Many years ago, when I lived in Europe, I dined al fresco in a café in southern France. I ordered a bottle of Vouvray to pair with my seafood dish. To my surprise, the server brought a Champagne-shaped bottle to the table. However, my French was a bit rusty so I accepted the bottle.
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.
Spring has finally sprung. Well, at least my palate thinks so, because these days, I’m craving crisp and refreshing citrus notes in my wine.
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.
With the end of the year drawing near, it’s time again to review the cookbooks that made their way to store shelves in 2013. This year’s crop includes life-long compilations and memoirs and collections from famed restaurants, as well as recipes from all areas of the U.S. and beyond. So, sit back with a cuppa, and decide which titles deserve a place on your kitchen shelf.
There’s no question about it: St. Louisans love silver, especially old-school vintage pieces with the look of coin silver. It’s now possible to have it literally hanging around 24/7, thanks to these new light fixtures that incorporate silver flatware as a decorative element. Troy Lighting’s Bistro kitchen fixture blends classic hand-worked iron and elegant crystal with spoons, forks and knives in one conversation-starting piece. Another charmer: the Spoondelier from Cake Vintage featuring old teaspoons. Each one is made to order.
Burgundy, Sonoma and Oregon’s Willamette Valley—pinot noir enthusiasts will quickly recognize the common thread of regions noted for their production of the finicky grape.
Nothing completes a decadent dining experience like the perfect pairing of fine wine and five-star fare. Indulge in these recommendations from some of the city’s top wine connoisseurs.
It’s fall and there’s a chill in the air. And in St. Louis, it’s Red October. I don’t know about you, but I’m craving red wine.
As fall harvest approaches, many people head out to experience classic Missouri Wine Country: rolling hills, vivid sunsets, winding rivers, fertile lands and warm people.
Edgewild Restaurant & Winery opened in the fall of 2011 in Chesterfield, and soon developed quite a following in West County and beyond.
Usually at this time of the year, activity dwindles in California’s Napa Valley. But for the past two years, the region has reinvented itself as a pre-Thanksgiving destination with ‘Flavor! Napa Valley.
Looking to please your palate with something new on the menu? We asked sommeliers and wine directors from local restaurants to suggest wines to pair with their new and signature offerings for fall.
When you pour a glass of Missouri-made wine, you may think about the aromas, flavors and complexities that emerge from the bottle, but do you consider the person behind that creation?
Some of the wine world’s most hidden treasures can be found in the scenic and rugged hillsides of Oregon and the desert-like valleys of Washington State.
Racy, tart and citrusy, sauvignon blanc is the wine most people think of when they think of New Zealand. But there is a lot more to wine in this Kiwi nation.
You’ve opened the bottle. Now, how do you get the most pleasure from the fruit of a winemaker’s labor? Did you bring the bottle to its proper temperature prior to opening? This, among other tips, will help you to enjoy your next glass of wine to its full potential.
Molly Colleen McCadden and Tyler Joseph McKeon were married in an intimate ceremony at Holy Family Mission Church in Napa Valley on Oct. 8. An outdoor reception followed in the gardens of Brix Restaurant.
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!
Eric Bolen grew up with a dad who had a great appreciation for Bordeaux wine. After graduating from Chaminade and Saint Louis University and while employed as a construction manager for a local developer, Bolen also worked part-time at The Wine Merchant to learn more about his growing passion. “My dad and I would go out to Napa Valley three or four times a year, and more and more, I became increasingly excited about wine,” he recalls. “On one of the trips out to Napa, I met a guy who owned a construction company that built wineries. He offered me a job, so I made the move and started building wineries.”
Social calendars are filling up and gift lists are growing. All of the hubbub—along with the decision of what to give—can be overwhelming. With more and more people enjoying wine, we asked area experts for advice on how to go about selecting the perfect bottle.
Save the date…It’s that time of the year, and we invite you to officially welcome summer with us. Elegant Entertaining Made Easy, LN design editor ALAN E. BRAINERD’s annual daytime soirée at NEIMAN MARCUS, takes place Thursday, June 9, at 10:30 a.m. Learn the art of preparing sophisticated and creative table settings, whether you’re entertaining formally or poolside, and enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres from BUTLER’S PANTRY. The event will be held at Neiman Marcus Gift Galleries, Level One. There is no admission fee, but reservations are required. Call Jamie Thurston at 994-5022 to reserve your space.
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Perhaps it’s the Louis XI antique armoire you found in the south of France, or an imposing tester bed inherited from a grandparent. You’ve spent a lifetime collecting beautiful furnishings for your home and every piece has equally beautiful memories. So what happens when you’re ready to downsize from that big house and begin living the lifestyle you’ve imagined for years?