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Good day to you all,

Well we’ve survived another Holiday, and now we just have to survive this hearty Winter until Spring comes along. One way to help you do that are our Weekly Beer (Thursday) and Wine (Saturday) tastings, and if that’s not enough, We’ve started a 5 part class series for Wine on Wednesday nights. Last Wednesday was well attended, so much so that we have outgrown the space at the Wine Cellar, but luckily we have the Wenham Tea House to use,and so we have plenty of space if you would like to attend.

You don’t have to worry about missing the first class or any other class, each class holds it own distinction and interest. My good friend and mentor Alex DeWinter will be on hand to teach us about Italian wine this weekHis passion and Knowledge is fantastic, and his company Winebow is one of the top importers of Italian Wine so we will have some great wines to taste as we look at multiple regions for an overview of this great wine producing country.

Today is the second Wednesday Wine Class and if you don’t know what I’m talking about look below:

Wednesdays starting February 12th. to March 12th.

Cost is $25.00 per class, $40.00 for the 5th and final class, food and wine pairing with 

Wenham Tea House Chef Peter Capalbo.  

Also, 10% discount on any wine tasted during the class.     

E-mail the Wine Cellar at info@henryswinecellar.com to reserve space.

978-524-0300 

Class # 1-  

Wine tasting 101: $25.00 

February 12th – 6:30-7:30pm.

In this class we will go over the aspects of how to taste wine, including the visual, aroma or nose and all aspects of the palate or mouth feel, Also Blind tasting wine.

 

Class # 2 – Italian Wine with Alex DeWinter: $25.00

February 19th – 6:30 – 8pm.

Alex was my boss at Grill 23 Restaurant in Boston and while he was there as Wine Director oversaw the expansion of the list to 1600 + selections. He is passionate about Italian wine and presently works for one of the best importers of Italian wine in America, Leonardo Locascio of Winebow. This should be a fun and informative class.

 

Class # 3 – French Wine with Keith O’Gorman: $25.00

February 26th – 6:30 – 8pm.

Picking wines from 6 different regions of France, we will study the nuance of these wines as well going over how to read labels from each area we cover.

 

Class # 4 – West Coast of America with Morgan Melkonian-Jerome: $25.00

March 5th – 6:30 – 8pm.

Though there are many places in the U.S. that produce wine the 3 most prevalent are Washington, Oregon and California, we will pick a white and red from these states and go over the differing style and terrior. Morgan Melkonian-Jerome, former assistant wine director at Grill 23 and Wine education director of Peter Michael Winery in Knights Valley, Sonoma will be on hand to clarify the nuances of these wines.

 

Class # 5 – Food & Wine Pairing with Chef Peter Capalbo

March 12th. Beginning at 6pm. – $40.00

Along with myself (Gino) Chef Peter Capalbo will prepare some of his delicious dishes and we will taste different wines along with food and explain how and why the pairings work together. This will be held at the Wenham Tea House so capacity is less of an issue, so invite a friend and make a night of it! 

 

 Total cost is $140.00 for all 5 classes,

Sign up for all 5 classes and take $20.00 off for a total of $120.00

  
John Grange will be here this Saturday for our wine tasting. He is one of the most respected and knowledgeable people i know in the business and represents excellent wine. Come by for some great valued wine Saturday from 2:30 to 5:30pm.

John will have another great Beer tasting for us Thursday from 4 – 7pm., This week Jim Lozzi of Merrimack Distributors will be showing us Coronado Brewery out of California along with Henry’s Pizza and Cheese’s that match the Beers that are being tasted. Come on down and try yet another small boutique Brewery that we found.

Join us for dinner at the Wenham Tea House  Friday Evening from5-9pm. Chef Peter Capalbo (Formerly of Tryst In Beverly) will be cooking up great food including his famous Rosemary Chicken entreeand Lump Crab cake. With the bounty of ingredients from Henry’s Market along with fresh local fish this is by far the best thing happening for dinner north of Boston Friday Nights. It is a 3 course Prix Fix (Price Fixed) Dinner, with at least 5 choices on each course, plus a full liquor license and a custom wine list by you know who to make this a special experience. If you have joined us, come again, if you have not had the pleasure, do yourself a favor and come on down. Call the Wenham Tea House at 978-468-1398 and make a reservation now. Also, starting March 29th. Saturday Dinner will begin, same great menu and value as Friday night!

Fun Wine Fact;

Côtes du Rhône (English: Slopes or Hills of the Rhône) is a wine-growing Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) for the Rhône wine region of France, which may be used throughout the region, also in those areas which are covered by other AOCs. In a limited part of the region, the AOC Côtes du Rhône-Villages may be used, in some cases together with the name of the commune.

Côtes du Rhône are the basic AOC wines of the Rhône region, and exist as red, white and rosé wines, generally dominated by Grenache (reds and rosés) or Grenache blanc (whites).

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Cotes du Rhone,  

a many splendid thing. 

  

          TASTING THIS  WEEK ,               

Saturday, February 22nd., 2014, 2:30 -5:30pm.   

 

John Grange of Grange Marketing/ United Liqors    

2012 La Noble, Chardonnay; Languedoc, France- $12.99

This vivid Chardonnay offers aromas of pears and white peaches, with a hint of acacia. It was vinified and matured entirely in stainless-steel tanks, with no aging in oak barrels, to highlight its freshness and crisp, mouthwatering acidity. Importer


2012 Penya, Red Blend ; 
Cases de Pena, Cotes de Catalanes, France – $13.99

The 2011 Rouge is composed of 48% Grenache, 44% Carignan and the rest Mourvedre and Syrah. This rustic, earthy, bistro-styled red offers peppery, berry fruit, underbrush and Provencal herb notes, medium body, and excellent fruit as well as purity. There are no hard tannins in this cuvee, so it can be enjoyed over the next 2-3 years.
Erobertparker.com – 86 points (Previous vintage)

