Day: February 10, 2023
Erosion at Wingaersheek Beach
Erosion from recent storms at far north end of Wingaersheek Beach, adjacent to mouth of Essex River.
Photographs by K.E.MacWilliams, Rockport
I’m a guy that loves to travel as much as possible and here to tell you @SpiritAirlines is just as good and in some cases better than other major airlines
There. I said it.
I’ve flown Spirit five times now and more times than not I’ve flown in planes that are newer than the ones I’ve flown on Jet Blue, American or Delta.
The flights have all left on time, the flight attendants have been pleasant and the Boston terminal that they fly out of has great food options.
I used to look at Spirit as a last resort airline but now I’ll consider them equally when choosing flights with the other major carriers and base my decisions on direct flights/cost/times of travel.
I’ve had terrible delays on plenty of major airlines through the years, mostly because of weather and some because of mechanical issues.
The weather is the weather, you’re not going to change flight delays when there is terrible weather. I feel like Spirit when they were new were easy to blame for things out of their control and it became fashionable to blame the new airline even though it may have been incorrect to assign blame to them.
Anyway from my experience, I’d say if you are looking at flights and there’s with better times that work for you, I wouldn’t hesitate to book Spirit Airlines rather than take a less convenient or more expensive flight on a different major airline.
Boys Hockey On An 8-0 Streak Picking Up Where They Left Off Last Year!
Designer spray on Kettle Island at low tide
City of Gloucester Receives State Grant to Support Haskell Pond Dam Work
Mayor Greg Verga is pleased to share that the City of Gloucester has received a $99,000 state grant to support remediation work at Haskell Pond Dam.
The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs is providing the grant through its Dam and Seawall Repair or Replacement Program, which aims to address failing dams, coastal infrastructure, and levees across the Commonwealth.
The Haskell Pond Dam supplies a significant percentage of the City’s water needs. The 43-foot-high Dam, located just north of Route 128 in West Gloucester, holds back 340 million gallons of water. The Dam was built in 1902. It is classified in poor condition by the state, though not considered in imminent danger of failure.
The City will use the $99,000 grant to support remediation work at the former shooting range near the Dam. Remediation is considered essential to competing for future state and federal grants for improving the Dam.
“Thank you to the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for funding this critical improvement to our City’s infrastructure,” Mayor Verga said. “Ensuring the Dam meets current dam safety standards is a high priority in protecting our residents and the City’s water supply.”
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Incredible Flatbread At Tonno Last Night
2 Main St
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CALLING ALL CAPTAINSRegistration is now open for the 10th Annual Bluefin Blowout,
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July 25th – 27th *
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Complimentart Wine Tasting at Savour, Sat. Feb. 11, 2 – 4 pm – Terroir Wines
THIS SATURDAY, Feb. 11, 2 – 4 pm
FINE WINE TASTING @ SAVOUR WITH GORDON ALEXANDER, OWNER OF TERROIR WINES
GORDON ALEXANDER, WINE MERCHANT & OWNER, TERRIOR WINES, works directly with winemakers here and abroad, innovators that cherish their land, producing wines expressing the sense of place with minimal intervention in the vineyard and cellar. Most are organic, some biodynamic, all sustainable. Wines that are as unique and individual as their makers.
Lauverjat Moulin des Vrilleres Sancerre 2018, Nantes France
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc Alc. 1.25%
The Anneau family has been producing wine in the Nantes region for four generations. They now own 30 hectares around the remarkable 17th-century Château de La Vrillère in the village of Chapelle-Basse-Mer. The Chateau itself was declared a French Historic Monument in 2001. Grapes are hand-harvested, then gently crushed using a pneumatic press. The white Moulin des Vrillères Sancerre is a blend of grapes from different Sauvignon parcels. It pours a beautiful pale clear yellow color. It carries notes of herbs and gooseberries on the nose. Medium-bodied, crisp and dry, it has flavors of smoky minerals, juicy tangy citrus and pink grapefruit on the finish.
Pairs well with seafood, spicy food, and Japanese cuisine. $19.99 for 375 ml bottle
Balnea Verdejo 2020, Valladolid, Spain
Varietal: Verdejo Alc. 14.5%
Balnea’s vineyards are located in La Seca, in the south of Valladolid, on a high altitude plateau. The soil is rich in limestone with a gravel sublayer beneath. The low fertility of the soil and the scarce rains combine to produce low yields of highly concentrated grapes. The Continental climate, with extreme temperature differences between day and night, is the reason for the unique balance achieved in these grapes. Harvest is done 100% manually. Fermentation takes place at a very low temperature – 9 degrees F for 8 weeks. (Industry standard in this region is 15 degrees for 1-2 weeks.) This technique is unique to this winery and contributes to the structure and aromatics of the wine. Only native yeasts are used. Careful battonage is carried out to maximize contact with the lees. Maria Jesus Hernandez, one of the few female winemakers in the region, is Balnea’s winemaker. Maria’s family have had vineyards for many generations, but Maria is the first winemaker in the family. Her verdejo, made from 25+ year old, estate grown vines, is clean with citrus and herbal notes on the nose, and a creamy and delicate body.
