What’s In a Bottle?

by Chris Holaday in Wine & Beer

Though glass blowing has been around since ancient Roman times, wine was usually carried and stored in clay jugs called amphorae. At the time, fragile and expensive glass, more often reserved for the serving of wine. Eventually, after production techniques improved, glass was found to be a good medium for storing wine since it didn’t affect taste.
One challenge with early glass was its strength. Wine wasn’t so… read more

National Crab Day

by Jill Warren Lucas in Wine & Beer, Recipes

We wanted to share an expert’s perspective on the March 9th observance of National Crab Day. Lucky for us, there’s one just down the road from our flagship store in Chapel Hill.
Bill Smith is the longtime chef of Crook’s Corner, which has the distinct honor of being named an American Classic Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation. A native of New Bern, North Carolina, where he grew up catching crabs and shucking… read more

National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day

by Jill Warren Lucas in Wine & Beer, Recipes, Specialty Grocery

Mark Overbay is deeply amused by the notion of March 1 being National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day.
“For me, that’s like having a National Oxygen Lover’s Day,” quips the founder of Big Spoon Roasters, a maker of artisan nut butters in Durham, North Carolina. “Peanut butter has always been, and will always be, a staple of my existence!”
Overbay just celebrated the fifth anniversary of his company,… read more

Pure Parmesan

by Jill Warren Lucas in Wine & Beer, Recipes, Specialty Grocery, Cheese

At Southern Season, when you buy a chunk of Parmesan cheese, you get 100 percent premium Italian cheese chosen by our Cheesemonger in Residence to deliver exceptional flavor and quality. “We’ve heard from customers who are concerned about reports of wood pulp in some commercial brands of pre-packaged grated cheese,” says Dany Schutte, who is based at Southern Season’s Richmond, Virginia, store. “We… read more

Who Doesn’t Love Peter Rabbit?

by Chris Holaday in Wine & Beer, Recipes, Specialty Grocery, Cheese, Learn

Some of the most beloved characters in all of children’s literature are those created by Beatrix Potter. This year, we celebrate the 150 anniversary of the birth of this author and illustrator in London. Perhaps her most famous work was The Tale of Peter Rabbit, published in 1902. She followed that with many other popular Tales, including those of Benjamin Bunny, Jemima Puddle, the Flopsy Bunnies and many others.… read more

Warm Up Your Winter With Chili

by Chris Holaday in Wine & Beer, Recipes, Specialty Grocery, Cheese, Learn, Learn, Recipes

Macaroni and cheese, meatloaf, fried chicken–we love our comfort food but on a cold winter day, nothing warms quite like a bowl full of steaming chili. Formally called “chili con carne,” the stew-like dish that originated as a blend of dried chile peppers and beef is one of the country’s most popular comforting meals (in one form or another) from coast to coast.
No one knows for sure when and how chili originated… read more

A Sparkling Toast to Start the Year

by Chris Holaday in Wine & Beer, Recipes, Specialty Grocery, Cheese, Learn, Learn, Recipes, Wine & Beer

Whether you’re staying in and having a quiet New Year’s Eve or going out to party, popping open a bottle of bubbly as the clock ticks midnight has become a tradition worldwide. Once seen as the luxurious drink of aristocrats, sparkling wines have been the celebratory beverage of choice at parties and momentous occasions for centuries.
Not to get too much into the science of why sparkling wines sparkle, but the cause… read more

Celebrate The Holidays With Beer

by Chris Holaday in Wine & Beer, Recipes, Specialty Grocery, Cheese, Learn, Learn, Recipes, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer

If you’re into beer, your beverage of choice on a hot July day is not going to be the same one you reach for on cold, dark December evening. You may love your IPAs and light lagers, but winter is the time of year to branch out and try some heartier brews that are perfect for the season.
Cool weather brings the arrival of beers from around the world that are often maltier and darker with less hops. Many also have higher levels of… read more

The Grape That Reigns Supreme

by Chris Holaday

In the world of red wine, Cabernet Sauvignon has long been the king. The dark ruby-colored wine made from arguably the most famous grape variety in the world is the stuff of legend. Wine drinkers covet it and pay big money to invest in the latest offerings from First Growth Bordeaux, like Chateau Mouton Rothschild. But top wines from the new world bring high dollars as well. Check out the prices for bottles from some of Screaming… read more

Fall Flavors

by Charlotte Myer in Wine & Beer, Recipes, Specialty Grocery, Cheese, Learn, Learn, Recipes, Wine & Beer, Wine & Beer, Specialty Grocery

The air is getting cooler and the pumpkin spice lattes are being served, which can only mean one thing: fall is officially here.  Truth be told, I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with fall.  I love how beautiful the colors are when the leaves are turning, and I’m a sucker for weather in which I can wrap myself up in a big scarf, but I absolutely adore the long, hot days of summer so the changing of the seasons… read more