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Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine:The Trials and Travails of Start-up Winery Owners

Wine is big business in the United States and the lure and attraction of being part of its potential success and heady prestige is enticing to many. Some desire their own winery for the love of the land, or the love of crafting their own artisanal juice of the Gods, or for the prestige and […]

Home Guru:  No Telling What You’ll Learn From Home Improvement Suppliers

Home Guru: No Telling What You’ll Learn From Home Improvement Suppliers

By Bill Primavera One of life’s greatest pleasures for me since I assumed the moniker of The Home Guru more than a dozen years ago has been the great talents and personalities I’ve encountered among the suppliers who service our many needs around the house, both inside and out. As for me, a self-professed klutz […]

Restaurateur to Open Mediterranean Eateries in Mt. Kisco, Harrison

Restaurateur to Open Mediterranean Eateries in Mt. Kisco, Harrison

Westchester will soon have two new restaurants serving Mediterranean-inspired food. An early April soft opening is expected for 273 Kitchen, a 30-seat establishment in Harrison, and in June for the 100-seat 251 Lex in Mount Kisco in the space previously occupied by The Flying Pig. The same four-person, executive team currently operating 8 North Broadway in […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: The Wines Consumed by Christians From Ancient to Modern Times

Last week, I attempted to follow the history and antecedent practices leading to today’s Christian celebration of the Eucharist, the celebration of Christ’s Last Supper. This week I address the two questions left unanswered: 1) What wine did Christ likely consume during his life on earth and 2) what type of wine do we consume […]

Bill Primavera

Home Guru: Filtering Natural Light at Home to Create or Fit Your Mood

By Bill Primavera You might expect that a column about window shades and blinds would be somewhat ordinary and, honestly, when I set out with the assignment, that’s what I thought I’d deliver to you. Bu, that’s before I got to know Anthony Viverito, owner of Niles Floors & Blinds in Mohegan Lake, a virtual […]

Grapevine: A Brief History of Wine's Role and Influence in Christianity

Grapevine: A Brief History of Wine’s Role and Influence in Christianity

As a Roman Catholic — and a wine writer — I haven’t given much thought to the wine that is consumed at Mass during the sacrament of the Eucharist. Shame on me. I first began thinking about wine in the context of my column while I was chatting with our parish priest a few years […]

Home Guru: The Saga of Why I Didn’t Take a Bath in 50 Years

Home Guru: The Saga of Why I Didn’t Take a Bath in 50 Years

By Bill Primavera This morning I took my first bath in 50 years, and it wasn’t for the purpose of getting myself clean but rather to clean the air tub, which hadn’t been used since I purchased my new condo three months ago. I’m one of those people who opted for showers instead of baths […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Local Importer is Your Personal Wine Consultant

Last week I introduced readers to “artisanal importers” who have a passion for particular styles or regions and vigorously pursue the wines that express their passions. A particular artisanal importer’s name on a wine’s back label can compel you to purchase a wine with certainty, not with the usual element of chance. This week I […]

Home Guru: Qualifying for a Mortgage: What Next, Blood and Urine Samples?

Home Guru: Qualifying for a Mortgage: What Next, Blood and Urine Samples?

By Bill Primavera With the purchase of four homes under my belt, I’ve applied for that many traditional mortgages. There have been many more times when I’ve taken mortgages to either lower my interest rate or tackle major renovations or new business ventures. I’ve lost count of how many times, but never have I been […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Artisanal Importers Can Tantalize Our Discerning Palates

Having sought out new wines for several decades now, I’ve found that I prefer particular styles of wine and specific wine regions. This has certainly helped steer me in the right direction when I’m perusing the numerous offerings at my local wine shops. Certainly, the new round of wine apps, a number of which I […]

Home Guru: My Personal and Frightening Story of Living With Toxic Mold

Home Guru: My Personal and Frightening Story of Living With Toxic Mold

By Bill Primavera More than a dozen years ago, Ed McMahon, the famous pitch man and announcer for Johnny Carson, brought to the public’s attention the health problems that can result from living with toxic mold in the home. After a long legal battle, McMahon was awarded $7.2 million from several companies who were negligent […]

The Accidental Writer: Writing about Issues, without Writing about Issues!

