Wines

Six Things NOT to do with wine

December 16, 2011

Forget it in the freezer: I know that many a sommelier will cringe to hear this, but it’s the truth, and come on, we all do this in a pinch. Stick a bubbly or white wine in the freezer for 15-30 minutes to get it ice cold. It works like a charm, but only if [...]

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Gardenia: Montevideo’s Foodie Spot

July 6, 2011

Photo: www.robertoseba.com I am at the end of what can only be described as one of those spectacular meals. You know … where you stop to take copious notes and numerous pictures (some call it food porn, I call it memories). The flavors, textures, sensations, all meld together into one warm, fuzzy, wine-induced meal full [...]

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Pairing People & Wine

June 30, 2011

I love discovering the nuances of how food and wine pair, tango and play together. However, one topic I rarely talk about (publicly at least), is the concern of entertaining and pairing wine with our guests. I suppose it is a theme few people discuss, as the general consensus is that it hints at wine [...]

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Ashes Over Buenos Aires

June 28, 2011

June 7, 2011. I wake up and peer through the heavy, draped, velvet curtains of our hotel room overlooking the roof tops of Palermo Viejo. Darn, it’s one of those icky winter days when the clouds descend and shroud the city in a bone-chilling fog. Thick, gray and dense fog. I grab my iPhone to [...]

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Argentina’s “White” Grape: Torrontés

June 24, 2011

I spent much of last week traveling in vast, northwestern Argentina in the region of Salta. Amid beguiling landscapes, I saw the vegetation-dense hills outside Salta (city), the high altiplano plains of Cachi and experienced the constant backdrop of the Andes, at times covered with cacti and wild donkeys grazing.  More on that in another [...]

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Making a Comeback: Uva País

June 20, 2011

Never heard of the grape called país in Chile? You’re not alone. This grape goes back to the times of colonization in Chile by the Spanish. It’s not considered a fine wine that any self-respecting wine writer would evaluate (until now, hmm). It is a rustic wine used for the simple blends with Cabernet called [...]

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