Two bottles of ultra-rare 1945 Romanee-Conti wine sold for more than $1 million at a Sotheby's auction in New York last weekend. The auction house also sold three additional bottles from the winemaker, and all five offerings surpassed previous records for the priciest bottle of wine ever sold.
Suntory has long been known for its whisky, but the Japanese company has also gone back to its roots as winemaker using native grapes. One wine the firm is making in its revived program is a vibrant white with notes of apple from Japan's signature grape, koshu.
Los Angeles, Calif.-based online health store Thrive Market is adding clean wines that are low in sulfites to its product lineup. The wines will be priced at less than $20 per bottle, and to be more environmentally friendly, they will be packaged in recycled material molds that don't need bubble wrap or Styrofoam.
The savory loin chop is a standout cut of meat for those who do not normally like lamb, and preparation is simple, Alison Roman writes. A coating of fennel and black pepper can help create a flavorful crust and a crunchy outer texture.
Stale bread helps contribute a hearty quality to the traditional Portuguese soup dish acorda de gambas. The meal serves as comfort food with its satisfying combination of garlic, bread, coriander, shrimp, fish stock, olive oil and an egg added at the last minute for thickness and flavor.
A good wine list balances the demands of the menu with consumer interest in familiar flavors, experts say. "Go against the status quo and take yourself, and your guest, somewhere they have never been, and instill in them a moment that they won't forget," said Seth Wilson, wine director at Booth One in Chicago.
September marked the fourth month in a row of positive year-over-year sales for restaurants, leading to the industry's best quarter in three years, according to a Black Box report by TDn2K. But employee turnover rates, a shrinking talent pool and falling guest traffic remain top concerns for eateries.
Roasted sweet potatoes are the star of a bright orange hummus made with tahini, garlic, creme fraiche, smoked paprika oil, roasted almonds, onion and Aleppo pepper at Brooklyn's Miss Ada. Chef Tomer Blechman also crafts made-from-scratch hummus from fava beans in the spring.
Georgia vegetable growers incurred losses of up to $300 million from Hurricane Michael, according to a preliminary report from the University of Georgia. "It must be stressed that we are still evaluating fields, and some of these numbers may change as we gather more information," the report says.
US demand for green bell peppers is increasing amid a slightly smaller supply due to rain and humidity taking a toll on Mexico's crop. The Nogales, Ariz., season will start in less than two months, and some growers have cut back on Roma tomato production to grow more bell peppers, said Ken Meyer of Superior Sales.