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Weekend Today: Wines for Grilling

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It's grilling season, and consequently I'll be appearing on Weekend Today tomorrow morning—Saturday—in the eight o'clock hour with some affordable wine recommendations for everything grilled. Malbec with burgers, albariño with grilled fish, zin with ribs, and one of my favorite dry rosés that I've tried recently—the 2009 Mulderbosch Rosé ($11), from South Africa—with grilled chicken breasts. If I don't run out of time (always a risk, since three and a half minutes goes fast), I'll wrap it up with a tangerine-and-peachy, lightly sparkling, lightly sweet 2008 Michele Chiarlo Moscato d'Asti ($14) to serve with grilled peaches. Should be fun, so tune in.

Recipes

Sous Vide Sealers

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In our July issue we shared some simple sous vide recipes to try out with new countertop sous vide machines, and a few readers wrote in asking where to get vacuum sealers to try the technique at home. We can recommend two options:

1. The makers of the SousVide Supreme have come out with a terrific countertop vacuum sealer that's sturdy and easy to use, as well as certified food-grade bags (certified to be free of Bisphenol-A, lead and any phthalates). It's great not only for cooking sous vide but for keeping foods fresh in the refrigerator. $130; surlatable.com.

2. Resealable freezer bags also work, if a little less elegantly. At a recent class at the French Culinary Institute, food science whiz Dave Arnold demonstrated the following ingenious method: insert the item to be cooked into the bag and close all but 1/4-inch of the seal. Submerge all but the unsealed corner of the bag in a large, deep bowl of water and let the water press out all of the air. Close the seal and transfer the bag to the prepared water bath.

Bars

Philadelphia’s Bespoke Craft Beer

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© Philadelphia Tourism
Summer Love Ale

Philadelphia is quietly establishing itself as one of the top craft-beer cities in the country. To help get the word out, the tourism board teamed up with Victoria Brewing Company to create the city’s own limited-edition craft beer called Summer Love Ale. It was so popular that Victory brewed a second batch, which they were nice enough to ship up this week to share with New York City. I had a chance to taste it last night at the Victoria Tap Takeover at NYC craft-beer mecca the Blind Tiger. The delicious golden ale—made with pale malts, German hops and Brandywine Creek water—is also on tap for a limited time at other great NYC beer bars like the Pony Bar , Bierkraft and Swift, as well as at Whole Foods on the Bowery.

Restaurants

Daring Pairing Ideas

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Proof on Main

 

Last night, an all-star lineup of wine-and-food talents gathered at Proof on Main, the restaurant at 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, to host a dinner of unconventional wine pairings. Proof on Main’s chef, Michael Paley, along with chefs Kevin Nashan from Sidney Street Cafe and F&W Best New Chef 2008 Gerard Craft from St. Louis, Missouri’s Niche restaurant teamed up with master sommelier and author Evan Goldstein to create a menu inspired by Goldstein’s newest book, Daring Pairings. The book explores the pairing potential of 36 emerging grape varietals, matching each grape with recipes from star chefs. Each pairing of the five-course menu was designed to engage one of the basic tastes: tart, bitter, sweet and salty. Here, a few of the excellent pairings from the dinner:

Tart
2008 Martin Codax Albariño with pickled and puffed vegetables on raw-milk ricotta
 
Sweet/Salty
2009 Dona Paula Torrontes with crispy Greenwood Farm pork belly and a bourbon mustard  

Bitter
2008 Paolo Scavino Alba Barbera with O'Fallon-5-day-IPA-poached spot prawns with olive-oil-cured black olives, fennel and grilled new potatoes


We offer more great pairing ideas from the F&W archives.

Travel

London’s Most Fashionable Hotel

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DVF

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One of the glam new DVF rooms at Claridge's in London.



Diane von Furstenberg is one of the Claridge’s most loyal guests. The prolific fashion designer has been staying at the glamorous Art Deco London hotel for more than 30 years (Claridge’s was even the muse for her first cruise collection in 2008). She recently put her stamp on the property by helping design its fabulous new rooms and suites, with inspiration taken from her travels. The in-room cocktail bars resemble jewelry boxes she loved while in the Middle East—even the photos on the walls were taken during her trips. The wall coverings and upholstery will feature her textile collection, which will launch in September.

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