It Doesn’t Fit, The Deal is Legit Their Loss is Our Gain. Spatlese Deal of the Year!

Some days, you just luck into things.  Me, I attribute it to good, clean living.

So here's the story.

Caspari Kappel, one of our original 6 German producers and our founding Mosel producer, made a great wine in 2012.  Because it is not measurably dry, like their other wines (and what they are known for in Germany) they could not sell it for love or money.  It was like trying to sell Jamon Iberico at the gift store in an Orthodox synagogue.  This wine only has 10-12 grams of residual sugar. Sugar, when at that low a level, acts as a textural enhancer rather than making a wine taste sweet. But the Germans didn't care and so Caspari offered it to me at a ridiculous discount and I'm passing on my good fortune.

So I have an incredible deal on the 2012 Caspari Kappel Monteneubel Spatlese Feinherb for $19.99 ...

I’ll Drink to That: Bruce Neyers of Neyers Vineyards

Thumbnail image for levi_dalton_ill_drink_to_that.jpg Episode 316 of I'll Drink to That! has been released and it features Bruce Neyers of Neyers Vineyards. When Bruce Neyers was originally on IDTT, in episode 167, he seemed to incite some astonishment amongst many listeners. This is a person that had planted vines at Mayacamas. That had been there for the beginning of Phelps "Insignia." Who had sat on Noël Verset's couch. And who had welcomed a young Jean-Marc Roulot to the States. It was a tremendous walk through some pretty special winemaker moments of this country and Europe. And clearly that interview hour didn't allow enough time to tell all of the story. This episode picks up where the last left off, and charts Bruce's founding of his own winery in California, how that happened, and why decisions were made as they were. Through the interview frame stroll several well known names from this country and ...

Vinography Images: Rows of Gold

vinography_desktop_rows_of_gold.jpg Rows of Gold
HEALDSBURG, CA: The vineyards in the Alexander Valley begin to turn a bright gold, near Healdsburg, California. Each grape variety turns a slightly different shade when autumn comes. INSTRUCTIONS:
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Cookbooks: Baking Cookbooks That (Gently) Push the Limits

From Scandinavia, France, England and the United States, these recipes sweetly tweak tradition. (Article plus video.)

What to Cook: Leftovers!

What to do with the remainders of your Thanksgiving feast.

Amaranto in Bushwick Is a Family Effort

This modest Mexican restaurant makes a thrilling tamale.

Friday Feature Photo: Mushroom Season in Spain

Mushrooms Spain PhotographerGabriel González Capture Date: Februrary 28, 2014 Location: Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain AboutCome fall, as humidity sits upon our valley like a thick wet blanket, fruit stands come alive with various plastic containers filled with exotic mushrooms. Many of these Spanish mushrooms are so incredible ugly that your wondering if your local vender isn’t trying to pull over your eyes, selling you something more fitting for your compost heap than your evening meal. Trust me, they’re not! They’re selling you gorgeous, meaty delectable fungus! If you can plan a visit to Spain during the mushroom season, November to February, do it! Let Catavino take you on a mushroom tour you’ll never forget! Desktop Wallpaper: To download this image, simply right-click on the image and select “save link as” or “save target as”, then select the preferred location on your computer to save the photo. Purchase: Please contact ...

A Lonely Hillside: The Wines of Alto de la Ballena, Uruguay

alto_ballena-3.jpg Most people probably hold the supposition that visiting vineyards and tasting wine are best done in good weather, when you can stroll among the vineyard rows with a glass in hand, blue sky overhead, and the sound of exotic birds calling from the nearby trees. Those moments, of which I have been lucky enough to partake many times, offer a certain idyll that can't be denied. Yet I often learn much more about the character of a place under less than ideal circumstances. A few weeks ago I emerged from the shelter and warmth of a vehicle to howling winds and intermittent rain on a ragged hillside. Through the low clouds and mist, outcrops of weathered schist bulged their mottled humps through the spring grass like the backs of whales emerging from a stormy ocean. I found myself smiling even as I turned my collar up and hustled across the ...

What to Cook: Thanksgiving Hotline Bling

Last-minute ideas and tips.

Thanksgiving in Wine Country

112615aOur last few days were spent in the Willamette Valley where signs of autumn abounded. Although most vineyards shed their leaves, the fifty-year old vines at David Hill Winery showcased bright yellows. On a cloudy day it provided a ray of sunshine. There were pumpkins at every winery we visited. The pumpkin that caught my attention as symbolic of Thanksgiving in wine country was at Youngberg Hill Vineyards and Inn in McMinnville. Painted on the pumpkin was a wine bottle, glass of wine and bunch of grapes. What better way to say Happy Thanksgiving? Spending Thanksgiving in Oregon provides a wonderful opportunity for pairing traditional Thanksgiving foods and Oregon wines. While in the Willamette Valley, we chose a Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, and four Pinot Noirs for our family Thanksgiving celebration. With those wines we have most of the day set for food and wine pairings. Have a Happy Thanksgiving. Cheers,
Terry & Kathy

Old Portuguese Ox – A Stunning Gastronomic Experience!

