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Chief Eric Smith is pleased to announce that 14 members of the Gloucester Fire Department are taking part in the 2023 Boston Bruins BFit Challenge to raise funding for charities that support the families of fallen or critically ill first responders.
Firefighters, law enforcement, military members, EMS personnel and community members compete in both fundraising and total number of steps taken during the challenge. First responders participate in courses with varying levels of difficulty. Many of the first responders involved walk up and down the steps of the TD Garden. The challenge has been held both virtually and in person since the COVID-19 pandemic.
This year’s Step Challenge will be held from Jan. 27th to Feb. 3rd, with participants using a smartphone app that counts their steps throughout the week. The in-person challenge at the TD Garden will be held on Feb 5. Gloucester Fire will be participating in both.
This year’s BFit Challenge fundraising goal is $600,000. Charities benefiting from the event are The 100 Club of Massachusetts, the Kappa Sigma Military Heroes Campaign, the New England Fire Fighter Cancer Fund, the Massachusetts Ambulance Foundation and the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, all of which support the families of fallen or critically ill first responders.
Participating from Gloucester Fire are Capt. Nick Ouellette, Capt. Chad Mota, Capt. Jamie Santos and Firefighters Charlie Scola, Matt Aiello, Mike Porcaro, Pat Legro, Andrew Pierce, Jonathan O’Bryan, Nick Aiello, George Black, Samantha Rose, Mike Mitchell, and Tom Aldrich
Gloucester Fire Department members are seeking to win the step challenge portion of the event again this year. Last year they were the top team with 2,664,271 steps overall. Firefighter Jak Letien was the top overall individual. Last year Gloucester firefighters raised over $3,000 as a team and they are hoping to beat that again this year.
To donate to an individual firefighter or the entire Gloucester team, click here.
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FINE WINE TASTING @ SAVOUR WITHHARRY ZARKADES, CO-OWNER MAIN STREET WINES
We always enjoy it when Harry, co-owner of Main Street Wines, comes to Savour to pour his selections. Main Street specializes in quality wines at a reasonable price, many of which are organic, fully natural, or biodynamically farmed. Along with some great choices for the weekday dinner table, Harry is pouring a classic, focused Sancerre and a remarkable Chianti from the vineyards of Rufina near Florence, Italy. Come join us on a beautiful fall day and celebrate the season!
Maremma, in Southern Tuscany, ishome to rolling hills of olive groves, vineyards, forests, fields of poppies and cornflowers, fishing ports, and of course, the stellar Sangiovese red grape. It’s not just red wines, though, that come from this region. Be ready to be amazed by its white wines such as this made from the unique Vermentino grape. Erik Banti has been producing wines in the Maremma Toscanaregion in the south-west of Tuscany for decades. With a love and passion for native Italian and classic French grapes, he has created his Spineto. Herbal aromas leap from the glass and draw you into flavors of peach, citrus, and a hint of apple on the structured finish.
Pairs well with shellfish, baked or grilled fish, and pasta with clams. $ 14.99
Gerard Fiou Sancerre Terroir Silex 2021, Loire, France
Marked by its charming hilltop village in the easternmost territory of the Loire, Sancerre is famous for its vivacious, citrus-dominant Sauvignon blanc. Variations in topography—rolling hills and steep slopes from about 600 to 1,300 feet in elevation—with great soil variations, contribute to the variations in character in Sancerre Sauvignon blancs. Flint (silex) soils close to the village of Sancerre produce particularly perfumed and age-worthy wines. Domaine Gerard Fiou is a family Estate created several generations ago by Gerard Fiou’s ancestors. Since taking over, Gerard Fiou has been developing his property by taking care to limit the yield of his vineyard and to respect the ecosystem of the grounds moving toward biodynamic methods. The 2021 Sancerre Blanc, Terroir Silex, opens with a clear and elegant, very aromatic yet refined bouquet with aromas of white and yellow tropical fruits (passion fruit) as well as a hint of cassis, fresh nettles, and crushed flint stones. Medium-bodied and with clear, well-defined fruit,this is an elegant, stimulating, and fruity Sancerre that finishes with tart grapefruit and lime bitters and ripe but refreshing, perfectly integrated acidity.
Pairs well with shellfish and spring salads. $ 29.99
Octopoda 2021 Sonoma County Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California
Varietal: Chardonnay Alc.14.5%
Precision Wine Co. presents a distinguished and diverse collection of wines. Each wine is made with meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to quality; from harvesting the grapes in the vineyards to designing original packaging, every step of the winemaking process is handled with precision. The wines are made to showcase the complexity of flavor, diversity of terroir, and distinct characteristics of California’s appellations and wine regions. Proprietor and vintner Trevor Sheehan started his journey to create a top wine collection when he became a winemaker 10 years ago. His first wines were eight barrels of Chardonnay from the Beckstoffer Vineyard and Cabernet Sauvignon from Howell Mountain. Octopoda Chardonnay offers notes of white flowers, grapefruit, baked apples, buttered popcorn and a beautiful toasted oak finish.
