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Holiday Wine Pairings

Holiday Wine Pairings

Make your taste buds jingle all the way with these holiday wine pairings. It's the most wonderful time of the year! Which means it's also time to start thinking about what you're going to serve for Christmas dinner. Turkey? Check. Mashed potatoes? Check. Green bean...

7/8/22 Weekly Wine Picks

7/8/22 Weekly Wine Picks

On the list for 7/8/22 weekly wine picks is a Champagne that pairs with nearly anything on your table, a Rosso from a powerhouse Brunnello producer, and a white that’s the #1 value pick of 2021 wine pick from James Suckling.

Wine Review: Willm Gewürztraminer Reserve and A Bit About Alsace

Wine Review: Willm Gewürztraminer Reserve and A Bit About Alsace

Alsace. It's one of my favorite wine regions. Someday I will take a trip to this dry and sunny region. Did you know that Colmar, a major city of Alsace, is one of the sunniest places in all of France! So you may be thinking, what's up with this Gewurz-thing?...

Wine Review: Sumarroca Cava Reserve D.O.

Wine Review: Sumarroca Cava Reserve D.O.

It's Cava a Big Deal Time for another review and a bit more info about Spanish wines. (Yay, Spain!) In case you missed my last wine review, I talked about Spanish Rioja and one of the aging categories (Crianza) and the types of grape varietals that are in the blend....

Music & Wine Pairing Part 1

I attended the Culinary Institute of America’s Beverage Professional Summit a few weeks ago and there was an incredible workshop based around music and wine pairings. There was a guided session followed by a “silent disco” where we could walk around and try wines with...

Why Wine & Food Pairings matter

Why Wine & Food Pairings matter

Why is pairing food and wine such a big deal? Does it really even matter? Yes, and no. If you want to drink whatever you want because you feel like it — you go, no judgments. However, if you want to learn a little bit more about how it can enhance a meal or your experience with wine and what all the wine lovers out there are so obsessed with, I hope this gives you some ideas!

COMING SOON: Terr-what?

COMING SOON: Terr-what?

Terroir (tehr-waar) – a word that has no exact English equivalent and has caused much debate between scientists and winemakers for centuries. Simplistically, the idea of terroir is a taste of place. Regarding wines, where the grapes are grown affects how they taste.

COMING SOON: France – Bordeaux Everyday Drinking Wine

When some people think “Bordeaux” they think of the big names, Chateau La Pricey. However, while these wines are beautiful and outrageously expensive, there are plenty of fabulous everyday wines for around a $20 value.

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Holiday Wine Pairings

Holiday Wine Pairings

Make your taste buds jingle all the way with these holiday wine pairings. It's the most wonderful time of the year! Which means it's also time to start thinking about what you're going to serve for Christmas dinner. Turkey? Check. Mashed potatoes? Check. Green bean...

7/8/22 Weekly Wine Picks

7/8/22 Weekly Wine Picks

On the list for 7/8/22 weekly wine picks is a Champagne that pairs with nearly anything on your table, a Rosso from a powerhouse Brunnello producer, and a white that’s the #1 value pick of 2021 wine pick from James Suckling.

7/1/22 Weekly Wine Picks

7/1/22 Weekly Wine Picks

7/1/22 Wine Access Weekly picks this Week: A Rosé Champagne that will blow your mind not your budget, from a winery that Dom Perignon and Krug get grapes from. A red from Bandol that's a darling of Michelin restaurants that just might become your new Cabernet...

Keller’s Buttermilk Biscuits

Keller’s Buttermilk Biscuits

Why Keller's Buttermilk Biscuits? This recipe is based on Thomas Keller's recipe from his incredible cookbook Ad Hoc at Home. When I was working as a consultant/Executive Chef starting up a restaurant, I put Keller's Sandwich on the menu, which was a monster fried...

Frosé

Frosé

Frosé. What could be a better signal of summer than that? It's refreshing, easy to drink (maybe a bit too easy?), and just straight delicious. Have you ever tried to make your own frosé? It's so easy! And if you're looking for a beverage to bring to a Memorial Day...

Strawberry Sorbet

Strawberry Sorbet

It's almost Memorial Day Weekend! Strawberry sorbet made from fresh strawberries is one of my favorite dessert components of all time. I love using this strawberry sorbet recipe for client dinners. The sweet and refreshing sorbet pairs so well with so many different...

Classic Tiramisu with Marsala and Mascarpone

Classic Tiramisu with Marsala and Mascarpone

I love tiramisu in all forms, but the classic combination of ladyfingers, chocolate, coffee, and custard is my favorite. This recipe deviates from the original by adding masala to the custard, and by soaking the ladyfingers in espresso and marsala rather than just...

Homemade Ladyfingers or Sponge Cake

Homemade Ladyfingers or Sponge Cake

Homemade ladyfingers are quite easy to make. To make things even easier, I take this recipe and spread it out onto a prepared 1/2 sheet tray. This way you don't need a piping bag or tip. You can cut squares using a knife, or cut with biscuit cutters to fit whatever...

The Best Easy Pizza Dough

The Best Easy Pizza Dough

Easy Pizza Dough? Is there really such a thing? Nancy Silverton talks in her Chef's Table episode about how she spent 10 years perfecting the Mozza Pizza Dough.... so can it really be easy? (PS if you haven't gone to Mozza in LA -- add it to your bucket list). While...

Cinnamon Ice Cream

Cinnamon Ice Cream

This is a classic cinnamon ice cream. Egg yolks and a mix of heavy cream and half and half make this rich and decadent. So I'm giving you the disclaimer now: if you're the type of person that likes the "light" or "fake" ice cream stuff -- go get some fro-yo. This...

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