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Spotlight on Quincy in the Loire Valley

“In the past, Quincy has been regarded as more rugged than Sancerre,” said the presenter in today’s presentation about this region of the Loire Valley. Perhaps it was true in the past, yet today’s presentation of Sauvignon Blanc from eight different Quincy producers revealed the quality level is quite high. What was interesting is that […]



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Laurent Drouhin & Christies Auction House Exclusive Tasting

Fabulous evening last night at Christie’s Wine Department in New York.  Per Holmberg, head of Christie’s Wine Department in NYC, hosted an event featuring Laurent Drouhin of the famous Drouhin family in Burgundy. Laurent is a fabulous presenter, and as you see in the slide above, he stresses the importance of family. “Location, location, location” […]



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15 Vintages of N’Antia Badia di Morrona with MW Lisa Granik

How often is it that you have a Master of Wine personally lead you through a rare tasting of 15 vintages? Lisa Granik has been a fan of the this Tuscan winery for many years, and yesterday created an unprecedented tasting of 15 vintages of “N’Antia” IGT Toscana, beginning with the 1990 and including the […]



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The Beaumont London

  Whenever I’m in London I always make it a point to go to my favorite restaurants – the Wolseley in Piccadilly, the Art Deco Brasserie Zedel, The Delaunay, Colbert, and Fischers which to my surprise I found were all owned by a restaurant group called Corbin and King. So when I heard that this group […]



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Fines Bulles: Exploring the Extraordinary Bubbles of Loire For The Holidays …. And Beyond

Now that the holidays are here, it’s time to turn your attention to sparkling wine, yes? We all know about Champagne, Cava, and Prosecco … yet how many times have you sat down for dinner in a restaurant and requested a glass of “Fine Bulles” … what people and wine producers from the Loire Valley […]



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Annual #Champagne #Wine Tasting with Ed McCarthy at Wine Media Guild

  Okay, so you are five years old and sitting on Santa’s lap. Some of us might ask for a new toy … … yet others might request that they grow up to be a wine writer and be lucky enough to become a member of the Wine Media Guild, and as such, have the […]



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Master Class on Veneto Wines at Eataly

Fabulous Master Class on wines from the Veneto today at Eataly in NYC, with Lidia Matticchio Bastianich also attending to give support to her friends and winemakers from the region. With eight wines to taste from the very diverse regions of the Veneto, it was a great session. Of course you could expect three sparkling, […]



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Wine Country Resort Review: 5 Star Il Boscareto Resort

Piedmont is all about pleasure. First, there’s the pleasure of the senses. It begins when you see the gorgeous green rolling hills at every turn. Then the nose, when you take your first sniff of Barolo still maturing in barrel. Then the eyes, when you see all the gorgeous produce, and of course the palate, […]



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My visit with Ze’ev Dunie of Seahorse Winery #GoIsrael

So most people associate Israel with religious sights … or hot clubs (play or pray, yes?) Yet increasingly the state is known for its excellent wine. Recently I had the chance to meet up with one of the second wave of pioneers (winemakers who learned from the original mavens), a gentleman named Ze’ev Dunie. “So […]



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Clubbing in #TelAviv During #GoIsrael Tour

  Perhaps you’ve heard that classic Beach Boys song about two girls for every boy. Well ladies, the good news in Tel Aviv is that there’s about thirty guys for every girl, and you can find them at the various clubs that has recently made Tel Aviv a club destination in itself. When I first […]



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Experiencing the Machneyuda Market Restaurant in Jeresalem during #Goisrael

At first, I didn’t quite know what to think when I discovered our #goisrael farewell dinner would be at Machneyuda.  Typically a farewell dinner is a formal affair, and when I was advised to “dress casual” I did not know what to expect. So like any self-respecting foodie I checked out the reviews. The place […]



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A Night At The Historic King David Hotel: #GoIsrael

The name “King David Hotel” comes to mind when booking a hotel in Israel. For many people, Jerusalem represents the chance to a chance to view the Old City where historical biblical characters lived and where today’s new generation continue on the work of their fathers and grandfathers. This is really one of the most […]



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Visiting Chef Moshe Bason of Eucalpytus Restaurant on #GoIsrael

  “I was born into a Tahini making family,” said Iraqi born Moshe Bason, owner of “Eucalyptus” restaurant in the old city of Jerusalem. We are gathered in his modern looking restaurants near the gates of the city. As soon as we step in, there is a vibe both peaceful and energizing impossible to describe. […]



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A Night in Paradise: Tiberias Rimonim Galei Kinnereth #GoIsrael

  Okay, so if you’re traveling the wine country – or in any other incidence when you are attending a conference or in a remote place for a limited amount of time – chances are you check into a nice hotel and have zero time to explore all its pleasures.  Yes, this was my experience […]



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Think you Know Druze Cuisine? #GoIsrael

Israel offers a multitude of food cultures, one of the least well known that of the Druze, a sect that is highly religious, believes in reincarnation, and like all Israelis, loves great food.   We tour the Galilee region with local food expert Paul Nirens, who finds local cooks from different ethnicities and offers classes […]



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Meeting Eyal Shani of North Abraxses During #GoIsrael Tour

“Here, try this!” says Eyal Shani, gregarious owner and chef at North Abraxses, a fun and casual restaurant in bustling Tel Aviv. The uninitiated might be surprised to see Eyal grape a scoop of tuna tartar in his bare hand and bang it down on the layer of brown butcher paper that is serving the […]



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Meeting Chef Uri Jeremias of Uri Buri Fish during #GoIsrael Tour

“We call it ceviche because people like names,” joked big, jocular, white-haired and long-bearded chef Uri Jeremias, owner and chef at the restaurant Uri Buri Fish restaurant in Akko, near the sea of Galileel.  This is an old, mostly Arab town, where men sell spices in musty stores and merchants hawk pomegranate juice on the […]



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Fun Tapas Party in Israel at Vicky Christina #GoIsrael Tour

  Okay, maybe there’s nothing new about a chef with a tattoo – but have you ever seen a chef with a tattoo all over his face and shaven head?  Well, if chef  Yonatan Berrebi looks a bit unconventional, his fun, upbeat personality and passion for his Spanish tapas-based cuisine is really refreshing to behold. […]



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Eating Local Cuisine on #GoIsrael Tour

“Isn’t this lunch?” I ask, starving, as I hungrily take bites of a typical Israel dish at Dr. Shakshuka, which is made from eggs and tomatoes. We are here for a demonstration of how this famous dish is made, yet accompanying the Shakshuka are various salads and large fluffy pieces of bread. The people around […]



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Visiting Historic #Jaffa on #GoIsrael Tour

“It will be a challenge to tell you the history of Jaffa in forty minutes, but I’ll try,” says our guide at the Jaffa visitor’s center. Jamie is young and energized about his subject, and speaks with a clipped, pronounced British accent. We stand together in room at the bottom of the center, with the […]