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.
Just under a year ago, we introduced wine clubs from Windham Wines. We offer two variations: Terroir, wines for those interested in all styles of wine– red, white, rose, sparkling, and Vineyard, a reds-only option. For $60 per installment for 6 installments over the year, those who join would receive 2-3 bottles every other month (Feb/April/June/August/Oct/Dec) for which we provide notes giving you the stories of people and place as well as suggesting food pairings.
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.
I hope that you all enjoy Thanksgiving as much as we do. It is a wonderful time of family, friends, food and,of course, wine. After a token 5 km turkey trot, we all gather in the kitchen for much of the day, cooking, sampling, eating hors d’oeuvres, oogling over the new lives that have joined us since the last family gathering– we have 30-somethings whom we treasure. It is a glorious day that begins with “bloodies” or sparkling, and ends with a feast and bottles of red and white at the table.
For your convenience, here are our expanded Thanksgiving Week Shop Hours:
It is that time of year when we are meant to reflect a bit on gratitude. At Windham Wines, we are grateful always to those who continue to support us. Without your support, we won’t be here. In the age of Amazon Prime, and next to a state that locates massive single-buyer driven liquor and wine outlets on its borders, we need you.
Whites Timorasso– Piedmont: Ezio Poggio, $24, (organic) my new favorite white at the shop 49 acres of Timorasso globally, all in Piedmont Juhfark– Hungary, Meinklang, $22 (biodynamic) 385 acres, all in Hungary Biancu Gentile– Corsica, $34 (organic) 15 acres globally, all on Corisca Jacquere– Savoie: Quenard, $16 2538 acres in France, 7 acres in Portugal […]
We are ending the season of tremendous growth and fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables. Among those fruits are grapes; it is harvest time in the northern hemisphere. It corresponds as well with our two seasons of industry wine shows, where we taste the new vintage wines and new wines that our distributors are bringing into Vermont. At the shop, our portfolio of wines shifts from mostly whites and ross, to about two-thirds reds, the rest whites, ross and sparklings.