Wine of the Week – Reyneke Vinehugger 2014

Reyneke wines from Stellenbosh, South Africa are produced by Johan Reyneke, Jr. who began in 1998 and developed an organic approach to winemaking, eventually moving to using biodynamic principles.

His approach was groundbreaking at the time when he first began making Reyneke Wines Stellenbosch.This moderately priced ($17.98 SRP) wine, Reyneke Vinehugger 2014, is deep red and fruity with a nose of currants, blackberry, bell pepper, plum, spice, oak, and ginger. On the nose, it offers hints of currant, blackberry cherry, cedar, cigar box, violet, rose, earth, truffles, coffee and leather. It is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (50%) and Merlot (50%).

Reyneke believes in allowing the wine to speak for itself and express the farm’s unique situation without chemical enhancements. This one is 13.5% ABV. We’ve been a fan of Reyneke’s wines for quite a few years now, enjoying their freshness and fruitiness. We find this one to deliver excellent value on a wine by the glass list. In the U.S., The Indigo Wine Group, Venice, FL is the importer.

Make everyday a special occasion with this Cabernet blend!

Wine of the Week – Los Vascos Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Blanc, 2012

This rich and elegant wine from Los Vascos in Chile’s Colchagua Valley blends Lafite traditions with the winery’s own terroir. Les Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) acquired the brand in 1988 after searching 100 Chilean wines to find one that met its standards of excellence.

Grande is an appropriate designation for this wine is unique, grand and special. It’s described as “a benchmark for elegance and finesse” and that is not an exaggeration.
Sniff cherries, black currants (75% Cabernet Sauvignon), strawberries (5% Malbec), raspberries (10% Syrah) and plums with hints of bay leaf and black pepper (10% Carmenére), according to the winemaker, Marcelo Gallardo. Deep ruby red, it also has a herbal notes – think vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg cloves, and more. The grapes for this particular vintage were outstanding quality with “remarkable concentration.” It is 14% ABV.

It’s rich beauty leaves the sipper wanting more and it’s a grand way to celebrate and make special a non-special occasion!

The wine is imported by Pasternak Wine Imports in Harrison, NY.



Pier 6 holds 2nd yoga/brunch event

BOSTON – Pier 6 on the Charlestown, MA waterfront held its second yoga and brunch event this year, drawing over 100 people to exercise on the pier. A largely female, largely millennial contingent, the group moved in unison to instructions as they engaged in healthy exercise on a sunny day on a pier guided by Jess Ray from Equinox on Franklin St. downtown.

Her class, from 9 to 11 a.m. took students through various routines intended to help build strength and relax both mind and body, all done to recorded music. Customized mimosas with Champy, the new sparkling beverage from Sonoma introduced late last year by Emmy award-winning TV Dining Playbook’s Jenny Johnson and Mother Juice’s cold-pressed, organic juices accompanied fresh fruit, bacon, breads, and scrambled eggs. The event was $35 per person which included a one hour class, rental yoga mats from lululemon and the mimosa brunch.


A new restaurant set for the Charles Hotel

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Charles Hotel here reportedly expects a new restaurant to open in the former Rialto space, Benedetto, created by Michael Pagliarini, according to General Manager Alex Attia. Pagliarini is the chef-owner of Giulia in Porter Square.

Wynn Resorts casino wins waterfront permit

SOMERVILLE, MA – Wynn Resorts was granted a permit for its Mystic River waterfront casino/resort project by a state environmental official, the Boston Globe reports.



An article by Vicky Mayne on www.desk.TheContentCloud.net about augmented reality and the current Pokémon craze caught our eye today and we wanted to share it. Go to www.desk.thecontentcloud.net to learn about the mix of real world with an imaginary one that’s led to a new era in which many cellphone users are chasing an imaginary game creation, Pokémon from their PokémonGo free app. Mayne points out that augmented reality today “can let you take a peek inside a restaurant as you walk by, allow you to try on clothes without a changing room and give you a 360-degree in-situ preview of your home decorating plans .

The challenge for content marketers will be how to use this technology to provide a useful service to chosen audiences. Such an exchange of practical information in return for loyalty, trust or attention is at the heart of content marketing.” Because visual information is processed faster than text and interactive formats can keep users occupied, spending more time on your sites. It’s an intriguing new world and one we all need to learn more about!



Johnny Carino’s Italian files second bankruptcy

AUSTIN, TX – The owner of Johnny Carino’s Italian, Fired Up Inc., filed for its second bankruptcy since 2013, according to Nation’s Restaurant News. It currently has 84 units, franchised and company owned, down from 173 in 2006. The company is said to be seeking a buyer.

c4883cdb-db4e-4cfc-918d-cb84ac16e631.jpgNortheast Organic Farming Assn. (NOFA) holds conference

AMHERST, MA – The Northeast Organic Farming Assn.’s 42nd annual Summer Conference takes place here at University of Massachusetts Amherst Aug. 12-14. 1,000 participants will explore such challenges as climate change, racial inequity and more. Leah Penniman of Soul Fire Farm and André Leu of the International Federation of Organic Agricultural Movements (IFOAM) are the keynote speakers. Knowledgeable presenters will offer workshops on a variety of topics in eight 90-minute sessions. Before the conference begins, five half and full day intensive seminars will take place on grazing, homesteading, season extension, digestive wellness and regenerative agriculture. For registration and events schedule, go to www.nofasummerconference.org.




What’s Brewin’ – Cisco Brewers’ The Grey Lady

We discovered Cisco Brewers‘ The Grey Lady recently at Boston’s new Dig Inn in Copley Square, exclaiming: “Wow, there’s a lot going on in this beer!” after our first sip. And there is!
Named for the foggy island (Nantucket) where it’s brewed, The Grey Lady is nothing if not complex with notes of earthiness, malt, and tropical fruits. It’s brewed with fresh fruit and spices, accounting for layers of flavor.

The Witbier is four percent ABV and is fermented with Belgian yeast. It’s available in cans, bottles and on draft.

The brewery grew quickly from a small start-up venture in ’95 in the backyard of a winery, which began in ’81 and remains part of the company today. For awhile, Cisco was America’s only outdoor brewery, but within a year of it’s start in 1995, it built a new structure. Jay Harman joined the company in 1996 and single-handedly capped 60,000 bottles that year. Today, Cisco beers are available in 12 states. Check it out if you love beers with complexity that really satisfy.