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’s... Read more >

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Recipe: Fresh Egg Custard with Pecan Shortbread

Egg Custard with Pecan Shortbread Always stocked on the shelves at your supermarket, eggs are easy to take for granted. But if you taste a fresh yolk from a nearby farm, where chickens lay eggs only in season instead being artificially induced to produce them year-round, you'll have a renewed appreciation for what's inside those cardboard cartons. Chef Steven Hartman of Georgia's Le Vigne Restaurant at Montaluce Winery makes the best of farm fresh eggs with this pure and simple custard, then serves it with delicate shortbread cookies. Get the whole recipe here.

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Recipe: Barigoule Crostini with Whipped Goat Cheese

Barigoule crostini A classic Provençal dish of artichokes braised in a wine broth, barigoule shrinks down to cocktail-party portions in these tangy goat cheese–topped crostini. Get the recipe here.

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Recipe: Cornmeal Crêpes with Strawberries, Mascarpone, and Rosemary

Cornmeal Crêpes with Strawberries, Mascarpone, and RosemaryFilled with strawberry conserva and topped with nutmeg-scented mascarpone, these toasty and tasty crêpes make us wish we had time for something more ambitious than our usual grab-and-go breakfast routine during the workweek. Thankfully, they also make a great dessert. Get the recipe here.

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JBF Editors Pick Their Favorite Food Apps and Sites

appsYelp Monocle We might not always count on the reviews, but the ability to hold up your phone to find out what restaurants are in the vicinity lets you weigh the best options based on where you are at that very moment. Gourmet Live Proving that you don’t need coated paper stock to offer exciting features and mouthwatering photography, Gourmet is getting a new life. Oysterpedia This app from NYC’s Mermaid Inn restaurant lets you read about all kinds of East and West Coast oysters and store info about your favorites to reference each time you hit up the raw bar. YouTube It’s not an app, but if you’re curious about a particular cooking technique, chances are

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On the Menu: May 22 through May 28

On the Menu Tuesday, May 24, 7:00 P.M. Relais & Châteaux Uncorked Long before “housemade” and “local” joined the popular culinary lexicon, JBF Award nominee Ryan Hardy was leading the country’s budding sustainability movement at Montagna, located in the Relais & Châteaux–designated Little Nell. For this special Beard House dinner, Hardy’s tempting cuisine will be paired with boutique wines from Betts & Scholl. Wednesday, May 25, 7:00 P.M. Vermont Heirloom Farm Dinner A native Vermonter committed to using local suppliers, chef Jason Merrill of the ultra-exclusive Quechee Club has designed an impeccable spring menu to showcase his favorite heirloom ingredients and growing practices. Each course will be accompanied by a biodynamic wine. For details and reservatio

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