What is Demi Glace? I am a huge fan of demi-glace for preparing classic sauces like mushroom or peppercorn sauce but I have to warn you, it is a huge process to make classic demi glace at home. It is not for the faint of heart but well worth the effort – at least once. […]
Wine & Alcohol
Over the years, my wife and I have developed a real appreciation for wine. Pairing wine with food is an art, and I am by no means an expert. But as with cooking, when I want to learn about something, I go out and do research and talk to the experts. I have learned a fair amount about wine pairing, and I am happy to pass this information on to you. Finding the perfect wine to pair with a meal can take the food from good to great, or even from great to exceptional. But having a wine that clashes with the flavor of the food can ruin what would otherwise be a wonderful meal.
Along with articles on wine pairing, I’ve written some articles about my favorite wines as well as on decanting. You’ll also find some great information here on different kinds of wine bottle closures—wineries are using way more than just cork these days. I even found a very cool glass stopper that is starting to gain some ground in the United States.
Great Wines to Drink This Spring & Summer Last week my wife and I attended a wine tasting at The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The event was hosted by The Starr Catering Group who handle many of the Museum’s dining operations. They also provided the food that was specially selected to show off the wines […]
How Much Do Restaurants Mark Up Their Wines? Last weekend I enjoyed dinner with my wife and a friend of ours at a tavern in Philadelphia. We started at the bar waiting for our table and ordered two draft beers and one glass of wine. The bill was over $35. Ouch! We sat down and […]
Grechetto Di Todi Superiore If you are a wine drinker, I’m sure you’ve heard of Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling but have you ever heard of Grechetto? I didn’t either until this weekend when I sampled a 2011 Grechetto Di Todi Superiore made in the Colli Martani DOC. I was very excited by […]
If your recipes calls for using an alcoholic beverage, what can you use instead? After posting two recipes for Green Peppercorn sauce, I received an email from a gentleman telling me he does not drink any kind of alcohol and would prefer not to use it in any recipe and what could he substitute for […]
There’s More Than One Way to Close a Wine Bottle Each year we spend some time at the Jersey shore in Avalon. At Quahog’s, a BYOB in Stone Harbor, we brought in a bottle of chardonnay to enjoy with our seafood, and we were surprised when the waiter placed a glass “cork” from our bottle […]
Last post I talked about those cool new wine closures made of glass now being used by some wineries. I asked myself what other closures are wineries using to seal their wine into bottles. I’m familiar with natural cork, synthetic cork and twist tops but I wanted to see what else was out there so […]
Glass Wine Corks – What Will They Think of Next We had to evacuate our beach vacation on Friday and made it through Hurricane Irene last night safely although our power went out this morning. I wanted to follow up from my last post about dinner at Quahog’s Seafood Shack in Stone Harbor, NJ. With […]
Wine Etiquette by Chef Mark R. Vogel – Contributing Writer The other day I was having a conversation with my neighbor Bill. Bill is an extremely good-natured and caring person. But he is also honest and straight-forward; a no BS kind of guy who holds no inhibitions about proclaiming the emperor isn’t wearing any […]
How to Build a Wine Cellar in Your Home If you’re a connoisseur of fine wines, chances are that you keep a few bottles in your home. If you are looking to expand your collection or if you would like to keep wines for more than about six months, however, you’ll need a wine cellar […]
How to Buy The 2005 Bordeaux Wine Vintage When I was working as a Wall Street broker, I became interested in French wines, how to buy them and even started collecting some great 1985 Bordeaux wines to “lay down” so they would be perfect when I opened them 10 years later. One year I even […]