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Blogs  :  Claudine Pépin

Farewell and Thanks

Posted: December 21, 2006  By Claudine Pépin

Well folks, this is it! I’d like to thank Wine Spectator for giving me this opportunity to write about food and wine (and for teaching me all about contractions). I’ve gotten so many things off my chest that I won’t need therapy for years! To all of you delightful and well-informed people that were kind enough to make comments on my posts—thank you.

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My Life in The Wine Business

Posted: December 15, 2006  By Claudine Pépin

Since this is Wine Spectator , I thought it only fair that I write least once about wine. When I was growing up, wine was consumed like food—always a part of dinner. Friends of the family would occasionally bring exceptional bottles, over which there would be so much excitement that a part of the meal might be changed or added to at the last minute to more perfectly complement the wine.

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Being on Television With My Father

Posted: December 12, 2006  By Claudine Pépin

Lots of people have asked me what it was like to do the shows with "the Dad." Well, I would tell them, it was like being at home, but someone else does the dishes, and I get in trouble in front of a few million people instead of just my mom.

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Eating at Home (Part 2)

Posted: December 8, 2006  By Claudine Pépin

I grew up in a home that was often filled with people, especially at dinnertime. My parents' friends always brought food and wine to our house, and we did the same when we visited their homes. I love having guests in my home, and I am lucky to have friends who like to bring wine and home-cooked food to share.

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Eating at Home (Part 1)

Posted: December 4, 2006  By Claudine Pépin

“What’s for dinner?” I used to ask my mom that every day, and she always said the same thing: "Food."  And that was the truth. We always sat down together as a family to eat. No one called it "family time," although I know now that it was family time—our time to reconnect, discuss our day, and just be together.

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On Dining Out (Part 3)

Posted: November 29, 2006  By Claudine Pépin

I‘m still thinking about going out for dinner, and the things that can challenge and unnerve a person. Last time I wrote about waiters and specials. This time, I’d like to talk about wine and tipping.

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On Dining Out (Part 2)

Posted: November 22, 2006  By Claudine Pépin

  My father likes to quote a sign that his old friend, the late Joe Baum , had hanging in his restaurant kitchens. It read simply, "THERE IS NO VICTORY OVER THE CUSTOMER!"   The customer may "always be right"—but only until he's very wrong, like the drunken, ill-tempered, waitress-badgering fool I invited to kindly leave and not return to the restaurant in Portland where I was working as a floor manager.

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On Dining Out (Part 1)

Posted: November 20, 2006  By Claudine Pépin

I was just thinking about dinner. ( I do that a lot!) Like most native New Yorkers, I’m very good at making reservations, and I love eating out, but there are a few things I could live without.   I don’t like being snubbed.

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Jacques and Me

Posted: November 15, 2006  By Claudine Pépin

Hello! My name is Claudine Pépin, aka "the Daughter," and I am delighted, honored and somewhat mystified that I have been invited by the staff at Wine Spectator to chat with (and at) all of you. I hope that you'll all ask lots of questions, or it's going to be a very long month.


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