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C CASA Cinco de Mayo Specials

Cinco (five) is the key word for celebrating Cinco de Mayo at C CASA. Start with their “Nachos Not!” — as in, not your typical nachos — at a special price of $5 for the small order. C CASA house-made tortilla chips are topped with black beans, white beans, or half and half, pico de gallo, goat cheese and chipotle aioli for a meal in itself.

Also featured at the special price of $5 per glass, Pavo Real, a white wine blend from Baja, Mexico. Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay are masterfully blended by Master Sommelier Ian Cauble for enjoying with lighter Mexican foods. For those who love beer with their nachos, a bottle of Corona will be available for the Cinco de Mayo price of $3.50 (there is a 5 in that one too.)

Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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New Cheeses for Spring at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Spring is finally in the air at the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant! With this beautiful weather and sunshine comes some fantastic seasonal cheeses from our own backyard.

Here are some of the newer seasonal favorites:
St. Pat, from the Cowgirl Creamery in Petaluma, CA. This luscious, soft-ripened brie style cheese, is made with the rich buttery milk from a herd of Jersey cows, tended by John Taverna, a local dairy farmer. The small wheels are then wrapped with the leaves of the Stinging Nettle plant. Once the leaves have been flash frozen, to relieve the “stinging” from the Nettles, they are wrapped around the cheeses during their brief aging period. Imbuing the rich creamy cheese with a light vegetal flavor and a subtle hint of artichokes.

Andante Dairy, also out of Petaluma’s fertile dairy lands, is finally back in stock! Tomme Dolce, an all time favorite of the staff at the Cheese & Wine Merchant, is one of the only aged goat milk cheeses produced by Soyung Scanlan, the head cheesemaker at Andante Dairy. Tomme Dolce is coated and rubbed with a blackberry or plum preserve on the rind, lending subtle notes of sweet fruit to the salty, tangy and caramel notes of the goat cheese. Tomme Dolce will only be available for a little while longer, so stop by to grab a chunk while you still can. Also, try some of their softer more delicate French influenced goat and cow’s milk cheeses that are a must try for cheese lovers of all types.

There is also a new creamery in Sonoma County, Moonside Creamery, from Sebastopol, CA. Their newest cheese, Lunetta, is another wonderful addition to all the fantastic cheeses produced in the area. Lunetta is a natural rind cow’s milk Tomme with a firm texture that may sometimes develop crunchy tyrosine crystals. The cheese offers bright flavors of citrus and cultured butter with a savory, long finish.

During the month of March Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is pairing this cheese with a locally produced Tannat wine that is part of their March wine club selection. The high-toned, salty notes in this cheese bring the ripe cherry fruit in this hearty California Tannat-based blend to the forefront while pleasantly softening its tannins.

Stop in at the Cheese & Wine Merchant and ask about their wines and taste some of these amazing cheeses!

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Grapes and beer, a match made in heaven.

At Fieldwork Brewing Company they are all about experimenting and pushing boundaries. With their Petit Verdot Grand Gose they’re doing just that.

Traditionally the Gose is a low ABV wheat beer with a subtle tartness. What separates the Gose from other beers of this flavor profile was its birthplace along the Gose River which had a high saline content. As much as Fieldwork Brewing would love to be alongside a river, these days they add French sea salt to their Goses to give them their traditional burst of flavor and lactobacillus for that balanced tartness. Along with the sea salt, they added Petit Verdot grapes to utilize a fruit often only used in small percentages of wine blends. The grapes give the Grand Gose a beautiful violet hue and jammy notes of raspberries and boysenberries, delicate tannins, and a cranberry like finish.

Finally, this oversized Gose gets its grand name from its higher than usual ABV at 6.7%. Fieldwork Brewing Company excited to back its Petit Verdot Grand Gose to the Oxbow taproom. Whether you enjoy beer or wine, you’ll easily find a new love for the Petit Verdot Grand Gose.

