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Archive for October 2015

Graham Elliot Makes Rhythm in the Kitchen & Harmony in the Home

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He grew up as a Navy brat, dropped out of high school to join a punk rock band and has been to all fifty states.  Graham Elliot  fell into cooking while working menial jobs in restaurants to support his musician’s life on the road. Inspired, he enrolled in Johnson & Wales to receive his formal training and considers Rick Tramonto, Dean Fearing and the late Charlie Trotter among his mentors. Graham first made a name for himself at Avenues restaurant at The Peninsula Hotel in Chicago where at age 27 he was the youngest chef to earn four-star ratings from the Chicago Tribune, […]

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Aurelio Montes: Chile’s Father & Son Winemaking Duo

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Fascinated by the winemaking business at an early age, Aurelio Montes, Sr. has spent a lifetime raising the bar for Chilean wines. First as a winemaker at Undurraga, and then as founder of his own eponymous winery, Viña Montes, where with the release of his now legendary Montes Alpha M, he was the first to make what the Chileans refer to as an “Icon” wine, a high end Bordeaux style blend made from the classic French varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Others have certainly followed, and Chilean Bordeaux-style blends have become a benchmark for South American wine. It all […]

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Winemaker Alvaro Palacios Reigns in Spain- Oct 7- The Connected Table LIVE

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With a stable of properties spanning three of Spain’s most important winemaking regions, and his skills behind such wines as L’Ermita, Propiedad, and Descendientes de J Palacios, winemaker Alvaro Palacios is arguably that country’s greatest winemaker. L’Ermita alone, made from miniscule yields of old vine Garnacha coaxed from the inhospitably steeps slopes of Catalunya’s Priorat region, and which retails at over $1,000 a bottle, would make him that. But Alvaro, born into a family rich with the history of making wine in Spain’s most well-known region, Rioja, does not let this one iconic wine define him. Alvaro also makes two other lauded wines […]

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His Wine Reporting Rates 100 Points- Tom Matthews- Oct 7 The Connected Table LIVE

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What’s it like to oversee one of the world’s most read wine magazines? How much wine can you taste in a week? Wine Spectator Executive Editor Thomas (Tom) Matthews has spent the better part of thirty years reporting on the wine industry. He joined the magazine in 1988 starting as a reporter in the London office and moved to New York in 1989.  Appointed to executive editor in 1999, Tom oversees the magazine’s staff of writers, editors and art directors for both the print and online operation. He is the lead taster for Spanish wines and one of the magazine’s principal restaurant reviews […]

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