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    Previously, the Cambridge Formaggio Kitchen wine department took care to identify the wines on its shelves that were made from organically or biodynamically farmed grapes and with no — or minimal — applications of sulfur. Remember those little ladybug icons? It was a reasonable step to take, since a significant subset of our clientele expresses a Continue Reading »

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  • 10/09/15--10:08: Why Wine, Anyway?
  • There’s something out there called the Biomolecular Archaeology Laboratory. It’s run by the University of Pennsylvania Museum and one of the things that keeps its inmates occupied is the examination of some of the oldest containers known for signs they once may have held alcoholic beverages. The idea is to determine when and where controlled fermentations Continue Reading »

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    The cave complex at Areni, Armenia houses the world’s oldest known winery. ARENI, ARMENIA.  As caves go it isn’t the sort to attract attention. There are no souvenir shops on the approach and no dramatic lighting within intended to highlight the kind of fantastic calcified structures that are so beloved of spelunker-wannabe tourists. There is Continue Reading »

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      Vincent Van Gogh believed that most of his 800 or so paintings were failures (an assessment shared by most of the art world at the time). Today, even “minor” Van Gogh pieces are prized by museums and collectors. Novelist Pearl S. Buck once remarked that “some of the biggest failures I ever had were Continue Reading »

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  • 03/15/16--13:26: Re-Inventing the Family Farm
  • In any boutique wine shop, including the Formaggio Wine Corner, our shop-within-a-shop, you will frequently hear the sales staff speak of “family-owned” vineyards. While this term serves most obviously as a counterpoint to “corporate” viticulture and industrial-scale wine making, the implication is also one of tradition, continuity, and the repeated transmission of know-how from one Continue Reading »

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  • 05/27/16--09:14: Are all wine vines related?
  • The vine that produces wine grapes is native to only one place on earth—the Caucasus mountain range, an area that today is comprised of parts of Georgia, Armenia, and eastern Turkey. Without exception, all the varieties of vitis vinifera (the true wine vine’s botanical name) we know today are descended from these original vines. Some Continue Reading »

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    Pink wine: we’re crazy about it. Whether it’s a French “rosé,” an Italian “rosato,” or a Spanish “rosado,” we can’t get enough pink wine! Did you ever wonder, while sipping your frosty glass of rosé on the roof deck, why it’s pink? What makes rosé different from a white wine or a red wine? Here’s a simple three-point Continue Reading »

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  • 08/30/16--11:00: Q & A with Richard Kzirian
  • Violette Wine Cellars is the importer, distributor, and retailer for natural and biodynamic wine where Richard Kzirian, long time friend of Ihsan and Valerie Gurdal, has challenged the wine scene for decades. Valerie reached out to chat with the wine pioneer himself about the industry and his perspective on how it has evolved in the last few decades. Ihsan and Continue Reading »

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  • 10/17/16--15:30: A Wine Quiz from Stephen
  • Over the summer, Chris Kimball and Stephen Meuse recorded their final radio spots for America’s Test Kitchen, in which they discussed wine. Starting soon, they can be heard under Kimball’s new brand, Milk Street Kitchen. The very last spot recorded featured a pop quiz on wine facts that Stephen sprung on Chris to see how much he learned in the last five Continue Reading »

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    We’ve described it as natural, happy, delicious and (yes) perfect. Why? Because in the 2015 vintage this hits all the pleasure points: bright, juicy fruit, just-right acidity, plush tannins and a scoop or two of that lovely Beaujolais earth. The source of the fruit is Domaine du Tracot, in the Dubost family since 1902, situated Continue Reading »

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    Headed for the Cape, Islands, mountains or beach house this weekend? We’ve got just the thing to bring along: a Wine Weekender “suitcase” from Formaggio Kitchen. This sturdy, lightweight, reusable and recyclable tote packs three bottles of wine from our renowned value shelves. Your pre-packed suitcase comes with either three dry, crisp white wines or Continue Reading »

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    Judging from the questions I field every day in the wine corner here at Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge, food and wine pairing continues to be a major cause of uncertainty and, frankly, anxiety. My sense is that a significant part of the problem is a too-fussy approach to the topic in general. Your home is not Continue Reading »

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