Pairing Wine with Vegetables from Artichokes to Sweet Potatoes

Vegetables are wily things. Their flavor profiles differ wildly when served raw, roasted or cooked by open flame. To better navigate their shape-shifting and sometimes-challenging flavors, we asked Patrick Cournot and Alexis Percival, beverage directors at New York City’s Ruffian Wine Bar & Chef’s Table, about how to make veggie pairings work. Asparagus & Artichoke […]

Why Alba Truffles Are the Culinary Diamonds of Italy

In layman’s terms, the truffle is a tuber, a smallish, spongy subterranean lobe attached to tree roots. It’s technically a mushroom, but truffles are fungi grown symbiotically with rootlets of shrubs and trees like oak and hazelnut. A truffle spends its entire life underground until some lucky dog sniffs it out. Literally. Italy is a […]

Some Insurers Drag Feet After California Wildfires

Unlike the first responders who never hesitated as they rescued thousands while battling the California Wine Country Wildfires,  some insurance companies seem to be dragging their feet. “They’ve been very unresponsive,” Igor Sill said of his insurance company. The wildfires destroyed his Sill Family Vineyards in the Atlas Peak AVA, burning his winery, laboratory, and […]

This YouTube Star Gave Her Husband the Silent Treatment for 2 Weeks to Save Their Marriage

[brightcove:5584953148001 default] Good communication is considered the hallmark of a strong relationship. But can the exact opposite—going silent to prove a point—also tighten the bond between you and your partner? That’s what Nikki Phillippi, a YouTube star with 1.3 million subscribers, says she did to make her marriage better. In a video titled “Why I Didn’t Speak to My Husband for 2 Weeks,” Phillippi explains that […]

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