We are experiencing a golden age of cabernet from Napa Valley unlike any before. Every vintage this century (except 2003) has been of high quality. This string of fantastic vintages has given those who love cabernet, myself included, an unusual level of comfort, security and most of all, enjoyment....continue reading.
We don’t always drink wine with everyday dishes like burgers, pizza, sushi or roast chicken, but when we do, certain wines can help make an ordinary meal into something special....continue reading.
It seems like forever ago that Merlot was the most popular red wine. These days, Merlot plays more of a supporting role, but there is at least one wine-producing region where Merlot is still worthy of headline status....continue reading.
In recent years, Malbec from Argentina has won fans among wine lovers who appreciate its rich, fruit-driven style, without a lot of the sweetness you find in other power-packed reds. But while Malbec from this region can express true greatness on its own, its greatest contribution is in a supporting role....continue reading.
There is a fundamental understanding in the world of viticulture (grape growing) that soil and climate should dictate what grape varietals are grown at a specific location. The operators of New Jersey's Beneduce Winery are following this philosophy with promising results....continue reading.
The concept of a wine bar has many different interpretations. One of my favorites in New Jersey is Bin 14 Trattoria & Wine Bar, located in the heart of Hoboken on Washington Street....continue reading.
A 25-year veteran of the wine and hospitality industry, George Staikos is known for his role as an educator, sharing his passion for wine appreciation. He is the founder and president of the Educated Grape, a company specializing in interactive education programs and in-home wine entertaining for wine enthusiasts and companies. He is a professor at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s International School of Hospitality Management, where he teaches “Introduction to the Study of Wine.” He is also Vice Echanson or regional wine director for the mid-Atlantic region for the Chaine des Rotisseurs, a worldwide food-and-wine organization.
Staikos is a graduate of Florida International University in Miami with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. He is married with three children and lives in Flemington.
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