On Friday, March 15, from 3-6pm, we will be having an educational wine and cheese tasting in the center of our store.
This month, we are featuring wines from Australia, which has become the sixth largest wine producing country in the world. Nearly 2,000 wineries are spread through every state, and many of them are small family-owned operations. On Friday, we will be sampling from Rosemount Estate, located in South Australia, where the wine industry is responsible for more than half the production of all Australian wine. The region has a vast diversity in geography and climate, which allows the state to be able to produce a range of grape varieties–from the cool climate Riesling variety in the Clare Valley wine region to the big, full-bodied Shiraz wines of the Barossa Valley. Come in on Friday for the Rosemount Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon Blend, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Merlot.
Along with those wines, we will be sampling Ascutney Mountain Cheese from Cobb Hill. Cobb Hill is an intentional co-housing community in Hartland Four Corners, Vermont, begun by Donella Meadows, renowned founder of the Sustainability Institute. Cobb Hill is comprised of people learning to live lightly on the earth and building community among themselves and with their Hartland neighbors. The intention of sustainability underlies the living, farming, land stewardship, learning and teaching activities across all components of the community. Their cheese is made from raw milk that comes from pastured Jersey cows that are bred and raised at Cobb Hill by their dairy enterprise partners Cedar Mountain Farm. From May to September, the herd grazes on pasture maintained without artificial pesticides or fertilizers. During the non-pasture season, the Jerseys eat a small amount of grain as well as hay that is grown on the fields of Cobb Hill and neighboring farms. Ascutney Mountain is an alpine-style raw cow’s milk cheese with a sweet, mild, nutty flavor. Similar to a gruyere or raclette, it has a smooth and creamy texture and pairs well with a variety of beers and wines.
We hope to see you on Friday, March 15, from 3-6pm for this exciting pairing.
Beer and wine tastings are open to all folks aged 21 and older.