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Vai Restaurant, NYC

National
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Another dead ringer and crowd bringer for the Upper West Side….yes loyal readers of DinnerReviews.com! NYC’s Vai is finally and definitely a viable option for dinner tonight, tomorrow and every other night of the week. Read more...

Café Maxx 28 Years of Award Winning Cuisine / Pompano Bch, Fla.

Broward
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There are few restaurants I look forward to dining at as much as Café Maxx. Growing up in South Florida, I have many fond memories of good times at Café Maxx over the past 28 years…all of which involve excellent food and service. Make it a point when in Pompano Beach to dine here. Read more...

Go Big or Go Home Wine Tasting Notes

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Welcome to our Hottest, Latest, Newest Section! “Go Big or Go Home” Wine Tasting Notes! These wines were evaluated by Richard D. Steinberg, CFA Wine Editor / DinnerReviews.com© and edited by Billy “Wisdom” Jilla / International Food & Wine Editor. Can you hang with the best? Read more...

Heidi Peterson Barrett Wines + Blue by Eric Ripert: Cayman Islands

International
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On a recent assignment to Grand Cayman Island, I was greeted at the airport and whisked away to an “industry only” wine dinner. Featured guest would be the legendary California wine maker, Heidi Peterson Barrett, at the Ritz-Carlton on Seven Mile Beach. Read more...

Hold Me, Thrill Me, Fondue Me / NYC

National
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I’ve been very good at curbing my cheese cravings, but a friend recently held her birthday dinner at a fondue wine bar here in New York City called Kashkaval…how could I resist? This Polly-pocket of a restaurant consists of about 8 tables in the back of a cheese shop, but long lines are waiting to get inside. Read more...

Night in Piedmont by Vino DeSantis & Cafe Bella Sera / Coral Springs, Fla.

Broward
Vino DeSantis Wine Bar

A Night in Piedmont without ever leaving South Florida…that’s the kind of escapism Vino DeSantis Wine Store & Bar offers to seasoned oenophiles and new comers alike! Attending wine dinners like this gives everyone a chance to rub elbows with fellow wine lovers at South Florida’s best restaurants! Read more...

The Shape of Wine Bottles

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Today we have two main wine bottle shapes, although a third, taller version does exist and is used mostly in Alsatian and German varietals. The two are still high-shouldered and soft-shouldered, used in red and white production. Read more...

Ken Frank’s La Toque, Napa Valley CA

Main Course
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Our first 5 Star Review in well over one year! Located in mid Valley, La Toque moved to downtown Napa, California in 2009 and is now a leader in what is a miraculous transformation of that sleepy village into a wine and food lover’s delight. Read more...

Suggestive Up Selling

Front of House
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You and your guests are sitting down for dinner, looking through nicely worded menu selections, only to have the server rave on and on about how great the most expensive dish on the menu is. Okay, we get it! Up selling is a necessary “evil” of this business. Read more...

Aussie for Left Handers, American for Rock Stars!

Features
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Recently I was invited by Janet Gawith, General Manager of Mollydooker Wines, to once again meet with her and her celebrated son, turned “rock star” winemaker, Sparky Marquis. We met last year around this same time… Read more...