February Featured Items

Wines of the Month

Cantele Chardonnay   – From the Puglia region of Italy, made from 100% Chardonnay grapes.  This wine is straw yellow with hints of green in color.  On the nose there are notes of lily, magnolia, juniper, and linden which are followed by ripe fruit and seductive herbaceous aromas.  On the palate the alcoholic structure and freshness in this wine reward the wine lover with its drinkability and approachability.  Its rich finish mirrors its aromas with great balance.  This wine pairs well with seafood, particularly mollusks and shellfish, vegetables, and soft cheeses.

Cantele Salice Salentino Riserva – From the Puglia region of Italy, made from 100% Negroamaro grapes.  This wine is intense ruby red in color with streaks of garnet.  On the nose there are candied fruits and spices that evolve into clean underbrush, tea, and amber notes.  The aromas return on the palate transported by confident but not overbearing alcohol enhanced by notes of red flowers.  The tannins and fresh acidity work in counterpoint to create a balanced, soft wine.  The wine pairs well with roast veal and beef, game, lamb, and ripe aged cheeses.

Cheese of the Month

Smith’s Farm Gouda – from Winchendon, Massachusetts.  This gouda rivals any made in Netherlands.  It has the same mild taste, creamy texture and small, bubbly eyes.  It is an excellent dessert cheese and is also great for cooking as it melts beautifully.

Pasta of the Month

Mediterranean Ravioli – Encased is spinach pasta, this ravioli is a rich blend of roasted eggplant, roasted red peppers, sundried tomatoes, black olives, basil, and feta cheese.