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 experience what I have experienced. 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 in fact, teach you about each wine that you sample.
Spirited is like going to wine school, once a week.
As we all know, there is so much to learn and so little time.
If the Berkshires are your destination, visiting Spirited, should be your Saturday afternoon ritual.
There are several other wine shops in the area where one can learn extensively about wine, beer and spirits. Some of my favorites include Kelly's Package Store of Dalton and Nejaime's in both Lenox and Stockbridge. All three stores have Saturday afternoon tastings, mostly year-round.
I can't wait for Thursday to arrive. There is a weekly complimentary 5-6pm wine and cheese tasting on the mansion patio at Cranwell ( Lenox) through the end of October. Host, Bruce Beckwith, from MS Walker, brings weekly imaginative wines from his extensive portfolio.
The Berkshires is a happening area for wine.
Today's spotlight was Spirited, located at 444 Pittsfield Road, Lenox, Ma. More local wine shops to follow.
Visit Spirited at: www.spirited-wines.com
"I am attending the Wednesday, October 8th wine dinner at Chez Nous in Lee, Ma. Hope to see you there!
Philip S. Kampe