I almost always order a bottle of wine when dining out. I try to stay under $50-$60 a bottle but at a fine restaurant, a nice bottle under $50 is hard to find these days. Do you set a limit on wine budget when dining out?
The first step to wine appreciation is opening the bottle. Jeff Creamer, former wine director at the now-defunct San Francisco restaurant Two, coaxes a cork from a bottle in a few easily replicable steps.
How to Open a Bottle of Champagne
The loud pop and the flying cork are not the goals.
What to Do with Half a Bottle of Red Wine
Protect your leftovers-- don't leave the bottle on the counter.
Max's Mistake and Accidental Cocktails
Welcome to the first episode of CHOW Happy Hour! Every Friday, shoot the breeze with world-famous bartender Martin Cate, of Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco, while he mixes you up a delicious cocktail. This week: the Max's Mistake, with gin and passion fruit syrup. Cheers!