Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pizza Gino Sorbillo Comes to New York






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One of NAPOLI 'S Favorite PIZZERIAS
GINO SORBILLO
to OPEN in NEW YORK
but WHERE ???

Above picture GINO SORBILLOW on left ..


Supposedly Gino Sorbillo is planning to open several locations, the rumor goes, one in TIMES SQUARE, one at 334 BOWERY, and one around UNION SQUARE .. At this moment we're not really sure, just that SORBILLO is definitely opening a SORBILLO PIZZA in New York, and rumor has it that the Bowery location may open in late Spring 2017 or in the Summer if they don't make the Spring time line ..




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Outside GINO SORBILLO PIZZERIA, Napoli, ITALY




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Inside GINO SORBILLO NEW YORK

We believe this is The TIMES SQUARE Location





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SUNDAY SAUCE

WHEN ITALIAN-AMERICANS COOK

by Daniel Bellino Zwicke






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A PIZZA From GINO SORBILLO NAPOLI



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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Spaghetti Sauce alla Sinatra




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Frank Sinatra



"Dam, Frank looks Bad Ass in this picture!"






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SUNDAY SAUCE

LEARN HOW to Make Dolly Sinatra MEATBALLS

and SUNDAY SAUCE GRAVY alla SINATRA


WHEN ITALIAN-AMERICANS COOK

AVAILABLE on AMAZON .com
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Food Maven MARTHA STEWART JINXED Pineda ???




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Martha Stewart at Yankee's Home Opener 2017

at YANKEE STEADIUM , Bronx, NEW YORK

DID MARTHA JINX PINEDA ???



  Blame the bad taste in Yankees fans’ mouths on the chef. Martha Stewart had one of the best seats in the house for Michael Pineda’s near-perfect game in the Yankees’ 8-1 rout of the Rays on Monday afternoon, watching from behind home plate as the righty went unblemished into the seventh inning. Just three minutes before Pineda delivered the fatal pitch to Evan Longoria, who broke up the bid for perfection with a double to left field, the TV icon tweeted an update on Pineda’s invincibility.


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This is the TWEET Many feel Jinxed Michael Pineda's bid for a PERFECT GAME
Jinxes aside, Stewart is no ignorant Yankees fan. When she was 10 and living outside New York City, Stewart babysat for the kids of Yankees legends Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra.
It seems they never taught her one of baseball’s cardinal rules: Let the perfect game do its own talking/tweeting.




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Poor Michael Pineda 's Bid for a PERFECT GAME was Jinxed by MARTHA STEWART




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The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK
GOT ANY KAHLUA ?
by DANIEL ZWICKE
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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Bellino on BRACIOLE





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BRACIOLE


  I still remember Mommy tying up the Braciole with cord as I watched fascinated by the act. Little did I realize how monumental these actions were in our world, the World of Italian-America, the food and the culture. Braciole is epic in our world, and Meatballs even more so, as well as Sausages, Pasta, Gravy, Espresso, and Cannoli, they are all quite dear to us. And little did I know then as a young boy of just five, I would write of these thing one day. I’d write of Spaghetti, Meatballs, Marinara, Mussels, Artichokes, Sausages, Sunday Sauce Gravy, and mommy making the Braciole and Meatbballs. She’d have the butcher cut her slices of beef top-round that she’d season with salt, pepper, Parsley, Pignoli, and Pecorino. Then she’d roll them up jelly-roll style and before tying them with a string she’d brown them in olive oil that would start the sauce she’d braise them in. I watched intently, and someday I’d make Braciole of my own. Mommy would make the Braciole and cook in the tomato sauce. More often than not she’d make a whole pot of Gravy (aka Sunday Sauce) with these Braciole, Sausages, and Meatballs. This Sunday Sauce Gravy was usually made on Sunday or possibly the night before and we’d have just Spaghetti & Meatballs from this pot of Gravy on Saturday night, saving the rest to eat the next day on Sunday with everything else; Maccheroni with Gravy, the Sausage, Meatballs, and Braciole. And what a wonderful day it would be eating Braciole, Gravy and all the rest.    Yes, I still remember Mommy making the Braciole she learned from her mom, my maternal grandmother Giuseppina Salemi Bellino who was born in Lercara Freddi, Sicily. Nonna Giuseppina learned to make Braciole and regional Sicilian dishes from her mom, my great-grandmother who was a Salemi, and that’s all I know of her. Yes, the Braciole recipe goes back to her and to Nonna Giuseppina, and then to my mother Lucia and then on to me and my sister Barbara, and brother Michael. That’s our story on Braciole. Basta!




