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Stanley Browne, CS, CSW
Robust 227 W. Lockwood, St. Louis MO 63130
I love life and wine and I am thirsty for more!
Interests: travel, food, wine
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Federico Rostagno via Ladue News I have a passion for Italian wines and was fortunate to travel throughout Italy and experience some of the best food and wines the beautiful country has to offer. The people are rich in heritage and embrace the simple yet fundamental values focused on family, food, wine and "the good life." If you ever get a chance to visit Italy, I encourage you to jump at it. It is everything and more than you can imagine. Until then, here's a little look into the wines of Tuscany, through my latest column in Ladue News, The... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2012 at Robust Wine Vine
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Mendoza - Argentina Wine Country with the Andes Mountains Back Drop Greetings Friends of the Vine! I've been thinking a lot about South America - the culture, the food, the landscape, the history and most particularly, the wines. Here is my latest "The Wine Life" column in Ladue News in which I encourage readers to taste something from the "other" New World - South America. This Side or That Side of the Andes? Click here to read the full article. CHEERS! Stanley Browne, CS, CSW Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2012 at Robust Wine Vine
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There seems to be a bit of confusion when it comes to Syrah and Shiraz. In my latest column, "The Wine Life", in Ladue News, I give you a little insight. Check it out and join me in a glass. It's all a matter of taste. The Wine Life: Syrah or Shiraz? CLICK HERE CHEERS! Stanley Browne, CS, CSW Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2012 at Robust Wine Vine
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BUBBLES - the ultimate celebratory drink. Welcomes to the world of bubbles. In this New Year of 2012 I invite you to celebrate every day! Here is a little sip for thought in one of my recent articles in Ladue News: The Wine Life: Bubbles and Beyond CHEERS! Stanley Browne Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2012 at Robust Wine Vine
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What's in Certified Sommelier Stanley Browne's glass now? Join the journey and experience The Wine Life, Stanley's latest column in Ladue News: Cabernet Sauvignon: The Noble Grape. Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Robust Wine Vine
Greeting Friends of the Vine: I was recently asked to write a column for Ladue News. Honored and certainly interested, I jumped at the chance and said, "Yes!" Here is my first stab at it. The Ladue News | Living > Special Features - The Wine Life CHEERS! Stanley Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2011 at Robust Wine Vine
“Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”-Benjamin Franklin So I have been asked to start writing this blog on beer. Even though I have a love for wine and opening a jammy blend from Rhone with friends, drinking the rosés of Provence and swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. 90% of the time when I’m ending a phone or text conversation with a friend the words, “Oh and grab a case on the way,” is the way our talk ends. The more I thought about it, you can say I’ve come to think of the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2011 at Robust Wine Vine
Greetings Friends of the Vine! With Easter Sunday quickly approaching and spring in full force, it's time to start entertaining. The new season calls for a diversity of foods from fresh vegetables and fruits to salmon and lamb. Here are my picks for this season's dining table: 08 Parducci Sustainable White, Mendocino County $11 09 Chaumette Chardonel Reserve, Ste. Genevieve, Missouri $17 09 Hahn Pinot Noir, Monterey, California $14 06 Algodon (Syrah, Cabernet, Malbec), Mendoza, Argentina $16 All available in our shoppe! Happy Spring! Cheers! Stanley Browne, CSW Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2011 at Robust Wine Vine
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Last week I talked a little bit about Syrah and Shiraz, and the wonderful spice notes that come along with wines of their nature. But, even though people love to drink Syrah and Shiraz, and while the presence of spice is second nature to us within gastronomic realms, I consistently watch drinkers have an acute aversion to the idea of herbs and spices in wine. They love how the wine tastes—but the mere suggestion that those wonderful aromas are spice-oriented feels perverse. But why? The coupling of food and spice should come as no great surprise. In fact, we seem... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2011 at Robust Wine Vine
