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Italy’s Marche- Birthplace of Verdicchio

Central Italy’s Marche region, with its rolling hills that spill into the Adriatic Sea, is an agricultural breadbasket for food and wine. Here, olives, mushrooms, truffles, fresh fruits and vegetables and, of course, grapes to make wine are a few examples of the region’s bounty.

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Cupramontana in the center of the Marche is considered the world capital of the white grape varietal, Verdicchio. The word “Verdicchio” is derived from verde, or green, which refers to the yellowish-green skin of the grape. The grape produces crisp, dry wines with naturally high acidity. Aromas consist of delicate citrus fruits and almonds. The Verdicchio varietal is used to make both still and sparkling wines, and the Marche makes some of Italy’s finest.

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The Marche, and specifically the town of Cupramontana, is considered the world capital for growing the Verdicchio grape varietal.

Cupramontan it also where Colonnara Winery, founded in 1959 by a group of 19 farmers, produces a range of elegant still and sparkling wines.  Export Manager for Colonnara Winery, discusses what makes the Marche unique to growing the Verdicchio grape as well as other varietals  and the winery’s role in region on this edition of The Connected Table SIPS!

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We had the chance to dine with Emiliano Bernardi on November 29, 2016 at a dinner hosted by Theresa Rodgers at Horseneck Wines, a popular wine shop in Greenwich, CT.  Held at elegant L’Escale restaurant, our favorite pairing was the Colonnara 2015 Cuprese Verdicchio with Squid Ink Linguini “De La Mer.” We asked for seconds of both the pasta and the wine!

 

David and Melanie with Emiliano Bernardi November 28 at L'Escale Restaurant in Greenwich, CT. The dinner was hosted by Teresa Rodgers, proprietor of Horseneck Wines, a popular Greenwich based wine shop.
David and Melanie with Emiliano Bernardi November 29, 2016 at L’Escale Restaurant in Greenwich, CT.

 

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Mark Oldman Shares His Two Cents on Drinking Like the One Percent

Our motto: “Drink wine. In moderation. Make it good wine.”

Mark Oldman says he is a passionate proponent of drinking richly without spending extravagantly.” Let’s face it. You can have an expensive bottle of wine that ends up being as enticing as smelly socks. And you can have an inexpensive bottle of wine that may knock your socks off. Money doesn’t buy class, and true class doesn’t need money.

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Author of “Oldman’s Guide to Outsmarting Wines” and “Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine,” Mark’s new book is entitled, “How to Drink Like a Billionaire: Mastering Wine with Joie de Vivre.” Now, usually we have more joie and vivre than big bucks in the bank, so we were intrigued to hear what Mark had to say when he joined us December 14 on The Connected Table LIVE.

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A Walch on the Wine Side

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Elena Walch

An architect by training, Elena Walch found her prince in a storybook castle. Actually, it was a castle she was helping to restore. The prince was Werner Walch whose family owned Castel Ringberg, an edifice built by the Hapsburg dynasty in 1620 located in the village of Tramin in Italy’s Alto Adige wine region. In addition to its rich history, the castle had expansive vineyards that at the time focused on quantity over quality.

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The castle is calling!

Elena traded her well honed skills for restoring historic buildings and set about renovating the Walch family vineyards including ripping out and replanting vines, despite having no formal training in viticulture. But architects have a vision for what can be, and cialis generique a talent to build. And build she did with an eye for greater things to come from her vineyards.

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Karoline, Julia and Elena Walch

Today Elena Walch Winery is considered a top estate in the region. Daughters Karoline and Julia now work side by side with their mother. Elena and Karoline shared the Walch family story, past, present and future with us December 14.

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Karoline Walch and her sister are committed to Elena Walch Winery’s tradition of quality with a nod to contemporary winemaking.
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Chef Franklin Becker Talks Fat and Slimming Down

After a career preparing dishes to die for at restaurants like Abe & Arthur’s, Brasserie and Capitale, and working for Starr Restaurant Group and Grand Hospitality, Chef Franklin Becker needed to make changes to save his own life. Diagnosed at age 27 with type 2 diabetes, Franklin realized he had to change his diet. Around the same time Franklin’s oldest son was diagnosed with autism and celiac disease. Franklin wanted to cook foods that would help his son with his food sensitivities.

Changing his diet also changed Franklin’s life. He is committed to spreading the word about healthy cooking and enjoying it!

 

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Svelte and healthy- Chef Franklin Becker

 

Like anyone who loves food and makes a living preparing it, you never want to sacrifice the pleasures of the palate and great quality and flavor. Franklin’s mission is to pack his healthy recipes with as much flavor without the calories and added sugars and fat. Speaking of fat; Franklin has a lot to say on this topic and wrote a book with Peter Kaminsky called “Good Fat Cooking,” which he will discuss on our show. Franklin is also author of “Eat & Beat Diabetes,” and “The Diabetic Chef.”

 

This book has a recipe for the best salmon dish ever! See photo on the cover.
This book has a recipe for the best salmon dish ever! See photo on the cover.

 

Franklin is also proprietor of the healthy prepared foods company, Hungry Root, which offers fresh, vegetable-based foods that are packed with protein and fiber and ready-to-eat in under seven minutes.

Hungry Root's Carrot Noodles with Tangy Sriracha Peanut Photo: Mark_Jordan
Hungry Root’s Carrot Noodles with Tangy Sriracha Peanut Photo: Mark Jordan

 

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Miss Ella Shares Her Story

“I Don’t Want a Restaurant Where a Jazz Band Can’t Come Marching Through.”- Ella Brennan

Many of you know we have love affair with the City New Orleans and its very special way of life. Well, no one embodies cialisfrance24.com “New Orleans Living” more than Miss Ella Brennan, matriarch of the Brennan family. And no one defines New Orleans hospitality like a Brennan. The Brennan family truly is America’s dining dynasty. If you’ve never seen this 2014 Silver Spoon Award feature on the Brennan family in the late Food Arts Magazinehere is a link.

 

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“Miss Ella reveals what makes her strong, ambitious and occasionally a blubbering mess”

Miss Ella turned 91 this month. There’s a new book and a new documentary film out about her life called “Miss Ella of Commander’s Palace.” It’s a great read with a frank, sometimes funny and very poignant voice featuring Miss Ella, her co author and daughter, Ti Adelaide Martin, sister Dottie and various Brennan siblings and cousins, as well as food industry luminaries like Danny Meyer, Jeremiah Tower, Emeril Lagasse and Tim and Nina Zagat sharing stories. Ti said it took some convincing to  get Ella to write the book! Trust us! It’s a love letter to New Orleans with lesson on what sharing and giving true hospitality really means.

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Ella Brennan’s daughter, Ti Adelaide Martin, is co-proprietor of Commander’s Palace, SoBou, Cafe Adelaide and the Swizzle Stick Bar, all in New Orleans

Both Miss Ella and Ti Adelaide Martin, joined us December 7 for a delightful and spirited visit. Listen at this this link or click below.

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