Posted on 18 November 2013.
It’s not pizza. It’s a f–king casserole!
Jon Stewart of The Daily Show sets Chicagoans straight about their obsession that deep dish pan pizza is better than New York’s world renowned thin crust pizza. “OK I was going to be nice but now you’ve gone too far. Let me explain something, deep dish pizza is not only not better than New York pizza, it’s not pizza. It’s a f–king casserole!” Continue Reading
Posted in Rants
Posted on 16 November 2013.
This wine is produced from grapes grown in the “Classico” zone of Chianti, between Siena and Florence. Aged two years, with one year in Slavonian oak barrels, the Chianti is well balanced, round and supple with tobacco and earth notes; finishes clean with a hint of fresh cedar. The acidity is wonderful, making it a perfect food wine to pair with traditional Tuscan cuisine. It would also be awesome with almost any pizza.
Rating: Good (87) | $21 | 13.0% ABV
Posted in Wine Reviews
Posted on 14 November 2013.
It’s hard to believe how fast harvest went this year at Tendril Wine Cellars. We’ve gone from sorting grapes to making the yeast happy during fermentation to punchdowns and pressing…
And just when I thought things would get easier, they get harder. We are now ready to move the freshly pressed juice into barrels, but we need to clean them first. Continue Reading
Posted in Ramblings
Posted on 13 April 2013.
Here is the 5-minute Pebble Beach Food & Wine recap.
Interviewed: Drew Barrymore. She says that women like ice in their wine, and her “Pinot Grigio has beautiful notes and it is lacking in acidity.” Interviewer tries not to look horrified. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Vino reports on the statements as Jon Bonne chimes in on twitter, “she just set wine tasting back five years.” Then an MW puts Dr. Vino in his place, paraphrasing where he got off speaking on behalf of women. Dr. Vino responds, and then they make amends. I heard rumor that they are going to Disney Land to celebrate. Meanwhile, Harvey Steiman chimes in on his blog telling everyone to stop being so snobby and to microwave their wine. Ok Drew, it is time for an intervention. I get that you like a wine with lower acidity and if your wine fits the bill, great, but please don’t say it is lacking anything! You are basically saying your wine is flat and flabby, which isn’t a good thing. I think you want to sell wine, not sit on it, right? Let’s do lunch and work on your strategy.
Sighted: Richard Jennings. I couldn’t get a quote from him because he was moving to fast. He seemed to be on a mission to collect 400 tasting notes. I think his contract is about to expire and if he doesn’t make 34,000 tasting notes by the end of the year, CellarTracker will fire him. That is just a rumor though. Or maybe a coyote is chasing him. I don’t know.
Quoted: Marc Hinton. “I like my wines down and dirty.” It must be a southern thing and I did not have time to ask him what the hell he meant by this.
Spotted: Antonio Galloni. To heck with the food and the chefs, where are the wines and the Master Somms??? He spent his time drinking through grower Champagne, Ridge, Ornellaia, and Cos d’Estournel, just to name a few—then on to drink through every vintage of Scarecrow. “What stood out most was the consistency of the wines across all vintages”, but “I still can’t figure out the 2009. Every time I taste that wine something is missing for me.” I would talk to Drew about this. She knows something about lacking wines.
Stay tuned for next year’s recap.
Posted in Ramblings
Posted on 10 February 2013.
Everyone loves a good pizza. I mean seriously, what’s not to like? From mozzarella to Italian sausage, sweet onions to olives, and arugula to feta cheese—the combinations are endless. Am I making you hungry? I hope so because I have plenty of pizza tonight so grab a bottle of wine (or beer) and come on over! Continue Reading
Posted in Recipes
Posted on 21 January 2013.
If you live in New York or plan to visit the area, be sure to check out the 6th annual New York Wine Expo happening March 1-3, 2013. The planners of this event are pros at putting on a great event, and I can attest they know how to rock wine events since I have attended their sister Boston Wine Expo event for many years.
This year, the expo will have 500 wines on hand for tasting and attendees will have an opportunity to meet the winemakers who produce them. Another great feature is attending the many wine seminars sold A La Cart. The Wine Spectator will present a number of them, and if you are a Pinot noir lover, don’t miss one of my favorite winemakers David Rossi of Fulcrum Wines present California Pinot Noir: Touring The State’s Great Pinot Regions.
And the best part? Enobytes readers receive $15 off Friday and Saturday tickets!! Simply add the promo code “ENOBYTES” at checkout to receive the discount. Click here to purchase.
And a few words of advice:
- Show up early as the event gets packed quickly!!
- Sign up for seminars early, as seating is limited. You’ll miss out if you wait to purchase tickets on the day of the event.
- Don’t wear cologne or perfume
- Be polite to those behind the tables and other participants
- Grab a sample and move out of the way so that others have a chance to grab a sample. The table is not there to camp out with food and wine samples, or to start a side conversation with a friend.
- Take the train/bus or hire a driver. That way you can enjoy yourself without the worry of driving.
When: March 1-3, 2013
Where: Jacob K. Convention Center, 655 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001
Price: $25-$35 seminars, $85-$95 grand tasting
Posted in Events