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A drink in the last-chance saloon?

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As our team board the plane for a week in Bordeaux, our Chairman Simon Berry reflects on the current state of en primeur, the quality of the 2014 vintage and what the future holds for the world of Claret post-Robert Parker. The 2014 Bordeaux vintage, if you believe what you read in the newspapers, marks […] The post A drink in the last-chance...

Berrys' Wine Blog 5 hours, 53 min ago

Wein Salon Natürel (Köln, Germany)

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Crowd of wine revelers Köln / Cologne (Germany) The first-ever natural-wine fair in Germany took place in Kôln recently, as a sign that the movement which is nascent in this country is slowing taking pace. A handful of importers have...

Matthew McConaughey to star in The Billionaire’s Vinegar

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Wine will be splashing on the silver screen with Matthew McConaughey in a starring role. Deadline reports that the star of Dallas Buyers Club and True Detective will headline the cinematic adaptation of the Billionaire's Vinegar. I'm glad the project is moving ahead. It's based on the terrific book of the same name by Benjamin […] The post Ma...

At the Chef Dan Barber’s Pop-Up, WastED, Bruised and Misshapen Bits Are Dinner

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For wastED, a pop-up restaurant in Greenwich Village, Dan Barber and his crew went on a crosstown hunt for scraps to transform into tasty dishes, and they mostly succeeded.

The Pour 1 day ago

A Good Appetite: A Radish and Herb Salad That’s on the Cutting Edge

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The sharp blade on a mandoline transforms bulky root vegetables into ethereal shavings. (Article plus video.)

The Pour 1 day ago

Invitation: Wine Tasting and Art Exhibit in North Bethesda, Maryland

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Picture: Annette Schiller, Ombiasy PR and WineTours, with Manfred Prüm, Weingut JJ PrümPlease join us for a Wine-Tasting & Art Exhibit at the North Bethesda, Maryland home of Susan Levin where we will taste a selection of our favorite wines while we enjoy viewing the Abstract Expressionist paintings & Digital Art of Susan LevinWine ...

Schiller Wine 1 day ago

Below the surface: the Napoleon Cellar

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Dipping two storeys below No.3 St James’s Street, Katie Cooper, Wine Club Manager, explores the extraordinary history of our Napoleon Cellar. Deep beneath the shop at No.3 St James’s Street lies the Napoleon Cellar, named after Louis-Napoléon III, the nephew of Napoleon I. These days, it hosts long lunches and sumptuous dinners for up to […] ...

Berrys' Wine Blog 1 day ago

City Kitchen: Mastering Steak au Poivre

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A simple dish goes heavy on the spice, with a pleasant, woodsy heat.

The Pour 1 day ago

Love in a Glass: Stoller Family Estate Pinot Noir Rose

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The phone rang. I looked at the caller-ID and my little heart started racing as if it was a call from a former love. It was the call I had been waiting for. It was from Stoller Family Estate in the Willamette Valley. They were letting me know my Spring Wine Club shipment was getting ready to be packed and while they were at it, was there anything e...

Friday Feature Photo: Easter in the Algarve

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Photographer: Tony Bond Capture Date: April 18, 2010 Location: Praia Dona Ana, Lagos, Algarve, Portugal About: On a 10 day trip to the Algarve, "I was repeatedly lost for words. So glad to have discovered this coastline at Easter without the crowds – and if you're prepared to get up early – or stay late, […]

Catavino 1 day ago

Whisky Retailer of the Year

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Having just recovered from the surprise (and celebrations), Rob Whitehead – Berry Bros. & Rudd Spirits Buyer – takes a moment to describe the honour of being awarded Global Whisky Retailer of the Year (Single Outlet) at the 2015 Icons of Whisky awards. The Icons of Whisky awards celebrate distillers, retailers, distributors and educators, and a...

Berrys' Wine Blog 2 days ago

What about those reports that “weaker wines are better than stronger ones”?

