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Grapevine: Be Wary of the Information on a Wine Label

Grapevine: Be Wary of the Information on a Wine Label

What is the first description you seek out on a wine label? Is it on the front label? The rear? And which term have you trained yourself to capture, the one that transmits data from your eye to your cerebrum as an attractor or a detractor, to tempt you to proceed further in selecting the […]

The Home Guru: A Shorthand Method to a Work-Free Garden

The Home Guru: A Shorthand Method to a Work-Free Garden

By Bill Primavera – When I was younger, a feeling of near euphoria would greet me at the first breath of spring, as I would anticipate my first days in the garden. Year after year, I could always be assured that I had at least five or six months ahead of me where, whenever stressed, all […]

The Restaurant Examiner: Saint George in Hastings Introduces $25 Prix-Fixe Weekday Menu

The Restaurant Examiner: Saint George in Hastings Introduces $25 Prix-Fixe Weekday Menu

A two-course, prix-fixe dinner debuts at Saint George in Hastings-on-Hudson today (Tuesday). The bistro plans to offer it Tuesday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. for $25 per person. For the first course (hors d’oeuvres), patrons can choose from Escargots a la Bourguignonne with garlic herb butter and breadcrumbs, Little Gem lettuce with radish, […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: It’s Difficult Enough to Be a Successful Winemaker Without Civil Unrest

The life and livelihood of a winemaker has been much heralded in the media and in popular culture. The glamour of producing a personal product is enticing. The specter of financial failure is daunting. To make matters worse are the external influences that can have significant impacts on a winemaker’s ultimate ability to succeed. It’s […]

Restaurant Examiner: Special Lunch Deals Abound at Elmsford’s Capatosta Trattoria

Restaurant Examiner: Special Lunch Deals Abound at Elmsford’s Capatosta Trattoria

A bevy of new lunch specials is being offered at Capatosta Trattoria in Elmsford in its dining room and neighboring pizzeria. Most of the luncheon specials can be ordered in both establishments but a few are available in the pizzeria only. Pizzeria-only specials ($6.50). A cup of soup with a half wrap or one-half of […]

Home Guru: Important Pointers for Homeowners With Space to Rent

Home Guru: Important Pointers for Homeowners With Space to Rent

By Bill Primavera – Since my marriage, my wife and I have owned three homes and each of them provided for either a two-family or an accessory apartment arrangement, which, especially when we were young, helped keep the wolf from the door. Once moving to Westchester and realizing at a certain point that our taxes had […]

Home Guru: A Change in Perception About Getting Rid of ‘Stuff’

Home Guru: A Change in Perception About Getting Rid of ‘Stuff’

By Bill Primavera – For many years Jennifer Gurahian has been my recommended source for handling estate sales whenever I’ve had clients who were downsizing. Only now when I am engaging her services myself have I experienced a change of perception about the process of getting rid of “stuff” no longer needed. Counting what my wife […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Napa Valley From Vineyard Reality to Virtual Reality

There are a record number of wineries in the United States today – 9,000 plus. Over 40% are in California, accounting for 90% of all domestic wine production. Yet, fewer than 2% of all wineries in the United States – less than 200 – account for 84% of all wine production. This was the introduction […]

Home Guru:  Advantages When Your Supplier is a Long-Term ‘Family Affair’

Home Guru: Advantages When Your Supplier is a Long-Term ‘Family Affair’

By Bill Primavera – Having long-term relationships with your home suppliers has its advantages. In effect, they become advisers you can trust, almost like members of the family. And when the business itself is an extended family, it’s especially nice. Take the example of Absolute Flooring of Yorktown that re-did my kitchen floor three years ago. […]

Home Guru: Faux, that Phony Technique that Adds Real Beauty

Home Guru: Faux, that Phony Technique that Adds Real Beauty

By Bill Primavera – A whole new world was opened to me years ago when the owners of a tasteful antiques shop in Brooklyn Heights invited me to their condo in one of the grand houses in that landmarked neighborhood. When I looked up at the ceiling in their living room, I found that I was […]