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Tokaji Dessert Wines from Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has in stock a fine and rare collection of fine Tokaji dessert wines from the historic region of Tokaj, Hungary. Many Americans reflexively dismiss dessert wines out of hand, in the mistaken notion that admitting they enjoy them somehow brands them as unsophisticated. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth, as some of the world’s most collectible, age-worthy and treasured wines are sweet. Tokaj has centuries of fame and was a favorite of the 18th Century French kings, the Hapsburg Court, and the Russian Tsars – so much so that it has come to be known as “the wine of kings and the king of wines.” These delicious wines can be served with simple fruit-based desserts such as poached pears or an elegant tart. Oxbow Cheese & Wine also suggests a lovely blue cheese with some fresh fruit and roasted nuts — a particularly nice way to end a winter meal.

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Holiday cheese & charcuterie platters from Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Looking for something delicious and easy to bring to that holiday party or dinner, or perhaps you are in need of a last-minute gift? Look no further, because the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has got you covered. Have the folks at the cheese counter whip you up an amazing cheese and charcuterie platter for your holiday party hors d’oeuvres. Call 707-257-5000 to place an order with a staff member, or stop by the shop in person and pick out what exactly you would like with one of the knowledgeable and helpful cheesemongers. It’s a perfect way to impress guests, family and friends, without adding to the stress and hecticness of a busy holiday season. Just make sure you place your order with staff at least 24 hours in advance!

If you are still searching for a nice gift for a loved one, pop in the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant and grab a bottle of bubbles or a load up a gift card for whatever amount you like. This is one simple and easy way to complete your holiday shopping list. Stop by the wine retail shop and have a staff member help you pick out some quality wines, sign up for the monthly wine club or just grab a gift card and let them decide for themselves! Whatever your holiday needs may be, don’t forget the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant can help you out during this busy season.

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Great Gift Ideas from Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

If you are looking for a great gift idea for a friend or family member who is a wine enthusiast, or that just enjoys some good bubbly, your search is over! The Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has your perfect gift for this holiday season.

Give your loved ones the gift of a bubbles,with the Sparkling Wine Club offered at the Cheese & Wine Merchant. You can purchase a single month (just the two bottles featured for that month) or sign up for a six month subscription, all the way up to a year if you are feeling extra generous this holiday season. The Wine Club selections are hand picked every month by the dedicated and knowledgeable folks at the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, the Oxbow’s sister store in the Ferry Building in San Francisco, and are guaranteed to be a slam dunk for any special occasion or Holiday festivities. If interested please ask any staff member at the Cheese & Wine Merchant. You may also email Jayne Droese, the wine club manager, for more info and details about the club.

They’re back… The Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has started receiving some of the seasons first batches of Rush Creek and Winnimere! These are the wonderful domestic versions of the classic and famous Vacherin Mont d’Or, from the Jura Mountains that border France and Switzerland. Rush Creek is from Uplands Creamery in Wisconsin. Winnimere is from Jasper Hill Farms in Vermont. Both are amazing cheeses filled with deep unctuous flavors, notes of bacon and beef, and an earthy pungent aroma. They are washed on a regular basis in a salt water brine, developing that funky reddish rind. They are then wrapped in a layer of Spruce Cambium, the thin layer of bark found between the harder more course outer bark and the inner heart of the tree. These cheeses are a must have for any Holiday parties with cheese lovers. You may also just enjoy with a couple friends, a baguette and a bottle of bubbles! Cheers and Happy Holidays everyone!

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Sparkling Wine Club

Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant (OCWM) now has a sparkling wine club in addition to its other very popular monthly and quarterly wine clubs. They have always cherished bubbly for its elegant and captivating qualities, its celebratory nature and incredibly arduous production, and encourage everyone to explore the world of bubbly in and beyond Champagne. For approximately $75 each month, Sparkling Wine Club members will receive one bottle of champagne and one bottle of sparkling wine that the wine team considers of the highest quality, and worthy of being partnered with a true champagne. From pear-scented Proseccos from Italy to zesty Cavas from Spain and delicious, champagne-style sparklers from all over the globe, the Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant looks forward to sharing some of their favorite bubbles with you! Just in time for the upcoming holidays, the Sparkling Wine Club would make an excellent gift for a loved one and can be gifted for a 6 month period, or any specified time frame. Cheers to drinking more bubbly, and don’t forget to sign up today! Inquire at the Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant.

