Bubbles For Summer

Champagne isn't only for New Year's Eve, weddings of people you love and funerals of people you didn't.  Here's a quote from Lily Bollinger of the famous producer family of the same name, which perfectly captures all the reasons you should drink it: "I drink champagne when I'm happy and when I'm sad. Sometimes I drink it when I'm alone. When I have company I consider it obligatory. I trifle with it if I'm not hungry and drink it when I am. Otherwise I never touch it - unless I'm thirsty." You probably already know or at least have heard of the big "marques" -  Champagnes made in the millions of bottles annually, such as Veuve Cliquot, Moet & Chandon…

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Beware The Restaurant Bait ‘n Switch

I had two experiences in one week that demonstrate both how good and bad restaurant wine service can be, and how you gotta pay attention if you want to avoid paying for Margaux but drinking Boone's Farm. It's unfortunate that this nonsense still goes on...and on. The good was La Griglia restaurant in Kenilworth, New Jersey. While perhaps not the nexus of haute cuisine, this pleasant establishment has an extensive wine list, running to 34 pages and naturally focused on Italy. It features dozens of wines under $100, many of those in the $30-$70 range and a nice selection of new world offerings. I found quite a few things to like, one of which I ordered, Bastianich "Vespa Bianco" 2003,…

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