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Other than a great bottle of wine, here are some books that I would highly recommend for your favorite wine and food lover this holiday season. The Italian Vegetable Cookbook, $22 Michele Scicolone is the author of 20 cookbooks. Among them is the best selling “The Italian Slow Cooker.” There are 200 recipes in the book, which come from home cooks, chefs, produce vendors and v ...
When Tom Maresca, member sponsor of the event, sent me the list of Campania wines for the Wine Media Guild tasting and lunch at Felidia Restaurant, I could not believe the variety of wines that he had managed to put together. There were 14 white wines on the list and 14 reds ranging in price from $17 to $60.
September 19, 2014 · 10:20 am Here is a list of the Best Italian Wine Awards for 2014 selected by a panel composed of Luca Gaedini. Andrea Grignaffini, Daniele Cernilli and Tim Atkin among others. There are no surprises and of the 50 about 20 would have made my top list. The Top 50 1 Dal Forno Romano – Valpolicella Superiore Monte Lodoletta 2008 – Veneto 2 Tenuta Sette Po ...
Fines Bulles of the Loire Valley An invitation for lunch and a tasting of 12 sparkling wines from the Loire Valley at Bouley in New York City seemed like a perfect opportunity to experience these very interesting wines. Bouley Restaurant is one of my favorites and though I had visited the Loire Valley only once, I enjoyed my stay there and liked the sparkling wines.
Michele was in a taxi, on her way home from Denver where she was at #Craftsy filming #slowcooker cooking classes. The video, featuring 7 lessons and 12 recipes from #TheItalianSlowCooker, #TheFrenchSlowCooker and #TheMediterraneanSlowCooker will be available in February or March. Stay tuned! She told me to put up the water for pasta and and to reheat the sauce that she left.
I have have been going to Rome since 1970. It is my favorite city -even with all its problems. This article by Roger Cohen expresses my feeling for Rome and why I am returning there again in February. The New York Times The Opinion Page, Roger Cohen, Op- Ed Columinst, Dec 4th 2014 ROME — It is always a pleasure to return to Rome and find that some things never change.
At the Wine Media Guild Blanc de Blancs tasting at Felidia Restaurant, Champagne Ed McCarthy divided the Blanc de Blancs in two groups, the lighter drier ones (see Part I) Blanc de Blancs with Champagne Ed , and those with more body and more dosage. He said that the fuller bodied Blanc de Blancs have more complex flavor and are more suited to go with a main course like lobster, ...
“Champagne Ed” Mc Carthy, author of Champagne for Dummies, presented 17 Blanc de Blancs Champagnes for the Wine Media Guild’s tasting and lunch at Felidia restaurant. Ed Mc Carthy Ed said that Champagne Blanc de Blancs (white from white) can only be made from the Chardonnay grape. Many Champagne houses believe in the traditional philosophy in Champagne that blending is bette ...
The article traces the history of Taurasi and the key role played by the Mastroberardino Family Roots and traditions by Daniele Cernilli 26-11-2014 The first, labeled bottle of Taurasi to be exported to France was in 1878. Irpinia, the interior area of the Campania region which today corresponds to the province of Avellino, had become part of the Kingdom of Italy less than 20 ...
Our Thanksgiving menu was an unorthodox one this year, but we started as always with Champagne. Champagne Delamotte Brut NV made from 50% Pinot Noir, 30% Pinot Nero and 20% Pinot Meunier. The wine is light and fresh with citrus aromas and flavors and good acidity. The sister house is Salon and both are part of the Laurent-Perrier group.
Four of the five I have not even heard of before. The “Shakerato” I have had in Italy and enjoy at home. Next time I am in Italy I will try the other four. The article was written by Francine Segan at http://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/foodnews/5-italian-coffees-you-won%E2%80%99t-find-stateside/ar-AA7pFwM You can order espresso in dozens of ways: corto, a shot made with ...
I have know Eric Asimov, the wine critic for the New York Times, for a number of years and on occasion have been invited by him to be part of the Times’ Wednesday tasting panel. When my friend Suzy O’ Rourke of Cooking by the Book informed me that Eric was going to speak at a tasting and book signing there, I wanted to attend.
Ornella Fado Ornella Fado, host of the TV show Brindiamo!, invited Michele and I to a preview of her first show for the new season. The program appears on WNYC Channel 25 in the New York Area. I first met Ornella a few years ago when I was consulting for Enoteca on Court in Brooklyn. Ornella taped a show there and interviewed me on wine and food parings and the Enoteca’s wine program.
I first met Philip in 1981 with Antonio Mastroberardino, whose wines he then represented. It was the first time I tasted the legendary 1968 Taurasi. Over the years Philip and I became friends and saw each other often. The last time we got together was at a lunch at SD 26 that we planned in honor of Antonio Mastroberardino, who had passed away.
Francois Colas, the brand ambassador for Bruno Paillard, met our train from Paris. He told us that before we visited the winery he wanted to take us to see the vineyards. Even though it was raining he felt that we must see the vineyards in order to understand the Champagne region and Paillard Champagne in particular.
Aglianico is an ancient grape variety. It was first cultivated by the Phoenicians and later brought to Southern Italy by the Greeks 3,000 years ago when they colonized the area. In Italy, Aglianico was first planted near modern day Pozzuoli and from there it spread to other parts of Campania. Pliny the Elder (d.79AD) wrote about it in his Natural History.
Gary Grunner of Grapes on the Go invited me to the first event of his First Look Series. Held at the Manhattan Club, a private club in NYC, the First Look Series features wineries that Gary will be importing over the next year. Barollo Brothers, Nicola and Marco The wines for this first event were from the Società Agricola Barollo Marco e Nicola. Marco Barollo represented the winery.
The following article appeared on Oct. 30th 2014 in the Internet Gourmet and I believe he makes a number of good points Why the French Do It Better#angeloperetti The title, “Why the French Do It Better,” Refers to wine. And only to wine. But, listen: I’ve been accused of being in Italy Francophile a when it comes to bottles of wine.
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