2005-10-07 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

News Events/Travel Editor/Host WNYX - TV Morning News

12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

Mark Tasting

In the past, the famous and elegant Mark Hotel hosted many, many Dorothy Dunne weekly cable shows in one of its beautiful suites.

That is why I felt right at home when Richard Dean, Master Sommelier of the Mark, invited me to the Villa Maria Estate, New Zealand wine tasting and dinner. Stuart Devine, USA Sales Manager for Villa Estates, educated their guests on the specific qualities of the wines set before us. I especially liked the Chardonnay 2003, a peach and nectarine fruit with subtle oak on the palate; the Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough has a pear, pineapple, tropical fruit with zingy lime flavors and the Riesling 2002 lifted the aromas of lemon, granny apples, pineapple and passion fruit.

Stuart Devine informed us that many people think (I among them) capped wine is cheap wine. NOT SO! The opposite is true. Capped wines are better for aging than corked wines. Screw caps do not change the DO (Dissolved Oxygen) interactors. Stuart Devine also pointed out that Red as well as White wines should be refrigerated after opening. White wine chilled before opening.

After our wine sipping and lessons, a beautiful duck dinner with some surprises by Chef followed in their main dinning room. I remembered years back having a memorable Thanksgiving Day dinner with my son and Harry and Claire Ashton. A good many of you from the BPSC may remember them.

At the Health and Beauty Show at the Javit’s Center, I learned about Le Fleur Rapaire, which reprograms the cells and muscles to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles. It creates a more youthful skin and firms up facial and neck muscles. There is a new foaming cream for facial shaving. Oodles of plastic containers because they are more environmentally safer.

At the Hyatt Sky Bar (great for cocktail events) Steven Styles (PR) introduced me to J.E. Mayer, author of “Shadow Warrior,” a thriller. So well written I almost forgot my stop on the train. It is fast reading and intense. It makes a long trip short and shortens long winter nights. I highly recommend it, but not for the sensitive.

For you Latins, music and dance lovers and those interested in supporting Children’s Aid Society (to ensure physical and emotional well being of underserved children and families) the LQ was the place for you to be. Eddy Palmieri, recipient of the Granny Award, was honored and he performed La Perfeno 11. There was an auction, raffles by Yolanda Vega, wine tasting and delicious food. Great time!

A week of wine tasting, but I am not through yet. Over at Chelsea Piers (Pier 60), Southern Wines and Spirits of New York hosted rooms full of guests from connoisseurs, wine and spirit lovers, to press. The Long Neck Chardonnay from South Africa was good; the Yelho Merlot Reserva and Sauvignon Blanc from Chili was smooth and one of my favorites. They went so well with the delicious food served, buffet style, of beef, pasta, veggies, rice, potatoes, dessert and coffee. Another nice event. YOU CAN ALL GO TO THESE EVENTS, especially the BENEFITS.

Paul Stuart was at Bergdorf Goodman to rev up sales for his new book “On Beauty” with pix of the famous stars he made so beautiful through cosmetics. Veronica, who is on Paul’s team, made me up for my TV segments. Estee Lauder and Paul Stuart are giving complimentary makeovers to the public. Don’t know how long they are going to last but give them a call.

Gregory and Johanna Long from Breezy had a surfer’s dream in Coco Beach, Florida, surfing waves off the tail end of Hurricane Katrina. They said they spotted a shark and a whale off the Rockaways. Can’t get enough thrills. They are now headed for Barcelona, Spain for a week’s vacation.

TRAVEL: On the Marco Polo, Springtime Transatlantic 21 day cruise from Montego Bay to Barcelona, April 11, 2006. 18 day cruise, two nights in Barcelona, sightseeing tours. And more and more and more.

Give me a call and AWAY WE Go!!!

To my readers:

I apologize for the numerous errors that have appeared in my column all summer. You do know I suffered a stroke in early June. As a result it has been most difficult for me to write my columns. It takes me twice as long and my writing is prone to many mistakes.

I get so discouraged and because I have to meet the deadline I send it out errors and all. But I am improving and, hopefully, my column will be error free.

My sincere regrets,

Dorothy Dunne

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