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Kathleen Erickson Writes About Savour’s Super Healthy VB6 Program

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I am writing from San Francisco, where it is sunny and 72 degrees! I have been searching out some wonderful eating spots that focus on fresh, healthy, and often, vegan or vegetarian dishes. I took all of these photos with my phone, and they are all vegan (no meat, no dairy) and delicious! It is my husband’s birthday today and we are going to Greens, a gourmet vegetarian and vegan restaurant with a view of the Golden Gate bridge, for dinner.

This inspired me to finalize the options for our “Vegan Before 6″ prepared foods and fitness program we plan to launch next week.

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Many of you have expressed an interest in participating in our exciting VB6 program to lose weight and/or get healthy in 2014. I have enjoyed hearing from you and have worked to make the program accessible to anyone who wants to be a part of it.  I have written a full week of sample menus so you can get an idea of the spectacular food you will be eating, which even includes wine and dessert on the weekends! Just click the link below.

VB6 Week of Sample Menus

So – here are 4 options that should work for everyone:
1)12 week program, 7 days a week, 20 meals and snacks – $299.00
(This will get you the best results)
2)12 week program, 5 days a week, 15 meals and snacks – $229.00
3) Dinner only, 6 days a week, with bottle of wine – $189.00
4) Interrupted Program for Travelers
Some people need to take a break for travel.  You pay for the weeks you participate.
The program requires that you  pay the first two weeks up front.  We will charge your credit card each week thereafter.  Pay the whole program up front and save 10%.  (Please note that because these are prepared meals, the state requires us to charge tax, which is not included in the price).

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  Obviously, we cannot guarantee results, especially since all participants who follow the program will have access to other foods outside the program.  BUT – we are here to give you the highest quality food that supports radiant heath, exercise suggestions, a stress-management program, cooking instruction, and support.
We have worked very hard to put something together that will make you the best you can be in 2014.  I hope several of you that have been “on the fence” will find an option that will work for you.  I know of no program  anything like this.  We will offer it once a year – so sign up now!
I will be back in Gloucester to sign you all up on Friday, January 17., but you can call John at Savour anytime.  We will have a simple contract to sign that tells us which option you will be following and allows us to charge your credit card to “pay as  you go” according to your instruction.  We need at least 8 people to make a go of it and will take at least 12 full participants with a few doing a modified program, according to their individual needs.  We need to know ASAP – we have a lot of shopping and cooking to do!

Savour Wine and Cheese Shares Their Fabulous Tuscan Vegetable Soup!

Kathleen Erickson Shares Her Out-of-this-World Delicious Tuscan Vegetable Soup! Thank you Kathleen.  I know what I am making for dinner tonight!

Ribollita. Italian Vegetable Soup

Photo Courtesy Kathleen Erickson, via Sally Cameron, from the blog “A Food Centric Life”

Vegetarian or vegan, only 150 calories per serving.

Ingredients

4 T. olive oil

1 1/4 cup eggplant, peeled and cubed (small Italian or Japanese)

1 can diced fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained (14 1/2-ounce) (I like Muir Glen organic)

2 T. concentrated sun-dried tomato paste (in the tube)

1 cup fresh baby portabella mushrooms, sliced

1 c. onions, finely chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

1 small summer (yellow) squash, coarsely chopped

1 small zucchini squash, coarsely chopped

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning, dried

1 tsp. Himalayan pink salt (or to taste)

1/8 tsp pepper

2 cups vegetable stock (homemade or Emeril’s)

1 cup dry red wine

1 14 oz. can Cannelli beans

2 T. fresh basil chiffonade

8 tbsp Raw Pecorino Toscano Senesi cheese, freshly grated

Cooking Directions

I like to do this in two pans.  In one pan, drizzle 2 T. olive oil, sauté mushrooms and remove.  Add chopped eggplant and drizzle a little more oil if needed.  Sauté until cooked through.  In the other pan, drizzle 2 T. olive oil and sauté onions, garlic, summer squash, and zucchini until partially cooked.  Add the cup of wine and cooked eggplant.  Simmer until most of the wine is evaporated.  Add vegetable stock, diced tomatoes with liquid, all the seasonings and the beans.  Simmer on stove top for 20 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and the fresh basil.  Ladle into soup bowls and top with Pecorino cheese and crostini if desired.

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Don’t forget about our VB6 presentation and taco night with Dr. Marcus Marlow who is flying here from Chicago just to meet with us and help us understand the power of a whole foods, plant-based diet in achieving optimum health.  For those who expressed interest, I sent out all the main details of Savour and beach gourmet’s VB6 program.  Here is a link to the document, in case you want to pass it along or are simply interested in what we are doing this winter.

We meet on Thursday, January 9 at 7 p.m. for a discussion of the program and a sample of the food – tacos with homemade tortillas and all the “good-for-you” fillings.  Be sure to confirm with me if you want to come Thursday night.

Sincerely,

Kathleen Erickson Morgan
Savour Wine and Cheese

Chef Matt Beach’s Best Apple Tarte Tatin

Chef Matt Beach’s Sublime Dinner ~ continued

Matt Beach Apple Tarte Tatin ©Kim Smith 2013Individual little apple tarte Tatins hot and fresh from the oven

For the Chef’s Table dinner that I was so very fortunate to recently attend, Chef Matt Beach prepared simply the most delicious apple tarte Tatin you could possibly imagine.

A tarte Tatin is a tart cooked upside down and made with fruit (typically apples) that have been caramelized in butter and sugar prior to baking. The recipe originates from the Centre Region of France, a rich agricultural area where many tree fruits are grown. Peaches, plums, pears, and apricots may also be used to make the tarte.

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Matt Beach Apple Tarte Tatin -2©Kim Smith 2013Flipping the tartes from the ramekins

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Warm and ready to serve

Matt Beach Apple Tarte Tatin -5 ©Kim Smith 2013Chef Beach served the apple tarte Tatin with his equally as wonderful salted caramel homemade ice cream.

