Complimentary Wine Tasting Saturday, March 18, 2 – 4 pm, at Savour

THIS SATURDAY, March 18, 2 – 4 pm



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 luscious Maceratino from the Marche and a remarkable value priced Morellino from Tuscany.  Come join us on a beautiful fall day and celebrate the season!


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

Duck Pond Pinot Gris, Dundee, Oregon, Varietal: Pinot Gris Alc. 13%

Established in Dundee, Oregon, in 1993 in Willamette Valley and Dundee Hills AVAs, Duck Pond makes wines that are organically farmed, and hand harvested. Winemaker Julia Cattrall’s mission is to preserve and uphold the natural beauty and legacy of Oregon’s wines, and to craft delicious wines free of harmful chemicals. Duck Pond is the first commercially farmed vineyards in Oregon to have received the Clean Label Project Purity Award. Duck Pond uses sustainable and organic farming practices, rigorous testing protocols, ingredient labeling, and third-party testing and certification. Bright aromas of pear, lemon and peach jump from the glass of Pinot Gris along with hints of herbs, delicate flowers and minerals. The fresh fruit flavors of crisp citrus and pear are balanced with a light texture. The fruity finish is rounded out with a mineral-focused complexity.

Pairs well with fresh vegetables, sushi, and shellfish. $16.99

Fontezoppa Asola 2017, Marche, Italy

Varietal: Maceratino Alc. 14%

Cantine Fontezoppa is a young company in central Italy on the Adriatic coast in the province of Macerata between Civitanova, Marche and very close to Civitanova Alta, an ancient 14th century village. The company, which takes its name from the ancient source of water that gushed out where the rows of vineyards now grow, was born thanks to the acquisition of the land in Civitanova Alta by the Luzi family in the late 1990s. Made from hand-picked Maceratino (or Ribona) grapes, this wine has an intense straw yellow color and a strong and complex nose, with aromas of ripe fruit, citrus peel, peach, yellow flowers, united by a deep mineral note and a touch of vanilla. It is balanced and consistent on the palate, with a pleasantly long and fresh finish.

Pairs well with anchovies and other fish, white meat, truffles. $31.99

Firriato Le Sabbie Dell’Etna Rosso, Sicily, Italy, Varietal: Nerello Cappuccio, Nerello Mascalese Alc. 13.8%

Made from grapes grown on the north side of Mount Etna, the only active volcano in Europe, this rosso is perfect for the friend who insists on drinking red wine even though your menu really calls for white. The wine’s minerality, ripeness, and elegance, with hints of black currants, licorice, pepper, and wilted violet, it’s sure to please your contrary friend.

Pairs well with seafood and lobster. Serve it to the red wine lovers when everyone else is drinking white with their lobster! $25.99

Spineto Morellino di Scansano 2019, Tuscany, Italy Varietal: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot Alc. 13.5%

Erik Banti has been producing wines in the Maremma Toscana region in the south-west of Tuscany for decades. In 1981 he produced his first vintage of Morellino. At the time, Morellino was a new and relatively unknown DOC. Today, the area is well known for producing full-flavored wine. The Spineto Morellino pours clear, bright, ruby red. The nose is lightly fruity, with hints of black cherries and violets. On the palate it is dry, tangy, and lightly tannic with good balance, body and lingering aromas, and a long finish.

Pairs well with fish baked or grilled, light pasta dishes, white and red meats and soft cheeses, such as Robiola, and fresh pecorino. $19.99

Chateau Gigognan 2016 Clos du Roi Chateauneuf du Pape, Rhone, France, Varietals: 70% Grenache, 25% Syrah, 5% Mourvèdre Alc. 15%

In the heart of the Rhône Valley, close to the famous papal city of Avignon, Château Gigognan encompasses 110 hectares of vines in a landscape of rolling hills, parasol pines, and olive trees. Born of a winegrowing tradition dating back to Roman times, Château Gigognan is a long-established wine estate and part of the historical heritage of Provence. It produces red, white and rosé wines in the appellations of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, Signargues, Côtes-du-Rhône Villages, and Côtes-du-Rhône. Vivid ruby, this Chateauneuf-du-Pape has aromas of highly perfumed red fruit complicated by suggestions of garrigue, licorice, and white pepper. Spicy and focused on the palate, it displays vibrant raspberry, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors, along with a building smoky nuance. It finishes with resonating spiciness, a suggestion of Chambord, and youthfully chewy tannins.

Pairs well with barbecued beef ribs, duck, mushroom dishes, lamb chops. $49.99

And don’t forget to check out what’s new in our beer case. We just got in a new shipment of Maine Beer, with the IPA’s “Lunch” and “Little Whale Boat” leading the charge.  We have a rich brown ale called “Brown Dog” and the wonderfully dark but slightly hoppy Robust Porter, both from Smuttynose.

