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Kenwood Winemaker Pat Henderson on the Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon

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Kenwood Winemaker Pat Henderson on the Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon

Recently we met with Pat Henderson, Chief Winemaker at  Kenwood Vineyards in Sonoma to taste through some vintages of the Artist Series, the winery’s portfolio of carefully blended Cabernet Sauvignon produced from the very best vineyards in Sonoma County. Every picture tells a story as does the vintage in the bottle. Pat shared anecdotes and aging information with equal finesse as we sipped.   A veteran of more than 30 vintages, Pat worked at five wineries including a summer with Kenwood Vineyards as enologist in 1983. After earning his degree in viticulture and enology, he worked in both the Napa and Sonoma valleys […]

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Wine Wonders from Down Under: Moollydooker and Bird in Hand

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In 1989 I left my corporate agency job and went on a solo “walkabout” of sorts to Australia. It took 30,000 frequent flyer miles and 30 hours to land in Sydney where I stayed at a friend of a friend’s apartment near Bondi Beach. I spent the next six weeks hopscotching Australia on a cheap “kangaroo fare.” I learned how to play a didgeridoo in Alice Springs, hitched a ride on a prop plane with the Outback mailman to deliver parcels, climbed Ayers Rock in the wrong footwear, took my first hot air balloon ride over some dusty dunes sprinkled […]

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Italy’s Marche- Birthplace of Verdicchio

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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. 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 […]

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

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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. 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, […]

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A Walch on the Wine Side

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A Walch on the Wine Side

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. 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 […]

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Chef Franklin Becker Talks Fat and Slimming Down

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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 […]

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Miss Ella Shares Her Story

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“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 Magazine, here is a link.   Miss Ella turned 91 this month. […]

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The Smithsonian Serves a Generous Helping of Food History

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The Smithsonian Serves a Generous Helping of Food History

What is it about food history and culture that keeps us craving more? Recently, I visited the National Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington,DC, to experience its first major exhibition on food history – “FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000.” I enjoyed my visit so much I went back for a second helping two days later. First, there’s Julia’s Child’s kitchen which is like a shrine. Then there are the focused exhibits touching on historic milestones and the changing landscape of what we eat and drink in post World War II America. So much to digest! Food Historian and […]

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She Bet the Farm and Reaped Success.

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She Bet the Farm and Reaped Success.

I first met Paulette Satur over a game of tennis. She was pretty good as I recall. At the time she worked in wine sales for Martin Scott. But this Pennsylvania born farm girl had a bigger vision. After 12 years working in wine she decided to buy a farm on the North Fork of Long Island. Initially the sustainably grown produce and herbs harvested at Satur Farms was intended to supply the restaurant where Paulette’s chef husband worked. Chef Eberhard Müller was known for his exacting standards when it came to his raw ingredients and wanted better than what was  available […]

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A Life Seasoned with Sentiments

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A Life Seasoned with Sentiments

Two annual events always signal the holiday season for me aside from Thanksgiving. Both are seasoned with sentiments of delicious years past and take place the same week. The first is the third Thursday of November with the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau. For four years I had the honor- and challenge- of creating and staging Beaujolais Nouveau arrival happenings for Les Vins Georges Duboeuf. Preparation started months in advance well before the first grapes started to bud on the vines. Each year we attempted to stage an uncorking ceremony more inventive and outrageous than the last. By Thanksgiving I felt […]

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