  
2011 Villa des Anges, Cabernet SauvignonLanguedoc, France – $14.99
Jacqueline Menard de Ginestous’s Beziers-based Espitalet des Anges – advised by oenologist Jeff Carrel – is responsible for the wines sold in the U.S. under the Villa des Anges label, and their 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon represents another surprising success and outstanding value. Black currant, beet root, and tobacco tread a fine line between the sweetly ripe, black-fruited and the herbal-vegetal aspects of Cabernet. This is impressively polished for an inexpensive tank-rendered wine let alone a Cabernet Sauvignon, while salt, walnut bitterness, and berry skin tartness make for an invigorating tang and suggestions of bark, smoky black tea, and crushed stone for some depth and intrigue in its lingering finish. I’d plan on serving it over the next 12-18 months.
Erobertparker.com – 88 points (Previous vintage)

2011 Selection Laurence Feraud; Cotedd du Rhone, France – $15.99
Leading off and a blend of 60% Syrah and 40% Grenache, the 2011 Selection Laurence Feraud Cotes du Rhone is deliciously Provencal, with plenty of pepper, mulled red fruits, tobacco and spice as well as a medium-bodied, supple profile on the palate. It is a solid drinker that’s well worth a look.
Erobertparker.com – 88 points
2011 Ch. Puydeval, Blend; Languedoc, France – $16.99
A distinctive blend crafted by winemaker Jeff Carrel, Puydeval is based on Cabernet Franc, which thrives in the cooler microclimates of the generally hot Languedoc region of Southern France. This iconic, eponymous, and admittedly unusual wine has quickly gained a fervent following for its originality and for delivering outstanding value.
Tasting Notes: Big, rich, concentrated and intense. A ripe, polished and well-balanced wine, offering spicy aromas of black cherry and blackberry, with hints of anise, and just a touch of earthy character.



Classic wine that consistently satisfies.
  


 Remember that all tasting wines are discounted 10% !!!   

And case discount is 15%   

 

 

 New Wine Arrivals

Featured wines of the Wednesday Class.

2012 Argiolas “Costamolino” Vermintino ; Sardegna, Italy – $14.99  
The 2011 Vermentino di Sardegna Costamolino is a bit brighter than the Nuragus. Lemon, peaches, crushed rocks and flowers find a good element of focus and length in this beautifully delineated, vibrant white. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2014.
Erobertparker.com – 88 points (previous vintage)

2012 Ceretto “Blange” Arneis; Piedmonte, Italy – $21.99

This rich white is full of ripe apricot, peach and almond flavors. Shows good acidity and a firm underlying chalky sensation on the finish. Drink now. 500 cases made. -BS 

Wine Spectator – 88 points
 

2011 Zenato, Valpolicella “Superiore”; Veneto, Italy – $16.99

Light- to medium-bodied and harmonious, this fresh red offers subtle notes of juicy damson plum, wild strawberry and red licorice, with a hint of mocha on the finish. Drink now through 2017. 5,000 cases imported. -AN

Wine Spectator – 88 points

 

2009 Di Majo Norante “Ramitello”; Molise, Italy- $18.99
The 2009 Ramitello is a blend of 80% Montepulciano and 20% Aglianico that sees 18 months in French oak. Layers of smoke, grilled herbs, menthol and minerals are overlayed on a core of black fruit. The Ramitello shows serious power and intensity all the way through to the palate staining finish. Floral notes add lift and freshness on the close. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025.
Erobertparker.com – 91 points

2011 Castello di Neive, Pinot Nero; Langhe, Piedmonte, Italy – 21.99

A silky red, bursting with juicy cherry, raspberry, spice and subtle earth flavors. Balanced, remaining fresh and intense on the long finish. Drink now through 2017. 660 cases made. -BS 
Wine Spectator – 89 points

2010 Poggio al Tesoro “Sondraia” I.G.T.; Bolgheri, Tuscany, Italy – $49.99Impenetrable and black in appearance, the 2010 Bolgheri Superiore Sondraia shows a touch of teriyaki sauce with barbecue spice and cherry cola. The blend is Cabernet Sauvignon (65%), Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Once the wine starts to warm in the glass, it delivers fruity tones of blackberry and ripe cherry with background renderings of leather and moist tobacco. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2022.
Erobertparker.com – 93 points


Great “Super Tuscan” at an affordable price.

                                   By any 6 Bottles and receive 10% off
Buy 12 or more and take 15% off!

 

Beer News
Hi Friends,
As part of my never-ending quest to bring you great beer from across the globe, this week, I am pleased to share Coronado Brewing Company with you. Coronado has been been in business since the 1st wave of the American craft beer craze of the 1990s. However, it is only just now that Bay Staters are able to enjoy these classic California beers without traveling to the Golden State.
I am proud to announce that Henry’s will carry all five of the beers available in this area: Mermaid Red, Islander IPA, Orange Avenue Wit, Idiot IPA and Blue Bridge Stout (see commercial descriptions below). These are also the beers we will be tasting this week!
Below is a brief pictoral history of  Coronado Brewing Company. For more information, visit the company website here.
  
  

See you at the tasting!

Skol,

John

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UPCOMING EVENTS:  
 
February 20th.;Thursday, Beer tasting with Riverwalk Brewery – 4-7pm.
 
February 19th.; Wednesday, Wine Class #2 – Alex DeWinter, Italy – 6:30-8pm.

February 22nd.; Saturday, John Grange wine tasting, 2:30-5:30pm. 

February 26th.; Wednesday, Wine Class #3 – Gino Rossi, French Wine

March 8th.; Saturday, Grape Moments – 2:30-5:30pm.  

 

 

If there is anything else going on we will keep you posted.

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Cigar of the Week 

 

Olivia “Series V” Belicoso – $10.50 – Nicaragua  

 

 

Oliva had power and richness in mind when it first released the Serie V in 2007, but the company aimed for complexity as well. Made with a dark, high-priming wrappers and Nicaraguan filler, this cigar loads the palate with flavor. The Belicoso is also strikingly well made-pristine wrappers, symmetrical taper and absolutely no soft spots along the body of the cigar.

