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Wine & Spirits awards CARO 2013 “Best Cabernet Blend” in the 100 Best Wines of the Year.
~ Annual benefit honored award-winning chef, author, philanthropist, and restaurateur at summer bash in the Hamptons on July 23 ~
New York, NY (July 25, 2016) – On Saturday, July 23, the James Beard Foundation toasted Daytime Emmy and multiple James Beard Foundation Award–winning chef, author and restaurateur John Besh at its 26th annual Chefs & Champagne®. Besh, who also founded the John Besh Foundation, was toasted by more than 1,000 guests who attended the sumptuous benefit at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack, New York. The Foundation’s tasting party and fundraiser featured flowing Champagne Barons de Rothschild, wines and ciders from Wölffer Estate Vineyard, and delicious tastings from a select group of more than 40 chefs.
The James Beard Foundation’s Chefs & Champagne® is considered to be the East End’s premier culinary summertime event. A silent auction consisting of fine-dining experiences, wines and spirits, cookware, and culinary travel packages raised over $75,000 to support the Foundation’s mission, educational and Impact Programs which include the annual Food Conference and Leadership Awards that help promote a better food system.
Carrying on its long tradition of supporting culinary education, the James Beard Foundation was proud to announce Evelyn Q. Grant as the recipient of the 2016 Christian Wölffer Scholarship and the ICC Intensive Sommelier Course tuition waiver. Established in 2006, the Christian Wölffer Scholarship assists students in their study of food and wine. Also in attendance was multiple James Beard Foundation Scholarship recipient Christina Cassel.
Chefs & Champagne participating chefs included:
As Chefs & Champagne’s guest of honor, John Besh joined the ranks of gastronomic giants such as Carla Hall, Martha Stewart, Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, and Bobby Flay, who have all been fêted at prior events. Celebrated chef John Besh has dedicated his career to the culinary riches of southern Louisiana. In his restaurants, entrepreneurial pursuits, and public activities, Besh preserves and promotes ingredients, techniques, and heritage one dish at a time. He is the author of four cookbooks: My New Orleans (October 2009) and My Family Table (November 2011), Cooking From The Heart (October 2013) and Besh Big Easy (September 2015); as well as the host of two national public television cooking shows, Chef John Besh’s New Orleans and Chef John Besh’s Family Table. In 2011, he founded the John Besh Foundation, which works to protect and preserve the culinary heritage and foodways of New Orleans via initiatives such as the Chefs Move! culinary school scholarship and “Milk Money” microloans for local farmers.
In addition to Wölffer Estate Vineyard as the host venue, exclusive Champagne from Champagne Barons de Rothschild, VIP after-party sponsor Neuman’s Kitchen, Events & Catering, 2016 event sponsors included Antigua and Barbuda; Audi; Badoit® Sparkling Natural Mineral Water; evian® Natural Spring Water; Goose Island Beer Company; Gokokuya; Hamptons magazine; Maille; Melissa’s; Royal Cup Coffee and Tea; Sturia Caviar; Tito’s Handmade Vodka; VerTerra Dinnerware; and VVH-TV.
For more information, visit jamesbeard.org/chefsandchampagne; join the James Beard Foundation on Facebook; follow the James Beard Foundation on Twitter and Instagram. To become a member of the James Beard Foundation, click here.
About the James Beard Foundation (JBF)
Founded in 1986, the James Beard Foundation celebrates, nurtures, and honors America’s diverse culinary heritage through programs that educate and inspire. A cookbook author and teacher with an encyclopedic knowledge about food, James Beard, who died in 1985, was a champion of American cuisine. He helped educate and mentor generations of professional chefs and food enthusiasts, instilling in them the value of wholesome, healthful, and delicious food. Today JBF continues in the same spirit by administering a number of diverse programs that include educational initiatives, food industry awards, scholarships for culinary students, publications, chef advocacy training, and thought-leader convening. The Foundation also maintains the historic James Beard House in New York City’s Greenwich Village as a “performance space” for visiting chefs. In September of 2012, JBF launched the Diplomatic Culinary Partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Protocol and helped create the American Chef Corps as a way to champion American chefs abroad, promote American food products, and foster an interest in American culinary culture and history through international programs and initiatives. One such project is Expo Milano 2015, a global gathering of 147 countries addressing the challenges of how we will feed ourselves in the future. At Expo, the James Beard Foundation has co-led the effort for the State Department to design and produce the USA Pavilion; the theme of the pavilion, “American Food 2.0: United to Feed the Planet,” showcases America’s contributions to global food security and gastronomy. For more information, please visit jamesbeard.org. Get JBF news, recipes, and more at the James Beard Foundation’s blog. Join the James Beard Foundation on Facebook. Follow the James Beard Foundation on Twitter and Instagram.
HARRISON, NY May 10, 2016 Pasternak Wine Imports is pleased to announce the nationwide launch of “Légende” from Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). “
Légende offers consumers a journey through the different terroirs and tastes of the heralded Bordeaux appellation through the eyes of one of the region’s most prestigious producers, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite).
