So who is this Bitto

Rumors have been swirling around the friends of Wine & Cheese for a while now so I feel its time to clarify some exciting new developments underway. Wine & Cheese is not closing, we are not going away… we are instead starting a new chapter… drum roll please… the Wine & Cheese is in fact, we are extremely excited to announce, evolving into the new Bitto Bistro!

With this new chapter in the Wine & Cheese story, we would like to welcome Barney’s new partner Doug Lidiak to the family.  Doug supports Barney’s original vision of the Wine & Cheese, but they are now collaborating to bring you the new Bitto Bistro!

After five years of “do you have anything besides wine and cheese?” Do you have any “real food” and guests asking “I get Wine and Cheese but what is your name?” we are proud to have found a new name, a new identity that we can grow with and will serve us well into the future!

Lecco e il suo lago by Bernini Massimo. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia CommonsSo who is this Bitto you may ask?  Bitto is not a person but rather a magical place in the Italian Valtellina Mountains that gives its name to a magical cheese. While movie stars real and imagined (James Bond) like to hang out at Lake Como, to find Bitto you must travel farther into the mountains. From the remote northern end of the lake where its fed by the Adda river, you journey upstream a good ways to find where the Bitto feeds the Adda with its crystal clear waters. Here in the Val de Bitto are beautiful mountain pastures where one of the rarest and most exclusive cheeses is crafted from a blend of cow and mountain goat milks. This is a rare cheese that can age for decades and seldom makes it across the Atlantic but you can be sure we will be hunting for any that does!

So as this long story threatens to get longer, just know that Bitto Bistro is everything Wine & Cheese was and more. We are already exploring bringing Raclette, authentic fondue, and crepes to the menu this summer. The wine shop (Orchard Wine Cellar) will be expanded to hold 2-3 times its current inventory. New signs and a fun logo will be appearing in the next month. Patio remodeling is on tap as is some long overdue maintenance. Its an exciting time for us and we hope you will keep supporting us as you have over the past years, we are just getting started!

So we want to welcome you to the new Bitto Bistro family.

Ciao!

Barney & Doug

 


Orchard Wine Cellar Movers and Shakers This Week

  • Armas de Guerra Rose

    #1 Armas de Guerra Rose

    My heavens! 50+ year old, organic Mencia vines from some of the highest vineyards in Bierzo. Subtle aromas of strawberry, pink grapefruit and white pepper play with clean river rock minerality touched by zesty key lime. Balance and finish are tied together with a vibrating acidity. Structured and executed like a world class ballerina doing flamenco. Sells out every year for good reason. Lighter than Provence, a different planet than White Zin. The only hard part is only opening one bottle at a time.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Gran Passione

    #2 Gran Passione

    From the land of Amarone comes a delicious Merlot based blend. To perfectly ripe Merlot (60%) is added juice from dried Corvina grapes ala Amarone. Rich, deep and smooth, this is a remarkable Merlot that may just change your Merlot worldview! (behind by 24 bottles)

  • Lavender Row Pinot Noir

    #3 Lavender Row Pinot Noir

    While French Burgundy may be the highest echelon of this grape, the warm and rugged south of France has a climate similar to CA and can make easy drinking affordable Pinots too. This affordable French beauty offers notes of toasted oak, rhubarb, strawberry, red flowers and crushed stone. But the nose! It truly explodes with the lavender that is grown all around the vines. (behind by 24 bottles)

  • Tintero Moscato

    #4 Tintero Moscato

    Sori Gramella refers to the one of the only single vineyard Moscatos, and Marco is the only producer to bottle this striking limestone amphitheater commercially. Once the 30 year old vines give up their bounty, and the grapes are harvested and pressed, they are kept in stainless steel at a low temperature to prevent fermentation until an order is received in order to provide the freshest wine possible. (behind by 4 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Amon Ra

    Amon Ra

    The 2014 Amon Ra reflects the tried and true essence of the Glaetzer style - generosity of flavor with finesse of structure. The inky purple color displays the gentle but full extraction. The nose shows an abundance of dark blueberry, vanilla, black cherry and hints of cassis with notes of mixed spice and anise. Although still young and firmly wound, the vibrant blackberry and dried spice flavors integrate well with youthful yet supple tannins with the trademark loooong and sleek finish. Meant to go 10 to 15 years to hit its prime.

  • Three Brooms

    Three Brooms

    This single vineyard, certified sustainable sav blanc shows lovely white flower, chili pepper, and gooseberry on the nose with some sandy mineralogy. Very nice weight and balance showing passion fruit, ripe apple flavors. Such a pleasant surprise is the roundness, the acid is lively and energetic but not abrasive.

  • Poquito Moscato

    Poquito Moscato

    Lightly sparkling, fruity and sassy, Poquito is small in size but big on taste. Delicate floral aromas combine with a sweet yet refreshing palate of ripe peaches, pears and apricots. Apply liberally at any social occasion. Great right out of the bottle but really amazing with mint and rum as a mojito!

  • Chateau Deux Rocs

    Chateau Deux Rocs

    A rose of lovely character, with fleshy red fruit and floral aromas. Its intense fruit and tannic backbone will make it the perfect match for spicy Mexican or Thai food.