People Staff
September 28, 2009 12:00 PM

ENTERTAINING

Candace Cameron Bure …

HOW TO HAVE A WINE TASTING

Swirl, sniff, sip—and have fun!—with these expert tips

Full House star Candace Cameron Bure is now in the wine business. She and her husband, Valeri Bure, launched their own label in 2005. “His passion for wine grew into a love of wine for me,” says Candace. Here are her tips for having friends over for a tasting.

PICK A THEME

“Choose wines from Spain or wines from 1975,” suggests Candace, “and have each friend bring a bottle according to the theme.”

TRY BLIND TASTING

“Cover the bottles and take turns guessing which varietal it is,” says Candace. “That gets the conversation started—friends will swear it’s a cabernet when it’s really a merlot.”

PROVIDE A NOSH

“Serve a bunch of tapas so people can try different things with the wine, like Brie, grape tomatoes and olives.”

WINE PAIRINGS

ON THE GO

Wine bottle tote, $12 each; maptote.com

WRAP IT UP

Personalized bottle wrappers, $12 for 6; thepolkadotpress.com

To order Candace’s wines go to http://www.burefamilywines.com

TRAVEL

Adam Richman’s …

WHERE I LOVE TO EAT

The host of Man v. Food reveals his favorite restaurants in the U.S.

IPPUDO NY

WHERE New York City

WHY The first U.S. branch of a popular restaurant chain in Japan, it attracts Richman for the ramen noodles, which “integrate unusual ingredients,” he says. A less adventurous (but still tasty) pick? The pork buns.

INFO ippudo.com/ny

Man v. Food airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on the Travel Channel.

CLYDE COMMON

WHERE Portland, Ore.

WHY This European-style tavern inside the Ace Hotel combines local and international flavors and changes its menu daily—the better to capitalize on the fresh fish found just off the coast. During a recent visit, “I had this black cod dish, which is on my list of regional greatest hits,” Richman says. “It was sublime.”

INFO clydecommon.com

JUAN IN A MILLION

WHERE Austin, Texas

WHY Started back in 1981 by two schoolteachers (“She waited tables and he did the dishes,” Richman says), this family-run joint serving traditional Mexican food on Cesar Chavez Street boasts “the best, cheapest meals” in the city. “The breakfast tacos: Wow! And the guacamole is amazing.”

INFO juaninamillion.com

BOWEN’S ISLAND

WHERE Charleston, S.C.

WHY Despite being in the midst of renovations, this award-winning seafood establishment is still a must-visit for regional cuisine. “Go for the steamed oysters in wet burlap—they just shovel it onto your table, and there’s a receptacle for the shells in the center,” says Richman. “And then you gotta have the hush puppies!”

INFO (843) 795-2757

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