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June 28, 2000 | by Lynn Hoffman, For the Daily News
Time to put on airs Even the best wines need it I had the gang over for a tasting last week. The wine was some light summery white stuff that you'll read about here in a week or two. It was pretty easy to decode - simple fruit flavors and crisp acidity. Lots of fun but not very challenging. When we were done tasting, I felt I owed them something, some wine that was worthy of their efforts, that told them how much I care. So I pulled something from the cellar, a bottle that had gotten some very nice reviews in the wine press.
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June 14, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Wine on supermarket shelves. Beer sold in 12-packs. Sunday liquor purchases. Is this really Pennsylvania? Last week's enactment of a law that will let hundreds of stores add by-the-bottle wine sales was the latest in a slow drip of efforts by lawmakers and regulators to loosen the state's long-derided grip on its system of alcohol control, and nudge the Keystone State into the 21st century. What remains to be seen is whether the changes will be enough, for now, to quell the advocates who have called for turning over the system to private enterprise, or whether it will, instead, just speed the momentum in that direction.
FOOD
June 7, 2000 | by Lynn Hoffman, For the Daily News
Yeah, but is it wine? I'm enjoying a glass of Bordeaux with my friend the chef. Actually, enjoying is too frivolous a word. He is silent, eyes closed, leaning back in his chair, lower lip pulled in, head tilted slightly back to heaven. I am gaping off into the distance while the flavors bounce around from my tongue to my brain. The wine has layers and layers of taste and aroma. Deep and rich, it goes on forever. My wife walks by. She has seen this tableau before, so she doesn't bother to check either of us for a pulse.
FOOD
March 18, 2010
There are few miracle gadgets in the food world that actually work, but Vinturi's clever wine aerator is a notable exception. Just pour the wine through the stylish lucite funnel, listen to the gurgle as tiny holes infuse the vino with a speed-breathing equivalent of an hour in a decanter, and sip. The results can be startlingly clear - especially in a more rustic bottle, where the rough edges seem to be polished down, the fruit aromas become more...
FOOD
July 26, 2007
Most of these lower-alcohol wines from four Philadelphia restaurants are also available retail. Percentages reflect the alcohol content. Prices are per bottle. Meritage , 500 S. 20th St., 215-985-1922 2005 Montinore Riesling, Oregon, 12%, $36; also at selected state wine stores, $10.99. 2005 Orvieto Antinore "Campogrande," Italy, 11.5%, $34. 2004 Château Bonnet (Bordeaux), France, 12%, $45; at selected state wine stores, $12.99. 707 , 707 Chestnut St., 215-922-7770 2006 Rudi Wiest Riesling, Germany, 10%, $47.50; at selected state wine stores by special order, $11.69.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 25, 2002 | By LYNN HOFFMAN For the Daily News
Don't you wish your grandfather made wine in the basement? Wouldn't you like to have the kind of close-knit neighborhood where people dropped by with a plate of lasagna, or you knew the person who baked your bread - and the one who made your wine? Fortunately, for all of the part-time, wannabe Italians, there's a chance to get in on the fun and the food of an urban, Italian-American neighborhood. It's called the Vendemmia - "Italy in the Park" - and this year marks the festival's 6th annual celebration of the grape harvest in South Philly.
NEWS
January 10, 2001 | by Lynn Hoffman, For the Daily News
There was a time, maybe 30 or 40 years ago, before the wine revival was in full swing, when a few brave souls sampled beyond the edges of the ordinary. Hard as it is to believe now, cream sherry was one of the exotic and daring drinks of the late '60s. (If you dig out an old copy of Gourmet magazine, you may see a half-page ad for one of the brands.) The drink, as I remember it, had a concentrated nutty flavor, a thick texture and a musky, raisiny finish. Unfortunately, it was also a little too sweet.
FOOD
September 20, 2000 | by Lynn Hoffman, For the Daily News
I came across three eccentric, delicious red wines in the last few weeks, wines that had some quirky characteristic that made them stand out from the crowd of low- to-medium priced wines. What they had in common was that they each seemed to call out for meat from the grill, some slab of beef or chop of lamb to ground their high-flying flavors. Now I have to admit a prejudice. I love my grill. I have nurtured its flavor and my technique for years. I would cook my kid's oatmeal on it if I could figure out how. I do make Thanksgiving's turkey on it. I have three different kinds of wood for smoking and a little homemade censer for smoking herbs.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 17, 2007 | By NATALIE HAUGHTON Los Angeles Daily News
With the high price of gas taking a chunk out of budgets these days, entertaining at home rather than at a restaurant may ease the strain. An impromptu appetizer-wine party is a good way to gather friends, add a little spice to life and have some fun. It's incredibly easy to pull off if you enlist some help from the array of quality products now available at supermarkets and specialty stores. You don't have to make everything yourself - or feel stress or guilt about serving ready-made items.