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Check out this post by Robust Wine Director and "Vino Virtuoso" Jayce McQuerter: Tertiary aromas and flavors are all the rage. Syrah is a perfect example. The best manifestations of Syrah integrate juicy fruit overtones with savory spice and earth subtleties, developing a polish that begs for food, wine and more wine. Syrah is all about bringing together seemingly antithetical flavors with harmonious resolve. Wines made from Syrah are labeled in one of two ways: the first is Syrah (as expected), and the second is Shiraz. Syrah and Shiraz are wines made from the exact same grape, but often signify... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2011 at Robust Wine Vine
We recently had the pleasure of a visit from Founder and Wine Maker Greg Harrington of Gramercy Cellars. Gramercy Cellars was founded in 2005 and has quickly risen to the top, as one to watch in the coming years. Named Best New Winery 2010 by Food and Wine Magazine, many of the Gramercy Cellars wines have already received top accolades, with Wine Advocate ratings over 92pts. And by the way, Harrington was the youngest person to receive his Master Sommelier designation at the age of 26. This is no easy feat, my friends - Impressive! We tasted wines and Greg... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2010 at Robust Wine Vine
Pahlmeyer, a cult winery from Napa Valley with first release in 1986, has garnered wide acclaim for all of its wines. It's a small production winery that always produces great quality. We recently held a tasting for our Robust Royalty and many of our guests were blown away by the Pahlmeyer offerings: 2007 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2007 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2006 Napa Valley Merlot 2006 Napa Valley Proprietary Red Our exuberant Pahlmeyer representative, Camille Cox, kept the wine flowing. The wine spoke for itself and our guests were more than satisfied. Here's a little glimpse of what Ms. Cox... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2010 at Robust Wine Vine
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Executive Chef Kris Janik Hello and welcome to my first blog as Executive Chef at Robust Wine Bar. I am a recent acquisition to this kitchen in particular, but I am no stranger to kitchens in general. My culinary travels began in southern Illinois growing up on a small farm. We grew a lot of our own vegetables and raised some cattle - hogs, rabbits, chickens and sheep. Some of these efforts went directly to the table for dinner and because my sister and I were both in 4-H for many years, some were for showing at fairs. I think... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2010 at Robust Wine Vine
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I had been waiting for this with bated breath for months. Pinnacle Imports, who carries some of the top Spanish brands along with a whole host of incredible wines from other counties, was throwing a big party in the park: "Pig & Pinot". Along with a whole roasted pig, we had two special guests of honor. At the forefront of Pinnacle's portfolio are two Pinot Noir producers: Brian Loring and Peter Cargasacchi. Brian and Peter each source grapes from particular world-famous vineyard sites each year, and make a wine with only the grapes from that vineyard site. Brian Loring, with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2010 at Robust Wine Vine
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Greetings Friends of the Vine! I recently was introduced to an interesting new way to open wine without a proper wine key from two friends, Hilary Musgrave Murphy and T.J. Birkenmeier (a.k.a. The Wise Buddha-hahahaha). Both Hilary and Birk, independent of each other, have encouraged me to learn this new technique. Should this be the new wine service at Robust? Of course, I'll have to get just the right equipment. Wine Cork Removal Technique The French are always coming up with something new when it comes to wine! This came about because Airport security took away the wine opener. Now... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2010 at Robust Wine Vine
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One of the many perks of working in the wine business is the trade-only tastings. Recently, all us industry folk were at Acero in Maplewood, to visit with Empson Wine Importers who were in town showcasing their new vintage offerings of Brunello and Barolo from some of the top producers in their portfolio. I'm sure at one time or another you've heard the mention of Brunello or Barolo. I imagine you may have been confused about what these words mean. Many of the wines we're used to drinking—especially those that are made in California—are labeled by the dominant grape variety... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2010 at Robust Wine Vine