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Amity Pinot Noir from Oregon at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has found a real gem: It is rare to find older American Pinots that are in great condition and showing significant bottle development. It is not that many Pinots can’t age well, but rather that most of don’t wait to find out! Amity is a small producer in Oregon founded by Myron Redford. Like his contemporaries, the late David Lett at Eyrie and Dick Ponzi at Ponzi Vineyards, Myron was one of the pioneers of modern Oregon wine production. A strict believer in “hands-off” winemaking, many wine professionals have felt his wines have been a bit uneven. When they have been good, however, they have sometimes been very good, and on occasion even exceptional.

Myron retired recently and sold his winery to the folks at Union Wine Company (Underwood cans!), who Myron believed would be great stewards of his and the winery’s legacy. In a dark corner of the winery cellar they found about 30 cases of this gem resting peacefully. Oxbow Cheese & Wine was able to grab a couple cases by virtue of having recently featured the Amity Pinot Blanc in their Wine Club. The flavor profile is very different than young Pinot. Instead of youthful cherry and red berry fruit, there is savory dried berry and plum, sage, tobacco, a touch of dusty earth — in other words a red that is maturing — but the wine still has firm acidity and solid tannins. It could probably go another 5 years if someone wanted to wait. If you ever wondered what Oregon Pinot could taste like with some bottle age, this is your chance, and at $39/bottle it is a steal.

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Tomatoes on the Menu at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Summertime is in full effect now, and  is celebrating the season’s first heirloom tomatoes with two new items on its food menu. The classic and always delicious Caprese salad is made with fresh mozzarella “Fiore di Latte” from the Belfiore Cheese Co. in Berkeley, CA, a drizzle of fig balsamic and EVOO, a dash of salt and pepper and, of course, some freshly chopped basil. The second new addition to the menu is the Caprese sandwich. Essentially the Caprese salad on a ciabatta roll, with the addition of some fabulous sliced prosciutto di Parma. For all you non-carnivores out there, you may certainly order it vegetarian style without the prosciutto. Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has also just rolled out, in addition to it existing Wine Club program, a seasonal Rosé wine club. Every month, alongside the regular wine club releases, two new and superb rosé wines will be available for those who enroll. This is a perfect limited club offered seasonally from May through October for you to enjoy. As with the other club types, the selections for the Rosé wine club will feature wines of diverse tastes, varietals, and origins and will be in the dry, crisp style. To get more info, please ask a staff member at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant.

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Beer and Wine Pair Well with Five Dot Ranch

Escape the summer heat and cool off at Five Dot Ranch and Cookhouse. Their beer and wine selection pairs well with their menu; for example, try the Haechi Cellars Dream Star Sauvignon Blanc with the Beef Gyro Salad. This salad is filled with fresh produce like crisp romaine, cucumbers and tomatoes and is dressed in light housemate tzatziki dressing, complementing the bright and lively Sauvignon Blanc. Or try the Napa Smith Cool Brew Hop Ale with a Crispy Beef “Carnitas” Sandwich. This dry, clean, refreshing pale ale pairs nicely with the cilantro-lime coleslaw, salsa verde and pickled red onions that adorn the beef “carnitas.” In addition to these summer recommendations, Five Dot has other wines to choose from including several reds and beers on tap from Anchor Steam and Napa Smith.

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Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant will Help Make Your 4th of July Delicious

The Fourth of July is just around the corner. Whatever you have planned, BBQ with friends and family, picnic, or just a quiet night in, the Oxbow Cheese and Wine Merchant has the essentials to make your Holiday a delicious one.
Some fairly new items in stock are the Friend in Cheese Co. mini jams and jellys. A fantastic company out of Santa Cruz who source their fruit and other ingredients for their products from local, organic producers. These little jars are a great accompaniment for all cheeses. The salted watermelon jelly pairs particularly well with bries, triple cremes, and other soft decadent cheeses. Aside from the many accoutrements and rare artisanal cheese beauties found at the Cheese Merchant, do not overlook the many limited production wines and craft brews as well. Just in from southern California’s Stone Brewing Co., Enjoy By 7/4, a freshly hopped double IPA (small production and limited availability, so get it while you can!). Don’t forget about the wines! After all it is the the Oxbow Cheese and WINE Merchant. There are some fabulous roses in stock, from France to our own backyard, as well as other great white wines that will be perfect for this summertime weather. Stop by the shop and don’t hesitate to ask a staff member either behind the cheese counter or in the wine retail section if you have questions or need any suggestions for you holiday and summertime needs. Cheers!

