Chocolate Shop – Chocolate Red Wine

Chocolate Shop – Chocolate Red Wine

Chocolate Shop Red Wine

Last night, I had the pleasure of joining a group of wine writers for an online tasting of Chocolate Red Wine by Chocolate Shop.  I admit I was a bit pessimistic about yet another flavored wine, but this one surprised me. The wine is a blend of multiple grapes (Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, etc…) that’s […]

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2008 Maison Faiveley Bourgogne Blanc

2008 Maison Faiveley Bourgogne Blanc

2008 Maison Faiveley Bourgogne Blanc

The pale yellow color of this French Burgundy is deceiving.  On the nose, it shows bright lemony and freshly cut grass aromas.  In the mouth, it’s bright and crisp with Meyer lemon and Asian pear flavors. Pairings:  Salmon tartare, sauteed white-flesh fish, white pizza. Style: White Grape Type(s): Chardonnay Region: Burgundy, France Around $19  

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2009 Blufeld Riesling Medium Sweet

2009 Blufeld Riesling Medium Sweet

2009 Blufeld

Did I have high expectations from a wine from an ornate bright blue bottle?  Not really.  Was I pleasantly surprised when I got a taste?  Yes. This inexpensive German Riesling offers juicy ripe apple and floral notes on the nose that got me excited to take a first sip.  In the mouth, it’s moderately sweet […]

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2010 Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier

2010 Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier

2010 Laurent Miquel Nord Sud Viognier

Laurent Miquel produces Viognier exclusively and from sipping this affordable little number, I’d say he knows what he’s doing. On the nose, it’s hugely fragrant with lots of intense floral notes jumping out of the glass.  In the mouth, it continues on the floral path with ripe pear and peach flavors. Pairings:  Raw oysters or […]

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5 Valentine’s Day Sparkling Wines under $25

Are you planning a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at home or need a sparkling wine to bring to a local BYO?  Here are five sparkling wines under $25 to toast Valentine’s Day with: 2009 Jagdschloss Spatburgunder Brut Rose (Rheingau, Germany) – beautiful light pink in the glass with tons of tiny bubbles.  Aromas and flavors of […]

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BBQ Pulled Pork over Seared Scallops

BBQ Pulled Pork over Seared Scallops

BBQ Pulled Pork Over Seared Scallops

For my birthday, my mom gave me a copy of The Art of Living According to Joe Beef.  Joe Beef  is one of Montreal’s culinary gems and its book reads like a gastronomical novel – it’s just beautiful in content and images. One of the recipes I knew I had to immediately try is the BBQ […]

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2008 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

2008 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon Stags Leap District

2008 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon

Beautifully-made Napa Cabernet.  Deep purple in the glass, this wine displays a deep berry, very fragrant nose in the glass.  In the mouth, it’s rich and well-balanced with plummy qualities and traces of coffee and cocoa. Wish I could put a couple cases in my cellar to drink in 10 years. Pairings:  Grilled beef. Cheese […]

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Smashburger East Hanover, NJ – Morris County Lucks Out Again

Smashburger East Hanover, NJ – Morris County Lucks Out Again

New Jersey Smashburger

By now, if you’ve read my posts, you know I’m a huge fan of Smashburger (http://bit.ly/bOgEKa and http://bit.ly/ahbqNg).  I’m excited about the latest opening in northern New Jersey of the East Hanover location.  Here are three things to note about the newest outpost: First, the space is large and ideally located in the most prominent […]

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2005 Quinta da Gaivosa Lordelo Tinto Douro

2005 Quinta da Gaivosa Lordelo Tinto Douro

Douro Portugal

One super wine.  It’s big and bold yet refined.  Made from 100 year-old vines, this wine tastes of jammy sweet red fruit with deep earthy flavors and fine tannins. If you ever have the chance to sample this Portuguese wine from the Douro region, jump at it. Pairings:  Grilled beef or lamb.  Pasta with red […]

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Dessert Fizz

Dessert Fizz

Dessert Fizz

Impress a loved one this February with the Dessert Fizz cocktail, created by The Cocktail Guru himself, Jonathan Pogash. This sensual concoction blends Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate vodka with fresh ingredients and is topped with Champagne – the ultimate toast for the evening’s festivities! Ingredients: 1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh Dutch Chocolate Vodka 1 large strawberry, chopped […]

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