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Kenwood Winemaker Pat Henderson on the Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon

Kenwood Winemaker Pat Henderson on the Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon
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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

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

A Walch on the Wine Side
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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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A Life Seasoned with Sentiments

A Life Seasoned with Sentiments
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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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Remembrance of Wines Tasted

Remembrance of Wines Tasted
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Sometimes it’s your first taste of something that you remember forever. Other times it’s the experience you were having, or you you were with, that creates that palate memory, My first wine memory and taste- at age 15- was my Dad teaching me how to properly serve and taste wine. he wanted me to learn that good wine existed from many parts of the world. My only experience with wine was sipping Mogen David at Passover, so any wine would be an upgrade. With my Dad it was an adventure. Proudly wearing his tastevin around my neck, I demonstrated to […]

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She Dreams of Cookies

She Dreams of Cookies
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Baking Expert Dorie Greenspan says she dreams of cookies in her sleep. She notes she has at least 300 cookie recipes to her name. Dorie managed to narrow her recipes down and create even more….to 170 for her just released 12th cookbook “Dorie’s Cookies,” including some very interesting savory cookies (not crackers, she notes!)   Who doesn’t have a cookie memory? My favorite is a crunchy white meringue made with whipped egg whites, sugar, almond extract and cream of tartar. The recipe was passed down from my grandmother, Mimi. My mother calls them “forgotten cookies” because she says she puts them in the oven […]

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Bracing, Spirited & Racy- Love & Wine

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If you described your love life like a glass of wine, what would you say? Soft and velvety with a lingering finish? Earthy and masculine? Round and luscious with deep notes of cherry and chocolate?  It’s a question we enjoy asking people at dinner parties to up the conversation game. Another one is, “Describe yourself as a glass of wine.” If you dare to share, come on over to our Facebook Page@ConnectedTable where we’ve asked this question.  

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The Wines Held Up Better Than the Men in Her Life

The Wines Held Up Better Than the Men in Her Life
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  “Love, Loss and What I Drank”- The Exes in My Glasses This came to mind after reading Lisa Mattson’s delightful book, “The Exes in My Glass: How I Refined My Taste in Men & Alcohol.” This book is a fun read that documents Lisa’s progression as a young adult hell bent on leaving rural Kansas (Hello, Dorothy!) by escaping to Florida to “catch rays and men.” Working various jobs to get by (obituary writer, Cheesecake Factory waitress, bartender), Lisa earned a degree in communications and studied wine at Florida International University (FIU). Along the way she fell in and out […]

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Bordeaux’s Next Generation Steps Out

Bordeaux's Next Generation Steps Out
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Many people associate Bordeaux wines with classic Grand Crus, collectible fine wine that you lay down in a cellar and enjoy with a sumptuous meal. On our first trip to Bordeaux, we were fortunate enough to have private visits to some great houses: Château Le Pin and Vieux Château Certain in Pomerol, Château Pontet-Canet in Pauillac and Château D’Yquem in Sauternes. But we don’t drink wines like that every day. Most of us enjoy approachable, everyday wines when dining at home. The quality is still good; the price is more affordable, and the wines more accessible. A new generation of 30-something year-old Bordeaux vintners […]

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Sipping with Argentina’s Santiago Mayorga

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  Nieto Senetiner is one of Argentina’s great wine producers.  The history of Nieto Senetiner Winery dates back to 1888, when Italian immigrants founded it and grew the first vineyards in Vistalba, Luján de Cuyo, province of Mendoza. Over the first decades of the last century, the winery was run by several families who succeeded in passing on the secret of fine wine making and the love for their land. In 1969 it was acquired by the families Nieto and Senetiner, who expand the facilities signalling the beginning of a new stage of growth and brand development. In 1998 it becomes part of […]

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