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Kaner on Champagne
April 14, 2015 0 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi

Champagne for Fools with Matthew Kaner

Pour it up, people: Champagne should be an all-the-time drink. But it’s especially appropriate this time of year, as everyone bops from holiday party to holiday party. Time to get some expert advice on the sparkly stuff, and Matthew Kaner, wine director and co-owner of Los Angeles’ Covell, has all the right answers. He debunked a few myths and threw out surprising insights, from the correct glassware (hint: it’s not a flute) to why popping a cork should be like passing gas…keep reading on Liquor.com.

[This article first appeared on Liquor.com on December 12, 2014]

 

Turkey
November 21, 2014 0 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi

The Everything Guide to Thanksgiving Wine

When Columbus set sail in search of India, he had big dreams. The lush, green banks of the New World were abundant with wild vines. Just how magnificent would today’s tamed and coveted vineyards appear to those early explorers?

As we brood on that old, unfamiliar world, a glass of wine in hand, we should dream too, of the bountiful food and wine pairings that await: a Thanksgiving feast, so close, you could almost grasp it.

Unlike those early explorers, however, you need not stray into dark, unfamiliar waters. To help guide you, we’ve provided a roadmap from pre-dinner to post-dessert that spans red, white and bubbly options through Port, Sauternes and Chartreuse. There really are no mistakes to be made when pairing food with wine. If you love big, rich, dark and complex reds, drink them throughout dinner. If you prefer the crisp, bright, eye-opening qualities of whites and sparkling wines, stick to that. Above all…keep reading.

[This article first appeared on Liquor.com on November 11, 2014]

SommB
November 21, 2014 0 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi

The Rise (ahem) of the #SOMMBONER

Chefs experience it at the mere mention of “umami,” and bartenders get it when their barrel-aged Manhattans come out of the oak tasting rounder and fuller than any drink made à la minute. But for certain sommeliers—those stewards of coveted, high-profile wine cellars at restaurants like Bolud Sud or Rouge Tomate in NYC—it takes more than uncorking another rare wine bought at auction to elicit that vocational climax of passion and excitement. Only a truly special bottle can yank them out of auto-drive, hoist their inner freak flack to the heavens, and become a raging…keep reading.

[This article first appeared on First We Feast on October 7, 2014]

 

Wine Bars
September 23, 2014 0 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi

The 21 Best Wine Bars in the Country

Fifty years ago if you’d asked for a glass of Malbec, you’d probably be greeted with a long, awkward silence. Today, there are over 8,000 wineries in the US, and even more bars that are pouring out such a vast, global selection of wines that America recently surpassed France as the world’s biggest winos. Napa Cab? Easy. Orange wine from some senile Italian Grandpa in Friuli, Italy who made one case that mistakenly shipped overseas? You’ll find it, and more, at one of these 21 establishments uncorking the best wine-bar experiences in the country… keep reading.

[This article first appeared on Thrillist.com on September 14, 2014]

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