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No Longer Playing Second Fiddle

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

thepennilessepicure-150x60 Argentinian malbecs are ready for their close-up It wasn’t all that long ago that I had to beg people to try wine from South America. I almost felt like a snake oil salesman giving them a spiel that, in the end, I always worried would overhype their expectations. But it never did, and the reason [&hellip
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What Wines to Drink for That Spicy Entrée

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

thepennilessepicure-150x60 I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million more times: Drink what you like, no matter what the “rule” is. That being said, there are suggestions (I won’t call them rules) that are in place because, well, some things just go together better than others. And some things don’t go together at all. [&hellip
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The Seven Pretentious Words to Avoid When Describing Wine

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

thepennilessepicure “You’re a writer, huh? What kind of stuff do you write?” “Oh, a little of this,” I said, staring at my shoes, knowing exactly where this conversation was headed, “A little of that.” “Like what? What’s one of the things you get paid to write about?” “Wine.” My single-word answer was followed by an unconscious [&hellip
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Open Your Mind About Oaky Chardonnays

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

thepennilessepicure-150x60 Don’t follow the mob when it comes to this aging process I want to get it out on the table: I am just as confused as any of you are by many of the popular trends in wine today. And it isn’t just the often hilarious terminology (I could write an entire post on that), [&hellip
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Grappa 101

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Lifestyle, Our Town, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

Obsessing over the uniquely Italian wine It goes without saying that Italy is a wine-obsessed country. It makes perfect sense that they are; every area of Italy is a wine-producing region. Every single one. And it’s all, for the most part, really great. In addition to the culture being centered around wine, there is a [&hellip
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The Perfect Flavor for Warm Weather: Matching vegetables with wines

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

thepennilessepicure I feel like every time I proclaim the end to miserable weather in this column, we are struck with another swath of rain, sleet, high winds or snow. That’s why this time I will start, instead, by making an observation that may or may not be a harbinger of good (hopefully excellent) weather to come: [&hellip
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Why Is Kosher Wine So Bad?

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, Our Town Downtown, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

Jewish wines that are delicious and complex do exist Passover has come and gone already this year, but if there’s one question that I get more than any other from my fellow Jews, it is this: “Why is kosher wine so bad?” It could almost be added as the fifth question in the Passover haggadah. [&hellip
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Reds That Double as Whites

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

wineglass Vino rojo that’s as light and refreshing as springtime We’re in that weird period now in New York City weather; it isn’t cold, but it isn’t hot. In most areas of the country, the weather professionals would refer to this as “spring.” That season, however, does not exist in New York City. Instead, we have [&hellip
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The Middle Child of French Wines

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Our Town, West Side Spirit

The Middle Child of French Wines Constantly overlooked, the Rhone Valley makes some of the best wines Being a wine from France is a lot like being a sibling in a large family. You have the oldest, who gets the attention for being the oldest. You’ve got the perfect sibling, who’s always getting straight As. [&hellip
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