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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 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.

Welcome Your Donation in any amount for Pathways for Children.

Thank You! …Kathleen

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Listening to Clancy Brothers Moses Ri ToorA(h)l-i-Ay And Reading Torah Scroll Article in the Gloucester Daily Times by Ethan Forman

What music are you listening to on St. Patrick’s Day?

While I was mulling a great story by Ethan Forman in the Gloucester Daily Times about our community, a Torah scroll and Jewish life in Ireland, a Clancy Brothers album was playing in the background, a St. Patrick’s Day ritual ever since I was a child. I sang along instinctually and smiled even more at the poetry and word play of Torah and Too ra loo ra when that track came on.

“Rabbi David Kudan, the new interim rabbi at Temple Ahavat Achim on Middle Street, was instrumental in helping a small but growing Jewish community he is close to in the port city of Cork, Ireland obtain a sacred Torah scroll from his former congregation in Malden.

“They have graciously decided to bequeath this sacred scroll to help to renew Jewish life in the south of Ireland,” Kudan said during services in Gloucester on Saturday.”

Ethan Forman. “Gloucester rabbi helps Irish Jewish community obtain Torah scroll from Malden.” Gloucester Daily Times, March 16, 2023.

Here’s the Clancy Brothers intro before playing Moses Ri-Toora(h)l-I-Ay Live at Carnegie Hall 1963

“There was a friendly son of St. Patrick by the name of Robert Briscoe who became Lord Mayor of Dublin, twice. He was a great Irish rebel as a matter of fact, a great Jewish Irish rebel, which gives us an excuse to sing a song that is the only Irish Jewish rebel song in captivity. And for those of you who don’t know, it needs a bit of explaining, it’s sort of old. At one time, the Irish language, Gaelic–at least it’s called Gaelic everywhere else–but in Ireland naturally enough it’s called “Irish”. This language is forbidden by British law, and this song was written to ridicule that situation. It’s about a Jewish merchant who came to Ireland and went to a small country town where he opened up a store and over his store he put his name in Hebrew. Now this very ambitious British policeman came along, took one look at the Hebrew and assumed it was Gaelic and dragged the Jew into court. And the song is concerned with the trial of the Jew. The song wasn’t written so much to show the great love between the Irish and the Jews so much as it twas to show the stupidity of the British…”

Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem concert Live at Carnegie Hall 1963 Intro 4 – Moses Ri-Tooral-I-Ay

Although laws banning Welsh and Irish languages were lifted, and Welsh permissible in Wales courts, it’s English solely for courts in Northern Ireland to this day.

One of seven children of Lithuanian-Jewish immigrants who came to Ireland to escape persecution, Robert Briscoe (1894-1969) studied electrical engineering in Germany, opened and shuttered a Christmas lights manufactory in NY ahead of US engagement in WWI, was active in Sinn FĂ©in and IRA under Michael Collins before Ireland’s War of Independence, served in the Irish parliament (from 1927-1965), raised money to help Jewish immigrants escape Nazism (sadly failed to make that happen in Ireland, including some 100+ he was related to), and was the first Jewish Lord Mayor in Dublin–a title equivalent to Gloucester’s President of the City Council–which made international news. His cross country advocacy tours in the United States drew hundreds of thousands in New York, Boston and Chicago. One time, parade organizers moved the day of the parade out of respect for Briscoe’s faith.

“Briscoe’s twinkling eye, his wit and his pride in Ireland and Judaism captured the hearts of his countrymen. His 1950 election as Lord Mayor of this heavily Catholic city raised no eyebrows here but introduced Briscoe to a world in which he championed his beloved Ireland.”– 1969 obit

Roars of 450,000 Rock Old Southie Boston Globe, 1957, by Ian Forman. You can read the article here on GMG which I posted in 2021. Gloucester residents participated in the parade.

Here is how Briscoe described the parade in Boston:

“…Four miles it was, and by the end of it I was shuffling my feet like an elephant with corns. Incidentally, I clean wore out my best shoes and had to buy a new pair next day, which news being cabled back to Dublin made people there say, “A fine salesman for Ireland this Briscoe fellow! The first thing he does is to buy American shoes.” One of the newspapers in Boston; greeted me with a great green headline saying “AARON GO BRAGH” in both English and Yiddish characters. The supposedly proper Bostonians gave me such a welcome as almost made me weep. There I made thirty- six speeches in thirty-six hours, and lost my voice. Between speeches they had to keep rushing me to the hospital to have my throat sprayed…”

