Left Hand Brewing and W&T Oyster Tasting

This Friday April 6th from 5:30pm-7:30pm we are happy to welcome Left Hand Brewing to Provisions for a tasting of their Milk Stout Nitro.  Left Hand Milk Stout has been a staff favorite for a long time and now it is available in “nitro bottles”,  creating a beautfiul cascading pour as well as a light and creamy body, follow this link to see how it works.  To class things up even more a rep from our oyster supplier, W&T Seafood, will be here to pair oysters with the beer.  Stouts and oysters have long tradition of being paired together, the roasted grain flavors in stout contrast well with the sweet and salty oysters.  Our oyster supply is limited so we will be limiting customers to 1 of each type of oyster until we run out.  

Greene GrapeLeft Hand Brewing and W&T Oyster Tasting
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Here Today, Gone To Douro

Join us Friday from 6-8 at the wine store to try our wine of the week, Lavradores de Feitoria Douro Tinto 2009!

The Douro Valley in Portugal has been the most perpetually undervalued wine region in the world.  Until last month, when the NY Times fawned that it “has so much going in its favor, it’s almost ridiculous.”  In that tasting column, a wine from one of our favorite producers, Lavradores de Feitoria, at $12, beat comparable wines priced up to $81 (though it’s been on our shelves at $11.75, a whole five nickels less than the NY Times suggested price).

It turns out that the Douro may kind of be like your favorite undiscovered NYC neighborhood or restaurant – a victim of favorable press.  When we called up to reorder the 2009 Lavradores de Feitoria Tinto, we were told it sold out long before expected thanks to the Times endorsement, leaving us with only 5 cases of the 2009 vintage.  To savor the “exotic flavors of wild herbs, anise and fruit with dusty tannins” of the Lavradores Tinto from a vintage the Times praised as yielding particularly “ripe, fruity” wines, act fast!

To reserve your Lavradores de Feitora 2009 ($11.75, $9.98 with our 15% discount on mixed cases), call us at (718) 797-9463.  To spread the love, there is a two bottle per customer limit.


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Weyerbacher Brewing Demo and Cheese Pairing

This Friday March 9 we are happy to welcome Weyerbacher Brewing Company to the Greene Grape for a beer and cheese pairing from 5:30-7:30pm at Provisions.  Weyerbacher opened for business in 1995 out of Easton, PA and were at the forefront of the “big beer” revolution in craft brewing, specializing in complex flavors and higher alcohol content.  We will be tasting two of their year-round brews including Verboten which is a bottle conditioned Belgian-style pale ale.  For the hopheads we will also be sampling out Double Simcoe IPA.  Brewed using the hybrid simcoe hop, this beer is big but isn’t as bitter as many of its counterparts.    

Greene GrapeWeyerbacher Brewing Demo and Cheese Pairing
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We’re Bubbling Over

For the next 2 days in celebration of Valentine’s we’ll be opening some sparkling wines.  From 6-8pm today, you can sample Gruet Brut Rose NV ($17.50), a sparkling pink wine from New Mexico but made in the true champagne tradition using secondary fermentation.  From 6-8pm tomorrow, try Delamotte Blanc de Blancs Brut NV ($55), the french champagne that was chosen as the Best of Tasting in the NY Times round up of champagnes.

The Annex and Provisions have tons of treats at every price point for Valentine’s.  From butter cookie conversation hearts at Annex to Lobsters and oysters (special order by 4:30pm tonight!) at Provisions and cheese to accompany champagne at Fort Cheese, you’ll find everything you need to celebrate.

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Fondue Tasting, Sat 2-4pm!

Nothing says warm and cozy more than a pot of bubbling, melty cheese. Fondue is an exciting way to enjoy the fruits of Switzerland’s best ductile delights, but we know it’s also a bit overwhelming. We’ve taken care of the hard part: finding the recipe, figuring out the best ratio of cheeses, and grating them.

Our Fondue for Two (to four) is a full pound of grated cheese, a blend of Gruyere, Emmenthal, Appenzeller and Vacherin Fribourgouis, already tossed with cornstarch (helps to thicken up the mix and keep it smooth). All you have to do is choose the wine, and melt it… slowly, please.

Still unsure if Fondue is for you? We’d love to share a batch with you, and answer any questions! Join us this Saturday, from 2 to 4, and taste some gooey goodness on us!

Greene GrapeFondue Tasting, Sat 2-4pm!
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We’ve got the Funk

Uplands Cheese Co in Wisconsin, makes just one, multi-award winning cheese, Pleasant Ridge Reserve, until now. Influenced by Switzerland’s Winter seasonal, Vacherin Mont d’Or, we are proud to introduce Rush Creek Reserve.

Made from raw Autumn milk, Rush Creek Reserve is near-liquid, unctuous and rich, barely contained by a thick band of spruce bark. The bark imparts its own smoky and woodsy flavors, to a cheese that’s bursting with notes of beef broth and finely cured meat. If pungent is your thing, you need to gather a few friends, grab a loaf of crusty bread, and your favorite beverage.

Please taste Rush Creek with us on Saturday afternoon, from 2-4, and scoop up your own wheel. Saturday only, whole, 14oz wheels are just $32.99 each (normally @ $37).

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We’re Jammin’… we hope you like Jammin’ too

Saturday, January 14th, we welcome The Stand Brooklyn, for a special tasting of their Winter Seasonal fruit jams and garnishes.

Sister and brother team, Nathalie and Jake, founded The Stand Brooklyn in 2010. Since then, they’ve brought us many lovely flavors of jams and fruit syrups, and now they’ve developed a lovely line of holiday inspired fruit garnishes. Best enjoyed with cheeses, French toast, over ice cream, or even stirred into a cocktail, these flavors are jam packed with fruit and spice.

Come in and let The Stand tickle your tastebuds, with their Spiced Cranberries, Apple Calvados Preserves, and Quince in Cardamom Syrup.

The cheese mongers will be pairing up some of our American made favorites. Expect fresh chevre, aged cheddar and maybe even a blue, each chosen to stand up to The Stand Brooklyn’s seasonal delights.

Greene GrapeWe’re Jammin’… we hope you like Jammin’ too
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Sour Puss Pickles Tasting: January 7, 3-5

Come taste some of Brooklyn’s finest pickled vegetables with us, this Saturday, from 3-5pm!

We’re not sure which tart and tangy treats they’ll be bringing, but some of our favorites have been their pickled Ramps, Peppered Okra, Ginger Carrots, and two relishes, Corn, and Green Tomato. Sour Puss always cures the freshest, most seasonal harvests, from local farms so we can expect some great, late summer varieties.

We can’t wait to taste their briny delights!

Greene GrapeSour Puss Pickles Tasting: January 7, 3-5
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Mazet Chocolates Tasting

Celebrate this holiday season with one of the oldest and most famous candy confectioners in France.  Mazet is famous for their delectable pralines roasted in salted caramel and almonds and hazelnuts toasted, caramelized, and coated in dark bittersweet or milk chocolate, all of which we’re proud to carry at Provisions. Come by for a sample this Thursday, 12/15, noon-3pm at the coffee bar.
Greene GrapeMazet Chocolates Tasting
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Mama O’s Kimchi Tasting

On Thursday December 8 from 5pm-7pm we are happy to welcome Mama O’s Kimchi back to Provisions.  Mama O’s is a locally produced kimchi that has been gracing our shelves for some time, but we like it so much we wanted to share with our customers.  Not only can you taste the kimchi straight from the jar but you can also try it with some special house-made Korean BBQ sausages!  

Greene GrapeMama O’s Kimchi Tasting
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