This Week's Magic Monday Deal

Today, in the midst of yet another snow storm, shop in your pj's. We have Valentine's Day covered. Top cuvee from arguably the best domestic sparkling wine producer, AND a discount? Oh, and it was #60 on the Wine Spectator's 2015 Top 100 List. Read on.

Roederer Estate, the American arm of Champagne Roederer, was established in 1982 in Mendocino's Anderson Valley. Warm days and cool nights form the perfect subclimate for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay....and these glorious bubbles.

L'Ermitage literally bursts with baked apple and pear, roasted hazelnuts, buttery toasted brioche, ginger, honeysuckle, and citrus. Accents of ripe red cherry and vanilla. A firm mineral core. Great acid, creamy mousse. Complex, layered. Long, crisp finish. Wow.

Practically perfect.

Sale is online only, through Sunday, Feb 14, or when product runs out. Pickup is in-store at your convenience. Just click on the Specials tab above to find your savings.

The Almanac

03/13/2016 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Notes From All Over

Fragile Beauty
Snow Tree

So much for Punxsatawney Phil's prediction of an early spring.....!

Friday's storm pretty much walloped the area, depositing a load of heavy wet snow that blanketed cars, houses, and-unfortunately-power lines. And while I could take this opportunity to poke fun at New England's odd regional customs regarding snow, bread, and milk, I'd rather focus on the fragile beauty hidden in the storm.

Quality vs Quantity
Quality vs Quantity

I grew up in a family that worshipped at the altar of pale tan Midwestern coffee, served all day long from an enormous, bottomless coffee pot. We didn't add cream or sugar; the coffee was already virtually transparent and didn't need to be further diluted. Then I moved to Rhode Island, and discovered the caffeine nirvana that is Coffee Exchange. I also spent several years working for an Italian importer. After a couple of true Italian espressos, the coffee of my youth held no more appeal than dishwater.

Grains and Grapes and Trails, Oh My!

A Franklin Belligham Rail Trail Committee Benefit

"You can't have a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least, you need a beer."
-Frank Zappa

"If I had 5 minutes to live, I don't think I'd be bothered singing a song. I'd be dead, so it won't really matter. I'd have a glass of wine and a cigarette."
-Loudon Wainwright III