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Review of Martha Stewart Wine Co

Review of Martha Stewart Wine Co

As a wine educator, Martha Stewart Wine Co sounded really interesting to me for a number of reasons. I'll let you know that I am an affiliate with Martha Stewart Wine Co, but I only started recommending her products after going through this experience. This blog post...

Portuguese Wine Travels: Villa Rosa Bairrada Baga Wine Review

Portuguese Wine Travels: Villa Rosa Bairrada Baga Wine Review

Portuguese Wine is some of the best and most memorable wine I've ever tasted. One of the most memorable experiences I've had was perhaps at a Michelin Star restaurant, at The Yeatman, in Porto. Every course was served with a Portuguese wine to match. And every wine...

Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato

Fall Kale Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato

Sometimes I just crave a good, hearty fall kale salad. Do you? This salad is paleo-friendly, gluten-friendly, dairy-free, allium-free, and grain-free. Whew! That's a lot of "free's" If you want to spice up the salad - I won't be offended, see below for my...

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I left a marketing career in Hollywood to go to the Culinary Institute of America. After a few years of working in restaurants, I am now a private chef and sommelier in the 30a area.

Wine Help Docs

Sugar and Wine – Residual and Added

Sugar and wine. This whole thing about tons of sugar cubes filling up wineglasses, and advertising "zero added sugar" wines has to stop. This is so not right. Advertising a ZERO ADDED SUGAR wine is like advertising ground beef with ZERO ADDED GLUTEN. What? Sometimes...

How Does Climate Affect Wine?

Köppen-Geiger Climate Map In the simplest of terms, think about climate in hot versus cold. You can do this fairly easily by thinking of the world map in your head and how close or far away a region is to the equator. If it's quite far, you'll know its cold (i.e....

Wine Tasting: Why Do You Swirl Wine?

In short we swirl wine because swirling helps release aromatics in young and older wines. However, it's important that you don't swirl too much! The Purpose of the Swirl The purpose of swirling is to release aromas. If a wine is "closed" it means that the wine's...

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Viura: Spanish White Wine Intro

Viura: Spanish White Wine Intro

Viura (also known as Macabeo) is a native Spanish white grape that has quite a history! In Penedes, and a few other areas of Spain, this grape is known as Macabeo. You can also find Macabeo in Rousillion, France! In Valencia, Rioja, and Rueda, this grape is called...

Apple & Squash Soup with Bacon and Ricotta

Apple & Squash Soup with Bacon and Ricotta

Apple and Squash Soup means that fall is HERE y'all! I'm going to be honest with you for a minute. Soup gives me a bit of PTSD. Is that odd? Sous Chef Jobs Here's the deal though. When I was a Sous Chef at a restaurant (that shall remain nameless) I had to make two...

Aligoté: The Middle Child of Burgundy

Aligoté: The Middle Child of Burgundy

Aligoté is the "other" Burgundian white wine. Simply enough, when you typically see Burgundy white wine it's 100% Chardonnay. If you're waiting for the other shoe to drop, thinking, "That's way too easy" -- you're right. Depending on the region, vineyard, and...

Classic Beef Chili

Classic Beef Chili

Sometimes you just need some classic beef chili. This is a no-frills, flavor-packed, delicious, old-school chili. Most importantly, this is the chili my mom taught me to make. I've adapted slightly and moved some of the steps around, but for the most part, it's the...

Healthy Seed & Nut Bars

Healthy Seed & Nut Bars

I am obsessed with these healthy seed and nut bars! They are packed with tons of nutrients, protein, good fats, and just the right amount of sweetness. I like to cut these up into smaller cubes and keep them in the freezer to keep on hand. You can be flexible with the...

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Paleo Pumpkin Spice Muffins

I came up with these paleo pumpkin spice muffins, that are also nut free, for some very special clients of mine. In a previous post (on Peruvian chicken skewers), I mentioned that I have been hired to cook for some clients in October with a lot of different dietary...

Grillo: Sicilian White Wine

Grillo: Sicilian White Wine

This Grillo from L'arca was the first bottle of wine I tried from Martha Stewart Wine Co. Sicilian White Wines You Need to Know: Grillo We’ve already done a post about an intro to Sicilian reds, covering Frappato, a native red grape. Later this month I will also be...

Pound Cake Bites – The Best Accident

Pound Cake Bites – The Best Accident

These accidental pound cake bites came about because it's The Somm Chef's birthday month, my birthday month, and the anniversary of Ian and I moving down to FL (and sort of the anniversary of The Somm Chef inception). In short - September of last year was quite the...

Intro to Napa Chardonnay: Chateau Montelena

Intro to Napa Chardonnay: Chateau Montelena

Chateau Montelena may not be a name you're too familiar with. However, you may have heard of the movie "Bottle Shock" with all-star cast Chris Pine, Alan Rickman, and Bill Pullman. This film is (loosely) based around the blind tasting in 1976 called the Judgement of...

Carbonara with Pancetta: Go To Weeknight Meal

Carbonara with Pancetta: Go To Weeknight Meal

Carbonara is an awesome meal for those nights when you don't feel like cooking and when you're out of groceries. Bon Appétit says that it's the perfect "no food in the house" dinner, and I completely agree. So what is Carbonara? Carbonara is an egg-based sauce that...