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    Fine wines with lunch, old-school wine trade style

    These wines were recently tasted at a rather fine lunch at La Trompette, which is a great restaurant. It went on a long time, as you can imagine. I’m always struck by how well older bottles of top Bordeaux show in these situations, and how inconsistent red Burgundy can be. And the Rhône can be very strong, when it’s the right people making the wine.

    8 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

    Chicago Gourmet 2014 – A Wine and Food Lover’s Destination

    Chicago may be known as the City of Big Shoulders but it has also become familiar to many for Chicago Gourmet, a celebration of fabulous food, wine, spirits, and beer which was held the weekend of September 26-28, its seventh year. Since 2013 I have been looking forward to another festivus of live cooking demonstrations, seminars, food and wine tastings, and more.

    6 readers - By Cindy Rynning/ Grape Experiences

      Awards to honor top restaurants, sommeliers for Oregon wine

      Great Northwest Wine - - 5 readers - The historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore., is home to the inaugural Great Northwest Wine Competition and its restaurant — Simon’s — received a regional award from the Oregon Wine Board earlier this year. (via flickr.com) PORTLAND, Ore. — The name has changed, but this fall the Oregon wine industry continues its search for restaurants and sommeliers who support, pr ...

      Burger Joints of Hayward #3: Red Rocket Char Grill

      Rebecca Gomez Farrell - - 5 readers - The newest burger joint in Hayward is Red Rocket Char Grill, right in the heart of the downtown strip (1057 B Street). This qualifies as the second echelon of burger joints, the ones classed up enough that you don’t worry about whether your chair will collapse beneath you or if you’ll pick up splinters from the table.

      Sapporo

      Rebecca Gomez Farrell - - 4 readers - Sapporo is the sushi restaurant’s answer to the overly familiar neighborhood pub. If you need to be greeted warmly by a hostess and have your every need catered to in a reasonable time frame, I’m not sure it’s the place for you. There’s nothing wrong with those expectations, but Sapporo won’t meet them.

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      Mac & Cheese Night #5: American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

      … Fifth macaroni and cheese night already? And I’m not even sick of the stuff yet. I must say, though, that all this mac and cheese analysis has affected my standards. Let’s just say that a recent order from a fast food chain was NOT up to snuff. Bright orange sauce lacking flavor and overcooked noodles doesn’t do it for me as easily as it used…

      By Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell

      Postcard: Mullaloo

      … One of the benefits of being a parent is being exposed to the randomness of your child's education. . . today we found ourselves thirty kilometres north of home in the coastal suburb of Mullaloo. While my child pondered his lesson I looked for food and coffee and found the small and sweet Sista Barista Cafe. It's located at the mostly deserted…

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      Lunch at the Glasshouse, Kew

      … Bolo, Godello, Rafael Palacios 2013 Valdeorras, Spain – fresh, lovely pear and melon notes Riesling Kanta Balhannah Vineyard, Egon Müller 2009 Adelaide Hills, Australia – this was very good – more textured and elegant than many dry Aussie Rieslings Mullineux Kloof Street Chenin blanc/Clairette Blanche 2012 Swartland, South Africa – this was really impressive, with a rounded texture and fine pear and white peach fruit, balancing richness and freshness with great success …

      By jamie goode's wine blog

      Massena Saperavi 2012

      … The chosen wine to match the slow cooked beef rib at Restaurant Amuse. This dish comes with beetroot jewels and flavour bomb buttons (BBQ, spicy plum and pea). A wonderful balance of flavours and textures and I thought the prettiest of many beautiful plates. The book tells me that Saperavi means dye in Georgian, the skins are deep and the juice…

      By Wino sapien

      Lunch at Mission E2 with some nice Californian wines

      … On Thursday I had lunch at one of London’s most exciting new wine destinations: Mission E2, the second venue from Sager & Wilde. It’s a beautiful space in a nicely converted railway arch near Bethnal Green tube station. Lots of dark wood, good natural light and a palm tree! The food was really good. I had a grouse terrine that was superb…

      2 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Barcelona Restaurant, A Little Spain in Stamford, CT.

