Napf Beeler & Riesling

This Friday 6-8pm at the wine store sample Napf Beeler, a firm cow’s milk cheese that has notes of herbs, flowers and grasses. The product of a collaboration between famed Swiss affineur Rolf Beeler and a cheesemaker from the Napf region, this cheese was nominated for Best New Cheese or Dairy Product at the Sofi awards this summer (the Oscars of Cheese!).

We’ll pair the Napf with the return of a renowned riesling, Washington State’s Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2010, a wine that ran out way too soon on the 2009 vintage and that we’re happy to have back in the store while the 2010 lasts.

Greene GrapeNapf Beeler & Riesling
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Daisy Flour Demo 12-2pm today

We’re thrilled to have Daisy Flour in the store for a flour demonstration! Come learn about soft wheat and hard wheat and flour made from other grains. They’ve prepared some crackers using their flour and the folks at Fort Cheese will be sampling some of their cheeses together with the crackers.

Daisy Flour uses 100% organic soft red winter wheat grown in New York and Pennsylvania to make their white and wheat pastry flours. We’ll have their whole range at the store from 12-2pm today. Stop by!

Greene GrapeDaisy Flour Demo 12-2pm today
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Petit Chapeau Cotes-du-Rhone 2009

‘Best Value’ Cotes du Rhone 2009 in the New York Times and described  by Eric Asimov as having “surprising complexity, with restrained flavors of smoky, earthy fruit and herbs,” this special selection of famed sommelier Daniel Johnnes is a VERY special deal at $11.

As wine director for Daniel Boulud’s restaurants and the recipient of a James Beard award for wine, Daniel Johnnes represents the pinnacle of palates in wine.  The ‘Petit Chapeau’ line allows Daniel, in his own words,  to “explore a fantasy of mine. They allow me to customize a wine either to my own desires and tastes, or to those of a client. They allow me to work with a winemaker and make a blend and a selection based on my taste that stretches beyond what I am offered.”

We’re beyond beyond to offer Petit Chapeau Cotes-du-Rhone 2009 at $11 a bottle but only have a limited supply.  Van delivery available in New York City on Mondays and Thursdays and local delivery available every day. 

Order the Petit Chapeau Cotes-du-Rhone 2009.

Greene GrapePetit Chapeau Cotes-du-Rhone 2009
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Jean Velut Champagne & Cupid’s Choice Camembert

Tonight as part of FAB Fridays, from 5-8pm we’re popping open our Jean Velut Champagne Brut NV ($42.75) at the wine store and sampling Old Chatham Sheepherding Company’s Camembert from the Hudson Valley at the cheese counter at Provisions.  Just for Valentine’s we have the Camembert available in mini-heart shapes perfectly proportioned for two.  They are an ideal accompaniment to champagne.

Greene GrapeJean Velut Champagne & Cupid’s Choice Camembert
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Brunello & Brownies

This Saturday from 5-7pm at the wine store meet Lisa Hill-Ries, founder of Girl Next Door Baked Goods that is located literally next door in Clinton Hill!  We’ll try her tipsy (bourbon and cherry) and cheesy (cream cheese streaked) brownies along with our wine of the week, Tenuta Maselli Brunello di Montalcino 2005 ($29).

Brunello di Montalcino never comes cheap.  After all, time is money.  By law, no Brunello can go to market without being aged 2 years in oak and another 4 months in the bottle.  Fanatical producers won’t release before peak perfection, which can be another three years or more.  No wonder there has been consolidation in this famous italian region, with smaller traditional Brunello producers selling their vineyards.  Imagine having to wait 6 years to get paid for your work!

