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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Wine Notes, Sandwich Bed and Breakfast Opines

 Charlie’s weekly Wine-ings

The great weather continues here on Cape Cod and guests at our Sandwich Bed and Breakfast love it. With the heat, I am still serving what I think of as light and refreshing wines in the afternoon. I have been serving Rossopesce and Borsao for reds and SeaGlass and Pine Ridge for whites.

I continue to search for the next nice, light wines to serve during this wonderful August weather.  My search took me to Cotuit Liquors and their 4*2*Go special. This is a nice idea from Wendy, their wine consultant, who selects red and white wines of varied price points and mixes them to come up with a reasonable overall price per bottle. It comes packaged in a nice reusable cloth bag that holds four bottles. It lets you try some different wines at a low average entry price point.  It’s a tasting in a bag. I picked the 4*2*Go Red, that includes a French Pinot Noir, a Napa Merlot, an Australian Shiraz, and a Sonoma Cabernet Sauvignon. You can also select from an all white or mixed red and white 4*2*Go bags.   So far I tried only the 2008 Le Grande Noir (Black Sheep) French Pinot Noir.

I enjoyed it with a stripped bass meal at the Sesuit Harbor Café with Jan and some friends. The wine was good and the setting was great. The Sesuit Harbor Café is a quintessential Cape Cod fish shack that sits at the entrance to Sesuit Harbor. To order, you stand outside in the winding line in the parking lot next to the marina, often moving to let boaters back up to the nearby boat launch. One of us, usually me, stands in line with the group’s order while the others secures one of the canal side tables with the great view of the boats entering and leaving the harbor. The wait in line is more bearable if one of your friends will bring you a glass (plastic cup) of wine. The Café is BYO, which means you can have a great bottle of wine or two with your meal as long as you bring it. Once you place your order, you can retire to your table, relax with your wine, and watch the passing flotillas. Servers call out your number and deliver your order to your table to be consumed from paper plates with plastic utensils; a true picnic-like experience.

As is often the case, the wine was more memorable because of sharing it with good friends over a great meal in this magnificent Cape Cod setting. Come stay with us at our Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast and I’ll help you replicate this unique Cape Cod vacation experience. I always have wine suggestions and will loan you one of my bottle carriers, complete with corkscrew and cups, to keep you wine at the correct temperature on your journey.

Happy wine-ing

Charlie Preus, the Innkeeper’s Assistant and Wine Steward at the 1750 Inn at Sandwich Center, Sandwich, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

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