Dave DeSimone

The Wine Cellar: Good food, wine make Valentine's Day at home exceptional

D on't panic if you haven't made restaurant reservations for Valentine's Day. Stay calm, and Cupid's arrow will find its true mark. Eating out ...

The Wine Cellar: Olive oil, like wine, should have a sense of place

When it comes to Italy's famed extra-virgin olive oils, terroir plays a critical role just as in wine. The authentic, top-quality oil comes exclusively from ...

The Wine Cellar: Cooking with wine enriches simple dishes

Cooking with wine doesn't have to be complicated; yet, adding wine to recipes can enliven even simple meals. Start by following chef Jacques Pepin's habit ...

It's not too late to resolve to drink well for less

Three weeks into the New Year, you still can sensibly resolve to enjoy well-made, tasty wines on a budget. Coincidentally, PLCB stores currently offer especially ...

The Wine Cellar: Rejuvinating food, wine are perfect après-ski

Powdery, deep snow. Sunny slopes. Breathtaking panoramic views. These conditions create blissful exhilaration for downhill skiers and snowboarders. Then, after the last run, tired, cold ...

A Paris-worthy cafe meal can be enjoyed at home

T oujours Paris. Always Paris. The City of Light's indomitable spirit and resilient joie de vie always overcome adversity, no matter how horrific. Parisians of ...

Journalist's book shines light on dark side of French wines

The intellectual pleasure of reading about wine can never surpass the sheer sensual stimulation of actually enjoying a glass of the nectar of the grape. ...

The Wine Cellar: Avoid headaches by getting New Year's wines now

As Christmas celebrations come and go, by all means, keep generosity and good will in your heart. But this weekend, do not under any circumstances ...

The Wine Cellar: Holidays are a chance to share moments — and good wine

Christmas celebrations evoke gustatory traditions aplenty. Appreciate and embrace such opportunities while always remembering that sharing holiday food, wines and spirits should comfort the soul ...

The Wine Cellar: Winemakers reclaim ancient lands in Southern France

Follow the majestic Rhône River south of Lyon, France, to the former Roman provincial capital of Vienne, where a startling monument awaits discovery. Amid ...

The Wine Cellar: Writer Alice Feiring sings the praises of gifted winemakers

Alice Feiring never aspired to be a leading wine writer. In the 1980s, she dreamed of writing novels and plays. Meanwhile, to earn a living, ...