      … Barcelona Restaurant, A Little Spain in Stamford, CT. We recently found ourselves in Stamford, CT on a Saturday night facing the decision of which restaurant to go to. We had just attended the Greenwich Wine and Food Festival, so we had several choices from that event, as well as a large number of local places covering every ethnic food group…

      2 readers - By Red Wine Please!

      American Oak

      … salivating, though those chips also appear rather, um, crispy. That’s what we’ll call it. It comes with blue corn tortilla chips, braised chicken, tomatillo sauce, a fried egg, and plenty of avocado. She called it delicious, though it was in need of more spicy heat. Friend #2 had the biscuits and gravy with chorizo and fried eggs. The runny eggs…

      1 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell

      Awards to honor top restaurants, sommeliers for Oregon wine

      … The historic Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River, Ore., is home to the inaugural Great Northwest Wine Competition and its restaurant — Simon’s — received a regional award from the Oregon Wine Board earlier this year. (via flickr.com) PORTLAND, Ore. — The name has changed, but this fall the Oregon wine industry continues its search…

      5 readers - By Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest Wine

      Ecliptic Brewing – come for the beer, stay for the food

      … As a gal who’s all about my food and wine pairings I was intrigued to be invited to a beer and food pairing lunch at Ecliptic Brewing last week. Beer and Food pairing? But I just thought beer was for burgers and typical bar food? Nope. Beer can be just as intriguing with a multi-course meal as wine. And John Harris knew this when he created…

      1 readers - By Vindulge

      Two superb whites: Radikon 1993 and Shobrook Giallo 2013

      … So, on Wednesday evening I had one of the best pizzas I have ever experienced. I met up with buddy and fellow Beer Anorak Daniel Primack for a spot of dinner at Pizza Pilgrims. We each bought a bottle, both white it turns out, and they were both fantastic. It was such a nice evening. Radikon Slatnik di Oslavia 1993 Vino di Tavola, Italy What…

      2 readers - By jamie goode's wine blog

      Boat with Whale, Walrus and Renee Erickson drops Anchor at Maiden Lane in New York, October 20

      … Boat with whale, walrus and Renee Erickson drops anchor at Maiden Lane restaurant in New York on October 21, 2014. Or to make it less 'Noah's Ark', celebrate publication of A Boat, a Whale & a Walrus, Menus and Stories (Sasquatch Books, September 2014) by joining Seattle chef Renee Erickson for a cookbook-dinner at Maiden Lane... Menu above, $65 for cocktail party dinner (drinks not included), $40 for book …

      2 readers - By Serge the Concierge

      Sapporo

      … Sapporo is the sushi restaurant’s answer to the overly familiar neighborhood pub. If you need to be greeted warmly by a hostess and have your every need catered to in a reasonable time frame, I’m not sure it’s the place for you. There’s nothing wrong with those expectations, but Sapporo won’t meet them. Instead, the tiny staff—consisting of one…

      4 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell

      Top 5 Ways to Enjoy the Autumn Rain

      … damn good to drink! If you happen to be in Portugal, there’s a few places I’d suggest enjoying a glass or three: the Yeatman, Vinoteca and Graham’s Vintage Room. For information on more lodges, check out Catavino’s Port Lodge Map. Accept the Elements If you’re like me, you’re more than happy to don your raincoat and dart outside, enjoying the muddy…

      1 readers - By Gabriella Opaz/ Catavino

      Shake Shack Coming to Legacy Place

      … Exciting news Boston burger fans! Shake Shack will be opened another location in Massachusetts - this time at Legacy Place in Dedham. We visited the location at Chestnut Hill when it first opened (review) and several times since. It's still pretty crowded and a bit hectic when you go but the product is good and the wine & beer options…

      2 readers - By Robert Dwyer/ The Wellesley Wine Press
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