The draw is lush and substantial despite the copious amounts of tobacco. Much of the cigar’s strength is drawn from ligero culled from Nicaragua’s Jalapa valley, a growing region known for producing powerful tobacco. Like wine, the quality and character of tobacco can vary from crop to crop and while Serie V cigars have registered in the past as being full of coffee and cocoa, this year’s Belicoso has a profoundly savory character that leaves distinct impressions of leather and nuts with a sweet, spicy undertone.

 

Cigar Aficionado 

 

A 10% tax increase has been levied on Tobacco products that now brings the Tax percentage to 40%. This does not include Sales tax so we apologize for the steep increase in pricing.

Our Cigar Vault has all the necessary smoking accessories to make your next golf outing both successful and relaxing…
Did you know? We have personal humidors & travel-ready hard carriers (perfect for a golf outing or traveling on the road) for the cigar lover.  We also have a wide range of premium Xikar cigar accessories, which come with a lifetime guarantee.

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From The Cheese Case 

   

Ford Farm Farmhouse Cheddar

This award winning farmhouse cheddar is carefully matured under controlled conditions for between nine and twelve months.  It has a wonderfully flinty texture and a distinctly savory flavor with a refreshing sharpness.  An unusual but rewarding accompaniment for this cheese is Guinness.  A more common and equally enjoyable companion is a nice Merlot.

All of our featured cheese case products are available in the Wine Cellar and Henry’s Market.

At Henry’s Wine Cellar we hope to provide you with outstanding service and selection, competitive pricing, and exciting special events.  Let our beautiful store be your neighborhood wine shop.
 

Best wishes,

 

John Keohane, Owner
Gino Rossi, Manager

 

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Afternoon Tea at the Wenham Tea House

Did you know?

The Wenham Tea House featuring Henry’s Fine Foods offers an elegant Afternoon Tea Service every TUesday through Saturday from 2:30-415pm.  Nestled in America’s oldest Tea House, the Tea Room at the Wenham Tea House is a perfect spot to enjoy your next spot of tea with you and your friends..

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Notes from the Cellar

Happy Valentines & Lincoln’s Birthday,

That’s right, Today is the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. This has no significance to the store other than the fact that decisions he made and executed during his brief time havechanged this country forever, and though the legend of some historical figures grows with time his contribution is not exaggerated nor forgotten, Happy Birthday Abe!

It’s also Valentines Day this Friday, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to crack open some bubbles! Ladies, If your man likes Beer or Cigars we’ve got you covered, and Gentlemen, for the ladies who also like those things the same goes for you, and maybe anice bottle of wine is in order. Considering the weather we’ve been having maybe you want to snuggle up at home with some great Wine or Beer, sounds good to me! We have gift bags, chocolatesand many great gift ideas to make you look good so come on down!

In the New arrival Section I will feature some Sparkling Wines forValentines Day. We all know Champagne is the classic choice but we have many other bubbly choices to fit any flavor preference.

Today is the First Wednesday Wine Class and if you don’t know what I’m talking about look below:

Wednesdays starting February 12th. to March 12th.

Cost is $25.00 per class, $40.00 for the 5th and final class, food and wine pairing with 

Wenham Tea House Chef Peter Capalbo.  

Also, 10% discount on any wine tasted during the class.     

E-mail the Wine Cellar at info@henryswinecellar.com to reserve space.

978-524-0300 

Class # 1-  

Wine tasting 101: $25.00 

February 12th – 6:30-7:30pm.

In this class we will go over the aspects of how to taste wine, including the visual, aroma or nose and all aspects of the palate or mouth feel, Also Blind tasting wine.

 

Class # 2 – Italian Wine with Alex DeWinter: $25.00

February 19th – 6:30 – 8pm.

Alex was my boss at Grill 23 Restaurant in Boston and while he was there as Wine Director oversaw the expansion of the list to 1600 + selections. He is passionate about Italian wine and presently works for one of the best importers of Italian wine in America, Leonardo Locascio of Winebow. This should be a fun and informative class.

 

Class # 3 – French Wine with Keith O’Gorman: $25.00

February 26th – 6:30 – 8pm.

Picking wines from 6 different regions of France, we will study the nuance of these wines as well going over how to read labels from each area we cover.

 

Class # 4 – West Coast of America with Morgan Melkonian-Jerome: $25.00

March 5th – 6:30 – 8pm.

Though there are many places in the U.S. that produce wine the 3 most prevalent are Washington, Oregon and California, we will pick a white and red from these states and go over the differing style and terrior. Morgan Melkonian-Jerome, former assistant wine director at Grill 23 and Wine education director of Peter Michael Winery in Knights Valley, Sonoma will be on hand to clarify the nuances of these wines.

 

Class # 5 – Food & Wine Pairing with Chef Peter Capalbo

March 12th. Beginning at 6pm. – $40.00

Along with myself (Gino) Chef Peter Capalbo will prepare some of his delicious dishes and we will taste different wines along with food and explain how and why the pairings work together. This will be held at the Wenham Tea House so capacity is less of an issue, so invite a friend and make a night of it! 

 

 Total cost is $140.00 for all 5 classes,

Sign up for all 5 classes and take $20.00 off for a total of $120.00

  
The tasting this week will be conducted by Stephen Guild of Charles River Wine this Saturday from 2:30 – 5:30pm. This is amedium sized book, many of the wines from them you know well in the store and the selection is always good, See you then.

John will have another great Beer tasting for us Thursday from 4 – 7pm., This week River walk Brewery out of Newburyport Ma. will be here along with Henry’s Pizza and Cheese’s that match the Beers that are being tasted. Come on down and edjamacate yourself on Beer and such:)

Though we are sold out this Friday for Dinner because of Valentines day, in the future…. Join us for dinner at the Wenham Tea House  Friday Evening from 5-9pm. Chef Peter Capalbo (Formerly of Tryst In Beverly) will be cooking up great food including his famousRosemary Chicken entree and Lump Crab cake. With the bounty of ingredients from Henry’s Market along with fresh local fish this is by far the best thing happening for dinner north of Boston Friday Nights. It is a 3 course Prix Fix (Price Fixed) Dinner, with at least 5 choices on each course, plus a full liquor license and a custom wine list by you know who to make this a special experience. If you have joined us, come again, if you have not had the pleasure, do yourself a favor and come on down. Call the Wenham Tea House at 978-468-1398 and make a reservation now. Also, starting March 29th. Saturday Dinner will begin, same great menu and value as Friday night!

