Category Archives: Wine and Food

Food and Collio Wine in Friuli

The food and wine of Friuli show the influence of Italian, Slavic, and Germanic cultures.  Friuli is home to the country’s best cured meats, especially, prosciutto, flavorful cheeses made from cows that graze on Alpine pasture, creamy polenta, and venison … Continue reading

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Tasting America’s Best Sparkling Wines at Charlie Palmer

How do America’s top sparkling wines pair with food? This is one question we explore in our forthcoming report on America’s Sparkling Wines. To find out, we recently chose several top wines and invited the team at Charlie Palmer Steak … Continue reading

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Sonoma Comes to Alexandria Virginia

We were delighted to learn recently about a new wine tasting room and bistro opening in Alexandria, VA called Sonoma Cellar.   It is being established by Rick and Elizabeth Myllenbeck, transplants to Virginia from Santa Rosa, California.  The Myllenbeck’s know … Continue reading

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Zarate: Superb Dining in the Wonderful City of Bilbao

During our recent visit to Spain we were able to fit in one afternoon and evening in Bilbao before catching our flight back to Washington, DC. Bilbao, located in the Basque Country, is one of Spain’s most beautiful urban centers. … Continue reading

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Book Review: The New York Times Book of Wine by Howard G. Goldberg

The New York Times and its wine writers have long contributed to the national wine discourse. One of its most prominent writers is Howard Goldberg, who began writing wine articles in the Times in the mid-1980s.  However, there have been … Continue reading

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Wines for Thanksgiving: A Selection from the Year’s Tastings

Thanksgiving is a celebration of thanks for abundant harvests.  It is also an abundant meal consisting of many flavorful sweet and savory dishes surrounding the traditional roast turkey.  The combination of turkey, stuffing, cranberries, and candied yams is a challenge … Continue reading

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Cinghiale and Brunello: Love at First Sight

Cinghiale, or wild boar, is commonly found on restaurant menus throughout Tuscany and is famously paired with Brunello di Montalcino. We tasted several cinghiale dishes while traveling in Montalcino to prepare our upcoming report on The Wines of Brunello di Montalcino. Cinghiale … Continue reading

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Portuguese Food and Wine at Ferreira in Montreal

One of North America’s best Portuguese restaurants, Ferreira, can be found on Peel Street in Montreal where chef Marino Tavares crafts original and beautifully served dishes. On our visit last Saturday sommelier Paulo Ferreira generously helped us pair wine made … Continue reading

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Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina: Art & Wine in Florence

We recently revisited our friends at the Enoteca Pitti Gola e Cantina, the best wine bar in Florence, located across the street from the Palazzo Pitti, the Rennaissance palace that is now one of Florence’s largest art galleries. After viewing … Continue reading

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Kick off of Espai Priorat in Cambrils

The Espai Priorat was launched last evening at a magnificent gathering at the Restaurant Club Nàutic in Cambrils. This beautiful town of 32,000 inhabitants is located about an hour south of Barcelona in the Torroja region. In attendance were a … Continue reading

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