The other day a little note on one of the many e-newsletters I get caught my eye. The headline read "Even Top Chefs Have Picky Kids". As a menu consultant, the final resolution of a kids menu has always been the hardest part of my job. I've always believed kids will, and do, want to eat what they see adults eating. Somehow, somewhere we (restaurateurs and Chefs) got way off track and have relegated the tots to a choice of fried chicken fingers, mac & cheese, burgers and grilled cheese… Continue
I think one of the most important things we can remember as human beings is that each of us has our own reality, our own way of seeing the world. Most of us cling very tightly to our views unless something comes along to shake us to the core, like the current saggy economy. For better or worse we… Continue
An Interview with the CEO of Wine 2.0.
Wine. Technology. They're industries that aren't normally associated with one another in casual conversation. After all, they do tend to attract people with respectively different mindsets and values: one with its artisanal passion for craftsmanship, the other with its methodical drive for development. But with their common tendency towards creativity, the two unlikeliest of bedfellows have come… Continue
Added by Nikitas Magel on February 24, 2009 at 10:00pm —
An Interview of Garden Creek Winery
When we think of a garden, we're likely to imagine a small plot of land that's meticulously tended to and lovingly cared for — a testament, really, to the connection between person and plant. Albeit on a slightly larger scale, it's with similar attention to detail and devotion to nurturing that Karin and Justin Miller look after their own garden: the vineyards of Alexander Valley's Garden Creek Ranch and… Continue
Added by Nikitas Magel on February 21, 2009 at 10:00pm —
Many seemingly improbable descriptions of the aroma or taste of wine actually have a scientific basis: Identical chemical compounds are found in certain wines and the items with which they are compared. Do no worry if these associations don't suggest themselves to you: they are meant simply as handles to build your experience and heighten your pleasure in drinking wine.Hope this helps in your wine tasting adventures!
PEACH AND APRICOT: Suggest New World Chardonnay (as does… Continue
Added by Dale Rossi on February 13, 2009 at 2:05pm —
Ok, so you are at your local store or wine shop...you zero in on your varietal only to be staring at this sea of wines, and you grab the one that has the prettiest or coolest label. You get home...you're excited..can't wait...mouth is watering.. the anticipation is killing you. You open it....you swirl....you smell.....you sip! Ahh! jeeze this is not what I wanted, you slump in disappointment! Did you know that there are indicators on a label that can tell you some of the characteristics of the… Continue
Added by Dale Rossi on February 11, 2009 at 12:20pm —
...So you're in Grand Teton National Park, you've been there a 5 days, camping, hiking, fishing, eating out is good but a bit of a drive to town.... so you cook over a campstove and think a nice wine would be great!
All you do now is pull into a place called Moose ( it's at the entrance to G.T. park) to get gas and of course, there's a market and a place that sells wine..?...oh really... you think, Let's just see about… Continue
Randy Caparoso is a longtime wine journalist and restaurant wine professional, living in Denver, Colorado. For a free subscription to his daily Organic Wine Match of the Day, visit Denver Wine Examiner.
The first two things I need to tell you about… Continue