Wine - The Good Life
Will finally come to Lowell. Dick Rourke’s new wine and cheese emporium Tutto Bene, is opening next month on Back Prescott Street. I popped in over the weekend and liked what I saw. Wines are already on the shelves along w/ fig and pomegranate vinegars and artichoke spreads. High-end imported soaps and lotions from Italy round out the products. Rourke and his wife Kathy, Tutto's CEO and resident sprite, discussed the chocolates they will carry and it was all I could do from collapsing on their newly laid floor. Hey it was mid-day and I skimped on breakfast. The dark stuff will come from a chocolatier in Amesbury (points for local) and Lake Champlain in VT. Rourke is most excited by a cuvee system he will carry allowing customers to try before they buy. I’m sure the holdings will be top-shelf, but what's more intriguing is the space. The subterranean entrance, stone walls and canal view is v. European. Makes one feel they are shopping in Sicily, or Venice. More power to Ricardo’s proprietor for bringing the taste of Italy to DTL. Tutto will open w/ a splash with a jazz band all weekend. Check back here for dates. Although I've been giving Conlon's a shot lately (the wines on the back wall are actually quite good like Ménage à Trois red) its chardonnay selection needs some serious RX. I noticed C'est had a wine tasting yesterday, anyone attend? I like the unexpected Sunday freebie.