Despite being awash in world class wines from both DOQ Priorat and DO Montsant, it’s no secret that the Priorat comarca in which both of these wine regions reside does not have a great wealth of top-end restaurants. Trust me, we searched out and ate at everything there is …read more
A worker moves quickly through a vineyard during harvest in Sonoma County. Vineyards throughout the state are full of workers at the moment, who are bringing in the 2014 vintage.
Download this image by right-clicking on the image and selecting “save link as” or “save target as” and then select …read more
Above: my good friend from college, chef Steve Samson at Sotto in Los Angeles, is going to recreate an Emilian feast next Wednesday in celebration of his parents’ Brooklyn-Bologna wedding fifty years ago. There are still seats available for the late seating. I’ll be there pouring the wines I’ve selected …read more
Last month, I was privileged to get a sneak peak at New Zealand’s Craggy Range 2013 vintage wines, including two from the exciting Gimblett Gravels region near Hawkes Bay. According to Steve Smith MW, Craggy Range’s Wine and Viticulture Director, ‘it was the vintage of a generation.’ Just …read more
Wine is a lot like art, literature and music, in that the more you know about it, the more you appreciate it. However, learning can be tricky because it’s hard to figure out how to get started. What’s worse is that the path of entry is guarded by …read more
Photographer: Jordi Cohen
Capture Date: Setember 2007
Location: Via Laietana, Barelona, Spain
About: This was the second time the photographer took pictures at the “correfoc”, having learned a few tricks from last year’s challenges. Cruising Via Laietana, he saw a group of devils light their torches using the fire expelled from …read more
Emily Nagan of Desserts by Emily and Tracy Mattson of Cookie…Take a Bite! were winners at the Harvest Fair food competition. (Photo: Christopher Chung)
When the Sonoma County Harvest Fair rolls around each October, there’s plenty of well-deserved back-patting among the local wine community for the myriad double gold, gold and …read more
Tim Cook‘s announcement on Tuesday of Apple’s new iTaste © app is exciting, and certainly represents a great leap forward in technology, but I wonder if it will really replace traditional human wine tasters.
As you’ve probably heard, the app, which runs on the new Apple Watch, is easy enough …read more
2014 has been a crazy year for weather patterns. There seems to be controversy brewing over the quality of the 2014 vintage in Italy. It’s too early to tell, but there are some things that have been happening that are not advantageous to the growers in Italy. One is …read more
Matthew Dolan of Twenty Five Lusk will host a pop-up dinner at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone
Culinary superstars return to their alma mater, the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, for a pop-up dinner series debuting Thursday, September 11th in St. Helena.
Up first, is Matthew Dolan of …read more
Chef Duskie Estes and John Stewart will be among the chefs cooking at the Rodney Strong Vineyards Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner on Sept. 20, 2014
Hold onto your forks, folks, this is a biggie. On Saturday, September 20th, Healdsburg’s Rodney Strong Vineyards hosts a four-city, 20 chef dinner to celebrate 25 …read more
Wine Review: 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Ryé, Sicilia, Italy The 2011 Donnafugata Passito di Pantelleria Ben Rye is a sweet dessert wine made from Zibibbo (Moscato d’Alessandria) grapes. It is a well-balanced, round and pretty wine with a vivid personality. Amber in color with viscous textures; the …read more
In the land of Don Quixote, wine plays a very important role both economically and culturally. The Meseta Central, a.k.a. Central Plateau, produces nearly half of the wine in all of Spain. It’s also home to over a dozen top wine Spanish bodegas (wineries).
Super Value! If you …read more
“Democracy,” Winston Churchill told the House of Commons in 1947, “is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time.”
Churchill might still have been sour toward democratic forms of government, given the fact that, two years previously, he had …read more