Two blog posts in one week? Am I crazy or what?
Well, I figured since the holidays are closing in on us fast and there’s so much for me to share with you all, I’d just do a few extra posts! So keep your eyes peeled for the next couple weeks so you don’t miss out on the extra fun!
Especially for this post–I just couldn’t wait any longer to share our December Cheese of the Month. Coming to you from Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company, I bring you Lillé Coulommiers (lee-LAY coo-lo-myay).
Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company started out as a small community’s attempt to preserve a beautiful dairy farm back in 2009 in South Woodstock, Vermont. Local residents bought up the pieces of land and equipment, and before they knew it their mission had been accomplished and the first community-owned artisan cheese and dairy farm in Vermont was born: Vermont Farmstead Cheese Company.
Today they offer a variety of cheeses, both flavored and classic, including our newest Cheese of the Month, Lillé Coulommiers. This delightful cheese is a modern take on the classic French Coulommiers-style cheese, the thicker cousin to the well-know Brie cheese. The way that its made is artfully described by Vermont Farmstead:
“Handmade in small batches, each wheel is a slightly different weight. Aged in its own special room, and lovingly turned regularly, the delicate rind develops evenly with a white downy bloom.”
Just like other Brie-style cheeses, Lillé is marked by its fluffy, bloomy, white rind and mild mushroomy flavor. The interior gives way to a pure off-white paste that’s wonderfully creamy with a mild but rich flavor that will enhance as the cheese ripens. Lillé is perfect for the holidays on its own or topped with your favorite type of preserves, and its unique shape makes a statement on any cheese platter.
Special December Cheese of the Month pricing has this guy on sale for just $6.99! Beat the holiday rush and grab yours today from your local Vineyard Market!
* Special pricing while supplies last. Please check your local Vineyard Market for availability.
Wow, did December fly by. We’re really getting down to the wire here for holiday gifts. If you haven’t finished your shopping yet, not sure what to get, or you’re just simply a last-minute-Lucy, this blog post is for you.
Now this isn’t something new that we’re doing here at Bottle King’s Vineyard Markets; however, there are still so many people who don’t know that aside from just offering gourmet cheeses and foods, we also offer a basket-making service with products from the store!
You may have seen similar-style gift baskets at other places before or even online, but one of the things that sets us apart is the sheer ability to customize every component of your basket so that it’s truly something the receiver will love. We offer different size options for wicker gift baskets, as well as the option of gift wrapping in a rustic wooden wine box. Each of our Vineyard Market staff members are trained to help you choose the best items to go inside whichever basket option you choose, and you can be assured that the products you do choose are of the highest quality–no duds here!
Choose from a combination of wine, liquor, beer, and foods to make the perfect custom basket for your friends or loved ones, or you can even save on the extra time and choose from one of our gorgeous pre-made gift baskets, ready to grab and go at each Vineyard Market location.
Now I know you’re wondering, how much does it all cost??
Here at Bottle King, we pride ourselves in always offering great value to our customers. Pre-made basket price range from $38 to $95, depending on the size and products included, and custom baskets range from a base price of $9.99 for a wooden box or small basket to $12.99 for a larger standard basket size (+ the price of the items you choose to put inside). I’ve made baskets for as low as $25 to as high as over $1,000 — it really all depends on what you’re going for.
For gifts small and large, be sure to stop in to your local Vineyard Market and put in your gift basket orders today!
*** Please allow up to 24 hours for custom gift baskets when possible.
This might be a little too much excitement two weeks in a row–BUT I’M SUPER EXCITED ANYWAY.
Tonight, exclusively at the Glen Rock Bottle King, we have a very special event planned as you might have guessed from the title: a pop-up restaurant featuring Serrano Empanadas and a complimentary beer tasting from Yards Brewing Co.! As something we’ve never done before here at Bottle King, this is certainly not an event you’ll want to miss out on.
Coming to us from Glen Rock’s very own, Meiganne Serrano, the empanadas are truly something to make your taste buds water.
“Our delicious empanadas are made from scratch with high quality, local, seasonal and organic ingredients. The result is an empanada you can feel great about eating! Buen Provecho!”
I had the opportunity to taste some of Meiganne’s freshly made empanadas a couple weeks ago–and they were phenomenal. They’re super flavorful without being overly seasoned like some empanadas I’ve had before, and you can just taste the good quality of the ingredients throughout.
For tonight’s pop-up experience, Serrano Empanadas will be offering three different varieties: chicken, beef, and vegan. Each variety is pressed together in a different pattern for easy identification, and customers will have the option to purchase these goodies either cold, for easy reheating at home, or heated up in the store for eating on the spot with a sample of your favorite Yards beer.
Each empanada will be sold for $4 (cash and credit accepted) while supplies last.
Get ’em while they’re hot tonight from 4pm – 8pm at the Glen Rock Bottle King!
Is anyone else still full from Thanksgiving?
Here at the good old Bottle King things have certainly calmed back down a little bit (for now), but that doesn’t mean it’s time to rest–oh, no. In fact, now is the best time to get as much of your holiday shopping done as possible. Easier said than done, right?
Now, I know we all have those people in our lives that are just so hard to shop for (like my boyfriend and his parents). Ladies and gentlemen, I’m here to save the day! I’ve got a gift idea for you that is so unique (and delicious), it’s sure to surprise and satisfy even the most difficult of loved ones.
I’m so excited to announce that we are now offering a special service at the Vineyard Market in the Hillsborough Bottle King: chocolate-dipped wine bottles.