 Excerpted from Daniel Bellino-Zwicke 's soon to be released MANGIA ITALIANO  ..  


      
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SUNDAY SAUCE

by DANIEL BELLINO ZWICKE







WATCH PASQUALE Make BRACIOLE




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Friday, March 31, 2017

Mario Batali Big Batalski - White Russian



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GOT ANY KAHLUA ?

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WHITE RUSSIAN CUPCAKES White Russians Cupcakes? No Dude doesn’t make them. There’re Maudy’s little invention. Even though she doesn’t live with The Dude, she likes him quite a bit. Heck, he helped her conceive. So Maude felt like showing a little gratitude. Knowing how much Jeffrey (as Maude calls him) loves his Kahlua, Maude created this in honor of his Dudeness, “The Other Jeffrey Lebowski,” a.k.a. The Dude. “They’re right tasty,” as The Cowboy Stranger would say, and quite easy to make. Enjoy em!



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KAHLUA WHItE RUSSIAN CUPCAKES



INGREDIENTS: 1 cup Sugar ½ cup Butter 2 Eggs 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract 1 ½ cupls All-Purpose Flour 1 ¾ teaspoons Baking Powder ½ cup Milk 3 tablespoons Kahlua Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, cream together the Butter & Sugar. Beat the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the Vanilla. Combine Flour & Baking Powder in a separate small bow, then add to Creamed sugar and mix well. Add Milk, and stir until smooth. Place paper cupcake-liners and place in cupcake Baking Pan. Spoon cupcake batter into the cupcake liners. Bake for at 350 degrees for about 16-18 minutes, until a toothpick that is poked into the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Take cupcakes out of oven and set aside to cool. Brush tops of cupcakes with Kahlua. Let it soak into the cake. KAHLUA FROSTING 8 ounces Cream Cheese, at room temperature 1 stick Butter, room temperature 3 cups Powdered Sugar ½ cup Cocoa, unsweetened ½ teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract 6 tablespoons Kahlua 3 tablespoons Heavy Cream Beat cream cheese, sugar, and butter together until smooth and thoroughly mixed. Add Cocoa and mix. Add Vanilla and Kahlua and mix. Add Heavy Cream, and mix till smooth. Frost each cupcake with frosting.




  Excerpted From GOT ANY KAHLUA ?  by Daniel Zwicke, with a little help from The DUDE


More Recipes in The DUDES BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK  -  GHOT ANY KAHLUA ?





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GOT ANY KAHLUA ?

THE COLLECTED RECIPES of THE DUDE
Available in PAPERBACK & KINDLE EDITIONS
on AMAZON.com


THE DUDES BIG LEBOWSKI WHITE RUSIAN RECIPE



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MARIO BATALI

and HIS Version of THE BIG LEBOWSKI "WHITE RUSSIAN"

The BIG BATALSKI



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The BATALI FAMILY Version of The DUDES Big Lebowski WHITE RUSSIAN

THE BIG BATALSKI










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Friday, March 24, 2017

Joe Allen - New York

   

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JOE ALLEN'S

Theater District New York

If you're going to see a Broadway Show and want to go where the Broadway Stars go to after the show, Joe Allen's is the preferred spot of Broadway Actors, directors, and what not. Joe Allen's is simple and full of history, the history of Broadway, its actors, directors, stage hands, and chorus line dancers .. If you go to Broadway, you've just gotta go to Joe's ...

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LAUREN BACALL

A regular for more than 50 years. Betty loves the Burger ...

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AL PACINO

Another JOE ALLEN Regular

NEW YORK-ITALIAN From da BRONX

Thursday, March 23, 2017

How to Make New York Italian Meatballs

 
 
JOHN'S of 12th STREET
The MOVIE
WORLD PREMIER
SPECTACLE THEATER
Williamsburg, Brooklyn
New York
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JOHN'S
JOHN'S of East 12th Street
New York, NY
John's is one of the last of a dying breed of Old School Italian Red Sauce Joints .. John's has been a beloved East Village Italian New York Instituion since 1908, making it one of 
New York's oldest Italian Restaurants of which only a few of many remain. John's is one of them.
John's serves classic Old School Italian American food, including classics like; Clams Posillipo, Baked Clams Oreganata, Lasagna, Spaghetti & Meatballs, Manicotti, and more, including now rare items such as Speedino alla Romano and Veal Sweetbreads.
The wonderful Turn of The Century decor of John's has been lovenly and painstakingly preserved with its 1908 decor still intact. John's is lively and the old school waiters help round out the total picture of Italian Food with great old 1908 decor and animated service from the Black Bowtied Waiters.
Over the years John's has seen the like of; John Lennon, Joe Jackson, Ray Davies, Carol Burnett, Montgomery Clift, Ron Silver, Rockets Redglare, Tom Crruise, Mimi Rodgers, and many other celebrites pass through its doors. Why don't you pass through too? It's great old Italian New York experience.
 