Beach Gourmet is a full-service catering company. They have a passion for sharing good food and friendship. And they know how to throw a great party! Their primary business is Catering and Event Management for parties large and small. Additionally, they have a thriving Personal Chef business, working for clientele they care deeply about and with whom they have grown to regard as both client and friend.

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End Note ~ Legend has it that apple tarte Tatin was originally created by Stéphanie Tatin in the 1880s at the Hotel Tatin, located in Lamotte Beuvron, France, and which is still in operation. Visit this fabulous website Friends of the tarte Tatin for more information, the history of, and for a recipe as close as possible to the original 19th century apple tarte Tatin recipe.

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Chef Matt Beach’s Sublime Dinner

Chef Matt Beach’s Sublime Dinner

Chef matt Beach Meghan Pozzi ©Kim Smith 2013Chef Matt Beach and Sous-chef Meghan Pozzi

Chef Matt Beach’s Table is an experience not to be missed. For holiday gift giving, a gift certificate to a memorable evening around the Chef’s Table would make a truly unique and very special present for a family member, friend, or group of friends.

Chef Matt Beach Chef's table  B Waring ©Kim Smith 2013John Lamarinde and Bea Waring, Chef’s Table Guest

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At this time of year most of us, I sincerely hope, are enjoying cooking and eating delicious holiday meals and treats. Like many of us, I developed a love for cooking because of festive childhood memories centered around making holiday deliciousness with my mom, sisters, grandmothers, and friends. I also love to cook because of my experience when very young of working at a country French restaurant, located in my hometown of Dennis, (the other) Cape Cod.

I should clarify and say the owners of the restaurant were Italian and Swiss, but the chef was all French—Bernard was his name—a very slender, fiery-tempered, red-headed, and red-faced Alsatian man. I was hired at 13, initially to sew new tablecloths and curtains for the restaurant and then was kept on, working at first as a salad girl, and then given increasingly more challenging positions. I adored working there not only because of the many fascinating personalities and interesting jobs, but because each afternoon at four o’clock every member of the staff sat down together at a long dining table to eat a delicious dinner prepared by the Chef. The meals were oftentimes fresh fish caught by the owner earlier that day, and even a simple hearty sandwich on beautifully crusty French bread baked fresh that morning seemed wonderfully tasty. I loved, too, the kitchen garden, located just outside the dining room’s large picture windows. One of my jobs was taking care of the garden and I learned much from Chef Bernard about growing herbs and vegetables. Today it is commonplace for American restaurants to have kitchen gardens and for Chefs to shop for produce from local farmers but back then it was not the norm to grow your own.

I will never forget one very special evening when Chef Bernard was seen with a shotgun, chasing around and around the garden, dressed in his full chef’s wear, big white hat and all, cursing at the top of his lungs (in English, French, and German), and with a dining room full of patrons, because rabbits were eating his prized greens! The very next day Haveahart traps were placed in the garden by the owners and rabbit stew was promised to us by the Chef although, as far as I know, none were ever captured.

For the next ten years I worked in a range of different types of restaurants and night clubs in a variety of positions, including hostess, cook, cocktail waitress, and bartender. These jobs supported me as I worked my way through art and design school. Are there any job as memorable as our first jobs? My early jobs in restaurants led to interior design projects working with several architects on a dozen Boston restaurants, including Hammerley’s and Flora’s however, the experiences and kind (and colorful) people at my first job left a deep and lasting impression.

I am sharing this long-winded story because Sunday night my husband, Tom, and I were invited to join Savour’s Open Chef’s Table. Chef Beach’s dinner was simply sublime and the wines Kathleen chose to accompany each course were exquisite. Megan was the sous-chef and John Lamarinde was in charge of service, and both did a fabulous job at that. While enjoying Chef Beach’s dinner and the lively conversation and company of fellow guests I was reminded of those staff dinners at La Coquille, and not just because of Matt’s extraordinarily delicious dinner and the warm ambience around the Chef’s Table, but because the main course was Rabbit Ragout!

Chef Beach is sharing his recipe for Rabbit Ragout! Have you ever had rabbit? If not, you are in for a superb treat, especially with the slow-cooked method in which Chef Beach prepares the rabbit. With the many photos from the evening’s event, this post would be far too long to include the recipe. The recipe will follow in a day or so.

Chef Matt Beach Chef's table ©Kim Smith 2013Shelia Lummis Enjoying the Boiled Shrimp Cocktail, served with a Light and Lemony Mayonnaise

Pear and Blue Cheese Tartlet ©Kim Smith 2013Amazing Pear and Blue Cheese Tartlets; both appetizers were served with the very (very) delightful sparkling Italian wine, Ferrari Brut.

Chef Matt Beach Chef's table salad ©Kim Smith 2013A Beautiful Salad of Mixed Greens with Roasted Squash, Goat Cheese, Toasted Pecan, and Shallot Vinaigrette, served with Cellar de Roure Cullerot BiancoChef Matt Beach Rabbit ragout ©Kim Smith 2013Rich, Flavorful, and Wonderfully Tender Rabbit Ragout with Homemade Pappardelle (Pasta), served with a very fine red wine, Cocci Grifoni Tellus

Chef Matt Beach apple tarte tartin ©Kim Smith 2013Chef Beach’s To-Die-For Warm Apple Tarte Tatin with Chef-made Caramel Ice Cream, with Casa Lola Tre Monte Albana Passito Romagna from Italy

To read more about how you can join the Chef’s Open Table visit the Beach Gourmet website at: beach gourmet

Sage Floral ©Kim Smith 2013 copyGorgeous flower arrangement from Sage Floral

What could be simpler for holiday celebrations than picking up ready-made appetizers and hors d’oeuvres? Beach Gourmet offers a fabulous selection of in-store holiday hors d’oeuvres, including their divine caramelized onion dip, artichoke dip, and creamy brie en baguette, with cranberries and walnuts (you may have sampled any one of these at Ladies Night). Additionally, for the Beach Gourmet extensive pre-order menu of hors d’oeuvres and dinners, see their exquisite holiday fare on the beach gourmet website.

