wine

Quintessential Guide to Champagne 2013

At this festive time of year, it’s become tradition in these parts to publish my Quintessential Guide to Champagne. For those of you who have read it before, feel feel to use it as a refresher and for those new readers, who perhaps didn’t follow along when I used to post about wine, welcome to the world of bubbly!…
Posted in food and drink, holiday, wine | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments  

Quintessential Guide to Champagne

It has become a tradition here, in preparation for New Year’s Eve, to publish my Quintessential Guide to Champagne. Long time readers may want to glance it over as a refresher and hop to the end to see the new inclusions.…
Posted in food and drink, wine | Tagged , , | 14 Comments  

Coupe or Flute?

This is the age old champagne dilemma – coupe, flute or tulip! Last year I wrote about Seth Box, director of education for Moet Hennessy USA, who, in the New York Times, discussed his preferences. Not only did he voice his opinion (which of course I agree with) that Americans drink too little champagne but he also had strong thoughts about what glass to serve it in.…
Posted in food and drink, gifts, holiday, interior design, wine | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 25 Comments  

Wednesday Wine

Today we get to tag along with Terry as she had a marvelous dinner with Paul Hobbs, one of the superstars of the wine world. photo: John McJunkin I have known Paul Hobbs for as many years as he has been making his wines in California.…
Posted in food and drink, wine | Tagged , | 8 Comments  

Wednesday Wine

I know soon Terry will be heading out to Napa to take some lucky customers on private tours of select vineyards. Today she talks about Palmaz, a special winery with an incredible architectural story in the valley. The first time I was invited to see the new renovations and construction that was still being finished at the Palmaz winery I was so impressed.  …
Posted in food and drink, wine | Tagged , | 10 Comments  

Wednesday Wine

Lucky Terry is reporting to us from Saratoga this week where she is checking out the racing scene as well as eating and drinking at some fabulous establishments. The famous horse family, The Whitneys, had a summer cottage called the Lodge on Nelson Avenue in Saratoga. …
Posted in entertainment, food and drink, travel, wine | Tagged , , , | 9 Comments  

Wednesday Wine

How perfect that we are discussing the winery at Quintessa today. It represents owners Valeria and Augstin Huneeus’ dream of creating the quintessential wine estate – obviously a concept I can embrace. They are old friends of Terry, so I will let her tell you a bit more.…
Posted in architecture, travel, wine | Tagged , , | 13 Comments  

Wednesday Wine

So we switched it up a bit this week. We are making our wine discoveries on Thursday this time. Today, Terry introduces us to a revitalized classic in Hungary. For any of you who have never had a Tokaj wine, you are in for a treat!!…
Posted in food and drink, wine | Tagged , | 6 Comments  

Wednesday Wine

Tomorrow is Bastille Day which means we will be celebrating tout ce qui est français (hope that’s right -my high school french is a tad rusty to say the least!). In the world of wine that offers many options. Let’s see what Terry chose.…
Posted in food and drink, wine | Tagged | 14 Comments  

Wednesday Wine

It’s no secret that I am a big Burgundy fan. And within that region, one of the biggest and most famous Grand Crus is Corton Charlemagne. Terry was lucky enough  to recently attend a tasting of wines from an esteemedth estate.…
Posted in food and drink, travel, wine | Tagged , , | 18 Comments