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Mrs. Bridges Chutneys


Made in Scotland by traditional methods

From the Mrs. Bridges website:

As you’d expect from a deluxe brand with traditional values, the Mrs Bridges collection is crafted using classic methods.

Our authentic approach means that we use the time honoured, slow boiling, open-pan method of making marmalades and preserves. And we still use the traditional copper bottom pans.


Edmond Fallot Mustards

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The Fallot family has been making traditional French mustard in Beaune, in the heart of Burgundy, since 1840. Today they still adhere to the techniques of the old craftsmen mustard makers and use stone mills to grind the grains, thus preserving all of the gustatory qualities of the mustard.

The mustards are made by mixing together one third black (Brassica Nigra) or brown (Brassica Juncea) mustard seed with verjuice (2/3).


A couple more newbies for Fall

Pacific Rim White Flowers Sparkling Riesling Brut

Pacific Rim White Flowers Sparkling Riesling Regular $16.95/ Feature $13.56

What's New?

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We’ve had a great time this last couple months exploring some of the wines we carry from two of the great wine regions of the world - Spain and France. It’s fun for us to search for wines that fit particular slots in a theme, but sometimes we miss a few newbies that come our way and don’t fit into the theme. When that happens, we need to have a catch up of “What’s new?”

French Wines II: Burgundy, Rhone, Provence, Languedoc

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For Part II of our little jaunt through some of the wine regions of France we are going to start in Burgundy, with stops in the Maconnais and Beaujolais, then south through the Rhone Valley, making a side trip to the east into Provence and another to the west into Languedoc-Rousillon. There’s lots of good wine to sample along the way, so let’s get started

French Wines I: Loire, Bordeaux, Alsace, Savoie

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There’s something about French wine. It’s not just the confusing and arcane labelling laws or the marginally pronounceable (to American English speakers) names. No, it’s also that the French are just darn good winemakers.

Wines of Spain II:Southern and Mediterranean


We continue our tour of Spanish wine regions in the autonomous community of Catalunya. That’s the way the Catalans name what they think of as their native country, though you might be more familiar with the English designation “Catalonia.” The Catalan capital is the city of Barcelona, where all the street and other official signs are in both Castellano (“Spanish") and Catalan.

Can You Say "Queso"? - Some Cheeses of Spain

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One of our favorite foods from Spain is cheese, or as we say when we order there..."queso" (KAY-so). Since most of Spain is dry and mountainous, most Spanish cheeses are made from the milk of the sheep and goats that can handle the scrubby provender and rugged terrain. The exceptions are in the northern foothills of the Pyrenees, the Atlantic coast ("green Spain") and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean. This month, to go with our featured Spanish wines, we have chosen to highlight some of the various styles of cheese to be found in this cheese-loving nation.

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