WHAT & WHY…The OZ portfolio of curated wines and those that will be tasted this Saturday embody the vintners and their carefully managed terriors where curiosity for researching and testing innovative winemaking options, along with respect for proven contemporary techniques, define their approach to the “grape”.  From guest host & OZ wine rep/educator Chris Hoffman “Working at Oz has greatly expanded my wine horizons and palette. I love to work with the little honest gems in our portfolio, ones I’ll be introducing and pouring this Saturday.“  

WHO: Guest Host Chris Hoffman, OZ Wines and Savour’s Kathleen Morgan have selected wines that will be new to your palette and follow our transition to spring and lighter cuisine.

WHEN: This Saturday, March 26th,  from 2pm to 4pm +… @ Savour

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

Saturday’s Pourings Features Intriguing Wine Regions: Sintra & Vinho Verde, Portugal; Burgenland Austria; Trebbiano, It; Valle d’Aosta, It; Willamette Valley, OR

Quinta da Raza, Avesso (White), Vinho Verde, Portugal, 2019
, Alc. 13% Varietal: Avesso, Tasting: Regarded as one of the top grapes in the Vinho Verde mix, Avesso is from southern Vinho Verde region close to the Douro. Exhibiting fresh aroma like apple, green grape, citrus, peach, acacia and minerality with bit of oak sense. Full body, peach, pear, apricot and citrus like acidity, very smooth, juicy, rich and ripe leading to a clean finish. A high level and high quality, elegant Vinho Verde that is already delicious, Pairs Well: Shellfish, vegetarian/vegan, appetizers and snacks, Rating: Wine Enthusiast 91pts, Wine & Spirits, 90pts ….$17.99

Vom Donabaum Gruber Veltliner, Niederoterreich, Weinviertel, Burgenland, Austria, 2019 Alc. 12.5% Varietal: 100% Gruner Veltliner, Tasting: This wine leads with lovely touch of flint, accentuating its green pear and lemon zest aromas. On the palate, it’s light and dry, with a phenolic character that lends both texture and structure, adding complexity to all the freshness. Pairs Well: pork loin, vegetarian, lean fish, cured meats, Rating: 91pts Wine Enthusiast. $17.99          

Noelia Ricci Trebbiano Bro, Emilia-Romagna,  Trebbiano, Italy 2019
, Alc.13.0%
Varietals: Trebbiano, Romagnolo, Pagadebit, Tasting: Color: of straw yellow with golden reflections within. Bouquet: delicate fruit scents, lemon zest, florals and citrus notes combined. Flavor: This wine is graced with pear, lemon citrus and herbal notes, Pairs Well: pasta dishes, shellfish, mature and hard cheeses and cured meats…$19.99

La Kiuva, Rouge de Vallee, Valle d’Aosta, Italy 2020, Alc. 13.5%, Varietals: 70% Picotendro (local Nebbiolo clone), Gros Vien, Neyret, Cornalin, and Fumin, Tasting: The 2020 La Kiuva Rouge de Vallée indeed embodies the fresh and ethereally elegant character of mountain wines. Light-to-medium-bodied, it captivates the senses with aromas and flavors of brambly red raspberries, cherries, and strawberries. On the palate, the fruits are laced with subtle hints of spring herbs and baking spice; white pepper emerges on the long finish buoyed by vibrant acidity that gives it a youthful kick!Pairs Well: mushroom soup, cold cuts and typical lard d’Arnad, Asian Pairing: Sio bak, Chicken Biryani, yakitori…$19.99

Illahe Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, Oregon, 2020,
 Alc. 13.5%, Varietal: Oregon Pinot Noir, Tasting:The aromas of the 2020 Illahe Vineyards Willamette Valley Pinot Noir begin with strawberry, tamarind, and blackberry then broaden along the palate to include chalk, tobacco leaf, chocolate, and earth. The acid supports a complete yet not overwhelming tannin balanced between skin and oak. The wine retains its velvet mouthfeel through a process of clarification by racking. For an entry level pinot, this wine is a great value and will last 6 to 12 years under the best conditions. Pairs Well: beef, veal cutlets, game (venison, deer), game birds…..$29.99

