December 19, 2012 |
Today, upscale cruise ships are appealing to passengers who already appreciate wine and want to learn more about the global wine experience. Luxury vessels for years have been bringing aboard celebrated winemakers who interact with passengers, but now some are presenting stand-alone, state-of-the-art facilities paired with wine education programs, wine immersion classes, seminars, tastings, and extravagant wine dinners. Now Oceania Line, a cruise line that straddles the premium/luxury categories, offers wine fans La Reserve by Wine Spectator, the cruise industry's first professional shipboard wine tasting/educational facility.
December 14, 2012
L uca Sena, 62, of Society Hill, owns Penn's View Hotel and two restaurants, Ristorante Panorama and Revolution House, all in Old City. Born in Naples, Sena was 17 when he moved to Philly with his father in 1967. The rest of the family soon followed. The Sena family's first restaurant, La Famiglia, on Front Street, opened in 1976 and now is run by Luca's brother, Giuseppe. Q: Panorama opened in 1990 and you're still doing well. What's the secret to your longevity? A: I always kept an open mind, surrounded myself with younger people, having two sons [Carlo and Luca Jr.]
December 10, 2012
Fresh off his election victory but rolling toward the "fiscal cliff," President Obama knew just the right token to offer his Republican adversary, Speaker of the House John Boehner: a pricey birthday bottle of Brunello di Montalcino ('97 Poggio Antico.) If wining your frenemy for the holiday sounds like a good strategy, this is a fine time to follow the Prez's vino lead. There are two other fantastic Brunellos on sale in Pennsylvania - each with distinctly different characters. Want a bottle that says "balance, subtlety, and finesse"?
December 7, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Publicly, they may be clinking glasses, breaking bread, and swapping political gossip. But make no mistake. Behind the social niceties will be relentless political maneuvering on what nearly everyone in Pennsylvania politics has been talking about since last month's election: who will challenge Gov. Corbett in 2014. That will be the scene this weekend at the Pennsylvania Society's annual gathering of Pennsylvania politicians in New York City. Yes, there will be a smattering of government-like forums, but mostly it will be a time of back-slapping, networking, fund-raising, and, of course, wining and dining.
December 6, 2012
Buzz: Hey, Marnie. My brother claims there's a wine called white burgundy. How could something be white and burgundy? Marnie: We may think of burgundy as a color, Buzz, but it's really the name of a place. Burgundy is a region of northern France famous for its red wines. We have come to use the name for a deep, winelike red color. Buzz: Even though the wine is white? Marnie: Wines made in the Burgundy region are called burgundies, since the Europeans name their wines after places, and this applies to both the red and white wines made there.
November 26, 2012
IOWA CITY, Iowa - An Iowa City mother arrested after her 23-month-old son was found to be legally drunk has pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment and neglect or abandonment charges. Natasha Kriener was charged in February after doctors found the toddler had a blood-alcohol level of .09 percent, above the state's legal limit of .08 percent. Police said the toddler's father had taken him to the hospital because he was crying and had poor balance. Cedar Rapids television station KCRG-TV reports that Kriener, 27, pleaded guilty last week and had been set to go to trial in September, but failed to appear for a hearing and disappeared for nearly three months.
November 9, 2012
Buzz : When did they start making a special wine for little ladies? Marnie: I've never heard of such a thing, Buzz. What do you mean? Buzz: I saw a red wine at the state store called "Petite Sirah. " My mom always told my sister she should shop in the petites section because she was so short, but I thought that was just for clothes. Marnie: The answer is both yes and no, Buzz. Yes, we use the word "petite," which means small in French, to designate clothes made for ladies of smaller stature.
October 28, 2012 |
HARRISBURG - Another year, another disappointment for Pennsylvania's wine connoisseurs. The General Assembly's 2011-12 session is scheduled to come to a close without action on legislation that would allow wine lovers to get direct shipments to their homes from vineyards in California and other states. Two measures were introduced this session that also would have benefited Pennsylvania's 140 family owned wineries by allowing reciprocity agreements so they could ship their products directly to customers in other states.
October 18, 2012
* Restaurants and bars are getting on the Prohibition bandwagon with the new exhibit opening at the National Constitution Center Friday. City Food Tours' "Prohibition Cocktail Tour," every second and fourth Saturday, is a two-hour journey to three Philly watering holes. $55. Details at cityfoodtours.com. * We're applauding R2L (50 S. 16th St., 215-564-5337, r2lrestaurant.com) over this great fall theater and concert season deal - a $45, three-course pre-theater dinner (5-6:30 p.m.)
October 15, 2012 |
A million years passed, or so it seemed. "Never in a million years would Jack do that," Linda Bunyan, 56, of Harleysville, insisted as she watched her bare-footed friends stomp grapes at the Wine Room of Cherry Hill. It happened so quickly that Bunyan never saw her husband, Jack, 57, remove his shoes and socks and roll up his cuffs. He stepped into the 3-foot-wide, 18-inch-high vat and waited, his arms spread wide. His wife hopped in and the two embraced. They stomped and giggled like children.