NOTES FROM THE CELLAR
March 19, 2014
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Notes from the Cellar
Greetings to you all,
Well tomorrow is the first official day of spring, which I’m sure for some of you will be hard to believe but (hoping that I don’t jinx us) dare I say the worst is behind us. Here are a couple of things to help usher in this joyous occasion.
This Thursday John Strom will conduct another Beer journey for us. I say Journey because it is not just a tasting but a journey into the exploration of Beer, and this week will will look at Trappist Ales. This is a great opportunity to try some of the best Beer made on the planet, and it’s also a great social evening:) Come on down between 4-7pm. and enjoy some Henry’s Pizza and Cheese to match.
This weeks Wine tasting is with Brook Overhiser from United liquors, and since she is new to this company it’s her first tasting here. Brook was a bartender at the Blue Ox in Lynn, and if you have never been there it is one of the better restaurants on the North Shore. Though United’s book is comprehensive in many areas of wine this tasting will focus more on the new world, 5 solid wines to try as always from 2:30-5:30pm. Saturday.
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 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;New Zealand is home to what many wine critics consider the world’s best Sauvignon blanc. Oz Clarke, a well-known British wine critic wrote in the 1990s that New Zealand Sauvignon blanc was “arguably the best in the world” (Rachman). Historically, Sauvignon blanc has been used in many French regions in both AOC and Vin de Pays wine. The most famous had been France’s Sancerre. It is also the grape used to make Pouilly Fumé. Following Robert Mondavi’s lead in renaming Californian Sauvignon blanc Fumé Blanc (partially in reference to Pouilly Fumé and partially to denote the smokiness of the wine produced due to flinty soil properties and partial oak barrel ageing) there was a trend for oaked Sauvignon blanc in New Zealand during the late 1980s. Later the fashion for strong oaky overtones and also the name waned. In the 1980s, wineries in New Zealand, especially in the Marlborough region, began producing outstanding, some critics said unforgettable, Sauvignon blanc. “New Zealand Sauvignon blanc is like a child who inherits the best of both parents-exotic aromas found in certain Sauvignon blancs from the New World and the pungency and limy acidity of an Old World Sauvignon blanc like Sancerre from the Loire Valley”. “No other region in the world can match Marlborough, the northeastern corner of New Zealand’s South Island, which seems to be the best place in the world to grow Sauvignon blanc grapesWikipedia.com
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TASTING THIS WEEK ,Saturday, March 22nd., 2014, 2:30 -5:30pm.United Liquors / Brook Overhiser2011 Veramonte, “Reserva” Chardonnay; Casablanca Valley, Chile- $12.99This medium-bodied white features Honeycrisp apple, melon and light grilled pineapple notes that expand with layers of spice and chalk on the solid finish. Drink now. 13,000 cases made. -NWWine Spectator – 88 points (previous vintage)
2011 Merryvale “Starmont” Chardonnay; Napa Valley, California- $19.99Appealing for its mix of creamy, vanilla-laced oak and supple pear and honeysuckle flavors. Persistent finish. Drink now through 2017. 36,696 cases made. -JL
Wine Spectator – 88 points (previous vintage)2012 Loveblock, Sauvignon Blanc; Marlborogh, New Zealand – $28.99Supple and smooth, with a nice punch of acidity to the orange zest, lemon, green apple and fresh thyme notes. Intense and delicious, offering a very long, juicy finish. Drink now. 7,000 cases imported. -MW
Wine Spectator – 90 points2012 Patz & Hall, Pinot Noir ; Sonoma Coast, California – $45.99A few 2012 Pinot Noirs had been bottled and were tasted, including their largest cuvee (15,700 cases), the 2012 Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast. This beauty is a real steal in terms of high quality at a reasonable price. Deep ruby, this exuberant, delicious Pinot offers up notes of roasted herbs, forest floor, plum sauce and black cherries followed by a deep, rich, full-bodied, round and luscious wine. Drink it over the next 3-4 years.
