Alice’s on Lake Hopatcong is a destination worth the trip. Former New Yorker Alice Szigethy opened her restaurant in 2009 with the mission to provide good food and comfortable drinks in a pleasing setting on the lake. With a beautiful view, a very credible menu and a well selected wine, beer and cocktail list we think she has done quite well.
The Wine: Willm Sparkling Blanc de Blanc from Alsace, France and a Malbec, Agua de Piedra, from Mendoza, Argentina
The Food: A very nice American Lunch
The Place: Alice’s on the eastern shore of Lake Hopatcong, NJ.
Over the last 30 years Sauvignon Blanc has gone from relative obscurity to become one of the most popular white wines in the world. I‘m sure you are one of the many people who love it and have a certain favorite label. But have you ventured out to try other styles? There are many to explore.
The Wine: Chosen Rows, Brancott Estate, New Zealand with 9 other Sauvignon Blancs from New Zealand, California & France.
The Food: A Modern American Feast by Chef Tae Strain
The Place: Manon, 407 West 14th, located in NYC’s meatpacking district
Are we happy yet, oh yes you are, but if not get yourself over to 384 3rd Avenue where you’ll find awesome cocktails, beer, wine and many tasty bites in a very comfortable 19th century antique setting in the culinarily burgeoning Kips-Hill hood.
The Wine: Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone, cocktails and beer.
The Food: Four Cheese Mac and more.
The Place: Whitman & Bloom Liquor Company, a great new bar and restaurant with a warming fireplace.
When passionate people come together greatness happens, this makes us especially happy when that greatness is in our own neighborhood. Fine chefs and artists, Christina Buenano Salierno and John David Salierno, opened this fabulous little café and market on Walnut Street in Montclair in the spring a year ago and it keeps getting better.
The wine was a Monastrell from Jumilla a lovely town and wine region and very old vineyard in southeastern Spain. It was quite happy here, don’t you love the delicate flowery crystal wine glasses, they are an expression of Christina and John’s attention to every artistic detail.
The Wine: Bodegas Olivares Monastrell, Altos de la Hoya $
The Food: Inspired salads, meats and desserts, Salierno creations.
The Place: Café La Salbuen Montclair, an artists and epicurean’s wonderland.
To call the great Italian wine, Barbera, a great pizza wine, does not really give adequate honor to this wine’s many qualities. On the other hand when your talking about, not just any pizza, but fabulously authentic and well made pizza like what you find at Porta in Asbury Park or Bivio in Little Falls, well that is another story.
Porta and Bivio, are worlds apart in style and size, and an ocean away from their roots in Naples, Italy, yet both places, their pizza, and this wine are worthy partners.
The Wine: Two Barberas, one from Cantina Casteggio, Oltrepo Pavese, Lombardy, the other Pico Maccario, D’Asti, Piedmont. $$
The Food: Fabulous Napolitano Pizza, and other delights.
The Places: Porta Pizzareia, Asbury Park, NJ and Bivio, Pizzaria Napoletana, Little Falls, NJ.
What wine do you drink with Thai or South East Asian cuisine? My go to wines for this food are sweet Rieslings, Chenin Blanc, or if a red a Pinot Noir. But, I had none of these in my cellar so I chose a dry Muscat from Spain. It was perfect.
The Wine: Bodegas Juan Gil - Dry Muscat - Jumilla, Spain $
The Food: A delicious and interesting Thai Filipino dinnerby a fulfilled dreamer chef Rodgee Cao
The Place: Spice Thai Cuisine, Bloomfield NJ, an adorably cozy restaurant with excellent Thai and Filipino cuisine.
In all a wonderful taste trip to Thailand, the Philippines, and Jumilla Spain.
Malbec is such a versatile grape, happily reflecting the diverse terroirs where it is grown. It is a wine of many personalities and pairs well with many foods. Then a Malbec like this comes along that expands the wine’s dimensions. It paired very nicely with the inspired Middle Eastern recipes we made this night.
The Wine: Curioso, Sparkling Rose of Malbec, Mendoza Argentina
The Food: Roasted Chicken with Carrots and Turnips, Freekeh with Mushrooms, Salad of Greens, Dates, and Cheese.
The Places: Home,Mendoza Argentina, the Middle East