Spirited Wines of Lenox
Education Enhances the Experience
By: Philip Kampe - Oct 06, 2014
We all know that the personality of a wine shop has a lot to do with how you think about and purchase wine. Fortunately, less than five minutes from our house in the beautiful Berkshires lies Spirited, a shop run by wine guru, Jim Nejaime. He has a flair for knowing what the customer wants. His staff follows suit.
I have spent hours sampling wines at the weekly complimentary wine tastings (normally on Saturdays) and have brought numerous new clients to the shop to share the experience. Add a staff that specializes in cheese, salami, local bread and all that goes with wine, beer and spirits to the scenario and you have a shop that is a magnet for those who want to learn about wine.
Vendors from the various distributors show their wares and teach about each wine you sample. Spirited is like going to wine school, once a week. As we all know, there is much to learn.
If the Berkshires are your destination, visiting Spirited, should be a Saturday afternoon ritual. There are several other wine shops in the area that one can learn about wine, beer and spirits from--especially Kelly's Package Store in Dalton and Nejaime's in both Lenox and Stockbridge. But, today, I would like to highlight Spirited at 444 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, Ma. www.spirited-wines.com (413) 448-2274.
I am attending the Wednesday, October 8th wine dinner at Chez Nous in Lee, Ma. Hope to see you there!
Spirited Tasting Events Calendar.
Rioja Wine Dinner
â—Oct. 8th,Wednesday Eve, Chez Nous(6pm start)
"Chef Franck has crafted a exquisite menu to pair with the exceptional wines from Bodegas Franco Espanolas, including their highly sought after Reserva & Gran Reserva Rioja with special guest speaker Juan Carlos Llopart, Director for Bodegas Franco Espanolas."
Annual OKTOBERFEST Tent Event
â—Oct. 11th, Saturday (1-4pm)-
- 12 tables Under the Tent featuring the Best Craft Beer, Ciders & Seasonal specialties, with brats, pulled pork & pork cracklings from Red Apple Butchers.
Terlato: Chimney Rock Tasting & Winemaker Dinner
â—Oct. 18th, Saturday (In-storeevent,12-4pm) ( Evening Wine Dinner )
In-store tasting of highly acclaimed Napa Valley Cabernets & other great wines presented by Doug Fletcher, VP of Winemaking at Terlato Family Vyds. (plus Wine Dinner menu details to follow)
Special Pre-Arrival Cellar Tasting featuring Robert Kacher Selections
â—Oct. 25th, Saturday(3-5pm)- wines from the Rhone Valley, Chateauneuf du Pape & Burgundy regions in France.
Open House Grand Tasting Series. Mark Your Calendars, the House is Open
â—Saturdays -November 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th (12-4pm)
In addition to our Spectacular Nov. Wine Sale, we'll host extensive FREE themed tastings with guest pourers highlighting fantastic new wines, artisinal brews & specialty foods for the season.
Holiday Wine Dinner at Alta Restaurant, Lenox
â—December 3rd (Evening) Menu details to follow with wine pairings.
Champagne & Holiday Tasting
â—December 6th (12-3pm) Celebrations, gatherings, parties...we'll be sampling sparklers, great wines, spirits & specialty foods to enhance all these occasions.
Vine Connections Cellar Tasting Event
â—December 6th (3-5pm) Experience some of the best Argentian & Chilean wine gems imported to the U.S.