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Another Great Christmas Gift Idea ~  During the months of January, February, and March, Chef Beach is offering gourmet cooking classes; classes in soups, brunch fare, desserts, and make-ahead dinners and hors d’oeuvres. You don’t need to sign up for all as the classes are offered individually at their gorgeous and pristine demonstration kitchen at Savour Wine and Cheese.

Matt beach, John Lamarinde, Kathleen Erickson ©Kim Smith 2013Chef Matt Beach, John Lamarinde, and Kathleen Erickson

Bubbly at Savour Wine and Cheese for Ladies Night!

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~  LADIES NIGHT SPECIAL  ~

10% OFF EVERYTHING IN THE STORE!

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Stop by Savour Wine and Cheese on Ladies Night to enjoy complimentary Champagne, sparkling wines, fabulous appetizers prepared by Chef Matt Beach, and cheeses from around the world. We hope to see you there!

 This is a wonderful opportunity to sample sparkling wines and Champagnes–the Lanson is a fine French Champagne that typically sells for 60.00 a bottle!

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Lovely Gift Boxes to Fill with Yummy Treats

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Super Easy Make-it-Yourself Orange Infused Wine for Holiday Gift-Giving!

Orange Wine ©Kim Smith 2012Orange infused wine is wonderfully uncomplicated to prepare and makes a very much appreciated holiday host/hostess gift!

Although orange infused wine, or vin d’orange, is a warm weather Provençal aperitif, I never remember to make it during the summer months; only during the holidays, and that is because my family likes it so much they won’t let me forget!

This year I sought Kathleen Erickson’s advice (co-owner of Savour Wine and Cheese) on what wines she would suggest that would blend well with the flavor of the Clementines and cognac. She knew just what to recommend and steered me to the 10.00 a bottle bins. The Rayon Sauvignon Blanc from Chile sounded ideal, not only for the orange wine recipe, but also for the fondue I was making later that evening. As we found when preparing and eating the fondue, the Rayon Sauvignon was perfectly drinkable and delicious all on its own, too.

Rayon Sauvignon Blanc ©Kim Smith 2013 copyOver time I’ve experimented with the original recipe, which was, to my way of thinking, much too sweet—you can always add more sugar if you like a sweeter aperitif. I think you will find this concoction intoxicatingly fun, delicious, and aromatic. I hope your family and friends enjoy as much as do mine!

12-15 Clementines thoroughly washed and cut in half

3 bottles modestly priced dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc this year!)

1 Cup sugar

½ Cup Courvoisier

Long strips of orange zest

In a large glass or stainless steel bowl combine the wine and Clementines, gently squeezing each half to release some of the juice. Cover tightly and refrigerate for 5 days. Save the empty wine bottles and corks; wash and remove labels. You will need a fourth empty bottle.

Remove orange infused wine from the refrigerator and squeeze any liquid remaining in the orange halves into the large bowl. Discard oranges. Add the sugar and cognac, stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Strain through a sieve lined with cheesecloth. Pour wine concoction into wine bottles. Insert a strip of the zest into each bottle and cork. Chill the wine for one week. Serve neat or over ice.

Orange wine will keep for 6 months when chilled. Makes approximately 4 bottles.

Savour Wine and Cheese ©Kim Smith 2013jpg copySavour’s handy carryall, with seperate compartments for each bottle–perfect for the bread and cheese on your shopping list, too!

Join Savour’s Open Chef’s Table Sunday, December 2nd ~ 3 Seats Remaining

217I am just beyond thrilled to write that my husband and I have been invited to Kathleen’s and Chef Matt Beach’s Open Chef”s Table tomorrow night at Savour Wine and Cheese. There are three seats left at the table. Please come join us!!!

I have never had rabbit before and am so excited to try Chef Matt’s Rabbit Ragout. My husband and I both adore mushroom soup and I think my all time favorite desert is apple tart tatin. The wine pairings sound exquisite–I just hope I can stay not tipsy enough to photograph through desert! Monday I’ll post the photos (and perhaps more) from the dinner party!

Open Chef’s Table – Sunday, December 1st (3 seats remaining)

The main course of Rabbit Ragout and homemade pasta is one of the best dishes I have ever had.  With the Cocci Grifoni Tellusred, it is also one of our most
successful wine pairings. Come join us for Beach Gourmet’s Open Chef’s Table!

MENU

Hors d’oeuvres
Broiled Shrimp Cocktail

Pear and Blue Cheese Tartlet

Wine:Ferrari Brut

Trentino, Italy

Mixed Greens with Roasted Squash, GoatCheese, Toasted Pecan, and Shallot Vinaigrette

Wine: Cellar de Roure Cullerot Bianco

Valencia, Spain

Wild Mushroom Soup

Wine: Twelfth Night Pinot Noir

Central Otago, New Zealand

Entrée
Rabbit Ragout with Pappardelle

Wine:Cocci Grifoni Tellus

Marche, Italy

Warm Apple Tart Tatin

Wine: Casa Lola Tre Monte Albana PassitoRomagna, Italy

The Open Community Chef’s Table

Here is how it works. There are twelve seats available at the table.  You can reserve as many seats as you like.

Take one or take all twelve seats and invite your friends to join you. Your personal dining experience begins at 6:00 p.m. when you arrive at Savour Wine and Cheese for hors d’oeuvres and wine tasting at the wine machines.

Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. when you join your dining companions (whomever has bought the other 11 seats) for a four-course meal, each course paired with tasting-portion wines chosen by our in-house expert, Kathleen Erickson Morgan.

Call today to reserve your seat.  You can use a credit card to reserve your place and we will  not charge it until the day of the event.  If you choose to pay by check, make it out to Beach Gourmet.  
Checks will be held until the evening of the event.  (As this is such a small gathering, we must charge for no-shows, or cancellations within the 24 hours prior to the event.  Just call and let us know).
Price per seat is $90.00.  Wine is served in tasting portions, and is complimentary.  (MA Meals Tax and gratuity not included).  As always, if you have a food allergy, please inform your server.  We look forward to sharing this great event with you!

Sincerely,

Chef Matt Beach and Kathleen Erickson Morgan(Co-owners of Savour Wine and Cheese)

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Congratulations Savour Wine and Cheese on the Tremendous Success of Your First Annual Wine Tasting!

Savour Wine and Cheese ©Kim Smith 2013Savour Wine and Cheese’s First Annual Wine and Beer Fall Tasting Event was a phenomenal success. When I stopped by to take some snapshots at 3:30 there must have been 150 people and this was after the peak!Savour Wine and Cheese  -3 ©Kim Smith 2013.

This just in from Kathleen as I am writing the post–if it was too chaotic when you stopped by to pick up your order, Savour is extending the tasting discounts through the week (10% off 6 mixed wines or beer and 15% off 12 or more mixed wines and beers).

Savour Wine and Cheese  -4 ©Kim Smith 2013.Correction–there were closer to 200 people at the event, from as far away as Boston, Stoneham, and New Hampshire. It was Savour’s Best Day Ever and the event was only three hours long! Congratulations Kathleen, Bob, Matt, John, and Team Savour for much deserved success!!!

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Savour Wine and Cheese  -5 ©Kim Smith 2013.Savour Wine and Cheese Nora ©Kim Smith 2013. copySavour Wine and Cheese -6 ©Kim Smith 2013.Savour Wine and Cheese -8 ©Kim Smith 2013.Don’t you think Kathleen and Bob look like newlyweeds?

FREE Wine Tasting Event at Savour and Best Paper to Store Cheese

formaticum-cheese-paper-6_grande I learned so much from Kathleen Erickson in her fantastic series “Become a Wine Expert,” not only about wine, but also about cheese as she paired fabulously delicious cheeses with each wine. I asked her to tell us more about the interesting paper that they use at Savour Wine and Cheese when cutting off a wedge and wrapping for their customers. Kathleen writes ~

“Kim Smith had asked about our special cheese paper known as “Formaticum.”  So here is a bit about it.

Their slogan is “Cheese is alive.  Store accordingly.” Although you do not see it often, any good cheese shop should present you with your cheese purchase carefully wrapped in Formaticum (which is the only company that makes cheese paper of this quality). “

What make’s Formaticum so special? When you buy cheese wrapped in plastic or vacuum-sealed, it is suffocating and losing all its flavor and character. Formaticum is a special two-ply paper designed to allow the cheese to breathe, while also maintaining optimal humidity, which prevents the cheese from drying out. Formaticum is made of the same material that is used by the world’s finest cheese purveyors to wrap and store cheese and is manufactured in France.

Kathleen also writes, “Once you get your cheese home, store it in the Formaticum cheese paper.  You may wish to slip it into a loose baggie which allows some room for the cheese to breathe, if you are keeping it for a few weeks.”

Here is a link to their website and video on cheese-wrapping, which is an art in itself ~ Formaticum.”

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There are two special events taking place at Savour Wine and Cheese this coming week:

On Friday night from 7-9:30 pm is the Cape Ann Animal Shelter Fundraiser.

On Sunday afternoon from 1-4pm there is a COMPLIMENTARY Wine Tasting Event. Several of Savour’s excellent wine representatives from across the state will be pouring wines and answering question. Chef Matt Beach and Kathleen are creating appetizers to serve with the wines, which will also perfectly complement your Thanksgiving feast.

Visit their website for more information about both. events.

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Rather than waiting until October 2014 and due to the popularity of our “How to Become a Wine Expert” series posted here on GMG, Kathleen is again teaching her series in April,  2014. People are already signing up, so sign up soon to get the early sign-up discount. This would make a great Christmas gift. And for couples, a great gift to each other. There were several couples in our class and the evening was their “date night!” To sign up for “Become a Wine Expert,” visit Savour’s Events page.

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Renee Hansen and Geoff Rendall

Savour Wine and Cheese “Become a Wine Expert” ~ Week 5

Thank you Kathleen, Joey, and Toby for providing me the opportunity to take “Become a Wine Expert” series of classes to bring Kathleen’s wonderful expertise to our GMG readers. I loved every minute of the class and especially enjoyed meeting Kathleen and my fellow classmates!

Savour Wine and Cheese Class ©Kim Smith 2013

Our last class was wonderful fun, with a lovely dinner of sweetly crisp and delicious Pear and Arugula Salad along with a hearty and tasty Brunswick Stew, paired with an array of red and white wines. See recipes below, which Kathleen has so graciously provided for our GMG readers. 

Savour Wine and Cheese John Lamirande ©Kim Smith 2013For starters, John Lamarinde made popcorn, infused with a touch of truffle oil!

Pear Arugala Sald ©Kim Smith 2013Pear Arugula Salad

The theme of class five is food and wine pairings and preferences. Kathleen served a fabulous selection of reds and whites to pair with our meal. For thousand of years food and wine have gone hand in hand although the strict rules of yesteryear, in that white wine is the only acceptable choice for fish and red wine for red meats, are adhered to no longer.

Kathleen encourages experimenting and stresses that wine and food pairings are a matter of personal preference. There are however several concepts worth noting that will make choosing a wine to accompany your meal simpler. The basic idea is to pair wines with foods that are either alike, in other words mirror the other’s flavors; the opposite is also a helpful guideline, which is to contrast the flavors.

