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The Wine Connextion’s Saturday Sampling Series

09-30-2010 10:57 AM CET | Arts & Culture

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Saturday Sampling Series

The Wine Connextion’s Saturday Sampling Series Brings Together Chef’s & Lets Customers Decide on Which Wines are Sold!

(Greater Boston, MA) – We’ve seen it a 1,000 times, another wine store throwing wine and cheese on disposable trays every Saturday afternoon hoping to get you to choke down some week-old cheddar and purchase the nearest bottle of red or white to wash it down. The Wine Connextion, located in North Andover, MA, has taken the concept to the next level with “S3” (Saturday Sampling Series) their new October campaign.

The Wine Connextion as a store is a pretty unique concept in that they solicit customers to be interactive in the store’s wine purchasing process. As customers come in throughout the sampling days, new wines will be presented and the customers feedback dictates what selections make it to the floor. True democracy in progress from a wine store that knows a thing or two about politics after forcing the Governor of New Hampshire, John Lynch’s office to issue a statement on their current campaign to educate consumers that their store location sells high-end brand wine cheaper with the Massachusetts sales tax, than venturing over the border to, as the Wine Connextion puts it, “Pay the Governor’s bills!”

So what can customers look forward to during the Saturday Sampling Series? Beyond sampling some of the newest wines on the market, and some of the most amazing deals on wine in the state, guests will also be able to sample some amazing haute bites from restaurants such as Phat Cats Bistro, 15 Walnut, Glory Restaurant and even previous contender for The Next Food Network Star, Tom Grella.

The wine will flow and wine sampling will be all day from 1:00PM – 5:00PM. The Chef’s demo and samplings will be at 2:00PM every Saturday, and each week focuses on a different region.
Come in all day long to sample and save, but if you hope to grab a space for the chef demos, please rsvp: to This event is a 21+, free event.
The Wine Connextion is located at 117 Main Street in North Andover, MA and hours of operation are Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 7:00pm, Saturday: 9:00am - 7:00pm and Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm. For more information please visit
Schedule of Events:
October 9, 2010 - Wines of Spain with Phat Cats Bistro from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Wine Connextion will be featuring wines from the different regions of Spain. Some of the wines poured will include: Nora Albarino 09, La Brisa Rueda 09, Manon Tempranillo 07 and Venta Mazzaron Tempranillo.
Phat Cats Bistro, Chef Christina Johnson and Paul Eastman, Amesbury, MA - Chefs Christina Johnson and Paul Eastman are living their dream of creating homemade food for guests to enjoy in a personalized dining room setting. After meeting in Hawaii, the chefs decided the best location for their first restaurant would be New England. All menu items are prepared in-house, hand crafted by Chef Paul & Christina. The menu is casually upscale and moderately priced with lighter items and half portion selections. The chefs work with local farmers, utilize domestic Seafood and natural products.

October 16, 2010 - Taste of Italy with 15 Walnut, Chef Samuel Hunt from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Wine Connextion will be featuring wines from the many different regions of Italy. Some of the wines poured will include: Mionetto IL Prosecco, Villa Antinori Rosso 06, Santi Armarone 06 and Vietti Barbera d’Asti Tres Vigne
15 Walnut, Chef Samuel Hunt, Hamilton, MA - Chef Samuel Hunt at 15 Walnut uses local, fresh ingredients in a from-scratch kitchen. This kitchen makes its own breads, bacon, sausages, vinegars, and ice cream, as well as pulls its own mozzarella. The wood-fired oven is used for everything from appetizers to entrees. Local farms such as Appleton Farms in Ipswich and Canon Farm in Wenham supply local produce and fruits, and Valley View Farm in Topsfield is the source of the bistro’s delicious goat cheese.
October 23, 2010 - Grand Tasting (1 Year Anniversary) with the Food Network's Tom Grella, Director of Restaurants for Salvatore's from 1:00pm to 6:00pm
This event will feature over 40 hand selected wines by Wine Connextion with tasting stations throughout the store. A complimentary booklet will be provided to all attendees with explanations of each wine.
Tom Grella of The Food Network- Tom Grella will create five culinary creations for the tasting event including a specialty dessert item.

October 30, 2010- The Great 2007 Cabernets with Glory Restaurant from 1:00pm to 5:00pm
The Great 2007 is hailed as one of California’s great vintages for Cabernets. Wine Connextion will be offering some popular and hard to find wines at great prices at this event. Some of the wines poured will include: Paul Hobbs “Cross Barn” Cabernet 07, B.R. Cohen “Silver Label” Cabernet 07, B.V. “Tapestry” Cabernet 07, Ferrari Carano Cabernet 07, Groth Cabernet 07, Clos du Val Cabernet 07 and Stag’s Leap “Artemis” Cabernet 07.
Glory Restaurant, North Andover, MA- Glory Restaurant offers seasonally inspired European and Asian cuisine such as tuna tempura with a spicy dipping sauce, grilled stuffed veal chop and pan-seared trout, served in a modern exposed brick style dining room.

About The Wine ConneXtion:
The Wine ConneXtion offers customers a unique and innovative wine-purchasing experience at the First & Main Marketplace in North Andover, Massachusetts. The store offers "eXcellent wines at eXceptional prices" by providing the best wines in their categories with a no-fuss environment. With features like the Tasting Station, encouraging customers to taste and learn about the distinguishing features of wine before buying, the store marries innovative store design and technology with a long tradition of knowledge and experience. The result is our ability to select an assortment of quality wines at great prices and pass those savings onto our mainstream consumers and wine enthusiasts all over Massachusetts and beyond. The Wine ConneXtion is located at 117 Main Street, North Andover, MA 01845 and hours of operation are Monday - Friday: 10am - 7pm, Saturday: 9am - 7pm and Sunday: Noon - 6pm. To reach the Wine Connextion

Wine Connextion
117 Main St # 2
North Andover, MA 01845-2479
(978) 965-8000

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