ErobertParker.com – 90 points2010 Rosenblum “Vintner’s Cuvee” Syrah; California – $10.99Rosenblum has produced outstanding Syrah’s from all over California for many years. Going forward they have decided to reduce the number of different single vineyard bottlings they offer. That means that all of those premium, high priced grapes have gone into this, tremendous value Vintners Cuvee, bringing it to a new level of quality and intensity. Dense, chewy and layered with fruit, spice, meatiness and minerality, this sexy Syrah is real winner.
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New Wine Arrivals2011 Chateau La Nerthe “Blanc” ; Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Rhone, France – $59.99A similar blend (slightly more Grenache Blanc), the 2011 Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc shows a touch more citrus and green herbs, with additional minerality that is most likely due more to the additional year in bottle than anything else. Slightly leaner and straighter than the 2012, it too is a beautiful wine that stays beautifully focused, with impressive acidity and an overall classy feel. Drink it over the coming year or two. Drink now-2016.Erobertparker.com – 92 points2010 Chateau La Nerthe “Rouge” ; Chateauneauf-du-Pape, Rhone, France – $59.99The 2010 La Nerthe Chateauneuf du Pape exhibits the rare combination of unbridled power and freshness, minerality and abundant aromatics. A well-made, delicious red, with blueberry, boysenberry, black raspberry fruit, some background wood smoke, and the tell-tale Provencal garrigue, pepper and loamy soil notes, it is a wine of finesse, power and richness that should drink nicely for 10 to 15+ years.Erobertparker.com – 92 points2004 Beni di Batasiolo “Briccolina” Barolo ; La Morra, Piedmonte, Italy – $74.99
Plum jam and rose aromas lead to a full body, with silky-textured tannins and a sweet, ripe fruit finish. There’s good intensity of flavor in this wine, even though it’s not that full-bodied. Best after 2011.925 cases made. -JSWine Spectator – 90 points2006 Beni di Batasiolo “Cerequio” Barolo ; La Morra, Piedmonte, Italy -$74.99A pretty red, showing fragrant floral, berry and red licorice aromas and flavors on a frame of well-integrated tannins. Deftly balanced, this is approachable now, but will continue to improve with time. Graceful finish. Best from 2013 through 2028. 1,250 cases made. -BSWine Spectaor – 93 points
Great Single vineyard Barolo at a great price.By any 6 Bottles and receive 10% off
Buy 12 or more and take 15% off!
BEER NEWSHi Friends,The tasting you’ve all been waiting for is finally here! This week we will be exploring the elegant world of Trappist beer.With the recent release of Spencer Trappist Ale, made by the Brothers of St. Joseph in Spencer, MA, trappist ales have seen a surge in popularity. Almost every day I get a question or two from our customers about Spencer or other Trappist beer. Additionally there has been a rise in the number of Trappist beers going out our door. This is good news for everyone involved!Trappist ales are known the world over for their high quality and complexity. Trappist beers frequently appear on “best beer” lists and one of them, Westvleteran 12, is claimed by many beer experts to be the best beer in the world.There are currently ten breweries in the world that are permitted to carry the Trappist stamp. Six are in Belgium, two are in the Netherlands, one is in Austria, and (lucky for us!) one is in Western Massachusetts. Here at Henry’s wine cellar, we are proud to carry every single Trappist ale we can get our hands on. This means that we have fourteen different beers from seven of the ten Trappist breweries. Not too shabby.This Thursday, we will open seven beers, each from a different Trappist Brewery. This is one not to miss! I can’t wait to share these beers with you this Thursday (4-7pm). Pizza and a selection of cheeses will be served, as always.Here’s this week’s lineup:Spencer Trappist Ale: Spencer (Belgian Pale Ale)ABV: 6.5%IBU: ?