Food & Drink

June 6, 2010

A Good Time with Wine, a great wine blogger in the spotlight

Our Blogger in the Spotlight this week is South Florida’s very own “Wine Celebrity.” He doesn’t think of himself in such an ostentatious way, he’s just a normal guy who likes wine. He knows his juice and shares his knowledge and passion.

Matthew Horbund a.k.a. A Good Time with Wine is fun, real, romantic, loves his Robin, cooking and simply enjoying life. All this put together is Mr. Horbund’s formula for success. Rather elementary don’t you think? Well I’m here to tell you it works. Elementary works. Simple works. Easy works. No need to make it complicated. I’ve been reading and following Matt for months now and Matt is real and approachable, the exact same way he addresses and explains wine he takes the snobbery and the mystery out of it and shows you how to enjoy it for what it is, a beverage. It’s not about the fancy packaging, the exclusive region or the marketing, you’ve got to have a good bottle of wine first, then you can sell the hype. A Good Time with Wine will teach you all this and how to open your wine world, expand your palate and grow your appreciation for all things food and wine.

One thing though Matt, to stop the sucky wine consumption, can Wineaux Man fly around the world; Bordeaux in the morning, Aconcagua in afternoon and Montana in the evening? Readers of Blogger in the Spotlight, I present to you South Florida’s dynamic Wine-Superstar, Matt Horbund, A Good Time with Wine:

South Florida Food and Wine: How did you start wine blogging?
A Good Time with Wine: It was a way to get the voices in my head out. No, seriously. My first blog in March 2008 was just a place to write and get my thoughts down. As I noticed I wrote more and more articles on wine – I decided to focus on it starting in May 2008

South Florida Food and Wine: Do you do anything else other than blog about wine?
A Good Time with Wine: I have the opportunity to discuss wine on several television shows each month. One is a nationally syndicated morning show called Daytime, another is our local CBS 12 weekend morning show Good Morning South Florida.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most challenging thing about blogging?
A Good Time with Wine: Keeping articles that are intended to educate brief, and interesting.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the greatest opportunity that has come from blogging for you?
A Good Time with Wine: You mean aside from this interview? I’d say traveling to various wineries to shoot TV segments

South Florida Food and Wine: It’s your last day on earth, what would your final meal be?
A Good Time with Wine: Robin, my fiancee, and I would put on some Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, I’d make my bolognese sauce, we’d cook some pasta, open some nice wine, and just enjoy each other’s company.

South Florida Food and Wine: What super-action-hero would you like to be and why?
A Good Time with Wine: Wineaux Man. My super power would be to stop people from drinking sucky wine.

South Florida Food and Wine: Do you have any wacky cooking habits?
A Good Time with Wine: Drinking wine when I cook.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best wine advice you have to share?
A Good Time with Wine: Don’t be intimidated! It’s easier than you think. And if you are still unsure, visit my blog!

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your one obsessive kitchen habit?
A Good Time with Wine: Being in it. I need to step away from the food!

South Florida Food and Wine: If looked in your refrigerator, what would I find?
A Good Time with Wine: Wine. And cheese. Always. Our fridge has basic stuff unless we’re prepping for a party. It’d bore you!

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the one “staple” food you always have in your cupboard?
A Good Time with Wine: Crackers. To go with the cheese, that pairs with the wine.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your beverage of choice?
A Good Time with Wine: Really? Ok, if you mean non wine beverage of choice, a sidecar.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your favorite comfort food?
A Good Time with Wine: Tie between meatloaf and a heavy pasta like lasagna

South Florida Food and Wine: What is your culinary claim to fame?
A Good Time with Wine: I have a few. My grilled hot wings, or my goat cheese appetizer. Both are on my blog

South Florida Food and Wine: What is in your kitchen junk drawer?
A Good Time with Wine: Cork screws and 12 stoppers to vacuum pump wine after a party so it lasts longer

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the best culinary gift you ever received?
A Good Time with Wine: Christmas 2009 – our first Le Creuset 9 1/2 quart oval pot.

South Florida Food and Wine: What kitchen chore do you dislike the most?
A Good Time with Wine: Cleaning up. I mean, who likes that? Freaks.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most exotic food you have ever eaten and where?
A Good Time with Wine: I’m sure I’m missing something in my past that I blocked out, but I’d have to say the Sweetbreads at Le Pigeon in Oregon recently.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most bizarre thing you ever did with food?
A Good Time with Wine: Sorry, this is a family show. I KID, I KID. Really, nothing. how sad is that. Oh, my son made a diagram of a human cell out of all food products. Now THAT rocks.

South Florida Food and Wine: What is the most extravagant food or beverage item or culinary tool you spent money on?
A Good Time with Wine: In college I spent about $300 on a coffee and cappuccino maker. I think i used it three times.

South Florida Food and Wine: Where was the best meal you ever had? And why?
A Good Time with Wine: Prior to May 17th, 2010, I wouldn’t have been able to answer this. In fact, I thought it was a ridiculous question. I’ve eaten all over the world, and have had amazing meals prepared by culinary geniuses. How do I single one out? It’s impossible. However, Robin took me to Casanova, which I mentioned earlier, for my 40th birthday. The combination of the company, the event, and the meal made for a most amazing time. Her cannelloni and my rack of lamb were perfect, and the wine pairing, Domaine Pierre Damoy 2000 Chambertin – Clos de Beze, was spectacular. I’ve had friends tell me they try to eat there once a year, and that one or both of those items are their favorites. I indeed look forward to going back soon!

You can follow Matt on his blog at A Good Time with Wine and on Twitter @mmwine
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