Bottle King has teamed up with Robinson’s Chocolates in Skillman, NJ to bring you this unique and tasty holiday gift. Customers are invited to choose any bottle of wine in the Hillsborough store, and Robinson’s chocolatier will pick it up and cover it in your choice of milk or dark chocolate. The finished product is a stunning gift perfect for giving to teachers, coworkers, wine enthusiasts, chocolate lovers, moms, dads, aunts, uncles–anyone really–or even to keep for yourself! Simply peel pieces of the chocolate right off the bottle and enjoy it with the wine inside for the perfect pairing.
The whole process takes about 5 business days, and we are now accepting preorders for Christmas at the following pricing:
- $19.99 for 750mL bottles
- $39.99 for 1.5L bottles
- (plus the cost of the wine you choose)
This gift is truly one of a kind, and again I can’t explain how excited I am to be sharing this opportunity with you all. Don’t snooze on this one–be sure to get to the Hillsborough Bottle King and get your orders in today!
IT’S OFFICIALLY THE HOLIDAY SEASON, EVERYBODY.
(How many times do I start my blogposts yelling?)
If you’ve been with us for a long time now, you might have noticed that traditionally we like to feature a bit more luxurious cheeses for the months of November and December. And what better luxury is there than black truffles?
If you’re not familiar, black truffles are part of the mushroom family–and is one of the most expensive culinary mushrooms in the world. Featuring an exemplary earthy taste, truffles can come off tasting quite funky to some people, but to others their taste is pure heaven. If you’re a truffle-lover, our new Cheese of the Month is definitely something you’ll want to get your hands on.
Gilberto Manchego with Truffles starts out, similarly to many traditional Manchegos, with raw sheep’s milk. Unlike many of the Manchegos you might find at your local grocer, this Gilberto Manchego does not get pasteurized and thus remains a raw milk cheese, leaving in some additional depth and flavor. Black truffles are also mixed into the cheese before aging, imparting that oh-so-familiar truffle flavor that is all its own.
A wonderful balance of classic nutty Manchego with the decadent, slightly pungent flavor of black truffle, Gilberto Manchego with Truffle is a staple for your table this holiday season. Add it to a cheese platter and try it alongside some honey for a flavor explosion in your mouth (SO GOOD), or even try this cheese shaved into hot pasta with marinara or cheesy macaroni for a truffle mac and cheese!
Whatever way you like to cheese it up, be sure you give Gilberto Manchego with Truffles a shot. Check with your local Vineyard Market lead for a taste!
IT’S PUMPKIN SPICE TIME EVERYBODY.
Now I know you’ve read the title of this post, and you’re thinking, “Amber, come on now, you can’t put pumpkin spice into macaroni and cheese.” And I’m here to tell you that, yes you absolutely can!–and it’s delicious. This is for all my pumpkin lovers out there, as well as my sweet and savory fans; think butternut squash soup and sweet potato fries.
This recipe I’m about to share blends some sweet but hearty butternut squash with some rich and robust Beemster XO as well as their Pumpkin Spice Gouda. The end result is a cheesy and luxuriously creamy and complex macaroni and cheese that you won’t soon forget.
Beemster Pumpkin Spice Mac-n-Cheese
What you’ll need:
- 3 cups Beemster Pumpkin Spice, shredded and divided 2cup/1cup
- 1 cup Beemster XO, grated
- 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 16 oz pasta (I like shells or fusilli so it traps some of the cheese inside!)
- 3 tbsp butter
- 1/4 cup flour
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- Optional: roughly chopped flat leaf parsley, to garnish
How to do it:
- Preheat the oven to 400F.
- Toss butternut squash with olive oil, season with salt & pepper. Roast for 20 minutes or until squash is tender. Puree half the squash.
- Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions & drain.
- Melt the butter in a large heavy-bottom pot over medium heat. Add the flour and whisk for one minute. Pour in the milk, continue whisking until sauce is thick & coats the back of a spoon, about 5-6 minutes.
- Remove the sauce from heat, whisk in 2 cups Beemster Pumpkin Spice, Beemster XO, mustard, and squash puree. Stir until cheese is melted.
- Preheat broiler. Add the pasta and remaining butternut squash cubes, toss to coat. Pour into a greased baking dish, top with remaining 1 cup Beemster Pumpkin Spice.
- Place pasta under broiler & broil until top is golden brown and the cheese is bubbly, about 5-7 minutes.
- Garnish with parsley and serve immediately.
- Original recipe from here.
Let us all take a moment to digest the fact that it is, indeed, October already…
Aside from that crazy realization; it’s the first weekend of the month, so I’m sure you could’ve seen this one coming–our newest Cheese of the Month!
If you’ve been following us for a while, you might have noticed a trend over the years: we normally get and feature the most delicious, creamy cheeses around this time of the year. This time around is no different and certainly will not disappoint.
Coming to us from St. Mang, the same company we get our deliciously stinky Limburger from, I give you their Bavarian Made with Garden Herbs. This cheese hails from Bavaria (as you might already guessed), an alpine region in southern Germany where about 75% of all German cheeses come from. This region is known for their high quality milk, all natural and free of rBST, and the particular cheese we’re featuring has an additional advantage: it’s lactose free as well!
Similar to a Brie-style cheese, Bavarian Made with Garden Herbs is a soft-ripened double-cream–but boy, does it taste buttery. Rich yet smooth, this cheese has a clean-tasting base but is taken to the next level by the addition of various herbs including chives, parsley, sage, thyme, garlic, and onion.
This cheese would make an incredible addition to any cheese board, slathered on top of hearty grain bread or a hearty dark cracker. You could even nix the rind and toss a bit of this cheese into mashed potatoes for a luxuriously fresh addition or spread some onto crostini with a piece of roasted red pepper for an easy appetizer.
Have you tried our latest Cheese of the Month yet? Stop in this weekend for a taste!