If you are keeping track, you’ll see that I’ve been a little caught up on the wines of Italy lately… three of the past four posts, but who’s counting? There’s no particular reason for this beyond my personal affinity to all things Italian. That, and the fact that there are so very many different grapes […]
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About Annette Tomei
Annette Tomei is a chef, educator, writer, and cultural tourism consultant. She has a Master of Arts in Gastronomy and extensive education in wine and spirits including Italian Wine Scholar with Highest Honors. She is a classically trained chef and former restaurant owner. As a sought-after cooking instructor, she has created popular Port to Table cooking classes for Holland America and has contributed to several food books including Culinary Careers for Dummies. She currently works as a food, wine and spirits educator and consultant though her company, Wander, Eat and Tell. Learn more at http://wandereatandtell.com.
Entries by Annette Tomei
Cinque Terre is a collection of five little seaside villages along the Ligurian coast – the Italian Riviera. Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore are colorful jewels on the rugged coastline.
This week’s adventure takes us to Armenia–a small, landlocked country in the southern Caucasus Mountains between Europe and Asia. This region, which also includes the countries of Georgia, Iran, Turkey, and Azerbaijan, is believed to be the historic home of viticulture. There is evidence of grapevines dating to over 1 million years old, and large […]
Some readers of a certain age may still drink by the ABC rule of “Anything But Chardonnay”. Others may worship at the throne of Big Oaky California Chards. Still, more may find good California Chardonnays prohibitively expensive, preferring to cast their lots on lower-priced imports. If you fall into any of these categories, please consider […]
Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon – neither snobby nor unusual, so how does it fit into my new mission? Well, it’s personal – for years I lived in Napa Valley, the heart of Cab Country. I worked in some of the best wineries, producing some of the world’s most sought-after Cabs. When it was over, so was […]
I recently attended an event featuring some of the top beverage producers from the state of New York (TasteNY). In the coming months, you’ll probably see at least a couple of the delicious treats I had the pleasure of tasting at this event. I’m starting with the one that surprised me most – it’s not […]
It’s summer where I am – time to hit the beach/park/pool. And also time to find the best beverage to transport, chill, and dispose of (in an environmentally considerate manner) easily. That’s why I’m trying Underwood Rosé. It seems like the can is the new thing in casual wine, and casual is the new thing […]
Yes, that photo is exactly what you think it is – a box of wine – or, as Europeans and the producer of this particular wine prefer to call it, cask wine. I’ve long been a fan of “bag in a box” technology – there’s no better way for open wine to stay fresh longer. In […]
NV, Gonzales Byass, Tio Pepe Fino, DO Jerez (Sherry), Andalucía, Spain The Wine of the Week by Annette Tomei NOTE: This week’s post is a “Throw Back Thursday” edition. One year ago this week, we introduced sherry to the Wine of the Week line-up. One of the many good things about sherry is that it is […]