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THE CELLAR CLUB SEPTEMBER 2020

THE CELLAR CLUB SEPTEMBER 2020
September 2020
Cellar Club
This month Cheese & Wine Traders is showing some love to our wonderful state of Vermont! September is dedicated to showcasing the best Vermont has to offer. From the world-renowned maple syrups to the treasured varietals of the unique terroirs, our small state is extremely special!  
Our Cellar Club selections this month highlight two different wines from our unique terroirs. We feel very lucky to be living in our small state and to have the ability to share these special wines from the Green Mountains with you.  
Thank you for being a member of 
The Cellar Club!
Wine Pick #1:
Shelburne Vineyard Celestial Louise 2019
Shelburne, VT, USA
 
Vermont was a lonely landscape for winemaking in 1998 when Ken Albert
took the leap from backyard vines to full-time
grapegrower and winemaker. With no defined pathway to follow, he found his way through trial and error, pouring through libraries of books and attending as many seminars, conferences, and vineyard visits as possible in his bid to craft wines of quality and character from this unlikely quarter. Sustainable and organic winemaking, by no means a new phenomenon, is the ethos by which Shelburne Vineyard wines are more grown than made. This is in keeping with Ken's desire to integrate his place in the community as a farmer, business owner, and community servant. Long a champion of the cold-climate hybrid varietals, Shelburne Vineyard has written the early chapters in what promises to be a distinguished 
history of fine winemaking in the Green Mountains.

Wine Pick #2
Lincoln Peak Vineyard Marquette 2018
New Haven, VT, USA
 
Chris Granstrom farmed apples and strawberries quite successfully until 2001 when in defiance of conventional wisdom he embraced the vine and winemaking as his farm's agricultural focus. We are truly
lucky he did!
It was his 2010 Marquette that first made us believers that wines from here could be empirically good, and not just good for a Vermont wine. It seemed the perfect opportunity to go back to this "OG" red for this month's selection at a time when they have decided to direct all their energies to just two red varietals, Marquette and Farnsworth, in pursuit of even better wines! It is a decision that will, no doubt, prove prescient and mirrors what has long been the norm in such European wine regions like Burgundy and Barolo. Please enjoy this
lovely red and discover, or rediscover Vermont wine.

CHEESE PAIRING OF THE MONTH:
Orb Weaver Creamery, 
Cave Aged Farmhouse
Orb Weaver Farm sits on one hundred acres in the Champlain Valley with the rocky top of Camel's Hump Mountain visible towards the east. Patchwork fields bordered by hedgerows, dotted with Jersey cows, bales
of hay waiting to be picked up, and a green tractor tilling the earth are all part of the beautiful landscape where Orb Weaver Creamery is able to create their amazing cheeses. A raw cow's milk cheese that is aged for 12 months at a time in the warm and humid conditions of Orb Weaver's very own cave. This cheese is brushed daily during the aging process which creates a natural
rind. The end result is heaven for cheese lovers: a robust, complex array of nutty, earthy flavors and a firm, slightly drier texture that makes this cave-aged cheese a true delicacy..
 
Also, check out our delicious and easy
Recipe of the Month:
Vermont Maple Apple Rings

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