A native of Atlanta, veteran journalist Doc Lawrence enjoys a
career in print, online, broadcasting, and television that
incorporates his expertise in many areas, primarily food, wine
and spirits, travel, and the arts.
His columns are carried in many publications both regional and
national. He is the wine columnist for the highly regarded
Y'ALL magazine published in Oxford, Mississippi, and his
wine column in Atlanta is now in the 14th year.
A former newspaper publisher and editor, Doc travels
extensively, writing about and photographing those tidbits of
Americana that have potential interest for readers. His
celebrity interviews include Daniel Boulud, Bobby Flay, Mureille
Guiliano, Paul Prudhomme, Paula Deen, John Folse, Mario Batali,
Thomas Keller, and Food Network husband and wife stars, Gina and
Doc regularly hosts and emcees wine and gourmet events and is a
judge at the Jack Daniel's International Barbeque Championship
and Florida's Mighty Mullet Maritime Festival. He is a past
Chairman of the Food and Beverage Section of the Public
Relations Society of America and is the Director of Wine for the
International Food and Wine Travel Writers Association. He is
currently writing a book, "Southwind," and a musical play, "Then
Sings My Soul." Doc divides his time between his home near
Atlanta and Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida.
Many of his works are archived at
Living Better in Today's South.
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Columns by Doc Lawrence:
A Feast For My Father
My father remains my hero. A combat soldier in World War II
who still hates war. A decent guy who did his best to give his family a wonderful
life and never thought of expecting anything in return. But, my dad
also enjoys good food, particularly things that are farm fresh,
often advising me during my adolescent “know-it-all” days that home
grown tomatoes would extend my life. Now, I pray he’s right.
A Toast To Mothers
My dear departed mother left a trove of
priceless memories. She remains the best self-taught cook I’ve
known - a kitchen magician who could transform things ordinary into a
feast for angels. All moms are special and all things possible begin
with them. Alabama’s tough and crusty coaching legend, Bear Bryant,
always ended his weekly television show with a command: “Call your
mama!” He meant each day. of
character. Her favorite hobbies were family and friends. She loved
flowers and chocolate.
April Mean Warm Weather Wines
Trends obviously influence the American palate. A
movie proclaims all domestic Pinot Noir the superior
red wine, and by golly, almost on cue it’s ordered
at restaurants coast to coast. Years ago, few
enthusiasts seemed to express a preference for any
red wine, Pinot Noir or otherwise, often
gratuitously stating that white wines avoided
headaches, allergies and the like. A Southern Hush
Puppy recipe is included.
Celebrating the Red, White and Blue
farm-fresh food, and friendship - A mighty
powerful combination for the 4th of July
celebration. Recipe for
Blackberry Barbecue Sauce is included.
Champagne for Breakfast
During each visit to New Orleans over many years, I enjoyed flutes of Champagne
with Creole eggs, shrimp and grits, biscuits, ham and andouille sausage. I came
to expect it, but always thought that this noble custom was confined to the
French Quarter, Quebec City, and Paris.
Chef John Folse -
Louisiana Cuisine With Wine
Chef John Folse is revered as one of the great American chefs from
Louisiana. His eight cookbooks, particularly the monumental
of Cajun & Creole Cuisine, spread the gospel of indigenous Louisiana
cooking to the world. The PBS mainstay, “A Taste of Louisiana,” is Folse’s
masterfully produced international television series. Includes a recipe for
Trout En Papillote.
Days and Pink Relief -
Wines for Late
chamber hot where I live, but no one wants to give in and quit enjoying
life. Wine drinkers learn to adjust to the seasons and the best wine for
this time of year arguably is rosť wine.
Everlasting Love - Noble Wines
The saddest rehearsal
dinner scene is wonderful food served alongside wine unfit for marinating.
Dirt-cheap sparkling wine served at the reception and poured for toasting
the newly weds stain the divine moment. Invoking wine’s “purple rule,” that
cheap is the opposite of value and quality, is your fail-safe.
February - Wine, Feasts and Love
Valentine’s Day, our gentle ritual, at midpoint. For now, even dreams
seem delicious. Tradition strongly suggests red roses, chocolates,
candlelit dining and a card with a personal proclamation of love. Wine
fits here like a hand in glove. Not just any wine,
mind you. Nothing falls flatter that the wrong wine.
Julia the Great -
A Movie and
Her one-liners could be as hilarious as Rodney
Dangerfield’s. She was quotable like Mae West and as beloved as Jackie
Kennedy Onassis. Julia Child is forever in the American fabric, a California
girl who took French cooking into the American kitchen and literally started
Kosher Wine for Everyone
September features the Jewish High Holy Days, observed during the 10-day
period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It’s an appropriate time to
become more familiar with the delights of Kosher wines.
Light Wines For Gentle Autumn Food
Inspired by the delightful autumn
wines of New Zealand and because autumn is here, I asked Chef Derek Barnes who owns the award-winning Derek’s
Culinary Casual restaurant in Sarasota, Florida to provide an
October recipe that pairs with the white wines of New Zealand.
Includes a recipe for Roasted Pumpkin Bisque with Lavender Marshmallows.
