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March 1 Class: Wines of Verona at Cooking by the Book



Our latest Small Bites Big Sips offering — The Wines of Verona — will be Friday, March 1st at 6:30PM.

We are delighted to offer you an evening with our guest vintner, Giovanni Bertani of the Tenuta Santa Maria alla Pieve estate and winery near Verona. Giovanni is heir to a 400-year tradition of wine making in northeast Italy’s Veneto region, where his family name has long been synonymous with the region’s most admired and innovative wines.

Tenuta Santa Maria is an historic property dating back to Roman times; yet for Giovanni, his father Gaetano and brother Guglielmo, it represents their latest, most personal and most ambitious project to date. Behind Tenuta Santa Maria is the Bertani family’s deep-seated commitment to creating a collection of superb quality, estate-bottled wines representing the finest expression of the local terroir. Here vine roots tunnel down to an extraordinary depth of 5 storeys, ultimately giving rise to a precious yield of little more than 2 lbs of fruit per vine.

At this Small Bites Big Sips class the bites will include:

  • Roasted Cherry Tomatoes Bruschetta
  • Marinated Salmon
  • A Presentation of Special Italian Cheeses
  • Spiced Lamb chops with Roasted Cherry Vinaigrette
  • Italian Cookies, of course, for dessert

The big sips will come from reds and whites personally  recommended by Giovanni and paired with our foods as the evening progresses.

We invite you to join us on March 1. You can register for the class by clicking on:


Wine versus Beer: A Friendly Discussion at Cooking by the Book on Friday, October 19th

The wine versus beer debate can be conducted from many perspectives.

This Friday at Cooking by the Book, we will have our own Beer versus Wine debate featuring Sommeliers Samuel Merritt (beer) and Harriet Lembeck (wine) as they bring their expert perspectives t  a key question: beverage preferences by sex. Men do seem to prefer beer, while women are more inclined to wine.

On Friday, we’ll supply appropriate bites of delicious food to go with the words you hear in an intense, yet friendly discussion. And, of course, some tastes of both beer and wine to let our experts try to sway you to their side. Some debates are not enjoyable. This one will be.

We hope you can join us this Friday at 6:30 PM. Here’s a link to register for the class, just $75 for beer, wine, food and spirited debate:

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Of course, there are many ways to compare beer and wine. Volumes consumed, how healthy they are, …

Oh, health? Yes, health. Alcohol, from some source is recommended by the American Heart Association, for example. The AHA recommends two drinks a day for men and one for women where “drink” is 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine, 1.5 ounces of 80-proof hard liquor or 1.0 ounces of 100-proof liquor. So, six packs are not recommended on a daily basis.

Research has shown some wonderful aspects about wine:

  • Wine drinkers live long
  • Wine drinkers have lower cancer rates
  • Wine drinkers eat better [more fruits and vegies, less chips, cold cuts and sausages

Why do we drink more beer than wine? Better marketing and cheaper prices. And beer was made for salty food. However, research has shown these positive things about beer:

  • Beer is more nutritious than wine, with almost all B-vitamins, plus significant amounts of trace metals and minerals
  • Beer reduces heart disease

Now some of this research was conduct in Europe, in Germany, Denmark, and the Czech Republic so there may be some caveats to be applied..

What to do here? Grab a beverage, put your feet up, and relax. Yes, you can meditate with a glass in your hand. And, please join us this Friday if you can.


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