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Truffled Chicken, Sunday-Night Pizza Style. 

   Truffled chicken, or Chicken in Half Mourning, is a French dish that is made by inserting slices of fresh black truffles under the skin of a whole chicken that is then oven roasted. Ideally, the dish would be paired with an old red or white Burgundy wine.  I, however, had a much thriftier idea […]

Lost Zin Space

To be appreciated wine demands attention and contemplation; and the appeal of tasting is enhanced if one can analyse it. – Emile Peynaud The theme of the evening was Zinfandel. The wines were superb (with The Terraces 2013 Zin being the standout). The company engaging. But the introvert in me was in full bloom and […]

The Virtues of 77 Point Greek Wines

Feta Mediterranean Cuisine is a gem of a family-run Greek restaurant in downtown Ocala, FL. The owner, Dimitri, also has a passion for Greek wines. He poured me more than one on the last occasion I visited the restaurant, but one in particular was instructive. The Delectable score on the third wine I sampled that […]

Please Don’t Eat the Lemon, Miss Roseannadanna

“Dear Waiter, I’d like to complain about the food.” “Oh, I’m terribly sorry. What’s wrong?” “I’ll tell you what’s wrong, Mr. Suspenders. These bright yellow side dishes that came with the fish are just awful. Who do you have cooking back there, the Marquis de Sade?” “I’m not sure I understand, ma’am.” “They’re full of […]

Taming the Wild Artichoke

Wine and food pairing enthusiasts will already know the wonderful insights afforded by British wine writer, Fionna Beckett. A celebrated wine-writing veteran, Beckett is one of my go-tos for inspiration when planning food and wine adventures. But even an expert’s advice can lead one astray, especially with something as subjective as personal tastes. To wit, […]