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A Languedoc Evening - in New York

Date: Tue, Sep 1, 2009 Wine Tasting

... so many of you know that I spent a few fantastic weeks in the Languedoc this summer, guest of a gorgeous Chateau with access to some of the best restaurants in the world. Of course, the thing about the...

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Review: Feudo Principi Di Butera Nero D'Avola

Date: Tue, Sep 1, 2009 Wine Tasting

Italy is one of the world's most imported wines, and for good reason - the country boasts more than 1000 different varieties of grapes. Many collectors swoon for their Barolo and Barbaresco, high-acid, long lived wines that pack a powerful...

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A Taste of the Rhone Valley

Date: Mon, Aug 31, 2009 Wine Tasting

In these challenging economic times, most of us are only too happy to learn of exciting new regions that offer quality wines at a good value. Last Fall I was lucky enough to visit the Rhone valley in France and...

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Wine and Food Pairing at Restaurant Daniel with Sommelier Raj Vaidya and Executive Chef Jean-Francois Bruel

Date: Wed, Aug 26, 2009 Wine Tasting

Wine & Food Pairing at Restaurant Daniel with Sommelier Raj Vaidya and Executive Chef Jean-Francois Bruel Part 1 If the oldest question in the world is “what’s for dinner,” consider that the second oldest question may very well be “what...

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Pairing Food and Wine at Meadowood in the Napa Valley

Date: Thu, Aug 20, 2009 Wine Tasting

Are you a jaded diner? In today's power-packed culinary world, many people are lucky enough to visit four and five star restaurants as a matter of course. Twenty years ago, for example, dining at a top restaurant would be because...

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Pairing Brebirousse D’Argental with wine

Date: Sun, Aug 16, 2009 Wine Tasting

. .. so if you have been to the Marketplace at Grand Central Station in NYC, you know there is a Murray's cheese shop. The other day I spotted this rich, exotic looking cheese that was too enticing to pass...

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Wines for Summer Salads

Date: Thu, Aug 13, 2009 Wine Tasting

Now that summer is winding down, it's time to enjoy an al fresco picnic in the park. I recently had the opportunity to taste two affordable California wines that would be perfect pairings with the elegant salads of summer. In...

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Tasting wine from Mac Murray Ranch

Date: Sun, Aug 9, 2009 Wine Tasting

Part 1: Tale of Two Pinot Noir One of the pleasures of those who love Pinot Noir is blind tasting various producers and deciding if they are Old World or New World, and then trying to pinpoint the producer’s exact...

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Pairing Chateau du Campuget Prestige Viognier at Cafe Boulud

Date: Sat, Aug 8, 2009 Wine Tasting

… So did you ever wonder how wine got on a restaurant’s wine list? For many upper end restaurants, the wine list is one of the primary reasons customers come to dine at their establishment. Some very high end restaurants...

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Visiting Chianti Classico

Date: Sat, Aug 8, 2009 Wine Tasting

Once upon a time, wine from Chianti was associated with candles and straw wrapping. Savvy wine connoisseurs today know that the quality of wine from the Chianti region of Italy—and the specific D.O.C.G. region of Chianti Classico -- has soared....

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Highlights from the Society of Wine Educators Conference

Date: Wed, Aug 5, 2009 Wine Tasting

... you may be interested to know that I spent the previous week in beautiful downtown Sacramento, taking yet more exams related to my CWE from the Society of Wine Educators and taking in the various seminars and tastings. This...

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Soave 101

Date: Mon, Aug 3, 2009 Wine Tasting

Okay, so you are planning a romantic dinner for two - or are inviting friends over for a fun evening. You want to pair each dish with a different wine, and one of them has to be crisp and refreshing....

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Wine Aroma 101 with Max Riedel of Riedel Glassware

Date: Mon, Jul 27, 2009 Wine Tasting

“The biggest mistake couples make when they get married is buying too many glasses,” says Max Riedel, during a demonstration of his fine glassware in his company’s Manhattan office. With this tidbit of sage advice, Mr. Riedel, the grandson of...

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What wine to pair with Short Ribs?

Date: Sun, Jul 19, 2009 Wine Tasting

"What wine should I have with short ribs?" As a food and wine pairing expert, I am often asked about what to drink with what one eats. Recently I was offered a glass of wine "blind" (meaning I did not...

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