The BSFW blog offers a periodic airing of our staff's observations and musings about things we find in our market and, frankly, can't live without. This is not a dispensing of erudite information from high on the mount; this is us sharing with you the aspects of the fine wine, craft brew and gourmet worlds that pique our interest.
This congenial approach is something we take seriously - so please feel free to comment! Afterall,it's our customers that inspire us to do what we love to do - and do it even better than before at every opportunity.
If you've chatted with me in the shop about wine, you likely know my heart belongs in the Cote du Rhone. I drink more of these wines at home and around town than perhaps elsewhere in the larger wine producing world. I have great respect for the French tradition, the terroir they love and cultivate so well. I also enjoy seeing what a new, younger generation of producers has to offer, too. From my perspective, it only "made sense" to make the jaunt overseas to this sacred land, home of Chateauneuf du Pape and Tavel (among others...) where some of the finest wines in the world thrive (no bias).
Check out my web album to enjoy my captions with photos, or whet your whistle below with this snapshot (pun intended) of where my travels took me - and a brief glimpse into the wonderful hospitality I enjoyed while abroad.
When Lisa Hallgren, co-owner of Ravines Wine Cellars in the Finger Lakes wine region of New York, popped by Ball Square a few weeks back, Dan and I were thrilled with the portfolio of wines her husband, Morten, had created. Not only were they beautifully made, interesting and nuanced wines, but we had long been on the lookout for some new Finger Lakes offerings to fill our shelves. (Amazingly, they are difficult to get in these parts!)
Turns out Lisa was equally enamored with our Tasting Station and the curious customers she met while in the shop. She asked if it would be "ok" for Morten to come back for a Friday Night tasting. "Are you kidding?," we thought. If they were in town again, we'd be delighted to have them on deck! Imagine our enthusiasm when she offered to make the 5 - 6 hour drive back to Somerville just two weeks later - just for us!
Check out our latest videography efforts via YouTube or below capturing Morten Hallgren at work behind The Tasting Station!