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IN THE KITCHEN at JOHN'S
The OLD DAYS
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LUCKY LUCIANO
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 SUNDAY SAUCE
LEARN HOW to MAKE MEATBALLS alla SINATRA
RECIPE  in SUNDAY SAUCE
by Daniel Bellino-Zwicke
MAKING MEATBALLS at JOHN'S of 12th STREET
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JOHN
aka MIKE ALPERT
Real Name MYRON WEINER
R.I.P.
MYRON SHOWS GUY FIERI How to MAKE MEATBALLS
SECRET RECIPES
SEGRETO ITALIANO
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JOE MASSERIA HITS VALENTI
 
LUCKY LUCINIO Does The DIRTY WORK 
Outside JOHN'S of 12th STREET
Smarting over the recent attempt on his life, which had left two bullet holes through his hat and another two holes through his coat, Joe Masseria plotted bloody revenge in epic Italian Renaissance fashion.
Chief Assassin
The target of his wrath was Umberto Valenti, a seriously wily character who had blasted those bullet holes through Masseria’s hat and coat. According to the New York Times in 1915, Valenti was:
A former Black Hand extortionist, it was rumored that Valenti had killed over 20 men, a number of whom had been Masseria’s closest advisors. The thirty four year old Valenti was the chief assassin of Salvatore “Toto” D’Aquila, the New York Mafia’s supreme ruler, a Mafioso who was locked in vicious mob war with Masseria and his chief strategist Giuseppe “the Clutch Hand” Morello.
However, Masseria’s seemingly supernatural bullet dodging powers had given the hard noised, but superstitious, Valenti second thoughts. Second thoughts that had him suing for peace and walking into an ambush in one of New York’s most storied Italian restaurants, John’s of 12th Street, on August 11, 1922, a restaurant that has been used as a set on Boardwalk Empire and the Sopranos.
Well Dressed Gunmen 
Whether or not Valenti sampled the chicken parmigiana before being croaked has been lost to the winds of history. However, some time around noon, Valenti and six laughing companions emerged from their luncheon. Walking eastward, smiles turned into frowns. Suddenly, Valenti spooked and bolted towards Second Avenue as two slick, well-dressed gunmen whipped out revolvers and fired. Gangland legend holds that one of the shooters was none other than Charley “Lucky” Luciano, Masseria’s newest protégé (the other shooter was probably Vito Genovese).
 
The FEAST of The 7 FISH
Italian Christmas
 
Pandemonium on 12thStreet
As the shots flew, pandemonium broke loose on 12th Street. Whirling around, the feared assassin drew a revolver just as a bullet flew through his chest.
A teenage witness told the New York Times:
Luciano’s Escape
Despite Valenti’s death, the friendly Luciano and his pals weren’t done yet. A crowd formed to block the gunmen’s escape so the mobsters opened fire, hitting a street sweeper and a little girl visiting from New Haven Connecticut. The shots dispersed the crowd, and the hitmen disappeared into a nearby tenement.
Should I Bring Pajamas? 
Masseria was arrested for the murder.  During his arrest, he supposedly grinned and asked the police:
… whether he would need a nightshirt remarking, that the last time he slept in the station house they forgot to give him a pillow or pajamas.
For a job well done, Joe Masseria elevated Luciano to a leadership position at his headquarters in the Hotel Pennsylvania. All murder charges were eventually dropped, and Masseria, on his way to becoming Joe the Boss, set his sights on Valenti’s overlord, Toto De Aquila, New York’s boss of bosses.
However, John’s of 12th had another infamous last meal lined up twenty years later. The victim would be Carlo Tresca.
 
 
 
 
 
BASTA la PASTA !!!!
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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

ODEON - Painting

 
The ODEON
 
Once One of The Great Restaurants of New York
 
 
When The Late GREAT PATRICK CLARKE was CHEF
 
 
But It's NEVER Been Nearly as Good
 
Ever Since Patrick Left
 
God Bless His Soul
 
And When Steven Lyle was there I had One of The WORST MEALS in My Life
 
But The Place Does Have Memories
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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Saint Josephs Day Feast

Festa di San Giuseppe

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SICILIAN AMERICAN FOOD WINE & TRAVEL CLUB

Our Saint Joseph's Day Feast at CAIO VINO Restaurant,  New York

Author Daniel Bellino, Silvio, Paola, Carolina, Linda, and ???



