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Wine of the Week -Cabernet Sauvignon, Georges Duboeuf Pays d’Oc 2017

It’s Fall and time to think about heartier wines such as this Cabernet Sauvignon from Georges Duboeuf, a favorite French winemaker whose red table wines, among others, make Fall wine-sipping a treat. This wine’s deep red color and nose of aromatic red berries reflect its dark berries, Morello cherries, and ‘liquorice’.

The family began producing wines in the Maconnais region more than 400 years and in 1964, created  a wine merchant business celebrating its wines. Today, the winery works closely with 300 winemakers and have, since the ’80s, gained recognition in North America, Australia, and Japan as well as in Europe. Georges and his wife Rolande, and their son, Franck and his wife, Anne, today maintain a unique theme park for wine and viticulture. Their passion, they say, is “a family endeavor.”

It was a Beaujolais from Georges DuBoeuf in the 1980’s that introduced this writer to the glories of French wines and we remain grateful to this day!

NIBBLES

Say goodbye to plastic bags in Boston

BOSTON – The City of Boston recently passed an ordinance to lower the environmental impact of single-use plastic bags from local stores, working with retailers to transition away from them. New bags will cost at least five cents each and the city is urging consumers to bring their own reusable bags. The program begins in December. For more information, visit boston.gov/plastic-bags or email Stephanie Acquario at stephanie.acquario@boston.gov, or call 617-635-1761.

Businesses violating the new ordinance will be issued a warning for the first violation and if the same establishment is found to be in violation again, will be charged a $50 fee. Any additional violations in the same calendar year will result in a $100 fine.

The ordinance may be seen at https: http://www.boston.gov/departments/environment/reducing-plastic-bags-city-boston.Call Weights and Measures Department at 617-635-5328 with additional questions.

BevSpot and Toast integration set to help bars and restaurants succeed

BOSTON – A new partnership between BevSpot and Toast lets clients seamlessly use Toast POS data to make smarter ordering and inventory decisions and get quicker access to their business’ overall health.

 

The integration combines item-level POS data from Toast with inventory and ordering data available in BevSport without spreadsheets, uploads or exports. Sales data streams into the BevSpot account by selecting dates and new menu items flow into it automatically letting operators manage recipes and cost out beverages without creating them one by one.

 

Exact names and menu groups created in Toast will be used in BevSpot to offer consistency across the two platforms and provide clean data.
Restaurant and bar users receive an integrated solution and an exclusive hardware-software discount, getting the Toast Terminal Bundle and two months of the BevSpot pro subscription for free – getting an up to $2,000 value. Go to www.bevspot.com for more details.

 

NIBBLES

Costa Fruit and Produce offers food safety training

CHARLESTOWN, MA – Costa Fruit and Produce in the Bunker Hill Industrial Park here is offering food safety classes. The next is September 19th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  and will allow participants to attain ServSafe certification.

The class is $129 per person and includes a book, breakfast and lunch. If you are a foodservice manager, dietitian, director, chef, kitchen manager, or staffer, sign up to learn more about food protection. Contact Mike Scuderi at 617-912-8014.

 

 

Wine(s) of the Week

Sbragia Family Vineyards in Geyserville, CA offers several interesting wines – the 2012 Monte Rosso Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from the Moon Mountain District and the 2014 Home Ranch Chardonnay. The first is a blend of 95 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, four percent Cabernet Franc and one percent Petit Verdot. The Sonoma County vineyard is on the southwest side of the Mayacamas mountain range with iron-rich soils. Adam and Ed Sabragia, third and fourth generation vintners, share several blocks of the vineyard with their friend Mike Martini whose family bought it in the late 1930s.

The Chardonnay from Dry Creek Valley’s Home Ranch Vineyard, offers note of ripe apples, tropical fruit and toasted almonds. On the palate, one finds apple and citrus  with acidity and a long finish. The suggested retail price is $30. The Cabernet, aged 24 months in new French oak, is from a classic mountain vineyards that produce rich and concentrated fruit and has a retail price of $65.

Sbragia Family Vineyard has been making wines for decades. Check it out at 9990  Dry Creek Road, Geyserville, CA and visit http://www.sbragia.com