It has been two months since our world (the US northeast) became a different place governed by new protocols, like social distancing, mask-wearing and curbside pick-up. Thank you for the trust you convey by allowing us to collect cases, half-cases, or bottles for you during this pandemic. We are expanding the hours of pick-up to include 4 hours on Saturday– 10:00-2:00 as well as the Friday,11:00-5:00 pick-up time. More on orders and pick-ups below.
Our customers have sent a clear message– social distancing should not occur without wine! In response to those pleas and to enable you to get the wines we’ll be tasting together in our virtual tastings, we will be at the shop on Fridays, filling orders and arranging for your curbside pick-up.
We can get wine to you without physical contact.
We hope that you are all well. We think of you daily, and miss our conversations with you. Over the past two and a half weeks that we have been closed, we have done lots of reading (I can strongly recommend Frederic Van de Water’s Reluctant Republic: Vermont, 1724-1791, an entertaining account of Vermont’s struggle […]
As the news from here gets grimmer, and the news from Italy just heart-breakingly tragic, we have decided that if there is any chance that we are transmitting one COVID-19 cell to any of you, it is not worth it. For now, Windham Wines is closed.
Bearing in mind that Social Distancing – or even Social Isolation – is upon us, Windham Wines is focused on helping our clients maintain quality of life. We know that many of you will be immersed in family time, including cooking and dining. To that end, we’re introducing curbside pickup. We offer to collect cases/half-cases/bottles for you via phone or email orders that you can drive by to pick up as we deliver to your car in our parking lot.
We had a wonderful celebration of the end of January with our organic-biodynamic-natural wines tasting on February 1st at New England House. The images above capture some of that fun. For those looking for a lively, beautiful sparkling to share with your valentine, we can recommend the Cerra la Barca, Vegas Altas, Petillant Natural, which […]
We have conceded Dry January, offering no tastings to help you achieve success with your resolutions but, . . . February begins with a tasting that is good for you– organic, biodynamic and natural wines. We celebrate the end of January, kicking off the new year’s events with a walk-around tasting of 25+ wines under […]
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.