As Christophe Salin, Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) President & CEO, explains, “It all started in the nineties. We wanted to offer our consumers a discovery of the different terroirs and tastes of Bordeaux. A name had to be found. A name that could live up to the expectations. A hint to the Rothschild family and the rich history of Château Lafite. A légende was born.”
Crafted by long-time Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) winemaker, Diane Flamand, Légende wines demonstrate a remarkable balance between tradition and modernity. With a product range that includes each of the five major appellations in Bordeaux: Bordeaux Rouge, Bordeaux Blanc, Médoc, Saint- Émilion and Pauillac, Légende wines have an approachable style, inspired by every day drinkability and enjoyment.
Collectively the Légende range reflects the perfect expression of terroir from one of the greatest wine regions in the world, Bordeaux. But individually they represent a taste journey in which consumers can explore the unique characteristics of each of the five appellations. Bordeaux Rouge is round and fruity, while Bordeaux Blanc is fresh and pleasant. Médoc excludes elegance. Saint Émilion sings with harmony, and Pauillac bursts on both nose and palate with robust and powerful aromas.
Stephen Brauer, President and CEO of Pasternak Wine Imports, notes, “We want to break down the barrier in perception that all Bordeaux is expensive and out of reach, Légende is all about introducing customers to the pleasure of Bordeaux, with wines that can be paired and enjoyed with most every day occasions.”
HARRISON, NY January 19, 2016 – Pasternak Wine Imports is proud to announce a U.S. partnership effective March 1, 2016 to oversee the distribution and marketing of Thomas George Estates, a Russian River Valley based winery dedicated to the production of world-class, estate- grown, and small lot wines. Established through the father and son team of Thomas and Jeremy Baker, the Thomas George Estates portfolio consists of two independent brands: Thomas George Estate wines dedicated to estate-grown Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley AVA, and Noble Tree Wines comprised of estate-grown Sonoma County grapes with an emphasis on Cabernet Sauvignon.
“We are very excited about the new partnership with Thomas George Estates,” explains Stephen Brauer President and CEO of Pasternak Wine Imports. “Thomas George Estates fits perfectly with our portfolio of estate wines. The Baker family and their talented team are focused on producing the purest reflection of the terroir with wines that express elegance, personality, and drinkability. For Thomas George Estates, small is beautiful, and their passion for the land is reflected in their estate and single-vineyard wines.” Thomas George Estates offers a range of single vineyard wines including Baker Ridge, Cresta Ridge, Starr Ridge and Sons & Daughters Ranch but they also vinify by individual lot-specific sites which allows them to express the color and diversity within their exceptional land holdings.
Thomas George Estates is a relative newcomer to the Russian River Valley, but their winery and their vineyards are steeped in local history. They own over 137 acres of planted land, including properties once owned by Davis Bynum and Gary Farrell, both known to be pioneers in the Russian River Valley. “Offering distribution rights of Thomas George Estates was a decision we did not take lightly, but we are confident we found the right partner in Pasternak,” commented Jeremy Baker, President of Thomas George Estates. “Pasternak not only understands how to sell some of the most storied and celebrated wines in the world, but they also have a proven track record for brand building. We are proud to become the Russian River anchor in their U.S. portfolio.”
HARRISON, NY May 19, 2016 The numbers are in and Team Pasternak is proud to announce they rode 575 miles and raised over $42k in the Yountville (Napa Valley, CA) Tour de Cure. Pasternak Wine Imports has participated in Tour de Cure for the past three years cumulatively raising over $110k and cycling over 1,500 miles to further advance the mission of the American Diabetes Association.
Participants from left to right: (Back) Jason Blanford, Andrew Stockbridge, Michel Negrier, Gary Clayton and (Front) Francois-Xavier Lamy, Stephen Brauer, Susan-Anne Cosgrove, Jeff Popkin & Nick Lacasella- Missing from Photo; Alex Mejido & Geraldine Kenny (finishing cycling 100 miles!)
The Tour de Cure is the American Diabetes Association’s signature fundraising cycling event. With strong support from corporate and family teams, this event raises over $29 million annually to find a cure for diabetes and to support their mission to fund research for a cure, provide information to help prevent diabetes and advocate for those affected by diabetes and promote public awareness.
Pasternak Team Captain, President & CEO, Stephen Brauer commented, ”The Pasternak Team are winners on any given day, but I am truly touched by their dedication and drive in joining me for this worthy cause.”
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Summer wines under $15 to pair with burgers, ribs, tacos and more
June 3, 2016
The best all-purpose BBQ wine is pink. It’s a winner with a summer staple, watermelon, but also work with everything on the table and off the grill. This cheerful rose wine from the sunny South of France is dry, light and succulently fruity. From a family owned winery, Saget, and priced at $10 a bottle, it’s a staple for any table. 2015 Saget “La Petite Perrière” Rosé, Loire Valley, France $10