Fun Wine Fact;

Sangue di Giuda: This odd but appealing Northern Italian wine comes from the little-known region Oltrepò Pavese (“From Pavia on the far side of the Po”) … it’s made, mostly, from the seldom-seen grapes Croatina (“The Little Croatian Girl”) and Rara Uva (literally, “Rare Grape”) also Barbera and Pinot Nero (Pinot Noir), and get this for a story: Its name, Sangue di Giuda, recalls Judas, the 13th apostle who, according to the Gospel story, betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver.

“Judas’s Blood”? What kind of a wine name is that!

Local legend has it that the name … was given by friars who disapproved of its stimulating and aphrodisiac effects. Today, Sangue di Giuda is enjoyed as a country wine but still – so it’s said – enjoy its more ‘exciting’ attributes!

Don’t look for an alcoholic knockout effect from Sangue di Giuda, though. This wine draws its party style not from full body or strength but from a light (7.5 percent alcohol), slightly sweet and frothy character that invites quaffing, laughing and maybe a round or two of karaoke.

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The “Aphrodisiac” you’ve been waiting for. 

  cosatrosa sangue di giuda

          TASTING THIS  WEEK ,               

Saturday, February 15th.., 2014, 2:30 -5:30pm.   

 

Stephen Guild of Charles River Wine   

N.V. Domaine du Petit Coteau; Vouvray, France- $19.99
Plump, featuring a toasted edge to the McIntosh apple, brioche and pear flavors. Stays plump and friendly through the finish, with a lingering ginger note. Drink now. 3,000 cases made. -JM
Wine Spectator – 88 points

2011 Wyatt, Chardonnay; 
California – $17.99
The 2010 Chardonnay is a tasty, crispy wine that emphasizes freshness above all else. Lemon, flowers and minerals are some of the notes that emerge from this bright Chardonnay. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014
Erobertparker.com – 87 points (Previous vintage)

  
2012 Terre Rouge, ViognierFiddletown, Amador County, California – $22.99
Just bottled in early April 2013 our new 2012 (Early Release) Viognier is organically-grown on our Fiddletown estate in granitic soils. Zesty fresh, floral, and spicy aromatics with fruit notes that suggest classic white peach and apricot flavors. This will be a perfect glass pour wine with its lively flavors. Bottled with a screw-cap closure for easy accessibility
2012 Castel Sallegg “Bischofsleiten” Schiava; Alto Adige, Italy – $18.99
A grape variety that has grown for generations on the steep slopes of sub-Alpine Alto Adige, Schiava produces a lightly-colored red wine that is a local favorite. Schiava finds its greatest expression on the western side of Lake Caldaro where, trained in the traditional pergola system, grapes can achieve maximum ripeness and attain the most unique reflection of their terroir. The wine undergoes twelve days of maceration and fermentation in stainless steel followed by six months aging in large Slavonian oak. Bischofsleiten, or Bishop’s Slope, is a vineyard named for its founder, the Bishop of Trento, and is considered by many area producers to be the zone’s best site.

2011 Cristom “Mt. Jefferson Cuvee” Pinot Noir; Willamette Valley, Oregon – $33.99
From as many as ten different non-estate vineyard sources – principally in the estate’s Eola-Amity Hills neighborhood – Cristom’s 2011 Pinot Noir Mount Jefferson Cuvee is brightly red-fruited and tinged with similarly vintage-typical smokiness; root flavors of iris, ginger and sassafras; and a musky, sharp note of radish. Polished in feel and penetrating in length, with a touch of salinity serving for saliva-inducement, and its piquant and incisive notes for invigoration, this energetic archetype of 2011 vintage virtue should perform admirably through at least 2017.
Erobertparker.com- 90 points

N.V. Black Chook Wines “The Chook” Sparkling Shiraz; So. Eastern Australia- $21.99
Pleasantly soft and spicy, with pretty berry and licorice flavors vying for attention as the fizzy texture flits past. Drink now. 5,000 cases made. -HS
Wine Spectator – 86 points



Don’t like white wine but want some bubbles for Valentines?
here you go!



 Remember that all tasting wines are discounted 10% !!!   

And case discount is 15%   

 

 

 New Wine Arrivals
2012 Costarosa “Sangue di Giuda” ;Oltrepo Pavese, Lombardy, Italy – $13.99  
Think Lambrusco, not the Riunite stuff that was consumed en-mass in the 70’s but the more soffisticated kind we are seeing today in good restaurants and wine shops. A slight Fizz or “Frizante” and alcohol of about 7%, this slightly sweet wine has a Starwberry/ cherry flavor on the palate and nice tannic stucture. would pair well with chocolate dipped strawberries or a spicy capicola, whatever tickles your fancy.

N.V. Domaine J. Laurens “Les Graimenous” Cremant de Limoux; Languedoc, France – $22.99

This Cremant de Limoux is a wine first, a sparkling wine second. By this I mean that the aromatics, flavor, and complexity of their les Graimenous stand on their own without taking a back seat to the bubbles.

The first impression yields an intense and complex nose of citrus and dried fruits, honey with a touch of Granny Smith. On the palate, you will find all the expression of a well-rounded wine, a hint of toast with an aftertaste of fresh fruits and lime. Les Graimenous is composed of 60% Chardonnay, 30% Chenin Blanc with the remaining 10% split between Pinot Noir and the local Mauzac.

 

N.V. Dibon, Rosado, Cava; Penedes, Spain – $14.99

A creamy and fruit-forward rosé, with pomegranate, macerated cherry, raspberry and strawberry jam notes. The finish is fresh, with a hint of lemon zest. Drink now. 10,000 cases made. -AN

Wine Spectator – 86 points

 

N.V. Antica Fratta, Brut, Chardonnay; Franciacorta, Lombardy, Italy- $29.99 (Sale price)
The non-vintage Franciacorta Brut (disgorged in 2013) delivers a light and somewhat frail consistency with bright accents of stone fruit, yellow rose and pear with subtle background shadings of mineral complexity. Made from 100% Chardonnay, the mouthfeel is creamy and articulate with round fruit tones capped by zesty acidity. Drink: 2014-2016.
Erobertparker.com – 88 points

                                    Closest thing to Champagne from Italy.
                                    

