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Wednesday, November 30, 2011
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Wine Loves Chocolate, Chocolate Loves Wine

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
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The Mad World Of 'Mad Men' Food

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The Night is But a Pup!

Thursday, March 15, 2012
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March 14, 2012

BOSTON — Following an evening of music by The Chieftains and The Low Anthem, guests and performers gathered to celebrate 50 years of great traditional Irish music and the new collaborations on The Chieftains latest album Voice of Ages.

While on a world tour celebrating 50 years as one of the most celebrated traditional Irish bands in history, The Chieftains stopped by WGBH's Fraser Studio to share some tunes and meet with fans and members of the WGBH Celtic Club.

Great local beer for the event came from Watch City Brewery in Waltham, who provided an E.S.B and an Irish Red Ale, while the Guinness came from The Burren in Somerville.

You haven't missed your chance to hear live Irish music — both new and traditional —in Boston this week. Tickets are still available for A St. Patrick's Day Celtic Sojourn, appearing at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford and at the Sanders Theaters in Cambridge. Performers include Susan McKeown, The Bee Eaters, Jeremy Kittel, Michael Brunnock and many more.

An Evening Inspired by Downton Abbey

Monday, February 27, 2012
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Feb. 27, 2012
Thanks to volunteer photographer Sibyl Senters for these images.

BOSTON — More than 300 Downton Abbey fans came to One Guest Street last year to show their support of WGBH and enjoy An Evening Inspired by Downton Abbey. Partygoers came in costume and enjoyed food, fashion, and music from the Edwardian Era.
Susanne Simpson, senior producer at Masterpiece, welcomed guests, who learned about the styles of dress typical of the British aristocracy in the Edwardian era. Lasell College professors Lynn Blake, chair of the Fashion Department, and Jill Carey Arnow, professor and curator of the Lasell Fashion Collection spoke about that period in fashion and authentic dresses and accessories from the collection graced the WGBH atrium.
Massachusetts College of Art & Design students, wearing modern interpretations of Edwardian clothing, treated guests to a fashion show moderated by professor John Di Stefano. 
To add to the fun, the New England Brass Band performed in WGBH’s Fraser studio.
We know Downton Abbey fans will appreciate tips on how to recreate a six-course meal typical of an elegant British table. See the recipes below, as well as advice on where to purchase wines served at the event.

Try these recipes at home.

Where to buy wines featured at WGBH

Sherry provided by MS Walker
Available at most liquor stores

Chablis provided by Busa Wine & Spirits is available at the following Busa Wine & Spirit locations:

133 Mass. Ave. Lexington, MA
345 Main St. Reading, MA
180 B Cambridge St. Burlington, MA

Port provided by Quinta do Noval
Noval Black is available in the Boston area at the following locations:
Federal Wine & Spirits, Boston
Brothers Super Liquors, Boston
Bin Ends, Braintree, MA
Whole Foods Market, Dedham, MA
Vin Bin, Marlborough, MA
Beacon Hill Wine & Gourmet, Melrose, MA
Market Wine & Spirits, Salem, MA
Kappy’s Liquor Store with locations in Medford, Fitchburg, Danvers, Peabody, MA

We Heart Wine AND Chocolate!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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Feb. 14, 2012

Friends and Members of WGBH gathered at One Guest St. to celebrate Valentine's Day. They sampled wines paired with Chocolee Chocolates, located in Boston's South End. (Photos by Volunteer Phil DiPrima)

Yes, you CAN try this at home! Below is the list of wine and chocolate pairings our guests sampled. Give them a try:

Wine: Pacific Rim Organic Riesling **voted favorite pairing of the evening
Chocolate: Valrhona Ivorie “Feves” (35% cacao)
Chocolate: Valrhona Guanaja “Feves” (70% cacao)
Why: Lean and off-dry, this Riesling is refreshing and crisp and is often paired with spicy Asian dishes. Start the night with an experiment from one end of the chocolate spectrum to the other, and see which you find to be the better match!

Wine: 2009 Oveja Negra Sauvignon Blanc / Carménère blend
Chocolate: Hazelnut Bark with White Chocolate (70% cacao)
Chocolate: Valrhona Jivara “Feves” (40% cacao)
Why: This very unique wine blend – 85% white grape, 15% red grape! – offers citrus and minerality on the nose, followed by spice and earthiness on the palate. Try it with the Dark on Dark Truffle for a pleasurable match that’s just as unexpected! Then try it with our one milk chocolate of the night for – maybe? – a more middle-of-the-road experience…

Wine: Chilensis Carménère
Chocolate: Valrhona Manjari “Feves” (64% cacao)
Chocolate: Valrhona Guanaja “Feves” (70% cacao)
Why: The previous wine’s 15% Carménère is the perfect segway to the 100% Carménère of this Chilensis wine. The Chilensis, a deep ruby wine from Chile, offers lots of fruit (strawberry, plum, red cherry) to go along with more subtle notes of chocolate and spice. Try both Valrhona dark chocolates of the night – one with slightly more cacao than the other – and see which one captures the chocolate note of the wine.

Wine: 2010 Casillero del Diablo Cabernet Sauvignon
Chocolate: Valrhona Jivara “Feves” (40% cacao)
Chocolate: Valrhona Guanaja “Feves” (70% cacao)
Why: This wine gives you bright cherry, dark, plum, and toasted oak. But it also serves as a perfect platform to repeat the same tasting of chocolates as the previous pairing, except this time with Cabernet Sauvignon instead of Carménère. Which of the two dark chocolates works better with Cab? And is it the same or different than with the Carménère?

Wine: H&G Cabernet Sauvignon Chalk Hill
Chocolate: Valrhona Guanaja “Feves” (70% cacao)
Chocolate: Valrhona Jivara “Feves” (40% cacao)
Why: The ripe, concentrated Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma offers black fruit and hints of mocha on the nose. Let the mocha of the wine go head-to-head with the espresso of the chocolate, then ease back into the Valrhona milk chocolate for a more subtle experience.

Wine: Calville Blend 2010 from Eden Vermont Ice Cider Company 
Chocolate: Milk Chocolate Bark with Assorted Nuts, Dried Fruits and Wasabi Peas (70% cacao)
Chocolate: Carmelia Valrhona
Why: This sophisticated dessert wine has a complex, balanced flavor and a long finish. It is made from 100% Vermont apples, concentrated before fermentation using natural winter cold weather. In addition to traditional New England favorites Macintosh and Empire, Russet apples provided full bodied sweetness, Calville Blanc apples provided acidity and citrus notes for balance, and Ashmead's Kernel apples provided natural tannins for structure. Pair the cider first with the heat of the Spiced Poblano Truffle, then contrast it with the smooth milkiness of the Carmelia Valrhona.

Wine: Noval Black Port
Chocolate: Dark Chocolate Almond Bark (70% cacao)
Chocolate: Carmelia Valrhona
Why: The Port offers juicy red fruits and sweet spice, a more-than-able partner to the unusual chocolate toasted almond bark. Then shift gears for a more traditional, end-of-evening pairing of Port with caramel.

You can find these romantic goods at Gordon’s Fine Wine & Liquors in Waltham, Whole Foods Markets in Cambridge and Dedhm, and Chocolee Chocolates in Boston.

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