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.
How do we, the wine buying team at Ball Square Fine Wines, decide which wines (amongst the tens of thousands available in Massachusetts) to stock in our store? The folks at French Oak T.V. were curious enough about that question they decided to come by on one of our "Tasting Tuesdays" and capture the process on video. Take a look behind the scenes in this professionally produced "reality T.V." program featuring Rebecca and I doing the "dirty job that someone has to do" - tasting wine. See how we interact with our vendors! Learn why some wines make the cut while others don't! Wonder at Dan's spitting prowess! Well maybe not the last one, but we hope you enjoy the first installment of "They Taste Wine All Day, For You..."
(Click on the picture above to see us in action.)
So, is it what you thought it was all about?
Have you ever met wine pro, Angus Smith? He works for a nerdy, boutique importer of the finest wines from around the globe called Vineyard Road. We were thrilled when Angus entered our lives here at Ball Square, as he is also one of the most charismatic, entertaining humans to roam planet earth. (Sometimes we wonder, in fact, if planet Earth is really where he comes from.)
Fortunately Angus' wine lexicon is in English. He informs with enthusiasm and humor like no other. Meanwhile, he gets that everyone's palate is different and works hard to help folks tap into what it is they are tasting. In short, he speaks "Ball Square Fine Wines-ean".
If you missed Angus last Friday night or (frightening!) have never attended one of our free Friday night wine tastings (every week from 4:30 - 7:30pm), then check out the video below to get a sample of what our Tasting Station brings to bear.