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Mixing and Matching Wine and Food

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

From blue cheese to spicy vindaloo, finding that perfect vino match A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a bit about the basics of pairing wine with food. I received a lot of questions from friends who read the column and wanted more specifics, so this week I’m going to expand on some of the [&hellip
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Booze Up Your Food: Spice up your meals with an age-old tradition

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

It seems like every time you turn on a cooking show, the host is making something you would never even think about attempting on an ordinary weeknight. It usually involves an inordinate amount of chopping, grating or whisking. There’s usually a thermometer of some kind Involved. And at some point, a healthy amount of booze is poured into the dish. While we [&hellip
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The Secret to Being a Sommelier: The building blocks of pairing good food and wine

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

It was my friend Brian’s housewarming get-together, and I knew I could always count on a meticulously planned event from him. This time, he had hired caterers to pass around finger foods and corresponding glasses of wine with each food choice. The first two were tremendous: a sparkling wine with a fried oyster and aioli [&hellip
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No White Whine About these White Wines

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Eat & Drink

For those who have been following along, I’ve been profiling some of the major wine trends and highlighting my findings from this year’s swath of New York City portfolio tastings. The tastings are an opportunity for wine and liquor distributors in the area to open “one of everything,” so to speak, and let their customers [&hellip
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Chianti no longer a dirty word in wine world

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Eat & Drink

In my previous column, I began my annual, weeks-long rehashing of the fall season’s portfolio tastings. The portfolio tastings are a chance for the distributors in the New York City area to invite their clients from both restaurants and retail stores to come and taste everything. Literally. It is an overwhelming offering, but the purpose [&hellip
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PENNILESS EPICURE: The Disappointing Trend of California Sauvignon Blanc Continues

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Eat & Drink

I walked in to the first of many upcoming portfolio tastings for fall 2011 with some excitement and a good bit of trepidation. These are daunting tasks that, while they may sound amazing from an outsider’s point of view, in reality are challenges of endurance. Those who follow my column may have read my coverage [&hellip
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Testing and tasting the root beers of Maine

Written by Josh Perilo on . Posted in Eat & Drink

Halfway into my second trip to Kalustyan’s, the amazing Curry Hill spice superstore, my wife looked at me and totally nailed it: “Once you figure out how to make this root beer, you’re going to immediately lose interest in it, aren’t you?” She’s probably 100 percent correct, although I hope I continue making root beer [&hellip
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