CLOSING OUT APRIL SATURDAY TASTINGS IN STYLE! … WITH GUEST HOST,WINE GUY EXTRAORDINAIRE DANNY GIDDINGS WHO KNOWS HIS CLASSIC WINES PORTFOLIO INSIDE OUT… & TO THE FOOD – SNACKS TO DINNER-GUESTS’ CUISINE – THAT MARRY WELL, DELIVERING A MEMORABLE PAIRING EXPERIENCE.  LEARN WHAT IS BEST ENJOYED  WITH WHAT, WHILE TASTING 6 SPECIALLY SELECTED WINES THAT COMPLEMENT THE SEASON AS BECOMES INCREASINGLY AVAILABLE! 

CLOSING OUT APRIL SATURDAY TASTINGS IN STYLE! … WITH GUEST HOST,
WINE GUY EXTRAORDINAIRE DANNY GIDDINGS WHO KNOWS HIS CLASSIC WINES PORTFOLIO INSIDE OUT… & TO THE FOOD – SNACKS TO DINNER-GUESTS’ CUISINE – THAT MARRY WELL, DELIVERING A MEMORABLE PAIRING EXPERIENCE.  LEARN WHAT IS BEST ENJOYED  WITH WHAT, WHILE TASTING 6 SPECIALLY SELECTED WINES THAT COMPLEMENT THE SEASON AS BECOMES INCREASINGLY AVAILABLE! 

WHAT & WHY …This good-bye to April, welcoming in May for a Savour-Saturday complimentary wine tasting, is a sensory, multi-tiered learning experience not to be missed.  Pleased to be welcoming back the matchless experience and engaging know-how of Classic Wines’ (Martignetti) Danny Giddings to share his love of bonding food to wine & calling up his extensive hospitality experiences in fine dining eateries, the occasion to ask him about wine when dining out. As always, the tasting is elevated using our imported Riedel glassware  

WHO: Join guest host Danny Giddings, Classic Wines – Martignetti and Savour’s Kathleen Morgan for a multi-experience fine wine tasting … taking in the Loire, Sardinia…Germany’s  Pfaltz and Rhone Valley Roses …to biodynamics in Portugal …returning stateside via Sonoma .  

WHEN: This Saturday, April 30th from 2pm to 4pm + … @ Savour

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

Saturday’s Pourings include:
Chateau Moncontour Sparkling Vouvray, Loire Valley  NV, Brut, Alc. 12.5%
Varietals: Loire Chenin Blanc, Tasting:  A price-value Loire treasure for that’s a crisp, toasty bubbly! Nut and toast aromas lead to a smooth palate, with creamed apple and delicate orange zest flavors. Behind the crisp acidity, there is a mature feel, giving roundness to the delicious aftertaste.These bubblies are rare finds, representing an experience that’s drinking well above price.  Pairs Well: wonderful with all manner of grilled fish and shellfish, and blue vein cheeses Rating: Wine Enthusiast 90pts, Michael Epstein 92pts … $21.99

Olianas Vermentino, Sardinia, So. Italy white 2019, Alc. 14%
Varietals: Vermentino Tasting: Pale yellow. Intense notes of pink grapefruit and lemon with hints of spices and bread crust…refreshing, quite round on the palate  with tastes of custard apples & tart pears. Medium-high acidity. Intriguing herbal notes. Part macerated in terracotta amphorae. Great at the start, an even better finish. Pairs Well: with fish dishes, shellfish, vegetarian, appetizers and snacks, & aged cheeses. Rating:  Wine Enthusiast 88pts … $19.99

Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rose, Pfalz, Gr.  2020, Alc. 12%, Varietals: Pinot Noir Tasting:The Pfalz is a very warm and sunny region, often called the “Tuscany of Germany,” so all of the Pinot varieties do well here. The Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Rosé is a true rosé, made with a brief maceration before pressing to extract color. It is light and refreshing, with deliciously ripe, bright red berry and fruit flavors, with a clean, bracing, pronounced acidity finish. Pairs Well: Perfect as an aperitif, also with fish dishes e.g.grilled prawns in a piquant sauce, also aged hard and soft cheeses. Rating: wine.com 91pt… $17.99

