Mediterranean Blue Magic

I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down to talk with Coviello Salines, Global Marketing Business Strategist, Investor and the CEO and Founder of Amour Geneve, the first naturally blue wine in the world. Coviello is a native of the Bronx, NY. Born in NYC to immigrants – his father grew up in Puerto Rico,…read more

Peaches, Blackberries, Pecans & Labor Day Love

“August is like the Sunday of summer.” Sundays have always been special days for me – days for cooking, relaxing and enjoying family. So the last official Sunday of summer is even more special, and I want to linger on it as long as humanly possible. It’s also my preferred day for celebrating Labor Day…read more

Summer Breeze Gift Basket

Are you going to be a house guest this summer? Do you need a birthday gift for someone special? Why just give flowers or a bottle of wine when you can give them a customized “Summer Breeze” gift in a reusable container? Granted, most of us may not be visiting Provence or a place with…read more

How to Shuck Oysters on the Half Shell at Home

I love oysters, and one of my favorite summer snacks is oysters on the half shell with a crisp, “minerally” white wine like Muscadet, Dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc or unoaked French Chardonnay. If you enjoy oysters on the half shell or just like to use the freshest most flavorful oysters possible for your fried oysters or…read more

Daddy’s Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is a comfort food that reminds me of my daddy. It’s his favorite meal, and as a bachelor he learned to perfect it. Daddy likes fried chicken so much that his friends nicknamed him “Yardbird.” Here’s how to make Daddy’s famous fried chicken: What you will need: A large skillet or Dutch oven 2…read more

Getting to Know Your Wine Terminology

Imagine this: you’re invited to a wine tasting event by your best friend, significant other, or a family member. Just as you begin to picture yourself enjoying the evening by sampling different vintages and blends, a strike of panic hits as you realize that, while you enjoy the occasional glass of wine, you aren’t overly…read more

Meatballs and Montepulciano

I finally got my hands on some of Joe Campanale’s Annona Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo, a wine I first tried at dell’Anima in the West Village several years ago and then again at L’Apicio Restaurant in the East Village last December. Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo is a deep-colored hearty rosé wine for people who like red wine but want something a little different. Not to…read more

Chrissy Teigen’s Spicy Clams and Pasta

Although I have been making this dish for years, this is the best recipe I have run across to date. It is really flavorful, unlike some versions that have too much or too little sauce, and has the right proportions of everything, especially the pepper! You can substitute Littleneck clams for the Manila clams; because…read more

It’s Spring! Think Pink!

It’s spring, and that means everything is coming up Rosés. When the weather warms up I tend to want to lighten up in the wine department, but don’t always want to drink white wine. Here’s a to-the-point video on how to appreciate pink wine, a great middle-of-the road option..Click here to purchase great rosé…read more