wine

Louisiana Eats!
6:31 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Why Are These Beverage Craftsmen Concerned With Water Conservation?

Bruce Cakebread, left, of Napa Valley's Cakebread Cellars has faced a terrible drought for the past four years. He's partnered with other family wineries and UC Davis to help develop water conversation programs.
Terry McCarthy

Water conservation and ecology are at the utmost concern to beverage makers like Great Raft Brewery and Cakebread Cellars. Andrew Nations has gone to great lengths to figure out ways to change the taste profile of Shreveport's water, and Bruce Cakebread has helped organize a group of winemakers to ensure that their family businesses will survive the ongoing drought in California. We'll join each of them on site as they focus their attention towards these environmental issues.

And once you hear Molly Kimball's advice about the benefits of a daily glass of wine, you'll be glad these beverage makers are so disciplined. New research suggests that a little alcohol is great for a healthy heart: a perfect pairing, if you will. Should that not be enough for a perfect pairing, then turn to Scott Gold for his take on what makes a bowl of chili great, a great companion on a cold winter night. 

Plus food writer Jason Wilson joins the show and Poppy shares her recipe for Coq Au Vin.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Wine 101: Attend A Sommelier's 5-Hour Seminar In Just Minutes

Michael Weiss is the former sommelier at Arnaud's Restaurant and has been the official wine educator at the American Harvest Workshop for years.
Credit Terry McCarthy

Michael Weiss has been teaching people about wine long before he started teaching wine studies at the Culinary Institute of America. He can tell you anything you want to know about chardonnay, pinot, or rose and can even help you pair foods with your favorite bottle of merlot.

Luckily, you don’t have to sit through his five-hour course to learn how to appreciate wine. Get out your notepads for Michael’s master class.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Grab A Knife And Pick Them Yourself: Hand Harvesting Grapes In Napa Valley

The harvest: 2,000 pounds of chardonnay reserve picked in half an hour. The professionals can pick just as many grapes in a quarter as much time.
Credit Terry McCarthy

Even though they weren't the most ideal crew for picking grapes, the members of the American Harvest Workshop rose to the challenge of hand-harvesting chardonnay  on a cloudy California morning.

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Louisiana Eats!
5:00 am
Fri October 17, 2014

California Field Trip: Lessons From The American Harvest Workshop

Chef Josh Thomsen dumps chardonnay grapes into a bin. On a good day a team of eight men can hand harvest a ton of grapes in half an hour.
Terry McCarthy

For 28 years, Cakebread Cellars in Napa Valley has gathered together a small group of chefs, journalists and food enthusiasts for an intensive four day seminar at the American Harvest Workshop. The Louisiana Eats! team was invited to participate at this year’s program, so we’ve brought back some of our favorite stories from the West Coast.

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Notes from New Orleans
5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Dan Davis The Wine Guy Wins Grand Award For Commander's Palace

Commander's Palace — killin' it since 1880.
Credit Infrogmation / Wikipedia

Ella Brennan, owner of Commander’s Palace and doyenne of the New Orleans restaurant community, had wanted to win the Grand Award from Wine Spectator magazine for a very long time. When that happened in 2013, she gave full credit to the restaurant’s wine director, Dan Davis. On this week’s Notes from New Orleans, Sharon Litwin talks with Davis about how a Mississippi boy got into the world of wine.

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