Chao Rijo Vinho Tinto, Sintra, Adega Regional de Colares, Portugal, 2016
, Alc. 12.5% Varietals: 20% Tinta Roriz, 80% Castelao, Tasting: Elegant and restrained, this medium bodied red shows dried cherry and wild raspberry notes woven with leather and spice details. This classical Portugese wine finishes with a flash of violet, mineral and tobacco leaf notes. Pairs Well: artisan burgers, pasta, veal, Cornish game hens, rice dishes …$14.99

Everything Savour Deli Foods – American & Imported Artisan Producers
starting with our signature cheese portfolio curated to pair well to our wines as do all our food…pates  l  Charcuterie  l  cured – uncured meats  l condiments  l  spreads  l
fab-frozen baguettes from Canada  l  distinctive crackers l  Boston sweets  l  imported chocolate bars l  you-pour imported Greek Olive Oil  l  fresh foods to-go  ….the unexpected.  

Adding to the This Saturday’s OZ Wines tasting is Savor’s Everyday Tech Tastings at the North Shore’s Only Digital Wine Machine. 

Fun to use and enjoy!
>Taste up to 20 wines with new selections regularly added…& yes, complimentary. Kathleen welcomes your questions for food pairings.

Welcome Your Donation in any amount for Pathways for Children.
                                                                                      Thank You! …Kathleen

For Your Mobile Calendar l Mar.-April-May Savour Wine Tastings!M

arch 26 – Chris Hoffman, Oz Wines

April 2 – Gordon Alexander, owner Terrior Wines – “Italian Tasting”  
April 9 – Anthony Sciarappa, Carolina Wines Divi. of Martignetti
April 16 -Bob McVicker, Masciarelli Wines  
April 23 – Gary Ballard, M.S. Walker
April 30 – Danny Giddings, Classic Wines (Martignetti)
May 7 – Marco Deary, Antinori Wines, Italian Wine Specialist
May 14 – Harry Zarkades, Main Street Wines (owner)
May 21 – Gordon Alexander, Terroir Wines (owner)
Manny Gonzales, portfolio manager, Horizon Beverage Company
June 4 – TBD
June 11 – Ciro Pirone, Director of Italian Wines, Horizon Beverage Company

PLEASE NOTE: Updated Mask Policy: Gloucester’s Board of Health has ended mask requirements in all public spaces including the retail community while encouraging people to continue to wear face coverings when indoors and with people of unknown vaccination status, and to respect, to be tolerant of people’s choice to wear masks.
> In accordance with the new policy, we welcome customers and vendors without mask and welcome customers and vendors wearing masks.
>Savour continues to provide the safest possible shopping environment for the health & well-being of our customers & our Savour team.
>We continue using our 5 Molekule high performance air purification units that clear the air of 99.9% of viruses, bacteria and allergens every hour, store wide.
>We welcome your use of our hand sanitizers. We will continue to sanitize credit cards before returning, and ask you respect customers who continue to socially distance. Thank you!

         We are pleased to continue curbside pickup service

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

Arts Abound raffle for Ukraine

We are holding a raffle for this beautiful sunflower watercolor by Susan Ingram. She is super talented and teaches painting locally.
All the proceeds will be going to Airlink, which is a nonprofit organization providing airlift of emergency supplies and relief workers for 130+ aid organizations responding to disasters and other humanitarian crises, including the COVID-19 pandemic, occurring around the world. The organization works with airlines, logistics partners, and donors to provide medical care, food, shelter, access to clean water, and other essential assistance to communities in crisis.
Please stop in to Arts Abound to buy your raffle tickets. $5 each or three tickets for $10. No purchase necessary. Let’s all help out the desperate folks in Ukraine. Thanks.

Coming up in the Arts

Who: Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966                                             

What: A Timely Talk: An evening with Susan Erony

Where:  ZOOM

When:  April 20, 2022, 7:00pm

Experimental group of RAAM presents Susan Erony 

Please join us as we listen to artist and independent scholar Susan Erony. This exciting talk is free and open to the public!  All are welcome!

