April 18, 2013
* There's a good reason to head out of town this weekend - the Berks County Wine Trail's anniversary celebration, this year with a "Grape to Plate" theme. Eight wineries will participate noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It's mostly free, too. Details at berkscountywinetrail.com. * Take the pain out of waiting for the train as The Porch at 30th Street Station and Bridgewater's Pub host a Beer Garden, 3-8 p.m. Thursday and Friday. With swingin' sounds by Evan Cory Levin & Co., 6 to 8 p.m. * It's first-birthday time for Rex 1516 (1516 South St., 267-319-1366, rex1516.com )
March 29, 2013
"I DON'T like beer. " You wouldn't believe how many times I have heard that. There are some people who just won't drink beer. At bars and restaurants, at tutored tastings, at casual backyard barbecues, I'll offer a stranger a bottle and you'd think I was spreading the plague. Here - I promise, it won't kill you. "No, I hate beer. " Dude, if you don't wanna drink, fine. You've got some personal or moral issues with alcohol, that's cool. I'm not going to force it down your throat.
March 28, 2013 |
NEW YORK - When most people get a bad bottle of wine, they send it back. When billionaire collector William Koch concluded the vintage wines he bought at auction were fakes, he made a federal case of it. Koch bought what he thought were French wines from the Bordeaux and Burgundy regions, some dating to Napoleonic times and the Belle Epoque, he alleged in a 2007 complaint filed in federal court in New York. He claimed that Eric Greenberg, founder and chairman emeritus of Scient Corp., who had consigned the wines, defrauded him. Koch - brother of the conservative political financiers Charles and David Koch - first alleged that 36 bottles he bought at New York-based Zachys Wine & Liquor in 2004 and 2005 for about $500,000 were counterfeit.
March 28, 2013
B UZZ: What's the deal with Japanese wine, Marnie? Is it any good? Why do they drink it in little cups? Marnie: You probably mean saké, Buzz, which is often called "rice wine. " It's a Japanese specialty and, yes, the quality can be excellent. Buzz: Rice? I don't get it. Apple wine, raspberry wine, I get. Those are fruits like grapes. How do you make wine out of rice? Marnie: Saké is not a real wine, in the sense of being fermented from fresh fruit. Technically, it is its own distinct category within the larger family of fermented alcoholic drinks that includes wine, beer and cider but excludes stronger distilled spirits.
March 26, 2013
JILL WEBER, 41, and her husband, Evan Malone, 42, of Fitler Square, are co-owners of Jet Wine Bar and the restaurant Rex1516, both on South Street near 15th. The former opened in November 2010 and the latter in March 2012. When Weber is not overseeing the wine bar, she spends much of her time on overseas archaeological digs. We spoke with Weber. Q: Tell me about your archaeological background. A: I've worked mostly in Turkey and Syria. I'm an animal-bones specialist, so I go from site to site and analyze animal bones that are found.
March 24, 2013
Remember when wine became popular enough to be "the new beer"? And then it flipped when craft beer became "the new wine"? It was inevitable the two would collide someday into one crazy fermented creature, and now we have it, an all-out "Bine" Revolution with everyone from Sonoma (Russian River) to Portland, Maine, (Allagash) aging beer in wine barrels. Victory is the latest to go grape guns on their brews, with the recent limited release of White Monkey, their popular Golden Monkey tripel aged three months in used chardonnay casks from Wente Vineyards.
March 23, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - The state House of Representatives took a historic step Thursday night, passing a bill that would privatize the sale of wine and liquor in Pennsylvania for the first time since Prohibition. After seven hours of fiercely partisan debate, the House voted, 105-90, to approve the measure, which calls for gradually selling off licenses to private entrepreneurs, starting with beer distributors, and eventually closing the 600-plus State Stores. All but five Republicans backed the bill.
March 14, 2013
B uzz: I hear wine people hate asparagus. Is that because you're scared of "spears" or don't like being "stalked"? Marnie: Funny, Buzz. I like asparagus as much as anyone. What you probably heard is that asparagus and artichokes are notoriously challenging for wine pairing. Some people call them "wine killers" because they can make wines taste funny. Buzz: I wouldn't mind a funny wine. Most are way too serious. Marnie: Not ha-ha funny, funny as in not right.
March 9, 2013 |
Remember the fanfare a while back about a compound in red wine that seemed to extend the life span of bees, flies, and worms? It never looked like much of a good bet for humans, as the equivalent amount of wine was something like 100 glasses a day - plus, scientists were not even sure why it worked in the "lower" organisms. On Thursday, scientists from Harvard and Sirtris, a GlaxoSmithKline company in Cambridge, Mass., said they now know for sure. In the journal Science, the team said it had verified that the key to this antiaging process was activating an enzyme in the human body called SIRT1.
February 28, 2013
Buzz : How come wineries put so much useless information on the label? Marnie: Some label statements are required by law, Buzz, such as where the grapes were grown and who made the wine. Others help distinguish that wine from other wines. This information could be grape varieties, style terms or vineyard names. Buzz: That's what I said - useless information. All I want to know is what the wine tastes like, and that's the only thing the label doesn't tell me. Marnie: Oh, I see. I'm not sure I'd call the information "useless," but I can understand why you might find the alphabet soup on many wine labels less than useful.