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Custom Cheese & Charcuterie Platters at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Memorial weekend is upon us! How time does fly. Memorial weekend heralds the start of summer time, and that means the gathering of friends and family to enjoy some well deserved sunshine and fantastic weather. Whether you’re bbq’ing, or just looking for some delicious hor d’oeuvres and tasty refreshing beverages to bring with you for that Memorial day party, Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has just what you need!

Call in advance or ask the staff behind the cheese counter to put together a custom cheese and charcuterie platter for you (24-hour notice is required when placing orders for cheese and charcuterie platters).

Don’t forget about the drinks! Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is after all, a wine merchant too! Many delicious rosés have recently been brought in by the Merchant’s superb wine buyers, and there’s nothing better in this season than a nice dry, crisp and refreshing pink wine to go along with all those lovely snacks. Try the new “Eugenia, the Motley,” a rosé predominantly of Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast. Quite dry, crisp and appealing with well balanced notes of young fruit such as strawberries and red cherries. This is just one of the many rosés, and amazing refreshing, zesty white wines that the Cheese & WIne Merchant is carrying right now.

Stop by the shop and peruse the cheese and wine retail counters to find something just for you, and don’t hesitate to ask the friendly and knowledgeable staff if you have any questions or need suggestions. Cheers!

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Kosher Wine Selection at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

Looking for a nice new Kosher wine to go with your Passover festivities? Then the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has exactly what you need. Come in and ask the staff about their new Kosher wine selection. You won’t be disappointed!

Long gone are the days when Kosher wines were either treacly sweet or pure drek! Jeff Morgan makes these two wines for his Covenant label, and if somebody didn’t tell you they were Kosher you would never know from tasting the wines themselves.

The 2014 Mensch California White, Lodi, $20 “Mensch” is Yiddish for someone who is a genuinely good soul, the kind of person you would turn to when you needed help or support, and they would be there for you. This wine is a blend of Roussanne and Semillon harvested in Lodi. It was barrel fermented with native yeast, but only shows a little bit of oak on the palate. The fruit character is mostly yellow apple with just a hint of melon. Medium-bodied, dry but not austere.

The 2014 The Tribe Red Blend, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, $38.50 This fine red is a filed blend of Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Zinfandel, all from one Dry Creek Valley vineyard. The 3 varieties are picked together and co-fermented. It is a fairly rich red, with ripe plum and dark berry fruit, a bit of oak and soft tannins. It is reminiscent of a southern Rhone blend, although those usually have Grenache in a starring role and here there is none. Like the white Mensch, you would never know this was Kosher if you weren’t told. The name is, of course, a reference to the 12 Tribes of Israel and the Old Testament.

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Moscofilero Greek Wine Available at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant

The Oxbow Cheese & WIne Merchant has just released its February Wine Club wines. With this month’s selections they are highlighting a wonderful new Greek wine, a Moscofilero. The Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant, Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant’s sister store in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, has collaborated with renowned Greek winemaker George Skouras to bring this special cuvée of Moscofilero for the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant private label. Moscofilero is a highly aromatic white wine varietal of Greek origin, grown primarily in Peloponnese, and is most akin to the Muscat grape and shows similar characteristics of perfumed aromatics and high acidity. It has a cornucopia of aromas from fresh cut roses and white flowers like night jasmine, to green apple, white peach, and lemon lime zest. Fresh, vibrant and elegantly cool, this wine can be enjoyed on its own but will pair beautifully with apple-fennel chicken salad. Stop by the Cheese & Wine Merchant and grab yourself a bottle, or take a seat at the bar and enjoy a glass! While you are there ask a staff member about joining their amazing wine club and enjoy these special wines every month. As a member you will get the benefits of wine discounts at both store locations, as well as discounts on all the cheeses at the Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant!