“Inspired by traditional refectory ales brewed by monks for the monks’ table, Spencer is a full-bodied, golden-hued Trappist ale with fruit accents, a dry finish and light hop bitterness. St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spenser, Massachusetts, is home to a community of Trappist monks and the first American Trappist brewery. Following the Benedictine tradition of ora et labor (prayer and work), the monks pursue a simple life of contemplative prayer, a manual labor and hospitality. The brewery helps support the monks and their charitable outreach.” Commericial description at Ratebeer.comOrval: Orval (Belgian Ale)ABV: 6.2%IBU: ~32“In contrast to all the others, the Orval Trappist brewery makes only one beer for the general public. It has an intensely aromatic and dry character. Between the first and second fermentations there is also an additional dry-hopping process. Through this the beer acquires its pronounced hoppy aroma and extra dry taste.” Commercial description at Ratebeer.comRochefort Trappistes 6: Rochefort (Dubbel)ABV: 7.5%IBU: ?“This beer, the oldest of the three Rochefort Trappist beers, has the reddish colour of autumn leaves, a soft body and an earthy, herbal palate (a hint of Darjeeling tea), which develops into a deep fruitiness.” Commercial description at Ratebeer.comAchel 8° Blond: Achel (Tripel)ABV: 8.0%“Achel Blond…is a strong blond beer with an alcohol content of 8,00%. Golden blond colour, slightly cloudy. Intense character. Hop flavour with a slight touch of caramel, typical yeast flavour. Bitter and a little fruity with some green banana. Dry aftertaste with some hoppy bitter.” Commercial description at beerboxx.comWestmalle Tripel: Westmalle (Tripel)ABV: 9.5%IBU: 36“A strong, dry and spicy trappist ale. The product of a secondary fermentation lasting 5 weeks. This is a complex ale with a fruity aroma and a nice nuanced hop scent. It is soft and creamy in the mouth, with a bitter touch carried by the fruity aroma. An exceptional ale, with a great deal of finesse and elegance, and with a splendid long after taste.” Commercial description at Ratebeer.comGregorius: Stift Engelzell (Quadruple)ABV: 9.7%%IBU: ?“The first Trappist beer from Austria, Gregorius is a dark ale named after the abbey’s late abbot. The monks use traditional Trappist brewing techniques; ingredients include local honey, Alsatian wine yeast, malted barley and hops. Aromas of chocolate, bread and red fruits and flavors of roasted malts with hints of spice and a tinge of bitterness provide a complex and balanced profile.” Commercial description at Monastarygreetings.comChimay Grande Reserve (Blue): Chimay (Belgian Strong Dark Ale)ABV: 9.0%IBU: ~20“Principally distinguished by its character of a strong beer. This is a beer whose fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch is especially pleasant. Its flavor only accentuates the pleasant sensations perceived in the aroma, while revealing a light but pleasant touch of roasted malt.” Beergeekspub.comSee you at the tasting!Skol,John—————————————————————————————————————————————————–Planning a party? Need beer?Save money by pre-ordering cases or kegs from Henry’s Wine Cellar.Beer by the case:Save 10% when you pre-order one or more cases your favorite beer(s).Beer by the keg:Save even more by ordering a 1/4, 1/2 or full keg (comes with tap).How to order:Call: 978.524.0300email: email@example.com stop by!NOTE: Most orders are placed on Tuesday and the beer arrives by Friday. Please plan your ordering accordingly.
UPCOMING EVENTS:March 20th.;Thursday, Trappist Beer tasting – 4-7pm.March 22nd.; Saturday, United Liquors tasting – 2:30-5:30 pm.
April 5th.; Saturday, Classic Wines tasting – 2:30 to 5:30pm.
April 10th.; Thursday, Jack’s Abbey Beer tasting – 4-7pm.
April 12th. ; Saturday, Grand Spring tasting featuring the “Smaller guys” portfolio’s -2:30-5:30pm.
April 19th.; Saturday, Cynthia Hurley Wine – 2:30-5:30pm.
If there is anything else going on we will keep you posted.
