Entries by Andrea

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Leflaive Burgundy with Halibut

If you have tuned in to our other shows you know that John is a great blind taster. Can he pick out the Domaine Leflaive Puligny-Montrachet versus the Macon-Verze? My money’s on him! Either way I’m a winner, because he’s demonstrating his absolutely perfect pan-seared halibut preparation to taste with the wines. If you have access to great Alaskan halibut, this is the way to cook it. Let us know what you think!

Remembering Koerner Rombauer

We mourn the passing on May 10, 2018 of Napa Valley wine icon Koerner Rombauer, founder of Rombauer Vineyards, and also celebrate a life steeped in family, philanthropy, mentoring others, and the joy of wine and food. My husband John and I first met Koerner while he was doing something he did a lot: raising money for worthy causes.

Happy Auction Napa Valley 2018!

It is a big week on my home turf, gearing up for Auction Napa Valley 2018. This community effort led by the Napa Valley Vintners raises money for local community health care and education–$180 million since the first auction in 1981! I am so proud to be part of a community that leverages our globally famous wines to take care of our own right here.

Tasting Domaine Leflaive Macon-Verze

I’m excited to attend this weekend’s celebration of the Wilson-Daniels 40th anniversary this Sunday, and I hope you’ll tune in both here and on Facebook: 6/3/18 – 4 pm PST – Live from Wilson-Daniels’ 40th Anniversary Tasting with Co-founder Jack Daniels Join us live to talk, taste and reminisce as we celebrate the 40th Anniversary […]

Matchmaker Pairings for Valentine’s Day

I have spent many a Valentine’s Day playing matchmaker – not matching the dates, but the plates. My historic home restaurant Windows on the World, which many remember fondly atop the World Trade Center before 9/11, played host to countless romantic trysts where I was responsible for at least the flavor fireworks–the rest being up […]

Super Bowl 2018 Wine Pairings

Even if you’re not an Eagles or Patriots fan, or just an NFL geek like my whole family, there’s a lot to love about Super Bowl Sunday: the commercials, the halftime show, and of course the food. This year like every year I will be pairing our gridiron grub with wine, and thought I’d share my winning match-ups with you. So here goes:

White Christmas: Barrel-Fermented Chardonnay with Lobster-Vanilla Pasta

Among the pulled corks of special bottles lining the path to our traditional Christmas dinner pairing of red Burgundy and duck breast, is always a decadent barrel-fermented Chardonnay to accompany one of my favorite date-night dishes: John’s Lobster Pasta with Vanilla Bean Beurre Blanc. Tonight’s the night! Once you’ve tried it, you’ll be dreaming of this white Christmas pairing any time you have access to lobster.