Posted: July 22, 2014 By Ben O'Donnell
New York Restaurant Week is upon us in the city, a time when restaurants that are well north of my supper budget open their doors a little wider with prix-fixe specials. I always look for spots that offer wine specials as well, and in past years have found that New York wines are often given this platform to shine.
When I interviewed Long Island winemakers for my June 15 issue feature on the region, they felt confident that their wines could equal the best. But what did our high-end restaurant wine directors think?
Posted: July 22, 2014 By Laurie Woolever
Posted: July 21, 2014 By Harvey Steiman
One key moment stands out when I was researching my Wine Spectator Aug. 31 issue profile of Eric Ripert, chef and partner of New York's fabled fish restaurant, Le Bernardin. It was the creative meeting.
Ripert and his top-ranking chefs meet daily in a small conference room, away from the hustle and bustle of the kitchen, to perfect their ideas for new dishes. The menu is constantly in flux. Anyone in the kitchen can present an idea, then work out the details until the results get the approval of Ripert and his lieutenants. They bring trays full of the latest iteration of the dish, along with some options they are considering, all in an effort to keep things fresh and lively.
Posted: July 18, 2014
Posted: July 16, 2014 By Harvey Steiman
Wine Spectator editor at large Harvey Steiman offers his recipe for Not Pesto, a basil-and-pine nut puree perfect over sliced heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella or burrata and paired with a crisp rosé.
Posted: July 15, 2014 By Ben O'Donnell
"We don't allow the buses here" is a proud refrain at Long Island wineries these days. Not so long ago, Long Island wine travel was considered rowdy and unserious, just as Napa is tarred in some circles as overpriced and impersonal—both regions magnets for the much-scorned wine tourist. And yet: What fun those folks always seem to be having.
So when I visited California wine country in June, I decided to stop at a few places that unabashedly cater to "tourists." One was Sonoma's Francis Ford Coppola Winery, which boasts a swimming pool, bocce lanes, a restaurant and a movie memorabilia collection. It's not just about the wine, but is that the same as not caring about the wine?
Posted: July 9, 2014 By Esther Mobley
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Posted: July 8, 2014 By Esther Mobley
Posted: July 2, 2014 By Tim Fish
Some of my favorite non-fiction books are restaurant wine lists. I can read them for hours. But have you ever been to a restaurant that seemed out of a key wine or two on the list? Sometimes you have to wonder if a wine list is more fiction than fact.
That's not a concern when it comes to restaurants with Grand Awards from Wine Spectator's Restaurant Wine List program. Each potential Grand Award winner is thoroughly vetted and goes through an onsite inspection. The goal is to discover and honor truly great wine programs, and nine times out of 10 that's exactly what we find.
Posted: July 2, 2014 By Gillian Sciaretta
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Posted: June 30, 2014 By Robert Camuto
Posted: June 30, 2014 By Jack Bettridge
Posted: June 30, 2014 By Lizzie Munro
Posted: June 30, 2014 By Catherine Sweet
Posted: June 27, 2014 By Laurie Woolever
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