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Cadet Wine and Beer Bar
April 14, 2015 0 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi

The Complete Girls’ Guide to Drinking Wine in 2015

Colleen Fleming spent years cooking in Napa restaurants (Roux and Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen), then worked for her family’s winery Kelly Fleming Wines selling their cult estate Cabernets. Aubrey Bailey also cooked in Napa restaurants (Redd and Julia’s Kitchen), then worked her way up from food runner to sommelier at a place that goes by the name of The French Laundry.

In July of 2014, they teamed up to open Cadet Wine and Beer Bar, which has garnered much praise.

Fleming and Bailey are incredibly bright and motivated young upstarts from the Napa Valley—two powerful women with a keen entrepreneurial drive to highlight…keep reading on Liquor.com.

[This article first appeared on Liquor.com on April 3, 2015]

Guys Guide to Drinking Wine in 2015
April 14, 2015 0 comments Articles & Reviews, By Jonathan Cristaldi

The Guys’ Guide to Drinking Wine in 2015 with Taken Wine Co

Last year, the United States downed roughly 1.3 million more bottles of vino than the French. That effectively pulls the U.S. into the lead as the world’s biggest consumer of wine.

This year, your inner oenophile deserves some attention. That includes a plan to seek out new wines from yet unexplored regions, staple wines to bring to dinner parties, wines that will impress in-laws (or potential in-laws) and some guidance on vintage wines you might have cellared—or have access to—that are ready to drink.

To help shed light on these tasks and more, we pegged Josh Phelps and Carlo Trinchero, two energetic movers and shakers from Napa Valley. Phelps and Trinchero make wines under their Taken Wine Co. label, and in the past year alone have been… keep reading on Liquor.com.

 

[This article first appeared on Liquor.com on March 27, 2015]

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]