The Accidental Writer: Writing about Issues, without Writing about Issues!

For the purposes of this column, I’m differentiating between issues and themes. Themes should develop organically in your manuscript and are timeless in nature. For example, a great theme might be self-identity in the face of peer pressure, or good versus evil, or the true meaning of love. Issues on the other hand are topical. […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: An Exercise in Matching Wine and Oscar Nominations

The 87th Academy Awards show airs this Sunday. This is my sixth year of presenting the Best Picture nominees and creating hypothetical pairings of wine with the top contenders. I’ve distilled my list to five of the eight nominees. “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance).” This dark comedy praises and mocks Hollywood and Broadway […]

Home Guru: Itching for My First ‘Project’ in Years, and Opting for Quick and Easy

Home Guru: Itching for My First ‘Project’ in Years, and Opting for Quick and Easy

By Bill Primavera When I was younger and forced by the lack of money to be a do-it-yourselfer around the house and in the garden, I dreamed of the day when I could employ others to do all that sweaty labor to maintain and upgrade everything that needed to be done. That day came a […]

Stone Barns Center Introduces Spring-Break Cooking Classes for Kids

Stone Barns Center Introduces Spring-Break Cooking Classes for Kids

The Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture in Pocantico Hills has expanded its annual educational activities with the introduction of Spring-Break Farm Camps for kindergartners to third-graders. The kids will participate in cooking, preparing and eating a snack based on what’s growing on the farm. They will harvest meal components and take home recipes. The […]

Reveling on Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras

Reveling on Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras

By Morris Gut – Don’t forget the Lunar New Year, the Year of the Goat, beginning on Sunday, Feb. 15th and of course Fat Tuesday, Feb. 17th. Here is an eclectic round-up of delectable dishes and dining venues for these food-centric celebrations. Be sure to check ahead for exact dates, times and pricing. Aberdeen Seafood & […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Let’s Lift One as We Celebrate Presidents’ Day Weekend

In the spirit of the upcoming Presidents’ Day weekend — and in my insatiable search to relate events around me to a wine-centricity – I contemplated this week’s column. Seeking references to any imbibing habits by our first and 16th leaders, I found the landscape highly polarized. George Washington brewed his own beer, of which […]

Home Guru: Getting Locked Out, Locked Up, and Locked In

Home Guru: Getting Locked Out, Locked Up, and Locked In

By Bill Primavera With my recent move, I learned that hanging on to keys and identifying which key is for which lock is important. I needed to call my local Locksmith-on-Wheels in Yorktown Heights, owned by Eugene and Carl Camia, to open two locked file cabinets with long lost keys. There was also an unexpected […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Navigating the App Stores for Digital Wine Experts

Have you recently encountered any of these situations? “Waiter, may I see the wine list?” Waiter: “Here you are sir/madam.” He or she hands you an iPad. The iPad, or other brand of tablet/phablet, is slowly gaining traction in restaurants and wine bars as a replacement for wine lists produced on paper. In many cases […]

Home Guru: Musings on Bathroom Oddities, Manners and Etiquette

Home Guru: Musings on Bathroom Oddities, Manners and Etiquette

By Bill Primavera The bathroom. While it may not be the room you spend the most time in, it’s probably the room you visit most times during the course of the day. If you’re in my age group, you may visit it more frequently than when you were younger. I’ve been thinking a lot about […]

Direct Rays: Saddle up Mahopac; Dog & Pony Show Coming to Town, Again

Direct Rays: Saddle up Mahopac; Dog & Pony Show Coming to Town, Again

Suspended Mahopac Hoops Player Hires Noted Civil Rights Attorney Well, I hope I’m not blowing this out of proportion, but it is my job to report the local sports and inject some opinion in this here section of the Examiner, so don’t go killing the messenger when Mahopac, and now neighboring Carmel, is front and […]

The Accidental Writer: Where Do Ideas Come From?

