Fondue Tasting this Friday

This Friday from 5-7pm at Provisions we’ll be providing samples of hot cheese fondue made with our special 3-cheese fondue mix, pre-cut and available in the dairy case.  The folks at Fort Cheese can also help you select cheeses perfectly tailored to your palate to do your own fondue and school you in proper fondue technique.  This makes a great meal for the snowy weather.

At the wine store on Friday from 5-7pm we’ll be pouring some special wines to go in and with the fondue.  These events are part of FAB Fridays where businesses on and around Fulton Street put on special events to make the end of the week something special.  Look for more FAB Fridays the first Friday of every month!

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Tuesday’s Burgers

Terry the butcher features innovative burgers at the butcher counter on Tuesdays.  They’re pre-made patties just ready for you to cook and are made with meat sourced from within 200 miles of the store.  Our veal, beef, lamb & pork all comes from Arcadian Pastures, Stone & Thistle farms & Slope Farms, all upstate NY.

Tonight’s burgers are bacon cheese burger and a lamb feta burger.  The bacon cheese burger is all grass-fed beef and is a mix of short rib and brisket, ground with applewood smoked bacon and aged grafton cheddar.  The The lamb burger is pasture-raised lamb from Arcadian Pastures mixed with fresh parsley and feta cheese.  These burgers need no condiments or complements, they are delicious just on a plate or a bun.


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Tumeric Alive Tasting Tonight

The cure for the holiday season!  Tonight from 5-7pm at Provisions try Tumeric Alive, a health drink made with turmeric, ginger & spearmint.  This drink evolved after an East Village resident traveled to Hawaii and was introduced to the turmeric root and found relief from joint pain and digestion problems after its use.  Sounds like the perfect drink to raise a glass of after the end of the busy holiday season!  For more information about Tumeric Alive, visit their website here.

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Christmas Eve & Weekend Hours

Christmas eve the wine store will be open from 10 am to 7 pm and Provisions will be open from 8 am to 6pm.  Both stores are closed Saturday, December 25 for Christmas and Provisions will be closed December 26 but the wine store will be open the day after Christmas.

We wish you and yours a wonderful, peaceful holiday.

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NY Times Best Sparkling Wines

We’re pretty excited to announce that we were able to get our hands on a few cases of the Philippe Foreau Vouvray Clos Naudin Brut NV ($24) selected as ‘Best of Tasting’ and ‘Best Value’ french sparkling in yesterday’s NY Times.  Described as “complex and distinctive with savory, toasty flavors and a touch of honey, yet dry and refreshing,” this will be a fun bottle to open for Christmas or New Year’s.

To reserve yours, call us at (718) 797-9463.

We also have the Parigot Cremant de Bourgogne Blanc de Blancs Brut NV ($22), which was #2 on the Times list (and a year in, year out favorite as it appeared as #3 on the Times’s list of value sparklers two years ago).  Tangy, balanced and refreshing, with dry, chalky, spicy flavors according to the Times.  If we have any left on December 29, we’ll open it at our annual “Bubbles that Don’t Blow” event where we uncork all our sparkling wines over the course of 2 days (bubblies under $25 on December 29 and champagnes on December 30).


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Big Red Wine Tastings This Weekend

We’re pulling  out the big reds from Piedmont in Italy – Barolo and Barbaresco – tonight from 6-8pm.  Come bask in the glory of the nebbiolo grape as showcased in these exquisite wines.  We’ll open the Ferrando Carema Etichetta Bianca 2006 ($39), the Cantina Del Pino Barbaresco Albesani 2005 ($60) & the Paolo Conterno Barolo Ginestra 2005 ($75).

Then tomorrow, Saturday,  December 18 from 5-7pm, we’ll be opening some Chateauneuf du Pape, that well-known Rhone.

We’re opening some of our more expensive wines through the end of the month because these are quite often gift wines and at least this way you’ll taste what you’re giving instead of having to hand over the bottle and ask “well . . . aren’t you going to open my gift?”

Both days Lobster Claus will be out and about on Fulton street handing out copies of parts I & II of his ‘tail.’

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Funky Old Madeira

Tonight from 6-8pm we’ll sample Charleston Sercial Madeira from the Rare Wine Company along with some special red and white wines.

Madeira was so popular in the 1800s, just as brownstone Brooklyn was being built, that a wine list dated in the year 1844 from the Astor House (which used to be in Manhattan at Broadway and Vesey) features half a page of madeira wines and just a handful of first growth bordeaux and grand cru burgundies.  Madeira makes a great gift – it can last up to a year after being opened

Charleston Sercial is nutty and tangy with some sweetness but is relatively dry compared to most madeira.

Mike recently added some wines and spirits specifically geared at the home cook.  For cooking, we recommend H.M. Borges medium dry madeira ($12).  For the cook, we recommend the Charleston Sercial.

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The Tail of Lobster Claus

He’s appeared on Fulton, at Greenlight Books and at the Brooklyn Flea.  But who IS this nondenominationally jolly fellow?  This being New York, he’s written a book, available in 4 separate parts each weekend day of the Flea.  Parts I & II have already been passed out at the Flea at One Hanson Place and will be also available at Greene Grape Provisions this Friday, Dec. 17 from 5-7pm.  Part III will be available Dec. 18 from 12-3pm at the Flea and Part IV will be available Dec. 19 from 12-3pm at the Flea.  And after December 20, you can read his entire tail on the Greene Grape website.

Happy Holidays!

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