Malbec World Day

Malbec World Day

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Tomorrow, April 17th, is Malbec World Day. This special day offers a neat platform for Malbec lovers to compare wines of this varietal, share their feedback about them on Facebook and Twitter, see what other Malbec fans have to say and add new wines to their must-try list. For those of you who are new […]

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2011 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Pinot Bianco Weissburgunder

2011 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Pinot Bianco Weissburgunder

2011 Kellerei Kaltern Caldaro Pinot Bianco Weissburgunder

Medium yellow in the glass, this Alto Adige Pinot Blanc offers a big noseful of Asian pear. The bright, fresh fruity flavors are of apples, pears and Meyer lemons. Nice level of acidity on the finish. Perfect to serve summer party guests as they munch on light appetizers. Pairings: Fish or served as an aperitif […]

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Local Adventures – Manhattan’s Upper West Side

Local Adventures – Manhattan’s Upper West Side

FISHTAG Hair-of-the-Dogfish

Thanks to fellow New Jersey food and wine writer Peter Conway of Mano A Vino for publishing my “Local Adventures” post about eating through the Upper West Side. Read about it here: http://bit.ly/YVrWpw

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Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Chocolate Ganache

Chocolate Bundt Cake

A couple weeks ago, the nice people at Laura Secord, Canada’s largest Chocolatier, sent me a gift basket (read about it here). In the basket were premium-quality semi-sweet chocolate chips that I decided to use to bake a cake worthy of Laura Secord’s 100th anniversary. Cake Ingredients: 2 ½ sticks butter, softened, divided 2 ¼ […]

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2010 Lucien Albrecht Riesling Réserve

2010 Lucien Albrecht Riesling Réserve

2010 Lucien Albrecht Riesling Réserve

I love Riesling. Sweet, semi-dry, dry – it doesn’t matter, I enjoy it all. While I’m partial to German and Finger Lakes Riesling, there’s no denying that the Alsatians do it very well also. Pale yellow in the glass, this Alsatian Riesling offers aromas of apple and pear. In the mouth, it’s not sweet at […]

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2011 Heritance Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

2011 Heritance Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

2011 Heritance Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

This Sauvignon Blanc and Roussanne blend offers bright citrus aromas typical of Sauvignon Blanc. The Roussanne rounds out the peach and tropical fruit flavors and softens the acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc. The finish is long and thoroughly enjoyable. Paired this with Kurobuta pork chops and it was delicious. Pairings: Chicken, pork, grilled fish Style: […]

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Getting to Know Smith Madrone Winery

Getting to Know Smith Madrone Winery

Smith Madrone Chardonnay

Smith-Madrone Winery is located in Napa Valley in the Spring Mountain District. The 200-acre estate has vineyards that sit at elevations up to 2,000 feet. Some of the vines are planted on slopes as steep as over 30 degrees. Two of the Smith-Madrone wines I recently had the opportunity to sample are the 2006 Cabernet […]

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2009 Trimbach Pinot Blanc

2009 Trimbach Pinot Blanc

2009 Trimbach Pinot Blanc

Love the slightly greenish color of this Alsatian wine. Also love the very floral aromas if offers. The 2009 Trimbach Pinot Blanc is rich with flavors of peach and ripe lemons. This French Pinot Blanc makes me crave seafood. Pairings: Fish, seafood, especially seared scallops Style: White Wine Grape Type(s): Pinot Blanc Region: Alsace, France […]

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Portuguese White Wines by Herdade do Esporão

Portuguese White Wines by Herdade do Esporão

White Wine

I uncorked these two wines at a recent dinner party where I served a seafood paella. The guests at the dinner were evenly split when it came to favoring one wine over the other. Both had enough body to stand up to the flavorful dish. 2011 Herdade do Esporão Monte Velho White ($9.99) – medium […]

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2011 Steelhead Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

2011 Steelhead Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

2011 Steelhead Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc

Nice example of California Sauvignon Blanc. Pale yellow in the glass with tropical fruit aromas and lemony-fresh, slightly honeyed flavors. Great acidity and citrus finish. Pairings: Fish, seafood, especially seared scallops Style: White Wine Grape Type(s): Sauvignon Blanc Region: North Coast, CA, USA Price: $12 This wine was provided to me for sampling and I […]

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