JBF Previews – September ’11-November ’11

(Courtesy: Official Website)

Here are the JBF Dinners for SEPTEMBER-NOVEMBER 2011… HINT: Chef Hooni Kim NOV15!

If you haven’t sign up as a JBF Member yet, you may want to consider it. Here’s why…

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Event – Spanish Wine Tasting & Tapas Benefit @ MetPav JUN17

In its Ninth Annual Spanish Wine Festival – the 3rd to benefit Action Against Hunger – PJ Wine will guide you through a tasting of over 150 of Spain’s top wines, while you enjoy servings of perfecto food-pairings from NYC’s hottest Spanish-centric spots like TxikitoBoqueria, La Rioja, and Alcalá. BUY TIX

Event – El Coto De Rioja Paella Parade MAY23

 El Coto De Rioja Paella Parade | New York, NY - May 23rd 2011Home

Thx to @jacqbryant for this…
Experience Spanish cuisine at its finest by joining us for the 3rd annual El Coto De Rioja Paella Parade in NYC on Monday, May 23rd, 2011.This friendly competition between talented chefs with a passion for the traditional Spanish dish is an event that is enjoyed by all. If the promises of tasting savory paella and a brilliant water view are not enough, do note that the dishes are paired with the wines of El Coto De Rioja, imported by Frederick Wildman & Sons.

Participants in this cook-off competition will be showcasing their unique renditions of the dish in hopes of being crowned victorious by an esteemed judges’ panel in categories comprising “Most Creative Paella,” “Best Use of Ingredients in a Paella” and “Best Overall Taste.” The top honor is the crowd’s choice: the “El Coto de Rioja Paella Parade Pleaser”. BUY TIX

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DO vs. VdIT: Spanish Wine 101

To commemorate the grand opening of Despana Vinos y Mas, let’s have a little Spanish wine lesson, shall we?

DO, DOQa, DOCa, VdIT.  If you’ve ever picked up a bottle of Spanish wine, you’ve probably noticed some of those letters gracing the label.  So what exactly do these things mean?  And does it really matter? Continue reading

Trendspotting: The Wine Detective

“This is obviously a Rioja, Mr. Watson.”

I was in California last week and after a hectic week at work, decided to hit up a wine bar in Pasadena, where I was staying.  After doing a bit of pre-trip “research,” The Wine Detective sounded like an unusual place to go for a glass (or two) of wine.


It's like a wine vending machine!

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Despaña Vino y Mas – Opening Soon!

Who else is beyond excited for this?

Despaña Vino y Mas is scheduled to open on January 24.

How many of you will I see for the grand opening? :)