New Wine by the Glass: Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve 2013

Posted by admin on April 6, 2017

I have a very good friend, P.B. with whom I have enjoyed any number of good bottles of wine over the years. He has some fairly specific preferences, often looking for a wine with “a single note clarity.” One of the joys of wine, for me, is finding a new bottle of something that fits a particular need, and it’s even more of a joy when that wine is very reasonably priced! A new wine on our list, the Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve 2013 fits the bill perfectly, and I’m very excited to be able to introduce it to our customers (and to P.B). We’re particularly pleased to be able to offer this wine by the glass in addition to the bottle.

History of Famille Perrin:

The three current Perrin family members, Jean-Pierre, François and Pierre Perrin, continue a tradition in the Rhone Valley which began in the early 1500s. The Perrin Family’s Chateauneuf du Pape vineyard, Chateau de Beaucastel, was first mentioned in a land grant in 1549. That estate first came under Perrin family control in 1909, and as a family-owned company, they have expanded the number of estates under their control.

The Perrin Family now produces a wide range of wines throughout the Rhone Valley and Provence in France. The Côtes du Rhône Réserve is meant to be a daily drinker, and in my opinion it hits the mark beautifully. The wine is a blend of Grenache (Garnacha), Syrah, and Mourvedre grapes. In the wine geek world these wines are known simply as “GSM” wines and they typify the wines of the Southern Rhone River Valley of France. GSM wines have seen quite a surge in popularity in the last couple of decades, and this particular blend of grapes is now produced in a number of wine regions outside of France, including California and Australia.

Tasting Note:

When tasting this wine, I note a subtle white pepper on the palate and a definite minerality typical of Old World style wines where fruit flavors often take a back seat to the many other characteristics of these wines. That’s not to say that the fruit isn’t there. I get a hint of stewed cherry and perhaps some raspberry sauce mixed with an herbal undertone. As the wine warms in the glass, it seems to release some subtle floral notes mixed with that herbal aroma.

Again, this wine is meant to be a daily drinker and the 2013 should probably best be drunk over the next 5-7 years. I put a case of it in my personal cellar, but it’s such an easy decision to pull a bottle on a weekday, that it doesn’t look like it may last me the year!

The Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve rates well with industry wine critics. The Wine Spectator gives it an 87 and the Wine Advocate an 86. Wines which score in this range are considered to be very good with a number of special characteristics. In general, when trying wine that I think that Tom and I might want to add to our list, I always try to taste the wine before looking at the industry ratings. With this particular wine, I brought a bottle for Tom to taste before I had even read the reviews to suggest it for our list!

Tom and I hope you’ll enjoy a glass or bottle of the Famille Perrin Côtes du Rhône Réserve 2013 at your next visit. It is a privilege for me to work with Tom, Chef Rob, the Browns, and all the staff at Jessica’s to bring you wines to enhance your dining.

Blog Post by David Herren.

Winemaker’s dinner series continues with Nancy Irelan of Red Tail Ridge Winery

Posted by admin on March 6, 2015



We are excited to announce the scheduling of our next Winemaker’s dinner. The dinner will take place on Wednesday, the 15th of April here at Jessica’s Restaurant. We will be featuring the wines of Red Tail Ridge Winery of Seneca Lake in New York’s Finger Lakes region. Winemaker and co-owner Nancy Irelan will be on hand to discuss her wines and the vineyard. We look forward to pairing Nancy’s highly regarded work with Chef Rob’s cuisine. As usual we will meet anytime after 6:30 p.m and sit for dinner at 7:00 p.m. Menu and more details to come but call to reserve your spot today.


Winemaker dinner series continues…

Posted by admin on October 15, 2014

We welcome Revenant Winery’s Tony Knox for our continuing wine maker’s dinner series.

Tuesday Evening, October 21, 2014
Jessica’s Restaurant at the Swift House Inn is pleased to announce the return of our winemaker’s dinner series. On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, we will be presenting the wines of Tony Knox, winemaker of Revenant Winery of Napa, California and the importer of Domini Veneti Wines of Italy. We will pair Tony’s wines with Chef Rob’s wonderful food. A full menu and selected wine will follow shortly. Dinner will be $80.00 per person for 5 courses. Call and reserve your spot today.
For Reservations call 802-388-9925
Space is limited.

