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GOURMET HIGHWAY: An All-Southern Wine Dinner

By Doc Lawrence - “Thomas Jefferson would be very proud,” David Hazelwood declared at the conclusion of a highly successful wine dinner. Southern Thymes Shared, (Pelican Publishing, 2014) the cookbook with wine pairings that follows Jefferson’s dining tradition of serving fresh Southern food with Old and New World wines, inspired the gourmet event. Hazelwood, who has read many scholarly books about Thomas Jefferson, added...

A Wine Journey, With Luck It Never Ends

By Ambrish Piare - Proprietor of Cafe´ Americano, Jalea and Ivory My personal wine journey began comparatively late because I was raised in Utrecht, Netherlands in a home where my parents believed that I should experience spirits only when I became legally of an age.  In the Netherlands, one can publicly drink at 18 but I was 22. I went on a business trip to Paris to meet a man who was crucial to signing off on a project I...

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...
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