NEWS
June 19, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - Everyone expects the cork on the bubbly to pop. But the whole bottle? In the realm of Pennsylvania's multibillion dollar liquor business, it was like a comet sighting. Suddenly, glass bottles of sparkling wine were exploding. In the stores. In the halls of the Liquor Control Board headquarters. On someone's kitchen counter. Eight incidents so far, officials say. So the LCB is issuing what may be its first warning ever to consumers about a potentially explosive shipment of wine.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 20, 2016
Booze and bromance There's no better summer viewing than watching a charming Brit and his equally studly Welsh bud drink wine in picturesque Italy. Enter The Wine Show , featuring Downton Abbey 's Matthew Goode and the recently Emmy-nominated Matthew Rhys from The Americans . It's hard to justify The Wine Show 's existence other than Matthew and Matthew's desire to get buzzed on great wine together and get paid while doing it. But their interplay is adorable. They refer to each other as Rhysy and Goodey and spend most of the time wittily bantering with each other.
FOOD
August 18, 2016
Makes 4 to 6 servings 1/2 cup good white wine 1/4 cup water 1/2 cup fruity olive oil Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon, divided use 2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled 1 bay leaf Several sprigs fresh thyme Several threads of saffron or dried calendula petals Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste 2 to 3 small leeks, well washed and trimmed, halved if large, with enough root to hold it together as it cooks ...
FOOD
August 12, 2016 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
Greece has been producing wine for 6,500 years, with at least 200 varietals coming out of the country today. And yet most wine drinkers don't know the Roditis grape from the Moschofilero. But Greek wines are increasingly moving into the mainstream here and around the country. The most recent figures show exports to the U.S. up 39 percent over the last five years. "Popularity is growing slowly but surely," says Mark Squires, wine reviewer for Robert Parker's Wine Advocate who writes frequently about Greek wine.
NEWS
August 10, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Scores of businesses holding Pennsylvania restaurant and hotel liquor licenses applied Monday for new permits that allow them to to sell wine to go. It was the first day the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board accepted applications under changes in alcohol-sales laws approved earlier in the year by the General Assembly and Gov. Wolf. The law, signed in June, expands the roster of potential wine vendors to include about 10,000 holders of restaurant licenses - including more than 300 grocery and convenience stores currently allowed to sell beer - and about 1,200 holders of hotel licenses, according to the Liquor Control Board.
NEWS
July 15, 2016
B UZZ: Hey Marnie, I was out of beer last night after a sweaty day of yardwork, so I tried adding ice to my favorite cabernet. It tasted awful! Marnie: Some red wines can handle being chilled, Buzz, but that isn't one of them. The same traits that people love about cabernet sauvignon make it very temperature-sensitive. Buzz: Temperature-sensitive? Don't sauvignon grapes like hot weather? Marnie: No, Buzz. Red wines that are dark in color and intense in flavor are usually high in tannin.
NEWS
July 12, 2016 | By Colt Shaw, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Changes in how Pennsylvania sells wine will go into effect next month. However, consumers might not see wine in the likes of Wegmans and Acmes until Thanksgiving - if then. The sheer logistics of getting a new system up is going to be a challenge, according to those involved in both the licensing and retail sides. That process has been complicated by how quickly the measure moved through the legislature. Changes to how alcohol is sold have long been controversial in Pennsylvania, where liquor laws date to the end of the Prohibition and the state Liquor Control Board has held an iron monopoly over the sale of wine and spirits.
TRAVEL
July 10, 2016
Ancient mariners Connecticut. See quality antique cruisers, sailboats, and runabouts on the Mystic Seaport Museum's waterfront. On Sunday, vessels parade along the river to Fishers Island Sound. Antique & Classic Boat Rendezvous , Mystic, July 23-24. www.mysticseaport.org/event/antique-classic-boat-rendezvous/ Vive la révolution! New Jersey. You don't need a passport to attend this Gallic celebration, with art, food, family activities, and a couture show. Bastille Day , Frenchtown, Saturday.
NEWS
June 29, 2016 | By Angela Couloumbis and Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - There may soon be a budget bill, but there is no budget deal. The proposal that cleared the House Appropriations Committee on Monday night calls for the state to spend about 5 percent more next year than it did under this year's $30 billion budget. The boost in spending would be propped up by legalizing online gambling, loosening the state's monopoly over the sale of wine, imposing new taxes on tobacco, and instituting a tax amnesty program. But neither the GOP-dominated Senate nor the administration of the Democratic governor have committed to support it. Jeff Sheridan, Gov. Wolf's spokesman, said Monday that the governor had not agreed to the plan.
NEWS
June 27, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
We were looking for one bottle to suit the big tasting menu at Vetri, as opposed to the elaborate flight of pairings, and sommelier Tara Fay nailed it with ampeleia, an unusual Tuscan IGT blend of six grapes featuring cab franc and sangiovese from a biodynamic producer in Maremma co-owned by star winemaker Elisabetta Foradori (known for her teroldego). Deep with black stone fruits and spice, and framed by just the right brace of acidity, this earthy super Tuscan was the perfectly balanced match for a wide variety of flavors.
NEWS
June 14, 2016 | By Karen Langley, HARRISBURG BUREAU
HARRISBURG - Wine on supermarket shelves. Beer sold in 12-packs. Sunday liquor purchases. Is this really Pennsylvania? Last week's enactment of a law that will let hundreds of stores add by-the-bottle wine sales was the latest in a slow drip of efforts by lawmakers and regulators to loosen the state's long-derided grip on its system of alcohol control, and nudge the Keystone State into the 21st century. What remains to be seen is whether the changes will be enough, for now, to quell the advocates who have called for turning over the system to private enterprise, or whether it will, instead, just speed the momentum in that direction.
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