Chardonnay is known as a classic grape. Grown in most parts of the world, it’s a grape that is praised, revered, bashed and misunderstood. It’s the white-wine darling of the American appetite, and a golden star in Burgundy. It’s a staple in the winemaker’s dream palette.
You see their names and faces everywhere—on ‘SOLD’ signs in front yards, in the pages of Ladue News and maybe even around your neighborhood. But how much do you really know them? Here, some of the area’s top realtors share how they got into the business, advice for home buyers and sellers, and a tidbit or two about their favorite way to spend a weekend.
Spring is in full bloom—it’s my favorite time of year. I get excited about what wine is around the corner. I know it’s coming and I can’t wait until the pour hits my glass: Hints of strawberry, grapefruit, blood orange, melon, and hues of every shade of pink surround me. The rosés have arrived in St. Louis.
It was time for wine and I fancied something elegant, golden and white. A classic, French-style Viogner beckoned me, Condrieu, arguably one of Northern Rhône’s most distinctive appellation and its place of origin. As luck would have it, we had one bottle left in the cellar.
Read the stories of civic duty and dedication behind this year's Women of Achievement honorees: Virginia Braxs, Ida Early, Dr. Eva Frazer, Teri Griege, Phyllis Langsdorf, Diane Levine, DiAnne Mueller, JoAnn Shaw, Linda Sher and Pat Whitaker.
With cooler temps still blanketing the Midwest, it’s a good time to dig into a hearty syrah; and with so many syrahs to chose from, I’ve decided to stay close to home on this one: the 2008 Nicholson Jones Selection Syrah, Napa Valley.
The wind was howling and there was almost a foot of beautiful snow on the ground. With below-freezing temperatures, there was no way my wife, Arlene, and I were going anywhere. We were snowed in. What better time than to build a fire and cozy up with a bottle of wine from the cellar?
Has wine become a natural beverage of choice for American consumers? Let’s take a look at what’s on the pulse and the likely future trends for wine.
Story: Eva Duarte was born in 1919 in Los Toldos, Argentina, one of four children of Juana Ibaguren and Juan Duarte, who never married because Duarte had another family. Poor but ambitious, Eva moved at age 15 to Buenos Aires to become an actress. When she met Juan Peron in 1945, she was 26 and decades younger than Peron, a colonel in the military and a government official.
Time spent with grandparents is a treasure that many kids carry with them for the rest of their lives. And the feeling is mutual, as some local grandmas tell us. Here, we ask them about their favorite ways to spend a day with their grandkids—in St. Louis and beyond.
“Pink? I don’t drink pink.” Sound familiar?
The weather teases us. Sunshine and splendor one day, and back to chilly grayness and wicked winds the next. It’s a sure sign that spring is here, and with that touch of spring fever, my thirst for warm-weather wines is growing.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – The elevation Wednesday of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio as the Roman Catholic Church’s 266th pope and the first from Latin America brought cheers across South America but also served as a reminder of the church’s role during the region’s dark days of dictatorship in the latter half of the 20th century. [...]
In the warmer months, there is a natural shift toward whites and rosés with their cleaner, more citrus notes. Let’s circle the globe for some good summer sippers.
South America: It’s the ‘other’ New World that is home to the majestic Andes Mountains, the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu and a diverse people. Moreover, it is a land that produces, some of the most complex and satisfying wines of the world, especially in the regions of Chile and Argentina.
There’s nothing more helpful to a novice wine drinker than walking into a store where the shopkeeper is willing to give you all the recommendations you need. “Don’t feel bad if you don’t know a lot about wine,” says Steve McIntyre, co-owner of Balaban’s wine cellar & tapas bar in Chesterfield. “The number of people who really know what they’re doing is probably less than 10 percent of the total wine-buying public.” He adds, “There are a lot of good shops in St. Louis where the owners and employees take pride in knowing what’s in their store and telling you about it.” With that in mind, we asked local wine experts for their recommendations, and we can’t wait to try them out!
If you’ve never been to a polo match before, this might be your chance. Epworth Children & Family Services holds its 16th annual charity polo tournament on Saturday, June 11, at Blue Heron Farms. “The animals are so spectacular and the speed is amazing,” says Epworth board chair Amy Berg. “It’s very physical for the riders and the horses, as well—it’s really beautiful to watch.”
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Crown the ladies of Quail Creek Golf Course champions again! The women have clinched the 2010 team play competition, marking the fourth consecutive year they have won. The St. Louis Women’s Golf Association are ladies who play in 18-hole golf leagues at various public courses. The Oct. 28 fall awards banquet features KSDK’s Kay Quinn as guest speaker.
The terrific golf season continues into the fall for Illinois senior Scott Langley, who’s been selected to the U.S. team that will compete at the 2010 World Amateur Team Championships. The 21-year-old Langley is ranked 10th in the latest World Amateur Golf Rankings. USA World Amateur team captain Fred Ridley named Langley, a Parkway South grad, along with recently crowned U.S. Amateur champion Peter Uihlein of Oklahoma State and runner-up David Chung of Stanford to the squad, which will compete for the Dwight Eisenhower Trophy Oct. 28 to 31 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Like many city kids, some of my fondest childhood memories are set amongst the fruit trees of Eckert’s Farm, rows of apples in all shapes and sizes extended as far as the eye could see. I vividly remember reveling in the incomparable taste of those small stippled apples, and the wonder of picking food from a tree. Growing up, my visits to farms became less frequent, but the sense that there was something amiss at the supermarket grew stronger.
> Chef Lynn Krause, who has taught culinary classes at the college level and at The Viking Cooking School, has been named this year’s recipient of the American Culinary Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award. As a member of the Foundation’s disaster relief team, Lynn was involved in on-site relief efforts during hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Gustav and Ike, as well as during flooding in the upper Midwest.
When I told friends I was going to Branson for the weekend, they all had the same reaction: Why? For one thing, I really like Silver Dollar City, with its open-air music theaters, quaint pioneer village and pristine wooded grounds. For another, Branson holds special family memories from trips decades ago with our small children, who watched in awe as the glass blower, woodcarver and blacksmith plied their trades.
• Herbie’s Restaurant opens Oct. 17 after a whirlwind two months of interior redesign and menu development. As you may recall, this is the re-christened Balaban’s, a beloved CWE fixture for decades. Co-owner JEFF ORBIN has buttoned it all together with new flooring and pendant lights over the bar, which has a new tufted look. The vintage ambience is enhanced by founder Herb Balaban’s French poster art, which diners will, no doubt, recognize from the original restaurant. Co-owner and executive chef AARON TEITELBAUM has created a French-American bistro menu.