                                   By any 6 Bottles and receive 10% off
Buy 12 or more and take 15% off!

 

Beer News
Hi Friends,

This week, Alyssa Kirk from Riverwalk Brewing Company will be hosting our tasting and she will be sharing Riverwalk’s entire line up with us (3 year-round brews and 1 seasonal beer). I am very excited about this (relatively) new brewery out of Newburyport, MA; their beers are simple and delicious and are packaged in adorable mini-growlers called “growlettes.” Riverwalk is the result of the hard work, skill and perseverence of Head Brewer Steve Sanderson. The following from Riverwalk.com provides us with a glimpse of his story:

Steve has a longstanding love affair with beer and brewing, to put it mildly. His infatuation began roughly 10 years ago when he had an opportunity to travel through England, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, as well as different parts of the US. These experiences allowed him to gain a deep understanding of the great brewing traditions of the world. He loved what he tasted so much that he wanted to bring this knowledge back to his local community. Steve wanted to produce a unique version of these rustic beers so that all his friends could enjoy the experience.

When Steve started home brewing for friends and family, he found that they too enjoyed the interesting variety of beers he had created. His passion for beer was evident in every sip. After such rave reviews from his friends, he entered his recipes in homebrew contests and began winning medals. He has created an award-winning rye IPA beer, was the captain of the winning home brew team on The History Channel’s History on Tap TV show, and has been a guest brewer at Harpoon Brewery.

Steve wanted to share the flavors with his entire community and set his mind to opening a brewery. Though the road to opening a brewery has been long and bumpy, his hard work and perseverance has paid off. Ten years later Steve has been able to fulfill his dream and open RiverWalk Brewing.

Please visit the Riverwalk website (here) for more information.

Here’s this week’s line up:

In addition to the above beers, we will also have Riverwalk’s seasonal,  spiced-porter available for sampling. See description below.

Winter Porter: Riverwalk Brewing Co. (Spiced Porter)
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 32
“For the winter version of this porter we begin with a rich, robust porter and then add Madagascar vanilla beans and whole cinnamon sticks. The result is a smooth, warming porter perfect for the colder months.” Commercial description at Ratebeer.com
See you at the tasting!
Skol,
John

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UPCOMING EVENTS:  
 
February 12th.; Wednesday, Wine class #1 – tasting wine -6:30-8pm.

February 13th.; Thursday, Beer tasting with Riverwalk Brewery – 4-7pm. 

 
February 15th.; Saturday, Charles River Wine – 2:30-5:30pm.
 
February 19th.; Wednesday, Wine Class #2 – Alex DeWinter, Italy – 6:30-8pm.

February 22nd.; Saturday, John Grange wine tasting, 2:30-5:30pm. 

February 26th.; Wednesday, Wine Class #3 – Gino Rossi, French Wine

March 1st.; Saturday, Grape Moments – 2:30-5:30pm.  

 

 

If there is anything else going on we will keep you posted.

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Cigar of the Week 

 

Olivia “Series V” Belicoso – $10.50 – Nicaragua  

 

 

Oliva had power and richness in mind when it first released the Serie V in 2007, but the company aimed for complexity as well. Made with a dark, high-priming wrappers and Nicaraguan filler, this cigar loads the palate with flavor. The Belicoso is also strikingly well made-pristine wrappers, symmetrical taper and absolutely no soft spots along the body of the cigar.

The draw is lush and substantial despite the copious amounts of tobacco. Much of the cigar’s strength is drawn from ligero culled from Nicaragua’s Jalapa valley, a growing region known for producing powerful tobacco. Like wine, the quality and character of tobacco can vary from crop to crop and while Serie V cigars have registered in the past as being full of coffee and cocoa, this year’s Belicoso has a profoundly savory character that leaves distinct impressions of leather and nuts with a sweet, spicy undertone.

 

Cigar Aficionado 

 

A 10% tax increase has been levied on Tobacco products that now brings the Tax percentage to 40%. This does not include Sales tax so we apologize for the steep increase in pricing.

Our Cigar Vault has all the necessary smoking accessories to make your next golf outing both successful and relaxing…
Did you know? We have personal humidors & travel-ready hard carriers (perfect for a golf outing or traveling on the road) for the cigar lover.  We also have a wide range of premium Xikar cigar accessories, which come with a lifetime guarantee.

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From The Cheese Case 

   

Sartori Rosemary & Olive Oil Asiago

Heralded as the “dew of the sea,”Rosmarinus officinalis
provides the perfect savory high note for this rich, nutty and fruity taste sensation. A gold-medal winner of the World Championship Cheese Contest, this extraordinary delight wears its laurels as lightly as the perfect balance of hand-rubbed rosemary and Italian olive oil.

All of our featured cheese case products are available in the Wine Cellar and Henry’s Market.

At Henry’s Wine Cellar we hope to provide you with outstanding service and selection, competitive pricing, and exciting special events.  Let our beautiful store be your neighborhood wine shop.
 

Best wishes,

 

John Keohane, Owner
Gino Rossi, Manager

 

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Notes from the Cellar

Ciao a tutti,

You can see my Italian classes being put into action. When most of you receive this there will be a raging snow storm yet again for the winter that won’t go away. For the older among us you might remember this as what winter traditionally is, and the younger of us have been spoiled with a tiny example of cold followed by an early spring.Puxatawny Phil saw his shadow so we are not out of the woods yet and because of this the “Blind” Wine Club will be predominately Red with a Rose for Valentines day, and these wines are very goodif I do say so myself, so if you haven’t experienced the Blind Wine Club do yourself a favor and pick up a bag today.

week from today is the First Wednesday Wine Class and if you don’t know what I’m talking about look below in the New Arrivals section for all the details. As of now there is room for more of youand I would hate for you to miss this.