Greetings Friends of the Vine! It was my pleasure to visit the Great Day St. Louis set at KMOV-TV this morning and make crab cakes with host Carol Daniel. Time certainly flies when you are on live TV. Good thing we have the magic of television. Crab cakes have been one of our most popular dishes since we opened nearly 3 years ago so it was fun to actually cook and share the recipe with the viewing audience. Here is the link to the KMOV Great Day St. Louis Segment - Crab Cakes and Strawberries Although there was not much... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2010 at Robust Wine Vine
Earlier this month I was asked to interview on Back Again with Keith and Jocelyn a radio show at Yale University WCBX in New Haven, Connecticut. The topic was focused on wine and more importantly the consistent growth of wine drinkers in the U.S. over the years. According to the Wine Institute, the U.S. consumption of wine reached 767 million gallons in 2009 and continues to grow steadily. Now that's a lot of wine! Wine consumption continues to grow at a rapid pace with a big boost from Baby Boomers and more significantly Millenials (approximately those born between 1980-2000), the... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2010 at Robust Wine Vine
Greetings Friends of the Vine! I recently had the opportunity to taste the 2006 Opus One, Meritage, Napa Valley with quite an expert on the wine, Gina Voci, Central Division Sales Manager at Opus One. We were thrilled to have Gina in St. Louis to taste us on the current vintage. Many of you have heard of Opus One even non-wine drinkers, because it is well known as one of the first, ultra-premium Napa Valley wines. Up until the recent economy down-turn, this wine was extremely sought after, but not easy on the pocket. Now it is more accessible to... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2010 at Robust Wine Vine
Greetings Friends of the Vine! Spring has sprung and what better time to enjoy some refreshing white wines. One of our newest wine flights takes you across the pond to Italy, France and Spain. Here are the three wines we have chosen for our flight of unoaked wines dubbed "The Let's Get Naked" flight: 2007 D'Antiche Terre, Fiano di Avellino - Campania, Italy 2008 Laporte "LeBouquet", Sauvignon Blanc - Loire Valley, France (currently one of my favorites on the new wines-by-the-glass list. TASTY! TASTY!) 2008 Vina Mayor, Verdejo - Rueda, Spain Check out my video tasting blog below and experience... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at Robust Wine Vine
Greetings Friends of the Vine! Many of you know I love Italian wines. So when Arlene and I visited Piedmont, known best for their regal reds Barolo and Barbaresco, and their amazing food (which included fresh shaved truffles and the finest hazelnuts everywhere!), you could say, we were in heaven. Dolcetto d'Alba has also made a decisive contribution to the region's reputation. Check out the tasting video below of the Paitin Dolcetto D'Alba and then come in and taste it yourself. Paitin is a great, high quality producer and the wine retails for $16. Definitely worth a try. Cheers, Stanley Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2010 at Robust Wine Vine
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Mar 15, 2010
Bonjour, Friends of the Vine! I recently had a great opportunity to host a wine dinner with my friend of many years Jeanne-Marie de Champs from Burgundy, France. The food (by our very own Executive Chef Mike) and wines were superb! Check out the menu: First Course Aritichoke Soup 2007 Meo Camuzet, Clos St, Philibert - Haute Côtes de Nuits Second Course Black Garlic Snapper with Roasted Potatoes and Pears, Grilled Asparagus and citrus butter 2007 Gaunoux Meursault -Côtes de Beaune Third Course Pepita Encrusted Pork Tenderloin with Pumpkin Risotto and Cola Froth 2006 Bouvier, Marsannay "Clos du Roy" -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2010 at Robust Wine Vine
Hello Friends of the Vine! We recently had a visit from our dear friend Michael Honig of the award-winning Honig Vineyards and Winery in Napa Valley. Just before a special tasting, Michael took some time to talk to me about his vineyards and his wines, in particular the 2006 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon. We are now featuring the 2006 Honig Cabernet Sauvignon as one of the three wines on our wine flight "Catch a Napa Cab." It also retails in our shoppe for your home enjoyment at $32 - well worth every drop. Enjoy our discussion and be sure to enjoy... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2010 at Robust Wine Vine
Hi Friends of the Vine! Here is my latest video blog on 2007 Writer's Block Roussanne, Lake County. Writer's Block wines are made by Jed Steele's (Steele Wines) son, Quincy, and can sometimes be difficult to find. This particular wine falls under our category Robust Factor 3: MELLOW. We serve this wine by-the-glass and it is also available in our shoppe for $16. It's definitely worth a try. Cheers! Stanley Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2010 at Robust Wine Vine