It is a time that every winemaker anticipates—a culmination of a year in the vineyard at the mercy of Mother Nature. Every year brings new gifts, new problems and new questions. For the wine lover and/or collector, it is important to have some knowledge of the vintage to assist you in your purchases.
Here is a quick overview of the 2013 vintage across the world:
In California overall, 2013 was a good, solid vintage.… read more
The holidays are upon us! Take arms cheesemongers, take arms! To your posts! Defend your counters!
Oh, wait… no, don’t do that. I must confess, it’s pretty easy for a monger to get caught up in the rush and push of the holiday hustle and bustle and forget that we in fact are at the helm of what makes the holiday experience so special! Nowhere else in specialty food can you find such exciting seasonal varieties than… read more
Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time of year, where friend and family can gather together for a delicious homemade meal, rehash the past and share stories of what makes us thankful for this year. I have found talking with friend and coworkers that traditions for this holiday run the spectrum. Many do the “anti turkey” holiday, many opt for dining out rather than staying home and many have their holiday catered (this… read more
Rush Creek Reserve by Uplands Farm, Wisconsin
Located in a region of Wisconsin called the Driftless Area, the picturesque Uplands Farm sits amongst 300 acres of rolling Midwestern hills. Their herd consists of nine different breeds of cattle. Larger breeds, like Brown Swiss and Holstein, have been crossed with more specialized breeds like Tarentaise and Jersey, creating the perfect closed herd… read more
Can you believe it’s already October? Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to say goodbye to the summer, but good Lord! Where does the time go? Fall is officially here and the gentler weather is rapidly approaching!! The leaves on the trees have begun to change from green to gold, the southern air is suddenly not quite so humid and the nighttime winds encourage you to bring a sweater when going out for the evening. Much like… read more
Get to know the Chef(s)
Upcoming cookbook signing: 10/4 3:00 PM
What are your top 5 kitchen tools?
Cast-iron skillet, chef’s knife, sturdy tongs, microplane grater, commercial-grade manual citrus juicer
What is your favorite culinary destination?
What smell evokes a wonderful memory?
The aroma of peanuts boiling.
What do you have that is interesting in your refrigerator?
When… read more
I recently reconnected with an old friend of “wine.” About five years ago, I worked covering the southeastern region for an import company out of New York that specialized in Hungarian and Italian wines (talk about a hard day’s work….) and tucked in that portfolio were some French, German, Spanish selections as well. In fact, the whole portfolio was full of gems. One of those little “gems” was a winery… read more
Beaufort you pick up that piece of Gruyère or Comté, do read the following post and choose wisely.
September will be a fun-filled month for cheese! There are many, many new cheeses to choose from at the counter, and as autumn and the holidays approach, that selection will only get better and better!
Here are a few we’ll feature for your tasting pleasure in September:
September for many cheesemongers marks the… read more
Cooler weather is upon us. This seasonal milestone marks the kids returning to school and the dog days of summer coming to an end. In store, we are preparing for some fantastic upcoming events. We will begin a month long food and wine promotion for September, with each week celebrating the wonderful marriage of wine and food. Each weekly Fridays Uncorked will focus on this unique union, and on September 7th we… read more
I am so excited to host one of my favorite people at one of our most popular wine classes. On September 7th, in Chapel Hill, and September 9th, in Mount Pleasant, we will be hosting Trish Rogers and R. Stuart Winery. Trish, who splits her time between the winery in Oregon and her home in Ireland, will be teaching Zing: Food and Wine Togetherness.
Trish, my favorite fiery Irish redhead is, quite simply, the instigator… read more