After great effort and patience from the likes of Timothy John and Karyn Foster, we finally got a plaque up on the wall of the Adelaide Central Market to celebrate the memory of our dear friend and colleague, Howard Twelftree (centre). For decades Howard wrote brilliant gastronomic prose in The …read more
For the last few months I have gotten a barrage of notes from folks who are heading to Italy for visits. Most of the time they are asking for places to visit. After all these years, I have begun to notice patterns. Without making too much fun of them, I’d …read more
Winter’s good and wet (perhaps the best real winter in many years) and pruning’s continuing apace (read as gradually as usual) in the Barossa, where I’ve just tasted away a couple of days swimming in tight ‘twelves. Above, at Greenock Creek, olives and the beginnings of an installation for the …read more
Revered for its timeless craft cocktails, intimate Hollywood ease and ode to local flavors, Portland’s Driftwood Room at Hotel deLuxe returns this summer with a bill of new cocktails embellished with fresh herbs from Hotel deLuxe’s rooftop garden and olive oil and lavender harvested from Oregon’s adored Red Ridge Farms. …read more
The Blue Berry
Inside the orbit of a single Pinot Noir berry, the world collapses to shades of green and blue.
Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link as” or “save target as” and then select the desired location on your computer to save the image. Mac …read more
Above: we see through a
glass bottle but darkly.
More than seven months have passed since Rudy Kurniawan became the first person to be convicted of wine fraud in the U.S.
The story first broke in December 2009, when my friends and colleagues Peter Hellman and Mitch Frank began reporting it for …read more
Get confident opening Champagne –so confident that you can even shake it beforehand! Check out these secrets on how to open Champagne safely – every time. No spills. No unplanned explosions.
2 Secrets to Opening Champagne:
- Loosen the cage (metal part over the cork) but don’t remove it.
- Continue …read more
“You’re either going up or you’re going down,” an old political saying goes. And while it was meant for worlds larger than ours, here we are in the middle of summer and where are we going? I don’t really know. Perhaps this is where two weeks on the beach is …read more
Photographer: Ryan Opaz
Capture Date: 2007
About: Live in Catalunya long enough and you’ll encounter flocks of residents spread across the green landscapes after a rain in search of the elusive snail. Snails are gastronomic specialties in Catalonia, served in a variety of ways depending on the restaurant or one’s mother. …read more
Angela Osbourne is a special woman, with a long history obsession with Grenache. A native of New Zealand, she now makes her home in the Santa Barbara Wine Country, where she sources unique vineyards for her variations on the beauty that is, Grenache.
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Forgive me. I tried to talk him out of it, but he was insistent on chiming in again on the Wine Bloggers Conference.
Oh boy did I miss out by not attending the Wine Bloggers Conference this year. I saw a few bloggers complain about one of the sessions that was …read more