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App Thinks Like a Sommelier and Shapes Wine Lists

Roger Theunissen recalls going out to business dinners with colleagues, bankers, and the like, and never knowing which wine to order."It was a frustration," says Theunissen, a software developer and CEO and founder of WineStein, an artificially intelligent sommelier app.

Wealthy Americans Rank Premium Wines

More than two-thirds (70 percent) of wealthy U.S. consumers under the age of 50 drink wine at least once a month, and they're willing to pay premium prices for preferred vintages: an average of $48 per bottle at retail and $64 at a restaurant.

Cheers, Chef

Just as alcohol can liven up any social gathering, its presence can also work wonders on a dish, giving it unexpected new dimensions. Traditionally, alcohol has been used as a component in well-known specialties like French coq au vin, in which the chicken is braised with red wine, or Italian salsa alla vodka, where the spirit potentiates the tomato’s flavor and gives the pasta dish an upgrade.

Carrabba's Celebrates Italian Wine Harvest Season

Just in time for the Italian wine harvest season, Carrabba's Italian Grill is highlighting the rich flavors of a traditional Italian cooking technique: wine-infusion. The new Vino Italiano menu is a collection of innovative dishes cooked with wine to enhance and accent their flavors.

California Sommelier Earns Advanced Certification

At the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, situated 23 miles from the San Francisco International Hotel, sommelier Petra Polakovicova passed the Court of Master Sommeliers' Advanced Sommelier Exam. She is now one of only 325 Advanced Sommeliers in the United States.

Good to the Last Drop

While I was sipping wines at a Bordeaux tasting room in May, a vacuum noise stopped me in my tracks. Old World met New World in one sweeping flourish when an employee thrust a thin, hollow needle into a pricey bottle of Château La Louvière, so the industry’s newest preservation device, Coravin, might extract a single glass of wine without popping the cork, allowing argon gas into the bottle and preserving the coveted wine.

A Toast to Excellence

ExpatriateEditor’s choice for best cocktail bar experience in a one-year-old concept.Portland, Oregon Duke Ellington, ’60s British rock, or something more contemporary? Kyle Linden Webster, owner and creator of Expatriate, makes those choices every night as he spontaneously selects LPs to queue on the turntable.

Beer and Wines by the Glass Gain Volume Through Summer

According to data from GuestMetrics LLC, on-premise beer trends have improved in the latest four weeks, benefitting from the World Cup and driven by improvement in bars. This comes despite a softening of traffic in the overall on-premise channel and weakness in overall consumer discretionary spending.

Madrigal Family Winery Opens Tasting Room in Napa Valley

On Aug. 1, the Madrigal Family Winery of Napa Valley, a Bacchus Capital portfolio company, opened its new tasting room at 819 Bridgeway in the heart of Sausalito, California. The new Madrigal Winery tasting room is the first and only Sausalito tasting room to be opened by a brick-and-mortar Napa Valley winery.

Tips to a More Approachable Wine Program

This article is part two in a two-part online series about how restaurants can adapt their offerings and menus to wine drinkers. Click here for part one!The wine menu at Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar in Redmond, Washington, is reminiscent of an old geography textbook from middle school.

The Six Types of Wine Drinkers in Your Restaurant

This article is part one in a two-part online series about how restaurants can adapt their offerings and menus to wine drinkers. Click here for part two!There is not just one type of wine consumer, as any restaurateur knows.

Spazzo in Washington Revamps Happy Hour

Spazzo Italian Grill & Wine Bar in Redmond, Washington, is pleased to announce a new happy hour menu now offered daily in the lounge from 3 p.m. to close. Located in the Redmond Town Center, guests can enjoy exceptional Italian dining that has local, seasonal ingredients at special prices available at hours that accommodate to anyone’s busy schedule.

Warming Up to Wines on Tap

Ten years ago, Todd Rushing’s peers questioned his notion to tap wine from a keg at TWO urban licks, the restaurant he owns in Atlanta.“Everybody thought I was nuts,” Rushing says. “There’s still romanticism of wine.

Restaurants Promote 31 Days of German Riesling

Wines of Germany has once again proclaimed July as the “31 Days of German Riesling” with by-the-glass specials and tastings at restaurants and wine shops across the country.For the fourth year in a row, Wines of Germany has partnered with Paul Grieco and his Summer of Riesling team at Terroir wine bars and Hearth restaurant in New York City for this promotion.

Charles Krug Winery to Open Italian Trattoria

Charles Krug Winery will delight locals and epicurean pilgrims to Napa Valley’s wine country on Friday, July 18, when the winery in St. Helena, California, formally opens its Cucina di Rosa Italian trattoria.