Restaurant Wine News and Trends

From Napa Valley to Bordeaux, Cabernet Sauvignon to Pinot Noir, FSR Wine Editor Kristine Hansen covers dominant and emerging wine regions, best food pairings with each varietal, and the latest news about wine service in the hospitality industry, leading sommeliers, and seasonal favorites.

 

Rockin’ The Rust Belt

Long gone are the days when this Midwest industrial city was a mere blip on the culinary radar. Cleveland has two James Beard–winning chefs to its credit, a vibrant music scene, and a craft beer center in Ohio City that rivals any in the nation. The Republican National Convention offers a chance for the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to showcase its diverse and booming restaurant scene to the world.

BUBBLYFEST By The Sea To Be Held in October

BUBBLYFEST is announced its annual BUBBLYFEST By The Sea will be held October 6—8. Tickets are now on sale online. 

A Toast to Brotherly Love

In the city where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed, culinary giants like Marc Vetri, Stephen Starr, Michael Solomonov, Eli Kulp, and Jose Garces are building a community that stands tall next to any of the food havens across the U.S. Craft beer and epic wine lists are commonplace, as is a bold cocktail culture that offers a little bit of everything for even the most refined drinkers. The working-class vibe presents a perfect backdrop to this summer’s Democratic National Convention.

Defying Convention

As Republicans and Democrats converge on Cleveland and Philadelphia for their national conventions, the cities’ restaurants will have a chance to impress national audiences on all fronts. From pubs built in the 1800s to James Beard–winning venues, FSR compiled an eclectic list of restaurants with notable food and beverage programs.

Spirits’ Share of Alcohol Gains Continues

On-premise traffic declined 4.2 percent year-over-year during the four-week period ending April 17, continuing the weak performance seen during the previous four weeks.

Focal Point

Hyper-focused wine lists encourage conversation with guests, eliminate the confusion created by lengthy choices, and effectively complement a specific cuisine.

Wine and Sake Square Off in Special Dinner at Mura

Last year, wine beat out sake in Mura’s Wine vs. Sake Dinner. The second round took place at 6:30 p.m.

The Umstead Hotel and Spa Hosts Cakebread Cellars Wine Dinner

The Umstead Hotel and Spa will put Napa Valley’s iconic Cakebread Cellars in the spotlight on April 19 for a special wine dinner event.

The Glass Shapes the Wine Experience

Rarely (OK, maybe never) do wine glasses receive gushing compliments. Instead, they are the silent observers to a multi-course feast, cradling red and white wines in their glass bowls.

Raleigh Food & Wine Festival Returns in May

Coming off of a successful inaugural program in 2015, the Raleigh Food & Wine Festival announced May 19—22 as this year’s dates for the four-day event highlighting of some of the mo

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