Happy Hour: Q&A with Roman Roth of Wölffer Estate Vineyard

 
For the last 17 years, the postcard-perfect Wölffer Estate Vineyard, located in the Hamptons, has hosted our annual summer tasting, Chefs & Champagne®—which takes place tomorrow! We caught up with winemaker and partner Roman Roth to discuss his favorite summertime wines and what’s on the horizon for Wölffer.

 

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JBF: What are your favorite wines to drink in the summer?

RR: A dry rosé, riesling, or white blend is perfect for the beach or the pool. Our barrel-fermented (balanced and not overoaked!) Perle Chardonnay is a perfect match for fresh-caught local striped bass.

 

 

JBF: It’s no secret that rosé is a popular choice for summer. What do you like to eat with it?

RR: My ultimate rosé pairings are crabcakes and lobster rolls—especially when made with fresh, local seafood. I also love rosé... Read more >

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Happy Hour: How to Make the Flatiron Lounge's Toronto Cocktail

 

We've partnered with Simmer, a new app that allows you to generate step-by-step recipe videos that you can create, watch, and share from your very own kitchen. In the coming weeks and months, we'll continue sharing instructional videos that will teach you how to create tantalizing dishes from JBF Award winners, Beard House chefs, and even Beard himself, all prepared in James Beard's historic New York City kitchen.

 

We all love a well-crafted Manhattan, but it's nice to stir things up every now and then. For a beverage that offers a similar boozy punch and a pleasing balance of sweet and bitter notes, take a sip of the... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Bobby Flay’s Vanilla Bean–Bourbon Milkshake

 

Milkshakes may bring all the boys to the yard, but you really just need one: Bobby Flay. The JBF Award–winning chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author offers a wide variety of the childhood favorite at his Bobby’s Burger Palace locations across the country and has devoted an entire chapter of his cookbook Bobby Flay’s Burgers, Fries, and Shakes to the nostalgic treat. Here, we've got his recipe for a boozy classic.

 

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Happy Hour: Make Your Own Wine Jelly

 

Looking for another way to integrate wine into your daily routine? For some DIY advice, we turned to special projects manager Anna Mowry, who makes and jars her own gem-toned wine jellies. Follow this simple recipe, adapted from Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff, and you’ll have a unique spread that’s perfect on toast, with cheese, or even in your morning oatmeal. It also makes for a sweet hostess gift for all those impending summer barbecues. 

 


Yield: 5 half-pint jars

 

Pectin stock:
3 pounds tart apples, such as Granny Smith
6 cups water

 


Jelly:
One 750-milliliter bottle wine... Read more >

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Happy Hour: The Violet Hour's Stone Cold Fox

Photo by Jenna Liberman

 

The Violet Hour, an elegant Chicago mixology mecca and our 2015 Outstanding Bar Program award winner, beckons discerning clientele with many luxuries: a romantic, serene space with floor-to-ceiling curtains, high-backed blue leather chairs, flickering candles and chandeliers; fine-tuned volume levels and elbow room; and an eclectic selection of artisanal cocktails made with painstaking precision. One shining example is the Stone Cold Fox, a vernal marriage between a Pisco punch and a Mai Tai. As bartender Alyssa Heidt puts it, "Carefree and whimsical, she's the kind of girl who knows how to party." Get the recipe here.

 

Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and ... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Five Rosés to Drink for Memorial Day Weekend

 

Our love for the modern cocktails at the JBF Award–winning Bar at the NoMad is tried and true. But we also think that patrons would be remiss to overlook the restaurant’s globe-spanning wine list, tightly curated by sommelier Tom Pastuszak. Here, he shares some recommendations for what we all want to be drinking over the holiday weekend: rosérosé, and more ... Read more >

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Happy Hour: The Tom O'Connoll

 

As much as we love our whiskey, recent rising temperatures have us reaching for lighter spirits and refreshing flavor profiles. This variation on a Tom Collins cocktail comes from Breuckelen Distilling, known for their artisanal spirits made from only locally grown grains. The Brooklyn-based craft distillers riffed on the classic recipe by using zesty lime juice and adding an invigorating herbal twist. Get the recipe here.

 

For more on Breuckelen Distilling and other craft spirit producers in urban locations, click here.

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Happy Hour: Thai Basil Daiquiri

 

At Booker and Dax, a joint venture between JBF Award winners David Chang and Dave Arnold under the Momofuku empire, new techniques and technologies are used in the pursuit of making delicious cocktails. To celebrate inventor, mixologist, and partner Dave Arnold's recent Beard Award win, the NYC hot spot shared its recipe for the impossibly vibrant and refreshing Thai Basil Daiquiri. While most of Booker and Dax's innovative concoctions require special equipment and methods out of reach for the home bartender, this one is scaled back appropriately—just follow the instructions carefully. As Arnold cautions, "Don't omit the salt unless you are an enemy of quality." Get the recipe here.

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Viewing Party Recipe: Monferrato Cocktail

 

Snacks by JBF Award–winning chefs? Check. Entertaining tips from a consummate host? Check. Your viewing party plan for the James Beard Awards this coming Monday, May 4, is almost complete. But what about some tipples to tip your hat to our beverage nominees? Don't worry, we've got you covered there, too. Leo Robitschek, of the 2014 JBF Outstanding Bar Program Award–winning NoMad Bar, developed the Monferrato Cocktail to equal parts celebratory and refined. This Champagne-anchored drink is the perfect way to toast all the winners on Awards night. Get the recipe here.

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Happy Hour: La Vida Buena

 

Ron Cooper, of Del Maguey Single Village Mezcal, respects the Oaxacan tradition of sipping the smoky spirit, but he also firmly believes in mezcal’s vast potential for use in cocktails—and his innovative spin on drink culture is just part of the reason he's a 2015 nominee for our Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional award this year. The mezcal maestro shared his recipe for a twist on the classic Negroni with us that was created specifically for their beloved VIDA line and has become one of the favorites of the entire Del Maguey company. Get the recipe here.

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