Pairs well with creamy cow and sheep-milk cheese, pan-seared salmon, and roast chicken. $19 .99
Located near Avignon, at the heart of the Rhone Valley, the fortified stronghold of Bonpas has watched over the safe crossing of the Durance River along the historic route that once linked Rome with Avignon. The estate marks the gateway to the southern Côtes-du-Rhône appellations. Its sophisticated, elegant wines embody the terroirs and varietals of this famous region through their power and fruitiness.Typically thought of as a baby Chateâuneuf-du-Pape, the term Côtes-du-Rhône actually doesn’t merely apply to the flatter outskirts of the major southern Rhône appellations, it also includes the fringes of well-respected northern Rhône appellations. The region offers some of the best values in France and even some first-rate and age-worthy reds. Red wine varieties include most of the Chateâuneuf-du-Pape varieties like Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Cinsault, and Counoise, as well as Carignan.The Bonpas Côtes-du-Rhône pours a deep ruby red. The nose is expressive, with notes of fresh red fruit. On the palate, it is a warm, powerful wine combining flavors of mild spices, black olives, and stone fruits. Ample and supple, with velvety tannins.
Pairs well with grilled meats and fresh goat’s cheeses. $14 .99
I Veroni Quona Chianti Rufino 2018,
Varietal: Sangiovese Alc.15%
In the Middle Ages the vineyard and farmland of I Veroni formed part of the extensive feudal estates in the Arno valley of the Conti Guidi family. The present farm buildings are a blend of centuries-old structures and contemporary additions. The first stone wine fermentation tank was built in 1809. Parts of this are still visible in the original cellars. The estate passed from the Guidi family to the Modigliani di Rufina family in the early 19th century. At the beginning of the 20th century it was bought by Carlo Malesci, whose family still owns it today. The name I Veroni is derived from the wide terraces surrounding the farm where many years ago tobacco leaf and grain from the Arno valley was dried. Today I Veroni is a specialized, certified organic winery, located in the Chianti Rùfina area about 10 km from the city of Florence. The vineyards cover 15 hectares and 20 hectares are planted with olives. Three clones of Sangiovese planted in the late 1990s make up this superb family estate Riserva. Tile red in color, the nose is redolent of forest floor, earthy notes of leather and tobacco leaf, smoked meats, and dried black fruits. The palate is ripe and piquant, with berry fruit, sour cherry and plum notes, along with chocolate tannins, savory spices like nutmeg and clove, cedar, and black pepper. It’s beautifully balanced, retaining a refinement and elegance despite its big structure.
Pairs well with cured meats, a prime rib roast, and pasta with meaty tomato-based sauce.$ 27.99
Dead Canyon Ranch Red Blend 2017, Horse Heaven Hill, Washington
For over 125 years, Mercers have been stewards of the same land in Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills. In 1972, they planted the first wine grapes in the acclaimed Horse Heaven Hills AVA. Now, their vineyards span 12,000acres along the Columbia River. Dead Canyon Vineyard bears the name of the topographical landmark on which it resides. Grapes are planted along both canyon edges, about three miles south of the original Mercer family farmstead. The site has two distinct aspects because it is planted on both canyon edges, and thus has both a north and south face. The Dead Canyon Ranch Red Blend has aromas of blackberries and blueberries explode from the glass with notes of plums, currants, cherries along with hints of smoke and vanilla. The Cabernet really adds some backbone, and the wine finishes smooth with fine round tannins, great mouthfeel and a long velvety finish that seems to last for minutes.
Pairs well with grilled beef or pork, short ribs and meaty stews. $17.99
And don’t forget to check out what’s new in our beer case. And don’t forget to check out what’s new in our beer case, including Rockport Brewing’s black lager, Steel Derrick.
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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 Harry 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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Thank You! …Kathleen
For Your Mobile Calendar – July
Savour Wine Tastings!
Jan. 21 – Harry Zarkades – Main Street Wines
Jan.28 – Gary Ballard – MS Walker
Feb. 11 – Gordon Alexander – Owner, Terroir Wines
Continuing to offer a 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
We have been promising ourselves to stop by Capt Hooks on Washington St. We just happened to be driving by and decided to stop and fulfill our promise to ourselves. We hadn’t been there since the famous GMG tuna challenge and have never had dine-in there. It was later in the afternoon so the inside seating was plentiful, though take out orders were steadily going out the door. I got an Italian sub and Jim got the Italiano. I happened to hear another customer telling the counter help that the Italian sub was his absolute favorite so I felt secure in my choice! It was a very good sandwich and Jim very much enjoyed his as well. I was a little surprised by the wide variety of menu choices. The service was efficient and friendly. The dining area was clean and well kept. A nice little afternoon break. Thanks Capt Hooks!
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