Robert Briscoe, For the Life of Me, 1958 page 325

Briscoe boasted in his autobiography that he codified a law regulating loan fees and that it made certain that women couldn’t borrow money without letting their husbands know. Because, you know. Women. A lot to unpack:

“…It may seem odd to those whose ideas of the business methods of our race are formed by the unfortunate Merchant of Venice, but the people my father abhorred most of all were unscrupulous moneylenders. The first time I came back from America, cutting a rather dashing figure in my New York clothes, I began going out with a certain very beautiful Jewish girl. When my father learned of it he called me to his room, and said, “I hear you are keeping company with Esther. You know her father is a moneylender and I am sure you know how much I love you. Now I solemnly tell you this, rather than see you married to a moneylender’s daughter, I would prefer to see your right arm cut off at the shoulder.” Mother shared this feeling of his. One time a moneylender died who had never paid his subscription to the Jewish cemetery of which Pappa was a trustee. His relatives, who were forced to pay a large capital sum to get him buried there, came to Pappa to complain. Mother hearing the argument, said to them, “Those good Jews who lie in the cemetery will rise when the Messiah comes. But your uncle will be there forever. He’s getting a bargain.” I was so impressed by Pappa’s abhorrence of moneylenders that when I first went into the Dáil, I joined with Patrick J. Little to introduce a bill which would put an end to their worst abuses. They often juggled loans so that they received as much as a thousand per cent interest, and once in their clutches a man had as little chance of escaping as a rabbit in a boa constrictor’s jaws. My bill regulated the interest that could be charged and also made it illegal for a married woman to borrow money without the knowledge and consent of her husband, for these foolish ones are always the easiest prey of the moneylenders. The act was passed and is today the law of Ireland.”

Robert Briscoe autobiography, For The Life of Me, 1958, page 16

I haven’t researched how that law evolved if at all since.

Jumping back to 2023, Ethan Forman wrote that a dynamic leader from Cork, Sophie Spiegel, carried the Torah scroll from Massachusetts to Ireland this month.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day and Cheers!

For my final 2023 blog post featuring Irish Coffees around town, I present Stones on Main St. In my mind, it’s the closest thing Gloucester has to an Irish pub so it’s logical to try their Irish Coffee and feature it on St. Patrick’s Day. This double Irish coffee had all the necessary ingredients and is presented in a drink glass, which I love. As a bonus, it’s very yummy. Thanks Stones! I’ll have another…….

To summarize the Irish Coffee series, I have featured Minglewood, Tonno, Mile Marker, Blue Marlin, Gloucester House and Stones. This is a perfect representation of the choices available though I have not tried them all! I wouldn’t turn a single one down. If you crave the most Irish vibe, I’d go with Minglewood. Blue Marlin is among the top choices for a dessert-like Irish coffee. Mile Marker’s is perfect and proper and the most creative take in this bunch. Gloucester House version was a lovely surprise on a cold afternoon. Tonno also really hits the mark for a dinner wind-down before you leave the coziness of the establishment. Stones seems like the most authentic atmosphere so I cannot select a favorite. It depends on your mood at the moment. Try them all! See you next year for more!. Enjoy your day.

Rockport Middle School Drama Presents

Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution

Event: Rockport Middle School Drama presents Agatha Christie’s Witness for the Prosecution

Performance Dates: Thursday and Friday, March 23 and 24th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 25 at 2:00 pm. 

Place: John E. Lane Performing Arts Center at RMS 26 Jerden’s Lane, Rockport 

Cost: $8.00 students and seniors, $10 adults

Description: Rockport Middle School Drama presents Witness for the Prosecution, this suspenseful courtroom drama based on Agatha Christie’s book. Over 35 student actors and crew members are involved with the production. The play is not recommended for young elementary-aged students. 

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SFL’s Young Gloucester Scientist’s Club to host “The Whalemobile” at Gloucester City Hall on Friday, March 31st

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It will be a whale of a time at Gloucester City Hall on Friday afternoon, March 31st, when the Sawyer Free Library hosts Whale Watch Naturalist Cindy McInnis and her life-sized inflatable whale from 3:30–5:30 pm, in Kyrouz Auditorium, as part of its Young Gloucester Scientist’s Club. 

Young Scientists will have the opportunity to step inside Nile, the 43-foot long and 30-foot wide inflatable humpback, and learn how whales are similar and different from humans in this interactive program. They will learn about Nile’s migratory path, how many calves she’s had, and how researchers came to this information. Artifacts such as baleen, teeth, and bones will be available for children to see and feel as a part of this interactive program.

The Whalemobile program is suitable for 2nd-8th graders, ages 7 and up. It is free and open to all to attend, although registration is required for…

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