The Accidental Writer: Where Do Ideas Come From?

One of the most common questions I’m asked is where my ideas come from. Every time someone asks I cringe. Not because it’s a bad question but because I’m a little superstitious. I’m worried if I talk too much about the source of my inspiration, one day those ideas will dry up like a used […]

Taleggio - Shakiban’s Newest Endeavor

Taleggio – Shakiban’s Newest Endeavor

You may have eaten at one of the many dining establishments founded by Par Shakiban during his more than 40 years in the restaurant business. Eateries he launched include Patisserie Salzburg of Scarsdale and Rye, Brezza in Armonk, Eclisse Northern Italian in Port Chester, Eclisse of Stamford and Eclisse Mediterraneo Cucina and Laguna in White Plains. Now he is […]

Mahopac Hoop Player Suspended for Rest of Season

Mahopac Hoop Player Suspended for Rest of Season

What Happened to Innocent Until Proven Guilty? So the bigwigs who have been investigating the matter regarding a white Mahopac player’s alleged racial slur toward a black Carmel player on Jan. 7th turned out in force last Friday for the Indians’ 58-50 revenge win over the visiting Rams, complete with security units in place. I […]

Ernesto’s, White Plains to Mark 25th Anniversary

Ernesto’s, White Plains to Mark 25th Anniversary

By Morris Gut – Veteran restaurateur Ernesto Capalbo, founder of Ernesto’s Ristorante in White Plains, and co-host and general manager Charlie Gambino, have been nearing a milestone 25th Anniversary with a major enhancement and upgrade of the dining rooms and bar lounge, a fresh contemporized look that feels most comfortable to patrons. There is ample room […]

Home Guru: What's the Most Popular Home Project? Beats Me!

Home Guru: What’s the Most Popular Home Project? Beats Me!

By Bill Primavera In my many years as both a homeowner and homestyles journalist, I have observed that home repair and improvement projects tend to fall into three categories: the ones you need to do, the ones you want to do and the ones you do solely to increase the value of your home. The […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: Analyzing This Year’s Super Bowl From a Culinary Perspective

Super Bowl Sunday brings together friends and family to indulge in the biggest junk food day of the year. Once a year we indulge guilt-free in those waist-widening, artery-clogging foods we try to fastidiously avoid all year. And what better way to wash down those calories and fat than with your favorite beverage. But what […]

NY Rangers Assist Initiative Helps Refurbish Playland Ice Casino

NY Rangers Assist Initiative Helps Refurbish Playland Ice Casino

Before the Madison Garden Training Facility opened in 2002, the New York Rangers would hold their practice sessions at the Playland Ice Rink, in Rye. The Rangers certainly did not forget where they came from; as for the past two years the Rangers supported by Chase Bank have worked to help refurbish the Playland Ice […]

Nick Antonaccio

Grapevine: The Tumultuous World of Consumers’ Wine Technology

Technology dominates our lives. For better or for worse we’ve become slaves to our smartphones and laptops. Many of us have panic attacks if we accidentally leave our electronic devices at home. But if we step back for a moment, we realize that this phenomenon is very recent. It wasn’t so long ago that we […]

Home Guru: Using Your Home Walls to Create an Art Gallery

Home Guru: Using Your Home Walls to Create an Art Gallery

By Bill Primavera As I recall the walls of my childhood home, a simple row house in Philadelphia, I see only the large obligatory parlor mirror over the sofa and one brightly colored watercolor of gladioli dated 1940 by my Aunt Helen, a self-taught artist, that I still display in an honored place. In college, […]