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Italian Rosés: Ancient Winemaking Traditions Delivering Modern Appeal

Italian Rosés: Ancient Winemaking Traditions Delivering Modern Appeal

We’ve been fans of Italian dry rosé for many years and feel they need more shelf space and attention. But France, being the “motherland” of dry roses, tends to overshadow its Italian neighbor. Rosé is the second most consumed wine in France after red, and French rosés account for 31 percent of the global market. ...
Summer Reads to Whet Your Appetit For Food and Travel

Summer Reads to Whet Your Appetit For Food and Travel

Sunny- Sultry- Stormy- Scintillating Sounds like a good book or film, right? Actually, it’s New Orleans in the summer, where we are now (with a pre-determined hurricane evacuation plan we hope we don’t need to use!) As our 11th month on the #TheConnectedTableROADTRIP turns a corner, and the year we allowed to travel comes closer ...
Virginia Wines on Our Mind!

Virginia Wines on Our Mind!

There’s more to discover in Virginia than stunning mountain scenery, historic landmarks, expansive horse farms and miles of coastal Atlantic beaches. This beautiful state also has an impressive diversity of wines; many wineries are family owned. We recommend putting Virginia on your U.S.A. wine itinerary A Little Virginia Wine History Virginia’s wine history dates to ...
Women Command the Kitchen at Commander’s Palace

Women Command the Kitchen at Commander’s Palace

Commander’s Palace has been a breeding ground for many leading New Orleans chefs, including Emeril Lagasse, Tory McPhail and the late Paul Prud’homme and Jamie Shannon. For the first time in the restaurant’s 128-year-old history, a woman is leading the kitchen. Chef Megan “Meg” Bickford is no stranger to Commander’s Palace. She worked closely with ...
A Must -Visit Museum For Southern Food & Beverage

A Must -Visit Museum For Southern Food & Beverage

For anyone curious about southern food and beverage culture, a visit to the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (a.k.a. SoFAB) is a must-stop when you visit New Orleans. Located at 1504 Oretha C. Haley Boulevard, the museum is chock full of culinary culture and ephemera, ranging from the history of Popeye’s Fried Chicken and traditional ...
A Story of Family & Fortitude: Delia Viader

A Story of Family & Fortitude: Delia Viader

Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Delia Viader has a Ph.D in Philosophy from the Sorbonne, studied business at M.I.T., enology at U.C. Davis and speaks six languages. Her parents ran in global business and diplomatic circles. Her late father, Walter, was her inspiration and staunchest supporter when she decided to establish Viader Vineyards ...
A Real Deal Big Mack: Vintner & Sommelier André Hueston Mack

A Real Deal Big Mack: Vintner & Sommelier André Hueston Mack

Sommelier, Winemaker, Designer, Entrepreneur: André Hueston Mack has always had a flair for success. Recognized as one of the country’s top sommeliers and owner of his successful wine brand, Maison Noir, Mack has made his mark in the world of wine in a way few have: encyclopedic knowledge paired with an unbridled passion for championing ...
“Bald” Peanuts + Oysters in Apalachicola

“Bald” Peanuts + Oysters in Apalachicola

“Ma’am, what’s your preferred rice?” the woman on the other end of the phone call asked? Confused by the question, my food-centric mind drifted to forbidden black rice or jasmine rice, my two favorites. I asked her to repeat the question. After all, my call was to schedule COVID-19 tests for David and myself. Why ...
Breaking the Silence Provides A Open Discussion To Address Workplace Harassment

Breaking the Silence Provides A Open Discussion To Address Workplace Harassment

Women comprise 70% of the U.S. hospitality workforce and as many as 90% of female restaurant employees report some form of sexual harassment. Late last year, the nonprofit, One Fair Wage, Issued a report which based on surveying 1,675 restaurant service workers. 41% said they had experienced more harassment since the start of the pandemic. ...
Sipping Alsace Wines with Famille Cattin

Sipping Alsace Wines with Famille Cattin

Considered one of the world’s great wine regions, France’s Alsace has long been a player on the international stage with its exceptional still and sparkling wines. With 12 generations at the helm, the Cattin family has been at the center of this region’s wine production since 1720. France, you say, has many wine regions, so ...
Alsace Grand Cru Wines: A Best Kept Secret Revealed

