Thanksgiving Dinner from Pittsburgh's Spork Pit

Chef Christian Frangiadis is once more offering delectable pre-sale smoked turkeys from his custom smoker for Thanksgiving holiday through the Spork Pit Website.  For $107+ tax, a 13-lb. spatchcocked turkey will be served with a quart of cranberry-pepita-sage stuffing and a quart of foie gras gravy.  Guests can pick up hot turkeys on Thanksgiving from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. or cold, vacuum-sealed a day prior from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  In addition, a 12" eight-slice pumpkin pie can be ordered for $32.10.  A few notes on the meal:

  • The meal features fresh, hormone-free turkey from Strip District Meats. It will be brined for two days in rosemary-onion brine and then rubbed with smoked paprika, sage, white pepper, black pepper, red pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and dried mustard. 
  • Orders will be taken online (links coming soon) for turkeys through Sunday, November 24. Please let me know if you are interested in covering. I would also be delighted to share information on brine recipes for anyone doing at home preparation. 


Bigger and Better Gelinaz, Worldwide on December 3

138 Restaurants, in 38 Countries- Wow!!  Many of the World's Outstanding Chefs, 148 of them, will be participating, Get details & Tickets at https://gelinaz.com/. 


And the Winners are - Wine Star Awards Announced

  • Person of the Year – Linda Reiff, President & CEO, Napa Valley Vintners
  • Lifetime Achievement – Francis Ford Coppola
  • Philanthropy Award – The Bob and Marie Gallo Foundation
  • Wine Executive of the Year – Bob Torkelson, President & CEO, Trinchero Family Estates
  • Winemaker of the Year – Dave Phinney, Founder & Winemaker, Locations Wine
  • Social Visionary of the Year – International Wineries for Climate Action (Jackson Family Wines and Familia Torres)
  • Wine and Culture Award – Hampton Water (Gérard Bertrand, Jon Bon Jovi and Jesse Bongiovi)
  • Innovator of the Year – Oregon Solidarity (King Estate, Willamette Valley Vineyards, Silvan Ridge Winery and The Eyrie Vineyards)
  • American Winery of the Year – Bogle Vineyards, Clarksburg, CA
  • European Winery of the Year – Tasca d’Almerita, Sicily, Italy
  • New World Winery of the Year – Trapiche, Mendoza, Argentina
  • Wine Region of the Year – Sonoma County, California
  • Winery Experience of the Year – Viña Vik, Millahue, Chile
  • Importer of the Year – Maisons Marques & Domaines USA Inc
  • Sommelier / Beverage Director of the Year – Laura Maniec-Fiorvanti, Cofounder, Corkbuzz
  • Retailer of the Year – Wine.com
  • Spirit Brand / Distiller of the Year – Nonino

The winners will be honored at the 20th annual Wine Star Awards Dinner in San Francisco, California, at the Palace of Fine Arts on Monday, January 27th, 2020. To attend or RSVP please contact Jen Cortellini at jcortellini@wineenthusiast.net. To read in-depth profiles of the Wine Star Award winners, pick up the Best of Year Issue of Wine Enthusiast magazine hitting newsstands December 10th, 2019 or online at WineMag.com. To join the social conversation follow @WineEnthusiast on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook with the hashtag #WineStarAwards.


he 150th anniversary of Moët & Chandon Impérial Bru

From Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to the emperor of France, Roger Federer’s status as the GOAT, Scarlett Johansson becoming the world’s highest paid actress, to Virgil Abloh’s ascent to the top of the fashion industry, Moët & Chandon has paid tribute to some of history’s most iconic figures and cultural moments. This holiday season, the pioneering champagne house is honoring another milestone by celebrating the 150th anniversary of Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut with a stunning limited-edition bottle and gift box of its flagship wine.Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut 150th Anniversary Limited Edition Bottle & Gift Box (SRP $39.99; available nationwide): Moët & Chandon Impérial Brut was first created in 1869, named Impérial in honor of Napoleon, a close friend of the Champagne House’s Moët family. A gift that exudes history and elegance, this limited-edition bottle or gift box will resonate with loved ones this he center adds a touch of inspiration as the year closes out. A graceful golden straw yellow in color, this wine has a lively palate combined with finesse with bright fruity aromas of apple, pear, white peach and citrus and notes of floral nuances.


Happy 90th Barry Sterling

Here's aToast to Barry Sterling, Founder of Iron Horse Vineyard.  When we lunched with Barry abd his LOvely Wfe Audrey a few years ago, we sampled all 10 of Iron Horse Cuvees.  Here's hoping Barry & Audrey will Celebratein in the Same Fashion.  And best wishes to all at Iron Horse,  From Ann and Peter.


