Category Archives: Drinking

Last chance (really) to get Albany Wine Fest tickets

The 2015 Albany Food & Wine Festival is coming up this weekend, but don’t wait any longer to buy tickets. As of this moment EVERYTHING is SOLD OUT with the exception of the Friday Afternoon Grand Tasting. However, that’s my … Continue reading

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What’s cooking at CES 2015 in Las Vegas

This is the year of the “internet of things” at the Consumer Electronics Show, but in two days prowling the aisles I did not see many things for the adventurous cook. An exception is the Anova sous vide cooker shown … Continue reading

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Saratoga Wine & Food Festival leaves satisfactory aftertaste

Last weekend’s Saratoga Wine and Food Festival seemed a bit more laid back than in prior years. The crowds were just a bit lighter and as a result the lines were short and there was plenty of room for standing … Continue reading

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Weird science for wine with Le Clef du Vin

I’ve been experimenting with Le Clef du Vin, a device manufactured by Peugeot (possibly from recycled car parts?) that predicts how a wine will taste after it’s aged a few years. The active component in Le Clef du Vin is … Continue reading

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The 2014 Saratoga Wine & Food Festival is THIS WEEKEND

Yesterday I found a parking spot in downtown Saratoga Springs, New York. That means two things: the track season is over. And the annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival is coming up fast. This year’s event snuck up on us … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Wandering Glutton

When I travel on business I’m usually alone and my schedule consists of attending meetings all day, then writing up notes and acting on assignments at night. If I get wild and crazy, I might watch half an hour of … Continue reading

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McClure’s Bloody Mary with White Pike Whiskey

A few weeks back I was trolling the tables at the Albany Wine & Food Festival and encountered what was surely the work of a mad scientist: a Bloody Mary concocted with pickle juice and a fierce white whiskey. Specifically, … Continue reading

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Trends from the Winter 2014 Fancy Food Show

Yesterday, a panel of experts  identified four trends from the trade show I just attended in San Francisco: Sriracha, chips, low-sugar beverages, mint and condiments. I’ll definitely agree with #3 and #5. There are many fizzy and non-carbonated beverages I’ve … Continue reading

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Live from the floor at Albany Wine & Food Festival

Get a room. That’s my advice if you are fortunate enough to have a ticket to the Grand Tasting or other sessions still to come at this remarkable event. I have never seen so many artisanal whiskeys (including one made … Continue reading

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Albany Food and Wine Fest for the Arts… SOLD OUT!?

I am covering this event on Friday, but it appears the tickets may be already 100% gone. Go immediately to the Festival website and scoop up any sessions that may still be available. If tickets are sold out, and you … Continue reading

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