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Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: A Bounty of Historic Wine and Farm Produce in Our Backyard

The history and culture of the Hudson Valley is one of the most storied in our nation’s 240-year history of independence. Through the late 19th century, it was a center of agriculture and industry, as well as a magnet for artists and naturists. Then the industrial age and mass communications relegated it to increasing obscurity […]

Home Guru: It’s Again Time to Dust Off the Subject of Household Dust

Home Guru: It’s Again Time to Dust Off the Subject of Household Dust

By Bill Primavera Have you ever heard of a dust fetish? I reluctantly admit to at least a keen interest in the subject, having alluded to it a couple of times in my column musings. Recently I learned about a new study conducted by a group of scientists who had collected dust samples from 1,200 […]

Grapevine: The Consequences of Technology in Society and the Wine Industry

Grapevine: The Consequences of Technology in Society and the Wine Industry

It’s becoming palpable. Not a day goes by that I don’t witness the marvels of evolving technologies and their influence on business, productivity and society. Nary a day goes by that I wonder about the future influence of technologies. But until recently, I hadn’t taken a step back from the ever-changing landscape of technology’s impact […]

Home Guru: The Lighter Side of Victorian: Wicker Furniture

Home Guru: The Lighter Side of Victorian: Wicker Furniture

By Bill Primavera When my wife and I owned an antiques shop early in our marriage, there was a revival of interest in the Victorian style of décor, and I can’t say that we were enthusiastic about it. This style from the second half of the 19th century was known for plush, heavily upholstered furniture […]

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Grapevine: The Conflicted World of Collecting High-end and Rare Objects

We live in a society that knows no bounds in taste for revered objects. And there are those who have an insatiable craving to own the precious objects that reflect a refined palate, or a self-indulgent, self-aggrandizement. In many cases, the desire to own highly regarded objects goes unrequited for lack of financial wherewithal. For […]

Home Guru:  Enjoying the Benefits of Occasionally Unplugging at Home

Home Guru: Enjoying the Benefits of Occasionally Unplugging at Home

By Bill Primavera When it comes to technology, I may not be cutting edge, but I try my very best to adapt to what’s new as quickly as I can. What choice does one have in today’s business world, or social whirl, for that matter? From the first cube-like Macintosh in my home office to […]

Home Guru: How Homeowners Feel About (or Fear) Maintenance Needs

Home Guru: How Homeowners Feel About (or Fear) Maintenance Needs

By Bill Primavera  According to a survey just released by ServiceMaster, it is reported that a whopping 92 percent of homeowners feel unprepared to address home maintenance needs. How could that be, I wondered? With all the DIY resources we have on television and online, and especially if we’re young homeowners, surely we feel more […]

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Grapevine: Living Vicariously through the Cellar of a Wealthy Collector

We read with envy the numerous accounts of rare, high-end wines sold in the marketplace. Collectors enter into bidding frenzies to acquire wines from highly rated wineries and highly rated vintages. However, for most of us 99 percenters, after we read of these wines changing hands amongst a few rich collectors, we never hear of […]

The Home Guru: State’s New Mold Law Viewed as ‘A Little Crazy’

The Home Guru: State’s New Mold Law Viewed as ‘A Little Crazy’

By Bill Primavera – If you find that you have mold in your home and want it removed, you may be in for a surprise by the set of procedures now required to comply with a new law enacted in January by New York State to regulate its remediation. According to two suppliers in the field […]

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Grapevine: The 21st Century Sensibility of Reading Wine Labels

Here in the 21st century, we’ve come to expect (demand?) our information in real time, instantaneously available on our hand-held devices. We can reach out to the vast Internet for whatever inspires us at the moment or we can join networks, websites and social media services that notify us when our real-time information becomes stale. […]

The Home Guru: In a Major Political Year, Equal Time for Red and Blue

The Home Guru: In a Major Political Year, Equal Time for Red and Blue

By Bill Primavera – Recently when I wrote a column dedicated to decorating in red, I received a comment from a reader asking whether my personal devotion to the color was politically motivated. Honestly, the thought never entered my mind; however, I thought that it was certainly a creative association. When it was suggested by that […]

The Home Guru: For Some the Laundry Room is the Heart of the House

The Home Guru: For Some the Laundry Room is the Heart of the House

By Bill Primavera – In most homes, it is said that the kitchen is the heart of the house. But I’ve been with buyers who seem to place as much importance, if not more, on the laundry room. Personally, I remember how surprised I was when I came across one of my first buyers who was […]

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Grapevine:An Attempt to Explain Those Confusing French Wine Labels

For many consumers, deciphering a wine label can be a daunting experience. Our natural tendency is to draw our own subjective, and superficial, conclusions concerning the quality and taste of a wine on a wine shop shelf, rather than more empirical research and inquiry. The end result, for some of us males is similar to […]

Home Guru: Story of Realtor Dangers That Everyone Should Know

Home Guru: Story of Realtor Dangers That Everyone Should Know

By Bill Primavera – The next time you go to a realtor’s open house and are asked to show photo identification or if a realtor insists on meeting at the office for the first time rather than at a property don’t take it personally. He or she is following safety precautions given by an office manager, […]

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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]