Susan Erony is an artist and independent scholar based in Gloucester, MA. Her artwork has focused primarily on history and the human condition, has been widely exhibited, and is in public and private collections in the United States, Canada, Germany, Italy, Israel, Mexico and Ukraine. She has worked as a writer, curator, lecturer and teacher, always focusing on the intersection of art and society, and is currently represented by the Matthew Swift Gallery in Gloucester, MA.

A Timely Talk:

Art and politics are strange bedfellows. The first is in the realm of the spiritual, the magical and unconscious. We want art to move us, help us find transcendence and peace in a troubled world. Politics is in the realm of governing, and is about power. At its best, its goals are humane and generous. Susan believes art and politics do not cross, but art has a role in society’s ability to deal with dark times.  What is that role?

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.  

If you would like a zoom invite to the event, please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group, Chair, via email at  

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 100 years.

Rockport Art Association & Museum presents:

Unexpected No. 17 Exhibit

April 2 – April 30, 2022                   
Jane Deering Gallery12 Main Street                                              

Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group Opens Seventeenth Show  

The Rockport Art Association & Museum’s Experimental Group opens its seventeenth group exhibition, “Unexpected No. Seventeen” at Jane Deering Gallery, 19 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA 01930.  Works on view in the exhibition range in medium to include paintings, mixed-media, graphics, sculpture, digital art and photography. The exhibition runs from April 2 through April 30. Gallery hours are Friday and Saturday 1 to 5 pm and Sunday 1 to 4 pm or by appointment at 978.886.4582.

The Experimental Group is a creative forum, its’ main mission is to increase public awareness and to foster self-expression by bringing artists together to explore and share ideas that cultivate creative freedom. The EG is encouraged and supported by the Rockport Art Association & Museum.  

If you would like more information about the exhibition, would like to schedule an interview and a walk through, or need additional promotional images please contact: Nella Lush, Experimental Group Chair, 978.886.4582 or via email at  

The Rockport Art Association & Museum (RAA&M) is one of the oldest and most active art organizations in the country. The Association has a long and distinguished history that has spanned 100 years.

Dear Windhover Friends,

With the arrival of the choirs of spring peepers (tree frogs) singing throughout Cape Ann as of last evening, spring has begun! Windhover Performing Arts Center is taking flight this year with wonderful news and happenings. Through the generous support of so many, we have purchased a permanent frame tent covering that will enable live performances at Windhover, rain or shine!  I am most grateful for this support, and I invite all of you to come visit our Windhover campus this summer to experience our performances under the brand-new open-air tent. The tent is scheduled to be installed during the first week in May. Once the tent is installed, I will provide an update with photos. 

Alex Berger in Quarry Dance X   (photo by Anders Johnson)  Summer 2021

Finally it’s almost here! Quarry Dance X Online
Cape Ann’s signature dance event, Quarry Dance X: The Film, will have its premiere on Zoom in early April and be released on Vimeo and The premiere features Dušan Týnek Dance Theatre dancers filmed at two private Cape Ann quarries during the summer of 2021. This 30-minute film, produced by Windhover and filmed by Anders Johnson, features original music composed by Joe Mulholland, Professor of Harmony/Jazz Composition at Berklee School of Music in Boston. The Zoom premiere is free to attend. Registration information to see the film will be sent out in late March. 

Another Incredible Summer at Windhover 
Windhover is proud to welcome audiences back for an array of exciting, inspiring outdoor events this summer. The 2022 schedule of performances, dance company residencies, classes and workshops is nearly set. The Gloucester Stage Company will return for the month of July. The newly formed Lanes Coven Theater Company will present two weeks of performances of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in August. Windhover is looking forward to hosting notable dance performances by Cornfield Dance, Continuum Contemporary Ballet, Queen of Nori Dance, Saving Grace Dance Ensemble, the North Atlantic Dance Theatre and more. Windhover will also offer movement and dance classes, as well as meditation and yoga retreats this season. To preview the 2022 season see the schedule here and check for weekly updates. 