The Restaurant Examiner: Corned Beef and Cabbage at Demeter's Tavern & Sports Bar

The Restaurant Examiner: Corned Beef and Cabbage at Demeter’s Tavern & Sports Bar

Demeter’s Tavern & Sports Bar in Tarrytown will serve its famous corned beef and cabbage all day on Saint Patrick’s Day, Thursday, March 17. To help prepare and cook the traditional corned beef and cabbage, co-proprietors and brothers Stephen and Donald Demeter enlist the aid of their mom Connie every year. “The same passed-down family recipe […]

Bill Primavera

Home Guru: There’s Still a Place for the Home Library in the Digital Age

By Bill Primavera – In an age when the wealth of human knowledge and culture can be accessed through a tile-sized tablet, many people would assume that we no longer have a need for a home library. This does not necessarily indicate a decline in literacy. In fact, the members of Generation Y are the most […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: The Next Chapter of the Icons of Napa Valley

Last week I focused on the viticultural history of California winemaking, from the early days of the immigrant settlers to the modern day gentleman (and lady) one percent investors. In Napa Valley, the legacy of fine winemaking runs deep. Many of the early European settlers who set their roots in California settled here. The proximity […]

Home Guru: What a Delight to Listen to Our Neighbors Who Tweet

Home Guru: What a Delight to Listen to Our Neighbors Who Tweet

By Bill Primavera – Between a childhood in South Philadelphia and an early adulthood spent in Boston and Brooklyn Heights, I never had much exposure to birds or birdwatching — unless sharing the sidewalk with flocks of pigeons counts. But now, after decades of living in a leafy suburb, the birds of our region have become […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Determining if a Wine has the Qualities to be Ageable

A few columns back, I expounded on the ageability of wines. In the vineyard of a competent winemaker, there are a number of factors that influence the ability of a wine to age gracefully and ultimately become a pleasurable wine that is highly evolved from its vineyard beginnings. From the grape varietal chosen to be […]

Home Guru: That Time of Year to Think About Tax Tips for the Homeowner

Home Guru: That Time of Year to Think About Tax Tips for the Homeowner

By Bill Primavera – As winter draws to a close, we are reminded that tax time is just around the corner. Those of us who own our own homes are fortunate enough to have many tax deductions and advantageous strategies available to us. I have some solid advice below, but be prudent and check these out […]

Home Guru: Home Staging By a Professional or On Your Own

Home Guru: Home Staging By a Professional or On Your Own

By Bill Primavera – Sometimes I think it’s a good exercise for a realtor to look at the home search process more from the buyer’s point of view.  And from that perspective, choosing a home that is right for us can be more about art than science. Sure, we may start the search with a list […]

Home Guru: With Master Baths So Large, They Can Be So Much More

Home Guru: With Master Baths So Large, They Can Be So Much More

By Bill Primavera – A home stager recently pointed out to me that of all the staging offenses she had witnessed on a listing photograph was a bathroom shot showing a toilet with the lid and seat in the up position, highlighting the classic argument between male and female members of a household. I must confess […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Determining the Age-Worthiness of Wines: Nature or Nuture?

“I purchased a wine that I thoroughly enjoyed and would like to save a few bottles for consumption over time. Will my wine age well?” I am frequently asked this question. Invariably, my response is “It depends.” As a living, breathing organism, every wine undergoes changes as it ages. Yet each ages differently, depending on […]

Home Guru:  ‘Zombie Homes’ and Their Effect on Owners and Communities

Home Guru: ‘Zombie Homes’ and Their Effect on Owners and Communities

By Bill Primavera – Last month, residents of Mount Vernon breathed a sigh of relief as a long-abandoned house in their city was finally torn down. The building had stood empty for four years, and was then damaged by fire two years ago. Finally, the high winds and snow accumulation from the recent winter storm […]