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  You’ve probably read about it: According to Fox News, a new study out of Spain has been widely reported to “prove” that “People think weaker wine tastes better.” But, in fact, the study doesn’t show that at all; and much of the second-hand reporting on the study actually shows how lazy journalists can be. […]

The Writers Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland

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What I do on my weekends, these days… I saw this picture of the Writers Museum in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Facebook, and I wrote, "I wonder if any of my grandfathers were ever at the Writers Museum, Edinburgh, Scotland?" Lately, on weekends I'm researching and developing a personal story, since, I need to now step […] The post The Writer...

Wine Blog 2 days ago

Germany's Top 11 Winemakers (with 5 out of 5 Grapes) - The Gault Millau WeinGuide Deutschland 2015

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Picture: Thomas Haag, Weingut Schloss Lieser, and Christian G.E. Schiller in Mainz. Thomas Haag, Weingut Schloss Lieser, is the 2015 Gault Millau Deutschland Winemaker of the Year, see: Thomas Haag, Weingut Schloss Lieser, Germany's Winemaker of the Year, Gault Millau WeinGuide Deutschland 2015The Gault Millau WeinGuide Deutschland is the leading w...

Schiller Wine 2 days ago

Wine School: Your Next Lesson: Muscadet

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Yes, Muscadet wines from the Pays Nantais area go beautifully with oysters, but they can do so much more.

The Pour 2 days ago

Wine School: A Return to Classic Napa Style

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Three bottles reflect Napa’s longtime commitment to cabernet made in classic style.

The Pour 2 days ago

Hungry City: Masha & the Bear in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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At Masha & the Bear in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Russian hospitality is on full display.

The Pour 2 days ago

On terroir, and the vine’s microbiome

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  Doesn’t it seem to you like these stories lately about microbes in soil affecting wine are making the concept of terroir even more complicated than we thought it was? We used to think terroir was a matter of the physical structure of the soil and the climate, or meso-climate, of the vineyard. John Winthrop […]

Sac-A-Yay: Chefs Cody and Sam Carroll open a new restaurant in New Orleans

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by Blair Loup, Chief Confusion CoordinatorChefs Cody and Sam Carroll, both graduates of the Louisiana Culinary Institute, opened a new restaurant in the New Orleans Warehouse District last week and Team Bite and Booze could not be more anxious to get through the doors. Sac-A-Lait boasts a menu full of elevated Prairie and Swamp Cajun dishes.I first...

Bite and Booze 2 days ago

Alcohol: on the ascent?

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In response to queries regarding the rising alcohol levels in wine, Martin Hudson – Master of Wine and Wine Education Specialist – examines why ABVs (alcohol by volume) might be on the rise, and whether or not they actually are. Wine is more alcoholic than it used to be: probably true, but why? There are […] The post Alcohol: on the ascent? a...

Berrys' Wine Blog 3 days ago

Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah 2015, as the dust settles

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These wine barrel hoops are very symbolic for this year's Dark & Delicious event, as I know I jumped through all of them. Did I come out unscathed? Good question. Dark & Delicious Petite Sirah 2015, as the dust settles, I continue to think about how multifaceted and a bit challenging this year's event was… […] The post Dark ...

Wine Blog 3 days ago

Rheingau (Germany) Meets Burgenland (Austria) at Kloster Eberbach in Germany

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Picture: Kloster Eberbach, see: Kloster Eberbach in the Rheingau: Tour and Wine Tasting - Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014) and: Wining in the Steinberg Vineyard “ Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)At the annual spring presentation of the winemakers of the VDP Rheingau (the VDP is the association of German elite winemakers and VDP ...

Schiller Wine 3 days ago

Paso Robles Golf Courses

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In addition to great wineries, you find some of the finest and most beautiful golf courses in the Paso Robles Wine Country. Learn about Paso Robles golf courses right here.

Cheers2Wine Blog 3 days ago

Picnic Ideas - Best Wineries for Picnics

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Plan a picnic in the Wine Country. Discover the best wineries or picnics and great picnic ideas.

Cheers2Wine Blog 3 days ago

Steven Smith, Tea Explorer, Dies at 65

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Mr. Smith, who helped found the Stash and Tazo tea companies, developed a cult following with his exotic blends and an arch New Age sales pitch.