Bill Hoey will be here from Masciarelli wine this Saturday from 2:30 – 5:30pm. for the Wine tasting. Many of you have tasted his wines before and any of the wine that looks familiar for this tasting will be a new vintage so come on down and taste some great Vino!

John will have another great Beer tasting for us Thursday from 4 – 7pm., along with Henry’s Pizza and Cheese’s that match the Beers that are being tasted.

Join us for dinner at the Wenham Tea House this and every FridayEvening from 5-9pm. Chef Peter Capalbo (Formerly of Tryst In Beverly) will be cooking up great food including his famous Rosemary Chicken entree and Lump Crab cake. With the bounty of ingredients from Henry’s Market along with fresh local fish this is by far the best thing happening for dinner north of Boston Friday Nights. It is a 3 course Prix Fix (Price Fixed) Dinner, with at least 5 choices on each course, plus a full liquor license and a custom wine list by you know who to make this a special experience. If you have joined us, come again, if you have not had the pleasure, do yourself a favor and come on down. Call the Wenham Tea House at 978-468-1398 and make a reservation now. Also, starting March 29th. Saturday Dinner will begin, same great menu and value as Friday night!

Fun Wine Fact;

Franciacorta is a sparkling wine from Lombardy with DOCG status produced from grapes grown within the boundaries of the territory of Franciacorta, on the hills of a series of townships to the south of Lake Iseo in the Province of Brescia. It was awarded DOC status in 1967, the designation then also including red and white still wines.  Since 1995 the DOCG classification has applied exclusively to the sparkling wines of the
area.
Non vintage Franciacorta (NV) may not be released until at least 25 months after harvest, of which 18 months must be in contact with the yeast in the bottle (compared to 15 months in the case of Champagne). Franciacorta Vintage or Millesimato may not be sold until at least 37 months after harvest, of which 30 months must be in contact with the yeast (similar to Champagne).  A Franciacorta rosé must contain at least 15% Pinot nero, and may be made by blending red wine. Franciacorta Satèn must be a Blanc de blancs with only the use of Chardonnay and/or Pinot bianco permitted, with only 4.5 atmospheres of pressure instead of 6. 

The designations for dosage are exactly as those of Champagne
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  Thank you all,

 

Gino and the Staff at the Wine Cellar.

   

So many bubbles, so little time. 

  

          TASTING THIS  WEEK ,               

Saturday, February 8th.., 2014, 2:30 -5:30pm.   

 

Bill Hoey, Masciarelli Wine   

N.V. Antica Fratta, Brut, Chardonnay; Franciacorta, Lombardy, Italy- $33.99
The non-vintage Franciacorta Brut (disgorged in 2013) delivers a light and somewhat frail consistency with bright accents of stone fruit, yellow rose and pear with subtle background shadings of mineral complexity. Made from 100% Chardonnay, the mouthfeel is creamy and articulate with round fruit tones capped by zesty acidity. Drink: 2014-2016.
Erobertparker.com – 88 points

2011 Sansilvestro “Adelasia” Cortese; 
Piedmonte, Italy – $8.99
Inviting fresh liveliness and wild flowers on the nose, with the mineral qualities of the terroir. This is the grape of the great Gavi wines for a fraction of the price.

  
2011 Schug, ChardonnayCarneros, Sonoma, California – $29.99
The intense toast and spice notes show plenty of cedary influences, but the real charm here lies in the core of bright and juicy lemon and peach notes. Drink now through 2017. 1,901 cases made. -MW
Wine Spectator – 86 points
2011 Trentadue “Old Patch” Red Blend ; Alexander Valley, California – $14.99
The 2011 Old Patch Red blend#36 is predominately a Zin blended with Petite Sirah resulting in a very fruity and Rhone like wine. The wine has a dark red color with intense dark cherry aromas, blueberries and cherry cola as an immediate impression. With aeration nuances of vanilla, maple and cocoa are showing with slight dose of oak and toast. On the mouth the wine is fresh and juicy with youthful brightness, finishing long and fruity. Our 2011 OPR Lot# 36 is delicious now but it will reward your patience with 2-3 years of aging. Cheers! Miro Tcholakov- Wine Maker

2011 Sardus Pater “Foras” Cannonau (Grenache); Sardegna, Italy – $16.99
With an intense ruby red color, this wine smells of ripe red fruit, black peppercorn and sweet spices. The taste has a strong body and a good balance, light tannins and a pleasant sweet and savory note. Fairly long after aroma.

2006 Anares, Reserva; Rioja, Spain- $21.99
Notes of coffee and smoke accent plum, tar and orange peel flavors in this dense red, which is rather austere, but focused and balanced, with good depth. The texture is firm and polished. Drink now through 2020. 15,000 cases made. -TM
Wine Spectator – 92 points

N.V. Trentadue, Chocolate Amore, Port; Alexander Valley, California – $23.99
We produce this opulent dessert wine from Merlot grapes grown on our Geyserville Ranch. Borrowing from the traditions of port making, we add neutral grape spirits to stop fermentation trapping a percentage of sugar in the wine. Once Chocolate Amore is finished aging and is ready for bottling, we infuse a tiny amount of natural chocolate extract to the final blend, creating the perfect marriage of food and wine. This Merlot-based, port-styled chocolate flavored dessert wine is great over vanilla ice cream or as a stand-alone dessert.

Thinking of all you love-birds out there.
trentadue choco. amore

 Remember that all tasting wines are discounted 10% !!!   

And case discount is 15%   

 

 

 New Wine Arrivals
Henry’s Wine Cellar 
Wine Class Series 
 
Wednesdays starting February 12th. to March 12th.
Cost is $25.00 per class, $40.00 for the 5th and final class, food and wine pairing with 
Wenham Tea House Chef Peter Capalbo.  
 
E-mail the Wine Cellar at info@henryswinecellar.com to reserve space.
 