Rogue River Blue Tops the World's Cheeses

Only One Cheese can be World Champion;

More than 3,800m Cheeses were in contention.

At the World Cheese Championships held recently in Bergamo, Italy, Oregon's Roguee Creamery's Rogue River Blue was named the Very Best,  OTM congratulates David Gremmels and his team on this singular achievement.  


Gravner’s Pinot Grigio named “Most Thought Provoking Wine”

GRAVNER AWARDED “BLACK SWAN OF THE YEAR” AT WINE PINNACLE AWARDS IN SINGAPORE Gravner’s Pinot Grigio Venezia Giulia IGT has received the outstanding result at the first edition of Wine Pinnacle Awards, held at Resorts World Sentosa Ballroom on October 10th. The Black Swan category aims at highlighting challenging wines which have been able to break through on the international wine scene, despite escaping traditional canons. Our visit several years ago to Jacov Gravner's Vineyard on the border between Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Slovenia was one of OTM's most fascinating Wine Adventures.

Gravner’s Pinot Grigio is made from 100% Pinot Grigio. Selected and hand-harvested grapes are fermented with ambient yeasts and no temperature control in buried kvevri, as are called the typical Georgian amphoras. The wine is then left on the skins before being racked the following April and ages for 5 months in kvevri and 6 years in large oak vessels. The wine is bottled, without fining or filtration, and ages for another 4 years before being released on the market.

“We are very proud of this award. It acknowledges the important work carried out by my father” states Mateja Gravner, Josko’s daughter. “With neighbouring winemaker Radikon amongst the nominees, I see this prize as an award to Oslavia wine-making community and the local group of producers who have strongly believed in recovering old maceration techniques and native varieties. Oslavia has a lot to say to the world”.

Along with Radikon’s Ribolla Gialla Venezia Giulia IGT (Friuli - Italy), Black Swan category nominees included also Arnot-Roberts’ Sonoma Coast Syrah (California - US), Luke Lambert’ Syrah (Yarra Valley - Australia) and Château Pierre-Bise’ Savennieres Roches aux Moines (Loire - France).

Presented by Genting Singapore, Wine Pinnacle Awards mark the first-ever prize based on nominations. Wines are nominated by a respected panel of leading professionals and experts, coordinated by Jeannie Cho Lee MW, Andreas Larsson 2007 World’s Best Sommelier, Doug Frost MW & MS, British wine writer Oz Clarke and Kenichi Ohashi MW. With this process, Wine Pinnacle Awards aim at producing results that are inclusive and representative, thus establishing the Awards as truly authoritative, prestigious and unique.


Le Bernadin's Aldo SohM Wins another World Sommelier Award

When we met Aldo for the 1st time he told us about winning the World's Top Sommelier Award. and that he wouldn't be able to Repeat - Once a Winner you can't do it again.  But Aldo added another Top Award just recently, Here are the details - which reached us in French language.  So we're passing it along the same way............

Prix du Meilleur Restaurateur des Grandes Tables du Monde

Birgit Reitbauer, Steirereck, Vienne, Autriche

Prix M. CHAPOUTIER du Meilleur Sommelier des Grandes Tables du Monde

Aldo Sohm, Le Bernardin, New York, Etats-Unis

Prix Valrhona du Meilleur Pâtissier de restaurant des Grandes Tables du Monde

François Perret, La Table de L’Espadon au Ritz Paris, France

Prix Mauviel 1830 du Meilleur Directeur de Salle des Grandes Tables du Monde

Cristiana Romito, Ristorante Reale, Castel di Sangro, Italie


Britons are Bar Hoppers too

Our Good Friend William Drew of William Reed Business Media just anounced the 2019 World's Best Bars. With 10 out of the Top 50 being in London, British Cocktail Enthusiasts, can claim Primacy!  New York City mustered 6, but did capture Top Spot for Greenwich Village's  Dante. Singapore repeated with 6 Bars honored.  Check out all the details at https://www.worlds50bestbars.com/about.php.  


London's MIchelin Stars - What are the new Odds

Britons are a nation of Bettors (some say Punters) and this year's favorites were just published in EATER LONDON.  Here's the Latest Line - https://london.eater.com/2019/10/2/20894892/michelin-star-london-restaurants-2020-predictions,   OTM is thrilled that three of our past interviewees, Claude Bosi , Clare Smyth and Simon Rogan , are among the favorites to gain the Ultimate Three Stars.  For Claude & Clare, their achievement would achieved in just 2 years.  And Simon, what can you say about this hugely talented Chef who attracts Diners to make a pilgrimage to the Lake Districf as well as Marylebone.  Our only worry is whether we'll be able to score a table next time we're in London..