As part of the purchase price of one estate, a well-known producer received a small amount of classicly-styled Brunello at its peak.  The wine had spent 30 months in oak and another 3 years aging in the bottle.  But the old winery’s brand was gone and the wine couldn’t bear the new winery’s label because they hadn’t made it.  The solution?  A new label, a price set to make the wine move and a special offer to ‘friends in the business’ (presumably to curry favor for the winery’s own higher-priced wines).  A major downtown restaurateur snapped up most of this wine but we were able to get 10 cases that we’re offering at $29 a bottle, easily the best value we’ve seen so far this year.  Under the old winery’s label, this wine would have commanded $60 or more.

Filled with notes of cherry and cedar, Tenuta Maselli Brunello di Montalcino 2005 represents old-school classic Brunello.  Use of traditional Slavonian oak (instead of the french oak barrels that are increasingly used to adapt Brunello to a more ‘modern’ style) allowed this wine to age elegantly.  A perfect pair to winter fare like roasts and stews, the cherry notes of the wine will also marry perfectly with chocolate, elevating both to sublime heights.  But don’t just take our word for it, join us on Saturday.

Greene GrapeBrunello & Brownies
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Brooklyn Hard Candy

As featured in New York Magazine’s Shop-A-Matic feature for suggested Valentine’s gifts, we’ve got four flavors of Brooklyn Hard Candy in stock.  And a tasting of these gorgeous goodies where you can meet their maker on Sunday Feb. 13 from 6-8pm at Provisions.

These hard candies come in flavors like pineapple, tangerine, concord grape and green apple and are made locally.  You don’t need a sweetie to indulge in these sweets.  They come in cute apothecary bottles, so they may be just what the doctor ordered if you or a friend is having one of those heartbreak Valentine’s Days.

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McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix Tasting

Join us tonight from 5-7pm at the wine store to sample McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix with Tito’s Vodka and meet Bob McClure!  McClure’s Bloody Mary mix is made using the brine from McClure’s spicy pickles and makes an amazing brunch beverage and would be a fun addition to a Super Bowl party.

Also for SuperBowl entertaining all our Pennsylvania beers are 15{0886acb4f5be58b49bf4e022446f4168c3918f2aad77c1481cecb92c8f2156f3} off and we’ve got seven different kinds of Wisconsin cheese at the cheese counter for your tasting/perusal/platters.

Greene GrapeMcClure’s Bloody Mary Mix Tasting
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Big Bowl Wines

This Friday 5-8pm at the wine store we’ll taste our 3 liter boxed wines from Cantina Valpantena, a cooperative in northern Italy.  Perfect for Super Bowl entertaining, both Valpantena’s Garganega 2009 white ($22.50) and Corvina 2009 red ($22.50) contain the equivalent of four 750 ml bottles, which comes to around $5.63 a bottle.  We’ll serve the wines with a taste of Big Ed’s cheese from Wisconsin.  Raw milk, like a young gouda, it is mild, buttery and meltable.  And at just $13.99 a pound, it’s a great way to feed a crowd.

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Last night was our staff party and after karaoke until 2 a.m. we want to give special thanks to the staff members who opened Provisions today.  Alec, Cruz, Erte, Georgina, LeKisha, Lynne, Ron, Sabrina, Steve, Terry & Tommy, we salute you.  And more special thanks to Alie and Barbara, catering team extraordinaire, who conceived and executed this most delicious menu:

Passed shots of Sweet Potato coconut soup

Brioche Buttons with D’Artagnan slab bacon, romaine lettuce, avocado & cherry tomatoes with cilantro mayonnaise

Housemade grassfed roast beef with horseradish sauce and baby spinach on Balthazar rye

Focaccia ‘dice’ Proscuitto di parma, housemade mozzarella, housemade olive tapenade and basil on Scratchbread focaccia

Laughing Bird shrimp po’ boys with celery root slaw on mini-baguettes

Pumpernickel open faced sandwiches with smoked Salavatore Brooklyn ricotta, fresh fig, basil and sea salt

Housemade baked heritage ham with orange dijon fig glaze

Open face homemade ice cream sandwiches:  bitter orange flowers on white chocolate mocha lace cookies and raspberry flowers on chocolate stout wafer cookies

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