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Unique Tacos & Shareable Appetizers=Perfect Holiday Gathering Spot

If you’re looking for a casual, fun and lively place to meet up with friends over the holidays, stop by C CASA’s heated outdoor terrace. Their menu offers an array of shareable appetizers and unique tacos ideal for a casual afternoon or evening of festivities with friends. A select list of wine and beer perfectly complements the delicious and addictive “C Cuisine.” Call some friends and let the party begin!

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Holiday Gifts for Italophiles

Beat the holiday countdown with Ca’Momi’s all-denomination Gift Certificates, sparkling Ca’Rosa and Ca’ Secco wines, and those irresistible bignès. These heartcrafted Italian treasures were born to be shared, and make perfect hostess or holiday gifts for Italophiles, and anyone with a sweet tooth. While you’re stocking up, grab a quick piadina or pizza lunch and put your order in for organic Holiday Tiramisù … luscious layers of espresso-soaked ladyfingers, mascarpone and chocolate that are sure to pick you up.

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1931 Chateau Mossé Rivesaltes

Do you know anybody whose birth year is 1931? Or who simply wants to do a little vinous time travel? Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant has gotten its hands on a few bottles of 1931 Chateau Mossé Rivesaltes. This an extraordinary “Vin Doux Naturel” from the Roussillon region of France, only bottled in 2013. It is sweet but in no way cloying, with incredible length and complexity. A “vin de meditation” as the French would say, a wine to savor and contemplate, as words simply can’t do it justice. $173 a bottle, or have a taste at the Wine Bar, $26.

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Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant Now Accepting Apple Pay

Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant completed the transition to EMV, chip-enabled credit card processing last week, and as a benefit, is now accepting Apple Pay. The U.S. is the last developed country to make the transition the EMV (Eurocard/Mastercard/Visa) standards, and is 10+ years behind the curve in this important credit card security measure. The new equipment and procedures have caused more than a little confusion for both customers and staff at Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant. Please remember that it is all in the interest of enhanced credit card security, and that small merchants are at the mercy of the credit card processing industry no less than consumers. Use Apple Pay or one of the other smart phone payment systems — Oxbow Cheese & Wine reports that nothing is faster in completing a purchase.

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Authentic Pizza Napoletana

Guests in town? Ca’ Momi Enoteca’s got your back with authentic Pizza Napoletana, Roman-style piadine sandwiches, salads, and pastries available for takeout—all just a phone call away. Skip doing dishes and come down to Locals’ Night Tuesdays for $4 off the pizza of your choice with a glass of Rosso or Bianco di Napa. The Enoteca also serves daily lunch specials like warm, fresh-made piadine with insalata mista, plus flights of heartcrafted Ca’ Momi and Italian wines.

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Wine and food for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is here and everyone at Hudson Greens and Goods is thrilled to service you for all your holiday needs. The new location has made more space to stock specialty grocery items. Stop in to browse the selection of the latest items hand-selected to show off on your holiday table. Plus, Hudson Greens and Goods is owned by one of the best grape-growing families in the region, Hudson Vineyards, and their wine is sold exclusively in the store. So remember to stop in and grab a bottle to share with family and friends while giving thanks this year. The staff at Hudson would like to take this moment to thank all of its wonderful Oxbow supporters! You have helped them to grow and enable them to continue to give the community fine, locally grown organic produce and specialty foods. They are of the philosophy that they are in business to keep farmers in business. None of that is possible without your continued support. Thank you and happy holidays.

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Mulled Wine

Whole Spice would like to help bring you into Autumn with this warming mulled wine recipe! You can pick up a jar or a bag of mulling spice blend at the shop and check out the apple cider spice while you’re at it! Also, keep in mind, Whole Spice will be offering a 20 percent discount at the end of the month, November 28-30!

Mulled Wine

Ingredients:
Bottle (750-ml) red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon
1 1/2 – 2 Tbsp mulling spice blend
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brandy
dash of ground black pepper
Orange juice (squeezed from at least half of an orange)
1 pear, sliced
Orange peel from a half of an orange (peel the skin and add to the wine mixture)

Directions:
In a large saucepan, combine the wine, mulling spice, sugar, brandy, black pepper, and orange juice. Bring to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Add pear slices and orange peel. Simmer for additional few minutes and then serve.

