The Improv Chef: Name Place vs. Appellation for Wines

You may have noticed while perusing the wine aisle that wines made in Europe vs. America have widely different names, even if the grape is the same. But why? Chef Josh Hebert delves into a brief history on how the difference in naming wines came to be and gives a quick lesson on how to tell them a part in this edition of the 3-Minute Sommelier.


The Improv Chef: Light White Wines for Summer

As temperatures continue to rise during the summer months, finding quaffable, refreshing wines to enjoy is a must. In the 3-Minute Sommelier, Chef Josh Hebert provides some tips and interesting facts on some not-so-common white varietals that taste delicious poolside or paired with a light meal this summer.

The Improv Chef: What is Old World and New World wine?

You may see it on labels and restaurant menus from time to time…”Old World” and “New World” but never quite knew what it meant. It’s fairly simple once you get down the basics of each and it can help you better select your wine.

Old World wines are from Europe, but that’s not all there is to it. Wines from Europe can also be New World depending on a variety of characteristics. Here’s a few quick tips on how to identify the two styles. Cheers!

The Not-So-New Red Meat

This article originally appeared on Frontdoor News.

The Not-So-New Red Meat

It’s no secret the cost of food is going up. While the price increase is not exclusive to proteins, meat and fish have certainly experienced a big jump. But there may be a tasty, and surprising, protein alternative.

I’m not talking about tempeh, beans or soy…I’m talking about goat meat.

Goat has historically been a dietary staple in cultures around the world. Though it is not commonplace in North America and North Europe, it became the most widely consumed red meat as of 2010 – enjoyed by more than 70 percent of the world’s population.

Goat is a welcome site at the dinner table during Easter time in parts of Italy and Greece, and cabrito (baby goat) is considered a specialty in Latin cuisines. In Africa, goat is consumed because it has the ability to live off of next to nothing. Goat also appears as a culinary staple in African, Middle Eastern, Mexican and Caribbean dishes to name a few.

A well kept secret

Why hasn’t widespread consumption of goat meat reached the U.S.? Well in certain niche markets throughout the country it has become very popular and consumption has been growing. In the desert Southwest we’ve seen more of a movement towards goat meat by local chefs. Why? It could be influenced by our neighbors to the south as goat meat is often used in Mexican cuisine and many are bringing their traditions to Arizona. Today, local chefs are exploring more ways to use this delicious and well-priced meat.

The flavor is similar to lamb, but has a clean, tender aspect reminiscent of veal. The best way to describe it.. is well…to try it yourself. There’s little harm in giving goat a go. At $3 to $4 per pound, the barrier to entry is very low. Most ethnic food markets such as Mexican, Middle Eastern, and African markets carry the meat. Baiz Marketplace and Zam Zam World Foods are a couple Phoenix grocers that carry goat meat.

Making a case for goat

Cost and delicious flavor aside, there are nutritional benefits to consuming the lean red meat. Goat meat is actually higher in protein, than beef, and lower in fat content than chicken.

So now that you’re sold on the idea, how do you actually cook it?

Because of the low fat content of goat meat it can lose moisture fast, and toughen when cooking. The best way to prepare goat is cook it slowly, and with moisture.

Goat meat, contrary to our American way, is a practice in patience. Therefore, it may come as little surprise that most traditional goat recipes involve braising, stewing, and simmering the meat until it is fall-off-the bone tender. Goat has an adaptation to tomato-based dishes and rich-roasty spices. Spicy stews, street tacos, goat masala, curried goat, or goat teamed with garlic and white wine, all make for delicious, cold-weather comfort foods.

My suggestion, pick a region known for goat consumption, choose a recipe that sounds appealing to you and enjoy the adventure! Cheers, and happy eating.