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LA Gears Up for Taste of the Nation

Taste of the Nation Los Angeles 2011 takes place on June 12, 2011 in Culver City, California’s Media Park, showcasing 46 of the city’s top chefs, restaurants, and, for the first time ever, bars, mixologists, and local craft breweries.

Hell's Kitchen Welcomes Newest Wine Bar

La Carafe Restaurant and Wine Bar popped the cork this month to celebrate its opening in Hell's Kitchen.. The restaurant, which serves Mediterranean cuisine, has a wine spread of more than 100 vintages.

The Magic Flute

Although associated with New Year’s Eve, weddings, christenings and other special occasions, sparklers, with those refreshing bubbles, sing “summertime” like no other wine.“Our customers think of sparkling wine as more of a summer drink,” says Barb DeVos, a manager at Spill the Wine Restaurant in Minneapolis.

Napa Valley Wine Train Welcomes Vintners for Special Lunches

The Napa Valley Wine Train has announced the all-star cast for its 2011 Vintner's Lunch program.The popular series has been designed to enrich the culinary experience by pairing wines from expert vintners with the perfect dish crafted by executive chef Kelly Macdonald.

Top Picks For Summer Wines

With some sun peeking through the clouds, summer days are mere weeks away.  This change of seasons means restaurant patrons will soon be looking for the perfect summer wine to complement their meal.

Wine By The Glass Consumption Up, Says Survey

Napa Technology, developer of the WineStation, surveyed top sommeliers wine directors, and hotel and restaurant operators to find wine by the glass consumption is increasing and consumers are willing to pay more for an expensive glass that would otherwise be cost prohibitive by the bottle.

Masters of Food & Wine Comes to Park Hyatt Washington

Park Hyatt Washington will host its Masters of Food & Wine, with delicious opportunities from June 2 through 5, to salute the flavors, culture, and talents of American winemakers and chefs, along with featured artist, Christopher Mize.

Kung Fu Plaza Supports Wine Pairings and Music for Kids

Kung Fu Plaza, the oldest and most authentic Thai restaurant in Las Vegas, is partnering with the William Hill Estate Winery in support of local music programs and the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.For every glass of William Hill Estate wine ordered at Kung Fu Plaza, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to local music educational programs.

How to Boost Beverage Sales

Restaurants that want to increase beverage profits may be surprised to learn how easy it is, once management takes the lead, and may be shocked to learn how much they can net. For example, one T.G.

Chilean Presence at NRA Show

A select group of Chilean companies will be displaying food and wine products at the 2011 National Restaurant Association Show.The Chilean Trade Commission at Chicago (ProChile Chicago) is pleased to announce that the following Chilean companies will exhibit their products at the newly designed Chilean Pavilion:Aconcagua FoodsAgro AmericaElkan WineOlisurPure FruitChile, Seafood ResourcesWines of ChileProChile, along with these seven companies, invites attendees to visit the Chilean Pavilion to learn how the companies have developed new technologies and innovative processes to ensure the production of consistent, top-quality products.

Cabernet Sauvignon: The King of Grapes

Long referred to as the world’s most famous wine grape, Cabernet Sauvignon also possesses immense depth. Grown in almost all wine regions around the globe, from Sicily to Sonoma, Chile to Bordeaux; the red wine grape expresses its flavor differently depending on the region.

Poised for a Comeback

I love fortified wines—Port, Madeira, and Sherry—and it was a delight to recently discover a new one: Marsala.The wine’s inviting bouquet smells of almonds and honey with a touch of lemon.

Michigan State University Hosts Wine Conference

Students in Michigan State University’s HB (Hospitality Business) 380 – Event and Meeting Planning Management, taught by Dr. Jeff Beck, will host a New Wine Fundamentals Conference at East Lansing’s Marriott University Place May 4 and 5.

Wine keg saves money, the environment and wine spoilage

The Great Oregon Wine Company has launched a single-use recyclable keg, which saves money for restaurants and is more eco-friendly than a wine bottle.The winemaker, based in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, now offers its 100% Willamette Valley pinot noir and pinot gris wines in the kegs.

Pop-up Restaurant Will Feature Beer, Wine and Sake pairings

From Sunday, April 17 to Tuesday, April 19, Royal/T—Culver City’s eclectic art space and Japanese maid café—will host the next installment of David Haskell and chef Joseph Mahon’s nomadic “Magnum” culinary pop-up series for three evenings of inspired gastronomy and innovative wine, beer, and sake pairings.