Champagne & Cheese for The Holidays

Champagne & Cheese for The Holidays

By Bob Lipinski What could be more alluring than a chilled glass of champagne with its bubbles dancing in the glass, paired with a soft, smooth, and creamy wedge of cheese? My holiday recommendations for sparkling wines include “bubbly” from France and Italy, although...
Italy’s DOCG Wines

Italy’s DOCG Wines

    By Bob Lipinski DOCG Laws (Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita) (deh-noh-meh-nah-zee-OH-neh  dee  oh-REE-jee-neh  kohn-trohl-LAH-tah  eh  gah-rahn-TEE-tah) DOCG is a higher designation than DOC; garantita (the letter “G”) or “guaranteed...
Beaujolais Nouveau Has Arrived!

Beaujolais Nouveau Has Arrived!

By Bob Lipinski Beaujolais Nouveau (known as Beaujolais Primeur in France) is the “new” Beaujolais wine that has been fermented to capture the ultimate in lightness and freshness besides its intense grapy aromas and flavors. Beaujolais is a grape-growing district...
Exploring Cabernet Franc Wines

Exploring Cabernet Franc Wines

By Bob Lipinski Cabernet Franc (kah-behr-NAY frahn) is a medium acid red grape variety grown in Bor­deaux, France since at least 1784. Cabernet Franc is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot to make the dry wines of the Médoc, Graves, Pomerol, and...
Tuscan-Style Green Beans with Pancetta

Tuscan-Style Green Beans with Pancetta

By Bob Lipinski As the weather cools, I like to cook beans, any type, for that soothing, comfort feeling inside. I like green beans because they are easy to cook, remain green, are crunchy and very versatile. Below is one of my favorite easy-to-make green bean dishes....
How to Serve Wine Like A Professional

How to Serve Wine Like A Professional

By Bob Lipinski Serving wine at home, on a picnic or during a festive occasion is fun and with just a few simple tips listed below, you will be on your way to an enjoyable time. Opening Table and Sparkling Wines Table wines. Cut the capsule near the bot­tle’s...