Wine Wall

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.

WINE

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: Benchmark WINES

Benchmark Wines November 2013With the overwhelming responsibility of holiday feasting, entertaining and gifting around the corner, Pastoral is here to guide you through the season with our exceptional selection of Benchmark Wines.Selected for their outstanding quality and heritage, these wines are sure to wow your family, guests and loved ones during the holidays. We will be showcasing a selection of our Benchmark Wines during tastings in our retail stores as well as pouring a few of our favorites by the glass at Bar Pastoral throughout the month. On Tuesday, November 11th, join us at Bar Pastoral for a Premium Benchmark Wine Dinner in celebration of their 2nd Anniversary! 

We will be showcasing wines from:

Vincent Dancer 'Meursault - Les Corbins'

Dancer was the first producer in Chassagne to become certified organic, and there are less than a handful of others. He remains quietly individualistic, creating his own lean, bright, and savory style of winemaking, trusting his instincts and experience to make the best possible wine in his own way, Each cuvée, however, is truly a reflection of the terroir. It is not an exaggeration to say that the wines from Vincent Dancer are majestically unique, exceptionally delicious, and well worth the effort of seeking out.

Tasting Note:
Les Corbins is a tiny walled vineyard in the village of Meursault. The wine shows flinty minerality, nervy acidity and classic notes of citrus and stone fruits that pair magically with Gruyere. One smell will instantly transport you to the Cote d'Or.

Lucien Crochet Sancerre

The estate boasts twenty-nine hectares planted to Sauvignon Blanc and the remaining 9 hectares are planted to Pinot Noir. The soils are clay and limestone from the Oxfordian and Kimmeridgian eras. Since 1989 only organic supplements have been used in the vineyards which are planted to a density of between 6600 (older plantings) to 8700 vines per hectare. The harvest is manual, the soil is worked immediately around the vine but the growth in the rows between the vines remains throughout the growing season.

Tasting Note:
Textbook Sancerre showing classic mineral components followed by citrus notes and just a touch of grassiness. Wonderfully textured with just the right amount of weight on the palate.

Domaine du Banneret Chateauneuf du Pape

There are 13 varietals allowed to be used to make Chateauneuf du Pape and Banneret grows them all. However the majority of this blend is mostly Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. It is powerful and robust but still maintains its old world rusticity. This is a special occasion wine for sure but people recognize Chateauneuf du Pape as one of the world's best wines.

Tasting Note:
The first sniff will transfer you to southern France. Savory, fruity and powerful with spice, grilled meats and raspberry fruits

Andrea Oberto Barolo

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.

Tasting Note:
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.

CRAFT BEER

BeerA 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.