Wine Spectator, Scammers or Scammed?

The folks over at Wines & Vines have an article posted claiming that Wine Spectator’s restaurant rankings may be bogus. I am a Wine Spectator subscriber, a fan, and I have used their recommendations both to buy wine and to choose restaurants successfully. My initial response to this news was shock and I was disturbed. Working with a colleague in Italy, Goldstein said, he wanted to discover what it takes for a restaurant’s wine list […]

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Will Work for Wine

Today I had the wonderful good fortune to be invited to lunch by some folks from Swanson winery in Napa, California. Unfortunately for me, the winery is in Napa, the lunch was not. If, like me, you are a child of the 70’s the name should sound familiar to you. Yes, it is the very same folks that brought us those silver trays with semi-identifiable meat covered in delectable gravy that always escaped onto the […]

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Poached Figs with Marscapone and Banfi Rosa Regale

Banfi Rosa Regale is fairly unique sparkling wine, at least in my experience. It is sweet and low in acid, with¬† flavors and aromas of rose, raspberry, black cherry, strawberry and plum. The mouth feel is both creamy and sparkling, with a finish of delicious vanilla. It is also quite low in alcohol, 7%, which is nice with dessert, or even as dessert, if you have already had wine with dinner. Rosa Regale is delicious […]

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2007 Abbazia Novacella Kerner, Alto Adige

Last night my wife asked me to grab a bottle of Riesling from our wine fridge. I looked in and only one had the familiar slender shape so a pulled it out and glanced at the label for a second and opened it. After the first sip I figured that I had grabbed a really expensive bottle by mistake. It had nice crisp citrus and apricot tastes and good minerality. The finish was rich and […]

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Recalibrate Your Palate Article

The headline for this article in USA Today reads With wine, let your palate recalibrate your budget. That would seem to be sound advice, and in general this article is chock full of sound advice. Here is some more: The days are gone (if they ever existed) when one could blithely throw some extra money at an unfamiliar bottle in the hopes that it would bring exceptional rewards. Researching a wine beforehand is more important […]

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In Defense of Head Cheese

I don’t know if there are many foods more maligned than head cheese. Yes, the name sounds nasty, and it does look a bit strange, but really, it is nothing more than meat and gelatin. How nasty could that be? It certainly is less “nasty” than bologna or hot dogs, if you really stop to think about. Traditionally, head cheese was made by removing any organs from a cleaned animal head, usually a calf or […]

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Okay, lunch isn’t so bad…

Despite yesterday’s rant about how much I hate lunch, sometimes it is actually the highlight of my day. Last Friday was one such lunch. A new Chinese bistro has opened in the neighborhood called 888, and the date was 08/08/08, and the Olympics were opening that day in China, so naturally a large group of folks from work, many of them either from China or of Chinese descent, went out for a feast. I was […]

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Why I hate going to lunch.

One of the banes of my existence is lunch. Not that I dislike eating it, but I tend to use my lunch break to go to the gym and then eat something (usually) healthy at my desk afterwards. It isn’t just having my routine interrupted that bothers me, though. Nor is it only that my calorie intake will be seriously screwed for the day, although that is part of it. Typically when I get asked […]

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