Dr. Vino's Verdict
Ever wondered where the experts stand on the best wine practices and controversies? In this series, wine blogger, teacher and author Tyler Colman (a. k. a. Dr. Vino) delivers a final judgement.
Don’t you think it’s absurdly pretentious—not to mention pointless—to sniff the cork at a restaurant? Looking at the cork makes sense. If wine has seeped all the way up the side of the cork, that may mean the wine has been damaged due to poor storage. But in general, there’s nothing to do with the cork other than leave it on the table.
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Cookbook Recipe of the Week
Restaurant cookbooks aren’t usually very good, as far as the recipes go. But chef Michael Anthony (and a team of very hardworking editors and cooks) made certain that the 125-plus recipes in this hefty tribute to the New York City restaurant worked. Among the many outstanding ones we tried from The Gramercy Tavern Cookbook, was this completely perfect, fail-proof version of chocolate bread pudding with irresistible little chips of melty chocolate on top. GET RECIPE >
If there is one coffee table book you stock up on for food-lover gifts this year, it should be Big Appetites by photographer Christopher Boffoli. Published earlier this fall, the $10 paperback (on Amazon) explores a world of tiny people who tackle full-sized food, like this Pumpkin Pie ATV Rider. Boffoli’s caption: "Professional Driver. Closed Course. Do Not Attempt." We wish we could drive across a mile-long pie, but decided to see the next best thing. In honor of F&W Pie Week, GIF-maker Trevor Carmick of Tumblr’s cult Beer Labels in Motion, animated Boffoli’s work (left).
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