Meet The Staff

Recently we added a new member to our fantastic Beer & Wine Department–meet Nicole Frechette.

Hi! I am new to Vermont, hailing from the Northwoods of Wisconsin. I am delighted to join the Healthy Living team as Beer & Wine Associate. I am passionate with a perky personality and a penchant for pontificating on bottled poetry, otherwise known as wine. I have also been enjoying the many expressions of Vermont crafted beers, it is such a different scene than that of Wisconsin where lagers and brown ales reign supreme.  Here, IPA’s, stouts, and saisons tend to rule, and I am loving tasting my way through it all!

A few of my current favorites include:

Honig Sauvignon Blanc. it is bright and clean with peach and citrus notes, beautiful pale straw in the glass, and perfect for summer drinking.




I adore Washington wines, and my favorite right now is the Owen Roe 2012 Ex Umbris Columbia Valley Syrah.  It is a bold and sumptuous red bursting with plum, black cherry, and peppercorn, layered with dark chocolate, and silky tannins. Easy to drink on it’s own or pair with roasted chicken or pasta.


ex umbris


As for beer, being new to VT, It’d almost be unheard of for me not to say Heady Topper. So I will! It’s pretty darned tasty, deep and hoppy yet balanced with bright grapefruit. A chewy American Double/Imperial IPA with 8% ABV, it’s juuust right.




(Did I happen to mention I’m a Green Bay Packer fan and amateur photographer?)