How To Fat-Wash Vodka And Make A Cocktail That Tastes Like California Chardonnay

A complex cocktail inspired by a wine tasting
Apr 29, 2014 2:00 pm

I was inspired to create this cocktail during a wine tasting while discussing the flavors of a big, oaky, buttery California Chardonnay. We tasted butter, tropical fruits, toasted oak, vanilla and citrus in the wine. Later, I started thinking, “Why not try to incorporate all these wonderful flavors into a cocktail?” How to do this at home, after the jump.

Around The World In 80 Wine Varietals: Chardonnay

To oak or not to oak. That is the question.
Sep 23, 2013 1:00 pm

In Around The World In 80 Wine Varietals, our contributor unearths how a particular grape drinks differently around the globe. Up next is a wine that has prompted some to brand themselves "ABC drinkers": Anything But Chardonnay. But it would be foolish to dismiss this diverse variety outright. Here's why.

16 Reasons To Not Hate On Chardonnay

The ubiquitous grape is not the root of all evil
Mar 1, 2012 2:01 pm
Chardonnay grapes

It’s at once one of the world’s most popular wine grapes and one of the most reviled. So much so that it’s earned its own pejorative acronym: ABC drinkers. (Those who will drink Anything But Chardonnay). Here are 16 reasons why these misguided imbibers should reconsider their position.

5 White Wines for Winter

White wine isn’t pants. Drink it after Labor Day!
Dec 12, 2011 3:01 pm

I used to drink seasonally: white wines in the summertime, reds in the winter. Over time, I noticed the white season getting longer. Wine isn’t like pants, after all: no white ones after Labor Day. But, among wine folk, there has long been a stigma attached to whites. They aren’t always taken as seriously as red wines, like whites are the party girl blondes to reds’ bookish brunettes. Luckily, this is changing.

6 Rules For Tasting Wine

How to attend a wine tasting without being a snob
Sep 6, 2011 1:01 pm
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As a writer on the adult beverage beat, I end up at a lot of wine tastings. This means I routinely encounter pompous schmucks who believe they possess God’s own palate, and that they deserve the adulation of everyone around them for swirling some fermented grape juice around in their mouths and pronouncing it "troubling, yet brilliant." The technical term is "wine...

Roasted Veal Chops with Artichokes Recipe

Veal with seasonal vegetables and a touch of cream
May 22, 2011 2:00 pm

Artichokes are in season and the perfect place to put them to use is in this awesome recipe from Chef Laurent Tourondel. The other co-star to the veal here is black trumpet mushrooms, also referred to as Horns of Plenty, which have a trumpet or horn-shaped appearance. These mushrooms are particularly delicious and have a buttery flavor and chewy, almost meaty texture. I love to eat them simply sautéed with butter and garlic or, as here, paired with artichokes and cream.

Weird Wine Pairings That Rock

Bacon and Chardonnay? Here's why to give it a try
May 13, 2011 2:30 pm
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As you would imagine, wine writers spend a lot of time drinking. We're forever in search of something new to tell you about in the world of wine, and that includes food and wine pairings. There are the matches made in heaven, like steak and a big Cabernet Sauvignon or fois gras and Sauternes. But it's...

5 Environmentally Friendly Wines

Eco-wines are not just for Earth Day
Apr 24, 2011 10:36 am
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In the wake of Earth Day, we are still thinking about eco-drinking here at Food Republic. So we turned to Scott Pactor, owner of NYC's Appellation Wine and Spirits, where he focuses on biodynamic, organic and/or sustainably made wines,...


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