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Holy Grail or Gimmick – The Coravin Wine Access System

The Coravin Wine Access System is simply put either the Holy Grail of wine conservation or just another gimmick. Created by Greg Lambrecht, an inventor of medical devices, the Coravin allows wine to be accessed and served without introducing oxygen into the bottle. Oxygen is both boon to and bane of wine. Oxygen can be essential in the […]

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Glasshaus Wines – A Community Supported Winery

    Are you a supporter of local agriculture? Do you have a CSA? Yet  has that weekly box of farm fresh produce become problematic? A surfeit of kale? An onslaught of zucchini? A tsunami of tomatoes? If you find yourself in this situation, perhaps you should support an equally righteous endeavor but one, though certainly […]

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Springtime on the High Line

NYC Food Diary

It was just a quick trip into Manhattan. I was visiting friends north of the city and we wanted to re-visit both the High Line and the New Museum. We had toured the High Line shortly after it opened in 2009; ditto for the New Museum. An update was in order. The High Line fascinates […]

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Introducing Alex Sáenz – Chef de Cuisine at LiNEaGe

 Actually, Chef Sáenz needs no introduction to Boston, having spent time in the kitchens of both Spire and Great Bay.  He then decamped to the Cape and Islands for several seasons, working at The Straight Wharf on the Vineyard and most recently as the opening Executive Chef at Ten Tables in Provincetown. Then it was time to […]

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Food Truck Throwdown – Boston Alliance VS New York strEATs

Are food trucks the love child of “roach coaches” and “dirty water” dogs? Perhaps, since mobile food vending has a long history in the US starting with 17th century street food hawkers and continuing to the present with the recent explosion of food trucks. Evolving out of our burgeoning food culture – thank Julia for […]

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Trade Show #3 – L’Aventure Languedoc

Third in a series. I was eager to attend this event held at The Exchange Conference Center on the Boston Fish Pier which consisted of both a seminar and walk-around tasting; eager because one of my instructors at Boston University’s Elizabeth Bishop Center for Wine, Sandy Block MW, would be leading the seminar and guided tasting. In […]

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Coppola Spring Wine Celebration at Ruth’s Chris Steak House

Inevitably, spring comes to Boston. In fits and starts,  the earth warms, the grass greens and myriad buds unfurl. In juxtaposition, a wrenching week of watching evil, tragedy and loss unfold. If ever there was a time for a celebratory nod to the nascent season –  a joyous gathering a tavola celebrating the marriage of food […]

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Trade Show #2 – Drink Ribera Boston Workshop

Second in a series. This trade show had a slogan – Drink Ribera, Drink Spain and entitling the show a workshop emphasized the educational component. Additionally, the Drink Ribera Boston Workshop was held at Jonathon Alsop’s Boston Wine School, further highlighting the educational aspect of this event. Spanish food and wine have come to prominence thanks to […]

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Trade Show #1 – Treasures of Montepulciano

First in a series. “Treasures of Montepulciano” is first in a series focusing on wine trade shows. Essentially, a trade show presents a crash course on wines to retailers, writers, travel professionals and wine educators. Usually focusing on a specific region within a wine-producing country, the event offers exposure to wines either already available in this […]

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On the Chelsea Beer Trail – Mystic Brewery

Previously, I’d covered the Everett Beer Trail. Admittedly, that trail is short consisting of just two breweries – Night Shift and Idle Hands –  located next to each other in a funky warehouse space off  gritty Rt. 99. The Chelsea Beer Trail is even shorter – a single brewery, Mystic,  literally in the shadow of the […]

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