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For our food pairing class, Kathleen presented a selection of wines, both red and white, and sparkling, for us to experiment to discover our individual preference for each course. The following is the list of wines served for our class–all grand and delicious and much enjoyed by everyone!

Ferrari Brut (100% Chardonnay), Trento, Italy – $24.99

Hirsch Heiligenstein Vineyard, Kammern, Kamptal Gruner Veltliner, Austria, $29.99

Le Grand Bouqueteau Chinon (Cabernet Franc), Loire Valley, France – $14.99

Panizzi Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Italy – $15.99

Arnad Montjovet La Kiuva (Nebbiolo, Pinot Noir) – $18.99

Mas de Libian Côtes-du-Rhône, France – $19.99

L’Ecuyer de Couronneau Bordeaux (Merlot), France – $13.99

Cossart-Gordon 15-year-aged Bual Madeira, Portugal – $43.99

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I know where I’ll be shopping for Christmas gifts this season, for both cheese and wine, as well as that special hostess gift.

Kathleen typically teaches “Become a Wine Expert” series of classes annually in October, but there has been a great deal of interest expressed in taking the class sooner. If enough people are interested, she will teach the class again as early as this coming winter or spring.  Go to Savour’s website for details about the “Become a Wine Expert” series of classes.

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“Become a Wine Expert” Series Taught by Kathleen Morgan

Become a Wine Expert: White Wine

Savour Wine and Cheese “Become a Wine Expert” ~ Class 4

Brunswick Stew

1 3 – 4 lb. fryer chicken, cut up

1/3 c. flour

1 T. olive oil

2 or 3 medium onions, chopped

2 bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange), chopped (or Pablano Peppers)

5 c. water or chicken stock (you may need more)

2 28 oz. cans of chopped tomato (or Muir organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes)

1 6 oz. can tomato paste

2 c. edamame soy beans (already shelled) (or you can use lima beans, but they are starchier)

2 c. whole kernel corn (a 10 oz. bag or corn cut from 4 ears)

1 t. salt (to taste – usually needs more)

1/2 t. black pepper

½ t. white pepper

1/2 t. cayenne pepper (Typically, Brunswick Stew has as much a 1 T., but I use 1/2 teaspoon)

1/2 t. hot sauce (You can pass this with the stew for those who like it hotter)

2 t. Worcestershire sauce

1 c. red wine

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Savour Wine and Cheese “Become a Wine Expert” ~ Class 4

Savour Wine & Cheese ©Kim Smith 2013See GMG post for the first installment of “Become a Wine Expert.”

Last week I unfortunately had to miss the third class in the series “Become a Wine Expert,” taught by Kathleen Morgan, as I had to give a lecture that had long been scheduled. Fortunately, Kathleen has generously invited me to take the red wine class with her next series of classes, which I gladly accept and plan to report about for GMG!

Renee Hansen Savour Wine and Cheese ©Kim Smith 2013

Renee Hansen and Geoff Rendall

This week’s class was very interesting in that we compared the same wine, but with different variables such as tasting wines served in different shaped glasses, wines that had been decanted versus not decanted, and wines that were chilled versus the same wines unchilled. We discussed how the wine’s vintage is critical as different years produce different results—how could it not as grapes are an agricultural product? I often find this frustrating when purchasing wine (not at Savour, of course) because the description placed next to the bottle of the wine on display does not usually match the vintage on the bottle offered for sale.

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Most red wines benefit from decanting, although with some, like Pinot Noir, it is not recommended because the grape is too variable. Chianti in particular should almost always be decanted because it is very heavy in tannins. Kathleen typically decants Chianti for one full day, although most wines need only several hours. We tried the Castello di Bossi Chianti Classico 2009 ($22.99), both decanted and not, and the difference was more than remarkable (the decanted being the far more enjoyable of the two).

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Syrah wine glass, above, and to the right.

Wine enthusiasts often collect many different shaped glasses for different types of wines. I asked Kathleen if you were planning to only purchase one style what would she recommend. She suggests a tulip-shaped Syrah glass, with a thin crystal edge, and sturdy columnar stem. Thinner crystal for the edge of the glass is always preferable to thick glass as the glass imbues flavor as well.

Savour Wine and Cheese tequilla glass Kathleen Morgan -2 ©Kim SmithBelieve it or not, this is actually a tequila tasting glass however, Kathleen added that most Mexican people would never go near anything that fancy for tequila.

Savour Wine and Cheese wine chiller ©Kim SmithWhen bringing your own wine to a restaurant, Kathleen recommends keeping it properly chilled. This wine bottle cooler pack sold at Savour would make a practical and inexpensive holiday gift. Kathleen uses a charming trunk-inspired carry case (see below).

Savour Wine and Cheese Kathleen Morgan ©Kim Smith 2013

More great gifts available from Savour are their beautiful selection of decanters. I loved the elegant flagon decanters and think that they would make a very thoughtful hostess or Christmas present–decanters such as these would add a touch of grace to any table setting.

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On the left is the duck decanter and to the right is the flagon decanter.

Kathleen’s favorite decanter is the very hefty rooster decanter, for a very touching reason. You may or may not recall that the original Savour Wine and Cheese, located on Washington Street, tragically burned to the ground several years ago. With all the destruction and mayhem associated with the aftermath of a fire, one of the very few things to survive was her rooster decanter–filled with blackened water–but nonetheless unscathed.

Savour Wine and Cheese Kathleen Morgan rooster decanter ©Kim Smith

Savour Wine and Cheese rooster decanter ©Kim Smith

Michelle demonstrates how weighty the rooster decanter feels.

