FOOD AS HEAVEN - A Michael Green Experience

We all know Chinese food, but very few have experienced a Chinese Banquet. NYC's Chinatown is not only home to one of the largest Chinese populations in the US, it is also home to stunning food. There is a famous Chinese saying 民以食为天 which literally means: people regard food as heaven.  Be transported to culinary paradise with a classic Chinese banquet! These indulgent feasts are created to mark special life events. Served family style, these meals foster a true sense of sharing and community.  

Join Michael Green as we savor 10 curated courses of food paired with fantastic food friendly wines to accompany these varied dishes.

Below is a sample menu!

The Banquet

FISH MAW CRAB MEAT SOUP

JUMBO SHRIMP WITH MAYONNAISE AND WALNUT

STEAMED STRIPED BASS

CHINESE BROCCOLI WITH OYSTER SAUCE

LOBSTER WITH GINGER & SCALLION

ORANGE FLAVORED BEEF

PEKING DUCK

CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE FRIED RICE

VEGETABLE LO-MAIN

FRIED SESAME BALL AND FRESH FRUIT

The Wines

Gruet Brut NV  (New Mexico)

Sax Gruner Veltliner Zwillingslauser 2015 (Austria)

J.J. Prum Gracher Himmelreich Riesling Kabinett 2015 (Germany)

Charvet Beaujolais Rouge 2014  (France)

Castlet Moscato d'Asti 2015 (Italy) 

My Favorite Wine Under $10

Every time I host an event I'm asked the same question. Can you find a good wine for under $10? The answer is a resounding yes!

There has never been a better time to be a wine buyer. Wine quality has never been finer and there are so many wines competing for your dollars. While there are so many great choices under $10, I do have a favorite.

I have been drinking this wine for years.  It has the yummy factor, is celebratory, and pairs well with most foods.

It's SO delicious that I always keep a case on hand!

CristAlino Brut Rose!

This is a cava, which is the name of sparkling wine from Spain. Cava is made the same way as Champagne (which is a secondary fermentation in the bottle) but at a fraction of the price!

The grapes: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Trepat

My notes: Beautiful scents of raspberry and cherry on the nose with fresh, clean strawberry and cherry flavors in the mouth and a consistent bead. The finish is clean and crisp and invites another sip!  

Price:  $8.99

 

If you're looking for a complete wine experience you're in luck!

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How To Buy Inexpensive Wine

No tax refund this year?  Are you a wine buyer on a budget? Looking for something you will love to drink again and again.  Follow these tips and you can leave your wine shop with something filled with flavor and light on the purse.  

Avoid Expensive Regions

Go To Lesser-Known and Less Expensive Regions. Looking for a California Cab? Then try something from Chile. If you’re after a delicious bubbly, skip the Champagne and try a Cava.  (Cava is the name of sparkling wine from Spain and it is made the same way as Champers - only without the hefty price tag.

Try An Unexpected and Undervalued Grape (aka Find a stunt double for a more expensive wine)

Like Pinot Noir?  Then try Gamay.  (It is the grape used to make Beaujolais from France.)Like Sancerre?  Try an Albarino? (Albrino hails from the remote Northwest corner of Spain.  It is like Sauvignon Blanc meets dry Riesling.) Like a bit of fruitiness?  Try German Riesling. (One of the most food friendly and tasty wines on the planet.)

Find a Wine Shop you adore and a salesperson you trust.

Do not be intimidated! Tell the salesperson your budget. Use your words!  Give them a grape, a style (light medium or full) or a region you have enjoyed in the past. See what The Wine has to say.  Cutting to the chase - there is no relationship between price and taste. 

Drinking Champagne Improves Memory

Research from the University of Reading, U.K., shows that drinking one to three glasses of champagne a week may counteract the memory loss associated with ageing, and could help delay the onset of degenerative brain disorders, such as dementia. 

Scientists at the University of Reading have shown that the phenolic compounds found in champagne can improve spatial memory, which is responsible for recording information about one's environment, and storing the information for future navigation.