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Two Grapes Get a Makeover

Two Grapes Get a Makeover
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Recently we attended two tastings that sparked our interest. Neither of the varietals spotlighted were front and center in our minds, and we welcomed the chance to educate our palates and try the wines. Alicia Lini‘s family has been making Lambrusco wines in Emilia-Romagna since 1910. A fourth generation family member, Alicia was recently in New York at i Trulli restaurant to share her family’s portfolio of LINI 910‘s sparkling wines, one produced in the metodo classico style and the other through the charmat process. She joins us June 7 to discuss why she feels the time is now for Lambrusco     Meunier Steps Out  The invitation […]

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Beaujolais at Its Best

Beaujolais at Its Best
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We have a soft spot in our hearts for Beaujolais Crus wines. They’re always overshadowed by their flashy younger sister, Beaujolais Nouveau. We become annoyed when people confuse Beaujolais Nouveau with Beaujolais Crus and don’t give either a chance. Beaujolais Nouveau is like the bright holiday sweater you bring out for the season to have some fun; Beaujolais Cru is the fine cashmere you wear year-round. They both have their place…and style. Just don’t let anyone confuse them. There are some many fine Beaujolais wines from the ten cru regions From north to south, each has its own subtle style: St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-a-Vent, Fleurie, […]

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Chef Daniel Boulud Cooked Up Our Romance and Never Knew It

Chef Daniel Boulud Cooked Up Our Romance and Never Knew It
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Daniel Boulud may not know it, but he is responsible for our marriage. Well, at least in part. Here’s the skinny: After meeting Melanie at a dinner party thrown by my ex-girlfriend (long story) and vowing to stay in touch, we got together for our first date in February 2003. It went something like this: Melanie: “I have to go to an event at the Gourmet Magazine Kitchen for a wine client, why don’t you meet me there and we’ll go out to dinner afterwards?” Me: “OK, sounds like a plan” So, I met her at the event and while […]

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Armagnac: The Heart & Soul of France’s Brandies

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France is well known for producing some of the world’s best (and most famous and expensive) wines. Yet, it is also known for producing some of the world’s greatest brandies, most notably Cognac, Armagnac, and Calvados, the latter being not a grape spirit, but one made from either apples or pears. For grape-based brandies, Cognac and Armagnac rule the roost. Both are made in the Southwestern part of the country, below Bordeaux. While Cognac, made in the region of the same name, is probably the best known – and certainly most widely distributed – of France’s spirits, it is Armagnac, made […]

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Vitalie Taittinger on the Art of Her Family’s Champagne- Jan 27

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Sometimes, if your name is on a product, you’ll do anything to make sure you own it. That’s certainly the case with Champagne Taittinger, the venerable producer of one of the world’s most sought after sparkling wines who famously in 2005 lost their interest in the family winery only to buy it back in 2007 after much resulting debate within the Champagne community (and wine-drinking public) over what parameters constitute the foundation for making Champagne what it is. Yet, for all the news that story generated, it’s the wine and family behind it that is what keeps Taittinger on the […]

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He’s the 7th Cellarmaster in Champagne Perrier-Jouët’s 200+ Year Old History. Meet Hervé Deschamps

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One of the most delightful drives from Paris is north to the Champagne region. It’s worth spending a few days meandering from town to town, especially starting with the bubbling centers of Reims and Epernay and then villages in between to visit both chateaux and petits maisons to taste and discover. One of the most spectacular visits is to Maison Belle Epoque, the historic ‘home” for the Perrier-Jouët family (est 1811) filled with Art Nouveau architectural accents and art treasures. What makes a visit even more special is uncorking a bottle of Perrier-Jouët Belle Epoque, one of Champagne’s most venerable brands. We speak […]

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Happy 80th Birthday Jacques Pépin! – The Connected Table LIVE Sept 23

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There are many well-known chefs in television thanks to the proliferation of cooking shows and culinary competitions. But Jacques Pépin, stands in a league of his own. He’s an Emmy Award and James Beard-winning host of 14 cooking shows series on PBS-TV and is author of dozens of acclaimed books, including his newest,  Jacques Pépin Heart & Soul in the Kitchen, (Rux Martin Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Oct 6, 2015). He teaches on cruise lines, and makes guest appearances at many industry and charitable events, but his teaching “home” is  the International Culinary Center (formerly French Culinary Institute) where he serves as Dean of Special Programs. Jacques has taught and inspired many […]

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Jacques Capsouto: A Life Reinvented

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Couples and families alike spent many memorable meals at Capsouto Frères, a gem of a restaurant in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood owned by Jacques Capsouto, his mother, Eva, and his two younger brothers, Albert and Samuel. Opened in the 1980s when Tribeca was still a “fringe” neighborhood, the restaurant survived three decades of New York City’s highs and lows, from Wall Street bull and bear markets and the September 11th terrorist attacks which put Lower Manhattan businesses in a standstill, to the loss of Jacques’ beloved mother and youngest brother, Albert. Through it all, Jacques stood front and center at events that […]

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Monet’s Palate: From Garden to Table with Aileen Bordman

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If you’ve ever visited the lush bucolic home of the painter, Claude Monet. you will be transformed by its beautiful gardens. Located in a the tiny and very pretty town of Giverny, France, it’s an easy day trip everyone must take from Paris and, please, allow plenty of time to savor it. Another way to savor Monet’s gardens is through Aileen Bordman‘s book Monet’s Palate Cookbook: The Artist & His Kitchen Garden at Giverny (Gibbs-Smith Publishers). Written with garden writer, Derek Fell, this book includes 60 recipes linked to Monet’s two-acre kitchen garden near his home in Giverny. With a forward […]

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She’s Got Game – D’Artagnan’s Ariane Daguin- June 3

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One of the best things I’ve ever popped in my mouth is a D’Artagnan French Kiss (prunes soaked in Armagnac filled with silky foie gras mousse). I can’t resist them! On June 3 on The Connected Table LIVE! we visited with  Ariane Daguin, owner, Co-Founder, and CEO of D’Artagnan, the leading gourmet food purveyor of all-natural and organic meats, charcuterie, and mushrooms in the United States, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Click here to listen to the episode on iHeart. Revered as a culinary innovator among America’s top chefs, Ariane has been at the forefront of the organic and sustainable movement in […]

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