Our Sicilian American Group celebrated another Festa di San Giuseppe today. It was another wonderful day of getting together with friends around the Sicilian Table and the most important holiday of all to Sicilian as it celebrates the Patron Saint of Sicily,         Saint Joseph, aka San Giuseppe ...
Their was a great famine in the Middle Ages and Sicilians prayed to their Patron Saint San Giuseppe to let it rain so crops could grow and the people might be fed. These Sicilians who prayed to San Giuseppe that if he answered their prayers that they would have a great feast to celebrate and honor him. It rained, crops grew, and the people kept their promise to Saint Joseph and had feast all over Sicily to celebrate the Saint and the occasion .. It is now tradition to celebrate and on honor Saint Joseph every march 19th .. We have traditional foods that are prepared and eaten at our Festa di San Giuseppe like Maccu (Fava Bean Soup0, Pasta con Sarde (Pasta with Fennel, raisons, and Sardines), and Sfinci (Saint Josephs Day Pastry) of baked or fried dough filled with Sweet Ricotta and Candied Fruit.
So it was, once again that our little group of about 50 once again celebrated San Giuseppe at our favorite Siclian Restorante in New York, Cacio e Vino on Second Avenue in New York's East Village, a neighborhood that at one time was great Sicilian enclave in New York that housed non other than one Charles "Lucky" Luciano who moved to the Lower East Side of New York in 1907 when his parents Antonio and Rosalia immigrated to the United States from Lercara Friddi, Sicily when young Salvatore (Lucky's real first name) was 9 years old ...
Anyway we had a wonderful dinner with our traditional menu of Maccu (Fava Soup), Caponata, Arancini (Sicilian Rice Balls), Sicilian Pizza, Pasta con Sarde, and Saint Josephs Day Pastry, Sfinci ...


See the pictures and for some great recipes of Sicily's favorite dishes, see Grandma Bellino's Italian Cookbook / Recipes From My Sicilian Grandmother                                    

by Daniel Bellino "Z"


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Our MACCU




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Our SICILIAN PIZZA with ANCHOVIES
and a Glass of NERO d'AVOLA
Yummm !!




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Our PASTA ????

PASTA con SARDE





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DOLCE

SFINCI al SAN GIUSEPPE



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GRANDMA BELLINO'S ITALIAN COOKBOOK

Recipes From My Sicilian Grandmother

by Daniel Bellino "Z"





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FRANK SINATRA








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Salvatore Lucinao
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CHARLES "LUCKY" LUCIANO
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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

How to Cook Perfect Steak







PERFECT COOKED STEAKS

at HOME

RECIPE in BELIEVE IT or NOT ??? !!!

GOT ANY KAHLUA ?

aka

The BIG LEBOWSKI COOKBOOK by DANIEL ZWICKE






GOT ANY KAHLUA ? 

Recipes

WHITE RUSSIANS

COWBOY CHILI

GOOEY CHOPMEAT

and YES

The PERFECT STEAK





JAMIE OLIVER COOKS FLAT IRON STEAK
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VIDEO

Daniel Bellino Zwicke Cooks

The PERFECT GREENWICH VILLAGE NEWPORT STEAK

with BORDEAUX CHIANTI REESE'S PEANUT BUTTER CUPS

and The ROLLING STONES





HANGER STEAK in GREENWICH VILLAGE


Daniel Bellino Zwicke




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THE BADASS COOKBOOK

SECRET RECIPES

by Daniel Zwicke




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Sunday, March 12, 2017

PJ Clarkes Burger

 

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PJ Clarke's

Upper East Side of Manhattan

New York, NY

photo Copyright Daniel Bellino-Zwicke

Are you a True Downtowner who has found themselves for one reason or another has found themselves on the Upper East Side and needed a good place to have a drink and grab a good Burger. You need a good joint, not a obnoxious Sports Bar with 20 annoying Flat Screen TVs. You're not from BumFu_k Iowa, so Applebee's or Tj McFunsters just won't do. You're a Downtowner, you need a inexpensive, unpretentious, non-contrived place with a Cool Vibe. Well for years now, my Go-To all-around place on the Upper East Side (for the Rare Times I'm in that neighborhood) is without question PJ Clarke's. The ambiance is beyond compare, wonderfully well worn, charming, and awash in History.

