Al Spoler http://wypr.org en The Branding of a Wine - 4/16/14 http://wypr.org/post/branding-wine-41614 <p>Hugh shared his thoughts on the true meaning of brand names in wine.&nbsp; No recommendations this week.<br />&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:17:14 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 11647 at http://wypr.org Micro-greens http://wypr.org/post/micro-greens <p></p><p><strong>April 15, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - MICRO-GREENS</strong><br /><br />When we dine out these days, there's something happening on the plate at good restaurants everywhere that might be easy to miss.&nbsp; More and more chefs, and home cooks for that matter, are using something called "micro-greens" as ingredients and garnish. Easily mistaken for alfalfa sprouts, micro-greens are created during the infancy of an edible plant.&nbsp; They usually have a wispy little stem and several small but flavor-packed leaves.&nbsp; They are very easy to grow, requiring minimal space, and they come in a wide variety.</p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:03:50 +0000 Al Spoler & Jerry Pellegrino 11590 at http://wypr.org Inexpensive Bordeaux - 4/9/14 http://wypr.org/post/inexpensive-bordeaux-4914 <p><strong>Price key:&nbsp;</strong> $=less than $20&nbsp; $$= $20-40&nbsp;&nbsp; $$$=$40-60&nbsp; $$$$=above $60<br /><strong>Quality key:</strong>&nbsp; * = good decent wine&nbsp; ** = very good wine&nbsp;&nbsp; *** = superb wine<br />&nbsp;</p><p>Ch. Tuilerie Pagés, Bordeaux 2010 *&nbsp; $&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />(Light, inexpensive Bordeaux for current every day drinking)<br /><br />Ch. La Landotte, Médoc 2010 **&nbsp; $$<br />(Classic petit Bordeaux, suitable for laying down for aging)<br /><br />Ch. Gachon, Montagne Saint-Emilion 2008&nbsp; *1/2&nbsp; $<br />(5 years old, nearly mature, decent fruit, significant tannin)<br /><br />Ch. Les Vielles Pierres, Lussac-St. Emilion 2009 **&nbsp; $<br />(A very good value in petit Bordeaux, merlot dominated)<br /><br /><em>Many of these fine wines can be purchased at <a href="http://mywineworld.com/">Wine World</a>.&nbsp; See sponsor tab.</em><br /> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 04:50:38 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 11301 at http://wypr.org Spring Potatoes http://wypr.org/post/spring-potatoes <p><strong>&nbsp; April 8, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Spring Potatoes</strong></p><p>I'm unusually skeptical about the weather this year, and I wish I could feel more confident that spring truly has arrived.&nbsp; In many ways this is like the beginning of a new year for us, with all of the springtime produce now in the pipeline.&nbsp; And one thing I can't get off my mind are those lovely little tender white potatoes that we get this time of year.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 00:30:43 +0000 Al Spoler & Jerry Pellegrino 11298 at http://wypr.org Riesling - 4/2/14 http://wypr.org/post/riesling-4214 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>Price key:</strong>&nbsp; $=less than $20&nbsp; $$= $20-40&nbsp;&nbsp; $$$=$40-60&nbsp; $$$$=above $60<br /><strong>Quality key:&nbsp;</strong> * = good decent wine&nbsp; ** = very good wine&nbsp;&nbsp; *** = superb wine<br /><br />Ch. Ste. Michelle Riesling, Cold Creek Vineyard, Wash. St. 2012 *1/2&nbsp; $<br />(Good soft texture, good fruit, decent acidity, very food friendly)<br /><br />Ch. Ste. Michelle Riesling, "Eroica", Columbia Valley 2012, * $$<br />(Made with Mosel's Dr. Ernst Loosen, still a work in progress)<br /><br />Karl Erbes Riseling, Urziger Wurtzgarten Spatlese 2012&nbsp; **1/2&nbsp; $<br />(Great value in balanced, off-dry fruity food friendly Riesling)<br /><br />Schmitt-Sohne Riesling, Piesporter Michelsberg Auslese 2009 **1/2 $<br />(Another wonderful value in rich, fruity German Riesling)<br /><br /><em>Many of these fine wines can be purchased at <a href="http://mywineworld.com/">Wine World</a>.&nbsp; See sponsor tab.