Your Support of Windhover Makes a Significant Difference
Please help to make Windhover’s dreams come true by donating any amount that is comfortable for you. Every contribution helps to keep dance and the performing arts alive on Cape Ann. Your contribution helps to support, inspire and enable the creativity of artists and performers. Windhover is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax deductible. Visit the Windhover website to donate or send a check payable to Windhover at:  
Windhover, P.O Box 2249,  Rockport, MA. 01966

As Executive Director of Windhover Performing Arts Center, I am looking forward to bringing you the 54th season of original, dynamic, and engaging performances, classes, open rehearsals and retreats. This summer season promises to be memorable, as audiences can expect to gather comfortably to attend performances rain or shine. As a way to whet your appetite, you can get a glimpse of the Quarry Dance X video by clicking on the link below for the one- minute preview.

With warmest wishes,


Lisa Hahn, Executive Director
Windhover Performing Arts Center

Annie Brobst entertains with Ryan Dupont Tonight @ Machaca Gloucester 9-12pm 3.25.2022

Tonight, New England Music Award winner, Annie Brobst, entertains with Ryan Dupont. Killer country music, tacos, and tequila to get your weekend started. Dinner starts at 4:30. Gloucester’s best music starts at 9. Let’s go, Machacans!

14 Rogers Street Gloucester, MA


Cutest Dog Vote Update

I just want to update everyone in the vein of transparency. WordPress, the hosting site for the blog is working to restore all votes that were cast and not recorded. There was a glitch in the matrix and I want to make sure that the absolute right results are the results that we go with. It may take a couple days, it may be done by this evening but I will assure you that before we go forward I will do everything in my power to make sure we have the most accurate results possible before we announce the field of 64.

The great news is that I have a bracket site for the field of 64 that is going to be really fun to work with, that will load easily and you’ll be able to see all the rounds in the brackets as it goes with timers to vote until the next round and a bunch of sharing features. I think you guys are gonna love it.

I was on with customer support from 8:30-11:00PM last night and then again from 2:30AM-4:30 AM trying to get it resolved. This is where we’re at currently:

  • Support <>To:captjoeFri, Mar 25 at 10:23 AMChrisM (Automattic)Mar 25, 2022, 14:23 UTCHi there,I wanted to write with a brief update. My colleagues are working on this still, but you mentioned you wanted to know if there was a possibility that some votes may be lost. That isn’t impossible, but my colleagues are hopeful that everything can be recovered just fine. It’s a bit of a tricky issue, but it’s actively being worked on and we’ll be in touch as soon as possible.
  • Joey Ciaramitaro <> SupportFri, Mar 25 at 10:27 AMok thanks so much.  before I reached out to the viewership i just wanted to make sure i knew we’d have the right counts  I appreciate your response
  • Support <>To:captjoeFri, Mar 25 at 10:49 AMAlba (Automattic)Mar 25, 2022, 14:49 UTCHi there,Just wanted to point out that as we head into the weekend, it may take several days to hear back from our developers. Hopefully by Monday we have more news/updates.In the meantime, if you have any other questions, please let us know.Best,
    AlbaHappiness Engineer | 

I am really really sorry about the holdup but anyone that has been involved in our contests or judging in the past knows that I am incredibly passionate about running fair and transparent contest on which people can rely on the results. I’m disappointed by this setback but firmly believe as soon as I get the right results the round of 64 is going to be a blast.


Joey Ciaramitaro

Editor – The buck stops here.

Women’s History Month at Sawyer Free Library: Local Historians to present “Forgotten Women”

Cape Ann Community

In celebration of Women’s History Month, theSawyer Free Library, this Saturday, March 26 from 2:00 – 4:00p.m. is pleased to present “Forgotten Women.” Local historians Lise Breen and Wayne Soini will discuss the lives of three courageous women who history needs to be shared. Nancy Hanks Lincoln, mother of President Abraham Lincoln, as well as two women enslaved on Cape Ann, Kate Negro and Violet. Join us and learn about these “Forgotten Women” who helped to shape our nation.

This event has been organized and sponsored by the Library’s Gloucester Lyceum.

  • Date: Saturday, March 26, 2022

  • Time: 2:00-4:00pm

  • Location: Main Floor, Sawyer Free Library, 2 Dale Avenue, Gloucester

Registration is not required. For more information visit, or call 978-325-5555.

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