January 15, 2016
Buzz: Hey, Marnie, my brother just got back from a trip to Napa Valley. He said some wineries put other grapes in their cabernet sauvignon. Isn't that illegal? Marnie: No, Buzz, it's legal in most wine regions, as long as it's a small percentage, though in some European regions, the named grape on the bottle must be in the wine 100 percent. Buzz: Do other places require every grape to be named? Marnie: Yes. Australia requires all grapes in a wine to be named on the label, in order of volume.
January 1, 2016 |
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of Dec. 29, 2015: Reader: Could you suggest a spot for lunch where out-of-town friends can experience our exciting restaurant scene, sip good wine, talk and linger? (Walking distance or short ride from the Palomar would be ideal.) They love fresh seafood. Craig LaBan: Well, there are lots of good lunch options - including some with good wine - within walking distance of the Palomar: the Oyster House (serious local flavor, great seafood and wines to match)
December 13, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - Put down the corkscrews, wine lovers. A day after the Pennsylvania Senate approved historic legislation to let consumers buy wine in some supermarkets and restaurants, the leader of the House dashed hope of its winning the necessary support in that chamber. "It would not come close to passing the House," Speaker Mike Turzai (R., Allegheny) said Friday. "The bill needs improvement. " Turzai wouldn't spell out exactly what that improvement entailed, except to say the bill lacks any "meaningful divestiture" of the state liquor system.
December 12, 2015 |
HARRISBURG - The Pennsylvania Senate on Thursday passed nearly all the final pieces of a long-overdue budget plan, including a bill that would let consumers for the first time purchase wine in some supermarkets and restaurants, and legislation to distribute $350 million in new school funding. The liquor bill calls for enabling licensed supermarkets, restaurants, and bars to sell as many as four bottles of wine to customers. The education measure would spread more money to schools this year using a blend of approaches favored both by Gov. Wolf and the Republican-led Senate.
December 11, 2015
BUZZ: Hey Marnie, what's a nice holiday wine gift I can make? My wife asked me to pick some up for last-minute presents, but I don't know if it should be wine to serve hot or one to serve for dinner. My wife told me to ask you first - I don't think she trusts me. Marnie: She has the right idea - with all the parties coming up and people to remember, I recommend having a stash of good gift wines on hand. But, your habit of grabbing the cheapest bottle isn't the best plan. Buzz: It has always worked for me!
December 4, 2015 |
Waiting room now wine bar "Zavino's sophisticated sister" is how Greg Dodge bills the new Tredici Enoteca (114 S. 13th St., 267-928-2092) on the southwest corner of 13th and Sansom Streets in Midtown Village. The wine bar was initially developed as a waiting room for the original Zavino, his pizza/wine bar across the street. But the concept evolved. Chef Carlos Aparicio's Italian-inspired small- and medium-plate menu (no pizza) is built on sharing. Even wine - and the list is studded with premiums - is available in smaller pours.
November 20, 2015 |
Thanksgiving can be predictable when it comes to the drinks. Pinot noir. Zinfandel. All-American choices. But as a nod to this year's Italian American-theme menu from chef Joe Cicala, we've decided to suggest a splash of Italian flavors, too. For example, why not loosen up the aunts and uncles with a cocktail made to echo some of the same amaro flavors they'll be tasting in that bird (due to the herbal liqueur used in the brine)? For this two-drink recipe for a "Manhattan all'Ascolana," blend six ounces of good old American Bulleit rye with two ounces of Meletti amaro and two dashes of bitters; shake well with ice, strain, and serve in two chilled martini glasses with Amarena cherries for your favorite relatives.
November 13, 2015
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie, I need some help. Last Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law served us a $30 cabernet sauvignon with the turkey and sweet potatoes. I was polite (don't want to make the missus mad), but the cab was terrible. I'm gonna bring a better one this year. Got any suggestions? Marnie: Yes, I do, Buzz. I suggest you come up with a different plan entirely. If your family's holiday recipes follow the traditional American pattern, serving any kind of dry wine is just a recipe for disaster.
October 9, 2015
D EAR ABBY: Six months ago my brother told me he vapes. At first I didn't think much of it. Because I pride myself on how well I keep secrets, I haven't told our parents. But now his grades have started sliding, and I wonder if there's a connection. He's going into his senior year of high school and his graduation is on the line. If vaping has had an effect on his grades, it might be best for me to tell our parents and figure things out from there. I don't know what the right choice is. What should I do?
September 28, 2015 |
A 1999 white from Domaine Weinbach, a winery in France's Alsace region. A Kosta Browne pinot noir. A Syrah from the Ojai Vineyard. All nectar for wine connoisseurs. All unavailable for purchase in Pennsylvania. And all, along with 2,444 other high-end bottles, found in the wine cellar of Arthur Goldman, the Main Line lawyer who was accused last year of running a black-market wine-selling operation. (His lawyer contends Goldman was simply sharing wine among friends. The case was settled last year, and Goldman was admitted into an accelerated rehabilitative disposition program.)