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Snooth–Experiments in the Vegetarian Kitchen

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If you haven’t seen of snooth, a national website on wine, you should check it out.  Fun fact–they just added articles from outside contributors to their site, and well, I wrote a piece for them titled, “Experiments in the Vegetarian Kitchen: Green Beans and Pinot Noir.”  It’s a first of hopefully many more to come.  You can check it out here.  Cheers!

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I must have done something right in a past life, because I spent yesterday afternoon tasting a selection of Barolos and Barbarescos by Ceretto.  And while these Barolos are not like the more “traditional” dirty Barolos that first exposed my soul to the deep, dark, underground pleasures of such aged wines, with their notes of tobacco, spice, and stewed prune, the Barolos of Ceretto were contemplative, some drinkable at a young age, and at times, divine. (more…)

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Last night, I made the mistake of meeting Caitlin for wine at Counter, after a late lunch at home, when I should have met her there to eat.  A “vegetarian bistro”, that also terms itself an “organic wine & martini bar”, is definitely more restaurant (with an upscale diner atmosphere) than bar.  In fact, even though we have been eager to meet here for quite some time, I was surprised by their scant offering of wines.  (The menu of small plates, on the other hand, looks enticing and divine, and most definitely warrants my return.)  Their menu offers five reds and five whites, in addition to a three wine New York State Wine Flight. (more…)

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Imbibe is Selected by Trakkrz.com for the Topic of Wine

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Cool grapes!

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On Friday, Ellen and I strolled with Oscar along the misty High Line, until we were damp and chilled and ready for a drink.  As we descended into the Meatpacking District, we wondered…Where could we go on a Friday night, looking more wet-dog than chic, with a baby stroller in tow for a drink?  We walked up Washington a block and there it was–the Standard Beer Garden on Washington Street.  “Was it you who complained about this being a beer garden that only sells beer in cans?” Ellen asked as we pushed through the crowd.  And though no, it wasn’t me then, I am here to complain now–about the wines by the glass offered in the Beer Garden at the Standard Hotel.   (more…)

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Sometimes called rice wine, sake is fermented polished rice and fun; and since I had a fabulous time afloat the Yacht Manhattan, on this Morimoto Sushi & Sake Cruise, I thought I’d toss up a few photographs from the night. (more…)

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As I dropped the last few pieces of eggplant into the oil, the doorbell rang, announcing Suzanne, Catilin, and our guest for the night, Ron Prashker, one of three partners who shares ownership of Salcheto, a winery in Montepulciano, Tuscany.  Not to be confused with the grape variety of the same name, Montepulciano is a town in the DOCG region–Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, home to vineyards of Sangiovese, or as the locals termed its clone–Prugnolo Gentile. (more…)

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