Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Wine Wednesdays - White Burgundy at Cochon New Orleans

Bonjour, buenos dias, hello!  I'm back.  What a whirlwind of a month, can't quite believe it's over.  I have so many adventures to share with you. 

But first, earlier this month we enjoyed a lovely bottle of white Burgundy at Cochon restaurant to kick off our girls' weekend in New Orleans.  The 2013 Montagny 1er Cru by Jean-Marc Boillot was everything I love in a white wine.  100% Chardonnay from the village of Montagny in the Cote Chalonnaise in Burgundy.  It was full of ripe fruit, creamy and round, nice minerality with just a hint of oak on the finish.  It paired perfectly with our fried alligator!  No really.....the bright juicy wine really stood up to the fried batter and chili-garlic mayo!  

Everything about our meal was fantastic....I've never seen 5 girls get so intensely down with 5 different pork-dominated dishes.  We finished every last bite.  There was some debate over the absolute "best" dish, with votes split between the namesake cochon, and the smoked ham hock.  If you find yourself in New Orleans, please make it to Cochon, it lived up to every bit of the hype!






Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wine Wednesdays - Ten Bells Wine Bar

I recently visited the Ten Bells Wine Bar on the lower east side.  This place has been on my list for quite some time and I'm kicking myself for not getting down there sooner!

It's cozy without being cramped, on a Friday night at 7pm we were quickly seated at 2 bar stools.  They have a great selection of natural and biodynamic wines as well as sharable tapas to mix and match.  We had just missed the oyster happy hour but they serve $1 oysters every day until 7pm.  There is also a great private room in the back if you're looking for a spot to host a group dinner or event.  If you're looking for a glass of wine before dinner or for a fun place to meet after work, I'd highly suggest Ten Bells!



Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wine Wednesdays - Birth-Year Wine

I recently celebrated another birthday; how a year has passed is beyond me!  This year was particularly special, with a perfect weekend spent doing all the things I love (eating and drinking) as well as a trip out to the Northfork/Shelter Island.  Full trip recap to come!

On the eve of my birthday we had a delicious dinner at Vine Street Cafe accompanied by a 1986 Dunn Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon.  I'd never had a birth-year wine before so this was an extra special treat!  Cabernet Sauvignon is hands down my favorite red wine and this really blew me away.  Twenty-nine years later and yet the perfect example of balance, bursting with a bouquet of ripe raspberries, it was so good.  The perfect accompaniment to our classic steak frite.  

Headed home in the light of a full moon, not a bad way to usher in another year!





Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wine Wednesdays - My First Podcast!

I was thrilled when Laura approached me to be a guest on her podcast, Not Safe For Work.  The title alone spoke volumes to me!  Click here to listen in as we talk all things NYC, wine, and livin' the good life!


Friday, May 1, 2015

Wine Wednesdays - Spring Tasting at Abbottega

I apologize for the late Wine-Wednesday posting....but we had an exciting real-live Wine Wednesday event!  I paired up with the lovely ladies of Crop Tops and Kale to host a spring tasting.  It was a beautiful night in NYC; we enjoyed every minute of the backyard garden at Abbottega in the West Village.  

In honor of the warmer temps, I poured 2 whites and 2 roses.

The line-up:

2014 Coopers Creek Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Shifflett Estate Sauvignon Blanc

2013 Red Hook Winery Rose of Cabernet Franc

2013 La Pepie Rose of Cabernet Franc












It was a wonderful night of delicious wine, tasty bites, and new friends!  

If you find yourself in the West Village looking for a lovely spot to grab a drink and a bite to eat, Abbottega is just perfect.  With a cozy, candlelit interior and now a brand new backyard patio, they have you covered no matter the season.  On Wednesdays they are offering l'aperitivo Italiano, including a buffet of small nibbles to pair with your beverage of choice.  I was happy to discover they carry my favorite Roman white wine, Frascati!

If you're interested in hosting a wine tasting or group event, please contact me!  For those in NYC, we hope to have more events like this in the very near future!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Wine Wednesdays - 2013 Orin Swift Machete + Pear Tarte Tatin

Last month we gathered the "friendsgiving" group for one last girls' dinner chez moi before Sarah moved west to that other coast.  


For a spin on spring friendsgiving, I made this roasted turkey breast which was so easy and so tasty!

For dessert, I made this pear tarte tatin with red wine caramel sauce.  I had an open bottle of 2013 Orin Swift Machete with just enough to use for the red wine caramel.  It was such a delicious combination!  

I had opened the wine 2 nights prior for taco night.  This wine is the richest, purple color I've ever seen in a glass!  Lucious like velvet; it literally stained my mouth!  A mix of syrah, grenache, and petit syrah, the wine is full of dark, rich fruit and big bold flavor.  At 15.5% alcohol one glass will sneak up on you!   


The tarte was incredibly simple but seriously impressive.  We start by making the red wine caramel.  Sugar and water boil together until a light amber-colored caramel forms.  This gets added to the red wine that has reduced down to a dark syrup.  


Then we add the pear halves and cook until syrupy and tender.  


Once caramelized, we cover the skillet with frozen puff pastry, I splurged for Dufour's and I really think it made all the difference.


Pop in the oven for about an hour until the crust is a golden brown.


After letting the tarte cool, we invert onto a plate to reveal the beautiful pears.



Cut and serve with fresh whipped cream!


Pear Tarte Tatin with Red-Wine Caramel
Recipe courtesy of Food and Wine

Ingredients:
2 cups dry red wine
2 cinnamon sticks (I used 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
2 tbsp unsalted butter
5 firm, ripe Bartlett pears - peeled, cored, and halved (I could have used a 6th)
One 14oz all-butter puff pastry, chilled

Directions:

In a small saucepan, boil the wine and cinnamon over moderately high heat until reduced to 1/4 cup.  Approx. 15 minutes.

In a 12 inch skillet (I used my cast iron that is slightly bigger) combine the sugar and water.  Cook over moderately high heat, swirling pan occasionally until a light amber caramel forms, approx. 5 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Add the red wine syrup along with butter and stir to dissolve the hardened caramel.  Add the pear halves to the skillet and cook over low heat, turning occasionally, until the pears are tender and pan juices are syrupy, about 20 minutes.  Arrange pears cut side up in the skillet with thin ends pointing to the center.  Let cool for 30 minutes.  (I let my pears cool completely and then covered with foil and refrigerated until the next day).

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  On a lightly floured surface roll out the puff pastry to a 13 inch square.  Drape pastry over top of skillet and tuck ends around the pears.  Cut four 2-inch vents across the top.  Bake for 1 hour or until pastry is deeply golden and risen.  Let the tarte cool in the skillet for 15 minutes then invert onto a large serving platter.  Cut into wedges and serve with whipped cream, vanilla ice cream would be lovely too!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Wine Wednesdays Tasting Series - Come Join Us 4/29 in NYC!

I'm very excited to announce that the girls from Crop Tops and Kale and I have partnered together for a night of wine tasting.  I hope you'll join us for what is sure to be a fabulous evening!

Click here to purchase, tickets are very limited!


 

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