| Dec 29, 2014
New year, new beginnings. New to wine?
I gather that weekly readers of this column are not new to wine. But a question that I receive with some frequency — "Hey, Bill, where do I start?" — does come from those who are.
So, I ask you...
| Nov 1, 2014
| 12:00 PM
Sky-high hotel and restaurant tabs are commonplace in the Napa Valley wine country, but with a little advance planning you can still eat and sleep on the cheap. We scoured Napa and Sonoma counties — from Calistoga in the north to Napa in the south...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 10:10 AM
Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve dinners tend to be deluxe, even sumptuous affairs. This crab-and-pasta preparation fits the bill. It would seem fitting to pair such fare with wines equally rich and opulent. But nuanced, aged reds or buttery, oaky...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 10:11 AM
After our son Colin was born, in January 1983, I began a search for a red wine that I could buy from that year, then cellar for a while and begin drinking for special occasions in his life.
Worldwide, the vintage of 1983 was spotty. Some nice Tuscans...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 9:24 AM
Everyone else's wine racks will be stocked with California cabernet sauvignon and French champagne this holiday season. Why not serve something different – and closer to home?
Connecticut is home to more than 30 wineries, which produce unique...
| Dec 10, 2014
| 1:12 PM
Name of restaurant: Cooks County
Happy hour: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday. Regardless of what's on the menu, this is a happy hour you can actually make it to if you get off work at 6 p.m. On top of that, every wine by the glass is half-off and...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 7:00 AM
With Christmas less than two weeks away, Santa may be stressing and out of ideas. That's why our helpful elves have put together some suggestions for the food lovers on your list. No waffling, though: These items will be snatched up fast.
| Dec 12, 2014
| 2:13 PM
There’s no doubt that a fine bottle of wine makes for a great gift, or a thoughtful item to bring to a holiday party or feast, but there’s another fermented beverage that doesn’t get the respect it deserves around the holidays. Beer,...
| Oct 7, 2014
| 11:28 AM
2008 Marques de Caceres Rioja Reserva
From: Rioja, Spain
Serve with: Fine cuts of beef, lamb
Finding a well-aged, high-quality red at a reasonable price isn't easy, but the world's most reliable source of wines that meet that...
| Oct 6, 2014
| 2:34 PM
Wine Social: The American Fine Wine Competition’s wine-out takes up Mizner Park’s tony Tanzy restaurant (301 Plaza Real, Boca Raton) inside iPic Theaters for an evening of samples and hearty eating on Tuesday night. The Palm Beach-based AFWC,...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 10:03 AM
If there's one headline to be gleaned from Next's announcement of its 2015 menu, it's this: They're comparably affordable to previous iterations of the shape-shifting West Loop restaurant (953 W. Fulton Market).
The base price for menus past (not...