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At First Glass and Inspector Grape


At First Glass
Wine and food go hand in hand: glass in one and fork in the other. Nancy Yos is holding onto both at her blog, At First Glass.

Her informed wine reviews are packed with evocative descriptions, wine history and wry observations. She often dips into her cookbook collection for inspiration for blast-from-the-past recipes. Recent recipes include pork chops with sour cherry sauce from a 2004 Gourmet cookbook, Antoinette Pope's apricot meringue sticks circa 1948, and simple braised pork from the 1990 James Beard Celebration Cookbook.  

We recommend checking out the posts on The White House Cookbook, detailing the 1887 menu from President Cleveland's wedding lunch, including lemon dumplings with wine sauce and Chateau Iquem (d'Yquem). The site has a handy recipe index and wine library. Nancy had us at first glass... and second and third!

Visit At First Glass to read more.
VIDEO: Inspector Grape
Speaking of beautifully balanced food and wine pairings, Inspector Grape is on the case.

There is a treasure trove of high-quality wine tasting and cooking demonstration videos on this site, cheerfully hosted by Dawid Koegelenberg: winemaker, sommelier, chef and manager of Michelin-star restaurants in London.

In this short video, he fries up sardines to serve with a 2008 Quinta De Azevedo Vinho Verde. Watch Vino Verde and Pan Fried Sardines.

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