The “Become a Wine Expert” series of classes are held on five consecutive evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00, at Savour Wine and Cheese, located at 76 Prospect Street. She is planning to do another series possibly this winter or spring. Kathleen provides each student with a terrific notebook with maps from every wine producing country and region, articles, recommended books and links, descriptions of wine varietals, an interesting wine aroma wheel for describing wines, and more.

To learn more about Kathleen’s interest in wine (she also has a PHD in history) see Joe’s Good Morning Gloucester interview with Kathleen here.

“Become a Wine Expert” Series Taught by Kathleen Morgan

Become a Wine Expert: White Wine

Become a Wine Expert: White Wine

Savour Wine & Cheese ©Kim Smith 2013See last week’s GMG post for the first installment ofBecome a Wine Expert.”

In this week’s “Become a Wine Expert,” Kathleen introduced us to the world of fine white wines. They are her favorites and she believes strongly that white wines will only gain in popularity, for both women and men, as people become increasingly more interested in fresh fish, vegetables, poultry, and pork. She showed us how to taste using the front, mid, and back of the palette, and by trying this technique you really do discover more about the complexities of the wine. It is also fun to do!

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Our first sample of the evening was Rainer Wess Wachauer Grüner Veltliner from Wachau, Austria ($18.99). We looked at the color of the wine by tilting the glass over a piece of white paper. A wine can show a range of hues from clear, sparkling bright white to golden yellow, and also cloudiness if the wine is unfiltered. It is logical that grapes grown in cooler climates are lower in sugar and higher in acidity because the growing season is shorter; the Grüner Veltliner from Wachau is no exception. Its color is clear and bright and Kathleen recommends pairing it with all kinds of veggies, including asparagus, which is not that easy to pair. With its name derived from Veltlin (Valtellina) in northern Italy, the Grüner Veltliner grape is believed to date back to Roman times

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Savour Wine and Cheese -3 ©Kim Smith 2013I found our next sample, La Monasesca Verdicchio di Matelica from Marches, Italy ($22.99), wonderfully enjoyable. Kathleen paired it with their very tasty Salame Gentile and she recommends it for a wide range of foods including nuts, cheese, antipasto, artichokes, and fish. She feels it is the very best wine to serve with lobster and showed us the beautiful Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Riserva, bottled in a special type of bottle called the Empress. The Verdicchio grape is another ancient variety from Italy and is grown primarily in the Marches region of the central part of the country.

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Our third tasting of the evening, Roaring Meg Pinot Gris from Mt. Difficulty Central Otago, New Zealand ($19.99), was also a favorite of the evening. I loved its effervescent, almost sparkling quality, and there is an apt term to describe wines that have this dancing quality; the actual term is “jazzy”! Kathleen cautions against inexpensive wines labeled Pinot Grigio, which are generally Franken one note wines made for the American market. Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are both made from Vitis vinifera; the gray-blue color of the grape lends its name to the grape (gris, meaning gray in French).

Savour Wine and Cheese -4 ©Kim Smith 2013.Judith, Megan, Tracey, and Don

The L’Oliveto Chardonnay from the Russian River, California ($19.99) was interesting and provided Kathleen an opportunity to talk about white Burgundies, which are also made from the Chardonnay grape. The Chardonnay grape is itself very neutral, with the many flavors associated with it derived from such influences as terrior and oak barrels. The Chardonnay grape is vinified in many different styles, from Chablis to Champagne, and is the second most widely planted grape worldwide.

Savour Wine and Cheese -6 ©Kim Smith 2013. jpgKathleen demonstrates the Rabbit, which is a handy gadget if you are having difficulty removing the cork.

The Clos Habert Chenin Blanc from Montlouis-sur-Loire, France ($26.99) was tasted next, and is Kathleen’s unabashed favorite; it is the wine she always keeps on hand. She paired it with Ewephoria smoked sheep’s milk cheese and the combination was fabulous. The Chenin Blanc grape is known for its ability to age well and has been cultivated in France for nearly 1300 years; official French documents mention Chenin Blanc as early as 845. Because they are organic, not filtered, and with no additives, Kathleen is a huge fan of wines from the Loire Valley and believes they are the best and purest in the world. Chenin Blancs are easily paired with a range of entrees including grilled chicken and roast pork.

Our last wine of the evening was Weingut Karl Jostock Piesporter Treppchen Riesling Spatlese from Mosel, Germany, which Kathleen paired with some out of this world bleu cheese, Cambozola Black Label Reserve. The Riesling grape originated in the Rhine region of Germany and it is used to make dry, sweet, and sparkling wines. Rieslings become more complex as they age, often taking on a golden honey color. Tracey, a fellow student, described the Piesporter Treppchen Riesling as having a honeysuckle quality, and I couldn’t have agreed more! There are many levels of sweetness in describing Rieslings; Spatlese is in the mid-range of sweetness, and as the grapes linger longer on the vine, their sweetness increases and becomes more concentrated.

“Become a Wine Expert” Series Taught by Kathleen Morgan

The “Become a Wine Expert” series of classes are held on five consecutive evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00, at Savour Wine and Cheese, located at 76 Prospect Street. Kathleen also  provides each student with a terrific reference notebook full of maps from every wine producing country and region, articles, recommended books and links, descriptions of wine varietals, an interesting wine aroma wheel for describing wines, and much more.

“Become a Wine Expert” Series Taught by Kathleen Morgan

Savour Wine & Cheese ©Kim Smith 2013Savour Wine and Cheese Welcoming Sign at 76 Prospect Street

Through arrangements made by Toby Pett and Joey I was invited to take Kathleen (Erickson) Morgan’s wine class at Savour Wine and Cheese in exchange for writing about my experience. Toby had recently taken the class and absolutely raved about it and wanted to bring it to GMG readers. I have mentioned previously that I typically purchase wine based on the attractiveness of the label and I have to tell you that after just this first class I will no longer have to rely on this wholly unreliable method! Tuesday night I tasted the most wonderful and intensely flavorful wines imaginable, paired with some dreamily delicious cheeses, and can’t wait to take the next class (plus all my fellow students are super fun!)