III Jornadas Gastronomicas do Boi de Tras-os-MontesComing from the heartland of the USA, the city renowned for its stock yards and steaks, I’m no stranger to a thick slab of meat. Even as a professed vegetable lover, the aroma of chargrilled transports me back to Chicago where my father would serve up enormous grilled potatoes slathered in butter, a crisp garden fresh salad and, of course, the ubiquitous raw steak dripping in blood. It’s my heritage, part of my DNA, but nothing quite prepared me for the Portuguese Minhota Ox. Once a year, Vinum, the restaurant of Graham’s Port Lodge, operated by the Basque group Sagardi, hosts the “Jornadas do Boi de Trás-os Montes,” featuring two meticulously selected oxen by Imanol Jaca, a renowned meat supplier. The concept was developed in 2013 as a means to highlight the best cuisine from the North of Portugal; but this year included two gorgeous farm raised Minhota oxen! Native to the lush, green northern pastures of ...
1977 Grahams vintage port

Haier Wine Coolers: Comprehensive Reviews

Haier Wine Coolers: Comprehensive Reviews

Avanti Wine Cooler Reviews

When you're researching a wine fridge there are plenty of decisions that need  to be made: freestanding or built in, small or large, removeable racks or sliding shelves?  Whether you're looking to start storing or collecting wine, or you're growing your cellar, Haier is definitely a brand to consider.  Haier wine coolers come in a variety of sizes and styles and in both single- and dual-zone models.  

We've taken the work out of researching wine coolers by providing you with a comprehensive review of some of the top models Haier has.  This is meant to give you a good starting point when thinking about your needs, budget, and what you want your cooler to look like.  We looked at five Haier wine coolers and have made a handy "at a glance"  chart reviewing the major features people look for in wine fridges.  The selected ...

EdgeStar 18 Bottle Wine Cooler
EdgeStar 34 Bottle Wine Cooler
EdgeStar 46 Bottle Wine Cooler
EdgeStar 110 Bottle Wine Cooler
EdgeStar 166 Bottle Wine Cooler

How much macros wine contains

For the health conscious, let me repeat this again – there are simply no correlation between consumption of wine and your body weight. The strongest evidence is to go out there and see for yourselves. A lot of wine drinkers are far from being obese. In fact, many of whom are very slim and healthy looking. You can read on the forums and celebrity news that a lot of celebrities enjoy drinking wines. Some even claimed that they will drink at least a cup of wine daily. To further substantiate my claim, I will explain the concept of macros and discuss the amount of macros wine contains in this post. Macros is the short-form of macronutrients. There are 3 main types of macronutrients – carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. There are different uses for these macronutrients in our bodies. Contrary to everyone’s beliefs, each of them serves an important function in ...

I’ll Drink to That: Karen MacNeil

Thumbnail image for levi_dalton_ill_drink_to_that.jpg Episode 315 of I'll Drink to That! has been released and it features author and wine educator Karen MacNeil. Pretty much everyone in the wine world is at the very least aware of The Wine Bible, a book that has sold over 750,000 copies at this point. But who is Karen MacNeil, the author of that book, and how did it come about that she wrote it? In fact the whole backstory is pretty interesting, and some of the description of events really sets a tone for what the wine scene was like in the 1980s. It also gets personal, as Karen opens up about being poor and alone in New York and on food stamps before the book was written. She realized that writing about food might provide her with some free opportunities to taste food, and with her own hunger in mind she pursued food pieces. Pretty ...

The Most Untrustworthy Wine in the World

kurniawan_wines.jpg As most wine geeks know, Rudy "Dr. Conti" Kurniawan was convicted of wine counterfeiting almost 2 years ago, and is serving his 10-year sentence in California's Taft Correctional Institute with little more than prison wine to console him. Like most criminals convicted of bilking others out of millions, Kurniawan had his assets seized, and those assets are now being disposed of in an attempt to recoup losses suffered by his victims. Three of his cars -- a Lamborghini Murcielago, a Mercedes Benz G-Class SUV, and a Range Rover -- were sold earlier this month, netting a total of $310,000 in proceeds. The next thing on the auction block? A whole lot of wine. Yes, that's right. The US Marshals are selling off a whole bunch of wine owned by the world's most notorious wine counterfeiter. Starting today, 4,711 bottles from Kurniawan's cellar are available at auction through Gaston and ...

Gifts for Food Lovers

The editors of the Food section and NYT Cooking suggest holiday gifts for the cook who has everything.

Anonymous wine scenes (5)

Terrace, bottle and glasses (estimated year 1921) Time for a few more vintage scenes involving people sharing a glass of who-knows-what (not always wine but let's be tolerant...). All these anonymous actors may be gone by now and that makes...

Forget Turducken. It’s Piecaken Time.

Continuing the American tradition of stuffing food into other types of food for Thanksgiving.

Our Thanksgiving Wish For You!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

For numerous years we have traveled throughout many wine areas of the United States, where we have been received as guests by many wineries, where we had the opportunity to taste a large variety of wines and been privileged to walk through wineries and thriving vineyards. In addition we have met winemakers, vineyard managers, workers as well as numerous consumers in tasting rooms. We have been privileged to bring everything we’ve learned to the general public through our website and also published three books. We are so very thankful to all the people we have met and the time they have spent with us, and  also our families who understand our passion for wine and encourage us in our endeavors. To all those we have met and to those we will meet, we hope you have a wonderful and delightful Thanksgiving with your families and friends! Happy Thanksgiving! ...

What to Cook: On the Eve of the Feast

Words of comfort and support the night before the big feast (plus Pierre Franey’s macaroni and beef casserole for tonight).