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Who is Madame Zhu?

Only open for 3 months, Hao Noodle has received rave reviews from important local press including Eater, New Yorker and the New York Times. It’s also been flooded with appreciation from multiple backgrounds including David Barber and the grandson of I. M. Pei. A common theme? “I’ve never seen a Chinese restaurant like this in New York City”. There’s no giant … [Read More...]

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Randall Grahm

The Rhone Ranger Continues to Dig the Unknown

If you've ever read Been Doon So Long, you'd appreciate how well Randall Grahm lives wine, philosophizes wine and satirizes funny behaviors around the industry in … [Read More...]

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8 Tips for Chinese New Year Wine Pairing

1.  Sense of union. Chinese families prepare their New Year feast by laying out the best classic dishes, each symbolizing a good fortune - and they usually cover … [Read More...]

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Anthony Bourdain Interview

Ming: What is your exposure to the wine world? Bourdain: I spent a fair amount of time in France as a kid. I briefly studied wine in Culinary Institute. And of course I’ve worked with it for 28 years, and spent a lot of time drinking it. Ming: Is … [Read More...]

RUBEN SANZ RAMIRO

In A Perfect Wine World

If there's a dream list for wine lovers, working with one of the best wine collections in America would be one of them. Sommelier Ruben Ramiro is one of the lucky few: not only does he have the opportunity to taste 78' Grand Cru Burgundy among countless … [Read More...]

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Now Is Time to Buy 2010 Bordeaux (Future)

"2010 was a very dry year, particular in the 3 months of summer, we only got 1/3 of regular rainfall. As a result, the berry is much smaller in size, with more focused acidity, sugar (alcohol), and higher skin-juice ratio. 2010 wine has great aging potential." … [Read More...]

Lucy Vanel

Lucy in Lyon – All About French Cooking

Lucy knows French cuisine. She grew up in New York, travelled the world, married a Frenchman and now lives in Lyon. She was involved in an extensive translation of the France Guides of Gilles Pudloski, researching and providing descriptive interpretation of … [Read More...]

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Bordeaux: w/ Veronique Sanders, Chateau Haut-Bailly

Bordeaux wines from Pessac-Leognon share a unique style, often possessing a kind of smoky earthiness that brings a fascinating dynamic to the fruit and oak. The result is a favorite style of mine. Established in 17th century, Chateau Haut-Bailly’s … [Read More...]

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Zen and the Art of Buying Wine (not Diamonds)

OK. You have the vintage chart, respective to each wine region. You have the scores from reputable wine critics. And now you're ready to pick a bottle, right?  A word of advice before you go: bring the maps, but talk to the locals and seek out the back … [Read More...]