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Kathy is a fantastic instructor and she has designed the course into five easily comprehensible evenings covering: 1) Taste, 2) White Wine, 3) Red Wine, 4) Practical Knowledge (including vintage, proper temperature, stemware, etc.), and 5) Special Deluxe Wine Pairing Dinner.

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The “Become a Wine Expert” series of classes are held on five consecutive evenings, from 7:00 to 9:00, at Savour Wine and Cheese, located at 76 Prospect Street. Kathleen provides each student with a terrific notebook full of maps from every wine producing country and region, articles, recommended books and links, descriptions of wine varietals, an interesting wine aroma wheel for describing wines, and more.

Savour Wine and Cheese carries wines in a range of prices from $10.00 a bottle up to hundreds. According to Kathleen, there is a “sweet spot,” in prices, where from about $14.00 to about $24.00 a bottle you can get much higher quality and taste for the money than in the $10.00 to $12.00 dollar range. Beyond $24.00, the quality is less incrementally exceptional in relation to the cost of the wine. The wines we tasted ranged in price from $13.99 to $27.99.

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The first wine we tried was a classic Sauvignon Blanc by Fernlands of New Zealand ($13.99). Kathleen explains that there are four noble grapes (six if you wish to include Sirah and Sauvignon Blanc), and they are Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet, and Pinot Noir. Noble grapes is a wine term used to describe the grape varieties commonly associated with the highest quality wines. The name Sauvignon Blanc means “Wild White,” which describes its green, herbaceous flavors. The Sauvignon Blanc was the lightest of the wines we sampled and I think would be delicious with pesto, green salads, and chicken. Kathleen paired it with the most wonderful runny stinky cheese, Bonne Bouche goat cheese, which I am going to run over and pick up some this afternoon because I just can’t get that delicious flavor off my mind!

Savour Wine & Cheese -6 ©Kim Smith 2013Our second wine of the evening was Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer from Alsace, France ($27.99). I do not typically enjoy Gewurztraminers and generally find them too sweet. Wrong! This wine was one of my favorites of the evening, simply “Top of the World.” The Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer would pair perfectly with Thai food, spicy Asian food, and had floral notes of orange blossom and jasmine (although that sounds very sweet, I repeat, was not too sweet). Kathleen recommends serving the Zind Humbrecht Gewurztraminer with Thanksgiving dinner and I am most definitely taking her advice!

Savour Wine & Cheese -5 ©Kim Smith 2013The third wine of the evening, Meomi Pinot Noir from the Central Coast of California ($24.99), was my very favorite. Wonderfully rich and smooth, and tasting of chocolate velvet cake, cherry-berry, and everything yummy, the Meomi Pinot Noir seemed to be the favorite of the group as well. Kathleen explains that Pinot Noirs are the most expensive wines to produce because the grape (Vitis vinifera) has the thinnest skin, which makes it susceptible to rot, sunburn, and pests. The name is derived from the French words for “pine” and “black” alluding to the grape variety’s tightly clustered dark purple pine-cone shaped bunches of fruit. An inexpensive Pinot Noir is probably not made from Pinot Noir grapes; most likely it is made from Gamay grapes.

Savour Wine & Cheese -7 ©Kim Smith 2013JPGKathleen’s business partner and super-helpful husband, Bob Morgan. Kathleen and Bob are newlyweds!

The fourth wine of the evening was the Five Vitners Zinfandel from Dry Creek California ($23.99) and here is where I learned not to drink several samples of each wine during the course of the evening.  I recall it being delicious, but I was having too much fun and had stopped taking notes at this point…next week we are sampling eight wines and I will be sure to only take a tiny sip of each so I can give a description of all and hold up my end of reporting about this wonderfully enjoyable and enriching experience!

To learn more about Kathleen’s interest in wine (she also has a PHD in history) see Joe’s Good Morning Gloucester interview with Kathleen here.

Savour Wine & Cheese -9 ©Kim Smith 2013JPGMy family adores fondue in the winter–I know where I’ll be purchasing all my cheeses in the future!

Congratulations To Kathleen Powers Morgan (Erickson) and Robert Morgan!

Just wanted to let you all know that Robert Morgan (co-owner with me of Savour Wine and Cheese) and I were married last Wednesday, June 5 in a lovely, intimate ceremony in beautiful Sedona, Arizona.  Feel free to stop by and extend your best wishes!  If you see Bob, be sure to say "hello!"


By the Oak Creek, where we held a small reception at L’ Auberge with four of our children.

wedding vows

Exchanging vows in the small Spanish chapel at Tlaquepaque.

sedona panorama

Panoramic view of Sedona from the helicopter

sedona cactus

Cactus in bloom on Airport Mesa

Kathleen Powers Morgan (Erickson)

Co-Owner of Savour Wine and Cheese

76 Prospect St. Gloucester, MA 01930

Open Table Dinner With Beach Gourmet and Wine Tasting Machines At Savour Wine and Cheese

Check out www.beach-gourmet.com for more information on the Open Table Concept

Welcome to the Beach Gourmet and Savour Wine and Cheese Chef’s Table

The Chef’s Table is a great way to extend our hospitality to clients for private tastings and classes. Our antique, hand-crafted table seats up to twelve people comfortably and is uniquely located inside Savour Wine and Cheese, adjacent to the Beach Gourmet exhibition kitchen. Guests at the table experience an exclusive private dining experience with a menu that is designed specifically to compliment the wine pairing.

These events are typically booked for private parties and are not open to the public; however we periodically open the table to reservation on a first-come, first-served basis. The Community Chef’s Table is a great way to meet new people who share a love of good food and wine or who simply want a change from the fast paced restaurant scene.

