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.

Everything that you find in Cate & Co.’s bakeshop is created in their kitchen except for a couple of items that they discovered, fell in love with, and just had to share with their customers. They call these items “Cate’s Fantastic Finds!” The most recent “find’ is a line of nitrite-free salamis in a variety of distinctive flavors created by Bay Area producer Zoe’s Meats. Ideal for picnics and snacking, the salamis also make a savory accompaniment to a cheese board along with a sliced Cate & Co. sourdough baguette.