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    Apr 23rd, 2014 By
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    Very interesting afternoon today spent speaking to Olivier Dauga, winemaker, and CEO Bertrand Girard of Val D’Orbieu. If you do not immediately recognize the name it’s because this is one of the largest wine companies in France, owning 72 wineries throughout France and making wine from a variety of French regions, notably Bordeaux and the […]


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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 IL GATTOPARDO Restaurant repopens in the historic Rockefeller Townhouses
“If we want things to stay as they are, things will have to change” – Il Gattopardo, 1958 "Where did all these people come from?" I wondered, walking into the "new"  IL GATTOPARDO restaurant, which just ...
Tasting Note February 2, 2014
Vaza Rioja Cosecha 2012 Very fresh and vibrant wine with red cherries, oak, that pairs well with many different cuisine at an affordable price point.  This is actually the entry level wine of a top winery ...
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 ...