Thursday, September 8, 2022

Thursday Sips & Nibbles

I'm back again with a new edition of Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting, upcoming food and drink events. I hope everyone dines out safely, tips well and are nice to their servers.
1) Bonde Fine Wine Shop, located at 54 Church St. in Harvard Square, announces its recurring, wine tasting series for the month of September, "Chef’s Table: Pairing American Wines with International Cuisine." Sommelier and owner, Bertil Jean-Chronberg will collaborate with some of Cambridge's chefs and educate participants on how to pair worldly cuisines with American wines.

Each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., a maximum of eight participants will have the chance to learn and experience food and wine pairings from around the world. Individuals will also have the opportunity to meet and taste the cuisine of the guest chefs. During the tasting, Bertil Jean-Chronberg, will provide detailed explanations for each pairing. The tasting will be available to guests from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., with tickets on sale at $85 per person. Wines consumed at the tasting are available for purchase.

For the month of September, the remaining tasting events include:
--September 14: Experience the spice-filled cuisine of China with chef and owner Jason Doo of Wusong Road Restaurant
--September 21: An evening of Persian sweets with pastry-chef and owner, Soheil Fathi, of La Saison Bakery
--September 28: Experience the cuisine of Lima, Peru with guests chef JuanMa Calderón and Maria Rondeau of La Royal and Celeste restaurants.

To purchase tickets, please visit Bonde Fine Wine Shop’s website.

2) In June, Mirena and Win of Croatian Premium Wine Imports (CPWI) visited the Bibić Winery in Croatia and had a great time exploring a collaboration. They mentioned that Alen & Filip Bibić were great people that happen to make great wine. The collaboration came to fruition and now CPWI represents the BIBICh wines in the US. 

They were able to take over a large inventory of BIBICh wine. In order to make room for new releases, they are offering these wines at substantial discounts for a limited time on their website. Following are the wines in this inventory:

Bibich R5 2017 (white blend)
Bibich Pošip 2018 
Bibich Maximilian Rebula 2011 (orange/amber wine)
Bibich R6 2017 (red blend)
Bibich G6 Grenache 2017
Bibich Babić 2016
Bibich Sangreal Shiraz 2016
Bibich Bas de Bas 2015
Bibich Ambra 2015 (Prošek)

I had the opportunity recently to taste theser wines with Mirena and Win, and I highlighted my Top Three Favorites above. All three highlight indigenous grapes, which may be unfamiliar to many wine lovers, but which they would likely enjoy very much. And as they are discounted right now, it's an excellent opportunity to experience these delicious wines. In addition, the 2015 Bibich Bas de Bas is a high quality wine, complex and intriguing, and is produced primarily from Syrah, with a small portion of Merlot. It's a splurge wine, and maybe something to buy for a gift for a loved one for the upcoming holiday season. 

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