WINE COCKTAILS with Joe Campanale

I’VE KNOWN OF JOE CAMPANALE FOR A WHILE. After all, there are few restaurant owners under the age of thirty, like Joe, in New York City and who happens to own not one, but three solid establishments in the West Village – dell’anima, L’Artusi, and the newest, a wine bar called Anfora. It wasn’t until recently, however, that I met Joe at a “meeting of minds” hosted by a food corporation that wanted to pick our brains about snacks. (I’m a snack expert, didn’t you know?) I recognized Joe and after shaking his hand, told him I was a fan of his mom, Karen Campanale, who so diligently keeps her twitter friends in the know with food recommendations and motherly updates on her son. I figured that if I name-dropped his mom, he’d warm up to collaborating on a Stupidly Simple Snacks video. I am a genius.

All kidding aside, I really love how this episode turned out. The only constant is change and it was only a matter of time before we added alcohol to the snack series. Without further ado, I present three light, stupidly simple wine cocktails – the spritz from Austria, Tinto de Verano (aka “poor man’s sangria”) from Spain, and the Italian bicicletta. Watch Joe go! I’m sure his mom would be proud. amy • september 7, 2010

SPRITZ ice | sparkling water | Grüner Veltliner or Riesling
TINTO DE VERANO ice | lemon-lime soda, like Sprite | red wine, like Cabernet Franc or Tempranillo | orange wedge or lemon slice
BICICLETTA ice | Campari | aromatic white wine, like Scheurebe or Riesling | orange wedge

MUSIC Julian Bachlow • Stars In The Moonlight • buy the song on iTunes

September 7, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Stupidly Simple Snacks, videos, West Village, Wine. 7 comments.

I’M NOT A GLUTTON • I JUST BAKE A LOT

IMG_1688

IF I’VE LEARNED ANYTHING FROM BLOGGING IT’S YOU ARE WHAT YOU BLOG. So when I wax poetic on brownies, deep-fried turkeys and show more interest in food than people, it’s easy to assume I’m eating it all too.

I like the way my friend Melody of Gourmet Fury put it: “On the surface, I appear to…spend a third of my day eating, one third cooking, and another third drinking. While one third of that lies true, the rest is merely an illusion...” (Read Mel’s thoughtful post here.)

Those of us who maintain personal blogs are like ducks – calm on the surface, but paddling like mad underneath. If I told you it took me fifteen minutes to photograph Midtown Manhattan behind a bottle of 2006 Ingle Vineyard Cabernet Franc (pictured above left), you might think twice before trading your badge of normalcy for front row seats to the Foodie Freak Show. When I dine out, five-minute photo shoots with the entrees are routine before my date can dig in, as are Twenty Questions with the server.

One blogger, Kerry of NYCMenuGirl, recently asked me how she can turn food blogging into “something real” and “more than a hobby”. Eager to share my infinite wisdom and turn dreams to dust, I replied: Zach of Midtown Lunch is the only blogger I know who makes an income from maintaining his blog full-time.

I went on to extol the virtues of (multiple) day jobs, the possibility of gaining sponsorships, the chance to sharpen the writing blade, and the inimitable satisfaction of enjoying what you’re doing even when it doesn’t pay the bills. Besides, some bloggers get a buzz from seeing themselves listed first in a Google search.

•  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •

Sometimes the brownies I bake are too sweet (this happens when I use semisweet chocolate in a recipe that wants baking chocolate); other times, the frozen maple mousse pie I make for Thanksgiving (pictured above right) just doesn’t taste that good. The truth is: my photography skills exceed my baking abilities and I should make smaller batches because I never eat it all. I’m not a glutton, I just bake a lot and it’s making my boyfriend fat. amy january 20, 2010

Share “I’m not a glutton, I just bake a lot.” on Facebook!

January 20, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , . Blogs, brownies, Dessert, Wine. 9 comments.

A NEW YORK STATE OF WINE • offManhattan.com

offManhattan travelUncorked crowdANYONE WHO’S EVER WAITED 12 MONTHS FOR A PEPPERMINT MOCHA knows our yen for some beverages are not only season specific, they are time-sensitive too. We look forward to light cocktails in spring, citrus notes in summer, and the aromas of cider to ease into autumn. Recently, we discovered a new wintertime favorite, mulled wine. Determined to recreate the hot, spice-infused drink at home, we were pleased to find ourselves swimming in bottles of red, white, and pink at City Winery last week to celebrate Empire State grapes at this year’s local wine fest, Uncork New York! Sip, Savor and Shop.

Warmed by City Winery’s rustic space, which was transformed into one cavernous tasting room for the occasion, guests floated from station to station sipping in-state vinos made from grapes grown a mere train ride away. Over 35 wineries participated, including vendors from Hudson Valley, Finger Lakes, and Long Island. Speaking of which, in the new year, the Long Island Culture & Wine Winterfest will present six weekends of free jazz concerts at Long Island wineries between February and March. (With end-of-year festivities underway, we’ll definitely need to replenish our supply by then—especially with all that mulled wine we’ll be making.)

Finger Lakes wineries highlighted their “signature wine” Riesling, while Long Island purveyors, like Bouké Wines left us charmed with cHeronreative blends and candy-striped labels. We also met NYC-based winery, Brooklyn Oenology (BOE), which calls the cusp of Greenpoint and Williamsburg home. We especially liked BOE’s artist-designed labels that peel away sticker-style so imbibers can enjoy the art beyond the last drop.

Guests welcomed themselves to alcohol-free fare too, like tart cherry juice from greenmarket stalwart Red Jacket Orchards and sweet-and-savory jams courtesy of Katchkie Farms. With patrons lined elbow-to-elbow for a taste of New York, we were not surprised to find Park Slope’s Palo Santo, a Latin restaurant-wine bar, clean of anticuchos de puerco (skewered pig liver and kidney marinated in chili paste) by the time we reached their booth.

The four-hour event left attendees in high spirits, and we suspect Silver Stream Winery‘s Furry Peach Apple Cider—a medley of hot apple cider, peach port, and cinnamon sticks—had something to do with it. It’s always bittersweet to leave a good party, but an invitation to the next one often alleviates the wait. See you in Long Island.

(Uncorking Winter first appeared on offManhattan.com 12/08/09.)

December 12, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , . event, Manhattan, offManhattan, TriBeCa, Wine. Leave a comment.