January 7, 2014 |
At Invisible Sentinel, a biotech company in West Philadelphia where scientists each day conduct the serious business of trying to ensure a safer food supply, this is a day for raising a celebratory glass. Wine would be the appropriate libation. The seven-year-old start-up in University City Science Center is announcing Monday a partnership that will broaden its focus beyond food - to protecting wine from what some consider a taste-spoiler. The 17-employee company is pairing with Jackson Family Wines in Sonoma County, Calif., to develop a rapid diagnostic to detect brettanomyces, a nemesis to some vintners.
January 3, 2014
BUZZ: Hey Marnie, how strong is wine compared to whiskey? Marnie: Distilled spirits like whiskey or vodka contain roughly three times as much alcohol per ounce as most wines. Buzz: Then why bother with wine if liquor is quicker? Marnie: Most people don't drink to get plastered, Buzz. Besides, many prefer the taste of wine because of its milder alcoholic strength. Alcohol content is the single most relevant factor in determining which wines will suit one's personal tastes.
January 2, 2014 |
The party was over hours ago. The lipstick-stained glasses are still in the sink. And oops! You forgot to pump the air out of that bottle of pinot noir, now growing funkier by the minute on your kitchen counter. Fear not. Scientists from Pennsylvania State University are on the case. In a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, they described using compounds called chelators to prevent wine from going bad. It was just a laboratory study, and the chelators are not something that will be approved for use by your local vineyard or wine bar anytime soon.
December 26, 2013 |
Crisp December days and shimmering glasses of golden bubbles are a perfect match, especially with holiday lights twinkling and friends reaching to clink a toast. Of course, there are sparkling wines to suit all budgets, and this year, I've scouted a handful of options to fit your needs. For great values, America continues to offer excellent sparklers from Sonoma to Washington state. You'd be hard-pressed, though, to find a better-quality value than the dry bubblies that have emerged from Gruet in New Mexico.
December 20, 2013
BUZZ: Hey Marnie, can you recommend a good cheap Champagne? It's that time of year. Marnie: Yes and no, Buzz. There are lots of affordable, delicious sparkling wines for the holidays. However, only the French make true Champagne, and you won't find any in your price range. Champagne is a place name that is also a wine "appellation," like Bordeaux or Barolo. Only wines from this northern French region that meet rigorous quality standards can be sold as Champagne. Buzz: But I've seen commercials for California Champagne.
December 20, 2013 |
Charles "Bud" Kilgus Jr., 89, a retired machine-shop foreman and devoted nursing-home volunteer, died Sunday, Dec. 15, of heart failure at Immaculate Mary Home in Northeast Philadelphia. Trained as a draftsman and machinist, Mr. Kilgus worked for many years at M.L. Bayard & Co. in North Philadelphia. He started as a machinist and rose to senior machine-shop foreman, a responsibility he shared with another man. The company's work was exacting. It designed and manufactured heavy-duty machinery for the Atomic Energy Commission, including high-vacuum valves used to produce radioactive plutonium for reactors.
November 27, 2013 |
THE EX-CHAIRMAN of the Montgomery County GOP committee was arrested yesterday and charged with drugging and raping a woman who worked in his law office after a company party last month. Plied with wine and doped with a sleeping pill, the woman later told a grand jury that Robert J. Kerns drugged, raped and assaulted her while she was unconscious. Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman yesterday announced the results of a two-week-long grand-jury investigation into Kerns, after allegations surfaced that he had assaulted a woman the night of Oct. 25. Kerns, 66, is charged with 19 counts, including rape of an unconscious victim, sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault of an unconscious person unaware that penetration is occurring, possessing drugs and an instrument of crime, lying to authorities and evidence tampering.
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 )