PJ Clarke's was one of Sinatra's Favorites along with the 21 Club, Jilly's and Patsy's on 56th Street. And speaking of Sinatra who recorded a wonderful version of "One For My Baby" which was written at PJ Clarke's on a Cocktail Napkin by the great Johnny Mercer in 1941.
When I go to PJ Clarke's, I'm thinking of a Burger, a Beer, and an order of Onion Rings. With all the rage of Burger's these days, PJ Clarke's has been serving one of New York's tastiest Burgers for close to a Hundred Years. Even Jackie Kennedy loved PJ Clarke Burgers and ate them often. And Nat King Cole Proclaimed after eating a tasty Bacon Cheeseburger that it was the Cadillac of Burgers. "You know Nat, I agree." And combined with the wonderful ambiance, History, and allure of the place, PJ Clarke's just ca not be beat. Try it!
by Daniel Bellino Zwicke
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ONE of FRANK'S FAVORITES
"Frank Sinatra That Is" !!!
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Kevin Zraly BRUNELLO Seminar



Yes there was a Triple Header of Brunello the other day. Well two days and for me any way. The Main Event of Benvenuto Brunello, or as we New York Italian Wine People call it, simply "The Brunello Tasting" which is held every year in New York and a few other chosen cities around the globe. The tasting is for the release of the latest and current vintage of one of Italy's and the World's Great Wines, Brunello di Montalcino ... Wines made of 100% Snagiovese Grosso aka Brunello. Wine made only in Montalcino (nowhere else in the World). Wine made in the highest standards of winemaking and according to the standards and specifications of The Consorzio Del Vino Brunello Di Montalcino and the Italian Goverment.  Brunello must be aged for 2 years in oak barells and 2 years in bottle before being released 4 years after the vintage and 5 years for Brunello deamed Riserva. Thus at this Brunello Tasting in 2013, The Brunello Consorzio and its producers .... KEVIN ZRALY TALKS BRUNELLO    "Brunello Seminar-Tasting Gotham Hall"


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"THIS GUY KNOW WINE !!! "


"DON'T TOUCH IT, DON'T TOUCH IT" !!!