E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rose, Cotes du Rhone, Rhone Valley, Fr., 2020, Alc 13%
Varietals
: Grenache Tasting: Raspberry and bramble notes are delicate on the nose but intensify on the palate of this juicy, watermelon-kissed wine. A deep salmon-pink in color, it’s a full-bodied but refreshing dry wine that finishes on a lingering note of sour-cherry pastille.
Pairs Well: grilled pork loin, shellfish, poached salmon, tuna tartare, grilled chicken wings
Rating: Wine Enthusiast 90pts…$21.99

Radio-Coteau La Neblina, Sonoma Coast / Sonoma County, CA., Pinot Noir, 2019, Alc. 13.4%Varietals: Pinot Noir, Tasting: A balanced intermingling of fruit, spice, and earth. Fresh raspberry, ripe strawberry, and a touch of black cherry followed closely by delicate vanilla and cinnamon spice notes and a perfumed potpourri of candied violets. Layered hints of cacao nib marry with a solid tannin backbone, imparting synergy and structure to a graceful, persistent finish. Its complexities will continue to unfold over time. Pairs Well: Duck breast, soft cheeses, pasta, shellfish, salami & prosciutto, Rating: Vinous 93pts…  $59.99

Casa de Mouraz, Tinto, Dao, Portugal, 2016, organic /biodynamic, Alc. 13.5%
Varietals: 9 indigenous varietals (pictured on label), all old vines Tasting: This is a very Portuguese wine, well structured, full bodied and serious; it is well balanced, and the oak is nicely integrated. There are aromas and flavors reminiscent of dark fruits (cassis and blackberry) and garrigue and it has a good backbone of minerality and a smoky, long finish. Pairs Well: Perfect with oven or grilled meats and strong cheeses. Rating: Decantor 91pts … $22.99

Kathleen’s Price-Value Gems:  
Unique to SAVOUR our three price-value collections, with
each category ( $9.99ers – $14.99ers -$19.99ers ) offering hundreds of wines
at one price, personally curated by Kathleen, some have limited availability
with new selections added regularly
> 9.99ers…the quality is taste delivering above-price enjoyment …Value!        
>14.99ers…exhibiting qualities of complexity…Elevating The Experience!    
>19.99ers…value laden wines by innovative vintners…Expect Exceptional!  

Adding to the This Saturday’s Classic Wines Tasting is Savour’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 May – June Savour Wine Tastings!

April 30 – This Saturday – Danny Giddings, Classic Wines (Martignetti)
May 7    – Marco Deary, Antinori Wines, Italian Wine Specialist
May 14  – Gordon Alexander, Terroir Wines (owner) spotlight “Italian Wines”
May 21 – Harry Zarkades, Main Street Wines, wine merchant – owner
May 28  – Manny Gonzales, portfolio manager, Horizon Beverage Company
June 4  – Casey  Gruttadauria, Ideal Wines
June 11– Ciro Pirone, Director of Italian Wines, Horizon Beverage Company
June 18 – Jen Pieters, Hogshead Wines
June 25 – Chuck Tyner, Italian Wine Traders    

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 masks 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 ask you to 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    
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Crayfish for Dinner — pat morss

Anne-Lise and I are finally back in Norway with Berit (her sister) and Jan (our brother-in-law) after 2-1/2 years of the pandemic. They were eager to share Jan’s recent catch of saltwater crayfish, from the fjord outside their house. Crayfish are found in 100-200 feet of water with a muddy bottom for burrowing, and the non-commercial fishing public is allowed a generous number of traps year-round without paying for a permit. A succulent dinner. The rest this evening.

