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

  • Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    #1 Sweet Sunset Chocolate Merlot

    First lets say that this is Not ChocoVine. This wine is actually made with eighty five percent Merlot and than has natural chocolate cream added to the mix. This is the wine for anyone looking for sweet red or the chocolate lover at home. Great gift for the holidays.
    (Holding the #1 spot)

  • Tintero Moscato

    #2 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 5 bottles)

  • Finca a Moras Barrell Select Malbec

    #3 Finca a Moras Barrell Select Malbec

    Wow, yes there is cheaper Malbec. There is cheaper everything. This is a focused, complex, intense wine that shows the high altitude with a core of acidic balance. Powerful sweet plum and blackcurrant fruit support a dark mocha and light vanilla stucture and the very full bodied taste loaded with spice and blackberries. The finish is long, lingering and velvety smooth. A great wine with anything coming off the grill. (behind by 8 bottles)

  • Don Ramon

    #4 Don Ramon

    What can we say about this little $10 wine? It's easy drinking but with some fun Old World character. 6 months on oak lends a bit of structure but only enough to keep the bottle from being guzzled in one go. Nice dark cherry, a bit of warm earth, and priced to drink a couple times a day. (behind by 3 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Maimai Syrah

    Maimai Syrah

    So pretty. Brings a clear nose of Gimblett Gravels terroir beneath lush soft blue and black fruit with lovely violet and lavender notes. Palate is clean, balanced and very approachable. Just a hint of the Northern Rhone's meatiness but mostly bright fruit and enough acidity to hold it in check. Maybe the best NZ Syrah out there??

  • Obsidian Cab

    Obsidian Cab

    A wonderful classic CA Cab with solid structure from the altitude and Hungarian oak. Reserved and dark on the nose with aromas of blackberries, hints of black licorice and coffee. Really nice and elegant. Touch on the masculine side with no jammy, jelly jar junk here. Wonderfully different.

  • Farm to Table

    Farm to Table

    A fun and lighter style from the cool mountains of Victoria. Aromas of fresh strawberry, cherry jam flirt with notes of forest floor a touch of peppery oak. Lively cola and raspberry flavors with vibrant acidity. Darn good value too!

  • A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon

    A.D. Laws Four Grain Straight Bourbon

    This four grain whiskey uses a blend of rye, wheat and barley sourced from the Colorado Malting Company, and corn from Briess Malting in Wisconsin - encompassing the "mother grains" of bourbon. The whiskey ages about 3 years, all year round to capture the seasonal nuances from the ever-changing Colorado mountain air, in new, 53 gallon charred oak barrels source from Independent Stave Company.