Casabianco is a family owned farm/vineyard/winery that produces a line of Chiantis in and around the foothills of Montalcino.
This evocative, timeless landscape hosts five 13th century farmhouses,… read more