The problem with taking your sweetie to a fancy restaurant on Valentine's Day is that one-quarter of all Americans will be sitting there with you on this second-busiest restaurant day of the year (Mother's Day is first), according to the National Restaurant Association.
True story: I made reservations for my wife and me one Valentine's Day, and...Read more
You're strategically seated on your battered but accommodating sofa in front of your behemoth flat-screen TV, surrounded by your BFFs and the myriad requisite snacks, and it's the peak moment of the year -- the kickoff of Super Bowl LI.
You pop open your commodious cooler, bravely thrust your hand down into the frigid ice, rummage around and ...Read more
It was about as ordinary as a night could be, the night we opened the prized bottle. It was a Saturday, sure, and that ramps things up a little. But as Aristotle or somebody said, a Saturday is a Saturday. Several of my siblings were together, and that was worth something, and the reason we were together was to watch two of our nieces in a dance...Read more
Wine trends: The year 2016 was a fascinating, sometimes wacky time for wine, and 2017 is shaping up the same:
-- America's millennial generation, now in its 20s and 30s and old enough to drink, out-sipped baby boomers for the first time in 2016, according to winerist.com, a wine, food and travel website.
-- Young fans have a casual take on ...Read more
"Brew me a cup for a winter's night
For the wind howls loud, and the furies fight.
Spice it with love and stir it with care
And I'll toast your bright eyes, my sweetheart fair."
-- Minna Thomas Antrim
In winter we recognize nature's power over us and our need for sustenance against it -- a warm sweater, a blazing fire, a hot drink -- ...Read more
Every time I try a tasty new recipe, I ask myself what kind of wine would go with it. What would create a yin and yang, a complementary flavor sensation greater than the sum of its parts.
So I feel sad when some fastidious foodie names foods he or she says simply cannot be successfully paired with any wine.
"Says who!?" I want to retort.
Last fall I wrote a column reporting that studies show the average American had broken all of his or her New Year's resolutions before the end of summer. It's because the average resolution was something difficult -- losing weight, calling your mother, being nicer to children, dogs and politicians and such.
This year, why not make a resolution ...Read more
Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It's the final of these "inalienable rights" that we celebrate on New Year's Eve. The pursuit of happiness. There are many ways to do this. Not surprisingly, they all involve wine. Here are some:
-- The black tie bash. You've always wanted to throw a party as swell as the ones by F. Scott Fitzgerald's...Read more
SHOT DOWN: The true story of pilot Howard Snyder and the crew of the B-17 Susan RuthSteve Snyder
An Amazon #1 Best Seller and winner of 20 national book awards, SHOT DOWN is set within the framework of World War II in Europe and recounts the dramatic experiences of each member of a ten man B-17 bomber crew after their plane, piloted by the author's father, was knocked out of the sky by ...
You've drained a slew of bottles -- you and your good-time crew -- and if tonight were a movie, the credits would be rolling right about now. Time to sleep it off. Live to sip another day. But there's wine left in one of those bottles. What do you do with that?
You have options, but there are two rules you should follow every time: Limit the ...Read more
I have the world's best job. In 2016 I've written about nearly 500 wines, including some that are not only downright heavenly, but also have inspiring back stories.
So I'm listing here my 10 favorite wines from the waning year. Sometimes it was just because they were so delicious. Other times it was value for money. Still other times it was how...Read more
You know about red, white and pink wine. You (probably) know about green wine, and orange wine too. Now let's expand the color palette to include the black wine of Cahors.
Relax: There's no squid ink or cuttlefish in play. "Black wine" is actually red wine -- a very dark malbec.
Cahors (pronounced "kah-OR") is a small town on France's Lot ...Read more
How nice: Hanukkah begins on Christmas Eve this year. Or Christmas Eve comes on the first evening of Hanukkah. However you want to say it.
And whether we dine on braised brisket or roast beef, on corn casserole or kugel, we want some really nice wine to mark the occasion.
This is the season to pull out the stops. Well, some of them, anyway. To...Read more
Q: Is the average person to whom you'd like to give a holiday gift of wine knowledgeable enough to accept a bottle with a screw-cap closure without being insulted?
I don't know the answer. Screw-cap bottle closures are well accepted in the industry, especially for wines not intended for long aging. But your intended gift-receiver may not know ...Read more