Burgundy – Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune

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Burgundy – Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune

September 2009 “Every now and then, we are lucky enough to encounter Burgundy which sets our hearts afire.” Clive Coates, Master of Wine, Côte D’Or, A Celebration of the Great Wines of Burgundy, Vintages 2007: “A unique year… 2007 was another extraordinary year of such advanced growth that we had to begin harvesting in August… […]

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Northern Rhône Wine Soirée

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Here’s the “Pepsi Challenge” my friend Sara posed to me – You’re in the middle of nowhere and want to enjoy the wines of the Northern Rhône. What can you buy for $12-40? The objective of the previous feature articles was to showcase a range of the quality wines I truly enjoyed from the Northern […]

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The Northern Rhône – Yves Cuilleron

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The Northern Rhône – Yves Cuilleron

Yves Cuilleron Verlieu, 58 RD 1086 Chavanay +33 4 74 87 02 37 www.cuilleron.com I had my first bottle of Condrieu in April 2008. I don’t know why I had never had a Condrieu prior, but I just hadn’t. I was obsessed at first taste. It was an Yves Cuilleron. Our wine sommelier appropriately called it […]

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The Northern Rhône – Georges Vernay and Domaine Faury

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During our visit to the Northern Rhône, every set of hands was fervently at work with the harvest. As a result, we weren’t able to have a comprehensive tour for each of the facilities we visited, but we sat down in the tasting rooms of Georges Vernay and Domaine Faury and spent time with them […]

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The Northern Rhône – E. Guigal

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The Northern Rhône – E. Guigal

E. Guigal Ampuis, Côte-Rôtie +33-4-74-56-10-22 www.guigal.com “In certain magical places, dreams can sometimes become reality.” With an annual production of 6 million bottles, a cellar with wines dating back to 1946 and a proud family legacy, this is one of the behemoths of wine production in the Rhône Valley, and therefore, a great place to […]

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The Northern Rhône – Demystified

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The Northern Rhône – Demystified

September 2009 Since this is the first of a series I am rolling out, here’s my game plan when I report on wine regions: Part 1: The region demystified. Some find wines intimidating. There’s absolutely no need for this. Wine is supposed to be fun and enjoyed. I think it’s critical to know what’s behind […]

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New Orleans

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New Orleans

April 2009 I am originally from New Orleans and I still have family there, so this city holds a special place in my heart. I could go for a mound of freshly boiled crawfish or an amazing shrimp poboy any day of the week. I am also a huge fan of the French Quarter Festival […]

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Roman Holiday

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Roman Holiday

May 2009 La Buca di Ripetta Via di Ripetta, 36, +39-06-321-9391 www.labucadiripetta.com Upon entrance, the festive, blue Vespa evokes Roman Holiday, yet you won’t find tourists here – just locals. It’s not fancy, but oh it’s so good. A long time ago, I created what I call the “FedEx list “– food items that I […]

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Capri

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Capri

May 2009 Dining Aurora Via Fuorlovado, 18-22 +39-081-837-0181 www.auroracapri.com Don’t let Mariah Carey’s photo on the wall scare you away. Despite a celebrity scene that turns some foodies off, this restaurant is mmm mmm good and definitely one not to miss when you are in Capri. They have amazing pizza with a super thin crust […]

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A Week in Venice

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A Week in Venice

May 2009 Fiaschetteria Toscana Cannaregio 5719, San Giovanni Grisotomo +39-041-528-5281 www.fiaschetteriatoscana.com Be certain to book the dining room downstairs.  We ate at this restaurant twice because our first dining experience here was our favorite in Venice.  The upstairs dining area is where they relegate larger parties and children.  And that’s totally cool, but you might […]

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