The Pour 3 days ago

Orange Country Great Wine Festival to Benefit Legal Aid Society

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Enjoy wine, beer and spirits tastings from over 30 producers at the 2015 Celebrity Cruises Great Wine Festival on May 2, 2015 from 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. at the Orange County Great Park, located in Irvine, California. The annual event, … Continue reading →

another wine blog 3 days ago

Contributing Op-Ed Writer: Stop Making Us Guinea Pigs

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Roundup, widely used in farming, is “probably” carcinogenic.

The Pour 3 days ago

Eat: With Sugar on Top

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Learning to make sampita, a meringue cake from Montenegro.

The Pour 3 days ago

Who makes the world's best single malt whisky? - Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Lock & Key

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Kavalan Soloist Vinho Barrique Single Cask StrengthEvery year since 2007 Whisky Magazine releases the World Whiskies Awards to name the top whiskies in the world. They typically have over 300 entries and go through a multiple-round tasting process to determine the elite sips from around the globe. This year's results came as a shock to many people ...

Bite and Booze 3 days ago

Davids And Goliaths Of Wine

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Review of Abarbanel Batch 22 Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and a revisit to Boulard Calvados XO. In popular and secular terms, the biblical confrontation between David and Goliath is seized upon as a shorthand reference for a hopeful image of the underdog, a contest or battle between a relatively small or weak opponent against a much bigger and much str...

Grapelines 4 days ago

Rock My Pinot Like A Wagon Wheel (MacPhail Recent Releases)

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Before you ask… yes, I am still not quite up to the full-on feature articles, and am woefully behind. Look, I've got major issues on the homestead, people, so you're going to need to be patient (or, simply enthrall yourselves with any of the other billion English-language wine blogs out there for now). The issues […] Grab The 1WineDude...

1 Wine Dude 4 days ago

A week on the slopes

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Trading her skis for secateurs, Stephanie Barlow from the Warehouse Shop recounts a week on the slopes of the Montagne de Reims at Champagne Mailly, the producer behind two of our own-label Champagnes. The Grand Cru village of Mailly is nestled on the north face of the Montagne de Reims and grows some of the […] The post A week on the slopes ...

Berrys' Wine Blog 4 days ago

Wine writing: imprecise, and art

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  Yes, wine writing is “an imprecise art,” as the headline on Philip White’s opinion piece in the Adelaide (Australia) InDaily News says. As someone who’s had lots of experience in wine writing (magazines, books, blogs), I’m the first to authenticate Philip’s viewpoint that “writing about smells and flavours and the feelings they impart is [&#...

Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passes away

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Matriarch Evelyn Trentadue of Trentadue Winery passed away, on Saturday, March 21, 2015. When asked if I'd help the family to distribute the news spread, my thoughts ran back to the days when I worked closely with the winery, and what a sweet person Evelyn was. She was always so gracious, and loved entertaining. The […] The post Evelyn Trenta...

Wine Blog 4 days ago

In the Mittelrhein Valley, an UNESCO World Heritage Region “ Germany-North Wine Tour by ombiasy (2014)

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Picture: Kaub with the Castles Pfalzgrafenstein and Burg Gutenfels The Mittelrhein Valley is one of the 13 German wine regions. It is a breathtaking region, where excellent wines are produced. We took a boat trip from Rüdesheim (in the Rheingau) to Bad Salzig (in the Mittelrhein region), where our bus was waiting for us to take us to Zell in the M...

Schiller Wine 4 days ago

Taking a Tour of Louisiana's Craft Beers at Zapp's International Beer Festival

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– Sydney "Brown Nose" BlanchardNeedless to say, it was a pretty exciting day. Two thumbs up.I don't claim to know too much about beer. As someone who turned 21 only a couple of years ago, the world of booze is still pretty new to me. My drink of choice tends to be whatever can get me intoxicated the fastest for the least amount of money.Don't judge...

