Wine Wisdom: Add These Regions Less Traveled to Your Bucket List

 

Fresh off the Barn at Blackberry Farm’s win of the 2014 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine Program, Andy Chabot, the restaurant’s food and beverage director, tells us about his favorite less-traveled wine regions. 

 

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 overly touristy, and there are some very fun restaurants and hotels with great wines. All seven of the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis sit together in a bowl like an amphitheater. 

 

Tokaj, Hungary
The traditional Aszu Tokaji wines from this region in northeastern 
Hungary are among the world’s finest dessert wines, but... Read more >

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What We're Reading: July 3, 2014

Margaritas

 

The many origin stories of the margarita. [History Channel

 

Chinese oenophiles have acquired a taste for South African wines. [Bloomberg

 

A doctor in Seattle might have solved the peanut allergy issue. [NBC

 

There's more to simple syrup than just sugar and water. [Food Republic

 

The California Strawberry Commission fights to keep strawberry breeding a public affair. [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 5, 2014

Ice Cream

 

Eating food off the floor might actually make you healthier. [Daily Mail UK

 

The Starbucks Frappuccino truck hits the streets of Los Angeles. [LAT

 

The unusual story behind New York's iconic cookie. [Eater

 

Lower ABV wines make a splash on the summer beverage scene. [NPR]

 

Is “chemical cuisine” the next step in modern gastronomy? [... Read more >

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What We're Reading: June 3, 2014

Bagel with cream cheese

 

Better than Philadelphia? The little-known cream cheese winning over Calvin Trillin and Ruth Reichl. [NYT]

 

A tribute to Maya Angelou’s poetry in the kitchen. [NYT]

 

Panera pledges to drop all artificial additives by 2016. [USA Today]

 

Vetting wine through gamma radiation. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: May 29, 2014

bacon

 

The American Chemical Society explains the science behind the smell of bacon. [NPR

 

Meet the most expensive drink at Starbucks: the Sexagintuple Vanilla Bean Mocha Frappuccino. [LAT

 

Hazy beer isn't always a bad thing. [LAT

 

Experimental ocean-aged wine yields interesting results. ​[SF Weekly]

 

​World Cup participants beware: Brazilian authorities find expired food in hotels hosting soccer teams. [... Read more >

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Daily Digest: May 21, 2014

coffee

 

Coffee rust fungus causes $1 billion in damage, decrease in production, and severe job loss in Latin America. [NBC]

 

Kraft recalls cottage cheese due to premature expiration and potential link to illness. [CNN Money]

 

California's warm winter might make wine taste better, but it threatens future production. [CBS... Read more >

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Daily Digest: May 15, 2014

 

wine labels

 

U.S passes France in annual wine consumption. [NPR]

 

USDA-proposed beef imports from Brazil give American ranchers cause for concern. [NPR]

 

Fast food protests go global as workers push for higher wages. [NYT]

 

After a devastating forest fire, morels find new life. [ABC

 

American apples are overwhelming the Mexican market. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of May 11

Photo by Mira Zaki

 

Here's what's happening on the Beard calendar this week: 

 

Monday, May 12, 6:30 P.M. 
New Zealand Wine Fair 2014 
The James Beard Foundation Greens (foodies under 40) are partnering with New Zealand Wine to bring you a walk-around tasting of this celebrated country. The event will include sips from more than 25 producers, including 2013 vintages (many of which will be poured for the first time), as well as distinctive, older bottles. We’ve also enlisted some great New York City chefs to prepare delicious bites that will complement whatever is in your glass.

 

Monday, May 12, 7:00 P.M.
Meatless Monday 10th Anniversary Celebration 
In 2003 marketing professional Sid Lerner founded the Meatless Mondays initiative to encourage people to go... Read more >

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Daily Digest: April 7, 2014

wine

 

Beyond Chardonnay: the surprising top-selling wines on Amazon. [LAT]

 

Taking a swing at artisanal food: the evolution of ballpark grub. [Food Republic]

 

Tomorrow is Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day—look for locations near you. [HuffPo]

 

In a rice-centric country like Vietnam, farm-to-table pizza is making its mark. [NYT]

 

For all newbie urban gardeners: be aware of your soil's dirty history. [... Read more >

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On the Menu: Week of April 6

Photo by Ken Goodman

 

Here's what's on the Beard House calendar this week:

 

Monday, April 7, 7:00 P.M. 

The Art of American Omakase

​At Scottsdale’s celebrated Posh restaurant, chef Joshua Hebert creates improvisational tasting menus inspired by the tradition of the Japanese omakase. In a collaborative dialogue with his diners, he riffs off a list of their personal culinary tastes to craft an exquisite, individually tailored, and spontaneous selection of modern American dishes.

 

Tuesday, April 8, 7:00 P.M. 

Spring Seafood and White Wine Celebration

Boston-area epicureans flock to Zebra’s Bistro and Wine Bar for its house-grown produce and artisanal ingredients from local farmers and fishermen. Join us in tasting chef Brendan Pelley’s stunning spring... Read more >

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