Weekend Picks, May 13–15

Posted: May 13th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Event | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

It’s the weekend for tastings, with everything from ice cream to oysters being served up around the North Shore. It starts on Saturday with the folks from Batch visiting Shubie’s in Marblehead from noon to 3:00 with their super-premium ice cream made in Jamaica Plain. We tasted some this winter at a blogger event, and it was fantastic.

The decadence continues up the road at Busa Wine and Spirits in Salem. The Loire Valley Wine Bureau is taking the area by storm for the month of May, pairing muscadet and oysters at several Boston restaurants. North Shore residents can check out this duo on Saturday from 2:00 to 5:00, with free muscadet samples and freshly shucked oysters. Busa says: “This unpretentious wine from the Loire Valley has dry, mineral flavors and acidity that pair perfectly with Boston and New England’s cuisine of oysters, fried clams, and lobster rolls.” Tastings on Saturday include two muscadets and a sancerre.

If you’re not into oysters, you may want to head west on Saturday afternoon. Wine ConneXtion in North Andover is holding its Grand Tasting from 1:00 to 6:00 with 50 wines being poured and food for pairing from Tommy Grella of “The Next Food Network Star.” Several preferred wines such as malbecs, amarones, and unique grape varietals will be offered at a one-day discounted price.

Beer lovers will want to make it to Pamplemousse in downtown Salem. We’ve heard a lot of buzz lately about the new Notch Session Beers, and brewer Chris Lohring will be on hand from 2:00 to 4:00 to pour samples and tell you all about this newcomer to the North Shore brewing scene.

Saturday evening, head up to Newburyport’s historic city hall for a huge wine tasting to support Yankee Homecoming, from 6:00 to 9:30. You’ll have the chance to taste 100 wines courtesy of Leary’s Fine Wines & Spirits as well as brews from  Mercury Brewing Company. The beverages will be accompanied by cheese from Cabot of Vermont and hors d’oeuvres created by local chefs and restaurants. Tickets are $30 ahead of time or $35 at the door.

You’re even allowed to start drinking early on Saturday. (not Tuesday as previously reported) From 8:00 to 11:00, Ipswich Ale’s Tapmobile will be on hand to pour fresh brews during the 5.5 mile Essex River Race. Enjoy the gorgeous river views from the Essex Shipbuilding Museum on Main Street.

And as usual, here are some terrific weekend picks  from some of our pals in the North Shore Bloggers Consortium. We’ll add more as they get posted.

Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.

Kimmy has done is again on Lighter and Local, with an insanely tasty looking recipe along with her picks.

And the unstoppable Rob and Laura always have great ideas at The Two Palaverers.


3 Comments on “Weekend Picks, May 13–15”

  1. #1 Laurie Lufkin said at 11:32 am on May 13th, 2011:

    Hi! Here’s the link to info on the Essex River Race: it’s Saturday, not Tuesday.

    Here’s a link to the latest info:


  2. #2 megan said at 1:38 pm on May 13th, 2011:

    Thank you for sharing the options… it is great to have community resource… and will certainly check some of them out. Cheers.

  3. #3 admin said at 4:57 pm on May 13th, 2011:

    Laurie- D’oh, thanks for the heads up! We’ve changed it. :)

    Megan- Thanks so much for the kind words, we really appreciate feedback from readers.

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