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.)
September 17, 2015 |
Chester County Hospital cannot have 1,352 bottles of fine wine that are set to be destroyed by the state, a Chester County judge said Tuesday. The hospital had hoped to take the wine and use it for fund-raising, but state law does not allow for the sale of condemned alcohol, the judge ruled. It could be the end of the road for the bottles, which have been at the center of a legal battle that began in January 2014, when Chester County attorney Arthur Goldman was charged with buying and reselling high-end wine that wasn't available for purchase in Pennsylvania.
September 10, 2015 |
First it was wine. Then beer. Now juice. University City's Invisible Sentinel Inc., developers of microbial detection tools aimed at preventing spoilage, has now entered a deal to help Netherlands-based Refresco Gerber, a European bottler of soft drinks and fruit juices. Refresco's clients include Ocean Spray, Del Monte and Welch's. Refresco will use Invisible Sentinel's Veriflow ACB technology for rapid detection of alicyclobacillus, a bacteria that produces compounds that spoil juice products.
September 5, 2015 |
Just give up the wine. That's what Chester County Hospital wants from a judge who ordered 1,400 bottles forfeited to the state last month. But the Attorney General's Office says handing over the booze to the nonprofit hospital to use for fund-raising could set a dangerous precedent allowing outside parties to collect confiscated liquor. In a Chester County courtroom Thursday, the sides sparred over whether the hospital should be allowed to intervene in the case and take the wine, which is set to be destroyed by the state.
August 21, 2015
Moules a la Mariniere - mussels in white wine - brings memories of seaside dining in France, watching the fishing boats come in, breathing the fresh sea air, and drinking a chilled glass of white wine. What a treat. Figure about two pounds of mussels per person. Store them in the refrigerator and rinse with cold water before using, scraping off the "beard," the thin hairs with which the mussel attaches itself to rocks. If any shells are open, tap them gently, and discard any that do not close.
August 14, 2015
B uzz: Hey, Marnie, I was at a boardwalk bar and they were offering wine cocktails! I thought you couldn't make a mixed drink with wine. What's the deal? Marnie: People often assume that wine is sacrosanct, that mixing it will somehow ruin it. But, it's just like any other drink in that it often tastes good mixed with other things. Nowadays, people are getting past these hang-ups and I'm seeing more wine-based drinks out there. Buzz: OK, now that I think about it, I did have a mimosa once and that has champagne in it, which is technically wine.
July 31, 2015 |
Tuesday at Union Transfer, Iron & Wine - sobriquet of folk-rocker Sam Beam - joined close friend and Band of Horses front man Ben Bridwell for a sold-out, all-ages show that filled the 2,000-capacity venue's floor space and balcony alike. The Philly stop was the latest on a tour promoting the fruits of their collaboration, Sing Into My Mouth , a covers album jointly released July 17 by Beam's Black Cricket and Bridwell's Brown Records, with support from independent distributor Caroline.
July 27, 2015 |
Boxed wines have come a long way over the last decade in variety, image, and quality, joining the screwcap as a once-controversial technical innovation that's now widely appreciated for its worth. The bag-in-a-box format is smart for fresh young wines, and the air-tight bag's prevention of oxygen damage maintains freshness for weeks after opening. It's also the most cost-effective and earth-friendly way to bring three liters of vino (that's four bottles) to a party. Choosing the right one, though, is tricky, as many boxed wines are still plonkers.