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On a recent wine trip to California, my travel plans included visiting Livermore Valley which is located about one hour south of Napa Valley and 30 miles southeast of San Francisco. Livermore Valley is an AVA (Approved Viticultural Area), which is one of California’s oldest wine districts. This AVA is 15 miles long and 10 miles wide. There are many wineries in Livermore Valley, but one of the most popular is Wente Vineyards. Wente also boasts a wonderful restaurant located at the entrance to their beautiful Greg Norman PGA golf course. If you play golf on this magnificent course, and your gam...
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As a sommelier, it will likely come as no surprise that wine dinners are one of my favorite parts of the job. Wine dinners are such an amazing way to experience, enjoy and learn more about wine and food, all within the company of enthusiastic wine drinkers, and more often than not, foodies! The recent Girardin Burgundy Wine Dinner was no exception—it was an intimate and friendly evening that was enjoyed by all. Our guest host for the evening, Marco Caschera, Export Director from Meursault France, was eager to share his passion and knowledge about the Girardin wines. I personally enjoyed all th...
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It was such an honor to participate in our recent event at the James Beard House in New York City. Chef Heyer created the summer New Jersey fresh ingredients menu, and I was happy to pair the wines. Sommelier Terri Baldwin and Chef Corey Heyer pictured in the famous kitchen at the James Beard House. My last blog explained all the food and the wine, but I wanted to share a few pictures from the evening itself. One of the best restaurant critics of food, wine and service of all time was there to support us, my friend Valerie Sinclair. It’s so much fun to talk the biz with those who are...
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If your schedule allows you some free time in August, please join us at the legendary James Beard House in NYC on August 9 for a dinner you will not soon forget. The Bernards Inn will be hosting a “Garden State Bounty” dinner with the menu designed by our chef Corey Heyer with wines to accompany the dishes that I have chosen myself. The menu will feature local coastal seafood and fresh summer garden ingredients. The mission of the James Beard House is to provide a culinary showcase which supports the James Beard Foundation’s mission of celebrating, preserving, and nurturing America’s diverse ...
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Pio Cesare Wines Our recent Italian wine dinner featuring the wines of Pio Cesare was a great success. We had two wonderful speakers, Sergio Zecca and Charles Ferrara, who both represent Maisons Marques & Domaines. All the wines served were red, with the exception of one white which I thought was fabulous, the Cortese di Gavi 2011. The beauty of this wine is stainless tanks which help the wine exhibit beautiful fresh fruit with clean, crisp, and aromatic flavors that lead to nice weight on the palate. I like to characterize the wines I drink as light weight, medium weight, and hea...
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