While at his post, Jefferson took a break to make a long tour of the grand cru vineyards of Burgundy, Champagne and Beaujolais, stocking up an enormous wine cellar. And when he returned to his beloved Monticello, he brought with him plenty of new cuttings for his garden, America’s first pasta maker and lots and lots of recipes.
In a steep terraced vineyard above northern Portugal's winding Douro river are 6,000 very special gnarled vines. Their grapes make the world's rarest, most collectible and expensive vintage port, Quinta do Noval Nacional.
I have strong opinions about the elements of a good tasting note. But while I love a good argument, I have stayed out of this one because I don't feel comfortable telling other people how to write them.
When I visited Château de Beaucastel with a large group of Canadian oeno-tourists in May, Thomas Perrin opened the tasting with one of my favourite white wines of all time – the Vieilles Vignes Beaucastel Blanc made 100% from 65 year old roussanne vines. It is a silken masterpiece with haunting depth. And I got something of that same vibe from the 2011 Coudoulet de Beaucastel Blanc ($33.95). Interestingly it contains no roussanne at all – rather the other four Rhône white varieties: marsanne 30%, viognier 30%, bourboulenc 30%, clairette 10%. Great winemaking here!
Alexander LaPratt, having won the coveted position of Chef Sommelier at Jean-Georges only a few weeks ago, has his eye on an even larger prize, or at least one with a (much) longer title, the Best Sommelier in the Americas competition at the end of...
Finding its way onto elite restaurants’ wine lists, such as Gordon Ramsay in London, and increasingly appearing on the shelves of exclusive wine boutiques – Lavinia in Paris – Bargylus’ star seems to be undoubtedly on the rise. Simultaneously, however, the war in Syria seems to daily grow more intractable. But on this topic Modawar takes what is perhaps the only stance he and the Saade family can when contemplating Bargylus’ future. “We believe that the conflict will be over soon,” he says.
Such data needs to be stored on a bar code, and an app developed to scan for offending ingredients for each individual shopper. At least that way, with an Iphone, you could quickly detect offending elements without developing a detached retina from being drowned in tiny type.
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