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    Mac & Cheese Night #4: Homeroom

    My 4th Mac & Cheese Night took place at the East Bay’s prime mac & cheese destination along 40th Street in Oakland: Homeroom. Nearly every time I’ve mentioned my mac & cheese quest, I’ve been interrupted by an excited new acquaintance asking if I’ve tried Homeroom yet. Finally, FINALLY, I can say yes when asked. Schoolroom décor in keeping with their name. I approve.

    9 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell

    The Best In Value-Priced Wine

    The Top 10 Kosher wines ($20 or less) and our 5 Favorite Whiskies for the past year . By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Washington Jewish Week September 10, 2014 Last week we listed the Top 10 kosher wines we tasted over the past year that cost $30 or more a bottle. After all, festive holiday meals with family and friends are nigh, so a bit of expensive indulgence is in order.

    7 readers - By Grapelines

      Hosmer Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

      New York Cork Report - - 6 readers - I drink a lot of New York sauvignon blanc — especially in the summer — but it’s nearly all from Long Island, where the grape thrives consistently, almost regardless of vintage. The handful of Finger Lakes bottlings that I’ve tried over the years have always underwhelmed, often tasting thin and uninteresting.

      Top 10 Kosher Wines Over $30

      Grapelines - - 5 readers - Our Top 10 kosher wines $30 and up for the past year long with a look at Diageo’s Orphan Barrel Whiskey Project. By Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Washington Jewish Week September 4, 2014 During the Jewish month of Elul, the final month in the Jewish calendar, we are enjoined to reflect on where we stand and where we should be going in life.

      Sonoma Valley Portworks Petite Sirah Port 2007

      Rebecca Gomez Farrell - - 5 readers - Sonoma Valley Portworks Petite Sirah Port 2007 Clarksburg, CA During my trip last spring to Petaluma, I picked up this bottle of port in a surge of jubilation that I had found a winery specializing in dessert wines (613 2nd Street in the Foundry Wharf building). Plenty of wineries offer one or a handful of ports in their collection, but few give all their attention to after dinner drinks.

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      2 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell

      Hudson-Chatham Winery 2012 River’s Edge Casscles Vineyard Reserve

      … and Baco Noir. Baco Noir, of course, is the focus at one of the better wineries in the Hudson Valley — Hudson-Chatham Winery — and while Hudson-Chatham Winery 2012 River’s Edge ($) isn’t made with baco, it shows winemaker Steve Casscles’ deft touch with red hybrids in the cellar. River’s Edge is a 50-50 blend of Chambourcin, a well-known red hybrid…

      5 readers - By New York Cork Report

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      1 readers - By Grapelines

      JC Van Staden La Tau Zinfandel 2013

      …JC Van Staden La Tau Zinfandel 2013 Lodi, CA Didn’t know a wine could have an identity crisis? This zin smells wild like a syrah with spice and a lot of bacon. But it tastes like a merlot, all sweet raspberry and gentle spice. Your friend who’s afraid of heavy reds will love it, so use it to pull a fast one on them. My Score: My 50/100 Quini…

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      3 readers - By Grapelines

      Forge Cellars 2012 Les Allies Pinot Noir

      …When Forge Cellars burst onto the Finger Lakes wine scene with the 2011 vintage, it was with plenty of noise and fanfare. A famous French winemaker will do that for any New York wine project. The label’s first release — an oak-aged riesling — has inspired several other Finger Lakes winemakers to try it. But for all of the attention the Forge…

      4 readers - By New York Cork Report

      The Best In Value-Priced Wine

      … distillery — and it is delicious! It exhibits all the very best elements of the classic Glen Moray house style but with greater depth and complexity than is typical, including vanilla, toffee, butterscotch and caramel notes, with zesty lemon citrus to counter the sweetness and keep it lively, and a little pensive spiciness from the oak. With time…

      7 readers - By Grapelines

      Sonoma Valley Portworks Petite Sirah Port 2007

      …Sonoma Valley Portworks Petite Sirah Port 2007 Clarksburg, CA During my trip last spring to Petaluma, I picked up this bottle of port in a surge of jubilation that I had found a winery specializing in dessert wines (613 2nd Street in the Foundry Wharf building). Plenty of wineries offer one or a handful of ports in their collection, but few give…

      5 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell

      Top 10 Kosher Wines Over $30

      … bill of 86 percent corn, 8 percent malted barley and 6 percent rye. Seem confusing? Well, no matter, stay focused on the taste and quality. Without further ado: Old Blowhard Kentucky Bourbon, aged 26 years (45.35 percent abv; $150) intense and fruity nose, with plenty of spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, peppermint, and a touch of smoke, followed…

      5 readers - By Grapelines

      Hosmer Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc

      …I drink a lot of New York sauvignon blanc — especially in the summer — but it’s nearly all from Long Island, where the grape thrives consistently, almost regardless of vintage. The handful of Finger Lakes bottlings that I’ve tried over the years have always underwhelmed, often tasting thin and uninteresting. This Hosmer Winery 2013 Sauvignon Blanc…

      6 readers - By New York Cork Report

      Anthony Nappa Wines 2013 “Reminisce” Sauvignon Blanc

      …With aromas of pink grapefruit, gooseberry and sweet melon — with just the faintest bell pepper note — Anthony Nappa Wines 2013 “Reminisce” Sauvignon Blanc ($22) is a fine representation of Long Island sauvignon blanc. Medium bodied, the palate is snappy with grapefruit and melon flavors up front with savory herbal accents that linger through…

      1 readers - By New York Cork Report

      Brotherhood Winery NV Brut Sparkling Chardonnay Hudson Valley @brotherhoodwine

      … vines and a facility remodeling, emphasizing a commitment to quality. The Brotherhood Riesling is among many of customer favorites and is featured on the White House Wine List. Pinot Noir is their second best seller. Bob Barrow has been working as Brotherhood’s winemaker for over ten years. A generous pour of Brotherhood Sparkling Chardonnay, Hudson…

      1 readers - By Wild 4 Washington Wine

      Mac & Cheese Night #4: Homeroom

      …My 4th Mac & Cheese Night took place at the East Bay’s prime mac & cheese destination along 40th Street in Oakland: Homeroom. Nearly every time I’ve mentioned my mac & cheese quest, I’ve been interrupted by an excited new acquaintance asking if I’ve tried Homeroom yet. Finally, FINALLY, I can say yes when asked. Schoolroom décor…

      9 readers - By Rebecca Gomez Farrell