Savour Kicks Off Sept. Tastings (couldn’t resist)


WHAT: Join us this Saturday, September 11 for a complimentary, transitional tasting bridging summer to fall, with wine sage Kurt Gunkel.  Kurt is pouring wines from Masciarelli Wine Co’s. International Portfolio representing: Bordeaux’s east bank, Spain, Italy, Africa & So. Africa …tasters will experience 5 distinctive wines, bottles that may be new to your palette.  As always, the tasting is elevated using our imported Riedel stemware.  

WHY:  The occasion to experience wines with wide-ranging qualities… grape varietals that defined these select wine regions.  For this tasting it’s wine that aptly supports robust meats and fowl, rich sauces and cheeses of these storied regions.  

WHO: Guest host Kurt Gunkel, international wine specialist and Savour’s Kathleen Morgan have selected a truly eclectic line up of racy, memorable wines.  

WHEN: This Saturday, September 11, from 2p to 4p at Savour

HOW: Saturday tastings are complimentary, as is parking behind the store with rear entrance.

Saturday’s Pourings include:

Gini Vermentino, Tuscany, Italy.  A golden color of flax, featuring flavors of orange blossoms, boxwood, and elderberry, with a crisp, dry finish of toasted almonds.  Pairs Well: with salads, vegetables and soft cheeses like the Italian classic, Robiola.
Groote Post “Sea Salter”, Darling, South Africa. Sauvignon Blanc / Semillon blend, Displaying typical Darling coastal minerality and saline notes with soft nuances of citrus, apricot stone fruit and green apple.  50% aged in French oak, with the remainder aged on the lees for a luscious mouthfeel. Great acidity ensures the wine can age for several years.  Pairs Well: with green vegetables, asparagus, goat cheese, curry, roast poultry, and pasta with cream sauces
Doolhof “Dark Lady of the Labyrinth” 100% Pinotage, Wellington South Africa.  The name refers to the myth of Ariadne, daughter of King Minos of Crete, and Theseus.  This unique wine blends black cherry fruit, clove and nutmeg, with undertones of earthy dark chocolate and coffee.  Like Pinot Noir, it’s wonderful with many different foods, but sings with “Midnight Moon” cheese.  Pairs Well: with dark meat poultry, such as Duck with a boysenberry sauce.
Ondarre Rioja Reserva 2015, La Rioja, Spain.  100% Tempranillo.  Aromas of cherry, berry, tomato sauce and vanilla are smoky and savory.  A flush, full mouthfeel is lifted by core acidity, while flavors of blackened spice, tobacco, toast and cassis finish with classic Rioja notes of vanilla, mocha, toast and warmth.  This wine already has some age on it (2015) aged both in bottle and oak for years before release.  It is a great find and has earned 92 points from the Wine Enthusiast as well as the International Wine award in 2019.  Like most Tempranillos a remarkably friendly food wine. Pairs Well: with paella, Chiopino, Manchego Cheese and roasted lamb !
Chateau Pindefleurs, Saint-Emilion Grand Cru, 2018.  Predominantly Merlot (90%) and Cabernet Franc.  Powerful yet delicate, deep yet refined, Ch. Pindefleurs can be enjoyed young, for the wine’s fresh, bright fruit, or cellared for a few years to reveal the length and elegance characteristic of Saint-Émilion wine.  Aged in new French oak for 12 months, the wine is both powerful and soft. characteristic structure of the great Bordeaux wines. Deep plum and cassis flavors with notes of blueberry dominate the palette, while the chalk and wet granite confirm a grand wine of Bordeaux.  Pairs Well: with roasted red meat…prime rib and roast leg of lamb.  Tuck this away for the Christmas holiday! 

Adding to the Masciarelli Tasting is Savour’s Everyday Tech Tastings at the North Shore’s Only – Digital Wine Machine.Taste 20 new wines seasonally
selected and yes, complimentary. All wines are paired with food recommendations from Kathleen….The wine machine is a breeze to use…and fun!

Welcome Your Donation of Any Amount (suggest $5) for Pathways for Children. Thank You! …

Please Note: If you are not fully vaccinated FOR COVID19/Delta, request wearing a mask upon entering Savour, and when not tasting wines….for our mutual health and well-being. 

