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The Fifty Great Portuguese Wines Tasting at the New York Public Library


A Tour of Portugal’s Wine Regions

by Michelle Kwan


Portugal, surrounded by its venerable neighbors of wine making, has long been overshadowed by France and Spain when it comes to the ubiquity and prominence of its wines. Even paella and tapas (or petisco as it is known in Portugal) was until recently thought of as primarily a Spanish tradition with a Spanish heritage. But like Portuguese cuisine, Portuguese wines have a distinct character and quality that is worthy of discovery. Moreover, as the Fifty Great Portuguese Wines Tasting held at the New York Public Library recently demonstrated, there is no better complement to Portuguese fare than Portuguese wines. The diversity of flavors in its 250 grape varietals also make them good candidates for pairing with other cuisines; an array of cheeses, tapas and fruits at the tasting paired well with the vinho verdes, whites and reds on offer.

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  • pinitbutton Bradford Mountain 2011 Dry Creek Zinfandel   Wine of the Week Review
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Bradford Mountain 2011 Dry Creek Zinfandel

Price: $22

Rating: 13.5/20

Region: Dry Creek Valley, California

Varietals: 91 percent Zinfandel & 9 percent Petite Sirah

Production: 1,700 cases

Alcohol: 14.5 percent

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Tasting Notes: One of the labels owned by Truett-Hurst, Inc., Bradford Mountain was founded in the late 1990s and produces about 3,000 cases of wine per year. It lies on the western side of the Dry Creek Valley (Sonoma County), a region renowned for its Zinfandels. Some of the fruit that goes into the 2011 Dry Creek Zinfandel comes from the winery’s historic Grist Vineyard, which was replanted in 2005 and is now certified organic. The wine boasts fragrant raspberry and Continue reading “Bradford Mountain 2011 Dry Creek Zinfandel – Wine of the Week Review” »



  • pinitbutton The Ultimate Mardi Gras Experience in New Orleans
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Walking the French Quarter on Mardi Gras Day is an experience like no other. (Credit: Jenny Peters)


A Guide to Carnival and Mardi Gras in New Orleans

by Jenny Peters


If you’re lucky enough to be spending Mardi Gras in the Big Easy, make sure to read this primer first. “Carnival” describes the weeks leading up to Mardi Gras Day (also known as Fat Tuesday), the day before Lent, the Catholic time of atonement, begins. And while some in New Orleans use that term, most just call all of the season of revelry “Mardi Gras.” It actually begins on Epiphany, January 6; but the big celebrations and major parades really happen in the last two weeks leading into Mardi Gras Day (which is a city-wide holiday in NOLA).

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How to buy the best SUV

on February 20th, 2014
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  • pinitbutton How to buy the best SUV
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The Range Rover Sport V8 Supercharged in action

SUV – AKA Sport Utility Vehicle

by Alain Gayot


They are the evil but oh-so-loved cars, not just in America where they have deep roots, but now worldwide. And, if you don’t have one as part of your line-up, you can’t be considered a complete auto manufacturer. These often gas-guzzling beasts are not new, they are simply all the rage nowadays.

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  • pinitbutton Truffle Extraordinaire Part 2

by Sophie Gayot


It seems that chef José Andrés and his culinary team love truffles — and I am glad that they do. Last October, SAAM restaurant, the chef’s tasting room at The Bazaar at SLS Hotel at Beverly Hills, started the second annual Truffle Season Dinner Series with a meal featuring white truffles.


But since black is beautiful, last week the restaurant started offering the black truffle experience. Throughout the 18-course prix-fixe menu, priced at $250 with wine pairings available, diners can discover the culinary creativity and talents of José Andrés, R & D chef Aitor Zabala, chef de cuisine Holly Jivin, and pastry chef Kriss Harvey.

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New Restaurants in Houston

on February 18th, 2014
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Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette in Houston, TX

 

by Marene Gustin

 

Hungry Houstonians, you’re in luck — you have more dining choices than ever before, as there are many new restaurants worth a visit in Space City. 

At the trendy West Ave. multi-use center in Upper Kirby, two new eateries are now open. Nara, a Korean/Japanese restaurant from chef Donald Chang that opened in the old Katsuya space, blends the flavors of Chang’s native country with his experience as a sushi chef in Houston. Over in the next building, Food Network Star Susie Jimenez has opened Trenza in the former Alto space upstairs from Del Frisco’s Grille. The name means “braid” and is a nod to the fusion food she offers: a blend of her native Latin cuisine with Indian and Asian twists.

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  • pinitbutton 2007 Vall Llach   Wine of the Week Review
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2007 Vall Llach

Price: $95

Rating: 16/20

Region: Priorat, Spain

Varietals: 70 percent Cariñena, 15 percent Cabernet Sauvignon & 15 percent Merlot

Alcohol: 15 percent


Tasting Notes: In 1992, Catalan singer Lluís Llach and his childhood friend Enric Costa founded Celler Vall Llach. The winery’s flagship bottling, Vall Llach is made from a combination of old vine Cariñena (Carignane) and newer plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. A big, powerful wine, the 2007 Vall Llach boasts heady blackberry, plum and mineral aromas. In the mouth, it reveals rich, concentrated fruit Continue reading “2007 Vall Llach – Wine of the Week Review” »



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The exterior of Hotel Giraffe in New York City


When it comes to choosing a great hotel, it isn’t always about “location, location, location.” But a convenient space in one of Manhattan’s trendiest neighborhoods sure doesn’t hurt. Named after owner/entrepreneur Henry Kallan’s favorite animal, Hotel Giraffe enjoys an opportune spot on the corner of Park Avenue South and 26th Street in NoMad, or north of Madison Square Park, which is also home to a creative business community made up of architecture, Internet and design firms. The building was purpose-built in the late 1990s to house the Library Hotel Collection’s Giraffe Hotel, which opened in 1999.

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The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges


What’s Old Is New Again

by John W. Boland


It’s taken over twenty years for the colonial homestead that once housed the venerable Emily Shaw’s Inn restaurant in Westchester County, New York, to be reborn as a fine dining destination. The building spent over 40 years as Emily Shaw’s Inn, then a decade as The Inn at Pound Ridge, a short chapter as Emily Shaw’s Inn at Pound Ridge, and several periods in between where it sat uninhabited, waiting for someone like chef-restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten to restore it to its former glory. With a farm-to-table theme and an ambiance that is somehow elegant and rustic, modern and colonial, open and cozy all at the same time, it appears he has done that… and then some.

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  • pinitbutton Hand of God 2010 Old Vine Malbec   Wine of the Week Review
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Hand of God 2010 Old Vine Malbec

Price: $75

Rating: 15/20

Region: Mendoza, Argentina

Varietal: 100 percent Malbec

Production: 780 cases

Alcohol: 14.5 percent


Tasting Notes: Venture capitalist Jon Staenberg founded Hand of God Wines in 2006. The previous year, he had visited Argentina and rekindled an earlier friendship with fellow Stanford MBA alum Santiago Achával of Achával-Ferrer. With the acquisition of two estate vineyards and Achával acting as co-founder and winemaker, Hand of God released its first two wines in 2013. The 2010 Old Vine Malbec comes from the eight-acre Stolen Horse Vineyard, planted entirely to Malbec in 1922 Continue reading “Hand of God 2010 Old Vine Malbec – Wine of the Week Review” »



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