We Do Love Bars, Like Dogwood in Beacon

Jill at the Bar Dogwood Beacon NYAnd discovering all the great ones in the Hudson Valley has been fun.

Dogwood in Beacon is destined to be a favorite.

So what makes a good bar? Great atmosphere? good booze, decent food? Yea that’s all true.  But I think the most important thing is this, a bar can have none of those qualities I just mentioned and still be great, as long as it has Great People.

Dogwood excels at everything you want in a great bar, but what we loved the most were all the great people here. Continue reading We Do Love Bars, Like Dogwood in Beacon


Locals, Tourists, and We Like Whistling Willies, Cold Spring

Whistling WIllie's the Tapsa classic old world American Bar and Restaurant

with great drinks food and entertainment. Set in what must have once been a hotel decades ago.  We especially love their happy hour. The friendly staff are oh so welcoming here, you feel right at home with all the locals, regular customers, here on any given night.  Continue reading Locals, Tourists, and We Like Whistling Willies, Cold Spring


Where to Find Great Wine

Viscount Wine & LiquorsI vividly remember the first time I entered a wine superstore

It was back in the early “00s”, 2003 I believe, when the now famous Wine Library moved from it’s normal sized wine store to a 35,000 square foot mega store around the corner. It was astounding.  The boom in wine was just beginning then, fast forward 10 years and now there are superstores everywhere.

I just visited the mammoth, 40,000 square foot, Viscount Wine and Liquors in Wappinger Falls.  Now bigger does not always mean better, a lot of the warehouse style stores that have popped up lately are just not that good.  But Viscount is not in that category, ask a man who has tasted thousands of wines. This place is amazing. Continue reading Where to Find Great Wine


On a Cold Rainy Night

chionetti dolcetto di doglianiA very good red wine and comfort food is in order

Imagine Giuseppe Chionetti with his family sitting by the hearth tasting wine of one his early harvests, his son Andrea taking a small sip too.  It was April 1914, the rainy season in Dogliani, the wine was still young but showed great promise. Giuseppe glanced a warm smile to his wife as she served their dinner. Farming was a struggle, but life was good, World War I had not yet come to Italy.

Over a century later, on another rainy night, we are tasting Giuseppe’s legacy in a 2008 vintage of his great wine. A tradition carried on by his son, Andrea, and grandson Quinto. And I smile to Diana and she back to me, what a wonderful wine.

 Chionetti Dolcetto di Dogliani Briccolero 2008

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I Love How Easy It Is

To Get Here

Clinton Street Man on Phone important business

 From Here

DSCN0064For This

Alyssa Vitrano at Seoul Chicken 3

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Forget the Toasts, Ditch the Flute Glasses, Just Drink Champagne!

To get to the dining mecca of the “LES” just take Metro North to Grand Central, walk a few blocks to the F train, cross 42nd to be on the NY Public Library side, hop on the F train, get off at Delancey, walk north on Essex, you are there.


This Weeks Cocktail “The French Connection”

The French Connection NegroniAn Exciting Negroni Made With French Liquors.

Popeye Doyle was probably a beer man but Alain Charnier would love this. Remember that great 1971 movie, “The French Connection.” Watched it again a few weeks ago on Netflix. Loved that film. This drink really has nothing to do with that film but I love the memory. But, the movie was exciting and so is this cocktail.

Of course the Negroni is a 100% Italian drink but the Italian’s inspire the world and I’ve been inspired to make an all French Negroni. I hope I don’t start a war.  Read More at 100 Negronis

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A Nice Pinot Noir from Piemonte

Monte Degli Angeli Piemonte Pinot Noir

found at Yannitelli Wines, Cold Spring

We like Yannitelli wines and spirits for their eclectic offerings of well selected wines at good price points, value and premium.

From a region that produces mostly expensive Barolo wines comes an oddity that is a real value at $13.00. This delicious Pinot Noir is a fun everyday wine. Served with a delicious dinner we made a home.

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