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  • 2017-03-10

    The Passionate Foodie: Boston Wine Expo: Giorgi Samanisvili & Wines of Georgia

    In no other country do the inhabitants drink so much, or such excellent wine. -- Jean-Baptiste Chardin (aka Sir John Chardin), referring to the country of Georgia in his ten-volume The Travels of Sir John Chardin , published in 1786. I fi

  • 2017-03-03

    The Passionate Foodie: Boston Wine Expo: South Africa

    At this year's Boston Wine Expo , South Africa had a stronger presence than the previous year so I needed to check out some of the new wines that were being showcased. I've enjoyed South African wines for many years, from Chenin Blanc to

  • 2017-03-03

    The Passionate Foodie: Boston Wine Expo: Wines of California & New York

    "We need to speak up on behalf this is maybe a little self-serving here, forgive me of those who are innovating new styles, or preserving something precious: an old style, an old variety, respecting the authority of a great terroir." -- R

  • 2017-03-02

    The Passionate Foodie: Boston Wine Expo: Wines of Slovakia

    Slovakia is a land-locked country in Central Europe, surrounded by Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland , and Ukraine . Wine making is Slovakia extends back 2600-2800 years and currently there are approximately 330 registered wineries

  • 2017-03-01

    The Passionate Foodie: Boston Wine Expo: Wines of Lebanon

    Lebanon has been producing wine for thousands of years though with the conflicts in the region during the last century, the number of wineries fell drastically and it is only recently that it is seeing a surge in new wineries. There are n

  • 2017-03-01

    The Passionate Foodie: Boston Wine Expo: Wines of Israel

    I started my wine sampling at the Grand Tasting of the Boston Wine Expo on Saturday at the King David Wines table, which is animporter and distributor of Israeli wines, all of which are Kosher. It was fortunate that my first tasting of th

  • 2017-02-28

    The Passionate Foodie: Boston Wine Expo: Wines of Portugal

    Every year at the Grand Tasting of the Boston Wine Expo , I make time to stop by the LGL Imports tables, to check out their diverse portfolio of Portuguese wines. And every year, I find delicious wines, which are often excellent values to

  • 2017-02-28

    The Passionate Foodie: Boston Wine Expo: Wines of Spain

    Last year at the Boston Wine Expo , I was pleased to visit the booth of Bodegas Hidalgo La Gitana, a Spanish Sherry bodega which now also makes still wines.Back in 2010, I visited this winery in Sanlúcar de Barrameda and it was one of th

  • 2017-02-27

    The Passionate Foodie: Boston Wine Expo: Wines of Alsace & Luxembourg

    Despite the number of French wines at the Boston Wine Expo , there were only two wines from the Alsace region, located in northeastern France. I've previously enjoyed many wines from Alsace, from delicious dry Riesling to compelling Crém

  • 2017-02-24

    The Passionate Foodie: Boston Wine Expo: An Overview

    Last year, 13 of the 42 wines on my annual Top Ten Wine lists were tasted at the 2016 Boston Wine Expo . The 2017 Boston Wine Expo took place last weekend and how many of the wines I tasted there will end up on my year-end Top Ten lists f

  • 2017-02-21

    The Passionate Foodie: Rant: The Boston Wine Expo Wine's I Disliked

    This past weekend, I spent two days sampling wines, spirits, and food at the Boston Wine Expo , tasting about 175 wines and spirits. That might seem like a lot, but you also have to note that it means I didn't taste over 1600 wines and sp

  • 2017-02-14

    The Passionate Foodie: Wine Tasting Liability

    Most wine stores hold free wine tastings. They might only have four wines available for tasting or over 100 wines. I enjoy the larger wine tastings as there are so many options, so many different wines that I can try. It is more convenien

  • 2017-01-26

    The Passionate Foodie: Metrick Wines: Staying Out Of The Grapes' Way

    From Spanish Sherry to California wine, Alex Russan is making his mark in the wine industry. He began with Alexander Jules , acting in some respects as a negociant, visiting Sherry producers and cellar owners and carefully selecting some

  • 2016-12-03

    The Passionate Foodie: Boston Wine Expo: 90+ Cellars & Rioja

    While perusing the rows of wine exhibitors at the Boston Wine Expo , I found myself at the spacious tasting tables of 90+ Cellars. Brett Vankoski , pictured above, is one of the co-founders of 90+ Cellars and is personable and down-to-ear

  • 2016-12-01

    The Passionate Foodie: Tasting Counter: Consistently Compelling Cuisine

    This holiday season, if you feel like splurging on a fine dining experience, then Tasting Counter receives my highest recommendation. Chef Peter Ungár is undeniably one of the best chefs in the Boston area. He is creative and passionate,

  • 2016-11-23

    The Passionate Foodie: Wednesday Sips & Nibbles

    I am back again with a new special Wednesday edition of Sips Nibbles , my regular column where I highlight some interesting, upcoming food drink events. As tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I moved up this column this week. **********************

  • 2016-11-22

    The Passionate Foodie: 2010 Clos De La Tech "Santa Crux Mountain Estates" Pinot Noir

    Silicon chips and Burgundy? It might seem a strange combination but a confluence of factors has contributed to bringing together these seemingly disparate items, and the end result is compelling. We begin with T.J. Rodgers , the CEO of Cy

  • 2016-11-18

    The Passionate Foodie: Thursday Sips & Nibbles

    I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips Nibbles , my regular column where I highlight some interesting, upcoming food drink events. ********************************************************** 1) Bar Boulud, Boston , located at

  • 2016-11-17

    The Passionate Foodie: Rant: Stressing Over Thanksgiving Wines

    Every year countless people stress over which wines to pair with their Thanksgiving dinner. They read all the wine articles, which give recommendations of which wines you should drink, though many of those articles are similar year to yea

  • 2016-11-16

    The Passionate Foodie: Cantina Santa Maria La Palma: All Aboard For Sardinian Wines

    It seems appropriate then when you are tasting the wines from an island in the Mediterranean Sea, especially when one of those wines is aged beneath the sea, that you taste those wines aboard a boat cruising the water. I was invited as a