I'm Michael Holm, shift-manager at Vom Fass Madison and a culinary graduate of Le Cordon Bleu of Minnesota.
Though I've worked in fine dining for most of my life, I've never experienced the level of quality found in Vom Fass' products. The nut and seed oils we sell are stone milled by an artisan producer in France, cold-pressed, unfiltered, and fresh from the producer to you. This gives a flavor, aroma, and nutrient level that are unmatched in the U.S. Our wellness oils are also produced in the same fashion. Examples include wild rose, evening primrose, and black cumin. Some of these have rejuvenating properties when used externally for skin care, and some have been used for centuries by many cultures as cure-alls.
The fruit balsams are unique to the U.S. They are produced by Vom Fass in Waldburg, Germany. In most cases, they are made from 100 percent juice. Fruit juice is fermented into wine, a mother of vinegar is introduced, and the result is a fruit vinegar such as cherry, raspberry, black currant. These are so palatable they can even be used as a base for an aperitif to cleanse the palate between courses or before dessert. They also make fantastic salad dressings and additions to sauces.
The other unique food products we carry include flavor infused Italian filtered extra virgin olive oils. In Waldburg, we add essences of natural products to the imported oil. For example, we add lemon, orange, tangerine (great with seafood, fish, or poultry), porcine mushroom, basil, rosemary, and red pepper (spicy).
We also have an ever-expanding number of single malt scotches, brandies, rums, and tequila. For Scotches, 24-year-old Mac Duff is the smoothest. My favorite is Teananich, which has a well balanced peat and smoke taste. Auchentoshen is one of the only scotches that guests recognize from the states. It is one of the only triple distilled to come from Scotland, and is very pure with a hint of smoke. Linkwood has a bit of smoke, and is very smooth. Glencadem has a finish of caramel. Glenburgie has a tone of vanilla. We chose these scotches in particular because most were previously not imported to the U.S. For brandies, we have in two cognacs, two armagnacs, an Italian, and a Spanish that has subtle tones of clove and allspice (my favorite). Each has a unique character. For rums, the 17-year-old Guyana is suited for sipping, being very smooth and complex. We have a 100 percent blue agave resposado tequila that is very smooth. My favorite, however, is a 34-year-old calvados of Normandy, France. The aroma makes me sigh. Also in stock is a 13-year-old that is more up-front and less complex.
The wines we have in stock come from local distributors. All are produced by estate owned, non-commodity based producers, as with all of our products. The selection will evolve over time. Presently we have a wide range of varietals, and regions represented, priced from less than $10/750mL to more than $40/375mL. Our wines are available for tasting, as well, as we vacuum seal them between tastings, so they stay good for long enough to justify that.
Currently, visitors to our website will be redirected to the European site. However, Vom Fass' U.S. site will be fully functional early this year with mail-order ability.
Please come and visit our location and Wisconsin Cutlery next door, along with Penzey's, of course, and Lee's Oriental market, as we truly are the new culinary Mecca of Madison.
Look. Taste. Enjoy.
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on Wed Jan 30, 2008 6:21 am, edited 3 times in total.