City of Gloucester Announces New Restrictions on Outdoor Water Use

GLOUCESTER – Mayor Greg Verga and the City of Gloucester wish to update the community on water use restrictions, and urge all residents and businesses to conserve water whenever possible.
The City is implementing an immediate two-week ban on all non-essential outdoor water use. This change means that hand watering, which had been permitted from 5 p.m. to 9 a.m. daily, is temporarily considered non-essential.
The Northeast Region of Massachusetts remains in a Level 3 Critical Drought. Per MassDEP, this level of drought warrants such a ban on all non-essential outdoor water use. DEP lists considers “essential” water use as:
  • for health or safety reasons
  • by regulation
  • for the production of food and fiber
  • for the maintenance of livestock
  • to meet the core functions of a business
Failure to adhere to the restrictions can lead to the imposition of fines. Residents who wish to report a violation are asked to call the Gloucester Police Department at 978-283-1212
The ban will be assessed at the end of the two-week period.

Private wells

“This ban impacts those served by our municipal water supply, and not those who may have private wells,” Director of Public Works Michael Hale said. “However, we hope that private well owners will join in this effort, so that we may protect our groundwater sources that also are below normal levels.”
Drought conditions result in dry grass, shrubbery, and forest areas, as well as dry soil conditions, increasing the wildland fire risk. Cape Ann communities have seen multiple brush fires in recent weeks. Brush fires take multiple days to extinguish and exhaust local and regional resources.
All outdoor fires, including the use of outdoor fireplaces, firepits and chimineas, are prohibited during this time of critical drought. Residents are also asked to take care when disposing of combustible materials including the disposal of cigarettes.

Conservation tips

The City of Gloucester also shares the following tips from the Massachusetts Water Resources Commission on ways to conserve water:
  • Limit lawn watering, especially during a drought. Lawns naturally go dormant during dry conditions. They will revive when conditions improve.
  • Maintain healthy soils.
  • Choose native plants or plants and turf that need less water.
  • Use mulch to reduce evaporation and moderate soil temperature.
  • Leave grass clippings on lawns to shade and return nutrients to soil.
  • Sweep driveways, walkways, patios and other outdoor areas with a broom rather than hosing them off.
  • Wash vehicles using a bucket and sponge employing a hose with a shut off nozzle for rinsing only, or, if available, use a commercial car wash that recycles water (most do).
  • Cover swimming pools when not in use to prevent evaporation.
  • Choose high-efficiency plumbing products and appliances.
  • Turn off water while brushing teeth or shaving (“never let the water run”).
  • Take shorter showers and use water-saving showerheads.
  • Wash only full loads of laundry and dishes.
  • Fix leaky faucets, toilets and pipes as soon as you notice them.
  • Create a kitchen compost bin instead of using the garbage disposal.

Magnolia Community Library

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Join us for an evening with
Generous Gardeners. They are a
non-profit 501(c)3 organization founded by Susan Kelly and Terese O’Connell. They are a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting philanthropy through gardening by designing and maintaining over 45 public garden spaces in Gloucester.
Entry is free. Doors open at 6:30PM
Library Members have reserved seating.

Savour Saturday Wine Tasting with local sommelier, Lauren Dadonna, DDS

THIS SATURDAY, Sept. 3, 2 – 4 pm



Lauren Daddona holds her Advanced certification with the Court of Master Sommeliers and is a sales consultant for AP Wine Imports, a New York based distributor and national importer of European wines. Lauren was the Wine Director at L’Espalier in Boston for five years, as well as the opening Wine Director for both Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Back Bay in Boston and Les Sablons in Cambridge. Lauren’s wine career began with six years at Lower Falls Wine Company, a fine wine shop in Newton, MA. Lauren was named Boston Magazine’s Best Sommelier 2017 and is a Director Emeritus of the Boston Sommelier Society.


Domaine Hamelin Petit Chablis 2020, France

Varietals: ChablisAlc.12.5%

The Hamelin family has been growing vines in Chablis for six generations, each generation adding to the holdings and developing the winemaking techniques. The domaine now stands at 37 hectares, spread between the villages of Poinchy, Beines, and Lignorelles. Grapes for the Petit Chablis are grown in the village of Lignorelles, on the edge of the Chablis vineyards. Most of the vines are on a plateau, and the soil is slightly clayey. Minimal treatments are used in the vineyards, and grass is allowed to grow between rows in a third of them. The Petit Chablis shows subtle aromas of white flowers and green apples on the nose. On the palate it is elegant, dry with good fruit and a touch of steely minerality in the finish.

 Pairs well with seafood, chicken, pork, Thai curry. $26.99

Gothic Nevermore Pinot Noir 2018,Willamette Valley, Oregon, Varietal: Pinot NoirAlc.13%

Perhaps the most familiar wine producing region in Oregon, the Willamette Valley is actually a group of distinct AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas). This varied area is home to approximately two thirds of Oregon’s wineries. Bounded roughly by the cities of Portland in the north and Eugene in the south, the near-idyllic wine growing region is cradled between the Cascade Mountain Range on its east side and the Coastal Range to the west. It produces some of America’s most sublime expressions of Pinot Noir. From the northern slopes of Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Nevermore is a dark, elegant Pinot Noir. Vibrant aromas of cherries, raspberries, and smoky vanilla on the nose are followed by blackberry, spice and a silky mouthfeel on the palate.

