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Dinner Party With Four Wines

By Sean Murphy, Proprietor, Beach Bistro and Eat Here We once had a baby-sitter who gave our son a time out for playing with his food. We kept our son and got rid of the baby-sitter. People like to play with their food. It gets way more fun when they can also play with their wine at the same time. Here are some suggestions for your next dinner party.   The First Course Make the first course a miniature smorgasbord of...

A Wine Like Audrey Hepburn

By Sean Murphy, Proprietor, Beach Bistro - The wine-learning process is belabored by the sheer volume of “BS” in the conversation. Someone in the wine crowd is always out to impress. I recently encountered a patron in my restaurant who was determined to intimidate me with her wine knowledge. She was a self-proclaimed wine aficionado. She had taken courses. I was duly warned. She then proceeded to add an accent...

Holiday Libations Made Easy

By Robert Paul - As the holiday season is fast approaching, images of libations are dancing in my head. What, you thought we’d discuss sugarplums? Striving to be the good host, I like to greet guests with a flute of bubbly. It seems to create an upbeat mood and the gesture brings a smile to everyone’s face. Sometimes it’s champagne, other times it might be a sparkling rose that I recently discovered and want to share....

An Indian Summer Wine You Want

By Robert Paul - With many of the meals of Indian summer you want a wine that’s bright red-fruit forward to hold its own with, say, rabbit, potato-crusted salmon, turkey, chicken stew or the roasted vegetables of an autumn harvest table. A French pinot noir that I find compliments the September foods of Indian Summer is the Joseph Drouhin LaForêt Bourgogne Pinot Noir (2011). The winery was founded in 1880 in Beaune (Burgundy...

Discovering a Culture Through Food and Wine

By Marsha Fottler - It’s a fact, culinary destination travel is on the rise as more food and wine lovers realize that one of the best ways to discover and fully experience a country and its culture is through the pleasures of the table. Sharing food and wine in a convivial setting just naturally leads to international friendships, geographic knowledge and new insights, not to mention a collection of new recipes to try at...

SNOB Wines, Not What You Think

By Michael DeLoach - SNOB is an acronym for the four major “green” wine designations: Sustainable, Natural, Organic, and Biodynamic. You may want to add some of these wines to your cellar or give them as Holiday gifts to friends who are earth-friendly in their wine choices. Here’s what you need to know. S is for Sustainable Sustainable means you can Keep It Going. It’s a common-sense agricultural principle that calls for...
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