Back Bay Cafe

Meatless Mondays...or any other day

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Some years ago, in what certainly seems like another lifetime (I think they call it “youth”), I lived on an old farm in very rural West Virginia. My friends and I, mostly well-educated, middle class kids, were trying to find a life that we thought would be more substantial and meaningful than the suburban homogeneity in which we’d been (partly) raised. One of the things we cared very loudly, if sometimes not very deeply, about was food. We wanted to eat food we grew ourselves and processed ourselves. We were mostly vegetarian.

New from South of the Equator

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For a long time it seemed American wine drinkers were interested in only two grapes: Chardonnay for whites and Cabernet (Sauvignon) for reds. I think that’s because there were thousands of gallons of uninteresting stuff coming out of California, and domestic wine drinkers and the restaurants that served them didn’t really care. Even in the short time (coming up on 9 years) I’ve been in this business of wine, I’ve watched that American taste branch out.

Something Old; Something New

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 I usually use this space to Feature wines that are new to us, and we’ve got some of those here. But I’m also pleased to be re-stocking some wines from Turner Wine Imports that we have been out of or in short supply for some time. Restocking is a good time for reaquaintance. I call this “Something Old...” though these tasty reds are not really “old” - they’re “aged to perfection” (like so many of us).

What's the Deal with Coffee Prices?

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Coffee is much in the news these days. Or, should I say, the business of coffee is much in the business news these days. Last week's Sunday NY Times Business Section featured an article on Starbucks' founder and CEO and how he is bringing the company back to its core produce - coffee. Not fancy, pumped-up fruit-flavored drinks, but coffee, a bean grown on bushes under shade trees in tropical climates.

4 Newbies

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It's spring time, the season for us to start introducing new wines to our Wine & Words family.  Here are four that will serve as a great start to the process.
Farnese Trebbiano D’Abruzzo (Ortona, Italy) - Everyday low price $11.40

Reconnecting with Old Friends

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This column is usually about new items or wines that fit a particular theme. This week, I’d like to revisit some old friends that we haven’t Featured for a while. The Feature price is 15% off the Regular price.
Fire Road Sauvignon Blanc (Marlborough, New Zealand) Regular Price $14.50/ Feature Price $12.33

Another Fine Tempranillo Bargain

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Mano a Mano Tempranillo (Castilla La Mancha, Spain) - Everyday low price $12.50
I’ve written about Spanish Tempranillo wines before. In March of 2009 I wrote:

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