July 30, 2000 |
Wine-making is in Louis Caracciolo's blood. His grandfather Emilio came from Naples, Italy, settled in Blue Anchor, and brought with him a knowledge of how to turn grapes into that most Elysian elixir, wine. Emilio recruited his grandson as free labor and "by the time I was 13," Caracciolo says, "I was hooked. " While other kids his age were obsessed with dating, recalls Caracciolo, "all I could think about was the harvest. " Today, down a dirt road in Waterford, Caracciolo's Amalthea Cellars is what became of that youthful passion.
March 5, 1986 |
For anyone who dines out a lot, it's likely that a half-dozen memorable dishes are permanently etched in the mind. Often, these stellar foods were found when least expected. One memorable dish for us had an amazing triad of flavors: lobster, fennel and Calvados. The sweet richness of the lobster, the slight licorice flavor of the fennel and the intense apple flavor of the brandy blended to make a combination far better than the individual parts. A beautiful French Meursault further enhanced the meal, and the wine itself gained from the pairing.
April 27, 1992 |
At a wine tasting where only the choicest vintages are offered, the hero of Year of the Comet boorishly asks for a can of Budweiser. The request is a further instance of the shameless brand advertising that has crept into movies and an honest indicator of the modest quality of what is to follow. Peter Yates' romantic adventure strives for champagne effervescence, but most of it is flatter than yesterday's beer. Year of the Comet tries so hard to be lighthearted that it winds up being simply airheaded and the film marks a shallow trough in the career of a director who has given us such peaks as The Dresser and Breaking Away.
July 16, 1986 |
The flavors of the Southwest are making their way to both coasts. These interesting blends are bright, boisterous and spicy - and surprisingly compatible with delicate seafood. We've blended these regional flavors into a dish that can have nationwide appeal. To shrimp from the Gulf we've added an orange sauce from southern Texas. The sauce is spiked with tequila, a gift from our friends south of the border, and the dish is served with corn muffins, a staple of the Deep South. This creates a spectacular combination that is refined and sophisticated, but gutsy; delicate, yet bold.
June 26, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The Senate approved a bill Wednesday that would let Pennsylvania consumers have wine shipped directly to their homes. The measure, which now heads to the House, allows all wineries to obtain a permit to ship any quantity. Under current law, out-of-state retailers have only been allowed to send wine to a state-run liquor store for residents to pick up. The GOP-led House could vote on the measure as early as next week, said House Republicans spokesman Steve Miskin. Though the bill has support in both parties, drama unfolded on the Senate floor when it came up for debate Wednesday.
September 28, 1986 |
The quality of wine is often judged by the type of closure that keeps it in the bottle. Those sealed with screw tops tend to be inexpensive and unappreciated by wine aficionados. On the other hand, wines bottled with a cork often get an automatic sense of legitimacy - regardless of whether the respect is deserved. Bad wine should not be attributed simply to the presence of a screw top, according to a presentation at the recent annual convention of the American Chemical Society, held in Anaheim, Calif.
March 19, 1987 |
This supposedly took place at a particularly fancy restaurant somewhere in the United States - the sort of restaurant I've always referred to as La Maison de la Casa House, Continental Cuisine. The wine waiter - or the sommelier, as the folks at La Maison de la Casa House would certainly have called him - arrived at the table with the expensive bottle of wine that had just been ordered. He displayed the label, opened the bottle, placed the cork on the table in front of the customer who had done the ordering, and poured an inch or so of wine to be tasted.
May 21, 2000 |
There's no need for Trumpets to toot its own horn, for I'll happily do it instead. The Kennett Square restaurant with lovely Victorian setting opened six weeks ago in what used to be Samantha's Cafe, offering splendid contemporary cuisine paired with the appropriate wines. The entire restaurant is non-smoking, even the attractive bar, which may mean that the beautiful decor will remain pristine for as long as I hope the restaurant survives. The menu is uncommonly appealing and dishes are prepared with considerable accomplishment.
June 6, 1986 |
One day in the fall of 1980 - shortly after Vartan Gregorian had been passed over for the presidency of the University of Pennsylvania, and shortly after I'd written a column on the subject - I was having lunch in a Center City restaurant when a waiter appeared at my table with a glass of white wine. "Compliments of a friend," he said, motioning across the room. I looked in the direction he indicated and saw Gregorian's goateed face grinning at me. Now, put yourself in my place: How would you react?
October 1, 2000 |
In the Technicolor glow of stained-glass poultry, Rose Parrotta is stomping her feet to Johnny Cash, reliving her wilder days in the apple orchards of New York and filling her Happy Rooster with an infectious energy boost. She welcomes friends to her little restaurant in a playful headlock, leading them around the thick brass bar pole. Even diners unknown to this diamond-studded dynamo get a blast of her charisma. She preens like Vanna White beside her ambitious chalkboard menu, discoursing on everything from her hand-scribbled boutique wine list ("people want forward fruit, but I won't give it to them!"