Celebrating Thanksgiving with Laird’s Applejack

Celebrating Thanksgiving with Laird’s Applejack

By Bob Lipinski Laird’s is America’s first and oldest commercial distillery. Records indicate that William Laird, a County Fyfe Scotsman, settled in Monmouth County, N.J., and produced applejack as early as 1698. In 1780, Robert Laird, a Revolutionary War soldier who...
Cognac — The King of Brandies

Cognac — The King of Brandies

By Bob Lipinski Cognac is a brandy distilled from the fermented juice of grapes in the province of Charente and is also the name of a region in the southwest of France, north of Bordeaux and southwest of Paris. The re­gion’s stony, chalk-rich soil (because of ancient...
Gnocchi with Pancetta and Peas

Gnocchi with Pancetta and Peas

By Bob Lipinski Gnocchi (nee-OH-kee) “Little lumps;” pasta, generally made from potatoes or semolina flour, with or without eggs, and shaped into little dumplings or discs. They can be cooked in a variety of ways—baked, boiled, or grilled; generally served covered...
Aging Wine- Fact or Fiction?

Aging Wine- Fact or Fiction?

By Bob Lipinski Recently I was invited to a friend’s house for dinner and as we enjoyed a few appetizers, he served a bottle of a 1998 Australian Chardonnay from a winery I’ve never heard of. The wine was dark yellow and when tasted, it was well past its point of...
Chardonnay: The Most Popular White Wine In The U.S.

Chardonnay: The Most Popular White Wine In The U.S.

By Bob Lipinski “Chardonnay is a red wine masquerading as a white, and Pinot Noir is a white wine masquerading as a red.” (André Tchelistcheff, 1901-1994, Legendary Winemaker) America’s love affair with Chardonnay began back in 1936, when Wente Vineyards of Livermore,...