Savour Wine and Cheese and Beach Gourmet have reopened their doors 14 months to the day after a fire destroyed their Washington Street location and, unfortunately, displaced five families from their homes.
The two businesses opened Thursday, Nov. 15, at 76 Prospect St. in Gloucester. The Savour space is almost triple the size of the previous shop at 24 Washington St., Gloucester.
Kathleen Erickson, Savour co-owner and certified sommelier, is back with trained staff ready to offer their expertise and insight with food pairings.
“A good sommelier is like a coach,” said Erickson in a statement. “She has to be able to scout out good wines and match them with the buyer’s individual taste.”
Erickson is teaming up with Skip Cribari, who is from a long line of wine makers in California, owned his own vineyard in the Finger Lakes region in New York for six years, and was the wine educator for Winebow Boston for six years.
Patrons of the previous location will remember the state-of-the-art wine kiosks from Napa Technology, offering a unique way to experience sampling before you buy. The machines are back with a full service deli counter offering artisanal meats and cheeses and an extensive variety of hard to find, unique, small-productions wines at a great value.
New features include a strong selection of craft brewed beers, refillable gourmet olive oil and vinegar, and small batch coffee which Erickson described by saying, “When I call in an order, they custom roast it for me that day.”
Beach Gourmet offers an exhibition kitchen where Matthew Beach and his team of gourmet chefs work in view of the patrons.
Beach said they are going to be offering cooking classes in addition to a chef’s table where patrons will be able to sample a variety of dishes and wine pairings. Beach Gourmet continues to offer catering for events.
“This has been a long and trying rebuild,” said Erickson in a statement. “There are many people within the community to whom we owe many thanks.”
Savour would like to extend a special thank you to general contractor Bill Elwell and Associates, maker Marcel Albanese of Studio F. Kia, plumber Shawn Griffin, Morris Heating, Joe Latorre, Spittle Electrical, Properly Painted, and Gloucester Zoning Board, Licensing Board and City Council.
Savour would also like to extend a special thank you to Mike Luster and his associates at Rockport National Bank, and Shirley Morgan and other individual donors.