Your personal dining experience begins when you arrive at Savour Wine and Cheese for hors d’oeuvre and wine tasting using the Napa Technologies dispensing system. Dinner follows shortly afterward, when you join your dining companions at the table for a four-course meal, each course paired with complimentary tasting-portion of wines selected by our in-house expert, Kathleen Erickson.

SAMPLE MENU

Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy.

Hors d’oeuvre

Cheddar and Gruyere Shortbread

Sausage Stuffed Mushroom Cap

Wine: Marc Hebrart Premier Cru

Blanc de Blanc Champagne

(Tasting at Wine Machines)

Starter

New England Crab Cake with Spring Greens Julienne Vegetables and House Dressing

Wine: Hirsch Heligenstein Gruner Veltliner

Kammern/ Kamptal

Entrée

Grilled Lamb Chop with Oven Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Pan-Fried Red Bliss Potato and Jus

Wine: Prado Enea Gran Reserva

2005 Muga Rioja

Dessert

Grand Marnier Bavarian Cream Tart

Wine: Tre Monti Casa Lola

Albana di Romana Passito

Watch the website and Facebook for announcements of future Community Chef’s Table events. Or, sign up for our newsletter to be one of the first to know about these exciting evenings.

Do not delay in making your reservations. Community Chef’s Table events tend to sell-out very quickly.

The price range is typically $75 to $90 per guest (MA Meals Tax and gratuity not included). A credit card or check is needed to hold your place, but will not be processed until the day of the event. As this is such a small gathering, we must charge for no-shows or cancellations within the 24 hours prior to the event. Just call and let us know prior to the 24-hour deadline if your plans change.

We look forward to sharing a great evening with you!

Owner Kathleen Erickson Gives Us a Demonstration Of The Wine Tasting Machines-

While at The Beach Gourmet Open Table Dinner Sunday night Kathleen Erickson Paired Incredible wines with the equally delicious dinner served by Chef Matthew Beach.

When they hold their next Open Table Dinner do not hesitate to sign up.  It’s such a hit there’s no way these don’t sell out every time.

Wine Dinner – Passports Thursday April 26th with Wine PhD Dr. Kathleen Powers Erickson

Wine Dinner in Celebration of Spring
Thursday, April 26, 7:30 p.m.
Passports Restaurant
110 Main St., Gloucester, Ma.
978 281-3680

with Chef Eric Lorden
and Dr. Kathleen Powers Erickson (The "Wine PhD")

4 artfully-prepared courses and 4 fabulous wines!
$50.00 per person

First Course:
Matzo-dusted soft-shell crab, pan fried, with
Cajun-spiced mayonnaise
Wine: Paul Cluver dry Riesling
from Elgin Valley, South Africa
(Will be on the wine list – bottle: $30.00, glass: $8.00)

Second Course:
Salad of caramelized brussel sprouts and
Tasso Ham, on a bed of arugula, with Dijon vinaigrette
Wine: Eberle Cote de Robles Blanc,
from Paso Robles, California
(Will be on the wine list – bottle: $40.00, glass: $10.00)

Third Course:
Grilled Icelandic Arctic Char and spring ramps,
with peanut mole,
side dish of quinoa with mushroom medley
Wine: Tenuta Sant’ Antonio Corvina,
from the Veneto, Italy
(Will be on the wine list – bottle: $30.00, glass: $8.00)
 
Fourth Course:
Rhubarb and apple crisp, topped with
Kilthurn English farmhouse cave-aged cheddar
Wine: Campbell’s Rutherglen Tokay,
from Victoria, Australia
(Will be on the wine list – half bottle: $24.00)

Savour Wine and Cheese Opens its Doors to the Cape Ann Community June 30th

Savour Wine and Cheese announced today that they will open their doors at 24 Washington Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts on June 30, at 10A.M., just in time for the Fourth of July weekend. The company’s highly-trained staff helps the customer navigate through a sea of wine and cheese options, insuring the “perfect fit” for everyone.

Savour has 20 different wines on five state-of-the-art wine dispensing kiosks from Napa Technology that “allow the customers to try before they buy,” says owner and operator Robert Morgan. Each is controlled by smart cards that allow customers up to 10 half-ounce tastes. “These machines are the only ones on the North Shore,” says Morgan, “and allow the customer to compare different styles in a range of prices.”

Kathleen Erickson, “The Wine PhD,” is the co-owner and resident wine expert. “Our goal is to introduce the community to an extensive variety of hard to find, unique, small-production wines at a great value,” Erickson says. She is certified sommelier with a highly educated palate allowing her to relate easily to a wide variety of wine preferences. “A good sommelier is like a coach,” says Erickson, “she has to be able to scout out good wines and match them with the buyer’s individual taste.”

Krista Julian is Savour’s “Cheese Wiz.” Julian is a trained chef who interned at the highly respected Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Julian concentrates on specialty cheeses and meats, complimenting the wine expertise at Savour.

Savour invites the community to come in and try the new sampling kiosks and our unique selection of wines, cheeses, and specialty foods such as Trupiano sausage and homemade pastas. Savour is open seven days a week allowing everyone to try before you buy.

Savour Wine and Cheese was founded in 2010 as a family business. It is our goal to enrich the wine-buyers experience with education and personal attention. Savour is on the forefront of the wine industry on the North Shore of Massachusetts with a knowledgeable staff, wine-tasting machines, and a unique variety of wines. Try before you buy!

Meet Kathleen Erickson New Owner- Savour Wine and Cheese

Kathleen will be reopening Duckworth Beach Gourmet as Savour Wine and Cheese.  She will be taking over the former Duckworth Beach Gourmet spot which was the former Ned’s Groceteria which was the former Donut Jim’s at 24 Washington Street Gloucester, MA 01930

Look for our video interview tonight at 5pm

For more info you can check out here site here-

www.savourwineandcheese.com

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