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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Cold Facts About Ice Wine

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

thepennilessepicure Extreme flavors and price mark it as a cut above “No, you are not spending $65 on that teeny, tiny bottle of wine,” said my wife, arms crossed, hands on hips. “You don’t understand,” I said, cradling the bottle like it was a baby, “it’s ice wine!” I left without my ice wine that day, [&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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Summer Wines from the Loire: Look to the north of France for white wine inspiration

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

thepennilessepicure Sooner or later, this rain is going to end. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself. Sure, we’ve gotten a couple hints of the warm, sunshiny weather that summer surely has in store for us, but it always seems to be followed by another half-week of gloom and doom. Well, I’ve already checked into [&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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A Market for All Seasons

Written by Regan Hofmann on . Posted in Arts & Film, Dining Our Town, Dining West Side Spirit, Eat & Drink, Our Town, The Penniless Epicure, West Side Spirit

Épicerie Boulud fills every niche for the Upper West Side The avenues of the Upper West Side, in spots, can feel like someone dropped the Mall of America in the Grand Canyon, a wide-open valley of enormous glass-fronted chain shops and banks. And while elected officials and community members work to change zoning restrictions to [&hellip
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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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