Wine Pick: Domaine Faillenc Sainte Marie Corbières Rouge 2008

Domaine Faillenc Sainte Marie Corbières Rouge Produced in Languedoc-Roussillon, this blend of Grenache, Cinsault, and Syrah is one of the most characterful wines we’ve encountered recently. We were wowed by its intensely briny aroma, as though the roots of the vines tangled with those of the olive trees that also grow on the property. And when we tipped back our glasses for a taste, we immediately wondered which grilled and roasted meat dishes we would pair with its powerfully earthy and savory flavors. This is a very memorable wine at a great value. ($14.99) Drink with: Crispy Lamb Ribs with Sherry–Honey Glaze and Minted Yogurt Sauce [JBF] Grilled Rack of Lamb with Honey–

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Wine Pick: Vidigal Vinho Verde 2010

Vidigal Vinho Verde

Our latest obsession: a light, crisp Vinho Verde from the Minho region of Portugal. With a touch of effervescence and a low alcohol content, this budget-friendly, pale-green wine is summer in a glass. Bring a bottle or two to a friend’s pool party or simply sip before dinner; this eminently refreshing Vinho Verde is perfect for drinking with spicy food, seafood dishes, or on its own. ($8.99)

Drink it with:

Manila Clam and Chorizo Crostini

Chilled Sorrel Soup with Jonah Crab Salad and Jerusalem Artichokes

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On the Wine Trails

On the Wine Trails

With summer in full swing and the harvest around the bend, it's a great time to plan a leisurely (and responsible) drive through wine country. We called up some of the 2011 JBF Award–nominated oenophiles to find out which wine destinations make for a great weekend escape.


“Among off-the-beaten-path wine trails, I like the Fauquier Wine Trail in northern Virginia. Boxwood Winery is a favorite of mine on that trail, particularly its Topiary Red, which I got to try last year after our chef visited.” —Wine director Andy Chabot, Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN (nominated for Outstanding Wine Service)

“The Long Island AVA includes the infamous Hamptons and successfully produces cool-climate reds and whites. We enjoy the crisp whites and Bordeaux-

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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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