Edamame Burgers with Amazing South African Chardonnay

| May 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

I always love rose, whether it’s an inexpensive quaffer or a gem from Provence, France. But I’m quite particular about Chardonnay. Right now it is stylistic for winemakers to produce Chardonnay that sings with the fingerprint of terrior – that is embodying the qualities and elements of the grape. I love my Chardonnays to be […]

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Asparagus and Wine. Partners?

| April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments

  Spring is finally here. And asparagus are now coming into season. The old wine adage states that asparagus do not work with wine. Hogwash! Asparagus, when incorporated in a dish with other ingredients, work extremely well with specific wines. With weather warming white wines are more desirable as well and they happen to complement […]

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Gluten-Free Matzo Ball Soup Paired with Wine

| April 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Passover in 2014 start on Monday April 14 and will continue until Tuesday, April 22, 2014. I was surprised to learn that wine is actually permitted during this sacred holiday. I was surprised because wine is made with yeast and yeast is forbidden on Passover. But I have since learned that this prohibition only applies […]

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Aged Beef Paired with Petit Verdot

| April 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Petit Verdot is a red grape variety that usually gets little attention.  It lurks in the shadows behind other varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon or Cabernet Franc. This grape is used in the making of classic Bordeaux blends.  But in new world regions like Argentina, Australia and Chile, the grape and its wines stand alone. In […]

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Canned Tomatoes Paired with Wine

| March 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

In this dreadfully cold weather, the last thing anybody should be eating is fresh tomatoes. They taste bland, juiceless, and mealy, not even a vague recollection of summer.  Canned tomatoes are the next best alternative!   Canned tomatoes are an indispensable ingredient in our pantry! In terms of quality, flavour and texture, what brand  of […]

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Brut Sparkling Wine Paired with Caesar Salad

| March 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

I had a few friends over for dinner a few nights ago.   After hors d’oeuvres but before the entree, I served my guests a glass of brut sparkling wine to harmonize with my hybrid Caesar salad. Brut sparkling wine has that bone dryness and sharp acidity that harmonizes extremely well with the saltiness of Parmigiano-Reggiano […]

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Pinot Noir can work with beef and rosemary

| March 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pinot Noir is considered, in general, a light, fruity red wine, an ideal companion for salmon or other fatty fish and, perhaps, chicken. But Pinot Noir, depending on where it is grown and vinified, can have enough structure, character and weight to stand up to beef.  It depends on the Pinot Noir grape, the region and […]

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