Jan preparing the boat; their house in the background
At the helm heading out
Pulling up the “crayfish hotel” where several catches were residing
Back on the dock, a hotel open-house
Checkout time was 11:00 am
Some guests hung tight and wanted to stay longer
Next stop, the restaurant kitchen for the group tour of 40
Berit escorting them through a scalding sauna
Anne-Lise and Berit approaching the dining room table
The first of two platters for just the four of us
Skal to all, with white wine and beer. Delicious!

live music in Town Tonight 4.28. 2022

Dave says,

Thursday at the Rheummie: Ms. Toni Lynn Washington! The doyenne of the Boston Blues scene is still a powerhouse performer, mixing Blues, r&b, jazz and jokes as bad as mine. You must see her; she is a national treasure! Backing her up will be Mr. mike DiBari, on glitar, and Mr. Steve Bankuti, on drumbbs. No slouch these. Gonna be a great night!

77-10pm

40 Railroad Ave. Gloucesrter, MA

~

Mike Francis of Soul Rebel Project

7-9pm

Minglewood Harborside

25 Roger’s St. Gloucester. MA

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Livin On Luck

8:30pm

@

Drift Gloucester

3 Main St Gloucester, MA

Cape Ann Farmers Market to Take Hiatus

After 16 years of operating a successful market in different venues and through a pandemic, the Cape Ann Farmers Market is taking a hiatus to regroup and re-evaluate its future. It will not be hosting a market in the 2022 season.

Recognized as one the best farmers markets in Massachusetts, the CAFM has hosted dozens of local farmers and hundreds of vendors since it started in 2006, and helped incubate localinstitutions including Backyard Growers and Markouk Bread. During its years at Stage Fort Park, CAFM created a weekly festival-like experience with live music and popular events such as the North American Marine Alliance’s Seafood Throwdown. CAFM has worked to bring high quality, nutritious food to all residents of Cape Ann regardless of income by hosting important food-access programs, includingSNAP/EBT, HIP, WIC and Senior Farmers Market Coupons. CAFM was built on the commitment of dedicated volunteers working first under the direction of Nicole Bogin followed by current Market Director Courtney Ayer. 

 The COVID pandemic disrupted businesses worldwide and created many obstacles for CAFM. In 2020, the market was limited to operating a drive-through market in the O’Maley School parking lot, and in 2021 it was relocated to Harbor Loop, both difficult venues for vendors and customers. This created substantial losses for CAFM, but former Market Director Nicole Bogin noted that, “Courtney was heroic in keeping the Market going during the pandemic.” This year, the Market intended to return to Stage Fort Park, but its former location conflicted with plans to beautify the park for the Gloucester 400 celebration in 2023. ​A viable alternative location was designated in partnership with the city, but the uncertainty combined with the financial instability of two difficult years led the board to suspend operations for 2022.

 Ayer describes mixed feelings about the hiatus, but is grateful for nearly 10 years working alongside longtime vendors, volunteers, community partners, and the board. “We’re all disappointed about not doing the Market this year. We want the Market and our farmers and other vendors to be successful, andunfortunately we have decided that a 2022 market is not a viable way for CAFM to continue supporting the local food system.”

 The CAFM Advisory Committee is grateful to everyone who has supported the Market over the past 16 years as shoppers, volunteers, donors, grant funders, business sponsors and community partners. They know that the community will miss the weekly market just as much as they do, and hope that everyone will continue to support Cape Ann’s local farms and small businesses as they continue to evolve.

 Signed, the Cape Ann Farmers Market Advisory Committee

Meghan Stratton

Charlee Bianchini, Mary John Boylan, Paul Cultera, JoeAnn Hart, Susan Steiner

Maritime Gloucester Docks Make For a Great Walk

I always like to take a walk on the Harbor Loop to the docks behind Maritime Gloucester. There’s always something going on down on this working dock and it’s a great spot to watch the fishing vessels depart and return. Sometimes you even get greeted from an upstairs window (Thanks Mike DeKoster for the idea for this post!). Great spot for locals as well as visitors. Opening again soon following some improvements.