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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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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Lobster Claus!

This Friday from 6-8pm you can catch Lobster Claus outside Greene Grape Provisions.  He’ll be fresh off his flight and ready to snap photos with you.  Jasper Hill Cellars will also be visiting with samples of Cabot Clothbound Cheddar and Landaff cheeses and the wine store just up the street will be breaking out some of our more expensive bottles and be pouring tastes of some delicious burgundies.

Neighboring businesses on Fulton will also be providing treats or special offers as part of FAB Fridays on Fulton.

Lobster Claus will also be visiting Provisions December 17 from 6-8pm.  Catch him while you can.

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Spanish Wine Tasting Tonight

Tonight at the wine store from 5-8pm, our resident Spanish wine enthusiast, CJ, leads you through three fantastic reds.  Sample Valderiz Ribera 2008 ($18.75), Barahonda Monastrell 2009 ($14.00) and Ludovicus Terra Alta 2009 ($13.50).

These spanish wines demonstrate the range of wines to come from the varied terrain of Spain.  The Valderiz Ribera 2008 ($18.75) comes from the Ribera del Duero, the northern plateau on the Duero river.  There winemaker Tomas Esteban grafts old vines to turn Tinta del Pais (Tempranillo) into a subtle and more fruit friendly style of Ribera wine that sees 6 months of French oak.

From Southeastern Spain near Jumilla, the arid wine country of Yecla produces medium and full body wines like Barahonda Monastrell 2009 ($14.00) with hints of black pepper and full tannins. This 100% Monastrell wine is deep purple in color and sees no oak adding to its youthful and fresh spirit.

And finally, 45 miles south of Barcelona, the town of Batea in Terra Alta rises 1300 ft above the Mediterranean at the same altitude and temperature as its neighbor, Priorat. The warm climate allows the old vines to fully ripen and produce fruit forward reds with good structure and elegant body. The Ludovicus Terra Alta 2009 ($13.50) is a classic Terra Alta D.O. blend of garnacha, syrah, and cabernet sauvignon with a wonderful share of Tempranillo that contributes succulence to the wine. Aged for 3 months in both American and French oak there is no mistaking the vanilla, dark fruit, and mineral tones with a hint of dark chocolate on the nose.

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NY Times ‘Best Value’ Wines for Thanksgiving

Last week we sold out of the Lyeth Meritage 2007 ($16.50), the Sonoma County red that the NY Times named ‘Best Value‘ and the ‘Best of Tasting‘ in their column on Thanksgiving wines this year.  We are happy to report that (as the distributor nicely put it) our “persistence paid off” and another few cases of this “fresh and energetic” wine with “flavors of dark fruit and earth” arrive today, just in time for Thanksgiving.  To reserve yours, call us at (718) 797-9463.

Add a bottle of Oregon’s Foris Rogue Valley Pinot Gris 2008 ($16.50), the ‘Best Value‘ Thanksgiving white the Times called “elegant and juicy with a touch of sweetness” yet “balanced by acidity” to make it “refreshing” and get both bottles for $29.75 (that’s 10% off).  Offer good only until 9 pm on Tuesday, November 23.

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Raise a Glass to Baked!

Tonight, Tuesday Nov. 16 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at the wine store at 765 Fulton, we’re pouring some sweet sparkling wine as an aperitif to a book signing by Baked, the Red Hook bakery that supplies us with our wonderful brownies, peanut butter krispy bars, cupcakes and granola!

Stop in and sample our Musva Moscotel sparkling wine and then walk across the street to Greenlight Books where you’ll be able to sample desserts from Baked and hear from the authors Matt and Renato about their new book, Baked Explorations.

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