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)

  • Lavender Row Pinot Noir

    #2 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 16 bottles)

  • Gran Passione

    #3 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! tied

  • Bonavita Red

    #4 Bonavita Red

    Made from four grapes harvested later than usual to achieve a greater ripeness and smoothness. A deep and inky wine, with ripe plum and blackcurrant aromas. Nice ripe fig and cherry with chocolate and licorice flavors. Just enough oak to give it some backbone. (behind by 9 bottles)

Fun New Arrivals

  • Dancing Pines Gin

    Dancing Pines Gin

    A beautiful Colorado original. An aromatic, dry, refreshing spirit crafted with 6 botanicals, each contributing a unique component to the harmonious whole. Lovely bright citrus comes through on the finish prompting another sip, and another..

  • Broc Carignan

    Broc Carignan

    From 130+ yr old vines, and on original rootstock comes this remarkable Carignan. All native yeasts, no SO2 used during production means pure bright flavors of tart cherry, blueberry and unmistakeable juicy tang from carbonic maceration. Why spend $34 on wine.com?

  • Chateau Redortier Beaumes de Venise

    Chateau Redortier Beaumes de Venise

    Wine geeks know of Gigondas and Vacqueras that show off Grenache like no other. Bordering both is Beaumes de Venise which is known for fortified Muscat. On a steep hillside (at 1500 ft!) twin sisters Sabine and Isabelle make this earthy, spicy blend of Grenache, Syrah and Counoise. A gorgeous wine.

  • 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??