Chris Carmean named general manager of Lupo Italian Kitchen

“Chris is a great example of how a hardworking employee in our company can rise through the ranks,” said Kammerer. “He’s ready for new challenges, and I know he has a great future ahead of him. We look forward to watching him succeed in his new position, and continue to grow professionally.”

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Hauntingly Delicious: 2015 Bogle, “Phantom,” California 

Although the Bogle family has been farming since the 1800s, it wasn't until 1968 that father and son Chris and Warren Bogle planted 20 acres of wine grapes in Clarksburg, California, a small farming community in the Sacramento Delta.

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One of my favorite regions in France is Burgundy, which is home to Maison Louis Latour, a winery founded in 1797. It is now run by the seventh Louis Latour, who represents the 11th generation of the founding family. Today, Maison Louis Latour covers 50 hectares (123.553 acres), which includes the largest collection of grand cru vineyards in Burgundy.

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Today on Let’s Talk Wine, we will be exploring one of the greatest red wine grapes in the world; Pinot Noir. Pinot Noir calls Burgundy it’s home and more specifically the very small region of the Cote d’Or. Here the grape is at its peak with single vineyard wines like Domaine de la Romanée-Conti’s, Romanée-Conti Grand Cru and La Tâche Grand Cru. As well as Armand Rousseau’s Chambertin Grand Cru. These wines are the antithesis of Pinot Noir of which every grower of the grape looks up too.

SoDel Concepts employees earn accommodations in Tuscan resort

Ten SoDel Concepts employees recently earned a two- or three-night stay at the Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort in Tuscany, Italy.

The winners participated in a contest to see who could rack up the most points by selling Conti di San Bonifacio wines by the bottle and glass, as well as Conti di San Bonifacio olive oil during a specified time period.

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This week on Let’s Talk Wine, we will be discussing one of my favorite white wine grapes, Arneis.  The 2016 Ceretto, ‘Blange’, Arneis is from the town of Roero, which is a small DOCG wine district in the hills of Piedmont, in north-western Italy. It is known particularly for it's refreshing white wines made from the Arneis grape.  

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This week on Let’s Talk Wine we will be traveling to Sunny California in search of great white Rhone varietals!  Tablas Creek is a pioneer of California's “Rhone Movement,” the idea of bringing the grape varieties of the France’s Rhone Valley to California. Founded in 1989, Toblas Creek is the culmination of a friendship between two of the international wine community's leading families: the Perrin family of Château de Beaucastel and the Haas family of Vineyard Brands.  After a four-year search, the partners chose Paso Robles, California for its many topographical and climate similarities to the southern Rhone. Thus began the lengthy process of importing vine cuttings, building a grapevine nursery, and creating an estate vineyard from scratch.

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For this week's installment of "Let's Talk Wine!" we are traveling to Beaujolais France for a classic Turkey Day wine pairing. This is not the Beaujolais Nouveau wine you might remember growing up, this is world Class 'Cru' Beaujolais.  oDel Concepts is the ONLY restaurant group in the state of Delaware that currently has this wine and you can only buy it by the bottle at Bluecoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar in Rehoboth

SoDel Cares fundraiser set for Nov. 17

SoDel Cares will hold its third annual fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 17 at Fish On, 17300 N. Village Main Blvd., Lewes.  The event, which raises funds for the nonprofit foundation, pays tribute to the late Matt Haley, SoDel Concepts’ founder, who received the James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2014.  The nonprofit has made contributions to organizations that help children, at-risk youth and adults and the elderly. 

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We are BACK! For another installment of Let’s Talk Wine!

This week we are featuring the 2015 Trione, ‘River Road Ranch’, Sauvignon Blanc, from the Russian River Valley. This wine is unique because it comes from an all family owned winery AND a single vineyard, which is rare for SB.  I was invited to attend the 2017 Cabernet Academy in Alexander Valley, California, of which my sponsor was Trione Vineyards.

SoDel Concepts’ Oct. 27 fundraiser to benefit California wildfire relief efforts

The deadly wildfires that consumed communities and property in northern California have left many wineries - and the resort areas that depend on them - in limbo. The devastating fires have affected homeowners, jobs and tourism. On Friday, Oct. 27, SoDel Concepts will donate a dollar for every glass or bottle of wine ordered that day to relief efforts.  "The California wine country is near and dear to our hearts," said Mike Zygmonski, wine director for SoDel Concepts. 

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It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means! This week, on Let’s Talk Wine, we will be discussing the 2012 Fratelli Alessandria Barolo.  This wine comes from the Langhe Region of Piedmont Italy, right outside the town of Alba. Barolo is the name if the wine and they make it from the Nebbiolo grape. Barolo wines are sometimes referred to as ‘King’ of Piedmont.

How Scott Kammerer Transformed Delaware's Hospitality Industry

Since Haley’s death, Kammerer, 43, has already earned the Delaware Restaurant Association’s 2016 Cornerstone Award and the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce’s Marvin S. Gilman Superstar in Business Award. He makes it look easy. It’s not. While he likes to have a plan, his path toward success was paved with big bumps and sharp detours.