Tom Natan

  • Are big food and wine flavors ruining our palates?

    These days, it seems it’s hard to find a restaurant that doesn’t have hot sauce at the table, or available by request. Sriracha is the default hot sauce of choice these days. (Photo from A few weeks ago, I listened to an interview that “The Splendid Table’s” Lynne Rosetto Kasper did with Kate Krader, restaurant editor of Food and Wine magazine.

  • The other champagne grapes

    … is dusted with flour. I think the other leaf is from a Chardonnay vine. But neither of these is one of the mystery grapes! Here’s a pop quiz for fellow wine geeks. Champagne (that is, the real stuff from France) is allowed to contain which grape varietals? I’ll give you a hint: there are more than three of them. What are “the other” champagne grapes? Read…

  • Small plates, big service

    … great cuisines in a meal doesn’t have to be difficult! Nooshe Joon! Tom Persian-Style Meatballs in Tomato Sauce Serves 8 as an appetizer or tapas-style course Meatballs 1/2 cup basmati rice, soaked in cold water for at least one hour 4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled 3 tablespoons dried mint, or 1 cup loosely packed fresh mint (you can…

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  • Our wine is better than your water

    … One of the wagons in the Vendanges des Artistes was painted with this: Our water is better than your wine. I guess that’s what passes for trash talk in the wine world. (The photos in this post are from the video made by Sebastian Nickel at It’s harvest and wine-making time again. Harvesting is the busiest time of the year…

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