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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016

[Translate] In case you forgot the memo, Mother’s Day is coming soon (May 8th or 3 Sundays away from publication)! If you haven’t gotten or made anything for your mom, here’s some stylish or cool ideas for her. You can’t go wrong with giving your mom a bottle of fine Perrier-Jouët Champagne Brut Champagne. Notes of lemon, lime and fresh pear on the spice-tinged nose. Dry, offering tangy citrus fruit flavors and a touch of white pepper. Shows good clarity and bite on the finish, which leaves a bitter quinine note behind. This is great to have it served simply..

Unique Wine Bar at Wester Wijnfabriek (Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

[Translate] Wester Wijnfabriek is located in the Westergarten area of Amsterdam. It’s a wine bar, wine shop, wine lab and wine tasting all under one roof. The bar of Wester Wijnfabriek Amsterdam is downstairs, where we hanged out. Warm wood and marble makes up the bar, making it feel cozy and chic at the same time. (This place feels totally right for a first date.) In the bar part you can order sandwiches and bites that match the natural wines perfectly. (more…)

Holiday Gift Guide 2015

[Translate] Thanksgiving is coming and that means it’s the holiday shopping season. For those who are trying to decide what to give to your friends, family, or even co-workers, here are some ideas what to give them: These items are not listed in any particular order, except by category. For ease of navigation, here’s the links to jump: Chocolates, Confections & Baked Goods Wines & Spirits Coffee & Tea Other Items (e.g. cookware & savory food items) (more…)

Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015

[Translate] Mother’s Day is nearing — 2 weekends away (Sunday, May 10th)! For those who are trying to decide what to give to your mom on her special day, ranging from chocolates (filled and in vogue bean-to-bars), wines, artisan beers and spirits (she might not be your typical mother and like the hard stuff), other sweets (like French macarons) and savory snacks (like cheeses and crackers): These items are not listed in any particular order, except by category. For ease of navigation, here’s the links to jump: Chocolates, Confections & Desserts Wines, Beer & Spirits Coffee Other Food Items Cookbooks..

Father’s Day Gift Guide 2014

[Translate] What to get for your old man? That’s the question that tends to brew in my mind when every year arrives to Father’s Day. It’s hard to pick a gift for my dad personally because he pretty much has everything he wants and needs in life but there’s always something that could surprise him, especially when it comes down to the quaffable and edible. The Booze… Greenore 8 Year Old Single Grain Irish Whiskey won Gold three years in a row at the International Wine and Spirits Competition between 2008 and 2010. This whiskey is an interesting expression made..

Spring & Easter Gift Guide 2014

[Translate] Ironically, it doesn’t feel like spring in New York City but Easter and Passover is coming up. Here’s some gift ideas for this (fast approaching) holiday. Sweets When you think Easter, you tend to think chocolates, especially the Easter bunny. There’s plenty of these delicious sweets coming from many great brands across the U.S. Mariebelle has a beautifully whimsical (and delicious) assortment of Easter chocolates ranging from a large chocolate egg ($35) (like the size of an adult’s head) filled with chocolate eggs and set in a nest with a colorful bird and butterflies. It looked like a girl’s..

Complexity Group’s Grapes On A Train 2013 – My Maiden Voyage to Montreal

[Translate] Two weekends ago, I was asked by Complexity Group to shoot and video their annual event, Grapes On a Train. Complexity is a New Zealand-based group that would bring awareness of their home country’s delicious wines to the United States. This particular event is very unique as a medium-sized group of wine industry people, like sommeliers, wine buyers, wine directors, and a few writers gather to meet at NYC’s Penn Station to ride a vintage train car and take the scenic route along the Hudson River to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. During that long ride north, we participated in four..

Mondo Lambrusco Dinner featuring Chef Cesare Casella & 1* Michelin Chef Emilio Barbieri at Salumeria il Ristorante

[Translate] Chef Emilio Barbieri & Chef Cesare Casella; the menu and the bar/dining room area A few nights ago, Chef Cesare Casella and Chef Emilio Barbieri cooked together at Chef Casella’s latest restaurant Il Ristorante in the Upper East Side. (This special one-night dinner is $110 per person.) Chef Barbieri is the executive chef of the 1* Michelin restaurant Strada Facendo in Modena, Italy. His style of cooking is taking flavors and scents of his childhood in Reggio Emilia and make it contemporary. This special collaboration occurred primarily for Mondo Lambrusco, an annual event to promote Lambrusco wines (a young..

Mondo Lambrusco Dinner featuring Chef Cesare Casella & 1* Michelin Chef Emilio Barbieri at Salumeria il Ristorante

[Translate] Chef Emilio Barbieri & Chef Cesare Casella; the menu and the bar/dining room area A few nights ago, Chef Cesare Casella and Chef Emilio Barbieri cooked together at Chef Casella’s latest restaurant Il Ristorante in the Upper East Side. (This special one-night dinner is $110 per person.) Chef Barbieri is the executive chef of the 1* Michelin restaurant Strada Facendo in Modena, Italy. His style of cooking is taking flavors and scents of his childhood in Reggio Emilia and make it contemporary. This special collaboration occurred primarily for Mondo Lambrusco, an annual event to promote Lambrusco wines (a young..