On the Menu: The Cult Super Tuscans of Le Macchiole

Wine Want to get in on an exclusive tasting of cult Italian wines, eat some great food from the boot, and help JBF? Our friends at Italian Wine Merchants are hosting an event with Le Macchiole's Cinzia Merli on Monday, October 5. A luminary winemaker, Merli is the woman behind Messorio, a bottle that pushes Italian Merlot to another level. She will be pouring the incomparable 2006 vintage, and will also bring Le Macchiole's Scrio (a limited production Syrah) and numerous vintages of Paleo Rosso (said to give first-growth Bordeaux a run for its money). Regional Italian cheeses, cured meats, a primo, a secondo, and dessert will all be paired with the outstanding wines. Tickets are a steal at $175, and $75 of each purchase will go toward supporting the James Beard Foundation. To purchase tickets and read more about the wines,

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Wine Wisdom: Daniel Johnnes's Wine Picks

wine The beauteous hills of peaches and corn at the farmers' stands won't be around much longer, so make the most of the last summer produce by introducing some great wine pairings to your market haul. JBF Award winner Daniel Johnnes of the Dinex Group recommends some bottles to go with this end-of-summer menu of James Beard dishes (and you can find all of the recipes on our website!)

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Field Trip: Food, Wine, and Music at San Francisco’s Outside Lands

fatted calf The weather defied everyone’s expectations—80-degree days are a real rarity in San Francisco. Perhaps that’s what had everyone in such high spirits at Outside Lands. Of course, it could also have been the amazing music, great food, and stellar wines. Music might have been the main draw, but we were content to spend our Festival days at the Outside Lands wine tent, sampling California wines and pairing them with some of the great food offerings (think Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam, Hog Island oysters barbecued or on the half shell, and Fatted Calf sausage sandwiches). The dish that had

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