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Restaurant Review: Sinatra at the Wynn Encore Las Vegas

Date: Mon, Feb 2, 2009

"This is so curious!" says a sultry brunette in a little black dress at the next table, lifting a bite of caramelized scallop to her lips. "This is a theme restaurant - in a Las Vegas casino. Yet the cuisine...

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Restaurant Review: Botero at Wynn Encore Las Vegas

Date: Mon, Feb 2, 2009

Okay, let's face it! Certain things are to be expected when you think of a Las Vegas steakhouse, and good steak is almost the least of them. If you are like me, you are expecting a very sultry, sexy, lounge-type...

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Restaurant Review: Society at Wynn Encore Las Vegas

Date: Mon, Feb 2, 2009

Society!" exclaims a friend as we walk down a gorgeous hallway in the new Wynn Encore resort, with a view of the pool on one side and the casino on the other. "What a name for a restaurant!" Yes, the...

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Geyser Peak Block Collection with David Bouley

Date: Wed, Jan 28, 2009

Curious how to impress friends with your wine knowledge without breaking the bank? If you are reading this column, you already realize that high-priced wine does not necessarily mean ???better??? wine. Instead, you will earn respect by choosing a delicious,...

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Tasting Bordeaux

Date: Wed, Jan 28, 2009

Andrew Bell, ASA (r) at Union Des Grands Crus de Bordeaux ???If only people could imagine the riches!??? says a wine connoisseur friend, standing in the gorgeous ballroom of the historic Waldorf Astoria hotel in Manhattan. It is a sunny...

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Wine pairing with Jacob's Creek winemaker & Australian celebrity chefs

Date: Sun, Jan 25, 2009

"Gorgeous mansion!" a woman says, accepting a tall flute of Jacob's Creek Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir from a server in a starched white jacket. We are standing in the hallway of the Honorable John Olsen, Australian Consul General, New York,...

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Restaurant Review: Switch at Wynn Encore, Las Vegas

Date: Sun, Jan 18, 2009

"Hey, the walls are moving!" I exclaim, putting down my glass of A.H. Hirsch Reserve bourbon. I've only had one sip, yet apparently it was a large one, because looking up, the ceiling is opening, too! "Relax," says the waiter,...

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Restaurant Review: Wazuzu at Wynn Encore Resort, Las Vegas

Date: Fri, Jan 16, 2009

Asian fusion is so...2008!" proclaims a Barbie blonde holding court in the Wazuzu restaurant at the new Wynn Encore resort in Las Vegas. Like many of the glamorous diners at this most exotic restaurant, Barbie conducts herself with the air...

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How to Drink Wine in the New Economy

Date: Thu, Jan 15, 2009

What is the last "luxury" to go in this new economy? If you are a twenty-something, who in the last several years has come to discover and enjoy wine, you may be the answer to the wine industry's prayers. While...

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Cheers? Not this Year ??? Wine Market Council Releases Statistics

Date: Mon, Jan 12, 2009

One of the activities I look forward to every year is the annual Wine Market Council, which typically takes place at 9am (!) in one of my favorite spots in New York, the Public Library. It is the absolutely best...

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A Look at Cabernet Franc

Date: Thu, Jan 8, 2009

Looking for a delicious, affordable, and trendy new grape varietal to dazzle your friends at impromptu wine tastings? Look no further than Cabernet Franc, an all too frequently overlooked varietal that pairs well with a wide variety of winter-themed cuisine....

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Review: Mumm NV Blanc de Noir

Date: Sun, Jan 4, 2009

"I've had this wine before!" says a friend, savoring the pale salmon sparkling wine during a New Year's brunch. "Was it at the Ritz-Carlton? The Peninsula hotel in L.A.? It was someplace posh ..." When the subject of the conversation...

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Too many bottles ...

Date: Tue, Dec 30, 2008

... so in keeping with my theme of a "day" of a wine writer's life I am sitting at the computer at two am with several wine bottles around me. One was left over from dinner at Le Bernadine -...

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Visit to Weingut Strub in Germany's Rheinhessen Region

Date: Thu, Sep 25, 2008

If you’ve been in the wine world for a while, you have experienced the Chardonnay craze, the Merlot madness, and the Pinot Noir obsession ignited by a certain popular film. Perhaps you have come to love Sauvignon Blanc so intimately...

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