Class # 1-   

Wine tasting 101: $25.00 
February 12th – 6:30-7:30pm.
In this class we will go over the aspects of how to taste wine, including the visual, aroma or nose
Class # 2 – Italian Wine with Alex DeWinter: $25.00
February 19th – 6:30 – 8pm.
Alex was my boss at Grill 23 Restaurant in Boston and while he was there as Wine Director oversaw the expansion of the list to 1600 + selections. He is passionate about Italian wine and presently works for one of the best importers of Italian wine in America, Leonardo Locascio of Winebow. This should be a fun and informative class
Class # 3 – French Wine with Keith O’Gorman: $25.00
February 26th – 6:30 – 8pm.
Picking wines from 6 different regions of France, we will study the nuance of these wines as well going over how to read labels from each area we cover.
 
Class # 4 – West Coast of America w/ Morgan Melkonian-Jerome: $25.00
March 5th – 6:30 – 8pm.
Though there are many places in the U.S. that produce wine

the 3 most prevalent are Washington, Oregon and California. we will pick a white and red from these states and go over the differing style and terrior. Morgan was the assistant Wine Director at Grill 23 and Education director at Peter Michael Winery in Knights Valley, Sonoma.
 
Class # 5 – Food & Wine Pairing with Chef Peter Capalbo
March 12th. beginning at 6pm. – $40.00
Along with myself (Gino) Chef Peter Capalbo will prepare some of his delicious dishes and we will taste different wines along with food and explain how and why the pairings work together. This will be held at the Wenham Tea House so capacity is less of an issue, so invite a friend and make a night of it! 
 Total cost is $140.00 for all 5 classes, sign up for all 5 classes and take $20.00 off for a total of $120.00!
Also, 10% discount on any wine tasted during the class.   
See you soon!

BEER NEWS
Hi Friends,

BeerAdvocate.com is a wonderful beer resource for New England beer lovers. Based in Boston and founded by the Alstrom brothers, BeerAdvocate.com is a place to go for just about everything you want to know about beer. In addition to helping you keep track of the beers you’ve tasted and posting other user’s ratings, the site provides beer geeks with style-guides, a top 250 beers list, ratings from the Alstrom brothers themselves, links to brewery websites, commercial descriptions and brew information such as ABV, IBU, etc. (when available). I use the website everyday that I am at work, and very often on days when I am not.

BeerAdvocate.com is also a great tool to find places to go to get great beer. One of the useful features of the website is a list of places, including pubs, restaurants and retail stores that sell beer. Users are invited to rate and review these places in order to help discerning beer-shoppers. This past November, Henry’s Wine Cellar was added to BeerAdvocate.com’s online database. The page needs a bit of help…from you! I encourage you to visit the site (here) and share your opinion of our little store. While you are visiting the site make sure you check out all the other information the website has to offer. Thanks in advance for your support.

This week’s tasting feature’s a nice range of beers and beer styles; the most unusual being Sah’tea from Dogfish Head.
Sahti is a unique beer-style that originated in Finland, traditionally brewed by women. Because Sahti’s are typically made in the home there is no true benchmark of the style. Ingredients often included a range of grains (sometimes bread) for sweetness, juniper branches (with or without hops) for bitterness, and bread-yeast for fermentation. Interestingly, traditional Sahti’s were often transferred straight into the fermenter from the mash-tun, and the wort was never boiled. This practice often led to the formation of unique, funky and near-sour flavors. Overall the beers of this style are flavorful, hazy and often referred to as sharp, sweet, bready and/or sour.

Dogfish Head has helped promote the Finnish Farmhouse Ale with Sah’tea, a collaboration with Finnish brewer Juha Ikonen. Sah’tea is a blend of Dogfish Head’s version of Sahti and Chai tea. I haven’t personally tried Dogfish’s Sah’tea yet  but I look forward to sharing this unusual beer with you!

 

Here’s this week’s line up:

Goldspike Kolsch: Berkshire Brewing Co. (Kolsch)
ABV: 4.2%
IBU: 17
“A pale golden ale, light in body featuring a crisp, clean malt flavor, Gold Spike is the perfect quaff for a warm day or when you are just looking for something a bit lighter.  Brewed true to style, this interpretation of a German Kölsch uses an authentic yeast strain tracing to the beer’s ancestral home of Cologne.” Berkshirebrewingcompany.com
 
St. Bernardus Witbier: Brouwerij St. Bernardus (Witbier)
ABV: 5.5%
IBU: ?
“StBernardus Wit is a traditional Belgian white beer developed and brewed in collaboration with the legendary Master Brewer Pierre Celis. This ale is very pale (whitish-yellow color) and quite hazy. The head is white and dense. In aroma, it has a wheaty, apple-like, tartness; herbal-spicy notes with coriander and orangey fruitness and honeyish sweetness. Very refreshing: perfect thirst quencher ! ” Sintbernardus.be
Sah’tea: Dogfish Head Brewing Co. (Sahti)
ABV: 9.0%
IBU: 6

“This Ancient Ale is a modern take on a 9th-century Finnish beer. The wort for Sah’tea is caramelized over white-hot river rocks, and the beer is fermented with a German weizen yeast. In addition to juniper berries foraged from the Finnish countryside, Sah’tea is flavored with black tea. The spicing is subtle and balanced, and Sah’tea is a highly-quaffable, truly unique brew with a full mouthfeel.” Dogfish.com

 

Black IPA: Shipyard Brewing Co. (Black India Pale Ale)
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: ~60

“This is a dark black beer that combines a rich malt character with the crisp flavor and aroma of American Northwest hops.” Shipyard.com

 

Nitro Milk Stout: Left Hand Brewing Co. (Sweet Stout)

ABV: 6.0%
IBU: 25
Pouring hard out of the bottle, Milk Stout Nitro cascades beautifully, building a tight, thick head like hard whipped cream. The aroma is of brown sugar and vanilla cream, with hints of roasted coffee. The pillowy head coats your upper lip and its creaminess entices your palate. Initial roasty, mocha flavors rise up, with slight hop & roast bitterness in the finish. The rest is pure bliss of milk chocolate fullness.” Lefthandbrewing.com
See you at the tasting!
Skol,
John

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UPCOMING EVENTS:  
 

February 6th.; Thursday, Beer tasting 4-7pm.
 