Alsace Grand Cru Wines: A Best Kept Secret Revealed

Grand Cru wines are the cream of the crop in regions of Burgundy and Bordeaux, but here’s a tip: Alsace also makes outstanding grand cru wines, and they deliver exceptional quality for value. We visited with Georges Lorentz, seventh generation of family-run Domaine Gustave Lorentz and winery president. Established in 1836, Gustave Lorentz is located ...
The Beaujolais Wine Route: A Snapshot

The Beaujolais Wine Route: A Snapshot

The Beaujolais region in France has been designated a “Paie d’art et d’histoire,” recognizing its centuries-old heritage, picturesque villages, historic sights and many wine estates. Nearly 200 wineries are open to the public. The official Beaujolais Wine Route covers roughly 85 miles. To the south are the larger regions of Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages. Moving north ...
Virginia’s Barboursville Vineyards: Southern Hospitality with an Italian Accent

Virginia’s Barboursville Vineyards: Southern Hospitality with an Italian Accent

We’re fans of Virginia wines and the region itself and made our third visit to explore the state in October. The weather was perfect and fall foliage was just starting. We spent three nights staying at the 1804 Inn at Barboursville Vineyards, located in Central Virginia’s Monticello AVA. This was our first visit to Barboursville, and ...
Road Trip To Western NY – Buffalo and Niagara Falls

Road Trip To Western NY – Buffalo and Niagara Falls

Greetings from “Roam.” That is our current state of being.wherever we roam on an indefinite road trip. In August we sold our house in the Hudson Valley, which we referred to as “Camp David.” That is one reason you have not heard from us in several weeks. Selling your home and most of your possessions ...
Sipping Vegan Wines

Sipping Vegan Wines

If you follow a vegan diet, be aware that some vintners may use animal byproducts such as egg white fish bladder (isinglass) and animal milk protein (casein) to clarify the wines, a process known as fining. To be 100 percent vegan, no animal products may be used anywhere, and the wines must be filtered using ...
Sipping Castello di Cigognola Blanc De Noir, Oltrepò Pavese

Sipping Castello di Cigognola Blanc De Noir, Oltrepò Pavese

Oltrepò Pavese in Lombardia is a region of rolling hills, medieval villages, majestic and vast stretches of vineyards earning it the moniker, the “Tuscany of the North.” Oltrepò means “beyond the Po,” a reference to the region’s location on the southern shore of the Po River in the province of Pavia. Oltrepò Pavese benefits from ...
Bérénice Lurton, Château Climens, Introduces Asphodèle

Bérénice Lurton, Château Climens, Introduces Asphodèle

Château Climens’ Bérénice Lurton is recognized for making stunning Sauternes wines from the Sémillon variety. Her Château Climens Cyprès de Climens Barsac is one of the classic sweet wines of Bordeaux- liquid gold! This year, she released her first Bordeaux Blanc dry wine, Asphodèle 2018, a 100 percent Sémillon 2018, ideal for sultry summer nights. ...
Sipping the U.S.A.- Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley

Sipping the U.S.A.- Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley

Located in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania The Lehigh Valley is one of this state’s five AVAs (American Viticultural Areas). There are more than two dozen wineries in the Lehigh Valley; most are family owned. An early autumn visit in 2019 arranged by the Pennsylvania Wine Association and Discover Lehigh Valley associations introduced us to ...
Sipping Hamilton Russell Oregon Pinot Noir

Sipping Hamilton Russell Oregon Pinot Noir

  We have a soft spot for South Africa after a visit to the wine country and the bushlands in late 2006. So, it was a pleasure to visit with Anthony and Olive Hamilton Russell, proprietors of Hamilton Russell Vineyards, a producer of estate-grown wines in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley near the fishing village of Hermanus ...
AOC Cairanne: Discovering the Newest Côtes du Rhône Cru

