Happy Hour: Less-Traveled Wine Regions for Your Bucket List

 

Indulge your Friday afternoon wanderlust with these oenophile-centric travel tips from Andy Chabot, food and beverage director at the Barn at Blackberry Farm, which took home our 2014 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine Program. Here, Chabot shares his favorite less-traveled wine regions for incredible tasting journeys without the pesky crowds.

 

 

Paso Robles, California
I imagine that Paso Robles is what Napa was like in the ’70s: farm country, plenty of incredible wines, and friendly winemakers who open their doors to visitors. A nice bonus is that local restaurants sell many of the area’s hard-to-find wines.

 

Chablis, France 
A quick trip from Paris, this is a fantastic region for white-wine lovers. It’s not... Read more >

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What We're Reading: March 04, 2015

 

French vintners are torn over the topic of pesticide use. [NYT

 

Beyond roasting: chefs offer alternative takes on winter squash. [Serious Eats

 

Save yourself the stomach trouble by keeping an eye out for these most common sources of food poising. [The Atlantic

 

Have you heard of Baijiu? It’s the world’s most consumed liquor, and it’s finally making its way to the U.S. [Eater

 

Impress your Anglophilic friends with this recipe for classic British tea cakes. [... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Small-Batch Wine

 

With so many high-volume, global brands on the market, it’s easy to understand the allure of artisanal wine. Traditional, old-world winemaking—small-batch, terroir-driven wines, with minimal interference by the vintner—can yield thrilling results. Production limitations often result in big price tags, but there are still plenty of good values to be found. We enlisted JBF Award winner Daniel Johnnes, wine director at Daniel Boulud’s restaurants, to do the digging for you. 

 

Château Jean-Pierre Gaussen Bandol 2008 ($28)
Septuagenarian Jean-Pierre Gaussen does practically everything himself at his ultra-traditional estate in Bandol, a Provençal... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Hot Spiced Wine

mulled wine

 

The holidays have come and gone, the streets are littered with discarded Christmas trees, and the temperatures have dropped to cruel lows in many parts of the country. With winter doldrums in full bloom, we could all use a little something to warm our hands and spirits. Hot spiced wine, also known as “mulled wine,” goes by many names: glögg in Swedish, glühwein in German, vin chaud in French, and so on, and varies slightly from country to country. Simmer whatever red wine you have leftover from holiday reveling with cloves, oranges, lemon rinds, sugar, bay leaves, and your choice of dark spirit for James Beard's own spin on the classic winter libation. Get the recipe here for a decidedly cozy start to your weekend. 

 

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

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What We're Reading: December 24, 2014

 

A panettone you won’t want to re-gift: find the real deal in Philadelphia. [Serious Eats

 

Forgo the roasting on an open fire and tackle a few new chestnut recipes. [HuffPo

 

A new study questions the health benefits of the paleo diet. [FoodBeast

 

For Slovakians, Christmas dinner means carp in the bathtub. [NPR

 

Get a head start on your New Year’s resolutions by rebooting your lunch routine. [... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Holiday Dessert Pairings (Part III)

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For those who are looking to make the holidays even merrier, we asked Bernie Sun, corporate beverage director of JBF Award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants, to suggest affordable wine pairings for the season’s classic desserts.

 

For our third installment, we asked Sun to recommend the perfect pairing for bread pudding​​​. His pick? Domaine de Durban... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Holiday Dessert Pairings (Part II)

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For those who are looking to make the holidays even merrier, we asked Bernie Sun, corporate beverage director of JBF Award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants, to suggest affordable wine pairings for the season’s classic desserts.

 

For our second installment, we asked Sun to recommend the perfect pairing for gingerbread cake or cookies​. His pick? Disznókó Tokaji Late Harvest 2011 ($22/500ml). "This special Hungarian sweet wine, made from botrytised Furmint... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Holiday Dessert Pairings (Part I)

red wine

 

For those who are looking to make the holidays even merrier, we asked Bernie Sun, corporate beverage director of JBF Award winner Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants, to suggest affordable wine pairings for the season’s classic desserts. To start, we asked Sun to recommend the perfect pairing for a chocolate–peppermint ganache tart. His pick? Justin Obtuse Dessert Wine 2011 ($15). "Chocolate and mint are prized Cabernet flavors, and this late-harvest blend from California’s Central... Read more >

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Happy Hour: Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations

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With so many flavors on offer at Thanksgiving, the task of finding a bottle that plays nicely with all of them can make us even grouchier than our in-laws. Thankfully, we’ve enlisted Terroir's Paul Grieco, who won the 2012 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine, Beer, or Spirits Professional, to do the pairing for us. His suggestions, which range from values to splurges, will take you from stuffing to turkey and back to leftovers.

 

Hirsch Zöbing Riesling 2009 ($24)
"Because nothing needs good, bracing acidity and crunchy terroir like a plate full of turkey and all the fixings."

 

Argyros Assyrtiko Santorini 2009 ($20)
"This Greek wine’s salty tang and bright, lively flavors make it the perfect palate-mate for stuffing and sweet potatoes."

 

Jean François Ganevat Les Chalasses Marnes Bleues 2009 ($65)
"When the aromas of this nectar fill the room, all... Read more >

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Scholarships: Announcing the Miljenko "Mike" Grgich's American Dream Scholarship

The James Beard Foundation has launched the Miljenko

 

Since 1991, the James Beard Foundation has awarded more than $5 million in financial aid to students pursuing careers in the culinary arts. As we strive to grow this important aspect of our work, we are grateful for the support of other organizations and professionals who share our passion for education.

 

Last month, at a celebration at Grgich Hills Estate in Rutherford, California, we welcomed Miljenko “Mike” Grgich to our roster of JBF scholarship sponsors. A Croatian immigrant who fled Communist rule, Grgich founded his eponymous winery in 1977, and was inducted into the Vintners Hall of Fame in 2008. In a partnership with the James Beard Foundation, the Estate has established the Miljenko "Mike" Grgich's American Dream Scholarship, which will be awarded to a student in wine studies. (The inaugural prize was bestowed this... Read more >

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