What a glorious summer this has been. I hope that you were able to enjoy it. We’ve not sent an email out since May, when we noted that the hummers had returned and things were starting to bloom. We are now on the back end of that, with hummers getting ready to migrate to their winter homes, and days short enough that blooms are fewer and leaves are yellowing. That means that tasting season 2019-2020 is about to begin, and that we are shifting the wine portfolio back to more reds than whites, and a very few rosés.
In January, Dave McIntyre, who writes the wine column for the Washington Post, observed that though the range of places where we can buy and enjoy wine has expanded, our buying habits may be having the “ironic effect of narrowing our choices” (McIntyre, 25 January 2019). From movie theaters and Starbucks, to some Taco Bells and even Burger Kings, every place wants a piece of the wine and beer market.
Happy New Year to each of you. As we enter 2019, a year that begins with tremendous economic uncertainty, we return to the theme of being mindful about the decisions we make as consumers. We have consistently written about the importance of shopping locally. We’ve shared that there are associated ripple effects with more of each dollar spent staying in the community. It’s a relationship-based economy that can create an economic ecosystem with a unique, community identity.
The wine clubs gained members over the year. We expect them to continue next year, so long as we maintain at least ten members for each club. These clubs provide a means for the wine curious to learn about new regions, new varieties and lesser-known producers.
We offer two different clubs– Vineyard, a reds-only option and Terroir, which might include anything from all white or all red to combinations with sparklings and rosés.
For your convenience, here are our expanded Thanksgiving Week Shop Hours:
The glorious weather continues; there is actually a hint of green in southern Vermont, and the roads are nearly done heaving, at least in Green River. In the wine shop, we are shifting into warm weather stock with the arrival of new vintage whites and rosés, though the latter are shipped primarily in April and […]