February 8th.; Saturday, Masciarelli Wine – 2:30-5:30pm.
 
February 12th.; Wednesday, Wine class #1 – tasting wine -6:30-8pm.
 
February 15th.; Saturday, Charles River Wine – 2:30-5:30pm.
 
February 19th.; Wednesday, Wine Class #2 – Alex DeWinter, Italy – 6:30-8pm.

February 22nd.; Saturday, John Grange wine tasting, 2:30-5:30pm. 

February 26th.; Wednesday, Wine Class #3 – Gino Rossi, French Wine

March 1st.; Saturday, Grape Moments – 2:30-5:30pm.  

 

 

If there is anything else going on we will keep you posted.

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Cigar of the Week 

 

Punch ” Rothchild ” Maduro- $9.00 – Honduras 

 

 

Today’s Punch Rothschild is a stubby robusto (4.5 x 50, although the older ones were a 48 ring gauge, I believe) with a coffee-brown wrapper that exhibits a couple of small veins, but nothing too thick. The cigars are fairly firm, but not tightly packed. The Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper has a nice satin-like sheen and the unlit aroma is earthy with a solid, fermented tobacco scent. On the pre-light draw, I get a woody note with a bit of faint coffee. The initial flavor after lighting is somewhat surprising; I get a heavy blast of oak, with a hint of espresso and cocoa (unsweetened). The draw is a touch loose, but the cigar kicks out a good amount of smoke.

 

 

About a half-inch into the stick, the oak begins to slip into the background, a whisper of leather shows up and the coffee and cocoa flavors pick up strength. Some sweet wood remains under the surface and a nutmeg-like spice pops up. The burn is fairly even, with the exception of a couple a spots that ran for about an eighth of an inch.

 

Cigarchronicles.com

 

A 10% tax increase has been levied on Tobacco products that now brings the Tax percentage to 40%. This does not include Sales tax so we apologize for the steep increase in pricing.

Our Cigar Vault has all the necessary smoking accessories to make your next golf outing both successful and relaxing…
Did you know? We have personal humidors & travel-ready hard carriers (perfect for a golf outing or traveling on the road) for the cigar lover.  We also have a wide range of premium Xikar cigar accessories, which come with a lifetime guarantee.

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From The Cheese Case 

   

Sartori SarVecchio Parmesan

Ask a pear or walnut which cheese they prefer and they’ll say “One that’s fruity, with hints of lightly roasted caramel, aged to crumbly perfection”.  In other words, America’s most highly decorated Parmesan…Salute’!

All of our featured cheese case products are available in the Wine Cellar and Henry’s Market.

At Henry’s Wine Cellar we hope to provide you with outstanding service and selection, competitive pricing, and exciting special events.  Let our beautiful store be your neighborhood wine shop.
 

Best wishes,

 

John Keohane, Owner
Gino Rossi, Manager

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THE WENHAM TEA HOUSE FEATURING HENRY’S FINE FOODS
We have a few reservations left for the Sweetheart Tea this Sunday, so give us a call at 978-468-1398 to book a reservation for that…its going to be a very special experience.
We continue with Friday Night Dinner service tonight from 5-9pm.  We currently have a few spots available for reservations, so give us a call at 978-468-1398.
Beginning March 29th we will now offer Saturday Night Dinners.  Just like Friday nights, now on Saturdays too!  We are NOW ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS for Saturdays.
Did you know?  If you have a special bottle of wine from Henry’s Wine Cellar you would like to enjoy here for dinner, just let me know and I will get it for you!

We post the menu for Friday Night Dinner service every Tuesday/Wednesday at wenhamteahouse.com/dinner, and below.

 

Friday Night Dinners 

featuring Henry’s Fine Foods

Forecasted Menu for 2/7/14

 

Imported Cheese Plate…$12 
Chef’s Peter’s Selection 
We are now offering an imported cheese plate for $12 in addition to the prix-fixe menu.  We wanted to offer our guests a delicious cheese offering to have with your wine or as an added treat to your dessert selection.

 

Appetizers

 

Tuscan Salad* 
Fresh greens, prosciutto, oven roasted tomatoes, pine nuts, grilled cheese crouton, red wine vinaigrette 

 

Salad Lyonnaise* 
Spring mix, Goat Cheese, Poached Eggs, bacon, warm Croutons, Dijon Vinaigrette

 

Grilled Spicy Shrimp 
Sticky Rice, Dipping Sauce

 

Crab Cake 
Pan-Fried Lump Crab, Smoked Paprika Remoulade, Petite Salad

 

Stuffed Piquillo Peppers* 
Warm cheese Filled Roasted Red Peppers, Arugula Pesto, Crostini

 

Entrees

 

Rosemary Roasted Chicken* 
Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Spinach & Herbed Pan Sauce

 

Surf & Turf* 
Petite Tenderloin of Beef, Grilled Shrimp, Maitre’D Hotel Butter, Bacon-Scallion Mashed Potatoes

 

Braised Short Ribs 
Palms Puree, Poached Carrots, Grilled Leeks

 

Fresh Fettuccine with Maine Lobster 
Fresh Lobster Meat, Cognac, Fresh Herb Americaine Sauce

 

Local Sautéed Cod
Fresh Local Cod, Rice, Vegetables

 

Marscapone Polenta* 
With Vegetable Ragu

 

Desserts

 

Dark Chocolate Gelato Martini 
Fresh Whipped Cream

 

Delicious Orange Sponge Cake 
Caramel Ice Cream, Dark Chocolate Ganache, Whipped Cream

 

Dried Apricot & Golden Raisin Bread Pudding 
Brioche Bread, Whipped Cream

 

Homemade Lemon Crème Crumble Bar
Blueberry Compote, Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Vanilla Ice Cream & Raspberry Parfait 
Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream, Raspberry Sauce, Fresh Raspberries, Whipped Cream

*Can be prepared Gluten Free
Forecasted menu for February 7th, 2014.

Menu subject to change without notice.

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