The Great Kevin Zraly held a Brunello Seminar at The New York Brunello Tasting 2013 ...And for the few lucky enough to attend, it was quite a great event. Great, yes great, and Mr. Keven Zraly in my book is quite great when it comes to knowledge of wine, his Love and approach to it, drinking, tasting for his own pleasure and knowledge as well as the Drinking, Tasting, and Education Kevin imparts on those in his classes, readers and owners of his famed Windows On The World Wine Course (Book), and anyone as I've Just said "Lucky Enough to Attend One of Mr. Zraly's Wine Seminars," in this case for one of Italy's and The World's most esteemed wines and one of Kevin's 3 Favorite Wines (Kevin's words) Brunello di Montalcino.    "Don't Touch It! Don't touch it !!!" shouts Kevin Zraly, near the beginning of his seminar. He know there are always people on every level of experience at any one of the many wine seminars he has conducted over the years, including the most experienced and at least one or maybe several people who have never ever been to a Seminar Wine Tasting like this in their lives. This maybe their first one, "Don't Touch Don't touch!!!" It's quite funny and a bit shocking the way Kevin does these as he sets the tone for his style of wine seminar, which is "No Muss No Fuss No BS," and as Mr. Zraly says no English Poetry, in an effort to say there will be none of that overdone pontification, just straight normal talk, and talk even a beginner could grasp about wine, and with Kevin his approach will make you love the object and the subject of "Wine" even more. That's what a great wine educator does. There are not many better than Kevin Zraly, "if any?"    Yes, the seminar was quite wonderful. If being at the most important Brunello Tasting of the year wasn't enough, and being the first in the World to taste the 2008 Vintage and 07 Riservas, in a beautiful setting like Gotham Hall, in The Greatest City in The World, and as the Head of The Brunello Consorzio stated this glorious day, "New York Is The Greatest and Most Important Market in The World For The Producers of Brunello di Montalcino." Yes Sir "It Is." Yes those at The New York Brunello Tasting were among-st the first in the World to taste these fine wines, and Mr.  Zraly made that point, as well as stating how wonderful the Wines were, that we were very fortunate to be drinking them, and that Brunello was along with Bordeaux, one of his 3 Favorite wines in the World to drink. Myself and Michael Colameco (Who is The fine host of "Real Food" one of TV's Best Cooking Shows on PBS) sitting next to me at the seminar, we both surmised the third  of Kevin's 3 Favorite Wines of The World had to be Burgundy. This we need to find out.     "Smell it 3 times. Cover the glass with your hand. Sniff! Toast the person sitting next to you and drink. Think about it for 1 minute at 15 second intervals. Do you still taste it? What do you taste?" Well, we tasted 8 very fine offerings of this fabulous wine, Brunello di Montalcino. The wines were all wonderful, and being at Benvenuto Brunello in such a gorgeous setting as Gotham Hall and being led in a Tasting of Great Brunello by one of the World's Greatest Authorities on Wine, this was a combination that was unbeatable. Being in the Italian Wine and Restaurant Business for more than 25 and writing for another 8, I can tell your that I've been to many a incredible wine event, like: a Vertical Wine tasting and Luncheon with the Marchese Piero Antinori, Dinner at Spark's Steak-House with Jacopo Biondi Santi and his wines, as well as lunches and dinners on many great wine estates in Italy. The kind of events people would kill to be able to attend, I've been to many, and this Brunello Seminar tasting with kevin Zraly shall be filed in my head with some of those other great wine moments. It was most enjoyable, and I'm so glad I made it (almost din't go).    So Bravo Brunello! And Bravo Kevin for your passion, love of the wine, and the way you lead others, in your very Zraly Direction. Daniel Bellino Zwicke BRUNELLO SEMINAR with KEVEN ZRALY .. January 31, 2013 .... Afternoon Seminar WINES: BRUNELLO di MONTALCINO 1.   Palazzo - 2008 2.   Fanti -2008 3.   Tenute Sivio Nardi - 2008 4.   Donatella Cinelli Colombini - 2008 5.   Uccelliera - 2008 6.   Palazzo - Riserva 2004 7.   Col D'Orcia 2001 8.   IL Poggione Riserva 1999 An overall assessment and thoughts on the 8 Brunello's we tasted. First off, they were all very good to wonderful to remarkable. A great line-up including some excellent producers and very fine vintages of recent years. It seemed an overall consensus that pretty much everyone (Writers, Restaurant People, Wine Professionals,and Hobbyists) in the room liked each and every wine we drank, all wonderful wines, and with Kevin "Cheer-Leading" us with his love of wine and Brunello, I believe everyone enjoyed these wines even more than if they had tasted all 8 in another manner than this great tasting-seminar.    As all wines were wonderful, I must admit that there were 3 wines that we all got a bit more excited and super-charged over. These wines were; the Brunello Uccelliera 2008, the Brunello Col D'Orcia 2001, and the Brunello IL Poggione 1999 ... Without going into any, as Kevin Zraly would say "English Poetry" these 3 wines were just wonderful. The kind of wines you light up over and just saying "Wow," is enough to say that they had everything you want in a great Brunello or any great wine, great aroma, Wonderful Taste combined with "Perfect Balance," and simply greatness.    Again, a great tasting, overall Benvenuto Brunello, lots of great wines, wonderful people, and a fine Seminar-Tasting of Brunello conducted by Mr. Kevin Zraly. 

Again, Bravo!






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MY FAVORITE BRUNELLO


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Update on the Seminar :


I first wrote this peace the day after the 2013 BENVENUTO BRUNELLO TASTING at GOtHAM HALL in NEW YORK .. Those of us in the business in New York simply call it The BRUNELLO TASTING .. It was a wonderful tasting as usual seeing all my friends who make Brunello in Montalcino, hanging with them and my New York Friends and Colleagues of Italian Wine and restaurants here in Manhattan .. This day was most memorable as the great Kevin Zraly was conducting the Seminar on Brunello .. Kevin really knows his stuff and he's a delight to listen to, unlike some of the very mediocre seminar presenters of other years, one of which, I don't know the women's name, but I walked out on her Seminar a couple years ago, She was SO BAD and seemed as though she didn't know what the hell she was talking about and didn't really know much about Brunello or Italian Wine for that matter .. I was mistified how this women was ever picked to head the Brunello Siminar, not knowing what the Hell She was talking about. Anyway in 2013 those of us attended the Brunello Seminar conducted by Kevin Zraly got to see a true Pro at work .. I sat with Michael Collemeco and we shared notes and opinions of the great Brunello's on hand. Now that day was a true delight. Thank you Kevin !


Daniel Bellino-Zwicke







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SUNDAY SAUCE

by Daniel Bellino Zwicke


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