James Beard Dinner at Vingenzo’s

In December Chef Michael Bologna of Vingenzo’s was invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York City. It was an honor for the chef, whose Woodstock restaurant is loved by locals but may not be as well known to Atlantans who live inside the perimeter. At Vingenzo’s Chef Bologna creates traditional Southern […]

Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot 2008

The Amateur Gastronomer has predicted that 2012 will see the return of Merlot. Why? In the years following the movie “Sideways,” California winemakers have revamped how they produce Merlot wine. Careful attention has been paid to how the grape is grown, when it is harvested and how the wine is crafted. The latest releases focus […]

Atlanta Starbucks to Sell Beer & Wine

Starbucks has long been the destination for a morning pick me up but soon it could be a happy hour spot as well. The Seattle-based coffee company announced that it will be adding beer and wine to four to six of its Atlanta locations in 2012, according to the Reuters article published today. Atlanta will […]

Xarmant Txakolina 2010

If you’re looking for a wine to get you ready for warmer weather try the 2010 Xarmant Txakolina. It may be a bit intimidating to spell or pronounce but this white wine is extremely easy to drink. Xarmant Txakolina comes from the Basque region of Spain, in the northeast part of the country. The Basque […]

Wine Trends for 2012

Broaden your wine horizons and stay ahead of the curve in 2012. The Amateur Gastronomer predicts what wine trends will be big in the new year. The Return of Merlot The much-maligned Merlot will be making its comeback in 2012! The grape and wine took a hit after the 2004 release of the movie “Sideways,” […]