October 2008 Blog Posts (14)

Online training for the Hospitality Industry has just gotten easier

Outside the Lines Virtual University

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Our Virtual University is now offering a greatly expanded number of training & certification classes specifically for the hospitality industry.

Across all industries, the popularity of online… Continue

Added by Outside the Lines, Inc. on October 30, 2008 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Intriguing Walla Walla Wine Finds

So… I’ve decided that I want to be one of those people. The people that get to sit down and decide on the name of the wineries next release.

I absolutely love the names that are created to identify some of these wines today. Seriously where do they come from? Yes, some are obvious by using the varietal as a description, but others? Come on. Cowgirl Cab by DaMa, I love it! I had a… Continue

Added by WineCellar on October 27, 2008 at 7:38pm — No Comments

Barrel Oak Winery

After many months of delay, we finally visited Barrel Oak Winery, another new winery in Fauquier County. Sharon and Brian Roeder officially launched the winery in May 2008 and we have been lax in visiting - even after several friends and fellow… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on October 27, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Languedoc Versus Bordeaux

I recently did a wine tasting at a very good wine merchants called Vin Neuf Wines in Stratford upon Avon.www.vinneuf.co.uk We selected some smart Languedoc wines and compared them to some smart Bordeaux wines. The Languedoc wines ranged in price from £5-£12, whilst the Bordeaux wines were £12-£30.

There is no doubt we are in a financially 'interesting' time in the UK after various stockmarket collapses and bank failures and impending doom and gloom. So guess which wines were the most… Continue

Added by Hamish Wakes-Miller on October 26, 2008 at 12:36pm — 2 Comments


We recently received a copy of WineWise a new book written by Steven Kolpan, Brian H. Smith, and Michael A. Weiss, all CIA Professors in Wine Studies at The Culinary Institute of America (CIA). It is the size of a standard coffee table book - but without the standard fluff usually associated with these publications.… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on October 21, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

New York City Wine & Food Festival - Day 2 Wine

At Sunday’s Grand Tasting at the New York City Food & Wine Festival we returned to wines – and in particular those that we hadn’t tasted previously. For there was a large sample of California wines that we are well familiar and enjoy often: La Crema,… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on October 18, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

New York City Wine & Food Festival - Day 1 Spirits

This past weekend we attend two days of the New York City Food & Wine Festival, a northern replica of the popular Food Network South Beach Food & Wine Festival. This festival ran from October 9th through 12th – four days of wine, spirits, and food demonstrations. Most of the events occurred in the modernized Meatpacking neighborhood in Chelsea – a district of… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on October 17, 2008 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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The Santé Food & Beverage Bulletin is a weekly newsletter that consolidates major news in the restaurant and hospitality industry that may impact your business. We cover issues in management, food, wine and spirits with particular emphasis on upscale-casual to fine-dining establishments.… Continue

Added by Emiliano De Laurentiis on October 14, 2008 at 6:32am — No Comments

Staycations - how boring are you?

"Staycation" .. Somewhere around 2008 this snappy new word came into vogue, created after the rise of gas prices and the descent of our economy. The word was coined for those who think travel is too expensive, advocating that the best vacations can be found in one's own backyard. Let's eradicate this word from our vocabulary, shall we? I propose that this word show up for its final time - ever - in this very blog.

Face it, America, how much fun is it spending a four-night… Continue

Added by Wendy Newman on October 11, 2008 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

For anyone traveling to Orlando, or are looking for a reason to, Epcot at Disney has been hosting their annual International Food & Wine Festival since September 26. The event lasts until November 9th and integrates smoothly into Epcot's region theme. Want to try a Canadian wine - try the Chateau des Charmes Riesling or Ice wine. In addition, there's… Continue

Added by Todd Godbout on October 9, 2008 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Sommelier schools/training

Is anyone aware or knows of a good sommelier school or training program in the southern California area? The closest I can find is Fresno state.

Added by Cheryl Markwardt on October 9, 2008 at 8:23am — 1 Comment

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Added by The Wine Whisperer on October 8, 2008 at 9:37am — 1 Comment


So I recently have found a new home with Wine Industry Compliance services helping wineries and wholesalers with permits for shipping wine nationally. This is a such an exciting change as it is something I was very familiar with in my previous position and now am doing it full time. It gives greater understanding to the inner workings of all the different state laws as well as the local ABC and TTB too. I think this has been a huge step forward and it will certainly help me grow not only as an… Continue

Added by Allison on October 3, 2008 at 1:15pm — 1 Comment

Locavoring Our Restaurant Menus...Is It Possible?

What is "Locavoring"? Is it even a real word? Well it is now. 2007 was the year of the "Locavore". The Oxford English Dictionary picked it as their word of the year. The “Locavore” movement encourages consumers to buy from farmers’ markets or even to grow or pick their own food, arguing that fresh, local products are more nutritious and taste better. Locavores also shun supermarket offerings as an environmentally friendly measure, since shipping food over long distances often requires more fuel… Continue

Added by Tobie Nidetz on October 1, 2008 at 6:19am — No Comments

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