Gonet Medeville Brut Tradition NV

Gonet Medeville Brut Tradition NV

Gonet Medeville Brut Tradition NV

For fans of fuller-bodied sparkling wines (me, me, me), this is a super option. There’s apple and pear on the nose.  This French champagne offers an earthiness and mouth-watering apple and peach flavors with hints of vanilla.  Long, dry and completely enjoyable finish. Nicer than most champagnes at this price point. 90 Points Wine Spectator. Pairings:  Lobster, […]

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2010 Graffigna Centenario Malbec Reserve

2010 Graffigna Centenario Malbec Reserve

2010 Graffigna Centenario Malbec

Nearly black in the glass, this Argentine wine is fragrant with dark berries on the nose.  On the palate, this medium to full-bodied wine offers aromas of ripe raspberries, dates and notes of pumpkin pie spices.  The finish is medium in length and showcases oaky and peppery notes. I poured half the bottle through my […]

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Welcoming Osteria Morini to New Jersey

Welcoming Osteria Morini to New Jersey

Calamari

Last week, I dined Osteria Morini in Bernardsville to try some of its dishes, post grand opening. The restaurant, formerly occupied by Chef Michael White’s Due Terre, has been redesigned to offer a more casual atmosphere than its predecessor. The food is simply outstanding.  Chef White, the 2011 James Beard Award for Best Chef in […]

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2009 Fillaboa Granja Albarino Rias Baixas

2009 Fillaboa Granja Albarino Rias Baixas

2009 Fillaboa Albarino

I enjoyed this wine at San Francisco’s Spruce restaurant, which I highly recommend, and absolutely loved it. On the nose, this Spanish wine is perfumed with sweet green apple and light lemony notes.  In the mouth, this affordable Albarino is crisp and dry with lime zest and more green apple flavors.  The finish is long […]

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2010 Domaine Tortochot Morey St Denis

2010 Domaine Tortochot Morey St Denis

2010 Morey St Denis

I had the privilege of sampling eight Domaine Tortochot wines at a recent event and was wowed by all of them.  This wine is the ‘entry level’ wine for this producer and it’s delicious. In the glass is purple in color pushing me for that first sniff.  Beautiful fruity nose and aromas finishing with slightly […]

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World Malbec Day – Celebrate from the Comforts of Home

World Malbec Day – Celebrate from the Comforts of Home

Online Wine Tasting

World Malbec Day, April 17th, offers an interesting platform for Malbec lovers to compare wines of this varietal, share their thoughts about them on Twitter and Facebook, see what other tasters have to say and add new wines to their favorites list. If you’ve never participated in an online wine tasting, it’s great fun: Buy […]

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Herb Grilled Rack of Lamb over Minted Pea Purée

Herb Grilled Rack of Lamb over Minted Pea Purée

Grilled Rack of Lamb

It’s springtime and for me, that means the official start of grilling season (I grill in the winter, but less often).  Using fresh spring produce is such a treat and when peas are in season, I’m drawned to rack of lamb, grilled simply over a mound of sweet, minted pea purée. Ingredients: 2 – 3/4 […]

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Simple Minted Pea Purée

Simple Minted Pea Purée

Minted Pea Puree

Pea purée can be served with so many foods – poached salmon, grilled rack of lamb, seared scallops – the choices are endless.  While best prepared with fresh spring peas, this recipe is equally delicious made with frozen peas. Ingredients: ½ tsp. salt for the boiling water saucepan 3 cups fresh peas, shelled or 2 10-ounce […]

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2009 Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel

2009 Four Vines The Maverick Zinfandel

2009 Four Vines Maverick Zinfandel

I love Zinfandels and try to serve foods that pair well with it as often as I can.  For Easter, I grilled rack of lamb and served the 2009 Four Vines Zinfandel Maverick with them for a great match. This Zinfandel from Amador County is bold and beautiful.  In the glass, it’s dark and viscous.  On […]

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2009 Domaine Delagrange Volnay Vielles Vignes

2009 Domaine Delagrange Volnay Vielles Vignes

2009 Domaine Delagrange Volnay Vielles Vignes

I felt fortunate to sample this outstanding Pinot Noir at a local wine tasting last week.  Just everything I love about this varietal:  Beautiful purple in the glass, noseful of cherries and rich yet bright flavors of ripe cherries, raspberries and wild strawberries. This fruit forward French Pinot Noir is silky, elegant and just super. […]

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