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    Very interesting evening with Evelyne de Pontbriand of Domaine du Closel and Rouge Tomate Master Sommelier Sommelier Pascaline Lepeltier, a table of very fortunate journalists set out to discover the quality and diversity of wines from Savennieres in the Loire Valley. Located 9 miles south-west of Angers and 196 miles south-west of Paris, Savennieres is […]


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image Interview with Veronique Sanders of Chateau Haut-Bailly
In a challenging vintage, chateaux with the most resources and the willingness to deploy them are able to make quality wine. That point was brought home to me in the tasting room of Chateau Haut-Bailly during ...
Secrets of the Sommelier: Review of “Restaurant Man” by Joe Bastianich
Have you ever wondered what it is like to be the wine director of a restaurant? Of course, in some ways it sounds like a fantasy job. One can imagine the pleasures of having distributors ...
image Santa Ynez Inn Rocks
  Fab visit to the Santa Ynez Inn, a luxury hotel in the tiny (and I mean very small!) 'old west' town of Santa Ynez. Arriving here one drives through what can only be called a stage ...
image Review Week of October 23: Wines of Anderra
Chilean wines these days are all the rage ... I just received some interesting and delicious wines from Anderra, with vineyards in the Maule, Maipo, and Rapel valley of Chile. The Carmenere 2012, a late ripening ...
image Exploring Casa Pomona
    Last night I had a fab dinner at Casa Pomona, a new restaurant in the Upper West side on Columbus between 84th and 85th. Above is Marion Maur, who is also involved in Bocelli in ...