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Umstead Hotel's Sommelier Receives Advanced Certificate

Hai Tran, sommelier of the Forbes Five Star, AAA Five Diamond The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, North Carolina, has received his Advanced Sommelier certificate by the Court of Master Sommeliers, one of only 13 individuals nationwide to pass the notoriously difficult exam this July.

Roussillon Wines Sponsor NYC French Restaurant Week

Leading up to Bastille Day (French National Day), the Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins du Roussillon (CIVR) is pleased to announce that it will be the exclusive wine sponsor of the New York French Restaurant Week, July 7-14.

Get Smart about Wine Apps

"If anyone should have one, it’s you,” I heard whenever talk of smart-phones erupted among friends. As a journalist covering travel, plus food and wine trends, I’m on six planes a month and often on tight deadlines for articles.

Macaroni Grill Uncorks Summer with Half-Price Wines

Romano’s Macaroni Grill is bringing back its Summer Uncorked promotion, its half-off program for wine bottles and wines by the glass, from May 26-June 29.Launched last year, the Summer UnCorked grew out of a longstanding promotion that runs on Thursdays, mezzo prezzo (half price in Italian), explains Megan Wiig, Macaroni Grill senior manager of beverage innovation.

One Year In: A Belgian Chef Leaves his Mark on D.C.

In chef/owner Bart Vandaele's B Too, a giant portrait of a pig snout hangs on one of the walls, peeking out cheekily from behind amber curtains. The snout sits above a corner of the restaurant, perhaps sniffing the guests' waffles or oinking at their selections.

Restaurants Partner with Winemakers

As one of the first in Chicago to host winemaker dinners, back in the early ’90s, Jean Pierre Leroux, who is now the general manager of Waterleaf Restaurant in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, is considered a pioneer for what’s become a steady offering.

Eddie Merlot's Announces Expansion Plans

Eddie Merlot’s, the steakhouse known for hand-cut prime-aged beef, seafood, and an extensive collection of wines, recently celebrated its landmark 10th restaurant opening in Pittsburgh on April 22.

Brunch Expands with Build-Your-Own Beverage Bars

Brunch is now a hotly contested slot to draw in diners, and as the daypart heats up, restaurants are upping their game with well-crafted food and proprietary beverages.Beginning Jan. 1, Filini Bar and Restaurant in Chicago elevated its brunch offering with a special buffet that is offered New Year’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day at $45 per person (not including tax and gratuity), and comes with a 35-foot-long Beverage Bar where guests can make their own brunch beverages, from a Bloody Mary and Mimosa to a Bellini and Rossini.

Private-Label Wine is a Crowning Achievement

Nothing trumps a bottle of first-growth Bordeaux on a wine list like a proprietary wine developed in partnership with a winery.“To be able to have your own private label is a bucket-list item,” says Andrew Kim, co-founder of matchbox food group, which has eight restaurants in Washington, D.

Nominations Open for 2014's Best Beverage Program!

For the second year in a row, FSR wants to honor the best beverage programs in the full-service industry. Weighing service, selection, sips, and style, we are excited to see whom our readers nominate for having the most unique and memorable beverage programs.

Jewels of a Coveted Cellar

It was the greatest coup in Lucas Paya’s career thus far: The remains of elBulli’s cellar had come into his possession.Now the wine director at José Andrés’ Think Food Group, which has restaurant concepts in Washington, D.

Ruth's Chris Hosts Wine Pairing Dinner on May 1

On May 1, Ruth's Chris Steak House, will host a five-course, fixed-price dinner at 106 participating restaurants nationwide. The dinner will feature food-friendly wines from Silver Oak Cellars and Twomey Cellars.

Charleston Grill Offers Rare Wines by the Glass

The proliferation of wine preservation and single-bottle, argon gas systems are creating new opportunities for oenophiles to enjoy rare wines by the glass at some of the country’s best restaurants.

Washington Restaurants Welcome Spring with Outdoor Dining

At long last temperatures are climbing and Washingtonians are welcoming the return spring and water will soon be flowing to the city’s many fountains, as well as al fresco dining. Warm weather also calls for new cooling cocktails and outdoor vistas to accompany the return of summer.