Wine Q&A: “What is a ‘GSM’ wine?”

No, it doesn’t stand for “Good Stuff Maynard“, but it should!  That phrase, from a Malt-O-Meal commercial in the early 80’s, became part of the popular lexicon for anything that tasted really good.  Many swapped the word ‘stuff’ for a more common 4-letter term, but the sentiment remained the same. But in the world of […]

Braised Pork Shank with Soft Polenta & Horseradish Gremolata

This braised pork shank recipe comes from Sondra Bernstein of “the girl & the fig” restaurant in Sonoma.

Improve Any Red Wine in 20 Minutes! Achieving optimal serving temperature.

Dave the Wine Merchant shows how to improve the experience of any red wine in about 20 minutes.

Perfect Pairing – Pinot Noir with Roasted Squash Risotto

A hearty butternut squash risotto paired with pinot noir, which works well with the sweetness of the roasted squash.

Perfect Pairing – Malbec with Slow-Cooked Lamb Stew

The earthiness of this lamb stew compliments this Malbec from Argentina’s Mendoza region, though it pairs well with many earthy red wines.

Eileen’s “Dead Easy” Leg of Lamb

My wife and I enjoy a wide variety of people, but especially those who appreciate good food.  This dish always reminds us of Jeff & Eileen, our two foodie friends who introduced us to it, and it to us. Their recipe works on many levels – it’s dead easy and affordable, it fills the house […]

Wine of the Week – Bonneau Wines, 2005 Zinfandel, Shenandoah Valley ($22)

Dave the Wine Merchant features the 2005 Zinfandel from Bonneau Wines, described by one of his customers as “the first Zinfandel I’ve had in a long while that didn’t taste like it should spread it on toast!”