Blue Ledge Farm- Leicester, Vermont

Posted by admin on July 17, 2014

logo[1] (2)Here at Jessica’s, our Chef loves to use local products in his menu as often as possible. Another of the local purveyors we use is Blue Ledge Farm in Leicester, Vermont. Blue Ledge is a first generation small goat farm which specializes in farmstead goat cheeses. Greg Bernhardt and Hannah Sessions started the farm in 2000. The couple met in Florence, Italy while studying art. The young couple returned to the states and turned a 110 acre former Holstein dairy farm into their goat farm. Their stock consists of Alpine and La Mancha dairy goats. Each are breeds known for being high milk producers and the La Mancha is also known for having a high butter fat content to their milk which is perfect for cheese production. The farm has over 100 goats, milking 10 goats at one time with 80 total milked twice a day. The farm produces eight different varieties of goat cheese.  These include Camembrie, Chevre, and Middlebury Blue. Since starting the operation, the couple has received rave reviews for their cheeses. In 2008, Wine Spectator named their cheese one of “100 greatest cheeses in the world”. In 2013, Yankee Magazine named their Middlebury Blue “Editor’s Choice.” The farm was also featured in the November 2009 issue of Martha Stewart Magazine. Greg and Hannah have also teamed with the Vermont Land Trust to ensure their 110 acres will never be developed. They are constantly striving to become more efficient and sustainable all while trying to expand their business. In 2008 the couple built a cheese cave to better ripen their product. Come into Jessica’s today and enjoy some Blue Ledge Goat cheese!Blue-ledge-family-photo-resized[1]



Elmer Farm- East Middlebury, Vermont

Posted by admin on July 2, 2014


Our culinary team at Jessica’s is continuously striving to use as many local products as possible. We frequently look for new products and new sources. One of our favorite producers we use a lot during the short growing season here in Vermont is the Elmer Farm located in East Middlebury. The farm has been around since the early 1800’s. In 2006, a young couple- Spencer and Jennifer Blackwell had been working at the Intervale Center in Burlington. The Intervale is 700 plus acres of dedicated farm land inside the city limits of Burlington. When they decided they had a connection to one another and that they both loved to farm, they were determined to buy some land to do just that. The couple purchased the Elmer farm with the help of the Middlebury Area Land Trust and the Vermont Land Trust. The two trusts strive to maintain the culture, agricultural landscape and economy in the state. The Vermont Land Trust has saved over 500,000 acres of land with 700 working farms on that land. Spencer and Jennifer both came from farming families and realized they wanted to continue the tradition on the 90 acre farm. On 25 of those acres, they and their staff grow 35 different vegetables with 200 different varieties of those same vegetables as well as grains and dried beans. A certified Vermont Organic Farm, many of the vegetables are heirloom varieties. The couple has now grown into a family with two kids. We are proud to offer some of their vegetables on our menu- radishes, zucchini, baby bok choy and some lettuces at this time. As the season progresses we will get more vegetables to showcase. Come into Jessica’s Restaurant and enjoy them today!


2012 Wine Tasting Dinner at Jessica’s

Posted by Dan Brown on February 22, 2012

Jessica’s at the Swift House Inn hosted an extremely well received wine dinner in February 2012.  This is the second of our series of wine dinners. Jessica’s welcomed wine making legend Todd Anderson, owner and principal winemaker at Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards  located in the heart of California’s Napa Valley.

Our guests enjoyed a remarkable marriage of eight superbly crafted wines with six brilliantly conceived culinary courses, resulting in an an engaging, truly memorable experience for all in attendance.  The highlight of the evening was Todd Anderson’s talk of his wines and his wine making process, followed by his sitting at each guest table to personally speak to everyone. Not only a great wine maker, guests were treated to Todd’s interesting and engaging personality and stories! Our sincerest thanks extend to Todd and his capable team at Conn Valley Vineyards for their gracious and generosity in helping to bring this event to Middlebury Vermont.

Jessica’s currently has eight of  Todd’s offerings on our wine list and our menu has many selections to go with whatever wine you choose.  Choosing your dinner selection by complimenting your wine is probably a true wine connoisseur might view the process.

If you missed this stop by, enjoy these wine and our own wine expert Jason can assist in teaching you about these wonderful wines.