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.
July 10, 2015 |
LAST WEEK, The New York Times tackled the quandary of outdoor wine drinking. Specifically: How does one enjoy a fine vintage on a picnic without the proper glassware? Indeed. For starters, everyone knows it's impossible to balance a crystal Champagne flute on a cashmere blanket. Never mind those pesky bugs swarming that 2005 magnum of Saint Emilion Grand Cru. But the big question on the south lawn at the summer estate is: Cabernet goblets or claret chalices? Oh, pooh! The servants simply cannot be trusted with the Waterford decanter - not after that disastrous outing in the Hamptons when Jeeves nearly knocked it over with a croquet mallet.
July 10, 2015 |
WHEN IT comes to making wine in North America, New Jersey was an early adopter. Before wine trails and growers' cooperatives, William Alexander and Edward Antill set out to prove that New Jersey wine could stand up to a bottle of vin from across the pond. The year was 1758, and a wine smackdown was issued by Great Britain's Royal Society: Any colonist who could produce a red or white as good as a French vintage would win 200 pounds - the equivalent of some 32,000 pounds today, or more than $49,000.
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.
June 12, 2015
BUZZ: Hey, Marnie, it's supposed to be in the 90s this weekend. That's ice-cold beer weather for me, but what do wine drinkers like you sip? Marnie: There are lots of options, and we chill them down, too - typically white wines, like Riesling and vinho verde, pinot grigio and sauvignon blanc. Whether you're a beer or wine drinker, it's natural to reach for the coldest drinks when you're overheated. The wines that taste best coldest are almost always light-bodied whites that come from cold places, but sometimes include sparkling wines and roses.
June 6, 2015 |
Water your trees. Trees do best with at least an inch of rain a week. Practically speaking, this means five gallons of water applied slowly to the roots, either with a dripping hose or a five-gallon bucket with small holes drilled around the bottom. Once a week is good for street trees, but double it for trees planted in the last year. And because water weighs about eight pounds per gallon, skip the gym that day. Plant sweet potatoes. Every year, my friend Victor trades me sweet potato slips for tomato plants.
May 22, 2015
Craig LaBan: I've been doing some eating - some fantastic ( see my three-bell rave on the fine farm-to-table revamp of the Mainland Inn in Harleysville), and some not great at all ( see my Sunday take on Chinatown's new Bonchon , the Korean fried-chicken franchise that earned a rare "no bell" rating). In other news, we were all extremely concerned to learn that chef Eli Kulp of Fork, High Street on Market, and a.Kitchen was seriously injured in last week's horrific Amtrak accident.
May 15, 2015 |
CAMOY HONEGAN was on the verge of nothingness a month ago. No home. No money. No way to finish college. "I would have had to quit," she told the Daily News yesterday. "I couldn't focus. I was at my breaking point. " Then Honegan's advisor at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn told her she should talk to Derrick Griffith, dean of student affairs and enrollment management there. She did. And Griffith, or "Griff" as friends called him, picked up the phone and worked his magic.