Robert Irvine – Restaurant Impossible & Dreaming Tree Wines

Robert Irvine – Restaurant Impossible & Dreaming Tree Wines


Subscribe to the Podcast on iTunes: Click here

Download Laurie’s new APP for your iPhone/iPad or Android

Sips of the Week

Dreaming Tree Crush Red $14.99

Winemaker’s Notes: A blend of the North Coast’s finest varieties, this wine pulls you in with a smoky berry note and then jumps up with raspberry jam. A quaffable wine that is tasty with Spanish orange and onion salad, or with Vietnamese-style grilled ribs and rice.

Pairing – Vietnamese Style Grilled Ribs and Jasmine Rice

Dreaming Tree Cabernet Sauvignon $15.99 

Winemaker’s Notes: Classic aromas of blackberry, cherry, and dry herb notes are wrapped by toasted vanilla and soft, mouth-filling tannins. It’s elegant and supple. A fun start or end to any meal or gathering. Also enjoyed with grilled rack of lamb or rich lentil salad.

Pairing – Grilled Rack of Lamb with Salsa Verde

All the Sips of the Week are available at Wells Discount Liquors check them out at

Featured Guest

Steve Reeder , Co-Conspirator  at Dreaming Tree Wines joined us to talk about this joint venture with musician Dave Matthews. Award-winning winemaker, Steve Reeder’s degree is in Fermentation Sciences from UC Davis and his  first harvest was as Assistant Winemaker at Alexander Valley Vineyards.  He spent a 9-year period of winemaking in the mid-Atlantic states, then returning to the west, Reeder worked for Kendall Jackson, Chateau St. Jean and his current location at Simi.  At Simi, Steve focuses on exploring the diversity of  Sonoma County’s many appellations, experimenting with varieties and winemaking to gain the best expression of local terroir.

Wine Sandwich

Robert Irvine, host of Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network joined us to talk about his show and his upcoming appearance at the 2014 Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival. With more than 25 years in the culinary profession, Chef Robert Irvine has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. As the host of one of Food Network’s highest rated shows, Restaurant: Impossible, Irvine saves struggling restaurants across America by assessing and overhauling the restaurant’s weakest spots. Irvine was previously the host of Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible and Worst Cooks in America and continues to own and operate two restaurants in South Carolina, Robert Irvine’s Eat and Robert Irvine’s Nosh. Irvine is also the author of two cookbooks, Mission: Cook! and Impossible to Easy.

Upcoming Events

Robert Irvine Ticket giveaway…Post on FB Page hit LIKE and then post “I want the ticket to see Chef Robert Irvine!”

7/5 Chef Mike Isabella opens his DC  Greek restaurant, Kapnos

7/11 Join me for my smash hit wine tasting comedy Something to Wine About at Sobos Wine Beerstro in Salisbury, MD

7/25-28 AC Food & Wine Festival in Atlantic City NJ…I’ll be the official wine educator with 3 great seminars on 7/27 at Caesars.

Next Week

We’ll taste some handcrafted wines from WA and learn about a new documentary all about the Food Truck Wars in DC.

Special Thanks to Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis and Wells Discount Liquors.