North Shore MA Family Outing: Henry’s 4th Annual Oktoberfest

Hey there,

Thanks to John Grange for another great line-up of Wines on Saturday. He never fails to disappoint with his book and we are grateful to have him.

Beer month continues with Oktoberfest being held at the Wenham Tea House this year for the first time. This will enable us to have areal Beer Garten, lots of good authentic food, an Oompa Band and of course, great Beer and Wine. This will begin at 2:00pm. Saturday and go until 5pm.

Gulla wines will be here to taste us on great Southern Italian wines(Primarily from Calabria) and a very good Prosecco. This will be from 2:30-5:30 as usual and we look forward to seeing you here.

No Beer tasting this week
but Next Thursday we will have a Beer and Mead tasting, check out the New Beer Arrivals for more details.

And lastly, The Mayflower Beer Dinner was a resounding success, well attended and Quite delicious. Thanks to all who attended and keep an eye out for more of these in the future.  

Fun Wine Fact:
Gaglioppo is a somewhat hardy grape, able to survive the hot, dry conditions of Calabria but still susceptible to a few fungal diseases.  It’s unusual in that it has fairly thick skins but isn’t particularly tannic. It was thought for many years that Gaglioppo, like Calabria’s first king, was an import from Greece, but recent DNA evidence doesn’t seem to support that interpretation.  In an article from 2008, a team of researchers found that Gaglioppo (along with a host of other Italian grapes) likely has a parent-offspring relationship with Sangiovese.  The writing in that article is pretty dense, but from what I can gather, their DNA analysis seems to indicate that Sangiovese is likely one of the two parents for Gaglioppo, which means thatGaglioppo is likely native to Italy and not a Greek import at all.  Fringewine.blogspot.com

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Thank you all,

Gino and the Staff at the Wine Cellar.

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