The Bookshelf: Oldman's Brave New World of Wine

Oldman's Brave New World of WineIs your Pinot Grigio putting you to sleep? Even the best bottles can get boring when you resist exploring your wine shop’s shelves. Wine personality Mark Oldman and his second book, Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine, will help you out of your wine rut. Like an explorer reporting back from unknown frontiers, Oldman organizes each chapter around a “Brave New Pour”―from peppy Vinho Verde to the powerfully tannic Petite Syrah―complete with pronunciation guides, food pairings, and tips for cracking label code. The best part? Since demand for these bottles is still low, they make for some of the best values at the store. Oldman will be speaking about his book at today's Beard on Books in the James Beard House dining room. If you can’t make it,

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Wine Wisdom: The Virtual Oenophile

Natalie MacLean Wine Picks & Pairings

One of the most plugged-in wine personalities we know, Natalie MacLean leads the new-media pack. We got in touch with the JBF Award winner to hear what she had to say about her new app, Natalie MacLean Wine Picks & Pairings, and the survival of traditional media.


JBF: Tell us about your new app. What are the coolest features?

NM: Natalie MacLean Wine Picks & Pairings just launched a few weeks ago. It’s essentially ten apps rolled into one. It’s available for iPhone and BlackBerry, with a mobile site for other smartphone platforms. We're currently testing the Android version.

With this new app, you can walk into any store and use your phone to scan a wine bottle’... Read more >

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On the Menu: April 10 through April 16

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, April 10, 12:00 P.M. Spring Teatime Lunch Savor a sophisticated high tea–inspired luncheon prepared by the talented team behind the Artist Baker, a highly acclaimed boutique bakery. Pastry chefs Andrea Lekberg and Erica Leahy, both alums of prestigious eateries such as Craft, db Bistro Moderne, Sweet Melissa’s Patisserie, and Pichet Ong’s Batch, have designed an impeccably seasonal menu complete with wine pairings. Monday, April 11, 7:00 P.M. Savoring Northern Italy Unlike most chefs, who seek out city locations with high foot traffic, Sean Weinberg opened Restaurant Alba in a small Pennsylvania town to be close to area farms. There, this Slow Food ambassador

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On the Menu: Wine Lovers' Dinner

Paul Kulik and Jesse BeckerPaul Kulik and Jesse Becker

At the Boiler Room in Omaha, Nebraska, executive chef Paul Kulik has earned raves for what Omaha World-Herald critic Nichole Aksamit described as “overwhelmingly delicious Old-World-technique-meets-new-American food.” For tonight's Beard House dinner, Kulik’s artisan-inspired cuisine will be matched with thoughtful wine pairings selected by master sommelier Jesse Becker. Take a look at the menu below, then click here for your reservation: Hors d’Oeuvre Pastrami and Marrow Sabayon on Brioche Shaved House Prosciutto Corned Beef Tongue with Puffed Crayfish and

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