_________________________________________________________________Cigar of the WeekArturo Fuente “Gran Reserva” Rothchild Maduro – $9.95Dominican Republic
The Gran Reserva Maduro features a filler and binder made from Dominican tobaccos. A Connecticut Broadleaf Maduro wrapper completes the cigar. It should be noted that the tobaccos used to make the Gran Reserva come from a private reserve set aside especially for the line. In terms of strength, the Gran Reserva Maduro is said to be medium to full-bodied.
Once lit, the Fuente Gran Reserva Maduro burns well without any major issues. The draw is just right, and the volume of smoke that is produced is significant and aromatic. The ash is long and light gray in color. The burn stays even for the duration of the smoke, without the need for any touch-ups. Re-lights are also unnecessary.
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.
_____________________________________________________________________From The Cheese Case
Cabot Creamery Seriously Sharp CheddarSeriously Sharp will turn a cheddar lover into a cheddar enthusiast. Brace yourself for the intensely tangy, nutty and complex flavor that this cheddar has to offer. Simply put, this cheese is not messing around. It has a dense and slightly crumbly texture and a milky white color. Redolent of the grassy, clovercovered fields of the North Country, it is great to savor it with full-flavored ingredients like smoked meat and spiced chutney. This is the cheese that will make a box of macaroni weep with joy or your fondue pot go weak in the knees. It is the cheddar that bites back.
.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
Did you know…
That you can vote for the Wenham Tea House for Best of the North Shore 2014!
Where to eat, what to buy, who to see, and how to stay on trend—the answers lie all over the North Shore. We all have our go-to favorites and it’s your turn to weigh in by voting for the 2014 BONS Readers’ Choices Awards.
This year, there are more categories, a better voting platform, and bigger recognition for Readers’ Choices winners in the August 2014 issue of Northshore! Voting ends June 1.
Saturday Night Dinners!
Saturday Night Dinners begin March 29th. Three Course Dinner for a $39 Prix-Fixe Per Person. We offer a Full Bar Selection and Unique Wines.
For Reservations, call 978-468-1398
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OPENING FOR DINNER ON SATURDAYS BEGINNING MARCH 29th
Friday Night Dinner Menu Featuring Henry’s Fine Foods
The Cheeseboard…$12 (in addition to the prix fixe price)
A new offering for you to try before or after dinner…sample Chef Peter’s selection of fine cheeses and Accoutrements
Olive Oil Tuna Salad*
Olive Oil Packed Tuna, Kalamata Olives, Fresh Greens, White Spanish Anchovies
Bistro Endive Salad*
Chopped Endive, Toasted Walnuts, Orange Segments, Sherry Dijon Vinaigrette
Warm Pear Tart
Warm Sliced Bosc Pear, Gorgonzola Mascarpone, Prosciutto
Pan-Fried Lump Crab, Smoked Paprika Remoulade, Petite Salad
Homemade Minestrone Soup
Vegetable, Pasta, White Bean Soup
Rosemary Roasted Chicken*
Mashed Potatoes, Sautéed Spinach & Herbed Pan Sauce
Grilled Hanger Steak*
Sliced Marinated hanger Steak, Vegetable, Potato
Slow Cooked White Beans, Pork, Sausage, Crispy Duck Confit
Fresh Fettuccine Bolognese
Ragu of San MArzano Tomatoes, Pork, Beef, Veal
Fresh Market Fish
Ricotta Stuffed Eggplant, Fresh Mozzarella, Pomodoro Sauce
Chocolate Amaretto Mousse
Almond Lace Cookie Cup, Chocolate Sauce, Crushed Almonds
Banana Cream Pie with a Twist! Toffee Sauce, Whipped Cream, Sliced Bananas
Peanut Butter & Chocolate Bar*
Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate Sauce, Whipped Cream
Tea House Crème Brulee
Irish Breakfast Tea Infused
Fresh Berry Trifle
Sponge Cake, Assorted Berries, Honey Whipped Cream
*Can Be Prepared Gluten Free
Please inform your server if someone in your party has an allergy.