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Toast the end of summer, beginning of fall

Nothing beats the end-of-summer heat quite like a cold glass of bubbly and a dozen freshly shucked oysters at Hog Island Oyster Bar in Napa. A farewell summer toast. On September 27, Hog Island is toasting its employees and will be closed for the day, reopening on Monday, September 28.

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South African Keermont

Curious about the wines of South Africa? Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant (OC&WM) has procured the 2011 Keermont Syrah for its red cellar trio wine club and shelves. This deeply flavored, complex red was grown in the beautiful amphitheater known as Paradise Valley in Stellenbosch. Production was quite limited, and the wine has received significant international recognition, including top awards from Decanter Magazine in the UK. The closest wine parallel outside South Africa for Keermont Syrah is probably Côte Rotie in the northern Rhone Valley of France, where the fine reds are predominantly Syrah (a little Viognier is allowed), and are legendary for their longevity in the cellar.

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Wine and cheese for fall

As the evenings get cooler, Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant (OCWM) is stocking up on those famous fall and winter cheeses to go with your Belgian ales, hearty Chardonnays and luscious Cabs! Stop in to try a sample of new local cheese and  imported favorites, and make sure to ask about the new wines in stock — everything from Albariño to Zinfandel! OCWM’s knowledgeable staff can help put together anything from a picnic or party platter. Join us!

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Sake & Oysters at Hog Island Oyster Bar

Hai, Arigato! Hog Island Oyster Bar is now serving premium Japanese sake from Sake Tengoku of St. Helena. A partnership of three local industry veterans — acclaimed sushi chef Ken Tominaga, Sake master Stuart Morris and business manager Julie Bath, Sake Tengoku imports high-quality, small production sakes that have never before been imported to the US.

Aizu Chushou Junmai’s subtle and complex aroma of quince, celery, kumquat and almond is a unique and delightful pairing with fresh seafood — and raw oysters.

Sake Brewery: Tsurunoe Shuzo Aizu Chushou,
Aizu Wakayama, Fukushima Prefecture
Founded 1794
Brewer Yoshimasa  Sakai

The city Aizu Wakayama where this sake is brewed has very drastic weather patterns, creating distinctive seasonal changes helping the local farmers to grow some of the best rice in Japan. Rice requires heavy rainfall, cool winters and hot humid summers. The temperature variation increases between days and nights during summer in the foothills of Fukushima. In winter, consistent snowfall cleans the atmosphere, stabilizing low temperatures to furnish a good sake brewing environment.

This traditional brewery uses no modern machines to make their sake. A visit to this brewery would astonish you…steaming rice in a large metal pots, ropes and pulleys, wooden platforms, wheelbarrows…all part of the day to day brewing process at this Sakagura.

All of their sake is truly handmade and in small amounts which lets this Toji input his beautiful spirit into the sake. The resulting sake is stylistically light, delicate, pretty and soft, much like the reflective moments spent by the koi pond in the rear of the brewery.

 

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Cheese and Wine for the Holidays

This holiday season, be the hit of the party! Oxbow Cheese & Wine Merchant is your first choice for local, handmade cheeses and exceptional boutique wines. Oxbow Cheese & Wine offers an outstanding selection of jams and preserves, crackers and crisps, nuts and dried fruits, caviar and champagne, everything you need to wow your friends and family! Chat with the knowledgeable team about a cheese-board crafted specifically for your party and let them help select great wines to go with your feast! New and going fast: Fondue from Rolf Beeler, gorgeous Swiss cheeses by Willi Schmid & Ueli Moser and much more!

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Pasta and Fagioli at Ca’ Momi

Looking for a great hostess gift or two? In addition to wines and sweet treats, Ca’ Momi is now selling a variety of gift baskets ranging from $70-$120 at its kiosk. And don’t forget to pick up a bottle of their brand new 2011 Pinot Noir Reserve — the ultimate turkey wine. After the party, don’t stress if you’ve dirtied all the pots and pans in your kitchen. Ignore the mess a little longer and dine with Ca’ Momi. Try a bowl of their new pasta and fagioli, a Rancho Gordo cranberry bean soup complete with pancetta and ditalini pasta.