</em><br /> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 10899 at http://wypr.org Welcome, Spring http://wypr.org/post/welcome-spring <p><strong>April 2, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Welcome, Spring</strong><br /><br />All right, the calendar page has turned.&nbsp; It is officially April and it is well past the turn of the seasons, so let's have us some Spring!&nbsp; The era of root vegetables, God bless 'em, is behind us, and the era of Primavera is at hand.&nbsp; And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Waterfront Kitchen knows, cuisines all over the world know how to celebrate the coming of Spring.</p><p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Al Spoler & Jerry Pellegrino 10809 at http://wypr.org A Look at Portugal - 3/26/14 http://wypr.org/post/look-portugal-32614 <p><strong>Price key:</strong>&nbsp; $=less than $20&nbsp; $$= $20-40&nbsp;&nbsp; $$$=$40-60&nbsp; $$$$=above $60<br /><strong>Quality key:&nbsp;</strong> * = good decent wine&nbsp; ** = very good wine&nbsp;&nbsp; *** = superb wine<br /><br />Chão das Rolas Peninsula de Setubal 2010 * 1/2 $<br />(Rustic, lively with zingy flavors, perfect for suckling pig)<br /><br />Crasto Douro 2011 **1/2&nbsp; $<br />(Fabulous value in a serious, sophisticated red, same grapes as Port)<br /><br />Alente, Alentejo DO Non-Vintage **&nbsp; $<br />(Full-flavored, spicy, informal, perfect café wine)<br /><br />Alente Premium, Alentejo DO 2009 **&nbsp; $<br />(A more intense version of the regular Alente, great dinner wine)<br /><br /><em>Many of these fine wines can be purchased at <a href="http://www.mywineworld.com/">Wine World</a>.&nbsp; See sponsor tab.</em><br /> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 10611 at http://wypr.org Creatures of the Deep http://wypr.org/post/creatures-deep <p><strong>&nbsp;March 25, 2014 - Radio Kitchen - Creatures of the Deep&nbsp; &nbsp;</strong><br /><br />Last week we talked about dishes from Spain that I hoped I would encounter when I go there next October.&nbsp; This week we're going to cover some of the favorite foods of its neighbor, Portugal.&nbsp; If you go online and peruse any Porutguese restaurant menu, you will find numerous references to octopus and squid.&nbsp; And those of you who are veterans of spring break in Florida will remember another creature of the deep: conch.</p><p>Here is Jerry's favorite recipe for octopus, plus two other great recipes.<br /> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Al Spoler & Jerry Pellegrino 10553 at http://wypr.org The Southwest of France - 3/19/14 http://wypr.org/post/southwest-france-31914 <p></p><p><strong>Price key:</strong>&nbsp; $=less than $20&nbsp; $$= $20-40&nbsp;&nbsp; $$$=$40-60&nbsp; $$$$=above $60<br /><strong>Quality key:</strong>&nbsp; * = good decent wine&nbsp; ** = very good wine&nbsp;&nbsp; *** = superb wine<br /><br />Domaine de la Bouysse, "Hauterive Rouge", Vin de Pays d'Oc 2009&nbsp; ** $<br />(Full, black fruit flavors, great for early grilling, bargain!)<br /><br />Domaine de la Bouysse, "Mazerac", Languedoc (red) 2010 *** $$<br />(Intense, dark flavors, rustic notes, great value)<br /><br />La Borie la Vitarelle, "Les Terres Blanches", St. Chinian (red) 2010&nbsp; **1/2 $$<br />(Rhone blend, complex, full bodied, age-worthy)<br /><br />Mas Bruguiere "La Grenadière", Pic St.-Loup 2010&nbsp; **1/2&nbsp; $$<br />(Intense, lovely aromas, loaded with Syrah, complex flavors)<br /><br /><em>Many of these fine wines can be purchased at <a href="http://www.mywineworld.com/">Wine World</a>.&nbsp; See sponsor tab.</em></p><p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:55:50 +0000 Al Spoler & Hugh Sisson 10288 at http://wypr.org Spanish Dishes http://wypr.org/post/spanish-dishes <p><strong>March 18, 2014 - Radio Kitchen -&nbsp; Spanish Dishes</strong><br /><br />A little later this year I'm going to be going to Spain and Portugal, and in anticipation I've been looking up some recipes in my big book of Spanish cooking.&nbsp; And as Chef Jerry Pellegrino of the Waterfront Kitchen knows, there's a lot to like about Spanish cooking.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 01:43:34 +0000 Al Spoler & Jerry Pellegrino 10194 at http://wypr.org