AOC Cairanne: Discovering the Newest Côtes du Rhône Cru

Established in 2016, AOC Cairanne is the newest of the Côtes du Rhône’s 17 crus. Located on the left bank of the Rhône River thirty minutes from Avignon, the village of Cairanne is perched on a rocky outcrop, surrounded by vineyards. In the distance one can see the craggy peaks of the Dentelles de Montmirail. ...
Lirac – Stylish Wines from the Rhône Valley’s Right Bank

Lirac – Stylish Wines from the Rhône Valley’s Right Bank

One of the Côtes du Rhône’s first cru appellations (established in 1947), AOC Lirac is a wine lover’s gem. The wines were prized among European nobility and the Avignon papacy in the 14th and 15th centuries. In the 18th century, local magistrates in Roquemaure started to authentic the origin of Lirac wines by branding the ...
Sipping J Vineyards Sparkling Cuvées

Sipping J Vineyards Sparkling Cuvées

Everyone needs a versatile sparkling wine on hand to enjoy with home-cooked meals and to uncork for impromptu entertaining. J Vineyards & Winery is one of Sonoma’s top sparkling and varietal wine producers whose cuvées are made in the traditional method. The six vineyards are all located in the Russian River Valley, a cool climate ...
Sipping Louis Martini Cabernets with Chef Jeffery Russell

Sipping Louis Martini Cabernets with Chef Jeffery Russell

There is nothing like a Cabernet Sauvignon paired with grilled steak or a perfectly cooked leg of lamb. One of California’s iconic names in Cabernet is Louis M. Martini Winery, which has produced world-class wines from exceptional vineyards in both Napa and Sonoma counties for over 85 years. Louis M. Martini Winery dates to 1933 ...
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Create Custom Content

Let us share your story and spotlight your brand through turnkey custom content that we will write, produce and post for you on multiple podcast platforms. The Connected Table SIPS are short (under 12 minute) recorded, edited podcasts that spotlight brands, campaigns, marketing initiatives, product launches and business topics. They can be recorded via SKYPE ...
Speaking & Events

Speaking & Events

Both Melanie and David have produced and led panel discussions and have served as guest speakers on topics addressing the industry, including: Leading wine and food tastings Marketing and Branding How to build a social media presence How to and market a successful podcast Managing your health and wellness in the industry Examples of the ...
Media Training

Media Training

With more than 30 years experience in communications and sales training, we can help you fine tune your message and how you you deliver it. Media & Communications Training how to conduct an interview and connect with an audience presenting on radio, television and Zoom how to handle difficult questions and pivot mastering body language ...
Whisky Tango Foxtrot! Japanese Whisky Market Soars

Whisky Tango Foxtrot! Japanese Whisky Market Soars

The rare whisky market continues to soar even during a global pandemic, On March 18 in London, Sotheby’s achieved a new auction record, selling a bottle of Karuizawa 52- Year- Old Zodiac Rat Cask #56271960 for $435,273 (£363,000 ) to a private collector in Asia, well exceeding its pre-sale estimate of £160,000-220,000.  So, what makes ...
Tasting Georgian Wines with Khareba Winery

Tasting Georgian Wines with Khareba Winery

With a wine making tradition dating back 8,000 years, the Republic of Georgia has been called the cradle of wine. Georgia boasts 1088 registered wineries, 20 PDOs (Protected Designation of Origin) and an astounding 525 indigenous grape varieties, according to the National Wine Agency of Georgia (2019 figures). www.winesgeorgia.com The ancient method of fermented and ...
Oceano Wines Continues to Make Waves Among Fans

Oceano Wines Continues to Make Waves Among Fans

Rachel Martin and husband, Kurt Deutsch, are founders/owners of Oceano Wines, single vineyard cru wines sourced from the Spanish Springs Vineyard in San Luis Obispo, California. Oceano’s second release Chardonnay 2017 has earned national awards and critical acclaim. In 2019 Oceano released its first Pinot Noir, vintage 2018, to rave reviews. We recently had the ...

Helpful Resources for Workers & Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

  Throughout the U.S.A. the hospitality and foodservice community needs our support in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs have served as community gathering places for centuries. They are first to open their doors and service their communities in times of need and a place where we celebrate special ...