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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!

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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...

Maysara is Down to Earth

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Here’s my newest discovery from McMinnville AVA, Willamette Valley, Oregon. Maysara Winery practices Biodynamic farming, which is using holistic methods to prevent invasion of vineyard pests without using chemicals. Read more...

The Blind Monk Lives!

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The first thought that came to mind when I heard of West Palm Beach Fla’s The Blind Monk was a not an upscale wine bar, since most quirky marketing references to monks these days are associated with Belgium styled beers. Read more...

Grgich Hills at Prime 112

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When celebrity winemakers are in town, you can bet Dinnerreviews.com© will be there to meet and greet them. Ken Lapham of Lapham Sales & Marketing invited us to Prime 112 in Miami to meet Violet Grgich, Proprietor of Grgich Hills Estate. Read more...

Trefethen Wine Lunch at Bizcaya

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Thanks to Ken Lapham of Lapham Sales and Marketing, I was privileged to meet celebrity wine makers Bob and Janet Trefethen and write this story about their incredible wines, as well as the food and VIP service at Bizcaya Restaurant. Read more...