Fine Dining
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

How To Order Wine At A Restaurant

Wine Rating: 94

How to order wine at a restaurant can be a windy road to madness. For some, the thought might bring low-level anxiety, while for others, the journey is like an adventurous trek up Everest, without an oxygen tank.

Lots of people bring with them the latest wine apps, which breaks down each vintage for the last 20 years and details each little fact of their terroir. As a backup, they’ll scribble tasting notes they read in the latest issue of Wine Spectator. I’ve been known to look online and see if the restaurant I’ll be dining at has a wine list. The online list may not be updated daily, but it will give me a general sense of what kind of wines they carry.

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Olive Oil Olives
Champagne & More, John Turi - Wine

Frantoio Grove, Extra Virgin Olive Oil

“You gotta have good olive oil. You should have a cooking olive oil, and you should have a finishing olive oil, like an extra-virgin olive oil.” – Emeril Lagasse

Growing up, there were always two things on our table when we’d sit down for dinner. The first was a bottle of wine. The second was a bottle of olive oil. Both were more prevalent than salt and pepper. For this article, I’m taking a small step outside the wine world to explore another gem: Olive Oil.

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Bota Box Wine
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

Boxed Wine – Madness Takes Its Toll

Things don’t exactly go as planned when the 1% drinks like the 99%. For the last two weeks (or there about) I did something I really didn’t need to do or necessarily want to do, but when I thought about it, I decided it would be an interesting experiment or at the very least, entertaining. Besides, I’m always up for a good challenge. There were no holidays or celebrations, no birthdays or dinners on the horizon. No big occasions that would compel me to throw open the wine cellar doors and look for a beauty just sleeping on the rack begging to be dusted off and uncorked. So, with nowhere to go for the next few weeks, I began.

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Williams Selyem Vineyard
John Turi - Wine, Red Wine

William & Selyem, Bucher, 2009

Wine Rating: 94

“God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”  – André Tchelistcheff

Pinot Noir: the impossible grape varietal that should not be. It’s a tough vine to grow, from its immensely delicate skin to its persnickety need for precise growing temperatures, along with its critical preference to soil types. The vines need water, but one mustn’t dare overdo it. The vines need sunlight, but not too much, not too little. Then there’s the willowy, delicate branches and the slender, fragile trunk. So naturally, this is my absolute favorite. I adore everything about this grape. Everything.

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