Bite and Booze 4 days ago

A Good Appetite: Gremolata Gives Passover Brisket a Brighter Side

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Gremolata adds zest to a brisket or osso buco, relieving the meat of its heady intensity. (Article plus video.)

The Pour 4 days ago

Recipe: Portuguese Spinach Mousse

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If you’re craving a bit more earthiness in your Easter side dishes, the richness of a dish like creamed spinach may not fit the bill. Perhaps, Portugal’s “Esparregado de Espinafres” (spinach mousse) is the key with a balance of velvety textures and earthy notes. The dish offers up layers of […]

Catavino 4 days ago

Off the Menu: Gelso & Grand Comes to Little Italy

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Cassidy Hallman says he depends on the best ingredients, even milling his own flour, for his pastas, pizzas, antipasti and main courses.

The Pour 4 days ago

Restaurants: Restaurant Review: Little Park in TriBeCa

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Andrew Carmellini and Min Kong create a fresh, natural and intuitive menu at Little Park.

The Pour 4 days ago

2015 James Beard Award Nominees

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A list of this year’s nominees in the restaurant and chef categories, which includes nods for BAstard, Cosme, Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Per Se.

The Pour 4 days ago

Recipes for Health: A Simple Recipe for Pasta With Mussels

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A vibrant linguine dish with a tomato sauce that gets added depth and intensity from the mussel broth.

The Pour 4 days ago

Cabrito Estonado: The Easter Recipe Hidden in the Portuguese Mountains

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Growing up, Portuguese kid stew was as ordinary to me as beef stew was to my American friends. Whenever there were mentions of “cabrito,” my smile lit up! Around this time of year, my younger self would be jumping for joy around my mother’s kitchen, since this was often the […]

Catavino 4 days ago

Cocktail Table Service Thinks Big

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The bar industry is becoming more inventive with what it calls “large format” drinks that serve two to six customers and cost $45 to $150.

The Pour 4 days ago

From one year to the next

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As vintners south of the equator are busy harvesting, Catriona Felstead MW considers the importance of vintage variation in sunnier climes. On this side of the globe, it’s easy to forget that the vintage in the southern hemisphere takes place in February, March and April. Areas of Chile, Argentina, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa have [R...

Berrys' Wine Blog 5 days ago

How wine can be as cool as beer and cocktails

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  It’s certainly true, as Robert Parker pointed out in his recent interview in The Drinks Business, that high wine prices are “a problem and a concern” and that they are creating “a caste system” in which “the younger generation” cannot afford top wines from regions such as “Burgundy, or Bordeaux, or from California.” But […]

The Wine Institute clarifies arsenic in wine

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As a public service, the following is what the Wine Institute has distributed, since the article about arsenic in wine has been published… The are keeping us all informed. Wine Institute Fact Sheet on Arsenic Mar 20, 2015 FACT SHEET Wine Institute is the association of 1,000 California wineries. In recent days, unfounded litigation has [̷...

Wine Blog 5 days ago

Virginia's Best Wines: 2015 Virginia Governor's Cup, USA

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Picture: North Gate Vineyard Winemakers/Owners Mark and Vicki Fedor at North Gate Vineyard. Their 2012 Meritage is one of the 12 Wines in the 2015 Governor's Cup CaseGovernor Terry McAuliffe awarded the Virginia Wineries Association's (VWA) 2015 Governor's Cup to Muse Vineyards for their 2009 Clio, a Bordeaux-style blended red wine. This is the fi...

Schiller Wine 5 days ago

Judge Tells Korean-Restaurant Owner in Queens to Pay $2.7 Million in Back Wages

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Workers at Kum Gang San Restaurant said they often worked more than 16 hours with no overtime and were ordered to pick cabbage on their day off.

The Pour 5 days ago

How the Moors Influenced Spanish Cuisine

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With every bite of their Sunday paella, Spanish families—whether they realize it or not–are paying homage to the old Moorish kingdom of Al-Ándalus, one of the greatest civilizations that Iberia has ever known. How did this relationship evolve? It began in the year 711 C.E, when the Moors soundly defeated […]

Catavino 5 days ago
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