Spanish Wines Begin the New Year
When I think of wines, everything seems to be
intellectually connected to the Old and New World. The overall enjoyment of
wine and dining seems more rewarding when I think this way, and more often,
there is a deeper appreciation by just being mindful of these venerable but
still evolving and fascinating relationships. Spanish wines continue to
intrigue me in the same way the food of Spain has a nice place in my memory
where treasured experiences are stored.
Summer Pairings By
The River - Wine and Food Pairing
The bookstore shelves are filled with wine and food pairing “how-tos.” They
serve a purpose, of course. But, in the end, everything becomes a matter of
personal preference. It’s like a painting. I love everything by Picasso, but
some may not. We are all different, but we do have some common threads and
an open mind might be the secret ingredient in the fun and games of wine and
Sweet Wines For The Holidays
For this special time of year, let’s take a stroll down
the wine path less traveled, sampling some classic wines that have a
prominent place during the holidays.
Tailgating - An All-American Tradition
Tailgating is part of our cultural landscape, an open-air culinary
ritual inexorably bound to sports and anchored to stadium parking
lots and racetrack infields coast to coast. Where beer once dominated, wine is making inroads, not so surprising
when the best known tailgaters include celebrity chefs and wine
enthusiasts are joined by some NASCAR legends. Also includes a
recipe for Mini Muffalettas.
Tailgating – The Football Feast Returns
by burgers, chicken wings, and beer, tailgating 2011 has a brand new
look, sporting nicely decorated tables, flowers, plates of food
prepared ahead by great home chefs, and bottles of wines. You can
almost feel an appetite coming on thinking about it. Also includes a
recipe for Shrimp and Grits.
life, friendship, and love is very American. Thanksgiving is the
All-American homecoming, centered on food, wines, family, and friends. And,
there’s always room at the dinner table for those who are alone. We open
doors and welcome others on Thanksgiving. Also includes a recipe
Cornbread Stuffing with Fresh Figs, Morels, and Foie
Thanksgiving with Fine Wines - The
All-American Dinner Deserves Our Best Bottles of Wine
year is winding down and we’ll help it go in high style. Soon, gatherings
will become homecomings highlighted by feasts. Laughter permeates and for a
little more than a month we celebrate who we are and find that we are pretty
special. Joy is the prevailing emotion, mercifully shoving problems and
disappointments into the background. Also includes a recipe
for Grandma's Oyster Dressing.
Value Wines from La Mancha
Which wines available on today’s American retail wine shelves
represent arguably the best value in price and quality? More than
likely few would have guessed the wonderful wines from the La Mancha
region of Spain. These gems are gradually getting more domestic
marketplace exposure. Also includes a recipe for
Chef Brandon Frohne's Paella.
White Wines For Spring
On a lovely Spring evening
somewhere perfectly positioned between winter’s sting and the
swelter of Southern nights, the French Consulate hosted a Champagne
tasting at a luxury hotel near my Atlanta residence. The evening
confirmed my belief that there is a spiritual connection between
fascinating women and great white wines.
Wine and Fine Dining
This great city embodies the culture of the Deep South
while embracing the Dixie of tomorrow.
Wine and Food in
Original America: Beautiful Beaufort - Nantucket
With A Southern Drawl
After a few glasses of wine here, there are some recreation options:
you can plunge into the nearby Atlantic waters or have another pour
and begin devouring the seafood. This ancient and very lovely city sits along the southern Outer Banks, North
Carolina’s Crystal Coast, and a genuine American treasure that must be
considered for the perfect vacation.
Wine and Texas
Chocolates - 25 Years Of Liquid Center
Love, wine and gourmet chocolates never go out of style.
Summer is perfect for losing those recession blues
according to Lecia Duke who for over 25 years gained national fame with her
one-of-a-kind liquid center chocolates. I entered a delicious world of chocolate and wine: Willy Wonka meets
Wine, Barbeque and
Liberty - The All-American Partnership
Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of
Independence and one of the most complex and fascinating men this nation has
produced, introduced the great wines of Europe to this part of the New World.
It’s hard to imagine a celebration at Monticello where the gifted host Mr.
Jefferson would be serving barbeque with anything but fine wines from his
acclaimed Monticello cellar.
Also includes a recipe for Georgia Brunswick Stew.
Wine For My Valentine
Valentine Dinner with Doc
Lawrence - Chocolate Caramel Amaretto Budino Recipe
Nothing triggers my imagination more
than travel, particularly where wine is part of the
destination. Since the beginning of the year, two journeys
spurred new visions of wine for the dinner table and the
celebration of love on Valentine’s Day. I believe the entire
month of February, with the 14th literally the
epicenter, should be devoted to honoring romantic love.
Wine On The Half Shell - The Magic Of Oysters And Wine
Oysters are for the
chosen few. Not exactly in the mainstream, they do provoke passion. About as
many love them as flee from their sight. Traveling
early on to New Orleans where oysters ruled-raw, baked, in stews or soups-
was a great leap forward to wines as part of the oyster ritual. Includes a recipe for
House in New Orleans.
Wine with Thomas Jefferson
The wine cellar at Monticello provides a glimpse into the
daily living and dining customs of one of the Founding Fathers.
Thomas Jefferson's cellar and the bottles shelved there make the
statement for the ages that this remarkable man was a champion of
style and grace who placed entertaining right alongside farming,
governing, architecture, and law. Dining with fine wine was de
rigueur wherever he lived.