Pairs well with shellfish, salads and spicy food. $14.99
Diamant de Loire Chardonnay, Loire France
Varietal: Chardonnay Alc. 11.5%
Joseph Verdier founded a negociant firm in 1927 in Nantes. In 1965 the firm affiliated with Groupe Tallian, a large Bordeaux domaine and negociant firm, which provided capital for Verdier to build their own vinification and bottling plant in Montreuil-Bellay in the heart of the Loire. In the mid-1990’s, Verdier bought a bottling center in Saumeur, which is their main facility today. This facility is Ecocert-certified as part of Verdier’s move toward fully organic viticulture and winemaking. Today Verdier produces some 8 million bottles annually and sells in 30 countries. It is one of the most important producers of Loire wines at the intersection of quality and value. The wines under the Diamant label are pure, precise and great examples of varietal clarity. The Chardonnay is full of fruit notes. It has minor hints of tropical fruits (banana and pineapple) followed by crisp apples and citrus, along with great minerality. All this is nicely balanced with a fine structure that you can feel in the mouth in a long and elegant finish.
Pairs well with oysters, fried/grilled chicken and seafood. $14.99
Castro Ventosa Bierzo Mencia Joven, Bierzo, Spain
Varietal: Mencia Alc. 14%
Castro Ventosa was founded by the Perez family in 1752 and the family has owned the estate ever since. The Perez family owns 75 hectares of Mencía vineyards in Bierzo, making them the biggest owners of this varietal within the Bierzo D.O. The Bierzo appellation is made of 5,000 hectares with 2,500 planted with white varietals and 2,500 planted with Mencía; there are 5,000 landowners within the appellation. Raúl Pérez, who now runs the winery, is a figurehead for Bierzo wines in Spain. Castro Ventosa produces three different Mencía; Valtuille, El Castro de Valtuille and El Castro de Valtuille “Joven Mencia.” Mencía is indigenous to Bierzo, and some suspect that it is an ancient clone from Cabernet Franc. When it comes to the grape Mencia, Raul Perez is obsessive; no detail is overlooked in his quest to accurately express the purity of true Mencia in the region. Fermented in stainless steel tanks and then left in oak vats for 3 months, the wine produced is fresh and without a ton of oak characteristics despite the malolactic fermentation. On the nose, herbal notes mix with wild berries. On the palate, it is medium-bodied and fruit forward with notes of graphite and good acidity.
Pairs well with venison, poultry, or veal. $17.99
Vivier Pinot Noir 2017, Sonoma Coast, California
Varietal: Pinot Noir Alc.14.5%
A Burgundian by birth, Stephane Vivier grew up in Meloisey, a village of about 300 in the canton of Ladoix-Serrigny, near the ancient Burgundian capital of Beaune. There, Stephane was first introduced to wine and winemaking at the feet of an elderly neighbor whose family had been making wine for centuries. After obtaining degrees in viticulture and enology from Université de Bourgogne in Dijon, Stephane worked in Switzerland, Sonoma and New Zealand. Vivier returned to Sonoma in 2002, and today, he is one of the United States’ most noted practitioners of the art of Pinot Noir. The nose of his Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir is an earthy mix of Asian spice, violet, and rose petals with hints black cherry and mocha. On the palate, the same complexity of flavors returns with layers of delicate red fruit, floral notes and touches of a gentle earthiness and minerality.
Pairs well with pork, duck, veal or lamb dishes. $42.99
Nomade Cabernet Franc 2017, Mendoza, Argentina
Varietals: Cabernet Franc Alc. 14%
Trained as an engineer, Tomas Achaval spent his early career working with multinational corporations across the globe. Eventually selected by LVMH to manage Moet & Chandon’s operations in Argentina, he fell in love with the world of wine, and soon decided to make his life’s passion his life’s work. Under the Nomade brand, Achaval has collected a group of vineyards from some of Argentina’s finest terroirs. He quickly zeroed in on the Uco Valley as some of the finest terroir in Argentina. The Valle de Uco is a key winegrowing region in the province of Mendoza. An hour’s drive south from the city of Mendoza, it is home to some of the region’s finest vineyards and is sometimes referred to as “the Napa Valley of Argentina.” The Nomade Cabernet Franc is hand-harvested and vinified with minimal intervention. It has a floral
nose with hints of fresh herbs. On the palate, it has medium-high acidity that is a good balance with dark fruit flavors, and notes of plum and pepper.
Pairs well with goat cheeseburgers, roasted pork. $14.99
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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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 Gordon Alexander 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!
Feb. 11 – Gordon Alexander – Owner, Terroir Wines
Feb. 18 – Chris Hoffman of Oz Wines
Feb. 25 – Marc Bergeron of Masciarelli 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
milky sky sunrise brought white rainbows
Feb. 10, 2023- a dreamy magic realism morning with several white rainbows at sunrise, maybe still. This one spanned the marsh, Old Nugent, Thacher Road more than an hour after sunrise. Hope to see your photos!
Old and Up Close at The Paint Factory
When we visit the Paint Factory, I am usually looking at the surrounding beauty with more of a “macro” viewpoint. We went up there on one of our recent gray days and I took a more “micro” view. If I hadn’t told you where these were taken, would you have known?