October 25, 2013
Buzz: Hey, Marnie, what's with all the pricey wines with twist-off caps? I'm all for getting at my wine faster, but don't people know to look for corks if they want a good wine? Marnie: You're a little behind the times, Buzz. It's true that a screwcap signified a cheap bulk wine 20 years ago, but times have changed. Nowadays, the technology and research behind screwcaps is much more solid. They're most common on affordable white wines, but you can even find top-of-the-line $100 red wines with screwcaps.
September 20, 2013 |
New eatery in Wayne Radnor Township is getting an upgrade - what with White Dog Cafe's reopening after a fire, Peppercorn's recent debut, and the forthcoming Estia Taverna and Pietro's Coal-Oven Pizza coming to 200 Radnor-Chester Rd. in a few months. A week old is Carmel Cafe & Wine Bar (372 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 484-580-6725), a dramatic transformation of HogFish Bar & Grill and its predecessor, Flavor. It's dark and sexy in a chain sort of way, which is about right because Carmel has five locations in Florida.
September 13, 2013
* A fine weekend weather forecast pairs beautifully with the 17th annual Cape May Food & Wine Celebration, Saturday through Sept. 22 (609-884-5404, 800-275-4278, capemaymac.org ) at locations around the Victorian-centric Shore town. Highlights include a Bourbon Tasting Dinner, Harvest Food & Wine Tasting, A Taste of Cape May at Convention Hall, Chefs' Dine-Arounds and a Cape May Clambake at Hawk Haven Vineyard. Prices vary. * Shiver our timbers. Sept. 19 is International Talk Like a Pirate Day, probably at a bar near you but also at participating Krispy Kreme bakeries ( KrispyKreme.com )
September 13, 2013
PASCAL WAGNER looked me in the eyes and assured me: "Don't be afraid. Just put it in your mouth. " I paused. My companions on this weeklong expedition to the lush vineyards of Burgundy nodded with encouragement. "Go ahead," one said. "Lick it. " "You can actually taste the terroir," said Pascal, a sommelier, cellarman and local wine expert who was tutoring us on the ins and outs of the local product. I glanced down at my hand again. It held a small, dirty stone that I'd just scavenged from the soil beneath a vine laden with tight bunches of green grapes nearly ready for harvest.
September 10, 2013 |
SPRINGFIELD Under a glorious blue sky, grape lovers tipped their glasses and sampled the offerings - red, white, dry, fruity - of 18 wineries that had come to this summer field. But the scene of this vine-inspired bliss was not France or California. Not even Upstate New York. Try Burlington County. New Jersey's got wine, and a lot of it is very good. That was the message behind the weekend's second annual Jersey Fresh Wine Festival, held at the Burlington County Fairgrounds in Springfield Township.
August 30, 2013
B uzz: Hey Marnie, how come they add such strange ingredients to wine? Marnie: I'm not sure what you mean, Buzz. By definition, wines are made with 100 percent grapes. Buzz: I was reading a bottle label at the store the other day that said the wine had gooseberries and cut grass in it. Marnie: Those weren't ingredients, Buzz. They were wine "descriptors," terms used to describe wine's sensory traits - usually smells. Since there are so few words for aromas, winemakers often compare their wines to foods and other things that have distinctive scents.
August 9, 2013
* They'll travel by minibus, not air, but however they go, you might want to tag along Sunday as Jet Wine Bar (1525 South St., 215-735-1116, jetwinebar.com) visits Blair Vineyards (known for its pinot gris and pinot noir) and Pinnacle Ridge (also notable for its pinot noir). The bus will depart for this Eastern Pennsylvania wine-country tour after an 11 a.m. champagne toast at Jet. Tix are $65; a picnic lunch is included. * Inspired by his recent trip to Thailand, Chef Alex Boonphaya, of Circles (812 N. 2nd St., 267-687-1309, circlesnorthernliberties.com)
July 26, 2013 |
THE REVAMPED Boordy Vineyards, Maryland's oldest winery, took top honors at last weekend's Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association competition, named Best of Show for its 2010 Cabernet Franc Reserve. It was the second major award for Boordy's first vintage of red wines from an extensive and expensive replanting project that began eight years ago. Boordy's 2010 Landmark Reserve, a Bordeaux-styled red blend, won the 2012 Maryland Governor's Cup. "Cab franc is a rewarding variety to work with; it seems pleased to be in our vineyards," Boordy owner Rob Deford said in an e-mail.
July 20, 2013 |
If you're looking for something to do on a summer weekend, a road trip through South Jersey's expanding wine country can lead to a surprisingly enlightening adventure. There is an increasingly broad and occasionally quite impressive selection of wines in South Jersey, from the well-known fruit wines (after all, Jersey is known for its blueberries!) to dry whites and reds that have garnered serious attention in the national press. More than a dozen of these wine growers have opened inviting tasting rooms as a way to encourage visitors to socialize and sample their products, before deciding what to buy. Three such wineries are Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill, Sharrott Winery in Winslow Township, and Valenzano Winery in Shamong.
July 8, 2013 |
MAIPÚ, Argentina - Ten minutes in the orchard and already my hands felt raw. How do they do this all day without gloves, I wondered, shuffling my feet for a better foothold in Argentina's sandy clay. It was Thursday, the day we'd expected to be tasting wine at the Zuccardi family's finca (ranch) and winery, in Maipú, Mendoza Province. Instead, we were clawing through a tangle of branches, trying to pick enough olives to feed Zuccardi's state-of-the-art olive oil press. It looked so easy when Torey Novak, Zuccardi's tour guide, gave a demonstration.