Truffle in Paradise

“Life is a theater and wine her muse.” – Jean-Charles Boisset (JCB), CEO of the Boisset Collection…Still on a high from a sensational Saturday of sensory experiences with Boisset CEO, Jean-Charles Boisset, Boisset Executives, Ambassadors and Friends at “Visionaries Gallery” in the Meatpacking District of NYC. During a cheese and charcuterie brunch paired with some of the…read more

Cooking 4 Change at the New York Times Food Festival

Spent a little time at the New York Times Food Festival yesterday and had a chance to hear Atlanta-based New York Times Journalist, Kim Severson in conversation with food advocates, Kerry Diamond, Jon Gray and Julia Turshen on current topics related to “Creating Change Through Cooking.” After the food talk, attendees mingled inside the Times Center building…read more

The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music

All my NYC-based wine-loving friends, meet me tomorrow at IAC Manhattan for a rockin’ time at The 2019 Great Wine of the Andes Event to sample some of the best wines from Chile and Argentina as selected by wine journalist and critic, James Suckling. Learn more and purchase tickets here: Below are a few highlights…read more

Quick Salmon

A quick dinner of salmon fillets Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Rub 8 to 10 oz salmon fillets with just enough olive oil to cover the top and bottom of the fillets. Put on a foil-lined baking sheet skin side down and sprinkle with salt, pepper, fresh minced garlic, dried cilantro and dried parsley to…read more

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

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