Savour Wine & Cheese  l  76 Prospect St.  l  Gloucester l  978. 282 .1455    


Season Premier of the 32nd Season

September 30, 2021

1623 Studios and Gloucester resident John J. Ronan have announced the 32nd season of the television series, The Writer’s Block with John J. Ronan.  The award-winning production is one of the oldest, continuously-running public access shows in New England and has been recognized with a First Prize for an Educational Program at the New England Cable Television Association.

This season opens with Rockport poets Suellen Wedmore, Ruth Maassen, and Bob Whelan, who have created – with six other poets – an exciting new book: Rising Tide: An Anthology of Cape Ann Poets. The program airs Thursday, September 30, 2021, at 8:00 p.m., channel 12, and will be repeated a week later.  The year’s lineup of authors will end on episode #400!  That program will be an artistic preview of Gloucester’s own 400th anniversary. 

John Ronan, producer and host of The Writer’s Block, is a former Gloucester Poet Laureate and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in poetry.  His most recent book, Taking the Train of Singularity South from Midtown, appeared in 2017.  (

“1623 Studios is a dynamic force for culture on the Cape and we are proud of The Writer’s Block record,” Ronan declares.  “This 32nd  year is a real milestone, a long running series for any market, at any level, that has survived the virus!”

For more information, send an S.A.S.E. to: The Writer’s Block with John J. Ronan

 Box 5524, Gloucester, MA  01930


SCALE – New Balance sneaker size 8 (shout out to New Balance, fan of Gloucester) vs. grape magenta jellyfish beached

I’m adding a couple of photos to the great question about the mystery jellyfish Joey posted thanks to a GMG reader.

I saw them that same day on Long Beach, September 6, 2021. I only saw seven, and one was a piece rather than whole, so I can’t confirm hundreds were there.

The one in the photo with the sneaker was the largest I observed. They were hard to miss. Four were in proximity at that spot. On the other side of the beach, one group of kids scooped up a sample with a sand shovel, running back to the furthest Gloucester end to show their parents.

The two times I’ve seen lions mane on any beach, I was wrong. If these were lion’s mane this will be the third time they’ve looked like a different jellyfish to me. The beached jellyfish on Long Beach this week looked a bit like pictures I’ve seen of mauve stingers.

Everyone has been remarking how warm the water’s been, and these deposits followed Hurricane Ida. Storms bring in unusual gifts from the sea.

Looking forward to a marine educator helping us learn more!

Free Cape Ann Bible Church community out reach

Good morning Joey,

My name is Steve Quinn, and I am a member of Cape Ann Bible Church 8 Thompson St. In West Gloucester. This Saturday from 8 am till 1Pm we Will be having our annual Fling.

This is an out reach to our community, clothing , house wares, toys, electronics and some furniture. Everything is free for the taking to support those in need through out our community.

If you could promote this for us that would be great.

Thank you so much

Steve Quinn

Church contact info is:

Cape Ann Bible Church

8 Thompson St.

Gloucester, Ma. 01930


Tradition: MIT’s Phi Kappa Sigma Banging Out The Lobsters For Rush Week @Captjoelobster

The Boys are Back September 7th, 2021-

It’s the first week of September and that means the Boys From Phi Kappa Sigma Are Back For Their Rush Week Lobsters

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Past Years-

Posted on September 3, 2013

Its gotta be a dozen or more years running the men from Phi Kappa Sigma come down to Captain Joe’s for Rush week lobsters.

Tradition. Gotta love it!
If you’re a prospective pledge and you don’t go with PHI KAPPA SIGMA you really need to reevaluate your whole college existence.
Just drop out and become a garbage man already because you’re not college material.
Here they are back in 2008-

Rush Phi Kappa Sigma At MIT!

The boys from Phi Kappa Sigma at MIT come every year for rush week to pick up a ton of lobsters to serve prospective rushees.

I thought MIT was primarily an engineering school but apparently they have their marketing down pretty good too!

Relaxing morning at Jones River Salt Marsh

I hadn’t been down to the salt marsh at the Jones River landing recently so I took a ride on a pretty day. It’s very peaceful and pretty there. Lots of bird activity which reminds me that I had posted some cormorants a while ago and called the ducks. Peter of Rockport wrote to let me know cormorants are their own species and are not ducks. I appreciate knowing this, especially since we are not birders as you all now know! I could not resist taking the “JimBoat” picture for our GMG Jim.

Have you tried our catering menu?


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Tonno Gloucester

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(978) 879-4795

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