Category: Education

Earthquake wreaks havoc on Chile’s Wine Industry

Reports coming out of Chile today indicate that last Saturday's massive earthquake dealt a substantial blow to that country's $1.3 billion wine industry. According to the The Washington Post, Rene Merino, president of Wines of Chile, says early estimates put ...

Are Wine Reviews Compromised?

Every six months or so, a heated debate ensues: are wine writers and bloggers who cozy up to the wine industry to be trusted to write about wine. We have covered this in a number of posts (see Wine ...

Not Just Another Wine Sample

One of the perks of writing about wine, is that we tend to get a number of samples for review. Of course with that goes the whole BS disclosure business that the Federal Trade Commission imposed upon bloggers, but not ...

The Wine Review: Is it All Just Smoke and Mirrors?

Have you ever visited a restaurant for a romantic dinner where everything turns out to be perfect?  Your meal is expertly prepared, the wine pairing is flawless and the waitstaff is impeccably attentive. The music, ideal, seems to have been ...

Be a Home Superstar Chef (Part 8 – Garlic)

This is part 8 of our on-going Home Superstar Chef series. The previous posts in this series were Part 1 – Good Pans, Part 2 – Shallots, Part 3 – Pine Nuts, Part 4 – Knives,  Part 5 – ...

Leftover Wine Bottles on the Counter? Recycle; Reduce!

Joe is usually the family cook, and he's constantly complaining about our "galley" type kitchen. Since we never planned to have it as our "permanent residence" we continue to rent until we build or find our "dream house."  But a ...

Pop that Cork! Value-Priced Champagne Alternatives

In the current economy, many people are looking for an alternative to traditional champagne to help ring in the New Year. Last year we told you about Cava, and we've found a few other sparklers this year as well. ...

Day Two: Window on New Orleans Past and Present

On the first night of our visit to New Orleans compliments of Harrah's for their "Best Weekend Ever" promotion we spent a mere four hours wining and dining at Emeril's Delmonico, which as Joe has promised will have its own ...

The Holiday Party: Or How Not to Throw up on Your Boss

With the end of the calendar year upon us, those companies who aren't budget cutting by playing Scrooge with their employees will be hosting the annual "holiday" party. These can be a great way to enjoy some food and ...

Wine Tasting Clubs: Solving the Mystery One Glass at a Time

Note: This piece originally appeared in Palate Press on September 15, 2009, and has been updated since. Whether by accident or by design, connoisseurs have made the world of wine intimidating to even the most sophisticated city dweller. Wine tasting clubs ...