Wine & Craft Beer
SHOP FOR WINE IN OUR ONLINE STORE
Pastoral is a mecca for cheese lovers and party hosts alike. The attention paid to quality and craft does not stop at the cheese; the wine and beer selection at Pastoral is carefully chosen to accompany our many styles of cheese as well as the artisanal spirit of our store. The knowledgeable staff at Pastoral is always available to entice your taste buds and educate you about the artisan delights that make the store so unique. One of our specialties is helping you discover the perfect pairing for foods, wines and beers you have selected to ensure that they are well enjoyed together! We aspire to provide the same assistance in our online store.
At Pastoral, we focus on smaller, estate driven producers that practice environmentally conscious agriculture.
We seek out wineries using sustainable, organic and biodynamic techniques, and those that source grapes from their own vineyards. We want to know that our wines are carefully looked after from vine to bottle.
Our wine selection includes classic expressions of the world's major wine regions and intriguing bottles from exotic locales. We represent popular varietals and exciting blends. From Bordeaux to Mendoza, and Merlot to Bonarda, we believe that exploring wine should be as fun, delicious and enlightening as choosing cheese. Stop by our stores and check out our wine wall; the wines are arranged by body, from lightest to fullest, to mirror the cheeses in the case it will pair well with, from the freshest to the most aged. And our knowledgeable staff is always eager to help you find the perfect pairing.
At Pastoral we believe, in matters of wine and cheese, the total experience is greater than the sum of its parts. We are happy to offer suggestions of cheese, charcuterie and accompaniments to add that extra touch. Visit soon so we can help you put together an impressive and delicious wine and culinary spread.
WHAT WE'RE DRINKING THIS MONTH: Italian reds
This month's beverage focus is red wines coming from Italy. Italy is one of the larger wine producing countries making world renowned and classic wines from places like Tuscany and Piedmont as well as more unique wines from the off beaten path places like Sicily, Trentino and Puglia. We look forward to showcasing both the familiar and the lesser known wines all month long. These wines drink well all year round but we find them even more enticing with the changing of the season from summer to fall.
We will be showcasing wines from:
Rosso di Montalcino is the baby brother to the world renowned Brunello di Montalcino. Both are required to be 100% Sangiovese Grosso (considered the best of all the Sangiovese clones) but the Brunello must be aged for a longer time in barrel and bottle. Camigliano is a family run winery that started producing high quality wines in the late 1950's. The Rosso is aged for a year before being released (6 months in oak and 6 months in bottle) It has impressive depth with dark cherries, a touch of anise, leather and a hint of smoke.
Barolo is made from the Nebbiolo grape and must be aged for at least 3 years (2 in barrel) It is referred to as 'the king of wines and wine of kings' because of its grand history as one of the world's greatest wines. The Oberto family has tended the lands around the village of La Morra for generations but only started producing their own wines in the 1960's. La Morra is known to produce some of the more finesse driven Barolos that tend to be more accessible in their youth. This is a truly classic wine that is drinking quite well in its youth. Dusty cherry fruit up front followed by leather, graphite and a savory finish with underlying notes of black truffle.
Elena Walch was a leading figure in encouraging quality and innovation in the region of Alto Adige and is credited with the quality revolution from an area known for jug wine. Deep in color, deep in blackberry and plum flavors. Medium in body and a little funky but not over the top due to refreshing acidity.
This fully operational Augustinian Monastery also happens to make some really great wines. Schiava is also known as Trollinger and is known for making lighter styled wines with cherry fruits and refreshing acidity.
Tami is a co-op winery founded by Arianna Occhipinti with the idea to make natural wines accessible to all. (Natural wine guidelines - Organic or better farming, indigenous yeast, no fining or filtering, minimal sulfur addition) Cherry and strawberry fruits with pleasant acid and just a wonderful touch of rustic charm.
Paolo Petrilli 'Agramante' (Nero de Troia, Bombino, Sangiovese, Montepulciano)
We were able to get a really great deal on this bottling as only about 6 cases of this vintage were still around. Nero de Troia is pretty uncommon outside of Puglia but as the main varietal in this bottling it really gets a chance to show off its cherry and violet persona.
A stylistically broad spectrum selected with pairing in mind.
The broad range, ancient history, and global renaissance of artisanal brewing is showcased in our edited selection of large format brews tailored to offer our patrons the opportunity to pair specific beer styles with cheese, charcuterie, and chocolate.
We stay on task all year selecting our sometimes iconic and sometimes rare rotating collection of bottles brewed both near and far to bring you the next perfect pairing. Our eager staff prides itself in advocating the best brewed pairing option, be it Schwarzbier with Camembert, Rye Ale with Prosciutto or IPA with Stichelton.
Let our cheesemongers introduce you to the ease with which the varied textures, flavors, and persistent bubbles of beer can make our edible offerings sing and make your next gathering unique.