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JULY 21, 2011 Dinner (and Vino!) at Leopard at des Artistes
Fabulous evening last night at the Leopard at des Artistes! Very 'old school' Italian in terms of the elegance of service, with fish deboned tableside. Bar was. interesting. and is someplace I would definately go when I am in the mood to jot down character studies for a new book or screenplay.
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JULY 20, 2011 Red Newt Cellars Semi-Dry Riesling 2009
Close to 100F today, but feels like 120F. Can't remember last time we had this long of a heat wave in Central New York. What it does mean though, is I get to chill some Finger Lakes Riesling to enjoy in the air-conditioned family room and that all outdoor yard work is cancelled till another day.
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JULY 21, 2011 You be the Sommelier
On a summer Saturday morning last year I was browsing the vegetables at Bill Maxwell's amazing stand at the farmer's market. I came to a small bin of baby artichokes. So beautiful, I thought, but how on earth to use these things?
DR. VINO The pork belly contact is dead. Now pair it with wine.
| MONDAY, JULY 18, 2011
As of today, the venerable contract for pork bellies is no longer trading on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. So important was the contract at one point, the CME was once known as the “House that Bellies Built. But it was Eddie Murphy who cemented the contract in popular culture using it in his explanation of market dynamics (see below). Even though bacon has off-the-charts popularity today, interest in the contract had dwindled to two a day– both from the same trader. MORE >>
A WINE STORY Conversation with Michael Richmond of Bouchaine Vineyards, Carneros
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011
"Roasting a barrel is like roasting coffee," says colorfully-spoken winemaker and GM of Bouchaine Vineyards, Michael Richmond. We are talking about the influence of French oak on the 2008 Pinot Noir, and as is the case when wine geeks get together, the conversation turns to toast (not the kind you have at breakfast) and the importance of being on the same page with your cooperage. MORE >>
WHY WINE BLOG Dr. Konstantin Frank Semi Dry Riesling 2010.
| WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011
Still blistering hot and still uncorking some nice Finger Lakes wines to help deal with the heat and still dining on summer salads, but added some corn on the cob to change it up a notch, I guess. I am just interested in the cold wine. I lowered my white wine zone in the fridge from 49F to 43F to chill down the wine to deal with the heat. It doesn't take long once out of the fridge to start warming up. Tonight it is a Dr. Konstantin Frank Semi Dry Riesling 2010( $15 ). MORE >>
BROOKLYN GUY LOVES WINE Filtering Sherry
| TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011
I drank a fair amount of Sherry in the past few weeks, a lot of it with Peter. Our Sherry conversations veered in many directions, but one thing that kept coming up is the issue of filtration. Filtration is not complicated as an idea - you pass the wine through a filter that removes the particles that are larger than the filter's holes. MORE >>
A WINE STORY Tasting notes week of July 14, 2011
| SATURDAY, JULY 16, 2011
This week, two stunning white wines that are very different from one another in style, yet can pair well with sauteed scallops or other white fish dishes. They both have a mineral nature with medium plus acidity that pairs well with so many styles of cuisine, and are delicious on their own on a warm summer day. 2010 Macari Sauvignon Blanc "Katherine's Field". MORE >>
- Finger Lakes Wine Fest 2011 WHY WINE BLOG | TUESDAY, JULY 19, 2011