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June 15, 2014 Issue  :  Features

The Cacao Genome Project

Posted: June 15, 2014  By Owen Dugan

June 15, 2014 Issue  :  Features

French Toast With Sparkling Chardonnay

Chef Sunny Jin, Jory, Newberg, Ore.

Posted: June 15, 2014  By Lizzie Munro

Blogs  :  Bruce Sanderson Decanted

The Streets of San Francisco

Two evenings in the City by the Bay offer a sampling of its exciting and diverse dining possibilities at Acquerello and St. Vincent Tavern

Posted: June 13, 2014  By Bruce Sanderson

It wasn't quite the A to Z of dining in San Francisco, but a recent trip there provided an opportunity to visit Acquerello and St. Vincent Tavern and Wine Merchant, two very different restaurant concepts.

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Expanding the Palate

How I first got adventurous about what to eat

Posted: June 10, 2014  By Harvey Steiman

I moved to Miami from Los Angeles in 1969 to work for the Miami Herald, my first job on a big-city newspaper. From our apartment a few blocks from the office, my wife and I strolled the neighborhood and discovered a familiar sight to former Angelenos, but unusual then in Miami. A Chinese restaurant had just opened.

Hooked, we went often, and when I became the restaurant critic at the Herald I wrote up Tiger Tiger Teahouse. It became hugely popular. Regulars, we got to know the family, who often shared with us whatever they were cooking for themselves. When James Beard came to Miami to teach a cooking class, knowing that he had been raised in Oregon by a Chinese amah, I asked Mr. Tom to cook some of the family dishes for him. Tears streamed down Beard's face as he devoured pork trotters in hoisin sauce. Just like home, he said.

News & Features  :  Matchmaking

8 & $20 Recipe: Savory Ricotta Tart with Prosciutto and Fennel

A rosé makes a great, summery match for this quick weeknight dinner

Posted: June 10, 2014  By Jennifer Fiedler

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

I saw a restaurant list where they rated their own house wine 95 points. What's up with that?

Posted: June 6, 2014  

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Grilled Pork and Riesling for Father's Day

Southeast Asian flavors and 12 wine picks spark up this simple grilled meal for Dads

Posted: June 6, 2014  By Laurie Woolever

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Reflecting on 20 Years of Zinfandels

Comparing the latest vintages to a retrospective tasting of the 2004s and 1994s

Posted: June 4, 2014  By Tim Fish

I've been thinking about California Zinfandel a lot lately, its past and the future. For the June 30 issue of Wine Spectator, I sized up the 2011s and 2012s for my annual Zin report and also revisited the 1994 and 2004 vintages in a retrospective tasting.

News & Features  :  Drinking Out Loud

Goodbye to All That

At the end of our three-month stay, some thoughts about Portugal

Posted: June 3, 2014  By Matt Kramer

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Why is white meat served with white wine and red meat with red?

Posted: June 2, 2014  

May 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Bourbon's Grand Master

Parker Beam leads Heaven Hill to the Promised Land

Posted: May 31, 2014  By Lew Bryson

May 31, 2014 Issue  :  Dining Out

Dining Out in Los Angeles

Five new venues from accomplished chefs

Posted: May 31, 2014  By Harvey Steiman

May 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Home Cheesemaking 101

Posted: May 31, 2014  By David Gibbons

May 31, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Carrot Salad With Riesling

Chad Townsend, Salt of the Earth, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Posted: May 31, 2014  By Lizzie Munro

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Discovering the Monterey Coast

Good food and wine abound in this strikingly beautiful part of California

Posted: May 28, 2014  By Tim Fish

The Coast of California rambles 840 miles along the Pacific and somewhere about half way is the Monterey Peninsula and Big Sur. You might find a more beautiful place, but you'd have to look hard.

It wasn't just the scenery that drew me to the Monterey Coast a few weeks back. There's an active food-and-wine scene to go along with all that outdoor adventure.

News & Features  :  Matchmaking

Chefs Cook at Home: Ann Redding's Fried Chicken Laab

A crispy, spicy, piquant Thai recipe with a surprising backstory

Posted: May 27, 2014  By Laurie Woolever

Blogs  :  Harvey Steiman At Large

Authentic Sangria … Mmmmmm

For this recipe picked up on the coast of Spain, all it takes is decent red wine and fruit accoutrements

Posted: May 23, 2014  By Harvey Steiman

Memorial Day being the official start of summer eating and drinking, make this stellar recipe for sangria my contribution to your enjoyment. I watched the bartender make this version at a terrific seaside hotel in the Costa Brava of Spain last year, and it's become a warm-day favorite around our house (on those few days when late-afternoon temperatures rise in San Francisco). I watched the bartender make it enough times to glean the recipe, which I'll share with you.

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Value Wines for a Season of Grilling

Try this mixed case as Memorial Day weekend kicks off a summer of great meals

Posted: May 21, 2014  By Tim Fish

Last week's heat wave in Sonoma put me in the grilling mood. It was, in part, a survival tactic, since there's no AC in our kitchen and I wilt easily. But now that Memorial Day weekend is upon us, Americans are dusting off their grills and smokers, gathering the charcoal and researching new summer recipes the family isn't sick to death of.

Summer wine drinking deserves the same level of devotion. It takes prep work to find the right combination of qualities in a warm-weather wine: a style or variety you like, refreshing, good with grilled foods and, of course, a good value doesn't hurt. The last point is key for those do a lot of entertaining in the summer.

Learn Wine  :  Ask Dr. Vinny

Why can't I get a restaurant to email me its wine list?

Posted: May 19, 2014  

News & Features  :  Seasonal

Skirt Steak Salad and Red Wine for Memorial Day

Amp up the flavor with a red miso marinade and vinaigrette, and toast the unofficial start of summer with Cabernet Sauvignon

Posted: May 19, 2014  By Laurie Woolever

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