Dining Out on Valentine’s Day? Here Are 10 Restaurants to Consider

Dining Out on Valentine’s Day? Here Are 10 Restaurants to Consider

Many restaurants are offering prix-fixe menus for Valentine’s Day, including most of the eateries listed below. With rare exceptions, the regular menus, or limited versions, will also be available. Prices shown for prix-fixe menus do not include tax, tip or beverages except where otherwise noted. Some restaurants offer a special for more than one day. […]

Esposito’s Offers Candlelight Dining on Valentine’s Day

Esposito’s Offers Candlelight Dining on Valentine’s Day

To celebrate Valentine’s Day this Sunday, Esposito’s Ristorante & Pizzeria in White Plains will serve a four-course, prix-fixe holiday meal from 12 to 10 p.m. for $30.95 per person, plus tax and gratuity. An identically priced offer also applies at its older sister restaurant of the same name in Valhalla. “In addition to being fed, […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Super Bowl 50 Culinary Matchups of the Rival Teams

We’re in the middle of that period of football wasteland. No home team to root for in the postseason and no built-in reason to quaff our favorite wine or beer as we veg out in our favorite reclining chair. Super Bowl 50 is as anticipated for its off-the-field festivities as it is for its on-field […]

Home Guru: The Allure of Red However or Wherever Used

Home Guru: The Allure of Red However or Wherever Used

By Bill Primavera – It never occurred to me as a 16-year-old that I was making a strong statement. Given the first opportunity to decorate my own room, I chose a really bright red for the walls. My mother waited until I was in my thirties to finally tell me that she always knew I was […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: A Bottle of Wine is Filled with Longstanding Traditions

Wine is rich in tradition. It is rich in the ethereal tradition that embodies the efforts of millennia of winemakers who have produced wine following the time-honored precepts of their forbearers. It is rich in the dynamic tradition of millions who have enjoyed it as a symbol of celebration. Raising a glass with others in […]

Home Guru: Watch Out for Gaps in Your Insurance Coverage

Home Guru: Watch Out for Gaps in Your Insurance Coverage

By Bill Primavera Now that we’re mostly dug out of the recent snowstorm, I find myself remembering a friend whose home was damaged due to freezing conditions. That difficult event was made worse for her because her agent had neglected to give her proper coverage, selling her a condominium policy when she actually lived in […]

Nick Antonaccio

Conflicting Health Grapevie:Guidelines Over Red Wine Emphasize Need for Moderation

I drink wine for its ethereal qualities. I appreciate the intrinsic pleasure it brings to my palate and my intellect. The touted health aspects of a glass of wine are a valuable side benefit. Over the last 20 years, numerous studies have been published espousing the health benefits of red wine. Volumes have been written […]

Home Guru: The Home Guru’s 2016 Real Estate Forecast

Home Guru: The Home Guru’s 2016 Real Estate Forecast

By Bill Primavera – As we settle into 2016, it’s time for The Home Guru to report on the closing of the fourth quarter of the housing market in 2015 and take a look into his crystal ball and see how experts say it might behave in the months ahead. Just in are the results of […]

Nick Antonaccio

Satisfying Your Investment Appetite With a Wine-related Opportunity

The recent downturn of global stock markets, as worrisome as it is, remains a cyclical event. Granted, each downturn, uptick or stable period is explained as a temporary aberration, typically garnering the same rationale for each daily movement of the financial markets, whether they move up, down or sideways. It is becoming increasingly clear that […]

Home Guru: A Clutter of Information about Clutter

Home Guru: A Clutter of Information about Clutter

By Bill Primavera – It makes sense that we would be reminded at the beginning of the year, when we’re all fortified with New Year’s resolutions, to resolve to get around to decluttering. It seems that everywhere I look I’m finding helpful hints of how to do that. I have only occasionally dipped into the world of […]