 Pairs well with mushroom dishes and pork roast. $29.99

Domaine La Ligiere Côtes du Rhône Sud Absolu, Rhône Valley, France

Varietals: Grenache, Syrah Alc.14.5%

Domaine La Ligiere is a certified organic, practicing biodynamic estate located in the Beaumes de Venise region of the Southern Rhone. A blend of 30-year-old Grenache and Syrah vines, the 2019 Sud Absolu is medium bodied and complexly layered, with just the right balance of savory red and dark fruits delicately complimented by a touch of freshly ground black pepper and notes of Provençal herbs and spices. Elegant and complex with moderate tannins and very easy drinking, this is a seriously good food wine.

 Pairs well with wild game, poultry, and Mediterranean inspired dishes.


Estelle et Rodolphe Cognard Saint-Nicolas de Bourgeuil Cuvée Les Malgagnes, France

Varietal: Cabernet Franc Alc. 12%

Domaine Estelle et Rodolphe Cognardhas been a family-owned estate since 1974, and now the estate spans 15 hectares of vines in St Nicolas de Bourgueil and Bourgueil. The vineyards are devoted in entirety to Cabernet Franc, with the rows of vines interspersed with grass to keep down the weeds and to force the vines to root deeper for nourishment. Since the 1980s, the estate had practiced lutte raisonnée, or reasoned agriculture, but in 2017 they made the decision to convert to organic agriculture, and 2018 was their first organic vintage. In 2020, their domain was officially certified organic. Les Malgagnes pours a dark brick color. The intense nose combines scents of raspberry, blackberry, and blueberry with notes of new leather and toasted nuances. The mouthfeel is fleshy, with flavors of strawberry, blackcurrant, spice, and vanilla on the palate and a long, elegant finish.

 Pairs well with Buffalo burgers and grilled steak, as well as vegetarian dishes and salads. $27.99

Kientzler Gewürztraminer, Alsace, France

Varietal: Gewürztraminer Alc.13.5%

The Kientzler family has been growing vines for more than five  generations in Ribeauvillé and the surrounding area. As early as 1866, Dominique Alphonse Kientzler had inherited vines from his father and grandfather and in 1895 was involved in the creation of France’s first winemaking cooperative in Ribeauvillé, in addition to running the local grocery shop. His son Alphonse carried on the grocery business while also tending to the vines; he eventually became the Mayor of Ribeauvillé. It was Alphonse’s son François though, who was the first to fully concentrate on wine production, taking himself off to Switzerland to study viticulture. By the 1970s, he was joined by his son André in the wine business and the pair undertook a massive replanting program to replace much of the old Chasselas with the noble Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Gewürztraminer varieties. Today, the Kientzlers farm almost 14 hectares of vines in Ribeauvillé, Bergheim, Hunawihr, and Riquewihr, including significant parcels in the Grand Crus of Geisberg, Osterberg, and Kirchberg. They are working toward making the winery completely organic by 2023. This Gewürztraminer is fresh and delicately perfumed with restraint and lovely fine acidity buffering its richness. Intense and exotic aromas of lychee, tropical fruit, and pepper on the nose are followed by a delicate fruity sweetness in the mouth. The spicy profile and fine acidity make for a long, elegant finish.

 Pairs well with coconut curry, mango salad, asparagus, or lamb with dried-fruit cous-cous, as well as all Thai food and sheep’s milk cheeses. $24.99

While you’re in the store, take a look at some of the new beers we have: Maine Beer’s flagship IPA, Lunch; another Maine Beer favorite, Peeper, a smooth pale ale with hints of citrus and some malt sweetness; and one of the best Belgian-style white beers this side of Belgium, Allagash White — made with coriander and curaçao orange peel, it’s lovely on a hot summer day. 

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    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

    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 this Saturday’s wine tasting with Lauren 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.

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    For Your Mobile Calendar – July

    Savour Wine Tastings!

    September 3 – Sommelier Lauren Dadonna of AP Wine Imports

    September 10 – Chelsea Plumber – Vineyard Road Wines

    September 17 – Anthony Sciarappa – Carolina Wines

    September 24 – Joe Nardone – M.S. Walker – Biodynamic Wines

    Continuing to offer case discount 0f 10% on wines and all items purchased with the case to all customers. Wine Club members get 5% off on 6 bottles and all items purchased with the 6 bottles. Thanks again for your support!

     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 are pleased to continue curbside pickup service

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

    Time Capsule update

    You may remember back in June, GMG spent several hours at the Bass Rocks Golf course while the Dubin family (Dr. Jon Dubin, Benjamin and Avery) attempted to locate and recover a time capsule that had been buried there since 2010. Although they were unsuccessful on that attempt, the intrepid crew returned to Gloucester in August to give it another go…this time SUCCESS! As much as we wanted to return to Bass Rocks to cover this story, we were on vacation and unable to go. But Dr. Jon Dubin provided us with some details and photos to share as a follow up to the earlier quest.

    The Dubins were expecting the birth of Benjamin and visiting Gloucester in the summer of 2010. They buried the time capsule intending to share it with Benjamin when he turned 10. As we all know, COVID interfered with this plan but the family returned to Gloucester as Benjamin is now 11 and his brother Avery is 9 to search for the time capsule. The Bass Rocks staff was very cooperative nd helpful and the well-wrapped time capsule was recovered mid August. Dr. Dubin supplied some photos for me to share. What a neat story!